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“A Cold Night Sky” Card

This card was made in response to a challenge over at splitcoaststampers.com. The card had to be clean and simple and resemble something freezing. My first thoughts went to when I was a kid and I loved to look out our living room window at night after we had a lot of snow. There was a wooded area across the street with snow and ice covered trees and the light pole at the corner of our yard shining on the snow in our front yard made it look blueish and as if someone had placed glitter over everything. It was made using SU! Shimmery White card stock and Night of Navy. I used watercolor paper for the image. The Die cut I have searched for the name of and cannot find it – sorry! I do know it is a Spellbinder die. The ink used is SU! Night of Navy & Whisper White. The embossing powder is SU! Black.  The buttons are from a Christmas embellishment pack and I believe it came from Stuff4Crafts. For the glitter I used my Wink of Stella “Clear” pen. The stamp set is by Crafty Individuals.

Tip for the Day: When looking for inspiration for a project, sometimes it’s a good idea to sit down, let your mind wonder and visit the past ;0)

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“I Love You” Valentine’s Day Card

Hi Everyone, today’s project is a simple but pretty Valentine’s Day card, I was going for an envelope looking style of card. I used no embellishments whatsoever! I wanted to use very little product as a kind of “back to the basics” theme. I’m thinking of starting a series of cards under the motto ‘Getting back to the basics”. Anyhow this card was made using a 12″ x 12″ sheet of Stamping Up! White & Cherry Cobbler paper, a 12″ x 12″ sheet of My Mind’s Eye” DP from the “Kiss & Tell” collection and one of the cardstock cutouts that came with the collection. I used my Spellbinders “Scalloped Circles” die cuts to encircle the cardstock cut out as I wanted it to be the center of focus. I brushed the DP pieces with Stampin Up’s “Pretty In Pink” ink and used their “Cherry Cobbler” to ink the inside sentiment.  Other than that I used glue & pop-up squares. I have filmed the making of the card for my youtube channel as well as the video tutorial of my Gratitude Jar and as soon as the videos are uploaded I will be adding the links to them here on the blog. Who knew making tutorials required so much work, time and editing?!?! Oh man the editing!!!!!!!!!!

Tip of the Day: When trying something new, always have patience with yourself and add in a little humor (trust me, it helps!). You may surprise yourself with what you can accomplish when you give yourself more than a chance & a good hearty laugh ;0)

Until next time, keep smiling & stay crafty my friends :0)  

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Gratitude Jar

Hi Everyone, here is my latest project – a Gratitude Jar. This is my first real mixed media project and I had seen the idea of a Gratitude Jar floating around Facebook so I thought I’d make one considering I believe in the importance of a grateful heart. The paper used in this project is from Prima’s “Cartographer Collection” & BoBunny’s “Wild Card” collection. The sentiment stamp used is from Stamping Up’s “Pursuit of Happiness” set.  The dies are Tim Holtz Alterations “Mini Paper Rosettes” and “Weathered Clock”,  Sizzix “Heart Lock & Keys” and Spellbinders “Tattered Lace”. The string around the bottle neck is Tim Holtz idea-ology Paper String solids pack. The flowers are from 2 Prima packs – “Cartographer” 20 piece & “Engraver” 9 piece. The crystal  embellishments are Prima’s “Cartographer” Say it in Crystals. The leaves are from Xpressions. The inks used were Tim Holtz “Walnut Stain”, “Tea Dye” and “Vintage Photo” Distress Inks. To emboss the sentiment I used Tim Holtz “Vintage Photo” Distress Powder. The bottle cap is Prima’s Metal Vintage Trinket Bottle Caps and filled with Finabair’s Copper Glass Glitter & Stampendous “Tea Stained” Mica Flakes. The cheese cloth is sprayed with Tim Holtz “Black Soot” Distress Spray Stain.  I have no idea where the metal butterfly or lace I used for the fan came from – Sorry :0(  For the bottle I sponged on Burnt Sienna then Raw Umber acrylic paints and then Silks Chestnut Brown. For anyone interested in watching the video tutorial on this, I will be uploading it to my brand new youtube channel at the end of the week ;0)

Tip for the day: When using sponges for inking I like to leave the ink on there as the more saturated the better, but when using a sponge for paint always wash the sponge immediately after use as once the paint is dry the only place for your sponge is the garbage :0)

