Monday, September 26, 2016

Happy Heart, Happy Christmas FMS255

This was the other idea that I had Friday when I first played along with Freshly Made Sketches' challenge #255. I thought a card would look good, too, if you rotated the sketch 90 degrees counter-clockwise. Since I didn't have a vertical Christmas greeting, and didn't feel like making one with the Labeler Alphabet, I decided to make a large greeting the focus, instead of having an image. This was the sketch, only turned sideways.

Bits and pieces of three stamp sets were "borrowed" to make this card. The little heart at the top is from Bloomin' Love; the bow at the bottom from Santa's Sleigh. The greeting itself is from Suite Seasons.
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pretty Kitty Meets Santa's Sleigh

The idea for this cute little Christmas card has been rattling around in my head for a couple weeks, and I finally had a chance to make it today. It's not really what I originally had in mind, but through the design process things tend to get changed; sometimes a lot. Some days the finished product looks exactly as envisioned, other times it doesn't look anything AT ALL like the original idea. That's the great thing about creating! You never know where it will lead you.

I originally wanted to put a Santa hat on the kitty, but the ones in Jolly Friends are way too big. So that lead to the wreath, and then I thought it would be cute to have the kitty sitting on some Christmas gifts. Because I just know that my kitty, Pumpkin, would be climbing all over them if they were in his domain!

Here's a picture of the little punk sweet rescue kitty, in case you haven't seen enough of him on Facebook, lol. Actually, he really is a sweetheart and we are lucky that he found us down by the river where someone dumped him when he was a baby. He has the most gorgeous eyes!

So, I do have kitties on the brain most days, and since I'm not very good at coloring ginger/tiger cats, the kitty on this card had to be grey. These were the Copic markers I used to color the image:

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Happy Hello

I love this little greeting from this month's Paper Pumpkin kit! It makes such a great "just because" card. I have a little box of pieces I haven't used from other projects, and the stamped tree and die-cut leaves were in there, so I decided to put them to use. I have to do SOMETHING because that little box is getting awfully full of crap useful bits!

Two techniques were used on this card. The first was the Thumping technique for the leaves on the tree. Ink up the stamp with the lighter color, then use the side of a marker to "thump" a darker color randomly all over. The second was the Baby Wipe technique. Make a temporary ink pad by folding up a baby wipe and dropping ink on it for stamping the die-cut leaves. Works like a charm to get that ombre look!

By the way, that Kraft Corrugated Paper is still available on the Clearance rack for only $2.80! It's a fabulous, easy way to add texture to your projects!

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