Thursday, February 27, 2014

Snowflake Christmas cards

Another set of Christmas cards from the supplies I unearthed in my craft room from a box that was packed full of "stuff".  These are the first ones I made.
The backgrounds were ready to go.  They were one layer of paper napkin that had been painted with clear acrylic finish (Future Floor Wax) and dried on wax paper while I was cleaning up my studio before we moved.  They are beautifully translucent and I really wanted to show off their colour.  I layered them onto white, added three snowflake punchies (MS) in graduated sizes over the printed one and attached them with a white mini brad.  These colour printed greetings from my stash coordinated perfectly so I trimmed them with my new label framelits (SX) from the set I bought in Maui.  The little framelit is actually shorter than these but I wanted the shape so I trimmed my greetings to fit inside the width (5/8"), lined up the front of the greeting on one end and ran it through the Big Shot only until I could tell that the end had been cut.  I backed it out and removed the greeting.  I flipped it over and lined up the end of the greeting in the framelit and ran it through the Big Shot until I could tell that the end had been cut.  Voila!  A label that looks just like I wanted it to!!  I attached it to the snowflake layer using two white mini brads and adhered the whole element to my soft sky card front.  Another ten of these brings my total to 44 cards.
In one of my groups we were discussing making washi tape and I suggested that you could easily make your own using double sided tape and tissue paper.  I can certainly see using this technique to seal paper napkins before applying double sided tape to make washi tape!!


Doodled Tags

 I created these tags to accompany some pencil cases I have made that will serve as silent auction prizes at our family reunion this summer.  I die cut them using a Trio Tags die (SX) from heavy weight chipboard which was merchandise packaging.  I painted the back side and added my name and blog address in sharpie marker.
 I coloured the fronts using distress ink pads in coordinating colours and then added some doodling with a fine tip sharpie marker.  I ran a large permanent marker all the way around the edges to define the edge and finish off the designs.  Finally, I sprayed them with hair spray to seal the surface.
You can see here that I tied them onto my pencil cases using black cotton thread.
It was fun to create the pencil cases with the gorgeous butterfly fabric I scored at the thrift shop a couple of weeks ago and now they have one of a kind tags as well.  I am happy!!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Masculine card for a young man

Made this card for a young man who has a birthday coming up!!  I love the colour combination!!  I choose the blue and green cardstock, taped them together on the back and trimmed them down to fit on my kraft card front.  I punched the right hand side of my layer with the chevron punch (SU) and taped the green punchie into the top hole.  I embossed the left hand side using a herringbone embossing folder, watercoloured my laser printed owl image (Michelle Perkett Studio) and sewed it into place with black thread on my sewing machine capturing two green ribbon flags in the process.  I watercoloured my laser printed punchie greeting (Birds Cards) as well, added a couple stars in the center and attached it to my layer using a mini black brad.  I adhered this layer to my card front using double sided tape.
Very happy with the look of this card and really appreciate all the artists that are offering their digital stamp for download on line!!  Thank you!!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Quilted look Christmas cards

 A few Christmas cards for my stash!!  I found the supplies for these six cards in a box of miscellaneous supplies that got packed out of a drawer when we moved.  I noticed the box a while back and decided today I should check and see what was in it.  Lo and behold, I had almost all the supplies already cut for these.  I had previously taped several strips of cardstock side by side and trimmed them down to one inch.  I alternated the squares so the colours would be askew, taped the strips together and die cut a label from them using the Ornamental Die (TH).
I embossed each one with a different embossing folder, sponged the edges with brown, added a length of glittery red rick rack and mounted it to a stippled kraft card front.  The greetings (when scrap hits the fun) were already laser printed so I punched out six of them with a 1.25" punch (SU), layered then onto red 1 3/8" punchies (SU) and then onto green scalloped circle punchies (SU).  I mounted the greetings to the card front using 3D foam tape.
There are a few more supplies for Christmas cards in the box, which I will use this year and the rest of the "stuff" will be filed accordingly into my plastic drawers.
I am happy to have made a few more cards for February!!  These were very quick considering that the supplies were almost all ready to go!!  That brings my total to 34 for this year!!


