Thursday, September 22, 2016

First day of fall.... already!?

It's officially fall today. That's crazy; time is flying by so fast! This means that Christmas is just around the corner and it's the start of holiday craft show season. I'm excited, but at the same time, I know how busy I'll get!

Without further to do, I've been doing through my Christmas stash:

That is a small glimpse into my Christmas card box. I told myself that I will update my Etsy this year and really push my online store. That's my goal for the next few months! This also allows me to get many uses out of my stamps and crafty tools. (I love playing with my toys! Who doesn't?!)

Here's one that I really like that I made recently:

This was inspired by the song "White Christmas" (call me old-school, but I love the Frank Sinatra version - so classic and has that warm holiday vibe). I think of this song every time I write a Christmas card. 

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten and children listen to hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas with every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright and may all your Christmases be white

I applied some clear wink of stella on the "Merry," so it shimmers when you hold it in the light. So pretty! The ornament gems were randomly picked and adhered using Rangers multi-medium.

Simon Says Stamp: Inspired by Music

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Healing Smiles

Happy Mid-September everyone! I'm back from taking a craft blogging break this summer. There are all these stamp companies doing their fall/holiday release this week and is making me very excited! I can't wait to play with this year's holiday stamps!

Meanwhile, Altenew is doing really exciting things! They're having their Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop!
There are so many inspiration and card shares on all the artists blog! I highly recommend you take a look.

I got their Doctors Rule stamp around early spring and was so looking forward to making some cards for my doctor and medical friends. (I know, I'm really nerdy!) Recently, I made this:

I love how this card is super simple and realistic! This card is so sweet and great not only for medical professionals but also to others that had cared for you during illness. I love how this card came out! Here's a closer look at the "pop-up" heart.

I stamped the heart image three times and had fuzzy cut all three. Then, I cut out a portion of the image each time, and stacked them on top of one another to create the "pop-up" effect. Lastly, I did a simple embossing for the sentiment. 

Challenges entered:
Altenew Ultimate Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Clean and Simple