Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas.  I hope you have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays with family and loved ones.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas cards 7



Supplies used: Kaisercraft card base, jewels and pearls, Martha Stewart doily edge and twig punches and scoreboard,  CTMH Everlasting Life stamp, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, Holly Ribbons, Winter Borders embossing folders , sewing machine, pointsettia blossom., Sakura stardust gelly roll pen, Adirondack watermelon ink.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas cards 6

Supplies used: Kaisercraft card base and pearls, Martha Stewart doily edge and twig punches and scoreboard,  ribbon,  CTMH Everlasting Life stamp, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, Winter Borders embossing folders, sewing machine, pointsettia blossom., Sakura stardust gelly roll pen, Adirondack watermelon ink.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas cards 5

Supplies used: Kaisercraft card base jewels and pearls, card stock, Martha Stewart doily edge and twig punches, CTMH Everlasting life stamp, sewing machine,silver foil, silver brad, pointsettia blossom, Adirondack Watermelon ink.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas cards 4


Supplies used: card stock, My Mind's Eye Dear Santa 8x8 pad, Monica Bjork cutting file, Willemien Katerberg cutting file, Martha Stewart twig punch, CTMH Everlasting Life stamp, Technique Tuesday stamp, white embossing powder, assorted ribbon, lace and string, Pointsettia blossom and holly, Kaisercraft pearls, sewing machine, Sakura Gelly roll pen, Adirondack watermelon ink, Coluzzle oval template, bell.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas cards 3

Supplies used: Kaisercraft card base, Martha Stewart doily edge and twig punches, corner punch, ribbon, ric rac, CTMH Everlasting Life stamp, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, My Mind's Eye Dear Santa 8x8 pad, sewing machine, gold micro beads, pointsettia blossom., Sakura stardust gelly roll pen, Adirondack watermelon ink.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas cards 2

Supplies used: Kaisercraft card base and pearls, card stock, Martha Stewart doily edge and twig punches, CTMH Everlasting life stamp, sewing machine, cotton string, unknown ribbon, sheet music online, ribbon roses, linen Distress ink, gold leafing pen, Singing Birds stamp, Adirondack watermelon ink.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas cards 1

 I  have another Christmas card to share with you, it's a relatively simple one and I made quite a few of these.  I made 2 versions, I chose to use Luke 2:14 for the ones I sent to relatives in Holland.  I then used a  stamp from CTMH Everlasting Life set with the text from Isaiah 9:6.  I started with a Kaisercraft card base.  I then stamped/printed the text in red.  For the stamping I used Adirondack Watermelon ink.  I layered this with green card stock and another layer of white card stock edged with the Martha Stewart Doily edge punch.  I stitched them together with dark green thread and adhered it to the card base.  I punched three branches from green card stock with the Martha Stewart twig punch. I adhered them under the verse and added three red jewels for berries.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Noel Charity

I created this card for another round of card tag.  I was asked to lift this card by Dawn.  I started off with the Stampavie Noel Charity Stamp that I coloured with Lyra pencils and gel pens.  I layered that with green card stock as well as white card stock edged with the  Fiskars lace border punch, stitching it all together with white thread.   Next I grabbed a white card base and cut a red and white mat slightly smaller.  I took two patterned papers from the My Mind's Eye Dear Santa 8x8 pad and added them over the white mat and stitched  the three layers together and adhered it to the base.  I then adhered the stamped image to the top right hand corner of the card.  I dressed it up by printing the holly, colouring it with the Lyra pencils and  stardust pen and adhered it to the top left hand side of the stamped image with foam adhesive.  Lastly I added three red Kaisercraft pearls to the holly for the berries.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Altered Christmas Candle

I'm so thrilled to have been chosen by Cora from Digital Two for Tuesday to be a Guest Designer for her Christmas images.  This is the last of three projects I designed for her.  I posted the first project here and the second project is posted here.  You can also check out all the projects as they were all posted on the Digital Two for Tuesday site Saturday.  Please go and check out her blog for some really great digital images, there were many more great images I could have used. Cora asked us to create some non card projects, like gifts, decor or other 3D projects.

