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  1. Happy Cinnamon Bun

    Happy Cinnamon Bun

    Hi All!

    Isn’t this cinnamon bun so totally adorable? I love him. As you know, today is the last card of the year for me. I wanted to create something fun and happy. This is it. And it’s my sentiment for all of you.

    I used gloss accents on the icing, and I made it purposefully messy so it looked more like real icing. Here is a close-up:

    Happy Cinnamon Bun

    I want to wish everyone a blessed Christmas. I know I am counting my many blessings this year.

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Copic sketch markers used: bun (E34, E35, E39); top (E53, E55, E57, 0); eyes (110); shadow (W1, W3, W5, W7)

    Cinnamon Bun Die
    Cinnamon Bun Die
    Critter Sweaters
    Critter Sweaters
    MFT Stitched Arch Stax
    MFT Stitched Arch Stax
    Copic Sketch Markers
    Copic Sketch Markers
    Ranger Glossy Accents
    Glossy Accents
    EH|SSS
    Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink
    SSS Fog Ink
    Versafine Black Onyx Ink
    Versafine Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla Cardstock
    Very Vanilla Cardstock
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    MISTI
    MISTI
    EH|S.COM
    Pick Me Up Stick
    Pick Me Up Stick
    Scotch Foam Tape
    Scotch Foam Tape
    Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
    Glue Pen
    ATG Tape Runner
    ATG Tape Runner
    EH|SSS

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  2. Quick and Easy Holiday Cards

    Quick and Easy Card

    Hi All!

    Wow, we’re getting closer and closer to Christmas! I can’t wait for Christmas Break… I’m in the middle of finals right now. Today I thought I would make a card that could easily be put together for those of you who don’t have a lot of time to spend on cards this year. I created a burgundy card and a black card. I think it would also look good in a dark purple – any warm/rich color to coordinate with gold will work. Or, if you have silver paper, use a dark blue. Here is the black card:

    Quick and Easy Card

    As you know, I love using black on my cards, so my preference would be the black one. Enjoy the video!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Center panel 2 3/4 x 4 inches 7.3 x 10.2 cm
    White panel 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches 10.5 x 13.7 cm
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Maryanne Snowflake
    Maryanne Snowflake
    Kate Snowflake
    Kate Snowflake
    Impression Obsession Small Snowflake Dies
    Snowflake Dies
    Hero Arts Holiday Sayings Stamp Set
    Holiday Sayings
    Uniball Gold Gel Pen
    Uniball Gold Gel Pen
    EH|SSS
    Gold Glitter Paper
    Gold Glitter Paper
    Versamark Ink Pad
    Versamark Ink
    EH|SSS
    Ranger Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder
    Gold Embossing Powder
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Merry Merlot
    Merry Merlot Cardstock
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
    Black Cardstock
    mini-MISTI
    mini-MISTI
    MSP|SSS
    Tweezers
    Tweezers
    EH|SSS
    Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
    Glue Pen
    ATG Tape Runner
    ATG Tape Runner
    EH|SSS

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  3. Colorful Butterfly Resist

    Colorful Butterfly Resist

    Hi All!

    I’m going for a change of pace today… a spring-like butterfly card. My goal was to just watercolor a small area behind the butterflies. But, I didn’t want to paint on the color – that’s too easy and purposeful. I wanted to create something a little messier-looking. As you know, that is very uncomfortable for me. 🙂

    The butterflies have a thick layer of clear embossing powder on them, so they look like an enamel sticker. I added some faint stamped butterflies in the background. Here is a close-up:

    Colorful Butterfly Resist

    Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Watercolor panel 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches 10.5 x 13.7 cm
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    49 and Market Butterflies
    49 and Market Butterflies
    Altenew Sketchy Rose Stamp Set
    Altenew Sketchy Rose
    S.COM|SSS
    Versamarker Pen
    Versamarker Pen
    EH|SSS
    Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink
    Squeezed Lemonade
    EH|SSS
    Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink
    Ripe Persimmon
    EH|SSS
    Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
    Picked Raspberry
    EH|SSS
    Versafine Black Onyx Ink
    Versafine Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Ultra Fine Clear Powder
    Ultra Fine Clear Powder
    Canson Mix Media Paper
    Canson Mix Media Paper
    Hero Arts Black Notecards
    Hero Arts Black Notecards
    MISTI
    MISTI
    EH|S.COM
    Tombow Mono Multi Glue
    Tombow Mono Multi Glue
    EH|SSS

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  4. November Challenge Results!

