Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Indigo Pond Birthday Card

Here is my entry for the ABC Challenge "I is for Indigo" this fortnight:
Materials used on this card:

Navy blue cardstock
Patterned paper from K& Co... I think...
Burlap sack paper from DCWV Photo Stack 2
Stamp: "Pond 2" from Nature's Blessings Art Stamps
"Faded Jeans" Distress Ink by Tim Holtz

Wrought Iron Cuttlebug embossing folder
Tsukineko Archival Brilliance "Moonlight White" pigment ink, rubbed over reverse of embossed piece
Martha Stewart Arches edge punch
Zoophabets brads by C.K. Gibson "Markings"
Hobby Lobby floral stem hydrangea blossoms
Spare parts brads
White 3/8-inch ribbon
Sewing machine
X-Acto blade
I thought I was creating a more masculine-looking birthday card, but my husband saw it and said, "It's got flowers on it.  And there's flourishes.  FLOURISH is not a Man-word."  haha... In other words... I still have a lot of practicing before I get mens' cards just right. :)

Thanks for visiting, and I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their holiday season!


Warm Holiday Wishes Holly

The Cuttlebug Spot is running a Winter Theme at the moment, so I thought it was a great opportunity to do some fast and simple cards using my favorite little green crafting friend (i.e. Cuttlebug ya'll)...

I love embossing but I always hate to cover up any part of the pattern in a card; so this time I let the embossing be the main part of the design.  And here's a REALLY fast simple trick I've learned:

Blank 3x5 cards are the perfect size to emboss and attach directly onto a card!

That's right--it's just a 3x5.  Cheap, fast, and oh-so clean-and-simply elegant.  And it looks fabulously like SNOW!!
Materials used on this card:

Kraft cardstock
Blank white 3x5 index card
DCWV textured cardstock Green #1

Holly stamp from Rubber stampede
Ranger Superfine Clear heat-embossing powder
BIC Mark-it markers and Crayola Colored Pencils
Sentiment stamp from PrintWorks Clearly Defined Christmas set

Cuttlebug "Floral Fantasy" and "Swiss Dots" embossing folders
Offray White grosgrain ribbon (WalMart)
X-Acto blade

Here are some other views/cards along similar lines:
The card above uses the Birds and Swirls embossing folder and Martha Stewart punched snowflakes.

Thank you all for visiting, and I wish you a wonderful start to your holiday season!


Spirit of Christmas Penguins

Who can resist penguins with mistletoe?! :)

The challenges are:
Saturday Spotlight "Hats ON!"
Practical Scrappers "Christmas Cards"
My Time to Craft #68 "Winter Pals"
Charizma Cards #47 "Anything Christmas"
Creative Card Crew #39 "Christmas"

And a new challenge!:
SmART Word Challenge: "Christmas"

Of course, this doesn't include the other 3 that I was too late on... oh, well! ;)
Materials used on this card:

DCWV Christmas Card base
"Magic of the Season" patterned paper
Burgundy cardstock

Penny Black "Cheerful Giving" stamp 3514H
Sentiment by Printworks Clearly Defined "Spirit of Christmas" set

1 3/8-inch Black satin ribbon
Butcher's twine
Medium black brads from Spare Parts
EK success corner rounder
Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Peace Dove

In the past week I have made cards to play in at least 7 different challenges but have consistently seemed to forget to post them before their deadlines.  I could just blame it on pregnancy brain but that would probably not be 100% accurate.  It's more like busy-holiday-brain taking the blame this time.

At any rate, this card still plays for the following challenges:
Daring Cardmakers White Christmas card challenge
Charisma Cards Anything Christmas
Creative Card Crew #39 Christmas theme
Practical Scrappers Christmas Cards
The Cuttlebug Spot Winter theme
Materials used on this card:

White and Kraft cardstock
Cuttlebug embossing folders: 2009 Snowflakes and Divine Swirl
Spellbinders Nestabilities Label dies
Long-Needle quilling awl (for hole-punching; this is in my top 3 most-used tools)
All stamps from PrintWorks Clearly Defined Christmas set
Ranger Superfine Metallic Gold heat-embossing powder
Butcher's twine from WalMart
Stemmed wedding pearls
Sewing machine
For distressed paper edges, I do not own a special tool...I am a big believer in multipurpose solutions.  My large scissors work perfectly well held at an angle so that they only tear at the paper's edge as I rub back and forth.  If you press harder on the blade, it will slightly curl up the edges of the paper, as you can see especially on the sentiment.

