Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cupcake Inspiration #337 - Christmas Card

Hi again.  I told you that I would be back sooner than you know.   It's been a long time since I've taken part in a Cupcake Inspiration Challenge.  Here's the challenge that I took part in...

When I looked though this one was so cute, and I couldnt help but play along.  I wanted to do a card for a birthday, however with Christmas so close and around the corner I thought that my time would be better spent making a card for Christmas with bears on them.  When I was flipping through my stamp catalogue (my book with all of my stamps shown in it) I found a couple stamps that would work for this card and I found a couple stamps that worked, but finally settled on this stamp.  If I have time I might make a second card with one of the other stamps to enter in this challenge, but I am not sure how likely that will be.

I would love to hear what your best practices are for card making for holidays.  I would love hearing how you build a stash of various cards for the holiday or various designs.  How do you stock them so that you arent scrambling last minute to get them done for everyone on your list.  Any help or feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Getting back on track.....

Here's the front of the card...

Here's the side of the card...

Here's the image I used on the card...

Supplies Used

 Paper Trimmer - used to cut the card base and various layers of the card
Bone Folder - used to fold and crease the side of the card base
Tim Holtz Scissors - used to cut the ribbon on the card
EK Success Tweezers - used to position and place the sprinkles, and help tie the bow on the card
Stamp Press - used to attach the image stamp to which aids with stamping it on the paper
Double Sided Tape - used to adhere the image and the frame onto the card front
Foam Adhesive - used to add dimension to the sentiment for this card
Promarkers - used to colour the image with
MFT Ink  - used to stamp the wording and the sentiment in
Heartfelt Creations - Bear-y Winter Stamp Set -  used one of the images for the image on this card
Recollection Holiday Greetings - used for the sentiment on this card
Cuttlebug Machine - used with the dies and the embossing folder to create the background and the frames on this card
Large Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder - used to pinch and crease the background with the snowflakes. (cannot find a link for this embossing folder)
Labels Fourteen Die - used to cut out the frame for the main image and the sentiment and sentiment mat
Offray Red Ribbon - used for the bow and ribbon on the card
Doodlebug Sprinkles - used to add red, green and white embellishments to the front of the card
Stickles - Icicles - used to add shimmer to the card, and different parts of the gifts.
Copic Paper - used to stamp the main image onto
White Cardstock - used for the card base and to stamp the wording to.
Green Shimmer Paper - used for the background of this card
Red Cardstock - used to mat the sentiment with

Friday, November 27, 2015

Happy birthday card...changing it up.

Hey everyone, it seems like lately I am on a roll.  
1st post this week and I don't think it will be my last either :)
I decided to take a little break from Christmas cards to make a birthday card for my boyfriends niece.
I thought it would be fun to play along with a challenge for this card too.  
I have never played along with Seize the Birthday and this week their challenge is to create a card using vellum and acetate. 

I started with playing around with some distress inks and I create a background using some of her favourite colours.  From there I put water droplets onto the paper to give it a cool look and then I added the sentiment and the embellishments.  It basically created itself once I had made the paper.  I love how it turned out and my boyfriend says, "probably my favourite one yet."  I really hope that she loves it too.

I had fun making this card and taking a break from Christmas cards but I am looking forward to getting back to Christmas cards. 

Here's the paper that I made and where the card started from....

Here's the front of my card...

Here's the side of my card...

Here's the sentiment and the focal point on my card...

Supplies used
Seedless preserves distress ink - used to make the background
Peacock feathers distress ink - used to make the background 
Salty ocean distress ink - used to make the background 
Ink blending tool - used to make background
Water - to create little water droplets
MFT sheer shimmer (mixables) - use to add shimmer to background
White card stock - used for card base and background paper.
Shimmer paper - scraps used for stars from stash (no source)
MFT stacking stars die - used to cut out stars
Cuttlebug matchine - machine used with the dies to cut shapes.
EK success powder tool - used to take away static so powder only sticks where ink is
Versa Mark embossing ink- used to stamp sentiment in
Hero arts white embossing powder - used to emboss sentiment with
Heat tool - used to melt the embossing powder
Hampton art - "dreams come true" - stamp used for sentiment (not able to find source)
Mono multi glue - used to attach the sentiment and stars to the front of the card
2 sided tape - used to attach the background to the card base.
Foam adhesive dots- used to raise some of the stars and add dimension to the card
Tim holtz scissors - used to cut paper
Pick me up tool - used to move and position the stars on the front of the card.
EK success tools - tweezers used to position the stars onto the page
Fiskars Paper Trimmer - used to cut the background and the card base

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Mojo Monday 424 Challenge

Hey everyone, I know that it's been a while since I've been on here but I thought it was time to get back at it.  With the colder weather creeping up on us it's a great time to get comfortable with my scrap nook and let the creative juices flow.  I have a lot of Christmas cards cards to do over the next couple weeks and I'm kicking it into high gear, while playing along with a couple amazing challenges.  

