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.