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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Birgitta Witch

Happy Halloween!  
I really like the Swiss Pixies from C.C. Designs.  Here is the sweet 'witch' Birgitta, that I made for my nephew's daughter.

     I stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black on Bella card stock so that I could use my copic markers. I don't have a lot of colours, and I`m still in the learning stages with the various blending techniques.
     After I stamped  Birgitta,  I masked her and then stamped the bench. The pumpkins were stamped individually as I wanted to be able to place them on the card separately. Once the colouring was finished , the images were cut out and applied to the background card stock. I used a nestabilities die to cut the background and then sponged it with Autumn Terracotta.
The black card stock has been embossed with the Swirls Cuttlebug folder. I thought it would look like a night time scene!I
     The little black gingham bow was embellished with two hanging `tiny tags` from Stampin`Up.  I also used my glitter pen to add some sparkle to Brigitta`s wings, the spider webs on her outfit and the pumpkins. Finally the green card base was used  to lightened up the overall look. `Happy Halloween`was stamped on the inside.

Card Details:
Stamps: C.C. Designs Swiss Pixies Halloween Birgitta, Bench, Pumpkins;  Stampin` Up Tiny Tags
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black;  CTMH  Autumn Terracotta, Olive
Papers: Recollections Black; Brazill Cream, Green
Other Supplies: Nestabilities die; Stampin` Up Tiny Tags Punch; Copic markers; Cuttlebug embossing folder; gingham ribbon; black copic fine line marker; Glitter pen (clear)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Falling Leaves - Part II

    Wow! It's been a while since I've sat down to do a blog post. I have been working on a number of projects, but just haven't managed to get pictures taken and edited. I finished the last of my "root canal" dental appointments on Thursday (it was a 3 week process) and I just didn't feel like myself.

     Here's a card I made for my husband's birthday last week-end. I used PTI"s Falling Leaves again ( it was sitting on my desk from the last card posted) and thought it would be a good image for a masculine card. 

      I used a single tree image in Brown ink with Autumn Terracotta ink for the leaves. 
A shimmery brown ribbon was added to the right side of the image and then accented with a knotted ribbon on the bottom and three copper pearls on the top.

     The sentiment was stamped in Autumn Terracotta and placed across the bottom of the card.
The image and sentiment were matted with chocolate brown card stock and then applied to a beige card base.I used chocolate ink to distress the card stock before I placed the matted images on so it is quite rustic looking.

It was a simple design and a quick card to make, but my DH thought it was just right!!

Card Details:
Stamps: PTI Falling Leaves; CTMH  Birthday Sentiments
Inks: CTMH Autumn Terracotta, Brown.
Paper: Recollection beige and browncard stock
Other Supplies: ribbon, pearls

I will be back tomorrow with a cute Halloween card that I made for my nephew's daughter.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Falling Leaves

     It's been another beautiful fall week here and the leaves are quickly falling from the trees. DH has been raking them, but they still keep coming!
     I received the new PTI stamp set Falling Leaves in my last order and finally got a chance to play with it. Originally I wanted to make a card using Nichole Heady's sample from the August 2010 release projects, but couldn't seem to make it work.... so this is my "version". 
   We went to visit my aunt and uncle last week - they live in a city 700 km  (about 450 miles) from here, so we don't see them often. My uncle has been living with terminal cancer for this past year and I wanted to send a card, just to let them know that I'm thinking of them.

     I started by stamping the tree trunk and tree topper three times, onto white card stock. I used Close to My Heart inks - Cranberry and Autumn Terracotta and Stampin'Up's More Mustard for the leaves. Text Style was stamped on top using PTI's Tea Dye ink cube: Chai, and then the edges of the card stock were distressed with Chamomile and Chai. I mounted the image panel on two layers of card stock - chocolate brown and autumn terracotta.- that had been punched with an EK Success border punch.
     The sentiment, from Vintage Picnic, was stamped with Autumn Terracotta onto a cream card stock and then mounted on a piece of Autumn Terracotta.  
     I had to place the sentiment on the left side because I made a mistake with my Text Style stamp right at that spot!! Has that ever happened to you??  Luckily I was able to "cover" it up and save the card! 
     Finally I added a few extra "falling leaves" with the single stamp included in the set and then outlined each leaf with a glitter pen, just to add a little bit of glitz!

The inside of the card uses a Clear Dollar Stamp set called "Baskets of Blessings" that I stamped and then coloured with markers. I wanted the inside to have a little colour too! I left some space on the right hand side to add a little note.

Card Details:
Stamps: PTI Falling Leaves, Vintage Picnic, Text Style; Clear Dollar Stamps Baskets of Blessings.
Papers: Kraft card stock, Autumn Terracotta, chocolate, white card stock
Inks: CTMH Black, Chocolate, Cranberry, Autumn Terracotta; SU More Mustard; PTI Chai, Chamomille.
Other Supplies: markers, Sukura clear Gelly Roll glitter pen; EK Success border punch; 

Have a Great Week-end!  Hope you have time for a little Stamping!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Wreath for All Seasons

      I really love PTI's Wreath for All Seasons.  I've seen so many great projects from PTI stampers, and I knew I "needed" it too!  I finally got my new order on Friday and spent the week-end playing with everything, but this is my first project with all my new goodies!

