Warm greetings {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, crafty friends. It’s the third Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for Get Cracking on Christmas, which is a series Jenn Shurkus started years ago, with the aim of making holiday cards year round, so you’re not swamped come November. I’m a huge fan of the concept, and today I’ve combined it with my fondness for penguins.

This Penguin Hug image from Rachelle Anne Miller is one that she created years before she started designing stamps. I was a fan of Rachelle’s style even back then, and when she asked the design team what we wanted to see as stamps, I asked if it was possible for her to turn this particular image into a stamp. She did just that, and I think this might be my favorite of all her stamps, and she’s got loads of great ones to choose from, so that’s saying a lot.

I colored my image with Copics, stamped a sentiment from Mathia Design using Ocean Tides ink from Papertrey Ink, before die cutting a bunch of white snowflakes from the same cardstock (X-Press It blending card) that I use to color on, so my whites would match. I used the Snowflake Confetti fancy die from Hero Arts, along with the CR1335 die from Marianne Design to die cut all my snowflakes. Both these dies cut lots of snowflakes at once, and the snowflakes are fairly small, making them ideal for a background like this. I adhered lots of snowflakes above the penguin’s head, then used a rectangle die from Waffle Flower to die cut my panel. I mounted it on foam tape onto a card base I created from Ocean Tides cardstock from Papertrey Ink, and my card was complete. Another Christmas card done for 2023.

Fairly minimalist color palette. I also used B90 and BG71, which are colors I’ve created myself.

Let it snow {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m back today with another winter/holiday themed card, featuring Christmas Sled from Rachelle Anne Miller. I’m hoping I don’t jinx anything with the sentiment I used. It snowed earlier in the week and I really don’t want more, so I’m crossing my fingers it won’t snow again until late fall.

My last holiday card was blue, so I needed a new color. Green to the rescue, with a little bit of “gold” and a touch of pink. Somehow, I think it works.

I printed the image twice: once onto X-Press It blending card, which is what I use for all my Copic coloring, and once onto Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I wanted to fussy cut my colored image right up against the lines, but Rachelle’s images come with these great squiggly lines  that I didn’t want to lose, they add such a unique look. By printing twice, I could mount my colored piece onto the other one and maintain the wonderful linework.

For the background, I ran my printed white cardstock through my die cutting machine using the Magic Snow Cover die from Mama Elephant, which adds a nice faux stitch snow flurry look. I used an embossing mat to make the details stand out even more, then adhered my white panel to a white cardbase and mounted the colored image using 1 mm foam squares – I wanted a little bit of lift, but not too much dimension.

I then used the sentiment from the Let It Snow die set from Mama Elephant to die cut 5 times from Meadow cardstock from Hero Arts. Before die cutting, I colored one of the pieces with my G46 Copic marker to better match my coloring, stacked the five layers together with the colored one on top and added the stacked die cut sentiment to the card.

I finished off the card with a few sequins. These are a mix of Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and select sequins from the Sea Glass mix from Simon Says Stamp.

I used my favorite green combo AND my favorite “holiday pink” combo for this card.  I hope they inspire you.

Happy holidays {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. I have a simple holiday card to share with you today, featuring Birch from Purple Onion Designs. Christmas might be 8 months away, but with the weather we’ve been having, it feels like it could be just around the corner. And even though I long for warmer weather, I still love creating holiday cards with Stacey Yacula’s cute critters.

I stamped and masked Birch before stamping the Snowy Fence behind him. I colored in the ground, the adorable bunny and the snowy fence with Copics, before covering them with masks so I could air brush the sky.

I used a gradient of purples for the sky, starting with BV17 at the top and working my way down to B60 at the very bottom. B60 is technically a blue color, but the entire B60 family has a purple tinge, making B60 the perfect choice for the lightest color in the sky. I then used the Big Happy Holidays die from Mama Elephant to die cut 6 layers from white cardstock that I stacked for a super dimensional sentiment that I placed in the sky. I decided to keep the card very clean and simple and didn’t add any embellishments at all.

Lots of cool tones for this one (the markers after the gap are the ones I used for the air brushing).

Finally Christmas! {Streamside Studios}

Hi, crafty friends. Today, I’m sharing with you a very simple gift tag for Christmas, featuring one of the snowmen in the Snow Much Fun stamp set from Streamside Studios. The snowmen in this set are so cute, and they’re perfect for tags.

