Crafty Wednesday – cards for young ladies

Welcome to another Crafty Wednesday! Sorry I missed posting last week. It was such a whirlwind day, I just didn’t have time, with some necessary shopping in the morning, lunch with friends and a board meeting in the evening. I really need to start organizing my posts ahead of time so they’re ready at the push of a button. 🙂

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Today, I thought I’d make up for last week by adding a few more cards than I would normally show you. Above, you’ll see a couple of cards I made using the Close To My Heart‘s stamp set called Fashionista, which includes 4 different ladies, the background and 3 sentiments, including ‘Beautiful’. I used black embossing powder for the ‘Beautiful’ sentiment, girls and background stamps from the set, as well as the ‘Happy Birthday’. I used my shiny paints to add a bit of colour to the silhouettes before cutting around them. I used a 2″ round paper punch to cut out the ‘Happy Birthday’ and a 2-1/2″ scalloped circle punch for the colourful flower behind the sentiment. I added a bit of bling in all the swirly parts of the sentiment, too. The background can vary, as you can see, depending on your whims. These cards both began with 1/2 a sheet of card stock with the backgrounds cut 1″ smaller than the bases. I sponged around the edges with complimentary inks.

pink grad

We also had a graduate in the family, this year, so I made my niece the card above. I embossed the front of the base card (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″) with Sissix‘s Butterflies & Dragonflies embossing plate. I cut the pink polka dot background to 3-1/2″ x 2-1/4″, allowing the embossing to show around it. The numbers were black embossed using CTMH‘s Varsity Alphabet stamp set. I used the small letters of the Trinity Alphabet, also by CTMH, to stamp & emboss ‘class of’. The embellishments are stickers that can be found almost anywhere.

you are 1

The card above is for the second youngest little lady in our family. The base of the card is yellow card stock (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, folded in half). I cut a sheet of orange paper 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ and yellow gingham paper 3-1/2″ x 2-1/4″. I attached the yellow gingham to the orange paper, then wrapped red & white bakers twine around them. I used CTMH‘s Varsity Alphabet stamp #1 to stamp & emboss in black, carefully cut it out, then attached it at the centre where the twine crossed using small 3-D sticky squares.

My sister-in-law has a cute pair of stamps – this little girl and a little boy, which I will use on a different card at a later date. I stamped & embossed the girl, then added colour with my shiny paints.  I cut her out and attached her with 3-D sticky squares. For the ‘YOU ARE’, I used self-adhesive foam letters.

retirement card retirement

Finally, this card was made for a special young-at-heart lady who recently retired from SAM (Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba). She was an integral part of the non-profit organization, in charge of the crafty fundraising ladies who sew, knit and crochet items that are sold at many of their social functions & available for sale at the SAM office.

Now that she’s 90 something, she figured it was time to retire! I had only met her once when I was asked to make her card. Fortunately, I came across this dress-makers paper that I thought would make a great background for her card. I cut the dress-makers piece 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″, the yellow card stock 5″ x 3-3/4″ and the green card stock base 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, which I folded in half. I trimmed all the corners with my corner punch and sponged all the edges with green ink. I used Sookwang to attach the papers and card stock. The ‘Happy Retirement’ sentiment was stamped in black ink with a backing of yellow card stock. These, too, had their corners trimmed and edges sponged. I added the green polka dot brown ribbon, attaching it with wide Sookwang double-sided tape. I found 3 khaki-coloured buttons and attached them with sticky dots. I cut out a spool-shape out of cream-coloured card stock and wrapped green thread around it, attaching it with a 3-D sticky square.

Well, that’s it for this week. Hope you have a great ‘Hump Day’! 🙂

Crafty Wednesday

Sorry this post is rather late in the day. I was at the office of the Manitoba Writer’s Guild all afternoon, helping to sort out their extensive library. Anyway, on with the cards!

