Friday, December 29, 2017

Lili of the Valley A Snowy Hug Christmas card!


Hi everyoneSmiley from Millan.Net

Just sharing another make from this Christmas season which I gave to my husband:


My husband doesn't mind cute and cuddly critters so it makes it a whole lot easier to make cards for him.

This is also my entry for the following Challenges:

Winter Wonderland - Anything Goes Christmas

Splitcoaststampers - Free for all Friday - F4A407 - Merry December - Happy ??? - Make a card to celebrate your favourite holiday in December.  It could be Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day...you decide but make sure you tell them what you are celebrating.  Just for fun (optional, in no way mandatory), add sparkle to your card.  I am (obviously) celebrating Christmas and I have loads of sparkle on my card - even on the plaid designer paper.

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Goes

Christmas Cards All Year 'Round - December - Anything Goes as long as it is holiday-related

The image is a Lili of the Valley Simply Print image called "A Snowy Hug" which you can find at this link HERE.   I bought a bunch of their Simply Print images a little while ago and they print beautifully with no pixelation even on the largest size - plus I love that the images come in several sizes to suit your needs. Note that I have no connection to the company - just happy to tell you my experience of how well the images print.   I printed the penguins onto smooth white cardstock with my Canon Pixma MG2965 wireless printer.  This is my first wireless printer and boy, it is so nice to not have to fiddle with cords + I can print from my mobile phone just by using the Canon App.  Printers sure have come a long way in recent years and mine is so much faster than my old one.  Anyway, I am digressing.....back to my card......

I diecut the image using my Big Shot and Lifestyle Nesting Square dies.  All the designer papers are by My Mind's Eye - Comfort and Joy from 2016.  I really love how the dotted paper matches the image so well and echoes the snow on the main panel.

The black dotted paper on the side panel was punched using a Fiskars Threading Water border punch which I love to use for masculine cards.  I tied on the ribbon, add Fray Stop to the cut ends then popped the panel up on dimensionals.  I used a Kaisercraft Mini Snowflakes die set to diecut the white star from white glitter cardstock then glued the star onto the knot using Fabric Glue.  Note that this die set comes with a bunch of different sized and shaped snowflakes plus stars.  This has been my go-to set for snowflakes and stars this Christmas season and I can't recommend it enough!

Here is a close-up of that sweet image where hopefully you see the fluffiness and sparkle:


The sentiment is by Penny Black from their Holiday Snippets set which has tons of small sentiments that are perfect for adding to a card when you don't have much room for one.  I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black and diecut it using a Lawn Fawn Slide-on-over die which was the perfect size.  I added a Couture Creations burgundy gemstone either side of the sentiment then glued it down using Tombow Mono Multi glue.

All the layers were trimmed to a 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.

I glued the card front down to a white card base using Tombow Mono Multi glue which gave me a little bit of wriggle-time to get perfect placement with just a small white border showing.

Lastly, I added some Stampendous Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with a little bit of white glitter to the penguin's hats and the snow on the ground using Tombow Mono Aqua glue.  I usually squirt a bit of the glue onto a scrap piece of cardstock then use an old small round paintbrush to spread it exactly where I want it.

I thought about adding some diecut snowflakes around the image but decided to leave things as they were so the card didn't look too fussy for a guy.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black Holiday Snippets 30-307 clear set

Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black

Designer Paper:  My Mind's Eye Comfort and Joy 6" x 6" pad (2016)

Accessories:  Lili of the Valley (UK) Simple Print image 'A Snowy Hug', printer, Big Shot, Stampendous Cotton White Fun Flock, fine white glitter, burgundy grosgrain ribbon, Fray Stop, Perfect Layers Tools, Tombow Mono Multi + Mono Aqua glue, Fabric glue, dimensionals, Couture Creations self-adhesive burgundy rhinestones, cardstock: smooth white, white card base, white glitter

Dies;  Lifestyle Nesting Squares, Lawn Fawn Slide-on-over LF1202, Kaisercraft Mini Snowflakes set DD446

Punches:  Fiskars Threading Water border


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Lili of the Valley James Bear in the Snow Christmas Card


Hi everyoneSmiley from Millan.Net

Just stopping in to share a Christmas card that I made for my daughter which I started on the 23rd and finished Christmas Eve morning:


This is also my card for the following Challenges:

Winter Wonderland - Anything Goes Christmas

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - December - Always Anything Goes and you may enter any creation on which patterned paper/card has been used.  The idea of the challenge is to use up any of those papers we have been "collecting".  My designer papers are from 2011 so I think that I am....ahem... 'well-qualified' for the challenge!

