Kylie's Christmas Card Challenge

Sunday, November 30, 2014


The most awesome Kylie of Kylie is Addicted to Stamps is hosting a Christmas card challenge. You can find it here on her blog.

The prize is a personalized watermark and signature for the winning entry; it's worth $40 U.S.!

Watermark By:

Kylie recently started a new business designing watermarks, signatures and blog headers.  And, sweet girl that she is offered her service to her Design Team members.  Yes, that's my watermark that she designed for me featuring a leaf...one of my favorite shapes in nature :)

Using the Memory Box stencil and the Archival Watering Can ink, I created the starry background. Next, I inked my other stencil with three colors of Distress Ink and pressed them onto the watercolor paper.  I added a wee bit more color with a sponge in a few places and it need a bit more depth.  Once that was dry, I stamped the deer image in Seedless Preserves.  The original image has lots of shading on it and since I wanted a more solid image, I used a small paintbrush with some water on it to color in the image.  A simple stamped sentiment (don't you just love this set?) and a smattering of wood veneer stars and done!

Here's what I used:
Strathmore 140# watercolor paper
Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Tumbled Glass
Ranger Archival Watering Can and Jet Black
Memory Box Starry Nights stencil
TCW Harlequin Circles stencil
Stamps:  Penny Black Leaping Deer and Altenew Lyrical Script

So, please come join in the fun!  All you need to do is make a Christmas card and link it here on Kylie's blog for your chance to win your own personalized watermark and signature.  The challenge will be open until December 21st!.

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Merry Dots

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Found some time to play along with a few challenges today, yay!

A very simple and quick card to make.  Simply die cut the dotted background in some craft metal, added another layer in corrugate, a simple die cut sentiment in the same metal, and a smattering of sequins.  Done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and white corrugate
Stamps:  none
Ink:  none
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, PTI Tinsel and Tags kit dies, Taylored Expressions Mitten Garland dies, Add a Little Dazzle Pucker Me Pink craft metal, adhesives and Pretty Pink Posh metallic gold sequins

Challenges entered:
Addicted to CAS #53:

Festive Friday #45  photo inspiration






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Just Saying Hello Butterfly

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Happy 2nd birthday Addicted to CAS!!!  So in honor of that had to sneak in a card before the deadline :)


Decided to go super CAS so I embossed the rectangle, did some simple stamping and added a bit of watercolor.  And don't forget that smattering of sequins :)  Pretty easy peasy.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and Ranger watercolor
Ink:  Ranger Jet Black Archival
Stamps:  Altenew Painted Butterflies
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangles, Distress Markers in Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon, Pretty Pink Posh Sweetheart Mix, paintbrush, adhesive

Challenges entered:

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Dazzling Diva #53

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Time for another Dazzling Diva Challenge from Add a Little Dazzle.  This week we are focusing on embossing techniques with metal.  Did you know that you can emboss the metal with a variety of stencils and it takes embossing paste beautifully too!


I've chosen to use a metal stencil for my embossing today and I've used the No More Shims Embossing Mat and the poinsettia stencil that can be found here in the Add a Little Dazzle Boutique.
Here's a close up:


So depending on how you hold it in the light...you see more black or more gold.

Such an easy way to dress up a card.  I cut a piece of craft metal to the size of the stencil, placed it in my Big Shot Pro with the No More Shims Embossing Mat and fresh cutting pads.  I keep a set of cutting pads just for embossing the metal so that there are no marks of any sort in them.  Then, I simply rubbed some Oldsilver Inka Gold across the embossed piece.  I let it dry a bit before swiping it with a baby wipe, very gently.  Then after it was completely dry, I buffed it with a soft cloth.  Then it was added to my card with some designer paper and a die cut sentiment.

Would love to see you join us for this fun challenge!  Use of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we'd love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.  Add a Little Dazzle craft metals sheets are available here.

And just a heads up, Add a Little Dazzle is having a Black Friday Sale, check this out on Friday!!!




