07 December 2016

A Little Merry Midweek Mojo

Hi All! Welcome to a little midweek mojo! It's been awhile since we played along with the folks over at Mojo Monday, but I just couldn't pass up this week's sketch.

Here's my take on it:

I created this card using a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch base created from Kraft Cardstock. For the card front, I layered a 3 3/4 x 5 inch piece of Cranberry cardstock with scraps of patterned paper from the My Crush and Picture My Life Happy, Happy Christmas collections by Close To My Heart. I stamped "Wishing You" on a scrap of a Picture My Life card in New England Ivy Ink, and "Peace" and the ampersand on a Picture My Life card that I cut down to 2 3/4 x 4 inches. "Peace" is stamped in Cranberry Ink and the ampersand is in New England Ivy. For these sentiments, I used the XXX stamp set by Concord & 9th. The gold foiled star is from Close To My Heart's Oh Deer! Complements. I then tied red seam binding ribbon (from my stash) around the card front and added the star and "Wishing You" to it with thin foam tape. I then added the whole thing to the card base using my ATG adhesive.

Here's a collage of close-ups:

And here's the card again:

Hope you enjoyed a this little midweek mojo!

Have a wonderfully creative day!

06 December 2016

Terrific Tag Tuesday: Yuletide Joy

Hi All! Welcome to the first of three Terrific Tag Tuesdays brought to you by the Kraft-y Hearts. As the name suggests, each Tuesday, from now until Christmas, we will be featuring a little tag for your inspiration that could be used for gifts, decor, or anything you wish! If you haven't been by From My Bungalow to see the beautiful creations by Lynn Darda, you'll want to pop on over after you get done here. I guarantee you'll be inspired!

Now on with the tag!

To kick off Terrific Tag Tuesday, I thought I'd create something that could be used to dress up a gift or (as is the destiny for this one) a bottle of wine.

To create this tag, I used the layering tags dies by Hero Arts. I cut tags from Kraft and White Daisy cardstocks and Oh Deer! patterned paper using the largest die in the set. I layered the Kraft and patterned papers together and then cut some snow banks from the white tag. I stamped the sentiment from Close To My Heart's Retired October 2016 Stamp Of The Month onto one of the snowbanks in Sea Glass ink. I then used the tree die from the Woodland Wishes thin cuts bundle to cut trees from Fern and Ponderosa Pine cardstocks. I layered everything up with foam tape and added White Enamel Accents to the trees. When the Enamel Accents were dry, I added a little reindeer from the Oh Deer! compliments using foam tape.

After I was done I felt like the tag could use a little sparkle, so using the tags die set, I die-cut hole reinforcers from White Glitter Paper and added them to the front and back of the tag. I also added some shimmer pen to the tops of the snowbanks.

Finally, I created a hanging loop from some silver and natural bakers twine I had in my stash. And there you have it!

Here are a couple of close-ups:

And here's that tag one more time:

I hope you enjoyed my little tag. It was pretty easy to make and would make a fun little ornament as well.

Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to pop on over and see what Lynn has for you inspiration at From My Bungalow!

Have a wonderfully creative day!

01 December 2016

A Thoughtful (and Magical) Christmas

Hi All! Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop featuring Close To My Heart's December Stamp of the Month: Thoughtful Flowers. If you've just hopped over from the oh-so-talented Shelly Nemitz's blog, Just One Pretty Piece, you're in the right place. (As usual, I'll have a list of participants at the end of the post.)

If you've followed my blog (or any of my social media, really), you've figured out by now that I love flowers and trees. And I love to color. So Thoughtful Flowers is right up my alley!

This would be a beautiful stamp set for creating your own coloring pages or even a few coloring cards to give to your favorite coloring fan. And the images can work anytime of the year--even Christmas.

Let's take a look.

It's Christmas time in the city, so I decided to make a few cards using Thoughtful Flowers and my watercolor pencils. To create this card, I cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (I knew I would be cutting it down on the sides) and masked of a 2-inch square in the middle. I then stamped the flower images on the paper in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. After letting the ink dry, I colored the poinsettias with my watercolor pencils and blended the pencil with my waterbrush. I added a little gray to the background around the poinsettias to give them a bit more dimension. I then stamped the greeting from the Season of Magic stamp set in Sea Glass Ink. I cut my panel down to 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 and added it to my White Daisy card base. I added strips of Sea Glass and White glitter papers down the side of the panel to fully cover the front of the card base. To finish the card, I added shimmer to the poinsettias and the word "magic" in the sentiment and then adhered some sequins for a little extra bling. (If you wanted to make this a truly one-layer card, you could forgo the sequins.)

Here's a collage of close-ups of the card:

And here is the card, once again:

I hope you enjoyed this fun little greeting! I have big plans for this stamp set--coloring pages, no-line water color, thank you notes, hello's...the wheels are turning. So stay tuned!

In the meantime, hop on over and see what the fabulous Ginger Morriello has in store for you at Create With Ginger.

As promised, here's a list of participants in this month's hop:

Kim {that's ME!}

Have a wonderfully creative day!