Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Ornament for my Husky

This was the handmade gift I made this year: an ornament for our husky. While it's not her first Christmas by any stretch, it's her first with us. I used my Accucut Craft snowflake builder die set to cut the felt and gold snowflakes. Then I used my new Echo Park detailed snowflake.

I used a banner from the matching dies to a CTMH stamp set. It's attached to an animal but I just cut the banner part out and wrote on it myself. For Shadow, I used my Your Next Stamp fox stamp to colour it like our husky, complete with her dual coloured nose.

I received some wonderful handmade cards this Christmas too. (More on those later.) We had a nice time with family today. I hope everyone spent their day with good people and warm moments.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Santa is coming...

It's time to start working on those holiday cards! I need about 30 for the holidays but I tend to end up with between 5 and 8 by this time of year. So, it's time to hunker down and start making the rest! My last workshop of the year is always a holiday season kick off workshop! We will be making 3 holiday cards and here's one:

I used three different tree stamps. The Santa and reindeer sleigh stamp is from (correction:) Hot Off the Press. It's from a wonderful set full of houses to make a whole village scene. I also used my brand new sentiment stamp from Close to My Heart.

I got this idea from a Stampscapes video. It's a fairly easy card to make many of!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Balloon Animals Birthday Card

I have now made all 4 sizes of birthday box cards that I would use: 4.25 x 5 inches in both vertical and horizontal and 5 x 7 inches in both vertical and horizontal.

I've awed over lots of cards that are vertical that are just over-flowing with all kinds of lovely and fun stuff. I guess I'm just not a big embellisher. Mine never seem to come out so full looking. This is as much as I could stuff in the card and still get my fingers in there to place them!

I used my CTMH balloon animal stamp set. I've gotten pretty good use out of this set since buying it. The animals are quite fun to work with! The sentiment is a different CTMH set. I also made some presents to tuck in here with scrap rectangles and one bit of a border punch that I think looks like a poofy bow.
I used my MISTI to stamp these images because they are solid. I wanted to make sure I got full impressions! The patterned paper I chose actually has a lovely bit of clear sheen over the spots. I thought it looked like party confetti.

Of all the 3D shaped cards I've made, I think these box cards are my favourite with the step cards as a close second. It's really neat how this card easily folds flat for mailing.

I must say, I prefer the horizontal cards. There's more room to work with inside and there's a better space on the back to put your sentiment. Next on my bucket list of 3D cards to try will be a shadow box card!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Husky Treat Bags

When I make a batch of dog cookies for our Husky, I always get more than I think I will use in the two weeks they are good for. (She could eat them all but she shouldn't!) So, I give some away to my fellow doggie parents at work and at my husband's work. I was really enthusiastic the first time and made these baggies.

I used a tutorial from Pootles for the treat bag. It's actually quite a decent size. It looks so good when made out of patterned paper!

I used the fox from Your Next Stamp's Woodland Cuties stamp set (with matching dies) and coloured it like my Husky. (I am going to get SO much use of out this image!)

I was pretty pleased with it. It holds 5 to 10 cookies. I made the cookies with a dog bone cookie cutter but we always break it into smaller pieces when we give her some as treats. I'm thinking that the next time I make these cookies, I will just cut the dough up into little, bite size squares. (I keep looking for a mini heart-shaped cookie cutter, but I can never find little ones.)

How did I do colouring Shadow? Here is my muse: