Thursday, 26 November 2015

Carrots and Cookies

How cute is this reindeer and Santa sitting with his feet up! He must be taking a break before his big day! 



My original layout and ideas for this card didn't work out the way I pictured it in my head - have you ever had that happen?) so I ended up fussy cutting the image (leaving a bit of a white border) after colouring with alcohol markers. 
The "snow" was made by tearing some white pieces of cardstock and adding Stickles to the edges. I created my sentiment on my computer and printed it off on a label die that I cut in half. An icicle border, red gumdrops and glitter on Santa's coat and hat finish off my card. Did you see the red glitter gumdrop on the reindeer's nose? The sentiment was created on my computer. 

Card Recipe 
Stamp: Santa's Sleigh Ride - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Star Dust Stickles
Ruby Red ink - Stampin' Up 
Patterned Paper: older American Traditional, Imaginisce 
Quickutz Label
Icicle Border Die - Your Next Stamp
Sentiment: Computer - Calibri and Lucida Calligraphy fonts
Red and Glitter Red Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp


Spectrum Noir Makers: TN2 TN4 TN6 TN7 EB4 EB3 EB5 BR3 BR7 BR10 CT1 CT4 GB11 CR1 CR7 CR9 CR11 DR6 1G1 1G2 1G5 1G4 CG3 CG4 JG4 BT1 BT2 BT4 BT6 1B1 FS1 FS2 TN2 FS8

I am entering this in Spectrum Noir monthly FB challenge

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

In Memoriam/Sympathy

Creating a sympathy card is challenging for most of us. Add to that the card is a sympathy card but not really, for someone you don't know. 

This card is a request for a horse group I (newly) belong to for a woman who's father recently passed away. This is a photo she shared on FB and I was asked to do a card including the photo. 

This card will be given on behalf of the group, but they didn't want it to be a "regular" sympathy card - not flowery, or butterflies - the first choice I would normally have for a sympathy card.........

Here's what I came up with - I hope they like it.


Card Recipe
Patterned Paper: Recollections
Heart: Finishing Touches 
Ink: Garden Green - Stampin' Up
Dies: Label - Spellbinders, Instalove Polaroid - YNS, Large Leafy Flourish - Whimsy Stamps
Twine: Bakers Craft 
Ribbon: Mulitcraft Imports

Thanks for stopping by today - your thoughts and comments are appreciated.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Got Hugs?

Both of my cards feature Polar Hug from the Joys of the Seasons New Release.

The first card features the new Think Snow 2 sentiment and Winter Wonderland Background and the Winter Wonderland sentiment.  

The second card features the Merry Christmas sentiment. I had fun putting these two cards together with all of these High Hopes stamps!






For my first card is coloured my image with alcohol markers, fussy cut it and popped it up with pop dots. I stamped the top part only of the Winter Wonderland Background set and added some Shabby Blue Frantage. I stamped some mountains in blue so they looked like some icebergs in the background. The sentiment was partially done on my computer and finished off with the Winter Wonderland sentiment stamp. I added some glitter to the penguin's hat, some navy polka dot ribbon and finished it off with a couple blue brads.

My second card is coloured with alcohol markers and cut out using a Spellbinders circle. I added some stitches with a circle stitch die. I threaded some twine through my ribbon slot border and added my snowflake clothes pin.
Glitter on the penguins hat and some gumdrops help finish this card off. 

Card Recipe 
Patterned Paper: Powder Mountain - Bo Bunny, Fresh Snow - Reminisce, Mistletoe Collection - Bo Bunny
Dies: Spellbinder Classic Circle, Fishtail Banner Dies - YNS, Stitched Circle Die
Ribbon: American Crafts
Brads: from my stash
Ink: Bashful Blue, Stamping Up 
Pop Dots: Forever In Time
Clothespin: Micheals 
EK Success Ribbon Slot Punch 
Stardust Stickles 
Shabby Blue Frantage
Hero Arts Glitter
Quickie Glue Pen

Spectrum Noir Markers: PP1 PP4 BG2 BG5 BG7 BG10 1B1 1G1 DG3 JG6 DR1 DR5 DR7

I hope you have enjoyed my post today! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Burst Through Snowman

My post today is showcasing Snowman Sled Ride and the Think Snow 2 sentiment from the newest release Joys of the Seasons. 

I wanted my snowman to look like it was bursting out of the front of the card. 







I coloured my stamp with alcohol markers and fussy cut my image. 

I could have boughten a die to create the "bursting through" part of my design, but I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could figure out how to do it with what I had on hand...and voila!

(I have made a photo tutorial on how I created my "burst through" you can find here on my blog.)

After finishing my "burst through", I added my stamp to a wobbler with some pop up dots so my snowman wiggles and wobbles every time the card is moved. I stamped my sentiment on a die cut label and secured it on my card with twine. Decorative corners and a few sparkly blue enamel dots and some glitter on the scarf finish off my card. 