September

I thought I’d start with this cute feminine card with plenty of visual elements. It was based on a sketch challenge, which featured three different patterned papers, each containing 3 embellishments. There was supposed to be a musical element and one other stamped image. I used a base card of beige card stock 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ folded in half so that it opens from the bottom. Onto that, I added some old calendar/ruler paper for the background. Before attaching the rectangles over the background, I put flower embellishments on the first rectangle, attached with tiny star brads. The middle rectangle contains green flower beads attached with green jute. The last rectangle holds gem-shaped brads in an antique brass colour. The rectangles were then attached to the card base with Sookwang to make sure the heavy bead & brads would not pull the paper off the card. I used a ticket corner punch with the corner guide removed so I could take bites out of the rectangle of music paper to get a scalloped edge. The corset is from the Stampin’ Up set ‘Rue des Fleurs’. I stamped it with red ink and carefully cut around it. I attached both the music and the corset with 3-D squares.

blue magic

The above card is a whimsical concoction designed for a child using Close To MY Heart‘s ‘Magic Adventure’ stamp set. I really like this set. You may remember some of my other cards where I used the roller coaster stamps and the circus tent stamp from the same set. This time, I used the carousel horse, using black embossing powder to get the raised outline so the shiny paints I used to add colour didn’t run into the wrong places.

But let’s backtrack a bit – I began with a dark blue base measuring 5-1/2″ x 11″ folded in half to make a square card that opens from the right-hand side. I cut 4 – 2″ squares of different patterned paper and placed them around the card. I cut a light blue square measuring 4-1/2″ and a green square measuring 4″ and used a glue runner to attach them together. Around the square, I wound navy blue jute and placed a cloth-covered brad to the bottom centre, separating the strands of jute. I then attached it to the base card with Sookwang. Finally, I attached (with 3-D squares) the carousel and the sentiment, which was also from the same stamp set. I used my Versa Mark sticky pad and black embossing powder to create the sentiment.

Well, that’s all the photos I have processed from my Creative Gathering weekend. I am hoping by next week I will have processed all the pictures I took of the recent batch of birthday and anniversary cards so I can share them with you. Have any of you done anything crafty you’d like to share?

See you next Wednesday! 🙂

A Late Crafty Wednesday

Sorry the past couple of Wednesdays have been rather busy with various life stuff. Last week, I was expecting my sister-in-law to come over for some crafting and needed to clean up the house and make sure my craft room was in order so we could both work in it. It was great having the space to share it with her! Today, I was chasing all over the city to find a particular shower gift for my niece from her gift registry. I still couldn’t find what I wanted, so I hope she will like what I got, anyway. When I got home, I started working on her card. Then, there was dinner to make, dishes to wash, yadda, yadda, yadda…

masculine Hooray

Anyway, I thought I would start with this masculine card, 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, using brown card stock. I added a strip of multi-coloured paper measuring 5″ x 3″ and a 2″ strip of star-patterned paper that was 5″ in length. I added a 3″ square of brown paper stamped with a handwriting stamp. I cut out a 2-1/2″ orange circle using a punch and stamped small stars around the outer edge in red ink. The label was cut with the Cuttlebug and the ‘Fanciful Labels’ die cutter. Before removing it from the die-cutter, I sponged brown ink over the exposed embossing design to bring up the pattern and stamped ‘Hip hip HOORAY …’ using Close To My Heart’s Birthday Greetings set. I added a tiny star brad to the label. Then, I cut out strips of a circle patterned paper and a 5-1/2″ piece of brown & white striped ribbon. I taped the 3″ & 2″ patterned papers together with cellophane tape on the back. I attached the handwriting paper in the centre of that and wrapped the ribbon over the seam, attaching it with a strip of Sookwang. I also used Sookwang to attach the patterned papers to the base card. I added the circle with pop-up squares, then placed the label over the circle using a glue runner, as well as the circle strips in the upper left hand corner.