For this project I decorated a pillar candle.  I printed out the Christmas Day image from Digital Two for Tuesday with the lmap duplicated to a corner of the image.   I coloured it with Lyra artist pencils and a gold gel pen.  I cut it out and double matted it with white card stock using the
Magic Matter and inked the outer mat green. I also cut out the second copy of the lamp and added it to the scene using foam adhesive. I added some clear Kaisercraft jewels to the corners of the scene.  I then took the Bookend 2 image from Digital Two for Tuesday. and used it as an overlay over a dark red colour to achieve the same red colour I added to the chairs in the scene. and printed it out in 5x7". I took a strip of this and matted it the same way I matted the scene.  I used the two sections to wrap around the candle.  I then punched numerous branches with the Martha Stewart twig punch from dark green card stock.  I placed the candle on a CD I no longer required and carefully placed the branches all around under the candle and sprinkled red seed beads around for the berries.

You can push the wrap down as the candle burns, but it should be removed once it gets close enough to chance any contact with the flame.  Again this would be a great gift for someone but you might want to keep one for yourself too.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gift Box: Girl with Cat

I'm so thrilled to have been chosen by Cora from Digital Two for Tuesday to be a Guest Designer for her Christmas images.  This is the second of three projects I designed for her.  I posted the first project here and the last project will be posted here tomorrow.  You can also check out all the projects as they were all posted on the Digital Two for Tuesday site yesterday.  Please go and check out her blog for some really great digital images, there were many more great images I could have used. Cora asked us to create some non card projects, like gifts, decor or other 3D projects.
I created a simple 5½" square box by scoring each of the sides of an 8 3/8" square piece of card stock at 1½". I cut along the score line up to the next score along two of the sides and glued the tabs to the inside of the box. I repeated the same procedure with an 8 ½" square piece of card stock for the lid. I then cut two 6" scalloped dark green mats and adhered it to the bottom of the box and the top of the lid. Then I layered a 5½" piece of red card stock on to the lid.  From white card stock I cut the snowflake border by Monica Bjork and layered it over the red.  I sized the Christmas Cat image from Digital Two for Tuesday to fit inside the space of the frame.  I then changed the colour of the image to the same dark green colour of the card stock and printed it out.  I then used Lyra artist pencils, a gold gel pen and glitter to colour the image and adhered it to the top of the box.  I wrapped the circumference of the box with lace, then red ribbon which I also tied into a bow with the bow easy.  I added some clear KaiserCraft jewels to the center of the larger snowflakes in the frame.  This is an easy little box to create that can be filled with a multitude of things to create a beautiful thoughtful gift.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Santa: Altered Tile

I'm so thrilled to have been chosen by Cora from Digital Two for Tuesday to be a Guest Designer for her Christmas images.  This is the first of three projects I designed for her.  Please watch for the other two projects to be posted here tomorrow and Monday.  You can also check out all the projects as they will all be posted on the Digital Two for Tuesday site today.  I wish I had had more time because there were certainly more images I had ideas for, so go and check out her blog for some really great digital images. Cora asked us to create some non card projects, like gifts, decor or other 3D projects.

For this project I purchased an 8x10" plain white tile from the hardware store. I had intended to do this project as a laser copy transfer, but unfortunately with 4 days of deep snow and white out conditions I just couldn't justify driving into town for a mere photocopy.  So I switched gears.  I edited this Santa image slightly in my photo editing software so that it would print precisely in an 8x10" space (I believe I stretched the width ever so slightly... a square tile with some text set up beside the image would have been lovely as well, but I could only find 12x12 tiles, too big for a standard printer page).  I taped tissue paper onto a sheet of printer paper making sure I fastened it along all sides.  It's especially important to make sure it is taped along the bottom and the lower sides of the tissue paper so it feeds nicely into the printer.  I printed the image onto the tissue paper.  I then covered the tile with a thin layer of Mod Podge and very carefully lay the image onto the tile using a scraper or something like a credit card to make sure there are no air bubbles or wrinkles (or very few anyway).  Should you make a mistake just wash your tile clean and start over again.  I then used craft paint and artist pencils to colour Santa.  I also used Cranberry Adirondack Acrylics to add colour and dimension to the berries.  It would make a great gift... if you bought more than one tile because you probably wouldn't want to part with the first one you created!  So it is good that I bought more than one tile!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pillow Box

