Christmas, Create A Pointsettia, Distress Inks, Distress Oxides, Mini Swirly Snowflakes, Snowflake Bigz Die, Stampendous, Tim Holtz

Snowflake Mania!

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Do you have a friend who creates beautiful things and makes you want to have what she has?!  Well, Theresa is that friend of mine and she’s a fabulous card maker!  I love her style of cards and she recently made a bunch using Tim Holtz’ Snowflake Bigz die!  So, you know…I had to have it, found it on ebay and bought it!  Thanks a lot, friend!!  😀  It’s not a thin metal die, but a big chunky one which meant I had to adjust the “sandwich” in my Cuttlebug!  But it’s easy to use and comes with an embossing folder which makes all the snowflake-y lines!  
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For this first card, I cut the snowflake twice, once from snowflake patterned paper and a second one from vellum and then ran them through the Cuttlebug with the embossing folder.  Setting those aside, I used the flip-side of that same patterned paper for my card background.  It has a beautiful snowy scene with trees and I thought it’d look great with the flake!  I adhered that to a base card of blue and heat-embossed the sentiment in silver directly to the panel.  Next, I added some glitter glue to the snowflake for some sparkle and attached a pretty gem in the center.  When that was dry, I glued it onto my card!  Easy as pie!  
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My second card is all a glow with my snowflake cut from gold foil card stock!   Again, I embossed the lines onto it then attached it to a panel of gold and cream patterned paper.  That went over a layer of more gold foil and onto a cream base card.  I heat-embossed the sentiment in gold onto a scrap then layered it onto a scrap of gold. 
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A cream and gold pearl brad completed my gilded snowflake card!  I love how the light shines on the gold!  
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For my third card, I die-cut the snowflake from a piece of rose-colored glitter card stock and set it aside.  I found patterned paper to coordinate and heat-embossed Tim Holtz’ Mini Swirly Snowflakes in silver onto a panel I’d cut to fit my card front.  I also sponged Aged Mahogany distress ink around the edges of the paper AND the snowflake!  
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My sentiment is from Stampendous’ Create A Pointsettia and I also embossed that in silver onto a scrap of white card stock, then sponged more Aged Mahogany around it’s edges!  I adhered the snowflake to the card front then added the sentiment with a bit of foam tape for lift.  
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My final snowflake card is much more subdued and yet is just as beautiful!  Again, patterned paper sets the tone and I just love this one!  I cut the snowflake from a piece of retired Stampin Up paper (no idea of the name!) then sponged Walnut distress ink around the edges.  My background paper also got Walnut around the edges.  I attached it to a white card base then added the snowflake.  
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Instead of a jewel, I thought this sentiment would go beautifully so stamped it with Peacock Feathers distress oxide ink and clear-embossed over it.  I trimmed it down to a little banner and sponged Walnut ink around the edges.  I really love the rich colors here and think that this is actually my favorite of all the cards!  Which one is yours?!  Thanks for visiting!  
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Christmas Past