I colored my snowman with Copics and fussy cut him leaving a thin white border. I put him aside while I worked on the rest of the tag. Onto some white cardstock (Stamper’s Select White from Papertrey Ink), I ink blended distress inks in the colors Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Scattered Straw for a soft background. I then used a die set from Hero Arts (Snowflake and Ornament) to die cut the ornament from my background and the snowflake circle twice from white cardstock. I adhered the two white die cuts together for a smidge of dimension, before adhering them to the base.

I mounted the snowman on foam tape and white heat embossed a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS onto a strip of Enchanted Evening cardstock from Papertrey Ink, mounted that on foam tape and added diamonds from Kort & Godt to the centers of the snowflakes, before finishing off the tag with a piece of ribbon, some thread and a couple of bells from UiT Hobby.

Super simple color palette for this one.

Merry Christmas {Mo’s Digital Pencil}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m back today with a fairly simple Christmas card, featuring Sneaking a peek from Mo Manning. Oh, how I love her Christmas images!!

This image is super fast and easy to color. It’s just a head, a hat and a couple of mittens. I wanted a green and gold card, so I colored her hat and mittens green and fussy cut her.

Onto a white top fold card base, I adhered a panel of brushed gold cardstock. Actually I cheated a bit and only added a frame. I die cut the center out of it, so I can use that for something else. No one will ever know I cut a chunk out of it to save for later.

Using the Stitched Snowflake Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn, I created a snowflake background from white cardstock. Once I’d die cut, I ran the panel through my Gemini Jr a second time with an embossing mat to add extra depth to the texture the die made. It really makes a huge difference, as opposed to just running it through once with the die.

I used the Merry Christmas die from My Favorite Things to die cut from the same gold cardstock I used on the base. I die cut six additional layers from white cardstock, adding three of those behind the gold and three behind the shadow I cut from heavyweight translucent vellum from My Favorite Things. All these layers add a ton of dimension to an otherwise simple card.

I added my image to the card using foam tape. Her hands hover just above the merry, it’s like she’s peeking in from behind the sentiment.

December 24th – finally! {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. I know the heading on this blog post is a little misleading, but I’ve made a cute gift tag for Christmas, featuring Joyce from Purple Onion Designs.

I stamped the cute mouse using Memento Rich Cocoa ink onto Classic Kraft cardstock from Papertrey Ink, before covering the image with a mask and running the cardstock through my printer to add the lyrics to a Norwegian Christmas song all about mice. I thought it was a fitting background. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils (not Copics, I know, it’s rare), heat embossed a sentiment from the B04 stamp set from Norsk Stempelblad AS above the cutie and used a die from the Stitched Traditional Tag STAX die set from My Favorite Things to turn it into a tag. I then die cut a label from the Everyday Gift Box die set (also MFT) from Wild Cherry cardstock from My Favorite Things, and used the tag die again to turn it into the top piece of my tag. I also used a reinforcer die from the Fold-Up Tags die set (also from MFT) and die cut that from Dark Chocolate cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I added a ribbon, a couple of bells and some Cherry twine from Whisker Graphics to the top of the tag, before adhering a few snowdrift sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards to finish.

Warm holiday hugs {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, crafty friends. It’s time for a Christmas card, right? I love Rachelle Anne Miller’s Polar Bears, and I’ve made a fairly monochromatic card with a little bit of no line coloring, some ink blending, and a stamped sentiment. Super simple.

Isn’t this image the sweetest, with mama bear and her two cubs? For some reason, I love coloring polar bears, and to make them look “white” (although real polar bears aren’t really white), I always do no line coloring whenever I create cards with polar bears.

Once my coloring was complete, I made a quick mask from Post-it tape to cover up my polar bears before I used my Wintry Forest stencil set from Pinkfresh Studio along with inks from Altenew (the colors are Misty Morning, Cloudy Sky and Nimbus) to create my background.

I die cut my panel using the second largest die in the Additional A2 Layers die set from Waffle Flower Crafts, adhered it to a panel of Enchanted Evening cardstock from Papertrey Ink and then onto the card base.

