Thursday, December 20, 2007

My Husband's Project

Ok, this is my third post this evening! I am trying to make up for the fact that I am leaving for Christmas Holiday's tomorrow, and won't be back till the 2nd of January. I most likely will not be posting till I come home. Now this is something I have to share. I am so proud of my Husband. He just completed this bed/loft system for my daughter. My husband does carpentry for a hobby, and this is his first big piece. We are really lacking in space in our house and needed a bed set for my daughter which was very compact. He started with a load of wood, a paper plan for the bed and his own design for the dresser underneath. After many weekends and evenings for the past few months ( when he has been home) he has finally completed this project and it is now sanded, stained, verathaned and in action as I write. I love having a handy husband :)!

Fun Bookmarks 2.5 x 7 inch

I have always disliked the short lives of cards. I love making them, but once they are given, they are gone, and not always to those who appreciate it. It has been my quest therefore to make things for my house and family, which can be used, appreciated, and which can beautify the environment. I have so far made wall art, and hangers, and come the new year have more projects planned. Today, I needed bookmarks. Now I don't know about you, but I hate ugly objects. I read a lot as does my daughter, so I made some fun little bookmarks. The first one is for me.
stamps: SU Baroque Motifs, Hanglar and Stanglar ( strawberry fairy here) and Magnolia for the little bits and peaces.
Paper: Fabriano Artistico Hot Press 140lbs, Ruby Red CS, Daisy D's DP
Ink: Stewart Superior Burnt Umber, Basic Brown, Ranger distress in Vintage
Other: Re-inkers, Prismacolor pencils, Faber and Castel Pencils, Spica Olive, Orange, Melon and red, White gel pen, Stickles in Waterfall, glue dots, red tape.
Fairy was colored using color pencils and OMS. Stickles were for wings, Spica to dot her dress and simulate a strawberry. Leaves and mushrooms were stamped ( grass drawn in around mushrooms) and colored with re-inkers. Background Magnolia grass was stamped on olive DP and then the fairy and accessories added.

stamps: SU Baroque Motifs, Stanglar and Hanglar fairy ( lady bug fairy this time), Magnolia accessories.

Paper: Black, Olive CS, Unknown DP, red Bazzill, GP CS

Ink: Ranger Distress in Pine, Stewart Superior Burnt Umber

other: Cuttlebug Olivia alphabet, Prismacolor and Faber-Castell color pencils, White gel pens, Spica: black, clear and melon, Stickles in Waterfall and Black Diamond, re-inkers.

Image was stamped on GP CS, and colored in. Black dots were added with copic marker and then glittered with Black Diamond. Wings are Waterfall glitter.

This bookmark was made with CCdesigns stamps. The size is 2.5 x 7 inches. The mat is 1/4 inch less. First I stamped snowflakes to emulate stars and embossed them with white embossing pwd. Next I took a versamark pad and pressed it the whole length of the dark navy mat and embossed a second time with a clear holographic embossing pwd. This baby really sparkles. Next I cut out layers of white into rolling hills and attached. I stamped out a tree, colored it with copics and adhered a bit under the snow line. The sledding puppy was stamped, cut and colored with copic's and then adhered with very small and thin dimensional which are normally used for decoupage. The speed lines were hand drawn and added to show him zooming down the hill on a snowy night. Last the two layers were put together and faux stitching added with white stitching around the edge. Stickles in candy cane were added to the tree, and stickles in diamond was added to the snow lines. I took the picture now, before I laminate it because I figured that the light of my flash would bounce off the plastic. Once I laminate I will punch the thick hole of the cropodile, place a large eyelet and add some fibers. And voila, a miniature work of art that you can enjoy every day!

City of David truffle Box

I designed these boxes to match the city of David Card that I had made a couple of posts ago. I went looking for a template that would fit 4 Godiva truffles, this was to fulfill an order for 21 boxes, 21 place cards which matched, and Christmas cards. I couldn't find one that fit my needs so designed this one. It is all made from one 8 1/2 x 11 CS in Naturals cream. The outer scallop is Rust, and the inner one is Vanilla CS. Stamps used are CCdesigns snowflake for the stars on box and SU City of David which is soon to be retired. Image is colored with SU markers in Caramel, Rust, Brocade Blue, Olive and Chocolate Chip. Ink is Versa Brilliance in Olive Branch(?) and Gold Krylon marker was used to line the edge of the top. Organdy ribbon was put into a bow on the front through two holes.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Craft Fair cards

Ok, some pretty basic stuff. These are some of the cards that I did for my Craft Fair. I try to keep those simple so that I can mass produce them. The first was inspired by Debbie Olson's card . I often struggle with simpler designs, so I often need to springboard from other peoples work.
The second card is pretty straight forward, and the last one is spring boarded from DuckWaddleQuack. She did these gorgeous ATC which I just had to use for this card. If you haven't seen her Gallery then by all means check it out, she has some amazing cards and designs, and is extremely talented. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

