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Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy National Coffee Day!!

Well who would've known that my birthday day was also National Coffee Day as well!!
How cool is that?!... and I do love my coffee which I'm sipping on whilst I made this card today!

I wasn't going to post today, BUT I happened to come across this fun blog hop and my dear blog friend Monika pointed it out to me as well.  Thank you!  Time is of the essence here...so I needed this to get posted today.  :)

I felt like I received a birthday present in the mail when the October 2014 Simon Says card kit came in the mail for me over the weekend!!  I love all the different things you get in the kits!
This is the close-up details of the card I made below.
I wanted to try to use everything I could try and fit with the kit items!  I didn't use them all, but I did use several items from the kit.
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So for this blog hop, the information can be found by clicking on this badge below:
Chaitali is having a special "coffee lovers bloghop challenge" and there is only so much time to enter your coffee creations!  There are also flash give aways every 3 hours along with a choice award!
There are already over 100 entries...so hurry and make something! :)
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Here is the card that I made this morning while sipping on my own coffee!! LOL!
I paper pieced the mug with the gorgeous papers from the kit, added some color to make it look like some coffee was in the cup and stamped some "steam" coming out of it with the SSS Khaki ink pad included in the kit as well.  I embossed the heart circle with clear embossing powder and popped it up over the cup.  Then I added the sequins that came in the kit, distressed the edges and added my greeting and even stamped a little cup from the stamp set on my envelope!

Since I felt I needed to hurry a bit, it felt good to make up this card in about 20 minutes!! LOL!

And if you'd like to enter for a chance to win one of TWO different stamps, then be sure to leave me a comment on THIS BLOG POST telling me which one you'd like to win!!
You have until the end of October 2014 to enter!!

Thanks so much for stopping in to celebrate my birthday with me today!!


HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
The Pink Elephant (TPE270) - anything goes
Inkspirational - Beverages/Drinks
613 Avenue - Anything Goes (Optional use a heart)

It's My Birthday - Time for Blog Candy!

Hello friends!
Since today is my birthday, I have no card to share with you, BUT I would like to give YOU a gift!

I have some blog candy that I'd like to share with a couple of my blog readers!  These are two adorable stamps - brand new in package - from Whimsy Stamps.

I will give away one stamp to a winner and the other stamp to another lucky winner!
So there will be TWO lucky winners here!!  A drawing for each one!

Blog Candy #1:
This adorable image is sold by Whimsy Stamps from the "Wee Stamps" collection designed by Sylvia Zet called Let It Snow.  (Such a cute fellow, isn't he?!  Perfect for the up-coming Christmas Season!)   It is a red rubber stamp already mounted brand new in package.

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Blog Candy #2:
And this adorable image is also sold by Whimsy Stamps from the "Little Cottage Cuties" collection designed by Elisabeth Bell called Chloe's Little Light.  (I have always been a huge fan of Elisabeth Bell's designs, but I decided to let this one go to a lucky recipient!  This one is also perfect for the up-coming Christmas time!)  This is a red rubber stamp already mounted and brand new in package as well.

So my dear friends....if YOU would like to have a chance at winning EITHER of these stamps, or want a particular stamp...or don't care which one, here's what you need to do:

1.  Please leave me a comment in THIS post telling me which stamp you prefer to win if you have a preference.  I will close the comments to this post on October 28th and will announce the winners for each stamp right here on my blog by October 29th...one month later!

THAT'S IT!!!  No need to do ANYTHING ELSE!!
I'm very lucky to have special friends join me here to see what I'm crafting...I truly appreciate each and every one of you!  Thanks so much for all of your kindness and following!!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Friday, September 26, 2014

More Copic Coloring Cards!

Hello friends!  Wow, I sure am glad that it's Friday!! Yay!
I plan on doing some things with my family especially since it's going to be really nice out this weekend, I want to get out and enjoy it now before it starts getting too cold!  How about you?

