Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cherry Blossom Kinkade



Cornish Heritage Farms has the new colors of Walnut Ink sprays available in their store, and I bought some as soon as they were available. I used Cherry Blossom walnut ink spray on the cardstock, the ribbon, and the flower. I used the same Cherry Blossom spray as well as some Willow walnut ink spray on the Thomas Kinkade image. Hopefully you can see a little bit of the shimmer that I sprayed on the Kinkade image using a mini mister filled with water and some Pearl perfect pearls powder (also available at CHF).

I wanted to say Happy New Year's Eve to all of my readers. Have fun watching the clock tick down tonight, and I wish you all a wonderful and Happy New Year 2010!!


Stamps:
Gingerbread Cottage (Thomas Kinkade) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Spanish Script backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms


Ink:
Onyx Black Versafine (Tsukineko)
Moulin Rouge (Palette)


Paper:
Simply Smooth Vanilla from CHF
Bazzill Smoothies


Walnut Ink Sprays from CHF:
Cherry Blossom
Willow


Other:
button
flower (Prima) dyed with Cherry Blossom spray
ribbon dyed with Cherry Blossom spray
twine (May Arts)
mini mister filled with water and Pearl perfect pearls --- from CHF

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sweet Stop Sketch #36 - Kisses from Heaven



We don't have any snow here in Texas, so I wanted to make a snowy card for this Sweet Stop sketch. I cut out the snowflakes using a Spellbinders die, and while the cardstock was still inside each die, I sponged some pale blue ink into each opening. The snowflakes were then covered with some Picket Fence Distress Stickles and set aside to dry. These stickles are becoming my go-to bottle when I want a subtle frosty effect instead of all-out glitter. LOVE my Picket Fence distress stickles!

I thought about looking for a "let it snow" sentiment, but I love this one more. It says "kisses from heaven" and it's from Sweet N Sassy's Snowflakes set. Isn't that the sweetest sentiment?

Play along and create something with this sketch today. It's a quick and easy sketch this time, I promise. :-) For more inspiration, check out with the other Sugar Babies created over on the Sweet Stop Sketches blog.


Stamps: Snowflakes (Sweet N Sassy Stamps)
Ink: Aqua Mist (PTI)
CS: Kraft (SU), Close to Cocoa (SU), Vanilla (SU), Aqua Mist (PTI), October Afternoon designer paper
Other: sponge, Spellbinders Snowflakes dies, circles Nestabilities, buttons (SU, Rusty Pickle, and PTI), Picket Fence distress stickles

Friday, December 25, 2009

Grungepaper Flower Tag



Merry Christmas! The big day is here! I don't know how, but this year just flew by. I can't believe it is Christmas today. I hope you are enjoying your families and your Christmas traditions.

I'll keep this short and sweet today. I loved Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas this year, and I just had to try the last tag with the grungeboard flowers. It was messy and time consuming, but I love this flower. I don't have the same flower die that he used, so I had to make do with this Blossoms Two die that I had. This flower is so big, I decided to just make one instead of the two that Tim used.

Merry Christmas to you all! Tune in tomorrow for the Sugar Baby sketch card that I've created for you. :-)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Belli Challenge #81 - tags



I have a Christmas themed tag for today's Belli Challenge. This week's challenge is to use tags, and I've been on a roll creating all kinds of tags. This is the one I love the most and I wanted to share this one with you today.

To create that soft sage colored background, I smooshed my Peeled Paint distress inkpad onto my nonstick craft mat, sprayed it with a mini mister filled with water and Pearl perfect pearls powder, and then swirled the tag around in the liquid until I got it all inked up.

I set the tag aside to dry while I applied paint and stickles to the chipboard branch and bird. So while the stickles and paint were drying, I moved back to the tag and stamped the swirls all around the edges in the same Peeled Paint ink color. To make the sentiment stand out, I used Timber Brown stazon ink.

This tag was inspired by the 12 Tags of Christmas that Tim Holtz was doing earlier this month. I put my own feminine twist on it to make it a "Holly" tag. :-)

I hope you find some time during the Christmas festivities to work on your own tag for this Belli Challenge. Need more inspiration? The Belli Girls created different kinds of tags HERE for you.

