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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Christmas Tree : A Touch of Gold

I finally got into my craft room to make a card for this month's  
Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge:  A Touch of Gold.
Gold Embossed Die Cut Tree (Believe)

I also saw the current challenge at Festive Friday: Trees 
and decided to combine these two challenges.
Gold Embossed Sentiment (Peaceful Pinecones)

We are finally having some hot weather here, so making a Christmas Card may seem a little 'out-of-season', but I do like the fact that I will have a few cards made before the holiday season. This one was very Clean and Simple and will be great for mailing. I'll be making a few more of this design!!

Card Details  (PTI, unless noted)
Stamps - Believe, Peaceful Pinecones
Inks - Versamark
Paper - Stamper's Select White
Dies - Believe. Double-ended Banner die
Other -  Stampendous Gold Fine Detail Embossing Powder; red and gold markers;
             Woodgrain Impression Plate

     Papertrey Ink                                              Festive Friday
Thanks for visiting today!
Karen C.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Balloon Trevor x 2

    One of my grand nephews turned 4 in early June, so I set out to make 
a card that would be easy to mail. I have another grand nephew who 
will be three in August, so I decided to make a second card with the same details. I like the idea that I have a head start on a late summer birthday!!

* I started by stamping Balloon Trevor (C. C. Designs), colouring with copic 
     markers and then fussy cutting. Trevor's shirt was also stamped onto
     patterned paper and fussy cut so I could paper piece it. 
* The balloon portion was stamped 3 more times, coloured with a variety 
     of copic markers (greens, blues, reds, yellows) and fussy cut.
* Before positioning the balloons and Trevor, I embossed the Kraft card 
    front with the Wood grain Impression Plate. The sentiment (Say It In Style -
      Close To My Heart) and suffix (th) were also stamped onto the card front, 
    then a Pure Poppy number die cut was added. 

* The picket fence was cut from polka dot paper; the grass border die 
     (My Favorite Things) was cut, then added to the bottom of the card. 
     Small brass adhesive pearls accent each of the pickets on the fence.

* A rectangle of Rustic White card stock was added to the inside of the 
    card and then stamped with several sentiments. (Stylish Sentiments: Birthday;
      Mega Mixed Messages; Fillable Frames #7) using Pure Poppy, Blueberry Sky 
    and Rich Cocoa inks. The stitching line (Sew Simple Borders) around 
    the edge was added with blue ink.

Happy Birthday - Take 2!!

* I used patterned paper for one of the balloons. The dark chocolate polka
    dot paper was stamped with Background Basics: Woodgrain before cutting
    the picket fence.
A green copic marker was used on the grass to add some texture border.

The inside uses stamps and dies from Heart-2-Heart #5.

Card Details (PTI, unless noted)
Stamps - Balloon Trevor (C.C. Designs);  Say It In Style (Close To My Heart) ; 
Background Basics: Woodgrain, Sylish Sentiments: Birthdays, Mega Mixed Messages, 
Fillable Frames #7, Sew Simple Borders, Heart-2-Heart #5hakers;
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa; Pure Poppy, Blueberry Sky, New Leaf, Harvest Gold, Kraft
Papers - Classic Kraft, Rustic White, Pure Poppy;   Patterned Papers (Recollections)
Dies - Picket Fence,  Block Numbers; Grass Border die (My Favorite Things)
Other - copic markers; brass adhesives; 3-D foam dots

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Father's Day Cycling

My husband is an avid cyclist - he 's been taking advantage of some warm and sunny days to take long rides (50+ km) so I thought a bicycle would be appropriate for his Father's Day card. I used a bicycle as the focal point and then "built" the rest of the design with a variety of other details.

* Bicycle (Everyday Button Bits) was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink; 
     coloured with an orange marker and a silver metallic pen.

* Masked bicycle; stamped  the "road" with lines from School Time
     coloured the road with copic markers.
* "Grass" (Lovely Layers) stamped with Simply Chartreuse and Soft Moss inks 
      Polka Dot Basics stamped with Simply Chartreuse below the road. 
* Sentiment (Close To My Heart - Say It In Style) was stamped with black ink.

* Sunshine (Up, Up & Away)  stamped with Harvest Gold and Summer Sunrise 
* Card Front - Linen Impression Plate used to create subtle texture.

* Trendy Tree Tops Dies 
     Tree trunk  - Dark Chocolate card stock & Wood grain Impression Plate;
     Tree top - Green patterned paper from a Recollections paper pad was used.
     Die cuts were glued in place; orange butterfly (SU - Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die)

* Bicycle Wheels - 3/4" circles were made with a circle punch using 
     True Black card stock. The centers of the circles were punched 
     out with a 1/2" circle punch. (This created two doughnut shapes)

* The spokes were created by stamping an image from Funky Florals 
     with Smokey Shadow ink (stamped off to create a grey effect), 
     then a 5/8" circle punch was used.  This circle was mounted behind 
     the tires. These two wheels were added to the bicycle. Small black 
     rhinestones were added to the centers of the spokes.

* The inside was finished with a sentiment from Simply You.
* Sentiment - Play the day away! (Close To My Heart) 
     Soft Moss, Limeade Ice and Simply Chartreuse inks

Card Details  (PTI, unless noted)
Stamps - Everyday Button Bits, Up, Up & Away, Polka Dot Basics, School Time, 
Lovely Layers, Simply You;   Close To My Heart: Say It In Style, June Word Puzzle
Inks - Simply Chartreuse, Soft Moss, Limeade Ice, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise; 
Memento Tuxedo Black;   Close To My Heart: Orange
Papers - Stamper's Select White, True Black; green patterned paper (Recollections)
Dies - Trendy Tree Top;  Stampin 'Up: Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die;  
Other - Linen Impression Plate, Woodgrain Impression Plate;  Sakura Silver Metallic pen; 
copic markers;  EK Success Circle Punches: 3/4", 5/8", 1/2";  Kaisercraft Black Rhinestones

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Clouds & Rainbows

     I've had this piece of colourful patterned paper with rainbows and clouds 
for a long time and decided to experiment with some stamps and dies to design a card using it as the background.
* I used Up, Up & Away Stamps and Dies, coloured with copic markers and accented with sparkle dots. The card front was mounted onto Berry Sorbet 
card stock; two rows of machine stitching accent the edge; a white card 
base was used.
* I tried stamping the sentiment (Movers & Shakers  Sentiments) directly onto the patterned paper with Versamark and embossing powder.  I wasn't happy with the final look, so I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of white card stock with Berry Sorbet ink, stamped over the top with Versamark and embossed it with clear embossing powder. This really made the sentiment stand out. 
* One of the stamps from Half & Half was used to stamp the sentiment panel with Aqua Mist ink. I wiped the extra ink off with a paper towel and that left a background that blended with the original patterned paper.  (The embossed sentiment resisted the Aqua Mist ink.) The corners were rounded and then matted with Berry Sorbet card stock.

* The hot air balloons were mounted onto the card front varying 
the height by using different thicknesses of 3-D foam dots.
* Sparkle Dots add a little glitter to the hot air balloons.

Card Details (PTI, unless noted)
Stamps - Up, Up & Away, Half & Half, Movers & Shakers Sentiments
Inks - Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist; Memento Tuxedo Black; Versamark
Papers - Stamper's Select White, Berry Sorbet; Recollections: Rainbows
Dies - Up, Up & Away
Other - copic markers; corner rounder; 3-D Foam Dots; sewing machine
Stampendous: Clear Embossing powder,  Dot Sparkles - Silver.  

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.