Sunday, September 16, 2012

I've been busy knitting and crocheting as I have another grandson on the way (due November). I have a lot of yarn waiting to be made into something and so I'm determined to be creative in more ways than just papercrafts this fall.  The mittens to the left are crocheted using Red Heart variegated worsted weight yarn. The pattern is free from Red Heart ® (they have both crocheted and knitted mittens patterns.).  I plan on also trying the knitted pattern with other yarn.

The slippers are made from Patton's ® Pure Wool and are knit, then felted. I love these little slippers and now want to make myself a pair (not booty style...more moccasin style).The pattern is from Interweave ® Felted Knits eBook.

The knitted and crocheted afghan (right) uses variegated, sky blue, cream and green worsted weight yarns and is a "sampler" style. Each panel (colour) is a different knit pattern. The panels are joined with variegated yarn in ribbing, then the border is crocheted in single crochet and popcorn stitches. It was fun to use some different stitches than I'm familiar with.

It's the fall season and, in preparation for Thanksgiving, I've started to make some cards to reflect this. The "rock and roll" technique works well with the foliage stamps on this Grateful bookmark card. The bookmark is a tear-away portion of the card.

The Thanks card is a double pocket card, with a pocket on the inside and one on the outside. I've used it with sample tea bags, but a gift card would also work.
The Merry Christmas card uses faux stitching, die cuts (Holiday Collection®) and retired ribbons to create a cute card. The colours don't come through well on the photo...the gingerbread man is a rusty colour, the same as the card and tag. Its a great way to use little bits of leftover ribbon! The ribbon is glued underneath the cardfront, to match the shape of the die. The front of the card is diecut, then attached using dimensionals over the ribbon. Faux stitching brings emphasis to the shapes.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Autumn Decoration

My hands are covered in fall colours due to making this door ornament!  I have 3 different Sizzix ® leaf dies plus a rosette die that were used for this door decoration. The leaves were cut out using my Big Shot ®, then they were dry embossed using one of 2 different embossing folders -- the spider web and the fake wood ones. They were then sponged with chocolate chip, old olive, pumpkin pie or cajun craze. The pouff of crumb cake toule in the centre acts as a focal point, with a few bravo burgundy organza ribbon ends flowing out. The greeting is stamped on old olive and mounted on more mustard. Everything is mounted on large scalloped circle centres using pop-up glue dots.

Monday, September 3, 2012

September Christmas Works in Production

These cards were made this past Labour Day weekend, after our guests left. I was feeling a bit down and thought that making cards would cheer me up....It did!  I like to see my stack of Christmas cards on the rise, now that the fall is almost here.
The first card has a wreath that is stamped with Versamark ®, then embossed with detail gold embossing powder. The same gold cardstock is used to band the card front, under the greeting. The snowflake centre is punched out and raised using Dimensionals®.

The gingerbread men are stamped with Versamark® and Chocolate Chip® ink on glossy white cardstock, then embossed with the new Sugar and Spice® scented embossing powder. They are then cut out with the coordinating die and mounted with dimensionals.

  The wisemen and greeting are stamped on white cardstock with black ink, then the corners are embellished with a corner punch. Silver cardstock is mounted under the corners and a silver brad added. A layer of vellum is mounted over the white cardstock after a fancy die shape is used to cut out where the greeting is located.
Baby Jesus in a manger uses one of the new Christmas sets from the Holiday Mini® catalogue. The flowered edge is stamped from a retired set that has similar image designs, then die cut for a fancy edge.

The "Believe" card was stamped on glossy cardstock with Versamark® using multiple snowflake stamps, then sponged with coordinating inks to the cardstock used (Versamark® Resist technique).

The Christmas tree was stamped with a darker shade, then over-embossed with silver.

