Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Another Quick Christmas Card

I made a quick card today, inspired by Amy Sheffer's card at CASE Study #69.

I love the white on white and this was a super easy card to put together using CTMH's Top Coats clear acetate overlay.

Supplies - All products are CTMH except where noted - Card size is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Paper - White Daisy cardstock
Accessories - Top Coats Icing Overlay, 1 1/2" Blue crinkle ribbon (May Arts), Rhinestone Designer Brads
Other - Script embossing folder (ProvoCraft), Labels 4 - Large (Spellbinders), Bow-Easy, 3D foam tape

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Elf Christmas Card - Inspired By #2

I love Laurel Seabrook's new challenge blog "Inspired By". The inspiration photo for this week brought to mind, Red curves, Elves and Whimsy. As soon as I saw this photo I thought of Santa's bag of toys and the great little stamp set 'Merry Pursuits' (which is unfortunately retired).

This card is in a different style than I usually make, but I did have fun making it. I cut a piece of red cardstock 4 1/4" x 10 1/2", scored it at 5 1/4" and folded it to make the card base (the card base is 1/4" shorter than the finished card so that the presents at the top can extend beyond the top fold and cover it). I free handed a toy bag on a sheet of copy paper 4 1/4" x 5 1/4", cut it out and traced it onto the front of my card base. I cut out the shape (cutting through both back and front layers of the card and then using my pattern as a mask I inked the edges and folds of the bag using first Tulip then Grey Wool ink. (see below)

Here is the inspiration photo:

Here is the pattern that I drew. You can see where I cut the pattern in order to ink the image.

Supplies - All Materials are CTMH except where noted - Card size is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Paper - Animal Cookies (retired), White Daisy, Tulip & Dutch Blue cardstock, Solar White cardstock for images (Neena)
Stamps - Merry Pursuits (retired), Beary Much (retired), Tiny Typewriter Alpha
Ink - Tulip, Dutch Blue, Grey Wool, Sunflower, Clover Meadow, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Copics
Accessories - Color Ready Alphabet - Bold, Sparkles - Clear, Blue, Green, Red, Assorted Ribbon Scraps, two way glue, glitter, Black Waxy Flax, 3D foam tape

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Joy Christmas Card - Inspired By #1

Laurel Seabrook has started an new challenge blog called "Inspired By". The muted tones, the word 'Joy' and the punch of green is what jumped out at me in the inspiration picture. Here is the card that I created.

Here is the inspiration photo:

I based my card on the Card Patterns sketch #144

Supplies - All products are CTMH except where noted - Card size is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2
Paper - Designer Paper - Mistletoe (retired), Bamboo, Heavenly Blue & Colonial White cardstock
Ink - Bamboo
Accessories - Dimensional Elements Monograms, Clear Sparkles, Green 1/2" seam binding (May Arts), bakers twine (May Arts), Snowflake buttons (unknown)
Other - Edge Distresser, 3D foam tape, Labels 18 (Spellbinders)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gift Idea - 3D Frame

I created this framed photo as a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law. It features a picture of her as a young girl of 17 on a date with her future husband at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto in 1955. I love the Roxie paper with this photo, not sure why but it just says retro to me. The shadow box frames were bought in a pack of three from Michaels for about $12.

I started out looking at scrapbook layout sketches for inspiration and ended up using a card layout sketch. Since the actual working space available is about 6" x 7 1/2", card sketches actually work well. This layout was inspired by a past Mojo Monday sketch #155.

I wanted to do a video tutorial for this, but don't have the time right now. So here are the measurements for anyone interested.

Cardstock Background - 10" x 8"
Designer Paper Background - 10" x 8"
Left DP strip - 6" x 1-3/4"
Center DP strip - 6" x 1-1/2"
Right DP strip - 6" x 2-1/2"
I used my Spellbinders to cut a shape for across the bottom, but you could put a rectangular piece across the bottom at 1-1/2" x 6"
Photo Mat - 5" x 4"
Photo - 4-3/4" x 3-3/4"

I don't own a Cricut yet, but if I did I would have made some 3-D flowers using the Art Philosophy cartridge instead of the prima roses. I distressed the edges of the paper with Desert Sand ink and an edge distresser. I coloured the center rhinestone on each of the rhinestone brads with a Copic marker so that there would be a touch of Juniper on the right side. I changed the colour of the top of the pins using liquid glass mixed with black re-inker and popped the photo with a double layer of 3-D foam tape to pop it up higher.

