Thursday, 30 October 2014

Northern Flurry embossed on vellum

Vellum can be used in so many different ways.  It adds a touch of elegance to almost every project in which it is included.   I always tuck a card into each order that I deliver, as a little thank you for the business, and this time I decided to make a Christmas card.

I wanted to keep it very simple but, of course, I wanted it to have a WOW factor as well.  With that in mind, I chose to use the Northern Flurry embossing folder on Vellum cardstock before stamping the little bear from the White Christmas stamp set in the lower right corner.  Using an embossing folder on Vellum is really effective.  The embossed lines become white where they're raised.  With the snowflakes of the Northern Flurry, that makes quite a winter statement.

I came to a grinding halt with my colours.  The Vellum was the easy part as was my decision to back it with a layer of Soft Sky.  After that, however, I waffled between having a base of Naturals White with a frame of Lost Lagoon around the Vellum combination or having a base of Night of Navy with a frame of Marina Mist around it.  Finally I made both and would say that I probably like the one with the Naturals White a bit more by a very slight margin.  What do you think?

I've coloured the little bear from the reverse side of the vellum using my Chalk Marker, added several rhinestones and a snowflake sequin.  The sentiment is from the hostess Good Greetings stamp set.

For more cards using vellum as their focus, check out Addicted to CAS.

Monday, 27 October 2014

PCCC #115, SSC87 --- Love the Nutcracker

Originally I bought the Santa Stache stamp set simply because I loved the idea of putting a die-cut moustache onto Santa's face.  And that's what I did with several cards.  I completely ignored and neglected the Nutcracker.  Well that isn't happening any longer.  I made a little Nutcracker gift box for my blog hop post last week and fell in love with the wonderful colours that can be used on him.  Santa really doesn't invite any colour experimentation, after all.

There are two challenges for which I've created this card:  the Paper Craft Crew Challenge

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 115

 and the Sunday Stamps Challenge.

The first one because of the sketch and the second one because of the colours.  The challenges were perfect for another opportunity to play with the Nutcracker.

I decided to use Naturals White for my base and then added a layer of Cherry Cobbler and another layer of Naturals White.  At the bottom of the Naturals White layer, I added a strip of the plaid pattern from the Trim the Tree Designer Paper Stack and the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon.

For the bottom rectangle, I used Cherry Cobbler embossed with the Argyle embossing folder and mounted on a narrow base of Naturals White.  For the upper rectangle, I used Whisper White onto which I stamped the Nutcracker and mounted on a base of Tempting Turquoise.  I used my Pumpkin Pie and Skin Colour Blendabilities to colour his face, hair and moustache.  For his uniform and hat, I used the Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Markers.

To finish the sketch, I stamped little stars from the Holiday Home stamp set using Tempting Turquoise ink in the upper right corner.  Then I added a strip of Silver Glimmer paper and a Daffodil Delight button (retired).  In the lower right corner I added three stars cut from Daffodil Delight using my Confetti Stars punch.  For my sentiment I stamped "merry christmas" from the Holiday Home stamp set, cut it into a tag, sponged it with Cherry Cobbler, and attached it to the Seam Binding Ribbon using a safety pin from the Vintage Trinkets (retired).  A small heart in Red Glimmer Paper attached randomly near the top of the Nutcracker's rectangle finished the card.

For more cards that use this sketch, check out the Paper Craft Crew Challenge.

For more cards that use these colours, check out the Sunday Stamps Challenge.

For a Christmas card challenge where anything goes, check out Christmas Card Challenge as well as Completely Christmas.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Home --- a clean and simple challenge

Our weather is turning colder.  It's not so bad on sunny days but on days such as today, when it's overcast all day long, it feels colder and becomes depressing.  I know winter is just around the corner for this area of the world and I'm just not ready.  I went kicking and screaming from my comfortable flip-flops and sandals to my light sneakers but winter boots?  No, I'm not ready for that yet.

At least when I'm making cards, I can shut out the grey skies and work in my snug crafting room.  And so I turned to the challenges I have enjoyed and, yes, found a couple that appealed to me.  Thankfully they also compliment each other so that I can make the one card and enter both challenges.  Yay!

CASology has as its inspiration word, HOME.  That can be open to so many interpretations, which I find appealing.  Then I also found a great sketch at the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and knew the two would work nicely together.


I began with a base of Early Espresso cardstock.  I wanted to keep it very simple and so left it with the one layer and went on to stamping my image onto a smaller square of Whisper White.  I chose the little bird in its nest from the For the Birds stamp set.  Instead of using the sentiment that is attached to the image, I masked it and stamped only the image.  On a separate small piece of Whisper White I stamped my sentiment from the Holiday Home stamp set.

