Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year's Eve!

Hope everyone is having a spectacular New Year's Eve!!

I hope you get to bring in the New Year with your own creative style!

Celebrate in Style
Stamps: sentiment and party goers (OnyxXpressions)
Cardstock: Whisper White and Basic Black (Stampin Up)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)

May 2010 be the year all your dreams come true!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

GCSP2: Patterns

Our new challenge on Gingersnap Creations is to CASE a Clean and Simple card previous posted on the blog. I chose to CASE Ali's Clean and Simple Warhol-style cards and give it my own twist.

Stamps: woman's face from Song Sheets plate and sentiment and lace from Patterns plate (Hearts in Touch)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Rose Red, Regal Red, and Orchid Opulence (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rose Red, Regal Red, and Orchid Opulence (Stampin Up); Black Jet (StazOn)
Embellishments: 3 snaps

Have some fun and go on over to Gingersnap Creations and join in the challenge! It only happens once in a Blue Moon.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Paper and Paste Creations

Here are some of the pages I have been playing with lately in my workbook. They were inspired by a course I took with Kelly Kilmer, mixed media artist and instructor.

Hope you enjoyed these two spreads. If you want to find out more about Kelly Kilmer and her art, check out my interview with her today on Gingersnap Creations!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Day 25: The Season of Giving

25 Days of Christmas Concludes!

While usually I prefer giving than receiving, I got spoiled this year with lots of great art and a lovely present! Here's a peak at all the amazing things that arrived in my mailbox this holiday season!

Thanks to all my friends and relatives for sharing their sweet and thoughtful works of art!

I'll start with this sweet card from my mom!

That was followed by a lovely card from my sister, scrapbooker extraordinaire!

Next, I got this sweet card from my aunt, who is also a fun-loving scrapbooker!

These are two beautiful tags that I received from Beth U through an art exchange! Aren't they totally gorgeous?

Beth was sweet enough to include a Christmas card as well! Sooo pretty!

Finally, we get to this incredibly sweet and totally beautiful pendant which was sent to me by my amazing and wonderfully talented friend, Lynn Stevens!

Happy Holidays to my fellow Gingersnappers and fabulous stamping friends! You inspire, awe and generally wow me with all your creations!

A big holiday hi also goes out all my friends which I met through guest designing for Artistic Outpost, Artful Sentiments by Kimm, Technique Junkies and the Paper Temptress! Thanks for your support and for pushing me to push my art in new directions!

Through my work with Gingersnap Creations, I have also met some amazing people in the stamping industry so I wish all of them a joyous day as well! Hugs to Robyn, Estelle, Jack, Suzanne, Liz and Richard, Frances, Patricia, Jennie, Kelly and Mary!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Day 24: Heavenly Host

25 Days of Christmas Continues...

This is my last swap card for the season. Gotta love these sweet characters. I wasn't sure if they were angels or participants in a Christmas pageant - either way I thought they were a great way to ring in Christmas Eve!

Heavenly Children
angel duo (HAnglar & StAnglar - I think)
Paper: Holly Argyle (Provocraft)
Cardstock: Old Olive (Stampin Up); Neenah
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B00, E02, E07, E09, E33, E34, E35, E37, E39, R32, R35, R37, YG91, YG95, YR00, YR23, YR24
Embellishments: pointsettia and leaves (Prima)

May your holiday be heaven on Earth!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Day 23: Your Inner Elf

Happy Blogaversary to me! I can't believe I have been blogging for 2 years now! Yikes! 400 posts! Can I really have stamped that much in 2 years?

Guess I will be adding another one today with my 23rd Christmas creation.

25 Days of Christmas Continues....

I am still on my copic kick and could not resist playing with this image from Serendipity. I used a fun card design from Technique Junkies called a Triple Play.

I liked these cute little elves and thought they paired well with a sentiment, "Celebrate Your Inner Elf" I got awhile back.

To give the card a little more fun, I created a popping out Santa feature under the flap.

