Tuesday, December 24, 2013

ATC : How Lovely Are Thy Branches

My dear friend Donna and I started a monthly ATC exchange 2 years ago.  This month it was my turn to choose the theme and I chose "Oh, Christmas Tree."  Since it's all glittery it gets to be linked up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is "Bling It On!"

Bazzill cardstock, ATC, artist trading card, Christmas, snow, glitter, Martha Stewart punch, Christmas tree, Oh Christmas Tree, Recollections glitter from Michaels, Tsukineko Indigo VersaColor Ink, Martha Stewart Branch Punch

two shades of blue - Bazzill
white - Bazzill
Date Swirl (grey) - Bazzill
silver metallic and brown from my stash

Die and Punch
Star Flourish (just a single star for the tree top) - Memory Box
Branch - Martha Stewart

Indigo VersaColor - Tsukineko

Pesto Extra Fine Glitter - Recollections
Marine Extra Fine Glitter - Recollections
Cherry Extra Fine Glitter - Recollections
Carrara Marble - Martha Stewart

Monday, December 23, 2013

Card: Another "Joy" Christmas Card!

"Joy" seems to be a theme in my Christmas cards this year!  "Bling It On" is the challenge for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.  I added real German glass glitter to the "Joy" chipboard alphas and there's some bling on the spacer above the dangling pearl.  In order to get just the right color of ribbon I used white Hug Snug and dyed it with Broken China Distress Ink  then added a little bit of Evergreen Chalkboard  Glimmer Mist because it needed some green.  Granite Glimmer mist was then added to made it dusty.

Zva, Simon Says Stamp Challenge, handmade card, German glass glitter, Christmas, Christmas card, Tim Holtz, Tim Holtz distress ink, My Mind's Eye, My Mind's Eye All is Bright Collection, Martha Stewart punch, Making Memories, Hug  Snug ribbon, joy, pearl brad, rosette, vintage, shabby chic,

Simon Says Stamp Challenge, handmade card, German glass glitter, Christmas, Christmas card, Tim Holtz, Tim Holtz distress ink, My Mind's Eye, My Mind's Eye All is Bright Collection, Martha Stewart punch, Making Memories, Hug  Snug ribbon, joy, pearl brad, rosette, vintage, shabby chic,

Simon Says Stamp Challenge, handmade card, German glass glitter, Christmas, Christmas card, Tim Holtz, Tim Holtz distress ink, My Mind's Eye, My Mind's Eye All is Bright Collection, Martha Stewart punch, Making Memories, Hug  Snug ribbon, joy, pearl brad, rosette, vintage, shabby chic, Simon Says Stamp  Challenge

Paper and Cardstock
patterned paper - My Mind's Eye Merry and Bright Collection
brown cardstock, cream cardstock - Core'dinations
sheet music and paper doily from my stash

Stamps (all on the inside of the card)
Joy - Pink Paislee Snow Village set
Merry Christmas - Stamp Cabana
Stars - Personal Stamp Exchange

Dies, Punch, and Scissors
Fancy Tags Two (on the inside of the card) - Spellbinders
Circles - Spellbinders
1" Starburst (on the rosette) - Martha Stewart
Scalloped Scissors - Fiskars

Ink and Mists
Vintage Photo Distress Ink - Tim Holtz/Ranger
Broken China Distress Ink - Tim Holtz/Ranger
Antique Linen Distress Ink - Tim Holtz/Ranger
Granite Glimmer Mist - Tattered Angels
Evergreen Chalkboard Glimmer Mist - Tattered Angels

Additional Supplies
alpha chippies - My Mind's Eye Lush Blue
ribbon - Hug Snug white (colored with Broken China Ink and Evergreen Chalkboard and Granite Glimmer Mists)
pearl brad - Making Memories
pearl dangle - Jenni Bowlin
star charm - Teresa Collins
champagne gems - Zva
score board - Martha Stewart
German glass glitter from my stash
vintage lace from my stash

Friday, December 20, 2013

Card: We Wish You a Merry Christmas

I'm linking this card to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the challenge this week is to use a stamp.  This stamp is a cool vintage image by Stampington & Company! Gee, could I use the word "stamp" any more in just 2 sentences?! :D  In order to get the thin brown cardstock mat around the stamped image and the holly print I glued the die cuts to the cardstock then fussy cut around them.  The white paper doily was misted with  Lindy's Stamp Gang Burnished Brass Moonshadow Mist.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Stampington & Company, Teresa Collins Noel Collection, Stamping, Christmas Card, Hug Snug Ribbon, Buttons, Paper Doilies, Spellbinders Labels Four, Tim Holtz, Ranger, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Antique Linen Distress Ink, Hemp Cord, Christmas, Vintage Christmas

