Monday, December 29, 2014

Celebrate 2015 Card

Hello!  It's my day to share on the SRM blog so I thought I'd share here, too!  I've created a card perfect for ringing in the new year:

I created a bright and messy mixed media background for this one- mixing stamps from Simon Says Stamps and Tim Holtz for a fun look.  I stamped the balloons first, in bold pinks, yellows, and turquoise inks.  Next, I pulled out some paints and dabbed them on to a craft mat.  I sprayed it with water and dragged my card front through it.  It softened the balloons and gave the card a fun, messy look.  I added some splatters with a few different mists and let it all dry. 

When it was dry, I stamped some stars with a silver metallic ink and the clock with a waterproof black ink.  I also added some shading around the clock with a light gray marker.  I pulled out some washi tape next and added a few strips to the bottom portion of the card front.

I cut a strip of vellum and wrapped it around my card, adhering the ends together inside with a bit of washi tape.  I adhered the 2015 strip from the Year of Memories 2015 sheet first, lining up the bottom edge of the sticker with the edge of the vellum.  The sentiment from Sticker Sentiments- Congratulations came next.  I lined it up just above the 2015 strip.

To finish this card off, I wrapped some Solid Lilac Baker's Twine around the card and finished in a bow.  I added a sprinkling of sequins, too!  You gotta have a little sparkle on New Years, right? :)

Thanks for joining me today!
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Frozen Friends Thank You Card

Hi!  I have a cute little card to share with you today using the adorable Flaky Friends set by Newton's Nook Designs:

With Christmas just past, I was in need of a few thank you cards to send out!  I created a simple layout that I could easily make multiples of.  I also chose an image that was easy to color- for me, that's snowmen!  They only need a few colors :)

I punched the circles first and stamped the little snow dog.  I colored him in and then used the thanks banner image from winged wishes across the top.  I colored it in too!  I chose a couple of winter patterned papers for my background and added a strip of glitter cardstock over the seam. I added a bit of twine and then placed my circle using foam adhesive for dimension.

I ended up creating a bunch of these and they were so quick!

So- I was trying to go all business as usual for this post but now that I'm at the end it's a little harder... this is my last post as part of Newton's Nook Designs Design Team :(  I have enjoyed being on this team so much- I love the people and the adorable designs!  I am sad I can't continue on with them but I know I will have so much on my plate in 2015- it is just my time to say goodbye.  Luckily we can still be friends! :)  Thanks so much Jen!!
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Origami Map Card

Hope you are enjoying the holidays!  I am nearly caught up with everything lol!  It was a tough season for me- sooo much going on!  Fun stuff though- don't think I'm trying to complain or anything hee!!

I realized over the weekend that I forgot to post this card last week.  I am playing along with the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge as a guest designer this month.  The challenge is to create a travel themed project and I knew I had to use this awesome Origami Map stamp set- I've been hoarding it since I bought it! lol!  Here's my card:

I stamped the map onto watercolor paper and cut it into a large tag shape.  I watercolored the map with q-tips and tried to use colors I'd find on a real map.  The sentiment was stamped onto black cardstock with Versamark and embossed with white powder.  The brad and patterned papers are from Teresa Collins.

I'm so happy I remembered to post this!  Better late than never I guess... :)  Don't forget to pop over to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge blog to check out the travel challenge!  Thanks again for having me!!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Remix with Miriam :)

A few months ago Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine had such a fun call- designer remix!  The idea was that two card makers would use the same products to make cards.  Miriam and I went for it and our cards even got picked up for publication!  Well, a few weeks ago we heard the bad news about the magazine and our cards wouldn't be published after all...  Luckily we can share them on our blogs! :)

The rainbow and sentiment dies are from Paper Smooches.  I diecut the rainbow out of white and used Copics to color them into a rainbow pallet.  This saved so much cutting!  Miriam's card was done first- it is clean and crisp!  I decided to go with a crisp but collagy look with mine.  I embossed my card base, added some splatter, thread wad, and a doily to my background.  I kept it all white so that the sentiment and rainbow would really stand out.

