Monday, October 28, 2013

Card Club - October - Pear

I love this soft colored design. I stamped the RS ornate pear in brown - a gift from my sister. I layered it onto a neutral piece based on the colors in the designer paper. I glued the layer of DP to the card front. I created a slit in the card fold on the left. I added a piece of taupe grosgrain ribbon by pulling it through the slot I made earlier and taping both ends to the inside of the card. I cut my 3D foam tape pieces in half and put them on the four corners of the pear accent. This layer was adhered in the bottom right hand corner as shown.
Here are some samples made at class tonight.  Black card with script designer paper, black ribbon and a black pear on a grey layer.  Ivory card with blue/cream designer paper with a blue pear on a grey layer with blue ribbon.

Card Club - October - DSP Split

I used double sided designer paper for this card.  I cut the layer to 4.00" x 5.25" then cut a 3.5" mark.  I put the striped smaller piece on the bottom and taped the back to hold them together.  I wrapped the ribbon across the split and taped the ends to the back.  This layer was adhered to the card front.  I then opened the card flat and placed my silk flowers where I wanted them.  Using a push pin I made a hole in the card through the hole in the centre of the flower.  I added the flowers to the brad and pushed the prongs of the brad through the hole.  I then push apart the prongs of the bards. 
It's looking a lot like Christmas so if I chose a poinsettia flower it would do Christmas in a minute.  Card kits for class are a variety of color combos.

Here's a couple more samples made in class tonight.

Card Club - October - Flip It

I had to use my Sizzix Flip - Its framelits again.  I just love them because you can create a card fast.
I cut the card base in dark brown.  I cut the left and right hand layers from designer paper.  I cut the circle from mustard card stock.  I cut a pear from the designer paper and glued it on.  I have added a white layer on the back to allow a person to provide a greeting to the person receiving the card. 
For card kits I cut the scallop circle from the designer paper and added daisies and 5 petal punches with small circles for the centres.

From this sample I've learned to avoid striped paper.  I punched large daisies in ivory and green with a green .5 inch circle.

Card Club - October - Vintage Vehicles

I started wanting to do embossed metal.  I applied foil tape to card stock and brayered it down.  I then cut it to card sized pieces and embossed them with folders.  I wanted gears but could not find it so I used this one which is Timepiece by Couture Creations. I wrapped a piece of grosgrain ribbon around the layer and taped the ends to the back.  I then glued this layer to the card front.  I then used a push pin to make 3 holes for the brads.  I inserted screw head brads in brush silver in the holes and press apart the prongs on the inside of the card.  Great card for a guy. 

For the kits is used the Circles by Cuttlebug for the car and Diamond Plate for the pick up trucks.

Craft Sale - Come and see me

I will be selling Calendars, Ready 2 Go Card Kits, Ready 2 Give Cards, Digital Cards at this sale.

If you are in the area please drop by and if you do please let me know you saw this ad on my blog for a special little something.

See you there!!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Cards - Nifty Notes

I've revised my Nifty Notes to make them the standard size so they can be mailed.  They are 4.25x5.50 with white envelopes.
This set is new with some of my wonderful watercolor backgrounds.  The graphics are images from CLKER which I have manipulated and create white negative spaces against the color.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Card - Challenge - Pocket

I made this card for a challenge at CST.  We need to put a pocket on our card.  I started by stamping the pocket in Brilliant Blue onto the yellow gingham paper.  No credit on the stamp.  I cut the pocket out with scissors.  I found blue designer paper and cut it into strips in different widths.  I rubbed their edges with the BB ink pad then glued them down to the card.  I punched a Modern Label punch from the yellow gingham then layered the greeting onto it. It is adhered to the card front with 3D foam tape.  I glued the flower to the card then layered the pocket over it then the blue button over that.  I put yellow thread in the button.

Calendars - Blue Bird - Ready to Go

Another 4 x 6 photo calendar ready to go.  The art work on this calendar was done by my sister Therese Malak.  You can check out her work here. It features a blue bird through all the months of the year.  I've posted it on my calendar page.

I've put the index page here for a peek.  These make a great gifts.  I hope to connect with those organized early Christmas shoppers.

Calendar - Metal Frame

I found another option for displaying my 4x6 photo calendars.  It's a metal easel type frame which holds all 13 sheets of the calendar so no lost sheets which my customers wanted.

Really happy to be able to offer this option.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope it is a good one.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Card - Swirly Flip It

Another Sizzix Flip It Card.  I cut the card with green card stock with the framelit card base.  I added swirly designer paper in yellow and green on the left and right side layers.  I cut the largest scallop in the framelit set in yellow and then die cut some Sizzix swirl in the same green color as the card.  Glued those on the scallop circle.  I have added a bond piece on the back to give a place to put a sentiment.
I'm sending this one out to someone on my card exchange group.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Card - Flip Card Cherry Damask

I made this card for one of my on-line card exchanges.  I'm loving this Sizzix Flip Its Framelit set a lot.  It allows me to quickly make cards. I cut the flip card base in a cherry card stock.  I then cut the 2 side layers from a damask designer paper.  I cut a scallop circle in damask and layered 2 large punched daisies onto it, cut in ivory and cherry.  I added a red sequin under the brad to just cut down the size of the ivory centre on the flower.  All held in place with an ivory brad.I put a smaller damask circle on the back of the central element to hide the brad.

