Saturday, December 16, 2017

Hero Arts Real Pine All Decked Out

I really like the combination of dies with stamps, so today's card uses another Hero Arts stamp that was barely used in the past and some new dies.

I colored the stamp with Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo distress markers, huffed a few times to get it moist, then stamped on the paper.  I did this a few times, moving the stamp around to various places.

The center of the star is the Simon Says Stamp Abby Snowflake.  When I cut it out using red foiled cardstock for another card, all the little hearts were left over, along with the center star.

These are the products used:

Hero Arts Real Pine H2887 (probably retired)
MFT Die-Namics Accent-It Rock and Roll (star)
Simon Says Stamp Abby Snowflake
Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words
Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo distress markers
DCWV Foiled cardstock 6x6 pack

I'm entering this is the Word Art Wednesday Challenge


Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Abby & Alexis

Simon Says Stamp has these two coordinating snowflakes called Abby and Alexis.  I put them on a piece of black cardstock that I embossed with a Darice snowflake embossing folder.  I also applied some Creative Expressions Golden Light gilding wax over the raised snowflakes with my finger.  The edges of the card were cut using one of the dies in the Memory Box's Distressed Windham Collage set.

Products Used:

Memory Box Distressed Windham Collage
Simon Says Stamp Alexis and Abby Snowflakes
Darice embossing folder
DCWV Gold foil cardstock
Creative Expressions Golden Light gilding wax

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Purple Pinecone Ornament

I have a lot of this purple foiled cardstock leftover from a mixed pack of DCWV; I've used the other colors but always have purple left over so I figured I'd try making a card with it today.

Growing up we had a lot of these pinecone ornaments on our tree.  I found when cutting them out, however, that the solid die has some lines at the top that show through the top layer.  Just so you know if you buy them; they are not perfect.  I found it easier to trace around the top die and manually cut it out to avoid seeing the top lines like you can see on my ornament just under the bow.

Products Used:

Frantic Stamper Striped Pinecone Ornament
Frantic Stamper Pinecone Ornament Background (not needed)
Cheery Lynn Christmas Bell (bow)
Darice Snowflake Swirl embossing folder
DCWV Foiled 6x6 Cardstock pack

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hero Arts Snowy Tree

I've had this Hero Arts stamp for years now but the only time I've ever used it was in a card making class I taught.  It was time to revisit it along with the technique I used to color it.

I first placed the cling stamp in my MISTI and stamped it with VersaFine black onyx ink onto a piece of watercolor paper.  Then I colored the tree with a green Memento marker.  In hindsight, I should have done the wash behind the tree before coloring it in so I could have gotten closer to the tree.  

After coloring the tree, I dabbed a bit of Diamond Stickles on my craft mat and spritzed it with some water.  I also dabbed a bit of Peeled Paint distress ink on the mat and blended the ink into the Stickles so the Stickles turned green.  With a very tiny paint brush, I brushed the green Stickles over the entire tree.  Once the tree was dry, I then did the back wash with Tumbled Glass distress ink watered down and applied the Liquid Pearl drops to the tree.

Products used to make the card:

Hero Arts Snowy Tree
Echo Park Hello Winter 6x6 paper pack
Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Winter 6x6 paper pack
Taylor Expressions Cookie Monster Cardstock
Diamond Stickles
Sizzix Holiday Words
Lt. Blue and Pearl Liquid Pearls
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Christmas / Winter Holidays
Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Cardinal in a Pine Tree

One of my favorite card making techniques is using gilding wax on embossed images.  I find it relaxing to rub the wax over the raised surfaces for some reason.  I also found that if you make a mistake with the wax, you can easily  remove it with a rubber pencil eraser.

So, I first embossed the card panel with the Leane Creatief Pine Twigs EF then rubbed on the Holly gilding wax with my finger.  I started light and did several layers to get the darker color.  I then used a red distress marker and some gold Smooch to cover the berries and dots that were also embossed.

Products Used:

Leane Creatief Pine Twigs embossing folder 35.9746
Creative Expressions Holly gilding wax
Penny Black Merry Christmas
Frantic Stamper Small Birds
Smooch Gold Pearlized Accent Ink

I'm entering this in the Christmas challenge at Simon Says Stamp


Word Art Wednesday's Challenge

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Recycling Christmas Cards

Last year a blogger friend sent me a Christmas card with this gorgeous pink and gold ornament on it.  I couldn't bear to throw the card away, so I cut off the ornament to use on today's card.

Items used:

Memory Box Snowflake Ornament 
Frantic Stamper Pine Bough
Sue Wilson Caribbean Collection Background die

I'm entering this in the Simon  Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Christmas

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Monday, December 11, 2017

Blue Bells

When I saw these bells on the Cheery Lynn Design's blog, I loved how big and detailed they were.  They cut out really nicely too for being so intricate.

Products used:

Cheery Lynn Christmas Bell B846
Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Words
Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection - Background die

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Icy Inspiration (I used the blue and white mood board)  

and Simon Says Stamp Christmas Card Challenge

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Merry & Bright Bells

Love these bells by Cheery Lynn; my only regret is that I didn't back them with white paper so the swirls would show better.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  Icy Inspiration (I have snowflakes on my card)


Simon Says Stamp Christmas Card Challenge

Products Used:

Cheery Lynn Christmas Bell set B846
Elizabeth Craft Designs Dotted Scalloped Ovals
Sizzix Holiday Words
Impression Obsession Snowflakes

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Black White and Gold Peace

My card is pretty much a total copy of Sandi MacIver's card which I saw on Pinterest and knew I had to make.  Sandi is a Stampin' Up demonstrator but since I don't own any SU dies, I used what I had for a very similar end result.

To make the poinsettias, I cut the largest die out of gold foil cardstock then two sizes smaller cut out of white glitter paper.  This left just a little of the gold showing to offset the white layer.

Products Used:

Dee's Distinctively Mini Poinsettias
Dee's Distinctively Berry Sprigs
Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Words and Festive Greens
Inkssentials Memory Foil Tape
Impression Obsession Pine Pair

Thank you, Sandi, for such wonderful inspiration.

Festive Celebrate

I found a few good deals on Cyber Monday which included some Sizzix Tim Holtz Christmas dies.

I used a pinecone, ribbon, pine branches and poinsettia from the Festive Greens set and the word celebrate from the Celebration Words set.  The leaves from the poinsettia are from the Impression Obsession Poinsettia die.

To make the pine cones, I embossed the paper in the die rather than cutting it out.  This way I was able to color in the petals with a distress marker.

For the poinsettia I cut two then layered each on top of a sheet of red glitter paper for the cutouts to show through.

These are the products used:

Sizzix Tim Holtz Festive Greens and Celebration Words
Impression Obsession Poinsettia
Paper from Recollections stack

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Distressed Windham Collage "Believe"

Monday's Challenge at Simon Says Stamp is Icy Inspiration.  I chose the snowflakes and dark blue color from their inspiration board to make my card.

This is the inspiration board:

I used the following products:

Memory Box Distressed Windham Collage
Frantic Stamper Fairy & Flower
Martha Stewart Aspen Snowflake edge punch
Believe stamp - unknown

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Fall Berries

The stamp on this card is the Fall Berries Reverse by Impression Obsession.  For the above card, I simply colored the stamp with distress markers, spritzed it with some water and stamped it on some watercolor paper. 

The next card was done using the same stamp but with some gold and silver embossing powder.

 The word "celebrate" is from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Celebration Words die set.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann