11.13.16 Magical Snowglobe

 

  • Stamps: Hero Arts My Monthly Hero October 2016 kit
  • Paper: Whisper White
  • Ink: Basic Black, Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze, Early Espresso (snowglobe base), Crumb Cake (deer image, snowglobe base, sponging), Lucky Limade (tree), Always Artichoke (tree), Old Olive (first part of sentiment), Summer Sun (star)
  • Accessories: Big Shot, Hero Arts MMH Oct 16 dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Watercolor pen, Gelly Roll Glitter pen, Martha Stewart ribbon, brayer
  • Technique: Brayering, 3-D layering, Watercoloring, Dry Embossing

 

Ten plus hours of work, over the past two weekends, and I finally have this set of 8 cards done!  I created the two versions of this card as part of a card gift set I am giving to some as Christmas gifts this year.  Though there is another winter-theme card in the set (and also my first entry into the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge for 2016 – see it over at Splitcoast Stampers), this is the only “Christmas” card in the set – and it’s more “Holiday” than specifically “Christmas,” on purpose.  I wanted to give cards that could be given in a variety of situations, and tried to steer clear of making any of them too specific for that very purpose.

This card was directly inspired by several of the samples shared through Hero Arts leading up to the release of the My Monthly Hero October 2016 kit.  How could I not buy the kit after seeing the amazing creations they shared? 🙂

I made two versions of this card, the first with a woodgrain background, to mirror the feel of the beautiful wood that is used to make the base of so many of the gorgeous snowglobes we enjoy during the Christmas season.

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The second was made with a cable knit sweater embossing folder, to reflect the cozy-ness of the Christmas season.

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I’m not sure which I like best, though I think the scale of the woodgrain embossing folder used for the first card fits the project as a whole a bit better.

The reason these cards took so long is the fact that I kept changing and adding elements to add interest while still trying to keep the overall clean and simple feel of the card that I wanted to attain. I used my handy dandy glitter pen to add sparkle to both the background and the piles of snow, and to also help dry the eye to each. I really appreciate just a hint of sparkle once in awhile, especially when we are dealing with snow.  As a true snow lover, I have to say that one of my favorite parts of the winter season is all of the diamonds that line the ground and sparkle on a sunny day!

 

The background was created with the help of my trusty brayer and my nearly-forgotten Kaleidacolor ink pad I bought ages ago.  I was very impressed the ink was still useable in the pad!  Knowing this, I think the ticket price of these pads isn’t so terrible, after all!  For the tree, I was deeply in love with the trees stamped with Hero Arts’ ombre pads shown in many of the examples for this kit.  I speedily made a trip to our local Hero Arts dealer, and was dissapointed to not find any ombre pads in green.  So, I improvised by inking my stamp first in Lucky Limade, and then sponging Always Artichoke at the base.  I really like how the result turned out!

These cards can also be seen in my gallery at Splitcoast Stampers, along with all of my creations, most of which unfortunately don’t make it to my blog. (My apologies – that’s what happens when the only internet access I have is by way of my smartphone… have you ever tried typing a bunch of stuff on one of those?  Not so fun!) 🙂

Thanks so much for looking!  As always, I do read and cherish comments, and will gladly return the favor should you be so inclined to share your thoughts on my cards!

Blessings,

C

AVS202 Winter Trees

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  • Stamps: Trees Three, Clear Dollar Stamps Argyle Factory
  • Paper: white, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, textured grey
  • Ink: Certainly Celery, Going Gray, Basic Black
  • Accessories: ribbon, snowflake brads; scallop-edge scissors, Basic Black marker, glue pen, glitter, brayer, white gel pen
  • Technique: sponging/distressing, braying, glitter

Oh how I enjoy challenges that really test my creativity!  The Verve Stamp company celebrated their anniversary last month by hosting a series of special sketch challenges as part of a celebratory contest.  I printed off the list of challenges for future inspiration and on Labor Day pulled out AVS202 to help me celebrate the recent arrival of my very own Trees Three stamp set (one that was only released in a SU Mini Catalog during my year-and-a-half away from stamping, and I have been dying to own it ever since I got back into my creative groove!)!!!

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Looking at the sketch above, you’re probably wondering what was so challenging about it – after all, the sketch itself is pretty detailed, with shapes and cardSep7a2embellishments pretty much already added in.  But you see, that is exactly why it can be such a challenge! (Are you confused yet? haha)  The challenge comes in trying to create a card that is truly unique and different from all the other cards that were created with the same sketch.  It’s more than just using a different stamp set and color combination than everybody else – it’s about owning the sketch and making it your own!  Hopefully, this card reflects my style and not just the Verve sketch.

