Sunday, December 26, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
It feels sooo good to make anything other than a Christmas card -- LOL! I'm assuming I'm not the only one who feels that way right about now?!!!
So I decided to do a completely different card, using this QuicKutz barn and silo die and a sentiment that I think fits the "scene" perfectly! I think this would make a great masculine card for just about any occasion. Remember that Creating Everlasting Memories eBay store has many QuicKutz dies available at great prices all the time, so check it out! ;~)
Die: QuicKutz Barn
Paper: Making Memories 6"x6" 'Travel' pad
Stamps: JustRite's "A Day in the Country" and Pine Trees (source unknown)
Ink: Memento's Rich Cocoa
Other: Bronze Craft Foil (Spellbinders)
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Amongst my HUGE stash of Christmas papers, I could find only ONE that had snowmen on it, so that is what I used.
I won't go into details of my search for the bag holding my unassembled snowman, but suffice it to say I hope my new friend, Teresa, will let me repay her sweet kindness one day soon! Who knew just asking the "right person" in a store for something they didn't even carry would have such sweet results, because she happens to be a card maker too?! ;~)
Hope DD loves her card after much effort spent trying to emulate Becca's darling creation!
Paper: DeNami Designs 2005 DP; DCWV CS
Stamps: JustRite Times New Roman 15pt., 25 pt. fonts and 50 pt. Myriad Pro Lower Case font
Ink: VersaMark and VersaFine Onyx Black
Embellishments: Divine Twine's red/white twine; MS White EP
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard; RicRac Scalloped Piercerabilities border die
Monday, December 20, 2010
I used a "plethora" of products that are available at Creating Everlasting Memories, so I invite you to visit our blog for a list of all materials used and detailed directions. Then please check out Teresa's store for all the unbelievable sale prices currently going on.
If you'd like to follow my little hand-drawn sketch, I'd love to see your creation, so leave me a comment with your link. Any questions, leave a comment & I'll gladly reply. Thanks for visiting here today!!!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This month I've chosen to leap right into a Valentine's Day theme. These sweet glittered papers are My Mind's Eye 'Love Nest' -- aren't they fun?! You'll be seeing many more projects here soon using these. Full directions for my ATC are on our team blog.
Products used and all available at Creating Everlasting Memories (with many fabulous sale prices right now) are:
Monday, December 6, 2010
Paper: PTI's Vintage Cream, Gold and White Shimmer CS; Chili Pepper CS
Stamp: PTI's Vintage Ornaments set
Ink: Gold Encore Metallic
Embellishments: The Paper Studio (ornaments); Stampendous Class A Peel (snowflake & Star Chains) stickers; Krylon Silver Leafing Pen
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard and Fancy Tags Die
Friday, December 3, 2010
I had embossed this white CS a looong time ago and decided I'd just pair it with some bright red CS and simple snowflake and chain stickers. Sometimes the simplest CAS Christmas card just "strikes my fancy" and this one fits the bill! ;-)
Not much explanation needed here, so I'll just give you the short and sweet details:
Papers: Chili Pepper Linen CS (XPedX); white from stash
Embellishments: Stampendous Stickers: Snowflakes (Holographic Silver) & Star Chain Brite
Tools: Cuttlebug's Winter Wonderland EF (set of 6)
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Had sooo much fun creating this "moose-y" Christmas card for a special guy in our lives. If I told you how old the DP is, you'd likely have heart problems, or a really good belly laugh, but hey -- they don't call me a paper hoarder for nothin' -- LOL!
Anyway I really love how this manly greeting card turned out and now WISH I had more than half a sheet of this 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper left -- sigh!
