Monday, October 27, 2014

Snowmen and Ghosts

Oh, Monday, here you are again. I had a crafty weekend which means this will be a pretty filled post! I made 3 different cards for 3 different challenges...

First up is the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to use Kraft. I also used a new snowman stamp from Unity Stamp Co.

I love this simple elegant snowman! He was perfect for a kraft, gold, and silver card. I colored him with Prismacolor Pencils then layered him behind some DCWV shimmer paper. The kraft background was stamped with snowflakes in white and gold, then I added some texture with a stencil and modeling paste as well as adding the gold trim.

Next I have yet another snowman for the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge to add watercolor!

The snowman I actually painted while at Jenn's Loft Art Retreat :) I didn't finish the card she had planned for us, but I did still have my finished snowman. So I re-purposed him into this snowy scene card. The snowman and the hills were watercolored with Distress Markers. I added some chunky Wow! Glitter along the hills and finished the card with the Season's Greetings die.

Alright, now it's time to switch back to Halloween mode! Lawnscaping is hosting a Halloween Color Challenge this week...

I love these happy little ghosts! I thought they deserved to have fun trick-or-treating on Halloween night, because they must get tired spooking people all the time ;) I simply colored the pieces with Copics and fussy cut them. I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hills Die to create a ground for the ghosts to rise up from. Paper is from DCWV Eek-a-Boo and glitter mat stack.

Thank you for getting all the way to the bottom of this post! Make your Monday a good one :)

Friendly reminder: You have until 11:59pm October 31st to enter the current Mixed Media Monthly Challenge: Ribbons, Twine, or Fibers!! See you there!

<3 Rachel

Enjoy the Beauty of the Season
Cardstock: Neenah Desert Storm, Neenah Solar White, DCWV Shimmer Paper
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co (snowman) 'Christmas Season Grab Bag', (snowflakes) 'SMAK Sept 2014'
Ink/Colors: Prismacolor Pencils, Delicata Gold, Versafine Black Onyx, Versamagic Cloud White
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Journal Die
Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop 'Well Rounded'
Misc: Faber Castell 'Whipped Spackle', Crop a Dile Corner Rounder, pearl accents

Season's Greetings Snowman
Cardstock: Lawn Fawn Navy Notecard, Lawn Fawn 'Snow Day', Tim Holtz Watercolor paper
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp 'Jolly Snowman'
Dies: Simon Says Stamp 'Season's Greetings' , Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Die
Ink/Colors: Distress Markers
Misc: Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen

Trick or Treat Ghosts
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, DCWV Glitter Stack, DCWV Eek-a-Boo stack
Stamps: Lawn Fawn 'Spooktacular'
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Die
Ink/Colors: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Unity Thursday - New Holiday Releases!

Welcome back to another Unity Thursday! I have to say, I've had a little sneak peek at all the designers' projects and I KNOW you will be blown away this week! So have fun hopping and shopping today! The new sale starts at NOON and runs through Monday night on the Unity Stamp website :)

I'm not typically a big fan of my own cards but this card... I love. The car stamp is from a fantastic grab bag being offered today! I had the Griswold's in mind when coloring it in, so the wood paneling was a must! The image was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and die cut to create a circle card.

I wanted the snow drops to be dimensional so I used some Liquid Applique then puffed it up with my heat gun. The leaves die cut is from Top Dog Dies, which I simply layered behind and in front of the circles.

There are some NEW Angie Girls hitting the shop today! I love these gorgeous winter-themed girls. I actually just put on some Christmas music and colored away...

I colored her with Prismacolor Pencils and did a lot of mixing and blending with Gamsol (I actually just use cheap odorless paint thinner and paper nibs). I thought she looked so beautiful once she was colored that I didn't do much else to the card. I simply added some mini clear gems throughout the snow drifts.

You know a Unity hop isn't complete without PRIZES! TWO very super lucky winners will win both the new Reindeer stamps AND the grab bag stamps! Just comment throughout the hop for a chance to win!

Remember, the sale starts at NOON! Have a lovely creative weekend :) Your next stop is the amazing SHILO

<3 Rachel

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Exciting Projects in Blogland!

Hello Humpday! I have a lot of projects around blogland this week that I'm excited to share! I thought I would give you all the run down here, then click over to the company blogs to see the full projects!

First up is the post I am MOST excited about this week! On Tuesday, I had my first ever post on the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft blog! I created an adorable Haunted Halloween Birdhouse, and I share all the steps and process photos over there. I even have a new YouTube video for the birdhouse and I hope you watch it! CLICK HERE to view the full post!


Secondly, I have a wintery post for 'DT Tuesday' over at the Unity Stamp Co blog! I used the sketch and color combo from our current Be Inspired Challenge. I included a lot of Copic coloring and shared 3 cards that caught my eye from other lovely Unity customers! CLICK HERE to visit the full post!


Lastly, I have a scrapbook layout I'm sharing today over at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog. This post is FILLED with tips and tricks for stamping on your layouts AND stamping directly on photos! CLICK HERE to visit the full post.


I almost forgot one last thing... Make sure to enter your projects to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge! You have until October 31 to link up your projects using RIBBON, TWINE, AND FIBERS! Our fabulous sponsor is May Arts! See you there!

<3 Rachel

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