Remixing is so fun!  I loved the challenge!  Pop over to Miriam's blog to see her card- here is a peek at what she made:

Well, thanks for stopping by today!  I am heading out for a little shopping- wish me luck!  I'm afraid with the holidays so close now, it's going to be crazy!!
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thank My Lucky Stars for You Card

Good morning!  Hope your day is off to a good start! :)  I'm sharing a card I made for my husband today using the Starry Night Stamp Set by Waffle Flower Crafts:

This stamp set is one of my favorites!  There are so many options and it's fun to build space scenes!  I started with a black cardstock panel and stamped some stars and dots with white ink.  Next, I splattered it with some shimmer spray.  The sentiment was added to the bottom corner using Versamark and embossing it with white powder.  I added a few rhinestones around it, too!

I knew I wanted to create an inlaid diecut look with the moon.  I stamped the outline onto gray paper and cut it out.  I added the craters with gray ink and the same shimmer spray as before.  I pulled out the Tiny Heart Die  and placed it in the lower, right hand side of the moon and ran it through my diecut machine.  I then placed my moon onto the black panel using foam adhesive to pop up the moon and the heart for dimension.

Once the focal panel was finished, I made a card out of light aqua cardstock.  I added a bit of patterned paper from Teresa Collins Studio Gold 6x6 pad to the bottom of the card.  I added a strip of silver foil paper over the seam, at an angle across the card.  I placed a panel of vellum on the card next, at an angle and then layered my black panel over the top, also at a slight angle.  I love the layers!

I'm so glad I pulled out the Starry Night Stamp Set to play with- it really is a fun one! :)  Hope you have a great day!
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Monday, December 15, 2014

A Boxed Up Christmas Gift

This project popped up on the SRM Stickers blog over the weekend so I thought I'd share it here, too!

I always love giving homemade goodies as gifts around the holidays.  It makes the house smell so good!  Yum!  This year I'm planning to give gifts of jelly and sweet bread.  I thought the Kraft Box would be the perfect thing to package it in!

My mom and stepdad made this wonderful jalapeno jelly.  Mom loves the Labels By The Dozen sheets, especially the Christmas one!  They look so cute on those jars!

You can see that the bread and two jellies fit perfectly into the Kraft Box.  I think the boxes are cute all on their own but this time I decided to decorate the top with a few holiday themed goodies:

I started by adding a wide strip of the red and white striped paper from the Teresa Collins Candy Cane Lane collection to the left hand side.  Along the edge of it, I added a white stitch from the Sticker Stitches- Christmas sheet.  I added a large White Lace Doily over the top of it and layered the wooden Noel embellishment (also from Teresa Collins) in the center of it.  To finish it off, I embellished with a bit of crinkled green seam binding and pretty Platinum Shimmer baker's twine.

I am loving these boxes! It was really fun decorating the outside with my scrapbooking supplies- way more fun than wrapping paper! :)

Hope you have a great day!
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Santa Treat Bag

Hello!  I shared this post on the SRM blog today too so if you've stopped by there first, it might be a repeat :)

I think my favorite treat around the holidays is white chocolate covered Oreo cookies!  Yum!  They are so rich and sweet that I can only have a couple at a time so I like to share.  I popped a couple in some cute treat bags to share with my girl friends at our upcoming card making party:

Aren't these chevron embossed kraft bags by SRM perfect?  I love how the top is left unembossed- it looks great folded over and wrapped with baker's twine.  :)

I stamped this one with gold rings and then splattered it with gold mist.  When the ink was dry, I stuck down that cute Santa sticker from SRM's Quick Cards- Believe sheet inside the gold rings.  I added just a bit of the green zig zag from the Sticker Stitches- Christmas sheet next.  The heart flair from the Bossy Joscie Modern Christmas collection was the perfect embellishment to finish off my cluster.  I used Peapod baker's twine to wrap around the top and tie in a bow.

