Thursday, December 20, 2012

Best Wishes Christmas Card


This is my last Christmas card for the year.  Another of my easy cards that I'm so fond of.


I started with a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I folded it in half with the fold on the side.


The two images were placed on the card with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  The two images are from Stamp-It Australia.  The Holiday collection to be exact.  I used the Best Wishes Script stamp and the Tree Whirl stamp.

I put the stamped card on a piece of scrap paper.  I used a stipple brush and a Faded Jeans Distress Ink Pad.  I pounced the brush up and down onto the ink pad to load it with ink.  I then pounced it on the scrap paper to get some of the ink off of the brush bristles.  


I then pounced lightly on top of the words on the card.  I wanted it to be a pale blue.  I repeated the steps.  Pounce on the ink pad, pounce off some of the ink, pounce on the card. 


I then brushed lightly back and forth over the words.  I swirled the brush over the snow swirl under the words too.


I switched to my green stipple brush.  No - the brush itself isn't green.  I have several stipple brushes.  I have one stipple brush for these color groups:  reds, blues, yellows, greens, oranges, purples, browns, and black.  This way, I find that it doesn't really matter which color of blue I'm using, I can use the one brush.  But if I were to use the brush first in yellow ink and then in blue ink, I get green color stippling first.  Now, back to green.  I used a Evergreen Bough Distress Ink pad.  I followed the steps as described above and colored in the pine trees in the image.


After I'd colored the main part of the card, I added more blue color on the sides and corners.  Please refer to the completed card at the top for the amount of extra color added around the card.


The last thing I did for this card was to add Crystal Stickles to the snow swirls.  The shimmer can be seen in the completed card.

The longest thing for this card is the drying time of the Stickles.  If push comes to shove, you could use glitter pens, or metallic pens for the shiny embellishment on the card without the extra drying time.


Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Lisa




Thursday, December 13, 2012

Baby Shower Favor


This week I am using The Boxer with The Ultimate Tool to make a baby shower favor.


I followed the basic technique instructions that came along with The Boxer.  I started with a 5 1/4" square piece of Luxury Centura Pearl Cardstock.  I placed this on the The Boxer and scored it at the 1 1/2" mark and all four sides.

                     
I folded and creased all four sides.


Then, I cut small v-shaped notches in each corner.



I used a 1/8" paper punch to punch holes in the bottom of the box.


Next, I applied the Red Liner Tape and folded up the box.



I put the 1/4" round brass brads in the bottom of the box.  Then, I cut a 2 3/16" piece of patterned paper to fit in the bottom of the box to hide the brad legs.



I used a paper punch to create a handle for the favor.  I used a 1/16" hole punch on two sides of the box.  I used small, 1/8" brass brads to attach the handle to the favor box.  You could choose to line the entire inside of the box if you want.  Or, you   I chose not to because I didn't think they were as distracting as the large brads.



I used a punched out piece from the Morehead Luxury Hunkydory Card Collection.  I used Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach it to the front of the box I just made.

I was thinking about ribbon of some type.  What do you think?  Or maybe bows on the sides?

You can put candy in these boxes.  Or maybe nuts?  Mints?  You decide.  That's why I left the box empty ... I want you to choose.

You could use a larger punched out piece and a larger box and use it for a centerpiece.  You could make boxes of different sizes and put special prizes in them for door prizes.  With all the variety of paper crafts collections offered at Crafter's Companion, the uses are too many to mention here.


Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.

Lisa

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Tree Cards



I've created two cards this week.  I started with the same stamped image from the Stamp-It Holiday set from Stamp-It Australia.


Both cards start with the image stamped onto Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock with a green ink of your choice.  Now is where the imagination kicks in.

For the first card, I trimmed the card stock to 3 3/4" x 5".  I rounded the corners.  I used three snowflake punches.  I punched one in the top left hand  area of the card stock and the other two in the bottom right hand area.  I used Stickles applied in dots to the dots and star on the tree image.  The colors of Stickles used were:  Golden Rod, Lagoon, Magenta, Orange Peel, Purple, True Blue, Yellow, and Xmas Red.  (Note:  I didn't abbreviate the name ... they did.)  I set this to the side to dry.

When dry, I used Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach the card stock with the tree image to a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of coordinating green card stock.  I rounded the corners of that card stock too.