It may be pretty hard to see it in the photographs, but I stamped an argyle pattern in black ink on the two black panels on the left to add a little texture, as well as sponging Basic Black cardSep7a3around the edges.  I also sponged matching inks on the Certainly Celery and gray panels and ended up adding a little Basic Black on the corners as well.  The two back panels aren’t exactly the same proportions as shown in the sketch… I sort of flipped them, as I felt it balanced out my particular card a little better.

Thank you so much for visiting my stamping blog today!  I hope you have found something here to get your own creative juices flowing.  If you have a minute, please leave me a comment with a link back to your own blog or online gallery so that I may come see how your crafting has been going!

Blessings to you and yours,

SC243 WT 234 A Merry Season

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  • Stamps: A Beautiful Season, Linen, Woodcut Holly wheel
  • Paper: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, cream
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red
  • Accessories: brown check ribbon, gold Sharpie, dots embossing template, Big Shot, Sizzlits letters
  • Technique: sanding, embossing

cardSept6of2009bToday I am bringing you another “double challenge” card. The first challenge was from last week’s Sketch Challenge at SplitCoast (SC243). It was a nifty sketch and I printed it out on time last week but never got a chance to work with it. I had it in my stack of such sketches and pulled it out this afternoon and decided to have a go of it! The second challenge was for this week’s Ways To Use It challenge: WT234 “Sand It.” Stampin’ Up cardstock isn’t really the best cardstock to use this technique with because they dye their paper all the way through, where some of the lesser-quality papers don’t and when you sand it you’ll actually reveal some of the white underneath the dyed portion. However, I like the effect on the Old OlivecardSept6of2009c panel here where it just roughs up the perfect circles that I had embossed with our Big Shot and helps them blend into the design of the rest of the card a little better.

I decided to test out our previously-untouched alphabet Sizzlits templates for this card and I had fun doing it! I originally cut them out in the same cream-colored cardstock as I stamped the snowman image on but it just wasn’t quite right. I determined that with the help of a gold marker I could make it work and I think it did! Not quite the “fancy” sort of font that would fit the theme of this card the best, but close enough!

THANK YOU for stopping by and I truly hope that you will take a minute to let me know what you think of this card!

Blessings to you and yours,

WSC94 Fluffles Garland

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  • Stamps: Fluffles Garland by Stampendous, Crosshatch by Stampin Up, Basic Shapes by Clear Dollar Stamps
  • Paper: White, Garden Green, Basic Black, Real Red
  • Ink: Garden Green, Real Red
  • Accessories: Versamarker, black embossing powder, SU markers, corner punch, light bulb punch, gold leafing pen, and red, green, and gold glitter glue
  • Technique: embossing

Time for another Christmas card! I got my hands on a 50% off coupon for Michael’s and crossed my fingers that they just might have their Christmas stamps out already. They did and they had one of the Fluffles stamps that has been on cardAug22of20091bmy wish list! I guess it was meant to be! :0) And speaking of meant to be, the stamp fit perfectly in Beate’s Sketch Challenge #94 (WSC94) for this weekend.

I embossed the Fluffles image in black embossing powder and colored with Stampin’ Write Markers in Creamy Caramel, Real Red, and Garden Green. I accented appropriate areas with a gold leafing pen and coordinating colors of glitter glue. I then punched out a few light bulbs, and covered them in glitter as well before attaching them to the garland string.

The background on the Garden Green panel was created with my trusty Clear Dollar Stamps Basic Shapes set and also a random pair of paw stamps. The background on the Real Red panel is Crosshatch from Stampin’ Up. I really wished I had a word window punch for the sentiment to peek through the green panel but I didn’t so this will have to do! :0)cardAug22of20091c

Thanks for stopping by and please take a moment to let me know what you think by leaving a comment for me! If you leave a link back to your online gallery or blog I’d love to see your work also!

Blessings,

Glittery Holiday Season

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  • Stamps: Changing Seasons
  • Paper: white, textured red, Chocolate Chip
  • Ink: Stazon Black, SU Markers, Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: glitter, sponge, Big Shot frame die & distressed embossing folder, silver cord. 3D foam tape
  • Technique: sponge distressing

Here is another card I made over the weekend using my well-loved Changing Seasons stamp set.  I looked all over the place for this stamp set last fall after seeing a card made with it on SCS.  Unfortunately, retired SU! stamp sets are often very hard to come by and Changing Seasons sets on eBay were going for far more than I could afford.  Our very sweet SU! Demonstrator offered to try and find one on the demo website, and in just a few short weeks I had this gorgous set in my hands.  Thank you Nancy! 🙂

cardAug16of20092bI stamped the main image in black Stazon ink and colored various parts with SU! Stampin’ Write Markers (Real Red, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa) and accented various parts with glitters from my Martha Stewart glitter set.