I actually made one similar card last year & forgot to photograph it before mailing, so had to make another. I have no idea how I finished it off, just know I used this same DP, stamp and die. Hate when I forget to photograph my cards!
|Inside of Card|
Stamps: Rubber Monger (Moose); All Night Media's Large Towering Tree; PTI's 2009 Holiday Tag Collection and Holiday Spirit Sentiments
Ink: Memento's Rich Cocoa, Cottage Ivy and Pear Tart; Ranger's Walnut Stain Distress
Embellishments: Grosgrain Ribbon, metal studs (stash)
Tools: Spellbinders' Large Labels
Monday, November 29, 2010
|QuicKutz Nesting Trees|
Just a quick little Christmas card created using QuicKutz Nesting Trees (available at Creating Everlasting Memories #DC0016). I cut my tree's 5 suede paper layers, cutting die #1 (smallest) through #5, securing each layer with foam dots for dimension, topping with a red star, adding a simple sentiment and red/green ribbon from my stash to finish it off -- quick, easy, merry and bright, just what I need right now! ;-)
Paper: Papertrey Ink DP; White CS & Green Suede
Ink: Memento's Lady Bug
Stamps: PTI's 2009 Holiday Tag Collection
Embellishments: Star & ribbon from stash
Tools: QuicKutz Nesting Trees die; SU's Word Window punch
Sunday, November 28, 2010
|WMS Stamp Set: Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy|
Claire's weekly challenge is here. Being that Christmas is nigh, I just had to paper piece this cute little Gingerbread Girl from one of Clarie's first two sets, Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy -- isn't she just adorable?! I got a bit carried away with the pinks and flip-flopped the sketch, but I still love how this turned out! Nice when that happens along the creative route, isn't it?
I've had fun playing at My Sheri Crafts challenges fairly often and when I saw her theme this week was "Hello", I thought this would be a fun fit with my Ginger Girl. Go check out her fun weekly challenges!
Thank you so much for stopping by to visit today and I hope you enjoy what you see!
Paper: Papertrey Ink's Raspberry Fizz, Kraft, White CS and Dotty Biscotti DP; Fancy Pants DP
Stamps: WMS Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy and JustRite's Times New Roman 15-pt. Font
Ink: VersaColor's Opera Pink; Memento's Rich Cocoa; Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink
Embellishments: Rick-Racks and baby buttons from stash
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard and Inverted Squares and Heart dies
I just love this shiny red snowflake cut with QuicKutz Sparkles die and the light blue ZVA Creative pearl center that echoes the colors in the QuicKutz Nesting Tag. Wanting to keep the rest of the card simple, I merely embossed the white BG paper with Provo Craft's Swiss Dots embossing folder. My tag slips in/out of the QuicKutz photo corner so that upon receipt it can be personalized on the back before attaching to a box or gift bag.
You can find the QuicKutz dies used here (Sparkles, Nesting Tag, Photo Corners) and lots of gorgeous colors of ZVA Creative Pearls at Creating Everlasting Memories.
Be sure to check out CEM's bargains from Black Friday running through 11:59 PM on December 3rd!!!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I've used JustRite's Baroque Nested Frames & Occasions' Happy Birthday stamp on my heart in Memento's Rich Cocoa ink. I took my cream lace and "antiqued" it with Copic YG03 & 0 Colorless Blender, another fav thing to do with my Copic markers, topping the lace edging off with a narrow silk ribbon & bow. Hope my recipient likes her card!
Friday, November 26, 2010
I cut my bottom border scallop using a retired Pierceabilities die from Spellbinders. My three sentiment layers are die cut using Spellbinders' Standard Circle and Oval and Ribbon Tags Trio Two. After accenting the letters 'H' and 'B' and the raised dots on my ribbon tag with flocking, I laced my sheer/velvet elastic ribbon through my tag!
One upcoming celebration card done, several to go! ;'~)
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the USA and greetings to everyone in other lands!
For Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop, I chose red, gold and cream to create my 2010 Christmas Tags. I love gold this time of year and have included it here in the forms of some favorite gold paper from years ago, with the Peace, Love, Joy stamp from 2009 Holiday Tag Collection stamped in VersaMark and embossed with gold EP.
