So, last year I did a post where I took a look at some of my favourite cards for the year. I thought it would be fun to do again this year. I decided to leave out Christmas cards as I just did that post. :-). Without further ado, here's my top 10 cards (in no particular order. Click on the titles to see original post)...
I made this card for Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking's Gallery Idol contest (going to miss that and PC&S so much!). It wasn't a winner but I loved the challenge of using washi tape in a new way. Yes, those flowers are made from washi tape!
I adore the Penny Black branch stamps and this one is no exception. I was trying to channel my inner Heather Telford. :-). She makes some of the most gorgeous cards I've seen. It got noticed by Penny Black and was tweeted about. :-)
Well that's it! I hope you enjoyed walking down memory lane as much as I did. Thanks so much for all your support and encouragement this past year. Your comments really make my day! All the best for a happy and healthy New Year!
Hello everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. I sure did. :-). Once again I'm guest designing over at STAMPlorations for their Spotlight Project segment. I have a set of two Christmas Thank You cards to share. I hope you'll all go over there and check them out. :-). Have a great day!
Hi! I was visiting some of my fav blogs on this lovely (if extremely windy) Boxing Day and ran across an interesting post. My friend and fellow Ink teammate, Nonni, of Korttikarkuri-Runaway Cards, mentioned that over at A Scrapjourney, Debby has a linky for your 5 favourite Christmas cards of 2014. I figured why not join in the fun? So here we go!
I made this with a lovely Penny Black stamp and it managed to win a challenge over at Festive Friday and make a couple other people go out and buy the stamp! (It's an older stamp and not easy to find). :-). I couldn't ask for anything better!
This was made using STAMPlorations stamps and coloured with pencil crayons. I just love the look of it on the kraft paper.
I had trouble making this card but when it finally came together it was instantly one of my favs. It won a sketch challenge over at STAMPlorations too.
I love this card. It turned out even better than the idea I had in my head! I just love the white and aqua together.
Lastly, this card was a top 3 pick for the November challenge at Spectrum Noir. I used their markers to colour the free digi image by Uniko Studios. I love the big snowflake and woodgrain background.
Well, that was fun! I hope you all had as lovely a Christmas as I did and I hope you enjoy your weekend! Thanks for stopping by!
I'd like to wish all my followers a Merry Christmas (if you observe this holiday)! I hope this holiday season brings you all much joy and that the coming new year is filled with prosperity and happiness. I won't be posting for a few days as I enjoy my holiday with my husband and son. Thank you for all being such loyal and wonderful followers and for all your wonderful comments this past year. See you in a few days!
Okay, I said I wouldn't post another Christmas card until the new year. But I just HAD to play in a couple of challenges and try out some new goodies! :-). I got my order from Simon Says Stamp a little while ago and in it was my new Wink of Stella pen. Can I just say, amazing! I love this pen. So awesome! So glad I decided to get it. I also got the falling snow stencil I see everywhere (I have yet to play with this), some heirloom gold Perfect Pearls mist (so beautiful!) and a SSS ink pad (sea glass). The other goodies I got were from Neat & Tangled. Got some stamps and sequins. I love new crafty stuff! :-)
Okay onto the card! Apparently, I'm on a one layer trend as I seem to want to make them lately. Guess I'm just getting into the groove for my new Design Team over at One Layer Christmas Card Challenge. (yes, it is a shameless plug for the blog. So there!). :-). Take a look...
You can see the Wink of Stella glitter a bit better here.
I masked off my area and then created a snowy hill mask and sponged brocade blue (SU!) ink. Then I stamped my tree (from Neat & Tangled, Winter Wishes set) in mellow moss (SU!) and forest moss distress ink. I repeated this step several times. I splattered some white paint for snow. It's a little hard to see as it turned out more subtle than I intended. Then I added some Wink of Stella to the hills. I removed the mask and created another for the small strip on the one side where I sponged the green inks in a ombré look. I stamped the sentiment (from the same set) in forest moss distress ink and then added a cute little snowflake sequin (also from Neat & Tangled, winter wonderland mix). I really like this little scene.
Hey everyone! It's that time again for another challenge over at Inkspirational! We have an awesome inspiration picture for you. Take a look...
Isn't it great? Now I had all these ideas in my head for this one but do you think I was able to pull any of them off? Nope! I had such a hard time this challenge! So, I decided to scrap my initial ideas and just go with the colour scheme (black, purple, white) for my card. Here it is...
I masked off my area and sponged perfect plum (SU!) ink in an ombré effect. Then I splattered some water and white and silver paint. I made the splatters fairly subtle as I didn't want to make them too busy. Then I stamp my foliage (CAS-ual Fridays) in black and grey. I removed my mask and created another to sponge in black a narrow strip on one side. Then I stamped the sentiment (CAS-ual Fridays). Despite how long it took me to get to this card it turned out rather nice, didn't it? It's a one-layer too!
So, I hope you will all join us and play along. You have to check out what the other DT girls made too. Awesomeness abounds! Plus, we have a wonderful Guest Designer, Karen, of Made by Meadie. Go leave her some love. Her card is fantastic!
