Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Jack

Wishing everyone a Happy Halloween!

Happy Jack
Jack-o-Latern (Inkadinkado); Weathered (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: generic green, dark brown, yellow, orange
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)

Have a boo-ti-ful day!

Free Form Friday - What Not to Use Challenge

31 Days of Holiday Cards Wrap-Up!

Thanks to everyone who played along with my simple challenges. I have all my holiday cards ready to go. Now, I can get ready for my annual "addressing" party where I get together with friends, sip cider and start addressing all these great cards.

Today, I decided to make the challenge a bit harder. Last week, we had a ton of fun using all our traditional holiday stamps. This week, try and make a holiday card with none of those familiar symbols.

Use your sentiment and color scheme to create a holiday card out of non-traditional images.

What did you expect? It's Halloween after all. My mind isn't really on the holiday season right now.

Here's my non-traditional card. I went with an arctic animal theme and some more paper piecing.

An Arctic Noel
Polar Bear (A Muse); Bunny Heart (Stampendous); Joyeux Noel from Snowy Woods plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Holiday Argyle (Deja Views)
Cardstock: River Rock, Riding Hood Red, Elegant Eggplant, and Garden Green (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Embellishment: mini red bow (Holiday Time)
Tools: circle cutters (Creative Memories)

31 down.... Thanksgiving to go? Uh oh.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thursday's Technique - Collage

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

Collage is one of my favorite techniques. I love matching up images and making a montage. You can use masking in your collage or just let the images overlap to form a wonderful effect.

Have fun with it! I sure did! I used another Technique Junkie technique called Layered Collage.

Promises to Keep
Stamps: Promises to Keep, Happy Christmas, bough & 3 snowflakes from Snowy Woods plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Brocade Blue, Handsome Hunter, Whisper White and Night of Navy (Stampin Up)

Ink: Brocade Blue, Handsome Hunter, and Night of Navy (Stampin Up)

30 down, 1 to go!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween Inchie Cards

I found this great Halloween paper at the bottom of my holiday paper drawer. Okay, actually, I found a very small scrap of this paper so I actually don't know the brand or when I got it, but isn't it fun?

Booglie Eyed Inchies
Stamps: Dracula, spider & mummy from Booglie Eyes set & Cheese Cloth background (Stampin Up)
Paper: Cute but unknown
Cardstock: generic orange, light purple and dark purple (yup, more scraps)
Ink: Night of Navy & Only Orange (Stampin Up); white gel pen; fine line black marker

Spookatuclar Inchies
Stamps: Cheese Cloth background (Stampin Up); bat from Best Fiends set (Stampin Up); Boo (A Muse); Big Sprinkle (Cats Pajamas)
Paper: unknown
Cardstock: generic orange, light purple and dark purple
Ink: Night of Navy & Only Orange (Stampin Up)

Off to get the final bits and pieces for Halloween! Have a fabulous Fall day!

Wondercolor Wednesday - Unconventional

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

I have never been very good with following conventional thinking. I have made my own tradition of striving to make at least one card each holiday which don't follow the conventional color schemes.

On Valentine's Day, I stay away from pink and red. On Halloween, I try and dream up some cards without orange. Even one of my Fourth of July cards last year had no red or blue.

Go ahead and make any kind of holiday card you want, just don't use red, green, blue or silver. Anything else goes!

I chose different shades of pink for mine with a bit of dark brown thrown in. These cards are designed using the Warhol technique from Technique Junkies.

I liked my color scheme so much, I made one for each holiday!

Pink Lights
Stamp: Calligraphy Christmas Bulb (Inkadinkado)
Cardstock: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose & Pretty in Pink
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn); white gel pen
Tools: 1 1/2 square punch (Creative Memories)

Menorah Miss
Stamp: Menorah Bella (Stamping Bella); Happy Hanukkah (Rubber Tree)
Cardstock: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose & Pretty in Pink
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Tools: 1 1/2 square punch (Creative Memories)

29 down, 2 to go!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Toolbox Tuesday - Dry Embossing / Cuttebugging

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continue!

I love my Cuttlebug, but I don't use it enough. With all the great themed embossing folders available now, it is easy to make a great card in minutes. Sizzix also has dry emboss folders which I have used and there are many brands of embossing templates and plates for a number of different dry emboss techniques.

