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Monday, December 18, 2017

Catching Up

I can hardly believe it's been a month since I have posted. I knew I had been busy, but I was sure it had only been two weeks.... Ooops....

November/December tend to be pretty busy for just about everyone. Once Thanksgiving came, it was like the starter pistol for the season. We've been pretty booked since then. I have managed to still make time for crafting, but was busy enough to keep forgetting to take pictures for the blog.

So let's catch up... Thanksgiving we ate, watched movies, and SHOPPED! I know that Black Friday brings up mixed feelings for people. The hubby and I use these heavily discounted days to knock out most of our Christmas shopping for family members as well as several gifts for Toys for Tots. We usually go in with a great plan to get in and out quickly and it works every year. This year was the same except there was a trio of ladies that put our planning to shame. These adorable ladies went in wearing tall bright Christmas antlers to easily spot each other and capped it off with a set of walkie talkies. I need to step up my shopping game!

 I don't know that I have really mentioned it on this blog, but I know all my Facebook friends and Pinterest followers know my love of Sam and Dean Winchester. We had an opportunity to get tickets to see the boys live, but it felt like almost as soon as Thanksgiving was over, the hubby and I were on our way to San Francisco for Creation's Supernatural Convention.

I need to start by saying that I have done quite a few different conventions, but by far the fans at this convention were the nicest. Everyone was sweet and inclusive. There was a lot to see and do at the convention, but let's be honest we were there for the boys! You know, these ones.... Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles

(Creation's Supernatural Convention December 2017)

They were just as funny and charming in person and on stage as they are on the show. You can tell they truly love their fans! 

Another reason we went to this particular convention is that the hubby and I are both The Walking Dead fans. Those of you who watch both Supernatural and The Walking Dead know that Jeffery Dean Morgan who played John Winchester in Supernatural now plays Negan on the The Walking Dead. That's right  Mr. JDM was in attendance (insert fangirl squeal here)! 

(Creation's Supernatural Convention December 2017)

In the blink of an eye the convention was over and we were back to reality. The hubby and I then went and enjoyed the annual Christmas concert at our church which featured:

James Durbin - American Idol Finalist & Lead Singer for Quiet Riot
Jonah Kim - Grammy Award Winning Cellist
Rebecca Jackson - Violinist for the San Francisco Ballet & Founder and Artistic Director of Music In May  

The concert was amazing and heartfelt.

And then it was on to an early screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Absolutely stunning, amazing, incredible, and all the other adjectives that describe how fantastic this movie was. I know some fans are split, but I enjoyed every minute of it. 

We had some other stuff going on, but you get the general idea of it. So here we are, a few days before Christmas and I am now just getting to post the pictures of my remaining Christmas Card Creations, here we go:

Stamps Used: Avery Elle Winter Woodland Wonders
Inks Used: Archival Black, VersaMark, Distress Ink (milled lavender, dusty concord, and seedless preserves), Zig clean color real brush markers
Paper Used: Strathmore Bristol Smooth
Accessories: White Embossing Powder

Stamps Used: Neat and Tangled Santa's Wonderland
Inks Used: Archival Black, VersaMark, Distress Oxide Ink (Faded Blue Jeans), Zig clean color real brush markers
Paper Used: Strathmore Bristol Smooth
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Stickles

Stamps Used: Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas
Inks Used: Archival Black, Distress Oxide Ink (fossilized amber), Zig clean color real brush markers
Paper Used: Canson Watercolor
Accessories: None

Last, but not least
Stamps Used: My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Beast Friends and My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Santa's Elves
Inks Used: Archival Black, Distress Ink (weathered wood, chipped sapphire, black soot ), Zig clean color real brush markers
Paper Used: Strathmore Bristol Smooth, Stampin Up! Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Neat and Tangled sequins

Sorry for the hurried post, but I wanted to get something in before Christmas. I hope that whatever holiday you celebrate, that you are all happy, warm, and safe!! 

Until next time, keep on crafting!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Let the Christmas Cards Begin

Hola! Welcome back. If you read my last post, you will know that I was prepping for "stamp camp" for my my wonderful Mother in Law, my fantastic Aunt in Law and their friends. I have to say it was a blast, and while I got pictures of the cards I made I did not take any pictures of us ladies together. Tons of fun was had. We stamped, we laughed, we ate lunch, and of course had chocolate, so it was the perfect crafty day!

Onto the cards....

My first card was pretty easy. I pulled out my Cricut to cut out the layers that make up Bethlehem onto watercolor paper. I watercolored Bethlehem with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. I then used Distress Inks in Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot on the background and embossed the Star and Oh Holy Night sentiment from Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas set. I finished the whole thing off with some gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I used Neat and Tangled's Little Baby Jesus Stamp and Die set to create a super cute but simple card. I stamped my image onto Neenah Solar White and pulled out my Stampin' Up! Markers to color Baby Jesus in. I die cut it out and used foam tape to pop him up. 

I used Neat and Tangled's Beary Merry to create a candy bar holder (instructions can be found  on Splitcoaststampers). I used some red cardstock for the base and used a piece of Lawn Fawn's Knit Picky patterned paper for the slip cover. I stamped that Beary Merry onto watercolor paper and  watercolored him in. 

