Monday, December 27, 2021

It's Time to Celebrate at Scrap 'n Stamp

I'm on the Scrap 'n Stamp blog today with a card for today's Random Acts of Cardness prompt, CELEBRATE! Here's a peek at my card - all the details are on the SnS blog. 

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Saturday, December 25, 2021

Inkspirational: Ice

Merry Christmas! It's also a Saturday, and that means it is time for a new Inkspirational challenge! We have a word prompt for you: ICE. I purposely made my card so it could be a Christmas card, or not: 

I have two different stamp sets that include ice floes, and since I've used my polar bear set a lot already this year, I switched to this cute penguin set. I stamped the penguin, masked him, and added the ice beneath him. While the mask was still in place, I sponged in a little Antarctic sky. He's a penguin, so there wasn't a lot of colouring that needed to be done. ;) The sentiment leaves this card available for a number of occasions! 

I hope you'll have time in the next two weeks to join us! 

Supplies: Neenah white cardstock, Mama Elephant Arctic Penguins & MFT Chill Wishes stamps, Versafine onyx black, MFT extreme black & faded jeans & wilted violet distress ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic markers, MFT wonky stitched rectangle die

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Friday, December 17, 2021

A Whittle Winter Card at Scrap 'n Stamp

It's my turn to be on the Scrap 'n Stamp blog today with a card for today's Random Acts of Cardness challenge word: WINTER! I got to try some new-to-me supplies to make this little scene:

Not surprisingly for this time of year, my card fits a number of challenges. I'm adding it to the Cold As Ice Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, Cupcake Inspirations challenge Snow People and the Shopping Our Stash Do You Want to Build a Snowman? challenge. And while not related quite as seasonally, I'm entering Darnell's December NBUS challenge - the falling snow cover plate die, whittle snowman die and green distress mica spray are being used for the first time for this card. 

If you're interested in the details of how I put this card together, pop over to the Scrap 'n Stamp blog! Happy weekend! 

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

A Tiny Craft: Happy Holidays ATCs

It's the middle of December (insert panicked face here) and time for a new A Tiny Craft Challenge! Our theme this month is HAPPY HOLIDAYS, and we'd like to see trading cards or coins that reflect what you celebrate this time of year. 
Funny, I don't exactly "celebrate" the snow that comes along with Christmas in December, but I went with a snowflake theme for my trio of ATCs anyway: 

These backgrounds were already in my Christmas stash, although I did get a chance to use my new mica spray on the embossed snowflakes to the lower right! Shimmery. :D In addition, all the stamped and die cut elements were already made and just waiting to be added to these. My other main contributions were cutting the strip of patterned paper for the side of the one ATC, and adding the blue brad to the centre of the die cut snowflake.
A closer look at each one: 

(Yep, noticed the one wonky snowflake arm AFTER
I photographed. Luckily, I was able to
nudge it into its proper place.)

Not surprisingly, we weren't the only ATC challenge to come up with this theme, so I will be adding these to both ATC Around the World: Christmas Time and ATCs with Heart/ATCs hit Herz - also Christmas Time. 

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Saturday, December 11, 2021

It's the SNARKY 200!!!

You read that right - it is time for the 200th challenge here at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!!! We started way back in February of 2014, back when Corona was just a beer, and Instagram didn't exist! And here we are, still going strong despite (because of?) our collective snarkiness. And while we usually welcome snarkless creations, for this landmark challenge, it's ANYTHING SNARKY GOES!  And if the invitation to be snarky isn't enough, the winner of this challenge will win a $10 gift to Lost Coast Designs, who is generously sponsoring us! (Check out this link to see some of their snarkier stamps!)  

This is an anything snarky goes challenge, but a lot of the sisters were in a snarky Christmas mood, including me:

If you have an actual stamp set of snarky Christmas cats, it seems a shame not to use them! :D I added a little extra grey shading to the cat, and coloured in the lights before adding Glossy Accents for dimension and shine. 

