Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Wishing you a great day!  Be safe and enjoy the day.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Card - Quilt Block - Christmas

This card was created with small 1" squares of coordinating Designer Paper that I glued to a base piece of white card stock.  In hindsight I would have used a dark piece of card stock.  I glued them to ensure that I had enough to cut the SU Top Note die.  I cut it then embossed it with Cuttlebug Argyle folder.  I added white gross grain ribbon below the centre points and taped the ends to the back.  I mounted a red Decorative Label punch with an oval color printed greeting.

Card - Christmas Pinwheel

More pinwheel cards, this time Christmas ones.  Here's the link to the original posting.  I used Always Artichoke DP with some red DP to create the pin wheel.  I mounted it on a white layer embossed with Victorian embossing layer onto Always Artichoke card.  I added a red gross grain ribbon across below the pinwheel.  I added the greeting created with the Modern Label with the Word Window punchies.  The greeting is stamped in black with a small clear stamp set.  I added a red button in the centre of the pinwheel with a Zot.
Always Artichoke card with Red with white layer. Chocolate Chip card with brown and beige DP and pink embossed layer.

Card - Six Block - Holiday Thyme

This card is Cranberry Crisp with Holiday Thyme Designer Paper.  I cut several 1.25" squares from this double sided paper.  I mixed and matched the squares in a pattern of 6 blocks on the left hand side. I stamped the greeting with the Come to Bethlehem set in Always Artichoke.  I added green buttons on the left hand side with Zots.
The other left card is on Old Olive card stock with red buttons.   The right hand one is on True Thyme card stock with greeting stamped in Bravo Burgundy.

Card - Muscial Christmas

I started with glitter musical card stock from Michaels. I used a notch corner punch on all four corners.  I added a length of black gross grain ribbon and taped the ends to the back.  I added a large red silk poinsettia then a white smaller one then a gold sequin all held in place with a gold brad.  I created the greeting with the SU Modern Label & Word Window punches.  I stamped the greeting with a small clear stamp with black Versafine ink.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Card - Quilting - Lattice Die & DP

 A few more quilting themed cards.
On the left I cut the SU Lattice Die 2 times. Once in black and once in double sided Designer Paper.  I then selected my background paper in the deep pink and adhered all the pieces together.  The striped piece, then the black lattice die then the light pink ellipses which is the back of the striped paper. Then I ran the whole piece through the Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder.  I placed a piece of black gross grain ribbon across the bottom of the square.  Added a greeting made of the SU Modern Label and the Word Window punchie.  Placed a button in the centre with a Zot.
The card on the right used some terrific quilting designer paper.  I wanted to really leave it as it was so I just added a piece of gross grain ribbon in deep moss green and the Decorative Label punchie and a color printed greeting cut with the CM oval cutter.  The greetings are mounted with 3D Foam tape.

Cards - Quilting - DP

On these cards I used some quilting related designer paper.
The card on the left I placed a 4" square of DP on the top portion of the bittersweet orange cad.  I added a seam binding ribbon below the square and tried a new way to tie it.  I made a hole in the centre of the space, then  ran the ribbon across the card through a slit in the fold through the hole to the front with one end going above and the other going below the ribbon going across the card.  Tied a knot and a bow.
The card on the right I split the 4" square in half and placed the pieces at the top and  bottom of the card. I placed a greeting in the centre space that was color printed then cut with one of the Apothecary Framelits.  It is held in place with 2 mustard brads.

Cards - Quilting Theme

I made some Pin Wheel cards for my Card Gift Sets for the upcoming sale. Check out the original posting here with all the details.  These are red, white and black.  Stamped greeting on the Word Window punchie.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Card Gift Sets

This is how I'm presenting the greeting card sets for the sale.  I have put 4 cards and envelopes in a cello envelope.  I've cut a header with the TH Ornamental Die and held it closed with a piece of white seam binding.  I think they will make a great gift for a friend, an aunt, a work exchange gift, a girlfriend or anyone who appreciates handmade cards.

Cards - Cherry Blossoms

I've been using these Cherry Blossoms which I cut with the Cricut back in September. I've used them for incentive and card club. These cards are going into card kits for my sale next Saturday.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cards - Upcycled Photos

I've used some photos from the 4x6 photo calendar which were no usable as a result of a mix up at the photo developer.  I really wanted to find a way to up those 4x4 inch photos in cards for the upcoming sale.
Here's the answer. I trimmed the photo to 3.75" then layered it onto a complementary piece of card stock.  This was then mounted onto a coordinating card.  I designed the greetings to match the colors in the card.  Printed them and then die cut them with the Apothecary Framelit.  It was then mounted to the card with 2 tiny black brads.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Coaster Calendars - Vellum Sentiments - More

I made a lot more coaster calendars. Here a few more of the different ones I made.  I made some golf ones, some friendship ones as well as general ones.  You will see on the purple friendship one I designed some sentiments in ovals.  The down side is they had to be cut by hand so I only made a few of them.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Coaster Calendars - DP - Vellum Sentiments

