Monday, November 28, 2011

Card Club - Gold Glitter Star

I just love this card.  I bought the scrapbook paper on sale at one of the local stores.  I ordered Real Red and Soft Suede card stock to go with it.  It works great!  I used a Sizzix star die for the gold star!  I color printed the greeting in Real Red and Soft Suede with the greeting being the same as the card color.  I made some red cards and some soft suede cards. I layered the Designer Paper on the card. I cut a 1.5" strip of card stock and trimmed the edges with scallop decorative scissors. This was glued down and the greeting was added on top.  The gold star is 3D foam taped to the left of the greeting.

Card Club - Snowman

I cut my snowman with the Sizzix Bigz Snowman die & embossing folder combo. I cut the arms with my Cricut - Straight from the Nest cartridge.  I selected several snowflake scrapbooking paper for the background. I punched small red hearts and yellow stars.  Once the decorative paper was on the card I added the arms to the back of the snowman before gluing him down to the card front.  I used markers to add his face and belly buttons.  I glued the star below the arm and used a marker to add the string.

Card Club - Glitter Ornament

I cut the ornaments with the Stampin Up! ornament Mover and Shaper die.  I bought the glitter scroll paper at Michaels. I added a shiny silver eyelet to the top with my Crop-a-dile.  That is a cool tool.  I added some silver cording through the eyelet.  The ornament has 3D foam behind it. I used 3 different embossing folders: Stampin Up Winter Flurry & Elegant Bouquet, and Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland Set. These all leave a blank space for the ornament to hang. I used blue, pink and lavender card stock. Once I adhered the ornament to the embossed layer I pulled cord to the back of the embossed layer and taped them down.  This was then glued to the card front.  I added a Word Window Greeting on some of them. The Winter Flurry really did not have room to add the greeting.

Card Club - Christmas - Joy

I started with the Joy sticker.  I found the Purely Pomegranate card stock matched the ornament in the sticker very well.  I selected black card stock to go with the touch of black in the stickers letters. I embossed the Cuttlebug folder in white card stock and trimmed to fit the card.  I added a piece of Purely Pomegranate double stitched gross grain ribbon across the embossed layer and taped the ends to the back.  I cut a circle of green card stock and added the sticker. Then a 1 3/8 circle of white onto a Purely Pomegranate scallop punchie. I placed 3D foam tape to the back of the scallop and glued over the ribbon.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

R2G Card Kit - Snowman

I created some of these for my Ready 2 Go Card Kits.  I selected 4 snowflake backgrounds for my snowman.  I used the snowman from the Sizzix die embossing folder combo which I cut in white.  I added arms which were cut with the Cricut with the Straight from the Nest cartridge.  It's a tree trunk but cut to a smaller size it works well as arms.  I punched a small heart and star.  I used markers to put on his face and coal buttons on his belly.  I hung the star from his hand with a marker string. I've waited a long time for a snowman die like this one and I'm super happy with it!

R2G Card Kit - Kid Cards - Pick Up Truck

I'm working on Ready 2 Go Card Kits for the sale this weekend.  I wanted some cards which would work for kids Christmas cards or Thank Yous for after the celebrations!  I selected the card to match the truck color.  I embossed the silver background with the Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder.  I ripped a snowbank for the bottom of the card.  The truck was cut with the Cricut and the Just Because Cards cartridge.  I the truck in blue, red, yellow and green. The tree was cut with the "Paper Dolls - Dress Up cartridge in deep green cardstock. I added a Martha Stewart snowflake punch in the corner.  These should be fun for kids to put together.

Calendar - Inspirational Words

This was an alternative idea to photos.  I found 12 inspirational words and cut them on the Cricut with the Storybook cartridge in black paper.  I selected some subtle scrapbook paper as a background for these great words.  These were quite bit more work than the photo ones.  What do you think? Leave me a comment.

Calendar - Photo

I designed these Floral Photo Calendars for a craft sale in Morinville this Saturday, Nov 26th.  I started with a photo frame calendar I bought then I added my own flower pictures to it. They worked out really well.  I hope others thinks so too and they sell!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas Card Stack - Big Snowflakes

Aren't these great looking cards?  I love the color combination. This is a versatile design as it can make a portrait or landscape card.  I chose Cherry  Cobbler and Black card stock.  This card has the fold at the top or on the left side so the card stock was cut 4.25x11". I selected a  turquoise sheer ribbon which was tied around the card front at top/left in a loose square knot.  The Designer paper was cut to 4" square which works great for 12x12 card stock. This was glued to the bottom/right of the card.
I layered the large Sizzix snowflake in white card stock over it with a smaller snowflake between the black tiny brad and the large snowflake.  The red smaller snowflake was cut with the Cricut and the Winter Lace cartridge.  The light blue one on the black card is a Martha Stewart punch.

