Posts tagged ‘Holiday Artsy’

December 14, 2013

Paper craft project no. 99: Happy holidays

2013-12-14 CAS Happy Holidays
Hello! Can you believe Christmas is almost here? I’m hoping to be done wrapping gifts and making cards this weekend and aiming to get everything mailed no later than Tuesday — fingers (and toes) crossed! Here’s one of several cards I made last night. On watercolor paper (Canson), I stamped paint brushes, ink spatters, ink blots, and a funky Christmas tree (STAMPlorations) in 3 different Ranger archival inks: jet black, emerald green, and sienna. Then on scrap watercolor paper, I stamped the scalloped snowflake in Versamark watermark ink 3 times then embossed them in different embossing powders: jaded pearl, detail copper, and detail gold (Stampendous). Then I fussy cut the embossed snowflakes and adhered them to my card base using foam dots. I stamped the sentiment in tuxedo black (Memento) on the lower right and finished the card by rounding off one corner with my corner rounder punch.

I based the layout of this card on the CAS(E) This Sketch #57. I was also inspired by the photo over at Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #75 (the Christmas tree and color — which gave me a good excuse to use sienna/burnt amber, copper, and gold, as they all give me a warm feeling/glow.) And since my focal images are snowflakes, they fit 4 more of my favorite challenges: CASology #74: Snowflake, Addicted to CAS #28: Snowflakes, CAS-ual Fridays #123: Let It Snow, and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Let It Snow.



Stamps – Winter Wonderland (Fiskars); Holiday Artsy and Oh, Christmas Tree! (STAMPlorations)
Inks – Emerald Green, Sienna, Jet Black (Ranger Archival); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper – 140-lb cold-press watercolor paper (Canson)
Also – Jade Pearl, Detail Gold, Detail Copper embossing powders (Stampendous); Versamark watermark ink pad; heat tool (Ranger); foam dots; corner rounder punch

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’re keeping warm!


December 11, 2013

Paper craft project no. 97: Merry Christmas

2013-12-10 OLC Merry Christmas
Another one layer card before I call it a day. It’s been a long, exhausting day, so I’ll keep this post short and sweet. I used the colors in The Paper Players Challenge #175: Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, and Raspberry Ripple for this card. “Snowflake” is the cue word in this week’s CASology Week #74 challenge and “Snow” is the theme over at Keep It Simple Challenge #28.

I stamped (and shadow-stamped) various images to create the background. The solid squares and circles, ink blots and spatters (Holiday Artsy set from STAMPlorations) are stamped in pink pastel (ColorBox chalk ink) and soft olive (Hero Arts). I stamped the snowflakes (Fiskars) in raspberry jam mid-tone ink (Hero Arts) — I stamped with bit more pressure than usual because I wanted the ink to bleed to make it look like the snowflakes are sort of melting. Then I stamped the sentiment (from the Holiday Artsy set) ombre-style — I kept stamping until there was no ink left on the stamp. I finished off the card by rounding one corner with my corner rounder punch.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Lights out for me! :-)


December 6, 2013

Paper craft project no. 94: Handmade holiday gift wrap

2013-12-05 Handmade gift wrapping and tag
How’s your holiday gift wrapping going? I’ve got a few gifts to wrap and I thought I’d make my own wrapping paper. I’ve got this huge roll (about 800 yards) of kraft paper I bought a couple of years ago. So to wrap one of the gifts, I started with a 12″ by 15″ kraft paper. I stamped the silhouette Christmas tree (from the Oh, Christmas Tree! set) in emerald green archival ink (Ranger) all over and then stamped the sentiment (from the Holiday Artsy set) in sienna archival ink (Ranger).

2013-12-05 Handmade gift wrap
After wrapping my gift with my handmade wrapping paper, added jute twine and then attached one of the handmade tags I made way back in September.

Anyway, this is my inspiration project in this month’s challenge at the STAMPlorations challenge blog. The theme this month is STAMPS & SILHOUETTES. The winner in this month’s challenge gets 2 VIGNETTE stamp sets of her choice. We’re also still looking for a couple more creatives to join our design team (March to August 2014 term). We hope you’ll join us and share your paper craft project(s) with us.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a super weekend!



December 5, 2013

Paper craft project no. 93: Holiday cheer – CAS(E) This Sketch GD

2013-11-27 Holiday cheer CTS
Today, I’m honored to be the guest designer over at CAS(E) This Sketch, one of my favorite challenge blogs. I’m quite new to the card-making/paper crafting blogging world; in July, I challenged myself to create a one layer card every day for 30 days and it’s the reason I started this blog. (I’ve blogged in the late ’90s, and while I had several blogs, I blogged sporadically until I simply stopped.) One layer card #12 was the first card I’d entered to CTS, which is the first challenge blog I’ve ever participated in! So you can see why CTS is one of my absolute favorite challenge blogs. I hope you’ll pop on over there, check out all the awesome cards the CTS design team created, and enter this week’s challenge!

For this card, I used my go-to card base of late: 140-lb cold-press watercolor paper, which I cut to create an A2 tent-fold card. I took another piece of watercolor paper, angled it over the card base for how I wanted it and then trimmed it to size. Now the fun part — stamping (I used STAMPlorations stamps)! I stamped my arrow border stamp in Hero Arts shadow inks (pale tomato and field greens), shadow-stamped the ink blots/spatters and floral swirls in ColorBox pigment inks (silver and old gold), and stamped the holiday cheer sentiment in Memento tuxedo black ink. I wrapped jute twine twice on the side of my panel before mounting the panel to my card base with pop-up foam dots. I finished off the card by affixing green and silver sequins.

