Friday, November 9, 2018

A holly Jolly ornament with Joy Clair

Hello and here is quick peek at my card for Joy Clair today!


To see all the details on the projects visit my post on the Joy Clair blog. I want to let you know about the Joy Clair sale going on until the end of the month! Many stamps are half off, just follow this link here to check them out.  

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Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment or follow me for blog updates! Have a great day!

Monica 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Christmas Showcase with Joy Clair


Today is a special post at the Joy Clair blog ... it's all about Christmas and we are all showcasing newer Christmas products from Joy Clair. For my card I used Penguin Tropical Christmas and Christmas Lights Background.


I started by stamping the lights on one layer and my tree with some lights on it on my main panel. I then stamped the palms and coconuts on a scrap piece before coloring them copics..


I then colored the tree on my main panel and used a pen to darken my light strings. Then stamped the penguin and his shorts. I did color the lights red although I don't show it in this picture. Once everything was colored I then fussy cut all the palms and coconuts from the scrap.


After I stamped my sentiment I began layering all the palm on my tree. I used liquid glue at the base and foam tape towards the top to create some dimension on the tree. For the coconuts I glued the first on flat while popping the last two on with foam tape.



After I adhered the light background to the cardbase I used some stickles to add some sparkle, once they were dry I added the rest of my layers. I didn't feel the background lights gave it enough Christmas Sparkle so added some red stickles to the lights on the front of my card and called it done!


Be sure to check out what my teammates have made for the event at the blog here. Thanks as always for stopping by and have a great day!

Monica

Supplies:
Copics
Ranger- Stickles
Recollections- Red, Black and white Cardstock

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Merry Little Christmas #4


This card is for the Merry Little Christmas challenge blog. I mix and matched companies on todays card, I just love it when I use older products from my stash with newer.




I really wanted to use the new embossing folder from Stampin' Up, so I had grabbed a scrap just to see how it looked, then decided to use it on my card. I paired it with some Stitched snowflakes, plaid paper and an older die from Stampin' Up.
 


If you like Christmas cards my first post of the day here is also along the same theme, and I will have another Christmas card posted tomorrow if you would like to come back by for a visit! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!
Monica

Supplies:
Stampin' UP
LawFawn

NOV JC challenge

 It's time for a new challenge over at Joy Clair blog! Love this months inspiration. I was drawn to the mug on the bottom right with the white on white look and the peppermints! I love to add a little candy cane to my hot cocoa so that is what I decided to base my card of off to fit the theme.

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I picked some pattern papers that would fit the theme I was going for and used a sketch I found flipping through an old magazine that I have. I used an older Joy Clair set called Christmas Cocoa. I stamped my mug, snowflakes (with some masking) and marshmallows with Versamark and heat embossed it with Pearl embossing powder. I then stamped the candy cane with Rockin' Red and embossed with the same embossing powder.


I cut out the marshmallow and candy cane. I adhered all of my layers, adding the twine and attaching my cut elements to finish my card. 


I hope you stop by the Joy Clair blog to see what my teammates created based on the inspiration photo and to play along for your chance to win! Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment or follow me for blog updates! Have a great day!

Monica 


Supplies:
Joy Clair- Christmas Cocoa
VersaMark Ink
Catherine Pooler ink- Rockin Red
Hero Arts- Pearl embossing powder
Twine
Cardstock
Pattern Paper

Thursday, October 25, 2018

New home with Joy Clair

Hello everyone, today I'm poppin' in with a card and planner spread using some new items from Joy Clair! First up is the card I made for my parents using Dwelling Place.


Next up is a planner layout where I used both the Dwelling Place and Light Bulb Moments.


To see all the details on the projects visit my post on the Joy Clair blog.Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment or follow me for blog updates! Have a great day!

Monica 



Supplies:
Joy Clair- Dwelling Place and Light Bulb Moment
MFT- Hybrid black ink
Copics
VersaClair Ink- Medieval Blue
Catherine Pooler Ink- Polished

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

ATSM #315- photo inspiration

Today I have a post for Addicted to Stamps and More and its time for our Photo Inspired Challenge.



I mostly chose the colors as a starting point for my inspired card. I like the look of yellow black and white together. I made a Halloween theme since I'm in the mood for it and its only a week away!



Here is a closer look at my glittered house and the dimension of the layered die cuts that I stacked slightly of center.


Don't forget to stop by the blog and play with this weeks Photo Inspired challenge, I can't wait to see what you share with us. Thanks as always for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment and follow the blog for updates with new posts! 


