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O Night Divine

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Christmas stash building continues… A few weeks ago I was working on the Shaker Card tutorial video, and fell in love with this little die set from Top Dog Dies. Unfortunately, they are going out of business and this is no longer available, but I loved the concept. The deer, trees, main panel and fancy decorative layer are all one die. LOVE.

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These are the last of the watercolor panels I made a while back. With light blues, aquas and light greens, they were the perfect backdrop for this little winter scene. The trees were cut from green and splattered with Dr. Martin’s Hydrous Titanium White Watercolor. Love the stuff because it’s extremely fluid and truly opaque. The sentiment is from the set Sing of the King from Taylored Expressions.

Thanks for stopping by today! See you soon.

What a Wonderful World


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Super short share today … I attended my daughter’s middle school choir and instrumental music Christmas concert last night… It was so, so good. And, in the midst of a lot of holiday busy-ness and day-to-day chaos it was a wonderful reminder that through it all and still … “What a Wonderful World!” (sentiment from Serendipity Stamps) Keep telling yourself that!

The main sentiment circle was a lonely castoff from another project. Love using these little watercolor panels – basically watercolor cardstock dipped into waterbased reinkers and dried. Super easy way to add variegated color punches to your projects. The dies are all from Taylored Expressions.

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Have a beautiful day!

 

 

Joy and Cheer

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Still working on Christmas cards for this year. Determined to get them out *early*… define early? I made several of this theme from a cute snowman from Our Craft Lounge (remember their cute stamps?). There were colored with Copic and were quick work with patterned paper from Simple Stories.

Warmest-Wishes I paired a few designs with a Lisa Johnson’s Designs set, Snowflake Splendor. Beautiful, easy-to-use snowflakes and coordinating dies.

I have several friends with December birthdays, so I loved this sentiment. This card is actually for my brother who turns a significant milestone in a few days. :)

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Coloring white is something we tackle in several different Copic classes, especially our Standard Certification. Of course it’s discussed and demo’d with Copic, but like most of the principles in our Copic classes, they are certainly applicable to any color medium of choice. I’m actually teaching several sets of certification classes next year, they are still our most requested classes. The trick with coloring white is to focus on subtle shading and not to over do it! Love this die from Scor-Pal – it’s a great little framing die with the dotted pointy top!

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How cute is this Sweater Weather cutting plate from Taylored Expressions? So sweet and easy!

Wrapping up the holiday to-do list today… Deciding who has been naughty enough that I can cross some items off of my ‘to-shop-for” list… totally kidding! It has been a year of special time together and blessing, so truly are focusing more on that as a family this year…

One more day of cards to show tomorrow – dare I say, I saved the best for last of this series… Have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!

You Can Make Beautiful Things

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In the midst of getting ready for Christmas, I’ve been trying to finish coloring and card creating with a few images that have been on my desk for a while…Polly want a cracker?

Getting my card stash built up for the new year and prepping samples for my next Copic workshop classes NEXT MONTH in sunny, warm, Southern California! YAY!

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I hope Santa might have a colorful outlook on your new year and that you might be able to join Debbie or I in Anaheim for either our certification or workshop classes or with a gift certificate, you could choose any of our 2016 locations. Always a ton of fun!

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This cutie is an example of one type of coloring that we tackle in our workshops… faces and hair from simple, like this Pure Innocence from MFT, or more complexed with layers and layers of curly hair or structured facial features. Different types of pleating would be something covered in our Clothing and Accessories class. Always fun to see the progression of our students.

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This is a Saturated Canary image that I colored and shared just a few weeks ago, I loved this sentiment from an Stampin’ Up! My Paper Pumpkin kit that a friend gifted me, and thought it was so appropriate for any number of friends!

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This would be an example of a more complexed image style that we would color in the Faces and Hair workshop. The digitals are nice because you can size them specifically for your own project. Resizing to something larger than your normal is a great way to stretch your comfort zone and learn shading with more color options.

After Christmas decor during our ice storm last weekend, we are in full swing house cleaning mode to prep for some holiday get-togethers. And, by *we* I really mean me, and that I have lists for everyone in the house! It’s going to be a super, fun weekend at the Craig house! I can’t wait for the teenage eyerolling to commence.

Whether you are coloring, shopping, baking or cleaning… I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Season’s Greetings & Precision Two-Step Stamping


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Much of the midwest was iced in over the Thanksgiving holiday, and I had quite a bit of time to bust out a beautiful new My Monthly Hero  from Hero Arts of poinsettias and create some Christmas cards.

I send a photo card to the majority of my list because they are friends and family who live in other parts of the country, and I really enjoy watching far away family of friends grow through the years, so I feel like they enjoy that, as well. I do, however, try to get a large handful of handcrafted cards created for a few local and my papercrafting friends. Sometimes I send the same person both! :)

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As much as I love the look of two-step stamping, I’ve shied away since unmounted or clear stamps became more popular because I had a tendency to mess it up, even with clear stamps and even with my long-haul friend, the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  BUT, I think I’ve mentioned that I bought a MISTI (angels are singing everywhere in stamp land!) a while back, and I really can’t convey what a treat it is to do precision stamping again, especially mass production!

