Stencil Fun

Hi everyone! It has been an ‘age’ since I was here. I have to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Bonnie for these wonderful stencils! I finally got to play with them yesterday and here are my results. For the first one, I used Gina K In the Navy cardstock mounted on a white card base. I used Gina K white Glitz Glitter Gel (made a bit of a mess in places – but figured that adds to the individuality of the card) The sentiment is from Mama Elephant Joy Ornaments. The small snowflake is heat embossed on Lawn Fawn Pearlescent Vellum and the letters are cut from some glitter cs from my stash. I cut 3 black letters and mounted the glitter cs on top. The final touch was some gems from Pink Fresh Studio. The photo doesn’t do the glitter justice – it is very sparkly IRL.

For the second one, I chose not to use conventional Christmas colours. I sponged the stencil with twisted citron Distress Oxide ink, heat set the American Crafts Sing! ep (Leaf) and mounted the In the Navy piece on Gina K Jelly Bean Green cs. Added some green gems from Pink Fresh Studio and spritzed the whole thing with Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz (frost). Another one that is more sparkly IRL. Very happy with the results on both cards! Thanks for looking! Hugs!!

Tropical Ornaments

Happy Saturday! The card I created today will be entered into the color challenge at As You See It Challenge #214 Pure Colour Challenge. The colors to be included are: Blueberry Bushel, Granny Apple Green and Pineapple Punch. Here’s what I came up with:

As You See It Challenge – Challenge #214 Pure Colour

I believe the colors listed are SU colors but the closest that I have for those were GKD’s Blue Raspberry cardstock, Bic markers, Memento Dandelion, Distress Oxide Twisted Citron and Blue Raspberry inks for the side panel. The stamps were SU’s Cheerful Christmas and To You & Yours.

I’m making the card list and checking it twice and with the exception of cards for all of the kids, I may be finished…fingers crossed. It’s great to be retired and maybe this year I’ll even make some tags. Pressing my luck!!

Monochromatic Shine

Double D Challenge – What is YOUR Christmas Style

This card will be entered into the Double D Challenge “What is YOUR Christmas style? So today my Christmas card making style is: Monochromatic and Shiny embossing powder. I received a package from SSS and included was the Big & Bold Holiday Ornament Stamp set from Colorado Craft Company. And when they tell you its Big & Bold believe me it is. I blended my white cardstock using Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink. When that dried I stamped with versamark the ornament image a number of times and heat embossed using white embossing powder. Sentiment is from the same stamp set.

And of course I couldn’t stop at one so here are a few others that I made with the same set in different colors.

GKD Cherry Red and Gold Embossed; SSS Midnight Green and white embossing.
GKD Tranquil Teal and silver embossing powder.

Thanks for looking.

My Christmas Card Style

I am generally drawn to clean and simple or several layers in traditional colors. For this week’s Double D Challenge, I created a traditional layered card. I am often drawn to pine needles and cones, berries, and a bit of sparkle is always nice.

http://daranddiane.blogspot.com/2019/11/what-is-your-christmas-style.html

The stamp set used is The Stamps of Life pinecones2stamp along with matching dies. I used colors from this week’s color challenge at Split Coast Stampers, Early Expresso, Mossy Meadow, and Real Red, all SU colors. While pulling cardstock out, I totally forgot it should be Real Red, which is a bright red like the berries and the ribbon, but pulled out Cherry Cobbler a bit of a darker red. As everything was quite glued down and dry, I decided to let it go and leave well enough alone.

The idea for this card came from the postcard that comes with the set when a club member. I love these postcards and pull them our for inspiration. This time, I basically CASED a card on the postcard. I am sure I used different colors, placed more pine or less pine needles, etc., but basically it is a pretty close match. I am thankful for the designers who create beautiful work to share with all of us for inspiration and to create their idea.

