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Monday, December 31, 2012

Peaceful Pinecones

When I first saw this set, I knew it would be mine!! We live in a region of Canada that is covered with all varieties of pine and spruce trees. We have groups of Red Pine trees surrounding our house ...... and everywhere you look along the roads and highways there are White Pine, Jack Pine, White Spruce and Black Spruce.

The patterned paper was the inspiration for the overall colour scheme. A Simply Chartreuse card base was used, along with a green mat layer under the main focal panel. I used the Button Card die and Button Boutique stamp set to create a frame for the sentiment and pinecone and branch die cut images. Some glittery red pearl adhesives give just the right splash of colour. The edges of the card base were sponged with Fresh Snow ink.

The inside of the card uses  a strip of patterned paper on the white card panel and a sentiment and image from the Peaceful Pinecones set. A small red dot was added for a colourful accent.I also edged the white card stock with some Simply Chartreuse ink.
Card Details:   (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Peaceful Pinecones, Button Boutique
Inks - Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, Fresh SnowMemento Rich Cocoa, Tuxedo Black
Papers - Simply Chartreuse; Chatterbox: Holiday Candy
Dies - Peaceful Pinecones Die collection, Button Card
Other Supplies - red glitter adhesive pearls; 3D foam Dots; corner rounder; red marker

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C. 

Sunday, December 30, 2012


Here's a set of two cards that were inspired by this design I found while surfing Pinterest. I really like the traditional colours of red and green for Christmas and the detailed wreath created with punches, die cuts and an embossing folder.

Side by Side:
Although the cards use the same design, there are some alterations in the border dies that I used, the size of the wreaths and placement of the lettering. Can you see the differences here?

Card #1
The green border was cut with the dotted scallop border punch.(EK Success). 
The wreath was made by die cutting a piece of Pure Poppy card stock with Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Circles and then using a circle punch to cut out the center. (I found that the wreath appeared a little too thin, so I made an adjustment to my second card.)  

Card #2
The wreath was made in the same way as the card above, but I used a smaller circle punch for the center. This makes the wreath a little 'chunkier' looking.
I also tried my new Edgelits border die. I really like this version better as it has a softer, more lacy look.

After embossing the wreath Stickles were added in a variety of colours. 
A plaid ribbon bow was adhered to the bottom of the wreath. 
The white card stock panel was also embossed with Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder. The Pure Poppy card base was stamped in the matching ink using a small poinsettia image from Tag-Its #9

Block Alphabet Upper dies were used to cut "JOY" from green card stock and then adhered to the card front.

I carried the green border theme to the inside of the card by stamping a narrow vertical border (Waltzingmouse Stamps) on each side of the sentiment panel. Pure Poppy ink was used to stamp the sentiments (Holiday Wishes) and poinsettia image.

Card Details: (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Holiday Wishes, Tag-Its #9; WMS:Nordic Christmas
Inks - Memento: Cottage Ivy
Paper - Pure Poppy, Stamper`s Select White; Green
Dies - Block Alphabet Upper Die collection; Limitless Layers 1 3/4"Circles
Other Supplies - EK Success Dotted Scallop Border punch, circle punch; SU Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions folder, Finishing Touches Edgelits die plaid ribbon; Stickles

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C. 

Lovely Layers: Christmas

When Lovely Layers stamp set and dies were introduced, I loved the unique design options. I have used this set many times for spring and summer cards, but today I have a red, green and cream colour scheme for a set of six Christmas cards. 

The main inspiration for this card comes from a very talented Betsy Veldman. You can see her card here.

There's a lots of stamping on the Rustic Cream card front. I started by stamping the largest 4 leaf image with Pure Poppy ink. I then added the sentiments in Fine Linen and New Leaf.  Once those items were in place I was able to add the smaller flowers and leaf veins. Tea Dye inks were sponged along the edges of the card base. The card front was then mounted onto a card base of Fine Linen.

The main focal point was made with Lovely Layers die collection. I used Betsy's combination of vellum, coloured card stock and stamping on several layers to create this. Some sparkle was added with red glitter adhesive pearls from my stash. 

