Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter fun

When I was in college, people used to take trays out of the cafeteria to use as sleds. I'm pretty sure there was a sign posted somewhere saying students were not allowed to remove trays from the cafeteria, and that rule was widely ignored.

I guess a patched up inner tube would work just as well, as this little guy sure seems to be enjoying it.  The image is from Bugaboo, and it's colored with pencils. The sentiment is from Impression-Obsession.

To create the snowy hill, I tore several layers of white paper and layered them on top of each other.  The sky is simply sponged-on Blue Bliss ink. For a little bling, I added some snowflake-shaped sequins.

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Catch the Bug -- Bingo (Bugaboo image, snowflake, bling)
Inky Impressions 190 -- Winter Wonderland
Crafty Sentiments -- Winter
Word Art Wednesday #163 -- Anything Goes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas bird

Wow, I can't believe Christmas is just a week away.  I have not done my shopping and I don't know what to buy. Yikes.
icy-moodboard-sssHere's another Christmas card for you.  Cardinals are such a beautiful bit of nature, I love to feature them, so of course I was inspired by the cardinal in the Simon Says Stamp photo collage inspiration.
This image is a digi from Stamping Boutique.  The twill ribbon that goes so perfectly with it has been sitting in my stash for ages; I got it at a Christmas clearance sale at one of the big-box craft stores years ago. I wanted to keep this pretty simple and naturalist, so the only other embellishment is die-cut holly leaves.
The layout for this is Sketch Saturday #340, turned 90 degrees.

I'm entering this card in these challenges:
Sketch Saturday #340
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- Winter Inspiration photo
Word Art Wednesday #163 -- anything goes
Loves Rubberstamps #131 -- Holiday blitz anything goes
Clear It Out -- anything goes (stash is the ribbon)

Monday, December 15, 2014

O Bling-y tree

What's Christmas without a little bling? This card has lots of jewel-bling plus glittery EP.
The sketch is from Bugaboo's Stella Says Sketch #221.  The tree is embossed with "pirate gold" EP which has glitter in it.  I added little gems to all the stars that are on the tree.
I'm not sure who made either the tree or the sentiment, also in the pirate's gold EP.
I used Spellbinder's Nestabilities in oval and scalloped oval, along with a scallop border die.  The gold paper is upcycled; I think it was first used inside an envelope -- it has been in my snippets file for ages.  The strip of printed paper is another snippet -- It jumped out of a folder and demanded to be used on this card.
I'm entering this card in these challenges:
Bugaboo -- Stella Says Sketch #221
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- Bling it on
Cuttlebug Mania -- anything Christmas
Creative Inspiration #293 -- anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #162 -- anything goes
Pixie's Snippet Playground #155 -- snippets

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Glittery snow scene

A glitzy Christmas to you. I got this set with four seasonal images by Crafty Secrets ages ago, and this was the first time it got inked.  It just seemed like a good image to go with bling.

The image is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with pencils.  The trees are covered with snowy glitter, and I used a couple red jewels to highlight the sentiment.  I added snowflake patterned paper from Echo Park and a red and white sentiment paper for a splash of color in the background.

Is anyone else having problems with getting InLinkz linkups to load when you wan to link a card? It seems to happen on every blog, I visit. Is there a way to fix it? Thanks

I'm playing in these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday -- bling it on
Catch the Bug -- Christmas Chaos #1, glitter, sparkle, gems
Crafty Sentiments -- Christmas
Loves Rubberstamps -- winter/Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #162 -- Anything Goes
CHNC Christmas Extras -- anything Christmas
CHNC Patterned Paper Challenge -- December

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Just a few flake

Here's another Christmas card, using a blue color scheme.
The centerpiece is two snowflakes, one cut from snippets of vellum, the other white cardstock, layered on a dark blue square.  (The die is a little Sizzix one I picked up at the craft consignment sale, and truth is it's seen better days.) Behind that are four squares of my favorite snowflake paper (also snippets, I'm down to just a little of that pattern).

The sketch here is from Catch the Bug; I finished the card with some snowflake ribbon and a sentiment in Night of Navy.

I'm playing in these challenges:

Clear it Out -- blues and ribbon
Crafty Ribbon -- monochromatic Christmas
C.R.A.F.T #288 -- Christmas
Catch the Bug -- Holiday Chaos sketch
Die Cut Divas -- Snow/Christmas
Simon Says Wednesday -- Christmas
Pixie's Snippet Playground #154 -- use snippets

Friday, December 5, 2014

Scrappy snowman

I used up several snippets of holiday dp to make the background for this card. They all had burgundy and ivory on them, so I think they work together.

The cute snowman is from Crafty Sentiments. He's colored with pencils and the edges are sponged with Distress Antique Linen.  There's a dollop of Stickles on each snowflake around him and they glitter like diamonds in real life. With all the busyness behind him, I didn't want to add a lot of embellishments, so I angled the mat and used a ribbon tab that picks up the same colors as found in the background.

This card is for these challenges:

Crafty Sentiments: anything goes
Sketch Saturday 338: use a previous sketch -- this is sketch 337
Simon Says Stamp Monday--Holiday Cards
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday-- Christmas holidays
Word Art Wednesday#161--  Anything Goes
CHNC December patterned paper Challenge  -- use patterned paper
CHNC December Christmas Extra Challenge -- anything Christmasy

Monday, December 1, 2014

Snowy Scene

I do a swap with Technique Junkies every month because it's a chance to try a new technique.  In TJland, this technique is called monochromatic silhouettes, although I think I'd go with ombre silhouettes.

I started with a bunch of snippets in various shades of blue, cutting them a uniform size, assembling them temporarily, and stamping the image. I made it especially difficult on myself by embossing the image rather than just stamping it, so the snippets blew around a little during the heat gun part of the event. After embossing, I reassembled the pieces on their permanent mat, adding a little space between each element.

A snowy ribbon seemed like the perfect embellishment.

I'm playing in these challenges
Papertake Weekly -- Take your Pick (I did the color challenges, blues/greens or in this case, just blues)
Catch the Bug -- Leftover paper
Simon Says Stamp Monday -- Holiday cards
Pixie's Snippet Playground #153 -- snippets