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Thursday, 6 October 2011

Angel card for the Holidays

Hello everyone,
This is a little spin on a card I made a little while back. I just loved the angel and thought she would be perfect for Christmas cards, as well. So I decided to use Christmas paper for her skirt.

I started by using my Scalloped border punch and punched along both long edges of 8.5 x 11 card stock, this way you can do more all at once, and then I cut my paper in half.

Then I counted and marked every 8 scallops, and cut the card stock and this makes her skirt. To round the edges just mark the middle of the top flat side of the card stock and cut up the sides to the mark you made. Next take the extra-large oval punch and punch out a skin tone colored card stock and this is her head. I haven't added a face or pink for the cheeks yet.

I used the petal punch and using red glitter card stock, I punched out 3 flowers for each angel, added a yellow center and you have poinsettias. Using silver card stock, and my Creative Memories oval cutting system I used the smallest oval template and the blue and green blades and cut out the halos.

Next I ran the cardbase through the Cuttlebug with the Petals a Plenty embossing folder. I took sponge and Handsome Hunter and ran the sponge back and forth across the embossed surface until I had the color I wanted. I realized after that I could have udes my Brayer instead of the sponge to apply the color.

Next I centered and adhered the angel in place. I used the Merry Christmas stamp from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, stamped in Real Red Classic ink and punched out with the Word Window. I layered with the |Decorative label and adhered the sentiment to her dress.

I added red glitter glue to the centers of the embossed images, and to a few centers I added little beaded red flowers, that I got at Michaels in the bargain bins. (they came in a sheet of 25 flowers for $1.50, and I got 20% off)

Enjoy and if you have any questions, feel free to send me a note.
Happy Crafting, Tina

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A Beautiful Morning

Hello there,
     I was just going through my pictures that I took this week, and found this picture. I took it yesterday morning as the sun was coming up. I love how the sun reflects on the trees, I knew I had to get the picture as soon as I saw it, and sure enough, 15 minutes later it was gone. I hope you like the picture and that it makes you smile, especially with the rain and wind we have had last night and today.

These pictures were taken while I was standing on my front porch.
Have a great day, Tina

Coffee Thankyou Card

Good morning,
     With how busy things have been lately, with Chris being sick (he's better now), I had moved alot of my craft supplies upstairs into the middle of the livingroom. Well I spent all of this afternoon putting it all away! The house is back to normal now.
My mother in law wants me to make her Christmas cards this year, so I have been busy making those and I have a card request from one of the guys I work with.
 He wants a card for one of the girls that we work with, she is changing rotations and we won't be working with her, except in passing.
So yet another dilemma, what type of card do I make for someone who is not a girlie girl? Well she is a good friend of mine so I got to thinking about things she likes, and what stamps and punches I have. Coffee, that's it, she loves her coffee. We like our wine too but didn't think he would like to give her a card about that, hehehe.

So I got thinking about types of coffee, espresso.......express, espresso my thanks? Yeah that works, now what? A coffee cup die cut and my card is starting to take shape. Hmmmmm perhaps a chalk board in the background naming different types of coffee? Ok now this I don't have so guess I'll pull out my computer and make one.

Well I have that finished, and I layered it with dark brown card stock, and sponged all my edges with Chocolate Chip ink. I had Chris cut me out some coffee cup die cuts with the cuttlebug and I like how you can swap the pieces out to give them more dimension. I used My Digital Studio by Stampin' Up to create the "chalkboard" as you can use all of the colors that Stampin' Up has and match your colors.

Here is a picture of the finished card......now on to more Christmas cards.
Happy crafting, Tina

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Another Christmas card

Hello again,
I know it's still a little early to be thinking of Christmas, but truly I don't think a week goes by that I don't find myself humming a Christmas Carol or thinking of how I want to decorate this year. Shoot and I haven't even decorated for Halloween yet!

