Saturday, August 1, 2020

Merry Little Christmas Challenge - August challenge

Hello!  It's August 1st and time for a new Merry Little Christmas Challenge!  It's less than five months to the big day and I'm ready to get serious about Christmas cards and decorations....how about you?   I made this card for the August challenge.

embossing folder: Divinity Designs 
floral stamp & dies: Stamp Simply
sentiments:  Hero Arts & Sunny Studio

The background was embossed with a cross stich embossing folder.  The floral image was stamped, colored with Copic markers and die cut.  The pine sprigs were diecut from white cardstock and colored with Copic markers also.  The sentiment was stamped on white cardstock, trimmed, and adhered behind the floral image.  I added just a touch of gold glitter pen to the poinsettia center.

You have all month to join us at Merry Little Christmas Challenges.   I hope you share your Christmas projects with us!

Friday, July 31, 2020

Less is More - Challenge #424 - Christmas in July

Less Is More is hosting a Christmas in July card challenge with a twist - make a one-layer card.
Here's my one-layer Christmas card.


I did a little ink blending for the blue background, then stamped the Santa image in grey ink and heat embossed with platinum embossing powder.   It doesn't show up well in the photo, but I added just a few dots of clear glitter glue for a bit of sparkle.  

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Jingle Belles Colorful Christmas challenge

I'm just squeaking in under the wire for the current Jingle Belles challenge, based on this inspiration piece.


I took my inspiration from the fireplace with the mantel decorations. 


I used a couple of past Hero Arts Christmas kits, along with a wreath from Katzelkraft Stamps.  The background paper has a suble herringbone pattern, to look like wallpaper.     This was a fun card to make.  Thanks for the inspiration, Jingle Belles!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Santa's got a list!


Today I'm sharing a Christmas card that asks a question.....naughty or nice?   'Cause, you know, Santa has a list!


I stamped and die cut the sentiment from Paper Smooches, and then build the little scene around it.  The images are all from My Favorite Things.  The background is a micro gingham check stamp from Ink Blot Shop - one of my very favorite background stamps.  I wonder whose name is on this list???

I'm entering this card into these challenges:
Sweet Stampin Challenge - Christmas in July
The Paper Girls Challenge - Christmas in July

Friday, July 24, 2020

Challenge #164 - The Library Challenges

 Here is the current book for the Library Challenge:

RHS Miniature Garden Grower By Holly Farrell

I will be the first to admit that I do NOT have a green thumb, so the contents of this book wouldn't really appeal to me, but I loved the little glassed in garden on the cover so used that for my inspiration.


The flowers and pots are from Art Impressions, part of their watercolor stamp collection.  I colored and stamped with Tombox markers and then pulled color into the images with water and a fine paint brush.  Watercolor is a hard technique to me, because I don't do well with "messy", lol!   Sometimes, though, you have to challenge yourself to try something new.  

Monday, July 20, 2020

AAA Cards - Challenge #170


The current challenge at AAA cards is to use maximum white space, with an optional twist of flowers.  Here's my very minimal card.



I just a sentiment from Hero Arts and a flower stamp from Altenew.  Just a simple hello card, but sometimes you just need to go with simple!


Saturday, July 18, 2020

Winter Wonderland Hip to be Square challenge

The new challenge at Winter Wonderland is to create a square card.   I thought this would be a perfect challenge to try out the new Concord & 9th inks, with a layered wreath stamp from The Ton.


I used Parsley, Evergreen, Wheat and Cranberry on this card.  These are really nice colors.  The cranberry is a rich dark red, which is perfect for Christmas cards.