Christmas Card Stack - Red & White Poinsettia

I selected Real Red card stock to coordinate with the red silk poinsettia flower.   I selected 2 different double sided Designer Paper for the card front.  Left is Always Artichoke and the bottom is more of a Christmas green.  I cut the DP to 5.25"x 4" then cut it at 1.5" and turned over the small piece.  I glued these to the card front.  I glued a color printed greeting on a white strip of card stock over the join of the DP.
I created a hole in the DP and card front with a push pin in the centre of the poinsettia.  I layered a red over a white flower. I adhered the silk poinsettia accent to the card with a gold brad adding a gold sequin between the brad and the flower before putting the brad in the hole made earlier. Quick and easy!

Christmas Stack - Circle Ornaments

I printed the card with the tall oval ornament on the right hand side.  I cut the frame with a Sizzix die and embossed  the red with the Cuttlebug Devine Swirl embossing folder and the green one with the Sizzix Starry Night folder.  I cut a 3" square of black which was taped to the back of the frame. I selected black to highlight the ornaments. As the white circle ornaments were somewhat see through I had to place an extra paper punchie below the plastic one so that my Zot would not show.  I added strings with a white gel marker.  I wrapped the narrow black satin ribbon around the card and placed the bow to align with the string of the printed ornament.
Then the frame assembly was glued over the ribbon onto the left hand side of the card front.The strings for the pink and turquoise were printed and the cut down to the 3" square.  The pink and turquoise ornaments were more opaque and therefore just needed a Zot.

Christmas Stack Class - Gingerbread Man

I chose a nice striped paper for my background.  Then I selected a card that coordinated.  The gingerbread man was cut with a Sizzix original die from heavy paper painted with dark brown acrylic paint.   I taped a small rectangle of Cherry Cobbler behind the hearts on his belly then glued him to the background paper. I added eyes, smile and icing on this arms and legs with a white gel marker. I tacked the great red organza ribbon in the centre of the back of the striped paper with a bit of tape. I wrapped it around to the front at  the top of the background paper. Tied a loose square knot and trimmed the ends. This was then glued to the card front.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

GG - Polar Bear

This card only had slight changes from the Greetings Galore class in November 2010
I used some textured Royal Blue card stock instead of Bashful Blue.  I splattered the card stock with Radiant Rain - Pearl Green in the same technique as in the earlier card in this set.  The Polar Bear was cut with  my Cricut - Joy of the Season cartridge.  The star is a small punch.  The snowbank was cut with my Creative Memories wavy cutter.  Very classic card and popular.  I had several orders for some of these card kits.

GG - Snowflake Trio

This was changed only a little bit from the Greetings Galore Class from Nov 2010.  I used the Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder instead of the Devine Swirl.  I also wrapped the ribbon around the embossed layer instead of the whole card. Once the layer is embossed I adhered a strip of smooth white then placed the ribbon to cover the top and bottom edge of this strip.  I taped the ribbon ends to the back of the embossed layer. Glued the embossed layer to my card. I placed my royal blue snowflake confetti and used a push pin to create a hole through the snowflake, the smooth strip, the embossed layer and the card front.  I place the tiny silver brad through the hole and spread the prongs on the inside of the card.  This will help to hold all the elements in place.  The insert will hide the brad prongs. 

GG - Button Trio

This is an update from my Greetings Galore Nov 2010 Class. 
I am still using Stampin Up! Designer Paper from the same collection but a different sheet. I did not have more ribbon so I created my greeting and color printed it instead.  Works I think.  The DP is cut to 4x5.25 then cut at 1.5" leaving 2.5 of the 4".  The one piece is turned over to reveal the other side.  These are butted together and glued down.  The greeting is glued to cover the joint.  The three buttons are adhered on the bottom right hand corner with Zots.