This card is made with the Come to Bethlehem stamp set. I have always liked this stamp set and it was one I finally ordered, in my last Stampin' Up order. I decided to go with a silver and blue color scheme. I took a light blue card stock and used Versamark and stamped the three wisemen stamp on the card stock. Next I used silver embossing powder, and heat set it.

I bought this shimmer paper pad at Michael's using my 50% off coupon. I took the silver shimmer paper and cut it out 4 x 5.25 inches. Next I layered my stamped/embossed image. At first I cut the top layer 1/4 inch smaller but decided I wanted more of the silver showing, so I cut each of the top layers 1/2 inch smaller than the silver layer. I then wrapped ribbon around the card and placed it on the front of my A2 card.

I offset the top layer, more to the side, so you could see the sparkle and color in the ribbon. Added a sentiment, layered it, and used Stampin' Dimensionals to give some dimension to the card. I then added a sentiment to the inside. I think my mother in law will like this card too.

Happy crafting, Tina

Monday, 26 September 2011

Halloween Card

Good Morning,
     I have been working on this card this weekend and I really like how it is coming togather. I still have Chris helping me by punching and cutting my papers down to size. He doesn't think I have finished nearly enough for the amount of time we have spent on cards. hehehe Maybe he's starting to realize how much time actually goes into making cards.

I love how this card turned out. It took a little time and little trying this, and trying that, but I think the final product is really nice.

I took black card stock and used my scalloped circle template, for making clouds, and made white clouds on the black background, to create a nighttime setting.

Next Chris punched out a bunch of black owl bodies. I was going to make black owl silhouettes for the card and then thought I would like to have a bat "flying" by the moon. So we then punched out some yellow moons and I sponged them with So Safron. And using the scalloped oval punch I punch out along the edge of black paper and then finished cutting out the wing with the 1 3/4 inch Circle Punch.

Next I sponged the edges of the owl body and wings with white, to help them stand out better on the background.

 I decided to add pumpkins to the setting, so another job for Chris. hehehe He punch out ovals in orange card stock and I sponged the edges with Dusty Durango and glued two oval to the back of the center oval, to make a pumpkin. I used my Creative Memories maple leaf punch and punched out some green leaves, sponged them in Old Olive and added them to the pumpkins.

The vines you see were punched from the Two Step Bird Punch. I stamped the sentiment from the Teeny Tiny stamp set, so glad I got this stamp set, punched it out with the Word Window punch and sponged the edges with Dusty Durango. I layered the sentiment with the Modern Label punch and attached it with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Hope you like and hope this gives you a little inspiration.
Happy crafting, Tina

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Strawberry Hearts

Hello everyone,
I have had Chris home all week, and have had him cutting paper, to try to keep him occupied but that is growing old I think. He feels better one day, does too much and then feels exhausted and tired the next, today is a tired day. So I have put him to bed and hopefully he'll get some rest.

I have been playing with my Square Lattice embossing folder, I really like impression it makes. It looks like wood or a basket. I am working on some bird houses that I think are cute, both 3-D and flat ones for cards, and I embossed them with this folder, but I'll show those another day when I figure out what I am going to do with them. I also used my Scalloped Border punch by Fiskars on the edges.

I used my Cricut and the Designer Calendar cartridge and cut out some hearts with red card stock. Then I used my Petals Punch, from Michael's, and punched out some white petals and green ones, and some yellow centers.

I ran the hearts through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.

Then I attached both a green and white petal and used the yellow for the centers, to make strawberries.
Next I took pieces of light brown card stock and cut it for the front of my card, and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Square Lattice embossing folder.

I cut strips of red card stock and used the Scalloped Border punch and punched the top and bottom edges, and added ribbon along the center. As you can see I ran out of one type of ribbon and had to switch to another.

I attached the strawberries to each card with Tombow glue, and added a ribbon and sentiment to complete the card front. I then attached the card front to an A2 size card base.