I found a piece of paper in my stash that was white with the same color green dots on it.    I ran it through my Ebosser  with an Embossalicious embossing folder.  I used a piece of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" card stock, folded in half (with fold on the side) for the card base.  I put tape on all of the front edges of the card.  I placed the embossed paper on the front of the card to attach.  Then, I turned the card to the back side, and used my scissors to cut away the extra embossed paper.  Please note that this embossing does not show up well in my photos because of the design on the paper.
finished card

closeup of decoration
The second card started with the same stamped image from Stamp-It Holiday set from Stamp-It Australia.  The tree image was stamped onto Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock with green ink.  

I used Rouge Liquid Pearls on just some of the dots on the tree.  I set it aside to dry.

I started working on the 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" green card stock card base.  I folded it in half, with fold the on the side.  I ran it through my Ebosser with an Embossalicious embossing folder.  I only embossed on the front side of my card.

When the Liquid Pearls was dry, I cut the tree out of the white card stock.  I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach it on top of a piece of scrap card stock that matched the color of the pearls.  I cut again, this time leaving a small border of the red around the tree.

I cut the shank off the back of a decorative star button.  I attached it to the top of the tree with Double-Sided Adhesive Foam.  The tree was attached to the card with the adhesive foam.

The sentiment on this card happens to be a sticker.  It could very well be a stamp or hand written.  Or you could even leave it off it you want.

finished card

closeup embossing and  detail
I hope you enjoy making cards as much as I.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Lisa




Thursday, November 29, 2012

Let it Snow Card

For this quick card, I turned to the Mulberry Wood Classic Christmas Luxury Card Collection and some Silver Let it Snow Peel-Off Stickers from Crafter's Companion.


I selected one of the pop outs from the collection.  Then, I selected some coordinating card stock from my stash on hand. I chose red and pink for this particular image.  I started with a piece of 8" x 9 1/4" red card stock for my card base.  I folded it in half length-wise.  This card will fit into a business size envelope.

I placed the image on a 2 7/8" x 5 1/4" piece of pink card stock.

This was placed on  a 3" x 5 1/2" piece of red card 

The stack was attached to a 3 1/4" x 8 1/4" piece of a decorative card stock from the collection.

The stack was placed on top of the card base.  All of the layering was done using the Extra Strong Permanent Tape

I then started placing snowflakes from the sticker sheet to the top of the card.  Please refer to the card for placement suggestions.  Here's one trick I used ... at the top left corner of the card, I placed a large snowflake off the edge of the card.  I used scissors and cut it off.  It left about a part of the sticker with a corner cut out.  I turned the sticker upside down, and used it on the lower right-hand edge of one of the layers.  It makes it look as if the snowflake is under the layer.  I also used one of the "Let it snow" word sets from that sheet on the front of the card.

The Luxury Card Collection and Peel-Off Stickers will make many cards and still have parts left over for even more.  

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Lisa

Thursday, November 22, 2012

You're the Cat's Miaow ...

I think this  S.w.a.l.k.™ image is adorable!  I colored the cat to look similar to one of my Tuxedo cats (Shirley).


I placed the "Cat's Miaow" image, from the Pawfect Pals collection, on a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. Here is a list of the colors I used:


  • For her skin: FS1, FS2, PP1
  • For her mouth: PP1
  • For her hair: EB1, EB2, TN1
  • For her dress: HB1, HB2, HB3
  • For cat's fur and hat: IG1, IG2, IG5, IG8
  • For inside cat's ears and nose: PP1For cat's cape: IG2, IG3
  • For cat's eye: GB2, DG3
  • For cat's monocle: BT3
  • For cat's hat band and flower: CR8, DR1
I also used an opaque white gel pen to add the white back into the cat's eye after coloring.  I also used it around the white spots left on its face, chest and paws to make it appear more like fur.  I also used a fine line black pen in the same areas for the fur.  I colored her purse, the bottom ruffle on her dress, and the cat's bow tie with a silver glitter gel pen.  I used a green fine line pen for color in her eyes.

I layered the colored image onto a 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" piece of dark violet card stock.  This was then layered onto a 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" piece of light violet card stock.  Finally, this was layered onto the front of the card base.  The card base is a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of violet card stock; folded in half with the fold on the side.  All attaching was done using the Extra Strong Permanent Tape.  