Quick Tip: to give a bit more zing to your embossing, sand it or drag ink across the top to help further define the embossing.

For my second cuttlebugged card, I wanted to keep the looks soft so I left the dry embossing "au naturale".

Deer Holiday Time
Deer Collage (Memory Box)
Paper: Deer paper from Frost Collection (Memory Box)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Mellow Moss, Garden Green and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Marker: No. 18 Dark Brown (Marvy Le Plume II)
Tools: Cuttlebug

28 down, 2 to go!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Motif Monday - Flurries of Flowers

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continue!

Flowers are easy to use embellishments which add both style and dimension to cards. I used to pack my flowers away after Summer, but this year I kept them out.

There are so many different types to use including fabric flowers, paper flowers, punched flowers, and ribbon flowers. I also use dried flowers in some of my designs. Fabulous!

Here is my holiday-themed card using flowers. I used a Technique Junkies technique called Cuttlebug highlights. I chose to stick with a white highlight to go with the white on which the sentiment was stamped.

Petals and Spirals
May Your Christmas sentiment from Snowy Woods plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: Whisper White & Night of Navy (Stampin Up)
Ink: Night of Navy
Embellishments: 3 silk flowers (white, pink & red); ribbon
Tools: cuttlebug machine and embossing folder; oval cutter (Creative Memories)

27 down, 4 to go!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Shape Up Sunday - Ovals

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continue!

Ovals work wonderfully as frames and for sentiments. I am excited to see how everyone uses ovals in their designs.

For this card, I decided to use partial ovals for a different look. The image was created by coloring the stamp with markers and then filling in the white areas with the same colors picked up on a blender pen.

Joys of Nature
Chickadee at Rest & May the Joys (Repeat Impressions)
Paper: Holiday Argyle (Deja Views)
Cardstock: Garden Green & Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Markers: Chocolate Chip & Garden Green (Stampin Up); No. 6 Brown & No. 54 Burnt Umber (Marvy Plume II)
Embellishments: mini red bow (Holiday Time)
Tools: oval cutters (Creative Memories)

26 down, 5 to go!

(Late) Saturday's Sketch - Layout 4

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

Here's our last sketch for this challenge. Hope you like it. This one is beyond easy but I use it all the time. I usually stamp a sentiment on the exposed part of the matte but you can do anything you want.

The choice of this sketch was inspired by a Chanukah card I did last year. That said, I know I saw the recipe somewhere (not that I can remember where) so I won't take any credit for the layout.

Here's my version for 2008:

Deer Season
Stamp: Deer and Sentiment from Christmas Critters plate (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Paper: Snow Day, Snowflake Collection (Studio 8 Paper Company)
Cardstock: Lavender Lace & Elegant Eggplant (Stampin Up); watercolor
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Markers: No. 6 Brown (Marvy Plume II) & Cameo Coral (Stampin Up)

25 down, 6 to go!

(Late) Free Form Friday - Getting Traditional

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

Go ahead! Get traditional! Pull out all those Christmas stamps and go crazy! Stockings, Christmas trees, Santas, and reindeer. For Chanukah, dig out those dreidels, stars of David and menorah stamps! Let's get busy!

I love Christmas carols and songs, so I decided to turn to my Primitive Christmas set and its sleigh again. Red and green was the obvious way to go.

Dashing Through the Snow
sleigh and sentiment from Primitive Christmas plate (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Mellow Moss and Whisper White (Stampin Up); generic black
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)

24 down, 7 to go!

(Late) Thursday's Technique - Paper Piecing

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

One of the easiest ways that I know of to add visual appeal is to do a little paper piecing.

I always stamp my image onto my background first to set the image position and the little details I am not going to be able to cut onto the page. For example, in the Valentine card below, the image of the poodle had a lot of small details. By stamping the image on the card first, I didn't have to be quite so precise in my cuts.

After stamping your base image, pick another paper and stamp the image again. Cut out the second image and adhere on top of the base image. For the poodle, I stamped on the base paper, stamped the poodle in white and cut out and then stamped the sunglasses and bows on another sheet of coordinating paper and adhered those on top.

