Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Carousel Birthday Card

  I had been eyeing this carousel horse stamp at Michael's, but I'm glad I restrained myself, because I picked this stamp up at a yard sale last month for $3!
  I stamped it on a Prima watercolour tag, then using Distress Inks pads, smushed them on an acrylic block, and with a water brush, randomly added colours to the stamped image. 
  I then flicked some water on top and dried with my heat tool. Ripped the top and bottom, inked with DI Gathered Twigs and attached to a patterned Prima tag; cut bottom of tag off to fit kraft card.
  Along the side I used my Swiss Cheese edge punch and inked around holes with DI. 
  The sentiment is from CTMH stamp set call Something Splendid, which I also picked up from a yard sale last spring. Punched the tag hole through the card, and added seam binding.

  Used another Prima tag for the inside, and same technique on watercolour paper for the sentiment. This stamp is from the Whimsy Stamps set, Birthday Greetings.
  I used the top of the tag that I cut off for the inside and attached here for my stamp and date. The Prima tags; watercolour pad and patterned tags pad, I bought at my local crafty store, The Cutting Garden.

Entering this card in:
Fashionable Stamping Challenge: Ch#83 Anything Goes

  I made this tag for Mike's aunt Janette, who is celebrating her birthday today! Happy Birthday Janette!

  Gorgeous weather we are having; 20C for Pete's sake! Although, we may get a piece of that hurricane on the weekend; not too bad though.

  Hope all my Canadian friends and family had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend! Love turkey! 

  Thanks for stopping by and leaving a word or two! Muchly appreciated.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Snowman's Wish

  This is the card/tag I will be teaching at my favourite local family owned paper craft store, The Cutting Garden, right here in Halifax.
  I know what you're sayin'! Christmas card?! Really!? It's more of a winter card. In the card making business, you can't start soon enough to make cards for the holiday season! Some places have "Christmas in July" and "Stamp A Stack" get togethers specifically to make Christmas cards.
  This is another one of those Ranger large Kraft tags, folded. Also used TH Winter Wonder die cut (snowman & snowflake). Love this die set! Oldie but goodie! He was cut using sparkly paper, and inked around the edges with DI Weathered Wood and Gathered Twigs. 
  The "Wish" in his belly is also a TH die cut. There is about 4 of them, "Wish", "Hope", "Love" and "Joy". Just position the die in the centre of his belly after you cut him out. I add a little tape to make sure it doesn't move around. The blue paper was cut using TH Ornamental die cut and then I ran it through my crimper (my new favourite toy!). I actually got a travel size one just this past weekend at a yard sale for a dollar!
 All the paper is Bo Bunny "Woodland Winter". Some burlap and cheesecloth tucked in here and there.
  After trying different DI inks to tint the seam binding bow, I decided I liked it plain. Added some tulle with it.
  As well as the snowflake that came with the snowman die, I also used 3 dies from Cheery Lynn and layered them. The centre of the snowflakes are Dew Drops.

 Inside. The sentiments used here are from an old Hero Arts stamp set. The mitten tag is also from the Bo Bunny Woodland Winter paper set.
 Inside, left. This snowflake die came with the snowman die. A blue Dew Drop in the centre.
The back

 All the class info is available HERE at The Cutting Garden website. If you are in the area, would love for you to join us!

Entering this in:
Sugar Creek Hollow: #94 Tag You're It

 Cooling off here now. Nice. Love the fall! Really scary news. It snowed in Calgary Alberta. It snowed there the last 2 days. That is way too early for snow! 

 Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a creative week, and maybe get some Christmas cards done?! 

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Special Tag In A Bag Birthday

"Best friends forever, Never apart, 
Maybe in distance, But never at Heart"

  Well this took on a life of it's own! I made this "tag in a bag" for my dear friend, Roxanne, back home in Ontario who is celebrating a special birthday. We have been friends since high school (mid '70's).
 I had made a similar bag, which you can see HERE. So many layers and die cuts! All the dies were cut out using white card stock and tinted with Distress Inks Victorian Velvet with some Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs. The flowers are all from my stash. Added a dab or two of Distress Stickles Tattered Rose and Rock Candy.
  Cheesecloth, crepe paper or party streamer, and tulle tucked in here and there.

More photos:
Here is a full view of it. Used some natural colour raffia and some tulle.

The top of the bag. Used Tim Holt Distressed Doily die cut. My fav!

Small pink safety pin hot glued to the butterfly for the body.

Seam binding tinted with Distress Ink Victorian Velvet.

 The verse I found on Pinterest. It was perfect! I printed the verse off on vellum, then cut it out with a heart die cut.

 The front of the tag. Here are a couple of photos of Roxanne and I "back in the day!" Also, our yearbook photos. Tucked in some butterfly Tissue Tape here and there. 

  The back of the tag. The stamped sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps. Background paper is from Prima. 

The back of the bag. 

