Saturday, November 15, 2014

Holly & Stars

I'm squeaking in at the last minute to post one last card for the Waltzingmouse Pajama Party challenges.  This time it's a sketch.  Pretty straightforward, but my card required a lot of tweaking before I was happy with it.

I'll add more info in just a bit.  I've got to get this linked before time runs out!   :)

Okay, I'm back.  I made it with six minutes to spare.  lol  You'll have to pardon the indoor lighting.  The sun is well and truly down here on the east coast.  I'll get a better picture tomorrow.

I used an oldie but goodie stamp set by Waltzingmouse.  I purchased Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy along with its companion set when they were first released several years ago.  I love the adorable gingerbread men, but this time I reached for the holly and berry images for my card.  I stamped them randomly around the oval in Handsome Hunter and Real Red ink.  Then I added two sizes of gold stars from the same stamp set.

The images looked a little flat, so I took my Wink of Stella pen and added a sheer layer of glitter to each star.  I used Glossy Accents on the berries to add shine and dimension.

I cut two ovals from white and green cardstock using Spellbinders dies.  On the white oval, I added a gold border with a paint pen.  Love the look!  I also went over it with my Wink of Stella pen to match the stars.  In the center, I stamped a sentiment from Ornate Ornaments and a small flourish underneath from Vintage Labels 4.  I added one tiny glittery star above.

I stamped and cut out two more sprays of holly and adhered them to each side of the oval, again adding Glossy Accents to the berries.  The whole centerpiece was popped up with foam tape on the card.  Whew!  It didn't turn out half bad!  Thank goodness.   :)

Stamps:  Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy, Ornate Ornaments, Vintage Labels 4 (Waltzingmouse)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Handsome Hunter, Real Red (Stampin' Up); Gold (Encore! Ultimate Metallic)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink); Handsome Hunter (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Standard Ovals Small and Large dies (Spellbinders); Glossy Accents (Ranger); clear Wink of Stella pen; foam tape  

Sweetest Christmas Wishes

I'm popping in to post a card for another of the Waltzingmouse Pajama Party challenges, this time to use an older Christmas set.  The DT used Candy Jar Christmas, which I do have (and also haven't used yet), so I pulled it out to make this card.

I stamped the candy canes with black ink, colored in sections with a red marker, and then used a glue pen to add sparkly red glitter.  I hand cut the candy canes, completely forgetting that I had the dies!  {smack forehead}  I remembered when I considered using the jar image and pulled out the matching dies.  Ooops!  I did use a die for the bow.  :)

After stamping, I colored the bow with Copic markers to add shading and then coated it in glitter.  Love the sparkle!  I stamped a Vintage Labels 4 image on another diecut in Hawaiian Shores ink, and then the sentiment in Pure Poppy ink.  I love how the bow fits nicely around the sentiment.

I embossed the Hawaiian Shores panel with a Decorative Dots folder from Stampin' Up.  It almost looks like falling snow.  I glued it to a white card base and then added the layered candy cane piece.  It makes a very sweet Christmas card!  (pun intended)  :)

Stamps:  Candy Jar Christmas, Candy Jar Christmas Fillers, Vintage Labels 4 (Waltzingmouse)
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink)
Copic:  0, C1, C3
Misc:  Cherry Cobbler marker, Decorative Dots embossing folder (Stampin' Up); Labels 4 die (Spellbinders); Jar Fillers die (Waltzingmouse); Sugar Cube glitter, Garnet glitter (Martha Stewart); glue pen

Friday, November 14, 2014

Scandinavian Tag

I could not resist the Waltzingmouse Pajama Party challenge for this month to make a Scandinavian-style tag using red and white.  I have had the Folk Art Medallion stamp set for quite some time without using it, and I just knew it would look cool embossed in white on a red tag.  I had to try it out!  Here's the result.

Quite simple, although it took several steps.  Each part of the medallion was stamped and embossed separately.  First the large leafy circle medallion, and then the smaller bits inside.  I stamped my sentiment on a diecut flag and popped it up.  Yes, that is an eyelet!  lol  I've had these flower eyelets for years and completely forgot about them until I started searching through my embellishments today.  They were still in the box!  It echoes the floral shapes in the medallion so it adds a nice touch. Besides, using what I have is the goal!  :)

You can see other projects for the challenge here on the Waltzingmouse blog.

Stamps:  Folk Art Medallion, Ornate Ornaments (Waltzingmouse)
Ink:  Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink); VersaMark
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  white embossing powder (Filigree); flower eyelet (Making Memories); Tag Sale #1 die (Papertrey Ink); Fishtail Flags Layers STAX die (My Favorite Things); baker's twine; foam tape

Saturday, October 4, 2014


I saw this sketch challenge for World Card Making Day on the Moxie Fab World blog and decided to give it a whirl.  I stuck to the sketch layout pretty literally since it was perfect for what I had in mind.  I've had this little owl in my scrap pile for several months.  I had colored it with the new Stampin' Up Blendabilities markers to try them out when I was at a friend's house.

