Friday, December 19, 2014

Vellum Shaker Peace and Joy Card

It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and I am sharing a shaker card I made recently with Crackerbox Palace’s beautiful stamps. I am loving all the shaker cards I have been seeing lately and decided to try one with vellum. I heat embossed the snowflakes and sentiment with white embossing powder. I colored the snowflakes from behind with a marker. I stamped CBP’s lovely dove on white cardstock, cut out and attached so the wings are free to fly. I raised the vellum piece up with mounting tape, added some sequins and covered the sides with washi tape.

**As a holiday present to you from Crackerbox Palace, all the  stamps on this card will be 20% OFF for one week! What a deal! **

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes Holiday Blitz at Love’s Rubberstamps, the Winter Inspiration challenge at Simon Says Stamp, and the Christmas All Around challenge at Deep Ocean.

 As the card says, “Wishing you (and yours) a never ending season of peace and joy!”

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Distressed and Peaceful Holiday Card

The challenge this month at Virginia's View is "All Things Distressed" and I used two blue distress inks from Tim Holtz and Ranger to make this peaceful background on a last minute holiday card. I started by heat embossing a tree from Stampin' Up with green embossing powder. I sponged on two shades of  blue distress ink after heat embossing the beautiful "Peace on Earth" also from Tim Holtz. I sponged on some white stars with white pigment ink through a stencil from Heidi Swapp, added a gold punched star and layered onto a white card base.

I am also entering this card in the Anything Goes Holiday Blitz at Love's Rubberstamps.

Peace to you and yours this holiday season and into the new year!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Think Snow Designer's Choice Challenge

It’s another Designer’s Choice Challenge at The House that Stamps Built, Repeat Impression’s blog. It is Melissa’s turn and her challenge theme is “Think Snow”. Why don’t you join us in this challenge and enter your card with snow for a chance to win some awesome Repeat Impressions rubber? Please visit the blog for all the details and to see the other Rock Star's projects for this DCC challenge. I have seen them and you do not want to miss them!

The Repeat Impression’s stamp I used on this snowy card is one of my favorites because it reminds me of my kitty looking out the window on a snowy day. I stamped the window snowy scene on navy paper and again on white. I paper pieced the white kitty and colored her bow with a gel pen. The card base was embossed with a snowy embossing folder from Sizzix.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes (Christmas) challenge at Incy Wincy and the Create a Scene challenge at Love to Create.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Hanukkah Bister Card

Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate this joyous time! I fell in love with this beautiful new set from Stampin' Up and will be designing again with it sometime soon. Today I decided to try my Bister powders on a silver non-water color paper after embossing the stamps in black detail embossing powder. The water did not soak in, but created this unique background. I tried cutting out the piece with a fancy Spellbinders rectangle, but the top and  bottom did not cut well at all. So I covered them up with some silver stars metal tape. Most "mistakes" are just opportunities to embellish or step outside our boxes and experiment.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create and Sentimental Sundays.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Present Card with NBUS for Classes

I saw a present card on Pinterest recently and decided to try making one for the classes I teach in my home. Here is the blogpost with the measurements I used.  For the front of the present, I cut a beautiful snowflake using my new die from Simon Says Stamp out of the navy, then popped in a white snowflake into the negative space. I also put back in the small navy pieces for the inlaid die look. The top of the present has an embossed piece (Sizzix embossing folder), a white ribbon that I colored with blue dye ink and a sparkly bow I cut out with my new Clearly Besotted die. When the front was done, I sprayed it with silver Glitter Dust from thermoweb. This is the best glitter spray I have ever tried!

The top part of the present pulls up and this is what is attached in the inside. I just got a beautiful script Merry Christmas from Fun Stampers Journey and I embossed it with sparkly blue embossing powder from Stampamania (another recent discovery and the best sparkly embossing powder I have ever used.) Still working on my pile of NBUS (never before used schtuff) before I put them away, especially the holiday schtuff:) But since I make Christmas cards all year, if I don't get done, I will play into the new year.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Treasured Times and Vandicrafts Artistry (and the present is square.)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Another Sparkly Ornament Card

I cut a bunch of ornaments and bows (with my new dies from Clearly Besotted) out of sparkly paper and made this easy card with some of them. I usually stick to traditional Christmas colors, but decided to use some sparkly purple paper and am loving these bright ornaments. I started with a white top folding card base that I embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I "hung" the ornaments with thin gold washi tape. The gold bows were attached and then the ornaments were popped up with pop dots.

I am entering this card in the Happy Holidays challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack and the Last Minute Christmas at Crafty Catz.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Gold and Red Sparkly Peace

I just got a new die set from Clearly Besotted with fun bows and ornaments and the idea popped into my head to use half one color and half another for the bows and ornaments. I pulled out my sparkly red and gold cardstock and tried it out. I started with a white top folding card base and attached a strip of the red sparkly paper down the left side. Then I diecut the ornaments and bows in gold and red sparkly paper and cut them in half. I used thin red washi tape to "hang" the ornaments. I added a gold diecut "peace" by Julie for Essentials by Ellen which is my wish for the world and you.

 I am entering this card in the Bling it On challenge at Simon says Stamp and the Celebrations challenge at Southern Girls.