Monday, December 28, 2009

Snowflake Angel

Hi everyone! I just realized that I had not shared this card with you! It's done a bit differently and wanted to give you the details!

The snowflake background is done with the Ornamental Snowflake set from The Angel Company. I used starry night Palette ink to stamp them and then lightly sponged on some additional ink.

The Angel (TAC) is stamped on vellum in Memento Tuxedo Ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I turned it over and colored her dress with Copic Markers. The wings are done in a two step process. Taking your stylus and a mouse pad, burnish or dry emboss the wings, being careful not to press too hard otherwise you will go through the vellum. After that is done, I used a white Sharpie paint pen and colored it all white. When you turn it over, the results are striking! Using sharp scissors, I trimmed all around it.

To get the Angel to adhere to the cardstock, I got out my Xyron and made it a sticker. The lattice border punch from MS came in handy to decorate the edges of the snowflake background and the navy cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Last few Christmas projects!

Here are the last of my Christmas projects that I wanted to share with you all! First up is my pink poinsettia card.

The pink paper was done with my varnished alcohol technique and you can find the instructions for that here. The poinsettia stamp is from Gina K Designs and the sentiment is from PTI. I stamped the poinsettia in versamark and embossed with gold detail embossing powder. I cut two of them out and positioned them onto the square off center and overlapping just a bit. I used a versamark pen and a ruler to create the gold border on the layer in back. I added a couple of gold self adhesive pearls to each end to bling it up a bit more.

This one is done with flower soft in polar white. The tree is stamped in Palette Jardin Moss first, cut out with an oval nestability and then I got busy with the glue. I daubered on some soft thatched straw chalk ink from Versamagic to create the glow around the tree and then added a bit over the sentiment (PTI). The green designer paper is from Kaisercraft and it's embossed with the plaid embossing folder from Provo Craft.
Then I made a box to hold some note paper, nuggets and four tea lights. You can see all the goodies with the addition of a piece of acetate in the box top!

The snowflake stamp is from The Angel Company. For the tea lights, I stamped the snowflake onto tissue paper, cut it out with a circle nestability, punched a hole in middle for the wick and then melted it into the tea lights.

Under the blue paper on the left is a note pad that I made from copy paper. I cut a bunch of it to 3 x 3 and then glued them together with rubber cement. Used a few binder clips to hold it all together while it dried. Using versamark, I stamped the snowflakes randomly on the blue (enchanted evening - PTI) cardstock and embossed them with detail glacier white embossing powder.
Wrapped up three Hersey's Chocolate Nuggets using the same snowflake stamp and added them into the box since they fit so well between the dividers! You can find all kinds of Nugget boxes and instructions at SCS.
So what do you think of my last couple of projects? I would love to hear your feedback!

I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #160

Hello and Happy Holidays! Here is this weeks sketch!

Card base 4.25 x 5.5, Designer paper 4 x 5.25, Image panel 3 x 3.75 (with a 1/16 mat), Back panel 2 x 4 (border punch used) sentiment done with window word punch.

Designer paper is from Daisy D's and the colors in it really work well with the image that I stamped. I used markers to color the image and did the huff method to reactivate the ink. The sentiment stamp is one that I designed myself and had Vicki over at Victorine Originals make up for me. I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black and then punched it out with the window word punch.

The Martha Stewart doily border punch was used on the white cardstock and I added two different shades and width of blue grosgrain ribbon to cover up the raw edges. It turned out to be a very femine card that I will use for someone's Birthday.

This will be my last sketch design for this year! I have a few more Christmas cards/projects to show you this week prior to the big day! I hope that everyone is not too bogged down with last minute preperations and gift buying! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to let me know what you think!

Wildflower Stamp - Inkadinkado
White cardstock
Daisy D's designer paper
Blue grosgrain ribbon
Marvy LePlume II Markers
MS doily border punch

Friday, December 18, 2009

Holly using Grunge board

Hi everyone! I made this clean and simple Holiday card out of some grunge board!

I have an old Sizzix die called Holly and Berries that I used to cut the grunge board out with. They are both colored with alcohol inks in Willow and Cranberry. I got a little creative on the edges and colored them in with a blending stump dipped in the alcohol ink.

Scarlet jewel cardstock was used as the base for this card. I glued the die cuts down with some Mono Adhesive and then paper pierced around the perimeter. The sentiment is stamped in Memories Chalk ink in delicate rose, which sounds like it wouldn't even be close to matching that scarlet cardstock, but does! No other embellishments needed on this one!

Have a great weekend! I'm off to do some Holiday baking!

Grunge board
Alcohol inks in Willow and Cranberry
Blending stump
Memories chalk ink in delicate rose
Sentiment stamp - The Angel Company
Cardstock - PTI

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Poinsettia swap card

Hello all! I participated in a swap over at Victorine Originals Yahoo group and this is one of the cards I made.

I used the Spellbinders Poinsettia Nestabilities (the two smaller flowers) and the leaves are done with the bigger die. I cut them out of Pure Poppy cardstock from PTI and highlighted them with red brick versamagic chalk ink. I did a bit of bending and scrunching to make them appear real.