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Fusion Joy

Monday, November 24, 2014


Playing along with the Fusion Challenge - Sparkly Christmas:



This was indeed a labor of love...not a quick CAS design in the least :)  I started out by die cutting all those little circles you see, Next the majority of them were stamped with a design and heat embossed in silver.  Then they were placed to create the wreath.

Next, comes some scrunched up tissue wrap to add the musical component of the design.  A few mirrored stars, a red bow and the die cut sentiment complete the card.  A little time consuming but I'm very happy with the end result!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and SU! Brushed Silver
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted Geometric Style II
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Clearly Besotted Geometric Style II Die Collection, Penny Black Creative Dies - Love and Joy, WOW Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing Glitter, heat gun, embossing buddy, SU! ribbon, Tim Holtz Composer Tissue WrapTim Holtz Mirrored stars, dimensional foam tape

Challenges entered:

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Rustic Luxe

Saturday, November 22, 2014


Well, slowly but surely, the Christmas cards are getting done.  Here's another one to add to my stash today.

I've stamped the wood background stamp with a couple of colors of Distress Ink, then taking a barely damp paintbrush, just sort of spread the color out here and there.  Then it was dried thoroughly before adding the wreath in Versamark and embossing it with some sparkly embossing powder.  Once that was fully dried, I added some of the Stampendous Spoonful of Snow randomly across the wreath and heat embossed it again.  If you've never used this stuff...it's fantastic.  But it takes a bit of playing to make it stick.  The best way to use it, is to place it on your card and keep heating it from underneath, otherwise it really tends to fly around.  It takes some time and some patience, but it really has such a beautiful effect with some wonderful sparkle.

Next comes a simple stamped sentiment and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb cake
Ink:  Pumice Stone and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks, Versamark and Ranger Archival
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Woodgrain, PSX (an oldie but a goodie) and Clearly Besotted Most Wonderful
All the other stuff:  paintbrush, heat gun, WOW Sparkling Snow embossing powder, Stampendous Spoonful of Snow, foam adhesive

Challenges entered:

CAS(E) this sketch
Inkspirational #70
JustUsGirls

Time Out #19:  embossing with the optional twist of sparkle

Challenge Up Your Life:  challenge #2 banner/garland/wreath

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Pink Season

Friday, November 21, 2014


Really wanted to play along with the STAMPlorations monthly challenge again.  The theme this month is stamps and layers.  And, The Mixed Media Card Challenge theme is Christmas, yeah, one more Christmas card done!

And yes, there are lots of layers on this baby :)  I started off with one of my favorite techniques...adding color to a stencil, misting it with water and laying it on some watercolor paper. Once that was dry, I stamped on the holly branches in silver ink and again dried the card.  Next, I heat embossed the snow flakes in white.

Then disaster struck!  I stamped the sentiment onto my card and accidentally got a line of black ink above the sentiment.  What's a girl to do?  Well...decided to use a black pen and extend the line and make a matching one below.  I think it works!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor paper
Ink:  Hero Arts black and Picked Raspberry, Frayed Burlap and Pumice Stone Distress Inks
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Vignette:  Christmas Block, STAMPlorations Oh, Christmas Tree! and Simon Says Stamp with Clearly Besotted Holly Berries
All the other stuff:  Tim Holtz Holly Bough stencil, Hero Arts white embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat gun, water mister, ruler, Copic multiliner

Challenges entered:
STAMPlorations November challenge:  stamps and layers
The Mixed Media Card Challenge:  Christmas

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Stylish Birthday

Thursday, November 20, 2014


So many challenges...so little time!  Trying to spend a little more time in my studio just playing along with some challenges.  Today I'm playing along with the Runway Inspired Challenge...this gorgeous dress from Herve Leger by Max Azria:



Easy peasy card again today.  A simple stencilled background...don't you just love those colors?  And I'm finally playing with Shirley Bampton's stamps...yeah!  I added a bit of the Ripe Persimmon to her belt and a few enamel dots and done!

