November 6, 2009

october baby..

Happy Friday!
Thank goodness the weekend is upon us! I could definitely use a rest and some time in the studio! Here's another birthday card made for my bestie girlfriend, C, in Ottawa. How I miss her!Every year that passes reminds me just how great of a friend she is. No matter the distance or the days we don't speak to each other, we can pick right up where we left off and it's like no time has passed. Hopefully in the new year we can meet up and create some more precious memories. If you have a friend like my C, treasure them! They don't come along often, hang on to them!

For this card I decided to keep it very simple chic.. Wanted that soft, feminine feeling. I used my new fave stamp from Papertrey Ink. It's part of the Giga Guide Lines set...(why haven't I gotten the original set yet, is beyond me) I'm in LOVE with this set. Especially this one stamp.. it's so versatile. You will see it pop up quite a few times in the next few posts I assure you! All things PTI on this card... cardstock is that gorgeous Kraft which is another obsession. Stamps, ink, everything but the lace trim and the *bling*.

Yet another birthday card.. I'm beginning to like the various ways I can incorporate any image into a fantastic card..

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a relaxing weekend. I know I will.

October 11, 2009

it's the most wonderful time of the year....

Ok, so it's a little cliche but what can you do? It goes well with my post today. I got in some Papertrey goodies last week (YAY) and have been creating to my hearts content. I just love the new Vintage Labels and all the little accent stamps that goes with them. I loved Dawn's card and layout, so I decided to do my own spin on it:

I just love the Textstyle background stamped on the Ripe Avacado cardstock. I actually used a bright lime green ink, and it blended perfectly for a soft effect. I used Cranberry ink on the red crdstock and embossed it using clear detail embossing powder from Stampendous. That great looking label, is from the Vintage Label set. I simply cut them out by hand since I don't have Spellbinders dies. If you ask me it looks just fine! I added some gemstone embellishments to make that label *pop*

Here's a close up of the embossed image.(sorry bout the quality of the photo...I was in a rush to get these photographed and sent out) It just gives it that extra special touch..
I have a few more sets of Christmas cards to work on, so this is the first of a few Christmas posts.
Hope this gets you in the mood to create some Christmas cards!
Thanks for stopping by!

October 1, 2009

dream a little dream...

Happy World Card Making day from a grey, drizzly day here in BC...Fall is upon us, and so is the rainy season. I'm sure the pumpkins in the fields are drinking in the rain, but I'd rather see Mr. Sunshine! Since it's such a grey day, I thought I'd share something that makes me cheery. It's one of my latest creative 'experiments'. I've been playing around with some new techniques (and getting acquainted with the old Singer sewing machine) to add dimension to my projects. I'm quite happy with the way this one turned out, but I think there's still room for always. Creating is a process for me. I learn what does and doesn't work..its all about the journey.

I mixed up some patterned paper with some tea-stained sheet music. I used some Prima papers(how I love those) from the Nursery Tales line, fought with the sewing machine and stitched them all together before adding them to the cream cardstock. That lovely blue, distressed embellishment and key are grungeboard...they are virtually indistructable and oh, how I adore them. I decided that the key looked pretty lonely by itself so I added it to a soft cream felt background and use the old pinking shears for some pizzaz.

I hope where ever you are the sun is shining. I'm off to enjoy what I can out of this grey day. Maybe pick up a good book and get cozy. We'll see..
Have a great day! Create a card for WCMD!! Create..dream..explore!

September 16, 2009

sweet shabby chic

A big HELLO to all:)

It certainly has been a long while since I last posted hasn't it. I've been so busy with work, school and general life...I promise to have some up to date posts coming up. I've been busy creating. Got some new Tim Holtz goodies, and have some PTI and Basic Grey goodies coming my way in the mail..Oh boy. Be still my heart... the creating that is to come *drool*
Here's a sweet card I have been playing around with. A pretty in pink birthday card...

Prima papers, grungeboard cutouts( my new favourite embellishments.. you can do pretty much anything to them..paint, stamp, emboss, distress... limitless ideas) ribbon and half pearls..

