Sunday, January 20, 2019

Mitten Kitten

Hello, everybody!  Here's the second of two winter holiday cards I'm sharing today!  Again, I'm using non-traditional colours and having fun working ahead, hoping to avoid the time crunch in November!

I used my alcohol inks to make this background!  I was inspired by this card although I ended up making two alcohol ink panels, one with reds and pinks, and the other with blues and greens, and then die-cut both panels and paper-pieced.  I love the bright, vibrant colours!

For the sleepy kitty, I kept the colouring to a minimum so it wouldn't compete with the vibrant background.  Instead I doodled a checked pattern on her hat and mitten and added dots to the polka dot area.  I adhered the kitty with foam tape on a vellum snowflake die-cut.  The sentiment was heat-embossed in white on a black scrap. I finished off the card by adding gems and snowflake sequins.


Digital image:  Fresh Brewed Designs Kitten in a Mitten (sorry this company is no longer in business)
Clear stamp:  Sentiment (Your Next Stamp Waddles Winter Wonderland)
Inks:  Background (Ranger Alcohol Inks in blues, greens, reds, pinks, purples), sentiment (Versamark)
Dies:  Lil Inker Designs Center Point Chevron Cover-up, Stampendous Snowflake Set
Other:  Ranger white embossing powder, Pilot Fineliner for doodling, clear gems, white snowflake sequins

I would like to support the following challenges: 2 Crafty Critter Crazies AG w Critters 2/5; A Gem of a Challenge AG 1/3; ABC Christmas A for Anything Christmas Goes UE; Ally's Angels AG 2/3; Cardz TV 81 AG 1/3; Christmas Crafts All Year Round Let it Snow 3/5; Crafting by Designs AG January Edition 3/3; Crafts Galore Encore AG 3/3; Crafty Creations AG 2/2; Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas AG Optional Add a Sentiment UE; Creatalicious AG Optional Winter Fun UE; Creative Inspirations AG 3/3; Creative Moments AG 2/3; CropStop Final Link Party AG with products from CropStop (used Ranger alcohol inks) 2/5; DL.ART January Linky UE 1/d; Double Trouble 19 Thing 1 (warm and cozy theme with image on patterned paper or embossed background - I made my own patterned background), Thing 2 (favourite things mittens and kitten; if using mittens join Creative with Stamps - already maxed out 3 entries), Thing 3 (mittens and kitten) 4/4; Happy Little Stampers AG w Dies UE; ITD Creative Playground AG 3/3; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG 1/3; Love to Scrap AG 1/5; Pammie's Inky Pinkies AG 2/5; Penny's Paper-crafty AG 2/3; Pile it On Land or Water Animals UE; Show Us Your Pussycats Furrything Goes/Meuw Year (new technique - paper-piecing die-cut with alcohol ink backgrounds) UE; STAMPlorations January Theme and Sketch Stamps and Animals 1/6; The Corrosive January AG 2/3; The Outlawz Saturday PAM Winter Snow UE; Through the Craft Room Door AG 2/2; Winter Wonderland It's Snowtime 2/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 3/5 wk1



Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!

Cold Hands Warm Hearts

Hi, everyone!  Today I have two winter holiday cards to share!  I've been having fun with non-traditional colours lately!  As mentioned in an earlier post, I'm working ahead to make my holiday cards, hoping to avoid the time crunch in November!  Here's the first card and I'll be right back with my second one.

I'm sharing this card first, but it's actually the second card I made, using the leftovers from this card.  I paper-pieced the leftovers from my red/pink alcohol ink background into a white die-cut. For the kitty, I kept the colouring to a minimum so it wouldn't compete with the vibrant background.  Instead I doodled a checked pattern on her dress and added dots to her mittens and pocket.  I adhered the kitty with foam tape on a vellum heart die-cut.  The sentiment was heat-embossed in white on a black scrap. I finished off the card by adding lots of snowflake sequins.


