Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sweet Smile

I created another layout this week. Once again I went digital; the muffin toppers by JKCreations I found online were the perfect embellishments for this layout. I centered the picture on the page and added a dark blue mat I created, pulling the colours from the muffin toppers. I then took a brown from the muffin toppers and used that colour for the background of the layout. I then extracted 3 muffin toppers from the file and transferred them to the bottom right hand side of the layout and resized them so they would be slightly smaller. I added three white sticks to the muffin toppers and a bow created by Jessica Dixon that perfectly matched the blue in the muffin toppers. I then extracted the center of two more muffin toppers and used them to embellish the top right and bottom left of the page. I used the alphas in the Jessica Dixon's kit for the word Smile and the font Black Jack to create the word Sweet in white. I also used the same font for the date along the bottom left hand corner of the layout. I then finished up by adding dropped shadows to most of the layers, and adjusting the perspective on a few, to give realistic shadows to the layers.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


I created another boy card. They really are more difficult for me because simple is generally more with them (especially when I get eager to pull out ribbon and punches lol ). I took a great digital image by Angelique Kramer aka Sliekje and coloured it with water colour pencils and a blender pen. I inked the edges in green. I matted it with a piece of blue card stock that I ran through my Cuttlebug with a Tim Holtz Bricks embossing folder, which I then inked with CTMH Indian Corn Blue to bring out the embossing. I placed some ATB paper on the base and added the matted image to the right side. The left side still needed something, so I added some blue ribbon as well as cotton string (in an attempt to make it a little more grungy and less girly... did it work? lol ). I also added a red photo turn to the bottom right of the image, and inked the edges of the card with CTMH Indian Corn Blue.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy 35th anniversary

Some dear friends of ours celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary and I felt the need to create a beautiful card for them to share in their occasion. I know she really enjoys a baby blue colour, so I used a piece of baby blue card stock as my base. I chose to create this card in a 4"x9" size for something different. I then took a piece of white card stock for the front of the card, which I ran through my Cuttlebug with the Tim Holtz Damask embossing folder. I then ran the top third of the card through the Cuttlebug again. I used my Versamark pen and Pearl Perfect Pearls to highlight the raised part of the embossing. Using my Silhouette I cut one of the 3 way ornate frames from the Silhouette store. I inked the edges of it with Adirondack Latte ink. I placed the top of this frame just above where the embossing folders connected. I then wrapped the same seam in the embossing with a piece of baby blue ribbon, which I topped with a bow tied with my bow easy. I tucked three ribbon flowers from the wedding section of the craft store around the bow. I punched some leaves out of the blue card stock with my Martha Stewart branch punch and placed them under the flowers. I then also tucked in three sprigs of pearls that I had also found in the wedding section of the craft store. Lastly I used American Craft Hat Box Thickers for the '35' on the front of the frame. I edged them with the same Adirondack Latte ink and covered them with the blue card stock. Lastly, but not visible in these images, I lined the inside with white card stock on which I printed a beautiful sentiment in brown. With this I hope to have captured an essence of their friendship in our lives, and our sincerest wishes for their marriage.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Eeekk.. I left my Father's Day card to the last minute (how unlike me lol ) so I quickly had to whip up a card this morning for my dad. I knew I had downloaded a nice image from Digital Two for Tuesday a while back that would be perfect... a gentleman riding his bike. It reminds me so much of the image I have in my mind of how my dad would have looked as a young lad riding his bike. I quickly whipped it open in Gimp and edited out all the 'extra' stuff and coloured the image somewhat sepia toned, and printed it out. I quickly double matted it in brown and white. I backed the entire card base in a darker brown that I ran through the Cuttlebug with the Tim Holtz bricked embossing folder. I created three layers of card stock 2" wide at the bottom out of a lighter brown and white card stock to layer underneath the left hand side of the digital stamped image. I ran this through the Cuttlebug with the back side of the mesh embossing folder. Using Adirondack Mushroom ink I stamped the sentiment from the CTMH Say it in Style set. I then added three brads to the top right hand corner of the digital image and adhered the front to the base of the card. It's clean and simple which always works great for a masculine card!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Calendar pages

As part of a swap I created these 2 calendar pages.
The first one I used an unmounted stamp, unfortunately it did not carry a manufacturers name when I purchased it. I coloured it with water colour pencils and a water pen. I placed it on a blue background that I ran through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. I cut out the word March with my Silhouette and placed it beside the image. Along the bottom I added a green card stock and used yellow ric rac to hold up the top half of the calendar. I rounded all the corners and left a white border all around.

The second one I used some leftover Fancy Pants paper and card stock to cover the base of the calendar. I then chose to change things up by adding the month along the bottom. I also added some stickles to help hold the calendar open. I added a layered flower to the card front along side which I placed the calendar.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Monogram sketch

Here is another sketch for your enjoyment.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

baby cards

I finished two more cards that I'd like to share with you. I used some digital stamps by Anne Bodil that I coloured with water colour pencils and a blending pen. For the first card I cut two circles using my Coluzzle template to create a base for the card I then pieced 3 different colours of card stock together and cut it one size smaller than the base. I ran that through the Cuttlebug using the Victoria template twice since it is too wide for the template. I then lightly sanded to highlight the embossing. I then punched some white card stock with the Martha Stewart floral vine punch. I layered this between the blue and the pink and cream card stocks. I then ran a tracing wheel along the edges of the card stock as an extra detail in lieu of stitching. I punched a few leaves using the Martha Stewart twig punch and coloured them with the same water colour pencil used on the stamp. I layered them under a KaiserCraft flower, then placed a button in the center of it. I attached the layers of the card together by sewing the button right through the card with mercerized cotton which I tied in a bow. I scored the back of the card so it would fold open easier.

For the next card I created a base in the shape of a onesie to cut with my Silhouette. After I cut the base I ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. I then ran some Versamark over the dots and embossed with some clear embossing powder. I then inked the whole card with Adirondack stonewashed and aqua inks. I took some narrow ribbon and using the bow easy I tied a double bow which I adhered at the top of the onesie. I cut the digital stamp using my Silhouette using the print and cut feature, and coloured it with water colour pencils and a blending pen. I used foam adhesive to adhere it to the front of the card. I added a few KaiserCraft pearls to the bottom of the onesie for snaps.