Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

I would like to wish you all the blessing of Christmas, and I hope you have the good fortune of spending time with those you love this holiday season. We have all our family gatherings on other days so today we will be spending the day with friends and all the lovely people at our local soup kitchen.
I created this frame using a wonderful piece of word art I found as well as the Classic Christmas digital paper pack from Kindred Creations.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Scarf

I came across a lovely scarf on this blog and I decided I would try and make myself one, and while I was at it I could whip one up for my niece for Christmas as well to go along with the gift card I got her.

I only used a single layer of fabric because I felt it would be quite thick and only suitable as a winter scarf and I thought the flower detail was too pretty to hide under a coat.  I rounded the ends of the 8" wide fabric before ruffling it.  I added 13 flowers (only because that's what I could get out of the remaining fabric).  I hand sewed the flowers and added 3 silver seed beads to the centre.  I then sewed them to the scarf making sure to keep the stitches at the back of the scarf neat and tidy, and starting and finishing my work on the back of the flower. Frankly I'll admit I was lazy and tried washable fabric glue and when I hand washed it 4 flowers fell off, but I also noticed that the flowers looked crappy after coming out of the wash.  Although I had already noticed that they looked a little limp and the tops were falling down when I lifted the scarf up.  To remedy that I took some no-sew seam tape to attach the flowers to the scarf further.  The flowers right now look a little flat from ironing on bits of seam tape, but they should puff back up a little.  I only attached them in two or three places.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Retro Christmas Tree

I have a new card to share with you.  Kindred Creations Scrapbooking has two new digital kits out today, Retro Red Christmas Tree and Retro Green Christmas Tree.  These packs are wonderful for the digi scrapper, but also those who don't mind printing out their own paper, which I did.  I also used the Ornate Merry Christmas Title which I changed to a green colour (although the greens appear quite black in the photograph).  I cut the image out using a Spellbinders Labels 17.  I layered the Red Tree Top paper over white and dark green card stock and stitched them together.  I also took a strip of Green Retro Trees paper and stitched it across the lower half of the card front.  I then added the image using foam adhesive and finished it off with some Kaisercraft clear jewels in the top right hand corner.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Shaker Easel card


I started by creating an easel card base from white card stock.  I layered the front and inside with blue card stock and patterned paper from a Pebbles Inc. Snow Fun 4x6 pad, which were stitched together with a sewing machine.  I printed the window image on brown card stock and the winter tree on white.  I cut out the window image and coloured the winter tree image using Lyra artist pencils adding in some fluffy white clouds.  I added some acetate to the window panes, then a double layer of foam adhesive around the window frame.  I added a little bit of decorative sand in the middle before adhering the winter tree image to the back.  I also added a little bit of glitter to the the corners of some of the window panes fro a frosty effect.   I then adhered this to a decorative mat I cut using a Spellbinders Labels 17 and Pebbles Inc. paper and adhered it to the top of the easel card.  I then cut some decorative elements from blue card stock and the Spellbinders Parisian Accents dies.  I added a few jewels to the to the top.  I then printed out the gift tag in dark blue, attached it with some blue embroidery floss tied in a bow and added some little silver bells, and a snowflake made from two die cuts, and some glitter.
For the inside I printed the let it snow sentiment in light blue and matted it in light blue.  I then placed it on top of a dark blue card stock pendant with a narrower light blue version just underneath using foam adhesive.  I centered this on the inside and used it to keep the easel propped up.  Lastly I added a few jewels along the top of the dark blue pendant.



Monday, November 14, 2011

Let it Snow


I love this advent colour combo for Christmas cards.  I started with a 8 1/2x4 1/4" white card base.  I added glitter to the edge of the card front.  I then took a scrap piece of card stock and wrapped it in metallic blue gift wrap and adhered it onto the card front. I added a strip of purple glitter card stock, and purple and clear jewel border.  I printed the let it snow digi image 3 times in a blue colour, went over it with a glue pen and blue glitter.  I added them to the front of the card using foam adhesive.  I kept it clean and simple with all that bling going on because I felt it would have been a little over the top if I had a lot of detail and layers along with the the eye catching bling factor.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Woodland Trees


I chose to keep this card clean and simple.  I started with a white card base and rounded the edges.  I added another layer of red card stock which I covered with two patterned paper which I stitched together before adhering to the base.  I printed out the digital stamp and coloured it with Lyra artist pencils and Sansodor.  I added glitter to the snow on the ground and punched some circles from red metallic card stock to cover the ornaments on the tree.  I matted this with more red card stock, stitched around it and adhered it  to the patterned paper using foam adhesive.  I wrapped these layers with string that I glittered using white paint as my 'glue'.  I added a button to the string and tied the ends in a bow.  Next I cut decorative corner from metallic red card stock using a Spellbinders Parisian Accents die which I adhered under the image in the top left hand corner.  I printed out the Happy Holidays Sentiment and cut it out using a Spellbinders Labels 17 die and cut it in half inked the edges green and added some metallic card stock circles before  tucking it under the image.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Vintage Postcard


