Thursday, October 30, 2014

Today I could not decide on a card so I went through some scraps and came across this window cut out on a piece of thin white cardstock.  I have a feeling I was testing a sizzix die on my Tim Holtz movers and shakers tray and I just used whatever cardstock was handy.  After I glued the wallpaper on and made the wainscoting on the score pal the paper felt more substantial.  It needs to be at least a little sturdy in order to lay flat and not buckle.  The clear plastic is then glued behind the window.

Santa is stamped and then masked while I made a sky background with Distress inks.  I glued a couple snowflakes on and made a box within the window to drop the sequins into.  In the picture it looks like Santa has sequin cheeks...he seems to like those big sequins covering his rosy cheeks.

The tree.... ahhh the tree.  I am no Kittie Caraccioli.  She is amazing!  I die cut eight small trees and glued them to a brown strip.  Then I die cut the fir branches.. four at a time, over and over and over.  Gluing fir branches to the trees was pretty funny as I glued it down and it popped off.  I glued it down and it popped off.  Just as I was about to give up... I started using tweezers.   Tweezers works like a charm!

The washi tape floor is a perfect spot for my black kitty who is probably wondering who that peeping tom is. Right above the cat you may see some stitching.  Doesn't everyone have stitched walls?  Pretend it's dust or large catnip.

I do have fun making these shaker cards.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0... what great ideas for Christmas cards.  This one was a lot of fun even though I had to dig through stamp set after stamp set to find Christmas words.  Thank God for clear stamps!

I can't believe I am creating such awesome cards!  The list of inspiring artists is too long to mention... but I am going to work on it.   I would like to thank them all!!
Today I was trying out a new rental stamp I had received from Raisin Boat. I signed up for the two per month subscription and they arrived almost two weeks ago but this is the first time I have tried them.

I won't go into detail about membership, but I will say I am happy with the quality and choices.  As a matter of fact I did decide to purchase the wreath stamp that I am posting today.

I used a few different greens to stamp the wreath and then a few different greens to stamp the extra small fir branch.  As usual my photo's do not do it justice.  I used Red Satin Versafine for the bow and then dried everything with the heat gun.  Next I took an embossing pen and dotted and scribbled in a few places before I sprinkled gold embossing powder and heat set that.  The gold stripe was actually a stamp but for some reason my Versamark pad, even though freshly re-inked, will not give an even stamping.  I am wondering if the foam has broken down?

I decided to use the embossing pen and a ruler and fill in the places that did not stamp and also added the sentiment. (GinaK)  I added more embossing ink in spots on the ribbon and balls trying to get more blotchy so that it was not so exact.

I mounted the watercolor panel onto a GinaK card weight ivory cardstock.  I LOVE GinaK paper and am getting ready to place an order for more.  Have I told you about the lost order of paper from GinaK, when they sent it to my old address and the jerks there, kept it?  Grrrr!  I hope they run out of tp and have to use it for that. *smile*

Here is yet another view; 
Adding this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge... Theme; Anything Goes

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This came out great and I after messing up my red one I was thrilled to lift up the stencil and find, perfection!  The Joy die cut is Lawn Fawn cut from an old tissue box and embossed with detail silver powder three times.  In person it actually looks metal.

I added some bling to the flowers and some silver thread behind the joy.  I am hooked on embossing paste!

Tim Holtz stencil
Wendy Vecchi paste
Hero Arts silver embossing powder

A wonderful class.. A Very Trendy Christmas 2.0
Today I moved onto stencils at the Very Trendy Christmas 2.0 classroom.  I had watched Kristina Werner use a Tim Holtz stencil for card number one of her series, and so I bought it to use with my once used embossing paste.

I trimmed a sheet of red cardstock down and used my new "frog tape" to adhere the stencil down.  I started doing it just like I watch others do only to lift the stencil and find what I NEVER see on Kristina's videos or Catherine Pooler's videos...the embossing paste went under and oozed all over and I was, unhappy.

