Monday, September 1, 2014

Halloween & Christmas

Happy Labor Day to those of you who live in the states. Today is a holiday here and both my husband and I have the day off. Instead of relaxing and having a cookout like most people do, we are attempting to remove wall paper from the master bath. Oh, how I hate wall paper!! We tried using the usual methods of removal, but to no avail! Today we are using steam. A friend guaranteed this would work. We shall see!

Before tackling the wall paper, I thought I'd share some cards. I created the first one using the new Raven image (125G). Isn't he rather spooky looking? He does give me an eerie feeling. I paired him with the Peculiar pumpkin patch and added the Happy Halloween arc greeting. Hope you like it.


I stamped the two main images in Memento Black ink on white CS, colored with Copics, then masked them to sponge in the sky, stamped the accent bats, stamped the easy grass background and sponged in the ground. This is layered on orange CS. The greeting was stamped in black ink on white and die cut with two oval dies, then attached to the main image panel with glue dots. Some green and orange gems were added to the upper corners.

This card goes right along with this week's challenge "It Gives Me the Creeps!" You can see details here. We'd love to have you join the fun!

My second card is for this week's Merry Monday Challenge "Gifts." I used my Cricut to cut out the various gifts and glued them together. The Merry Christmas Arc was stamped on the white panel with Memento Black ink before embossing it with a basket weave folder. Some ribbon, snowflakes and rhinestones complete the look.



You can see details of the Merry Monday Challenge here. It's a great way to get a head start on your Christmas cards.

Thanks for stopping by today,
shelia

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Merry Monday Challenge

I have long admired the wreaths created with the Martha Stewart branch punch and every year I tell myself I need create a card with one of those wreaths. I've had that branch punch for years, but have never made a wreath. This week's challenge at Merry Monday is to have a wreath on your card, so that was the inspiration I needed. Here, finally is my wreath card!


I started by die cutting a ring using two circle nesties for the base of the wreath. Next I punched a boat load of branches out of three shades of green CS. I used the smallest glue dots in my stash and attached the branches until I liked the look and felt it was full enough. It didn't take as long as I thought it would. Some red half pearls were added for the berries. The background for the wreath was created by stamping the woven plaid in Real Red and Handsome Hunter inks then die cutting it with a square nestie and layering it on some dark green and real red CS. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Black ink on white CS before embossing the panel with a poinsettia EF. This was then layered on the same dark green CS and then attached to the real red card base.

I will definitely make some more of these wreaths. They are so easy to do! I also want to try a snowflake wreath!!

Thanks for stopping by today,
shelia

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It gives me the Creeps!!

This week's challenge at DRS Designs is "It gives me the Creeps!" DRS Designs is just about to release some fabulous new Halloween stamps so this is the perfect challenge to show some of them off. Be sure to check here to see all of the DT's creations.

Here's my card.


The cauldron was stamped first in Memento Black ink onto white CS and colored with Copics. Next the brand new spooky tree limbs (136F) were stamped with VersaColor black ink. The cauldron was masked for the last branch and all the sponging for the night sky. I used Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue and Not Quite Navy for the sky. Some Antique Linen and Memento Bamboo were sponged for the ground and the easy grass background was stamped in the Bamboo ink as well. The accent bats were stamped randomly in the sky. The little ghosts were stamped, outlined with light gray Copic, fussy cut and attached with pop dots. The sentiment is part of the larger Witches' Brew Greeting. I just colored the bottom line of the greeting with my Memento Black marker and stamped it under the cauldron. It does show up better in real life than in the photo. A black bow completes the look.

We'd love to have you join in this week's challenge. You could be the winner of some awesome new stamps!!

Thanks for stopping by today,
shelia

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge

This week DRS Designs is the sponsor at Wicked Wednesday ATC and their challenge is Bountiful Blooms.  ATC stands for Artistic Trading Card and has to be 2.5 by 3.5 inches. Here's the ATC I created using our medium Daisy stamp.