2013-11-27 Holiday cheer CTS-front   cts56

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you’ll play along at CTS this week! I’d love to see your take on the sketch :-)


Stamps used:

floralswirls vignette-chevronandarrowspreview 001 holiday-artsy-preview copy 006 ohchristmastree-preview copy

December 3, 2013

Paper craft project no. 92: Merry Christmas, love

2013-12-03 OLC Merry Christmas love
It’s been a while! I finally was able to sit down earlier in the evening to create this card (although I’ve been making cards and doing a gazillion other things after Thanksgiving). So here’s an A2 one layer card I made while the hubby and I watched an episode of Chuck on Netflix.

For this card, I stamped the couple (in the Ever After clear stamp set from STAMPlorations) in Memento tuxedo black. I stamped it again on a post-it note, fussy cut it, and used that as the mask before stamping the mistletoe stamp (Heidi Grace Design). Then I stamped my sentiments in Memento tuxedo black and Hero Arts pale tomato inks. (The “Merry Christmas” stamp is from the Holiday Artsy set and the “Love” stamp is from the Ever After set). Then, I channeled my Inner Nonni and colored the mistletoe with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I used CG2, JG6, and DG2 (for the leaves), CR8 (for the berries), and FS2 and EB1 (for the background). I affixed Candi paper brads and finished the card by using a Fiskars decorative corner punch that also embosses (not sure if you can see the light embossing on the corners but it’s there).

I’m entering this card to Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #74: Clean and Simple; Bearly Mine Challenge #115: Christmas Sentiment; Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #105: Clean and Simple; and Created with Love Challenge #69: Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’re having a wonderful week!


Stamps used:

001 holiday-artsy-preview copy  vignette-everafterpreview

November 25, 2013

Paper craft project no. 89: Merry Christmas

2013-11-24 CAS Merry Christmas A

Continuing with my current project (that is, creating Christmas cards for the MIL), here’s an A2 CAS card inspired by 3 challenges: CAS(E) this Sketch #55, Dynamic Duos #80: Triple Threat Week, and CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #121: Create with 8.

Dissecting the challenges: I used the current sketch over at CTS and used the color palette at Dynamic Duos. The color combo is blushing bride, raspberry ripple, and pear pizzazz — which I interpreted as shades of pink, red, and green, respectively. Thus, I used ColorBox inks — rose coral (chalk ink) for the pink shade, moss green (pigment ink) for the green shade, and picante (pigment ink) for the red shade. I also used fired brick distress embossing powder for embossing the poinsettia hexagons. As for the CAS-ual Fridays create with 8 — well, I stamped the chevron 8 times across my card base in alternating pink and green inks :-)

I used 4 different STAMPlorations stamp sets to create this card — VIGNETTE: Chevron and Arrows, Holiday Hexagons, Holiday Artsy, and Distressed Floral Swirls. To create the card, I stamped the chevron border across my card base (140-lb cold-press watercolor paper from Canson). Next, I shadow-stamped the floral swirl on the area where I’ll place my hexagons, then stamped the ink blots/spatters. On a scrap piece of watercolor paper, I stamped my poinsettia hexagon 3 times in Versamark watermark ink, sprinkled the fired brick distress embossing powder, heat embossed, and then cut close to the edges. I stuck them to my card using foam dots. Then I stamped my sentiment in picante (red) pigment ink, affixed green sequins on the lower right of the chevron border to balance out the hexagons, and then finished the card by rounding off the bottom corners.


Thanks so much for taking a peek. I love reading everyone’s comments and appreciate the time my fellow crafters spend commenting — thanks so much in advance!


Stamps used:

vignette-chevronandarrowspreview 007 holidayhexagons-preview copy 001 holiday-artsy-preview copy floralswirls

November 23, 2013

Paper craft project no. 87: Merry & bright

2013-11-23 OLC Merry and bright
So today I started making Christmas cards for my mother-in-law that she’ll be mailing to people in her list. She needs a mix of 50 Christian and secular cards — to start. Needless to say, I’m going to be one busy girl this weekend trying to get her cards done so she can let me know if she needs more cards later in the week.

Here’s one of the cards I made for her — an A2 one layer card. The sentiment and holly stamps are Heidi Grace Designs stamps, while the hexagon and ink blots/spatters stamps are from STAMPlorations (Holiday Hexagons and Holiday Artsy). I used pigment inks from ColorBox (don’t know the exact color names but they’re shades of red, green, silver, and old gold), as well as Memento tuxedo black ink and bamboo leaves marker for coloring the holly leaves. I embossed the borders using my bone folder and score board, and then finished the card by rounding the bottom corners.

This card, incidentally, fits the current challenge over at CASology because it’s got bells! :-) I’m also entering this card to Inkspirational Challenge #44: Anything Inkspirational Goes.


Anyway, I’m keeping this blog post short and sweet because I’ve got Christmas cards to make! Thanks so much for stopping by.


PS: We have water! (You can read about our water woes in this post.) I am so thankful that DH and I didn’t have to stay in a motel this weekend. And may I just say, one two of the sweetest and most reassuring sounds in the world are the toilet flushing and the subsequent refilling of the water tank ;-)

Stamps used:

001 holiday-artsy-preview copy  007 holidayhexagons-preview copy

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