Peace and Joy

  • Stamps – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection: Winter Watercolor and Festive Overlay
  • Marvy LePlume II markers
  • Patterned papers –
    • Graphic 45 – Floral Shoppe Collection: Golden Serenity
    • Pebbles – Cozy & Bright Collection – Winter Green
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Red “pearls”
  • Ribbon
  • Black embossing powder

This is another card that I made for the watercolor class I taught at Runaway Art and Craft Studio in Salem. I used the Marvy markers direct to rubber on the poinsettia and holly stamps, then spritzed the stamps with water before stamping for a nice watercolor effect. I heat embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder and spattered the image with some gold metallic paint after adding the red “pearls” to the flower centers. The image is layered on top of some patterned paper strips and all is edged with green ink. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge – Shopping Our Stash Challenge #384 ‘Tis the Season

 


Snowy Holiday Tag

  • Stamp (snowman) – Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz – Mini Blueprints – CMS 136
  • Patterned paper – Authentique – Nostalgia Three
  • Dies –
    • Simon Says Stamp – Melody Snowflake
    • Lawn Fawn – Mini Snowflakes
  • Ephemera – Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ephemera Pack – Festive
  • Chipboard Quote Chip (Joy) – Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Christmas Words and Phrases
  • Candy Cane Chipboard – Echo Park Decorative Brads & Chipboard – Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Mini Snowflake Ornament – Darice
  • Wooden Christmas Tree – Sierra Pacific Crafts
  • Ribbon and Ric-Rac

This is one of my favorite kinds of projects: creating a tag and combining a lot of different products from a lot of different companies! I created this tag for an exchange with my online cardmaking group. It also fit perfectly with a color challenge at The Paper Players. I started out by covering a plain manila tag with the patterned paper. I stamped out the snowman and colored the background on the image with some Evergreen Bough Distress Ink and used some of my Posca pens to color details on the snowman and to make the snow. I edged most of the elements with Medieval Blue Versafine Clair ink and then fit the die-cut snowflakes and all of the other little pieces together to form my composition. I edged the tag in blue ink as well and then tied the ribbon and ric-rac through the tag’s hole and attached the little snowflake ornament. This was really fun to make and I popped it in the mail to the recipient today. Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: The Paper Players Colour Challenge #422


Watercolor Wreath

  • Stamps – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection: Winter Watercolor and Festive Overlay
  • Patterned paper – BoBunny – Once Upon A Lifetime collection
  • Paper Accents Mirror Paper – green
  • Marvy LePlume II markers
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops – silver
  • Red “pearls”
  • Embossing powder – silver
  • Ribbon

I just finished teaching a class featuring this and two more cards using these stamp sets and a watercolor technique. The watercolor is done using Marvy LePlume II markers direct to rubber and then spritzed with water. Wreath-building is very popular among stampers currently. For this card, I simply penciled in a circle and stamped the greens around it using different marker colors and stamps. It feels just like the process one undertakes when actually creating a wreath for the front door–only quicker! Once the stamping was all complete, I added a few silver Nuvo Crystal Drops for a little shine in a view areas on the wreath. Finally I added a sentiment in the center of the wreath and gave it some more shine with silver heat embossing, plus a bow on top. I should probably put a real wreath up now! Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge – Mod Squad Challenge: Build A Wreath


Warm Holiday Wishes

  • Stamps – Memory Box “Snow Much Fun” set
  • Dies –
  • Memory Box “Snow Much Fun” set
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Seventeen”
  • Patterned papers – Pebbles “Holly Jolly” collection
  • Copic markers
  • Cardstock  Bazzill

This was a fun card to make, although pretty busy visually! I stamped these cute critters from Memory Box and colored them with Copic markers, then cut them out with the matching dies to make life easier! I used inspiration from the card sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for the design, inking the edges of the background pieces to try to separate them a little from each other visually. A happy card with cute animals! What could be better? Thanks for stopping by!

Challenge: Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #365

 

 


Snowflake for the Holidays

  • Die – Sizzix/Tim Holtz – Flurry #2
  • Stamp – Lawn Fawn – Simply Winter Sentiments
  • Watercolors – Windsor & Newton
  • Silver mirror cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I created this card based on inspiration from Day 2 of Online Card Classes Clean & Simply Holiday class. You need to take the class to get all of the steps, but it was fun to get back with my watercolors again and a technique I learned long ago in college. I layered the watercolored panel onto a shiny piece of silver cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment for a bit of gloss and sheen. Thanks for stopping by.


Go forth and eat cake!

  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas – Forget About the Cake
  • Patterned paper – Prima Marketing – Julie Nutting – Blush
  • Twine – Doodlebug Designs
  • Felt button – Hero Arts Fancy Felt flower
  • Cardstock – Paper Arts and Bazzill
  • Rhinestones – Mark Richards Ltd. – 3mm pink
  • Copic markers

I created this card for a friend. I love the sentiment–eating cake is important on one’s birthday! I colored the stamped image with Copic markers and layered it up using the sketch listed below as a reference. I was really pleased with the way it turned out and that I was able to use everything from my stash. I’ve had most of the supplies for years! That makes a card even better! Thanks for visiting.

Challenge – Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 – Sketch #149:


Double-pleat fold birthday card

  • Dies – Spellbinders Swirl Happy Birthday Frame
  • Patterned paper – Graphic 45
  • Rhinestones
  • Cardstock – Bazzill Bling

I created this card using a folding technique I had never tried before. This is called a double-pleat fold. I belong to a cardmaking group online and periodically we propose challenges to the group. During our fifth anniversary celebration recently, someone had a challenge to create a card featuring a fancy fold. This is the fold I chose. At first I thought it would be really difficult, but once I read through the instructions, I was able to create it without problem. I adhered the frame die-cut down onto the card base and then added the pleated piece. Having double-sided paper for the pleated piece made it finished very nicely. Once that was all adhered, I topped it off with the sentiment die-cut, which is really striking. I love this die set from Spellbinders! I added a few rhinestones on points on the die-cuts to add a little sparkle. I really enjoyed this fold and will definitely make some more cards using it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Challenge: Always Happy Birthday – November Challenge