Thursday, November 26, 2015

Stitched Snowflake

Hi everyone.  I had a bit of time to play in my studio yesterday.  I didn't get much else accomplished, except for making a batch of Christmas sugar cookies.  It's my third batch and they are in the freezer, ready to be thawed, iced and decorated close to Christmas.  It's a tradition in our family to have these sweet delights.  Each batch makes seven dozen ... and I'll be making four batches this year.  Yep, that's a LOT of sugar cookies. :)  Most will be given to family for gifts.

On to my card.  First, I want to thank my sweet friend, Karen (Snippets).  She sent me these stitched snowflakes LAST year and I'm just getting around to using them. Thank you so much Karen! :)

I saw the challenge at Merry Monday (#181 - blue, white with texture)  and this idea popped into my head.  It actually turned out how I expected, which is unusual for me. :)

I used a background stamp that is all Christmas sayings (love it), and heat embossed in white onto soft blue card stock.  I love the texture and dimension from the embossing.  Then I layered three white snowflakes to create a thick die to "lift" it from the tag, adding a smaller blue snowflake on top.  A simple stamped sentiment (this is very pale blue ink, so it's actually better in real life than in the photo), and some baker's twine and my card was done.  Easy, peasy and so fun! :)

Check out the challenge at Merry Monday to see all the amazing cards from their very talented design team.  I know you'll be inspired to play along. :)

Thanks for coming by for a visit!

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Stamps:  Snowman Sayings (Amy R); Christmas Story (Penny Black)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Bashful Blue (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark; Bashful Blue (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Stitched tag die (Lil' Inkers), Stitched snowflake die-cuts from my friend Karen, white embossing powder, heat tool, white baker's twine (SU!)

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Merry Monday #181

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Stenciled Christmas Tree

Hi everyone.  While the tag event was running, I didn't post any other cards ... but I was busy making lots more!  :)  Managed to get lots of Christmas cards done ... mostly versions of a few simple designs, making them in different colours.  But besides those, I did find some time to try out a stencil from STAMPlorations that I've had for a while, but hadn't used yet.

I LOVE the modern, graphic, stylized tree.  For the card above, I started with a piece of smooshed inka gold with peacock feathers distress re-inker left over from this video tutorial I did a little while ago.  I cut the panel down, and then stenciled over top ... first with gold ink, and then once that was dry, clear glass bead gel was added on top of that.  The glass bead gel is so pretty and sparkly ... but it does take a while to dry, so I always plan to leave it overnight.  I didn't want to take away from the pretty panel, so simply stamped a gold sentiment to finish the card.

I'm entering this into a few challenges that are running right now:

Sparkle #51 - Anything Goes
CAS on Sunday #72 - Christmas
AAA Cards #53 - Anything Goes
STAMPlorations - Stencil Sunday #18 + Nov. Mixed Media

Thanks for dropping by for a visit!

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Stamps:  Mixed Christmas Sentiments (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Mixed Media paper for smooshed panel
Ink:  Delicata gold (Tsukineko); Peacock Re-inker (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  ARTplorations Christmas Tree stencil (STAMPlorations), Inka Gold wax paste, water mister, Clear Glass Bead gel (Golden), palette knife

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Sparkle #51 - Anything Goes
CAS on Sunday #72 - Christmas
AAA Cards #53 - Anything Goes
STAMPlorations - Stencil Sunday #18 + Nov. Mixed Media

Monday, November 23, 2015

Rainbow Snowy Sky

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card that is a CASE of this amazing card by TaeEun (rainbow in november).  When I saw her card, I completely fell in love with the colourful sky and bokeh technique she used.  I had to make one of these for myself.  Thank you so much for the inspiration TaeEun!!

I sponged distress inks onto my card panel, starting just off center with pink, and moving outwards, trying to add colours that would overlap and blend well.  Then I used the dot stamps from the HLS Mix Mash stamp set, stamping them with white pigment ink and then blending them out with a paper towel to soften them.  To finish the background, I diluted white acrylic paint with water and then splattered (A LOT!) over top. :)  I added a simple die-cut snowbank and white tree ... and then stamped the sentiment in soft gray so that it didn't compete with the background.

