Starry Christmas

The inspiration for this card was Merry Monday Challenge #289. The theme is add a star.


Starry Christmas

For my card I had in mind to use this star from a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero set. Then I thought why don’t I use something other than the traditional colors. I did a search on the internet and decided on a color scheme. I used several of the colors but not all.

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I started out with a few different things and as we all do at times you make several different pieces until they all work together. It is kind of different from my norm but you have to try different things occasionally. I have a white panel with the background pattern stamped in Aged Mahogany Distress ink and that was too busy with the stars over it. I won’t go on about all the different pieces but I will say that if someone took apart the card there is clear embossing on the back side of the burgundy panel. I decided that the Versamark stamping of the background was the best.

The stars I heat embossed on blue paper with gold powder and the same on red paper. I hand cut those and then decided they needed a little border so I used the die to cut the stars out so they are layered which I think adds a nice touch.

For the sentiment I heat embossed using the same gold embossing powder on a white piece of paper. I then cut out the sentiment with dies.

Background – Hero Arts Snowflake Pattern Bold Print (CG723)

Stars – Hero Arts My Monthly Hero November 2017 kit, Queen’s Gold embossing powder by Ranger

Sentiment – Sizzix/Tim Holtz holiday words, Queen’s Gold embossing powder by Ranger





Merry Monday #286

I created a card for Merry Monday #286 and got it in before the last minute. Yeah! The theme this week was use your Favorite Christmas Verse. I looked around and only had simple Christmas sentiments. The first thing I thought of for this was the last line from Twas The Night Before Christmas. This always reminds me of my Mom who loved to read it out loud at Christmas more when I went home to visit after moving out.

Merry Monday #286

The background – I created it by applying Distress Oxide ink to a craft mat and spraying it with water. I wet the watercolor paper also before putting it down on the ink. At the end I stamped some snowflakes, from Hero Arts set Snowflakes by Lia (CL901) using Versamark Frost ink, across the sky. They pretty much don’t show in the photo. After I took the photo I brushed some Perfect Pearls pearl powder over the snowflakes and went over it with a heat gun. If you tilt it or in the right light you can kind of see the snowflakes.

The houses and trees – I cut this with my Cameo and it is christmas house border design #52275. I was starting to think I would do a monochromatic color scheme at this point.

The santa and sleigh – I stamped with a Stampabilities stamp called Santa Sleigh Silhouette that I got at Hobby Lobby using Cobalt Archival ink. It didn’t stamp all the way so I colored in with a Copic marker.

Favorite Christmas verse – This was probably the most time consuming thing on the card. Hard to believe but true. My printer doesn’t seem to like thick cardstock. This wasn’t 110 lb. Neenah paper either. I was using the 80 lb. Neenah and every single time the ink smeared all over. I probably printed this at least 8 times trying to make it better by changing settings. I ended up using some thinner cardstock but it still has a few streaks. I had another one that I went over with Distress ink but decided I didn’t like the blue so I printed once again and smudgy once again just a little. I was running out of time so I just went with it. I ended up going over it with ink and then went over it with a Copic pen to get the “perfect” color.



Oxide Christmas

Oxide Christmas

I was playing around trying another Jennifer McGuire technique she calls Layered Oxide Stamping. So I made this background just playing around. Then I had a idea for a Merry Monday card for challenge #285 which was to use ribbon. I didn’t have the ribbon idea until the end. I also did not get it submitted but like I have said before “another Christmas card done”.

The background – I did a direct to paper layer of Oxide Distress ink in Fired Brick. I stamped on top of that with Oxide Distress ink Antique Linen using a Hero Arts background stamp Designer Woodgrain (S5208). I like the look a lot.

Then I decided I would have everything be Oxide ink.

So the tree stamp is Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tree Blueprint (649379). I stamped it with a darker green Oxide ink on top of a lighter green Oxide ink that I applied direct to paper using the ink pad. I die cut all three tree layers. Under the second layer I put foam tape and the third layer thick glue. The star is where the ribbon comes in. I was struggling with that part. At first I just tried to glue the ribbon down on the background and the ribbon wasn’t sticking very well to itself and the star shape wasn’t working out. I took the star I cut off the tree and glued the ribbon to that so it had a better shape. I would say it looks ok not great.

