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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags with Muse: Christmas Visions

Muse: Christmas Visions design team and special guests are joining in with the fun today at Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags

We are so happy to be sponsoring today with our vellum theme. 
Create a tag using vellum in some way!

Please refer to the 25 Days of Christmas Tags Blog for posting your creations for any of the days challenges and details on your chances to win one of the many prizes offered.  
Muse: Christmas Visions is also offering a little prize package for anyone participating in the "make a tag using vellum" challenge!  
Up for grabs is an MFT Polar Pals stamp set AND a $25.00 GC of the winners choice to any of the sponsoring stores, as seen above in the prize graphic. 

If you have a slip of vellum...lets see your tag!

My twig and ornaments tag has a gold mirror card tag base, 3 vellum ornament die cuts that I gold heat embossed with a stamp from SSS Spring Flowers stamp set and I also added Versamark around the edges and dipped into the WOW sparkling gold embossing powder to create a gold rim around each of the ornaments.
A length of gold edged white organza ribbon tied through the tad hole and 3 little white hearts finish it off.  
Thanks for peeking in!  Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Muse Christmas Visions

The countdown is REALLY ON!

For this week's card, I decided to try incorporating an elegant look in the easiest way possible.
I have a tower stack of patterned papers that were bought years ago, with the very best of intentions.  Time to have a look and see what I could come up with!
using my patterned paper as the background, I layered a die cut in white street scene that I partially cut onto the front, adhered vellum behind the window openings, glued to the patterned card front and tied an elegant, narrow gold edged ribbon.  (I had previously embossed the little trees with gold dots)  My sentiment is cut from watercolor card scraps and also with gold foil card, layered together.
I told you...simple!  I made a dozen of these...

I am offering 6 of these patterned paper card fronts (just the patterned paper) to anyone that might be interested in using this same background.  I will mail to you anywhere in the world.  The first 3 people to request will receive.

I hope that some of these elements inspire you to either look through your patterned papers and create a little scene, or, maybe the white/gold/grey colours speak to you?  Let's see what you can create!

Thanks for peeking in!  Chriss

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Grand Prize Winner!!!

Yes!  It is true...I won the Super Duper Grand prize from Simon Says Stamp from the month long beloved Stamptember event!  I have been in disbelief for a few weeks, but look what arrived last Friday!
Five large boxes and all of this inside!!!  
I still cannot believe it!  
I will be re-designing my craft room, which entails pulling everything out, painting and placing contents back in the room.  A part of this super duper prize were gift certificates from IKEA and Stamp-n-Storage.   I have placed an order to spend my Stamp-n-Storage gift certificate (and more :) and that will arrive shortly.  My craft room re-design will happen in December and I will have a post showing before and after photos.
It is my birthday on Saturday but it feels like I have been celebrating a whole month in advance!  Feeling so very blessed...

Stay tuned...


A big huge thank you to all of the sponsors! 

Heidi Clausing Crowl  and Kevin Clausing-owners of Simon Says Stamp
Tim Holtz

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...