Friday, 30 November 2012

Looks Like Christmas

It's challenge time again at the QKR Stampede Blogspot. This week's challenge features the theme "Looks Like Christmas" and it sure does look like Christmas everywhere I go these days. In my naive youth, I used to think end of November was WAY too early to be doing Christmas events and shopping but, now that I craft almost everything we need and give, end of November is when I start to wonder if I'll get it all done in time!

Anyway, this happy guy is a QKR Stampede digi image found here: Bringing a Tree. As usual, it's a great image to color. My Copics R24, 27 and 29 are really getting a work-out these days. The sentiment is Ho Ho Ho.

The body of this card started with a base card of Stampin Up cardstock folded at 5 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches. Then I cut it with a Spellbinder, placing the cutting blade of the die just outside the fold. Then I cut and embossed another piece of the same card with the same die and adhered it to the card front so the front of the card has a complete die cut. I chose a smaller size of the same die to cut a window in the lower part of the card and slipped a sentiment between the two card layers.

A scrap of Christmas paper (this one from Bo Bunny) cut with the same die and a few strips of contrast card stock complete the cuts. A touch of Stickles gives the card a little sparkle, and we're done.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Luv U, Santa

Another sweet, sweet stamp from the Tiny Tots line at Art Impressions. These images bring back all the wonderful childhood memories I experienced at Christmas - as if the artist was right there beside me back then. I think it takes a special kind of talent to do that.

Here's a close up of the image. Other than a lot of coloring, this card came together quickly with basic cuts of left-over Christmas paper. Spellbinders dies and Distress Ink sponging were used to give interest to the focal panel. Stickles and brads just top it all off.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Post & Wreathe

Another quick and easy Cricut project. This one is a 5 3/4 inch square card in Stardream Metallic with a square of pretty paper adhered to the front. Then the fun begins!

Cut a sign post from the Cricut Christmas Noel cartridge (I believe this one was cut at 5 inches), adhere to front of card and decorate with Stickles. Cut a circle for the base of the wreathe with Spellbinders. Then cut a multitude of snowflakes (these done with a Cuttlebug die) and attach to the wreathe. Be smarter than I was and add glitter to your snowflakes BEFORE you adhere them - otherwise glitter shakes out of the card forever. Dot with Stampin Up Cherry Cobler liquid glitter. Add a bow and call it done.

Next time, I'll also cut the layer for the sign in a lighter color and stamp a greeting which would show in the centre of the wreathe.

I'm going to enter this project at Oozak's Winter Vibes Challenge.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Christmas Eve Dance

Art Impressions Tiny Tots are some of my favorite images to create with since they are so darned cute!
Can't you just feel the excitement of the little guy on the left?

I've tried to CASE the great talent of Sandy Allnock in her Copic tutorial for coloring a night scene. Some of Sandy's videos can be found now via a link at Oozak home page. Click soon to see the night scene video. This was a new idea for me and I had to color more than one image before I was happy with the results. Do give it a try.

This card is 5 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches, done in crystal Stardream Metallic with Stampin Up cardstock in green and a scrap of Christmas paper (whose origin I've lost track of). The green under the image was cut with Spellbinders Card Creator Fancy Ribbon Threader.

Copic colors for this project were:
Outfits: R27, V25, B 34, R56 / Skin: E11&13 / Tree: G24&Y21 / Sky: BV29 / Shading: C1,3,5&7
A pretty ribbon with some Stickles and Liquid Pearls accents wrap it all up.

I will be entering this card in the Oozak Winter Vibes Challenge.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Watercolor Poinsettia

This just might be my favorite project this season. OK, I might have said that about another one just the other day - lol. Kinda like a mother who loves all her children, I guess.

This Sunshine Designs poinsettia was stamped on watercolor paper with VeraMark and heat embossed with gold. Then I used a waterbrush to dip into drops of Distress Re-Inkers. I started with a light wash of Scattered Straw. On the top petals, I then added Festive Berries close to the centre, and then I squeezed a tiny bit of water over each petal and watched the color run and settle. On the lower petals, I also added a touch of Aged Mahogany before the water. Around the flowers, I add a hint of Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss, blending out with water. After allowing time to dry, I left the watercolor square pressed under a stack of cardstock overnight to flatten.

Stampin Up green cardstock and red Stardream Metallics in text weight complete the papers. Spellbinders were used to cut the fancy frame. The sentiment is heat embossed with Stampin Up Cherry Cobler. Gold ribbon and thread, along with a red crystal complete the card.