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Christmas card with sponging

While I was at it I made one Christmas card using the silhouette and sponging technique I used for these cards. I kept the colours subtle - white, blue and green.  I stamped the upper portion of the card with an all over snowflake pattern, added a blue scallop punched border and a green strip below that. I added green grosgrain ribbon over the top edge of the border and adhered my layered punchie greeting over it using 3D foam tape.  I gently sponged my silhouette image (CLKER) with blue ink, added iridescent glitter glue to the open ornaments on the tree, layered it onto black and mounted to the top portion of my card.  It needed a bit of something to I added some dots and dashes on the scalloped border.  This is #28 for this year!!  I have not yet finished all the cards I need for February so will make a few more this week.  If you are needing some inspiration for Christmas cards you can check out Sylvia's blog challenge here or see my Challenge Blogs list on the right hand side of my blog.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Masculine cards - sponging with silhouettes

I am in need of masculine cards for next month's family birthdays so I decided to use these images which I printed when I created this card.  Love how they turned out!!
For the first one,  I started with a laser printed image of a skyline which I downloaded off of CLKER.  To create the beautiful sunset I punched a 1.25" hole in a scrap of paper, positioned it over the buildings I wanted to highlight and sponged in some yellow ink.  Next, I covered up the yellow with the 1.25" circle punchie and sponged on the orange and some dark pink.  Using the edges of a few torn strips I added some purple and blue.
I mounted my image to a black layer capturing my printed greeting between the two, punched some slots on the bottom edge and inserted yellow ribbon. I embossed the right hand side of my dark blue card front, adhered my main element and glued the ends of my ribbon to the inside of my card using double sided tape.  I added a "enjoy life" metal embellishment using a large glue dot.
For my second one, I started with an image of elephants (CLKER) and sponged brown at the bottom to form the earth, added another little layer for depth and then sponged yellow above that.
I added red sponging at the top and then used torn edges as I added a few more light layers of red over the yellow to get a nice gradation in the sky.  I layered my image onto black, layered onto a torn and embossed maroon layer and glued it to my stippled yellow card front.  I added a black ribbon embellishment and a sponged greeting.
For my third card, I started with another laser printed image of a cattail and some reeds (CLKER). I used  a straight edge for the far side of the lake and sponged blue below it.  I covered the blue and added some light green, added a torn edge and added some blue green.  I covered the blue green with a torn edge and sponged on some blue and then used several torn edges to add layers to the blue sky. Finally, I created some mountains by sponging purple between two torn edges and stamped in a few green tree tops.  I layered my sponged image onto black, layered it over my green embossed card front capturing a little flag ended embellishment made from cardstock and ribbon.  I lightly sponged my printed greeting and layered it below the flag end of the embellishment.
It has been a lot of fun playing with ink and sponges!!  The black silhouettes look so dramatic next to the vibrant colours.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Gifts of Imperfection - journal pages

Continuing on my journey with Brene Brown's Gifts of Imperfection course, I am working on the journal prompts she provided for us to work on until the second part of the course begins at the end of March.   Check it out on Oprah!  I created these pages before I did my journaling.  I started by hand lettering the titles, the separations and graphics using a black fine tip Sharpie. For the textured background I embossed a piece of fun foam in a swirl embossing folder (TH) and used it like a stamp.  For the first two I used my Kaleidacolour pad
- Royal Satin and for the last one I used Distress Ink - Weathered Wood.  I mounted the fun foam to an acrylic mount, rubbed the pad onto the surface, spritzed it with a bit of water and stamped it on the cardstock page.  I spritzed and stamped it several times without reinking which provided graduated colours and some nice watercolour backgrounds. For the last one I used the back side of the fun foam stamp which gave a more solid version of a pattern. I also watercoloured my titles on the last one.  I used colour pencils on the titles of the first two.
Truly, the more we know ourselves the better we can live our lives and love those around us. Creativity and art can be a vehicle for that process!! So be creative every day!!  There are so many venues - art, decorating, cooking, gardening, dancing, etc!!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Coffee themed card

