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.