Monday, November 20, 2017

Tags, Tags, and More Tags

Order yourself a pack of the Merry Little Christmas Memories and More Cards, some ribbons and twine, along with Felt Embellishments then sit down and create a HUGE stack of gift tags.
I packed kits for those attending my November stamp classes that included the Merry Little Christmas Memories and More Card Pack, Cherry Cobbler Stiched Ribbon, Quilted Ribbon, the Tinsel Combo Pack, and Black Bakers Twine.  A cut card stock and embellishments bag also came with the kits.  We cranked holiday music, had door prizes, ate goodies, and stamped away.

Scroll through and see some of the tags made in my 4th Annual Tags, Tags, and More Tags class.
Enjoy and have a happy Christmas crafting season!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hand Stamped Sentiments #277

I love LOVE this sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  
I busted out my paper snips for this sketch challenge to do a bunch of fussy cutting.  I don't mind detail cutting with scissors, but what's a huge bummer is I have reached the point in life where it's not going to happen without a pair of magnifying glasses.
After I cut a bunch of trees and critters from the Pick a Pattern DSP I arranged them as a "wild" pack of animals sitting out in nature.  I grabbed some retired Emerald Envy ribbon to fit the challenge and then stamped my sentiment from the Pieces of Patterns set in Basic Black.
 I stamped the greeting with Basic Black Archival Ink and let it fully dry before I watercolored it.  I used Flirty Flamingo and Crushed Curry Inks to add some color to the "wild."  I tiny hit of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter is one of those details I just can't help myself from adding.  It's subtle but so SO me.
This group of wild life to me looks like they are waiting for something special.  Cute aren't they?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

I'm Getting' Christmassy for Monday Montage

Making cards and tags, planning parties and outings, making and buying presents, decorating and baking, and listening to hours & hours of Christmas music -- It's the most wonderful time of the year!  

My most favorite part of the holiday season is the music.  Hands down it's the best.  What I really like are all the Christmas images that Stampin' Up! has created over the years that quote classic lyrics.  For these two card I mixed traditional sayings with unconventional colors.  Teal made a big statement this Halloween and fall; now I see it accenting Christmas decor too.
In Stampin' Up! color terms I love mixing Bermuda Bay, an awesome teal hue, with Sweet Sugarplum.  Add in some dark teal with Tranquil Tide and the richness of Fresh Fig and you get a fresh and crisp look for your hand made cards.
Both cards feature the Carols of Christmas Bundle which you can purchase in clear or wood mount and the Layering Squares Framelits as main ingredient tools.
Carols of Christmas Clear-Mount BundleLayering Squares Framelits Dies
The embellishments are also the same for both cards: Merry Music Specialty DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, and Basic Rhinestones.
Thank you for spending a few minutes visiting my blog, it's been great to have you stop by :0)

Friday, November 10, 2017

#TGIF133 Pinecones and Prettiness

Happy Friday everybody!

It's time for a sketch challenge and this is one that is sure to ignite your creative juices.  From my blog click on over to #TGIF133 to check out all of the team's designs for this week.
For this challenge I had an idea to mix pre-inking an embossing folder with water coloring.  I gave my idea a whirl and I think my hand-painted embossed paper turned out pretty cool.
Sometimes I give myself some wiggle room on challenges and ever so slightly tweak them to fit my creative process, but for this one I stayed true to the sketch minus the rounded corners.
In my world there are Berry Burst pinecones.  I love these and the touch of snow I added.  All I did to get the frosted look was to put the pinecones face down in my Whisper White Ink Pad and then I gently tapped one side.
 Here is a closer look at the background paper.  I pre-inked the Holly TIEF with Lemon Lime Twist Ink, set a piece of Watercolor Paper in the folder, and then ran it through the Big Shot.  After I spritzed the paper with water to move the ink and give it a watercolored appearance.  I patted the excess water dry because I didn't want the ink to get on the raised portions.  With an Aquapainter I colored the berries with Berry Burst Ink and the holly leaves and swoop curls with Pear Pizzazz Ink.  Through the entire painting process I blotted areas dry so the ink wouldn't bleed and hints of white paper would stay uncolored.
Don't miss out on the fun.  Hop over to TGIF, download the sketch, and play along.
Happy Friday!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Boxwood Beauty

Want to make a clean and simple card with a bit of texture?  I have suggestion.  How about using a Boxwood Wreath and the Holly TIEF to whip up a holiday card or tag?  I love the look of this card.  I think it's the crisp white card stock to back the rich green heart shaped wreath.  

