Monday, November 29, 2010

Cards - Joy

I made these for my exchange cards this month. I'm using triangle trees again in pearl and Always Artichoke cardstock on the left one and Very Vanilla touched with Kiwi Kiss and River Rock on the right. I embossed them with Cuttlebug embossing folders - Devine Swirl and Tapestry. I added a vellum background. I placed the trees and then added a red satin ribbon layered with an Always Artichoke cardstock strip. The greeting was diecut with the Sizzix Shadow Box Alphabet from gold textured paper. I mounted them over the ribbon layer with foam tape to raise them a bit from the surface of the card. This year was the first time I used River Rock and I really like the color a lot!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Card Kits - Snowflakes

You will note that the scrapbook paper is not snowflake related. It still works! I used the silver organza ribbon down the center of the card. I mounted the large 3d snowflake over the centre will double sided tape between the ribbon and the paper then the glue dot between the snowflake and the ribbon. I added a small snowflake sequin in the centre. It feels good to be able to clean up and start new next year when I start Christmas cards.

Card - Farewell

We have a lady leaving our workplace who will be greatly missed. We had a potluck today for her to say "See you later" not goodbye. I made this large card to give everyone an opportunity to write a sentiment to her. She is an outdoors person so I decided it should have trees on it. I started with 8.5x11 Always Artichoke cardstock fold in half. I smudge the card with always several green inks with the direct to paper technique. I added some blue water cut with the Creative Memories wavy cutter and smudged it with navy ink. I added 3 triangle pine trees. Two are ivory and embossed with Cuttlebug Devine Swirl the other one is pearl cardstock. I added the setting sun behind the trees and I smudge a horizon line behind the trees. It would have been best to do that earlier. I added pearl stars in the sky. I stamped the sentiment with CTMH alphabet set in green ink.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Card Kits - Snowflakes

I have a few snowflakes left over from my classes so I thought I would make a few more cards. Here I selected a royal blue card and added an Cuttlebug embossed snowflake background. I slipped the wide silver ribbed ribbon through the hanger for the snowflake then glued it to the back of the embossed layer. This full layer was glued to the card. I added a small greeting which was punched with the Stampin Up! Window punch. I had added an insert with a Christmas sentiment to finish it off.

Card Kits - Snowflakes

I've used the large clear snowflake with some turquoise snowflake scrapbook paper in the back ground. It is held in place with a glue dot. I have mounted it on a white card. The background paper was ripped to leave a space of white card. I wrapped a piece of organza ribbon around the front of the card and knotted on the front.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Christmas Stack Class - Snowflake

I had a great Christmas Card Stack class today. There were 12 or so ladies in the room. Most left the class with their Christmas ready to go! Very good.
I have some great snowflakes on these cards.

I chose some snowflake background paper in blue purple and olive green. The greetings were color printed and punched with the Stampin Up! horizontal window punch. The blue card has a large snowflake held in place with a glue dot. The ribbon is placed horizontal near the top of the card and just knotted. The greeting is placed above the ribbon. On the green card the ribbon runs vertically around the card front. The ends come together at the top and holds the small snowflake in place and is tied into a bow. The greeting is placed on the bottom right hand corner.

Christmas Stack Class - Red/Green Holly

I bought this great Designer Paper but I found it was a challenge to create a card with it.

I decided on red and green cardstock as color options for this sketch. I created an accent to match the card color. I ripped out a strip of the DP to create a space to make the card stock visible. I added a gross grain ribbon tied in a knot and taped to the inside of the card. The greeting is a Stampin Up! scallop punchie, a coordinating 1 3/8 inch punchie and a color printed "Season's Greeting". I create 2 color options (red and green).

Christmas Stack Class - Foil Paper Blue/White

This foil paper appears quite dark but it really is not. I started with a white card and added a layer of great foil paper. The greeting was color printed and trimmed with decorative scissors. I chose a MS Snowflake punch in blue and a sequin snowflake all held in place with a blue brad.

Christmas Stack Class - Foil Paper Raspberry/Silver

This is a great foil paper with silver swirls on a raspberry background. It reminds me of a evening sky. I started with a white card. I chose to put a Sizzix silver star die cut onto the top 2/3 of the card. The ribbon across the bottom of the card is matte silver organza. It is pulled through a slit in the card fold to the inside of the card and taped to the card inside. The "joy" greeting was color printed on white cardstock and then punched into a 1" circle. A 1.25" silver punchie was added under the greeting. This accent was added to the ribbon.

