These are 2 little Xmas cards that can also double as an ornament for the tree. They open so you can write something inside and after they can adorn the Xmas tree. I left the ribbon at the top extra long just for that reason.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
This is for the November challenge at Hero Arts - Bring on the Bling. I made this using purple metallic cardstock which I find is very difficult to photograph. Die cut the tree on white cs which I layered over the purple cs then added some clear gemstones, a star and a silver bow at the base of the tree.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
For the November challenge at Hero Arts - Dry Embossing.
Created using the Sizzix/Hero Arts Snowflake background set.
First I stamped the snowflakes with clear embossing powder and applied some Diamonds embossing powder.
After heat set I ran it through my Cuttlebug using the embossing folder from the set.
Added a border strip for the sentiment which I mounted on red shiny cardstock.
Applied pearls to each snowflake.
The sentiment is from the Very Merry Christmas Set CL543.
Thanks for looking!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I made this card for the Hero Arts Bring on the Bling challenge for November.
Background was stamped with white ink on kraft card using the Herringbone CR004 stamp from Impression Obsession.
Embossed the dark brown cardstock using Cuttlebug's D'Vine Swirls embossing folder with Versamark ink.
The small snowflake is from Spellbinders Create-A-Flake Four die set using glitter cardstock.
Sentiment is from Michaels which I stamped in Walnut Distress ink and added some stickles to the lower part of the letters.
Added some strips of glitter cardstock and Hero Arts gold accents for the centre of the snowflake and the holly leaves.
Hope you enjoy this card and thanks for stopping by to have a look!
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Also for the Hero Arts monthly challenge for Bring on the Bling and Dry embossing.
For this card I used the Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder on Shimmer Sheetz.
The tree is a Peel-Off sticker which I applied to Sookwang tape, which is a really strong adhevise tape good for burnishing glitter to. I then removed each section of the tree at a time and covered each area with various Glitter Ritz glitter. Takes a little while to do but the effect is (I think) amazing.
Side border strip is Spellbinders
Sentiment is from Hero Arts.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
This was a technique taught by Kristina Werner -kind of like a faux metal.
I have done this technique in the past and was happy to visit it again thanks to Kristina.
It is such a fun technique and so very easy to do.
Thanks for having a look and hope you like it too!
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
This is my version of Jennifer's class today for a photo ornament card (minus the photo).
Used scalloped Spellbinders dies for the large circles. The ornament is from Marianne Creatables LR0184 which is a set of 2 ornaments.
Added some punched holly and embellished the ornament with pearls and ribbon.
I inadvertenly ran the largest gold circle upside down in the embossing folder giving the effect of the dots indented instead of being raised up.
Also sanded off the dots on the top gold circle so they would come out white.
Used the Impression Obsession CC100 Birch Trees background stamp.
Overstamped with various snowflakes.
Sentiment is from Hero Arts.
Added some crystal glitter to resemble snow.
Monday, November 05, 2012
This is for Day 6 of the Holiday Card Workshop design by Shari Carroll.
I didn't have a very big star so I made 3 small ones instead. As I also don't own any distress markers I stamped various distress inks on my craft sheet and blended with a brush and a little water. Same type of effect I think!
Hero Arts CG324 Holiday Background stamped with Color Box Olive Pastel Chalk Ink.
Star stamp is HSH322D from http://www.heathersstamping.com (a store here in Ottawa, Canada that I frequent).
White snowflake strip from the Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland Set.
Spellbinders Labels Four for the die cut at the bottom of each strip.
Sentiment is from the same large background stamp. What I did here was ink up the words with a black marker and stamped on the strip of green. (You can see the same words just to the left of my green strip).
Added a gemstone to each centre star and some for added sparkle.
Hope you like my version. Thanks Shari for being such a great teacher!
Sunday, November 04, 2012
For this card I didn't have any ornament dies (what you say!) to use so I kind of created my own.
