Thursday, December 29, 2011

Faux Tin Sympathy

This card uses a technique called Faux Tin. It works best with an outlined stamp and adds some shine and shimmer to your card. Just dig out your embossing powders and have fun!

Sketch Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 230 ~ Super Sketch Sunday

My Creation

Image Detail
Ins and Outs ~ Faux Tin Sympathy
Stamps: SU Thanks for Caring
Paper: SU CS (Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Whisper White), Vellum
Ink: SU Soft Suede, Versamark
Accessories: Silver Cording, Brads, Embossing Folder, Silver Embossing Powder
Techniques: Faux Tin

Punched Tree

I’ve seen lots of these adorable trees popping up in Blog Land, so I had to give it a try. SO easy and it really adds some oomph to a card. I’ve been waffling about purchasing the SU punch, but I must have been a good girl for guess what I found in my Christmas stocking!

Sketch Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 244 ~Super Sketchy Sunday
I moved the red oval to the center and added an extra 'stripe' to the left.
My Creation
Image Detail

Ins and Outs ~ Punched Tree
Stamps: Stamping Up Pennant Parade
Paper: Stamping Up (Whisper White, Riding Rood Red, Early Espresso, Letters from Santa DSP )
Ink: Stamping Up Early Espresso
Accessories: Stamping Up (Punches: Petite Pennants Builder, ¼” Circle, Itty Bitty Shapes; Ovals Die; Pearls; Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Trifold Snowman Gift Card Holder

This card was quick and easy, and a bit different than the standard card. Plus is has the perfect spot to add a holiday gift card.

Color Inspiration ~ Little Red Wagon Challenge #112
I was inspired by the colors and the Christmas theme.

My Creation
Ins and Outs ~ Tri-fold Snowman Gift Card Holder
Stamps: SU Holiday Tag Time
Paper: SU Whisper White, Real Red, Creamy Caramel
Ink: SU Markers
Accessories: Liquid Applique
Techniques: Gift Card Holder

Soothing Sympathy

I've had this card in my 'to post' folder for awhile. I've been so focused on Christmas cards, I've neglected building up my stash of other occassions. It was fairly quick and simple and I like the monochromatic scheme (something I seldom do).

Sketch Inspiration ~ 365 Cards Day 269 ~ Scraplift Hannah
Use at least 4 elements from card: Paper flower, sentiment, sketch, patterned base
My Creation

Ins and Outs ~ Soothing Sympathy
Stamps: SU Thanks for Caring
Paper: SU
Ink: SU Wild Wasabi
Accessories: SU Eyelet, Ribbon, Punches (Flowers, Decorative Label); Stickles

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thankful Pumpkin Mice

I'm still cleaning off my desk and found another image I started coloring last year. I started playing with it last month for a Thanksgiving card, but since I had an inpromptu road trip my little mice were stranded in the studio. I wanted a few thank you cards on hand for after the holidays and thought they would pair nicely with the Stampabilities sentiment.
Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness Sketch #134
My Creation
Image Details

 I'm always hesitant to use pins on my cards but feel better by tucking the sharp end under a piece of cardstock I can tape down.
Ins and Outs ~ Thankful Pumpkin Mice
Stamps: House Mouse Pumpkin Pie (Stampabilities); Simple Things (Stampabilities Verse)
Paper: SU Whisper White; DCWV Amber Autumn
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics (E19, 30, 31, 33, 35, 41, 43, 44, 47, 57, 59; R00, 11; Y21, 38; YR14, 18; W1, 3); Black Spica
Accessories: Top Note Die, Stick Pin

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Golden Santa

One of my dear crafty friends gave me this template to make Santa. I didn't have a swirly embossing folder for the beard, but found this lovely gold swirled paper in my stash. It was from a wedding invitation kit. The next time I make him I'll use the googly eyes instead of the dew drops. I tried gluing the dew drop on a piece of black paper, but now he looks like he has cataracts or something. Just a 'bit' cloudy. LOL.