That cute little reindeer is from Hero Arts set Christmas Reindeer (CL540). For him I also applied Oxide ink in Antique Linen ink pad direct to paper. I then stamped the reindeer with a darker brown Oxide ink. I colored his nose and sweater with you guessed it Oxide ink using a paint brush and picking up the ink from my craft mat. I used red and two different greens. I hand cut out the reindeer. Instead of trying to cut out the antlers by hand I stamped them on the background.

The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz set mentioned above and stamped with a dark brown Oxide ink.

It was kind of hard to photograph in a way. It looks washed out but that is the look of Oxide ink.

Merry Monday #284

For this weeks Merry Monday Challenge #284 the theme was use just red and white.

The inspiration photo.

Merry Monday Challenge #284

Here is my take on the theme. This time I made this on Sunday morning and got it posted without skidding in at the last moment. Yeah me!

All the papers except the base card are from a Pink Paislee Christmas paper pad called Yuletide.

The ornament is cut with a die from Hero Arts – Joyful Tidings Tag Set by Lia (DI167). The circle I cut out to back the ornament is a die from Spellbinders (S4-114). That white circle actually has a bit of a pattern on it which is probably impossible to see in the photo.

The sentiment is from the same tag set by Hero Arts. It is heat embossed with Hero Arts white powder. A little oops on the embossing…. I made an ornament and backing circle and was doing the heat embossing when I realized I forgot to powder first. The first round the powder got all over. So I wiped it off and started over. The re-stamping was close but the embossing didn’t look that great. So I cut out another ornament and circle. And what do I do with the heat embossing process again? Ha no powder. So it is a bit messy because the stamping left a bit of extra Versamark in a place it shouldn’t be and the powder flies around as we all know. I wasn’t going to try the re-stamp thing again so it is what it is.

Easter Bunnies

Here we go with some Easter cards.. A few close ups and then the group of them.

White Bunny Easter

Brown Bunny Easter

Easter Cards 2018

I love this image, obviously. I made all of my Easter cards using this one stamp for the main image. I usually don’t make so many so similar but I really enjoyed coloring this image. I made one more card that I did not photograph and I am going to make my hubby and my son a tag thing with this image for their Easter treats.

The bunny stamp is by PSX (G-1946). I couldn’t remember where I got it but it made me very happy to see I found it at a thrift store recently and it is getting lot’s of use. It is in great condition. I keep notes on a spreadsheet for my stamps and many other crafting supplies. Mostly so I can keep track of what I have and look things up while writing up a description of how I made a card. I colored the image with Copics. I used a glaze pen on one of the cards for the center of the purple flowers but it didn’t show up that well. I also added a little sparkle to the eggs with a Gelly Roll pen which you probably cannot see in the photos. I cut all the images and the mats out with Spellbinders dies.

All the backgrounds are the fab Lawn Fawn plaids. Ok not all.. The upper two on the right in the group photo I used a piece of Authentique paper.

I rounded many of the corners but not all of them. On two of them I cut fun foam to pop up the image and it’s mat.

The sentiments – The bigger Happy Easter is a Hero Arts stamp from the Celebrate Everyday set (CL498). I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink which always leaves a nice sharp image. For the smaller Happy Easter greeting I used a wood mount stamp from savvystamps. The greeting is a bit crooked and not glued on tight so I had to keep adjusting it. I am tempted to just take it off the wood. I think the first time I stamped with black ink with the smaller greeting I used black ink and clear powder and heat embossed but then decided just straight stamping would work better.

Merry Monday #274

The theme for Merry Monday Challenge #274 was Let it Snow.

The inspiration photo.

Merry Monday #274

I am very slowly catching up on posting my cards that I have already posted in Flickr. I was way behind.

The image was stamped using a Stampendous stamp called Christmas Cottage. I colored it with colored pencils. I went over the snow on the fence and on top of the house with a white glaze pen. I cut it out with a Spellbinders die Curved Rectangles. The background is some Christmas paper I had around. I am not real pleased with the image just on top of the patterned paper but I was struggling and just went with it.

Merry Monday #275

Merry Monday #275

Woo Hoo I got one done for Merry Monday and it is not very last minute. Ha! You can find Merry Monday here. 