Paper and Cardstock
patterned paper - Teresa Collins Noel Collection
brown cardstock - Core'dinations
cream cardstock - Neenah Classic Crest Classic Cream

Holiday Wishes - Stampington & Company

Labels Four - Spellbinders

Ink and Mist
Vintage Photo Distress Ink - Tim Holtz/Ranger
Antique Linen Distress Ink -  Tim Holtz/Ranger
Jet Black Archival Ink - Ranger
Burnished Brass Moonshadow Mist -Lindy's Stamp Gang

Additional Supplies
ribbon - Hug Snug Tropic Wine
natural polished hemp cord - Cousin Corporation
button and paper doily from stash

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Card: Mojo Monday 323 - Joy

This Christmas card uses this week's Mojo Monday sketch.

Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink, DCWV, Teresa Collins Noel Collection, Basic Grey Aspen Stamp, Hug Snug Ribbon, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Spellbinders Circle Dies, My Mind's Eye Lush Red, Cuttlebug Holly Ribbons Embossing Folder, Mojo Monday 323, Christmas Card, Handmade Card

The paper is from the Teresa Collins Noel Collection and the cardstock is DCWV; all were inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink.   I fussy cut the holly from the "Definitions" paper and layered it to add some nice depth and embossed the cardstock with Cuttlebug's Holly Ribbons embossing folder.  The "Joy" stamp is from the BasicGrey Aspen stamp set, the ribbon is Hug Snug, and the gem brad is My Mind's Eye Lush Red.  Though you can't see it in the photo, the entire card was finished up with Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tag : 12 Tags of 2013 - October

I. Love. Glitter.  That said, I really don't use it that much on my cards but I do use it more on ATCs and tags.  This tag is glitter overload - I love it!  I'm linking this tag to Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2013 as well as Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and the Silhouette Blog's weekly challenge.  The skeleton and frame is Silhouette design #50114 (Halloween skeleton profile frame.)

This background is so pretty I almost hated to cover it up!

Friday, October 25, 2013

ATC : Autumn Burns Brightly

MFW Tuesday Trigger
Today I'm linking this ATC to Unity Friends With Flair and to Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger.  The MFW Trigger is "Enthralled with Fall" and this ATC is all about Fall!  I found the following quote and loved it!

Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.  
                                      Faith Baldwin

The leaf stamp on the embellishment is from the Unity September 2013 LOL kit.  The leaf is stamped on a Heidi Grace Glass Effects acrylic piece that I first sanded then stamped and embossed with Ranger Enchanted Gold embossing powder.  To finish it off I applied alcohol ink and stitched it to the background with metallic thread.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Card: Stitched Snowflake Christmas Card

I love how this turned out!  I'm submitting this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and for the Silhouette Weekly Shape Challenge.  I used Silhouette shapes  #20960 (5 Piece Gift Tag Set) and #14329 (Stitching Templates - Snowflake 3).  I resized the red tag to 2"x3"; I cut out the "Merry Christmas" tag by hand.

Monday, October 21, 2013

ATC : Pumpkins For Sale

It was a dark and starry night...

These pumpkins are so small - they range in size from 3/8" x 1/2" to 5/8" x 1  1/4" !  Because they're so small I had to use the point editing feature on my Silhouette to simplify the swirl and leaf designs so they didn't end up as shreds!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Card: Mojo Monday 315

 The patterned papers on this card are from My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Lavender 6X6.  The wooden button and the chippie button are from The Sweetest Thing, also.  That teeny tiny button on top of the chippie button is made by Dress It Up - it's soooo cute!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Card: Creating a Letterpress Background

This week's challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs is to create your own background.

I inked up Spellbinders' "Butterfly" Impressabilities embossing template with Broken China Distress Ink and did a letterpress technique for the tone-on-tone background.  It turned out so pretty - I should do this more often!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Card: My Parents' 60th Anniversary

 Today's card is very special indeed - it's for my parents' 60th wedding anniversary!  I'm also linking it to 2 challenges - Mojo Monday and Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge.  ETA: I'm also linking this to Unity Friends With Flair.  The "Love Cherish Embrace" stamp is from the May 2013 LOL kit.