And, Uniko Studio has an anything goes challenge this month, so I'd love to play along too!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and Ranger Watercolor
Ink:  Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Dried Marigold and Ranger Archival
Stamps:  The Bee's Knees CityGirl, enamel dots
All the other stuff:  Stencil Girl Succulents stencil, watercolor brush, water

Challenges entered:
RIC#72:  Herve Leger by Max Azria
Uniko Studio:  anything goes
STAMPlorations:  anything goes

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Add a Little Dazzle and Neat and Tangled Blog Hop Day 3 Plus Dazzling Diva 52

Wednesday, November 19, 2014





Hello again, everyone!  It's day three of the Add a Little Dazzle and Neat and Tangled blog hop...welcome!!!  A fun blog hop sure to inspire you along with the added bonus of prizes.  Neat and Tangled has a wonderful array of stamps, digital images, dies as well as accessories like sequins. And Add a Little Dazzle carries a fabulous line of craft metal sheets that provides a distinctive look to your projects and cards.

And, since it's Wednesday, it's also the weekly Dazzling Diva Challenge.  This week we are focusing on the inlaid die technique which can be done with dies or punches quite easily.




And here's my card using dies:





I started with a piece of watercolor paper and heat embossed the very awesome Time Warp background from Neat and Tangled.  Once that cooled, I painted my paper with water and a paintbrush. Then, using the same paintbrush, I picked up Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and dropped it onto the wet areas of the card.

Once that was dry, the Brushed Copper stars were die cut, as was the background where I wanted to place them.  Next, they were carefully put in place and taped on the back of the watercolor paper to hold them in place.  Then I adhered it to my card base.  Easy peasy right?

Be sure to stop by all the blogs on the hop and enter to win:






PRIZE ALERT!!!


We have an awesome giveaway!  Enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packs from both companies! You have until Saturday, November 22nd midnight (MDT) to enter.  The winners will be announced on both company blogs.

You must leave a comment on all blogs (including the company blogs) for a chance to win 1 of the 2 prize packs!


SPECIAL BUNDLE PACK!



Are you excited to try out the Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets?  Order our Ultimate Sampler Pack today and received an exclusive PDF tutorial immediately. Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets are available here.

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ATSM#122 Classic Christmas

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Time for another Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge...and this week it's time for our Make Your Mark challenge.  Using pencils, markers, whathaveyou for coloring your card works perfectly for this challenge!

Our sponsor this week is Eureka Stamps:


And, up for grabs are three digis...free is good right?  Why don't you play along?

A simple design today, just some heat embossing in gold, followed by scribbling a little color from various Distress Markers throughout the wreath image.  I used watercolor paper, so that I could easily blend the colors with a bit of water on a small paint brush.  Then some Stickles were added to the bells, and a simple heat embossed sentiment on vellum finishes the card.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU!  Soft Suede, vellum and Ranger Watercolor
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  JustRite Christmas Wreath
All the other stuff:  Hero Arts gold embossing powder; Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive, Pine Needles, Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries Distress Markers; heat gun; embossing buddy; Diamond Stickles

Challenges entered:
Festive Friday #44

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Add a Little Dazzle and Neat and Tangled Blog Hop Day 2



Hello everyone!  Welcome to Day 2 of  the Add A Little Dazzle and Neat and Tangled Blog Hop!  A fun blog hop sure to inspire you along with the added bonus of prizes.

Neat and Tangled has a wonderful array of stamps, digital images, dies as well as accessories like the sequins I've used today. And Add a Little Dazzle carries a fabulous line of craft metal sheets that provides a distinctive look to your projects and cards.

Let's get started shall we?


I've used the fun and fabulous Neat and Tangled Party Dots stamp set today to make a shaker card with some Neat and Tangled sequins.  And I've used an Add a Little Dazzle Perfect Peacock craft metal sheet that's been embossed.

If you haven't tried making a shaker card before here's how.  The shaker element of the card has been created by cutting two rectangular layers of white card stock and stamping the bottom one with the large circular image.  Then I cut an aperture in the top rectangle and backed it with acetate.  After using foam tape around the entire image, I dropped in several of the copper sequins and sealed up the shaker portion of the card.  Also stamped the dot images up the left side of the rectangle before adding the die cut stars. Stay tuned tomorrow to see where my shooting stars came from :)  The sentiment comes from the same set and has been fussy cut and added with more foam tape.