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 I’ve been a Pinterest junkie for many years and have pinned hundreds of cards to copy!  Today I’d like to share some of my all-time favorite CopyCat Christmas cards from years past!  My first card is a natural beauty; just look at the glow in the center!!  I found THIS card on Pinterest a couple years ago, and ordered the Tim Holtz Great Outdoors set just so I could make it!  And believe me, I have more cards using this set in my Pinterest board to copy!  
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Karen Dunbrook is one of my favorite card artists and I’ve gotten to know her a little through social media lately, but when I found this card of hers a few years ago on Pinterest, I immediately saved it to copy!  I changed it up a little with the addition of die-cut pine needles but I wish I could claim this simple yet striking beauty as my own design!  
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You all know that I’m a huge fan of Stampendous stamps and this is one of the first ones I purchased after seeing THIS card on Pinterest!  I’ve made a number of cards using Christmas Cottage but this is one of my favorites!  Funny to see my old photography!  
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How adorable is this?!  This is Unity Stamp’s Owl Warm-hearted set and I just love how sweet these two are, perched on their little branch!  I don’t often use patterned paper but I like it here!  
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Is it any wonder that I love pointsettia stamps?!  I first discovered Stampendous’ Jumbo Pointsettia via Pinterest with THIS image which grabbed me by the throat!!  It’s a long-retired stamp but I hunted it down a number of years ago and found it on ebay.  I cannot stop making cards with it!!  
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Distress oxide inks are game-changers for me!  I’ve always loved distress inks and the cool effects you get with them, but the oxides velvety finish make my artist heart sing!  I used Stampin Up’s retired Snowflakes set on this card and a sentiment from Penny Black’s Believe set.  Gold glitter card stock is also a favorite!  
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Speaking of gold glitter stock, isn’t this ornate die-cut frame gorgeous?!  I bought it at AC Moore and just love it, paired here with Tim Holtz’ Holiday Greens Mini Thinlets, some distress ink, another sentiment from that Penny Black Believe set and a few golden Nuvo Drops!  
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This sweet image is one I found on Pinterest a couple years ago, resized it to A2 size and printed it out on my computer!  I had recently gotten my first Prismacolor pencils and just loved coloring these adorable little mice!  
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My final favorite CopyCatCard from Christmas’s past is this one featuring the AMAZING Snowy Postcard stamp by, of course, Stampendous!!  I’ve always been drawn to vintage images that are rendered in a realistic manner and Pinterest is overflowing with unbelievable cards made with this stamp!  Here’s one that I’ve saved to my board, and here’s another.  
Christmas, Distress Oxides, Snowflakes, Tim Holtz

Riot of Snowflakes

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It’s a fabulously snowy day here in Vermont today and I was thrilled to get the day off!  The falling flakes are huge and glorious and remind me of the ones I added to these colorful cards last week!  Pinterest is brimming with snowflake cards but this one caught my eye and I just had to copy!  The funny thing is, I meant to use my white pigment ink, and mistakenly grabbed my black instead!  But I LOVE how the flakes look in black, don’t you?!  And I just love this retired set from Stampin Up called Snowflakes!  
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So I began with a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and laid it onto the distress oxide ink I’d tapped onto my craft mat and spritzed with water.  I started with Fossilized Amber first, then Candied Apple, added Faded Jeans and finally some Wilted Lilac, drying my panel between each addition of color.  I then dusted my panel with my powder pad (so that the embossing ink wouldn’t stick to anything but my stamped images) and then heat-embossed the snowflakes in black!  They’re so striking against that glorious background!  Lastly, I heat-embossed the sentiment in white onto black scraps and mounted them onto the background with a little foam tape.  A layer of white then the black card base completed my card!  
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This is the second card I made using the same techniques.  I used Fossilized Amber, Faded Jeans, and Evergreen Bough and heat-embossed the sentiment in black directly onto my panel!  A black base card finished it off.  
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I never get tired of feasting my eyes on distress oxide backgrounds!!  Tim Holtz, you’re a freaking GENIUS!!!  😀  
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My final card is just as gorgeous as the first two!  For this one I used Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick and Black Soot oxide inks.  Snowflakes in white and sentiment embossed in black onto the card itself.  How about that border of black on the white base card??!!  LOVE!!  
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I leave you with this final view of my card and send Warm Winter Wishes to you!  I’m deeply grateful  for each one of you who follow me here, comment on my work and continue to support and encourage me!  You make my heart happy!  
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Craft Show Review and Observations

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Hello friends!  I just participated in my first craft show in a few years and at a larger venue (high school) than I’ve ever done before, and want to share with you my review of the day and observations!  Here I am, set up the night before and happily excited about the show!  This is an older banner with my non-married name!  If you plan to do shows more than once or twice, having a banner with your name/logo/info is an important part of your display.  I bought the one pictured above from Vistaprint about eight years ago and think I paid $35 for it.  Here’s the one that I’ve updated and just ordered today using a Black Friday discount which will make it $23!