So I've been busy doing lots of crafting "behind the scenes" and I can't wait to share with all of you what I've been working on!  But for today, I wanted to share a couple of card creations for the practicing of the Copic Coloring class that I've been taking:
Isn't this little cup just as CUTE as can be?!!  Although we received the cup image from the Copic Coloring Class, the image comes from this adorable stamp set from Paper Smooches called Hot Concoctions.  I just got the stamp set, so I wanted to add some little extra details to make a card with of course! :)  The sentiment is also a Paper Smooches image as well.

The cup is popped up on top of the brown die cut piece and I stamped the saucer shape to place underneath the cup.  I used the stitched border dies to add some layers.  I couldn't let this go without adding the CUTE smile face, steam and heart to it either!

In the photo below, you can see that I've added some sparkle with my Wink of Stella to the heart and I took my Stickles glitter glue and added some dots to the cheeks on the cup....

So for the Copic Coloring Class, we are practicing our shading.  I'm learning some really cool knowledge to add to my Copic coloring!  I'm glad I ended up taking the class!
The cup actually looks better in person with the shading details.  I think I'm going to try out some different color combinations using what I've learned!


Now for my SECOND card today:
This butterfly was really awesome to color!!  I'm not sure where the image came from, but it's one that we received in class.  I made this card very simple because I wanted the butterfly to really pop out on the card.  So I just spritzed it with some gold shimmer spray, added some dotted lines behind the butterfly with my Copic liner pen and stamped a sentiment by Simon Says Stamp to finish up my CAS style design.

Here are closer details of the butterfly coloring:
So for the butterfly, I was practicing my "feathering/flicking" as they call it.  I like how the feathering with the darker into the lighter colors look because you don't blend them together.  I will be doing more of this on another image sometime I'm sure!

For the yellow parts of the butterfly, you can see the feathering as much because I covered it with some black dots using my Copic liner pen.
I fussy cut the butterfly and popped it up with some foam tape on my card.

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So I hope you've enjoyed my creations today!
Please be sure to come back here on Monday because I have something really special to share with you all!!  Have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for joining me today!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter:

For the TOP CARD (coffee cup)
Paper Smooches SPARKS- anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Oh how cute!

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For the BOTTOM CARD (butterfly)
Addicted to Stamps & More - Clean and Simple
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - anything goes

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Copic Coloring Outside the Lines...

Hello my friends!  It's the middle of the week already...are you ready for the weekend or still lagging behind from the Monday blah! I think I'm lagging because I stayed up late watching football with hubby the other night! LOL!

Anywho, I don't know for sure if I've mentioned that I'm taking that Copic Coloring Class Online offered by none other than the talented bunch of gals themselves Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner and Sandy Allnock.  Of course I have already colored with Copics because I do have a small collection of them, but I have never really taken any classes nor do I claim to be any sort of "expert" in any way.  I just love to learn from others and I have seen Sandy color in action and she's awesome!  so I wanted to learn about her style along with Kristina which I've seen as well.  First day and I'm already learning to "color outside the lines" so-to-speak!  We have gotten some images to practice on for class and instead of sharing just the sheet of practice images...boring....I wanted to create a card which of course some other fellow classmates have already done along with Sandy's blog...so I wanted to mimic what they did and here's what I've done in class so far:
The balloon and present images came from class.  I practiced coloring using some of the mentioned techniques/ideas they gave and completely did the opposite of what I normally do in coloring...so this is cool to learn something new.

The sentiment came from a photo-polymer Stampin' Up! set that I have, but I'm not particularly sure that I'm liking the way that I colored it in because I'm thinking in the photo is doesn't look as blended as well as what I thought it did in person.  I was actually trying to combine two days of some techniques and perhaps I just wasn't quite ready for it?  I'll go back and check the videos again to make sure that I'm doing it correctly...need to work on my "flicking/feathering" some more!