Be sure to stop by all the blogs on the hop and enter to win:




Lee-Anne Cross (that's me!)

Kate Capper



PRIZE ALERT!!!


We have an awesome giveaway!  Enter for a chance to win 1 of 2 prize packs from both companies! You have until Saturday, November 22nd midnight (MDT) to enter.  The winners will be announced on both company blogs.

You must leave a comment on all blogs (including the company blogs) for a chance to win 1 of the 2 prize packs!


SPECIAL BUNDLE PACK!





Are you excited to try out the Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets?  Order our Ultimate Sampler Pack today and received an exclusive PDF tutorial immediately.  Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets are available here.

Challenges entered:
MOJO Monday #372
Virginia's View Challenge #9:  all things metallic


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Dazzling Diva #51

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


It's time for another Dazzling Diva Challenge brought to you by Add a Little Dazzle.  Here's our beautiful inspiration for the week:


Every time I looked at the inspiration picture, I kept focusing on the wooden sign hung above the mantle and the deer to the side of it.  Can you tell :)

I masked off the areas to divide the sign into three as in the picture.  Then it was stamped with the woodgrain image in Archival Ink.  Next I sponged several colors of Distress Inks over top. Once that was done, I heat embossed the sentiment and the little pine sprig.  Then I smudged some white pigment ink randomly on the panels also.

The reindeer has been die cut from the reverse side of a sheet of craft metal, adhered to the panel and then I added a little bit of Xmas Red Stickles for his nose.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Coffee Archival Ink, Hero Arts Unicorn, Weathered Wood, Walnut Stain and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Woodgrain stamp, Clearly Besotted Most Wonderful and an old PSX pine sprig image
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Penny Black Leap of Joy Christmas Reindeer, die, sponges, Hero Arts white embossing powder, heat tool, sponges, Xmas Red Stickles, masking tape

Challenges entered:
Virginia's View:  all things metallic

Would love to see you join us for this fun challenge!  Use of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we'd love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.  Add a Little Dazzle craft metals sheets are available here.

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Loll's Tag Blog Hop

Saturday, November 8, 2014


Loll contacted me quite a while ago and asked me to be part of her tag event.  Of course I jumped at the chance!  Love Loll's work, love Christmas, and every year I try to join in the fun of a tag event! A win, win right?


Here's the link to her fabulous site with all the details.  The event continues on until the 14th.  So come join in the fun! If so you've missed any tags, don't forget to go back and check them all out!

I started out with a die cut tag made out of a piece of cardboard box.  Simply peeled back the paper and this is was the result.  Then I started adding Distress Paints, layers of glitter and snow.  Once that was all dry, I added my die cut snowflakes, pearls and mirror stars.

The seam binding is hand dyed with Distress Inks and Paints.  A few little Tim Holtz doo-dads and done!

Here's a close up of the embellies at the top of the tag:





Here's what I used:
Paper:  cardboard box, SU! Pretty in Pink and Brushed Silver
Stamps:  not a one
Ink:  Spun Sugar, Brushed Corduroy and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks
All the other stuff:  Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Tag & Bookplate die, Simon Says Stamp die set More Fun Flakes, Stampendous White Encrusted Jewel Kit, Tim Holtz Mirrored Stars, Picket Fence Distress Paint, Victorian Velvet Distress Paint, Spun Sugar Distress Paint, Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, misc. pins, Tim Holtz snowflake tag, seam binding, craft sheet, water mister

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STAMPlorations Guest Designer

Friday, November 7, 2014


So happy to be joining STAMPlorations as their Guest Designer this month!


With a theme of stamps and layers there were so many ideas bouncing around in my brain.  Ended up using some layers of Distress Inks and Inka Gold for my card.

I started out inking a piece of watercolor paper with Peacock Feather and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks.  Next came a layer of turquoise Inka Gold through a stencil.  Once that was dry, I placed my stencil over top, making sure it was exactly in place as the last layer, and added another layer of Inka Gold, but just in certain spots...this time I used the Oldsilver.  Funny name really 'cause it ends up gold :)  And, once that layer was dry, I added more Inka Gold, this time in Copper through another stencil to add in the little stars.

