The scene is so serene. Although I have to admit, I really don't like snow. Only pictures of it. :)
For my card I took the blues and the snow with a pop of red.
I used Gelatos in shades of blue and white for the background. Next I stamped a Crafter's Workshop stencil called Winter Wonderland using Clearsnap frost white. I used another TCW stencil for the 'joy' and a Faber Castell big brush pen. Lastly, I punched the snowflake and covered it with an iridescent glitter glue.
I've been noticing that many people have already put up their Christmas tree. Have you? There are 2 reasons why we haven't yet. We have a really big tree and a small house. Furniture has to be removed for the tree to fit. The other reason is we have Jack.
Although looking so sweet here he knocked down many ornaments by climbing through the tree last year....when he was smaller. This year he might just bring the tree down!
With this image what else could I make but Christmas cards! Before I show the card I want to tell you where the paper came from. I received a Christmas card in the mail and the inside of the envelope had this awesome lining. I couldn't just throw it out. Soooooo I made these cards:
Has anyone heard of Susan K. Weckesser? She is an artist and stamp designer for Unity Stamps. For the past 5 years she has hosted what is called the Christmas Love Campaign. This is year 6. The whole idea is to create things to give away. You can post your creation and story to her blog, Facebook, Instagram. There are even prizes. So these cards and more will be given away. I'm thinking of giving a whole box of cards to the local headstart program where my sister works.
I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! Ours was very enjoyable. My son's friend (my 'adopted' son) and his girlfriend, joined us for dinner. I wasn't going to go shopping last night but my daughter wanted a few things that were sure to sell out if we waited. In my defense, we didn't go out till after 10. So that means today is very quiet. Sooooo, I made a card.
I had this canvas all done up once but everything was falling off. So, I ripped everything off and put it aside. I have been cleaning up my scraping area when I came across a few sheets of paper that I used to show my sister the ink and alcohol technique. One of them fit the canvas so I glued it on. I didn't know what to do with it.
So back to cleaning.I found a bin of old Making Memories paint. I was just about to throw it out. When I realized that it was about the thickness of modeling paste. Would it work like modeling paste? I grabbed a stencil and gave it a try. It WORKED!
I remembered the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge and figured I could enter it. But the challenge was to use STAMPS. Good thing the Heidi Swapp stencil I used had 3 parts.I used the butterfly cutout as a mask and stamped the background with a Unity/Christy Tomlinson stamp. I did a little more distressing, added the stamped word and I now have a finished canvas.
I have been looking around the web this week at blogs, Pinterest, YouTube....
A few places made me want to get out my Gelatos. I wanted to use the new PaperCrafter's Corner as my main inspiration.
Here is what I created:
This little canvas was bought from the dollar bin at Michael's. It originally had fruit or something on it. I've painted it with gesso, white paint, black paint, grey paint, and back to gesso, and back to white. I just couldn't figure out what I wanted to do. Until now.
I took from the inspiration the colors, the red title and the round globe. I began by adding the Gelatos around the edges then worked my way in to the center. I stamped and gold embossed the 'capture confident dreams' Unity stamp. I kept adding Gelatos and wiping it off to finally get it to where the image could be seen. The chipboard letters were painted white then I used red and black Gelatos to color them.
Because of the products I used this also fits with two more challenges..Bonus!
Wow! Seventy five challenges. I haven't done all of them....but, I've done a quite a few. Always GREAT Inspiration.
And, here's this week's inspiration:
I love all the TREES!
There is a Stampin Up set called 'Lovely as a Tree" that will eventually (hopefully) become part of my collection. Until then I have in Inkadinkadoo stamp that also features trees. I used it and a Unity stamp to create my card.
I stamped the trees with StazOn then used watercolors for the background. Once dry I added color to the trees by dotting with Sharpies. I believe the technique is called pointillism.
On the PCC blog Stephanie has a running series of posts about ORGANIZATION. Something we all need.I made an organizer a while ago from a cardboard box and patterned paper.
It holds new washi, scissors, black ink, stickers, adhesives,all sorts of things. I have paper scraps with samples of the washi tape I keep stored in a box. I need to do something similar for my embossing folders.
Someone, I can't remember who, came up with the brilliant idea of using magnetic vent covers for holding metal dies. You can find them in Lowes & Home Depot. They're made by Frost King and sold in packs of 3-8x15 sheets.
I cut each sheet into 8x5 so one pack makes 9 sheets.
For those that celebrate Halloween I hope it was a good one! We only had about 50 kids this year. I think the rain kept them away. But, the ones we did get were ADORABLE! Especially one little boy. My sister handed out candy with me and she called one little boy Sunshine. He promptly told her she couldn't call him Sunshine because he wasn't Sunshine. I asked if I could call him Handsome. He said I could. :) Too CUTE!
When I saw this week's PaperCrafter's Corner challenge I knew exactly what stamps I wanted to use.
I was definitely drawn to the moon. Here's what I created:
The stamps are from the January 2014 KOTM. I started with a royal blue paper and heat embossed the stamped images with WOW white embossing powder. I then used 3 shades of Colorbox blue inks with the lightest color in the center. It needed something else so I added two banners edged in the light blue.
Stephanie, at PCC, has started a a new weekly feature called Papercrafting in Twenty! Every Tuesday she gives ideas for creating a project in 20 minutes or less. just for fun I timed myself on this card. I made it in 19 minutes.
I have a couple more cards to share. Using scraps and Unity. :)
This is my first time inking up this cute witch named Hazel Girl. I even used ink to color her in. The Colorbox crafters ink have so much ink in them that all I did was dip my brush into the pad and get to work.
Since I have a couple Halloween stamps in my Unity stash I thought I'd give it a try.
After looking through Pinterest, I found myself playing with my inks on a scrap of white paper. Just having fun blending the colors. I added the tree first. Then I thought it needed some bats. This stamp had a few bats but I only inked one of them. The 'trick or treat' was all in a line that wouldn't fit the space so....post it notes to the rescue for masking. I am so happy to have a Stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up.
Of course I have a couple more scrap cards to share too.
These are all made with scraps, embossing folders, punches, Prima flowers, Colorbox ink, and UNITY stamps!