Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Holidays Christmas Card

Hello everyone, hope this finds you all well.  I've managed to get another Christmas card made to link up with Linda Coughlin's 12 Tags Of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style challenge, sponsored by her online shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and this card was inspired by her week #7 tag.

My card is pretty much exactly the same as Linda's tag, other than the colour scheme and a couple of other minor changes.  I was in a bit of a rush to get this completed so didn't take any in process pics but here are some close ups with a brief description.

I used a piece of plaid scrapbook paper from Tim Holtz's Tidings Paper Stash for my background rather than stenciling the background as Linda had done on her tag.  I'm back in my happy place with tattered and inked edges!

The Poinsettia was die cut with Tim's Tattered Poinsettia die and I made mine in red (Candied Apple, Barn Red and Aged Mahagony Distress inks) with some cake decorating stamens in the middle and a sprtiz of Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.

A 'happy holidays' Christmas Quote Chip; I over-revved when sanding the chip to age it so had to go back in with a Distress Marker to re-ink the quote!

Mini Holiday Greens die cut from white cardstock and embossed with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Fractured Ice embossing powder, love this powder as it totally changes dependent upon the colour behind it!

The square Ornate Frame #2 die was cut from kraft cardstock and the frame embossed with Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

And the center of the Ornate Frame #2 was stamped with one of Tim's Mini Doodle Greetings stamp, inked around the edges with Ground Espresso Distress ink and covered with Clear Rock Candy Crackle paint with a top coat of gloss varnish.

Love that crackle!

And finally, as Linda had done, a Distress ink coloured Crinkle Ribbon bow at the bottom; my bow coloured with reds and greens to coordinate with the plaid background paper.

And that was it, love how it turned out, what a wonderful design Linda!

I'm still behind with Linda's challenges but hope to get caught up in the next couple of weeks.  Stay tuned for more cards and some new DT projects and thanks so much for stopping by today.  Happy creating!

Deb xo

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Snowflake Dreams Christmas Card

Hello everyone and apologies for my absence, I've been working behind the scenes on magazine articles and future DT projects which I can't share with you quite yet so haven't had anything to post!  But I'm caught up (for the time being that is ;O) so was able to get another Christmas card made to link up with Linda Coughlin's 12 Tags Of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style challenge.  If you haven't heard about Linda's challenge yet, click here to head on over and check out her week #1 tag and to see what wonderful prizes you can win from her online store The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

My Snowflake Dreams card was inspired by Linda's week #6 tag (yes, I'm behind yet again!).  Even though my card looks nothing like Linda's tag, I was inspired by the lacey die cut she used, the snowflakes and the silvery stenciled stars on her tag.

This card ended up going in a completely different direction than what I'd envisioned and I have to admit it's not one of my favourites.  There aren't any vintage elements (other than that lovely little Fluted Star) and not a spec of brown ink or stain which has me slightly hyperventilating but I'm trying to embrace my 'modern' side LOL!

I started out with a A2 sized blue cardstock blank and stenciled the background through Tim Holtz's Stamptember 2017 stencil which has the same design on it as his Starry stencil.  I stenciled Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Medium through the stencil and when it had dried clear and tacky burnished some of her Vintage Tin Mixed Media Transfer Foil over top.

I  then added a strip of silvery grey ribbon to the top and bottom edges of the card front.

To bring in the lacey element on Linda's tag, I die cut Tim Holtz's Doily from white cardstock and embossed it with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder.  I tried to show the shimmer from this wonderful embossing powder in the pic below but the camera just doesn't like to pick it up unfortunately.  Initially I was only going to use a portion of the Doily die cut on the card but it reminded me of a paper snowflake so decided to use the whole thing.

And speaking of paper snowflakes, I then die cut several of Tim's Mini Paper Snowflakes from PeelnStick Toner sheet that I covered with Lapis Watercolour Deco Foil.  Love this Lapis Watercolour foil, it has hints of blue, silver and gold throughout it.

And finally, I added the sentiment from Tim's Holiday Talk Metallic Stickers onto a silver rimmed label from his Labels Metallic Stickers and popped it up on a piece of white fun foam.  I embossed the outside edges of the label with a bit more of the Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder and then added one of the Fluted Stars.

And that was it, here are a couple of close ups.

Hope that you've enjoyed seeing it, not my usual fare to be sure but it is growing on me LOL!  I'm hoping to get at least one more card done for Linda's challenge in the next day or two so will be back to share it with you when it's done.  Thanks as always for stopping by and happy creating!

Deb xo

Friday, November 10, 2017

Let It Snow Christmas Card For Southern Ridge Trading Company

Hello everyone, I have a Christmas card to share with you over on Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog today created with lots of their wonderful winter and Christmas chipboard embellishments.

I used Southern Ridge's Poinsetta Drops, Bare Branches and Snowflake along with Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Art Tape and Opal Deco Foil from Therm O Web.  Tim Holtz's Fold Up Bows, Mini Paper Snowflakes and Holiday Words 2: Script dies from Sizzix were also used along with Distress inks and stains and Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.  Step by step tutorial over on Southern Ridge's blog, hope to see you there!

Deb xo

Monday, November 6, 2017

Bringing Home The Christmas Tree Decoration For Therm O Web

If you are looking for my Emerald Creek Dares post, click here.

Hello everyone, the month of November is upon us (how in the heck did that happen?!) and Christmas crafting is kicking into high gear around here.  I have a tutorial to share with you today over on Therm O Web's blog for a fun Christmas home decor piece I created with lots of wonderful Therm O Web products and the fun Old Jalopy die from Tim Holtz.

