Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sparkly Warm Wishes

Hi stamping friends, 
I had a bit of time to relax in my stamp room on this sunny breezy Saturday afternoon. It's a day just perfect for sitting on the screened in back porch to edit photos and type this post. I'm surrounded by fall colors, the sounds of crickets. Feeling thankful and cozy in my hoodie. 

I'm happy to share another Christmas card! 
This time joining in with Papertrey Ink after their new release. 

The new products and samples from the DT were amazing! The card that caught my eye was this beautiful design by Michelle Leone

I admired the classic lines of her card, the layers of papers and plaid to create texture, and a sparkling die cut focal point.

I knew that I'd need to come up with different dies and colors using what I had on hand. 

I'm pretty pleased with the result and it's great having one more card done that will be easy to mail too. 
Hope you are having a good good day. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used are from PTI 
Stamps: Christmas Cheer, Spruce and Sprigs (dies)
Paper: Aqua Mist, Plaid DSP (retired)
Accessories: Mix & Mat Flourishes Die

Thursday, November 16, 2017

More Merry and Bright

Hey there! 
Hope you are doing well today. 
I realized that this is the only week I have to finish making Cards for Hospitalized Kids if I want them to arrive in time for Christmas. And I do! 
I can't get enough of the cute images from the Merry and Bright set from Simon Says! I created a scene using Distress Inks to make a background and masking the reindeer.
I spritzed the background with water and added die cut snowflakes and a little glitz from my Wink of Stella pen.

Once I had all the supplies out, it was easy to create a few of these using the Misti for stamping. 

I love coloring, but that was enough for me for one day. I only wish my photo did the colors justice. I have trouble photographing blends well, they are either too washed out or too deeply contrasted. 

That's enough rambling from me. Thanks to you for coming by to visit! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

I will be adding this to the Challenge at SSS called Furry Friends and Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge Christmas.

Supplies used 
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp - Merry and Bright
Paper: white
Ink: Distress Inks - Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple, Cracked Pistachio
Accessories: Copic markers, Wink of Stella

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Merry and Bright

It's been a busy week, the days have flown by! Gladly, I had a bit of time to stamp some cards for Christmas with the Merry & Bright stamps from Simon Says Stamp. 

This cute little deer will cheer someone's heart and bring a smile, I think. He was lots of fun to color with Copics, and I added a dab of Stickles to make his red nose. 

I made a few of these shaker cards to add to the growing pile. 

I stamped snowflakes on the Pool Party card stock backing the shaker and heat embossed them in white. I also embossed the sentiment.

I love shaker cards and I just have to play with them a little before they get mailed. 

We had a walk with Josie this afternoon and saw three deer just 40 feet away from us next to the street. They just watched us walk by. On our way back, the doe was nursing one of the two fawns. What a peaceful sight to see that cheered me on this pretty day.

Glad to have you visit today, and I hope you will come back soon.

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Merry & Bright - Simon Says Stamp
Paper: SU - PoolParty, Cucumber Crush  DSP: Lawn Fawn - Perfectly Plaid Christmas
Accessories:  MFT - 2 inch circle shaker pouches, Lawnfawn - Mini Wreath dies (bow)

I'm linking to the following challenges
SSS - Wednesday Challenge Critters   Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes

Friday, November 10, 2017

Perfect Poinsettia

Getting a quick post in today, hello!

I've been waiting for a perfectly elegant poinsettia stamp, and I'm using the Gina K Perfect Poinsettia layering stamp set to make today's card. Layering the images couldn't be easier and the result is rich and realistic looking. 

Playing around with color choices, I settled on SU inks in Strawberry Slush, Rose Red and Cherry Cobbler for the flower. 

I found it amazing how the bloom looked like Real Red when completed, although I didn't use that color to stamp it.  I decided that Real Red card stock and ink for the sentiment color matched the best when it was all complete. For the leaves I used  Wild Wasabi and Cucumber Crush, stamped off once for the middle layer and full strength for the last stamping. 

I added Nuvo drops in gold to the flower center, silver sequins and silver Glimmer paper for elegance. 