Supplies: (all CTMH except where noted)

Paper - Roxie designer paper, Black & Juniper cardstock
Stamps - Circle of Love (D1438), Because I Love You (C1259 - retired)
Ink - Black, Smoothie, Desert Sand, Juniper, Black re-inker, Copic marker BG72
Accessories - Paper roses (Prima), Rhinestone Designer Brads, pins and rhinestone button - Bling Assortment, Bamboo Waxy Flax, Bitty Sparkles, 3D foam tape, Liquid Glass, 1/2" Black seam binding (May Arts), window charm (unknown)
Other - Edge distresser, leaf punch (Martha Stewart), Labels 18 (Spellbinders)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Close To My Heart Sneak Peek - Rock the Block Campaign

Check out the video below for a sneak peek at one of the new products that will be available in the Spring/Summer Idea Book for 2012. These My Creations Collage Cubes will be available in a special promotion that starts December 19th and runs through to January 31st. The Rock the Block campaign also includes and exclusive E sized stamp set.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

It's Been a While - A Couple of Photo Frames Today

Hello everyone. I can't believe it has been over a month since I posted to this blog. I have been very busy with other priorities so haven't spent much time in my crafting room.

I do have a couple of photo frames to show you today, that I donated to a craft sale earlier this month. I picked up these wood frames at Michaels for $1 each. They suited the purpose, but I wasn't very happy with the stand (a small dowel to be placed in a small hole at the back), so I didn't make as many as I had originally intended. These would make a great gift, but I would invest in a better quality frame if I was to make them again.

The first two frames are the same, just different shades of steel blue cardstock were used.

I painted the backs and sides of the frame first with black acrylic paint. I traced the inside opening of the frame unto my cardstock and marked the outer edges of the frame on the cardstock with pencil. I cut out the inside opening (I found it easier to do this before gluing to the frame rather than after) and stamped the image 'Live, Laugh, Love' from the stamp set "Love Life" around the outside. Then I covered the front of the wood frame with 2 way glue, glued the cardstock to the front of the frame making sure to center the opening on the cardstock with the opening of the frame and then trimming the outside of the frame using a craft knife. I then sprayed the whole thing with a matt finish spray sealer.

The frame below is a result of:
a) not cutting out the center opening before gluing the cardstock to the frame. I trimmed the center opening after the paper was already glued to the frame and had a difficult time getting a clean cut (hence I had to add the additional black paper cardstock frame to cover the rough edges)
b) touching the front of the frame with paint on my fingers. I had a couple of spots to touch up with the black paint on the back of the frame and accidentally got paint on the front of the cardstock. This frame was suppposed to be the same as the blue frames above, but I had to change it to cover the unwanted paint. The stamp set used was a retired set called 'Make It Count'

For this final frame I used paper from the retired paper pack 'Miracle' to cover the frame and paper from the retired paper pack 'Perfect Day' for the rose. The letter stickers are from retired 'Silhouette' My Stickease.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Blog Header

I have been wanting to change my blog header for some time, but just didn't know where to start. I happened to go to fellow consultant Tresa Black's blog on the weekend and found some great tutorials on doing exactly that. Check them out here!

Thank you Tresa! I now love my blog header.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Card Sets for Local Bazaar

I am donating items to a local Senior's Home for their bazaar which is being held in November. Here are some of the cards sets that I have already completed and I will post more as I get them done. I am packaging the cards with envelopes in sets of four in these great clear boxes from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. I absolutely love these little boxes as they are perfect to slip your cards into after completion to keep them safe, they are great for storing cards and they provide a beautiful way to present embellished cards or sets of cards.
I tried to keep the card styles simple and easy to make (especially when making so many multiples) and as inexpensively as possible to keep the sets at a reasonable cost. These first cards used a great stamp set from House Mouse. Love these little guys. I coloured them simply (no shading) with Copics and mounted on black and white cardstock bases.

I totally CASE'd this next card by Lisa Johnson at PTI.

And here is a sample of what they look like in their clear boxes.

Supplies - All cards are standard A2 size
House Mouse cards - Paper - Black & White cardstock; Stamps - Birthday Cupcake (House-Mouse), Piece of Cake (CTMH); Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics;
Thank you Cards - Paper - Magnifique, Kraft & Colonial White cardstock (CTMH); Stamps - Circle of Love (CTMH), Say It In Style (Waltzing Mouse); Inks - Pacifica, Chocolate & Lagoon (CTMH), Memento Tuxedo Black; Other - Hemp, Spellbinders labels 4

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Just For Fun - Attack of the Killer Apples

I have been working diligently on items that I am donating to an upcoming bazaar at a Seniors Residence so I haven't got anything new to show you today. I will post pics of the card sets I am making for the bazaar when I get the chance.

