Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy Birthday to a True Classic!

  Today is my father-in-law's 92nd birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROD! He has his own room at the Veteran's Memorial and is usually found in his lazy boy chair reading! 
  Ok. This paper set is old and I try not to use it, because you cannot get it anymore, as far as I can tell. It's Cosmo Cricket "Halfway Cafe". Love the weathered wood look and the colours! Used my favourite extra large kraft tag, folded in half.
  Car stamps and sentiments are from Clear Art Stamps, "Car Classics" set. Not sure if this set is still around. It came out in 2010. I paper pieced the cars from the same paper pad. Used black pencil on the tires.
  Star punch is called "Holiday Funky Star" from Tonic. The smaller yellow tag is from the SIZZIX Framelits Fancy Tags set, which has 5 dies. Tucked some burlap under the tag and used some thick twine to tie a knot in the hole.
  Added some free hand dots and dashes around the edge, and a couple of photo corners.
  The inside. The "R" is from the paper set; press out letter sheets. So is this small tag. Another car stamp from the set.

Closer look at the inside.

  And of course, the back. It's not finished 'til you do the back, right?! Love this paper!

  Hope you are having a good week. Weekend coming up around the bend! It's been pouring rain here, but I can't complain! At least it's not snow! Those poor souls in Buffalo NY! 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ATC Swap - Celebrating the Holidays!

  Love getting "snail" mail! I was in an ATC swap on Facebook (my first one!) hosted by Danielle May, Unruly PaperArts, and the theme was "Celebrating the Holidays". Always loved these little pieces of art, and so much fun to create! 
  For those not familiar with what an ATC is (Artist Trading Card), you can read about them HERE.
  We had to make 3 ATC's and we would get 3 back in return; all 3 from different people.
  The sweet little girl in blue is from Joan in South Dakota, the pretty pink one is from Clare in the UK, and the awesome vintage one with the pull out mitten, is from Debbie in Halifax! The beautiful postcard artwork was in the package and is made by Danielle, the host of the swap, who lives in Australia. We had to mail our 3 ATC's to her, and then she would randomly mail each of us 3 back. Great fun! Would love to do it again!
  These are the 3 I made for the swap. I should mention, you could pick Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. I did all 3 for Christmas.

  The snowman has a little tag tucked in the top.
The back of the tiny tag.

  The vintage Santa.

The front of the small tag that's in a pocket on the back.

The back of the small tag.

  This is the back of the ATC. I forgot to take pictures of the backs of the other 2. I used a stamp for all 3 ATC's, which is where you would fill out information about the swap and the ATC and contact info. 
  I made a vellum pocket for the tiny tag so that you could still see this information.
The little birdie ATC.

The front of the little pull out tag.

The back of the little pull out tag.

If you haven't made any, give it a go! So much fun and endless possibilities!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Gorjuss Girl Winter

All Bundled Up

  So cute! Love Gorjuss Girls stamps! This is the card/tag I will be teaching at my local paper craft store, The Cutting Garden. All the details, date and time are posted on that site.
  Papers are from Fancy Pants "Timbergrove" pad set. Snowflakes are from Impression Obsession..
  I stamped her on one of the Sizzix Framelits Fancy Tags, and then paper pieced her. Her hair has some black pencil and black chalk. The sentiment is from a Michael's $1.50 set, and added some pearls, cheesecloth and seam binding. The little mushroom and hedgehog are also part of this Gorjuss Girl set, which is called "Toadstools"

  The inside. Another one of the Impression Obsession snowflakes. There are 3 in this set. The sentiment is from The Stampsmith. 

  The back. Gorgeous papers! 

  Hope you are having a great weekend with family and friends! Hope you get some crafty time in too! Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

G45 Christmas Card

  First Christmas card of the year! Made this for my crafty group card swap. It now resides with Carol!
  Graphic 45 papers are beautiful and fun. All the papers used here are from an older set called "Christmas Past".
  The stars and snowflakes at the top are from a really old Cuttlebug die cut; one of those small square ones. 
  The poinsettia is the Tim Holtz, Tattered Poinsettia die. I added a lot of Distress  Stickles Rock Candy to give it a really icy crunch look. Green bling in the middle and inked around the edges with some DI Gathered Twigs.

  The inside. The little postcard greeting and small postage stamp greeting are from the same paper set. Added one layer of the poinsettia.

  There were a few flakes in the air today! Winter's coming...

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

A Little Birdie Told Me...

  My new favourite stamp! Made a card (the one on the right), for Mike's cousin Shannon (she is more like a niece than cousin!) for her birthday, which is today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHANNON!.
  After I made it I still had some of this gorgeous paper left so I made another one! I plan on doing this from now on (hopefully!)
  The girl and birdie stamp, along with the sentiment is from Stamping Bella. I paper pieced her. All papers used are from a MME set called, "In Bloom". The page is Tim Holtz Tattered Banners and the punch is Martha Stewart Traditional Eyelet.
This is the one I made for Shannon.

  This is a vellum flower sticker I found at the bottom of my flower box stash! Added some Distress Stickle Rock Candy to give it a "crunch".

  Inside. This is a great stamp set from Stampendous. Used another vellum flower sticker.

  Very similar to the first card. Didn't have anymore of those vellum sticker flowers and I liked this one without anything. I moved her over to the left slightly.
  Inside. Different again. Left blank. Could be used has a birthday card, new job card or just a note to someone.

So my plans are, when I make a card, make 2! Let's see how that goes!

Entering this in:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge...Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sympathy Card

  Sympathy cards can be a challenge to make. You don't want to make them too fancy. I have a hard time making "simple" cards. I like to layer..a lot! 
  I dug out my embossing folders. Haven't used in a while. This one is Tim Holtz and it's the Book Cover 2. 
  The feather! LOVE! This feather is one of 6 die cuts from Spellbinders Shapeabilities line, called "Feathers". I cut it out using Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine Paper.
  Couldn't help myself and did a little layering! Under the feather is a piece of drywall tape, cheesecloth, and a skeleton feather. A twine bow around the bottom of the feather and added some photo corners to finish off.
I lightly went over the embossing folder with some Distress Ink Old Paper.

  Another feather from the set. Sentiments are from an old Stampendous! stamp set called, "Thinking of You". 

The back. 

Entering this card in:
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #18: Layer it!

  This is the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Feather die set. I purchased mine at The Cutting Garden

  I keep telling myself that I will make a batch of sympathy cards to have on hand, but that hasn't happened yet.

  Weekend is coming up. Mild here today; 17C for goodness sakes! Not complaining!

  Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween and Thanksgiving cards

Close up of this great verse!

Thanksgiving card. This one I gave to Mike's dad.

Gave this card to Mike's aunt Dorothy.

 I made a couple of Thanksgiving cards and Halloween cards at a crop a couple of weeks ago. Paper used on all cards, is from Graphic 45.

 I didn't use my light box to photograph the cards. I just layed them on a table. Turned out ok. Prefer the light box. Hoping to make more Halloween cards, but time is running out!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great weekend and are getting crafty!

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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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