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Stamps:  Mix Mash and Mixed Christmas Sentiments (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean (Distress Inks by Tim Holtz); White Pigment ink (Hero Arts);  Smoky Slate (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Sponges, water mister, brush for splattering, Snowdrifts die (My Favorite Things), Swirly Tree die (Memory Box)

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Happy 3rd Birthday ATCAS!

ATCAS is celebrating it's 3rd birthday!!  YAY!!

Hi everyone.  It's the start of a new challenge at ATCAS.  The challenge this time is being hosted by me :)  ...

We have a whole bunch of sponsors to celebrate our 3rd birthday at ATCAS, with lots of prizes and fun give-aways.  Please check out the challenge HERE to read all about it.

There are lots of ways to add dimension to your cards.  My favourite is die-cuts. Today's card is made with just that.  I die-cut the leafy sprigs in green card stock and then sponged more green around the edges to add shading.  I die-cut three of the flowers, sponged the edges with yellow and orange inks, shaped and layered them to create a lot of dimension.  The center finishes off the flower ... these are actually mini sun punches, sponged with more orange, shaped and rolled into small cones, and then placed close together to create this dimensional center.  Click HERE to see a written tutorial on how I made these flowers.  To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment is the same green ink as the leaves.

We are so happy to have Gerrina (Gerrina's creatieve wereld) as our Guest Designer again for this challenge.  Please click HERE to see Gerrina's "Dimension" card, along with the cards from the rest of our talented Design Team.  Then make a CAS card that has dimension and join in the fun.  Hope to see you in the gallery!

And thanks for dropping by for a visit!!

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Stamps:  Fun Birthday Sentiments (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper:  White card base and flower (Neenah); Old Olive, Tangerine Tango (SU!)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Little Leaves die (Sizzix), Lovely Aster die (Memory Box), mini sun punch (Punch Bunch), stylus and mat for shaping, sponges,

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ATCAS#77 - Dimension

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Missing Autumn

Hi everyone.  Autumn is coming to a close and I realized that I have made very few autumn cards this year.  They are one of my favourites to make, second only to Christmas cards. The time has been a busy one for me and the season has just slipped away.  But before it's gone, I'm going to share this CAS card I made a little while ago, but haven't had time to blog until now. :)

This is a super simple card.  I die-cut the maple leaf from watercolour paper and sponged with red, orange and yellow inks (just randomly over the leaf).  Then I spritzed with water to let the inks blend.  Once dry, I splattered with a little diluted brown ink.  Simple design that was easy to make.

I mounted the leaf onto a piece of text DSP, adding a stamped sentiment at the bottom in brown.  I felt it needed just a little something more, so cut a small strip of the same colour of brown card stock to add to the bottom to ground my panel.


Just a reminder that my tag event link-up is still open for another three days! :)  It will close on Nov. 22, so if you haven't had time to link up your mixed media Christmas tags yet, there's still lots of time.  Winners will be announced on Nov. 29th.  Good luck to everyone!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!!

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Stamps:  Thinking of You (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press); Early Espresso card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Text DSP (I {Heart} Summer by Simple Stories), Maple Leaf die (Small Leaves 2 from Cheery Lynn), sponges, water mister, paint brush for splattering

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Happy Birthday Evan!

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing the birthday card I made for my oldest son, Evan.  It was his birthday a few days ago, and the family met at his place last night.  We ordered in dinner from a restaurant and enjoyed spending the evening together.  It was great to see everyone, and with being at Cooper's house, he was able to get to bed at his regular time --- which is always good for little ones. :)

I've been having some fun playing with the embossing folder technique on regular card stock.  For this background, I used Peacock Feathers and Vintage Photo distress inks and a woodgrain folder.   Spritzed with a little water and "stamped" my folder onto white card stock.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.

For the leaf sprig, I die-cut it from watercolour paper and then dragged it through the same colours of distress inks.  It didn't give me the depth of colour I was looking for ... and I was being impatient :) ... so I dried it with my heat tool and then sponged over top with Tempting Turquoise and Baked Brown Sugar dye inks from Stampin' Up.  I'm happy how the colours worked together.  I added a frame and a simple birthday sentiment stamped in black.

That's it for me today.  Just been playing around with a few different techniques and having fun. :)

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Stamps:  Mix Mash (Happy Little Stampers)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo (Distress Inks from Tim Holtz); Tempting Turquoise, Baked Brown Sugar (SU!); Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Woodgrain embossing folder (Sizzix for SU!), water mister, Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinder), Little Leaves die (Sizzix)

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Day Twelve ... Twelve Tags of Christmas

Hi everyone.  Welcome to Day Twelve ... the final day of the Twelve Tags of Christmas event.

