Christmas Season Preview

I wasn’t planning on doing a Christmas project yet and having one more week of fall and Halloween projects but this Christmas one snuck in to just give you a preview.

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A couple of things about this one before I share the separate card and envelope pictures  This card is actually a little different. It’s actually 4 X 5.5 but I actually really like the way it looks. Also a little Scan N Cut note. I used the pre-loaded holly image to make the little holly berries… I’m not really a fan… I like the Cricut better for these preloaded image type things. There’s no “Shadow” feature for the scan n cut so I couldn’t just match up the pieces… I had to figure it out myself and I just am not a fan of how it came out.

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And the back

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and the envelope

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Stamps: Gina K Designs Christmas Wishes, Gina K Designs Cheers, Gina K Designs Made With Love, Gina K Designs Holly Jolly

Ink: Gina K Designs Christmas Pine

Paper: Stash

Accessories: Scan N Cut

Challenges:

Crafty Friends Challenge 42 Anything Goes

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge 44 Anything Goes

Craft Your Passion Challenge 335 Anything Goes

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Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #183

Now that things have slowed down at work lets try getting back into this blogging thing.

It’s Monday and you know what that means! Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge time!!!

I actually struggled with this sketch a bit… So I hope you’ll join us this week so I can see what you come up with!

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And now what I came up with.

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Really cute and simple. I have another try at this card scheduled for later this week and I actually think that one came out a little better although my mom likes this one.

And the back.

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I even made a matching envelope!

You’ll ignore the ink smudge right…. Just pretend it isn’t there….

 

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I don’t even now where that smudge came from…  I have one of those sand erasers…. But it’s a little MIA at the moment…

And the back flap of the envelope.

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Stamps: Stampin Up Sassy Salutations (This set is retired now), #I’mbringingbirthdaysback Wood Mounted Stamp, Gina K Designs Hippo Bird Day

Ink: Versafine Black Onynx Ink Cube

paper: Stash

Accssories: Want 2 Scrap, Prismacolor Pencils (This is just the oranage color used to color the balloons)

Challenges:

Crafting With Friends Challenge 30 anything goes

Brown Sugar Challenges challenge 221 anything goes

Art by Mi Ran Challenge 69 Anything Goes

 

So Very Thankful

I feel like I’m finally winding down from the end of summer crazies. I’ve had my last “staycation” My summer theatre projects are done, I’m settled into my new job, I’ve moved blogs. It’s been a long summer and I’ve packed a lot into it! I’m not going to promise updates every day becuase I never seam to follow through. So for now I’m only going to say more regular posts. I’ve also gotten a lot pickier about what cards I share with you. I only share the cards I at least like and are worthy of sharing but I hope that helps to improve the cards you see!

So I made this thank you card and thought I’d share it to say thank you to all my lovely blog followers.

 

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Foiled Happy Birthday

Hi everyone!  I tried something really cool with this card and am so excited to share it with you! The picture didn’t come out great but the picture still shows the details.

 

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Doesn’t that look so cool! I swear the middle is not that dark I have a feeling that my camera struggled with the difference of the white words and the dark background.

Anyway how did I do this. First I blended Black Soot Disstress Ink all over the foiled piece (It used to be white) then ran it through my minc with the red foil and embossed the happy birthday with some white embossing powder. It’s a little sumdgy because I forgot to run my powder tool over the pannel first… I always forget that part! But here’s something intresting! In some parts of the pannel the foil actually stuck to the black ink too! I wonder if I should have let it dry a little more before I ran it through my minc.

Stamps: Stampin Up Sassy Salutations

Paper: stash

Ink: Versamark, Distress Ink Black Soot

Accessories: Minc Red Foil, Mini Minc, Sparkle N Sprinkle White Detail Embossing Powder

Challenges:

Sparkle N Sprinkle

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends

Crafty Friends

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Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 171

Hi Everyone! Ever have a card that you just can’t get right? That’s what happened with this card and why my Sketch challenge is going up today and didn’t make it up on Monday. It took me 6 tries to get this right and I probably could have done on more redo!

