Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ho Ho Ho.

MFT Stamps designs some really cute images for coloring that are great to work with any medium. Since I love copic markers, that's what I use.


I colored in this Pure Innocence snowman on X-Press It cardstock and added a blue snowy sky behind him using copic markers and a Uniball white Signo pen.

The polaroid frame comes in a set of 6 by Heidi Swapp, and the diecut gifts came from a package I found at Target by American Crafts.

The ribbon was purchased at Michael's for 99 cents, and the sentiment is a pretty bold font created by Studio Calico.



I love the clean look of the card, and also all the vivid colors popping.


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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Merry Ornaments.

I was so happy with Day 7's "MERRY" card that I wanted to do something similar.


This time I embossed the sentiment (by Studio Calico), with tinsel glitter powder and add different colored ornaments.  I used Hero Arts ink  and versamark ink, while masking off a few of the ornaments as I stamped others.

This was a fun card to make, but very tedious.


I love it.

And still, hubby hates it.
lol.




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Friday, November 28, 2014

December Daily Storage.

This Amy Tangerine set was my first mini PL kit and I loved how small and compact it was, however, even though I moved the cards out I didn't want to trash the cute box.  If you're like me, you HATE to trash packaging that you can repurpose.



Months later, I found, what would be, it's Destiny!
lol.

Once I received my December Daily 2014 kit, a gorgeous collection called "Good Cheer" by Elle's Studio, I knew I needed to place the little diecuts and embellies in something cute and functional.



Light bulb.

What happened next was just a good 2 hours of really fun crafting!

I first started to cut down the pieces and even some of the packaging slips that come inside the plastic sleeves.  They are a mini size of the original diecut, but they are perfect for using in your projects as well!


I measured out the box and the paper and began cutting my cardstock down to fit the outside and inside of the box.

I covered the inside and out with white cardstock and then strategically cut down these really cute and festive diamond shapes to be placed specifically a certain way on the box, that would allow me to add a title.  I then wrapped the edges with more of that gorgeous Elle's Studio paper.


(you won't find that pink star pattern paper in the collection, unless you look very closely at the edge of one of the sheets... that's right!  I used every aspect of this line!)





For the cover, I wanted 1 word and I wanted to use this $1 alpha set that I purchased at Target last year, but the color gray was a little off and too light.  I needed something bold.  I used a black BIC marker to alter their color.



For the inside, I knew I wanted the open box to be partitioned to keep the really tiny diecuts separate from the other items.  So I cut down 2 plastic packages that I saved from some Michael's brand wood veneers, and placed them inside the box.  I stapled them together with a tiny attacher, but did not glue them down, because I needed that divided section to be easily accessible and to give me storage room underneath as well.




Upon closing the lid I felt I still had more room to work with inside, and I knew I wanted to keep my card inserts together with the diecuts.  So I decided to use the Elle's Studio plastic cello packaging and glue that down to the lid of the box.  I knew the adhesive from the cello bag would run out eventually, so I added some festive washi tape.  Which will probably run out of adhesive too, so I have back up washi to help down the road.  lol.






Once I was done with cutting my little bits and pieces, I simply filled my box with all my "Good Cheer" goodies and closed the lid.

Incidentally, the lid is magnetic and does close with all the added cardstock glued on.  It works PERFECTLY!


 





I absolutely love this collection and I couldn't wait to get all of my December Daily supplies in the mail to start working with it.

I will be back in a few days to share my December Daily album.  I think by then I would've purchased at least one of their Christmas stamp sets too.  Or so I hope!

The best part is, I can easily reuse this altered project life mini box after Christmas with other Elle's Studio diecuts, because the colors, patterns and design are generic!


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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Merry Poinsettias.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I hope you are all enjoying your day with your family and gearing up for some Black Friday shopping.

I won't be shopping on Black Friday for a couple of reasons, #1 being I already purchased 90% of our gifts, and #2 being that the rest will just be gift cards.  lol.  Keep it very easy this year.

Anyway, today I wanted to share a very easy card to replicate.  I figured since you would be having family over, you might want to put those kids and teens to work on some cards with you.  (to keep them busy cutting)... hehe

I started building this card to add a colored image, but no matter what configuration I tried, it just wasn't working out.


