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Thursday, December 14, 2017

more tags...

Hello!!!  Seems like lately my mojo is coming and going as it pleases, lol!! Finally got some back the other day and made a couple more tags for Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist.  First up is a tag for day 9 a color challenge.  The inspiration tags for that day both had cute little yetis on them so I decided to use my yeti stamp set from My Favorite Things to create my little tag.  I'm following the current MFT sketch layout so I will also be posting my tag there.  I die cut the tag and then partially embossed it with a Stampin Up dots embossing folder.  I inked up some white cardstock with Distress Oxide ink in Iced Spruce, stamped them with the matching little tree and then die cut them.  My little yeti was stamped on watercolor cardstock and watercolored with Daniel Smith watercolors (from the palettes that I got from Simon Says Stamp) and then die cut with the matching dies.  Same thing for the little Santa hat.  I adhered everything per the sketch and then added the sentiment (from the MFT Snow Globe Greetings) that had been stamped and heat embossed on vellum.  I finished off the tag by adding some Ice Stickles to the embossed dots and looping some red and white baker's twine through the hole.



The second tag is for day 7 of the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist to use pink, mint and gold.  Both tags were so beautiful so I was again inspired by both!  I whipped this one up pretty fast using supplies from the beautiful Simon Says Stamp limited edition Mint Wishes card kit and two dies from A Jillian Vance Design.   This tag will be going into the line up at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use stitching on your project (faux or real... mine is faux).  I die cut this fun polka dot paper from the kit using the AJVD Minnie Pearl tag and then die cut a second one from pink cardstock and adhered it to the back of the patterned paper one.  The snowflake (from AJVD) was die cut and adhered to the tag as shown.  I added a little gold star paper clip (from the kit) to the other side of the tag.  The word joy is a die from the kit and was die cut from gold and pink cardstocks, adhered together and the adhered to the tag.  Finished with pink/white and gold baker's twine looped through the top.  Going to add this to the current SSS flickr challenge of anything goes, as well.


Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Tag 1:  MFT white cardstock, Ranger watercolor cardstock; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  My Favorite Things and ODBD (tag); Inks:  Distress Oxide, VersaFine; Watercolor Medium:  Daniel Smith; Baker's Twine:  Stampin Up!

Tag 2:  Cardstock:  Stampin Up! pink, MFT white, brushed gold (Mint Wishes kit); Patterned paper:  American Crafts;  Gold paper clip:  Crate Paper; Baker's Twine:  Twinery & Stampin Up!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hey there!!   Can't believe Christmas is almost here!!  Where has the time gone??  I'm popping in to let you know that I have a card up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my card:


Have a wonderful day... hope you will head over to the blog for a look!!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

you matter...

Hey there!! Popping in with a somewhat dramatic little number.  This one is for the current Color Throwdown, as well as the current Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge of anything goes.   I recently purchased the gorgeous C9 Blooms Fill In stamp set and matching dies.  To say that I have been dying to make something with it is an understatement, lol!!   With so many things to do and too little time I wasn't able to make anything until today.  Before creating my card I experimented quite a bit with different gray inks and with how I would actually stamp the background.  I discovered that my mini MISTI isn't the best option for stamping the entire image.  It works, but not as well as I would like so I simply used the method I have used for years when stamping a large background... place your background stamp face up on your work surface, ink it up, carefully lay your cardstock on top and then rub all around the cardstock to transfer the ink.  Works like a charm!  Once I was done I then stamped flowers and leaves.  Since the Color Throwdown colors are gray, black and red I did some second generation stamping with the red to create my flowers.  I accented the flowers with little hints of black.  The large sentiment from the set was stamped on vellum and heat embossed in black, then die cut with the label die because I didn't want to completely cover up all that stamping I did!!  To hide the adhesive I used I applied it behind the black embossing and in two spots that are covered up by the flowers that I die cut and stamped in red.  The little black sprigs finished things off.  Looking forward to trying other color combos with this beautiful set!

 


Hope you have a wonderful day! 

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT white, SU! Smoky Slate, PTI vellum and black; Stamps: Concord & 9th; Dies:  Concord & 9th and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Stampin Up! Smoky Slate and Real Red, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark watermark; Embossing powder:  Filigree black

Saturday, December 9, 2017

a card and two tags...