I started by printing out some Kindred Creations digital papers Rainbow stripes and Damask.  I distressed them and layered them and sewed them together.  I printed out the postcard in green, stamp in red and Birdies Housework.  I matted the postcard with red card stock and stitched the layers together.  I added the coloured birdy tot he top left hand corner and the postage stamp ion the top right hand corner using foam adhesive.  I then wrapped the base with gold ribbon then mounted the postcard slightly angled on top.  I then tied a bow using the bow easy from the same ribbon adhered it to the bottom left hand corner, added two red roses, two leaves and a bunch of die cuts cut using the Martha Stewart twig punch.  Lastly I added some gold liquid pearls along the bottom of the postcard.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Irish Blessing

I printed the sun cloud digi out several times on white and yellow card stock, as well as with the sentiment onto blue inked card stock.  I cut the clouds out twice and the sun once, and edged all the pieces including the stamped base with clear stickles before layering them with foam adhesive.  I layered the floral papers from Kindred Creations and stitched around them before adhering the digital images which was also stitched.  Lastly I finished off the card with a bow tied using the bow easy and a few Q&Co pearls. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Fallen Leaves

I used the Kindred Creations Fallen Leaves digital papers.  I printed the digital stamp, coloured it with Lyra artist pencils and cut it out.  I layered five of the digital papers and stitched them onto white card stock.  I took a square white base and added a layer of stitched reddish brown card stock, the four digital papers on the white base, then added the last digital paper that was also stitched onto white card stock.  Lastly I added the leaf image with foam adhesive.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tall Daisy

I started with a white base and layered it with green textured card stock and pink card stock that I ran through the Cuttlebug using the textile embossing folder.  I tried to do a little something more unique for my stitching.  I sewed the layers together with my sewing machine and placed white twine underneath the stitches.  I coloured the tall daisy using Lyra artist pencils and Sansodor, cut it out and mounted it in the card using foam adhesive.  Next I cut Label 4 from white and dark pink card stock, I stamped the Whimsy sentiment onto it and mounted it on the card using slightly thicker foam adhesive.  Lastly I added 2 pearls to the label to finish it off.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Guest Designing for One Crazy Stamper: Card #2

I'm back to show you another card I created for One Crazy Stamper.  I decided to create a masculine card this time around.

I started this card by choosing the Ai Original Ed Fronts-n-Backs stamp.  These Fronts-n-Backs stamps are amazing because they have matching stamps with a font and back view of the image, which is perfect for repeating on in the middle or back of the card.  I thought it would be perfect to use with a clear acetate front card this time around.  I started with a dark green Bazzill card base and cut a hole in the front larger than the largest Spellbinders Labels 18 die.  I matted a piece of paper from the Fancy Pants Beach Bum 6x6 pad with dark blue card stock and stitched it together using my sewing machine, and cut the center out using the largest Spellbinders Labels 18 die.  I lined the back with clear acetate and adhered it to the front of the base.  I stamped Ed onto X-Press it card stock using Tsukineko Memento tuxedo black ink and coloured it with Lyra artist pencils, which I then blended with Sansodor and blending stumps. I cut the images out and added the front of Ed to the front of the card on the acetate. I added a dark red button which I threaded with Sew Easy Fancy Floss tertiary twine before adhering to the bottom left hand side of the card front.  I took a piece of silver wire, shaped it into a fishing hook, wrapped three little chicken feathers onto it with sewing thread, to make it look like a fly fishing hook.  I hooked it onto the mats and adhered fishing line to it which I then wrapped around the button and brought back to the right hand side of the card.  I stamped the Whimsy Party Mini Letter Seals stamp onto the front top right hand side of the card in Versamark and embossed it in white embossing powder.

 I then went to the inside of the card.  I line the right hand side with with dark red card stock and paper from the Fancy Pants Beach Bum pad, stitched around the layers again.  I stamped two Whimsy Treasured Moments tickets onto Beach Bum patterned paper using Adirondack and CTMH ink, cut them out using the Whimsy ticket die and stapled them to the bottom left hand side and adhered it all to the base. I took another Whimsy Party Mini Letter Seals stamp and stamped it onto the top right hand corner of the card using CTMH olive ink.  I lined the other side with orange card stock and more Beach Bum patterned paper, which I also stitched together, and cut the center out with the Spellbinders Labels 18 die.  I added a piece of Tim Holtz film strip using a screw brad to the top left hand side.  I carefully layered it onto the card lining the die cut up exactly with the die cut on the front of the card.  I then glued the back of Ed to line up perfectly with the front of Ed on the acetate.  I then wrapped the fishing line around to the inside of card and adhered it under the right hand side of the mats.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