The sympathy card (a break from Christmas card making) was embossed with an embossing folder, then brayered with glitter glue. The scalloped edging was die cut, with a second layer added to bring emphasis to the card front edge. The greeting was stamped on a diecut piece of white cardstock and raised using Dimensionals®.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

This week's creations (so far)

 This folded finished card is 5-1/2" x 4-1/4", with the front folded at 2-1/8" to obtain an extra fold. The lacy punched edge is glued behind the front edge of the card. The ornament is made up of 3 frame/die-cutouts, folded in half and glued together over the stamped cardstock die-cutout on the inside of the card so that 1/2 of the cardfront ornament covers the inside ornament cutout. I didn't think of this....I "CASEd" the idea.

The Warmest of Wishes card uses the Iris folding technique, something I haven't done for some time. I punched out the ornament shape, then used different designer series papers and hologram papers to fill in the ornament.

 The snowmen (and women) and carolers are all d├ęcoupage images that are free to download and use from

The backgrounds are dry embossed using various embossing folders.

The Merry Christmas and Happy New Year card uses quilling techniques for the spiral border and the pointsettia flower. This is another technique that I haven't used for over 10 years!!!  

The orange punched flower on the Give Thanks card uses the Rock and Roll technique to get the varied colours in the flower. Starting with your lightest colour, stamp your entire image. Then, with the next darker shade, roll the stamp on the ink pad, avoiding the centre of the stamp. Do the same with the darkest shade, only roll the stamp only on the edge of the stamp. The leaves are from the same punch, cut apart, with the edges curled and sponged, to get the desired effect.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Long time, eh?

I've been busy setting up our new home in Bowmanville, entertaining guests and taking care of sprained ankles (3 times!!!). I've a stamping partner who is inspiring me, so I've completed a few projects I'd like to share with you. Hopefully, you'll find some inspiration from these. Please note - many of the stamps, cardstock, designer papers and embellishments are now retired. As I am more of a hobby demo, I'm not "keeping current". 

 This Christmas ornament is currently featured on the cover in the Stampin' Up!® Holiday catalogue. It uses many of the featured items in the Christmas section of the catalogue and has been made using Old Olive™ and Cherry Cobbler inks on Very Vanilla cardstock. 

The teabag folded Christmas tree card uses retired designer series paper, punched out using the 1-1/4" square punch, then kite folded to create the tree. This card uses Certainly Celery, Real Red and Very Vanilla cardstock. The "Joy" from a retired stamp set is stamped in Real Red.

The star folded card uses retired designer series paper and punches (scalloped square and postage punches), along with the stamp set, "25 and Counting" on Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla and Real Red cardstock.

That's it for the Christmas series (so far -- more to follow!).  The rose card uses the simple and fancy flower punches (rose petals uses simple punch, leaves use fancy punch). The background is dry embossed using embossing folder that has been brayered with Real Red prior to putting it through the die cutting machineThe greeting is from a Sale-abration set from many years ago.
The Tempting Turquoise card below uses stamps from a retired hostess set and is coloured using blender pens and chalk. The trifold card instructions can be found on SplitCoastStampers®. The two views show the closed and open card.

This pop-out card has a rectangular window in the front of the card which shows the pop-out inside the window. Stamps and designer papers are retired.

The brayered and sponged Lovely as a Tree stamped card uses multiple layers of ink to create the effect of ground, hills, sky and clouds.

The dry embossed cards use the same embossing folder with different effects. The first uses Pearlex® on Pacific Point cardstock whereas the second uses Watercolor paper and Watercolor Crayons to get the desired washed effect.

The flowered pocket card uses retired designer paper and the fancy flower layered punched flower embellishment.
Heat embossed, dry embossed and stamped images make up this card, using the newest In Color cardstock. Rose-colored brads are retired. The Tangerine Tango card uses a retired stamp set of an old steam train to show the "journey" we're all on, with the quotation from the same stamp set. The background is washed on Watercolor paper prior to stamping with black Stazon.

The mauve and green card uses retired cardstock and stamps, along with FlowerSoft flower centres to create a spray of flowers.  The card to the right uses a retired hostess set, heat embossed with Iridescent Ice, along with a wheeled background on Elegant Eggplant.

