Sunday, September 8, 2019

Fall cards with Pretty Pink Posh

I bought a couple of Fall stamp sets from Pretty Pink Posh during their Labor Day sale, and finally got a chance to play with them today.

The first card uses Pumpkin Patch Critters and the second card uses the Fall Scene stamp set.  I also used a fence stamp and die from Paper Trey Ink on the first card.  All the images were colored with Copics and the backgrounds were done with dye inks. 

I'm playing along with these challenges:
Crafty Animals (anything goes) 
2 Crafter Critter Crazies (anything goes)
Crafty Friends (Fall colors)

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Less is More - Challenge #403 - Metallics

Here's the new challenge at Less Is More - use glitz, metallics, etc on your card

I used Deco Foil transfer gel and some rainbow foil with a small balloon stencil on this card.

stencil: Simon Says Stamp; sentiment from Taylored Expressions

I added a scallop square frame cut from gold mirror cardstock and mounted the sentiment on a strip of the same cardstock.  Lots of shine on this one!  

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

AAA Cards - Challenge #148

AAA Cards is hosting a sketch challenge, with an optional twist to include an animal. 

I rotated the sketch clockwise so the strip was vertical on the LH side of the card.  I used a Katzelkraft cat stamp, along with some Tim Holtz and Hero Arts Halloween stamps for the grumpy witchy cat.  I sponged a little bit of violet ink around the cat and attached it to the black card base.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Merry Little Christmas September challenge

Wow, September already - only three months left to work on Christmas projects! (At least if you're like me and like to have all the decorating done and tree up the day after Thanksgiving.)   Hopefully you've been playing along with us each month so you have a few cards or projects done!

My card this month is full of sparkle!  I make an exception to my normal "no glitter" rule when it comes to holiday decorations and cards.

Stamp:  Northwoods

Here are a few tips for working with glitter.  First of all - TURN OFF YOUR CEILING FAN!  Yes, I learned this the hard way as I was brushing glitter off me, the desk, the floor, the get the picture.  Secondly, use a glue that dries clear and has a fine tip.  My favorite is Art Institute Glitter Glue - it is awesome!  Just use the metal tip,  hold the glue bottle on the side, similar to the way you would hold a pencil and press in with your thumb to get a fine line of glue.  I do one section at a time, and work with one color of glitter at a time.  Third, use a very fine glitter, nothing chunky.  

On the card above, I colored the entire image, then applied glue to the yellow portions of the image and applied the yellow glitter.  I let that dry just for a minute, then went to the red berries and applied glue and glitter to the top portion first, then went to the bottom section.  After that I used copper glitter on the pine cones, and then did a light green on the leaves and a dark green on the pine branches. I matted the stamped and glittered image with glitter cardstock, using double sided adhesive from Elizabeth Craft Designs to adhere the layers together and to the card front.   Sometimes it's hard to get cardstock to adhere to glitter paper, and this double sided adhesive seems to work well.

You have all month to join in the Merry Little Christmas Blog challenge.  We'd love to have you join us and share your Christmas creations!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Christmas Kickstart - Challenge #18

There's a new challenge up at Christmas Kickstart, and it's inspired by their blog header.

I took inspiration from the colors and the snowman to make this card:

The snowman is from Impression Obsession, the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp and the background plaid stamp is from Hero Arts.  I used Gina K black amalgam ink and Catherine Pooler Aquatini ink.  It's hard to see in the photo but I sponged a little silver ink around the edges and added some tiny sparkles with a clear glitter pen.  Love the teal and red combination!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Stenciled get well card

Joining in a couple of challenges that involve stenciling on a card, using a couple of stencils from The Greetery.

I used the Fir & Foliage stencil and Pathway stencil for this card, with Gina K and Altenew inks.  The sentiment is from The Greetery's Thinking of You Sentiment Suite set.  To keep this more of a clean and simple card, I lightly sponged some blue ink around the top edges but didn't fill in the background.

This is for the Clean & Simple on Friday challenge to use a stencil and the Less Is More challenge to make a one layer card, using a stencil.  

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Winter Wonderland - August ornament challenge

Winter Wonderland's challenge for August is to use an ornament on your card.  I used a chipboard ornament on my card.

The red background paper and the sentiment stamp are from Taylored Expressions.  I added a few snowflake sequins and some tiny sparkle pen dots to the kraft snowflake strip for a little bit of sparkle.  The die used for the white sentiment piece is from Divinity Designs.    It's only 131 days til Christmas, so not too early to get going on Christmas cards!