Thursday, December 18, 2014

Snow Globe Photo Ornament Tutorial

I'm excited to be making my debut on the Taylored Expressions blog today with a snow globe photo ornament project and tutorial. I hope you'll join me over there for another look at my project and a bit about my inspiration. From there, you can sign up for the Taylored Expressions e-Newsletter where you'll find full step-by-step instructions for making your own snow globe photo ornament!

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Jingle All the Way - SFYTT

I've been so inspired lately by mixed media and watercolor projects on Pinterest and YouTube, so when I sat down to play along with Reverse Confetti's December Sketch For You To Try, I knew I wanted to incorporate at least a tiny bit of an artsy look.

First, here's the December sketch:

Isn't that a fun one? For challenge guidelines, prize details, and the link list, visit the Reverse Confetti blog. You have until December 29 at noon CST to enter.

My snowflakes are die-cut with Reverse Confetti's LET IT SNOW Confetti Cuts out of a panel that I watercolored in different shades of blue, then splattered with dark blue pigment.

The horizontal piece is made of layers of card stock, patterned paper, a doily piece, and some torn linen vellum topped with a pop of black diagonal stripe washi tape. More splattering in the same colors that I used for the snowflakes.

The sentiment, from TINSEL 'N TRIM, is stamped in Memento Luxe Teal Zeal onto a light gray card stock background panel. The background panel is also splattered with metallic silver and white watercolor.

Last, I added a sparkly twine bow with jingle bells tied to the ends, rounded the corners of the background panel, and mounted it to a white top-fold card base.

Hope you've enjoyed my loose sketch interpretation!
For more SFYTT inspiration, be sure to visit the Reverse Confetti blog.

Thanks for visiting!

PAPER: white, stone, navy, and aqua card stock, linen vellum, 
designer paper scraps, Tim Holtz watercolor paper
INK: Memento Luxe Teal Zeal
OTHERKuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, round brush, Pretty Pink Posh silver sequins, 
silver bells, metallic silver twine, washi tape, corner rounder, paper doily

Monday, December 15, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Candy Cane

It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

photo source:

We have a new sponsor, Avery Elle, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Candy Cane!  A randomly selected participant in the Candy Cane challenge will receive a $20 Avery Elle gift certificate, while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

For today's card, I took inspiration from the red and white striped candy canes and the aqua ribbon. I was also inspired by the overall clean, crisp look of the inspiration photo. 

First I stamped a background of snowflakes from Avery Elle's Noel stamp set. I used the rock 'n roll technique to get the two shades of blue. Then I spritzed on a little silver mist and added a candy cane stripe and some sparkly twine. 

The sentiment is stamped in a bold red ink, trimmed to a rectangle, backed with a doily fragment and popped up on foam tape.

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Candy Cane Designers

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Reverse Confetti December Blog Hop

The Reverse Confetti Crew is blog hopping today, and our theme is Pretty Packaging. If you've come here from Kathy Martin's blog, you're in the right place. If not, grab a cup of something warm and head over to the Reverse Confetti blog, where the fun begins!

It wouldn't be a hop without prizes. Be sure to check out the prize details on the Reverse Confetti blog!
For todays project I've created a little gift bag featuring the TREAT TOTE Confetti Cuts die and the ENVIE WRAP Confetti Cuts die. I cut out the middle of the circle on the ENVIE WRAP die using the circle die from DONUT YOU KNOW Confetti Cuts, and turned it into a snowy scene by adding a snowy hill, a tree from BRANCH OUT, and a layered vellum snowflake from LET IT SNOW

I folded the ENVIE WRAP die-cut over the top of the TREAT TOTE (I trimmed off the zig-zag edge first), and clipped it on with a binder clip.

The tree is stamped with stripes from SO STRIPEY and the ENVIE WRAP is stamped with circles from WHOLE LOTTA DOTS. The sentiment is a mixture of BRING ON THE MERRY and SEASONAL SENTIMENTS.

On the back, I added a small GIVE THANKS Confetti Cuts label, topped with a LABEL ME Confetti Cuts label, which was stamped with a sentiment from TINSEL 'N TRIM, and topped with a bit of holly from the NORTH POLE WISHES Confetti Cuts.

The TREAT TOTE is the perfect size for a gift card, chocolate treats, or even a hot cocoa packet.



That's it for me today! The next stop on the hop is LEIGH PENNER! Enjoy!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Deck the Halls With Inky Paws Blog Hop

Today I'm joining the Newton's Nook design team and featured guests for a blog hop to conclude their Deck the Halls with Inky Paws week. So fun! If you've missed out on the week so far, check out the Newton's Nook blog to catch up. For today's hop, you should have arrived here from Jennifer McGuire, and when you're finished here, you'll visit Laura Bassen (full hop list below). The hop begins at the Newton's Nook Designs blog.


Newton's Nook will be choosing two lucky winners to win a $10 store credit for Newton's Nook Designs online shopTo enter, just leave comments on the Design Team Member and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop. Make sure to check out each blog and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Sunday, December 7th at 9 pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the NND blog on Monday, December 8th.

Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop

I had colored a family of cats with a different project idea in mind. That idea hasn't come together quite like I want it to (yet), but I couldn't abandon this Siamese, which was my favorite. Here, he sits peacefully in the snowdrifts enjoying his white Christmas.

The background is dry embossed, and the raised areas are colored with a white gel pen and brushed with a clear Wink of Stella pen. The image, from Newton's Holiday Mischief is colored with Copics, and the scarf is brushed with clear Wink of Stella.
Simple, sweet, peaceful.

Have a beautiful Friday, and enjoy the upcoming weekend. 
Thanks for visiting with me here today!

Thursday, December 4, 2014


I was peeking around at some of my favorite challenge blogs last night, wanting to make something just for fun, and decided to combine the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and the color combo at The Color Throwdown

The festive colors and metallics easily led to a congratulations/celebration card. There was probably plenty of splash with just the brown and gold splatters in the background, but I piled on a bunch of sequins anyway. Have I crossed the line into gaudy? Kind of looks like a confetti cannon explosion!

The sentiment and banner stamp are from Reverse Confetti's BEAUTIFUL BANNERS set, and the banner shape is die-cut with the corresponding BEAUTIFUL BANNERS Confetti Cuts dies.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a festive day!

PAPER: white card stock, dark brown woodgrain designer paper
INK: VersaMark
OTHER: clear and silver embossing powder, powder tool, 
Heidi Swapp gold Color Shine, Mister Huey's Pony Color Mist,
Pretty Pink Posh clear and silver star sequins, silver thread, foam adhesive
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