Friday, December 31, 2010

Snowboarding Celebration!

Before I go on holidays, I wanted to leave you with one last card!  I'll be out of the blogging loop over the next week, but I'll try to sneak on the computer to get a couple of posts in!  This card qualifies for several challenges so here they are:

The Time to Party/Celebrate challenge at Simon Says Stamp!  I love those challenges!  Each one is so interesting and there is a store credit prize! 

The card also qualifies for two Splitcoaststampers challenges!  The Card Sketch 313 challenge and the Ways to Use It challenge 302

The Ways to Use It challenge was to pop something up on your card.  I thought it would be so cute if this cute Lily Snowboarder from Pink Cat Studio was three dimensional!  So I ended up colouring three of the image so that I would be able to cut out pieces.  To get the mittens popped up, I cut out the whole jacket with the mittens and glued the body of the jacket straight down with pop up dots under the mittens.  The board is up as well as that front knee.  I also love the popped up ski goggles!  To add dimension, I used a fine-tip black marker to put in a little shadow under the chin, mitten and snowboard.

The image was coloured with coloured pencils and the patterned paper is by Basic Grey.  The Rhinestones are My Mind's Eye and the cardstock and brads are Stampin' Up!  The rose coloured background is embossed with Tim Holtz's Cracked Texture Fade and sponged with red ink.

Here's the detail on the pop-up!  Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Yesteryear Challenge

I made this card to enter into the Yesteryear Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp.  Their challenges are so fun!  Plus the prize is always a gift certificate to the store!  I'm still hoping to win!  

Now, I'm not a huge fan of vintage images, but I found some at  Vintage Papergoods that are so pretty!  And they're free!

I started the card with this Blackthorn image.  The edges are inked and distressed to add texture.  Next I matted a couple of patterned papers cut in circles behind the image.  For interest, I added some faux stitching with a paper piercing tool and a dark brown marker.  The rose cardstock is embossed with Tim Holtz's Collage Texture Fade.  I sanded over top of the embossing and then sponged Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the whole thing.  The edges were darkened with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  For added dimension, I inked up some Grungeboard leaves and spritzed them with Apple Glimmer Mist.  The top leaf has Glossy Accents with a little glitter sprinkled on top. 

I'll be away next week, so I'm not sure how often I'll be able to post, but I'll be back and crafting soon!
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Is It Spring Yet?

For those of you that don't know it, I live in the Yukon.  That means that I'm not going to see spring until around May.  This is my first winter here and I am COLD!  I've asked Santa for more long johns!  They are a daily requirement up here!  So I decided to bring a little spring into my craft room! 

I created this card for two challenges this week!  One is for the colour combination at Just Us Girls.  I just love the colour combo!  So light and peaceful!  My Mom will love it, she thinks I use too much black (I think that's been a problem since I was a teenager).  The second challenge is an Anything Goes Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp!  I just love their site!  I've just created my wishlist and will be making my order in a couple of weeks!  I dyed the doily by smearing SU's Tempting Turqoise Ink onto my Craft Sheet and spritzed over it with Pearl Glimmer Mist.  I then dragged the doily through it over and over until it was completely covered.  It has a beautiful glistening pearl finish!  On a piece of white cardstock I layered masks from Tim Holtz's Timeworks Mask set and sponged ink over it, changing to lighter colours as I removed layers.  I stamped the bird from SU's Always with Versamark and then embossed it with white embossing powder.  I tied some white taffeta ribbon around it and topped the whole thing off with a Dyed Enamel Charm

I hope you have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dyed Enamel! No Really!

I created this card for the challenge at the Wee Memories blog.  The challenge is to make something inspired by the colours of the season.  I started by spritzing the doily with Apple Glimmer Mist.  I then layered the pieces out of Tim Holtz's Timeworks Mask and sponged different green inks onto some white cardstock, changing to lighter greens as I took off the masks.  Using Black Soot Distress Ink, I stamped several images from Tim Holtz's Urban Tapestry until I achieved the look I wanted.  When I reached this point in the card, I really felt like it needed something else, but what?  That was the inspiration for the following tutorial!

I was looking at this bracelet over at the Ranger site.  I fell in love with it and started collecting the supplies.  But what happens when you live 1800 kms from any scrapbooking stores is that you have to rely on what you can find online!  I just hadn't finished collecting all the supplies.  I did, however get MOST of the supplies I needed.  So I was making a card last night and it just needed something.  An embellishment of some kind.  I had nothing in my stash that matched, so I was going to need to make one.  Then I remembered the bracelet and thought, "It's too bad those Enamel Accents don't come in different colours."  Then I thought, "Maybe I can make them different colours!"  So giggling like I always do when I get a cool idea, I set out trying to make charms like in the bracelet, but in my choice of colours!  Today, you'll get a look at the tutorial on how to do it!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Start with a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Type Charm.  Squirt some White Enamel Accents onto the front of the charm.  The picture shows when I was finished, so you want about that much enamel accents.

