Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Burnished Velvet Holly

Here's a card I made with my Silhouette Cameo and the Burnished Velvet technique. It makes for a great Clean and Simple design.

The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I cut the holly and berries with the Cameo, then backed the holes with a strip of tape and rubbed in green and red glitter. It sparkles in real life.

This is a 5 inch square card. I am entering this in two challenges: Christmas Card Challenge #4 - Anything Goes and the last Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge, Anything Waltzingmouse Goes.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Here is the Christmas card design I liked so much I made seven identical cards to send out. Tonight I am addressing them and sending them off. I always include a Happy New Year greeting inside just to cover off the lateness of (ahem) Canada Post.
The sentiment is gorgeous hand-lettered calligraphy that Suzanne at Quietfire Design turns into rubber for those like me who are penmanship-challenged!
I mounted the entire front panel onto a piece of thin foam to uniformly lift it up off the white back panel. I edged the raised panel with gold ink and included a few spatters of gold amongst the red to tie it all together.

I carried the folksy Scandinavian theme inside, too. I am entering this over at the Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge Blog, which is singing its swan song this fortnight. I will miss Deb, Tara and Kathy's fabulous inspiration pieces, but will bookmark their personal blogs so I can keep up with their new adventures in papercrafts.

I originally was going for Clean and Simple (CAS) for this mass-produced card, which would have made it ideal for the Christmas Card Challenge, but they are pretty forgiving over there, so I will enter it anyways!

Speaking of mass-producing (7 of one design is a record for me, I think) my MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) Precision Stamper from My Sweet Petunia has been such a joy to use to enable me to stamp crisp, clear images and serial stamp. After 25 years of stamping, I did not think I would find a new tool as useful and clever as this. Works with unmounted, clear and cling-mounted stamps. Watch the MISTI designer's videos on YouTube and you'll soon see what I mean!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 5, 2014

WMS Fanatics Sketch Challenge

 Here is the fun sketch for this week's Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge:

Sketches can really help kickstart one's creativity. I am exhausted from a tropical vacation - well, not the vacation, but the gruelling travel to get back home - and so my mojo is flagging. Like a drowning man reaching for the life preserver, I was happy for this sketch to get a needed birthday card accomplished.

5 X 6.5 inches
That's a white one layer card. There is no natural light in my basement so I have asked Santa for a light box this year. The flower is from the Waltzingmouse Stamps You're a Doll set, and the sentiment is from the new-to-me Teeny Trees set. I just eyeballed the flower placement, and stamped each one in Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue. Small dollar-store sequins finish them off.
Still lots of time to play in this sketch challenge. I am entering this card in the Seize the Birthday Challenge, too.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Flowers for WMS Fanatics Challenge

The Waltzingmouse Stamps Fanatics Challenge is Flowers. There's almost two weeks to play, and the theme is broad, so I hope folks will join in. They can even be Christmas blooms, like poinsettias or chrysanthemums.

I made this card to pop into the post for someone very special. I don't know if I am the only one, but it seems the more a card means to me, the hardest it is to get "just right!" I stamped and heat embossed flowers and leaves in clear on white cardstock, then went around the leaves with green Distress Inks and around the flowers with orange and yellow Distress Inks. Wiped the excess off to bring back the shine of the embossing.

The "miss you" is an electronic cut file that was cut out of the cardstock on my Silhouette Cameo. I cut a few, glued and stacked them together, then added black glitter to the final layer and nestled it back in the words-shaped hole. It is securely embedded, but also raised up a bit due to the layers and the glitter. Neat effect. I echoed the black with a very narrow border of black cardstock cut with my Perfect Layers tool and affixed to an olive card. And here it is upright:
Hope you'll play along, too! Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Scandinavia Themed Tags

It's the Waltzingmouse Pajama Party and I am just in under the wire with the tags I made for the Scandi theme challenge. There were other challenges, but I ran out of time! Enjoy!

 Oh, look at this - the center of one of the Folk Art Medallion Stamps is PERFECT for stamping the ring around the tag hole!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Zingy WMS Fanatics Challenge

The 30th Waltzingmouse Fanatics Challenge is to use at least three of the zingy colours found in this photo:
What a pretty Christmas ornament. But I ended up using some of the colours (lilac, bright pink, lime green and purple) for a birthday card.
Maybe a tad too many sequins?

Lots of foam tape to pop up the bouquet.
My background was made with strips of Memory Box papers cut and glued to create a Bargello effect. Then I ran it through my embossing machine to add a little texture.

There is still a bit of time left to play, so pop on over and check it out. Here's one last look:
4.25 X 5.5 inches

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Old Pajamas Challenge

Here's my card for the third challenge in the Waltzingmouse Pajama Party.
- to dust off an old Christmas stamp set. I used the Santa's Coming to Town set and the Festive Foliage set.

This card was tough to photograph because of the highly reflective metallic red mirror cardstock I used for a border. Thanks for checking out my challenge entries!

Bedtime Story - WMS Pajama Party

I am still playing along with the Waltzingmouse Stamps Pajama Party.

Challenge Four (I may get to the third Old Pajamas Challenge yet) was to use this sketch as inspiration. 

I used some digital elements. The label and the Baby Blessings sentiment are WMS stamps, though:

This was my favourite card today - nothing broke and nothing smudged! It helps that while I was making it my MISTI Precision Stamping Tool arrived in the post and I was able to test drive it on this card. It's a birthday present. My birthday is in December, but I couldn't wait!

Snowflake Bokeh, Baby!

The second Waltzingmouse Pajama Party Challenge is "Snow is Falling" and I had this concept, but my execution may not be ideal.
Wouldn't it be lovely if we could bottle up winter snow and send it south to those who have to gather around the light-strung cactus to sing Noel?

In the process of making this card, I had some challenges. The navy cardstock I chose was actually very porous and seemed to suck up the white pigment ink that is usually crisp and clear for me. Then I accidentally smudged some of the ink. What's a girl to do? I deliberately smudged more of the flakes and called it Bokeh!

A glitter pen, glitter marker, silver marker and finally glue and loose glitter were employed in an attempt to get some shine on this card. It is actually pretty in real life - but the camera does not pick up the shine.

WMS Pajama Party - Texture

It's the Waltzingmouse Pajama Party, and this is the first of four challenges that are live right now. Maybe you can play along, too?

This challenge was to emboss with something other than embossing folders. Can you guess what I used?
Nice high relief on this.

I actually broke the C plate on my Cuttlebug trying this, so I don't advise it... or at least I caution you...

When the voices in your head start saying "More power, Scotty!" just ignore them and forego that one extra shim! Here's what I used:
Closeup of a little subtle halo embossing here.
I have two more cards to share for a few of the other challenges. Thanks for looking!