Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Color Throwdown Guest Stamper!

I was so excited to get to be the Guest Star Stamper this week at the Color Throwdown Challenge blog!  The colors I got to play with are de-licious.  Check them out...

That's pink, green, kraft and white, yummy!

I used the Shaker Shapes:Tree die from Papertrey Ink and some pastel patterned papers from DCWV...

The sentiment inside says "Holly Jolly" from a Verve Stamps set.  Filled the shaker with iridescent snowflakes and some mini clear sequins.  The holly at the top is made with holly dies from Tinsel & Tags, and a hole punch.

Thanks so much to the CTD Challenge Blog for having me!
Hope you all get a chance to play along this week.  
You'll have snow much fun! :)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Concord & 9th Script Tags

Playing along with the "Where Creativity Meets C9" Challenge for Concord & 9th, and this week it's "Anything Goes."

Thought it would be a perfect time to do more tags and use my  Sophisticated Script and Sophisticated Script Upper stamp sets!  
I got these in the bundle package and they are awesome!

Our "Schirmer" side Christmas is next Sunday, so I took the opportunity to make some tags for our nieces Emily & Mariel, and our great nieces, Maggie and Kate!

Used 2-sided patterned paper and a Memory Box Pocket Gift Tag die.  Think the pocket will fit a Ghirardelli chocolate square, too.  The letters are really easy to line up... and make people think I have excellent scripty handwriting! :)

Inspired by Nichol

I saw these wreath tags by Nichol Spohr during Tracey McNeeley's "25 Days of Christmas Tags" celebration and fell in love!

I used PTI's Rustic Wreath and cut out and glued together 3 wreaths from some glossy embossed papers.  Pulled the leaves up to add dimension and added some little punched gold circles and red Liquid Pearls.

A mini tag stamped with an image from Waltzingmouse Stamps "Teeny Trees" set.  I could make these all day!  Thanks Nichol for your inspiring design!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Make it Monday: Fan Brush Trees

This week at Papertrey Ink, Betsy had the coolest tutorial about making pine trees using a fan brush and watercolors!  I had to try it out!  My card also fits the theme for this week's CASology challenge...

Here is my card...

I actually didn't have a true fan brush, but I did have some bigger (or smushed?) watercolor brushes that did the trick.  I sponged the background with Tim Holtz Distress inks in blues, splattered some water on the paper, then used watercolors in a tube and mixed some blue/green colors together.

I splattered on some white acrylic paint mixed with water for the snow, and added a sentiment from the Winter Village stamp set in Jet Black Stazon ink.  Was so glad to have my MISTI, because it needed several impressions to get full coverage over all the background paint!

Lastly, I painted more white acrylic paint lightly on the bottom, then sprinkled it with Crystal Snow glitter before it dried, and added a few glitter touches on the branches using a glue pen.

I feel like Bob Ross!  This was so much fun, and anyone can do it!  Thanks, Betsy!

Happy Feet SFYTT

I love this sketch from the SFYTT at Reverse Confetti this month!  So many fun things to do with those background squares and rectangles!

I chose images and dies from Love You S'more, and the Happy Pretty Panels Confetti Cuts for my card,

Love this patterned paper from last year's DCWV Collection "Merry Little Christmas."

Added a little sparkle here and there to match the glittered patterned paper and I'm doing a happy dance!

Sunday, December 3, 2017


I'm participating in my first ever challenge round at CASology!  This week the theme IS round!

I thought a snowman made with its three round snowballs would do the trick...

I used PTI's Stitched Circle Tag die and a snowman die and mini stamp set by Sizzix, which I got last year from Simon Says Stamp.  I couldn't pass up some big polka-dotty paper for this challenge!

I stamped a sentiment from one of my favorite sets of all time, "It's a Wonderful Life" by A Muse Studio, then embossed it with silver powder to match his silver hat.  Keeping with the round theme, I added pom pom snowballs for my embellishment.

I will definitely be back to play another round at CASology, so much inspiration to be had there!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Pastel Deer

Time for tags!  Got to play along with the "Tag You're It" Challenge, and was inspired to make a pastel deer tag after seeing this sample by Jessica Frost-Ballas...

I made similar deer tags last year with this rubber stamp from Memory Box called "Deer Collage" and sentiments from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I colored the deer with Copic markers then added sparkle with a Sakura stardust pen.

The background stamp is an old red rubber stamp by Penny Black that I got at the coolest store in Buffalo!

Penguin Sketch

Amy O'Neill has a great, versatile sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, and there is a fun (and tricky for me!) color scheme at Color Throwdown, too...

I used Reverse Confetti's adorable set and dies, "Love You S'more"...

I used Stampin Up's brick embossing folder to make an igloo scene (inside and out :))

I tried my hand at watercoloring that little penguin.  Still need A LOT of practice lol!  I used Delicata gold ink for the fire and marshamallows, and grey and black watercolors for the penguin.  The ice bricks are glittered at the edges, and so is Mr. Penguin :).

