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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Week #36 The Shabby Tea Room Challenge

Week #36 in the Tea Room brings Lisa as our host and she has chosen this {sweet}, seasonal photo as inspiration for us to work with ...

... and asks that you make a card or project to share something that you are thankful for!  Everyone living in the US will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday next week, so this is perfect timing to get your holiday cards made to send to loved ones!!  I realize that everyone who visits the Tea Room does not celebrate this holiday, so let's open this challenge up to any thankful theme ... what are you thankful for OR Thanksgiving OR thank you cards and/or using some of the colors from the inspiration photo -- one or ALL!  Have fun with this week's challenge -- we can't wait to see what you create :)

I am thankful for our veterans. Without them we would not have the life we have today in the United States of America. I am proud of them and am thankful for everything that each of them has given up to serve our great country.  Many ran, many hid but these men stood up and fought to protect our freedom and our values, and continue to do so today. We could never thank them enough for all they have sacrificed to serve our country.

The image used for this card is from The Graphics Fairy.  She has to be the sweetest person on the web to do all she does to find and share these images with anyone who wants to use them.  Thank you, Karen!

How it was done ...
The background color was removed from the image using Corel PaintShop Pro X3. The text was created in Word (to get the curve).  The image and words were designed using PowerPoint and printed on Watercolor White cardstock from The Paper Company.  Fiskars Deckle Paper Tear Edger was used to tear along the side of the white cardstock.  Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen ink was applied with the Inkssentials blending tool to the picture and along the edges (this didn't show up too well in the scan).  Four tiny star brads in each corner.  The red strips were embossed with Sizzix Easy Emboss Funky Spots and sanded.  The background cardstock is Patriot Blue Cover by The Paper Company.  The blue cardstock is inked around the edges with Stampabilities white pigment ink.

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Comments are always welcome and greatly appreciated! 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Just for the fun of it ...

This is a tiny little card I made today. It is 1.5"x1.25". Really! There were some little tiny scraps on my work mat leftover from border punches and Cricut cutouts. As I was staring at them, they kind of started looking like little images so I thought why not put those tiny little scraps into a tiny little card. Well, really I do have alot of other stuff I should be doing around the house but then again this sounded more fun than vacuuming and cleaning the bathrooms!  So here is my newest creation.  The tiniest little card I've ever made.

GelWriters were used to color in the tiny 'stars', 'moon', 'flowers' and 'rocks'. A pigment ink pad in brown was used to color the 'old wood' in the center of the card. The 'bird with a very fancy tail' and the 'large flower' were already those colors. There is a cutout on the 'bird' that looked like a 'wing' so I glued a tiny scrap on the back of the 'bird'. I also used a tiny bit of a small foam adhesive square to give dimension to the 'stem of flowers'. 
'Thinking of You' was written with a Micron .005 black pen, plus the inside words and the writing on the tiny hole punch scrap on the back of the card. Glimmer Mist in Moonlight was used around the edges of the card. "How did you do that?", you might ask.  I have a cheap kid's placemat I bought at Dollar Tree that is very slick on the back and has Tweety Bird on the front (that is important!). Glimmer Mist, StazOn and other permanent things clean off of it (the back slippery side, that is) very easily with a Clorox wipe.  I sprayed a bit of Glimmer Mist onto the placement and, as always is the case with Glimmer Mist, it is not an even mist but big droplets mixed with mist. I turned card around in one of the big droplets to get the edges colored. I did file the edges to give the ink something to adhere to before rolling it around in the droplet. A bit of very fine mist went onto the face of the card, also, which is exactly what I wanted to happen! OH, and the cardstock used for the card ... that was a tag that came in a package of brads - Spare Parts by The Paper Studio. I simply cut beneath that part and used the solid color portion of the tag as my base for the card. Lined it up evenly on the mat, scored it down the middle and folded it to make my tiny pre-folded card. Then used a corner punch to round the edges (the card was already rounded on one side but didn't quite match the size of my punch so I redid them all to match!) 
To sum it all up, I've recycled, spent time having fun today and will have a sweet tiny card for my hubby when he comes home!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

2010 Christmas Card #10

This is my 10th design for Christmas 2010. 

