November is just about over, which means it's time to kick holiday card production into high gear! I'm fairly smitten with this fun Vintage Christmas Stamp Set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry, one of many awesome RST peg stamp sets available at The Ink Pad; it's on TIP Blog this morning!
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020
Thursday, November 26, 2020
It's amazing what a huge difference color makes, don't you think? Both of these cards use the same beautiful Impression Obsession stamp, "Mountain View"; one of The Ink Pad's many MANY wood-mounted stamps, which can be found in-store; or inquired for via phone or email. All the details on TIP Blog today!
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Visit the Eyelet Outlet Store for lots more Brads, Washi Tape, Bling, Sequins and Flowers!
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
In my opinion, BY FAR the best place for snow is on cards, so that's what we'd like to see at Shopping Our Stash this fortnight. Snowmen, snowflakes, snowy landscapes... if it's frosty and white, you're good to go! Here's what I made:
Sunday, November 22, 2020
I'm pretty sure Nathalie Kalbach has never designed an un-interesting product, but her N*Studio Fan Stamps from Rubbermoon are especially cool and I had a lot of fun playing with them this week. The results (including two additional cards) are on The Ink Pad Blog today.
Friday, November 20, 2020
We are finishing off the 2020 Jingle Belles season with a Banner Idea... quite literally. This fortnight we'd like to see holiday cards that are inspired by this year's Jingle Belles blog header. Just to refresh your memory, it looks a bit like this:
Now here's my card:
Ok so... yeah... I went realllllllly literal, lol; and I should stress the fact that you definitely do not have to use the sketch AND the colors AND some of the exact elements (bells, trees, glitter letters) as in the banner. In fact, any one of those selections would work perfectly well! But as I was putting this together, it just so happened that I realized I had quite a few products that would work perfectly, so I just kept adding them in. Next week I'll do something much more abstract, promise!
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Sunday, November 15, 2020
In addition to hostessing, I also made cards for a few of Elisabeth, Shari and Linda's challenges in the Paper Anthology 9th Anniversary festivities. And here they are now:
Welcome back to the big Paper Anthology 9th Anniversary festivities, I hope you've been hanging out on the Paper Anthology FaceBook page and following all of these cool challenges, there is some serious inspiration over there and there are raffle tickets awarded for however many you complete, with ten awesome prize packs to giveaway at the end!
This is my last challenge for the weekend, and it's to embrace one of my favorite formats. I love square cards, they have such beautiful balance and they just always look good to me. Here's my square card, this one happens to be 6" square, which is probably my favorite size because there seems to be the best selection of envelopes:
I've always loved vintage and shabby chic style cards, but I've just discovered how to make them even more appealing, by adding Tim Holtz Baseboard Dolls. I've named this one Beatrice, and she is the star of today's post on The Ink Pad Blog!
Saturday, November 14, 2020
I am honored to have been named Queen of Snark for my Pink Halloween card at The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers; especially since the prize is being a guest designer on their new challenge, SoSS173: P is for Penguin!
Here's my card:
Friday, November 13, 2020
Have you been joining the fun of Paper Anthology's 9th Anniversary Party on the Paper Anthology FaceBook page? We've been having a lot of fun and we love that our friends from all over the world are able to play too!
I don't make enough shaker cards, which is a shame because I quite like making them and know that folks love to receive them. So when I needed a second card for our Jingle Belles theme, "It Came Upon a Midnight CLEAR" I thought a shaker, with it's acetate window, would be a great way to incorporate a see-though element and have some fun with the interactive format.
My friend Elisabeth at Paper Anthology special-ordered this beautiful Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bigz Ice Skates die for me in January, and I absolutely loooooooove it, so it's a bit of a mystery that I have somehow not used it until now?? I'm really pleased with my card, though, so I'm sure I'll be using it again soon. I cut the shoe part of the skates from an older Ciao Bella collection; and the blades from matte silver metallic cardstock. The background of the card consists of two beautiful rich purple papers from Blue Fern Studios' Eclectic Charm line, and the Hero Arts Snowflake Cluster is cut from silver Non-Shed Glitter Paper. I made a custom mix of Eyelet Outlet Sequins, featuring some Round, some Snowflake and some Stars.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
In other years, we've celebrated this festive occasion over the course of a riotously fun weekend, in-person, at Paper Anthology in Kenvil, NJ. Obviously a party with loads of people jammed into one place with self-service food is not on the cards for 2020. But... we've come up with an alternative that features four days of fun, challenges and prizes on the Paper Anthology FaceBook page (which means our friends from all over the world are invited to play along!); plus four awesome Take and Makes for anyone who shops in-store or online during the party, and there might just be a few surprises as well.
Do you always have a firm plan when you sit down to make a card? I usually have a fairly strong idea, but sometimes I just start playing with some fun products --like Rubbermoon's fab and funky Gustav Inspired and Eccentric Concentric stamps-- and a card just sort of evolves organically, like this one, which is on The Ink Pad Blog today!
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
I am a big fan of coffee in real life and of Eyelet Outlet Coffee Brads for making coffee themed cards. Like this one:
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
We're playing our favorite crafty challenge game this fortnight at Shopping Our Stash. To join the fun, simply choose any horizontal row, vertical column or diagonal line from the board and include those three items in your project.
Monday, November 9, 2020
It might not be very zen to create a mandala consisting entirely of caffeinated beverages, but when I saw all of the fun little icons in Everyday Explorers Co's Coffee Snob Stamp Set from The Ink Pad, my first thought was that they'd make a really cool mandala. I stand by that belief!
Friday, November 6, 2020
Can you tell from the title what this fortnight's brief is at Jingle Belles? If you think that we'd like you to incorporate at least one see-through element, then YES, you have guessed correctly! So what could you use for this? glass, acrylic transparencies, vellum, acetate or "ghost" shapes, lucite, shrink plastic... basically, if you can see through it (and figure out how to attach it!!!) you're good to go.
Since I'm lucky enough to still have a bit of a collection of well-hoarded Hambly Transparencies (mostly thanks to Stephanie who is brilliant at finding small caches of them all over the midwest!) I made a 6" square card from one of them, then added vintage collage elements and diecuts on top. I hadn't planned for this to turn out entirely neutral colors, but it is fun for a change; especially since I have an aunt whose favorite color is white!
Hop over to Jingle Belles and see Stephanie's card, plus there's a little prize for one lucky random cardmaker that links up with us this fortnight!