So much fun to combine these sketches this week!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Celebrate the Season

I am playing along with the November Sketch for you to Try at Reverse Confetti!  Here is the sketch...

I chose to use Reverse Confetti's Fall for You wreath set, as well as Bitty Banners... 

I stamped the wreath in Versamark on denim paper, the heat embossed with white powder. Added lots of die cut elements from the set, and sprinkled them with Crystal Snow glitter.

The vellum piece was embossed with the Sizzix Snowfall folder, and added a few little sparkly snowflakes underneath for the corner edge panel in the sketch.

I cannot get enough of the Fall for You wreath!  It's definitely my favorite to use this season!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Fusion Challenge: Red Christmas

An absolutely stunning inspiration photo at the Fusion Card Challenge Blog this week!  It's called Red Christmas, and makes me want to go out and buy a white pitcher and some babies breath and berries :)!!

I ended up making two cards for the challenge...

This is actually my second card, because my first wasn't doing it for me with the color scheme I chose.  For this one, I went with a warmer look, like the photo...

I used WPlus9 Studio's "Very Merry" set and berries from Fresh Cut Florals.  Used PTI's Picnic Plaid Impression plate, too.  Glitter, red and white Liquid Pearls, and Glossy Accents dotted all over on both cards!

My first card uses the same stamp sets, but I went for more of a bold, chalkboard look (thought there had to be a chalkboard sign in that quaint kitchen someplace)! The woodgrain impression plate is from A Muse Studio.  Some white pencil accents around the sentiment to make it look chalk-y :)!

Back to work tomorrow, but hoping I get to keep playing along with all of these awesome holiday challenges, my favorite time of year to stamp!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

PTI November Blog Hop

A beautiful inspiration photo for this month's blog hop at Papertrey Ink,

I decorated a Rustic Wreath die cut for my card...

The sentiment is embossed in gold and is from Love Lives Here.  The plaid at the bottom is stamped with Plaid Builder.  The wreath was embossed with the Vineyard impression plate.
The little acorns, leaves, berries, and pine cones are from the Tinsel & Tags Sprigs stamp set/dies.  The pears are borrowed from a WPlus9 Studio set.  Glittered them up and a twine bow to finish it off!  Thanks so much for stopping by :)!


Loved the "retro holiday" inspiration photo at the Card Concept!  Such a beautiful wreath and fun color scheme!

I chose Reverse Confetti's "Fall for You" wreath and dies, because I just love it so much!  It's so versatile, you can make it look different every time!  I went for a Clean and Simple card, but really layered up that wreath like in the photo...

I stamped the little pieces in Memento's Gray Flannel ink, then colored them with pink Copics.  I added a bit of glue to each with a pen, then added Crystal Snow glitter.

I used PTI's linen cardstock, and embossed it with a woodgrain impression plate from AMuse Studio.  Then added a "joy" die cut from PTI's silver cardstock.

Needed a bit more blue, so a touch of PTI's aqua mist Chicken Scratch gingham patterned paper and a few blue pearls did the trick!

Hope you are finding time to find a little joy this Thanksgiving weekend.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

A little time to play along with the Color Throwdown today, and I found the perfect inspiration for these colors...

This Thanksgiving Blend K-cup box from Starbucks!

I used WPlus9's Freehand Florals, and a sentiment from PTI's First Fruits...

Used the Mix & Mat: Berry Boughs die to frame the sentiment, embossed it in gold, and added some gold pine boughs cut with an Elizabeth Craft Designs die.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Make it Monday: Photo Ornaments

This week at Papertrey Ink, Lexi hosted a fabulous Make it Monday challenge, to make holiday photo ornaments!

While I was looking for one of our old Christmas photo cards, I came across this sweet photo of Eva & Claire catching some snowflakes when they were little.

I used dies from the "Make it Market: Shakers & Sprinkles" kit for the frame and the cut sentiment.  The heart is cut with the "Heart Prints" dies and the small sentiment stamped with the coordinating "Sparkle & Shine" mini stamp set.

The heart is backed with one of the beautiful snowflakes cut with the "Silver White Winters" snowflake die set.  What a great way to use photos!  
Thanks so much, Lexi!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Fusion: Grateful

Playing along with the Fusion Challenge because I could not pass on an opportunity to make a wreath card, one of my favorite things to stamp!

I turned the sketch 180 degrees and used the Happy Pretty Panels Confetti Cuts and the Fall for You wreath image from Reverse Confetti.

I stamped a plaid background from Echo Park using A Muse Studio's Toffee ink.  The center of the card is wrapped with wood tape, and then I cut the letters from the same tape.  The "Thanksgiving" is from a WMS stamp set.

I colored the leaves with a mix of Copic markers, then added Stickles, some Liquid Pearls red berries, and a little twine around the sentiment.  So sparkly!