Friday, January 13, 2017

Crazy Dog Birthday

StampNation is celebrating its 6th birthday with a series of challenges AND the release of a new colorful set of inks from Catherine Pooler!   This card was made for the 2nd challenge, to create a playful card.   I used the Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs stamp set for the image, and his accessories stamp set for the hat and balloons.  The sentiment is from the Spot On stamp set from Catherine Pooler. 

I stamped the dog, then masked the image and dry brushed Grass Skirt and Fiesta Blue inks to make the background.  Everything was colored with Copic markers and then I added some clear Wink of Stella to add a little sparkle to the sun, balloons and hat. Love using the Catherine Pooler inks and Clarity Brushes for creating softly colored backgrounds!

I'm entering this card in the challenge at Moving Along with the Times (use something in the air - in this case a sun and balloons).

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Scrap Our Stash - Tic Tac Toe challenge

The first January challenge at Scrap Our Stash is to use one line from this tic tac toe board:

I used the top row of paint/mist, die cut, and Simple Stories.  The Simple Stories line is Casual Christmas, the word "merry" is a die cut and I used some gold and burgundy mists.

When my kids were little, they had this small artificial tree in their room and they decorated it with ornaments they made and some of their favorite ornaments from our tree. Hard to believe these pictures are 30 years old - time sure does fly!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Thank you for everything

One of my Christmas gifts was a set of Clarity stencil brushes.  I had seen these on Jennifer McGuire's blog and thought they would be great for stenciling and ink blending, especially when you want a lighter touch of color.  After watching a couple of You Tube videos, I played around with them and made this card.

Stamps and inks: Catherine Pooler

I cut a circle from masking paper and then used a large Clarity brush and some blue ink (Fiesta Blue from Catherine Pooler inks) to brush on the background color.  I then stamped the flowers and leaves around the bottom right of the circle and added the stamped sentiment in the center.  There are some tiny dots added with gold glitter and black pens and then I added pen stitched lines around the circle and used my Bow-It-All to make the tiny double bow. 

I'm entering this in these challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #155 - anything goes (with ribbon)
Mod Squad Challenge Blog - anything but Christmas
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - new something (I used new brushes and stamps)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

ABC Christmas challenge #1 for 2017

I made this card for the first challenge of 2017 at ABC Christmas Challenges.   The challenge was two-part:  "A" for anything goes and then use something that starts with "B". 

I used a few "B" things:  bows (on the tiny packages), the word "bright", and bokeh paper in the background.  The stamps are from Catherine Pooler stamps and Neat & Tangled and I used the My Favorite Things wonky stitched rectangle dies on the white cardstock.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Let's Get Sketchy - January challenge #1

Here is the first challenge of 2017 over at Let's Get Sketchy.   This sketch is by Brenshevia Baker

I used my Noel Mignon December kit for this page, with my two grandsons in their superhero gear. Once they unwrapped these costumes, that was it - they were superheroes for the rest of Christmas Day!

pp: Elle's Studio Tis the Season, stickers: Fancy Pants Merry & Bright, alphas: Thickers Reindeer

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Cards in Envy - Snowbirds challenge

This is the first time I've joined a challenge at Cards in Envy, but I've always loved seeing the cards from their blog.  This challenge is to create a card with a bird and some snow.  So, here's my first Christmas card of 2017!

The stamps are from two different Hero Arts stamp sets, colored with Copic markers, and then the snowflakes were stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with glitter embossing powder.

Monday, January 2, 2017

First Christmas

This was my youngest granddaughter's first Christmas.  While she may not have understood everything going on around her, she enjoyed the lights and the noise and all the fun, and she definitely made our Christmas cuter, LOL!  This is based on the December sketch from Paper Issues, and I used the December kit from Noel Mignon.  The bow was cut with my Cricut (3D Bows).