Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Meet Me Under The Mistletoe!

I have noticed a lot of Valentine cards posted out in the blogging world and I am not ready for that.  I'm still in the midst of Christmas and New Years celebration, but it did make me want to pull out this stamp from A Muse Studio.  I love this image where the boy is holding a frog and the girl a present.  This is classic, and such a stereotypical view of men getting the wrong things for women, but fortunately for me, I met someone who listens to me and knows what to get me.  In other words, yes, I had a good Christmas.  ;-)  Anyway, this is an old stamp that I got a while ago, but I still enjoy it very much.  It brings up images of the boy next door and high school sweethearts back in the 50s and 60s.  So this is my segue into making Valentine cards and weaning off Christmas card making.  
First, I ran the Darice Snowflake Swirl embossing folder with white cardstock through my Fiskars Fuse to create the card base.  I stamped the image from AMuse Studio in black Memento ink and color them in with my markers and glitter pen.  Then I used my stamp positioner to stamp the sentiment in three different color.  I masked off part of the sentiment that I did not want ink on, and ink up the one line I want before I stamped it.  Then I clean the stamp off, before I ink the stamp in another color.  I repeat this to get the third line in red.  I cut ribbon tails on a strip of red cardstock before I mount the image on foam adhesive and the sentiment underneath it.  I adhere the strip of paper onto the cardbase with foam adhesive and added gemstone to the snowflakes to finish it off.  A. Dor. A. Ble!  
  
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Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year!

Getting ready to ring in the new year.  My family and I had a little conversation about this past year's events.  We were busy, and had some nice milestones to boot.  I got a nice photo book for Christmas from my husband that he creates in Shutterfly.  It gives me a quick overview of the year's event.  It's one of my favorite gifts, and my husband does an awesome job with both arranging the photos that he took and creating the book.  I love being able to look back, especially since I keep falling short on my scrapbooking duties.  :-(  I always find myself saying, "We did that this year?!".  Everything always seem to be from so long ago to me now.  Probably because our days are so jammed pack with activities that everything gets pushed back.  Just like the saying goes, "Time flies when you are having fun".   
I love this ChicTag pattern paper (Good Tidings Tree Top) that came with the Simon Says Stamp 2013 Holiday kit.  I love the color and the triangles.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the sentiment and the numbers.  I used the font Contribute for the "hello" sentiment and Arial for the year.  I love this Contribute font and you can download it for free.  You can put it in your control panel font folder so that your Silhouette Cameo can pick it up.  This is a helpful video that shows you how to install fonts.  Anyway, I used my marker, Tranquil Teal, to color in the "hello".  For the year, I inked up each number with Versamark ink before sprinkling them with Egyptian gold embossing power and embossing all the numbers.  I repeat the steps of inking and embossing to get the most coverage.  I glue down the sentiment and used foam adhesive on my number to pop them up.  Quick and easy.




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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Thank You!

It is hard to believe that it was one year ago that I started this blog.  It has been fun and exciting.  I want to thank you all for stopping by.  It has been a pleasure sharing my crafting journey with you.  Looking back from when I started papercrafting again, a year ago, I felt that I've learned so much and still have more to learn.  I've noticed how much the crafting world had changed and how accessible it is now.  Before I had to go about a hour away to take a papercrafting class, which is not convenient for me, since I got little ones to think about.  Now I can just go on YouTube and the Internet, and learn some great techniques.  There are so many talented people out there, and I am constantly amazed and inspired by their work.  I love being able to share techniques I've learned and hope that this blog inspired someone.  I have to admit when I first started this blog, I didn't expect anyone to be viewing it, but I am pleasantly surprised and flattered by the number of people that stop here.  So thank you!  This card is for my readers.
Everything on this card is from Lawn Fawn right down to the yarn I used for the bow.  If you follow me, you know that I discovered Lawn Fawn this past year, and I love the superb quality of their stamps as well as their images and products.  Well, I recently ordered stamps from them directly, around the holidays, and I was surprised with some freebies, like some 6x6 pattern paper(I used one of them on this card) and a stamp that I was not expecting.  Also, all my stamps was tied together with some nice yarn and a handwritten thank you.  I was delighted by this personal touch!  I feel that we live in a world where handwritten notes are becoming less common, never mind the business world, so when a business sends me a nice handwritten thank you, I have to acknowledge them and say,"Cheers to you!"

