Sunday, June 18, 2017

June Christmas Card Challenge

Sylvia Durocher's monthly Christmas Card Challenge for June calls for triangle(s) and the colour green. I started out with piecing together a background of mostly triangles from assorted papers.

I used this graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet designer paper as the focal point because the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge Blog is looking for nutcracker or toy soldier-themed cards.

The envelope for this large (8 X 5.25 inches) card is a red "Aura" A-9 Euro Pointed Flap Envelope from I added a label from the same pad of designer paper so the address will be readable going through the post. One more Christmas card made. I even finished the inside so it is truly ready to use come December.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Farewell, Mojo Monday

It is the last of the weekly Mojo Monday sketches. Sad to see this wonderful resource retire, but needs must. I wanted to play along and with Father's Day tomorrow, it seemed a good idea to combine both.

Here is the sketch. I went horizontal with it.

Sentiment: Digital File from Designer Digitals

I have this neat stamp from the now-defunct Waltzingmouse Stamp company that is nice for commemorating an occasion. Would be good for scrapbooking, too. Decided to mark the date of this Father's Day and placed it under an epoxy circle.

I hope the Mojo Monday sketches stay up on the Internet as a resource. Nice to draw on when stuck for inspiration!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Smack Down Technique

Over at Splitcoaststampers they have a weekly new technique challenge. Having stamped for over 25 years, I rarely see something new to me, but this week I leanred to Smack Down a background. A really fun technique.
This was my first and favourite card. I like the old world chintz fabric look that the technique created.

My second card was made with more ink colours and is a bit busier, so I chose to cover it up a bit more.

The technique is simple. Ink up a stamp. smack it down on your cardstck and just keep smacking it down until there is no ink left, Then repeat.

I used the focal flower stamp on these cards to create the backgrounds. I look forward to playing around with this some more.

Bold and Blooming in Coral

I recently got the Bold and Blooming Stamp Set from Gina K. Designs. I really like it. Included are three large sentiments, for birthday and friendship, and this Thank You.

I heat embossed in fine detail white embossing powder and then coloured in with Zig Clean Color watercolor markers and moved the ink around with a damp brush. I added a few heat-set Swarovski crystals.

I am looking forward to trying this on kraft cardstock with pencil crayons and embossing in gold on black and painting with Twinkling H2Os. Lots of possibilities!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Seize the Birthday - Creatures and Animals

I made this card for a male colleague. He is from Britain and so I thought the bowler hat would be a nice touch.

The challenge blog Seize the Birthday is looking for Creatures or Animals for its Toppings Theme so this fits the bill there. All the stamps used are Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps. I used Copic markers to colour in the images.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May Christmas Card

Sylvia Durocher's Christmas Card Challenge for the month of May is to incorporate an oval and the colour black. I recently picked up this JustRite Stamp called "Christmas Holly Background Stamp" at the local stamp store's going out of business sale, so it worked well.

Using my MISTI I stamped it first in Versafine black and heat set, Then I coloured in with Zig Clean Color watercolor markers. I cut out the center as I was originally going to mount on a different coloured background, but then changed my mind and used the same white Bristol.

After finishing the colouring, I placed the panel back in the MISTI and overstamped with clear embossing ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. You can see the raised detail below. The center sentiment is a Quietfire Design stamp. I stamped in Versafine black and clear embossed. Both were mounted on black Recollections 110# cardstock from Michaels. As the card is a little longer than the panel, I added gold peel-off border top and bottom.

I had a Pop-Tone Black Licorice A-6 envelope (4.75 X 6.5 inches) from that fit well so I stamped a JustRite holly border from the Christmas Trimmings set in white StazOn. I will need to use a white label for mailing. 

Am entering this in the Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge as there are two layers on top of the base card. And that's a wrap!


Who hears Adele right now? :-)

When I made my Mother's Day card, I also made a second card using the reverse combo of a paler background and more vibrant center panel. To soften the panel so the "Hello" would stand out, I laid a piece of pink vellum over top and stamped the Hello there.

This is an A2 sized card and I stamped the white envelope to match.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Here is a card for my Mom. I used Jennifer McGuire's instructions to use first generation and second generation stamping to create two cards at once. I will share the other card tomorrow. 

The background was first generation stamping. The center panel is second generation, so it is paler. The flowers are AlteNew Vintage Roses. The sentiment is by Verve.

I decorated a coordinating matte envelope using a Pop Tone Pink Lemonade A-2 envelope. This is a Canadian website and they offer volume pricing. My local stamp store has closed so it is nice to have a mail order option.

