Thursday, December 24, 2015

Vintage Red Muff

Here is a card I made just by taking an assortment of items and playing around until I got a pleasing composition. It's red and turquoise again. I like the contrast of the black and white girl image (Oxford Impressions) and that red muff.

I put the glitter paper on red cardstock and then started layering ribbon, felt, some vellum and a die cut star doily. Once I knew how it was going to work, I stitched the horizontal elements together and then mounted Miss Red Muff overtop with foam tape. 

The snowflakes are a few Waltzingmouse Stamps die cuts, a plastic button and a felt snowflake freebie from an old magazine.  I like the contrast of the soft felt and the other sturdier shapes. A red heart and red thread help tie it all together.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Vintage Ornament

I made quite a few of these cards this year, using various papers. The bow is popped up on foam tape to give it a bit of oomph, but still affordable to mail regular letter rate. 

Two more sleeps until Santa comes!

Noel Birdie

Turquoise and red - love it! I am going to be sad when these papers are all used up.  The red bird and the snowflake are felt pieces I received with a magazine a year or so ago. I gave Mr. Bird a Delicata Gold crown and stamped some music behind him.

The seam binding spool is a Pink Persimmon stamp. The rayon ribbon is Martha Stewart. Tree and berries are Memory Box dies. Noel is a Waltzingmouse stamp.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Winter Girl Part Two

Deja vu! Here is yesterday's card in a traditional red and green colour scheme.

This time I heated the Liquid Applique and glitter once they had dried overnight, and it puffed up the fur trim nicely, but I think I lost a bit of the sparkle in the process. Coloured with Copics again, and this time I used a star circle die from Spellbinders for the frame.

Thanks for visiting today. Another vintage Christmas card coming your way tomorrow!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter Girl Part One

Welcome back to my blog! I am posting one of the retro Christmas cards I made this year with a Lisa M. Pace Antiquated Collection design from the now-defunct Pink Persimmon stamp company. I stamped with Memento ink and coloured with Copic markers.

I had fun adding some embellishments to this sweetie. Stick pins in upper left are from Making Memories. I tucked Angelina fibers around the scalloped Spellbinders circle. The fur trim on her hat is Liquid Applique that I sprinkled with Distress dry glitter while the foam was still wet. I did not heat emboss it as it seemed just right once it dried. I dotted the centers of the flowers on her hat with Stickles. A crystal button was the right vintage touch to bridge the main image to the sentiment.

I am sharing this on the Jingle Belles Rock challenge link up. Come back tomorrow to see this card in a completely different colour scheme!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Paper-Garden Holiday Card Challenge

Recently I was introduced to a Canadian paper supplier online site called Paper-Garden. They have gorgeous cardstocks and a wide range of supplies, with an emphasis on weddings, but a lot for every day cardmaking, too.  They are running a 2015 Holiday Card Challenge and I am entering this vintage card (click on photo to enlarge).

Waltzingmouse Stamps

Making Memories pins, Angelina fibers

Thanks for peeking in. You can vote for your favourite card and there is still time to play, too! There are prizes! See the Link in my sidebar at top right.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Knitting Warm Winter Wishes

I'm back after a long hiatus due to a busy schedule and a very tired computer that does not want to cooperate. This is a Christmas card for my friend Mary, who knits up a storm, and even more so now that she is retired.

The House Mouse design is by Stampendous and the sentiment is by Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I thought the red and green scheme works for a Christmas card, but it could be used year round by swapping out the colours. I stamped with Memento and coloured with Copic markers, then overstamped with Versafine Black and clear embossed.

I am entering this in the 52 Card Throwdown Challenge, which is to pick any of the previous challenges from 2015. I chose the August Colour Challenge:

And the Weekly Christmas Card Challenges Week #1.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Blueprints for Masculine Cards

One of the things I like to do is create a welcome card when I hire new staff. As you can see from the date above, I did this card back in March, but am just getting around to sharing it now. This card was for a guy - and so Tim Holtz's blueprint stamps worked well. I used a Waltzingmouse Stamps date stamp for under the clear embellishment.

I thought the corresponding "Admit One" ticket stamp would work well inside, so here's a peek at the inside, too.

Here is a variation on the theme:

I seem to gravitate to these blueprint stamps for male cards. Here is a birthday card where I paired the images with a new sentiment stamp from Waltzingmouse Stamps:

Thanks for peeking in today!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Bird Crazy Brain Teaser

Can you see what's wrong with this card? I created a lovely watercolour background using Distress Inks and cut the clouds and tree branch from Memory Box dies. The Bird Crazy stamp was coloured with Copic markers and I fussy cut him out. I used a Dymo label maker and outlined the sentiment with a black Sharpie.

