Monday, November 29, 2010

Framed Winter corsage

Monday's done, and I'm counting the days to my Christmas holidays....only 10.5 more workdays!  and then I get 23(oops, got  little carried away there LOL!) 17 days out of the office before I go back...Yay!!!  Think of all the cards I'll get made!

Anyway, on that happy note, here is a festive card I created recently using the new frame die from Heartfelt Creations.  It was the first card I made using it, and though I had a tough time photographing it, it is very decadent and beautiful in person.

Products used:
HCD 708 Fancy Window/Frame Die
Autumn Corsage Product ID: 1229G
Holly Background Product ID: 998X
Essential Glue Pad Product 
Glitter Turning Leaf Pee Wee Kit 
Super Seal

Stamp holly background image using essential glue pad on to red card stock, sprinkle with red glitter. Spray with Super Seal, and set aside to dry....unfortunately this is the part that doesn't come out so well on this photo, but looks fabulous in person, so don't skip this step!  Then, stamp flower image on to white card stock using black ink. Colour (Copics used here) and then cut out by hand.  The trick to making those berries look extra good is to use a white gel pen to add accents, or add glossy glaze/crystal effects to them, or add red stickles/glitter.  Then set that piece aside. Cut out frame from black card stock using die cut. Apply gold metalic rub on paste to accent.  This stuff is great, I use it all the time and it doesn't take much to get a lot of impact.  I also used it on the edges of the white base. Put pieces together as shown in the photo.

I'm off now, got to work on hubby's advent calendar, but I'll be back at the crack of dawn on Wednesday with another card using this gorgeous frame.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Recipe challenge

Sunday's here again, I hope you all have been having a great weekend!  For me it's been super busy and very crafty, with group card making get togethers and a dinner party too....think I'll need a rest by Monday LOL!

Today at Sentimental Sunday's we have a fun recipe challenge for make a card using 3 DP, 3 Buttons and ribbon too.  This is my creation.

The cute fish image is a freebie available right now by new digi artist, Marker Guru.  The sentiment is from the Raindrop Echo designs Get Well set available at the Whimsy store.  The image took about 2 minutes to colour with copics, very easy, and then I airbrushed around the outside of it.  Cut out the DP and layered it up.

The sunflowers are made using a Limited Edition stamp set called Aztec Gold from Heartfelt Creations that coordinates with the Blossoms 2 Nestability set, and which is only available until the end of December....They are stamped in orange ink on orange patterned DP and then cut out with the die cut and then layered using a glue gun (though pop up dots would work just as well.

Gotta run, today's guest has arrived!  I'll catch up with you later in the week.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sneak Peak! HC Window Scene Collection

I'm happy to share a sneak peak for you today of a new collection that will be released by Heartfelt Creations that is soon to be released.

If you'd like to see some other sneak peaks, check out the Heartfelt Creations post HERE.  You will also see there information on their Black Friday sale...we have to save our pennies somehow, and who doesn't love a sale!

That new frame die is simply fabulous!  In this sample I cut it out of grey card stock with my Cuttlebug, then spread silver metalic rub on paste using my fingers.  The main image is another of the new releases, and it took all of 5 minutes to dab a bit of colour on it, here and there, with Copics, and add stickles for sparkle.  The background is another stamp from Heartfelt Creations that was stamped on the card stock using Silver Encore Ink, and I added dabs of stickles here and there to that as well.  All in all a super quick and easy creations!

Products used:
HCPC 3345 Snowflake Medley PreCut Set
HCPC 3357 Snowy Window Scene PreCut Set
HCD 708 Fancy Window/Frame Die
Nestabilities Labels
Memento black ink
Encore Silver ink
Copic markers and airbrush system
Metalic Rub on Paste

I've got some other creations that I've made using it, come back later in the week to see.

Oh yes, and to my friends and readers in the US, Happy Thanksgiving!  I was thinking it would be nice to celebrate it a second time round, here in Canada, since I love the traditional dinner...mmm Turkey!  Enjoy this time with your families!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Autumn's passing!

We had our first snowfall this past week, and it's sad to see Autumn passing as I love the natural beauty outside and I've been having a lot of fun making Autumn cards.  Here is one I made a few weeks back and thought I had posted, but see that I haven't.

All images are from Heartfelt Creations, and I've also used their die cuts for the leaves.

This was posted on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and you can find the instructions HERE.

Products Used on This Project
HCPC 3334 Open Falling Leaves PreCut Set
HCPC 3320 Vintage Word Background PreCut Set
968E Acorn Surprise
HCD 707 Falling Leaves Die
Essential Glue Pad
Turning Leaf Pee Wee Kit glitter
Labels 4 Nestie

I hope you are all having a great week.  Check back here tomorrow for my regular weekly HC post!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Dolphin Thank you

Sunday has rolled around again, I just can't believe how fast time is passing!  It means Christmas is that much closer, and then after that my annual sun vacation--yay!  I was thinking about warm ocean and palm trees when I worked on this card.

The cute dolphin image is a digi from Marker Guru that's been a freebie this past week--if you go soon you may be able to snag it yourself!  The tickets are from a digi set called Worldwide TIcket Sentiments by Raindrop Echo Designs and available at the Whimsy store.  

Our challenge at Sentimental Sundays this week is to make a thank you or a Thanksgiving card.  Since we already celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada last month, I decided to go with the Thank you theme.  I hope you'll play along with us this week!

The image was coloured with Copics, using the airgun for the background.  I also used a white and silver gel pen to add some accents to the dolphin.  The backgrounds were swiped with white pigment ink after being embossed.

I plan to bring this card with me on our next vacation to use as a thank you card for our customer service rep at the resort--that's the person who makes sure everything goes smoothly and deals with your complaints.  We're pretty high maintenance--seems we are always asking to change rooms, need help with reservations etc--so they usually deserve some extra thanks :-)  I was thrilled to be able to use the tickets in different languages, including Spanish which is what they speak there.

Hope you have all been having a great week.  

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Deck the Halls - Cardinal

Hiya folks!

Today I have a glittery creation to share with you, using images and die cuts from Heartfelt Creations.  Have you seen the sneak peaks of the new Window Scene collection?  If not check out the Heartfelt Creations blog, there's one up today.  It's a fabulous set, and I've got a few cards made with it but can't share them with you yet, you'll have to be patient!  In the interim, here is a festive cardinal card:

Lately I've been using a lot of glitter, it seems to be my favourite embellishment at the moment--guess we go in phases with these things LOL!

I'm looking forward to Christmas this year, I get the whole last two weeks off of December from work, and plan to stay home and craft for the whole two weeks---are we going to start making bets on how many cards I will create over the two weeks?

Products used:
Products Used on This Project
HCPC 3352 Snowy Cardinal PreCut Set 
HCPC 3326 Holly Berry Filler PreCut Set
998X Holly Background
HCPC 3340 Holly Leaves PreCut Set
HCD 705 Holly-Ornament Diecut 
HCD 703 Daisy Patch Die
Standard Circle Nestabilities
404108 Turning Leaf Pee Wee Kit 
309196 Essential Glue Pad
Basic Grey Rhinestones
Copics including Airbrush system
Ink:  Memento and Versamark
Gold coloured embossing powder

Let me know if you want any details about how I did anything on this card, I'm always happy to answer your questions!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Marker Guru freebie

Happy Monday (? is that an oxymoron???)

Today I've got a card to share with you using a freebie from MarkerGuru.  It features the cuttest little pine marten bringing some little birds a spot of mistletoe.  It made me smile since it reminds me of a pet ferret I once had, who was so sweet and got in to everything :-)

The image is drawn by a local artist who has added digi stamps to her line of creations.  You can find them at her site, MarkerGuru, along with weekly freebies.  Today there's a new one, but I think you can still upload this one if you are quick about it :-).

