Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Snowflake Ornament

Hi everyone.  Today's card is based on the November Sketch challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

I have joined the Happy Little Stampers Forum and will be working on creating a new and fun challenge for them, starting January 2015 ... stay tuned for more info! :)

For now I wanted to join in the sketch challenge ... it's closing in a just over three days.

As for the card above, I don't like taking my photos of my cards facing left ... it just seems wrong to me :)  But I added a very thick coat of glossy accents over top of the snowflake ornament, and my lights were bouncing off of it when it was facing the other way.  So, sorry for the bad photo.

I used a piece of Smooshed background that I found in my UFO box (as Bonnie call's it --- love that!).  Smooshing is a technique that I learned from Bonnie as well, and I love how it looks for the orrnament.  I simply added a die-cut snowflake (used white glimmer paper from SU!), and coated it with GA.  The silver wired cord is a gift from Bonnie (she has had a big hand in making this card!!) :) ... and the embossed snowflake background I borrowed from my friend Susan.  So I have to say that this card was made with the help of my friends!  Thank you Bonnie and Susan! :)

The sentiment is cut with my Silhouette Cameo from silver foil paper.

If you have a little time, this sketch is so easy to work with and can fit a range of styles of card making ... come join in the fun at the Happy Little Stampers blog.  And come take a look around the Happy Little Stampers Forum as well.  Membership is free ... and there's all kinds of tutorials and chats where you can ask questions about techniques, supplies, etc.  It takes a little while to get comfortable with navigating around the forum, but there's already lots of information available even though it's only a few months old. Would love to see you there! :)

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Paper:  White (Neenah); White glimmer and Silver Foil (SU!)
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Circle Nestability (Spellbinders); Maryanne Snowflake die (Simon Says), glossy accents, silver wire, Silhouette Cameo, merry christmas cut file, snowflake embossing folder

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thank you Marina

Hi everyone.  Continuing on with my watercoloured cards ... and again using the oak leaves from Gently Falling stamp set (Stampin' Up!) --- I never get tired of this stamp set!

I sent this to my friend Marina a while back and she has received it, so I'm sharing with you.  This is the last of the twelve thank you watercoloured cards that I made.  I sent one to each of the twelve friends that were Guest Designers for my Christmas Tag event.  I wanted to thank them for all their efforts to make the event so special.  They are all so wonderful!

This time I watercoloured the oak leaves similar to my youtube video tutorial, but left the leaves with the bright colours of fall (not as aged as in the tutorial).  I again used masking with the oak leaves, so one appears behind the other ... I'm getting the hang of it! :)

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Stamps:  Gently Falling (SU!); Lots of Thanks (Simon Says))
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Archival Black - waterproof (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick
Accessories & Tools:  waterbrush, water mister, heat tool, paint brush for splattering

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Evan

Hi everyone.  Sharing a card I made a little while ago to celebrate my oldest son's birthday.  I wanted to make a CAS card for him, and I thought he'd love the crackled oak leaves.  The strip of cork adds lots of texture.

Also thought I'd share a recent photo of Cooper (Evan's son).  He's eleven month old now ... time is flying by! :)  This was taken at the end of October .... :)

Hope you're all having a great weekend!  :)

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Stamps:  Gently Falling (SU!); A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Black Archival (Ranger);  Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain (Distress Inks - Tim Holtz); Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Water brushes, Cork, Rock Candy Clear Crackle Paint (Tim Holtz), paint brush

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Twelve Tags of Christmas ... Wrap-Up

Hi everyone.  Back today with the winner of the Twelve Tags of Christmas event.  I have to say that it turned out better than I could have imagined.  So many fabulous entries from many different crafters.

Every tag is a winner to me ... each uniquely creative and I enjoyed visiting each and everyone one of you to find out how you made your tags.  Thank you for sharing your creative gift with all of us!! :)

Here's a few words from Judge Jeremy ...

"All of the entries for the 12 Tags of Christmas event are stunning.  I am especially impressed by how all of the participants have embraced and experimented with mixed media techniques.  With so many exceptional entries, it was certainly a challenge to select a winner for Mom's 12 Tags of Christmas Event.  Congratulations go to ... "

Top Tag

Linda (LindyLou's Tag 3)

"Linda's tag is a sophisticated twist on the traditional red, green and gold Christmas palette.  Her tag is well-blanced, perfectly composed, and exceeds the mixed media requirements with the layering of modelling film, frosted film, stain spray, chunky embossing powder, gemstones and organza ribbon.  Well done, Linda!!"

