Monthly Archives: April 2012

Thinking Of You

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Good day all. Yesterday, I found out an acquaintance of mine is going through a family trauma.  Her husband is going in for bypass surgery, quite unexpectedly, so I decided I wanted to make her a card to let her know they are in my thoughts through this tough time.  I will probably bake her some treats and slip in a coffee card to keep her fueled during the long wait through the operation.

The kraft, red and yellow colour combo was inspired from MTME’s Pretty Palette Sketch this week.  I chose the patterned paper and red CS from the Gina K Designs Red Carpet paper pack.  I really had fun making this card and stayed up waaaaaay too late last night!  But it was worth it because I love the results.

The daisies are from CTMH’s Enjoy Every Moment (hmmm… Freudian slip?) stamp set (retired).  They were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Gina K’s Pure Luxury Ivory 120lb CS (fab for colouring with Copics) and then coloured with… you guessed it, Copic markers!  Next I stamped the daisies onto the patterned paper and cut some of them out.  They were popped up with foam dimensionals to add a 3D look and to glam them up a bit I added the Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel to the centres.  I love the look.  It gives the daisies texture and sparkle.

These are the Copic colours I used.  Don’t ask me how long it took to stack the markers up like that.  The things I do to try and get a photo!

Anyway, last but not least, the sentiment banner.  I cut out the layers using the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, stamped the sentiment in Desert Sand ink and mounted it using foam dimensionals.  The sentiment is from one of Gina K’s stamp sets.  I guess it was a Gina K kind of night last night!

I added the rhinestones (coloured with the Sepia Copic) and Kraft Color-Ready Border as a ribbon-style accent.  These borders are great because they have their own adhesive on the back and come in a whole whack of different patterns.

That’s all from me today folks.  I hope you are inspired to make something beautiful for someone you care about.  I now need to go make a strong cuppa to help me make it through the afternoon!  Happy crafting!

You’re A Star!

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Hello friends!  I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter weekend and received lots of treats!  Today I made a birthday card for my nephew, who is turning 13.  Hmmm… what to make.  He’s too old for cutesy stuff but still young enough for a bit of fun.  He’s really into hockey and football so I wanted to try something along those lines but I don’t own any sports stamps.  So I decided to use stars.

The papers are from the CTMH Victory paper pack.  The plaid screams boy don’t you think?  I love it.  After cutting out the plaid rectangle I inked the edges with Desert Sand.  The star border was added about 1.5″ up from the bottom and I popped a blue and green layered star on top.  The little wooden button was threaded with hemp string and glued to the star with Liquid Glass.  If you’re looking for a really strong adhesive that can also be used in other creative ways this stuff is great!  I also use it to hold my paper flowers  together.

The Outdoor Denim blue strip on the right hand side was stamped using white Memento ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder (hard to see in the photo).  I just got my heat embossing gun at Christmas and haven’t used it that much.  Must do more embossing projects!  It looks so great.

The sentiment was stamped in Outdoor Denim ink onto a piece of Olive CS.  I inked and distressed the edges and then stamped the blue stars as a background using the second generation stamping technique.  In case you’re wondering the inside of the card says “…it’s your birthday!”.

So this one is being sent off to Florida.  Hopefully everything stays intact on it’s long voyage.  Have a great day and Happy Crafting!

Welcome Little One

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Happy Easter!  I hope the Easter bunny was good to you.  He certainly made a stop here.  We had chocolate for breakfast!  LOL!

For this week’s My Time Made Easy Pretty Pattern Challenge I made a card for a baby shower.  Here is the sketch…

…and here is my card…

The colour palette is blue, pink and green which I pulled from the patterned papers – also very appropriate for a baby card.  The stamps are from a super sweet set called  A Rainbow from Close To My Heart.  I love the little bird.

I paper pieced the rainbow in the three theme colours.  Originally I tried colouring it in with ink and a blending pen but I was somewhat disappointed by the outcome so I decided to go the paper piecing route.  The clouds were stamped onto blue CS and cut out, then popped up with foam dimensionals.

I stamped the stars and sentiment in Lilac Mist and added the rhinestones to make them twinkle.  The background bird paper is from the K&Company Itsy Bitsy Baby Girl book and the plaid is leftover from my Easter egg card.

I hope you all have a lovely Easter and a fabulous day.  Happy crafting!

 

Easter Baskets

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Last year I had an Easter party for my after school kids and made them each a little basket filled with goodies.  Boy, were they happy about that!  But who doesn’t like to get treats?  Anyway, they turned out really cute and since the countdown to Easter is on, I thought I’d share them with you today.

The basket template was a freebie from Gina K Designs and is super easy to make.  So if you’re looking for a fast and easy paper basket you can find the template here.

As you can see, I cut the baskets out of pink and florescent green card stock and chose a patterned paper from a K&Company paper book to add to the basket sides and handle.  This paper has really vibrant colours and was spectacular for a spring/Easter theme.

Once the baskets were assembled I cut out a circle with the Cricut so I could mount the “happy easter”  bunny circle to it.  I can’t remember where I got this graphic but I printed it out with my printer on white paper, cut it out and stuck it on.  No stamping on this project.

The cute, little, felt bunny is from my local dollar store and is mounted onto a miniature clothespin.  All I had to do was clip it on.  So adorable!

And there you have it!  Five little Easter baskets for five eggsited kids!  You just have to look at their faces to see these were a hit.

Until next time…

Happy crafting!

Easter Treat Bag Topper

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Hi all!  I look after 3 kids, besides my own, after school and usually give them some kind of handmade treat on holidays and special occasions.  This Easter is no exception.  I decided to make them each an Easter treat bag.  I will also be using it to play along with My Time Made Easy’s Pretty Palette Challenge this week.  The colours this time around are pink, celery and blue.

I started off by cutting the scalloped topper on the Cricut with my CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge and then stamped around the edge with a small flower stamp in Lilac Mist.  I cut a smaller scallop in the celery green paper and layered it on top.  The two little bunnies are from the My Peeps stamp set.  They were just stamped and cut out.  I placed them inside an egg shell bottom to make it look like they just hatched and then added a bow.

After creating the Happy Easter banner in pink and blue and attaching all the pieces, I felt it needed a little something more.  So I got out a little butterfly stamp I had and coloured it with the three challenge colours using a blender pen.  I added two small rhinestones on the body and stamped the blue butterfly trail under the sentiment.  It’s not an overly fancy topper but I didn’t want it to get too involved because I have to make five of them before Friday!

Hope this inspires you to create an Easter treat for your peeps.  Happy crafting!

 

1st Day of School

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Happy Monday everyone!  I know spring is here and that means the end of the school year is just around the corner but I thought I’d share a scrapbook page I made for my son’s first day of grade one.  It’s also the September page of the calendar I’m making for my husband (nope, it’s not finished yet and it’s April!).

My son’s favorite colour is blue so of course I started with blue card stock as the backdrop.  The cute apple paper was from a Me & My Big Ideas paper book.  I love the primary colours.  Such a great look for a school page.

I used a few different stamp sets for this page but the one I used most was the CTMH School Rocks set.  The stars were cut out with the Cricut and I stamped some of them with patterns for interest.  I also popped most of them up with foam dimensionals.  The little school house is a combination of paper piecing and colouring and the school bus was coloured with Copic markers.  The kids at the top of the page, the scallop border and the Grade One were stamped with Outdoor Denim ink.

It’s nice to be able to save the important moments in life in such a fun way.  Before I know it I’ll be scrapbooking his first day of university!  Have a great day and happy crafting!