Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year

Today we find Bob and his wife enjoying a romantic moment before heading out to a New Year's Eve party. Bob's wife is dressed in her finest sparkly red dress and Bob is looking like his usual super cool self in his vest and blue jeans! He's such a romantic isn't he?! 



Close Up






I have to tell you a secret - Santa came to my house early.....and brought me a new Heidi Swapp Mini Minc! It is so fun to use but it is very difficult to get a good picture when you use foil on a card. I took the picture on the side so you could see the gold on the paper. 

After colouring my image with alcohol markers, I cut it out with a stitched oval die and inked the edge with black ink to help it stand out. I ran some Heidi Swapp 5th Avenue paper through my mini Minc to add the gold foil. I did the same with my "happy" word die. I had a few spots on the word die where the foil didn't adhere properly but I used it anyway - I kind of like the "distressed" look it gives. 

I found some white paper with a light black pattern on it to add my sentiment to along with the die cut letters to spell New Year. 

I added some glitter to Bob's wife's necklace and earrings to make them look like diamonds, added some gold Stickles to the flower centres and glossy accents to Bob's glasses. Although it is very difficult to see, I added clear Wink of Stella to Bob's wife's dress.  I finished the card off with a few black gumdrops...no surprise! lol. I like my glitter and gumdrops!  

Card Recipe
Stamp: Under The Mistletoe - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: 5th Avenue paper (Heidi Swapp), Meadowlark (MME) 
Dies: Build A Banner (Whimsy Stamps), Scripty Words (Your Next Stamp), Stitched Oval (Your Next Stamp), Letters (unknown) 
Hero Arts Glitter, Quickie Glue Pen 
Clear Wink of Stella 
Gold Stickles
Clear Glossy Accents 
Black Gumdrops (Your Next Stamp)
Recollections cardstock 
Toner Paper (Heidi Swapp) 
Gold Foil (Heidi Swapp) 

Spectrum Noir Markers: FS1 FS2 TN2 FS8 CR7 CR11 DR6 DG3 JG6 DG2 DG4 CT1 CT2 GB11 TN7 TN8 EB8 1B1 1G1 1G2 TN1 EB1 EB2 BG5 BG7 BG10 

Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for stopping by!







Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Horse Thank You

We had a pretty good blast of winter last night - a little snow but mostly freezing rain and ice pellets. 

That makes it the perfect day to escape to my craft room and make something that's not a Christmas card! 

                               How cute is Jessica with her horse!?! 




I love the simple layout to this sketch - I feel it keeps the focus on the stamp. 
After colouring with alcohol markers, I chose to use some paisley and barn board papers to keep kind of a western/country feel to my card and each layer is trimmed in dark brown. I used a light blue chalk pencil smudged with paper towel to soften it around the outside edge and finished it off with my favourite - gumdrops!

Card Recipe 
Stamp: Jessica With Her Horse - Your Next Stamp 
Patterned Paper: Rodeo Queen (Carta Bella), Natural Beauty (gcd studios)
Die: Stitched Square Die - Your Next Stamp
Sentiment: SRM Stickers
Light Blue Chalk Pencil 
Cardstock: Recollections

Spectrum Noir Markers: FS1 FS2 TN2 FS8 PP1 PP3 PP5 LG1 LG3 LG5 TB8 BT9 TB9 GB8 GB10 EB5 EB3 EB5 EB7 1G1 1G2 1G4 

I chose to use the sketch

                                                 

I am entering this card in Sketch and Colour Challenge #29 at Your Next Stamp. 

Thanks for stopping by! Your comments are appreciated. 

Have a great day! 



Friday, 25 December 2015

One More Christmas Card

I wanted to pop in quickly and share one more Christmas card with you. I made this one for my parents and they will be receiving it tomorrow. 



My mom loves anything to do with a nativity scene so I kept the layout simple as I wanted the image to be the focus. 

Card Recipe
Stamp: Oh Holy Night Nativity Set (Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps) 
Patterned Paper: Hello Winter (Echo Park), Reminisce 
Dies: Stitched Rectangles (Your Next Stamp), Build A Banner (Whimsy Stamps)
Ribbon: Celebrate It (Michaels) 
Crystazzi Crystals
Quickie Glue Pen 
Hero Arts Glitter 

Spectrum Noir Markers: GB8 GB10 EB5 EB6 EB7 TN7 TN8 EB8 BT2 BT4 BT6 CR2 CR3 FS8 1B1 

Merry Christmas!! Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas Eve Happy Mail

Happy Christmas Eve!

I have one more Christmas card to share with you today. It's always nice to have a few extra on hand for those last minute invites over the Christmas season. 

My card features Happy Mail from the newest Joys of the Seasons release. Don't tell but I made another one for my god daughter who absolutely loves hedge hogs. This is the fun part of making cards - being able to find the perfect stamp for the special people in your life! 