Hello!!  As my blog title says I have a card and two tags to share today.  First up is the card for the current MFT sketch challenge.  Making tags has been taking up all my time lately so I really wanted to get a card or two in this weekend.  When I saw the new MFT sketch an idea was hatched to use the snowflake stamps and dies from the MFT Snowflake Splendor kit.  I used the largest die in the set that is intended to die cut a stamped snowflake and created a window with it in a panel of white cardstock I die cut with an AJVD backdrop rectangle die.  I then adhered the panel to a white cardstock base with removal adhesive and stamped the snowflake using my mini MISTI to get good alignment.  I then die cut all the pieces for a matching snowflake using cardstock in a colors similar to the ink colors.  All the pieces were adhered together and then attached to the panel above the stamped snowflake.  The sentiment from Snow Globe Sentiments was stamped on vellum, heat embossed in white, trimmed down and adhered with rolled up glue dots.  As I was adhering the sentiment strip I did think that I could have turned the window into a shaker element.   Oh well... maybe next time.   I will also add this to the current SIP challenge of let it snow.



The tags are for Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist.  First up is a tag for day 4... watercoloring.  I used the beautiful Simon Says Stamp Stained Glass Greetings.  I die cut the tag from watercolor paper and then stamped the Love sentiment in watermark ink and embossed it in white.  I used Daniel Smith watercolors from the Shari Carroll and Debby Hughes (one color from each) palettes to color the letters and around the letters for a really soft look.  The other sentiments were stamped in black on white cardstock and trimmed out.  I loved the way Sandy added vellum to her project, but knew because my coloring was so soft adding an overlay like Sandy did would completely obscure everything.  So I brought in some vellum by die cutting little snowflakes from vellum and silver cardstock and adding them to the tag.  Each snowflake had a little silver PPP sequin added to the center as well.  Since I used some Simon Says Stamp products I will be adding this tag to the current SSS flickr challenge of anything goes.


The second tag is for day 6 to use purple, green and gray.  I was totally inspired by Kittie's gorgeous tag and tried my hand at making some little purple poinsettias.  I have some older Spellbinders poinsettia dies that I knew would work well for making my tiny poinsettias.  I pulled them out and die cut them from the purple cardstock and then tried to shape them as best I could.  The leaves were die cut using a slightly larger poinsettia die from the set.  I adhered them together and then added some Nuvo Jewel Drops in Lemoncello to the centers and let everything dry.  The tag is from Reverse Confetti, as is the gray piece layered on top to look like lattice.  The sentiment is from the Essentials by Ellen Merry & Bright stamp set and was stamped in gray ink.  I adhered the flowers and then added the purple ribbon tied with white and gray baker's twine.   My poinsettia's aren't as well done as Kittie's, but I think they turned out rather nice! This one will be going into the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of gift it.



Six tags down... six to go!!  Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Card:  Cardstock:  MFT white, SU! aqua, turquoise, MFT light blue, PTI vellum; Stamps:  MFT; Dies:  MFT, ODBD and AJVD

Tag 1:  Cardstock:  Ranger watercolor, PTI white; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  ODBD (tag), Stampin Up!; Watercolors:  Daniel Smith; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts; Ink:  VersaMark and VersaFine

Tag 2:  Cardstock:  PTI white, dark green, SU! purple and gray; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen; Dies:  Spellbinders and Reverse Confetti; Ribbon:  PTI; Baker's Twine:  The Twinery; Nuvo Jewel Drops; Ink:  VersaFine

Thursday, December 7, 2017

another tag and card...

Hey there!!  I have another card and a tag to share.   I have been working on my tags for Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist and so far I have three tags done.  The tag I'm sharing today is for day 2, silver and gold.  I was inspired by Keeway's beautiful tags and created something similar.   I die cut the tags from white cardstock and then blended on some Distress Oxide ink in Salty Ocean.  I used lots of Essentials by Ellen products on these little tags!  I started by die cutting the EE Geo Tree from silver and gold glitter cardstock.  EE Brushstroke Peace was die cut from silver and EE Brushstroke Joy from gold.  Finally the star from the Season of Sparkle die set was die cut from silver and gold glitter paper.  I then layered everything on each tag as you see.  I finished the tags by embossing the sentiments (from Brushstroke Christmas stamp set) on black cardstock in white, trimming them out and adhering to the tags.   A bit of white baker's twine was added to each tag, as well.  I will also be adding the tags to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.


