Monday, November 23, 2015

Fall Sangria

I am on a two week break between craft fairs now and see how I have been neglecting my blog. Here is a card I created for a recent gathering.
The patterned paper is from gorgeous Sangria. I added some Coral Shimmer Trim along with Poppy Thick Twine. I added a strip of Eggplant cardstock and stamped an image with coordinating ink.
The leaves image is from Friend Tree. I love leaves, but wasn't really sure what I thought of this set, when we received it at convention. Once I stamped the branch, then the leaves, I was sold. For this card, I inked up the leaves with Saffron ink, then rolled them in Pomegranate. The stem is stamped with Cocoa ink, as is the sentiment.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: Sangria
Stamps: Friend Tree
Ink: Cocoa; Saffron; Pomegranate; Eggplant
Cardstock: Poppy; Eggplant; Colonial White
Embellishments: Poppy Thick Twine; Coral Shimmer Trim
Tools: Scallop Border Punch

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Snowflakes in glitter

Christmas time is glitter time. While I love glitter for the entire year, I find myself using it more this time of year, as I think it makes cards more special. These cards were so easy to make with NEW Artistry.
 I used some retired Sky cardstock to cut this snowflake cut from Artistry, then put some of our gorgeous Turquoise glitter paper behind it. I ran the White Daisy cardstock through my Big Shot with our Cascading Dot Embossing folder, then added some Lagoon cardstock for a mat.
I finished both cards by adding some Stardust Glitz to random "snowflakes", then stamped a sentiment in Lagoon ink, from Season's Greetings set.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamps: Season's Greetings
Ink: Lagoon
Cardstock: Lagoon; White Daisy; Turquoise Glitter; retired Sky
Embellishments: retired Stardust Glitz
Other: Artistry Cricut cartridge

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Artistry deer.

I flipped through our new Artistry cartridge book with great anticipation when I first received it. There were so many images I wanted to cut. Some sang to me for Christmas cards.....this image was one of them.
Our White Pines paper was perfect for this sweet deer image. The deer looks like an original Rudolph image and was perfect for this tree patterned paper. I cut the mat with Cocoa cardstock, then traced around the cut of the deer with my Black journaling pen.

I used the reverse side of the tree patterned paper with a strip of Cranberry cardstock, for the bottom mat. I added some Gold Shimmer Trim and also cut some holly leaves from Art Philosophy, from Fern cardstock. I added some Red Sparkle gems to finish this card. The sentiment was stamped with Cranberry pigment ink, then embossed with clear embossing powder.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Paper: White Pines
Cardstock: Cocoa; Cranberry; Colonial White; Fern
Ink: Cranberry pigment
Embellishments: Red Sparkles; Gold Shimmer Trim
Tools: Artistry & Art Philosophy Cricut cartridges

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Dreaming of a White Christmas?

I always dream of a White Christmas and remember all of the wonderful ones I enjoyed living in Saskatchewan. Since moving to Victoria, BC 24 years ago, I think we have only seen snow twice at Christmas. Once we were snowed in for 3 days and the other time was fleeting. The great thing, is I can make snowy looking Christmas cards every year!
I started by wiping my Glacier ink pad on a White Daisy piece of cardstock. Then I rubbed some Fern ink on the bottom of that same piece. I used the fir tree image from, Always Grateful, and stamped a few trees and their second generation images with Fern ink. Then I embossed the stamped piece and my White Daisy mat with my Circle Cascade Embossing folder. The great thing about embossing them together, is the snow pattern is continuous and an outline mark was left on my mat so placement was easy.

I added Glacier and Fern cardstock for mats on the stamped piece and Fern for the larger mat. I stamped a sentiment from, Season's Greetings, on Glacier cardstock, then added some Aqua Shimmer Trim. I also randomly added Stardust Glitz to some of the "snow" embossed circle, for extra sparkle. This is a 5 x 7 card that sells well at Christmas time.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Always Grateful; Season's Greetings
Cardstock: Fern; Glacier; White Daisy
Ink: Glacier; Fern; Black
Embellishments: Aqua Shimmer Trim; Stardust Glitz

Saturday, October 31, 2015

You're Dino-Mite!

Happy Hallowe'en!
I'm taking a break from my Fall and Christmas cards to show you a sweet card I made by random stamping, to create my own patterned paper.
I used Sweet Leaf; Topiary; and Pear ink to stamp these sweet dinosaurs and other images, from Darling Dinos, to cover an entire 12 x 12 sheet of White Daisy cardstock. Once done, I cut up the sheet to create cards with this great paper.

I used a Topiary mats and Chevron Ribbon on the card. I added some Enamel Green Triangle gems with Sweet Leaf and Topiary ribbon cardstock tails. Just to add some additional interest to my card, I added a piece of Chevron embossed cardstock to the top.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Darling Dinos
Ink: Topiary; Sweet Leaf; Pear
Cardstock: White Daisy; Topiary; Sweet Leaf
Embellishments: Green Enamel Triangles; Topiary Chevron Ribbon
Tools: Chevron Embossing Folder

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Penguins anyone?

With Thanksgiving turkey long since digested and salivation for Hallowe'en candy working up to a heightened pace, it is time to start creating more Christmas cards. This one is the first in a kit I am going to offer. I will post all 3 cards in a few days, with a purchase option. In the meantime, I am entering this card in Simon Says Stamp; Anything Goes; Wednesday Challenge.
I created a base with NEW rich Peacock cardstock. The pretty patterned paper is from White Pines. I took a piece of White Shimmer Trim and coloured with my B262 Shin Han Alcohol Marker. I used my Scallop Border Punch to create the bottom White Daisy layer. There is more Peacock cardstock then Glacier cardstock. I stamped with coordinating ink, using the 3 snowflakes in the Season's Greetings stamp set. 

The sentiment is stamped in Peacock ink and I curved it on my block, before stamping. I also cut this sentiment away from words, "from our family to yours". I loved the image together, but felt I would get more use out of it, if it didn't always have to be from my family.

I stamped the sweet penguins on White Daisy cardstock, then cut them out with a very slight border. I popped both of them up, then used a Souffle pen to colour in their winter gear. On the smaller penguin, I added Stardust Glitz to the scarf and hat. I finished the card with some Enamel Blue Dots.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamp: Season's Greetings
Paper: White Pines
Ink; Peacock; Glacier; Shin Han Alcohol Marker
Embellishments: White Shimmer Trim; Blue Enamel Dots; Stardust Glitz
Tools:Scallop Border Punch
Other: Souffle Pen

Friday, October 23, 2015

Chevron love

I am still loving using my September Hello Life stamps. I love all of the chevron patterns available, so I paired these ones up after getting some inspiration from Pinterest.
I started with a White Daisy base and added Pomegranate cardstock. I stamped these chevron hearts with all new inks: Eggplant; Poppy; Saffron; and Pomegranate. I folded them in half, then stuck them down with glue dots so they could keep their dimension. I used our Chevron embossing folder on some White Daisy cardstock, then stamped the sentiment with Black ink. Viola! Great card in minutes.

All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Stamp: Hello Life
Cardstock: Pomegranate; White Daisy
Ink: Pomegranate; Eggplant; Poppy; Saffron; Black
Tools: Chevron Embossing folder; Artistry Cricut cartridge