Digital image:  Robyn's Fetish My Mittens (sorry this company is no longer in business)
Clear stamp:  Sentiment (Joy Clair Cozy Snowman Wishes)
Inks:  Background (Ranger Alcohol Inks in reds, pinks, purples), sentiment (Versamark)
Dies:  Lil Inker Designs Center Point Chevron Cover-up, Gina Marie Designs Stitched Scalloped Heart
Other:  Ranger white embossing powder, Pilot Fineliner for doodling, holographic silver snowflake sequins

I was inspired by the following 10 challenges:
ABC Christmas A for Anything Christmas Goes UE
Crafter's Castle 13 AG Optional Fun Technique (alcohol ink background, paper-piecing, doodling patterns on image) 3/4 C10
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas AG Optional Add a Sentiment UE
Creatalicious AG Optional Winter Fun UE
Creative with Stamps 34 Mittens (see required graphic below) 3/3 C11
CropStop Final Link Party AG with products from CropStop (used Ranger alcohol inks) 1/5
Double Trouble 19 Thing 1 (warm and cozy theme with image on patterned or embossed background - I made my own patterned background), Thing 2 (favourite things mittens and kitten; if using mittens join Creative with Stamps), Thing 3 (mittens and kitten) 3/4
Pixie's Snippet Playground 344 I used leftover snippets from this card 1E
Southern Girls AG 1E C10
Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 2/5 wk1



Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

A Frosty Hello

Hello, everyone!  Today I'm sharing another winter holiday card!  I'm determined to keep making them all year long so there will be no rushing in November!


I made a cool background with Distress Inks using the ink smooshing technique and then applied Snow-Tex through a stencil to create a snowfall look.  I heat-embossed the snowman in white on a die-cut purple tag, added a die-cut snowflake, and stapled tulle at the top of the tag.  The sentiment is heat-embossed in white on a black scrap and then I cut the words apart before adhering them.  Along the bottom of the card is a die-cut snowflake border in white.

Clear stampsSTAMPlorations Winter Chill (snowman and sentiment)
Ink:  Background (Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves), stamping (Versamark)
StencilSimon Says Stamp Falling Snow Stencil
Dies:  MFT Stitched Traditional Tag Stax, Joycraft Ice Crystal Edge
Other:  Snow-Tex, Ranger white embossing powder, tulle, stapler

I would like to support the following challenges: ABC Christmas A for Anything Christmas Goes UE; Ally's Angels AG 1/3; Cardz TV 80 AG 1/3; Christmas Crafts All Year Round Let it Snow 2/5; Craft Stamper Take it Make It January AG 2/3; Crafting by Designs AG January Edition 2/3; Crafting by Designs Corners, Borders, or Frames 1/3; Crafts Galore Encore AG 2/3; Crafty Creations AG 1/2; Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas AG Optional Feature a Creature UE; Creatalicious AG Optional Winter Fun UE; Creative Inspirations AG 2/3; Creative Moments AG 1/3; Cupcake Inspirations Something New (the tulle is new, first time using) 1/3; Cut it Up How's the Weather 1E; Die Cut Divas Something New (the tulle is new, first time using) 2/5; DL.ART January Linky UE 1/d; Fashionable Stamping AG 1/3; Happy Little Stampers AG w Dies UE; Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Layers UE; ITD Creative Playground AG 2/3; Joy Clair (See inspiration graphic below - I was inspired by the Winter theme) UE; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG 1/3; Mod Squad Winter Theme with Stencil (stencil brand shown above in supplies list) 1/3 MSC; Pammie's Inky Pinkies AG 1/5; Penny's Paper-crafty AG 1/3; Pixie's Snippet Playground Use Snippets (the tag and snowflake border were die-cut from leftover cardstock, the sentiment was stamped on a black snippet, and the snowflake was a leftover from a previous card) 1E; STAMPlorations CUTplorations January Inspiration Graphic (I was inspired by the bright colours and the tulle) UE; STAMPlorations January Mixed Media AG Mixed Media with Stencil UE, STAMPlorations TAGplorations January All About Winter UE; STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes Must use STAMPlorations products; The Artistic Stamper January AG 3/3; The Corrosive January AG 1/3; The Outlawz Festive Friday Christmas UE; Through the Craft Room Door AG 1/2; Winter Wonderland It's Snowtime 1/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk1

Challenge winter



Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Snow Cool Kitty

Hi, everybody!  I've made another kitty card for the holidays!  I hope to get as many cards as possible made ahead of time so I won't have to scramble this year!