Have a great day all, and thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Joy is the Spirit of Christmas

This is my second card today, following in the wake of the last with many of the same colors and challenges for inspiration.  Lately I am so much drawn to clean edges and the bright freshness of white.  There was a time when I just couldn't help myself reaching for the inkpad to ink the edges of everything; now I almost hesitate to.  I suppose it proves that the only constant thing in life... and art... is change! :)

Here is the card:

I have based it on this week's Sketch 114 over at Mojo Monday:

Here are the other challenges, all of which are 2nd entries:
2) Papertake Weekly "Christmas Crackers"
3) Creative Card Crew #38 "Favorite Things"
4) Colour Create #32 "Green, White and Red"
5) One Stop Craft "Snowflakes"
6) Saturday Spotlight #8 "Ornaments"

Here are a few detail pictures:

I attached the gingham-checked bow on top of the dark green one using a small sequin pin.  It is snug and secure this way.  The ornaments are cut out from scraps of the same sheet of paper used on my Believe Christmas card using an X-Acto blade; then I attached them at different 'heights' using 3D Zots:

Finally here is a closer view of the tag.  The sentiment was not laid out this way; I had to ink the words individually (and carefully!) in order to make it fit onto this size circle.  The edges of the scalloped Nestabilities circle and EK Success-punched circles are inked with ColorBox "Evergreen" pigment ink by Clearsnap.  I cut out the holly leaves by hand and the red brads are from Spare parts (they also serve to cover up a tiny but unsightly ink splotch from my re-arranging of the sentiment!)

 Materials used on this card:

DCWV Christmas Card base
"Magic of the Season" patterned paper from Hobby Lobby
White and bright green cardstock

*The NEW Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder!  I just received this in the mail from BettyB and let me tell you it is WONDERFUL--Thanks so much Betty!! :)
Martha Stewart Doily lace edge punch
Ribbons from stash
Red brads from Spare parts
ColorBox "Evergreen" pigment ink from Clearsnap
 PrintWorks Art Stamps "Clearly Defined Christmas sentiment set

Thank you very much for visiting, happy crafting all and as ever,
Have a great day!

PS--Don't forget to enter the drawing for my November 10K hits Giveaway before the 30th! :) 

"Believe" Christmas

What a beautiful week this has started off to be!  It is finally feeling like fall here and I actually saw some COLORED autumn leaves this morning! :)  Just in time for Thanksgiving.
On to today's first card:

The challenges are as follows:

1) 2S4Y: Kazan's Sketch 40 (flipped horizontally):

2) Papertake Weekly "Christmas Crackers"
3) One Stop Craft #56 "Snowflakes"
4) Colour Create #32 "Red, Green and White"
5) Saturday Spotlight #8 "Ornament Obsessions"
6) Creative Card Crew #38 "Favorite Things"

To make the flower, I took a red fabric bloom from Spare Parts and patted it into embossing ink, then I heat-embossed it with Ranger Superfine clear powder.  This was tricky, since my old heat gun has gotten a short in it, and will only work if pointed straight up towards the ceiling.  Ack!  I got some singed fingertips during this step! :{  While the embossing was still tacky I covered the bloom with Martha Stewart fine Garnet glitter, then covered this with a few more layers of embossing powder.  It is VERY *sparkly* and slightly stiff, so it holds up well.  The center is made using the Martha Stewart snowflake punch.

