Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hot Air Balloons Masculine Birthday Card

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!  I did not get to my craft room but I have a card that I finally photographed for this post.  I just absolutely adore these hot air balloons from Lawn Fawn.  I like to just stamp some of them up, color and cut them out with no real project in mind.  So it is nice to have some handy when I decide I want to make a card with hot air balloons.  When I was thinking of making a masculine birthday card, I immediately reach for these.  Of course, I had to add a hello sentiment since it is for my husband.  This all started when he told me that he never got a hello card so now it has become an inside joke.  He had a big smile when he saw the inside, of course.
Lawn Fawn's Hot Air Balloons Masculine Birthday Card
My cardbase was made with a Cricut machine and Artiste cartridge that my friends let me borrow since I was not home when I was making this.  I used a blending tool with Distress Tumbled Glass and Broken China ink on white cardstock to create the sky.  I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts in black ink.  The clouds and hot-air balloons were stamped in Memento ink and cut out.  The hot-air balloons were colored with markers.  I adhered the clouds to the sky and cut off any parts of the clouds hanging out.  Then I adhered the card to the cardbase and finished off by attaching the hot-air balloon with foam adhesives.

This card is entered in the Simon Says...Anything Goes Challenge.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas House Gift Card Holder

Since I am on a roll of making gift card holder and coloring, I used the sketch for Simon Says Stamps Challenge to make this card.  I'm loving this sketch.  I might have to do a few more with this layout.  I had a fun time coloring this house from Hero Arts.  I love holiday houses.  One of our favorite things to do is to count houses with Christmas lights, when we are out and about at night.  It's so much fun to see all the lights, and how people decorate their houses.  I'm starting to see some houses with them on already.  So exciting!
I created the gift card holder cardbase by scoring and folding a 4.25"x11" white cardstock at 1.5" and 6.25". I layered the cardbase with with strips of pattern paper from DCWV Winter Basic Stack and stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Holiday Hellos stamp set in Encore Metallic Blue ink.  I stamped the house from Hero Arts in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it in with my markers.  I fussy cut the house and placed it on the card with foam adhesive.  For the inside flap, I layered it with pattern paper from the the same collection and punch a half circle in the middle before adhering the sides of the flap down.

I finished the card by curling up the ribbon tails and adding Wink of Stella on the snowflakes and house.  This was a simple card to make but it came out lovely.    

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Christmas Blessings

Of course, I have to have a nativity scene in my Christmas cards collection.  I love so many different Christmas icons but this is one of my favorite.  It's so peaceful and simple.  Just looking at it, makes me feel at peace.  When I saw this stamp set called "Great Gift", I couldn't wait to use it and of course, it is from Hero Arts.  If you follow me then you know that they are one of my favorite stamp companies of all time.  My love for them is still going strong after I discover them 20 years ago.  Wow!  Hard to imagine that I've been playing around with stamps for so long.  On the subject of time, I created this blog almost a year ago.  That was fast!  I guess time flies when you are having fun.

First, I measured the nativity image, in order to cut a perfectly sized oval with my Silhouette Cameo on Neenah Solar White cardstock, to create a window for this image.  I rounded the corners on the oval window card before placing it in Stampin' Up Petal A Plenty embossing folder and running it through my Fiskars Fuse.  I traced the oval onto the cardbase before stamping the image in Brilliance Graphite Black ink and rounding the corners.  Then I erased the oval I drew, before I mounted the embossed card over the nativity scene with foam adhesive.  I cut a banner from my Silhouette and stamped the sentiment from the same Hero Arts Stamp set in Colorbox Scarlet ink.  To finish the card, I used foam adhesive to mount the banner and a glitter pen to add shine to the star.  I absolutely love the way this card came out.  
By the way, if you are wondering how I got the background in my photo above, I googled "lights background" in images and select one of the images.  I got the idea again from a Pinterest pin a friend sent me.  I like seeing my card pop from the background.  You can see the difference between the one below and the one above.  I'm thinking that I like the lighted background more.  Any thoughts?  

This card has been entered in the Hero Arts Holiday Challenge in A Few of My Favorite Things.