Tune in tomorrow to see a vintage Christmas card. I loved how this one came out, and I just might have to make more of these for Christmas cards for next year. :-)


Stamps:
Christmas Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Beautiful (The Rummage Bin) from Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink:
Timber Brown Stazon
Peeled Paint distress
Walnut Stain distress

Other:
white shipping tag
mini mister with water and Pearl perfect pearls powder
Xmas Red stickles
chipboard - Maya Road
Prima flowers
buttons - FooFaLa
Making Memories paint in Espresso
brown twine - May Arts
red satin ribbon (freebie from Ellen Hutson)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

CC&M Trees in the Window card



I love this A2 Four Pane Window die cut card from Creative Cuts and More so much, I actually ordered 55 of these in this gorgeous Ocean Breeze color. It's a beautiful cross between the retired SU Cool Caribbean and Soft Sky colors. I used these for a Christmas card swap earlier this month with a bunch of wonderful ladies. I can't tell you how easy it was to put this card together - gotta love that when you are making tons of Christmas cards, right? :-)

I stamped the trees in different colors and then cut them out. There is a thin line of adhesive (Killer Red Tacky Tape) along the bottom of the windows on the inside of the card. I arranged the trees in the window and attached them to the adhesive. Then I wanted a little snow falling behind the trees, so I stamped some snow on a small sheet of Sahara Sand cardstock and then attached that inside the card.

The sentiment is stamped with the dark blue ink and then cut out with a Spellbinders Nestabilities rectangle die. I needed a pretty border, so I used a scalloped rectangle die and cut out the dark blue mat for the sentiment. I purposely kept this card free from bulky embellishments so they would be easy to mail. Don't you just love quick and easy cards?


Die Cut card: A2 Four Pane Window card in Ocean Breeze cardstock (Bazzill Smoothies) from Creative Cuts and More
Stamps: Snow Swirled, Patterned Pines, Itty Bitty Backgrounds (all from Stampin Up)
Ink: Celery, Pretty in Pink, Not Quite Navy, White craft
CS: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy
Other: Spellbinders Nestabilities rectangles and scalloped rectangles

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sweet Stop Sketch #35 - Pocket of Roses



Would you believe I am actually tired of making Christmas cards??? Yup, me! So for today's Sweet Stop sketch, I decided to break away from that and do something pretty and lacy and feminine instead. This week's sketch involves a twist, which is to incorporate a pocket into this card.

I always need birthday cards for family members and girlfriends, so this will come in handy for the next birthday party. I found some Anna Griffin paper and I knew lace would look lovely with this. The hard part was finding the right stamps to go with this paper and this card size.

Look closely and you will see a faint outline of roses behind the sentiment on the tag. This tag pulls out of the pocket so the recipient can use it as a bookmark. I thought about putting a Hershey's candy bar in the pocket, but I don't think it would travel well through the Post Office. LOL

You should see what the other Sugar Babies have created with this week's sketch with a twist. They have created some wonderful pocket cards over on the Sweet Stop Sketches blog. Go check them out and leave them some love. :-)

Can you believe it is now less than a week til Christmas is here? Wow, this year has just flown by, I tell ya! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. Enjoy the food, the fun, and the festivities with your loved ones. Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Fuzzy Snowman scene card



Don't you just love these A2 Four Pane Window cards from Creative Cuts and More? I've had a blast creating a bunch of cards with these. Here is my latest creation with a Fuzzy Snowman scene.

The A2 Four Pane Window card is die cut from Carob Cream Bazzill Smoothies cardstock, and I stamped some white snow all over the front. The snowman is a die cut from Creative Cuts and More as well, and I covered it with glue and then smooshed some Polar White Flower Soft into the glue until I had him covered, except for the hat. I used a black copic marker to color in the hat. After the glue was dry and the Flower Soft was set, I squirted on some black stickles for the eyes and the buttons. The mouth was done with a tiny sharpie marker.

