Friday, November 20, 2015

Silhouette Deer

I had about 4 creative hours in my craft room today - and got two creations made.  One is for the PTI blog hop so I'll show you that one on the 25th!
Here's the one I made to post today.  It's a one layer card.  First I stenciled the background using the WV Checkmate stencil with WV Archival Fern Green and Cornflower Blue Inks.  I made the reindeer stencil using a piece of acetate with the Alterations Prancing Deer die.  I laid the home made reindeer stencil over the panel and pounced over it with a sponge and Archival Black Ink.
For the sentiment, I used a WV stencil - Happy Holidays, inking it with WV Archival Red Geranium ink.  The berries in the antlers are from WV Create a Wreath Stencil and the holly is inked in WV Fern Green using  Tim Holtz Festive stencil
To define the edges better, I sponged them with Ranger Distress Ground Espresso Ink.
I'm linking today's card to the following challenges:
Merry Monday - have a reindeer on your card
One Layer Christmas Card Challenge - Anything goes - optional: silhouette
 Tomorrow I get to babysit for these two cutie pies - James and Madelyn - one set of my grandnephews and nieces!
Paper:  Kraft - PTI
Ink:  Wendy Vecchi Archival Fern Green, Cornflower Blue, Red Geranium, Archival Jet Black, Ranger Distress Ground Espresso
Accessories:  Prancing Deer Die - Tim Holtz/Alterations, Stencils: Wendy Vecchi Create a Wreath, Check Mate and Happy Holidays, Tim Holtz Festive.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Fox in the Woods

Yikes - it's been almost a week since I last posted.  I've been so tired when I've gotten home from work each night that I just made supper, watched a little TV and dropped into bed (I think because it's so dark with the time change?!) -  but  today I was inspired by several challenges to get back into my craft room and make this card.
I got out my recently purchased PTI stamp and die set Warmest Wishes.   I laid the die cut trees on top of my inked Cabin Plaid Background stamp from WMS and rubbed over them with my fingers.  I colored the foxes tail with a white gel pen.
I used the Freshly Made Sketch for my card design
I'm also linking this to the these challenges:
The Card Concept Challenge - my design is Clean and Layered
being inspired by the plaid chair as well as the green and cranberry colors.
 Curtain Call - Foxy 
One more day until the weekend!   Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps:  Warmest Wishes - PTI, Cabin Plaid Backgrounder - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  White, Terrecotta Tile, DP Textstyle Holiday Cheer - PTI
Ink:  Ocean Tides, Scarlet Jewel, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Warmest Wishes Die Set - PTI, foam dots, white gel pen.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Gingerbread Snowflake Package

It's really time to get the final Christmas cards done so I'm not stressed doing all the other preparations for the wonderful family holidays coming up!  To that end -  I have a sweet little Christmas card to share.  
I made the bow with the small bow die from Lil Inker Designs.  The greenery was cut with Holiday Greens die from Alterations. I wrapped Stone twine around the 'package' and looped it through the snowflake cookie.
I die cut the snowflake out of kraft card and then sponged it with Wendy Vecchi Archival Orange Blossom ink to make it look like a gingerbread cookie tag on this lovely 'present'. 
My card design was inspired by today's Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  The inspiration was Angela's Christmas Pinterest board - and this was what caught my eye:
 So how did I do??
 My background is a piece of digi paper from Stamplorations called Splash of Grunge. (no longer available)
I'm also linking my card to Jingle Belles Challenge - Holiday Foods and Drinks 
(gingerbread cookie)
Stamps: Crazy Talk - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper: Kraft, Stone - PTI, green - Distress Cordinations, Splotchy Grunge Digi DP - Stamplorations
Paper Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Ink: Wendy Vecchi Archival Orange Blossom, Archival Jet Black
Accessories: Dies - Create a Snowflake/Nestabilities, Holiday Greens/Alteratioins, Bow Die Small/Lil Inker Designs, foam dots, stone twine - the Twinery, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

Friday, November 13, 2015

Rustic Snow

I have a Mixed Media Christmas tag to share today.  I started my design with something I just saw in an advertisement for the Renegade Craft Fair in the December 2015 25th Anniversary Issue of Martha Stewart that came in the mail this week.   See the package in the middle with the foliage and red washi tape?
Here is how I used that inspiration on my creation.
I die cut the tag out of Kraft cardstock and then stenciled it with Tim's Stripes stencil using Iced Spruce Distress Ink.  I used Tim's Speckles stencil with Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste for the 'snow'.  I looped some Linen Ribbon through the hole and added a Jingle Brad.  The 25 is die cut out of Brushed Gold cardstock and layered with foam dots.
I used Spruce and Sprigs stamps and dies for the pieces of foliage.  I layered them with foam dots and added a piece of Washi Tape across their stems (it looks like I have the exact same tape they used on the package in the ad!).  I knotted a piece of tinsel string from Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop around the tag looping the tails behind it.  I adhered two Small Talk/Occasions stickers and stamped Merry Christmas along the bottom.
To make this tag into a Christmas decoration that could be put on display -  I die cut Tim's small easel and adhered it to the back.
I'm linking my rustic tag to several challenges:
Anything but Cute - It's Ornamental
Virginia's View - Textures
Stamps:  Spruce and Sprigs - PTI, Crazy Talk - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  Kraft, Scarlet Jewel - PTI, Brushed Gold - SU
Ink:  Ranger Distress Iced Spruce, Classic Kraft, Simply Chartreuse, Scarlet Jewel - PTI, Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste, Washi Tape, Idea-ology Small Talk/Occasions, Jingle Brads, Linen Ribbon, Tag and Bookplate Die, Small Easel, Stacked Words/Christmas - Alterations, Spruce and Sprigs - PTI, Speckles stencil and Stripes Stencil - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, tinsel string - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fusion - Nov 12th - Warm Welcome