I used Peel-Off's, mounted then on cardstock and coloured them with various distress inks.
Added a scalloped die cut border some wide ribbon and the sentiment.
The ornaments are hanging from glittzy ribbon and topped off with some glittzy gemstones
Used the Swiss dots embossing folder for the background. Bold Pop Design Set (HA-657851) for the flowers which were clear embossed then die-cut. Added the sentiment, a strip of red glitter paper and pearls and gold glitter paper to the centres.
Used the HA large holly background stamp with Versamark.
Stamped the tag on dark green cardstock and used Duo Green Yellow perfect pearls over top.
Added some decorative paper and a sparkly button with twine.
This is for the Hero Arts November challenge - Bring on the Bling.
Background -Sizzix/Hero Arts Christmas Words & Dots Set
The large snowflake die from Spellbinders is from their 2012 Snowflake Pendant set. The smaller centre snowflake (the pointy one) is also Spellbinders from their Creat-A-Flake Four snowflake set.
Hero Arts sentiment C2604
Thursday, November 01, 2012
The background was done using the Scor-Pal and inked with Barn Door distress ink.
The ornaments are from a clear set by Bonnidee (which is a local stamp store). The sentiment is from Craft Smart (Michaels) which is white embossed. Added some glossy accents to the stars, and punched branches.
I embossed the card and cut out only a section of the words that I wanted to use, then added some colour with a Tombow marker (I don't yet own any Copics) key word there is yet!!!
Then I covered over that with a thin layer of Dreamweaver Translucent embossing paste.
Die cut 2 snowflakes with sookwang sticky paper and covered with different colour glitter powder. The red strip panel down the middle is from the Penny Black Madison Paper Pack.
I hope you enjoy looking at this card as much as I enjoyed making it.
Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Holiday Card Workshop class.
I decided to use kraft paper just for a little change up from using basic white.
I used the Tim Holtz winter distress inks the same as Lisa used on her sample. I also misted it with perfect pearls but it's a little hard to see in the photo.
Cut the strips in random widths and added a little dashed line around the edges so it wasn't so plain.
The sentiment is Hero Arts and the snowflakes are just stickers from American Crafts called Iceplum.
I had fun making this one and I hope you enjoy it too.
For the Holiday Card Workshop.
I must admit that my first sample did not turn out exactly right so it was scrapped and I started again. I used Impression Obsession Circle Fusion 1 background stamp which I clear embossed for the green background and gold embossed for the tree. Added the strip down the side from Penny Black Madison paper pack. The sentiment is Hero Arts which is also gold embossed. Die cut edges are from a Spellbinders Classic Petal Edgeabilities.
Added a star to the top of the tree.
This is a definitely a fun technique!
Monday, October 29, 2012
This was my first day of the Holiday Card Workshop online card classes at Hero Arts. This is my take on the card that Jennifer created for the class today. I just love watching or following anything that she creates. She is absolutely amazing!
This is a snowflake clear set from HA and so is the sentiment. I used shadow inks and some distress inks for the different colours of snowflakes. The shiny dots is a little stamp from Annette Allen Watkins. Don't even know what company it is from. I thought it would be a nice effect in the white background area of the card. I used the Platinum Planet Brilliance inkpad from Tsukineko which gives it the glimmery effect.
TFL and am so looking forward to Day 2. Yeah!!!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Background was clear embossed with CG465 Snow Dots from Hero Arts.
The strips of paper are from the Paper Salon Holiday pack which I purchased a few years back.
The poinsettias, leaves and sentiment are all Hero Arts also. I added some brads in the middle of the flowers to which I also added a little bit of stickles.
Also added a piece of glitter twine down the left side of the card for some more glitz.
Holiday cards should always have a bit of glitz, glitter and sparkle.
Thanks for having a look!
Used the Hero Arts CL459 Merry Christmas Tree set.
Embossed the trees with various powders.
Added a strip of glitter at the bottom of the card with some added snow detail.