    Hi All,

    I’m sorry to be so late with the results. With the distraction of Monday’s post, I have to admit that I completely forgot about it until I was lying in my bed this morning! So here goes…

    Thank you to everyone who submitted a card to the November Kraft Challenge! I just loved this challenge theme – the cards were so beautiful. What really struck me was the beautiful coloring – many of you colored on the kraft for this challenge. You can see all the entries here.

    This month’s random winner of the Simon Says Stamp $25 gift voucher is entry #24 by Sherry W. Congrats Sherry!

    Here are a few highlights for the month…

    First, I really like the way Connie colored this card – very simple yet effective:

    Connie

    Notice the shading details – the palm trees, the stockings… and see how she added just a little bit of color to the sand and water. Not overdone at all – just perfect.

    The coloring on this next card by Sherry really blew me away:

    Sherry

    Look at the shading on the cow’s left leg – it’s white in the front and shadowed toward the side. That’s Sherry – not the stamp. Next look at the shadow from the front left leg on the scarf. And then, of course, the shadow on the ground. Fantastic.

    There’s something about cows this month. I also loved this next card by Sarah:

    Sarah

    The bandana paper is so cute, and I like how she added those cans to the kraft in white ink for the background. Nice job!

    Andrea created candy canes out of circles and they look a little psychedelic:

    Andrea

    I’ve never seen this done before – very clever! I also like how she used the ribbon in two places on the card. It makes the card look very cohesive.

    Finally, this stunner by mojo3386:

    mojo3356

    Of course the coloring is amazing, but my favorite part about the card is that there isn’t a dark contrast. I always feel the need to add black or brown to a card – but this card shows that you don’t need it – not even for the sentiment. The card is gorgeous.

    Thank you again to everyone who submitted a card. And sorry for the delay!

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  5. Simple Sheltering Tree

    Simple Sheltering Tree

    Hi All!

    First, I want to say thank you to everyone who commented on my Monday post. I was surprised by how many people share my struggle, but I wasn’t surprised by the love and support that everyone showed – I already knew you are all wonderful people and I am lucky to know you. 🙂

    I know the November Kraft challenge is over, but I had to do another card! I seriously love this neutral paper. I threw in a splash of color with a little red ornament. I used Sheltering Tree by Stampin’ Up! It’s one of those classic sets, in my opinion. I’ve used it on this card, this card, this card, this card, and this card. I have gotten a lot of use out of it! Here is a close-up:

    Simple Sheltering Tree

    Some people don’t care for the textured look of the stamp. I personally kind of like it because it lets some color beneath show through.

    With the MISTI, it would be super easy to make a lot of these cards at once. Enjoy the video!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Kraft panel 4 x 5 1/4 inches 10.2 x 13.3 cm
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Sheltering Tree
    Sheltering Tree
    SU Christmas Pines
    SU Christmas Pines
    Stampin' Up! Early Espresso Ink
    Early Espresso Ink
    Versamark Ink Pad
    Versamark Ink
    EH|SU
    Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
    Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
    EH|SSS
    Uniball Gold Gel Pen
    Uniball Gold Gel Pen
    EH|SSS
    Micron Pens
    Micron Pens
    Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
    Crumb Cake Cardstock
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    MISTI
    MISTI
    EH|S.COM
    Tweezers
    Tweezers
    EH|SSS
    Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
    Glue Pen
    ATG Tape Runner
    ATG Tape Runner
    EH|SSS

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  6. Evergreen Watercolor

    Evergreen Watercolor

    Hi All!

    I hope you’re having an enjoyable holiday season. I can’t believe December is upon us!

    Today’s card is simple but elegant. My only color is Evergreen Bough Distress Ink. Here is a close-up:

    Evergreen Watercolor

    I found something interesting about watercolor paper while making this card. In my first version, I used Canson XL, which is my usual go-to paper. It’s very white and very thin. So, when it warps from the water, I can adhere it to a thicker cardstock and it will take the shape of the thicker cardstock.

    For my video-recorded version, I wanted a thicker paper so I decided to use Ranger watercolor cardstock. It’s really the only other bright white watercolor paper I own, and I needed bright white because it is matted against a white card base.

