Saturday, November 12, 2016

Watercoloring Some Christmas Magic

Stampin Up's Christmas Magic set brings a sense of calming scenery and magic your way.  So, that's why I thought some soft watercolors would be the perfect way to color this image.

What I love about watercoloring is that it is perfectly imperfect.  Not one stamped design and watercolor image will ever look exactly the same.  The colors blend into one another as the water allows, and each sunset can be unique and beautiful.

In addition to the watercoloring, I added a snowflake from the Starlight Thinlits.  Yes, the stars can become snowflakes when the points are trimmed!

AND... where can you use those lace-y points that you cut off?

I took mine and adhered them to another piece of Whisper White cardstock, then punched them out to make small ornaments on the side of the card:

And, that little bow?  That came from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch... Love that punch... and its tiny accessories.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your comments, so if you have a moment... do leave a note.  Have a great day stamping!

Wishing you some magic today,

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Warm Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses

Look closely.  This is not your ordinary Christmas or Holiday stamp set.  I took a 5 pointed flower to create a poinsettia bouquet at the top of a leafy wreath.  But, I only accented one flower with a pearl and a stampin' dimensional (sometimes less is more).  

I used three petals from the flower punch to create the leaves.  And, did you notice a puddle of silver thread behind the leaves.  I like those tiny details that keep the eye traveling around the card, don't you?

To make the wreath, I lightly drew a circle shape using a circular container (from Stampin Up's circular container in which the pearls came).  Then, stamp on and around the circle with leaves from your favorite floral set.  Lastly add holly berries and leaves, colored onto the stamp with the red and green marker.

The velum band in wrapped around the white card and adhered in the back, so the adhesive would not show.  I quite liked making this card from a stamp set that turned out to be more versatile than I thought.

Hope you enjoyed your stop here.  Please come back again - and if you leave a comment, I would enjoy that, too!

Warm Wishes,

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Gingerbread Cookie Love

I'm a little addicted to this cute Cookie Cutter stamp and punch set.  I added googley eyes and a red glitter heart for more gingerbread cuteness.

Can you believe the icing is simply Whisper White cardstock?  Whisper White is so smooth that the full stamp comes out so crisp and vibrant.

Do you notice a slight burnt edge?  Try rocking a little bit of darker ink on the edges of the stamp.  It's subtle, but kinda' gives him a little texture, no?

Here he is clipped to the card (...attached to a paper clip, which is then attached to the card on gold glimmer paper and tear & tape adhesive).

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Have a sweet day!

Can We JUST Fall in Love?

Halloween has passed, but I had to share this couple.  They are made from the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set and punch.  I added googley eyes for fun and a heart... because, well... don't we just all need to get together these days?

Though not shown here, I clipped them to a ribbon which was tied around a candy bar for Halloween treats.  Maybe the kiddos will eat the candy while using one as a bookmark?  LOL...anything to get a kid to read.  

I hope you will see what I did with the Christmas Cookie Cutter set in my next post.  Love these little dudes.

Have a day filled with love and peace.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Looking for Sparks of Joy in 2016

How many organization ideas have I tried?  How many have failed?

On my last trip to the bookstore (and by the way I am not a paid sponsor for this book), I came across this book:  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, so I thought I'd take a peak.  The first thing that caught my eye and spoke to me was this quote:

We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of... take each item and ask:  "Does this spark joy?"  If it does, keep it.  If not, dispose of it.

As one of those "creative types" -- I hate to throw anything away for fear that later on I could use it in some clever way.  But, the time has come to start purging... so I bought the book (kind of ironic that I added one more thing to my home when I should be purging, huh?)

With that, I have purged one thing from my closet so far... lol.  My journey continues.  I am determined, nonetheless.

Have you purged lately?  What successful technique do you have for organization?

Wishing you joy this 2016!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Up to 60% Off on Stampin Up Products

The end of the year Stampin Up sale is winding down with only a few more items left.  If you are looking to get a head start on next year's Holiday preparations, or if you are looking for a great deal, you will want to check out the sale.

Even though some items may look like they are strictly holiday season-ish, they can be used for so much more.  One of my favorite products introduced  (and now on sale -- was $5.00 now only $3.50!) was this black glimmer paper.  At first, I thought it was only for Halloween themes.  

But, when I saw how it could be used for a dark sky, the impact of the glimmer was stunning.  The photo of the "Oh What Fun" card does not do the glimmer paper justice.  It really makes a "WOW" impact - take my word!

I also made the base of this card clear to add extra shine.  Can there be too much shimmer and sparkle for one card?  Nah!  :)

Anyway, go check out the sale for yourself.  You may just find something you could use to finish off that project that has been sitting around for too long.

Have a creative day!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Sigh... Christmas Is Only 363 More Days Away

The festivities are winding down as my sweet Rexie cozies up on the tree skirt quilt.  What a whirlwind.  Every year I say I'm going to get my Christmas cards made in July.  Sigh...

Here's an cute and simple idea that I found on Oakfield Crafts.  Since, I am loving everything hexagon this year, I was inspired to make my own version:

When do you make your Christmas cards?

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