X's and O's


I started this card with a light green card base and layered a wine red card stock over top which I then stitched together.  I printed out the tic tac frame and sewed along the lines separating the squares with a straight stitch.  I then went along those stitches with black embroidery floss.  Next I hand drew a line outside of the frame and cut along the outside as well as the small inner squares.  I ran this through the Cuttlebug with the Kassie's Brocade embossing folder.  I mounted it on the base using foam adhesive.  I then printed out the O's on the same light green as the base and the X's in a slightly darker green, and mounted them on the base using a thicker layer of foam adhesive.  On all the hearts of the X's and O's I added some Prima flowers and a heart shaped jewel.  I cut a tab from a Spellbinders Label 8 die from black card stock and cut it in half.  I stamped the CTMH 'with love' sentiment with Versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder.  I then placed it under the frame on the left hand side of the card.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Guest Designing for One Crazy Stamper

I have the privilege this month to design for One Crazy Stamper, an amazing online store with an amazing assortment of current stamps and card making products as well as copics and their prices are great to boot!  They are also opening a brick and mortar store in Bolton Ontario this month!
This month at One Crazy Stamper they are hosting a sketch challenge.  You have until the end of the month participate in the challenge and have a chance of winning a prize pack from Your Next Stamp.  Create it a card using this sketch and link it to the One Crazy Stamper blog.
For my card I rotated the sketch so that the embellishments would be on the left hand side of the card (though I did keep the sentiment right where it was).
I took the Stampavie, Cherie with her best friend Blondie stamp, and stamped it onto X-Press It card stock using Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo black ink.  I then coloured it in using my Lyra artist pencils, and blended using Sansodor and paper blending stumps.  I added some finishing touches with gel pens, like her belt buckle, jewelry, and scarf,  Blondie's bow, and added some golden brown highlights to her hair.  I cut out the image.  I started with a green sheet of Bazzill card stock for my base and layered it with Prima Annalee paper and DMC card stock, which I all machine stitched together.  I then cut a circle from some Prima Annalee paper and stitched the edges, then bordered it with die cuts using the smallest die in the Spellbinders Parisian Accents die set.  I used EK Success 3D foam dots to mount my image onto this and then added Kaisercraft pearls by the center of each diecut.  I then mounted all of this to the centre of the card using more foam adhesive.  I wrapped 7 Gypsies Savannah seam binding around the front of the card to the left of the image.  I took some more seam binding and using the bow easy, I tied a bow and added it on top of the seam binding about one third of the way up the card.  I then created a floral arrangement by the bow using Zva Creative flowers, Prima Flower of the Month May Lily flowers, stamens from the cake decorating department, unknown leaves, and the Martha Stewart twig punch.  Lastly I took some Whimsy friendship ticket and treasured moments ticket stamps and stamped them onto Prima Annalee paper using Adirondack and CTMH ink, and cut them out using the Whimsy ticket dies in my Cuttlebug.  I layered them and tucked them under the foam mounted circle in the bottom right hand corner of the card, and added another Prima May Lily flower and stamen, along with a punched twig leaf.



Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dogwood bud


I used a roll of shipping wrap for the craft paper on this card, but to be honest it is a terrible colouring medium.  I printed the Dogwood Bud digi onto the craft paper and coloured it using Lyra pencils.  I layered it with pink card stock and another layer of craft stitching through the 2 craft layers, and finally adhering it to the white card base.  Lastly I added some Stickles to the flower stamen and a pink bow to the lower right hand side of the card to finish it off.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Card tag

We just finished of another round of card tag at kindred Creations, so I can show off the card I created.  I was asked to lift this card by Maria. 

I started by taking a white card base, and then cut strips 1/4" and 3/8" wide from pink card stock.which I then wove along the front of the card with an 1/8" spacing.  I then adhered the ends to the card base and trimmed the ends slightly shorter than the card edge.  I then took a piece of brown card stock and trimmed it a 1/4" smaller than the card base, took a Spellbinders Labels 17 and cut and embossed it from the center of the card.  I used this to mat the weave design  on the card and mounted it using foam adhesive.  I then took a some flowers and leaves from Multicraft and an unknown supplier, along with leaves punched with the Martha Stewart twig punch and created a floral arrangement along the bottom left hand corner.  I placed this gorgeous mirror butterfly from HomeDecor in the centre of the card with foam adhesive, and finished it off by adding some white KaiserCraft pearls in the top right hand corner.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Butterfly




I used a butterfly image for this summery card and teamed it with paper from the K&Co Berry Sweet mat pad.  I printed the image and coloured it with Lyra artist pencils and Gamsol, then traced the lines with a Versamark pen and embossed with white embossing powder.  I cut this image out.  I stitched the layers together and added Stickles to the edges.  The corner flourishes were cut using Spellbinders Parisian Accents.  I used foam adhesive to pop the smaller square layers and tucked a Heidi Swapp large blossom between.  I added some pearl sprays for antennae, and some pieces of KaiserCraft jewel flourishes under the butterfly.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wedding card

I managed to sneak in a card between the wedding ceremony and the reception (I did have a store bought card sitting around from before my card making days just in case).  The bridemaids were all in yellow, which is what I drew my colour inspiration from.  I started with a ready made base and added champagne Versamark ink to the edges.  I layered that with yellow card stock embossed with the Kassie's Brocade embossing folder.  I then cut and embossed another piece of white card stock with the Spellbinders Labels 18, then printed the verse on it, placed it back in the Spellbinders die and inked the edges it with more Champagne Versamark.  I mounted the label on the center of the card with foam adhesive and added KaiserCraft pearls to the corners.  I then added a floral arrangement to the bottom left hand corner.  I tied a sheer white bow using the bow easy, and used some flowers from the dollar store, pearl sprays from the wedding supply section, and leaves punched with the Martha Stewart Twig punch.  Clean, simple and elegant is just perfect for weddings.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Wood Post


I added the words Birthday Party to the sign.  I then printed it out in dark brown.  I coloured it with Lyra artist pencils and cut it out.  I then mounted it with foam on a cream coloured oval cut out with Spellbinders.  I created a dark pink card base and added patterned paper from the K&Co Sola Mat Pad which I stitched around.  I added a some crochet trim near the bottom of the card.  I then cut out another  piece of patterned paper using the Spellbinders Label 18, which I matted with brown card stock.  I mounted this on the card using foam adhesive and mounted the cream card stock on this.  Lastly I added a Zva rose and 2 rosebuds among leaves punched with the Martha Stewart twig punch and some pearly stamens to the bottom left hand corner and some pearls to the upper right hand corner.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Birthday Boy

I created a birthday card for a little boy using a Dustin Pike digital image.
I printed the image and coloured it using Lyra artist pencils and Gamsol.  I used a white card base and layered it with dark blue card stock and patterned paper from the K&Co Hopscotch Designer Mat Pad, stitching some of the layers together.  I then used Staz On ink to colour a piece of drywall mesh and adhered it to the card.  I matted the image with the blue card stock and stitched around it as well and adhered it to the card with foam adhesive.  I printed the birthday boy sentiment and the ticket onto paper from the Hopscotch pad.  I adhered the sentiment  under the image on the right hand side.  The ticket I placed under a Kindred Creations chipboard star that I painted orange, and a button I threaded with orange embroidery thread.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Daffodil

I started by printing out the digital image on Xpress It card stock, which I then cut out, I coloured the white petals using pearl paint, and added a few highlights using Lyra artist pencils.The rest of the card is coloured with Lyra artist pencils and Gamsol.  I also coloured a second copy of the cup and coloured it and popped it up on foam adhesive.  I took a card base and cut the patterned paper from the K&Co Hopscotch Designer Mat Pad slightly smaller than the base.  I then took another of the papers from the pad and used 2 Spellbinders Labels 17 to cut a frame and embossed it.  I also placed the dies on my background patterned paper and traced between the two, cut it out and flipped the center over to show the opposite side of the paper.  I stitched around the outside of the green paper and adhered the three pieces to the white card base.  Then I popped my image into the frame using foam adhesive.  I then cut out two corner flourishes from the Spellbinders Fluer de Lis accents and embossed them and mounted them on the corners of the frame with foam adhesive.  Lastly I added some clear KaiserCraft jewels to the flourishes.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Blue bonnets


 I used the blue bonnets digital image for this card .  I've been on a purple kick lately, so I used my Twinkling H20's to colour the blossoms and my Lyra watercolour pencils. I then took the Wisteria Moments Apple Blossom Time digi kit and printed out some of the papers.  I then started with a 5 1/2" square base and layered the papers on the base.  All the layers were stitched and some were matted with card stock. The plaid paper was matted using a piece of card stock cut with the  Spellbinders Fleur de Lis border dies.  I then cut the image out using Spellbinders Labels 4 and adhered it using foam adhesive.  I then stamped the Just Rite sentiment onto purple card stock with purple Adirondack ink, and the border on white card stock. I layered them and then matted in green scalloped card stock and attached it to the card using foam adhesive.   I added a green ribbon bow gathered and attached with a purple brad.  I also added a butterfly to the right of the image and added a few jewels for his body.



