Thursday, December 14, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #251


I made it under the wire with Sketch #251 from CAS(E) this Sketch,
a little number from me.


Going through my stash of die cuts, I came up with this take on the sketch.


On a kraft card base I layered an ink distressed woodgrain piece, topped with
my favorite Santa and a diecut sentiment, highlighted with a white pigment
pen. Done and done!

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of the team interpreted the sketch
and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, December 21st 
and as the winner, you could be joining us on a future sketch!


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

MFT Wed Sketch Challenge #363




And here's my take on this simple sketch.


For the focal point on the card, I white embossed three trees, then ink distressed
with Distress inks. After spritzing water over the piece, I trimmed it and adhered
it to a Stone Gray card base.

The sentiment was white embossed on a scrap piece of black card stock and
cut with a fishtail banner. The banner was adhered to the card and finished
off with "snow" from a white pigment pen, and sequins.

Visit the Card Challenges blog for all the details on how you could win a
$50 MFT gift voucher as the random winner of the weekly challenge.
Hope to see you in the gallery!


Monday, December 11, 2017

MFT December Release Replay



It's time for My Favorite Things December Release Replay when the Creative
Team is challenged to share more ideas using the latest release.



I used the Stitched Tag Corner Square STAX for a bold, graphic (masculine!)
birthday card. Five shapes were cut from watercolor card stock, inked with
Distress inks and spritzed with water. 

They were arranged on a Stone Gray card base--a couple were popped up with
dimensional tape--and the card was finished off with the sentiment and some
enamel dots.

 Visit today's post at My Favorite Things to see how the rest of the Creative
Team took on the Release Replay Challenge.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas With a Feminine Twist




another one of my favorite seasonal challenges that I look forward to every 
year--and I managed to make two tags for the challenge.


Day 7 featured Heather and Elena and a color challenge using pink, mint, and gold.


Cracked Pistachio was the closest color that I had for the minty sky and I
ink distressed most of the stitched tag, then spattered some water over it.
I assembled the deer on the tag and added pink hearts to the stag's antlers.



I stamped the sentiment and threaded some twine through the hole. As I 
was getting ready to take a photo of the tag, I noticed that I forgot the "gold".
Luckily, I had a scrap of gold card stock that fit perfectly under the sentiment.




Day 10 features another color challenge but this time, a bright palette. Sharon
and Svitlana created such beauties and I couldn't resist joining them.


This tag bears a resemblance to my card that I shared earlier for MFT's December 
Release. The row of houses was cut from watercolor card stock and this time, I used
Zig markers to color the tops of the houses. I brushed water across the top and let
the colors blend. 




A tag was cut from black card stock and white embossed with the sentiment. White
acrylic paint was spattered across the top of the tag and the row of houses was
adhered over it. The tag was finished off with the black and white twine.

I'm hoping to crank out a few more tags, if time permits. I love the versatility
of tags, from simply being tied onto a gift or adhering it to a card base for a quick card.
Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, December 8, 2017

2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and Giveaway!

It's time for the winter edition of our favorite blog hop--the 2017 Winter
Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! I believe I missed the last hop--too much traveling!--
but I loved seeing all the coffee, tea, and cocoa inspiration and I managed
to put together a card for this season.


I colored up the Cozy Lady by Brandi Kincaid for Ellen Hutson and decided to
mask off a bunch of take out coffee cups for her to hold. Looks a little dangerous,
I agree, and when I shared a pic on Instagram, some folks offered to help her
hold some! (Thanks, Ivy!)


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And in honor of the hop, I have a small giveaway of coffee related goodies
for one lucky commenter. These are duplicates that I bought and what better
time to share them than with coffee lovin' friends.


(Prize package includes: Lawn Fawn Pumpkin Spice and matching Lawn Cuts
Unity Stamps Fall to Go, Neat and Tangled Warm Wishes and Doodlebug Designs
  Latte Love Shape Sprinkles)

Just tell me if you're a coffee, tea, or cocoa lover--or all three! The deadline
to comment is the last day of the hop, December 15th, and I'll announce the
winner a few days after that. One comment per person, please! 😘

I just realized that my card has more of a "fall" theme than a winter one,
probably because I colored her before Thanksgiving. Oopsie!