Still can't see the obvious error? I think the background is upside down! I think the blue should have been at the top (where the clouds are). Oh well, it was a funny little card for someone who is going through a lot of health challenges right now and so it hopefully made him smile and encouraged him, despite the faux pas!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Christening Cards

My daughter needed a pair of Christening Cards for a 2.5 year old girl (Isla-Rose) and her 5 year old brother (Connor), both being christened this weekend. A quick search on Pinterest and Google leads me to believe that christenings typically take place when the child is still wearing baby booties, so I had to use my noggin. I decided the cards would be for the kids instead of the parents, and made interactive shaker cards that someone that age would enjoy.

I wanted these personalized so I colour-printed onto ink jet acetate the name and date. The cross stamp is a bargain bin stamp from Michaels that I clear embossed. The pennants were cut on my Silhouette Cameo.
While pretty much the same, I did try to coordinate the beads and sequins in each with the colour scheme.
The acetate seemed to create a shadow in the white card stock beneath so it was tough to get a good photo of these. The base is actually plain. Both have the date on there, too. I hope they liked them!

Happy Father's Day!

Here's a quick card. I had the watercolour paper leftover from another project. The stamps are Waltzingmouse and the clouds are Memory Box Dies. Tim Holtz Sizzix Embossing Folder for a background.
My daughter and her dad have automobiles in common. He washes them, changes the oil and checks the tire pressure; she drives them! Thought it was a good theme for today.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Graduation Card

Here's a graduation card using an old (c. 2003) stamp set from Stampin' Up! All the images were stamped in Kaleidocolor Blue Breeze and I sponged Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink around the edges. I stamped the stars and confetti in Versamark and heat embossed with Silver Tinsel embossing powder.

Recently Michael's locally started carrying the 110 pound Recollections cardstock that is so much better for card bases. I was avoiding these top fold cards before due to the flimsy 65 pound cardstock I usually use. Got packs in white and black so I am a happy camper. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop

The Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop is underway right now. I love coffee, but I seem to be stamp-challenged on the subject. Thankfully this is an ecumenical blog hop - they'll take coffee, tea or cocoa themed entries!
They also need to be seasonally appropriate for SUMMER, so that really got me challenged. Then I remembered a pad of scrapbook paper from graphic 45, Botanical Tea, and it's summery feel. Voila! Just a little Copic marker work on the tea pot and stamped an Oxford Impressions tea-drinker vintage image and I am done.

Be sure to head over to the blog to see all the amazing entries. And if you're inspired, link up something new while you're at it. You have until June 12!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Manly, yes, but I like it, too!

Here are my cards for May's Waltzingmouse Stamps Pajama Party. The theme for the first two challenges was cards for men. Reminded me of the old Irish Spring soap commercial, where the woman says it's scent is "manly, yes, but I like it, too!"

First up, Man of the Moment - any occasion for any aged male. I told Claire man cards stump me, so she advised to put plaid on it. Good advice!

Second up, Surprise Him. This is a summer anniversary card. The heart is WMS, the fan is Tim Holtz and the sentiment was computer generated.

For Old Pajamas, here is my Mother's Day card for my mum, using the Camellia set.

See this tag?

That itty bitty bow was cut out on the Silhouette Cameo and measures 5/8ths of an inch wide!

I skipped the sketch challenge - ran out of time! Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Waltzingmouse PJ Party

It's the April Pajama Party on the Waltzingmouse Blog. Lots of fun ideas to get the mojo flowing. First up is a gift tag for a shower. Here's mine:
Next is a gift card challenge. I used my new Quietfire Design "Thanks" die and sentiment on the front along with WMS Old Country Roses and a ticking stripe that I stamped repeatedly to fill the background on this 9X4 inch card.

Inside of Thanks Card.

The third challenge was to use some nestie stamps - designed to go with Spellbinders dies. I chose a vintage circle as the focal point against matching WMS digital paper.

Lastly, the Bedtime Story Sketch was:

Here's my card:

I'll be making a lot of purple papercrafts in future as I just made 50 of these 2.5 inch square boxes for a bridal shower, and to get enough of that colour of purple I had to buy a number of multi-purple-hued packs of cardstock.
More purple in real life.

We are also making tissue paper balls for decor like these:

Hope you can join the PJ Party fun. Maybe I will get to visit your blog and leave a comment after I have got my beauty rest!