Category Archives: Holiday Cards

Watercolor Poinsettia

I usually procrastinate in making Christmas cards in a timely manner, but my friend Barb challenged an online group of us to make a card with a poinsettia and I thought I should join in! I was sort of surprised that with all of the stamps I own, this set is the only one I found that had poinsettias, and it had two different ones.

Supplies used:

~ Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection – Yuletide Gatherings CMS390 (poinsettia) and Modern Christmas CMS388 (sentiment)

~ Authentique Magical Collection – Magical Five

~ Karin Brushmarker Pro markers

~ Metallic gold watercolor and gold twine

I have been wanting to test out the Karin Brushmarkers direct to the rubber stamp and this one was a great candidate. These markers are great for watercolor and have a brush tip, so they are perfect for applying color to a rubber stamp. For this one, I didn’t spritz the stamp with water before or after, and the image came out very nice and crisp. I was able to get three more impressions after this by adding water to the stamp. Here is how they looked:

So depending on the look you’d like to achieve, you can get a lot of impressions from one ink application, which is potentially a big time saver. As a result of this experiment, I have several images to work with for more cards. Always a plus!

Thanks for visiting today.

Challenges:

Christmas Flowers (November) – Moving Along with the Times Blog

Challenge #83 – Anything Christmas Goes – The Holly and Ivy Christmas


2020 Halloween Greetings

This is my most elaborate Halloween card this year. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but time got away from me and I just didn’t make many. I created this one for a swap that I participated in. We were to make a Halloween card that was a fun fold that the recipient could use for a decoration.

I had fun putting together several different Lawn Fawn stamp/die sets and patterned papers from different companies for a spooky night-time scene. I decided on a Z-fold card, and the beauty of this design is that it can stand up on its own but it folds up to easily fit into an envelope.

Supplies:

Lawn Fawn stamps and dies – Spooktacular, Hoppy Halloween, and Fox Costumes Before ‘n Afters and the Spooky Fence Border die

Papers – Authentique – Mysterious and Twilight collections, and Echo Park Bewitched collection (for the starry sky)

I colored the critters with Copic markers and backed the card with and cut the fence border from black cardstock.

This was very fun and quite easy to make. Have a Happy Halloween!

Entering this card in: Inkspirational Challenge #225 – Night


Sending Holiday Cheer, Penguin Style!

I created a clean and simple card with an adorable penguin designed by Stacey Yacula who is one of my favorite critter illustrators of all time! To find out more about her, please visit her site at http://www.staceyyacula.com/. This penguin, the sentiment and star cluster stamps all come from a My Favorite Things set from 2018, called Sweet Holiday Penguins. I used a card sketch from the latest My Favorite Things challenge: Wednesday Sketch Challenge #510. Here’s the sketch:

I used patterned paper from the Bella Blvd Merry Christmas collection. It seemed to be a perfect choice to me because the small white polka dots are not perfectly round and look like snowballs. I colored the penguin with Copic markers, keeping it simple and added a little bit of bling off his flipper to represent him sending the holiday cheer (or snow. or pixie dust).

Another holiday card completed! Hurray! I think this makes two, maybe three! Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge: My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #510.


Leafy Heart Valentine

  • Dies –
    • Memory Box – Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut Out and Leafy Heart
    • Lawn Fawn – Valentine Borders
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye – Collectible
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and Bazzill Bling

I have really enjoyed making Valentines this year. I sent this one to my mom. I had a good time mixing and matching different products together to make this card. The main attraction is such a pretty leafy heart die from Memory Box! I look forward to making some other non-Valentine cards with it as well.

Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge: Memory Box Challenge #58: Hearts


Stud Puffin Valentine

  • Stamps – Lawn Fawn – Stud Puffin
  • Dies – Lawn Fawn – Stud Puffin, Simple Wavy Banners, and Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables
  • Patterned paper – Reminisce – Love Never Fails collection
  • Copic markers
  • Card stock – Bazzill

This card was really fun to make. I sent it off with a care package to my son, who is a college student in need of chocolate!

I created the little heart shaker tag first, using the Lawn Fawn die set, and filling it with sequins and beads. I cut out hearts using another Lawn Fawn die set, one to layer the tag onto and the other for the light blue heart-shaped window. I then stamped the puffin, fish and hearts, then die cut it, then colored them with Copic markers. I adhered the stamped images on top of the shaker window, then attached the tag to the deep pink heart with a brad that I’ve had in my stash for over a decade! The tag allows the tag to swing a little bit so the beads and sequins shift around when shaken.