I'm off to peruse the entries! Big thanks to Amy and her crew for another
successful hop that brings us together, one cup at a time! 🍵☕

Thursday, December 7, 2017

CAS(E) this Sketch #250


Can you believe it's the 250th sketch for CAS(E) this Sketch?
Here it is, compliments of our teammie Leigh.


And here's my take on it--an all stamped card!


It's been a while since I've stamped an entire card without a diecut piece in sight.
I stamped flowers and leaves on a piece of watercolor card stock and painted in
colors with Zig markers and blended them with water.

After the piece was dried, I cut it with a stitched rectangle and adhered it to a
Stone Gray card base. I stamped the sentiment and finished off the card with sequins.

Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see how the rest of my teammates interpreted the
sketch and join us if you can. Link up your card(s) by Thursday, December 14th
and as the winner, you'll be invited to guest with us on a future sketch!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

MFT Wed Sketch Challenge #362



It's a new Wednesday, and that means it's another My Favorite Things sketch.
Here's Sketch #362.


And my simplified take on the sketch.



Two circles were cut from watercolor card stock and ink distressed, then spattered
with water. Two hedgehogs were stamped, colored with Copics, and cut with the
matching Die-namics. 

Balloon Strings was stamped on Kraft card stock with Kraft ink. The circles were 
adhered to the card, and the hedgehogs and sentiment banner were popped up 
on the card. Enamel dots finished off the card.

Visit the Card Challenges blog for all the details on how you can win a $50
MFT gift voucher as the random winner of the challenge.
Hope to see you in the gallery!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

MFT December New Product Launch and Release


 
It's time to shop for My Favorite Things December Release! All new goodies
can be found here in the MFT Store! Visit all the Creative Team members' blogs
and leave comments for a chance to win one of two $100 MFT vouchers!

Comment by the end of the day on Thursday, December 7th and winners
will be announced on Friday, December 8th on the MFT blog.

Before you go, I'd like to share one more project with you and possibly add to
your shopping list.


When I saw the Our Town Die-namics, I knew that I wanted to create a holiday card
with a nighttime scene. The row of houses was cut from watercolor card stock and
ink distressed in rainbow order. Then I used a waterbrush and quickly went over
the houses with water and let it dry.




A black panel was cut and spattered with white acrylic paint for a starry sky. After it
dried, I white embossed the sentiment on top. The row of houses was adhered to the
card and finished off with a strip of patterned paper.



There you have it, My Favorite Things December Release! Thanks so much for
stopping by during the countdown and happy shopping! Don't forget to leave your comments
and remember to use the hashtag #mftstamps whenever you create with MFT goodies
and share on social media!

(Note: Winners have been chosen. Go here to see if you're one of them!)
 

Monday, December 4, 2017

MFT December Release Countdown--Day 1



It's the last day of My Favorite Things December Release Countdown
and all new products will go on sale tomorrow, December 5th at 9PM EST
in the MFT Store!

Today I'm sharing a holiday card using More Rustic Wildflowers, a follow up
to the popular Rustic Wildflowers set from a few months ago.


Flowers and leaves were stamped with MFT's dye inks and cut with the matching
Die-namics. The stamps and Die-namics feature the Smart Align system that lines
up the dies with the stamped image perfectly so there's no guesswork when
die cutting flowers with asymmetrical petals.

A panel was cut with the tag-corner rectangle die and adhered to a Cement
Gray card base. The flowers and leaves were adhered to the card and the
flowers were highlighted with a Gelly roll pen.



See the fun sentiment? I can't take credit for that. My creative teammate
Keisha designed it and I loved it so I CASE'd it. Thanks, Keisha!