Here's my paper pieced Holiday card:

Patterned Tree Trio
Evergreens (Magenta)
Paper: Samara (Daisy D's); Buttercup from the Oh Baby Collection (BasicGrey)
Cardstock: Summer Sun & Riding Hood Red (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Tools: Xyron machine

23 down, 8 to go!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

(Late) Wondercolor Wednesday - Black Tie

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

Get into the holiday party mood by making a black tie affair card. Use mostly black and white for striking effect. Yes, the embellishments can add a splash of color or a bit of sparkle.

Tip: when using high contrast color combinations, simplicity of design often adds to the elegance.

I used a splash of red to brighten up the cards. Here are my tuxedo cards:

Split Negative Santa
Stamp: Vintage Santa from Snowy Woods plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Joan Crawford from Noir Blanc Collection (Tinkering Ink)
Cardstock: Whispering White & Real Red (Stampin Up); black generic
Ink: Versamark
Embossing Powder: Superfine Embossing Powder Black & Seafoam (Ranger)
Embellishment: mini red ribbons (Holiday Time)
Tool: heat tool

Tuxedo Santa
Vintage Santa from Snowy Woods plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Joan Crawford from Noir Blanc Collection (Tinkering Ink)
Cardstock: Whispering White & Real Red (Stampin Up); black generic
Ink: Versamark
Embossing Powder: Superfine Embossing Powder Black & Seafoam (Ranger)
Embellishment: Holiday Ribbon (Michael's)
Tool: heat tool

Old Crow Christmas
Merry Christmas from One Old Crow to Another from Primitive Christmas (Cornish Heritage Farms - Rummage Bin)
Paper: Joan Crawford from Noir Blanc Collection (Tinkering Ink)
Cardstock: Whispering White & Real Red (Stampin Up); black generic
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Embellishment: mini red ribbons (Holiday Time)

22 down, 9 to go!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Life Finally Caught Up with Me

I am taking a brief break from the 31 cards in 31 days until Sunday at which point I will post for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

I messed up my back the other day and I need to take a little break. Between homeschooling my 8-year-old, working pretty much full-time and taking care of my new pup, not being able to move without saying "Ouch" (or words to that effect) is about all I can manage for the next few days.

Hope everyone has some happy stamping days! I look forward to catching up on Sunday when hopefully I will be able to bend.

For anyone who would like to play along, here are the suggestions for the missing days:

Wondercolor Wednesday - Black & White

Technique Thursday - Paper Piecing

Free Form Friday - Traditional Symbols

Remember, if you do any of the challenges, just comment on the post and put in a link to your artwork or email me a picture. I will post all players on Ill Tempered Ink.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Another Sign

I have been making some bird journals, so I made a sign out of the left overs. I used the same idea for the "word" portion as I did previously on a card. I still like the effect.

Bird Sign
Huddled Bird, Petite Dove and Perched Bird (Memory Box); B, i, r, D from Playful Heart Alphabet (Ma Vinci's Reliquary)
Cardstock: generic cream
Paper: unknown 24 x 24 I got while traveling
Ink: Midnight Blue (Staz-On); Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishment: 2 red silk flowers; 1 antique brass brad; 2 antique brass eyelets; twine

Back to the holiday cards!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Toolbox Tuesday - Heat Embossing

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

Embossing adds a wonderful flare to your cards. I love embossing. Last year, I created three holiday cards using an embossing technique called Faux Flocking from the Technique Junkies newsletter. I loved the way they turned out.

Quick tip: Get an anti-static bag to brush over your paper before stamping when embossing. It really helps to keep the embossing powder where it belongs - on the image.

Today, I brought out my embossing powders and my heat gun and had a little fun. I used clear embossing powder on the image of the vintage Santa (Artistic Outpost, Snowy Woods plate) on Riding Hood Red (Stampin Up). Once the embossing powder was set, I used bleach over the image to create an uneven distressed background.

Here's the result:
Vintage Santa in Holly
vintage Santa from Snowy Woods plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Debbie Mumm collection (Creative Imaginations)
Cardstock: Always Artichoke & Riding Hood Red (Stampin Up)
Ink: VersaMark
Other: clear embossing powder (Judikins); bleach
Tools: heat gun

21 down, 10 to go!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Motif Monday - Eyelets

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continue!

I have a lot of eyelets and a lovely Crop-a-dial as well as two or three eyelet setting sets. I often forget to use these fun embellishments. What better way to add a little sparkle to a card?