 Still working on coaster calendars. I've taken a different direction. These I have pasted Designer Paper paper to the front and trimmed to the edge.  I took a long time and several rabbit holes before I settled on this way to present the sentiments. Really happy with these!  The sentiments are printed on vellum and cut with one of the Apothecary Framelits from Stampin Up! which makes it super easy! Then I attached to the front with 2 tiny black brads. In some cases I have chosen DP that relates to hobbies like sewing, quilting, music and golf which help me reach these customers. I've put a hole in the top centre and a magnet on the back which should work for most people.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Card Club - October - Sunflower

Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers and with these colors was a good choice for a fall card.  Yes, it's still fall as no snow is currently on the ground.  I cut the sunflower in 2 colors of yellow scrapbook paper with the SB Sunflower die.  I selected a piece of DP for the background.  I punched a SU scallop circle in dark brown and added a color printed greeting in the centre. The scallop is adhered with 3D foam tape.  I added a apricot colored twill tape ribbon below the flower around the DP background.  I made these kits with 2 different DP backgrounds and adjusted the colors of the ribbon and card accordingly.  

Card Club - October - Cricut Flower

I create this card with the extra flowers I had from my incentive cards.  I color printed a dotted background on the card.  I cut the label with Spellbinder Label 9 nestabilities in navy card stock.  I cut the flowers with the Cricit.  The centre is a large circle punch.  I cut the stem with a Sizzix medium Leaf Stem die in a light green card stock.  I cut off one of the leaves from the stem.  I glued the flower to the top leaf on the stem arranging that it would come between 2 petals.  I glued the flower to the label die which I then glued to the card front.

Card Club - October - Pears DP

The card features some terrific Designer Paper from Basic Grey with pears and flowers on it. I decided to make the card the deep burgundy color in the paper and selected a teal card stock for the eyelet border.  The border was made with the SU border punch.  I used the Modern Label punch with the Word Window punch for the color printed greeting.  The DP was cut to 2.5 inches then the teal to 3" and border punched then split in two. 

Card Club - October - Pinwheel

Tonight is Card Club and we are making another set of occasion cards.
I selected my papers for the pinwheel then decided on a black card.  I used a pattern created by my sister for the pinwheel. You will find the pattern here. I punched my squares with a punch which made them 1 3/8". I printed the pattern ensuring that the squares were that size.  This pattern works very well! Thanks Therese.  Once I had the pinwheel assembled I embossed a white layer with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. I then glued the pinwheel to the top and I wrapped a piece of 1/4" black gross grain ribbon around below it.  I glued this assembled piece to the card front.  I added the button to the centre of the pinwheel with a Zot.  I glued the Word Window greeting to the Modern Label then adhered it over the ribbon with 3D foam tape.r

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Card - Challenge - Pink Black White

I made this card for the Home Card Challenge on my CST group. The challenge was a color challenge.

I started with a black card onto which I adhered a piece of Designer Paper in pink stripes.  I added a piece of black gross grain ribbon vertically on the card and taped the ribbon ends to the inside. I cut a Spellbinders Label Nine nestabilities in dark pink then a smaller one in another designer paper with pink shoes.  I glued these together then adhered it over the ribbon. I added a SU eyelet border in white at the top over the ribbon and DP.  I added a SU Modern Label punchie in black with a pink SU Word Window greeting.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Coaster Calendars

 Here are a couple more Coaster Calendars. I am getting ready for a craft sale on November 3, 2012 so the pressure is on.
The one on the left is TH Crushed Olive Distress Stain with some Not Quite Navy ink again with the stamped word.
The right hand one is Sienna re-inker applied with a bit of alcohol to dilute applied with a foam brush.  I stamped the flower by Magenta in Bravo Burgundy then added a bit of color with watercolor.  Tied with coordinating ribbon.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Letterpress Coaster Calendar

My first attempt for a letterpress coaster calendar. I used TH Tattered Rose Distress Stain on the calendar first.  I ended up with applying some navy ink because I had a bit of an accident with the pad so I added more to work the color into the calendar. I needed a craft-pigment ink for the letterpress so I selected Not Quite Navy.  I used it for the letterpress and stamped word. I tied the calendar together with coordinating satin ribbon. Letterpress is very cool!  I created the calendar and stapled it to a piece of cardstock then glued the cardstock to the coaster!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Invites - 60 Wed Anniversary

I was asked by a couple I know to design and make the invitations for their 60th Wedding Anniversary.  I made 4 samples and this is the one they chose. Here's a link to the others.
I started with a soft lavender card.  I embossed the white layer with the Cuttlebug Rebecca folder.  I then trimmed it all around to leave just a small border of card color.  I cut the oval accent with my  Spellbinder nestabilities dies.  The oval accent works really well in the centre of the embossed layer. The scalloped oval for the lavendar and smooth oval for the white layer.  I color printed the central oval and then cut it.  These were glued together and then mounted in the center of the embossing with 3D foam tape. 
60 years of marriage is a great testament their love, commitment and faith.  Congratulations!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Card - Challenge - Snowflakes

