Thursday, October 27, 2016

I've Taken a Viking to You

I think this Avery Elle Viking mini set is so cute!

Andrew has a Scandinavian background, so Vikings are spoken of fondly in our home.

I wanted to keep the focus on the stamped image, so after coloring him with Copics, I created a frame/focal point with a heart die.  I thought the woodgrain paper went well with the masculine feel of the card, but was a little too stark, so I added a second, slightly off kilter, to soften it.

The background was also feeling a little too plain for me, so I added some dry embossing for texture.

The little hearts were a bit of an after thought.  The stamp set has hearts in it, but I had already die cut the hearts and was feeling lazy about stamping them, so I just doodled the hearts inside the die cut pieces to give them a bit more emphasis.

Hope your week is going well!  One more day til the weekend!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tim Holtz Christmas Cards

I'm sharing a couple more Christmas cards I worked on during my crafty get together a few weeks ago.  These were created with Tim Holtz's Cling Rubber Doodle Greetings stamp sets.

I love it when the sentiment is big enough and special enough that it does the work for you.  

For this first card I added some simple inking to the panel, stamped the the sentiment, and then added a bit of Copic coloring to the image.  So easy and quick!

I had thought that this second card would be just as simple.  Here I stamped/embossed the sentiment in gold and then inked on top, but the embossing didn't stand out as well as I thought it would, and the words were getting lost.

So, I ended up going in with a journaling pen and adding a shadow to the letters so they could be read more easily.  That definitely took more time than I intended, but live and learn.  If I were to do this again and wanted to make them in quantity, I'd just stamp in black and clear emboss over it for some shine.

Hope this gives you some ideas as you start working on your Christmas cards.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

You are Loved - for Where Creativity Meets C9

I've got one more card for this month's Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge.

This one is pretty straightforward.  I stamped the outline image with Versafine.  For the color on the flower, I inked the stamps with Distress Ink, misted it with water and stamped.  I didn't get as watery a look the first time, so I ended up doing this twice.  Confession - I also went in with a water brush and deepened up some areas because apparently I'm a control freak.

Then I added a gray wash around the flower and some black splatter, and finally finished up with the sentiment.

I really love how bold and striking this flower is.  It's great to find those images that really command attention and don't need much else, makes for easy cards with big impact!

Thanks for coming by!  Hope your week is going well!

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

From Our Family to Yours

I'm on a Christmas card roll (hopefully, because my grand plans to make some each month was a colossal failure).

I love this new City Sidewalks set from Mama Elephant.

At first it looked like a lot of stuff to color, but watercoloring makes everything easier!  And here I didn't even color everything, just the buildings themselves.

This was such an easy card to create, it's nice and flat for mailing, and with a MISTI, perfect for mass producing.  In fact, I actually stamped several panels, so I'll have a few extras of these when it comes time to mail out the Christmas cards.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Joy to the World Snowglobe

This snowglobe die was one of the items I specifically asked my friend Cheiron to bring to our crafty get together.

I can't tell you how much I love this die set, even though it requires cutting a gazillion tiny little items, I love it.

The good thing about the die cutting a gazillion tiny little items part is that this card was basically made with scraps.  I'll also mention that this required no independent thinking.  I just copied the design that was on the packaging.

The sentiment is from Mama Elephant.

Short and sweet today!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

You've Got This

Over Columbus Day weekend some of my favorite crafty people and I got together for what had become an annual gathering.

It's a BLAST, and I get to use lots of stuff I don't own.

I had really been wanting to try out this die from Concord and 9th, and I'm totally sold.  It's really all you need for a card - it can carry the whole thing.

I added a simple wash to a panel of watercolor cardstock, and then die cut the sentiment after it was dry.

Then I just popped it up over my card base.

You could churn out a whole card set in no time flat.

I'm linking this up over at the Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge, the theme is watercolor.

Hope you are all having a great week!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Ruby's Bridal Blog Hop

Hey everyone!  Today I'm taking part in a celebratory blog hop for Rubeena Ianigro (Ruby Naz).  One of the great things about this community is all the people and friendships you make, and how we celebrate achievements as well as life events together.

Ruby got married a few weeks ago, and we're keeping the celebration rolling.

Our theme/inspiration for the hop is Ruby's inspiration photo for her wedding cake:

Here's my take on it:

I loved the idea of the layers, so I created a panel of cream cardstock and gold mirror board and then used my Hooray die from Neat & Tangled to cut it.  The negative cuts were inlaid into a pink cardstock die cut.

I wanted the hooray to stand out a bit more, so I ended up cutting the whole thing once more from dark gray cardstock, snipping the hooray out and then adhering it on top of the pink.

That whole piece was then popped up over some patterned paper that I added a bit of dark gray and gold splatter to.  A couple additional pattered paper mats added some extra texture and interest.

It's hard to see the full impact of the card because that gold mirrorboard can be a bear to photograph, but this close up gives you a better idea:

 I'm keeping it short and sweet because this is a fairly lengthy hop and there is so much good stuff to see.  I'm actually the last stop on the hop.  Here's the full hop list if you're just getting started:

Now no decent hop is complete without a few prizes, right?  And there are some generous sponsors who have stepped up to help us with our celebration:

Mama Elephant $25 Gift Card
Winnie & Walter $30 Gift Card
Kennedy Grace Creations $20 Gift Card

Winners will be selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop!  Commenting will close on Saturday, October 22 at 11:59 pm pacific.  Winners will be posted on Amy's blog on Sunday, October 23rd.

Happy Hopping and huge Congrats to Ruby!!!