Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pink Sunset Season's Greetings

I knew as soon as I saw the Silent Night prompt at Merry Monday that I would use my favourite tree stamp of all time to create a night scene. I decided to go a different route with it by including the Kraft Journal's glitter challenge and the Jingle Belles' Pink Christmas theme.

Supplies: Stampin' Up Lovely as a Tree; Stampendous dots & sentiment; Versamark; Pirate Gold and Kaleidoscope embossing powders from Stampendous' distress inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Antique Linen,  and Worn Lipstick; kraft card stock; Tattered Angels gold glimmer mist; Cuttlebug embossing folder; Studio G clear glitter glue

It's SO SPARKLY! I began by masking an area for the moon and blending the distress inks together. I stamped the trees (using generational stamping) and then stamped the greeting & the snowflake dots & embossed them. The snow drifts were made by tearing paper, inking the edges, and then painting them with glitter glue. I very lightly sponged Antique Linen ink across the sky. The kraft cardstock was embossed with the Swiss Dots folder and then generously sprayed with the Gold glimmer mist. It is truly super sparkly :)


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - H is for...

We have a fun twisty challenge for you this fortnight at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - Hopeful Halloween. Doesn't Edna look awesome? Now, what do we mean by Hopeful Halloween? There are choices! You can make:
1. A Halloween card
2. A Breast Cancer Awareness card
3. A Pink Halloween card

Awesome, right? The team went nuts with all different stuff - fun, pretty, hilarious, cute. I went with cute!

Supplies: Tiddly Inks pumpkin; PTI sentiment; Spectrum Noir markers; Purple Twilight Adirondack ink; Cuttlebug embossing folder; WPlus9 banner die; classic small circle Nesties; googly eyes & sparkly buttons from stash

This pumpkin's eyebrows make me happy!  Pretty straightforward creation.

Check out the AMAZING inspiration pieces by my teamies:

And don't forget to stop by and leave our guest designer PAMELLIA some love!

Since I'm using a Tiddly Inks image (I don't see it in the store, it was a long-ago freebie) I'm entering their current challenge of Non-Traditional Halloween Colours.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Daniel Craig wants YOU to make a Pink Christmas card!

*augh! I mis-scheduled this post - sorry it's late!*

It's week two of the Jingle Belles Pink Christmas challenge! I wanted to make a completely different card from my first - I chose a saucy image from The Stamping Chef, because BOOBS. Most appropriate given the cause! 

Supplies: Checking Out (For the Year) from The Stamping Chef; sentiment from Bugaboo Stamps; Spectrum Noir markers; Cotton Ball Fun Flock from Stampendous; Fine Crystal Glitter from Martha Stewart; American Crafts card stock; Cuttlebug D'vine Swirls embossing folder; Sakura Stardust glitter pen; MME fuchsia rhinestones

Her hat & the trim on her dress are fuzzy with Fun Flock, and I sparkled up the present using loose glitter. Her eyes & cleavage are sparkly too! 

There's no limit to how many times you play, so please link early and link often!!! We'd also love for you to pass the news along to all your card-making friends, so we've made a special challenge graphic and a paste-able blurb to make this really easy to blog about! :)

The "Pink Christmas" prompt will run at JINGLE BELLES from 12am on Friday, October 10th to 6pm on Wednesday, October 22nd; as in previous years, Stephanie and Lauren pledge to donate $4 per linked-up card to The Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The only requirement is that all link-ups be NEW holiday cards with some noticeable pink on them... so in other words, not just Rudolph's NOSE, lol!

Participants may use sketches, combine challenges, and include any other colors in addition to pink; you can showcase however many cards you'd like in one post, don't worry, we'll still count every single one of them towards the total!

Thank you very much for your support!

I hope you'll visit the Jingle Belles blog to find out more - and I can't wait to see your pink Christmas creations! Don't forget to  stop by and see what Lauren and Stephanie have created this week :) Right now the linky is at 58 entries - and the goal this year is AT LEAST 125 cards, so let's get going! 

I'm also going to pop this card in at The Stamping Chef #51 :) 
Back to my pink crafting spree!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fang-tastic Fun!

I don't think I mentioned it on my blog, but my Maggie Mittens escaped Saturday night - and didn't come back. All our cats are indoor cats & although they've gotten out before, they always come racing back within ten minutes or so, desperate to get back inside. She JUST came back this morning - more than four days. No idea where she was all that time - and we SEARCHED. She's filthy, starving, and definitely lost some weight, but right now she's laid across my arms while I type purring to beat the band. I didn't realize how certain I was that she'd been hurt or killed until she came back and I burst into tears. I'm SO relieved (especially since it was me she snuck past to get out). 

Moving along to my card - I know I say this every.time. but I love the spunky Stamping Chef images. 

