Friday, November 27, 2015

Silvery Snowflakes.....

Hello everyone: I hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous, that you shared joyful memories, delicious food, awesome desserts and yummy drinks with your family and friends.
Here is a card I made to participate in the Freshly Make Sketches sketch challenge by Jen Timko, the Time Out Challenge "Snowflake" challenge and the LiveLoveCards , also with a Snowflake Challenge.
This snowflake dies are very old, I can't really remember where they came from but I think they are Spellbinders. I apologize for not giving you a link or a name but, when I bought them, having a blog was never in the picture, I never considered it, I was just happy to make cards for my family and friends so I never bother to save the packaging or at least, the name and company that made them.
I cut a panel of Ninah Solar White card stock and run it through the Big Shot with the Sizzix Snowflake embossing folder. Following the sketch, I place some smaller ones around.
The sentiment is from an old Flourishes set called "Sentimental Christmas" and it's heat embossed in silver, I love the font.
It's a little tricky to take a good picture of the shimmer on that sentiment so I hope you can see it better in this photo.

This is it for today, thank you for stopping by, until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Hoot, Hoot for CASology #174.....


This week, the CASololgy designer team has a new Cue Card for us to play with, the theme is OWL, here is my card.
As soon as I saw the Cue Card I thought about the fabulous SU Owl Builder Punch.  This punch is so versatile that you can really make all kinds of things with it, I've seen punch art using this punch on Pinterest that really amazes me.
But, for this challenge I made this card, I don't know if it's really very CAS but I'm going to take my chances anyway and link it to the challenge.
I've used this Santa's hat image before and, this snipped out one was just perfect for my little owl. There is very little stamping on this card, just the sentiment Owl Santa is standing on. Before I placed the owl on the panel I ran it through the BS with a Sizzix Snow Fall embossing folder to give him a bit of a background.
Thank you for stopping by, I know you might be busy today with preparations for your family's celebrations so I want to wish you all, a wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving Holiday.
In this Day of giving Thanks, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all the sweet and kind words you always leave for me.
Until next time, love and hugs from Maria.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Seize the Birthday with Vellum.....

Hello everyone: I don't know about you but, I love Vellum. It can be tricky to work with, if you are not careful, you can burn it while heat embossing it, it warps a bit if you apply markers or a bit of water color, it's hard to conceal the glue, sticky strips, glue dots and it can tear very easily when you try to dry emboss it. But, if you can avoid all of this pitfalls, it's a wonderful and beautiful product to work with, it gives your cards a very soft and elegant look.
This week over at Seize the Birthday they have a new challenge, this time you must use Vellum or Acetate on your birthday card, I chose Vellum, I'm also linking this card to the AAA Cards #53 "Anythig Goes" challenge, here is my card.
Some time ago I bought THIS starter kit, I've seen several amazing cards on Pinterest using Vellum or Parchment and I wanted to try it. This kit comes with everything you need to get a taste of this beautiful way of embossing on Vellum.
This design is one of the 7 that come in the instruction booklet, the only difference is that, instead of embossing the sentiment, I stamped it with SU white craft ink and carefully heat emboss it with clear embossing powder, the rest of the design is traced with the white gel pen that comes with the kit and, using the stylus, I carefully embossed it from the back, with a flipping motion, just like when you do a check mark. I colored the leaves with SU Certainly Celery but the flowers were left white, their pink hue is from the piece of soft pink card stock in the back.
The little bow is from my stash and I placed it on one of the beautiful, SU Very Vintage Designer Buttons with a glue dot, the piece of retired pattern paper is from Stampin Up! but I don't remember which collection it belongs to.
Here are the banners that inspired this card.
Thank you so much for stopping by, until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.