Splitcoaststampers - Free for all Friday - F4A407 - Merry December - Happy ??? - Make a card to celebrate your favorite holiday in December. It could be Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day...you decide but make sure you tell them what you are celebrating.  Just for fun (optional, in no way mandatory), add sparkle to your card.  I am (obviously) celebrating Christmas and I have loads of sparkle on my card.

Splitcoaststampers - Ways to Use it - WT667 - Colouring is a perfect way to relax and get rid of all that stress, so take out your favorite colouring mediums....markers, coloured pencils, watercolours, chalks...anything you can use to color.  To make this a little more challenging, you must use at least two different colouring mediums on your card or project.  I used watercolour pencils, Tombow pens and chalks.

The image is by Lili of the Valley (UK) and is called 'James Bear in the Snow' which I bought as an unmounted rubber stamp quite some years ago.  Although you can't get the rubber stamp any longer, you can purchase it from LOTV as a digi image or a pre-coloured printable image.

I stamped the image with Ranger Archival Potting Soil ink and coloured it with a mix of Faber-Castell + Lyra watercolour pencils and Tombow pens.  I paper-pieced the scarf and hat using Bo Bunny Snowfall designer paper from their 6" x 6" pad and added a small amount of shading using a grey Tombow pen.  After fussy-cutting the scarf and hat, I went around the edges with a Pitt Artist Walnut Brown pen to hide any imperfections in my cutting.  I lightly coloured around the image using Kaisercraft blue chalk. The image and teal circle layers were diecut using my Big Shot and Lifestyle Nesting Circle dies.

The designer paper on the card base is also from the Bo Bunny Snowfall collection and is a 12" x 12" sheet called Blizzard.  This collection is from 2011 and is therefore long-retired yet it still remains one of my most favourite all-time releases.  The touches of glitter are so gorgeous!  The teal cardstock on the card base was trimmed to a 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.  I glued the finished card to a white card base using Tombow Mono Multi glue which gave me enough wriggle-time to get the card exactly where I wanted leaving a very small white border.

The sentiment is from Penny Black from their Holiday Snippets set which has tons of very small sentiments that are easy to add to a card when you don't have alot of room for one. It was stamped using Versamagic Ocean Depth chalk ink and diecut using a Lawn Fawn Slide-on-Over die for the sentiment as it was the perfect size.  I added a blue Couture Creations gemstone either side of the sentiment.

The snowflakes were diecut from white glitter cardstock using a Kaisercraft Mini Snowflakes die set which has 8 different-sized snowflakes and two different-sized 8-pointed stars.  I added a blue Couture Creations gemstone to the snowflake centres.  I glued just the centres of the snowflakes down using Tombow Mono Multi glue and bent the arms up a little to give the snowflakes some dimension.

I tied on a teal organza ribbon from my stash, added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying then added a diecut star using teal glitter cardstock from the Kaisercraft Mini Snowflakes die/star set and glued it on using Fabric Glue.

I glued some Stampendous Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with a little bit of white glitter to the teddy bear's hat plus the snow on the ground using Tombow Mono Aqua glue.  The falling snow around the bear is Nuvo Glitter drops in White Blizzard which gave the snow a lovely sparkle and added a bit of dimension.

Here is a close-up of the sweet little teddy bear:


Lastly, I used a Pitt Artist Walnut Brown pen to go over the eyes and nose to darken them up a little then used a white gel pen to add some highlights.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Lili of the Valley - James Bear in the Snow unmounted rubber (retired*) - *available as a digi image or precoloured printable image from LOTV.  Sentiment from Penny Black - Holiday Snippets 30-307 clear set

Ink:  Ranger Archival Potting Soil, Versamagic Ocean Depth chalk

Designer Paper:  Bo Bunny Snowfall 12" x 12" Blizzard + 6" x 6" paper pad (retired)

Accessories:  Big Shot, Faber-Castell + Lyra watercolour pencils, Tombow pens, Kaisercraft blue chalk, Tombow Mono Multi + Aqua glue, Fabric Glue, Perfect Layers Tools, teal organza ribbon (stash), Fray Stop, Couture Creations self-adhesive gemstones, Stampendous Cotton White Fun Flock mixed with white glitter, Nuvo Glitter Drops - White Blizzard, Pitt Artist pen - Walnut Brown, Ranger Inkssentials white gel pen, cardstock:  teal, white card base, teal glitter, white glitter

Dies:  Kaisercraft Mini Snowflakes DD446, Lifestyle Nesting Circles, Lawn Fawn Slide-on-over LF1202



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Lawn Fawn Spooktacular Halloween Card!


