Saturday, December 10, 2016

Warm polar bear greetings!

This is the card that took all day. Seriously, I had this blog post all written out with everything that went sideways with this card. Then I deleted it because it was tedious. I did it once already, you know?

The smiling bear is another from My Favorite Things' Polar Bear Pals. I used several different MFT dies for the background and sentiment strip. The two things that really slowed me down are the silver thread on the round panel, and the little coffee mug. I simply didn't have a mug stamp small enough in scale, so I improvised with a cup from Your Next Stamp that was part of an espresso machine. Oy vey.

So, this is my first entry into the 2016 Winter Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.  The inside has the "Have a BEARY  merry Christmas" sentiment that I used on a previous card.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Beary Christmas, you all!

More bears from My Favorite Things' Polar Bear Pals. Not much more to be said.

I created the background from bristol smooth cardstock which I cut into wavy strips with the MFT die "Whimsical Waves". I then attempted to blend in the Distress colors with a blending tool. The jury is out on that one.

Friday, December 2, 2016

I can bear-ly stand it!

I have quite a few of these polar bears from My Favorite Things' Polar Bear Pals set. None of the sentiments are for Christmas, so I'm using bits and pieces from other sets. More bears tomorrow!

I water colored the background onto heavy water color card stock and cut the panel out with a stitched rectangle from Lawn Fawn that is exactly A2 sized. Then I cut the silver glitter frame with a frame from MFT. I colored the bear with Copic and Spectrum Noir markers. I colored 2 of the bears quite darkly with warm grays, and the rest are just kind of shadowed in with cool gray. Then I let my Scan and Cut do it's thing.

So much fun!

I'm glad I got past the learning curve with it. And thanks to whoever said it was OK to tape down the edges, that has made a lot of difference! I'll color the other bear's scarves when I chose backgrounds for them.

The sentiment on this one is from MFT's Merry Everything set.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Leaping for Joy!

I love these reindeer from My Favorite Things' Merry Everything set. These were watercolor painted, cut out with my Brother Scan N Cut, and mounted to a watercolor background Not much else to say about this one.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

You are always on my nice list!

Yes, I have more reindeer stamps!  I thought the 3 previous sets were the best when I got them, but it seems each year I must have more.

This reindeer and Santa are from My Favorite Things' Merry Everything set, and it features 3 different reindeer, a Santa, a sleigh, and a bunch of presents. You will be seeing more reindeer from me later this week, for sure.

I water colored these guys with my new Mission Gold water colors. I just love to watercolor, even if I'm not so good at it yet. The frame is cut from a My Favorite Things Blueprints 27 die, and the dots are from Nuvo Crystal Drops, here in a green and gold color.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Let the Christmas cards begin!

I'm so happy to start doing Christmas cards! They are my favorite of all the cards I make, so yay for the season!  We will ignore the part where I'm in Florida and have exactly 4 days of experience in snow. So yes, we will be seeing a lot of snow themed cards, because that's the norm at Christmas.

I had a lot of fun water-coloring these poinsettias from Simon Says Stamp's Winter Flowers set. I used my new (to me) Mission Gold Watercolors and painted these on white embossed water color paper. I first gold embossed the sentiment from My Favorite Things' Hand Lettered Christmas in the center of the panel, then white embossed the flower, berry, and leaves in white around it.

Note to self: don't touch the wet color with the heel of your hand. I saved this one by cutting out and around the smeared bits. Here's the panel with the smeared bits on the right.
After I took this picture I also added some gray shadowing around most of the images. Then I messed with the shadowing on the main flower some, too.

I mounted the trimmed piece with a lot of foam tape on some heavy-weight dark red card stock that was cut down to A2 size.

So, here come the Christmas cards! I love them.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Happy Turkey Day, Part 2

I did another card with the same Lawn Fawn Turkey Day stamp set. I kept it simple with an oval frame cut from a plaid paper (also Lawn Fawn). I still had another turkey, so I put him inside.

The gold rectangle is cut from an Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectanges, as is the sentiment strip.  The oval frame is cut with 2 of the largest ovals in the My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Ovals. Over all, the whole thing is wonky, but I'm not starting over!