Sunday, December 31, 2017

Cards in Envy Winter Chills

Cards in Envy Challenge time! Ready to show us your winter chills? Brr!

I did no-line coloring for my card as an experiment with browns. It was a challenge using such dark colors for fur. A really good image for no-line coloring: not a lot of detail. Plus soooooo cute!

The Details:  Lawn Fawn Beary Happy Holidays, Copics, Distress Antique Linen and Tumbled Glass, Memento Love Letter and Bahama Breeze, Copic Multiliner 3.0

Holiday Thank Yous

I made some simple thank you cards to express my gratitude for those who shared Christmas cheer this year. Love that scripty font!

I'm entering this in CASology #280 Kindness

The Details:  Simon Says Big Scripty Greetings, Impress stamps (holly), Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Oxide Lucky Clover, Copic R27, Ranger Glossy Accents

Friday, December 29, 2017

Winter Cloches

I am just now getting around to putting away the bits that made up these so that hopefully I will remember I have a few leftovers and can make a couple for 2018. Let's not bet on that tho!

  • The blue on the second cloches was achieved by dripping Copic pale blue Various Ink on the back half of the dome.
  • The interior is hot-glued to a base of thick white cardstock before being hot-glued in place in the cloche.
  • The snow was added to the dome, upside down, then the base was added so there's no snow spillage.  Use the hot-glue to seal the top to the bottom of the cloche or else it will eventually open (ask me how I know).
  • You can place a ribbon or strip of paper etc around the rim of the pedestal for further deco.  I intend to . . . once I find the perfect whatever it might be.

The Details:  The cloches and the the tree die on the one in the back are from PTI.  The white deer is Tim Holtz. The trees and brown deer are ones I got from Michaels. The Seattle skyline is Savvy. The snow is from Hobby Lobby???

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

White Christmas

Well, I hope you had a wonderful holiday. We had an unusual white Christmas, the first in 10 years according to the Seattle news, but they don't live up here in the convergence zone! So how perfect to show this card today.  Brrr!

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Arctic Pals, Stamplorations Let It Snow die, Yvonne Creations Snowy Tree Dies, Distress Inks and Distress Oxide, Copics, Memento Tuxedo BlackRanger Multi Medium Matte, Sizzix Snow embossing folder, MFT Pierced Oval Die

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Rainbow Deer

Still nature-inspired but all mod and cool!  I used foil and my laminator to create this beauty in less than 10 minutes.  Woo hoo!

The Details:   La Petite Market Crowned Creatures, Rainbow Deco Foil

Friday, December 22, 2017

Watercolor Snowflakes

These were intended to be quick cards but so weren't all due to me.  I had the "brilliant" idea of keeping the negative portion to use for another card--can you picture how cool that would be?  In concept.  In reality, all I did was curse because on the first card, featured at the bottom, I had used Ranger watercolor paper which proved too thick for the die to cut through despite my metal shim etc etc.  All good, still turned out great.  For the other two cards I used my fav Canson 90lb watercolor paper which cut like a dream BUT I forgot to use that cling stuff to keep the pieces intact so I spent a good chunk of time trying to do it manually. Just say no!

The Details:  Lil Inker Snowflakes Die, Lindy's Magicals Drop Dead Diva, Stamplorations Let It Snow Die, Penny Black sentiment, Ranger White Embossing Powder, Versamark, Ranger watercolor paper (bottom card), Canson 90lb watercolor paper for the other two, Pretty Pink Posh snowflake sequins

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Peaceful Winter Scene

Another nature card, inspired by a pic I saw on Pinterest. I haven't used my brayer in a coon's age! Or an embossing folder as a focal point for that matter!  I tried a few different color combos and inks; this was by far the best results.

The Details:  Sizzix/Stampin Up Woodland Embossing Folder, Stampin Up Lovely As a Tree, Distress Ink Hickory Smoke, Memento Tuxedo Black, Avery Elle Peace Die, Impression Obsession Small Bird Set Dies

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Silent Night

For this card I was thinking of the Aurora Borealis and how to quickly create that.  I used leftover ink on the edges of my Ranger round applicators and just swiped at an angle. No reinking, no muss, no fuss.

I'm entering this in Mod Squad Winter Holiday Card, Cardz 4 Guyz #185 Last Minute ChristmasWatercooler Wednesday #150 Masculine Anything Goes

The Details:  Stampin' Up Wonderland, Memory Box Deer Trio, Outdoor Landscape 1 Dies, Distress Oxides and Inks including Seedless Preserves Oxide for the sentiment and Vintage Photo Ink for the deer, VersaFine Onyx Black, Uni-Ball Impact Bold Point Gel Pen for snow

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Pastel Winter Scene

I needed some last minute cards--stencils to the rescue!  I love how this turned out.  I envision it as sunrise on a frosty cold winter's morn.

I'm entering this in Allsorts #446 Cold and Frosty Colors and Fusion Blue Gift

The Details:  Clarity Woodland stencil and brushes, Distress Oxides and Inks, Memory Box Deer Trio Die, Copic Opaque White

Monday, December 18, 2017

CDD December Mood Board 2

Here's another card for the Craftin Desert Divas Social Media Mood Board Challenge (use #cddchallenge to enter).  This time I was inspired by the traditional holiday images and colors. Have you seen the new Winter Village Digi? It really is a whole village of different buildings and accessories that you can mix and match and resize as needed. Fab!  I paired it with a sentiment from Oh What Fun for an elegant and simple holiday card very much needed for my stash. :)

I'm entering this in CAS on Friday #123 Christmas

The Details: Crafting Desert Divas Winter Village Digi, Oh What Fun, Uni-Ball Impact Bold Point Gel Pen, VersaFine Onyx Black, Sizzix embossing folder, Copics

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Cards in Envy Framed with Circles

Time for our last challenge of the year at Cards in Envy (where has the time gone!).  We'd like to see circle frames on your card. I had so many ideas but decides on creating a scene within a scene with my little puffy jacket guy. I love this set!  Can't wait to see what you come up with!