September

The second card is much more feminine. I started with cream-coloured card stock for the base, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ folded in half. I added a patterned piece of paper with calendar markings and cut it 1/2″ smaller than the card base. I cut 3 rectangles of different patterned paper measuring 3″ x 1-1/4″, placing them 1/2″ apart. To the yellow rectangle I added three plastic flowers, attaching them with small star brads. To the green rectangle I wrapped a piece of green embroidery thread, strung with 3 flower beads and attached it with Glue Dots. To the brown striped paper I added 3 brass brads. Over that, I added the corset, stamped with a stamp from Stampin’ Up‘s ‘Rue des Fleurs’ set, and a piece of sheet music, punched with a corner punch to get the ‘bites’ all around it.

I still have quite a few cards to finish by the August long weekend, which is when we will be having our family gathering. From June to September, we have 24 birthdays and 6 anniversaries, just on Hubby’s side of the family. That doesn’t include the shower card I need for Sunday and those friends and family on my side who are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. So, if I don’t get a chance to do another Crafty Wednesday next week, I hope you’ll understand why I didn’t have time. 🙂

Crafty Wednesday – something for the new neighbours

I will have to make this a quick post, today, as I get to visit with Daughter & Grandson this afternoon and this evening I will be attending the Awards Ceremony for the Winnipeg Free Press Writing Contest winners. I was one of the judges for the short story contest, reading 15 shorts by Senior High students and 21 in the Middle Grade category. It will be nice to meet all the talented contestants. 🙂

I will only be featuring one card, today, one I created for our new neighbours. When we moved into the neighbourhood 33 years ago, the established neighbours made us feel welcome, so I wanted to pass along the tradition and be welcoming to the new homeowners. The previous neighbours, who moved in three years after we did, moved away at the end of April. It was very sad to see them go as we have been friends all this time. We’ve watched each other’s children grow from babies & toddlers to grown-ups & parents. Now, that he has retired, they wanted a place in the country, near water, so he could go fishing and she could commune with nature. They have always loved camping, so this seems like the perfect place for them. As much as I will miss them, I wish them all the best in their new home.

Now, onto the crafting!

CtmH Around the Block

I recently won this Close To My Heart stamp set, called ‘Around The Block’. I thought it would be perfect for the new neighbours’ card. Unfortunately, the card I had in mind was one that opened from the middle of the card. I had planned to have a house on each side, but the house frame that came with the set was a little too wide for the flaps, as were the roof pieces. After two attempts, I finally gave up and made a landscape-oriented card. Instead of using the narrow house frame, I placed the 2 roof stamp pieces on the card where I wanted them to be and, with a pencil, drew straight lines down from the eaves. I then traced the lines with a thin-tipped permanent marker. These lines became the walls, giving a similar effect to what the stamp would have made. I stamped the rooflines onto orange textured card stock and cut them out.

neighbourhood

Each ‘house’ was stamped with the different door and window stamps from the ‘Around The Block’ set and black ink. The second story window is one I drew freehand to match the decor of the rest of the house. Once the house features were inked, I coloured them in using my shiny paints and a fine brush. The stamp set also comes with two different types of brick patterns, so I stamped the house on the left with ‘brick red’ ink and the bricks on the right were done in a sandstone colour. I had a little trouble with the bricks on the right hand side, stamping beyond the wall outline so in order to hide my mistakes, I thought I would cut out leafy pieces with my bird & leaf punch set from Stampin’ Up. I used Sticky Dots to attach them to the sides of the houses.

In order to add a little texture to the ‘garden’, I strung flower beads onto green embroidery thread, knotting each bead so that if the thread broke, all the beads would not slide off it. I pierced the card so I could push the string through to the inside of the card, where I tied a slip knot. Since the new neighbours have a little girl, I thought she might like to use the beads as a bracelet.

I stamped the clouds onto white card stock with pale blue ink, cut them out and placed them along the top of the card. I finally attached each roof with pop-up squares. I stamped the sentiment onto white card stock, cut it out with my paper cutter and ticket-corner punch, attaching it to the centre of the card with pop-up squares, too.

I am quite happy with the result and hope the new neighbours like it. Now, I just have to find the time to do some baking to take over to them, along with the card! 🙂

Crafty Wednesday

Well, looking out the window this morning, I see winter has reasserted itself with another layer of the white stuff covering everything. Hope it’s warmer wherever you are. Okay, enough complaining and on to the cards!

