Tuesday, November 21, 2017

STAMPlorations inspiration #153

Welcome back! Time for another Tuesday inspiration from the STAMPlorations inspiration team where the team members feature stamps from one of our talented stamp designers.

Today we're using Dee's Artsy Impressions stamps. If you haven't seen, there's a huge sale in the shop this week, 40% off most products, including those I used today.

As you may recall, this month I'm inspired by a paper collection from Pinkfresh...

more specifically these pine branches...

Branches, birds, berries. Check. I heat embossed white and red for texture and added a silly bird atop my sentiment from Oh Christmas Tree (retired).

For a different way to use this branch stamp check out  this post ...

You could win yourself a $10 GC to the store by leaving a comment on the November inspiration posts. Check out today's post here. Glad you stopped by :)

ellen hutson pinsights inspires me

I love it when a card comes together easily. Good product has a lot to do with it. And good inspiration photos really help me personally. Like this latest Ellen Hutson Pinsights challenge ...

I believe this is another set of Pantone colors for 2017 and these speak to me. Over the years I've discovered that I am more of an off-tone person if that makes any sense. There are the color wheel primary colors, and their mixes. And then there are those that have a touch of gray or brown or I don't know what. And those are the tones that end up appealing to me.

Well, these tones spoke to me. And immediately reminded me of the Adirondack ink Earthtones...

And then I saw that pillow with the pheasant. And that string of gourds above him. And a light went off, Gordjus. I love that set of dies - so perfect.

Thankful and Tis the Season stamp sets, Gordjus die

Did you know that the EH store is celebrating its 11th birthday?!? Way to go, Ellen! Glad to have supported you over the years ;) And in honor of the birthday bash going on we are invited to make a project using our favorite EH product. Don't have to ask me twice. So this card is going over to EH.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Thanksgiving week.

christmas card set - marbleized diemond pine trees

We were talking trends (like gnomes) yesterday, right? Well I don't know if marble is still as hot as it once was, but I had a rambo marbleizing session a while back. And recently saw some wonderful examples from Andrea M. You must check out her gorgeous creations. So I grabbed one of my pieces and made some very non-traditional and easy peasy cards for today's Christmas-card-set-as-neighbor-gift.

I used Diemond Dies Pine Tree and Simon Says Stamp Holiday Shapes Hearts Stars dies and sentiments from Simon Says Stamp Fa La La. Extremely hard to photograph. Sorry.

I picked up on the little touches of pink in some spots on the marbled glossy cardstock, so stamped two sentiments in neon pink!

I'm joining these challenges:
The 12 Months of Christmas Linkup - Star Struck
Naughty or Nice - Wintery Scene
Sparkles Monthy Challenge - White Christmas
Noor Design - Winter
HLS November CAS Challenge

Monday, November 20, 2017

CUTplorations november - reminder

image source: livingathome

Popping in with a reminder about the November die cutting CUTplorations challenge over at STAMPlorations. I've another purple project for you today.

To create a whimsical feel, I stamped a circle from Layered Snowmen randomly on a piece of purple CS with purple ink. Die cut Blessings from the same CS and inked the edges. Stamped two feathers with Feathery and die cut them with Feathery dies. I applied Versamark around their edges and heat embosssed them with a glittery powder.

The embossed red snippet (using Celebrate which will be retiring soon but is a great little set you can pick up for $3.50) is a nod to the berries in the photo. The gray cotton twine reflects the textile aspect of the inspiration photo.

Have you joined us yet? Check out more inspiration from the DT and the CUTplorations November gallery here. Look forward to seeing you there. Thanks for coming by my blog today.

I'm joining the Circles topping fun over at Seize the Birthday and Addicted to Stamps cuz I've used more than one stamp (three in fact).

waste not, want not for color throwdown

Real quick. I have a Spotlight project up tomorrow at STAMPlorations and used the Color Throwdown colors for it. But the challenge closes today. Argh.

So I'm rushing in here to at least hook up a card I made from my project's leftovers. This time it was good ink still left on stamps after stamping on vellum. You know the problem ...

So I stamped on white CS and heat embossed a typografia sentiment. Added three silver sequins and voila! Actually, the feathers kinda look like pine cones too, don't they?

christmas card set - artemio gnomes

OK. It's back to good ole' one-layer stamped cards for today's Christmas-card-set-as-neighbor-gift. With an age old stamp set from Artemio. But I'm calling a return of the gnome trend. Probably riding a unicorn!

I grabbed my Altenew ink cubes and the stamps and let the set inspire me.

Number one.

Artemio Garden Gnome, Klartext Frohe Weihnachten

Number two. Gnome meets 'shrooms. In purple and blue (the new black while we're talking trends).

