Thursday, December 30, 2010

End of the Year

My poor blog has become a ghost town in the past couple of weeks because I have just been sooo busy I haven't had a chance to make anything (maybe because I've been playing with my new camera too much). Anyways, hopefully things will be back to normal next week, but in the meantime I'll leave you with some pics from the holiday season.









Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and wishing all the best in the New Year!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

PDCC59 with Sarah Anderson

This week over at the Play Date Cafe, the colour challenge consists of one of my favorite color trios. I automatically think of winter when I look at these colors, so I came up with something along that line. Here is the awesome inspirational photo featuring artwork by Bonnie Rose.


For this challenge I used a technique I haven't done in a looonnggg time and it took me a while to find my white crayons :) Here is what my project ended up being and the best thing is, I can use it to wrap someone's gift this Christmas.




I first started with the tag, which was cut from a glossy white piece of cardstock. I drew my tress on the tag with the white crayon and then sponged the different inks for each tree and the background (the crayon resists the ink). I stamped the sentiment over the trees and them applied stickles in lavender and turquoise to the trees for some sparkle. I wasn't satisfied with just the tag, so I made a large panel to attach to the front of a white gift bag. The stamped sentiment on the large panel had a little accident when I didn't realize it was still wet, so there are a few half fingerprints of black here and there if you look close enough:) I hand stitched some whimsy snowflakes and their falling trail with metallic lavender embroidery floss on the large panel and three small snowflakes on the gift tag. I must say this was a fun project, but drawing on white cardstock with a white crayon is a bit tricky! I think I had a trial and error pile of about 6 tags before I was able to match my lines up for a tree shape lol

Holiday Gift Bag

Cardstock: (glossy white) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Elegant Eggplant, Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black) Stampin' Up!
Stickles: (Lavender, Turquoise) Ranger
Stamps: (Joy to All) Hero Arts, (Holiday Button Bits) Papertrey Ink
Other: white crayon, metallic embroidery floss, satin ribbon, gift bag, tissue paper

Thanks for stopping and happy Christmas card making!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

PDCC58 - Red & White

Nothing prettier than the classic colors of red & white at Christmas time. This week over at the Play Date Cafe there is another gorgeous inspirational photo to get your creative juices flowing, here is what it looks like:


 There are SOOOO many gorgeous inspirational ideas from the design team as well as tons and tons and tons of beautiful artwork in the gallery. I encourage you to stop over and take a peek, it's truly a lovely sight :) As the holiday crunch is in full swing, crafting time seems to get less and less, so I went for a CAS design this week. I wanted something edible on my card this time, so it would be a card and treat in one :) I had a slew of peppermint candies left over from the Christmas craft fair and decided to put some of them to good use. Here is what I came up with:


This card was super simple. I embossed the card base with a poinsettia embossing folder from Stampin' Up! and added a distressed piece of white on top. I stamped the sentiment in red and had originally drew a black box around the mints, but I didn't like it and changed it to a rhinestone border instead. The final touch was attaching three red & white peppermints to the inside of my sparkly box :)

Peppermint Card

Cardstock: (Real Red, Whisper White) Stampin' Up!
Rhinestone stickers: Stampin' Up!
Stamp: (Short & Sweet) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Real Red) Stampin' Up!
Embossing Folder: (Poinsettia) Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

PDCC57 with Sarah Anderson

Over at the Play Date Cafe this week, the colour challenge is...well, a challenge :) I almost skipped this one because I couldn't figure out what to do with brown, silver and grey. I just couldn't bring myself to skip a challenge and played along at the last minute! Here is what the inspirational photo looks like:


I was stumped for most of the day and I had been working on Christmas cards and such most of the day and figured there had to be a way to incorporate these colors into a winter or Christmas card. I dug out a favorite item of mine, my brayer and thought I'd do another version of the stand alone tree inspired by Michelle Zindorf's card (the card tutorial for that particular image doesn't appear to be working on her blog). Here is what I came up with:

The card base is actually Early Espresso, which is kind of hard to see in the photo. The tree is stamped in the same colour. The background was brayed using Going Gray and Basic Gray. The silver is a Ten Seconds Studio metal tape sheet that I ran through my big shot with a swirl embossing folder. I found some matching velvet gray ribbon and used a large silver brad covered in rhinestones and brown pearls for an embellishment. I couldn't resist not having one smidgen of colour amongst all that brown, silver and gray, so I popped a little red birdie on one of the branches.

Lonely Tree

Cardstock: (Early Espresso, Whisper White) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Early Espresso, Going Gray, Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Branch Out) Stampin' Up!
Brad: Stampin' Up!
Stickers: (Basic Rhinestones) Stampin' Up! (Mocha Pearls) Close to my Heart
Tape Metal: Ten Seconds Studio
Ribbon: (Basic Gray Velvet) Stampin' Up!
Embossing Folder: (Swirls) Cuttlebug
Other: pop dots, white gel pen, post-it notes, brayer, sponge

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping :)
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