Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Years!

Happy New Years!

The last few days I've been thinking about my crafting resolutions.  My friend Christine brought it up, and so I've been mulling it over a few days, and it even spurred me to clean my craft room.
Resolution #1:  My craft room will no longer be home to travel brochures, pizza menus and other assorted non-crafting crap.
Resolution #2:  I will DECREASE the pile of scraps instead of making it bigger.
Resolution #3:  I will make enough cards and projects to justify what I spend on craft supplies.

hmm...I'm sure I could think up a bunch more, but these should keep me busy.....oh yes, and better not forget, I told DH that this year I planned to make 400 cards!  I'll let you know how it goes LOL!

Tell me, what are your crafting resolutions for 2012?

Enjoy the new Year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop

Today a few of us Alumni from the Heartfelt Creations design team are bringing to you a quick and festive blog hop.  If you are following the blog hop, you will have arrived here from Carla's website, and the next stop along the way is at Tesa's.  There are only 6 stops, and a chance for one of you leaving a comment on one of our blogs to win a $25 gift certificate to Heartfelt Creations.  I hope you'll follow along :-)

I had a ton of fun making this tag, using a variety of images from Heartfelt Creations.  I started by stamping the Shepherd Scene in the bottom of the card, using Black Soot Distress Ink.  Then I masked it, and stamped the Town of Bethlehem music image overtop, using Vintage Sepia Versafine.  Then I sprayed the whole thing with Tattered Angels glimmer mist in a Walnut Gold, and heat set.  Next, I used my Stamping Up watercolour crayons to add a bit of colour to the Shepherd Scene.  I followed that by stamping on the Elegant Holly Swirls, in Espresso Adirondak ink, and then colouring the leaves and berry's with copics, and adding glitter to the swirls with a Spica pen, and white centres to the berry's with a white gel pen.  The sentiment Peace on Earth was from another HC set and stamped in Black Soot, and then overlaid with Spica glitter pen.  Dazzling Diamonds Stickles was added to the star, and Galaxy Gold Brilliance and Gingerbread Versamagic as applied to the edges with a sponge.

Then I added some ribbon, a bell (recycled from a chocolate bunny's neck!) and some foliage and Berry's made out of Robins Nest Dew Drops.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas and inspiration of a fun holiday project, you could even start now to get ready for next year!

Back to the blog hop details, as a recap, below is a list of the blog hop participants.  Visit each one and leave a comment to increase your chance to win the $25 gift certificate to Heartfelt Creations.  Good luck!!

Kristina - you are here

Monday, December 26, 2011

More Christmas tags

I hope you are all recovering from big meals the last couple days!  It seems the more extended your family gets, the more large dinners wind up getting crammed in to a few days :-)

Here are a couple of other tags I made.  In the background, you may recognize the pattern....I recycled the wrapping paper from Purdy's Chocolates boxes to make the tags.   Got to love finding a new use for something that would otherwise hit the landfill!

Both of these were super quick to make.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  I wish all of you a happy and joyous holiday season with lots of yummy food and happy times :-)

I've got some festive things to share with you today.  My craftroom has been a hive of activity the last while (though you wouldn't know it looking at my lack of blog posts LOL!) and I've been having a lot of fun making.....tags!  Who knew they would be so fun to play with?!  I really enjoy the different shape and the challenge of the limited size and the ability to go 3-d.  I've been very inspired by looking at the 12 tags of Christmas on the Tim Holz website, but haven't been so successful following the challenges....I always start out following it, and then I change this and modify that and suddenly my tag has taken a whole other direction.

Here is a pic of some of the lovely gifts under my tree, you can see how the tags dress it all up.

And here is a photo of one of the tags I made (attached to a gift of course).

There will be more tags to share over the coming days, I hope they inspire you as I've been inspired by all the tags I've been looking at myself online lately.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Vacation crafting

Hi folks!
You have probably noticed my blog's been quiet for a couple of months, I have been taking a little break to get re-inspired and also to go on vacation.  That doesn't mean I haven't been crafting though!
While we were vacationing in the sunny Caribbean I made a few cards--I had brought a craft kit, and it seemed we kept running in to people celebrating birthdays and other celebrations, so I was happy to be able to make up cards for them.

