Sunday, December 25, 2016

Have a Cool Christmas

I made this card for the current Curtain Call Challenge using a Stampendous stamp set that I got last week at Michaels. I just love these cute penguins. They come with matching dies so it's a fun set. I colored them with my Tombow Markers.

I hope you have a Cool Christmas!! 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!





Thursday, December 22, 2016

3-D Christmas Cards with Concord & 9th.

I was so happy when Ellen Hutson had a Christmas sale several weeks ago. I was finally able to purchase the Concord & 9th Christmas Cottage Stamp & Die set and they were 30% off!! The best way to figure out how to make these fun scenes is to watch the Concord & 9th Video that takes you step by step how to cut the papers to the right sizes and get started correctly. I would suggest making several of these at once because it does take some thought and concentration to cut everything to right size. Here is a link to the video. https://youtu.be/kK-Y74kRI_A They have a pdf you can look at also.

I made about 10 of them and I used different background colors to see what colors I liked the best. Some got mailed before I took photos, but I made sure to keep these to and photograph them before they got sent out. I was happy with all of them. I stamped with colored inks after die cutting all the elements and I used Stickles along the snow lines to add some interest. I used my Signo white gel pen to make dots on the colored paper that can be snow or stars. The sentiment is from a PinkFresh holiday stamp set. These were really fun to make but they took time so make sure you don't have to rush through them when you decide to make them

Hope these give you some inspiration for using these super fun and unique dies and stamps.



Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas Card Challenges #2

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have a Photo Inspiration challenge.  I can't wait to see what you create!



I was inspired by the colors of the carolers and the blue section at the bottom of the photo. I used a background stamp by Pinkfresh Studio. I colored in the presents and background with my Tomboy markers. The Season's Greetings die is from Avery Elle. It was little hard to see the words when I first put them down on the card so I brushed some white ink over the middle of the card to dull the background a little so the words stand out more. It was a fun card to color. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #31 - Merry & Bright - Mid-Month Inspiration


I made another project this month for the Mixed Media Monthly December "Merry & Bright" Challenge using Eileen Hull's Loaf Pan die. I mixed my own color of blue paint using Distress Mermaid Lagoon and Distress Blueprint Sketch paints. I painted the front and back of the pan and taped it together with double sided tape. Then, I added some American Craft Remarks Snowflake stickers. Finally, I used buttons, beads and sequins from the 28LilacLane Winter Wonderland Embellishment set from May Flaum.






Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christmas Card Challenges #1 - Candy Cane

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have a word prompt challenge - Candy Cane.  I can't wait to see what you create!



This paper reminded me of a candy cane. I used a new PaperArtsy JOFY stamp set. I really love this big present. I fussy cut some paper scraps, layered with some kraft and white card stock and added lines with my Faber Castell Pitt Pen to add a little interest. It's an easy and cute Christmas card.  Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #31 - Merry & Bright



It's time for a new challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. This month we have a fun color challenge. These colors go with all your Fall/Autumn/Thanksgiving projects. Our sponsor is Eileen Hull and she is giving our lucky random winner one of her awesome dies. Check it out on the blog. 

I decorated my box made with her Square Box die, die cut using mat board. I used IndigoBlu paints, a Jillibean Soup circle stencil and some sequins and tiny rhinestones. I wanted to make it as fun and cheery as possible. To finish it off I added a silver, sequined bow from Maya Road. Below are some photos I snapped along the way. I hope you will play with us this month. Thanks for stopping by!



Here is how the dies look when you first cut them out. 

I added a couple of layers of IndigoBlue Townhouse Teal.

Then I chose one size circle and traced them lightly with a pencil

Then I painted in the circles (not the bottom) an adhered the box
with strong double sided tape.

To finish it off I added two layers of sequins and tiny rhinestone
to each dot and a pretty, sparkly bow.



Sunday, November 27, 2016

Christmas Card Challenges #50 - Anything Goes

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have everybody's favorite theme - Anything Goes.  I can't wait to see what you create!



