Friday, November 24, 2017

#TGIF135 Ombre

Get you brayers, sponges, or watercolors ready because the #TGIF135 is all about creating "ombre" effects this week.
This card is GORGEOUS!!!  I want to make one for everyone because it's so dang sparkly and yummy.  Seriously, this color palette is SO me.  I want to wear it, roll in it, bask in it, decorate my house with it, and maybe even eat it.  I just love, Love, LOVE the colors for the ombre.  They are, first Powder Pink, second Sweet Sugarplum, next, Berry Burst, and last Fresh Fig.
 The "lovely" was cut three times and layered on top of each other to create dimension.  I find this layering method for detailed pieces much cleaner than using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The heart portion is only one layer thick.  I love the blend of Gold Foil, Gold Mini Sequins, and Gold Metallic Thread, with the ombre of color.  
Thanks for visiting today.  Now it's your turn to bust out your favorite colors and whip up an ombre effect for you newest stamped work of art.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Tags, Tags, and More Tags

Order yourself a pack of the Merry Little Christmas Memories and More Cards, some ribbons and twine, along with Felt Embellishments then sit down and create a HUGE stack of gift tags.
I packed kits for those attending my November stamp classes that included the Merry Little Christmas Memories and More Card Pack, Cherry Cobbler Stiched Ribbon, Quilted Ribbon, the Tinsel Combo Pack, and Black Bakers Twine.  A cut card stock and embellishments bag also came with the kits.  We cranked holiday music, had door prizes, ate goodies, and stamped away.

Scroll through and see some of the tags made in my 4th Annual Tags, Tags, and More Tags class.
Enjoy and have a happy Christmas crafting season!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hand Stamped Sentiments #277

I love LOVE this sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  
I busted out my paper snips for this sketch challenge to do a bunch of fussy cutting.  I don't mind detail cutting with scissors, but what's a huge bummer is I have reached the point in life where it's not going to happen without a pair of magnifying glasses.
After I cut a bunch of trees and critters from the Pick a Pattern DSP I arranged them as a "wild" pack of animals sitting out in nature.  I grabbed some retired Emerald Envy ribbon to fit the challenge and then stamped my sentiment from the Pieces of Patterns set in Basic Black.
 I stamped the greeting with Basic Black Archival Ink and let it fully dry before I watercolored it.  I used Flirty Flamingo and Crushed Curry Inks to add some color to the "wild."  I tiny hit of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter is one of those details I just can't help myself from adding.  It's subtle but so SO me.
This group of wild life to me looks like they are waiting for something special.  Cute aren't they?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

I'm Getting' Christmassy for Monday Montage

Making cards and tags, planning parties and outings, making and buying presents, decorating and baking, and listening to hours & hours of Christmas music -- It's the most wonderful time of the year!  

My most favorite part of the holiday season is the music.  Hands down it's the best.  What I really like are all the Christmas images that Stampin' Up! has created over the years that quote classic lyrics.  For these two card I mixed traditional sayings with unconventional colors.  Teal made a big statement this Halloween and fall; now I see it accenting Christmas decor too.
In Stampin' Up! color terms I love mixing Bermuda Bay, an awesome teal hue, with Sweet Sugarplum.  Add in some dark teal with Tranquil Tide and the richness of Fresh Fig and you get a fresh and crisp look for your hand made cards.
Both cards feature the Carols of Christmas Bundle which you can purchase in clear or wood mount and the Layering Squares Framelits as main ingredient tools.
Carols of Christmas Clear-Mount BundleLayering Squares Framelits Dies
The embellishments are also the same for both cards: Merry Music Specialty DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, and Basic Rhinestones.
Thank you for spending a few minutes visiting my blog, it's been great to have you stop by :0)

Friday, November 10, 2017

#TGIF133 Pinecones and Prettiness

Happy Friday everybody!

It's time for a sketch challenge and this is one that is sure to ignite your creative juices.  From my blog click on over to #TGIF133 to check out all of the team's designs for this week.
For this challenge I had an idea to mix pre-inking an embossing folder with water coloring.  I gave my idea a whirl and I think my hand-painted embossed paper turned out pretty cool.
Sometimes I give myself some wiggle room on challenges and ever so slightly tweak them to fit my creative process, but for this one I stayed true to the sketch minus the rounded corners.
In my world there are Berry Burst pinecones.  I love these and the touch of snow I added.  All I did to get the frosted look was to put the pinecones face down in my Whisper White Ink Pad and then I gently tapped one side.
 Here is a closer look at the background paper.  I pre-inked the Holly TIEF with Lemon Lime Twist Ink, set a piece of Watercolor Paper in the folder, and then ran it through the Big Shot.  After I spritzed the paper with water to move the ink and give it a watercolored appearance.  I patted the excess water dry because I didn't want the ink to get on the raised portions.  With an Aquapainter I colored the berries with Berry Burst Ink and the holly leaves and swoop curls with Pear Pizzazz Ink.  Through the entire painting process I blotted areas dry so the ink wouldn't bleed and hints of white paper would stay uncolored.
Don't miss out on the fun.  Hop over to TGIF, download the sketch, and play along.
Happy Friday!