Thursday, November 12, 2009

Our Daily Bread's Show Us the Shimmer November Challenge

For their blog challenge this month, Our Daily Bread would like us to make a holiday card with some sort of Shimmer. The winner gets $30 worth of goodies from their store! What an awesome prize. I love all of their stamps, and I mean just that - I love ALL of their stamps. I am only fortunate enough to have one set, so I could make great use of that prize money! I can only hope that they are doing a random drawing, but I am not sure.

So here is my card. The snowman stamp is from Stampington, and the sentiment stamp is from Inkadinkado. The sentiment says, "O Come Let Us Adore Him" which might not seem to go with the snowman, but since he is carrying a basket of gifts, I decided he was going to see the baby Jesus!

I know you can't see the shimmer very well in this picture, but trust me, there is quite a bit of shimmer on the card. The gold ribbon that I adhered to the top of the red panel is pretty obviously a shiny gold, and you can see the blue jewel brad in the middle of the holly flower. Also the sentiment turned out with a very pretty gold shimmer. I stamped it with a gold pigment ink and then heat embossed it with some shimmery gold embossing powder. Here is a close up:

I adhered 3 shimmery red jewels to the panel, and then adhered it to a dark blue cs panel. I adhered it with pop dots for dimension.

I really had fun coloring the snowman. I colored most of him with Copics, but to get that shimmer I also colored him in with Twinkling H2Os and 2 colors of Smooch - Azure (blue) and Green Apple. I used Gold Stickles for the little star and to highlight around it. One of my favorite things to play with was painting the bottom of the snowman using Pearl White Lumiere's. I just love the consistency of it, and it turned out so pretty and totally shimmery in real life. If you haven't tried Lumiere paint, you need to! It is a metallic acrylic paint. You can use it alone or with water. I always like the way it looks everytime I have seen it used in a project. I think it maybe very similiar to Shimmerz. ??? I am not sure about that but would love to find out! I have never tried the Shimmerz. I just know they always look great and come in so many pretty colors. They are on my wishlist! Back to my snowman, I used chalks for the background of the white panel, adhered some cute little trees cut out from some pp and also adhered a little blue jewel in each corner of the panel. More gleam! I matted that panel with the dark blue cs and adhered with pop dots.

I did TRY to take a closeup of the shimmery portions of my snowman. This next picture shows the gold Stickles and the green Smooch on the "tree".

There's that shine! One more pic. It is blurry, but does show the White Luminere's, as well as more stickles on the tree on Mr. Snowman's coat and Twinkling H2O's I used to paint the little houses and lights coming from the windows. You can get the idea, at least.

I had so much fun making this. So glad Our Daily Bread gave us this challenge Thanks for looking at my card and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My latest creation for ETSY - Christmas Refrigerator Magnets

This is going to be a really short post, I promise. I was going to wait and show you several of the items I am making to sell on ETSY, but some of you have asked about my refrigerator magnets. Yes Matt, it's true. There are people in the world that are actually interested in these things. : )

Matt is my ds who can't manuever through the house when he is home, due to my crafty materials and creations all over the place! Anyway, I made this set of 3 frig magnets. I am actually making more, but these are OOAK. There won't be any more like this!

Besides thinking these are cute (after all, I made them), I really like these magnets because they are sturdy. They are 3" x 3" and obviously flat, so if you want to use them to hold important reminders like PAY THE ELECTRIC BILL!", then these magnets will keep things in place. What? You can't see what's on the frig cause you have no lights? Why? Oh, because your reminder dropped to the floor from that flimsy magnet that was supposed to be holding it up! I see. That won't happen with these adorable magnets!

How was that for a sales pitch? lol

Thanks for stopping by and looking at
my love, peace and joy magnets! The link to my ETSY store, Dreamersboutique, is in my sidebar
if you are interesting in purchasing these. I will
have lots more holiday items up soon!
Have a blessed day,

Sunday, November 1, 2009

It's November and Time to Catch Up!

I cannot believe that the whole month of October went by, and I didn't even post ONE blog entry! Shame on me! So here's a quick catch up. First let me say that Kent left for his new job, so helping him get ready to go, and then taking care of things here by myself have kept me very busy. So there is my excuse. Now there are a few things I want to show you. First, here are two layouts I did for MSW. One is of Matt when he was a toddler, and the other is of my great nephew Max. The one of Max is actually a change from the one I posted in the MSW gallery. I decided it was a little overdone, so I got rid of a few embellies. Btw, the lo of Max focuses on
his new baby photo and attached info from the hospital.

So first Matt: I stole Guns and Roses' title - Sweet Child O' Mine!

Now next comes sweet new baby lo of Max:

I will be doing more baby lo's, because other's in our family have had a new baby - Heather and Blake had a beautiful baby girl named Olivia! I'll be working on those lo's very soon, I hope!

Next, I want to show you a few cards I made recently. Two of them were made for the MSW World Card Making Day Crop. The first is a Christmas card that I was pretty happy with. It was Lucy's Sketch 1 for the crop. I love all of Lucy's sketches!

Here is one more made from one of Lucy's sketches. We had to make a boy or girl card, and I chose girl, so I could use PINK! : )

One more card - it was actually a birthday card I made for Kent. He had a birthday on the 13th!
I love the cupcake stamp! I colored it with copics. The "cherish" stamp is by Heidi Swapp, and I thought it was just perfect! I thought this was a pretty good guy card!

I was going to show you the Christmas refrigerator magnets I made to sell on ETSY, but I am wearing down. I'll save that for tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!