Saturday, December 10, 2016

Thinking of you with a little tulip

 I am making cards for my stash.  I have started selling cards as a fundraiser and am always adding to my stash to stay ahead of sales.
I started with a purple card and added a white embossed background (D'Vine Swirl CB) to which I had tied some rainbow fiber which coordinated with my watercoloured tulip image (Melonheadz).  I layered the coloured image with pink and green cardstock that coordinated and border punched the right hand side.  I added it to my card front along with my layered laser printed punchie greeting using 3D foam tape.                Therese

Friday, December 09, 2016

Old car for a vintage feeling birthday card & butterflies for a sympathy card

I created a few more card kits for my next class which follows the sketch from this previous class but are all occasion instead of Christmas.  The Christmas ones are here.  I found a lot of great photos on Pixabay.  I laser printed the image in colour just I did for the Christmas ones, trimmed them out, added ribbon and a layered greeting to finish them off.
I love this old car and it made a wonderful masculine card!!

For this sympathy card I printed a collage that featured butterflies with a nice soft look!!  This is also on Pixabay and is by Artsy Bee.  There are a lot of great images in that porfolio.

Therese

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Baby or Wedding card in light blue and white

I love these lacy hearts I received as a RAK in one of my exchange cards!! I used another on here. I layered a very soft and subtle blue decorative paper over a white card front and added wrapped it several times with some shimmery white fiber and tied it off in a double knot.  I added blue flower punchies and sequins to several of the flowers in the die cut to coordinate with the decorative paper and to add some subtle texture to my card.  I attached them to the die cut using tiny white brads.  I used glue dots behind the brads to attach my focal element to my card front.  Below I added a layered punchie greeting which finished off my card perfectly.  What's the best is that this card is perfect for a wedding or a new baby boy!!

Therese

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Basic black & white with one colour

I found this background in my stash and I do not recall from where it originates!!  That does not usually happen but there goes.  It is possible that it arrived in a RAK package.  I glued it to a white card and added a border with a red marker.  I watercoloured the flower on the greeting (Beccy) in red so I added a red layer behind it  and border punched it to give it a bit of detail and texture.  I made it long enough to go all the way across the card and glued it over the background.
Really happy with how this one worked out!  Could have been any colour and it would have worked just as well!!

Therese

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Layered flower with a punchie greeting

I am still making cards for my stash.  For this one I found this flower accent in my stash.  The orange flower had been glued off center so I had been putting off using it.  Yesterday, I decided to try to remove it and fortunately it worked quite well.  I was able to remove it without too much damage and replaced in better position without an visible evidence.  I added a little white button brad to hold everything together.  Love it when it works out!  So, I went looking for a background and found this one in my stash which was given to me by a friend a while back.  It worked perfectly so I trimmed it and glued it to a light green card front.  I added a laser printed layered punchie greeting just below the flower which nicely fills in the center portion of the embossed background.  I did tweak the petals a bit after I put it all together which gives them just a bit more dimension!!

Therese

Scrappy quilted heart ornaments

 I quilted up some heart ornaments for Christmas giving!!  I started with strips of mostly red printed fabric scraps and added a strip of white and a couple of patterned ones that include green and other colours just to give a good mix to the final product.  I made two pieces and stitched them together end to end.  I added a piece of batting and a backer in green patterned fabric with bears and Christmas lights.  I pinned them together and stitched along the length with red thread on the top and green thread in the bobbin. I made my own pattern using folded paper and pinned it to my fabric diagonally to make the best use of the piece and trimmed them out.  I got eight hearts!  I used red floss to blanket stitch the edges to finish them off nicely and used the end of the floss to create a hanger.  Handstitching is great for doing in the card on a trip so I finished them up on the weekend when we went to visit Dad for his birthday.  I laser printed buttons (Sweetly Scrapped) on cardstock, punched them out and sponged their edges and the two central holes.  I stitched them to my ornaments using red floss as well.

