Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Happy Holidays Shaker Card

I know, I know...it's not Christmas time yet. Except if you are a crafter, it is time for holiday Bazaars and making handmade cards. I was playing with the Holiday Cheer Shaker Ornament kit, and I thought a removable shaker ornament would be cute on this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.
I didn't have a ton of time to craft, since I just got back from a long weekend at the beach with my family and some of my stamping pals. Over the weekend I completed all the card and pages from my latest Craft With Heart Subscription boxes. When I got home I looked at the shaker tags spread across my desk, grabbed some festive washi tape, then started taping and stamping the stripes from the sketch across my background. I had intended to leave the whole background white, but I couldn't resist a little penwork around the edges.
Inside the shaker I mounted a glossy, sparkly snowman image. I did a little surgery on his arms to make it look more like he was holding that sign. Then I filled the shaker with silver sequin mix, tiny silver baby sequins, and some white snowflake nail gems. Can't wait to make a few more of these shaker tags - my friend Elaine was making the cutest tags all weekend!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Ho, Ho, Ho Quick Card

Hello, Stampin' Friends! I've been working really hard recently on getting ready for the Mt. View Holiday Bazaar. It's a huge craft and gift fair, and I'm super excited to be going back for the second year in a row. I've got Holly Jolly spread all over my desk, painty fingers, and glitter on all the things...but the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge calls, so I grabbed some scraps of what I've been using and made this quick and easy holiday card.
I used the outer edge of the ornament banner sticker from the workshop kit to mask off the scalloped border, sponging it in with a soft craft brush. I stamped around it with snowflakes and stars from the Whimsical Holiday Set, then filled in the card front with an older, retried PML card, Aqua shimmer trim, and washi tape. I used another PML card for the snowflake square, and nabbed the Ho Ho Ho sentiment from the die cuts of that Holly Jolly Kit I've been using for so many non-scrapbooking projects.

I finished embellishing with a pink snowflake sticker (Holly Jolly kit), some small white snowflake nail embellishments, and red glitter gems. Then I went around the edges of the stamping and snowflake with a glitter pen, and also added some shimmery lines to the plaid pattern of the background. 

The Mt. View Holiday Bazaar is on Saturday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be arts and crafts, gift items, home decor, antiques, food and more. If you're in my area, I hope you'll stop by and say hi!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Hello again, Stampin' Friends

Hello, Stampin' Friends! So I can see by the date stamp that my last post was in May. It is now October. I'd love to say time flies while your having fun, but I'm not sure that's what I've been doing, lol. In Summer I have been focused on so many things: no school time with the boys, CTMH Convention in Utah, remodeling the second floor of our new house, traveling back and forth to California with the boys and my Dad(!), and then back to school...so basically life. I've been doing life...but in my crafting I've been literally FROZEN, unable to find the time, focus, energy, and drive all at the same time for far too long, because everything around was a bit of a fixer-upper. 
Now that the new second floor is almost unpacked (and my new, bigger craft space is usable!), I am finally able to Let It Go and get my paws inky again. I have missed crafting so, so much. I've managed to squeeze in a bit here and there, but last night I sat at my new desk, made a card for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, and I just felt so happy and at peace. I busted out the Whimsical Holiday stamps from this month's Holiday Cheer special. I paired those holiday images with Craft On papers, which are going to retire soon, but I have missed SO MUCH GOOD STUFF, so I'm gonna use whatever I have and whatever I want until I feel craft-satisfied. I will craft what I want! 
 I paper pieced the little Snow Dude, adding shimmer brush to his body and touches of marker color. The snowflakes were fussy cut and mounted onto glitter paper backgrounds (from an older Tim Holtz die set), but that adorable little swirl is from the Thin Cuts - Crafting Shapes die set which is literally to DIE for if you are any kind of crafter. I can't even with how sad I was that I just opened this set like last night. Lots of shimmer brush, red baker's twine, and bitty sparkles finished off my first card in forever. If you want to build a snowman (card) of your own...or any other theme using this cute sketch, be sure to check out Atlantic Hearts this week. Okay, bye!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May SOTM Celebrate Card

Whoo! Three days in a row - I'm on a streak. I did a little Facebook Live tour of my new tiny stamp space, and that was such a big leap for me. I really had a great time organizing my tiny storage space into a fully functional craft room just the right size for me! 
Today for my video I made this sweet celebration card using the new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. Those balloons in the May Stamp of the Month are so pretty and easy to customize! I colored mine is with my Zig Clean Color Brush markers topped with CTMH shimmer brushes in Mint, Sugar Plum, and Clear. Then I added some white chalk pen touches to the shimmering balloons.
I used the nesting Circle and Stitched Circle dies, along with the stitch lines from the Decorative Borders die set to cut the embellishments on the card. The woodgrain is from the new Into the Wild papers, with a few touches of Sweet Girl mixed in. If any of y'all aren't loving this ombre wood grain business, feel free to send those sheets my way, lol. Finally I sprinkled on sequins from the new Crafty assortment, using my new FINE TIPPED Liquid Glass Applicator, and if you wanna hear me gush over that amazing bit of plastic while trying to use it one handed while also filming, you can watch that in my Facebook Live video from today!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Mojo Monday Butterfly Love Card

Did you guys know that Mojo Monday Sketches are back? Like I know I've been out of the loop, but Mojo Monday!! I'm so totally on board for this.
Today I broke into my Feels Like Home papers. I paired that with one last visit with my April Stamp of the Month. I wish I'd climbed back onto the crafting bandwagon sooner this month. My watercolor paints got to come out and play for the first time in months. I stamped the butterfly over the top of my painting in Charcoal ink, then flicked it all with Black shimmer brush and White watercolor paint.
I fussy cut the flowers out of the Feels Like Home B&T  - its' just so soft and pretty. Then I added black stickles and shimmer brush. Feels good to be home in my creative space again for sure!

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