Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Card Catch Up

I want to start off right away and apologize for not posting sooner, this month has been absolutely crazy.  I feel like there has been no time for anything, between work and everyone in the family being sick with the flu.  It has not been fun.

Well I thought to make up for it I would show you some of the cards I have been working on.  The first one is this super cute Penny Black stamp that I got last year.  I coloured her up with my spectrum noir markers and added some white flocking and green chunky glitter.  One of my favorite cards this year!

The next one is just a basic 5.5 x 5.5 card with a Greeting Farm image that I've had for a while.  Coloured up with my spectrum noir markers and layered with some patterned papers and spellbinders.

 The next one is a super cute house mouse stamp that has been in my stash for ages.  I did up a card base and put it through the cuttlebug for the tree embossing. The image itself was embossed with a handcut circle to get the embossing only in a circle around the image. 

 And this one is using a spellbinders for a cook-coo clock.  Really love how this one worked out.  I used glitter paper for the fringe and added some ink for distressing. 

 Lastly I have Santa and Frosty which were coloured with my spectrum noir markers and layered with patterned paper and spellbinders.
Hoping that everyone has a wonderful christmas as I probably will not be posting again before then. 

Happy Paper Crafting!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Another Christmas Card - Snowman

This Saturday was Scrappin Great Deals 4th Anniversary for being in their new store.  I remember my mom calling Sheila up on the phone and asking if we could pop by her house to go shopping in her basement.  It was so much fun to look around at all the stuff that she had.  I always wanted to have a basement like Sheila's full of scrapbooking and stamping supplies - lol.

So of course I had to go to their Anniversary celebration.  I was not lucky enough to get their early for the make and take package but I was able to sit down with Judy and make her gorgeous cover page!! 

And I had to buy the stamp set!!

Here is the amazing cover to a little booklet that Judy designed - I told you she was amazing.  Mine of course is nothing like hers, she does such a great job.  And the detail of covering everything with flowersoft snow when you're done is so great. 

I wanted my card to be all layered and amazing just like Judy's but it turned out a little different.  I have a really hard time getting away from clean and simple when it comes to card making - must be my years of being a Stampin' Up demonstrator - hehehe.

Well I love how he turned out anyways and I used some tricks and tips that Judy taught me.  The snowman was stamped on confetti white cardstock and his little nose and buttons coloured in with my Spectrum Noir markers and finished off with some glossy accents.  The hat and scarf were stamped on pattered paper and then I added some shading with my markers - of course I had to stamp the hat a couple of times to get the base, the band and then the holly which was coloured and glossy accent added.  Lastly the arms and the sign were stamped on kraft cardstock and shaded with my markers - two layers were done for the sign.  The "Merry" is from my new favourite Paper Smooches Christmas sayings stamp set.  

After everything was stamped and coloured I layered all the pieces with silicone - one the best things Judy ever taught me.  Then he was added to a layered card base.  The snow is actual glitter snow brushed onto the card and then added another layer that I cut out of cardstock first.  Below is a picture from the top so you can see all the dimension that I added to the card.  I did quite a few of these guys so I have seven more with different coloured scarves just waiting to be added to cards.

 Hope you enjoyed and can find some inspiration for your Christmas cards!
Happy Paper Crafting!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Altered House

 Here is another christmas present I made for this year.  It is a paper mache box that I have had in my stash for a couple of years - I believe that I bought them at Hobby Lobby.

I covered all of the sides with glittered pattern paper from My Minds Eye, one of last years christmas pads.  On the edges I distress with my paper distresser, Tim Holtz distress ink and layered with cheesecloth. 

The roof has some lace on the top edges covered with snow.  The slow is glitter snow from Michaels that I had from my days of painting ceramics.  The whole lid is layered with gold ribbon (from Home Sense) and braided trim (from Crafts 2000).  And of course the christmas lights - one of my stash items that my mom gave me.
 The wreaths on the edges were made with wired pine boughs that I found at the dollar store, wrapped with beaded trim from Walmart in the US (one of last years purchases).
 And of course the roses are my new ones from I am roses, I antiqued them with distress ink and layered with some resin roses from Recollections and gold holly leaves from my stash.
Once everything was done and on the house I went around with the snow and put some everyone. 

Really love the way it turned out.  Very elegant.  You can check out the YouTube video HERE.

This is a special gift for one of my very talented crafty friends - Judy.  Her cards are very amazing and she provides so much inspiration to many of people.  You can find her great cards and classes at Scrappin Great Deals in Kilworth.

Happy Paper Crafting!