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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

It's Time! Muse Christmas Visions

Check out this handsome suave mouse, all ready to deck the halls!

It is almost that time to at least start thinking about sprucing up for the holiday season and we can't forget about our cards!  This is my card for this week's MCV card offering and inspiration.  I stamped the image with grey pigment ink and clear embossed.  I stamped the image again onto a masking paper and placed over the embossed image.  Some Tumbled Glass distress ink was lightly sponged over the focal image and then I took out my Copic markers and colored in the mouse and branch. For the ornament, I used a white gel pen and red soufflĂ© pen to fill in the color.  I also used a clear WOS pen to go over the white.

Have you been busy with making some holiday cards?  There is still time and I hope that this week's card gives you a little inspiration...a cute critter, center focal image, white space?  How will you be inspired?
I am looking forward to seeing you in the gallery!
Have a great week!  Happy creating!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Rainbow Joy

Time for another Muse: Christmas Visions challenge card cue...

As some of you may know, I knit little somethings (dish cloths, scarves etc) just about every night while in front of the television.  I came across this fun rainbow yarn that I love and decided to incorporate it into a Christmas card.  I made a template of a tree outline with some leftover plastic packaging by taping some graph paper to the back of the plastic and marked where I wanted to have my "branches".  Here is a photo of that...a very primitively engineered template!

To start my cards, I used an Avery Elle die cut for my dotted frame that I cut from black card stock and white heat embossed my sentiment, Wishing you.  I then placed my template over the black panel and proceeded to pierce the little holes with a piercing tool, creating my tree outline.  Now comes the fun part.  I used a large embroidery needle and threaded it with my yarn and went across from back to front repeatedly until I had my rainbow tree.  
I could have also done this with repeated line stamps in different colors through a triangular open mask had I wanted to stamp the tree image.
My Joy and star shapes were cut from watercolor card twice and glued together, then, I die cut a third one from a sparkling silver paper and layered on top.  I ended up making a dozen of these in three different color combos.  

I hope that your Christmas cards are coming along, or, if you are just getting to it, know that you still have lots of time to create :)
Will you make a rainbow holiday card?  I can't wait to see how you might be inspired and I would love to see you in the gallery!
Thanks for peeking in today!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ellen's Pin Sights for August

Could there be a more dreamy wedding collage?  I was attracted to the colours, florals and the knotted hair.  Not only did the adorned chairs with the little bouquets of florals remind me of Julie's Mondo Peony set, but the buds in the set reminded me of the hair art and maybe...the bride will have a little floral wreath in her hair for the photos?  That's where I went for this peony wreath card that I made for Ellen's August Pin Sights challenge. 

I did a little masking and heat embossing.  My embossing powder is OLD.  It is an old pearl colour and looks just like, well,  a pearl finish.  I have only used it a couple of times over the last 15 years and I am so very happy with this finish.    I used my KGT watercolours for the gorgeous peony images and leaves.  The Joy from Ellen's Essentials was die cut from my W/C card twice and heat embossed with the same EP twice.  Gorgeous in real life...

As the Mondo Peony set is brand new...I am sending the card over to Darnell for her famous NBUS challenge!  It is my second entry...

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Lola's Bouquet & NBUS!

Time for

AND, because this is a NBUS set, I am sending over to Darnell's famous challenge...the 7th one!

Oh look at the wonderful teeny detailed images in this fabulous set!  I have a very dear friend that gifted this wonderful set to me a few weeks ago!  Michele and I have "old fashioned" chats on the phone every week!
When I saw this month's RERUN challenge at Winnie & Walter, I knew this was my chance to finally play!
I made a mask of my Cutaways Hello and sponged on some Simply Chartreuse ink to create a cloud-like effect.  I then stamped some of these darling tiny images around the letters with the mask in place using just 3 colours of ink.  for the smallest rolled rose image in the set, I flipped the stamp over so that I could ink it up in the same colour and stamped off once on a srcap of paper and then onto my card to fill in the rose images.
I had such a blast creating a card for this challenge and using this new to me set that I had had my eye on.  Thank, Michele for your generosity and all of your chats!
So...I have not even played yet with the larger images in this set and you may see another card before the deadline!
Thanks for peeking in and have a beautiful Sunday!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Altenew August challenge

Have you seen this inspiration photo for Altenew's August challenge
Have you seen the card that Therese made...stunning!

Here is my card that I made with my newly acquired Floral Shadow set!  
I LOVE this set!  The fonts in the sentiments are such a perfect pairing with the style of the florals.

Thanks for peeking in...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Artist call from Ellen

I am playing around with Julie's Mondo Hydrangea and saw that there is a challenge going on for an opportunity to be a guest for Ellen's challenges...

I am loving the size and organic beauty of this stamp set, so very pretty and easy to create with!  I stamped the borders of my Arches card panel with the hydrangea bloom in Versamark ink and then heat embossed with Stampendous Fran-tage Ice Blue enamel.  This made for excellent wells in the petals to work with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolour paints.  After filling in with a few colour mixtures, I stamped the single petals from Mondo Hydrangea onto a smaller panel from the same Arches w/c paper and painted in the same colours.  I used my MISTI to stamp the Hero Arts sentiment a few times from Ribbon Messages set in Versamark and then embossed with the same enamel. 

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!
Have a great day-Chriss

A Happy Christmas wreath

Time for another Muse: Christmas Visions installment!

Just 4 more months until these cards need to be in the mail!  I can honestly say, that on today's date, I am behind!  Way behind, so, let's get to crafting!

I ordered this new Memory Box stamp set from Ellen a few weeks ago and I am so VERY happy that I did!  I love the style of this set to stamp. emboss or paint!  It also has sentiments, a bird and single flowers and branches...really lovely!
I stamped in Shabby Shutters distress ink and then took out the Kuretake Gansai Tambi paints.  I added WOS to my mistletoe berries and used a Lil' Inkers stitched die to cut out.  The background uses the KGT paints also and the sentiments (from the same set) are stamped in PTI smokey shadow ink, 3 times with the help of MISTI.What inspires you?  the water colour element, wreath, colours, sketch?  Looking forward to seeing you in the gallery!
Have a great day!

Monday, August 1, 2016

 Hello Monday!

Just a quick post before work for a card I made this weekend that was influenced from the current CTS challenge.  I used my new Neat & Tangled stencil, Geometric Blooms to layer some background colours with MFT Blue Raspberry  and SU Bermuda Bay.  I stamped the Happy from W&W (The Big, the Bold & the Happy) and added a Paper Smooches bird die cut and a Memory Box? layered petals flower. 

Have a good one!