Saturday, 9 December 2017

Bitty Bears Christmas Card

Seriously, who can resist these cute lil' bears? I'm a huge fan of We Bare Bears on Cartoon Network and the My Favorite Things Bitty Bears stamp set reminds me so much of the three lovable cartoon bears, especially when they were babies. I didn't really get around to playing with these bears because I've been trying to get all the "no colouring" Christmas cards out of the way first.

This card is for the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #362, which you can see here.

I used the Waffle Flower Lacy Rectangles die to cut out the main frame and a scallop circle die by Kaisercraft to cut out the two holes. The Bitty Bears were coloured with Prismacolor pencils on bristol paper and I added a few cute dots on their accessories with a white gel pen. The sentiment was from the same stamp set and stamped with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with Ranger Fine White Embossing Powder on black cardstock. I also splattered a tiny bit of Dylusions Mica spray in Turquoise but it's quite a light colour.

Even my husband agrees that the bears are really cute :-)

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely day!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Little Drummer Boy Christmas Card

This has to be my most involved card. And by most involved, I mean, most layers.

The main focal image, sentiment and background are from a discontinued Graphics45 patterned paper that I got as a gift with purchase from a local scrapbook store. I layered a snowflake and a few doily diecuts from My Favorite Things. The gold foam stars were cut out from the Simon Says Stamp Stacked Stars die. I also added a few fabric pieces and tucked a couple of stitched fall leaves from a Lawn Fawn die behind the focal image. I love how the different layers and textures came together.


Friday, 1 December 2017

Take 5 Art Journal Collaboration - Joy

I'm back with another fun #take5art collaboration with the lovely and talented bunch of ladies on YouTube. You can find links to their channels in the video description.

Our prompts for November were:
- tissue paper
- post it notes
- stencil
- stamping
- stickers

And yes, you read that correctly... we had to use post its or sticky notes in our journal. I don't use post its regularly and had to dig through a couple of drawers and found these flower shaped ones. I don't even remember getting it but I thought the shape would be a bit more interesting than the regular squares.

I also did something a little different with this page. I usually use a Moleskine sketchbook for my art journaling but that thing was getting quite chunky and hard to close although I've only used 10 pages. I've been meaning to use more layers and I knew my notebook wouldn't cut it. So I finally unearthed a Project Life 6x8 folder that I got in the US during a sale. I don't do Project Life and used the folder to house my art journal instead.

I like the 6x8 size too. And I love that I can do more layering without worrying about the notebook not closing. I will definitely experiment with more dimensional elements in the future. And oh, the post its were quite well disguised I think. In the end, the page turned out all right :-)

YouTube Channel: PlannerBug
Direct link to video: Take 5 Art Collaboration - Joy

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Starry Gold Christmas Card

I'm really putting this deer die from a Maggie Holmes set through its paces this holiday season. I just love how interesting it looks on a card especially against an interesting background. I'm entering both the Simon Says Stamp challenges again (links below).

I achieved the background by sponging gold acrylic paint through a Tim Holtz stencil on a black cardstock. I think I have to do more of this because I love the effect of gold against a dark background. I also splattered a tiny bit of gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine.

The gold foam stars were cut out from the Simon Says Stamp Stacked Stars die. I layered a torn up bit from a doily and some twine on the back of the deer.


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Got Cake Birthday Card

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge has the theme "Food and/or Drink" and I thought of creating a birthday card with a cute bear eating a slice of cake. I guess this can also be entered into the new Monday Challenge that has the theme "Star Light Star Bright" since I included a starry background.

The bear is from a Brutus Monroe stamp set and it has the cutest little birthday themed bear images. Both the sentiments are from the same set. I got the star background die cut from Aliexpress. I matted the pink stripe paper with a shimmery peach. I also splattered some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Peach. I coloured the bear with Copic markers and shaded some areas with Prismacolor pencils.

Overall, it's a cute and simple looking card but quite a bit of effort did go into colouring and putting the elements together.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Tear It Up Snowflake Card

I really like participating in card or journaling challenges because it forces me to use my supplies differently. And usually, no two projects are exactly alike. So there's always variety and I don't have to think of prompts because I'm pretty bad at coming up with them.

The Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge has a "Tear It Up" theme. Now I love using torn up bits in my journaling but I don't really use them on my cards. So I whipped out my scrap papers and pretty much stuck them down on top of each other. The snowflake is from a MFT Die-namics die that may be discontinued. I didn't include a sentiment on the cover but I may stamp a Christmas greeting on the inside.

This is a really great way to use up those scraps.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Little Deer and Friend Christmas Card

I am still not done with Christmas cards and made another one with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge in mind. We have "Furry Friends" as a theme and I thought why not add a fawn and his rabbit friend.

Both critters were from a free stamp set that I got with a papercraft magazine last year. The tree was cut from a Kaisercraft die with kraft cardstock. I can't really remember where the blue patterned paper came from. I've used it in a few projects and only had a small rectangle remaining.

I'm starting to enjoy adding twine or thread on my cards. I think they add a bit of interest in quite an organic way.