Friday, April 30, 2010

Holiday Challenge - Poinsettia cards

I created this card for Tracy's holiday challenge. It needed to have designer paper as the main image and 2 other elements.

I used some great Memories Magenta Style poinsettia paper. I added a layer of gold textured paper under it and a strip of gold across the bottom half. Then I added a gold embossed 5 petal flower which was punched out and layered onto a green 5 petal punchie. The accent is held in place with a gold brad.
I made 5 cards pictured below as required.
Cards made: 6
Total Christmas cards: 26

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Card Club - April - Reused Book Pages

I have to say that I resist tearing apart books but sometimes they are beyond functional and reusing the pages is a good earth friendly idea.

The tag was cut from an old book page with the Sizzix large cresent tag die. I stamped the large U then embossed it with black detail powder. Really makes it pop. The greeting was printed on the same paper that was used behind the tag. The word was trimmed and tucked above the U. I added some black yarn. Remember to put the fiber on the tag before gluing it down to the card.

Card Club - April - Recycled Paper

This petal paper is paper I made with recycled white paper and grass and flower petals. I just ripped the edges of the paper to just smaller than the top of the card. I prefer to have a rough edge. I put the lower half of the card through a Cuttlebug embossing folder. Hot glue is a good choice to adhere handmade paper to the card. I found paper and ribbon to match. I created the flower with the Stampin Up! five petal punch onto which I layered elliptical shapes from the Stampin Up! lattice die. Held onto the card with a large white brad. With a slit in the fold the ribbon is placed over the joint between the handmade paper and embossing.

Card Club - April - Reused Foil

I bet you don't recognize the foil from a yogurt container? Yep.

I used spray adhesive to glue the foil to thin cardstock. The foil was then cut with the Sizzix circle die. The white and turquoise circles cut with the Creative Memories cutter. The foil and white circles were then put through different Cuttlebug folders. The cardstock was 4x12" with a score at 5.5 then at 11 which leaves a one inch flap over the top front. I tacked the circled together with a bit of glue then the brad through the daisy confetti, 3 circles and the card front. The accent was placed so that it keeps the top flap closed.
White daisy confetti is no longer available on the shelves at Michaels. I was very surprised that basic white was no longer available.

Card Club - April - Recycled Denim

Earth Day was April 22. I chose to give these cards an earth friendly focus where items were reused or recycled.

The flower is a creative use of old denim jeans. I used Sizzix dies for the flower, centre and leaf. The yellow and green fabrics are left overs from other projects. The gingham scrapbook paper was just what I needed. The denim colored yarn matched well and was stapled on. I added a color printed greeting cut with my Creative Memories oval cutter. I used a navy ink pad to smudge the edges of the card and greeting.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Photo - Beautiful Glass Tea Pot

I know this posting is not paper related. I include it because it feeds my spirit. During a shopping trip this weekend I found a glass tea pot for a song. I've wanted one for a long time but they are quite pricey. I now have a beautiful object that feeds me in two ways every time I use it. We had great weather this weekend and I know summer is very near. So I made a pot of iced Ginger Peach Tea and enjoyed some in a tall glass.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

All Occasion Stack Class - Daisy Squares

I used several different SCB papers that included the yellow to match the wedding confetti daisies. The squares were punched with a Marvy punch. The squares were glued to the card. They could be arranged in several patterns. I placed the daisies over the squares and create holes in the daisies/square/card with a push pin. Insert a tiny white brad. Trim the SCB paper strip and glue in relation to the layout of the squares.

All Occasion Stack Class - Circle Buckle

I started with the ribbon on this card as well. I used chocolate brown, pink and rosy red cardstock for the card to provide a variety in the design. The white layer was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and glued to the card. The buckles were all cut in dark brown with a QuicKutz die and threaded onto the ribbon. The ribbon was taped to the inside of the card on top and bottom. The greeting was stamped in brown onto taupe cardstock, trimmed and layered onto pink cardstock and then trimmed again. This accent was then adhered to the card.

All Occasion Stack Class - Circle Collection

The inspiration for the card comes from the Go to Sketches magazine. The SCB paper collection is a retired StUp! set. It is a double sided paper which provided the variety of pattern needed for this design. I created the greeting in Corel Draw which allows me to print it in any color I want then I punched it out with the 1" punch. I cut the SCB paper circles with the smallest one on the Sizzix circle die. Simple but effective design.

