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Christmas Star for Erin Lee Creative

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I’m up on the Erin Lee Creative blog today with this last minute Christmas card idea. I love when a die does most of the work for you!

In the case of this Circle Burst Die, I went a bit out of the box. I cut it from some glitter paper to create an abstract star in the night sky. As I was adhering the circle, I worked to ensure a tiny bit of space between the triangles to evoke the rays from the bright Christmas star.

I used some textured glimmer paper from my stash to continue the shine. The sentiment comes from Winter Florals and seemed perfectly sized. Finally, I found a big gem from my stash that worked perfectly to complete the card. Depending on what you already have, you can vary this to complete a stack of cards in no time.

I hope you enjoy the inspiration! Let me know what you think about my abstract idea. Back on Wednesday for our last Freshly Made Sketches challenge of the year. See you then.

Erin Lee Creative – Coffee Lovers Kit Blog Hop + Giveaway

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Happy Thursday! I’m super happy to be hopping along with Erin Lee Creative and her talented band of designers celebrating her new Coffee Lovers Kit. There is a great GIVEAWAY at the end of this post so make sure you take a look at that. Also, the kit is on sale this week for $39.99!! Wow!

I thought that I would use one of the stencils in the kit with the watercolor technique I have shown you before. You use the stencil as a guide to watercolor. Yep, it as easy as it sounds.

All I did was spray the stencil with a bit of Pixie Spray to make sure it stayed put. Then I put the stencil on watercolor paper as you can see here. I pulled out my Daniel Smith watercolors and a palette for blending the colors. I just added the paint through the stencil and the stencil keeps everything in place for you. I don’t let it get too wet but otherwise, not too much else to share. I left the stencil on as it dried back and then layered on a bit more color to shade and add dimension. Once it is all done just remove the stencil and….magic!

It looks like a hand drawn image but without actually being able to draw (in my case). The sentiment comes from the kit as well and seemed perfect to finish the card. I hope you enjoy this and are inspired to give the technique a try.

Now for a chance to win!

Prizes: 2 lucky commenters will win the Coffee Lovers Kit. Winners will be announced on the ELC blog Monday, December 14. Comment on everyone’s blog or IG for a greater chance to win!

On with the hop! Up next is the amazing Lynnea Hollendonner. You are sure to love her project. Here is the whole hop list in case you get lost:

I hope you enjoy all the inspiration on the hop today! Thanks so much for stopping in.

Freshly Made Sketches #465

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Another week has flown by and it is already Wednesday! I’m here to share the latest from Freshly Made Sketches and our wonderful new challenge designed by the lovely Jacquie Southas.

The tag element in the sketch is really brilliant and super fun to use. I opted to create a tag with my brand new (fresh from the mail) set from The Greetery called Hoop Wreath. As with all stamps from them, the layered stamping and beautiful images are so well considered. And a sentiment that can be cut out too?? YES!! I pulled out an old tag die (from Studio Katia, I think) and just applied the elements after stamping. I do find it easiest to cut first, then line up the images with all except the sentiment. I added some ribbon and pearls from my stash to finish.

That’s it for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with a hop with Erin Lee Creative. Hope you have a beautiful day!

Peace and Joy

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Hi everyone! I’m up on the SugarPea Designs blog today with a Christmas card using products in a whole different way than intended!

I pulled out the SugarCut – Piece of Cake dies again to create this Christmas tree cut out. I simply cut the triangle first, then put the banner in place to create the trunk. Super easy way to multi-purpose your dies. I debated a few options to fill the tree but ultimately decided that a shaker was the best. I mean, who doesn’t love a shaker card?!

I put down acetate under the tree cutout to start. Then I lined foam tape around the tree and filled with sequins from my stash. I placed a panel of the same card stock as the base over the whole thing to create a self-contained shaker. For me this is easier than trying to build it onto the base itself. I attached the entire thing to the base with Tombow Glue to make sure it really held (since it is a bit heavy). I stamped the sentiment from Flurry of Warm Wishes in gray ink and added that panel to the card.

I hope you enjoy this inspiration today. I think I’ll be making some more of these. Maybe with some glitter paper to fill the tree instead. Thanks for stopping in today. See you again soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #464

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A super quick post for today. I’m so happy to share this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge with you. Our lovely Judy Rozema is the sketch designer and you are going to love this classic design.

