Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Merry & Bright

Sometimes you get a crazy idea.

And then sometimes you actually act on that crazy idea.

Merry and Bright

After seeing the photo inspiration at Just Us Girls I had the crazy idea that I wanted to make a snowy and frosty wreath like the one in the photo. Queue the Time Out Challenge  for embossing with the optional twist of sparkle and pull in the sketch from Case This Sketch and your crazy idea just might work. Maybe.

Now, if I’m being honest this maybe doesn’t quite fit the CAS part of CASe this Sketch with all the sequins on the sparkly wreath, but overall it’s still pretty simple in design, right? ;)

I started with a Smoky Slate base and stamped the sequins from Hello Darling. I absolutely cannot put my wreath framelits down and die cut two wreaths in Whisper White, embossed both with Dazzling Diamonds and then layered them together with dimensionals. After adhering to the card base I began adding the sequins along with a die cut bow in glimmer paper. The sentiment from Endless Wishes was stamped and embossed in silver.

Super crazy, but I think I kinda love it. ;)

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ornament Bauble

I hosted a Christmas Card Workshop for my friends this past weekend and we had a blast!

One of the cards we made used the new Christmas Bauble stamp. It’s a single wood-mount stamp, but makes such a big impact on your card!

Ornament Bauble

To color this in I used an “oldie” but a goodie – blender pens! I forgot how much I loved using these pens with my ink pads to color in images. It takes a little longer but I love the messy look you can get by scribbling in the lines which is exactly the look I was going for.

I embossed the Real Red card base with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder and then layered on a doily. The main image piece got a little depth with the center being punched out on a separate piece of cardstock and then lifted with a dimensional. Washi tape, dazzling details in cherry cobbler and the sentiment from Endless Wishes all brought the main image panel together.

Although a blender pen is technically not a “marker” I’m linking this up with SUO Challenges for their marker fun challenge, and to Merry Monday for their Red, Green and White challenge! We’ll count the gray as my neutral right? ;)


Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Birthday Darling

I’ve had the Hello Darling set for a few months and this weekend was the first time it saw ink. Pretty sad right?! Luckily I set things right and now have a feeling that I might not be able to put it down.

Hello Darling Happy Birthday

The color challenge at Stampin Royalty screamed fun Christmas colors to me, but I challenged myself to try something else. I incorporated the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and the challenge to use DSP from Catherine and Cathy

The Wild Wasabi base was stamped with the outline flower image and then a strip of DSP from the All Abloom stack was added to the top of the card. The main floral image was stamped in Strawberry Slush onto Whisper White cardstock, and the sentiment stamped over top in Real Red. After rounding the corners and adhering to the card base, I added a small strip of Strawberry Slush cardstock and gold sequin trim. A couple red sequins and a gold sequin accented the main image.

Thank goodness for these super fun challenges to get the creative juices flowing!


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

One Layer Thanks

I feel like you might be getting holiday whiplash on my blog this week from the Christmas and Fall/Thanks(giving) cards lately. Also add to the fact that I’m posting twice in one day. It’s like a Christmas miracle, but prepare yourself for one more fallish card. Not making any promises this feather set won’t pop up again before I fully launch into winter and other holiday cards. ;)

Thankful Feathers

One layer cards are seemingly the easiest cards to make since you’re limiting yourself, but really there is a fair amount of restraint in not adding anything extra and making that one layer shine! There’s a  timed one  layer challenge over at Mod Squad and paired with this gorgeous color combo of Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey at Create with Connie and Mary this came together in less than two minutes! Pretty sure I spent more time debating the placement than it took to actually stamp! The overall Thankful for Fall theme at Catherine and Cathy Create tied it all together. The Very Vanilla base and gold sequins add a warm vibe vs. using a stark white card base.

We’re in for some snow tonight and tomorrow so seeing these pretty fall colors together keeps the winter chills at bay for a little longer…right? :)

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Merry Christmas Wreath

Posting this quickly as we’re getting ready to head out and watch The Hunger Games (Mockingjay Part 1)!

Here’s a super simple and easy Christmas card using the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and matching framelits. There is quite a bit of texture and dimension to this card though to give it a little more pop.

Merry Christmas Wreath

I used the sketch from Pals Paper Arts and the color combo from Nacho Average Challenge to pull this together. The base is Early Espresso and the first layer is a Very Vanilla which was embossed with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder. To give the wreath added dimension, I die cut the lower layer and then stamped and die cut the top layer in Garden Green. Dimensionals adhere the two pieces together and I slightly rotated the top layer to make the wreath look fuller. I did the same treatment to the bow to lift it off the wreath. The sentiment from Endless Wishes was heat embossed with gold embossing powder on the Cherry Cobbler strip, and a Very Vintage vanilla button completed the card.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thankful for You

Thankful for You

I can’t believe it’s almost Thanksgiving! I love creating cards or scrapbook pages during the season, it just seems to get me in the holiday spirit, no matter what the holiday is.

Today’s card was inspired by  The Paper Players Clean and Simple Thank You challenge, and the Pals Paper Arts color challenge to use Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie.

Couldn’t be more clean and simple than a one-layer card! I used Naturals White for the card base and stamped the feather in curry, followed by the sentiment over top in olive, and two pumpkin candy dots finished off the card.

I’m looking forward to trying this same overlapping technique soon with other stamps and colors!


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Being Thankful


Thank You Feathers

I’m not sure if it’s because I organized my studio last weekend (still in progress, ha!), or that I’ve offloaded some work responsibilities so feel a little less stressed in general, or that my house was cleaned before Sunday, but I found some time this weekend to play. I looked to some challenge blogs that I haven’t been able to join in quite awhile.

This card was inspired by the Stampin’ Royalty Being Thankful challenge and the Just Add Ink Texture challenge.

I recently got the Four Feathers stamps and framelits and couldn’t wait to use them! I started with a Crumb Cake base, stamped the feathers in Blackberry Bliss and then layered on a Blackberry Bliss cardstock piece cut into a pennant shape. The sentiment was heat embossed in gold, then layered beneath the sentiment a doily, strip of gold foil paper, gold sequin trim and then accented with die cut feathers, two with embossed gold tips.

Thanks for stopping by!