I always figure that for my 16 yr old niece, shopping is fun, and for me it is a stressful thing. (Don't get me wrong I enjoy shopping for myself too, but since I have no idea what she likes it's stressful.)  I figure half the fun of her present will be to go out and do the shopping and then actually have something you like.  So the last few years I've given her money and find a special way to give it to her that still shows my appreciation for her.
I started by cutting a pillow box from white card stock which I then ran through the Cuttlebug with the Holly Ribbons folder.  I then stitched a piece of red card stock that I edged with the Martha Stewart Doily edge punch to the front of the box and trimmed the edges to the shape of the box.  I then glued the box together.  Using foam adhesive I then layered on three pieces of Holly from the Christmas holly, a die cut label, and digital bird image, together with triple looped kitchen string.  The digital stamps were coloured with Lyra pencils and the label was run through the Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Singing Birds

 I saw singing birds and I just knew I had to use it.  I also really wanted to do a purple and blue card,the liturgical colours of advent, and this was the perfect opportunity.  I added the words Silent Night, Holy Night to the book cover.   I then coloured the book purple and the birds blue using Lyra pencils and Sansodor.  I edged the pages of the book with gold gel pen.  I took blue card stock for the base, then recoloured a digital paper by PurePixel Designs purple.  I also cut a Silhouette border from the same blue card stock.  I layered the purple paper over the blue base, then the border and another piece of purple paper.  I stitched them all together just beside the border strips.  Next I printed the song Silent Night, Holy Night onto a piece of packing paper... this stuff has great great texture and vintage feel.  I rolled up the ends and inked the edges with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink and placed it on the base at a slight angle.  I added branches punched with the Martha Stewart twig punch.  I punched them form the blue card stock, packing paper, and the gold from a large chocolate bar wrapper.  I placed them above and below the sheet music.  Then I placed three purple ribbon roses above and a large cream satin ribbon tied with the bow easy under the sheet music.  I added foam adhesive to the back of the image and mounted it on top of the sheet music.

It's a Marshmallow World

It's a marshmallow world in the winter,
When the snow comes to cover the ground,
It's the time for play, it's a whipped cream day,
I wait for it all year round.

Those are marshmallow clouds being friendly,
In the arms of the evergreen trees,
And the sun is red like a pumpkin head,
It's shining so your nose won't freeze.

The world is your snowball, see how it grows,
That's how it goes, whenever it snows,
The world is your snowball just for a song,
Get out and roll it along.

It's a yum-yummy world made for sweethearts,
Take a walk with your favourite girl,
                                                                                                                                                                       It's a sugar date, what if
                                                                                                                                                                       spring is late,
                                                                                                                                                                       In winter, it's a
                                                                                                                                                                       marshmallow world.


We had rain on Nov. 30th and it started to snow in earnest on Sunday... and this is our marshmallow world. No fancy composed shots... I didn't even leave the house for them, but I look out my window and this songs sticks in my head. (there is a non snowy picture here to compare)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sledding Mouse


I created a background using  a Christmas tree digi.  I positioned sled mouse digi to the bottom left hand corner running slightly off the background.  I also copied sled mouse twice beside the main image I set up so I could layer him.  I printed the images out, then printed sled mouse out again on My Mind's Eye Dear Santa patterned paper.  I cut the main image out so the front of the sled and his tail protrude off the background.  I then coloured the images in using Lyra pencils, white paint and glitter. I layered the body of sled mouse as well as the front of the sled, and cut his sweater from pattered paper.  I cut his head and the front of his sled a second time and layered them again.  I glittered the edges of the image as well as the front of the sled.  I also added a red bow to the tail of the mouse.  I took a red piece of card stock which I stitched around twice with white thread.  I added two strips of My Mind's Eye Dear Santa paper which I stitched to the red base. I then adhered the image to the card base. Lastly I created a snowflake frame from a border out of Monica Bjork's Christmas baubles file.  I also cut extra snowflakes.  I adhere the frame around the image, then layered an extra snowflake over some of the snowflakes in the frame, and added a KaiserCraft jewel to the centre.