I pulled out the Retro Fresh decorative paper by Stampin' Up and finally cut into it.  I love these fun patterns and colors!  It's difficult to see, but I smudged some Vintage Cream pigment ink on the Coastal Cabana panel to give the feel of soft clouds.  I hand cut a piece of Baked Brown Sugar cardstock into the shape of a tree branch and added woodgrain lines with the matching marker to give my owl a place to perch.

The two patterned paper banners were cut using the Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX dies by My Favorite Things.  I love their fishtail flag dies and use them a lot, so adding the pierced version of these dies to my stash was a no-brainer.

I'm rather giddy at how well this card turned out.  It was fun to make, and for once, it went pretty quickly!  You can see other cards for the sketch challenge here.

Stamps:  Chubby Chums (Paper Smooches)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Retro Fresh dp (Stampin' Up)
Misc:  Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX die (My Favorite Things); Baked Brown Sugar marker, Daffodil Delight Blendabilities markers (Stampin' Up)

World Card Making Day

I'm jumping online to post a card I made this morning for World Card Making Day.  This one is for a Power Poppy challenge to use a past Inspire Me Monday tutorial.  I picked this one, a monochromatic color technique, that I've been meaning to try for awhile.

Oh my goodness, this technique totally gives me an excuse to get more Memento colors!  I just have neutrals, so I chose to use Rich Cocoa for my card.  Essentially, you stamp the image first, smooch the inkpad on an acrylic block for a pool of color, and then use a blender marker to shade the image.  I also shaded around the flowers with two colors of Copic markers to add depth and splatted a bit of the Memento ink over the whole thing using a waterbrush.  Click the link above to see the tutorial on the Power Poppy blog.

I cut the flowers with a Labels Twenty-Two die and offset it with some Kraft cardstock cut with the same die.  I popped it up with dimensionals over a Kraft card base that was embellished with strips of patterned paper.  Both the floral piece and the card base were lightly sponged the edges with Distress Ink.  It's pretty subtle, but it really adds to the final look.

I enjoyed doing this technique!  World Cardmaking Day is a great time to try something new.  :)  I added my card to the official blog tour here.  Back to the studio...

Stamps:  Azalea (Power Poppy)
Ink:  Rich Cocoa (Memento); Antique Linen (Tim Holtz Distress)
Paper:  Kraft, White (Papertrey Ink); Autumn Meadows dp (Stampin' Up)
Copic: 0, E41, E42
Misc:  Labels Twenty-Two die (Spellbinders); blender pen (Stampin' Up); waterbrush

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Birthday Balloons

I recently purchased the new Taylored Expressions Up, Up and Away cutting plate to make quick and easy birthday cards.  It's a fun design that fills a card front and leaves room for a sentiment.  Here's a card I made using it.

Isn't that fun?  I cut the balloon frame out of black cardstock and mounted in on a white card base.  I cut the four balloons out of Urban Prairie patterned paper and glued them in place.  Super quick and easy paper piecing!  Then I stamped my sentiment using my Big Greetings set.  A set of these cards would make a fun gift.  Plus, it's an easy design when you're in a hurry for a birthday card.

Stamps:  Big Greetings (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, True Black (Papertrey Ink); Urban Prairie dp (Basic Grey)
Misc:  Up, Up & Away cutting plate (Taylored Expressions)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Berry Bouquet

Time for the monthly Papertrey Ink blog hop!  I really love the inspiration picture this time.  The sweater looks so cozy and warm.  I love the sweet berries inside the galvanized metal pot.

We were given a selection of color combos and sketches based on the inspiration picture that we could use if we so chose.  These are the ones I selected.

I deviated only slightly by adding a scalloped frame and some Ripe Avocado leaves.  It really needed that touch of green.  I used a fun dotted image from Winter Cheer for the background, first stamping the solid circles in Soft Stone, and then the outline circles in Smokey Shadow.  I edged the Soft Stone panel in a silver paint pen.  It's easier to see if you click on the picture to enlarge it.

I cut a scallop frame from Smokey Shadow cardstock using a Shakers & Sprinkles die.  Using the same silver paint pen, I added little dots in each scallop.  I placed it off center to frame my sentiment.  The Soft Stone panel was matted with Smokey Shadow cardstock that was distressed along the edge.  It echoes the lovely textures in the inspiration picture.  The whole thing was glued on an Autumn Rose card base.

I cut a pierced-edge flag from Smokey Shadow and embossed my sentiment from Tags For Spring in silver.  Naturally, all the silver accents are a homage to the galvanized bucket.  I cut some Turning a New Leaf sprigs from Ripe Acocado cardstock and placed three Autumn Rose buttons on top.

I really love how my card turned out and I feel it captures the inspiration picture beautifully.  You can see other cards for the blog hop here.

Stamps:  Winter Cheer, Tags For Spring (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink); VersaMark
Paper:  Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow, Autumn Rose, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Shakers & Sprinkles die, Turning a New Leaf die (Papertrey Ink);  Pierced Fishtail Flag STAX die (My Favorite Things); silver embossing powder, Autumn Rose buttons (Papertrey Ink); silver paint pen; distress tool