Here's a close up:

Celebrate Your Inner Elf
Stamps: Santa, elves and "Santa is Coming" (Serendipity Stamps); Celebrate Your Inner Elf (My Sentiments Exactly)
Cardstock: Real Red and Whisper White (Stampin Up); medium green (Paper Store)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: B14, B16, BG11, BG13, BG15, B24, C1, C3, E02, E07, E09, E11, E15, E19, E23, E27, E37, E59, G05, G07, R17, R27, R29, V06, V09, Y15, Y19, YR00, YR23, and YR24
Tools: gingerbread punch (Martha Stewart)

Hope you get to unleash your inner elf in the next few days!

GC36: Resolutions

This week, the Random Redhead Challenge at Gingersnap Creations is "Resolutions".

Resolutions are a thing that come with New Year's Day. Last New Year's, I made a bunch of resolutions. Here they are:

1. Make doable resolutions and goals in a timely manner. - um, working on that one

2. Use up those beautiful bits and pieces in my scrap drawer. - well, not ALL my scraps but I did make a dent this year.

3. Use all those embellishments I bought on impulse that are languishing in storage. - I am doing much better at this! Ribbons, charms, brads, eyelets are all seeing the light of day!

4. Keep trying new things all the time. - okay, this one I did. I made lots of 3D things this year, experimented with traditional collage and worked on some altered pages as well as trying out tons of new techniques!

5. Put away all my stamps after I use them and mount and store all my stamps as I buy them. - I am getting somewhat better at this but I still have to get it down to some sort of system.

6. Send at least 6 cards to magazines every quarter. - there's always next year! I sent out only 2 batches this year, both sadly right at the deadline.

7. Make time every week for play. - this one is the source of major changes in my life next year. It's important to me to keep stamping fun, fun, fun!

8. Curb SAD (Stamp Aquisition Disorder) to a more reasonable level. - I curtailed much of my spending this year, but I also did a ton of work with some great manufacturers in 2009 so I added quite a few new images to my collection anyway.

SO, I am not good at resolutions....I thought maybe if I had a lovely goal journal and set fewer goals, namely just one, and tracked my progress I might do a bit better this year!

My resolution this year: Live the Life You've Imagined!

To make my goal journal, I picked a great image from Lost Coast Designs and this sentiment from Stampers Anonymous. I stamped them both using Versamark and then applied chalk. I loved the soft result! I added some ribbon and a butterfly charm to help me fly toward my dreams and I was done!

Live the Life Journal
Stamps: Head in Hands (Lost Coast Designs); sentiment (Stampers Anonymous)
Paper: Lilac Breeze from the Indeed collection (Prima Marketing)
Cardstock: Perfect Plum and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Versamark
Chalks: Pearlescent collection (Pebbles)
Embellishments: 1/4" lilac ribbon; butterfly charm (Blue Moon)

Hope you achieve all your dreams for the coming year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Day 22: Ho-Ho-Hoping for Santa

25 Days of Christmas Continues....

I got this adorable image from one of my awesome friends! Thanks! I paired it with a simple stamp I got in a Michael's set and lots of coloring.

Ho-Ho-Hoping for Santa
girl with tag (HAnglar & StAnglar)
Paper: Tinsel to the Top from Snowy Jo line (Imaginisce)
Cardstock: medium blue (Paper Store); Handsome Hunter (Stampin Up); Neenah
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B00, B21, B23, B24, E02, E09, E11, E15, E19, E40, E41, E43, G24, G28, and YR00

Wishing you a holiday filled with hope and joy!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Day 21: Poinsettia Pretty

25 Days of Christmas Continues....

Here's another card I made with a swap image. She's just too darn cute! She's not really a Christmas stamp but I think she works well once her flower is made into a lovely holiday flower.

I kept the design simple. I used the same one that I used for an angel card on Day 11.

Poinsettia Pretty
tatiana Ketto (Stamping Bella)
Paper: Santa's Secret Garden from Snowy Jo line (Imaginisce); Merry Christmas Sentiments (Karen Foster)
Cardstock: moss (Paper Store)

Hope your holiday continues to bloom with joy!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Day 20: A Holly Jolly Christmas

25 Days of Christmas Continues....

This week I am playing with some wonderful images I got in swaps. It's so fun to try out new images! This one was just too cute!

I loved this fun paper too and couldn't resist making this cutey into an ornament.