Hi everyoneSmiley from Millan.Net 

Just stopping in to share the Halloween card that I gave to my daughter.  It's not often that I start and finish a card on the same day - but I knew exactly what I wanted to do and CASEd the layout and basic design from THIS card that I originally saw on someone's blog but made a few changes:



I have been recently playing around with doing Galaxy Distress Ink backgrounds and thought I would try one using Halloween colours  ie: orange, green, purple and black - so I chose Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron and Black Soot.  I smooshed the inks onto my craft mat and sprayed them with water then dabbed them onto my Ranger watercolour cardstock with a large round paintbrush.  I didn't want to dip the cardstock into the colours as I would normally do because I knew the colours would turn a muddy brown if they mixed too much together.  I did several layers and dried each layer off with my heat gun.  

I used my Ranger round ink blending tool and Black Soot Distress Ink and went over the whole piece then dried it off again with my heat tool.  Galaxy backgrounds always look like a hot mess before you add the stars but you just have to keep going and not be tempted to bin it!   I spritzed the cardstock with clean water and blotted it up with a paper towel then splattered the cardstock using watered-down white acrylic paint and an old toothbrush then dried the panel off again with my heat-gun. 

All the images and the sentiment are from the Lawn Fawn stamp/die set 'Spooktacular'.  I stamped the images onto Ranger watercolour cardstock with my MISTI using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and coloured them with Derwent Inktense pencils and a #2 round paintbrush.  I added Clear Wink of Stella to the ghost, fangs on the bat, the eyes and mouth on the pumpkin and the moon - alas, not captured by the camera. 

The sentiment was stamped using Versamark Watermark ink and heat-set using Stampin' Up White embossing powder.  The designer paper for the side panel is by Graphic 45 - Abracadabra from their 'An Eerie Tale Collection' from 2014 and was diecut using a My Favorite Things Stitched Interactive Window Trio die and my Big Shot.  Because this die only diecuts 3 sides of the square and the 4th is just a crease line, I trimmed this line with my craft knife.  The squares are meant to be like a peek-a-boo window that you open up.  I like how the die cuts the stitching detail on the outside of the window for a bit of interest.  I rounded the corners of the panel using a 1/8" Corner Chomper.

I tied on the Darice twine then glued the green panel and the moon to my galaxy background using Tombow Mono Multi glue then glued the images inside and just tucked them into the panel as the glue was still wet which made it easy.

Lastly, I glued the finished panel to a dark purple card base. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Lawn Fawn Spooktacular LF698

Ink:  Versamark Watermark, Ranger Archival Jet Black, Ranger Distress inks - Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, Black Soot

Designer Paper:  Graphic 45 Abracadabra - An Eerie Tale Collection (2014) 12" x 12" 

Dies:  Lawn Fawn Spooktacular LFT699, My Favorite Things Stitched Interactive Window Trio MFT-741

Accessories:  Big Shot, Darice Hemp twine, Derwent Inktense pencils, paintbrushes, Tombow Mono Multi glue, heat-gun, Stampin' Up white embossing powder, embossing buddy, Couture Creations non-stick craft mat, JoSonja white acrylic paint, old toothbrush, MISTI, WRMK Corner Chomper, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, cardstock - deep purple, Ranger watercolour



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wellington Bear - Just for you!


Hi everyoneSmiley from Millan.Net 

Thought I would stop in and share a card that I made for my husband:


The adorable teddy bear driving the vintage car is a Topper by Docrafts from their Wellington Bear collection which was released a few years ago.  I have always loved this range for masculine cards and used the range many, many times over the last couple of years.

The designer papers are really old.  I picked them up from my local Kaisercraft Clearance Centre a few years ago and they matched the image perfectly:  love it when that happens :-)  

This card is also my entry for the CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for October.  The challenge is all about using patterned papers that we have been "saving" and you can enter any creation on which patterned paper/card has been used.  The challenge is open worldwide :-)  Please see this link for more details on the challenge.