See the little twigs for the snowman's arms? I found a scrap piece of brown cardstock and just freehandedly cut out the twigs. I used more scrap pieces of cardstock to create the little sign next to the snowman. :-)

The wreath was colored with copic markers and then dotted with some red stickles. I used a clear stickles on the torn paper down below for the snow drifts, and I created some icicles across the top of the card with the same clear stickles. Lots of waiting around for things to dry, but it was worth it. :-)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sweet Stop Sketch #34 - Winter Wolf



I wanted to try a scene card for this week's Sweet Stop sketch. This went together pretty easily once I had an idea for what I wanted to see. I basically decided to go with a winter scene, so I pulled out the In the Forest set from Cornish Heritage Farms. I stamped the wolf twice, once on white cardstock, and once on some Eclipse masking tape. I let them dry, and then I cut out the one that was stamped on the tape. I placed it over the wolf stamped on the white cardstock so it would protect it while I stamped the trees.

After I stamped the trees, I punched out a circle from the same masking tape and positioned the circle in the "sky." I also cut out a small section of tape to cover the snowy ground while I sponged some blue ink over the top of the trees. Once I was done sponging the sky, I took all three masking tape pieces off. The moon was just too bright for me, so I very lightly sponged a tiny bit of blue over the moon.

Instead of a sentiment, I decided to use a punched snowflake with a blue button for the small circular portion of the sketch. This helps reinforce the idea that there is snow on the ground.

I kept the rest of the card simple by adding the sheer dotted ribbon and mounting the scene on some shimmery metallic Lapis Lazuli cardstock. LOVE this shimmery dark blue paper!


Stamps:
In the Forest (Scene It line from Cornish Heritage Farms)

Ink:
Timber Brown Stazon
Walnut Stain distress (watercolored the wolf)
Faded Jeans distress

Cardstock:
Simply Smooth White from Cornish Heritage Farms
dark brown
Lapis Lazuli - Stardream Metallic (I bought mine from Creative Cuts and More)

Other:
sponge
Eclipse masking tape
Martha Stewart snowflake punch
button - The Paper Studio
ribbon - May Arts

Technique: masking

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Belli Challenge #80 - Flourishes



This week's Belli Challenge is to use flourishes. You could use any flourish-type stamp, chipboard, rub-ons, or even rhinestones. If you need more ideas using flourishes, check out with the Belli Girls have created over on the Belli blog.

CREATIVE BELLI CHALLENGE DESIGN TEAM CALL!
We are looking to add some talented stampers to join our team for the first 2010 term, which runs January 15th-July 1, 2010. ANY stamper, scrapbooker or papercrafter is welcome to apply! See all the details on the Creative Belli Blog!!!


For my card, I used a large chipboard flourish and covered it with Weathered Wood distress crackle paint. While that was drying, I stamped the Thomas Kinkade image with a brown permanent ink, and then covered it with Rock Candy distress stickles. Love this rock candy!

The card base has been stamped with the Weave backgrounder, and the sentiment was cut out with a Nestabilities Oval die. Then I sponged some brown ink around the edges of the card, the oval, and the dried Kinkade image. I love the rustic crackled look of this card. I am giving this to my Grampa for his birthday, which is today! Even though he won't see this, Happy Birthday, Grampa!!

Now head on over to the Belli blog and see what the other gals have created with flourishes. Create a card or project with flourishes and post your link to the Mr. Linky widget. If you upload your card to SCS or PCP, please use keyword CBC80.



Stamps all from Cornish Heritage Farms:
Weave backgrounder
Encouragement Expressions (Mona Lisa Moments line)
Gingerbread Cottage (Thomas Kinkade line)

Ink: Saddle Brown stazon, Antique Linen distress, Brushed Corduroy distress

CS: Simply Smooth White (from CHF, Bazzill Smoothies light brown

Other: Nestabilities oval die, Bazzill Chips - Flourishes, sponge, Rock Candy distress crackle paint, Weathered Wood distress crackle paint

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sweet Stop Sketch #33 - Believe



Here's another Christmas card and a great sketch for inspiration so you can get your Christmas cards done and in the mail before the big day. I took some liberties with the sketch so things would fit on my card better. This is a much simpler version than what some of the other Sugar Babies have created. They have some GORGEOUS cards to share with you over on the Sweet Stop blog. Go check them out and leave them some love. :-)

Keeping this short and sweet because I have to get all my swap cards ready for a big all day shoebox swap with about 40 ladies. This is my third time and you would think I would learn to have things done a week ahead of time, huh? LOL