I used Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Art Paper, Art Tape, Foam Sheets and Transfer Foils along with Gina K. Designs Fancy Foils, Foil Mates and Fancy Ribbon from Therm O Web.  Tim Holtz's Old Jalopy, Fold Up Bows and Mini Paper Snowflakes dies came out to play as well along with one of Tim's Idea-ology Woodland Trees and Distress Spray Stains.  I have a step by step tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog, hope to see you there!

Deb xo

You Are The Hero Card For Emerald Creek Craft Supplies

If you are looking for my Therm O Web Mix It Up Monday post, click here.

Hello everyone, it's a new month and that means it's time for a new challenge over at Emerald Creek Dares.  This month Kim has proposed the theme of 'Unsung Heroes' and asks us to create inspirational pieces regarding loved ones, those who have served or are serving our countries, special pieces created from a "found relative" or perhaps some artistic expression to frame that perfect poem, story or photo.  I decided to make an inspirational card for this month's challenge to remind the recipient that they are the hero in their own lives every single day.

Emerald Creek Craft Supplies used:

I started out with a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock and stamped it with the 'stars' phrase from Kelly Klapstein's Dream Phrase set and with the 'remember' word from Nicole Wright Designs Fallen Blossom set.  I immediately embossed the stamped words with Verdigris Sparkle embossing powder and once it had cooled, coloured the whole panel with Distress Stains in Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood and Tumbled Glass.  The panel was then trimmed down to 4" x 5 1/4" to fit onto the front of a kraft cardblank.

The Believe Buckle Connector charm was embossed with more Verdigris Sparkle embossing powder and the 'believe' word enhanced with a black felt pen after embossing the charm.

Two Heart brads and the Three Star Metal Band charm were embossed with Charred Gold embossing powder.

The 'you are the hero' phrase from Artistic Outpost's Paperboy stamp set was stamped with Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink and clear embossed onto more Heavystock.  The phrase was inked with Distress Inks in the same colours as the stains used above and then edged with copper glitter glue.

The two embossed Heart brads and the Three Star Metal Band charm were attached to the top of the panel around the stamped sentiment.

The Believe Buckle Connector charm was slid onto a piece of Linen ribbon and the ribbon stretched across the bottom of the panel.  The panel was then adhered to the front of a kraft card blank and the stamped 'hero' phrase was bumped up onto some pieces of black fun foam and added near the bottom.  As a final touch, some Pyrite gems were scattered here and there around the card front to mimic stars.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my You Are The Hero card came together and that you've been inspired to make something for the unsung heroes in your life.

We'd love to see what you create over at Emerald Creek Dares and if you enter the challenge you have a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate to the online store, www.emeraldcreek.org:

plus you get 10% off your next purchase at Emerald Creek Craft Supplies just for entering the challenge!

Can't wait to see what you make to link up, happy creating!

Deb xo

Sunday, October 29, 2017

All Is Calm Christmas Card

Hello and thanks for stopping by, I have a Christmas card to share with you today that was inspired by Linda Coughlin's week #5 tag for her 12 Tags Of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style challenge.

If you haven't heard about Linda's challenge yet, head on over to her blog to check it out and join in the fun, you have a chance to win some very generous gift certificates to Linda's store The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  The card I made this week was inspired by Linda's use of the Tim Holtz Great Outdoors wood round stamp on the background and how she framed her focal point with Tim's Stitched Squares dies.  I have a few step out photos of how I made my card, read on for the how to.

I started out with a kraft A6 size card blank and cut a front panel for the card from Distress Mixed Media Heavystock to 4" x 6".  The panel was inked up with Antique Linen Distress Oxide and then randomly stamped with the wood round stamp from the Stamptember 2017 stamp set and Tree Branch Archival ink.

Those wonderful sketchy deer from the same Stamptember 2017 stamp set were then stamped over top of the wood rounds with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink. The edges of the panel were then distressed and inked with Ground Espresso Distress ink.

The antlered deer from Tim's Holiday Drawings stamp set was stamped onto a piece of Heavystock with Ground Espresso Distress Archival ink and clear embossed.  The image was die cut with a Stitched Square die and the edges inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  The next largest Stitched Square was die cut from a green patterned Yuletide Paper Stash, the stamped image centered overtop and some Yuletide Fasteners added to three of the corners (I just noticed when I was editing the pictures that the three red fasteners are not all the same .... I'm going to pretend that I meant to do that!! :OD )

Some Mini Holiday Greens were die cut from red and green Classic Kraft-Stock and a couple of pieces of jute twine wound around the top of the card.  Three of Tim's Tiny Bells were sewn on top of the die cut greenery.

And then I forgot to take more in process pics so here are some closeups of the finished card.

A Holiday Talk Metallic Sticker was adhered to a piece of Heavystock and inked around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink and added beside the layered Stitched Squares.

Another larger Yuletide Fastener was added to the bottom right corner of the layered Stitched Squares (this one I meant to be different than the others!!)

And finally, one of the sentiments from Tim's Doodle Greetings 1 set was stamped on the inside of the card.

So that's my card inspired by The Funkie Junkie's week #5 tag, hope that you have enjoyed seeing it.

You still have lots of time to join in the fun over at The Funkie Junkie, the challenge doesn't close until December 29th so head on over and be inspired!  I'd also like to link up my card with the current 'Not A CreatureWas Stirring' over at Jingle Belles blog :)  Thanks for stopping by and happy creating,

Deb xo