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I absolutely love this sketch and can’t believe how long it took me to get it right! I thought it might be fun to share with you all the tries I went through to get this card done.

  1. I didn’t like the shape I cut on my  Scan N cut and had picked a size that was too small and decided I wanted to just go with an oval like in the sketch.
  2. I stuck the white oval to the brown oval before I stamped and then forgot to mask off my little piggy before stamping her mud puddle…
  3. I tried using masking fluid on my piggy and didn’t wait for it to dry long enough and ripped my paper when I tried to take the masking fluid off.
  4. I messed up on the stamping… (Yes even with your misti if you forget to clean your stamps off you mess up from time to time…)
  5. I messed up on the coloring… But thought I would deal with it and then while I was thinking about it at work I decided I really wasn’t OK with it and needed to re-do it when I got home
  6. I finally got it good enough.

That was the short list of issues. I also was getting frustrated with the number of ovals I needed to cut and finally got smart and cut out more than 1 at a time (I still have 1 left over), I ripped the rectangle after cutting it at one point and I still don’t like the way the background looks.

Oh well, It’s good enough.

Stamps: Gina K Designs Sophie Pig, Stamps by Judith Modern Heart

Paper: Stash, Gina K Designs Bubblegum Pink

Ink: Memento Rosebud, Copic RV21, RV23, E44, Memento Rich Coca, Distress Picked Raspberry, Broken China, Spiced Marmalade

Accessories: Hemptique Flamingo Brother Scan N Cut 2, Lawn Fawn Stiched rectangle dies.

Challenges:

Seize the Birthday

Brown Sugar Challenges

 

 

 

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Christmas in July

Hi everyone!

Today I was feeling a little Christmasy (it helps that I just got a new Christmas stamp set) and wanted to make a Christmas card!

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Stamps: Gina K Desgins Cheers

Paper: the Stash

Ink: Gina K Designs Ivory Pigment, Memento Tuxedo Black, Gellyroll gold glitter pen.

Accesories: Dress it up Mini Pearl Hoiday Snowflakes, White Glitter embossing powder

 

Challenges:

Crafting With Friends: Anything Goes

The Crafter’s Cafe: CAS

Mod Squad Challenges: Christmas in July

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Digistamps4Joy Blog Hop

Hi everyone, Today we are starting a Blog Hop from July 7 till July 14 at Digistamps4Joy. It would be great fun if you join in and have a look at all the great cards the Design Team has made. We all made easel cards embellished with either glitter or sequins. One follower of the main Digistamps4Joy challenge blog will win a digistamp, so make sure you are a follower there. If you visit each of the links in the list of blog participants and leave a comment on each blog, you may be the lucky person to win a Digistamps4Joy digistamp from each one! By leaving a comment on each of the participating blogs, you can earn an extra digi on this main blog. And the digi you can win is what the DT made on her card. So anyone who leaves a comment on the blogs and follows the challenge blog from Digistamps4Joy can win a digi from any of the Design Team blogs. So, you can earn a total of 5 digis! Isn’t that a cool prize?

 

That’s right you can earn 5 digis! There are 4 different digis being given away on the DT Blogs and 1 digi you can win on the main blog! So you should definitely play along!

You should have come here from Margaret’s Blog and after you leave your comment here you should head to Tertia’s Blog.

As soon as I heard the sequin twist to this blog hop I knew I wanted to use this stamp! I mean sequins and musicians go together! I was a little sppoked by the easel card and I did mess up but it still looks cute!

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Watercolor Wedding

July is National Watercolor Month! So here’s a fun watercolor wedding card! I cut the wedding cake from one of the pre-loaded images on the Scan-N-Cut! I used some of the inking techniques I learned from my foiling class! I also learned I have no wedding greeting stamps… Do you have any suggestions?

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Paper: Gina K Designs Petite Flourish Foil Elements, Stash, Strathmore Watercolor Paper

Ink:  Tombow Dual Brush Pen 195 and 743, Memento New Sprout, Distress Ink Spun Sugar

Accessories: DecoFoil Iridescent

Challenges:

Crafty Friends Challenge

Art By Mi Ran

Brown Sugar Challenges