Friday, December 15, 2017

The Curtain Call- December 15 {Pines}





Hi Friends!

Woohoo! Today I am the Guest Designer for the12/15 Curtain Call “Pines” Inspiration Challenge!   I am so honored to have won their recent Acorn Challenge and part of winning, you are invited to Guest Design.  

Also, this is the final challenge at The Curtain Challenge- I hope you will be able to join in on the fun!

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’ Up!).  

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!).


 If you 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 base.

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 (retired SU!)

Accessories: Big Shot™, MFT Dies- Jumbo Stitched Fishtail STAX, Stitched A2 Rectangle STAX Set 1, Horizontal Strip Dies; Gold Cord, Clear Sequins

Thanks again for visiting- I hope all of you have a very blessed week and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Scene Silhouettes:Woodland



Hi Friends!

It’s Wednesday and time again for the weekly sketch at Splitcoaststampers! Diane designed our #SC675 sketch this week and I decided to create a Clean and Simple (CAS) card using the new Scene Silhouettes:Woodland Clear Stamp Set (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps).

I absolutely love this stamp set and you can receive it free with a $60 order in the month of December from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps!  What a great gift to yourself for Christmas :-)

I decided to also incorporate a chevron patterned paper for the Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple #458 “Zig Zag” Challenge along with the Word Art Wednesday #312-#313 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to visit the Splitcoaststampers’ Sketch gallery or the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will do so- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). 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.

2). 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.

3). 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.

4). Add a few silver sequins to finish off the card.


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, chevron designer paper (from my stash- not sure of manufacturer)

Accessories/Tools: 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


Thanks again for stopping by to visit! If you have time, we would love to have you join us at Splitcoaststampersfor this week’s sketch challenge!  Hugs and I hope all of you have a terrific week, sweet friends!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Scene Silhouettes- Woodland and Tall Grasses



Hi Friends!

I 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). 

As 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!!

Also, don’t forget that this month Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps is offering the Scene Silhouettes:Woodland stamp set free with any $60 order!!

 

If 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 from all!

This 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.

The 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: Woodland image with black archival ink and heat embossed both with clear embossing powder.

I 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.

The card was finished off with a hemp twine bow.

You could just change the sentiment and have a fun card for many occasions! 


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide- Broken China, Picked Raspberry,  Twisted Citron

Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Stitched Circle STAX Dies, Circle Die Framelits (retired SU!) , Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Hemp Twine, Sequins, Chevron Stencil (Memory Box)


Thanks again for taking the time to visit- hugs and I hope you can stop by again soon!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Scene Silhouettes- Hope You Are Feeling So Very Loved



Hi Friends!

I am 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). 

As 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!!

 
Don’t forget that this month Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps is offering the Scene Silhouettes:Woodland stamp set free with any $60 order!!

I 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. 

We 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!!

I also used the same layout as my previous post- the Freshly Made Sketches #316 Sketch Challenge.

If 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 from all!

This 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).

I added the sentiment from Thoughtful Words (also embossed with clear embossing powder) before matting all on black cardstock.

Quick 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 :-)


Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide- Broken China, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry,  Twisted Citron, Wild Honey

Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, Labels and Tags Framelits™ (retired Stampin’ Up!), Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, scrap paper for masking, sponge daubers


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- hugs and I hope you can visit again soon!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

SNSS December Release- Scene Silhouettes



Hi Friends!

I hope all of you had a great week/weekend! 

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!!

Plus, for the month of December, Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps is generously offering the Scene Silhouettes:Woodland 12 pc. clear stamp set free with any $60 order!!

I created six different cards this weekend and will be sharing them in separtate posts (since you know I love to incorporate online challenges :-)).  For this card I used the Freshly Made Sketches #316 Sketch Challenge for the layout and am also linking to the Addicted to Stamps and More #271 “Anything Goes” Challenge.
 
If 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 from all!

This card features the Scene Silhouettes:Woodland stamp set along with the Scene Silhouettes:Trees and Thoughtful Words

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.

 
I 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 pen. 

Quick and easy- just change the sentiment and you could have a quick Christmas card, birthday, anniversary, etc.



Ink/Mediums: Versafine™ Onyx Black, Tim Holtz® Distress Oxide- Broken China, Faded Jeans, Seedless Preserves; Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories/Tools: Embossing Buddy®, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, scrap paper for masking

Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I will be posting additional cards soon, so I hope you will have a chance to stop by again! 

Hugs and have a blessed week, sweet friends!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

TCC83 All Ye Faithful



Hi Friends!!

It’s time for the new #83 {Parisian Postale} Challenge at The Card Concept! I was inspired by the kraft, red, white and black colors as well as the script for a Clean and Layered/Mixed Media card! 

This will be our final challenge for 2017 and we will be back with more challenges on January 10, 2018!

I decided to use the new STAMPlorations™ All Ye Faithful Typografia Christmas stamp for my focal image tag and paired it with a retired Stampin’ Up! (SU!) background stamp.

I am also linking this card to the Dies R Us #86 “Christmas Carols” Challenge ("O Come All Ye Faithful" is one of my favorite Christmas hymns) along with the STAMPlorations “Never -Ending Anything Goes” Challenge.

If 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 from all!

To create this card:

1). 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.

2). 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.

3). 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.

4). 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.

5). 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.

6). Apply Nuvo™ Festive Berries Crystal Drops to the berries on the sprigs to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: All Ye Faithful Typografia Christmas (STAMPlorations™), French Script background (retired SU!!)

Inks/Mediums:  Versafine™ Onyx Black; Tim Holtz® Festive Berries Distress Ink, Faber-Castell® Polychromos™ White Pencil; Nuvo™ Festive Berries Crystal Drops

Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake , Real Red(all Stampin’ Up!)

Accessories: Big Shot™,  Dies- MFT Stitched Rectangle A2 STAX 1 & 2, MFT Horizontal Stitched Strips, retired MFT Pierced Traditional Tag STAX; Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine (retired SU!)


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by!  I hope I have inspired you today and that you will be able to join us for the #83 “Parisian Postale” Challenge at The Card Concept! 
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