I painted the cutouts and distressed them so they didnt look so 'new'.. I wanted a more aged look and feel for the card.. Distress ink around the edges.. don't you just love it..

Well that's all I have for today.. needed a bit of cheer after this rainy, grey day. I'll be back soon with more posts. Thanks for stopping by!

August 16, 2009

birthday bling....

Happy Monday!!
Wow, it's been a little while hasn't it? I thought I would share my newest creation with you. I'm over the moon on how it turned out. Makes me smile just looking at it. It was hard to part with this one.. I wanted to keep it for myself, but I know it's gone to a good home! And that, my friends, is all that matters :)
Here's a pic of the inspiration for the cake card. Don't you just LOVE the colours??I tried to capture those delish colours by using PTI's Raspberry Fizz, Recollections Soda Pop Orange and Polka Dot green papers (where I got the last one is beyond me.. if only I could remember!)

Ahh. I just love it. It came together pretty quickly once I got going. For a card made in about 2 hours (it's all about the detail work for me) I think its fab.

This was actually for a 15 year old girlie. I hope she likes it as much as I do. I tried to make it look like those fancy cakes you see on tv. All I did for the diamond check pattern was cut out a strip of paper on my mini guillotine and slice into squares. Then on each intersection I placed my newest favourite embellishment half pearls.(So cheap and make such an impact. I picked mine up at my local dollar store..bling doesn't have to be expensive! LOL)

For the top of the cake, and the candles I took a different approach. I could have made the candle have flames, but everyone does that. I looked around and realized I had the perfect sized stamp from PTI... so using Versamark I stamped 'wish' then heat embossed it with detail clear embossing powder. I love the effect. Using bead wire I twirled some spirals, added a punched mini-star and VOILA.. instant effects!

Using my Marvy punch I punched out these circles then edged them with green ink.. just to give it a more polished, finished look to the circles. Then came the glitz with faux diamonds. (What girl can say no to a little diamond bling??? I certainly can not!!)
This card hinges on the top. Using white card stock I drew out the basic shape, then I cut everything out and then put the backing on it.
I'm definitely going to try this type of card again... it's too much fun to make
Hope your week has started off as well as mine has!
Have a great week, check back for some more cards:)

July 28, 2009

in a christmas type of mood..

Yes, you read right.. I said it.. for me it's all about getting down to business and working on my Christmas card orders.. but, for now here's a little baby I am {still} working on.. And when I say working on I mean, the actual card is done, but the sentiment escapes me.

Ahh, my favourite embellishment yet again.. this time I made it out of heavier card stock (a la Papertrey Ink) and it seems to be holding up pretty well.

This *should* be the last one of these for awhile.. just had to get them out of my system, but they are SUPER easy to make and just look darling(if you ask for my humble opinion) The 'bloom' sentiment is from Inkadinkado. I edged the square with PTI's vintage touch tea dye in chamomile.
Here's the finished product. The sentiment will go in the lower right hand corner.. I used Upsy Daisy's new line 'A Walk in the Park' and took my colours from there.
I'll update with a new pic once I decide on the sentiment.
Thanks for dropping by!

June 29, 2009

Surf's Up!!

I made these two cuties for my dad, for Fathers day. I figured why do the usual boring, run-of-the -mill dad's day cards?I don't often make shaped cards, but I'm thinking of getting into more of them. They are too much fun!I have to admit, I borrowed the pattern for the hibiscus flowers from a painting my sister did.

Here's a close up of the flowers. I edged them with ink and then used a q-tip to smudge the inside of the flower.. and I used some super small clear beads for the tips of the flower. I think they both turned out pretty cool.

Hope y'all are having a great summer.. try and get out and hit the waves dudes!

Thanks for stoppin' by!

June 14, 2009

Hey Cupcake!

I've got to admit, cupcakes are up there on my list of favourite things. I love to create them, eat them, gaze upon them.. they are just darling! So it makes sense that my signature birthday cards contain my favourite thing... this one brings a smile to my face, as I hope it will to yours..

