Happy Holidays


In the spirit of using up some of my card stock, another card on coloured card stock today.

This WPlus9 set is so versatile…it’s called Holiday Boughs.

I stamped and heat embossed the background in white using a variation of the different boughs and pinecones.  Then the sentiment was heat embossed in gold on vellum.  I obviously need a different gold embossing powder with a finer texture, but went with what I had.

A few of Tim’s stars and that’s it.  A really simple card to make.  I have lots of ideas running through my head on what to do next with this set…stay tuned!

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Mixed Media, Mixed Metals


Had some fun today with my Distress Oxides and Polychromos pencils.

The Christmas Rose Bouquet image from WPlus9 was heat embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Then, using my waterbrush and Distress Oxides I started colouring the image.  Once it was completely dry, I started adding more color with my Polychromos pencils.

More heat embossing on a piece of vellum with a sentiment from WPlus9 called Handlettered Holiday.  Then lots of bling…sequins, beads (see the center of the main flower), and some Tim Holtz Design Tape called Tidings.

Blingety, bling, bling today.  But hey, it’s a Christmas card!

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Mixed Media Card Challenge – Celebration

It’s December!  Wow!  And my celebration for the challenge – Christmas of course 🙂  and I’ve managed to use the optional element too!

The challenges run from the 1st to the 25th of each month, with the winners announced on the last day of the month.  To play along, simply create a mixed media card and enter it at the Mixed Media Card Challenge.  Be sure to check out the cards from the rest of the Design Team!  So much inspiration!

New to mixed media?  Simply combine two or more mediums on your card.  So many choices: watercolor, gesso, acrylics, distress inks, pencils, crayons, Copics, other inks and on and on…

Pretty simple design…I’ve stamped some elements from the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Elements set in gray archival ink.  Then the ARTplorations Christmas Trees stencil was heat embossed in white.  Next I mixed up some white acrylic paint with water and splattered it all over the card to create a snowy effect.  The sentiment has been stamped on some vellum and for a pop of color…a Tim Holtz Mirrored Star that’s been colored with alcohol ink.
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More Homework from Stretch Your Dies

I’m back with some more homework from the Online Card Classes Stretch Your Dies class.  Dawn Woleslagle from WPlus9 showed us a fabulous die technique and I finally found some time to play with it.

Although, time-consuming, it’s a great technique that could work for so many matching stamp and die sets.

You’ll see below that there’s no teal paper used…that’s because I used my Copic marker to color some white card stock to match the color on the bunny collars and flowers.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and vellum
Ink:  Ranger Watering Can Archival, Hero Arts Pool Mid-Tone
Stamps:  MFT Somebunny Loves You
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Somebunny BB Die-namics, masking paper, Copic markers, Copic Airbrush system, Pretty Pink Posh Tangerine sequins, Wink of Stella, adhesives

Challenges entered:

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge:

MFT Color Challenge 17:

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Dazzling Diva #65

I’m back with another Dazzling Diva challenge.  We’re all about color this week and using one or any combination of Golden Glimmer, Pucker Me Pink or Princess Pink.  
What gorgeous inspiration right?  Well, with Easter coming up and me wishing for Spring, I thought of a floral arrangement in these colors:

I started out by embossing my background.  Added some die cuts in Golden Glimmer and Princess Pink.  Taking my cue from the inspiration photo, I’ve added some glitter to my flowers.  The die cut tag is in two parts…more Golden Glimmer that’s been embossed with the same embossing plate, and some vellum that’s been heat embossed in gold.  Not difficult by any stretch and the craft metal really packs a punch doesn’t it?

I did a little stamp surgery on the sentiment stamp and cut it in half as I wanted to split the sentiment. Doesn’t hurt things at all and you can still use the stamp as originally intended.

Here’s what I used:  
Paper:  Bazzill Marshmallow and vellum
Ink:  Encore Gold
Stamps:  Clearly Besotted
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Lil’ Inker Quilted Stitched Pattern die, Penny Black Field of Dreams die, Hero Arts Spring Branch die, MFT Die-namics Tag Builder Blueprints 2, E.K. Success powder tool, Hero Arts gold embossing powder, heat tool, Stampendous fuschia crushed glass glitter, adhesives

And of course, the following Add a Little Dazzle metals:

Golden Glimmer                                                 Princess Pink
Golden Glimmer Metal SheetPrincess Pink Metal Sheet

Would love to have you join our Dazzling Diva Challenge!   Use of AALD craft metal sheets is not a requirement to play along, but we’d love to see you use them! There is a $15 gift certificate up for grabs.   If you use AALD craft metal you’ll receive an additional $5 in merchandise…BONUS!

Don’t forget to check out all the amazing designs by the Divas this week right here.

Challenges entered:

Virginia’s View Challenge:  all things embossed (embossed tag and background)

Cupcake Inspirations:  challenge 300 – sparkle (craft metal and crushed glass glitter)

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