I used Lawn Fawn's Quinn lowercase alphabet dies to cut out the thanks sentiment.  I did this 4 times with white cardstock and once with the pattern paper.  I made sure the dies were lined up nicely on the pattern paper, and held them in place with some post-it before I ran them through my Fiskars Fuse.  I glue all my letters together to make it thick and pop out of my card.  I adhere the pattern paper to an A2(4.25"x5.5") white cardbase.  I did like that the letters blend into the pattern paper for a cool effect, but I wanted them to pop out a little more, so I ran the edge with a teal marker.  I stamped the birds from Lawn Fawn's Making Frosty Friends stamp set in black Memento ink and colored them in with Distress markers.  I place one of the birds on top the letter 't' with glue and the other two birds on the bottom with foam adhesive.  Then I tied the yarn around the card and made a bow in the middle.  I seriously make better bows with yarn and twine.  I used my Wink of Stella pen on the scarves and the sentiment to add some shine.  Then, to finish up, I rounded the corners and drew white dashed lines around the card. These birds are so adorable!  I love them!     
I organize my dies by placing them on white cardstock with strips of magnet that I got from my local craft store.  I place all of them in a protector sheet that I put in a binder.  It keeps everything together and in place.  Any extra die-cuts I don't use are placed in the back of each die set, which is nice to have when I need them quickly.  I did the same thing with my embossing folders; placing them in page protectors in a binder with some cardstock embossed with the folder. 
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Friday, December 27, 2013

Winter Scene With Deer

I had to make this card over again.  This post shows the first card I made with the deer.  I had this idea and I just did not have the time to get it together.  I wanted to put birch trees in my scene with the deer, but I didn't have time to search for them.  It so happened that Silhouette online store had freebies for 12 days of Christmas and one of them was birch trees.  Perfect!  I finally had the time to do this now.  So my husband got his card a day late.  The funny thing was my boys were the one who asked for their cards from me.  It's good to know that they look for my cards.  I'm flattered!  :-)
First, I used the same pattern paper called Good Tidings Frost that came with my Simon Says Stamp 2013 Holiday kit on my cardbase.  Then I used my Cameo to cut the deers and birch trees as well as the frame for this card.  At this rate, my Cameo is neck to neck with my stove for the title of Most Used Appliance.  ;-)  Cutting the birch trees gave me a lovely negative image that I saved for some other project.  I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Holiday Hellos set in Brilliance Coffee Bean ink.  Then I used a red glaze pen to give part of the sentiment some color and a Sakura glitter pen on the other part of the sentiment for some shine.  I attached the birch trees to the frame and one of the deer to the cardbase using glue.  Finally, I used foam adhesive on the frame and the deer outside the frame to place it onto the cardbase.  I love the way this card came out and couldn't wait to give it to my husband.  I showed him this card first and then the other.  He agreed with me that this card is way better.  


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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Hope everyone is having a happy holidays and is in a good place.  It has been baking, cooking and crafting central here for a while.  But it was all good, for the most part.  I did, at some point, become Scrooge and so ready for Christmas to be over.  I kept on thinking I will have time to relax, but there is always some little thing to do.  I guess all those little things add up, since I was kept busy up to the last day, despite my effort to cut back.  My Cameo went overtime with cutting up boxes for gifts and making decorations for the house. I'm so glad I got it before the holidays.  I really had a fun time assembling everything and I couldn't wait to give them as gifts.  I love Christmas day simply for enjoying people's reactions to their gifts.  I really enjoy that aspect.  I think more than opening up presents.  Wait a minute, have I grown up?!  :-)  Just kidding!  Here are some decorations and my gift boxes I made for this year.  Hope you are enjoying the holiday season.

The boys went to town dipping pretzel sticks into melted chocolate and sprinkling them with as much sprinkles as possible.  This is one of their favorite holiday activities and it is so simple.  Love it!  I just package them up in ziplock bags.  Then I found a frame shape that came with the Cameo and ungroup everything and use only the inner frame.  After that, I enlarged the frame to cover the width of the ziplock bag top.  I drew a dashed line and centered it on the frame in Silhouette Studio, so that it was easier to fold in half without having to score.  I cut out the frame on pattern paper on the Cameo and after I folded the frame in half over the top of the ziplock bag, I stapled it close.  This was a last minute packaging idea, so I didn't have time to add more details but the pattern paper spruced these bags up nicely.
Gable Boxes Made with Martha Stewart Paper Pad
I used Lori Whitlock 3D birthday gable box  cut file to cut these gable boxes for my baked goods.  I used just the plain side and enlarged it, so that it just fits a 12x12 page.  I like to get the boxes as big as I can so that I can pack as much goodies as possible. ;-)
I used pattern paper from Martha Stewart's Cottage Christmas and Wonderland 12x12 paper pads for these gable boxes.  I also used the tags from the same Martha Stewart collection.  Though I couldn't resist adding this Rudolph tag that I made, to one of them.  I punched out a circle on brown cardstock and used googly eyes and red rhinestone for his nose.  I drew in his mouth and glue his antlers that I cut out from the leaves border cut file.  The antlers are really the veins of the leaves.  
I cut up some pillow boxes for some small gifts and tied ribbons on them for an added detail.  I got this pillow box cut file from bird's card and they are so easy to assemble.   

