Thursday, December 5, 2019

Sending Love at Christmas

Sharing quickly today in between errands. The day is speeding by! Hope you don't mind more Christmas cards as I'm still working on them through the end of this week. And maybe longer! Christmas is my very favorite time to stamp, and I'm trying to use many of the lovelies I've acquired for the season. 

A simple card that started with the Sketch at FMS this week. I had trouble visualizing this at first, but those gorgeous samples from the talented DT were a wonderful help. 

Featured is some great DSP (Stampin' Up! Wrapped in Plaid)  my older dies (retired from Impression Obsession,  and a sweet sentiment from The Greetery (embossed in white.)
That's it for me today! Sending hugs your way.

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A Happy Heart

In my kitchen hangs a sign that says, "Joyfulness is a happy heart."  And Scripture tells us that a happy heart is good medicine.  

Coloring this snowman yesterday was good medicine for me. I think he illustrates a happy heart with his cheery face and arms bursting with gifts, and that makes me smile! 

Here are just a few details. I colored using Copic markers, adding texture with the colorless blender and a white gel pen. Masking the snowman image, I blended Distress Oxide inks and added spatters of white paint. Lastly, the snowflakes were added with a stencil and glitter paste. 

What makes this card even more fun is the pop up interactive feature. The arms and gifts are a second layer assembled on a spring.

Playing along with the snowman fun at The Paper Players!

May your day be filled with Light and Love and a cheerful heart. All good gifts. Your visits are a gift to me, thank you! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Art Impressions Snowman Shaker stamp, The Greetery - Tree Trimmings
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110
INK:Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black; Distress Oxide Inks - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Antique Linen
Accessories: Copic makers, The Greetery - Frosty Flakes Stencil

Monday, December 2, 2019

Greetings with Robins and Wren for Christmas

Welcome to a new week! And a new month, can you believe it's already December? I guess in states where you're having tremendous snowstorms, it's easier to believe, hope you're staying warm. 

I'm sharing a quick CASE with the Robin and Wren set from The Greetery today. It's no secret that I am a fan of Betsy Veldman's designs, so what better compliment than to case her card. (You will find hers HERE. Allow time to watch her three fabulous how to videos!) In case the term CASE is new to you as a verb - it means to copy a sample exactly. 

Instead of the gorgeous watercolor technique that Betsy used, I just lightly blended inks for the background and did some second generation stamping with the pine branches from With Love at Christmas. The sentiment is from the Tree Trimmings Stamp set. 

This card is sure to go to someone special. Thanks so much for your visit today! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Holiday Greetings

We are still in the Thanksgiving holiday mode. We enjoyed the turkey leftovers and a more leisurely day today. 
Are you one who loves to hit the shops with all the mobs  bright and early on Black Friday? Or do you head out to get the tree or Christmas lights strung? 

I moseyed up to the craft room and made one more Christmas card. 

Super simple, but not quick! Even given the layout, there were just so many choices among the many new items from the Winter's Song Collection just waiting to be put together that it was hard to narrow it down. 

Here's the CAS(E) This Sketch

All the supplies used are from The Greetery:  Fit to be Tied Die, Inside and Out Berry Branch Die, Speed Tagging Christmas Prints Paper, and Sentiment Suite: Christmas Stamp set. 

That's all from me today, thanks so much for taking your time to visit.

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Tree Trimmings for Christmas

After my busy week of posting, I've missed a few days.
I've been busy with Thanksgiving preparations, but it feels so good to have time to wrap up the card I've been making and get it posted. The Tree Trimmings and Fir and Foliage 2 stamp sets from The Greetery worked so well together and I love the look! 

Stamping multiple layers for each tree was easy to line up using the Misti. I added the garlands after die cutting the trees, and embossed those in gold. The garland image has small stars, to which I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Bright Gold. 
Isn't the die amazing? Another new item from The Greetery. I know this one is going to become a favorite. I backed the small panel with gold foil card stock that peeks through the delicate borders.

Happy to be playing along at The Paper Players sketch 

week, and the Just Add Ink Challenge. I chose stars and spots, but in the end there's some sparkle in there too.

Now it's time to get back to the tasks at hand. Wishing those in the USA a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: The Greetery - Fir & Foliage 2, Basic Sentiments: Christmas, Tree Trimmings
Paper: Neenah Solar White, SU - Garden Green and DSP
INK: Altenew - Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Just Green; Versamark
Accessories: Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops, Gold embossing powder, The Greetery - Nordic Frames Die

Friday, November 22, 2019

Enchanted Forest Winter Landscape

   It's Friday and I thought I'd wrap up the week with my last card using the Enchanted Forest stamp set. I promise after posting so much with this set, that this card is the last one for awhile. You can tell I love it, can't you? 

It will be in my stash for a winter birthday or occasion card. 

After my cards using this set in clean colors and style, I wanted to try a sketchy artistic look for today's card. I love using ink to blend and splatter. Besides being fun you never know how it will end up looking! 

I began with a card base in Very Vanilla card stock. I used several shades of greens and brown to stamp the tree images. I love all the options there are for stamp layering the images and combining them.

The sentiment on the tag is from the With Love at Christmas set from The Greetery. All was sponged with Distress Oxide Ink and spattered with ink and white paint.
I may get too carried away with flicking ink. But I love how it looks! 

Do you have a fav of my cards with this set from this week's posts? I'd love to know!

Thanks so much for coming by today. I appreciate it and your kind comments mean so much. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Warmest Wishes with Enchanted Forest

Hello! I got out the Enchanted Forest stamp set, designed by Betsy Veldman for Papertrey Ink - and I have NOT been able to put it away.  I'm getting good use from it this year. I just love the versatility of this set. It has become one of my favorite stamp sets. 
Don't the trees look pretty done in a bright color palette? I think the non-traditional colors really highlight the whimsicality of the images.
Pink, purple and teal are my favorite non-traditional combo for the holidays. 

And of course I needed to add a pretty bow, a dainty frame and the shimmer of glitter to jazz it up just a little. 

Hope this makes you smile today and inspired your creativity! Thanks for visiting. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!