Friday, May 6, 2011

Forsythia and Flowering Almond


I created some hybrid cards using some precoloured images.
For this first card I used the Memory Makers Bohemian Summer digital kit with the forsythia precoloured image.  I created the whole card front in GIMP and printed it out.  I added drop shadows to each of the layers.  The torn paper was created by me using one of the papers in the kit.  After cutting and folding the card I added 5 KaiserCraft green jewels to the left of the image.
For this card I took the flowering almond frame image and the Kindred Creations Butterfly Garden digital kit.  I created a file for the card in Gimp and created the card base with the two patterns, then a matted piece of patterned paper, the green piece of card stock and the digital image to which I added the verse.  I printed out the file, cut the base and folded it.  Then I cut out the other pieces I printed, and layered them all onto the card.  I added the flowering almond frame using foam adhesive. Lastly I added some jewels  where the two patterned papers meet on the base of the card as well as 3 pearls above the digital image.  Lastly I added a white butterfly between the blossoms of the digital image.

These precoloured images are a great easy way to create a quick card, and the great thing about an almost all digital card is that if I ever want to create a second or third card, the file is sitting on my computer and all I have to do is print, cut, fold and add a little bit of bling.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Jean-Luc playing ball with Claude


I created this card for another round of card tag, and was given this card by Rhonda to lift.  I was inspired by the scalloped ovals and the bow along the bottom of the card.  I stamped the Stampavie image Jean-Luc playing ball with Claude onto oval white card stock and coloured it using Lyra artist pencils and inked the edges green.  I matted it with a blue scalloped oval and I stitched the layers together.  I took the same blue card stock and created a blue card base.  I then took a K&Co Hopscotch Designer Mat Pad sheet, distressed the edges and sewed around it.  Then I took another strip of paper, distressed it and sewed around it and  layered it over top.  I wrapped crocheted trim and green ribbon around the two layers and adhered on the back, then tied a bow using the bow easy with the green ribbon and adhered it to the center.  I then used the Spellbinders in Spades dies to cut corner pieces from another sheet of patterned paper and adhered them under the corners of the scalloped oval mat.  I then mounted these layers onto the patterned paper using foam adhesive, just above the bow.  I adhered it all to the base and added 4 KaiserCraft pearls to the corners of the card.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sugar Nellie Girl

I used another Sugar Nellie image for this card, Girl 3 and the sketch from the Sugar Nellie blog.  I coloured the image using Lyra artist pencils and a gel pen. I matted it with the Spellbinders lacey ovals. I used an 5 1/2" square card base and layered it with card stock and patterned paper from the Pink Paisley Sweetness collection.  I stitched the various layers together and mounted the matted image using foam adhesive.  I took three white paper blossoms, painted them to match the pink dress, added these interesting white buttons that make the perfect center for the daisy shaped blossoms.  I tied a bow onto the buttons using painted crochet cotton. (I have a quirky pet peeve about unthreaded buttons :P )  I added them to the card as indicated on the sketch and tucked some white leaves punched with the Martha Stewart twig punch behind them.  I added three white KaiserCraft pearls along the bottom of the vertical strip, and a white satin bow tied with the bow easy to the top right hand corner to finish off the card..

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Crocus

I tried something new for me when colouring this digital image.  I first coloured the flower petals using a pale purple Twinkling H2O's then I went back and highlighted the edges using Adirondack dye ink.  I had some issues when I was doing this because it takes a lot of ink to go over the Twinkling H2O's and it takes a bit to soak into the paper.  However as soon as I hit the edge the paper soaks up the ink like a sponge, and in a few places you can tell I got just a little too close to the edge.  I then finished the rest of the image using Lyra artist pencils.  I like giving just that bit of sparkle to the flower petals, it really sets them off beautifully without making the entire image overly shimmery.

I then cut it out using the Spellbinders Nesties 4.  I lightly inked the edges while still in the die.  I ran a piece of green card stock through the Cutlebug with the Kassie's Brocade folder.  I wrapped it with a sheer purple Offray ribbon.  I mounted the image using foam adhesive, then added a bow tied with the bow easy on top of the ribbon beside the image.  I painted the photo corners with pearl paint, added them to the corners of the mat and mounted the whole thing on a white card base.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bambino

I created this card for Challenge 57 at the Sugar Bowl.
I started with a 5 1/2" square base. I then printed out papers from the Wisteria Moments Apple Blossom Time digital kit. I must say they printed much darker than they appear in the kit and the plum turned out an aubergine colour.  I matted the plaid paper with some light purple card stock which I edged with scalloped deco scissors, and stitched around it.  I also matted the strip of green patterned paper with the purple card stock, and stitched around them.  After I also adhered these to the base I added four purple KaiserCraft jewels to the outer corners.  I then cut out the round mat from Monica Bjork on my Silhouette, added a green inner circle, which I also stitched together then adhered to my base.  I then coloured the Sugar Nellie Bambino stamp using Lyra artist pencils and cut it out using a Spellbinders Labels 4 die, then mounted that with foam adhesive on a larger Labels 4 cut from purple card stock, which was centered on round mat.  I then also added KaiserCraft jewels to the round mat.  I tied a bow from sheer purple Offray ribbon using the bow easy and adhered it below the image, tucked in some leaves cut with the Martha Stewart twig punch, then dangled a moon shaped pendant with some beads from a small safety pin.  Above the image I arranged a bunch of purple ribbon roses with the same leaves, as well as some flourish die cuts.