Mar24

Let’s start with this masculine card. The base is brown card stock, cut to 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ & folded in half. I used a piece of lined paper and one of the stars print paper, both from Bo Bunny, cut to 2-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ each and taped their backs together with plain cellophane tape. On the lined paper, I stamped “Happy Birthday” and “You’re a star” in brown ink. With the same brown ink, I stamped 2 stars using stamps from Close To My Heart‘s ‘Typeset’ Workshop on the Go set, one on orange card stock, the other on yellow and carefully cut them out. I popped them up off the card using 3D squares. Before attaching the two pieces of patterned paper to the card base, I cut a piece of yellow ribbon 4-1/2″ long. With a piercing tool, I made five holes near the centre of the ribbon and attached small star-shaped brads. Then I attached the ribbon to the seam of the two papers, wrapping the ends around the edge and fastening them securely with Sookwang double-sided tape. The last step was to centre the star/lined paper onto the card base, attaching it all with Sookwang.

April9

This masculine card also has a brown card stock base (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, folded in half), as well as a piece of cream-coloured card stock (5″ x 3-3/4″) and paper with a brown and green swirly pattern (4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″). On a separate piece of cream card stock, I stamped “Happy Birthday” and a clock face and hands (from a stamp set by Recollections) using my Versa Mark sticky pad and sprinkling black embossing powder over the image, shaking off the excess. I used my heat tool to set the powder and then cut out both the sentiment and clock face images with my 2″ circle punch. I carefully cut around the clock hands and attached them to the clock face with a small black brad. I used a glue runner to attach the sentiment on the left and pop-up (3D) squares to attach the clock. I centered the patterned paper to the cream card stock and fastened it securely with double-sided tape. Then, I cut a 5-1/2″ long piece of green/brown polka dot ribbon, wrapped it around the patterned & cream-coloured card stock and attached it with Sookwang. Finally, I attached the whole piece onto the card base with Sookwang.

April 8

The last card for today is one of my favourites, to date. It has a red card stock base (same as above), a piece of orange paper cut to 5″ x 3-3/4″ and a sheet of diamond-patterned paper cut to 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″. In the centre of the patterned paper, I cut out a frame that was 2″ x 1-1/2″. I then cut a piece of cream-coloured card stock that was 2-1/2″ x 1″ as a base for the dragon, which was cross-stitched on plastic canvass by my talented friend, who has so generously cross-stitched numerous card designs for me. I attached the dragon to a sheet of Sookwang and carefully cut around it. Peeling off the backing, I attached it to the small rectangle of cream card stock. Centering the orange paper to the base card, I attached it with glue runner, then attached the patterned paper to the centre of the orange paper, also with glue runner. I centered the cream card stock with the dragon design and attached it with more Sookwang – but I wasn’t done, yet!

I searched Goodreads for a quote about dragons and found the one by Ilona Andrews from her book, Fate’s Edge, that reads: “If the sky could dream, it would dream of dragons.” I printed it onto cream card stock, cut it out and sponged around the edges with orange ink, Then, I attached it with pop-up squares to the top left-hand corner. Inside, I wrote, “Hope your birthday is filled with dreams of dragons.” I gave it to my son-in-law who is a fan of fantasy stories, especially when they involve dragons. I’m sure most of you fall into that category, too! 🙂

Here’s hoping you all have a crafty day and dream of dragons! 🙂

Crafty Wednesday – a day late, again

Sorry I missed posting this yesterday. I was hoping to get back into the swing of things, as I have a lot of cards to show you from all the ones I made over the past couple of months. However, as I was sorting through the pictures I took of them, I realized there were a few cards I neglected to take pictures of. Oh, well!

I thought I’d clump some of them together that have a similar theme. I chose a bird theme mainly because we’re still waiting for spring to arrive here in the frozen north!

I love that Stampin’ Up has come up with punches that go with some of their stamp sets. I especially like the bird punch that goes with the ‘Language of Friendship’ stamp set. While I didn’t use the stamp set with these cards, I did use the punch, which not only cuts out the bird shape, but also the wing and a branch for it to sit on.

