Friday, February 5, 2016

Noel Postale

Hi everyone!  I have a Christmas card to share today that feels a bit unusual with the addition of so much yellow. See the ornament die cut border (K & Co.)? In addition to the red and green, there are slight golden touches on the ornaments, and that was my inspiration.  

The pine sprig and ornament are from Flourishes Stamps All That Glitters. I'm still crushing on Flourishes Stamps, and have acquired many new-to-me sets in the past few months. 

The Carte Postale stamp (All Night Media) -- subtly stamped in kraft -- is new to my stash, and I think I paid a dollar for it at AC Moore. That was the highlight of my day.  LOL  I stamped a "Noel" sentiment and flourish over top of it in Crisp Black by Altenew. There are also some tiny snowflakes stamped on top with kraft ink, so they may not be noticeable at first.

I wanted to point out a little fudging I did at the top of this ornament. 
I fussy cut the whole ornament, including the tiny "eye", which was just a white circle after trimming it out. Once I placed it up against the pine sprig, it didn't look right: the white eye (where you'd place a hook if it were a real ornament) was glaring. I used an Always Artichoke marker to match the pine, and drew in little brush strokes to resemble the greenery. 
The cap is colored with a metallic gold gel pen, but it's hard to see that in the pictures.

I really appreciate you coming by today. Your visit makes me happy. :-)

Stamps: Carte Postale - All Night Media; All That Glitters - Flourishes; Christmas Greetings, Elegant Christmas Sentiments - Inspired By Stamping Paper: yellow pattern - Calisto - Anna Griffin; white - Papertrey Ink Ink: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake - Stampin' Up!; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko; Frayed Burlap - Ranger; Crisp Black - Altenew Fibers: gold braided thread Accessories & Tools: ornaments, holly die cut borders - K & Co.; Copic markers; gold gel pen; gold sequins - Pretty Pink Posh; Always Artichoke marker - Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Artsy Heart(sy)

Hello again!  You might want to put on some sunglasses to view this Valentine today.

That pink!  Oh my.  It's so....bubblegum. So...Pepto Bismol.  LOL 

I had been trying out new dies, and used some scrap cardstock, whatever was close at hand.  I think it's Pixie Pink (retired) from Stampin' Up! that I used for the heart (My Favorite Things). A white glittered chipboard frame (Target $1 Spot) was layered on top of that, then a rose made from Papertrey Ink Circle Scribbles  and Spellbinders Foliage die cuts. 

There's a white doily behind the heart, and some chunky glass glitter and sequins on top.  

It's not your usual "Colleen card", but it's okay, I just wanted to play around. :-)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy Birdy!

My friend Rebecca gave me some beautiful patterned paper, which had me so inspired the other day.

These beautiful images (polka dots, ruler, floral with bird) are all on one sheet of 12x12 paper (I believe it's from DCWV). All I had to do was trim it down to fit a card base, and then embellish it.

I used a sentiment stamp from Flourishes' Sweet Violets set, and how convenient that a blue frame already existed on this patterned paper! It was the perfect size, too.

The details I added: paper roses and leaves, some taupe lace, and plenty of pink and white sequins.

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Stamps: sentiment - Sweet Violets - Flourishes Paper: pattern - DCWV; white - Papertrey Ink Fibers: lace - Stampin' Up! Accessories & Tools: paper roses, leaves - iamroses dot com; Princess Pink sequins - Neat & Tangled; Marshmallow sequins - Pretty Pink Posh

Friday, January 29, 2016

Warm & Cozy Christmas

Hello there! Happy Almost Weekend. :-)

I am playing in a challenge with this Christmas card.  Sound the trumpets, cue the confetti!  I have not participated in a challenge in a loooooonnnnngggg time.  

I'm linking up at Weekly Christmas Card Challenges.  Thanks so much for letting me play, ladies!

I used Lawn Fawn's Cozy Christmas set, which I bought at an online "yard sale".  It just makes me smile, these cute l'il guys. :-) That milk! Those cookies! The friendly fire!

I stamped everything on a white die cut panel, colored all in with Copic markers, and then something just wasn't right. I checked with one of my at-home critics (my 14 year old), and the problem was too stark a contrast between the bright colors and all.that.white

To fix that, I first drew in a hardwood floor.

I then stamped some really subtle snowflakes (can you see them in the above photo, behind the cute cookies?) and inked the edges of the panel with the same Antique Linen ink. That worked!  

I added some Glossy Accents to the milk glass and the strand of lights, as finishing touches. 

I'm so glad you came by today!  Thanks for your visit!

Stamps: Cozy Christmas - Lawn Fawn Paper: white - Papertrey Ink; pattern - Be Merry - My Mind's Eye Ink: Antique Linen, Black Soot - Ranger; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko Accessories & Tools: Glossy Accents - Ranger; Copic markers; silver gel pen; Stitched Rectangles die - L'il Inker Designs
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