Saturday, October 31, 2015

This One Had Me Seeing Blue

You've heard of the expressions 'seeing red' but I was seeing blue... all over my hands, that is.  It seems that the more I move into my creative mode, the more it shows on my hands.  I had this idea to make an embossed snowflake card and then spritz it with a beautiful blue.  It looks gorgeous on the card, but it wasn't so gorgeous on my hands. 
The 'Joy' is cut from the Wonderful Wreath Framelits.
I actually spritzed the watercolor paper with water first and then spritzed it with a mixture of Pacific Point/alcohol spritz.  I finished it off with some gorgeous rhinestones. 
So... who wants to party?  Don't forget my Christmas Open House this Sunday, November 1.  It's from 2:00-5:00 and we'd love to have you.  Don't forget about the clocks changing, too. 
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Sneak Peek at Four of My Cards

Here's more of a sneak peek at 4 of my cards that I made for our Nov. 21 Christmas Retreat.  They each have special techniques.  I had a lot of fun making each and every one of them. 
The 2-ornament card has beautiful silver embossing.
The snowflake card has heat embossing and dry embossing.
The snowy trees card uses a dryer sheet technique.  In real life, it's covered in gorgeous sparkle.
The 4th card uses the negative image from the ornament die.  The CS is then dry embossed.  The DSP showing in the opening is covered with VersaMark ink and then embossed with Iridescent Ice EP, a favorite technique of mine.  In real life, it has a gorgeous sparkle, too.

I still have 2 more cards to design.  What shall I create next?  Oh the fun!!! 

So... who wants to party?  Don't forget to RSVP for my Christmas Open House this Sunday, November 1.  It's from 2:00-5:00 and we'd love to have you.  Don't forget about the clocks changing, too.
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cutest Little Card Ever

Once in a while, a creative idea pops into your head... you go with it... a card comes together in seconds... and you just love it.  That's what happened with today's card.  This is one of the projects I have planned for my Christmas Open House Party this Sunday afternoon.   
When designing cards to make at an Open House Party, I need something that requires minimal supplies, minimal time to make and yet is really fun to make ... AKA ... QUICK AND CUTE!  That can sometimes be a real challenge.
2 things help to make this card a winner --- first of all, the extra layer (raising it on dimensionals always bumps it up a notch) and the rhinestone.
I borrowed some snowflakes from my Wonderland stamp set, to decorate the inside and the envelope a bit.
 This card could be used in several ways:
- a cute little Christmas card
- an invitation to a Christmas party
- a Christmas thank you note
- a gift enclosure card
It's quick, cute and simple to make.  Every card doesn't have to be as complicated as the two in my previous post.  Sometimes, you need something right now.  I think this one is a winner. 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

My Own Special Technique... for Christmas

I have a 'wow' couple of cards for you today, using my own special technique.  They were inspired by a previous card I made, when I first came up with this technique.
Remember this card?  This is where I first came up with my new technique.   (Click here to see my previous post.)
I loved this butterfly card so much.  This is what inspired me to come up with my 2 Christmas versions.
The first Christmas version is made using the smaller ornament die.  I cut 3, scored them down the middle and then attached them (carefully), using Liquid Tombow Adhesive.
The second Christmas version is basically the same, but uses the larger ornament.
The ornament dies are absolutely gorgeous, especially when cut from our Gold Foil Sheets.
I used a larger ribbon on the larger ornament, but the backgrounds are basically the same on both cards.
I love how these turned out.  They are a bit labor intensive, but absolutely worth the extra effort.  Another nice feature about these cards is that they will fold flat for mailing.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Fun Trio of Note Cards

I have a TRIO of cards for you today, all using the cute little Santa's Gifts stamp set.  I haven't even used the Santa in the set.  It was the tree, the reindeer and a darling little bird (for another card/another time) that spoke to me with this set. 
I love little window cards.  The one on the left and the one in the middle have windows and the stamped image is actually on the inside of the card.  The one on the right uses the oval cut from the one on the left:)
I have quite a collection of bells and poms (and feathers) from past school and crafting projects, but I still had trouble finding a red pom that was small enough for his nose.  I'm off to buy some more today.  I want to make this one at my Open House Christmas Party.  He's so cute, I'm sure he'll be the star of the party.
The tree card is my favorite of the trio.  I love the polka dots and the plaid working together.
I 'painted' the tree using puddles of ink in the lids of my ink pads and my Aqua Painter.
I just love this little tree!
To keep the deer from getting too dark, I stayed with Crumb Cake ink.  I like how it turned out.
So... which one do you like the best?
I've been busy designing cards for my November 21 Christmas Retreat, as well as more to display for Christmas inspiration.  Be sure to come back to see what I've been creating to share with you.
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Monday, October 26, 2015

A Tale of Two Trees

Today's post is a tale... a tale of 2 trees --- little punched trees, that is.  I love these little note cards.   
I started out with the card on the left and then bumped it up to the card on the right.  If you'd like to make one, we'll be making this one as one of our projects at my upcoming Christmas Open House Party on November 1, from 2:00-5:00.  RSVP on or before Friday, October 30 and you'll have a free gift waiting for you!
The little sprigs of ribbon make a nice embellishment.  The red from the ribbon and the little punched heart add just the right amount of a needed pop of color.
The Home for Christmas DSP is a great look behind the punched tree. 
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Holly Jolly Greetings Card

I have another Christmas card for you today.  This one has some fancy sparkle to it. 
My color story is Island Indigo, Pool Party and Whisper White.  I did a simple emboss resist technique with very light sponging over the embossed snowflakes.
Aren't the embellishments, pretty?  They have a gorgeous sparkle to them.
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Can't Have Christmas Without Cherry Cobbler!

It wouldn't be Christmas if I didn't have some cards made with our Cherry Cobbler.  Today's card is just what we need... double layers of Cherry Cobbler.  I made two versions of the card, just by varying the ribbon. 
I came up with my own technique for the edges of the focal piece on my card.  I gently brushed VersaMark Ink onto the edges of the white CS and then heat embossed with Gold EP.  It gives it a vintage, rustic look.
I embossed the holly sprig with Gold EP and then colored in the leaves with a marker. 
I lightly sponged over the embossed holly sprig on the inside of the card, as well as the coordinating envelope.
The vellum is attached by hiding the adhesive behind the white CS.  Otherwise, it would show through and not look so great.
I like how my cards turned out.  I also like adding a touch of Mossy Meadow to perfectly compliment the Cherry Cobbler.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Several Ways to Work With A Dove

I've made about 4 versions now of the same card, using our Dove of Peace stamp.  It's a beautiful stamp.  Look them over and tell me which one you like the best.

The first 2 versions are embossed with Gold EP and the last 2 versions start out the same and then are 'colored' in with an Aqua Painter and White Craft Ink.


So, above are the first 2 versions and below are the last 2 versions.  Which one do you like the best?  
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