Jolly Holly
Stamps: Ivy Ketto (Stamping Bella); sentiment (Hero Arts)
Paper: Ornament (Provocraft)
Cardstock: More Mustard, Riding Hood Red (Stampin Up); Neenah
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E00, E02, E11, G14, G16, G17, R27, R29, YG05, YG63, and YG67
Embellishment: scrap of gold ribbon
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories); scallop-edged scissors

Hope you have a holly jolly day!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Day 19: Red, Green and Gold

25 Days of Christmas Continues....

Today, I was inspired by the challenge over at Crafty Creations to make a red, green and gold card! A lovely traditional combination.

Present Fairy
Stamp: a sitting Tilda (Magnolia)
Paper: Holiday Stripe Flat Paper (K & Company); Noel Measuring Cup (Elsie)
Cardstock: Real Red (Stampin Up); Neenah
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: BG10, E02, E11, G82, G85, G99, R24, R27, R29, YR00, YR14, YR23, and YR24
Embellishments: gold ribbon

Hope you get everything you want under and around your tree this year!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Day 18: Merry and Bright

25 Days of Christmas Continues....

It's my last day of cards made from only was fun though to use my stash of bits and pieces as my springboard for color and texture.

I wanted to go a little outside the red and green color theme again. Here's what I came up with:

Merry and Bright
Stamps: christmas bulb (Inkadinkado); sentiment (unknown)
Paper: no idea - it's all scraps
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments: 6 amber self-adhesive rhinestones

Hope your day was extremely merry and bright!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Day 17: Paper Piecing Meets Warhol

25 Days of Christmas Continues.....

I am still using up all those fun scraps so if you recognize a couple pieces of patterned paper from my recent posts that would be why.

For this one, I took some Stampin Up designer paper that I had bits and pieces of and married it with the same cardstock. I repeated this simple primitive house on 6 squares for a quilt-like feel. To finish off, I added this quote from Christmas Carol which I completely adore.

Home for the Holidays
Stamps: house from Primitive Christmas (Cornish Heritage Farms); sentiment (Stampington & Company)
Paper: Old Olive Dots, Riding Hood Red Stripe (Stampin Up); yellow gingham (Provocraft)
Cardstock: So Saffron, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive and Basic Black (Stampin Up); kraft (Paper Store)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments: 2 gold star brads

Hope your home is filled to the brim with happiness today!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Day 16: More Holly Days

25 Days of Christmas Continues....

I am still trying to use up all those little bits and pieces in my scrap pile. In amongst all the scraps was a small bit of watercolor paper. It fit my Memory Box holly collage stamp perfectly!

I marker watercolored (a Technique Junkie technique) the image and then matted it with mustard and red. To pull in the green of the leaves, I used a patterned paper in Old Olive.

Christmas Together
Stamps: Holly Collage and sentiment (Memory Box)
Paper: Old Olive dots (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: More Mustard and Real Red (Stampin Up); watercolor paper
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Markers: Old Olive, Always Artichoke, More Mustard and Real Red (Stampin Up)
Tools: small circle punch (McGill); aquapainter (Stampin Up)

Hope your day finds you getting together with those near and dear!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Day 15: K.I.S.S. with KSS

25 Days of Christmas Continues....

The theme for Sunday Stampers' Challenge #83 this week is "Christmas"...perfect! I checked out the Christmas stamps I have stashed in my clear stamp drawer and pulled out some Kitchen Sink Stamps. This one, Holly and Mistletoe, is a 3-step stamping set and it was my first time doing more than 2-step stamping so I kept my fingers crossed the whole time.

Because the image turned out so neat, I just matted my main strip with red and then mounted on a dark green and I was almost done! A matching sentiment completed the card. Now, that's what I call a K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stamper) card!

Happy Holly Days
Stamps: holly leaves and berries from Holly and Mistletoe set (Kitchen Sink Stamps)
Cardstock: Handsome Hunter, Ruby Red, and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Handsome Hunter, Old Olive, Garden Green, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral and Bravo Burgundy (Stampin Up)

Hope you have fun with your own K.I.S.S. project!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Day 14: Trying and Wishing

25 Days of Christmas Continues ....

Today, I have a card that is definitely a "me" card. I love using non-traditional colors for holidays! I also adore this stamp from PaperArtsy (Inkadinkado distribution).