Monica

Linking to the following:
SimonSaysStamp Monday- Halloween/ spooky
Die Cut Divas- Autumn/ Halloween
Dies R Us- #107 Anything Fall



Supplies:
Ranger- Fossilized Amber distress oxide
Recollections- Halloween die and stamp set as well as black cardstock
Stampin' Up- Ribbon

Monday, October 22, 2018

SID Oct. Sketch- Trick or treat


I'm popping in today with a card for Stick It Downs October sketch.

This sketch is perfect for me to break out some pattern paper. I used new stuff from Stampin' Up, I adore this collection they have the seasonal catalog for Halloween.


I added some of my scraps of paper from the front of the card to the inside to finish it up!


Don't forget to stop by the SID blog and play along with the sketches. If cards aren't your thing there are two scrapbooking sketches to play with as well! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Monica

Adding to the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- Halloween/Spooky
Die Cut Divas- Autumn/Halloween

Supplies:

Stampin Up- Cauldron Bubble Bundle, Toil and Trouble DSP and Cardstock, Gorgeous Grape and Gray Granite. I also used a circle for Stitched label Framelets




Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Eat more beef with Joy Clair

Cross Promotions JC-therm-o-web

It's Collaboration week at Joy Clair and we are working with Therm-o-web!!! If you couldn't tell by the graphic! Here is a look at my foiled leaves!


Here is a peek at my card, but to see my full post and details visit the Joy Clair blog here.


Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment or follow me for blog updates! Have a great day!

Monica

Challenges: 
Die Cut Diva's- Autumn/ halloween


Supplies:
Joy Clair- Turkey talk
Therm-o-web- Lime satin and Amber watercolor deco foil
Lawn Fawn- Large Stitched Leaves and Large Stitched Ovals
Copics

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Fall-ing in love event with Joy Clair

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Hello all and welcome to a special event with Joy Clair, Fall-ing in Love! We are all sharing projects to celebrate fall. I used the new sets Thankful and Blessed and Falling Leaves background



I started by making my background... which was maybe a not so succcessful attempt at an Alcohol ink background. ( I need more practice!) I so love the look the of the orange and yellow for a fall back ground. I decided to use some Thermoweb foil to dab onto the somewhat wet areas to get the foil to stick for green spots. After that I inked the Falling leaves background in my misti and stamped it on the background. 




Next I stamped and image from the Thankful and Blessed set onto some vellum. Since I used VersaFine I made sure to heat set the image so that I wouldn't smear it. My next step was to "color" in parts of the image using my stylus. For the flowers I colored the petals heavily to make them white. Then for the pumpkin I used a lighter hand to add some texture and shading.


Next I stamped the sentiment... it's not pretty in the picture but I left it in to show you what it looked like before I "fixed" it. I used the same ink for the sentiment as I had for the image, the major difference is I didn't heat set it. I honestly didn't think about it, I stamped it after I adhered the vellum to the background and left it alone while I went to work. Came home to this mess... DOH! 

I attempted fixing it by stamping over it with VersaMark (luckily the sentiment was still in the Misti!) and heat embossing with white powder. I covered most of the smudging creating a slight shadow effect behind the embossing. Layered my panel first with some white cardstock before adding it to an orange cardbase.


Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment or follow me for blog updates! Have a great day!

Monica


Supplies:
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Thermoweb- Lime (Satin)
Ranger- Alcohol ink

















Tuesday, October 9, 2018

ATSM #313- holiday





Here is my card for the Holiday challenge from Addicted to Stamps and more!


I used a new Christmas stamp and die from Stampin' Up. I loved the image of the house and can see it being colored fully or partially like I did. I wanted to keep it simple so added some red to the ribbons and colored the greenery. I used some stickles to the lights for a little sparkle.



Don't forget to stop by the blog and play with this weeks Holidays challenge, I can't wait to see what you share with us. Thanks as always for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment and follow the blog for updates with new posts! 


Monica

Saturday, October 6, 2018

It's world card making day with Joy Clair!

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It's world card making day and we are celebrating all day. This morning I was part of a hop sharing our crafty spaces and mine was shown in it's messy glory! This post is part of a project blog hop and with some special guests as well as the current team. 


For the card I decided to mix some new and old stamps. I wanted to use the feathers from Dream Big so I started laying them on the card panel. I used all of the feathers from the set, but kept them all to one side. I used my Misti so I was able to layer the colors of yellow, orange and red so they faded into each other. I then layered the panel on colored cardstock. Stamped the birthday from Hello Sentiments, while the rest of the sentiment is from New Year New Me. Cut out the panel for my sentiment and layered it with black as well. 


To finish my card I added some sequins and dots of Nuvo Drops. 
Hope you are having a wonderfully creative day and enjoying all the blog hops and crafty posts! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Monica

Supplies:
Catherine Pooler- Shea Butter, Orange Twist, Rockin' Red
Nuvo Drops
Sequins 
cardstock- white, black and yellow


My messy crafty space

Good morning crafty friends, today we... myself and my Joy Clair teammates are sharing many posts for World Card Making Day! This is always a fun day with so much creativity shared in our crafty community... Love it! I don't always get to play along (at least not as much as I'd like), because it almost always falls on the Saturday we plan my middle sons birthday parties. 

