Saturday, 9 December 2017

Snowflake background

I made this card for two challenges: StampTV MIUM - Create your own Patterned Paper, and ModSquad Challenge - What a Flake (have a snowflake on your project).



I thought it would be easy to combine these two challenges by making patterned paper with snowflakes. I randomly stamped the snowflakes on a piece of white cardstock with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them in white. Then I sponged over the cardstock with two shades of blue ink and rubbed over the snowflakes with a dry tissue to remove any ink that might be there. 

I stamped the sentiment and snowflakes on blue cardstock and heat embossed them in white. I used my PixScan mat and my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the sentiment, leaving a small border. I used the coordinating dies to cut out the snowflakes.

I matted the background before attaching it to a white card base and popped up the snowflakes with some foam squares. When I was putting the card together, I wasn't quite happy with it and my husband suggested that the sentiment could be in colour. I used my Spectrum Noir markers to colour over the white sentiment before using foam squares to attach it.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs: Seasonal Sentiments Stamp set and matching dies
                            White and Blue Denim cardstock
                            Powder Blue and Blue Denim ink
VersaMark ink
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers: BP2, PL2
Silhouette Cameo and PixScan mat
white embossing powder, foam squares from my stash

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Christmas Inspiration Challenge

We were given a Christmas inspiration photo this week for the StampTV MIUM challenge


I decided to use the gold, white and turquoise colours and the poinsettias. This is what I ended up with.


I loved the sparkle of the lights on the tree, so I foiled one of the Foil-Mates with gold foil
for my background. I stamped and die cut the poinsettias, and stamped and embossed the sentiment. I used a square die but cut out a rectangle by only cutting part of the die, turning it around, moving the die and partially cutting again. I used the same technique to cut a mat for the sentiment. 

I wrapped a piece of sheer ribbon around the background and attached it to a turquoise card base. I added the matted sentiment and popped up the poinsettias with some foam squares.



I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Merry & Bright stamp set and coordinating dies
                            Christmas Joy stamp set
                            Turquoise Sea cardstock and ink
                            Swirls & Flourishes Foil-Mates
Cottage Cutz Stitched Square die set
VersaMark ink
gold foil, gold embossing powder, ribbon, foam squares and white cardstock from my stash

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Square Tag

There are more beautiful tags on the 25 Days of Christmas Tags site. I was inspired by Michele Ferguson's tags on day 22. I am also entering this in the StampTV MIUM challenge - Get in Shape. We had to pick a shape or two and use that on our project.


I didn't have any plaid paper or stamps, so I used squares to give the look of plaid. I cut out squares that are about 1 1/2 cm wide. I attached them onto a square of black cardstock and then to a small white card base.

I stamped the sentiment and trimmed it down, and then stamped the holly and fussy cut it out. I used foam squares to pop up the holly and sentiment, punched a hole in the corner and threaded the baker's twine through. I used some red Stickles to add the berries.


I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Seasonal Sentiments Stamp set
                             Sentimental Holiday Stamp set
                             Cold Snap patterned paper
                             Fresh Asparagus ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Christmas Red Stickles
1/16" punch, black and white cardstock, black twine, foam squares from my stash

Friday, 17 November 2017

Cutout Card

This week, for the StampTV MIUM challenge - Cut It Out, we were asked to cut out a portion of our card front and then use that cut out portion on the inside. So here is the card front:




And here is the inside:



I decided to use the snowflake dies that go with the Seasonal Sentiments stamp set. I went with a white card front to look like the snow and used a swirly patterned paper behind the cutouts to look like the wind. I embossed the sentiment and attached the layers to a navy card base.

For the inside, I stamped and embossed the snowflakes on the die cut pieces before adhering them to the card base. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock and attached that to the bottom.

I used these supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Seasonal Sentiments Stamp set and coordinating dies
                             Scripty Holiday Stamp set
                             Cold Snap patterned paper
VersaMark ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
silver embossing powder, white and navy cardstock

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Plaid Tag

I have been inspired by another tag. It is by Karen Letchworth on Day 9 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags. I am entering that challenge and also the StampTV MIUM challenge - Tag, You're It.




The background was made by adhering tissue paper to cardstock with cling wrap. You put the cling wrap in between the two layers and use an iron to melt it. This sticks the two layers together and you can use it like patterned paper.

I stamped the holly leaves and cut them out with the coordinating die. I also die cut the berries with another die in the set. The holly stamp only has two leaves so I cut out an extra one, cut it apart and glued one leaf to each of the other two leaves. I added the berries in the middle.

I stamped the sentiment, cut it out with a square die and cut it again to make the rectangle. I did the same with the black mat with a postage stamp edge die.

I attached a piece of patterned paper to the tag and added the sentiment. I wrapped the black gingham type ribbon around the tag and tied a bow. Then I added another bow underneath. I punched a hole in the top and threaded the black ribbon through and tied a bow. Then I added the red gingham ribbon. I popped up the holly leaves with some foam squares and added three sequins to the sentiment layer.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Merry & Bright stamp set and coordinating dies
                            Fresh Asparagus ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Cottage Cutz Stitched Square Set die
Simon Says Stamp Postage Stamp Edge Frame die
tissue paper, cling wrap, ribbon, foam squares, sequins, 
patterned paper, white, red and black                           cardstock from my stash


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Pine Cone Tag

This tag was inspired by the tag by Svitlana Shayevich on day 5 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags. I am entering it in the StampTV MIUM challenge - Tag, You're It and the 25 Days of Christmas Tags.



