Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas Flourish

Just going to share a clean and simple Christmas card I made using the Hero Arts wooden mounted Flourish stamp. I love the elegance of this image.

I stamped the flourish in gold ink and added the stamped and trimmed Poinsettias and a little gem.

Have a great day!

Monday, November 23, 2015

New to Me

I've seen a few of these types of cards on the web and I really enjoyed them but never got to making one myself.  So today I sat down and started cutting strips of patterned papers that were on my table from another project.  I adhered two centre strips on a mat of brown cardstock first and then continued to work above and below them.  (That was the easiest way for me to figure out how to make this work).

Here is the card I made, I am quite happy with it, but the patterned papers are what will make this kind of card.

I found a stamped and trimmed Hero Arts butterfly in my stash and added it together with some gems.

This is a nice way to use up those scraps.

Have a beautiful day!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Christmas Birds

Ok, so these are not Christmas birds, but I wanted to colour them in red and then I thought I would just make a Christmas card out of it.  If you think it's a bad idea please let me know, I really will not be offended.

These birds are from Artistic Outpost, I just love them.  As you can see there isn't anything much to the card.  I trimmed the corners, added a bit of designer paper and then heat embossed in gold that sentiment strip which I added.  The central image was coloured with Copics, punched out and inked around the edge with gold ink.  I then popped the image up.  That's it.

I don't know about you but I am still shocked at what occurred in Paris, I am just happy that my brother and his family are ok, and I pray that it remains that way.  My prayers go out to all those affected by this tragedy.  Keeping my crafty friends in France in my prayers too.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Christmas Trees

I was wanting to make another Christmas card (I don't have many in my stash at all), and I wanted to try and flex my creative muscle and see if I could use a non-Christmas stamp for it.

As I was going through my PTI stamps I found the Hello Sunshine set which has a number of large sun rays in it and I thought, yes, that will work.  So here is what I made with rays of sunshine....

The photograph is just awful, I simply cannot seem to find a spot in this rental house that gives me good light, so I apologise.  I just stamped and masked the trees in three different greens, added a stamped gold star for the toppers and then stamped the sentiment in the same gold ink.  I also later added a few touches of Stickles here and there on the trees.

I am normally incapable of looking at a stamp and imagining using it in a totally different way.  I know this is a simple example, but for me, it's a big achievement in terms of stepping outside the box!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Inspiration Everywhere

Inspiration is all around us, including on Pinterest!  I often go there if I am just stuck as to where to begin with a card.  For this card I was inspired by a design from Kelly Latevola.  Here is my card:

The background is made with distress inks and a few splashes of water.  I then stamped and masked the flowers 3 times (I haven't done masking in absolute ages, it was fun actually).  I coloured the floral images (from Penny Black) with my Copics.  I then stamped the "happy" and trimmed it out before adhering it onto the card and stamping "birthday" directly beneath it.  Then, a la Kathy Racoosin, I used my white gel pen on the petals of the flowers.

That's it,  a bit more work than usual but I like the outcome.

Have a fabulous day!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Simon Says: Thanks/Thanksgiving

It's a new challenge over at Simon Stays Stamp, this time it's all about giving thanks.  We don't really celebrate Thanksgiving here in South Africa, but truthfully speaking we should find every opportunity we can to be thankful don't you think.

SHK Badge to Share

In addition to the SSS Challenge, I also wanted this card to be part of Jennifer McGuire's new endeavour, the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge which runs for the month of November.  Now that is one person with a BIG HEART!

Here is a Thank You card I made for my daughter's teacher who got the Grade 3's safely to and from their first overnight camp experience!

I probably should not have added the white tot he dragonfly wings, but no turning back now.  The Hydrangea and background stamp are Hero Arts.  The Dragonfly and sentiment are from PTI.

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Birthday Poppies

I see that the current SSS Wednesday Challenge is "Anything Goes", so I thought I would pop this card in there.

I had fun using this Penny Black clear stamp, stamping with white ink and then colouring with my Copics.  I added a double border around the image just for fun.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.

Just a short post, it's late here already and I need some sleep!  See you again soon.

Have a lovely day!