Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

I am sharing a project from last year.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and if you are brave enough to do Black Friday - good luck.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Let's Be Merry

Today I am sharing a card made from the tag I posted yesterday.  I hope this little bird I drew with inspiration from Pinterest and his little bitty Santa Hat.  It makes me want to giggle and be merry.

I am entering the card in the following challenges.

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge where the challenge this week is anything goes.  

I am also entering the card in the Christmas card challenge on Happy Little Stampers where their monthly challenge is to use a tag.  I am getting double duty out of this tag.  Yesterday I entered it into their mixed media challenge - today it is a card.

I cut a mat just a little bit larger than the original tag.  I then made a card base and trimmed the top edges by hand to give the card a tag shape.  I added a small twine bow to finish the tag off.

Here is a close up of my little birdie and his tiny Santa hat.  Doesn't he make you smile?

Happy day before Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Mixed Media Christmas Tag

I have been trying to learn how to draw and I attended Bella Crafts weekend in the Twin Cities and one of my instructors Cindy Shepard had us drawing some funky little birds.  Therefore, I have been drawing lots of funky little birds.  There are not original ideas - Pinterest is full of inspiration and I am just trying to gain confidence in my ability to draw a little for my own fun and creativity.  Needless to say I have pages of little birds and big birds that are drawn and colored.  I decided to use one of these on my tag.

Happy Little Stampers has a Mixed Media challenge each month and the challenge was to make a tag.  This I have done.

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge for the month is to use texture.

I had the leftover tag shape from a day of creating with one of my neighbor kids.  Kristin has been making Christmas tags.  I covered the tag shape with a piece of patterned paper with a music background.  I added a light layer of gesso.  I cut out one of my funky birds.  The ultimate goal is I wanted to use one of the Santa hat stickers I had bought.  Well you know all those stickers go in different directions and the small hat sticker is the one that went on this bird.  This is why I chose that sentiment because it looks like he is attempting to be merry with his tiny little Santa hat.  (I may give it to my daughter who manages a large retail store and the holidays are crazy for her.)

There is silver embossing paste.  The swirl in the upper right hand corner is actually a reindeer's antlers.  The snowflakes are embossed in a Ranger embossing powder that I am loving.  The sticker is by Jolee.  I used glass and glitter gel medium for the snow.  It is from Faber Castell.

I did not add any trim to the hole of the tag.  This tag may be made into a card so unsure what I am going to do to finish the tag.

Everyone enjoy your day and "Let's Be Merry".  Remember to be kind to all the retail workers.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Oldie Moldie Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.  I am making Christmas cards with my old supplies.  It is that time of the year.

This week my card also falls into the challenge at Weekly Christmas Card Challenge - the challenge is Anything Goes.

I am also entering it into the weekly Wednesday challenge at Simon Says Stamp where the challenge is Christmas.  

I am also entering it into the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps where the challenge is Anything Goes.

The paper is well aged and I have had this stamp for ages.  It does have a matching sentiment but I could not locate it.  This card is for my two step grandsons.  Well actually I made two cards - one for each of the young men.  

The paper is from Little Yellow Bicycle and the paper has a shiny finish.  The stamp is from Cracker Box Stamps which is a local stamp company in Janesville, WI.  They do go to some of the stamp shows.  The sentiment stamp is from Paper Smooches.

Lots to do today.  I usually take a day and make appointments all on the same day so I only use up one day for those.  They are all spaced out so I won't be stressed about not making one.

Have a wonderful day and remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Holiday Leftovers

The weekly sketch on Jingles Belles is "holiday leftovers".   This challenge means use what is lying on your table or your scrap bin.  It kinda fits in with my Oldie Moldie Monday challenge in a way but in that challenge I can use new supplies which have aged for awhile.

This sweet little snowman was already colored laying in a pile on one of my tables - there are also some cute purple penguins - hmmmmmm - maybe Monday - stay tuned.  All the paper is either from my scrap bin or recycled card stock for the card base.  The card is a 3 1/2 inch square.  I think I know who it will go to also.  I could save it for a winter card card also and send it out in January or February.

We have a winter watch for tonight into tomorrow.  It is predicted for 10 inches of snow here.  I do hope my snow blowing fairy has his machine gassed up and ready to go.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Winter Themed Postcard

I started with a painted book page.  I silver embossed a Penny Black tree on the front.  As always, then there are many layers of paint, gesso, stencils, more stamping to complete the look.  I am happy with the way this one turned out.  It does look like a Winter Wonderland but when or hardly ever do we have purple skies.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Oldie Moldie Monday

Monday -time to show some love for your old supplies.  The paper I have used for my cards is from a 6 x 6 pad from Little Yellow Bicycle.  The tag die is from Paper Smooches.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and the tree (I must confess is new) is from Impression Obsession.

I love the color combination - it is a little more subdued than what I usually do.  There is a pop of color in the mat on the sentiment.

I am entering this card in the challenge CAS on Sunday where the challenge is to use a tag.

Remember to show some love for your old supplies.