I'm a little sad it's coming to an end.  It's been so much fun sharing my tags with you over the past twelve days.  And I am so thankful to my Guest Designers.  Their tags have all been amazing and I appreciate them taking the time to help me with this event.  A big thank you and virtual warm hug to each and every one of my fabulous Guest Designers!

I'm here with my last Mixed Media Christmas tag for the event ... along with THREE fabulous tags made by my wonderful Guest Designers.  We hope that you'll come join us by linking up your own tag below.  The link-up will remain open for another week to give participants lots of time to make a tag and join in.  Hope to see you in gallery!! :)


Background is smooshed inka gold, over stamped in gold with a mixed media background stamp.  Gold paint was added to clear embossing gel and stenciled in a harlequin design.  Small strips of green glitter paper in different widths are added at the bottom.  The wreath is made with pine sprig die-cuts out of more green glitter paper, and the Merry is die-cut from Inka Gold sponged card stock.

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Guest Designers

Welcome to Bonnie (Stamping with Klass).  Bonnie and I  are team mates at Happy Little Stampers, designing cards for the CAS challenge as well as for the new line of stamps.  Bonnie is an extremely talented card artist making mostly CAS designs.  But she is flexing her creative muscles and joining me again this year with an amazing mixed media tag. Make sure to check out Bonnie's blog to see how she made the gorgeous tag below.


Ohhh ... I LOVE all the shine from this tag filled with gold deliciousness!  Thank you Bonnie! xx

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I'm also joined today by Ingrid (Ingrid's Crafts Corner).  Ingrid is so talented and I have learned a lot from her.  She experiments with lots of different mixed media products and freely shares her knowledge on her blog.  She is also a designer for "Simply Cards and Papercraft" magazine.  Check out Ingrid's blog to get all the details on how she made this amazing tag!

This is so beautiful Ingrid!  I love all the texture and sparkle of your background .. and your poinsettia is absolutely gorgeous!  Thank you so much!! xx

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And now for the final tag.  This beautiful creation is from my friend, Pamellia (My Little Craft Things).  Isn't it amazing??!!  Pamellia makes the most gorgeous layered creations.  Every detail is so well thought out and perfectly done.  Not only does she make beautiful cards, tags, and sculptures ... but she also makes a lot of her own mixed media products and freely shares her "recipes" on her blog for her embossing pastes and more.  She has just ventured into making video tutorials, so check out Pamellia's Channel on YouTube --- you'll be glad you did.  You'll find all the details for Pamellia's stunning tag on her blog.


LOVE the soft, delicate blue background paired with your white accents and then dramatic edging of black ... WOW!!  Thanks Pamellia!  xx


Meet the Judge ---

My son Jeremy is back as judge again this year.  He has a degree in Visual Arts and a Master of Arts Education.  Jer is one of my biggest supporters for my card making and encourages me to try new things. :)  He is also one of my best "customers" :) ... making sure to call "dibs" on any of my cards that he is particularly drawn to. :)

Jer is looking forward to going through all the incredible tag entries we've had this year and picking his favourites.  Thanks so much Jer!! xx

The winners will be posted on Nov. 29th on this blog. There's still lots of time to enter as the link will remain open until Nov. 22. :)

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I want to thank you for joining me for my Christmas Tag event.  I really appreciate those that took the time to share their wonderful tags ... they are all so creative! And thanks to those that left messages of support ... it means so much! :)

If you want to check out the whole selection of tags (mine, guest designers and entrants), check out the Twelve Tags of Christmas 2015 Pinterest board --- click HERE.

And again, a big thank you to all my Guest Designers --- Shirley, Karen B, Kathy, Jules, Kylie, Karen DMary, Marina, Karen M, Nancy S, Maria, Shery, Nancy L, Darnell, Julia, Lee-Anne, Linda, Vicki, Deepti, Jenny, Hazel, Susan, Bonnie, Ingrid, and Pamellia ... you all out-did yourself!  Each and every tag is unique, creative and inspiring ... you girls are the BEST!! :)

And thanks to Happy Little Stampers and Dee's Artsy Impressions ... for donating the random draw prizes.