I love the colour combo of this challenge even though I don't often use purple.  I would likely have done this image in typical baby blue for a baby boy, but I love the result here and if I'd coloured the little bambino's cap purple this same card would have seemed a bit more baby girl to me.  Though I think it is still neutral enough to be used for either I think.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Cameron and Munchkin

I've been meaning to post this layout for a while. I created this layout for layout tag February layout tag at Kindred Creations. I was asked to lift this layout by Andrea, so I definitely wanted to go digital as well, and work off her great style!
I created this layout in GIMP.  I used elements from a KC Challenge Freebie by Lisa Habisreutinger; I adjusted the colours to better suit this layout.  I also added the stitched notebook page element from my own Majestic India kit (again, altering the colours), ribbon, string, brads, tickets, and paw print brush.  I extracted the top from one of the pictures.  I used the fonts Glider Girls, My Nerd, and Harting 2 Ultra Light.   I love how this layout turned out!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Country Girl

My dear friend Susan saw this stamp and thought of me because she knows my love of Sarah Kay stamps and that we raise poultry. So last week I received it as a RAK in the mail from her and I just had to ink it up and try it out. I also finally got my hands on some Neenah card stock and just had to try that out as well! (I don't live close to any scrapbook stores so I don't get out that often.)

I stamped the Sarah Kay Country Girl image onto the Neenah card stock using StazOn. (That is another thing I really want to experiment with, as some may notice I am still pulling a little bit of the black ink into the image as I am colouring.)  I coloured the image using Lyra artist pencils and Gamsol.  I created a square card base.   I then used patterned paper from the Pink Paisley Sweetness collection.  I matted the long strip with card stock that I edged with the Martha Stewart doily border punch.  I stitched around each of the layers.   Next I wrapped the card front with yellow ribbon and added a bow I tied using the bow easy.  I mounted the matted image on the card using foam adhesive.  I added a butterfly with some jewels for it's body to the top left hand corner of the image.  On the other side of the card I added three flowers, a rose and two die cut flowers I shaped and added the large pearly stamens to.  I tucked some branches cut with the Martha Stewart twig punch under the flowers.  Lastly I added some jewels to the corners of the blue/brown mat.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Shine!

I've decided to do another clear card.   I cut out the word Shine with two mats from two of colours of card stock and layered them back together.  I then mounted the word onto a label using foam adhesive.


I also coloured some plumeria flowers, printed them out and cut them out.  I took the Spellbinders In Spades border die and cut two out from two of the colours of cardstock, as well as leaves from the greenest shade using the Martha Stewart twig punch.  I started assembling the whole thing by edging a clear card base using mint Liquid Pearls (paint is easier to control and get on cleanly but I didn't have any in a coordinating colour).  I then layered the ribbon around the card part way from the bottom, I only adhered until the front centre, but left it long enough so I could cut to length later.
I started by assembling the inside of the card, so that I knew what I would be able to see through the card when working on the front. I added an arrangement of plumeria to the inside of the card, tucked some leaves all around and layered the two In Spades borders over the ribbon that is on the outside of the card.  I added some drops of Stickles into the holes on the border die cut, completing the inside.
I then moved to the front of the card and adhered the label with the word shine over the ribbon and in such a way that the plumeria from the inside frame the label.  I took three more plumeria and added them to the front for more depth to the arrangement and tucked in more leaves.  Lastly I tied a bow from the ribbon using the bow easy and adhered it onto the ribbon on the lower left hand side of the label, and in the middle of the plumeria.  I then cut the ribbon to length.  Lastly I took mirror images of the plumeria on the front, and another label and adhered them to the front inside directly over their counterpart on the front to hide the glue and add colour.  The label on the inside also provides a place to write something on the card.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cherry Blossoms




I created a card using a cherry blossom image.  I started by opening up my editing software and lengthening the image by duplicating parts of the image and then splicing it back together, which made it perfect for the business envelope size card (8.5x3.75").  I started by creating the base and used twinkling H20s to colour the edges that would be visible.  I then cut another layer of white card stock slightly smaller than the front of the card and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss dots embossing folder.  I then rotated the card stock and placed it back in the folder fitting the dots into the dots on the folder and ran it close to the edge of the folder so you can't see any marks from the edge of the embossing folder.  I cut one Spellbinders In Spades Pendant die from gold card stock, cut it in half and used it as a photo corner on the white card stock.  I then printed out the cherry blossom image.  I coloured it using 2 shades of pink Twinkling H20s and water pens.  I used Lyra artist pencils to colour the stems to keep more of the focus on the blossoms.  I then used a burgundy gel pen to colour the stamens and gold Liquid Pearls to give colour and dimension to the tips of the stamens.  When it was all coloured I cut the image out.  I then tied a gold edged sheer white ribbon around the embossed mat and tied a bow using the bow easy.  I adhered the cherry blossom image just over the ribbon using foam adhesive for added dimension.

