Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year

Hi again, I got so spoiled this Christmas by the sweet man. I hope you all had a fun and joyful week as well.

I wanted to ring in the New Year with an elegant "timely" card. I pulled out my weathered clock die and the clock embossing folder for this card to create a tone on tone layered piece. For the first card, I used the Iced Spruce distress ink and stain. Loved it. Then I wanted to make the same card with pink and purple tones so I used shaded lilac with the LSG starburst sprays.

After assembling, I threw on some sprigs punched with the Martha Stewart punch.( Man, that punch has paid for itself 100 times over already- BEST PUNCH EVERRRR!)

Happy New Year everyone, now go and enjoy your day.

Monday, 24 December 2012

A Miniature sleigh and 8 tiny reindeer

Hi again, I needed to make a centerpiece for my Christmas table. Ever since I saw what "Jim the Gentleman Crafter" did a while back, I knew I had to bust out the matboard and engineer one of my own.

I googled "sleigh templates" and found a free download to print. (What did we ever do before Google?) I then cut the pieces out from matboard and covered them with paper.

The reindeer were cut 16 times with matboard and 2 glued together for strength. I inked them with "gathered twigs" distress and sprayed them with "picket fence" stain in a mister bottle.

To make the reindeer fly, I cut some heavyweight plastic into 1/2 inch strips and glued them to the back of the deer, creating an L bracket.  I  wrapped some chenille stems around them for a harness - so cute!

Once the general assembly was complete, it was time to decorate (my favorite!!) I added lightweight texture paste to the base and threw on some die cut snowflakes. I used the frostyville border die from Memory Box to glue on the edges.  It was a bit short so I added some Festive Greenery cuts from Tim Holtz. 

Merry Christmas everyone, I hope you all have a wonderful week, now go get something done today.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

The Painter of light

I was excited when I bought this Thomas Kinkaid stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. I must have stamped it 5 times and tried to color it, but it looked horrible. Finally I stamped it with charcoal fluid chalk ink and added just subtle hits of color using distress inks and markers.

I embossed cardstock with my new embossing folder and cut out and oval mat and some spruce trees from "cottage cuts", added lots of rock candy dry glitter and voila - a tonal card that is frosty and pretty.

The sticky embossing powder from Ranger is just awesome. I had used a different product years ago, so I was a bit sceptical as to whether it would work. Let me tell you, it works like a hot damn! I put it all over the picture, the sentiment and even the a few hits here and there on the trees.

The ribbon was taped with Sookwang tape and glittered. I hope the pictures do it justice. Glitter is so flippin hard to photograph.

Thanks for looking , now go get something done today.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - December

I love making Christmas cards. I had most of the supplies that Tim Holtz used for his 2 tags this month so I just went ahead and followed his post. I will make my own version in the next few days. The only difference was the pointsettia. I had the Heartfelt Creations one, so I used that instead.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

A "Jack" frost card

Hi! I wanted to share the card I made for the SM (sweet man) this Christmas. As you can tell from my profile pic, we have two awesome Jack Russells. They are a source of constant entertainment and love, every single day.

When I saw the patterned paper from FabScraps, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I 3D'd the Jack Russell image and put it behind the Tim Holtz bell jar die cut. I added some festive greenery and a few sprigs of cedar with the Martha Stewart punch. This little punch has been my "go to" tool of the season. It's awesome - one of my faves. I mounted the showpiece on an embossed piece of cream cardstock (I used the Holly Branch one from Tim Holtz) and added a slight bit of color with distress inks just to make the background pop.

Enjoy. Now go play.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Disco Reindeer

Hi everyone, i had so much fun making these cards. Shelly Hickox (See link) made an awesome 3D reindeer head that I couldn't resist trying myself. I used the new mirror sheets from Tim holtz for Ideology to cover the outside of the deer. I didn't want to waste any of the scraps, so I made a mosaic background mirror as well. Check it out.

First up is the "traditional looking" cards made for the big game hunters in my life. Followed by the funky and fun mirrored reindeer. It was really hard to get a good photo of the mirror, but I gave it the old college try.