Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Outstanding in Their Field

I have a new Christmas card combining the challenges at Muse: ChristmasVisions and the current Jingle Belles challenge: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (animals). Here is Cornelia Wenoker's inspiration card for the Muse challenge: 

After I looked at this, I had one particular stamp in mind that wouldn't go away. So I ran with it and ended up with this: 

Deer, trees, that was all I needed. I also was inspired by Cornelia's clean design and use of foil to add a shiny element. 

My shine comes from spritzing the night sky with sparkle mist as well as the black sparkle embossing powder and a black glitter cardstock mat. I masked off the bottom part of my panel before sponging the night sky with distress inks. I played around with various sentiment ideas, but anything I tried seemed to spoil the balance of the card, so I left the front as is and put a sentiment on the inside.

P.S. My snarky sister Chris reminded me that this card works perfectly for the new Shopping Our Stash challenge, Three Trees, too! Thanks, Chris! 

Supplies: white cardstock, American Crafts black glitter cardstock, Memory Box Deer in the Field stamp, Versafine onyx black & shaded lilac, stormy sky, faded jeans, blueprint sketch & chipped sapphire distress inks, Ranger black glitter embossing powder, MFT blueprints 24 stitched rectangle die, Imagine Crafts sparkle shimmer spritz

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pin-Sights for Halloween

There's a new Pin-Sights challenge at Ellen Hutson! This month's inspiration board is full of autumnal colours. 

Of course, I totally ignored all those fall colours and went straight to the the upper right corner. Those little ghosts, especially their expressions, reminded me immediately of the one in the set Got Candy

I stamped six of the little guys, three in a row that I then die cut with a stitched rectangular panel, and three more to due cut separately. These I popped up not _quite_ right on top of the others, to give a sense of motion. That little flair button? Made by my awesome design teammate at Naughty or Nice Challenges, Danielle. And gives a token nod to the colours in the majority of the inspiration board. ;) 

Supplies: white, black & grey cardstock, Essentials by Ellen Got Candy? stamps and dies, Versafine onyx black ink, Sizzix/Tim Holtz cobwebs embossing folder, MFT stitched rectangle die, flair button (by Danielle Lounds), pop-dot tape

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Christmas Sweaters!

I'm sneaking in with a card for the current Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge before it closes tomorrow morning. This week's muse is Chriss Blagrave with this cute card: 

Why look! That mouse is wearing a sweater! That's all the inspiration I needed to pull out my Christmas reindeer! 

I was inspired by other aspects of Chriss' card as well, of course: the clean and simple design, the bit of greenery, the background wash of blue and even the little star on the mouse's tail. I used a torn post-it note to add a horizon before painting a light wash of blue Twinkling H2Os for a shimmery sky. Then with Zig markers I coloured the reindeer and tree. I think this is the first time I haven't stamped and cut out a separate sweater to avoid having brown snowflakes on it — it's not as bad as I thought it would be. The little wood veneer star seemed to be just right with the embossed brown ink and homely sweater. 
My biggest departure from the Muse card is not making mine one layer. I wanted to be able to pop up my elements as well as have a coloured card base. 
Since I used a classic Hero Arts stamp set, I'm also linking up to their current holiday card challenge

Supplies: Strathmore watercolour & mixed media paper, Craft Smith green cardbase, Hero Arts Christmas Reindeer stamps, Colorbox espresso ink, Zing clear embossing powder, Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers, sea spray Twinkling H2Os, MFT blueprints 24 stitched rectangle die, Studio Calico wood veneer star, pop-dot tape

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Monday, October 17, 2016


If it's October, it must be time for the Pink Christmas challenge at Jingle Belles. It's a card challenge with a purpose... not just the usual one, to build a stockpile of Christmas cards before the holiday crunch sets in, but to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. The challenge owners, Lauren and Steph, even donate $2 for each pink Christmas card linked up. 
This, however, does not explain my post title, does it? In addition this year, Steph and Lauren are remembering and honouring Leslie Hanna, she of Crooked Stamper fame. Leslie was not a big fan of the colour pink, and always wrote the colour as (gah) pink. Regardless, she was a big supporter of the Jingle Belles challenges, even the pink one. ;) (Here's a card from last year's challenge.As well, she was a funny and loyal friend to many of us in blogland. Sadly, she died Christmas Day last year. We miss her. 
This is my third year playing along — I felt an extra urge to do so this year. Here's mine:

I have not been to the Antarctic, so I feel perfectly confident in giving these penguins a pink sky. I sponged two different pinks as well as a little mauve for the sky. Normally, I'd have masked the skyline or added a snowy layer, but decided I liked the soft border where the sponging stops. A splatter of sparkly mist adds some snow to the Christmas scene of penguins, their tree and some presents. 
Feel like joining in on the pink Christmas fun? The challenge ends Wednesday, so you still have time! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together stamps & dies, Unity Greetings of Christmas stamp, Versamark, Versafine onyx black, Brilliance galaxy gold & spun sugar, picked raspberry, shaded lilac & bundled sage distress inks, Zing clear, Hero Arts sparkle & PSX verdigris embossing powders, MFT Inside & Out diagonal stitched rectangle die, Zig clean colour real brush markers, Perfect Pearls white confetti mist, Wink of Stella clear glitter marker, pop-dot tape

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Party Time?

This is my second post of the day — please click HERE
for the latest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge!

What? It's the middle of October already? That means you only have ten days left to come and play along with the current challenge at Naughty or Nice, Spooky Sistahs and Wild, Wild Women!

For my reminder card, I went witchy again, but in a totally different way: 

The only way I could get the sparkle splatter in the background to show was to take this angled, shadowed picture. The watercolour wash sparkles, too, since I used some Twinkling H2Os for my paint. I will likely never use anything but this cool black gold embossing powder for that cauldron — I love the flecks of gold and pebbly dimension it adds. Likewise, I think neon ombré tights may be a new favourite, too. I did some simple masking with my new masking pen to protect the tights against the watercolour wash. 

I'm hoping this qualifies as spooky and simple enough for the current CASology challenge, "SPOOKY"! 

Supplies: black cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Stampin' Up Tee-Hee-Hee stamps, Versafine onyx black & Hero Arts neon red to purple inks, Zing clear, Hero Arts sparkle & black gold embossing powders, MFT wonky stitched rectangle die, Twinkling H2Os, Perfect Pearls white confetti mist, Molotow masking pen

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