Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Lights Gangam Style! 

Have you joined the craze? Check out this video. It almost puts the Griswalds to shame!

Merry Christmas season to you all! Hope this helps to put you in the spirit!

To get me started, I made these advent calendars for my grandkids! 1 for each family. They were made from a kit from We R Memory keepers from Class Act Stamps.  Enjoy!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas Wreath - The Tutorial

Many of you have been asking "Just how did you make that wreath?"

So, Here is my first attempt at a tutorial. Your feedback would be appreciated!

This wreath is an extension of my interpretation of the ornament on the front of the Stampin Up Holiday catalogue. The ornament is 3d, and my wreath - though 3d in nature, is designed for a one sided view - so I will say that it is 2d!

The project took me well over 10 hours to do. Mind you, I was in a room with a bunch of ladies, so perhaps a little chatter was going on.

The first step was to cut out all the "ornament" pieces. I did this two ways.
1. I stamped the images with the Ornament Keepsakes stamps
2. I used Designer Paper (or DSP - designer series paper) and just cut out the ornament shape

 As you can see from the first picture, for each vien in each "flower" I had to cut 3 pieces. And for the wreath, I used 3 different shapes. The second picture above shows you the final 3 types of pieces that made up this wreath.

Taking a step back, after you have cut the 3 pieces for one vein, score each piece in half, then glue your second and third piece to either side of the third piece, and you end up with a flat back. Do not glue it so ethat you have the 3d effect.

The number of glued pieces I ended up with are: (from the second picture)
small red: this is used in both flower types so I needed to complete 8 flowers using this piece.
I cut 96 small red pieces, using 3 for each vein, to get 32 final pieces to work with in each flower

For the middle piece I used DSP. So I did not have to stamp first, I just cut out the pieces.
I used this in four flowers, I needed 12 per flower - so I cut 48 pieces.

And the same for the large piece, except that I stamped this one. I used gumball green for my colour.

Overall, I had eight "flowers", 4 of each design. Then starts the assembly.

I cut a 3 inch circle of paper, and stuck a 2.5 inch glubber or Stampin Up jumbo round on the paper. 

 Next I applied the Cherry Cobbler tulle generously around the Glubber.

I then started with my biggest pieces and stuck them to on top of the Tulle. I used "3 in 1" glue. This glue is said to be like a glue gun in a bottle. It has the stringy pieces with it that you see when you use a glue gun. Just like "pizza mozerella". Yum!

Then I added the smaller pieces to fill out the flower. This is the same for the other style as well. In the end, you end up with eight stand alone pieces that can be use for corsages, card fronts, or glued together for a full 3d effect.

Now to start filling in your flower. I cut about 3 inches of tulle,  and rolled it into a cone type shape. Using the 3 in 1, I glued it in between each green and red piece.

 This being the final result before adding the centre pieces.
Here you can see the pieces I used for the centers of each of the flowers. A bit of cord (or Stampin Up linen thread), our glitter paper and a button on top to hold it all together.This is then glued on top of the flowers. I positioned the pieces together then made my holes so that I knew the final result would be centered.

This is the final result for each flower.

From here, it's easy! Just glue each of the flowers onto a styro foam shape. I used the floral green purchased at my local Micheals store. To hang it, I used the Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon and wrapped it around the top of the wreath.
I hope you enjoy making yours and much as I did making mine!
Merry Christmas to all!

Getting Ready for Christmas!

A big thanks to all the Ladies who joined me for my Christmas card making class yesterday! I hope you enjoyed making them as much as I enjoyed designing them!

Everyone made 12 cards, 2 of each design. Here are a couple of the cards we made.

This card uses the Memory box Pointsettia die and an embosing folder from Marianne designs. I love this card! Simple Elegance. Of course I added bling!

This card showed everyone a great way to use up their scrap paper. And the results? Beautiful!

Hope to see you again at the next class.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I have been on a crafting vacation!

This past week I had the pleasure of taking a copic class with Susanne Dean. It was a pleasure to meet her and benefit from her lessons. Two intense days were spent mastering copics in regards to hair, light source and dimensions. It was truly a great expereince.

But while this was going on, I was also signed up with for a holiday card class! Now I seriously have to play catch up as the 10 day classs is set to end this friday! So, appreciate that I am trying to zoom through the lessons to get something posted on the gallery.

Day 1 was a bit of a warm up with copic colouring and some snowflake stamping. Here is what I managed before heading to Guelph.

I am not super happy with my colour choices, but what is interesting, and I bet you can't see, is the scoring that gives this one layer card a two layer effect. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Canadian Thanksgiving Wishes!

To my American friends, you will have to wait a month! But up here, we're enjoying the harvest!
A very happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family (who never frequent my site! I wll send them wishes anyhow!) and to everyone who needs to know that someone is out there wishing them well!