So, you probably noticed how quiet I was this weekend.  I had the chance to go to a scrapbook to say I have a very understanding DH!  It was a lot of fun and I had a chance to meet some online friends in person.  Also have to say there are some serious crafters out there!  (ok, me being one of them LOL!).  So many different products too, and lots of vendors giving demos of how they worked.  Definitely will go to one of these again.  But can you believe a 4 day weekend and not a single card made...eek!  Will have to catch up soon!

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Happy Sunday!

Today at Sentimental Sunday's we've got a new challenge for you--Childhood.  I decided to interpret this to use this fabulous sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs that I've been eyeing up for a while.
The main image is one from Mo's Digital Pencil, and I like it since it has a cute puppy and it's a beach scene (one of my favorite places).  The background is coloured using the Copic Airbrush system, the images coloured with Copics, and the sentiment and image are digital, so no stamping except for the background!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Autumn foliage

Today I wanted to share an Autumn card I made recently using the Heartfelt Creations matching die cuts and stamps.  Here on the West Coast, Fall is late to come and lasts a while, and I do enjoy the beauty of the leaves.

For this card, I once again used the letterpress technique with a Tim Holtz embossing folder--inking up the folder before embossing the paper, and then after embossing the paper I ran it through the Cuttlebug machine in the plates to flatten it out, so you have the impression a bit, but not as noticeable.

This card is posted on the Heartfelt Creations Blog right now, along with more complete instructions, if you would like them.  There are also a ton of other Autumn and Winter cards prepared by the design team--I hope you'll check them out!

Products used:
Open Falling Leaves PreCut Set HCPC 3334
All Seasons Tree PreCut Set HCPC 3331

Falling Leaves Diecut  HCD 707

Tim Holtz embossing folder
Memento ink
Copic markers and Airbrush system

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A sketch at Sentimental Sundays

Hi folks,

Today at Sentimental Sundays we've got a sketch for you.  I don't use sketches very often, and I really enjoyed playing with this one.  I hope it will inspire you too, and that you'll play along with us too this week.  Here is the card I made:

The main image of the dog is Bismark from Mo's Digital Pencil.  The sentiment is from a Raindrop Echo Designs digi set called Warm Winter Wishes available at the Whimsy store.

All colouring is with copics, and I used my Bow-easy for the bow.  I used white craft ink to stamp the snowflakes on the beige cardstock, and then also to highlight the embossed blue cardstock.  Will defiinitely be making more cards using these images, both the sentiment and Bismark!

You may have noticed I've been quiet this week on updating my blog and visiting yours, it's been super hectic this past two weeks at work and I've had to work a lot of extra hours, but next week is a 3 day week and then I get to go to a craft show and meet up with some crafting folk in person--Yay!  It'll be good to get the inspiration, it seems all those extra hours at the office have killed my creative brain cells, you should have seen me today in my craft room, it was very sad--I couldn't get anything to work, created a lot of pieces of this and that but after 7 hours in my craft room I only got 3 cards done--good thing I'm not tracking the cost of these based on my hourly wage LOL!

Anyway, I hope you are all having a great week, and I will be around visiting for updates and to see what you've all been up to.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Blessed to have you in my life...

Wednesday has rolled around again, and today on the Heartfelt Creations Blog you will find exciting news about some more new releases coming a ton of cards (36!) made by the design team this week.  Can you tell that we are an enthusiastic bunch LOL!

Here's one of my cards from this week:

This card is the favorite of both my hubby and of those I've made in quite a long time.  That image is so sweet, and especially the squirrel :-)  We have them come in our backyard now and then and they are so cute.  The background isn't DP, but rather is plain cardstock stamped with a background stamp and then distressed.  I'm finding it so much easier to cordinate making my own backgrounds rather than using pre-bought designer paper all the time.

The images used are all Heartfelt Creations, as is the die for the fabulous Sunflower and the die for the swirl...I have to say, I just LOVE all these products!  This card is posted on their blog right now with full directions, if you want them.