Monday, November 11, 2019

25 Days of Christmas Tags with Picket Fence Studios!

Today Picket Fence Studios is joining Tracey McNeely and her spectacular 25 Days of Christmas Tags blog hop.You can find all the details over on Tracey's blog, as well as the link to all of the Picket Fence Studios tag inspiration. There is so much festive fun!


I am using one of the precious and cute reindeer, as well as a sentiment, from Santa's Sleigh Ride. The embossed snowflakes are also from the same stamp set. My watercolor background gives hint of the lights below, and the dark night skies when the reindeer are frolicking and happy to be on their way soon!

I added some twine, eyelash fiber, and a cute little jingle bell for the tag topper ties.


There are also coordinating dies available for this set! Makes layering easy peasy!


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Whimsy Stamps' November Paper Door Kit: Christmas Hoo

The November Paper Door Kit from Whimsy Stamps is here! Christmas Hoo has so many cute owls! This is just one of them:

I adore the patterned papers that are with this kit too; my favorites of all the kits that I have so far! PLUS some other really cool stuff is in the kit that I am showing off later this week, like stand alone dies! 


I stamped my images using VersaFine Clair Nocturne, and colored with Copic markers. I also made a peekaboo card with my owl peeking through the front of the card. 


She is popped up with foam tape to have her stand out even a bit more. I added sequins and rhinestones for some fun coordinating bling.



Here are the kit details:
  • BRAND NEW kit debuting on the 10th of each month
  • Each kit is a $50+ retail value for only $29.95 plus shipping
  • EXCLUSIVE 6x6 Whimsy Stamps designer paper pack collections, fun and creative designs on heavy weight paper with a beautiful sheen - 24 double sided sheets
  • TEN sheets of 8.5x5.5 heavy weight neutral card stock - in black and white
  • SPECIAL EDITION 4x6 clear stamp set "Christmas Hoo" created exclusively for PAPER DOOR
  • COMPLEMENTING "Christmas Hoo" outline die set to easily cut out the images from the 4 x 6 stamp set, designed exclusively for PAPER DOOR
  • SPECIAL EDITION "Mountain Majesty" die introduced especially for PAPER DOOR
  • PRIVATE access to PDF files with step-by-step instructions for at least 4 different projects

Each kit is a LIMITED EDITION and individual items may or may not be released at a later date. Supplies are limited so order yours today, and unlock your creativity with Whimsy Stamps PAPER DOOR kits!

Be sure to check out the Whimsy Stamps and Inspiration Facebook page for so many beautiful samples using the Paper Door Kit! Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, November 8, 2019

Working With Infusions Watercolor Powders

Hello friends!
Today I am sharing a card using a technique I learned from @understandblue at her October retreat. I have Brushos and Color Burst powders, but Infusions are by far by favorite because of the walnut stain in each bottle. Click the above link for all the info on this product by Paper Artsy. 

I chose one of my favorite stencils from Visible Image, COUNT ME IN, and a sentiment from GO TO WORDS. I think they are perfect for each other!


I used Magenta, Golden Sands, and a little Sunset Beach for my Infusions colors. You can see in THIS VIDEO, starting at 1:30 how this look is achieved. 

For a little sparkle, I added some metallic thread along the bottom third of the card.

Happy Birthday to my son tomorrow!


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #409

It's Wednesday and time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Linda is our hostess this week with a sketch that is really open for creativity. I love what my teammates have made.

Today's card features a sentiment from Create A Smile Stamps called Don't Worry. It has the big, bold main sentiment, and then many, many smaller sentiments for ANY occasion. I love it!
I hope you will join us with your take on the sketch this week! Our challenge is open until 3 PM EDT on Monday. Click on the links on the FMS blog by each photo to see what my teammates have created on their blogs!





Other challenges:

The Card Concept: I loved the colors in the photo, especially with the pop of blue/green. (Clean & Layered)


Monday, October 28, 2019

Charlie the Chameleon says #STAYWEIRD

Hello Reptile Friends! Did you know that it was National Reptile Awareness Day last week? I have a red-eared slider water turtle that has lived with us for over 25 years, and we love our reptile. He is not as quite as colorful as Charlie The Chameleon, though! Charlie is one of the new October releases from Picket Fence Studios, and comes with a coordinating die! 
I happen to love orange and pink, and end up using it a lot on my monoprints. I stamped Charlie and the "color" sentiment in VersaFine Clair Nocturne right on my monoprint. This ink doesn't dry well on paint surfaces, so I embossed with clear embossing powder to set the ink and add some shine. 

The background was taken from my brayer "cleaning sheet," which is one of my favorite ways to use those. They make for interesting, textured backgrounds that are totally unplanned! I stamped #STAYWEIRD and two cute crickets (the ONLY time crickets are cute) on the background and used a little bit of a heat gun to dry the ink. The "cleaning sheets" aren't as loaded with thick paint, so the ink dries fine on those. 
I used a contrasting chameleon color for my card base and enamel dots. I think he is super cute, don't you? 