Dig out those eyelets and think about how many different ways they can be used. Try creating a row or line of eyelets. Use eyelets to add ribbon or twine to your card. Use eyelets as the middle of a flower or to attach another embellishment. Add some eyelet ornaments to a Christmas tree stamp or some flames to a Chanukah menorah. There are dozens of possibilities.

I decided to use mine to create a "hanging picture" effect. To get the brad placement correct, I pierced the hole after everything else was in place but not mounted on the card base.

Santa's List
heart, list image and Santa's List from Primitive Christmas plate (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Paper: Sunnyside from the Comstock Collection (We R Memory Keepers)
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red & Mellow Moss (Stampin Up); generic white
Inks: Riding Hood Red & Mellow Moss (Stampin Up); Tea Dye (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishments: 2 mini red eyelets, 1 gold brad
Tools: Crop-a-dile....gotta love this tool! and a paper piercer

20 down, 11 to go!

Taking a Seasonal Break

Today, I could not wrap my head around a Christmas card while I was staring at all the pretty leaves outside.

The beautiful day put me in a harvest mood so I broke out my brand new Bluebird plate from Artistic Outpost and used the boy with wheat collage stamp and the "thinking of you" sentiment.

I sponged a variety of Distress Inks onto white cardstock to create a soft but varied background and then stamped the image on top with brown StazOn.

Harvest Boy Collage
boy collage and sentiment from Bluebird plate (Artistic Outpost)
Paper: Solar Ray from Fusion collection (BasicGrey)
Cardstock: More Mustard & Really Rust (Stampin Up); generic white
Inks: Timber Brown (StazOn); Antique Linen, Dried Marigold & Spiced Marmalade (Ranger Distress Ink)
Tools: sponge

Once I got the harvest season out of my system, my wandering mind turned to Halloween. I have a great new set called Ecclectic Collages from Stampers Anonymous. This card uses one of them. I used the same technique, sponged Distress Inks, for this background.

Dotty Skeleton Webs
Stamp: Skeleton collage from Ecclectic Collages set (Stampers Anonymous)
Paper: Pep Rally Dot (BoBunny)
Cardstock: Timber Brown (StazOn); Pumpkin Pie (Stampin Up); generic white and black
Ink: Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Brushed Corduroy & Spiced Marmalade (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishments: twine
Tools: sponge

Well, back to the holiday cards! I feel refreshed.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Shape Up Sunday - Scallops

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

I hauled out the punches today. I am not big on frilly things, so my scallop punch does not leap into my hand that often so I thought I might challenge myself to use it today.

Don't forget that scallops can be scalloped circles, ovals or even scallop edged strips. Have fun!

I love scallops but decided to keep it to a minimum this time around. I am trying hard to follow the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stamper) rule today.

Seasonal Stylin'
Woman with Sleigh, Tree, Snowflake filler and Sentiment from Sassy and Seasonal (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Garden Green, Real Red and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Inks: Timber Brown (StazOn); Glorious Green (Stampin Up)
Pencils: Red, Yellow, Green (Crayola Watercolor Pencils...from my daughter's stash); Flesh Pink (Derwent Studio) Jade Green (Derwent Watercolor); Venetion Red (Derwent Aquatone)
Markers: No. 1 Black (Marvy Plume II) - used for faux stitching
Tools: scallop punch (blue size - Marvy Uchida)

19 down, 12 to go!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Saturday Sketch - Layout 3

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

Is it Saturday again already? Yikes!

Here's today's sketch. Once again, it's very simple to afford the maximum amount of individuality to be added. The diagonal block is supposed to be a tag (haven't quite got the knack of making those yet).

Here's my attempt using Marker Watercoloring:

Orchid Ornaments
Stamps: ornaments from holiday set (Michael's); Make Merry Tag from Tags So Much set (Stampin Up)
Paper: Snow Day, Snowflake Collection (Studio 8 Paper Company)
Cardstock: Lavender Lace & Handsome Hunter (Stampin Up); Watercolor
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Markers: No. 102 Jade Green, No. 72 Pine Green, No. 62 Wisteria, No. 106 Amethyst (Marvy Plume II)
Embellishments: 1 lilac fabric flower
Tools: aquapainter

18 down, 13 to go!

Free Form Fridays - Tree Theme

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

Obviously, my Friday card did not get done on time so this will be a double-header day. Fridays are my busiest days. Do I remember to do my cards on Thursdays? No way. I can always do it later. Of course, later finds me exhausted and falling sleeping in my wing chair in front of the television instead of upstairs in my study working on cards.

