Friday, January 13, 2017

Winter Birthday

Quite some time ago I purchased the Penny Black stamp "Astral" at my local stamp store. I don't really have anything else like it. It's a reverse image so the bird and trees are the negative space on the rubber surface. I finally had time to try it out.

I smooshed Distress Inks on the stamp and spritzed with water. After stamping I heat dried the ink and then added some white gel pen and purple watercolour pencil to highlight and shade (detail below).

The sentiment stamp is from a Waltzingmouse Stamps set. I am entering this in the "Anything Goes" challenges at Seize the Birthday and the Penny Black Saturday Challenge and the Penny Black and More Allsorts Challenge.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

CCT01 First Christmas Card of 2017

2016 was a disaster as far as making Christmas cards ahead and being well-prepared for the season. A while ago I had a few good years of doing Christmas cards year round so I wouldn't be stressed come December. Last year was not one of those years! So here I am, determined to change it up in 2017.

The Christmas Card Throwdown sketch seemed a good place to start - although I found it inordinately challenging. Still, I had downloaded Sylvia Durocher's Christmas Card Challenge list for 2017 and in January she's looking for a star and the colour gold. On my trip to Florida in November I snagged this Dina Wakley Script Star stamp and was happy for a chance to use it.

Here's the CCT01 sketch:

Here's my navy, yellow and gold card:
In keeping with the naive art format, I drew around the star with a gold Wink of Stella brush pen. I am still trying to decide if it needs a sentiment on the lower right corner. I feel that may take away from the simplicity of it and compete with the star, so perhaps not. 

Here is the inside, where I used the scrap from the die cut and watercoloured some detail:
Stamps: Dina Wakley Script Star
Inks: Delicata Golden Glitz; StazOn Spiced Chai; Marvy Matchables Yellow
Accessories: Canson Mi-Teintes Drawing Paper (Navy); Watercolour Paper; Zig Clean Colour Brushes; Wink of Stella Gold; Memory Box Die (Country Landscape)

I am entering this in the Love to Craft Challenge Blog, too, as their theme is Anything Goes. (Thanks for the tip, Deborah!) Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Happy Hanukkah Card

Hanukkah began on the evening of December 24 this year. I decided to make my boss a Hanukkah card. He is always so gracious each year, wishing all the staff happy holidays and Merry Christmas and I have felt bad for not stepping out of my comfort zone to make a card for him. So I set out on a Google quest for inspiration and education. Who knew the number of candles on a menorah can vary?

I finally found a free SVG file ( that I could cut on my Silhouette Cameo, and with selective masking, I was able to glitter up a burnished velvet menorah. I used yellow and gold glitters to create the flames. It is so pretty in real like, sparkling against the white cardstock. It seems blue and gold are traditional colours, but I think the menorah design is modern, clean and simple. Then again, what do I know? Happy Hanukkah!

I am entering this in the CAS-ual Fridays challenge:

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Gold Star Christmas

I am slowly working my way through Sylvia Durocher's monthly Christmas card prompts. I am not doing them in order, so today I will share the prompt from January 2016 - which was to use the colour gold and a 5 or 6 pointed star. I use the Burnished Velvet technique to create my three stars. I used the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge November Sketch for my format.

Using two colours of microfine glitter and wide double sided tape, I created the panel of gold stars against a navy sky. The navy is not so speckled in real life but the camera was picking up the reflection from the glitter. The sentiment is from Penny Black's Festive Cheer set. I am entering this in the Penny Black and More Anything Christmas challenge.

House on a Hill

Over at the Shopping Our Stash Challenge Blog, they are celebrating home sweet home, looking for projects that feature one or more houses. I recently pulled out a lot of Christmas stamps in my stash that I have not used, feeling guilty they have been neglected. This Cottage House stamp by Pink Persimmon is a few years old and has not seen any love, so the challenge was perfect for this.

In the background is a Rubber Stamp Avenue "Joy to the World" stamp, one of the first stamps I bought way back when. The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps and is heat embossed in gold, which makes it a little hard to read. It says "The happiest of holidays is a Christmas spent at home."


Purple and Pink for Christmas

How are you coming on making Christmas cards? I have not had much time or energy for it this year, unfortunately. Hope to get some more made today. Here is one I recently made:

Purple and pink seemed a little out of the norm, but these Gina K Designs ornaments are quite regal looking, so I thought it would work. Just a few pearls and a rhinestone to embellish. The purple cardstock is pearlized, so it adds a bit of shimmer, too.

Am entering this in Addicted to Stamps and More 
Challenge #218 - Holidays.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Penny Black Berry Kissed

I recently picked up a few new stamps from my local stamp store, Stampers!, which is sadly closing shop at the end of this year. They are Penny Black stamps and they have sort of a watercoloured feel to them already. I am watercolour challenged so I figured this would be a good way to try and get the look. This bunch of leaves and berries is called Berry Kissed.

Using my MISTI stamp positioner, I coloured the leaves, stems and berries using Distress markers. I just kept colouring and stamping until I got a look I liked. I clear embossed over all, then used an embossing pen to add glitter embossing powder to highlight parts here and there. I spattered the watercolour cardstock with Distress Shaded Lilac ink and used the same to colour the base of the card. The Penny Black sentiment (Festive Cheer) was stamped in VersaMagic Perfect Plumeria and clear embossed. I found a bit of plumeria coloured cardstock to layer underneath. 

I found a challenge on the internet to enter for Penny Black stamping - the Penny Black Saturday Challenge. The current call is for autumn colours and I think I achieved that.

I am also entering this in the current Christmas Card Challenge. Thanks for visiting.