Merry Christmas {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! Yes, I’m aware that we’ve still got three and a half months until Christmas, but I love creating Christmas cards and just can’t stop.

Old Betsy from Purple Onion Designs is such a great image. I love this pick up truck with the bear inside waving hello through the window. I’ve used it before on this card, which also featured lots of other images. This time, though, I only focused on this one image, and only used the front section of it too.

Using the Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn, I die cut a panel of white cardstock from Papertrey Ink to add a little bit of texture to the front of my card. I adhered it to a quarter panel of Blue Breeze cardstock from My Favorite Things, before using the Selfie Square die, also from My Favorite Things, to die cut a window in the top center.

I put foam tape on the back of my polka dot panel and adhered it to my colored piece, making sure to line up the image so it would show trough the window the way I wanted it to. I then grabbed a quarter panel of Jalapeño Popper cardstock from My Favorite Things and used my G99 Copic marker and scribbled it close to the edge of the green cardstock to make the color match my car a little bit better. Green cardstock is tricky, and I don’t often find the right kind of green that I want for my projects. This was an easy hack, but if anyone out there has a suggestion for a green cardstock that is close in color to G99 (or G94), please let me know.

I adhered my improved green cardstock to an A2 top fold white note card and mounted the polka dot piece with the colored window using foam tape – lots of it. I then used the same Blue Breeze cardstock that I used previously to cut the word merry three times using the Merry Script die from Mama Elephant. I love their script dies! On the top layer I spritzed sheer shimmer craft spray from Imagine for a bit of sparkle to the letters. Unfortunately, details like that are tricky to photograph, but it’s definitely noticeable in real life, trust me 🙂

Onto a leftover scrap of X-Press It blending card, I scribbled an even layer of G99 to create a dark green cardstock that would match my colored image. Onto it, I white heat embossed the word Christmas from the Holiday Messages Sentiment Set from Purple Onion Designs. I love the classy script die cut with the more playful block lettering of the heat embossed word. I added a couple of cardstock strips behind my sentiment strip for dimension and finished the card with a few sequins from the White Orchid Sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

I love my Copics and used quite a few for this rather simple image.

Grateful for friends like you {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, crafty friends! I’m sharing a sneak peek today at one of the new images coming from Rachelle Anne Miller. This is Autumn Friends. Personally, I’d like to hang on to summer for as long as humanly possible, but even though I’m not a fan of the cold, I love the vibe in this particular image.

The sentiment comes with the image. You can omit it if you want to, but I really like both the placement and the mix of the handwritten style with the playful print style. I decided to also add a few additional leaves above their heads. Aside from the green leaf to the left of the bird and the one leaf that’s landed on the hat, all the leaves above their heads are ones I added. I did that by copying the leaves already in the image and placing them where I wanted them; it’s one of the many advantages of working with digital stamps.

I colored everything with my Copics and went for a much warmer color palette than I usually choose. Their clothes are cool tones, but everything else is in warm tones.

I used one of the dies in the Stitched Borders set from Lawn Fawn to create the faux stitching on the sides of my colored piece, before I adhered it to a top fold card base I created from Jalapeño Popper cardstock from My Favorite Things. I did add a few additional layers of cardstock behind the panel for dimension, though.

I wanted to keep the focus on this cute image, and scattered a few iridescent gems from the Glass Crystal collection from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards to finish it off.

The gems catch the light and add to the warm feel of the card.

I used quite a bit of Copics for this card, even though my coloring is pretty simple.

Get Cracking on Christmas – August

Hi, crafty friends. It’s the third Thursday of the month, and that means it’s time to Get Cracking on Christmas. This is a series Jenn Shurkus created a few years back, aimed at creating holiday cards all year to make you less stressed come November and to also use those supplies you bought, but didn’t have to use last year. We all do that, right? It’s not just me? It’s also a great opportunity to play with techniques and different card designs. I love creating Christmas cards all year, so this is right up my alley.

