Monday, November 22, 2021

SQUIRRELS GONE NUTZ -- HOLIDAYS AND VELLUM --NOVEMBER 22, 2021

Hello friends!  Welcome back to my blog.  It's that time of the month where the Squirrel Squad and I gather those unloved supplies and start using them while incorporating a technique or a certain theme.  This month we're focusing our attention on using some vellum and making projects for the holidays.  Here are my cards:



I dry embossed the Bristol panels with some festive snowflake 3D embossing folders, and ink blended them with oxide inks and blender brushes.  On the top card, I used Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Prize Ribbon.  The second card has Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, and Picked Raspberry. After the ink blending, I sanded the panels to expose the white on the raised areas.  As a final touch, I spritzed them with shimmer spray.  I found this sentiment in my stash and thought it worked perfectly with my card panels so, I used "traditional" vellum on the top card, and colored vellum on the bottom card.  I used WOW metallic silver sparkle embossing powder to heat emboss the sentiment.  I trimmed the panels down a bit with my trimmer, wrapped the vellum pieces around them, and taped them to the back.  Foam tape was added to the back of the panels, and then they were adhered to the card bases.

--CHALLENGES--

CCAYR:  Something beginning with U, V, and/or W (vellum)
Merry Little Christmas #40:  ATG Christmas (3/5)
Love to Craft #64:  ATG (4/5)
Mix It Up #55:  ATG (4/5)
Daisy Chain #58:  Add Sparkle
Digi Doodle Studios #44: Christmas/Winter (3/3)
Unicorn Challenge #71:  Christmas/Winter
SheepSki Designs #56:  Tis the Season (3/3)
Dragonfly Dreams:  Christmas/Winter (2/3)
Pearly Sparkles #68:  Merry Christmas
Aud Sentiments #288:  ATG with sentiment (2/5)
Peace on Earth #4:  ATG Christmas (2/3)


Squirreled away items used:

Both types of vellum
Jeweled Snowflakes embossing folder by Kath Breen and Sizzix (blue card)
Season's Greetings sentiment by Recollections
WOW Metallic silver embossing powder

Thanks for stopping by!  I am first this month, so please make sure you hop on to the next person, who is the fabulous Lounon!  Until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless! 💖

~ Marie




Sunday, November 21, 2021

LIL PATCH OF CRAFTY FRIENDS SPONSORED BY ALL DRESSED UP -- NOVEMBER 21, 2021

Hello friends, and welcome back to my blog!  Today's I want to share with you my creation for Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, sponsored by:

**Exclusive Sponsor**

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Prize ~ 2 Images





I was given the adorable Magical Unicorn image to work with, and here is my card:


I decided this special unicorn deserved to be on a special card, so I created a circular shaped easel card.  Being so close to the big day, I wanted this beauty to be a Christmas unicorn, so I used red and green alcohol markers to color her mane.  Her horn was colored in using a gold metallic Sharpie.  To extend the gold theme, I used a Spellbinders petite scalloped circle to create a mat for the image panel, and used the same gold metallic paper for the top layer of the "merry" sentiment that holds up the easel.  Here's what the rest of the inside looks like:


I used the sentiments from the Lawn Fawn Winter Unicorn stamp set, because why wouldn't I, when they're perfect to go with this image!  I stamped the main part in Lady Bug ink by Memento; the green is a The Paper Company ink pad I have had for a LONG time, and the black for the lower Christmas word is VersaFine Clair Nocturne.  The merry die comes from a Recollections matching stamp and die set, and I cut it 4 times from scraps of 110lb white cardstock glued underneath the gold layer to make sure it was really elevated enough to hold the top panel.  I also stamped the little sparkles that come from the Winter Unicorn set, as well as one from the A Little Sparkle set in a gold ink from The Paper Company.  I must say, those ink pads have held up well over the years!  As a finishing touch to the unicorn image, I added clear Wink of Stella to the mane and horn, and used the clear sparkle Sakura pen for the little dots around the flowers of her crown.  I think you can see that in this photo:


--CHALLENGES--

ABC Christmas:  W for Whimsical, X for Xerox (what's more whimsical than a Christmas unicorn?)
Christmas Crafts All Year Round:  Something starting with U, V, or W
Love to Craft #64:  ATG (3/5)
Mix it Up #55:  ATG (3/5)
Cutie Pie #165:  Anything Cute
Color It, Create It, Show it off:  ATG with coloring (3/3)
Crafty Animals #56:  ATG using animals
Daisy Chain #58:  Add sparkle
Digi Doodle Studios #44:  Christmas/Winter (2/3)
Unicorn Challenge #71:  Christmas/Winter
SheepSki Designs #56:  Tis the Season (2/3)
Dragonfly Dreams:  Christmas/Winter(1/3)
Aud Sentiments #288:  ATG with sentiment (1/5)
Peace on Earth #4:  ATG Christmas (1/3)
Polkadoodles #47:  ATG (1/2)
Digi Choosday #46:  ATG (1/2)
Little Red Wagon #628:  No Patterned Paper
Colour Crazy #46:  ATG with coloring (1/2)
Passion for Markers #618:  Anything Christmas


That's all from me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by, and don't forget to pop on over to the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge to see what the rest of Team B have made, and to join in on the fun!  We love to see what you create!  Until next time, friends...