The card is for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, as well as the current SIP challenge Let it Snow and Dies R Us challenge of Christmas carols (mine is Jiggly Bells).   I used more supplies from the Simon Says Stamp limited edition Mint Wishes card kit and some A Jillian Vance Design snowflake dies.  When I saw the SIP challenge I immediately thought of this pretty paper from the kit.  I trimmed it down per the FMS layout and adhered it to the mint cardstock base.  I stamped the little sleigh image from the Yuletide Holiday (also from the Kit) stamp set in Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio.  I then overstamped the sentiment (from the same stamp set) in VersaFine Smoky Gray and trimmed down the piece.  Snowflakes were die cut from white and vellum cardstocks and adhered together.  I added some loops of silver embroidery floss to the panel and they layered the snowflakes and sentiment on top.




Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Tag:  Cardstock:  white, MFT silver and gold glitter; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen; Dies:  Essentials by Ellen and Our Daily Bread Designs; Ink:  Distress Oxide and VersaMark watermark ink; Embossing powder:  Hero Arts white


  • Card:  Cardstock:  Simon Says Stamp, PTI vellum and white; Patterned paper: American Crafts Mint Wishes; Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Distress Oxide and VersaFine Smoky Gray; DMC silver embroidery floss

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Hey there!!!  Stopping in to let you know I have a card up on the AJVD blog today.  Here is a little peek of my card:


Have a wonderful day... hope you will head over to the AJVD blog for a peek!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

a card and a tag...

Hey there!!  Hope all is well with you.  As my post title indicates I have a card and a tag to share.  The card is for the current MFT sketch challenge and the current MFT color challenge.   Lots of stamping and die cutting on this one.  After I got all the flowers (from Plentiful Petals)stamped and cut I die cut the big smile from white cardstock and trimmed it down to fit the card front that was die cut with an AJVD Elegant Stitched Dot border die.  I used repositionable adhesive to help me make sure I got the flower where I wanted them before adhering them down with permanent adhesive and adding the die cut smile on top.  The you're awesome was embossed in white, trimmed down and adhered as shown.  The finished panel was then adhered to a light gray cardstock base.  Think I will also add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.


The tag is for day one of Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist.  Jennifer McGuire shared some amazing tags with a 3D element and I just had to give it a try.  I thought the large star from the AJVD Stitched Stitched Dot Stars die set would work well for the 3D element.  I die cut it from three papers from the Echo Park Twas the Night Before Christmas 6x6 pad, scored them and adhered them together.  The tag was die cut using the AJVD Minnie Pearl tag.  I die cut it from more paper from the Twas the Night Before Christmas pad and then from dark green cardstock.  The two tags were adhered together and I stamped the To and From (from the AJVD To/From mini stamp set) on the back.  The star was adhered along with a little bow/bell embellishment.  Some red and green bakers twine was looped through the slot at the top to finish things off.  One tag down... eleven to go!!



Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Card:  Cardstock:  PTI white, SSS fog; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  My Favorite Things and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Hero Arts, My Favorite Things, Stampin Up, Memento

Tag:  Cardstock:  PTI Pinefeather; Stamps and Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Patterned paper:  Echo Park; Twine:  Stampin Up!; Bell:  Recollections; Ink:   VersaFine Onyx Black

Friday, December 1, 2017

Merry Little Christmas...

Hey there!!  Stopping in with another Christmas card.  I made this with supplies from the awesome Simon Says Stamp Mint Wishes card kit.  I used the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my card and will also be adding it to the current Dies R Us challenge to make a card based on a song.  As you can see my card is based on Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.  I stamped the house on white cardstock with Distress Oxide ink in Cracked Pistachio (came in the kit) and then overstamped the sentiment in VersaFine Smoky Gray.  The image was then die cut with a MFT oval die.  The little sprig of holly and the stars are puffy stickers from the card kit as well.  I adhered everything to some of the patterned paper from the kit that was die cut with an AJVD stitched dot rectangle die.  Also adding this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes and the SSS flickr challenge to make a Christmas/holiday project.


Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white; Patterned paper:  Mint Wishes cardkit; Stamps:  SSS Yuletide Holiday; Dies:  MFT and AJVD; Inks: Distress Oxide ink and VersaFine; Puffy Stickers

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday with AJVD...

Hey!!  Happy Wednesday everyone!!!  Stopping in to let you know that I have a card up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek:


Hope you have a wonderful day and that you will take the time to check out the full project on the AJVD blog!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

tis the season...

Hello!!  Wow... November is almost history and now the Christmas crunch is on!  I still need a few more Christmas cards and so I used the current Merry Monday Christmas challenge, as well as the current WCMC9 challenge of Christmas.  I used the lovely Magnolia Wreath, again, along with the dies from the Season of Cheer die set.  I stamped the full wreath in the light green and then overstamped with VersaMark watermark ink, applied sparkle embossing powder and heat embossed.  I did not repeat that step with the rest of the stamping as I just wanted the main wreath to stand out a bit more.  The word season was die cut from blue glitter cardstock along with two more from scrap cardstock and adhered together.   Die cut the other pieces from white and silver cardstock and then get to work putting together the card.  Took a bit of arranging, but I got everything placed to my satisfaction.  I'm including a close up of the wreath so that you can see the sparkle.




Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, MFT blue glitter and brushed silver; Stamps:  Concord & 9th; Dies:  Concord & 9th and AJVD; Embossing Powder:  Stampin Up! iridescent ice; Inks:  VersaMark, Stampin Up! Pear Pizzazz

Monday, November 27, 2017

Yeti for Christmas???

Hey there!!  Popping in with a last minute card for the current MFT sketch challenge.  When the MFT set Beast Friends came out I thought it was super cute especially since I love watching shows about Big Foot, the Yeti, etc.   But I kept putting off getting the set until recently because my crafting dollars are limited and there is so much to buy!   I colored up my little Yeti in traditional Big Foot/Yeti colors of shades of brown.  Once he was done I die cut him with the matching die and then colored up the trees and the little santa hat that he is wearing.  I inked up my background with Salty Ocean and Broken China distress oxide inks and then splattered on some water to create "snow".  The hills were die cut with my AJVD Slippery Slope dies and adhered to the panel after I die cut it with a Stitched Dot rectangle die.  The upper corner was trimmed off with a AJVD border die.   I layered up all my elements and then adhered the sentiment that I heat embossed in white on black cardstock.  AS you can see I'm still working on my coloring technique with colored pencils, but I like how my little Yeti turned out!

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  MFT smooth white; Stamps:  MFT; Dies:  MFT and AJVD; Inks:  VersaFine and VersaMark; Prisma Color pencils 


Saturday, November 25, 2017

PTI November blog hop...

Hey there!!  Stopping in with a quick card for this month's PTI blog hop.  We were provided with a beautiful inspiration photo that got me thinking about my Make it Market Mini kit Color Pop: Autumn.   The base of this card actually got started back in the late spring/early summer when I was doing a little bit of organizing of my PTI products.  I decided to die cut all the pieces from the different Color Pop kits that I have and then took it further when I decided to use some of those pieces along with the pre-designed sheets and create some cards.  This card isn't all die cuts, though.  I did do a little bit of stenciling and stamping on the small leaves.  All I had to do was pick out a finished card front that I thought corresponded the best with the inspiration photo and then add my sentiment.   I chose the beautiful word dies from the Especially for You stamp and die set and cut them from gold glitter cardstock.   Adhered them to the card front and then added it to a kraft cardstock base and I was done!  I will also add this to the current Time Out challenge to be inspired by words.





Have a wonderful day and enjoy the hop!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI kraft, MFT gold glitter; Cardstock panel and die cuts:  PTI; Stamps:  PTI; Dies:  PTI and AJVD; Inks:  red and brown

Friday, November 24, 2017

many thanks...