For this card, I’m once again focusing on the Snow Cute stamp set Lili of the Valley released earlier this month. It’s such a cute stamp set (aptly named), and I just can’t resist when there’s a penguin to color. I colored the penguin with Copics, cut my panel down to a strip and put it aside while I worked on the rest of my card.

I created a top fold card base from Enchanted Evening cardstock from Papertrey Ink. This is one of my all time favorite cardstock colors, and I hoard it, always afraid I’m going to run out even though I have several packs of it. I die cut the lighter blue panel from Blue Breeze cardstock from My Favorite Things using the Stitched Snowflake Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn. The die cuts a full size panel for an A2 card, I trimmed mine down slightly to have the darker blue border showing around the edges.

I added a few extra white pieces of cardstock behind my colored panel to make it stand out a little more against the background. I like the dimension it adds.

I used a few words from the Christmas Greetings stamp set from Lili of the Valley, cut them down to strips and added a few more cardstock layers behind them for additional dimension.

To finish the card I added a few sequins from the White Orchid sequin mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. I also added a bit of black glaze pen to the penguin’s eyes, and then a white dot of Gelly Roll 05 on top once the black had dried. This makes the eyes stand out a little against the rest, and the shine looks great in real life. It’s hard to photograph, though, so you’ll just have to trust me.

Simple color palette for this one, these penguins don’t require a lot.

Let it snow {Mo’s Digital Pencil}

Hi, crafty friends. It’s been a while, but I have a simple Christmas card to share today, featuring Season’s Greetings from Mo’s Digital Pencil. This is an older image of hers, but I love the playfulness of the girl hanging on to the candy cane and couldn’t resist.

I printed the image on a piece of X-Press It blending card, extending the candy cane so it would run along the entire left side of my card front. The line style of the image is somewhat sketchy, which means you can’t really mess up creating an additional couple of lines. I colored the image with Copics and sprinkled on lots of chunky white embossing enamel, before melting the granules from the back of the cardstock.

I wanted a big sentiment for this card, and chose the Let It Snow die from Lawn Fawn to create it. I cut once from Hawaiian Shores cardstock from Papertrey Ink, and three times from white cardstock, also from PTI, to create a chipboard like element that adds dimension to my card. I finished off with a few snowflake sprinkles from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

Simple color palette. I would never pair red with green for a Christmas card (I’m not a fan of complementary colors), but red and teal works sooo well.

Easter fun {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, crafty friends. There’s a new release out right now from Rachelle Anne Miller. It’s all about Easter Friends. There are eggs, guinea pigs, a cute woodland scene and a scene creator set, but I just had to choose Koala’s Easter for my card. With my ties to Australia there was really no other choice.

Isn’t this image the cutest? The koala with the bunny ears painting the egg with the little bunny watching, it’s sooo sweet. I colored this image using a lot more colors than I normally would, but they’re colors that scream spring to me, so I’m all for it, I definitely long for warmer days.

I put a strip of pink patterned paper from My Favorite Things above and below the image, and added a few more patterned paper pieces (from Lawn Fawn and My Favorite Things) angled behind my colored piece, before die cutting all of them using the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 1 die set from My Favorite Things to create that faux stitch look that I love to add to my cards. I used the same die to die cut from yellow patterned paper from Lawn Fawn, adhered that to my card base, then mounted my colored piece on top using foam tape.

Onto a piece of vellum, I stamped a sentiment from an Easter stamp set from Papirdesign (PD18390 Påske) using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and clear heat embossed it, before die cutting it using one of the dies in the Fishtail Flag Frames die set from My Favorite Things.

I tied a bow around my sentiment banner using twine from Whisker Graphics in the color Lemon, and then I finished off the card with a few yellow enamel dots from the Pocketful of Sunshine enamel dot collection from Altenew.

Lots of colors for this one.

With lots of love {Mo’s Digital Pencil}

Hi, crafty friends. This Best of the Bunch image from Mo’s Digital Pencil is one I’ve used a couple of times in the past (you’ll find the cards here and here), and it’s an image with such a positive vibe I wanted to use it again, the world needs every grain of positivity we can find these days.

