Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2009!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Valentine Lily

This is my submission for Pink Cat studios challenge #3 over on papercraft planet.
Solid papers are bazzill and the prints are from bo bunny smitten papers. Lily is stamped with momento ink and colored with copics. I colored over her dress with spica glitter pens so they are REALLY shimmery. The balloon is colored with copics, cut out and then layered with stickles and then covered with diamond glaze. It is popped up on the card with a pop dot.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pillow box hearts and lips

So when I saw Lindsay's tutorial on how to make a longer pillowbox, I wondered what would happen if you angled the paper, would it make a heart shape? So I decided to try it and found out it WORKS! And then just by accident, I discovered that the same shape also looks like lips!

I love how they turned out, and at the moment I think I'm quite smart (and I'm not biased at all!)

Here's the first 'heart' one that I did....
Here's how I did it. I used:
1 piece of 9 x 5 cardstock - folded in half to make a 4 1/2 x 5" piece
1 piece of 1 x 2 1/2 cardstock

I put a mark on my bigshot pillowbox die 1 1/8 inches from the end, so I would have control over how big the dip in the top of the heart would be. I lined up the folded corner with the centre fold on the die and the edge of the paper with my little mark on the die and ran it through the big shot with the crease pad to come up with this:

This is what it looks like as it comes out of the machine. As you can see at the top of the picture, I cut off the corner of my folded cardstock so it wouldn't catch as it was being run through the bigshot.
This is what the piece looks like when it's opened up.

I folded the 1 x 2 1/2 piece of cardstock lengthwise and put adhesive on both sides. I also put adheive on the 2 tabs.

Glue one side of the scored 1 x 2 1/2 piece as shown in the picture.

Glue the other piece to create the back of the pillowbox like this.

Glue the 2 tabs to complete the box.

Stuff with goodies and close the flaps of the pillow box and here's what you have! This is the point where I noticed that the shape also looks like lips and decided to run with it and and make the red one into lips.

Here's the pink one with some ribbon, a bow and a heart shaped gem.

I sponged some Bravo Burgundy inp onto the red oneand the pink one to make it look even more like lips. I added tags make from Stampin Up!s All Holidays set. The Hugs and Kisses sentiment was perfect!

The 'From the Heart' sentiment is from the Holidays & Wishes set

To make a flat bottom and more of a lip shape, I used the cutter kit to add a score line on the bottom of the lips.
I folded it so the tip would be inside the pillowbox.
This is how it looks like finished.

To see how I made the tags, check out this post.

Have a great day!

Friday, December 12, 2008

You can't win if you don't try...

So I tried out for a spot on Pink Cat Studios design team and found out this week that I didn't make the cut. It's funny, I'm more disappointed than I thought I'd be (could also be due to a crappy week and a half before this news:) ). At least I'm proud of myself for trying. So, on to the cards I made for applying...
The images were colored with copics and cut out with nestabilities. A self-adhesive gem was put in each scallop and a row of them on the ribbon. The sentiment label is also from a nestabilities die.
This one looks so cool IRL. I colored the image with copics and then went over it again with Spica glitter pens, so the Kimono is really shimmery, it looks just beautiful! (and I'm not being biased AT ALL!) The dew drops were colored with copics so that they matched the Kimono.

My original plan with this one was to do a tilt card, so that Billy and Lily would move and look like they were actually making snow angels, but their heads moved also and it looked funny, so I changed it. Billy and Lily are colored with copics (big surprise, I know!) Billy's mittens, scarf and the top of his hat were flocked with matching flock. The trim on Lily's outfit was stickled and flocked, and both pairs of boots were covered with diamnod glaze so they look like shiny rain boots. The tag was stamped on acetate with white stazon and then sprinkled with dazzling diamonds glitter for shimmer and sparkle. I cut the tag and the red tag behind it with a scallop circle nestabilities and trimmed it with more glitter! One can never have enough glitter:)

On the edge of the white piece, I put a line of tombo multi glue (I had just gotten it that day and had to try it out) and dumped (technical term) some SU! Dazzling diamonds glitter on top and let it just sit and soak in. I love the look it created.
Wow! I don't know if I have ever been that long winded!
Have a great weekend! I'm hoping ours is quiet and non-eventful!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

challenge cards

I spent some of the day today doing the first 2 challenges in the Pink Cat Studio forum over on Paper craft planet. The first challenge was this:
1-2-3 Challenge! You can use any Pink Cat stamps you have, but you must limit yourself to...
1 - ribbon
2 - forms of a background (whether embossed, stamped, designer papers...)
3 - embellishments.
so this is what I came up with:
The 2nd challenge was this:
This is a 3 Part Challenge:
Part 1Project Size:Your Project is to be 6" by 6" Card or 3-D items welcome!
Part 2You are to use 3 of 3 different things example: 3 different ribbons and, 3 different Pat. Papers and 3 different Stamps
The third part was a choice of color scheme and I chose:
Old Olive, Night of Navy, and Ruby Red, and Kraft
So, it's a 6 x 6 card.
The 3 x 3 part is:
3 layers to the image
3 different textures - fun flock, diamond glaze and perfect puff,
the stickles are just a bonus (and maybe a cheat!)
3 different cuttlebug embossing folders on the background

Such a cool challenge! Can't wait to do more!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

double viewmaster...a work in progress...