Side View


After colouring the image with alcohol markers I cut it out with a circle die and then ran it through again with a pierced circle die. 

I formed my card base and held my breath. It made me nervous to cut the middle of the card front out but I had used a regular piece of printer paper to plan the layout out first so away I went. 

After cutting out the middle, I cut a piece of plastic packaging a little larger then the piece I cut out of the cardstock in the middle. (I didn't have a piece of acetate that I felt would be thick enough to use). I added some snowflake cellophane paper - the kind you would wrap a gift basket with - and added to the card front. 

I added some "Snow" from Stampendous, patterned paper from "Sugar Plum" (Doodlebug) a bow and my favourite - yes I'm addicted - Gumdrops. 

Spectrum Noir Markers: TN1 EB1 EB2 EB6 EB3 EB8 GB8 GB10 EB5 CR9 CR11 DR6 DG2 DG4 PP2 PP4 PP6 1G2 1G4 1G8 1B1 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Happy Mail - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Sugar Plum - Doodlebug
Piercing Holes Die: Your Next Stamp
Circle Die: Spellbinders
Ribbon: Celebrate It (Micheals) 
Snowflake Cellophane: Dollar store
Gumdrops: Winter White - Your Next Stamp 
Plastic packaging 

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas filled with family, laughter and fun. 

Merry Christmas everyone! 

I am entering this card into the monthly Spectrum Noir Challenge - Clean and Simple on Facebook



Saturday, 19 December 2015

Grandma's Christmas Card

A couple weeks ago I shared that I have a couple of standing orders from my mom for Christmas cards.

The first card I shared was one I made for her to give to her dear friend. Today I am sharing the second card I made for her for my Grandmother, her mom, who is in her 90's. 

I had to keep the layout simple as Grandma is losing her eyesight so it had to be coloured in somewhat bright colours and have not too much going on with papers and such. I hope I made it in a way she can see and enjoy it. 


Card Recipe
Stamp: Oh Holy Night Nativity Set - KKS
Sentiment: Scandi Christmas - Whimsy Stamps
Stitched Rectangles Die: Your Next Stamp 
Holly Berry Red Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp 

Spectrum Noir Markers: FS1 FS2 TN2 GB8 GB10 EB5 DG2 TN1 TN4 EB7 CR7 CR11 DR6 

We are actually getting alot of snow here today so it kinda helps put me in the Christmas spirit. It won't last as temps are supposed to go into the double digits next week again but hey, we'll go with it. Maybe I'll go out and build a snowman..... 

Happy crafting friends! 

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Holly Jolly Christmas

My post today introduces you to Candy Cane Snowman. The latest new release Joys of the Seasons is packed full of super cute snowmen! If you love snowmen or if people in your life love snowmen ( I have alot who do!) then this is the release for you! 




I started this card by colouring my image with alcohol markers, fussy cutging it and popping it up with pop dots. I layered patterned paper from Carta Bella and Simple Stories onto my cardstock. It is very hard to see in the picture but I added Clear Wink of Stella to the buckle on his hat and the frame. A polaroid die was the perfect place to add my sentiment - Sm. Christmas Script (051)  (found here)
I finished it off by adding some ribbon from my stash of my favourite - gumdrops!! 

Card Recipe
Stamp: Candy Cane Snowman - High Hopes
Sentiment: Sm. Christmas Script - High Hopes 
Ink: Garden Green - Stampin' Up
3D Foam Squares: Scrapbook Adhesives 
Patterned Paper: Have a Merry Christmas - Carta Bella
December Documented - Simple Stories
Ribbon: from my stash
Die: Polaroid Instalove - Your Next Stamp
Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp 

Spectrum Noir Markers: DR5 DR1 DR7 CR7 CR11 DR6 CG4 DG3 JG6 1G2 1G4 1G7 CT1 CT4 GB5 PP1 PP2 PP4 TB2 TB1 Blender

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

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Snowman Shaker Card - Art Impressions

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of having a "play date" at my friend Cheri's house. After meeting her three adorable dogs, we moved upstairs into her beautiful craft room. 

I had brought a ton of things to work on but when she brought out this Snowman shaker set for Art Impressions, I knew immediately I was looking at the perfect Christmas cards for my nephews. I just had to stamp a few!

My two youngest nephews live in Calgary so I won't be with them Christmas morning when they open these but I can hear them giggling now! 

I could actually hear them giggling as I worked on these cards - okay one will be giggling and the other one will be shaking his head saying "Oh Auntie Donna"... 

These fun "bums" are on a Wobbler so every time the card is moved the bells will ring - so fun!!!!




