Sunday, September 24, 2017

So Many Ways to Play Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe at the Jingle Belles Rock!!!

This time I went with the middle vertical line  Snow/Cardstock/Blue. I used one of my favourite stamp companies ~~ House Mouse Designs but this time I used a "gruffie"



Since I was crafting at the cottage I had limited cardstock, I had lots of white but not too many "holiday" colours, but had that scrap of Pacific Point cardstock  The background was embossed with "softly falling" from Stampin;up Let it Snow is a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs and the ovals are Spellbinders classic ovals, large. The fur on his hat and the snow is liquid pearls and stickles.



The inside was finished with a sentiment from High Hopes Rubber Stamps  which is perfect for "snowy cards"


I would like to enter this in:

Jingle Belles Rock ~~ Christmas Tic-tac-toe


Thanks for checking my blog today and have a wonderful day!!!


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Reminder of the Lost and Found Challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.

Lost and Found......well I had many ideas for techniques that I hadn't tried for a long time and it's Cracked Glass!! It had been so long I had trouble getting it to work perfect but as with all crafters  only another crafter will see the imperfections.



I did google "purple" roses and there are real purple roses so I coloured the rose purple from  with my alcohol markers. Layered ultra thick embossing powder three times then put it in the freezer for a few minutes and then cracked it although it didn't work the first time and I couldn't seem to get the glaze to stay smooth but I'm happy with the results.


Close up of the "cracks"


I just purchased a new sentiment for the inside, it's from Printworks, their website is under construction but they have a facebook page click HERE.  I have three other sentiments from them and use them all the time. I like this because it can be used for many occasions, anything that is celebrated once a year.

I would like to enter this in:
Seize the Birthday ~~ Anything Goes


Thanks for stopping by today, remember you still have until Friday September 29th at 11.55 EDT to enter the Lost and Found at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Jingle Belles are Rockin' a Christmas tic-tac-toe challenge!!!

I had a very productive week at the cottage, not only did I get 4 design team cards (3 are posted)  2 Holiday cards, a birthday card and a Smile tag, some will be posted at a later date.  Back to the Jingle Belles Rock challenge it's a Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe challenge and there are so many lines to be played (just like the lottery)


I chose the diagonal line Red/Cardstock/Bling and one of my favourite holiday flowers the poinsettia and the stamp I used is a long retired PSX (miss them) stamp.  I coloured this with making a faux silk card but it was way too pretty to cover with tissue and glue stick. The image was cut with an Elizabeth Craft Designs stitched rectangle and layered on red. The gold layer is strips of a  sticky glitter sheet from the $$ store. It comes in beautiful colours but sorry to say it will not die cut images but is great to use for a background.


Close up of the image , I used some stickles for the centers of the flowers.(I hope this passes for bling)


Finished inside with a favourite holiday sentiment.

I would like to enter this in :

Jingle Belles Rock ~~ Christmas Tic-tac-toe

Christmas Cards All Year 'Round  Use Leaves (poinsettias are all leaves)


Thanks for visiting today and come back again soon.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Time for a New Challenge at Shopping Our Stash!! and for me it's a TWO-FER

Can you believe it's over half way to the end of the month, these days are going faster than I want but for September the weather is beautiful really warm during the day but cools off at night.  On with the challenge at Shopping Our Stash and it's "the Apple of my eye" ~~ Schools back in session so create something with an apple or apples on it, it might be an apple pie or apple blossoms or really go rogue like one of our design team and make a pine-APPLE.  I was almost stumped, I was sure I had a house mouse with an apple but alas I was dreaming so I did the next best thing....and here it it.


I used Tim Holtz blueprint apple for my image, I coloured it and for some reason or other the red ink was not working well and became very shiny so I added a bit of acetate to make a "picture".  The embossing folder is autumn leaves and I might have used it once before and it's over a year old.  No inside sentiment right now as I wasn't sure on who I was giving it to,

Since I was having a time with those markers I made a second card (I needed a birthday card for a friend)  so I went a totally different way with this one.


Apple Blossoms I also tried a new technique (which I need practice with)  "colour lifting"  I also used a sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  I really did some stash busting on this one, all papers and vellum were sitting on my table.  Celebrate is from a set that has never seen ink. 


Close up of the celebrate.