After the assembly, I attached some gem stones across the bottom of the card and around the girl's neck for her necklace and on her ears for her earrings.


I think this will be a great addition to your stamps for that card you need to show someone that you think they're special.




Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Lisa

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Prince Charming Card

This week's card uses a new S.w.a.l.k.™ image ... Prince Charming.  I just thought it was adorable and wanted to use it first.  It's part of a new twelve image release.



I started with a 3 3/4" x 5"  piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I added the image and started to color with my Spectrum Noir pens.  Here is a list of the colors I used:
Skin:  FS1, FS2, PP1
Hair:  CT1, LY3, GB1, CT4
Lips:  PP5
Eyelids:  IB1
Dress:  LV1
Bottom of Shoes: IG6
Frog:  LG1, LG2, CG4
Crowns - CT2, CT4, GB4
In addition to the Spectrum Noir pens, I used a gold gel pen for her earring and the tops of her shoes.

I layered my colored imaged on top of a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of dark metallic lavender text weight paper.  I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach the layers.

I attached this to the card base.  I made the card base from a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Centura Pearl Snow White Cardstock.  I folded it in half to have a side fold.  I again used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape in this step.

I looked through my many embellishments but had no lick in finding "the right thing".  So I grabbed a pre-made white organdy bow and a store-bought cream colored paper flower.  I used my Spectrum Noir LV1 pen to add color to them.  I used Mono Multi Glue to attach these embellishments to the top left corner area of my card.

I had fun making this card.  I hope you enjoy it too!


Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Lisa


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Beatrix Potter to the Rescue!

Need a birthday (or other) card in five minutes?  You can do it!  Just be sure to have some of the Beatrix Potter 3-D Toppers on hand.

I love these toppers!!  What a time saver!  And what a nice card you end up with!


I started out with a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of charcoal gray card stock.  I folded it in half giving it a side fold.  I used a border punch down the right side of the front flap.  I punched out a 3 1/2" scalloped circle (from a coordinating color card stock) and punched 1/16" holes in the scallops.  I attached this to the front of the card with the Extra Strong Permanent Tape.  I then chose my topper, from the Appley Dapply set, and attached it to the center of the scalloped circle.  Please note:  for all attaching in this project, I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape.

I punched out the "Happy Birthday" from the topper set and taped it to the same color coordinating card stock as the circle.  I cut around the birthday sentiment, leaving a small border of color. This was attached to the lower right area of the front of the card.

I cut a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of cream colored text weight paper from an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet.  I attached it to the inside of the card.  The lighter colored text weight paper allows the user's own words to be viewed easily.

That's it.  The card is done.  I bet it took me longer to type this than it took to put the card together.  Don't you just love a quick card?


Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Lisa

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Christmas Kitty with Present Card

This week, I got a little carried away with the cute little Strawberry Kisses Christmas Collection.  I hope you enjoy to end result.


I used simple masking techniques in this card project.  I used the main cat image from the Love You set, the  present from the Me and You Babe set, and the sprig of mistletoe from the Mistletoe Mwah! set.  The images were placed on a 4" x 4" piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  On a scrap piece of the same type of card stock, I placed an extra image of the cat.

Here are the colors of Spectrum Noir pens I used to color the images:
bow on hat - TB2, TB4, TB6
hat (not fur on hat) - CR7 CR9, DR3
mistletoe - LG3, DG1, DG2, GG1
mistletoe berries - LY2
cat's nose - PP1, FS8
cat's fur - TN1, GB1, GB2
fur on hat and shadow around cat - C0
After coloring the first images on the 4" x 4" piece, I colored the cat's front paws and the fur ball - the decorative fur embellishment at the end of the hat (ha!) - from the extra image.  I fussy cut these away from this second image.  I used double sided foam adhesive to pop up the fur ball at the end of the hat.  I curled the front paws with my fingers and used 3-D Crystal Lacquer on the very outside end points of the cut out to adhere the front paws to the main image.  It makes it look like the kitty is holding a package.