The evergreen branch stamp is from Victorine Originals and it's stamped in Palette Jardin Moss several times. I popped up the poinsettia with some foam tape but prior to it being added between the evergreen branches, I punched a hole for the stamen to go through. I used that fabulous MS punch and punched out a few brown branches and added them behind the poinsettias to balance it off. The sentiment is also from V.O. and is stamped in Palette Jardin Moss.

This turned out to be a simple and fast card that packs a punch! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #159

Happy Tuesday! Here is sketch #159 and measurements are below! How about a masculine Christmas card this week? Well, that's what it turned out to be...

Measurement are: Card base 4.25 x 5.5
Burgandy layer - 2.5 x 4.25
Green layer - 3 x 4.75
Stamped image - 1.75 x 2 3/8
All layers are matted with a 1/16 border.

The moose is colored with Copic Markers and is from The Angel Company (retired). The color of the red is garnet R39, but it's looking kind of pinkish in the picture. This card ended up being very country or masculine looking!
The green designer paper is from Kaisercraft and I ran it through the new Cuttlebug plaid embossing folder that I got at HSN, which I hear is no longer available. Bummer!
The tag is cut using one of the tag nesties that I have and anchored on with black brads. I added two more self adhesive black pearls to the Burgandy cardstock to match.

Here is a close up of how the stamped image is colored. The moose almost gets lost in all that red plaid! LOL!!!
The set also comes with three evergreen tree's and I stamped and colored those, cut them out and glued them to the inside of the card (you can see it on the lower left hand side in the first picture). Since I'm just finishing up all my Christmas cards - the inside sayings - I have now decided that I'm going to finish off as many cards on the inside as I possibly can! It was the pits having to go back and add them at a later date!

Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think of my masculine Christmas card! Have a great week!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Golden Ornaments

Hey everyone! Here's another Christmas card I wanted to share!

The designer paper is Reese from The Angel Company. The ornaments and sentiment are stamped directly on the tan layer with versamark and then embossed in gold embossing powder.
I cut a 2 inch strip of the circle patterned paper and adhered it to the top and then added the grosgrain ribbon. Three self adhesive gold pearls are added to the left side, which are from the Reflection line at M's. The bow is tied with the bow-easy.

What do you think? This card is super fast and easy for those last minute cards!

Have a great day!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Vintage Santa

Happy Friday! Here are a few Christmas cards I put together using the Vintage Santa set from The Angel Company.The santa is stamped in vintage photo distress ink from Ranger and embossed. The snowflakes are stamped in the same ink. The paper is from the Reese paper collection from TAC. The grosgrain ribbon is called scarlet jewel from PTI .

I cut the santa out using a circle nestability and layered it with a scalloped circle of pure poppy and the green DP. The green designer paper is from Kaisercraft and the holly is from K&Company. I used a punch to cut the corners and then got creative with some paper piercing. The sentiment is from same stamp set and is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.

I hope you all have a great weekend and that you're about done with your holiday shopping! I have yet to begin my baking, and have only two more gifts to buy! I plan to be done by end of next week! Let's see if I make it!! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Hi there! I just had to get out of the Holiday card rut and make something normal! Here's my latest creation for the sketch challenge over at SCS.

The butterfly is colored with prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits. I stamped two of them, colored half of the one in back, cut out the other and then popped it up on foam tape so that it appears to be flying.

Designer paper is from Provo Craft and the green card stock colors are from the monochromatic green collection from Bazzill.

The light green is embossed with a leafy embossing folder from Quickutz. I added a piece of beige grosgrain ribbon to seperate the two panels and used some self adhesive gold pearls to add some interest.

I do have several more holiday cards to share with you all, but thought to break it up a bit! I tend to get burned out on them about half way through December! Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific day!

Stamp - Stampin Up! Stipple butterfly
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Prismacolored pencils
Provo Craft Designer paper - soft serenity
Green cardstock - Bazzill
Quickutz embossing folder
Reflections gold pearls
Beige grosgrain ribbon

Monday, December 7, 2009

Card Sketch Tuesday #158

Happy Tuesday! Here is sketch #158 and measurements are below.

Card base is 4.25 x 5.5. I did add another layer behind layer #1 that measures 4 x 5.25. Layer 1 is 3 x 4 and layers 2A and B are 2 x 2.5. They are all matted with a 1/16 layer. The sentiment panel is a labels die from Spellbinders.

I started off making a master board with stamping the snowflakes ramdomly in pure poppy and sky gray inks. The red cardstock is ran through the new snowflake embossing folder from Provo Craft and taped in place. I learned the hard way that the gray pigment ink needs a bit of time to dry, so I stamped the seniment and the tag outline then ran it through the labels spellbinders die. I also took a dauber and outlined the label with the pure poppy ink.

Once the gray ink finally dried, I cut out my panels and layered them with a dark gray cardstock. I did pop up the #2A and B panels with foam tape. The label is also bent in a little and attached with tiny foam tape squares.

The inspiration for this came from the turtleneck I have on, except that the back ground on my shirt is cream not white. It's just a bit different than the norm, and I thought what a wonderful card it would make.

