Wednesday, October 28, 2015

"Twas the Night Before Christmas

One of my favorite childhood memories was listening to "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Clement Moore being read before bedtime each Christmas Eve.  My mother knew the poem by heart and would simply recite it as I held the book and flipped the pages in synchrony.  In later years I would recite the same to my daughter each Christmas Eve and hopefully someday she will read the story to her children.  

I still love that book and I still remember the exact images even though the book is long gone.  On the last page was Santa in is sleigh flying over the moon and the rooftops wishing everyone a "Happy Christmas".  Here are a couple of Christmas cards with my version of that final scene.  I hope you like them and I hope that they bring back some wonderful memories for you.

The moons were masked and the sky inked.  The trees were stamped and dotted with a white jelly roll pen to add snow and then using a glitter pen I went back over and added sparkle to the snow and created Santa's trail.  Santa and his reindeer were colored with Spectrum Noir markers and each image was mounted on heavy weight cardstock.  The sentiments were both heat embossed in silver and finally I glued tiny little iridescent star confetti all over the night skies.  The glitter and shimmer isn't picked up well in these photos but in person they are really pretty.

Now who doesn't love reliving a fun memory like this?

Monday, October 26, 2015

A Magical Snowman

I haven't had much time to be in my studio lately but I still can't stop thinking of what my next creation might be.

Recently I had this "dream" about creating a snowman from snowflake stamps or die cuts and as fate would have it I received the Stamp of Approval Holiday Magic Collection kit on Saturday and inside were lots of great snowflake stamps.  Here's the card that emerged from my dream:

Can't you just feel the icy cold snow and the magical movement in this scene?  Brrrr...

For the snowman I used three varying sizes of snowflakes from the Bring on the Snowflakes stamp set.  With a colored pencil I lightly sketched the body of the snowman and then cut him out.  The background was gently inked with Salty Ocean DI and the swirls were stamped using some of the flourishes from Holiday Flourishes stamp set.  The sentiment from the Snowy Sayings set is also from the SOA kit.  It was stamped in Versamark then heat embossed with Ranger's Super Fine Silver embossing powder.

I finished my magical friend off with a ribbon scarf and the top hat from the Tim Holtz Crazy Things stamp set and of course some bling because nothing is complete without a little sparkle!

Hoping you're day is full of sparkle!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Crazy Bird Witch

While others are putting away their Bird Crazy Tim Holtz stamps and dies I finally found some time to do a little card with mine.

The background of this card was sprayed with Glimmer Mists and blended.  It was created on glossy paper but I also added a clear shimmer and although the pictures doesn't show it, it shimmers.  Then I cut and lightly inked the Crazy Bird and her hat and broom with Stardust and Dew Drop inks.  Finally I layered her and her pumpkin companion, bat and spiders for a crazy Halloween night.  Inside I stamped one of the Dylusions "I am currently unsupervised" sentiments.  "The possibilities are endless."

Next is a card I made using Gina K Designs Autumn Wishes StampTV Kit for the Mod Squad Challenge Group's "Get Your Fall On" weekly challenge.

I layered the tree trunk stamp with two of the tree foliage stamps in the kit to make my tree.  Then I stamped the owl from the kit on a separate piece of cardstock, scanned him in to reduce his size to fit in my tree then cut him out with my Pixscan mat.  He was colored with Spectrum Noir Pens.  The background was inked with Distress Inks then I added some ribbon, a bow and the "You're such a blessing" sentiment from the kit layered with one of the pieces of pattern paper mounted on an ivory card base.  I love how it all turned out.

I hope you have had a nice crafty weekend.   


Monday, October 5, 2015

Crafting Slump...

I have been in a bit of a slump lately.  I know this happens to everyone but I have not been creative lately.  I have reorganized and beautified (is that a word?) my craft space, I have bought new goodies to create with but all I do when I sit at my desk to make something is look around and become overwhelmed trying to come up with an idea.  Perhaps the loss of the work that I had put into my old blog, is what put me in the dumpster.  I don't know, but Oscar the Grouch can have his trash can back - this stinks!

This weekend was World Card Making Day and is the biggest card making celebration world wide.  It is a time for card makers from all over the world to get in their craft spaces and make the world a better place one card (or a dozen) at a time... okay that's a little super heroish but honestly the card making world was in full swing and I still couldn't get motivated.  I made a few cards, nothing fancy, definitely amateurish and most importantly very simple.  I tried to compete with my peers...  I just didn't have my usual sparkle.

One of the four cards that I made this weekend did put a smile on my face.  It was created with an image that I had stored on my computer.  I do not remember where I originally saved it from and there is an artist's signature but I can't make it out.  It's just so darn cute and I couldn't resist coloring this little guy and making a card out of him so if this image is yours, please let me know, I would like to to give you full credit for such an adorable Mummy.

Here are the other three cards.

If you have been where I am and have found your craftitude again (yes I just made that up too), please leave a comment and tell me what worked to help you get your craftiness back.

Happy Crafting and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Butterfly Den Transition

I have been working on moving my blog to  Even though I own my domain I have found so many wonderful crafting blogs here that I just wanted to be part of the community and settle in.

Well as a Blog Rookie I made a few mistakes.  Before transferring my domain to a new host and then linking it to my Blogger account I had exported my original blog so I could later import it into Blogger.  I thought this export would work just fine as I had read how to import posts into Blogger and everything looked to be good.  I don't know what happened but whenever I attempt to import my blog posts it just sits like it's loading the posts and nothing happens.  What a bummer!  My posts weren't anything magnificent but they were something and now they are gone.  I should have saved each individual post to import instead of trying to do the entire blog at the same time.

Well anyhow, today I begin anew.  I have a few posts that I had done drafts in Word that I may be able to resurrect at some point so if you have ever visited my blog and you end up seeing the same post again, that is why and I want to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Please stay tuned for new posts soon.

Happy Crafting!