The card base is a piece of 10" x 5" red card stock.  I folded it in half.  This card has a top fold.  For all of the next steps, I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape for attaching the layers.  On top of the base card, I centered  a 4 5/8" x 4 5/8" piece of black card stock.  Centered on top of that layer is a 4 1/2" square piece of red and white striped patterned paper.  On top of this is a square of 4 1/8" black card stock.  And at last, is the 4" x 4" colored image piece.

After I'd assembled the layers, I thought it "needed" a little something.  I ended up putting the line of red gemstones underneath the cat image.

Hope this makes you think of peppermint and Christmas.



Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Lisa

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Happy Christmas Card

This week, I used the Cuteness set from the Strawberry Kisses Christmas Collection.


I put the image of the Christmas card on Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I used simple masking and  added the image of the cute little dog.  Then I added the words "Happy Christmas" from the Strawberry Kisses set of the same name.

I used my Spectrum Noir pens to color these images.  Here's what I used ...

Dog:  dog's fur - GB1, GB2;  dog's eye - GB8, GB10;  bottom of one paw - GB8; dog's nose - IG8, IG10;  dog's collar, heart on collar, band around head - CR9, DR2;  antlers - TN1 
Christmas card - background - TB3;  tree - JG1;  tree trunk - EB7;  heart CR9; base for tree TB9
"Happy Christmas" -  JG1, JG2
I used a gold gel pen for the loop between the collar and heart tag.  And I used one last Spectrum Noir pen, GG1, for the shadow around the dog.

The base of the card started out as a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of green card stock.  I folded this in half and this card has a side fold.  On top of this, I attached a 3 7/8 x 4 7/8 piece of blue card stock.  (I picked this to match the color of the card in the image.)  I attached it 1/8" in from the left, and 1/8" down from the top of the card base.

On top of the blue card stock, I attached a 3 5/8" x 4 5/8" piece of red card stock.  I positioned it approximately 1/4" in from the left, and 1/4" down from the top of the card base.

I trimmed the white card stock down to 3 1/2" x 4 1/2".  I then attached it to the center of the red card stock.  All of the attaching was done with the Extra Strong Permanent Tape Runner.

To finish off this card, I added some gemstones in the lower portion of the front of the card. Please refer to photo for placement.

Hope you enjoyed this card.  I enjoyed making it.



Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.

Lisa

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Where Flowers Bloom Card

From the new Mulberry Wood Everyday Collection, (which as of this posting should be released soon) I used the Love You set for this week's card.


I used a 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock to put 2 main images on.  On that same sheet, I put the sentiment "Where Flowers Bloom So Does Love".  I cut out one main image to  4 5/8" x 2 5/8".

I colored the image with Spectrum Noir pens as follows:

cats - colored with IG1 and shaded with IG2
flowers - used both PL1 and PL2
leaves - used both LG1 and LG3
the ground under the cats - EB2, GB8, and GB10 blended together
the "sky" behind the cats and flowers - BT1 (I went over this area twice)
I used a gold gel pen to color the cat's tag
On the second image, I colored the cats and a few of the flowers in the same manner as on the first image. I fussy cut these out from the second image. I used a stylus to mold the pieces so they would have some dimension to them.

Close-up of extra pieces after shaping with stylus

I cut a 4 3/4" x 2 3/4" piece of pale green card stock.  I used Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach the main colored image to the green card stock.  I used the double-sided adhesive foam on the back of the cut-outs and attached them over the same images on the main colored image.

Close-up of added pieces and Stickles

I cut out the sentiment to 2 7/8" x 7/8".  I cut another piece of the pale green card stock to 3" x 1".  I attached the sentiment to the green card stock with the Extra Strong Permanent Tape.

I used the tape again to attach both pieces of the light green card stock to a 5" x 4" piece of lavender card stock.  (See photo for placement.)

The base card was made from a piece of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" white textured card stock.  It was folded in half.  The fold will be on top of this card.  I centered the lavender piece on the base card and taped it to secure.

To finish off this card, I used Pink and Thistle Stickles on the flowers.

I had fun making this card.  I hope you enjoyed it too.


Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Lisa

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A really quick card!!!

I love the new Crafter's Companion  Snowfall Acetate!!  This quick and easy card was the first thing I made with it.

Please understand that this card will look so much better in person.
I don't take pictures of shiny things very well.
I used a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of the Luxury Centura Pearl Snow White Cardstock.  I folded it in half so the card will have a side fold.

