Sunday, December 10, 2017

Nontraditional Holiday Zentangle -- December with the UnstampaBelles

This month at the UnstampaBelles challenge we want you to Zentangle something for a Winter Holiday, with the optional twist of Nontraditional. You can make whatever you like without using any stamps. You need to follow the twist to be considered as the DT Favorite, but you only have to follow main theme to win our prize.

I got really creative with this challenge! I made a Festivus card for my best friend. I used a fairly traditional Zentangle-inspired design for the top line of text, but I used my own doodle for the larger letters.


I created the sentiment with the font Fat Outline by PizzaDude. I doodled/filled int he letters with a fine black pen. For "season" and the black portions of the doodle in "grievances," I used a black stamp marker & heat-embossed it with a shiny black powder. It was time-consuming, but worth it!

I made the "Festivus pole" by heat-embossing a chopstick with silver powder. I used my black pen to draw little lines on the white-and-silver ribbon.

Inspiration/Challenges:
4 Crafty Chicks #380: Monochrome
Crafter's Cafe #186: Embossing Wet or Dry
Fab 'n' Funky #374: All Tied Up

Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teammates the UnstampaBelles this month!

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Time to Shine -- Glow-in-the-dark Shaker

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Lots of Sparkle. I've made plenty of Christmas cards this year, so I made a couple of Hanukkah-inspired cards (see my other card here). I'm so glad I did, because I sold this card along with a card I made in 2015 to a lovely lady who needed two Hanukkah cards. I filled the shaker portion & decorated the corners with glow-in-the-dark glitter.
All the pieces are die-cut. The sentiment is from Verve Stamps.

Inspiration/Challenges:
House That Stamps Built DCC126: Glitter
International Art & Soul Challenge: Lots of Sparkle
Shopping Our Stash #332: I Like To Move It (shaker) + stash item (I've had the glitter glue & glow-in-the-dark glitter for at least 3 years, probably at least 5!)

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Simply SHINE -- Sparkle at International Art & Soul

Our theme this fortnight at the International Art & Soul Challenge is Lots of Sparkle.


I used a shiny, patterned paper for the base card, with the decorated side for the back.

It's all about these beautiful, sparkly papers! The sentiment on the front (Verve Stamps) was heat-embossed in blue, and the large sentiment (Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps) was heat-embossed in silver. I die-cut the bubble strip (Pink & Main) and hand-punched the stars with a Fiskars punch. The message section was made with an SU! die; the stars are cut/embossed with a die from my stash. The corner punch (Marvy) is one of my favorite crafting tools.


Inspiration/Challenges:
Connie Can Crop #65: 3D Project or Fancy Folds
Monochrome Magic #7: Anything Monochrome Goes + option of Blue
International Art & Soul Challenge: Lots of Sparkle
Try It On Tuesday: Twinkle, twinkle (C5)

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Neon Holiday Wishes -- Pilin' On the Non-Traditional Holiday Colors

The theme this month at Pile It On is Non-Traditional Holiday Colors. The only real rule is to be inspired by more than one papercrafting challenge. We're sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs. I made a shaker card with a neon color palette.
The neon papers are from Target/Kid Made Modern; the treeline die is from Memory Box; the string of lights is from Elizabeth Crafts; and the frame & flamingo are dies from my stash. I heat-embossed the sentiment (Marianne Design) with white powder. The shaker is filled with shaped plastic confetti from Michaels/Recollections. I'm really liking the trend of bold letters on a black panel!

http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/2017/11/tuesday-morning-sketches-431.html
Inspiration/Challenges:
A Snowflakes Promise #46: Anything Xmas Goes
Crafty Cardmakers #201: Animal Magic
Make My Monday #60: Happy Holidays
Simon Says Stamp: Anything goes (2nd entry)
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch #431


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Friday, December 1, 2017

Up on the rooftop -- Last-minute Christmas cards at Crafting with Dragonflies

Our challenge this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies is Last-minute Christmas cards all glammed up. I raided my stash for some of my favorite reindeer stamps & embellishments to make this glittery pair of cards. The colors were inspired by these cute reindeer embellishment from Jolee's. The houses were made with a die set from Elizabeth Crafts.



Inspiration/Challenges:
Cardz 4 Guyz #183: Reindeer
Simon Says Stamp: Anything goes
Use Your Stuff #290: Heat embossing + Gold (the hoofprints & sentiment)

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