Friday, December 14, 2018

Mistletoe Kisses and Christmas Wishes / NEW Sketchy Cardspiration #4!

Hello crafty friends!
Hope everyone's had a chance to enjoy their holiday shopping and getting excited to gather with family and friends for the holidays! This is my favorite time of the year because I have an excuse to spoil our boys without feeling But not only that, it's about the only time of the year our family and friends tend to get together. 

Anyhooooo...please tell me I'm not the only one who's STILL working on their Christmas cards?! I've been creating cards daily and still seem to never be done with my list of who I want to send them to. lol. 

I've been experimenting with CAS style cards...which, I admit, I'm not very good at. But I just love how fun and less time consuming they are to make, especially for this time of year. 

Since I'll be waiting for everyone to receive those cards, I won't be sharing them until later in the month. But for today, I'll be sharing a card that after I finished it, I just couldn't figure out who I wanted to send it it may be another hoarded card that I love. LOL

And my card today is inspired by my newest card sketch I designed! For those interested in the sketch, it will be down at the bottom of this post.

I just LOVE how this card turned out! I was worried the design I had in my head wouldn't achieve the dimensional look I was going for with the supplies I used.

The only thing I'm bummed about is I wasn't able to capture with my camera the distress backgrounds I created behind the image and sentiment. The picture makes them look kinda washed out. They are super shimmery though! There is shimmer all over this card! LOL

The beautiful stamp I used is from Whimsy Stamps. It's called Under the Mistletoe by artist, Kirsten Winkelbaur. I've bought a few of her stamps already. I just love the uniqueness of her characters and the faces she gives them are so adorable. And as I was writing this up and looking up the link for the rubber cling stamp, it's on sale for only $2!

The sentiment I used is one of my own digital designs. It's called Swirly Christmas Phrases and can be found HERE. This is one of my first Christmas sentiment sets I ever created. It's nice to use some oldy, but goodies!

To pop up the image and give it a 3D look, I stamped the image several times, colored them with my Copics and fussy cut parts of the image and stacked them up in layers. I then went over the flowers with my clear Wink of Stella Brush. I'm addicted to this shimmer pen now! 

I used my poinsettia Spellbinders dies for the flowers and Tim Holtz Holiday Greens dies for the leaves and branchy material, cut out all the layers, colored them my Copics, layered them up and also used the shimmer brush over these too.

Oh and I forgot to mention I added some gold heat embossing around the distress backgrounds and design paper. And I also used some new Wendy Vecchi Buttercup Mica spray all over the design papers. I received some different colors as a free gift with a Tim Holtz product order. I have to be honest, I'm not all that thrilled with the lack of my kind of shimmer this produces, but at least it was free. Love the way the embossing looks though and will be using this technique again!

For the bow, I used some shimmer green and transparent ribbon with the help of my Bow it All tool. The BEST cardmaking tool to own!

The bottom border is either from a Magnolia Doo-Hickey die or one of my many My Favorite Things Die-Namics dies...can't remember, but it is definitely an older one...probably retired. lol

And as always...I may have went a little over the top with finishing the inside. lol

You can see the distressed background a little better in this pic. For the snowflake look in the center, I used a paper stencil from Faber Castell. I told all my family that asked what I wanted for Christmas that I want some better stencils! LOL


IMAGE: Under the Mistletoe Whimsy Stamps and Sentiment from BrossArtfulDesigns
Copic Markers
Skin & Blush: E04,E11, E21, E00, E000, R22, R21
Hair: E47, E35, E55, E53, E50
Black: 100, C7, W7, W5, W3
Gold: E15, Y38, Y35, Y11
Flowers: R39, R27, R24, R22
Leaves: G29, G07, G05, G14, Y38, Y35, Y11
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, 
Fossilized Amber, Squeezed Lemonade
PAPERS: All DP & glittered cardstock from The Paper Studio, All Seasons 5, Cardstock matting is from  ColorBok & Essentials
EMBELLISHMENTS: All pearls, ribbon and other embellishments from stash
TOOLS: Spellbinders Dies - Holiday Layered Poinsettia, Nestabilities Class Ovals & Scalloped Ovals, Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies - Holiday Greens, border die, Provocraft Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Victoria, Cuttlebug Machine, Bow it All tool and sewing machine
OTHER: Wink of Stella Clear Brush, Wendi Vecchi Buttercup Mica Spray, Hero Arts Gold embossing powder and Faber Castell Paper Stencils Collection #103


Whew! That was a long one...sorry. lol.

And now, here's my card sketch I designed to create my card today! 
Sketchy Cardspiration #04!

