Monday, December 29, 2014

MIM À La Carte: Camouflaged Die Cuts

Thought I would give Laura's technique another go! I used the Shine die from the sparkle and shine collection and the patterned paper is from the Skakers and Sprinkles kit. Such a fun technique!

 Have a fantastic week!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

MIM: Stamped Borders

Slipping in a final entry, this time using the Hands of Time stamp set and made a fun shaker!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

MIM :Stamped Borders 2

I simply was not pleased with my last card...there were elements I liked, but I felt that it was far too busy, I didn't like my junk bow. I guess I was just lacking some mojo. Here is another attempt that I like quite a bit better. What do you think?

I opted to make a Hanukkah card that I could send to my Mom. She's been in the hospital (in and out this past year) and I wanted something that would cheer her up and bring some light into her life. I know the challenge was to try for a sympathy card but a couple years ago I made a personal decision to not "stock" these in my card stash. It's not a superstition, I don't think that if I make them, I will lose dear ones but I suppose if the need comes, I like to do it on the spot as therapy. So,I used the stamp border technique and hope that "bringing cheer to a loved one having a rough time" might still meet the challenge! 

So I went with a slightly non-traditional Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores combination with traditional silver and bling! :) when the Festival of Lights stamp set was released a couple months ago, I knew I just had to have it!! Coupled with the previously released Mazal Tov set ....oh the possibilities!! And how can anyone NOT love the sentiment? Impossible!!

 A close up of the gorgeous Star of David and "light burst" around it .
 and the inside of the card.

Craft on!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

PTI Make It Monday: Stamped Borders

Hello all,

This week's challenge was provided by the über talented Melissa Phillips and the technique of the week is to stamp a card border with various colors. Here is my first attempt:

 I used several stamps on the border from the Songbird stamp set, florals, leaves and even a bird. For my focal point, I cut Tag Sale #4 in Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse and white and alternated the elements for depth. I then stamped the Songbird in Hawaiian Shores and accented the inner flower and leaves with Raspberry Fizz and Simply Chartreuse.  I then added at the bottom the Happy Birthday song line from the same set.
At the top, I made my first "junk bow"...I'm not quite sure if I'm crazy about it, I think the color need to be a bit more uniform and subtle for the bow to look right. Finished off the card with some teal enamel dots added to the centers of the flowers. Overall I'm not too fond of the card, I feel that it's a bit busy and think I'll go ahead and make another that is less so and quite a bit softer! How do you think it turned out?

Hope you're having a great week and happy holidays to all!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

PTI: Make It Monday-Camouflage Die Cuts

Just managed to squeeze this one in! I decided to take a bit of a detour on mine--rather than using springing, I actually used my gorgeous Gansai Tambi Japanese watercolor paints and watercolored the bottom half of the die cut. I loved the freestyle feel it gave to an otherwise clean and simple card. I I stamped in black the "happy" and added a few sequins. I then mounted the panel onto a card base that was layered with polka patterned paper from Simple Stories DIY Christmas Collection. That's all for today!
 Hope you enjoy!