Sunday, November 30, 2008

Candy Cane Tilda

Hi everyone!
This is a super quick posting as I've caught all the bugs that my kids have brought into the house over the last week! After a busy day hosting my son's 7th birthday party (of all days!!) I'm ready to hit my bed very soon! This is a card I put together a few days ago but what with my busy week never got it posted up - good thing too as I can use it today!
I lucked out when I found this stash of christmas ribbons from last years projects and this was perfect for the card with the candy cane. A simple design but it works really nicely and this Tilda is very cute! She was super fun to colour as they always are. The striped designer paper was ideal for this card and comes from a christmas pack I found in Wal-Mart last year for $10! The fabric snowflakes come from Dollarama so I guess you could say this was quite the 'economical' card!
Thanks for looking everyone and hopefully I'll get a good nights sleep in and be fit to do some more crafting tomorrow. Enjoy your Sunday evening!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Christmas Tilda with Ornament

Hi everyone!
I was so excited when my Christmas Magnolia stamps arrived as I just love this image and was thrilled to be able to ink it up and play! The designer paper was left overs from last christmas season and thought I would use it with this card to play up the gold I wanted to incorporate on it. Colouring Tilda is always such a joy and I used my Twinkling H20's this time - really happy with the result as I feel I achieved more shading than I have done before with them. Again, the other elements on the card just fell into place. I knew I wanted to use wire for the ornament hanger and I love the finished look it gives to the card. Instead of using more poinsettias, I used a paper ornament die cut included in the tin to enhance the one flower. I really love how the stitching adds such a subtle touch to the card yet finishes it off nicely. The sentiment stamp is from Inkadinkado which has quite a vintage feel to it and felt that went well with the music paper.
Thanks for looking and I wish all my American visitors to my blog a very Happy Thanksgiving and many wishes for a beautiful day of sharing and giving thanks! I'm so grateful for all my friends and family and for the wonderful opportunities my love of stamping has given me. It's such a beautiful part of my life and I thank you all for sharing it with me.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Heart-filled Tilda!

Good Wednesday morning to you all!
This is the first card I've made using the cuttlebug christmas tree embossing folder - it's gorgeous! This is a simple design but I wanted Tilda sitting in front of a tree holding her heart ornament and this was the best tree I could come up with! I used crystals (white and green) to add bling to the tree, as well as pink stickles. I coloured Tilda using Tombow markers and my choice of colours fit perfectly with the ribbon I chose - that wasn't planned ahead of time!!! I guess that's the benefit to having lots of supplies!!! :) I chose to add in the heart charm to reflect Tilda holding her heart ornament.
I ticket punched the corners and adhered a gem to add more detail then stamped Happy Holidays either side of tree. As beautiful as the embossed tree is I felt there was something missing at the top but when the sentiment got stamped in I felt it finished the card off nicely. What do you think? I love the colours used in this card and of course, Tilda is just cutest little girl ever! Her striped tights are just tooooo cute - can you tell I don't have a little girl!! I think maybe that's why I love working with Tilda so much - it gets the 'little girl' out of me since I don't get to dress one in real life!
Well, I'm off to shovel the driveway - lots of snow has arrived overnight! Oh, the joys of winter!
Have a great day.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Desktop Calendar

Hi everyone! This is a very quick posting for today as my littlest guy is not well with a double ear infection :(
This is a project I just completed for a class I'm teaching on December 6th at Heather's Stamping Haven (Ottawa). It was very easy and fun to put together. I used acrylic sheets and applied alcohol inks (Eggplant and Stream). To keep the colour saturated be sure NOT to use the blending solution as it dilutes the colours too much. To achieve the clear circles I just punched out a circle from my 2" circle punch and masked the area whilst applying the ink. I used photos of my boys and again used my circle punch to place them in the masked areas. The flowers are Spellbinders die cuts which I then ran through some cuttlebug embossing folders. I adhered sticky paper to the back to give it a proper finish and also make the inks stand out against an opaque background. The flourish is also a set of die cuts from Spellbinders. The calendar is downloadable from redcastle. Apologies for the photo - it's hard not to get any glare on it!
It's a neat quick-to-do homemade project ideal for any christmas, teacher gift etc. You can of course use your own variation and instead of using acrylic, why not use chipboard (or matt board from the picture framers) or two coasters. I will link the Splitcoast Stampers tutorial on this project under Tutorials so be sure to take a look. On SCS they used two coasters and embellished with scrapbook papers and cardstock. As always, your imagination is your limit!
Have a great day and I hope to be back soon with another posting. My Christmas/Winter collection of Magnolia stamps arrived yesterday and I haven't had time to stamp them up with my little dude being sick, but hopefully he'll nap this afternoon!! ;)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Skater's Waltz!

