Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Studio Light Christmas Card

 I’ve really become a fan of Studio Light papers, especially the lovely new collections. This one, from a few years back, was more simple than I originally thought when I picked it up. It has simply designed papers, pages of ephemera, and some Christmas sentiments on vellum in the back of the pad. Since I still had paper scraps from recent cards and a new used die I picked up that I thought would work with those scraps, I thought I’d give it a whirl - since the colors matched so well.

So I started down this path after getting a mystery box collection and this full A2 die. I started die cutting the odds and ends paper pieces with the patchwork type die. I carefully adhered them to an orange red card base to match the colors in the paper pad. To make the ephemera standout, I decided to use a tag die as a background, using another paper from the pad.

I fussy cut the ephemera out, and added them to the tag and card base. I then found another die in my stash and cut out 2 sets of sentiments, one in red and one in white. I pulled the card together by adding sequins and just a few glittery pen highlights to the hearts in the house, car windows, and stars.

Must admit, I’m really enjoying playing with ephemera and this die. I may try the die again using a couple sheets of double sided paper... another day! That’s it for today; thanks for stopping by!

Happy crafting!

Sketch Challenge #29 - Shop Your Stash

 So, I’m hoping to inspire some of you to go back in time, looking through your stash for some of the oldest items you have! Now, I must admit, I’ve not been crafting as long as many of you, but I still have some relics. When I started out, I picked up this Authentique holiday paper pack, which I am very close to de-stashing because the style is so out of date… very tiny images, looks aged (as many old Authentique packs did), and not very artistic. I also had picked up this magazine kit, because I loved the look of it. (After making this card, I think I’ll still keep the cross stitch kit …it’s cute, and scrap most of the Authentique paper.)

To make this card, I took a sheet of the paper, spritzed it with water and embossed it. Love the fabric texture it gave the paper. I then cut it into 4 pieces to form the basis for a {BYSHC}Sketch Challenge 29 card style.

I then took another sheet and used a pencil to draw the vertical lines. I used a stitch stamp from 49&Market and stamped along the vertical lines and attached the 4 pieces. I then cut out the sewing frame from cream and Kraft card stock. I stamped the images from the kit, and added green and red ink “stitches” and a little shading to the tree. I stamped another sentiment from the kit, clear embossed it and added backing from the scraps. To complete the card, I added a dark green paper with fabric texture, a rustic bow and sequins.

Well, I this one turned out kinda’ cute as I love the cross stitch look. I do love cross stitching even though I haven’t done it in awhile. Well, hope this encourages you to shop your stash! Thanks for stopping buy!

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Friends of Unity December Blog Hop

 Hey, have you heard? Friends of Unity (FOU) are celebrating 5 years of blog hopping with the Unity Stamp Company family and friends! Such a great community and such a big anniversary! 

To celebrate, Unity Stamp Co. is giving away not 1, not 2, but 3 $25 gift certificates. Winners will be randomly chosen on December 10th from those who comment on every blog in the hop! Winners will be announced December 11th on Crystal’s blog and in the USnT FB site. 

Speaking of giveaways, I also will be doing a giveaway… all you have to do is leave a comment, making sure you leave your name! I’ll announce the winner in my post next month!

So, speaking of years of FOU blogging, there are tons of inspiration buried in these FOU blogs. Since Unity rarely retires stamps, the benefit is just unmatched in the cardmaking business. A card sample from 3 years ago is just as valuable as one made yesterday, as you can still nab that stamp set …just a thought! For example, here’s some holiday cards from years past…

And…some non-holiday examples…

Moving on, our theme this month is…

And I’m all over this one🤣! So the first set of cards was inspired by all of Unity’s wonderful poinsettia stamps and demos and a watercolor painter on YouTube. I decided to try painting my own background on a large 9x11” watercolor paper. Clearly, not going after perfection here. After painting the poinsettias, I outlined them using opposing pen colors. I then added stamped images of a “Holiday Cheer” sentiment (Cheer and Joy) and an ornament (Elements of the Holidays). I also lightly stamped the background stamp from Change and Direction. I ended up embossing the stamped elements with sparkling embossing powder and adding some penned gold dots.