Number three. In more Christmas-y colors.

Number four. Non-traditional colors again. And two cute gnomes.

Artemio Garden Gnome, Klartext Frohe Weihnachten

Number five. A little heavy on the black to be traditional perhaps, but I likey the best.

Artemio Garden Gnome, Klartext Frohe Weihnachten

Glad you're still coming by. I'm not quite done yet...

Taking these little guys to these challenges:
The 12 Months of Christmas Linkup - Star Struck
Sweet Stampers - Christmas
Bastel Traum - Christmas, Winter, Stardust
Addicted to Stamps and More - Holiday
HLS November CAS Challenge

Sunday, November 19, 2017

christmas card set - winnie walter and poppystamps

OK. Ready for more cute little animals? Here's another Christmas-card-set-as-neighbor-gift. I revisited this card design using the same Winnie and Walter birdie and some cute Poppystamps deer and watercoloring with Zig Clean Color Brushes.

Card one.

Winnie Walter So Tweet, MFT Radial Stitched Circle , Klartext Frohe Weihnachten

Card two.

Winnie Walter So Tweet, MFT Radial Stitched Circle , Klartext Frohe Weihnachten

Card three. With some WOS on that sweetie's scarf.

Card four.

  Poppystamps Holiday HooplaMFT Radial Stitched Circle,
Create a Smile Schoene Bescherung

And five.

Poppystamps Holiday HooplaMFT Radial Stitched Circle,
Create a Smile Schoene Bescherung

See that sparkle on the glitter cardstock and his scarf. And the bit of texture from the white dots on his fur.

Are you  a cute or traditional Christmas card kinda person?

I'm taking this card to these challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - #359 Reindeer
The Merry Christmas Challenge - #43 AG with animal option
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Furry Friends
Poppystamps - Faerie Kingdom (glitter)
7 Hills Crafts - November Christmas Color
CAS Mix Up - Holiday
HLS Anything Goes with Dies - November challenge

Thanks for looking today! Tomorrow I've one-layer gnome cards for ya!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

christmas card set - flora and fauna

OK. Ready for fauna and a little flora? And gobs of whimsy? Here's my favorite Christmas-card-set-as-neighbor-gift. (The decorated envie flaps help too I suppose... ) I pulled out my Flora and Fauna arsenal of stamps and my Altenew ink cubes and this happened.

Without further ado... here's numero uno.

Numero dos. With only one doe (tee hee hee). And heat embossed snow (tee hee hee, that you can barely see)  OK I'll stop.

Numero tres. With some subtle gold dots up top.

Numero quatro.

And numero cinco, definitely not for mass production, but fun to create. Once again I went for the stamping-around-masked-shape design. As long as you fill in most of the edge of the shape, your brain does the rest and "sees" the shape for you. Love how the triangle shapes mimic the shape of evergreens. Just a touch of gold embossing on the little ovals. And that little deer ..... aaahhhhh.

Have a favorite?

I'm headed over to these challenges:
Sweet Stampers - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - #359 Reindeer
The Merry Christmas Challenge - #43 AG with animal option
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Furry Friends
7 Hills Crafts - November Christmas Color
Merry Monday - Outdoor Activities
 HLS CAS Challenge - Christmas
Addicted to Stamps and More - Holiday

Thanks for visiting today! See ya tomorrow for another set... Have a great day.

Friday, November 17, 2017

christmas card set - simon says fa la la

So this next Christmas-card-set as-neighbor-gifts came about because as I was playing with the Fa La La die and stamp setfrom the Making Spirits Bright release, that I was fortunate to receive from Simon Says Stamp, I noticed the really cool secondary sentiments in the stamp set.

And I've always loved the SSS word dies with the die for the outline too. So I opted to create different "feels" again with this set -  musical (cuz how could I not with that song stuck in my head!), cozy and elegant.

Meet musical, version 1 and 2. Used the music notes to decorate the non-papered half of my kraft cardbase and used "boughs of holly" PP.

Meet cozy. This paper just reminds me of a warm sweater, thus cozy. Barely notice the vellum outline die cut, right? Subtle but there.

And meet elegant, with my favorite paper of my dollar store (Tedi) pack and some glitter cardstock for that elegant feel.

Which one tickles your fancy? I've got some Flora and Fauna cuteness for ya tomorrow...

I'm joining the following challenges:
SSS flickr challenge - #84 Holidays
Cards and More - Anything goes with Red
Sweet Stampers - Christmas
HLS Christmas November (no tag option on my cards)
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
12 Months of Christmas Linkup - Star Struck though I've no stars today

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