Just for fun, I made a second version with blue bulbs, for a friend who has a white tree and all-blue lights:

Check out all the snarkiness on the Sisterhood blog, from the team and our current Queen of Snark, Michelle! This special challenge will last FOUR WEEKS, so pile on the snark and join us! 

Supplies: Neenah white cardstock, Craft Smith red card base (for red & green card, Sunny Studio subtle grey tones patterned paper (for blue card), Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Snarky Cat Christmas stamps, MFT extreme black ink, Copic markers, MFT wonky stitched rectangle die, Glossy Accents

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Inkspirational: Photo

It's time for a new Inkspirational challenge, and we have a beautiful and seasonal photo to inspire you! I took a number of different elements and mashed them together to end up with this: 

Hot chocolate with marshmallows, the word JOY, the deer (both from the cushion) (that is a deer, right?), and the warm colours combined with white. To put it together, I combined the stamped mug of cocoa with a die cut J and Y and added them to the patterned paper background. The secondary sentiments are also stamped and embossed. 

This photo has so much inspiration to offer! Be sure to visit the Ink blog to see in what directions my teammates have taken this. Hope you'll join us! 

Supplies: Neenah white, Concord & 9th pearl glitter & Sizzix gold cardstock, Pink Paisley Snow Village patterned paper, Lawn Fawn Thanks a Latte stamps & dies, Versamark & Versafine onyx black ink, Wow clear gloss & vintage champagne embossing powder, Paper Smooches joy & Sugar Pea Designs card front element builder dies, Copic markers, foam tape

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Addicted to Stamps and More: Die Cuts and Stencils

It's time for a new Addicted to Stamps and More challenge, and this time around, we're looking for Die Cuts and Stencils! I took a look at some of my seasonal dies, and came up with this sadly neglected snowman: 

He is definitely a cutie, but a little finickety to piece in all those small hat pieces! And I may reconsider inlaying his facial features next time. :D This die set is a hand-me-down from a crafting friend, and the first time I've used him, so he'll be off to visit Darnell's December NBUS gallery. For the background, I simply used the inks left on my blue and purple blending brushes to create a daytime sky, then spritzed it with some sparkle mist. The snowy tree horizon is actually a border punch! (I'm feeling very retro here.) I added the large "merry" die cut sentiment and a couple of die cut snowflakes to complete the card. 
I'm also adding this card to the new Shopping Our Stash challenge, Do You Want to Build a Snowman? and The Paper Players Winter Wonderland challenge. 

Lots of die cut and stencil inspiration from my ATSM teammates - I hope you'll check out their creations and then join us! 

Supplies: Neenah white, Stampin' Up basic black & real red, Concord & 9th graphite glitter & scrap orange, brown & green cardstock, various distress inks, Paper Smooches snowman 2, Winnie & Walter In a Word: Merry, MFT stitched rounded rectangle & Sunny Studio Holiday Helpers snowflake dies, EK Success Alpine border punch, Avery Elle clear shimmer spray

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Monday, December 6, 2021

Happy Little Stampers: Stencils

We are up to the Stencil Challenge at Happy Little Stampers! As always, it's anything goes as long as a stencil has been used. I used a stencil two ways for my Christmas tag: 

For the big bold sentiment, I added transfer gel through a stencil. This was the first time experimenting to see if heat-transfer foil would work with the gel, and I am happy to report it did! (Unlike the other way around - foils made for laminating or gel transfer do not react to heat foiling, sadly.) Once the transfer gel had dried, I added the red foil with my die cutting machine. For the tag base, I used the holly part of the same stencil to blend green ink onto the kraft cardstock. To tie everything together, I added a few die cut holly leaves and berries. This angled photo gives a better indication of the sentiment's shine: 

The HLS Stencil design team have used their stencils in a variety of ways that is sure to inspire you! I hope you'll join us. 

Supplies: Neenah white & desert storm, scrap green & red glitter cardstock, mowed lawn distress ink, Creative Expressions Merry Christmas stencil, Deco Foil transfer gel duo, Icraft red deco foil, Memory Box mini holly leaves die, Cutplorations manila tag die, Offray red ribbon, red Divine Twine, $ store jingle bells  

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Wrap It Up with Scrap 'n Stamp!

