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September 2010

Believe in Magic

It is no secret that I love snowmen and snowy outdoor scenes. Put an evergreen or a naked winter tree with no leaves in the scene and I love it even more.  I recently saw and fell in love with a new set by Our Craft Lounge called Be Jolly and had to purchase it.  There are several wonderful images in the set and I had fun using almost all of them in my project.

KC Be Jolly

This is the happiest snowman I ever saw and the big tree adds so much to a winter scene.  The sweet little bird with the scarf around his neck and the snow covered birdhouse add another fun element.  My favorite accessory piece in the set is the crooked evergreen tree. I stamped and painted the tree and birdhouse on the main layer of the card and sponged clouds in the background.  I stamped the snowman on a second piece of watercolor paper, painted and cut it out leaving the ground area attached to pop up over the scene and attached it with mounting tape.  I painted and cut out little holly pieces for the birdhouse and the snowman’s hat as well as the  bird coming in for a landing on the branch. I painted white craft ink on the ground, tree limbs and birdhouse and embossed using white embossing powder. 

I hope you have a good week.  Remember, it’s never too early to start making your Christmas cards!!

Stamps: Be Jolly by Our Craft Lounge
Paper: Buckaroo Blue, Red, Watercolor
Ink: Stormy Sky, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Black and White Craft Ink, Peeled Paint, Pumpkin Pie,
Accessories: White EP, Brushes, Cloud Template, Sponges, Snips

Watching Snow Fall and Winter Fields

I am really enjoying playing with the new Sarah Kay Autumn-Winter release images and I have two fun projects to share with you today.

KC Sarah Kay Sabine Watching the Snow Fall

I placed Sabine Watching the Snow Fall out her window on a card front that looked like the outside of her house.  I thought the punched evergreen with the Flower Soft snow and red bow was the perfect embellishment to finish this holiday project.

KC Sarah Kay Francesca in Winter Field

I painted Francesca in the Winter Field to match the colors of the BasicGrey designer paper.  I thought the simple scene just popped perfectly over the busy pattern. I added touches of Flower Soft to the winter greenery and ground area to soften the scene.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Sponged Lace

I got to play in Joan Ervin’s Technique Lover’s Challenge  to create a project by sponging over lace.  Check out Joan’s tutorial here.  I used a piece of 2” wide paper lace ribbon from my floral designing supplies. 

KC Lace Sponge

I used Spun Sugar pink ink and sponged it over a piece of white cardstock.  I added a soft multi loop organdy bow for an embellishment and can add an appropriate sentiment when I need a feminine card.  This was a fun, fast and simple card with no stamping involved.

Have a good day!

Christmas Fun with Rubbernecker

I had a great time this weekend making Christmas cards with Rubbernecker images.  All three projects were made with images I have had for a long time but have never used. 

KC Santa Ho Ho Ho

I had some trouble with this Santa Claus image.  It was a comedy of errors as I tried to fix one problem only to create another.  It’s a long story and a little boring but the final outcome was a Santa with cheeks and nose that are too red and liquid appliquéd that required being sponged with white craft ink.  Don’t ask!  Anyway, I had worked hard on this project and decided I would post it any way.

KC Elf Train

Painting this Elf Train image was lots of fun.  Aren’t these guys the cutest?  When I finished painting the image I cut it out so I could pop it up over the crimped snowy tree background. I think the train looks like it is rolling right off the card front.

KC Pine Heart

This Pine Heart Wreath is a beautiful image to paint.  I wanted to make the evergreen and holly look as real as possible.  The wreath is so lovely that I thought it needed nothing but a simple bow for embellishment.   I did add Stickles to the holly berries but it doesn’t show in the photo.

I hope you all have a great week getting your fingers a little inky.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Santa Claus , Elf Train, Pine Heart Wreath


Winter Loads of Love

I pulled out one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! sets tonight to play in the Splitcoaststampers Way to Use It Challenge to use twine.  I fell in love with the little truck in the Loads of Love set the first year it was released and have loved it ever since.  It seems that the truck painted red with a crisp white snowy background and evergreens makes for the most wonderful holiday card.  I don’t think I will ever tire of using this set and it will never leave my stamp collection.

KC Loads of Love 44

I created the three tree covered mountain background layers with a tree border punch by EK Success. I used stark white cardstock and used a stylus and sponge tip to add the green color to the trees.  I created the little road by sponging gray across the base of the card. and adding texture with a stamp from Itty Bitty Background.  I stamped the truck on watercolor paper, painted with reinkers and cut out to pop up over the road. I used a Martha Stewart evergreen sprig punch for the greenery in the back of the truck and added a twine bow to hold the sprig in place. The ribbon is a new size of taffeta from Stampin’ Up!

I had to laugh as I loaded my edited photo of this project into my files.  This was Loads of Love number 44 and I’m sure there will be many, many more.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Stamps:  SU Loads of Love, Itty Bitty Background      Paper:  Real Red, White, Watercolor      Ink:  Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Going Gray, Basic Gray     Accessories:  Taffeta, Brushes, Color Box Stylus and Foam Tip, Tree Border Punch, Evergreen Sprig Punch, Twine, Deckle Scissors