Saturday, February 4, 2017

February's Christmas Card

Sylvia Durocher's Christmas Card Challenge for the month of February is to use a heart shape and the colour red.

This little fellow made it easy! I coloured him with Zig Clean Colour Brushes, which Santa kindly brought me this past Christmas.
I have had this Waltzingmouse Stamp set for quite a while and I don't think I have used it before. Felt good to ink it up. The picot edge die is also a Waltzingmouse Stamp product. I cut once in white and once in blue and pieced them together with tape on the underside.

I embossed a few snowflakes in Ranger Frosted Crystal and blended Broken China Distress Ink over top.

I am also adding this to the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge for their February theme of festive drinks.

Monday, January 30, 2017

CCT02 Colour Challenge

The second Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge of 2017 is a colour challenge using these hues:

I pulled out an oldish Hero Arts wood-mounted stamp called Collage Merry and Bright to put together this simple vintage card:

You should check out the lovely cards the Design Team uploaded for inspiration. There are 4 days left to enter so why not join in?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sympathy Card in Gold

The CFC165 CAS-ual Fridays challenge is "Everything Turns To Gold". This is a large (5.5 X 8.5) card that I made for a group condolence card.

I put a number of folded pages inside to allow for a lot of notes and signatures, and enclosed them with a pamphlet stitch.

I embossed the flowers with gold embossing powder. The flowers and butterfly are from Altenew, and the sentiment is from Verve Stamps.
I stamped a matching envelope in Delicata Gold ink. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Winter Birthday

Quite some time ago I purchased the Penny Black stamp "Astral" at my local stamp store. I don't really have anything else like it. It's a reverse image so the bird and trees are the negative space on the rubber surface. I finally had time to try it out.

I smooshed Distress Inks on the stamp and spritzed with water. After stamping I heat dried the ink and then added some white gel pen and purple watercolour pencil to highlight and shade (detail below).

The sentiment stamp is from a Waltzingmouse Stamps set. I am entering this in the "Anything Goes" challenges at Seize the Birthday and the Penny Black Saturday Challenge and the Penny Black and More Allsorts Challenge.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

CCT01 First Christmas Card of 2017

2016 was a disaster as far as making Christmas cards ahead and being well-prepared for the season. A while ago I had a few good years of doing Christmas cards year round so I wouldn't be stressed come December. Last year was not one of those years! So here I am, determined to change it up in 2017.

The Christmas Card Throwdown sketch seemed a good place to start - although I found it inordinately challenging. Still, I had downloaded Sylvia Durocher's Christmas Card Challenge list for 2017 and in January she's looking for a star and the colour gold. On my trip to Florida in November I snagged this Dina Wakley Script Star stamp and was happy for a chance to use it.

Here's the CCT01 sketch:

Here's my navy, yellow and gold card:
In keeping with the naive art format, I drew around the star with a gold Wink of Stella brush pen. I am still trying to decide if it needs a sentiment on the lower right corner. I feel that may take away from the simplicity of it and compete with the star, so perhaps not. 

Here is the inside, where I used the scrap from the die cut and watercoloured some detail:
Stamps: Dina Wakley Script Star
Inks: Delicata Golden Glitz; StazOn Spiced Chai; Marvy Matchables Yellow
Accessories: Canson Mi-Teintes Drawing Paper (Navy); Watercolour Paper; Zig Clean Colour Brushes; Wink of Stella Gold; Memory Box Die (Country Landscape)

I am entering this in the Love to Craft Challenge Blog, too, as their theme is Anything Goes. (Thanks for the tip, Deborah!) Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Happy Hanukkah Card

Hanukkah began on the evening of December 24 this year. I decided to make my boss a Hanukkah card. He is always so gracious each year, wishing all the staff happy holidays and Merry Christmas and I have felt bad for not stepping out of my comfort zone to make a card for him. So I set out on a Google quest for inspiration and education. Who knew the number of candles on a menorah can vary?

I finally found a free SVG file ( that I could cut on my Silhouette Cameo, and with selective masking, I was able to glitter up a burnished velvet menorah. I used yellow and gold glitters to create the flames. It is so pretty in real like, sparkling against the white cardstock. It seems blue and gold are traditional colours, but I think the menorah design is modern, clean and simple. Then again, what do I know? Happy Hanukkah!

I am entering this in the CAS-ual Fridays challenge:

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Gold Star Christmas

I am slowly working my way through Sylvia Durocher's monthly Christmas card prompts. I am not doing them in order, so today I will share the prompt from January 2016 - which was to use the colour gold and a 5 or 6 pointed star. I use the Burnished Velvet technique to create my three stars. I used the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge November Sketch for my format.

Using two colours of microfine glitter and wide double sided tape, I created the panel of gold stars against a navy sky. The navy is not so speckled in real life but the camera was picking up the reflection from the glitter. The sentiment is from Penny Black's Festive Cheer set. I am entering this in the Penny Black and More Anything Christmas challenge.