Thanks for stopping by and have a super week!

Stamps: Snowflakes = The Angel Company, Sentiment = Studio G stamps, Label = Waltzing Mouse stamps,
Paper - Pure poppy cardstock from PTI, gray cardstock from American Crafts
Ink - Palette Pure Poppy, Sky Gray from Colorbox

March of the Snowmen Blog Candy Winner!

Hi everyone! After printing up and cutting out 64 comments on my snowmen cards from the blog hop, we have a winner!

Congratulations to Natalie Houston! Here is what the mystery blog Candy looks like! A note worthy embellishment jar from Making Memories(Audrey collection - buttons and flowers), three stamp sets from The Angel Company and......

I did include some "real" candy in the mix too! Congratulations, Natalie! And - thanks to all of you out there for leaving me some very nice comments.

By the way, the question of which snowman card was your favorite - well it turned out that quite a few of you preferred the very last one pictured. From the comments left, it's because the card and snowman were non-traditional colors!

Have a great day!

Friday, December 4, 2009

March of the Snowmen Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to our March of the Snowmen Blog Hop! There are 16 ladies (including me) participating in this hop and many of them are offering some form of blog candy to go along with this! You will just have to visit all to find out!! I will be offering a bit of candy myself (you will just have to wait and see what you get, however you will be pleasantly surprised!) and I will randomly pick someone from the comments left! Good luck.

I have collected a lot of snowman stamps over the years and here are some of my favorites!

Stamp is from Penny Black and colored with Copic Markers (B00, G07, R46, C1, YR68, E25). I added a bit of Crystal art glitter for the snow! The big snowflake is cut from Provo Craft - I cut three layers and stacked them on top of each other with foam tape. A red button and some scrappers floss ties them all together! The designer paper is from Kaisercraft. Nesties labels used to cut out the main stamped image and the red layer. I used a velvet green ribbon in the background to add some interest!

This stamp is from Great Impressions and is colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with OMS. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. The new snowflake embossing folder from Provo Craft was used on the base of this card. The snowflake stamp around the scallops is from Stamps by Judith and done with craft white ink. The tag is cut from Spellbinders nestabilities!
This stamp is from Plum Purdy by Renee' Mullins. It's colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with OMS. Crystal art glitter is used for the snow on his hat. Snowflake embossing folder is used on the white cardstock and the designer paper is from HOTP. Pure poppy and enchanted evening card stock is from PTI. The white dots are done with a sharpie paint pen.

This is probably my oldest snowman stamp! It's from Hampton Arts and is colored with prismacolor pencils and blended with OMS. The sentiment is from PTI and the designer paper are from K&Company. Deckled nesties were used to cut out the main image and the dark red layer.

This stamp is from Great Impressions and it's acutally a square of 3 snowman plus the sentiment. It's stamped in Memories black dye ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I used glaze gel pens to color his nose and accessories! Pure poppy card stock was scored twice on each end, then I cut the snowmen apart and popped them up using foam tape. The snowflakes are from Provo Craft and cut out with the CB. I added a bit of Vanilla Shimmer spray from Smooch to them, but it's hard to see in the photo.

Lastly, this stamp is from The Angel Company. He is colored with Copic Ciao Markers in G21 and G24. It's also outlined with C1 and then blinged up a bit with a touch of a stardust pen. The embossing folder is from Provo Craft, which goes so well with this stamp! I used a nestie label to cut this out, bent it a bit in the middle and then popped it up with foam tape. The sentiment is from The Angel Company, too.

Ok - I know that was a lot to read and see, but hopefully you enjoyed seeing all those different snowmen stamps! Byt he way, which one was your favorite? Here are the links for the 15 other ladies who are participating in this blog hop! I sure hope you get a lot of ideas and inspiration! Thanks for stopping by, and remember to leave a comment(s) so that you can be included in the blog candy drawing(s)!

Angella Crockett
Barb Foster
Deb Felts
Jen Carter
JenMarie Taylor
Jodi Heuser
Kelly Landers
Latisha Yoast
Laurie Willison
Linda Duke
Melisa Waldorf
Michelle Bartnett
Mona Pendleton
Pam Imholz
Stacy Rogers

Thanks for stopping by and a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

All is calm

Greetings! I wanted to show you my latest card that I completed for the SCS card sketch challenge.

The tree border stamp and the sentiment is from Memory Box and is stamped in Memories black dye ink, then heat embossed with clear powder. Next I sponged on Memento Cantaloupe, Versamagic Thatched Straw and Palette Pure Poppy to create the sunset. Distress ink in Faded Jeans is used for the night sky and applied with a foam pad.

The snowflakes are done prior to creating the sky by stamping a dots stamp (stamps by Judith) randomly with versamark and heat embossing with clear powder.

The designer paper in the back ground is from BoBunny and ran through the CB with the new PC snowflake folder! The open corners on top are cut out using the CB in the Bazzill navy card stock I used throughout the card.

Lastly, to give this some real sparkle I spritzed it with Vanilla Shimmer from Smooch. Added some snow using Crystal Art Glitter and put some stardust on the trees.

I really like how this one turned out! What do you think?