That's it for this post. Until next time, keep on crafting!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Quick Candy Holders

I have spent most of this week prepping a "stamp camp" for my wonderful Mother in Law, my fantastic Aunt in Law and their friends. I am helping them with Christmas cards, which I will be sharing once this weekend is over. In the mean time I have two super quick candy holders I made for friends to share with you!

My first project is a little box made from a sheet of my Fancy Pants Designs,  Etcetera Collection - 6 x 6 Paper Pad. I stamped out the little pig from MFT's Whole Herd stamp set onto some Strathmore Bristol Smooth and colored it in using my Spectrum Noir pens and my white gel pen. I fussy cut the little oinker and used my ATG gun to glue him to the front of my box. I filled the box with Hershey's kisses, closed it up then stamped the sentiment on a scrap piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth and outlined it in a color that matched my paper. I finished it off with some hemp twine and some old Stampin' Up! lacey ribbon I had hanging around.

I found the instructions for the box at Pootles Blog HERE

My second candy holder is an old school "Sour Cream Container". I know it's called that because they used to do smaller sour cream portions in little pouches that had the same shape. As for me I remember the shape from Minute Made Juice Bars.. You know these ones: 

Anyway, these are super easy to make and can be dressed up in just about any theme! You can find directions on how to make them HERE.

I used some cute Hibiscus patterned paper I had hanging around and cut it to 5.5 x 4.25 inches. I filled the container with salt water taffy and then got to work on embellishments. I stamped out my favorite chameleon and that cute Hibiscus flower from BB Polynesian Paradise - MFT Stamps onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper and colored with my Spectrum Noir markers. I then took some Stampin' Up! twill ribbon and made a bow to add at the top. Honestly it took more time to color the chameleon than to put the whole thing together! 

Until next time Keep on Crating

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

MFT Color Challenge #80

So I have been away, doing stuff, per usual. I have been crafting, just not posting. I thought I would post my entry into MFT's Color Challenge #80. This challenge inspired not just my entry but a Christmas card for a dear family friend. So here we go!

Last week there was a night where I could not sleep. You know where the harder you try to sleep the more frustrated you become? Yeah, like that. Anyway, since I couldn't sleep I was checking out MFT's Card Challenge site and noticed the color combo for this challenge. Very cute colors, but a little out of my norm. I was banging my dead trying to think what I wanted to do with them. My first flash of inspiration came not for what MFT card I would make, but the for a Christmas card for a family friend. I recently purchased Darcie's Stamps Happy Holla Days because I knew our family friend would LOVE Hipster Santa! I mean look, isn't he too cute for words?

So I got to work and made this card here. Please excuse my tilted pictures, I could not find my tripod and decided to free hand it. Yup that did not work. By the end of picture time I was frustrated and said to heck with it. 

I used one of my old There She Goes stamps sets for the background. I can't remember the name of it, but it's this one below: 

Anyway I used this set as the background and put dear Hipster Santa in the foreground. It's kind of hard to tell but I stamped the card base with MFT's Whimsical Woodgrain Background and layered some So Safron from my stash. I swear it looks cuter in person!

On to my submission for the MFT Color Challenge....

Again, I had camera/tripod issues so the colors are not coming out a vibrant as they are on the card. Just looking at the picture irks me.. I swear I when I get my tripod back I will update with a new photo!!

Alright, I know it wasn't much of an update or post, but I've been busy, busy, busy. 

Keep on Craftin'!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Whale, hello there...

Good morning! Did you all craft your hearts out this weekend for World Card Making Day? If you did, I am jealous. I 100% spaced it. I made other plans that day not remembering what it was. I was curious as to why my Facebook feed was filled with extra cards made by lovely people in groups I follow. Then it hit me.... BAM! How can I not be crafting on World Card Making Day? Don't get me wrong I got to spend time with my family, but I am still kicking myself.

I did eventually get around to making a couple of cards to share.

I love this card because it was super quick and easy. The only bummer is that I did not use my MISTI or Tim Holtz Platform and ended up with a little uneven coverage. She's still a beauty!

Stamps: Whale Wishes Mini Stamp Set
Inks: Memento Paris Dusk, Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Paper: Kraft Cardstock, Neenah Crest Solar White (80#), Patterned paper of unknown origin (makes it sound mystical, no?)
Accessories: Red Grosgrain Ribbon,  Whale Wishes die

 My second card I made took a bit longer than I anticipated. The first one I made did not turn out the way I wanted it to. I felt like something was missing. This is when I decided to stamp several images in Distress Oxide Ink (Worn Lipstick) and put a piece of vellum over that. That pulled it together for me.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Baked With Love
Inks: Archival Black, Distress Oxide Ink (Worn Lipstick), Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens
Paper: Kraft Cardstock, We R Memory Keepers Clearly Bold Acetate, Vellum, Bristol Smooth
Accessories: Die-namics Stitched Square STAX, Lawn Fawn Baked With Love dies

I would love to see what you all worked on for World Card Making Day. If you are willing to share, leave a link in the comment section!

Until next time, Keep on Craftin'!