On a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of dark blue card stock, I placed one large and several small snowflakes from a set of silver Let It Snow - Peel Off Stickers.  I also placed the "Let it snow" word stickers from that set toward the bottom right-hand corner of the card stock.

I cut a piece of the Snowfall Acetate to 3 3/4" x 5".  I placed it on top of the blue card stock, held them firmly together, and punched a 1/8" hole in the top left hand corner.  (About 1/2" down from the top and about 1/2" in from the left side.)  I placed a fancy rhinestone brad in the hole and flipped the "legs" out flat.

I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach the blue card stock (with attached acetate) to the front of the card base.

How much easier could you get??

I just love a quick and easy card!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Lisa

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Remembering My Mom




I put this 8" scrapbook page together recently when I was trying to come up with a project on which to use my colored image.

The background is a 8" x 8" piece of medium yellow card stock.  On top of this, I placed a piece of lighter yellow card stock that I'd embossed with the new Die'sire 6" x 6" Floral Frenzy embossing folder.  I trimmed this piece down to about 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square.  I attached it to the base card stock (as a diamond shape) with the Extra Strong Permanent tape.

view of the embossed area


view of the embossed piece attached to the base
I backed my Mom's picture with a black piece of card stock.  I attached this to the scrapbook page with the  Extra Strong Permanent tape along the bottom and part of the way up the sides.  At the top are pieces of double sided adhesive foam.  I did this to make the page not quite so "flat".

I ran a piece of the lighter yellow card stock through the printer.  I printed out the sentiment in an orange color to match my colored image.  I cut it where it was wider at the left side than it was at the right.  I notched the left end.  I placed this on the page, just covering the bottom of the picture.  Again, I used the permanent tape (toward the skinnier end) and the adhesive foam (on the thicker end) to attach the cut out to the page.

On a piece of Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock, I put the image of the girl from the Humphrey EZMount set - Birthday Girl.  I used simple masking and then placed the image of the bouquet of roses from the Humphrey EZMount set - Flowers For You to look like the girl was holding them behind her back.

I colored the image with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers along with other alcohol markers to color the girl image.  After the image was colored, I cut it out leaving a tiny margin of the white card stock.  I attached this to the scrapbook page, over the end of the sentiment and covering a small part of the bottom right-hand corner, with the permanent tape.

I was really pleased with the way this turned out.  My Mom loved flowers.



Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.

Lisa



















Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thinking of You Card


This card starts with a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of yellow card stock.  I folded it in half giving this card a top fold.

Next, I cut a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of speckled card stock.  I attached it with Extra Strong Permanent tape to the center of the yellow card base.

On a scrap of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock, I placed the Comge image from the Toreads collection.  I colored her with Spectrum Noir markers.   Then, I cut out the girl leaving a tiny edge of white around her.

I punched a 3 1/2" scalloped oval from green embossed card stock.  I attached it with the Permanent tape, about 1/2" from the left edge of the speckled card stock.

I made flowers from punched and shaped pieces of card stock.  I placed them around the left edge of the oval.  I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to attach them.

I put the phrase "thinking of you" in top right corner of speckled card stock.

I place the Comge image onto the front of the card using Double-sided adhesive foam.  I put a flower in each of her ponytails.  I attached the flowers with the liquid glue.

Hope you like this card.


Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.

Lisa





Thursday, September 20, 2012

Most Wonderful Time Card

Personally, I like a simple - yet somewhat elegant - Christmas card.  Something that I can make several of and get them done in short time.  This week's project is one of those cards.




I started with a  piece of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" gold metallic card stock.  I folded it in half.  This card has a side fold.

I used a piece of 3 5/8" x 4 7/8" Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock for the images.  I used the Stamp-It Australia Holiday images.

I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir Markers.  I used a white gel pen to highlight some on the french horn.  I also used it for the highlights on the berries.

Close-up of white gel pen highlights
I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape to layer the image piece onto a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of red card stock.  I think the tiny pop of red on this card was just the right thing to make it pop a bit.

Not too much time for assembly, or coloring.  You should be able to knock out several of these in no time.

Hope you enjoyed this card!


Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration. 

