Saturday, 8 February 2014

Cheery Hello

I have a good friend who is currently battling cancer and recently started chemotherapy.  From personal experience, I know how challenging this can be.  I wanted to let her know that I'm thinking of her and also to send her a cheery hello to brighten her day.  After seeing a "Card in a box" tutorial online, I decided to give one a try.  Here is the finished result:

I was really pleased with the way this card turned out and my friend seemed to like it too.  I used a variety of Stampin' Up floral stamps to create the bouquet of flowers that I embossed with white embossing powder on several different colours of cardstock and small print patterned papers.  I also stamped a leafy shadow stamp on some blue-green coloured cardstock (Bazzill "Rain") and embossed it with clear embossing powder to add some depth to the colour and some shine to the bouquet.  The tiny hearts that I scattered throughout the bouquet were cut using the "Hearts Delight" die by Memory Box in white, coral and pink.  I used my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush to add some sparkle to some of the hearts and coated others with Glossy Accents.  Because of the scattered hearts on this card, I'm entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge,  "Have a Heart"

Here is a close up of the card details:

One of the really cool things about this card is that it folds down flat in order to place it in an envelope.  The finished dimensions were slightly wider than a regular A2 only because I allowed some of the flowers to extend out to the sides.  I had no trouble fitting it into an A7 envelope.
 Until next time,

P.S. - I sure wish the groundhog hadn't seen his shadow - I'm ready to see some signs of spring!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Congratulations Paper Smooches

Paper Smooches is celebrating their 3rd anniversary.  If you aren't familiar with Kim Hughes and her fabulous store, you really should check it out here:     All Paper Smooches' products are super high quality and super fun.  They're sure to put a smile on your face!


Come back to visit soon!


Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Vintage Christmas

I admit it - I'm a paper hoarder.  I simply cannot resist buying beautiful patterned papers, whether they are 12x12, or 6x6 pads.  I find that there are some papers that are just too beautiful to use - which is absolutely ridiculous!  This is especially true for Christmas papers.  A few years ago, Basic Grey brought out a collection that featured gorgeous papers with subtle colours and a decidedly vintage feel.  I have been hanging onto to my collection of these papers for far too long and decided to make a triple fold card featuring several of the designs.  I used some Stampin' Up Crumb Cake 12x12 cardstock for the base, and Cherry Cobbler as the accent colour.  I was very glad that I decided to use the papers from this collection because I really like the way the card turned out.

The ornament is cut using two Memory Box wafer thin dies, "Classic Ornament" and "Snowflake Ornament".  The pine sprig is cut using an Impression Obsession die.  Here's a picture of the inside of the card:

Sorry, these pictures really don't show the beautiful olive greens in this paper.  The sentiment is from the "Miracle of the Holiday" by Hero Arts.  I'm submitting this card to Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge, which is "Anything Goes" this week.

Until next time,

Monday, 21 October 2013

Die-namics Poinsettia

I just love making Christmas cards.  I like to get started early so that I can produce lots of cards in many different designs before I need to start sending them out in the mail.  I recently bought the Die-namics Poinsettia set of wafer thin dies.  I used the set to make a couple of Christmas cards - my first two this year.  The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week is for Christmas or Happy Holiday cards, so I'll be adding these to their challenge.

I've always had a passion for interactive or special fold cards.  I haven't made a Triple Fold card in a long time, so decided to use a small poinsettia cut with the die set on the front of this one:

I used Queen's Gold embossing powder to make the tiny tag on the front of the card, but stamped the inner greeting with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I used a combination of 12x12 and 6x6 papers from the "Winter Wonderland" collection from My Mind's Eye to create the patterned panels on the card.  I love using different papers from the same collection because they're guaranteed to look great together.  The sentiments used on both cards also come from the "Winter Wonderland" collection.  I used some small pieces of red mirrored foil to embellish the front and back panels of the card.

My second card was made with the same poinsettia die set.  I manipulated the flower pieces with my fingers to create a 3 dimensional effect, gluing each layer and then attaching it with dimensional tape.  I chose to place the large finished poinsettia on a Neenah Solar White background which I embossed using a new embossing folder that I bought at the Muskoka Craft House last week.  They have such an amazing selection of embossing folders in stock at their shop - I felt like a little kid let loose in a candy store!  It was certainly difficult to make a choice.  If you live near Barrie in Ontario, you really should drop into John and Betty-Jean's wonderful store.  I'm sure you'll find all kinds of treasures to suit your crafting needs.  You can also visit their online store by clicking on the link above.  The folder that I finally decided to buy is a gorgeous holly background called, "Champagne and Holly" made by Couture Creations from the Wrapped in Joy Collection.  The picture really doesn't do justice in showing how lovely this background looks in real life.

I can't wait to make more Christmas cards.

Until next time,

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Happy Hallowe'en

I got a head start on Happy Hallowe'en cards this year.  Here are a couple of cards that I made using digital stamps from Mo Manning.  The first card features the digital image called "Old House".  I think it makes the perfect Haunted house for Hallowe'en.  I made 2 copies of the image on Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I find that if I heat set the ink it doesn't smear when I colour it with Copic markers.  I fussy cut one of the images, using the whole house.  I then cut out a second image, but only cut the lower parts of the house.  I very carefully cut out the edges of the front porch so that the background of the card could be seen through the posts.  I coloured both pieces using Copic markers.  I created the night background by stamping navy cardstock with the "Tiny Star Background" from Hero Arts and embossing it with silver embossing powder.  I mounted the background on a layer of orange, then black cardstock and finally onto a purple card base.  I attached the two house layers using dimensional tape to give a 3D effect.  I mounted 3 tiny black bats that I cut using the Memory Box die "A Bunch of Bats".   As a finishing touch, I coated the windows with Ranger's Glossy Accents to give the impression of glass.  I am entering this card in Mo's Digital Challenge.  This week's challenge is "H is for . . . "  and obviously, my H is for Haunted House.

Here is a close up view of the detail:

 Here is a second card that I made using another Mo Manning digital stamp entitled, "Teen Witch".  I also coloured it using Copic markers and mounted it using several layers of cardstock.  As a final finishing touch, I added dimension to the spiders by adding dots of Ranger's Black Enamel Accents.

Until next time,