Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Just a Little Bit of Snow

Sooo... I made this card a while ago and I'm just now getting around to sharing it. Why? Because more of the white stuff is fluttering to the ground outside... so it seemed appropriate. ;)

The stamp is from the uber cute Pure Innocence line form MFT Stamps. I colored her with Copic markers and then masked and airbrushed the sky around her. I added some glitter to the snowballs and the ground... really, snow can glitter! The snow falling tonight is extra sparkly... I noticed that while making the drive home. So pretty, but still not fun to drive in! And to shovel... eek... I'm so not going to think about the state that my front porch is in! It seems that I have accidently on purpose misplaced my shovel! Tee hee! ;)

Recipe:
Stamps: Snow Day Pure Innocence (MTF). Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Buckaroo Blue, White (PTI), Ski Slope designer (SU!). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, white gel pen. Oter: silver brads, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Scallop Circle and Circle Nestabilities, dimensionals, Red Polka Dot ribbon and Kiwi Kiss Satin (SU!).

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Twas a Couple Days After Christmas...

And I've finally found time to visit my blog and wish you all a Merry Belated Christmas! Hope your Holiday was fabulous and the upcoming year is the best one yet! :)

I've been a busy little bee the last week or so baking, traveling and visiting with family! It was great! However it did mean that I had very little time for the blog... so I'll share my latest creations with you just a little late. LOL!

The first is the fun one I made using the Holiday Lineup stamp from Stampin' Up! These elves are just so cheery! I colored them with a selection of Copic markers and added just a touch of Fun Flock to the pom poms on their hats.

Well I'm off to putter in the craft room a bit and round up more cards to share.

Recipe:
Stamps: Holiday Lineup (SU!), Joy of the Season (Hero Arts). Paper: Scarlet Jewel, White (PTI), Old Olive (SU!), Eskimo Kisses designer (Basic Grey). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers. Other: Cotton Ball Fun Flock, 1 3/8" circle punch, Dotted Scallop Edger punch (EK Success), vintage brads, velvet ric rac (May Arts), Large Circle Nestabilities (SpellBinders), mat pack, paper piercer.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Toothpick Trees: Gift Tag

Hello everyone,

Are you in the swing of the Holidays yet? I'm not! I'm so far behind... still have gifts to buy, cookies to bake and a couple of gifts to finish making. Oopsie! I better get to work. :) However I do seem to be stuck in procrastination mode which means I made another special gift tag last night instead of working on gifts. LOL!

This tag uses one of my favorite Stampin' Up! sets Merry & Bright. Love those trees! This time I stamped them on Kraft cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I then trimmed the trees and adhered square toothpicks to the backs using Crystal Effects. I did have to trim a bit of length off the toothpicks afterwards. You may be seeing more toothpick trees in the future as I really like how they turned out! Once the Crystal Effects was dry I added a bit of bling using Pink Stickles. Ahhh... nothing like glitter to make me happy! :)

The main snowman image was stamped on Kraft paper and a scrap of white cardstock. I colored the white snowman, cut him out and adhered him over the one on the Kraft cardstock. I added a bit of glue to the bottom of the Kraft cardstock using a 2-Way glue pen and then covered with white Flock. Adds just a hint of snowy ground. Next up I applied Crystal Effects to the hat and scarf and dusted with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. More glitter induced happiness! :)

Hmm... other random notes: the tag base is two pieces of white backing board die cut with the Top Note BigZ die. I inked the edges with Elegant Eggplant Craft ink and heat set. Two pieces of My Mind's Eye glittery designer paper were also cut with the die, trimmed, edges distressed and then adhered over the backing board. For the front piece I used a 1/16" circle punch and punched holes around the tag and then threaded a piece of jute through the holes. The handle is a piece of florist wire that I shaped. It was a bit bright so I colored it with a T5 Copic marker. *The back is plain at this point but I may add a square of Kraft to it with the To/From info.

So what do you think? Is it too much or do you like it? :)

Recipe:
Stamps: Merry & Bright (SU!). Paper: Kraft, White (PTI), designer (My Mind's Eye), white backing board (clearbags.com). Ink: Elegant Eggplant Craft, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers. Other: jute, ribbon (May Arts), Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Crystal Effects, toothpicks, Pink Stickles, florist wire, mat pack, paper piercer, large glue dots (Therm-o-web), distressing tool, 2-way glue pen, white flock, pinking shears.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Just Chillin'

Literally! My house feels a bit frosty tonight! If it becomes any colder I am going to turn into a giant snowball. Brr... and since it is cold inside and outside I thought I would share a Frosty card tonight!

This festive snowman is from Whipper Snapper. I colored the image with Copic markers. Some white dots were added to the scarf with a white gel pen. Frosted Lace Stickles were applied to the star. For the fluffy snow on the ground I applied a bit of Martha Stewart Snow glitter. Brr... typing this post has not made me any warmer.

To accent the image I used a bit of blue patterned designer paper from the Autumn mat stack by Recollections. I attached a tag using a small brad made with the ITop Brad Maker by Imaginicse. After assembling the brad I coated it with more of the Frosted Lace Stickles. I used a bit of May Arts crocheted lace and machine stitching to finish up the card. Oh-la-la I do like that lace! Still cold though! :)

Recipe:
Stamps: Pinetree Snowman, Cozy Critters (Whipper Snapper). Paper: Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip, Perfect Paper Panels (MFT), Autumn designer (Recollections). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, white gel pen. Other: iTop brad Maker (Imaginicse), small oval punch, Crocheted Lace (May Arts), sewing machine, white thread, dimensionals, Frosted Lace Stickles (Ranger).