All the layers were trimmed to 1/16" using my Perfect Layers Tools.

The grey-brown cardstock on the side panel was dry embossed using my Big Shot and Cuttlebug (Provocraft) Argyle embossing folder which I thought tied in nicely with the design on the ribbon.  I used my old favourite Fiskars Threading Water punch to punch the blue cardstock then tied on the ribbon which came from Riot Art and Craft.  I added Fray Stop to the cut ends of the ribbon because it frays terribly even if you handle it carefully.  The panel was popped up on dimensionals.  The main image panel was also popped up on dimensionals.

The sentiment is also from the Wellington Bear collection and I added two tiny hearts by using my EK Success Arrows border punch (the leftover punchies look like tiny hearts) with some papers in the collection.

I added 3 blue buttons using Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue after first sewing some matching thread through the buttons (I don't like 'naked' buttons on my cards!).  Lastly, I glued down the card front to a white card base using Tombow Mono Multi glue.

The finished size is 8-1/4" x 3-7/8" or 210mm x 98mm and fits into a standard (Australian) sized business envelope.  It was nice to make a different sized card to the norm.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps and Ink:  None

Designer Paper:  Kaisercraft Pets Paradise 12" x 12" (retired)

Accessories:  Docrafts Wellington Bear Topper and Sentiment (retired), Docrafts Mini Buttons - Blueberry Pie x 3, blue sewing thread, Multicraft Imports SR108J blue ribbon (Riot Art and Craft), Fray Stop, dimensionals, Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky blue, Tombow Mono Multi glue, Big Shot, Cuttlebug (Provocraft) Argyle embossing folder, Perfect Layers Tools, cardstock: grey-brown, mid-blue, white card base

Punches:  Fiskars Threading Water border, EK Success Arrows border



Monday, July 3, 2017

Elzybells Teddy Surprise birthday card


Hi everyoneSmiley from Millan.Net 

Today I am sharing a birthday card that I made for my daughter using a retired Elzybells stamp set called "Teddy Surprise" - but Penny Black brought out a set using all but one of the images on my card which is called "Wishes and Hugs" PNY-CS-30222 which is fantastic.  I am super-happy that some of the Elzybells images are still available: I still adore them as much as I did when I first started cardmaking years ago 😁  The only image that is missing from the set is my first image ie: just the present. 


This is also my card for the following Challenges:

Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 484 - Anything Goes

Crafty Catz - Challenge 377 - Anything Goes with an Optional Twist of Embossing - dry and/or heat.  I used dry embossing.

Little Red Wagon - Challenge 400 - Three of a Kind - it can be three identical items or three items of a similar kind.  My three items are the 3 images as well as the 3 presents.

I stamped the images using my MISTI and Ranger Archival Jet Black ink onto Ranger Watercolour cardstock and coloured them (other than the presents) using Derwent Inktense pencils + Faber-Castell watercolour pencils and a #2 round paintbrush.  I went around the images with a light blue watercolour pencil and faded the colour out. 

I inked up just the presents then restamped on my designer paper so I could paper-piece the presents.  The paper came from Riot Art and Craft and is by My Memories and I used the flip-side to paper-piece the presents.  I coloured the circles with a dark purple watercolour pencil.  I also re-stamped the bear's paws on image #2 and popped them up on dimensionals so they were higher than the present and looked more realistic.  I went around all the images with a black marker to hide any white lines/my uneven cutting.  Here is a close-up of the 2nd image:



I thought it would be fun to have a "lift-up" panel on the card front as my take on the trendy interactive cards.  The dry embossing is my old favourite Cuttlebug embossing folder called Swiss Dots which I embossed using my Big Shot.  

Lawn Fawn recently came out with a stamp and die set called "Push Here" which has all that you need for when you make interactive cards and want to let the recipient know what to do with their card - so I used the "Open Here" stamp with the half-circle stitched die which you can see in the 1st photo.

I trimmed all the card layers to either 1/16" or 1/8" using my Perfect Layers Tools.  I used my EK Success Arrows border punch to punch tiny little hearts (if you a regular reader of my blog, you know that the leftover punchies look like tiny hearts to me!) and popped them around the 2nd image and the image inside the card.

The inside dry embossing is also an old favourite Cuttlebug folder called Happy Birthday which is still readily available or there are several other brands of similar embossing folders.  