So onto the business at hand....

Trees, trees and more trees! Have a little fun with trees today and remember not all winter trees are pine trees!

Here is my slightly retro tree card:

Retro Tree Trio
Three Trees from a Michael's holiday set
Paper: Dark Tie Circles (Scrapbook Walls)
Cardstock: Brocade Blue, Old Olive & Very Vanilla (Stampin Up); yellow-green (Paper Store)
Markers: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up); No. 52 Yellow Green, No. 60 Salvia Blue (Marvy Plume II); No. 17 Steel Blue (Marvy Plume)
Tools: corner rounder

17 down, 14 to go!

Stay tuned for the Saturday Sketch.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thursday's Technique - Watercoloring

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

I love to watercolor. It is one of my passions. I could sit and paint all day...and often have!

There are several different ways to watercolor. Some people use an aquapainter, a palette and re-inkers. Others get a watercolor effect by misting their stamp after inking and applying to watercolor paper. I, personally, use an aquapainter and pick up colors which I have stamped on my acrylic blocks with my stamping spots or cat's eyes.

Quick Tip: If you use the acrylic block method, slide a piece of white paper under the block so you can see your ink better. A quick spritz of stamp cleaner and a swipe with a paper towel will clean the block.

Here's my watercolored card:

Faux Pointsettas
flower outline, flower center & sentiment from Delight in Life set (Stampin Up)
Paper: green gingham (Provocraft stack I think....)
Cardstock: Garden Green (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Real Red, Yoyo Yellow, Garden Green (Stampin Up); Timber Brown (StazOn)
Tools: aquapainter

To add foliage to this card, I masked the flowers and stamped the solid flower image over the outlined flowers. The solid flowers added leaf-like details. After I had finished, I added a thin, watered down layer of Garden Green to the open areas of the piece to soften the stark white of the watercolor paper.

For the flowers, I applied Real Red to all petals. I let the flowers dry and then added more Real Red around the edges and center of the flowers. I like the extra depth I can get using a second layer of painting.

16 down, 15 to go!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wondercolor Wednesday - Purple Passion

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

I have never been very good with following conventional thinking. I have made my own tradition of striving to make at least one card each holiday which don't follow the conventional color schemes.

Push your color palette a little and make a purple card today! Use lilac, lavender, violet, eggplant, plum, or mauve.

Personal Color Combo Favorites: lavender & navy, deep purple and tan and lilac and olive.

Here's what I did:

Candlelit Purples
Holly Candles (Rubber Stampede); Christmas Every Day (Penny Black)
Cardstock: Lavender Lace & Elegant Eggplant (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn); Elegant Eggplant (Stampin Up)
Pencils: various
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories); blender pen (Stampin Up)

15 down, 16 to go!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Toolbox Tuesday - Markers

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

My pencils got a workout last week, so I thought it was only fair to bring out my markers too.

Markers have so many uses - coloring, adding several colors to a stamp at once, faux stitching, thumping - the list goes on an on. How will you use your markers today?

Here's how I used mine with another Marker Watercolor card:

Gliding Pup
Ice Dance (Penny Black)
Paper: Lacey Sky (Provo Craft)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue & Not Quite Navy (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Timber Brown & Midnight Blue (StazOn)
Markers: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Night of Navy, Cameo Coral (Stampin Up); Le Plume II No. 41 & No. 38 and Le Plume No. 17 (Marvy)
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

One great offshoot of doing this month of cards is that when I bring out tools and embellishments that I have not played with in a long time, they stay out! After playing with circles on Sunday, I returned to more circles today. I had forgotten how easy my circle cutter is to use. Now, I will have to break out the other shapes, like my ovals and diamonds.

14 down, 17 to go!

I will be travelling for the next few days. The challenges will still appear each morning (I was busy this weekend!) but I won't be responding to emails until Friday. Have a fun week!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Motif Monday - Buttons

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

I have a drawer filled with buttons, so today I am dragged them out. Use your buttons in a row, in a flower, or as a closure. Have a little fun.

Quick Time Saving Tip: I love the look of a threaded button. Thread really completes the look. To avoid losing momentum while I am making a card, I prethread all my buttons (usually watching tv) so I don't have to hunt for thread, needle or scissors when inspiration hits.