GG - Gold Joy

I updated these cards from my Greetings Galore (GG) Nov 2010 class since a few ladies requested kits. 
I created some decorative paper using card stock and Radiant Rain - Egyptian Gold.  I used purple, navy and black card stock. I found the spray bottle clogged a lot so I just poured some liquid from the bottle onto a plate, dipped a toothbrush and ran it across a butter knife to splatter my card stock.  Once dry, I cut my card stock piece down to 2"x5.25" and glued it to the left hand side of my card. I cut my letters from gold embossed paper with my Sizzix Shadow Box Alphabet and glued those over the decorative paper.  I then embossed the right hand side of the card with the Sizzix Stars & Swirls folder.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Christmas Stack Class - Winter Trees

I started with a white card.  I cut a top note shape with the TH Ornamental die from burgundy designer paper.  I cut 2 Sizzix deep green trees, one small and one large.   I color printed the greetings on vellum and embossed them with white powder.  I punched the snowflake with MS punch and applied some glitter glue.
I mounted the top note on the card front.  I then glued the small tree to the card leave space to put the large one next to it later.  The vellum greeting was ripped and mounted on the card and held in place with a tiny white brad and a bit of glue on the right hand side.  I glued the large pine tree to the right of the small on over the vellum greeting.   I added some iridescent glitter glue on the branches of the large tree. I added the large snowflake on the left hand side.   I made a burgundy/dark green and a red/green option.

Christmas Card Stack - Copper Scallop

I've had this ribbon for a couple of years and I have struggled to find ways to incorporate it into a design.  This year Michaels had copper glitter so I bought some.  I kept the color options quite simple.  I used a black card and added a kraft layer onto which a greeting was printed in black.  I wrapped the copper ribbon around the kraft layer then adhered it to the card front.  Tying a knot in this ribbon was challenging so I had to come up with a different way to create the bow. I just overlapped the ribbon and tied the two together with a length of kraft thread.  I trimmed the ribbons ends at an angle. If you cut the ribbon in half and tape the ends to the back of the kraft layer the length should work out well. I cut the scallop with my Nestabilities in black and added dots of copper glitter glue on each scallop.  The main element was printed in black on kraft and then die cut with a Nestabilities die.
I selected several images and greetings.  Manger scenes with Christmas Blessings, Snowmen with Let it Snow, Winter scenes with Seasons Greetings and Christmas candles/bells with Merry Christmas.

Christmas Card Stack - Glitter Joy

 I used a Wild Wasabi green card onto which I mounted a frame cut with the Sizzix Frame die from a holly decorative paper.  The glitter is Wine Red bought at a local scrapbook store.  It's really nice stuff.  The "Joy" die cut was created with a Sizzix die.  I punched three 1/4" circles from the glitter scraps to put on the right hand side of the frame which repeats the red circles in the decorative paper.  The exclamation mark was hand cut from the scraps.

Bottom:  On this card I used ivory cardstock and applied Always Artichoke around the edges of the frame to help define the edges against the light card stock.  On this one I just punched another three 1/4" circles.

Christmas Card Stack - B&W Snowflakes

Today, I had my first Christmas Card Stack Class of the season.  I started with the background paper. The top card has silver snowflakes and the bottom has white snowflakes.  I cut the background paper to just smaller than the card front and glued it down. I cut the circle with a Nestabilities circle die just a bit bigger than the snowflake.  I punched a silver foil snowflake with a Martha Stewart punch.  The smaller snowflake is Martha Stewart as well. Snowflakes are layered onto the circle and they are held in place with a tiny black brad.  I made some of these in magenta as well.

This card has a blue card with white snowflakes.  I cut the snowflake with my Cricut - Winter Lace cartridge.  I made some of these in turquoise.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Card - Prima Flowers

I made these cards for my exchange group.  They were my October cards and they are late. With a trip to emergency last week cards did not make it to the top of the list. I used some left over supplies from card club.   I selected a deep purple card and layered shimmery organza behind the greeting and flower accent. 
I layered silk flowers in white and purple over the Prima Flower.  Held in place with large white brad. I ripped the edges on my "Bliss" greeting. Top card with white one and bottom with peach flower.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cmas Card Challenge - November - Christmas Decorations

I chose ornaments as my decorations. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder on red card stock and cut it into strips. I mounted that onto a textured pearl white strip of cardstock. I added texture with a stamp on the right hand side of the Hunter green card with white ink. The ornament stripe was mounted onto the green card to the left of the texture. I made a hole with a push pin and put a tiny white brad in the hanger of each ornament. I used a Stardust gel marker and added some bling on the ornament hanger and the central images. I brushed some white pearl ex on the outer edge of the ornaments to add definition to the shapes. I used a Stampin Up! greeting inked in white and embossed it with white detail powder.
I made 3 of these.
Total cards 85 so far.