Monday, October 24, 2016

time for a christmas tag

Things have been pretty crazy around here - grape harvest, visitors and such. But it's a rainy day and I'm getting a little crafting in today. I was so inspired by Leigh's tag over at Tag It Challenge #58 that I had to give it a go.

I strayed from the fall feel of Leigh's tag, but kept that wonderful white embossing on the colored CS. And a pop of red! Of course I couldn't not add a red nose to my Rudolph from CUTplorations Christmas Reindeer. The snowflakes are from the coordinating stamp set.

I die cut Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle, added a snippet of washi and punched a hole which I threaded baker's twine through. The heat embossed tree and sentiment are from Oh Christmas Tree.

(I actually put a pocket to hold a gift card on the reverse - but forgot to take a photo. Always a good way to get more out of your tags.)

I'm also hooking up at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

STAMPlorations inspiration #101

Time for more STAMPlorations inspiration on the blog today. I was inspired by this card I saw in blogland. Like, I spent a couple hours catching up on blog visiting and commenting, and after all that time that one card was still stuck in my mind.

So I made this.

I chose to use a Bird of Paradise (cut with the coordinating die) as the B/W image and backed him with a repeat-stamped heat embossed sentiment from the same set. After heat embossing, I masked off a rectangle and applied Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass and Twisted Citron Distress Inks. Gave the bird a few colorful feathers and voila!

There's a great array of projects in the Inspiration Post over at STAMPlorations today. Be sure to check them out.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

CUTplorations october - reminder

Have you played with us yet in the CUTplorations die cut challenge over at STAMPlorations?

When I made my first card, I had leftovers. Leftovers don't go to waste at my house ;) So this card happened. I disregarded the dark background and went the way of red-yellow-and-green-things-hanging-in-the-air!

I actually saw the strip of red neon paper that I'd cut the word out of for my first card and it was just too cool to pitch. So I plopped one of the leftover Birthday Word into it and built a card around it. I had die cut the hearts while making my first card too, using up the extra space on the paper strips. They reminded me of the heart balloons from Dee's Balloons and Banners, so I pulled that out and did some stamping and then string drawing with a marker. Added a sentiment from Kathryn's Big Wishes and voila!

Wafting balloons like rays of light floating through the air... does it work? Hope I've inspired you to play along with us. If you already have, thanks! Wanna play again?!?!?

I'm playing at Seize the Birthday with this one - it's Anything Goes this time around.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

spotlight on the journey from inspiration to card

Curious to hear how I make my way from the initial inspiration to a card? Check out my Spotlight post over at STAMPlorations to see how this card came to be...

p.s. Part of the reason this card "works" is cuz our brains have been programmed through experience to, for example, think "zebra" when we see black and white stripes. If you're interested (and can understand German) this is a really cool segment from a really cool neuroscientist.

STAMPlorations inspiration #100 and giveaway

Welcome to the DT's 100th inspiration post for STAMPlorations! Time flies when you're having fun!

Here's my totally CAS card to welcome a sweet new baby. I've used Tweet Love and a sentiment from Heaven Sent.

Tweet Love
Heaven Sent

Simply stamped the elephant onto a white cardbase and rainbow watercolored it with Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks!

Be sure to leave some comments on the inspiration posts today - in celebration of our 100th post Shery will be drawing a random winner to win her choice of one of the 4x6" stamp sets used by the DT in today's inspiration post!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

wcmd at winnie and walter - part 4

Back with my last Winnie and Walter WCMD challenge entries. If you hadn't noticed, I was VERY inspired by the celebration ;) Today I've two cards.

Taheerah's Pick n Mix challenge helped me on the first one - poppy/lawn/black/white/gold; heat embossing; chalkboard; Christmas. I love creating within restrictions. Without them I've been known to make myself crazy pondering the "perfect" stamp set or PP. Even with them, this particular card stumped me after I'd made my chalkboard. Have a look.

I thought of my cousin's DD and her chalkboard art when I made mine. I wanted the "completely-filled-board" look, so pulled out all the little sentiments from Comfort and Joy and heat embossed them onto the black panel cut with Audrey. Then I heat embossed in green the mistletoe from Elsa's Flora and colored the berries with a white paint pen.  And then I was stuck.

I wanted to work the woodgrain star from Comfort and Joy stamped onto red CS, heat embossed red and fussy cut into my design, so I chose wood PP for my cardbase and decided to die cut Friends from the same PP to tie it all together. Applied Versamark to the bottom half of the die cut and heat embossed it gold for some holiday shine.

My second card was inspired by Kelly's call to Stretch your Stamps. This may not be a big stretch, but I like the impact that tree slice from Winter Wonderland has as a psychedelic BG. Minus the psychedelic colors.

I stamped and masked and stamped the tree slice. Heat embossed a sentiment from Comfort and Joy up top. Swiped some Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar onto white CS then stamped the poinsettia and leaves. Stamped the berries and colored them black. Fussy cut everything and arranged them onto a circle die cut from gold embossed polka dot vellum.

Got my colors here.

And am joining the new Flower Challenge where it's Anything Goes. Is a poinsettia actually a flower?!?!?

I'm hooking this one up at Shay's Background Building challenge over at WW too!

Thanks for visiting. If you're not playing yet, you can check out all of the WW challenges here. They're open until Oct 9th.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

wcmd at winnie and walter - part 3

Back with more Winnie and Walter WCMD challenge fun. DS is going to visit my folks. On his own. Should be interesting. It's been a bit stressful making this happen, but let's hope all goes well...

Conveniently, he's going to be there for their 66th wedding anniversary. Dad's turning 90 and Mom 87 soon. They are still managing their house. And looking out for each other. I know we are so lucky as a family that this is the case. And I've come to realize it's only cuz they're such a good team. (Perhaps that's a natural consequence when only daughter moves across the pond). So I had this idea for a card...

Well, I was thinking of oranges and yellows (cuz they dig 'em) and team stripes or a varsity feel. And then I saw the current Freshly Made Sketch. Bingo.

To follow the sketch I die cut a circle from the panel and then die cut "team" from it using Papertrey Headline alpha die. Adhered the dark circle with foam adhesive so the light gray would show through. Die cut the numbers with MFT High Rise die.

Taheerah's Pick n Mix challenge helped me pull it all together - rust/mustard/gray; die cutting; sequins (those two stars are actually gold and rose gold!); masculine. Whew! I even added a Winnie and Walter sentiment on the front and a Congrats die to the inside.

Wanna know something funny? Those paint chips on the front? I was organizing my folks' basement this summer and found those in Dad's "stuff". Rather than into the bin, they came home with me. They say Dutch Boy on the back and judging by the font I bet they're 20 years old!!! Now they're on their way back to MI!

Probably not exactly what the gals at Stempelkueche were thinking with their "Fall" challenge, but IRL this card has a fall feel with those rust and gold tones so I'm hooking up!

Thanks for looking. If you're not playing yet, you can check out all of the WW challenges here.

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