What better crafting environment could there be??

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Happy Wednesday with Heartfelt Creations

I always find Wednesday a busy day, right in the middle of the week, and it is such a treat each week on this busiest of days to take a break and check out the Heartfelt Creations blog and all the lovely card and project ideas there.  This week there is a bunch of Christmas cards and projects and a few others there, which you too may enjoy.  Here are a couple I contributed this week:

First of all, a sweet birthday card featuring a teddy bear---doesn't matter what time of year it is, there is always a need for birthday cards!

Second of all, a standard postage size and mailable Christmas card, that still has a lot of Wow power, especially "in real life" when you can get the effect of the gold highlights:

Instructions and list of products used for both of these cards can be found on this weeks Heartfelt Creations Blog post.

I hope you are all having a fabulous week!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

My new Australian stamps

I have a bit of a story about today's cards, feel free to jump ahead and just look at the cards if you'd like :-)

Once in a while, I get a bit burnt out from colouring.  After months and months of doing lots of cards using lots of colouring, I finally reached that point where I needed a bit of a break.  I noticed a card on SCS that I loved, and followed the link to Valita's blog to find out what the name of the stamp was.  She didn't have it listed, so I emailed her, and she gave me some information about the stamp, but she had gotten it at a local craft store to where she lives, and she is way off in Australia--a whole different continent than I!  This started a long internet hunt until finally I found that it seemed the item came from Grant Studios.  Browsing through their website, though, I couldn't find it, and realized it may have been discontinued.  Having spent all this time searching I was not ready to give up, so emailed them to inquire.  I was lucky they got back to me and told me that yes, it had been discontinued, but they'd look about and check their cupboards for me to see if they could find one (I guess I sounded kind of desperate LOL!).  They did have one and agreed to mail it all the way over to me in Canada.  I thought I was in for a long wait, but it got here within a week!  Amazing!  Anyway, here are some of the first cards I have made with it:
On this one (above) I stamped the image, cut it out with a nestie, added some colour direct to paper with a topic marker using upward brushstrokes and feathering at the end.  I bent up the edges and added metallic rub on paste, layered that over a doily, then layered the doily over a piece die cut with the Heartfelt Creations Decorative Lace Border Die.

On this one, I simply stamped the background using one of the stamps that came in the set with the silhouette, and added shading on the edges using versamagic black chalk ink.  To the main image, I used the Copic Airbrush to add a shading to the bottom left corner.

For this one, I added dots around the edge of the image using Gold Liquid Pearls, added shading with the Copic Airbrush, and layered over a frame made using the Heartfelt Creations Decorative Window Scene Die.

Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium

As you've probably noticed, when it comes to Christmas I really like quick and easy.  I wanted to give a family member a set of 10 standard size, mailable cards, and decided to try making some cards using some Graphic 45 paper from the Christmas Emporium set.  I managed to do up the set of cards in under 2 hours with very few materials needed, and they look fabulous!  Here are a few of them:

The lace at the bottom I got at the local discount fabric store for 29 cents per yard, and all I did was cut out the images, layer them on the card, and add some lace.  On some of them I added a sentiment, or curled the edges.  

I hope this gives you some ideas of how you can "cheat" with preprinted DP to make cards quick and easy :-)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Heartfelt Classic Christmas Collection

Today we've got a fabulous new release to enjoy from Heartfelt Creations.  The design team has been madly preparing samples for you using these new stamps, and today I've got two of them to share here.  Check out the HC Blog to see what the rest of the design team created.

First of all, I made this card, with the cute little book which I just LOVE!

Second of all, here is a coaster I made.  It was surprisingly quick and easy once I figured out how to do it, and the tile used was from the hardware store and pretty inexpensive.  I'm thinking a set of these would make a great Christmas gift.

