Thursday, February 23, 2017

Surprise Guest Designer

Jen Shears, one of our fabulous design team members, has an equally fabulous and crafty daughter who is guest designing with us today. Hadley is 11 and has been stamping for 6-7 years. She loves all kinds of creativity from Breyer Horse photo shoots to fairy gardens, and, of course, paper, ink & ribbon! And, she's a sweet girl to boot!

Taking inspiration from the current challenge, Hadley has stretched the use of the Lawn Fawn Winter Unicorn & Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Nested Rectangle Dies. Aren't her cards adorable?!
Please leave her some comment love!

Monday, February 20, 2017


Howdy THD Fans.  Katie here.  If you are like me, Monday's may not be your favorite day, but hopefully this creation will lift your spirits a little, because it is A-Moose-ing.... (bu-dum-bum!)

OK, I had a TON of fun making this card.  Scenes are my favorite for some reason.  Here is the scoop on how.  I started with the Gina Marie Starry Sky Background die and made the cut with some turquoise paper.  After I cut it I took my Ranger Distress Inks, Mermaid Lagoon and Stormy Sky to darken up the top edges.  After that I backed it with some yellow cardstock, so you can really see the stars shine through.  Next, I layered in some grass using the Lawn Fawn grass die and green cardstock.  I popped it out with some dimensionals.  After that I stamped bits and pieces of the  Lawn Fawn Dad & Me set onto White cardstock.  I used some Momento Black (sentiment and moose), Olive (SU!) and Neon Blue (Hero Arts) for the pool of water, I even came back in and stamped some star reflections on that pool of water.  I colored my moose with Copics and then cut a slit in the middle of my pool so my moose could be nestling right into that water.  Wah-lah, done!  And wouldn't you know, dusk is just when this cute critter would be feeding! :)

So that's all today.  Thank you for stopping by to visit me here and be sure to join us in this month's challenge. 

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PS- the price point on these Gina Marie dies is pretty amazing, be sure to check it out in the store! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Challenge #8 Winners and More Inspiration

Well, it seems our new graphics are quite popular!  We had tons of entries to vote on--you all make it so tough to choose. Keep it coming!

The winner is #30 Cris G. Cris, your background texture is to d.i.e. for. Absolutely amazing. And then you added more texture with the snowmen?! Girl, you blew us away! Congrats!

The honorable mentions wowed us too. Congratulations in order of entry to #3 I Card Everyone, #15 Eliz Stewart, #17 Maria F, and #31 Maria F! Everyone, please grab a badge from the top tab if you like.

We hope you all join in the fun and inspire us again! There's still plenty of time to join in our current challenge #9 which runs through February 28. Hope to see you there!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Watercolor Hugs

Toni with you today with a card I'm really excited about. Not only do I love the Neat & Tangled Better Together girlie girl (just look at that poxie owl!), but I love the watercolor shaker. So fun. I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals as watercolor but you could easily use Brushos instead.

For the owl, I wanted to add mottling to the breast like most owls would have but didn't want to fuss with lots of color layering and such. I just used dots of Copics in browns and a white pigment pen to achieve a similar effect. Look at those freckled cheeks! Very huggable.

You'll notice, I hope, I drew from the colors, patterns, block letters and stuff animals from the current challenge pic.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Birthday Layer Cake

Happy February, THD fans!  There's a lot to celebrate today-- a new month, a new challenge here at THD, Groundhog's Day, and... my birthday!  I'm so glad to be sharing it with you, and to sweeten the ocassion, I have a new take on the old Concord and 9th tree ring-- chocolate layer cake!

I stamped the tree rings with Hero Arts Unicorn White ink on Tim Holtz watercolor paper and heat embossed with white powder. Using Brushos, I sprinkled, dappled and painted the rings with the crystals.

I then fussy cut two of the rings and layered them atop the largest ring.

The white embossing is like rings of icing!

I really like these brushos for the variation in colors--the brown Brushos have pink crystals and multiple browns.

Using Altenew's Wild Hibiscus, I adorned my cake with these gorgeous neon pink flowers and the butterfly, which I stamped on vellum, heat embossed, and then fussy cut.  This floral set is going to get so much use--the sketched flowers and butterfly variations are amazing and they will work really well with some of the new Waffleflower selections that Tonya will soon offer in the store. It's also a Mother's Day focued set, a holiday that will be here before we know it! 

My centerpiece has been layered atop Neat and Tangled's Hexstar coverplate. Working with the law of thirds, and the last of my beloved Jen Hadfield gilded woodgrain paper, I layered a bit under the coverplate and echoed it with the little sprig-- which is very similar to the Gina Marie leaves Tonya has in store.

I hope you were inspired to use your Concord and 9th Tree Ring in a new way!  Think of the wedding, anniversary, and birthday cake combos you can make with this great stamp, some delicious Brushos, and a variety of adornments!  I think I'll make a 5 vanilla and chocolate layer cake next!

Have a sweet February, and here's to 6 fewer weeks of winter (keep your shadow down Groundhog!).

Other Items Used:
Papertrey Ink Birthday Sentiment Die
WOW Neon Embossing Powder