Welcome to the December Scrap 'n Stamp Inspiration Hop, where this month our theme is WRAP IT UP! We have a mix of blogs, Instagram posts and Youtube videos for your hopping pleasure - leave a comment at each stop along the way for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate! Perfect for treating yourself to a little Christmas present. ;) 
I made gift tags for the hop. Fun fact: I was on a Christmas tag design team for three years! (Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event - it's no longer running, but still a terrific source of inspiration.) I decided to pick one stamp set and create three different styles of tags using it. Here they are: 

I am using My Favorite Things Meowy Christmas stamps and dies for these. Here's a closer look at each one starting, of course, with the cat: 

I watercoloured the kitty and his ornament, and added lots of sparkle to the ball using Lawn Fawn Liquid Stardust. If you haven't tried this... you really should! One drop painted over my ornament, and you can even see it in a photograph!

My next tag uses the beautiful tree in the set: 

This time I used Copic markers to colour my tree. The sentiments in the Meowy Christmas set, not surprisingly, are all cat-related, so I foiled a sentiment from the Spellbinders Mini Christmas Sentiment Strips and red foil
My third tag uses just the two snowflakes included in the stamp set: 

A little emboss-resist this time. After embossing the snowflakes in white, I blended wilted violet and chipped sapphire distress inks for the sky. I added a few spritzes of Avery Elle white ink spray
Are you ready to hop? Here is the complete hop list: 

Lindsey ---> me!
Allison ---> our guest designer!

And when you are finished hopping, might as well check out the latest Scrap 'n Stamp sale! 

Happy hopping, and have a great weekend! 

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Happy Little Stampers CAS: Christmas Characters

It's time for the last CAS challenge of 2021 at Happy Little Stampers! For December, we are looking for clean and simple cards featuring Christmas Characters. 🦌 🧸 🐧  For my character, I used that iconic jolly old elf himself: 

That's right, it's Santa! I have lots of Santa stamps, but for this card decided to use this sweet die cut. Sometimes I colour his face and give him rosy cheeks and nose, but for this card just gave him his classic red hat and a little circle of felt for the pompom. I added texture to the main panel with a cover plate, and matched Santa's hat with a red sentiment banner embossed in white. Quick and easy to put together, but still a lot of fun. 
With gold glasses and red as my colour, I am adding my Santa to the CAS challenge at STAMPlorations as well as the Wednesday Happy Holidays/Christmas challenge at Simon Says Stamp

The HLS design team's cards always have lots of character, but now there are characters, too! Check out the inspiration, and then I hope you'll join us! 

Supplies: Neenah white, Stampin' Up real red & Sizzix gold foil cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Coolest Yulest stamp, Versamark, Wow white embossing powder, A Jillian Vance Design Santa and Friends dies, CUTplorations circles all over texture cover plate, foam tape

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Color Hues: Red and Green

December is upon us! Time for a new Color Hues challenge, and how appropriate for the beginning of December - our colours are RED and GREEN! Of course red and green can be used for more than just Christmas cards, but that's certainly what I need right now, so that's the direction I took: 

I love this big poinsettia frame stamp - especially the fact that the design work is done for you! ;) After stamping and embossing it, I coloured the poinsettias with Copics. I considered adding some green to the evergreen elements as well, but decided to leave the focus on the flowers. The sentiment can be left as is, but I decided to die cut the letters out of the panel and inlay with black glitter paper instead. The secondary sentiments are stamped in red and embossed. The only other colour I added is small dots of gold Smooch paint in the poinsettia centres. The card base is lightly coloured with distress ink.

This challenge will be open until December 29th - this gives the design team a bit of a break, and you more time to join us! 

Supplies: Neenah white cardstock, Concord & 9th graphite glitter cardstock, Concord & 9th Christmas Florals stamps & dies, Versamark, Versafine onyx black, Catherine Pooler rouge & twisted citron distress ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic markers, Smooch gold paint

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