I thank the Lord Jesus Christ for the talent He has bestowed on all of us!
I have been artistic all of my life and love experimenting with different mediums and techniques. This blog is my creative outlet to share my passion for cardmaking and papercrafting!
I decided to create a Clean and Simple (CAS)
Mixed Media Christmas card- I love Christmas and did not have a chance to
create a card this season with the retired Ornamental Pine stamp set (Stampin’
The Ornamental Pines stamp set is one of my favorite sets and I paired it with the retired Greetings of the Season stamp set (also SU!).
have not had a chance to check out the Curtain Call or other challenge sites
yet, I hope you will take the time to do so- gorgeous inspiration from the
Design Teams as well as their galleries!
To create this card:
1). Ink the Ornamental Pine image using distress inks- Walnut
Stain for the branch, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss for the pine needles, spritz
lightly with water before stamping onto a piece of Whisper White
cardstock. Repeat the process for the
pine needles on the corner and sprinkle a bit of water over the image.
2). Once the stamped image has dried, die cut with the MFT Jumbo
Stitched Fishtail STAX Dies. Add
additional pine needles using the edge of a bone folder using Peeled Paint
Distress Ink along with a few branches using watercolor pencils.
3). De-static the die cut focal image with an embossing powder
tool, stamp the sentiment from the Greetings of the Season stamp set with
archival black ink (I had this ink on my desk, you could use Versamark™), apply
gold embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.
3). Die cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock using the largest
die from the MFT Stitched A2 Rectangle STAX Set 1 Dies, mount onto a white card
4). Die cut a piece of designer paper with the MFT Horizontal
Strip Dies, cut the die in half before mounting onto the card base.
5). Add the looped gold cord to the card front before mounting the
die cut focal image panel with dimensional foam.
6). Finish off the card by adding “snow” with an extra fine white
paint pen, a few clear sequins (with a hint of pink) and a few drops of white
gloss Nuvo™ Crystal Drops.
Stamp Sets: Ornamental Pine, Greetings
of the Season (both retired Stampin’ Up!)
Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim Holtz® Distress Ink-
Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss; Dark Green Watercolor Pencils, Sharpie®
Extra Fine White Paint Pen, Nuvo™ White Gloss Crystal Drops
Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, This and That Epic Day DSP
Using the Big Shot™ with the MFT A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Die Set 1, die cut
a piece of black cardstock. Use the MFT
A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Die Set 2 to die cut the chevron designer paper and
mount onto the black cardstock frame.
Use an embossing powder tool to de-static a piece of white cardstock, ink and
stamp the Scene Silhouettes:Woodland images with an archival black ink, apply
clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. Once the embossing has cooled, die cut with
MFT Stitched Squares STAX Dies and mount onto black cardstock squares die cut
using square dies.
Add the mounted woodland images onto the card front with dimensional foam. Add the triple black and white 3/8” gingham
ribbon bow, wrap the ribbon ends behind the panel and adhere to a white card base.
Add a few silver sequins to finish off the card.
Whisper White, Basic Black, chevron
designer paper (from my stash- not sure of manufacturer)
Big Shot™, MFT Dies- Stitched Squares, A2 Rectangle Stitched Set 1 and Set 2;
Square Framelits (retired Stampin’ Up!), Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing
Powder, Heat Tool, 3/8” Black and White Gingham Ribbon, Silver Sequins
am here again sharing another card that I designed this past weekend using a
few of Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps new December
release stamp sets (check out my last two posts for additional cards using some
of the same stamp sets).
I mentioned in my previous posts, several of the December release stamp sets
are silhouettes which are perfect for scenes as well as masculine (and
feminine) cards- I have paired this card with the new Thoughtful Words stamp set- I love the
fonts on this set that Nina B. designed for Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps!!
you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or the SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration
card was fairly easy card to create- I used a chevron stencil with distress
oxide ink to create a bit of texture on a piece of designer paper, cut the
paper into four pieces, mounted onto black cardstock and created the background
per the sketch.
focal image was created by pressing distress oxide inks onto a silicone craft
mat, spritzing with water and pressing a piece of white cardstock into the
ink. Once the background was dry, I
stamped the Scene
Silhouettes:Tall Grasses image along with the Scene Silhouettes: Woodlandimage with black
archival ink and heat embossed both with clear embossing powder.
also heat embossed the sentiment from Thoughtful Words with clear
embossing powder onto white cardstock and matted both the sentiment and focal
image onto stitched circle die cuts.
card was finished off with a hemp twine bow.
could just change the sentiment and have a fun card for many occasions!
sharing another quick card that I created this past weekend using a few of Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps new December release stamp sets (check out this post for another card using some of the same stamps).