The great thing is that you can print the image out quite large and use it as the main focal point leaving the rest of card relatively simple, or you can print it smaller  and leave room for lots of detail.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

In Memory of Baby Lucas

This is one card I hope to never have the occasion to create again.  My heart goes out to the family who had to say goodbye to their newborn baby boy.  I know how excited they all were about the arrival of this baby.  Though under the circumstances I was glad to create this baby sympathy card and support them in the difficult days ahead.

I started with a blue card stock.  Then using black card stock I cut a frame using the Spellbinders Fleur de Lis border die.  For the shorter lengths I took the border strip out of the die after I embossed it, moved it over 2 repetitions and ran it through the Cuttlebug again to shorten it and also used that to create the corner pieces.  After I glued down the frame I scored and cut the card stock to create the base of the card leaving the same space all around the frame.  I then layered white and blue card stock over the opening in the frame.  I stamped the Heartfelt Creations Decorative Vintage Cross with black StazOn ink onto the blue card stock.  Then I stamped baby feet ($store stamp) using VersaMark, and embossed the Impression Obsession 'With Sympathy' sentiment using white embossing powder.  I also stamped the cross onto black as well as blue card stock and embossed with white embossing powder.  I cut the cross out of the black card stock and the flower and leaves out of the blue embossed card stock. I highlighted the flower with a blue artist pencil and the leaves with a green artist pencil.  I then layered it over the original using foam adhesive, though I only used the foam adhesive on the petals of the flower.  I added the leaves to the original layer raising the tips with rolled glue dots.  Lastly I added blue KaiserCraft Pearls to the center of the flower and the corners of the card.
I cut two more sets of panels in a similar size to the front from black and white card stock.  Using the font Marnie Regular I printed Philippians 4:6-7 on the left panel, and a coordinating sentiment on the right panel.  Using Cloudy Blue Adirondack ink I stamped the Decorative Vintage Cross over the bible verse, and the foot prints on the lower right hand corner of the right side panel.  I then adhered the black and white panels to each side.
I really wanted to make this card specifically to suit a baby boy, instead of a generic sympathy card, I also knew I had incorporate our faith that is giving them the strength to endure.  Therefore I chose to use the baby blue colour along with the traditional black colour of mourning and white for peace.  Then added the baby feet stamp.  I repeated the same stamps on the inside of the card and a personalized sentiment.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bold Damask

Kindred Creations has had a Deal of the Day blog for almost 2 years now.  Recently however Kindred Creations has started adding a weekly Digital Deal of the Week to satisfy all those digital and hybrid crafters as well as those who like to print their own papers.

This week the Digital Deal of the Week is this Bold Damask paper kit.  Aren't they just awesome!  The best part is that you can pick up this paper pack for only $1!  You can always pick up some of the past Deals of the Week in the Kindred Creation Store at prices that are still very reasonable.



 Last night I quickly whipped up a card for the reveal of this weeks kit.  I thought these papers would be awsome to print out and use to create a card.  I printed out portions of two of the papers onto white cardstock.  (Even the B&W papers would be awesome to print onto coloured card stock for a change!)  I created an 8 1/2" x 3 2/3" card base and inked the edges with black ink.  I then took an 8"x3 1/3" piece of the black and white paper which I also inked and adhered it over the base.  I then took a 3x3 2/3" piece of red patterned paper and added a strip of white card stock edged with the Martha Stewart eyelet lace border punch.  I then tied a bow from black satin ribbon using the bow easy and wrapped the card stock layers with the black ribbon and topped with the bow.  I adhered this over the base.  A quick and simple card that's perfect for many occasions, with this elegant paper pack.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Magnolia cup sleeve.



I used a cup sleeve template and created a file where I layered various magnolia blossoms to create a bouquet. I added a shadow between the layers to give it some dimension, I then added a digital paper behind the flowers and printed it out. I cut it to the shape of the cup sleeve template and then covered it with a clear mac tac that I cut slightly larger than the card stock. I folded over the sides to the back. I cut the top and bottom every half inch and folded it towards the back as well. I then adhered it onto the fun foam that was cut to the shape of the larger template. I did cut a portion of the fun foam off the end so it wouldn't overlap like the card stock layer. I then stitched all around the card stock through the foam as well as stitching the overlapping paper together. Then just to add a wee little bit of dimension to the project I stitched on a small fabric butterfly between the magnolia blossoms.  I slipped the whole thing onto my ceramic travel mug and now it is sooo pretty... no more bland boring old travel mug for me.   The layer of clear mac tac allows it to handle a little bit of moisture, of course I still wouldn't suggest more than a damp rag to wipe the sleeve, but it easily slips of to wash the mug.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Elephant Tail

