Sunday, September 22, 2019

Fun Halloween Background + Video



Halloween!  What fond memories - from my childhood and when Lauren was little we threw the funnest Halloween parties, complete with games and trick or treating.  Last night, Lauren told me that Louisa is going to be a skunk this year.  I'll have to see if I can put together a skunk Halloween card!


These critters aren't skunks, but they are adorable!  I had a lot of fun coloring them.  The mummy rabbit is so cute!


The background on this card is really cool!  It's basic distress ink blending with a layer of microfine warm highlights glitter on top.  I've got a video showing this technique and a few tips along the way.

Here's the video:




With Lauren getting Louisa's skunk costume from Pottery Barn Kids, I don't have to make a Halloween costume this year.  I wouldn't mind making one, but I'm kind of glad that's one thing to cross off my list.  What are your Halloween plans this year?  

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Easy Watercoloring with Zig Clean Color Brush Pens



I've walked past my Zig Clean Color brush pens a lot since the last time I used them.  Every time Ii'd think "I've got to get those out again."   Well, I finally did. 

This pretty hummingbird seems like a good reason to get them out!


I still hesitated.  I'm such a novice with these pens.  


But, I still did a video!  You can watch it below.

Want to see what else I did last weekend?


(Out of the blue.)  "Grandma, I want a lion's head."  Okay...  like the stuffed lion in your bedroom?  

"No."  Okay...do you want to draw a lion?

"No.  I want to wear it."  Okay...a lion mask?

"Yes, Grandma!"


Lots of concentration here!  She wore her lion mask almost all day.  It was a big hit!

Here's the Easy Watercoloring video:



So glad you stopped by!  

Friday, August 23, 2019

Use Your Background Dies as Stencils+Video+Free Image


This all started with a request for a birthday card.  They like my vintage image cards so I picked an adorable Agnes Richardson image.  Then I wanted to use a stencil and didn't really see one in my stash that was exactly what I wanted.

So, I got carried away making my own stencils from background dies and really like the results!   

Scroll on down for a video with tips and that Agnes Richardson couple is ready for you to download if you would like.



I love this sweet image of the girl with her cat.   I think she's a companion for another girl - you can see the card I made with her HERE.  She has polka dot hair and well, so does this one!  Polka dots on her sweater, the leaves and the cat, too!



So fun to color! 



Speaking of color - isn't this card bright and cheery?  This background die made a lovely bold stencil.  



Really like how that big bold sentiment really pops!  And it is really fun:  Vintage Text Message!  



This is the one I turned into a birthday card for Kirby to give to his wife, Gail.  I hear it was a hit!  If you like vintage images and want to use this one in one of your creations, you can download it below.  



Download Cute Couple HERE.

Here is the video:



So glad you stopped by!  Have a lovely day!





Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Caroling Critters Sliding Easel + Giveaway Winner!



I was going to say Welcome to the last post for Visions of Sugarplums in July, but it's August already!  Christmas in August just doesn't have the same ring.  Nevertheless, this is the last post for Visions of Sugarplums in July!

I decided to join Spellbinders Die Hard club and the first set of dies I got was their Festive Wreath Slider.  I've made sliding easel cards in the past and I must say that having the dies certainly makes it easier!



I've got a video below showing how to make this card and if you want to see how to make a sliding easel card without dies, check out THIS POST AND VIDEO.  



Aren't those carolers adorable?  The Christmas tree is fun - each layer is a separate die.  You can't really see it in the photo, but there is a lovely layer of glitter that really makes this card shine!

Watch the Caroling Critters Sliding Easel Card video here:




The winner of the Poppy Stamps Purrfect Holiday stamp set is:  



Pam:  Email me at lhairston@cox.net (link in right side bar) to send me your address.


Well, at least I've got several Christmas cards done by having Visions of Sugarplums in July (and August)!   How far along are you?


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Build a Wreath with Single Stamps + Giveaway + Winner!



Sweet and cute - you know that's my thing!  Today I've got a couple of cute and sweet projects featuring wreaths made with single stamps for Christmas in July!



Welcome to the third post of Visions of Sugarplums in July!  You can scroll down to see the first two posts with fun projects and videos.  Or click HERE and HERE.

The challenge is over, but I do have a small giveaway below.  And also a video with tips on creating wreaths.



This wreath is stamped with an oval in mind, but also a little wonky here and there.  That sweet kitty is from one of my favorite Christmas stamp sets:  Purrfect Holdays.



And I have a set to give away!  If you would like to have this sweet stamp set to create some cards of your own, just let me know in the comments.  I'll choose a winner (by random selection).  The winner will be announced Sunday, August 4th.



This fun wreath tag features stamps from Waffle Flower.  And this is my go-to treat bag (again)!

Check out the video:




Now for the winner of the Visions of Sugarplums (in July) challenge!  The winner is Gail from Crafty Nomad.  Gail has won $20 at Simon Says Stamp!  Gail if you don't get an email from me today, please email me at lhairston@cox.net.  

Thank you to everyone who linked up to the challenge!  I loved seeing all of your creations.



Friday, July 19, 2019

Snow Globes Card and Bags Video


Snow Globes!    I had a small plastic one with a blue back when I was a kid.  I remember loving it, but sadly I can't remember what was inside!  These Flora and Fauna snow globes are so cute and sweet.  




Welcome to the second post for Visions of Sugarplums in July!   



Be sure to check out the challenge HERE.  Link up to 4 of your Christmas/winter creations.



One of my favorite stamps in the set is that adorable reindeer!  I was thinking about my snow globe when I made this one.  The blue is just about right!



The polar bear is adorable too!  

The video below includes how to make this super easy gift bag.  It's my go-to treat and gift bag.



This isn't just a gift bag - it's a gift card holder.  It even has a "device" to keep the gift card in the bag safe and sound until the recipient pulls it out.



You may remember this idea:  it was mostly used with candy bars.  I find it works perfectly for gift cards too.  It's a little hard to tell in the photo, but the ribbon is all the way around the card and slides out right along with the card.  It's kind of cool and you can see it in the video.




There will be at least one more day of Visions of Sugarplums in July - and at least one more prize!  

So glad you stopped by!


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Critter Sweaters + Visions of Sugarplums in July!


Christmas in July!  I usually don't get around to making anything for Christmas until about September.  So, yay!



Not only is it Christmas in July - it's also Visions of Sugarplums in July!  

You know what that  means, a challenge or two and prizes!  Woo Hoo (or HoHoHo)!



To kick off Visions of Sugarplums, I created this fun Hinge Card featuring Critter Sweaters from Sijmon Says Stamp.  Adorable critters, right?



Here's the inside - so pretty with the embossed snowflakes.  You can also see a little bit of the envelope.  If you want to see how I made the custom envelope, you can watch THIS VIDEO.

Here's the video for the Sweater Critters Hinge Card:


Please link back to this challenge.  The winner (random selection) will be announced Sunday, July 28th.  Link your picture below.

Looking forward to seeing your Christmas in July creations!






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