Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Muse: Christmas Visions Debut

Hooray! It's my turn to be THE MUSE at Muse: ChristmasVisions! Oh, the pressure. :D Here for your potential creative inspiration is my card: 

Once again, I'm using plastic wrap to create my background — I still love this technique and the effect it gives! (There are several variations on using plastic wrap; this is the one I like to use.) Blue and mauve distress inks give me a wintry sky. The light colours seemed to suit white better than black for the house in the woods silhouette. A bit of yellow vellum lights the window. 
I'm going to add my little scene to three other challenges: Happy Little Stampers February Christmas challenge (but no hearts), Jingle Belles' A Colouring We Will Go and Shopping Our Stash Home Sweet Home.  
I would be thrilled if you joined in and were inspired by my first muse card for ChristmasVisions! You have until 8 am EST Monday, March 5th to play along. 

Supplies: white cardstock, yellow vellum & Canson watercolour paper, Stampin' Up Winter Memories stamp, Stampin' Up lulu lavender, tumbled glass, broken china & shaded lilac distress inks, MFT blueprints 24 stitched rectangular & CUTplorations stitched winter landscape dies

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Christmas Trees

Yep, another Christmas card. This time around, I'm taking inspiration from Cornelia for Muse: ChristmasVisions. (Next week it's my turn for the first time!) Here is Cornelia's fun and colourful card: 

I was inspired by the bright colours, the triangular trees, and the clean layout. Here's my version: 

I initially thought of some of the more graphically-designed tree stamps in my collection, but chose this fun die, instead. It was only later, when I went to check on the main challenge blog, that I discovered my teammate Kimberly had the same thought! Our process and results are quite different, though.) With distress inks, I sponged rough triangles about where I knew my trees would be. The least fun part of this die is putting adhesive on without making a mess. This time around, I used my smallest glue dots, and even then had to roll them up a bit. From foil cardstock, I cut the three stars and the "merry" sentiment. 
As you can see, Christmas cards are one of the few times I also decorate the envelopes. Not quite in the league of "mail art", but I usually try to find an image that coordinates with what goes inside. 
I might as well take advantage of making a Christmas card by linking up to a couple of other themed challenges: Jingle Belles: A Colouring We Will Go and Happy Little Stampers: Christmas Anything Goes (no optional hearts on mine). 
There is still a day and a bit to play along, so why not get in the mood for Christmas cards with Cornelia's inspiration... then you'll be all fired up when my card makes its appearance on Wednesday! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Supplies: white, textured blue American Crafts & Rager silver foil cardstock, candied apple, mermaid lagoon & mowed lawn distress inks, Essentials by Ellen Geo Tree, MFT blueprints 24 & Winnie & Walter merry dies (Winnie & Walter Ina Word: Merry stamp on the envelope)

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Final Valentines

At least I think these are the final valentine cards for this year. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I didn't want to post them until they were received, which happened yesterday. 
My first card is based on my friend Tracey's card for the current Muse challenge. Here's her card: 

I took my cues from the sponged background, the bear plus heart, the layout and the white on black sentiment. Here's my version: 

Rather than a two-colour background, I used just blue on my main panel, then used a heart stencil and a barely damp cloth to lift some of the colour through the stencil. My little bear is embossed with sparkle embossing powder and watercoloured. 
With a love theme, at least a bit of red, and an ARTplorations stencil, I'm also adding this to this month's STAMPlorations challenge, Paint It Red. 
My next card is inspired by wanting to justify my purchase of a 12"x12" valentine-themed paper pad. ๐Ÿ˜† In my defence, it was $4 at Dollarama (thanks, snarky sister Barb for the bargain alert!) and the glitter and foil sheets alone practically make it worth getting. Here's my first card using some of it:

I went with a full postal theme, cutting the patterned paper with a postage stamp border die and adding a little stamped and paper-pieced love note as the focal point, popped up on a white heart. 

Crazy to say, this is my third post today! My reminder card for the current Naughty or Nice challenge is here, and my post for today's new Seize the Birthday challenge here

Supplies: (here's a hug) white & black cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, My Favourite Things Bitty Bears stamps, Versamark, Versafine onyx black & faded jeans distress oxide inks, Hero Arts sparkle & white embossing powders, Zig markers, MFT blueprints 24 dies, ARTplorations Hearts All Over stencil, foam tape; (love letter) white & black cardstock, EK Success/Martha Stewart Love Notes patterned paper, PSA Love Birds stamp, Versafine onyx black & Memento Luxe love letter inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, Simon Says Stamp postage stamp border & QuicKutz heart dies, foam tape

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Birthday Coffee or Tea?

It's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! Our topping for this latest challenge is sure to be a popular one: Coffee or Tea!

As always, our topping is optional; as long as you've got a birthday project, we'd love you to share it with us. 
I drink more tea than coffee, but decided to go with a coffee theme anyway:

After initially trying a very clean and simple design, I ended up with this groovy card! The Bunn-style coffee pot and the orange that I chose for the sentiment seemed perfect for a retro treatment. And of course a punny sentiment never hurts, either. 
You may have one or two coffee or tea-themed stamps or papers in your crafting collection... but even if you don't, I hope you'll join us! 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up mambo melon cardstock, Stampin' Up patterned paper, A. Jillian Vance Design Simply Said: Pothead, Brew-tiful & Beautiful Rose stamps, Versamark, Catherine Pooler tiki torch & Stampin' Up early espresso inks, Hero Arts clear embossing powder, foam tape

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Love Reminder

Valentine's Day has come and gone, but that doesn't mean you have to stop feeling the love! The February challenge at Naughty or Nice Challenges, All Loved Up, continues for another ten days. 


This time I tried to go a little bit naughty (or at least humorous) and used the optional colour palette more as *inspiration*. 

Ooh, look at *all* that masking so that my potty people could be holding hands. :P I paired these older Unity stamps with a much newer sentiment from Technique Tuesday. Luckily, I found some patterned paper that matched the potty girl ink colour! Since the colour palette suggests I should have more pink than blue...
I think this card works perfectly for the current CASology challenge: Together.
Lovey-dovey cards don't have to be for just Valentine's Day! Especially if you add an element of naughtiness. ;) You still have ten days to play along with us! 

P.S. I'll be back in a few hours with the new Seize the Birthday challenge! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Basic Grey True Love patterned paper, Unity Sweet Paper Pals & Technique Tuesday You Aren't Normal stamps, Versafine onyx black, Altenew rouge & Caribbean inks, QuicKuts nesting hearts & Sunny Studio Stamps fishtail banners dies, fun foam

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