Christmas Stack Class - Foil Paper Purple/Green

This card has a non traditional color combination of olive green, a bright purple and white. I had to visit the scrapbook store to find Bazzil cardstock in the coordinating colors. The card is white with a layer of foil gift wrap. The greeting is color printed on white and placed near the bottom of the card. I used the Stampin Up! Five petal punch on green and purple cardstock and a small white one to create the poinsettia on the right hand side of the greeting. All is held in place with the purple brad.

Christmas Stack Class - Triangle Tree

Top Card:

I started with a River Rock card. I trimmed the decorative paper to 5.25x4.00 inches. The greeting was printed on a sheet of the same cardstock. Originally the speckling on the tree was stamped but to quickly speckle a lot of trees I created a pattern in Corel Draw to color print directly onto the 8.5x11 sheet before cutting it into triangles. The triangle tree is Always Artichoke cardstock cut to 3.75" tall and 2.75" wide. The greeting was printed onto River Rock cardstock as well. I decided to punch holes into the tree to copy the dots in the background paper. The Berrylicious Bazzil cardstock tree was cut slightly smaller than the green one. They were layered together then glued to the card. A small piece of brown cardstock forms the trunk of the tree. The star is a sequin which was attached with double sided tape.

Bottom Card:

This card is the same sketch in different colors. The card stock is ivory and the background paper is a plaid Designer Paper.

Green Speckle for Trees:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Book - Fruit of the Spirit Bible Study -Sherri Harris

This is the book by Sherri Harris that I used for my Scrapbooking Bible Study this fall. It was published in 2004. It provides 10 lessons; 1 introduction and the 9 Fruit of the Spirit.The book does include materials to scrapbook but they designed several years ago and scrapbooking has come a long way in that time.
I had 6 ladies who participated; some who had scrapbooked before and some with little experience. I believe everyone enjoyed the study and some have scrapbooks to show for it. I would really recommend this study. I created coordinated kits for those who did not have scrapbooking experience, which included 12x12 paper, die cut letters for the title, brads, vellum for journalling and various other materials for each lesson. (My pages were created with a similar kit of supplies.) The experienced scrapbookers handled the scrapbooking with their own materials and tools. (click on the F of S label on the side to see all my pages)

Scrapbook Layout - F of S - Self Control

I created these pages using the same fortress wall printed on white cardstock. I modified the graphic in Photo Elements to remove a portion of the wall for the left page. I've used contrast in the background paper where the left one is darker and right is lighter. I added color to the letters on the left. I added flames to represent the chaos created in our lives when we do not exercise self control. Life is calmer, brighter, calmer, and protected when we have self control.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Card - Embossed Tree

I started with a True Thyme card stock. I added a layer plaid decorative paper in vintage Christmas colors. I cut a Very Vanilla triangle Christmas tree and put it into my Devine Swirl embossing folder then rubbed it with the Kiwi Kiss stamp pad. The red ribbon holder has a brad back to keep it in place. I found a nice 5/8" gross grain ribbon that coordinated. I hope my card exchange recipients enjoy them. Christmas is coming!

GG - Christmas - Buttons

I held my Greetings Galore - Christmas Stack class at the library today! It was a great class. Many great cards were made with the same supplies and a little imagination.
With this set of cards I used a Stampin Up! Christmas double sided decorative paper. It is very versatile and contributes to a good variety of cards with the same supplies. I used Real Red, Very Vanilla and Always Artichoke card stock. The Merry Christmas ribbon was purchased at Michaels a couple of years ago. It makes adding a sentiment real easy.

I made 10 cards today.

Total so far: 123

GG - Christmas - Polar Bear

Isn't he a cute polar bear? It was cut with the Create Cricut - Joy of Season cartridge. It allows you to cut the scarf seperately in a different color. The top snowbank was cut with the CM Wavy Cutter and the bottom was just ripped. In the class today, I used a marker to add the black nose on the bottom one which really helped. I glued the snowbank then trimmed it to the bottom of the card. The bear was placed ensuring that some blue can be seen to define his legs against the snowbank. A small yellow star punchie was added to the opposite corner. One of the girls today glued him facing the opposite way and the scarf worked as well which adds to the options.

