Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Let It Snow!

I don’t know about you, but we have had plenty of the white stuff this winter . . . so here is a card celebrating the theme for Retro Rubber Blog Challenge of “Let It Snow!”

I love how easy it is to make a shaker card with the Impression Obsession Shake It windows!  Fortunately for me, my chosen Snowman image by Hampton Art from 2015 was the perfect size for the shaker window.  First I die cut the snowman from glossy cardstock, laid the stamp over the top and applied the acrylic block so I could get a perfect impression.  He is stamped with StazOn Jet Black and then colored with Chameleon pens in OR4 Seville Orange, BR5 Bark, RD4 Crimson Red, and BK3 Deep Black.  I was careful to not smear the StazOn ink when I colored in the image.  Next trimmed white cardstock to 3 ¾” x 5” and die cut a circle in the lower middle for the window to poke through.  Then I pressure embossed it with Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder and gently applied Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue directly to the raised snowflakes.  Using an ink dauber, I added more Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue around the perimeter of the base card.  The Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue ink is heat embossed with clear embossing powder.I used the circle from my die cut to stamp the rest of the scene with the snow flurry and sentiment and then adhered the snowman with dimension foam adhesive. I put a bit of faux snow inside the shaker window and adhered everything together.

Please do join the fun and share your Let It Snow project with us at Retro Rubber!  Thanks for stopping by and have a little creative fun!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Season's Giving Blog Hop Winner!

I am so honored by the comments and the goals that everyone has set for themselves in the coming year.  Many would like to be more organized, others want to learn a new technique, others simply want to get their cards out on time!  I can relate to all of those goals.  What is important to remember is this is our hobby, our pastime, our time to enjoy ourselves!  Spend your time in a way that makes you happy!  With that said I have been having fun with some of my newer stamps and purchases made on Black Friday and have several sets of cards prepared for challenges and to be sent off for consideration to be published. 

Disguised a bit

Now without further ado announcing the winner of the Season’s Giving blog hop, drum roll please . . . . . !

Gail Scott:  I am overwhelmed with this lovely prize package to be one! I think your art is worth getting published for sure -beautiful display of items here - I plan to provide supplies and demo card making at a local senior home where I work - I brought in a ton of Christmas cards and I was asked if I would demo a class for the seniors - I feel honored and blessed to do this - I also plan to stay ahead of the game this year in creating every day and getting more Christmas cards done for the center as well - blessings and Happy New Year!

Gail is a new follower (thank you!) and has responded with her snail mail address.  Her package is now on its way and should arrive soon!  It is one of the errands that I ran on a very snowy day yesterday!  Here in Central Oregon we are breaking records for snowfall!  We started back in December and it hasn’t melted!  Usually it melts and then snows again, not this year!  We were able to purchase one of the few 2 stage snow blowers left in the area last week before the heavy snowfall.  Our school district has already used 5 snow days, which means the kiddos will have an extended school year in the spring!


Sunday, January 8, 2017

A place to put your to do list!

My first project of 2017 for Imagine as an Artist in Residence is live on the Imagine blog today! The New Year reminds us of goals we would like to set for ourselves each year.  One way to reach those goals is to break them done into little chunks, and a “To Do List” is a perfect way to get started.  I often make lists and sometimes they get lost on my counter, so I choose to make a 7” x 9 ½” mini-clipboard to secure my list.  The bright colors inspire me to get the items on the list done!  Stop by the Imagine blog and see how I created this handy clipboard!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Season's Giving Blog Hop

I am super excited to be part of the Season’s Giving Blog hop for 2017!  Congrats on making it to almost the end of the hop!   I’ve enjoyed hopping in previous years and decided this year I have a few things that should find a new home!  In fact, a medium size Priority Mail box packed full of fun stuff.  This is a way for all of us in the hop to thank our loyal readers!  As I am towards the end of the list I am leaving my give-away open until January 8th at 12 noon Pacific Standard Time.  I will contact the winner by January 9th for shipping information.

Blogging has been a way to share my creative spirit with those who stop by to view my projects and I so appreciate the interest and feedback.  In 2016 the following blog posts received the most views here at Finding Snippets of Time to Craft.

With top viewership is my contribution to the Christmas in July Blog hope for Imagine and Stencil Girl.  I had a blast creating this Christmas gift bag that was put to use last week.

In second is another blog hop for Imagine and Echo Park.  I had planned this layout far in advance, as we are fortunate to attend the EAA Airventure event on a regular basis.

Third place is my contribution to Imagine and CAS-ual Friday blog hop with this clean and simple card.  I am also pleased that it was the card featured just inside the front cover of the Imagine 2017 product catalog.

I am fortunate to be part of the Artist in Residence design team both for 2016 and now 2017.  I also enjoyed participating in two challenge blogs over the last year and would like to share a few of my favorite cards created for Retro Rubber and Ruby’s Rainbow (now closed).  Participating in challenges is a great way to stretch your creative skill set!  These are my three favorite cards I created in 2016.


Now on to the giveaway!  This is a photo of what is ready to be packed in the box, and most likely other items will be added!  I apologize to my international readers but the giveaway is open to my United States readers only.

Please comment below for a chance to win all this fun stuff that needs a new home!  Since it is the New Year, please share your resolution for crafting in 2017!  My resolution is to send in a few projects for publication, something I’ve not taken the time to do in many years!  I would also like to spend a bit more time scrapbooking memories for my kiddos, always a good goal!  What is it that you would like to do crafting wise?

So here is the Season’s Giving Blog Hop List with every single stop is hosting a giveaway! 

Heidi Ramsey Blankenship

I would sincerely appreciate if you would follow me here on my blog or by email.  This can be done on the upper left column at the top of the page!  I can also be found in the following places:

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Remember to comment about your crafting resolutions for 2017 and enter by January 8th at 12 noon.  If your email is not apparent on your linked profile, please include it so I can contact you for shipping information!  I will also post the giveaway’s winner’s name on January 9th!  Thanks so much for your support, our loyal blog readers!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Sparkly Snowflake Card

Our challenge this month was to create something sparkly, which for the winter season means snowflakes and a multitude of fun Imagine products.  I resisted the temptation and choose to work with just a few to create a multi-layered snowflake card.  There are a few snowflakes peeking through the snowflake embossed vellum layer that add an extra dimensional to this sparkly holiday card.  The photo really does not do the card justice!  I had fun using my border punch to create a peek-a-boo effect along the bottom edge.  Drop by the Imagine blog to check out the step-by-step tutorial!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Quick and Easy Gift Ornaments

One of my favorite traditions since childhood is crafting a new ornament for the Christmas Tree.  I have carried on in this tradition for this season and made a few ornaments to give as gifts as well.  It is so easy and quick with flat glass ornaments, stencils, and Creative Medium.  All three ornaments took less than 20 minutes to create.  I plan on making a few to share with my family and to use as hostess gifts for a upcoming Christmas parties.

Do stop by the Imagine Blog and check out the quick and easy tutorial!

            Embossing Powder—Candy Red
            Palette Knife

            Flat Round Glass Ornaments
Clear Scraps—Hope Is stencil
            Stencil Girl—Three Trees stencil
            Momenta—Celebrate Adhesive Stencil
            Painters tape
            Decorative snow
            Shimmer Tinsel
            Cotton swab

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Imagine AIR 2017!

I am so very happy to be invited back as a part of Imagine’s Artist in Residence team for a second year.  We have some exciting tutorials and projects to share with you throughout 2017.  Please like the Imagine Facebook page and subscribe to Imagine blog posts, you will not be disappointed!