Wednesday, November 25, 2020


 Hey friends!  It's that time of the month again, where a bunch of my crafty friends and I dig around in our stashes to find and use some of those supplies we have been "squirreling away" for a rainy day.  You should have arrived here from Val's Instagram. Well, today may or may not be a rainy day, but I'm still here to share what I made for our theme this month:

This card was a fun one for me to make.  My first step was to ink blend the Strathmore Bristol smooth  6x6 panel with Chipped Sapphire and Wilted Violet Oxide inks.  After I dried it with my heat tool, I used my never-before-opened Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi embossing paste with the Echo Park Jingle  Bell Snowflakes stencil.  I quickly removed the stencil and placed it and my palette knife in some warm soapy water.  Then I sprinkled Distress Rock Candy glitter onto the paste.  I left the panel to dry while I worked on die cutting the pieces for this adorable gnome that comes from the Gina K/Thermoweb Gnome for the Holidays kit.  If you haven't seen this sold-out kit, it comes with a die set to make gnomes and trees, a 6x8 stamp set, a detail stencil, and Fancy Foils in Glimmering Gold and Sparkling Silver.  I truly wanted the kit mostly for the gorgeous foils, but I can definitely see me making more cards with cute gnomes!

Anyway, I cut the pieces I wanted all from 110lb. white Recollections cardstock.  I colored the hat and body pieces using the same Oxide inks, and used my alcohol markers to color the nose, beard, and shoes.  I did use the coordinating stencil to apply Star Dust Stickles to the hat, and to the ball at the end of the hat.  When my panel was dry, I cut it down using the largest die from the Spellbinders Card Creator Set B.  I also cut a matting layer from navy cardstock using the largest die from the A set.  I assembled my gnome and decided that he looked best in the lower left corner of the card.  My lovely Squirrel Sister Karen (misplaced mojo) suggested that I add the vellum snowflake behind him, and I'm glad she did!  I love the added layer of texture, and that it doesn't really cover up too much of the background.  For the sentiment, I used Sizzix/Tim Holtz Christmas Sentiments 1 for the die cut "Merry," which I cut from the same white cardstock 3 times.  The top layer was softly ink blended with Wilted Violet Oxide ink from the bottom up to create an ombre look.  Which I happened to like the look of much better before I continued on by adding Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to it.  I think those 2 products washed out the ink.  Oh well, it's done now!  Here's a couple different pics:

Hopefully you can see the glitter on the snowflakes!


ABC Christmas:  W for Winter Wonderland, and X for Extra Special (this could be both maybe?)
Craft Rocket #76:  Christmas/Winter
Daisy Chain #47:  Christmas is Coming
Paper Funday #23:  ATG (4/4)
Not Just Cards:  ATG (3/5)
Dragonfly Dreams:  Christmas/Winter (7/7)
Cardz 4 Galz #135:  Cute Christmas (2/3)
Creative Craft Cottage #135:  Christmas/Winter (3/5)
Polkadoodles #47:  ATG (2/2)
Digi Choosday #47:  ATG (1/2)
Little Red Wagon #577:  Prepared for Christmas 
Crafty Catz #528:  ATG with optional Christmas (2/3)
CHNC #517:  ATG Christmas
Papercraft Challenges #64:  Self Made Background

Ok, that's it for me for this month's hop; make sure you keep hopping to TERESA'S BLOG to see what she has made for our hop; I know I can't wait to see everyone's creations!
Until next time, my friends,
Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!


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