Christmas Delivery

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I have two more Christmas cards to share with you today! I am getting excited for the Christmas holidays. I love the time with my family, and the laid back calendar, but I have several things to tackle between now and the 20th for that to happen… don’t we all? :)

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This cute stamp is one I’ve loved from Verve for several years. Such a cute image to color! I used colors from my favorite custom Copic set (you can see the color list here!) to color my reindeer and then cut my pieces with Taylored Expressions Build-a-Tag 4.

When I had my general layout done, I added some pizazz with XPress It Deco Green Glitter Tape.  I really like using this tape for a few reasons: 1) It sticks… sounds crazy, but some don’t, and I’ve had good luck with this! 2) It is easy to apply, it doesn’t wrinkle or stick so tight to anything other than your paper – the application is smooth and bubble free. 3) It is smooth to the touch. You’d think with the shimmer and shine this has that the feel would be chunky and scratchy – it’s super smooth. 4) It is super easy to lay rows of the thinner tape next to each other without visible seams – this is two pieces of the green glitter tape side-by-side.

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This next card is one that I started at my stamping retreat in October…The design was a swap from the uber-talented Tracy McNeeley I stamped the elements at our retreat and then came home to finish assembly. The poinsettias are from Birch Press. Stamped and then die cut… These were super easy for me to line up – and with my MISTI, I was able to make several flowers without any trouble. The die cut flower pieces are popped up for dimension with XPress-It Double Sided Foam Tape.

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I have accented the left side of my card with silver Deco Glitter Tape from XPress-It. This comes in a wide 1″ roll, and I LOVE it! It has the same features that I like about the skinnier tapes, but it cuts like butter – even with scissor. I trimmed the far left edge of this glitter tape with scissor after applying to my card front. Nice, clean and straight cut… So easy…

I’m off to the phone store. Both of my girls needed new phones so I can reach them when I want to talk to them. So, in the spirit of nothing is ever fair, I got an upgrade and we played the hand-me-down phone swap-a-roo.  I detest the phone store, so if I’m not back in a day or two… give me a shout. Make sure I survived!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sparkly Christmas Tree Tags

 

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I’ve started making my Christmas tags… even when I do not take time to stamp all of my Christmas cards, I like to make a lot of tags. I keep my wrapping fairly simple with solid or minimal pattern papers and add a hand stamped tag!

At a stamping retreat in October, I received the Take a Bough bundle from Concord & 9th as a door prize! (Thanks Greg and Angie!) Loved all of the elements to the set! I’m planning to have my girls help me make some of the dimensional trees, but today, I used the O Christmas Tree stamps for making a few cards!

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I stamped my trees with waterbased green inks for the tree branches and used Tsukineko Espresso Truffle on the trunks. The bases are colored with Copic Markers (E31/E33) and then the branches are accented with Clear and Green atyouSpica Glitter Pen. I love the shimmer that the glitter pens add without any bulk or thickness to my project! The sentiment is embossed with Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder.  I love that this gold isn’t so brassy…

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The Spica glitter pens come in 24 different colors, and they are available in multiple set options or as individual pens. The micro-glass flakes in atyouSpica glitter pens are more reflective and brilliant than the glass beads typically used other glitter pen brands.

The pens are archival, non-toxic, acid-free, no-clog nib and pigment-based. I use them most often, just like I did on these tags, layered over color for extra shine. My stamping ink held tight with no running or smearing!

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One other way I love to use these pens is in my calendar. I don’t do a lot of fancy work in my day-to-day planner, but I still love paper and I like it colorful. The Spica Pens add a little bit of shimmer without bleeding through to the backside of my pages. You should be able to click and enlarge the photo. :)

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So that’s three tags down… About 2 dozen more to go! I do love Christmas crafting, and while I promise myself I’m going to do a little bit here and there through the year, I just can’t get into swing until the holidays actually roll around! I hope you are finding time to get crafty! See you soon!

Deck the Halls in Lavender

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Today I am sharing one of my last few cards for the SCS Falliday Fest! This was for Lydia’s challenge to create Melted Snow – watercolor and salt background! Also showing you a fun new product from Copic, the Lavender Multiliner. How fun!

We have had a Salted Backgroung tutorial in the Splitcoaststampers library for years, and trying the technique was an assignment for me in a recent watercolor class that I participated in, as well. Way past time that I tried it! It was easy, and I love how it turned out!

