Saturday, December 24, 2016

Polar Bear Party

                                               Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Party
I wanted to play with Copic color combinations I don't normally use.  And did I ever get color!
I stamped the MFT Polar Bears in Memento, colored them with Copics and cut them out.
I sandwiched them between two pieces of acetate so the shaker pieces would move freely around and behind them.  The background balloon strings were created with a MFT background stamp stamped in VersaFine and clear heat embossed.  Balloon dies from a variety of companies were cut, colored with Copics and then covered with Glossy Accents.  I adhered them to the background.  Floating in the shaker window are beads and sequins and pieces punched from a Stampin Up punch.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Great Nephew

This is why I love to make and send cards.
Look at that face when he opened his "shakey" card.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

My Studio

Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner and Kathy Racoosin shared their amazing studios in video this week.  Kathy requested photos from our studios. (I hope if I post a few photos others will too.)
I had several goals for my studio this past year.  I've accomplished a lot but still have a long way to go.
1)  The lighting in my room was really bad.  When a water leak occurred on the ceiling it was a prime opportunity to accomplish my goal!  Eight pot lights were installed in my ceiling.  They are on two separate switches which both have dimmers.  They have changed my life!
I also added a Stella light to my desk.  It is truly magnificent.
2)  I wanted to personalize my studio by putting objects all around which represent me and make me happy.  Photos of my grandchildren, family and dog (and husband) are my prize possessions.   Coffee signs, flags from the countries I've visited, a tea pot that was my mom's, art I've created and other objects the represent good times or special people in my life.  I enjoy my room so much more now.
3)  Remove rubber from wood and organize my stamps Jennifer style.  I have a long way to go but the process is well underway.  I found the drawers where I had stored the wood-mounted stamps easily converted to the new system.  What a HUGE difference it makes in finding and putting away my stamps.

My pride and joy is the storage I created for my Copic Markers.  I've had this now for several years and just love it.  It's my own original DIY made from Dollar Tree plastic containers and clear packaging tape.  I can find the marker I need and put it away easily now that I'm very familiar with my system.

Next year my goal is to continue purging.   If I'm not using it, it goes to a church in Mexico.

I'm not scrapbooking as much on in the same way that I used to.  I need to get those photos and pages into some kind of order.

It is a never-ending process.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

O Holy Night Shaker

                                         Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Sparkle
My neighbor loves bunnies.  Every year I make her a Christmas card that has at least one bunny on it.  This is my favorite card for her.
The half-circle die is from Pretty Pink Posh.
Background stars stamps are from a variety of companies.  They are white heat embossed to resist the Distress ink sky.
Sentiment is from Paper Smooches.
Darling bunny is from MFT.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Light Tags

                                             Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Gift
Lawn Fawn has the best dies!  This has three pieces that include the ornament topper and a piece behind to make it look like it's reflecting light.
These are quick easy tags but I love how they look!

Beary Happy Birthday Party

                                                   Simon Says Monday Challenge: Party
                These are just the cutest bears!  They just made me smile as I created them.
All Stamps are from My Favorite Things.  They are stamped in Memento, colored in Copics then fussy cut.  The background is Distress ink on water color paper.   Bling is Stickles, sequins and beads.

Monday, December 19, 2016

All I Want for Christmas

                                              Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Gift It
My granddaughter is missing two front teeth just in time for Christmas.
There's only one missing in this photo.  Her 2 1/2 year old brother hit her in the face with a ball and knocked the second tooth out!  SHE WAS VERY HAPPY THAT HE HELPED HER OUT!

The Santa stamp is from Stampin Up and stamped with Memento ink on Neenah paper then colored with Copics and cut out.
The Word Bubble die is from Stampin up.  The sentiment is from my computer.
The Circle Die is from DieNamics
Wishes die is from impression obsession.