I mentioned in my previous post, several of the December release stamp sets are
silhouettes which are perfect for scenes as well as masculine cards- I have paired
this card with the new Thoughtful Words stamp set- I absolutely love the fonts on this set that Nina B. designed for Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps!!
wanted to create a card for the As You Like It “Favourite Animal and Why?” Challenge and I decided to create a stylistic scene of our favorite place- Shenandoah
National Park. My hubby and I love to drive along
Skyline Drive and our favorite animal in the park would be the black bear
(although we love all of the animals).
On one trip in the summer, we were fortunate to see ten bears in one day
(several mothers with cubs) but there have been other trips where we will have any bear sightings.
also love bird watching and our favorite overlook at Shenandoah is Jewell Hollow (JH). Since we are unable to hike (due to health
reasons) and can only sight birds (or animals) from the drive, we
generally do not see too many birds.
Occasionally we will see warblers, grosbeaks, indigo buntings, towhees
and goldfinches but we did see a bald eagle on several separate trips this past year at JH.It seems that
possibly the JH Overlook was part of their daily “flyway” and if we
arrived in the park on time to get to the JH Overlook by 11:30 am, we would see
one fly by.What a wonderful sight to
behold- that majestic bird soaring so beautifully!! We were so thrilled
to be able to see this and it is one of our favorite memories!!
you have not had a chance to visit the above challenge sites or the SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- gorgeous inspiration
card was another easy card to create- I cut a few masks for the “Blue Ridge”
and sun, sponged distress oxide inks to create the landscape, stamped the bear
and eagle images from Scene Silhouettes:Woodland with archival black
ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I masked the bear image before stamping the
tree from the Scene Silhouettes:Trees stamp set (and
embossing with clear embossing powder).
added the sentiment from Thoughtful Words (also embossed with
clear embossing powder) before matting all on black cardstock.
and easy- again, you could just change the sentiment and have a quick card for
many occasions! I think I will save this
one for my hubby- his birthday is at the end of the month and we are hoping to
be able to take a day trip to Shenandoah (depending on the weather, of
course). The bears will be hibernating
but it is still a beautiful, peaceful drive in the winter and a great day to spend celebrating his birthday :-)
I had a chance to create several cards with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps new December
release stamp sets and I had so much fun!
Free in December 2017 with $60 order
Four of the new December stamp sets are
silhouettes which are perfect for creating scenes for so many occasions as well as
masculine cards- pair them with the new Thoughtful
Words stamp set and you have endless possibilities!!
I created masks from scrap paper for the snow
banks as well as the moon, used distress oxide inks for the sky and shadows,
then stamped the silhouette images with an archival black ink before heat
setting with clear embossing powder.
finished off the card with a heat embossed sentiment from Thoughtful
Words on black cardstock and added a bit of shimmer with a clear glitter
and easy- just change the sentiment and you could have a quick Christmas card,
birthday, anniversary, etc.
you have not had a chance to do so, I hope you will find the time to check out
the rest of the wonderful Design Team cards at The
Card Concept as well as the entries at the other challenge sites- gorgeous inspiration
create this card:
Using a silicone craft mat, tap Tim Holtz® Festive Berries Distress Ink onto
the mat, lightly spritz with water and lay a piece of kraft cardstock into the
ink. Dry the panel with a heat tool.
With the retired background stamp on the table with the stamp side
facing up, ink the stamp with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink and press at random
points with your fingers the kraft panel from step #1 into the ink. Lift up and
dry with the Heat Tool. Press a piece of
red cardstock (I had this in my stash already die cut with a stitched die) into
the script background stamp as well. Die cut the background kraft panel with a
stitched rectangle die and mount onto another panel of black cardstock (die cut
with a larger stitched rectangle die) and adhere the entire panel onto the
white card base.
Layer the red script die cut horizontal panel onto a black horizontal panel
(again, already in my stash die cut and ready to go). Wrap the baker’s twine repeatedly over the
layer and mount onto the card front.
Ink the All Ye Faithful Typografia Christmas stamp with Versafine™ Onyx Black ink,
stamp onto another piece of kraft cardstock and heat set with the heat
tool. Die cut with a pierced tag die,
lightly press into a bit of the Festive Berries Distress Ink and use a
Faber-Castell® Ploychromos™ White Pencil to color the background of the “All Ye
Faithful” part of the image as well as the little leaves.
Mount the tag onto black cardstock and trim close to the edge. Add the twine bow and adhere the entire tag
onto the card front with dimensional foam.
Apply Nuvo™ Festive Berries Crystal Drops to the berries on the sprigs to
finish off the card.
Sets: All Ye Faithful Typografia Christmas (STAMPlorations™), French Script background
Versafine™ Onyx Black; Tim Holtz®
Festive Berries Distress Ink, Faber-Castell® Polychromos™ White Pencil; Nuvo™
Festive Berries Crystal Drops