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I used Winsor Newton Cotman Watercolors – Purple Lake and Manganese Blue. I painted both on watercolor cardstock, leaving a bit of excess water on the surface and then sprinkled liberally with coarse sea salt. Allow the cardstock to dry and the salt will absorb and shift the color around on your paper. You can use a heat tool to speed this process up, but I’m a fan of allowing for natural dry time when I can!

I had been so wrapped up in the technique, I decided to follow Lydia’s inspiration and go the Christmas ornament route. I cut my bulbs from a retired die set from Taylored Expressions.

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I “hung” my ornaments with string I drew in with a new Lavender Copic Multiliner. They arrived a few weeks ago, and I love the rich purple color.  As you would expect with a Multiliner, the ink from these pens will hold tight with Copic and water when they are dry on the paper.

IMG_1803Here, I’ve just dropped a few lines of string in to hold my ornaments. You could totally free-hand the lines of the ornaments, but here, I wanted crisp, straight lines for the string, so I’ve used a small clear ruler from Aristo. I keep two of these in my stash. Love that I can tuck them into a pencil pouch and that they are clear to see my work underneath. lavender set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lavender Multiliners for drawing, sketching and coloring over are available in four tip sizes: 0.03, 0.05, 0.1, 0.3, & 0.5mm. Pen sizes are embossed on the caps for durability. Available as single pen purchases and in this set of four.

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I wanted texture to my white layer, and I also did not want to add a sentiment tag. So, the Deck the Halls sentiment (retired MFT) was stamped in Grape Jelly ink (Taylored Expressions) and then my panel as run through the Big Shot between the Dotted Lattice folder. I love how it embossed right over the top of the sentiment without distorting the words.

I added the bulbs with XPress It Foam Tape to my white panel.The glittery frame (glitter paper from Stampin’ Up! – a gift from Lydia!) is from the Taylored Expressions die set – Frame in Frame 2.

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I appreciate you stopping by… I know it’s Halloween, but it will be time to Deck the Halls before you know it! Have a great day!

Krafty Christmas and Gift Guide

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This might be my favorite challenge of the Falliday Fest at Splitcoaststampers from our Artist in Residence, Dina Kowal. The challenge was to make a gingerbread themed card using kraft cardstock and white embossing!

This stamp set is called Sweet Christmas – Sunny Day Doodle line from MFT. I’m sure it’s retired, and I can’t part with it, though I can’t remember using it before. I love how this turned out! Easily duplicatable with a MISTI for mass production. Well — thinking about it, I did fussy cut the gingerbread man. Hire a child for that part!

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These tags were for Jacqueline’s Falliday Fest challenge – Monogram It! A snowflake stamp and the Flourished Tag Die set from Verve paired up with Sophisticated Script from Concord & 9th made quick work of that challenge! The doily background die is retired from MFT. (I can’t find the packaging and don’t know the name – it is in a set of 4 small doily dies.) I’m going to have the girls help me mass produce these for our family Christmas. Red for the guys and green for girls!

Still a few days left to join the Falliday Fun and play some of the challenges. We do have lots of great prizes up for grabs from our sponsors. We tried something fun and functional this fall and put together our first ever Holiday Gift Guide at Splitcoast – it’s full of special offers and great ideas for holiday shopping for everyone on your list – especially YOU! Take a peek:

SPLITCOASTSTAMPERS HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE! 

I’m off to the final marching band competition of the fall season today! My girl sure loves being on the Color Guard, but I’m looking forward to a few Saturdays at home before the busyness of the holidays hits!

Have a beautiful Saturday!

Comfort & Joy

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Another Falliday Fest card to share with you… this idea came from Holly Brown and the challenge was to add holly and berries to your card. I am loving the Christmas projects that this set of challenges encouraged me to think about and execute! I didn’t get any mass production done for Christmas, but I have a LOT of fun ideas that I can pull together quickly now! Love that!

I loosely watercolored the blue and green background and cut with a tag die. Next, I cut the holly and berries from watercolor paper and painted loosely. This is a fun way to watercolor and not have to mess with sticky details!

The  holly die and the cute tag die are from Reverse Confetti, and this was so easy to make that I’m thinking of going into mass production for a handmade Craig Christmas card for the first time in too many years! The holly leaves are scored for easy creasing and dimension and the berries have two layers so you can easily add the highlight and a little depth! Details! Details!

