Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Poinsettia Thank You

I absolutely love the Small Blooming Poinsettia die and I’ve used it once again … well really, six times again … on this Thank You card.

Thank You So Much - poinsettias
The Diamond background was cut using the same cardstock as the base card to give it an embossed look.  I used a strip of ivory burlap behind the Lovely Tendril pieces, and arranged the gold and ivory poinsettias in a cascade fashion, then added a pearl to each of the centers.  I also used a glitter pen on the ivory petals to give it a little shine. Hope you like this one!!

Here's more news:  Poppystamps will be having a Holiday Tag Hop on Monday, December 2nd. Just click on the Poppystamps logo on the top right to begin! Be sure to hop to all of the blogs and leave a comment as there are three prizes to be given away and they're hidden amongst our blogs. You will have until December 8th to leave a comment for your chance to win.  Winners will be posted on the Poppystamps blog on December 9th. 

In the meantime, I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Autumn Greetings

Honestly, I didn't take another vacation!  Life has simply been a little nuts.  I'm posting a couple of fall cards that were featured in my classes at Ultimate Hobbies last month, and I thought it would be a good idea to post them on my blog for visitors who haven't yet seen them.

This card features the Leaves Die Set and the Wheat set from Obsession Impression, along with the Grove Branch from Memory Box.  The "Thanks" is an Elizabeth Craft Designs die that fit just perfectly.  I sponged various Distress Inks in fall colors onto the leaves and blended them together to create the turning colors.  I die cut one leaf and the "Thanks" from gold cardstock, and finished it with a bow of gold thread and a red button.  I love how the wheat stalks and the added branch balanced everything out for a clean, simple look.

This next card uses the Pumpkin Set of dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs, and I couldn't resist once again using the Wheat set from Obsession Impression.  The "With Gratitude" words are from a great set of stamps from Paper Smooches called "Many Thanks".

I used a Swiss Dots embossing folder to create the background, and mounted that onto the card base.  I stamped the background of the white pumpkin using the Birch Branch stamp from Memory Box, and cut the leaves from dark green and dark orange cardstock.  I like the way the two layers of the pumpkin pieces fit together to give them texture and definition. 

I have to share one of those "happy accidents" that happen once in a while.  I'm a big fan of the Zig Wink of Stella glitter pens, and I discovered that if you squiggle the brush onto an acrylic block or a craft sheet and pick up the ink with a sponge, you can dab it onto the surface of your die cuts to give them a very subtle mist of glitter.  It's a little difficult to see on these cards, but give it a try and see if you like the look of it! 

Thanks for stopping by!!