Warm Cocoa Wishes

Friday, December 19, 2014

This past week, my daughter and I have both been feeling puny, and warm cups of hot chocolate were very welcomed by us! So for my Tiddly Inks Fabby Friday post, I decided to use the adorable Cocoa Wishes image and girly colors for a fun seasonal card. 
I colored little Wryn up with copics, fussy cut her, then popped her up with some foam tape. The card design is from this week's Your Next Stamp Sketch & Color Challenge. I cut the text out of heavy glitter paper.

Sadly, my time is up on the Tiddly Inks DT, so this will be my last post for them. There should be another DT call soon, for the next season, so be on the lookout. I highly recommend this DT for anyone interested in DT assignments. Christy, and the entire team, is amazing, and I enjoyed every minute I was there.

Be sure to stop by Tiddly Inks and see what the rest of the DT has for today's post. As usual, their creativity and talent will blow you away!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
YNS Sketch & Color Challenge #4
Simon Says Monday: Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday: Winter Inspiration
613 Avenue Create #102: Anything Goes
Sugar Pea Designs SPD12: Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee, & Card Challenge #80: Christmas
Corrosive Challenge #214: Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish Challenge #242: Winter Cards with Glitter
The Shabby Tea Room Week #242: Shabby Chic Holiday
TSC Challenge #60: Anything Goes

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One Sheet Wonder Christmas Card Set

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My favorite way to start a card is with a sketch, and Viva la Verve has a sketch challenge for December that I couldn't pass up--a One Sheet Wonder Challenge.


I had never even heard of something like this before, so I was interested in seeing if I could do it. I decided to go for a vintage look using some Tim Holtz Blueprints stamps, colored very roughly with Copics. My supply list is at the end of the post.



I didn't take a photo of the inside, but each card is stamped with the same Christmas sentiment.

This was definitely a challenge for me, and it was pretty cool to use every single inch of a 6x6 piece of paper, but I think I prefer winging it when I make cards, even if it means there is a little waste involved. ;~)

Thanks for stopping by, and have yourself One Wonder-ful weekend!

I'm entering these cards in the following challenges:
Viva la Verve December 2014 Sketch Challenge
Simon Says Monday: Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday: Winter Inspiration
613 Avenue Create #102: Anything Goes
Sugar Pea Designs SPD12: Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee, & Card Challenge #80: Christmas
Corrosive Challenge #214: Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish Challenge #242: Winter Cards with Glitter

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Winter Blues Tiddly Inks Challenge

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Got the winter blues? Well, why not channel that into a fun challenge--Tiddly Inks Happy Winter Blues Challenge!  
The Faythe Gives image I used on this card was so much fun to color with my Copics. I loved adding all the lumps in her sack and the folds and gathers in her dress and hat, and it's always challenging, in a good way, of course, to use non-traditional colors at Christmastime. Can you see the 3-D fur on her hat and dress? I used my Snow Marker there. That stuff is fantastic!
The inside of the card has a simple sentiment and several circular layers. I like to have sparkle somewhere on my cards when I can work it in, so I added Diamond Stickles to the white snowflake layer, and colored the little ornament stamp with silver and gold Wink of Stella markers.

Make sure you check out the rest of the DT's happy work, then grab something blue and link up your own creation to the Winter Blues challenge! This is the last Tiddly Inks challenge of 2014, so if you miss it, you'll have to wait until January for the next one! ;)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a Happy Winter day!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Deconstructed Sketch No. 178
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Christmas/Holidays
613 Avenue Create Challenge #101: Anything Goes
Sugar Pea Designs Challenge SPD11: Winter Wishes
Corrosive Challenge #214: Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish Challenge #241: Christmas Cards
Fresh Brewed December Challenge: Christmas Anything Goes

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Tiddly Inks New Ewe Release Boxed Card Set

Friday, December 5, 2014

I adore making boxed card sets, especially when I have a fabulous set of stamps that coordinate perfectly, and Christy, at Tiddly Inks, has just released seven--YES SEVEN--Tiddly Inks sheep stamps that are adorable individually, but that are also just right for a card set! To top that off, every single one has a sentiment built right in! And, since they are sheep, there was very little coloring required. BAAA-AM! This sweet card set practically made itself!
I made 8 cards for this set, using the Thank Ewe image on two cards, colored differently. For the box, I modified this tutorial, which I used in another card set almost two years ago. I used the curly D'Vine Swirls embossing folder for the side panels, and inside back of the box, to go along with the sheep theme. The cards are all 3.5" x 5.5", and I made white envelopes for them with an envelope punch board. (A card recipe for the set is at the bottom of the post.) For the cards and the box, I used Recollections 110 lb. cardstock, which is the heaviest cardstock I've found, even among other 110 lb. cardstock brands. (If I had needed to do more coloring, I would probably have used X-Press It Blending Card for the images, colored them, then mounted them to the front of 110 lb. card bases, but the extra step wasn't necessary for these cards.)