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I researched craft show/display/table arrangements/sale items etc for a couple months via Pinterest and picked the brains of other stampers via my Facebook stamping groups, and one thing mentioned was to create height in your display.  So I looked for and found the blue revolving rack on the left, the little wooden shelves in the center and a wire birdcage sort of thing, all at Goodwill!  Interesting though that most people didn’t even look up at my painted canvases on the top shelf; they all were looking down at the table as they perused!
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We saw a wonderful setup using bi-fold doors which looked like this but hers was wider, had no gap in the center and created a fabulous back “wall” for her space.  She had a table on either side of this, creating a U shape and it was very inviting.  Tim and I both loved it so now will go search at Goodwill and reStore for bi-fold doors!
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Another thing is that many crafter’s said NOT to display every single item you have but to arrange them in a pleasing way and only add more as needed.  I ended up removing a few of the post-it note holders from the bottom shelf and moving the items closer to the front.  And none of the post-it note holders sold but all the calendars did!  I bought my little calendars from Taylored Expressions!  Today they’re $2.10 for a pack of TEN!  :O  I may create prettier packaging for my clothespin magnets, and add five to a package but still sell individual ones.  Another stamper suggested using many different styles of paper on them, including holiday designs.  I made these the day before the show but will invest more time in them!
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Here is my display of alcohol ink prints.  I was disappointed not to sell more and wonder if I’d had them all standing and arranged nicely, if they’d be more visually appealing.  I enjoyed talking about the inks and some people were quite interested.  If we build the bi-fold doors display then these would go on that.
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Many experienced craft show vendors say to give your customers a deal or a freebie with your name/business info on them .  I didn’t want to take the time to make little freebies so opted for the bowl of chocolate and little sticker dots on the bottom of some with $2 off!  This was a hit and caused some people to find something to buy in order to use the “coupon”!  And only a couple little boys dug around to find the dot!  😀  *BTW, the one alcohol ink print that sold was because the customer got a $2 off sticker and that made them go for it!  Who knew that just $2 would make the difference!?
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This is a secondhand item I purchased for craft show display and yet I don’t love how it looked.  I attached the ornaments with little clothespins but two of them dropped and shattered.  We may just buy some really small S hooks to use instead and fill in some of the empty spaces with more clip-on pointsettias and little lights.  At least for holiday shows!  It also doesn’t revolve so perhaps a lazy susan beneath it would be more convenient.
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We displayed my cards in various vintage boxes, baskets and glass dishes and although they looked pretty, customers didn’t seem to spend much time rifling through the cards.  It seems that spinning card racks are a more popular and effective way to display cards, so I’ll be on the hunt for one or two!  I took the time to type out my price signs so that they were all consistent and easy to read.  If I continue to do shows, I’ll probably laminate them so they’ll last longer.
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It was sad to realize that so many of my beautiful cards weren’t seen!
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My daughter loaned us a rug to “cozy” up our space; it also helped to define the space a little more and I’ll be searching for something prettier that matches my color scheme!
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I spent most of the day standing, walking around my area, greeting customers as they approached, engaging them in conversation and asking them if they know anything about rubber stamping.  By about 2pm I had to sit down for a few minutes!  Wear comfortable shoes, bring a chair and do take time to rest if you can!  But be available for questions and to interact with people in a warm and welcoming manner!  They may remember that the next time!
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I loved having my three girls help out at the show and in the preparation beforehand.  Many hands make light work, so the break down, packing up and getting it all back home went quickly!  We ordered Chinese and watched a movie afterward!  The support of family and friends is such a blessing to this crafter!
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My husband, Tim, is my champion and right hand man!  He is always 100% supportive and encouraging of my work, takes care of all the technical stuff for my blog, hauls my stuff around for me and does everything he can to be a help!  He stayed all day at the craft show and that meant so much to me!  I hope you got some tips and pointers from this post and that you’ll consider doing a craft show yourself!  It’s a lot of work but can be so rewarding in ways that are not just monetary!  Thanks for reading!

 

Brutus Monroe, Christmas, Cool Penguin, Distress Oxides, Glitter Stock, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Merry Words, Stampendous, Tim Holtz

Stampendous Ugly Sweater Challenge!

