Hello … bonjour! I’m so grateful for your visits and sweet words about my Snow White cards last week … merci mille fois … and am thrilled to be here for the third time with the DT at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday as their Guest Designer for November!
Our new challenge this week is ‘Furry Friends‘ … and we’re showcasing products from Newton’s Nook. You don’t need to use Newton’s Nook goodies to join in … but we’d love to see them if you have some! As always, if you play along, you’re in with a chance of winning a $50 gift voucher to spend at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp store … yum … fill that basket!
I realised while coming up with ideas for this challenge … I make very few cards with critters on them … birds, yes, critters, no. So it was a wonderful change … and heaps of fun … to come up with a couple of cuties … with a touch of whimsy about them. Here’s the first, a happy, pensive little bear with some good advice … I hand cut a mask and lightly sponged the background with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, fading it out to nothing at the top. The bear and bucket of fish are from MFT’s Polar Bear Pals and were a gift from the lovely Cat (thanks, my friend!) … they’re coloured with Promarkers and trimmed out. The fish had Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle added over the top (cause wet fish shine, even when they’re just a thought!) … and the bear was dotted with Blender pen to give him a fun furry look. I stamped the sentiment onto the snow bank (it’s from Newton’s Nook Happy Little Thoughts, cut apart to make it long), doodled the thought bubbles and filled them with Glossy Accents, then popped up the images up on foam dots in their rightful places. How about a closer look at that fluffy fur …
Now for a little mouse, not even stirring … mesmerised by the arrival of the Christmas star … Here, I did all the stamping first … the sentiment is made up with Lawn Fawn’s Milo’s ABC’s … and the mouse and star are from Avery Elle’s Storybook (thanks to my sweet, happy dancing friend, Bev … merci mon amie!). I used a torn mask to create the snowy landscape, and hand cut masks for the mouse and star … sponged Distress Inks onto the remaining space to create the sky (Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire) … and spritzed it with a swoosh of Shimmer Spray. Once it was dry, the images were coloured with Promarkers and covered with Glossy Accents … and the camouflaged word (SSS Christmas Blessings) was cut into the stamped sentiment and pieced back in on craft foam. This detail shot shows off the shimmer and shine … and the sentiment … a little better … Twas The Night Before Christmas!
If you haven’t already been over there, do pay a visit to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday blog to check out all the gorgeous cards from the Design Team … you’re sure to be inspired! I know it’s an especially busy time of year … but I hope you’ll have time to join us this week … furry friends are such fun to play with! Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy! Anita 🙂