Thursday, December 1, 2016

MMCC #30

Here we are - December already! And time for a new theme at the Mixed Media Card Challenge. This month it's about another favorite - GOLD - with the optional element of "star".


I've got some funky gold goodness for you today.


This was basically an experiment. What do you get when you mix white glue with embossing powder? My card!

Dribbled the glue all over a panel of black CS. Sprinkled gold embossing powder over it. Poured the excess off. Let it set up for ten minutes and then heat embossed, being careful not to overheat it.

So what to do with it? I adhered a strip of washi down the edge of a cardbase. Did the same down a strip of vellum and then heat embossed a sentiment from Papertrey Shapes by Design onto it. Wrapped it around the back of the black panel, trimmed a curvy edge on the panel and then adhered it to the cardbase.

How's that for mixed media? Stamping and ink, plus texture, dimension and technique! I think it might make a nice anniversary card for a young-at-heart couple on their 50th! Why not create a mixed media card with GOLD and join us at the Mixed Media Card Challenge this month? Be sure to check out what the DT has created here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

let it snow on this sympathy card

Yes. I need another sympathy card. A friend lost her father on Thanksgiving. Now that sucks.

I had this card made but felt it was unfinished. It had just the stamping on it. So I decided to give it a wintery touch and now I'm happy with it. It's off on its way...


I used gray cardstock and Altenew Winter Cardinal with various red inks. The sentiment is Papertrey Botanical Silhouettes. I used Simon Says Stamp Snow stencil and embossing paste (tried to avoid the sentiment area) and then added a sheer black ribbon up top.

Thanks for visiting today. I am hooking up at Seven Hills Crafts because I've got "Let it Snow" going through my head now that we've got minus temps here in Germany. And at Creative with Stamps who want to see a bird! And at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge where it's Anything Goes.





Tuesday, November 29, 2016

spotlight on background stamping

Check out my tutorial over at STAMPlorations to find out how I created the background for this card using one little stamp.


I'm hooking this card up at Cherrylana No. 26 where it's all about stamping backgrounds!
Gotta love it.

STAMPlorations inspiration #108

Welcome to the blog. In a post-turkey-day stupor? I've got a fun Christmas card for you today, totally inspired by this photo found over at Inspired by All the Little Things.

Chalkboard. Wood. Christmas. What's not to love? I pulled out this ARTplorations stencil and made a card.


Used a white gel pen to trace the stencil.  Used the other tree in the stencil to trace a few circles like ornaments hanging from the frame like in the inspiration photo. Drew in the white stripes and colored the area between with red colored pencil. Smeared some white pigment ink with my finger for the chalkboard look. Added washi along the bottom and a freehand-cut frame from woodgrain PP. A heat embossed sentiment from Oh Christmas Tree finished it off.

I'm also hooking up at AAA Cards where it's about circles. Those ornaments up top started off life as circles!


And Basteltraum #47 where it's all about Christmas!

Hope you enjoyed this easy card. If you haven't already, check out the 35% off sale going on at STAMPlorations through Nov 30th!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

sympathy cards

When I return from a visit to Michigan, my mojo always suffers from a bad case of jet lag. Checked out some challenges to get me creating cuz unfortunately, I needed a few sympathy cards.

Went to CASe this Sketch and saw this.
And the code word at Addicted to CAS is

So it was pretty easy to come up with this card thanks to Winnie and Walter Big, Bold and Comfort and its die.

Then I checked out CAS Mix Up and CASology.



Out came the watercolors in soft shades of gray to make more ombre backgrounds and these cards were born. They are going to DH's cousins who lost their mom.




I masked off areas on the fronts with painters tape before heat embossing and watercoloring (and even splattering on the last card). The first card's image is from Clearly Wordsworth Poetry of the Earth. The second uses Altenew Freeform Greenery. Sentiments are from KartenKunst.


Notice the yellow in the last card? That was in a nod to the November Altenew challenge which celebrates Summer in the Winter - like my Schneewittchen rose that blooms into December in my yard. Sympathy cards in Germany tend to stick to black and white, but Tante Hilde was a bubbly gal so I think a spot of yellow is allowed amidst the gray.

Thanks for coming by today. Have a great Thanksgiving if you're celebrating. Eat some turkey and sweet potatoes (and stuffing and beans and cranberry relish and pumpkin pie and cornbread muffins....) for me too, will ya?


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

STAMPlorations inspiration #107

Welcome to the blog. I had some fun putting together today's Inspiration Post card with lots of bits and pieces. It's actually a mixed media card too - as a reminder for the current "Thanksgiving" Mixed Media Card Challenge which is open until Nov 25th.

Let me show you what I did.


It all started with the bit of a stamped pumpkin from Oh So Grateful left over from this card. I Copic colored it (TECHNIQUE) and pulled out some old Basic Grey Indian Summer PP. I created a tag with it using CUTplorations ATC Tag Builder.

In a nod to the optional element of "table" at MMCC I added a strip of paper hessian (TEXTURE) like a placemat cuz I think the scallopy edge looks like a tablecloth! Added some die cut leaves from my snippets and a Reverse Confetti sentiment stacked on fun foam (DIMENSION). Some raffia at the top of the tag adds even more TEXTURE.


Then I remembered that MMCC is a CARD challenge... so popped the tag onto a kraft cardbase and called it good ;)

There's more inspiration over at STAMPlorations. And join us at the MMCC with your mixed media Thanksgiving card here.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

giving thanks blog hop


There's a humongo-jumbo blog hop happening today with an absolutely wonderful theme - GIVING THANKS. Something I try to remember to do every day, but what better time of year to have a special event than as Thanksgiving approaches in the US!

Shery R. at STAMPlorations organized this with members of the DT as well as lovely guest designers from challenges you are probably thankful for! I won't keep you long so that you can hop along and check out all the beautiful creations. You've probably arrived from the STAMPlorations blog - if not you can start the hop here.

Here's my contribution.


An image with a coordinating die... had to put my big girl panties on and get out the Copics. I tried to channel my Debra J. but it ain't working! Anyhoo.

After I'd colored the basket from Many Blessings and die cut it with Blessings Word, I die cut multiple "Blessings" from textured white CS and adhered them randomly to my white cardbase which I'd lined with a strip of washi. These products are part of the Many Blessings Bundle available here. If you want to see the stencil from the bundle in action, check out this card.

Then I heat embossed the word "many" onto a black snippet and adhered it and the basket with foam adhesive.


I like the deep harvest colors combined with all that white. What do you think?

Don't want to keep you, but two things you'll want to know. There are tons of prizes for commenting and/or hooking up a "Giving Thanks" card. You have until Nov 30. And... Shery's offering 35% off store items from today until the end of the month with the code BIGTHANKS. Check it out here.

Now hope on. The lovely Anita in France is your next stop. She's got an autumn beauty for you...


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