Here are pics of the individual cards. I have to apologize for the yucky colors. White cards are my Waterloo! I can never get the color right when photographing them, and when I start editing them in my photo program, they turn out all different colors, depending on what other colors are on the cards. So, so frustrating. Trust me when I say that every card is the same beautiful, bright white, and the colors are vivid and crisp. ;)
Happy Baaa-Day to Ewe. Diamond Stickles are on each of the little notes, and Black Wink of Stella gives the little sheep faces a bit of shine.
Ewe Sparkle & Shine. Each star was colored with a yellow Copic marker, then I added yellow Stickles over that.
Ewe and Me. Diamond Stickles on the sweet little star. I think this is my favorite of all these images.
Hope Ewe Get Well Soon. Colored with Copics. The colors here look a bit washed out. :~( This photograph could certainly use some doctoring!
Thank Ewe. I printed this one to cover the entire front of the card. The ombre colored "thank" is a little more intense in real life.
Second Thank Ewe. This is printed slightly smaller than the first one. I used magenta, yellow, and blue-green markers to make the dots, which also gave me orange and green dots when they mixed. Then, because all those dots were making my eyes crazy, I edged parts of the letters with the blue-green marker to add some definition. 
Ewe Rock! Glossy Accents give this rocker's shades some style! Don't you just love his heart tattoo? As a bonus, the Thank Ewe image and the Ewe Rock image are together--2 for 1. Who doesn't love that? ;)
Only Have Eyes For Ewe. I couldn't get it to show up in the photo, but Xmas Red Stickles is sparkling on the little heart.
Here's an inside look at the box. The finished measurements are 6" long x 2" deep x 4" high. The front panel is 2" high. To modify the original tutorial, all I had to do was cut the original piece of cardstock to 8" x 10", then followed the rest of her tutorial. This was a blast to make!

Now, hurry on over to Tiddly Inks to see what the rest of our super talented DT did with these images. You're going to want to add these New Ewes to your digi stash for sure! And, you can even use them to enter the current Gratitude and Joyfulness Challenge, too!

Oh, and, lucky you, today is a two-fer! It's also Tiddly Inks Fabulous Friday! If you'd like to see my Fab Friday post, go here.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a Be-ewe-tiful week!

I'm entering this card set in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create Challenge #100: Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish Challenge #240: Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge #213: Happy Everything!
TSC Challenge #58: Anything Goes

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Wryn Goes Caroling for Fabby Friday!


It's a Tiddly Inks Fabby Friday, and today is extra special, because Christy is also releasing some of the cutest critter images ever! But, I'm not going to spoil it for you here--you'll have to see them for yourself! In the meantime, here's a Christmas card made with the Wryn Goes Caroling image.
I colored Wryn with Copics on X-Press Blending Card. There is some Glossy Accents on the berries on her hat, and bronze Pearl Pen on the music notes. This was fun to color, but I almost threw it out when my E79 marker--an extremely dark brown--leaked onto her hair!!! Colorless Blender and Prismacolor pencils to the rescue! You can still see a dark spot, but it's very faint, and I'm pretending it's a shadow from the holly leaf!!! Copics have given me such an appreciation of non-perfection. ;~) 

I used the Mojo 373 sketch for the layout, some Christmas papers, a few rhinestones and sequins, and added red Pearl Pen spots on the holly paper. I was visiting friends in Savannah when I colored this, so it was one of the rare times when I colored, having no idea at all what kind of paper I would use. I was stumped on this until I used the teal cardstock as my base and matting. This might be my new fav Christmas color palette!

The sentiment on the inside of the card is from Our Daily Bread, and it is stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink. 

Go here to see the Fabulous Friday offerings from the rest of the Tiddly Inks Design Team. Then, be sure to go to Christy's blog to see her newly released images, as well as more Design Team cards using them! I couldn't resist a single new image, and made a Be-ewe-tiful 8-card boxed set using every single one of them! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by, and have a Fabulous Day!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Holiday Cards
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Christmas/Holidays
Your Next Stamp Color Challenge #3
613 Avenue Create Challenge #100: Anything Goes
Sugar Pea Designs Challenge SPD11: Winter Wishes
Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Clearly Christmas
Fresh Brewed December Challenge: Christmas Anything Goes
Kit & Clowder November Challenge: Christmas
Robyn's Fetish Challenge #240: Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge #213: Happy Everything!
TSC Challenge #58: Anything Goes

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