    Holly Wreath



    I created this card using a digital holly candle image.  I layered numerous copies of the holly with the candle image to create an advent wreath.  I printed the image and coloured it with Lyra artist pencils.  I added some dimension to the berries using glossy accents and cut it out.  I started wit a standard quarter fold base and layered it with green and red inked mats which I double stitched together for a bold stitch.  I added another white layer which I ran through the Cuttlebug with the Holly Ribbons folder.   I added gold photo corners to two corners.   I then took a strip of card stock and edged it with the Fiskars Lace border punch and inked it the same green and placed it to the left side of the card  I wrapped white satin ribbon over the centre of this strip. I added the stamped image using foam adhesive then added a bow tied with the bow easy under the image.

    Sunday, November 28, 2010

    Dearest Deer

    I once again used the Stampavie Dearest Deer stamp.  I wasn't so sure about this colour combination.  I just didn't think it would 'pop' without the red bow and collar on the deer.  In the end I like this one even better than the last card using this stamp.  I coloured it using Lyra pencils and water colour crayons.  I added some Adirondack Cranberry Acrylics to the berries , Matte Accents to the leaves, and glitter along the snow. I used papers from the Pebbles Inc. Snow Fun 4x6 pad.  I matted the image on blue paper and stitched the two together with white thread.  I created an easel card base from white card stock.  I inked  a mat with Olive CTMH ink and added two patterned papers and stitched it to the mat.  I added a strip of Around the Block Frame Tape inked with blue Adirondack ink.  I then added the stamped image to the centre using foam adhesive.  I tied a bow from green satin ribbon using the bow easy.  I layered it with a pointsettia blossom and snowflake embellishment that I tied with kitchen string, and adhered it to the top left hand corner of the stamped image.  I added green KaiserCraft jewels below the stamped image.
    I then added a layer of white card stock to the inside of the card to hold up the easel.  I layered it with a green inked mat and the snowflake patterned paper that were stitched together with white thread.  I then took another piece of white cardstock the width of the card and stamped the Inkadinkado Merry Christmas stamp from the Christmas Silhouettes set in lettuce Adirondack ink onto it, matted it with blue patterned paper, and stitched it together.  I layered it over the snowflake paper and added more green KaiserCraft jewels to the corners of the stamped sentiment.

    Saturday, November 27, 2010

    Deer in Woods

    I created this card using the digital stamps.  Digi stamps are really amazing for their versatility.  I recoloured the tree dark green and duplicated the image 7 times and flipped warped, stretched and resized each one to create a landscape.  I then added a fawn to the left and a fawn laying down to the right and recoloured them a dark brown.  I added a sentiment  below the trees in the middle of the landscape.   I duplicated the fawn layer, the two tree layers on the left and the three tree layers on the right, and mirrored each layer, and moved them to another location in the document.  I printed it out onto white card stock.  I cut out the landscape and folded it into thirds.  I then cut out along the tops of the trees and deer of the the right and left panels.  I also cut out the extra trees and deer.  I then coloured the images using Lyra pencils.  I went back over the trees and using white paint I added snow to the branches and added some glitter for extra sparkle.  I also added some pint and glitter to create some snow drifts on the ground.    I glued the extra trees and deer to the other side of the panels.
    I then took a piece of green card stock and ran it through the Cuttlebug using the Holly Ribbons folder.  I then cut out a mat after I manipulated the Lattice 9 file from Monica Bjork.  I then layered strips of blue, white and green card stock.  I took the green strip through the Cuttlebug using the snowflake folder. I then stitched the layers together stitching between the white and green card stock.  I adhered this towards the bottom half of the base.  I added a blue card stock mat and again stitched that to the base using light green thread.   I then adhered the stamped card to the blue mat.  I tied a bow from blue satin ribbon using the bow easy and adhered it above the blue mat.  I added two white flowers below and one above the bow.  I then punched a number of branches using the Martha Stewart twig punch and adhered them under a bow.  Lastly I added a bit of glitter embossing powder to the edge of the card.  The dimension of the layers of trees on the card is so pretty.  I love the look of this card.