The twine as a corner element was my husband's idea; he has a good eye, doesn't he? ;)  I love using twine to capture a simple, home-spun goodness in my cards.  It cheers me up.  I also love this color combination as it is so very easy to work with... black, red and white have always appealed to me as being so timelessly classy.  Holly is another of my favorite holiday emblems, along with the nativity star and snowflakes and christmas trees and... need I go on? :)

 Materials used on this card:

DCWV Christmas Card base
Patterned papers from 2009 "Magic of the Season" paper stack from Hobby Lobby
Bright green cardstock

Red fabric bloom from Spare Parts (see above for directions to alter)
MS Garnet glitter
Ranger Superfine clear embossing powder
Shorted-out heat gun (I do NOT suggest this however!) :{

EK Success circle punches, 3/4-inch through 1-1/4 inch
"Believe" metal embellishment charm
9mm red acrylic gems
Butcher's twine

Thank you for visiting, happy crafting all and have a really wonderful week!

PS-Don't forget to enter for my November 10K Hits giveaway before the 30th! :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Scherenschnitte Nativity

As I stated in my last post, this weekend I have fallen in love with the old art of scherenschnitte all over again!  It is so direct and the results can be as simple or ornate as you have the creativity and patience for!
Although this second piece is not fully in the old world style like the first, since this IS an Old World art form I am submitting it to the Moxie Fab World Christmas challenge also.

This is my design for a nativity scene, with vines, stars and doves above.

I cut out the symmetrical portions first out of white origami paper (it is strong but cuts easily); then I unfolded it and cut out the figures:

Next I adhered the design to the patterned navy-blue paper using my ZIG glue pen, and then, last of all I added a glittered nativity star sticker.

Thank you for visiting, and happy crafting all!

Scherenschnitte "The Holly and the Ivy"

This weekend I have been drawn again to my mother's art.  When I was young, she used to enjoy doing scherenschnitte, or paper cutting.  I remember intricate Christmas trees and fall leaf displays.  When we were older and coult use an X-Acto knife ourselves, we once made a family tree together out of our mirrored names.  Mine was always difficult, due to the descending "Y".

So, in honor of my mother and also with the Moxie Fab challenge "Old World Christmas" in mind, here is the first of my weekend Scherenschnitte projects:

The design is my own, inspired by the Christmas carol "The Holly and the Ivy":

The holly and the ivy
When they are both full-grown;
of all the trees that are in the wood,
the holly bears the crown.

Oh the rising of the sun,
and the running of the deer,
the playing of the merry organ,
sweet singing in the choir.

You can see, of course, the deer and the holly, the crown of holly at the top and the hearts at the bottom to represent the Love that was born at Christmas.

Here are a few pictures of the work as it progressed.  If you want a more complete tutorial on Scherenschnitte, you can visit Cindy's Paper-cutting blog, where she also posts templates to try on Tuesdays.  Cath also featured some paper-cutting art by Nikki McClure not too long ago on Moxie Fab World, I believe.  This is a really amazing art form; very direct with wonderfully satisfying results.

This is my hand-drawn template.  You don't have to draw both sides of the design; I drew the deer on both just to get a better idea of width/etc.

Next I folded in half some sturdy old-fashioned wrapping paper that was left over from last Christmas, and began to cut starting with the small, enclosed areas first.  Be patient!

My husband came in to watch... and he caught a couple of pictures too...

After you have finished cutting you get to the really FUN part.  Up until now, you won't know exactly what the finished product is going to look like.  The first time you open up your scherenschnitte design is very exciting!

Next you should gently iron your design between two sheets of white paper or cardstock.  I then used a ZIG glue pen to attach my design to its cream-colored background; then I put it on a patterned base (paper from Hobby Lobby Christmas stack "Magic of the Season"):

I will post my second and third paper-cuts soon!

As always, thank you so much for visiting, happy crafting and soon-to-be Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Girl in the Rain

I think I've broken my own record with this card. I didn't actually mean to; but it just so happens that so many challenges harmonize SO well this week! This card plays in EIGHT--yes, EIGHT--challenges!

Are you ready? Here they are:

1) Card Positioning Systems Sketch 142:
(I've flipped it vertically)

2) Daring Cardmakers "Scraplings" - 3rd entry
3) My Time to Craft #66 "Under My Umbrella"
4) Creative Card Crew "Strings Attached" - 2nd entry
5) Secret Crafter "Four Seasons" - 2nd entry - (just think "April Showers"....)