I created this card for another round of card tag.  I was asked to lift this card by Susan.  I started with a brown card base and layered it with patterned paper from an Amy Butler Belle Mat Pad.  I then printed and coloured the elephant tail digital stamp with Lyra artist pencils.  I then took Adirondack Denim Acrylics to create the water droplets from his spout.  I matted this image with green and pink card stock and  centered it onto the base.  I then cut a splash from blue card stock and adhered it above and below the image.  Lastly I added three KaiserCraft pearls to the image.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Flowers in the window

  I used the window digital stamp and Flower and Vase digital stamp. I took the flower and duplicated it twice to create a bunch of flowers and placed it on the window sill.  I then printed it and coloured it with Lyra artist pencils and cut it out.  I took a dark brown card base and layered a piece of Basic Grey Olivia Sydney patterned Paper over it.  I also took a strip of Basic Grey Olivia Emma patterned Paper.  I edged it with a strip of white card stock on which I used a Fiskars Sunburst border punch and stitched the edges with white thread.  I wrapped it with a piece of sheer white ribbon, and added a bow tied with the bow easy near the top.  I adhered this strip slightly to the left of center of the card base.  I then used foam adhesive to mount the window under the bow.  To finish it off I added three Kaiser Craft pearls to the patterned paper strip under the window.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Lenten Rose

I opened a document and inserted the Lenten rose digital file, rotated and placed it in the top right hand corner.  I duplicated the layer and placed it in the bottom left hand corner, and then scaled it to 80%.  I printed it out on white card stock and coloured the stamps in with my Lyra artist pencils.  I then masked around the flower petals and used Adirondack ink and a paint brush to dab colour onto the petals, as well as along the seed pods.  I cut an oval from the center using a Coluzzle template.  I also printed the Martin Luther quote onto white card stock and cut it out two sizes smaller.  Using the Martha Stewart eyelet lace punches I cut a mat for the image, which I then matted on white before adhering to a card base I inked with green Adirondack ink .  I also cut another mat for the quote and inked it green as well.  I mounted the image on the card using foam adhesive and adhered the matted quote inside the cut out oval without foam tape.


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Happy Birthday!

We had the opportunity to celebrate the birthday, of a big horse lover, and all round great person.  In honour of her birthday I created this card for her.
I created a square card base from white card stock and inked it using pink sherbet Adirondack ink.  I then ran brown card stock through the Cuttlebug using the mesh embossing folder.  I then embossed it with UTEE, and stitched around the edges and added it to the base.  I cut three layers of a shaped mat and adhered them together over the centre of the card base.  I then cut a horseshoe shape and added some metallic chalk and then embossed with UTEE.  I adhered it to the card using foam adhesive.  I punched some leaves from green card stock using the Martha Stewart branch punch, and used them with ribbon roses and pearl stamens created a floral arrangement on the horseshoe.  I tied a bow using the bow easy from some pink suede cord and added it under the floral arrangement.  I stamped a sentiment in brown ink on a strip of green card strips and tucked it between the horseshoe.  Lastly I added Kaiser Craft white pearls to the horseshoe and clear Kaiser Craft clear jewels to the ends of the sentiment strip.
I was really glad to hear she liked the card and it was a perfect companion to the horseshoe picture frame we gave her.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Card Maps

I always really enjoy the Page Maps and Card Maps by Becky Fleck.
The best part was that this month Becky gave me the opportunity to create a card for one of the card sketches that were released today.
Becky sent me a wonderful sketch.. go check out this months card maps and this card sketch in particular.  This is the card I created using that sketch.
I started with a white card base which I inked with pink Adirondack ink.  I layered white card stock inked with lettuce Adirondack ink on top of that, then another layer of white card stock I embossed with the Textile Texture Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I then stitched the layers together using pink thread.  I inked the white lace with green ink and ruffled it and ran it the width if the card down the centre.  I layered a piece pink inked card stock over it and a layer of white ribbon.  I cut 3 layers of shaped mats, inked in pink and lettuce ink, layered them and adhered it to the centre of the card.  I cut numerous leaves using the Martha Stewart branch and rose leaf punches.  Inked the branch punches using the lettuce ink and the rose leaves using willow ink.  I also took pink ribbon roses in two sizes and spiraled the wire stems and pearl stamen stems, and used them with the leaves to create a floral arrangement.  I stamped the Inque Boutique sentiment on a strip of white card stock using the lettuce ink.  I notched the ends and inked the edges using pink ink.  Then I folded the ends and adhered it using foam adhesive in the centre between the flower arrangement.  I added large pink Kaiser Craft pearls to the corners and smaller ones to the ends of the sentiment strip.