To decorate my windows, I cut this ornament shape on a 12x12 cardstock with the cameo and hung it up with fishing line.  I love the way this looks on my windows.


I also cut this Christmas phrases tree on red and green cardstock to create a multicolored tree.  I cut out the different words and glue them onto the green Christmas phrases tree.  For the star, I cut the star out of the tree in Silhouette studio so that only the star will be cut out of the yellow cardstock.  
I also hung this up in one of our window with fishing line.  This is the perfect reminder of what Christmas is all about.




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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fresh Out Of the Oven!

Lately, my kitchen is seeing more of me than my craft room.  Let the holiday baking begin!  (I just finished listening to the Hunger Games audiobook series during my holiday prep)  I am thinking about cutting a lot of my containers on the Silhouette while I am baking.  :-)  Can't take the papercrafter out of me.  I'm having fun baking a variety of cookies and my family is enjoying the taste test activities too.  Some of the cookies I make, I have to put away as soon as they are cooled or they might not make it as gifts.  :-)  When I saw this oven cupcake box from Silhouette online store, I had to get it!  It is just adorable!  As I was assembling them, I couldn't help but think of my sister-in-law.  I know that she would have loved it as much as I do.  I would have been so excited to give it to her, just to see her expression.  She loved getting handmade things and has a great appreciation of them.  She was the best!  Anyway, I was very excited when I was making them and couldn't wait to give them away just so I can see people's reaction.  How cute are these?!
After watching the video from Lori Whitlock on how to assemble the oven cupcake box, I went to town and cut them out with my Silhouette.  I found that my tape glider and red double sided tape worked the best for attaching everything together.
It took some time to assemble, but it is so worth it.  I used red and green cardstock for the holidays but I will use this for birthdays too.  I used holiday brads to match my paper too.  OMG, how cute are these?!  
I did not cut the inner cupcake holder since I was putting some cookies that I wrapped up in cellophane inside instead of a frosted cupcake.  I cut a little off the side flap so that it would be easier to close.  Okay, I have to say it again.  This is soooo stinking cute! :-)


  
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Blessings Again!

Here is the last post of this same layout, I promise.  Here are the post with the original Christmas Blessing card and the one created with Silhouette Cameo.  Anyway, I had to create this layout again but with different background.  Everything I create, I always show it to my number one fan/critic, AKA, my husband.  Since I have my own personal "Go To" G, he had the same idea of using a night background for this nativity scene.  I love this nativity scene from Hero Arts.
First I measured the nativity stamp and use thse dimenstions to cut an oval for my window on my Silhouette Cameo.  Besides the oval window, I also cut a banner that came with the machine, minus the inside cut, since I did not just want the outline.  Then I rounded the corners on my oval window, a 4.25"x5.5" cardstock and cardbase.  I used Distress Ink and Marvy Matchables to create a blue background for my night scene.  After that, I ran my oval window cardstock through my Fiskars Fuse with the Stampin'Up Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder.  I used my oval window to draw an oval on my blue background and stamped the nativity scene inside the oval.  While the ink is drying, I stamp the sentiment from the same Hero Arts set called Greatest Gift.  Then I erased the pencil line once the image was dried.  
I mounted the embossed window over the nativity scene and the banner on top with foam adhesives.  I placed my decorated card onto a white card base.  I finished the card with a glitter pen on the star.  Of all the version I made of this card, I like this one above the most.    
Here is yet another variation without the dark borders using the same technique.  I didn't use the Marvy Matchables here for the background.  I used Distress Ink Peacock Feathers instead with the other Distress Ink.  This gave the card a teal-ish background color.  I cut the background a little smaller than the oval window to make the center stand out.

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Oh Deer, It's Snowing!

I had to create a card with a deer or two.  I see them everywhere, both in the papercrafting world, and around my house and along side of roads.  Of course, with all the snow we have been getting, I had to use this pattern paper from Chic Tags called Good Tidings Frost.  I know I should be shopping for other people, but I did splurge on myself too, and got the Simon Says Stamps 2013 Holiday kit.  First, I couldn't resist the Nordic Snowflake border stamp and the other goodies in there with the pattern paper just sealed its faith of ending up in my craft room.  What's a girl to do but succumb?!  Anyway, I always make a card for my number one fan, my husband.  We have been exchanging handmade cards since the beginning and I have every single one.  He loves deer and despite the destruction they create in my garden, not to mention the ticks they carry with them, they still look so peaceful and beautiful on our lawn.  This silhouette deer from Silhouette online store was the perfect deer.  I know that normally the buck has the antlers but my son found these other species of deer where the female has antlers too.  I just love the deer with antlers!

