Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Bee Merry Take 3

I thought I would create another little scene with the Clearly Besotted Merry Bees, this time using some of the new smoky Zig Real Brush Markers.  LOVE.  I started with the hive so nice shading there then you can see I pooped out by the time I got to the upper bee and branch.  Smokies used on the hive, reds and branch.

The stencil was sponged with Distress Oxide Salvaged Patina.

I'm entering this in Winter Wonderland Candy Canes and/or For a ChildMake My Monday #162 Cute Christmas, Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes, and Addicted to Stamps and More #419 Any Occasion.

  • Zig Real Brush Markers
  • Clearly Besotted Bee Merry
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Whimsy Stamps Honeycomb Drips stencil
  • Distress Oxide Salvaged Patina

Monday, November 29, 2021

DB - Dino Christmas

I did a bit of drawing on these dinosaur cards to Christmas them up.  You can read more on the Doodlebugs WA blog!

Saturday, November 27, 2021

SOSS #199 - Y for Yuletide

Christmas is nigh and we’re here to help you celebrate at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge #199 Y for Yuletide!

  • Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Salvaged Patina, Prize Ribbon
  • Nested circle die
  • Birch Press Design Ornament Basics dies (hangers)
  • Richard Garay Pine Needles embossing folder

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Modern Christmas Rose

Another take on the Hero Arts Christmas Rose from the other day.  This time I used Zigs which was decidedly faster.

I prefer the pink version but both are pretty. Btw, I made this one into a MnT for some friends. I wonder what color palette they'll use and how they'll arrange their blossoms? Looking forward to seeing them.

It's really hard to tell but the silver bits are all coated in Clear Wink of Stella. 

  • Hero Arts Christmas Rose
  • MFT Handwritten Holiday
  • Card 1 Zigs: 010, 027, 040, 047, 050, 052, 
  • Card 2 Zigs: 032, 050, 092, 093
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Versafine Onyx Black

CM555 Christmas Rose Hero Arts - Die and Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set - Christmas Rose

Saturday, November 20, 2021

ATCAS #211 - Colourful

It's time for another Addicted to CAS Challenge #211 Colourful, which also marks our 9th birthday!  Woo hoo! I hope you'll help us celebrate by joining in the fun!

  • MFT Pile On the Hugs
  • Copics

Friday, November 19, 2021

Bee Merry Take 2

I may be a little obsessed with bees right now, especially if they're related to the holidays. Bee merry indeed!

  • Clearly Besotted Bee Merry
  • Zig Real Brush Markers
  • Copics: BG23, R35, Y38
  • Waffle Flower Holiday Lights
  • PTI Honeycomb Cover Plate
  • Distress Oxide Wild Honey & Mustard Seed
  • Dylusions Black Marble Shimmer Spray
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Glossy Accents

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Bee Merry

Bee merry indeed!  These Clearly Besotted bees are so flippin' cute!

  • Zigs
  • Clearly Besotted Bee Merry
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Whimsy Stamps Honeycomb Drips stencil
  • Distress Oxide Salvaged Patina

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Painted Christmas Rose

I was going through my stash recently and rekindled my interest in acrylic gouache (essentially a thick acrylic which allows it to be more opaque). Because of the paint's opacity, it makes it perfect for coloring on dark colors.  Talk about drama!

  • I use white with the basic colors to create my shades. The non-whitened color is the shadow then I worked my way out from there with increasing white.
  • The paint is thick and will thicken further over time.  You can add a tiny bit of water but beware of adding too much as it will affect the opacity.
  • I like the texture so don't worry too much about viscosity. I can always go back and add another layer if necessary.
I'm entering this in Allsorts #650 Christmas.


Hero Arts - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Christmas Rose Holbein Acrylic Gouache - Artists Set, Set of 18 colors, 20 ml Tubes

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Winter Washi

I was playing with the gorgeous Memory Box Watercolor Forest Greenery Washi which is wide enough to fit an A2 card. Remember how I had an idea from when I did the sled cards recently? This is the result and I love it.

I brushed a light coat of gesso onto the washi card front then stamped the various images and sentiments using Stazon and Ranger Archival inks. I am particularly pleased with how the Lavinia Magnus image turned out. It's stamped with a combo of the Stazon in Jet Black as the first stamp then stamped again using Stazon Blazing Red. Swoon!

  • Memory Box Watercolor Forest Greenery Washi
  • Lavinia Magnus
  • Penny Black Snowflake Season
  • Impression Obsession Joy to the World
  • Mama Elephant Mini Merry Messages
  • Stazon Timber Brown (main sentiment), Jet Black and Blazing Red (deer)
  • Ranger Archival Watering Can and Potting Soil
  • Liquitex Gesso
  • Posca White PCF-350 (snow)

I did another gesso card using a washi card front that got wrinkled during application. Waste not!

This one is simpler in terms of collage stamping as I wanted the sentiment and fairies to pop.

