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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Care Bears Punch Art

Hello everyone,
      Ever since I was a child I have always loved the Care Bears. Not sure why, but I had a dream about these adorable bears on cards. So today I spent part of the day trying to find some punch art ideas of bears, but none of them were Care Bears. The Care Bears have a look about them, and no matter how hard I looked I couldn't find samples of them. So I did a google search for pictures of the bears themselves and thought I would make an attempt at creating my own punch art. Personally I think they turned out wonderful, and what a great way to use up scraps!! Here are some pictures of the ones I have finished and as I finish more I will be sure and post them too.

I haven't added any faces yet, I have been practicing faces to get them just right. Well I we got buried last night by a snow storm. I am sure most of you heard about it on the weather channel, well I worked all night and drove home in the aftermath this morning. The roads really weren't that bad, where they were plowed that is.
Well I hope you like these little guys, Happy Crafting, Tina
I finally added a tutorial to these little guys, here's the link to exact spot  http://craftbreakforme.blogspot.ca/2013/07/punch-art-care-bears-tutorial.html

Matthew's Birthday Card

Hello again,
     It was my oldest son's birthday this past Wednesday, wow hard to believe he is now 22 years old. I bought the Totally Tool stamp set from Stampin' Up!, because he is an electrician. As soon as I saw this stamp set I just had to have it, I knew it would be perfect for him, and any other male cards that I may have to make. 

I looked around all over the internet looking for inspiration to make his card. I had a rough idea of what I wanted but just wasn't sure. This is the card I ended up with. I saw a bunch of different ideas and took a little inspiration from each and created my own which is loosely based on 3 or 4 other ideas, and I sized it to make it a card. I covered the saying on each of the idividual stamps and just Versamarked the tool itself. I then used detail black embossing powder and heat embossed it. Next I used my Versamark marker and colored the areas I felt should be silver, and I sprinkled these parts with sterling silver embossing powder and heat embossed these parts. Next I colored in the other parts like the handle of the screwdriver, the tape part of the tape measure, and the hammer handle. I used a chain I had and attached it to a belt loop to make a "key chain" of sorts. I used the Happy Birthday greeting from the Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set. I wanted more than just a sentiment and I found a great greeting inside of another birthday card. I printed it out onto a piece of vanilla cardstock and cut it into the shape of a tag. Next I punched a hole in the top and attached ribbon and slipped it into one of the pockets (along with gift cards in the other pockets). As you can tell from the photo, the gift cards have been removed. I didn't want to take pictures or post this card until after his birthday in case someone saw it.
I hope you like and if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and ask.
Happy Crafting, Tina

Friday, 10 February 2012

Makeover Monday

Hello everyone,
     now for some reason I had a difficult time trying to decide how I wanted to make this card all mine. I love these challenges, you really get to tap into your creativity. I tried making this card one way, but wasn't happy with it, and just kept fiddling with it until I finally came up with a card I was pleased with. So without further ado here it is.......

I know over at the Paper Crafter's Library, their inspiration was a 12 x 12 scrapbook page, but I really wanted to continue making my cards. Now looking at it maybe if I had made it a 5.5 x 5.5 card I would have had a littlemore room to play with, but I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.
     I used the Cheerful Treat designer series paper and my eyeley border punch and created the decorative layer on the the bottom of the card front. I used my Sizzlits alphabet set "Girls are Weird" and punched out the letters and shadows for the word "Spring". I wanted another layer for the lettering and decided to cut out 1-3/8" circles and place the letters on top. I was going to place one letter on each circle, but there wasn't enough room, but lucky enough there was enough room for two letters on each circle. I stamped sentiments from the Best Yet stamp set, in Brilliant Blue Classic ink and sponged around the edges. I layered in a coordinating color and punched a hole in the top using my Big Bite. I used the Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine and wrapped the card and used the twine to attach my sentiment. The flower and ladybug are stickers that I have had forever, they are made by Provo Craft and are called Dandy Daisies.
I hope you like and until next time,
Happy Crafting, Tina

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Makeover Monday Challenge

Hello everyone,
     Well here is another makeover Monday challenge card. I really like this card, and I find with all of the challenges this month it really gets your creative side thinking. My husband asked me if I had made his card yet, he has no idea I have been working on cards all month long.

I like the 4.25 x 5.5 cards that stand on end, so I kept my card the same as Tracy's that way, and used my corner rounded punch for the bottom corners. I used a light pink card base, and added the front making it a little smaller leaving a border of the pink around the card. I used my Spellbinder Classic Hearts dies and cut out hearts and went from the smallest upwards and layered them as well, and after gluing them together I sponged the edges with Cherry Cobbler classic ink. I liked the buttons Tracy had on her card, but couldn't get my bows just right so I just threaded it through the two holes and knotted it in the back. I used some decorative Valentine paper and using the eyelet border punch I created a decorative layer at the bottom and used Stampin' Up! ribbon to hide the seam. I stamped my sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and created a banner with a brad at the end, and adhered it with stampin dimensionals from Stampin' Up!
I hope you like the inspiration I got from this weeks challenge.
Happy Crafting, Tina

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Another Makeover Monday Challenge

Hello again everyone,
     This is a pinwheel card, I found the pinwheel idea over on Andrea Walford's site quite a while back. I know the cards in this challenge use a sentiment as the large accent piece but I wanted to use this pinwheel idea. I used paper from the Cheerful Treat DSP pack and used the colors in the paper to pick out the colors for my cards. I love this little "magazine/file" holder for the cards. I will add a link to the site where I saw the directions for this holder, when I find it. I went through my stash of ribbon and couldn't find one that I really liked so I took my Creative Memories 12 inch decorative trimmer and made a border for the card. I used sentiments from the Teeny Tiny  Wishes stamp set for the cards, and Dear Santa stamp set for the to/from tag.
I hope you like and happy crafting, Tina

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

I am finally entering a challenge

A Valentine's Card..........now this challenge was from Andrea Walford's site and is called Makeover Monday. The idea behind the challenge is that you take an example from another site and make it your own, using only the supplies you have on hand. As much as we all love to have an excuse to go out and buy a new paper or punch, if you are anything like me, you already have enough in your stash to sink a ship!! So I thought this challenge would be a good one for me. Now, anyone who knows me will not believe that other than the card bases I did not cut one new piece of paper. I opened up my boxes of scrap paper and found everything to make the card, actually I made 16 of them, because I can never make just one, you never know when you will need a card, or someone might ask for one.
I love the butterflies, they are an embossilits folder that I bought from Stampin' Up! I actually made Ladybugs to go on each card, but the red seemed too harsh against the pinks, so I opted for the butterflies.
I hope you like the card, and maybe, if I try and take part in more Makeover Monday Challenges, I can keep more current on my blog.
Have a great rest of the week, and Happy Crafting,