Saturday, May 19, 2007

Have decided to participate in a monthly ATC swap. This month's theme is RED or Faeries/wizards. The ATCs are due by the end of the month so I thought I had better go with easy so I worked with RED.
The background paper is one I made with leftover paint. I used a piece of paper I had been using to protect the surface of my desk when I am stamping and added paint until I was happy with it. Other times I use my leftover paint on a scrap piece of paper and stamp on it later when I decide to use it. Works both ways and gives you neat background paper.
I punched a page of a book to put under the heart. Very cool and yet so easy.
Found this font on my desktop - no idea where I downloaded it from - and decided to install it!! How cool - it makes Dymo tape lettering!! Worked perfectly for these and again so easy. The font is called GF - Ordner - Normal. These were a little on the small side so I cut the top and bottom, added glue to the back then cut them apart to apply them to the ATCs. Worked very well!!

I hope you are enjoying your long weekend! We have wonderful weather and it was just a beautifully warm day!! Loving it!!

Have a creative day!

Therese in Trenton
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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Created this card for my Art Lottery submission!! I have included some silk flowers so the winner can use them in her creations. More of the colour printed background paper that I have overstamped with a flower. It has been fun working with the paper and seeing what can be done to it!!

Here is the site I used to create the cool backgrounds I printed. It is a very versatile site with lots of options including changing the colour of any of the backgrounds. I used this option a lot to keep my patterned paper in the pink, purple and blue tones.

Have a creative day!!


Mixed Media Market
A quick and easy card!! One stamped image with two layers on the card front. We all need to have some quick and easy designs in our repertoire for those days when we need a card NOW!!!

Have a creative day!!


Mixed Media Market
A little sophistication in masculine colours!! The two SU tag punches make layering these very easy. There are now a collection of stamps that coordinate with the small tag punch as well which makes creating these small tags quick and easy. Stapled the ribbons on. The top and bottom of the card were stamped and stippled with a mask in place to create a space for the tags.
I used a large child's paint brush I bought at the dollar store to do the stippling! Does a very good job!!

Just loved this stamp with all the mail boxes in a row!!! I watercoloured the image which was stamped with black Staz On. The little red circle embellishes the tab which I created with the slot punch. The front of the card tucks in under the tab. Added the greeting tag with cording. Am just loving my punches for creating cool tags for my cards!! I used my 1/16" punch to create a hole on the spine to pass the cording through and also to create a bit of a depression on the card's front edge so the cording would stay in place.
To create a hole in the spine use your punch to create a half of a hole on the spine. When opened up there is a whole hole!! Use a punch appropriate to the size of your fiber or ribbon. Again, half of a hole on an edge will give your fiber a place to tuck into and keep it in place once it is tied.

One of the girls in class painted all the mail boxes in vibrant colours!! A reminder to me that it is what makes us different that adds spice to life!! Celebrate it!!

In anticipation of Father's Day I had a few cards that were more masculine in nature. Many have expressed a need for inspiration for cards for the guys in their lives!
Just love the way this one came together. I just ripped several decorative papers (light blue one is another of the colour printed ones) into layers to create the effect of water and added a brown/green one above them to create the horizon. Before I glued down the layers I stamped some trees to create a lake scene. The fish was stamped with black Memories ink, watecoloured and trimmed closely. Mounted it with foam tape to give a 3D effect!!
Makes you think of summer, lazy days and lots of sun!!

Cardmaking last night!! My first card used some of the colour printed background paper I created. I highlighted the paper with a small background stamp to add a bit interest! Lots of fun!!
I punched a hole (1 3/8") in the front of the card and layered a 1 1/4" tag on the back inside of the card so it was visible from the front. I embellished the word with a bingo chip !! Mine was used so I added a layer of Future Acrylic Floor Finish to bring back its lustre. Added a little ribbon just for fun!!
Like the simple design of this card which can easily be changed up by using different colours and paper!!

You may recognize this card design from one of my previous posts but I have uploaded it to highlight the decorative paper I have created and used.
When my colour cartridge on my inkjet printer ran out of yellow ink I thought I would see how many pages of full colour I could print with the cyan and magenta ink there was left considering it was going to be wasted if I just threw the cartridge away.
I printed 200 sheets of full colour before I ran out of magenta and just decided I would call it quits after more than a full day of printing pages!! I printed these pages on heavy weight colour laser paper.
The bottom decorative paper on the card is one of these printed sheets! I added some stamping of flowers and sprigs to add more interest.
You will see several more examples of the paper in the next few posts!!
I created this card for a silk flower challenge with my card club group. We traded hydrangeas last month and challenged ourselves to create with them for our card exchange this month. I really like this simple and cute purse card design!!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Fat book page

This is my fat book page for the This & That mingle on one of my email lists!! I truly enjoy the challenge of this mingle with its wide range of themes! As you can see I chose to do a page on Florence Nightingale! With only a small amount of reasearch it is evident that she was an incredible woman with much vision, passion and tenacity.
I folded an 8.5 x 4 piece of cardstock which I had printed with the title "The Lady with the Lamp" and the quote to create a receptacle for my tags. Each tag has a few facts about Florence's life. On the back an image of her as a young woman with a quote.
We have such incredible inspiration in those who have come before us!! A woman who lived her calling even in the face of rejection. That we should all be inspired to face our challenges with courage!!
Be creative!!

