Thursday, December 8

Seeing Stars at Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends! :)
Just stopping by to share a new challenge with you over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
The challenge for this week is Stars/Sparkles
This is a good one for either Christmas or another occasion if you already have been a good elf and have all of your Christmas makings done! :)

I am of course still working on Christmas, so this is what I came up with for the challenge:
As I had mentioned in my last post, I'm working with those Christmas card kits this week.  Although this is not completely from a card kit, the sentiment certainly is from the MFT Snowflake Sparkle card kit.  (sold out), but you can get the sentiment set I used called Snowfall of Blessings.)  I changed up the snowflakes from the kit and brought out the MFT Lucky Stars Die-namics for my design to go along with the theme for this challenge.

The layout design came from the new MFT sketch challenge and the colors that I've used were inspired by the wonderful photo inspiration from the SSS Wednesday challenge.  (See below).

For the white background panel, I've used the MFT Diagonal Stripes stencil and sponged some ink for the light sandy color behind the stars.  I didn't have a scallop die that would go with the sketch design, so I pulled out a scallop punch from my stash to create the same sandy color border.  The stars were cute out with some silver metallic card stock along with the MFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames Die-namics that goes around the striped panel.

I created the blue sentiment banner by stamping the sentiment with VersaMark and heat embossing it with some silver EP.  I created my own banner with scissors and took some silver thread to make a nest behind it before attaching it to the panel.  Lastly, I glued the stars and silver sequins and then added some Nuvo Silver Crystal Drops in the center of each one.  Everything was attached to a blue A2 sized top folding card base.

Here's a closer look at all of the shine and sparkle that doesn't quite show up on the photo above:
Here you can better see the silver heat embossed sentiment as well as the shine from the silver stars and frame.  You can also see the silver glitter added to the centers of the sequins.

I hope you've enjoyed my creation today and I hope you will stop on over at Cute Card Thursday to see all of the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team and play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!
See you soon with another creation from a Christmas card kit!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge (MFTWSC310)

2.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Ice Inspiration (mood board)
(I used the icy pines photo and a couple of colors for my card.)


3.  Creative Moments - Anything Goes

4.  Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Use dies

Tuesday, December 6

Merry & Bright Rudolph

Hello friends!
Are getting those Christmas cards finished up yet?  I had actually put together a few of them earlier this year that I had forgotten about, so I'm not as behind as I thought I was!  Thank goodness for Christmas in July creations! LOL!!

I have gotten a couple of Christmas card kits and I really wanted to sit and create with them.  I hope to be doing that this week and get my batch of cards mailed out by the end of this week so I can get started on those Christmas cookies next week! :)

I couldn't resist to snatch up the Simon Says Stamp December card kit...thought it was so cute!  I also had really wanted to try out those Chibitronics Lights too.  Well, I botched that up really bad and so now I'm going to have to get some more copper tape and figure out why they didn't all light up! With my husband being an electrician, you'd think I could do it!  Of course he had to comment about how his job isn't easy!  LOL!

I still managed to make several cards and I'll share more later, but for now, here's one of them:
This little reindeer/Rudolph really pulled my heart strings and I wanted to use him first.  So I colored him in with my Copics and then fussy cut around him leaving a white border.  (Closer view of his details can be found below.)  I've also used Copics to make a little shadow around the reindeer and candy canes in the snow.

I used the papers from the kit for the background and then I've used the SSS Stitched Slopes and Hills dies to make a snowy hill for the reindeer to sit on.  I used the candy canes epoxy stickers from the kit to add them on the snow hill here and there.  I took some gold cord to make a bow with and then blued that onto one of the candy canes.

For the background, I stamped the images from the stamp set in the card kit with VersaMark ink and then embossed them with gold EP.  I put a dot of gold Stickles in the centers of each snowflake.  The snow was popped up with foam tape.

Here's a closer look at the reindeer:
Here you can better see how I've colored in Rudolph.  I've used a black gel pen to pop out his eyes and then a white gel pen for his cheeks.  I took a gold gel pen to color in the bells on his collar and then I've also taken some glossy accents for his red nose.  I thought it helped to match up with the epoxy candy cane stickers.

Hope you like my card today!  I'll be back with more soon!
Thanks so much for dropping in!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
2.  Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Use die cuts
3.  Christmas Cards All Year 'Round - Anything Christmas/Holiday
4.  My time to Craft - Christmas Animals

5.  12 Days of Christmas Cards Challenge with Kylie & Friends

Sunday, December 4

Monthly Art Journal Collaboration - Don't Be a Grinch!