For this card, I started with some really pretty paper from Creative Imaginations and overstamped my sweet girl. I then added additional flourishes with distress ink. I added a little chocolate chip cardstock to frame the sentiment, which reads "I wish it could be Christmas every day", and the image and then I used a very versatile paper from BasicGrey.

Trying and Wishing
Trying to Be Good (PaperArtsy - Inkadinkado); sentiment (Penny Black)
Paper: Stoked from Hang 10 line (BasicGrey)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn); Tea Dye (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishments: 8 individual garnet rhinestones (BasicGrey)

I am trying to be good at finishing up my Christmas cards! Hope you succeed in what you set your mind to today!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Day 13: Caroling Trio

25 Days of Christmas Continues....

Yesterday, I spent much of the day cleaning up the mess that is my craft room/office. As I looked at the huge bin of non-filed scraps, I made a vow that this week I would make my Christmas stamped projects using mostly those scraps. It's never too late to work on those 2009 New Year's resolutions, right?

I pulled out my pizza box filled with wooden Christmas stamps and decided to grab a couple of my favorites and play. I love watercoloring with Penny Black stamps. Today, I decided to use a Technique Junkies technique called marker watercoloring to get that watercolor effect.

Here's what I came up with for today's card which is made up totally of bits and pieces from my scrap pile:

Caroling Trio
Caroling Penguins and sentiment (Penny Black)
Paper: yellow gingham (old Provocraft stack, I think)
Cardstock: red pre-folded card and red cardstock (Michael's); watercolor paper
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn)
Markers: Bravo Burgundy, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron
Tools: Aquapainter (Stampin Up); corner rounder (Creative Memories)
Embellishments: stray red bow with white pearl-like center

I hope you had a day that put a song in your heart!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Day 12: Celebrating Warm Memories

25 Days of Christmas Continues.....

I just loved this vintage image from Hearts in Touch, but what to do with it? While I was trying to figure this out, my mind wandered to the warm memories that the image invoked and I knew I had it! A candle!

I had never tried one before, but it was just as simple as I had been told. First, stamp an image onto tissue paper. Then, color it in as desired (if desired). I colored on the back of the image with copic markers. The final step is to place the image on the candle, cover with wax paper (I used enough that it wrapped right around the candle and acted as a handle), heat very lightly with a heat tool and remove wax paper. Hopefully, your tissue paper will be lightly embedded in the candle.

I guess I did it right! It's simple and I love it! I didn't even bother to create a wrapper for it. I thought it looked good just plain. Here it is:

Vintage Santa Candle
vintage card image from Christmas #108 (Hearts in Touch)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B00, B02, B32, E00, E11, E35, G19, R27, Y15 and YR23
Other: tissue paper, tower candle, wax paper, heat tool

Hope you create some warm memories this holiday season!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Day 11: Simply Serene

25 Days of Christmas Continues....

It's Friday and I'm goofing off stamp-wise. Here's a super easy layout that works with tons of images and papers. It's great for mass producing without too much hassle. To add a little soft flair to this one, I added a torn frame (Technique Junkie technique).

Simply Serene
angel from Christmas 2009 plate (Hearts in Touch)
Paper: Deck the Halls (Daisy D's)
Cardstock: Mellow Moss (Stampin Up); gold scrap (PaperTemptress)
Ink: Aged Mahogany (Ranger Distress Ink); Timber Brown (StazOn)

Wishing you a divinely serene weekend!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Day 10: Am I Lazy or What?

25 Days of Christmas Continues.....

Okay, this has Christmas on it but no stamping. It's just a pre-fab advent box calendar and the stickers that came with it and some gorgeous 12" x 18" Christmas paper run through a Xyron and the cut to fit. Yup, I am one lazy crafter!

Take a day and just relax and enjoy the wonders of the season around you!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Day 9: Sandy Claus?

25 Days of Christmas Continues....

Today, I reached into my Tools drawer and took out something I used to think of as essential but haven't touched in AGES! It was my sandpaper block!

Over at Gingersnap Creations, the new Spicy Supply challenge is to break out your own sandpaper and sanding blocks and make a papercrafting creation using sandpaper as a tool or as an element in the card!

I used it in conjunction with a dry embossed piece of patterned paper. I love the way it turned out! My first hint here is to leave the paper in the embossing folder while you sand it so that it will stay a little more stable. My second hint is to remember to sand in all directions and to do so lightly!