Christmas Tree Gift Card Holder

I tend to make cards where I don't have to color much.  A lot of time I am rushing to make a card for some occasion, so having to color a image takes the backseat.  Also, I have not been happy with my coloring, especially with markers since the ones that I have leave stroke marks.  I tend to use my color pencils or watercolor pencils since I feel I have more control of the colors.  I have been eyeing Copic markers, but I am not sure if I want to invest in them yet, since I don't color that much.  I do love the way they look on other people's cards.  I love the vivid color that you get with markers too.  Anyway, I had picked up these Bic Mark It markers from Sam's Club for labeling my kid's things awhile ago.  I was playing around with them the other day since I have been in the mood to color and thought I give them a try.  I couldn't wait to color the stamped images from Lawn Fawn's Trim A Tree stamp set.  I have to admit that it worked out pretty well.  I stamped up a bunch of images and went to town with just coloring them in with markers.  It was fun.  I like the dimensions that the shading gives the image when I color in different tones.  Though I wish there were several tones in between for these markers but for a starter set, it's not bad for basic coloring.  I'm curious to know how fade resistance they are.  I guess only time will tell.  So far, so good for a beginner at coloring.

I stamped all the images from Lawn Fawn's Trim A Tree clear stamp set in Memento Tuxedo black ink on Neenah Solar White cardstock.  After coloring in the images, I fussy cut them all out.  For the gift card holder cardbase, I scored and fold a 4.25"X11" white cardstock at 1.5" and 6.25" on a scoreboard.  I used DCWV Winter Basic Stack to layer the card base.  I love this pattern paper pad, it's so versatile for both winter and masculine cards.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from Hero Arts Decorate Your Holidays stamp set in Brilliance Mediterranean Blue ink.  Then I adhered the tree adorned with ornaments onto the card using glue dots, foam adhesive and glue for different images to give dimension based on the image.  I finished the outside of the card by adding Lawn Fawn's snowflake sequins and using Wink on Stella on some of the ornaments and tree.  I'm loving these sequins and Wink of Stella.  For the inside, I place the pattern paper onto the flap for the gift card holder and punch half a circle before I adhere both side of the flap.  I also stamped another sentiment from the same Hero Arts stamp set in black ink on the flap.  I'm having so fun making these gift card holders.

This card has been entered in the Lawnscaping Polka Dot Challenge.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cookie Gift Box With Bow

I love to give cookies as gifts for the holidays.  I start baking as soon as Thanksgiving is over and there were some years that I started even earlier (I have a large family).  I would bake a different cookie or dessert every other day.  I end up with a great variety that I can give as gifts and I am so ready for surprise guests.  Previous years, I have used tins but storing them was getting to be too much so I started using the paper boxes that folds up nicely.  Plus, some of my family were giving me back the tin so I end up with more tins.  Last year, I did make some small boxes as dinner party favors and it took some doing since everything was hand cut.  This year, I will be using my Silhouette to whip out some boxes since I can't seem to keep up with all the things that needs to be done.  (I know, probably too much time in the craft room and computer) :-) Here is the first of my gift boxes that I enlarged a little in the height to put cookies in.  I can't wait to stack them in there!

I cut the 3D birthday box #26760 by Lori Whitlock on my Silhouette.  I ungroup and changed the height of the box base and top so I can add more cookies.  ;-)  It ended up being a little more than 4.5" tall.  I used Martha Stewarts 12x12 Cottage Christmas pad for the pattern paper.  I just love this design on the paper!

I also used bow#35630 that I cut from the Silhouette to decorate this gift since I wanted to test out using the bows.  Now, I can make whatever color bow I want for that extra special gift.  I'm loving my Silhouette!

This project has been entered in the Silhouette Weekly Challenge.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Traditional Christmas Card

I love this snow village scene stamp by PSX.  It's very Norman Rockwell to me; definitely a traditional Christmas scene.  I love the way the snow blankets everything, especially on Christmas Day and in the morning when everything is all sparkly white and peaceful.  It's the one time of the year that I really want snow.  It makes it extra special for me, like a cherry on top moment.  When I chose this stamp to use, I was in the mood to color, which is rare.  I find myself enjoying the process.
First, I stamped the scene from PSX, and then color it in with markers.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Inkadinkado in Versamark ink and heat emboss it with clear embossing powder.  I used a blending tool to create a sky color with Distress Tumbled Glass and Broken China ink before I stamped Santa and his sleigh in black ink.  I mounted this card onto a white cardbase layered with green cardstock to frame it.  For the finishing touch, I added snowflake sequins from Lawn Fawn and glitter to the rein with Sakura Stardust glitter pen.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Holiday Thank You Card

We send out a lot of thank yous and the holidays is no different.  The bird stamp from A Muse Studio is just adorable and I got this stamp a while ago online.  I had to use him in a window card.  I just got this pattern paper pad from Recollections and I fell in love with it the moment I saw all the paper.  It's one of those pads where I love every sheet in there.  I just love Christmas pattern paper!

