Friday, November 17, 2017

Snowy Snowman Scene

Hello! I have another snowman card to share today. I’m not sure why, but I am really in the mood for using them on cards.  This is a set that I have played with before, but never used on a card.

I colored him with pencils with a touch of white gel pen for detail.  I again added white flocking to the hat!  For the background, I used a paint spatter stamp from Just for Fun and some Distress Oxide ink.  Then I sponged regular distress ink around too.  

This set has nice sayings for the inside and out, so I will share the inside too.

Supplies:  Inky Antics Decorating Snowman clear set, Versafine Black ink, Derwent Coloursoft Pencils, Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Spatter Background stamp, Distress Oxide Salty Ocean ink, Distress Tumbled Glass ink, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies, Stickles Glitter Glue, cardstock from my stash.

I would love to enter these challenges:
Merry Monday Outdoor Activities (Decorating!)
Dies R Us Challenge - Snow
ModSquad challenge - Merry and Bright
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge blog - It’s a Stitch Up!

As always, I want to thank you for visiting my blog today.  And a special double thanks for those of you who subscribe and leave comments!  It is a real pleasure to have you here!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chickadee Card (and a story about a much bigger bird)

In addition to stamping, I like to watch birds. 

 The other day, as I was sitting by my the window working on some cards, I saw five raptors circling quite low.  I knew they were mostly vultures, but suddenly, another bird caught my eye.  It was a Bald Eagle, so I rushed outside to take a better look.  It did circle around a few times so we could get a good look, even without binoculars.  What luck!  

So naturally, with these two interests, I like to have some bird stamps in my collection, and I use them quite a bit!

Let me explain how I did the background.  First, I stenciled three colors of Distress Inks onto regular white cardstock.  With the stencil still in place, I then spread flexible modeling paste over top of the inking.  After that, I removed the stencil.  As it dries, it gives the look that I colored the pastes, but this method is SO much simpler! 

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber stamps Stamptangle Chickadee stamp, Happy Birthday sentiment, Gina K Designs Dark Chocolate ink, Spellbinders Labels 18 die, Distress Inks Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage and Tea Dye, Heidi Swapp Stencil, Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste, cardstocks from my stash.

I thank you for visiting today, and double thanks if you leave a comment!  I hope you have time for stamping today!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Color Challenge Christmas Cards

Hello everyone! I am back for my second Tuesday guest designing for SplitCoastStampers Color Challenge.   This week, Mary is the host and she chose Real Red, Cucumber Crush and Marina Mist. (Translation is Red, Green and Blue).  I hope I was able to get a close match for the Cucumber Crush - I really dug through my papers!  The optional theme is Christmas and I did go with it for both of my cards!

My first card is SUPER clean and simple.  I was inspired by a design on Pinterest, but I changed it up to make it my own.  It felt good to use the tiny star die in my set!

My second card is my favorite because I do adore this country Snowman stamp.  The birds were perfect because I could use them to include the blue.  I colored this with alcohol markers.

Supplies: October Afternoon Boughs and Berries Stamp set, Deep Red Stamps Snowman with Birds, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Memento Black ink, Spectrum Noir and Copic markers, Gina Marie X stitched rectangle dies, DieNamics Pierced Square dies, Darice star dies, American Crafts Let it Snow patterned paper, Sizzix embossing folder.

I know everyone is busy so I really appreciate your visit today!

Sunday, November 12, 2017


I have been wanting a new snowman stamp, and I recently found the cutest set!  I stamped out a bunch of these and colored them this weekend. Then I paired them up to make a card and a tag.  Oh what fun!

These are the cheaper acrylic stamp material and I always get great results with these using my Versafine ink.  Because I used that ink, I used my Prismacolor pencils and the pencil blender for coloring.

I did add some close up photos here because I hope you can see that I added some FLOCKING to the mittens and hat.  I know flocking has been out of style for ages, but I really think the white in my stash is well-used with Christmas cards. (I just need to be patient as the glue dries!)

Supplies: Art Impressions Warm Wishes Stamp and die set, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Prismacolor pencils, EK Success flocking, Heidi Swap Marquee Love and Pebbles Home for Christmas patterned papers, Stickles glitter glue, Sixxiz Tim Holtz Tag die, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies

I would love to play along with Art Impressions Tag It Challenge, Cute Card Thursday Sparkles Challenge and SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge blog Snow White challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Color Challenge - Fall Cards!

I was really happy to be asked to be a Guest Designer for the SplitCoastStampers Color challenge for November.  There is a new challenge every Tuesday.  The colors today are “crushed curry, cajun craze, cherry cobbler“ which are Stampin Up colors, but I used the closest I had in my stash to go with Burnt Orange, Yellow and Red.  The “dessert” for the challenge - an optional theme - is “gratitude.”  

For my first card, I stamped a pretty leaf and cut it out and then layered it with colored cardstocks.

The inside is where I added the gratitude twist.  I haven’t used these stamps for a long time.  I do like this sentiment with an image built in!

For the second card, I got out my Distress Inks and did a lot of generation stamping.  

Supplies:  Card One - Inkakinkado Harvest Expressions and Mindscape Fall stamp sets, Technique Tuesday Little Sentiments Stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black, Crimsom Red, Satin Red, Cardstock from stash, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles, Darice Woodgrain Embossing Folder; Card Two - Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Flora and Fauna Sheet, Distress Ink Dried Marigold, Faded Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Inkakinkado Harvest Expressions, Versafine black ink, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles, Spellbinders Foliage dies.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I would love to enter these projects in SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge “Thanks/Thanksgiving.”

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Just for Fun’s November Challenge!

I hope to see you enter a project over at Just for Fun Rubber Stamp’s November challenge.  You do not need to use JFF stamps to enter, and there will be a random prize draw!  

The theme is Thanksgiving with sub themes of Travel and Family!  You can interpret that whichever way you want!

Here is my card using Cluster of Stalks background stamp and the cute Pumpkin Patch stamp!  I used copper embossing powder with the background stamp to add warmth and colored the pumpkins with alcohol markers.

Hope you have a great day!  

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Masculine Card for CraftyHazelnut’s Patterned Paper November challenge

Hello!  I am sharing today for CraftyHazelnut’s Patterned Paper challenge!  The November challenge is here, and it is always Anything Goes with Patterned paper!  I love the extra push to work through my stash, and every month, Hazel offers a prize!

This month, I went with a masculine look.  I pulled the turquoise and brown out of the patterned paper to use with my stamped panel.  This was a card for my son, who is very outdoorsy! Since I was giving it in person, I could add the button for embellishment.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber stamps Framed Maple Leaf (also in Flora and Fauna set), Sentiment from Unmounted set 1, Gina K Dark Chocolate Ink, My Mind’s Eye Happy Camper 6x6 Paper pad, Sizzix Dotted Rectangles dies, other supplies from my stash.

(A note: there are a few more hours left in Just for Fun’s 30% off everything sale!  No code needed!  Shop here.)

Thanks for stopping by! I will see you again tomorrow!