Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Kards for Kids February Challenge

This set of cards is in response to the February color challenge to the Smiley Team creating cards for Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. Learn more about the program and the challenge at Kards for Kids .

This silly monkey was cut on the Cricut Machine with the New Arrivals Cartridge at 4.5" default. He was topped off with brown flocking. The base  SU cardstock is cut to create a 5 3/4" square. the unknown designer paper is cut at 5 1/2". SU corner punch added a bit of interest in the top corners, and an SU stamp was used for the sentiment.

The challenge was to use a plaid PJ theme in brown, green and beige. I had no plaid, nor PJ's, so substituted dots and monkeys.

This young man is an image from Sugar Plums. He originally came with a balloon, but I removed most of the balloon ink with a damp paper towel before stamping.

He's on X-Press It blending card in Momento black and colored in Copics as follows:
Jeans: B91, B93, B95, B97
Shirt: E40, E41, E42
Shoes: N0, N3, N5
Hair: E35, E37, E 39
Skin: E00, E01, R20

The boat image is from Cricut's New Arrivals cut at 3.5" and the waves are from the Plantin cartridge, cut at 2" and trimmed down. The sentiment is and punches are SU.

The challenge was to use navy, grey, white and cream in a nautical theme.

Hero Arts Sweet Wonderful You image is in Momento Rich Cocoa on X-Press It and colored with Copics as follows:
Hair: E34, E35, E37, E39. highlited with Spica Buttermilk, Gold and Chocolate
Skin: E000, E02, R20
Clothes and Flowers: RV11, RV13, G000, G00
Bag: as above plus E31, E33, G02

The cardstock and designer paper is all SU. The flower die cut is Cuttlebug and the lace trim is My Favorite Things. The sentiment is heat embossed in Distress Ink Worn Lipstick.

The challenge here was to use pink, green and white with florals.

The challenge was to use red and white gingham in a country theme. Well, this is what I had to work with - LOL!

The cardstock is Stardream Metallic and the designer paper is SU.

Cricut's Mother's Day Bouquet was used to cut the flower.

A spellbinder die, cut in half, holds the SU sentiment.

This challenge was to use red, blue and navy in a baseball theme. Again, I had to use what I had.

The navy and red cardstock pieces are SU, the light blue cardstock is unknown. A Cuttlebug embossing folder adds interest to the light blue, and was sponged with Distress Chipped Sapphire. The greeting is SU in Sapphire.

The High Hopes image is stamped with Momento Black on X-Press It, cut with Spellbinders, sponged with Distress Weathered Wood,  and colored with Copics as follows.
Jeans: B91, B93, B95
Hat: Y06, Y08
Leather & Ant: E13, E15, E17, E18, E19
Wood: E30, 31, 33
Tools: N0, N3, N5/Red accents: R27

Stiletto Heals

OK, who out there can honestly say their girly-girl insides don't crave a pair of shoes like this? Personally, I would put up with aching feet for days to wear these out for a night!

I have to send sincere appreciation to the talented, kind and generous Shanna Shands for both the design and the image on this card. I spotted Shanna's card on her Splitcoast Gallery and simply fell in love. I emailed Shanna to inquire where to purchase the image and how she got it larger than the stamp. She instantly replied with Great Impressions Stamps and shared the stunning simple idea of enlarging a stamped image with a photocopier.

So here is my card. The base is 5 3/4" square, cut from Stardream metallics. The designer paper is unknown. The red square is also Stardream, as is the black circle on top of it. The image was scanned from the stamp via my scanner/printer onto X-Press It Blending Card and immediately set with heat embossing powder. The image was then colored with Copics.

Thanks again, Shanna!

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Birthday Beauty

It's my Sister-in-law's birthday in a few days, and I love to do something extra special for her birthday card simply because she's one of the finest women I know - kind, beautiful and accomplished. Here's what I've created for her this year.

The base of the card is Stardream metallic cardstock in a creamy color, cut at 5 3/4" square. A dark green layer at 5 1/2" square is attached to the base. Then three panels of yellow/green cardstock at 5 1/4 x 1 5/8" are added, followed by panels of designer paper from K&Company cut at 5 x 1 1/2".

Shabby Shutters Distress Ink was sponged lightly on to a piece of watercolor paper.  Heartfelt Creations Wildflower was stamped on top in Barn Door Distress Ink, and the watercolor paper was set aside to dry. When it was smudge-proof, Copics were used to add more color to the flower. Colors used were: R20, R21, R22, R24 along with YG00 and YG01. Small dots of Martha Stewart glitter finish off the centre of the flower.

A circle of the yellow/green was cut using a Heartfelt Creations die from their Artistic Gatefold collection. A greeting from Heartfelt Creations was added to a Spellbinders tag.

Hope she loves it!

Monday, 13 February 2012

Twins First Birthday


These cards were created to mark the first birthday of twins, a boy and a girl. The design of the card was inspired by the work of the very talented Mary Fish. I knew I wanted something that incorporated many colors and this design certainly made that possible.

These cards are 5 3/4 inches square. The base of the cards and the white squares on the fronts are done in Stardream metallic cardstock. The colored cardstock is Stampin Up. The squares are just over 1 1/2 inches, and cut with a Spellbinders die.

The animals were cut with Cricut New Arrival and Sampler cartridges, with the default set at 2 inches. The butterfly was decorated with small brads and Stickles, while the lion features Perfect Pearls.