Just in time for Thanksgiving - we have a lovely photo for inspiration for this fortnights Fusion Challenge!
I  love cream colored pumpkins and that was what inspired me for my Thanksgiving card!
I used my Alterations Pumpkin Parts die for my layered pumpkin - the die includes the base pumpkin shape, the stem and then 3 strips that you can cut as many as you want of to layer onto your pumpkin. I used Vintage Cream Linen Cardstock and I sponged all the edges of the pumpkin pieces with Tea Dye Distress Ink.  I layered them over the pumpkin base with foam dots.  
I die cut the flowers using Button Stacks Set from PTI and added orange rhinestones to the centers of each.  They are layered onto the pumpkin with foam dots.  The Thankful is another PTI die from the Counting My Blessings die set.
I'm also linking my card to the following challenges:
Make My Monday - Many Thanks
 Crazy 4 Challenges - Cards of Thanks/Traditional Colors
Just Us Girls - Stripes
The Card Concept -  clean and layered

 How will you be inspired by the Fusion Challenge this week?  By the photo, the sketch, or will you combine the two???!!   Can't wait to see what you link up over at the Fusion Card Challenge blog!
Here are the links to the ever talented Fusion Design Team so you can see their inspired designs:
Julia Aston - me!

Paper:  Vintage Cream Linen Cardstock, Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Orange Zest, Tropical Teal - PTI, DP - Bo Bunny Forever Fall Collection.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Tea Dye
Accessories:  Pumpkin Parts Die - Alterations/Tim Holtz, Button Stacks Set and Counting My Blessings Die set - PTI, Rhinestones - Kaiser.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Loll's Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day Eight

Today I am thrilled to have been asked back again this year to be one of Loll's Guest Designers for her Twelve Tags of Christmas. 
Our tags need to be Mixed Media - Loll has defined mixed media as stamps and ink plus two other elements that add texture and/or dimension.
The inspiration tags by the designers will be showcased from the 4th-15th of November and the linky will remain open until the 22nd November so it gives you plenty of time to enter.
Here is a list of prizes!
Winner - $40 gift certificate from STAMPlorations
Top Three - $20 gift certificate each from STAMPlorations
Random Draw - $20 gift certificate from Happy Little Stampers
Random Draw - One Christmas stamp set from Dee's Artsy Impressions
I used a technique from Tim Holtz to create the background of my tag today.  It's called Layering Stencil Monoprint and you can find it in Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Vol III page 48.  Basically, you rub Distress Ink all over the back of your chosen stencil (I'm using Christmas).  Then you spritz the stencil with water and press it against your surface.  I die cut my tag out of watercolor paper using Tim's Tag and Bookplate die.
When you remove the stencil - you have a negative of the stencil.  Your result will depend on how much ink and how much water you used on the stencil.  It can also vary based on what kind of paper you use - so if you try it -  try it out on different kinds of paper!   I'm happy with my 'partial' stenciling results here.
Then I sponged over the tag with Distress Twisted Citron Ink and sponged the edges with Distress Hickory Smoke Ink.  I also cut out some images from Paperstash/Merriment that I wanted to use on my tag.  I brushed Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the images (not the tag) and let them dry.
To add some texture to my tag,  I used the Harlequin Stencil with Wendy Vecchi Transparent Embossing Paste.  I only stenciled on the left side of the tag.  The paste is white when it goes on - but turns translucent when it's dry.
To add even more texture I poured some Copper Micro Beads over the paste before it dried.
I colored a Jingle Brad and Snowflake with drops of Citrus Adirondack Alcohol Ink, drying them with my heat tool.
I added a sentiment Remnant Rubs/Christmastime to the top corner and looped some wrinkled seam tape through the hole in the tag, also placing the Jingle Brad through the hole. 
I adhered the images from the patterned paper with foam tape, adding Special Delivery from Tim's Festive Ephemera pack.
I adhered the Adornments/Snowflake with a Star Fastener and placed a Big Chat Sticker in the right corner.
Here you can see the translucent stenciling  near my thumb.  It's a subtle texture.

I'm also linking my tag to the following challenges:
Happy Little Stampers
Christmas Challenge - Tag
Happy Little Stampers
Mixed Media Challenge - Tags

Virginia's View -  Add Texture

Please check out Loll's Blog for her tag today as well Lee-Anne's and my own!  You'll also find all the details of the challenge so you can join in as well!!
Paper:  Watercolor paper, DP Paperstash/Merriment - Idea-ology
Ink:  Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Twisted Citron, Hickory Smoke
Accessories:  Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste,  Harlequin and Christmas Stencils - Tim Holtz, Tag die - Alterations, Copper Micro Beads - Finnabair Art Ingredients, Idea-ology Big Chat Stickers, Remnant Rubs/Christmastime, Adornments/Snowflakes, Star Fasteners, Jingle Brads, Festive Ephemera,   Citrus Adirondack Alcohol Ink, Ranger Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint.
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