Sunday, December 28, 2014


The Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo group is always so busy with swaps and mingles!  Since I have never tried Origami....well, that I can remember anyway, I joined in the Mingle (1-4-1 swap).

  I did a version of Polished Stone with hand sanitizer instead of alcohol..... I added shimmer to it with metallic ink. The image is embossed using white detail EP. I used a Gold cardstock and used an embossing folder, then highlighted the raised portion with Metallic rub ons. I used a shimmer rose paper to fold my Origami butterfly.

 The very talented Sandy Nolan sent me a card- yikes- it is Gorgeous, isn't it???
I hope to play along more in the New Year- the group is so darn talented!

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christ is Born

For my Sweet Stamps post today, I wanted to share the Stained Glass Nativity card I made to celebrate the birth of Christ the Lord.
  I stamped the image onto Parchment Vellum (after first swiping the vellum with the anti-static pad), and then embossed using Queens Gold EP. I did the same for the sentiment. I colored the image from the reverse side using Copic Sketch markers using small flicking strokes from end to end. Once each color was dry, I would blend using the next higher color. For each color , I generally used at least three colors.
  The background is called Faux Wood, and seems appropriate for a baby born in a stable. The next layer is a shimmery Gold cardstock from Paper Temptress.  I added silver rhinestones that were colored with Copic YR24.
  I cut a piece of plain white cardstock that fit just inside the brown rim of the image and attached it to the back of the vellum using spray adhesive. And, I used a touch of Stickles to the star and the baby's Halo.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas Day!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sweet Stamps CAS on Parchment

For my Sweet Stamps card(s) this week,  I decided to get out the Parchment and make some CAS Christmas cards.
  Hard to photograph with the gloomy lighting here. I love using Parchment and embossing and using the stylus to 'deboss' on the Parchment as well.
  The frame on the Lt is called Elegant Scrollwork Frame. I always use the Antistatic pad to swipe the Parchment cardstock before embossing on it. I used Sweet Stamps Detail White EP. I added the sentiment in the center lastly.
  The card on the Right uses the Artist Trading Card Frame. I used the antistatic on the Parchment Vellum first, then embossed with Queens Gold Embossing Powder. Lastly,  I added the sentiment in the center .

 I needed a Sympathy card, so I quickly whipped up one additional card:
 You can see the detail a bit better on this card- in the swirls in-between the gold embossing is where I 'debossed', or used the stylus from behind to add detail- looks white- in that space. I added a small bow using 3/8" ribbon- SU retired Gold Organdy.

We have a weekly challenge - HERE- this week is Non-traditional Christmas Colors.  Our winners are chosen by and if you use a Sweet Stamps image, your entry will count x's 2!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Stencil Christmas

The Technique Junkies newsletter that was just released is the very last one..... I will be watching for new CD's and classes to keep up with my Techniques!
 This card uses a technique called Stencil punches. The sentiment is from set SS1b which is a great sentiment set for all of the seasons throughout the year. The die cuts are both from Sweet Stamps. Elegant Leaves is cut in shades of green, and embellished with red sequins.  The Mini Medallion die is cut from green metallic cardstock.

*** Here's wishing that all of your holiday preparations are on schedule and your shopping and packages and cards are done or close to being done. ***

 I sent my youngest off to China today to visit with her sister. She will be back for Christmas,  though
she will probably be a bit mixed up with her 'clock' for a few days.

Artistic Inspirations- AG and Merry Christmas
Card Mania- Christmas
Craft-Dee Bowz- AG with a hand made bow
Ohh la la- Christmas
The Crazy Challenge- Christmas
Pile it On- AG Holidays/Christmas

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sweet Stamps Sweeties Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sweeties Holiday Blog Hop!!

With the Holidays right around the corner we thought it would be fun to share some lovely Holiday inspiration with you!

You should have arrived here from Roxies blog!  If you haven't and would like to hop with us, please go back to the Sweet Stamps Blog to start at the beginning!

**Be sure to leave comments along the way for your chance at winning!  We will randomly choose one winner from all the comments left! The winner will be announced Monday Dec 15 on the SweetStamps Blog with the new challenge.**

 I just love this Piccolo Accents set called The Christmas Story.  I embossed it carefully with Enamel Embossing Powders- they have shimmer in them which is hard to capture here.
 I used Ranger Chipped Sapphire mixed with Gesso to paint this ornament, then I direct to ornament applied more of the ink on the ornament (and all over my hands too).
 I used Enamel EPs on the accents: Aged White on the angels and on Baby Jesus, Mermaid Tears on Joseph and the Three Kings, and Deep Sky Blue for Mary.  There is a touch of 24K Gold on Jesus' halo.  I also used Honey Mustard 3D enamel Gel on the star.
  I applied the accents and the beaded trim with Crystal effects.