I'm entering this one in Daring Cardmakers Jolly Holly-Days.
  • Memory Box Watercolor Forest Greenery Washi
  • Lavinia Raven
  • Lavinia Three Dancing Fairies
  • Lavinia Berry Wreath
  • Hero Arts Merry Christmas Messages
  • Ranger Archival Jet Black and Leaf Green
  • Liquitex Gesso
  • Posca White PCF-350 (snow)

For this one, I experimented with hot foil which worked a treat.  I was expecting a literal hot mess but it turned out beautifully, far better than expected for sure.  The gold strips on the sides are washi.

This one is another experiment, this time using leaf and berry dies to cut out the washi card front. I then adhered the pieces onto pale gray and added a bold sponged sentiment on top for a modern take.
  • Memory Box Watercolor Forest Greenery Washi
  • Concord & 9th Joy
  • Tattered Lace Big Fern
  • Sizzix Winter Woodland
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens
  • Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries
  • Bazzill Fig Swirl Cardstock
  • Clear Wink of Stella

Spellbinders - Christmas Cascade Collection - Glimmer Hot Foil Collection - Glimmer Plate - Elegant Holiday Sentiments Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Mini Holiday Greens Penny Black - Winter Wishes Collection - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Snowflake Season
Spellbinders - Glimmer Hot Foil System, NEW Spellbinders - Glimmer Hot Foil - Glimmer Foil Roll - Gold

Saturday, November 13, 2021

SOSS #198 - N for Naughty

We have another fun challenge over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #198:  N for Naughty.  Umm, yes, please!

At times, there are quite a few things I'd do for a Klondike Bar.  How about you?

  • Power Poppy Forest Fellas
  • Stamperia Snowflakes Stencil
  • Distress Oxides Prize Ribbon, Salty Ocean
  • Distress Oxide Sprays: Kitsch Flamingo, Salvaged Patina, Cracked Pistachio
  • Distress Embossing Glaze Weathered Wood
  • Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste
  • Liquitex Gesso
  • Versafine Onyx Black
  • Zig Real Brush Markers

Friday, November 12, 2021

Red Sparkly Christmas

This card was really simple to make.  Simple = quick = perfect!

I embossed the trees and trimmed the panel down to fit in portrait mode (tech geek much?). Then I added a couple of cardinals cut from glitter cardstock and, my favorite part, used the  Pinkfresh Studio Solid Hot Foil Plate for the sentiment.  That plate has been well worth the investment. Now I can use the regular hot foil look as well as the reverse--really makes me want to invest in patterned foil!

I'm entering this in Christmas Crafts All Year Round November U, V or W (winter, woods).


Thursday, November 11, 2021

Pierced Snowflakes

I was really charmed by the Honey Bee Pierced Snowflake dual die set--one die for the snowflakes and another to add the piercing. Both work as standalone dies as well. Just so well done.

On both cards I sponged the card base with Distress Oxides. I played around with the focal point sentiment using the HB Peace in a fantastic Memory Box glitter cardstock on teal foil (bling!!) and the WF Circle Snowflake Shaker diecut with vellum to make the PFS sentiment pop out more. 

This is another make and take for some friends using the design of the blue card.  Well, blue for me; I look forward to seeing how my gals work up their backgrounds. Maybe someone will make a shaker too.


Honey Bee Stamps - Vintage Holiday Collection - Honey Cuts - Steel Craft Dies - Peace Buzzword Honey Bee Stamps - Vintage Holiday Collection - Honey Cuts - Steel Craft Dies - Pierced Fancy Flakes A2 Cover Plate Honey Bee Stamps - Vintage Holiday Collection - Honey Cuts - Steel Craft Dies - Fancy Flakes A2 Cover Plate Waffle Flower Crafts - Craft Dies - Circle Snowflake Shaker Pinkfresh Studio - Christmas - Hot Foil Plate - Perfect Sentiments Holiday Pinkfresh Studio - Christmas - Dies - Perfect Sentiments Holiday

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

BPD - Framed Ornaments

I admit it.  I have a just a tiny little thing for glitter.  I used a lot of it for a set of cards over on the Birch Press Design blog today.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Coldest Days

Guess what?  Another make and take design for some friends. I am quite chuffed at how cute these turned out. I love Stacey Yacula designs and was so excited by the photo layout. This really got my gears whirring--think of all her other fab images and how you could combine them to create other photos!

The cards are variations on the same layout, one with a pop of aqua and the other fairly monochrome. Do you have a favorite?  It's so hard for me to decide.

I'm entering this one in Color Hues #29 Brown and Orange.

I used the same layout for this card but used a foiled background I made using Neat & Tangled Fa La La Cover as a hot foil plate.  You know how I love my experiments! I also used a leftover piece of one of my favorite holiday papers. Only one small piece left--ack!


SY Selfies with Santa SY Frost-Loving Friends Polaroid Shaker Frame Die-namics Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts - Dies - Everyday Sentiment Banners