Monday, December 20, 2021

Merry Christmas!!

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing something a little different.  I bought this snow globe die (Snow Globe A2 Shaker die - Honey Bee) many months ago with the plan to use it for my Christmas cards this year.  Needless to say, I have changed my mind on that. :)  This was like a card-making marathon! :)

But, I'm happy I made this.  I followed Jennifer McGuire's video "Shaker Ornaments".  I used ten layers of card stock frames, two layers of acetate centers, along with the original background center and a separate sentiment.  Whew!  That's a lot of die-cutting. :) 

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my snow globe shaker.  This will be a one-of this year. :)  

I'm signing off for the rest of the year.  I want to thank all my friends, followers, and subscribers for visiting my blog throughout the year.  I appreciate all of you!

Merry Christmas!
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season
and the best for 2022!

And a very Merry Christmas from Jessie!!

I'll be back on January 1, 2022 with my CAS Mix Up Challenge card.
See you then!


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Saturday, December 18, 2021

Penny Black - Brilliance Part 2

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a third card that focuses on the Brilliance (40-806) stamps from Penny Black.  Click here to see the first two cards I made with this stamp set.  I LOVE these berry branches and know I will use them A LOT! :)

Today I used again, the new Penny Black die called Viewpoint (51-724).  This is an interesting window die.  I've used it with the basic window, but there are also shadows that you can add in to create the look of depth for the window. 

I started by softly sponging two shades of green at the bottom of my mixed media paper (distress inks:  Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint).  Then I sponged two shades of ink at the top (Broken China, Salvaged Patina).  I stamped both the leafy images from the Brilliance stamp set, inking with Peeled paint for the leaves and Festive Berries for the berries.  I used a bit more ink and a wet paint brush to move colour around.

I wanted to add some texture with falling snow, so used Stampendous Chunky White Frantage.  I placed my card front in my griddle on low heat, sprinkled with the frantage, placed a lid over top and then waited about five minutes for the embossing powder to melt.

To finish the card, I die-cut three of the window frames.  I stamped the sentiment from the Penny Black Hug a Snowman stamp set (30-887) in the middle of one frame and heat embossed in red.  Then I glued the frames together with the sentiment one on top, and then adhered the group of frames onto my image.  Finally attached the whole thing to my card base.

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Sending this card to the SSS Wednesday Challenge - Happy Holidays / Christmas challenge.
Oops ... missed the deadline - darn!


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Stamps:  Brilliance, Hug a Snowman (both Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Salvaged Patina, Festive Berries (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories:   Sponge brushes, paint brushes, Chunky White Frantage (Stampendous), Viewpoint window die (Penny Black)

Challenges:
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Happy Holidays / Christmas 

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Penny Black - Delicate Pines

Hi everyone.  I have another wonderful stamp that I'm featuring in this card from the new Penny Black Hello Winter 2021 release.  It's called Delicate Pines (40-813).  I can see myself using this set of three pine branches a lot.

I started by stamping the three different branches down the side of my card front in Mowed Lawn distress ink.  I used a small brush (#2 round) to add some Rustic Wilderness distress ink to the stems of the branches to add a darker green.  I then sponged more Mowed Lawn ink in the background.

I stamped the sentiment (Christmas Moments 30-731) in Barn Door distress ink, repeating several times to create a dark red colour.  To finish, I wanted lots of sparkle so pressed my Versamark pad over the whole card front and heat embossed with Kaleidoscope embossing powder (Stampendous).  The name says it all, lots of colours that sparkle through a clear coating.

So pretty, but VERY hard to photograph.  The sentiment looks blurry, but it's not in real life.

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This was another quick and easy card to make so I did a second one.  This time I used Evergreen Bough and Pine Needles distress ink, along with the same sentiment stamp and ink colours from the card above.  Less sponging creates a softer look for the background.  Instead of adding sparkle to the whole front of the card, I added bits of glue here and there and adhered Shaved Ice (Stampendous), which are iridescent flakes with lots of sparkle.  It's a different look ...


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Stamps:  Delicate Pines, Christmas Moments (both Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks:  Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Barn Door (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Sponge brush, Kaleidoscope embossing powder (Stampendous); Shaved Ice (Stampendous)


Saturday, December 11, 2021

Penny Black - Picturesque

Hi everyone.  Sharing another of the new stamps from Penny Black's Hello Winter 2021 release.  This is a clean and simple card that came together quickly (quick for me, that is). :)

Started by creating a mask for the snow, sponging above to create the rising sun and sky.  Used distress inks: Mustard Seed, Abandoned Coral, Salvaged Patina.

With the mask still in place, stamped the small tree from the Picturesque (40-811) stamp set on the right in dark brown ink.  Removed the mask and stamped the large tree in the same dark brown ink.  Tore a piece of white card stock and adhered it at the bottom to create a second snowhill.

Used diluted white gouache paint to add snow to the branches of the trees and for splattering the falling snow.  Stamped the sentiment (Christmas Moments 30-731) in more of the dark brown ink.  

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Entering this card into the Merry Little Christmas challenge #41 - Anything Christmas Goes.

