Sunday, December 15, 2013

Embossed Snowflakes Cards

I've been enjoying using heat embossing in my stamping recently. It's fun to revisit techniques you learned and kind of moved away from. When I saw this beauty of a card on Wizard's Hangout, I knew I wanted to play, too! I liked it in blue and decided it was so much fun, I wanted to try in pinks, too.

Oh, Wow!

I think these are about my most favorite cards so far this season. 
I'm so glad I saw the idea and was able to play.
Please follow the link above for great steps on how to create this look for yourself.

Stamps Used:
Merry and Bright
Frosted set from the workshop in the CTMH 2013 Fall/Winter Idea Book

Outdoor Denim, Sky, Twilight,
Vineyard Berry, Hollyhock, Blush

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I hope you have a lovely day.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Hexagon Christmas Tree

When I saw this card I just loved the idea of using hexagon shapes to make a tree. I thought it would be super fun to use Doodlebug paper, too. I have to admit it took a little arranging and rearranging to get them lined up in a pleasing way.  Edited to add a direct link to specific card
I've not jumped on board the sequin bandwagon really. I like the look but am not sure it's for me. I found these neat looking flat sequins at Hobby Lobby and thought I'd give them a try. The package was 75 cents on sale...not a huge out of pocket expense to try it. I picked them up with the goober stick (not the official name) from Lifestyle Crafts and it left a residue. Sigh. 

Sentiment is from Paper Smooches Christmas Sampler. Also used Doodlebug Twine for the bow.

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Hope you have a happy day!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Colorful Trees

I saw this idea on the web somewhere, but didn't note or save where. I've been trying to find the inspiration link for a few days and I'm just not having any luck. I want to say it was Jennifer McGuire, but I can't find it on her blog. If you've seen this idea, send me the link and I'll give proper credit.

It's super easy really. You stamp your image(Warm Hearts, Paper Smooches), color it in with markers (I chose Sharpies), then cover the trees with Liquid Glass (CTMH) or Glossy Accents. My Liquid Glass had some bubbles in it, so it's not quite as smooth as I had hoped. Then I decided to use a technique I've seen my friend, Alanna, use to add score lines. I like how it set off the trees. Add your sentiment (Merry & Bright, CTMH) and you are good to go. 
Not my usual style, but fun nonetheless.

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I hope you have a great start to your weekend. 
Stay warm!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Whipper Snapper Penguin Ike Card

I've discovered a new to me, kind of local, scrapbook store recently. In addition to lots of scrapbooking goodies, they sell stamps (like Lawn Fawn and Paper Smooches as well as others). On a visit a few weekends ago, I got to chatting with the very nice clerk. She pointed out some new Whipper Snapper rubber mounted stamps they had just gotten in. Okay, I love Whipper Snapper images. My friend, Kathi, used to create super cute cards with them a few years ago (when she was still creating and blogging...miss your posts, Kathi!). It was hard to choose an image, but the clerk told me what she did with this Ike Penguin stamp and I decided to get it and play, too. *Ü*

Isn't he just adorable?!

The clerk at the store told me she uses chalks to color her images and what sounded like a blender pen. I have chalks and a blender pen that I haven't used in forever, so I dusted them off and got to work! It was fun, but I do think I like coloring with pencils a little bit more. ;)

Another item I picked up on this trip to the store is a Wink Of Stella pen (link added to show you what it looks like) in clear. I have heard others rave about the pen. How it adds just the right amount of shimmer with its brush tip. I put it on the ear muffs, the band connecting the muffs and his tummy. Unfortunately, the camera didn't pick it up very well. But it looks great in person. *Ü*

I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder, circle Nestabilities, a snowflake (Winter's Butterfly) stamp in Sky ink(CTMH) and some pattern paper from DCWV. 

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We are bracing for an Arctic blast, if the weatherfolk can be trusted. It's been in the 60s and sunny for several days, but with this system tomorrow the high is supposed to be 10! On Thursday, a high of 7 is forecast. Anywhere from 4-8 inches of snow is also predicted. 
Guess we've been spoiled a little too long. 


Monday, December 2, 2013

KWerner Card Case-Snowman

I've been reading KWerner's blog again the past few weeks. I used to read a lot of stamping blogs, but cut down when my mojo took a major hit. Lately the mojo seems to be in overdrive and it's been a lot of fun watching stamping videos and playing. So anyway, she is doing a video series on holiday cards and I really liked this one and decided to CASE it.
I'm pretty happy with the final result. I colored in the snowman with pencils and odorless mineral spirits. I picked up an Impression Obsession snowflake die set that cuts all those snowflakes in one pass if you want. Then I covered them with Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I tried the Tim Holtz embossing diffusers found at my local Archiver's. I thought it was really neat that you could put the circle template down and it would only emboss that part of the folder. You can also emboss the background and leave the circle unembossed (is that a word? Maybe keep it smooth sounds better). I rubbed some distress ink over the embossed part. 
As I said, it's a CASE of the card she shares in her video, so if you wanted to see how to create it(or the supply list) you can check it out in the link above. Very fun!

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I hope you have a great week!