Sunday, November 30, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches 164

The challenge sketch  for Freshly Made Sketches  this week is:

This is how I interpreted the sketch:
These are Purple Onion stamps designed by Stacey Yacula, I am seriously in love with all her designs!!  The sentiment is Ellen Hutson stamp designed by Julie Ebersole, another of my favorites.  The images are colored with copics, and I cut out the snowman and popped him up on some foam dots.  I also added some sequins, because I can't help myself.  :)

Thanks from coming by. 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Nov 23-29

Paper Smooches Challenge for this week is a  Designer Drafts Challenge.

This is the sketch:
I actually made a card for the challenge earlier this week but I was kinda not feeling it. Sooo I made a second card.  I am glad I did I like it better. :)  Here is my card:

I used Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes stamp set along with Holy Holiday for the sentiment.  I did use a SSS Falling Snow stencil on the card base using white ink.  All the images are colored with copics. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Paper Smooches Novemer Blog Hop

Paper Smooches is having a blog hop to introduce their product release for December.  Here are the details:  Paper Smooches Blog Hop.  When you visit the designers blogs remember to leave a comment, there are prizes involved. :)

Have a great day!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge 94

Lawnscaping Challenge 94 is Count Me In.  The theme is to include a number somewhere on your card.

Wow there are a lot of ways to go with numbers, right?  I have always loved the song 12 Days of Christmas, so I decided to use that theme somehow.  Now I knew I wasn't gonna be able to fit the whole song on a card, so I had to scale it down somewhat.  This is what I chose to make.

I love these birds from Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows set.  This is actually from last year and I used the set a lot then.  I used the coordinating die cut and colored them with Copics.  I also used Lawn Fawn's Milo's ABC's, Peace Joy Love stamp sets and Lawn Fawn's Forest border and Stitched Hillside borders.  I embossed snowflakes in the background and then used distress ink for the sky.  I think I like this a lot. :)

See ya later and thanks for coming by.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Nov 16-22

This week's Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge is Anything Goes.  I had a couple of ideas and actually made two cards and up until this post wasn't sure which one I was going to use.

This is the one that decided on:

I used this shiny, vellum type paper  that I bought at Micheals to make one of the tags, it is really pretty but it doesn't show up well in the photo. (sigh). There is no sunshine to help with the picture, just cold and snow! It seems to be cold everywhere though, oh well :)  I used patterned paper for the other tag.  The snowflakes are Paper Smooches Snowflake dies and the Season Greetings is a die from Paper Smooches Christmas Dies 2. I did put some sequins in the middle of the snowflakes to help with the shine. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #100

This is a milestone for CAS(E) this Sketch, in that this is their 100th challenge.  Great stuff!  Here is the sketch for this week:

I love this, it is really unique!  I had to think about this one for a bit.  Here is what I came up with:

The stripes are made with washi tape. I die cut and colored the latte cup with copics and  added glossy accents to the heart, although it is a bit hard to see. We don't have a lot of sunny days here in NE Ohio in the fall, (or the winter for that matter) so I have to rely on artificial lighting when I take my photos, that usually means everything looks a little flat. :(    I added enamel dots and Wink of Stella to the card also.  This is a stamp set and die cut from Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #162

This week at Freshly Made Sketches the sketch is by Kim Singdahlsen.  This is the sketch:

Lotta possibilities with this one!  I didn't want to go the usual route with patterned paper, so I decided to stencil the scene.
I didn't have a rectangle stencil so I made one by die cutting one from leftover packaging.  This is not how this carded started out, meaning I had another idea but I couldn't recreate it the way I wanted to, but I like this version too.  I used a  snowflake die cut  (Paper Smooches) from silver foil cardstock and a stencil (SSS) that has trees and hills, so I masked off a lot to get what I wanted.  I did spray with some shimmer spray and added silver sequins (Pretty Pink Posh).  The sentiment is embossed in platinum embossing powder. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Nov 9-15

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge this week is a Picture Perfect Challenge

Isn't that great inspiration?   I love it!!  Here is how I interpreted it.
I loved the color scheme and the wood background.  I watercolored the background with a distress marker to resemble wood.   Then I added strips of paper with the sentiment embossed in black on the strips.  I used Paper Smooches Alphadot for the sentiment.  The stars are from the  PS die cut set Halloween Icons.  I am going to send this to one of my favorite aunts who is 93, this sentiment reminds me of her so much! :)

Have a great day and thanks for coming by. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge #99

CAS(E) this Sketch #99     has a really great sketch for this challenge.

This is how I interpreted it:

This is a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp that I really like and haven't really had a chance to use it much.  I stamped the envelope images and cut them out and stacked them all together. 

Thanks for stopping by, see ya later...

Saturday, November 8, 2014

OCC Holiday Card Workshop Day 6/ Freshly Made Sketches

Today was a bonus day at OCC, and it was great to have another lesson.

I am also going to enter this card into Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #161. 

Here is my card:
I was inspired by the card from Debby Hughes which was beautiful (as usual). I embossed the image in white and then colored the image with colored pencils, added sequins and twine.  Then I used a stencil and texture paste for the snow on the card base.  After finishing the image, I mounted it on foam squares on charcoal card stock.  