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For this card, I also experimented with Martha Stewart’s stamp-around-the-page set that included this fern pattern. I heat embossed the ‘Happy Birthday’ in the centre and added the bird in the corner, with a flower-patterned ribbon along the bottom. With a small scalloped circle punch, I cut out a frame of music, then cut out a pointed section at the bottom to make it look like a speech bubble. Although it’s a little difficult to see in this shot – you have to click on the picture to enlarge it – I also used my shiny paint set to add copper-coloured ‘feathers’ onto the bird and used a fine-tipped Sharpie for the bird’s eye.

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The bird in the card above was created using my sister-in-law’s stamp and blue heat-emboss powder. The card’s base colour was a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece from a wallpaper sample book that looked a little like a wood grain. For the next layer, I cut it an inch smaller in all dimensions out of a green marble-patterned paper to which I added a wavy green velvet ribbon along the bottom. I cut out a 3″ scalloped circle from textured green card stock for the next layer and the smaller scalloped circle was a left-over piece I had cut from another card where I had a sky-patterned piece on top and ‘grass’ below it.

Miranda '12

You may have seen the card above in a previous crafty post, but wanted to show it again because I really love the ‘Find Your Style’ stamp set from Close To My Heart. This card is beautiful in its simplicity. The background was embossed with the Cuttlebug‘s ‘Victoria’ embossing folder. The bird was heat-embossed on white card stock, cut out and placed onto a 3″ scalloped circle. The feathery bits were from a booklet of rub-ons. The ‘soar’ was from the same stamp set as the bird, also heat-embossed in black and cut out with a 1-1/2″ scalloped oval punch. I love the 1″ wide black polka-dotted ribbon accent, too.

Joce '12

The final card is also one you may have seen before, but wanted to showcase Jim Holtz‘s birdcase die cutter that can be used on the Big Shot as well as the Cuttlebug. For the cage, I used a glittery gold card stock. The bird was cut out of brown card stock, using the same die cutter. I added feathers to the bird’s wing and tail for an added touch. I happened to have 1/4″ gold ribbon to tie to the loop at the top of the bird cage and placed the cage, bird included onto blue paper (embossed using the Cuttlebug‘s ‘Swirls’ folder). I hand-cut the ‘tweets’ and used the scalloped oval punch to cut out the ‘for you’.

And there you have it – four bird-themed cards! Hope this post gave you some ideas for making your own bird-themed cards. 🙂

Crafty Wednesday

I took an extended holiday last week. I started a Crafty Wednesday post but decided you’d probably had enough of Christmas cards, but this one is a little different. I thought I’d share a card I made for my brother-in-law, the one who was in a fire (see previous post). He wanted to send a suitable thank-you to the doctors and staff at the hospital where the majority of his surgeries took place. It was there that he received his many skin grafts and healed well enough to be moved to his home town.

He is now staying with Hubby and I while he receives physiotherapy and medical care at the local hospital. His hands are still the most affected of the burned areas, so he requires assistance with many things, but he is fiercely independent and tries to do as much as he can on his own.

Anyway, he wanted a card that the staff would recognize as coming from him. He had told them how he would often play Santa Claus at our family gatherings, the reason he was sad that they had to shave off his beard, which was always perfect for his role as Kris Kringle.

To make the thank-you card, I started with plain white card stock (8-1/2″ x 11″) folded in half. The cream background is a diamond-shaped embossed ColorCore Cardstock from Tim Holtz‘s Core’dinations ‘Timeless Collection’ cut an inch smaller than the base card size (7-1/2″ x 4-1/2″). The sentiment was from Close To My Heart‘s ‘Thoughtful Tidings’ clear stamp set, using Versa Mark and black heat-emboss powder. The graphics from my Printmaster Gold program had just the right pictures, which I fused together to create the perfect image for the front of the card – a Santa Claus obviously resting after a busy night and a man with an IV bottle lying in a hospital bed. I physically cut and pasted the pieces I needed, adding a yellow gingham ‘blanket’ to hide some of the ‘surgeries’. Here is the end result:

Leo's front

I think we created something that will give the staff a chuckle. What do you think? 