Besides using this in my personal card mailout this year, I'm going to enter it into the Oozak Blog Challenge Winter Vibes.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Cricut Christmas Deer

I don't know what it is about me and deer this Christmas, but they seem to be leaping into quite a few of my projects - LOL. Cricut images make quick and easy cards during this busy crafting season. They also make it easy to create masculine projects; in fact, I think this one will be my Dad's card.

Here's how this card came together.
  1. Start with a base card at 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches. Mine is Stardream metallics. You want a heavy card to support the layers;
  2. Add a contrast color at 5 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches (text weight Stardream);
  3. Add a layer of designer paper (The Paper Studio's Christmas Treasures Glitter Stripe) cut at 5 x 7, and adhere all layers;
  4. Cut the deer with Cricut's Christmas Noel cartridge, including Shift and Shadow. Unfortunately, I neglected to note the size, but I'm guessing it was at 6 inches. Adhere all layers and add a small brad for the eye;
  5. Stamp a greeting (this one is Stampin Up) in VersaMark and heat emboss in green. Adhere to a small piece of the contrast color. Wrap with silver thread and adhere to card.
That's it - you're done!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Bright Blue Ornaments

Here's a quick and simple Christmas card idea. This card features QKR Stampede's  digi15706 Christmas Border. It's a perfect image to feature in a frame cut and embossed with Spellbinder rectangles.

I colored the ornaments with Copics and added a bit of bling with micro-fine glitter (which is hard to see here). I used the Scor-Pall to add some detail toward the bottom of the card. A couple strips of scrap ribbon (which I knew I should save for a reason - LOL) add a further bit of sparkle. One of the new Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two fames the silver heat embossed sentiment and completes the card.

Here's a tip: Since this is basically a one layer card, plan the trimming of your image carefully. You want it to be large enough to cover the edges of the blue card stock, when you look at the inside of the card. Does anyone have any good ideas for how to decorate the back of that panel which is visible on the inside?

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Santa is Checking Twice

Welcome to QKR Stampede's First Blog Hop entitled, "Santa is Checking It Twice."

The QKR Stampede design team is showcasing a brand new release just in time for the holidays. This digital image, digi24240 Santa's List ,  is just one of the many beautiful stamps you will find in the QKR Stampede Store.  Come join us as we hop along from each of our designers as they share their fabulous creations using this new digital image. It's amazing how many different creations can be imagined from the same image.

There will be Two Mystery Design Team Members who will each be choosing a winner from the comments left on their hop post! These winners will each win our featured QKR  Stampede digital  image.

There will also be One Grand Prize winner of the hop chosen from comments left on the very last stop, which is QKR Stampede Blog. The Grand Prize Winner will receive 5 new digital stamps of their choice from the QKR Stampede Store.

Our hop will run through Saturday November 17th with winners announced on Sunday November 18th on the QKR Stampede blog. Don't miss the fun and don't forget to leave a comment at each stop!!

Thanks for hopping along with us. You can read the directions for my card below, and your next stop on the hop is the lovely ­­­­­­­­­­Gemma's blog at

Here's how my card came together....
  1. Cut a card base at 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches;
  2. Print image on X-Press It Blending Card and color with Copics as follows: Hat: R37, 39 / Skin: E000, 01 / Fingernails and Mouth: E04 / Glasses: B000 / Shirt: E50, 51 / Vest: E84, 87 / Pants: E87 / Bag: E17, 19 / Socks: E39 / Slippers: E35, 37 / List: E40, 41 / Chair: E31, 34 / Shadows: C0, C1;
  3. Sponge edges of image with Distress Scattered Straw;
  4. Cut window frame with Circut's Christmas Noel cartridge at 7 1/2 inches (trim to fit front of card) and attach image to back of frame;
  5. Cut scrap piece of dark blue to fill the top of the window frame and attach to back of frame;
  6. Cut leaves and flowers with Cricut and layer with loops of gold thread;
  7. Accent with Liquid Pearls and Stickles as desired.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Snowy Cabin in Burnished Velvet

This clean and simple (well, my idea of simple - LOL) card was created for the QKR Stampede Blog Challenge entitled "Winter Wonderland" My card features the QKR Stampede digi image Snowy Cabin. To evoke the image of sparkling frozen flakes, this card is done completely in Stardream Metallic cardstock with the Burnished Velvet Technique.

Here's how it all came together....

