Saturday, October 3, 2015

two shaker cards; MFT Stamps October release countdown

When I think of the holidays and Christmas, I think of winter and snow. Which often leads to thinking about snow globes. I love how the snow and sparkles fall gently down the shaker. So when I saw Die-namics Stitched Arch STAX, I immediately saw the top of a snow globe! Using the two largest dies, nested together and held perfectly spaced apart by a piece of low-tack tape, I passed them through my manual die cutting machine, to create the opening for my snow globe/shaker card.

Inside the snow globe, I created a scene with several new products. I started by creating hills with Die-namics Stitched Mountain Range. Sweet Tooth card stock was cut the entire length of a panel of card stock. I placed it in the bottom of the shaker, on a piece of Sno Cone card stock which was cut with the largest die in Die-namics Stitched Arch STAX. When I had the mountains arranged how I wanted, I trimmed away the excess, following the edge of the circle. 

Images from Die-namics Winter Wonderland were cut from Sweet Tooth card stock. The coordinating images from Winter Wonderland were stamped and colored with Copic markers. There are three different trees in the set! I love having those options!

Inside the shaker, clear sequins, marshmallow sequins, and silver seed beads were added.

To create a base for the snow globe, I cut one of the images from Die-namics Blueprints 13 three times and layered them together. I thought it was a pretty good way to build up the base!

This shaker card is a labor of love. Of crazy love. Of the love of my crazy ideas. When I saw 
Die-namics Snow Drifts Cover Up, I wanted to make each of those lovely layers part of a shaker. It was a little challenging, but it looks pretty neat!

I cut a sheet of foam adhesive with Die-namics Snow Drifts Cover Up. It was not long enough to cut the entire image. So, I focused on cutting the insides. Then, I went back and cut the top and bottom edge with the left-over foam. I left the extra pieces of foam on the inside (from the curvy main image) to keep things stable. I removed the backing from the die cut foam and placed my cut piece of Gravel Gray card stock over the top. Hello beautiful new gray color! 

I flipped the piece upside down and quickly realized, I forgot the acetate. Sigh. To solve my problem, I trimmed a piece of acetate to fit, glued it down, then placed another die cut Gravel Gray card stock image on top. Then I got back to the fun fillers. I used Marshmallow, clear, and silver star sequins, along with silver seed beads. 

Before adhering the shaker to the card base, I trimmed a piece of Wild Wisteria card stock to fit. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment 'let it snow' from Winter Wonderland three times. The best part about creating this purple panel, is how easy it makes putting the back on the shaker components. Glue it on, while the fun fillers sit in place. And one last touch, I added Sheer Sparkle Glitter Glaze to the entire top, because, can you ever have enough sparkle? 

Visit the MFT Stamps blog for all the details, fun news, links, images, and all that good stuff!

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Supplies for Holiday Snow Globe card, available Oct. 6:

Supplies for Let It Snow Shaker card, available Oct. 6:

World Card Making Day tutorial: Scrapbook & Cards Today

Head to the Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine blog and check out the technique tutorial I have created for you! See how to create this amazing faux watercolor background! Its quick and easy, which I love, and has amazing impact!

Not to mention that I am completely smitten with this color combination! I may/will be using this frequently! The colors are all listed on the SCT blog. Wink, wink.

A little birdie told me that there are prizes from Bo Bunny, May Arts, Therm O Web, and Your Next Stamp up for grabs! Hurry on over!

I hope you are having a creative and fun-filled World Card Making Day! Remember to send a few of those cards you are making today. Getting a handmade card in the mail is an amazing way to tell and show someone just how much they mean to you! And that's the absolute BEST part about WCMD-sending the love!

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Happy World Card Making Day!

Happy World Card Making Day!

Today is a great day to be a card maker! I had to share a few of the activities planned in celebration of today! So many companies and magazines are sharing inspiration and good deals, be sure and check these out!

All day long the team at Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine will be sharing ideas and inspiration! And I heard that there are going to be some pretty great prizes! Check it out!