It is pop dotted over my Mat Stack 1 die cut from Vintage Cream CS and gold embossed with the swirly BG stamp from Round & Round. This is finally pop dotted to a Pure Poppy CS tag die cut with the Tag Sale #1 die for my simple tag.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Slip the ribbon off the front and inside is a stocking tag that can be removed and tied to a package or hung on a Christmas tree. I die cut a stocking in white CS and added to the back of the tag, so the recipient can add a message.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I changed the sentiment and positioned my pearls to better fit with it. I used cream wrinkled seam binding for my ribbon and "antiqued" just the edges with PTI's Chamomile ink, to tie in with my sentiment frame. I LOVE this ribbon and know that even after mailing, it will still look lovely!
Paper: PTI's Vintage Cream and black CS from stash
Stamps: PTI's With Sympathy
Ink: PTI's True Black and Chamomile; VersaMark
Embellishments: Queen & Co. Black Pearls; wrinkled seam binding from stash
Tools: Embossing Gun; Spellbinders' Wizard & Classic Ovals (S4-112) #4 die; WeRMemoryKeepers Corner Rounder
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The largest die from this 4-piece QuicKutz Nesting Stocking available at Creating Memories in Time is sooo fun to play with! You can create stocking cards for boys/girls, teens and adults in any style that opens at the top and will fit into a #A9 envelope or #A10 envelope. You could add a child's name across the top in stickers, alpha stamps or use your own handwriting -- my head is just reeling with possibilities! What young girl/teen wouldn't love a furry-topped stocking card or how about some added tulle in her favorite color for your little ballerina? For boys/men a stocking in camouflage paper? Just from my stash of "winter" papers, I quickly came up with one for a skier and a classy/elegant/sparkly stocking with scalloped felt (cut with QK's "Journaling Block" set), gold Stickles and gold braid trim.
This stocking die actually measures nearly 8" from top to bottom and I happen to have some long, narrow CS over 16" -- however, you can still create one with an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper, as illustrated in my photos. I simply cut my paper to 4 1/2" x 9 1/2", folded it at 1 1/2" and placed the fold just below the top of the die, beneath the cut line to create my stocking card front. (Note: If your die-cut machine and mat aren't quite long enough, simply run your die through a 2nd time to cut the toe.) Then cut a single layer stocking from CS and glue the folded edge from your 1st piece to the back of this piece.
To create my toes/heels, I merely punched a circle from a 1 3/4" inch punch and then die cut the circle where desired to finish my stockings. For the skiers' stocking, I stitched the top/heel/toe first on my sewing machine before gluing in place.Hope this inspires you to try some stocking cards for those on your Christmas list! If you do, I'd love to see a photo, so leave me a comment and link so I can see your creations and HAVE FUN!!!
Monday, November 15, 2010
|My Die Cuts|
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I kept my entry for My Sheri Crafts Challenge this week fairly simple, because I think this Soldier sentiment is such a fitting tribute to all our service men and women, that it needs little else to clutter up the poignant message it conveys to those that serve!!! A bit of red/white/blue, stars and stripes and it's done. Happy Veterans Day and Thank You ALL for your service to the United States of America!!! God Bless America and keep us forever free!!!
Paper: Red & Navy "speckle" and White CS from my stash
Stamp: Paper Inspirations "Soldier Calligraphy"
Ink: Memento's Lady Bug & Danube Blue
Embellishments: American Crafts Ribbon; Stars from stash
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard and Labels Four dies
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Paper: K & Company's "Margo" DP; Cosmo Cricket's "Material Girl"; PTI's Vintage Cream CS
Stamp: JustRite's Just a Note Borders & Centers
Ink: Memento's Pear Tart
Embellishments: Lace (Hobby Lobby); Leaf Ribbon (enhanced with Copic YG 03) and Paper Rose
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard; Nested Heart Dies
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Tim Holtz: Vintage Photo Distress Ink; Fired Brick Distress Ink; Idea-ology game spinner & fasteners
JustRite 15-pt. Times New Roman Alpha stamps
3) Cut/Emboss die shapes from CS -- I cut sign post & North Pole sign twice/glued together for strength
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Paper: PTI's Ripe Avocado & Spring Moss CS; Bazzill CS
Stamps: PTI's Enjoy the Ride; JustRite's 15 & 25-pt. TNR Alphabets
Ink: PTI's Spring Moss & True Black: VersaMark Dazzle (to give car a "metallic" finish!)
