Thursday, November 20, 2014

Snow Bunnies

Vintage and Christmas just seem to be a natural match.  I have a soft spot for the Beatrix Potter bunnies so I often turn to them at this time of year.

I got obsessed on Saturday with using the stencils I have acquired over the past few years.  I decided to add a random shape and pattern to my one-layer card and build a card around it.  The block below shows the pattern I chose.  I used a light green distress ink for the bas and then used darker green for the stenciled portions.

In the end, I ended up with lots of luscious olive and sage greens.  Gotta love green!

Stamps: Rabbits and 3 snowflakes from Beatrix Potter's A Winter's Tale and 
sentiment from Barkley - Festive Fun available from Rogue Redhead Designs

I am entering this card into the following fantastic challenges:

Pile It On - Vintage

Stamping Sensations - Simply Christmas

Love To Create - Make it for Christmas

If you like these bunnies, we are having a Snap Sale on the Beatrix Potter A Winter's Tale set at Rogue Redhead until November 30, 2014!  Go on over to the website and check it out! Quantities are limited!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

North Pole Greetings

With the arctic chill in the air, no wonder I started thinking about polar bears!

I had my stencils out the other day...causing havoc and mayhem and generally messiness as always.  I got thinking about one-layer cards and just went from there!

I took this sweet bear from RRD's Getting Grizzly and made him the center of my stenciled background.  I stamped him onto my card with Memento ink, colored him with copic markers (greys for him and blue for the snow) and then masked him and the sentiment with a bit of scrap I had cut using my oval cutter.

I laid my stencil over the card and started sponging with a light blue distress ink. I added smaller blotches of medium blue and finally little splotches of dark blue until I achieved the look I liked. Voila!  One-layer Christmas card!

Here's the whole thing!

Stamps: Cheery Bear from Getting Grizzly and sentiment 
from Christmas Cheer (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Christmas Cards All Year Round - No Patterned Paper

Emerald Faeries - Christmas Non-Traditional Colors

Naughty or Nice Challenges - Festive Furballs

Over at Rogue Redhead Designs, we have Getting Grizzly on sale as part of our Rogue's Choice November bundle.  It is paired with our useful plate of mix-and-match sentiments, Bits and Pieces.

The Merry Christmas sentiment comes from Rogue Redhead's Christmas Cheer plate which is on sale for $10.00US until the end of November.

To see more of my stenciled cards, head on over to the RRD blog.

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Little Christmas

So first off...sorry for the long pause between posts.  My camera died a sudden and unexpected death. I am working on resurrecting it or finding a new one.  It has taken me a bit to feel comfortable using my iPhone to show off my artwork...yup, now I know for sure...I am getting wicked old.  My daughter laughed at me and said, "Um, why didn't you do that three weeks ago?"  Yup....

So, I was messing around with my stencil collection yesterday and this is one of the cards that resulted.  I thought it was a fun treatment for a one-layer card which usually include more white space.  Obviously, I wanted a totally cute focal image so I grabbed the Precious Pair from Christmas Cheer and started working!

I stamped them first and then masked them off to create the blocked sections for the stencil patterns. In hindsight, I should have colored these lovely ladies BEFORE masking, but I was excited to be back and getting inky!

The stencils I used are mini-sized, about 4"x4". I got them at Michael's one day during a fab sale.  Most were only a dollar or two.  I love reuseable tools!  Once, I blocked off the squares, I spinged on a base layer of ink with my lightest ink and then used the stencil with a ink dauber and a darker hued ink.  I liked it!

Stamp: Precious Pair from Christmas Cheer (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Rogue Redhead Designs is sponsoring the latest Pile It on Challenge - Vintage! The idea is to combine the Vintage theme with at least one other challenge - but the more the merrier.   I am entering this card into the Pile It On challenge as well as the following fab challenges:

Christmas Cards All Year Round - No Patterned Paper

Rubber Dance Art Stamps - Classic Christmas

Crafty Hazel Christmas - Go Green

Hope you all have a ton of stamping fun today!

To see my other cards using stencils, hop on over to the RRD blog.
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