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So many yummy papers, so little time.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Merry Christmas


Hello Ladies!

I adore these stamp sets from Lawn Fawn, "Cozy Christmas" and "Bows and Holly"! I've made several Christmas cards with scenes that remind me of Christmas. I'm entering this card into the Lawnscaping Challenge #22, Photo Inspiration.


I actually sketched this card out before I started! I don't know what got into me! 


I stamped the wreath using Versamark and embossed with black then colored with my Sharpies (don't judge, I LOVE Sharpies! Well, and I don't own Copics!) Added some glitter with a pen and glossy accents. Talk about fussy cutting! That bow was nearly the death of this card!


Embossed in black again, colored with Sharpies again too, more glossy, more cutting. I tried to be clever here. 
I wanted the fireplace to be subtle but my vellum was too thick. In person you can see a little bit of glow from the fireplace so it works, but just barely. That's why I decided to add a bit of Distress Ink to the front of the card, give a warm glow feeling.


Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!
Melissa

*Edited to add: I won "Honorable Gnome" for this card! 




Monday, November 14, 2011

Merry Christmas Tag

I have a confession. Clear the room. Here it is: I adore tags. I'm obsessed with making tags. I'm most proud of my tags. I think it's because the workable area is so small. I've been a Christmas kick because it's snowed here in Denver 3 times already. Now, I know Thanksgiving is just around the corner but I've already made my fall tags and cards!

This will have to go to someone really special! I started with a plain manila tag and just started stamping, embossing, inking, glittering it up!

I love this little area at the bottom, to add dimension. The entire background of the tag is covered with a generous layer of Forest Moss Distress Ink. Then I took the sprigs from the stamp set, mounted them, then sprayed them with water, then stamped the background. It's hard to see in the photos but it adds a really fun texture.

This stamp set from Lawn Fawn, "Ornate Ornaments" is just too stinkin' adorable. I embossed with sparkly powder then used distress inks to color. I also used "Bannerific" and "Cozy Christmas" from Lawn Fawn.

Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Thanks Friend

Hello Ladies!

I've been having so much fun with my Lawn Fawn winter and Christmas sets! I just love when I get on a creative kick that I'm proud of!

I'm entering this frosty card into the Lawnscaping Challenge, "Thanks".


Lawn Fawn stamps: Making Frosty Friends, Bannerific, Teeny Tiny Backdrops & Harold's ABC's. I paper pieced with a Basic Grey sheet, I'm not sure what it was called but it from an older Christmas line.

 I did a resist background with sparkly embossing powder then put 2 layers of Broken China Distress Stain then sprayed with Perfect Pearls.

 I added tons of glossy accents, glitter pens and distress stickles to really make it sparkly!

Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Happy Winter

Hello Ladies!

I just made my favorite card. It took, I'm not exaggerating, 4 hours! What? I know, insane. But I loved every minute.

I'm entering this into Kathy's Lily Pad Palette Challenge and into Vicky's inspiration challenge.

Glitter, glossy accents, paper piecing, distress inks! What's not to love?



  

Paper: American Crafts "Merrymint". Paper Tray Inc "Rustic White"

Here's my process if you're interested in the details:
For the background:
1. Start with water color paper. Cover with Broken China Distress Stain. Let dry.
2. Stamp snowflakes with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. Let dry.
3. Spray with Perfect Pearls. Let dry.
4. Apply glue to blue covered background piece, try to make it look like hills.
5. Apply glitter! I used 2 colors to try to define the edge, you can see it better in person.

For the snowman:
1. Stamp snowman on patterned paper and cut out.
2. Stamp snowman's accessories on patterned paper and cut out.
3. Paper piece together.
4. Stamp snowman on blue focal image, then add paper pieced snowman with dimensional adhesive.
5. Apply liquid applique and heat set to puff.
6. Add glossy accents to snowman and background snowflakes.
7. Stamp sentiment, cut out, adhere by snowman's glove.
8. Apply black enamel accents for his eyes and try to color in his nose (my paper was slippy so my coloring sort-of showed up).

For the rest:
1. Matte main image on red cardstock.
2. Faux stitch with white gel pen around blue focal point and red matte.
3. Adhere matted piece to card base.

Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Friday, November 11, 2011

Christmas Gift Tags

Hi Ladies!

I love making my own gift tags for Christmas. I sit down thinking I'll do several tags in one design so the mass production will go smoother. But then I find myself wanting to create different tags, maybe 1 or 2 with the same design. I think Christmas is my favorite season to be a crafty girl! Vicky is doing another video series featuring Lawn Fawn (my current fav stamp company!) so I wanted to get my crafty butt in gear!

Stamps: Lawn Fawn (LF) "Bows & Holly" and Clear Dollar Stamps for the snowflake backgrround. Glitter pens in red and green. The Twinery Twine. The "to" and "from" are on back.

I colored the red/green wreath with glitter pens, the present with Sharpie markers and the dark green/purple wreath with Close to My Heart (CTMH) and Stampin' Up (SU) markers.

CTMH. Blue background with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain. Snowman stamp from Inkadinkadoo.

The "to" and "from" are a lost in the background, but it will do.

LF "Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum". Colored with CTMH/SU markers.

Close up.

I'm sure I'll make tags. It's fun because I can create something in a short amount of time and it's a small space. I tend to get overwhelmed by a 12 x 12 layout.

Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Friday, November 4, 2011

Young Crafters Unite Blog Hop!

Hi there! Welcome to the Young Crafters Unite (YCU) Blog Hop!


I hope you're having a ton of fun seeing all the inspiration for masculine projects! You should have arrived here from Samantha Mann.

Here's my project:

I wanted to make a card for my brother-in-law. Paper is from Cosmo Cricket mini deck "the Boyfriend" as well as the ribbon. Sentiment stamped with Lawn Fawn's "Jessies' ABC's". Embossing folder for background is Tim Holtz along with Distress Ink in color "gathered twigs".


I'm trying to show a close up of the textured background and ribbon.



Thanks so much for stopping by! Hop on over to Karen B for some more fun!
Melissa

PS --  a big THANK YOU to our blog hop sponsors, Simon Says Stamp and Paper Smooches!


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Young Crafters Unite Challenge #3

Hello Ladies! Thanks for stopping by!

Here's my entry for the YCU Challenge #3-Masculine Project



I had these cute pocket stamps from Clear Dollar Stamps, "All Boy", that inspired me for this card's focal point. The paper is from Cosmo Cricket mini deck, "the Boyfriend". Cardstock base is "Kraft" from Paper Tray Inc. Sentiment is stamped with Lawn Fawn's "Harold's ABC's".



I cut the stamped image out, stitched around the edge and added snaps and then popped it up a bit for dimension.


 Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!
Melissa