Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Warm Your Heart Card

I love that it's holiday card making season. Holiday cards are hands down my favorite kind of cards to make. 
I combined a classic green and red color combo with two kinds of gray, pulling the gray tones from the woodgrain background in the card base. I was working off the new sketch from RetroSketches. I stamped the Colonial White Panel with images from Woodland Wishes in Fern, Ruby, and Slate. Then I stamped over the images using the star from the October SOTM  using Whisper ink to fill in the background with swirly goodness. 
I embossed the SOTM sentiment in white onto a Ruby banner, which I threaded through a Thin Cut heart. I topped off my banner with a wooden snowflake accented with some gray enamel gems. I couldn't resist a little hand drawn stitch line around the card base to frame the stamped print.

Ho, Ho, Hope this project warmed your heart!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Mixed Metallics Celebration Card

I wouldn't normally do this, but I have a little November SOTM Sneak Peek to share today. You can't get this stamp set until next month, but I was inspired by the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge, so I'm sharing  this sparkly celebratory toast of a card today. 
I used one of my favorite new collections called Uptown Fundamentals. I accented the gorgeous gold foil stripe and gold dot vellum with Black, Slate and Sea Glass tones for a simple but elegant look. This card has a LOT of shimmer and shine!
That leaf is a cricut cut in Slate cardstock that I sprayed with a silvery glitter spritz. The Sea glass martini glass and black bow also got a shine from a generous application of shimmer pen. I added some iridescent bitty sequins as festive little bubbles in the glass. Cheers!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Magic of Christmas Card

I know it's early for the holidays, but it is totally time to start making holiday cards!
This card is inspired by the sketch over at Mojo Monday. My stamped images are from Season of Magic except for the snowflake which is from Woodland Wishes. I filled in the green panel with that snowflake tilted on an angle. The white background is embossed with a snowflake embossing folder.
I stamped and cut out the flowers and leave individually. I dotted the flowers and wreath with red glitter gel for a bit of sparkle that won't affect mail-ability. I love holiday card making season!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Spread the Love Blog Hop

Welcome to the Spread the Love Blog Hop, featuring the heart warming Operation Smile stamp set. The current Operation Smile set is called True Love, an utterly adorable set of 9 images. You might be arriving here from NINA'S BLOG. You'll find 17 fabulous projects on this hop!
I started my project with a base of Sorbet cardstock embossed with a heart embossing folder. I sanded the cardstock to bring out the hearts. I added heavily sanded Sapphire cardstock and a panel of burlap I got from the Rustic Home Fundamentals. I wrapped this panel in copper twine before adhering it to my card. I drew inspiration from sketch 148 over at RetroSketches and this week's Color Throwdown Challenge.
I colored the sweet little boy using my Shin Han alcohol markers, and added some shimmer brush to the balloon images. Can you even with his sweet little face and that awesomesauce sentiment?

I kid you not when I say that True Love is one of my absolute favorite stamp sets in this new Idea Book. That sentiment alone is enough reason to add this one to your stash, and with every True Love purchase, you are literally helping to change the life of a child.  Next up on the hop is JEAN'S BLOG. Be sure to hop all the way around and Spread the Love to all our crafty friends!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Count Your Blessings Card

I feel like my photography skills have failed my card for this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.
It has so much sparkle and shine in real life. I took a bazillion pics, from all kinds of angles. I need a crash course in how to photograph glitter people. I was inspired in my color choices by this week's ColourQ challenge. I grabbed some of the new basics kraft dot, and some Cocoa textured cardstock to make the Lagoon and Sunset colors pop! This stamp set is called With You.
I sanded the cardstock, then painted on some Folk Art gold extreme glitter paste, which I then sprinkled with some chunky gold glitter. Can you see that sparkle? The ribbon is a subtle gold shimmer too, but my sad photography skills could get shimmery ribbon or some of the glitter but not both, and nothing like the real life bling. Does anyone know how to do this better? Am I lighting it too much? Not enough? Perhaps I needed to add MORE glitter! Probably not... 

In any case, check out the sketch over at Atlantic Hearts, and I hope you'll play along too!


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