Santa’s Gnome

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Hello Everyone. Another Christmas card made for my list. And I have gone with some clear stamps this time around.

I have made this card for the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge following along with their current challenge. The October Technique Challenge of Masking.

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So this time around with using clear stamps I have gone down the more traditional route of using post-it notes for my mask. If you have never done this before let me give you a quick run down on how its done.

  1. You want to work out your placement of your images before you start stamping because you need to work out what is in front of other stamps.
  2. Now stamp the stamps that are the ones you want all the way in the front.
  3. Now stamp these images onto some post-it notes – make sure your image ends up on the sticky part of them so you can cover what you have already stamped.
  4. Cut out your images just inside of the stamped lines you will get a better match up if you do this.
  5. Cover your image with your mask
  6. Stamp the next layer and if needs be make a mask if there are any following layers that touch.
  7. Lift off your masks and reveal your scene.

I hear you asking but what if I missed something in that stamping process? You can use a pen that is safe for your colouring medium and fill in any lines if needs be.

With my scene I actually drew some trees in the background to give the rest of it some where to sit. I coloured these in with my Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils lightly because I wanted to have the focus on the front images. The house, Gnome and signpost I coloured in with my Copic Markers. I used a sketch from Sweet Sunday #231 because I just can’t start to build a card without a sketch. As you can see I did make a minor change but I sometimes use the sketch from the past as a jumping off point for my creation.

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Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card creation today. And as always before you go I want to leave you with this last thought

Good Morning! Sending you, our friends, a little hump day humor....but seriously, have a wonderful Wednesday.

Mind you I still can’t believe that it is only Wednesday. Well for me it’s early evening so I am closer to Saturday than I was at the beginning of today. May all of you have a great slide down into the weekend.

Have a Happy Crafty Sliding Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

Fa La La La Llama

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Hello Everyone,
Today was a good day I got to colour some images and I also got to make some cards. So today even though it started rough it has ended good. I looked at my Christmas card stash and it is very low considering how many I need each year.

So I saw the sketch up at Sketch Saturday #535 and I decided that I would make some Christmas cards.

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Plus I also decided to make a 2nd card since I had printed 2 of the same images. I used my favourite image from Just Me the Fa La La La Llama image. I sized the Llama so that it would sit on a die cut tag nicely; this is one thing that I love about digital images. This time around I used my Copics to colour in these images. Christmas papers from my stash and some green paper for the matting layers and this finished off my card.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. And as always before you go I would love to leave you with this last thought

Celebrate your "inner craftaholic" with these adorable free printable craft quotes to encourage and inspire your creativity!

I have found that on my hardest days I need to get some crafting done. Even if the results aren’t something I could use just the act of being creative helps me to feel better. So I now try to be creative in some way each day.

Have a Happy Crafty Creative Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

Simple Christmas

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Hello everyone,
For the card project this time I decided that I would try and go down the simple route. I was given these card cutouts from another card maker and I wanted to see what I could do with it.

Over on the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge Octobers Colour challenge this time is Silver. You can choose to use either a little or a lot – I chose to use a little.

I embossed the background green paper with a grass die to try and give the impression of foliage of the tree. I cut by hand a piece of maroon paper for the Christmas Tree stand. Over the tree I added some silver stickers that I thought gave the impression of tinsel and some holographic silver circles for the baubles. Then I added some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink to the bottom of the card before adding a gold Merry Christmas Sticker and this finished off the card.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought

Las Teje y Maneje: MONDAY'S ILLUSTRATION |95Handmade is so much better than mass produced. It has that personal touch that can only come from someone putting a part of themselves into the product.

Have a Happy Crafty Handmade Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy

Sunbonnet Sue Sews

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Hello everyone,
Today the card I am bringing to you is featuring one of my favourite characters -Sunbonnet Sue. I have been in love with her since I was a little girl because she seems to be able to do everything. Today she is doing a little sewing.

To start the card I went looking on my favourite sketch sites and found Sketch #358 from Freshly Made Sketches which looks like this

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Once I found this sketch I went through my 6X6 paper pads and found one from Kasiercraft called Needle and Thread. To cut the papers into circles I used my stitched circle dies from Uniquely Creative. The backing paper is a Royal Blue by Quill; I used my scalloped circle die to make the small circle elements seem a little more substantial. My Sunbonnet Sue type image called Sewsun (retired image) from Bugaboo I coloured in with my Faber-Castell Polychromos.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project. And as always before you go I would like to leave you with this last thought

 

I sitting here typing this and I am listening to rain on a tin roof. It is such a soothing sound – I hope to spend time just sitting reading, possibly crafting, drinking tea and listening to the rain.

Have a Happy Crafty Book Reading Kind of Day,
❤ Tracy