Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What CandyCane???

                                                  Online Card Classes Holiday Style Day 5
                                                                Cute and Whimsical
I love this chubby little Stampingbella mouse that has stuffed an entire candy cane in his mouth!
He's stamped with Memento on Xpress paper and colored with Copic markers.  There is some Stickles on the bell to make it sparkle and Flower Soft on his hat.  The background cardstock is byBazzill and pattern paper by Deja Views.
This tag is for my 18 month grandson.  His parents are constantly dislodging food he's pushed into his mouth way beyond capacity!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Holiday Hugs

                                                 Day 9 Online Card Classes Holiday Style
Kristina Werner made a card I just HAD to adapt into a tag!  The background is watercolor with distress ink on watercolor paper.  After it was totally dry I die cut the snowflakes and replaced them with snowflakes die cut from SU white glimmer paper.  The WPlus9 images were stamped with Memento onto XPress paper and colored with Copic Markers.  The sentiment also from the Plus 9 set was white embossed on SU cardstock.  Stickles add sparkle to packages and words.  Flower Soft adds texture and sparkle to the hat.  Glossy Accents give shine to the boots.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Shaker Assembly Line

                                                   Online Card Classes Holiday Style
                                                            Day 9 Soft and Subtle
I am waiting for the mailman to deliver the add-on dies for this Lawn Fawn shaker card.
The snow was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed in white.  The background  was then colored with distress ink.  Trees and Snowpeople were stamped in Memento and colored in Copic markers.  Once the other dies arrive lots of shimmer and bling will be added.  The snowpeople are custom to the different families they will be sent to.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Turkey Kit for Kids

                                               Jennifer McGuire Kindness Campaign
                                                        Week 3 Craft with Kids
This craft idea came from the Parenting website.
I have put together a kit including paper cups, self-adhesive google eyes, red punched hearts (for the wattle), large brown pompons and feathers die cut with SU dies.
The kids will construct their own turkeys from these items.

Pumpkin Seed Craft

                                               Jennifer McGuire's Kindness Campaign
                                                          Week 3 focus on Kids
Another Craft to do with kids.  I've died pumpkin seeds with food coloring (in a Ziplock bag with a little white vinegar).   They are sitting on my kitchen counter to dry.
They will be used as leaves to be glued on a trees drawn by my granddaughter and her friends.
I found this idea online by Jesienne drzewko.

Mayflower Craft

                                                 Jennifer McGuire's Kindness Campaign
                                                                 Craft with Kids
This week Jennifer McGuire's Kindness Campaign focuses on kids.  She shows ways to make cards with kids.  I am getting ready to craft with kids!
This idea came from the Parenting website.  The Mayflower is constructed of a coffee cup, the corrugated cup holder, two stir sticks and four rectangles for sails.
I love doing this stuff as much as the kids do!

Foil Smooshing

                                             Online Card Class Holiday Style Day 7
This is the second time I've made this tag.  This time I tried what I will call Foil Smooshing.
Carissa Wiley had what she called a "Happy Accident".  I tried to make that accident happen again!
I dry embossed the cardstock with an Anna Griffin embossing folder.  I ran a VersaMark ink pad over the top layer of the embossing.  I then poured Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder over the VersaMark and used my heat gun to make it sticky.  While it was sticky I put the remnants of foil from Merry Christmas over it and rubbed it with my bone folder.  I love the touch of gold it adds to the tag.

Snow Snow Snow

                                                  Online Card Classes Holiday Style
                                                         Day 7 Shimmer and Shine
There are so many shimmer and Shine products on this one little tag!
Wink of Stella
SU Glimmer Paper
Snowflake Paste
The stamps and Dies fro Papertrey are stamped with Momento and colored with Copic markers.
The Large Snowflakes are stenciled (Studio R12) with Snowflake Paste that has been colored with Peacock Distress refill ink.
The white Glimmer Paper snow hill is die cut with a Lawn Fawn die.
The Papertrey word die SNOW is die cut in Ellen Hutson Craft-a-Board and colored with Copic markers.  The ombre coloring of die words was demonstrated by Carissa Wiley on Day 7.  I loved that part of Day 7 Lesson the most!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Holly Tag Shimmer and Shine