I coloured the kitty with markers and added Glossy Accents on her eyes.  I made a little snow scene for my kitty with an ink-smooshed background and layered it onto patterned and sparkly papers according to the sketch mentioned below.  The sentiment was heat-embossed in white on a black scrap and I added some die-cut mittens and a few snowflake sequins.

Stamps:  Kitty (Your Next Stamp Hello Winter), sentiment (Your Next Stamp Waddles Winter Wonderland)
Ink: Background behind kitty (Distress Inks Broken China, Tumbled Glass), cat (Lawn Fawn Jet Black), sentiment (Versamark)
Patterned paper:  Echo Park
Other: Ranger white embossing powder, Heidi Swapp glitter paper, Glossy Accents (added to kitty's eyes), snowflake sequins

I was inspired by Sketch 485 at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  With this sketch they are honouring a former DT member Jessi, who recently passed away:


I was also inspired by the following 9 challenges:
Card Mania Baby, It's Cold Outside 3/3
Crafter's Castle 13 AG Optional Fun Technique (colouring with markers) 2/4 C10
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper January UE
Creative with Stamps 34 Mittens (see required graphic below) 2/3 C11
Double Trouble 19 Thing 1 (warm and cozy theme with image on patterned or embossed background), Thing 2 (favourite things mittens and kitten; if using mittens join Creative with Stamps), Thing 3 (mittens and kitten) 2/4
Simon Says Stamp Monday Use Something New (YNS Hello Winter stamps are new, first time I'm using) 2/5
Simon Says Stamp Work-it Wednesday Something New (YNS Hello Winter stamps are new, first time I'm using) 3/3
The House That Stamps Built Repeat Impressions Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ J919 (top row: glitter, die-cut, and blue)
Your Next Stamp 104 Anything Goes 1/3



Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Kitten and Mittens

Hello, everyone!  Today I'm sharing a kitty card!  This is my second holiday card of 2019 so I have met my monthly goal of 2 cards - Yay!   I'm still in winter mode so I hope to make a few more!


I did some colouring with markers for the kitty.  For the background, I made my own patterned paper using the ink smooshing technique and then stamped all the mittens.

Stamps:  Kitten, mittens, sentiment, snowflakes (Newton's Nook Sweater Weather), smaller mittens (Newton's Nook Frozen Friends)
Ink:  Background (Distress Inks Broken China, Tumbled Glass), mittens (Distress Oxide Broken China), smaller mittens (Your Next Stamp Holly Berry Red), cat (Lawn Fawn Jet Black), sentiment (Versamark)
Dies:  Waltzingmouse Stamps Scalloped Stitched Rectangles, Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangles, Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Oval Frames, Die-Versions Cold Weather Wee Petites (mittens)
Other:  Ranger white embossing powder, DL.ART Christmas Red crinkle ribbon, Heidi Swapp glitter paper, Paper Source vellum (behind oval frame), snowflake sequins

I was inspired by the following 10 challenges:
Card Mania Baby, It's Cold Outside 2/3
Craft Stamper Take it Make It January AG 1/3
Crafter's Castle 13 AG Optional Fun Technique (colouring with markers, ink smooshed background) 1/4 C10
Creative with Stamps 34 Mittens (see required graphic below) 1/3 C11
Double Trouble 19 Thing 1 (warm and cozy theme, image on patterned or embossed background), Thing 2 (favourite things mittens and kitten; if using mittens join Creative with Stamps), Thing 3 (mittens and kitten) 1/4
Newton's Nook Inky Paws 88 Colours:  Red, Sky Blue, Black, and White 1/3
Simon Says Stamp Monday Use Something New (Newton's Nook Sweater Weather stamps are new, first time I'm using) 1/5
Simon Says Stamp Work-it Wednesday Something New (Newton's Nook Sweater Weather stamps are new, first time I'm using) 2/3
The Artistic Stamper January AG 2/3
The House That Stamps Built Repeat Impressions Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ J919 (top row: glitter, die-cut, and blue)



Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a joyful day!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Winter Deer

Hi, everyone!  Happy 2019!  Here is my first card of the year.  I'm starting early to meet my goal of making at least two holiday cards a month.  One down, one to go!  Here I did some stamping, heat-embossing, dry-embossing, die-cutting, and fussy-cutting!


