Peaceful Trees

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Time for the Ways to Use It Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers...using some form of emboss resist.

A very simple and easy to duplicate card today.  The background was stamped with the script stamp in Hero Arts Soft Granite.  Next it was heat set...this is very important!  Then the Technique Tuesday Evergreen trees were stamped in Versamark and clear embossed. 

Then I inked the right side of the card with Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Pine Needles and Chipped Sapphire Distress inks.  Once that was done, I used a water brush to pull the colors over to the left upper corner somewhat.

Finally, the sentiment was stamped in the Chipped Sapphire, added a few sequins/rhinestones and done!

Back soon with more and GO RIDERS!!!

Snowy Warm Wishes

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Time for some serious distressing today.  Gave my little distressing tool a real workout

I've used the sketch from the sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers and turned it on its side.  The card base has been embossed with the Tim Holtz retro embossing folder.  Next comes some scraps of vellum that have been distressed and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Then comes a piece of designer paper with fiber paste pushed through a chevron stencil...hadn't cleaned the stencil so some inks mixed in with the paste and that's ok.

A small square of another designer paper that's been cut with the MFT notebook edge die and again distressed.  On top of that is a long rectangle of yet another designer paper that's been distressed.  I heat embossed the Waltzingmouse sentiment and added bits of "snow" here and there at the same time.

The snowflake's been  made with a Martha Stewart punch and is topped with an MFT button and some added twine.

That's it...that's all...back soon with more!

OK, well there might be just one more thing...GO RIDERS!!!!  The Grey Cup Festivities start today...this town will be rockin'...if you are not familiar with the Saskatchewan Roughriders...just Google it...we are some of the loudest, craziest football fans evah!!!!

Peace Ornament

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Yessiree Bob...another original title!

It's the color challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers today.  And some of my inspiration comes from the Holiday Card Workshop 2013 from Online Card Classes...stretching your stamps.  In other words...think outside the box.

I started out by cutting my own stencil from a piece of transparency...just a simple circle with my Spellbinders circle die and my Big Shot Pro.  Then I taped it to my card with a piece of washi tape and placed a piece of  removable wide tape across the center.  Next I stamped the Anna Griffin holly image in Brushed Corduroy across the top and then repeated on the bottom part of the circle with Always Artichoke.

Then, I lifted off the removable tape and stamped the Waltzingmouse Stamps sentiment in Cherry Cobbler.  After I cleaned off my stencil (very important), I returned it to the same spot with tape and inked the entire circle with Versamark ink.  Next,  it was heat embossed with Iridescent Ice.

I inked the top of my Quikstik pen with Always Artichoke and stamped the little chain at the top of the ornament and added a Cherry Cobbler bow.

The ideas from the class did spark a little that!

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Fa La La La La

Monday, November 18, 2013

Hmmm...where to start with my inspiration for this...a combination of Day Three of the Holiday Card Workshop from Online Card Classes which contains some CAS card ideas, the Splitcoast Stampers CAS challenge to be inspired by music, and the TLC challenge to build a wreath from something other than a die.

Dug through my stash and pulled out a package of these little holly leaves and berries...that works!  So traced a circle in pencil and placed them around the circle.  Then I lifted up the edges and erased the pencil line.

Next I cut a diagonal piece of designer paper with holly on it and just dry fit it to the card.  Then I drew another line in pencil to match the diagonal and removed the paper.  Using my SAMJ (stamp-a-ma-jig) stamped the sentiment in Festive Berries...funny right?  Then I adhered the paper and decided it just wasn't quite finished.  So added strips of washi tape over top...kinda neat 'cause it shows the berries through the tape...

For a final touch of bling...some Stickles on the sentiment and done!

Back soon with more!   GO RIDERS!!! (sorry but you'll be seeing that particular phrase throughout the entire week as we head into Grey Cup) :)

Go Riders!!!!

My beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders have clinched a spot in the Grey Cup...what an awesome, awesome feeling, especially since it's being held here this year.  Get a little choked up every time I think about it...this team means so much to us.

If the determination in Darian Durant's eyes means anything at all...this is gonna be some game!

GO RIDERS!!!!!!!!

So please pardon me for posting something other than paper crafting but just had to share...this is the such an amazing time to be a Saskatchewan Roughrider fan...

GO RIDERS!!!!!!!

GO RIDERS!!!!!!!

Coffee with Susan

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A really quick card today to honor Susan (AKA One4Joy) over at Splitcoast Stampers.  She's the featured stamper today and her gallery is full of very artful and thought provoking eye-candy!

The card base is a standard 4.25" x 5.5" and covered with a slightly smaller piece of card stock that's been embossed with the Tim Holtz Compass embossing folder.  It's been distressed and inked with Walnut Stain. 

Next I took a strip of designer paper from the Lost & Found Christmas collection by MME and distressed it too.  I've stamped the "coffee rings" from Verve's Better With You set of stamps, again in Walnut Stain.  The sentiment from the same set was stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink.

Added a simple antiqued brad and done!

Congrats Susan!!!!

Word Verification

So sorry but I've had to turn it on...been getting way too much spam these days.  Hopefully in the near future I can turn it off again...sigh...

White Wreath and Polka Dots

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Creative title right?  Not!!!  But it's what came to mind today.

This has been created for the Ways to Use It Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers and to keep me going on my Christmas cards.

Very simple and easy to mass produce if the need be.

This is a 4.25" square card in Kraft.  The wreath was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder.  Then I quickly added the berries with Stickles.

Next comes the bow, that's been cut out of some Authentique designer paper.  The die is from Simon says Stamp...makes a quick and easy bow and is a really great size to work with.  I added more Stickles to the bow and then stamped the sentiment from Technique Tuesday in Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Hope you are well on your way to having your Christmas cards done!  Back soon with more!

Embedded Joy

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Haven't created a layered card in forever!  Used the Sketch Challenge from Splitcoast Stampers today and a technique from the Online Card Class Holiday Workshop 2013.

This card starts out with a square 5.5" x 5.5" card base in kraft card stock.  Next comes some designer paper that's been matted on some burgundy card stock, followed by a square of a coordinating paper, also matted with burgundy.

The sentiment has been cut twice, once in kraft and once in designer paper.  I've used the Tim Holtz Stacked Words Christmas Sizzix die for this.  Then I placed tape on the back of the kraft square and carefully embedded the designer paper layer into this. 

Had to have some bling right?  So I painted some chipboard stars with a Krylon gold leaf pen and also used a few scattered rhinestones.

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Make the Season Sparkle

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Yes, it is me!  I've not dropped off the face of the planet...just busy with other stuff.  Thought I'd try and stoke my mojo by taking the Online Card Classes Holiday Workshop 2013.  Lots of fun stuff  and fabulous ideas from top notch designers. 

I was also inspired by the color challenge at Splitcoast Stampers today.  The colors are Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate and Pool Party.  The following colors were substituted on my card:  Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Pool, Soft Stone, Tide Pool and Soft Pool.  The dessert option is a buffet...choose your own...mine was sparkle and shine.

Simple design, easy to create multiple cards for Christmas.  Stamped various colors of ink in two different sizes of snowflakes all over the card stock.  Scored it at 2 1/8" and 4 1/4".  Then I die cut the snowflake in a heavyweight card stock, used the direct to paper method to color it in all the same colored inks.  Smeared a layer of Glossy Accents on it and then sprinkled it with glitter.  Each of the stamped snowflakes has a bit of Star Dust Stickles on it too for even more sparkle.  Snowflakes are from Verve and the sentiment is from Stampavie.  The die cut snowflake is from Sizzix.

Heat embossed both the outside and inside sentiments and done!

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