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March 29th, 2012

tussie mussies made with silver material and trimmed with turquoise beads
tussie mussie closeup made with silver material and trimmed with turquoise beads

My favorite swap group, Art for the Creative Mind, had a tussie mussie swap. It was to be Victorian themed. I started out with a certain idea in mind, but somehow I ended up making these small tussie mussies instead. I call them Navaho Victorian.

They silver and turquoise was inspired by the beautiful Navaho jewelery that one can buy in the southwest of the United States.

To make these small nosegays, I cut four semi circles from silver colored beer can material.  The material is surprisingly easy to cut and to work with.

Next, I ran the semi circles through the Big Shot, using a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. I think it was called Swirls or something like that.

I rolled the embossed semi circles into cone shapes as shown. They hold their shape beautifully and require no additional glue or adhesive.

I had some turquoise glass beads in my stash. I strung the beads on silver wire to create the handle and the embellishments at the bottom.

Lastly, I used a couple of small floral punches to make flowers out of white vellum, and a small leaf punch to make a green leaf. I sewed the flowers together and sewed a small white bead in the center.
I think these small tussie mussies would make a nice set of table decorations.

Sorry, the close up one is blurred. I hung it and could not seem to get a good picture no matter how hard I tried.






March 27th, 2012

tussie mussie with paper tulips for Easter I seldom make anything for myself, but I was inspired to make this Easter tussie mussie with paper tulips. I saw a wonderful set of instructions for makeing paper tulips at this link: Cheeky Tulips at Paper Magpie Blog.

Tussie mussies are also known as nosegays. As far as I know, they reach back to Victorian days when they were used for holding small bouquets of flowers.  They are usually cone shaped. I made this simple tussie mussie by cutting a semi circle out of cream colored card stock, and then embossing it with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, using the Sizzix Big Shot.

I rolled it up into a cone shape and glued it shut.

As for the tulips, I modified Cheeky Magpie’s design somewhat.

Cheeky Magpie used rick rack for the stamens. I used yellow ribbon with a knot tied on the ends.  Also, Cheeky Magpie used pipe cleaners for stems. I used artists wire (or floral wire). It was harder to work with than pipe cleaners would have been. I used a small bead to help hold the tulip head in place.

The last step was to tie a strip of yellow ribbon around the tussie mussie, close to the bottom.

I affixed a strip of magnetic tape on the back of the tussie mussie, turning it into a fridge magnet.

I plan on making another set of tulips using vellum rather than card stock. They make attractive little Easter craft projects.

February 1st, 2012

tri fold valentine card with heart strings This tri fold Valentine card had “heartstrings” as the theme, and it was to incorporate layers. The decision to make a tri fold card was my own and not a requirement of the swap. Tri fold incorporate a lot of layers so it worked in that respect.

I used a selection of coordinating vintage scrapbook papers, which I had dry embossed with the domino embossing folder from Cuttlebug.

In the center panel, I placed a heart shaped die cut, which I layered on a layer of cream colored card stock. I wrapped the heart with silver metallic thread, creating “heart strings”.

Recently, I had participated in a swap for hand made flowers. One that I received was made of red felt fabric. I placed that on the front panel of the card, visible when the card is closed.

I also added some red ribbon, cream colored lace and red square shaped stickers.

The back of the card contains a second heart, which has the text “Happy Valentine’s Day.”

September 21st, 2011

ATC with embossed metal embellishment I made this artist trading card for a swap with an online group. We are systematically working through the alphabet. Each month we create an ATC using a consecutive letter of the alphabet. This card represents the letter E. The technique is Embossed Metal.
Although the color doesn’t show well in the photo, the metallic square is actually a brilliant gold metal. I don’t know how to describe the metal I used. It’s more than a paper but less than a solid metal. You can sometimes buy it by the yard in some arts and craft stores.

The metal is flexible enough that you can emboss it using the Big Shot and a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I suspect you might be able to cut it using a die and the Big Shot, but I have not yet tried that.

After embossing, I rubbed some metallic rub-ons on the raised part to give some colour.

I layered the embossed metal on white card stock, which I also embossed using a Cuttebug Folder. I layered that on lavender card stock in a color that matches the colour of the embossed flowers.

In real life, this ATC is quite attractive.

March 31st, 2010

easter card with stamped images This hand made Easter card is going to a teenage boy.  I think it would probably work for any age, but its one of the few that may be suitable for the masculine recipient.

The images are made by stamping with two different stamps. I added some Sparkly Fluff (Rockin Pink) for accents.