The Sizzix Flip Its framelits sets are well thought out and better compared to others being offered on the market.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Card - Watercolor Ornament

This card is a single layered embellished card.  I created the branch digitally from a photo a took a while ago.  I drew the ornament and filled it with a digital scan of some watercolors I did a couple of years ago in a turquoise and teal color scheme. I left the centre open so I could highlight this silver sequin with stars in the centre.  It is held in place with 2 tiny silver brads.  I color printed the greeting on the front and the sentiment on the insert.  Here's a similar set of cards.

Here's the box I put together for a silent auction later this month.  I thought it looked quite professional.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Photo - Pumpkin Fair - Girls Day Out!

The ladies in my family had a girls day out yesterday.  We visited the Pumpkin Fair in Smoky Lake AB.  The weather was favorable which was good as many activities were outside.  There was a Show & Shine with great cars and trucks, museums with great finds, a huge garage sale, an art show & sale, a Farmer's Market, crafters selling their wares including the start of Christmas shopping, good food & baking, and of course there was the pumpkin weigh off and at 558 pounds this was not the biggest one.  I believe the heaviest was in the range of 757.  We had a great day!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

World Card Making Day!

I hope you make and give a card today!  It's a good day to start Christmas cards.  Check out my Christmas card blog challenge here.  I'm at 97 cards and I need 130.  On target with a couple of Christmas Card classes yet to be held.
I made this card for a friend who gave me card making supplies last week.
Started with a kraft card.  Cut a square about 4" which I stamped with Stampendous marbling stamp in a couple of green inks.  I mounted Stampin Up Apothecary framelit die cuts from designer paper. I placed them in a square and glued them down.  I stamped a greeting in Always Artichoke with a small clear stamp and punched it with the Modern Label punch.  I punched another in same colored card stock and cut it in half cross wise and offset those pieces behind the ivory one.  This greeting was mounted with 3D foam tape.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

R2G Card Kit - Bright Christmas Flip

Another Ready 2 Go kit.

I started with a blue card cut with the Sizzix Flip Card Framelit base.  I cut the 2 layers pieces in designer paper.  I added a red scallop on the circle topped with a Stampin Up gold snowflake punchie held in place with a blue brad.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

R2G Card Kit - Gentle Bethlehem

Another Ready 2 Got card kit.
I started with the Bethlehem drawing which I created.  I added an oval background which was runs from dark to light. I color printed the oval Bethlehem then cut it with Spellbinder smooth oval nestabilities, largest of the small set.  I selected the card stock based on the color of the background. I cut the scalloped oval from the same card stock as the card with the coordinating nestabilities. I punched the Stampin Up Modern Label from same color. I color printed the greeting in a matching color and punched it with the SU Word Window. I embossed the background with the HA Dots folder from the Christmas Words and Dots embossing folders set.  It's trimmed to leave a small border and glued to the card front. Both the oval and the greeting is mounted to the background with 3D Foam tape.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

R2G Card Kits - Bethlehem Star

I made another set of these Ready 2 Go Card kits. Similar to these last year.  I chose bright card stock this time.  I printed the Christmas script background on neutral card stock and selected ink color to match the card.  Trimmed it to leave a small border. I created the star accent by cutting the star in the same card stock as the card using the Cricut and the Joy of the Season cartridge.  I mounted a gold star circle sequin onto the front and held it in place with 2 tiny gold brads.  The star accent is held in place with 3D foam tape.
I have used bright card stock in the kit - black, red, green and blue.

Christmas Card Challenge - October - Paper Piecing

The challenge for October is paper piecing.  I considered punch art which would work, other options are Squares, Banners, Flags, Quilting DP, Trees, Pinwheel and I'm sure you will come up with an idea for your cards.
I chose a star for my paper piecing element.
Star: I chose this star which is an original Sizzix die. I selected complementary colored Designer Papers. I cut all 5 layers of Designer paper at the same time. I would suggest labeling the back of each point with a number 1-5 on all 5 stars to help with the putting back together process in a few minutes. I held all together with a couple of bull clips then I worked out where the centre of the star was, then I cut out to each V with an exacto knife.  I punched 5 large circle (1.75") to glue the stars back together on.  Now place your five circle out and take the 5 points from the first layer and placed them in their 1 to 5 order.  Place the next star on the five circles keeping your numbers in order.  Continue till all 5 stars are now on the 5 circles.  Glue the centers of the star onto the circle. 
Background:  I made a stamp pad with a paper towel moistened with a bit of water and household bleach.  I chose medium to dark blue card stock and cut it down to leave a small border.  I used the Stampin Up Itty Bitty Background stamp and stamped the cardstock with bleach.  This lightens the card stock.  I then stamped the same piece with a dark navy ink pad to provide some depth to my night sky. This was glued to an ivory card.
Greeting: I cut the greeting with the Sizzix sizzlet alphabet - Bounce from ivory card stock.  This was glued down with instant dry adhesive in a bottle with a pointed tip.
Button: I added a ivory button to the centre to which I tied some navy fiber.