So basically I just cut out the images from the practice sheet and attached to my card and stamped directly on the card base with my sentiment and colored that in.  I drew some lines for the balloons and added some dots with my signo white gel pen.  I thought the present needed a base so I used my Copics for that as well.  The card base is a solar neenah white cardstock.

Just something fun and simple to share what I've been working on in class!
Hope you like and I'll be back with more shares from class soon!
Thanks for stopping in today!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are a couple of challenges to link this card for:
The Squirrel & The Fox - Happy Birthday (last challenge for them!)
Crafts 4 Eternity - My style : CAS and coloring!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A New Tuesday Throwdown Challenge!

Hello friends!  Hope your week has started out great so far!
I'm back today to share with you a brand new challenge for

TUESDAY THROWDOWN

This week we would like to see your "NEW HOME" themed creations!
Know someone who has recently moved into a new house?  Or how about a welcome to the neighborhood or a "from our house to yours" theme?
Can't wait to see what you come up with, here's what I've done for the challenge:
I've kept my card quite simple in design using our sponsor's image from My Grafico within the Kitchen Garden digital set.  The "New Home" sentiment banner was something that I had printed off on my computer along with the flower image.

I colored the flower image with my Copics (I've started my Copic coloring class and I'm practicing my coloring skills and learning tons so far!)  I've actually printed it out twice because I've cut out the flowers and popped them up on the image that's on the card front.  I also added some glossy accents to the center of the flowers.

The die cut border across the top is a stunning die cut from Whimsy Stamps.  I strung some ribbon through it and attached to the top of the card.

So I hope you will pop on over to the Tuesday Throwdown challenge blog to see all of the inspirational "new home" designs that the rest of the design team has come up with and I hope you will play along with us this week as well!  Can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Thanks so much for stopping in today and I'll be back again soon!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some other challenges I'd like to link this card to:
AAA Cards (CAS style) - I fussy cut the flowers & banner


613 Avenue - anything goes with optional chart using 1 item from each column:
(I used the top item listed from each column.)


Alphabet Challenge - "P" for "Pretty Petals"

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pumpkin EVERYTHING! Yum!

Hello friends and a happy Monday to you!
Well it is certainly starting to feel like Fall over my way, how about you?
I love Fall with all of the beautiful colors, falling leaves, smells, sweaters and sweats wearing and yummy things like "pumpkin" flavored lattes, muffins...I love it!

So this last week, I saw this really fun digital image for FREE...so I had to grab it:
I just LOVE the hand-writing on this and how the little string from the "s" is attached onto the pumpkin...too cute!
So this FREE digital image came from the Neat and Tangled blog!  (They are just starting a brand new release as well...so check it out while you are there to enter to win some cool sequins!)

I printed the image out on some Kraft card stock and then printed it again on some "Pumpkin Pie" decorative paper.  I paper pieced the pumpkin portion of it and popped it up over the Kraft.  Before I paper pieced the pumpkin, I took some distress inks and sponged some in the center of the image to darken it up a bit and make it pop.  I also used my BRAND NEW Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die to die cut out the Kraft and place it on my A2 sized "Pumpkin Pie" card stock base.

I thought that tracing around the "pumpkin" wording with my black Wink of Stella would add a bit of shimmer.  I took a strip of the same decorative paper to add at the bottom along with a strip of gold accent strip and some black dots for interest.  I thought about adding some gold dots or splatters to it, but I thought I better leave it alone! LOL!!  (Besides, I was under a 15 minute time restraint!)
Yep...actually made this card in about 12 minutes total....it helps if you don't have to color much!

So here are the challenges I'd like to link this card for:
Little Tangles - 15 minute challenge (now you know why I was pressed for time!)
Crafting for All Seasons - Colors of Fall
Cute Card Thursday - Awesome Autumn
4 Crafty Chicks (4CC212) - Fall
Simply Create Too - Fall/Autumn

Hey thanks so much for checking in with me and I'll be right back here again tomorrow with a brand new challenge for you to try out!!  See you then!!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Friday, September 19, 2014

Beep! Beep! Enjoy the Ride!

