Thursday, April 29, 2010

A few photographs

However busy I may be I do generally find some time to pull out my camera for a little photo shoot.

We recently became chicken farmers, and when our first flock of chicks arrived I of course had to do a little photo session. I must say they are certainly not nearly as cute now that they are fully grown and ready to leave. How adorable is this curled up little snoozing day old baby chick.

Spring has arrived and with it my flower beds are starting to burst with blossoms. These daffodils have been a fragrant addition to my home as well.

I really love this photograph. The colour of the Crocuses pops between the foliage and fall leaves, and the old wagon wheel makes a stunning backdrop.

I caught this striking sunset a few weeks ago. The silhouette of the three trees set of the bold colours of the horizon.

This precious munchkin is my pride and joy right now. I had fully intended to give up his mamma to a good home before we moved, until this little bundle arrived. It's my little mini munchkin who can turn into a mighty monster in minutes.

Now, of course you have to capture the humorous moments in life as well. We were enjoying a warm sunny day out on the deck when our little munchkin decided he would like to join us. Of course the good mom I am I had to run in the house and grab my camera before I came to his rescue.

Some days he thinks he is a puppy instead of a kitten. Here I caught him fighting with my husband's shoes, shaking his head back and forth. He actually managed to drag it off a little ways, as the action blur shows.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Altered Milk Bottle

We are in the process of renovating an old Victorian house, and added a large luxurious bathroom. Above my soaker tub is an old window turned bookshelf that still has the beautifully massive wood trim around it and is the focal point of the room. I need to fill this bookshelf with various nick nacks to show off. I found this old milk bottle that I thought would be a perfect antique to alter for this space. I have chosen to fill it with bath salts. I found a number of files on the Silhouette website that were perfect for this Victorian project! I cut out the lace in a deep red and sprayed it with cranberry Shimmer Mist to distress it and add some sparkle. I added some pearls to the lace and threaded a piece of pale green ribbon. I wrapped this around the bottle. I then cut an ornate frame, and a second layer for the inside. I inked the frame with Willow Adirondack ink. I edged the inner layer with rhinestones. I then tied a large sheer bow with my Bow Easy. I placed a large red paper rose that I spritzed with Cranberry Shimmer Mist above the bow facing upward slightly. I wrapped the same pale green around the neck of the bottle and added three rhinestones to the ribbon at the front of the bottle. Lastly I created the bottle top out of a piece of chipboard. I layered the top with the same red cardstock spritzed with Glimmer Mist.
I then took a rhinestone flower that was the same size as the bottle top and removed the large rhinestone from the middle and adhered it in the bottle top. I took a piece of silver chain and looped the ends through the prongs of a crystal brad. I placed the brad through the middle of the bottle top creating a pull to remove the bottle top. I covered the bottom of the bottle top with a piece of white cardstock to hide the brad prongs. I still should add the words 'Bath Salts' to the ornate label.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Butterfly card

I saw this GSD file and I was immediately inspired. I cut the base out of plain white cardstock, inked the edges liberally with Lemonade Adirondack ink, then followed up with a touch of Sunset Orange Adirondack ink. I took a piece of bright yellow white core cardstock and cut out the butterfly with an offset of 4. I took that and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Victoria embossing folder. The whole buterfly however doesn't fit through in one pass, so I had to find an unobtrusive place to split the card. For this butterfly that would be the center. I placed the left side into the right side of the embossing folder lining the edge of the design up with the center of the butterfly. Then I ran the folder sideways through the Cuttlebug. I repeated this with the other side of the butterfly. I then sanded the embossed design to bring out the white core of the cardstock on the raised portion of the design. After this I covered the top butterfly with LuminArte Iridescent Red Radiant Rain to give a nice shimmer. I wrapped the wet butterfly around the Radiant Rain bottle to dry (with the outside facing out) so the wings would gain some nice curl as it dried. I then took the Sunset Orange ink again and also inked the edges of this butterfly. I added a double layer of foam adhesive down the middle of the back of each wing to maintain the curl on the wing. Before gluing the butterfly onto the base I took two sprigs from a pearl spray (out of the wedding section) and pulled all but the last 3 of the pearls off of each, and loosened all but the last one so I could slide them closer together. I taped them to the base for the antennae and snipped off the excess stem. I added rhinestone flourishes to the upper part of the wing, as well as some sections of a scalloped border to the bottom tips of the base of the card. I did have to force these to reshape before I securely fastened them down. Next I took some sheer white ribbon and used the bow easy to create a large bow for the centre of the card. I rounded the tails of the ribbon to reflect the rounded tips of the wings. I then added a yellow and orange paper rose I found at the $store on top of the bow. I finished it off by taking some KaiserCraft Pearls to the body of the butterfly leading to the pearl antennae.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Flower Girl