I used the Crumb Cake Blendabilities for the bird's nest along with the deepest shade from the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.  For the bird, I used the lightest of the Night of Navy Blendabilities.  The beak was coloured with my Crisp Cantaloupe Stampin' Marker and the little heart was coloured with my Real Red Stampin' Marker.

I cut out the sentiment using my 1 3/8" circle punch and then cut a backing for it from Early Espresso using my 3rd to smallest circle Framelit.  I also cut a backing for the stamped Whisper White square leaving a very narrow border.

I mounted both the square and the circle onto the base card using Dimensionals and then, as a final touch, added a tiny heart just under the sentiment, cut from my Red Glimmer Paper.

For more cards using this sketch, please check out Freshly Made Sketches.

For more card with the theme of HOME, please check out CASology.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Wacky Watercooler October Blog Hop

Welcome to our Wacky Watercooler October Blog Hop.  It's been a busy month!  October began with World Card Making Day and then, for Canadians at least, we celebrated Thanksgiving.  It's also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, of course, Hallowe'en is right around the corner.  For cardmakers, this has definitely been a very busy month.

Our Blog Hop is set up in a circular style so that no matter which blog you begin with, you will, inevitably wind up at the same spot again if you keep going to the "next" one in line.  I hope you'll take the time to visit every participant's blog.  You don't want to miss the inspiration.

If you've been moving forward in the blog, you'll have come here from Christine Giuda's inspiring creations.

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Since Thanksgiving is over for us here in Canada, I decided to concentrate on Christmas.  For my first project I created a little favour box that could be used for either a little gift or as part of a table setting.  You could make these boxes in all sorts of different colours.

After making a little base box using Cherry Cobbler cardstock, I stamped the cute Nutcracker image from the Santa Stache stamp set onto Whisper White and then coloured it using my Blendabilities.  I stamped a second Moustache and, after colouring it, cut it out using the matching Moustache framelit.  For the top of the little box I cut a narrow piece of Cherry Cobbler using the zig zag Finishing Touches edgelit.  I made a tag to match using one of the little tag framelits that goes with the Curvy Keepsakes box die but you can easily just use an oval or circle cut with one of your punches.

I've entered this little box into the SUO Challenges.

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Next I decided to create an ornament using the Simply Pressed Clay.  It's so light and flexible when it dries, that I was sure it would make a wonderful Christmas ornament.  I began with a circle of clay, flattened to about 1/8" thickness.  Then I used a star cookie cutter to cut out my shape and put the whole thing, cookie cutter and clay, into the freezer so that the clay would harden sufficiently.  Once I took it out, I was able to remove the star cut-out easily without distorting the clay.

I left it out to dry for a day and then stamped it with the adorable little snowman from the White Christmas stamp set as well as the little star from that set.  Then I just inked up the "peace" from the "joy & peace" stamp in the hostess Good Greetings stamp set and stamped that diagonally along the top right.  I found everything stamped quite clearly with the StazOn ink.

Once that was dry, I coloured the front of the star using my Blendabilities.  I found they worked very well, although the colours were muted, which was fine for my purposes.  I followed that up with a clear coat of Crystal Effects over the entire front of the star.  After that dried thoroughly, I covered the back with Crystal Effects as well.

I finished up by putting a thin layer of Tombo glue around the perimeter of the star and then covering the glue with Silver Stampin' Glitter.  

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My final project is a Christmas card.  When I first became a Demonstrator for Stampin' Up! back in November 2011, I designed what I called a "stage" card and made a template for it.  That one was for a 5" x 7" card and today I re-designed it to be a standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card.  The new measurements were perfect for creating a scene using a combination of the White Christmas and the Holiday Home stamp sets.  For my sentiment I turned to the Christmas Bliss stamp set.

I began with a base of Naturals White cardstock and then layered it with Lost Lagoon cardstock and the beautiful All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I stamped the trees right onto the Designer Paper and added white for the bark using my White Signo pen.  All the rest of the images were stamped onto Whisper White and fussy-cut.  I almost went cross-eyed, but managed to cut even the tiny twig arms of the snowman.  Believe me, that was no simple feat!  The house, however, was cut using the Homemade Holiday framelit.  

Added embellishments were the white heat embossing for the sentiment, the Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details for the berries on the tiny wreath, and the clear Dazzling Details for the "stars".  You can also find the template for this "stage" card here.

I've also entered my card into the everything goes challenge at the Stampin' Royalty Challenges.