Loving the look of them and they are a wonderful scrappy project.  Triangular trees would make very efficient of a strip of green quilted fabric which I may try out next time.  Nice to have a few little gifts in your stash for last minute hostess gifts or for including in a card to a friend, etc.  

Therese

Monday, December 05, 2016

Wedding or Golden Anniversary card

Always want to have a few wedding or anniversary cards in your stash so I made another one today.
I started with an ivory card and added this beautiful gold paper to it.  I found a lace that worked perfectly with the stripes in the paper and added just the right amount of texture.  I added it to the paper before adhering it to the card.  I added two heart punchies (SU) - one stamped and punched, the other punched from another beautiful gold paper which I embossed to give it some texture.  I layered my little laser printed greeting punchie onto a yellow label punchie (SU) which was just the right colour and finished off my card very nicely which I added with 3D foam tape.
This one would be suitable for a golden anniversary as well as a wedding.  Nice to have it be versatile as well as beautiful!

Therese

Burned wood for my birthday card

My Dad is a retired carpenter and I like to add wood to his birthday cards.  I am fortunate that my DH also does some wood working so little pieces of wood show up from his shop regularly.
I retrieved this one from my little stash of wood pieces and decided to do some wood burning on it because I have been wanting to try that for quite a while.  Never having done it before and very little time I decided having a image to trace would be best so I dug through my stamps looking for something appropriate as well as simple in design.  This little maple leaf was just what I needed.  I stamped on my thin piece of wood with my greeting, then in an all over design with the leaf and then plugged in my wood burning iron. Once it was hot, I started going over the leaves one at a time tracing all the stamped lines.  The grain of the wood affects how dark the burn is and how deep the tip goes so it was a bit of a learning process.  After doing all the leaves and greeting it still needed a bit of something so I added stippling with the iron.  Just what it needed!  I reinforced several areas of my wood with tape before I glued it to a brown layer and cut the edges of the cardstock with decorative scissors.  I added strips of gold cardstock on both side of my element and glued it to a dark maroon card which I had border punched on the front edge.  I added dots in the scallops and lines on either side of my focal element with a gold gel pen.  That was looking pretty good but it still needed a bit of something so I decided to add water colour.  I started with one leaf thinking I was going to do them all and decided that one would be best.
Loving my first wood burning project!!  I have a few other ideas so maybe that will show up here in the future some time!

Therese

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Cute butterfly for a kid's card

For this stash card I went for a different look for a kids card using brown, blue and yellow. I started with a brown card front and added an embossed (SU) dots layer which I watercoloured to coordinate with the greeting and sponged the edges a bit too.  I stamped it all over with a bit of blue using my stipple stamp (SU) to keep the theme going.  I watercoloured the little butterfly (meljens) with shimmery paints and layered it onto blue and then glued this element to my card front.  I layered my little laser printed greeting to a little brown label die cut which I found in my stash.  Changes it up a bit which I most appreciated.  Therese

Simple Sentiments - quick and easy cards with images from a photo calendar


I was needing a gift for an exchange and thought I would work with calendar images from my sister's calendars.  She produces several every year - this year she created a nature, black and white cityscape, owl and tea one! They have wonderful photographs and it seems a shame not to reuse them.  I used photos from the past two years from a Nature and Alberta Road Trip calendars that I received for Christmas.  You can check out her Simple Sentiments cards sets with a similar format.  She also has several sets listed here.  
I started by downloading frames - the scrolly one is from Clipartkid and the oval one is from Graphics Fairy - which I positioned at the bottom four quarter pages in my layout program, added the greetings with a nice font and printed on white cardstock.  I laser printed the letter sized pages and trimmed them apart to be 4" x 5.25".  I trimmed the images from the 4" x 6" calendar pages to fit above the greetings leaving an even margin.  I glued the images to the greeting layer and then added a bit of watercolour to the greeting to coordinate with the image and then glued this larger focal element to the front of a coordinating card.  Quick and easy greeting cards and a environmentally friendly reuse project!!   I am off to get them packaged for the party!

Therese