A friend posted this video on Facebook that I wanted to share - too cute!

Monday, October 3, 2011

World Card Making Day Challenge - Cartoon Inspired

In honor of World Card Making Day (which was Saturday October 1st - I'm just a few days late), Flourishes is hosting a fun challenge (FLLCWCMD11). Create a card using your favourite cartoon character as inspiration. I chose Donald Duck, one of my favourite cartoons when I was a child, for my colour scheme on this clean and simple card. I used Card Patterns Sketch 135 as my layout inspiration.

Supplies - Card size - 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Paper - You Rock (CTMH - retired), Outdoor Denim CS (CTMH), Neenah Solar White CS
Stamps - Mix 'n' Mugs (Flourishes)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories - Bakers twine (May Arts), Buttons (CTMH)
Other - corner rounder

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Baby Boy Congrats - Card Patterns Sketch #134

Nothing quite says purity and innocence like a newborn baby so I like to use a lot of white when making baby congrats cards. This card is for my new great nephew Case (I now have 24 great nieces/nephews).

I was waiting for the perfect opportunity to use some of my new ribbons from the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. Love this wide May Arts blue and white check ribbon. I used this week's sketch from Card Patterns for inspiration. (The sun was hiding this morning so my picture isn't as pure white as is should be, the card is gorgeous in person.)

Supplies - Card size is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Paper - White Daisy and Sky cardstock (CTMH)
Stamps - Say It In Style (Waltzing Mouse)
Ink - Sky (CTMH)
Accessories - Ribbon (May Arts), buttons, charm (CTMH), white floss (DMC)
Other - Lacy Squares (Spellbinders), Swiss Dot folder (Provo Craft), border punch (Martha Stewart), 3D foam

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Another Orchid Card - Timeless Tuesday #136

The Timeless Tuesday Challenge FTTC136 this week is to create a girly card. Well, this card started out really girly in my head, but after changing out the paper I was going to use for something else it didn't quite turn out as I had originally intended. Still very happy with it though.

Supplies - Card size is 4 3/4" x 6 1/2"

Paper - DP - Enlish Rose (Kaisercraft), Silhouette (CTMH - retired), Black & green CS (Bazill), Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Stamps - Orchids (Flourishes)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Bamboo (CTMH)
Accessories - lace (Kaisercraft), satin ribbon (fabric store), resin charm (CTMH)
Other - Spellbinders Plain Ovals (large & small), Labels 18

Monday, September 19, 2011

Another Poppy Patch Card - CASE Study Challenge #57

Here is a card I created for the CASE Study Challenge #57 and using the "Out of the Box" technique again - although in this case perhaps I should say "Inside of the Box". Love the combination of kraft, black and white, be sure to check out all of the fabulous cards by the CASE Study design team.

Supplies - Card size is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Paper - Kraft, Black and White cardstock
Stamps - Poppy Patch (Flourishes), Say It In Style (Waltzing Mouse)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Black pearls (Kaisercraft), Black hemp (CTMH), silver charm
Other - Plain Circles large and small (Spellbindersz), 3D foam

Friday, September 16, 2011

Poppy Patch Card - Flourishes Sketch Challenge

I put this card together quickly today to meet the deadline for the Flourishes noon time Sketch challenge FLLC911A. This is an older stamp set, but new to me and I was really excited about using it. I am still working on my colouring with Copics, but am slowly getting there.

I used the same technique for extending my image beyond the Spellbinders die-cut as I did in my previous post. You can view a tutorial on the Flourishes website here. Love this technique.

Supplies - Card size is 6 1/2" x 4 3/4"

Paper - Designer Paper - Roxie (plaid), Silhouette (dot)- retired, Grace - retired (CTMH), Black CS (Bazzill), Neena Classic Crest Solar White CS
Stamps - Poppy Patch (Flourishes), Card Chatter - Thank You C1381 (CTMH)for inside
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Bamboo (CTMH), Copics - R02, R14, R27, YG11, YG13, YG17, Y21, Y35
Accessories - 1/2" black seam binding (MayArts), Black Waxy Flax, Bamboo Button (CTMH)
Other - Reverse Wonky Rectangles (Spellbinders), 3D foam

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Orchid Card - CASE Study #56 & Flourishes Fall Fashion Challenge

I created this birthday card using the CASE Study #56 challenge and colours from the Flourishes Fall Fashion Challenge. I love this 'Orchids' stamp set from Flourishes. I used a couple of techniques posted on their site - check out the tutorial "Out of the Box" by Iwona Palmountain to learn how to extend part of your image beyond the edge of a Spellbinders die and the tutorial "Adding Dimension" by Dina Kowal to pop some of your stamped image. Love how these turned out.

