Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Be Merry!


Hello! I whipped a quick card today which is a rarity for me, lol. What made it quick was a few dies: the My Favorite Things Snow Drift, Blueprints 21 & Fishtail Flag dies. Not much coloring involved in the little penguin which also added to finishing the card quickly. I realized after I photographed the card, that my little tree row shifted upward, over the snow drift on the left, but didn't have time to reshoot. The flaw is proof that this card is handcrafted...LOL! Below is the card interior with coordinating papers & design.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lawn Fawn "Winter Penguin" & "Snow Day", Stampin' Up! "Be Merry" Sentiment
Papers: Doodlebug "Frost Friends" Designer Paper Collection, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Glorious Green
Accessories: Cuttlebug, My Favorite Things Snow Drift Dies, Blueprints 21 & Pishtail Flags Dies, EK Success Small Oval Punch, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Copic Sketch Markers
Embellishments: The Twinery Lilac Baker's Twine, Theresa Collins Enamel Dots, Dress It Up Button Snowflake, KaiserCraft Self-Adhesive Pearl

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

With Love At Christmas


Hello! I have a card made with another of my new Lili of the Valley stamps, made in Leeds, England. My new guilty pleasure! I love these little people and the style of the illustration...so sweet & whimsical. I originally colored the image before the one you see in the photo above, and put glitter glue on the little girls fur collar and hat, but the little girl's blonde hair smeared from the glitter glue. YIKES! I had to recolor a new image so I didn't dare mess with glitter glue over top Copic coloring. Lessons learned here, lol. Below is a close-up of the colored image.


Below, is a photo of the card interior with coordinating papers, design and layout.



Okay, here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lili of the Valley
Papers: Lawn Fawn "Snow Day", Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders' Label Die, Sewing Machine, Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Sakura Souffle Pen, Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen
Copic Sketch Markers: R11 Pale Cherry Pink, R14 Light Rouge, R27 Cadmium Red, Y13 Lemon Yellow, Y21 Buttercup Yellow, G16 Malachite, G20 Wax White, B000 Pale Porcelain Blue, B00 Frost Blue, B41 Powder Blue, E00 Skin White, E25 Caribe Cocoa, E31 Brick Beige, E34 Orientale, 0 Colorless Blender
Embellishments: Recoolections Glitter Brads, Recollections Glitter Wreath, Really Reasonable Ribbon Lace Trim, Pebbles Gingham Ribbon, Doodlebug Button
Techniques: Machine Stitching, Copic Coloring

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Happy Christmas

 

Hello, I have a new stamp to share! Squeeaaallll! I've discovered Lili of the Valley stamps in England and I'm in love. I love the style of their illustrations...they are so British-looking, lol. I couldn't wait to ink up this little guy bringing home a Christmas tree. I don't know if you can see it in the photo or not, but I Stickled/Glittered the snow he is walking on. Below is a close-up of the colored image.


Below, is a photo of the card interior with coordinating papers, design and embellishments.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamp: Lili of the Valley
Papers: Docrafts "Christmas in the Country", ColorMates Solid Cardstock, Paper Trey White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, SpellBinders' Oval Die, EK Success Border Punch, Sewing Machine, Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Zots, Crystal Stickles, Sponge
Copic Sketch Markers: RV000 Pale Purple, B000 Pale Porcelain Blue, B00 Frost Blue, B06 Peacock Blue, B24 Sky, B32 Pale Blue, B41 Powder Blue, B39 Prussian Blue, G24 Willow, G28 Ocean Green, G40 Dim Green, G94 Grayish Olive, E00 Skin White, E25 Caribe Cocoa, E31 Brick Beige, E34 Orientale, 0 Colorless Blender
Embellishments: Really Reasonable Ribbon Rick Rac & Glitter Ribbon, Basic Grey Opaline Self-Adhesive Pearls, Dress It Up Snowflakes
Techniques: Copic Coloring, Machine Stitching, Sponging

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Very Merry


Hello! I managed to get back to cardmaking this week but I think my mojo was missing. This is one of those cards where I had a visual in my mind, but as I starting generating the visual, it just wasn't looking like what I had hoped. So, I typically, lay these types of cards down and walk away for a day or so or until I can deal with looking at it without getting depressed or frustrated, lol. I proceeded to continue the design that I originally planned, using some new WOW Embossing Powder for the snow drifts and as you can see in the close-up photo below, it did a weird, inconsistent thing when I put the hot gun on it and blistered in some areas but not all. But, this girl was not starting over! I popped up the 3 snow drifts, outlined the tops of the drifts with Stickles and popped up the birch trees and after a little embellishing, put this puppy to bed.


