October 30, 2013

Welcome New Followers!

Well, tomorrow is the end of the month so it's that time again to welcome any new followers I may have gained.  Happily I have two new ones!  :-). The pleasure at seeing a new follower never gets old.  :-).

Without further adieu, let me welcome Lynne Platt and Choc312002.  I'm sorry I couldn't find out if you have blogs or not.  In any case, thanks for joining and I hope you enjoy what I have to share!

So, today I'm going to share a card I made for a submissions call that didn't get picked up.  I used a Hero Arts stamp I won recently for this card.  Not sure who I would ever give this to but I still like it.

I stamped the skyline (HA H5470 International Skyline) in black on red cardstock and cut in a strip.  I cut more strips out of orange, yellow, green, and blue cardstock.  I used my Slice die cutting machine to cut the words and used a whole punch to make the crescent moon.  Then I mounted everything on a black card base.

I'm going to link this up to two challenges.  First is CAS-ology where their cue card is black.  The second one is Addicted to Stamps and More where the challenge is Clean and Simple.  You don't have to have white to be CAS.  :-)

Anyway, thanks for visiting and I hope you all have a terrific Halloween tomorrow!

October 25, 2013

Vellum Trees

So, today my son and I decorated the living room with Halloween decorations.  He's quite excited.  :-)  I have to admit I love Halloween.  This will be the first year my husband and I haven't dressed up with our son since he first really started going trick or treating.  I just didn't have to time to get the costumes together.  :-(  Oh well, it'll still be fun.

Anyway, I digress.  (what else is new? LOL)  I have a card to share today that I made with a few challenges in mind.  I think I'm getting in under the wire at two of them.  Oh, the life of a procrastinator.  Well, it's never boring.  :-)  So, I'm linking up to Addicted to CAS and their code word is Transparent.  Also, linking up to Less is More and their challenge is Trees.  I'm going to link this up at CAS-ology where their challenge is Country.  So, here's my card...

Now, I've used some vellum paper for my main focal point.  First, I printed off a free digi image from Beccy's Place.  I actually printed two.  I trimmed them down to be the same size after I flipped one over and placed it behind the other.  I splattered both with some white acrylic paint to mimic snow and adhered the two pieces together.  This gives the trees some dimension don't you think?  I sponged some Olive StazOn lightly around the edges.  I cut a white panel and adhered my vellum trees to it and then attached the ribbon and bow.  Then I attached the panel to my card base with foam dots.  I have to say I quite like the effect of this layered vellum.  I may have to experiment some more.  I will make a note here that if you are planning to print on vellum to use a laser printer.  An ink jet won't work and will bead and smudge.  :-)  So, obviously this is good for the Less is More challenge cause of the trees.  Now, my vellum isn't quite transparent (for Addicted to CAS) but it's close.  :-) Hopefully, it's okay.  And when I think of the word "country" (for CAS-ology) I always think of trees.  :-)  Now, I've got another Christmas card done.  I actually think I've got almost all I need completed for this year.  Wooohooo!

Well, thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful day!

October 23, 2013

Poinsettia Swag

Hey!  Amazingly enough I have another card to share today.  I'm on a roll here!  This card was made over the past two nights as I got distracted on my way to bed.  :-). I swear, my craft room to me is like a magpie finding something shiny.  LOL.  I saw the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch (**this link should now be working**) challenge this week and this idea popped into my head.  So, I just had to make it come to life.  :-). It took a couple of tries but I managed to make something I liked.  Here's the sketch....

Here's my card....

This card is all stamping aside from the sprinkling of red pearls.  I used three stamp sets.  The pine branch is from Inkadinkado Stamping Gear branches cling set.  Also, by Inkadinkado, is the poinsettia from the Peppermint Twist set.  The sentiment is by Hero Arts from the Joy To All set.  I created a mask for the poinsettia and stamp my pine branches in olive StazOn.  The using Blazing red StazOn, I stamped my poinsettia.  Then I inked up the poinsettia in ruby red (SU!) and stamped on a scrap of paper to lighten the colour.  Then I stamped the poinsettia upside down.  Makes it a nice pinky colour.  Then I stamped the sentiment in black StazOn.  I added the red pearls and then mounted the panel on the card base with foam dots.  I really like the look of this card.  It's clean and crisp and very merry!  :-)

Since it has some pink in it I'm going to link up to Jingle Belles think pink challenge.

So, this Saturday is my first craft fair for the season.  It's in Norton, NB at the Sacred Heart Church.  If you're in NB and want to stop by its from 9am-3pm. :-). Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

October 21, 2013

Jingle All the Way!

