Sunday, 23 September 2012

Cream Lace

There's just something special about an all-while card. I had a wedding card in mind when I designed this, but it be used for almost any occasion. I had in mind to submit this to Heartfelt Creations Design Team search, so the following information is written in their format.

Products Used:

Heartfelt Creation HCD 716 Layered Swirl Die
Spellbinders Carnations Shapeabilities
Spellbinders Foliage Shapeabilities 
Stardream Metallic Cardstock
Warm Highlights Micro Glitter
Faux Pearls
Tombow Glue


1.      From background cardstock, cut 4.5 x 7 inch rectangle. Apply a layer of Scor-tape to entire piece, leaving top protective layer of tape in place;
2.      Tape large scallop die to top of paper, having bottom of die 2 1/4 inches from the top of the paper. Cut;
3.      Cut two pieces of cardstock at 2 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches, and cover with Scor-tape (leaving ½ inch on outer sides bare), leaving top protective layer of tape in place;
4.      Tape down small scallop dies, matching front of die to inner edge, and top of third scallop to top of paper. Cut;
5.      Score outer edge of smaller pieces at 1/2 inch;
6.      Cut a piece of cardstock at 4 1/4 x 6 7/8 inches;
7.      Centre large elegant swirl die at top of paper and tape at the top of die. Slip a piece of wax paper between die and paper to facilitate easy release of die. Cut;
8.      Cut two pieces of cardstock at 2 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches. Place small elegant swirl dies as close to inner edge of paper as possible and with third scallop at the top of paper. Tape and add wax paper. Trim outside edge and bottom as necessary to fit background shapes well;
9.      Peel off protective layer of Scor-Tape and carefully place elegant swirl pieces on tape. Try not to touch tape. Sprinkle micro-glitter onto visible areas of Scor-Tape and tap off excess;
10.  Adhere sides to back with generous amounts of Scor-Tape;
11.  Adhere ribbon ends to card with Scor-Tape, and tie a bow;
12.  Cut multiple layers of various sizes of Carnations with die. Shape as per Heartfelt Creations video, and layer to create 3 full flowers. Randomly apply glue and more mirco-glitter and allow to dry.
13.  Cut 3 leaf shapes with die and snip one leaf apart at stems;
14.  Artfully arrange leaves and flowers;
15.  Place pearls in the centres of the flowers.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Falling Into Fall

 It's time again for a QKR Stampede Blog Challenge. This week, the theme is Fall Fun, and what's more fun than playing in falling leaves? Check out the Challenge cause there are always generous prizes from QKR Stampede.

Here's how my entry came together. First cut a 5 3/4 inch square card. Cut a contrast layer at 5 5/8 inches, and a patterned paper at 5 1/2 inches. Cut a fancy square with a Spellbinder shape.

Print Digi Scarecrow and Leaves on X-Press It Blending Card. Color with Copics. Trim to fit inside the fancy shape.

Adhere patterned layer to contrast layer and wrap with cotton cord. Adhere to card base. Tie small pieces of the cotton cord through 3 small and 1 large cardboard buttons. Adhere to front of card.

Wrap it up with a touch of gold Liquid Pearls to the hat buckle.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

This a QKR September Design Team project. This one celebrates the beautiful, rich colors of Autumn. This card is full of shimmer which is (obviously) one of my favorite looks. It features the QKR Stampde image entitled Digi Leaf.

This card begins with a 5 3/4" square base cut in Stardream metallic. Next cut four squares in a contrast color at 2 5/8", and another four squares in the base color at 2 1/2". Emboss the smaller squares with Cuttlebug's Bird Call folder. Adhere all layers.

Next, print the leaves in three different sizes onto watercolor paper. I set the images at 8", 4.5" and 4". Sponge Distress Ink onto the leaves in Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick and Vinage Photo. Cut out the leaves. Apply an edge and varied dots with a VersaMark pen and heat emboss in gold. Spray the leaves with, orange, green and gold tones of Smooch Spritz. While wet, krinkle each leaft in your had. Gently open up the leaves and allow to dry or dry with heat gun. Cut stems off two smaller leaves and reserve. Cut the two smaller leaves into two halves. Adhere large leaf to card with a bead of glue down the centre. Tuck leaf halves just underneath the main leaf, and adhere. Glue leaf stems close to main leaf stem.

Create ribbon bow and attach. Finish with 3 cyrstals.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

A+ in Printing

This squirrel looks pretty worried, but he needn't be cause he got an A+ on his first printing worksheet. This idea is near to my heart since my first grade teacher told me if my printing didn't improve, I'd never make it far in life!

This project was created for QKR Stampede and the Weekly Challenge #4 Back to School. Check out the challenge for some very enticing prizes. This digi image is Writing Squirrel. Here's how this card came together...

Start with a 5 3/4" square cardstock base. Cut a 5 1/2" square in a contrasting color (pulled from the patterned paper) and a 5 1/4" square from a patterned paper.

Print the squirrel on X-Press It Blending Card and color with Copics. I used:
Fur: E30, 31, 34, 35, 37, 39. Color the fur first and, when dry, apply a couple of drops of blending solution to a scrap of washcloth and dab over fur to create texture.
Pencil: YR21, 23, 24 and E04
Jeans: B91, 93, 95
Shirt: E07

Trim image to size you desire and cut a square of contrast cardstock just bit bigger.

With Circut's Plantin cartridge, cut an A+ at 1.5" and a star a 1" from a third cardstock color, and cut shadows of these shapes from the original contrast cardstock.

Adhere all layers and dot with Stickles in Spiced Marigold.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Telescoping Roses

This is a project I created as a QKR Stampede Design Team Member. I just love QKR Stampede images for the opportunity they provide to color. I'm Copics crazy, and I'm always looking for that quality in my stamp choices. This beauty is the Digi Roses image.

It's done in a Telescoping Image Technique that was recently featured on the Splitcoaststampers website. Basically, you stamp or print two images. Then you color them, if desired, and cut them out with four increasing larger dies - two per image.

This rose was done in Copics:
V12, 15, 17 and
G20, 21, 24

The dark base is Stampin Up cardstock, and the patterned paper is K & Co. I created a hat pin with Swarovski crystals and faux pears. A bow and dots of Stickles in the flower centres wrap it up.

Also check out the QKR Stampede Blog for more design team ideas and great weekly contests!