Embellishments: Clear Gems; 3M overhead transparency (for windshield); white embossing powder; Spellbinders' craft foil
Tools: Wizard Die Cut Machine; QuicKutz Sign 4x4 die; Copic Markers C-3 and Y-15 Versamark Pen
Friday, November 5, 2010
For My Sheri Crafts Challenge this week we were to create a Get Well card. Here's another of those cards, like sympathy cards, that we really need to have on hand for those occasions when we need one quickly! This Get Well Soon sentiment from JustRite's Just a Note set was perfect for Sheri's challenge and now I'll have a card on hand when the need arises.
EDITED TO ADD: Ooo-La-La -- this card won My Sheri Crafts Challenge!!! It's a really fun weekly challenge, so go check out this week's challenge by clicking on the link above!!!
Paper: Bazzill CS; PTI Vintage Cream CS; Foofala DP
Stamp: JustRite's Just a Note
Ink: PTI's Melon Berry
Embellishments: Pearl from Stash; Copic R02
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard, Flower and Pierceabilities Border Dies
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I've never tried Inchies, but think it would be a FUN experience! I simply cut my CS to the size of a "twinchie" (2 inches) to stamp my ice-skating penguin from JustRite's Whimsical Christmas set. For added pop, I embossed my twinchie with my Spellbinders' classic square die, colored him with Copic markers and airbrushed the ice and sky BG. A dot of Stickles on the snowflakes & he was ready to mount on my Lacey Squares cut from silver craft foil. I then added a foil snowflake and ice blue gem brad to finish off my penguin card. He sure does seem to be having a great time out there on the ice, doesn't he?
Paper: Papertrey Ink's Ocean Tides CS; DCWV plaid; Making Memories snowflake paper
Stamp: JustRite's 2" Whimsical Christmas Borders & Centers
Ink: Memento's Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Crystal Stickles; gem brad from stash
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard and Lacey Squares & Snowflake dies; Copic Markers
Sunday, October 31, 2010
This card was sooo much fun to make! After embossing my BG with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, I used the Sparkles die by QuicKutz for my snowflake and their Nameplate die. I cut the Nameplate die first in wool felt for added texture and again in red CS so I could use just the narrow red border this die also cuts.
I added a red button to both my snowflake and 3 small ones along the felt curve. Baker's twine is tied through the large button and holds the vellum sentiment strip in place atop my nameplate, making me think of a yummy Christmas candy cane. This is one of my favorite Christmas cards so far.
For all your QuicKutz die needs, see Creating Memories in Time for an unbelievable selection!
To create this Christmas Nativity scene I simply cut the center only using the QuicKutz 12" Nativity die. This beautiful die has the 3 Wise Men and a camel to the left of the manger and shepherds, a sheep and Mary's donkey to the right -- perfect for both scrapbooking and card making. I'm going to be featuring a card with just the Wise men here on my blog in the near future! I love to take different dies and "make them my own" by just using a part of the die or combining several to create a scene different from the obvious intended application.
My card uses Bazzill CS, lightweight metallic paper and Stickles for stars. I stamped my sentiment on lightweight paper, backed it with CS for strength, rounded the corners and punched notches to thread my Offray ribbon through. I used foam tape behind the star and along the top of the manger for added depth. A simple, but pretty Christmas card that's inexpensive, easy to mass produce and mail, always a bonus during this busy time of year!
