Monday, December 20, 2021

Believe in the Magic of Christmas

 I'm sharing my last holiday card for the year and a technique I learned from the
recent Online Card Class. Richard Breaks shared some amazing Aurora borealis skies
and I couldn't resist giving it a try. 

I started with a rather dark cardstock from my scrap pile and blended blues and
Distress Oxide inks for the glow. I spattered some stars, then added the glittery
"believe" and silver embossed the second part of the sentiment

I finished off the card with a star that came from a Hero Arts retro die set. I don't 
think it was intended to be a star but it worked for my card.

The sky passed the test with my husband when I asked him what the design was
supposed to be. Decades ago, he would travel to Alaska for his sales job and got to see
 the Aurora borealis in person o I was quite pleased with his answer.

I'd like to take this time to with you a very Merry Christmas and I hope Santa
brings you what you wish for! 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas 2021


 I'm joining Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas 2021 and even made multiples (gasp!)
of a tag for Day 11 with the carol "O Christmas Tree".

I was inspired by Carissa Wiley's tag and colored my tree in ombré colors of peach.
I used an older, discontinued Geo Tree die for the first time and a sentiment from
another discontinued set, Home and Hearth

The gold branch? I wanted to ground the tree and found some branches so I colored them
with gold watercolors and adhered them to the base of the tree. A bit of twine finished off
the tags. 

I'm off to enter these. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Inspired by Challenge 199C -- Tweet Winter

I'm linking up another project to Inspired by Challenge because of the chubby guy
in the graphic. And I happen to have a flock of bird stamps and dies.
I used Laurel's simple sketch, too.

The bird and branches are Nestled from Penny Black. I tried to channel the amazing
Jill Foster to color the bird, but ended up ink blending him because the first two 
attempts were a watercolored mess. 
A band of color was blended per the sketch design and I adhered the bird and
branches and finished off with the sentiment from Hero Arts.
Hope your weekend is going well. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, December 6, 2021

Inspired by Challenge 198C -- Winter Love

Cutting it close with my entry to Inspired by Challenge 198C -- Winter Love.
 I was inspired by the graphic and Laurel's sketch.


Here's my card. A pretty literal take on the simple sketch.

 The background was debossed with Altenew's Dotted Swirls plate to mimic the
rising steam. I chose an non-caffeinated sentiment from Gina K Designs and adhered 
the panel to some plaid patterned paper from The Stamp Market. I happened to have 
a pack of heart confetti on my desk and chose three white ones to finish off the card.
Ok, off to link up this card so I won't be late again! Thanks for stopping by!
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Thrilled to have my card given the Honorable Mention honor! 
Thank you to the IB team!