Add some reinker in the colour of your choice.  This one is Stampin' Up's Soft Sky.  The charm I use for the card used Kiwi Kiss.  You don't want to use much reinker.  A little goes a LONG way!  Plus, it can dilute the enamel too much and then it won't stick. 
Mix the enamel and reinker together until the colour is smooth.  I used the pearl side of my pin since I'm going to be using the other side later!
After the colour is smooth, add a drop or two of White or Black Enamel Accents.

Using the point of your pin, draw the white (or black) into different shapes or swirls.  You don't want to "stir" it like you did before, just touch it here and there until you acheive the look you want.  When you are finished, take a cloth or towel and just run it over the edges of the charm to catch any spills.  Pop any bubbles that appear with the pin and let it dry overnight.

Warning:  It's addicting!  Try it with different colours to see what you can create!  For the card at the beginning of the post, I used the black and green charm on the bottom, right.

I hope you have a wonderful day and get some time to be creative!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Warm Hot Chocolate Wishes!

Don't you love it when inspiration comes for a card AND your husband is willing to put the kids to bed so you can make it?!  I LOVE it when that happens!  This sweet Lily from Pink Cat Studio is just what I was thinking of on this cold winter day!  As I said before, I'm colouring challenged so I like to paper piece as much as possible!  Plus, using patterned paper made her coat look patterned too!  This paper is from Bo Bunny.  My friend Karlene gave me these library cards and pockets the last time we crafted together.  She said, "Take as many as you want, just promise me you'll do something awesome with them!"  Well Karlene, this is the first of what I'm hoping will be several "awesome" projects!  The fringe around her wrists and face are all touched up with White Enamel Accents.  It is thick enough to give it some dimension and dries with a slightly glossy finish!  I touched all the marshmallows with Enamel Accents too!  Of course, the edges of everything are sponged and I touched up the image with my black marker to make it stand out.  Here's a shot of the details:

I love the bird stealing marshmallows!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Beautiful New Life

I love these beautiful photos of Taylor and I (and one with Emily and I) that were taken by my friend and doula Holly Malashewsky.  I wanted to be able to put them together in a layout that would not take away from the beauty of the moments I was having with my daughters.  I think the simple embellishments and the photo placement really achieve what I wanted.

I used one of Allison Davis' sketches to plan the layout.  I tend to be two-page-layout-challenged, so her sketches take out a lot of the measuring and second guessing! 

This paper by Bo Bunny is so sparkly!

I love the butterfly!  It's a Tim Holtz die called  Fanciful Flight.  It cuts out the seperate pieces so that you can make it a butterfly view from the front (with two wings showing) or from the side (with one wing showing).  I used the striped paper in behind the details of the butterfly. 

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Paper:  Bo Bunny, Stampin' Up! Cardstock
Ink:  Stampin' Up!
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Fanciful Flight, Allison Davis Sketch

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Blue & Silver Christmas

I'm entering another challenge!  I'm having so much fun participating in the challenges over at the Simon Says Stamp Blog.  This one is making a card with Blue, Silver & White.  It didn't have to be a Christmas card, but I'm feeling lots of Christmas Spirit at the moment and couldn't help myself!  I intended this card to be much more complicated than it ended up being.  Simplicity works with this one!  I started with Stampin' Up's Presto Patterns Paper.  I sprayed a heavy coating of Navy Smooch Spritz.  I wiped off the excess around the flourish pattern.  It left a nice shimmer wherever it remained blue.  The sentiment is also Stampin' Up, Heard from the Heart.  I used glitter embossing powder over the sentiment.  I topped it off with some silver cords through an eyelet and trimmed with beautiful beads!

I hope you have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Just Scraps - First Installment

I've decided to try a special kind of post today.  There are so many beautiful pages that we can make, especially when we buy coordinating products.  But what do we do with the scraps?  Do we file them away intending to use them, but never do?  That's usually the case with me.  So in an attempt to use up my scraps and therefore get the most bang for my buck, I'm going to share with you a series of posts where I just use the scraps.  Let's see how creative we can get! 

