Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Santa's Naughty or Nice Christmas List Card

I'm back again today to post another Christmas card. 'Tis the Season, as it'll be here before we know it.

Here we're getting the remnants of Hurricane Patricia, and it's bringing a day of rain - lots of it (record breaking). These kind of days make me want to just curl up with a good book and nap. Errr ... I mean ... craft, yes, that's it! Makes me want to craft too :-)

I bought this lovely Cottage Cutz die and let it sit for a while until I found sentiments that would tie in with the image. In my stash I found the "Naughty or Nice" sentiment in a Whimsy Stamps set I've had for some time, and when I saw a new release on the Simon Says Stamp blog for Riley and Company Funny Bones stamps, I knew I had a match made in, well, the North Pole, of course! LOL

I let the diecut take center stage, but as it lacked "oomph", I decided to stamp ole St. Nick with a "Twas the Night Before Christmas" story stamp I've had for some time (forgive me, but I don't recall where it's from). I used Pumice Stone Distress ink, first stamped off, then pressed lightly on my diecut Santa. I sponged the edges lightly with the same colour Distress Ink too to soften the edges. Once I was happy with the outcome, I adhered him to the white panel with pop dots, framed the panel with black cardstock, and used some Christmas DP from my stash (likely Bo Bunny), also framed in black before adhering it to my white card base.

And the inside sentiment? Well, it's Check List from the Funny Bones series over at Riley and Company

I thought it fit the bill perfectly. I ain't telling which check box I'd choose, though ...

Have a lovely day, no matter what type of weather you're having and thanks for popping in.

Stampin' Up Riding Hood Red Cardstock, Black Cardstock, White Cardstock
Cottage Cutz Elites Die - Santa's List
Whimsy Stamps Christmas Moments
Riley and Company Funny Bones Check List stamp
Twas The Night Before Christmas sentiment stamp
Distress Ink - Pumice Stone
Versafine Black Ink Pad

Monday, October 26, 2015

Peace on Earth Holiday Card

Happy Monday!

Or is that an oxymoron? :-)

I'm sure there are some people out there who enjoy Mondays. I'd like to say that I'm one of them; but no, not this gal! Talk to me on Friday :-)

I AM excited to show you my card today. I thought that, with my (lack of) photography skills, there would be no way that the glittery snowfall on this card would show through.

But I was wrong. I love how this photo turned out, although it doesn't show its full glittery effect.

I'm also happy that I finally got to use my new Tim Holtz Tree Line stamp set. What an amazing collection of images to create that perfect pine forest look. I stamped the trees in the back using Stampin' Up's Mellow Moss ink, then used Always Artichoke on the "closest" trees to give a sense of depth.

I used Early Espresso cardstock for the deer dies and adhered them with foam pop dots, while Cream cardstock was used for the base and snowy hills. The card is framed also in Early Espresso cardstock before adhering it onto a Cream card base.

I thought that the sentiment was very appropriate for this peaceful scene, stamped also in Early Espresso ink. I then tapped my Versa Mark pen around the page to drop medium onto the cream panel surrounding the trees, then heat set iridescent embossing powder on it.

Voila! Another Christmas card for my holiday stash.

No matter what day it is when you happen to visit my blog, enjoy and thanks for dropping in.

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous 2015 Tree Line
PTI Think Big Favorites #21
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders
Impression Obsession Small Deer Dies
Iridescent Embossing Powder/Versa Mark

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Freshly Made Sketches #209 - Pine Cone Christmas Card

Happy Sunday -

As I usually do when making cards, I tend to reach for a mixed bag of supplies from various craft companies.

This little number is no exception. It was a very quick card to put together, and I couldn't wait to use my new Frantic Stamper Pine Cone die. I hope you're able to see the lovely cuts in this die that give it so much "real life" detail:

I've been busy working on holiday cards for a few upcoming Craft Sales, so blogging about them has taken a back seat. I've also recently come out of a "book reading coma". This is when I can't seem to get enough of reading, and every spare/stolen moment is spent with book in hand (as opposed to dies, stamps and cardstock LOL). I truly love a book that can grasp my attention to the point that I feel like I'm watching a movie inside my head, heart racing with all the excitement. I've been obsessed with Michael Robotham's writing , a truly talented writer of psychological thrillers. I'm now reading "Gargoyle" by Andrew Davidson.

Back to my card ...
Heat embossed the pine needle image in gold, diecut 2 Pine Cones using Stampin' Up's Early Espresso cardstock, then raised a few of the partial cuts to give them detail. One Pine Cone was glued directly onto my cream panel, while the other was popped up with adhesive foam dots. The sentiment was added to the bottom using Early Espresso ink, then the edges were distressed with Vintage Photo Distress ink/sponge.

In the end, I decided to add Gold Stickles along some of the Pine Cone cuts to bling it up!

Thanks for popping by to take a look - I'm going to enter my card for Challenge #209 over at Freshly Made Sketches. Enjoy your day!

Update 10/27 - SO excited to announce that my card was chosen by Cindy Lovell over on the Freshly Made Sketches blog - I made Princess!!! Thank you so much for this wonderful honour.

Stampin' Up Ornamental Pine
Frantic Stamper Pinecone Die
Waltzingmouse Stamps Complements of the Season
Gold Embossing Powder
Vintage Photo Distress Ink