Lisa



Thursday, September 13, 2012

Seasons Greetings card

Hello everyone!!  I made this week's card project with some of the new Sheena "Little Bit Festive" images.   I used the Christmas Visitor set.  From that set, I used "Seasons Greetings", the bird, and the holly.


On a piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock, I positioned images to look as if the bird was standing on the holly.  I placed the sentiment to the left side.  I trimmed the card stock to 5" x 3 3/4".  I colored the bird and holly with my Spectrum Noir markers.  In addition to the markers, I used some colored  pencils to enhance the images.  Then I put 3-D Crystal Lacquer on the holly berries.  I also put some on just one side of the holly leaves.  Just a bit, just to give a bit of shiny feel to the leaves.

While the lacquer was drying, I cut card stock for the card base.  I cut a piece of duplex card stock (with metallic gold on one side and white on the other) to 8 1/2" x 4 1/4".  Yes, I know this looks backward, but I cut it this way on purpose.  I folded this in half so the fold would be on the 4 1/4" side.  I wanted to try something other than the regular top fold for these images.

I cut a strip of red card stock to 1" x 4 1/4".  I adhered it to the card with the Extra Strong Permanent tape.  I placed it approximately 1 1/4" to the right of the side fold.

Using the tape again, I taped a 5 1/8" x 3 7/8" piece of black card stock to the center of the card base.  I placed it right over top of the red scrap.

I attached the colored images piece, with the tape, to the center of the black card stock.  Your card is done.



Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Lisa


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Just for You Card

An extra project for you this week ...




This card uses the Strawberry Kisses Christmas set - Just for You.


I started this card with a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of red card stock.  I folded it in half so it has a side fold.  I attached a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of decorative background paper, centered on card base, with Extra Strong Permanent Tape.

Next, I placed a piece of 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" black card stock (centered) on 3" x 4" piece of green card stock, and again, used the Permanent Tape to attach them.   I put all of this to the side until needed later.


I put three of the images on a piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color all of the first image.  Color middle and bottom presents on second image.  And finally, color paws and bow, and bottom package on the third image.  These were then cut from the card stock.  Here's a picture to refer to ...


Remember to color the images before cutting.  Trust me ... I know this for a fact!  LOL!

Here are the colors of the Spectrum Noir markers used to color the images ...

dog - IG1, IG2, IG3, IG8
bows, berries, stripes, dots - CR9, DR4, DR5, DR9
stripes, holly leaves, dots - JG2, LG5

Ink around all of the cut-out images with black ink.


I attached the dog to the center of the black card stock with Permanent Tape.  I layered the pieces on top of the dog with Double-sided Adhesive Foam.

view of layers from left side
view of layers from top


I put more Double-sided Adhesive Foam on the back side of the green card stock.  I attached this to the center of the decorative paper.  With that, my card was done.

Hope you enjoy this card.  I had a great time making it.




Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration. 



Lisa














Thursday, September 6, 2012

Kitty in a Pot

I just adore the Strawberry Kisses line of stamps. From the new Christmas line, I used the main image from the Happy Christmas set and the ornament image from the Special Delivery set.  One of the things I like about these sets is that there are often accessory images included with the main image.  I love to mix and match with the extra images.


I put my images on a piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I colored with the Spectrum Noir markers.  Here are the colors I used ...

clay pot - GB2, GB3, GB4
poinsettia - CR10, CR11, DR3
leaves/stem - LG4, LG5, CG1, CG4,
cat - nose - PP1
        bow - CR3, CR4, CR10, CR11
ornaments - CR11, CT4, JG2, TB5
background shadows - IG1

I used a silver gel pen for the ornament caps and holders.  I used green and yellow Souffle pen for the cyathia (flowers in the center of the leaves).


I use several colors when I'm coloring.  I just keep blending and blending them into each other until I like it.

I cut the Ultra Smooth Cardstock to 3 1/4" x 4 1/2".  (I used Extra Strong Permanent Tape for all the layering.)  I layered the colored images onto a 3 3/8" x 4 3/8" piece of red card stock.  This was then layered onto a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of decorative patterned paper.  This was all then placed onto the front of the card base.  The base is a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of red card stock.  I folded it in half giving the card a side fold.