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!  💖

~ Marie












Wednesday, November 3, 2021

A QUICK POST, JUST FOR THE HECK OF IT -- NOVEMBER 3, 2021

Hello friends!  Welcome back to my blog!  I wanted to share a card with you that I created using some adorable penguin digis and gorgeous wintry paper from Digi Doodle Studios.  The paper comes from the Suddenly Winter 8x8 digi paper set.  The set the penguins came from was called Winter Time Penguins, but I can no longer find it on the website... my apologies!   I didn't know this until after I created my card.  Here it is:


Of course I made another slimline, this time in the vertical orientation.  I designed the whole thing using my Silhouette Studio software.  I love using this to change the size of digital files, and to create my own die cut panels, which is what I did on this card.  I even added my own sentiment, as I wanted this to be a Christmas-specific card.  The cute penguins were colored with alcohol markers.  I also made this card into a shaker, and made each window into its own shaker area.  Just a bit of extra fine glitter was added in the color "snow" (Recollections).  I did do a bit of inking around the window openings with Salty Ocean oxide ink to cover the white cut edges.

--CHALLENGES--

ABC Christmas:  W for whimsical, and/or X for Xerox
CCAYR:  Starting with U, V, and/or W (white glitter, wintry paper)
Merry Little Christmas #40:  ATG Christmas (1/5)
CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #64:  ATG (2/5)
Mix It Up #55:  ATG (2/5)
Crafty Animals #56:  ATG using animals
Digi Doodle Studios #44:  Christmas/Winter (1/3)
Unicorn Challenge #71:  Christmas/Winter
SheepSki Designs #56:  'Tis the Season (1/3)
Pearly Sparkles #68:  Merry Christmas
The Holly and Ivy #104:  ATG Christmas
Inspiration Station #17:  Animal Antics
Peace on Earth #2:  ATG Christmas (1/3)
Simon Says Monday:  Any Holiday Occasion (1/5)
Fab 'n' Funky #538:  Christmas (1/3)
The Paper Shelter #490:  Christmas is Coming
Polkadoodles #44:  ATG (2/2)
Digi Choosday #44:  ATG (1/2)
Colour Crazy #43:  ATG with coloring (2/2)
CHNC #566:  ATG Christmas
Jingle Belles:  Not a Creature was Stirring

Thanks for dropping by!  Until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!  💓

~ Marie






Monday, November 1, 2021

CRITTER CRAZY CHALLENGE -- NOVEMBER 1, 2021 -- ATG

Hello crafty friends!  It's the beginning of a new month, which means the start of a new Critter Crazy challenge!  As always, we want to see you FEATURE a critter or critters, so make sure they take pride of place on your creations!  Here is what I created for this month:


I used many images from the digital version of the Gossip Chicks set that used to be available in the Digi Doodle Studios store.  It seems that now that the images has been made into a clear set, they no longer offer the digital version.  I have linked to the clear version, which is available on Ink n SplatterThe yellow gingham paper comes from the Clucker Clacker 6x6 digital paper pack, which is made to go perfectly with these adorable chickens.  

Anyway, I constructed this little yard scene using the Silhouette Studio software.   I colored all the images with alcohol markers, and created the cloudy sky using a stencil from Recollections (Michael's brand), Tumbled Glass oxide ink, and a blender brush.  I drew in a horizon line with a Micron pen, and added the grass the same way with another Recollections stencil.  I did also use a pointy cotton swab to add more texture to the grass using Mowed Lawn oxide ink.  I haven't added a sentiment yet, but it will probably just be "HI" or "Hello" when I do.  My slimline card measures 8.5 by 3.5 inches. 

 The story of my card is this:  Ronnie Rooster has come out to see how Henrietta Hen is doing on her nest, since she chose to keep it farther away from the coop.  She has almost as many eggs as Hester does, so Ronnie is satisfied that she is doing well out here on her own.  😀

--CHALLENGES--

CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper

Love to Craft #64:  ATG (1/5)

Mix It Up #55:  ATG (1/5)

Besties International:  ATG (1/3)

Color It, Create It, Show It Off:  ATG (1/3)

613 Avenue Create #11:  ATG (4/5)

Crafts Galore Encore #93:  ATG (1/3)

Crafty Animals #56:  ATG using animals

Classic Design #11:  ATG 

A Perfect Time to Craft #11:  ATG

The Corrosive Challenge #10:  ATG (4/4)

Gem of a Challenge #22:  ATG (1/2)

Word Art Wednesday #515 - #516:  ATG (1/5)

Inspiration Station #17:  Animal Antics

Alphabet Challenge:  O for Outdoors

Simon Says Wednesday:  ATG 

Polkadoodles #44:  ATG (1/2)

Penny's Challenge #508:  ATG (1/3)

Little Red Wagon #625:  Outside

Colour Crazy #43:  ATG with coloring (1/2)

Crafty Catz #570:  ATG 

The Outlawz Festive Friday:  ATG

Well, that's it for me today!  Make sure you head on over to the Critter Crazy challenge blog to see what the rest of the DT has created for this month, and to join us!  We always love to see your critters!  Also, please leave the DT some comment love on their projects. 💗  

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and until next time...


Stay Healthy, Take Care, and God Bless!  💓


~ Marie



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