I added the patterned paper inside the window and layered the rest on top, finishing it with the sentiment. Here’s a closer look at the details:

Thanks for visiting and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Challenges:

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #70: Lots of Love Inspiration Board

Always Fun Challenge #149: Love/Valentine’s Day


Holiday Starlight Bear

  • Stamps –
    • Penny Black Starlight
    • Lawn Fawn Ho Ho Holidays (sentiment)
  • Die – Penny Black Chrystal Frames
  • Cardstock
  • White embossing powder
  • Zig Clean Color markers
  • Gold Sparkle Pop pen

I had a lot of fun coloring this adorable Penny Black image, watercoloring it with Zig Clean Color markers and a water brush. I highlighted the stars with a gold metallic Sparkle Pop pen. Once dry, I framed the image with the frame that fits it perfectly. I added the stamped and heat-embossed sentiment at the bottom of the card. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge: Always Fun Challenges #140 – Snowflakes

 


Snow globe greetings

  • Stamp – Lawn Fawn Offset Sayings: Christmas
  • Dies – Lawn Fawn Snow Globe Gift Tag and Mini Snowflakes
  • Patterned papers – Lawn Fawn
    • Peace Joy Love collection: Rudolph
    • Snow Day collection: Chunky Scarf
  • Glitter paper – Lawn Fawn Pixie Dust and Gold Rush
  • Red cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ribbon
  • White embossing powder

I really like this snow globe die set from Lawn Fawn! You can make adorable gift tags with it, but I had fun using the globe as a focal point on this simple card front. For the layout of this card, I used a sketch featured in CAS(E) this Sketch #350 challenge. I combined two small prints on the patterned papers for a little spice and tied a ribbon through the tag to keep it authentic. Thanks for stopping by.

 


Cat in the Box!

  • Stamp and Die – Newton’s Nook “Purr-fect Present”
  • Stencil – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection – Diamond Dot Layering Stencil
  • Embossing Powder – Gina K – Champagne
  • Mini Action Wobbles – Art Impressions
  • Ribbon
  • Glitter Cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Cardstock

I created this following the sketch for this month’s Inky Paws Challenge 111 on the Newton’s Nook blog. I really liked the layout of this sketch so when I saw it I knew I had to make a card! I colored the kitty with Copic markers and heat embossed some green cardstock with gold embossing powder for some elegant pattern. The really fun thing about this is that I attached an Action Wobble to the cat–so he wiggles! See below for a wiggly video! The small things in life make me happy!

I’ll be teaching how to make this card in early December at Runaway Art and Craft Studio, along with two other Christmas cards. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

 


Best Witches

  • Patterned papers – Echo Park Bewitched Collection
  • Die – Spellbinders – Venise Lace
  • Sentiment Stamps (inside) – Lawn Fawn – Spooktacular
  • Lavender Bling – Mark Richards Chrystal Stickers
  • Cardstock

I created this Halloween card for an exchange. It is made predominately with Echo Park papers and it is a fun fold, so I am including several photos so that you might be able to see how it works.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Masked Valentines?

  • Stamps –
    • Newton’s Nook – Raccoon Rascals
    • Lawn Fawn – Happy Happy Happy Add-on
  • Stencil – Newton’s Nook – Tree Rings
  • Dies –
    • Mama Elephant – Heart Border
    • Elizabeth Craft Designs – Entwined Hearts
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents and BoBunny
  • Copic Markers
  • Distress Ink – Walnut Stain
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Ribbon – May Arts

This was a fun card to make, partly because of the subject matter (more cute animals!) and also because I pulled out supplies from multiple companies. It is fun to mix it up sometimes. It was way too difficult to resist making a raccoon Valentine for my mom. Many people don’t know this, but she has several friends who are raccoons.

I started by coloring the raccoon image with Copic markers and fussy cutting it. I made the tree stump (slice?) by applying Distress Ink through a stencil and cutting it out, then using it for a backdrop. I assembled the various elements, finishing with the sentiment and tying a ribbon at the top. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge – Shopping Our Stash Challenge 389 – Make Your Mark