Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Rock and Roll

This series of cards was created with wonderful Kraftin Kimmie Stamps and the Nifty Fifty Cricut Cartridge. I just love the vintage feel! The stamps are colored with Copics.

Special Sympathy

We lost a senior family member last week, and I needed to make some very special sympathy cards for her family. Here's three of the cards I created, featuring Spellbinders dies and a Heartfelt Creations flower.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Heartfelt Thanks

This card was created as a thank you to a very generous Santa. I'm also using it for this week's MFT Wednesday Stamp Club Challenge.

The colors for this image were inspired by the 2" strip of Christmas paper that I just couldn't throw away cause I thought it was so gorgeous. Just goes to show, we really should keep scraps. I backed that paper with a solid color, and used the bronze for the crystals as well.

The Copic colors used on this image are:
Heart: E04
Shoes and Hair: E 37, E39
Face: E00, E01, R20
Hat & Coat: E08, YG01, YG03, BG32, BG34

Before I attached all that to the card, I cut another sheet of the cardstock and ran it through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder.

Then I was unhappy since I thought the folksy image didn't quite go with the glitzy paper. So I added a top sheet of Scor Tape and topped that with Glitter Ritz Warm Highlights. A small sentiment, also glittered, finished it all off.

Pamper Yourself

This is a card I created for a challenge from My Favorite Things My Favorite Things Guest Designer Contest. The challenge was to implement paper piecing into the design. Here's my entry, and the steps to create it.

To make this card:

1. Cut a piece of heavy cardstock for the base at 7 1/4" by 10 1/2 wide. Score to fold.

2. Cut a piece of white cardstock at 5 1/8 by 7 1/8.

3. Cut two pieces of coordinating patterned paper at 2 15/16 by 5 1/16.

4. Cut two MFT Die-Namics Open Scallop Edge Borders from white cardstock

5. Stamp the image on a piece of XPress Blending card and 4 coordinating pattern papers.

6. Using the wall pattern for your base, cut out pieces from the other patterns and adhere them to your base.

7. Color the blending card with Copics B000, E000, E00. Cut out the pieces and attach them to the image.

8. Highlight with Stampin Up's Dazzling Details and set aside to dry.

9. Cut MFT Die-Namics Rolled Flower, crinkle the paper in your hand, roll, shape and glue. Add a pearl in the centre and set aside to dry.

10. Cut two leaves from Cuttlebug die.

11. Tie a small ribbon bow.

12. Cut a label (this one is from Spellbinders). Stamp a sentiment on white cardstock. Trim to size appropriate for label and adhere.

13. Adhere all layers and pat yourself on the back!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Baby Boy Train

What better way to celebrate a new year than to welcome a new baby! One of my most popular card designs is Baby Boy Train. Here's a snap of my latest version, and step-by-step directions follow using the Cricut machine along with the New Arrival and Elegant Edges cartridges. This card requires a good hour or more to create, but it's so worth it.

1.   Choose a heavy card stock and create a 5.75" card base. Round the outside corners.

2.   Select five coordinating patterned papers. Smaller pattern designs work best. 6" paper sheets will work for this design, but you will need two sheets of the darkest color. My selection is from SEI's Moonrise collection.

3. Fire up the Cricut and insert the Elegant Edges cartridge.
a.  From your darkest pattern, cut two of <scallop2> with Border feature at .7"
b.  Cut one of <scallop1> with Shift and Shadow features at 2"
c.  From a scrap of white or cream cardstock, cut one of <scallop1> with Oblong feature

4. Switch to New Arrival cartridge and, from darkest pattern cut:
a.  <train> with Shadow feature at 2 1/2"
b.  <bear> with Shadow feature at 2"
c.  <giraffe> with Flip and Shadow feature at 3 1/2"

5. From other patterns, cut:
a.  <train> at 2 1/2" and <giraffe> with Flip at 3 1/2" (don't worry if your giraffe feet run off the paper cause you won't need them)
b.  <train-S>
c.   with paper cutter, cut a rectangle 5 5/8" wide by 4" deep for background

6. Trim or sand any rough edges. You should have a collection which looks like this.

7. Attach border to back of background and trim border to fit.

8. Assemble layers of animals and train. Insert brads. Trim bottoms of animals, cutting at about mid-tummy.

9. Stamp sentiment on oval, and attach to shadow oval. Add ribbon trim, and decorate with markers if desired.

10. Attach all pieces to card with strong adhesive (I use Scor Tape) and, voila, you're done! Unless, of course, you decide to do something spectacular on the inside.

Happy New Year!

Tomorrow, January 2,  is the day that I traditionally put my house back in order after the Christmas season. I figure things need to be packed back up before they need dusting - LOL!

A highlight of my season this year was the Mobile Solutions Calgary client appreciation concert featuring the fabulous Grammy-nominated jazz artist Tierney Sutton. Talk about a velvet voice. Here's a snap of me (left)and my Sister-in-Law, Sue, of Mobile Solutions.