Hello friends!!  Here we are at the end of another week!
I tend to get busy and distracted during the weekends with my family, but I'm hoping to sneak a few minutes in to do some crafting!  Hope you are too!

I really wasn't sure where I was going with this card and I changed my mind several times, but I found a sketch that I really liked and just stuck with that...here's what I did:
After seeing the BE Inspired challenge, there were many different things within the photo that I was inspired by! (You can see the photo that I'm describing from the challenge at the bottom of this post.)
All of the stamps I used are from The Alley Way Stamps.

First, I was inspired by those beautiful colors in the photos and the circles really hit me too, so I went with a stamped circle panel using images from the Trees Company set...there are so many different images to use in that set!  I love it!  I then pulled out the cute Got it Covered stamp set to stamp the cloud panel and the cut car in the set!  I colored in my car with Copics and used a silver gel pen to color the front bumper and the center of the wheels.  I also put some glossy accents on the windows.  I then attempted to cut out a puff of smoke to add to the back of the car.  Finally the sentiment came from the All About YOU stamp set.  It's actually one sentiment, but I masked it off and stamped it separately to place in different spots on my card.

To me, the shapes represent the long rectangles shown in the inspiration photo from the challenge as well as the car on the onsie outfit.  I even added some string to mimic the clothes line!  I also saw some little "sprinkles" in one of the sections, so I thought adding some sequins would work perfectly for that.  I rounded all of the corners for the different panels and at the bottom of my card base.

Hope you were inspired by my card today and I'd love to see what you can come up with for the challenge too!!  Enjoy your weekend my friends and thanks for stopping in!!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are the challenges I'd like to link this card to:
BE Inspired Challenge (The Alley Way Stamps challenge blog)

CAS on Sunday - Celebrate with Sequins (Celebrate LIFE! ie: retirement, encouragement)
Sentimental Sundays - Vehicles plus sentiment
Cradz 4 Guyz - No patterned papers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Oh Deer! Silver AND Gold?

Hello friends!
So how are you all doing on your Christmas makes so far this year?  I know the last Christmas card I made I said was my first of the year which really put into perspective how many more Christmas cards I need to be making...so here's another one to add to my collection!

Speaking of the "Christmas Dash"...here are a couple of really cute deer dashing through some sparkly snow!  All of the images used on my creation today come from Lawn Fawn.  They do make some of the cutest critters!  The reindeer  comes from the Critters in the Snow stamp set and I've used the coordinating die set to cut the deer out.

I took some glimmer paper and free hand cut out some hills for the snow and to pop my deer inside of.  The background trees and snow were created with the Let it Snow stamp set.  I stamped them various times repeatedly with Early Esspresso ink and did the "generation stamping" to make it look like a dense forrest.  The snow and stars at the top was stamped with Crumb Cake ink and the sentiment was embossed with gold embossing powder.  I sponged some white ink over the top to make it stand out a bit against the Kraft card stock.

I also added some gold stickles to the centers of some of the snowflakes.  The top layer of glimmer paper was popped out along with the deer.  I also used some Silver Sparkle Lawn Trimmings at the top and tied it in a bow before I popped up the Kraft panel with foam tape onto the Early Esspresso card base.

I wasn't sure about going in with the gold embossing and gold stickles with the silver glimmer paper and silver Lawn Trimmings, but against the brown colors, I think it turned out nicely!

Hope you've enjoyed my creation for you today!
Enjoy the rest of your week!!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this card in:

613 Avenue - anything goes
TIME OUT Challenge (Extra) - "Double the Joy" - Use 2 of something
Addicted to Stamps & More - Holidays

Monday, September 15, 2014

OH. EM. GEE. Paper Piecing

Hello friends and welcome to another Monday in September!
Still a bit chilly over my way, but I hear it's supposed to warm up a bit in another week or two before the old man winter hits us with really cold temps!