Antiqued Embossed Holly
sentiment from Christmas 2009 (Hearts in Touch)
Paper: Old Olive dots (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Other: white embossing powder; cuttlebug machine and embossing folder; sandpaper
Embellishment: small bow with pearl
Tools: Oval punches (Marvy Uchida)

Here's hoping your day isn't rough around the edges!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Day 8: Angel Season

25 Days of Christmas Continues...

I am finally doing a traditional Sharon-style Christmas NOT using red or green! I thought I would go with some soft teals and blues.

The theme, Angels, was inspired by the Sunday Stamper Challenge over on Ink on My Fingers!

Angel Season
So Heavenly Tilda (Magnolia) - from an awesome friend; sentiment from Christmas 2009 (Hearts in Touch)
Paper: Ala Carte Romaine (American Crafts)
Cardstock: pale teal (the Paper Store); Neenah * now available from Artistic Outpost
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B00, B01, B12, B14, B16, E00, R11, Y26, YG65, YR23 and YR24
Tools: circle cutter (Creative Memories)

May your day be heavenly!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Day 7: Happy Holidays

25 Days of Christmas Continues...

Here's a card that is themed just right for Gingersnap Creations' Winter Wonderland Challenge!

Winter Scene
Stamp: winter scene from Christmas 108 (Hearts in Touch)
Paper: Anniversary Sentiments (Karen Foster Designs)
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red (Stampin' Up); Neenah * now available from Artistic Outpost
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: C1, C3, C5, E00, E02, E11, E13, E19, E21, E35, G21, G24, R05, R08, RV29, Y06 and YR00
Embellishments: 2 red brads
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories)

If you want to see more Hearts in Touch samples, check out my interview with owner, Frances Naeve, at Gingersnap Creations!

Bookmark Monday: Marking Moments

Here's another quick bookmark project. I love making bookmarks and they are great for adding flair and a customized touch to gifts.

Marking Moments
Stamps: sisters collage from Generation Redux plate and sentiment from Happiness plate (Artistic Outpost)
Cardstock: pre-cut bookmark
Ink: Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord (Ranger Distress Ink); Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Other: lilac ribbon

Hope you mark some wonderful moments today!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Gingersnap Creations Blog Hop - Stop 10

Welcome to the first-ever Gingersnap Creations Blog Hop and Hop Stop #10!

If you’ve already been hopping then hopefully you have just come from Lynn at Trash to Treasure Art. If you are starting here, welcome! It's a loop so you can start anywhere along the way!

At each stop, you need to collect a word! There are 10 stops in all starting and ending with the Gingersnap Creations blog where you can get all the specific information and get a peak at the Christmas 2009 plate from Hearts in Touch.

When you get all your words, 9 in all, unscramble them to form an art quote. Once you have your guess at the quote, email it and your name to by December 13, 2009. We will be picking one lucky winner at random from the correct entries to win the Hearts in Touch Christmas 2009 plate!

My word is "to".

You've reached the last stop but if you started mid-way through just keep going on to Stop #1, Gingersnap Creations, and continue until you have collected all 9 words. Good luck!

For those following my 25 Days of Christmas, this is Day 6! I hope you like my latest card. The details follow.

Angel Greetings
Stamps: sentiment and angel from Christmas 2009 plate (Hearts in Touch)
Cardstock: Real Red (Stampin' Up!); green plastic and antique gold metallic (PaperTemptress); glossy white
Ink: Timber Brown and Jet Black (StazOn); Spiced Marigold, Fired Brick and Scattered Straw (Ranger Distress Ink)
Embellishment: 1" wire-rimmed gold ribbon

Hope you have a ton of fun on the hop!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Day 5: Christmas Light

25 Days of Christmas Continues....

Thought I wouldn't make it today? Well, I just got my card done! Ho ho ho!

I broke out the copics for today's project. It was fun to do a little coloring and such a cutie!

