Perfume Bottles

I recently got a new stamp from Stampendous called "Three Gifts". This is a card I made for a friend's birthday on Dec. 30th.

I stamped the image with Versamark and embossed with fine detail black EP. Then I coloured the bottles with copic markers and covered with Crystal Glaze to look like glass. The toppers are covered with Stickles glitter and rhinestones making them very blingy!. The image was cut with a fancy Spellbindinder rectangle die, layered on silver flowered paper, black Bazzill, and lightly sponged with TH Broken China distress ink.

I cut a small paper doily in half and placed each half on opposite corners, and also added a fancy "D" silver brad for embellishment.

This card is being mailed international so I didn't want it to be too bulky. Thanks to a recent announcement by Canada Post, our mailing rates are going through the roof! In March,2014 a regular letter will be $1.00 for the stamp. Crazy!

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December 20, 2013


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Bling

Christmas card for my nephew

My nephew, who is now 24, always expects a handmade Christmas card each year. You see when he was much younger, he used to enjoy stamping with me - he had quite a creative side and would make a card for his mom, while I was working on whatever.  So he appreciates the work that goes into them.

Last year I bought Tim Holtz' Christmas word background stamp on sale after the holiday, and this year got the coordinating embossing folder.

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I inked the stamp with TH Festive Berries and Pine Needles distress ink, stamped on printed seasonal paper by Bo Bunny, then aligned the stamped words in the embossing folder and ran it through  my Sizzix Vintage machine.  I touched up the raised parts with a bit more ink using a TH blender foam and handle.

The santa is a TH cling stamp coloured with copic markers, Stickles "Star Dust" glitter for dimension, and TH Tea Dye distress ink around the edges. It is popped up with foam tape.

The santa's list is from a vintage set of 9 tiny cards by October Afternoon ("Very Merry Wild Cards" #DC-128) I've had in my stash for a couple of years.   Added some Tea Dye ink around the edges to age, and a red brad to hold in place. 

A Christmas star tied with coloured string finishes the embellishment.

Dec. 15, 2013

Challenge: Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - #54 Happy Holidays

Snow Scene

I saw a tutorial by Heather Telford on the Penny Black blog the other day for a snow scene, and decided to give it a try.  I adapted the tutorial by using the supplies I have on hand; for example, instead of using Miskit on watercolour paper for the "snow", after the scene was done on regular cardstock I spritzed with Perfect Pearls mist. I like that it gives a bit of glimmer to the snow spots.

 I used Tim Holtz distress inks Spun Sugar, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans,  Tumbled Glass for the sky and snow hills, along with Pumice Stone for the trees in the background. Regular black Archival ink for the foreground trees. Instead of the Penny Black branch, I used a tree from an older Stampin' Up set. After I stamped them, I didn't realize the rubber had shifted on the wood block, so they came out a little crooked. It has to be years since I last used this set! Well, I can pretend there was a strong northeast wind on a stormy, wintery night.  tee hee hee. Tim Holtz Rock Candy stickles glitter was dabbed on the branches for  some icy glitz!

Added a verse with the Spellbinders Fancy Ribbon Tag set and a sheer ribbon, as well as a silver snowflake. There is also a bit of Stickles Star Dust glitter on the tree branches for extra shimmer.

This card was quite easy to do actually, and would be good to do in multiples. Have to remember it for next year!
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Dec. 14, 2013


Make My Monday - Frosty Theme

Allsorts - Snowflakes

Simple Christmas Cards

Here are two simple Christmas cards I made in multiples of five to send. My daughter and one year old grandson had been visiting for 10 days which left little time in my craft room to play and be fussy with cards this year. They have few embellishments so they can go for the regular postage rate.

The first one uses a new die by Impression Obsession  DIE-079-U.  There are four birch trees and two birds posing in opposite directions.  When I first cut the tree from vanilla cardstock, I thought they looked too plain. So using a few Tim Holtz distress inks (tea dye; brushed corduroy; pumice stone; antique linen) swiped randomly across the trees, with some accents of a white gel pen and black Micro pen, I think the trees now look like they have birch bark on them.

I stamped some snowflakes with Versamark and coated with Wow platinum embossing powder. Tied some red string around the panel and stamped the greeting on the bottom.
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The second card has a tree die by Memory Box #98405. I cut it out of green shimmery cardstock and added gold stickles to the stars. The white triangle behind the tree is a Spellbinders pennant die.  Verse is stamped on white c/s, cut & embossed with a Just Rite label die, and blended TH Evergreen Bough around the edges.
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Dec. 10, 2013