Archive | November, 2014
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Merry Christmas Deer

This adorable deer can be found in the “Happy Camper” stamp set by Paper Smooches and I just love him. So I wanted to use him on a Christmas card. I stamped him on kraft paper and then colored him using colored pencils.

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You can see a bit of shine on their noses and their spots (thanks to some glossy accents). That sweater background is made using Distress Inks and Tim Holtz’ stencil. It’s a bit hard to tell in the picture, but they are standing on a snowy hill of Distress glitter.

I just love that Paper Smooches handwriting for the sentiment, too!

Linking up over at the Paper Smooches Anything Goes challenge:

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Paper Smooches “Happy Camper” and “Swanky Snowdudes” (for the holly)
Stencils: Tim Holtz sweater stencil
Inks: Distress Inks in Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick, and Mowed Lawn
Other: Distress Glitter; Gold embossing powder; gold glitter tape;
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Squirrel (Home for the Holidays)

One of my favorite card designers, Emily Leiphart, is having a “Squirrel Fest” over at her site and of course I had to play along! The rules are to make a card with a squirrel on it. I did a sort of winter/Christmas theme for this card:

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This squirrel is extra happy because he has an acorn in his stocking! I did a watercolored winter background. Then made a “snowy” embossed glitter hill for him to sit on. The acorns are sugared up with Distress glitter, and the stocking has some stickles to make it extra sparkly. Doesn’t that squirrel just look so happy!

I wish we could all be so happy this Christmas season!

Also linking up over at the Paper Smooches Anything Goes challenge:

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Paper Smooches “Fanciful Fall” and “Merry Motifs”
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh “Stitched Borders 1”
Other: Distress Inks (background); Stickles; Sparkle embossing powder
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Holiday OCC — Day 6 Coloring

Today was a surprise day for the Holiday 2014 Online Card Class! I was so happy to see it, since I really thought the class was over!

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I was inspired by Debby Hughes, who showed us some coloring with colored pencils on kraft paper. She is amazing! She heat embossed her image (a poinsettia) in white, then colored.

WELL, I wanted to turn this black bear into a POLAR bear this season, and this was my perfect opportunity. Heat embossing in WHITE was a brilliant idea (thank you, Debby) and it really worked well for this Polar bear. My dad loves bears and that includes Polar bears! This will have to be a card for him, I think!

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One trick I really loved, was to color in 2 shades of red (on the Santa hat) and then add a bit of brown to really add some shading. This is a great trick and really worked well for me!

So how do you like my polar bear?!

Also joining in the Paper Smooches challenge  !papersmooches-banner

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Paper Smooches “Happy Camper” and “Merry Motifs”; Elle’s Studio “Cheers Stamps”; The Alley Way Stamps “Seeing Spots”
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh “Stitched Tags 1”
Other: Artgrip Colored Pencils; Bakers Twine in capuchino;
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Holiday OCC — Day 5 Tags

I can feel the end of the Holiday Online Card Class getting closer…and I really don’t want it to end!

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Today I was inspired by Yana Smakula’s tags. She cut out a snowflake on her gift tag and put some red paper behind it. It just so happens, that I had the perfect size snowflake to fit my tag! Mine turned out blue…

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For the “Merry” banner, I watercolor stamped a background image, then cut it out with a Reverse Confetti die. I love how it adds a little surprise to this tag. Then I used some stickles glitter glue and added it to the “Merry.”

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Doesn’t this tag just make you want to sing? Or at least add “and bright” out loud?! Ha! Happy Christmas!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Reverse Confetti; Recollections (background)
Dies: Reverse Confetti “Tag Me”; Pretty Pink Posh “Stitched Tags 1”; Lawn Fawn “Snowflakes”:
Other: Twine from the Twinery; Stardust Stickles;
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Holiday OCC — Day 4 One-Layer Cards

Oh, online card classes, how I’m loving all your inspiration! I’ve really wanted to give partial die-cutting a try, and this class was the kick I needed to get it done. I think I may need a bit more practice, but I’m so happy with this result. Now there’s nothing that can stop me from crafting more of these beauties!

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 I think he looks like he’s standing in a snow globe…can you see it?! :)

Instead of inking up the background like Jennifer McGuire did, I used some patterned paper with snowflakes for the inside piece. I added a bit of glitter to it just for fun! (you may not be able to tell in this picture, but in real life it’s glorious!)

I just love these penguins and I like to give them a bit of color to their bellies. So fun.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Mama Elephant “Arctic Penguins” and “Season’s Greetings”
Dies: Mama Elephant; Spellbinders
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Holiday OCC — Day 3 Watercolor

I’m back with another amazing Online Card Class inspired creation! Today was all about watercoloring holiday cards. I love the watercolor look. I’ve been itching to ink up this Penny Black holiday stamp that I have, and so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity!

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Isn’t she so cute! One single caroler. I don’t think I’d be brave enough to do that, but Mimi is! I used Distress Markers to watercolor the caroler and the background. Then I added some stardust stickles to the snow and the light. I made the snow with Enamel Accents. I love the look! She looks so festive with that Christmas paper background! Mimi, you are an inspiration!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Penny Black Mimi; Verve “Christmas Wishes”
Watercolor: Distress Markers
Other: Stardust Stickles; Enamel Accents
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Holiday OCC — Day 2, “Peace on Earth”

These online card classes are so inspiring! On day 2 we learned about Interactive cards. I loved all the samples, but the one by Kelly Marie Alvarez (of Lawn Fawn) was so cute! She made a card with 2 birds holding a star, and when you pulled the tag on the card, they put the star on the top of the Christmas tree. Sorry, that may be difficult to understand! Since this is my very FIRST interactive pull-tab card, I decided to go a bit simpler.

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I made a background using Distress Inks, then I put sparkle embossing powder over the entire background and heat set it. I love the texture it adds! Then I added the sentiment, and heat set it in black. When you add embossing powder OVER another layer of embossing powder, it kind of melts into the first layer! Whoa.

In hindsight, I think I might have embossed that sentiment first and then added the distress ink. I will have to try it that way next time!

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The tab on the side pulls out and the dove “flies” the branch over the top of the card. So cool. This card took me a LONG time to make, probably because I’ve never constructed anything like this before. But I think it was so worth it!

It’s not perfect, but it’s so interesting!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Mama Elephant “Peace on Earth” and “Arctic Penguins”
Dies: My Favorite Things “gift card” die
Other: Sparkle embossing powder; Distress Inks
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Holiday OCC: Day 1

I just love the online card classes by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. This is the first Holiday class I’ve taken from them, but I’m having a blast! On day one, we learned a bit about making cards that are easy to replicate. I was completely mesmerized by Debby Hughes’ take on “dip dyed” tags, that I had to try it out.

Here’s the card I made:

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She always does such cute small cards (this is 3 1/2 x 5″). I used some gold ink to splatter on the background. I used the Simon Says Stamp “Eliza” snowflake– one of my absolute favorites!! See all that detail? Then I “dip-dyed” that snowflake in gold sparkle embossing powder. Awesome.

Supplies Used:
Dies: Simon Says Stamp “Eliza” snowflake; Savvy Stamps “Joy”
Other: American Crafts twine; Mr. Huey’s gold spray; Neenah Solar White 80# paper;
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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