Check out this QuicKutz Nativity die (and many others) at Creating Memories in Time for all your paper crafting needs!
Hope everyone has a ghoulishly-good time tonight for Halloween. My cards took their sweet time arriving this year (6 days after I mailed them???), but finally made it to my kids/their friends/roommates yesterday, just in the nick of time -- sigh -- just glad they arrived. I had fun playing with these images downloaded from The Graphics Fairy here. I'd have liked to link these sooner, but didn't want to spoil the surprise for my intended recipients. Karen has tons of great downloads, so be sure to stop by soon & peruse her site!!! Thanks, Karen, for making my Halloween card making ghoulishly fun this year!!! I embellished the downloaded images with Spellbinders Classic Frame, suede, Bazzill and Making Memories papers and stickers and gems from my stash.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
My quest to get more Christmas cards made continues with my die-cut snowflake featured here atop another of my favorite QuicKutz dies, Nameplate. The snowflake consists of two of three dies on the QK Sparkles die, covered with Stickles for "ice" and topped off with a ZVA Creative pearl. These QK dies and ZVA Creative pearls are available for purchase at Creating Memories in Time.
Navy Offray polyester ribbon is laced through the Nameplate tag and tied in a double knot. My right edge is highlighted with navy suede paper punched with Fiskars Apron Lace border punch and DP is by Bella Press. Okay, on to my next Christmas card featuring more QuicKutz dies, so stop back soon!
Don't forget to visit our CMIT Blog here for more crafting inspiration!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The time has come for us procrastinators to get busy making our Christmas cards! I created this simple Happy Holidays card using several fabulous QuicKutz dies, including Window, Cookies (tree, cut in suede paper), Sign and the plate from the Cookies & Milk die set to cut the plaid rug under my tree. These dies and many more can be found at Creating Memories in Time. Also visit our CMIT Blog here for more crafting inspiration!
My Inkadinkado sentiment is stamped in Memento Inks, Lady Bug and Cottage Ivy, and the sign and window are aged with Ranger's Antique Linen. Red gems and star on my tree are from my stash.
I'm hoping to post a Christmas card almost daily, so please stop by again soon!
JustRite's always fun weekly challenge is a Holiday Recipe Swap this week. I made this same card a couple months ago & my DD so loved it that I HAD to make another just for her. I decided I'd also make her a matching recipe holder/kitchen decoration. We both hope it will be in her new kitchen IF things work out as planned in the next few months when her current lease expires (fingers crossed)!
For the card and holder I paper pieced and Copic colored my apron digi image from DZ Doodles, and popped it up on foam tape. For the apron, ric-rac trims and BG I used various Cosmo Cricket papers from Garden Variety, Material Girl and Early Bird 6 x 6 pads. The sentiment bubble was cut from Early Bird's label sheet for the card, but hand cut for the holder, as I didn't have another label and needed a smaller size, so she can fit a recipe card on the stand. I cut the recipe holder sheet from Spellbinders' Labels Eight and then embossed my cream CS with Labels Eight & hand cut to get a 1/8" edge behind my DP. I covered a wooden clothes pin for a clip with DP.
Both sentiments are stamped using JustRite's 25-pt. Times New Roman font with Memento Lady Bug ink (now also sold by JustRite). I then added veggies cut from Garden Variety. My CS is Papertrey Ink's Vintage Cream and the ric-rac trims cut with Papertrey Ink's ric-rac die. Buttons are Making Memories, tied with embroidery floss.
My holiday recipe to share:
Holiday Apple Cobbler
6 Lg. Apples – Peeled & Sliced
½ C Sugar
1 T Cinnamon (or more!)
1 ½ T Corn Starch
2 T Orange Juice
Toss above ingredients together.
1 C Butter (or margarine)
¾ C Packed Brown Sugar
½ C Sugar
3 C Flour
2 T Cinnamon (or more!)
Cut above ingredients together until crumbly.
Put apple mixture in casserole dish & place topping over.