We are starting off the day by sharing our crafty spaces. I've never shared my space on my blog before... and to be honest I'm a little embarrassed with the state it's in currently. The following picture shows my desk area. I was excited to have a so much natural in my crafty space when we moved. I had a small corner in the family room of our old house.
  

We have recently started moving some things around in my space, primarily because my husband wanted a fish tank and a friend offered us his 125 gallon tank!!! It will be awesome once it's done. Until it's done this is all I'll currently share. Everything else is shoved in a corner and on shelves! ;-) 

Hope you have a great day and have fun being creative today! 

Monica

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Rejoice with Joy Clair and New release blog hop

Hello and welcome to the newest Joy Clair release and blog hop! 

PRIZES

To celebrate this release, Joy Clair is giving away a $25 gift certificate to ONE lucky winner! Please leave a comment on the Joy Clair Blog and ALL Designers Blog by Sunday, October 7th, for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on the Joy Clair Blog on 10/31/2018. Our new products are now available in Joy Clair Store! We hope you find something you like!

Today I'm using the new set The Reason! I just love this set!

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To start my card I used 3 colors of distress Oxide inks to create an ombre background. Once I was done inking I took the main Image from The Reason and spritzed it with water and stamped on the background, then transferred the stamp and ink to a piece of scrap cardstock (ink lift technique). Just loved how the image turned out.



I die cut the image with a rectangle die, stamped the sentiment and set it aside. Once the ink on the background was dry enough, I took the Angels from the set and heat embossed them all over the panel.



I then popped the main image panel on the card using foam tape covering the ghosted image on the background. I decided to give the angels a light ghosted look by coloring them in with some water and lifting the color away.


For a final finishing touch I added some clear Wink of Stella over the angels as well for a little sparkle. 



BLOG HOP

Ready for more inspiration? Here is the list of design team members hopping… 
You are here >>> Monica Maier
and next up is 

Enjoy the hop and shopping the new release!
Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment or follow me for blog updates! Have a great day!

Monica

Supplies:
Joy Clair- The Reason
Distress Ink- Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio
White Embossing Powder



Monday, October 1, 2018

Merry Little Christmas #3

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Good morning! Today I'm posting a card for MLC#3. As always our challenges are anything goes. I made a mini card today, that will be perfect to go with gift for a friend or teacher at Christmas.





   
I actually had a card that had a rectangle window cut out of it already. So I added some pattern paper from Stampin' Up behind it and layered a candle die cut across the front. I then added some color and shimmer with glitter pens.
 Stop by the Merry Little Christmas blog to see the other DT creations for this month and to play along with the challenge.
Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment or follow me for blog updates! Have a great day!

Monica

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

ATSM #311- Anything goes





Today's card is for Addicted to Stamps and More Anything Goes challenge. I used a Stampin' Up set from the new holiday Catalog. I love the texture that you get with this set and I think it can be used all year with different colors to fit the seasons. Used a framelit to create an embossed frame around the stamped image. I wanted to add a little something with out distracting to much from the image itself. 






Don't forget to stop by the blog and play with this weeks Clean and Simple challenge, I can't wait to see what you share with us. Thanks as always for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment and follow the blog for updates with new posts! 


Monica


All items used were from Stampin' Up
Stamp- Wising you well
Ink- Merry Merlot, Soft Suede and Night of Navy
Paper- Sahara Sand and Whisper White

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Finding the Calm and Hello Summer with Joy Clair

I have two more cards for the Joy Clair blog today. This first card uses the two of the sets from the most recent release. The sentiment is from You Got This while the lines are from Doodle Lines

My second card uses a sentiment and citrus slices from Life Is Sweet.


Check out the blog Here for the details of the cards.Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment or follow me for blog updates! Have a great day!

Monica

Monday, September 17, 2018

Stick It Down- Sept sketch!

Here is Stick it Downs card sketch for September!


I decided to do a one layer card and try to keep the sketch. So I used two different colors...


The colors ended up being a little closer in tone than I intended, but I still liked the idea so I just went with it. I used a large background stamp to stamp half in blue and the other half in green. Then with the sentiment I did he same thing flipping which color went on the two halves of the stamp. Once the Sentiment was stamped, I then heat embossed it with clear powder and added some geometric shapes for a little more design. 


You can see the variation in color a little better in the close up. Don't forget to stop by the SID blog and play along with the sketches. If cards aren't your thing there are two scrapbooking sketches to play with as well! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. 

Monica