Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Homemade Desktop Picture Frame

I am so happy to be finally able to post this project! This is my youngest son, Jacob. I made this desktop picture frame project for Jacob's godmother and my closest friend for her 40th Birthday! We had her birthday at the weekend and she now has this gift so I have no more worries about keeping it a secret! I absolutely loved how it turned out and it started me on one of my most recent purchases, a Bind it All machine! Both background panels have been run through the cuttlebug embossing folder. The left panel I used alcohol inks (Denim, Lettuce, Eggplant) to create the background for the beautiful stamped sentiment. I used metal photo corner embellishments, ribbon and prima flowers to finish off that panel. The picture is simply mounted onto the embossed background and a metal ribbon embellishment with 'TREASURE' finishes it off. Be sure to punch the holes in the chipboard before mounting all the panels and embellishments! I used 1/2" binding wire to bind it all together.
Now I have this wonderful Bind it All machine I can't wait to continue making my own homemade gifts - it certainly opens up a world of opportunities!
Thanks for stopping by!
Danielle x

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Snowflakes Galore!

Sorry for the delay in posting the details on these cards but had a surprise 40th birthday party to help out with and then of course go to!!! Anyways, this simple card is created with a stamp by The Artful Stamper. I started with plain blue cardstock and used my Silver Glimmer mist spray by Memories to turn 'blue' into 'shimmering sparkly blue' - wow! I love this stuff! After letting it dry I stamped the image with plain archival black ink, cut out the 'frames' of the stamp and adhered them onto the scrapbook paper background. The snowflake is a cuttlebug die cut and embossing folder. I almost didn't buy it and I'm so glad I did - it is a wonderful embellishment! I used Tombow glue and then applied glitter! Some sticky brads in the corners and hey presto, a really easy and quick to assemble christmas card!
This card started from just trying out several different components and then they all kind of fell into place together on the card! I was trying out my new Tattered Angels Glimmer mist (Midnight Blue) and that is the left panel on the card. I was stamping the snowmen and snowflakes together and liked the combination so made a tag. The embossed snowflake and die cut got added to the card, together with the swirls embossed panel and again, a quick and easy card, finished off with some ribbon and sticky brads in the corners. I coloured the little snowmen in sakura pens.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 24, 2008

JustRite Christmas Selection

I have been waiting for the correct size circle stamper to arrive so I could purchase this set - and it arrived! Yippee!! I can see myself having a load of fun with this set - this is just the beginning! I stamped the holly & berries border then used my H20's to colour the images. I applied red stickles over the berries to add some sparkle. I then used my circle nestabilities to creat a wreath effect then stamped the sentiment on a co-ordinating colour cardstock and circle punched it out. I used the holly cuttlebug embossing folder for the matt behind. I popped up the wreath with dimensionals and tied my gold ribbon into a bow to create the finished look. I wished I had run around the border on the green cardstock with my sewing machine to add some simple detail but ah well, that'll have to wait 'til the next card!
I can see myself being sequestered to my craft room for the rest of the weekend with all my new goodies!
Have a good one!

Let it Snow!

I'm putting some christmas cards together for my local florist who sells my cards. I went in yesterday and was delighted to find they had sold all my cards and want 20 more - yay!!! So this is one of the christmas cards I've made to add in the bunch. I was really happy with the way it turned out. I can't seem to get enough of snowflakes this year even tho' it won't be long before the real ones start arriving! I'm not so sure how much into snowflakes I'll be then ....!!

This is an old stamp which I pulled off the shelf, blew the dust off and inked it up! This was a quick card to put together - lots of layers make this stamp work well. I used plenty to stickles to sparkle it up. Waiting for it to dry was the longest part of putting this card together but worth the wait I think!

Happy Friday everyone - it's the weekend!!


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Joy to the World - Manger Scene

So this is my other Stampendous stamp purchase made yesterday. I stamped the image initially on a nestability circle then stamped again the image of the baby infant Jesus in the manger on a circle of watercolor paper. I colored the image with tombow markers, highlighted the stars with a clear sakura pen to give some sparkle and adhered the image to some background scrapbook paper. I got my sewing machine out again and trimmed the edge with stitching and threaded silver stars on gilt thread to finish the look. It's a very simple card but I like it! Hope you do too.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Scroll Reindeer

Well, like I don't need any more stamps BUT I couldn't resist two gorgeous Stampendous stamps today when I was in my local craft store. I just loved the scroll sketching on the deer and the antlers are just so beautiful. So, I added 2 new christmas stamps to my collection and of course just had to play! My afternoon was free with all my boys off at school and play I certainly did! I did today's Sketch Challenge SC199 from Splitcoast Stampers and this is what I came up with. I hadn't had a chance to use my cuttlebug embossing borders so that is what I used for my bottom panel. I then punched out holes and threaded ribbon through to meet and make a bow in the middle. I used lots of stickles on his antlers to enhance the scroll and give it some BLING!! I'm really happy with the way this turned out. What do you think?
Wait for tomorrow to see my card using my other stamp purchase!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Christmas Cards