Morning coffee - nothing better!! For a swap I am participating in I needed to create a coffee or tea themed card that featured a cup!  I acquired this coffee cup stamp (Stamp Barn) years ago and it is still an image I love to use!!  I stamped it on coffee themed vellum, gold embossed it and cut it out using an oval framelit (SX) which I recently acquired while on vacation.  I added colour on the back using water based markers to give it subtle colour.  Using the largest label framelit from the same set of dies, I cut the brown layer from a paper bag which I painted with coffee (instant and a bit of water), stamped some coffee beans (Pink Cat) on the bottom edge and embossed it using a swirl embossing folder (TH).  I layered the two die cuts, inserted a distressed laser printed greeting and sewed on a chipboard button using gold embroidery thread. I layered this element to an embossed maroon layer and used tiny gold staples to adhere all the layers together.  I flattened the tines of the staples using my hammer and glued this piece to my dark brown card front.  
On the scan the cup seems a bit askew which is not as obvious in real life but may be just a tiny bit.  I am happy with the look of my card and really like all the layers.
Just a note, Frogs Whiskers from Campbellford, ON have acquired Stamp Barn and feature all of the stamps on their website.
My card is on its way to my swap partner tomorrow!!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Mahalo cards - Maui vacation

 Just returned from a week in Maui!!!!!!  What a wonderful trip and a great winter vacation - our very first!!  If you have never been to the Islands - I would highly recommend going - warm temperatures, no bugs, beautiful scenery, great food and friendly people!!
I needed a few cards for people who have helped us make this vacation happen so I created this Mahalo (Hawaiin for Thank you) digital greeting stamp.  I used a public domain font from Open Font Library and added the lines inside the letters to create our ocean view from the beach behind the hotel.  I laser printed and watercoloured the greetings.  Love how it turned out.  My second digital stamp this year.  Here is my first!!
I used a digital image of a hibiscus (they grow everywhere outdoors in Hawaii) which I acquired from Island Paperie - a paper/scrapbooking store in Maui.  I bought Volume II of their digital Clipart collection.  They have a wonderful store - rubber stamps, paper, etc, etc!!  Great place to visit!!
I laser printed the images, watercoloured and then fussy cut them for my cards. I used some Hawaiin scrapbook paper which I just acquired from my daughter which she received in a lot along with other items and thought I could use after our trip. Thanks, Suzanne!!  The label is from a set of Sizzix Framelits I also bought while on vacation at Ben Franklin's in the Queen Ka'ahumanu Mall in Kahului in Maui.  It has three labels and two ovals which nest which I think will layer very nicely.
So you can see that I made my cards all different using the same basic supplies - green cardstock, 4" x 5.25" decorative paper, a red label die cut, a fussy cut hibiscus, a coloured greeting and some ribbon.
Here are some of the techniques I used:  different orientation - portrait and landscape, background paper - whole or cut up into strips or rectangles, greeting - trimmed with decorative scissors or distressed, label - embossed with two different embossing folders, ribbon - long pieces, short pieces and a flag. One card has no ribbon because I could not seem to incorporate it in the design.
I am happy with all my cards and some will be on their way shortly.  I will be using a couple for my card exchange as well.


