Saturday, January 12, 2019

You're 21!

A number of servers at my local brew pub are turning 21 this month.  I thought it only fitting that I use this image to celebrate their special days.

The base card is white, brown decorative cardstock is the mat and another white layer is the top.  A strip of reddish-brown cardstock was added to the side.

Stampers Anonymous:  Hipster CMS288, Beer Blueprint CMS334

Ranger:  Jet Black archival ink; distress markers (Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Tea Dye, Dried Marigold, Pumice Stone); Glossy Accents

Winsor & Newton modeling paste mixed with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Mother of Pearl) for the beer foam

Copper marker (stitching lines)

Friday, January 11, 2019

January birthdays

White cardstock - base

Idea-ology: Christmas paper dolls, Adirondack kraft stock, metallic jewel cardstock, Christmas clippings stickers

Darice 3mm round rhinestones

Ranger:  Shadow Grey archival ink, distress crayons

Sizzix:  THMS 028, Flurry #2 663106

Distress edger

Thursday, January 10, 2019

It's snow delightful

White cardstock; corner rounder punch

THMS 050 stencil with Adirondack Stonewash ink

Adirondack cardstock (gray, light blue, medium blue)

Sizzix:  Winter 663093

Hero Arts: January

Ranger:  Hickory Smoke distress oxide ink; Distress Glitter and glitter duster

JustRite: Winter (Delightful)

Each month I send out 10 cards to people who otherwise probably don't get much mail.  Hopefully I can bring a smile to their face when they look inside their mail cubbies and find a greeting card from me.

Inside the card I stamped 'leave a little sparkle where you go' (or something like that) in Shadow Grey archival ink (from CMS218 Handwritten Thoughts).  I went over the word 'sparkle' with a glitter pen (probably Gelly Roll by Sakura).

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Holiday thank you cards

Don't know why this looks so pink; it was stamped (Stampers Anonymous - Inventor CMS359) on white cardstock using Tree Branch archival ink. 

The brown strip is watercolor paper that I just kept messing with until it became this color.  The letters (Sizzix 660211) were cut from more watercolor cardstock that had been colored with festive berries, evergreen bough and tea dye distress inks.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Fa la la

Thank you to a very dear friend whom I've never met but blessed me over the holidays with an amaryllis bulb.

This is a new 3D embossing folder from Sizzix that I found at Hobby Lobby.  I used Tim's new metallic kraft core cardstock and after doing a bit of sanding I ran coffee archival ink all over the image, wiping some away to the desired intensity. 

The base card is Bazzill (pink); the mat is also Bazzill (dark brown).  The ribbon is a scrap from my drawer of such items; the tag was stamped with coffee archival ink but don't know the manufacturer of the sentiment.

Monday, January 7, 2019

It's a Hart-y Christmas!

While inputting the info for this blog post I realized what I did in the title...'Harty'...the image is of a male deer, otherwise known as a hart.  The family that received this card has the last name of 'Harty'.  Sometimes I don't realize my own cleverness...until after the fact.  lol

Sizzix:  Cool Yule 663099, Tree Rings 662429, Snowfall/Speckles 661008

Distress kraft core cardstock

White cardstock

Idea-ology: holiday tissue tapes

Ranger:  distress markers, crayons, clear rock candy distress glitter

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Merry Christmas the Art Impressions way

This card was created following an Art Impressions YouTube video (throwback watercolor) that was shown Dec. 19, 2018.

Strathmore watercolor cardstock; gold vellum; white cardstock; gold fiber; Marvy markers

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Merry Christmas to my nieces and nephews!

All the tags use pretty much the same things except for the frame and obviously the paper dolls chosen for each one.  Sorry that my photography and photo editing skills leave a lot to be desired.

Sizzix embossing folder: Holiday Words (656941); Ornate Frame 2;

Idea-ology: metallic foil kraft cardstock; Tidings Design Tape; Christmas paper stash; Christmas Clippings stickers

Ranger:  distress crayons; jet black archival ink; clear embossing ink; distress inks; distress oxide inks

Stampers Anonymous: December Doodles CMS355, Brushstrokes CS293

Strathmore watercolor cardstock

unknown:  black/white cardstocks

Friday, January 4, 2019

My favorite bartenders

I frequent our local brew pub.  A lot.  The two bartenders are super and I wanted to show my appreciation for all they do.  I enjoyed creating the cards to match their personalities; ditto for the envelopes.  The snowman sacks were for their holiday tip.

Sizzix embossing folder: Holiday Words (656941); Ornate Frame 2; sack die; snowman

Idea-ology: metallic foil kraft cardstock; Tidings Design Tape; Christmas paper stash; Christmas Clippings stickers

Ranger:  distress crayons; jet black archival ink; clear embossing ink; distress inks; distress oxide inks

Stampers Anonymous: December Doodles CMS355, Brushstrokes CS293; snowman

Strathmore watercolor cardstock

unknown:  alphabet (leftovers from previous projects); black/white cardstocks; foam tape

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Mini snow globe tags

Aren't these just the cutest???

These are #5 tags using Sizzix's Tiny Snowglobes (663119) by Tim Holtz and the coordinating Dimensional Domes (663559).  All pieces were cut from watercolor cardstock and colored accordingly using distress inks (too numerous to mention) and a watercolor brush.

Before I attached each image to the round back of the snowglobe I tapped on Molotow Art Masking Liquid (Grafx) to represent snowflakes then let dry.  The sky portion was colored with dark distress inks.  The masking liquid was rubbed off and voila!  Snowflakes!  I left the bottom white since it would be covered with the Distress Clear Rock Candy Glitter.

The tags were stamped with CMS126/Wallpaper & Woodgrain stamp in archival inks (coffee and ground espresso).  The edges were distressed with brown distress inks.  The top layer was stamped using Seasons Greetings (660064) and was colored with various distress markers (thank goodness for the stamp platform!!!).  I used a 1.25" round punch and the domes fit perfectly through the hole.  Again, more brown distress ink was used around the edges of the top layer.

I used Ranger Multi Medium/Matte to adhere the snowglobes to the base tag and the top layer to the base.  That stuff is awesome!

The backs of the tags got a bit messy so I looked around for a complimentary piece of cardstock.  Well, what do my wandering eyes spy?  How about this beauty?  The colors were perfect; as if I had preplanned the whole thing.  And I had just enough for all 8 tags!!!