These were so fun to put together!  I hope my girlfriends like them as much as I do! :)

Hope you have a great day and thanks for popping by!
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Golden Peace on Earth Card

Good morning!  I have a pretty card to share with you today done in white and gold:

I've combined some pretty stamps from Newton's Nook Designs with patterned paper from Teresa Collins.  I stamped the snowflakes from the Beautiful Blizzard set with gold Delacata ink- everything is so sparkly in real life!

The sentiment is from the Holiday Wishes set.  I stamped it onto the raised white panel with Versafine ink.  I embellished with more gold- sequins and thread- and just a pop of turquoise with solid baker's twine from SRM.

This one was so fun to stamp! I love the gold and the sparkle!
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Three Tinsel and Co. Christmas Cards

Hi!  I thought I better share some more of the Christmas cards I've made before Christmas actually gets here lol!  Today I'm sharing three cards I had created for Teresa Collins Designs over the summer.  These are using the beautiful Tinsel and Company Line:

I embossed the red card base with Beautiful Words embossing folder.  The journaling card has been stamped and stitched along the outside edge.  I kept the embellishments simple, adding a diecut along the bottom edge and a few sequins here and there.

This next one is crisp with a little bit of messy :)

I used embossing paste and a stencil to create the large damask on a white card base.  I splattered it with gray ink and then started layering elements on.  Some are stickers, some are diecuts, and some is just paper- it's fun to mix it up a bit!

 This last one was a quick one:

I covered my white card base with the pretty stars patterned paper (from the 6x6 pad).  I added the three star diecuts and then added the sentiment diecut.  I used dimensional foam adhesive here and there to make things stand out.  I simply added a few sequins for accent  and called it done.

It was weird working on these in the summertime- I actually pulled out some Christmas movies to get me in the mood!  lol!  It was fun!

Thanks for stopping by today!
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Monday, December 8, 2014

A Card for Craft Hoarders Anonymous

I'm playing along with the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge today as one of their guest designers :)  If you haven't played along with one of their challenges yet you should check them out!  Any project is welcome- as long as you're busting some of that stash lol!

I pulled out some of my old favorites along with a few new pieces for this card.  It also features a gift card on the front- I do these every year for the teachers and the gift cards are getting cuter and cuter!  I love how they look on the front of cards :)

I started with a white card base and added the striped paper to the left hand side.  I added the scallop diecut edge to it next, cutting it the same length as the patterned paper.  The Starbucks gift card was next, taking main stage lol!  I added the sparkly snowflake next and then got to work on my sentiment layers.

I watercolored a piece of watercolor paper with various greens to mimic the green on the gift card.  When it was dry, I diecut it using the Holiday Fill In The Blank die set by Avery Elle.  I stamped the rest of the sentiment from the coordinating Holiday Fill In The Blank stamp set with Versamark onto vellum and embossed it with white powder.  Then, I diecut it using a long label die.

I layered the sentiments on to my card and added a bit of twine to finish it off.  I love the eclectic look I ended up with!  I can't wait to give this one to one of the girls' teachers :)

I had so much fun playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous this month!  Be sure to pop over to their blog to see what the rest of the team created!

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop

 I'm excited to be hopping along with Newton's Nook Designs today!  We are celebrating the holidays with the Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop!  I pulled out one of my favorite Newton stamps from the Newton's Curious Christmas set and made this card:

I started with a gray card base and added the snowflake patterned paper to the center.  I cut snow mounds out of white paper next, edging them with Copic markers.  I stamped Newton and his snowman onto white paper and drew another mound under them.  I colored them in using Copic markers and then cut around the image and along my mound line.  After erasing any trace of the line, I shaded it all with more Copic markers.

I stamped the sentiment onto the shortest snow mound and added a few sequins for accent.  Then I layered all of the mounds onto my card front.  I used dimensional foam adhesive to adhere some of the layers- I love how it pops!


We will be choosing two lucky winners to win a $10 store credit for Newton's Nook Designs online shopTo enter, just leave comments on the Design Team Member and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Sunday, December 7th at 9 pm CSTto comment  -- winners will be announced on the NND blog on Monday, December 8th.

Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop

Tessa Wise (me)

I had so much fun playing along with the hop!  I hope you get a chance to visit all of these wonderful artist- they made the cutest projects!  Don't forget to comment for your chance to win!!  
Thanks for stopping by today :)
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Joy to the World Card

Good Morning!  I'm excited to be posting my first card for Waffle Flower Crafts today!  With Christmas right around the corner, I thought a holiday card would be perfect.  I pulled out the Holiday Labels- Merry stamp set as inspiration and created this:

I had it in my mind to create a collage card and started by stamping the snowflakes in different shades of pink along the left and bottom side of the white card base.  I love pink and green together so next, I pulled out a green mist and splattered it over the same area.  I set it aside to dry and started with the other layers.

Tags make a great layer when creating collage cards.  I stamped the polka-dot tag from Surface-Tag stamp set with a bright pink ink and diecut it using the coordinating Surface- Tag Die- Starter Kit die set.  I also stamped my sentiment with green ink and diecut it using the Holiday Label-1 Die.

I pulled some gold striped vellum and a bit of green patterned paper from my stash to also use as layers and got to work building my card.  I layered them on top of each other, adhering as I went.  The tag layers were added using dimensional foam dots which adds to the layered look.  I finished it off with a bit of gold sequin trim for some sparkle :)

I think layered collage cards might be my favorite kind to make.  It's fun to start out messy and include many different elements into one card.

Thanks for popping by today!
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine

If you didn't already know, my favorite magazine Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking is closing up shop soon.  I am hopping along with a few hundred of my friends today to let the editors, writers, and contributors know how much they'll be missed.  You may have come from Deepti Malik's blog- she's ahead of me on the hop list.  If not, pop over to check out her wonderful project.

I didn't realize just how sad I am about PC&S going away until just now.  It's more than a magazine- it's a giant sized community of cardmakers and scrapbookers- inspiration, challenges, contests, friends, cheerleaders, people who love the hobby and love to share what they do.  I've met so many wonderful people through the magazine- I can't imagine it not being there!

I didn't create this card with the hop in mind- it was made just for fun!  When it was done though, I knew it would be perfect!  A perfect blend of trendy inspirations that I see everyday on the various PC&S websites.  Everyone working there sparkles and shines just like the metallics and sequins.  And, the bike represents the journey ahead...

The patterned papers and semi-opaque tag are from Pink Paislee's Bella Rouge collection.  The bike is from a die I borrowed from my friend at the retreat I had a couple weeks ago.  We cut it out of silver plastic sheets from Elizabeth Crafts- a tricky feat but we got it done!  lol!

I love how the metallic sheet shines!  Just like PC&S always will in my mind :)  I hope all the people who work there go on to bigger and better things!  I can't wait to see where life takes you!

If you're hopping along, the next stop is Karen Baker's blog.  Pop over to see what she's made in honor of the magazine.  Also, pop over to Taheerah's blog- she put this whole thing together and did a wonderful job!  Thanks Taheerah for making it happen!

I hope you have time to hop along the list- it's a long one but so worth it!  Thanks for stopping by here today :)
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Foxy Merry Christmas Card

Good Morning!  Can you believe it's already December 1st??  Crazy, isn't it!  We enjoyed our last weekend in November- we spent it with family and friends, relaxing and having fun!  I feel rested and ready for the holiday season!

I thought I'd kick off December with a cute Christmas card I created for a class I had a couple of weeks ago.  It features the adorable Joy to the Woods set by Lawn Fawn:

This little fox makes me smile!  I watercolored him with my q-tip technique- I'm still loving this messy watercolor look!  I let him dry and fussy cut around him.  The trees are stamped in Smoky Slate ink by Stampin' Up! and I also stamped some Soft Sky snowflakes around and glittered over them with Stickles- they are very light though and hard to see!

This was such a fun class!  I'm hoping to share the rest of my cards from it over the next week or two!

Well, I've got a few things to finish up today so I better get off the computer and back to work!  lol!  Hope you have a great day!

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