Sunday, September 29, 2013

watercolor christmas card

My daughter and I took a stamping & watercolor class at our local store, Artsy.  I knew immediately I would need to pull out some old stamps and start playing.  I created this for the challenge over at Make it Sweet and Neat. and
I was having so much fun working on it that I forgot to take pictures along the way... so I took one picture showing many of the products I used, and a mid stage shot.
The products I used were:
Spellbinders cut and emboss Create-a-Flake
Tomboy the Craft Collection markers
generic watercolor paper
A VERY old Stampendous precious moments stamp - Winter Song
Sentiment stamped from a not as old stamp of unkown origin 
Cuddlebug snowflake emboss folder
CTMH Inkpads
Ranger Archival Black inkpad
Misc. scrap papers
I inked the negative side of the embossing folder with CTMH Twighlight ink then ran plain white cardstock through for my two side panels.  I stamped my image on watercolor paper and "painted" with the tomboy markers and a small brush.  If you look closely you can see I added puffy snow with a Snow Marker.  
For the finishing touch I added purple jewels to the corner and center of the snowflakes.  It was a lot of fun, of course anytime I get to combine scrapbooking and Christmas is a GREAT time!

2013 Christmas card 2

This is getting addicting!  I did this one primarily for Always Playing with Paper

I had fun working on this.  I used an old color challange from 52 CCT to choose my colors.  I had a hard time choosing between the purple and the blue in the end I chose the blue.

Products I used that I know the name of:
Cricut cartridges:
      Just because cards - card base and circle
      Ornamental Iron 2 - corner swirlies
     Joys of the Season - poinsettia and pine boughs
(I created a stamp out of the pine bough and stamped with CTMH Topiary.  Then I sprayed them with Moss Glimmer mist.)
Perfect Pearls Pewter - spray the tag I stamped my snowman on
All stamp inks were CTMH
All papers were from my stash, I believe these were Paper Studio, but I'm not sure.
CTMH bakers twine
sparkle jewels
Crayola colored pencils
The Stamp is an old one and I don't know who made it. 

I had a lot of fun with this challenge!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

1st Christmas Card of 2013!!

I did this card for from the layout challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown and posted it on A.R.T. card challenge website.  My new favorite site.  For those of you who don't know me, I am a Christmas nut! It was a wonderful way to be able to listen to Christmas music in September!

Anyway.... Here is the sketch

As you can see I made some minor changes.  I changed the orientation of the oval and I moved my 3 embellishments to the other side.

I started with a little different idea...

I saw this cool idea where you stencil a design on a paper and then run it through your dry embossing machine.  I used this aspen stencil and then embossed with the cuddlebug snowflake folder.  Then I ran the perfect pearls medium across the raised image and brushed with silver.  The result was really cool.

Next I used a patterned paper from CTMH that looks like barn wood.  Using my Basic George cartridge I cut a 2.25 oval from the paper and then  cut that out to be a quarter inch smaller than the card.                                                                                                                                                      

Then I cut out the Aspen trees that I did and positioned it on the card to show through the oval. I used a corner punch and did each corner and place the patterned paper on the card using pop dots. I puzzled over it for quite a while because I discovered I did not like it as much as I imagined I would.  It was rather flat and did nothing for me.  So.... I spent a rather long time digging around in my stash and trying different things to give it the pizzazz I was wanting.  In the end I decided the Aspens were not going to work.

Now I had a thought.  Last year I saved some of my favorite Christmas cards.... Let's see if I could use something from them.  And Viola!

Add some ribbon from my stash and poinsettia brads from CTMH.  Now we are looking better.  Using the Home d├ęcor cartridge I cut a small frame and used the center of it to stamp 'Merry Christmas" and it came out great.  

Best of all I got in several hours of Christmas music!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Dual challenge part 2

The second page of this layout was a challenge on for SBC Layout 16.  I used the colors from color me scrappy challenge. 

SBC Challenge 16
Once again I rotated the layout by 90 degrees.  I used the same papers for the 2nd page as the first. 
Using Items from my stash I created the frames, flags and borders.   
Once again I cut a corner border for the center picture from the Sophisticated Cartridge.  I added crystals and a stick on title. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

dual challenge pg 1


So I entered another challenge.  This one is a 2 page spread.  Page one is for Color me scrappy and page 2 is for SBC

This is the Color me Scrappy challenge.  I chose my colors based on this challenge.


It was quite comical going through all my paper and cardstock and paper to match up the colors.  I had quite a few layed out until I finally was able to pick out 4. 

Then I decided I would rotate the layout 90 degrees to the left.  I sized everything for an 8 X 8 layout. 

I used the letters and corner border from the Cricut Sophisticated cartridge and the flames from the Camp Out. 

Using ribbon and sparkly things from my stash I cut banners and finished up with some journaling printed in brown.