Archive for November 7, 2016

3D Poinsettias

The challenge this week at Winter Wonderland Card Challenge is to make a card using Christmas Flowers. What is more Christmasy than the Poinsettia! I made three cards using Stampendous CREATE A POINSETTIA stamp. I stamped the poinsettia three times for each card on Neenah Solar White 110lb card stock. I watercoloured the image using Derwent Inktense Pencils. Next I cut out the top petals, the middle petals and arranged them on the bottom petals using dimensional tape. My first card was designed as a square, and the second and third cards are A2 cards




poinsettia-closeupI entered my card into The Winter Wonderland Card Challenge - Add Ribbon or Lace and/or Christmas Flowers.

Remembrance Day, November 11, 2016

On this day, we pay tribute to the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. Both my mother and father served in WWII, and after the war, my father continued his service in the reserves. The Belmont Long Term Care Homes has 7 veterans so I created Remembrance Day Cards to thank them for their service.

Card 1 – I used Cling Stamp by IndigoBlu – Blazing Poppies


Card 2 – I used Penny Black’s – Poppy Gems  stamps


Inside Cards – Sentiment was computer generated


Fun with Patterns

I purchased this fabulous cardstock made by Echo Park. They make it in green/gold foil, cream/gold foil, and red/gold foil. I used sketch #5 from the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, and I wanted the paper to match up the design. Because the cardstock pattern is very random, I ended up cutting the upper left hand corner of 9 sheets of paper (3 in each colour) then cutting the papers down to match up. I will find uses for the scraps.

I coloured the Snowman Framed #2 Digi Stamp by Dilly Bean Stamps. I coloured the images with Spectra Noir and Copic markers using different colour versions. Because the cardstock is made up of sentiments, I did not feel it was necessary to add a separate one. I also love the contrast between the traditional Christmas colours – green, red and gold and the bright non-traditional coloured snowman. Notice the different looks of the card with the same design elements but simply changing up the order the of colours.




I entered my card into the following challenges:

52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge – Pick a Previous – Sketch

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Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper November 2016 challenge


Using Embossing to create Texture!

Last week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, they challenged us to using the Embossing technique. Because I already had my folders out, I decided to go further into embossing.

I purchased this adorable Santa by Stamping Bellas called Santa is Stuck, I coloured the image using Copic markers. Note: I stamped two images into Neenah Solar White paper, and the other on Ranger’s Surfaces Specialty Stamping Paper, The latter paper did not work well with Copic markers and they did not blend well. I included it into my blog to show the unsuspected poor results.

Card 1 – I used a brick patterned stencil and Dreamweaver paste to create the textured white brick background. I also embossed and cut our a small strip of red brick using  the folder from Marianne Design Embossing Folder and Die – Bricks. To colour the stamped image, I used Copics on Neenah Paper. Sentiment is from SSS.


Card 2 – I used the embossing folder from the Marianne Design Embossing Folder and Die – Bricks set to create the textured background. To colour the stamped image, I used Copics on the Ranger Paper. Sentiment is from the same Santa is Stuck stamp set.


Card 3 – I used both the folder and die from the Marianne Design Embossing Folder and Die – Bricks set to create the textured background. To colour the stamped image, I used Copics on theNeenah Paper. Sentiment is from the same Santa is Stuck stamp set.


I have entered Card 1 into the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – Pick a Previous – Sketch Challenge


I entered Card 3 into the Christmas Card Challenge – #46


I received an HM at 52{Christmas} Card Throwdown.

Fun with Pencil Crayons

I have been trying some “new to me” techniques this past weeks. Yesterday I pulled out my old Prismacolor pencils. I bought these pencils back in the early 80′s to use to handcolour Black and White photographs that I printed on a paper based photo paper. Back then, I used to put a light layer of Vaseline on the area to be colour, apply the pencil crayon and blend using Qtips.

Over a year ago I purchased an Inky Antics Gamsol kit from SSS. Gamsol is a brand of artist-grade odorless mineral spirits, which is packaged into a convenient, sponge-top dabber bottle. This ‘magical’ liquid results in a pretty, almost watercolor-like look since it essentially melts the pencil lines and erases their grainy appearance. Simply color in your stamped image with colored pencils, and apply Gamsol using the blending stumps.

Step 1 – Colour image with pencil crayons


 Step 2 – Using Gamsol and blending stumps blend the colours


 Step 3 – Complete the blending process


I used this adorable Digi Stamp by Whimsey Doodle called Ginger and Cup. I printed him out on Neenah Desert Storm 80lb wgt paper. I coloured him using Prisma Coloured pencils – white 938, lt. brown 941, blue 905, red 930, dark red 925, dark brown 937. (Note: my pencils are over 30 years old purchased in 1982 is the colours may have been revised).

For my card design, I used two different sketches from the 52 {Christmas} Card Archives. I used paper, brads, sequins from my stash. I am entering the card below into the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge – Pick a Previous – Sketch

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