    Friday, November 26, 2010

    Pocket Mouse

    I used the Pocket Mouse digital stamp for this card.  I printed him twice on patterned paper, and once on plain card stock  (I removed the stitching so I could add machine stitching).  I used paper from My Mind's Eye Dear Santa 8" pad.  I cut the pocket from the patterned paper.  Using dark green thread I stitched twice along the top of the pocket.  I then adhered it to the second copy of the image printed on patterned paper, and stitched along the three sides of the pocket.  I pulled up the paper along the stitching to give the pocket a little extra texture.  I then added Adirondack Espresso Acrylics to his tail and paws for dimension.  I cut his head from the white card stock and coloured him using the Lyra pencils.  I then punched a number of branches using the Martha Stewart twig punch, which I glittered with a stardust Gelly Roll pen  I tucked them into the pocket and under the mouse's head.  I then added red Kaisercraft Pearls for some berries among the branches, and perked his ears up a little.  I rounded the edges of the patterned paper, which I matted with red and green inked card stock with rounded corners.  I used Adirondack lettuce and Cranberry/red pepper inks to colour the card stock.  I stitched the red card stock to the green using white thread.  I then inked the card base and using the same patterned paper I cut a slightly smaller piece and used the Martha Stewart doily edge punch along the bottom, and adhered it to the base.  I then took a piece of light blue satin ribbon and tied it in a double loop bow using the bow easy.  I coloured the string using the green ink and knotted it through the front of the stamped image and through the back of the knot of the bow.  I added foam adhesive to the back of the image and adhered it at an angle to the base of the card.  I then took the bow and adhered it at the top centre of the card.

    Thursday, November 25, 2010

    Blog Candy Winner

    Thank you all for becoming followers of my blog...You'll generally have the first chance to see my projects and see my creations.

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    Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    Blog Candy

    Hi everyone
    This post will remain at the top of my blog until November 24th.
    I thought I would offer up some blog candy.  I've gone through my stash and found some things to share with one of my lucky followers.  I have 12 large paper roses, 10 smaller ones, 6 dozen ribbon roses in 2 sizes, 7 mirror embellishments, 4- 2ft of trim, 4- 2ft of ribbon, 4- 3 ft of ric rac, and a CTMH stamp set with a small block.

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    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    Especially For You


    I created this easel card for my sister in law who really enjoys my cards.   I started this card by creating a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" portrait orientation easel card base.  I edged the front and the inside with water colour crayons and lined them with white card stock.  I then took some patterned paper from the We R Memory Keepers White Out line, which cut, embossed and stitched the edges of. On the inside I only covered 2/3rds of the white card stock.  I then took a strip from the back of the same paper, embossed and stitched the edges of it as well and edged it with white card stock punched with the Martha Stewart Doily-lace edge

    punch.  For the front of the card I stamped Stampavie Rosalie's Bicycle stamp which I  coloured with Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils and Sansodor.  I then embossed and stitched the edges, and matted to a scalloped base, and adhered with foam adhesive.  I dressed up the the bottom corner of the stamped image with a yellow flower and burgundy blossoms centered with a green rhinestone.  I then tucked in a few leaves punched with the Martha Stewart twig punch and some rhinestone flourishes.  For the inside I cut a circle, stamped it with the Art Warehouse Memories Interactive stamp and printed the sentiment on it, matted with a scalloped circle mat, and also adhered with foam adhesive.  I tied a yellow bow with the bow easy and adhered it beside the sentiment.
     