  Thanks for stopping by, and leaving a word or two! Muchly appreciated! On our last week of vacation. Having a nice relaxing couple of weeks. Weather has been great too! Hope you have a great week!

i made it myself!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dragonflies & Fairies

"May you touch Dragonflies and Stars, 
dance with Fairies and talk to the Moon"

  Love the new Tim Holtz/Sizzix Layered Dragonfly die with matching embossing folder! Had lots of fun making this big tag! I used a Rangers manilla tag, 5 1/8" x 10 1/2". Covered one side with various Distress Inks, spritzed with water and a dash here and there of Glimmer Mists.
 The trellis on the left was made with Sizzix Frameworks Trellis die cut and scrap purple patterned paper. Added some tissue tape on the sides and bottom areas. Stamped some areas with background stamps and stencils. 
  Added some wooden stars that were glittered with Distress Stickles. Corner die is from Cheery Lynn. 
  The cute little fairy swinging on the moon is a stamp that I paper pieced and coloured with chalks. Also added some vellum on her wings. She is from a stamp set by Clear Arts Stamps. The stamp set is a fairy theme. Picked it up from The Cutting Garden yard sale last year. The quote I found on Pinterest and was perfect for this! Made if from a label machine Mike bought.
  The flower is from Michaels $1.50 bin. Tinted some cheesecloth with Distress Ink Scattered Straw. Seam binding bow tinted with Distress Inks and I added some tulle.
  The dragonfly took a while to get it the way I wanted it. Three layers of wings! The top wings are cut from vellum and I used Pebbles Metallic Chalks to colour; spread colour on with my fingers! The body is layered with Distress Stickles Tarnished Brass and Vintage Photo. For the antennae I used very thin black wire.

Here are more photos:


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 For you local crafters, I bought the dragonfly die cut/embossing folder combo set from Kim at The Cutting Garden. There is also a bee set and butterfly set! May have to save my pennies for those sets!

 Just had our first week of vacation and going into our second. No plans, just playing it day by day! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend and hope you get inky!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Another Gorjuss Birthday Card

 A birthday card I made for a crafty friend, Cathy. I have 4 Gorjuss Girls stamp sets, but I seemed to be stuck on this one! Love them all! Must get the other ones inked up!
 I paper pieced her and all the paper used on this card is from Webster's Pages, Petite Papers Collection Triple Pack set which includes the following 6x6 double sided papers from "Spring Market", "Yacht Club" & "Country Estate". I picked this up at a scrapbook yard sale at my local paper craft store, The Cutting Garden What a steal for 2 bucks! Seam binding tinted with DI inks to match. MS butterfly punch
  The inside. This fabulous sentiment stamp is from the Whimsy Stamps set, "Birthday Greetings". Don't you just love the little cake?! Also got this set from The Cutting Garden.
The back. This is another stamp from the Whimsy Stamps set.

 Hope you are having a great week! The weekend is fast approaching. Here in Nova Scotia we are going to be getting some nasty weather! Hurricane Arthur may be a factor in our weekend weather! Better batten down the hatches!

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

I Like My Shabby Little Bike

"What a wonderful delightful extraordinary day"

  I know. There's yellow on my card. Not a big fan of yellow. It has to be the right shade. I like the yellow-orange-red shade, leaning towards gold.
  We just bought bikes, and now I'm looking at dies, punches and stamps of bicycles; more on the vintage, shabby side.
  This is a great wood mounted rubber stamp from Inkadinkado. All paper used is from 2 6x6 pads, MME Lost & Found - Antique, and Glitz Sunshine in My Soul. The flower is from Michaels $1.50 bin, sentiment is from the MME set, and MS eyelet punch at the bottom. Tinted some seam binding with DI Scattered Straw and added chalk to the flowers in the basket.

The inside. Sentiment stamp from Michaels $1.50 bin.

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  Beautiful day today! BBQ for sure for supper tonight! Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Sunshine Wishes

 Don't you just love her boots?! This is a stamp I bought at my local paper craft store, The Cutting Garden a while ago and have been anxious to ink her up. 
  I paper pieced her. My fav technique! Her name is Madison and she is from Stamping Bella, a Canadian stamp company!
 All paper is from MME Follow Your Heart 6x6 pad. The brad is also from this MME set. Sentiment is from ClearArtStamps Bathing Beauties set.
  I used some tulle to tuck under her dress and punched out some hearts with a MS punch. Added some pink chalk to her cheeks, and Chocolate Atyou Spica glitter to her dress.
  The inside. The sentiment, an Irish Proverb, is from the Whimsy Stamp set, Birthday Greetings, which I also got from Kim at The Cutting Garden. Great birthday set!

Entering her in:
Craft For the Craic: June Challenge #5 Something Summery or with Flowers

  Last day of vacation and feeling very lazy! Hope you are having a terrific week, and a very long weekend coming up for some, as Canada Day is Tuesday!

  Thanks for stopping by!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pop Up Anniversary Card

  This was a lot of fun to make! I made this for Mike for our anniversary, which is today! 31 years! Wow! Where did the time go! 
  Papers are from the Graphic 45 Typography set, and a couple pieces from their Steampunk Spells set. Also used a lot of the sentiments and words from the Typography sheets; 12x12 and 8x8.
  The cool clipboard piece is from the Tim Holtz Mini Clipboard set. I cut it out on  Grunge Paper and inked it with DI Pumice Stone and Black Soot.

The 3 flaps, tops:
  I scanned our wedding matches and popped them up on the front on top of some cheesecloth. Added a Tim Holt pen nib.

The back:

The 3 flaps, backs. I have an elastic around it to hold the flaps up so you can see underneath. This gear paper is from the Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells set:

The 3 base sections. This one has our wedding invitation. I scanned it, and shrunk it to fit.

The insides. Used strips of acetate or plastic to attach hearts, etc.:

6.2.5 means: June 25th, the day we got married back in 1983

31 is for the number of years we have been married, as of today!

  I scanned in our wedding photo; shrunk it and put our heads under a piece of Tim Holtz Film Ribbon. The 3 little wood word stick pins, I found in my stash and were perfect for this project!

There is no bottom, so you can collapse it and mail it.

  This was a project I made in my monthly crafty group. Thanks to Melanie for her instructions! You can find instructions and videos on how to make this on the web, Pinterest and Youtube. Splitcoaststampers has a good video on this. They are also called explosion boxes, or explosion card.

  Hope you give it a go, if you haven't already! I will be making another one for sure! Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful creative week!

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