I used a yellow brad down through the center to hold the blossom together and Tombow glue for attaching the little pieces.
Here's a whole patch of cards. Hope you enjoy.
Happy crafting, Tina

Christmas Cards

Hello everyone,
Well thank goodness for the ability to save draft posts. I have been working on four or five drafts and trying to get the pictures I need for each one as well. Then to find the time to get the pictures uploaded. Well I got up this morning and decided I would do that while everyone was still asleep. Well everyone is now awake and I have one post finished and here you go.....

My mother in law asked me to make her Christmas cards this year, to give out to the family. I had some Christmas paper that I received from my mom and I wanted to use it.

As always I love my Lovely as a Tree stamp set, and thought I would stamp some trees in Handsome Hunter green on some vanilla card stock. Next I wanted to add some glitter to the trees so I stamped on top of the images with Versamark. Now, I could have used my Stamp-a-ma-Jig, but I just eyed it instead. I then sprinkled Kaleidoscope embossing powder over and heat set it. This just adds a bit of sparkle to the card.

I then cut the trees 2 x 3.25 inch and layered them in red and vanilla, each layer being cut 1/4 inch bigger than the last. I took the pretty Christmas designer series paper and started cutting strips, 3/4 inch for the sides and 2 inches for the center. I centered the tree on the card about 1/2 inch from the top. As you can see, as I ran out of one type of paper I just switched it up and used what I had.

The insides are always a difficult decision of how to decorate or what to put inside. I saw on another blog, which if I can find it again I will add as a favorite site to look at, that she decorates the inside simply by adding a piece of card stock, sponged and then coordinating strips; I used leftovers. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. Not sure what sentiment I am going to add yet, but I will let you know.

Happy crafting, Tina

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Word Window Fence

Hello everyone,

I showed you in an earlier post how to make the pumpkins shown in this card, well now I will show you how easy it is to make the fence.

You will need a paper cutter and your Word Window punch.

First cut strips of card stock, whatever color you want your fence, into  just slightly less than 3/8th inch strips.

Next, feed each strip into your Word Window punch, like being demonstrated in the picture, and just punch one end. Looking at the card after I realized you could also just snip the ends into a "v" and make a picket fence, for a spring/Easter card, Mother's Day etc. The options are endless.

Next sponge the edges around your strips, space out your fence posts how you want them and then lay a strip across them, to "join" them together. See, and you though this was going to be difficult.

As you can see above I have made two little fences, I will just cut them in half and round each of the remaining ends with the Word Window punch.  I space the long posts 1 inch apart and the short fence posts 1 inch apart, but you could make the fence any size you would like.

You can use these little fences anywhere you would want a fence on your cards. I spaced the two long posts and the fence posts all 1 inch apart, and just added dabs of Tombow glue to glue them together.

Happy crafting, Tina

Friday, 16 September 2011

Pumpkins made with Punches

Hello again,

I just love it when you can get more out of your punches than just an oval or circle. Not only do they make even layering options, you can turn multiple punches into say....... Pumpkins!

For this project you will need the large oval punch, which I do not have but instead the second sized oval from Creative Memories and the red blade will give you the same size. You will also need the medium oval and I am using, yet again, my leaf punch from Creative Memories.

First punch, or cut, a large oval and two medium ovals out of orange and one maple leaf out of green, for each pumpkin you want to make.

Next I sponged the edges of the orange card stock with Cajun Craze, and the green maple leaves were sponged in Old Olive.

Take a small amount of Tombow glue and apply it along each side on the back of the large oval. Then take the two medium ovals and place one on the back on each side where you placed the glue. Move them around until they are where you want them. Further apart for a fatter pumpkin or closer together for a skinnier one.

Next take the maple leaf and place it on top. I used the Scribbles Swirls Sissix Sizzlet die to make the vines for the pumpkins.

These make a nice pumpkin for placing on your scrapbook pages or on your cards.

I will show you in another post how to make this easy fence for the background, and how to use your inks to get the background.  Hope you are having a nice day.
Happy crafting, Tina