Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tis The Season Card

I wanted something clean and simple.

I started off with the standard A2 size card base in Kraft and rounded all the corners on a 1/2 inch setting on my Corner Chomper.

I used a Hampton Art stamp.  I stamped this neat image with snowflakes and the saying "tis the season" using some Versamark ink.  Then I covered it with white embossing powder and heat set it.  

I accented the centers of the snowflakes with some light blue bling.

I added some white stitching lines with my Sakura Gelly Roll pen around the image and the edges of the card.  

I tied some pretty sheer lavender ribbon in a bow.

Seems all my cards lately have been the quick and simple kind!  *LOL* I'm just itching to have some time to play around and do something a bit more elaborate... if I ever catch up on my housework. ;)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Believe In Magic Snowflake Card

Happy Monday everyone :)

Nothing says winter like snowflakes!  I cut this one from the Winter Lace Cricut Cartridge at 4 inches.  After cutting it in plain white cardstock I used the Ranger Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool and some Bordering Blue ink from Stampin' Up to give it hints of color.  Then I spritzed it with some Marshmallow Glimmer Mist.  After that I took out my I Rock and added a bunch of sparkling gems to it.  For the finishing touch I used some Ranger Liquid Pearls.

After going to all that trouble on the snowflake I didn't want to do too much to the card to take away from it, but it looked strange against too plain a background.  I made my card base Kraft colored.  I rounded the top 2 corners of my card using the 1/2 inch setting on my Corner Chomper.

I used the same Bordering Blue ink to stamp a background using the SP & Company Scripty Scripts set.  Then I added some color to the edges using the ink blending tool.

I added some retired Stampin Up ribbon, it is velvety.

I stamped "Believe in Magic" at the bottom of the card using SP & Company's Falling Snow set.

I'm really happy with the way this came out.  I spent a long time on the snowflake, but it looks exactly the way I wanted it to.  It came out a lot more masculine than I expected for something with so much bling and glitter.  *LOL*  I've just got to keep at it so I have enough cards to send the family for the holiday season.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Favor Box

Another quick project to share with you.

My sweet friend Amanda from Amanda's Crafts and More is doing a series called Thoughtful Thursdays and she asked if I'd share a project :)  So, this is on her blog today.  If you've never visited her before please take a moment to do so.  I promise you'll be glad you did.  I really admire her work and have LOTS of her projects on my Pinterest page.

Today I created a quick and easy project that would be easy to make lots of.  I think one of these on each plate at the Thanksgiving table would be adorable.

I took Stampin' Up's Pillow Box die and some cardstock from the DCWV Autumn Splendor Stack to create the box.

For the tag I took Stampin' Up's Vintage Labels.  I used their colors Really Rust and Ruby Red to stamp.  I ended up cutting the label out by hand, but I know it coordinates with their oval punch.

The little leaf charm is a Shrinky Dink.  It is made from an EK Success Punch.  I used some Bright White Shrinky Dink film.  I actually prefer the Rough and Ready kind for most projects because I find the Bright White gets streaky easily.  For this project I figured streaks would look lovely in my leaves so I pulled this kind out.  I colored the leaf with a Copic Marker and then punched a large hole with the bigger hole punch setting on my Crop a Dile.  Then I baked it to shrink it.

I attached the charm with a thin red ribbon that I tied into a bow.

Super easy and festive!  I could easily see making a bunch of these.

Thanks for dropping by :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

You're Too Kind Glamorous Card

I wanted something glamorous and sparkly to say a very special thank you to a dear friend of mine.
Here's the supplies I used.
Patterned paper from Echo Park's Be Mine Collection.

Corner Chomper on a 1/2 inch setting.
Diamond Stickles.
Black Diamond Stickles.

I Rock bling.

Eyelet Lace border punch from Stampin' Up.
Sentiment from Stampin' Up's Whimsical Words.  Its on die cuts from Nestabilities Labels 1. 

Image from The Greeting Farm, she is called Cheeky Glamour.

Copic Markers.
Oval and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities.

I spent a long time coloring and cutting my image, and then added some Diamond Stickles to the centers of her eyes, her eyeshadow, her boa, and the heart on her mirror.  I wanted it to look like she was sitting on the punched border piece, so I cut the oval Nestabilities a bit to make that look work.

It's got a lot of sparkle in person. 

Yay for playing with my new Copics.  I only had really cheap white paper on hand, so I don't think that helped with attempting to blend - but since I have no idea what I'm doing anyways I doubt it mattered much ;)  *LOL*

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Season of Freezin

Here's another card.  I think I am going to start calling these "stash busters" since this came about from trying to use up old supplies in my stash.

The penguin, paper, and tag are all from a 3 Birds kit from HSN.  
The penguin was pretty plain, but I found by adding googly eyes, Yellow Stickles to the beak, and Diamond Stickles to the blades of the skates it gave him a little life.  He's up on pop dots.
For the tag I went around the edges with some Diamond Stickles. Then I tied some sheer purple ribbon and adhered this straight down to the card.

I rounded the corners of the card base and layer on a 1/4 inch setting on my Corner Chomper.

In the corners I used some gems from my I Rock.  Placing the biggest one right in the corner, and stepping down 2 sizes to get smaller.

I really want to widdle down my stash.  I just have too much stuff in this room.  If I can de-stash and get all my holiday cards made at the same time I will be a happy camper :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Simple Penguin Card

I wanted to use some of the cute holiday papers I've had for since last year and the year before.  So I grabbed a stack called Peppermint Forrest that came out at Joanns - I think last year.  I really loved this paper that has tons of cute penguins, snowmen, and polar bears on it.

So, I decided to make one of the penguins the focal point.  I just cut him out with an oval shaped Nestability.  I layered him on top of a scalloped oval Nestability cut in a sparkly red paper.

He's up on pop dots for a little dimension.

The snowflake paper is from the same stack.  Cut at 4 inches by 5 and 1/4 inches and then all the corners are rounded on a 1/4 inch setting.

The card base is black, with the same 1/4 inch rounded corners and lots of white gel pen stitching.

Along the bottom of the card I added a strip of white cardstock that had been punched with the Martha Stewart Icicle border punch.  I covered the icicles with Stickles and then added a sheer purple ribbon.
I think I may try cutting more things out of my patterned paper this way.  Faster than stamping or die cutting the main image, and way cheaper than purchasing a pre-made sticker or die cut.  Another option at least.  I love purchasing huge paper stacks, and sometimes it's hard to use them all up - so now I have one more way to try and use some of them up.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Starting To Think About the Holidays

While searching for inspiration for this year's holiday season I decided to go through some of my creations from last year to get inspiration.  Below each photo is a link to the original blog post that you can click for more details.

Photo doesn't do this justice, but there is a detailed video to give you a much better idea.

I hope that you find these inspiring!  I am having precious little time in my craft room these days and looking at these past holiday projects sure reminded me that I need to get a move on because the holidays will be here in the blink of an eye.