I couldn’t choose any other colors for this card, it simply had to be blue and yellow. I colored the image with Copics, then used the largest die in the Wonky Stitched Rectangles STAX set from My Favorite Things to create a little bit of interest to the edges of the panel, before adhering it to a card base created from Cornflower cardstock from My Favorite Things.

In the top right corner, I adhered part of a mini doily from Doodlebug using liquid glue. To the top of the card, I tied a piece of Divine Twine from Whisker Graphics in the color Lemon. I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Mini Messages stamp set from Mama Elephant on a scrap piece of blue cardstock and die cut it into a tag using a die from the Everyday Gift Box die set from My Favorite Things. I tied the ends of the twine to the tag, added a bow and put foam tape behind the tag for a little bit of dimension to my card.

I put a small piece of Stick-it adhesive behind a scrap of Bright Buttercup cardstock from Papertrey Ink and die cut lots of tiny hearts from it using a die from the Say What? Gift Tags die set from Lawn Fawn. I adhered the hearts in three little groupings of three. They form a nice visual triangle and add more yellow goodness to the card. There’s no such thing as too many hearts!

I’m sending lots of love to the people in Ukraine. It’s heartbreaking that certain people haven’t yet learned the lesson that war’s never the answer. Love always is. 💙💛

Lots of Copics used for this. Thankfully, they were already out on my desk from previous projects, so I didn’t add to the pile of markers I have to clean before I put them back where they belong in my block stands.

Celebrate big {Streamside Studios}

Hi, crafty friends. Today I have a very simple, very sweet mini slimline card to share, featuring one of the bears from the Love You Beary Much digi stamp set from Streamside Studios.

I colored the bear quickly with Copics, fussy cut and put the image aside while I worked on the rest of my card.

I haven’t made a mini slimline card in a while, and I haven’t made any at all since I purchased the Stitched Mini Slimline STAX die set from My Favorite Things back in November, and thought it was about time I break them in. I used the largest die in the set for this card, once on a piece of patterned paper from the Watercolor Wishes 6×6″ paper pad from Lawn Fawn, and once from white cardstock at an angle that I’d stamped a background stamp onto (the Paint Splatter background from MFT) and heat embossed.

I used one of the dies in the Precious Polaroids die set from MFT to die cut three times from white cardstock and once from a gold cardstock from Rayher. It has a brushed finish, which adds a little interest in texture instead of being flat gold. I put a thin strip of this cardstock above and below my heat embossed white cardstock piece as well, for a bit of definition to the top and bottom of the panel. I stamped a sentiment from the Birthday Messages stamp set from Mama Elephant onto a scrap piece of the pink patterned paper and poured on Gilded embossing powder from Brutus Monroe (the same embossing powder that I used for the paint splatter background), before melting the powder. I die cut it into a small strip with an angled end using one of the dies in the Everyday Gift Box die set from My Favorite Things and adhered it to the top of the polaroid using some 1 mm foam squares. I finished off the card with a few sequins from the Heaven Sent mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

The Copic palette couldn’t possibly get any simpler.

Yeti or not… {Streamside Studios}

Hi, crafty friends! Today I’m sharing a fun Christmas card. Yes, I’m still making holiday cards. It’s been a foggy day today, the fog is so thick I can barely see across the street, and the all white outside kind of matches a Christmas card making session, I think.

To me, this card is different. Not just because of the colors, but I usually create a panel from my coloring and go from there. For this card, I fussy cut the yeti from the Yeti Yeti Yeti stamp set from Streamside Studios, and built a scene and part of the sentiment from die cuts.

I created a top fold landscape cardbase from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink, die cut the Snowfall Background: Landscape die from Lawn Fawn out of Sno Cone cardstock from My Favorite Things and adhered the die cut panel to the cardbase. I die cut the Country Landscape die from Memory Box using more white cardstock, and put tiny pieced of yellow cardstock behind the window openings for a little pop of color.