All Occasion Stack Class - Flower Tag

I started with the ribbon for this card. I found scrapbook paper that work well with it. The SCB paper was trimmed and glued to the card. The ribbon is slipped into a slit in the fold of the card and taped to the inside of the card on both ends. The tag is a Sizzix tag die which was layered onto black cardstock and trimmed around with scissors. The flower is a StUp! punch done twice in SCB paper and pink card stock. The flower had a 1/8" hole punched for the rivet. Once complete, the tag is hung onto the ribbon with a length of white cotton thread.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Card - Exchange

I created these cards for my CC Exchange group. I designed the globe template then cut it out of white cardstock. Then I cut a 4" circle with my CM cutter then a decorative layer one size smaller. The black base was trimmed a smidge bigger than the template. Then I embossed it with a stripe CB Embossing folder and glue it to the card.

Left: The 4" circle is gold cardstock. The japanese paper has gold and geometric design. I punched some leaves in colors found in the paper and glued them on the base. I added a gold star brad just off centre.

Right: The 4" circle is pink foil paper and the next layer is a floral giftwrap. I added a StUp! Five petal punch then added StUp! Lattice die holes of pink foil and placed a pink rivet in the centre. I trimmed the circle to even with the top of the base then tied a coordinating ribbon on the join.

The inspiration for this card came from the Go to Sketches Paper Crafts magazine I recently purchased. It contains sketches from 6 designers. Each chapter contains the sketch and several cards based on it. It is very good magazine. Check it out at your local craft store.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Gift Card Holder - Baby Boy

One of the girls in the office had a baby in February. I put together a large card for everyone to sign and offer their wishes for the new baby and his parents. We had a great shower for them today.
I started with a MS Accordian Card. It was covered with brown fabric with an elastic to hold it closed. It provided plenty space for the sentiments. The first page had baby's name and a bit of a poem embossed on a ripped piece of vellum. The last page had a vellum envelope to hold the gift card. I saved one page so a photo could be added with a few balloons. The teddy bear is a Sizzix die which was cut a couple times for the different colors then layered. I added a ribbon around his neck and cut some balloons with the MS punch. All the elements were touched with a brown ink pad.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Card - Baby Boy

We have a new baby in the family. I made these cards for the baby shower. The baby stamp by SonLight Impressions was inked in brown and placed on light blue cardstock. In keeping with the ribbon I chose a tan colored paper as the next layer. Then a great chocolate brown layer with a ripped bottom edge. The ribbon is scotch taped onto the inside of the card.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cmas Card Challenge - April - Nativity

Coming up with nativity images was a challenge. I have a small stamp of baby Jesus with a lamb. I think that the Holy Family, Bethlehem, wiseman, shepherds and nativity images would fit. I wondered "Where can I find these images?" I decided to recycle Christmas cards. I browsed through my collection and selected a few nativity related images.

Silhouettes - I used a QuicKutz die for the stable & holy family. I layered gold paper onto a red card then mounted the die cut on it. I added glitter to the star. On the blue one, I placed a layer of vellum stamped and glittered in the sky. I stamped the sentiment in black and embossed it with black detail powder.

Recycled cards - The orange card was stamped with a border stamp all around the edge. I cut the central image of hills, camels and Bethlehem from the old card and just glued it on. The young shepherd was cut from the old card then I punched the corners with a decorative punch. I took the back of the card and cut it a bit larger than the first and rounded the corners. The greeting was stamped onto a piece of the inside of the old card. It was great because all the pieces coordinated.
Recycled Cards 6 Silhouettes 2 = 8
Total Christmas cards: 20

Charmaine's Card

Cmas Card Challenge - April - Nativity

Ovals - I cut the front of the old cards with my Creative Memories oval cutter. The top ones feature Bethlehem and the star. I embossed the cards the purple with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, the other with silver embossing powder with a background stamp. Added a coordinating metallic paper layer. Greeting stamped and embossed.

Oval with Baby Jesus - Cut the old Christmas card then 2 more layers in larger sizes. Added a stamped greeting. Ornament - I cut the ornament from the old card front. I applied pigment ink to the green card with the direct paper technique then applied gold embossing powder and heated. It added texture in a interesting way. I glued the ornament to the card then I added a small gold cording bow at the top.