These next are the color challenges. What I am wondering did they all end up so similar?!
6) Scrapmaster's Paradise Color Combos #24 - Bashful Blue, Real Red, Certainly Celery

And here is my card:

I made the umbrella 3D by stamping 3 separate images and cutting out parts of the umbrella in each, as follows:

First I practiced my coloring with Crayola colored pencils; then I used a ZIG Glue Pen (I love this thing!) on the raindrops and Comotion Cleartops "Gossamer Blue Glitz" embossing powder.  I find that my new glue pen does not let the embossing powder blow away when in thin lines, the way my embossing ink pens sometimes do.  This particular powder does shimmer slightly.  I embossed the raindrops on each layer, so that they would be uniform on the finished image.
Next I cut out the pieces with my X-Acto blade and attached them on top of each other using 3D Zots, which I had to cut in half:

This lovely image is from Nature's Blessings.  You can buy all their stamps unmounted, red rubber only for a really fabulous price--and coming from me that IS saying something! :)  Use double-sided tape to temporarily mount them to your clear acrylic blocks.  I recently purchased a number of images from them and have been quite happy with the quality.  Here is a little coloring/image detail (pre-raindrop embossing):

Materials used on this card:

Kraft and Chocolate Chip cardstock (my last sheet!--aah!)
DCWV Textured cardstock Green #1
Blue paper from My Mind's Eye, embossed with Cuttlebug Divine Swirls
Script paper from "Autumn Splendor" 8x8 collection by Making Memories

"Girl with Umbrella" from Nature's Blessings stamps
Circle Punches from EK Success
Swiss Dot embossing folder
Brads from Spare Parts
Butcher's twine
Crayola colored pencils
Comotion Clear Tops "Gossamer Blue Glitz" embossing powder
ZIG glue pen
Thermo-web 3D Zots

Thank you so much for visiting, as always.  May you all have a wonderful day, and happy crafting to everyone!  Remember to enter for my early 10K hits candy before you go! :)

Have a great day,

Pumpkin Scrapling

The challenges are as follows:

1) Tuesday Morning Sketches 3-2-1 "Recipe Challenge"
2) Daring Cardmakers "Scraplings" - 2nd entry

My last card came entirely from the scrap-bin, and while this one follows in that regard, it is also the REAL size for a true scrapling--i.e., it uses that narrower bit of cardstock that's left over when you trim the full sheet down for a larger card.

Materials used on this card:

Kraft Cardstock
DCWV "Thanksgiving Words" Paper
Parchment and brown cardstock
DCWV Textured cardstock Green #1
Blue mat paper from My Mind's Eye
Script Paper from Making Memories "Autumn Splendor" collection

Clear Pumpkin stamp from the Fabulous Fall Stamp Kit by TPC Studio, colored with Crayola pencils
"Flavia" Alphabet stickers from Colorbok
Brown pigment ink from Stampabilities
Coffee Bean pigment ink from Rubber Stampede, for inking edges

Scalloped Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders
Divine Swirl Embossing Folder for Cuttlebug
Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge punch
EK Success 1-inch circle punch

Brads from Spare Parts

Have a great day, and don't forget to enter for my early 10K candy HERE before you go!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Note:  This card hails DIRECT from the scrap bin. NO new papers were harmed in the making of this card! :)
The challenges are as follows:

1) The Cuttlebug Spot "Fruit" theme (OK, so there are a few vegetables in there too... ;)
2) Creative Card Crew "Strings Attached"
3) Daring Cardmakers "Scraplings"
4) Secret Crafter "Four Seasons"

Materials used on this card:

Parchment cardstock
Brown cardstock
Blue mat paper is from My Mind's Eye
Patterned blue paper and script from Making Memories "Autumn Splendor" collection--a current favorite
"Orange Stripes" from the My Mind's Eye "Wild Asparagus" collection--another favorite