I thought the sketch was perfect for showing off this new Cup Heart Die from Erin Lee Creative. It is one of the add-ons to her new Coffee Lover Kit and it is fabulous. I cut it out of watercolor paper and then just colored it with Distress Inks. Super easy! I created a wash background to match the sketch and then added a sentiment from the kit. I think this will be super popular and we have a hop coming at the end of the week to show you even more!

I hope you have a few moments to join in. The team has created a wonderful variety and I’m sure you’ll be inspired by them. Thanks for stopping in today. See you tomorrow and Friday for new projects with SugarPea Designs and Erin Lee Creative.

Black Friday Sales

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Just a quick drop in to share some Black Friday (or all weekend) sales from some of my favorite companies. If you are shopping, I’d appreciate you shopping from my affiliates. There is no cost to you and it helps me continue to run my blog. Thank you!!

SugarPea Designs

Erin Lee Creative

Ellen Hutson

Simon Says Stamp

Honey Bee Stamps

Picket Fence Studios

Concord and 9th

Freshly Made Sketches #463

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Happy Thanksgiving Week to those of you in the US! I hope you are all safe, first and foremost! While this is not the holiday many of us want, I pray for us all to stay vigilant and follow whatever best guidance you have for your area. If nothing else, I hope that you have a bit of down time and time to craft. Our new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches is fun for using your papers or maybe even some other elements. The lovely Amy O’Neill is the sketch designer so of course it is fun!

I continued playing with the Gina K Designs Sparkle and Shine Kit and used the Holiday Tapestry Stamp Set from the kit. The rectangle stamp had such a pretty design that I thought it would be nice for the panels under the sentiment. I also love that this set has a Hanukkah stamp. I didn’t have one in my repertoire and so happy I do now.

So glad you stopped in today. I am so incredibly thankful for each of you!

25 Days of Christmas Tags – Erin Lee Creative

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I am happy to be joining in again on Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags! Today, the featured company is the wonderful Erin Lee Creative.

You know how much I love Erin and her unique artistic point of view. It is so important to have a voice like hers in our creative industry! Also, she is truly a gem!

When it comes to tags, I’m very much a clean and simple fan. They make such a difference as a final touch in packaging but, let’s face it, mostly do not make it past the opening process. I saw this leaf from the Boho Rainbow Stamp Set and knew it would be perfect for my tags. I stamped it on two tags using Momento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored with Copic Markers.

The sentiment is from another favorite set, Winter Florals. With a little bit of masking, I split up the sentiment to make it tag friendly. My MISTI made this easy to duplicate, always a key in making tags. I added a few red rhinestones from my stash and finished with red ribbon.

There are all kinds of ways to win this month so head over to Tracey’s main post for all the details. Thanks so much for stopping in today! See you soon!

Freshly Made Sketches #462

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Happy middle of the week! Here with our weekly challenge from Freshly Made Sketches. Our sketch designer is Narelle Farrugia and this one is really fun. Go read about her inspiration for the sketch too…I love how we can be inspired to create by so many things.

If any of you have ever tried to get good photos of glitter and embossing, you are now feeling my pain! *smile* This card is all about shimmer and shine and my camera just cannot capture it in its full glory. But you get the idea. I used products by Gina K Designs today. The Double Stitched Squares were my logical starting place for the sketch and then I went all in on the Sparkle and Shine Kit. The snowflakes dies come from the kit and I used them on gold Glitter Card Stock. The sentiment is from the Holiday Tapestry set from the kit. I stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

I hope you will come over and join us this week. It is always such a joy to scroll through the gallery looking at your beautiful creations. Thanks for stopping in today! See you soon.

25 Days of Christmas Tags – Honey Bee Stamps

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I am so excited to be joining in on Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags! Today’s featured sponsor is Honey Bee Stamps.

I have long been a fan of Honey Bee Stamps and one of my all-time favorite Christmas images is from them! The best snowman ever is from the Let It Snow set.

I stamped our little friend in Momento Ink and did a quick color with Copic Markers. I brushed some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink onto white card stock and cut two tags from the same piece. After splattering them a bit for depth I simply added the snowman and some flakes from the set. The sentiment comes from the same stamp set and I stamped it on red card stock in Versamark Ink, then heat embossed in white. The rectangle die is from the coordinating Let It Snow Honey Cuts, along with the dies to cut out all the stamped images. I added a bit of red ribbon and twine from my stash to finish.

There are all kinds of ways to win so head on over to Tracey’s main post for all the details! So many prizes and giveaways!

Thanks for stopping in today! So happy to have been able to join the fun. See you soon!

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