Saturday, December 12, 2015


Okay, I couldn't resist making another super simple tree card.  I stamped the tree image (Penny Black) in Simply Chartreuse ink then silver embossed the star (W&W) and sentiment (Penny Black).  I die cut it with a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle and popped it onto a white card base.

ETA: Happy to have an honorable mention from Ardyth at CASology this week!

CASology - cue card tree

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Best Gifts...

You may have to give me some artistic license on this one.  A couple of weeks ago I was playing around with smooshing a-la Laura Bassen.  I put mowed lawn distress ink on one of my long, skinny blocks, spritzed it with water, placed it on one end of my watercolor paper then just dragged it across.  Suddenly a forest of trees appeared!  It just needed the perfect sentiment (Penny Black) and a strategically placed star (W&W) embossed in gold and it was done. 

Challenges I'm entering in:
CASology - Cue card Tree
CAS Colours and Sketches - make it Christmassy 
Happy Little Stampers - Star - yip, it has a star
Happy Little Stampers - Favorite Technique - smooshing
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Any Previous 2015 Challenge - The Wild Woods (Oct)


I made a few of these since it was so easy and fun.  I kind of twisted and lifted the block as I dragged for this second one and went over it a couple of times. I had to flip a coin between this one and the one up top to decide which to enter, I think they are too similar to enter separately but I love them both.  Each one turns out unique and wonderful, I hope you'll give it a try! 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Holidays

Here's another not great picture that I will change later when I figure out what is going on with my editing software/computer.

I have one more card to put in for the Sparkle and Shine Challenge.  I used a very old and much loved PSX holly image to stamp out all the dress colors.  Then I added a color matched sequin to each leaf to really bling out the card!

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Holiday Cheer

Arghh, these are horrible pictures, the camera is dying, it's a gray, snowy day out, my photo editing software doesn't seem to be working and I'm in a rush to get this entered into the Time Out Challenge which....I just missed.  Good thing it was for the Sparkle & Shine Challenge too!  I'll also put it in for CASology where the cue word is Give.  I think this card will definitely give someone some holiday cheer!
ETA - I'll also put this in to Inkspirational - Anything goes with Silver.  

ETA - So happy to be chosen as an Honorable Mention at CASology this week! 

This card just popped into my head about 15 minutes ago!!!  I used a Penny Black Christmas tree from a stamp set that I got free with a magazine last year.  I inked up the colors for the Sparkle & Shine Challenge and stamped them sideways.  I used a simple vellum strip with Holiday Cheer embossed in silver for the sentiment then added just a couple of sparkling clear sequins for some classy bling.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Merry & Bright

Here is my fifth and final entry into the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge.  Sorry for the gray picture (it's ironic given the sentiment and how the card looks in real life!),  I seem to have a heck of a time taking photos with colored cardstock - the colors never seem to match the real life version. 
I inked up some cardstock with a nice bright red distress ink then added some water droplets to add some depth.  After I cut out the circle I white embossed the sentiment from Joy to the World.  It still didn't have the oomph I wanted, so I sprayed it with a shimmer mist (also hard to capture in a photo).  I foam mounted that onto a white panel which was layered on a matching red cardstock.  Added 3 shiny red sequins and a few smaller sparkling clear ones and called it done. 

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This is my fourth card for the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge.  I used the holly image from the Holiday Pine Branches set, stamped (in SSS beanstalk green) to radiate out from my gold embossed sentiment.  I filled in the gaps with great pops of red using one of the berry stamps.  I used my Versamark pen to ink up the open part of the berry and embossed that in gold to match the sentiment.  A strip of gold foil paper across the bottom adds to the shine.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Peace Joy & Love

Today I have my third card I am entering in to the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge.  You can enter up to 5 cards for a chance to win a $50 Hero Arts shopping spree with free shipping.  Wouldn't that be nice to win!

After embossing some of the great images from the Holiday Pine Branches set, I watercolored the entire piece with peeled paint, shabby shutters and pine needles distress inks.  The sentiment (from Joy to the World) was stamped with aged mahogany distress ink.

I am so not a wonky panel person, but I thought it suited it to be layered with a rich burgundy cardstock set at a jaunty angle before being mounted on a cream card base.

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