These tiny, trendy, 1" boxwood wreaths come 12 in a package.  They are wound up in a circular shape, but since they are wired they easily bend into whatever shape you want.  
To the heart wreath I added some Jute Twine, Real Red Bright Enamel Shapes, and a strip of Copper Foil.  I chose Crumb Cake ink for the greeting to match with the jute.
The image comes from the Merry Seasons stamp set.
Enjoy all your holiday crafting'.  Thank you for visiting!  


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Creation Station's Perfect Packaging Blog Hop

Welcome, welcome, welcome!
It's the first Sunday of the month and it's time for our Creation Station Blog Hop.  With today's hop theme we hope to inspire you with "perfect packaging" concepts to get you whipping up fabulous boxes, bags, tags, or anything to present a present.
The Acetate Card Boxes are just right for packaging a set of gorgeous hand stamped cards,
but they also are the perfect little something to create cool stuff. 
Cool stuff item #1 doubles as a mega sized gift tag and an ornament.  This dimensional clear box style tag is sized for a large wrapped box or bag.  When giving a gift dressed up with a tag like this it's like giving two gifts in one; the tag becomes a collectible ornament which can hang on any tree.
For the tag I stamped the Merry Little Labels "let is snow" image on Basic Black Card Stock with Whisper White Ink.  My favorite touch is the glittered edge.  I use a Two Way Glue Pen (retired) to adhere the Silver Glitter.  I made a red and a copper version of the tag/ornament.  The Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack and the black and white 7/8" Striped Ribbon make up the bulk of the bow on top.
On Thick Whisper White card stock I built up lots of layers to create a diorama scene to fit inside an Acetate Card Box complete with faux bits of snow.  I found the Foam Strips worked best for this project to give lots of depth and some added sturdiness.
Cool stuff item #2 is totally awesome and a spin off on a six-pack carrier.
For this gift carrier I cut an Acetate Card Box in half which I sandwiched together with some Merry Music Specialty DSP.  The measurement for the DSP is 4 3/8" x 12".  I folded it in half and tucked a piece of 4 3/8" x 6" piece of Basic Black Card Stock inside to make the handle bulkier/stronger.  Next I cut the night sky with the Card Front Builders Thinlits and then the opening with the Oval Layering Framelits.  To finish the construction I used Tear and Tape to adhere everything.
The Quilted Christmas 1/4" Ribbon and Mini Tinsel Trim bow is accented with Green Sprigs and Stitched Felt Embellishments.
It has been my pleasure to have you here at my blog--thanks for visiting.
Your next stop is with the adorable Kathy Kartak, she will blow you away.
to Holly
to Kathy


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Bright Autumn Recipe

For the Hand Stamped Sentiments #276 challenge it's all about autumnal colors that to me seem like the main ingredients in a fall dessert recipe.  Think about a pumpkin custard layer followed by a fig compote with zest of lime...
But no, I don't have a delicious edible dessert to share, instead it's a one of a kind, textural, eclectic floral card which sparkles with pops of shimmering champagne foil.
On a panel of Shimmer White card stock I watercolored the three challenge colors.  Then I added a bit of ink to Embossing paste to create custom colored texture.  My stamps and framelits are from the Naturally Eclectic Bundle and the Happiest of Days set.
The Champagne Foil is a soft stunning shade that lends a gorgeous shimmer to anything you make.  You need to grab some while it's still available in the Holiday Catalog.