Bake @ 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until bubbly.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Papertrey Ink's monthly blog hop challenge today is dedicated to those that celebrate winter holidays other than Christmas. I've created a very simple, masculine card for a Jewish friend -- hope he likes it!!! My card was made by cutting the Spellbinders' star die twice and then using scissors to modify my stars to create a six-pointed Star of David.
My card was made using Papertrey Ink's Silver CS and the star and label using Papertrey Ink's Enchanted Evening CS. My sentiment is made with the word "Happy" from PTI's Wreath for All Seasons and a JustRite alphabet to spell "Chanukah", since I don't have a stamp for that. Couldn't be simpler! Can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with today!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
My original idea for this week's JustRite Friday Challenge changed many times, but in the end I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out! I wanted to use the Spellbinders' pumpkin die for my center cut-out. See the original card I based mine on here, along with Vicki Hook's tutorial. My first card made with her technique can be found here.
The pumpkin shape was a wee bit more challenging! After Copic coloring my pumpkins from Autumn Blessings, I added another die cut with my sentiment from Nature Nested Sentiments and Verse in Memento Rich Cocoa inside. Next, I created tendrils using thin wire stems from paper flowers, Copic colored the paper wraps brown. I added leaf ribbon and tendrils inside and out.
Thanks for your visit today & please come by again SOON!
JustRite Products Used: Stamps (see orange highlighted links); Memento Ink; Copic Markers
Friday, October 15, 2010
Just received my Wreath for All Seasons stamp set and tag won during the September release from Papertrey Ink and wanted to play with a fall version for My Sheri Crafts Challenge. I used Summer Sunrise and Burnt Sienna inks on my Dark Chocolate vine. Adding my sentiment, reinforcement and edging in Dark Chocolate also, I then stitched 2 rows along the bottom edge and again along the edge of this gorgeous Venise Lace I got today from Hobby Lobby! My original intent was to add some fibers to the tag, but I liked this lace so well, I just stayed with it for my simple, bright fall card!
Papers, Stamps, Inks, Tag Die: All PTI
Embellishments: Venise Lace: Hobby Lobby; thread: my stash
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard, Singer Sewing Machine; WeRMemoryKeepers: Corner Rounder
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Tim Holtz: Vintage Photo Distress Crackle Paint
Creative News Flash No 2 . . .
ATC Tuesday – Second Tuesday of Each Month
WHAT IS “ATC” TUESDAY???
Here’s the buzz…..The CMIT/CEM Design Team (Creating Memories In Time/Creating Everlasting Memories) will create ATC Trading Cards and publish them on the CMIT Blog (http://cmitonlineblog.blogspot.com/) for everyone to see, we will provide instructions, and material list to duplicate the created ATC’s. We encourage you, our viewers, to play along. All you need to do is send us your very own ATC creation. Our design team will choose a winner, and a NICE prize will be sent to the “creative” person for each month's competition. The first ATC Tuesday will be October 12th, email all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your name, blog information (if you have one), and email address.
WHAT IS AN “ATC”???
ATC stands for Artistic Trading Cards….they are the size of a baseball card (2.5” x 3.5"}, come in many themes and people trade them as though they are trading cards. For our first ATC Tuesday you can choose any theme you like; from time to time I will publish a theme to be used so you can join in the ATC fun.
I've personally never made an ATC, so this is an exciting new venture for me, so be sure to check back on Tuesday to see what I come up with! AND I hope many of you will join us -- I can't wait to see what all you talented crafters create too!!!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Paper: Basic Grey's Sultry 6x6 Paper Pad; White CS from stash
Stamps: JustRite's Baroque Nested Frames & Occasions (sentiment & frame)
Ink: Memento's Rose Red & Bamboo Leaves
Embellishments: Creative Imaginations: Velvet Brads; Papertrey Ink: Wool Felt; ribbon from stash
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard, Jumbo Scallop Border Petites & Rectangle Dies