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Well, that's it for my projects.  I hope you've enjoyed them.  Your next stop will be with the talented Jackie Susnik.   She always has great projects to share.

If you get a moment, please leave a comment.  I'd love to know what you thought of my creations.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A "Moosey" Christmas

The Santa & Co Designer Paper is simply adorable.  I especially love those dressed-up moose.  Of course fussy-cutting one of them out isn't all that much fun.  But I seem to be hung-up on fussy-cutting.

I decided to make a card for the Paper Plunge Challenge.  It had to have a tag on it and so I decided to keep it simple.  My base cardstock is Naturals White and then I added a layer of Soft Suede.  My next layer is Soft Sky which I first embossed with the On Point embossing folder before attaching.

My tag is Whisper White with the trees from White Christmas stamped on it in Memento black ink.  Then I cut the top with my Scalloped Tag Topper punch before stamping the top with the banner "Merry Christmas" stamp from the same stamp set.  I used Soft Suede ink for that to compliment the Soft Suede layer as well as the brown of the moose.  I also added a bit of red to each banner just to make it stand out better.

As I said, I fussy cut the moose.  That took a while since there are so many tiny little pieces to cut around.  I used Tombo glue to attach the moose to the tag because it's one of our strongest glues.  Then I added a red ribbon to the top of the tag before attaching it to the card using Dimensionals.

For more cards with tags, check out the Paper Plunge Challenge.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

PCCC#114 -- A Partridge and a bunch of pears

Have you seen that new stamp set yet?  The one with the partridge in the pear tree, "Partridge & Pears".  I sat on the fence and then got it and, wow, am I glad.  There is so much you can do with that set!

I decided to use the stamp set for the sketch at the Paper Craft Crew Challenges

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #114

To begin, I chose an Early Espresso base.  Then I added a piece of Sahara Sand which I first heat embossed in the top left corner using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and my Gold embossing powder.  After that I embossed the piece using my Woodgrain embossing folder.  To complete the base of the design, I added a strip of the Early Espresso/Sahara Sand design from the Trim the Tree Paper Stack to the left side.  

Since the design just has a small frame into which I could put an image, I decided that I would heat emboss the image from the Partridge & Pears stamp set onto Whisper White using my Gold embossing powder.  Then I cut that to size to fit the Early Espresso frame I had cut using my On Film framelit.  I coloured the image using my Crisp Cantaloupe, So Saffron, Sahara Sand, Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar, and Cajun Craze Stampin' Markers.  I also heat embossed three pears in Gold embossing powder and coloured them before fussy cutting them.

I added the frame to the card using Dimensionals and then added the pears using Dimensionals as well.  For the pear in the bottom right corner, I also added a leaf from the Fun Fall Framelits dies and two coloured leaves that were left over from the initial heat-embossed image.  

For the banners in the top left corner, I chose Early Espresso for the one that I glued onto the card while the second one, which is attached with Dimensionals, is cut from Cajun Craze.  I embossed the Cajun Craze banner with the Delicate Designs embossing folder.  The three Candy Dots are actually Sahara Sand which I first heat embossed using Gold embossing powder before attaching them to the card.

For more cards using this sketch, check out the Paper Craft Crew Challenges.

I've also entered my card in the Paper Players challenge.  For more cards that are CAS and use silver or gold, check out The Paper Players.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Chocolate, gold and vellum---oh my!

I love the challenge over at Stampin' Royalty.  The colours are gorgeous:  chocolates, golds, hints of Crisp Cantaloupe.  It's just such a lovely combination.

I knew I wanted to do something with it and just managed to sneak in at the last possible moment.  Thank goodness.  I began with a base of Naturals Ivory and then added a layer of Chocolate Chip.  For my next layer, I took a piece of Very Vanilla and put it through my Big Shot in the Decorative Dots embossing folder.  Then I gently sponged a bit of Crisp Cantaloupe across the dots.

For my wreath I took a piece of Very Vanilla and stamped it first with Baked Brown Sugar, then I used Versamark to heat emboss the next layer of leaves in Gold embossing powder and finally added Chocolate Chip dots before using the matching framelits to cut it out.  

I cut the "Noel" out using the framelit that came with the set and then got to work on some leaves.  I wanted them to be made out of vellum and used the Fun Fall Framelits for that.  After cutting them, I embossed them with the Delicate Designs embossing folder.  After that, I sponged them with a bit of Crumb Cake ink.

My final touch to the card was to add a bow made from the pretty 1/8" Gold Ribbon.

For more cards using this photo inspiration, check out Stampin' Royalty.