About Me

I am a new empty nester, and I love to make cards and ATCs. I am always looking for ways to use the product I have, to learn new techniques and ways to do things, and most of all, to have fun with the creating of my art.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Christmas Card Madness!!

These are three more card designs that I have been doing lately.  I've been on a tear making Christmas cards, because my kids decided they needed about 50 between the two of them, and a set of 12 cards is a thank you gift to a family who has helped out one of the kids :)  I am still quite into the CAS mode, so the first two cards are very CAS.  The top card is a rosette patterned paper, with a Hero Arts Wise Men scene stamped on kraft cardstock, layered onto the patterned paper.  This was all done on a base blue notecard (dollar store).  The second card is also based on notecard from the dollar store, it's silver notecard.  I used some grey sparkly patterned paper as  a strip, then stamped the Happy Holidays on white cardstock and cut out with an oval punch, and foam mounted it onto the notecard. The card needed something else, so I added some sheer light pink ribbon to the sides to finish it off.  The last card I did I did for the Hero Arts 1.5 hour Scramble last Saturday.  The challenge was to use something that you DID NOT specifically buy for stamping on your card.  This was tough for me, since I seem to think of anything I buy in terms of stamping, but then realized that a used Bounce sheet would be perfect for some snow.  I tore the used sheet to fit my navy cardstock layer.  I then took silver ink and silver EP and stamped and embossed the Hero Arts Sparkle Tree. I then added the "snow" to the bottom of the tree. I needed a little something for the top of the image, so I punched out snowflakes in the colour of the base cardstock and added them to the navy layer.  I then mounted this on  to the base blue cardstock.  I used a Hero Arts stamp to stamp "Celebrate the Season" in Navy ink.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hero Arts Pairing Challenge Week 7 - Birthday Card

This is our final week of the Hero Arts pairing challenge.  I've really enjoyed making the cards for the challenges, and seeing how Mary Dawn does her cards.  For this final challenge,  we had to do a Birthday card... Now unlike some other challenges where I'm really really stumped on what to do for cards, birthday cards to me are fairly simple, and I love to play, trying out things and new to me techniques.  For this card, I started with kraft cardstock standard card size, and rounded the corners.  I then took some dark brown cardstock and cut it to 4 x 5 1/4 inches rounding the corners. I then took the Friend Definition stamp, and stamped it in Moonlight White Brilliance ink. I then took some Pink Pirouette cardstock, and cut that to 3 1/2 inches by 4 3/4 inches, rounding the corners.  I took Pink Pirouette ink, and stamped Antique Lettering  on the Pink Pirouette cardstock.  I went and stamped just the butterfly again in Close to Cocoa ink on Pink Pirouette cardstock, and cut it out.  I used a small SU stamp for the sentiment (stamped in Close to Cocoa ink), and foam mounted the butterfly over top of the butterfly on the Pink Pirouette cardstock.  To finish off the card, I made the foam mounted butterfly's wings bend just a bit, and added 4 pink gems to the wings.

I hope you've enjoyed looking at the cards Mary Dawn and I have done in the last 7 weeks.   This was a really, really fun challenge to do :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Kraft, Red and Black Challenge!!

On October 7th, I hosted a challenge on the Hero Arts Flickr group.  It was a 1.5 hour challenge, and my theme was Kraft, Red and Black.  the above card is the card that I had ready for the challenge.  I used a FREE digi stamp from Hero Arts.... I got it from the Holiday Thinking Inking  week 1 HERE.  I printed the deer out on Kraft cardstock, and stamped the middle of the deer with a Hero Arts stamp from Holiday Postale set. I had stamped the background with the Happy Holidays stamp (maker unknown) and embossed in red glitter EP on black cardstock, cut to be a bit smaller than the base red cardstock.  I took a 1 inch piece of kraft cardstock, cut to the width of the card.  I used two 1/4 lengths of sookwang tape (you could use one 1/2 inch piece) and carefully taped it to the cardstock.  I then used Fire Red Glitter Ritz glitter and did the Burnished Velvet Technique.  Once the glitter was done, I taped it to the  layered cardstock.  I used Christmas Red Stickles to colour the dots and the nose.  Once the glue was dry, I used foam tape to mount the reindeer to the card.

Just because I am  loving a challenge these days, I also did a card in the 1.5 hour challenge.  This is the card I did

For this card,  I stamped the Hero Arts stamp Friend Definition in black on kraft cardstock.  I then cut 2 2.25 inch square pieces of red cardstock.  I then also cut 2 2 inch pieces of kraft cardstock. On the Kraft cardstock, I stamped the tree and falling leaves in red ink. I stamped the owl and the "Hi" in black ink All the stamps on the squares are from the Hero Arts set "Love That" Sparkle Clear set.. I mounted the kraft stamped squares onto the red squares. I then kitty cornered the red squares on to the Stamped kraft base cardstock.  I added three gems to the top square.  To finish off the card, I added some red ribbon to the side of the card.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Hero Arts Pairing Challenge Week 6 - Colouring

I  totally forgot to post last week's challenge card, which was to use a non traditional stamp for a Christmas card. This week's challenge is to have colouring on a card.. The card above satisfies both challenges.  I used the bird from Hero Arts Happy Hello set, and I coloured it in with turquoise and blue dye markers.  I trimmed the image closely.  I used a Martha Stewart punch to punch out three vellum snowflakes, which I adhered to gold notecard with tiny glue dots.  I used foam tape to mount the bird over the snowflakes.  I used a Palette ink to stamp "Happy Holidays" (Hero Arts) in the bottom right corner.