I again used my MISTI for stamping the sentiments so I could stamp them several times to get a clear image especially on the designer paper on the front as there is glitter on the paper and it was difficult to stamp on.  This is where the MISTI is just such a fantastic tool and I can't tell you the amount of times in the past when I tried to stamp a sentiment and it was crooked or didn't stamp clearly.  It has been worth every cent that I paid for it and never regretted buying it for a nanosecond 😁

I added the lilac organza ribbon in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made using my Bow Easy.  I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.

Of course, everything got the glitter-treatment from my Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue:  the circles and bows on the presents, butterflies, tiny hearts, balloons, teddy's cheeks and confetti.  

I went over parts of the images with a Copic black fine multiliner pen to darken some of the black lines especially the eyes, nose and mouth.  Here is a close-up of the inside image:

    
Do you still visit blogs on a regular basis?  With so many online sharing platforms these days such as Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest, Facebook, You-Tube etc., I sometimes wonder how much blogs have perhaps taken a back seat compared to years ago when I first started this blog.  Perhaps people are more interested in seeing the finished product and not necessarily interested in the process of how it was made(?).  I know my viewing habits have changed in the past couple of years and I watch more You-Tube than I do television.  I also love to share my garden/nature/sky/cat photos on Instagram which I joined about 18 months ago.  You just run out of time to look at everything otherwise you would be online 24/7 and never do anything else!  Let me know your thoughts in a comment 😀

Thank you for visiting my blog today! 

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Elzybells Teddy Surprise 20-016-CC clear set (retired), Lawn Fawn Push Here 

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black

Designer Paper:  My Memories #169960 (Riot Art and Craft)

Accessories:  Derwent Inktense + Faber Castell watercolour pencils, #2 round paintbrush, Cardstock - lilac, purple, Ranger Watercolour cardstock, Copic fine black multiliner pen, Perfect Layers Tools, MISTI, Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue, Cuttlebug (Provocraft) Happy Birthday 37-1133 + Swiss Dots 37-1604 embossing folders, Big Shot, Scor-Pal, dimensionals, Kokuyo Dotliner 8.4mm tape runner, Tombow Mono Multi glue, lilac organza ribbon, Bow Easy, Fray Stop

Dies:  Lawn Fawn Push Here

Punches:  EK Success Arrows border

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Memory Box Springtime Bunnies Easter card


Hi everyoneSmiley from Millan.Net

Today I am sharing a card that I made for my daughter for Easter which I made on Easter Saturday.


This is also my card for the following Challenges:

Crafty Catz Challenge #366 - Anything goes with an optional twist of Animals

Splitcoaststampers - Free for All F4A369 - Think Spring

The adorable images (other than the butterfly) are by Memory Box from their Springtime Bunnies and Birthday Bunnies stamp sets.  Specifically, the bow and the carrot are from the Birthday Bunnies set and the eggs, both bunnies, basket of eggs and sentiment are from Springtime Bunnies.  I have had these 2 sets for a while and been itching to make a card with them.  The butterfly and the trail are from the Lawn Fawn Chirpy Chirp Chirp set.

I stamped the images onto Ranger Watercolour cardstock using Ranger Archival Jet Black ink then coloured the images using Derwent Inktense pencils and a #2 round paintbrush.  I have been very out-of-practice doing any colouring of late so I had a few attempts before I was happy with the final result.  I diecut all the images with the matching dies.

The sky and lawn are from the latest release 6" x 6" pad by Lawn Fawn - Watercolour Wishes.  I diecut the lawn using a Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside border die then attached it to the sky then ran it through my Bigshot using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die.

I drew on a few extra lines of my butterfly trail with a Copic black multiliner pen as the stamped line wasn't quite long enough.

The rainbow paper is also by Lawn Fawn - Perfectly Plaid Rainbow from their 6" x 6" pad.  I diecut the bottom using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Scallop borders die just to add a bit of interest. 