Here's my buttoned up card:

Buttons & Boughs
Evergreen (Art Impressions)
Cardstock: River Rock & Vintage Violet (Stampin Up)
Ink: Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Embellishments: various buttons

13 down, 18 to go!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Friday Free Form Player

The challenge was to use snow or snowmen-themed stamps to create a holiday card.

This delightful Marshmallow Snowman card was made
by Cyndi Evans:

I particularly liked the bright colors and the energy of this card! I also liked how the papers and ribbon united the card with a circle theme which is perfect for a snowman card. The purple cuttlebugged matte made me think of swirling snow. Wonderful creation, Cyndi!

Any more players out there? Please email me a jpg or simply add a comment to my blog with a link to your blog. I would love to feature your cards on my next post for Ill Tempered Ink!

I love seeing other people's art. It inspires me and sends me off in many different directions to use my stamps, papers, and tools in new ways.

Shape Up Sunday - Circles

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

Where we be without circles for the holidays? Beautiful moons across drifts of snow. Ornaments cheering up our homes. Circles of candlelight brightening up those dark winter nights.

Use some circles today. Grab those punches and circle cutters!

Today, I decided to work on some of my Chanukah cards. The circles made a great frame for the menorah and Star of David stamps I have. I decided to matte them in yellow to add a little spice to the card and to bring in the theme of lights and flames. I added a bunch more circles by using a polka dot background.

Circling Chanukah
Star of David (Rubber Soul); Menorah (Paper Salon); Happy Hannukah (Rubber Tree); Polka Dot background (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Ballet Blue, Elegant Eggplant & Summer Sun (Stampin Up)
Ink: Midnight Blue (StazOn); Ballet Blue (Stampin Up)
Tools: Circle cutter (Creative Memories)

12 down, 19 to go!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Saturday Sketch - Layout 2

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

Another Saturday, another sketch. Here's another very simple one for some inspiration.

Here's my version:

Christmas Tiles
Holly Days, Deer Collage and Christmas Brings Us Together (Memory Box)
Cardstock: Vintage Violet, River Rock and Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Pencils: various
Embellishments: 2 olive buttons
Tools: bone folder for distressed edges

11 down, 20 to go!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Free Form Fridays - Snowmen and Snowflakes

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

Since snowmen and snowflakes were banned on Wednesday, let's use all those stamps we had to pass over for that challenge and use them in this one.

Bring out all your flaky buddies and have some fun!

Here is a card to get you going:

Let It Snow
Snowy & Let It Snow (Penny Black)
Paper: Sweater Eggplant (Daisy D's)
Cardstock: Lavender Lace (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Lavender Lace, Perfect Plum, Regal Rose, Only Orange, Brocade Blue, Bordering Blue (Stampin Up); Timber Brown (StazOn)

10 down, 21 to go!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thursday's Technique - Distressing

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

I am a distressing nut! Add a little distress to your card today. Burnish those edges! Add some stippling to that nice clean image! Ink the edges! Add some aging using a lemon juice or a tea technique. Scrunch it up! Rough it up!

This is a chance to work out all those frustrations. Remember stressed is just desserts backwards!

Today, I had lots of stress to work out so I distressed, inked and burnished edges and crumpled lots on this little mouse tag.

Tagged for the Season
Merry Mouse (Impression Obsession); Celebrate the Wonder (Stampendous); Weathered background (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Mellow Moss & Always Artichoke (Stampin Up)
Inks: Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Inks); Timber Brown (StazOn)
Other: various watercolor pencils
Embellishment: shipping tag
Tools: blender pen, bone folder

9 down, 22 to go!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

High Flying Birthday

I took a quick break from making holiday cards to create a birthday card.

I made this card for my husband who is a private pilot. He, like me, likes vintage so I went in that direction. I wanted a masculine look so I picked strong colors, Creamy Caramel and Night of Navy. He liked the vintage look, so it was a success.

Stamps: Giant Par Avion Label (Stamp Francisco); Fly definition (Catslife Press)
Cardstock: Creamy Caramel & Night of Navy (Stampin Up)
Ink: Midnight Blue (StazOn)

Wondercolor Wednesday - Blue Christmas

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

We all know the Elvis tune, "I'll Have a Blue Christmas Without You". Have a little fun with the color blue today but there is a challenge in it. You can use blue, but no snow! No snowflakes, no snowmen, no dreamy snowy drifts! Can you do blue without snow?

