Well, we've made it to day 13 of the Ink to Paper November Create-a-thon! It's been so much fun revisiting so many of the fun stamps and dies that have been released over the last few months! I've been dying to use the Go-To Gift Card Holder: Snowman to ...

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"{Flutter} by Atomicbutterfly" - 5 new articles

  1. Ink to Paper November Create-a-thon Day 13
  2. SugarPea Designs Mix it Up Challenge #61 {Merry Christmas}
  3. Taylored Expressions {NEW} Designer Dangles
  4. Pinkfresh Studio {Bold Holiday Cards}
  5. Ink to Paper November Create-a-thon Day11
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Ink to Paper November Create-a-thon Day 13

Well, we've made it to day 13 of the Ink to Paper November Create-a-thon! It's been so much fun revisiting so many of the fun stamps and dies that have been released over the last few months! I've been dying to use the Go-To Gift Card Holder: Snowman to create a felt ornament and this was the perfect excuse! I often find myself with too many ideas and not enough time to execute them, especially during release week, so I'm loving this month's Create-a-thon!

This little guy worked up so quickly, especially since I opted for machine stitching around the perimeter, rather than embroidery! To begin, I die cut two of the small snowman using Vintage Cream felt. I stitched around the perimeter leaving a 1 1/2 inch or so opening near the bottom right side, but made sure to add the loop at the top to hang on the tree and loop through the ribbon for a tag. The loop is just a length of Cream Cotton Baker's Twine which I secured with the machine stitching. Once that was done, I added the polyfiberfill to get him nice and plump. I finished stitching him up and got to work on the rest of his details.

The scarf is die cut using Aqua Mist felt and secured to the snowman using hot glue. I snipped the ends with some sharp scissors to give the scarf some fringe. I added the tag, which was die cut using the narrow tag from the Tag Creations Modern Gift die set, using hot glue as well. The sentiment is from the Just Sentiments: Be Merry stamp set and is stamped in black. I thought it was kindof a fun oxymoron for this frosty friend! ha ha!

I chose some red buttons from the Holiday Mix Vintage Buttons Collection and added those with hot glue as well. If you have extra time, you could sew them onto the snowman before you sew around the perimeter to give it additional homespun details. 

I added a snowflake embellishment to the side of the scarf as well for added interest. I opted to die cut the nose from Melon Berry felt to give it a softer look than the Orange Zest felt. The hat is die cut and added using hot glue as well. I used a holly embellishment to jazz up the hat. The eyes are two dots of Black Nuvo Drops which I carefully added.

As I mentioned earlier, this works up just as quickly as it would made out of paper, if not quicker. This makes a great alternative to a paper tag and will get plenty of joy as it hangs from the branches of a festive Christmas tree! Thanks for fluttering by!


SugarPea Designs Mix it Up Challenge #61 {Merry Christmas}

It's that time again; time to play along with the current SugarPea Designs Mix it Up Challenge! This one is so much fun; I had a ball creating my card for it!
I just HAD to use both sides of the challenge this time; isn't it fabulous? I was inspired by the dots on the gold ornament, the color combination, the bit of cloth in the bottom left corner and the details in the ornaments.
The first thing I did for today's design was to create the green portion of the background. I just love the new Buffalo Check Background stamp and I wanted to incorporate the woven texture of the piece of cloth in the inspiration photo. I die cut the Postage Stamp SugarCut twice and glued them together for a nice, sturdy piece. I also die cut a slightly smaller piece of the same green paper to do the actual stamping. I didn't want the pattern to overlap onto the "postage stamp" edge because I felt it would be too busy and distracting.

I added it using foam squares for an extra bit of dimension, which I just love! The green piece was layered onto a piece of Navy cardstock that had been die cut using the Card Front Element Builder. I love the detail it adds to my designs and in this case, reminded me of the details on the ornaments.

At this point, I added the white paint splatter using a fine tip brush for a light dusting. I love how it turned out! Once that was done, I was able to add the heat embossed sentiment from the Everyday Sentiment stamp set that was die cut using the Sentiment Strips SugarCuts.

I added the Merry SugarCut just above the embossed sentiment. I stamped the bear and all of his accessories using the Hey Winter stamp set and then colored them using an assortment of alcohol markers. Once that was done, I die cut everything using the Hey Winter SugarCuts. I added the polka dots on the sweater and hat and all of the other white details on the stamped images using a white gel pen. I really wanted to incorporate the dots from the ornaments.

At this point, I was able to add all of the stamped images here and there, but keeping things towards the bottom left corner as per the sketch. I added some Liquid Applique to the bear's hat to give it that puffy look on the pom pomp pieces.
I made a similar card that you can see HERE, but changing up the colors and some of the other design elements really makes a difference! I love both of them and I can't wait to send them out this holiday season! Thanks for fluttering by!


Taylored Expressions {NEW} Designer Dangles

It's always a good day when you get a chance to help Taylored Expressions with the new Designer Dangles launch and release! I've had a ball creating 7 pairs of earrings to share with you today using the three new Designer Dangles series! If you stop by regularly, then you know how much I love these! I'm beyond thrilled with these 3 new die collections! This is perfect timing for you to make earrings for Christmas gifts!
I'm pretty sure Taylor read my mind when she created these Pinch Me Designer Dangles! Back when I helped with her last launch, I desperately tried to create these trendy earrings by flipping the The Bigger the Better shape upside down and cutting the holes myself. Let's just say it didn't work and I ended up throwing in the towel! I was delighted to see that I could create these "on-trend" earrings  with these new dies!