Love cards

 Managed to get my Valentine's card made while I was rushing around getting ready to go on vacation!!  I created this cool little cityscape digital stamp for my card!!  I have been toying with the idea of creating my own digital images for a while and decided to start with something I could manage.  I have seen quite a few cityscape images used on cards and thought I could manage the lines involved in creating one of these for myself.  It required a few basic tools - smooth white cardstock, a pencil, an eraser and a black fine tip sharpie.  Using my pencil I started sketching buildings at the left and just kept going.
 Once I was happy with the buildings I went over them with my black fine tip sharpie then erased the pencil lines.  I scanned the original, cleaned up any stray pixels digitally in PSElements, gave it a transparent background and saved it as a PNG.  I laser printed one image for my Valentine's card and layered several for my other two cards.  I love it!!!!
For my Valentines' card I added faux stitching to the edges of my quarter sheet.  I stamped LOVE in red pigment ink and embossed it in red embossing powder.  Die cut a U from silver cardstock to place next to it.  I added a black ribbon as a base for my letters and a little red heart rhinestone!!  Done!!
For the other two cards which I will be using for a card exchange I added faux stitching to my printed quarter sheets using a black sharpie and used a red gel pen to add hearts in the windows of my buildings.  I stamped and embossed my LOVE word, wrote the rest of the quote in black marker by hand, layered it on black and added it to the front of my cards using 3D foam tape.
On hind sight I could have used more height variance in my buildings but I am happy with my first attempt.  I am very happy to have art of my own to use in my card making!!

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Turtle card for a little boy

My younger grandson will like this little turtle image which I downloaded from Meljen's blog.  I started by laser printing the image and the greeting as I did on the card for his older brother and adding watercolour to both of them.  I created a layered background using strips of decorative paper and added a blue ribbon before I glued it to my yellow card front.  I tied a short piece of ribbon to the right side to simulate a bow.  I added faux stitching with a black fine tip Sharpie to the image before I adhered it to the card front using 3D foam tape.  I trimmed the greeting with scallop decorative scissors, added dots in black and adhered it to the card front using 3D foam tape.  
There are so many cute digital images out there that are perfect for making kids' cards!!


Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Boy card with a cat

We have two grandsons with birthdays this month.
For the older one, I created this card that features a cute little tiger looking cat which I downloaded from CLKER.  I laser printed it along with the greeting and watercoloured both in warm tones.  I layered the image over decorative paper and trimmed the right side with pinking shears to echo the little triangles in the image.  I layered the image over a background I created using several strips of decorative paper glued to my rust card front.  I used a paw die cut as an embellishment and adhered it using 3D foam tape.  The greeting was too long so I cut it apart and added faux stitching in black then layered them next to the paw print.
It is fun to make cards for kids!!  You get to use different images, papers and bright colours.


Saturday, February 01, 2014

Digital art for my home

My DH made this beautiful room divider for me years ago and I am finally getting family photos into it.  The spaces are 11 3/4" square so they are easily accommodated by 12x12 decorative paper and I was fortunate enough to find a pad of paper in my stash that would go with the colour scheme in the living room.  It always amazes me when that happens - I feel called to buy something but I am not sure why and then months (sometimes years) later it is the perfect supply for a project.  I went looking on line for a "We are family" layout and found one that I liked but the resolution was too low to allow me to print it 8.5"x 8.5" without a lot of jaggy edges so I decided to recreate it.  I used the original as reference and created the label outline, added a dotted line just inside that one and then added a coloured radial fill using Corel Draw.  The benefit of making my own was that I could use colours  that matched my paper exactly!!   I then used fonts to create my words in the sizes that fit the label frame I had created.
I printed it in colour, trimmed it close using scissors and adhered it to my decorative paper!!  One of the twelve openings filled!!  Each opening has magnetic holders so it is really easy to make changes.
Here is a photo of the room divider.  I filled all the openings with paper.  I have added photos of my parents, my inlaws as well as each of my daughter's with their families.  I will need to a get a good photo of my son to add there as well.  I think family photos with our siblings and one of me and my twin will go in next.  Not sure what will go in the others but it is a work in progress and I will figure it out as I go along.