Friday, May 31, 2013

Digital + Traditional

Hello All!

I made my hubby's B-Day card this year as a combination card.  I had this James Bond idea, but no stamps to follow through with it.  So I pulled out my Creative Memories Digital Studio out and made the first layer of this card with elements from that.  I printed it out, trimmed it and then placed it on a 4x8" black card front.  Added some washi tape along the bottom, and that's it!  The photo is from our wedding and is the only one I have of him by himself in a tux type outfit.  Gotta remedy that...

Hugs to all!

Sunday, May 26, 2013



I wanted to show you some cards I did for a make and take at our stamping club here in Edmonton.  We call ourselves PMS.  (Pretty Mean Stampers - quit laughing!)  We have a lot of fun and we share ideas for making cards. 

This is not a new technique by any means but I like the look of puzzle pieces and try to incorporate them in my cards.  After all, they are a flat-ish embellishment and therefore easy to put through the mail system.  Basically you stamp an image, then stamp it again on a puzzle piece that has been primed with a layer of gesso paint.  You can then colour the background image and then the puzzle piece to match for texture, or contrasting.  You can also not colour the back ground and colour only the puzzle piece for a spotlight type of technique. 

This first card is a stamp from Stampers Obsession, I think, and coloured with permanent markers.  The back ground is scraps of glitter paper.  Wrapped yarn around the left side and held it in place with a flower and brad.

This stamp is a background stamp by Stampin' Up! I stamped it first in green on the background, then on the puzzle piece after I coloured the stamp with pigment ink then heat set.  Then I matched the pattern.

This key background stamp was stamped in brown then again with muticoloured ink.
 This is using the same stamp as the first card, only I left the background stamp uncoloured this time and used permanent markers to colour the puzzle piece.  I think this one is my favourite :)
Have some fun today!

Friday, May 24, 2013

3D Digi Darla

Hello again!!!

I finally got a chance to play this week and complete Digi Darla's weekly challenge.  This week she wanted us to create a 3D project.  I decided to use one of her images called 'Have a Ball'.  Isn't she adorable? 

I first printed two of the same size image and coloured in one completely, then cut it out.  I coloured the head and front paws of the second image and cut out just these parts.  The full image was adhered securely to the printed flower paper and I pierced some small holes at either end of the yarn ball sections.  Threaded up my needle with this cotton yarn/thread and stitched in some of the sections to give the yarn some dimension.  I pop dotted the partial image and placed it over this to give the kitty a 3D look too.  The tag is cut out using my Cuttlebug and the Spellbinders Fancy Tags.  The sentiment is from Digital Princess Design.

I love making a regular stamp image into 3D when I can! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Getting Sentimental

Hello there everybody!

This week at My Heart Pieces Priyanka challenged us to use a sentiment.  I had been feeling sentimental about this image as it reminded me of my dad.  So 'Summer Fun' was selected.  (of course it helps that I ADORE giraffes!)

This stamp was purchased a while ago and has not been used up to now!  This sentiment is what I try to live by.  Work is important, but playing each day at something you love is vital!  This image was coloured with watercolour crayons and a water brush, then cut out with Spellbinders Labels 28. I used distress ink to colour the edges and then glossy accents to make the bottle and balloon pop.  I placed a piece of giraffe printed paper on the 5.5x6" kraft card base, then ran two printed ribbons down the left.  I then adhered my cut out image.

This image was also coloured with watercolour crayons and a waterbrush then accented with glossy accents.  I cut out a mask of the image to cover my image while I added the green grass and blue sky.  I also trimmed around the balloon a bit to make it pop out from behind the mat.  The card is a 5.5 x 6.6" window card from Magenta.  Versamark and a number collage stamp from Judikins tamped around the mat to give it dimension.  I used Spellbinders Fancy Tags Dies to cut out thin cork for the greeting.  Greeting is by Magenta too.  Some scrap mesh paper and cork stickers finish it all off! 
So dig out some of those sentiment stamps and get 'sentimental'!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Hi All!

Most people can manage many different things at once... multi tasking it's called.  I used to be very good at it.  Very organized.  Ever since I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I have found that these skills and others have been radically diminished.  This bothers me on a regular basis, but it REALLY bugs me when it affects my loved ones. 

I did not make a Mother's Day card for my mom.  I thought of it, but then kept forgetting until it was too late to make and send for her to receive.  SO... Digital to the rescue!  And a little embarrassment too :) 

Ever since I was little, whenever I had a decision to make, this would be the advice given to me...  I made this with Creative Memories' Storybook Creator Software.  The kit I used is called 'Personal Stationary Digital Card Kit'.  I have started to use elements of digital in my card making, but I must admit, I still prefer to make cards physically with my hands. 

Now for the embarrassing part :)  Hee Hee!  Here is my mom with my sis and I in 1976.

Take some time with your mom today if you are able.  We need to do so virtually as we are too far apart, but the love is still very strong.  Love you Mom!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Halloween in May!

Hi there!

You've heard of Christmas in July?  Well, today is Halloween in May!  Well for me anyway! :)
Today at My Heart Pieces our challenge is "Anything Goes".  I've been wanting to play with this image for a while so today I had my chance!  The image is called 'Anhki in Halloween Costume'.  As usual I have coloured the images with watercolour crayons and a water brush. 

This first card is 5.5x6.5".  The printed papers are from Frances Meyer (old stuff from a swap years ago)  I die cut the image and black mat with Spellbinders Labels 28.  I lined the orange mulberry paper with a ribbon from Michaels.  The metal letter tags are from my stash and the spider at the top right is from Tim Holtz!

This second card is 5x6.5". The background paper is from KI Memories.  I die cut the image with Spellbinders Labels 23.  I edged the cut image with a black marker then adhered to a shimmer green scrap and cut around it to make a mat.  I stapled a Judinkins Halloween Labelz in the top corner and wrapped more Michaels ribbon around the bottom of the card.  Quick and easy!

Go ahead!  Make today YOUR Halloween in May!

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