Technique Tuesday is doing a "Watercolor Christmas" feature today, and I am happy to be joining along. I am certainly at the beginner level for watercoloring, but hopefully this project will help inspire you to pick up a paintbrush and just go for it.
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Good morning! Today I'm joining Pretty Pink Posh in an Instagram Hop. I'm a big fan of making Christmas tags that can double as ornaments, so I decided to do that for my project today. That being said, this tag is 4.25" in diameter and could easily be created as a shaped card instead.
To prep my tag, I cut out a large circle in a beautiful dark green. Then I nestled two circle dies inside of eachother to create a frame and cut that in a glittery gold cardstock. For the top of my ornament, I simply used the curved leftover piece of gold cardstock and trimmed out an ornament cap shape. Now onto the decorating!
Pretty Pink Posh's October release has SO MANY amazing products, and one of my favorites is the Village. It is extra large in scale, and easily fills an entire A2 card. For today's project, I opted to focus on just one image in the set. I selectively inked up the church, embossed it, then die cut it with the Village coordinating dies. The die cuts the entire village as a group, so I just fussy cut the left edge of the church since I was only using that one building.
Thanks so much for visiting today! Make sure to pop over to my Instagram account, so you can enter in the contest. You'll find all the details there, but Pretty Pink Posh will be chosing a gift card winner for each day of the Insta hop, so you definitely don't want to miss out. Have a happy weekend, my friends!
Friday, October 22, 2021
Friday, October 15, 2021
To say that I am happy to share today's projects with you would be a huge understatement. I'm absolutely delighted! This month I'm honored to be a guest designer for Concord and 9th - a company near and dear to my heart. (I guess that's what happens when you get to meet the people behind the company...such good people!)
Today we are featuring the new (and amazing!) Triple-Step Floral Frame Bundle and the October Card Front Die Bundle. I quickly fell in love with these products, so I made a bunch of cards. I've got lots to share today, so lets get started!
I decided a big, bold sentiment was the way to go, so I stamped "merry & bright" from the Ornamental Stamp Set and fussy cut it out. I also paper pieced one of the little holly clusters from the stamp set using clover and poppy carsdstock.
I wanted to make a companion card and was convinced I could turn Triple-Step Floral Frame into a Christmas design. The design of this set is truly amazing. The entire floral frame is achieved in three steps, but only two stamps. I stamped the leaves in Clover Ink. Then I stamped the flowers in Poppy Ink, flipped the stamp upside down, and stamped again, (By stamping twice - once right side up, once upside down you fill in all the flowers in the frame.)
I used a partial sentiment from Triple-Step Floral Frame ("sending") and then finished it by stamping hugs with the Bold & Brushy Stamp Set in Stardust Ink. I really appreciate how alphabet sets allow me to create any sentiment I want, especially when I have a recipient in mind when I'm creating the card.
My final card features the Quilted Card Front Die. It makes a beautiful stitched background, and I wanted to highlight that a bit more. I found some dark teal floss in my stash that matches the peacock color almost exactly and stitched a diamond shape using the quilted lines.
Then I die cut all the pieces in Fresh Cut Florals Dies Edition 1 twice using Oceanside and Peacock cardstock for the flowers, Midnight for the leaves, and Stardust cardstock for the berries and flower center. Actually, I cut the flower center 4 times to give it more dimension.
I flicked some really old Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine Spray on the flower petals. They shimmer beautifully! Then, I built my flower, putting foam tape between each of the layers, so it has lots of dimension.
Finally, I tucked the leaves and berries in, and added a sentiment strip using a sentiment from the Painted Peony Stamp Set. You can't go wrong with any of Concord & 9th's sentiments. The fonts are always beautiful.
Did you manage to make it here? I'm curious...do you have a favorite project. Here's a quick peek if you need to refresh your memory after such a long post. Lol.