Finished inside with some left-over paper.

I would like to enter this in:

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Thanks for looking at my blog today and don`t forget to head over to the  Main Blog and check out what the rest of the Design team have made then get out your crafty stuff and join in the Apple fun.



Saturday, September 16, 2017

L is for ~~ Lost and Found ~~ Challenge #93

It's Saturday and time for a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, L is for Lost and Found, it's not what you are thinking....we want you to revisit a technique you haven't done in a while or even a card fold you haven't used for eons.  With many ideas running wild ~~ I settled on Shaving Cream background.  I found my original can of foam shaving cream and some "who knows how old" glossy cardstock and had a messy bit of fun.


I planned on making a muted background to use for a Winter sky so I used Taken with Teal and Tempting Turquoise reinkers from Stampin'up.


Now you see why I wanted a Winter sky!!! I wanted to use my super cute Snowman die from Gina Marie Designs. His hat and scarf were cut separate and paper pieced, the rest was coloured with markers and the buttons are Bling strips from Eyelet Outlet. The snowflake border die cut is also from Gina Mari and the super cute trees are from Impression Obsession.


Close up of the "winter sky"


Finished the inside with the snowflake border and a super cute sentiment from High Hopes

I would like to enter this in:
Sparkles Monthly Challenge ~~ Dies and/or punches

Thanks for joining me here today and head over to the main blog and check out what the rest of the design team have "lost and found"

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Emboss Like A Boss!!!!!

Challenge #320 at Shopping Our Stash is "emboss like a boss" we want to see both wet and dry embossing on your project. Not sure about you but other than doing some emboss resist I haven't done wet embossing in a long time and it was so much fun to pair it with a cool embossing folder.


First I made the background with distress oxide ink and then ran it through the music embossing folder from Darice. 


Using tips from Jennifer Maguire I  cut 3 Hero Arts large snowflakes in white and glued them together, then using versamark watermark I embossed it in clear embossing powder 3 times, just look at that shine. I added a Eyelet Outlet clear bumpy bling dot to the center. You can just see the music background in the picture.


The let it snow die cut is from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I also cut three of these in a teal cardstock and embossed it in clear then I heated it up and sprinkled some Art Glitter Agean blue glitter (if was a freebie I got at last 7 years ago) 


Finished the inside with a 2005 Stampabilities Christmas sentiment.

Not only was this card inspired by the challenge it was inspired by the current challenge at the 
Jingle Belles Rock 

I am entering this in"

Jingle Belles Rock ~~ Your favourite Christmas music option use sheet music.
I used a music embossing folder

That was a lot of fun and mess to make this card,  when you wet emboss three times it sure makes the image smooth and shiny.

Thanks for hanging  here today and head over to the main blog and check out the rules and see what the rest of the awesome design team have made.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

What's Trending?

Shopping Our Stash challenge #319 is What's Trending? I'm not sure what is trending and in quizzing around I got lot's of answers so I picked one that I had everything for on hand.  Of course the Oxide inks are not really old but I had two in my stash that had never been used, in fact I took the plastic off the ink pad to use it. I also have seen a lot of flamingos lately and I had a couple that have only been used to send a flamingo lovin' friend a few. The acetate is also old not sure where I even bought it and not only did I have one project case with it I had two.  Anyway I'm happy with what I think is trending.....and here it is.



I had a lot of fun making this card, I made one in a class a couple of weeks ago and wanted to try one on my own. The background is done by smooshing broken china ink on my teflon sheet, spritzing it with water and dragging the cardstock through it until I liked how it swirled. All the dies I used are unbranded ones, with the exception of the IO clouds and the happy birthday.


The inside of the card.


Side view



And a beach scene wouldn't be complete without some super cute Eyelet Outlet seashell brads.

I will add the sentiment to the back of the card or maybe a short sentiment on the inside.

I really enjoyed playing with the oxide ink and look forward to getting a few more colours. Now it's your turn, what do you think is trending? we would like to know so enter your project at Shopping Our Stash Blog before Monday September 11 @ 11.55 EDT.

I would like to enter this in.

Seize the Birthday ~~ colours Blue/Green and or Aqua

Tuesday Throwdown ~~ dies and/or punches

Thanks for spending time here today and have a fabulous week.