Hello friends!
Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far!  I was happy to be able to get into my stamp room and play for a bit to bring you what I've created today!

**For those of you just following along:  I have joined together with my talented blog friend Asha from Sunny Summer Crafts to inspire each other through our Art Journal Pages and share them on our blogs on a monthly basis with you to maybe inspire our other crafty friends too.  Perhaps you will be inspired to give AJ pages a try!  This is something new to both of us and we just want to share our love of crafting through this wonderful mixed media art form.  If you would like to see my past AJ pages, you can CLICK HERE to have a look at them all.**

With trying to get myself in the "Christmas spirit", I thought it would be fun to create a page based on a childhood show that I've watched pretty much every year growing up.  I thought it was awesome when they turned this cartoon into a "realistic" movie.  Of course if you're not familiar with it, it's called "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas".  So I dug out a piece of scratch paper to sketch out the idea that I had in my head.  I nervously got my paints out and here's what turned out:
For the background, I got out three different colors of blue acrylic paint and blended them together so that the darkest blue was over to the right of the page where The Grinch hand is holding the bauble.  I have used baby wipes to help me blend the colors together.  I also used some green paints to brush in the Christmas tree on the left side of the page.  I used a couple of different colors with a rake brush to make the feathering strokes.  I also took the bottom of a large paint brush to make the silver metallic "dots" for the ornaments on the tree.  I used silver metallic paint for this.

While I was out shopping, I picked up some Folk Art Mixed Media spray that is white acrylic paint.  I wasn't quite sure what to expect with it, but I absolutely LOVE the vibrancy of this spray!  This was literally about 1 or two sprays on this background!  It is very permanent once dry too.  I thought it showed up very nicely against the blue background.  I know I'll be using it again!

The blue background was also stamped with some snowflakes from an older SU! stamp set as well as a Whimsy Stamps set that had some hash marks that I stamped in blue in the background.  I also used another image from the same set to stamp the "icicles" hanging from the top with silver ink.  I rubbed around the edges of the page with some silver Inka Gold.

Below I will go into details about each side of the page:
For the left side of my page, I took some papers from my stash and cut some different square and rectangle shapes.  I sponged around the edges of them with darker inks and then took some silver thread to wrap around them and make tiny bows to attach to the tops and middles of them.  I layered them and popped some of them up so they would look like more realistic stacked presents.  I added a gem to a few of the bows.  It's easier to see in the photo, but I've also added some silver Nuvo crystal drops on the Christmas tree with the silver dots.

This is the part of the page that made me the most nervous as I pretty much free-handed with paint The Grinch's hand.  I did pencil sketch in the arm and about how I wanted the hand to look before I started to paint it in.

I used several different sizes and styles of brushes to paint this in.  I had to keep working over the hand to get it to look "furry" as well as use several different colors of green to get the highlights and shadows for the fur.  I did use white acrylic paint to paint the cuff of the sleeve and then I used some Ranger Grit Paste to cover the white.  While it was still wet, I took some glitter over it to make it sparkle.

For the bauble The Grinch is holding, I have a "Grinch" font on my computer and used that to create the sentiment and then printed it out over silver card stock.  I used a circle punch to punch it out and then cut a separate piece for the top with black card stock.  I taped the silver cord on the back of the bauble and popped it up with foam tape.  I pierced a hole where I wanted the cord to be to make it appear that The Grinch is holding the string and taped it around the back of the page, which is fine with me because I will probably glue my pages back to back when making my finished book.  I then tied a bow with the silver cord and glued it to the top of the string.  That is my hand writing  above and below The Grinch's arm.  This is something The Grinch says from the movie.  I used a permanent black pen to write it in.

Hope you've enjoyed my AJ page for this month and got inspired.  Please be sure to stop on over to my friend Asha's blog and check out the AJ inspiration she has...I can't wait to see it!
Enjoy your Sunday....I'm off to do some Christmas shopping and spend time with hubby! :)
See you soon hopefully with some Christmas cards!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES
1.  Crafty Card Makes - Anything But a Card

2.  Crafting by Designs - December Anything Goes

3.  Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge - 'O' Christmas Tree

4.  Eclectic Ellapu - December Pink Team - Anything Christmas

5.  The Artistic Stamper - December Christmas

6.  Mixed Media Monthly - Merry & Bright

7.  Creative Artiste Mixed Media - Anything Mixed Media Goes

Thursday, December 1

Toys or Transport for Cute Card Thursday - Toot! Toot!