I decided to go a completely different direction and use one of my angel stamps from Inkadinkado and a lot of daubbing.

Here's my attempt:

Blue Angel
Angels We Have Heard - Tin Can Mail series (Inkadinkado)
Paper: Tie Plaid (Scrapbook Walls)
Cardstock: Brocade Blue & Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Inks: Brocade Blue, Bordering Blue, Night of Navy and Barely Banana (Stampin Up); Midnight Blue (StazOn)

8 down, 23 to go!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Toolbox Tuesday - Grab Those Pencils!

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

Coloring is a lot of fun, so let's grab some watercolor pencils today. You can do some straight coloring or use a blender pen to give that painted look.

I love adding shading with pencils and the soft look that using the blender pen achieves. I am not fantastic at coloring so I often leave my pencils stuck in their drawer. Today, they had a bit of a breath of fresh air.

I colored this pretty scene from Stubby Stampers. I used a blender pen to soften the coloring. After doing a ribbon technique yesterday, I decided to add some ribbon to this project. I picked up some extra-wide ribbon ages ago and decided to frame the outdoor scene with some curtains and a valance.

Here's how it turned out:

Window onto Christmas
Stamps: house in the snow (Stubby Stampers); sentiment (Memory Box)
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise & Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up); watercolor
Paper: aqua stripe from Luxury Stack (DCWV)
Ink: Timber Brown & Midnight Blue (StazOn)
Embellishments: "mega roll" metallic ribbon (Michael's); thin blue ribbon (Offray)
Other: sticky strip (Stampin Up)

7 down, 24 to go!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Motif Monday - Ribbon Rampage

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

Mondays during October will focus on using certain embellishments to ornament the holiday cards. Today is an easy one - ribbon!

I don't use ribbons very much in my cards so this actually is a challenge for me! I have quite a bit of ribbon, but I mostly use my favorites - a thin white ribbon and a medium gold ribbon. Today, I did not allow myself to touch those two spools as I have so many, many others to choose from.

I finally decided to go with some of the red scraps I have in my ribbon box. I really like the way it turned out. I used a new ribbon technique called Punched Through from (where else?) Technique Junkies.

Here is the result:

Ornamented Ornaments
Happy Holidays from Warmest Regards (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Real Red and Always Artichoke (Stampin Up)
Ink: Always Artichoke (Stampin Up); black marvy marker
Embellishments: ribbon scraps
Other: sticky strip, circle cutter (Creative Memories), wavy cutter (Creative Memories)

This is a close-up of one of the "ornaments".

6 down, 25 to go!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Shape It Up Sundays - Squares

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

Have a little fun with shapes today! Squares are great shapes to use on cards as no punch is required and the math is minimal for creating mattes. I decided to go completely square and made a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" card.

Looking through my Christmas box of stamps, I found these delightful birds and a matching set of sentiments from Hero Arts. I had originally intended to use 3 birds and a sentiment when I bought them but I think this layout worked quite nicely.

I used a Technique Junkie technique called Marker Watercoloring to give the birds a bit of depth. While I love aquapainting my images directly with ink, this technique allows for more color blending.

Enjoy Good Cheer
Good Cheer set and Holiday Birds set (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Summer Sun and Real Red (Stampin Up); watercolor
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn)
Markers: Summer Sun, Old Olive, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie and More Mustard (Stampin Up)

5 down, 26 to go!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Saturday Sketches - Layout 1

31 Days of Holiday Cards Continues!

As part of the challenge today, try and create a holiday card using the sketch below.

Below is my version. I did change the direction of my own tilt but that's what being creative is all about!

Trying to Be Good
Stamps: Trying to Be Good - Paper Artsy line (Inkadinkado); Snowflakes (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Bordering Blue, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip & Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Inks: Timber Brown (StazOn); Frost White (ColorBox); Faded Jeans, Milled Lavender & Peeled Paint (Ranger Distress Ink)
Tools: White Gelly Roll Pen for small highlights

My post was a little late today. Sorry. I've had a bit of a puppy-induced delay.

Meet Fletcher, our new golden retriever. He's only 8 1/2 weeks old and he's very bouncy.

I had to wait to finish up my card until he was acting more like this:

Happy National Card Making Day!
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