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Silver snowflakes

Happy Saturday!

The colour combination for this week’s Color Throwdown challenge is one of my favourite festive combos – blues and silver.

I decided to use the heat embossed background technique that I first tried as part of Online Card Classes’ Merry Making class last month. This time, I created a base using some older Stampendous embossing powder and then stamped and embossed the beautiful Hero Arts snowflake background. I love this technique and still can’t believe how the powder from the stamped image just melts into the background to create a completely smooth base!

I wanted to add a die cut sentiment from Simon Says Stamp, but it didn’t stand out very well against the background so I added a vellum oval – I love how you can still see those beautiful embossed snowflakes through it!  To finish off the card, I added some Lawn Fawn snowflakes.

I’m also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge – Happy Holidays.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Day 9 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there!

I’m playing along withTracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event this year.

The sponsor for Day 9 was Paper Sweeties. I must confess, I have never heard of the brand so spent a good while on their website looking at their fab goodies! I really liked Lisa Bzibziak’s tag using patterned paper and die cuts so I got to work with some of my oldest Basic Grey patterned paper and dies from Impression Obsession and Lawn Fawn. I finished off the tag with a Hero Arts Sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Joyful Trees

Hi everyone!

Although I’m not quite ready to say au revoir to my Autumn stamps just yet, when I saw this week’s sketch for the Freshly Made sketches challenge, I wanted to create a Christmas card with it.

I pulled out a couple of my older Hero Arts Christmas stamps and got to work! I stamped the tree background image with distress oxide ink and then embossed it with clear powder. I masked off the white trees and then blended a mix of regular distress ink and distress oxide ink. The sentiment is from a wood-mounted set. I love my clear stamps, and the convenience of the MISTI, but sometimes you just can’t beat those wood-mounted stamps can you?! After I had embossed it, I even used a circular punch to cut it out. Totally retro crafting session today! Anyway, I mounted it to a gold circle and called the card done!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Day 4 – 25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi there!

I’m playing along with Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event this year.

The Day 4 sponsor was Reverse Confetti. Love love love their products and could not believe that I didn’t have anything Christmassy by them! Rather than re-purpose one of their sets, I decided to use a very old wood-mounted stamp from Funstamps as I had been absolutely inspired by the blue/white/snowmen tags that the DT had come up with – I guess my tag is a hybrid of tags made by Jen del Muro and Heather Hoffman.

I created a background using a stencil and the stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts before creating a shaker using a frame die from my Favorite Things. Then I turned to my ‘oldie but goodie’ snowman which I coloured with Twinkling H2Os before fussy cutting him out. I added him to the top of my shaker – thanks Jen, for that idea!

To create the ‘hanger’ for the ribbon, I cut part of a Simon Says Stamp ornament die and stuck that to the back of my tag and then stuck another piece of card on top to prevent it from moving.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

 

Feline Spooky!

Happy Halloween, everyone!

I just had to create a Halloween card today – I have so many cute stamps I still haven’t used!

For this card, I stamped and then masked the cute Poppy Stamps ghost cat from the Feline Spooky set. I then created a blended background using regular distress inks and oxide distress inks. Once I finished blending, I lightly stamped a Hero Arts background stamp in white ink. It looks more bluey/grey than white – which I like as I didn’t want the background to detract from my ghost scene!

I’ve been waiting for a new background tree die to arrive so I could use it for this card. Unfortunately it hasn’t come yet, but I decided that the Memory Box Forest Archway worked pretty well with this design. I stuck it on top of the base, removed the mask from the kitty and coloured his tail and cheeks! Don’t you just love that shadow underneath him? So cute!

To finish the card, I added a sentiment from the Poppy Stamps set and a few ghosts that I had cut from the Poppy Stamps Ghost Collage die!

Have a spooky evening!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Spot the Dog

Hi there!

The Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog has another cool sketch this week which I combined with the theme for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge (‘It’s a Dog’s Life’).

I pulled out my favourite dog stamp – an old wooden block stamp from Hero Arts. I love this image so much!

I raided my Patterned Paper Mountain for the various layers on the card and finally embossed a Clearly Besotted image to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.