Thursday, January 31, 2019

Celebration of Snippets

Hello, everyone!  Before I share my card, I would like to welcome my newest follower - Shery Russ - thank you for joining me!  If you would like to leave a link to your blog in the comments, I will be happy to hop over and follow you too!  I actually know another Shery Russ, so it's fun that there are two of you with the same name!

Today I'm participating in a special event!  Have you ever played at Pixie's Snippet Playground?  It's a place to go to show off what we've made with our snippets (scraps, leftovers), and it's hosted by the lovely Di.  Well, Di's friend Darnell has initiated a blog hop to thank Di for the 7 years she has managed the Playground, and of course I wanted to join in!

I love playing at the Snippets Playground!  I've been hanging out there since 2014.  Di has a bi-weekly linky, and she comments on every entry.  She provides an inspiration card with details on how she made it, and offers up a generous prize, out-of-pocket.  Di also has a new puppy - Dudley - and she shares a lot of cute photos and updates!  Thank you, Di, for all you do to encourage us to use our snippets!


My card features lots of snippets!  First, there's the die-cut alcohol ink background, which is a snippet from this card. I adhered it to a white panel and then a brown panel, both of which are snippets.  The die-cut buck/wreath is cut from the same brown panel.  I stamped a sentiment on a die-cut banner, also a snippet.  Lastly I added a few brown sequins.  

I would like to support the following 5 challenges:
Crafter's Castle 13 AG Optional Fun Technique (alcohol ink background) 4/4 C10
Pammie's Inky Pinkies AG 1/3 C5
Pixie's Snippet Playground 344 Lots of snippets used 1E
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday AG 1/5
Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk1

I don't normally wear a flower in my hair ...
Thank you, Di!

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Framed Roses and Coffee

Hello, everybody!  Before I get started, I would like to welcome my newest follower - Dotty Jo x - thank you for joining me!

Today I'm sharing a love-themed thank-you card!  This image is called Framed Roses and Coffee from STAMPlorations and it's available for free, along with two others (thank you, Shery!).  I coloured it with markers and fussy-cut the flowers so I could pop them up on foam tape. I inked around the text portion with Distress Ink.  I added a die-cut heart on the coffee, as well as a die-cut sentiment tag, some crinkle ribbon, and a tiny heart charm at the top left.


Digital image: Framed Roses and Coffee from STAMPlorations
Clear stamp: Sentiment (A. Jillian Vance DieLuxe Tiny Tags)
Ink:  Distress Ink (Spun Sugar), sentiment (Versafine Onyx Black)
Dies:  Heart (Memory Box Cross-stitched Hearts), tag (A. Jillian Vance DieLuxe Tiny Tags)
Other:  Crinkle ribbon (DL.ART Sweet Love), tiny heart charm

I would like to support the following challenges: A Gem of a Challenge AG 3/3; Cardz TV 81 AG 3/3; CRAFT Valentine/Love 1/3; Crafting by Designs Layer it Up 1/3; Crafty Catz AG Optional Ribbon/Lace 1/3; Crafty Creations AG 1/2; CropStop Final Link Party AG with products from CropStop (Distress Inks found at Crop Stop here) 4/5; Cupcake Inspirations Colors: Pink and White 1/3; Die Cut Divas Something New (STAMPlorations free digi is new) 4/4; DL.ART January Linky UE 1/d; DL.ART Thankful Thursday Always Thankful 2/2 wk3; Happy Little Stampers AG w Dies UE; Jo's Scrap Shack AG 1/3; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG 3/3; Love to Scrap AG 3/5; Outside the Box Love is in the Air 1E; Polkadoodles AG 1/2; Simon Says Stamp Monday Love is in the Air 1/5; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Have a Heart (I have two - die-cut and charm) 1/5; STAMPlorations Hey Love Linky Love Theme 1/7; STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes Must use STAMPlorations products; Through the Craft Room Door AG 1/2; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 1/5 wk2


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

Monday, January 21, 2019

Thanks Snow Much

Hello, everybody!  Today I'm sharing another winter card but this time it's a thank-you card!


I started with the background, which I made using the ink-smooshing technique and Distress Inks.  It looked a bit plain so I added stencilled snowflakes.  I adhered a die-cut snowy landscape and then die-cut the panel with a stitched scalloped rectangle.  I coloured the snowman and kitty with markers, fussy-cut, and then adhered with foam tape.  I tied some twine at the top, with a tiny tag that says "hugs" and a metal snowflake charm.  At the bottom of the card, I stamped the sentiment. Finally I matted the die-cut panel on kraft cardstock.

Clear stamps: STAMPlorations Winter Chill (snowman and sentiment), STAMPlorations Purrfectly Pawsome (cat), A. Jillian Vance DieLuxe Tiny Tags (hugs word)
Ink: Background (Distress Inks Broken China, Tumbled Glass), stencilling (Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise), stamping (Lawn Fawn Jet Black, Versafine Onyx Black)
Stencil:  Hot Off the Press Snowfall (I was unable to find a link so it might be retired)
Dies: Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Stitched Nested Rectangles, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, A. Jillian Vance DieLuxe Tiny Tags 
Other:  American Crafts twine, snowflake charm

I would like to support the following challenges: 2 Crafty Critter Crazies AG w Critters 3/5; A Gem of a Challenge AG 2/3; Ally's Angels AG 3/3; Cardz TV 81 AG 2/3; Craft Stamper Take it Make It January AG 3/3; Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas AG Optional Add a Sentiment UE; Creatalicious AG Optional Winter Fun UE; CropStop Final Link Party AG with products from CropStop (Distress Inks found at Crop Stop here) 3/5; Dare 2B Artzy Favourite Season (Winter) 3/3; Die Cut Divas Something New (STAMPlorations cat stamps are new, first time I've used) 3/4; DL.ART January Linky UE 1/d; DL.ART Thankful Thursday Always Thankful 1/2 wk3; Fashionable Stamping AG 2/3; Happy Little Stampers AG w Dies UE; Joy Clair Inspiration Graphic (I was inspired by the Winter theme) UE; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG 2/3; Love to Scrap AG 2/5; Mod Squad Winter Theme with Stencil (stencil brand shown above in supplies list) 2/3 MSC; Penny's Paper-crafty AG 3/3; Pile it On Land or Water Animals UE; Show Us Your Pussycats Furrything Goes/Meuw Year (new stamps - STAMPlorations cats, first time I've used) UE; STAMPlorations January Theme and Sketch Stamps and Animals 2/6; 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 Corrosive January AG 3/3; The Outlawz Saturday PAM Winter Snow UE; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 4/5 wk1



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

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; Dare 2B Artzy Favourite Season (Winter) 2/3; 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; Dare 2B Artzy Favourite Season (Winter) 1/3; 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!