Stamps:  Deer (Paperbabe Stamps Reindeer Fusion), tree (STAMPlorations Trendy Christmas Trees), snowflakes (Paperbabe Stamps Peaceful Flurries)
Ink:  Versamark, Your Next Stamp Holly Berry Red, Ranger Archival Emerald Green
Dies:  Sentiment (STAMPlorations Warm Winter Wishes Phrase Die - CUTplorations - I trimmed off the two smaller words), tags (My Creative Time, My Favorite Things)
RibbonDL.ART White as Snow
Embossing folder:  Darice Snowflake Background
Other:  Ranger white embossing powder, white snowflake sequin added to bow

I was inspired by the inspiration graphic at Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 89:



I was also inspired by the All About Winter theme at STAMPlorations TAGplorations January challenge, although I did not use the optional texture paste.  Here's the graphic:



Also joining a brand-new monthly challenge at ITD Creative Playground!  The theme is Anything Goes with any vendor's stamps/images:



I would also like to support the following challenges: ABC Christmas A for Anything Christmas Goes UE; 2 Crafty Critter Crazies AG w Critters 1/5; Card Mania Baby, It's Cold Outside 1/3; Christmas Crafts All Year Round Let it Snow 1/5; Crafting by Designs AG January Edition 1/3; Crafts Galore Encore AG 1/3; Crafty Gals Corner Snow Much Fun 1/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas AG Optional Any Christmas or New Year Card UE; Creatalicious AG Optional Something New (the STAMPlorations stamps and die are new, first time I'm using) UE; Creative Inspirations AG 1/3; Cute Card Thursday AG UE; Die Cut Divas Something New (the STAMPlorations stamps and die are new, first time I'm using) 1/5; DL.ART January Linky UE 1/d; Joy Clair (See inspiration graphic below - I was inspired by the Winter theme) UE; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Something New (the STAMPlorations stamps and die are new, first time I'm using) 1/4; Simon Says Stamp Work-it Wednesday Something New (the STAMPlorations stamps and die are new, first time I'm using) 1/3; STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes Must use STAMPlorations products; The Artistic Stamper January AG 1/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk1

Challenge winter

Thank you for looking at my card! Wishing you a joyful day!




Sunday, December 30, 2018

ATC - Love Letter Kitty (Snowie)

Hello!  It's me again!  Here is the last of the three love-themed ATCs that I'm sharing today!  This time I featured my kitty Snowie!  If you missed my two previous ATCs starring Honeydew and Kiwi, please scroll back.

For those who are unfamiliar with ATCs, the acronym stands for Artist Trading Cards. They measure 2.5" x 3.5" and are a lot of fun to make!  If you would like more information, please see here.


I started by re-sizing a photo of Snowie, printing, and then fussy-cutting.  For the background, I stamped in Versamark and heat-embossed Pink and Main Polka Hearts in red on black cardstock measuring approx. 2.25" x 3.25".  Unfortunately, it is hard to see that the embossing is red as it just looks glossy, but I went with it anyway.  I added mailbox and envelope dimensional stickers from Martha Stewart, and a die-cut love word, which I layered onto white cardstock and fussy-cut.  Finally I layered the panel onto white cardstock measuring 2.5" x 3.5".

My inspiration came from the December ATC challenge at Happy Little Stampers, which has a theme of Pets.  I was also inspired by the Love theme at Mod Squad Challenges.

I would also like to support the following challenges: 
DL.ART December Linky AG UE 1/d 
The House that Stamps Built Repeat Impressions Anything Goes Challenge ~ D2618
The House that Stamps Built Repeat Impressions DCC125 ~ Anything But A Card


Thank you for looking at my ATC! Wishing you a joyful day!