The twine is from KMart (Australia) which came in a pack of 5 plain colours.  It's very thin compared to other twines but I really like the colours  Lastly, I added some sparkle using a Wink of Stella Clear glitter brush to all the eggs, bow, butterfly and the bunny cheeks - which as always, is very hard to see in the photo but looks really pretty in real life :-) The eggs are popped up on dimensionals.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Memory Box - Springtime Bunnies and Birthday Bunnies, Lawn Fawn - Chirpy Chirp Chirp

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black

Designer Paper:  Lawn Fawn Watercolour Wishes and Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6" x 6" pads

Accessories:  Big Shot, Tombow Mono Multi glue, dimensionals, twine (KMart), Wink of Stella Clear Glitter brush, Copic black multiliner, Derwent Inktense pencils, #2 round paintbrush, Ranger watercolour cardstock

Dies:  Memory Box - Springtime Bunnies and Birthday Bunnies, Lawn Fawn Chirpy Chirp Chirp, Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside Borders, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle, Lawn Fawn Stitched Scallop Borders die



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Penny Black Purr-fectly Sweet Valentines card


Hi everyoneSmiley from Millan.Net

Just stopping in to share a card that I made for my daughter for Valentine's Day just to say how much I love her.  I used one of my new purchases - a Penny Black stamp called Purr-fectly Sweet - no surprise there I guess!


This is also my card for the following Challenges:

Incy Wincy Designs - Love 
Glitter 'N' Sparkle - Challenge #226 - Love is in the Air
Splitcoaststampers - Free for All Friday F4A363 of Make a Valentine  

I must find some new Challenge blogs as many of the ones that I have entered over the years have stopped.  If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment and let me know.

I stamped the image onto Bristol Smooth White cardstock with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink using my MISTI then coloured it with a mix of Faber-Castell Watercolour pencils and Tombow pens and my paintbrushes.

I started the card after dinner the day before Valentine's Day and had this bright idea late that night to paper-piece the I, HEART and U which I did - but then realised I would need to paper piece the cat paws as they were holding the sign and therefore should be on top of the I, HEART and U.  So I reinked just the paws and coloured them and then cut them out which was very, very fiddly but worth the result I think :-)  I went around all the cut pieces using a Copic black fineliner pen to hide the white parts where I trimmed.  I even found the stray paw that I had already cut which had adhered itself to the sleeve of my top without needing to redo it ha ha!   So, with all the extra fiddling around, I ended up not finishing the card in time for this morning (Valentine's Day) - oh well!  But I do like how the paper-piecing ties it all in with the rest of the designer papers.  I diecut the image with my Big Shot and a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die.

Here is a close-up of those sweet cats:

 
The gorgeous designer papers are by Queen and Co. and came with their Heart Throb Kit which I purchased directly from them in the USA as I couldn't find a stockist here in Australia.  It got here on the 13th so was just in time for making my card and I was very impressed with how quickly it arrived from when I ordered it.  I really, really love the colours in this pad and definitely would love to get another pad as I can honestly say that I love every single sheet in the pad which I don't often say about paper pads as there are always a couple that I am not as keen on.  Luckily, you can purchase the paper pad separately and you don't have to buy it with the kit.

The 3 different cardstocks I used were from my stash - no names of the colours or the brand(s) as I stocked up on cardstock when my local Scrapbooking store closed a few years ago (sniff!).

I used my EK Success Arrows border punch to punch tiny hearts from some of the designer papers (the leftover punches from using the punch look like tiny hearts) and glued them on using Tombow Mono Aqua glue.

And of course, I had to add plenty of glitter and glitterized the I, HEART and U and all the tiny hearts plus the cheeks on the cats using Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue.

The side panel was punched using a Martha Stewart Pinking Scallop edge punch and all the cardstock layers were trimmed to 1/16" using my Perfect Layers Tools.  The organza ribbon was added in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made using my Bow Easy.

I added 3 pink rhinestone hearts to the bottom right-hand side which I bought from KMart.  It comes as a pack of self-adhesive gems that you are meant to add to your mobile phone or other devices but I find them very handy for cards as you get all different shapes and sizes and colours plus they weren't very dear.

I wondered about adding a sentiment to the card but thought that the banner was enough.

Lastly, I added my card front to a white cardstock base.

