Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Alley Way Stamps November Release Blog Hop

Hi crafty friends! Today The Alley Way Stamps is celebrating the new November release with a blog hop!
"Rain or Shine" by Handmade by Yuki | "Just Ducky" and "Rain or Shine" by The Alley Way Stamps
I used the new mini-set "Just Ducky" and "Rain or Shine" to create a sweet encouragement card. Thanks again for stopping by and don't forget to hop along with us for a chance to win all THREE new sets!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #9 - Sketch & Color Challenge

Taylored Expressions
Hi crafty friends! It's Thursday which means it's time for another Share Joy Challenge! For this challenge, I was inspired by the sketch to create a set of three Christmas cards featuring the new set "Critters on Ice." Now that the holidays are right around the corner, I'm trying to work ahead on my Christmas cards and create duplicates when ever possible in order to save time.
Share Joy Challenge #9 by Handmade by Yuki | "Critters on Ice" by Taylored Expressions
I decided to flip the sketch upside down and add the sentiment strip in lieu of the bow. I colored the adorable owl with Copic Markers and cut him out using this coordinating die. I die cut the background and circular frame using stitched circle dies. I then inked the background using Tumbled Glass and Evergreen Bough distress inks. I used the Simon Says Stamp "Falling Snow" stencil to add Ranger Texture Paste and die cut a snow bank using a stitched hill die. I white heat embossed the sentiment onto a piece of aqua cardstock. I then dry embossed the background using the "Bead Board" embossing folder and mounted it onto the an aqua cardbase. To finish the card, I added faux stitching across the top and bottom of the card with my white gel pen.

When it comes to mass-producing cards for the holidays, I find it helps sticking to simple designs and working in an assembly-line fashion. I was able to create all three cards pretty quickly and I just love how they came out! I hope you were inspired by today's card and be sure to swing by the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more amazing inspiration. Thanks again for stopping by and have a wonderful day! ♥

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Alley Way Stamps November Sneak Peek: Rain or Shine

Hi crafty friends! Today is the first sneak peek of The Alley Way Stamps November release and were showcasing the new set "Rain or Shine." This is such a fun and versatile set and I love how you could mix and match all of the images and sentiments. For today's card, I decided to use the cute hot air balloons.
"Fly Away with Me" by Handmade by Yuki | "Rain or Shine" by the Alley Way Stamps
I watercolored my background with Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers distress inks. I white heat embossed the clouds onto vellum and popped them onto my background with glue dots. I white heat embossed the sentiment into a black tag and then added some faux stitching with a black pen. To finish the card, I added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

This is such a sweet, friendship card and plan on sending this to a friend back home. I hope you were inspired by today's card and be sure to stop by the TAWS blog for much more inspiration. Thanks again for stopping by! ♥