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Sunday, December 27, 2009


The weekly challenge from There's Magic In The Air...
Use the Merry Moose-mas image by Nina J. May and fit it into the layout sketched by Danielle Lord.  Stretch it, rotate it, reverse it, etc. as long as the original sketch can be seen.

The following is my creation to meet the challenge.  Please take a look.  Comments and feedback are welcome.  Thank you!

I used a die cut (at Archiver's) to create a window cut card 4 5/8" wide x 6 1/4" long (measurement is for the front only).  I detached the cover of the card to use in this design.  Next, I cut down a large pre-scored card to 5 3/4" wide x 6 1/4" long.  The card looks wider in the picture than it is long, that is an optical illusion!

The layout was designed using a sketch by Danielle Lord.

The solid blue paper is Bazzill Basics Wildberry Pie - I love the color of this paper! The blue snowflake paper is from Miss Elizabeth's Paper Scraps.  The stars were cut from Bazzill Basics paper using a Sizzix Original Stars die cut (38-0154). A rubber stamp by All Night Media - Confetti Clusters was used to stamp the window border, a VersaMark watermark pad and AlaMode Sparkle embossing powder were used to provide a touch of shimmer.  The card closes with Basic Grey Magnetic Discs.  Glue Dots were used in addition to the adhesive that comes on the magnetic discs.  

The moose were all painted using Reeves watercolors, including the small ones that I printed onto the 3 stars, and a small Koi Waterbrush.  The 'Happy New Year' is printed on vellum using Castellar 14pt font and MS PowerPoint WordArt.  The velum is edged with Stampabilities Pigment Ink Pad in Royal Blue and adhered to the card using Scrapbook Adhesives EZ Runner Vellum.

This is the inside of the card.  Here is the full view of Nina J. May's Merry Moose-mas© digital image.  The layout was designed based on a sketch by Danielle Lord.

The verse I came up with seemed quite appropriate for Danielle's sketch and the underlying star theme.  


Close up view of inside.


This is the 2nd card I made using the Merry Moose-mas © digital image.

I used a cotton ball and glue to create the look of snow on the ground and in the tree.  I used glitter on the tree first, so that helped with getting the cotton to stick.  

Notice that Moose-mas has lost one of her earrings.  That little detail was what inspired me to make a Thinking of You card, and inspired my sister to suggest that the missing earring should be hung from the tree in plain sight ... if only Moose-mas could just turn her head toward that tree, her day sure would be brighter.  Also, I do know that female moose don't have antlers but this one is a she - Just look at those pink hoofs, how could she be anything but! 

PLEASE read the inside.  

I created this verse so this is how my brain works at 2:30 in the morning! LOL!  I laugh every time I read that verse.  AND, one of my New Year's resolutions is to create all my own verses for my handmade cards in 2010.  Keep visiting my blog!  It's hard to tell what sort of silliness you might find that has come out of this crazy head.

I don't know who will get this card yet, but quite a few of my girlfriends qualify!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


This is the card I designed using Nina May's digital stamp for the week of December 7, 2009.

The digital stamp was printed as a 2 3/8" square (wallet size) onto Soft Green Cover cardstock by the Paper Company. It is then set behind a chipboard frame cut with Sizzix Originals Frame #654988. The frame was then covered with Doggie Paw Prints Random by the Paper Studio and edged in lace. The interlaced candy canes below the photo were embossed with a Sizzix Simple Impressions embossing card, then sanded and chalked. The trees were cut using an EK Success paper punch, then decorated with self-adhesive gemstones by the Paper Studio and craft glitter. Merry Christmas was stamped with a clear stamp and heat embossed with Stampendous Silver Tinsel embossing powder, the words are outlined using a red glitter pen, the holly berries are embellished with Mark Richards 3mm Red Rouge gemstones. The Sweet Trouble digi-stamp was colored using glitter and gel pens, Micron 005 Black pen (to redraw the image after the glitter and gel pens covered up the detail lines!), DecoColor Fine Line Liquid Silver and Stampendous Cotton Ball White Fun Flock for the snow under Sweet Trouble's feet.

Thank you for looking at my project! I enjoyed working on this today. Now, maybe tomorrow I can get some scrapbooking done ... maybe.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

20091206.MagicalMonday.ProjectEntry.Picture Storage Box

This project was created using a digital image created by Nina May "Snowy Flight" ©. This images appears on the top of the box in my project.

Other images and tools used in the project were Sizzix Round-A-Bout Alphabet set, Sizzix Sidekick & pads, Memory Book Glue Pen, Quickie Glue pen, Xyron 150, Therm O Web Foam Squares, Scrapbook Adhesives, Professional Rotary Trimmer RT-200 by Carl Products, Fiskars Portable Trimmer, Crop-A-Dile Big Bite, EK Success Edger Punch, Rubber stamps for trees and sun/cloud, Miss Elizabeth's paper (for Snowmen cutouts on ends of box and snowmen paper on sides of box), DCWV Multi Stack Black to White (white),Bazzill Basics Wildberry Pie, Stampabilities Pigment Ink, Glitter, Krylon Workable Fixatif, Stampendous Fun Flock, KOI waterbrush, Reeves watercolors, Sofft shoebox, 1 1/2" wooden dowels (glued into corners to raise lid height when on the box) and Elmer's Wood Glue.

The idea for, and design of the project was created using my imagination and crafting skills.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you enjoy my project.

This is the empty box that inspired me to create the photo storage box ...

This is one end of the completed box ...

This is the other end ...

This is the side of the box ...

This is the other side ...

Top of box ...

Bottom of box (covered in black cardstock with felt strips inlaid around the outside edges) ...