I stamped the branches with Christmas Pine, both in full strength and stamped off. I also added some in Moonlit Fog. I added the pine cones, trimmed the top corners and sponged around the edges. I stamped the sentiment and embossed it with clear embossing powder. After punching a hole, I threaded the ribbon and tied it.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs: Seasonal Sentiments stamp set
                             White cardstock
                             Ink: Christmas Pine, Moonlit Fog, Warm Cocoa, Red Velvet  
clear embossing powder, sponge dauber, ribbon from my stash

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Card and Tag

This week, the StampTV MIUM challenge is to make two things that match. It can be a card and tag, box and bag, any two things as long as they match. I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Christmas Gift Tag, and Tracey McNeeley's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.


I was inspired by Jo Nevill in Day 1 of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags. I liked the clean and simple look with the sparkly gold stars.

For the tag, I stamped the image and sentiment with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with gold. I used the VersaMarker to write the To and From and embossed them. I punched the top of the tag and tied the ribbon on.

For the card, I used VersaMark ink to stamp the ornament randomly onto a piece of Red Velvet cardstock to give a watermark look.  I embossed the ornament and sentiment on white cardstock, sponged the edges and adhered it to the red cardstock. This was then attached to a white card base.

I used the following supplies:
Gina K. Designs: Merry & Bright stamp set
                            Scripty Holidays stamp set
                            Red velvet cardstock and ink
                            White cardstock
VersaMark ink, VersaMarker
antique gold embossing powder, ribbon from my stash

Monday, 30 October 2017

Christmas Treat Box

I made another treat box for the Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge #42 - Treat Holders. I found the idea here: http://intatwynedesigns.co.uk/intatwynedesigns/?p=4621. I am also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.



This was very easy to make and holds 4 of the Lindor or Ferrero Rocher chocolates.

Using a piece of cardstock measuring 10" x 6 1/2", I scored at 1 1/2", 3", 4 1/2" and 6" along the 6 1/2" side and at 1/2", 2", 8", and 9 1/2" on the 10" side. I cut, trimmed and folded to get the following shape.



The middle hole was made by folding the cardstock in half and punching with the Decorative Label punch. You could use any punch you have, or even cut a shape by hand. It just allows the candies to show through. I used a corner rounder punch on the two side tabs and punched part of a circle out of the edges of the bottom piece. This allows for easier opening. I also tapered the sides of the flaps on the sides and at the bottom to make it easier to fold and close.

I decorated with patterned paper - 3 pieces cut 1 1/4" x 5 3/4" and 2 pieces cut 1 1/4" x 1 1/4". I didn't put any paper on the bottom edge. After the paper was attached, I re-punched the hole. It's easier to punch them separately so it isn't too thick. I used Scor-Tape to adhere the bottom tab to the back of the top edge and folded and closed in the side tabs. 

I stamped the sentiment, punched it out and matted it with a scalloped circle. I attached on one side and a bow on the other side. 

I used the following supplies:
Scor-Pal
Stampin’ Up!: Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper
                        Cherry Cobbler cardstock and ink
                        Decorative Label punch
                        1 3/4” Scalloped Circle punch
ek tools 1” and 1 1/2” punches
Scor- Tape
Art-C stamp set
corner punch, ribbon from my stash

Friday, 27 October 2017

Halloween Treat Holders

I decided to make some Halloween treat holders for the Scor-Pal More than One Score Challenge - Treat Holders. I am also entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.



These are a matchbook style so they were so quick to make. I started with a page in the Witch's Dust paper pad. It is quite thick, so it's almost like cardstock. It measured 4 1/2" by 6 1/2" and I cut it in half to get two pieces of 2 1/4" by 6 1/2". It is reversible so I made one of each.

With the 6 1/2" side at the top, I scored at 3/4", 3 1/2" and 4". I folded up the 3/4" and stapled near the middle of the edge to make the bottom of the 'matchbook'. I folded along the other two score lines to make the top and front.

I stamped the two images and fussy cut the one with the bat. The spider image was cut with the Creative Memories circle cutting system. I matted it with another circle cut from orange cardstock. I adhered these to the front with some foam squares.

I filled each one with a treat sized candy bar.


Supplies used:
Recollections Witch’s Dust Halloween paper pad
Hampton Art Happy Halloween stamp set
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Creative Memories Circle cutting system

Scor-Pal
yellow marker, foam squares, white and orange cardstock from my stash


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Turquoise for September

This week, for the StampTV MIUM challenge, we were given a colour to go with each month of the year. We had to use the colour associated with our birth month. We could also use black, white and ivory. I am also entering this in the StampTV Kit Addicts Group challenge - Birthday Card, Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - Monochrome and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes.


My birthday is in September, so I had to use aqua or turquoise. I decided to use the Turquoise Sea ink, cardstock and envelope by Gina K. Designs. I started by sponging the ink through a stencil onto a piece of white cardstock. While that dried, I formed my card base into a gate fold card by scoring 2 1/8" from each side and folding them onto the front so they met in the middle. I cut the stenciled piece in two and adhered one piece to each side.

I foiled the sentiment and cut it out with a stitched square die. I attached this to a postage stamp die cut and added them to the left hand side of the card front with some foam squares. I stamped a little flourish on the envelope to finish it off.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs: Turquoise Sea ink, cardstock and envelope
                            Happy Birthday foiling element in the Made with Love StampTV kit
                            Dazzling Dahlia stamp set
Plaid FolkArt stencil - Swirl Background
Cottage Cutz Stitched Square set die
Simon Says Stamp Postage Stamp Edge Frame die
foil, foam squares, adhesive, white cardstock from my stash