From Our Home to Yours

Happy Sunday Evening, crafters! I hope everyone enjoyed the long Holiday weekend! I am going back to the ’50s with this card. I love this Hero Arts set. The fire is colored using prismacolor pencils. The colors chosen for the fire are based off of a youtube video by Lisa Mitrochin: The remainder of the card is stamped in Versamark Onyx Black Ink and colored with Arteza Real Brush Pens. A little glimmer was added to all the ornaments with clear Wink of Stella. The sentiment is embossed in Emerald Creek’s Black Cheery powder. The background papers are papers taken from my stash: old Sizzix pattern for the wall, white for the base board and grey for the rug. Fairly simple, straight forward stamping and coloring.

I have a very whimsical, over-the-top envelope for this retro card. The envelope had to have a 1950s vibe as well. So….. White Christmas theme it is. The paper used is from Carta Bella: “A Very Merry Christmas” purchased from Amazon. The Haynes sisters are a digital file from the etsy Shop:AddisonWelch. Blue fuzzy feathers had to be used for the fans; to adhere the feathers I used Distressed Oxide Icicles Collage Medium. The Sisters “sentiment” is cut from a Cricut Access file and sprayed with Mica Spray in Frosted Juniper. My “background” is covered by acetate. Don’t want to lose any feathers. 😊 Thoughts??

I have a fun “White Christmas” trivia….. The Song “Sisters” was sung ONLY by Rosemary Clooney. Aparently, all of the singing for Vera-Ellen was dubbed and Rosemary sung both parts of this song. Who knew???

Challenges entered (card): Allsorts Challenge, Tic Tac Toe Challenge (wreath, holiday, embossing), Pearly Sparkles Challenge, Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge, SSS Wednesday Challenge, Double Trouble (cookies are waiting for Santa): Envelope: The Dream Factory Challenge, ABC Christmas Challenge (Whimsy😁)

“If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” -Anonymous

Sending Christmas Cheer

Happy Thanksgiving to all the American Crafters and Cardmakers! Here’s hoping that eveyone is enjoying some yummy food today! A fairly simple looking card today. The background is a combination of stamps from The Ton (Parisian Cafe) and Hero Arts (November 2019). The initial colors are Speckled Egg (Distress Oxide) and Unicorn White (Hero Arts) used to gently color over the entire image. Then I focused on the tree; it is a combination of white charcoal, Copic markers (YG61, YG63) and Prismacolor pencils (PC908, PC1020, PC120,PC1096). A little shading of the windows was added with warm greys (PC1051,PC1054)) and yellos (PC914,PC916). The star is colored with some gold watercolor. Of course, Cricut helped out with the sentiments: cut file and foiled file via Circut access. Lavinia stamps’ Snowflakes were added with Versamark Emossing ink and Ranger white emobssing powder. Some Stickles in Frosted Lace added a bit more shine to the tree’s ornaments.

Challenges entered: Double D Challenge, SSS Wednesday Challenge, Pearly Sparkles Challenge, The Rainbow Card Challenge,

Vintage Sunday

It is a vintage sort of morning. This little one was found on Graphic Fairies and she was just too cute not to download and color. She was printed in grey scale and I tried to stay true to the colors used in the 40s? on Christmas cards. I used Prismacolor pencils and white charcoal. A frame from Tim Holt’s Ideology collection was then washed lightly in silver acrylic paint. I added a second frame using Silver Paper and then matching layers of card stock. I didn’t add much more than layers as I wanted her to be the center of attention.

“A Sunday well spent brings a week of content”

Challenges entered: Time Out Challenge, All Sorts Challenge, Pearly Sparkles Challenge

Christmas Cards and Envelopes

We’re off to the weekend, crafters! I have been working on this matching set as a thank you gift for a friend. I posted the card previously under Beautiful Branch. I made matching envelopes and tags for this card. My thought was to use the tags as a way to seal the back of the envelopes. I found these cute otters at USPS. The card and envelope do take double postage as the size is irregular. I used Cricut foil and Cricut access dsigns for the envelope and the tag. You are seeing correctly. The white gel pen was used on the envelopes. Here is the trick for the white over the gold in Cricut. Cricut defalts to writing before foiling. I DO NOT load the pen in for the first writing, therefore nothing happens and the machine moves on to the foil. Once foiling, cutting and embossing is complete, you will have to unload the mat. Do not finish the cut. Reload the mat and choose the same layer. This time load the white gel pen (yes, the Jelly Roll pens fit the Cricut pen holder.) and let the machine write your message. Once it asks for you to insert the foil, cancel your cut and you are done. It sounds like it won’t work, but I promise it does.

