Wednesday, October 31, 2018

A fun hedgehog with glittery balloons on a coordinating label, some new bling and an embossed background

I am still make cards for my stash and have managed to use another piece of a used card.  Check out my first card here. I cut out the little hedgehog using an oval thinlit (SX).  I layered him onto a dark pink label die cut which coordinates with the balloons and flowers.  First time using both of these dies though I have used the others in the set.  I found a nice green card front that coordinating with my image and added a white embossed layer which I trimmed into four parts before adhering in place.  I mounted my focal element over the gaps.  I added some new bling - not rhinestones - but still very glittery!!!  I layered the laser printed greeting (Word Window punch - SU) onto a green label (Modern Label Punch - SU) and mounted it to my card front in the lower left hand corner.  I don't usually leave so much white space but this one works for me.           Therese

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A baby card with an embellished image, greeting and some bright decorative paper

A card for my stash and I am stretching myself a little.  I don't usually use such bright paper for baby cards but it seemed to work best of this stamped image from my stash.  I used a rectangle Nestibility die to cut a rectangle in the paper before adhering it to my pink card front.  Works really well to nicely highlight the focal element with the same colour as the card.  The image was stamped in pink and I embellished it with clear glitter gel pen in the star and some shimmery paint on the moon.  I very lightly watercoloured the dress in pink.  I used double sided tape to secure it in the opening in the decorative paper.  I embellished the stamped greeting (SU image - scallop circle punch) as well.  I added pink in the ring using a marker and then added clear glitter with a gel pen.  I added a bit of glitter to each star in the scallops as well.  Used a punch to make a mask and sponged a bit of pink ink into the central space.  I mounted it to my card front using double sided tape after sponging the outside edges with a bit of pink ink.  I am happy with my card!!           Therese

Monday, October 29, 2018

Seascape digital image, watercolour, ribbon and some embossing on a birthday card

Birthday cards for family members come up every month and I am working on cards for November.  I chose this seascape (CLKER) from my image stash and watercoloured it.  I layered it onto a blue green piece of cardstock, distressed the edges and added a few lines of texture with my pattern tracing wheel!!  I found a coordinating card front in the blue green range and added a piece of embossed very mottled scrapbook paper which I ripped in half before adhering to my card front.  I mounted my layered image over the gap and as I was positioning it I thought it would be nice to add a bit of yellow ribbon to echo the yellow in the image so I chose a short piece, folded it in half and adhered it to the back of my image with double sided tape before securing it to my card front.  I flagged the ends with scissors afterwards.  I found a coordinating laser printed greeting which I highlighted with a marker and then applied clear glitter with a gel pen.  One down, several more to go!!           Therese

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A birthday card that features a reused panel, gros grain ribbon and a layered punched greeting

I am working on cards for my stash!!  I started with the panel on this card which was trimmed from a used card and features a little angel, cake and some of her furry friends and they are all sporting lots of glitter!!  I embossed a pink card front with a swirl embossing folder (TH) and then mounted my panel.  I added a length of coordinating green gros grain ribbon which I adhered on the inside using double sided tape.  I used my slot punch to cut a very narrow slit on the spine of my card to insert the ribbon before securing on the inside.  I found a coordinating oval punched (SU) greeting in my stash and layered it onto a dark pink scalloped oval (SU) which coordinates well with the balloons and flowers.  I adhered it with 3D foam tape to finish off my card.    Therese

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Elephants and balloons for a cute baby card

I love these beautiful illustrations from La Petite Femme on Pixabay!!  I managed to digital change the balloon colour so I made several copies - pink, blue, purple and green!!  Great for all sorts of baby cards!!
I colour printed the image and trimmed it to size and added a blue cardstock layer.  I chose a blue card and added two pieces of coordinating scrapbook paper at the top and bottom and a green embossed strip in between to create my background.  I mounted the image using 3D foam tape and added a small layered greeting in coordinating colours.  The greeting is punched with the Word Window (SU) and the layer was punched with the Modern Label punch (SU).


