Sunday, October 28, 2012

Serendipity Stamps

I'm really drawn to scenery stamps. I pulled out one from Serendipity Stamps and made a couple more Christmas cards :D

I used glossy cardstock for these, and Versafine black ink on this one. I used distress inks to color it in lightly. I pulled out some SU old olive cs and their embossing folder. The sentiment is from Sweet N Sassy Stamps.

On this one I was going for a CAS look. The ink I used is SU Not Quite Navy, on glossy cs. I have some DCWV silver paper so I matted it and popped it up on Neenah Solar White cs. I struggle with CAS but I'm trying to leave it alone LOL. I may add some glitter here and there.  TFL

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, October 26, 2012

I have 2 more Christmas cards today...really I have enough done and need to move on LOL

I found this stamp by Hampton Arts, a negative image. I stamped it in Baja Breeze onto Neenah cs. I added a little brown chalk to the trees and colored the birds with red colored pencil.

I matted it onto A Muse red cs and wrapped it in red twine. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday. I inked it up with versamark then Baja Breeze and clear embossed it.

The snowflake paper is from MME, Winter Wonderland. I sponged some Baja Breeze on the edges.

I love how this next one turned out. I used this adorable Memory Box stamp. After stamping it in Memento black, I masked off the hills and sponged Stormy Sky and then Dusty Concord. Then I made little shadows from the tree with a C1 copic marker.

Framelits from SU were used to cut it out. The mat for the main image is paper from DCWV Winter Magic that my daughter gave me for Christmas last year (thanks Krissy!) It's silvery and shiny, love it.

The background snowflakes are from a Sweet N Sassy stamp (stamped in story sky) and the silver embossed ornaments are from Penny Black. I stamped them in versamark onto some other DCWV blue paper. Twine was used to "hang" the ornaments and the sentiment is from Sweet N Sassy too.

Thanks for looking, hope your week went well, TGIF and blessings.


Saturday, October 20, 2012

 Fall is definitely in the air!! So that means I'm working on Christmas cards. I have about 20 done. Some are shameless cases of inspiration I've seen out on SCS or Flickr or blogland but I'll post my "originals"!

This first one is inspired by Beth a.k.a. Scrapbook4ever on SCS. She made a beautiful birthday card with a technique called Broken Borders. Well I favorited it with the thought I'd like to make a Christmas card with the technique.  Here's Beth's card.

I did not use punches but instead some holiday dsp. The greeting is from Stampendous and the poinsettia was cut with my Silhouette. I colored it in with copics and added gold stickles to the center.

I matted the panel on some green cs and popped it up. Beth will have to let me know if I did it right! I'd like to do another, using a blue color palette and snowflakes.

Next I took an unknown Silent Night background stamp and stamped it in Memento rich cocoa onto Neenah Solar White cs. I distressed it with Antique Linen and mounted it on some red cs.  I cut out three bells using my Silhouette (love that thing), and used copics to color them in. I embossed them with clear ep, and added red stickles to the bows. The little bird (dove?) is from Hero Arts (with glossy accents) and the sentiment is from a Fiskars set.
  This little polar bear is actually part of a Penny Black stamp including Mimi. I'll probably do another card or tag with the both of them but for this I just wanted the little bear.

Impression Obsession has this neat background stamp with gradient dots. So I stamped it on white cs and white heat embossed it. I then sponged broken china onto it.

I added white snowy "ground". In hindsight I don't like the flakes, they're too pink. Oh well :)

The little bird is from a cut file for the Silhouette. I just made a ton of them in different sizes to have on hand.

I used an alphabet stamp from Lawn Fawn to spell out joy and put some twine in the bird's mouth.

A small amount of coloring and shading was done on the bear with copics. Then he's cut out and layered onto the card. The first level of ground has antique linen sponged - dunno why but I wanted to set it off a bit.

The background on these cute snowmen is bluer irl, I know I have camera issues. Lots of paper piercing with bg Nordic Holiday, it was fun! The snowmen and sentiment are from Lawn Fawn. I also used a snowflake die from A Muse Studio and some Hero Arts snowflake stamps.

Here's a CAS card, with a simple sponged oval in Scattered Straw. The tree is from A Muse Studio and it was stamped in some Hero Arts mid-tone green (I forget the actual color name). I put some diamond stickles in some parts of the tree, put a little ribbon at the top and stamped a PTI sentiment at the bottom.

Lastly, for now, I made a mostly white Christmas card. This embossing folder was sitting all neglected and forlorn. I embossed it with my vagabond (love it) and then using my versamarker, I tried to carefully go over the raised image at the center.

It was a pain but irl the finished product is cool.  I used some two-toned embossing powder from Lindy's that had green and gold in it.

Then I stamped a Hero Arts sentiment in the center in green. The poinsettia was cut with my Silhouette and I just sponged a little green on the petals before nesting them together. I added an orangish rhinestone to the center. Simple!

I'm so pleased that I'm getting a lot of use out of my Silhouette this year. It really does a good job. And I still have the old machine! Not even the SD, LOL. I think about getting the Cameo but can't justify it right now.

Thank you for visiting! Have fun with your holiday cards!