Thursday, December 8, 2016

Merry and Bright Blog Hop

Welcome to the Merry and Bright Blog Hop! You might be arriving her from BECCA's BLOG. On this month's Blog Hops with Heart we made you some fabulously merry holiday projects!
For me, holiday crafts are the most fun. I love that holiday decorations are never too sparkly! This year I added a sweet Holiday Banner and an advent tree to our entryway. I used some rhinestone covered push pins to hold up my new decor creations.If you want a closer look at that triple block decoration hanging from what is normally just key hooks, you can see that ornament up close HERE.
 I found the banner in my to be decorated project drawer. Perhaps it originally came from Michaels? I can't be sure. I painted most of the banner pieces with a dark red acrylic paint and swiped the edges them with the green. I flipped the colors on the dividing banner.  I outlined every letter with glitter gel, and embellished the banner with wooden snowflakes, sequins, rhinestone and bitty sparkles, and more glitter gel. Lemme tell ya, that was a lot of Liquid Glass, Stampin' Friends.  I tied the banner pieces together using baker's twine and topped the bows with more rhinestone sparkles.
I found a blank tree wooden decor piece at Craft Warehouse. I painted it with the same dark red and green acrylic paints. I outlined each tree "branch" with silver glitter gel. I stamped the numbers on for a guideline, and then I filled in the letters with a sharpie marker. I found a very vintage CTMH rhinestone circle frame sticker, which I mounted on Ruby cardstock and topped with a gingham bow to create the Advent marker. It moves along with the help of a glue dot behind the bow.
I coated the entire piece with a glitter acrylic paint topcoat. This isn't the greatest picture, but can you see the bling? It might just be the sparkliest paint ever! I adhered a glittered kraft star diecut to the top of the tree for one last touch of sparkle. I know there wasn't a lick of paper on my projects today, but almost everything (but the tree base) came out of my stamp room stash, so I hope you'll still enjoy my glittery decor items!

Next up on the hop is AMIE'S BLOG. Happy Hoppin' Holidays!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Sweet Birthday Glitter Cupcake Card

So I know I've blogged a lot of cupcake cards this fall...but seriously there's always something new that makes me want to put a cupcake on it!
In this case I was working on this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge. The main image was drawn as a circle, but I went with the Sweet Birthday cupcake, natch. I stamped the cuppie on a panel of white cardstock, then I die cut the image out of a separate panel of cardstock and layered that on top to inset the stamped image for a bit of depth. I used Shin Han alcohol markers to color some white cardstock for the stamped banner detail, trimming that colored paper to 1/4 inch and highlight the sentiment.
That black and white paper needed somethin' somethin', so I used glitter gel in a rainbow of colors to turn it from black and white to rainbow ombre. Then I used the same gels to fill in the dots of the cupcake liner, Since that wasn't enough glitter yet, I patted some transparent prisma glitter gel for sprinkles over the cuppie's top before adding the big wiggly eyes. I used some pink chalk to add a little color to his sweet cheeks. Happy Sparkly Monday, Stampin' Friends!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! This month we have 30 talented consultants sharing their crafty creations using Thoughtful Flowers, a stunningly pretty set of 14 floral images and sentiments.You may be arriving here from TAMMY'S BLOG.
As soon as I saw this set I started to ponder how I could best turn it into floral sprays of goodness. I didn't really want to fussy cut all the flowers, or have it be too bulky, so it seemed natural to give masking a try!  I used some post-its to create a mask for each type of flower. Then I started with my biggest center flower, masking each image off as I went along, working from the "front" of the floral spray to the "back" so that the finished element would have depth. I stamped everything in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored the image using Shin Han alcohol markers. I don't usually go in for the one layer card but the MUSE Challenge this week is a cute one layer card with a vine wrapping around the sentiment so I took it as an additional challenge not to add a bunch of extra layering.
I went back in on the image with a shimmer pen for some subtle sparkle. I am a girl who lives and breathes sparkle, but I couldn't bring myself to add sequins or rhinestones this time. I wanted to let the pretty flowers stand alone, so all I did to finish is add a few teensy drops of glitter gel to the tiny flower centers and draw a delicate border around the outer edge of the card base with a very fine journaling pen.

Next up on the hop is KATHY'S BLOG. You can find a full blog hop list here. Don't forget that the December SOTM is only available in the month of December, so click here or chat with your consultant to get yours soon. Happy Hopping!

 Additional December SOTM Projects:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Merriest Christmas Card

I had such a good time this weekend! Between our Gilmore Girls extravaganza on Saturday and the holiday Card Buffet on Sunday, my friendship cup is overflowing. Today I sat down at my table and let the happy sparkle flow through...
This card is based on the new sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. I painted a panel of watercolor paper with wine and green paints. Then I sponged on some Extreme Glitter acrylic paint in gold. I layered on some Kraft CS and Enchantment Fundamentals
I stamped my sentiment (shh! That set is retired.) and embossed the MERRIEST word with gold glitter embossing powder. Stars and snowflakes were stamped and embossed using that same glittery powder. It's not the cleanest embossed look, but it sparkles so in the light! I ran some of that glitter acrylic paint around the edges of my card front before I glued it all together. My hands are a glittery, painty mess, but my heart is happy.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Embossed Merry Christmas Card

I feel like this a lot this year - that the time is just flying by so quickly, faster than I can comprehend. Every now and then it's kind of fun to get a jump on things, since I usually feel so far behind. 
Today's card for the new Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has a little sneak peek of the December SOTM in it. See those beautiful gold embossed pointsettias? Can't get those until December. I also made good use of the Woodland Wishes Thin Cuts Bundle. I know I can fussy cut a banner - but it was way more fun to use the die cuts and have them perfectly formed every time!
I added a bit of ribbon and baker's twine, and accent stars stamped in Sea Glass. I am in love with our color of the year! I hope you've got enough time to pop over to Atlantic Hearts to play along with the challenge this week!


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