This turned out pretty good I think since I am not to much of a pastel fan. I was kind of struggling to come up with some image that could work in pastel colors.

The stamp – Stampendous Snow Sled colored with Copics. I did some accenting with Nuvo drops and either Wink of Stella or a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen. I am guessing it’s the Spectrum Noir because they are a bit more shimmery.

I cut the ovals with the Hero Arts Oval die set.

For the background I used a snowflake embossing folder.


Doggie Christmas

Merry Monday #278 – The theme was an inspiration photo. I chose the tree with gold and red and the dog. As usual I waited until the last hour and missed posting it by about 1 minute. You have to look at the positive and that would be another Christmas card done!

Doggie Christmas

The tree – I used a Rubber Stampede woodblock stamp called Traditional Tree. Right before stamping I remembered to wipe off the green on the trunk and put some brown ink on it. After I stamped it I thought I could have done that all the way up the middle but no time to fix it for this card. The ink on this stayed wet a bit longer and I got some ink on my fingers. This got on the background but for some lucky reason I erased the marks and it actually came off. Then I just added the red and gold bling for tree decor.

The doggie is from a Hero Arts set called Playful Animals (CL832). I colored him with Copics and even used my colorless blender pen which after all this time I am starting to use. He is popped up with some dimensional tape.

The greeting is also from Hero Arts which is the Peace and Joy set (CL880).

Blue Bird Christmas

Bluebird Christmas

For this card I was inspired by Merry Monday #276.

The inspiration photo…

I did not make it to enter but I got the idea started and finished it after the challenge. I reversed it to the perspective of inside looking out.

The background panel is an embossing folder by Cuttlebug called Forest Branches.

The window frame was cut with my Cameo. I cut the the center frame type thing out of the window because I did not want it over the birds. I also cut the candles out with the Cameo. That was a bit fiddly because the dripping part and a very tiny piece in the middle of the flame cut out as separate pieces. I ended up gluing the candles to paper and cutting out just the outline so I could glue the pieces back in. The smaller candle is raised up so I couldn’t glue all the pieces down on the background. Anyway it took me a minute to figure out how to do it which is part of the problem when you wait until the last minute. I tried with the Cameo to just cut out the whole candle shape but I couldn’t get it to be one piece. Another words I don’t know how to use that thing really well and probably use about 20% or less of what it can do. Anyway I got some candles done.

For the very edge of the card base and the background behind the birds I used a blending tool to color it with Distress Oxide ink and misted it with water. It worked out great for the sky behind the birds because it made it look like it was snowing out.

The birds are cut using a Cottage Cutz die called Tweet. I just cut it out of white paper and then colored it with Copics.

The sentiment is cut with a Sizzix Tim Holtz die set 660058. I am not sure of the name. I think I tend to like the more simple writing best. I have another set by Sizzix Tim Holtz and it takes up too much room on the card. Once in awhile that works  but the set I used on this card is my favorite.

Merry Monday #277 Cards

The inspiration for both of these cards was Merry Monday #277. The theme was stencils. I love using them but haven’t been doing that lately. I only posted the first card. I am not sure about the rules of how many you can post.

Merry Monday #277

The background – I used a Memory Box stencil called Birch Trees. I inked over that with Faded Jeans Oxide ink. After taking the stencil off I sprayed over it with Perfect Pearls. Since it was Oxide ink it gave a nice look and the water spots made it look like it was snowing.
The deer are cut out of brown paper with little spots on it if you look close. I used an Impression Obsession die called Deer Trio.
The birds are cut with a Memory Box die called Resting Birds. I think this die came in a surprise box on my door step and many months later I still don’t know who put the box there.
Sparkly Snowflakes

The background – I used another Memory Box stencil called Winter Large Snowflakes. I used Nuvo Glimmer Paste to create the nice sparkly snowflakes.

The sentiment – I stamped with Versamark using a Hero Arts stamp with no name the product number is G5619. I heat embossed over that using Ranger Snowflake Tinsel powder that I just got. I am not sure how much I like it. The reason being is you get glitter heavy some places and hardly at all in others. I did the heat embossing from underneath too so I would not blow off the glitter. Then I added the two snowflake sequins. And.. I almost forgot the die used to cut out the sentiment is by Top Dog Dies called Gift Tag.