These cards are made using a set of 4 stamps from Sunshine Designs (The Stamp Barn). I love the circles they are drawn in and it makes for wonderful possibilities when creating cards! I have only had time to make 3 so far but hope to complete the set of 4 very soon! Time is not always easy to find when you have 3 busy boys to look after, a husband and a house full of visitors!!! The O Christmas Tree card was created by measuring a frame, cutting the top two sides and folding it down over to the opposite corner. I then measured and cut scrapbook paper to match the colors of the card and glued them onto the 'turned down' frame. I really like the look it gives - what do you think??! As for the rest, lots of embossing with the cuttlebug folders added to the textures of the finished card. I want to play around with these stamps some more so be sure to keep looking back!
Hope you're all having a wonderful Sunday!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Stair Step Card

This was yesterdays 'Try a New Technique' challenge TLC190 on Splitcoast Stampers. I loved it and thought I'd give it a go. This snowflake card was done really quickly and is just my 'trial' one. I hope to get back to my crafting table later today and do another one. It's certainly quick and easy and can be made to be as simple or embellished as you wish. Thanks for looking and be sure to check back later for hopefully another sample!! :)

Happy Stamping!


Monday, October 13, 2008

Explosion Card

Well, I was given this fabulous template and just had to try it! Also, I've admired many beautiful sewn cards from afar and just haven't had the courage to take out my sewing machine and give it a try. SO - I did both!!! And now I'm completely and utterly addicted to sewing on my cards - it is truly soooo much fun and the finished result is just fab. Why didn't I try this before??? Anyway, I hope you like this explosion card. I used the cute little Tilda on the front and used my SU! Priceless set to complete the look inside. Paper flowers finish off the inside (don't you love them!!!). Thanks for looking and have yourself a fabulous Monday!
Danielle x

Gel Cards

These gel cards are soooo fun to do!! I love how they are so effective and my Fintastic Friends stamps from the SU! set (now retired) was the perfect one to use for this card. Be sure to check out the tutorial and try one yourself!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fantasy Film

These are my card creations using Fantasy Film. A versatile embellishment, it can heated ('til it crinkles) and then stamped on, cut out and used for wings, or you can iron and bond several layers together on top of an inked stamp (as with the angel fish below). Check out http://www.artglitter.com/ for further info on their Fantasy Film product.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Fabulous Flower Soft

I am having so much fun playing with Flower Soft at the moment! The gorgeous Victorian flower stamped image from Impression Obsession lends itself so well to applying this wonderful embellishment. Very easy to apply, Flower Soft enhances any flower image you choose to stamp on your card. Other images here are from Sunshine Designs.

Noel Card Box (Free Standing Pop-Up Card)

This Christmas card definitely brings the unique feel with it! Folding flat to mail easily, the 'card' slips up and the box slides down to form a stand. Who wouldn't want to receive such a fun card!!! Check under Tutorials on how to make yourself this beautiful card.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fancy Card Folds

These beautifully folded cards will be the focus of my next class at Heather's Stamping Haven
(http://www.heathersstamping.com/) on Saturday October 18th. These fun and dynamic folds will have everyone asking "How do you do that?" Perfect for enclosing money or gift certificates, they are the ideal Birthday/Christmas card to give to that 'hard to buy for' person.

Card Making Classes

Friday evening I welcomed my first group of card makers into my home for a class! It was a very exciting evening and my 'students' were three 10 year old girls eager to learn and craft!

We made a gel card which was a huge hit - everyone just seems to love squishing the gel!!! The second card we made was using a horse image (a favourite from Magnolia Stamps) and the girls were very creative in using ripped paper to create a grassy landscape. The level of patience, creativity and precision that these girls demonstrated certainly shows in their finished cards. They were a pleasure to teach and I am thrilled to be encouraging and teaching the up and coming generation of stampers!

Card Swap

I have just participated in my first card swap - 'Brown & ?'

We were to choose our favourite combination colour with brown and I chose blue. I decided to make a birthday card and chose an image from my current favourite selection of Tildas (Magnolia stamps). Using embossed layers with my cuttlebug, I layered brown and blue on the card. I painted Tilda with my selection of H20's and kept it in sync with the colour tones of my cardstock. I used prima flowers and silver brads to give my card it's final finish. I was very happy with the final result and I can only hope those who receive my cards in the swap enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them!


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