Welcome Mina!! She is my first grandchild and was born at the end of April!! Baby and Mom are doing well. I offered to make baby announcements. I finished them yesterday!!

I stamped the panel card with the SU harlequin background in pink pigment ink for a subtle background and I see that it is barely noticeable on the scan.

I cropped a picture of Mina on the day she was born and laser printed it on heavy copy paper. Mina is colour printed on the frames. I used the SU large tag punch to create the hole in the frame by punching it one way and then reversing and punching out the leftover corners. Easier than cutting them out by hand. After corner rounding I used the same pink to highlight the edges and the stipple background stamp to add a bit of texture to the front. Mounted the photos in the frames.

I created the four tags, colour printed them on white cardstock and punched them out with the 1.25" punch. I layered them onto a 1 3/8" punched shape in pink. Punched a hole at the top and tied in some pink baby yarn. The tags have the baby information - name, date and hour of birth, weight and length and the blog that her Dad created for her photos!!

I colour printed the bottom banner, ripped the top edge, glued the bottom to the panel and punched two holes on the top corners where I tied some white baby yarn. This creates a little pocket for the tags. Very happy with the way this baby announcment worked out!! Much happier that I will be seeing them all in person in just over two weeks. I just know that I am going to love being a grandmother!!!

Have a creative day!!


Monday, May 07, 2007

Gotta love those large paper clips!!! Here we decorated a large paper clip with some chipboard flowers!! The chipboard coasters were double sided with modge podge and designer paper then passed through the Cuttle bug to create some flowers in three different sizes. We picked through the bucket to find the perfect ones and layered them. One set for the front and one set for the back. We glued them to the top of the clip with E6000. It takes a bit for the glue to set but I think it is now very sturdy. The clip was then incorporated into a long note card. The top layer was punched with the Word Window punch to create a slot for the paper clip. We had to be careful not to glue this layer in the middle - only the edges to create the pocket for the clip. We then added several small layers of designer paper and a greeting to finish it off!!
This was our last project for the afternoon!! A great stamping day!! Thanks to Catherine who organized all of this and cut all those pieces of paper!!! There were door prizes and a grand prize!!
I am sure everyone enjoyed their day and are happy with their cards and projects!
Being a new grandmother I think I will be making a little photo wallet for myself to show off Mina's pictures. She is just a week old and doing well.
Have a wonderful and creative day! Thanks for dropping by!!
This little folder is created using two envelopes. You fold one envelope flap into the envelope and insert the other envelope's flap into it. Once glued, it creates a little folder with two pockets for filling with anything you like. We filled ours with seed packets and stamped the inside and outside with flowers!! A ribbon is placed between the top envelope and the layered front and is tied to the side. A wonderul little package perfect for filling!! Might be just what you need for your MOM on her special day!!


This wonderful card features a double flower which was painted with Future Floor wax and Pearl Ex - an interference purple and pearl white. Very neat!! We highlighted the stamping with a white gel pen and some Pearl Ex. The flower center is accented with three brads and the bow embellished with a double swirl clip. Love the look of Pearl Ex and though it was my first experience with it I am sure it will not be my last. The Future makes the Pearl Ex permanent once it is dry - sort of like creating your very own acrylic shimmer paint!!

In the afternoon we had 4 porjects which rotated through our groups. Here is a little photo wallet!! Very cute!! There is a decorated belly band to keep it closed. Inside three little sliders where you can insert photos, gift cards, journalling, recipes, etc. These little envelopes also flip over to reveal yet more space to journal, embellish, or decorate. The little ribbons make pulling the sliders in and out very easy. This would be great as a brag book or as an memorable little album of a special event!


Stamp Camp cards

Stamp Camp on Saturday!! Had a wonderful day of stamping and connecting with other stampers!! We created a variety of projects. A One Sheet Wonder technique in the morning using a 12x12 sheet of designer paper - Oh chocolat!. We cut our paper (template provided ) and then stamped and coloured our images (shimmer cardstock). We had supplies to create 16 cards which was all precut. I did not manage to finish my cards in the 3 hours provided but managed to fully assemble 3 and parts of others. I finished them up this morning and here is a sample of the 5 desgns. We had a variety of colours - pink , blue and green - in each design. We learned to tie our ribbon in double knots using both ends of a length ribbon. Then to cut the two sides to the right length to fit our needs. This makes tying knots easier, eliminates sloppy ribbons on card fronts and conserves ribbon!!
We had our lunch outside in the sun and headed back in for an afternoon of fun!!