I created this card using the new Tim Holtz Holiday Stamptember 2016 Stamp set and my MISTI. I used my Tim Holtz Markers to color the different parts of the tree. This is such a fun technique to do on the MISTI. You can re-stamp it until you get the color as dark as you want it.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Patterned Paper Christmas Card 2

I'm back with more Christmas Cards that I made from my Carta Bella Snow Fun Paper Collection. I'm having so much fun creating cards with this fun collection. This time I used a general design kind of like a loose sketch. Most have a central focal point and the sentiment on the bottom. One has a "winter" sticker on the top. I can't believe I made seven more cards so quickly once I decided on a format to loosely follow.

I made another video showing how I made one of these cards. I can't believe it, two videos in a week!! Here is a link to the video https://youtu.be/JBf8CkFusrA  I'm hoping to get at least one more video with ideas for making cards from this collection as soon as I decide what do to next. I hope you enjoy these cards. Thanks for  stopping by!









Sunday, November 20, 2016

Christmas Card Challenges #49

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have everybody's favorite theme - Anything Goes.  I can't wait to see what you create!



To created this card I actually used a piece of card stock from a Recollections Halloween stack called Midnight Magic.  I die cut a label out of black glitter paper and then die cut the Merry Christmas words from Papertrey Ink dies called Wet Paint Holiday Dies. Once again, this was a quick and easy card but really fun to make. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Patterned Paper Christmas Cards

Every year I buy a new Paper Collection to make Christmas Cards with and this year I chose the Snow Fun Collection by Carta Bella. I decided to make a video showing how I decide which collection to buy and what I look for in a collection that I will be using mainly to make cards.

To make my first set of cards I used one piece of patterned paper that had ornaments all over it. I cut out each ornament and made a card with each ornament as a the focal point. I also used a sentiment from the Hero Arts stamp set Dimensional Layering Bird and the Avery Elle postage stamp die.

This is the paper I cut the ornaments from. I also used brads from the same collection.



Here's a video I made showing how I made these and why I picked this collection. I don't love it, but I think it's better than the last video I made at the beginning of the year. Hopefully, I'll like my next one better. Thanks for stopping by!  https://youtu.be/-Yi7AtX0AHw







Sunday, November 13, 2016

Christmas Card Challenged #48

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have a Word Prompt Challenge - Gitter.  This is a fun one and I can't wait to see what you create!



This card was super easy, when you get a collection it's fun to use different elements because they all go together. I used paper and embellishments from the BoBunny Altitude Collection. After I put the card together I added some some pearls and rhinestones from the collection on the snowflakes and above the "i".   The snowflakes are very glittery, it's kind of hard to see in the picture. Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, November 6, 2016

Christmas Card Challenges #47

It's time for another challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges. This week we have a Photo Challenge.  I was inspired by the colors and the fact it was a holiday drink. I can't wait to see what you create!



To make this card I used papers from the Crate Paper Bundled Up Collection. I inked all the edges of all the papers including the mug.  The mug die and sentiment stamp are both from My Favorite Things.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Painted Mini Snowman Canvas Tote

I have a few Mini Canvas Bags from CanvasCorp in my stash and I decided to decorate this one for the holidays. I kind of love how it turned out.

First, I painted some Tattered Angels Tan High Impact Pigment Paint. It looks great with the color of the canvas and provides a surface that is easier to stamp and paint on than the regular canvas.


Then I stamped this super cute JOFY PaperArtsy snowman stamp from JOFY 04 in Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink.


Finally, I painted the snowman with PaperArtsy paint in Chalk and then I added some snow dots with the white paint. I colored in the rest of details with my new Tombow Dual Brush Markers. In places where the lines were light or covered up, I went over them with a Faber Castell Black Pitt Pen.


I think this is so cute and would make an adorable gift bag. Here is a link to the Mini Canvas Bag. Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly #30 - Color Inspiration


It's time for a new challenge over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. This month we have a fun color challenge. These colors go with all your Fall/Autumn/Thanksgiving projects. Our sponsor is The Funkie Junkie Boutique and they are offering our lucky random winner an amazing prize package. Check it out on the blog. Our Guest Designer is Suzanne Czocek, be sure to check out her awesome project.

I made this altered canvas. I used PaperArtsy paints and lots of Wendy Vecchi stamps. The center is made from Wendy Vecchi Art Parts. I added some Canvas Corp accents - the burlap behind the leaves and the cord under the frame.


Here are some pictures of the process.










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