I cut the paper into four sections and die cut those. I die cut some tags in matching colors, found matching background papers and embossed the sentiment using sparkling embossing powder again. I added shiny Washi tape and string to the tags and coordinating crystals to the poinsettias.

These turned out better than I expected as there’s so much going on, imperfections are lost (thank goodness).

For the next cards, I decided to play with my sparkling pigments. I knew I was going to use snowflakes and I wanted a blue background I could stamp on. So, I took a 6x4 mixed media paper and started to sprinkle blue toned Primary Elements pigment onto the paper and spritzed it with water. After drying, I wanted to change the blue tone a little, so I added blue Nuvo pigment powders and repeated the same process. Finally, still not satisfied, I added drops of ArtC blue glitter ink and did a repeat. (Clearly, playing here.)

I then found a perfect paper background I thought would complement the blue paper. I also went looking thru a DCWV glitter paper pad and found a matching blue paper and a scrap piece of acetate. I then decided to make 2 acetate windows with stamped snowflakes on the bottom peeking thru a stamped snowflake on the acetate. 

Using 5 snowflakes from the kits mentioned above, I stamped (and embossed) the images all over the now sparkling mixed media paper. I used a variegated blue Seth Apter powder for these flakes. I then stamped the largest snowflake on 2 pieces of acetate and used Brutus Monroe Sterling Silver powder for this. I cut the sheet in half, made window panes of the blue DCWV glitter paper and combined the 3 layers together. 

I used several Unity sentiments for the cards, stamping in Tumbled Glass Oxide and then clear embossing them. And I varied the layout of each, adding another panel with white glitter paper and patterned paper on one. I also used different embellishments on each card and dies on the 2nd. Must admit… the glitter and glitz on these 2 cards can be seen across the continent.

So that’s it for me… now onto the rest of the hop! Thanks for stopping by and remember to comment on each blog for a chance at some goodies.

You may have arrived here from:

April’s blog

 Next up:

Alaine’s blog

Or, you can start at the beginning, with:

Thursday, December 1, 2022

{BYSHC} Sketch Challenge #29

Welcome to a new Build Your Stash Holiday Card Sketch Challenge… #29!

For this challenge, I took the opportunity to use up some odds and ends I collected over the years. I had some leftover My Mind’s Eye Sugar Plum paper and ephemera, a holiday DCWV 6x6 Washi tape paper set, some paper I received from a magazine that I liked and a leftover 12x12 paper sheet. After placing the Washi tape onto cream card stock, I cut down all the pieces. Because I used random paper pieces, I couldn’t take the easy way out in cutting the triangles. So I had the first the sheet corner to opposite corner to make first triangles. I then held the 2 pieces together, and made the second cut…cutting through both pieces, making 4 triangles. Not perfect, but I think it worked okay. To place the pieces onto the base I created for each card, I used Washi tape to hold down and arrange the piece. I then would lift up one end and glue it, then the other end of each little triangle. This worked pretty well!

I then paired papers with ephemera pieces and  made up all the cards. To make the cards more festive, I added sparkly embossing powder, random die cut pieces, and brads, crystals and sequins. 

I also decided to use a scrap paper to create a shaker card with this sketch using a pretty sparkly sequin mix. In this case, I also used gold sticky strips. 

Must admit, it was very satisfying pulling random pieces together, using up cherished scraps, and ending up with an additional 5 holiday cards! I think this sketch boosts the look of sometimes plain ephemera! So fun! Check out this blog post for more information and Crystal’s easy way to create this sketch using pretty 2 sided papers!

Thanks for stopping by… till next time, happy crafting!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Snowman to Go Card

 Made another card for the Fall 2022 | Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Used Snowman to Go from Unity on this card! Wanted to make a more masculine card for nephews and this one coupled with a dark red, black and white holiday paper pack seemed perfect. I used a silver pencil for the snow and snowman, foil snowflakes, a silver pen, and a sparkly clear pen. I paper pieced the cup using papers from the pack, and black and silver embossed the sentiment. Pretty easy card to pull together!