Once everything was dry, the entire card was buffed with a soft cloth to bring up the shine.  Then I stamped my trees from the Oh, Christmas Tree! stamp set from STAMPlorations (thank you Shery!) and added the sentiment, all in black archival ink.  Don't you just love these graphic trees?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Ranger watercolor paper and SU! Basic Black
Ink:  Peacock Feather and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink; and Ranger Jet Black Archival
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Oh, Christmas Tree! clear stamp set
All the other stuff:  Turquoise, Oldsilver and Copper Inka Gold, Stencil Girl Mayne stencil, Simon Says Stamp Falling Stars stencil, spatula, soft cloth

Challenges entered:
Virginia's View #9:  all things metallic

Big thanks to STAMPlorations for having me as their Guest Designer!

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Dazzling Diva #50 Warmest Wishes

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Hello everyone!  Time for another Dazzling Diva Challenge.  And here's the inspiration for this week:



Lots of possibilities here right?  I saw red and green and that was it :)  Started out with some designer paper and then I die cut the Ring Frame in Scarlet Red.   Thought it would be fun to add the off cuts as a little extra eye candy!  Die cut the tag in a couple of complementary papers and stamped the sentiment.  Then I added some little metal stickers, some twine and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and Authentique: Festive
Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Build a Snowman
Ink:  Hero Arts Black
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Add a Little Dazzle Scarlet Red craft metal, Simon Says Stamp Ring Frame die, MFT Die-namics Tag Builder set, black twine, misc. metal stickers, adhesives.

Would love to see you join us for this fun challenge!  Use of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we'd love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.  Add a Little Dazzle craft metals sheets are available here.

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Addicted to Stamps and More #120 Photo Inspiration

Tuesday, November 4, 2014



And here we are again with another challenge from Addicted to Stamps and More...this photo inspiration definitely makes this girl think about getting some Christmas cards done...let's just say I am more than a little behind :)


And our sponsor this week has generously provided three free digis for the winner:



No stamping today.  Just used a stencil and some embossing powder for my background.  A die cut ornament with the sentiment die cut into it and then yet another die cut...leafy branch.  For the final touch some Flower Soft.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU!  Basic Gray and Tinsel & Company (I swore I wasn't buying any new paper...yup that lasted a long time!!!)
Ink:  Versamark
Stamps:  none
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinder's ornament die, MFT sentiment die, Clearly Besotted leafy branch die, Memory Box Starry Nights stencil, WOW embossing powder, foam adhesive, Polar White Flower Soft

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Starry Romance

Saturday, November 1, 2014


My final card has been made for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges at Splitcoast Stampers...yeah!!!  Tomorrow I'll be packing up all my cards and many from my stash to send off to Houston.  Hard to believe it's over for another year.  The bulk of my cards were done this week, as I've been quite busy with other commitments.  You'll be seeing some of them over the next few weeks.

Our theme for this card was romance and I love this sentiment from Quiet Fire Designs...thought it fit the bill quite nicely.

My background has been made with a stencil, some translucent embossing paste and glitter.  A simple die cut sentiment and one giant mirrored star.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Ranger Watercolor, Bazzill Marshmallow and Tempting Turquoise
Ink:  Hero Arts Black
Stamps:  Quiet Fire Designs
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Circle die, Tim Holtz mirrored star, Dreamweaver Translucent embossing paste, Martha Stewart turquoise glitter and Memory Box Starry Nights stencil

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Soft Watercolor Grace


Getting close to completing all my cards for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers.

Another very simple card to make today.  I simply inked up an embossing folder with two shades of Distress Ink and misted it with water.  Once it was dry, I added a bit more ink here and there and misted it again until I was happy with the color and coverage.

A simple stamped sentiment on vellum, a smattering of sequins and done.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor, vellum and Bazzill Marshmallow
Ink:  Worn Lipstick and Walnut Stain Distress Inks, Ranger Archival
Stamps:  Verve Grace Plain Jane
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Pocket Watches embossing folder, sponges, Silver Pretty Pink Posh sequins, adhesive.

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