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If you are unfamiliar, you can read all about the MISTI here in a Splitcoast Product Review or catch a bunch of YouTube video tutorials organized and catalogued here in their Splitcoast forum. The nuts and bolts is setting up your image, two-step process or sentiment once time and creating any number of beautiful stamped images with the same placement on each and every card.

Above I locked my white cardstock into a set corner position in the MISTI, stamped the full floral blossom on white cardstock, and then laid the uninked 2nd step stamp on top of that bloom. Then, close the lid of the MISTI to pick up the stamp, open the lid and ink the 2nd step and close to impress over the first blossom… all while the white cardstock stays tucked into the corner of the tool for precise placement. These poinsettias from Hero Arts are actually three-step stamping… the easy way with the MISTI.

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XpressIt GlueThey say the beauty is in the details, and here are two tips for a little extra easy flair!

First, I added glitter to the center of my poinsettia blossoms with an easy application XPress It Fine Glue Pen from Imagination International.  I like the ink-pen sized nib because it let me put glue right where I wanted in the center of each poinsettia. Here you see the size of the tip in comparison to the smallest poinsettia stamp. The glue pens are available in three different sized nibs (pen tip, marker and wide). They seem super affordable, especially considering the amount of glue that they each hold.

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Second, the gold edging on the white panel was super simple. I used a the same rectangle die that I used to cut my main panel and the Kirarina Wink pen in Metallic Gold. I simply traced around the inside edge of the die and used a straight edge for the outer metallic ring. Clean and easy to use, no drips or mess. Just the right amount of polish.

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I’ll be back with more Christmas card ideas tomorrow!

Have a beautiful Thursday!

Abundant Blessings

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The holidays. In just a few short days we’ll be into them full swing. I’m determined to spend some time with my family this week reflecting on abundant blessings that have been ours this year. Our family has weathered some difficulty this year, so I think that it’s important to remember, reflect and appreciate.

I wish I had time this weekend to make and share a few dozen of these turkey cards. I just love him…I colored this one up this morning with Copic Marker, and I’m sticking it in the mail as soon as I hit publish on this post.

Mr. Turkey and the sentiment are from the Verve Stamps set Bountiful Blessings. The label die was a gift with purchase from Sizzix, so I’m not sure of the name. The little flag dies are retired MFT.

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While the 2015 Copic teaching schedule is totally and completely finished, there are CHA classes open for enrollment. I’ll be teaching some fun ones: Faces and Hair, Clothing and Accessories and Vintage Values and Monotones. We’ll also be offering both certification classes and a brand new FLOWERS class! Can’t wait to see what people think about that class. It’s been such a popular request over the past year or so! You can find all of the current class information HERE.

I’m off to mail my card and run into town for a few errands, then tonight my little family will enjoy a dinner, just the four of us and reflect on our abundant blessings. Happy Thanksgiving!

No Dry Time Easy Christmas Canvas

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Twice a month I have the pleasure of participating in a mom’s program at my church, and once a month I plan a quick craft that the 20ish of us can share together. Today we made these 6″ x 8″ Christmas canvas decor pieces. It was fast, super simple and a real hit with my moms!

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The thing that will take the longest is finding a silhouette image, and that’s fast and simple with a google search. Here I used a popular deer head design, and I say this part takes the longest because you will find a lot of fun ideas to try! I wish I had taken a photo of all of the finished canvas this morning because I had turkeys, a pilgrim head silhouette and a Christmas star to choose from. But, I didn’t. :(

There are a lot tutorials for this on the internet with different cutting and adhesive techniques for this canvas, but I wanted to focus on something my group could do together without a lot of expensive supplies. I also wanted the ladies to be able to take their craft home today without any glue drying time! Adhesive sheets from Imagination International worked GREAT!

So, for my rendition the complete supply list:

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Unfortunately for this project, my laser printer  heat sets my ink, so I was not able to print directly on my adhesive sheets. The upside is that I wanted each mom to choose her own design, and having the images printed first on copy paper was a much more economical option. Cut out your desired image from the copy paper and trace onto the back of the adhesive sheet. The slick surface of the sheets won’t take ballpoint, felt tip or alcohol (Copic or Sharpie) very well, so we just used a ballpoint and applied pressure to trace a faint impression of our image. Worked just fine.

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Trim the silhouette image from the adhesive sheet. Yes, you are trimming twice. You could save some time with an electronic cutter and appropriate files, but again, I needed easy and portability to do this away from my home.

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Position the cut out adhesive on your canvas for proper placement.

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Peel the labeled backing and apply the adhesive silhouette shape to the canvas. I found it easiest to work from one end and gently pull the backing away, sticking to the canvas as I go. This is pretty sticky, and unless your shape is really small, you won’t be successful with a complete peel and stick method.

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Next, I put a piece of copy paper over the stuck image and rub gently over the design, making sure that I get the adhesive edges sealed really well to the surface of the canvas.

