Thursday, October 12, 2017

Decorate with Joy, FMS 308, Christmas card

How cute is this image.   I had a ball coloring with the brand new Stampin Up alcohol markers! Yup, you read that right!    We, as demos had 10 days to purchase  and play with them, they will be out for everyone soon.  And wow are they slick.  They color beautifully and are plenty juicy, I think we have a hit.  

So, today I am playing along with Freshly Made Sketches.  Here is the sketch. Go here to see the teams cards.

So, my colors today are Read Red, Smoky Slate, Powder Pink and Basic black.
My marker colors are: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay.

Also, just in case you hadn't noticed, SU has a DSP sale going on for the month of Oct. Buy 3 of the listed DSP and get one free.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Quilted Christmas, Christmas card GDP108

I hadn't checked into the GDP challenge for this week yet, it starts on monday.  It's a Case the designer this week and when I found it was caseing Brian King, one of my favorite guys, I had to give it a try.

Here is Brian's card.

I used Elegant Eggplant and Pear Pizzazz, so couldn't use the DSP for this set which is mostly red and green.  So, I used the embossing folder for some texture.  What a joy this set is to work with! So much to work with!  I hope you like!  What do you think of the colors? Should I have stuck with Real Red and Garden Green?   I do love purple for Christmas, heck I just love purple.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Stampin Up, Just Add Ink 380 #2

So, this was my second try at the JAI 380 challenge. If you want to see both cards in the same post, it's here. 
I had set this one aside because I wasn't liking what I was doing. The ideas just were not coming. But after finishing the other card, this popped in my head and I picked up what I had stopped working on and did it up.
Here is the JAI 380 challenge:

My colors are Whisper white, basic gray, along with the Merry music DSP and gold ribbon, and gold foil for behind the sentiment and for the star.   

Night in Bethlehem Christmas cards, Just Add Ink #380

If you are here from Just add ink's, challenge page, you probably know, I posted 2 cards this week.
First here is the sketch. Go here to see the rest of the cards.

At this time of year, I start working on Christmas cards, I know it seems early, but I have fun doing the challenges to make them unlike the old days when I came up with a design and all my cards were the same.  So, this first card is actually the second one. I started the one below first and couldn't come up with something I liked so I set it aside and started over.
By the time I got done with that one, ideas were swirling around in my head, so I picked up the one I had set aside and this is what came of that.

Now, I'm not sure which one I like better, how about you? Do you have a favorite?  I haven't been as happy as I could be with some of the cards I've been doing lately, guess I have been in a funk with them.   At any rate, thank you for stopping by to look, it's why I love posting my cards and projects.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Merry Monday 259, Silver and gold Christmas card

A new challenge for Merry Monday this week.  Here is the fun challenge.

Add a Christmas Tree to your card.  Now, I have a couple sets new this season with trees I could have used, but I ended up going back to Lovely as a Tree.  That set has been in the catalog for as long as anyone can remember! It's a great set and never goes out of style.

I embossed in white using my Whisper White craft ink pad.  Then after I heated it, I added another layer of white and sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  I know you can't see the glitter in the photo, but it's very pretty.

I used paper from 2 different DSP sets, Merry Little Christmas and Bundle of Love.  I have been dying to use something from Bundle of Love, it's the gold piece on the background. It worked so well with the black piece from Merry Little Christmas.

I punched out a glimmer paper star using an old tiny punch for the tree top.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Merry Christmas using Fall Painted Harvest

I think I've said it before, I love this set! It's fun to play with and you can do so much with it.  If you only get one fall set, be sure to look this one over.   I made this one into a Christmas card using the 2 step stamping sunflower.  I just left out the center piece and added a bow.  It's amazing the color combos one can come up with.

I also used the beautiful snowflake gold and silver foil doilies.  I think I'm going to have to  be sure to pick up a 2nd pack of these, I know I'll want some left over.

The embossing folder is the quilted one, I'm not real sure why I picked it, but I like it here.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Whimsical Christmas, GDP106

I love whimsy, and there is a bumper crop of whimsical stamp sets in the new Holiday catalog. I fell in love and bought 3 right off.  This one is Mistletow Friends, it's the second one I've used so far. the sentiment is also whimsical and fun.

I used my blender pen and ink pads to color with, but it would be perfect for the color pencils too. I just used the thick Whisper white, but if you are going to use a lot of water, switch that to either watercolor paper or the shimmery white, it has a coating that takes the water better.

I've been experimenting with taking photos different ways when using the metallics.  I laid this one down with a block under the top, it shows much of the gold foil, but the tiny edge of the layer under my Berry Burst looks pretty dark.  Still working on it.

I colored my image first, then die cut, put my 2 layers on top of the White card base, then decided how big I wanted my Gold layer, I did about 2", then my white strip with the sentiment. I put a dimentional right near the flag cut and just a bit of glue on the edge covering the circle. It should stay nice for sending.

Here is the challege for this week:
Click here to check it out.
My colors today are: Berry Burst, Smoky Slate, Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb cake.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Snowflakes falling, Christmas card. JAI378

I have a fun and simple card for you today.   But first, the Just Add Ink challege this week is to add texture. You can go here, to play along or just enjoy the cards.

I had this embossing folder in my stash, not sure where it came from, but I really wanted a snowflake folder. The foil snowflake is in the Holiday catalog, I love these things, they come in both silver and gold in one package. The backs are Very vanilla and can be colored.
Yeah, sorry the ribbon is from a package from last years holiday catalog and is retired. It's Rich Razzleberry.   The new embossing folder with the big snowflake in the center would have worked, but I have not ordered it yet. There is just too much I want and too little money.  We all have that problem don't we?

The sentiment is from Hearts come Home stamp set, the set has several sentiments and I love them, they are very usable.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Peace On Earth. Christmas card 2017

I don't have a challenge card for you today. What I have is a background that I was playing with after watching a tut from Jennifer McGuire and the card was done using the Carols of Christmas bundle.
There are just so many ways to use this set. So many different pieces in both the stamp set and the dies.

I had a great time playing with the background. I used watercolor paper, a brush and some water. I tried Jennifer's little trick of wiping a bit of color on a large block from each of the colors you want to use in your background, onto the block.  Just put the open pad down on the block leaving some color. Wet your brush and play. Be sure to clean your brush between colors.   What you can't see is the glittery spray I used, that is very hard to photograph, I sprayed the whole piece before adding any elements.  I also splattered some water drops and embossed those. They don't show well, but you can see them if you look really close.
But, I think I did manage to capture the embossed sentiment. I use a light coming from the top, which doesn't work well for embossing and glitter, but I laid the card down with a block under the top to raise it a bit and added a second light on the back side.

For some reason when I apply a color lightly, either sponging or watercolor, the lightest areas don't look like there is color, but there is.   The trees were cut out using silver glimmer paper.  It was really an easy and fun card to make.
My colors today are: Pool party, Marina Mist, Emerald envy, Island Indigo.
I do hope I've given you some inspiration.