Supplies - Card size is 6 1/2" x 4 3/4"

Paper - Designer Paper - English Rose Collection (Kaisercraft), Mistletoe (CTMH), White Daisy, New England Ivy and Bamboo CS (CTMH), Neena Classic Crest Solar White CS
Stamps - Orchids (Flourishes), Happy Birthday (CTMH)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Gypsy (CTMH), Copics
Accessories - 1/2" pleated white satin ribbon, 1" crocheted ribbon, 1/2" seam binding - dyed with Gypsy reinker (all May Arts), Bling Assortment, Bamboo Waxy Flax (CTMH)
Other - Spellbinders - Plain Oval Large and Small, Labels 4, 3D foam

Friday, September 2, 2011

"Gus" Birthday Card - Mojo Monday 206

Hey all, I've been away for a while. Had a wonderful visit with my oldest daughter and next week my youngest daughter is coming home, so I thought I had better sneak a card in here. My brother-in-law is celebrating his 60th birthday, so I had to pull out my favourite digi image "Gus" from Bugaboo Digi Stamps

Normally I make these cards more simply with white bases and some contrasting bright colours, but I liked the sketch at Mojo Monday this week so I thought I would try something a little different for 'Gus'. I used one of Close To My Heart's new paper packs called 'Dreamin'. The opposite side of these papers, have beautiful floral designs, but for this card the more geometric patterns suited a masculine card better.

I paper pieced the robe and slippers and coloured the image with Copics.

Supplies - Card size is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Paper - Designer Paper - Dreamin' (CTMH), Brown cardstock (Bazill), Bamboo and Colonial White cardstock (CTMH)
Stamps - 'Gus' digi stamp (Bugaboo), Card Sentiments - D1111 (CTMH - retired)
Ink - Chocolate (CTMH), Copics, computer
Accessories - Anitque Copper brads, Flourishes Foundry Access. (CTMH), 1/2" brown satin ribbon (Offray)
Other - 3D foam

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cricut Art Philosophy Images

Here are all of the images on the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge available exclusively through Close To My Heart.

(Click on images for larger view)

The Cricut Art Philosophy Collection includes everything you see below. Be sure to check the Fall/Winter Idea Book for more stamp sets that co-ordinate with this great bundle. Order yours today!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Another Sonoma Birthday Card - with Ribbon Roses

While I had my Sonoma paper out, I thought I had better make another birthday card (there seem to be a lot in August). I realized that I hadn't made a card with hand made ribbon roses in a while so decided to make some of those for this card. I followed the Sketch #127 at Card Patterns.

Supplies - Card size is 5 3/8" x 5 3/8"

Paper - Sonoma & Mistletoe designer paper, Bamboo & Desert Sand cardstock (all CTMH)
Stamps - Happy Birthday (C1257)(CTMH)
Ink - Bamboo, Smokey Plum (CTMH)
Accessories - Opaques - Pearl (CTMH), cream lace (Kaisercraft), seam binding ribbon (May Arts - The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), 1/4" & 5/8" satin ribbon (Offray)
Other - Spellbinders Lacey Circles & Plain Circles Small, Butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), ticket corner punch (SU), needle, thread, 3D foam

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sonoma Birthday Card And A Great Clear Box To Put It In

I made this birthday card for a dear friend of mine using one of the new paper packs from Close To My Heart called Sonoma. I love this paper pack, it lends an elegant feel to projects made with it. I used a Viva La Verve sketch by Andrea Ewen at SCS.

I am so excited about some new product that I received yesterday from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. The wrinkled seam binding is only one of hundreds of ribbons that Sharon sells and the clear boxes are awesome. Now I can store my cards safely and easily until I am ready to use them and the presentation is incredible. See below for pics.

Here is the sketch that I used:

Supplies - All products are CTMH except where noted - card size is 6 1/2" x 4 3/4"

Paper - Sonoma Designer Paper, Olive & Colonial White cardstock
Stamps - Live Inspired (C1408), Gracious Greetings (D1265)
Ink - Smokey Plum, Bamboo
Accessories - Wrinkled Seam Binding (May Arts), Heirloom Assortment
Other - Border Punch (EK Success), Spellbinders Classic Oval Small & Large
3D foam

Here is a picture of the card in its clear case and also a picture of my Roxie birthday card in a clear case.