Lindy's Stamp Gang October

I sprayed Lindy's Stamp Gang Grab A Guy Gold Starburst on the orange paper and the orange and white print that frames the card.  I guess this is an apt color for this card - my Mom grabbed her guy 60 years ago!  :D

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Art Journal: Live Out Loud

Yesterday I posted about how I just started art journaling after several years of wishin' and hopin' .  This page is actually the very first page of my art journal.  It's tiny!  It's only 2" x 4.75"!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Art Journal: October Day

Simon Says Stamp
Wednesday Challenge
I finally did it!  After years of wishin' and hopin' and thinkin' and prayin' I finally just DID IT!  I started an art journal!  My sister-in-law gave me bunches of paper sample books she got from the print shop where she works.  While looking through them I realized they would make cool and funky art journals.
This week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge was to go dotty!  I flicked and dripped watered down acrylic paint mixed with Pearl Ex onto my work.

The first pages of this sample book are small - these 2 pages together are only 4.25 x 4.75 inches- but the pages get much bigger as the book progresses as you can see in the picture below.  I'm very much looking forward to filling up these pages!  Wish me luck!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Card: Party Like A Rock Star

Unity Be Inspired Challenge
I created this card with the Unity Be Inspired Challenge for September/October in mind!  I turned the sketch on it's side and set all the elements at an angle to make it a little funky.  

The multi-layered stars (on the black cardstock) and the grid  in the background of "party like a rock star" are from the June 2013 SMAK Kit.  The outlined stars on the small grey tag and the ticket are from the July 2013 SMAK Kit.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Card: A thank you for Kathy

This week I'm participating in Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger.  When I saw the trigger picture the first thing that came to mind was overlapping rectangles in fall colors.  I made this card for my sister-in-law to thank her for the paper and cardstock sample books that she gave me that she got from the printing business where she works.  The entire card, inside and out, was made with paper and cardstock from the sample books and glitzed up with Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mists and Magicals.

Paper and Cardstock
from stash of sample books
Monogram Frames Set - A-Muse
Tuxedo Black - Memento
Leaf - Spellbinders
Tiny Tags - Cuttlebug
Embossing Folder
Just My Type- Cuttlebug
Paint and Mists
Gossamer Gold Moon Shadow Mist - Lindy's Stamp Gang
Burnished Brass Moon Shadow Mist - Lindy's Stamp Gang
Ethereal Emerald Moon Shadow Mist - Lindy's Stamp Gang
Pegleg Pete Purple Moon Shadow Mist - Lindy's Stamp Gang
Bucket O' Blood Red Moon Shadow Mist - Lindy's Stamp Gang
Burnt Umber Moon Shadow Mist - Lindy's Stamp Gang
Red Hot Poker Orange Magicals - Lindy's Stamp Gang
Additional Supplies
gem brad - Making Memories
blue ribbon - Offray
tiny brown gem
hemp cord

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Tag : 12 Tags of 2013 - May

As usual, lots of great techniques and lots of fun creating these tags!  And, as usual,  I had a blast creating this tag with my friend, Donna!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Card: Zebra stripes!

At Six Seventy-Five

Paper Reverie Noir - Making Memories
Card Stock
Raven - Bazzill
Walnut Cream - Bazzill
A New Day set - JustRite
Tuxedo Black - Memento
Embossing Folder
Swiss Dots- Cuttlebug
Additional Supplies
faceted stick pin - Making Memories
pearl stick pin - Maya Road
gem brad - Making Memories
black ribbon
gem swirl - Prima
rose with stripes sticker -  Making Memories

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Card: This Is Epic

This card was created for a friend's 50th birthday.  It's cool that the numbers stamp behind "this is epic" shows the numbers "5" and "0"!

Stampin' Up!
Card stock
black - Core'dinations
white - Neenah
light and dark grey - Strathmore
Unity (days of the week, newsprint frame, numbers) May 2013 SMAK
Tuxedo black - Memento
London Fog - Memento
Bamboo Leaves - Memento
Silhouette shape
chevron border - #24503
Additional Supplies
handmade twine
white embossing powder
paper clip
alphas - My Mind's Eye Lush Green
photo corner punch - Martha Stewart

Monday, May 13, 2013

Card: Dragonfly with Lilacs

Lily Kate collection (green/white floral) -  BasicGrey
Light and dark periwinkle
Unity (sentiment) - LOL Kit, May 2013
Embossing Folders
Swiss Dots - Cuttlebug
Postcard - Sizzix/Tim Holtz
Dimensional Stickers
K & Company
Paris Dusk - Memento
Bamboo Leaves - Memento
Additional Supplies
Lavender organza ribbon
paper doily