Monday, 11 December 2017

Christmas Wishes

Meet today's card.
This one is more on the masculine side.

I had a piece of woodgrain paper leftover that I had made, tutorial HERE, and die-cut it into an oval shape using a Spellbinders die.  I die-cut the deer head twice and glued the pieces together for stability and added it over the woodgrain bkg.  I cut the leaves, also from the deer set, in red and glued it below the head.
I just picked up this new stamp from SSS called the Christmas Sweater and used it for my background.  I used my Misti to get the perfect stamped impression.
Lastly, I stamped the Hero Arts sentiment and pop dotted the deer head piece with pop dots.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps- Season's Greetings (HA); Christmas Sweater (SSS)
Inks- Tea Dyed, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen Distress (TH); Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- deer and leaf die (Recollections); oval die (Spellbinders); 
Cuttlebug; Misti; Elmer's glue; ScorPal

Friday, 8 December 2017

Up on the Rooftops

Meet today's card.
Just a simple one filled with some fun.

I began by masking the side panel with a piece of scrap paper.  I punched a circle as well to represent the moon as I sponged with my Distress inks to fill in the masked area.
Leaving the mask in place, I stamped the trees using black Memento ink.
I removed the mask and stamped this fun flying Santa in his sleigh that I just picked up from The Stampin Place, with more black ink.  Added a simple sentiment and then mounted the whole piece onto navy cardstock.
That's it...pretty simple eh?

Thanks for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:

Stamps- trees (Northwoods); Santa's Sleigh (The Stampin' Place); Christmas Cheer (TT)
Inks- Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans Distress (TH); Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; inking tool (TH); paper for masking; circle punch (SU)

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Peace on Earth

Hello and Welcome
Meet today's card, Peace on Earth.  
I think we are all praying for that this Christmas season. 

I had fun creating this card.  I began by inking up the background using the Splash Watercolour technique and Distress Oxide ink.  It made a quick colour palette to stamp onto.
When it was dry, I placed the inked background into my Misti and stamped the trees first in black then again using the same colour ink as I had used on the background.  I find by using a colour already on the background, it gives a great shadow effect and adds to the depth and interest.
Next, I die cut the piece using a stitched frame die then distressed the edges and added a snowy feel by rubbing a Versamark ink pad along the edges and then heat embossed with white powder.
I stamped the sentiment using my Misti again then mounted it onto a piece of blue cardstock.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look and wishing you Peace.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Craftaholics R Us- CHRISTMAS

Stamps- Hand Lettered Christmas (MFT); Trees (Mark's Finest); Tree (Northwoods)
Ink- Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean Distress Oxides (TH); 
Versamark; Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- Misti; white eb powder; Stitched die (Avery Elle); 
white acrylic paint

Monday, 4 December 2017

Christmas Tote- The Flower Challenge

Good Morning
It's time for some fun creating at The Flower Challenge.
This month the challenge has a bit of a twist....

Check out the amazing things the DT's have created.
We also welcome our special guest Michelle Short from The Card Grotto this month.

Last year, I made a few of these fun Totebags which are just the perfect size for gifting some of your handmade cards, baked goodies or other gifts instead of using a basket.
The nice thing is that once you get the basic design of the tote, you can adjust the measurements of the sides and the bottom to create a bag of any size.

Here is the video link to see how it was created...

Chic Totebag

To see the totebags I made last year see these blog post:
 Totebag for Cardgiving
 Chic Totebag

For my bag, I chose a red paper that reminded me of a cozy red sweater.
Using the video above, I cut my paper and assembled my bag.
For my flower embellishment, I placed the Red Star from Penny Black into my Misti and coloured it with my Tombow markers.  I sprayed with water and stamped onto my paper.  When the flower was completely dry, I fussy cut it out and glued it onto the front of my bag.  I love how it perked the whole thing up and made it feel more festive.
I wanted to add a little tag, so I stamped the sentiment from the Penny Black sentiment set called Love and Peace, cut it into a tag shape and attached it with a piece of silver twine.