Crafty Wednesday – A poinsettia, a reindeer, and a mouse

Welcome to another Crafty Wednesday!

Sorry I haven’t posted too much else over the past week. Where does the time go? It has been busier than usual and I didn’t even have an interview to post last weekend. I had been toying with doing another character interview, but didn’t have time to compile one.

Okay, enough chit-chat. On with the cards! This card is the last one I made for the Sketch Challenges at my October scrapbook weekend. It is a landscape-oriented card, which called for two round-cornered squares on each side in different patterned paper, a fancy label section in the middle with a sentiment and a main element in the centre of the card. In addition, there should be embellishments along the top of the left-hand square and the bottom of the right-hand square.

Now let’s see my interpretation of the Sketch Challenge:

As you can see, I decided not to go with a ‘Partridge-In-A-Pear-Tree’ element but chose instead a poinsettia. You can get these types of flowers from your local craft store. There are four layers to mine – a paper flower, a fine mesh flower shape overlay and two paper leaf shapes held together with a yellow brad. Instead of centering the poinsettia, I decided to off-set it a bit, piercing the edge of the left-hand square before attaching it to the card.

I ran the front of the card base through the Cuttlebug, using the ‘Victoria’ embossing folder before attaching the squares. The label was cut and embossed with the Cuttlebug as well, using the ‘Fanciful Labels’ folder. I used a sponge to brush on a pale green ink to the raised parts of the label and heat-embossed the sentiment (from Close To My Heart‘s ‘Card Chatter – Christmas’ clear acrylic stamp set) with black embossing powder. I just realized I didn’t add the embellishments. I might still do so as I picked up some pearlized self-sticking ‘jewels’ that I could add along the edges of the squares to ‘punch’ it up a bit.

The design was very simple, so I finished the inside of the card in similar style by simply cutting out the label (Sizzix ‘Decorative Labels #4’) and embossing the sentiment across its middle.

The design on the next card was one that came to me in a dream. (Yes, I really do dream about making cards!) I thought it would look like a snow globe. What do you think?

Supplies:

White card stock base (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, folded in half).
Red/orange patterned paper as the background (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″)
Dark green card stock (4-1/4″ x 3″).
2″ circle of white card stock (cut with a circle punch)
Reindeer stamp (I used the one from Stampin’ Up‘s ‘Winter Post’ wood stamp set).
2 – 2″ circles cut from a Sookwang sheet
Dark green ink pad (or black)
White glitter
Tree stamp (I used the one from Stampin’ Up‘s ‘Christmas Lodge’ set)
Close To My Heart‘s ‘Vanilla Cream’ pigment-based ink pad (or something similar that won’t bleed into the card stock)
6-1/2″ length of 1/4″ wide white ribbon tied in a bow
4-1/2″ x 3/4″ scrap of white card stock
Versa Mark sticky pad (or Martha Stewart‘s ‘Glue Pad’)
Black embossing powder
Heat tool
Sticky Dots
1/4″ wide Sookwang double-sided tape
Sharp scissors
Paper cutter

Instructions:

1. Use Sookwang tape to attach red/orange paper to front of the card base
2. To the right-hand side of the green card stock rectangle, stamp the tree using the Vanilla pigment ink pad. NB: Make sure you have scrap paper underneath the project so ink will not transfer to your desk top, since you will only be stamping half the tree. Set aside to allow drying time as the pigment ink takes much longer than normal inks to dry.
3. Stamp reindeer onto white card stock circle.
4. Affix Sookwang circles to both front and back of reindeer circle, but keep the backing on the rear until glitter has been applied.
5. Peel front backing off Sookwang/reindeer circle. Sprinkle on the glitter, rubbing it all around the circle until no sticky parts remain. Shake off extra glitter.
6. Once the tree on the green card stock has completely dried, peel off remaining Sookwang backing and affix sparkly reindeer circle to the centre of green card stock.
7. Using Sticky Dots, attach ribbon bow to the top left-hand corner of the green rectangle, securing the ends to the back of the card stock.
8. Attach green card stock to centre of red/orange patterned paper using Sookwang tape.
9. Stamp the sentiment onto scrap of white card stock using Versa Mark. Sprinkle embossing powder over it, ensuring that all the sentiment has been covered. Use heat tool to set the powder. Once the powder has cooled, cut around sentiment.
10. Affix sentiment to bottom of green card stock and overlapping the red/orange pattern slightly