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Then, pull the protective backing from the canvas, exposing the sticky surface of your cut shape.

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Sprinkle with glitter. If you are doing this with a group, I cannot over emphasize the instruction “a little goes a long way”… :)

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Tip: A small brush or sliver of paper to shift the glitter around will help you see where you might still need to cover exposed adhesive.

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Use your plain piece of copy paper to burnish again, pressing the glitter into the adhesive design.

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Tap the canvas on a piece of copy paper to catch excess glitter and clean off the non-sticky surface area. Right after this I sent everyone outside to give the backside of her canvas a good tap to shake off any glitter remnants. Tip: a little piece of contact paper or tape rolled around your hand backwards works great to pick up stray glitter pieces!

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Cute glitter and canvas decor for your mantle, bookshelf or a gift.

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Twenty ladies made these start to finish in about 20 minutes this morning! So quick and easy. If you make any of these canvas, let me know. I’d love to see a picture when you are finished!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Deer Tag and Blaze Orange

 


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I was out of town over the weekend teaching my last set of Copic classes until after the New Year, but I wanted to share this card that I created this card for Dina’s final challenge of Hope You Can Cling To! It’s a layout that I’ve done before, but I had fun adding the hunter’s orange to the background. It’s deer season here, and everyone has his or her tags.  We are ready! (The deer stamp is Stampin’ Up! and the tag is Designer Mini Tags from Taylored Expressions.)

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And my final card to share with you for Hope You Can Cling To was for my own challenge, and I wanted folks to incorporate roses. I used Rose Builder stencil from My Favorite Things and the Copic Airbrush System.

The airbrush is easy to use, and I love it with stencils. For this stencil, I use post-it notes to mask off the sections of the stencil that I don’t want to you and to protect around the edges of the stencil for overspray. These roses are large enough that you can concentrate ink in the center of your flower for depth! Easy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peaceful Scene in a Shaker

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I tried something new this week and created a Die Cut Shaker card for the Splitcoaststampers tutorial. We love to accompany those tutorials with a video, so it was I who braved the camera for this one. It was actually super easy to create, and I’m planning to make several more for Christmas package tags.

The snow splatters on the trees were created with Dr. Martins Hydrus Titanium White Watercolor – I love how easy this is to use. The sequin mix is so fun. It was new last week from Verve, and it’s called Frosted Snowfall – it comes with those little flakes! So cute!

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This is my finished sample for the video. (I hope my hair looked ok!)

The dies that I used are Pocket Page Winter Dies and Polar Bear Dies from Top Dog Dies. So fun… I think I covered all of the how-to in the video, so I’ll keep the babble short today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Good Work in You

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Finally Friday, and welcome to Verve’s October Release Retrospective! ! You may have arrived from Rosemary‘s blog. Welcome!

I am super excited to share two cards with you using the Good Work set before I shut it down for the weekend! :) I have something you’ll be excited about, as well!

Would you like to win some shiny new Verve? Julee will be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift voucher to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs listed at the bottom of this post to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about the new products (all with a 20% discount!) and all the prize info and deadlines!

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About my cards… I mentioned earlier in the week how much I love that most of Verve’s sentiments can stand alone as a focal point? Here I’ve paired this sentiment from the set Good Work with a few simple embellishments. The feathers were cut from the packing tissue paper that always comes wrapped around a Verve order. It’s such a pretty Tiffany Blue with silver sparkles right in the paper. {love} The sequins around my oval sentiment panel are from a new little Verve sequin mix called Frosted Snowfall. Seriously cute with the little shiny snowflakes!

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My second card to share with you today features adorable flowers from the Good Work set. I’ve stamped them with my MISTI using grape, Marina Mist, Pool Party and Lost Lagoon ink on a panel cut with a retired Verve die, Notebook Paper.

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The flowers stamp so pretty! I love the detail work to them that looks beautiful stamped and colored or, as I’ve done here, simply stamped in a variety of different colors of ink. I used the Frosted Snowfall sequins again. So sparkly… I tried to get up close and personal so you could see the shimmer.

Thanks so much for hopping by today… I’ve loved participating in the Verve release with all of the Divas this week! (Hoping to stamp some more this weekend!) And, I can’t wait to see the other designers cards with these beauties. Don’t forget to comment on each of these blogs for your chance to win the $50 Verve Voucher.

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee 8. Amber
2. Teresa 9. Andrea
3. Charmaine 10. Laurie
4. Marisa 11. Christyne
5. Amy {Guest} 12. Rosemary {Guest}
6. KellyJean {Guest) 13. Lori {Guest)
7. Maureen

Don’t forget that I also have that fun $30 Verve Voucher up for grabs on my Monday Verve blog post. Comment on this post before Sunday evening for another chance to win!

One last thing! Remember that Hope You Can Cling To cancer awareness campaign is still going strong at Splitcoast. There are a lot of prizes to be given away in the next few weeks (including four fabulous Verve prizes!)  I hope you have time to check it out and join us for the fun!

I think that about covers it! Thank you so much for dropping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

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