Sunday, December 17, 2017

Another Starry Tree

Hello.  Are you a busy as I've been?

I haven't got around to comment on many of  your cards and I miss visiting with you.

I feel like the Christmas season gets busier every year.  Maybe I'm just slowing down.


This video by Jill Foster convinced me that I really needed this stamp!

I CASEd her card, changing it up just a bit.

Then it got set aside.

In pulling out some UFOs, I found the base of this card.  
Evidently I didn't like the design and had pulled it off the front.

This design piece landed close and gave me an aha moment!

I stamped the tree on mixed media paper and heat embossed.

Using an Aqua Painter, I picked up ink from the lids of my ink pads
to color the tree.

The background was sponged then stamped with the pine branches.

I'll enter this with  my friends at Merry Monday where Debbie is hosting a color challenge.
I actually have 4 of the colors, light green, dark green, red and blue.
I hope that's OK.  If not, my apologies ladies.

I hope you are finding the time to enjoy preparations for Christmas.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe
Stamps: Starry Tree (PB), Pine Branch (Inkadinkado) 
Ink:   Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Bashful Blue (SU), Pine Needles (DI)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other:  White EP, Stickers Stampendous


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Nature Sings for CAS Watercolour

Hello dear friends.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday festivities.

It's almost time for the big day!

Here's another card to celebrate the holidays.


This cardinal was in my UFO Box all watercolored and ready to go except
that there was a bad smear above the branch.  Ach!!!

I cut the offending part off with my paper cutter and around the other sides,
leaving the tail portion to fussy cut.

Saved!  I could add more shading to the cardinal but I think
it's best to cut my losses and go with this.

He has hopefully flown to his chosen destination by now.

The CAS Watercolour Challenge this month is

and there's still time to enter.

The Design Team and our Guest Designer, Hideko (Papercraft Boutique)
have some beautiful samples to inspire you.

Check them out, then I hope you'll join us.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Beauty of the Season (ret. SU), Season's Wishes (PB)
Ink:   Jet Black StazOn, SU Markers
Paper:   Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press),Naturals Ivory, Basic Black (SU)
Other:  Paper Cutter, Scissors


Friday, December 15, 2017

Snowflake Flourish for CAS Mix Up Reminder

Hello.

We're halfway through the month and nearly to Christmas day.

Using stamping, embossed resist, watercolour, die cut

There's still time to join in at CAS Mix Up where the challenge is
Using stamping, heat embossing, emboss resist technique, watercolor and die cut.
I stamped the Impression Obsession Snow Flourish on a piece of mixed media paper
and heat embossed with white powder.

After letting it cool, I wet the paper, picked up some ink from the lid of a stamp pad
with an Aqua Painter and dropped color on the wet paper.

I love the way the water moves the color around!

I added more color to some spots, mainly in the center of the design
and let it dry.

A die cut frame and sentiment made quick work of finishing the card.

The Design Team and our Guest Designer, Ina (Little Bits of Craft)
have some wonderful inspiration pieces to share with you.

I hope we'll see your creations in the gallery...

Since I have watercolor, I can also add this to the inspiring gallery at
CAS Watercolour


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snow Flourish (IO), Merry Christmas Messages (HLS)
Ink:   Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Midnight Muse (SU)
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Neena Solar White
Other:  White EP (SU), Stitched Squares Die (SSS), Stickers (Stampendous)


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Rustic Wreaths

Hello.  I'm glad you could sit down with me for a minute or two.

It's been pretty busy around here as I'm sure it is at your house too.


Using stamping, acetate smoosh, splatter and die cuts

and

Using watercolor for my acetate smoosh.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

The image for this one was in my UFO box.

When I was short on my Christmas cards, the UFO box came in handy!


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps: Season's Gift (PB) 
Ink:   Versafine (Black), Antique Linen (DI)
Paper:   Crumb Cake, Mixed Media, Cherry Cobbler
Other:  Whirl Wreath Die (PB), 1/3" Circle Punch

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Ornamental Pine (ret. SU)
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar
Paper: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other:  Exultations Die (PB), Cherry Cobbler Twine (SU)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Starry Tree Elegance

Hello, my friends.

How are you?

I've been crazy, busy as I'm sure you are too.

Vanilla and embossed gold is one of my favorite combinations for Christmas cards.


I must have tried over 20 times to get a good photo of this card.  
If I caught the shine it was blurry.
All the stamping is embossed with gold.
And the little ornaments are shiny, flat stickers so this is perfect for mailing!

This is a similar card that we did in one of my card classes.

Somehow I managed to get a better photo of this one.


I'll take it over to Penny Black Saturday where the challenge is
WINTER OR CHRISTMAS

and

Penny Black and More Challenge
CAS





Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  Starry Tree, Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Encore Gold
Paper:   Thick Vanilla, Gold Foil, Very Vanilla (SU)
Other:  Gold EP (SU), Stickers (Stampendous)


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Classic Ornaments for Merry Monday

I coming in just under the wire.

I was beginning to think I wouldn't make it at all.


My friend Colleen chose a beautiful inspiration photo for this week's
Merry Monday Challenge

I used blue, green and platinum Inka Gold on my craft sheet, spritzed with water and
smooshed some cardstock into it.

It has a lovely shimmer that I couldn't capture in the photo.

I did cut some ornaments adding silver caps and hangers.  The snowflakes, sentiment and
embossed background were all in my UFO box. 
I'm happy to say that the Christmas UFO box is no longer popping it's top!


I asked for opinions on adding a red bird to my CAS Mix Up post.
I like it with the bird.  It's hard for me to go against a pop of red!


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!




Card Recipe
Stamps:  
Ink:   
Paper:   Neena, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer (SU)
Other:  Inka Gold (Steel Blue, Jade, Platinum), (Classic Ornament (MB), Little Snowflakes Dies (IO), Christmas Greetings Thinlits (SU), Snowflake EF (Darice)


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Peaceful Dove for CAS Watercolour

I've had so much fun using salt with watercolor.

Here's another card using a salted background.

This one uses a NBUS dove die that's been waiting for use for
way too long!


I used a piece of watercolor background from this post.

Our CAS Watercolour Challenge this month is

But it must have watercolour!

The Design Team and our Guest Designer, Hideko (Papercraft Boutique)
have done some awesome inspiration pieces.
I hope you'll check them out then join in.

Since I have stamping, watercolor, salt, dry embossing and die cuts,
I'll add this over at CAS Mix Up too.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Festive Snippets (PB)
Ink:   Night of Navy (SU)
Paper:   Neena, Watercolor (Arches CP)
Other:  Gansai Tambi Watercolors (#62 Cobalt, #139 Purple), Sea Salt, Snowfall EF (Ret. Cuttlebug), Stitched Hexagons die (MB), Doves Die (IO)