For this layout, I had one 8 x 8 piece of patterned paper and then a bunch of small varying sizes of coordinating paper.  I put the big piece in the centre and tucked the smaller pieces around the edges.  I added a couple of snowflake leftovers from a previous layout and voila!  I ended up with a cute layout and used up one of my folders of scraps!

I hope you all have a fantastic day!

Paper:  Creative Memories
Ink:  Stampin' Up!
Accessories:  Spellbinders Create a Flake Two

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Cards

Last year I gave up on Christmas cards all together and sent out Valentine's cards in February instead.  I was going to do that this year again, but I had a sudden inspiration!  But I am SO late getting started on this year's Christmas cards!  December 13th really doesn't leave me a lot of time to get them made and shipped!  Honestly, I just didn't have the inspiration to do it before!  After watching Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas, I feel inspired!  So on my Christmas card, you'll notice several techniques from the tags (and if you don't, I'll link to the different techniques so don't worry!). 

I also found this challenge over at Simon Says Stamp's blog!  The challenge is to show a Tim Holtz Technique!  I think I've managed that!  So here we go!

I started with some printouts of my favourite Christmas Hymns.  I trimmed them to fit the card front.  Then I stamped the flourish from Baroque Motifs with Versamark on the bottom corner.  I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I used Broken ChinaVintage Photo and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks to sponge some colour onto the paper, making sure to really darken the edges to add dimension.  I then added the light blue taffeta ribbon around the top before gluing those pieces down.  The bottom corner is really cool.  I used my Photo Corner Punch to punch out Bashful Blue Cardstock.  Then I grabbed some acrylic from the packaging of D-Rings (any plastic packaging similar to this would work) and punch some photo corners out of that too.  I ran the acrylic pieces through my Cuttlebug with the Cracked Texture Fade to emboss it.  Isn't that cool?!  I didn't want to mess the look of it up by using adhesive, so I used brads to secure it to the corner.  Then the brads just looks a little too round so I dented them with a hammer (Tim Holtz using his Texture Hammer for this, but I don't have one so my regular hammer had to do!).  The Christmas Ticket, is very similar to the one I made on my Log Cabin Christmas card.  I used my Ticket Strip Die to cut it out.  I used felt to make my own custom stamp pad and changed the colours of ink to make it match my card.  Then I secured it in place with a clip from my stash.  I think the card just turned out beautiful! 

With this view, you can really see the embossed acrylic photo corner!

I hope you've enjoyed today's post as much as I enjoyed making it!  Have a fantastic day!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Apricot Christmas Card

I'm entering another challenge!  This card is for the challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp blog!  The challenge is to make a Christmas card with no red or green.  I didn't realize how hard that was!  I also challenged myself to not use blue.  I tend to make a lot of blue Christmas cards and I wanted to do something different!  In my stash, I found scraps of this paper and I just had to use it!  So here is my Apricot Christmas Card!

For this card I used sweet, little Winter Lily.  Love her!  I find that I'm not very good at colouring, so I love to paper-piece these stamps.  That means that I stamp the image onto a couple of different patterns of paper and cut out things like the coat, hat, scarf, boots & birds.  That way I only colour in the hair and face!  After I cut out all those pieces, I lightly sponged coordinating ink around the edges.  Using my tweezers I glued the pieces onto the image that had been stamped onto white cardstock.  If you're doing this (or if you've done it before) you'll notice that the black outline at this point doesn't look great.  So after colouring, I took my black marker and very carefully went around the entire stamp, darkening (is that a word?) the lines.  It made a huge difference! 

To put together the card, I sponged everything around the edges and using my ATG Gun (which, if you haven't bought yours yet, they just came out with a less expensive one here).  For the little girl's muff, I tore apart a cotton ball and after applying a little liquid glue to the paper, stuck the cotton down and sprinkled a little glitter.  It took a little maneuvering to get the cotton to JUST be on the muff!  I had some Prima Flowers lying around that I had to dye just a little darker with my ink to make them match. 

You'll notice that I link a lot of my products to the Simon Says Stamp store.  I don't sell anything and am not affiliated with them in any way.  I've just ordered from them before.  They have great customer service, great prices and fantastic shipping prices.  Not only that, they usually have everything I'm looking for!

Have a wonderful day!

Paper: Stampin Up!, 28 Street Market
Ink:  Stampin Up!
Stamps:  Pink Cat Studio's Winter Lily, Stampin' Up's All Holidays
Accessories:  Prima Flowers, a cotton ball, glitter

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Snow Play Layout

I had a heck of a time getting a good picture today!  At this time of year we have very little natural light to work with up here in the Yukon.  That really limits my abilities as a photographer!  Anyway, I hope you can see the details in this photo!