Santa ZZZZZZ Tag

                                              Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Gift it!
This tag was inspired by Kristina Werner.  Everything but the sentiment is from Art Impressions.
The image was stamped in Memento and colored in Copics.  Santa has an Action Wobble behind him which makes the rocker actually rock!  The sentiment is an ancient stamp from my stash.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Resist Snowflake Card

                                           Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Snow
I haven't gotten out my Color Burst for a couple weeks!  They worked perfectly on this card very much inspired by Debbie Hughes.  The snowflake stamps are from Stampin Up.  They are white heat embossed on watercolor paper.  Color Burst are sprinkled on a Craft Mat and sprayed with water.
The watercolor paper is then "smooshed" into the mixture on the Craft Mat.
I used sequins and Shimmer to give it some sparkle.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Poinsettia Girl Tag

                                          Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Gift
This Stamping Bella girl in a poinsettia dress was so so fun to color!  She was stamped in Momento and colored with Copics.  The sentiment, from the same Stamping Bella set, was gold heat embossed and die cut with a DieNamics stitched circle.  Scallop circle die is from spellbinders, doily from the Dollar Tree.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Jingle all the Way Tag

                                    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Inspired by Ice
This is one of the cute Impression Obsession stamps with die.  The snowman's bottom jiggles with an Action Wobble.  Sentiment is from SU.  Image is stamped in Memento and Colored with Copics.
Stickles and Wink of Stella add some bling.

When the mountains turn pink Tag

                                         Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Inspired by Ice
The Catalina Mountains right outside our back door turn the most beautiful shades of pink and purple at sunset.  Raise your glass to a southwest toast, "When the mountains turn pink, it's time to drink!"

This is my new favorite tag for 2016.  The sky and mountains are colored with Distress Ink.  WOW White Puff embossing powder makes the snow peaks and Yeti footprints.  The Yeti stamps and mountain die are from MFT.  The Margarita glasses are from A Muse Stamps.  The sentiment is printed on my computer and die cut with a Lawn Fawn speech bubble.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Are You Yeti? Tag

I Love this tag!!  I need something for a 13 year old boy.  I think this works!  The Yeti stamps are from MFT.  I love the footprints too.  The mountain die is also from MFT Die Namics.  Background and mountains are done with Distress Ink.  White snow peaks and foot steps are WOW puff embossing powder.
The Yetis (Is that plural of Yeti?) are stamped in Momento and colored in Copics.
There are pop dots, Stickles, and Uniball white pen to finish this tag.
If he doesn't LOVE this tag, I want it back!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Dashing Through the Snow Chibi Tag

                                    Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist
This is my second tag using the three strips of monochromatic blue for the background.
The Avery Elle car has a working headlight using the Chibitrionics kit.  it just doesn't show up in the photo.  The silver heat embossed star is from Lawn Fawn.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Ho Ho Ho Tag

                                           12 Days of Christmas Tags with a Feminine Twist Day 7
The sketch for day severn had stripes of color.  I used monochromatic stripes of blue Distress ink in my background.  I silver heat embossed a star background stamp from Hero Arts.  The Ho Ho Ho letters are dies from Papertrey Ink,  And the cute Santa stuck in the chimney is a stamp from Stampin Bella.   SU Silver Glimmer Paper, Stickles and a Spica pen were used for some sparkle.  Santa's beard is made with Liquid Appliqué.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Snow Fairy Tag

                                        Day 6 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist
                                                      Lawnscaping Challenge:  Snow
Very faintly you might see snowflakes stenciled with a Picket Fence Distress Crayon.  I smushed the water color paper into Distress Ink that had been spritzed with water.
Snow sentiment from Penny Black and Snowflakes from various companies including Lawn Fawn were die cut from SU white glitter paper.  The Lawn Fawn fairies were stamped in Momento and colored with Copics.  Stickles add glitter to their wings.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Fox Tag Warm Wishes

                                                                Lawnscaping Challenge
I'm in a gift exchange where we select a wrapped gift from under the tree.  My gift has a Starbucks gift card and coffee mug.  I wanted to put some hint on the package that it is for a coffee drinker.
I used this Hero Arts coffee cup stamp with Lawn Fawn sentiment, snowflakes and fox.  The gold glitter paper frame is cut from Lawn Fawn's stitched rectangle die.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Paper Bag Exchange Gift

                                             Lawnscaping Challenge:  Snow
I stamped Lawn Fawn snow all over the brown paper bag with VersaMark then white heat embossed it.  There Snow one like you is also white heat embossed along with the snowflakes all from Lawn Fawn.  Snow hill is a die from Lawn Fawn as are the penguin and igloo.

Red, Teal, Green and Pink Challenge

                         Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist  Day One
I found this to be a very challenging color challenge.  I don't think I've ever used both green and teal in the same card front or tag.
Stamps are from Lawn Fawn.  The oval die is from MFT and the holy leaves are from Memory Box.