Monday, November 13, 2017

Small Calendar - Quick & Handy

I ran out of coasters for my Coaster Calendars so I had to invent one to keep a calendar in my product line with a smaller price point.  With so many photos from this year, that is where I went as a starting point.  I found a calendar at 2018 printable calendars.

I selected my best 5 sayings from my coaster calendars and included them in the Fridge Calendar.  I selected photos which worked with the sayings.  The combo was printed on 4x6 photo paper which was layered onto coordinating card stock.  A magnet is then added to the back.  This allows it to be used on any metal surface - fridge, file cabinet, and/or toolbox.  A push pin will hold it onto a cork or bulletin board.

Put it where you can see it for a quick reference.  It is easily mailed so it is a great gift for those far away.  Include it in your Christmas card.

















































The Sisters calendar is a cosmos from the Legislature, the Happy one is a bright polished stone background, the Everyday is a sunset at Pigeon Lke to remind one that the light will return tomorrow, the Thanks is our river valley in fall, and Blessings is a flower bed at Legislature.  You can find them for sale on my Calendar page.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Art Exchange Submission - Barn Swallow

The gallery is holding a Miniatures show starting December 01, 2017.  Part of the show is an exchange with artists in Winnipeg.  We are sending fifteen pieces.

I chose my barn swallow photo printed in 5x7 inches. It was mounted on a white card.  I signed it with a black marker in the left bottom corner.  I added a navy mat.  It was framed in a matte silver metal frame with glass.

I am looking forward to what the Winnipeg artists are sending our way.


Christmas Cards to the Gallery

I stamped Angelica by Stampendous onto a quarter sheet of white card stock with clear ink and gold embossed it.

I placed some dye ink onto my craft mat and spritz it with water.  I then layed my angel image onto the mat and pulled it off to reveal this wonderful background.  It was left to dry then pressed to be flat.

I trimmed it to leave a small border. I chose a blue purple card base.  I adhered the stamped layer to the front.

I printed a greeting in french and punched it out with the Stampin Up Modern Label punch.  I punched another from the card base color and cut it in half crosswise and adhered them offset on both ends.  The greeting was adhered with 3D foam tape.


The polar bear was cut with the Cricut and the Joy of the Season cartridge.  The scarf was cut separately and then adhered to the bear.

I chose a deep blue liquid acrylic background and adhered it to the medium blue card base.  I added a snowbank of white card stock cut with the Creative Memories Wavy Cutter.  The bear was adhered to the left of the card and a silver glitter star was adhered top right corner.

These were deposit to the gallery today.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Dasher

I just love this sparkly background paper.  I cut it to leave a small border and adhered it to the front of a black card.

I added the red greeting with a ripped top edge with the bottom and sides leaving a small border.  It was adhered to the bottom of the card. I added a line with a red marker to ground it.

I added a silver foil Dasher reindeer die cut to the right of the card center. It looks black which works as well.

A quarter sheet insert was added.

Snowflake Wonderland

I chose a background that I printed a long time ago.  It was trimmed to the edge of the border.

I added a large snowflake, a clear snowflake and a silver confetti flower to the center.  I chose a tiny white brad to hold it all together.  I made a hole with a push pin through just the background.  I then adhered that layer to the front of a warm dark blue card. 

Quarter sheet insert added.

Gingerbread Man

I cut the Gingerbread Man with a Sizzix die from heavy chocolate brown card stock.  I placed a piece of dark red card stock behind the hearts on his belly. I tied a piece of red baker`s twine around his neck. I used a chalk marker to highlight his mouth, and icing on his arms and legs.

I wrapped the same baker`s twine around the top of the snow flake layer and tied a knot.  I glued this layer to the front of a Mocha Devine card base.

Added a quarter sheet insert.

With few elements ready, card making takes less time.

Embossed Snowman

This is a Sizzix Snowman and hat die which I used on ivory card stock. I them embossed it with the coordinating embossing folder.

I used the snowflake spokes to make twig arms for him from gold paper. I cut tiny hearts from gold and adhered them onto his belly.

I loved this plaid paper and I am down to my last few pieces.  This layer was adhered to a warm brown card. 

The snowman was adhered to the plaid. 

A quarter sheet insert was added to the inside.

Angelica

I went looking in extras stash to find a few elements to whip up some cards for the sale tomorrow.

This is Angelica by Stampendous gold embossed on white card stock.  I put a few drops of blue and pink ink onto my crafty mat and spritzed it with my mister bottle.  I just dropped the quarter sheet right onto the color and pull it up.  I let it dry and resisted ironing it to flatten which would have removed my gold embossing.  Pressing works well to flatten if you have the time.

I chose a coordinating card in non traditional pink.  I trimmed the angel leaving a small border and mounted to the card front. 

Quarter sheet insert was added.