Detailed instructions including supplies lists can be found on this week's HC Blog post.

The Classic Christmas Collection  features 6 new precut stamp sets that coordinate with the Heirloom Ornaments 2011 and the Labels Seven Spellbinders dies. The classic images in this collection are perfect "not only" for your Christmas projects but very versatile and you will find yourself using them throughout the entire year! Leave a comment on the Heartfelt Creations blog by October 18 for a chance to win the entire release valued at $89.99.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Christmas card swap

Happy Saturday!  And to those of you in Canada, I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving weekend :-)
We have no big family dinners planned, but I am always happy to have an extra day off work....more time to craft!
Today I have a card front to share with you that I made for the swap (this was the first of 10!).  This was a challenging swap as I was trying to use all SU products, and on top of that, all SU products that are current, and I am quite happy with what I came up with:

The image is stamped in chocolate chip on vanilla card stock and a panel cut out using the Top Note die.  Then I added blue shading using the stamping pastels (I used a circle punch to mask the moon).    The ribbon I started off with was vanilla, and then I realized they retired/discontinued that, so I switched to Kraft (which is now renamed something or other, but at least still current).  The only real cheat was that I added a dab of red liquid pearls on the tip of the nose of the reindeer--oh well!  For the others I used a softer shading of the brown craft ink on the edges, and didn't distress the edges, less work, and I think it actually looks better without the distressing....maybe tomorrow I'll take a photo of a later one, this was my first "prototype" (actually, second, since I discarded the first deciding I didn't like it, sigh!).

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

More quick Christmas Cards

Well, today is Wednesday again, which means there is a lot of freshly posted inspiration to be found on the Heartfelt Creations Blog.  This week there are a lot of Christmas projects, including a gorgeous sneak peak of the new Classic Christmas Collection being unveiled next week.

You may have noticed my big theme lately has not been for the really ornate and complicated, but the quick and easy.  It seems everyone I talk to is looking for ideas that are quick and easy and mailable, so that's what I've been focusing on.  Today I've got two great examples you may want to try out.  Remember, if you don't have exactly the same products I'm using, most things are substitutable!

First of all, here is one featuring the new ornament set.  If you wanted to make this a touch more "fancy" instead of stamping the ornament right on to the card, you could stamp it on a separate piece of card stock, cut it out, and layer it on the card with pop up dots. 
Products Used on This Project
Other Products Used: Tsukineko white pearl ink, black memento ink, Gold spica pens, Red copic marker, gold Encore ink, gold liquid pearls, stickles
Card size is standard 4.25x5.5. Precut base layers. Main layer is kraft coloured card stock. Stamp swirls on the top right and bottom left corner of the main layer using white ink. In Black ink, then, stamp the ornament in the bottom right hand corner and the sentiment in the top left hand corner, as shown in the photo. Colour the poinsettia on the ornament using a red Copic marker. Use gold Spica (or other glitter pen) to colour in around the sentiment and to add accents to the ornament, and then add additional accents to the ornament with gold liquid pearls as well as stickles. Rub gold ink along the edges of the main panel. Allow to dry and then adhere layers as shown in the card.

Secondly, here is one featuring a traditional Christmas candle.  I know this is one of hubby's favorites--that traditional Danish upbringing!  Here you could make a few of these, and switch them up by using different background paper, and dress up by adding a swirl or two in the background.
Products Used on This Project
HCPC 3419 Holiday Poinsettia Candle PreCut Set
Other:Copics (Candle is mainly E40 and E41), gold liquid pearls, DP is retired SU Spellbinders lacey oval Spellbinders classic oval
Card size is standard 4.25 x 5.5 Pre cut base layers and lacey oval.  Stamp main image twice.  Cut one out with oval, which will wind up cutting off a large part of the spray of flowers and foliage.  Colour.  Stamp a second one and colour just the foliage and cut out just the foliage and flower.  Cut along the lines of the flower petals and then pull up some of them and shape them.  Adhere over top of the other one that was cut out with the oval, and adhere the remainder of the card.