And you’re done! It always seems more complicated when I write it all out in point form, like this. It really isn’t all that difficult. The main thing you need to remember is how long the pigment ink takes to dry. I’ve often ruined cards because I didn’t wait long enough and the image got smudged.

This final card is very cute, I think. I want to thank my sister-in-law for lending me her stamp. It went very well with the candy cane patterned paper I found.

I stamped the image using a Versa Mark sticky pad and sprinkled the black embossing powder over it, shaking off the extra. I used my heat tool to set the powder, then painted the candy cane, the light chord and the light bulbs with my shiny paints. Using the cotton balls that come with the set, I smudged ‘Pebbles Cream Chalk’  to make the ‘glow’ around the light bulbs and add colour to the mouse. Using my paper cutter, I cut out around the mouse and rounded the corners with a paper punch. I cut out a rectangle of wine-coloured card stock that was about a 1/2 inch larger than the mouse, also punching the rounded corners. I then rubbed the edges with a Versa Mark pen, sprinkled peppermint-scented embossing powder onto the sticky surface and used my heat tool to set it. It became a bit shiny, as you can see, and added that extra ‘Scratch-and-Sniff’ element that goes so well with the candy cane theme.

I attached the mouse to the red card stock and the red card stock to the candy cane patterned paper with a glue runner. I affixed the entire card front to a plain white card stock base (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, folded in half) with Sookwang two-sided tape to hold it securely.

There’s only one more card that I made during my crafting weekend, but it involves a brand new product and process which I will show you next time.

In the meantime, happy crafting, everyone! 🙂

Scary October #24 – Spooky Crafty Wednesday

Hello, fellow crafters! I finally downloaded my scrapbook layout pictures onto a new flash drive. I hope this one lasts longer than the previous one! (Warning to J. D. Ryan, if you dare to read this, you will see spiders here – but only teeny weeny ones!)

Although this scrapbook layout can be found on the tab My Scrapbook Pages (above), I thought I’d feature it today, since it fits in with the theme for the month. The layout was done at a Close To My Heart  workshop and some of the stamps, (the spiders, mostly) were from the demonstrator’s set entitled ‘Creepy Cobwebs’ (from the Autumn/Winter 2010 catalogue). On top of each spider, we glued small and larger black beads to make the bodies stand out.

click on photo for a closer look

As you can see, it uses a lot of dark paper and card stock that comes with the ‘Mischief’ Workshop On The Go kit (Autumn/Winter 2011 catalogue). We used white pigment ink for the spiders’ webs and contrasting white/patterned paper with a journalling strip that was stamped with lines. Over on the far right, you’ll see a pocket with a tab that says ‘PULL’. This is what you will find when you pull it:

This was a complicated piece of engineering to get both the top and bottom to come out. The technique involves strips of plastic from a Ziploc bag and some strong two-sided tape. You can place a photo on the dark outside of the pull-out as well as a smaller one on that little white square (see below).

Magic

The ‘Magic‘ book by Jeannette R. Lynton has all the details on how to create this and other fabulous scrapbook features, like the ‘Waterfall’, which can also be found in My Scrapbook Pages.

Behind the ‘BOO’, we stamped the image from the CTMH stamp set ‘Backdrop – Charmed’. The letters were created with stamps from the ‘Posterboard Alphabet’ set – brown ink on orange card stock with partial cobwebs also stamped onto the letters. The word ‘PULL’ was created with the ‘Cocktail Alphabet’ stamp set.

