Monday, December 11, 2017

A Pair of Seasonal Shakers

Hello friends!  Jacquie here with some more holiday cards!  Today I have a pair of shaker cards both made with some adorable critters that I've colored.

This shaker is a combination of different sets.  The bear, deer and bird are from Avery Elle Winter Woodland Wonders. The penguin is from Lawn Fawn's Here We Go A-Waddling, and the greeting is from Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Greetings.  All of these colored critters were stamped with Altenew Crisp Permanent black ink and colored with Copic markers.

This card features reindeer and presents from Pretty Pink Posh Reindeer Friends....again, stamped with Altenew Crisp permanent black ink and colored with Copics.

To assemble the shakers, I cut a circle on a card panel, adhered Judikins embossable Window plastic for the window and made the shakers with Scotch foam tape.  I filled both shakers with an assortment of sequins and micro beads from Pretty Pink Posh.  

I die cut a Chainlink circle from My Favorite Things Die-namics linked chain circle frames out of glitter paper and adhered it to the front of the window.  I added the die cut critters to both cards and finished it off by adding some sparkle from a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen.

Thats it for today!  I hope you like these!  Shakers are really not too hard to make once you get the steps down, and practice makes perfect!  These fun cards are especially fun for the recipient!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree

Hey there, crafty friends!

I'm really happy to be here sharing this holiday card with you. Creating this card really got me in the holiday spirit!

I started out by creating the background. I used the Echo Park Oh Christmas Tree stencil and my Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink and blending tool to create the vibrant background.

I then used a Hero Arts Christmas tree layering stamp to create my Christmas tree. I used various shades of green ink and then used Versamark ink and white embossing powder on the last layer to create the snowy look on the branches. I then used a small circle stamp and red pigment ink to create the ornaments. Because I was adding these ornaments as the last layer on the tree, I knew I needed to use pigment ink since it would sit on top of all the other layers of ink.

After finishing the tree, I die cut it out with an oval die, and then I used the frame die in the set to cut a red frame from scrap cardstock. I brushed the edges with Candied Apple distress oxide ink just to give the frame some depth. I also cut a wide strip of the same red cardstock and treated the edges with the same red distress oxide ink.

Now it was time to put all these different elements together. I adhered my stenciled background to my card base, and then glued my red strip across the front. I then put my oval Christmas tree piece on top of the red strip and finished off the card by gluing the red frame on top of the oval tree piece.

Thanks for stopping by today, and Merry Christmas!


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Jolliest Bunch of Elves This Side of the Nut House!

Happy Saturday!

Samantha here today, and I'm sharing a cute, festive and funny layout I made of my little Menn decorating our tree last year! 

Love it! Ha ha!
I started by making large paint strokes with a warm pink watercolor! Once that was dry, I added some watercolor splatters in Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide Ink and Cosmo Cricket Gold Spray

Once the background was dry, I started layering some green and black/white 6x6 papers behind my photo strip! Then I started adding some embellishments like the Shimelle Shaker Stickers (OMG!!) and wooden buttons...which are my FAVORITE embellishment ever!! LOVE them!

And who remembers enamel dots?!? ME!!! Because I own ALLLL of them! Lol!!! I swear that's what it feels like! So I added a sprinkling in green and red around my layout!
Lastly, I added my title with the Maggie Holmes Carousel Happy Thickers (swoon) and some ooooooooold green Thickers I had in my stash!

So that's my layout!
What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Wish I made a card instead?! Inquiring minds want to know! And more importantly, inquiring minds want to know why you're not shopping!! Ha!
Thanks again!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Winter Coffee Lover's Blog Hop 2017

Hi, Coffee Loving Friends!!! It's time for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!! HOORAY! You can find all the details and start the hop HERE.

Guess who?! Hold onto your hats... it's ME, Vanessa!!! LOL It's been AGES since I've made a card and I literally just created this on a pile of stuff that's been sitting on my desk in my craft room. Hey, but I got it done! Whatever works. hahahahaha  I started with a different idea in mind, but then my little cup decided to take on a snowman vibe and well, I went with it. It's amazing how indecisive one can be (that would be ME!!!) when making a card. I had cut the big chevies background out of grey and red, but then decided to go more "peppermint" with the red and white instead. Then I struggled with whether or not to add the arms for a solid 10 minutes. THIS, people, is why I hardly ever make stuff. :P He needed arms to give hugs and send the cup of cheer so arms he has! The sentiment is from MFT's Hug in a Mug stamp set. LOVE that set. <3

I hope you thoroughly enjoy the hop!!! Be sure to comment along the way for your chances to win some fabulous prizes including one from the shop. If you feel like shopping and supporting the sponsors, you can use the code WARMUP10 for 10% off your order in my shop through Sunday, 12/10.