First, I cut the pattern paper to fit onto a A2 cardstock and layered it on top.  Then I cut the deer on my Silhouette Cameo and place them on top of the card.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Momenta with Versamark ink and white embossing powder on red cardstock.  I finished the card by adhering the sentiment to the card with foam adhesive.  Simple and easy!


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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Winter Owl Christmas Card

The fascination with owls in our house has died down, but I am still very much enamored with them.  They are just awesome looking birds.  We have been going every year to a bird sanctuary in Vermont and they are absolutely fascinating to observe.  I hope to see an owl in the wild, especially since I hear them at night.  It would be soooo cool!  Anyway, I love coloring this Winter Owl from Lawn Fawn.  He is just adorable!
I stamped the bough from Hero Arts and Winter Owl from Lawn Fawn in Memento black ink on different white cardstock.  My Memento black ink pad is getting a lot of mileage since I am coloring with markers on all the images.  I stamped the sentiment and snowflakes from the same Hero Arts set on the cardstock with the bough.  Then I used Encore Metallic blue ink for the snowflakes and Brilliance black ink on the sentiment.   I fussy-cut the owl and placed him on the bough with foam adhesive.  I layered my decorated card with blue cardstock and placed it onto a white cardbase.  Look at that owl, isn't he the cutest?!  



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Christmas Blessing Card Using Silhouette Cameo

I had to create a separate post from my other Christmas Blessing card, mainly due to the different technique I wanted to share here.  I decided to cut out my nativity scene on my Silhouette Cameo.  I would have to stamp and scan the image in and then trace the image in my Silhouette Studio but through the magic of the Internet, all I had to do was trace the image and cut it out.  This is a video that shows you how to cut a stamped image in Silhouette and it is from Clever Someday.  Her blog is chock-full of goodies and information.  Love it!  Anyway, I scaled the image in Silhouette Studio so that it fits my oval.
Since I wanted my cut to remain intact and not have to deal with aligning everything again, I discovered this great technique from CleverSomeday.  After I cut the image out on my Silhouette Cameo and weed out what I don't want of my image, I placed Drywall Joint Tape over my image.  I used my spatula to lift up the image a little and have the cuts stick to the tape so I can lift up the whole image cut.
I turn over the tape with the image and placed glue on the image. 
I decided to change my background to one that I created with Distress inks(Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers and Black Soot) before I put the image completely down which is why it looks so different here.  I center the image onto the cardstock with the drawn oval and adhere the image to it and gently lift off the tape.  My spatula came in really handy for this technique.
Who knew I would be using something from the drywall department for my papercrafting purpose?!  My husband was quite surprised when I told him that I needed something from hardware store and it wasn't a plant or anything for him. 


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Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas Card With Santa Doing the YMCA

I absolutely love these stamps (Santa, CindyLoo and Rudolph)  from A Muse Studio that I got a couple of years ago.  They are just too adorable.  I did shy away from using them, simply because I have to color them.  Due to my recent discovery of my markers, I am actually looking for opportunities to color now.  I knew I wanted to create a background of some sort with the Peppermint Stripe stencil from Simon Says Stamp! 2013 Holiday kit.  I wanted something festive and bright, like a party.  Santa looks like he is doing the YMCA along with little CindyLoo there.  I must have holiday parties on my mind.  I know I am preparing for them quite a bit, since my kitchen see more of me than my craft room.  However, I am determined to have some free time to enjoy the holidays, instead of bustling about in a frenzy.

First, I used Distress inks, Barn Door and Mowed Lawn, on the stencil to create two different colored background before I cut 1/2" strips of both backgrounds.  I adhered the strips of background, alternating between red and green to a white cardstock.  I cut off any strips of paper hanging off the cardbase.  I stamped all the images from A Muse Studio in black Memento ink and used my markers to color them in, before I fussy-cut them out and mounted them onto the cardbase with foam adhesive.  Then I stamped the sentiment from A Muse Studio in black ink.  I fussy-cut the strands of lights from Recollection Jolly Jamboree pattern paper and glue them on.  For the finishing touch, I added a red rhinestone to Rudolph's nose and shine to the lights with Wink of Stella.     


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