Saturday, November 10, 2018

Less is More #384 - Metallics

Happy Saturday!  it's a new challenge at Less is More (LIM) and this fortnight the colour challenge is Metallics.  Our wonderful September winner, Angie Cimbalo from Cimba Creative Fun, is our guest this challenge.  Happy Little Stampers returns as our generous sponsor.


I used the Faux Stained Glass technique to create the rainbow tree.  This tree die cuts out the negative instead of the positive, which I found made it easier.  Started by ink blending Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron distress inks (di) on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock for the rainbow.  

Next, trimmed three 4"x3" panels from metallic silver foil paper.  Added Stick It adhesive to the back of each, then die cut each with the tree die.  Stacked two of them over the rainbow coloured piece, then added Crystal Glaze to each opening.  Once dry, added the third foil die cut piece covering up any mess, then trimmed the entire piece with my paper trimmer into the triangle tree shape.  Just a precaution, four layers is very thick to trim and your trimmer may break... don't ask me how I know. 😆   I wanted the rainbow tree to really pop, so mounted it to an A2 size black panel after heat embossing the sentiment with silver embossing powder.

Now over to you.  If you need more inspiration, check out the beautiful cards our guest Angie and my team have created HERE.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week.

STAMPlorations - November CAS Challenge optional color twist Rainbow
As You Like It. - Monochrome or Rainbow (love the bright cheery colours of rainbows any time of year, especially when used in unexpected ways!)
Merry Little Christmas - November Anything Christmas Goes

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Santa Down the Chimney

Hello there!  I wanted to do a followup to my last post with Santa going down the chimney head first.  Spoiler alert -- he made it down just fine. 😂

Started by stamping Santa with Copic friendly black ink on a scrap of X-press It cardstock.  Coloured in with Copics then fussy cut him out.  Die cut the fireplace and stockings from  different scraps of white paper.  On the main fireplace diecut piece, sponged Smoky Slate ink through a brick stencil.  Die cut the mantel piece again and trimmed it down to create the baseboard.  Blended Black Soot distress ink (di) with a mini blending tool onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock for the inside of the fireplace.

Sponged Kraft ink on the bottom quarter of an A2 Whisper White panel for the floor, then assembled the fireplace scene.  Coloured the stockings with Copics and added clear shimmer for some sparkle.  Stamped the sentiment from the same set in black on another scrap of white paper, then die cut out with a speech bubble die.  The speech bubble was not the right size, so placed the piece back into the die and partial die cut it to make it smaller.  Sponged the edge with black di then popped it up with foam tape to finish.

Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful week.

CAS Christmas - November Santa
CAS(E) this Sketch - #296
Mix It Up - #19 Anything Goes optional twist of Aperture
Merry Little Christmas - #4 November Anything Christmas Goes
Send a Smile 4 Kids - Happy Holidays 4 Kids or Anything Goes 4 Kids
Snippets Playground - #338 (snippets of cardstock)
The Daily Marker - November 2018 Daily Marker 30 Day Coloeing Challenge

Saturday, November 3, 2018

CAS Christmas November Challenge - Santa

Hello there!  Jolly old St. Nick - aka Santa - is this month’s challenge at CAS Christmas.  Here's my card.

My card was inspired by a song.  The obvious is “Here Comes Santa Claus", but it was actually "Baby Santa" oops I meant "Santa Baby" (thanks, Loll for the correction) the part that goes "hurry down the chimney tonight”!  

Started by stamping Santa with Copic friendly black ink on a scrap of X-press It cardstock, coloured in with Copics, then fussy cut out.   Created the chimney by blending Barn Door and Vintage Photo distress inks (di) through a brick stencil.  Cut a white strip for the top of the chimney and lightly added "soot" with the ink remaining on the black sponge.

For the sky background, blended Tumbled Glass, Shaded Lilac and Blueprint Sketch di’s on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  Next a Postage Stamp panel with a circle aperture in the centre was die cut from Whisper White cardstock.  Assembled the pieces behind the circle opening to create the rooftop scene, then foam mounted the panel onto a white card base.  Heat embossed the sentiment from the same set with white embossing powder on a black strip.  Added snow with a white gel pen to finish.

This was the second version.  My first version was a starry night sky, but I wasn't happy with the look of the background spritz with water and it didn't photograph well.

We have the talented winner of our September Wreath challenge, Pam Sparks of Expressions with Heart,  joining us as our guest this month.  She and my team have created some fabulous CAS Santa Christmas cards to inspire you.  Check them out HERE .  Challenge runs till November 24, so there is plenty of time to get your entries linked up.  Can't wait to see what you come up with.  Thank you for spending time with me.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Sugar Pea Designs - Mix It Up Challenge #48
Merry Little Christmas - #4 November Anything Christmas Goes 
Watercooler Wednesday - Anything Goes
SSS Wednesday - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes
Send a Smile 4 Kids - Happy Holidays 4 Kids or Anything Goes 4 Kids

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Winnie & Walter Gift Card Winner

Hello there!  I'm just dropping in quickly to announce the winner of the $30 gift card to the Winnie & Walter shop.  Thank you once again to Shay and all of you who left me kind and supportive comments on all my Leading Lady posts last month!   Without further adieu and using

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Sue D said...
Love the festive balloons on the first one and the changing background on the second.
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Sunday, October 28, 2018

AAA Cards Challenge #127 - Kindness

Hello everyone!  I'm excited to be back again guest designing at AAA Cards for their next challenge #127 Kindness.

I had something else in mind when I first saw this challenge, but after the shocking and sad news of Melissa Lane's passing posted in the last challenge at AAA Cards, I wanted to pay tribute and celebrate her as well as thank her.  She is the reason I am guest designing today.  I wasn't fortunate enough to work with her or meet her in person, but I remember how kind and welcoming she was when I first entered the blogging world.  I think we were playing blog tag for nearly an hour at one point. My online encounter with her was brief, but she left a lasting impression.  She will be missed.

So in her honour, I created this.

Melissa loves butterflies and I thought this Butterfly Gown stencil would do the trick.  Ink blending through that stencil was done on an A2 size piece of Bristol paper using mini blending tools and distress oxide (DOx) inks.  Masking was also used to achieve multi colours on the image.

I thought about a bright rainbow butterfly dress (because you know me and a good rainbow opportunity), but I stuck with black for a classy look.  The face/body was coloured first using Tattered Rose.  The hair  next using Vintage Photo.  And finally the gown using Black Soot, and fading out at the bottom.  For some sparkle, the gown was heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  The sentiment was black heat embossed to finish.

Ready to play along?  If you need more inspirations, check out the wonderful cards the talented AAA  Cards team have created HERE.  Thank you once again for visiting.