I am having a lot of fun with these challenges... next week is the last week for Mary Dawn and I to do a challenge.  You can check out Mary Dawn's blog HERE.    Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Penny Black Giveaway!!!

Kathy is kind enough to do a giveaway of some gorgeous Penny Black stamps!!! ( you can see them on the right).  to enter into the draw, click on the title of the post, and it will take you to Kathy's page, with instructions on how to enter.  And who can resist entering to win free stuff!?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

My First Card and My Newest Card

Anita from the Hero Art Flickr group has a blog challenge for us.. a blog hop of sorts.. it was to do our first card, and a card we made on World Card Making Day.  Well, the top card is a card I did for my daughter about 11 years ago.. I used Crayola markers to make the card, on text weight paper.... my how times have changed.  The bottom two cards are cards that I did using my favourite colours, pink, turquoise and brown.  All the stamps on the bottom two cards are Hero Arts ( Antique Letter Writing, Floating Garden, Birthday Greetings).  I had much fun with these cards.

The Butterfly card was an attempt at a CAS card, then I realized the stamp itself isn't CAS.  I the Antique Letter Writing stamp was done in Broken China on Pink Pirouette card stock.  I stamped the big butterfly again on PP cardstock in Broken China and cut it out, added some pearls to the wings, and foam mounted it over the original butterfly.

The bottom card has a Pink Pirouette base, with a Martha Stewart doily punch done on the open side.  Underneath that, there is a layer of dark brown paper, also done in the doily punch. The third layer is PP cardstock, with the doily punch on the edge. I used PP cardstock to stamp the Floating Garden on in Chocolate Chip ink (SU),  I foam mounted that over the layers of cardstock.  I stamped the Happy  Birthday in Chocolate Chip ink on Pink Pirouette cardstock, rounded the corners, and foam mounted that on the bottom of the card.

I also made 12 Christmas cards and a just a Note card, which I have already blogged about.  Thanks for looking!!

Caardvarks CAS Card 03

This is another World Card Making Day card.  It's another CAS Card.  This time, I did a "Just a Note" card.  I used a Magenta/ Crafty Individuals poppy,  stamped in Onyx Black on white cardstock, coloured with dye markers, and mounted on black handmade paper.  This was placed on the left hand side of the card.... the white base card stock is cut 4.25 x 11, and it opens to the side.  I used a Hero Arts stamp for the "Just A Note" stamped three time in red marker.

Cardvaarks CAS Card 02

This is another Christmas card I did for World Card Making Day 2010.  I did another CAS card (Clean and Simple).  All stamps are Hero Arts.  I stamped the Peace stamp three times on white cardstock and cut closely to the edges.  I foam mounted them, spaced evenly, on a metallic blue note card ( from the dollar store).  I used Blazing Red Staz On ink all stamping.  I used a "Peace Love Joy" stamp onthe bottom of the note card. 

Cardvaarks CAS Card 01

This is a card I did for World Card Making Day yesterday.  I used some dollar store note cards to do this card.  I used a Recollections Santa stamp for the image, stamped on white cardstock and mounted on the red note card.  I used a Hero Arts stamp to stamp "Merry Christmas" three times on the right hand side in Jet Black Staz On in. It is a card for the Cardcvaarks CAS challenge.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Hero Arts Pairing Week 4 - Masculine card

my second most hated cards to make, after sympathy cards, are masculine cards.  As much as I'd like to say I like to make masculine cards, the men in my life all have very different interests, so it makes buying stamps and paper for them that much more difficult.  Thankfully, there's lots of friends all over the world who I can trade images with, so it's not quite so hard to get an image or two for the guys.  This weeks pairing challenge with Mary Dawn, we were to make a masculine card.  I have kept it simple, but I love it.  I started with Gamma Green Brilliance ink, and stamped the Watercolor Petal fern randomly on kraft card stock.  I then took  Cosmic Copper Brilliance ink, and stamped the leaf from Watercolor Petals randomly.  Lastly, I took Coffee Bean Brilliance ink and stamped the leaf from the flower Antique Engravings set randomly over the kraft card stock.  I then took the coffee bean ink again, and stamped the same leaf on copper paper, and cut it out.  On pale orange paper, I took the coffee bean ink and stamped "Best Wishes" from Essential Messages. I rounded the corners on the right side.  Once the orange paper was layered on to the card, I foam mounted the copper leaf to the left of the sentiment.  Not bad for a lady who doesn't have a lot of masculine stamps.