I layered the white cardbase with pattern paper from Recollections Winter Woodland 12x12 paper pad.  Then I die cut a circle with Spellbinder circle die and Fiskars Fuse on the cardbase.  I closed the card and trace the circle and stamped the bird in Memento black ink.  Then I colored in the bird with markers.  I die cut a scallop circle with the circle die in its center and place the scalloped ring on top of the cardbase.  Then I stamped the thanks sentiment from Simon Says Stamp on a strip of white cardstock and then I cut ribbon tail on both ends and folded it up to make a banner.  I placed the banner on the card with dimensional adhesive.  To finish the card, I drew dashed lines around the circle window and added some glitter on the hat with a glitter pen.

This card has been entered in the Simon Says... Thanks/Thanksgiving Challenge.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Santa and His Sleigh Christmas Card

I had to create another card with a tag after the first one.  I love this stamp set from Inkadinkado.  I actually saw it online first on Pinterest when I was looking for silhouette images.  When I saw it at the store, I had to second guess myself and wonder if I own the set.  You know it is bad and you have too many stamps, when you have to wonder if you own it already.  I love the image of Santa and his reindeer riding through the night, it is so iconic.  The sentiment that goes with it is perfect too.  We read this poem numerous times throughout the holiday season.
I stamped the tag first with the sentiment in Versamark ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  I used Distress Broken China and Tumbled Glass to distress and color the tag.  Then I stamped Santa in Brilliance black ink.  I placed a red and white twine on the tag before placing it on a white cardstock layered with American Crafts POW glittered paper.  Love, love this glitter paper!  It is so sparkly and the glitter does not come off on your fingers too.  I used tree stickers from Martha Stewart on the bottom of the card.  Then I used a glitter pen to add shine on the reins of the sleigh and stars.  As a finishing touch, I added snowflake sequin from Lawn Fawn. 

This card was entered in the CAS-ual Friday Curtain Call Challenge.


Friday, November 15, 2013

Open Me First Tag card

When I was making my Christmas tags, I kept thinking "this would look great on a card".  I love this sentiment from Ditto.  I get so excited on Christmas morning, not for the presents I am getting but for the expressions when my family open their presents.  I love that moment of surprise and happiness on their faces as they unwrap their presents. We have breakfast before we open presents and they seem to enjoy looking at the wrapped presents and guessing what they are too.  I love hearing their guesses and that makes it even more thrilling for me.  Christmas is so much fun with kids!
I made the tag first by stamping the sentiment from Ditto in black ink and distressing the edges with Distress Barn Door ink.  Then I added the present stickers from Martha Stewart on the bottom of the tag.  I stamped the hollies from the same stamp set in Memento London Fog ink and added Stickles on the berries.  I placed red and white twine on the tag before placing it onto a white cardstock layered with pattern paper from Recollections Jolly Jamboree paper pad.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Happy Holidays Card With Mittens

I'm one of those people who like to start their holiday shopping early.  I like to have my ducks in a row.  I'm usually busy with baking in December and I like it that way.  I'm not a big fan of shopping with the crowds.  I know some people enjoy that very much and I understand why from my one experience.  I remember going out on a black Friday and standing in line at 4:30am in the morning outside a store.  It was kind of like being in a club as you are waiting in line where you start to chat with other people, and people get into the spirit of it.  People start sharing the deals that they got already and what they are shopping and for whom.  It was so much fun hearing these little stories.  I like that aspect of black Friday.  Definitely not what you hear about on the news.  It was a great experience that one time I did go out in the middle of the night.  I also remember having dreams that I missed my alarm that morning.  So funny.  :-)  Now most of my shopping is done online.  I actually have a list of packages to expect so I can check them off as they arrive.  I started making a list since I find myself forgetting about them and wondering what did I get.  Yes, I'm one of those people who loves to get mail, especially packages.  It started in college when I would get these huge packages from my family and I would be sooooo excited!  These feelings never died.  Anyway, I am in the full swing of holiday card making and I absolutely love looking at Christmas stamps and pattern paper.  Besides those things, I absolutely adore mittens.  I don't like to wear them as much as gloves but I just love the way they look.  I got this cut file from Bird's Cards site and I cut a bunch of them in red and green cardstock on my Silhouette.  I keep a binder of die cuts so that they are ready to use whenever I like.

