Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Christmas Glow for TTS

It's time for a new challenge at 'Tis The Season and  it's a beautiful inspiration photo. I just love the glow of the Christmas lights and that's what I drew my inspiration from.

Here in my neck of the woods we have a lot of black spruce trees. I really love them when they're covered in snow and I always imagine hanging Christmas lights and ornaments on them. I decided to do it on paper instead, using various SU makers to create lights on the trees. I kept it simple by stamping a row of trees across the card with some slight watercoloring done along the bottom to give the ground a little more definition. After using markers to add the lights I stamped the sentimen in Real Red across the bottom of the card. I really love how simple and beautiful this one layer card came out!

Head over to the TTS blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with and then play along with us!

Stamps: Wonderland
Paper: Whisper White Thick, Real Red (strip inside card)
Ink: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red
Accessories: Aquapainter

A Christmas Scene for Jingle Belles

For their current challenge Jingle Belles has a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge. I love those, and when they're Christmas? Even better! I just got some new stamps from Lawn Fawn so this was the perfect way to break in the stamps and play along at Jingle Belles!

I used the set Toboggan Together to create my little scene. I have a little reindeer sitting in the snow, watching his little buddy Mr. Penguin pull a sled of snowballs along. I used the row " Bling/ Die Cuts /Snow".  Unfortunately this morning I couldn't get a good photo that shows it but for "Bling" I used Wink of Stella on all the snowballs and along the paper pierced edges of the snowbanks. I also used red Wink of Stella on the sled for even more bling. In person it sparkles very nicely! My "Die Cuts" are the reindeer, penguin, snowballs, sled and rope for the sled. For "Snow" I used new paper from Lawn Fawn Let's Bokeh in the Snow Collection. I also made my own snowbanks with some Neenah Solar White and paper pierced the edges.

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out the Jingle Belles blog, there is still time to play along!

Stamps: Toboggan Together
Paper: Real Red (SU), Neenah Solar White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red
Accessories : Cuttlebug. Toboggan Together Lawn Cuts, Wink of Stella Clear and Red, dimensionals

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back to School for Friday Mashup

This week at The Friday Mashup we have a sketch along with a Back to School theme. My kids headed back to school on Aug.17, I have a senior and junior this year. Time sure flies!

I'm not a big fan of back to school cards, I never had any out, so I went with images that remind me of fall and back to school, like apples. I'm also thankful that my kids are back in school, hehehehe, but I'm also thankful for some of the great teachers they have so hence the thankful sentiment.

I mixed a bit of old with the new on this card. The DSP and card base color of Lucky Limeade are all retired, along with the ribbon, but the sentiment and bear are brand new images that are in the Thankful Forest Friends, which can be found in the new SU holiday catalog. I colored the image stamp with various markers and stamped in on a piece of Very Vanilla. The bear was stamped in Early Espresso and fussy cut, then popped up with dimensionals.

Head over to the Friday Mashup blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us!

Here's your Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a project using the Sketch.
  • Create a project with a Back to School theme.
  • or Mash it Up! and created a Back to School project with the Sketch.

Stamps: Thankful Forest Friends
Paper: Lucky Limeade (retired), Very Vanilla, Orchard Harvest (retired)
Ink: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz (retired), Cajun Craze, More Mustard (retired), Raspberry Ripple (retired), Soft Suede
Accessories: Lucky Limeade Ribbon (retired), dimensionals

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Santa's Gifts for Sunday Stamps

It's time for a new challenge at Sunday Stamps and this time we have a great sketch for you!

I'm going back and forth with autumn and Christmas lately and today's card is all Christmas. I used a new SU set called Santa's Gifts to create a little scene, Santa tossing some presents over to Rudolph. I kept the background nice and simple as I wanted all the focus to be on the scene. The present in the air is popped up with dimensionals and I used clear Wink of Stella on all the presents. I did have to move the sentiment to a spot below the scene, and I used some retired Real Red ribbon to create the division between the images and the DSP on the lower section. I did some paper piercing around the edges to finish it all off.

Head over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with and then play along with us!

Stamps: Santa's Gifts
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Merry Moments DSP Pack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red
Copics: E13, E15, E17, E18
G07, G28, G21, G40
R27, R29, R59
N1, N2, N3, N4, N7
B00, BG02
BV02, BV04
Accessories: Real Red Ribbon (retired), Paper Piercer, Wink of Stella,  Dimensionals

Friday, August 21, 2015

A Ride Under the Lights

Freshly Made Sketches is celebrating their 200th challenge and so I played along with them.

I used a new die and stamp set coming out in the SU catalog, Sleigh Ride Edgelits and Jingle All the Way. I love sleigh rides and I love being out in the snow at night so I decided to combine those 2 things. I also did a very subdued Northern Lights technique. Living in Alaska I'm lucky to be able to see "the lights" quite often and I don't think people realize that the aurora can be a very dark green in the night sky, especially when it is just starting to appear or when it is fading. I know most images capture the bright waves of green, purple and magenta. Personally, I love the dark green bands that let me know the sky is starting to awaken!

I differed from the sketch just slightly by having my center sloping but I still have the 2 different sections like the sketch so hopefully that counts!

Thanks for stopping by!

Here is just an example of the difference in intensity you can see with the aurora. These were taken in March of this year while I was on my lunch break at work, and then a few hours later after work. You can see in the first photo how much darker the lights are but in the second one they are pretty darn vibrant, really standing out even against all the light pollution from the football field and the back parking lot.

Stamps: Jingle All the Way
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White(Thick CS)
Ink: Cucumber Crush, Night of Navy, 
Accessories: Big Shot, Sleigh Ride Edgelits

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Masculine Embossed Birthday for Friday Mashup

Happy Friday! I'm so glad this week is finally over, it means I'm closer to next week and a road trip to Valdez, wooohooo! It's a part of Alaska I haven't been to yet and I'm looking forward to wandering the area doing some photography while my husband and boys fish!

This week at The Friday Mashup the challenge is a birthday project with your choice of technique. I decided to go with a simple and easy technique that I use all the time, dry embossing.

I love masculine cards and I love wildlife so I combined those two to create this card. I'm still mad that the set Walk in the Wild with the moose got retired but I guess this elk from The Wilderness Awaits set will have to do. For the technique portion I embossed a banner of Baked Brown Sugar and layered that one the card base.

Make sure you head over to The Friday Mashup blog and see what the rest of the DT came up with, and then play along!

Here's your Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a Birthday Themed project.
  • Create a project using any kind of Technique you'd like.
  • or Mash it Up! and created a Birthday themed project and any Technique.

Stamps: The Wilderness Awaits, sentiment from Best Dad Ever (retired)
Paper: Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar(retired), Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar DSP (retired)
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar (retired), Early Espresso
Accessories: Big Shot, Woodgrain TIEF, dimensionals

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

TTS It's Hip to be Square

This week at 'Tis The Season it's a fun, simple sketch!

I started with a card base of Real Red and put a panel of Merry Moments DSP on it. I used some retired Crumb Cake ribbon to put across the bottom. My Whisper White panel was embossed with the Woodgrain TIEF and on that I adhered a wreath I created using the Wondrous Wreath set. Nice and easy!

Head on over to the 'Tis The Season blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with and then play along with us!

Stamps: Wondrous Wreath
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Merry Moments DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Real Red
Accessories: Big Shot, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Woodgrain TIEF, Crumb Cake Ribbon (retired), Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details