Saturday, October 3, 2015

World Card Making Day with My Favorite Things

Hey everyone!  I'm excited to be helping out with the World Card Making Day celebration at My Favorite Things.

We have new posts going live all day between 4 AM and 8 PM.  You're going to be seeing peeks at the new MFT October release, and you're also going to have the chance to win prizes....prizes which happen to be new release goodies!

I'm mixing a little old and a little new today.  The October release is just chock full of holiday goodness, but also has some great basics that can be used year round.  My favorite is the Stitched Arch STAX.  It's just perfect for framing/spotlighting your focal point, which is exactly how I used it here on my front panel.  

I also love the Snow Drifts Cover Up.  I used some of the cuts from the cover up to create the hills in the background.  

Then it was time for some old.  One of my favorite sets released this year was Penguins in Paradise, and while the set definitely has a summery tropical theme, penguins are obviously well suited to for winter.  I used the penguin holding a cocktail, but fussy cut the penguin, snipping out the cocktail.  Instead, he's holding up one of the ornaments from the new Santa's Elves set.  The presents come from that set too.

I finished the card off with a sentiment from the new Hand Lettered Holidays set, I just love that classic scripty font!

While I had my stamps out, I whipped up another card.  One layer to boot, that's not easy for me!  I used the big polar bear from Cool Day combining it with this sentiment from the new Stay Cool set.  They go together so perfectly don't they?

OK, be sure to head over to the blog to leave a comment to win, and remember, there are new posts every other hour over there, so keep checking back.  Have a great World Cardmaking Day!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Peonies - 30 Day Coloring Challenge

I needed to create something just for fun the other day, no assignments, just creating to create.

I got this gorgeous image by Catherine Scanlon a while back.  I don't normally buy rubber stamps, but I just couldn't resist.  It's been languishing in my pile of stamps that need stamping, and I decided this was the week to pull it out.

I opted to go with some no line watercoloring.  This was just fun and relaxing to do.  I probably should have colored the water/clear glass a little more since I went with such a dark time.

This one took a couple days to finish, but I thought it would be perfect for kicking off the 30 day coloring challenge.  I'm hoping to do a better job of keeping up than I have with the previous challenges.

If you want to get in on the challenge, head over to Kathy's blog to get all the details and link up.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

MFT Sketch 248

Ready for a new sketch from MFT?

I kind of stripped this one down.  I wanted to use the green chevron print, and when I was looking for something to go with it, I thought why not pair it with the pink, but offset the pattern.

I like the kind of optical illusion you get and I thought this sentiment went perfectly.

I wanted to give the green chevron panel a bit more height without popping it up, so I backed it with some cardstock so it has a little more definition.

A few sequins and some sparkly embellishments that have been languishing in my stash finished it off.

Please stop by the blog to see what the rest of the team created, and I hope you'll play along too!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Christmas is three months away!

Sorry, don't mean to be an alarmist, but it's kind of creeping up.

I always tell myself that I'll make Christmas cards throughout the year and then I'll have plenty when it comes time for Christmas.  Somehow it never quite works out that way.  I counted up how many Christmas cards I have so far this year and it came to a woeful five.  FIVE.  And truthfully two of those are left over from last year.  Sigh.

So I need to get cracking on my cards, but I don't want to mass produce them because I kind of hate mass producing and I think it takes the joy out of making a card for someone.  At the same time, I can't afford to take the 1-2 hours it normally takes me to make a card (I know, I'm slow, and indecisive, and I make mistakes).

So this year I'm going to do my best to create scaled down cards, and mass produce in a fashion.

This means I pull some Christmas stamps I want to use and a pad of patterned paper.  I do all the stamping, images and sentiments, at once.  Next I select/cut the patterned papers, then I go back and color.  Once that's done, I'll add limited details and assemble.

For today's set of cards I pulled out some of my Essentials by Ellen stamps (Tis the Season and Christmas Scribbles) as well as a Hero Arts Woodmount (Winter Evergreen) stamp.  The papers are from last year's My Mind's Eye Sleighbells Ring 6x6 pad.  And I used my Kuretake Gansai watercolors to color the images.

After I finished this one, I thought the stamped panel was too stark, so I stitched some strips of paper/vellum on the top and bottom and added a bit of twine.

Similarly, for this next card, I added some glitter paper and vellum.

 This next card is a CASE of this card I made last year, just a little simpler and more mailable.

These last two cards were a little bit more involved.  I stamped the Hero Arts image on a cardstock panel.  The merry is an Ellen Hutson die, and I masked off one of the other EH sentiments to get just the Christmas.  I stitched the vellum to the stamped panel with gold thread and then adhered the sentiment die.  It was looking a little boring, so added a few gold embossed stars.


I really liked this design so I ended up making a second one.

So those are my semi-mass produced, less involved, Christmas cards.  I've officially doubled the number of cards I have on hand.  Hopefully I can keep this up!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

MFT Color Challenge 30

It's time for a new Color Challenge from MFT.

I will admit this was a tough one for me and I cheated a little bit.  I had a hard time working Gumdrop Green into the card, but there's a little bit of it in the plaid pattern I chose, so I'm calling it OK.

Be sure to head over to the blog to check out how the rest of the team met the challenge.