For this card I played along with Mojo Monday's Sketch Challenge 424
At first I struggled with the sketch but it's called a challenge because I think it's supposed to actually challenge you!  
Mission accepted and mission accomplished!

Here is the challenge...

Fun right!  I turned the sketch and created a card with this lay out just on it's side.  I know I had a blast and am thrilled with how my card turned out.  Last week I had every intention of playing along with merry Monday's challenge of white, pink and green.  I had coloured an image and it ended up in my scrap box as I ran out of time to get it onto a card and entered but this little guy or gal needed to make its way onto the card so this was a perfect opportunity. 

I will also mention that the colours for this card are my FAVOURITES, and I am so happy to design a Christmas card that is done in non-traditional colours. 

Here's the front of the card....

Here's the side view of the card....

Here's the image itself...

This little Penguin is just simply the cutest.  I had a blast playing along and cannot wait to see what next weeks challenge is.  I will be back in a couple days with more Christmas Cards for you all.

I am working on linking to supplies used, so please bear with me...this process takes longer than you know.

Supplies Used
Fiskar Paper Trimmer - used to cut the background paper as well as the card base
Letraset Promarkers - used to colour the image in with
Letraset Ultra Fine Nibs - used to get more percise colouring.
Copic 92lb Cardstock - used to colour the image on
White Cardstock - Used for the card base as well as to stamp the wording onto
Pattern Paper - Recollections Winter Woodland Paper (not able to find source)
Solid Coloured Paper - scraps however you could use any colours or style paper for this
Acrylic Block - used to stamp the sentiment and the penguin
MFT Black Licorice Ink - used to stamp the image and sentiment with
Penguin Pressie - main image used for the card
Merry Christmas (wording) - CC Designs - Amy R stamps used as the sentiment for card (Retired Product so no source available sorry)
Cuttle Bug Machine - die cut machine used to cut the shapes
MFT Pierced Rectangle Die - used to cut out image and the mat for the penguin image
MFT Pierced Circle Die - used to cut out sentiment and mat for sentiment.
2 Sided Adhesive - used to attach everything to card base
Mono-Multi Adhesive - used to attach snowflakes to card
Quickie Glue - used to attach the loose glitter
Offray Ribbon (Kiwi) - used for ribbon and bow on the card
Snowflake Boarder Punch - used to punch the snowflake boarders and pieces used as snowflakes on the card.
Gems - used in the centers of the snowflakes to add some shine.
Ultra Fine Loose Glitter - used ontop of the image to add shimmer

Christmas Cards All Year Round

I'm back!  I've been busy making cards and am back with another card that I made for a challenge that I got to play along with.  This week I stumbled across a challenge that I have never played along with before over at Christmas Cards All Year Round.  

Here is the challenge for November:

"Ok on to this month's challenge. The theme is Oh Christmas tree - simply create a card that has a tree as the feature."

When I first noticed the challenge I couldn't wait to get started I had a stamp that I knew would work perfectly for this challenge and was so excited to play.  I have used the stamp previously and you will probably see it in one of my earlier posts, but I just couldnt resist using it again.  Usually I pick my papers first and then colour my image for it however I did it opposite this time and it made it a little more challenging, but hey I was up for a challenge.

I created 4 of these cards so that I could stock some of them, and could give some to friends who have asked me to make christmas cards for them to give out.

Here's the front of the card....

Here's the side view of the card....

Here's the image used on the card....

Isn't she cute!  I love this Stamping Bella Image!!!
Thanks for stopping by, I'll be back in a little bit with a couple more adorable Christmas Cards!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Supplies Used

Fiskar Paper Trimmer - used to cut the card base, and background layers
Fiskar Stamp Press - used to stamp the main image with
Tim Holtz Scissors - used to cut the 2 sided adhesive tape
2 Sided Adhesive Tape - used to adhere all pieces together
Mono Multi - liquide adhesive to attach circles together.
Stamping Bella Uptown Girl - used as the main image on this card
Sentiment - CC Designs - Amy R Christmas Verses II (retired - no link available sorry)
Cuttle Bug Machine - used with the die cuts to cut/emboss shapes
MFT Torn Album Notebook Die - used to cut the main image onto
MFT Fishtail Flag Die - used to cut the snowflake paper into a flag
Nellies Dies - used to diecut the sentiment and the mat for the sentiment.
Acrylic Block - used to stamp the sentiment onto the card
MFT Black Licorice Ink - used to stamp the image and sentiment in
Zig Clean Brush - used to colour the image
Tim Holtz Watercolour brush - used to blend the inks (Zig) for the image
White Cardstock - used to stamp the sentiment on and for the card base
Watercolour Paper - used for the main image
Pattern Paper - used for the background layers and flag.
Icing Stickles - used to put shimmer on various parts of the card.
Gems - to dazzle up the card (not exact location however have linked to similar source)