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010

    Reindeer card

    This was another great rendition of card tag... we must be getting close to Christmas because even though we didn't start with a Christmas card, as we went along each of us created a Christmas card.  I was asked to lift this card by Merrilee.  I changed the sizes of things up a little bit but I kept the number of matts the same.  I also rotated it and used the brad for my sentiment, instead of the three tree brads and sentiment she had.  I also added ribbon which she did not use on her card.  I started by creating a card base and then inked the edges with Adirondack Cranberry ink (I love the velvety illusion this gives), I added a layer of Kaisercraft Winter Wonderland Let it Snow paper, and stitched the edges of it. Before adhering it I added a length of red ribbon and a bow to the right hand side of the card I then added the bluey grey paper that I edged with stardust glitter glue and glitter (yes I glittered the glitter) and tucked it under the bow.  I then stamped the Stampavie Dearest Deer stamp, coloured it with Rembrandt Polycolor pencils and Sansodor.  I added a little bit of glitter to the snow using a Sakura glue pen. I matted that with a mat I inked with the cranberry ink as well and stitched around the stamped image.  Using foam adhesive I mounted this on the center of the card under the ribbon.  Lastly  I added the Holiday Wishes brad on top of the bow.

    Monday, November 15, 2010

    Beginning Life's Journey Together

    I have been sketching again (and I still have old sketches I haven't published...I normally have projects to post but no time to post them.. but if I ever find myself on the other side of the fence I will post those as well).  I have even managed to create a layout for the sketch because I was really inspired by it.



    I just had to create a layout from this sketch.  I switched it up and created an 8 1/2x11" layout, switching out the three landscape pictures for one portrait picture.  I took plain white card stock and embossed a diamond pattern on it using the Martha Stewart Score Board.  I then took another  sheet of white card stock and and cut it 1 1/2" smaller, inked it with cranberry Adirondack ink.  I also took a piece of black card stock and cut it yet another 1/2" smaller.  I centered the three pieces over each other and adhered them.I then cut my sepia toned picture down to 4x7" and sanded the edges and adhered it to the top right hand side of the black card stock.  To the left of the picture I arranged various mulberry roses with the wire stems spiraled and Heather Flower Soft stems.  I tucked some leaves punched with a Martha Stewart twig punch around the arrangement.  I then took the two flowers remaining from the  Zva Double Butterfly & Flowers and nestled them among the mulberry flowers.  I then took Zva Crystal Dots and placed them in a line 1 cm apart (0.39") above and below the floral arrangement.  I cut the title from white card stock using the font Berylium, which was inked with VersaMark and Blush Perfect Pearls, and adhered it under the photo.  I then added the remaining title with Sakura white Souffle pen.  I also cut a tag from white card stock , printed the journaling on it and edged it with Blush Perfect Pearls, and tucked it on the edge of the red card stock beside the floral arrangement.  Lastly I took two white satin butterflies, coloured the smaller one with Blush Perfect Pearls and adhered it to the top right hand side of the photo.

    Sunday, November 14, 2010

    Simple Elegance


    This card uses simple elegance to showcase the sheer beauty of the symmetrical pearl flourish design.  I created a cutting file that exactly matches the contours of the pearl flourishes and sized it for the card front.  I then offset that shape by 1/4" and placed two side by side to create the cutting file for the card base.  I cut the card base out of light blue card stock and the card front from dark brown card stock.  I adhered the two together and added the flourishes.  Next I cut a strip of the same blue card stock and scored a diamond pattern using the Martha Stewart Score Board.  I then stitched a straight stitch along the top and bottom using white thread, and adhered it between the flourishes. Finally, I cut 3 tags, a brown scalloped oval, and a white and blue oval.  I embossed an edge around the white and blue ovals.  I also stamped the Inque Boutique Birthday stamp on the blue oval using brown Adirondack ink.  I inked the white oval with Frost VersaMark Dazzle, and adhered them together and adhered it to the center of the card.

    Saturday, November 13, 2010

    Rose Garden Gate card


     This card is quite involved.  Monica has a great number of fabulous cutting files available (I absolutely recommend checking them out) and I used a gate fold card removed the 'gates' and added actual gates.  I re-sized and fidgeted with the files until they suited my needs.  On the inside of the card I printed a picture of my rose garden in full bloom for the garden view beyond the gate.  I reinforced the gate with strips of white card stock along the horizontal boards, which also give it a bit of dimension.  I also created the hinges and pulls for the gate, cut them out of dark brown card stock and rubbed them with metallic chalk, and adhered them in place.  Next I took some green card stock and used Martha Stewart punches to cut rose leaves and twigs and trellised them up the left side of the card.  I planted some ribbon rose buds among them after spiraling the wire stems around a crochet hook.  I planted the smaller of the two butterflies in the Zva Double Butterfly & Flowers among the roses. The second one I placed on the right gate with the trail leading from the roses as if he has just fluttered away.  I cut two labels, from vellum and white card stock and printed the sentiment in red ink, using the font Marnie Regular onto the vellum and embossed it using the smaller card stock label.  I ended up adhering it behind the vellum for legibility.  I added Zva Crystal Dots to the corners and adhered it to the inside of the card.