I knew this needed something added, "But what?", I said to myself.  Thank goodness "myself" didn't answer!!  I poked around and through my stash of embellishments, I came up with the bright red gems.  I added a strip in the top left corner.  Then, I added three gems in the bottom right corner.  Please see photo for placement of the gems.

It still needed a another little something.  Aha!!  I found it!  I used three clear epoxy circles over the ornaments.  I think if I hadn't found those, I would have used 3-D Crystal Lacquer for a similar look.


Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Lisa

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dance like no one's watching ...

Hello friends, my name is Lisa and I'm a paper hoarder.  No - really.  I have so much paper - not to mention the solid card stock - that I have to go through containers and containers to decide what to use.  And then there are the organized drawers of scraps of fairly good size.  And the drawer of strips.  I know, I know ...  TOO MUCH already!!

Anyway - for this week's Crafter's Companion project, I decided to use a scrap of patterned paper for the background behind my images.  I used the new Sheena Douglass' Hidden Fairies set.  These are darling!!  This is a set of silhouette images and there's so much you can do with these.  I'm going to show you just one quick idea that I've come up with.


I cut my patterned paper to 3 3/4" x 5".  I selected three of the fairies and placed them on the paper where it would look like they were dancing on the flowers and leaves.  I added the sentiment to the top area of the paper.

I used Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach the patterned paper onto a 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" piece of coordinating card stock.  I layered this piece, with the Permanent Tape, to a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of black card stock.  I used the black to pull together the card with the images.

I used a 1/8" hole punch to punch holes in each of the corners.  I added rhinestone brads in three corners.  In the bottom right corner, I put a rhinestone flower brad.  Even though I could not capture it in the photo, I colored in the fairy wings with a clear glitter pen.  Just a touch of sparkle in the right light.

I attached the constructed piece onto the center of the card base.  I used a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of a coordinating color of card stock.  I folded it in half so the card has a side fold.

All in all, I think it probably has taken me about the same time to type this as it did to create a quick card for you.

I am looking forward to using Sheena Douglass' silhouette stamps for several more cards to use up my extra pieces of patterned paper.  If I can clear out a drawer, maybe I can fill it up with new paper!!  Ha!!!

Have a great weekend!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration. 


Lisa

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Snow Princess Card

This week's card features the Snow Princess from Christine Haworth's Paintbox Poppets new Christmas themed stamps.


I started with a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of silver metallic card stock.  I fold it in half so that this card has a side fold.  I added a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of scrap paper from my Christmas/Winter stash.  I attached this to the card base with double-sided adhesive foam.

I put the image of the girl and the words "Snow Princess" on Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I cut out the words to about 2 1/4" x 5/8" and set them to the side until needed.

I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color the girl.  I colored her to compliment my scrap paper.  In addition to the Spectrum Noir markers, I used silver and gold metallic pens to decorate the ornate decoration on her outfit.  I used Crystal Stickles on her hat, muff, and bottom of her dress.  After she was dry, I cut her out of the paper. 

I tore a 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of white Mulberry paper.  I squished up the bottom of the paper to make the final piece almost 4" tall.  I attached this with the 3-D Crystal Lacquer.  I used several tiny drops down the middle of the mulberry  paper.  I put it into position and lightly pressed it down to the scrap of decorative paper.  I also added a drop on either side of the squished up paper. 

I stuck the girl onto the mulberry paper with the adhesive foam.  I placed her feet in the squished up paper to look as if it were snow she was standing in.

I added a bit of Extra Strong Permanent Tape to the back of the words piece from earlier.  I placed it at an angle and covering part of the Mulberry paper.  (Please see the photo for placement.)  I used the Stickles again ... this time dotting around the words.  Part of the dot of Stickles was on the card stock and the other part of the dot was on the paper.  This technique helps not only to decorate and subtly draw your eye there, but it helps to hold down the edges of the card stock.

After it was all put together, I thought it could use a little something more.  I got into my stash of bling.   I picked out some pretty light blue crystal bling and applied it to the middle of the snowflakes on the decorative paper.  I used 3-D Crystal Lacquer to secure the bling because my paper had glittered snowflakes on it.  The bling won't stay on that for long without a little help.




Enjoy!!  I hope this brings a little whoosh of cool air to you at a time when every where seems to be so very hot.



Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.

Lisa