I've got a bunch of other projects in the works, especially some projects including ornaments and tiles that I can't wait till next Wednesday to share with you, and between now and then I'll be sure to share some more ideas for quick cards for this busy time of year. 

I hope you have a crafty (and good!) rest of the week!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Playing with flowers

Hi folks!  I hope you are all enjoying a nice weekend!

I've been enjoying my three day weekend and doing lots of creating...there is a new Heartfelt Creations release coming up that I've been creating with, but I won't be sharing those with you unit the release....and I've also been working on some other cards using flowers as embellishments, which I'll share with you today.

To start with, I remembered a tutorial I'd seen online at Lisa's website to make fabulous looking prima type flowers using ordinary flower punches.

Here was my first attempt:

After that I played some more to try and get it right and managed to make some more used here, on this card featuring a free digi from TLC:

And then in a rush to finish off the third card (dinner plans tonight...) I grabbed a flower I'd snagged from a friend of mine that she had in her sewing kit (for costumes):

Tomorrow I think we have to do yard work, so probably no crafting, sigh, but I'll be back again on Wednesday with something else christmassy to share again :-)  Happy crafting to you!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

More Christmas Projects

Happy Friday!  It is the beginning of a 3 day weekend for me, yay!  I plan to do lots of card making and also some fall maintenance in the yard and garden.  Plus, I found a new recipe using Kale that I plan to torture my husband with LOL!  I hope you too have interesting plans.

Here are a few cards I made recently that were featured on the Heartfelt Creations blog on Wednesday, along with some other fabulous items created by the rest of the design team--you may want to check them out for ideas, I know I'll be casing a couple of them...

First of all, one of my all time favourite cards--it really didn't photograph well, but in person it is really fabulous looking:

Products Used For This Project
Other: Snowflake edge punch, OMC exclusive Holiday Cuttlebug embossing folder, black memento ink, Versamark, SU Silver embossing powder, white SU craft ink, silver Encore Ink, pop up dots, Spica glitter pens, Platinum (71) and Frost White (72) all purpose ink by Tsukineko, Gold liquid pearls, Copics: C1, C3, C5, R24, R39, YG67
Card size is 5.75x5.75. Punch edge of white card stock with snowflake border and adhere to blue base.  Cut out blue pane to fit within this and emboss with cuttlebug embossing folder.  Stamp sentiment in the centre of the blue embossed piece of card stock using versa mark, and then sprinkle silver embossing powder on it and heat set.  Rub white craft pad over all raised edges of the blue embossed panel and spreading it towards the centre but not over the sentiment.  allow to dry, and then rub the silver encore ink pad over the edges, but not extending as far as the white.  Allow to dry and then adhere to card base.  Stamp bell image on white card stock with black ink and colour with copies, cut out by hand.  Use Spica glitter pens to add accents, then use the liquid Tsukineko platinum ink to add some additional accents only to the "ribbon" part of the image, using a paint brush.  use the liquid Tsukineko frost white ink to colour in the white flowers in the image, using a paint brush.  Allow to dry, and then add gold liquid pearls to the centre of the flowers and allow that to dry, then adhere image to the card.

Next, another one I'm very happy with--in fact, I brought it to work and have left it on my desk for about a week now so I can look at it during the day.

Products Used For This Project
HCPC3427 Herald Angels Background PreCut SetHCPC3421 Dove of Peace PreCut Set (sentiment) HCD712 Bella Rose Die Spellbinders Fancy Tags Shapeabilities Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia Shapeabilities
Other products used: Versafine Vintage Sepia, Versamagic chalk ink in Jumbo Java, sponge, gold Stickles, pop up dots.
Card size is standard 4.25x5.5. Precut the base card stock and layers.  Stamp the background sentiment on the white panel as shown and add brown chalk ink over edges with sponge.  Adhere this to the card.  Cut the leaf swirl with the die cut, shape the leaves a bit and add a small amount of brown ink to it here and there with the sponge, and attach to the card.  Stamp the sentiment, cut it out with the die cut, and add some light sponging of the same ink, and adhere it to the card with pop up dots.  Stamp the poinsettias, cut out with coordinating die cut, shape (I simply used a wood skewer from the kitchen), put them together and attach randomly over the swirl, then add three dots in the centre of each of gold stickles.