Then I sat and stared at the mess awhile before a great thought popped into my head...use the Simon Says Ugly Sweater stamp set and die, and make the good part, into a sweater.  Voila!  Then since I had a sweater and more "good" embossed red paper, why not a matching hat?  So I free hand cut out a hat and had an almost lovely set.  I think the holly leaves, part of the stamp set, look really good.

The paper I used to make the tag comes from a 6 x 6 paper pad I bought at Tuesday Morning.  It is just loaded with great winter paper.  The snowmen, snow and hill are all a part of the paper.  I used cocoa ink to stamp Warm Winter Wishes (Wplus9) and the only red ink pad I own... a lousy red pad from Michael's.  Shall we call it sort of faded Red Sox hat red?

I added green sequins, some stickle, some Wink of Stella and red, white and green ribbon from a floral arrangement received who knows how many years ago.  Have I mentioned what an awful hoarder I am with supplies I am sure I will use, someday?  Three cheers for me..  I actually used one of those items!!

So there it is... and I LOVE it!    Do you have a favorite RED ink pad?  Help!!!!!

ADDED:  I just realized that I totally missed Nordic.  This is Nordic and a stencil. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sequins & Shakers

This was in class, A Very Trendy Christmas 2.0. under the heading, Sequins and Shakers.  I had just done a shaker card for the Hoedown challenge so I stuck with sequins.   Stamped snowflakes from multiple stamp sets with versamark and embossed with white powder.  Then I did the background with Distress Inks and added sequins, a beautiful filmy purple ribbon and the new stitched banner from SSS.
Once again I am taking an online stamping class, this time with Catherine Pooler of  Stamp Nation.  The name of the class is,  A Very Trendy Christmas 2.0  and I think you can join any time for just $29.95. and is available forever once purchased.   So far I have completed two cards.  

This is todays, file under geometric.  I used the hexagon stamp set from Stampin Up and used multiple colors of green inks.  Then I punched them out using the hexagon punch, glued them down into a tree shape and glued that panel to Kraft cardstock. The little Merry Christmas sentiment is a Wplus9.  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Today I was inspired by a card Lisa Babitz.  I just loved her card with music as the background.

The stamp set is a GinaK Design stamp and it is such a beautiful stamp.  Last year I stamped it a lot using gold embossing and burgandy paper but when I saw Lisa's card I knew I had to give the browns a try. 

Thank you Lisa!!!  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Today I only had time for one card so I got my inspiration from Sean, part of the Gina K Design team.  He posted a gorgeous red and gold card, far more elaborate than the one I had time and talent for.  See it here;
Sean's Card

This is my card using a Martha Stewart tree stamp, a Hero Art's strip at the bottom and a sentiment from a Gina K stamp from last year.  The Gina K set is called Christmas Joy and I snipped the words apart so that I could putthem on opposite sides of the tree.   All done with Versamark and detail gold embossing powder.

I need to make a lightbox to take pictures.  I am using my NikonD70 but you cannot get good pictures in such a dark place as this house.  Sometimes during the day my pic's are better but at night, fahgetaboudit. 

This is what I need; Light Box Amazon

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Today my card was a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) of a card on Dawn Woleslagle's Blog although I did not have the stamp set, I used dies.  I love what she did with the black and small touches of red so I decided to use her as my muse.

My card uses two die sets from Impression Obsession. One was the three deer and one the birch trees with the cardinals.  I have used the tree dies a couple times but this was my first time using the deer.  I love them!  I cut the trees from white card and then used black soot distress to give them the black look that Dawn had with her stamps.  I also free hand cut out the snow banks but plan to beg for the snow bank dies from Wplus9 next time Bob looks generous. (He always does.)

Believe it or not I did not use wink of stella... I used stickles instead!

In honor of Dawn and because Wplus9 are some of my favorite stamsp, I used Comfort and Joy from the Heartfelt Holiday set.

I am adding this to Hazels Challenge ... Come join the fun!