Friday, December 9, 2016

The Card Concept #63

I recently got this PB stamp that I thought was perfect for the challenge at The Card Concept.

Jill Foster has some terrific videos over at Penny Black and I tried to emulate her in stamping the cones and berries.  It's easy to do with the MISTI but I did find I may need to invest in some different markers.  I tried it first with some old Marvy Markers and the image was okay but I lacked enough colors to do much shading.  For this card I used my Zigs, coloring on the stamp and spritzing the first time, then coloring and stamping again and again until I had what I wanted.  I cut some squares of woodgrain pp and mounted the Memory Box letters after inking around the edges. At the last minute I decided to add some spatters.  Here's their photo.  I think you can see what inspired me.
I have a few other new stamps that I'm anxious to try out.  If the weather forecast holds true, I may be hibernating and crafting my little heart out.


ETA:  I keep forgetting about Kylie's 12 Days of Christmas.  I'm going to send my card over there too.

Tag You're It! #62

Laurie Willison has a darling little tag to inspire you this week on Tag You're It!
I kept the scalloped edge, die cut sentiment and line of images and then made a few changes.
The 'tag' is a scalloped rectangle from Neat and Tangled.  I've wanted the square scalloped tag from PTI for quite a while and it has been out of stock. I just got the notice it's back but do I really need it now?  I'll have to think about it. ;) The ornaments are from Essentials by Ellen colored with Zigs and the word die is from Elizabeth Crafts cut from an old paper pad.

The Design Team has some terrific tags to inspire you so I hope you'll go take a look.  We'd love to see your tag in the gallery.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things #35

I'd say I'm doing much better at being 'inspired' rather than taking photo challenges too literally.  Case in point - my card for Inspired by All the Little Things.
The photo:
My card:
See?  Not a snowman to be found.  But you can see (barely) clear embossed snowflakes on the white, red polka dots and holly.

Thanks for taking time to drop by today.



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

CAS(E) This Sketch #

I have all my Christmas cards made, addressed and ready to mail.  I got it done because of all the cards I made after last year's went out.  Now I'm starting on next year's with one for CAS(E) This Sketch.
I did some Altenew ordering on Black Friday and got this Poinsettia and Pine set.  I stamped and watercolored with Distress Inks and added a NBUS PB sentiment in Platinum embossing.

Do you see what I see?  This is CAS(E) This Sketch's 200th challenge.  They're having a celebration and a prize offering.  You might want to check it out.  I love playing in this challenge.

The Heart Desires - December

Guess who's a guest designer at The Heart Desires?  I won challenge #4 with this card and Katie asked if I'd like to be their guest for December.  Of course I say yes.  This is the inspiration photo for the December challenge. Beautiful, no?  
There are so many things here to spark your imagination - the season, the images, the colors.  This is not the original photo I had to inspire my card but it still works.
The trees dies are from SSS cut with three colors of glitter paper.  They're on a vellum panel gifted to me by Michele which has been stamped with a sentiment from PB.  The photo isn't the best because it's a much softer color IRL.

The Heart Desires design team has some wonderful cards for you to see. Why not check them out. You may be inspired to make a card for the gallery.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Addicted to Stamps and More #223

It's time for the Holiday Challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.  Hmmm I wonder what Holiday you'll choose. ;)  If you're like me, you probably need a number of Christmas cards.
I found the black sparkle embossed ribbon card front in my UFO box and cut it down to gift size.  It needed a background and I thought this stamp from PB made it look like the present was under the tree.  The tag was white embossed, inked with Festive Berries and tied on with twine.

There is a lot of inspiration for you over on the blog and if that's not enough we have two sponsors, both offering digital images to the winner of the challenge:  QKR Designs and Stamplorations.

I hope to see you there.


Time Out #71

I guess 'glitter' must be a popular Christmas card item because there are over 200 entries at Time Out.  I'm adding mine too.
I masked off the center of the card, put embossing paste through a stencil, covered it with gold glitter powder and heated it.  The sentiment was stamped and embossed with the same glitter.

I almost have my cards ready to send out.  I may need a few more but there are challenges coming up that will fix that.  I'd better get going on them though.  Their deadlines are fast approaching while I'm doing other things.