Below, is the card interior with coordinating design and papers. I popped up the cardinal and added a dimensional snowflake to complete the design.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lawn Fawn "Joy to the Woods", Stampin' Up! Interior Sentiment
Papers: Carta Bella "Bundled Up", My Mind's Eye "Sweater Weather", Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Summer Sky
Tools: EK Success Mini Scalloped Corner Punch & Regular Corner Punch, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Zots, Sponge, Adhesives, WOW Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder, Stickles "Crystal Ice", Signo Silver Gel Pen
Embellishments: Dress Me Up Button Snowflakes, KaiserCraft Self-Adhesive Pearls, Copic Sketch Markers

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My Putz Christmas Village


Hello! I've been sidetracked from cardmaking this month in a quest to recreate my mother's 1950's Putz-inspired Glittered Christmas Village. I enjoyed making this nostalgic village which has holes in the back of each building to use a string of C7 multicolored lights. My village sits atop a glimmered blanket of "snow" on top of my piano, as my mother's village sat atop our upright piano when I was a young girl. Below are the houses, close up.







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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Putz'-in Around


Hello! I've gotten a little sidetracked from my cardmaking the last few weeks...it may be a result of being sick for 2 weeks with the worst head cold I'd ever had and while sick I was searching through Pinterest and ran across the cute little Christmas Glitter Houses that were manufactured in Japan, sold in dime stores during the 1940's-1950's. Many fans of the little glitter Christmas houses would buy several houses, buildings and churches to create a Christmas village scene. My mother had such a Christmas Village set that she always displayed on top of our upright piano while I was growing up. Each house has a hole in the back, where she would place a string of C7 (nightlight bulb size) multi-colored lights and that would make the little houses' windows light up with the warmest glow. It was and remains a very cherished memory of my childhood Christmases. With that said, I ran across some Putz-inspired bare cardboard houses on Etsy and decided to make one or two myself. The house above is a larger scaled house than the original Putz Christmas Glitter Houses from the past. I painted it yellow to resemble my actual Little Yellow Cottage. Below is a 3/4 angle of the house.


Below is a smaller Putz-inspired Christmas Glitter House about 3"x4" and is more resembling of the actual Putz houses from the 1940's-1950's. It, too, has a hole in the back to insert a electric light or a battery-operated LED flicker light.


I've enjoyed making these magical little Christmas Glitter houses so much, that I've purchased 3 more little houses and a little church. I'll share photos when I've finished them. Whatcha think?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Warm Winter Wishes


Hello! I'm under the weather with a head cold trying to wreak havoc on my body, so I thought I'd finish up this card that I began a day or so ago. I don't know about the wisdom of finishing a card while sick, but hey, I feel like I did something today, lol. I used my new stamp, "Winter Fox" by Lawn Fawn...love their stamps! Below, is a photo of the card interior with coordinating design and papers.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Lawn Fawn "Winter Fox", Computer-Generated Interior Sentiment
Papers:  Docrafts "Christmas In the Country" Designer Paper Collection, Carta Bella "Traditions" Designer Paper Collection, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Scalloped & Regular Rectangular Dies, EK Success Border Punch, EK Success Scalloped Corner Punch, Sewing Machine, Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Adhesives, Crochet Thread
Copic Sketch Markers: YR12 Loquat, YR21 Cream, R02 Flesh, R08 Vermillion, B24 Sky, B41 Powder Blue, E33 Sand, 0 Colorless Blender
Accessories: Recollections Dimensional Snowflakes, Recollections Dimensional Fox, Queen & Co. Enamel Dots, Pebbles Grosgrain Ribbon, Doodlebug Glitter Button
Techniques: Paper Piecing, Machine Stitching, Copic Coloring & Blending

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