Sunday, December 29, 2013

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 294- Snow Days

This was the most difficult sketch I have done to date!  I started it on Thursday and have changed it so many times I have lost count.  I have tried many different color combinations and papers.  Although I am still not pleased, I am willing to accept this card and move on!  I think the triangle was the thing that was my biggest obstacle.  No matter what color I chose, it did not seem to blend in with the design.  Oh well...  On to my next card using fun stuff from the new Occasions Catalog!

Stamp Sets- Snowy Day, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper- WW, Soft Sky, Island Indigo
Ink- Black Stazon, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Monday Lunchtime Sketch 293- Flaky Friends

Now that I have made lots of Christmas cards and Christmas is just around the corner, it is time to start making thank you cards.  Using the Monday Lunchtime Sketch from last week, I came up with this idea.  I wish I had the stamp from the last special anniversary set that says snow but since I don't, I settled on just a plain thank you.

Stamp Sets- Flaky Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper- WW, Cherry Cobbler, DSP
Ink- Black Stazon, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories- Watercolor Pencils, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Snow Much Fun Ornament

I like to do a few fun projects with my children at school.  Since I am a special educator and have a pull out program for some children,  I try to have my room be a fun and safe environment to learn.  This week we made these ornaments.  The kids were fascinated with the Big Shot!  They loved putting the metal flashing through the Big Shot and hearing it crunch when it cut out the snowflake.  It was an easy project for six year olds and everyone was successful.  I liked making them too!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 292-Flower Shop

For this week's challenge I was stumped until Sunday night.  I had no clue as to what to do.  I knew it was not going to be a wintery card- subzero temperatures and a foot of snow will do that to a person!  Instead I found Flower Shop still on my work space and decided to go with that.  I recently saw gold on purple and loved the idea.  I embossed on Wisteria Wonder, colored it in using Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant then colored a rhinestone with a Sharpie.  I love the effect!  I used DSP from the Subtles Collection Paper Stack and layered everything.  Not bad for a cold night in New Hampshire.

Supplies:  Flower Shop, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper- WW, Wisteria Wonder, Subtles Collection Paper Stack
Ink-  Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories- Rhinestones, Gold Embossing Powder

Friday, December 13, 2013

Clean and Simple Stamping Challenge 269!

I have been thinking about this sketch for awhile- actually two weeks now.  I wanted to make a non-Christmas card and the inspiration card featured snowflakes.  I could not use snowflakes.  I needed to use a round shape and decided on the flowers from Flower Shop.  The fact that there was a punch to punch out all of the flowers was an added bonus.  I used black embossing powder on Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, and Pistachio Pudding then using an Aquapainter, colored each flower using the same color reinker.  I cut the flowers in half then layered them on Basic Black.  I add Whisper White with the greeting.  A bright and light card on this very cold wintery New Hampshire day.

Stamp Sets- Flower Shop, Sincere Salutations (retired)
Paper-WW, Basic Black
Ink- VersaMark, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories- Pansy Punch

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Festive Flurry Ornament Kit

I finally ordered this kit and have been not so patiently waiting for it to arrive.  I have been tracking this package and when I saw that it had arrived at my post office yet I had not received it, I was worried.  I spoke with my postmistress and she found it!!  With the increase volume of the season, I never got the yellow notification note.  All is well that ends well!

I watched the video twice then set to work.  The only thing you need to make these 10 ornaments is a glue gun.  I also used the Silicone Craft Sheet and it worked like a charm.  I am glad I already owned it!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 291- Snow Much Fun

This week's challenge made me think of the Northern Flurry embossing folder in Shimmery White.  I looked at many different blues and decided on Island Indigo and Soft Sky.  For the snowman I used my trusty and retired watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  For the scarf and hat I used Soft Sky and Rose Red.  Cutting the snowman out was a bit tricky but not too hard since I only needed one!

Stamp Set- Snow Much Fun
Paper- Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Shimmery White
Ink- Stazon Black
Accessories- Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Re-inkers in Rose Red, Soft Sky

Friday, December 6, 2013

 This is one of the prettiest Christmas cards I have seen in a long time.  I cannot claim credit for it as I CASED it exactly.  I have been trying to find the source without much luck.  I know it was made by a fellow demonstrator who is in my up line.  I thought I saw it on the Stampers Xpress blog for demos only but when I went back, I could not find it.  I apology to the very creative and gifted stamper who designed this card.  She even supplied detailed instructions as it was part of a Stamp-A-Stack card event.

When I first made it I did not carefully line up the silver ribbon and it did not hang straight.  I went back and redid it and it was greatly improved.  I used three stamps from Festive Flurry but did not use the largest.  The smallest and largest of the three are stamped in Midnight Muse.  The middle stamp was stamped in silver.
After cutting them out with the Festive Flurry Framelits Dies, I used a Stampin' Dimensional in the middle of the middle snowflake.  Next I adhered the silver ribbon being careful to keep it at a 90 degree angle and added another Stampin' Dimensional on top.  Then I placed the smallest snowflake on top of the silver snowflake.  It is hard to tell but I also used Dazzling Diamonds in the center of the smallest snowflake.

The circle is 3" and the Circle Thinlits Die works well.  I attached the silver ribbon with hanging snowflakes at the top of the circle and added a bow to hide the ends.  Since I needed to line up carefully the largest snowflake on the inside of the card, I used 2-Way Glue so I could gently move it in place.  The sentiment is from More Merry Messages.

I hope my next stamping group enjoys making this card this weekend.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Clean and Simple Stamping Challenge 268- Flaky Friends

Snowmen stamps are some of my favorite stamps to use.  Unfortunately they retire way too quickly!!  Using Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze, and Crumb Cake I made a country feeling card.  I inked the baker's twine way too much and it has taken days to dry.  That strip with the twine and sentiment has been replaced many times due to wet ink!  A word of advice- if you chose to color coordinate the baker's twine, use the reinkers sparingly.

Stamp Set- Flaky Friends, sentiment unknown
Paper- Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze,  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink- Black Stazon, Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze
Accessories- Watercolor Pencils (retired), Naturals Designer Buttons, Baker's Twine