Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jingle Belles sketch challenge

 Jingle Belles has a new challenge up on their blog, and it's a sketch challenge - one of my favorite types of challenge!

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card based on the sketch:
I used the falling stars die from Simon Says Stamp for the background.  The banner, sentiment and image are all from Paper Smooches.  The image was colored with Copic markers and the banner and sentiment were embossed in gold, and then highlighted with a clear Wink of Stella pen.
Be sure to check out the Jingle Belles blog to see everyone's interpretation of the sketch!

Another "home" card - a haunted home, that is!

Here's my second card for the "home" themed challenge sponsored by Catherine Pooler in celebration of her new blog.  Another way to use the "home" theme is to incorporate items that start with the letter H-O-M-E.  For this card, I used Halloween, Orange, Monster, and Embossing. And for a double home theme, there's a haunted house in the background because even monsters need a home, right?  :)

The haunted house was diecut with my Cricut and the Artbooking cartridge.  The pumpkin, monster, test tube and greeting are all Paper Smooches stamps.  I added some little touches of clear Wink of Stella pen for some shimmer, and some google eyes to the pumpkin and monster.
Catherine is giving away some fabulous prizes for her housewarming party, so be sure to link up your home-themed party here for your chance to win!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Warm holiday wishes

I made this card as part of the "homecoming" celebration going on at Catherine Pooler's blog.  Catherine is the owner of StampNation, a SU representative and pretty much an expert on rubber stamping!  She just gave her blog a completely new look, and to celebrate, she is hosting a challenge to create a card with a "home" theme. 

The stamps used on this card are from Hero Arts (house and tree) and Mama Elephant (sentiment).  The house was stamped, then masked off so the trees could be stamped behind the house a little bit.  The image was colored with Copic markers and then I added some Stickles for a little bit of snowy shimmer.

Check out Catherine's blog and join in the challenge for your chance to win some fabulous prizes!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Gold poinsettia card - take 2

I'm back with another take on the gold poinsettia card from my previous post.  This time I used a metallic gold Gelato to paint a light wash on watercolor paper.  Then I stamped the poinsettia image with Versamark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder.  I used red and green Gelatos and lots of water to make a light watercolor paint for the flowers and leaves. The sentiment was stamped and embossed in gold also and adhered with foam tape, and then I added some pale gold gems for accents.  The end result is a very soft vintage look that's completely different from the original card. 

I think I like this version better, but then I'm a big fan of anything vintage!  This is entry #2 in the Jingle Belles gold challenge.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Going for the gold @ Jingle Belles!

The current challenge @ Jingle Belles is to use gold on your Christmas card. Gold is very trendy right now, and the glimmer and shine is perfect for Christmas.

I had a poinsettia stamp that I bought after Christmas last year, so I stamped it with Versamark ink and then used some gold tinsel embossing powder to heat emboss the image.  I colored in the poinsettias and a few leaves with Copic markers, and then matted the image with green and a textured dark red paper with gold flecks.

I have mixed feelings about this card. I really think I liked it better before doing any coloring, so I may go back and do another one and just leave it with the gold embossing on white cardstock. Oh well, experimenting is part of the fun of making cards, right?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Get out those school supplies for a Scrap & Play Challenge!

Wow, September 1st already - the summer went so quickly!  We're in "back to school" mode @ Scrap & Play for our first September challenge.
I used some papers from Echo Park, Jillibean Soup and Fancy Pants for my page, featuring our new grandson, Cooper.  The narrow top & bottom borders are made by folding strips of washi tape over the edge of the cardstock background.  I have to admit, the hardest part of this challenge for me was using handwriting.  Thank goodness for lined journaling cards to help keep my writing straight!

Our sponsor for September is The Paper Bakery.  Link up your entry for our September challenges to the Scrap & Play blog for your change to win!

Challenge #37 @ Love to Scrap - Let's Fly Away

For the first September challenge @ Love to Scrap, we want to see something that flies incorporated into your project.  This could be birds, butterflies, airplanes, long as it can fly, it's okay.  And, as always, a rubber or digi stamped image needs to be included.

I worked with the "sign Autumn" image from Bugaboo Stamps, one of our sponsors for this challenge.  I love the big chunky letters, the leaves, and the cute little crow perched on top.

Since I was working with warm colors, I printed the digi image onto eggshell cardstock instead of white, and then colored in the image with Copic markers.  I sponged some Shabby Shutter Distress ink around the edges, followed with some Vintage Photo Distress ink.  To fill in the upper right corner, I added a ribbon strip and two wooden leaf buttons.
We have two sponsors for this challenge:  Bugaboo Stamps (seven images of choice) and The Stamping Chef (three images of choice).  Link up your high flying creation to the Love to Scrap challenge blog for your chance to win!
I'm also entering this card in the current Chocolate, Coffee & Cards challenge (a bingo challenge - I used yellow, blue, and string) the something old/something new challenge @ 4 Crafty Chicks (new ribbon and really old wooden leaf buttons) and the Autumn colors with ribbon/trim challenge @ Really Reasonable Ribbon (bty, the ribbon on this card was from the RRR August ribbon club selection - which was gorgeous!).