Be sure and join me on their blog today with a fun technique post! Keep an eye out for my post announcing my time over there today!

The MFT Challenge team at the MFT Card Challenges Blog has one awesome day planned for you! Every two hours, starting this morning at 4 am EDT and ending at 8 pm, there will be challenges, inspiration, and PRIZES galore! Do not miss what they have planned!

This week my new class at Big Picture Classes launched! Its been a big hit so far, so if you are looking for some seasonal card inspiration, head over and take my class, Falling For Cards! Learn how to use the Gelli plate, how to add texture and warmth to your projects, and get a great recipe for a gift to give someone! Because, that's really what this hobby is all about!

They also have a great sale happening! In addition, we’ll be having a sale on some card making supplies for the weekend! Saturday and Sunday, shoppers can enter the promo code CARDS20 to receive 20% off on stamps, inks and embossing supplies + FREE shipping*

*Sale ends 10/4/15 at 11:59 EST. Exclusions may apply. Free shipping for domestic customers only.

Jillibean Soup also has a fun weekend ahead, in fact, it started yesterday! Tons of great techniques, tips, prizes, and a free class download will be on their blog this weekend! Sounds like fun!

Friday, October 2, 2015

elegant and whimsical Christmas cards: MFT Stamps October Release Countdown

Who is singing Christmas songs now because of all the amazing products and projects?! I know I am! Today's peeks give you a look at the classy and elegant to the fun and whimsical Christmas products being released this month! A style for everyone!

How about those brand new colors?! From the moment I saw the Green Eyed Monster card stock, I was in love. Its a beautiful shade of blue/green, one that is elegant and soothing. Pairing this beautiful color with the gorgeous images in Hand Lettered Holiday was a no-brainer! The color, sparkle, shine, and timeless images make this one of the prettiest cards I have ever made.

I began by inking a panel of Sweet Tooth card stock with Green Eyed Monster ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool. Once the color was applied, I placed Stencil Snowfall over the top. Using a damp paper towel, I gently pressed through the stencil, removing the ink underneath, creating the look of snow. The panel was then spritzed with MIX-ables Shimmer Sheer Mist. I set it aside to dry and then decided to help things along with my heat embossing tool. I have no patience. :) The sentiment from Hand Lettered Holiday was stamped on the panel and heat embossed with white powder. Snowflakes from another new set, Snowflake Flurry, were also stamped and heat embossed. To add more depth, I stamped more snowflakes with watermark ink. For even more shine, I added a few clear sequins.

Now on to the cute and whimsical holiday style! Birdie Brown is bringing us some adorable stamps and coordinating dies of Christmas elves this month in a set called, Santa's Elves. The set is full of images to color and to create great scenes! I love the accessory images like the tree and the cute jingle bell!

I die cut all my images from Die-namics Santa's Elves from Blending Card by X-Press It. Then I stamped the images with Hybrid Black Licorice Ink. The images were all colored with Copic markers.

Sweet Tooth card stock was cut with Die-namics Stitched Rectangle STAX. I used the second largest one, to make a slightly smaller space to create my scene. To the center of the rectangle, Lemon Drop ink was applied with a Mini Ink Blending tool. Then, with the same color ink, I stamped a few of the snowfall images from Santa's Elves. The sentiment was stamped in Hybrid Black Licorice ink. How cute is that?!

The scene panel was layered on a piece of Wild Cherry card stock cut with Die-namics Pinking Edge Rectangle STAX. Which was placed on the card base that was stamped with a fantastic new background image, Sketched Chevron Background. Adore is not a strong enough word to describe how I feel about this new background! Its perfect!!

Visit the MFT Stamps Blog for more information about the October release! Be sure and check out the new colors being released and all the videos showing you the new products! Its nice to be able to see them in someone's hand and get a better idea of size!

thanks for stopping by!


Supplies for Happy Holidays card, available Oct. 6:

Supplies for Like No One Elf card, available Oct. 6: