July 15th, 2014

romantic card with a doily, hearts and flowers This greeting card features a lace doily, hearts and flowers.  I made it for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

The background is dry embossed with  small flowers. It is an embossing folder used with the Sizzix.

I used a doily, punched shapes and free drawn shapes to form a large flower as the central point in this card.

The doily is a lace doily, given to me as a RAK by someone in our swap group.

I cut the hearts using a small heart-shaped punch.

I made the stem and leaves by hand. The leaves are covered with green microbeads. The flower’s center has pink and clear microbeads as well.

It would do very well for Valentine’s Day.

May 14th, 2014


card themed Royal Cameo, with a TP mold I made this card for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The theme was Royal Cameo, and we were to use a TP (toilet paper) mold.

Sometimes I don’t feel like taking a serious approach to this stuff.

This is one of those times.

In case you have never played poker, the playing cards comprise a royal flush. This takes care of the Royal part of the requirement.

I used a tp mold to make the cameo. To do so, I bought large cameo embellishment at Michaels. I made a mold from it using Rangers Mold -n- Pour.

Mold -n-Pour is an easy product to use and it can make some great molds. You get two containers of goo. You mix equal amounts together and then squash it over top of the button or other item that you want to mold. Once mixed together, the product sets quickly and you use it as you would use any mold.It is flexible, so you can remove your molded item easily. In addition to toilet paper molds, I have made molds using Polymer Clay from this product. Amazon has it here: Ranger Melt Art Mold-n-Pour, 1.5-Ounce each, 2-Pack

Back to the card. I attached some rhinestone beads around the outside of the TP mold, and I happened to have some little embellishments in the shape of heart, diamond, club and spade. This worked well.

The first piece of text reads, “Don’t tell me, show me”, which I figure is a good message for a poker theme. The second text reads, “Greater than the sum of its parts” — which is surely true of a royal flush. LOL

Its a weird card, but I like it.

 

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December 24th, 2013

kid's christmas card with stamped snowmen This is another kid’s Christmas card that I made this year.

The card itself is made from blue card stock. I cut three kinds of Christmassy scrapbook paper and arranged it on the page.

Then, I cut a large label shape using a Tim Holtz die, and on this I stamped the snowman. I heat embossed the snowmen with Winter Wonderland embossing powder, and added some color with marking pens.
Lastly, I added a bit of Snow Writer to add texture to the snow, and some white Fun Flock to the cuffs of the hats, and I added a sticker saying Merry Christmas.

December 22nd, 2013

christmas card with steampunk tree This steampunk Christmas card is my favorite one for this year.

The steampunk holiday tree stamp is by Inkadinkadoo. I heat embossed it using silver embossing powder.

The background is blueish-green card stock which I have dry embossed using the clock embossing folder from Tim Holtz. I did some heat embossing around the edges using the silver powder.

The tag is cut with a punch, and is stamped and heat embossed with a stamp from Quietfire Deisgn. The stamped sentiment reads,”Christmas waves a magic wand over this world and behold, everything is soft and more beautiful– by Norman Vincent Peale.”

Other little doo dads added include a  silver coloured charm, a rhinestone bead, and blue and cream colored string.

December 19th, 2013

child's christmas card I made this Christmas card for a child — a little girl, to be exact, age three, I think.

The scalloped circles are cut with die cuts using the Big Shot.

The penguin is stamped on a white circle, then colored with markers.  I added some white Fun Flock to the cuff on the hat and the pom pom.

The words, “Merry Christmas” are gold stickers.

 

November 30th, 2013

Thanksgiving card with waxed embellishment

Thanksgiving card with waxed embellishment
Thanksgiving card with waxed embellishment

These three Thanksgiving cards are made using the tri-fold shutter technique, as explained at splitcoaststampers.com.

For all, I used colored card stock and trimmed with scrapbook papers.

The waxed embellishment is made using melted beeswax or candle wax and napkins or serviettes over glossy card stock or playing cards. I will explain how to do this in my next post.

Apparently the true beeswax is the best choice because it is harder and lasts longer. For items such as cards (which will probably be tossed out after the holiday is over), I find that melting candles is just as good. Candles are easy to find, more economical and can add variety of colour if you want to go that route.

The key is to use an iron that does not have holes for steam. I have an old travel iron that works well for this purpose, or you could use a craft iron such as this one: Darice 1204-59 Mini Crafting Iron Assorted Colors

October 28th, 2013

all occasion card This is an All-Occasion card that I made awhile back. I was going through my stash and found this three dimensional sticker that needed to be used.

For the background, I used the alcohol ink and shaving cream technique. I positioned the sticker, and then stamped the sentiment using black die ink.

The card itself is made with lavender colored card stock.

September 23rd, 2013

card with cascading flowers
card with cascading flowers

I made these two cards with cascading flowers in response to a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

In both cards, I made the cascading geraniums using yellow and red card stock. To make the flowers, I “drew” a circle in card stock with a wet q-tip, then tore it out. I crumpled the circle, wet it, then straightened it out and allowed it to dry. I could have ironed the flowers, but I did not.

I made the flower pots free hand, and then embossed them using an embossing folder and the Big Shot.

The sentiment, “let sweet moments fill your heart”, is a stamped image.

September 3rd, 2013

easel birthday card, closed
easel birthday card, upright

This easy birthday card was made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. We were told to use lace in some way.

The top picture shows the card opened up to its fullest extent.

The lower picture shows the card standing upright, on its “easel”.

Since we were to use lace, I decided to do something a little different. I used a piece of lace to create glitter masking.

  1. Create the shape you want from cardstock, then cover it with double sided sticky tape.
  2.  Put a piece of lace over the entire surface.
  3.  Sprinkle one colour of microfine glitter over the project. Shake off excess.
  4. Remove lace and sprinkle project with second colour glitter. Shake off excess.

I made the card from dark blue card stock, then used a lighter blue to add a second layer. I dry embossed the light blue layer using a Cuttlebug Birthday Folder and the Big Shot.

I decided to let the glove extend over the end of the card, just to be different.

The sentiment is computer generated. The text box reads, “You and birthday cake fit together like a hand in a glove.” The words on the end of the glove read, “Happy Birthday.”

I gave the glove a rhinestone meant to represent a ring.

August 26th, 2013

greeting card featuring an origami dress made with pages from a book This greeting card features a woman’s dress made with origami folds and using the pages of a book.

I layered the card, made from light brown card stock, with a some coordinating pieces of paper. One paper is dry embossed using a Cuttlebug folder.

I made the red shoes using stamps from Hero Arts. They are heat embossed with red embossing powder. The sentiment, Happy Day, is heat embossed on to the book page, and mounted on a red circle.

The origami dress is remarkably easy to fold. The instructions are at this web site: http://www.dreadlockgirl.com/2011/12/page-ornament/. The artist recommended using the fold to make Christmas tree ornaments. The little dress would work well for that as well. It would be a cute angel, if you added wings.