Thursday, October 19, 2017

I Suppose I Should Start Making Christmas Cards

Although I am loving crafting for fall, I'm starting to get a bit nervous about Christmas as it is just over two months to Christmas and I have made about three Christmas cards this year.

So, I took the opportunity during my crafty get together a couple weekends ago to start knocking out some Christmas cards.

This one features a Hero Arts background that I LOVE.  It was stamped with a medium shade of gray and then colored with Prismacolor pencils.

The sentiment is from an older My Favorite Things set and was embossed in gold on the round panel which was popped up over the background.

That's all for me today.  How are you guys doing on your Christmas cards?

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fractal Leaves

I was still in the fall mood the other day, so I pulled out my Maple Thanks and Oak Leaf stamp sets.

I started by adding a wash to a watercolor panel.  Then the leaves were stamped and embossed with copper embossing powder.

I colored the leaves using Derwent Inktense pencils and then went in with a wet brush to soften and blend the colors in each section.

To add a little more shine, I also painted a little bit of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine in the upper left and bottom right corners.

The sentiment is from the Maple Thanks set and was embossed on some dark brown cardstock and popped up.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Thankful Leaves

I'm in full on fall mode right now.  It's my favorite season, and the leaves here aren't quite there yet, so I'm living vicariously through my craft stash.

I recently picked up this Mix and Mat die from Papertrey.

I love the delicate leaves and the fact that you get a peek at the panel behind.  For this card I kept things very simple.  The mat was die cut from my focal panel and then I used Copics to color the leaves, just two colors for each leaf since they are pretty small.

The sentiment is from my Oak Leaf set, and then the entire panel was popped up over the card base.

Really quick and easy and a big impact.

Hope you like it! 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hello You with Calathea, Inspired by Sveta

I'm sharing this card over on the Neat & Tangled blog today featuring my Calathea set.

It's actually my take on this card that my teammate Sveta.  Sveta used the Calathea set to create a light, bright, tropical look, but I'm in the mood for fall, so I went with fall colors and used more of the fuller leaves.

I used Altenew inks and a mix of first generation, second generation, and rock and roll stamping.  To add a little more drama/focus on the center I also did some light inking on the edges of my panel with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

The sentiment is from the Hello You mini and was stamped with the help of my MISTI.  I didn't use the MISTI for the leaves because for this look some irregularity is not a big deal, plus it's faster.

That's all for me today.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

So Very Thankful

If you follow me on Instagram you saw this card over the weekend.

It features the floral spray from Concord and 9th's Hello Lovely set which was stamped on Vintage Cream cardstock.

The image was colored first with one layer of Copics, by that I mean, no shading, just one shade for each of the flowers and the leaves.

The shading was then added with colored pencils.  This is a great way to add shading when you have limited Copics.  Colored pencils are a lot less expensive than Copics and can fill in while you build your collection.  It's faster and easier too.  ;)

The sentiment is from Concord and 9th's Lace Leaf set.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fun with Dies

Hey everyone!  Did you have a great World Card Making Day?

Mine was too much fun, mostly because it coincided with an annual get together with some of my favorite crafty people.  It was a card making candy haze!

This is actually the last card I created, but one of my favorites.

It features the Silver Linings dies from Ellen Hutson.  I love geometric dies because they afford so many possibilities.

For this card, I cut each of the sunburst dies (there are two that are mirror images) twice from five colors of cardstock.  I didn't use the entire die cut (these dies don't fully cut, but create a webbed piece that you can use as a whole or snip apart), I first cut down the dark red pieces to the shape circled here.

Then I snipped off portions from the other colors and pieced them over top.  Then the four quadrants were placed together to create the finished medallion.

The sentiment die is from Papertrey Ink and is three layers thick.

I just love how many different patterns and shapes and combinations you can create with these dies!

That's all for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Winnie & Walter World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop

Hi everyone!  I'm so excited to be participating in Winnie & Walter's World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop again this year.  You should be arriving from Heather Hoffman's blog.

As with any good hop, there are prizes to be had!  5 random winners in total will be drawn from all the comments left on the different stops along the hop. Each winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Winnie & Walter shop. 

I created two cards to share today.  This first one features the Mini Scenery: Marbelize stamp.  I have been eyeing this one for a while.  To create that background, I stamped the image using my MISTI and four shades of blue ink.  Each time I stamped, I slid the paper up slightly.  This gives it more of a real marbles look where there are different colors or shades of color.  I also think in the blue this looks a lot like water.

I repeated this twice to get the two halves.  The center point of the marble image is not quite the center of the stamp, so I trimmed the pieces down slightly so that they would meet in the middle, but adhered them to my colored panel at the ends so there is a space in the middle.

Then I die cut the Peace sentiment from silver foil cardstock and popped it up over the center.

The secondary sentiment is from In Bloom: Frenchy's Festive Florals and was embossed in white and popped up as well.

My second card features the Happy Owlidays set which is just so so cute!  I kept this one pretty simple.  The owls were stamped in Versafine and then watercolored with Kuretake Gansai watercolors.

They looked a little lonely there, so I gave them a little pine bower using the pine sprig from the Winter Wonderland set.  I first stamped them using my watercolors.  Just brushing them onto the stamp.  The resulting image is pretty organic and not precise, giving more of a hint of the needles.  After those were dry, I went back in with regular ink and stamped again to get some more of the detail in there.  I stamped using a couple of shades of green to get some extra depth too.

That's all for me today, but there is lots more to see.  Your next stop in the hop is Agnieszka Malyszek, and I've included the whole list below in case you get turned around.

Winnie & Walter Blog

Kelly Griglione
Emily Leiphart
Lea Lawson
Nichol Spohr
Rebecca Luminarias
Laura Sterckx
Nina Marie Trapani
Joan Bardee
Vanessa Menhorn
Yana Smakula
Amy Kolling
Heather Hoffman
Miriam Prantner
Agnieszka Malyszek
Kate M Capper
Yoonsun Hur
Laura Bassen