  1. Cut a card base in black cardstock to create a 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inch card;
  2. Cut a rectangle in red cardstock at 5 x 7 inches;
  3. Emboss a black rectangle with Spellbinder's M-Bossibilities; Winter Wonders, Design B and trim to 4 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches;
  4. Print the QKR digi image and trim, cover with Scor-Tape, peel off the protective layer, sprinkle over transparent micro-fine glitter, tap off excess and burnish (rub with fingers to enhance shine);
  5. Choose rectangular Spellbinder die which will cut an area to match the size of your image, cut this rectangle out of a piece of red cardstock, adhere resulting red frame over image;
  6. Centre the next larger Spellbinder rectangular die at the top of the black embossed card and cut;
  7. Adhere red layer underneath, and then adhere embossed panel to front of card.
Hint: if you aren't using metallic cardstock, consider running your VersaMark ink pad gently over the embossed panel and heat embossing in clear or a transparent sparkle.

Check out the other DT creations in the Winter Wonderland Challenge, and enter your own work for a chance to win great QKR Stampede images.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Winter Deer

This post may take a while to publish as my cat insists on getting between me and screen, but here goes. Today's card is pretty quick to put together because it has no coloring - quite the exception for me, LOL! It features the fabulous SEI paper collection entitled "Winter Song". It might be a bit hard to see in the photo, but the papers are enhanced with flocking, foil and glitter - not to mention stunning designs.

Here's how it came together....
Cut a base to create a card 5 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches;
Cut a contrast rectangle at 5 x 7 inches;
Cut four pieces of coordinating paper and ahere to the contrast piece;
Wrap with ribbon, tucking ends underneath;
Adhere to card front;
Cut a piece of paper, featuring an interesting bit of design, with Sissiz Framelits Labels Collection;
Create a frame out of another piece of the paper with a contrasting color, using the Framelits and adhere those layers to the card;
Cut a Spellbinder label from the contrast card, stamp a sentiment on a lightly colored piece of the paper and adhere all layers to card. This sentiment was heat embossed with VersaMark and StampinUp Cherry Cobler embossing powder;
And you're done - unless you want to add some stickles to the deer...hmmmm.....

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Elves Not Elvis

I love creating for Christmas. As I plan a project, I think of the recipient, what they like, and how much they mean to me. Then I can make something special just for that person. As fellow crafters, I know you understand. This is a project I created as a DT member for QKR Stampede. I've used digi16709 Need More Elves for this card. How cute is this image?

Here's how this card came together...
Cut a 5 3/4 inch square card;
Cut a red square at 5 1/2 inches;
Cut three strips of designer paper at 1 x 5 1/2 inches;
Print image and color with Copics R24, R27, R29, E01, E02, BG 10, BG11, BG72, BG96, BG99, Y26, C00, C1, C3, C5, C7 and C9;
Trim image and shade edges with scribbles of BG10;
Cut red rectangle just a bit bigger than the image;
Adhere strips to red card, adhere smaller red rectangle, and adhere image;
Add snowflake brad, color with Copics and add Stickles for a bit of sparkle;
Adhere all to card base;
Dot with Stickles, and it's done!

Friday, 2 November 2012

I'm Thankful

The theme of the Weekly Challenge at QKR Stampede is Giving Thanks. Pop on over the to the blog and see the Design Team's work along with the public entries in the challenge. Once again, the challenge prize is cute and quirky QKR Stampede art.

Thanksgiving reminds me of what is really important in my life - family and friends. This card honors the friends in my life. It features QKR's digi9206 Autumn Friends and the sentiment is digi15808 Good Friends.

Here's how this card came together.

Cut a base card at 5 3/4 inches square;
Cut a contrast card color at 5 5/8 inches square;
Cut a designer paper at 5 1/2 inches square. This one is from SEI;
Print the image and color with Copics: Dress - BV00, 02, 04 /Blouse RV00 / Coveralls B91, 93, 95 / Shirt C1, 3 / Vine G94, 99 / Cheeks R20 / Hat Y21, 23 / Pumpkin YR12, 14, 15, 21 / Skin E000, 00, 01 / Hair 17, 18, 19 and 23, 25, 27 / Shoes 30, 31, 34 / Boots 37, 39;
Cut and emboss image with Spellbinders and sponge with Distress Ink Antique Paper;
Trace outside of same Spellbinders die and hand cut (to give a small border);
Cut sentiment with Spellbinders and trim to fit well.
Add ribbon and dots of Stickles;
Adhere all layers, and you're done!