       I made this card for a fellow stamper who has been dealing with cancer for the last 9 months. One of her friends set up a schedule for sending cards so she receives at least one card every week. I knew that I wanted to use this new stamp and the brown and pink combo for a card for Ellena.

I started by stamping the willow branch wreath in chocolate brown and then added the pink berry stamp. I wanted the pink to stand out, so I added pink glitter pen dots on all the little berries. I cut out the wreath using one of the inverted scalloped Nestabilities dies and then matted it on brown and pink card stock. The brown mat has been run through my Cuttlebug with the polka dot embossing folder.  

I used a few other 'new' stamps from my recent order - Text Style background was stamped with chocolate brown on the white card base.. The pink strip of paper across the bottom draws attention to the sentiment "live your bliss" from Fillable Frames #7. Finally I added a pink flower and a little brown pearl to the wreath and two pink pearls to the sentiment panel.



     On the inside of the card I used the Fillable Frame #8 in chocolate brown and two sentiments from Vintage Picnic in pink. The little flower stamp was from another new set - Places, Please. I stamped it 3 times in pink and brown for an extra detail.

Card Details:
Stamps: PTI Wreath for All Seasons, Fillable Frames #7 & #8, Vintage Picnic & Additions, Places Please
Inks: Close to My Heart Chocolate Brown; SU Pixie Pink
Card stock: white ,brown and pink from my stash
Other  Supplies: Cuttlebug embossing folder, glitter pen, flower, pearl, SU punches, Nestabilities

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Mug Cozies, Birthdays and More!!

Happy Saturday! I'm still trying to get back into a routine after my vacation. We have lots of yard work to do - we've had cooler nights and many of the annual flowers are looking kind of "droopy"! It's a good time to start planning for  fall and winter 'crafty' projects.

I've seen a variety of "mug cozies" on different blogs, but most have been felted fabric with instructions for covering a coffee shop paper cup. My sister-in-law gave me a great pattern book (Cider Mill Road: Art to Heart by Nancy Halvorsen) for quilting and applique. It has several patterns for a mug cozy that will fit around a regular 10" china mug. So.. I decided to make her a few for her birthday, along with a card and a few other treats! 

I made 4 cozies with two different applique patterns. Each design was traced onto a fusible webbing and then ironed onto the fabric. Once positioned, I used a blanket stitch on my sewing machine to stitch around each design. The buttons are used for decoration - Velcro holds the ends together at the handle.

Here they are wrapped around the mugs, all ready for a 'spot' of tea!

The birthday card uses a Stamping Bella image Content-to-be-a-bella that I coloured with water coloured pencils. All of the coloured "scallops" around the main image are actually little circles that I punched and then arranged on the back of the oval. I added a little pink flower with a pink ribbon and some Stickles" and the sentiment from a Close to My Heart  Birthday stamp set.

My SIL is a great photographer, so I decorated the envelope for the card with a variety of stamps from my stash, to create a collage effect.

Along with the card and envelope, I wrapped a box of photo card paper with paper that I made with stamps from CTMH Picture Perfect set.  The little box on the left  was made so the mug cozies would lie neatly inside. I covered the box with birthday paper from my stash and added a paper flower and ribbon.


My niece and her husband bought a new house recently, so I thought mug cozies would be a great housewarming gift. They live in New Zealand and shipping small items is always a good choice.  I used the same basic pattern as above for the cozies.

The card uses CTMH set Around the Block. I coloured the house with water colour pencils and added a red ribbon and little Stamping Bella Dots. The 'smoke' from the chimney is liquid applique.

 Here's a close up view of the two cozies. It uses a 'leaf' design with little red buttons as flowers. The green button shows the position for the Velcro closure.

 Since it was Kristen's birthday, I also made a birthday card to include in the package. I used the Stamping Bella image Cecily Cinnamonsticks. I cut the white card stock from the inverted scalloped Nestabilities and then sponged the edges. A little pink button and ribbon from my stash finishes the main image.

Card Details:
Birthday Card #1  Content-to-be-a-bella
Stamps: Stamping Bella; CTMH Happy Birthday,  Picture Perfect; SU Scene in a Garden, Pocket Silhouette, Garden Whimsy
Inks: CTMHGarden Green; SU Pixie Pink
Paper: from my stash
Other Supplies: Stickles, pink flower, ribbon, markers, water colour pencils.
New Home Card
Stamps: CTMH Around the Block
Inks: CTMH Black 
Paper: from my Stash
Other Supplies: Stamping Bella Dots, Liquid Applique, water colour pencils, ribbon, Nestabilities
Birthday Card #2 Cecily Cinnamonsticks
Stamps: Stamping Bella; CTMH Sweet Treats
Inks: CTMH Black; SU Pixie Pink
Paper: from my Stash
Other Supplies: Stickles, water colour pencils, markers, Nestabilities; mini pearls, button, ribbon

Have a great week-end and thanks for looking!!