11/17/2017

Peaceful Wreath

Happy Friday everyone!  I have one more peaceful Christmas card for you today.  This one is a bit more elegant than Wednesday's post.  I originally made it as part of the Bloom Art Stamps design team.
The main image is heat embossed in white on white card stock.  I then sponged the background using several shades of blue.  I adhered it to a 5.25 x 5.25 inc card base in Baja Breeze.  I chose the blue base color after I had sponged the background.  I found it easier to match the card stock to the background rather than trying  to get the sponging just right.

The bird is stamped in red on red card stock and fussy cut out.  I die cut "peace" in white and 3 pieces of red.  I stacked these together to give it depth and a slight red edge when seen at an angle.  I really like that effect.

For some added sparkle and interest I added a bit of silver twine and red sequins.

Stamps: Bloom Art Stamps Seasons: Wreath Birds Butterflies - Artist Series by Yuqi Lu

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11/15/2017

Peaceful Bunnies Christmas Card

Hi everyone!  I took a bit of a break after attending the Stampin' Up! event - lot's to catch up on at home. Spoiler alert!  Today's card is one that you may see in your mailbox if you're on my Christmas card list.
This was originally created for a color challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  I will probably switch up the background colors to be a bit more blue when I make this again.  But in a color challenge - rules are the rules, you need to use the colors stated or something very close! 

I die cut the front panel of the card using a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle that was slight smaller than an A2 card size.  Using an Outside Stitched Circle that was slightly larger than the die used for the stars, I cut a hole in the panel.  On a square piece of white card stock a little bit larger than the hole, I blended Pool Party (light blue) and Tranquil Tide (teal) together using a blending tool.  Then I used the Starry Circle die to cut out the stars and adhered a piece of silver glitter paper to the back.  The star panel is glued to the card and the top panel is popped up using foam tape.

The bunnies are colored using neutral gray Copic markers.  Normally I would use warm grays for animals but since I was using silver I thought the neutral gray went better. The small bunny and "Peace" are glued directly to the front and the large bunny is put on with foam dots.

This card is very simple to make - the blending is the only thing that takes some time.  As I said, I intend to try it with bluer ink colors and may try it using a wet "splat" technique that will go faster.  I'll post it when I try it.

Stamps and dies: Lawn Fawn Upon a Star
Dies: MFT starry circle, Hero Arts peace, MFT stitched rectangle and outside stitched circle
Copic Markers: Neutral Grays 0-4

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11/10/2017

Autumn Greenery

Happy Friday!  Although I know it's getting closer to Christmas and time to mail those Christmas cards, I wanted to do one more fall card.  I love autumn and Thanksgiving so I just couldn't help myself.  Our house is the one for the big family Thanksgiving celebration and in the past we have had close to thirty people!
This card goes together quickly and by changing up the background paper it could easily be a Christmas card.  It is A2 size.  I cut a piece of vanilla card stock to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and scored it at 4 1/4.  It is a top fold card.
I cut two panels from the patterned paper.  The bottom piece is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4, the strip for the middle is 5 1/2 x 2 3/4.  I adhered the strip to the panel and then glued it to the card base.
Next, I die cut the pine cone from a dark and lighter brown, the greenery from various greens (I feel the variety of color adds depth - there is a light, medium and dark green), the doily from vanilla and the berry branches from white.
I used Copic markers to color the berry branches.

I glued the doily circle slightly off center, arranged all the greenery except the main leaves and pine cone, and glued then in place.  I used a sponge dauber and VERY slightly added a little color to the center of the leaf for some dimension. For the pine cone and main leaf I used foam dots to raise them up.  My last step was to add some red sequins for sparkle.

Dies: Cottage Cutz Nested Stitched Doily Set and Pine Spray

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11/08/2017

Thanks a Latte

Hi everyone!  I'm at the Stampin' Up! OnStage Live this week.  We have a tour of the campus today and I wanted to make a thank you card for our guide.
Since it is a tour of Stampin' Up! I thought all products in this card should be theirs.  This was fun to make and a card that could be given to anyone - male or female.  After all, who doesn't love coffee?

I stamped the cup and lid with Basic Black ink and used watercolor pencils to color them.  The cup cozy is a really neat die that cuts it out and embosses it at the same time.  I also colored a cup using the new Stampin' Blends but decided I liked the mottled, painterly look of this one.

I played around a bit with the layout and paper colors but this is the one that made the cut. I'll post variations at a later date!

Stamps: Coffee Cafe, Merry Cafe
Dies: Coffee Cups, Stitched Shapes
Paper and Card stock: Painted Autumn DSP, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Kraft (retired SU)
Coloring tools: Watercolor Pencils - Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Smoky Slate  Ink - Basic Black, Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip (coffee beans)
Extras: Regals Enamel Shapes, Touches of Nature Elements, Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread

As you may have guessed I'm an Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I don't emphasize that here on my blog, but if you are in the market for Stampin' Up! products I'd appreciate you shopping with me.  My demonstrator website is: http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/mom-n-me/ (click on the "Shop Now" button.)

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11/06/2017

Little Fishies Double Challenge

Today's card is for the CAS Colours and Sketches weekly challenge.  The challenge for the week of October 31 is a double challenge since it was the fifth Friday in October.
The challenge was both a sketch and color challenge.
The only color I actually had was the Baja Breeze card stock.  But that wasn't a problem since I could color the fish and kelp with Copic markers to match.  I originally colored the fish and decided they were too blue-red so I recolored them.  All worked for the best as I now have several fish for another project!  The fish came out a bit dark and green, but I wasn't really sure exactly what color River Rock is - I couldn't decide if it was more green or khaki.

The water is die cut and the piece below the water is dry embossed with a wave pattern (a bit hard to see in the photo.)  I had just purchased the Studio Katia water droplets and couldn't resist using them.  They aren't self adhesive and I wasn't sure what to use for glue since I wanted them to retain their sparkle.  After a couple of tries on scrap paper I decided on Glossy Accents.  It works great and you can't see it underneath.  However, a little goes a long way because if it bleeds out the side that will be seen on your card.  So use just a tiny drop!

Stamps & Die:Lawn Fawn Fintastic Friends
Wave Die: Taylored Expressions - Rolling Waves
Embossing Folder: Stampin Up! Seaside
Copic Markers: R27, R29, G85, BG93

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