Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Newton's Nook Designs - Featured Guest

Hello, crafty friends!  I've got some exciting news to share, I was asked by Jennifer Jackson, the owner of Newton's Nook Designs to join in their Newton's Nook Designs Deck the Halls with Inky Paws celebration going on this week!  I'm sure most of you are familiar with the adorable Newton's Nook stamps but if not, I recommend popping over and taking a look.  Each day this week, Newton's Nook Designs is highlighting a Featured Guest Designer and today I get the privilege of sharing what I've created using the sweet stamp set, Ornamental Newton.
For my card, I started out with a white card base, then added a piece of My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas designer paper (I thought the ornaments would work well with this cute image) along with a coordinating polka dot rose colored paper for along the bottom.  I matted these designer papers in pure poppy cardstock and adhered them to my card base.  I added a strip of pure poppy cardstock along where the two designer papers met.  Next I stamped my Ornamental Newton image and colored him using Copic markers.  It might be difficult to see in the photos but I used a silver glitter pen on the top of the ornament and on the stripes running through the center of it.  I trimmed and matted my image with more pure poppy cardstock and adhered my image using foam tape to my card front.  Then I added two green designer paper banners and my sentiment which I had stamped and die cut.  As a final touch I added three silver glitter gems for a bit of sparkle.
That's it for me today.  Thank you so much for stopping by and be sure to stop over and join in the week long Newton's Nook Designs - Deck the Halls with Inky Paws celebration.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Cheer - (CTD421)

 Hello there!  I hope all of you in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I haven't been blogging lately because we host Thanksgiving at our house every year and this year, between driving to pick up our daughter from college, preparing for Thanksgiving and trying to get a lot of Christmas activities done while our daughter was home, I just haven't had the time.  Can you believe that tomorrow is the first of December?  I'm hoping we can put up our Christmas tree this weekend.
There's a new color challenge over at the Color Throwdown and we hope you'll take the time to play along!
 For my card I used the Papertrey Ink stamp sets, Painted Poinsettias and Seasons Greetings to make a nontraditional Christmas card using the pretty colors from this week's CTD challenge. 
I've recently had to do an update on my Mac computer and now my photo editing is different, sometimes different is good but this is not.  I'm sure it's user error but for some reason I can't get accurate colors when editing my photos, so just imagine that what you see is lavender lace cardstock and ink along with royal velvet, hawaiian shores, simply chartreuse, handsome hunter and daffodil delight inks.  I started out by using some hawaiian shores ink to do some watercoloring onto a piece of watercolor paper.  Next I stamped my two poinsettias in lavender lace and royal velvet with the centers stamped in daffodil delight and iridescent Stickles added.  The leaves I stamped in simply chanteuse with stamping off for the first layer, then fully inked for the second and finally handsome hunter ink for the veins in the leaves.  I adhered my stamped pieces to my hawaiian shores watercolored piece popping up the smaller poinsettia, then added a black cardstock mat.  With all of the busyness with my flowers and watercoloring, I kept my card base and background simple by adding a piece of lavender lace cardstock with a strip of simply chartreuse toward the bottom.
For more inspiration, check out the design teams' blog links below OR you can go to the Color Throwdown blog for details on how to play along and you can see all the sample entries in one location.

Amy Rohl
Amy Rysavy
Wanda Cullen
Marisa Ritzen - November Guest Designer

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Where Creativity Meets C9

Hi there!  I'm up over on the Where Creativity Meets C9 blog today and I'm sharing a birthday set that I created.  I hope you'll take the time to pop over and check it out.
And while you're there why not join in and play along in our current Sparkle and Shine challenge?

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Time to Celebrate - 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Good morning!  Today I'm happy to be participating in the 25 Days of Christmas Tags event hosted by the lovely, Tracey McNeely.  I'm excited to be playing along with the Where Creativity Meets C9 team and that Concord & 9th is sponsoring our post today.

Concord & 9th
For my tag, I used the Concord & 9th stamp set, Wildflower which is one of my favorites, along with the set, Birdie Banners for my sentiment.  I started out by die cutting my tag using the Concord & 9th Bags & Tags dies, then stamped my sentiment, leaf images and mistletoe.  Next I stamped my flowers onto a piece of scrap white cardstock and colored them using Copic markers (R24,R27,R29).  After that I cut out my flowers and adhered them onto my tag, curling up the petals just a bit and used a Wink of Stella glitter pen in the centers of the flowers.  I attached my tag with a red glittered clothes pin and a cut of gold sequin thread to a parchment bag.

There are prizes to be won over at Tracey's blog so be sure to pop over for all of the details!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wildflower Stamp Set

from: Concord & 9th

Birdie Banners Stamp Set
from: Concord & 9th

Bags and Tags Dies

from: Concord & 9th

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