The box I made is faux wood (in black) contact paper and brown velvet jewelry paper. I cut chip board from my stash to make the box and glued the pieces together. I thought it made a nice gift box.

“Weekend forcast: Crafting with a chance of Chocolate.”

Challenges entered: Crafty Happiness Challenge, A Perfect Time to Craft, The Dream Factory, Wednesday’s Creative Inspiration,

A Snowy Woodlands

Good Morning, Crafters! Thanks to DD15, I didn’t give up on this card. Three Distres Oxides in blue helped to create my blue woodlands: Stormy Sky, Prize Ribon, Chipped Saphire. I fist masked the circle to create my scene using SSS Stamptember Tim Holtz 2021. I then used an snowflake embosing folder to begin the background. After embossing, I went back with some ink blending. I added Distres Crackle Pate in Icicle next. My favorite circle die cut was used with some vellum to make the snowflakes: 3-D Impreslits Snowflake by Tim Holtz. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and was embossed using white Range embosing powder with Versamark Ink. A litle rock candy glitter and white gel pen for some accents and you’re complete.

Chalenges entered: As You Like It Chalenge, All Sorts Chalenge, Pearly Sparkles Challenge, ABC Christmas Challenge, The Dream Factory Challenge, SSS Monday Challange

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Have a Merry Friday Evening, crafters!!! Sometimes, the simple cards can be the most rewarding. My background is a patterned paper from my stash. Simple stamping using Tim Holtz Forest Floor and Bold Tidings Mini complete the card. That’s it! 3 stamps, 3 inks and you are done! Quick and easy. It is a great way to make a bunch of cards fast. I made six cards in about an hour. Let me know if you try it!

For my ABC peeps….. X is for Xerox.

Challenges entered: Alphabet Challenge, ABC Christmas, Watercooler Wednesday

“Art washes from the soul, the dust of everyday life.”

A Walk In the Woods

Happy Copic Coloring, Crafters! My whimsical card started with the thought of a “Walk In the Woods” by the Double D Challenge. My Digi stamp and background paper are from Whimsy Stamps. I wanted to color my Cool Pony with Copics similar in color to the background. Honestly, I struggle with Copic coloring and blending, I am NO Sandy Allnock. But, I try hard. The colors I chose were: W0, W1, N0, N2, N4, E50, E51, E70, RV63, RV66, RV69. I used the colors I have (as I don’t own all of the Copic colors….yet 😊) My focal point was cut with a Scan and Cut and placed in this beautiful scene. To add a little glimmer to my card, Rock Candy glitter by Ranger was added to the fur trim. I don’t know if this counts as clean and simple; but, for me, it is. Hope you enjoy! For those from Double Trouble, my background has many Trees and my pony is Tethered to the little girl.

“Weekend forecast….. crafting, with a chance of chocolate.”

Challenges entered: ABC Christmas Challenge, Double D Challenge, Critter Crazy Challenge, Double Trouble Paper Challenge, Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Santa’s Journey

Good evening crafters! This evening was quite inky over here. Santa is making his Christmas Eve run, flying over a sweet deer family. This was a fun and whimisical card to make. Although Santa is in this card, my preference is to make cards with cute critters on them…. You can never have too many furry friends. Here’s my recipe:

  • Paper: Arteza Watercolor paper – inked on the smooth side
  • Distressed Spray Stain: Prize Ribbon, Villainous Potion, Squeezed Lemonade
  • Distress Mica Spray: Snowflurries, Hocus Pocus, Bubbling Cauldron
  • StampersAnonymous Stamps: SSS 2021 Inktober, Forest Floor
  • MayMay Made It Stamp: Vinnies Fav
  • Inks: Versamark Onyx Black Ink, Versafine Clair Medieval Blue
  • Pan Pastels: Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue Tint, Pearlescent Yellow
  • Gel Pens: yellow, white, Purple
  • Glitter: Rock Candy, Tinsel (Ranger)

Challenges entered: SSS Monday Challenge, As You Like It Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, Critter Crazy Challenge, The Unicorn Challenge Blog

In case it is not evident: 2-hills, 4-reindeer,6-mediums(aka mixed media)