I picked this snowman stamp up from $1 bin at Michael's last week and had to make a card. Such a cute TALL snowman stamp. The most difficult was to stamp a row of 10 while trying to keep them somewhat even on the bottom. This is a rubber stamp not a clear stamp! 

I made 6 identical cards so had to stamp this snowman 30 times! I did 10 at a time an inch apart on 12x12 cardstock.

The background paper is Miss Elizabeth's Scrap Paper pack.  
The border cardstock is punched with a border snowflake punch from The Paper Studio.  Stickles in gold was used for the dots of bling (glitter).

The tag was cutout with my Cricut using the George & Basic Shapes cartridge (I use that cartridge more than any other in my collection!)

The snowflake brad is by SpareParts.

The arms are drawn freehand. The hats and noses are colored in using GelWriters. The snowman bodies and hats are accented with Glossy Accents by Ranger.  

The paper edges are inked with Stampabilities Pigment Ink in Red.

The 'Merry Christmas' sentiment was heat embossed using Zing Embossing Powder in black.

Elmer's Spray Adhesive was used to glue it all together.  Spray adhesive is so easy but it can't be used like spray paint.  My work mat, chair mat and hands were all covered in glue and it's not so easy to get off. 

Thanks for visiting. 
Comments are always welcome and greatly appreciated!

2010 Christmas Card #9

This is my 9th design for Christmas 2010. 

Miss Elizabeth's paper was used again in this design.

The ribbon down the center is paper ribbon purchased from IKEA several years ago. It's sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Pearl to give it some sparkle.

Snowflake brad from Hobby Lobby.

Ribbon from Michael's.

Vellum tag cut out with Cricut and George & Basic Shapes cartridge.

VersaMark Watermark ink used to stamp 'Merry Christmas' and heat embossed with A La Mode Embossing Powder in Royal Blue. Don't forget to use the Embossing Buddy! Otherwise embossing powder goes all over the vellum.  

Used BigBite to punch hole for brad.

Heat embossed the strips at top and bottom with A La Mode Embossing Powder in Royal Blue then sprayed with Elmer's Spray Adhesive and added some glitter to the strip along the top and bottom. 

Used the spray adhesive to adhere the paper with all the embellishments to the card.

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2010 Christmas Card #8

This is my 8th design for Christmas 2010.

Miss Elizabeth's paper was my choice for this one.  I picked up many packs (at least 10) of this multi design 12x12 paper pack for 50c a pack last year at Dollar Tree during the end of the season sale. What a great deal that was!

The ribbon came from Michael's. They had a sale last week on this ribbon at 20c for a 10-yard roll. What a deal! I stocked up on some ribbon.

The center snowflake is from a package of white snowflake buttons I bought at JoAnn's. The snowflake is embossed with Stampendous Embossing Powder in Blue Tinsel. I repeated the embossing a couple of times and let it dry in between, using a clip on the button shank during the heating process; heat guns get extremely hot. I brushed some of the embossed powder from the center before it dried to give it some depth. Then, I cut the shank from the button with a button shank remover tool.

Next step was to cut a tag out of blue cardstock with the Cricut using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge; actually used an old Christmas card we received a few years ago that color of blue looks great with white lettering.  American Crafts MiniMarks rub-ons are used for the 'Merry Christmas' greeting.

Tied a bow in the ribbon and glued it in place with Elmer's Fabric & Paper Glue. Used TomBoy adhesive runner to tack the ends of the ribbon to the back of the paper and to stick the paper to the card.

Used Elmer's Tacky Glue to attach the snowflake and tag to the ribbon.

The strips along the top and bottom of the card are also heat embossed using the Blue Tinsel Stampendous Embossing Powder.


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Win a Copy of Corel Painter Essentials!!

Robert MacDonald, Product Manager for CorelR Painter(TM) and CorelR Painter(TM) Essentials, will lead a session on hybrid scrapbooking at the Craft & Hobbyist Association (CHA) Winter 2009 Convention and Trade Show, in Anaheim, CA. The session, entitled “The Best of Both Worlds: A Step-by-Step Guide to Introduce Hybrid Scrapbooking inYour Store,” will take place on Monday January 26, 2009 at 12 p.m. in Room 205AB of the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.
Corel’s CHA session will provide retailers with creative, constructive examples of how they can effectively combine elements of traditional and digital scrapbooking to provide more creative
opportunities  to their customers and grow their businesses.
Corel is a copyrighted product!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2010 Christmas Card #7

Latest and greatest Christmas card. 