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Baby card that features giraffes and ribbon

Another baby card!!  I layered striped decorative paper onto a coordinating pink card front.  I trimmed the colour printed giraffe image (Pixabay) and layered it onto an embossed brown layer of cardstock.  I used double sided tape to adhere several short lengths of ribbon to the back of it before adhering this large element to my card front.  I found the greeting in my stash (SU) and mounted it to a piece of embossed brown cardstock just like the image and mounted it overlapping the image just a bit!!  Really am loving these wonderful illustrations!!


Monday, October 22, 2018

A set of birdie cards with decorative paper, embossed elements and a punched bird

I have been on a roll and made another set of cards!  This set features a little bird.  
I started with the ovals which are all blue so they would simulate sky for the birds.  They are very similar to this floral set which I made a few days ago.   I dug through my stash and found coordinating decorative paper and cardstock.  I punched the bird (SU) to coordinate and gave it a wing of a different colour.  I embossed the oval and the wing with the same embossing folder and then sponged the edges of the bird and the oval to just soften the edge and give them a bit of dimension.  Next, I assembled the bird.  I added a tiny black brad to create an eye and used a black marker to make a bead and then watercoloured it so the two would contrast.  I glued the embossed wing to the bird and it was complete.  I glued the decorative paper to the card front and then added the oval.  The branches were cut from brown cardstock scraps using the tree die by Tim Holtz.  I just trimmed the pieces until  I was happy with the look of my branch.  I used double sided tape to adhere the branch to my card front and added my little bird using 3D foam tape.  The bird can face either way so it just depending on which side I sponged and it was not a conscious decision.  These were fun to make and work really well for many occasions as they do not have greetings either. 


Sunday, October 21, 2018

A baby card that features a cute little elephant, a fun greeting tied on with fiber

For this baby card I used a laser printed digital stamp from Melonheadz which I watercoloured to coordinate with my other elements.  I mounted it to a purple rectangle of cardstock which I embossed on the bottom edge.  I added this double punched greeting (SU- Eyelet) which I tied on with white fiber.  I did add a small piece of 3D foam tape on the back of it to ensure it stayed in place while I was threading through the fiber.  I tied a small bow in the fiber.  I used a coordinating scrapbook paper background and mounted my focal element with 3D foam tape. 


Friday, October 19, 2018

A baby card that features embossed circles, a cute stamped greeting and a scalloped border

For this baby card I used a green card front and then adhered a background which I created by combining a piece of scrapbook paper with a scalloped punched & paper pierced border in a coordinating colour.  I also embellished it with a run through using my tracing wheel to give it a bit of texture.  I auditioned a variety of circle punchies until I was happy with them and then embossed them all with the Swiss Dot embossing folder (CB) before gluing them in place one at a time to ensure their correct placment.  Next I mounted with 3D foam tape my stamped greeting which I embellished with gel pen and iridescent glitter glue on the scallops.  I finished off my card by adding some colourful and coordinating sequins using glue dots.  Love the circle theme and colour scheme.              Therese

A set of cards which feature decorative paper, flower die cut with hand cut foliage and an embossed oval as a background

I made this set of cards to package as a gift!!  They all follow the same sketch with a wide variety of colours and textures.  I started with the ovals (leftover from a Christmas card class a while back) and found decorative paper and a card which coordinated.  Next, I die cut a flower (SX) in a coordinating colour and hand cut the greenery and adhered all the pieces together using white glue in a fine tip applicator.  I punched a 5/8" circle and embossed it along with the oval.  I sponged the edge of the oval.  Now all the pieces were ready for assembly.  I ripped a strip from the decorative paper - some times lengthwise, other time crosswise.  I glued the two pieces to my card front and adhered the embossed oval over the gap.  I used white glue to adhere my flower over the oval and then the circle to the center of my flower.  You can see that there are a variety of ways the pieces can be put together.  I made them without greetings so the recipient can use them for any occasion.  
I made this set with butterflies earlier.  It has been fun to make these sets and fairly quick once you get going because all the design decisions have been made it is just a matter of getting all the pieces to coordinate.  


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Reused an image, added fiber and a layered font greeting

This image began its life on a commercial card and I have reused it for this card.  I mounted the colourful image to a layer of coordinating cardstock, tied on some coordinating fiber and then a layered font greeting.  I added an embossed layer to a green card before adding my large focal element with 3D foam tape.  This card came together fairly quickly which is nice when you are making a lot of cards at a time.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A card with a cross for someone's special day!

