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O Christmas Tree(ts)

Hi! I’m busy creating lots of Christmas cards. Today I finished one that was inspired by the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 88 – OH CHRISTMAS TREE that I have spent the last week designing and creating elements for.

Here’s what I created:

(All items are Lawn Fawn unless otherwise noted.)

I wanted to use the How You Bean? Christmas Cookie Add-on Christmas trees to create a Christmas tree. The mice from A Creature was Stirring are there to help with the decorating and the cake stand is helping the one mouse reach to put the star cookie on top. I thought the Baked with Love piping bag would be fun for adding a few of the icing details.

To start I stamped out the images in Crunchy Leaf ink, which is waterproof, on Fabriano Artistico Extra White Hot Pressed watercolor paper. I then painted them with watercolors from The Sprout Creative. I used flat colors for the star, mousewear, mouse noses, and mouse fur and shimmers for the cookie outlines and piping bag tip, trees, and frosting. The background was created with the same yellow and blues that I used on the die cut images (all flat colors.)

Here’s how the background looked after I painted it:

And here’s how things looked after I had adhered all the die cut elements and then started stamping the sentiment and realized I was stamping it backwards:

You see, I had put all the letters onto a block intending to stamp it all at once but because I was really tight on space I decided I would have more success if I stamped each letter individually. I drew out the arc I wanted the letters to follow, took the first letter off the block and stamped where it had been on the block, which was the right side. Argh! I was just a couple steps away from finishing and I managed to mess it up.

So, I painted another background and let it dry, die cut it out (I used a die from the Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables set) and stamped the sentiment using Smitty’s abcs with Pinkfresh Studio Stargazer ink. I cut the die cut elements from the old background, glued them to the new one and glued that panel to a piece of patterned paper from the Let it Shine – Petite Paper Pack and adhered the entire thing to the front of a top-folding A2 card base.

Here’s a nice view showing more of the shimmer and also showing how I tiered the dimension with the bottom of the tree higher and the top of the tree flat:

Another Christmas card done and no traditional color combinations! If that isn’t a sign of how crazy this year has been I don’t know what is!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

I’m entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Instagram Challenge Creating for the Holidays, also.

Hopefully, my next creation will go a little bit more quickly and smoothly!

Take care!

Ruth

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Peace, Joy, & Love

Today, I’m here to share another Christmas card design. I’m making cards for Bring Smiles to Seniors, Inc. to try to spread the love and joy of Christmas with those who might not be able to celebrate with their families this year. If you are a cardmaker, please consider sharing some smiles this year or donating financially to help this heart-warming cause. Here are some guidelines from their site related to COVID-19 needs:

“Due to senior isolation in Senior Communities we are experiencing unprecedented demand for our greeting cards. If you would like to help us continue delivering smiles, you will find a donate button link at the top of this page. Just $15 helps us get a package of cards to a senior community. If you are a card maker and are willing to include messages inside of your cards, that would be greatly appreciated since we have lost many of our school and civic group partners who normally decorate cards for us.  We still welcome cards that are blank inside to use with our individual decorators.

I created the front of today’s card using the Wednesday Sketch Challenge  from My Favorite Things Stamps’ sketch #510 and also inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Simon Says: Make It Sparkle. All products are from MFT unless otherwise noted. Products are linked if they are available at either store.

I was inspired by the wide strip that goes the length of the sketch but wanted to have it run horizontally, so to start I masked off an area on my Berrylicious cardstock and did some ink blending using my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes and Gumdrop Green at the center, Blue Yonder to the outside of that, and finishing off with After Midnight at the far edges.

I just reused my blue painter’s tape (which helps to prevent tearing of the cardstock when you remove it – see the middle card base on the left side where it tore.)

I let the ink dry and used my Anti-Static Pouch to prep the surface. Next I used the Peace, Love, and Joy Stencil applying Altenew Embossing Paste with my Stencil Pal to two of the lines of words of the stencil (which I had masked off.) I sprinkled the embossing paste with Snowflake Tinsel which gave the words a nice sparkle once it was melted with my heat tool.

I finished this card off with a sentiment from the Merry Messages Stamp set, a strip of Freckled Fawn washi tape, some shimmery taffeta ribbon, and a few Pinkfresh Jewels to add even more sparkle!

I hope you are inspired to create some cards using this wonderful sketch, your papercrafting goodies, and this challenge to let it sparkle!

Have a wonderful day!

Ruth

Christmas Time is Here!

It’s a been a long, strange year so far. I normally am looking to create Christmas cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive at this time of year but the fabulous organizer is taking a year off. She recommended Bring Smiles to Seniors, Inc., so that is where I will be sending the cards I’m making this year. Please consider donating if you are interested in helping make the holidays a bit more cheerful for seniors! They accept cards and monetary donations.