So today I have a quick and simple card to share with you:
This card was just so much fun to make!  You know when you don't have time to go into your craft room, but you have an idea looming in your head so that when you get in to finally create you don't want your "vision" to go away...so this is a card I had in my head all weekend! LOL!

I do not own very many Mama Elephant stamps, but boy those images are just the CUTEST!!  Have you seen their new release?!  OH. EM. GEE....looks like so many fun things to play with!  Too bad I need to save my Christmas money for presents for others!! LOL!!

  For the monthly challenge, they wanted to see some paper piecing.  So I took the open image balloon from the Good Times stamp set and stamped it on some decorative papers that I still had left over from a Simon Says Stamp card kit. (I even used the fun black/gray woodgrain paper for the background of my card.)  I then fussy cut the balloons out and popped them up on the card.  I took my Copic liner pen and drew the strings coming from the balloons and ran them right into the cut out "thanks" at the bottom of my card.  The tiny bow holding the balloon strings and the "OH. EM. GEE." sentiment is also from this same stamp set as well.

I do not own a "thanks" die cut, so I used my Cricut Explore to find a nice "thanks" to cut out with the same patterned paper as one of the balloons.  I also have that popped up on the bottom of the card as well.  The only thing left was rounding the corners with my corner chomper and adding some star sequins to go with my design.  I think this would make for a nice masculine thank you card, don't you think?

So here are the challenges that I'd like to link this card to:
Mama Elephant September challenge:



Cardz 4 Guyz - Clean & Simple

So thanks for joining me over here today and I'll be back with another creation for you soon!


HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Friday, September 12, 2014

Cute Monster and Fun with Patrick!

Hello friends and a very happy Friday to you!
It is strangely and unusually very cold over my way today!  We received a cold front coming down from Canada!  I have the heat on trying to stay warm today!

Anyway, I have a couple of really fun creations to share with you today and a brand new company from Germany that is now open and selling some REALLY cute stamps!
So check this out...
LOL!!  This purple fun and chubby monster is courtesy of
Create a Smile
I think the name says it all...right?!!

Well right now they have an October Guest Design Team Call going on and they are looking for someone that use their images in a creative way!  Unfortunately, I don't own any of the stamp sets, but they do have some available free digital images for you to play with in case you have a fancy to play along!  If you want to get in this time...you better hurry because it's ending very soon!

So here's the full view of the card that I created to enter this GDT call for...
I think this monster is so FUN!!  (You can get him for FREE! CLICK HERE) You could color him up SO MANY different ways and I have other ideas for him, but of course I don't have the time to do everything!! LOL!!  I colored him up in purple hues with my Copics and then I gave him some green-yellowish hair, dots and feet.  That's the cool thing about monsters is that you can pretty much color them anyway you want!  For the top of his head, I took my colorless blender to make some dots.
And who could resist adding some google eyes to a monster?!!  I just had to do it!
The star is from an old SU! set and the sentiment is from The Alley Way Stamps.

The tree was cut with my Cricut Explore in black card stock.  I embossed the stars at the top with clear embossing powder and sponged over them with some distress inks.  It really makes the stars pop out!  I also took my silver gel pen and added some dots with the stars.  The strips of grass were just punched out, sponged and then I popped up the top strip along with the monster that's in-bedded in the grass blades.  I also added some stitching details around the edges.

I don't know if this is creative enough, but I sure had fun with anyway!