 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Create Your Own Calm


Isn't that a beautiful seahorse? I just adore this Create Your Own Calm stamp set from Visible Image

To make this card, I created a monoprint background using acrylic paints and my Gel Press. I then stamped the images using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. Because of the paint's surface, this ink will not dry on a monoprint unless embossed. I heat embossed both the sentiment and the seahorse with Clear Embossing Powder, and they just shine!
I added some of my favorite Krenik metallic thread, and a few Doodlebug sequins for embellishments. My sister had given me some handmade metallic paper, so I backed the main panel with that, along with black mats for each layer.

I love how it turned out. What do you think?


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #408

It's Wednesday and time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Jen T. is our hostess this week and it's such a fun sketch. I love what my teammates have made.

Today's card features a sentiment from Picket Fence Studios' A Little Nuts. The background is a new October background stamp called Brew A Cup.

I stamped Brew A Cup with Mermaid ink, and the sentiment with Cinnamon ink. The teal back panel is metallic and adds a really nice sheen against the muted Kraft cardstock. A few matching enamel dots, and it's good to mail!
 
I hope you will join us with your take on the sketch this week! Our challenge is open until 3 PM EDT on Monday. Click on the links on the FMS blog by each photo to see what my teammates have created on their blogs!






Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Freshly Made Sketches #407

It's Wednesday and time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! Lee Ann is our hostess this week. I love the CAS classic look.

Today's card features a sentiment and die cut (Simple Strips) by Taylored Expressions and a sweet bouquet from My Mind's Eye (Splendor).
My favorite embellishments are pearls, metallic thread and sequins, and I chose sequins for this card to balance out my bouquet, while not overwhelming the design.

 
I hope you will join us with your take on the sketch this week! Our challenge is open until 3 PM EDT on Monday. Click on the links on the FMS blog by each photo to see what my teammates have created on their blogs!






Monday, October 14, 2019

October Release Day at Picket Fence Studios!

It's an exciting day for Picket Fence Studios - the October Release! There are so MANY amazing products in this release - new stencils, stamps, and coordinating dies - plus foiling plates!

I love the large word dies that Picket Fence has - and this new Always is no exception! There are so many occasions that it fits! Today I am making a friendship card with a monochrome theme.

I chose the beautiful new die, Negative Petals, for my background. I used a watercolor base, and let those colors shine through the die cut areas. The word die was cut from glitter cardstock and popped up with foam tape.

I chose some pretty metallic rose thread to match, and added sequins for extra bling.

It's a fabulous release, so head over to Picket Fence Studios to see it all! There is so MUCH MORE to check out! And I will see you back tomorrow for more stamping fun!


Sunday, October 13, 2019

More Cheesy Fun wth Whimsy Stamps' Paper Door Kit!

Goodness, this is a FUN kit from Whimsy Stamps! And I don't think it will last through tomorrow, so grab yours soon! It's selling out fast.

Here are a couple of other cards I have made with the Say Cheese Kit and two totally different looks. The first uses the awesome Swiss Dots cover plate that fits perfectly on an A2 sized card. I left some of the areas closed, as I like that look. The little mousies are celebrating a birthday by having the biggest cheese they could find! I added some clear sequins for sparkle.

Next up is a different look using some of the fun papers that come with the kit, and three of the little sentiments. (The little strips were scraps I had laying on my desk.) It makes a perfect "Thinking of You" card, don't you think?
This one is entered into the Fusion Card Challenge. No dragonfly for me, just circles (flipped) and my mousie!


Check out all of the details of the October Paper Door kit HERE. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Say Cheese With the October Paper Door Kit!

The October Paper Door Kit from Whimsy Stamps is here! Say Cheese!

Such cute little mousies with fun sentiments for all occasions PLUS some other really cool stuff that I am showing off later this week! I stamped my images using VersaFine Clair Morning Mist, and colored with Copic markers.  
Here are the kit details:
  • BRAND NEW kit debuting on the 10th of each month
  • Each kit is a $50+ retail value for only $29.95 plus shipping
  • EXCLUSIVE 6x6 Whimsy Stamps designer paper pack collections, fun and creative designs on heavy weight paper with a beautiful sheen - 24 double sided sheets
  • TEN sheets of 8.5x5.5 heavy weight neutral card stock - in black and white
  • SPECIAL EDITION 4x6 clear stamp set "Say Cheese" created exclusively for PAPER DOOR
  • COMPLEMENTING "Say Cheese" outline die set to easily cut out the images from the 4 x 6 stamp set, designed exclusively for PAPER DOOR
  • SPECIAL EDITION "Swiss Dots" A2 sized die introduced especially for PAPER DOOR
  • PRIVATE access to PDF files with step-by-step instructions for at least 4 different projects

Each kit is a LIMITED EDITION and individual items may or may not be released at a later date. Supplies are limited so order yours today, and unlock your creativity with Whimsy Stamps PAPER DOOR kits!

Be sure to check out the Whimsy Stamps and Inspiration Facebook page for so many beautiful samples using the Paper Door Kit! Thanks for stopping by!