Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sponged Snowflakes

We haven't had any snow yet here in Germany, but in my craft room it is snowing all the time, LOL!
For this card I used a Spellbinders Impressabilities template and sponged it with several blue and violet shades of Adirondack inks. I love the soft, somewhat blurred result.
Sentiment by Der Bessere Eindruck, using Versamark ink and white embossing powder.

Oh Christmas Tree

I had to try my new EK Success border punch today... So I came around with this quick and easy card using a Christmas tree sticker (thanks again Julia for your recent Splitcoaststampers stickers challenge - it made me get all my old stickers out of the drawer and USE them!!!!).
Sentiment by Butterer, golden snowflakes stippled with Liquid Pearls, doodling with a gold gelly pen.

Soft and Silent Snow

I really love this sentiment by George W. Bungay. I detected it on some Around The Block dp, and as it seems I was stamping snowflakes today all day round (well, at least those sixty minutes I managed to stay in my craft room, LOL), I thought this would be the perfect day to use this scrap on a card.
This week's Res-Q-Challenge was to use felt on a card. So I die-cut this felt snowflake with a cuttlebug die and added a rhinestone. I sponged the dp with Colorbox Fluid Chalks Blue Iris a bit darker in the top right corner to make the snowflake contrast a bit better. Snowflake dp by Frances Meyer.

Admire The Snowflakes!

Snowflakes are so beautiful!
This week's Splitcoaststampers Limited Supplies Challenge "Instant Replay - create two cards with the same main image and color scheme but different layouts" was a real stretch to me - I love to play around with different stamps and rarely use the same stamp twice a day - another day, yes, of course, but not twice the same day... But I really love this American Art Stamps image, so I tried to create two cards in the same color scheme but with different layouts.
Thw snowflake background is by Hero Arts, sentiment on the tall card is by Butterer, sentiment on the square card is handwritten. Both cards are colored with Twinkling H2Os. The snowflake background on the tall card is stamped with blue Memento ink, the snowflake border on the square card with Brilliance.
Which card do you like better?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Two Snowmen

This evening my friend Dagmar visited me to stamp Xmas cards. Well... finally we talked more than we stamped, LOL, but nevertheless, I finished this one and started a few more which I hopefully will be able to finish during the weekend.
I love these funny snowmen by Whipper Snapper Design - seems as if the little one is just asking: "Daddy, is there a Santa Claus?".
Sentiment (saying "Merry Christmas") by Stempelmeer, background snowflakes by HeroArts (stamped with Adirondack white pigment ink). Everything is colored with watercolors.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sticky Christmas Tree

This is for today's Ways To Use It Challenge. I didn't expect to have the time to take part in the challenge today as I have to prepare for a lecture I have to hold in Munich on Saturday, but Julia challenged us to use stickers on our cards - what could be quicker and easier??? Julia, you're the greatest!!!
So I took my "Xmas Emergency Card Pack" out of the drawer (which contains some stickers, ready cut white cards and some Xmas paper) and created this quick card. I'm not a natural sticker lover, but I have to admit, it is really a fun and easy way to create last minute cards - and isn't it already last minute for this year's Xmas cards???!
The sentiment (saying Merry Christmas) is by Stempelmeer, stamped with Versamark ink and heat-embossed with violet embossing powder by JudiKins. Design paper by Around The Block. Sticker by PickUp. I added some rhinestones.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Really Red Reindeer...

Yeah! My first Xmas card this year!!! Yes, I admire all you well-organised ladies having completed your Xmas cards already in May...
I'm not sure if this card really counts for this week's Splitcoast color challenge - neutrals with a pop of color - it's more red with a pop of neutral, LOL! But it should count for the Splitcoast Clean and Simple sketch challenge, and as well for the ResQ Challenge (monochromatic holiday cards).
The card is very sparkly IRL as I used stickles on all the red circles, and the reindeer's nose is a red rhinestone.
Stamp by Outlines Rubber Stamp Co., dp by Tim Coffey.