 Thanks for stopping by!  Your next stop will be Teresas blog!  We hope you are inspired all along the way! 

Check out all of Sweet Stamps "sweet" goodies here!
The Christmas Story Piccolo Accents
Adhesive for Enamel Embossing Powder
Enamel Embossing Powder
Ranger Distress Inks
3D Enamel Gel

Happy Hopping

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Donna K.
Shelly-you are Here
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Have a Blessed weekend!

Sweet Stamps-Holiday Sparkle

The challenge this week-HERE- is Sparkle. I took out a variety of supplies and embossed, pasted and glittered away........
 I had a blast just playing....I sponged on some color to start off with, added a little to the cardstock by dabbing it on the Craft Mat and spritzing with H2O, then dragging the cardstock through the color.  Then I dried the cardstock.
 I cut out the Sweetcut deer, then put modeling paste thru the negative of the die cut and topped it off with Brownstone Enamel EP.  I added some more modeling paste accents thru one of the new ATC sized stencils, and once it was dry, added Stormy Sky, then Nassau Blue over the top. I used a Stardust Jelly Roll pen to add shimmer to the stencil pasted accents.
  I wish you could see the shimmer in the Enamel EP.
The supplies I used can be seen on the SweetStamps Blog- HERE-I used lots of goodies from the store

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Red Rubber Inspirationals- Stamping Sparkly Holiday Greetings 
Crafters Cafe- Christmas Creations
Crafty Creations- To 'Die' for
Simon Says Stamps- Bling it On
City Crafter- Glittering Snowflakes


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tuesday Throwdown- Family Christmas

 The challenge this week at Tuesday Throwdown is Family Christmas. We want to see Christmas cards that are appropriate for a Family. 
 Our Sponsor is Stamping Boutique digital images. The images were generously provided by the sponsor, and I used Mail Girl.

 The image itself is very quick and easy to color. I used Copics and a touch of Wink of Stella. I printed out two images. I hand cut out the outer rim of one, and traced the oval with the rim cut out on the backside of my background panel and cut it out.  One image (with the rim still attached) is glued on behind the back panel, and the outer rim is glued down on the top side of the circle.
 The snowflake strip is fabric, and I touched it up with Wink of Stella to make it a bit sparkly. 

The background is called Embossed Stains and is from the Oct/Nov 2014 Technique Junkies Newsletter.
The Sentiment is from Create with TLC

We'd love for you to come join us at Tuesday Throwdown with your Family Christmas themed card! Stop by and see what the rest of my teamies made with the images!

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City Crafter- Glittering Snowflakes
Cuttlebug Mania- anything Christmas
Papertake weekly- Make your own die cut
Craftroom challenge- Insp photo of snow and the blue around it
Cheerful Stamppad-signs of Christmas
Eureka Stamps- Let it snow

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sweet Stamps challenge- Christmas Spirit

The Sweet Stamps challenge this week is Christmas Spirit. has Gilding Flakes in the store, and I had to try using them on a card. I applied Duo glue to the snowflakes, then I added Calypso Gilding Flakes and rubbed them in. Next, I used a coarser brush and wiped them off.
  For the background, I tried an experiment...I found a small tube of spray hand sanitizer at Target (in the area where they have mini travel toothpaste, etc).  I took 3 colors of ink spots and dabbed them  onto my non-stick craft sheet, and then spritzed on the hand sanitizer. I sponged on the color on one color at a time onto glossy white cardstock- first gray, then the light blue and finally just a touch of the darker blue.
 I added snowflakes and embossed them with shimmery EP. The rhinestones were colored with Copic marker YR23.

Here are the products I used :
Globecraft Piccolo Snowflake accents 
Nassau Blue (my dark blue)
Tidal Wave
Stormy Gray
Jada's Snowball Fight- snowflake stamp
Distress Clear Embossing Ink
Diamonds and Pearls embossing powder
Silver Rhinestones
Copic Sketch marker
Cardinal Pair set- sentiment
Duo Glue
Calypso Gilding Flakes

We'd love to see you join us in the challenge. Our winners are chosen by and if you use a Sweet Stamps image, your entry will count x's 2!

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