Monday, November 23, 2015

FTHS#128 Deck the Halls

Hi all!  Happy Thanksgiving week!  I can't believe we are already at Thanksgiving!  I used to be really strict about absolutely nothing Christmas before Thanksgiving.  I must admit to loosening up on that rule quite a bit - I don't have decorations up (unless you count my USB Christmas tree and lights that are around my computer), but I have listened to a bit of Christmas music so far.  It's hard not to be going for it when you are coloring Christmas images!

So for today's new sketch at From the Heart/I {heart} Sketches, I used the November Stamp of the Month image, Deck the Halls Birdbrain.  This image just makes me giggle!  Have you seen the IKEA sale commercial with the lady running out of the store, arms full of stuff and yelling "Start the car!  Start the car!"?  This reminds me of that! Deck the Halls!

The twist of this week's sketch is to use your favorite color. With seeing the sketch, I knew it would be shades of pink and I knew I would use my Vertical Stitched Strip dies. When I colored up my Birdbrain, I opted for warm gray Copic markers instead of my usual cool gray.  I love how it turned out!  She has a handful of pink ornaments.  Before printing my image, I added in one of the sentiments directly underneath.  She's cut out with a Stitched Circle STAX die.

Hope you'll find time to play along with us this week at From the Heart & I {heart} sketches!  Hope you have a lovely holiday with your families this week!

Challenge Submissions
Alphabet Challenge -- T is Tis the Season
Fairy Tale Challenge -- Christmas without Red or Green

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Monday, November 16, 2015

FTHS You're My Bestie

Hi all!  Happy Monday!  I'm here with another new sketch from I {heart} sketches.  I love this clean and simple sketch! The twist is to have lots of white space and add your color with embellishments.

My kids love watching the classic Rudolph and they love the Abominable Snowman.  That is who I immediately thought of when Faith released this cutie, Yeti.  He was perfect for this week's sketch and the twist.  I colored him up with some cool gray and blues and then cut him out with a Pierced Rectangle STAX die.  I popped I'm up on another panel of white card stock, of course, cut with Blueprints 13.  My card base is my favorite neutral - Grout Gray from MFT.  To add in a bit more color, I added four small blue rhinestones.  Inside I added in the "You're my bestie" sentiment.

Hope you'll play along with us this week!  Make sure you check out the From the Heart Stamps blog to see what my fellow design team members have done with this sketch!

Challenge Submissions

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Sunday, November 15, 2015


 Hi all!  I'm excited to be a guest designer for the Unicorn Challenge Blog today.  They are a new monthly challenge blog.  Their theme for this month's challenge is Christmas - easy peasy, right?

For my card, I pulled out some shiny silver designer paper and lots of MFT die-namics.  I cut a panel with the Snowflake Fusion cover plate.  I absolutely love this cover plate.  It is so elegant and pretty.  I do recommend using a metal shim plate with your die cutting machine and this die.  It gives you a better all the way through cut.  I also cut  peace from the silver as well.  Nightshift Blue is such a pretty navy and it works really well with silver.  I cut my card base, as well as a Rectangle Frame  and a Horizontal Stitched Strip, all from Nightshift Blue. I love the new Stitched Cover Up Companions from MFT, but they aren't in my budget right now, so I created the same feel with this. To finish the card off, I added in a few rhinestones (which would be like a Where's Waldo? game because they blend in very well!) It's a very simple, but elegant card.  It doesn't weigh a lot and is pretty flat (save those few rhinestones), which makes it perfect for Christmas card mailing!

Thank you to the Unicorn Challenge Blog for having me!  Make sure you check out their challenge blog!

Challenge Submissions
Inkspirational Challenges -- Anything Goes with Silver

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Mixed Bouquet Hello

Hi all!  Happy Wednesday!  First, thank you to all of the past and present veterans who have served and continue to serve our country, as well as the veterans of other countries.

Next, on to my card today for our midweek inspirational post at From the Heart Stamps.
Another neighborhood mom is going through treatment for cancer and I wanted to touch base with her.  It seemed I would think of making her a card and then forget.  I finally remembered to do so.  She has always been a big supporter of my card making and work, so I'll be sticking this in the mail pronto!  The Mixed Bouquet image from FTHS is so pretty.  I colored the flowers in a somewhat autumnal color scheme.  The little berries remind me of the bittersweet we had in our wedding centerpieces.  I pulled out some pretty Echo Park papers {Happy Days} and used the current Sweet Sunday Sketch for my layout.  The sentiment is from Darling Diamonds from Lil' Inker Stamps.  It's heat embossed with white embossing powder.  

Make sure you pop by the From the Heart Stamps blog to see the other fantastic design team projects.

Challenge Submissions
Sweet Sunday Sketch -- #294
Artistic Inspirations -- #144 Anything Goes/Twist of Feminine

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

MFTWSC253 Merry and Bright

**Please scroll down for my From the Heart Stamps blog hop post.**

Hi all!  Happy Saturday!  I had some additional crafty time yesterday afternoon and I was able to put together a card for the current MFT Card Challenges sketch.

If you visit my blog regularly, you know that I don't do random well.  I can agonize over the placement of sequins -- it's craziness!  This week's MFT sketch helps the random challenged!  Instead of stars, I opted to use snowflakes.  I cut multiple flakes out of a shiny silver paper (remnants from a 12x12 Christmas pad) with the Let It Snowflake dies. For my background, I cut a piece of watercolor paper with the Blueprints 13 frame.  I then used my SAI watercolor markers to create my background.  I went for complete saturation with the background, looking for a pretty night sky.  After drying out my panel a bit, I stamped merry and bright  from Hand Lettered Holiday in VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder.  My card base is a silvery/gray from Curious Metallic.  To finish it off, I added in some rhinestones {where they were randomly assigned LOL!}.

Challenge Submissions
Fantasy Stampers Challenge -- Winter Wonderland
MFT Card Challenges -- MFTWSC253
Crafty Catz - Winter

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