Lastly, I have an open Design Team call up through the 22nd. You can find details HERE on how to apply if you're interested. 

Sending you a big cup of CHEER!!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Deck the Tree with lots of Craft Stuff - fa la la la!

Hi Everyone!

Jenny here with a non-card post.  How about using some of your crafty supplies for creating holiday decorations?  Even non-Christmas themed craft supplies no less?

In this week's post I'm building on the technique I showcased in this post here - using Nuvo Drops to create a stained glass look. Today I'm going to show you how to go one step further and create a cool little decoration to hang on your tree or wall or anywhere you like!

To start, you need a die that has plenty of open areas that you can drop your liquid medium into (you can use Nuvo Drops, Liquid Pearls, Glossy Accents, Ranger Enamel Accents - all work well, but are different consistencies).  I'm using the Altenew Dodec Star Die which is perfect for this technique.

To start with, die cut the shape from strong cardstock (at least 110lb, any colour you like -only the edges will show), 4 or 5 times, and then twice from a nice cardstock of your choosing (I used glitter and foil cardstock).  This will create one decoration.  I did this three times to create three different decorations.

Adhere the plain cardstock die-cuts together.  I would recommend spray adhesive if you can deal with the smell, and stack them together. Then lay them down on a non-stick craft mat.  (A craft mat will enable your decoration to dry but still be lifted up.  If you are worried about shifting, you can also use a temporary adhesive spray to stick it to the mat).

Then use your liquid medium to drop in the wells to create a pattern of your choosing.  I would recommend adding more than you think you need as it does have a tendency to sink a little. Use a craft pick to pull out the medium into the smaller corners as you need.  For my pieces I used:  Nuvo Glitter Drops in Silver MoondustBlue Lagoon, Sherbert Shimmer, and Purple Rain.  For the clear decoration, I used Nuvo Jewel Drops in Rosewater, Limoncello, Sea Breeze, and Key Lime.   Leave to dry overnight.

When dry, carefully pop off the craft mat (they should just peel off) and adhere the cover cardstock on each side of the decoration. I used glitter cardstock in pink and blue, and foil cardstock in silver.  To create a hanger, take some ribbon, use a craft pick to pop a hole through the top of each decoration and tie the ribbon through the hole.  And you're done!

These are actually really easy to create, and although you have to leave them to dry overnight, you can make tonnes and tonnes at a time :) 

Have fun!!

Jenny x

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Get Yeti for Christmas

Hi there, crafters!  It's Andrea back with you sharing a card featuring the oh-so-adorable critters from Neat & Tangled's Get Yeti set.  Now, you know I love cute critters, but the sentiments in this set are awesome, too!  Check it out.

Are you "yeti" for Christmas?  I'm not!  Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but Christmas seems to come faster each year!  Anywho, about the card, I stamped all of the images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with Copics.  The trees are from Neat & Tangled's Lumberjack Love set.  After I cut out the images, I added (hold onto your seats!) some details with a white gel pen

The sky was created by ink-blending a piece of Bristol Smooth paper with Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks.  I used a stitched hill border die to create two hills.  I adhered the back hill to my panel and tucked the mountains underneath.  I glued the trees to the background before popping up the second hill with foam tape.  

Using my MISTI, I stamped the main sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto the background before attaching it to a white card.  I adhered my critters with more foam tape, adding two layers behind the yeti's head.  For a little sparkle, I brushed on some Spectrum Noir Sparkle in Clear Overlay.

That's it for me today!  Have a great week, and I'll see you here next Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

MFT - Ski-seaons Greetings

Hi everyone!  It's Christine here to share a fun wintery card with you today using a brand new stamp set from My Favorite Things.  Here's my card:

For my card today, I first cut out a piece of Kraft cardstock and inked it with some Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink.  I then used my Echo Park Snowflakes #2 stencil and some Silver Glitter Paste to create the beautiful textured and glittery snowflake background.  Next, I stamped my adorable image from the Ski-sons Greetings stamp set by MFT onto Canson XL watercolor paper and then painted the image with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a Detailer Water Brush.  I then cut the cute bear out using the Coordinating DieNamics Ski-sons Greetings dies and then adhered the image to the front of the snowflake panel with foam tape.  I next stamped the sentiment onto some black cardstock with some Versamark Ink and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I then adhered the sentiment to the panel using foam tape and then adhered the entire panel to a standard A2 sized card base.  What do you think?

Well, that's it from me today.  Thanks so much as always for stopping by Hugs, Christine