One of my sisters drew this picture, too.  

I used embossing powder, glitter, Stickles to decorate the scarves, GelWriters to color in the giraffe and colored pencils to make and color the grass. Rubber stamp for "Merry Christmas", Micron .005 pen to outline the letters, ribbon, stick pin and adhesive.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

2010 Christmas Card #6

My sister drew this using a lead pencil as her art medium.  I printed it on cardstock and made it look colorful.  More details later. I'm kinda busy now :-)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Split Coast Stampers 'Tail Waggin' Greetings!' Challenge

Another Christmas card finished for 2010! 

This was made for the 11/5 Split Coast Stampers "Tail Waggin' Greetings!" Challenge

Make a project (any theme) using something that has a tail - critters, kites... 

Cut the paper to size to fit the card. Cut strip of green white core paper and run it through your Sizzix machine to emboss with reindeer image.  Sand with sandpaper. Tear white paper to fit beneath green embossed cardstock. Punch hole with Big Bite at corner of white paper. Tie green ribbon, punch hole through center with Big Bite. Attach ribbon with tiny star brad. Stamp "Merry Christmas" with black pigment ink. Pour sparkle embossing powder over the ink (don't forget to use your embossing buddy first!!). Shake off excess powder. Heat with heat gun.

Miss Elizabeth's striped paper

Stampabilities 'Merry Christmas' stamp
Stampabilities Pigment Ink - black
a la Mode embossing powder - Sparkle

Green white core cardstock

Sizzix Simple Impressions reindeer embossing folder
White cardstock
Fiskar's Paper Tear Edger - Scallop
Big Bite
Tiny star brad
Green ribbon
Scotch tape runner
Heat gun
Embossing Buddy
Sand paper


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cardabilities Sketch #14 Challenge

The layout for this card is based on design #14 at Cardabilities.

Overall, this card was a challenge for me to create. I started with 3 pictures and used Corel Paint Shop Pro X3 to do all the photo editing for this unique card. Instructions and supply list are below.


These are the digital pictures I started with ...

Trees dressed in their fall colors with the sun rising and throwing beams of light onto their branches. This is my view looking out the window of my craft room. NICE!  Watercolor effects were applied to the trees using PaintShop Pro X3. The picture was printed on cardstock, cut in half and trimmed to fit the card.     

This is at a pumpkin patch at one of the local churches. This is my little sweetheart, Abigayle. Very excited at the prospect of having her picture taken yet again! The image background was cleaned up using PaintShop Pro X3.

This next step was really challenging for me, as a new user of PSP...
I added the cornucopia as another layer, then erased portions of the Abigayle in the pumpkin patch picture where her hands are to make it appear as though her hands are on the cornucopia.
Once I finally got through all of this photo editing ... WHEW!
This is how the card was completed ... The image was printed onto white cardstock. The oval was cut out of black cardstock using George & Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge. Next, I traced the oval onto the back of the picture and cut the picture smaller than the oval.  Foam squares were used to give the center oval dimension. A little glue and dark copper art glitter were added along the edge of the oval, plus 3 black self-adhesive gems. I attached a silk Fall leaf and a silk flower head (removing all the plastic parts from the back of both) and attached all with a hot glue gun.  The words 'Thankful' are letter stickers. I lightly sprayed the card with Fixatif to keep the glitter in place and used a Fiskars corner edger to round the corners. 

Supply list
Pre-scored card 5"x6.5"
thePaperCompany Pale Yellow cardstock
thePaperCompany Black cardstock
Elmer's Memory Book glue pen
Dark copper art glitter
Scotch tape runner
Hot glue gun and glue stick
Corel PaintShop Pro X3 software
Cricut and George & Basic Shapes cartridge
Black alpha stickers
Silk fall leaf and flower head
3 black adhesive gems
Fiskars corner edger

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