                                                  Online Card Class Holiday Style Day 7
                                                            Shimmer and Shine Cards
I added shimmer and shine to my tag with gems, gold metallic paper and foil.
The holly die by Creative Expressions was die cut in tonner paper then put through the Minc with green foil.  The sentiment from SSS was also die cut in tonner paper then put through the Minc with gold foil.  
Oval dies are by Spellbinders.
Embossing folder by Anna Griffin.
The oval is raised with Ellen Hutson Craft-a-Board.  It's one of my favorite products for die cutting.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Misti

I watched the videos when Misti came out.  I watched my friends demo it and rave about how useful it is.  I resisted the purchase until I started making holiday cards.  See that sentiment perfectly straight the first time every time?  That's what Misti does!  I've also watched Laura Bassen's video using Misti to mask a complex one-layer card.  I think it was a good purchase.

Joy to You and Yours

                                                  Online Card Class Holiday Style Day 3
Kristina Werner showed a vintage card technique with a beautiful WPlus9 Christmas tree stamp which I have ordered.  Meantime I tried the technique with this Northwoods sleigh stamp that has been in my stash for a very long time.  I tried Kraft cardstock, white and ivory.  I tried using more and less distressing ink of various brown tones to age the paper.  On this card I stamped with VersaMark and gold heat embossed the image and sentiment from Penny Black.  Stickles adds some sparkle.   I was so tempted to add a little red but when I tried it took away from the vintage look.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

You're so precious to me

                                                     Day 5 Online Card class Holiday Style
                                                             Cute and Whimsical Cards
I am the owner of a brand new Minc!  So, of course, the card for today's class HAD to include foiling.  This Simon Says Stamp Tree die was perfect!!!
Inspired by Laura Bassen, I used Distress Ink for the background, masking off the snow at the bottom.  I then white heat embossed the Lawn Fawn snow flakes.  The Lawn Fawn bunnies and gifts were stamped on XPress with Memento and colored with Copic markers.    Stickles were added to the hats and packages.  The sentiment from i.o. (for my grandchildren) is white heat embossed.
I think cute cards are not just for kids.  Adults say "Awww" and love them too!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wishing you peace

I love the quiet simplicity of this card.  It is the perfect  card for friends and family who have suffered loss or serious illness during the past year.  I can take no credit for the design.  It is a replica of a card posted by Julie Ebersole, the artist who created this Ellen Hutson stamp set and matching dies.  I made my background navy instead of black as she did.  (I like her black background better.)  I used twinkling H2Os to paint the tree.   My sentiment is from Technique Tuesday.   I love her idea of concentrating the snow in the upper left corner so it looks like a blizzard.  The snow dots are cut from a portion of a Lawn Fawn stamp.  This is for Day 2, Inspiration Day, of the Online Card Class Holiday Style.

Monday, November 9, 2015

You're Snow Special to me

                                                 Online Card Classes Holiday Style Day 1
     Debbie Hughes had so many great ideas for her two card tutorials on Day 1.  I combined ideas from both cards to make this tag.  The background is watercolor resist with both silver and white heat embossing the Sweet and Sassy snow flakes.  (I LOVE the idea of using two different colors of embossing powder!)  
     Debbie also showed a fabulous way to use my new Misti!  The  Sweet and Sassy clear sentiment can be curved to match the curve of the  Lawn Fawn die cut hill!
     The MFT girl sledding is stamped in Memento ink and colored with Copic markers.
      The SU silver glitter paper snowflake border is adhered at the bottom of the tag.
      Stickles give some sparkle to the tag.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Share Handmade Kindness Week One

Jennifer McGuire is sponsoring a month-long challenge of Sharing Handmade Kindness.
My Paper Crafters Club president has chosen our local Children's Hospital to be her charity this year.
We have send handmade cards to the nurses stations at the hospital.  The nurses then use the cards to encourage kids who need an extra bit of encouragement.  I especially like to make cards for boys.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Thanks Shaker Tag

It's appropriate  for November that Simon Says has a challenge with ways of saying Thanks.
This is a Thanks shaker tag.  It's done with the Thanks die from Simon Says Stamp.  The pattern paper is from Graphic 45.  I'm down to less than a half sheet of it:(  One of my favs.