Thursday, November 18, 2021

November/December New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Products Blog Hop for the November/December Seasonal Catalog. You should have come from The Inky Scrapper's blog. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants.

I fell in love with the Candid Moments Cardmaking Workshop. LOVE that bird, so here it is a few times a few different ways.

I white embossed the bird and the leaves before coloring over the top. For the bird, I used water colors; for the background I used Distress Oxide ink.

More white embossing and water coloring here, but I turned it into a Christmas card with the Joy thin cut, which is also part of the Nov/Dec catalog.

 For this car, I created a background using the light side of Papaya paper ands stamping the leaves in both Papaya and White Daisy. The White Daisy is a pigment ink, so it required lots of dry time.

I've been having fun with the new Tab Thin Cuts, adding it here to the top of the card and dressing it up with the white gel pen and a flower from the stamp set. 

Now you're off to Darly's blog. Happy hopping!

Until next time,

Friday, November 5, 2021

Holiday Cards Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Cards Blog Hop. You should have come from Haley Dryer's The Inky Scrapper blog. If you started here, don't worry. The hop is a circle so you can keep hopping until you get back to where you started. Melinda's blog has a compete list of participants in case you get lost along the way.

I decided to feature the new "Joy" thin cut with some clean and simple cards. Here's the first one:

I used the new Candid Moments paper and made it more Christmassy by adding small snowflakes from the Elegant Snowflakes stamp set. It was released last year but is still available, though there are only a few left. The new Floral Snowflakes stamp set would work just as well. The Joy was cut with Sapphire paper, the snowflakes are in Sundance ink, and I splattered Ballerina Shimmer Brush over the top. Here's a close up of that because it's hard to see in the picture, but it's really beautiful in real life.

The trick to this is to make sure the Joy thin cut just barely goes over the edge of the paper. I used a lot of Washi tape to hold the thin cut in place so it didn't slip.

My second card is a repeat of this one using different colors.

This card features Black Glitter paper and the now sold out Sept-October Mix-In paper. But I decided to show it anyway because you don't have to use this EXACT paper. You can use whatever Christmassy paper you have, including the new Wonderland paper. Just use a coordinating color for your Joy thin cut. 

Now, I'm going to be honest with you...I buy cardstock in bulk and make my own cards with it. I buy super thick cardstock for a couple reasons: 1) because I like how sturdy thick cards are, and 2) because I can layer dark papers behind it and there's no bleed through. If you decide to recreate this card but don't use thick cardstock, some of that red pattern will show through on the front of your card.

For this last one, I went white on white.

I started by cutting the border from last year's release called Yuletide Borders. I added it on top of a plain white panel which I then ran through the largest Stitched Rectangle thin cut. Finally, I took the leftover Joy pieces from the first two cards, created one more Joy, and glued all three together. 

Next up is Danielle's Scrappy Chicks blog. I can't wait to see what she and the other amazing Makers have for us.

Until next time,

Monday, November 1, 2021

November SOTM: Created to Shine Blog Hop

Welcome to the November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop featuring a really fun stamp set called Created to Shine. I grew up going to Sunday School, and as soon as I saw this set, I was immediately transported to the basement of First Baptist Church in Tacoma, WA singing, "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine."

Before I get too carried away, a little blog hop business. You should have come from Michelle's Show and Tell with Michelle blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so just keep going until you get back to where you started. If you get lost along the way, head to Melinda's blog for a complete list of all the participants.

I've been on a tags kick for the past few hops, and this one is no different, although I used the Buildable Tags Thin Cuts in a slightly different way this time.

To create my window, I centered the window panel from Buildable Tags with the largest of the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts. I then attached the medium size coordinating rectangular shaker foam and acetate to it. Next, I stamped my image on the card base, stamped the centers in Papaya, Peach, and Shortbread, then added both Gold Loose Sequins and Gold Star Sequins to my shaker. I finished off by stamping the sentiment and hand cutting it out to layer over the top.

This could easily convert to a Christmas card by using red and green inks for the light centers and adding a Christmas sentiment, like one from the For All Occasions stamp set. Or you could stamp the lights in something neutral like Shortbread and fill your shaker with the Red and Green Loose Sequins.

Now you're off to Maureen's blog. I'm right behind you because I can't wait to see what all of our talented Makers have created with this awesome set.

Until next time,