Lastly, my first experiment with making a bookmark.  I am thinking these might be nice to tuck in to christmas cards as a mini gift...

Products Used For This Project
HCPC3324 Holly Berry Filler PreCut Set HCPC3422 Poinsettia Cheer Bells PreCut Set
Other Products used: Ribbon and gold cord, red eyelet, gold stickles, liquid pearls, SU corner punch, SU edge punch , SU markers in green and brown, Copic markers in red, mauve and green, white gel pen.
Cut base of bookmark from brown card stock, using edge punch on the bottom and corner punch on the top left and right corners to get the shape as shown.  Cut white layer to nest within the brown layer.  Stamp background word image over white base, and then stamp over that randomly with images from the Holly Berry filler set -- berries and foliage etc. using a direct to stamp marker method (colour the stamp with the coloured SU (NOT Copic) marker, and then stamp that on the paper.  Then stamp a bell image on a separate piece of card stock, colour with copies, cut out, and then cut an edge off it, so it is now in two parts, and then attach both parts as shown in the photo.  Punch a whole in the top of the bookmark, add an eyelet, and run some ribbon through it.  Use gold stickles and liquid pearls for extra embellishment, and add accents with white gel pen.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Quick xmas cards - 91 days till Christmas!

Apparently there are only 91 days left till Christmas!  Eek!  I wanted to make up a set of cards for a friend and wanted to make sure they were thin enough to mail and a standard size.  I wanted the gift set to be about 20 cards, but certainly didn't have 20 our more hours to spend, LOL!  So I looked through my stuff and came up with a bunch of ideas for quick cards, and here are 5 of them, I'll show you the others another day, just to spread it out.

They are all featuring the latest stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations.  The backgrounds were either dry embossed or DP from my stash, most of which is retired SU.  Colouring is with Copics and liberal amounts of glittery Stickles and liquid pearls to give glitz.

I hope you are well on your way to being prepared for the holidays, let the countdown continue!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Warming up to the Festive Season

Hi folks,
I am really warming up to the Christmas season, and have another holiday card to share with you, as well as a summer card I made a few weeks ago and hadn't posted yet.

For the Christmas card, I wanted to show off a way to use the HC stamps for a quick and simple card.  I have read comments here and there from people who say they want something that looks fabulous and can be done quickly and is mailable, so here is a sample of that

The image, from Heartfelt Creations, is stamped on an oval with a layered background, and just a tiny bit of colouring.  There is a strip of inexpensive ribbon from a bin at Micheals, and I used a gold Encore pad to swipe over the green layer which was dry embossed.  You could use pretty much any embossing folder to tie in--polka dots or swirls or snowflakes or whatever and any colouring medium on the angel.  The sentiment was stamped above.  I hope this gives you some ideas of quick and simple cards that will still have people oohing and ahing :-)

As for this summer card, I was thinking of my mom when I made it, who lives on the other side of the country from me.  It too features a Heartfelt Creation image:

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Christmas window

Just a quick post tonight, had to share the cutest card that I made this evening.  Instead of photographing it all fancy I'm sharing with you a bit of a peak at my "tidy" work area LOL!

I used a sweet Elizabeth Bell image I've had kicking about for a couple of years now.  I made a window frame around the picture (the white window ledges) using a tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers for a simple frame, and then topped it with a frame die cut from Heartfelt Creations.  The paper is from a new pad I picked up at the local craft store called Lost & Found Christmas by My Mind's Eye.  All colouring is with copies.

I hope you have all been having a good weekend!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

HC Christmas Cheer collection

Today is the release of the new Heartfelt Creations Christmas Cheer collection.  It is absolutely fabulous, I'll be making christmas cards with these images for weeks (and surely years) to come!  I made many cards with it this past week, and today I'll share with you three of them.  To see more ideas check out the HC Blog.