Stamps: Primitive Christmas (The Rummage Bin collection from Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ink: Fired Brick distress ink (Ranger), Snow Cap pigment ink (Adirondack)
CS: Black textured linen
Designer paper: Basic Grey Wassail
Other: button (FooFaLa), burlap twine (May Arts), lace (Hobby Lobby fabric section), Tiny Fastener (Tim Holtz/Ranger)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Faux Patina Leaf Wreaths




I created these a couple of weeks ago for Cornish Heritage Farms using the Faux Patina technique seen HERE. I had so much fun making these even though my fingers turned all kinds of different colors. LOL

Basically, I started by doing the Faux Patina technique with the leaves and let those dry. I actually let these dry overnight, and then I cut out all the leaves the next day. I wanted to make sure they were completely dry.

I cut out a large circle with my Nestabilities die, sponged all over it, and stamped "Autumn" in the center. Then I arranged the leaves on the edge of this large circle and glued them down. The wreaths are finished off with a bow on the front and a loop taped onto the back.

I hope you check out this technique and try it for yourself. I guarantee you will love the sparkle! Experiment with different colors and see what happens! :-)



Stamps: all from Cornish Heritage Farms
Nesting Maple Leaves (Shady Tree series)
Nesting Oak Leaves (Shady Tree series)
Happy Harvest (GM Series)

Ink:
Brilliance Cosmic Copper
Brilliance Coffee Bean
Ranger Peeled Paint distress
Ranger Scattered Straw distress
Ranger Fired Brick distress

Cardstock:
Prism Smooth White

Ribbon:
May Arts

Perfect Pearls:
Forever Green
Forever Red

Tools:
Spellbinders Circle Nestability die
mini misters
sponge
scissors
Bow Easy

Technique:
Faux Patina Technique

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Door with Poinsettia Wreath




This idea popped into my head last weekend, and I made it right away. But with all the Thanksgiving preparations and the birthday parties over this weekend, I completely forgot to put this up on my blog for y'all.

I stamped the poinsettia wreath from Sweet N Sassy Stamps' Christmas Poinsettias with Memento Rich Cocoa ink, and then I colored it with copic markers. I did use a gold glitter pen in the centers of the flowers, but you can't really see the sparkle in this picture.

For the door, I cut some rectangles using the same color cardstock as the card - Naturals White. I then went around the edges of everything with a sponge dipped in Old Paper distress ink. Don't they look like the panels in a door? :-)

The hardest part of this card was the time involved in coloring and cutting out the wreath. Other than that, this is a very quick and simple card. You could whip out 50 of these in a few hours and have them in the mail on the same day. You don't believe me?? I dare you to do it!! Hee hee hee!

Stamps: Christmas Poinsettias from Sweet N Sassy Stamps
Ink: Old Paper distress, Memento Rich Cocoa, PTI Pure Poppy
CS: Naturals White, Neenah White
Other: copic markers, gold brad, gold glitter pen (Spica), sponge

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December Stamp of the Month - CHF



This is a card I created using the Stamp of the Month from Cornish Heritage Farms. This collage-style Santa lends itself to so many different styles of stamping. I chose to go with a distressed and crumpled look for my card. You can see what the other CHF gals created by checking out the gallery HERE.

You can't go wrong with a distressed look. Just stamp the Santa image, use copic markers to color in the leaves and berries, sponge the edges with a brown ink, rough up the edges and then crumple it up in your hands. It's so much fun to just get tough with the cardstock. LOL Just be careful when you open it up so you don't rip your image in half. :-)

The background is even easier. Just cut a sheet of designer paper, rough up the edges, and then crumple it up. Flatten it out again and then tape it down to your card base. Add some ribbon, adhere your Santa image, add some buttons, and you're done.

If you order this Stamp of the Month from CHF in December, you get a packet with instructions for making Jean's gorgeous card. A color copy of Jean's card is included so you can refer to it while making your own. Wanna go shopping? HERE ya go! :-)



Stamps:
Jolly Holly Santa Collage (December SOTM)- Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink:
Brushed Corduroy distress ink

Cardstock:
Prism Suede Brown Dark
Simply Smooth White from CHF

Designer Paper:
Jolly by Golly from Cosmo Cricket

Tools:
distressing tool
sponge

Other:
copic markers
May Arts sheer brown ribbon
May Arts burlap twine
buttons from FooFaLa