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The sentiment is from an Avery Elle set called Comfort and Joy! It embossed beautifully with a new embossing powder – Princess Gold from Ranger.  (You can also find it at Michaels!) When you emboss over watercolor, make sure that the watercolor is 120% dry (totally dry!) or you will have an embossing powder mess on your hands! (Ask me how I know!) I’d be extra careful and use an embossing static removal tool – I have lost mine, so while I was at this retreat, I (accidentally permanently, it seems because it came home with me) borrowed one from Jill Hawkins. (Sorry, Jill! I will think of you fondly every time I use it until we meet again!) 

Thanks for stopping by today… I’m fortunate to be pulling together some month end projects and crafting away. Happy Friday!

No Tricks, Just Treats – and great Copic inspiration

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Last week I was really blessed by spending time at a retreat of paper crafters! This *adorable* Copic colored card was designed and shared as a swap with our group by the beautiful Linda Nomura. Is this a winning clean-and-simple design, or WHAT?

I’d met Linda several times in my Copic classes in the Southern California area. She is such a doll, and I’m glad she made the trip to Kansas to get crafty with me! And, I adore her card with the cute Happy Howloween Lawn Fawn images! 
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Visit Copic HERE and start receiving their inspirational goodness. You might even see fun stuff from yours truly! 😉

Have a GREAT day! 

Palette Blending with Copic Marker

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I put together a short palette blending tutorial and video for the Splitcoaststampers newsletter this week! Such a great technique for extending color range where you may be missing some colors or for blending two complimentary colors together!

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My image is from the Power Poppy set called Prairie Cheer… It a gorgeous set with beautiful flowers and WHEAT! Swoon. You can see the step-by-step coloring process in my tutorial video.

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And, if you like great tutorials, we publish a new tutorial every Wednesday at Splitcoastampers. Use this link and sign up in the upper right hand corner box, I promise we’ll never spam or sell you! :)

I’m painting today…and not the fun watercolor kind… touching up trim and walls. Good times…said no one ever. But, I will be so happy when it’s done!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a colorful day!

Hard Candy Christmas

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I am hosting my second Falliday Fest challenge today at Splitcoast! It’s called Hard Candy Christmas! You can find the details and the backstory here in the forum!

My card was made by stamping the snowflakes with clear embossing ink and clear embossing powder. Next I embossed the sentiment  (retired CHF sentiment set) with Ranger Princess Gold (I LOVE THIS EMBOSSING POWDER!) Then I sponged cantelope and strawberry colored inks over the white cardstock for a resist on the snowflakes. The scalloped notecard is a diecut from Papertrey Ink.

There is still a week left to make and share cards in the Splitcoast gallery for the Falliday Fest. We have thousands of dollars of amazing prizes up for grabs, so I hope you find a few minutes to check it out! Have a beautiful Saturday! Get crafty!

 

Falliday Feathers

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I wanted to share two cards I’ve made for the Falliday Fest at Splitcoaststampers! We’ve partnered with some amazing sponsors for a fun event for October! Still plenty of month left to join us for challenges and inspiration, wonderful card-drive opportunities and prizes!

This was a card that I made for Dina Kowal’s Masquerade challenge. This was a new idea to me, and it was so fun…and easy. I’m definitely going to be trying this technique again! My sentiment came from the Autumn Splendor set from Verve, and the feathers are a die-cut from MFT.

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This fun card was for Lydia’s challenge, Start Spreading the News! I used the Give Thanks stamp and die set from Concord and 9th for this one. Love the clean look here. I tied to keep it clean and simple. That is something about Lydia’s style that I really admire: clean and classy!  The woodgrain is an embossing folder from Taylored Expressions.

I’m off to a marching band competition this weekend, but plenty of cards to share in the next few days! Hope you squeeze some crafty into your weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

 

Holiday Wishes

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I am just home from an amazing crafty weekend where I had the opportunity to create a LOT of cards for the Falliday Fest at Splitcoast! I’ll be sharing over the next few days, but I couldn’t wait to share this one for Teresa Kline’s AWESOME challenge for today.

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I hope you find time to join us for Falliday Fest – we have some amazing sponsors and great gifts up for grabs! Still plenty of time to create and win this month!

This was created with Merry & Bright bulbs from Reverse Confetti. I *LOVE* their style of these word/image stamps. (I see several in my near future!) I paired it with this awesome sentiment from Avery Elle called Comfort & Joy. The sentiment and the bulb metal are embossed with Princess Gold Embossing Powder from Ranger. The ink colors are Mint, Crumb Cake and Blushing Bride from Stampin’ Up. Paper is Curious Iridescent Shimmery White and Kraft. Scalloped Layer die is from Mama Elephant.

I hope you find time to

Happy Sunday!

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