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 http://www.freecraftdownloads.co.uk/paper2/decoupage/

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.