Freshly Made Challenge sketch:

Friday, November 7, 2014

OCC Holiday Card Workshop-Day 5

Today's class focused on tags.  I don't make a lot of tags, but the tags made by the instructors today were great.  They were not complicated and the instructions were clear.  I decided to make a tag inspired by Yana Smakula.  Yana demonstrated several different ways to create a tag. I decided to make a shaker tag and then put it on a card similar to what she made. 

I embossed the snowflakes and sentiment on dark blue card stock.  Dark blue and white is a favorite color combo for me at Christmas.  The tag die is from Avery Elle and the snowflake die is from Paper Smooches.  I stamped a little greeting on the tag also, because it looked a little too white. :)  In hindsight I should have put more sequins in the shaker tag, it was so small I thought it would be too crowded, but I should have used more. :/

Class officially ends next week, but this is the last lesson.  I will miss this class, I enjoyed it very much.

See ya later...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

OCC Holiday Card Workshop Day 3 Part II

I knew that I would not be happy with myself until I attempted to make Dawn's watercolor wreath from Day 3 of class.  The wreath was just beautiful and had to try to replicate it.  This is what I made:

This was my second attempt, the first time I think my brush was too wet and it pulled too much color from the wreath.  I don't think I got the knots in the wood quite right, but that is something to work on.  I did change the sentiment, I gold embossed a die cut Merry Christmas and applied it to the wreath with a glue pen.  All in all I like how it came out.  I will keep practicing though, I want to give a few of these as Christmas cards.

See ya later....

OCC Holiday Card Workship Day 4

The lesson for today's class focused on One Layer Cards.  I do like my layers, so I had to restrain myself from adding more to this card. :)  Jennifer McGuire made a card with partial die cutting and I hadn't tried that yet and thought I would give it a shot.

Isn't this penguin cute?  All the stamping on this card is from a Lawn Fawn stamp set.  I had gotten this stamp set and die cut when it was first released and I couldn't wait to use it.  This seemed the perfect card for it.

Thanks for coming by....

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

OCC Holiday Card Workstop-Day 3

Today's lesson featured -Watercolor!! I really admired everyone's work today, it was stunning!  Jennifer Rsaza and Dawn Woleslagle did beautiful free hand watercolor cards.  Dawn's especially was amazing,  I might tackle hers at some point but  I'm not brave enough to do it now. :)  I did a version of Jennifer's card though.  Here is what I made:
I water colored this Christmas tree free hand. I kept in mind a triangle shape and then just water colored it in about 3 colors.   I think it turned out o.k. :)  I used Candy Cane, Diamond, Silver and Lime Green Stickles on the tree, along with Liquid Pearls in white and red to make the ornaments.     The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp along with the banner die cut.   This was my second attempt at this tree, the first one was too wide and it didn't fit in the frame. Lol.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

OCC Holiday Card Workshop-Day 2

Today's class lesson was Interactive Cards.  I decided to make a shaker card like Chari Moss, I really liked her card, but mine is a bit different. :)  This is my card:

I stamped a background of trees in grey ink and used another tree image stamp for the forefront.   I colored the tree image with distress markers and then applied it to the background and I stamped one tree with the edge extending onto the edge of the frame.   After making the shaker card with the sequins inside, I put some sequins and snowflakes on the outside of the frame for a little oomph.  I stamped snowflakes on the green cardstock base in a matching ink.  The sentiment is embossed in white, and then I called it done! 

Enjoying class very much, can't wait for tomorrow.  See ya later!

Monday, November 3, 2014

OCC Holiday Card Workshop 2014 Day 1

Day 1 of OCC Holiday Card Class was full of inspiration.  The theme was creating Easy to Duplicate Cards.  I wanted to recreate Jennifer McGuire's card but change it up a bit. I used the same method she taught but used different stamps to create my card.

I stamped the circles in the shape of a tree with Versamark.  These images are from Papertrey Ink Bits and Buttons stamp set. To emboss I used Platinum embossing powder from Ranger.  I drew the trunk with a Versamark marker and embossed that too.  I used Simon Says Stamp Holiday Joy stamp set for the sentiment.  It came out so crisp and clean, I think I will be using this on more cards.

This was an easy card to do, the hardest part was laying out the images on the stamp press to form the tree, which took maybe 5 minutes.    I think I might duplicate this using different color cardstocks and inks. I used a silver star for the top of the tree and some sequins to embellish a bit.   Finally I cut the frame from SSS Postage Edge die.  

This is my second Holiday Card Class.  I enjoyed last years so much and really learned at lot. 

See ya later!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Nov 2-8

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge for this week is Anything Goes

I need to start making Thanksgiving cards so I thought I would just make one for this challenge so there would be one less to make. :)  

I started by using distress ink for the background-Tim Holtz Broken China.  The banner was made by using Paper Smooches Alphadot.  I also distressed the banner and then made a stitched line around it.  The images are Paper Smooches Chummy Chums (love them!), that I colored with copics and cut out.  The hill is patterned paper cut with PS Stitch die. I also used a stamp set from Winnie & Walter for the rest of the sentiment.    

Hope you like and thanks for coming by.