GG - Christmas - Sequin Snowflakes

With the basic same supplies a variety of cards were made today.
The left has a Cuttlebug Devine Swirl embossed layer with 3 royal blue snowflake sequins placed over a white strip and held in place with tiny silver brads. Ribbon was added to above and below the snowflakes.

The right one has a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossed layer. A color printed greeting strip was placed at the 3/4 level and glued in place. The 3 snowflake sequins were added with the tiny silver brads. The ribbon was placed just off the side fold and glued to the inside of the card. A small piece of ribbon was knotted onto the long piece. This works really well and is very easy to do and looks great. 2 great looks!

GG - Christmas - JOY

I selected green and red cardstock and ribbon. I added gold die cut letters to say "JOY". The fold is on the top. The decorative paper was trimmed to fit beside the embossing and the ribbon was placed between them. A slit was placed in the fold to pull the ribbon through and was taped to the inside of the card. The gold letters were glued over the decorative paper. On the bottom sample I left out the decorative paper and used the red ribbon to contrast. I laid the card sideways and had my greeting going across instead of up and down.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Cards - Christmas

I decided on a purple and ivory color scheme. I started with eggplant textured cardstock. I added a panel of ivory tulle which is taped down on the inside. The angel is a design my sister created years ago. I printed the angel on white cardstock then added the triangle for the dress, the circle for the head and the embossed heart at the back. The heart was cut on the Cricut and embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. The sheer ribbon was tied at her neck and a heart was added near the bottom of her skirt. I used a brad under the ribbon to keep her attached as trying to glue to tulle with d/s tape is not that effective. I added a Stampin Up! Word Window punched greeting.
I made 20 of these.
Total: 113

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Nov 11 - Let us Remember

I just want to say "Thank You" to the men and women who willingly serve, ready to do what it takes. Conflict is hard in our own lives. These soldiers put themselves in harm's way to help others in need and to maintain freedom for all. May you all be safe and return to family and friends well. God Bless!

Scrapbook Layout - F of S - Gentleness

I wanted this page to be soft, muted, and give a feeling of quietness. I came upon the idea of a day with new fallen snow. Everything is white, and the snow muffles noises so it's quiet.
I placed my scripture verses up at the top of each page. I found pics in my collection of new fallen snow. I created snowbanks with felt at the bottom of the page. I added die cut evergreen trees on the right hand side. The snow flakes come from a flocked scrapbook page that I punched out individually with a .75 paper punch and glued on individually.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Cards - Christmas Photos

I wanted to create some cards using seasonal subject matter. Not many Christmas pictures in my 2010 photo collection. I had to go digging into my archives for ones that would work. The dove picture was taken a couple of years ago on a friend's Christmas tree. The poinsettia was given to us at work and I shot a few pics of it. Working with Adobe Photo Elements is getting easier. I really like to take close up pics but I'm finding when adding frames to them later means I'm losing some of the image. I will adapt my approach and find some appropriate subject matter this year!

Scrapbook Layout - F of S - Faithfulness

I decided on 6 areas of my life where there has been faithfulness by God and others. My parents, my health, my church home, my purpose, my friends, and family traditions. The squares are images color printed on vellum and clear embossed then mounted to the pages with tiny red brads. The striped paper on the pages lift up from the center to reveal my journaling. I've used Stampin Up! five petal punches in white to separate the topics on my pages. God is good!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cmas Card Challenge - Nov - Stocking/Ornament

I've expanded this category a bit. The options for this category is wide open.
I decided to make a ornament shaped card. It took a while to figure out the size and shape of the base card. I used a 4" circle to start and drew an ornament based on that. I traced my paper template onto the black cardstock. I cut out the black card with an exacto knife and cutting board placing the fold at the top. I distressed the edges of the card. I cut a 3.5" nestabilities scallop circle in white and embossed it with a holly folder. I added a poinsettia made from the Stampin Up five petal punchies. I put 3 brads in the centre. I used the Stampin Up! Tab punch to make the gold ornament holder at the top. I wanted the card to open flat so I added a gold eyelet to the top card only and put a small hole in the fold to allow my waxed thread to hang straight.

I made 4 of these. My total so far is: 93.