This is a Whimsey stamp from my collection. After spending friday night discussing vegan fare, I just had to colour this stamp. Have a great weekend and thanksgiving blessings to all.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Christmas Themes

From a swap hosted out of Ottawa Ontario I bring you my christmas themed card. I have to say, my card stood out in this swap, if only for the colour.

All the cards that came back, were in olive green or cherry cobler. I don't know if I did something wrong, or just didn't get the memo! So here I am, black sheep card of the swap:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A white lie

Yes, I did in fact finish posting the cards from the mega swap. However, I have two more from two additional swaps I particpated in. "What?" you're saying? More swaps? As I bow my head in glorious glee! Yes, more swaps and can you imagine? I have inquired about just one more......

So, without further delay I bring you a card for which I hoped technology would support with "scratch and sniff" abilities. This card is embossed with clear vanilla scented embossing powder. I thought for fall, it should have that fall smell. Pretend real hard, and you may just get a wiff! Sorry about the flash, I need to improve my photography skills. The woodgrain paper is SU's new coordinations paper. Real easy to work with, and with the woodgrain embossing folder, it is an easy match. I used marker direct to to rubber to get the colours on the large leaf, then embossed it with the vanilla scented powder. Till next time

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Last card in the Mega Swap!

I cannot imagine how many boxes and envelopes must be filling Wanda's house about now! She is out in Manitoba, accepting just a crazy number of cards from a crazy number of swappers!

Thanks Wanda for this swap, and for having patience with all the ladies getting their creations to you, some on time and some worth waiting for.

So, here is the last card in the swap, before I switch gears and break out into so different items.
This card required the use of the wheel builder. It was challenging. I tend to unmount my wheels, and use the stamps on acrylic block. So, this cause me to have paitence and think. This is what I came up with:

Enjoy! My thanks to you for dropping by and I hope you enjoyed the swap. If you would like to see what I got from other swappers, you will have to drop by. See you soon!

Friday, September 14, 2012

One in a Million!

You are one in a million! (Viewers of my blog?) I can only dream. But that is what makes the world go round! Dreamers with goals.

This card (swap card 13) had to include a verse from the set "one in a million". I chose "Above and beyond". I have to say, I am really liking the whole hot air balloon themes that seem to be emerging from various stamping lines. The paper is from SU as well.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Swap card 12

Bet you thought I was done? Sorry, a little health break! But back to posting!
There are 3 more cards in this glorious swap. I just can't wait to get back all the samples.
Imagine 214 cards to sort through! I will post them up at an open house or class later in October.

So, card number 12 - "Carry On". Did you know that the "Keep Calm and Carry On" quote was used in 1939, intended to help with morale in the event of wartime disaster?

My version will focus on one favorite passtime - crafting and "shopping!"
And yes, it is a shaker card! So keep calm, and enjoy!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Elements of Style

This card was a lot of fun. As you can see I have the two tone ink on the image. I used the marker to stamp method, and after the first couple of cards (I had to make 19) it was not hard to see where to put the pink versus the green. Remember to always start with the lightest colour first to prevent contamination to your markers.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Just believe!

This was the second group of "nature" stamp sets. I chose Just believe. What I love about this verse is that it is my favorite at Christmas time with all my Santa stamps. How many times did your parents tell you if you believe you will get a present from Santa? And we all kept believing well into our 20's?

This was an interpretation from our Mega swap meeting for our SU group. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I've read it, have you?

Our most recent ATC theme was called "Dark Love". I wish I had found this in time for that swap.

One of the trendy books this summer is Fifty Shades of Grey. You may not have read it, but I am sure you heard of it! The discussions around this book usually reference the steamy intimate moments of this couple. However, if you manage to get through all three volumes, as I did, you will see that there really is a story beyond that.

Of course, if you are looking for is a fantasy interlude, well, that works too. I just couldn't help myself when I saw this stamp. It is a digital art stamp, created by Krista Smith of Saturated Canary. I saw it, and immediately bought it!

As I was long overdue with an Anniversary card for my hubby, I thought, why not. He didn't read the book!

Just so you can see, there is a heart and a key charm attached.
The heart says "made with love"

And the inside, "Everything you do is Magic"

Wish me a great night! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Apothocary Art

Back again! This time, with a card that used our new SU dies cuts. Very similar to Spellbinders, SU now sells co-ordinating stamp set and dies. These can be used together or separately. In our upcoming Holiday catalogue, there are a number of bundled packages too. This is a real money saver if you know you are going to buy complimenting items.