Christmas Light
boy with latern (HAnglar & StAnglar) - this image came courtesy of a wonderful friend
Paper: Old Olive dots designer paper (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Real Red and Chocolate Chip (Stampin Up); Neenah * now available from Artistic Outpost
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: B00, E00, E09, E11, E35, E37, R35, R37, RV21, Y11, YG91, YG95, YG97, YR00 and YR18
Tools: oval cutter (Creative Memories)

I hope the wonderful light of the holidays warmed your day!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Day 4: Partridge Quilt

25 Days of Christmas Continues.....

Lots of stuff to do today - shopping, homeschool, shift at work - so I did a really simple but fun card. I love quilt cards and this is almost one!

I stamped my little partridge on 2 squares of Riding Hood Red designer paper and 2 squares of Old Olive designer paper (both from Stampin' Up!) and then created a patchwork look by adding just a little Drywall Stitching (Technique Junkies technique) in the corners. I added some matching hearts and some buttons and it all came together!

Partridge Quilt
Flourish Partridge (Impression Obsession); heart from Clearly Impressed sample pack (Stampington)
Paper: Riding Hood Red and Old Olive designer paper (Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock: Basic Black and Old Olive (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments: 4 small black buttons; 1 medium black button

Hope the holidays don't have you going around in circles yet!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Day 3: Block Collage

25 Days of Christmas Continues......

I had to make a card with my favorite Block Collage technique from Technique Junkies. I love that always seems to come out great! I started with this sweet circular winter scene and then surrounded it with a variety of sentiments. Sometimes I guess you really only need one image for a collage!

Winter Wishes
sentiments and landscape from Christmas 2009 plate (Hearts in Touch) * see the upcoming Gingersnap Creations blog hop on Sunday for more samples from this plate
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Night of Navy and Ballet Blue (Stampin Up)
Embellishment: white ribbon

I hope you get a blizzard of happy greetings from friends and family this year!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Day 2 Meets GC33: Winter Wonderland

25 Days of Christmas continues.....

For my second Christmas creation, I was inspired by the new Gingersnap Creations Chestnut Theme Challenge - Winter Wonderland. That leaves 23 to go!

I used another polished stone background to create a frosty panel to stamp on. I stamped the main image, a family walking through a winter wonderland, onto the polished stone background and then stamped them again on some Neena paper. I used copics to color in the family and I cut them out and attached them with pop-up dots to the original panel.

Wintery Noel
Noel scene from Christmas #108 (Hearts in Touch)
Cardstock: Cool Caribbean (Stampin Up); glossy white; white Neena (now available at Artistic Outpost)
Ink: Jet Black (StazOn); Tuxedo Black (Mement0); Bottle, Stonewashed, Stream and Silver (Ranger Alcohol Ink)
Copics: B00, B01, B04, B06, E02, E15, E34, E35,E44, G19, YG63, and YG67
Other: 1/4" silver ribbon, pop-up dots; blending solution (Ranger)

Have a merry day and don't forget to check out the new GC Challenge all the great samples from the Gingersnap Creations Design Team!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

25 Days of Christmas Begins

Whoohoo! It's finally December! I just love all the decorations, merriment and great traditions of the holiday season. Last year, I got all my holiday cards done in October....that just didn't happen this year! Hopefully, I can make up for it this month!

For my first holiday card of December I went simple! An easy polished stone background and a Torn Frames finish to the focal image. I added a bit of watercolor pencil coloring to the image to give it a bit of lift and a slightly antique feel.

Funny Old World
image from Christmas #108 plate (Hearts in Touch)
Cardstock: glossy white; More Mustard (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (StazOn); Cranberry, Bottle and Caramel (Ranger Alcohol Ink)
Other: various watercolor pencils (Derwent - mostly); blending solution (Ranger)
Tools: alcohol ink applicator; bone folder

The verse reads:
"As through this funny old world we go / The sweetest joy that the heart can know / Is the friend who wishes us plenty of cheer / To make Christmas Day the best of the year."

I made this card really simple because that's what we are working on at Gingersnap Creations this month - "de-stressing the holidays" - and simple definitely fits that requirement. Along with "destressing", we will also be exploring a few distressing techniques along with some distress ink. Please come and join in on the fun!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

More Simple on Sunday with
Paperbag Studios

Here are a few more quickie journals! I just love the quick results and the great look!

All stamps from Paperbag Studios.

One day I will get brave and try and stamp on the kraft-covered pens too!

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend and think on the simple side! Sometimes it can be just as great as the more complex looks.
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