Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Heart Desires Challenge #7!

The Heart Desires Challenge #7 is live and is our best one yet.  I'm not kidding!  We've changed the format up a bit to give you even more eye candy inspiration.  See what I mean?  Look at that fantastic graphic!

I wanted to use the deer (omg, so cute!) a well as the soft colors and a bit of foil.  Really hard to tell there's foil on the background paper in the first pic but you can see it quite well below. Do you think of trees with that paper? Love!

The Details:  My Mind's Eye On Trend 2 6x6 paper, Avery Elle Dotted Borders and Joy dies, and Kitsch Christmas, Waffle Flower Lacy Layers Die, Impression Obsession Birch Trees (bird die), Amy Tangerine hemp, Hero Arts Floral Border with Frame die

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Happy Birthday, Miss Lisa!

Today we are celebrating Lisa Lara's birthday--woo hoo!  Lisa has taught me a thing or two or three about coloring so I knew I wanted to color up a cute image for her.  Lisa is also the queen of CAS coloring so an ultra simple layout was in order. Isn't that bear so cute popping out of the box?  I had great fun doing no-line coloring, particularly that bow.  Fun = what was I thinking!  LOL.

For those of you hopping along, you should have arrived here from Amy's blog and are next onto Vicki's.  Enjoy!

I hope you have a wonderful day, Lisa!

The Details:  MFT Beary Special Birthday, Waltzing Mouse Stitched Scalloped Rectangle die, Versafine Vintage Sepia, Memento Toffee Crunch, Copics, PTI kraft cardstock & banner die

Monday, December 5, 2016

Santa Sleigh

Another in my series of stretching your stash. Any guesses on what I'm using in a different way? The sleigh is actually a cloud! Say what?!  Tee hee.  I saw a card on Pinterest that used the cloud in this way so I took my cue from that.  So clever.

The Details: Waffle Flower Lacy Layers die, Memory Box Curling Cloud die, Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border dies, Avery Elle Christmas Packages and Oh What Fun, Mama Elephant Reindeer Games, Clearly Besotted Santa Baby sentiment, Copics, Stampendous Detail Fine White embossing powder, Versamark, Craft Smith Gingerbread 6x6 Paper

Baby Dragon

A rather non-traditional baby card, wouldn't you say?  Soooooo cute!  I love the dimension created simply by placing the parent dragon on top of the cloud, and the baby behind.  The other thing that I don't recall trying before is using two coverplates together.  First, I diecut the stars, then used the swirl coverplate to represent more clouds and wind.  Neat!  Adding the Scor Tape behind the stars and burnishing glitter onto the front is a subtle blingy touch.  And non-messy (for the recipient).

I'm entering this in Addicted to Stamps and More #222 Make Your Mark, Simon Says Anything Goes, Color Throwdown #421

The Details:  Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders, MFT Magical Dragons, Clearly Besotted Nutty but Nice (sentiment), Hero Arts Star Confetti cover plate, Simon Says Stitched Whirl Background cover plate, VersaFine Onyx Black, Doodlebug Designs Lily White Glitter, Copics

Friday, December 2, 2016

Happy Little Stampers CAS December Challenge!

Time for another HLS CAS challenge for you, the last of the year and the last for me :(.  It's been wonderful working with Kylie and the other gals but I'm paring down activities to recapture time elsewhere.  I'll miss you all!

For this challenge we're asking that you pick your favorite technique or product you used from the past eleven HLS CAS Challenges.  Please share why it's your favorite or any tips you learned while doing it.  A full list of those challenges is over on the main challenge post.

I chose watercolor spritz using Distress Markers directly colored onto the rubber stamp. It's such an easy technique and one where you really never know what you're going to get.  I had to try a few times to figure out how much water to spritz (not a lot but not too little either--argh!) and found the MISTI invaluable in enabling me to color the parts in layers and re-stamp precisely.

The Details:  Hero Arts Very Merry Christmas, Penny Black Cones & Berries cling stamp, Distress Markers, VersaFine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Watercolor paper, Zig (for the blue background)

Have a Magical Season

I colored up these cute fairies over the past few weeks (seriously) and finally had a moment to put together a card.  I should be able to make a couple-three more cards out of what I colored so that will be coming up. I don't know that they'll be shakers tho but this one turned out so well, I might just have to suck it up and head out to buy more foam. The dimension and glittery bits will make this one very hard to give away!

I'm entering this in 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Glitter, TIME OUT #71 Christmas with Optional Glitter/Shimmer, Mod Squad Holiday Dimension, Naughty or Nice #34 A Christmas Carol or Frozen

The Details:  Lawn Fawn Frosty Fairy Friends, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Clear Wink of Stella, Simon Says Stitched Whirl Background and Birch Tree Window dies, Stampendous Multi Crystal Glitter Mix, Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins, Copics, Judikins Embossable Window Plastic, VersaFine Onyx Black

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Stamplorations CAS December Challenge!

A new Stamplorations CAS challenge has begun, the last of the year!   The optional colors are red and green--natch.   I do hope you'll find a moment in the midst of the holidays to join in!

I stamped the mittens from the Stamplorations Warm Hands, Warm Hearts set and colored them with Copics.  I then diecut the sentiment and popped it up.

I love that Stamplorations has released holiday dies--and amazing ones at that.  The CUTplorations Let It Snow die used here, for instance, is the perfect size and the perfect sturdiness to pop up in the midst of those mittens.  I cannot tell you how frustrated I get with dies that have really flimsy connections between the letters--that's so not the kind of die for me.  This one is still scripty but able to take some handling--a good thing for this clumsy gal!

The Details:  Stamplorations Warm Hands, Warm Hearts and Trendy Christmas Trees (snowflake), CUTplorations Let It Snow, Copics R22, R24, R27, R29, R39, YG00, YG03, YG17, Simon Says stitched rectangle die, Memory Box cardstock base, Memento Tuxedo Black