Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Oh Christmas Tree

Hi there, and welcome to June! My header for June took a while to catch, but finally one of my little bees posed by the Catmint out in the yard as it collected nectar.

Today, I have my June card for the Design Team of Christmas Craft Creations and this month we were asked to feature Christmas 
Three 2 1/2" strips of Tear-ific Tape were stuck down to green cardstock. Two of the slimmer tree were die cut and one of the fuller tree from the Sizzix Woodlands die.

I then taped a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Super Adhesive Sheet to a piece of white cardstock and then took off the protective backing.

I placed the bigger tree in the middle of the sticky rectangle and then applied Sparkling Snow glitter to the rest of the sticky surface.

The protective backing was then peeled off the tree and the two slimmer trees were placed to the sides of the larger tree. This left some of the tree on the side "floating", giving a little dimension. Misty Isles glitter was then applied to the sticky surfaces of the three trees.

I die cut the panel with the Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders, keeping the sides of the trees above the die, so they wouldn't get cut off.

I die cut the sentiment from green cardstock using the Tonic Oh Christmas Tree die and cut it out.

A piece of mounting tape was stuck to the back of the "sentiment" and Sparkling Snow glitter was applied through to the sticky surface.

The tree panel and the sentiment were mounted on to a lighter green cardstock. This was then attached to a white card base and a piece of light green organdy ribbon was tied around the side to finish off my card. Below you can see all the sparkle!

Here is a list of the products that I used in my card today:

Sizzix Woodlands (660978) 
Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders 
Tonic Oh Christmas Tree
Super Adhesive Sheet
2 ½ “ Tear-ific Tape
Misty Isles Glitter
Sparkling Snow
Mounting Tape
Organdy Ribbon

I hope this has inspired you to play along with the June theme of Christmas Trees in the Christmas Craft Creations Challenge. Pop on over and see the other inspiration from the Design Team.

Take care and till next time - stay safe,


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Holly Season's Greetings

Hi there and welcome to May! I've been missing for a while, between the kitchen renovations, and then battling with families of raccoons up above the garage, where I normally stamp! So, needless to say, I've not been doing much of anything up there! We caught another two on Friday night in have-a-heart traps, but there are probably more to be caught!  The pest control ran out of traps!!

Thankfully the weather has started to get really nice, tonight is the last of the frost warnings and I am looking forward to planting my annuals on Thursday!! In the meantime, my perennials have been keeping me amused. Columbine, such a dainty and beautiful plant is my header for May.

Anyway, on to my card today, which is for the Christmas Craft Creations Design Team.  

This month the theme is:

Of course, I couldn't make up my mind what die to use, so I ended up using 4!

I began with die cutting the Tutti Holly Panel from green cardstock.

Sticker paper was attached to the back of the panel and then I added Cherry Sparkle flocking.

Then I stuck a piece of 2 1/2" Terrific-Tape down on white cardstock and cut it out with the Spellbinders Mega Oval Large die.

The Winterland Holly was cut from the same green cardstock.

The Tonic Season's Greetings sentiment was then cut from red cardstock and both of the dies were arranged on top of the sticky oval.

The remaining sticky surface was then applied with Snow White Flocking.

The front panel was taped to a red card base and then the sentiment was added with mounting tape. A few self-adhesive rhinestones were added for the holly berries.

Below you can see the dimension and fuzziness of the flocking a bit better!

Here is a list of what I used on my card today:

Cottage Cutz Winterland Holly
Tutti Designs Holly Panel
Tonic Season’s Greetings
Spellbinders Mega Oval Large
Sticker Paper
2 ½” Tear-ific Tape
Cherry Sparkle Flocking
Snow White Flocking
Self Adhesive red rhinestones

I hope you've enjoyed my share today?

Please leave a comment and then head on over to the Christmas Craft Creations blog where you can see all the other Designer's creations and then upload yours to the link. All you need to do is use a die cut!! How easy is that?

I'd like to join in the following challenges:

The Holly & the Ivy Challenge #71: Anything Goes
Unicorn Challenge Blog #54: Use Dies
MLCCB #22: Anything Goes
CHNC Challenge Blog #489: Include a tree (Holly)
Crimbo Crackers Challenge #210: Use a Die Cut
Fezziwigs says anything festive goes Challenge #10

Stay safe everyone!


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Oh Christmas Tree!

Hi there, Spring has definitely arrived here as per my header for April! One of the pretty daffodils in my yard right now.

Welcome to my first card for the Christmas Craft Creations Design Team. This used to be the old Christmas at Sweet Stampin'. We will be doing the same thing, creating all types of Christmas projects, with a different monthly theme/twist. We hope you will play along in our new challenge. For April, we would like you to "Use a Stamp"!

I chose to use some plaid on my project today, so I combined two sets, the Stamping Up Perfectly Plaid and Concord & 9th Plaid Background.

I began with stamping the plaid background on red cardstock with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink, using my stamp platform so that I would get a nice crisp impression.

I then stamped the plaid tree with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink, which was then heat embossed with Sparkle.

Two more trees were stamped with Versafine Clair Morning Mist. The three trees were then cut using the matching tree punch from Stampin' Up.

The Tonic Oh Christmas Tree Sentiment die was used for the frame. 

I then die cut a piece of light green cardstock using the two outline dies used in making the frame.