"Honourable mentions go to the following participants for their noteworthy entries ..."

Honourable Mentions
(in order of entry)

Bonnie (#5)

Nancy (#7)

Pamellia (#69)

Pam (#78)

Congratulations to everyone!! :)

Linda, please email me at to claim your prize of $40 gift certificate to STAMPlorations!

Thanks to everyone that entered.  I hope you had fun making your mixed media Christmas tags.  There's so much amazing inspiration in the gallery and from my guest designers and hope that you'll find yourself wanting to make more tags for this upcoming holiday season.  As I mentioned before, I have created a board on Pinterest. It's a great visual to see all the tags displayed together ... hope you'll check it out.

I hope to be back next year with the "Twelve Tags of Christmas" 2015 edition! :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Happy Belated Birthday Debbie

Hi everyone.  I bought a set of 12 Brusho colour crystal pots a few weeks ago and have been having fun experimenting.  I made several backgrounds with this size panel ... not only is this a great size to experiment with, but this is my #1 layout as I'm sure you've noticed. :)

This background was created using turquoise, ultra-marine and purple.  LOVE the saturated colours.  To activate the crystals, you spray with water, but by mistake I grabbed the wrong mister that was filled with diluted shimmer mist ... love that it gives the watercolours a tiny bit of sparkle. I do love happy accidents!! :)

This card is made for my good friend Debbie.  Not only is she a good friend and talented card maker, but she is so understanding!  I was so wrapped up with my tag event that I completely missed her birthday! Yikes --- felt terrible and emailed her as soon as I realized.    I told her she'd get something in the mail soon that was very special ... I was excited to share my first Brusho card with her. :)  She received it yesterday ... so I'm sharing with you today.  Happy Belated birthday Debbie!! :)

I am having fun playing and learning about my new Brushos.  I had seen them on many blogs from the U.K (shirley-bee, ingrid, kathyk) ... and wanted to give them a try.  They aren't available in Canada (at least I couldn't find them), but did manage to order them through Dick Blick in the U.S.

They are so fun to play with ... the teeny, tiniest specks just burst with colour when sprayed with water.  You'll be seeing more of these fun backgrounds in the near future. :)

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Stamps:  A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Versamark; Brusho colour crystals (turquoise, ultra-marine, purple)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, shimmer mist, white embossing powder, Madera corner die (Memory Box); Hydrangea punch (Martha Stewart), stylus and mat, glossy accents for adhering blooms

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree

Hi everyone.  Today is the start of the next ATS&M Challenge (#122 - Make Your Mark). Any style of card is welcome, just make sure to use some sort of marker on your card (markers, pencils, chalks, etc.).

Prize:  3 digital images

I'm continuing to add to my stash of Christmas cards ... I'm almost done! :)

I have used a digital image for my card today.  Even though it is one layer (one layer of design on the card front, which is popped up on the card base), I have added a lot of dimension to the image with glossy accents, clear glitter glue and white flower soft.  And even though this is a CAS design (in my mind, CAS is a style of card ... a look of clean and simple) ... it still has a lot going on with the added elements.

The image is coloured with Copics, glossy accents are added to the penguin's nose, feet ... and the Christmas lights.  Clear glitter glue adds sparkle to the falling snow ... and along the snowline at the bottom.  And white flower soft adds texture to the cuff and pom-pom of the Santa hat.  I used a white gel pen to add dots to Percy's scarf.

I hope you'll play along with our latest challenge at ATS&M (#122 - Make Your Mark). Click HERE to check out the challenge and to see the other cards from the talented Design Team.

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Stamps:  Percy and Christmas Tree (DigiStamp Boutique), Christmas Sampler - sentiment (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Real Red (SU!); Copics:  R27, R29, G43, YG67, YR24, BG57, E44, W4, O
Accessories & Tools:  glossy accents, dazzling details (clear glitter glue - SU!), white flower soft, white gel pen

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thank you Shery

Hi everyone.  Sharing another watercoloured card ... this one was sent to my friend Shery (one layer, CAS and mixed media cards).  She has already received the card, so I'm sharing with you. :)

The gorgeous stamp used on this card is part of a set that Shery created through her company STAMPlorations.  LOVE IT!  ... and so is this beautiful, bold sentiment. :)

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Stamps:  Bloom Sketches (STAMPloration); Sentiment Builders Thank You (STAMPlorations)
Paper:  White card base (Neenah); Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Archival Black - waterproof (Ranger); Distress inks: Antique Linen, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  waterbrush, water mister, heat tool, paint brush for splattering

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