Hey everyone! Some exciting news! A little while ago I was asked by Shery, owner/creator of STAMPlorations to be a guest designer for their Spotlight Project segment. I was so excited and honored! My task was to make a Christmas/Holiday Thank You card. I actually prepared a tutorial even! So, if you want to check it out swing by the STAMPlorations blog. Here's a little teaser to entice you! ;-)
There's a new Christmas card challenge blog on the block called One Layer Christmas Card Challenge. And guess what?! I'm on the design team! Shery, designer/owner of STAMPlorations came up with this fabulous idea. One layer Christmas cards make sense, really, since we mail out so many that it's easier and less expensive to send a one layer card. Plus, I love how they can be so "wow" and not have any layers. :-). The first challenge starts in January so I hope you'll all come check it out and play along. There's an amazing design team that's been assembled and I am so lucky to be a part of it! Well, that's all for now. Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!
**update**. Just so everyone knows, STAMPlorations stamps are not required to play in this challenge as far as I know. :-). Thought I should mention it.
So, it may seem weird to see a Mother's Day card in December but who said you can't start early? Heck, I make Christmas cards in May so it only seems fair. LOL. Besides, you are all probably tired of seeing Christmas cards right now. This is a simple card but I just love how it turned out. Check it out...
I used one of the flowers from STAMPlorations, Bloom Sketches set and stamped it in soft suede (SU!) several times using a mask. Then I coloured it with some pencil crayons. I stuck with white and browns to keep it neutral and soft. I stamped the sentiment (Stampabilities) in the soft suede as well. That's it. Simple, one layer and sweet. I love this flower stamp. So pretty. :-)
Well, everyone, this will likely be the last Christmas card I post this year. I'll take a break from making them and start again in January. :-). You may think I'm nuts but I love making them so I never really get tired of it. This card came about because of a challenge going on at Virginia's View Challenge. She wanted distressed so I gave her distressed! LOL. It's not my usual CAS style but I still like the results. Take a look...
So I used a NBUS stamp (the postcard is by Stampendous) and stamped it in brown on tan cardstock. I cut out the oval part with the cabin and did some distressing in the form of sponging ink and tearing up the edges. I coloured in the holly and berries with my Spectrum Noir markers. I took a teal card base and cut an oval window out if it and then attached my postcard frame. Then I added some acetate which I had splattered white paint on to mimic snow. I then stamped the postcard again in blue ink on white paper. I sponged some extra colour lightly here and there. I also added some dazzling diamonds glitter (SU!) to the roof of the cabin and various snow covered areas. Can't see it at all but it's there. :-). I cut out the oval with the cabin, discarding the frame part this time and attached it to the inside of the card to show through. Like I said not quite my usual style but it's rather lovely, isn't it?
Hey there, everyone! It's another rainy, grey day here in the Maritimes. Or at least my part of the Maritimes. Others are getting snow. We have been too warm for snow but that'll change soon. Anyway, I have another card to share today. This one isn't Christmas either. Check it out....
Lovely and bright isn't it? I first cut out a circle from my white card base then I took a white card stock panel and created my own striped paper. I used washi tape as a mask and sponged black ink on it. Took off the tape and voila! I attached this in behind the circle opening. Next, I stamped my daisies (STAMPlorations - Bloom Sketches set) and coloured them with my Spectrum Noir markers. I fussy cut them out and arranged and attached them to my card. I raised the top one up with some foam dots. Then I stamped my sentiment (same STAMPlorations set). I love the colours of my daisies against the black and white.
Well, I hope you are all as excited for Christmas as I am! It's hard not to be with a six year old in the house. We will finally put up our tree this weekend too so that will add to the excitement. Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting!
Hello! It's been a while since I last posted. I've spent the last week or so trying to get over a nasty sinus infection. Finally, after a trip to the Doctor, I'm starting to feel better. I got me some good meds! LOL. I'm trying to catch up on my sleep but it's hard since my cough is reluctant to go away and let me. Oh well, it'll all be fine soon I'm sure.
So, I have a card to share today and lo and behold it's not a Christmas one! Say what!? LOL. While, I'll still make some Christmas cards (cause I never really stop) it's not urgent for me to do so since all my Christmas cards are packed up and ready to be mailed. :-). So, I'm sharing a birthday card today. Take a look...
It's pretty simple but I love how bright and fun it is. I took some NBUS washi (Scotch 3M) and glitter tape (Darice) and randomly stuck it down on my card. Then I stamped my sentiment (Stampabilities). Easy peasy!
Hello Inkspirational fans! It's time for another awesome challenge over at the Inkspirational headquarters. This time you need to create a card with some gold on it. All other colours are acceptable too! I expect to see some lovely golden cards for this challenge!
For this challenge, I decided to try a black Christmas card again. Black and gold look so beautiful together so why not?! Take a look...
So I took a panel of black cardstock and stamped my snowflake (Hero Arts F5793) with Versamark and embossed in gold. I love this gold embossing powder. It's probably over 10 years old as it's one of the first I ever bought and it's such a bright gold. And it's almost gone! :-( I'll have to go on a search for a nice bright gold embossing powder soon. Anyway, once that was done I attached my panel to my black card base. Then I made a bow from some sparkly black ribbon I got from Michaels. Lastly, I added some gold jingle bells. I really love how this looks. It's pretty simple to do too.
Well, I hope you will go check out what the other girls on the Ink DT have come up with. You know it's going to be fabulous! Plus, we have an amazing Guest Designer joining us too. Please stop by and pay Deborah of Deborah's Gems a visit. She's created a wonderful card for your inspiration!