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:

Pinterest: Mostly my personal favorites
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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!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December means Christmas Colors!

Here it is Decemeber already and in the midst of Christmas preparations we have a new color challenge for you at Retro Rubber ChallengeBlog.  It is easy, peasy!  The challenge is traditional colors for your card, tag, or project!

I made a simple layered card using a JustRight stamp from 2014.  I stamped the image twice.  One in Winter Green Versa Color and heat embossed with Verdigris Embossing Powder.  The second in Scarlet Versa color and head embossed with Candy Red Embossing Powder.  The red version is die cut with a circle die, and the green version is die cut with a Scalloped Circle die both by Spellbinders.

The Core’dinations White Wash green cardstock is pressure embossed with Sizzix’s Snow Globe embossing folder.  After a little sanding to bring out the leaves I added irRESISTible in Lady Bug to each of the berries.  I set it aside to dry.

To create the 1/8” embossed border I used adhesive tape and mitered the corners as I applied it to the card base.  Candy Red Embossing Powder was added and then heated.  The layers are adhered together.  The stamped images are adhere with two different thicknesses of dimensional foam adhesive. 

Have some fun and create a Christmas card or two and enter the challenge over at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge!

I am pleased to enter my card in the following challenges:

Monday, November 28, 2016

Imagine and Flourishes LC Blog Hop

Welcome to the Flourishes Blog Hop sponsored by Imagine and Flourishes LC.  We have a great line-up of projects from the Artists In Residence from Imagine and the Design Team for Flourishes.  Your comments will enter you to win some wonderful prizes from Imagine and Flourishes LC. 
I was privileged to work with the Winter Bouquet Stamp Set with wonderful daffodil flowers.  The ribbon just called out to be a red and green plaid ribbon.

Skill Level:  Beginner
Time:  1 hour

Step One:
 Stamp focal image in Memento Tuxedo Black on vellum trimmed to 4 1/4” x 5 1/1”. Heat set ink with a heat tool. From the reverse side color the image with Memento Dual Tip Markers.  Start with the lighter shade first then add highlights with darker shades.  Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, and Rhubarb Stalk are used here. Heat set ink.

Step Two:
Stamp tag in Memento Tuxedo Black on white cardstock.  Stamp sentiment inside of tag in Memento Lady Bug. Ink Memento Bamboo Leaves on the tag with an Ink Blusher.  Fussy cut the tag.  Determine placement on the card and stamp tag on the front of the image.  The fussy cut tag will be layered over the image, so the string will appear to be tied into the bow.

Step Three
Die cut frame for image.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles.  Ink frame with Memento Bamboo Leaves with an Ink Blusher.  Ink edges of card base with Memento Lady Bug and an ink Blusher. 

Step Four:
Adhere frame to vellum and trim vellum as needed.  Adhere vellum/frame to card front.  Adhere tag with dimensional foam adhesive. 


White cardstock
Elizabeth Craft Designs-Stitched Rectangles

I love reading your comments AND they will allow you to win some fabulous prizes from Imagine and Flourishes LC.  Hop through and visit these blogs for more inspiration!

Neva Cole  <-- YOU ARE HERE!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thank You!

We have a sketch to work with this go around at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.  Come join along and create your own card to share with us!

I recently had a birthday and need a few thank you cards to send out.   

So I grabbed one of my oldest stamps purchased at Michaels in about 1994 that is actually a Rollagraph Thank You stamp to create a background.  I rolled it at an angle using Memento Potters Clay ink to ink it up.  Searching through my left-over scraps I found a strip of paper inked Kaliedacolor Tomato Vine that I pressure embossed with Sizzix’s Thank you embossing folder.  After sanding the color off to pop out the image in white I trimmed it to fit the card.  Another scrap of specialty paper is layered underneath.  Another left-over bit was colored with All Purpose Inks in Black Pearl and Chocolate is stamped with Distinctive Impressions Thank You (1995) image in Memento Potters Clay.  The edges are also inked in Potters Clay using an Ink Blusher.  After adhering the layers together, it is ready to be sent out!

Do come and play along with us at Retro Rubber!  Remember to use a stamp that is at least a year old and state how long you have owned the lovely image!   

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

May Your Home . . .

It is Thanksgiving time, a time to reflect on the blessings in our life and the sentiment expressed in this stamp is ideal for the perfect Thanksgiving card.  I wanted the image to pop with different colors so I decided to use a quick technique with Memento Dual Tip Markers and color directly on the stamp.  Adding a wreathe of fall colored leaves adds to the festive autumn feel of the card.

Jump on over to the Imagine blog and check out the tutorial.  It is amazingly easy to create a color coordinated card with Imagine products! 

I am pleased to enter this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Monday Challenge Thanks/Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Tom Turkey for your Table

Head over to Imagine's blog for the fun tutorial on this cute Tom Turkey

Turkeys are synonymous with Thanksgiving and the fall holidays.  We have enjoyed raising a few on our mini-farm, and my favorites were the Bronze Breasted turkey.  They had beautiful iridescent colored feathers, and the Tom turkey would strut around showing off his beautiful tail plumage.  This was the inspiration my version of a pine cone turkey to add to our table decorations.  A little irRESISTibles Texture Spray, Kraft card stock, and almost any large flower die can be used to create a cute turkey.

He will take about an hour to create plus dry time!  What are you waiting for?  Go have some fun and make a few for your table. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Be Thankful and a color challenge

I must say that the year is zipping by and it is already almost Thanksgiving!  This is the inspiration for our challenge at Retro Rubber for the next two weeks.  Be thankful! And use the photo for your color inspiration.

I recently purchased a fun die from Cottage Cutz that is the Cornecopia.  That was the start for my card, but then came the Retro Rubber inspiration to use a really old Fiskars burlap roller from about 1998, plus Unity Stamp Company’s  . . . today I am Thankful set from October 2014.

Step One:
Ink burlap roller stamp with Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves and roll over white card stock.  Trim to A7 size and round corners.

Step Two:
Ink Unity Stamp Company’s  . . . today I am Thankful sentiment in Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle, stamp on white cardstock, and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  Die cut with Spellbinders Labels Eleven and ink edges with an Ink Blusher and Memento Luxe Peanut Brittle.

Step Three:
Die cut white cardstock with Cornucopia from Cottage Cutz.  Identify each tiny piece and shade to Pastels chalk.  This was the quickest and easiest way to color and shade the tiny pieces. 

Step Four:
Assemble the card by adhering burlap stamped background to A7 size Kraft card base.  Adhere the Cornucopia pieces together with repositionable Xyron adhesive.  I ended up moving them around before I was totally satisfied!  Apply permanent adhesive to the completed composition and adhere to the card from.  Adhere sentiment with dimensional foam adhesive. 

Please do join us in this challenge and share your creation with us at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.  
Remember to use at least one stamp that is more than a year old and share how long you have had it and to enter 10 or fewer challenges.