I like to use challenges to focus my creating and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this past week was “Dry Embossing”, so I decided to focus on that with my first couple of cards.

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I’ve used the Queen and Co. Holiday Wishes kit from my stash for the majority of the elements in the cards I’m sharing today, including the patterned papers, dies for the ornament, and shaker card foam and acetate. You might be seeing quite a few cards and tags from me using this kit this year so that I can use up the elements.

I love this vellum, which has a pearlescent sheen to it – I thought it would look nice dry embossed with my Darice Snowflake Swirl embossing folder. I thought it would look nice with the vellum looking more opaque, so I did back it with white cardstock to give a more solid color so the sentiment would read nicely.

I’ve used Concord & 9th dies from Take a Bough (the original) and Trim the Tree, MFT Blueprints Die-Namics (retired) for the card layers and the sentiment die was from a Jillibean Soup stamp and die set from my stash. On this card I used ribbon from Celebrate It, Target dollar section snowflake sequins as well as Queen & Co pink Pearlies.  I used PinkFresh Studio CRYSTALS MIX Essentials to embellish the snowflake centers which I felt went nicely with the color scheme of this card and added a bit more shimmer.

Well, that wraps up this card! Onto the next one:

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Supplies for this card are similar to the one above. The sentiment if from the Concord & 9th Trim the Tree Die set, and I used Target dollar section silver cording and Spielgelmom Scraps sequins from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve gotta go and create some more joy!

Ruth

ETA: I’m entering this into the Jingle Belles I’m Dreaming of a PINK Christmas challenge where they are donating $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for every design entered into their challenge in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! I hope you’ll consider joining in, too!

Ho, ho, hope you’re having fun!

I’ve been so inspired by Tracey McNeely’s The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019! It’s been hard to focus on other Christmas tasks when there are so many ideas running around in my head, so I’m here with one more tag.

Day 16 brought in Waffle Flower as the sponsor. This one was a little bit of a no-brainer since I own the Waffle Flower die that was used to create this fun tag, but I kinda needed easy-peasy and my inspiration came from Rebecca Keppel. She used felt on her Waffle Flower Santa Tags die tag and also backed the felt with paper for easy writing, which I thought were wonderful choices! Check out her blog for her fun design!

I tweaked a couple of details, but essentially this die creates this specific design so there’s not a whole lot of space to get too original.

Here’s my take:

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I used the Waffle Flower Santa Tags Die set. The red layer is red felt, the white is coconut velvet paper from s e i, I used a shiny black paper for the belt and pearlized cardstock in silver for the belt buckle and buttons. I decided to sandwich the ribbon between layers and I sewed the buttons on the front of this tag because hey, why not? Well, I realized later on that maybe I should have used red thread because I could see the white thread on the backside of this tag. Here’s a tag back without sewing:

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I love how the felt looks through the letters from some MFT tag die sentiments!

These were so much fun! I can’t wait to make the rest of this set (I’m making sets of ten to give as gifts to family and friends.)

I hope you have lots of time and inspiration for getting crafty! Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Ruth

 

 

 

 

 

Tag along with me!

Hi, again! Thankfully for me, the Christmas season is also the challenge season so I’m here to share another challenge that provides tons of inspiration! These challenges really make it easy to create lots of (hopefully) wonderful projects to help to celebrate this most wonderful time of the year! My plan is to use what I create to share joy. I hope it works!

This time the inspiration is coming from Tracey McNeely’s The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019. Each day of inspiration comes from a specific stamp company or shop. Check out the details on the link above – you won’t regret it!

The inspiration for today’s tag comes from Day 1 when Altenew was the sponsor. Svitlana Shayevich shared this tag:

Christmas Tags. Card by Svitlana Shayevich

I loved pretty much everything about this from the colors to the graphic nature of the design. I also knew I had the elements necessary to create something similar so I went digging through my supplies and came up with a plan.

Here’s how mine turned out:

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Three different sentiments from a Close to My Heart stamp set.

I really liked the elongated banner shapes, so I extended my MFT banner tag die to make it work. I decided on gold cardstock from Recollections instead of kraft and I added a piece of washi from Paper Source to act as a base for the sentiment since my numbers were harder to read with the sentiment over them. Number dies are from Lawn Fawn and the snowflakes are from Concord & 9th. The sentiments are from CTMH and Elle’s Studio. The ink is from Altenew – hey, I didn’t even realize I actually did use something from the sponsor for this day! Small victory!

Here are the other two sentiments:

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Elle’s Studio sentiments – it was definitely fun to be able to vary the sentiments for this set of tags!

Well, I think that about wraps up this post (see what I did there ‘wraps’!)

I hope you feel inspired or at least excited about creating for Christmas!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and a very Merry Christmas!