In this card, I used the dies that work with the Apothocary Art stamp set. This was first released last year in a mini catalogue, but was brought back this year into the main catalogue. Have a look.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Growing Up stamp set group

For this group, I choose the Need for Speed stamp set. I was off to a good start as I have used this design for a recent swap at the Amazink Canadians Mega Swap. This is my Stampin Up group, and our upline Laura is fabulous at getting us together and inspiring creativity. So why not share a good thing with other Demos? This is a great masculine card, and you know how few we see of those.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Nature Stamps

Flock Together is the name of the stamp set I choose in this group. It kinda reminded me of my Red Hat Chapter that I recently closed. We were called Birds of a Feather, and, if you didn't like us, you could Flock Off. But we quite enjoyed each other, and we flocked together, like birds of a feather! Okay, you get the idea! My ode to the girls!What I did with this card, and a couple others as I moved forward in this swap, is used the matching designer paper (DSP) for the stamp set. I also use the new mini label dies and stamps.
I hope you enjoy the card.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Swap card #4 - My Special Day

So by now, I have made about 80 cards, roughly 20 of each to get 20 diffferent cards back. Oh, I can't wait. This one is a very soft card, great for babies, religious celebrations or use bright colours for birthdays.
What I like about it, is using the embossing frame, die cuts and punches to get the window for the image. I then embossed the paper for the card, and voila! My embellishment here was simply ribbon.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Swap Card #3!

Button Buddies!

As with all SU swaps, you are encouraged to use multi-layers and embellishments, at least one. I find some cards just don't call for them, but it certainly forces creativity, which is why I participate in swaps.

With this card, I feel that the button could be left off and the card still nice. But my snowman has a healthy diet, so his belly is round! I used glossy paper which gave it a nice clean effect, and of course bling!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Next SU group - Seasonal 2

Wicked Cool! Swap card 2

I would like to think my card is wicked cool, but that is the name of the stamp set!
I love this card! I used embossed paper from our current catalogue,then embossed the "spooky" and candlabra on it, used some of the lace ribbon and a distressing effect to give it a bit of an antique feel. Tell me what you think!

Monday, August 6, 2012

And, they're off!

What? Where? 
I have finished creating 14 different cards for a Stampin Up (SU)swap, and 2 additional cards for two additional SU swaps. Plus, 2 different recipe cards for a Magnolia swap, and to top it off, my ATC's for a monthly swap at Scrapbook Queens. Total cards? 262 before ATC's! That's a lot of cards.

 The idea of the large SU swap was that the catalogue was divided into groups by the hostess; and if you participated in all the groups as I did, you would end up with a sample of each stamp set in the SU catalogue. There were 14 groups. For today, let's start with card one.

The first group: Seasonal - Group 1

For this group, I choose Christmas lodge stamp set. I will confess, that this was the last card I made, even though it was the first group. It was a toughy! It is a step card, so from an angle you will see the front verse, then next is the lodge, followed by the tree. I did get the idea online, updated the product and figured out the measurements to ensure the final product would fit in an envelope. Enjoy

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Still Creating!

I keep thinking about how I should be posting way more often  than I do.
I have been working on Stampin Up swaps for the new catalogue and the upcoming mini catalogue. Plus, some Magnolia recipe swaps, ATC's - Oh My!

Stay tuned. Pictures and a lot of great ideas to come.

Thanks for checking in!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March Birthday Madness

After the Christmas rush, and my son's birthday in January, the need for cards dies down dramatically till March.
Suddenly everyone has a birthday again! This month I had at least 6 cards to prepare, and I am sure another will sneak out at me! That's not to include any other occaision cards. So have a peek at what I have been doing over the last few weekends. Hope you like them!
a little something for a co-workers birthday

Inside it says - "we all need a good laugh sometimes!"

This little cutie is for my tweenage granddaughter - who is very involved in soccer

Love this simple stamp! Hope my grandson will too!

Another birthday card

And finally, for all the weekend rock stars in my family!

Hope you like them!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tilda and her Koala

Everyone is getting in on it! The Australian Tilda came to my house too! She is sweet and has just the perfect buddy on her hip. I used pop dots to make the card a bit 3D. The background is also a stamp from Down-under, from Make it Crafty! It is truly the perfect setting for many of the Tilda stamps from Magnolia. I hope you enjoy my card. Thanks for stopping by.

Using my swap kits!


Someone once described me as a collector, and I guesss that can be true. I have a whole room of product and supplies to keep me going. The advantage is I have choice!

Sometimes though, you can create more with limited choice, and are forced to use your creativity. So, I finally got out some of my swap kits and decided to take the challenge.

Below are two samples made from a kit from Shelly R, from Boca Raton Florida! Thanks for the inspiration of including a photo, though mine doesn't look like yours....

 I completed these two cards, with paper and goodies left over for a third card! Thanks so much.
Ahoy Matey

Stamp from Darkroom Door
The Captain is in