Thursday, December 14, 2017

Tree o' Cheer

I've wanted to make a Christmas Tree with my glasses die set from Memory Box since I got it some years ago, and I finally did it!
I used a double-sided adhesive sheet to make the silver mirror-like paper a sticker, before die-cutting it with my BigShot. The tiny star (Recollections punch) & toothpick were cut from the same sticker paper. The sentiment ("Heirloom Ornament" clear stamp set by Spellbinders) was heat-embossed in silver. The background patterned paper is pre-glittered. I had lots of fun making this... can you see my slight reflection in the photo‽

Happy Little Stampers Die Challenge: Anything Goes with Dies
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Christmas/Winter
Southern Girls #175: Glitter/Sparkle

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Cocoa Loving Cardmaker

I always have fun hopping & making cards for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers' Winter Blog Hop. This time, I tried my hand at another card featuring a favorite winter beverage, hot cocoa.

I stamped the hot cocoa scene (Imaginisce) onto kraft paper & colored it with colored pencils. I haven't done this in a while, and forgot how much fun it is! I sprayed it with AquaNet hairspray to set the pencils and make the colors pop.

The vertical strip was created with white felt & a die-cut (Pink & Main).
Addicted to Stamps #159: Season's Greetings
Coffee Loving Cardmakers: Winter/Holiday + Coffee/Tea/Cocoa
Try Stamping On Tuesdays #352: Sketch
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Coffee Loving Cardmakers' Winter Blog Hop

It's time for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers' Winter Blog Hop, and I always enjoy playing along.

Today, December 13, is National Hot Cocoa Day, so here's a celebratory card! For the front of the shaker, I used the actual pre-printed packaging that came with the stamp (Imaginisce). I filled the shaker with red star sequins, and red, white & gold microbeads.

I used more of the beautiful papers for the inside. I stamped the hot cocoa onto the message section & colored it with Copic markers.

Coffee Loving Cardmakers: Winter/Holiday + Coffee/Tea/Cocoa
Visions of Sugarplums 2017 Challenge: Christmas/Winter

Update: I was the lucky winner of a GC from ODB at Coffee Loving Cardmakers!

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Nontraditional Holiday Zentangle -- December with the UnstampaBelles

This month at the UnstampaBelles challenge we want you to Zentangle something for a Winter Holiday, with the optional twist of Nontraditional. You can make whatever you like without using any stamps. You need to follow the twist to be considered as the DT Favorite, but you only have to follow main theme to win our prize.

I got really creative with this challenge! I made a Festivus card for my best friend. I used a fairly traditional Zentangle-inspired design for the top line of text, but I used my own doodle for the larger letters.

I created the sentiment with the font Fat Outline by PizzaDude. I doodled/filled int he letters with a fine black pen. For "season" and the black portions of the doodle in "grievances," I used a black stamp marker & heat-embossed it with a shiny black powder. It was time-consuming, but worth it!

I made the "Festivus pole" by heat-embossing a chopstick with silver powder. I used my black pen to draw little lines on the white-and-silver ribbon.

4 Crafty Chicks #380: Monochrome
Crafter's Cafe #186: Embossing Wet or Dry
Fab 'n' Funky #374: All Tied Up

Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teammates the UnstampaBelles this month!

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Time to Shine -- Glow-in-the-dark Shaker

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Lots of Sparkle. I've made plenty of Christmas cards this year, so I made a couple of Hanukkah-inspired cards (see my other card here). I'm so glad I did, because I sold this card along with a card I made in 2015 to a lovely lady who needed two Hanukkah cards. I filled the shaker portion & decorated the corners with glow-in-the-dark glitter.
All the pieces are die-cut. The sentiment is from Verve Stamps.

House That Stamps Built DCC126: Glitter
International Art & Soul Challenge: Lots of Sparkle
Shopping Our Stash #332: I Like To Move It (shaker) + stash item (I've had the glitter glue & glow-in-the-dark glitter for at least 3 years, probably at least 5!)

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