Hello friends!!
I don't know if I'm sad or thankful for November being over!  I seem to have skimped right through the whole month!  LOL!  I think I'm also having a "creative cramp" which you would call "lost MOJO"...none-the-less, I do need to keep keeping on as I have a pile of things to do for Christmas and I've decided that I'm not going to stress about it, I'm going to take one day at a time and just enjoy the process of creating.

I have found this really sweet image and decided I wanted to just spend some time coloring and I thought he was perfect for this particular challenge over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
The challenge for this week is "Toys/Transport"...great for making masculine cards!

And here's my creation that I made for it:
I found this sweet image on my computer that I had forgotten about and got him out to color for this particular challenge.  This is a "Precious Moments" image and don't know the name or anything much about it, sadly.  I don't think they make these any more though.
 
*side note* - Since I was having a "creative cramp", I spent some time cleaning in my stamp room and also had tons of Copics to sit and refill because it seemed like many of my markers were drying out...so I think this is my inspiration for wanting to color something.  You just never know what can strike your fancy at any given moment! LOL!

I have die cut this image from the MFT Stitched Square Scallop Frames and then colored it in with my Copics.  For the outside frame, I used the die cut and cut out a piece with silver metallic paper and used the outer frame portion to go around my colored image. I took some distress ink and a foam blender to go around the colored image panel before attaching to the silver frame.  I had won a stack of papers from a challenge I entered and this gorgeous silver striped kraft paper was in there, so I've used that behind my image panel and attached this to a Real Red card base measuring 4.5" square.

For the circle sentiment, I've used the MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Circle Stax and cut one out in Real Red card stock.  I had to take out my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the sentiment (old from my stash) so that I could separate the words to make them fit.  I embossed them with white EP.  The part that was hanging off the edge was cut off with scissors.  I popped this up with foam squares.  Lastly, I added some Christmas Mix sequins and then added some silver crystal drops in the centers.

Here's a closer look at the coloring:
Those eyes are so sweet and I wanted the white dots to be a bit more prominent than what they originally were, so I took my gel pen to make dots along with on the cheeks and wheels of the choo choo train.  I added black dots with my gel pen on the wheels and his mouth as well.

I've also added some coloring on the train areas with a silver gel pen.

Hope you've enjoyed my creation today!
Please be sure to stop by the challenge blog to check out the other creations and I hope you will consider joining us for this challenge!  We can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Have a great day and I'll see you soon!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Allsorts - Anything Christmas

2.  Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes

3.  Christmas with the Cuties (NEW CHALLENGE BLOG!) - Anything Goes (CUTE!)

4.  Mojo Monday (MOJO476) - sketch

5.  Merry Monday - masculine (Christmas)

6.  Cardz 4 Guyz - Something that Begins with "T" - Train

7.  Addicted to Stamps & More - Make Your Mark

Thursday, November 24

Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my U.S. friends!
I hope you all enjoy your time with your loved ones and give thanks for the day around you and the people you share it with.

I have a quick card that I made and wanted to share it with you just for today.  Since I'm making some Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake for our family Thanksgiving dinner, this might be an appropriate time to break out this set:
I just love these meeces to pieces!! :)  LOL!  I had bought this set a while back and was just waiting to use it for this Holiday!  This is the Lawn Fawn set called "Thankful Mice" and the coordinating dies that go with it.

I have used the LF Woodgrain Backdrops for the background behind the mice.  I thought this would make a nice little table for them to have their cheese feast.  LOL!  I have the mice and the cheese colored with my Copic markers with added touches from the gold, white and black gel pens.  I stamped the tiny heart from the stamp set with gold ink above the cheese.  The cheese was popped up with a foam square.  For the leaves, I die cut a couple from the LF Small Stitched Leaves with kraft card stock and blended some distress inks over them.  I wrapped some natural twine around the scalloped and wood grain panel and then popped up the leaves over it with a foam square and then made a bow to glue over the leaves.  I then brushed the leaves with some Wink of Stella glitter pen.

For the scalloped edge, I used the LF Scalloped rectangle stackables to cut off the ends of one die cut piece from white card stock and attached it to the back of the wood grain panel.  I also cut a piece of the LF Lemon Line Dance paper from the LF Small Dotted Rectangle Stackables die.  I attached this to an A2 sized side folding kraft card base.    Lastly, I used some black ink to stamp the sentiment at  the bottom.