I elected to make this card another opportunity to test out our new Big Shot, by first using a frame die to cut out a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock and then running that through the distressed texture plate to help it resemble the texture of real wood.  With a sponge I added Chocolate Chip ink to my “wood frame” to furture enhance the textures.

Thanks for looking and please let me know what you think (I will *always* return the favor if you leave a link to your blog or online gallery!)!

Blessings,

SC237 Season of Joy

  • Stamps: Season of JoycardAug9of20092a
  • Paper: white, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Real Red
  • Ink: Bliss Blue, Brocade Blue, Versamark
  • Accessories: red, blue and clear glitter
  • Technique: glitter

I made this card last weekend for the July 22nd Sketch Challenge (SC237) over at SplitCoastStampers.  It seems nearly impossible that I have time to do these challenges the same week they are posted in the warmer months, but I’ll often print them out and use them for inspiration when I need a little later on.  Anyway, even though I made it last weekend, I decided to “save” it for you and scheduled it to post this weekend instead in hopes it may give you a little weekend inspiration!

Here is the sketch for this challenge:

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I experimented with different color combinations but eventually settled on the white, red and two-tone blue theme that you see here.  I wanted sort of a peaceful monochromatic look with a pop of color, and I really like the way it cardAug9of20092bturned out!

I stamped the Christmas tree in Bliss Blue ink and used glitter glue in blue, red, and clear to accent it.

The back Bashful Blue panel features the word background stamp from this set stamped in Versamark, which allows the image to show up but does not overpower the sentiment, which is stamped in Brocade Blue at the bottom of the panel.

Once I put the card together, I felt that the Real Red accent just looked too bare, so with a little inspiration from one of my favorite shows, Ace of Cakes, I used my red glitter glue to add a few dots.  This pattern is often used on some of their more “pretty” cakes and I have always loved the look.  I love the look for this card too!

Since I’ve been making multiples of all the Christmas cards I’ve created thus cardAug9of20092cfar, I did the same for this design and did three total.  I like it well enough though that I may just go back and create more, but we’ll see… I like to design and create, not copy, so it’s often hard to convince myself to sit down and do something I’ve already done.  When it comes to needing many cards for one occasion, however, I think I’m going to have to make an exception! 🙂

Thanks for looking and please let me know what you think (I will *always* return the favor if you leave a link to your blog or online gallery!)!

Blessings,

MOJO99, CC231 King Of All

  • Stamps: Miracle of Christmas, Linen, Cheesecloth  cardAug11of2009a
  • Paper: white, cream, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red
  • Ink: bleach, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive
  • Accessories: sponge, brads
  • Technique: bleach stamping, sponge distressing

I was happily able to combine two fun challenges for this card.  I am on sort of a “Christmas kick” this week I guess and the set that I thought would work best with the sketch part of the challenge was the retired Miracle of Christmas set from Stampin Up.  I especially love to use faith-based stamps on my Christmas cards as Jesus *is* the reason for the season, so these sorts of cards are extra-special to me.

The Sketch Challenge came from the Mojo Monday blog, and this week’s sketch was a fun one, and unlike anything I have ever done before!

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cardAug11of2009bI headed over to SplitCoastStampers yesterday to see what the Tuesday Color Challenge had in store, as I thought it would be fun to try out a new color combo as well.  Much to my surprise, I saw that the color challenge this week (CC231) was actually more of a technique challenge:  Pick a base color of card stock, and stamp your image in bleach on it, using whatever color it turned to as another color in your color combo.

Anyway, here’s what I came up with!  I like how the image of Mary holding baby Jesus is subtle yet still very noticeable.  I chose slightly less “traditional” Christmas colors as I wanted something that would play off the lighter, “prettier” feel created by stamping in bleach.

In addition to using background stamps on the Old Olive and Chocolate Chip cardAug11of2009cpanels, I sponged matching ink on the corners to distress it further and add interest.  In addition, I stamped baby Jesus Himself inside the card in Old Olive ink and stamped the sentiment over that in Chocolate Chip.

Thanks for looking and please take a moment to let me know what you think (I *always* return the favor if you leave a link back to your online gallery or blog!)

Blessings,