Countdown Calendars - Wedding & Baby

I created these wonderful countdown calendars for 2 very special occasions!  Wedding and Baby.  They feature an elegant beveled glass and metal 4x6 photo frame in turquoise.

The image was downloaded from Pixabay.  I warmed up the image to work with the turquoise of the frame.  It is printed to 4x6 and placed behind the gorgeous beveled glass of this photo frame.  The top edge is snugged down and a screw on the back keeps it in place.  Love the bird at the top which gives it a bit of whimsy

The number is written onto the glass with a dry erase marker and erased as often as you like.  Great that the marker comes with an eraser.







The baby elephant graphic again comes from Pixabay.  I adjusted the color in the image to match the turquoise frame.  

This would look great in a baby`s room. 

The great thing is that the photo does not have to be moved to change the number. 

A great gifts for a engaged couple or one expecting a baby in 2018.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

2018 Simple Squares Calendar

I decided to make a few Simple Squares Calendars as there still a few people who like a big squares in which to write appointments.

I printed the front page on 24lb bond and the back is heavy card stock. 

The pages are printed on heavy bond paper.

I tied the pages together so if they are dropped when switching months they will not get mixed up.

There is a hole in all pages which would allow the calendar to hang with out the clip. The clip allows for a nail, pin or magnet to hold the calendar.

I made the front page in several colors.

Christmas Stack Kit - 3 Nativities

I got the Christmas Stack Kit done with the photos used in this card set.

I used the 4x6 photos I designed and cut out the nativities with a paper cutter leaving a small border of the color around the image.

I cut black card stock with the Tim Holtz Cameo Frame.  I designed the nativity photos to exactly fit in this frame.

I chose card stock which matched the color of the border on the nativities.  A light aqua, taupe and light blue.

I adhered the nativity photo to the center of  the black frame. I applied 5 squares of 3D foam tape to back of the frame 4 corners and center.  I then adhered the frame to the front of the card.

Love these! 
The kit has been added to my Stack Kit page.

Bethlehem - Navy and White

My sister and I recently invested in the Bethlehem Border die by Taylored Expressions.  Love it!

The die does not cut the bottom edge so you can place the die cut where you want on the layer.

I used some navy card stock with white speckles in to create a night sky.

I cut the Memory Box Grand Merry Christmas die in white card stock.

The Bethlehem was cut in navy.  I adhered it to the white greeting layer then trimmed it to the edge of the white. These were then adhered to the card front. Cutting the die on an angle in the Big Shot works better than at 90 degrees.  I am using the metal adapter.

I punched a star for the sky with the Creative Memories Sparkle punch from shed free silver glitter card stock.  It was adhered with a Bling Zot.

This card features the Memory Box Grand Script Merry Christmas die.  This die needs me to keep track of the little piece in the `y`and ensure it is adhered in the right place.

The Bethlehem was cut shorter which leaves a white space below.

I will try to cut a wavy in the bottom of the navy Bethlehem piece to create sand dunes.

I made 4 of these for the craft sale.

I tried the wavy bottom and it works really well.


Photo Calendar - Rural

The Ready2Give Half Sheet photo calendar features rural scenes.

The calendar is printed 2 half sheets at a time on a letter sized piece of white card stock.  Each calendar page is 5.5 W x 8.5 T inches with the calendar on the bottom with a 3.5 x 5.00 inch photo at the top.

I punch a hole at the top of the calendar with my Crod-a-dile which easily allowed me to do all 12 sheets at one time to ensure they are all lined up.

This allows hanging on a nail, straight pin or push pin.  A binder clip could also be added to hang it with a magnet.

I selected photos from my collection.  The front photo is barn in winter which gives a nice calm scene for the first month of the year.

The scenes include hale bales, Rocky Mountains, canola field, lake reeds, Japanese bridge, power structures, Pigeon Lake docks, wheat, canola rows, a sunset, and evergreen lined lane.

Photo Calendar - Flowers 2

I created a second Ready2Give half sheet calendar featuring flower photos.

The calendar is printed 2 half sheets at a time on a letter sized piece of white card stock.  Each calendar page is 5.5 W x 8.5 T inches with the calendar on the bottom with a 3.5 x 5.00 inch photo at the top.

I punch a hole at the top of the calendar with my Crod-a-dile which easily allowed me to do all 12 sheets at one time to ensure they are all lined up.

This allows hanging on a nail, straight pin or push pin.  A binder clip could also be added to hang it with a magnet.

I selected photos from my collection.  The front photo is cosmos in nice pink to brighten the first month of the year.

The flowers include cosmos, dahlia, yellow rose, flax, zinnia, wild geranium, AB rose, sunflower, poppy, and poinsettia.



Photo Calendar - Flowers

I created this Ready2Give half sheet calendar featuring flower photos.

The calendar is printed 2 half sheets at a time on a letter sized piece of white card stock.  Each calendar page is 5.5 W x 8.5 T inches with the calendar on the bottom with a 3.5 x 5.00 inch photo at the top.