Hi Again!
Now, I hope you're not getting too bored with my endless postings of Magnolia stamps right now but I just HAVE to get through all my new stamps before I can move on to anything else - SORRY! I really love Tilda & Edwin skating together - the way he's looking at her just fills my heart with love! I knew this dp would be the perfect background paper for this project. The bird is new stamp from Sunshine Designs (by The Stamp Barn) which I thought I would play around with on this card and it worked just lovely. Again, that marvellous MS branch punch has been the BEST purchase ever - I love it!
Thanks for the lovely comment Lorraine on my previous posting and encouraging me to work on 'fuller' cards - I think I've done it with this one too. I'm liking the way I have found a good balance with my embellishments - I guess I must be on a creative flow right now 'cos I'm really pleased with all my latest cards. It's all about finding the right touch, balance and embellishment to making your cards pop with class! I hope I've found that 'class' in my cards.
Thanks so much for all your visits to my blog - your comments and views are always SO much appreciated.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Christmas Bells!

Hi! I put this card together last night after stamping all the new Magnolia images that arrived in my Winter Club Pack. I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I saw Tilda holding the bell and the individual bell stamps. This sentiment works perfectly with this bell themed card. This gorgeous dp is from Daisy D's - I just love the simple design and soft muted colours of it. The mistletoe stamp used down the side of the card is from Sunshine Designs by The Stamp Barn. I used the scallop edge punch to give it a nice finished and used my tombow markers to add a small touch of colour. Stickles on the red berries makes it pop up with sparkle! The card ended up being one of the 'busiest' I've ever put together but I do feel it works well and that it's not too much - do you think? I usually make fairly simple layouts and designs as I don't like a lot of 'fuss' to my cards so this one is a little out of my norm. I was ready to finish the card after adhering the bells and the sentiment but the bottom left hand corner was feeling empty and that there was something missing. I punched out three branches from Martha Stewart's tree branch punch and added some stickles for a little sparkle. I think this was enough to fill in the space without overwhelming the rest of the card.
Thanks for popping over and taking a peek! I hope you all enjoy a fabulous weekend and get the chance to ink up and stamp!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sweet Tilda

Good morning all! This is a quick posting for today as I have many errands to run before I get to the gym! My sweetest girlfriend is having her birthday in a few days and I made her this card. This is a new Tilda which just arrived in my Winter Stamp Club pack. She is so sweet and I'm very happy to have this image as I don't have Tilda in this particular pose. I do now!!! :0)
I struggled with putting it together at first but all the pieces just fell into place after having gotten everything out, punched several items out and had spools of ribbon colours everywhere!
It is a simple card as I was in a bit of a hurry to get it into the mail (always seem to be running behind ...) but I know it will be bring a ray of sunshine to my friend on her birthday.
Hope you all have a fabulous day.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Chilly Tilda - Brrrr!!

Hi All! Apologies for the no posts for a couple of days - what can I say other than busy with boys who don't tell you on time that a science assignment is due in 2 days when they've had all week to work on it!!! So, homework help has had a precedence over inking time this week but with the assignment due today, hopefully I'll get a chance to have some stamping time!
This Tilda card came together really nicely in the end. I found this fun blue polka dot paper from a pack in the Dollar Store! I sewed up the edges to add a nice touch, then punched out a piece of white cardstock using Martha Stewart's Snowflake border punch. Tilda is coloured with Tombow markers and her 'furry' bits on her coat are embellished with blue flocking - it looks so cosy and warm! Martha Stewart's tree branch stamp (genius!) is embellished with white liquid applique, heated and frosted with diamond stickles. I added the sentiment on acetate as I wanted to add a light touch to the card. The fabric snowflake and the ribbon make up the finishing accents.
I really enjoyed putting this card together and I hope you like it too! Thanks again for stopping by - it's always great to see you here!
Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Edwin Birthday Cards

Hello! I have two male birthdays in the family coming up in the next 2 weeks so thought I'd better get making the cards as I have to mail them overseas! I used Edwin as he's been a little neglected recently as I've made so many cards with Tilda. I used Graffiti Edwin for my nephew's birthday card - he's such a cool dude! This was my first time watercolouring with Distress Ink pads and I have to say it was SO much fun! It is an awesome way to control shading and depth on your image. Yep, you know it's coming - now I want to collect all the colours of the rainbow that Distress Inks come in!!! The wall and graffiti HAPPY BIRTHDAY add to the finished image of Edwin. I cuttlebug embossed circles on the panel behind and used some arrow die cuts to add some 'boy' embellishments to the card.