Here's a vintage one with a beautiful angel:

Products Used on This Project 
Other Products used: Cuttlebug embossing folder "Holly Ribbons", Gold Encore Ink, Spica pens, Glossy accents, Stickles, Ribbon, Versafine ink. Spellbinders Lacey Ovals Spellbinders Ovals
Card size is 5.75 x 5.75 Emboss brown background layer, then rub gold ink on it, tie ribbon around it, and attach to card base.  Stamp background stamp on sahara sand rectangle layer, and then stamp swirly holly leaves over it (masking away the Holy Night sentiment), and then distress with scissors and ink, and then adhere to card.  Cut out lacey oval, add dots of red stickler between each scallop and set aside to dry.  Stamp angel on sahara sand card stock, use glitter pen to add accents, and then also add stickler.  Adhere to lacey oval with pop up dots, and then attach that to the card using more pop up dots.  Stamp the sentiment, cut out, colour the words with a red glitter pen, and then distress with ink and scissors.  Adhere overlapping ribbon using glue dots.

Here's a silver and blue one with embossing featuring a christmas dove - one of my DH's favourites:
Products Used on This Project 
Other Products used: Versamark ink, Silver embossing powder, clear embossing powder with sparkles in it, White ribbon, clear dewdrops, Copics used: N1, B000, Y000, white craft ink, Versafine black ink.
Card size is standard 4.25 x 5.5. Stamp background stamp using versamark on dark blue card stock and emboss with silver embossing powder.  Add white craft ink along edges.  Tie white ribbon around with bow.  Glue on dew drops using Zip Dry.  Adhere this layer to a base.  Stamp the nest in versamark on white card stock and emboss with silver embossing powder, cut out and adhere to card with pop up dots.  Use grey Copic pen to add some shading.  Stamp dove image on white card stock with black ink and cut out with coordinating die cut.  Add accents with yellow and blue copies, then cover the whole dove with versamark, and then emboss with clear embossing powder that has sprinkles in it.  Adhere this above the nest with another layer of pop up dots.

And finally a quick and fun one that I'm going to be making a bunch of for my annual christmas mail out:

Products Used on This Project 
Other products used: Ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folder "Dots and Snowflakes", Stickles, Pop up dots Copics used: E33, E23, E25, YG63, Y00, YR12, B0000. R35, R37
Card size is standard 4.25x5.5. Emboss blue background layer, and rub white craft ink over it.  Allow to dry, then adhere a strip of white ribbon about an ink from the top of it, as shown in photo, then glue blue background layer to the card base.  Stamp images, colour, and then and cut out with coordinating die cuts.  Attach the flower to the lower right hand corner overlapping edges, and cut off the excess edges with scissors.  Attach the poinsettia leaf to the top left hand corner.  Punch hole in the bells, and then tie bows through them, then use pop up dots to attach the bells to the card as shown in the photo.  Finally, add some Stickles/Glitter to embellish.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Catered Crop Challenge

Today I'm playing along with challenge FTR20 from Catered Crop.  It is a fun challenge that let's you use a recipe loosely....which is somehow how I usually use food recipes at home---ok I have some of this, but not any of that, so I'll substitute this and maybe throw in some of that LOL!  I thought it sounded quite fun :-)  And the bonus is, if you play along you have a chance to win a prize this week from Heartfelt Creations--a $30 gift certificate to their store (wish I was eligible for that, sigh....always so many more things I want).  Anyway, I hope you'll enjoy playing along too.