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It’s Ugly Sweater season again!  And just in time Stampendous offers this adorable Cool Penguin Clear Stamps & Cutting Dies setIn fact, Stampendous will give away 3 Cool Penguin sets randomly drawn from the comments on all blog posts featuring this set from November 25th-December 8th!   Check out the Stampendous blog HERE.  Now, onto my card!  I like a little bling as much as the next penguin, but this little chick is rockin’ her sequin-loaded ugly sweater!!  To create my card, I began by stamping the penguin, sweater and hat onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and colored them in with Zig markers.  I forgot that the dies came with the set and fussy-cut out the images.  GAH!!  Don’t do that!
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I have a stash of plain old craft sequins so dug through and found the red, yellow and green ones to bling out the sweater and hat, gluing them over the colored images.  I added a dot of glitter glue to each one as well and a bigger blob to the pompom on the hat!  I then glued the sweater and hat onto the penguin.
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Setting that aside, I started on my background!  On another piece of Bristol Smooth I stamped and embossed the snowflakes with white powder, then sponged Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks over it.  Using my border dies, I cut the snowy landscape from Brutus Monroe’s Fallen Snow Glitterstock, and adhered them to the pretty background, then added a little line of glitter glue beneath my penguin.  I heat-embossed the sentiment onto a scrap of green card stock, cut it down and attached that as well.
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Let’s take one last look at this Ugly Sweater before moving on to my next card!
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I confess that I don’t LIKE ugly sweaters so had to make a beautiful one too!  Again, I stamped my images onto Bristol Smooth card stock and colored with Zig markers.  Again, I forgot to use my dies and fussy-cut the pieces and then pressed each one onto my Versamark pad to coat with clear ink, then used clear embossing powder to create a glossy glaze!  I glued them onto the penguin and set it aside.
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I decided to make a beautiful night sky behind my little girl, so on another piece of Bristol Smooth card stock, I sponged Wilted Violet, Fossilized Amber and Broken China Distress Oxide inks randomly over the paper, then sponged a layer of Blueprint Sketch to cover the colors and finally a layer of Black Soot, letting some of the colors show through.  A spattering of water created “stars” and a spattering of white paint added more!
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I cut the snowy landscape from Brutus Monroe’s Fallen Snow Glitterstock, and attached it to the sponged panel.  Using a sentiment from Stampendous’ Merry Words, I heat embossed Believe in white directly onto my background layer, then the smaller sentiment onto a strip of black card stock which I adhered with adhesive.  A base card of white completed my card.  I actually love both cards and will bring them to my upcoming craft show to sell!  Thanks for visiting!!
Christmas, Florals, Jumbo Pointsettia, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Stampendous

Poinsettias on Canvas

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I don’t really consider myself an “artist” per se and I can’t draw to save my life so creating beautiful art with rubber stamps is what I do instead!  I found these little 4 X 6 canvases at the Dollar Tree and bought a bunch to play with!  They’re the perfect size for my favorite Jumbo Poinsettia stamp by Stampendous!  Sadly, it’s long retired, so you have to hunt it down on ebay or etsy.  I’ve created a series of these to sell at the holiday craft fairs this season!  I especially love the lavender and yellow background of this one!  I coated the canvas with a layer of white craft paint which made a smoother surface to work on, and heat-embossed the image in black. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolor paints to do all of these.
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I actually painted this one first and I forgot to cover the surface with white craft paint first but it still worked!  I do rather like the texture!  Of course, I had to add black and white paint spatters!
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I love the dark background on this canvas and how it makes the red blossom really stand out!  I used a white Posca paint pen to add highlights.
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Another gorgeous red poinsettia, this time on a soft golden background.

 

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This was the last canvas I painted for the craft show; I decided to try painting a white blossom which of course, is more than just white!  In hind sight, perhaps it’d be more true to life if I’d had a photograph in front of me to copy!  I’m happy with it anyway and will be interested to see if these sell at the craft show!  Thank you so much for visiting!

 


I’ve created this tutorial to help show you how I created this beautiful canvas. Be warned! I am super comfortable in the world of stamping, but this is only my second Video Creation, so please be patient with me!