I want to try to post a new sketch every month and they will be here for whenever you need a little inspiration! I hope you all enjoy them and find them useful!

I would LOVE to see any cards you make inspired by my Sketches!
You can share with me on Pinterest or on my Facebook Page in the coordinating albums created.


thank you for stopping by and 
HAPPY crafting to all!

~♥~Card Will Be Shared With~♥~
Alphabet Challenge - "S is for Season's Greetings"
Colour Crazy Challenge "Anything Goes Coloring"
Crafty Catz Weekly - "Anything Goes"
Brown Sugar Challenge - "December Theme"
Creative Fingers Challenge - "Always Anything Goes"
Cut it Up Challenges"Holiday Tic-Tac-Toe"
Winter Wonderland - "Anything Goes"
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - "Anything Goes"
Crimbo Crackers - "Anything Goes"
Cute Card Thursdays - "Embossing"
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - "Anything Goes"
Moving Along With The Times - "Anything Christmas"
Cute N Crafty Christmas - "Anything Christmas"
Sweet Stampin Christmas - "Anything Christmas"
Crafty Creations - "Anything Goes"
Crafty Girls Corner - "Anything Christmas"
Simon Says Stamp "Christmas"
The Crafty Addicts"Anything Goes Christmas"
Merry Little Christmas - "Anything Goes"
That's Crafty - "Anything Goes (20)"


  1. Beautiful card, bright and vibrant colors!

    Thank you for joining us at Cut it Up for our Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.


  2. Wow, your card is so beautiful, love all the details! I have spent so long admiring all the different elements, I especially love the heat embossed edges, I had forgotten about doing that but it looks amazing!
    Many thanks for joining us at Cute Card Thursday this week for our Challenge!

  3. Looks stunning, thanks for joining us at MAWTT. Xxx

  4. This is a gorgeous card. Love every detail you added to make this extra special. Saw you on Cut It Up and had to come take a closer look.. Glad I did.. I see that you entered the Colour Crazy Challenge and Little Miss Muffet this week. Thank You for sharing your cards with us.. AJ DT CCC//LMM …

  5. Stunning card! I am amazed at all of the perfect details. Yes, CAS cards are wonderful and I can't do them well either. You need to keep making gorgeous cards like this one - that is clearly your incredible style. Love it!! Thank you so much for playing with us at the Alphabet Challenge and hope you can join us again soon. Happy Holidays!

  6. Wow! This must have taken hours to create. No wonder you're interested in CAS cards!! :)

    Thanks for joining us for our Cut it Up for our Tic-Tac-Toe challenge!


  7. Love the beautiful vibrant colours and the bold colours in the papers and embellishments stunning make,thank you for joining in at the Alphabet Challenge

  8. This is beyond stunning!! Wow!

  9. Oh Tracey! How richly hued, and beautifully put together! Gorgeouosness! Thanks for sharing your crafty project at the Moving Along With the Times Challenge Blog, and for supporting us. We hope to see more of your inspiring creations in the future. Please check back to see if you were one of the Top Picks. Leaving you with wishes for a wonderful day.
    {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

  10. Your beautiful and vibrant card caught my eye, Tracey! Love it! xx

  11. Such a gorgeous card, I'm loving all the elements! Thanks for joining the Crafty Creations Challenge - Donna, DT Member

  12. Wow Tracey, this is stunning. Your colouring is amazing . Thanks for joining us at Winter Wonderland. Pat K xx

  13. Tracey your card is simply beautiful. Love all the elements. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Gals Corner Challenges. Best of luck and hope to see you again soon. DT~Jana Forrest

  14. Gorgeous card. wow, so many pretty details and so beautifully creative!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Alphabet letter 'S' challenge!
    Diane AC DT {Nellies Nest}

  15. A lovely card.
    Thanks for joining us at CRAFT.
    Hugs Sheryl xx

  16. Lovely blog. Thanks for sharing with us.

  17. Wow this just caught my eye! Very lovely and love those deep colors. TFS it with BSChallenge~

  18. Beautiful card inside and out lovely colouring and thanks for sharing at crafty catz. Hope to see you joining us in the New Year and Merry Christmas from all at Crafty Catz

  19. Gorgeous colouring love your card! Thanks for joining our Colour Crazy Challenge, good luck! Dawn guest DT

  20. I am blown away by this amazing card. Thank you so much for joining us at Colour Crazy Craft Challenge. Sarah DT

  21. This is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I love, love, love it! The coloring and the whole concept! Just WOWWWW! Thank you for entering our Brown Sugar challenge :) Alina DT

  22. Fantastic! Lovely coloring and design.
    Thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge.


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