The butterfly card uses an embossing folder that has been brayered prior to embossing, to create the two-toned effect. Eyelets are retired. The cupboard fold card to the right (open view is below) uses retired stamps, designer paper and current doily die and large scallop punch to create the cardfront. The praying hands inside are in the current Idea Book and Catalogue
The Summer Starfruit card to the right uses a retired stamp set that has been heat embossed in clear EP, then brayered using multiple colours to get the ripple effect. The small flower is punched out with a rhinestone centre added for effect.

The background for this card was dry embossed with a dotted embossing folder, then the scalloped circle die was used for a background, along with a large circle punch. The pansies are hand cut from a free decoupage site, then layered on the cardfront using Pop dots for dimension. The edges of the pansies are then embellished with Dazzling Diamond glitter.  The "Kind Words" flowers are embossed using Heat and Stick Powder, then Vanilla Flock and Blue Cosmo glitter. Magic Mesh and stitched ribbon finish the card off. Memories of Peace card has an embossed background that has been punched out and alternate colours inserted to gain a layered effect. The flower centres were embellished with glitter glue.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Easter IV

 This card uses the cross and leaves stamped onto Very Vanilla from Refuge and Strength ©, from 2007. There is a double layer, one stamped in Perfect Plum and one in Elegant Eggplant, mounted on a dry-embossed vellum overlay (P.219, Perfect Details Texturz Plate ®) over Elegant Eggplant cardstock. The vellum and cardstock edges are punched out using the Scallop Edge Border © and Eyelet Border © punches.  The "He is Risen" (P. 48, Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalogue ® ) is from the current set of the same name, stamped in Versamark ®, then Elegant Eggplant, then heat embossed. The retired 3 Flower Punch and embossed leaf Sizzlet  ®  die are used as accents. The flower centres are a tiny pearls from the Basic Pearls collection (P.198). The label is stamped using the Four Frames  © stamp set, then punched out using the Decorative Label Punch ©.

This next vellum-only card comes from Pat Hosking's Pergamano Cards for All Occasions, from La Riviere Crea Book, 7th Edition, 2001 ( © 1997). I haven't made these types of cards in a very long time and really like the detail, elegance and dry embossing they represent.  The pattern and instructions were followed, but not as detailed as what was provided. I simplified the edges and the cross details, but the remainder of the pattern is as provided. I outlined all the images using a white pencil crayon (I usually use white ink), I dry embossed everything, then cut out the oval and card edges. I then painted the flowers and leaves from the wrong side with Pearlex. I heat embossed "He is Risen" from the Stampin' Up! set of the same name in the oval (which you can't see very well).

This next card is very simple and fast to make, using dry embossing, stamping and punches.  It uses the Textured Impressions Elegant Lines Embossing Folder © (P.219) on Very Vanilla cardstock. The flower/medallion from Mixed Bunch  © (P. 17 Occasions Mini Catalogue ®) is stamped using Pear Pizzaz onto Very Vanilla, then punched out with the Blossom Punch © (P.17 Occasions). The small round is also from the same stamp set, punched out with the 3/4" Round punch. The Antique Brass brad that attaches the 3/4" round is from Metallic  © collection (P.199 IB&C).  "He is Risen" is from the stamp set of the same name.

The last card for today uses the Sale-a-bration ® designer series paper, Everyday Enchantment  © , as its background, mounted on Wild Wasabi cardstock.  Framelits Labels Collection dies are used for the Very Vanilla and Close to Cocoa cardstock cutouts.  "He is not here" is stamped from the Glorious Gift   © stamp set (2007) in Poppy Parade.  The quotation, stamped on Very Vanilla, is sponged using Soft Suede to gain that antiqued look, to match the designer paper.  The flower is made up from the retired Pretties © kit, dyed Poppy Parade, with the leaves dyed Wild Wasabi. The Pearls are from the Basic Pearls collection.