Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Easter

It has been unseasonable warm here these past several days and that has inspired me to get started on Easter cards. I recently saw a video on You Tube by Jennifer McGuire where she used toile as a window on her card. I really liked the look and decided to give it a try.


I started with the blue panel and die cut a square large enough for the bunny. I then die cut the same square on the white card base. Next the white toile was attached to the card base with strong adhesive and then the blue panel. I did use another nestie square to emboss the frame around the opening before attaching it to the card base.

The bunny was stamped with Memento Black ink, colored with Copics and then I used a clear Wink of Stella pen to add some shimmer and sparkle. While the Wink of Stella dried, I stamped another bunny and fussy cut him out, then I cut the colored bunny. Using score pal tape I attached the colored bunny to the front of the card, tucking him in between the toile and the blue frame. The other bunny was attached on the inside of the card so he lined up perfectly. This way the tape doesn't get stuck on the inside of the card when you close it. You could stamp a mirror image, color, fussy cut and attach it so the bunny is colored on both the inside and out. Since I don't have much luck with mirror images, I left mine plain.

Once the bunnies were attached, I stamped the Happy Easter greeting with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Here's a picture with the card opened just a bit.


This next card uses the same technique only with a  smaller image attached in the middle of the toile so it looks like it's floating. I really like this one.


I used a different bunny image, colors and die cut. Other than that, it's the same. I'll be doing a few more of these for my grandkids for Easter. Here's another picture of this one sort of opened. It does look like the bunny is floating, doesn't it?




Thanks for stopping by,
shelia

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

I thought I'd share one last Valentine card with you since tomorrow is the big day! I created this card for my hubby, which is good since it's too thick and sized wrong for the mail. I joined Spellbinders Die of the month club a while back and got the idea for this from a recent die set.


I started by creating the cupid arrow. I used a small bamboo skewer and glued two red hearts on one end. The other end was wrapped with gold twine before attaching the bow and red and gold leaves. I used Glossy Accents for the adhesive to make sure everything stays attached. The greeting was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink before attaching the arrow.

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!!

Thanks for stopping by,
shelia

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cats and Dogs

Can you believe Valentine's Day is next Tuesday?! I still need to create a couple of Valentine cards. Yikes. Where does the time go?  I have a couple of Valentines to share with you today that I created for my two granddaughters. One is into cats right now and the other has always liked dogs.



I went with the same layout for both cards. I started by stamping, coloring and fussy cutting the kitty and puppy. The hearts were die cut using SB heart dies. Before attaching the hearts to the red layer, it was stamped with the new Amazing Valentine greeting and small hanging hearts. I used a Sakura gelly roll pen to color in the word amazing on one, but not the other. The puppy card was dry embossed with a SU hearts embossing folder. Some pink baker's twine completes the look. I think my granddaughters will like these. Now I need to get working on those other Valentine cards. Gotta get them in the mail!!

Hope you are further along on your Valentine cards than I am!!

Thanks for stopping by,
shelia

Monday, January 30, 2017

Let it Snow!


Hi Everyone. Today I have a shaker card to share with you. I started with the white panel, stamped the Let it Snow image, colored it with Copics and then die cut the window along with the green frame. I layered it onto the white card base to stamp the greeting just right. After adding the transparency to the window and foam tape, some green, blue and clear sequins were added before attaching everything to the card base. I did use my powder tool to go around the edges of the inside of the foam adhesive to help keep the sequins from sticking to the foam tape. It does help some.

Shaker cards are fun to create and receive. I don't know why I don't make them more often?!

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!

shelia

Monday, January 23, 2017

Skip Winter?

If you could skip winter would you?  I don't think I would, but sometimes when it is bitterly cold, that idea is tempting! DRS has recently released a fun new image that deals with this question.


I started with a white panel, stamped the new image with Memento Black ink, then stamped it to the left and right of the image without inking the words. I used various Copic markers to color all the mittens. Nest I stamped the icicle image with Memento Black ink. Instead of coloring them with Copics, I used Star Dust Stickles. When the stickles were dry, I created a mask and sponged TH Tumbled Glass ink on for the sky. The frame was created by stamping the interlocking snowflakes onto teal CS with VersaMark ink and heat embossing with white EP. A nestie rectangle die was used to cut out the frame. I used scorepal tape to adhere the frame to the image panel and then glued everything to the card front.

I masked off the inside to stamp the same snowflakes with SU Taken with Teal ink, added a teal border and then stamped the Baby it's cold outside greeting with Versafine Black Onyx ink.


Hope you are enjoying your weather no matter what it is!  Thanks for stopping by today!

shelia

Monday, January 16, 2017

Warm Hearts

Hi Everyone.

Hope you had a good weekend. If you live in the states, then you may very well be enjoying a long weekend, since today is Martin Luther King Day. My husband has today off and will most likely spend his day in the basement working on his HO trains. He started this hobby last February and has been working steadily on it every since. He has a train station, logging center, a lake, mountains, even a cell phone tower! He even comes into my craft area to look for things he can use. He took one of my blue Copic markers to try and draw the lines for a handicap parking spot at his train station. It didn't show up on the dark pavement, but I had a blue sharpie that worked. It's really quite fun to see how creative he is being. Plus now if I say I'm going to Michael's or Hobby Lobby he says he wants to go along! 



For today's card I started by stamping the snowman and masking him off while I stamped in the snow lines and the snowflakes in the sky area. After heat embossing the snowflakes, I added a mask for the snow lines and sponged on TH Tumbled Glass ink, then the snowman was colored in with Copics. The greeting was cut in half and stamped onto pink CS and die cut with a SB nestie banner die. Once this panel was attached to the card base, I added the die cut hearts to look like he's juggling them. A snowflake and pink half pearl complete the look.

Thanks for stopping by today.

shelia

Friday, January 13, 2017

Challenges

I have been working on some cards for a couple of challenges this week. My first is for Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge 385.  Here's the sketch:

And here's my card:


I turned the sketch sideways. It just seemed to work better for me that way. The card base is white with a layer of black CS and then a Perfect Plum layer that was stamped with DRS Designs Love silhouette heart in Perfect Plum ink. The greeting was stamped onto white CS with Versafine Black Oynx ink and then a small silhouette heart was added with the same plum ink. The panel behind was stamped with the ribbon heart image in black onyx ink and layered on black CS. The banners were die cut. The white one was stamped with DRS Designs small hanging hearts in plum ink. I added some clear wink of Stella to the small hanging hearts as well as the purple heart. Some milky white rhinestones complete the look.

My second card also uses the Love Silhouette heart, this time as the focal image. This card is for this week's Cupcake Inspiration challenge 389.  Here's the yummy inspiration:



And my card:


I started with a white card base, inked up all the edges with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with silver EP. The Love Silhouette heart was also stamped with VErsaMark ink and heat embossed with silver EP. Once it cooled, I fussy cut it out. The white panel was die cut with a SB nestie die, layered onto black CS and then attached with strong adhesive to the embossed white card base. The silver heart was attached with foam dots. Some silver bling was added to the flower centers. My parents' wedding anniversary is Valentine's Day, so I think this will be their anniversary card.

Thanks for stopping by!

blessings,
shelia