Another card with a cross for a special day in someone's life!!  This card would be appropriate for a variety of sacramental milestones such as ordination or baptism.  I found this beautifully ornate cross on line and thought it would do wonderfully for this card.  I added a font greeting and then laser printed the digital image onto white cardstock, trimmed it to size and watercoloured the image to coordinate with my colourful background (colour printed digital image).  I love that the cross looks somewhat like stained glass because of the way it is designed.  Seems very appropriate for this kind of card.  I adhered the decorative paper to a yellow card front and mounted the large coloured image to the card using 3D foam tape.  Perfect!!!


Monday, October 15, 2018

A sympathy card that features a butterfly, some fiber and a font greeting

For this sympathy card I embossed the front of my card using the distressed lines embossing folder twice being careful to align the strips and using small piece of cutting plates to limit where the embossing would happen.  I chose a piece of decorative cardstock which coordinated with the colour printed butterfly image (Pixabay).  I distressed the edges of the butterfly image and sponged them with a bit of brown ink.  I mounted it with 3D foam tape to the piece of coordinating cardstock.  To repeat the brown in the butterfly I added a thin strip of brown cardstock to each long edge of this layer.  It still needed a bit of texture so I used my pattern tracing wheel and added a line on each edge of my element.  I tied on a length of white fiber and then mounted my laser printed punched greeting which was sponged to coordinate.  I mounted this large element to my embossed card front to finish off my card.               Therese

Sympathy card that features a small font greeting, a poppy image and a tag

This sympathy card features a wax resist background with some stamped green flourishes (SU) which I made up a while back.  I tore the paper, punched a hole as far up as I could from the bottom using my Modern Label punch (SU) and then adhered the two pieces to the front of a gray green card.  The laser printed digital poppy image is from Calico Collage and was layered onto a gray green cardstock.  The end of the rectangle was not even so I inserted the one end into one of my Deco Label Thinlits and just cut far enough to trim the edge of it to create a tag!  Nice to be able to use tools in a variety of ways!  I punched a hole in the rounded end and tied on a short end of red fiber.  I mounted this focal element to the front of my card over the gap in the decorative paper using 3D foam tape and I also mounted a small font greeting in the opening that I punched which I sponged just a little to softened the edges.    Therese

A baby girl card that features digital images from Pixabay, some fun fiber and a little layered greeting

A baby card for a little girl!!!  I mounted the pink scrapbooking paper to a pink card.  I trimmed the  the pink laser printed clothesline image from Pixabay to size.  I cut a pink cardstock layer leaving a bit at the top which I trimmed with scallop decorative scissors and used a push pin to pierce each scallop.  I punched a modern label from it before wrapping it with white fiber and adding my cute clothesline image.  I mounted this large element over my background using 3D foam tape and did the same with the layered font greeting.  It was a stretch to put the greeting to the top left instead of the lower right.  I like it!!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Another card that features a cross digital image

After a request from a friend for a few cross cards I came up with this layout.  It is a cross digital image I found on line and laser printed onto white cardstock. After trimming, I watercoloured it to coordinate with the background I had chosen which is a laser printed digital image from Pixabay.  I mounted the background to a blue green card and added the layered image on the card front using 3D foam tape.  No greeting to make the card as versatile as possible and appropriate for quite a few religious occasions.


Cards for a set - decorative paper, large circles and layered butterflies

My sister's father in law passed away last week and I know that those times are often overwhelming in a family so I made up some cards which can be used as they see fit after the memorial.  
They feature decorative paper that has been torn, an embossed circle of cardstock and a layered butterfly (TH).  After I decided on the sketch I simply dug through my stash to find decorative paper which I cut to size, coordinating card and cardstock circles that coordinated as well.  I tore the paper and adhered it to my card front and then attached the embossed circles.  I found coordinating cardstock and decorative paper scraps from which I cut the small layered butterflies (TH - small butterfly thinlets).  I watercoloured  the bodies just a little bit in black to give them a bit of contrast.  This is a versatile sketch in that you can rip the paper horizontally or vertically and you can also layout your elements in either orientation as well.   Very happy with all the cards and I am sure they will be appreciated!!