 

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The Magic of Snow

So this will be my last Christmas card for a while and I decided that it would be my very first shaker card. It was made using the gorgeous BoBunny “Blitzen” paper collection & Stampin Up’s white and a green (I cannot remember the colors name – sorry!). The snowflakes were die-cut using the Sizzix die “Snowflakes #3” and the glitter is Martha Stewarts “Crystal Fine”, The greens were die-cut using my TH Alterations “Festive Greenery” die then painted with my “Olive Vine” Silks. I cut out the globe lid on a sheet of Grafix Clear Craft Plastic and crusted the edges using Finnabairs “Frosted” Mica Flakes & Martha Stewarts “Crystal Fine”. On the picture I brushed the snowflakes, snow & lamp with Wink of Stella’s “Clear” brush pen and then used Stampendous White Mica Fragments for inside the globe. The buttons, rub-on and gemstone stickers are all from the BoBunny “Blitzen” collection.

Tip of the Day: When I first thought I was done with the card I realized that I had too much going on in the top left corner. I had a lot of accents there and brightly colored so when you looked at the card it was the only thing you seen. I didn’t want the globe out of focus so I took a bunch of pieces away (blue’s & reds) and left it less busy. When creating a project choose your focal point (for me it is the globe) and be sure to use the rest of the surface as an accent to it ;0)

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Snowman Christmas

This card was a lot of fun, I used BoBunny’s “A Gift of Love” paper collection and combined lot’s of stitching with distressing and glitter. The Snowman was cut out using my spellbinders circle dies and then cut down a little smaller, The hat, arms and scarf I sketched then inked with TH Forest Moss Distress Ink, The hat ribbon is Raffia from Michaels and the button is from my collection given to me by my Mom (that was a combo of her and my Great Grandma’s). The small snowflakes are cut from my Martha Stewart punch & then a Forever in Time gemstone sticker was placed in the center. The background die is “Icy Wind” from Wild Rose Studio. Both the snowflakes and dies were brushed with Wink of Stella ‘Clear’.  The banner is die cut from TH Sizzix die “Tattered Banners” (and cut a little smaller). The “Very Merry” stamp is a Stampin Up set called “Short & Sweet”. The Sentiment is from a Hero Arts set called”Joy to All”. Both stamps were used with Stampin Up’s “Rich Razzleberry” ink.

Tip of the Day: Don’t limit yourself to proper art & craft supplies for your projects. The ‘trees’ in this card are actually cut stems from a Christmas Floral Pick I bought at a Boxing Day sale home decor store. I bought enough to create my Christmas floral piece and a couple of extra for my art & craft projects ;0)

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Merry Christmas!

Well only 2 more Christmas cards to add after this one and then I’m putting my Christmas stash away for awhile :0(  This card was made using the Black base card stock of Stampin Up! While the Red background is from BoBunny’s “a gift of love” collection. The holly was punched using the Sizzix Die “Festive Greenery” and BoBunny’s “Wasabi Vintage” Double Dot Designs paper. I sketched the banner on a “6 x 6” sheet of Graphic 45 solid “Come Away With Me” paper. The bow I sketched and cut using the dimensions given by the lovely Bona on her youtube channel “LiveLoveScrap”.  It was then covered using Kaisercraft Washi Glitter Tape. I didn’t like the seam after applying 2 strips of the gold and that’s when I added the red. The gold elastic cord is from Stampin Up! as is the black embossing powder. My Versamark pen was used to adhere the powder. I used TH Distresss Inks on the banner & holly leaves: Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Black Soot & Mowed Lawn. For dimension I used pop up squares, for adhesive I used Glossy Accents & Elmers quick dry glue. The gemstone stickers are from Forever In Time & the rhinestones are from Recollections. I brushed all of the holly leaves with Wink of Stella ‘Clear’ brush pen.

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Gingerbread House: This is one of my favourite paper collections ever. It’s by Webster’s Pages “Home for the Holidays” collection called “Santa’s Village”. I didn’t do much other than clear emboss, add some ‘snow’ and then started inking and distressing. I was just about done when I suddenly ripped it in half, that’s when the stitching a spine idea came to me. Don’t you love happy accidents. The stamp is from the Inkadinkado set “Holiday Filigree”. and the corner punch is from Fiskers called “Lace”.