    With my Canson XL version, the watercolor pools up a lot and dries in place. It doesn’t absorb as much water because it is thin. Because the water lies there and dries in place, it dilutes the color a bit. As a result, I spent a lot more time adding more and more color. In addition, it doesn’t create a nice, dark watercolor line on the edges. However, with the thicker Ranger paper, the water absorbs quickly. So, although there isn’t a lot of water movement, the color stays darker, and you get a really pretty edge. Here is a photo that compares the two (Canson on the left and Ranger on the white):

    Evergreen Watercolor

    Hope you found that interesting. Enjoy the video and your last day of November!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Watercolor panel 3 3/4 x 5 inches 9.5 x 12.7 cm
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Christmas Wishes
    Christmas Wishes
    Quirky Trees
    Quirky Trees
    EH|SSS
    Evergreen Bough Distress Ink
    Evergreen Bough Distress Ink
    EH|SSS
    Versamark Ink Pad
    Versamark Ink
    EH|SSS
    Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
    Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
    EH|SSS
    Uniball White Gel Pen
    White Gel Pen
    EH|SSS
    Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
    Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    Size 12 Round Brush
    Size 12 Round Brush
    Mini MISTI
    Mini MISTI
    Tombow Mono Multi Glue
    Tombow Mono Multi Glue
    EH|SSS

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  7. A Peaceful Night

    A Peaceful Night

    Hi All!

    I’m using the City Stacks set again, but this time for a holiday card. You can see this set used on this card and this card. It’s such a great set!

    I colored the homes very lightly with Inktense Pencils. I wanted them to be bright against the dark background. Here is a close-up:

    A Peaceful Night

    Enjoy the video!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Snow bank ~ 1/2 inch 1.3 cm
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Inktense Pencils used: Golden Yellow, Poppy Red, Red Oxide, Neutral Gray

    City Stacks
    City Stacks
    EH|SSS
    Merry Messages
    Merry Messages
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
    Aqua Painter
    Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink
    Chipped Sapphire
    EH|SSS
    Faded Jeans Distress Ink
    Faded Jeans
    EH|SSS
    Broken China Distress Ink
    Broken China
    EH|SSS
    Versafine Black Onyx Ink
    Versafine Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Ultra Fine Clear Powder
    Ultra Fine Clear Powder
    Canson Mix Media Paper
    Canson Mix Media Paper
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
    Glue Pen
    ATG Tape Runner
    ATG Tape Runner
    EH|SSS

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  8. Christmas Waves

    Christmas Waves

    Hi All!

    Today I am coloring kraft cardstock with colored pencils. I love the look – see this card for another good example of this technique.

    I’m using Prismacolor pencils, which I usually use when it comes to dry colored pencils. I only have the 25-count set, but that seems to work just fine for me. 🙂

    Here is a close-up of the coloring – very creamy and thick:

    Christmas Waves

    Enjoy the video. Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Waves panel 2 7/8 x 5 1/2 inches 7.3 x 14 cm
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Prismacolor Pencils used: Apple Green, Crimson Red, White

    Whimsical Waves
    Whimsical Waves
    Merry Messages
    Merry Messages
    EH|SSS
    Prismacolor Pencils
    Prismacolor Pencils
    DB|AMZN
    Versafine Black Onyx Ink
    Versafine Black Ink
    EH|SSS
    Versamark Ink Pad
    Versamark Ink
    EH|SSS
    Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
    Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
    EH|SSS
    Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
    Crumb Cake Cardstock
    Stampin' Up! Real Red Cardstock
    Real Red Cardstock
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    MISTI
    MISTI
    EH|S.COM
    Scotch Foam Tape
    Scotch Foam Tape
    Micro Glue Dots
    Micro Glue Dots
    EH|SSS
    ATG Tape Runner
    ATG Tape Runner
    EH|SSS

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  9. Simple Snowflake

    Simple Snowflake

    Hi All!

    Today I’m back with some kraft cardstock. This time, however, I am using Hero Arts Kraft. Whenever I want a darker kraft, I use this brand. I wanted a darker color here because it contrasts nicely with the snowflake. Hero Arts’ kraft paper is much thinner and paper-bag looking, if you know what I mean.

    Kind of like I did with this card, I included a bit of color by adding a matte of Soft Sky. Here is a close-up:

    Simple Snowflake

    Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!

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    Card Measurements:

    Element Imperial Metric
    Kraft panel 3 3/4 x 5 inches 9.5 x 12.7 cm
    Soft Sky panel 4 x 5 1/4 inches 10.2 x 13.3 cm
    Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

    Supplies:

    Eliza Snowflake
    Eliza Snowflake
    Hero Arts Kraft Cardstock
    Hero Arts Kraft Cardstock
    S.COM|SSS
    SU Christmas Pines
    SU Christmas Pines
    DMC Silver Thread
    DMC Silver Thread
    Versamark Ink Pad
    Versamark Ink
    EH|SSS
    Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
    Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
    EH|SSS
    Neenah Solar White Cardstock
    Neenah Cardstock
    EH|SSS
    mini-MISTI
    mini-MISTI
    MSP|SSS
    Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
    Glue Pen
    Micro Glue Dots
    Micro Glue Dots
    EH|SSS
    ATG Tape Runner
    ATG Tape Runner
    EH|SSS

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