I stamped a sentiment from the Scripty Xmas stamp set from Mama Elephant using Enchanted Evening ink from Papertrey Ink and added some white dots to the cub’s hat with a white Gelly Roll 05 pen. And that finishes the card. I decided not to add any embellishments to it.

Oh, how I love blue for Christmas cards.

Naturally, lots of blue for the coloring, too.

Believe in the magic of Christmas {Mo’s Digital Pencil}

Hi, crafty friends! I have another Christmas card to share today, featuring Merry Little Christmas from Mo Manning. As you may know, I love creating Christmas cards all year, and this particular image is one that I’ve used a few times previously.

I colored my image with Copics, before using one of the stitched rectangle dies from My Favorite Things to create a nice faux stitching detail along the edges of the panel. I then sprinkled on a generous amount of chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous and melted the granules from the back of the panel.

I created a card base from Vintage Timber cardstock from My Favorite Things and mounted my colored panel in the center using foam tape. Using the Believe die from Simon Says stamp, I die cut four white believe that I glued together for a stacked look and added one more on top that I colored with blue Copics (B91 and B0000) before die cutting. It gives the word a little bit of added interest. I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Holiday Messages stamp set from Mama Elephant onto Wild Cherry cardstock from My Favorite Things and cut the sentiment down to strips, adding a few extra layers of cardstock behind for dimension and strength.

I have a coloring/card making buddy in Liz Vefall and sometimes ask her for suggestions when I’m stuck and/or can’t make up my mind. I always run with her ideas and the cards usually end up looking great, but I seem to have lost the ability to turn her suggestions into a final product that I’m happy with. The black pants and the brown card base were both suggestions from her, and I’m not comfortable with the end result, somehow. Diecutting the white word with a little bit of blue at the bottom was also her suggestion, and I wound up loving that, so I ended on a positive, at least

Fairly standard Christmas color palette, with a couple of odd ones thrown in there for good measure.

A very Merry Christmas to You {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. I have a super simple mini slimline card to share today, featuring this adorable Merry Christmas Penguins image from Lili of the Valley. Christmas is 11 months away, it’s never to early to start making those holiday cards.

I love the playful nature of the Lili of the Valley stamps, and their adorable critters drew me in when I was a new cardmaker years and years ago. I still have all my old rubber stamps from Lili of the Valley, and they stamp so well. This one is digital, however, and the two main advantages that I see in digital stamps are that you can adjust the size to suit your needs and that there’s no waiting for ink to dry. Also, you get a perfect print every time. I love digital stamps!

I haven’t made a mini slimline card in a while, and decided that this image would be perfect for it. I created a card base that was slightly smaller than an average mini slimline. This one measures 5 1/4 x 3″, it fit the scene better than a 6″ wide base.

I colored the scene with Copics, cut it down to a size that left a nice border around the edge and adhered it directly to the card base, before adding some crystals from a mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards to the banner.

The crystals add a tiny bit of dimension to an otherwise fairly flat card, and those penguins are the cutest, aren’t they?

Simple color palette for this one.

You’re always on my nice list {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends. Winter solstice was yesterday, which means that the days in the Northern hemisphere will gradually get longer from now on. I’m all for longer days, less than 6 hours of daylight each day is depressing, and I long for summer days that seem to have no end. The snow does help make it brighter, but the last couple of days have been foggy and rainy, and the snow has turned to deadly ice as a result. Santa’s little helpers don’t seem to care about that, and with only two days left until Christmas, it’s time to decide who’s naughty or nice.

Cue Chippey and Ralphie from the latest Stacey Yacula release from Purple Onion Designs (A Little Christmas Magic!). They’re making their list, and checking it twice in the Toy Workshop. I made sure to use second generation stamping for the Toy Workshop to make the critters in the foreground stand out. I also used a couple of images from the Holiday Toy Set and turned the North Pole Sign into a poster on the wall, stamping it in Fadeout ink from Inkon3 for a no line look.

I’ve always been a fan of creating blue Christmas cards, but in the past couple of years, green has grown on me, and I think I made more green Christmas cards this year than blue ones. It helps that I’ve found a green Copic combo that I really like.

When all the coloring was done, I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Santa Sentiment Set, also from this year’s holiday release. I used super fine detail embossing powder from Ranger for my embossing, it always embosses well.

Lots of Copics for this one.