Ruth

Hi! Remember me?

OK, so it’s not that I haven’t been creating, I just haven’t been blogging. I enjoy contributing to the Caring Hearts Drive and when I saw a sketch challenge that encouraged me to use products I have to create cards for this drive I thought it would be a fun thing to blog about!

The sketch is from the Wednesday Sketch Challenge at My Favorite Things.

Here’s the sketch:

Here’s my take on it:

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I love how this wintery scene turned out! I created another slightly different design using a different sentiment.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing these and if you haven’t created cards for the Caring Hearts Drive please consider making some cards for those who are in nursing homes for Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ruth

Let’s try it again with red!

Hi, I’m back (as promised). I have another card that I created, this time using Barn Door Distress Stain.

I was talking about inspiration and for all of these cards there was the spark of the Holiday Style Online Card Class (I was a very lucky lady and won a spot from a giveaway by Jennifer McGuire.) There was a day of Soft & Subtle designs that had a lot of watercolor and different ways to do that and that was especially inspiring because I love doing watercolor techniques!

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The theme of the card was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Simon Says : Christmas and the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Next, the stamp set I chose was inspired by the latest Lawnscaping challenge:  IN WITH THE OLD which made me think of the Ornate Ornaments stamp set from Lawn Fawn. The colors I chose for this card were inspired by traditional Christmas colors, with the addition of the shine of gold!

Enough of the inspiration, on to the project!

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I love how I could get more intense color in spots as well as very soft color all with the same Distress Stain using water to help things along. I think these sketchy, informal ornament stamps go well with the relaxed feel of the watercolor. And I like how the Pebbles Basics card base compliments the cute and fun feel (thank you, Kathy Martin for sending those Pebbles cards to me!)

I hope you’re inspired! These are really fun and easy! The Caring Hearts Card Drive cards are due on Friday, the 27th, but you should definitely send some if you have a chance!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

 

 

 

Where do you find inspiration?

Hi! I’ve been busy creating, but haven’t taken the time to share (some deadlines looming), but I wanted to share a couple of things and chat a bit about inspiration.

My projects today were definitely inspired, but inspiration for me usually has many different dimensions. For these cards there was the spark of the Holiday Style Online Card Class (I was a very lucky lady and won a spot from a giveaway by Jennifer McGuire.) There was a day of Soft & Subtle designs that had a lot of watercolor and different ways to do that and that was especially inspiring because I love doing watercolor techniques!

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The theme of the card was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Simon Says : Christmas and the Caring Hearts Card Drive. Next, the stamp set I chose was inspired by the latest Lawnscaping challenge:  IN WITH THE OLD which made me think of the Ornate Ornaments stamp set from Lawn Fawn. The colors I chose for this card were inspired by my Mom and her love of all that is purple. (One of these will be going to her and one to the Caring Hearts Card Drive.)

Enough of the inspiration, on to the projects!

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With an AC cardstock kraft card base

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With a Pebbles Basics card base

I loved how dreamy and soft these turned out, with a touch of Color Shine to add some shine and shimmer in spots. I am glad I tried the purple because it surprised me how well it worked for these Christmas cards! I used Dusty Concord Distress ink along with some Milled Lavender around the middle. The branches were inked with Distress Ink, too, but I don’t remember which one. I just love that no matter what, they coordinate really well together!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to hear about what inspires you! I have more to share, so stay tuned ;-)!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

 

A few of My Favorite Things to play with!

Hi! I’ve been busy, but just not with creating blog posts! I sure hope you’ve been getting some happy crafting done, too!

I love creating Christmas cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive which delivers cards to the elderly living in nursing homes. It makes me feel good to think I could make someone’s Christmas a bit prettier and hopefully happier knowing someone is thinking of them!

For inspiration, I used the current sketch for the My Favorite Things sketch challenge:

along with the current Cut it Up Challenge #81 – Back to Nature, because winter is always a magical time for nature for me!

I loosely used the three lines and the rectangle from the sketch with some awesome My Favorite Things dies and stamps and an older Basic Grey collection for the papers (Dasher.)

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I cut three different papers with the MFT Die-namics Tree Lines (I cut the trees off the darkest paper) and used the MFT Die-namics Tag Builder Blueprints 2 dies for the tag, stamping the sentiment and number from MFT LLD Insert It Document it December stamp set in Versamark ink and then embossing with Inkadinkado White Linen embossing powder.

I love the serene scene I was able to create and the wonderful sentiment tag to top it all off!

That’s it for me today, short and sweet!

Have you started creating Christmas cards yet? Do you make cards for charities or are you someone who is always making cards to send off as happy mail for those who you care about? I’d love to hear about your projects! Be sure to leave a comment and I’ll come by and visit your blog and see what you’re up to!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

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