Hello everyone!  I'm just trying to link up some cards to all the challenges going on at Moxie Fab World.  Today's the last day!  Nothing like leaving it to the last minute.  LOL.  This card is for the Stickers And Tape challenge.  I'm also going to link up at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge too.  They've got a Christmas/Holiday theme this time.  I'm linking up as well at Merry Mondays Christmas Card Club challenge.  This week it's a use music or create a carol inspired card theme.  This is inspired by Jingle Bells and it even has a bit of music when you shake the card as the bell will ring.  :-)

So, this is a very CAS card but I just love it.  I used some glitter letter stickers (by Thickers), made a curly cue thing out of wire and added a red jingle bell and a red cord bow.  All of this is on a white cardstock panel which is mounted with foam dots to a white cardstock base.

I think this card might be one of my absolute favourites this year.  :-). Well, I hope you all are having a good day so far and thanks for stopping by!

October 19, 2013

Whimsical Card for the Cure

Hello everyone!  How's your Saturday going?  Mine is going fairly well.  Getting lots done for my crafts fairs and I even have a card to share today.  :-)  This card covers two challenges.  One is Festive Friday.  They've got a "whimsical" theme going on this time round.  The other is at Jingle Belles.  Their challenge is a really important one and I encourage you all to participate.  It's a Card for the Cure challenge to honor those who have fought and who are fighting breast cancer and they want pink on your card.  They've taken it one step further though.  With each card that links up they will donate $4 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Isn't that great?  So, can you make a pink Christmas card?  Sure you can!  Here's mine.

Isn't that little snowman adorable?  It's an old stamp and its by Anita's Stamps.  Its one of my husbands favourites.  :-)  The sentiment and snowflakes are by Technique Tuesday.

Well, I hope you join in either or both of the challenges.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

October 18, 2013

Vellum Poinsettia

Just sharing another Christmas card today and linking it up to a couple of challenges.  I'm going to enter it into Addicted to Stamps and More's challenge, Make Your Mark.  Need to colour something with markers, pencils or whatever.  Also, linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is Christmas/Holidays.

**Update**. I'm linking this up to Moxie Fab World's Colour Media Challenge.

I love this poinsettia stamp.  This time I stamped it on vellum and embossed in white.  Then I coloured it in using my Spectrum Noir markers.  Next, I fussy cut it out and added some gold glitter to the center of the flower.  I made a card base from beige cardstock and cut and a panel of ivory wood grain paper and then layered that on white.  I cut some ribbon and attached to card layering it.  Then I attached the poinsettia with some strategically placed foam dots.  I think it turned out pretty good.  :-)

Well, that's all for now.  Thanks for visiting and have a lovely day!

Supplies used:   Cardstock - (beige, white) Recollections.  Patterned Paper - (wood grain from Tradewinds 12 x 12 pad) DCWV.  Specialty Paper - (vellum) Recollections.  Embossing powder - (white)  Hero Arts.  Fibers - (brown 5/8" satin ribbon) Offray, (gold sheer patterned ribbon) Michaels.  Color Medium - (alcohol markers) Spectrum Noir.  Accents - (gold glitter) Elmer's.

October 16, 2013


So, a quick post today so I can link up my card in time for a couple of challenges.  I haven't played for a while but I'm always checking out the challenges over at CAS-ual Fridays.  It just so happens I'm was able to play along this time.  The challenge was to use stitching, faux or real, on you card.  I don't sew on my cards often so I decided to fake it.  :-).

Here's how this card was made...

Make kraft card base.  Cut panel of white cardstock and adhere to base.  Cut panel, strap piece, and pocket shape of denim paper.  Colour and shade with blue markers.  Make stitch pattern with perforating rotary cutter.  Attach panel and strap to card.  Print and cut sentiment, fold to make it look like a clothing tag and adhere to pocket piece.  Attach pocket to card with foam dots.  Gather ribbon and adhere to card tucking it down into pocket piece.  Glue button onto strap piece.

I love this card.  It was fun to make and it just makes me smile.  :-)

I'm going to link up to Addicted to Stamps and More's current challenge as well which is "Make Your Mark" where you have to use markers or pencils or whatever to colour something.  Which I did.  :-)

Thanks for stopping by and hope you all have a fantastic day!

Supplies used:  Cardstock - (white, kraft) Recollections.  Patterned Paper - (beige denim from Tradewinds 12 x 12 paper pad) DCWV.  Colour medium - (alcohol markers) Spectrum Noir.  Tools - (perforating rotary cutter) Fiskars.  Fibers - (red gingham ribbon) Michaels.  Accent - old vintage metal button.  Digital Element - (sentiment, Segoe Print Font) Microsoft Wordpad.  Computer Paper.

October 13, 2013

Trick or Treat Little Owl

Well, Halloween is creeping closer and closer so its no surprise to see lots of Halloween cards out there.  I've seen some really fantastic ones too.  I figured its my turn to share one now.  I made this for a recent submission call at Paper Crafts Magazine but it didn't get picked up.  Which is okay, now I can share it with all of you!  I really like how this turned out.

