Sunday, November 27, 2011

Flirty Anya

I hope that everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends – and that nobody got caught up in the Black Friday madness!

As I type this post – an image came to mind.  I will have to use this same stamp from the Greeting Farm – but do it in sparkly Christmas colors (or even New Year’s Eve) or even a 4th of July. Apparently today, I’m in a glitter mood! 

This little Flirty Anya has been paper pieced, colored with Copics, and Rock Candy Distress Stickles were smeared over the flower in her hair.  The dangle is from the vintage pack I purchased in Brentwood a while ago– I just keep using things from the pack and there is still so much more in it!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Printed Paper:  (Bouquet from the Portrait Collection) Crate Paper
Stamp:  (Flirty Anya) The Greeting Farm
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copic:  various
Other: (Rock Candy) Distress Stickles, (bakers twine) My Minds Eye, antique dangle, (big scalloped circles) Spellbinders

Sunday, November 20, 2011

"Merry" Little Lamb

This is my final card for the Holiday Boot Camp – yet I had the papers and stamp picked out by the first day class.    The holly leaves are dimensional stickers from American Crafts – I removed the bow since it did not match the paper, and replaced with the dots from Hero Arts.  I learned when stamping on the glitter paper (for the paper piecing of the ornament) that I have to use StazOn to make sure the image does not rub off the glittery surface. 
The class was wonderful – I cannot wait to see the next class that Jennifer and Kristina have!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Christmas Winter Combo Glitter Cardstock Matstack) DCWV
Patterned Paper: (Peppermint Party, Warm Welcome, Comfort & Cheer) Dear Lizzy & American Crafts
Stamp:  (Ornament Ewe, sentiment) CC Designs
Ink: (Antique Linen Distress) Ranger, (Black) StazOn, (Tuxedo Blac,) Memento
Copics: W00, W1, W2, 0, RV000
Other: (labels three, classic ovals large) Spellbinders, (white gold glitter) Martha Stewart Crafts, (Tradition Dimensional Details) Dear Lizzy & American Crafts, (blush dots) Hero Arts, (twine) Papertrey Ink, (jingle bells) Stampin Up, (le pouf) A*muse Studio  

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A*Muse Studio Winter Holiday Card Class

Thank you to all who attended the Winter Holiday Card Class that was hosted by my friend Shelley the weekend before – it may have seemed like punishment (lol) at the time, but everyone got their cards done and did an amazing job! You are definitely a very creative group of ladies.
I am sharing pictures of the two cards that we did that were not “borrowed” ideas directly from the A*muse Studio idea book.  I try not to publish things that are not my “creations” on my blog – if that makes sense – unless I give full due to the creator.
First up is our happy snowman family - we stamped “Matthew” first then masked him with Eclipse masking tape (purchased here ).  Then we stamped “mom” and “dad” snowmen, and followed up with our sentiment and snowflakes.  The fun part was distressing our tree and covering it in the distress stickles – it made it so old fashioned shimmery!  Then to make it easy, we tore off a piece of washi tape to use as the trunk.

SUPPLIES (Snowman Card):
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink,  (Green texture, blue) Bazzill, (Colonial White card/envelope) CTMH
Patterned Paper: (Tinsel Town paper pad) Creative Imaginations
Stamp:  (chill of winter) A*Muse Studio
Ink:   Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs) Ranger, (Black StazOn, Pearlescent Sky Blue Brilliance) Tsukineko
Other:  (Watercolor pencils) CTMH, (pine needles Distress Stickles) Ranger, (Hunter Green grosgrain) Stampin Up, (brown fall Washi tape) A*Muse Studio

The second card was a bit more of challenge – with all those folded circles lined up to create a wreath like look.  We distressed everything with the winter sky ink pad (and finger dauber), punched out our tree border (love that new border maker) and layered everything with adhesive and glue dots.  Then to make things easy – we tied a separate bow and glued it to the ribbon on the card (a cheater bow).

SUPPLIES (Folded Card):
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (blue) Creative Memories, (White card/envelope) CTMH
Patterned Paper:  (cheerful winter collection) Creative Memories
Stamp:  (vintage Christmas postmarks) A*muse Studio
Ink:   (winter sky, cobalt) A*muse Studio
Other:  (pebble satin ribbon) A*muse Studio, (web/swirls impression plate) A*muse Studio, (tree border maker, circle maker, scallop circle maker) Creative Memories

Finally, I am sharing a picture of a card from the A*muse Studio idea book (page 23) – with just a little change that we added.  The lovely gingerbread houses were missing life – so in the Saturday class we stamped and embossed the little string of gingerbread people (jolly gingerbread stamp set) in white embossing powder on pumpkin colored cardstock.  Then we just cut out how many little family members we wanted to populate the card!  Again, an artist with A*muse Studio came up with this card idea, I just wanted to share our little “gingerbread” addition.  For those that attended the Friday class and would like a mini family for their card – let Shelley know.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Winter Bird