I'm playing with the Card Concept Rich Holiday challenge and was inspired by the poinsettias and shining crystal of the glassware for my Classic and Elegant style card. So great to be adding several styles to my holiday cards stash.  

The sun is shining again today and the weather is turning chilly. Instead of boating this weekend, my husband and I will be dancing! Great way to keep warm, don't you think?

He will look quite handsome in his tux!
Your visit today is so appreciated. See you next week! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
              Make something beautiful!

ETA: Giving a shout out of special thanks to the talented team at The Card Concept. They work hard to bring us a beautiful challenge. Happy surprise for me - I was picked for an Honorable Mention for the last challenge! You can see the winners HERE

Thursday, November 9, 2017

It's Fall Jump for Joy with Lawnfawn

Oh my goodness, when I saw the Jump for Joy set from Lawnfawn I just couldn't resist these adorable foxes and the other woodland animals included. 

I find that sending cards to hospitalized children enables me to add whimsical stamps to my stash which are so fun to create with. Ahhh, er---just sayin' that I happen to like them too!

I'm mass producing these so I stamped and die cut a bunch of the images and color them with Copics when I have a few moments of time.

Works out well that I can play along with the talented crew at the Color Throwdown. The tree is die cut of Kraft card stock and sponged with brown inks. 

Hope it's a happy day for you! Thanks so much for popping by to visit.  

Be yourself.
     Find delight in your craft.
          Make something beautiful! 

Also linking to the Double D "Feeling Fallish" and the Dies R Us  "Anything Fall" challenges.

Supplies used: 
Stamps: Lawnfawn - Jump for Joy and coordinating dies

Accessories - Lawnfawn - Leafy Tree Backdrop: Portrait

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Special Blog Hop for Dawn McVey

Hello and welcome to my blog!

A special blog hop sponsored by Papertrey Ink is underway for Dawn McVey, who has been a huge influence to many in the crafting world with her beautiful designs and joyful spirit. Dawn has undergone a small intestine transplant after suffering with medical difficulties for years. I invite you to visit the hop HERE to read Dawn's story. 
I've loved following Dawn's blog for years and have been so inspired by her work and journey. Here's the get well card that I made for her using the stamp set that she designed called Floral Sketches

I stamped the design onto white card stock and afterwards die cut the word "prayers" from the panel and popped it up with foam tape.

You can see the depth it adds in this close up.  

After glueing it down, I covered the sentiment die cut with lots of Wink of Stella and added an outline with the white gel pen to make the word stand out a bit more.  

I kept my card clean and simple so that I could play along with my favorite challenge CTS #246. 

I'm so glad you came by today, hope the day you're having is fabulous! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used
Stamps: PTI - Floral Sketches, Hero Arts Stamps and Cuts Prayers

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Advanced Watercolor Using Gouache

Hi friends! 
I hope you are having a weekend that is relaxing and filled with happy days. 

We've spent lots of time boating this week on the lake, the weather has  been so perfect! Hard to believe I could be out in short sleeves and cropped pants in November, even in NC. 

In my craft room, it's still December as I've been focused on Christmas cards and techniques from my participation in the recent Online Card Class, there's still a list in my head of cards I want to make inspired by the lessons. 

I was so amazed with the Advanced Watercolor lesson we had that I ordered supplies to make the gorgeous cards that Dawn Woleslagle presented. This is my first time using gouache watercolors, they are opaque colors  and can be used over dark card stock.

I began with stamping on kraft card stock to get the feel for the gouache paints. The main flower is from the  Perfect Poinsettia stamps by Gina K. It was larger and I thought that made it easy to practice on. 

Using very little water enables these inks to dry quickly and be layered with color for highlights and shading.

This is my second practice piece, the first one was trashed but I am pleased with how the coloring turned out on this one, so I finished it into a card. 

I know someone will like receiving it, even if I'm still in a big learning curve with this skill. 

Thanks to you for coming by to visit today and encouraging me in this adventure of loving my stamps, paper and ink. And die cuts. Definitely die cuts!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!