That’s it for today, till next time… happy crafting!

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Picket Fence - Jill Girl Card

 Well, I’m still on a warm caffeinated beverage challenge and holiday card quest! This time I coupled Picket Fence’s Jill Girl with some paper scraps, a Tim Holtz holiday greenery die set and Couture Creations’ The Gift of Giving paper pad.

I fussy cut the pieces of the Jill Girl image after stamping on different papers. Before assembling her, I stamped the image on bristol paper and used my Prismacolor pencils to color in the face and hair. I die cut holly sprigs, found a sentiment I thought would fit the card and started pulling everything together. Red and green twine and crystals were added as finishing touches. 

This card will be added to both the Fall 2022 | Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and the Coffee + Holly Caffeinated Challenge #11 sponsored by Topflight Stamps (❤️❤️❤️).

Well, that’s it for today… need to do some exercising! Till next time, happy crafting!

Monday, November 14, 2022

{BYSHC} Sketch Challenge #28 - Cocoa & Love SSS

 Pulled out an older tiny Simon Says Stamp kit, called Cocoa & Love. Had to pick this one up as I am a cocoa lover! 

This card fulfills both the Coffee Loving PaperCrafters FB group‘s Fall 2022 | Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and the Build Your Stash Holiday Card FB group’s challenge as well!

Now that I have a sketch to work with, it was easy to pull this card together! After identifying patterned papers I’d combine it with, I stamped the image on mixed media paper and used my Prismacolor color pencils and a few pens to color it in. Also used a sparkly pen to highlight the fluffy trim on the hat. 

To complete the card I used Washi tape and matching sequins!

Be sure to check out both challenges and search your stash for those gems that fit! Thanks for stopping by!

Happy crafting till next time!

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Concord’s Cozy Up Set

 Made another card for the Coffee Loving PaperCrafters FB group’s Fall 2022 | Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! Anyone can participate and this year, any season or occasion is fine! However, I’m still on a quest to get holiday cards done!

So I pulled out an older Concord and 9th stamp set, called Cozy Up and here’s a pic of it! Cute set from 2016!

I pulled out a sheet of Bristol paper, die cut it down and started stamping the background using a combo of brown distress inks and the new red one! I then stamped the cups, stocking and log heart with the same inks, embossing the brown images with a sparkly clear powder and the stocking with the new distress red powder. I fussy cut the images. Then I found a sheet of acetate and cut that down, leaving a strip at the top to tuck behind. I gold embossed the sentiment on that. I used an older brownish red Photoplay Christmas paper as backing. I used a strip of that to tack down the bottom bottom of the acetate once I assembled all the pieces. I think this set is adorable and don’t know why I haven’t used it more!

Pretty easy to create, once I carefully stamped, embossed and fussy cut pieces out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 11, 2022

Warm & Cozy Studio Light/P13 Card

 Oh oh oh… if you haven’t checked it out yet,  Coffee Loving Papercrafters FB group are hosting a Fall 2022 | Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! Just found out it started today… and, since I knew it was just around the corner, I, coincidentally, happened to pull out stamps today that I could use! This is so fun, and there are tons of sponsors, all of which I haven’t even check out yet! Look at this pretty graphic…

So, wanting to participate and kick start my participation, I pulled out this cute maybe retired? Studio Light stamp set… from a former Snowy Afternoon collection. I decided to couple it with a very pretty paper from P13, called Cozy Winter

Having made those decisions, I found a mixed media paper and selected watercolor paints I thought would match up with the paper. I stamped the cup and saucer lightly with a brown distress ink and proceeded to paint. I fussy cut the images out, and stamped and watercolored a star anise image. I cut the papers from the collection down, added a sparkly embossed brown sentiment fromthe Kit, twine and embellishments. I decided to also add a little sparkle as I will be turning this into a holiday card by adding glitter to the sugared sprinkles on the whipped cream!


Had so much fun creating this card! Next step upload to the site for a chance at winning some goodies! Be sure to check out the blog hop and cards submitted for inspiration! 