The stars are from Studio Calico Mistables set which I either embossed with powder or added some Stickles.
The sentiment is from the same set as the trees.
The large white background was misted with Perfect Pearls Forever Blue.
TFL and enjoy. Hope it puts you in the Holiday spirit too!
Monday, October 22, 2012
I found an article in the Winter 2012 Paper Creations Magazine featuring her card which was done in a Christmas theme.
I decided to make these cute little cards for my 2 nieces and the son of one of my co-workers.
I must admit that there wasn't a whole lot of stampin' going on here.
For card #1 - the ghost is a foam stick on which I added googly eyes to
Card# 2 - the cat is a die cut that I purchased and added yellow rhinestones for the eyes
Card#3 - the pumpkin is a rub on. I could have added a little sparkle but decided the little white dots that I added around the circle and the greeting were sufficient.
The coloured papers are from the Doodlebug Design Haunted Manor paper pad.
The lacey circles are Spellbinders dies.
I think they are just the cutest and would like to thank Michelle for her inspiration for my creations.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I made this Hallowe'en card for the Reception area at my office.
Background is the Retro Diamonds embossing folder from QuicKutz and inked with Fall distress inks. Distressed the edges. Labels are Spellbinders with centre label cut from Doodlebug Haunted Manor paper pad. The black cat is K&Company. Added some gemstones and ribbon.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Well it is finally the end of yet another work week and I'm not sure but they seem to be getting longer and longer.
The weather isn't supposed to be very good this weekend so it looks like it'll be a good time to maybe lock myself in my little craft room and create, create, create. With Christmas fast approaching I would really like to get a jump on my Holiday cardmaking.
I've signed up for my first on-line cardmaking class and can hardly wait until it begins. I am so looking forward to the start of class.
I often wonder what to do with all those cards that I make for different online challenges but my local Curves club has come to the rescue. In November for 3 days they hold a craft fair for members who are creative with their hobbies. It's a good opportunity to showcase some of my creations alongside those of my exercise gal friends. Maybe you have something similar in your own area where you can show off your beautiful creations. I know I would love for you to share your stories.
So whether you are making cards for family and friends or for selling in local craft fairs have fun and keep creating. I know you all inspire me to. So thank you ladies,
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Good evening everyone,
I made this card for the October sketch challenge at Hero Arts. Not sure if you can tell but there is some glitter on the white swirls of the Leaft & Flower Background.
I stamped the background and embossed with White Diamonds embossing powder but had some trouble taking the photo so that you could actually see the glitter. I used Evergreen Bough distress ink over the embossing.
The sentiment is CL543 from Hero Arts and so is the little red bow.
Hope you have a chance to have a closer look. Maybe you might have to zoom in a little to see the glitter. It really does bring out the background when the right light catches it.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I created this card for the Hero Arts October sketch challenge. I found these 12x12 sheets of washi paper from WeR Memory Keepers. The great thing about these sheets is that you can use them to die cut anything or any shape.
I used the HA Envelope Liner background (CG461) and stamped it with the HA Soft Sand Shadow Ink.
Cut out different strips of Washi paper. Added Antique Linen Distress ink around the edges of the card and the sentiment. I also stamped the sentiment background with the Envelope Liner too.
Sentiment is CG132 also from HA.
I added a paper flower, a large button and some twine. Accented the flower with a little Stickles.
Thanks for having a look.
Hope you can find these Washi sheets to enjoy also.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
I used the HA lattice background on the white strip and embossed white.
Die cut the scalloped circles and the striped piece from Spellbinders, the sentiment is also Hero Arts from a large background stamp that I used only the Merry Christmas part of the stamp. Added some punched out holly, strip of Hero Arts ribbon down the strip and added a ribbon bow with a shot of bling in the middle of the bow. The striped paper is from the Very Merry Christmas pad from Echo Park.