I have just discovered Upsy Daisy papers. You can find them >HERE<. I just LOVE them. I used their "mango sorbet" for the background since it was so bright and cheerful, and took colours from it to work with.. Again, trying my hand at stamping, still figuring out what works and what doesn't. Its all bout the journey and the discoveries along the way.

Here's a close up of the cupcake.. all my own designs. I just love to create 3-D images. If you zoom in you can see that the cupcake cup lines are raised..all of the lines fold around to the back and are hidden away out of sight. A lot more work than just glueing them down, but the overall effect is worth all the hard work..

Thanks for poppin' by!

June 2, 2009

Hello Sunshine!

Ahh. Don't you just love summer? We're into the second day of June and it's finally beautiful, sunny and warm. It's about time if you ask me. With all this gorgeous weather outside, it's hard to concentrate on doing any work! Especially school work, let alone my favourite work..CREATING. Have a few posts today for you! How exciting!

First up: A congrats card for my best friend Chels! I had just gotten a new Prima pack of papers, their Fairy Tales line... (I can't think of the correct name at the time, but I'll have to look it up for you.)

I'm still attempting stamping.. this time i used a 'dream' and 'congrats' stamp from Inkadinkado's "Clear Frames" stamp set. I stamped it in Smoke Blue to match the background paper, and then inked over in white, which isn't too visible but if you tilt it in the light it shows up. I think it was a cool effect..
The polka dots ( I just LOVE polka dots these days...) strip is raised with dimensionals..
Since she likes ladybugs, I used these cutout leftovers instead of the cutouts themselves.. this way the sentiments can be seen still!I loved the overall effect!

For all you Die cut machine loving people(myself included) save the leftover cutouts.. you can use them in SO many different ways...

Thanks for checking out my post for today!

May 3, 2009

Sweet Desserts..

Another line I came up with I called 'Sweet Desserts', using part of the cupcake stencil. I love simple, fun designs. These babies were a little more time consuming. I tried coming up with the perfect 3D effect and feel I've achieved it..What do you think?Yes, those are woven strips of paper...yes it took awhile to figure out. But I think it gives the feel of a waffle cone that you'd get at the icecream shop!
Here's a close up of the icecream top and the waffle cone... Makes you just want to take a bite.. The cherry stem is made of bead wire.. hand twisted and shaped... again, all the spangles placed by hand...but in the end its worth it..
Again, trying to capture the dimesions of it all...

Sunshine and Sundays...

What a wonderfully sunny day we are having today! While I'd rather be out gardening, I decided to spend a few moments updating the blog and putting some of my previous cards up.My journey into card making all started by making cards for family birthdays. This past year I have been able to share my creations with more and more people, and even started an Etsy store, just for fun.. So I have decided to share with you some of my favourites from the past year and would like to thank all of you who have supported me on this endeavor. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

My first design was a birthday cupcake.. and is still my favourite card to make. They were so much fun to design and embellish...just an over all happy feeling, making and receiving!
Each of the spangles(along the cupcake edge) we meticulously placed by hand, the stripes on the cupcake holder are stuck at the top and bottom, and add to the 3D effect I was after. Every cupcake has 3 colour coordinated hearts on them.. a signature of sorts. As well as the 3 spangles around the cherry on top! I got the background paper in a pack and aptly named this collection Candyshop..

Here a pic of all 4 colours together! And of course the sentiment can be customized for each occasion..

I tried to capture the 3D effect on camera.. however I'm not the best photographer... As you can see the stripes on the cupcake holder curve and give it more dimension. I just love these happy cards.. they are just "sweet".

April 26, 2009

My first post!

This is my first post on my blog. I've set this up to follow my journey into card making... my new obsession! I've made cards for family and friends in the past, but only recently decided to pursue it as a business-of sorts- Anything you see here in my posts *should* be available in my etsy store and if it's not feel free to leave me a message.
Basically this is a behind the scenes look into the details and work that go into my creations..I love adding details to my cards.. which are my own designs and made with my own stencils. With each card that gets created I learn what works, and what doesn't and improve along the way. I love to share my creations with family and friends. I don't claim to be a great photographer, but hope my pictures capture the magic of the cards.
Stay tuned for more posts.
Thanks for stopping by for a read