CCdesigns Wintertime fun

I'm a little later posting these cards then most of the other DT members. Sadly when you live in Canada and have things coming from the States, it takes a heck of a lot longer to get here. Also I've been in need of a break for awhile, so my creative processing has been a lot slower. The first card uses all CCDesigns stamps.
paper: Georgia Pacific White CS, Cosmo Cricket DP Dutch girl, SU sky blue, blue Bayou.
Ink: Stewart Superior Black, Ranger Distress Ink in China Blue and Jean
Other: Copic Marker, Airbrush system, Twinkling H2O's, Nestability Oval and Scallop Oval, May Art Ribbon, Prismacolor pencils, Orderless Solvent.
Image was stamped, colored with Copic, cut out, placed on paper teared BG wich was airbrushed first. Glitter applied. Trees were colored with Prismacolor then overlaid with Twinkling H2O's. Rest is pretty easy.

This second card of mine was something of a pet project. i just love this Penguin stamp and snowman from CCdesigns. But I felt my little guy needed a home. So I sketched out an Igloo, some snow balls, a bucket of fish and a sign post. Images were sketched out with Copic Pens to prevent bleeding when I went to color with Copic Markers. Stickles in various shades were added liberally and a little red bow was added for a splash of color. Paper colors are SU Blue Bayou, Sky, and Shimmer White. Thanks so much for stopping in.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Another hanger for my daughter

Same again as yesterday, only this one matches my daughter's room. Process was the same but instead I used copper knobs, and Dashing DP. Image is Hanglar and Stanglar gingerbread kids. They were water colored with re-inkers on Fabriano Artistico Hot press paper. I'm taking a bit of a break so my posts will be short for awhile.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Housecoat/stocking hanger for my Son's room

I made these cute little hangers for my son's room. They are simple to make and very cute. My husband cut the wood panels out of pine for me and routered the edge with a decorative edge. He then sanded and brought it home. I sanded, sealed and then painted the panels. After adding 4 coats of ivory paint I added a satin finish. Next I used some of the old Christmas paper from last year's mini catalogue. It was adhered down with mod podge. Last a final coat of satin glaze was placed over. Images are from Magnolia and were stamped on Fabriano Artistico watercolor paper Hot Press. They were painted in with water brush and SU re-inkers. Next they were matted and attached with red liner tape. The final step was for my husband to attach the hardware. Drawer knob's for the front and the thing for letting you hang it. Thanks alot and have a great day.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Craft Fair project

Just a quick post to show one of my Craft fair projects. Theses are sets of 8 mini note cards in a decorated round tin. Original idea came from Erica Martin . I just fell in love with her cute little tins. Since I had no square tins, I decided to use what I had which was round tins.Each card was cut using Spellbinder Nestability circle, then embossed with a matching circle front. Cards were done using different colors of Bazzil 12x12 CS which gives 8 cards per sheet. Stamps are Stampin'Up Sweet Treats, Like it a Latte, Magnolia cupcake, and Lockhart cupcake which can not be seen. Like it a Latte is dressed up with Puff Applique for the foam and glitter and Spica red for the straw and marshmallows. Sweet treats has Crystal effects shining up the chocolate. Magnolia Cupcake uses watercolor marker technique, crystal effects for icing and Spica red and green for strawberry. Tins were altered to match card colors. Thanks for stopping by and have a great evening.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

2 of 4 Stampers Club Projects

Wow, the past little while has been something of a roller coaster ride. I had my Craft fair on Sunday, and was rather nervous seeing that it was my first time doing something like that. I was up the whole night leading up to it putting finishing touches on a bunch of projects. For the first time in my life my head never touched a pillow within a 40 hour period. I was an absolute grouch by the evening and ready for a mental breakdown. I'm not quite sure why i do this to myself. It was not to bad, I made good contacts and not bad sales, hopefully I've come away with enough experience to put to use for the next fair in Spring.
On to these two projects. These are for my Stampers Club on Friday, which I am working on in between filling some orders which I got on Monday and which are due Friday *sigh*(can't wait for vacation lol). They are worked around the use of vellum. The first card uses the City of David stamp set which is stamped on vellum CS with Versamark and embossed in Gold. Coloring is then done on the reverse with marker to produce a stained glass effect. The vellum which was cut in standard card size was overlaid over cream confetti CS card. The vellum on reverse side has glue dots to hold it in place. Glue dots are hidden behind embossed portions. Organdy ribbon was tied behind the whole.

This second card us made to display the dry emboss technique. Big on Christmas was stamped on Vellum CS with Staz-On and then flipped over. The SNW letters were pressed with stylus tool to create a raised embossed section. Snowman was stamped on Whisper White, colored, cut and glittered and then placed over main panel with a pop-up dot. Brads were used to adhere layer to Sky later. Holes were punched and bow tied. The other layers are Shimmer White, Sky and Blue Bayou card base. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to show you some of my Craft fair projects in the coming days.