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Another baby card for my stash - a baby horse, a font greeting and a digital background

Another stretch for me in the area of making baby cards!!  I used a colour printed background in this fun floral pattern and mounted it to a soft blue card front.  I watercoloured the little stuffed animal image from Beccy's Place and layered it onto a red piece of cardstock then distressed the edges.  The laser printed greeting is from my stash and I embellished it with my tracing wheel before layering it onto green and adding a little red heart on the left hand side.  I mounted the greeting and then tucked my image in behind to finish off my card.


Friday, October 12, 2018

A birthday card whose focal element is die cut from a commercial card and combined with a large round greeting and some circle embellishements

Another card made from the same commercial card I used for this card. This will be my third card made by reusing this wonderful card with beautiful poppy images.  I die cut the poppies from the card with my Nestibilities, layered it onto greeting and mounted it to the edge of a dark red card.  I added a layered greeting which features an innie outie ribbon embellishment in green and a yellow  layer.  I adhered it to my card using 3D foam tape and then proceeded to add circle punchies in coordinating colours to finish off my card.  Thinking that it still needed something I added several drops of clear dimensional paint which finished it off very nicely!!!  Love it!!


Thursday, October 11, 2018

A baby card that features a cute little elephant watercoloured illustration, fun decorative paper and a layered font greeting

I just love this little watercoloured illustration!!!  I found this one on KISSPNG!! I have found other wonderful ones on PIXABAY.    I laser printed the image on white cardstock and trimmed it to size.  I used a black marker to add a fine black border all the way around.  I found two pieces of this fun digital background paper in my stash and layered them to create the background for this card.  I mounted the backgroud to a red card front then mounted the image to the front using 3D foam tape.  The little greeting is a laser printed font which I punched out with the Word Window punch (SU) and layered with red before mounting it to my card in the lower right hand corner of my image.  Stretched my comfort zone with this colour combination for a baby card. 


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A card that reuses a card image and features embossed circle punchies

I trimmed this image from a commercial card which was donated to me for cardmaking!!  I mounted it to the upper left hand corner of a dark pink piece of cardstock and added green embossed circles on the right and bottom to make a fun layout!!  I added a little font greeting punched out with the Word Window punch (SU) to the image to finish off this large element and then mounted it to a green card front.  A much bolder version of my favorite colour scheme - pink and green!!


A baby card from a card kit - striped paper, star embellishment and a font greeting

This card was made from the last card kit I had from a previous card class.  The two pieces of decorative paper were glued to the brown card front and the font greeting was adhered to the green cardstock strip then adhered over the joint.  The little star embellishment was then mounted next to the greeting!!!  Card kits makes getting cards made really fast so it is worth making a few when you are in production mode to have available for assembly later on.  Purchasing card kits is also a very inexpensive way to get into cardmaking - all the supplies are provided and it requires minimal tools to assemble them. 


More serendipity hexagons, some dimensional paint on a little dragonfly and a greeting punchie

I have been having fun with a new to me Hexagon die!!  I have cut several pieces of coordinating serendipity collage which I had on hand and chose seven for this card.  I embossed the edge of my yellow card using  this fun border embossing folder (SU) and then adhered my hexagons using double sided tape and white glue.  I trimmed this little stamped dragon fly image, watercoloured it and added clear dimensional paint to its wings.  After it was dry, I layered it onto a larger blue circle and adhered it to my card front using 3D foam tape.  I sponged a little word window greeting with blue and added it to my card using double sided tape.  Really happy with how it worked out!!


Serendipity hexagons, leaf die cuts and a round greeting with some bling!

Fun with serendipity hexagon die cuts!!!!!!  Love new tools!!  I used seven little hexagons on this card.  I embossed the top and bottom of my navy card front using a distressed embossing folder (TH) and then adhered my serendipity hexagons using double sided tape and white glue.  I added the little circle greeting which I had embellished with a blue flower sequin adhered with a tiny black brad.  This is a stamped greeting from my stash but it is just the right size to go with the hexagons.  I cut two leafy branches (TH) which I glued on using white glue on all the leaves and pressing until it was dry.  I love these serendipity hexagons!!  Though there are all sorts of great cards created with hexagons online!!