365 Cards Day 281 ~ Ad Inspired (I was inspired by the gold flourishes and pulled out the red as a color also)
Paper Pretties Monday Challenge ~ Red White Choice (Gold)
2 Sisters Challenge #70 ~ Kids Christmas Santa is all for the kids.
My Creation
I did a pair of the jolly old elf.
 Here's just one closer up.
Image Detail
See what I mean about the eyes?
Ins and Outs ~ Golden Santa
Stamps: None
Paper: SU Whisper White, BG Two Scoops, Anna Griffin Wedding Invites
Ink: SU Chalk, White Gel Pen
Accessories: Nesties (ovals, snowflakes); gems; clear dew drops large

Silly Christmas Mice

I love House Mouse and Friends stamps and have a LARGE inventory. Sadly I don’t get to play with them that often. I need to find techniques to use them other than full out coloring. As much I as love to color, most of the HM stamps are large and detailed. I can spend hours on coloring before I even think about putting the image on a card! Thankfully there are a few challenges out there that encourage me to use my old supplies. I’ve had this stamp for a few years and even colored the image LAST Christmas, it’s about time I put it on a card. I used digital word art from TLC Creations for the inside verse.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness Sketch #129
Image Detail
I covered the ornament in glossy accents.
Ins and Outs ~ Silly Christmas Mice
Stamps: House Mouse Funny Face (Stampabilities), TLC Digi Verse
Paper: SU Whisper White, TCP and DCWV
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Chalks, Copics (E000, 31; G40; BG000); White Gel Pen; Spicas (Blossom, Pitch Black)
Accessories: Misc Ribbon, Rhinestone Ornaments

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Santa Baby

This card is for the challenge over at One Stop Crafts this week. The DT members are in the Christmas spirit and created Christmas Sparkle projects to inspire you with sweet images from Sassy Studio Designs. I hope you find time amid the holiday frenzy to come play with us.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness Sketch #133

My Creation
Image Detail
My girl is colored with Copics and lots of Spica sparkle added in.
Ins and Outs ~ Santa Baby
Stamps: Sassy Studio Designs Sexy Santa

Paper: Stamping Up (Real Red, Garden Green, Silver Glimmer, Holly Berry Bouquet DSP)
Ink: Laser Printer, Copics (Skin: E50, 21, R20; Hair: E23, 25, 29; Clothes: R22, 24, 29; N3, 5, 9; Misc: B24, R22, G000); Spicas, Clear Star Jelly Roll
Accessories: Stamping Up (Stocking Builder Punch, Bakers Twine, Mini Jingle Bells, Snowburst Embossing Folder, Frame/Oval Scallop Die)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sparkly Snow Family

Hi bloggies! I'm sorry I've been absent from blogland for a few weeks. I just wrapped up a wonderful road trip adventure from MN to Fla to see family and back again. It was an absolutely wonderful trip and over much too quickly. I was able to carve out a bit of time for coloring and putting this card together for the One Stop Craft Challenge. This week we're challenging you to play along with our Let it Snow theme.

Sketch Inspiration ~ Midnight Madness Sketch #132 I rotated the sketch to the left.


Snow: One Stop Craft Challenge #160; By the Cute and Girly Dec Challenge; CCEE Challenge #1148 ~ Snowflakes and Bling; Totally Stampalicious Challenge; Delightful Sketches ChallengeTotally PaperCrafts Challenge #95
Crafty Catz Challenge #111 ~ Colors of Christmas with Sparkle
Digi Doodle Challenge ~ Lots of Sparkle
Inky Impressions Challenge #35 ~Peppermint Twist I have peppermint inspired scarves
Anything Goes: Fab n Funky Challenge #101; Simon Says; Party Time Tuesday #44
Use a Digi: OWH Challenge; Shopping Our Stash Challenge #28 I had this lovely sheet of rhinestone flourishes for months and decided it was finally time to put them on a card.
365 Cards Day 274 ~ Keep it to Yourself (winter theme)
365 Cards Day 277 ~Pick 3 My hubby grabbed a sheet of rhinestone flourishes, a sparkly snowflake, and my Copics
My Creation
Ins and Outs ~ Sparkly Snow Family
Stamps: Digi Doodles A Snowman Family
Paper: SU Whisper White, Basic Grey Wander and Sugar Rush, TPS
Ink: Laser Printer; Copics (R000, 24, 29, 81, 83, 85; B000; YR20, 21, 23, 30; E30, 31, 35, 57; C2, 5, 7; BG0000, 10, 13; G000, 20, 24, 29)
Accessories: Snowflake, Rhinestone Flourishes