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:

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Silver and Purple Wedding Mini Album

I went to a wedding this July. It was planned a long time ago. It seemed like we had forever to plan for it. It's amazing how time gets away from us! I started this wedding scrapbook mini album in April and finished it the day before the wedding in mid-July. LOVE how it turned out!

I sunk much of the time into coming up with the design. It uses my ribbon-slide binding, but I've modified it for stability so that the ribbon doesn't scrunch up. The wedding colours were silver and purple. The large flower on the cover came purple but all the rest were white and I coloured them with my Copic markers. I put two tones of glitter grey gears in there for a masculine touch.
This "mini" album is not very mini. The pages are 9 x 7 inches so that the couple can fit 4 x 6 photos in portrait or landscape orientation. The pages will fit 5 x 7 inch photos in portrait but landscape will only fit on the photo mat pullouts in each page and on the inside of the front and back covers.

Each page has a pocket flap (with a Kraft Tex hinge) and an inside pocket.

When you open the flap, there's an inside pocket with a large photo mat.

There's a total of 5 pages. If only 1 photo goes on each page (since you can fit two 4 x 6 photos in landscape on some), the album holds 37, 4 x 6 photos.

I did a lot of stamping, die cutting and heat embossing on this album. I wasn't there for the gift opening, so I hope the groom and bride really liked it. I included some "his and hers" tags in hopes that they would both capture some memories together in it. The couple waited a very long time to find this happiness, so it was a very special wedding.

The album looks much better in real life, but the closest I can get you to it is a video walk-through! Hop over to my Vimeo channel to see this wedding scrapbook mini album in action!