This layout is for a holiday challenge at Pink Cat Studio!  I absolutely love the Pink Cat Studio stamps!  The little children remind me of my own girls!  For this layout I used Lily Snowboarder.  She's the first digital stamp I ever bought!  I coloured her in using coloured pencils!  No really!  I don't have any Copic markers (though I'd love to try them) and coloured pencils are the only way I can manage to get the shading I like!

On a lot of layouts that I've seen lately, there have been tears in the distressed edges with a different colour of patterned paper peeking through.  I wanted to try that on this layout.  I used a retired Designer Series Paper Pack from Stampin' Up! so all my paper coordinated easily.  I (of course) inked the edges of all the paper and distressed the outside edges.  For a little more distressing, I spritzed a little Apple Glimmer Mist here and there.  For a little more detail I added some Prima Say It In Crystals flourishes that I've had in my stash a long time. 
Have a delightful day!

Paper: Stampin' Up!
Ink: Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Pink Cat Studio Lily Snowboarder
Embellishments:  Prima's Say It In Crystals, Apple Glimmer Mist

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Contest Blue Bird

I've been thinking a lot about the technique Tim Holtz demonstrated on one of his Christmas Tags.  I don't have any Cut N Dry Felt to make my own stamp pad, so I went on a search through my house.  What I came up with was some flannel scraps from a baby blanket I made last year.  It worked like a charm!  So I decided I must use it for my contest submission to Simon Says Stamp's Sketch!  You'll notice that I rotated and flipped the sketch. 

Using SU reinkers, I put colour all over the bird using Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Brocade Blue, and Not Quite Navy.  I used the same colours and technique when stamping the words on the ticket.  I'm so thrilled that it turned out! 

I next stamped the bird with Black Soot Distress Ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  One of the things that I love about Distress Ink is that it stays wet longer than other inks.  So you don't have to go back and stamp over with Versamark, you can just sprinkle the embossing powder right onto the distress ink and use your heat tool!  What a time saver!  I cut out the bird, secured it into place over another stamped bird & branch with dimensionals.  With my finger I smeared a little Lime Green Stickles on the bird's wing.  This is the end result!

For the green jem in the corner, I spritzed Apple Glimmer Mist onto a vanilla piece of cardstock and let it dry.  Then I used Glossy Accents to adhere an ATC Transparency (effect could also be reached by stamped an image onto acetate with Stazon).  And then using Glossy Accents again, glued an Ideaology Fragment on top.  It makes a cool accent, right?!

Paper:  SU Cardstock, Quick Quotes Paper
Ink: SU, Distress Inks
Stamps:  Stampers Anonymous Odds & Ends & Urban Tapestry
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Lime Green Stickles, Apple Glimmer Mist, SU Basic Rhinestones, My Mind's Eye Green Limestones, Ideaology Fragments, 7 Gypsies ATC Transparancies

Monday, December 06, 2010

Hot Air Balloon

This was another of my limited-supply projects during my stay in a hotel this summer.  I found the idea while I was taking one of Andrea Walford's online classes.  If you've never taken one, I highly recommend it!  They are designed for you to take the class online and use supplies that you have at home.  Each project has specific instructions and dimensions as well as a video tutorial on how to make it.  It can be a lot of fun!

So with this card, she used a hot air balloon stamp.  I didn't have one, so I drew the basket, strings and bags that go under my balloon.  I cut out some patterned paper to make the circle for the balloon part.  Then I put a Shaker Card Pouch filled with chunky glitter on top.  

This is where the tutorial from Andrea Walford was nice.  This is a slider card.  So you pull on the ribbon and the balloon comes up revealing the sentiment.  I hand wrote it since I didn't have any of that type of stamp with me.

Have a fantastic day!

Paper:  K & Company, Stampin' Up!
Ink:  Stampin' Up!
Accessories:  Shaker Card Pouch, Jumbo White Brads, Chunky Glitter, Ribbon by K & Company

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Twilight Eclipse!!!!

Guess what comes out on DVD today!  Twilight's Eclipse movie!  I can't wait to watch it tonight!  So, in celebration of this event, I'm posting a card I made recently for a friend who shares my enthusiasm for all things Twilight!  (Teehee, Karlene!)