I stamped the daisy with Memento Black ink 4 times, colored with copics and then painted some VersaMark ink in the center of the daisies and heat embossed the centers with some clear embossing powder. It just adds a tiny bit of sparkle to the centers of the flowers. The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark on blue CS and heat embossed with detail white EP, then die cut with a pendant nestie. Everything was layered on the orange CS and then a ribbon was knotted and added diagonally.

After creating the ATC I decided to use it as the focal point on a card.


To create the card I embossed some of the orange CS with a Darice flower folder, layered it on a strip of blue CS that was punched with a Fiskars border. The ATC is layered on a piece of the same blue CS and attached with pop dots. The blue CS matches the blue flowers in real life. Don't know why it's so off in the pic.

Be sure to check out the challenge and join in the fun. You could be the winner of a $10.00 gift voucher to DRS Designs.

Thanks for stopping by today,
shelia

Monday, August 25, 2014

Trick or Treat



I absolutely love this new Leonard Pig image, Count Porkula, even his name is adorable! Isn't he just the cutest? I know I'm going to have some fun stamping and creating with him.

For today's card I stamped Count Porkula in Memento Black ink on white CS, colored him with Copics and then die cut him with an oval nestie. I created the pumpkin by die cutting three ovals from orange CS, and sponging some Pumpkin Pie ink around all the edges. The middle oval was die cut a second time with a smaller oval to form a frame for the image. The vine and leaves were made using a flourish die that I cut and pieced where I wanted it to go. The grass was punched with a border punch and added to the black layer that was stamped with the spooky eyes background stamp with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder. The sentiment was stamped in black ink and die cut. Some pumpkin pie ink was sponged around the edges. Some dotted ribbon completes the look. Hope you like it.

Be sure to check the DRS on line store for the newest Halloween stamps, including Count Porkula!

Thanks for stopping by,
shelia

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Happy Halloween


Welcome to another DRS Designs Challenge. This week is a color challenge. Since the colors reminded me of Halloween, I went that direction.






I started with the Ghost Family image, stamped it with Memento Black ink on white CS, colored the little ghosts and their fun socks/shoes, then masked them off to sponge in the sky and ground. Three tiny bats were stamped into the sky with black ink. I created the window frame with my Cricut and glued it over the image. The purple card base was stamped with the Chevron card edger in VersaMark ink. After attaching the window, the little black cat that was stamped, colored and fussy cut, was glue onto the window sill with a glue dot. The witch's accessories were also stamped, colored and fussy cut before attaching them to the card. The sentiment was stamped and die cut. A few dimensional dots complete the look. I had fun creating this. I love the cat, looking out the window at the trick or treaters, even though I'm definitely a dog person!!

We'd love to have you join this week's color challenge!! You could be the winner of some great DRS Design's stamps!!

Thanks for stopping by,
shelia

Monday, August 18, 2014

Birthdays

Happy Monday Everyone! This week's challenge at DRS Designs is Birthdays. I am always in need of birthday cards, so I really enjoyed this challenge.



To create this card, I started by die cutting all the circles using various sizes of circle dies. Next I arranged them on the white panel and once I was satisfied with that, I glued parts of them down to help hold them in place. Next I dry embossed the panel. I really like the look of the embedded embossed technique. This panel is layered on orange CS and then onto the white card base. The Happy Birthday greeting is part of the multi birthday greeting. I stamped only this portion in black ink and layered it on the same orange CS.


I found this green chevron ribbon at the dollar store and had to create a card with it! I started with the Birthday Candle Burst image and colored it with copics, using an olive Copic to match the ribbon. Once colored I matted it on some orange and then attached it to the Old Olive card base. The ribbon was added at the end.

We'd love to you to join in this week's challenge. You could be the winner of some awesome DRS Designs Stamps. You can see details here.

Thanks for stopping by today,
shelia