Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Make It Monday #345 - Creating Ombre Sentiments

Hello friends.  This week's Make It Monday challenge has Lizzie showing us how to make OMBRE SENTIMENTS...you can check out her video and awesome card HERE.

We had our Christmas celebrations early this year, so when yesterday came with the new Make It Monday video, I was all excited thinking I had the whole day, even the whole week to play with the challenge and any others that caught my eye too!  As soon as I watched the video I had an idea pop into my head using the Bold Borders: Flurries die and got right to work!  And unfortunately it was one of those ideas that looked great in my head, but didn't translate so well onto cardstock!  And of course it was one of those where it would have been so much easier to just pick a different idea, but stubborn ol' me couldn't accept defeat and kept going!  I did end up with a card I like, just not what I first saw in my head!

I wanted not only sentiment to be ombre, but the card as well, so I started by blending Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, & Enchanted Evening inks together and then die cut using the Bold Borders: Flurries die.  I sprayed quite liberally with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Spritz and then adhered to a white card base...so far, so good!  My idea next was to use the sentiment "dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh" from the In The Meadow stamp set and make it ombre like I had with the snowflakes die.  The problem??  Sentiment was too long and wouldn't fit in the small rectangle in the center of the card!  I had also wanted to die cut the horse and sleigh image in black (silhouette) to coordinate with the sentiment and that was too large for the small rectangle opening too....grrrrr!  Plan B.  Find a smaller sentiment and image...I do need a birthday card for January, so the birthday sentiment from the In The Meadow set would work fine...except there's not enough of it to really make it ombre with 3 colors!!  Plan C.  Only use two colors for the sentiment...Blueberry Sky and Enchanted Evening.  To be able to use the sledding image on my snow hills and include the sentiment meant having to cut down the snowhills, and that meant stamping the sentiment over 2 layers...the MISTI sure came in handy here!!  OK, done grumbling here as my card didn't turn out too bad...just wasn't what I had first saw in my head!  And here's a closer up shot so you can see some of the shimmer...it really does SPARKLE in real life!!

Also had to show you how cute the Penguin Potbellies that I made for my granddaughter and grandson turned out:

My 4 year old granddaughter got such a kick out of there being goldfish in his stomach!!  (They got enough chocolate in their Rudolph Bags that I didn't feel guilty about putting crackers in the Penguin's belly!!)  Took the idea from Marybeth Lopez and added a zip strip on the back so they wouldn't have to destroy the Penguin to get the treats out.

My zip strip came from the Just A Little Something stamp and die set.

Make sure you check out Lizzie's lovely card and video HERE and then play along for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Papertrey Ink...I just won a couple weeks ago and it makes shopping so much more FUN!!  :0)

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


  1. Marcia, your perseverance paid off. Beautiful ombre snowflakes and sentiment. Love when it finally comes together. Beautiful card, my friend. Hugs.

  2. I am so happy you did not give up on your 1st card that was not what you had planned, but sure turned out beautifully. Love your ombre die cut framing and sentiment. TFS all your steps. I totally get your frustration, but your stubbornness won out...that fits me to a tea! Love your adorable and creative penguin tummy filled with fish. Heh...isn't that what they eat?!? I can just imagine your 4 yo granddaughter getting such a kick out of her treat. How fun the you had a zip tab in the back so the penguin would not be destroyed. Very, very clever project, my friend. TFS Marcia and enjoy your quiet time. Love and Hugs, Nancy

  3. I'm right there with you, Marcia! How often I should have given up and went in a different direction. But can I do that! Nope! Got to make it into something. Sometimes it turns out even better than the original idea! I think this one die! Love the snowy scene and all the frosty sparkle! The penguin is adorable and the crackers are a great idea!

  4. Well I don't know what was in your head but this looks pretty darn good to me! Funny how our minds and hands don't connect sometimes to make what we envisioned. This turned out beautifully though and your ombre sentiment looks great. The penguin with the goldfish in his tummy is just as cute as it can be, LOVE IT!!

  5. Marcia, your card looks wonderful with all the ombre, and that pot belly penguin OMG he's soooooo cute :)

  6. Oh my Marcia, your card is stunning! Who would have thought that this beautiful card gave you such trials. It turned out beautifully! The little penguin treats are just darling!! Makes me wish I had gotten those dies now. Gah! I'm so easily enabled!

  7. Well done Marcia...from the look of your card you would never know that you struggled at all! I love "In the Meadow" and you have used the little tobogganer perfectly. Brilliant job. Cheers.

  8. Hi Marcia : )

    Adorable!! your card is so beautiful!! I am so glad you stuck with it because it truly is beautiful : ) I love the ombre shading and that little sledder is just delightful!!

    I LOVE the idea of putting goldfish in the penguin's tummy!! It cracks me up! : ) PTI was out of the "bellies" when I ordered my penguin so my first batch had smaller bellies. I just got a new PTI order yesterday with the "right" sized bellies and can't wait to fill them with fish! Thank you for the brilliant idea : )

    I got your card yesterday. Thank you so much!! I love that sentiment Marcia. You made my day!!

    Merry Christmas my friend!!
    BIG (((Hugs)))

  9. Adorable! Your grandkids are going to love these. And great idea with adding the zipper at the back. Crafters are so creative! xx

  10. Love the sled! Very pretty card.

  11. Lovely card Marcia but that Penguin has me jumping up and down... I have that zip die and never thought to do that with it... Oh it's a wonderful creation Thanks for the inspiration and have the most wonderful Christmas!

  12. What a wonderful winter card with your ombre sentiment Marcia - and I just LOVE the fish inside the penguin belly! Wishing you and yours a Blessed Christmas! Julia xx

  13. What a frosty, sparkly winter scene, Marcia ... the ombré snowflake frame is fabulous! That little penguin is adorable ... and so fun with the fish in his belly ... he ate well!! Hugs, Anita :)


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