I have another layout to share with you finally. It is another round of layout tag; it is always fun to try and create a truly unique layout while drawing on the inspiration of another. This time I had the privilege to lift this layout by Susan. I really drew my inspiration from the patterned paper Susan used. I started by matting the photos of my dear niece taken at my dear brother and sister in law's wedding. I took the colours for the layout from the wedding colours (and red is a wedding must have for the Chinese). It is a more unusual colour combination but I think it does look lovely! I then edged the photo mats with some lace I had found at my local thrift shop. I found the perfect colour to distress the edge of the card stock in my Twinkling H2O's which I brushed on the edges with a water brush. I then cut out a number of leaf sprays with my Silhouette. I strategically placed these under some Forever in Time Gem Art. Every Flower Girl needs some flowers; the large flower in the center is by Prima. The smaller ones are by Scrapbook Sally which I painted a coordinating colour with Twinkling H2Os. I then edged two of the petals with a little bit of darker ink using a water brush to match the Prima flower. I centered the flowers with Kaiser Craft Pearls. I also used some foam adhesive to add a little dimension under some of the flower petals (although some get their lift from the jewels). Lastly I added a double bow with large swooping tails to the embellishment cluster which I created using the bow easy. I used some American craft glitter chipboard for the title, adding 3 little flower shaped jewels to the O, and a gel pen for the second half of the title. Lastly I used a date stamp and Adirondack ink to subtly add the date to the layout.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

A quick birthday card

Here is another card I quickly whipped up in a couple of minutes before heading over to niece's 16th birthday party. This is a technique I do love in a pinch; I layer two words over top of each other making the word in the back big and bold with a thin dainty font in the front. The only thing that dictates which words goes behind and which goes in front is the size of the card and the length of the word. If I had placed 'sixteen' in the back the letters would have been extremely tall and skinny, although on a wide card to fit a business envelope the word 'sixteen' probably would have been perfect. The card uses a Kaiser Craft card base and pearl, Basic Grey Bittersweet paper, cardstock, and a Prima flower. I also outlined '16' with a white souffle pen. Excuse the blurry picture, in my haste to get going I didn't check the quality of the picture (I did manage to remember to take the picture though lol )

And if you own a Silhouette for your ease in reproducing this card you can download the GSD file here.

Prize winning cards

I was so shocked the other day when I received my cards back from the Fall Fair president. Last fall I had entered the fair with a collection of cards where I earned first place. They asked me when I came to pick up my exhibits if they could retain them to display at the Ontario Association of Agricultural Fairs. Wow, I was honoured to be asked. I was not aware that they would be judged at the provincial level! When I received them back he mentioned that I did really well at the Provincial meet. I opened it up and I had received first prize! I was so shocked and honoured. So now I have the privilege of sharing them with you. I tried to include a variety of cards, although they all are stamped with various media, and I love to include dimension in my cards.

This first card was created using Bazzill cardstock and Basic Grey Urban Couture paper. I distressed the base with Versamark and Perfect Pearls. The lace edge and butterflies were also stamped with Versamark on brown cardstock and covered in Perfect Pearls using Inque Boutique stamps. I edged the patterned paper with a blanket stitch. I embossed the sentiment from Technique Tuesday onto a transparency and mounted it onto paper covered Basic Grey chipboard and attached it using some small brads. I used Basic Grey fibers along the stamped lace, cascading some and dangling small beads on another between the scallops. I also used some fibers for the the antennae. Lastly I finished it off by adding a Crystal brad to the center of the flower on the patterned paper.

This second card I created for a Basic Grey Valentines card contest, which I was thrilled to win! It is made using the Bittersweet collection. I stamped the front of the card using a basic grey stamp set with a glue ink pad and covered it with Stix2 Transfer Foil. I stamped a couple of flourishes from the same set under the sentiment using Versamark and Perfect Pearls. I hand cut the sentiment except for the word love, which is Kindred Creations chipboard that I covered in patterned paper. I also stitched around the 1 with white thread. The edges of the paper were inked with white ink and Distress ink.Between the front and the inside I placed a Doodlebug paper frill which I rubbed with metallic chalk rub on both sides. I again stamped the inside with Basic Grey stamps, Versamark and Perfect Pearls, and added some hearts cut from patterned paper. I took the coordinating monogram stickers and mounted them so they would pop up at 2 different depths. I also added some pearls to each of the letters. Along the bottom I added a different piece of patterned paper. I added a bookplate and stamped the sentiment 'with love' by CTMH. I 'fastened' the bookplate using two pieces of heart shaped rhinestone.Lastly I created a tag to tuck between the two layers of paper on the lower half of the card to create room for a message to the recipient. I inked the edges of the patterned paper and added plain white cardstock to the middle and stamped another Basic Grey flourish. I added some leftover paper frill along the bottom, and a covered Basic Grey chipboard heart as a pull tab.

I cut the base for my last card using my Silhouette. I then used Inque Boutique Morsels stamps and green StazOn to stamp the edge of the card and coloured it in with Twinkling H2Os and a Gelly Roll stardust pen. I stamped the main image numerous times onto white cardstock with black and green StazOn. I cut the background image in a circle to fit nicely inside the base. The remainder I hand cut sections out of to give dimension to various aspects of the design. I glued the various pieces back onto the background image with dimensional adhesive. I then coloured this image with Twinkling H2Os, a Stardust pen and a gold gel pen for the lines on the bow. I added some drops of Rangers Glossy Accents to the berries to give them some dimension and shine. I then sewed around the circle, and Versamarked the edge and embossed with gold embossing powder. Before adhering it to the base I stamped the sentiment from Technique Tuesday and embossed it with the same gold embossing powder.