Here's the recipe:

  • Colors – Soft pastels
  • Stamps and Stickers – Butterflies, flowers, sentiment
  • Color Mediums – crayolas, stamping ink,
  • Embellishments – ribbon, glitter, lace, rosettes, tag, rhinestones/gems, pearls, ribbon
  • Techniques – use your own handwriting, embossing, stitching, make a bookmarker
  • Tools –Die cuts, digital stamps
  • Themes –Shabby Chic
 I used some pastels, and flowers, ribbon, glitter, faux stitching, die cuts, and used a shabby chic theme, so not too bad!
I used my new grand nestability for the first time, and really like the shaped card.  Will have to get more of these...eventually!  The stamps and dies used are all available from Heartfelt Creations.
Here's a list of the products I used making the card:
Inks: Versafine Vintage sepia for the shadow of the bird, Memento Tuxedo black for the bird, Versafine Onyx black for the sentiment and Tim Holz Distress Ink Black Soot for the swirly flowers, and Versamagic Jumbo Java and Gingerbread for the sponging. Used Spica pens and Stickles for sparkle. Crinkle ribbon is Buttercup from Sugar Creek Hollow. Stamps are HCPC3399 Wedding Dove PreCut Set and HCPC3304 Posy Patch Swirls. Copics used are E70, Y00, Y23, YR21, RV95, RV11, G12, G24, YG63. Used a stamping up fine tip brown marker and a white gel pen for the faux stitching. Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Labels One and Shapeabilities Ribbon Tag Trio Three.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Happy sunny days...

Well, many of you are back to school or have kids back at school...where I live back to school started yesterday so I've been hearing all about it from my friends with little ones.  I hope you and your families are enjoying the adventure of a fresh new year :-).

This past weekend I made a bunch of Christmas cards, and have more planned for the coming weekend too.  Next week, you'll be excited to know, will be the grand release of a Christmas collection from Heartfelt Creations that is absolutely fabulous!  Not only are there gorgeous images, but a bunch that can be done with minimal colouring, perfect for those of us who need something quick and easy to make that still looks fancy.

Anyway, enough talking, I'm sure you want to see the cards I have for today more than read my ramblings LOL!

First of all, here is another card using the basket die.  I'm currently brainstorming how to combine this with some Christmas images, maybe some ornaments or poinsettias---just you wait and see next week!  For now, it's a summer basket.
Products Used on This Project HCPC 3411 Woven Basket PreCut Set
HCPC 3407 Botanical Floral 2 PreCut Set
HCD 714 Decorative Layered Basket Die
Rose Creations Shapeabilities
Other products used: Sizzix Damask embossing folder, Basic Grey Rhinstones, cards stock that has been previously painted, pop up dots, Staz-On ink
Emboss and sand main background, and adhere to frame and base as shown in photo. Use textured card stock (in this case the card stock had previously been painted using the Faux Barn Board technique) upon which to stamp basket with, and then cut out using coordinating die. Adhere to card using pop up dots. Stamp flowers and leaves on coloured paper, cut out with coordinating die cuts, shape using fingers, and then layer over and around the basket as shown in photo. Embellish with rhinestones.

Also, here is a card using one of my favorite images--my hubby really likes this one, will have to find a way to work it in to his birthday card, despite that being in the middle of winter....hmmmm....

Products Used on This Project
1166G Beary Relaxed
HCPC 3319 Simple Filler Stems PreCut Set
Other Products used: Corner punch, SU black marker, Adirondack espresso ink, white card stock is Neenah Copics: E43, E44, E49, E25, E21, E31, E33, Y38, G24, B0000, B26, B23, B21, B02, RV02
Card size is standard 4.25x5.5 Stamp image in centre of white card stock and colour. Use marker to colour the words wanted and stamp in the top and bottom corners as shown. Crop base card stock border layer, and punch corners in border layer, then adhere the layers of the card.

Enjoy your week, and the fresh start of September :-)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Christmas is in the air!

In the past few months I've watched so many of my fellow bloggers get a head start on Christmas preparations, and finally I have gotten on the bandwagon.  Here is a fun Christmas card  I used combining a number of different elements:

I used a fern stamp and die cut as tree branches, and then decorated them with liquid pearls and stickles and some ornaments.  All stamps are from Heartfelt Creations.  I had a lot of fun with this one, I hope you like it!

This weekend I have plans to spend Saturday making Christmas cards with a group of gals, I'm so looking forward to it!