I punch a hole at the top of the calendar with my Crod-a-dile which easily allowed me to do all 12 sheets at one time to ensure they are all lined up.

This allows hanging on a nail, straight pin or push pin.  A binder clip could also be added to hang it with a magnet.

I selected photos from my collection.  The front photo is dahlia in nice red to brighten the first month of the year. 

The flowers include dahlia, yellow rose, flax, zinnia, wild geranium, cosmos, allium, sunflower, poppy, and poinsettia.


Craft Sale - Christmas Photo Cards

I have made a few more photo Christmas Cards for my craft sale on the weekend. Check out my events page for details.

This was a snowman decoration at the Conservatory a couple of years ago.  Love his happy face.  This is a 3.5 x 4.75 inch photo on a white heavy card.




The standing deer was again at the Conservatory.

Red berry from the Conservatory.




The bird was an ornament on a Christmas tree at the Garden Center.

The Cardinal ornament with birch trees is a glass ornament on display at the garden center.

The oval poinsettia is an old design which I have converted to a photo card.  Love the red poinsettia.


The aqua blue glass ornament was on a tree at the garden center.
The sitting deer was at the Conservatory.


The evergreen bough is a great winter card.
The leaves with red berries photo does not have snow but has wonderful seasonal colors.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Holy Family Photo Christmas Cards


I take photos of nativity sets whenever I can. This was taken during the 2016 Christmas season.

This time I was working on supplies for a stack card kit for my class on Monday.  I printed a few extra to make some cards for the craft sale.

Here I have adjusted the orientation of the photo to accommodate my needs for the card kit.  I added a color fill background and added a greeting.

For this card with a 4x6 photo I had to reduce the space between the photo and the greeting so I trimmed the photo down to a narrow color border.  I then trimmed the greeting to the same width as the photo.  These were adhered to the card front of a heavy white card. 




Left: This little nativity I have used before.


Right: I designed this card with a Mother and Child photo from Pixabay.  I`ve used this image several times.

The stack kit should be ready soon.

Photo Calendar - Landscapes and Flowers

I received an order for a 2018 Photo Calendar - Ready2Give Half Sheet with flower and landscape photos.

With a sale at the end of the week I will make a few more. 


I created the calendar and then printed it 2 sheets at a time on a letter sized piece of white card stock.  Each calendar page is 5.5 W x 8.5 T inches with the calendar on the bottom with a 3.5 x 5.00 inch photo at the top. 

I punched a hole at the top of the calendar with my Crod-a-dile which easily allowed me to do all 12 sheets at one time to ensure they were all aligned.

This allows hanging on a nail, straight pin or push pin.  A binder clip could also be added to hang it with a magnet.

I selected photos from my collection to fit the bill.  The front photo is a country lane in winter.  The flowers include dahlia, wild geranium, AB rose, sunflower, poppy, and poinsettia. The landscapes are a barn in winter, Rocky Mountains in Canmore, field of hay bales, rows of canola, and dock at Pigeon Lake.

Christmas Card Challenge - Nov - Navy Square

This is my card for the Christmas Card Challenge this month.  I have chosen Navy and Square for this card.

I chose a navy card.  I created a vellum greeting layer with a frame where the greeting is placed at the bottom of frame replacing the line. I printed it then embossed with gold powder.  It was trimmed to leave a small border of navy.

I cut the holy family with the Penny Black Manger thin die from gold card stock.

The frame was cut from white card stock with the Stitched Square Frames by Die-Namics.  I adhered the frame on the diagonal to the vellum then placed adhesive behind the frame on the back of the vellum to ensure that the adhesive does not show through the vellum.  The vellum was then adhered to the card front.

I then placed the gold holy family die cut in the center of the diamond square and attached it with a tiny gold star brad in the center of the star of the die. I have over 100 cards in my box so I am ready to start addressing.

I have posted an alternative with a clear vellum and banner greeting which was adhered to the card front with 3D foam tape.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Cards to Gallery - Photo Cards

This is a Tree Swallow photo which I took when I visited the Ellis Bird Farm this summer.  They were all over the place and overall cooperated with those of us with cameras.

As you can see he had his eye on me but I got a great photo.














I am happier with my photos coming back from the developer since I had a conversation with the tech in the print room.

It means I have to maintain 2 sets of photos; one in the 4x6 and another in the 3.5x5 inches.  For these photo cards I have printed 3.5 and trimmed a bit off the length.

The photos are adhered to great heavy card stock which produces a great end product.

I caught this wonderful yellow tulip at the Legislative Grounds.


This is a Greater Scaup which is medium sized diving duck.  This is a male with the great shiny head and striking yellow eye.

This was taken on my trip the Elk Island Park this summer.

Would be a great card for a guy into the outdoors.