Monday, 29 April 2013

Caffeinated Friends

Playing around in my craft room again, just for fun, and came up with this project. This card features my favorite girls from Art Impressions, this time in the  Girlfriends Blend Set.

I'm really big on the Big Shot Edgelits 125595 die - all of a sudden. I've had the die and matching embossing folder for quite and while and never made much use of it, but it sure makes a nice edge on the front of a card.

The base of this card was cut at 5 1/2 inches from Petallics metallic cardstock. The patterned paper is from DCWV. The brown is American Crafts.

The image is on X-Press It Blending Card, stamped in brown Memento Ink. Copics galore were used on the image.

The flower die is from Spellbinders for Heartfelt Creations, from the Aster collection, if memory serves. The leaves behind are Spellbinder.

Dots of brown Liquid Pearls finish it up.

I'm going to enter this card in the Art Impressions Blog Layer It Up Challenge

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Wedding Wishes

I haven't been a very productive little blogger lately. Life's been lobbing lemons at me since late last summer, but I think I'm done trying to make lemonade and hopefully I'm back in the creating groove.

Here's a card I designed for a good friend to celebrate a special wedding. Since I wasn't trying to work with products from one particular company, or guidelines for a particular challenge, I was "free to be me". Here's the list of products I used for this card:

Bella cardstock in cream
Big Shot Edgelits 125595 and matching embossing folder
Stampin Up stamp, VersaMark and clear heat embossing powder
Impression Obsession Flourish stamp
My Favorite Things rolled flower dies
Memory Box La Rue heart die
Big Shot Textured Impressions Stripes embossing folder
Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish die
Faux Pearls

And here's how this card came together....
  1. Cut 5 3/4 inch square card;
  2. Cut one side with the edgelit die and emboss;
  3. Stamp and emboss sentiment;
  4. Stamp and emboss flourish (my flourish ran across score line and so onto the back of the card - I liked the look);
  5. Cut rolled flowers, spritz with water to soften this heavy paper, roll, glue and set aside to dry;
  6. Cut heart die;
  7. Trace around outside of heart die and hand cut. Run resulting heart through striped embossing folder;
  8. Cut two flourishes;
  9. Add pearls and Stickles to flower and allow to dry;
  10. Add Stickles to hearts as desired and allow to dry;
  11. Test run layout of items on card and snip apart elements of the die cut flourishes to suit;
  12. Adhere all layers and you're done! 

Sunday, 14 April 2013

UPDATE - MEGA Blog Candy - Daily Window Bags


As promised, a winner was drawn today for the blog candy shown below. The luck winner is Sue, aka: Mrs. Noofy. Congratulations, Sue!!! Please send me your mailing address and I'll get the CRAFTY BOOK & BIBLE TOTE AND EMBELLISHMENT KIT shown below right out to you! 

Your art slips in right where the white card is, under a plastic sleeve


Back on December 13, I blogged about being chosen as a winner in an art competition held by Daily Window Bags. My prize was a bag that they call the Very Necessary Mini. I've been using this bag for a couple of months now, and I'm quite pleased with it. The tote is not huge which, as a petite woman, I really appreciate. The adjustable straps are just long enough that I can put them on my shoulder and the tote tucks in under my upper arm. Here are a couple of snaps of the bag in my home.

With my Art

Oodles of room for my Kindle

The one improvement I would recommend to Daily Window Bags is to add some kind of closure. I kept worrying that my stuff would fall out of the bag, so I added a toggle closure for a little bit more security. I'd actually like to see a zipper across the top.

But now for the best part! The great people at Daily Window Bag have offered blog candy for my followers!! And it's really great blog candy!!!

Daily Window Bag is offering my followers a product they call the CRAFTY BOOK & BIBLE TOTE AND EMBELLISHMENT KIT. You can see their photos of this tote here. I don't have an I-Pad, but I think one would fit in here easily. This particular tote zips all around the edge so all of your possessions will be contained. It has a hand-sized handle, but no shoulder strap. Here are a few shots I took of this bag in my home.

Your art slips in right where the white card is, under a plastic sleeve

If you are a follower of my blog, and you'd like a chance to own this great tote, just leave a comment on this post. I'll be making a selection from those who enter up to and including April 13th, 2013. When I roll out of bed on April 14, the winner will be chosen.

If you are considering signing up as a follower just to enter for this candy, please don't do it unless you intend to stick around for a while.

Just image walking around with a tote which showcases your very own work of art. People do comment on how unique it is.

Good luck to anyone who enters this draw!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Concertina Tutorial

Good morning! Today I've created a tutorial for Eureka Stamps and QKR Stampede featuring a Concertina card. The stamps I have used in today's project are Eureka's Sweet Dreams Werdz. You can also find this stamp set at QKR Sweet Dreams Werdz

Maybe I should call this a mini-concertina since there are only three panels. I looked at many other styles of concertinas, but I wanted more room on each panel, so I created the pattern below which uses about half of a 12 inch piece of cardstock. Measure 3" up from the bottom on the left side, and 7" up on the right. Connect those two points and that's the line to cut. Make a mountain fold at 4" and a valley fold at 8", and your base is done.

Here's how your base card will look.

Cut designer paper to fit the panels on both sides. In the sample, the pattern papers are cut 1/4 inch smaller than the base panels in both height and width. Adhere the patterned paper.

Next, dress it up. In the sample, lace strips were cut with Spellbinders and adhered to the base. Next, strips of ribbon cover up where the papers meet on both sides of the card. I wanted to just adhere a 12" piece of ribbon right across, but then the card didn't fold well, so I had to snip the ribbon at the folds. Dots of Liquid Pearls were added to one side and allowed to dry overnight before dots were added on the other side.

Words were stamped with Brillliance Ink on pearlized paper, heat embossed, and cut with Spellbinders. (I had planned to use that pearlized paper for the base card, but it cracked when I attempted to fold it, even though it had been scored - just something I need to keep in mind.) Adhere the words to the appropriate panels on the card, and it's done. Here's how the card looks when it's opened up.

Side 1

Side 2

I hope you'll give Concertina cards a try since they're fun to create and are just a little different from the usual card base. Stop by next Wednesday at Eureka's Blog or QKR Stampede's Blog to see a project from one of the new members of the Technique and Tutorial Team.