Tuesday, May 31, 2011


I made this simple card for a sketch challenge on CST (Canadian Stamp Talk Yahoo Group). The lovely sentiment is a Quietfire Design stamp and the butterfly is from Stubby Stampers. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge

I have been playing catch up in the Waltzingmouse Christmas Card Challenge. On the tenth day of each month WMS design team member Lynn Mercurio posts a new challenge and encourages folks in the WMS forum to play along. I have made a few cards now to add to my stash. I should be feeling pretty smug come December!

January was all about recycling: old cards, wrapping paper, etc. I made two different cards incorporating commercial card fronts:
For the one above, I stamped and watercoloured the poinsettias and cut them out, then outlined them in chunky gold glitter.

For this tall card, I repurposed part of a commercial card front and added banners above and below with some white dimensional glossy dots for accents.

February was "Quick Pick" where we were supposed to look around our work desk and find some elements that could be made into a card. I had some left over bird die cuts and some punched out tags, so I pulled together a long (think business envelope) card:

In March Lynn challenged us to create three or more cards using the colour scheme of kraft, red and white or cream. I like this colour scheme so enjoyed this one.

I used the Cuttlebug Flourished Frame embossing folder on red cardstock, then highlighted the lines of the embossing with a white gel pen. I stamped the background "wallpaper" using a couple of border stamps in white Versamagic ink, so they have a chalky effect. Swarovski crystals added some needed - but subtle - bling.

I have two more months to catch up on. April's theme is snow (flocking or glitter) and May's theme is trees. I've already got ideas for both and that is usually the hard part - so I think I can do it!

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Here is my card for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #48:

I used the Waltzingmouse Sewing Box Hugs set and the faux stitching from the Off Beat Backgrounds set. I just received the latter and am so glad I finally got it. I like its free form and the fact I don't have to thread my sewing machine!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Press'n Seal

Mother's Day is next weekend in Canada. I'm popping this card in the mail to my Mum. It was fiddly - lots of cutting out and paper piecing to create the flowers. I used the October Afternoon Thrift Shop pad of paper so everything coordinated. And along the way I discovered something. 

See the layout of the card above?  When I first layered all the bits and bobs, nothing had been glued down. I got it all arranged the way I wanted it and then realized the plain white background was really boring. But I was very happy with the arrangement of the label, flowers and leaves and didn't relish re-doing the layout after I created the background. Then inspiration struck.

Glad Press'n Seal is normally in a kitchen drawer. It clings really well to odd shapes and rims of bowls. It's like Saran Wrap but stickier. I peeled off a whack of it and laid it on top of the layout and pressed all over firmly. Then I peeled the wrap off and my layout came with it. I created my background, and then I adhered all the elements one by one, peeling them off the Press'n Seal as I needed them. They released easily, leaving no marks. I think this is a method I will use again, especially for cards with lots of layers.

The bird and flower stamps are from the Waltzingmouse Sewing Box - Hugs stamp set, and the sentiment is from the Spring Baskets set. Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One dies were used to create the frames.

Hope you can use this tip! And I am entering this item in Craft Critique's May Carnival. Go check out the other Mother's Day projects over there at: Mother's Day Carnival.