Thankful Shaker Cup

ModSquadChallenge Theme: Thanks

Well this was an interesting challenge from the team over at ModSquadChallenge to incorporate the Theme of Thanks or Thankful and make it a shaker but not any kind of shaker but one using an acrylic cup. Sigh none of those little acrylic cups in my stash so I created my own. Not sure if this will be permissible but I used a clear plastic cup that I altered into my shaker….lol…what a day!

Inside my cup is Santa and is reindeer from GKD’s Poster Board Christmas, Sentiment from Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Winter Silhouettes, my background was from a Michael’s craftsmart paper pad, used some green sequins and gem stones for the shaker, created a spellbinder’s frame for the outside and a snowflake to cover some of the print on my “acrylic” cup.

Definitely a hand deliver only card and it’s very top heavy. I do believe I am shaker-ed out!!

CASE-ing Bonnie

CASE-ing Bonnie
#2 CASE
#3 CASE

Who better to CASE a card idea than our very own Buddie Bonnie! Three different cards and two different but similar dies to attempt to do justice to Bonnie’s original with the die over red gingham. I switched out the gingham for a holiday design and shiny cardstock on the second and third cards. The Bells die is from Creative Expressions but not sure about the poinsettia die (Amazon). The sentiment is from a SU “Come to Bethlehem” stamp set which was stamped with GKD Christmas Pine and layered on an inked background of the same color.

Thanks for looking and thanks for the idea, too, Bonnie.

Woodland Fun

I saw a video that sparked my interest by TX Stampin Sharon. She used a set that I did not own, but could possibly create with items I do own. Here is her blog post: https://txstampin.com/2019/11/3-snow-front-cards-youll-love-to-make-all-winter-long.html

JOY Christmas
Peace on Earth Christmas

Her card has a tree on the focal image with a snowman. I didn’t have a snowman that was small enough for the size of tree, so I began looking at trees and items that fit under the tree. I stamped the fir tree first, then looked for a greeting that worked with the tree. The fir tree came from SU Thoughtful Branches and the greeting from The Stamps of Life, penguins2stamp. The stars came from a Lawn Fawn die. I centered the fir tree and added threads behind it for a bit of glittery feeling.

Then onto card two, the one with the deer. I decided to change the size of the focal image and use the tree from GKD Framescapes Winter Trees. Then I added the deer, a few birds way up high, a bit of grass and several stars. I used a die to cut a piece of scrap for the greeting, then placed it behind the focal image like she did in her card.

This was a fun process to go through. I had so many stamp sets out trying to find images that would work well together. I do often mix several sets.

Stenciled Christmas

I have been creating quite a few cards these last few days and stenciling made it into my mix. I used stencils gifted from Bonnie for these cards. They are a joy to create with! I followed the design ideas by Gina K Designs in a recent video, using the colors she used to blend into the stenciled areas.

The stamped greeting are from The Stamps of Life, Christmasgreetigs2stamp. The rhinestones are Paper Studios by Hobby Lobby.

Stenciled Christmas One
Stenciled Christmas Two
Stenciled Christmas Three

The images were stenciled on Artist’s Choice paper by Gina K Designs. The black layer is Stampin’Up. The cardbase is My Favorite Things Sweet Tooth.

Xmas Express

Mod Squad Challenge – Tis the Season Vehicles

My card today will be entered into the Mod Squad Challenge “Tis the Season” to include a vehicle on our project. My pick up truck delivering a Christmas tree as well as the embossing folder are part of a Recollections (Michael’s) 6 piece stamp set. The sentiment is from an older Inkadinkadoo clear stamp set purchased many years ago on clearance. The main image was stamped in GKD Cherry Red and Christmas Pine then stamped again in VersaMark ink and clear heat embossed with embossing powder. I swiped some fog ink over the plaid embossing folder, used a marker to color in the wreath and added some liquid pearls for the berries finally topping everything off with Nuvo glitter gloss aqua shimmer.

Thanks for looking.