Monday, December 14, 2009

Bold Bright Butterfly

I just had to switch gears and make something other than a Christmas card or gift tag. Something bright and cheerful and the exact opposite of cold and wintery! ;) Thus the very bold butterfly.

Of course I'm still having some lighting issues because it is still dark and dreary outside. Boo! So if you look very very closely you might just see that I stamped the background with a leaf like image in VersaMark. Maybe if you squint your eyes a bit you will see it. LOL!

Recipe:
Stamps: Bevy of Butterflies (Unity Stamps). Paper: Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Aqua Mist (PTI), Kraft, 2008 Bitty Dot Basics designer (PTI). Ink: Rose Red Classic, VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black. Other: small oval punch, Dotted Scallop edger punch, Fuchsia polka dot ribbon (May Arts), adhesive rhinestones, dimensionals, sewing machine, white thread.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Handle With Care: Gift Tag

How many pictures do you think I took of this project trying to get a perfect one? LOL - way too many. First my camera batteries were dying left and right (time to invest in a new one) and now with Winter's arrival it seems like I have only 5 minutes in the day when the lighting is perfect. Darn short (and very cold) winter days)! I might have to finally invest in a light tent and a couple of lights... either that or just give up on taking nice pics of my projects! ;) Hee hee. But enough grouchin' and on to the project!

This is a cozy gift tag I made... it will find a home on a Christmas gift this year. I cut two circles from light weight coasters using the Large Circle Nestabilities. Just a note: I had to run the Nestie and coaster through the die cut machine about four times before it completely cut through the coaster... back and forth and again - quite the workout. ;) The edges were sponged eith Close to Cocoa Craft ink and heat set. I then glued a slightly smaller circle of glittery My Mind's Eye paper to the coaster (I actually made two of these - the second is used as a back to the gift tag). Added a bit of May Arts ribbon and attached it with jute and a button through a hole I punched in the coaster.

The little house is chipboard from Maya Road. I sponged the house with Bordering Blue Craft ink and heat set. I then stamped a snowflake on it in Close to Cocoa Craft ink and heat set again. I used Bravo Burgundy Craft ink on the heart. I lightly sanded the edges of both pieces and added Frosted Lace Stickles to mimic the look of snow.

A sentiment was stamped in Close to Cocoa Classic ink on Kraft cardstock. The left side was punched with a Ticket Edger punch and the right side was attached to the coaster with a couple of stitches. Next up I punched a bunch of 1" Bordering Blue circles. They were attached to the back of the second coaster and then the first coaster was attached to the second with dimensions (added a loop of ribbon first though). To finish the BB circles were sponged with Close to Cocoa Classic ink and faux stitching was added with a white gel pen.

Yikes... That is a lot of words to describe one gift tag. :)

Recipe:
Stamps: North Pole Post (Whipper Snapper Designs). Paper: Kraft, Bordering Blue, glittery designer (My Mind's Eye), medium weight coasters. Ink: Close to Cocoa Classic, Bordering Blue Craft, Bravo Burgundy Craft, Close to Cocoa Craft. Other: white gel pen, gingham ribbon and jute (May Arts), 1" circle punch, Ticket edger punch (EK Success), sanding block, Frosted Lace Stickles, button, Very Vanilla Taffeta, dimensioansl.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sweet Holiday Greetings

Popping in late tonight with a chocolate-y confection of a card. I used a non-traditional color scheme of yellow and brown. Nicey nice!

Quick Notes: The vanilla background was embossed via an embossing folder and to accent the snowflake I sewed a button on. Snort... I said these would be quick notes! ;)

Recipe:
Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Serene Snowflakes (Stampin' Up!). Paper: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Kraft. Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic. Other: Jumbo Oval Punch, mat pack, paper piercer, button, jute, Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder (SU!), ribbon (May Arts), dimensionals.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Holiday Greeting Trees

Hello all!

I have a simpler card to share with you today! I let a pretty color combo take front and center on this card and kept the layout and fussiness to a minimum (no paper piercing - shocker I know!!!). So simple, but I'm loving it! What do you think? :)

Recipe:
Stamps: Merry & Bright (PTI). Paper: Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, White (PTI), Night & Day designer (Stampin' Up!). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Rich Tuxedo, Always Artichoke Classic. Other: Scalloped edger punch, dimensionals, Adhesive Rhinestones (Basic Grey).

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

All I Need to Know...

Wowsa have I ever been neglecting my blog! Which is very weird considering I do have a bunch of cards to share. Yay! Tonight I did find a few minutes to blog after cleaning, a quick shopping trip and moving a bunch of furniture to make room for my Christmas gift from my dad... a brand new China Cabinet he built for me. I LOVE it so much! It is quite spiffy and I'll have to share a few photos once I get the glass shelves and fill it with a few pretty things! Big thanks to my big bro for delivering it tonight. :)

In the meantime here is a card I made featuring the Christmas List stamp from Unity. I just realived that several of the cards I've made recently have the same color scheme: a light grayish blue, red and dark brown. What is up with that?! Oh, I have not posted the other ones but they'll be coming soon and you will see what I mean!

Quick note: for the ribbon I just overlapped the ends and tied them together with the a doubled up piece of jute. Super simple and quick and a bit flatter than if I knotted the gingham but considering the number of dimensionals that were sacrificed in the making of this card it is still quite bulky. ;)

Recipe:
Stamps: Christmas List, Birds of a Feather (sentiment) (Unity Stamp Co.). Paper: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Naturals Ivory, Ski Slope Designer. Ink: Close to Cocoa Classic. Other: gingham ribbon and jute (May Arts), red buttons, Word Window punch, sponge, dimensionals, mat pack, paper piercer.