Saturday, October 30, 2010

Welcome Fall Card with Heartfelt Creations

It's a gorgeous fall day here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, so I thought today would be perfect to share this with you.

I really started out to make a very simple card, and I just kept adding little bits here and there. After the front turned out so pretty, I realized I needed to make the inside lovely too! The details for making this card will be on the Heartfelt Creations blog on Wednesday(along with directions from all of our great Design Team's creations for the week!)

Cuttlebug Spot: Welcome Fall
Flourishes: Anything but a button and bow
ABC - "G" glitter

Christmas Birdhouse with Heartfelt Creations

I wanted to share my card that I made for Heartfelt Creations this week. I love how it turned out. It is so fun to combine different stamp sets and dies from HC, because they coordinate so well.

Products Used on This Project
HCPC 3353 Cardinal Family PreCut Set
HCD 706 Cardinal Family Die
HCPC 3340 Holly Leaves PreCut Set
HCD 705 Holly/Ornament Die
HCPC 3316 Poinsettia Petals PreCut Set
HCD 704 Perfect Petals Die
HCPC 3339 Elegant Holly Swirls PreCut Set
HCPC 3349 Cardinal Holiday Mailbox PreCut Set
Gala Glitz Orange

I cut the birdhouse card pattern from a template I found at Dutch Dare Card Challenges. I used the SVG file, so I could cut it with my Cricut, but you can also cut it by hand. I cut extra layers from designer paper to “paint” my house. On the roof, I used Diamond Dust glass glitter. To make my snowy layer, I used the Martha Stewart icicle punch and glued on white MS tinsel glitter. My birdhouse needed a homeowner – so I used the large cardinal from Cardinal family and colored him with Glimmer Glam (which made him very vibrant and sparkly). After he was dry, I cut him using the Cardinal Family Diecuts. I nestled him down in a Poinsettia flower I made using the Poinsettia Petals (embossed in red). Each of the petals were attached to a pop dot to build up the layers. For the center of the flower I used Gala Glitz orange. I also added holly leaves . The ribbon is some glittered velvet ribbon. (It’s a very sparkly card!)

For the inside of the card, I stamped a swirl from Elegant Holly Swirls using white ink. I colored and cut three small holly leaves to add on top of the stamped image and used a Dew Drop for the holly berry. The sentiment is from Cardinal Holiday Mailbox.

Simon Says: Punch 'em
Papertake Weekly: Sparkly and Bright
Creative Card Crew: punches
ABC - "g" Glitter
A Spoon Full of Sugar: Diecuts/punches
Mark's Finest Papers: holiday card

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Decor

Here is another cute little batty plaque I made this year. It's really quite sparkly in person. I got to use some of the cute Spellbinders Halloween dies, I love those little bats.

Simon Says Stamp and Show: Something Spooky
Crazy 4 Challenges: Halloween
Sweet Stampin: Anything but a card
Corrosive: Halloween
Kaboodle Doodles: Let's Go Batty
Papertake Weekly: sparkly and bright
Crafty Creations: Halloween
Simon Says: Punch Em -punches/diecuts
Crafty Catz: Halloween
Paperplay: A Haunting we will go
A Spoon full of Sugar: diecuts/punches

Cricut Circle Monthly Challenge

This month the Cricut Circle Club had an awesome challenge with the theme of Create. The prize is a ScrapBox!!!! Membership sure does have it's rewards! You had to use the shadow feature and embellish one of your cuts. I used the Reminisce and Winter Woodland cartridges. I also used a Kreaxions punch # 904 around the edge, and then water distressed it. I made the flower from satin ribbon to highlight the Pink Paislee papers.

Creative Card Crew: punches
Flourishes: Anything but buttons and bows
Papertake Weekly: Sparkly and bright
Simon Says: Punch Em -punches/diecuts

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More misting with the Beary Scrap

Are your fingers inky? If they are not, what are you waiting for? At the Beary Scrap we still have our Misting Challenge going on until October 31st - We just want to see your projects that you have misted on. This week, not only are the Beary Scrappy Gals misting on our projects, we are also being inspired by this gorgeous fall photo. Don't you just love those colors?

I used papers from Pink Paislee's 365 Degrees line. My stamps are from Heartfelt Creations. I colored the background image with copics, and masked off the image and spritzed my sky with Glimmer Mist. Then I added Flower Soft ultrafine in Sage and the new Pine Green for my grasses. I really like the ultrafine for giving sharp detail. My pumpkins are sitting on a bed of Artglitter's Earth Elements (Morroco).

To color my pumpkins, I spritzed some white cardstock with Glimmer Mist in Jack-O-Lantern and Rustic Red. I love combining colors and seeing the results.

After I colored the paper and allowed it to dry, I stamped my pumpkins and cut them using the Spellbinders Nestabilities pumpkins. I added layers of foam dots to pop them up from the background. Finally, I added my ribbon bow, which I drug through some GM that I had sprayed on my workmat. (And yes, I do have a whole section of my studio devoted to my spritzing area). I have to admit, I was cheap for along time and would not by the large Tattered Angels misting mat (it's a whopping 2 x 3 feet!), but once I bit the bullet and bought one, I love it! Often times, I will spray directly on the mat and then lay screens or papers or ribbons on that - It opens so many doors for new techniques!

So this is a picture of my spritzing area (please ignore the mess to the sides - Isn't a messy work area supposed to be the sign of a genius?!!!) In my studio, I have a hot tub that I rarely use - but it is the perfect area to set up work stations. I have my misting area, my area for cutting and embossing with my cuttlebug, and my paper cutting area. I leave these things out all of the time, because I use them so much. Oh, and don't fret, that's not anywhere near all of my Glimmer Mist... it's just what I played with today!

I hope we have inspired you to try some new things with your Glimmer Mist, and if you don't have any yet, I know you are going to want to try it out!

Cute Card Thursday: sketch

Monday, October 25, 2010

Trick or Treat Me!

Hi! It's Gini and I am thrilled to be hosting today's challenge at the Belles n Whistles Challenge Blog! I know you are probably getting sick of Halloween challenges, so I came up with something a little different. I would love for you to either "Trick Me" with your card (with hidden flaps, pockets, sliding get the idea) or "Treat Me" with an over the top gorgeous card! It's really simple and it doesn't have to have anything to do with Halloween. Just have fun!

Now You See Him...

Now You Don't

For my card, I used Wheeling By and the Puppy from the Changeabelles Collection. I glued the puppy on clear cardstock, that slides up and down to hide the puppy and trick you! I hope that you will play along with us (you have two weeks to get your entry in). The winner will get to pick a Belles n Whistles stamp of their choice.

Pixie Cottage: sketch

All Sewn up with Karen's Doodles

It's time for another challenge at Karen's Doodles, and this week is another one of my favorite techniques - Stitching! I love the details that sewing a little bit adds to a project. For my card, I used Trick or Tweet. I hope you will play along with our challenge!