The banner is just a 1 inch strip with the corners rounded. The words are Stamping Up while the candle is Inkadinkado.

The kids might be too small to appreciate the cards, but I hope the parents get a kick out of them.

You and Me

This is the Valentine I designed for my husband. It's a grey, cloudy day here in Alberta, so the photo is kinda dark, even with the software correction, but you get the idea. I think this is a perfect representation of the two of us - he is solid, strong and loves clean design while I love details, color and a bit of sparkle.

This is a 5 3/4 inch square card done in Stampin Up dove grey cardstock. Next, is a black layer cut 1/4 inch smaller.

A piece of grey card, along with a second small strip, were embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. Then they were trimmed to eliminate any un-embossed (is that a word?) areas. The strip on the left was adhered first, then the full piece to the right. The seam was covered with a piece of satin ribbon, and a small knot of ribbon topped it off.

The sentiment was stamped with black Versa Fine on Stampin Up Whisper White and heat embossed with clear powder. A small Spellbinders die was used to cut it down to a good size, and also to create the under layer. The shapes were cut about in half, adhered and the cut side tucked under the ribbon.

The Michael Strong heart stamp was stamped in Versa Mark, then heat embossed with pink powder. The stamp was inked with Versa Fine in black, and heat embossed with clear. The hearts were hand trimmed, mounted onto the opposite colors, and again trimmed.

After adhering the hearts, a dot of Stickles was added to the centre of each embossed heart still showing. I few self-adhesive crystals topped off the stamped heart.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Heart on a String

This little cutie was created for one of My Favorite Things challenges. I just love their Joline images, and this one is perfect for Valentine's Day cards.The cardstock is Stampin Up, the fabulous designer paper is K&Company and X-Press It Blending card colored with Copics was used for the image. The card measures 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Valentine Hearts

Valentine's Day is fast approaching. Here's a valentine I made using Cricut's Damask cartridge.

It couldn't be easier. Just choose a 12x12 inch patterned paper and a coordinating cardstock. With the cardstock on the mat, choose the Heart with the Shift Card option, and cut at 5.6 inches default. Then cut the Heart with Card option. I found that if I placed the paper just a 1/4 inch lower than normal, and then flipped what was left of the paper after the first cut and again placed it 1/4 inch lower, I could get both shapes from one sheet.

Next. Cut the Heart with Shift Card out of the patterned paper. Trim the patterned paper 1/8 each on either side of the score line.

Put the layers together and embellish. I've used Stickles on one and faux pearls on the other. Done - quick and easy!

Thursday, 2 February 2012

HFC Gatefold w Cuttlebug

Heartfelt Creations released an absolutely beautiful set of products entitled the Artistic Gatefold Collection. I simply fell in the love with the results! I don’t own a Grand Calibur machine which was demonstrated in the HFC Video video, however, I was certain there had to be a way to get the same results with my Cuttlebug. So I ordered the HDC716 die set anyway. I’m quite pleased with the results. Follow along below and make your own gatefold card with just a Cuttlebug.

For the background:

Cut a piece of cardstock 4 ½ x 7 inches. Place die on paper and hold steady with a tape that will release easily. I use painters tape. Ensure that the die is 2 ¼ inches from the top of the paper. Cut and snip off at end of cut.

Then cut two pieces 2 ¾ x 5 ¼ inches. Score at ½ inch. Attach dies and cut. Trim if necessary to fit well with the first piece and tape together. I use Scor Tape.

For the lacy overlay:

Cut a piece of the lighter color cardstock at 4 ¼ x 6 7/8 inches.
Cut four pieces at 2 ¼ x 5 ¼ inches.

Place the largest intricate die on the largest cardstock piece. Slip a piece of wax paper between the die and the cardstock to facilitate easy removal. Tape in place and run through the machine. You will likely need to run through the machine several times to get a clean cut. Move the paper to a different spot on your cutting plates each time. I even flipped over my top plate. It’s important to get a clean cut or you’ll spend ages with your tiny scissors trying to snip any paper shreds.

With each smaller piece, hold the light cardstock behind the darker (already cut) cardstock and trace the cut. Then place your die on the trace and tape down. This ensures your cut will line up with the previous cut when you start attaching the layers.

Now decorate your light panels. Sponge the edges with Distress Bundled Sage ink. Then, on the panels destined for the inside, stamp images. I used Inkadinkado’s Best Friends and Hearts & Love sets again in the Bundled Sage. On the outside panels, stamp a light background.

Stamp an image on another piece of light cardstock. I used three flowers from the Heartfelt Creation’s Vintage Wildflower Set HCPC2272 and Distress Worn Lipstick. I also stamped a butterfly from the Inkadinkado Best Friends set. I heat embossed the flowers and butterfly, and cut them out.

Cut a Cuttlebug leaf, sponge the edges and stamp in the same background as the front panel.

Cut a panel for sentiment with Spellbinders, stamp and emboss a greeting. Use the die to stencil more Worn Lipstick around the inside. Sponge the outside with Bundled Sage.

Adhere the layers. I used Tombow for the lacy parts, and Scor Tape for all else.

One note: adhere the flower to the front of the right panel, with it overlapping the left side. Then place adhesive on the left side of the leaf only. With the flower attached, close the card and then attach the leaf overlapping the flower just slightly to hold the panels closed. You might also attach ribbon or twine to the card fronts, perhaps with brads, for this purpose.

Continue to embellish as desired. I used small faux pearls.