Hope you like my card and thanks for stopping by to have a look.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Just wanted to wish everyone a happy day and hopefully you all had a chance to spend some time in your crafting corner, wherever that might be in your home and have some fun enjoying the day being creative.
I was able to spend some time in my craft space and created 2 Christmas cards which I will be posting later. Haven't had a chance to take their darling little pictures yet!!!
Also want to wish all you fellow Canadians a Happy Thanksgiving. I know I have quite a large turkey to cook with all the trimmings. It's like my pre-Christmas dinner. Already managed to get into the pumpkin pie though. Had to make sure it was up to par and oh yeah it was.
Enjoy the rest of your evening,
Sunday, September 30, 2012
I used the Cuttlebug Bit of Paisley embossing folder for the whole background of the card and also the strip down the right side of the card. I added labels from Spellbinders and the Sentiment is from set Thoughts for the Day from Inkadinkado. The colours are from Pumpkin Patch and Autumn Leaves ink pallettes. Added a strip of green and dark brown glitter cardstock, some die leaves from Marianne Creatables and some rhinestones.
TFL and enjoy the card.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
I used the HA Snow Dots background which I white embossed. I then added the Fall distress inks over the background. The label was die cut from Spellbinders. I used the Hero Arts Bold Pop design set to die cut the flower behind the label from espresso glitter cardstock.
Trick or Treat is from Inkadinkado.
Added some twine, gemstones and a button.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
The reindeer is a chipboard reindeer that I embossed several times with silver embossing powder. The sentiment is HA. I inked the edges with distressing ink an added ribbon and some gold cord for hanging on the tree.
Monday, September 10, 2012
I stamped the Lattice background on Kraft cardstock with HA Cup o'Joe ink. Gold embossed the leaves then applied various inks from various companies to the leaves including Butter Bar, Cup o'Joe, Berrylicious and Olive Pastel which are chalk inks.
Added some glitter to the leaves and rhinestones to the centres. Cut out the leaves and some yellow cardstock a little larger than the set of leaves and popped dotted both the background yellow and the leaves themselves for some added dimension.
The small leaf was punched out from glitter cardstock.
Sentiment is also Hero Arts C3039.
Thanks for stopping by and having a little look see.
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Added some twine, rhinestones and pearls.
Thanks for having a look!
Monday, September 03, 2012
This is for the colour challenge PDCC147 over at
http://theplaydatecafe.blogspot.ca/ usine Evergreen, Olive, Smoke and Cherry Blossom.
I used the Piestra Tile die from Memory box for the strip of cardstock colours. Attached a white border from a strip off the Tessatina Border die also from Memory Box. Sentiment is from the Thoughts for the Day Set from Inkadinkado.
Added a wooden butterfly covered in Glitter Ritz and some pearls and rhinestones using the same colour schem as the strip.
I used the Tessatina Border die from Memory Box and the Die-namics Hexagons from mftstamps.
The paper used for the hexagons is Follow your Heart from My Mind's Eye. I used the little middle pieces that fell out of the border die and glued them to the middle of the hexagons. I popped up a couple of the hexagons here and there to add some depth.
Happy Birthday was stamped with Hero Arts soft pool shadow ink.
Thanks for looking and enjoy!
I am that lucky so I have decided to use some of my time off for this very subject - organizing.
If you are like me organization means everything in my craft space. From time to time I find myself having a little creative block, forget what supplies I have or just plain and simple have too much stuff . So in comes the organizing committee - ME.
Some years back I sort of drifted out of stamping and into jewelry making. I thought it was a good idea at the time but came to realize it probably was not. I did enjoy it and will again in the future but it is fun to try different things. I do truly love my stamping though!
My jewelry cabinet which is chocked full of beads, beads and more beads is not in much use these days and stands alongside my stamping cabinet.
So I decided yesterday that I needed more room for my ever growing stamp population so I boxed up all my jewelry making supplies (which will be relocated to another room in the house) and in doing so gained a full tall cabinet which I can now fill with all my wonderful stamp products.