Thank you card for a special person!!

We hosted an event in the last few weeks and one person went over and above to help us out and we are ever so grateful!!  So I made this card for her!!
I started with the watercolour background which I made a while back and embossed it with a flourished floral embossing folder (QK).  I added a length of yellow organza ribbon which came off of a roll of felt which I used for a different project - bonus!!  I adhered the ends to the back of the piece and then adhered it to a medium blue card front.  I watercoloured this little laser printed flower image from Melonheadz in coordinating colours and added a bit of glitter using a clear glitter gel pen to the bee wings and the daisies.  I combined yellow and blue cardstock to create a layer for it.  I added the laser printed greeting to the bottom edge using double sided tape.  I used scallop decorative scissors on the bottom of the greeting and pierced each scallop using a push pin.  I adhered this focal element to my card using 3D foam tape and finally tied on a short piece of the same ribbon to the one on the card using a single knot to simulate a bow!!          Therese

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Praying for you card that reuses a card panel

Always good to have a few of these on hand as well!!  This card features a panel from a commercial card to which I added a length of white seam binding.  I punched an opening (SU Modern Label) in the top right before adhering it to my purple card in which I added a small laser printed greeting in purple punched with the Word Window punch from SU.  I love the shimmer on this card and it's soft and subtle colour scheme.   These are always quick and easy because the large element is ready to go once it is trimmed.      Therese

A birthday card using new Spell Binders Ironworks Accent die, birthday greeting digital image from The Spruce and some shimmery ribbon

Another card for my stash!!  This one features a die cut from a "new to me" Spellbinders set - Iron Work Accents.  It is perfect for using with round greetings so I laser printed this one from The Spruce which is a fun birthday greeting.  I punched out the greeting (1.75" SU), sponged the edge and added a little silk flower with a sequin and a brad to add some texture to this card.  I adhered the greeting to the green die cut which I had embellished with a clear glitter gel pen.  The background is an embossed and sanded white core cardstock, layered onto pink foil gift wrap and then onto a green card front.  I added the layered greeting to the card using 3D foam tape.  It still needed a bit of something to I added a length of shimmery white ribbon and tied on a short length using a single knot to simulate a bow.  I used a slot punch (SU) to make a cut on th spine to facilitate getting the ribbon end adhered to the inside of the card.  Flagged the ends of the ribbon to finish off my card and that was definitely better.               Therese

Monday, October 08, 2018

Pink thank you cards for a gift

 One of our community's families had a new baby girl a few weeks ago and invited all of us to come to a pot luck lunch after her baptism.  I wanted to make them a little gift so decided on cards as the gift.  I laser printed Thank you in several fonts on white cardstock, trimmed them to quarter sheets and embossed them with the CB Swirl frame embossing folder.  I used my hand cut oval stencil to highlight the greeting, trimmed them down a bit to fit on pink card fronts.  I used several different pink inks to coordinate with several different pink cardstock to create a set of eight cards. 
After adhering the embossed layers to my card fronts I embellished them with sequins, clear dots of dimensional paint and a few dots of clear glitter with a gel pen.  Very happy with the way they turned out.  I wrapped them in tissue and tied the package with white fiber.    I have used this sketch before and am seeing how versatile it can be. You can check out these cards I made up for my last card class which use images instead of the large greeting. A few more here with a different set of images.  This set was created using Christmas images.   A mixed bunch on this post!!  A wedding card as well!!  Quite a while back I used if for these cards and these ones too.


A beautiful birthday card which reuses a panel from a commercial card with a large die cut greeting

Birthday cards are essential parts of every card stash so I am making a few of those as well.  For this one I am reusing a panel from a commercial card that was donated to me for use in my cardmaking that features these wonderful glittery poppies!!  I used the other half on this card.  After trimming the image to size I added a red strip to the right hand side and mounted this large element to a green card.  I die cut this large laser printed font greeting with my Nestibilities, sponged the edges in green and added an innie outie bow in pink seam binding before mounting it to my card using 3D foam tape.  A quick and easy card!!             Therese

Sunday, October 07, 2018

An anniversary card that features decorative paper, ribbon and an image with dimensional paint.