                                                    Card Recipe

Patterned Paper: Altitude and Woodland Winter Collection - Bo Bunny
Recollections Opaque Marker 
Hero Arts Glitter 
Quickie Glue Pen 
Ink: Rubber Stampede
Dies: Label - Spellbinders, Corner Dies - Whimsy Stamps
Enamel Dots: Sparkly Navy Blue Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp
Twine: Bakers Craft 
Wobbler 
Pop Dots

Spectrum Noir Markers Used: 1G1 1G4 1G7 1G9 DR5 DR1 DR7 CT1 CT3 CT4 GB11 CR7 CR9 CR11 JG2 JG4 JG6 GT1 GT2 GT3 TN2 TN4 TN7 PP1 PP2 BT1 black, blender

                                            Thanks for stopping by! 

"Burst Through" Tutorial

Thank you for taking a look at my first photo tutorial. I am calling this the "Burst Through" technique. 

1. Choose your shape - it can be a circle, oval, square - whatever you like.

2. Choose your paper. 



    There are a couple different options here. You can choose a single sheet of double sided patterned paper, or you can choose to use two different patterns. If you do the second one, your bursts will be a little thicker because you are using two layers of paper. 
Helpful hint: Make sure your second piece has the pattern you want facing out. Glue the papers together - cover the whole piece not just the edges - if you don't the "burst" shapes won't stick together.

3. Trace your shape. 

4. Find the centre of your shape - vertically and horizontally. In this example my circle is 3.5"w, so my center point is 1.75". Draw your centre lines from one edge of your shape to the other.



5. Find the centre of each "pie piece" In this case each piece is 2" wide so my centre point is 1". Draw your lines from one side of your shape to the other.



6. Cut your lines using your favourite cutting tool. I use an Exacto knife for this step. I also stole a metal ruler from my husbands tool box for this exact thing.


7. Use a smooth pen in whatever thickness you choose. Roll each "pie piece" to the edge of your shape. Glue each "roll" down - this part can take some patience until it dries enough to stay. Helpful Hint: if there are any pencil lines showing, erase them before gluing your pie piece down. 

8. Add your background layer - I used turquoise cardstock here just for example purposes. 



9. Add your stamp to the front and enjoy! 


I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial. Please share your projects with me - I would love to see what you create! 

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Polar Hug - Twine Challenge

Crafter's often get inspiration or a starting point for a card layout from numerous places, magazines, Facebook, Pinterest etc. 

I had a chance to stay in sweats and play for a bit yesterday morning and found a weekly Saturday challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps to give me a starting point for this card. The challenge is "Playing with Twine".



Card Recipe 
Stamps: Polar Hug - High Hopes
Sentiment: Merry Christmas - High Hopes
Ribbon Slot Punch - EK Success 
Patterned Paper: Fresh Snow - Reminisce, Mistletoe Collection - Bo Bunny
Clothespin: Michaels 
Stitch Circle Die - Your Next Stamp
Enamel Dots: Love Earth Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp
Hero Arts Glitter
Quickie Glue Pen

Spectrum Noir Markers: PP1 PP4 CT4 GB5 OR1 1B1 DR1 DR5 DR7 

As I'm sure you have guessed, I am entering this card into the Playing with Twine Challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Naughty or Nice?

Today my post features Winking Snowman, one of the super cute snowmen from the Joys of the Season new release at High Hopes. 



I just think this snowman is way too cute! I wanted to use a fun sentiment because of the wink. After colouring this cutie with alcohol markers,I chose  some pieces of turquoise and white cardstock. 
I cut the white piece to size and ran it through a snowflake embossing folder. I chose to use the "negative" side of the paper so the snowflakes are indented instead of raised - that's the "naughty" part of my card
I added some patterned paper to the outside edge, and created and printed the sentiment from my computer. Some punched out snowflakes and some glittery enamel dots finish off the card. 

Card Recipe 
Patterned Paper: Altitude Collection - Bo Bunny 
Sentiment: Lucida Calligraphy font - Computer
Snowflakes: Marvy Punch
Snowflakes Embossing folder - Darice 
Enamel Dots: Glitter Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp

Spectrum Noir Makers Used: TN1 EB1 EB2 BT3 BT4 BT5 BT7 BT9 PL2 PL3 Black BG2 CT1 CT4 GB11 DR4 CR6 Blender

I hope you have enjoyed my post today! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 1 November 2015

High Hopes Club Packs

Hello High Hopes Fans! Do you have High Hopes stamps and sentiments on your wish list? 

We are excited to introduce our brand new High Hopes Club Packs - each set includes two stamps and sentiments - Wow!  

When you purchase a club pack you Save 30% off our regular retail price. 

For November there are 6 Club Packs to choose from - I am sharing 3 below:





There are 3 more available on the High Hopes website in the Club Pack section right at the top of the online catalog list.  

Club Packs are available in limited quantities and for a limited time on the High Hopes website here: http://highhopesstamps.com/product-category/club-packs/

Hurry on over to the website to get your favourite club packs! Happy Shopping!