Saturday, December 10, 2016

X(XX)mas at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers

It's that time of year again! You know you want to. Ready to join Edna and the Sisterhood for our latest challenge, X IS FOR XXX Xmas? I have to confess, I always find this one a bit of a, well, challenge. But here's my card: 

I picked up this JJ Christmas Cheer image a little while ago imagining I could come up with something (in)appropriate. Right up until it was time to print out my sentiment, I thought I was going to do something along the lines of "but it's too nice being naughty", but then came up with this one instead. I couldn't let my Sisters down, so of course her glasses and glass have Glossy Accents on them. Shoes, bubbly and antler headband are sparkled with some Wink of Stella; and the pearl on her choker even has some Liquid Pearls on it. 
You definitely have to see what the Sisterhood came up with for this challenge. And great news, we're giving you double the time to play along! Since it's a busy time of year for many, you have until January 6th, 2017 to enter your x-rated creation! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, red Craft Smith card base, Bugaboo JJ Christmas Cheer digital image, Prismacolor pencils, Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, white opal Liquid Pearls, Stampin' Up dazzling diamonds glitter, MFT wonky stitched rectangle die

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Guesting Again at Tag You're It!

I get to play along with the talented design team at Tag You're It again! The new challenge features a beautiful tag from featured artist Laurie Willison

I was inspired by the colours; the patterned and die cut sentiment; and the trees going along the bottom of the tag. Here is where I took those elements:

To start, I cut down two die cut wine tags so that my finished tag would be close to square and would have a decorative bottom. While I really like the square shape of Laurie's, I wanted to leave lots of room around the sentiment I'd chosen. I die cut the sentiment from one of the tags as well as patterned paper — dots instead of stripes just because. After adhering the two layers of tag, I inset the patterned sentiment into the die cut negative, adding back the white "o" centre and tail of the "y". Instead of stamping, I used some die cut holly and berries, adding glossy accents to the berries for shine and dimension. A little cord and ribbon (Look at that bow! I will never tie as perfect a one again...) completes the tag. 

Supplies: white & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, American Crafts green glitter paper, Teresa Collins Santa's List patterned paper, Avery Elle Cheers, Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words: Joy & Lil' Inkers Holly Jolly dies, Marvy-Uchida corner-rounding punch, Lawn Fawn Mistletoe hemp cord & scrap green ribbon, Glossy Accents

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bah! Humbug!

It's December! And now the holiday rush really begins. ๐Ÿ˜‰ December also means it's time for a new Naughty or Nice Challenge, and this month we're asking you to choose between traditional and modern with A Christmas Carol vs. Frozen
I am a big Dickens fan, so this was an easy choice for me:

I used paper and stamps from Graphic 45's A Christmas Carol collection to make this quick card. And while not everyone appreciates an unrepentant Scrooge, I can definitely think of a few people that would get a chuckle out of this. 
You'll have to check the Naughty or Nice Challenges page to see whether the majority of Troublemakers picked traditional or modern. While you're there, check out the nice little prize that we are offering to one lucky entrant this month! Pick your style and join us! 

Supplies: Stampin' Up very vanilla cardstock, Graphic 45 A Christmas Carol patterned paper, Graphic 45/Hampton Arts A Christmas Carol stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder

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Tag You're It! Reminder

Yes, it's another tag! The current challenge at Tag You're It continues, and I'm back with a reminder inspiration tag: 

I was less literal in my CASEing of Loll's tag this time around. I kept the same colours and tree theme again, but chose to use just blues for the background and had the tree and ribbon pick up the bright green. I clear-embossed the snowflake background before sponging the tag. This little tree already had matching snowflakes as part of the stamp! 
The theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge is O Christmas Tree, so I am linking my little tag there. 
There is still almost a week left to play along, so I hope you'll be inspired! 

Supplies: white cardstock, Hero Arts Christmas Reindeer & Local King Rubber Stamp Snowflake Background stamps, Versamark, Colorbox Citrine, tumbled glass & salty ocean distress inks, Ranger clear embossing powder, May Arts green & Offray white ribbon

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

End of November Muse

November is almost over, and so too is the current challenge at Muse: ChristmasVisions. This week's muse is Cornelia Wenokor with this pretty tag: 

Since I have a goodly supply of tags already ๐Ÿ˜‚ I translated Cornelia's tag into a card. I was inspired by the blue and silver colour scheme as well as the bells and large sentiment. Here's mine: 

The sentiment (with bells at two corners!) is silver-embossed on the navy cardstock and then spritzed with some sparkly mist. (IF I had a few stray specks of embossing powder, the sparkle would totally camouflage it. ๐Ÿ˜‰) I mounted the navy panel onto silver pearl paper before adhering everything to the card base. CAS and elegant. 

Supplies: white & navy cardstock, silver pearl paper, Stampin' Up Christmas Postcard stamp, Versamark ink, silver embossing powder, MFT blueprints 24 stitched frame die, Tsukineko sparkle sheer shimmer mist

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