So I glued the poinsettia pieces (that I cut out of an American Crafts Christmas paper pad,) onto the card to frame the card, and stamp/embossed this very bold sentiment by Studio Calico.  Incidentally, I'm finding that I'm grabbing this stamp set a lot for many Christmas projects.

I still wasn't convinced with the card.  It needed something more.

So I grabbed my gold Wink of Stella pen and began to out line the flowers, leaving a little white space in between.  Immediately the card popped and I knew it was a great idea.



I love the simple, clean and sophisticated look of the card.  And the toughest part was cutting out all those flowers!




Again, Happy Thanksgiving and don't forget to count ALL your blessings today.

God has been very gracious and generous with us.  And even if He hasn't, He is still God and we must still be grateful for what we do have.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Joyful Christmas.

I used to think, if you spend an hour coloring an image, your card should look like you worked for hours on it with tons of layers and diecuts and stamps and embellishing, etc.

But this year I've learned to make things simpler for myself in my personal life, and I'm now learning that with my crafting as well.

If you follow my Instagram, you'd know that this image was colored more than a week ago and I struggled a little bit with the folds of the clothing.  This Pure Innocence image can easily be colored without the folds, but I like challenging myself.  


Using copic markers in the E, RV and BG color families, I colored her up, and cut her out from the bottom up.  I left the bottom white and cut that part into the shape of a snowy hill.  If you look closely, you'll see embossed dots on that snowy hill.  I made those with an embossing hand tool.

I added a beautiful background by Bo Bunny "Candy Cane Lane" and matted it with the same 6x6 paper pad in fushia to match her dress.

The sentiment is also by MFT Stamps, which I stamped with versafine black ink and made into a side banner.


I selected a few snowflakes to enhance with liquid pearls and added clear wink of stella to her wings, halo and the snowdrift, and gold wink of stella to the horn.



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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

All Is Bright.

I am absolutely loving this color combo this year.  Red and Teal.

Inspired by Day 11's card, I created a clean and simple mixed media card.


For the background, I distressed white cardstock with Hero Arts ink using a distressing tool and then spread Martha Stewart texture paste over a Tim Holtz "speckles" stencil.  The effect is so gorgeous, I might do it again for another card in this series.

I matted the background with grey pattern paper [Freckled Fawn "Oh Deer"], and covered the bottom of the "sky" with white cardstock.  The diecut is from the Freckled Fawn "Oh Deer" collection, and the sentiment is a leftover DD bit from last year by Elle's Studio.  I placed both of those diecuts on pop dots, and added faux stitching to the edges of the scene.


It has become a habit now of mine to add liquid pearls and sequins to my Christmas cards, and this one was no different.  I love that they look like very pronounced snowflakes!


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Monday, November 24, 2014

JOY.

I was inspired by the color theme of the December Daily collection I chose for this year (I'll share that later...) to create this card.  The main colors are Teal, Pink and Red.  



Using a hexagon stencil, I carefully inked up this card-front with a Tim Holtz distress tool and hero arts inks.  I went over it with Brilliance white ink to soften a few areas.




The snowflake is a diecut from the Freckled Fawn "Oh Deer" collection.  I added sequins from the same collection and liquid pearls.  I added J and Y Thickers by Amy Tangerine, a Freckled Fawn epoxy red heart, and topped the sentiment entirely with glossy accents.

The process was very fun to make and I am very happy with the outcome.




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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Be Merry.

You can [kinda] say that I "cheated" with the card for Day 10.

I was able to locate a few Christmas items in storage, and in it was this pre-colored Some Odd Girl image.

So, although I did color her, I didn't color her recently.  I just enhanced her eyes, lips and dress with clear and red wink of stella pens.



I used the Pebbles "Home For The Holidays" 6x6 paper pad to create this very matted card.  The star was a diecut I purchased last year {by Bella Blvd), which I simply added Webster's Pages alphas to, and framed the star with more of that clear wink of stella.


Join me tomorrow as we begin Week 3 of my 5 week Christmas card series.


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