Three of the cards use sentiments from Love Lives Here:Holiday

Inside Sentiment and Floral Details

The other three cards use sentiments from Holiday Wishes.  

Inside Sentiment and Floral Details 

Card Details (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Lovely Layers,  Believe, Holiday Wishes, Love Lives Here: Holiday
Inks - Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Fine Linen, Tea Dye Duo, CTMH: Cranberry; Memento: Cottage Ivy
Papers - Rustic Cream, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Kraft;  SU: Vellum
Dies - Lovely Layers Die Collection
Other Supplies - red glitter adhesive pearls,  foam dimensional dots

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Snowflake Medley

Snowflake Medley by Papertrey Ink makes a beautiful one layer card, but also provides opportunities for a multilayer design.  I created a set of 8 cards, using this card by Nichole Heady as my inspiration. The card design lends itself to so many colour combinations, so I experimented with a few options. Here's a group of eight cards, using a variety of colour combinations:

Supplies used for All cards: 
PTI Stamper's Select White, Snowflake Medley,  Holiday Photo Finishers; EK Success Clear Dots

*Aqua Mist and Twilight (Close To My Heart)  

Other Details: Linen Impression Plate;  core'dinations: Bahama Blue card stock

*Lavender Moon, Royal Velvet and Lovely Lilac (SU)

 Other Details: Linen Impression Plate, Royal Velvet card stock, Framed Out #7

*Aqua Mist and Tempting Turquoise (SU)

Other Details:  
Swiss Dots Embossing Folder; Snowflake Medley dies; Tempting Turquoise card stock; 3D Dots

Other Details:  
Snowflakes Embossing Folder; Snowflake Medley diesTempting Turquoise card stock; 3D Dots

*Winter Wisteria and Royal Velvet

Other Details:  
Linen Impression Plate, Snowflake Medley Dies, Royal Velvet card stock, 3D Dots

A variety of card interiors:

 Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

'tis the season

 Wow ... it's almost Christmas and this is my first "holiday" post.!!
 I'm hoping to get 'caught up' with some of my Christmas project posts in the next few days.
I was busy with holiday preparations in November and the early part of December and have finally found some time to share cards and tags, sewing, knitting and gift wrapping projects that I've completed.

Happy Harlequin stamps and cover plate were the inspiration for the Christmas card I sent to my son and his girlfriend.  This is the first year he won't be home for the holidays and he will be missed. 

* Several different Harlequin patterns were stamped directly onto the Rustic Cream card base with Pure Poppy ink and then the Kraft frame was glued over the front images. 
* The sentiment (Fillable Frames #8) was heat embossed onto a strip of Kraft card stock and then mounted onto a Holiday Photo Finisher die cut from Pure Poppy. Two small green pearls accent the sentiment.

* The Pure Poppy Bloom Builder's #3 flower was layered onto a Doily Details die cut (vanilla card stock stamped with Text Style) and a scalloped circle, (embossed with Swiss Dots folder) A wooden button and embroidery floss accents the center of the flower.

* The inside sentiment (Love Lives here: Holiday) was heat embossed.
* Green boughs were stamped on the top left side and then a stamped diamond die cut (from the Harlequin cover plate) was glued on top. A small red `bow` was added to the top, along with a little red sparkle dot. A dotted line was stamped above this to create a hanging Christmas ball.

Card Details: (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Happy Harlequin,  Tiny Treats: Christmas,  Love Lives Here: Holiday,  Text Style,  Fillable Frames #8
Inks - Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Tea Dye Duo; Versa Mark;  SU: Creamy Caramel
Papers - Pure Poppy, Rustic Cream;  SU: Very Vanilla;  Anna Griffin: Calisto Christmas Designer Mat Series
Dies - Happy Harlequin Cover Plate, Bloom Builders #3; Doily Details Die, Limitless Layers 2.5" Circles, Photo Finishers Die Collection
Other Supplies - Martha Stewart: Ladybug Embossing Powder; Swiss Dots Embossing folder; My Mind's Eye   wooden button, embroidery floss; Kaisercraft green adhesive pearls; small flower punch (image altered to create the bow)

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.