Have entered this in these challenges:

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Burnished Velvet Thank You Cards

I think my favourite thing to do with my Silhouette Cameo is to make "die cuts" in cardstock and back them with tape, then burnish micro fine glitter into the tape. This fills the holes with glittery goodness that is soft as velvet and does not rub off.

This glitter technique is called Burnished Velvet and in real life these cards have a lot of wow factor. For the first one, the tulips, I backed the cardstock flower with white cardstock covered in double-sided tape and rubbed in iridescent glitter to create a glittery background. I wish this showed up better in the photo. (All photos expand if you click on them.)

Stamp: Stamp-it Australia

The tulip design was a cut file from the Silhouette store, as is the peony below. Here is what it looked like in the store:
Here is what I made with it:
Stamp: Waltzingmouse Stamps

I tried to do a little shading with a few pink shades of glitter. I need to practice that more. Basically I masked off sections of the flower (I used the Cameo to cut the mask from the tape liner) and sprinkled on the darkest hue in the centre, rubbed it in, then added the lighter sections. 

I used a milkshake straw cut on a diagonal as a scoop to pick up the glitter and place it (mostly) where I want it. The technique is magical because the glitter looks a bit dusty until you burnish it with your finger. Then it comes to life and really sparkles.

It is Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday so these two cards are going to the people in my office who really deserve much appreciation for all they do for all of us!

You can see more Burnished Velvet cards by clicking on that label on the right hand side of this blog. You can find out how to do the technique here: Be Creative tutorials.

April Christmas Card

Sylvia Durocher's Christmas Card Challenge for April is a scalloped circle and the colour purple. I have this five year old pad of scrapbook paper called Nutcracker Sweet from Graphic 45 that features pinks and purples, so that guided me.

This card is a bit of a cheat for me. I always feel like I am cheating if I make a card with no rubber stamping involved. In this case I just layered various papers and die cut the scalloped circle. I sprayed the entire card front with a mist of Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz, which you really cannot see in the photos. It lends a lovely shimmer to the entire card and makes it sing Christmas.
Still time to play in Sylvia's challenge for this month. I may try for another card in this theme that involves stamping. Stay tuned!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

March Christmas Card

Where did March go? Here it is April 1st and I am just getting to posting my card for last month for Sylvia's Christmas Card Challenge. In my defense, I actually did this card at the beginning of the month but I had moved my photo studio cube to clear space on my dressmaking table and have only now gotten it back in place.

Sylvia's prompts for March were silver and ornament. I made three silver die cut ornaments for my card.
The background was created by sponging from my new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink pads. This was my first time using them and they are very soft and lovely. They blend easier than the regular Distress Inks. I like the contrast of the smooth chalk look and the silver foil on the die cuts.

The red ornament was made by laying the die cut on Sookwang Tape and sprinking with Glitter Ritz ultrafine glitter and burnishing in. The round ornament was placed over plain cardstock and I added colour with Copic markers. Here is a shot of the card on an angle so you can see the shine:

The sentiment is a Penny Black stamp from the Joy Filled clear stamp set. My local stamp store closed down this past week and this is one of the stamp sets I bought on discount. Very sad to see them close. I am sharing this over at Christmas Card Challenges as well. Thanks for visiting today.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

February's Christmas Card

Sylvia Durocher's Christmas Card Challenge for the month of February is to use a heart shape and the colour red.

This little fellow made it easy! I coloured him with Zig Clean Colour Brushes, which Santa kindly brought me this past Christmas.
I have had this Waltzingmouse Stamp set for quite a while and I don't think I have used it before. Felt good to ink it up. The picot edge die is also a Waltzingmouse Stamp product. I cut once in white and once in blue and pieced them together with tape on the underside.

I embossed a few snowflakes in Ranger Frosted Crystal and blended Broken China Distress Ink over top.

I am also adding this to the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge for their February theme of festive drinks.

Monday, January 30, 2017

CCT02 Colour Challenge

The second Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge of 2017 is a colour challenge using these hues:

I pulled out an oldish Hero Arts wood-mounted stamp called Collage Merry and Bright to put together this simple vintage card:

You should check out the lovely cards the Design Team uploaded for inspiration. There are 4 days left to enter so why not join in?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sympathy Card in Gold

The CFC165 CAS-ual Fridays challenge is "Everything Turns To Gold". This is a large (5.5 X 8.5) card that I made for a group condolence card.

I put a number of folded pages inside to allow for a lot of notes and signatures, and enclosed them with a pamphlet stitch.

I embossed the flowers with gold embossing powder. The flowers and butterfly are from Altenew, and the sentiment is from Verve Stamps.
I stamped a matching envelope in Delicata Gold ink. Thanks for visiting!