Thursday, December 30, 2010

Meowy Christmas & Happy Mew Year!

Gosh. I love puns. And I love cats. So when I discovered Purrs & Pants rubber stamps at Heirloom's Allentown show, I had to cave. I've been using the two stamps I purchased and send in some cards for publication. Two were picked up and are in the current issue of Crafts 'n Things. Purrs & Pants has a publication policy, so I dutifully notified Tricia who sent me unmounted stamps in payment! Yahoo!

Here's the first card using Cats Caroling, which is one of my new Purrs & Pants stamps.

I colored this seriously cute image with Copic markers and then used a Spica pen on the light and covered the light and lantern with Glaze pens to give it dimension. I've been having fun with my white Flock recently and never put it away, so I used it for the pom-poms on the cats' hats.

The plaid patterned paper is from Daisy D (insert sad face). The music paper is from 7 Gypsies. The red speckly cardstock is super-old Doodlebug from my scrap pile. I backed a clear button with the reverse side of the music paper and used some really fab music ribbon. The sentiment is from the Give a Little set by The Cat's Pajamas. There's a sentiment there that says "Believe in Elves". I always read it as "Believe in Elvis". Just sharin'. Hah!

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bombshell Sketch Card plus a Giveaway!

I inadvertently ended up with a duplicate Butterfly Queen set and got authorization to give it away as blog candy. I decided to make a Christmas card using this set so you could see the focal image in action. I took my December Bombshell sketch and flipped it on its side.

Here's the card:

I stamped the Butterfly Queen and added the Santa Hat from the Holiday Accessory set. I had just heard both Blue, Blue Christmas and Santa Baby on the radio, so I decided to color her blue. I pulled out some Figgy Pudding Basic Grey paper (6x6 pad) and 12x12, matched the paper with Copic markers, and had at it. I added a bit of white flock to her hat on the band and pom-pom. Then I realized that I hadn't stamped her straight, so I cut her out and mounted her on a Nestability diecut that was adorned with Stickles.

White shimmery cardstock was used for the large Sizzlet snowflakes and the smaller punched ones.

If you want to win the Butterfly set, you need to make a card using the sketch and share it on BOTH Bombshell's forum and on the Bombshell Blog. You have until January 6th to finish your card and get it posted.

You can see the sketch on my blog below or here on Bombshell's forum.

Please note that this giveaway is separate from the regular monthly prize!!!

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Here's the third and last card (for today) using the Santa's Sleigh image from the Holly Jolly Christmas set by Technique Tuesday.

This time, I used stamp set #10 from the Queen of Tarts collection by Character Constructions. I colored the city and the sky with Copic markers and then stamped and heat embossed Santa and his sleigh in the sky.

The sentiment is from the Holiday Accessory set by Bombshell Stamps.

I have no idea who makes the patterned paper.

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Santa Rides Again! -- Variation #2

Here's the second card using the Santa's Sleigh image from the Holly Jolly Christmas set by Technique Tuesday.

I created this scene using the same masking, reverse, masking, and sponging technique as noted on the previous post. It's so much shimmier in real life. Oh well. I also stamped and heat embossed Santa and his sleigh, though I left the reindeer's noses alone this time. :D

Glitter was added to the crests of the hills to make it look like a snowy scene that bears no resemblance whatsoever to our 18" of snow that we received last night and early today.

The sentiment is from a sentiment set by Purple Onion Designs.

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Post Holiday Card Posting!

I've been such a bad blogger this past month. Time has just flown by since Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving, Chanukah, family parties, funerals, and a milestone (21st--not mine) birthday kept me busy and without a lot of excess energy or mojo. I did have pent-up ideas, just time and inclination didn't simultaneously occur until sometime last week. Needless to say my cards did not go out yet. I figure that I'll send 'em soon and people will just think I'm a master procrastinator.

Here's the first in a series of cards using the Santa's Sleigh image from the Holly Jolly Christmas set by Technique Tuesday. I love this set and have ideas for the other stamps in the set too.

I recently discovered that if you sponge dye ink over white metallic Recollections cardstock, the ink comes out shimmery. So I masked, reverse masked, sponged with Distress ink, and heat embossed to make the background scene. Then I stamped the Santa and sleigh image and heat embossed it in black.

All patterned papers are from 7 Gypsies 6x6 paper pads, albeit different pads. I used a Tim Holtz mask and sponged ink over it onto the map paper. I sponged ink onto the music paper to age it too. I used the music paper because I added a glittery red nose to the lead reindeer and was singing the Rudolph song while doing so.

I repeatedly stamped "Ho, Ho, Ho" with an old stamp by Hero arts with the Merry Christmas sentiment from Bombshell Stamps' Holiday Accessory set. I love that font!

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Friday, December 10, 2010

December Bombshell Sketch Challenge!

Sorry I've been a bit absent from the blog lately. I've been bogged down with lots of stuff. I'm a bit bummed since I've been so good the last few months about keeping my blog updated. I hope to get back on track next week!

Here's December's Sketch for Bombshell Stamps! As usual, feel free to flip it, flop it, and make it your own. If you use Bombshell Stamps, please share it with us on Bombshell's forum and on Bombshell's new blog! You could win a fabulous prize!!!

Here's my take on the sketch:

I used the cute Santa bear and the gift stack from Bombshell's Holiday Accessory set. I created the scene with a bit of masking, then put it through my Big Shot with a Spellbinder's die. I kept the paper in the die and sponged on some Distress ink. The scene was colored with Copic markers. I added some white flocking to Santa bear's hat. I stamped the sentiment and then used a label die the same way, to cut and then as a mask to color the sentiment with sponged ink. The patterned paper is from the Eskimo Kisses 6x6 pad by Basic Grey.

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