Supplies: The Stamping Chef "Bite Me"; Spectrum Noir markers; PTI sentiment; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; black sparkle paper

It's time to get the kids rustled out of bed & ready for school! Before I go, this card is for these two challenges:


I'm Batty for You!

I'm right into the Halloween cards at the moment - and although it's not a big 'card' holiday the images are just too much fun. This digi is one that I have from before I was conscientious about saving artist names with the image - if you recognize it, let me know! 

Supplies: unknown digi image; Spectrum Noir markers; MME papers; PTI sentiment; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; spider brad from Dollarama

The look on her face just cracks me up. I think of Wednesday :) I'd originally left her dress black & white, and Connor said it should be purple - so that ended up influencing my paper choice as well. The edges of the pumpkin paper & the image panel are distressed & rolled. 

This is for the following challenges:

Be right back with another Halloween card!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shopping our Stash #173 - Hello, Sweetie!

The third Saturday in October is Sweetest Day - so at Shopping our Stash this week we want you to use  a "sweet" theme, and tell us how you interpreted the challenge. Ideas: candy, ice cream, cookies, something for your sweetie, etc. 

So I was going to make something all sweet, and then I realized...Rob might die. So I made this:

Supplies: Stampendous stamps; Spectrum Noir markers; Dress it Up heart buttons; Sew Easy tool; Tim Holtz ruler; paper piercer & embroidery floss

This is what gave birth to the "You Make Me Stabby" card, actually :) And even better, this Changito stamp was NBUS of at least a year and a half! WOOT! 

And as a bonus - remember our joint challenge with the Jingle Belles?  Ira Huberts won with us, and snagged a guest DT spot so you'll see her join us a few times this month.

Ready to create something sweet?  Join us before next Monday,October 20th!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #271 - DRS Designs!

It's TWIST WEEK at Tuesday Morning Sketches, and we have a super easy twist for this time of year - HOLIDAY FUN! Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas...we're all busy with those, right? DRS Designs is our sponsor this week, and they've generously provided images for the design team to work with. I got to play with Cardinal on Branch:

Supplies: Cardinal on Branch image from DRS Designs; Spectrum Noir markers; papers from MME and Crate Paper

I was even the one who designed this week's sketch - it's perfect for those hoarded strips of paper!

This challenge is open until next Sunday, October 19th  hop on over & see what the design team has created for you!



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Think Pink!

You already know that Breast Cancer Awareness is important to me - so of course I had to whip up a card for The Pink Elephant's "Think Pink!" challenge this week!

I was lucky enough to win a gift card for the Aurora Wings etsy store a few weeks ago, and this ethereal ballerina image was shouting my name.

Supplies: Ballerina - Star Dancer digi stamp from Aurora Wings; Spectrum Noir markers; Liquid Pearls and yellow glitter fabric paint; pink rhinestones from Dollarama; sentiment from Annabelle Stamps; Picked Raspberry distress ink; scraps of glitter & textured pink card stock

Since I'd printed out the image basically card-size, I attached it to the card front after colouring and then 'artfully tore' some papers to accent it. The Liquid Pearls were dotted on more or less randomly, and I highlighted the illustrated stars with yellow glitter fabric paint. A scatter of hot pink gems to finish it off :)

This is another hubby-don't-like-it card. I loved how it turned out, and when I showed him he said "She looks weird. Her hair shouldn't be the same as the other stuff." WELL. Insert raspberry noise here! 


Neon Christmas!

This is a super quick and easy card - and flat for mailing, bonus! The Merry Monday challenge this week is to use neon colours, and I love that unexpected pop of colour for a fun & funky holiday greeting!

(Forgive me - not the crispest photo!)
Supplies: ornament die cut from Kaisercraft; sentiment from PTI; Broken China distress ink; neon green card stock from Recollections; pink rhinestones from Dollarama

Brighten the season indeed! Just a couple of gems for some sparkle, and ta-da!


Inspired by Andrea!

If you aren't already following Andrea at Savvy Handmade Cards, you are missing out. She is talented and I'm always inspired by her posts! A while back she created a card using the Emerging Colour technique, and I knew I had to give it a try - it just took me a while to get to it. The linked post has her clear directions if you'd like to give it a go! I was inspired by her colour choices & as you'll see, the theme as well! 

Supplies: Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts; leaf stamps from Jane's Doodles; Versamark; clear detail EP; Distress inks in Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Peeled Paint, Brushed Corduroy

Next time I give this a go I'll use a darker ink for sponging on top - I do like the effect of the mottled & muddied colours from the brown, but the 'emerging colour' doesn't pop quite as much as on Andrea's card. Definitely a fun technique!

I have a few more cards to post before deadlines, so BRB!