Saturday, November 22, 2014

My last scramble til the new year

I was so glad I was able to play in this scramble today.  I was working on a mail project for hubs and wasn't sure I would get to scramble, but I joined the scramble about 20 minutes in.  For the first time ever in a scramble my card came together with out any major glitches. Whoo Hoo! Tesa's theme was SNOW.

I first stamped, heat embossed and die cut my snow flakes. Next I pulled a white panel and partially die cut my snow man. I taped the die down, and taped the paper down---this saved me a lot of time.  After cutting my snowman partially out, I laid down the circle die around him, and did not move the paper a bit because I was hurrying- I didn't take it off the cutting plate to inspect it ---Guess what --- a perfect cut, I didn't have to do any clean up with craft knife to get the circle edges to line up with the snowman's body.

Since all was going so well, next I stamped the snowman, using a Stamp-a-ma-jig.  The stamp is a cling stamp and would be difficult to position otherwise.  I could have stamped it first then made my die cuts, but this worked out so much better for me. I colored in the scarf, nose, and added some shading to the snowman with Copic markers. 

Next I added some distress inks around the snowman, using Tumbled Glass and Stormy Skiy to get a swirly feel. I wanted it darker around the edges of the circle.  My sentiment was from Stampin Up, and the banner stitching from Simon Says Stamp both were heat embossed. I fussy cut the sentiment, because the die is solid, and I can't see where I would be cutting. Normally I would cut it out first, then stamp and emboss.

Lastly, a quick little red bow tied and stuck on with a glue dot. I then adhered the front panel to a black card base with foam adhesive. Was about an hour from start to finish, to get this card made.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Another Go at Holly Berries

My last post almost a week ago featured this same stamp set.  I was a little mind blocked using the Holly stamp.  Several readers offered some suggestions, so I took another run at the stamp. One stamp of the holly branch was just too bare, so I tried 2 stamps, then die cut the image leaving only 2 partial branch stampings.  I am much happier with this configuration.

I created a mat frame around it, used some distress inks to add some blue color, and red stickles to enhance the berries. Before adding the stickles, I heat embossed with clear the entire front panel. It gives a nice effect IRL.  I placed this panel on a dry embossed panel of holly leaves before placing on the card base, and lastly  added the SSS Merry Christmas die stacked 3 times. It is a definite improvement over my last try with this set.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Season's Greetings

I did a  bad thing, I bought this stamp purely for the pine branch and pine cones. One should not do that...I can't  think of a thing to do with the holly branch, I even inspiration.  But I do love the pine branch. The stamp set is an exclusive from Simon Says Stamp with Clearly Besotted.  It was part of their Stamptember release. I used Leaf Green and Lipstick red Simon inks for the first card, and Hero Arts Field Greens and Cup O Joe for the second and third cards. I also used versa mark for embossing the sentiments.

 I tried with this one, added some red stickles to the stamped berries...

I love this stamp, the pine cones are separate from the branch and come as a single and as a cluster of two.

This one is the favorite of the three for hubs, I am not sure why...must be a balance thing. He is a Libra.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Time for a little Kraft

I have two cards for you today, both featuring Kraft paper and embossing paste. I so love using stencils and embossing paste.  I am entering these two cards into 3 challenges - both cards into the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group challenge #5 Embossing.  That challenge is open until Thursday, 9:00am EST November 13, 2014.

I am also entering each card into a separate challenge.

My first card is for the challenge  Muse - 93, it has been a while since I have been able to play.  I love inverting the colors on the Muse challenge, and this time I did much the same. The inspiration card is provided by Muse Therese Calvird. I love her clean lines.

 I used white embossing paste on a Simon Says Stamp Stencil from the Four Trees Stencil set # SSST121363. I added 3 sequins across the bottom added a Happy Holidays sentiment from the Simon set called Holly Berries, then added a hand-drawn white frame. I then matted it on three sides to the card base.

My second was made for the Card Concept Challenge.   This challenge is called A Krafty Christmas.  The challenge is open until Monday, November 24th at Noon (PST).

On this card I used the ever popular Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says Stamp, another of the Trees from the Four Trees stencil set and the Merry Christmas die.

I used embossing paste, glitter and stickles to create the tree on a hand cut tag.  I added white dashed lines to the tag. The sentiment die cut was added to the snowy panel and then the tag. All was placed on a white card base.  I am calling it clean and layered in styling.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Time Time time


I actually missed the challenge date...somehow I did not look at the date that the challenge closed. It was for the Nov 1 Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge which closed the 10th. I made the card the 11th.

The inspiration photo has lovely bright colors- purple, blue and a yellow. I also liked that wood plank wall and the bits of old metal on the drawer and the lamp. I wish I had put the idea in my head to paper before the challenge closed, though.  Still, I love the card so I am sharing it with you.

It took several tries to get that watercolor panel the way I wanted it. I chose to put the blue in the middle as it blended well with both the purple and the yellow.  Purple does not blend well with yellow---it makes brown, I have pretty trash to prove it.

I am still going to post the card and it will go in my stash. I have several birthdays coming up in the next month.

Have a wonderful day!

Lawn Fawn - Stitched Party Banners
Koi Watercolors
Mama Elephant - Make a Wish Stamp Set
Canson 140lb cold press watercolor paper
American Crafts - Base Coat 6.5x6.5 Pad
Versa Mark Ink, White Hero Arts Embossing Powder
Stampin Up - Antique Brads