Saturday, February 13, 2016

*Pop of Colour*

Calgary has been experiencing a wonderfully warm winter this year....  I can count on one hand the number of times I've needed to wear something more than a sweater and a scarf (granted I'm not out for long walks or waiting for a bus).  Yesterday we were socked in with fog all day and today it is bright and sunny and warm.

I was fooling around with the idea of pops of colours.... not sure it turned out has I had though it would.

I used this great patterned paper (it's from like 6 years ago) and I punched holes where there were dots in the design to let the hot pink show through.  I cut a larger hold and layered the bright blue behind it and stamped the greeting.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

*Another Christmas Card*

This is another card using that great Simon Says Stamp snowflake die...  again, cut out of patterned paper.  I didn't like the design of the paper so I sacrificed it in trying to figure out why this die didn't work.  But I loved how it looked once it was cut out!
My only complaint about this die?  It's tough to use once it's cut out.  It's very delicate which means it's difficult to keep the edges straight.  And the only real way to get adhesive on it is it put it through the Xyron.  I don't find that the Xyron adhesive has much "play" so you have to be VERY careful in putting it down on your cardstock.

Monday, January 25, 2016

*Welcome to 2016*

I am really hoping to get to crafting a bit more than I have in the last several years.  I don't think I will do nearly as many cards as I used to do, but I sure hope to do more than Christmas cards in 2016.

I did buy myself a Silhouette Portrait and once I get that figured out, I hope to be using it in my card making.

I find myself really missing the feel of the paper and the joy that comes with being creative.

When my sister was visiting after Christmas, we did manage to spend a bit of time in my creative space......  so I actually have something to share!
Yes, it's a Christmas card.... but I was *dying* to play with this new die that my sister got me for Christmas from Simon Says Stamp.  I was having a bit of trouble getting it to cut through cardstock so I tried it on a scrap of patterned paper and ended up loving it (Simon Says Stamp has since replaced the die for me).  I layered the snowflake panel on to a white piece of cardstock, then used my Perfect Layers tool to create the red layer.  I added a belly band of Stampin' Up! Gumball Green that I ran through my Big Shot with an embossing folder to add a little texture.

I am now curious to try more of my dies with patterned papers.  This was a patterned paper that I never thought I'd use (thus I sacrificed it when trying to see if I could get the die to work).  But I love how it looks with these snowflakes!

I hope that 2016 is treating you all well so far..... so hard to believe we're in the last week of January already!

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

*Christmas Cards 2015 #33*

And unless I have some spare time, this is my last Christmas card for 2015....  I just love love love stamping for Christmas!

I really like how this card turned out....  a Cuttlebug embossing folder, a scrap of patterned paper, Labels 8 by Spellbinders, some glitter paper and two Impression Obsession snowflakes.  I love the look of the two corners rounded.

Thanks to everyone who shares on their blogs and to those who then share those cards on Pinterest.  I'm not sure where I would have been this year when trying to make my cards!

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

*Christmas Cards 2015 #32*

So, I was writing up my Christmas cards... and it turns out I was two short!  So I have two more cards to share with you, both inspired by cards I saw on Pinterest.

I'm sorry but the photo doesn't look so great....
An Impression Obsession snowflake with some red glitter paper and white cardstock.  I added some bling bling to the snowflake and the card.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

*Christmas Cards 2015 #31*

I think this will be the end of my Christmas cards for 2015....  I ended up deciding to do a handful of a few of my favourites from this year to finish off the cards I needed.  I was afraid I'd run out of time if I kept trying to come up with new ideas.

Christmas is most definitely my favourite reason to stamp....  but I'm going to try to create more in 2016.  Fingers crossed I can do it!

This is another card using that Stampin' Up Festival of Trees stamp set and the tree punch... and again with that great patterned paper and the even more wonderful silver glitter paper.  I am ddid my best to use up some scraps instead of throwing them out... I love both of these papers so much!

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

*Christmas Cards 2015 #30*

Another Impression Obsession die that I've had for a while... and never used.  I cut the ornament out of the front panel and attached it to the red shimmer cardstock.  I put the swirls back and adhered that to the shimmer cardstock, then cut out the ornament hanger out of red shimmer.  I stamped the sentiment in red ink and embossed it with some red glittered embossing powder I found in my drawer that I forgot I had!

Monday, November 30, 2015

*Christmas Cards 2015 #29*

Another card with the Stampin' Up! Festival of Trees and the punch.  I used a scrap of patterned paper that I've had forever and some more of that silver glitter paper.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

*Christmas Cards 2015 #28*

I wish you could see this card in real life... the sparkle is *amazing*!!!  I love love love this glitter paper!  I cut out an Impression Obsession snowflake and added a white pearl in the middle.  The sentiment is stamped on white in silver and embossed with Stampin' Up! Iridescent Ice embossing powder. That stamp was one I bought near the beginning of my papercrafting journey.... the rubber is getting a little hard, but I still love it

Saturday, November 28, 2015

*Christmas Cards 2015 #27*

I am so far behind on all of my Christmas preparations.  I've done hardly any shopping, I've done no baking, I'm still trying to finish making my cards....  And shockingly I'm not freaking out about it (at least not yet).

I have been thinking about decorating the house... but then think about the 8 month old puppy and think we'll have to have everything secured to keep it safe.  Sigh.
 I purchased the Stampin' Up! Festival of Trees and the tree punch and it arrived about a week ago.  I've been having a great time playing with them both.  I have a lot of ideas swirling in my head right now....

Friday, November 27, 2015

*Christmas Cards 2015 #26*

This card and the one from a few days ago, started out being the same but reverse for the snowflake.  But then I decided to turn this one on it's side.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

*Christmas Cards 2015 #25*

OMG this card!  So much sparkle!  I started with a white card.  I cut the Creative Expressions Let it Snow die twice...  once out of white shimmer cardstock, the second time out of blue shimmer cardstock.  I attached it to a piece of silver glitter cardstock, used my Perfect Layers tool to create the blue layer and then put it all on the white card.  So much sparkle!  (oh wait, I said that already)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

*Christmas Cards 2015 #24*

Another card that looked better in my head....  a swirl tree by Memory Box cut out of red mirror cardstock and put on a white card.  I added the sentiment and rounded the corners, then added some bling to the tree.  Maybe it needs a ribbon?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

*Christmas Cards 2015 #23*

More of that wonderful Heidi Swapp glitter paper.  It came in a 8X8 stack from Michaels and was with her Marquee display.  I cut out the snowflake from a Stampin' Up! Sizzix die, put it on an embossed white layer, layered it on the blue glitter paper and then on a white card.  I'm not sure about the sentiment in black, though....