Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the US! I hope that you have a wonderful day, full of friends, family and food. ☺

To celebrate, I'd like to offer up some blog candy! It's quite a special give-away because this is a limited time seasonal product. I'm giving away the Spellbinders S4-226 Harvest Border Petites ! Soon you won't be able to buy these, they stop selling at the end of November. Here's your chance to WIN a set, just leave me a comment telling me what you're thankful for.
On December 1st I will choose one winner at random. This is only open to US residents. Be on the lookout for more give aways coming up!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Graphic 45 Christmas

I think the Graphic 45 Christmas Past Collection is just beyond gorgeous! I love every single paper, front and back. There are beautiful images like the Christmas tree on this card, that make great card fronts or additions to layouts/mini albums. Way to go G45, you've done it again! ☺ This card is all G45 papers, I used Prima Marketing pearls and some Ribbon FX ribbon along with my Scalloped square Spellbinders dies. That's not a mistake, yes I said square, not rectangle. I don't actually have a rectangle, so I just cut out 2 squares and layered them. Pretty easy, huh?
Thanks for taking a peek, and check out G45's Christmas Past!

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Christmas Angel

This is one of my favorite stamps for Christmas! I got it last year from my hubby, he ordered it from an Orthodox Christian website, and that's the only time I've ever seen it. I stamped it with Memento "Tuxedo Black" ink and colored it in with Copic markers. I accented the stars with Stickles. The background paper on this card was made with Tim Holtz distress inks and Papertrey Ink's Damask Designs clear stamps. I love that set for making my own custom paper. I used a small square Spellbinders and the small Scalloped square Spellbinders along with Labels 5 (for the joy tag). The pearls are from Prima Marketing and the ribbon is from Decorative Ribbon. I also decorated the inside. I used the same pale yellow paper I matted with on the outside of the card and used the Damask Designs with Papertrey Ink "Fresh Snow" ink. The other stamps are by Hero Arts. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

More fall

Here are 2 more fall cards that I made last week to sell in the store. This first one is a vintage Thanksgiving card, I used a Paper Inspirations stamp with Memento ink. The paper is from Graphic 45. For the decorative ribbon piece, I used a Spellbinders Fleur de Lis pendant and threaded ribbon through it. The paper punch is by EK Success. On this card, I again used the Nestled Maple Leaves from Spellbinders along with Long Classic Rectangles and Labels 9. I also used Tattered Angels Glimmer Glass and a Prima pearl. The leaves were cut out with adhesive on the top (3L adhesive sheets) and then I peeled off the paper backing and sprinkled fine glitter over the top. I used Pop Dots to adhere them to the Labels. TLF !

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Spellbinders Nestled Maple dies

I love doing fall cards! I've been getting some good mileage out of my Spellbinders Nestled Maple leaves with this batch of fall cards, they are so darn fun. :) On this card, it's hard to tell exactly how it's composed. First of all, I punched a large leaf in the FRONT of the card. I stamped the sentiment and the light text background. Then I layered a swirled Hambly transparency behind it and then layered dark brown cardstock behind that on the inside of the front of the card. Then I turned the card over the right way and adhered a medium glittered leaf on the front with a pop dot.

On my next card, I wanted it to look a little more distressed, so I cut leaves of different sizes. I cut some with adhesive backing so I could peel off the paper and sprinkle glitter over the top. On the large leaf in front, I sprayed it with Tattered Angels and stamped the image. The large letters are an old stamp set (I don't have the brand info), the "thanks" and the damask background is from Papertrey Ink. I added some machine stitching and Prima pearls as well.

More to come, TFL!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Altered state of mind

For anyone who may read my blog, I'm sorry that I don't post more often. Being a full time college student on top of having a family, being a Sunday School teacher, and doing Scrap 'n Art is just keeping me super busy! At the moment I am right in the middle of 3 college papers, it seems that they always come in bunches of 3. Today I have a service learning project to do for my teaching requirements and that will take up most of my day. The good thing is that I get to make cards! How funny is that? :) I went to my service learning location (a historic house here in town) and thought that I'd be doing cleaning or helping to move furniture, etc. Nope, they needed someone to lead a stamping and card making workshop for girl scouts! They had no idea that I made cards either, so it was just kind of a funny circumstance, but one I'm glad of. Here are a couple of altered items that I did a few months ago. The first is just a tea box that I covered in paper (Black River Designs), it only took about 15 minutes. I inked the edges to cover up any imperfections and added the tea bag sentiment from the Crafty Secrets "Tea & Coffee" stamp set. I cut out some yellow flowers from the same paper and then propped them up with pop dots on the box for some dimension.
I thought about gifting it with specialty teas inside, but then realized I needed it to store some ATCs. So that's what I did :)

This wall hanging was really easy to do as well. I used chipboard shapes from 7 Gypsies and covered them with paper that I had already stitched around (also 7 Gypsies). I used some 7 Gypsies clear stamps with Distress ink to stamp over parts of the paper and also inked the edges. I used my Silhouette to cut out "is where the" and used 7 Gypsies sticker letters for the additional words. The black buckle is alsy from 7 Gypsies. I used my cropadile to cut the holes and then threaded the polkadot ribbon through.

Well, TFL and hope you all have a great week!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Scrap 'n Art November/December is here!!!

If you're a subscriber, make sure you check out the Scrap 'n Art issue that just came out, it's a lot of fun! If you're not a subscriber, get yourself on over there and subscribe! ;) Here are a few items that were pubbed several months ago in Scrap 'n Art that I can share. I just love making baby cards! On the girl card, I used a Crafter's Workshop template (card size) to make the crown with texture paint. It's raised and a bit crackly looking in real life, I like it! I cut the crown out and inked it a bit. The paper is by Melissa Frances, I love her papers for baby cards. The stamp is from Papertrey, and I used a Spellbinders scalloped oval.
On the boy card, I used Graphic 45 paper. The train is just cut from paper as well and inked. I propped it up on foam dots as well. I used an old Miss Elizabeth rubber stamp for the sentiment, and the border punch is by Martha Stewart.
Thanks for looking!