Hey!!  Hope everyone in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving day!  Popping in with a card for the current Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights challenge, as well as the EE anniversary challenge to use your favorite EE stamp set.  For my card I used my favorite EE stamp set Mondo Hydrangea.   I really love that gorgeous big hydrangea in the set, but for this card I used only the leaf.  When I saw the pin-sights inspiration photo my eye was immediately drawn to the photo of the leaves in various different shades.   To create my variegated leaves I stamped the leaf multiple times on watercolor cardstock using VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink and then began watercoloring them with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.  In order to get the variation that I wanted I would color a leaf in one color then move on to the next leaf and so on.  As each leaf dried I would add more color and let it dry again.  It was a bit labor intensive, but I love how each leaf turned out.  Once they were mostly dry I die cut them with the matching die and then shaped the leaves so they would have some depth.   I did a wash of color in teal on a panel of watercolor cardstock and then die cut it once it was dry.  The sentiment is from the EE Fancy Thanks stamp set.  I did a few tests runs to make sure that I got the word many placed as close to the thanks as I could.  Once I had it set I stamped it on the panel with Vintage Sepia and then added the leaves.  To jazz things up a bit I added the twine bow and Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins in 3 sizes.
I think I will also add this to the current SIP challenge of thankful, grateful, blessed.  I'm adding this to the new Time Out challenge to be inspired by words.   See the beautiful quote below.


Hope you have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  SSS fog, Ranger watercolor; Stamps: Essentials by Ellen; Dies:  Essentials by Ellen and AJVD; Ink:  VersaFine; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi; Sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh; Recollections twine

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

wednesday with ajvd...

Happy Wednesday everyone!!  Stopping in to let you know that my regular Wednesday post is up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek:


Have a wonderful day... I hope you hop over for a look at my card.  

Sunday, November 19, 2017

two very different cards...


Hey there!!   I have a couple of cards to share and they couldn't be more different!  First up is a card for the current MFT sketch challenge and the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (furry friends).  I love this cute MFT Otterly Love You stamp set.  We live pretty close to the water and from our neighborhood you can hear the seals calling to each other out on the water.  One of my friends lives right on the water and she routinely has otters coming up into her yard.  Otters are cute, but I can tell you... they are very messy!  I have been doing some coloring again. This time with color pencils.  I stamped the little otter and colored him with three shades of gray and then added in a touch of brown.  The rocks he is sitting on were colored in two shades of gray as well.  I trimmed both out (I don't have the die yet... but they will soon be in the mail and on their way to me... YAY!) by hand.  I die cut the white panel using a MFT Inside Out Stitched Rounded Rectangle and the heart using an AJVD Stitched Dot heart die.  The two were layered together and then I adhered the otter and the rocks.  The sentiment was stamped in gray and then die cut with a MFT fishtail flag stax die.  Everything was adhered to a light gray panel and then the panel was adhered to a white cardstock base.  I need to continue working on my coloring, but I do really like how this little guy turned out!

My second card is for the November Altenew inspiration challenge, as well as the current Freshly Made Sketches and as you can see it is very different from my first card.  I recently got the Altenew Coral Charm stamp and die set and have been wanting to make a card with it using the Altenew inspiration colors.  The FMS layout was the perfect opportunity.  Because the color palette is limited I knew I did not want to use the solid floral image, but only the outline and the two filler images.  I initially tried out my idea on white cardstock and decided to switch to cream because I knew it would tone better with the warm colors in the palette.  I stamped the outline in brown and then used a warm yellow for the largest filler image and a pumpkin orange for the second filler.  The leaves were stamped in brown using the outline and filler image.  Once everything was die cut I had to figure out my arrangement.  I fiddled around for a bit and then came up with an arrangement that I like that included some additional stamping in the warm yellow.  After that was done I figured out where the sentiment would be, stamped it and then added in the flowers and leaves.   I'm pretty darn pleased with how this one turned out!



Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Card 1:  Cardstock:  MFT, Simon Says Stamp, Stampin Up!; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  MFT, AJVD; Inks: VersaFine Smoky Gray; Prisma color pencils

Card 2:  Cardstock:  PTI; Stamps:  Altenew; Dies:  Altenew and AJVD; Inks:  Stampin Up! So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie, Memento Rich Cocoa