Here's a closer look at the details:
Here you can see the Wink of Stella shimmer over the leaves as well as the piece of cheese.  You can also see the gold stamped hearts and the gold buckle detail of the pilgrim hat.

I hope whatever your plans are, that you have a great day!
Thanks so much for stopping in and I'll see you next week as I spend some time with family!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  Lawnscaping Challenges - Give Thanks

2.  {Cupcake Inspirations} CIC385 - Thanks

3.  Addicted to Stamps & More - Anything Goes

4.  Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes + sentiment

Tag, Ornament or Bauble for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!
I'm swinging in to share a creation that I made for the new challenge over at
CUTE CARD THURSDAY
The challenge for this week is
 "Tag, Ornament or Bauble"
We can't wait to see your creations!

Here's what I've decided to make for this week:
I have been seeing so many tags out right now in blogland so I wanted to join in the fun too! :)
I have used some more new stamps that I got from STAMPlorations.  I have used the Christmas Bell Medley set for the gold tag on the left and then I pulled out the Nordic Knit Tag & the Joyful stamp sets for the red tag on the right.  Both of the tags were cut with the Whimsy Stamps stitched tag die from white card stock.

The only ink I used on the left side was an Encore Gold ink...so pretty!  And the only ink used on the right was a Real Red ink from Stampin' Up!  I add some sparkle card stock on both tag holes and then added an extra red sparkle strip at the bottom of the tag on the right.  The sentiment on the left tag comes from the same stamp set that I used on it.  I did add some gold sparkle enamel dots as well as some gold Stickles for the centers of the poinsettias.  I then used some red and gold metallic thread for the ends.

I hope you will stop by and take a look at the inspiration from the rest of the design team to see their lovely creations and join us this week!  If you've been making tags or ornaments, then we would love for you to share you creations with us!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I'll see you shortly
with another creation! :)


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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


CHALLENGES:
1.  Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags:
I was inspired from Day 8 post with these gorgeous tags made by Sarah Gray:
(I just loved the metallic look of them both in the monochromatic colors)




3.  The Crazy Challenge - Getting Ready for Christmas

4.  Cards and More - Anything but a Card

Wednesday, November 23

Embossed Flower Kindness

Hello friends!
I see blogger decided to change itself up again over night!  Not sure I like it, but I don't really have a choice with it, so it is what it is! LOL!!  Hope you are doing well and getting prepared for your Thanksgiving festivities tomorrow for all U.S. friends.  I have a pumpkin pecan cheesecake that I will be putting in the oven this afternoon and I can't wait to try it either! :)

I have one more thank you card to share with you today:
I have been using many products from STAMPlorations lately, but that's because I've placed a couple of orders and I really wanted to get out my new goodies and play around with them a bit! :)  They're having a huge Thanksgiving sale through the end of this month, so be sure to check it out!

I have used the STAMPlorations Bloom Happy stamp set along with the coordinating dies for my design today.  I heat embossed the framed floral image with gold EP and then used the die cut to cut it out.  I've also used another die cut frame to cut another piece out with white card stock.  I've used it to make a bit of a layered tag design.  To color in the image, I've used the Clean Color Real Brush markers.

You will also notice the gold strips on each side of the brown card stock panel which I took a piece of white card stock and heat embossed it with the same gold EP that I've used on the image.  I then cut a couple of strips of it to use on my design.  I have also heat embossed the sentiment with white EP at the bottom.

For the white card base panel, I have used the STAMPlorations Foiled Again Mini stencil and inked some distress inks in Fall colors to match the flower image.  The brown card stock was splattered with a gold metallic watercolor and then I took a white gel pen to make some stitch marks along the cut angles of the brown card stock.

Here's a closer look at the embossing:
Here you can better see the gold splatters over the brown card stock and the embossed strips that match the image.  I decided to take some linen thread and make a "nest" behind the image panel and pop it up with foam tape.  I also added a bow with the thread and then glued on a button over that.

I really like how this one turned out and I hope the recipient will enjoy too!
Now I'm off to get several cards over to the post office to send on their way! :)

I will be sharing another creation with you very soon...so stay tuned in!!
Thanks for dropping by!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

CHALLENGES:
1.  STAMPlorations Giving Thanks blog hop - thankful or grateful theme


2.  STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge


3.  City Crafter - Gold Fingers


4.  Creative Moments - Anything Goes