Visit today's Countdown post at My Favorite Things for more peeks at the
new release and leave a comment there for a chance to win a $75 prize.
Hope to see you tomorrow for the New Product Launch and Release!


Sunday, December 3, 2017

MFT December Release Countdown--Day 2



It's two more days until My Favorite Things December Release!
Are your wish lists growing longer every day?

Today I'm sharing a card using the adorable Friendly Forest stamp set.
I love the whimsical critters and chose the owl for my project.


I used Distress Oxide inks on all of the owls and stamped them on watercolor
card stock. Distress Oxide inks can ink up your stamp in a "splotchy" manner
and I found a quick remedy for a smooth look--sponge daubers!

After inking up the image, use an ink dauber and pick up the same ink, then tap
the surface of the stamp to smooth out the splotches. It works really well, especially
on "juicy" inkpads and on other types of inkpads, too.

The panel was trimmed with a stitched rectangle die, then adhered to a Kraft
card base. The sentiment was stamped on a kraft strip and adhered to the card.
As a final touch, I dotted the owls' eyeballs with black Nuvo Drops.

Visit today's countdown post at My Favorite Things for more inspiration and
peeks at the December release. While you're there, don't forget to leave a comment
for a chance to win a $75 prize!


Saturday, December 2, 2017

MFT December Release Countdown--Day 3



 We're halfway through My Favorite Things December Release Countdown
and today I'm sharing a "new home" card with the Meant to Bee stamp set.


The honeycomb background was partially white embossed on watercolor card
stock and ink distressed with several colors of Distress inks, then spattered
with water. It was trimmed with the stitched rectangle die and adhered to a
Primitive Cream card base.

The bees and hive were colored with Copics and cut with the matching dies.
I stamped the heart shaped trail and adhered the bees and popped up the
beehive. The sentiment was stamped on a yellow strip and adhered to the card.

Visit today's Countdown post at My Favorite Things for more peeks at the
December release, and don't forget to leave a comment there for a chance to win
a $75 prize. Thanks for stopping by today!


Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia


I was thrilled when Taheerah messaged me and asked if I would be a part of her
Advent Calendar Extravaganza for 2017. Um, yes, please! It took me all of 3 seconds
to accept the invitation to be a part of one of the biggest events of the year!



Advent Calendar Extravaganza is "the" festive event of the season! This "hop with 
a twist" was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day!

Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests, each serving up
some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you'll never know
where you're going to be visiting next until you 'open the door'!

And that's not all! With 25 amazing sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty
wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Join in the fun each day at Taheerah's blog to see what special surprises
await behind the door!

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My sponsored company is Altenew whose fresh and trendy stamps, dies, and
stencils are so much fun to play with. Here's my project.


Originally, I wanted to use Altenew's full moon from To the Moon, but proportionally,
it was way too large for the scene. So I cut a circle from Post it paper and after adhering
it to the card, I ink distressed the card in several colors of Distress inks and dabbed on
water with a fine tipped waterbrush. I peeled off the Post it paper from the moon and
inked lightly with gray ink for some lunar texture.


The deer was inked with two colors of Distress Oxide inks and the face and
hooves were inked with black ink. A snowbank was cut by hand and adhered to
the background. It's not easy to see in the photo, but I added Stickles along the
edge of the snowy hill.


The deer was adhered to the card with dimensional adhesive and I drew in shadows
with a Copic marker. The sentiment was silver embossed beneath the moon and the
panel was adhered to a light gray card base.

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It's not a party without a prize--and with prizes every day there are several chances
to win! Today's prize is generously supplied by Altenew, so you'll definitely want to win!
Simply leave a comment on my post, then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave
a comment there, too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah's blog as well as mine
in order to be eligible to win.

And don't forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah's blog and
head over to leave them comments there as well to improve your odds even more!
You have until 11:59pm EST on Dec 31, 2017 to enter.

Don't forget that Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from Dec 1st-25th, inclusive,
so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and
amazing prizes every single time! 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!