I stamped the sentiment from the Holiday messages stamp set from Mama Elephant using Sno Cone ink from My Favorite Things right onto my die cut horizon piece, before adding three additional layers of cardstock behind it for dimension, and then adhering it to the card. Using the Connected die set from My Favorite Things, I die cut the letters to spell out OR NOT three times from white cardstock, stamped the letters from the coordinating stamp set in Sno Cone ink and adhered my three layers together for a stacked, dimensional look.

For the word YETI, I used the Impact Alphabet die set from MFT and die cut three layers of white cardstock and the top letters from X-Press It that I’d colored with Copics to match my yeti. I didn’t have the right shade of purple cardstock in my stash to match, so I created my own. The ombré effect is a nice bonus. I glued all my stacked die cut letters to the card, put three layers of cardstock behind the yeti’s head to add some stability and adhered the yeti to the card using liquid glue, before finishing off with a few snowflakes I die cut using the Snowflake Confetti fancy die from Hero Arts. I also glued a few snowflakes to my matching envelope, which is an envelope from MFT in the color Summer Splash. It goes really well with the Sno Cone color.

Simple color palette for my little yeti.

Let it snow {Mo’s Digital Pencil}

Hi, crafty friends! I’m sharing a wintery snowman card today, featuring the adorable Giggling Snowman from Mo Manning. He’s probably my most used image, I love him so much. World Snowman Day was actually yesterday. It’s too cold here right now to build a snowman, but as long as I can create snowmen in the comfort of a warm craft room, I’m good with that.

I no line colored my snowman, but kept his eyes and eyebrows dark before I printed the image. It’s a great way to get them perfect and not have to worry about drawing the details back in when the rest of the image is colored up. I fussy cut the snowman and put him aside while I worked on the rest of my card.

I die cut the Stitched Snowflake Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn from a piece of Blue Breeze cardstock from My Favorite Things, and adhered it directly to my card base, which I created from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I also cut a panel of white cardstock using the same die, cut it at an angle and glued a couple of additional layers of cardstock behind my white piece for dimension. I love the look of the continuous background across the two colors. I die cut the Giant Let It Snow die from Lawn Fawn three times from white cardstock and once from silver glitter cardstock and stacked them for dimension. I made sure not to put glue behind half of the silver glitter W, because I needed it to cover part of my snowman, or he wouldn’t fit on the card. I put foam tape behind most of him and tucked him between the white and silver of the let it snow die cut, then added glue behind the half of the W that covered my snowman, and the card was complete.

Super simple color palette for this card.

Sending all the hugs your way {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, crafty friends! Rachelle Anne Miller has a new release out today, and I couldn’t pass up this Starry Night Bears image. I love the two bears looking up at the night sky, and the scene is so wonderfully framed, Rachelle knocked it out of the park with this one. If you use the code ELINVENGE at her store, you get 10 % off.

I wanted the focus to be on the image and kept the rest of the card pretty simple. I stamped a sentiment from the Hugs Make Everything Better stamp set from My Favorite Things directly below my image using Smokey Shadow ink from Papertrey Ink. I wanted something a little bit softer than black, but I did stamp it twice, so maybe I should have used black after all. Close to the sentiment and close to the top of the scene I used one of the Stitched Borders dies from Lawn Fawn to create a decorative edge. I love faux stitching details on my cards, and this diagonal one is a fun change from the ones I normally use.

Onto a panel of Lemon Tart cardstock from Papertrey Ink, I stamped the All Lined Up Diagonally Background stamp from My Favorite Things using Harvest Gold ink from Papertrey Ink, which is a tiny bit darker than the Lemon Tart. It adds subtle tone on tone interest to the background without distracting from the focal point of the image. I adhered the panel directly to a white top fold card base I created from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink and added my image towards the top of the card using foam tape for dimension.

Simple color palette today. I also used BV27 for the sky, which is a color I’ve made myself.