So, I've had this idea in my head for a while. When I first saw the Lily and Billy accessories set from Pink Cat studio, I thought 'How cool would that be if you could make a card where you could change Lily's outfit?'

Then I thought 'It would be even cooler if you could change her outfit AND the sentiment to go with it!'

So, the double viewmaster was made. I'm not totally content with it. I think the card itself should have been a solid color so it didn't compete with Lily and her changing outfits.

However, it does work pretty cool. Lily herself is colored with copics, cut out and glued to the background and her outfits are colored, cut out and glued between 2 pieces of acetate (so that the edges don't catch when you turn the viewmaster to change her outfit). The second viewmaster piece is done on white cardstock and colored with copics.

Don't worry! She's wearing a dress, so she's never completely nude! I'll probably be re-doing this one at somepoint, but I thought I'd share it now anyway! Have a great day!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Christmas Silhouettes

Here's more of my christmas cards from the scrap bin.
These ones were the easiest yet! Just stamp them, layer the card and add a touch of stickles!
The Holly image is inked (carefully) and then double stamped to get the different shades.

Super simple. Let me know if you have any questions. I kinda thought they didn't need many words! All the images are from inkadinkadoos Christmas Silhouettes set.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Winter Post

I loved this set the second Stampin Up! Came out with it and thought it would be perfect for a Zindorf Style card with the reflection technique.
I'm so happy with how it turned out and really want to play with it some more. I've seen some beautiful cards using the skaters and the Lovely as a tree set which is what I'll do next, I think!

The top one if my favorite. This one I put the ribbon on because I tried stamping a sentiment and embossing is but it turned out aweful and I just couldn't toss it! The snowflake flourishes is from an Inkadinkadoo set. I think it's called winter trails. Have a great day! The frost is on the ground here, but the sun is SHINING! It's going to be a great day!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Kitty Christmas angel

Yet another card using scraps from the bin. I wanted to keep the angel super simple and wanted to try NOT using the bright yellow on the eyes like I usually do! Love how simple she is! The Kitty is from Pink Cat Studio and is in the Christmas Kitty set.

Monday, November 17, 2008

A Cardinal Christmas

Another card from the scrap bin! The cardinal was stamped with Brilliance ink and Embossed with clear EP. It is colored with copics and the background was sponged.
Here's a closer look at the image....

Just makes you feel like christmas doesn't it!
Have a great day!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Snow swirled

These super simple cards are made with Stampin Up!s Snow swirled set.
The base has been run through the cuttlebug using the snowflake folder. The first 3 are done with gold EP and the next one is done using Holographic EP. Is that stuff ever COOL!
Here's a pic that shows a bit of the Holographic 'shine'. I love the color to it.

As you can tell I ran a versamark over the embossed part and added the Holographic EP to it as well. The edge of the image piece is done using a versamarker with the samd Holographioc EP.
Have a great day!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lily builds a snowman

Here's one of the Christmas cards in the stack that I made. It is made with stamps from Pink Cat studio. I'm positive I cased it from somewhere, but I have no idea where. If you know...let me know! Anyway, I love that it's non-traditional christmas colors! I used perfect puff for her earmuffs and for the trim on her outfit.
Have a great day! The sun is shining here, so I'm off to go enjoy it while it lasts!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I'm certified and have the certificate to prove it! A bunch of us from the LSS I teach at went to copic certification yesterday. We had a tonne of fun and learned so much! I've been playing with the markers for a while and still learned a bunch of stuff!

Thanks Marriane and your crew!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

What I've been up to!

I gave myself a challenge to make as many
christmas cards as I could using my scraps.
I pulled out all the christmas colors in both solids and printed papers.
This is what I've come up with.....

I've been having so much FUN!

I haven't worried about the finished sizes of the cards (which I might regret when I go to mail them!). I've just enjoyed being creative and using the supplies I have!

The scary part?

This is what I still have in my scrap bin!

I still have a TONNE of scraps in there!
I'll start posting some of the cards individually this week, I still need to take a few pics.