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.

I have randomly drawn a number using
The 5th person in the Followers list is Marilyn Myers:
Congratulations Marilyn, could you please contact me with your address so I can get your this candy in the mail to you.

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.

So you have until the 24th to sign up as my follower.

I will draw an entry from all my blog followers on the 25th (Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends that day), and put in an extra entry if that leads to your blog where you've posted about my blog candy. Please provide a link back to this post in your blog.   Good luck to all my followers!

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).