    Friday, November 12, 2010

    Oome Joe and Tante Lies

    I took a 12"x12" quick page I really liked that was designed by AVDESIGNS and resized it to 11x11.  Then I cut an 8x10 1/2" piece out around the picture and embellishment cluster and pasted into a new layer.  That allowed me to resize the brown patterned paper frame to 8 1/2x11".  Since the frame is very small the distortion to the patterned paper is hardly noticeable.  I found some great pictures of DH's aunt and uncle to add to the page.  I then added the title using the font Brock Script.  I stroked the title with a darker brown colour.  I then added 9 pearls to the top right hand corner.  I used a Delicious Scraps textured tag to create the tag I added the date to.  I then added a drop shadow to all the layers except the date.

    Thursday, November 11, 2010

    Halloween Gift Bag

    For a second Halloween project I took an ordinary lunch bag and dressed it up for a Halloween gift bag. I found the great GSD file for the spiders web by Caroline, as well as an image for a spider which I converted to a cutting file.  I cut them all from black card stock. I matted the spiders web for the front with orange and black card stock cutting a hole behind the spiders web.  I recycled the packaging from a set of Zva Flourishes to line the opening behind the spiders web. I cut the top off the lunch bag along the front and sides at the same height as the matted spiders web, leaving the back as a flap.
    I also cut a hole in the front of the lunch bag and adhered the matted spiders web to the front of the bag. I repeated the same layers for the back of the bag except that I did not create a window with the spiders web. I then took the orange card stock and printed Mary Shelley quote onto it as well as the words 'Happy Halloweeen' using the font 'Cratch'. I also matted these in orange and black and adhered the quote to the top of the flap and the sentiment to the inside. I then took the spiders I had taken and used Versamark and Forever Violet Perfect Pearls to give them a purple hue. To exagerate their creepiness and play up the quote I took orange Zva Basic Lines and added two crystals to each of the spiders as eye popping glowing eyes. I used foam glue dots to adhere them to the front and flap of the bag.


    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    A Halloween Mask

    I had great fun with this project that I created just before Halloween.  It turned into such a glamorous mask.  I started with a plain, cheap mask and removed the really bold gold ric rac trim from around the mask and the eyes. I edged the mask with black satin seam binding to give it elegance.  After covering the old adhesive and the edge of the velour with dimensional paint I added Zva Crystals dots around the eyes.  I then added two large Zva Symmetrical Flourishes that I cut from their backing, starting at the left corner of the eye.   For a pop of colour and glamour I added three red rose blossoms just above the bottom of the flourishes.  In order to punch up the glam factor just a little bit more I curled a large length of black satin ribbon, as well as small red pearl garland and adhered it under the blossoms.

    Tuesday, November 9, 2010

    10 minute baby cards

    I knew I was cutting it close in creating these baby cards, but that's sometimes the way life goes. I ended up not coming home from shopping for the shower gifts until an hour before the shower was to start. I still had to make the gifts presentable, eat my supper (DH is a darling and had lasagna ready), get changed and clean myself up as well as create these two cards. I had taken some images along when we were camping this summer and had a chance to do some colouring while it was raining (they are both by Anne Bodil). I quickly grabbed some coordinating card stock. I started by creating the bases for the cards and lining them with purple and yellow card stock. I then added a pink and blue mat that I ran through the Cuttlebug with the Sizzix Damask and Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folders respectively.  I then took strip of the same purple and yellow card stock and edged them with the Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace and Fiskars lace border punches respectively.   I cut the pink image in an oval and the blue image in a rounded rectangle and matted each with brown card stock and adhered them to the front of the cards.  Not my best or most inspiring creations but yes, I made it to the shower on time (but just).