Thursday, December 14, 2017

New Holly Stamp

I'm one of those people who takes forever to use a gift certificate.  I'm always afraid I'll wish I'd gotten something else.  However, I did take advantage of the recent Impression Obsession sale & here's my first card with one of my new stamps--Holly, G2000. 
I was immediately drawn to it on-line & oh my goodness--it is so beautiful!  I used a mask I'd previously made from acetate with a circle die.  The Distress Inks are peeled paint, shabby shutters & frayed burlap.  The holly is gold embossed, as is the strip of cardstock. 
I splattered with Distress Stain Tarnished Bronze & stamped the IO sentiment, B5518, in frayed burlap.  No buyers remorse this time!  I'm entering the Impression Obsession challenge, Country View Challenges, SSS Monday, SSS Christmas Card Day & Stamplorations Theme & Sketch.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by in this busy holiday season.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Pink Glitter for Christmas and Valentine's Day

I got the darling little Memory Box Paper Angel after last holiday season, so really wanted to use it this year. 
I used white glitter paper & pink glitter tape.  The halo is covered with gold Stickles.  The beautiful Spellbinder Lacy Squares die cut from linen cardstock made just the right mat.  I added a few layers of cardstock to give a little dimension, but not as much as foam tape.  The sentiment from AJVD is stamped on SSS Fog cardstock in Brilliance Starlite Black.  I'm entering Memory Box, AAA Cards, HLS Anything Goes with Dies, The House that Stamps Built, SSS Christmas Card Day, SSS Monday & Word Art Wednesday.
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I took a break from Christmas cards after putting a new packing tape roll on the dispenser.  I thought the old cardboard roll could be used for something.  When I realized that a votive candle would fit inside, I decided to turn it into a holder. 
I covered the inside & outside with Heidi Swapp pink glitter tape.  Then I die cut Poppystamps Heart String from white felt & attached it.  The bottom is made from several layers of cardstock die cut with Spellbinders Scalloped Circle.  Now I have my first Valentine project done & a little gift ready to give.  I'm entering Poppystamps, SSS Wednesday & The Snippets Playground (used a scrap of white felt.)  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

W&W and PTI

Took a break for mailing cards to make a couple more for some challenges I hate to miss.
First up is my W&W card which I'm entering in Heather's Color Challenge and Rerun No 26
Shay's Rerun cards inspired me to stamp my background with some of the little words in Big, Bold, Seasons.  I brushed on some brown ink after I finished stamping.  The panel was mounted to a light gray cardstock which I also used as a shadow for the noel die cut.  The little snowflake stamped on the word in 2 shades of blue is also from Big, Bold, Seasons.  The lightest blue was brushed on after the stamping as the stark white didn't seem to go very well with my background.  Just for fun I added some silver thread under the brown panel & finished off with my newest Mocha sequins.  I'm also entering ModSquad & Word Art Wednesday.
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Next is my card for Betsy's PTI MIM Challenge to use a fan brush to make trees.  Let's just say I won't be getting rid of my tree stamps--haha!  However, it was really fun to go way out of my comfort zone & hubby was very impressed--yah!  May end up making this his Christmas card. 
I have no idea why I bought a fan brush, but now it's actually been used.  I used Prima Confections watercolor & as you can see I made a forrest of trees.  My theory was that each tree didn't have to be so good & it worked.  I wanted to keep everything pretty soft & muted, so I used white watercolor for the snow.  I used DO broken china & DI weathered wood for the background before I painted the trees.  The sentiment from Splits: 'Tis the Season was stamped in Enchanted Evening & matching cardstock was used for the mat.  I didn't want to add embellishments, but needed a little sparkle. 
Fortunately I finally remembered to use my Quickie Glue pen with prisma glitter--so easy & pretty.  Guess I better get back to sending cards.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
I'm also entering CropStop, HLS Christmas Challenge, VOSP & Word Art Wednesday.
Edited to add: Thanks to Esther for letting me know about the Repeat Impressions DCC126--Glitter challenge which I'm also entering.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tags with a Feminine Twist

So many fun events in Blogland for the holidays.  One of them is 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist at Ellen Hutson's Blog.  Still trying to get Christmas cards signed & mailed, but I have made a couple tags.  The Day 1 challenge is 3D Die Cuts.  Jennifer McGuire's tags totally inspired me as I had several CAS-ual Fridays die cut bells on my table & had been debating whether or not to try the technique. 
I brushed 4 of them with a white metallic watercolor & attached the beautiful pinkish purple glitter Washi tape which definitely makes this a feminine tag!  I followed Jennifer's tutorial--fun & easy technique.  I used crochet thread through the holes at the top of the bells to give a finished look.  The Poppystamps Tunnel Tag was die cut from gray textured cardstock.  I stamped the AJVD sentiment on a white cardstock scrap, ran it through with the die & glued it on below the bells.  I'm also entering DRU (Sentiment: I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas), HLS Christmas ChallengeSSS Wednesday & Word Art Wednesday.
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My next tag was inspired by Julie's felt tree tag for the Day 3 Challenge: Naturally Neutral.  I love her color combo of kraft, white & black, so that's what I used.  However, I switched it around to a white tag & a kraft tree. 
The tag is made with AJVD Polka Dot Backdrop Rectangle & the tree is Impression Obsession.  The embellishments are a wooden star covered with Pale Gold Nuvo drops & little pearls also done with the drops.  It was a bit tricky using the drops on felt. 
I attached the kraft felt tree to one cut from white cardstock, slightly offset to hint at snow.  The sentiment is AJVD & I added little dots of Frosted Lace Stickles.  For an extra feminine touch I used some beautiful lace across the bottom before adding the black & white twine.  I'll probably turn this one into a card--really love how it turned out.  I'm also entering DRU (Silent Night),  HLS Christmas Challenge, SSS Wednesday, Die Cut Divas & Word Art Wednesday.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

VOSP Day 3

It's VOSP Day 3 and my final card shows the true meaning of Christmas. 
The nativity die from Stamplorations was cut from transfer paper so I could cover it with silver foil.  I attached it to another cardstock die cut for just a bit of dimension.  The black card front stitching is done with Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangle & I added small white & silver splatters.  The beautiful sentiment from AJVD was white embossed.  Didn't think any embellishments were needed.  Sometimes less truly is more.  There are prizes to be won for leaving comments on the participating blogs, but you must leave a comment On Her Blog telling Lori you want to be in the running.  You can also enter the VOSP Challenge where the prize is a $20 gift card to Mama Elephant.  Thanks so much to Lori for including me in her team again this year.  Enjoy all the inspiration & thank you so much for taking time to stop by.  
I'm also entering AAA Cards, SSS MondaySSS WednesdayDie Cut Divas & Stamplorations Anything Goes.
Edited to add: Also entering CAS on Friday.
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