Clear stamps from the Fabulous Fall Stamp Kit by TPC Studio (JoAnn's)
Brown pigment ink from Stampabilities
Coffee Bean pigment ink from Rubber Stampede, for inking edges

Scalloped circle dies from Nestabilities by Spellbinders
Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge punch
EK Success small corner rounder
"Wrought Iron" embossing folder from Cuttlebug folder+die set

Brads from Spare Parts
3/8-inch brown Robert Stanley ribbon
Butcher's twine

Detail of coloring:

I colored the images with Crayola colored pencils. I know some folks prefer Prismacolors, and these really are superb pencils. But I just can't buy brand new CP's when already I have a big collection of perfectly good Crayolas sitting around. These do just fine as well, and the color selection has never let me down, even from the medium-sized box!

Here's a quick tip I've learned as well:
If you want smoother blending with colored pencils, try coloring
over your image first with the WHITE pencil.
Make sure you lightly cover the whole area, since if you miss a spot then it will show up as darker color when you add the next layer. Then color as you normally would over the white base. The overlaid colors will lay down smoother and blend more easily this way. Of course, I have also found that if you use a regular glue stick to adhere the image to its mat first, the glue softens the paper and if you color at this point, it will also give you a smoother image. The key is just to be patient and not press down too hard.  I've also heard that baby oil helps to blend; but I've not tried it yet.  Probably that technique will be a favorite go-to after the baby himself is here :).

Here's a view of the inside, using that wonderful embossing folder "Wrought Iron," which I just fell in love with as soon as I saw it!...Isn't it stunning?!

I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is already so very close. I don't know about you all, but I am getting into baking mode! Pumpkin bread and walnut apple crisp... yeast rolls, gingerbread and all! Later this evening I plan to make some banana bread. I think there will probably also be chocolate involved. :)

As always, thank you so much for visiting. Your comments really do brighten my day, and I appreciate the chance to see so much lovely work from others that both lifts and inspires.

Don't forget to enter for my big (early) 10K blog candy HERE before you go! :)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Carrot Tree, 4 Challenges

Usually one does not immediately think of Orange, Kraft and Green as a Christmas color palette; but I have had a really enjoyable time this afternoon making this Carrot Tree Card:

I've used Sketch 140 from Card Positioning Systems:

And here are the other challenges:

2) Stamp Something "Cute and Fuzzy"
3) My Time to Craft "Scallops"
4) Daring Cardmakers "Punches"

I am not normally a humongous House Mouse fan, but the Happy Hoppers do make me smile.  It think it's their lack of little claws!  I like how the Martha Stewart snowflakes on this card also remind me of the frilly foliage on the tops of carrots (I suppose you'd have to be a gardener to think of that, really...or a rabbit! ;)

My latest favorite tool has been the X-Acto blade (as some of you may have noticed!).  It's amazing what getting some new, sharp blades can do for you!!!  I hadn't meant to cut around these little guys for this card... but almost every time I go ahead and do a close cut, just for experimentation's sake, I am pleased with the result.  You never know unless you try; the worst thing that could happen is that you'll have to stamp and color the image again.  I find that the close cuts just add that much more detail, and focus your attention more keenly on the most interesting elements.

As for Kraft paper, it's quickly becoming my obsession; I LOVE its look!  So versatile, so simple, so very krafty-fab!  Sadly, however, I think this card used up my last sheet--unless I am very lucky and have some hiding out somewhere.

Materials used on this card:

Kraft cardstock and Kraft White Paisley from Making Memories
Forest green cardstock
Basic orange paper from My Mind's Eye
White cardstock (for stamped image)

"Carrot Tree" from Happy Hoppers 2006 collection by Stampabilities
Image stamped with Archival Black ink and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine clear powder,
Colored with Crayola pencils and BIC Markit Marker (Key Lime), for the tree
Martha Stewart snowflake punch
Brown buttons from stash
Butcher's twine (find this in the painting & tools section of WalMart)

X-Acto blade
Nestabilities scalloped circle dies
Cuttlebug machine and Divine Swirl embossing folder

Thanks for visiting, happy crafting all and have a wonderful day!


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