Saturday, October 1, 2016

Feeling Witchy?

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Happy October! The first of the month brings with it a brand new Naughty or Nice challenge! 


Spooky Sistahs and Wild Wild Women! We've left the options open with this, since not everyone is a fan of Halloween, but I did decide to go the witchy Halloween route. 

My cute little witch is from Michaels, while my sentiment is from a Stampin' Up set. I masked of the bottom half of the sentiment so I could save it for the inside of the card: 

I thought my die cut cat was perfect, looking up at the sparkly orange boots. 
Whether you choose to go naughty or nice, we'd love to see you join us this month! You have until October 25th. Be sure to pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Troublemakers are up to! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Craft Smart witch & Stampin' Up Tee-Hee-Hee stamps, Versafine onyx black, Memento London fog, antique linen & carved pumpkin distress inks, Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder, MFT blueprints 24 stitched rectangle & stitched wonky windows dies, Impression Obsession cat die

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Pink Halloween is Here Again

Yes, it's October, and if all the cooler temperatures, increased rainfall and dropping leaves aren't enough, the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is insisting we celebrate PINK HALLOWEEN again. 

Not that I'm a big fan of the colour orange, but pink isn't my favourite either. So the Sisterhood has definitely bumped up my snark factor. And yet... it didn't quite translate into my card. 

Since I love them so much, I used both orange and pink inks to create my ink-smooshed background. I've had this silhouette stamp for ages, but this just might be the first time it's made it to a finished card. Both it and the sentiment are embossed in sparkle embossing powder. For the final element, I added a thin strip of metallic cardstock down one side of the smooshed panel. 

Pretend you can see the sparkle. ;)
I may have missed out on the snark factor today, but rest assured, my sisters have managed some! Be sure to check out their creations, as well as that of our latest guest designer, Queen of Snark Gina! You have two weeks to join us in the Pink Halloween fun... perhaps you will join the ranks of snarky royalty! 

Supplies: Stampin' Up basic black & DCWV metallic silver cardstock, Strathmore watercolour paper, Penny Black Nature's Dance & Unity/Echo Park Fright Night stamps, Versafine onyx black & spun sugar, worn lipstick, picked raspberry & carved pumpkin distress inks, Hero Arts sparkle embossing powder, EK Success 1" circle & Creative Memories corner-rounding punches, pop-dot tape

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Merry Reindeer

It's officially autumn now (insert sad face here) so I might as well make Christmas cards. The current Muse: ChristmasVisions card is by Cornelia

Isn't it cute? I was inspired by the trees, the dry embossing, the fun Christmas critter and the clean design with lots of white space. Here's what I ended up with: 

I switched the evergreens to birch trees; when I saw Cornelia's card, I decided to break out this birch tree die that I've had for eons but haven't used until now. My sweatered reindeer seemed to match the whimsy of the trees. I used a stencil to dry emboss snowflakes into the sky — normally I'd have coloured the sky blue, but I wanted to emulate Cornelia's white space. I managed to use three different embossing powders on this card! Clear, white, and sparkle for the sentiment.  

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up smokey grey cardstock, Bienfang bristol paper, Little Yellow Bicycle patterned paper, Hero Arts Christmas Reindeer & Holiday Conversation stamps, Versafine onyx black, Stampin' Up real red & Versamark inks, Zing clear, Hero Arts sparkle & Wow white embossing powder, Paper Smooches birch tree & MFT wonky stitch rectangle dies, Memory Box winter tiny snowflakes stencil, Zig clean colour brush markers, Winsor & Newton iridescent medium, Imagine Crafts Sparkle shimmer spritz, pop-dot tape

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Homes for the Holidays

Back with another Christmas card! The current Jingle Belles challenge prompt is "O Little Town of Bethlehem", or... put one or more buildings on your Christmas card. I really did put an entire town on my card:

This card was definitely easier to make than to photograph. I knew right away I had found a great reason to use this Village embossing folder. Before I'd looked at it, I was thinking I would somehow highlight two of the houses, but when I saw there were houses with hearts on them, I decided to just highlight two heart with tiny die cuts. This is the only stamp I have with this sentiment; I was worried that the script plus small size would mean white embossing on black wouldn't work, but with ultra-fine powder, it's quite readable. 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up real red & basic black cardstock, Gourmet Rubber Stamps Holiday Lane stamp, Versamark ink, Wow super-fine white embossing powder, Cuttlebug Village embossing folder, heart die cuts from stash, Creative Memories corner-rounding punch, fun foam

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Christmas Tree Musing

I must be feeling seasonal... today I made a Halloween card and a Christmas card. For the Christmas card, I was inspired by this week's Muse ChristmasVisions card by Chriss Blagrave

It's a long road from Chriss' inspiration to my final card, but trust me, it's where my idea originated. ;) I looked to the multicolour tree, the use of black and texture, and the star. I was originally going to use a rainbow of bottle-brush trees, but then wandered off in an entirely different direction that resulted in this: 

One tree turned into three, each in a different metallic embossing powder colour. My trees weren't really big enough to take up the entire card, so I cut the black panel and layered the patterned paper under. If only there had been copper stars to go with the silver and gold! Finally, a black on (mostly) white sentiment. I debated adding stars to the treetops, as Chriss did with hers, but it seemed to detract too much from the artsiness of the sketchy tree design. 
As for the Halloween card... it will show up here eventually, I'm sure. ;) 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Teresa Collins Tinsel and Company patterned paper, Artful Stamper Tree & Hero Arts Family & Friends stamps, Versamark & Versafine onyx black inks, clear, silver, pale gold pearl & copper pearl embossing powders, fun foam

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