I made this card for a couple of challenges:
Weekly Christmas Card Challenges - Sparkles - color combo
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Non traditional colors

I started with a blue card which I embossed the card front with the Cuttlebug Snowflake folder.  I chose caramel, grey and yellow for the snowflakes cut with the SU! Snow Flurry Snowflake die which are held in place with a blue brad.  I then cut a background label with the TH Styled Labels die in the same yellow I used for the snowflake.  I selected caramel seam binding which I taped to the card front just off center.  Then I glued the background label which was embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder.  I mounted then snowflake accent with 3D foam tape.  I stamped the greeting on yellow in blue and then punched it with the SU Word Window punch. This was mounted with 3D foam tape as well.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Card - Challenge - HJ - Scrappy Christmas

 I made this card for the challenge at Holly Jolly which is Scrappy Christmas. Encouraging us to use our scraps of paper.
I started with a purple card onto which I adhered a white layer leaving a border.  I found left overs from these cards.  I cut them in various widths and trimmed the bottom ends to a slant.  I glued them to the white layer with the tops being at the same height.  I put a strip of gold glitter paper across the stripes.  I cut the greeting layer with one of the Apothecary Framelit then stamped the greeting in purple.  I then cut another label in card purple, cut it in half and layered those behind greeting. I punched .25 inch circle from the gold glitter and glued them into the bump on the greeting.

Monday, October 8, 2012

R2G - Ice Cream Layered Tree - Card Kits

I created this kit with the inspiration from these I made last year.  I selected the ice cream colors of turquoise, pink and green. I cut the tree with a new die from Dee's Distinctively Dies called Christmas Tree Stackers.  I cut of lot of them in these 3 colors then mixed up the colors to create trees about 4.5 inches high.  I designed the background of snowflakes, stem, hill and greeting.  This was printed onto the card leaving space for the tree and star to be added.  I glued the tree down then added the yellow star.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving - Turkey Day!

I took this photo at Fort Edmonton the other day.

I wish you Happy Thanksgiving Day!

I am grateful for family and friends and that I will be spending the day with dear ones to me.

Friday, October 5, 2012

R2G - Glitter & Snowflake - Card Kit

I made this kit with Designer Paper from a My Mind's Eye Glitter 12x12 pad.  I cut the 2 pieces of DP to 4x5.25" then cut again at 3". The 2 pieces were taped together at the back switching the patterns. This layer was glued to the card front.  I placed a small bit of adhesive in the centre of the ribbon then place it across the card over the join of the papers. I placed a small slit with an exacto knife in the card fold and pulled the ribbon through and taped both ends to the inside of the card.  Then I glued the centre of the SU! Snow Flurry Snowflake die to the ribbon.  I adhered the button to the centre of the snowflake with a Zot.

R2G - Sequin Star - Card Kit

I've been working on my inventory of card kits.  Here's a Christmas one.
I started with a black card.  I printed the Christmas script background on gold parchment and trimmed it to leave a small border.  I created the star accent by cutting the star in the same card stock as the card using the Cricut and the Joy of the Season cartridge.  I mounted a gold star circle sequin onto the front and hold it in place with 2 tiny gold brads.  This star accent is held in place with 3D foam tape.
I have used jewel toned card stock in the kit - black, burgundy, green and blue.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Card - Challenge - Squares

I made this card for the Home Card Challenge on CST.
I started with the designer paper which is squares of course. Then I trimmed it to 4" square and cut it in half.  I glued the halves to the top and bottom of the card leaving a space in the middle.  I placed a pink gross grain ribbon across the middle and pulled the end through a slit in the fold and taped the ends to the inside of the card.  I cut the greeting with a Memory Box die in bright green.  Adhered it with snail adhesive.  It went together pretty easy!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Christmas Card Challenge - Oct - Navy Red and Silver

October is a color challenge - Navy Red and Silver.  I wanted to use my newly acquired SU! Ornament stamp set.  The Joy one is my favorite.  I stamped it in Versamark and embossed in silver.  I punched it out and place a small hole in the hanger with a 1/16" punch.  I pulled through a length of crochet cotton to create the hanger.  I wanted to repeat the swirls in the ornament so I embossed the silver top layer with the Cuttlebug D'vine Swirl folder.  I punched the bottom of the layer with the SU! Eyelet border punch.  I selected some red Designer Paper for bottom portion of the card. I taped the ornament string to the red before adhering the silver embossed layer.  Once the silver was adhered I wrapped a length of white 1/4" gross grain ribbon across and taped the ends to the back of that layer.  This was then all glued to the navy card front.  I left my ornament hanging loose.