The red frame was glued to the green frame with Scraperfect Best Glue Ever.

The plaid background was laid in the center of the darker green layer. The light green frame was then positioned on top. The two plain trees were taped in place and then the sparkly tree was mounted on foam. The red frame was then mounted also with foam tape.

After the front panel was layered to a red card base, I finished off my card today with a green organdy bow.

Below is a list of the products that I used today:

Concord & 9th Plaid Background 

Stampin’ Up Perfectly Plaid

Tonic Oh Christmas Tree Sentiment Die Set

Stampin’ Up Christmas Tree punch

Versafine Clair Nocturne
Versafine Clair Morning Mist
Sparkle embossing powder
Scraperfect Best Glue Ever
Mounting Tape
Green Organdy Ribbon

I hope you will take a look at what the rest of my teamies have done for the Christmas Craft Creations debut! Lots of creative ideas!! We hope that you will play along with us in the April Challenge - all you have to do is use a stamp!

Stay well!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Happy Deer Holidays!

Hi there, 

Today I am sharing my last card for Dies R Us, at least for a little while. I had fun creating a little Holiday scene with three dies that can be found over at Dies R Us. This is what I came up with:

This was so much fun to create. I picked out the dies I was going to use - and of course, the card evolved into something a little different from what I had originally had in mind! Here are the three dies I started with:

I started die cutting the birch trees and sponged on a little Memento Peanut Brittle.

For the deer trio I added a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet to a piece of beige cardstock and ran it through my die cutting machine.

The protective backing was taken off the deer and Buff Flocking was applied to the sticky surfaces, to produce three cute little fuzzy deer!

The cardinals were cut out of red cardstock.

The deer antlers were sponged over the Buff flocking with Memento Rich Cocoa. 

Each of the deer and the cardinals were given eyes and the deer also got noses using a Copic Black marker.

I then sponged a piece of white cardstock with a jumbo dauber and some Distress Oxide Broken China. This was then spritzed with water using a mister.

I then started putting the scene together. I put a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet on to a piece of white cardstock and ripped it diagonally. The first piece was stuck down near the bottom of the background. I then tucked the male deer behind that and removed the backing of the tape. The tree on the left was attached to the base. Another piece of the taped cardstock was ripped and applied on top of the first. The protective backing was removed from that piece and then the three tree other trunks with the little deer and doe were then stuck down. A third "snowbank" was adhered covering the bases of the trees and deer legs. Here you can see the layers:

After removing the third backing, Twinkling Clouds Flocking was then added to the sticky surfaces. 

I sprayed the back of the tops of the trees and stag with Pixie Spray. These were then stuck down to the background.

An older Stampin' Up sentiment from Vertical Greetings set was stamped in Versafine Clair Tulip Red and this was then heat embossed with Clear Detail. The cardinals were then added to the branches with Scraperfect Best Glue Ever.

I made a frame using the negative part of the largest Tutti Cross Stitched Frame. A little red bow was added around the top right corner and then mounting foam was added around the frame.

This was then layered over the scene and then the entire piece was taped on to the white card base with the sentiment. I added another little cardinal to the bottom of the sentiment to finish it off!

The following are the products that I used for my card today.

Vertical Greetings (Stampin’ Up)
Pixie Spray
Super Adhesive Sheets
Twinkling Snow Flocking (FL207)
Buff Flocking (FL109)
Clear Detail (EP280)
Memento Peanut Brittle
Memento Rich Cocoa
Jumbo Dauber
Mist Sprayer
Black Copic 100 marker
Red Organdy Ribbon
Foam Tape

Hope you've enjoyed my share today!

I'd like to join in the following challenges with my card today:
Crimbo Crackers Challenge #207: Animals
The Holly and the Ivy Challenge #68: Anything Goes
MLCCB#20: Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers March: Anything Goes with Dies

Friday, March 20, 2020

Father's Day Fishing Buddies

Hi there, 

Today I'd like to share a fairly simple Father's Day card with you which I made for the Dies R Us Team using the Tutti Designs Fishing Buddies die

I began by making my watery background paper. I brayered Kaleidacolor Creole Spice Ink onto glossy white cardstock.

After I had a god bit of ink on the card, I spritzed with water and brayered again, which gave a watery puddly look to the paper, which I liked. I picked up the really wet edge with a paper towel and allowed the piece to dry.

Meanwhile I cut out my die from heavy black cardstock. 

I used a scrap of gray down the middle of the die to catch the highlights. 

I put little bits of double sided tape to the back of the die cut and inserted the little grey pieces in their appropriate places. Scraperfect Best Glue Ever was then used to stick the die cut on top of the background piece. I then cut a piece of 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" piece of glossy cardstock and cut out the die again. This gave me a perfect sized frame to fit around the die cut.  

The sentiment (from an old Sparkle N' Sprinkle stamp set Fishing with Dad) was stamped using the Stamp positioner and the Same Kaleidacolor ink pad. The two pieces were then taped together to finish off the card. I thought I had a Father's Day die, which I had intended cutting out from the bottom of the card front, putting the excess piece of background behind it. However, I don't appear to have such a die, so I ended up having to stamp it!

Here are the products I used in my card today:

SNS Fishin’ with Dad Set 501
Kaleidacolor Creole Spice Ink
Water Mister

Hope you've enjoyed my share today!