I'm popping in on this beautiful TN Saturday to share some cards I made this week during my coveted crafty time. The Hubs was out of the country all week for work. (And, to our amazement, in Paris 24 hours before the attacks. We are stunned. And, heartsick for the tragedies and what everyone is going through.) I adopted a little "cat's away, mice will play" mentality. ha! Even though he couldn't care less how much I craft, it felt more like free time to me for some reason. SO, I did a lot of crafty FaceTime sessions with Middle Sister.
Here is my absolute favorite card from this week from one of those evening sessions.
Is he not the cutest?! I had already stamped and colored this adorable giraffe from my WPlus9 Party Animal set. I love that set and loved that I found a way to get more use out of it. So, I pulled him out of my pile of scraps that I can't quite throw away but never quite find the mojo to use and die cut him for this fun card. The antlers are from the adorable reindeer in MFT's Jingle All the Way stamp set. I stamped, colored, die cut, and trimmed them off so I could use them for the giraffe. It was a perfect fit over the little horns that he already had. The red pearl was in my drawer and had fallen off a carrier sheet from long ago so I added using CTMH Liquid Glass. Another perfect fit. (LURVE when that happens.)
The snow drifts are die cut using MFT Stitched Snow Drift dies and sponged with PTI Soft Stone ink. I used SSS's Falling Snow stencil and lightweight spackle (Poor girl's embossing paste) over a piece of CTMH cardstock leftover from the Free to Be Me paper pack. I added a little white pigment ink around those edges after it was die cut using Blueprints 25.
The tree and sentiment are also from MFT Jingle All the Way set. I'm trying to be a good girl and get a lot of use out of my current stamp sets, even though everytime I get online I want more sets. I'm a fiend at Christmas time.
I'm playing along with a few challenges and thankful for the inspiration:
Especially ABC Christmas's W for Wild Thing challenge. :D and the sketch over at MFT Card Challenges
Cut It Up's Inspired by a book, song, or movie (Song: Jingle Bells)
and, Cute Card Thursday's Birds/Animals .
I made another fun Christmas card using the MFT Jingle All the Way set I love the Santa's in this set. I've been pining for it since February and finally got it just a couple of weeks ago - so I'm trying to wear it out. :D
I went all out with textures galore, inspired by Virginia's View Challenge. 8-)
I added lightweight spackle using Tim Holtz's Fair Isle stencil over PTI Kraft cardstock die cut with MFT Blueprints 20. After it dried, I added more texture with stamping the sentiment from Gift Tag Greetings (MFT) on a small canvas tag I picked up at Michaels (for practically free!) The red twine is also from Michael's and I love the rustic look it adds. The "Jolly" rhinestone is from Glitz Designs. Another die cut piece of red cardstock from Blueprints 13 and the little Santa is decorated to the hilt. :D So fun to play around like that.
I'm also playing along with Christmas Card Challenges - Anything Goes and Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - Anything Goes.
And, lastly, NOT a holiday card! Whaaat?! I know. I had a need for a card this week and didn't have one made up. Just a fun little encouragement card for a sweet bloggy friend. :)
I used more MFT goodies - The Whole Herd Stamp set and Blueprints 20 & 25 again.
That adorable little pig (I have used him so much) is white embossed on watercolor cardstock and colored with water and my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pen. I stamped the sentiment from the Tickled Pink stamp set. It's layered over a piece of dotted Bazzil cardstock. My design was inspired by the sketch over at CAS(e) This Sketch!
I'm also playing along with a favorite, Just Us Girls - watercolor.
Whew. That's a lot and I got through it! ha! Thanks so much for stopping by to visit. Please do so again soon. (Especially if you are digging the Christmas inspiration - because that's just about all I'm doing right now.) :)
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