When transferring everything over I also decided that now might be a good time to really take stock of what I actually had in the way of stamps. Although I find it difficult to part with any of my stamps I managed to find a whole basket that I can actually live without, again freeing up even more space.
From time to time I find for me it is a good idea to just step back from the creative side and spend some quality time getting re-acquainted with my stamps and supplies. I think it actually helps to ignite a creative spark again!
I know it is impossible to have everything out in plain sight but it certainly helps to know what are in those little drawers and cabinets. I tend to label everything so for me my labelling machine is a very necessary tool in my creative space.
In going through this process (which I do from time to time) I realized that I really do have to choose some of my purchases more carefully. I find that I have things that I thought would be useful at the time of purchase but are just occupying valuable space and not really in use anymore. I'm going to try and become a more frugal shopper.
Darn all those stamp companies out there for creating new and wonderful products. No, just kidding you can keep them coming, lol.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Used Memory Box Tessatina Border but left some of the little white pieces in for a different effect. Made the little medallions in different sizes. Added sentiment and some gemstones and pearls.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
I made this card for the Hero Arts August Sketch Challenge. I die cut the white circle using the Spellbinders Big Scalloped circles which I then passed through the Fiskars Scale pattern texture plate. Same for the greeting background.
Die cut the plain circle from aqua cardstock and did the same for the glitter cardstock. The flowers are from the HA CG309 Sweet Threads Set.
The white flower was embossed with white powder then I inked over top using HA Cerulean ink. The smaller flower I stamped directly with the same ink then cut them both out.
The sentiment is from Rubber Stampede A2465C.
Hope you enjoy this card as I think the colours are a real 'pick me up' if I say so myself. LOL.
Thanks for stopping by and having a look!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I made this card for the Hero Arts August sketch challenge. Background was stamped with the Lattice Background stamp and embossed with Silver Pearl embossing powder. I die cut the Spellbinders Classic Petal borders. The black stripes are actually felt which is in the paper design. Sentiment is CL342 Everyday Sayings set from Hero Arts. I embellished the card with the little hearts that were left over from die cutting the borders and added some pearls for some added interest.
Thanks for stopping by to have a look!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Sentiment is from the Hero Arts Everyday Sayings set.
Friday, August 17, 2012
This one is for the HA August sketch challenge.
I know that these colours are sort of traditionally Fall or Hallowe'en colours but I kind of liked them together so I went with it.
The yellow background was stamped with the Envelope Liner Background - CG401 using Soft Sand shadow ink. The black strip is Memory Box Piestra Tile die cut.
The flowers are from the Bold Pop Design Set from Sizzix/Hero Arts. Orange flower embossed with clear powder and the tan flower was embossed with white powder.
Sentiment is Hero Arts also. I passed the white cardstock through the Spellbinders Simplicity M-Bossabilities folder before stamping the sentiment. Oh, almost forgot but I gave the edges of both flowers a little pass with my Tim Holtz distressing tool. Added a little glitter butterfly and some pearls and gemstones. Thanks for having a look!
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Card made for the Hero Arts August Sketch Challenge.
Flower and leaves are from the Blossom Art set from HA - CL495.
I stamped the flower and leaves onto watercolour paper then white embossed them. I sprayed my craft sheet with Distress inks - Chipped Sapphire, Tumbled glass and Broken China, spritzed with a little water then ran the paper over top. Same process for the leaves but used Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters.
Not too sure if you can see this but I sprayed the flower with Perfect Pearls to give it a little sheen. Ribbon is May Arts and the sentiment is HA CL574. Added some gemstones and purposely added a large gemstone in the middle of the flower. Hope you like it and thanks for looking.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
This one is for the HA August challenge - Making your own embellishments.
The flowers were stamped on shrink plastic, heat set then covered with alcohol inks. The big thank you is Hero Arts CG132.
The background was already pre-embossed paper that I had purchased.