Please come and play along with us.
Your project can be as simple as a gift tag or as elaborate as you want.

Adding my tote to these challenges:
The Crazy Challenge- CHRISTMAS IS COMING

Stamps- Red Star (PB); Love and Peace (PB)
Inks- Tuxedo Black Memento; Tombow markers
Paper- heavy white; DP?
Accessories and Tools- Misti; silver cord; black gems;Tombow clear glue, ScorPal

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Here Comes Santa Claus

Hope you are having fun creating.

Meet my simple Christmas card using this super cute retro Santa.
At this time of the season, keeping it simple and quick is perfect to finish those last minute holiday cards.  
For my card, I began by stamping the dot pattern along the bottom of my card.  I place the stamp border from WPlus 9 into my Misti, inked it up with Candied Apple Distress ink and stamped.  I moved my paper up in my Misti and stamped again until I was happy with the pattern and spacing.
Next I stamped the sentiment, then stamped the Santa and fussy cut him out.
I pop dotted the flying Santa and done.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
 One Crazy Stamper- CHRISTMAS/WINTER

Stamps- Borders and Bkgs. (WPlus 9); Christmas Cheer (TT); Flying Santa (Flonz)
Ink- Tuxedo Black Memento; Candied Apple Distress (TH)
Paper- heavy whiter
Accessories and Tools- Misti; pop dots

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Acetate Inking- CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hello and Welcome.
Time for more fun at the 

Our theme this month is 'Anything Goes'

This month we welcome out guest Hideko from Papercraft Boutique.
Please check out all the great inspirations the Design Team has created.

 I had the most frustrating time trying to photograph this card so I apologize for the poor quality.

So onto my card.  
As most of you already know, I love to play with my inks and create watercoloured backgrounds that are quick and simple.  I have found that by using a piece of acetate, I can do this quite efficiently as I can bend it and manipulate the inks and place them where I want them to go.
I added ink over ink then when they were all dry, I edged the inked area using my ScorBug and my ScorPal and added the 'Let is Snow' and the snowflake die.  Lastly, I added a silver Nuvo drop to the center of the snowflake.

I created a few of these backgrounds and I took pictures of my process so you could see how I did it.
Hope you enjoy it.

Acetate Inking

Step #1
I got out my piece of acetate and my Distress Oxide inks.
Rub ink onto the acetate sheet.

Step #2
Spray with water, then you can bend the sheet and place the ink wherever you want it to go.

Step #3
Dry each colour layer (I used my heat tool) and then add additional colours you want for your piece.

Finished backgrounds and ready to make a card.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas- QUICK AND EASY
Shopping Our Stash- SNOW MUCH FUN

Stamps- none
Inks- Picked Raspberry, Iced Spruce DOX (TH)
Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- acetate sheet; Stitched Snowflake die (Lawn Fawn); Let is Snow die (STAMPlorations); 
Scorbug; ScorPal; Mister (TH); Cuttlebug; Nuvo silver drops

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Monoprint Christmas

Good Morning.
Meet today's card.  
Simple monoprinted background and one of my favourite snowflakes.

To begin, I wanted to use a stencil to create a Monoprinted background.  I love the way the printed backgrounds look and you can make them in a short amount of time which is great for this busy time of year.  
For those of you that have never done a Monoprinted background before, you ink the back of you stencil with some kind of waterbased ink, spray with water then press onto your paper.  Its a great way to also get a different look to your stencils and give it more of a watercolour look.
When the bkg. was dry, I placed the piece inside my Misti and stamped the sentiment.
I die-cut the snowflake, glued it in place and added a blue gem to the center.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Adding my card to these challenges:
(Let it Snow)
 Crazy 4 Challenges- CHRISTMAS or WINTER
Crafting With Friends- ANYTHING GOES

Stamps-  Christmas Cheer (Technique Tues.)
Inks- Memento black; Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint, Wilted Violet DOX (TH)
Paper- heavy white
Accessories and Tools- Misti; Harlequin stencil (TCW); snowflake die (SSS); Cuttlebug;
blue gem; Mister (TH)