Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Autumn Leaves

I seem to be having a love affair with wafer thin dies of late. One of my newer acquisitions is the Impression Obsession "Leaves" die set that I bought at Simon Says Stamp. It just so happens that the Simon Says Stamp Challenge this week is Autumn Leaves. Here is my submission:

My card base is made from Stampin' Up Confetti White. I cut a rectangle of Sand heavy weight cardstock from Ecstacy Crafts and mounted a triangle of K & Company pattern paper on the lower half to form a diagonal line on which to arrange the die-cut leaves. All of the leaves shown were cut with the one set of dies from Impression Obsession using a variety of colours of Stampin' Up cardstock. I really think this set is a great buy! I mounted the card front onto the base and as a finishing touch I added a double bow created from coloured jute cord.

Until next time,

Cute and Cuddly

The theme of this week's DP2 Challenge is to make a card with a Cute and Cuddly Mo's image. Here's my interpretation of the theme:

The image is Mo Manning's "Santa Cat" - isn't he incredibly cute and cuddly? I coloured the image with Copic markers and add a few touches of Glossy Accents on the eyes and Christmas lights. As a finishing touch, I cut out a tiny holly sprig from the BoBunny Mistletoe paper that I used on the card and coated the leaves with Glossy Accents. For a little bit of bling, I added 3 red gems as holly berries.

Now, all I have to do is decide to which special friend I should send this adorable card.

Until next time,

Friday, 26 October 2012

Hallowe'en is Coming Fast

Although I've never been particularly fond of Hallowe'en, I must admit that I thoroughly enjoy making Hallowe'en cards. I've recently made a series of Hallowe'en cards that I would like to share with you. The first two cards were made with digital images from Mo Manning. The first one was coloured with Copic markers , while the second one was coloured with Prismacolor Premier pencils.

I absolutely love the way the witch turned out! I may be a bit crazy, but I love "fussy cutting", so it was lots of fun for me to cut out and 3D mount her on this beautiful background that I printed out from a digital file from 2 Peas in a Bucket. For a little more pizzazz, I added just the tiniest bit of glitter to some of the stars. I didn't want the background to overpower the focal point of the card.

The other two cards are "spinner" cards. When tipped sideways, the spider on each card spins along the track of the slot on the front of the card from one side to the other. I love making this kind of interactive card for kids. They are just so much fun to play with . . . . . even as an adult!

Hope you all have a frightfully wonderful Hallowe'en!

Until next time,

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Lotsa Layers

My sister-in-law is cat crazy. She has two absolutely gorgeous Ragdoll cats and her house is full of all sorts of cat paraphernalia. For her birthday, I decided to make a special card featuring her cute kitties. The Simon Says Stamp Challenge is to use dies and/or punches to create a card. I used lots of different dies to make this card.

I started with a soft brown coloured cardstock and created a brick wall background using small rectangles cut from a mottled reddish piece of pattern paper. Next, I die cut a small Madison window, a pair of shutters, and a window box using Memory Box wafer thin dies and SSS 120 lb white cardstock. I mounted a piece of clear acetate to the inside of the frame to simulate glass, then I added a picture of the two cats that I cut out of a photo that I re-sized on my computer and ran off on my printer. I printed an image of a living room setting as a backdrop which I mounted behind the window using dimensional adhesive to give the illusion of depth to the room. I cut a rectangle from the brick wall background to fit the window and compensate for the extra depth of the two layers of dimensional squares. I added grass using a Die-namics die called Fresh Cut Grass, and a small tree using Memory Box's Leafy Branch that I cut from Solar White Neenah cardstock and coloured with my Copic markers. I built up layers of flowers and foliage using the following Memory Box dies: Fancy Blossoms, Tiny Tendril, Flower Mound, and Meadow Leaf. I mounted the completed window box to the background with more dimensional adhesive and then mounted the completed card front to a kraft card base. I was really pleased with the completed project.

Until next time,