Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Magnolia

Christmas and magnolia's are from completely different seasons, but it does make a pretty card for this time of year. I have finally got and wanted some stamping time in. I have been working every day since the big 'black Friday', and in retail, it's just a crazy busy time.

So I got out some new Unity stamps that I got in early November. The red panel is a background stamp that I clear embossed then sponged with Real Red ink. The flowers were water colored onto Shimmery White card stock. I added some sparkly silver thread to the red panel, and around the flower one. I will stamp a Christmas sentiment to the inside.

Thought I would share a pic of what my desk looked like before crafting today:

Total chaos! New stamps, dies, pictures of my son that I cut apart on Thanksgiving day to give to my Mom, papers, inks everywhere. And there is a mini Distress pad that it's lid is half off, wonder how many days it was like that!!? So I put everything away, and started over again! No, it's not messy again, but give me a few

Thanks so much for visiting! I know I've been away for a bit! :)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Special Snowman

I am a sucker for snowmen! I love them all. Even though I don't like the coldness Winter brings, I do enjoy the freshly fallen snow, and snowmen!!

This adorable stamp is from C.C. Designs called Snowman with Bird by a new artist, Rustic Sugar. I stamped him with My Favorite Things black hybrid ink onto the smooth side of some water color paper. Then water colored him with various Distress inks.

I die cut him out with a square die, then used a Your Next Stamp stitching line die around the edges. Created a rectangle mat that I sponged with ink, and glued the panel together. I stamped the sentiment from the Happy Everything set by C.C. Designs and made it into a banner and attatched it with a mini paper clip.

The background paper is retired from SU! and the velvet ribbon at the bottom. I'm following along with this week's sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.

And I also wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! A lot of people travel to be with family this time of year, luckily I don't have to go far. I am thankful everyday for all that I have, whether it be family, safety, or material things. I try to remind myself that every day, no matter if it's a good or bad day. Thank you to everyone who visits and reads my blog posts, I enjoy sharing my creations.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Christmas Pine

I am joining along with this month's Joy Clair challenge with this pretty color combo.

October JC Challenge 2016

I used a couple Joy Clair stamp sets on this card, Christmas Wishes and Cozy Snowman Wishes. I stamped and decorated the tree with the colors given. Then I added glitter too the star and base ground of the tree.

I die cut the frame with a Bo Bunny die and used a brayer and ink to color it. I sponged the vanilla card with pink, and used a blue card for the base. A quick and simple card, and perfect for mailing.

Thank you for your visit!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Elegant Christmas

Sharing the card I made for Unity's challenge which is Black and White Christmas. The ornament stamp is from the October kit of the month. I stamped it with My Favorite Things Black Hybrid ink, and did some light shading with my charcoal pencil. The little dots of snow have clear Wink of Stella on them.

I die cut the birch frame in black from C.C. Designs and lightly sponged on white pigment ink all around. I layered this onto some pretty, retired SU! paper, and die cut some matching leaves from a retired SU! Sizzix Sizzlit.

Once everything was adhered, I kept looking at it thinking of what else to add to it. Pearls, enamel dots, twine? After about 5 minutes, I decided to leave it as is. It does make for an elegant looking card, even with the cute moose ornament stamp.

Thanks so much for visiting, have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Happy We're Friends

Sharing a CAS card I made for the current Your Next Stamp Challenge. I am following the sketch this time around.


I used one YNS stamp set on this called Happy Everything. It has the large happy word I used here, then lots of other add on sentiments for it to make your own greeting. I stamped the card base with the large word in Versamark, then again in ink onto a piece of patterned vellum, then embossed with clear.

I die cut it out using YNS circle dies and also for the scalloped plaid behind it(paper from MFT). I added another strip of paper following the sketch, and stamped the other sentiment onto a cut banner piece. I added a few heart sequins for accents.

Thank you for visiting!!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

3D House Canvas

I finished up another canvas yesterday. This is an 8x10 stretched canvas. I was inspired by this piece that Camille shared on the Unity blog.

I loved the 3D house she made on her Sillouette machine. I don't own one, so I set out and drafted my own house. Here is another pic of it before being put on the canvas:

It's so cute, and am happy with how it turned out. All of the openings are made with dies. The door and top window are partial cuts. Many different options to choose from. Before assembly, I put yellow card stock on the back panel and sponged on yellow ink for the glow of light. I stamped a couple images, then sponged the house with ink.

For the canvas, I started by 'painting' on crumpled tissue paper with Gesso, then sponged the whole piece with different Distress inks. I used many different Unity kits for all the stamping and sponged the edges with black ink. Once I was happy with it, I glued down the house.

I am very much enjoying the canvas art. Something different than making cards all the time. I just ordered some flat canvas panels, so will be excited to play some more when they arrive!

Thanks so much for your visit!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Snowflakes Are......

Sharing a card I made for this week's color challenge at Splitcoast Stampers using Elegant Eggplant, Pacific Point, Soft Sky and a touch of silver.

My layers are all die cut with Spellbinders dies. The sentiment and snowflakes are heat embossed using the Joy Clair stamp set Cozy Snowman Wishes. I tied some twine onto one die cut that has silver in it for more accent and 4 rhinestones in the corners.

I think this color combo is pretty for a Winter card. Thanks so much for your visit!