I made my card by embossing a white cardstock with a snowflake embossing folder from Darice.  I rounded all the corners on the white card base, the red cardstock and the embossed snowflake cardstock, and adhere them all together.  I stamped the snowflakes from Recollections and Inkadinkado stamp sets on the mittens in Brilliance Ice Blue ink.  Then I stamped a sentiment from Studio Calico/Hero Arts on one of the cuffs in Colorbox scarlet ink before adhering it to the green mitten and I then flocked the cuff of the red mitten after it was adhered on.  I haven't flocked in a while but I just love the texture it creates.  I adhere the red mitten to the cardbase and then using foam adhesive to adhere the green mitten.  I use a white gel pen to draw in white dashed lines around the mittens.  To add shine, I use a Sakura glitter pen on the stars and a Wink of Stella glitter pen on the snowflakes and sentiment.  I have to admit that I am a closet glitter lover.  So, shhhh!   :-) My husband is not a big fan of it and will immediately put back any cards with glitter back into its envelope.  But me, I personally love the shine and the Wink of Stella pen makes everything so pretty and sparkly.  What can I say, I'm a girl.  :-)  I couldn't wait to use it when I got it.  Anyway, I finished my card by adding a twine between the mittens and adding a snowflake gem in the middle of the loop.  Below is the original card that I came up, but I did not like the busy background so I opted for an white embossed background.

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CAS Holiday card

I just got back from a wonderful scrapbooking retreat in Sunny Hills Golf Resort in New York.  This is the same retreat that I posted about in the spring.  Our terrific hostess, Jessica Madden, who runs this retreat twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, took such good care of us.  She said something that totally touch me.  She said that these retreats were a place that women can come to, to take care of themselves, since they are always taking care of everybody else all the time.  I have a whole new level of admiration and fondness for her, especially since I know how much work it must be for her to arrange everything while keeping 50+ women happy too.  Being a woman, we are expected to not only be a good mother and wife but also, a nurse, a taxi driver, a life coach, cheerleader, sport coach, chef, housekeeper, psychiatrist, gardener and have a career too. Basically a jack of all trades.  Sometimes, we are too busy to remember to take care of ourselves, so I am glad to have a friend who takes me to these retreats.  It was such a fun time to just relax, and to do the things I love, on top of that with no worries.  Anyway, I did make some pages at this retreat, though not as much as I like, since I was busy chatting with a number of people and attending some classes.  I felt so inspired and excited about scrapbooking.  I have to admit that making a scrap page is overwhelming to me at times, since the canvas is so big to me, but being surrounded by major talents, I was inspired to continue with my scrapbook.  Anyway, I was much more relax this time, since I didn't pressure myself to finish anything, and also, I made cards too.

Clean and simple cards are so challenging for me.  All that white space glaring at me is begging me to fill it with something.  I was actually inspired to make this card at midnight, while I was making another card.  Go figure!  I was probably delirious at that point.  I guess I do have it in me to stay up past 3am but did I pay for it the next day!  I could not keep my eyes open past 7pm.  Back to the card, I first lightly drew some even spaced lines and stamped the happy sentiment from Lawn Fawn Happy Everything with Memento, ink, London fog. When I got to Christmas, I used Brilliance rocket red ink and clear embossing powder.  I continue on with the "happy" sentiment.  I did the same for the other two lines of sentiment, and used Colorbox green ink for "holidays" sentiment and Brilliance Mediterranean Blue ink for "new years" sentiment.  I stamped the stars from Lawn Fawn's Blue Skies stamp set in Brilliance pearlescent yellow ink.  After everything dried, I erased the pencil lines.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Christmas Pillow Box for Gift Cards

I just went for a run outside today and it was perfect.  I have been mostly running on my treadmill or doing workout DVDs so when I went out today, I remember why I enjoy going for runs outside.  Running is my form of meditation.  I find myself able to work out my problems and organize my thoughts and life.  If something is bugging me, I usually can resolve it or come to terms with it after my run.  I often see deers and some of them scatter immediately and some of them wait until the last minute.  I'm always so fascinated by how high they jump.  I love that leap they make.  When I was making this pillow box for gift cards I had to add a deer of some sort.

I cut a pillow box on my Silhouette Cameo.  I realized that I wanted to do a window so instead of cutting another one with a window, I dust off my dies.  Thank goodness for embossing folders or my Fiskar Fuse would be very jealous of Cammie.  :-)  Anyway, I used a Sizzix scallop square die to cut a window on my pillow box with my Fiskars Fuse.  I ran a Sizzix dot embossing folder and white cardstock through the Fuse.  I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts and heat emboss it with white embossing powder.  I stamped the reindeer from Hero Arts in Brilliance black ink and cut it out.  I used foam adhesive to place the reindeer on the box.  I wanted the reindeer to be shiny, so I used my glitter pen to color him in.  I do love glitter on Christmas stuff, but not the kind that gets everywhere.  Hence my glitter pen is one of my best friend for some shiny and bling.