Have a great Wednesday.

Products Used on This Project 
Other Products Used:Stickles, liquid pearls, Versafine Vintage Sepia, pop up dots Copics: Y28, YG67, Y15, R46, G21
Card size is standard 4.25x5.5 Stamp background stamp on card stock, then add ink along edges using sponges, and stamp fern image on top left hand corner a few times.  Cut out lacey circle and stamp sentiment, then cut bottom part off as shown in photo.  Stamp fern 3 times on green card stock and then cut out with coordinating die cut.  Stamp ornaments, colour with copies.  Adhere all items as shown in photo.


Friday, August 26, 2011

Happy Friday!

It's finally Friday!  Yay!!  I am super happy the weekend is here, but have plans to spend most of the weekend finishing a big school project that is due next week (insert big sigh here!).  And after that I'll have no schoolwork for a while (even bigger YAY!).

I thought I'd share a card I made a while back but never posted, down below.  I worked hard on my Copic shading on this one, and like how it came out.  I'm looking at taking the Copic intermediate course, and am wondering if any of you have taken it and what your feedback is???  ie. did you find it worthwhile?  I'd love to read your comments if you have taken it....since of course(!) I'm wondering if I want to spend $200 on another course, or buying more markers LOL!

Anyway, another thing I wanted to do today was give a huge shout out thank you to Laurie (Doodle Pantry) for the fabulous watermarks she's made me in the past and now made for my mom, she is just so nice and does such great stuff...totally recommend her if you need a custom made graphic for labels or a watermark.

Oh yes, and instructions for the card--all stamps from Heartfelt Creations:

HCPC 3393 Tea With Bella PreCut Set
Fancy Tags 3 Shapeabilities

Labels 1

Other: Copics: Y02, Y06, Y08, E70, W1, YG63, G85, B000, B32, B45 Basic Grey Pearls, White paper is Staples 110lb, Coloured paper is SU
Card size is standard 5.5x4.25 Stamp image on white cardstock and then cut out using label die cut.  Use airgun to add colour in background, then colour image.  Cut out swirly tag using die cut, then using scissors cut in half.  Adhere over base layers as shown.  Embellish with pearls.  Adhere main image over top using pop up dots.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fleeting summer days

Well, it seems that before it even really began, summer is almost done!  I hope you are all enjoying these last few weeks before back to school and autumn tasks pay a visit.  I've got a big school deadline to meet by September 1st (eek, not too many more days) but then after that I'll have more free time, so I'm hoping the sunshine will stick around for a while after that.  I'm looking forward to catching up with some of you then.  In the meanwhile, I have managed to put together some cards using the images I coloured while listening to my online to love multi tasking!
Here are two cheery flowery ones, both featuring images from Heartfelt Creations.

Products Used on This Project 

 Other products used: Spica glitter pens, liquid pearls, Stickles, organza ribbon Copics used:  E43, E41, E40, V14, V17
Fold card in half, and stamp the basket image so that it overlaps the fold -- that is, goes off the edge.  The goal is to create a crease that is uncut.  Use coordinating die cut to cut the image out--so you are cutting through both the top and the bottom layer, and the crease is on the inside of the die cut.  The result is a card with a crease at the top and the whole card, front and back, is shaped like the die cut. Then colour the basket, use Spica glitter pens over the scroll design, and add liquid pearls over the circle dots in the image.  Colour the flowers.  Stamp the image a second time on another piece of paepr and cut out the flowers, colour and add glitter to edges.  Adhere over the flowers on the card.  Tie ribbon in a bow over the edge as shown.

Products Used on This Project 

Other Products used: Copics (G40,YG63, V09, V15, V17, Y06, Y08), brads
Cut base card stock and add brads in each of the four corners.  Cut out doily with die cut and adhere to centre of card.  Stamp image on white card stock, colour and then and cut out with circle die cut, ensuring to avoid cutting edges of leaves (accomplish this by precuting edges of leaves and pulling them "out" of the die cut before running through die cut machine).  Adhere to centre of card.