I am trying to stretch my creativity when it comes to card making.  I tend to make anniversary cards with less colour than this one!!  I started with the background paper (laser printed digital image).  I added a red flagged piece of cardstock and layered on a gold ribbon which I also flagged on the end. I glued this large element to a red card front.  I watercoloured the laser printed digital heart border (CLKER) with coordinating colours and added clear dimensional paint to the heart and berries.  Once it was dry, I mounted it to my card using 3D foam tape and then added a little layered font greeting in coordinating colours.  It feels good to stretch my creativity and add bold colours to my cards.  Therese

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Another wedding card - a swirly wedding dress digital image with a large greeting and lots of shimmer

I loved this image the minute I found it online at OK Clipart!!  It is a most lovely wedding dress image!!  I laser printed it onto white cardstock, trimmed it to size and painted it with shimmer paint to make it really special!!  I decided on white on white for this card because wedding colours are so varied and most people want a card that goes with the bride's colours.  Going neutral makes it always appropriate!!  I embossed a white background with a flourish embossing folder, added a shimmery ribbon across the width and adhered this large element to a white card.  I added my wedding dress image with double sided tape.  I die cut the large greeting (Desert Diva) with my Nestibilities and mounted it with 3D foam tape.   I added a little flower die cut embellishment to it.  Thinking it still needed a bit of something I embellished the flower and the greeting with a clear glitter gel pen - a few lines on the flower and dots on the greeting!!  Another card I really love!!             Therese

Friday, October 05, 2018

A wedding card that features a digital cake image from CLKER, a embossed layer and some fiber

Always a good idea to have a few wedding cards in my stash and for this card I used my favorite colour scheme - green and pink!!  I started with the cake image which is a digital from CLKER which I laser printed on white cardstock and trimmed to size before watercolouring and highlighting with shimmer paint.  Once dry, I layered it onto pink cardstock.  I embossed a quarter sheet of white cardstock to create my background, tied on a long length of white fiber and tied it off with a double knot before adhering it to a soft green card.  I mounted my layered focal element to my card using 3D foam tape and positioning it over the fiber.  Love it!


Thursday, October 04, 2018

A card that features a woven cross with no greeting

One of my friends requested that I make several cards with crosses on them for special religious occasions.  So I started with this one which reuses a cross I made years ago for an Easter card.  It features thin strips of foiled gift wrap woven and glued to an ivory layer.  I trimmed the cross off the front of the old card and layered it onto a coordinating green cardstock and then adhered this large element to an ivory card.  This one was quick and easy.  I left it with no greeting so it would be suitable for any occasion..


Wednesday, October 03, 2018

A friendship card that features serendipity collage, a stamped greeting in an oval opening

For this friendship card I started with this large piece of embossed serendipity collage from my stash.  Serendipity is lots of fun and uses up your little scraps of paper to make a very cool piece of paper which you can use in your future creations!!  I die cut an oval opening in it and mounted a stamped greeting in behind.  The original stamp (SU) has only "friend" so I added "my" using an alphabet stamp set in the same colour as the original.  I used gold embossing powder on the flower and dots to reinforce the gold theme from the collage.  I washed it with a bit of watercolour as well because it was quite bright and I was wanting a more subtle look.  With my greeting in place, I layered the collage onto an embossed brown layer (TH) and then the large element to a dark red card front.  I am having lots of fun creating one of a kind cards!!  Therese

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Friendship card with embossed handmade paper, a blingy heart and a stamped heart punchie greeting

Yet more stash cards!!  For this one I embossed a quarter sheet of handmade paper (made it myself) with a flourish embossing folder.  I love the subtle look of it!!  Added white seam binding across the width tucking the ends to the back than stitched it all the way around to a white card with purple thread in my sewing machine.  I added a layered heart shaped greeting.  I started with a large glittery heart which I gleaned from a commercial card, added a stamped heart shaped punchie greeting layered to a purple die cut with scalloped edges.  Makes a great card for a friend for almost any occasion!!