Friday, December 29, 2017

Count the Stars

Hello and welcome to my blog!

I find it's always hard getting back into stamping after the rush of the holidays. With all the frenzy of Christmas card making and activities, followed by a few days of being out of the craft room, my mojo vanishes. 
I got back in my craft room saddle last night and cleaned up all the mess covering my tables! Now I'm ready to look forward and I have a card to post for you. 

I'm loving ink blending with my new Oxide inks and pulling out the Count the Stars set from MFT. Challenges help kickstart my creativity. I'm playing along with the MFT Sketch Challenge and the Star Power Challenge at Creative Construction with Blueprints.
Thanks so much for taking a look! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Count the Stars MFT and dies
Paper: Whisper White, Silver Glitter
Inks: Distress Oxide Inks - Broken China, Peacock Blue, Faded Jeans
Accessories: Blueprints 24, SSS Stencil Falling Stars


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Fresh Bouquets and Butterflies

Hello everyone! 
I'm sure you've been as busy and can relate to the overfull days and hectic hours of the holiday preparations that have been going on around here. Craziness! 

I was challenged by Laurie's terrific Faux Stained Glass technique at Make It Monday and had to sneak in a few minutes to give this a try. 

A card with airy colors and the freshness of spring. Ahhh! I needed that break.  

I used the PTI Bitty Butterflies Cover Plate Die for the background. I colored the vellum using Distress Inks in Broken China and Shaded Lilac. For the focal point, I cut a butterfly from the PTI Butterflies Cover Plate Die, and trimmed out one of the butterflies with scissors. I cut it from white card stock and blended ink to color it. Afterwards I added droplets of the ink, splattered, and a few spritzes of Perfect Pearls added to water for texture and shine.

Wrapping a bit of tulle (with a teeny bit of glitter in it) behind the butterfly and adding sequins made me happy!
I used stamps from the Fresh Bouquet set.  
Hope this finds you thinking that, whatever is going on, "You've got this!" 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

JOY at Christmas

How are your holiday preparations coming? I took some much needed time off from card making to spend time with shopping and a few other things but I'm happy to be back with a card to share today. 

I've had so much fun making my cards this year, pulling out all my old stamps and some new supplies too. 
Been thinking about my creative goals for 2018 and you know what? One thing for sure on my list is to make 3 or 4 Christmas cards a month all year long. The Merry Monday Christmas Challenge is on my sights right now, and inspired this card. 

I LOVE using alternative Christmas colors, so I couldn't resist playing along featuring my never-been-used Neighborhood Border Die from Tailored Expressions. The inside of the card reads, "Merry Christmas from our house to yours." 

I colored the trees and the word Joy with Copics, and added sparkle to the windows with my Wink of Stella pen. You know of course, that I had to add sequins too, right? Yep!
Thanks so much for your visit today. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!