Saturday, January 19, 2019

Vertical Divide Valentine Backgrounds + Video


More Valentine cards!  I'm calling the backgrounds on these Vertical Divide.  Meaning that two (or more) vertical sections of the background are completely different.  Fun and easy background ideas for any cards, not just Valentines.  I've got a video below.



Sugar Bowl Girl is adorable, isn't she?  Her background is about two-thirds plaid and one-third hearts.  I love this plaid stencil - I've found myself using it a lot!

Sugar Bowl Girl is all cleaned up and ready for you to download below.




Cute, cute little bears!  Seriously.  (You can see the video on how to make envelopes like the one above HERE.)  This one is a vertical divide because all the action is on the left and the right side is bare.  (I should have put bear there for a pun!)


The little bears were so much fun to color!  


This card almost didn't make the cut as a Vertical Divide.  When I first started it, the card size was wider and looked more like the right side was blank.  So I'm kind of fudging on this one.  We'll just say that the right fourth of the card is blank!


This is my first foray into Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.  I need to practice and experiment, but it was fun to try out something new (to me).  

I found it completely necessary to make color swatches of all the pens.  Once you add water, they look totally different.  You can see the color charts I made in the video.

Here's the video:








Download Sugar Bowl Girl HERE.

As I say in the video, there are at least a million and one ways to create a vertical divide background for cards.  Thank you for letting me share my three cards with you!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Special Delivery Valentine Treat



I've started my Valentine projects and had so much fun with this one!  Love those cute critters and the adorable delivery truck.


Here's a look at the top and back.  


Brushed on some tumbled glass to make the stripe around the delivery truck.


Just some simple copic coloring on the page huggers.


Packed with kisses!


Louisa stayed with us almost two weeks from a little before Christmas to New Year's Day.  We had so much fun!  Here she is making her Yeti cards.  First time using glitter!  Messy, but lots of fun.


This is one of her cards.  The little yeti with the present is on the inside.  Aren't the yetis cute?


I made Louisa this yeti and put it with a collection of books featuring yetis for one of her presents.


After all the hard work, oh I mean, glittering, we had to have a snack.  This is Louisa's first time to have hot chocolate.  She kept saying "MMMM".  Oh, my gosh - she's the funnest, sweetest thing ever!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Visions of Sugarplums by commenting or posting a project to the challenges.  The two challenges winners, randomly selected by InLinkz,  were Gail S and FitKitty, who both won $20 to Simon Says Stamp.

Thank you for indulging an indulgent grandma...

Hope you had a wonderful holiday and here's wishing you a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

No-Line Watercolor Gingerbread Card



I made this card for my grandmother to give to her great-great granddaughter, Louisa.  She turned 94 this December!  


Cute, sweet and adorable for the cute, sweet and adorable Louisa.  (I know, I know but...Grandma, remember!) 


So fun to watercolor.  And it still makes me smile.

It's almost Christmas - it sneaks up on me every year.  I knows it's coming, but I'm still somehow surprised when Christmas actually arrives.  

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Visions of Sugarplums Day Two Winners + A Sweet Christmas Card



Doesn't that polar bear hug just make you smile?  You know cute and sweet makes me happy!

Let's make a couple more people happy, shall we?  

 The giveaway for Visions of Sugarplums Day 2 is two sets of House Dies. 

The winners (randomly selected by husband - sorry Louisa was already gone) are:



Congratulations, Connie and Maria!  Email me with your address and I'll get the dies off to you.  

Thank you to everyone who left such sweet comments - that makes me happy, too!



Sunday, December 9, 2018

Visions of Sugarplums Winner #1 + Elf Christmas Card



Today I'm announcing the winner of Visions of Sugarplums Day One giveaway - a darling Stampingbella stamp set!

This card features another adorable Stampingbella image.  I love this little elf and tiny reindeer.




Super fun to color and you'll see I created the background the same way as a couple of the gift card holders from Visions of Sugarplums Day One.  

The winner (selected randomly by Louisa from a basket)  of the above stamp set is:



Congratulations, Theresa!  Email me your address and I'll get the stamp set off to you.
Thank you to everyone who left a comment!

Check back for more Visions of Sugarplums to come...


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Visions of Sugarplums Day Two: Home at Christmas + Video + Giveaway



The loose theme of today's post is Home at Christmas.  That has more than one meaning for me this year.   Louisa and her mommy and daddy now live close enough to come home for Christmas!  I'm looking forward to it and so glad that I don't have to fly.  

I've got a video on how to make this house shaped box.  And free images to download.




This is the second day of Visions of Sugarplums (the abbreviated version).  If you would like to see the first post, click HERE.  Check out the new giveaway below.



I love the gold and white of this box.  I've never been able to resist a house - stamps or dies.  (Or boxes, it seems.)  All sides have houses - embossed ones on the back and sides.  The little santa's sleigh and reindeer seem perfect in the gable of the box.



Neither of these houses are actually decorated as houses, although you could certainly do that.  I really love this sweet candy cane girl and she's ready to be downloaded below.



I've included a card made with her as well.  I think the die cut as a base for the card and the two-tone gingham frame are really fun.

Here's the House Box Video:







Keeping loosely with the Home for Christmas theme, I've also included a mailbox in this post.  These dies are from the Parcel and Post kit from Papertrey Ink several years ago.  Sometimes it takes me awhile to get around to using things!   When I came across the card with the little girl and her dog at a mailbox, I thought it just might be perfect for the front of my mailbox.

I've also got her ready to download, if you would like to create a little something with her.





Download Candy Cane Girl  HERE.



Download Girl at Mailbox HERE.



I've posted Visions of Sugarplums Challenge #2.  The theme is Home at Christmas.  Doesn't have to have a house - you're free to stretch the theme as you wish.  

The prize (winner by random selection) is $20 to Simon Says Stamp.

Let's keep the number of links per person to 4 maximum.  Thank you!

You can find the link up HERE.



The giveaway for this post is this great set of house dies.  There are trees, stars, lamp post and clouds. 



 I don't have any idea where these dies are from.  I bought a box of stamps and dies recently - a wonderful box of about 40 items - from an antique, vintage, junk store that's only open one Saturday a month. There were three sets of these dies in the box.



I created a quick card and tag with them.  

I'll give a set to two of you that leave a comment.  Be sure to let me know that you would like to win the house dies.   Winners will be announced Wednesday, December 12th.

Whew!  I hope I remembered everything!  So glad you stopped by!


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