One of the other techniques we used was the shiny embossed spiderwebs along the top of the white strip. First, we stamped the patterns using the Versa Mark sticky pad. After sprinkling on the clear embossing powder, we heat-set it, then smudged gray ink around the area with a sponge so it looks a little dirty. The ink won’t stick to the embossed areas, so the clear white cobweb pattern shows through. Pretty cool, don’t you think?

 

 

 

I finally got around to adding the pictures of my Grandson’s first Halloween to show you the finished project.

 

 

 

“What on Earth is on my foot?”

 

 

As you can see, I filled in the journalling strip with details of Grandson’s first Halloween. On the opposite page is the pull-out section when it’s closed. I love the ‘What a fright’ embellishment. The sentiment was stamped onto orange card stock then stuck behind the felt self-sticking frame. It certainly goes with Grandson’s expression, doesn’t it? 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s the additional picture along with the ‘Boo’ pull-out, which also shows what Grandson is staring at.

 

 

 

Hope you liked my scary crafting! 🙂

Sketch challenges

On Wednesday’s post, I mentioned volunteering for our local writer’s festival. I also briefly touched on last weekend’s scrapbook extravaganza during which I participated in a variety of sketch challenges. For those that missed the explanation of what a sketch challenge is, here it is in more detail. For each challenge we were presented with a sketch of a scrapbook page layout or a card layout. These sketches were guidelines, or blueprints, on how the page or card should look. We got to choose what stamps, embellishments and paper to use, but you had to follow the guidelines as closely as possible. Here is the first example:

As you can see, the card would need a sentiment, 3 different strips of paper, a contrasting ribbon-type thing beneath the strips and 3 of the same type of images. This is what my card looks like:

I chose to use the coffee mug stamps from the Close To My Heart set from the ‘Wonderland’ Workshop on the Go. Since the images are fairly large, I had to start with a larger-than-normal sized card stock base – 6-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (folded dimensions). The ribbon element I created with a holly-edge punch and green card stock, trimming it so it fit the card. The sentiment is also from the WotG stamp set. The hardest part was trying to find paper that went together (sort-of).

Since I had time before the next challenge started, I finished the inside, as well. It’s kind of hard to see the sparkly snowflake pattern at the bottom. The mittens were also part of the WotG stamp set and fit in nicely with the ‘warm my heart’ sentiment on the front. Now, I’m sure all you crafty folk could use whatever stamp you wanted to start with and find complimentary papers to complete this challenge. 🙂

The second challenge was this:

As you can see, there is a musical theme to this sketch, requiring a strip of music paper cut around the ornament on the left. It is a standard-sized landscape card (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″). Here is my vision of it:

I started by embossing the front of the card with the Polka Dot folder for the Cuttlebug, then added the green and gold contrast paper, an inch smaller in length and width to the card. For the ornament, I used the Cuttlebug die-cutter,  ‘Stocking, Ornament, Lightbulb’. I cut a square of shiny gold card stock to fit over the ornament cutter (there are 3 designs on the cutter), then passed it through the machine. The die-cutter also perforates the squiggly bit in the middle and the top part, so I cut out a red ornament and the silver bit for the top, trimming the pieces so they separated from the whole and used glue dots to attach them to the gold ornament. I looped a bit of silver elastic through the hole in the top to ‘hang’ it on the card. If you look closely at the sketch above the music, there are a series of dots. I decided to go along with the musical theme and added note-shaped sequins. I cut the half-circle end of the musical strip with my 2″ circle punch. I used some burgundy and white-striped ribbon and attached it over the music and under the ornament with Sookwang tape. The wavy bit of shiny striped card stock I first embossed with my wavy-edge folder and Cuttlebug, then cut the edge by following the embossing. (I didn’t have my shaping scissors with me!) I know the colours are a little unusual for a Christmas-themed card, but it seems anything goes, these days! 🙂

Well, that’s about all I have time for, today. I completed 7 challenges, so I will share the others another time. In addition, I managed to create 3 more cards using some unique elements, which I will also share at a later date. By the time Christmas rolls around, you’ll have lots of card ideas!

Feel free to share YOUR ideas for Christmas cards, too. 🙂