Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Peace on Earth - A Christmas Card Set

I've been playing around with some Christmas cards to get ahead of the game.  These cards were created using my Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas stamp and die set.  That little angel is so perfectly adorable to me and the simplicity of this card charms me.  I stamped onto Bristol cardstock and colored the image with my Zig Clean Color Brush markers.  There's some glimmer pen on those wings, but the photos don't come across the best.

The yellow stars are stamped with the yellow ink and embossed with a clear crystal embossing powder so they sparkle in the light as well.

On the inside, a brown Archival ink stamped sentiment using my SSS For to Us stamp set.  The sentiment on the outside and the Merry Christmas on the inside is stamped with Peacock Feathers Distress oxide ink.  This is the perfect match with my MISTI so that a crisp image could be made.

I'm ever so pleased with how these cards turned out.  I've some more ideas for this stamp set and so I'll be working on those in the coming weeks.  We're  93 days from Christmas at this point.  I need to get on it!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

A Flowery, Bright Birthday Card

Brandy shared with me a little of her recent die cutting adventures.  In an effort to use up those scraps of colored cardstock, she used her Tim Holtz Funky Florals 2 die set.  This card was created with some of those die cuts.  What a lovely flowery scene set with scraps!  The card is made using the Sunny Studio Sliding Pop Up card die.  Charming and adorable, don't you think?

Such a fun card design and well worth the effort to glue each of those little pieces to set the scene.  We won't discuss the fact that you can't see the "missing" scraps from the stash.  They are beautiful either way.

Andie for 

Friday, September 21, 2018

A Milestone Birthday To Join the Shaker Challenge

My father celebrated his milestone birthday - 70 years - last week.  I put together this shaker card using my Cricut and a Papertrey Ink balloon die.  I ink blended four card fronts using my Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink.  I used some Perfect Pearls to splatter on the card fronts so there is a subtle sparkle, but not too much since this is a masculine card.  I left the die cut  opening as a single, square opening for the sequins and seed beads because I knew I could just add quite a bit of sparkle inside. I think it works well here.

On the inside, I used an oops from the die cutting process.  I attempted to cut the "70" out and didn't have the settings on the blade deep enough (pressure setting) which resulted in a cut that didn't go all the way through the paper.  I decided to repurpose that boo-boo by silver heat embossing the inside sentiment and using it to be the inside.   A black pen was more than enough to add my own personal sentiment underneath.  I'm pleased with how the card turned out - he was too as he made a point to show my mom when I gave it to him.  He's an understated man, so that was an indication how much he thought.

I'm going to enter this card in the following challenges:

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Week 430 - Birthday Shaker as my card is definitely both!

Come join the fun.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A Happy, Buzzy Day to You Mr. Prairie Dog!

Brandy shared with me this wonderful scene colored with her Polychromos colored pencils.  She used her Waffle Flower Summer Time stamp set to create the scene.  She used a no-line coloring technique and the blending capabilities of those Polychromos pencils is very on display in this work of art.  That prairie dog is such a charming dude - I want to go for a visit!

Andie for 

Monday, September 17, 2018

More Expressions of Gratitude

As it turns out, we needed another 27 cards to express our gratitude at the outpouring of love, expressions of sympathy and commitments for prayers at the loss of my beloved grandma.  That woman (my grandma) knew how to be a pen pal, sent cards like it was her job and the people who responded (in 2018!) with the same sentiment and care was overwhelming.  I knew my grandpa wouldn't be able to emotionally and/or physically respond to each of the 45+ cards, flowers, gifts and letters.  So, I made these cards to finish the job.  I wrote a short note on each and every card, personally tailored to their well wishes and my grandpa would add his own note and/or signature on each.  It sounds like a lot of work and I guess it was.  However, it was mostly a huge blessing and I am grateful for being able to do so.

These cards were easy to duplicate with my MISTI.  The layering on the roses make for a beautiful finish that I will have to say I'm proud to have given these away.