The “To” embellishment is cut with the Cricut using a shape from A Walk in my Garden cartridge.

I embossed the background papers using the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder and the Big Shot.

March 26th, 2010

child's Easter card with die cut shapes This hand made Easter card is intended for a young child.

The words “BE Happy” are die cuts, as is the wheelbarrow and flowers. I did them using the Cricut Expression 24-Inch Personal Electronic Cutting Machine. The cartridge is Cricut 29-0223 Walk in My Garden Shape Cartridge.

The background is actually white, although it looks blue in the picture. It is dry embossed using the
Sizzix Big Shot
and the small flower flower embossing folder from Cuttlebug.

I glued on a few punched flower shapes to add to the flowers in the wheel barrow, and I used a little Sparkly Fluff in the center of the alphabets.

December 31st, 2009

silver and blue Christmas card Those Christmas cards from the CST group are still coming.

This beautiful silver and blue card features snowflake embossing on the metallic blue paper and a swirly embossing on the silver paper.

The star at the card top is a punched shape, I think, and the Merry Christmas is stamped in blue ink.

Another interesting feature of this card was the gorgeous envelope it came in. The envelope is hand made out of a calendar. The outside has an attractive design that could be any kind of paper, but when you open it you can see the calendar boxes inside.

I plan to save calendar pictures to make envelopes from now on. What a great idea.

Thanks to Melanie Wortman for making and sending this lovely Christmas card.

December 9th, 2009

Christmas card made with embossing, stamping and punch art flower' align= Yesterday, I received this lovely Christmas card from Ardelle McFarland, a member of the Canadian Stamp Talk (CST) Yahoo group. We are participating in a Holiday card exchange.

As always, Ardelle’s card is perfection. It combines  Cuttlebug embossing, a Spellbinder Nestability shape, stamped images, a small punch art flower with a beaded center and striped ribbon. The inside is just as lovely.

All elements in this card are perfectly color coordinated. Even the gray and maroon striped ribbon is an exact match of the card stock and the stamping ink.

Thank you Ardelle! Yours was the first card to arrive.

November 12th, 2009

birthday card RAK made with a variety of techniques Today I was delighted to receive a surprise birthday card RAK (Random Act of Kindness) from Ardelle McFarland, a member of my online stamping group, Canadian Stamp Talk.

I’m not entirely sure how this card was made, so I’ll give my best guess.

The pink background is definitely embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, possibly the Diamond Plate one.

The word “hello” I am almost certain is cut with the Cricut Expression Personal Electronic Cutting Machine.

From now on, it gets a little tricky. I’m not sure how this talented lady created the flower and leaf. Her  workmanship is so good that I can’t tell whether this is a stamped, cut and layered shape or whether its a die cut made with any number of possible dies and die cutting tools.

The white component on the flower is dimensional and soft. I saw this product in a craft store recently, but do not recall the name. I believe it is Fun Flock,  but that’s a guess.

I love this card and receiving it in the mail was a pleasant surprise.  Thanks to the sender. I have posted her name with permission.

October 3rd, 2009
halloween house craft project
halloween house craft project

This Halloween House is a cute Halloween craft project, at least in my opinion. I made it using the same pattern that I demoed in an earlier video, St. Patrick’s Day House Craft Project

I cut the pattern pieces out of a light cardboard box and covered with the pieces of Halloween scrapbook paper left over from the Halloween cards that I made a few days ago.

I embossed the roof and the pathway with a Cuttlebug folder (Elegant Swirls) used with  the Sizzix Big Shot Cutting-and-Embossing Roller-Style Machine.

Many of the embellishments are store bought Halloween stickers, but I made the larger items myself.

The “ghost” in the doorway is fashioned from a flexible, lacy paper with “eyes” glued in the appropriate location.

As for the tombstone in front, reading  RIP, I cut that from card stock and wrote the letters with a glaze pen.  After I took the picture, I removed the RIP tombstone and put it at the bag, along with a second stone reading “Izzy Dedyet.”  I decided the tombstone in front gave a cluttered look to the project.

The jack o’ lantern pumpkin is done with paper piercing, drawn freehand. I used an orange glaze pen to mark the pumpkin’s veins and draw the facial features. I applied 3-D dimensional glue (yellow) to the eyes, nose and mouth.

The Halloween House was an economical project. Other than the stickers, I made it entirely from items in my stash.

I plan on donating this Halloween craft project to the community center where I take my Tai Chi classes. They have a lot of children passing through and I expect the kids will like it.

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