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February 17th, 2016
christmas card made with Graphic 45 Nutcracker Suite papers
christmas card made with Graphic 45 Nutcracker Suite papers
christmas card made with Graphic 45 Nutcracker Suite papers

I know its late, but these are a few of the Christmas cards or holiday cards that I made for the winter holiday in 2015.

I used some Nutcracker Suite papers from Graphic 45. I had had the papers on hand for a couple of years with the intention of making a mini album. However, I decided that I should probably use them rather than hoard them.

I also used card stock, ribbon, some clipart images printed out on the computer, and I decorated the cards a bit with glitter glue.

I made about half a dozen.

March 25th, 2015

artist trading card in fuchia color showing stenciled tree This artist trading card is done in the colour fuschia. I created the background color using watercolor crayons on watercolor paper.

To make the tree, I used a brass stencil and Liquidex modeling paste. I sprinkled microfine fuschia colored glitter over the wet paste, before removing the stencil.

I ran a darker color fuscia (stamping ink) around the border.

Lastly, I punched two small holes in the bottom of the ATC and strung the white and fuscia colored cord through as shown.

This artist trading card is intended for a swap at the Yahoo group known as Art Ventures.

The idea for this swap was to created an ATC showing how fuscia makes us feel. I decided that fuscia makes me fee in awe, or awed.


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December 24th, 2014

holiday pennant with glitter This is another pennant made for the holiday banner project that I wrote about earlier. My swap group, Art for the Creative Mind, has been making and swapping holiday-themed pennants all year long.

This is the one I made for the month of December. The theme was Glitter. All pennants are expected to be winter white or vintage white in color.

I used lace and two colors of micro glitter to make this lacy effect.

I hung a Christmas star as shown. The star is attached with gold thread and a small safety pin.

It has been sent away to the swap partner who will receive it.

February 13th, 2014

vintage girl and plaid ribbon on this pennant for holiday banner Yesterday, I posted about the January Pennant for our Banner Swap at AFTCM.

This is the February pennant.  The pennant itself is made from cotton fabric with iron-on interfacing for stiffening.

As before, I used an image of a vintage girl and did an inkjet image transfer using gel medium.

I decorated with old fashioned tartan ribbon, which I love so much.

I added a little gold mesh to the bottom of the pennant, and I added a little glittery gold thread underneath the fabric flower The pearl button is actually a clip-on earring. I used wire cutters to remove the clip.

Since the optional theme for February was glitter, I added some dabs of clear glitter glue to represent snowflakes.  Also, I think the gold thread and the gold mesh at the bottom sort of represent glitter.

February 7th, 2014

black and white non-traditional valentine with white lace I made this non-traditional, black and white valentine for a challenge at Canadian Stamp Talk group.

I used cream colored card stock. I stamped the image onto white paper, using black pigment ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I stamped the heart shape — which is part of the original stamp — again, and heat embossed the same way. I cut this out and attached it with dimensional tape.

I glued the stamped shape onto the card stock as shown, and attached a strip of frilly white lace around the entire front of the card.

Finally, I used a gold sticker to attach a little heart and used platinum Stickles to add some glitter to the flower, which is lower right.

Finished, I think it has a vintage look, although I was not aiming for that.

January 25th, 2014

black perceptions ATC This Black Perceptions ATC is made for a swap at Art Ventures Swap Group. We were told to design an ATC that reflected the way black made us feel.  I chose “elegance“.

The ATC itself is black card stock. Over top of that, I placed a layer of clear acetate paper that had a black floral pattern in it. The pattern stands out clearly against the black background.

At the bottom, I placed a layer of double sided sticky tape and covered that with Tarnished Mica Chips. The chips appear black when placed over black card stock.

Lastly, I adhered a wide strip of doubled sided sticky tape to a scrap of black card stock, and then used a die to cut a bird shape. I covered the top of the bird with black glitter, and then glued the bird in place so as it appeared to be sitting on the strip of mica flakes.

This does not show up well in the photograph, but in real life, it is quite elegant.



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 19th, 2013

front of Charlottes web arch
inside of Charlottes web arch
back of Charlottes web arch

This gothic arch, with the theme of Charlotte’s web, was made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

I drew the arch on light card board and covered it with white paper. I made two half-doors that open and close.

I am not familiar with the story of Charlotte’s web, but I did a little online research and determined that it involves a pig and a spider. The spider spun the words “Good Pig” in its web as a message to the farmer who was thinking in terms of ham and pork chops.

I drew the spider’s web using a glue pen and black glitter.  Likewise, the words Good Pig.

I had a couple of cute pig pictures, cut from advertising materials from Telus, my telcom provider.  Telus uses cute animal pictures in their advertising.

Anyhow, I positioned the pig as shown and covered it with a dimensional lacquer.  I added some green leaves cut with a die and covered with wedding mesh.

I twilled some flowers as seen on the web, and I twilled the spider that is attached at the bottom. If you have not quilled and want to learn, Amazon has a good beginners set: Quilled Creations Beginner Quilling Kit

Inside, I put a quote from the book Charlotte’s Web, and a couple of die cut fence sections.

On the back, I used more cute pigs from Telus’ advertising materials.

Thanks, Telus.



January 4th, 2013

tatted ornament for Christmas or holidays My friend made this tatted Christmas ornament and sent it to me.

I am not a tatter, but this is what I think she did:

She tatted the ornament and added glitter glue, or at least she found some method of stiffening it and adding glitter, then attached the green ribbon.

I hung it from my small rosemary tree that I buy every Christmas.

December 30th, 2012

christmas card with die cut angel This Christmas card features a holiday ornament with a die cut angel.

I cut the ornament and angel using the Cricut and the Joys of the Season cartridge.

I backed the angel cut with double sided sticky tape and sprinkled with blue glitter.

The background is embossed using the Big Shot and an embossing folder.

I layered the white on white over dark blue card stock and added a ribbon and some brads for decoration.

Seasons Greetings is a peel away sticker.

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