When I see little red birds, I always think of one of my aunts – not sure, but it always makes me smile.  Today I turned a “chickadee” into a red bird, and used a new technique – cracked Utee.  I stamped the next to the smallest snowflake from the Christmas Glamor stamp set, with Iced Spruce ink.  Then I punched it out with the ¾” punch.  I covered the image in Versamark Ink, and then covered it with Utee, and heated it until it melted.  While the enamel was still hot, I covered it in Utee and heated it again.  I repeated this process, heating three layers of Utee on each snowflake.  Once cool, I cracked the image and rubbed Iced Spruce ink into the creases. 
You will also notice that instead of coloring the background of the stamped image, I choose a coordinating paper, stamped the same bird image and cut out.  Then I layered my bird upon the printed and white stamped images.  So the bird image was stamped three times, once on the die cut white paper, once on a coordinating print and again, on a scrap of white paper.  Now, some folks can probably color the background beautifully, but it was quicker for me to fussy cut – it is just whatever you are good at, cutting or coloring.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Snowed In 6X6 paper pad) My Mind’s Eye,  (Forever Christmas Card Paper Stack) Hot Off the Press
Stamps:  (Christmas Glamor) TPC Studio, (Chickadee) Stampendous
Ink:   Distress Ink (Iced Spruce) Ranger,  (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Versamark) Tsukineko
Copics: R24, R27, R29, Y17, BG78, C00, C1, C2
Other:  (Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large) Spellbinders, (Utee Thick Embossing Enamel, White Embossing Powder) Ranger, (Uniball white gel) Signo, (Distress Stickles in Antique Linen, Shabby Shutters, Tarnished Brass) Ranger, (Bakers twine – brown) Papertrey Ink, (¾” punch) Stampin Up

Sweater Weather

Day 8 of the Holiday Boot Camp centered on techniques – and I could not figure out which technique I wanted to try – distress ink/stain background, a gatefold card or Copic coloring.  I ended up choosing all.  The only one I have not tried is the crackle Utee – and that is probably coming on my next card.
I wanted to color the little Anya character and change her boho chic clothing into a sweater and faux fur trimmed hat.  I ended up coloring her skin and hair, then paper piecing her clothing to give a bit more texture to her outfit.
In addition, I tried out a new craft item called “le pouf” by A*muse Studios.  Things I have learned – let everything dry, and put on the “le pouf” and heat set it prior to coloring with the Copics.  The heat seemed to dry out and fade the coloring, in my opinion.  I like “le pouf” though – it produces a nice true white fluff look – just perfect for a winter hat and scarf!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (grass, olive) A*muse Studio
Patterned Paper: (grass dotted) Amuse, (Write the cards, Sing the carols) Very Merry collection October Afternoon
Stamp:  (Wonderland – for sentiment) Dear Lizzy for American Crafts, (Beanie Anya) The Greeting Farm, (Flourish Background) Hero Arts, (glistening snow) CTMH
Ink:   Distress Ink (Broken China, Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose, Iced Spruce, Shabby Shutters) Ranger, Distress Stain (Picket Fence) Ranger, (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics: E00, E11, E13, E35, Y23, YR23, R20
Other:  Embossing Powder (White) Ranger, (Le Pouf) A*muse Studio, (crystal Stickles) Ranger

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Merry Ornaments

Hello!  It is still me, but I have changed the blog color – at least until the Christmas card postings are finished – the orange paisley was a bit much of a contrast. 

This is the third and final card using the Day 6 sketches provided by the instructors at Holiday Boot Camp.  I can only say thank you to them for the great inspiration! Plus a big thank you to all my fellow students for the lovely comments!

Unfortunately, the photo does not do this card justice – I just couldn’t pick up the pearly shimmer of the ornaments with my camera (each was dusted with perfect pearls after stamping).  I have mentioned before that my camera work is elementary at best.  I am very happy with the way my ornament “ties” worked out – I glued the ornaments to the patterned frost paper and then punched holes through both with my hole punch.  The strength of two sheets of heavy weight paper was perfect to hold up to the string tying.  Then I hauled out the trusty Scotch tape – and taped the string in one place on the back so that the ties did not shift.

You may wonder why I showed the inside of this card – and it is simply that I found the perfect “shadow” color to stamp an image inside – not too yellow or to greyish.  Sometimes instead of paper etc. decorating the inside, I prefer to just stamp a faint image from the front (or a complimentary stamp) – but I have not been pleased with the color until now – Jenni Bowlin Malted Milk for Ranger is perfect.  Love the color!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Printed Paper:  (glazed apple, frost) Eskimo Kisses collection Basic Grey
Stamp:  (Decorative Ornament) Hero Arts, (Winter Pin Pals) Darcie’s
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (festive berries Distress Ink) Ranger , (sky, grass, cranberry ink pads) A*muse Studios, (malted milk) Jenni Bowlin for Ranger
Other: (Perfect Pearl) Perfect Pearls by Ranger, (black fine tip pen) Creative Memories, (twine) Papertrey Ink, Scotch tape

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Poinsettia Christmas

I am on a roll (if two cards in two days is any real indication).  This image is not really my style – a bit vintage, but when I saw the stamp, I had to buy it because the stamp is pre-shaded and does a lot of the coloring work for you.  The card is based on a sketch from the  - so many great ideas!