I think it's the first time I've ever used googly eyes on a card.  LOL.  So, to make this card I did the following steps....
...Make card base from white card stock.  Cut panel from navy cardstock.  Using a scrap piece of cardstock cut circle and create a mask.  Sponge white ink on navy panel using circle mask to create moon. Water down black paint and using a small paintbrush add to card in a vague tree form little bits at a time.  Use a straw to blow paint to create "branches".  Let it dry thoroughly.  Stamp and emboss  sentiment.  Adhere navy panel to card base.  Cut circle from black cardstock and using circle cutter or circle punch cut small crescent to make owl shape.  Glue on googly eyes and adhere owl with foam dots.

Isn't the owl cute? I love how my moon and tree turned out too.  I think I might send this to my niece for Halloween.  :-). 

I'm going to link up to the following challenges.
Addicted to Stamps and More - challenge # 66 Anything Goes
Crazy for CAS - challenge #29 make a card for a child.  What better card for a kid than a Halloween one?  I feel that this card is still CAS too.
Stampendous Blog - October 2013 challenge, Halloween.

Well, thanks so much for dropping by and I hope you are having wonderful fall weather like we are here!  And a Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!  We are having our turkey dinner tonight.  Yum!  :-)

Supplies used: Cardstock - (white, navy, black) Recollections.  Clear Stamp (Trick or Treat sentiment from All Hallows' Eve set) Inkadinkado.  Pigment ink - (white) a la mode by Hampton Art, (clear watermark) Tsukineko.  Embossing Powder - (white) Hero Arts.  Acrylic paint - (black licorice) Folk Art by Plaid.  Accents - (googly eyes) Michaels.  Tools - (circle cutter) Fiskars.

October 07, 2013

Santa Brush

Just a quick post to share with you what I was working on last week.  Another fun tree ornament that I'm selling at the Christmas craft fairs this year.  It's my Santa brush.

Isn't he cute?  Just requires some painting, a red pearl, a couple of buttons and some white pipe cleaners.  These sold well for me last year and hopefully, they will again this year.  :-)

Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!  :-)

Merry & Bright, all in White

First of all let me say, Happy World Cardmaking day!!  Last year I didn't get a chance to make any cards for this occasion but I did this year.  :-). I've got a card that I'm linking up to a few challenges.  The first one is Less Is More.  Their challenge is to make a white on white Christmas card.  The second one is Christmas Card Challenges and their challenge is an anything goes one. The next one is for the current challenge at KIS (keep it simple) where the challenge #24 is All is White.  Lastly, I'm linking up to CAS(E) This Sketch.  They've got a great sketch this week.

As soon as I saw the sketch I immediately thought of snowflakes.  It also seemed like the perfect opportunity to make my first white on white Christmas card.  I'm pretty pleased with it actually.

I'm sure that most of you, like me, feel somewhat intimidated by a mostly white card.  For me it's like when I paint and the white canvas just screams at me to fill it up.  LOL.  But it wasn't so bad, making this white card.  First I stamped my snowflake (Hero Arts, Dotted Snowflake, F5793, this might be a Michaels exclusive since I can't find it online but it is from 2013) using my glue pad (Tsukineko) and then glittered it up with my dazzling diamonds glitter (SU!).  I left a spot to stamp my sentiment (Hero Arts, Joy to All set, CL460) in dove grey (StazOn).  Then I just attached my panel to a white card base with foam dots.  Easy peasy!  :-). It's too bad that glitter doesn't photograph well, because the dazzling diamonds glitter is just so pretty.  The close up picture gives you a bit better idea.

Anyway, I hope you all have at least a little bit of time in your crafty spaces today to create.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

October 06, 2013

Star Light, Star Bright.

It's another Festive Friday challenge and this time the requirement is to use a star.

At first, I didn't really know what to do so I broke out my trusty sketch book where I keep sketches of card designs.  I came across one that seemed like it would work out just fine.  I think it did too.  :-)

**Update**. I'm linking this up to Moxie Fab World's Ready-Made Embellishment challenge.

First I cut a panel of my dark brown wood grain paper (DCWV, Tradewinds paper pad) and wrapped white ribbon around lengthwise.  Attached that to a white card base.  Next I took some previously cut holly (using my Slice and Noel design card) and some flourishes (Vintage Findings design card) and arranged those and glued them down.  Added some twigs with berries I got from Michaels last year.  Attached the bow and glued the pine needle pieces and the berries.  Next I attached the star (Basics 1 design card) which was cut from ivory wood grain paper (DCWV, Tradewinds paper pad) and kraft cardstock.  I added a little bling with a star rhinstone.  It's quite rustic and not quite my usual CAS style but I really like it just the same.