Friday, September 23, 2016

Merry Reindeer

It's officially autumn now (insert sad face here) so I might as well make Christmas cards. The current Muse: ChristmasVisions card is by Cornelia

Isn't it cute? I was inspired by the trees, the dry embossing, the fun Christmas critter and the clean design with lots of white space. Here's what I ended up with: 

I switched the evergreens to birch trees; when I saw Cornelia's card, I decided to break out this birch tree die that I've had for eons but haven't used until now. My sweatered reindeer seemed to match the whimsy of the trees. I used a stencil to dry emboss snowflakes into the sky — normally I'd have coloured the sky blue, but I wanted to emulate Cornelia's white space. I managed to use three different embossing powders on this card! Clear, white, and sparkle for the sentiment.  

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up smokey grey cardstock, Bienfang bristol paper, Little Yellow Bicycle patterned paper, Hero Arts Christmas Reindeer & Holiday Conversation stamps, Versafine onyx black, Stampin' Up real red & Versamark inks, Zing clear, Hero Arts sparkle & Wow white embossing powder, Paper Smooches birch tree & MFT wonky stitch rectangle dies, Memory Box winter tiny snowflakes stencil, Zig clean colour brush markers, Winsor & Newton iridescent medium, Imagine Crafts Sparkle shimmer spritz, pop-dot tape

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Homes for the Holidays

Back with another Christmas card! The current Jingle Belles challenge prompt is "O Little Town of Bethlehem", or... put one or more buildings on your Christmas card. I really did put an entire town on my card:

This card was definitely easier to make than to photograph. I knew right away I had found a great reason to use this Village embossing folder. Before I'd looked at it, I was thinking I would somehow highlight two of the houses, but when I saw there were houses with hearts on them, I decided to just highlight two heart with tiny die cuts. This is the only stamp I have with this sentiment; I was worried that the script plus small size would mean white embossing on black wouldn't work, but with ultra-fine powder, it's quite readable. 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up real red & basic black cardstock, Gourmet Rubber Stamps Holiday Lane stamp, Versamark ink, Wow super-fine white embossing powder, Cuttlebug Village embossing folder, heart die cuts from stash, Creative Memories corner-rounding punch, fun foam

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Christmas Tree Musing

I must be feeling seasonal... today I made a Halloween card and a Christmas card. For the Christmas card, I was inspired by this week's Muse ChristmasVisions card by Chriss Blagrave

It's a long road from Chriss' inspiration to my final card, but trust me, it's where my idea originated. ;) I looked to the multicolour tree, the use of black and texture, and the star. I was originally going to use a rainbow of bottle-brush trees, but then wandered off in an entirely different direction that resulted in this: 

One tree turned into three, each in a different metallic embossing powder colour. My trees weren't really big enough to take up the entire card, so I cut the black panel and layered the patterned paper under. If only there had been copper stars to go with the silver and gold! Finally, a black on (mostly) white sentiment. I debated adding stars to the treetops, as Chriss did with hers, but it seemed to detract too much from the artsiness of the sketchy tree design. 
As for the Halloween card... it will show up here eventually, I'm sure. ;) 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Teresa Collins Tinsel and Company patterned paper, Artful Stamper Tree & Hero Arts Family & Friends stamps, Versamark & Versafine onyx black inks, clear, silver, pale gold pearl & copper pearl embossing powders, fun foam

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Other People's Stuff

Last weekend was crafty get-together time at my house! Ardyth, Emily and Tracey made the trek so we could eat, chat and even craft a bit. ;) Then this week I saw the current Muse card inspiration by Tracey, and knew I had the perfect image from the day that I could use! 
This is Tracey's card: 

And here is the flower I stamped, embossed and coloured last Saturday: 

Photo and thumb courtesy of Ardyth. 

The card inspiration is Tracey's, the stamp and die are Ardyth's, and the gorgeous watercolour powder is Emily's! At least the ink and embossing powder are mine. :D The watercolour paper, too. The photo doesn't do it justice, but the Cosmo Cricket powder has the most amazing shimmer! As it was already die cut, I couldn't make a one-layer panel the way Tracey did, but I did use my own green and purple powders to make a similar style background. I also used a die to cut my panel before layering on a cream card base. Inspired by Tracey's black sentiment, I found a label-style sentiment deep in my stash. Here's how it all came together... 

Perhaps you'll be inspired, too! 

Supplies: Stampin' Up very vanilla cardstock, Strathmore watercolour paper, unknown sentiment strip, Essentials by Ellen Mondo Peony stamp & die, Versamark ink, pale gold pearl embossing powder, Cosmo Cricket/Julie Comstock candy pixie paint, Magenta Nuance purple & cerulean watercolour powders, My Favorite Things Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched die, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ahoy, Scallywags!

Do you know that Monday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Edna does, and has set up the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge to celebrate the occasion! 

Of course, thanks to Sister Lee, Edna has all the best pirate accessories. I was not so lucky, and had to get creative...

I'm not sure I'll ever be able to look at this particular Crazy Cat in the same way ever again. He does seem ideal for typical cat treasure-burying in the sand. ;) The eye-patch was easy to add (though I do have to say, Tim Holtz missed out not having one in the accessories set) using first a Sharpie and then a Versamarker and matte embossing powder. I don't even have a good pirate ship in my stamp collection, so had to paint my own with Zig markers before filling in the rest of the seascape with distress inks. The sentiment, too, had to be self-created. It's really a very DIY card! Pirates are always resourceful. 
The Sisters had a lot of fun with this theme! (And I'm not the only one who went the pirate cat route, strangely enough...) Our current guest designer Marina had fun with it too. Hope you can join us, and don't forget to set your Facebook language to Pirate on Monday! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Strathmore watercolour & mixed media paper, Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Crazy Cats stamp & die, MFT black licorice & stormy sky, mermaid lagoon, antique linen & vintage photo distress inks, Versamarker, Wow clear matte dull embossing powder, Zig clean colour markers, black sharpie, pop-dot tape

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