This card is for my brother and as he lives far away, I thought it would be nice to send him Edwin serving up drinks! My thought behind this was this is the only way I am able to give him a birthday drink from afar! I found this fun designer paper in my stash and used the coluzzle circle to create two circle halves. I added three eyelets and a ribbon tie to add a manly touch. I coloured Edwin with Distress Ink pads and loved the way he turned out! You can't tell on the picture but I used my Sakura clear glitter gel pen to add sparkle to the 'sparkly' in the glasses. I used a simple design but I find male cards quite challenging and I hope this one is appreciated!
Thanks for taking the time to look and hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

More Tilda's!!

Hello again! Well I did get time to ink up today and this is what I came up with. Still playing with my new Tilda's and loving it! Giggling Tilda is just so sweet - it made me smile the whole time I was colouring her. It took me a while to put this card and layout together but I really love the finished look. The paper is Basic Grey Wassail pack and the poinsettia's are prima flowers from Michaels. The green velvet ribbon adds a touch of luxury and the joy brad was a dollar store find!
My other card is another take on Tilda's Sleigh ride. This time I wanted to add the beautiful ivory flower soft to the 'fur' trim on her coat and mitt. It adds a lovely touch of dimension to the card but still keeping it soft. Maybe next time I'll try some flocking :) I used a nestability square scallop on pearlescent cardstock and layered it over a vibrant green which had been run through the cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder. A swirl die cut, pink and white ribbon and a tag stamped with Glad Tidings and highlighted with pearly pink chalks finishes the card.
I hope you like what I've done with these Tilda images and that they inspire you to go off and create!
Have a wonderful Friday and enjoy a fabulous weekend!

Tilda's Sleighride!

Hi there! Well, I could have kissed the mailman yesterday if I'd seen him 'cos he delivered my new Magnolia purchases - yippeee!!! It's always so exciting to get new rubber to play with, but even more when they're Tildas!! I didn't have a lot of time last night to play as my son had his music lesson but hopefully I'll get more inking time today.
This is such a beautiful Tilda - I had a wonderful time colouring her with my tombow markers. I knew I wanted her to be pink as I have gorgeous burgundy coloured decorated paper with snowflakes which I thought would work really well. Well, as you can see, that paper didn't make it onto the card - it just didn't look right. Then I pulled out this blue paisley snowflakes paper and schabamm, perfect fit! The rest of the card fell together nicely - sparkly & metal snowflake embellishments, a nestability ribbon tag die and gorgeous pink velvet ribbon add a great warmth and depth to the card. This has to be one of my favourite christmas/winter cards that I've done thus far. Whoever drew Tilda into being is an absolute genius at Magnolia Stamps! She never fails to inspire, put a smile on your face or just make your heart happy!
I wish you all the joys that Tilda makes you feel today.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New Martha Stewart Punch

Happy Wednesday everyone - it's the middle of the week already - time seems to go by so fast! Today I'm posting two cards made with pretty much the same 'ingredients'. I'm making up christmas cards to supply to local stores so I thought I'd make 2 of each card as I go, each going to a separate location. Although the elements are the same they are still slightly different, thereby ensuring each card I make is unique! I found this adorable scrapbooking paper in A Buck or Two - I love the colour tones of the burgundy red and soft green (a nice alternative to the traditional christmas red & green). I bought the Martha Stewart branch punch yesterday at Wal-Mart and can't tell you enough how much I LOVE it! It is so versatile and I love the delicate touch it adds to the card.
The top panel of the card is cuttlebug embossed with the hanging decorations folder. I sewed around the edge of the card to add some simple detail. The top card uses white grosgrain ribbon and the tree (Sunshine Designs by The Stamp Barn) is punched out and popped up on dimensionals. I used a nestability ribbon tag die and stamped the greeting (The Stamp Barn) on using the Bordeaux Hybrid Palette ink pad. On the bottom card I used a strip of cream velvet ribbon and popped up the tree circle on dimensionals. I added the branches around the circle. Diamond stickles finishes off the christmas tree with a bit of sparkle!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by - your visits are always so much appreciated!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Pretty Snowflakes

Good morning everyone! With the feel of snow definitely in the air today, although no snowflakes yet, I felt a calling back to the beautiful icy combo of blue and white with plenty of sparkle! I love the freshness of this card and easy design layout. I love it when cards come together quick and easy and this is one of them! The cuttlebug embossing folders are just so awesome for adding depth and texture without having to spend a lot of time - always great for a crafting mom on the go!

As always, thanks for stopping by for a visit!


Materials Used: Let it Snow snowflake stamp: Kollette Hall for Studio G
Cuttlebug embossing folders - D'Vine Swirls, Snowflakes
Studio G Blue Pigment Ink
Nestabilities Tag, White Grosgrain ribbon
Diamante crystal, Turqoise Stickles

Sunday, November 9, 2008

In the Red!!

