Wednesday, October 25, 2017

'tis the season!


Here's my first Christmas card of the season! I'll probably mostly stick with Christmas cards for the rest of the year now, I have so many Christmas stamps (and so many that I haven't even inked up yet!) and so many ideas for them!

This one uses the adorable Neat & Tangled Holiday Baking set with some masking, copic coloring, and ink blending.

And here's an angled shot to share how yummy and shiny everything looks!

It's getting downright chilly in the mornings here, I had to dig out a hat out of the garage for my morning runs this week, I hate having cold ears when I run. I do about 20-25 miles a week before 6:30AM. brrrr. I'm really happy with my progress with my marathon training though, I'm only in week 4 of my training plan and my time and endurance has gotten so much better already, when I started on Oct 4 I had to take so many walk breaks on my first 3 mile run and now I'm running my 5 mile Wednesday runs without stopping at all and I'm doing the 5 miles in less time than the 3 miles took me! My marathon is the first week of January and I really want to not die. 😜

Have a great day!

Neat & Tangled Holiday Baking Stamp Set, Neat & Tangled Fairy Dust Stamp Set, Neat & Tangled Merry Little Christmas Stamp Set, Neat & Tangled May Your Holidays Be Stamp Set, Papertrey Ink Candy Cane Christmas Stamp Set, Neenah Cardstock, My Favorite Things Wild Cherry Cardstock, Masking Paper, Black Memento Ink, Versamark Ink, Broken China Distress Oxide Ink, Ruby Red Altenew Ink, Ink Blending Tool, Copic Markers, Wow! Sparkling Snow Embossing Glitter, Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella, Baker's Twine, Foam Tape

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Hi there!

I've had this card in progress since September 😳

I really wanted it to fit in a shadow box or a box card but all of my elements ended up needing more space, so they eventually made their way onto a standard portrait card.

This is actually a pretty simple card even though it took forever. The images are all colored with Copics with some extra pencil shading on the wood stump. The leaves are watercolored, the sky was brushed with Distress Ink. The pumpkin spice sprinkles are embossed on acetate since the original version of this was going to be a bit more 3D, but I think it still looks kind of neat to have the sprinkles floating off of the background :)

I actually tasted a PSL for the very first time last month, It was tasty, but not anything I would want more than once or twice a year. My tummy has started having some serious issues with dairy in the last few years so I only consume dairy when I think the taste will be worth it, I suppose I need to try some of my starbucks drinks with non-dairy substitutes.

I have my first Christmas card of the season ready to share tomorrow using one of Neat and Tangled's adorable new sets! 😍
have a great day!

Lawn Fawn Pumpkin Spice Stamp Set, Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends Stamp Set, Lawn Fawn Mom + Me Stamp Set, Lawn Fawn Forest Feast Stamp Set, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, Lawn Fawn Stitched Windy Backdrop, Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait, Neenah Cardstock, MFT Olive Cardstock, Lawn Fawn Knock On Wood Petite Patterned Paper, Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper, Heat Resistant Acetate, Masking Paper, Black Memento Ink, Lawn Fawn Doe Ink, Versamark Ink, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, Shaded Lilac Distress Ink, Copic Markers, Lawn Fawn Rose Gold Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella, Prismacolor Pencils, Ink Blending Brush, Foam Tape, Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors

Monday, October 23, 2017

welcome to the jungle

Hi there!
I have a nifty interactive slider card today using My Favorite Thing's Jungle Gym Stamp Set. (also - I made a gif image!)

This one was pretty simple all in all. I stamped the main image and cut it out with the coordinating die cut and then cut the tiger out separately so he could swing from the thread. I stamped the trees on the bottom with some masking and then filled in underneath them with the ferns. I colored all of my images with Copic markers and stenciled the clouds with the cloud edge stencil with some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I die cut my slider channel and then inked the card base with the cloud stencil where it would show under the slider channel. Next I added the thread and assembled everything.

I caved today at Barnes and Noble and picked up a Christmas Cookie issue of Better Homes and Gardens and now I want to bake all the things. I would totally be down for just skipping November/Thanksgiving this year and moving straight to the Christmas season next Wednesday.
I'll be back tomorrow with a fun Pumpkin Spice Latte card!
have a fantastic day!

MFT Jungle Gym Stamp Set, MFT Desert Bouquet Stamp Set, MFT Tiki Party Stamp Set, MFT Surf and Turf Die-namics, MFT Jungle Gym Die-namics, Neenah Cardstock, Masking Paper, MFT Black Hybrid Ink, MFT Sour Apple Hybrid Ink, MFT Limelight Hybrid Ink, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, Copics, Nuvo Crystal Drops, MFT Cloud Stencil, MFT Mini Cloud Edges Stencil, Ink Blending Tool, Thread, Foam Tape

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Grateful for fall!

Hi there!

I have a couple of pretty fall cards today using Neat and Tangled's pretty Oak Leaf Die.
I love love love how pretty and delicate this leaf is. seriously, all the heart eyes.

For the cream lace one, I had this idea as soon as I ordered this die, I love partial die cutting and this card makes me so happy. I partially die cut the leaf out of the front of the card and then trimmed out the rectangle around the partial cut. I cut another leaf out of the wood veneer paper and glued that down on top.

I just love a card where the inside's just as pretty as the outside! For the inside I masked off the rectangle that would be visible from the front when it was closed and then did some ink blending with my new Distress Oxide inks (ohmygosh where have those been all of my life!?)  and then stamped the sentiment in black ink. I finished the whole thing off with some button twine and coordinating sequins.

 This one was definitely a labor of love and patience. It took me about a week to finish because the concept kept evolving on me! I started by watercoloring some pretty orange to purple colors and die cutting them with the Oak Leaf. I embossed the die onto my card front and then adhered the inside pieces of one of the watercolored leaves. All of those itty bitty pieces, tweezers, and glossy accents with the precision tip. It took hours :)
Then I finished and couldn't figure out what I wanted to do next!

I ended up adding the leaf "frame" from another leaf with the colors going the opposite way around the innards and I think it turned out really fun. I layered a bunch of kraft layers of the leaf with a wood veneer on top and added that on top of the watercolored leaf. I flicked some gold paint on top, stamped the sentiment, and finished everything off with a bow! ("There's always time for a bow!" - my daughter is currently obsessed with Arthur Christmas)

It's been kind of nuts here lately with Bree. She's still going to speech therapy twice a week, behavior therapy once a week, we're on the waiting list for the developmental pediatrician, and the school has decided to do a full assessment of her to get her into an early learning program. All of the professionals we've seen seem to expect the developmental doctor to diagnose her with autism. On top of all of that, potty training is not going well.
Emma's growing and thriving, she can take about six unassisted steps at a time now. I'm so excited to take them trick-or-treating. Bree picked out witch costumes for both of them and they're so stinking cute! I can't wait to see how the holidays go in our new neighborhood :)
Anyways, I've been busy in the studio lately and already have a few more posts ready to go for this week so pop back in and visit!

Lacy Leaf Card
Neat & Tangled Oak Leaf Die, Neat & Tangled Oak Leaf Stamp Set, Rustic Cream Cardstock, Cherry Wood Veneer, Masking Paper, Hero Arts Black Ink, Distress Oxide Inks, Neat & Tangled Sequins, Ink Blending Tool, Button Twine

Gold Flecked Watercolor Leaf Card
Neat & Tangled Oak Leaf Die, Neat & Tangled Into The Woods Stamp Set, Kraft Cardstock, Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper, Cherry Wood Veneer, Hero Arts Black Ink, Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors, Finetec Mica Watercolors, Button Twine

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