Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Peaceful Watercolor Window ~ HSS252

Hello!  Hand Stamped Sentiments has a brand new inspiration challenge starting today!  It's all about the trees for the next two weeks.  
I chose the bottom right photo for my main inspiration.  I really had a fun time creating this card, too!  Watercolor is such a fun and easy medium to use and always looks great.  I started by spritzing a piece of watercolor paper with water and then stamping the tree trunk in Daper Denim and the tree leaves in Marina Mist.  The snow was stamped in Marina Mist as well.  I let the paper dry and stamped the birds in the trees with no water.  I then spritzed the entire piece with glimmer mist!  I wish it would photograph well, but it just doesn't. It's so shimmery in real life and just so beautiful!

For the card front, I cut the center out with the retired Deco Labels framelits.  I then ran it through the big shot with my Woodland EF.  I used my wink of stella clear pen and colored over the raised trees to make them glimmery as well.  
I framed out the opening with a Real Red frame and added the Dapper Denim ribbon to each side.  Lastly, I add the Peace sentiment from {Reason for the Season} set.  

Here's a list of my supplies....

Stamps: Thoughtful Branches, Reason for the Season
Ink: Dapper Denim, Marina Mist, Real Red
Paper: watercolor, white, Dapper Denim, Real Red
Accessories: Circle framelits, Deco Labels Framelits, Woodland EF, Wink of Stella, Glimmer mist, Dapper Denim ruched ribbon

I hope you can join us at HSS!  Remember our challenges always run for two weeks!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a great day!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Simple Poinsettia ~ CCMC434, PP322, WWYS91

Wow!  Another Thursday has rolled around and you know what that means....Create with Connie and Mary!!!  Yay! (It's also Thanksgiving, but that's a whole other topic!)
This week is an interesting color trio that can go many ways...elegant, fun, masculine, fall, or Christmas! 
I chose to use gold instead of Delightful Dijon and went in the Christmas direction.  I wanted to use The Paper Players Clean and Simple Challenge 322 as inspiration and heck, why not throw in WWYS#91 using Teeny Tiny Wishes as well!
I'm not sure if this is anyone else's idea of clean and simple but it is for me!  My "white space" is the stamped tone on tone crumb cake background. I know it's not that clean, but to me it's simple.

Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Reason for the Season, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Paper: Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Gold Foil
Accessories: Lace ribbon, Linen Thread, Nesting circle thinlits, Gold EP

I hope to see many participating this week!  
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Chill Out Penguin ~ CCMC433

Hello!  It's Thursday and that mean Create with Connie and Mary has a brand new challenge!  This week is sketch week and here it is....

I knew I wanted to use the penguin from Snow Place as my main focal image and I wanted to incorporate some plaid from Warmth and Cheer DSP pack.  
In my last post I mentioned that I had been using a lot of blue lately and was going to try my hardest not to use blue in this project.  Well, as you can see I failed.  I decided to go with blue for the snowflakes in the background.  To tie that in I added a blue embossed panel.  In hindsight I wish I had left the blue panel off and used the color scheme differently.  I'm OK with the way the card turned out, but I think I could have done much better.  I shouldn't have waited until the last minute to get my card done.....LOL!

Anyway, I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us this week!  
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sparkling Peace, Love, and Joy ~ HSS251

Hello stampers! Today's card is for the next Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #251.  It's a sketch challenge designed by yours truly!  I hope to see you play along with us!

I seem to be drawn to blues these days.  The majority of my cards the last few posts have had blue in them.  It hasn't been a conscious decision, but has just happened organically.  I think I'll put some effort for to not use blue in my next card! 
Anyway, for this card I started by stamping Dapper Denim snowflakes onto white cardstock.  Next, I layered a piece of striped vellum foil over the top.  For my main panel, I stamped the Joy & Love  and snowflake and stars from {Holly Jolly Greetings} in Dapper Denim. I added the Peace the silver glimmer Peace diecut after that.  For the snowflake, I sponged Dapper Denim ink onto one of the wooden snowflakes I had left over from last years holiday catalog. I also added the rhinestone snowflake embellishment which is from two holidays ago.  I'm happy to be using up some of my older supplies!
lastly I scattered some rhinestones around for extra bling!

The whole front panel is mounted on extra heavy weigh cardstock just because that snowflake embellishment carries so much weight.

Make sure you hop over the the HSS blog and check out my fellow designers projects.  They are awesome as usual!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!  


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Pretty Pines Wreath ~ CCMC432

It's Thursday and that means a new challenge at Create and Connie and Mary!  This week we have a handsome color trio for you.  
I chose to use the Mint as a wreath and built my own out of Pretty Pines die cuts.  I added in some copper die cut accents from the same set.  Copper is pretty hard to photograph.  It looks kinda gold, but it's really striking in real life.  

For the background, I applied Night of Navy ink directly to my Sparkle embossing folder, carefully laid the navy cardstock on top and ran it through the big shot.  I like the effect it gave.  I gives much more depth to the embossed piece.  
I fussy cut the sentiment banner and adhered it with dimensionals to compensate for the bulk of the wreath.  Lastly, I added little bunches of pearls to the wreath and scattered pearls around the background.

I hope you get a chance to play along with us!  
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fleece Navidad ~ CCMC431, PP319

Hi fellow stampers!  Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge has rolled around again and it's sketch week!  
I'm really excited about this card!  I've wanted to do a sheep Christmas card ever since I got this{Barnyard Babies} set and just never got around to it for one reason or another.  I really love the punny sentiment that goes with the sheep.  Fleece Navidad!  It make me chuckle!  
When I saw the challenge sketch I thought this would be my chance to make one santa sheep stand out among the rest!  I'm thrilled with the outcome.  I also worked in The Paper Players Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.  You know I love a tic-tac-toe!  My card can go two ways, actually!  It takes in the three down the left side: red, Santa, and Diecut, and across the top with red, glitter and snowflakes.  
Ok, ok...the only diecut on the card is the little sentiment banner, but hey, it's still a diecut!

I used my Warmth and Cheer DSP again on this project because the sweater motif goes so well with the sheep.  

The little tiny holly is from the {Christmas Pines} set.  I stamped it in garden green, fussy cut it out, and punched the teeny tiny holy berries out of red glimmer paper.  I ran my black marker around the edge of the holly leaves to make the image look outlined to coordinate with the sheep.

I hope you'll be able to join us for this week's challenge at CCMC!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Blue Christmas ~ HSS250, FabFri99

Hello stampers!  It's time for another fun color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  This one was chosen by your truly.  

I also used the Fab Friday #99 sketch to help me complete my card.

Don't you just love a blue poinsettia?  I think they are so pretty and a little bit of a diversion from the regular Christmas colors.  
I actually had the Pretty Paisley's embossed vanilla piece laying on my desk that was discarded from a previous project.  I thought it would make a nice frame for the Merry Christmas sentiment.  I added some gold accents in there to make the card a little more festive and elegant.  
The one thing I'm not too keen on is the splattering...which is very hard to see in the pictures.  I tried using my Wink Of Stella gold pen to add a few spritz to the background.  In hindsight I wish I had left it plain.  Oh well!

I also added a bit of clear Wink Of Stella to the flower petals.  It adds so much nice glimmer!

I hope you'll find time to play along with us!  Remember, HSS is always a two week challenge!

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!