Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Card Buffet OWL

Wow, today was an interesting day.....here on the island. It was so humid.....which is not something I can say very often. I was in excruciating pain yesterday and did not put together the correlation, until I woke up today. That barometric pressure my Mom always talked about, relating to her arthritis, has hit my body in other ways. We had a lovely sprinkling of rain, but  you would think I would have figured these signs out by now!
Anyhow, this is another card for my upcoming Card Buffet, using retired products. I stamped with, What A Hoot, on Ariana paper and got to cutting. I added another Ariana pattern, along with some Sorbet and Black cardstock. I finished with Black Shimmer Trim. This card was so easy, but I think the owl turned out very charming with this paper.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: retired Ariana
Stamp: retired What A Hoot; Fringed Phrases
Cardstock: White Daisy; Black; Sorbet
Ink: Black
Embellishment: Black Shimmer Trim

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

First Christmas card of 2014!!

I cannot believe I have made a Christmas card in September! This September is so turned around....with our kids not back at public school yet. Thankfully, it looks as though they could be going back as early as Monday. Then I will feel like I can get into the Fall groove. For now, this Christmas card is the first in several I have to make for a friend, to send overseas soon.
 This card was inspired by Vicki Wizniuk's workshop using this wonderful and new, Snowhaven paper. I also used a great new stamp set called, Merry, Merry. I love this set because it has a wreath and bird image.

I started this card by stamping this sweet bird in Desert Sand ink on Glacier cardstock. Then used a sponge to distress the piece with Desert Sand ink. I used Versamark ink and stamped 3 wreaths, then embossed them with clear powder. Then I got my sponge and started to apply Crystal Blue ink around the wreaths. Seemed the Crystal Blue ink sometimes got smushed with the part of the same sponge that had Desert Sand ink on it......I like how they blended together!

Next, I added Red Glitz to all of the berries, then used Cranberry pigment ink to stamp this sentiment on White Daisy cardstock. I added clear embossing powder, then cut it out to pop up over the wreath and bird piece. I added Kraft; Glacier; and Cranberry mats along with the Snowhaven border pattern and my card was finished. Here is a close up so you can see the embossing and ink resist.
All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Merry, Merry
Paper: Snowhaven
Cardstock: Kraft; Cranberry; Glacier; White Daisy
Ink: Crystal Blue; Desert Sand; Pigment Cranberry
Embellishments: Red Glitz; Clear Embossing Powder
Other: Versamark

Cards for Buffet

I am holding a Card Buffet at my home next week and this is one of the cards that will be available for the making. I am using mostly retired products, so I can whittle down my horde!
The main patterned paper is from Babycakes, but I also used a really old piece for the border. I stamped with Chocolate ink on the border piece, with an image from, Eclectic Edges.
The sweet main image is stamped with Whisper ink, from, Baby Love. I stamped the sentiment in Chocolate ink and added a tiny butterfly from Lagoon cardstock. The scalloped circle is cut from Slate cardstock and the base and main piece are Colonial White cardstock. I added new Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon.

All supplies are Close to My Heart.
Stamps: Baby Love; Eclectic Edges
Paper: Babycakes
Cardstock: Colonial White; Slate; Lagoon
Ink: Whisper; Chocolate
Embellishments: Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon

Monday, September 15, 2014

Masking is a favourite

Well, this past week went fast......I was enjoying our beautiful weather in Victoria! I stayed between 16 - 20 degrees the entire week and was sunny and bright. I was also preparing for my "Coffee & Crafts" Open House at my friend's coffee shop.
I prepared this card as a Make 'N Take, for those who attended. I used the lovely Sunset coloured, patterned paper, from Scaredy Cat. I paired it with the lovely stamp set, A Budding Friendship. My all time favourite thing about Close To My Heart, is with our amazing clear Acrylix stamp sets, you can stamp some amazing using both 2-step stamping and Masking.

This is my favourite 2014 set for both techniques. I first stamped the outline of the flower with Black ink in the bottom left hand corner of the feature piece. I also stamped the image on a sticky note and cut it out. I placed the sticky note over top of the original stamped image, then stamped the two other flowers, on either side. With the mask still in place, I stamped the 2 side flowers with their companion stamps, in Thistle ink. Then I removed the mask from the first flower and stamped it, also. Then I used Canary ink to stamp the centre of each flower and Black for the sentiment.

I add a Thistle border, punched with our scallop border. For a bit of sparkle, I added Black Shimmer Trim. I also mounted the focus piece on our amazing Thin 3-D Foam Tape.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: A Budding Friendship
Paper: Scaredy Cat
Ink: Black; Thistle; Canary
Cardstock: White Daisy; Thistle
Embellishments: Black Shimmer Trim

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Live in the Moment

I'm so exhilarated.....we are now experiencing more Fall like weather for Victoria. That means temperatures between 14 - 20 degrees Celsuis and that makes me very happy! It also gets me making more Fall like cards and here is an example.
This card started with my love of background stamps. I stamped the leafy and nutty image from, Season of Thanks, with Champagne ink on coordinating cardstock. Then there was this small piece of patterned paper from, Pathfinding, just sitting on my table. I matted it with Chocolate cardstock, then found a Lagoon scrap that got the same treatment.

I stamped all of the flowers with coordinating ink on Crystal Blue cardstock. I cut them all out with my micro tip scissors, then added our Gold Sequins to each of their centres. The flowers and sentiment are from, Lifetime of Happiness. The sentiment is stamped with Barn Red ink.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Season of Thanks; Lifetime of Happiness
Paper: Pathfinding
Ink: Champagne; Barn Red; Crystal Blue
Cardstock: Champagne; Chocolate; Crystal Blue; Lagoon; Colonial White
Embellishments: Gold Sequins and Shimmer Trim

Monday, September 8, 2014

Oldies but Goodies!

I have been working on creating cards for my upcoming Card Buffet, using some of my stash of retired papers and stamps. These two stamp sets have been favourites since they became part of my Close To My Heart collection! Tell me what your all time favourite, CTMH stamp sets are?
This card could not be simpler to put together......patterned paper from retired Huntington, on a Black mat, attached to a White Daisy card base. I cut this lovely Lagoon piece with a My Favorite Things Die-namics die, then stamped the sentiment in Black ink. The sentiment is from, A Little Everything, which was March 2010's Stamp of the Month! The flourish is my all time favourite and is from set, You & Me, and also stamped in Black ink. I added some retired Stardust Glitz to each of my butterflies.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: retired You & Me; A Little Everything Mar 2010 SOTM
Patterned paper: retired Huntington
Cardstock: Black White Daisy; Lagoon
Embellishments: Stardust Glitz
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Die-namics Horizontal Stitched Strips

Friday, September 5, 2014

Travel Photos

I thought I would finish out the week with one more #30yearsofhappy card I made, following along with my other cards this week.
These images got me thinking about our trip to the Oregon Coast next year. We've been talking a lot about it lately, so I decided to use the camera and highway images on this card. I stamped them in Black ink, then over stamped with the circular arrow image from, Here We Go in Lagoon ink. I also stamped a chevron image, from the same set, on the top with Lagoon ink. The sentiment came from November's Stamp of the Month, It's the Little Things and is stamped with Black ink.

I used our Chevron Border Punch and backed that piece with Flaxen cardstock. I finished this card off with retired Slate Baker's Twine.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: #30yearsofhappy; Nov SOTM It's the Little Things; Here We Go
Ink: Lagoon; Black
Cardstock: Black; White Daisy; Lagoon; Flaxen
Embellishments: retired Slate Baker's Twine
Tools: Chevron Border Punch