Well, thanks for stopping by… till next time, happy crafting!

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Paper Inspiration Cards

 Pulled out an Olive Vine Primary Elements pigment and tried to pour some out to use on paper. All of a sudden pigment was all over! Then I noticed the cap inside was open. Thus, I ended with a small pile of the beautiful pigment on my mat… which I couldn’t waste! So, after spritzing it with water, I ended up with a few beautiful sheets of colored green/gold paper, that I had to try using! Hence, the origin of these 2 cards (and probably more)!

Olive Vine, Colourarte, Primary Elements:

For the first card, I gold embossed and colored the ornaments from Unity’s 10/17 Conspiracy of Love kit using watercolors and pencils in complementary colors. I used an oval die on the ornaments paper. I decided to gold emboss the pigment paper with the Holly All Around background stamp. I then found a magazine paper that I thought worked as the bottom layer. I used a green Seth Apter powder, to emboss a sentiment from a recent kit, added gold ribbon and crystals and called the card done.

For the second card, I used the Search for Those Moments kit, to emboss the tree image, using a combo of green oxide inks and Rustic Wilderness powder. I spattered gold and white spatters over the paper. And, to make a snowy image, I added white acrylic paint to the trees. To back the image, I used the ink smooshing technique with another paper using the oxides and a gold liquid ink. I also stamped swirls using a mixed media kit from Unity and an oxide ink. 

I cut the papers down with dies, added a gold background, embossed sentiments from the Winter Wonderland Walk kit, and a ribbon, and called this one done.

Love how both of these turned out. I think I’m making some progress now, in creating holiday cards… but I have a ways to go! Hmmm, may be time for a little paper piecing. We’ll see… well, till next time, happy crafting!

Monday, November 7, 2022

Winter Scene Card

 Hello again… merrily building my holiday card stash here! This time I was inspired by craft magazine paper I had saved! I decided to couple it with a watercolored background. Then, I was inspired to pull out an older Unity SMAK kit, called Peace in Your Soul, from 11/2020. 

I started by laying down by laying down tape on watercolor paper to form the background hill. I then used a combination of violet, blue and green to paint the sky and add background forest. I then added shadows and snow with white+acrylic paint and a white pen. I used a sparkly blue Stampendous embossing powder to stamp the deer and painted shadows and sprigs of grass. 

I cut down the mag paper and backed it with another paper to strengthen it. I then used oval dies to cut the mag paper and a silver glittery frame. Using a more recent Unity sentimen, I embossed it on a blue scrap paper with a sparkly silver Stampendous powder and cut and backed it with white paper. I added a bow and crystals for embellishment.

You can see with the little video clip how sparkly the card is. Think it turned out okay!

Well, time to clean the craft room before I do anything else! Thanks again for checking in… till next time, happy crafting!

{BYSHC} Sketch Challenge #28 - Unity and a little Washi

 Here’s another Sketch Challenge #28 card! 

This time, I’m trying to use up some pretty Washi tape, one a soft glitter and the other, a beautiful soft Alexandra Renke tape. This was another easy card to make. I embossed Unity’s All Wrapped Up sentiment with a sparkly green embossing powder and added a little watercolor. Finally, I used a green ribbon, enamel dots and sticky gold strips to complete the card. A simple but elegant card, I think.

Thanks for stopping by… happy crafting till next time!

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Odds and Ends Gingerbread Man Card

 So, how many of you are like me and picked up pretty odds and ends at different stores on sale, or have scraps from special cardmaking events? Well, I have just decided to make a card from those odds and ends, including, sparkly craft store holiday ribbon, a Stampin Up paper scrap, a sparkly My Mind’s Eye paper scrap, a Penny Black die, called Mitten Stocking, a Tim Holtz clipping sentiment and other paper scraps. Oh, and I used this month’s Sketch Challenge #28!

So, this was pretty easy to put together, but I think all elements combined with a few crystals make a pretty cute card! I think a sketch is so useful with simple cards! To pull elements together I did fussy cut a gingerbread man out versus using the die!

Well, that’s it for another holiday card, yay, till next time… happy crafting!