Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A New Happy Birthday

It's time for a color challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

While it's December, this is a color challenge that I am taking in a non-holiday direction.  The inside cover of the Occasions Catalog has a new small two-piece stamp set that I kept checking out.  I finally decided it would be part of my preorder order.  It's called Birthday Wishes for You.
I've stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink on Shimmer White Card Stock and then I painted in the image with and Aqua Painter and inks.  All the banners were cut from the challenge colors using a piece from the Build a Bike Framelit set.
Finishing details include Basic Black Bakers Twine and Black Rhinestones.

Friday, December 8, 2017

TGIF's Square Sketch

Oh what fun we are having with this week's square sketch challenge!  Join us at #TGIF137.
At this time of year, during the rush of the season, making Christmas cards can be made easy without losing any artful impact.  Here is how you do it.  Go out and find a sketch challenge that piques your interest and pair it with elements from a Memories and More Card Pack.  
For this quick making style card I used the Merry Little Christmas Memories and More Card Pack.
 Add a few Mini Dimensionals behind the card stock stickers included in the pack and layer them onto your card for a fast and festive look.  The red and silver Tinsel Trim Combo Pack and the Black Rhinestones are a few more perfect products to have in your Christmas card making stash of accessories.  
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Creation Station is Going Wild for Metallics

December's Creation Station Blog Hop has arrived and this month the theme is "Metallics Gone Wild."  I love metallics, they are perfect for gorgeous holiday boxes, cards, or tags.
The most glorious paper in the Holiday Catalog is the Champagne Foil Sheets.  They are a luxurious color and when embossed ... WOW they are stunning!
This season making small packages with the Window Box Thinlits is a must when wrapping special gifts.  The Holly TIEF mixed with the Champagne Foil Sheets takes an ordinary box, card, or tag from nice to GORGEOUS GLAMOUR.
If you are going to emboss your box you will need to run each of the cut Window Box pieces through the Big Shot in two sections.  I emboss the top/bottom piece and then I reposition the folder to texturize the side panel sections.  
For the box bow I made a dimensional flower out of the Foil Snowflakes.  To make the flower I used three snowflakes, two gold and one silver.
  1. Take one gold Foil Snowflake and with pair of Paper Snips clip a straight cut between two arms of the snowflake to the center.
  2. Twist/spiral the clipped edge in on itself and continue to spiral around to create the first few inner rows of snowflake petals.  
  3. Secure the spiraled snowflake with hot glue on the bottom.  Here's a good tip:  squirt a blob of hot glue on a Silicon Mat.  Press and hold your spiral in the glue until it sets.  Once set and cooled peel it off the mat.
  4. For the next layer of petals take a silver Foil Snowflake and clip a straight cut from between two arms of the snowflake to the center.  
  5. Instead of spiraling around a couple of times like the first snowflake, just spiral far enough to overlap two of the snowflake arms.  For this step I used Fine Tip Glue because the hot glue was too thick and would show.
  6. Take the second snowflake and hot glue it directly on top of another gold Foil Snowflake.  
  7. Hot glue the first tighter spiraled snowflake to the center of the other two layers.
  8. Add a Clear Faceted Gem to the very center.  My gem is stuck on top of a small blob of hot glue to raise it up a bit. 

The base of this card is Thick Very Vanilla with a layer of Copper Foil.  A bit spendy for a card, but for a special occasion why not?

I stamped one of the greetings from the Pining for Plaid Paper Pumpkin Kit on Shimmer White Card Stock with Fresh Fig Ink.  A quick cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and my greeting was ready to layer onto my card front.  Tucked under the greeting is an upside down Foil Snowflake.  For me, I love the mix of white with the off white tones in the ribbon and the back side of the snowflake.  Who says neutrals have to be matchy matchy?

The top embellishments include a Green Sprig and Boxwood Wreath.  I trimmed both of them to fit the Silver 1/4" Ribbon tie.  The final touch was to add a few Silver Glimmer Paper berries cut from the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.
Pull out your metallic papers, ribbons, and accessories and create sparkling works of heart for Christmas and New Years.  Your family and friends will be delighted.

Your next stop for this Metallics Gone Wild themed hop is with Sara Levin.  She is just the best, totally adorable, and has some crazy amazing stampin' skills.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Holiday Inspiration #278

The Hand Stamped Sentiments Design Team has an inspiration challenge timed perfect for the Christmas holiday season.  I have pulled out one of my favorites for this challenge--In the City.
A while back I was in search of ideas to spark my creative juices.  I decided to search 70s Christmas greeting cards.  That search fit the bill for giving me some thoughts on what to create.  Then when I saw our inspiration challenge for this month at Hand Stamped Sentiments I knew I needed to finish that card idea that was spinning in my mind.
First, I cut a 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" Basic Grey card base to make a square card.  Next, I cut the night sky piece from the Card Front Builders Thinlits.  For the white specks I used an Aqua Painter and Whisper White Ink to splatter all over the card base.  Then the fun was creating my little winter scene.
I finished the card with Rhinestones and red and white twine (retired, but I luckily still have a little in my stash from last year).
Thank you for stopping by.  If you are in need of paper crafting supples just click on the hostess code below.  Happy Christmas crafting', Elizabeth
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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Onstage Ombre for Monday Montage

While at Onstage in Salt Lake I had the chance to participate in two organized swaps.  Both swaps had to be full cards using products from the Annual Catalog.  I gravitated to two of my most favorite stamps set and framelits for each swap, Beautiful Bouquet and Bike Ride.  For this hop I am sharing with you my Beautiful Bouquet swap which includes a gorgeous Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper background swathed in a glorious ombre of ink.
I shared an ombre card on Friday with the TGIF team which was the inspiration for this card.  The difference is I went much heavier handed with the ink for this card.  My colors are Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, and Fresh Fig.  This is a color combo that is totally me--I love it!
The greeting inside has a matching ombre of ink.  The paper layers inside are Vellum Card Stock and Shimmer White Card Stock.  The card base is Powder Pink with a top fold.
My bouquet was made with Vellum, Powder Pink, and Pink Pirouette Card Stocks and I also added in some inked up Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper with Gold Foil and Shimmer White.
to Dani
to Melissa

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