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Holiday Kitties!!!

Monday, December 15th, 2014

   Hey y’all! As you know, I LOVE cats! Course, I love all animals. But between cats and dogs, I’m a cat person. Today, I’m sharing a couple cards I made using the digi Xmas Mavis from Tiddly Inks. I got a lot of coloring done when I was in Florida for Thanksgiving, so I’m making all those images into cards for Christmas. 🙂 I just LOVE Mavis! She’s my favorite character that Christy draws!

   I think these are SO cute! I used the Stitched Scallops die from Lawn Fawn to make the front layer of the card shorter. Then, I paired the images with Doodlebug’s North Pole. I wanted to keep the layout simple, so I used the banner flags from the Small Stitched Journaling Card and also the Large Stitched Journaling Card die sets from Lawn Fawn. For each card, I alternated the colors between red and green. 🙂

   I decided to use the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp “Merry Everything” stamp set. I heat embossed this using Ranger Super fine white embossing powder. I even used some of my coveted Doodlebug enamel dots in the upper left corner of both cards. The banners are mounted on glue dots and a double layer of glue dots. Mavis is attached using foam tape.

   For the inside, I wanted to have the sentiment be simple, so I used one from Simon Says Stamp “Holiday Hellos” stamp set. I stamped the sentiment using the inks Schoolhouse Red and Green Leaf from Simon Says Stamp.

   Thank you for visiting again, and I hope these inspire you!

Copics Used:

White: 0, N0, N2
Green Kitty:
   Fur: YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27
   Nose & Ears: 0, R00, R02
   Green: YG03, YG05, YG07, YG09
   Holly: G24, G29; R27, R89
Red Kitty:
   Fur: E21, E23, E25, E27, E29
   Red: R27, R59, R89
   Holly: YG11, YG13, YG17, YG21; R27, R89

Unlinkable Supplies:

Doodlebug 6×6 paper pad – North Pole

Supply List:

Star of Bethlehem + VIDEO

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

   Hope your season is going well! Mine is! Got the tree up and decorated. Need to finished decorating the outside and the rest of the house. 🙂

   Today, I’m sharing a card with a video showing me speed coloring it. It’s a VERY long video!!! The digital image I used is “Star of Bethlehem” by Crissy Armstrong. Yes, this is another of those pesky images that was intimidating me.

   I’ve actually had this card finished since before Thanksgiving. I have been trying to find the time to edit the video. We’re getting down into crunch time for my Christmas cards to go out, and you know? That’s okay. Even if they get there after Christmas. I’m hoping everyone will realize that I put my time and love into them and they’ll NEVER get another card like it.

   I kept the card layout simple so I could show off the image. I really like how it came out. 🙂

   To help accent the image, I used some Silver Sparkle Cord from Lawn Fawn to go behind it. To make the sky and the star pop, I used Dark Chocolate cardstock from Simon Says Stamp for my card base. I stamped my greeting from the Simon Says Stamp “Merry Everything” stamp set. I then heat embossed it with some Ranger Silver Embossing Powder

   To make the star and its light look magical, I used some clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to accent that area. You can’t see all of it in the photo, but it does show some of it. I also used Crystal Effects on the star and donkey’s eyes.

   For the inside, I wanted to keep it simple and very elegant, so I used this sentiment from a Hero Arts Christmas stamp set I have. I also heat embossed it using the same embossing powder from the front of the card.

   That’s it for me today. I hope you like my card.

Copics Used:

Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E11
Head Piece: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44
Clothing: W00, W1, W3, W5
Sheep: 0, W00, W1, W3, YR30, YR31
   Body: N2, N4, N6, N8, N10
   Nose: W1, W3, W5
   Hair: T5, T7, T9, 100
Sand: E50, E51, E53, E55, E57
City: E30, E31, E33, E34, E35
Sky: 0, B32, B34, B37, B39

Supplies Used:

Window Peekers!!!