The card above came together so quickly that I made a second one ...

Mostly the same stamps as above, with the addition of some sponged Abandoned Coral ink in the sky.  And I added the Viewpoint (51-724) window frame die, along with a sentiment from the Festive Snippets (30-387) stamp set.  

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Stamps:  Picturesque; Christmas Moments (both Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Rich Cocoa (Memento); Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Abandoned Coral, Salvaged Patina (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Sponge Brushes, Diluted White Gouache Paint, #2 Round Paint brush

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Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Penny Black - Lovely Landing

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card made with another of the new stamps from the Penny Black Hello Winter 2021 release.

This stamp is called Lovely Landing (40-807).  I love this sweet bird sitting on the branches watching the snow come down. :)

I started by smooshing the background with Iced Spruce and Speckled Egg distress inks.  The image was stamped with Basic Gray ink and heat embossed in clear.  The bird was watercoloured with more of the Iced Spruce and Speckled Egg distress inks and then pops of colour for the berries using Barn Door and Aged Mahogany distress inks.  White acrylic paint was diluted and used to add snow to the branches and then splattered over the whole image for the falling snow.  To finish, a sentiment (Bright & Light 30-762) was stamped in Versamark onto black card stock and heat embossed in white; then adhered to the bottom of the card.

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I'm sending this card to the Penny Black Saturday challenge - Anything Goes - Optional: Christmas.
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Stamps:  Lovely Landing, Bright & Light (both Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.); black card stock (SU!)
Ink:  Basic Gray (SU!); Distress Inks:  Iced Spruce, Speckled Egg, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz); Versamark 
Accessories:   Water Mister, Clear embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, Watercolour brushes (#4, #2 Round), White Acrylic Paint, Clear Wink of Stella, White Embossing Powder (Ranger)

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Sunday, December 05, 2021

Penny Black - Hug a Snowman

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing cards made from another of the new Penny Black release, Hello Winter 2021.  This stamp set (Hug a Snowman  30-887) includes the family image above, along with two other adorable snowman (one with a bunny), and two sentiments.  This set can be used for lots of different occasions such as winter birthday or celebration, as well as for Christmas.

Stamped the family of snowpeople in archival black ink onto mixed media paper.  Used sponge brushes to add Salvaged Patina and Wilted Violet distress inks to the top ... these colours are so pretty together!  Used the same two colours to watercolour the scarves, hats and gift as well.  Finished by first splattering with water, got a little carried away with some very big drops :) ... and then splattering with diluted white acrylic paint to finish off this snow storm.  Added a few details with a white pen and some red chalk before popping up the panel with foam onto my card base and adding a stamped sentiment (from the same set).

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This makes me smile! :)

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Stamps:  Hug a Snowman (Penny Black)
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Archival Black (Ranger); Distress Inks:  Broken Glass, Salvaged Patina, Wilted Violet, Carved Pumpkin, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, Black Soot (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:   Sponge brushes, Paint Brushes (#4, #2 round); Clear Wink of Stella; Diluted White Acrylic Paint, Red Chalk, White Posca pen


Thursday, December 02, 2021

Penny Black - Brilliance

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing cards made with the new Penny Black products that are part of the latest Hello Winter 2021 release.  I have made Christmas cards with these stamps, but they could be used for a variety of winter occasions.

I just LOVE this gorgeous leafy berry branch (Brilliance 40-806), which comes with two branches.  I used the largest above, although almost half of the branch is not showing.

I started by smooshing some leftover inks on my palette from one of the ornaments I made for Christmas.  The colours for the background are distress inks:  Peeled Paint, Forrest Moss, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany.  Once the background was dry, I placed it in my Misti along with the berry branch and stamped using Forrest Moss and Festive Berries markers to colour, with just a light misting of water.  I moved the ink around with a small paint brush and then repeated until I was happy with the look.  I die-cut the card with a circle die.

To finish, I stamped a sentiment from Christmas Moments (30-731), which is heat embossed in white.  I used a white acrylic pen to add dots to the berries and popped the circle up on my card base with foam.  

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Sorry for the shadows at the bottom of my photo ...

I love this colour combination so much, I had to make a second card.  This time I used the same distress ink colours for the smooshed background.  I added two stampings of the smallest berry branch, heat embossed in Princess Gold.  I added a simple sentiment (Christmas Sentiments 30-504) to finish the card.  
Hard to tell in the photo, but the leafy branches are a bright yellow gold metallic.


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Card #1:  It's Christmas
Stamps: Brillance; Christmas Moments (both Penny Black) 
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks and/or Markers: Peeled Paint, Forrest Moss, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories: water mister, paint brushes, white embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool, white acrylic pen (Posca)

Card #2:  Peace, Love, and Joy
Stamps: Brillance; Christmas Sentiments (both Penny Black) 
Paper:   White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.); Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:   Distress Inks: Peeled Paint, Forrest Moss, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany (Tim Holtz); Versamark
Accessories: water mister, Princess Gold embossing powder (Ranger), heat tool

Challenges: