Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Happy Holidays for Christmas Craft Creations

Hello and Happy Holidays, friends!  I'm very excited to announce that I have been asked to join the wonderful design team at Christmas Craft Creations!  If you're not familiar with the challenge, it is monthly beginning on the 2nd Wednesday each month, with a reminder on the 4th Wednesday. 

This month the theme is gnomes and you have until 6 pm GMT on Tuesday January 10th to join the fun and get a head start on building your Christmas card stash for 2023!

I created a little snowy scene for my Christmas gnome.

Isn't he fun?  I've had this gnome die from Simon Says Stamp for three years, when I used it for a large number of Christmas cards, but haven't used it since then. His outfit was die cut from a scrap of patterned paper and red cardstock.  His nose and beard and the base layer were all cut from white, then I used my Copic markers for coloring.  

I used Marine and Cadette SSS Pawsitively Saturated inks for the background sky, then hand cut the snowy hills to layer on the bottom of the panel.  The trees where die cut from white, colored with Copic markers and added to the panel along with the gnome.  I used white acrylic paint for the snow and while that dried, red heat embossed and die cut the sentiment.  When everything was dry, the panel added to the white card base, the sentiment adhered with thin foam squares and lastly I added a cute white pom-pom to the gnome's hat.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate it!  Please do use the link above to see all the super cute gnome cards by the other DT members and hopefully join in the fun this month!

Take care!


Stamps:  The sentiment is from an older My Monthly Hero card kit that's no longer available
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Stampin' Up Real Red, patterned paper from my stash
Ink:  Marine & Cadette, Versamark
Other:  SSS Lil Gnome water dies, Poppystamps Iced Pine Trees dies, MFT Essential Stitched Sentiment Label die, white pom-pom, Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof White paint, Gina K Red Hot embossing powder
Copics:  E13, 11, 00, R59, 46, W3, 1, 0, C2, 1, 0

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Landscape Christmas for Sunday Stamps

Happy Holidays, friends!  It's Christmas day and also the beginning of a new challenge over at Sunday Stamps.  This time we have a beautiful color combination to inspire you.

I used navy, purple and coral with a bit of metallic gold for the sentiment and star. One of my final Christmas cards for 2022 (come back Wednesday to see my last one).

This card was so easy to make.  I started by die cutting the snowy hill from white cardstock, then used that to determine where to being ink blending.  Using an A2 sized panel of Bristol paper, I first added some Abandoned Coral Distress Ink nearest to where the horizon line would be, then added Chipped Sapphire and a bit of Black Soot to the top, then filled in the middle with Villainous Potion, trying not to overlap the coral.  Once the ink dried, the die cut panel was adhered.

Next, the sentiment and star were die cut from matte gold cardstock, then adhered to the card front.  The final steps were to use a white gel pen to create stars in the sky and add the panel to a white card base!  This could be a design I use to make multiple cards next year - I love the colors and, of course, how quickly it came together.

Thanks for taking time to stop by!  You'll want to be sure to use the link above to see the gorgeous cards by the other DT members and hopefully be inspired to join us for our last challenge of 2022!

Take care!


Stamps:  None
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, Simon Says Stamp Matte Gold
Ink:  Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot, Villainous Potion and Abandoned Coral Distress
Other:  Memory Box Country Landscape and Star of Wonder dies, SSS Flourished Christmas die, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen

Sunday, December 11, 2022

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Sunday Stamps

Hello and welcome!  It's time for a new challenge at Sunday Stamps and this week we have a fabulous sketch from Heidi!  

I am also joining the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, where the theme is Holiday Cheer, and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, with a theme of Add Sparkle.

I made a series of snowflake cards using a similar design before I even saw Heidi's sketch, (you can see another example here) so I was very happy that another one worked perfectly for this challenge. Plus the color of the background is one of my favorites.

I started by embossing a panel of Concord & 9th Peacock card stock with the Simon Says Stamp Snowflake visions, then used my finger to rub Tonic Nuvo Almond Embossing Mousse lightly over the panel, then when applied a heavier amount around the edges.  

Next I used the SSS Glistening Snowflakes detail die to cut snowflakes from SSS White and Silver Glitter paper and the SSS Dainty Snowflake die to cut a smaller silver glitter snowflake.  Once the snowflake panel was dry, I adhered the snowflakes in layers, then added the sentiment with foam squares just towards the middle of the snowflakes.  The sentiment is from the Pinkfresh Studio Foiled Sentiments 4 holiday pack - super handy and a quick way to finish off my card!

Thanks for visiting!  Please be sure to use the link above to see the beautiful cards by the other DT members and hopefully join us - the challenge will be open until December 23rd.

Take care and enjoy the holidays!  


Thursday, December 8, 2022

Nice List for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hello again!  It's time for a new Tic Tac Toe Challenge and this week Jeanne has created a very fun board that is applicable for many occasions.  I used the top row for my card - snow/ice, layers, celebration.

I'm also joining the current challenge at The Paper Players where LeAnne asks us to use Santa on our card.

I have another card using the darling Jingle All the Way from MFT (I created one for Sunday Stamps here).  For this one, I started by stamping and Copic coloring Santa, Rudolph, the tree and the packages, then die cut them with the companion dies.  An Altenew Gold Gel pen was used to color Santa's belt buckle, the bells on Rudolph's color, the star and the ribbon and I used a Sakura White Gelly Roll pen to create the "fluff" on Santa's hat.

Next I ink blended Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink on a panel of Bristol then splattered it with Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof white paint to create the snow effect.  I also die cut some snowflakes from SSS White Glitter cardstock using the Hero Arts Snowflake Confetti Fancy die.  It cuts a bunch, so the rest are in my stash for future use.  I also hand cut a glitter panel for some snow and layered that on the now dry ink blended panel, trimmed that down and mounted onto an A2 white cardbase.

The sentiment was red heat embossed and die cut with the MFT Fishtail Foundations die, then added to the panel with foam tape along with all the die cut images, including the sparkly little snowflakes and I was done!

Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.  I've added a link above so you can easily pop over to the challenge to check out the fabulous cards by the other DT members and hopefully play along with us this week!

This will be my final challenge as part of the TTT design team.  It has been a really fun 2 1/2 years as part of this group, as the other DT members are all amazing people and I wish them every success going forward!

Take care and Happy Holidays!


Other supplies:  Gina K Red Hot embossing powder, Memento Tuxedo Black and Versamark inks.
Copics:  R59, 46, 27,05, 20 YG67, 17, 03, E29, 37, 35, 33, 31, 30, 21, 11, 00, C9, 6, 3, 1, 00, T2, 0 W3, 1, 0, B02, 00, 000

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Peace for The Flower Challenge

Welcome friends!  It's time for the final challenge of 2022 at The Flower Challenge.  Appropriately, the theme this time is Christmas.  

**Please note, our challenge will close on the 15th of December and the design team will be off until our next challenge on February 4, 2023.

For my card, I decided to change things up and watercolor rather than use Copic markers.  Now, I say watercolor, but it's very basic as this is definitely a medium for which I need further practice!  So all of you that watercolor proficiently, please be kind when viewing my card lol!

I used a new to me stamp set from Penny Black and heat embossed with Altenew Rose Gold this lovely poinsettia image on watercolor paper.  I primarily used the wet-on-wet technique, adding a second layer to get a bit of shading on the petals, then used a lovely shade of green around the image and some purple mixed with the pink to achieve a kind of plum color for the berries.  

Next the panel was splattered with gold shimmer spray and white acrylic paint.  When dry the panel and a piece of Altenew Brushed Rose card stock were die cut and layered directly onto the plum card base.  The sentiment was heat embossed and die cut, then popped up on foam tape for a little dimension and I was done!  A note about the "at Christmas" part of the sentiment.  It was actually part of a "missing you at Christmas" sentiment, but I just used my Misti and some Scotch tape to cover up the part I didn't want to use, inked it up then removed the tape and stamped.  After it was heat embossed, I used the matching die then just trimmed off the bit where the first part of the sentiment would go. 

The link above will take you to the challenge where you can see all the gorgeous cards by the other DT members and hopefully join us by the 15th!

Happy Holidays to everyone celebrating this month! 


Stamps:  Penny Black Scarlet, Simon Says Stamp Christmas Blessings
Paper:  Hero Arts Plum, Altenew Brushed Rose, Arches 140lb watercolor
Ink:  Versamark
Other:  Christmas Blessings dies, Altenew Rose Gold embossing powder, Altenew 24 pan watercolor set, Imaginecrafts Gold Shimmer Spray, Dr. Ph Martin's Bleed Proof White paint