I had two great challenges available to play in today and I just couldn’t chose between them so I did them both.  Jeanne S and BadSherry have a fun challenge each Sunday called Just Because We Wanna-JBWW.  Jeanne is hosting the challenge today and you can find more details at Inky Paws. The challenge was to use black and white with a splash of color.  I chose red to be my splashy color for this fun little winter tree scene.  I simply stamped the tree with black Stazon, colored the mittens and scarf red with a red marker, painted on a few snowflakes and a snowy ground with white craft ink and a watercolor brush, embossed with white embossing powder and that was that.  Everything else is pretty self explanatory.  I used simple layers with a little scalloped edges here and there, my paper piercing template and tool, a white Gelly roll and black Gelly glaze pen and I was finished.  Fast, fun and very easy card to do.  Thanks Jeanne for a fun Sunday challenge.


Stamps: A Tree For All Seasons

Paper: Papertrey-White, Real Red, Black

Ink:  Black Stazon, White Craft

Accessories:  Gelly Roll White and Black Markers, White Embossing Powder, Watercolor Brush, Paper Piecing Template and Tool

My Second fun challenge today was the Featured Stamper on SCS.  Our inspiration artist today is Shelly but we know her as Papermoon04. Here is a link to Shelly’s card that inspired me today.

I loved the vintage look of Shelly’s card and wanted to recreate that effect for my card.  She had a great little piece of music and a vintage picture of a girl on her card.  I cut a piece of Natural Vanilla card stock to a 3×3" piece and put a 2 1/2" square framed mask over it and stamped with my large music background stamp.  I wanted to leave a small border around the whole image layer to make it appear as an old printed piece of music.  I distressed the sheet of music and added brads and hardware.  I wanted something vintage for my second image layer but really didn’t have anything that worked to replace Shelly’s old fashioned girl.  I decided to use an old fashioned plate of Christmas cookies and cup of cocoa.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper with brown Stazon and then painted with Ranger Distress ins re inkers and Ranger Adirondack re inkers.  I aged and distressed this layer as well.  I stamped the holly background image on Naturals Vanilla with brown Stazon.  I painted the little leaves and berries with Ranger Distress re inkers and then sponged on Ranger Old Paper and Straw Distress Inks. I did not have a ribbon that would really work with this card. I would have loved to have a dark cranberry organdy or stain ribbon but….no banana.  I have a really pretty retired cranberry grosgrain but it was just red for the Wonderland Designer Paper that I used.  I decided to experiment making my own dark burgundy-red ribbon. I took a small piece of bright red and dragged it across the Vintage Photo Distress pad.  It took three times to get the right color but it worked.  I dried the ribbon by heating with my heat gun and applied a bow to the hardware and created a french knot to pull through a hole on the little plate image layer.  This was fun project.  Aging and distressing takes some work but is well worth the effort.  I love old vintage pieces and love trying to recreate them.


Stamps: A Merry Little Christmas, Background Basics, Music

Paper: Naturals Vanilla, Wonderfland Designer Paper, Watercolor

Ink: Brown Stazon, Ranger Distress and Adirondack Re Inkers and Pads,

Accessories, Hodge Podge Hardware, Grosgrain, Sponges, Watercolor Brushes, Distress Tool