Hey there! I guess I was in a very 'red' mood when I created these yesterday! I was enjoying the new background paper I just bought and was inspired to keep going! I did put these together yesterday - good thing too as I'm severely lacking sleep today due to my son's Beaver sleepover at the Science & Tech Museum last night! It was fun but I don't think I'm cut out to sleep on the floor anymore as my years progress closer to 40!!! I'll certainly be looking forward to my bed tonight!
Anyway, back to the cards and I hope you like what I've done here. The 2 square cards are pretty simple basic layouts with nothing particularly fancy going on but I have to say I do like the final look I achieved with them. I really love Tilda and the way I have the sentiment and stars being given as a 'gift' from her. The reindeer is a beautiful stamp from Penny Black which I embossed with platinum embossing powder. The nestability is my new set of classic scallop (lg) which I'm really enjoying!
Finally, I used the stair step design to create the angel chorus card which I think is totally adorable! The poinsettia and leaves are from the Prima flower christmas tin which I'm loving!! This was a very fun card to put together. So all in all I feel pretty good about utilising that one sheet of decorated paper in these cards. My Basic Grey Wassail paper pack just arrived so can't wait to start playing with those designs!
Hope you're all having a fabulous weekend!
Great to see you here and thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Tilda Stair Step Birthday Card!

Hi everyone! We had a gorgeous week of mild weather and sunshine so have been a little slack posting this week. Sorry about that but at least my yard work got done and I made the most of our sunshine days with my boys! Good thing too as we've woken up to rain this morning which is just perfect to hibernate in my craft room for the day, hehe!! Well, I finally got around to making another stair step card! I wanted to use Tilda as this card was to give out to a friend for her birthday. I thought I'd concentrate around fall colours and was really happy with the way it finished up. The ribbon tag used on the front panel is a new purchase from Nestabilities (3 ribbon tag die cuts). I LOVE IT!!! So with some new goodies in hand, I'm off to craft and create! Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend and getting a chance to ink up!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Snowy Sleigh Ride

This is a christmas stamp from a couple of years ago from Heather's Stamping Haven made by The Stamp Barn and haven't really played with it much this year. I bought this background paper last week which I just love and thought would work really well with this image. I sewed it onto the card and stamped the image on watercolour paper and used my tombow markers to colour in the sleigh. I used the Martha Stewart snowflake border punch on the card layered under the image. I love how this punch embosses snowflakes too - adds such a great touch! I added snow by applying liquid applique and puffing it up with my heat gun. I used stickles to add sparkle to the stamped snowflakes. Finally, I found these fabric snowflakes at the Dollar Store (gotta love that!) and sewed on a couple of jingle bells before adhering them to the card. I placed two down in the bottom corner to ensure a balanced look.
I hope you like what I did here. It was a quick card to put together which is always a great thing - especially when getting your supply of Christmas cards done!
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment as I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Re-organized and beautiful!

I am sooooo happy that my crafting space has had an organization makeover! I bought the slotwall from The Home Depot and had them cut it for me there. Installation was pretty straight forward. My hubby put it up for me on Sunday which was the best birthday gift I could have wished for! Today I got the acrylic shelving from my wonderful friends at The Stamp Barn. I stumbled across the paper display racks last week on which were a gem of a find. I now have my room pretty much the way I want it.
I used metal racks from Ikea to store my punches. A very simple, cheap and effective way to store them - a friend and SU! demonstrator shared that organizing tip with me! I think I need to make another trip to Ikea to buy more as my punch collection seems to be expanding!!!
I hope you find some of these organization tips helpful. Even if you're not able to organize to this extent, clearing out and sorting really does wonders and gets creative juices flowing once again after stumbling across lost loot! Hopefully I'll get time to stamp up a storm tomorrow!
Happy stamping!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Craft Room Re-organisation!

Apologies for the lack of posting this week. I have been able to get hold of some organisation 'stuff' for my craft room so am busy sorting, clearing and twisting hubby's arm to drill holes and put up my slatwall.
I can't wait for it to be done and as soon as I am I will be able to create in what I believe will be a more functional creative space. I am hoping to place many of my 'desk' items onto the slatwall behind my desk, placing it up on the wall within constant easy access. I know how lucky I am to have my own craft space and my dream of having it fully organized is slowly but surely coming to fruition.
It's always good to have a clear out - it's amazing what one finds beneath that stack of paper cut-offs!!!!
I will be sure to post pictures up of my new organized space and hopefully it will inspire everyone for a bit of a clean-out and get those creative juices flowing in a nice clean room!
Enjoy a wonderful weekend!
Danielle x


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