Here are some challenges that I'd like to link this for:
Send a Smile 4 Kids - Cute Halloween/Fall 4 Kids
Papertake Weekly - Repeat, Repeat (Repeatedly stamped stars)
Cute Card Thursday - Too Cute (monsters can be cute too!!)
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I also have another card I wanted to share with you that I thought was really funny!!
My son's birthday was yesterday and I made this card for him
For those of you that are familiar with the cartoon SpongeBob Squarepants, then you already know who this character is.  I thought it would be fun to print off a photo of Patrick and make a shaped card with it!  I traced around the photo and cut out the shape on a folded piece of card stock.
I added some green trunks and punched flowers to glue on it.

I traced around the eyes too and then punched out some circles for the middle of the eye and the rest is just from me tracing around it with pens.  I think with the sponging, it made him look similar to the photo.  Here's the photo that I took this from:
My son has loved this cartoon since he was a child and he just had his 18th birthday!  So why did I make this for him?!  Well we have a running joke about this so I think he'll really get a kick out of it when he sees it.  Nope...haven't given it to him yet because I'm taking him out to dinner tomorrow and I'll be giving it to him then.  LOL!!

So that's all from me today.  Hope I could give you a smile or laugh while you're here!
Enjoy your weekend and I'll see you soon!  Thanks for stopping in!


HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Start to Finish Video Card Tutorial - Washed Watercolor Background...FINALLY!

Hello friends!
I'm so happy to say that I've FINALLY got a video put together for a card I had done several weeks ago.  (You can check out that post by CLICKING HERE.)   I decided to make another card from start to finish with this technique so you can see how it looks different each time.

Here is what my completed card looks like with the added details not shown in the video:
I still kept this simple, but in comparison to the other card, you can see how different it looks not because I changed the images, but the background turns out different every time you do it!  That's what I love about doing this technique!
And compared to the card in the video, I'm glad that I decided to add the glossy accent to the vellum bubbles along with a few sequins.  Really makes for a nice underwater experience for my fish friend!
The image was a "Freebie" image from The Alley Way Stamps.
CLICK HERE to find image & sentiment.

In comparison to my past video (from almost a year ago), I really needed to work on making my videos look better and I hope you like this one and hope that you get inspired through it!
*You can watch this on You Tube & enlarge your screen to view*


Here is also a close-up view of the details that I added to the card not shown on the video:
I'm thinking that adding the glossy accents and sequins were a great idea! :)
I will also have to check out more of those cute stamp sets from The Alley Way Stamps to see if I can find a cute fish like this one!
Hope you enjoyed the video and it inspired you in some way!
Please let me know if you enjoyed this or would like to see more....or if you have any questions.
Thanks so much for stopping in today and I'll see you again soon.

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are a few challenges that I'd like to link this card with:
CAS(E) This Sketch - CTS#91

Addicted to Stamps & More - Make Your Mark!
Simon Says Stamp - Make Your Own Background

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It's a Tuesday Throwdown Recipe!

Hello my friends!  Hope your week is starting off to be a good one!
Today it's "Team A's" turn to share inspiration for the new challenge at
Tuesday Throwdown

We would like to see your creations made with the following recipe of:
1 image, 2 decorative papers & 3 flowers

No problem, right?!  Can't wait to see what you all come up with!
Here's what I came up with using one of our sponsor's images:
I have used this really precious image from "A Day for Daisies" called Buddy.
I think this is a great image to remind us how special our friendships are!  I printed him out and cut the sides to go over the front of an A2 sized card.  I stenciled some clouds and added some distressing around the edges.  The sentiment is from an older stamp set I have.  It may also be hard to tell in the photo, but I've done some paper piercing stitch details on the yellow strip of paper.

So following the recipe, I have my 1 image colored in, 2 decorative papers which are the dotted black and white along with the solid red distressed papers and then finally at the bottom I have my three punched out flowers with the black rhinestones for the centers and popped up off the card.