Things I have learned today – stamp the image on the piece of paper, then punch it out.  It is just one of the simple things in crafting, which sometimes take so many attempts to learn.  I added the ring of gold dots using my Uniball pen – it dawned on me that if the white gel pen can make faux stitching then the silver and gold pens can do the same thing (just another simple thing as mentioned prior). 
I really should make a video of my card making "techniques” – it would make everyone in my card making group feel so much better about their own talents (and give a few laughs to everyone watching).  When you just see the finished product, it is misleading since you do not see the struggle (at least for me) that went into it.  Maybe I will just gather up all the failed bits of card to share?  Even this card has a "mess up" on it - bottom right corner - see it?  Just another lesson in card making - let the gel ink dry before fussing with card!
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Vineyard Berry) CTMH
Printed Paper: (Nordic Holiday 6X6 Paper pad) Basic Grey
Stamp:  (Christmas Postcard) Stampin Up
Ink:   Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs) Ranger, (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics: G14, G24, G29, Y28, R29, R59, RV99, (clear) Spica
Other:   (Uniball Gold) Sanford,  (green button) CTMH, (Giga Scallop Circle punch) Marvy Uchida, (gold ribbon) May Arts

Monday, November 14, 2011

Holly Jolly Rudolph

I finally had time to begin the Holiday Boot Camp – mercifully, all videos are available for “replay” so you do not have to keep up but can work at your own speed.  As always, I love all the ideas that Jennifer and Kristina share (along with the talented guests). 
This card is made using a sketch provided in the class, and I knew which of my stamps I had to use first.  Amy at used the same little Rudolph - and I adored her card – enough to have a little shopping frenzy. 
Rudolph is colored with Copics, and I added glossy accents for a shiny nose.  To speed things along, I cut the bulbs out of glitter cardstock and just used a little liquid adhesive to hold them in place.  My thought while coloring was that I possibly have no idea what a real reindeer looks like, much less its coloring – so I apologize to the animal experts out there (or reindeer experts) for my shoddy knowledge.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Printed Paper: (Peppermint Twist paper pad) Brenda Walten for K&Company, (Christmas Winter Combo Glitter mat stack) DCWV
Stamp:  (Reindeer Lights) CC Designs, (Handy Christmas Greetings) Amy R Stamps
Ink:   Distress Ink (Gathered Twigs) Ranger, (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics: R24, R27, YG23, G17, E33, E35, E39, E47, 100, C00, C1, C2, W7 (antlers), (clear) Spica
Other:   (Glossy Accents) Ranger, (Details Lizzy Tradition) American Crafts, (Uniball Silver) Sanford,  (Christmas Bulbs die) CC Designs, (Labels Four die) Spellbinders

Monday, November 7, 2011

"Gringa" on a Limb

The card today is actually a concept taken directly from Nellie at  (Elk Grove, CA).  Nellie came up with the original, decidedly masculine, Gringo in one of her card classes.  I naturally fell in love with the little Iguana – and had to buy the stamp.  While making my purchase, Nellie pondered – “wouldn’t it be cute to put a little bow on Gringo’s head and make a little female Iguana” – so off we went in search of appropriate paper and ribbon.  If you are near the Elk Grove area and need to find just the right piece of paper – Nellie is the woman to seek out – she has what would be described as “mad skills”!
I am sure there is an easier way to do the layering on Gringa, I just did lots of layering and fussy cutting.  When done – I covered the leaves and eyes in Glossy Accents, slapped a tiny little bow on her head and drew some eyelashes. 
So here is my take on Gringa, and all thanks to Nellie.

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey
Printed Paper:  (fauna, stripe, limeade dot-grid) Doodlebug
Stamp:  (Gringo) WhipperSnapper Designs, Inc., (hand scripted) A*muse Studio
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics:  misc
Other: (pin ribbon) May Arts, (clear gem) Hero Arts, (Glossy Accents) Ranger

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Find Joy

Hello!  It has been busy at my home, between Halloween and the Scrapbook Expo,  Croptoberfest and work – a lot of crafting for others (or no crafting at all) but not for myself!  Then I had a window of opportunity, and jumped at the chance to make this card.  While it has a summer tone to it, I just had to use this stamp set – all the layering possibilities just begging me to get inky.   Not sure if you can tell in the photo, but I fussy cut to my heart’s delight and layered trees, clouds, leaves, and the little girl (her feet are kicking out from the card). 
Holiday boot camp begins on Monday – I cannot wait to see all the new things I will be learning! 

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey
Printed Paper:  (Yellow dot) BoBunny, (A Little Hello)  Pebbles, floral lane collection
Stamp:  (Swinging Girl) Darcies
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics:  misc
Other: (stardust) Stickles, (uniball gold) Signo, (bakers twine) Papertrey Ink, antique button