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

All products I’ve used in this post are linked at the bottom.

   Hey y’all! I’m running behind on blog posts! That could be a good thing, though. You know, I’m creating!!! I even have made DUPLICATES of cards! Well, not total duplicates, just same layout with different colors or papers. 🙂

   Shaker cards have been all the rage recently. I made my first shaker box about 10 years ago. These are my first shaker “cards” though. Same principle, just on a different type of project.

   Jennifer McGuire & Kristina Werner have recently done some tips and tricks on shaker boxes on their YouTube channels. Yes, shaker boxes are easy, but they had a few tips and tricks to make it easier! I definitely recommend watching them. Yes, I learned something new from each of them!

Jennifer McGuire’s video
Kristina Werner’s video

   I’ve been kicking myself that I have SO MANY cute Christmas sets and I haven’t been using them all! Plus, I have 36 people/families on my card list and I’ve made 11. Insert mean voice in my head “If you’d done 1 card a week this whole year, you’d be done by now.” Yes, my head tells me “I told you so”. Quite frequently…

   Okay, so back to the adorable little shakers! I decided to use the “No Peeking” set from Mama Elephant. Nichol Magouirk recently did a card that I got the idea from. Hers wasn’t a shaker card, and it didn’t use this stamp set, but she had Santa peeking in a window. 🙂 Y’all know me… I have to tweak everything!

   I cut out the window from the Peek-A-Frames die set, by Mama Elephant as well, in both Neenah Cream 80# cardstock and PTI Kraft cardstock. I also cut a piece of a transparency to a little larger than the whole window and adhered this to the window. Next, I took some stickles and made ice on the window panes. You can’t feel it because I put it on the outside of the windows, which is really the inside of the shaker part. I added 2 layers of foam tape around the window. I didn’t put it in between the panes. Then, I stamped the tree line from Lawn Fawn’s Snow Day stamp set, using SSS Olive ink, on some XPress-It cardstock. I made some masks using the white post-it tape and placed those as snow banks. After that, I used the inking tool and Tumbled Glass distress ink to make my sky and then made little dot with opaque white using a stylus. I stamped each of the critters from the set in a ink that would blend in. For the polar bear I did double stamping with Tuxedo Black ink. For the fox, I did double stamping with Rice Cocoa ink. The reindeer was going to be dark enough that I could just use the rich cocoa. I colored these in with my Copics and added some finishing touches like black glaze on their eyes and white glints after.


   I have 1 wish list thing for stamp and die manufacturers! Know how we have all these confetti dies? How about we get a snowflake confetti die where there are teeny tiny little snow flakes (about 3/8″ wide) and each one is different??? Would make for some GORGEOUS Christmas/Winter shaker cards! Okay, so I used my Martha Stewart border punch on some thin vellum and also some copy paper to make little shaker fillers. A die would have been so much easier as this paper punch is not working very well any more.

   I put my fillers on the colored panel and then lined my shaker front on top of it. After this, I stamped my greeting using SSS Lipstick Red ink. Please do this BEFORE putting foam tape. It would be so much easier! Before adhering this to the card front, I tied some Doodlebug Christmas twine into a bow. I cut and scored my cards from SSS Lipstick Red cardstock to be A4 (I know, shocker!!! I haven’t made a card this size in a LONG time!) top-folding cards. I’m trying to use up this twine because I have a roll of Lawn Fawn’s mistletoe twine coming. 🙂 I also went over the sentiment using the clear wink of stella pen.

   For the inside, I kept it nice and simple with some room for writing. 🙂 I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink and then Embossed it with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder.

   That’s it for my card! If you have any questions, please feel free to put them in the comments below. Also, if you’d like, I can make an instructional video on how I did these. 🙂

Copics Used:

Scarves: R27, R59, R89
   Antlers: E44, E47, E49
   Fur: E23, E25, E57, E59
   Fur: YR27, E07, E09; E50, E51, E55
   Fur: W00, W1, W3, 0

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