The Details: The Greeting Farm Happy Winter, Gina Marie Scalloped Circle Die, Yvonne Creations Tree dies and Cozy Christmas embossing folder, Sizzix Snow Embossing Folder, Copics, Distress Ink Mowed Lawn, Pretty Pink Posh Snowflake sequins, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas Treats

I couldn't resist creating another snarky holiday card--gotta snark while the snarkin's good!  I wanted to play with the SOSS V is for Vegan challenge which is all about our animal friends.  I wonder if some of them see us in the same light. LOL.

I'm entering this in Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #99 V is for Vegan, The Male Room #75 Christmas/Winter , Naughty or Nice #46 Holiday Sentiment

The Details: Craftin Desert Divas Jawsome, Hero Arts Off-Beat Holiday Messages, Copics, Waffle Flower The Season, Memento Bahama and Tuxedo Black, MFT Beast Friends (hat)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Vintage Snow Peoples

Thanks to Lenae for letting me borrow the AE Frosty Friend set.  Love!  This time when I used the 3D embossing folder, I used the back side so it's deeply impressed.  I'm deeply impressed too!

I'm entering this in Cardz 4 Guyz #184 Snowman, Winter Wonderland Anything Goes Christmas

The Details:  Avery Elle Frosty Friends, Sizzix Snowflake Embossing Folder, Authentique Alpine 6x6 Paper, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Season's Greetings from One Manatee to Another

I'm on a nautical kick right now.  More to come!

I'm entering this in CASology #278 Gray

The Details:  Hero Arts Manatee, Waffle Flower The Season, Memento Tuxedo Black and Bahama Blue, Avery Elle Snow Die, Versafine Onyx Black, MFT Beast Friends (hat), Copics

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


I had a great time with some crafty gal pals this past weekend. Lots of fun and laughter and not getting the make n takes done.  LOL.  Thanks to Kimberly for the stamp borrow.  So cute!

I'm entering this in Merry Monday #269 Colors, Simon Says Wednesday Stitch It, Addicted to Stamps and More #272 Make Your Mark, CAS on Friday #122 Christmas

The Details:  Impress Holiday Shopping Stamp, Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Greetings (sentiment), Uni-Ball white pigment pen, Zigs, Versafine Onyx Black

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Vintage Llama

I worked up this card using a few of the elements Amy had brought along to our Saturday crafty gathering as a tag make 'n' take which I converted to a card. There's so much I love about this one!

I'm entering this in Fab n Funky #374 All Tied Up, Naughty or Nice #46 Season's Greetings
Shopping Our Stash #333 Let's Play Tag

The Details:  Neat and Tangled Fa La Llama, Authentique Alpine 6x6 Paper, Recollections llama paper, Versamark, Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder, PTI vellum, gold washi, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Monday, December 11, 2017

Wobble Bear

This card uses a background that was a total accident.  I was trying to get a slightly different shade of purple so was sponging it again when I realized I had shifted the stencil a bit. Well, one thing led to another and next thing you know I had a cool dimensional effect.  The skiing bear is, of course, on a wobble, but you don't need to wobble it to make it look like the card is in motion.  Tee hee!

I'm entering this in SIP #128 Let It Snow, Shopping Our Stash #332 I Like to Move It


The Details:  MFT Skisons Seasons, Newton's Nook Snowflake stencil, Lawn Fawn plaid paper, wool felt, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, Mini Wobble, Distress Inks

CDD December Release Recap

Today I'm recapping the Craftin Desert Diva goodies I showcased last week now that they're available in the shop. It's fun to be teased with what's coming but even more fun to be able to shop!

In my first card, I stamped a few extra hearts and the sentiment from Hugs and Kisses before impressing the largest of the Nested Hearts Dies. I love the effect!  And I love the effect of having some of the heart bubbles in the background so it appears they're floating away. So very cute!

In this card I did direct to stencil inking with Versamark, leaving the corner of the  Hearts Galore Stencil  more or less bare for the sentiment. The combo of the warm gold and red wows me. Even better tho is the contrast of the gold mirror cardstock Nested Hearts Die against the matte gold embossing. Yum! And what a perfectly simple and elegant frame for the Better Together image!

The Details: Craftin Desert Divas Better Together, Nested Heart Dies and Hearts Galore Stencil, Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Red Geranium and Princess Gold Embossing Powders, Recollections Gold Mirror Board

With this card I wanted to experiment with Distress Oxides. I usually create my galaxy backgrounds using multiple layers of watercolor but this proved even easier!  I sponged an initial layer down on navy cardstock then spattered with Copic Opaque White for stars. I then sponged again with brighter tones to create a nebula. I spattered again to create added depth--some of the stars as seen through the nebula and some closer. Cool!  I was able to emboss the sentiment and rub some of the Oxide off for emphasis then it was a quick pop up of the Far Out astronaut (astro-yes!) to finish the card.

The Details:  Craftin Desert Divas Far Out, Versamark, Ranger Detail White Embossing Powder, Copics, Copic Opaque White, Memento Tuxedo Black