I hope you will pop on over to the challenge blog to see all of the rest of DT inspiration!
I have somewhere special to send this card to.  Perhaps there's someone that you're thinking of who'd love to receive a hand-made creation by you?  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to link this one to:
Addicted to Stamps & More - anything goes with optional thinking of you or get well
Simply Create Too - Something NEW (new digital stamp and blending inks!)
Crafts 4 Eternity - Digital
The Squirrel & The Fox - For a Male

Friday, September 5, 2014

First Christmas Card This Year!

Hello friends!  It may be too early for some of you to think about, but I want to get a good start on my Christmas cards this year, so here's my first one!

I had bought some die cuts last year and didn't get a chance to use them for any cards, so I got them out for a play and here's a little something I came up with:
I used this beautiful Country Landscape die cut from Memory Box and thought it made for a fabulous nightfall wintry scene on a card.  I absolutely LOVE the quiet and peaceful nights with a gentle shimmery snowfall.  I love the sparkle the snow has under the bright moon!

I used some my Copic markers to give a little shadow next to the buildings and trees to reflect the brightness of the moon.  The sentiment from Whimsy Stamps is embossed with silver embossing powder.  I also embossed the moon with a circle stamp I had and then covered it with the same shimmery paint that I speckled with a paint brush on the Midnight colored card stock.  The snowflakes on the card are from a Memory Box die cut as well.  (They're attached to a bow that I cut off.)  I painted them with the shimmer paint also and then glued them to my card for accents and added some silver Stickles glitter to the centers.

For the silver frame around the winter scene, I used my Spellbinders stackables (nesties) die cut and cut the Midnight panel out and inlayed that into the front white card base.  I then cut a larger and smaller die cut from the silver metallic card stock to create the frame.  I then used the smaller nesties die cut to cut out the country landscape area with the white card stock.  The silver metallic frame is popped up over the design and flush with the white snowy country landscape.
The white base of the card was corner rounded and also popped up on top of the folded card.

I love the layered look that the die cut gives without there being lots of bulk which makes this card an easy one to mail out at Christmas time!  Hope it inspires you to start your Christmas cards!
Thanks for stopping in today!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges that I'd like to link this to:
Scrapy Land - Anything Goes using dies (It's their FIRST challenge!)
Sweet Stamps - embossing (heat embossed moon and sentiment)
allsorts - early Christmas makes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge -  "Stamp It!" Stamps ONLY - no digis allowed

PRODUCTS I USED FOR THIS CARD LISTED BELOW

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

One Layer Thankyou

Hello friends!  After this Labor Day weekend, my time schedule is off a bit!
I wanted to post on Monday but I was busy with my family and didn't have time!
I've also been messing around with a video and I'm not happy with it, so there is still more tweaking to do and trying out different things until I get the result that I want.  But hopefully once I get it all figured out I will be able to keep making videos with the same method.

So anyway, I have a very simple and quick card to share with you today!
If you've been following me for a while, then you know what type of cards I had made in the past which were VERY detailed with lots of "stuff" on it.  Well this is completely the opposite of that!
Check it out....
This is a complete one-layer design using some fun Lawn Fawn stamps!  I love the Interlocking Backdrops stamp set because there are so many cool techniques you can do with it and interesting looks you can achieve with it as well!

I have used my Copic markers to color in randomly the blocks.  I also took my lightest color of grey to make a shadow border around the edges and give them a bit of a 3-D look.  I just split the middle of the border stamp and placed my sentiment in the middle of it.

In this close-up view of the card, I'm hoping that you can see the slight shimmer on the white colored blocks.  I just brushed some Smooch over top of the white ones for a bit of shimmer on the card.  It looks really awesome IRL!  Of course to keep it from being completely plain, I also added some enamel dots and rounded the corners at the bottom with my corner chomper.

Hope that you've enjoyed my one layer design today and see you soon!

HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges that I'd like to link to:

CAS on Sunday - black & white with one other color
Simon Says Stamp (Work it Wednesday for September) - must use stamping
Stampin' Royalty - Black & White with pop of color

PRODUCTS USED ON MY CARD LISTED BELOW

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