January 2nd, 2014

artist trading card with steampunk train This ATC (or artist trading card) has steampunk train as its theme, or Victorian train.

I made the background from purple cardstock that has been dry embossed in the TH embossing folder.

I used a few doodads, including watch parts and gears from my stash as embellishments.

The train itself is a clip art picture that I have made three dimensional with pop dots.

December 31st, 2013


violet coloured artist trading card or ATC This ATC (artist trading card) is themed Violet Perceptions. The goal for this particular swap is to make an ATC that represents how the colour violet makes us feel.

For some reason, violet makes me feel lucky.

I made the background using an embossing folder, and rubbed over it with some violet coloured ink.

I made vellum photo corners using a fold found on the Internet.

The shamrock is cut with a punch and heat embossed with some violet coloured embossing powder.

I used a purple pen to write the words “lucky” around the edges.

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 21st, 2013

artist trading card with purple colorings This ATC or artist trading card is called Purple Perceptions The idea in this particular swap is to make an ATC with a colour that is given, but it is supposed to reflect how that particular colour makes us feel.

Purple makes me feel REGAL.

I used purple card stock and dry embossed it using a TM embossing folder. The lady with the purple had is clip art, printed from the computer.

I cut a fleur de lis with a punch, using purple vellum.

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.

 

 

March 27th, 2013

easter card with stamped tulips This is the Easter card that I made this year to send to my friends.

It uses the Triple Stamping technique as described at www.splitcoaststampers.com.

To do this, I stamped the tulip stamp three times, using black dye ink.  I colored each stamped image using watercolour pencils.

I cut out the tulip shapes and layered each on green card stock.  I assembled as shown, using three dimensional tape between each layer.

The white card stock in the background is dry embossed using an embossing folder.

Easter Greetings is another stamped image.

February 19th, 2013

art tag with stained, embossed background This art tag is made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind swap group.

The theme of the tag was to make a tag that incorporated staining and dry embossing.

I made the tag itself out of a delicate peachy colored card stock.

The top layer is glossy card stock onto which I brayered various colors of dye inks.

When the inks were dry, I stamped two stamps. The white background stamp is by Stampers Anonymous. The face stamp is by Stampabilities.

At that point, I put the glossy card stock through the Big Shot using the Mary Anne embossing folder.

I trimmed with yellow-gold fibre and three blue buttons.

February 18th, 2013

tag with staining and dry embossing This monochromatic green tag is stained with green and  blue Distress Ink. The background is stamped in dark blue with a stamp from Stampers Anonymous. The word LAUGHTER is a Hero Arts stamp.

The entire tag is dry embossed using a Rose embossing folder and the Big Shot.

I have entered this tag in the Playing in Paradise Challenge #104.  The challenge requires you to use something that glitters.

I have added some paper flowers, in green, and used a large coloured rhinestone as the centerpiece for the flowers. It doesn’t glitter much in the picture but it glitters brilliantly in “real life”.

I have also added some organza ribbon in a very pale green.

December 29th, 2012

child's christmas card
child's christmas card

It’s a bit late to be posting Christmas cards, but oh well, what can I say? I am a slacker from time to time.

Anyways, I made these two kid’s Christmas cards for my friend’s grandchildren.

The boy gets the train one and the girl gets the other with the rocking horse.

Both of the die cuts are made using the Cricut and the Joys of the Season cartridge.

I put double sided sticky tape behind the cut outs and then sprinkled with clear glitter.

The green card is dry embossed using the Big Shot and an embossing folder.

The “rick rack” is cut using a Bigz die and the Big Shot. I used glittery chip board to make the die cuts.

Merry Christmas is a gold peel away sticker.