When I went to stamp the sentiment inside my card, I actually stamped it portrait instead of landscape like the card front as I wasn't thinking....ughh....so I had to cut off that half of the card base and attach it to a new card base and stamp the sentiment the correct way.  This made the card front very heavy so it doesn't stand up very well - oh well, what can you do......?!!Smiley from Millan.Net

I think you could use this image for a Wedding Anniversary or just to tell someone that you love them.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Jocelyn 


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black Purr-fectly Sweet clear stamp 30-398

Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black

Designer Paper:  Queen and Co. Heart Throb 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Big Shot, MISTI, Perfect Layers Tools, pink heart gemstones (KMart), Bow Easy, organza ribbon (stash), Stampin' Up Dazzling Details glitter glue, Faber-Castell watercolour pencils (Riot Art and Craft), Tombow pens, #2 round paintbrush, flat paintbrush, dimensionals, Copic black fineliner pen, Tombow Mono Multi and Aqua glue, doublesided tape, cardstock - pale pink, pale chocolate, pale aqua, white card base, Bristol smooth white

Punches:  Martha Stewart Pinking Scallop edge, EK Success Arrows border

Dies:  Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles

Friday, January 6, 2017

Craft Creations Robin on Flowerpot papertole Christmas card


Hi everyoneSmiley from Millan.Net 

Happy New Year!  Hope 2017 is everything you would wish it to be!

Just stopping in to share another make from this Christmas season.  If you missed my last post, I wasn't able to make many Christmas cards due to illness and only started them very close to Christmas which meant I had no time to photograph them nor blog them.  Anyway, here is one that I made for my daughter:


I am popping this card into CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for January.   Hazel says on her blog:  "Perhaps this month you'll want to share designs that you made for Christmas, but didn't have time to blog - we would love to see them. And, of course, you might be making a head start on making new designs for this year."  So, why not join in if you made something but like me, didn't have time to blog about it :-) 

I am also entering my card into the Splitcoaststampers Free for All Friday F4A354 Challenge of "Let it Snow" as well as the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club December Christmas Challenge SCSCCDEC16 (note you have to have a paid membership to play along).

The beautiful image is by Craft Creations - Robin on Flowerpot and came already diecut which makes it quicker to pop the pieces out and put them together with dimensionals.  It was quite fiddly with some of the fine stems on the snowdrops as I had to trim down the dimensionals to fit - but I really, really love to put together papertole because I find it's very relaxing plus it's something I can do in front of the TV at night.  

The designer papers are by Wild Rose Studio - Birds and Berries - and I have to say that these papers are some of the most beautiful papers that I have ever seen!  I love them so much that I just ordered another set.

I popped the papertole image onto one of the blue papers and trimmed it to 1/16" using my Perfect Layers Tools.  

The light blue cardstock side panel was punched using a Martha Stewart Pinking Scallop edge punch.  I added a score line using a Mini Martha Stewart score board which gave me a straight line to butt my designer paper up against.  I am not very good at eyeballing things to be straight so any tools or techniques that I can use to make sure things are straight are very helpful as I get really annoyed when something looks crooked.

I tied on some silver and white twine which came in a set of 5 different twines from KMart (Australia).  I tied on a snowflake charm from my stash using the same twine.

Here is a close-up so you can see more detail:


The two snowflakes on the image were diecut from American Crafts Silver glitter paper using a Poppystamps Valley Snowflakes die set and my Big Shot.  This glitter paper is beautiful and easy to diecut plus the glitter doesn't come off and go everywhere.  I will have to get some more!  I added a Kaisercraft Silver Rhinestone to the centres then glued them on using Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue.

Here is an angled shot so you can see the layers: 


The sentiment is also by Craft Creations - Creative Diecut Banners - Merry Christmas silver on white which has 24 banners on the sheet.  I picked this sheet up at a Craft Show here in Melbourne.  I adhered it to my card using dimensionals.

Once I had finished my card front, I attached it to a white card base.

I am sure that you could use this image for not just Christmas; maybe for a Winter birthday (?).  

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Jocelyn


Card Recipe:

Stamps and Ink:  None

Designer Papers:  Wild Rose Studio - Birds and Berries 6" x 6"

Image and Sentiment:  Craft Creations Robin on Flowerpot DCD559 diecut papertole (3D decoupage), Craft Creations Creative Diecut Banners - Merry Christmas silver on white CDS165G

Accessories:  Perfect Layers Tools, silver and white twine - KMart, silver snowflake charm (stash), dimensionals, Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue, doublesided tape, American Crafts Silver glitter paper (12" x 12"), Big Shot, Martha Stewart Mini Score board, Kaisercraft Silver rhinestones SB700, cardstock:  light blue, white 

Dies:  Poppystamps Valley Snowflakes set #1234


Punches:  Martha Stewart Pinking Scallop edge punch

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