These earrings are a bit trickier than the other ones to assemble, but let me share some tips for make it easier! For these particular earrings, I die cut the Silver faux leather from the larger of the two dies and the pink is from the new Trendy Colorful leather collection.Once I had them cut, I took a long straight pin from my pin cushion and threaded it through the holes exactly as they are pinched in this picture. Once that was done, I used my needle nose pliers to open the jump rings and thread it through the holes, exactly where the pin is. The pin holds everything in place while you are threading so you don't end up losing your "place" so to speak!

This pair is made from the same set of dies, but used the mustard color from the same collection as the first pair {linked above} and the gorgeous cork from the Craft Leather-Metallic Basics . 
Let's talk about the earring presentation for a moment, shall we? Once again, Taylor read my mind! I've been making my own backers to attach the earrings, but now....professional presentation! This new die is called Designer Dangles Earring Card and is amazing! If you are planning on gifting the earrings you create, then this is an absolute must-have!
Next up is a SUPER fun new set of dies called Designer Dangles Modern Mix and Match. This one has SO MANY possibilities; the sky is the limit! I made two pair of earrings using these dies, but honestly, I could have just kept going! If I'm really being truthful, I could have just kept going with ALL of them! They are so much fun to make and so addicting. They work up so quickly and the different combinations of leather make it so much fun!

You'll want to be thoughtful about which pieces you use where, for instance, you'll need to connect the ones with two holes, and some only have one hole, like the pink circles at the bottom. Starting out with a plan with these is definitely recommended! ha ha!

I had a ton of fun deciding which color of cardstock to use for the earring cards as well to really complement the earrings!

Here is another pair using these same dies. These use the new mustard color leather and some of that beautiful cork.

You'll notice on this pair that the triangle pieces only have one hole so they need to be thoughtfully placed. The half circles and small cirlces have two, so they can be placed in the middle of your design.
These last three pairs that I am sharing with you today use one of the easiest of the three die collections to use and they are called Designer Dangles Go Round. These worked up so fast, it was amazing! This first pair uses the new 100 % Wool Designer Felt Leopard and it is amazing! It is so lightweight, but looks so luxe paired with the gold flecked cork!

This next pair uses three sizes for added texture and color. I just love how these turned out!

This final pair uses three sizes as well and uses the grey color of the Leopard leather. I didn't get a chance to use ALL of  the new leather, so make sure to check it out;

I'll be sharing even more earrings in the coming days/weeks as I prepare Christmas gifts! Thanks for fluttering by!


Pinkfresh Studio {Bold Holiday Cards}

Hello and welcome! Today I'm sharing two cards over on the Pinkfresh Studio Blog and here as well! I went for a bold and unexpected color combination and I love how these turned out! I've been using a lot of traditional red and green with many of my holiday designs, so it was fun to switch gears for these two cards!

I created the green tree card first and then that inspired the second design. To begin, I die cut the green tree image using the Merry Days die collection and added some ink blending around the perimeter using Olive ink. I repeated these steps on the frame as well. Once that was done, I was able to heat emboss the main image.

I cut a piece of cardstock measuring 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches wide and then heat embossed the image. Once that was done, I was able to add the frame and the tree die cuts using foam squares.

I also heat embossed a bow from the Season's Greetings stamp set and added it as a topper to the tree. I heat embossed the sentiment in gold onto a strip of black cardstock. I added it to the card using foam squares. I used a post-it note to cover up the sentiment and then added some white paint splatter over the entire card front. The finishing touch is sprinkling of Essentials: Jewels adhered using liquid glue.

My second card is lighter, and cleaner, but just as bold in my opinion! I layered the blue frame over the top of a panel of white cardstock that is dry embossed using the Folklore Die. I had it leftover from a previous project and it adds just the right touch of detail and dimension peeking out from the frame.

I stamped the wreath in black and then colored it using Copic markers. I left the stamp in my MISTI so that I could stamp it AGAIN, but this time with Versamark ink so I could heat emboss the outline! I layered that onto the black center portion, which is a die included in the frames collection. 

I heat embossed the sentiment on a green strip of cardstock and layered that over the top of the wreath. I added the same paint splatters to this design as well,making certain to cover the sentiment. A few jewels finish off this design! Thanks for fluttering by!


Ink to Paper November Create-a-thon Day11

Welcome to day 11 of the Ink to Paper November Create-a-thon! I'm sharing two similar, yet slightly different cards with you today using some of my favorites from last month's release! I've been creating with a lot of traditional red and green as well as a lot of blue hues for snowy cards, so I decided to switch gears and make something pink! 

I started with two pieces of Bitty Big: Pale Peony pattern paper cut to 4 by 5 1/4 inches. I heat embossed the sentiment at the bottom,which is from the Inside Greetings: Blessed Beyond Measure stamp set, using Silver Embossing Powder. I attached the frames which were die cut using the Pierced Feature Frames, using Tombow adhesive. I would normally use foam squares when attaching frames like this, but because of the intricate border at the top, I needed them to be flat. This entire panel is layered onto a top folding A2 cardbase.

I die cut the white snowflake borders using the On the Border: Splendid Snowflakes twice and attached them flat side against flat side to create a larger snowflake pattern. I used the Splendid Snowflakes stamp set to heat emboss the snowflake in the middle. 

From there, I was able to add the "JOY" letters and bow which are from the Season of Joy stamp set using foam squares. I also added the "this blessed Christmas season" on both of the cards, but in different places. I couldn't decide which one I liked better, so I made one of each!

I added a few sparkling clear sequins here and there for some sparkle and shine.  I'm happy to be able to add these to my Christmas card stash which is growing at a steady rate! Thanks for fluttering by!


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