My sweet friend Karlene bought me a package of Eclipse Trading Cards!  Yep, they really have those!  They are awesome if you want to do any papercrafting with Twilight images!  Okay, on to the card.  I wanted to follow the colouring of the Eclipse movie so I chose black, silver, grey and red.  I distressed the heck out of everything to give it a more edgy feel.  I used a Tim Holtz  Flourish Mask and sponged over the grey and red papers with black to darken everything.  Then I spritzed the whole thing with Silver Smooch Spritz.  It was actually much more subtle than it shows up in the picture.  The flash really picked it up. 

As you open the card, the centre pops up to reveal Edward and Jacob.  I used the Tim Holtz Ticket Strip Die to make tickets for the name tags.

I used the Tim Holtz Elegant Flourish Die to cut out some grungeboard that I then inked and spritzed with the Smooch Spritz.  The stamped images are from a stamp set called Otherworldly Loves by StampInsanity.  This was so much fun!  I hope you enjoy the DVD!   

Have a fantastic day!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Log Cabin Christmas

Going on right now over at the Tim Holtz blog, are the 12 Tags of Christmas!  There are daily prizes and tons of techniques to check out so keep watching for the next few days!  I'm enjoying it immensely!  This card today was my version of The 12 Tags of Christmas Day 1.  I just found Tim's tag so beautiful.  So I started out.  I had a lot of the materials, and some of the tools, but not everything.  My friend Tess Healy says, "Let's not be paralyzed because we don't have all the right bits.  Show me what I can do with the wrong bits too!" (I really miss our classes together, Tess!).  So I've included a few extra pictures to show any adjustments I made to make it work with what I had. 

The tutorial on how to do the stamp is on Day 2.  I didn't have any Cut N Dry Felt so I tried out the Baby Wipe Technique.  I didn't have any Distress Reinkers so I went with my Stampin' Up! Reinkers.  While the Stampin' Up! ink is wonderful, for this technique it just didn't give the vivid colour that I was looking for.  In the picture, the top tickets are from the SU Reinkers and the Baby Wipe Technique.  For the bottom tags, I coloured directly on the stamp with my markers before stamping.  Then I stamped over the image again with Versamark so that I could emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.  To be able to make tickets like this, you'll need the  Odds & Ends Stamp Set and Sizzix Ticket Strip Die (I seriously use mine ALL the time!).

For Tim's log cabin, I had all the materials but I didn't have the Rickety House Die.  So I put the log house together just like Tim did, but then I drew my own cabin on the back and cut it out by hand.  Needless to say, this took much longer than just running it through the die cut machine, but it was worth it!

Next comes the fun part.  I had nothing like the Prima Tree Branch in my stash, so I braved the Yukon Winter!  The snow is about a foot and a half deep and it was -25 degrees Celsius (about -13 degrees Fahrenheit)!  Out I went in search of branches and weeds for my project!

Hi Rena & Rhonda!  I know you always want a picture of me!

For my wreath, I pulled out my Stampin' Up! Crochet Trim and sprayed (okay, completely saturated) it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Apple.  It was fun to get messy!  My girls made fun of my green fingers!  I let it dry all wrinkled up to give it more texture.  I then punched out a circle of cardstock, covered it with Glossy Accents and let the ribbon crumple around the circle kind of in a pleat pattern.  It's similar to Tim Holtz's video about the tissue tape flower on Day 3

Other changes?  I didn't have anything white and fluffy to put on the house and tree for snow, so I just painted them with white craft paint and sprinkled a little glitter in it while it was still wet.  Also, my picket fence is different because I cut it out with my Cricut (Paper Doll Dressup Cartridge). 

As I went through this process, I found that my creativity stretched, I learned new things and I found that even with my limited supplies, I could do it all!  I'm so please with how the whole thing turned out!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Cute Cheeks!

This morning I had my first Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Starbucks.  I was out without the kids and wandering through the scrapbooking aisles at Wal-Mart (the only scrapbooking supplies that can be found in the Yukon).  It was so nice to be out on my own!  I'm getting inspired by Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas!  Be sure to go check out his projects and leave some comments!  There's a draw for prizes every day!  I'm going to attempt my first project tomorrow so hopefully I'll get it posted before the weekend!

This page is pretty light on special techniques or embellishments, but it's one of my favourites anyway.  I love grouping pictures all cut to the same size and placing them on the page as if they were one picture!  This is my Jessi at about 3 months (she's 20 months now).  I love her cheeks!

Have a fantastic day and see if you can find a little time for creativity!

Paper:  Stampin' Up! Cardstock, DCWV Safari Kids
Accessories:  Cuttlebug Baby Face Alphabet; DCWV Safari Kids Rub-Ons


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