Saturday, December 3, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things

As much as I love bright, bold and glittery, or even non-traditional pinks and blues for Christmas cards, there's something about good ol' red and green that makes my heart happy. The inspiration photo for this week's Inspired by All the Little Things challenge had me wanting to create a basic, fun, traditional Christmas card.

I used a die from Kaisercraft for the main panel of my card. It was cut from green cardstock and trimmed down slightly to fit an A2 panel, then adhered to a white card base. I added some sequins and red shimmer paper for sparkle and shine. This took no time at all and is VERY festive. It might win as my holiday card to mass produce this year!

Thanks for stopping in and be sure to check out the other creations from the amazing design team over at the Inspired By blog. Play along with us; I'd love to see what you come up with!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Create Together with Lisa Petrella

My wonderful new friend Lisa Petrella from Bellalistona is my Create Together collaborator this week and we're working with a fun stamp set and dies from Concord & 9th. I met Lisa at a recent crafty weekend away and we had so much fun together. It is so great getting the chance to meet other cardmakers- go for it if you get the chance! Lisa has fun, clean and simple style I just adore. I love the tags she has posted lately; this alpaca tag just cracks me up, and this one is so elegant.

Here are the sets we used:
First up is a one-layer card I made using the O Christmas Tree set. I stamped the stars repeatedly in a rainbow pattern down the front of the card base, then using my MISTI stamped the sentiment several times to get a crisp, dark black look that wouldn't get lost against the busy background.

Next is a super fun tree I created using the Take A Bough dies. Don't limit yourself to using the boughs for just a tree like I have done. So many possibilities! :)

I die cut the boughs a bazillion (estimate) times from a rainbow array of cardstock and adhered them on the skewer as the helpful YouTube video instructs. Isn't that fun? I'll post a few other pictures of it on my Instagram feed for a better look. Links to that can be found at the top right of my page, under my profile picture.

Thank you SO much Lisa for creating with me this week. I hope you had fun. :) Time to head on over to Bellalistona to check out what Lisa came up with. Have a great day! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Clean and simple Congrats

I'm popping in quickly to share a card I made for the Addicted to CAS challenge- code word Congratulations. Happy 4th birthday to them and this fun challenge! Clean and simple cards are my favourite kind to make. They're not always as simple as they seem to put together.

I used the gorgeous floral spray from Hello Lovely by Concord & 9th. Copic markers were used to colour it in and the sentiment from WPlus9 was stamped using my MISTI. One layer and minimal work- that's my kind of card!

That's all for today, folks. I'm running a Christmas card-making program at our local library tomorrow night and have lots of work to do still! Time to get to work!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things #34

The rustic décor in this week's Inspired by All the Little Things challenge made me excited to use the gorgeous buffalo plaid paper in the My Mind's Eye Comfort & Joy patterned paper collection. All things plaid, rustic, earthy and wood!

After die cutting the Merry & Bright sentiment from Lil' Inkers I cut it again using a stitched rectangle die, and then stamped the trees in black. The whole focal piece was adhered to black cardstock and popped up on the plaid paper using foam adhesive. It's rather dramatic and masculine which I love.

There's some gorgeous inspiration from the design team this week, and our fabulous guest Joyce Mehrberg has a lovely creation for us too! Check it out and play along. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Create Together with Tracey McNeely

Tracey McNeely and I are back with another fun Create Together collaboration, again finishing each other's cards. This time Tracey gave me a pretty one layer watercolour creation, with a black flower from Altenew's Floral Shadow set stamped on.

It's always intimidating to try and finish someone else's work but I gave it my best shot. For my sentiment I used the Celebrate die from Papertrey Ink's Block Talk collection cut from black cardstock, and covered with Spica glitter marker for some serious sparkle. That stuff really needs to get it's act together and show up better in photos lol. I filled in the space below with silver sparkle paper and added a sequin cluster to the centre of the flower. I love how elegant it looks.

Here's card I gave to Tracey to finish. I used patterned papers from My Favorite Things and die cut the edges with a die from Reverse Confetti.

Head on over to Tracey's blog, In My Creative Opinion and check out how she finished the card I gave her. While you're there be sure to check out her 25 Days of Christmas Tags series! It's amazing! Thanks so much to Tracey for playing along with me again this week. Have a great day.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

SOFT and sweet

Yay for having time to play in challenges! I'm joining in on the CASology challenge this week using the word SOFT as the inspiration.

Soft reminds me of bunnies, babies and all things cute and cuddly. :) I took out my Mama Elephant New Family set and made a new baby card with the challenge in mind.

I did a soft pink watercolour wash for my background right on the card base, then stamped my sentiment and grass images. The bunnies were stamped, die cut, then coloured with Copic markers. A few sequins finish it off.

Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping in!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Inspired by All the Little Things #33

Bottle brush trees are still all the rage this holiday season. I did some Christmas décor shopping for myself yesterday, and was in awe of all the lovely displays. If I had a fireplace mantel I'd decorate it just like the one in the photo inspiration this week for Inspired by All the Little Things.

Concord & 9th have a gorgeous stamp set- O Christmas Tree- that features bottle brush trees and I figured it would be perfect for this week's challenge! I stamped the trees in soft colours first, then a few bold colours in the foreground. The sentiment was heat embossed in gold over top and then the entire piece was die cut using a stitched scalloped circle die. I love the non-traditional colours on this card and need to make more like it! :)

Thanks for stopping today and head on over the Inspired By blog if you haven't already to see the gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the design team. You can also link up your card over there. I can't wait to see what you create!