I started by colouring the snowmen with alcohol markers and fussy cutting them. They are popped up with pop dots. I glued my bells onto the shaker portion and mounted it on a Wobbler. I cut a banner die and punched a snowflake in the middle. Labels behind my image add some pattern and colour and draw a attention to the snowman. All papers are edged with antique linen distress ink. Some silver and gold glitter gumdrops finish off my cards.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Bells Ring Set - Art Impressions (Shaker line) 
Patterned Paper: Sleigh Ridge (Bo Bunny), Have A Merry Christmas (Carta Bella)
Label: Spellbinders
Banner: Build A Banner die (Whimsy Stamps) 
Sentiment: Scandi Christmas (Whimsy Stamps)
Ink: Faded Jeans, Antique Lined (Distress Inks), Delta
Silver and Gold Gel pens
Snowflake Punch (Marvy)
Bells: dollar store
Wobblers
Cardstock: Recollections
Silver and Gold Glitter Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp
Pop Dots: Scrapbook Adhesives

Spectrum Noir Markers used: CG4 DG3 JG6 GB5 OR1 OR2 TN2 TN3 TN7 IG2 IG4 IG7 CR7 CR11 DRT TB2 TB8 TB9 TB1 TB2 TB3 CG3 CG4 JG6 FS8

I hope my nephews enjoy these on Christmas morning! I enjoyed making the for them that's for sure! 
Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, 10 December 2015

Angel Trio

Christmas is only a couple weeks away - YIKES!! I have a couple standing orders for Christmas cards every year. My mom always asks me to make a card for one of her dear, dear lifelong friends. 

Her friend loves angels so when I saw the Angel Trio  stamp, I knew it would be perfect for this year's card - I hope! 



This is a more simple layout then I usually do, but my mom's friend likes things neat and simple. It was a challenge for me but I love to push the boundaries of creativity sometimes. 

I stamped my image and coloured it with alcohol markers, and added  some gold Stickles to each of the angel gowns. It is hard to see in the picture but their wings all have some Clear Wink of Stella on them as well. 

Then I gave myself another challenge - to use scraps of paper, you know those little pieces you have left over from making cards - not big enough to use for anything major but "could be used" for something? I grabbed some of my little bits from the Mistletoe Collection by Bo Bunny and used my fishtail banner dies to make the little ribbon pieces to add under the image. 

After cutting a piece of white cardstock, I ran it through my Big Kick with an embossing folder to add some texture to the background. I pre tested my sentiment stamp before I stamped it since the background is raised, found a way to make it work and voila! My card is finished off with some gold glitter gumdrops. 

Card Recipe: 
Clear Wink of Stella 
Gold Stickles 
Embossing Folder: Baby's Breath - Cuttlebug
Patterned Paper: Mistletoe Collection - Bo Bunny
Sentiment: Studio G
Gold Glitter Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp


Spectrum Noir Markers: CT1 CT2 CT4 GB11 FS2 FS3 TN2 PP1 PP5 CG2 DG3 EB1 EB2 CG1 DG3 DG4 TN7 TN8 EB8 CTI CT3 TN3 TN5 CR7 CR11 DR6 1G1 1G2 1G4 1G7 TN1 TN4

Thanks for stopping by! Now off to see if my mom approves this card for her friend! Have a great day! 

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Snowman Snowball

                         Wow! I can't believe it is December already! 

We had some snow a couple weeks ago where I live but some double digit temperatures melted it the following week. There snow was perfect for building a snowman - you know, the wet, heavy kind. A few children in my neighbourhood decided to do just that.......and unknowingly inspired me! 



I coloured the stamp with alcohol markers and along with a few "extras" while I was at it. I mounted my image on cardstock and fussy cut my "extras".

 I went with some none traditional Christmas colours on this card which ended up being perfect for the new Stampendous "Snow" I used for the corners and under the snowball. This is a great new product that you don't need extra ink for - you place it and heat it! How easy is that! It has pink, blue and yellow flecks in it - perfect for the colours I chose. Gotta love when a road trip to One Crazy Stamper gives you the perfect product to finish a card with! 

After adding my "snow", I stamped my sentiment, matted it and added my two "extras". I added a fence and a bingo card to finish it off. 

Card Recipe 
Stamp: Snowman Snowball - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Christmas Script - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: December Documented - Simple Stories, The Paper Studio, Sugar Plums - Doodlebug Designs
Ink: Old Olive - Stampin' Up 
Die: Fence and Lampost - YNS 
"Snow" - Stampendous

Spectrum Noir Makers: CR7 CR11 OR1 GB5 BT1 BT4 BT6 BT7 CT1 CT2 CT4 GB11 BP1 BP2 BP4 BP6 1B1 1G1 1G2 1G4 1G7 CG1 DG2 DG4 DR5 D57 Black 

Thanks for stopping by! Your thoughts and comments are appreciated!