January 24, 2017

Bookish Spinner Card

I made this card for the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday challenge to make a spinner card.

I used a light pink card base and a darker pink topper. I die cut a large circle out of both layers for the spinner to go. I stamped 2 images from All Booked Up on white cardstock (the woman reading in the photo below and the boy reading under the tree) in dark grey ink and die cut them out. I attached the 2 circles with the string between them. I then used double sided tape to attach the string to the light pink layer before putting the dark pink layer on top.

I stamped my sentiment, also from All Booked Up at the bottom of the card, the decided that the top panel looked too empty, so I used some stamps from the Daydreamers set to simulate a garden where the two people on the spinner are reading. At this point I realized my sentiment had smudged, and so die cut a label and stamped the sentiment onto that. I used double sided tape to attach the ribbon, and then put the label on top with pop dots. I also added 2 punched mini butterflies.

December 31, 2016

New Year's Card

Quite a few years ago I lived in Japan. New Year's is the major winter holiday there, so I tend to make a few New Year's cards for old co-workers and friends. Here's a card I sent out this year.

The image is a free download from III-Academy. I coloured it with alcohol markers and then die cut it out. I die cut the frame and mounted both on black cardstock.

December 29, 2016

Snowflake Holiday Scene

Here's another holiday card. I'm submitting it to Simon Says Stamps Anything Goes challenge.

I started this card by die cutting the snowflake out of my white cardstock base. The snowflake goes partly off the page.  I then used a piece of glossy cardstock and measured off where it would sit behind the snowflake so I could judge where the elements needed to go. I stamped the trees, snowflakes and Santa's sleight, then used sponges to ink on several shades of blue.

I affixed the panel behind the snowflake cut-out and then stamped the sentiment.

December 25, 2016

Doily Christmas Tree Card

Merry Christmas, to those in my audience who celebrate it.

This is a simple design and didn't take much time to make but I love how classy it looks. I started out with a gold doily, folding it back and forth so it made a Christmas tree (I trimmed a bit off the top so it would fit after the last turn). I used a black panel for backing, and edged it with ribbon on both sides. I finished it off with a sequin star.

December 24, 2016

Tree Greetings

I don't use patterned paper very often despite the fact that I own a fair bit of it. So I decided to use some on my Christmas cards this year. I picked out some papers and then coloured images so they'd match. I used pale green, red, gold and dark green on this. The edging was done with a metallic marker.

December 23, 2016

Season's Greetings Presents

I made this card for the Simon Says Stamp Make It Sparkle Challenge. I took 3 different sized pieces of white cardstock and embossed them for texture. Then I used shiny ribbon to 'wrap' them. I glued them to my card base so they overlap somewhat, and then stamped my sentiment.

December 10, 2016

Town Season's Greetings

This card took a bit of trial and error to get looking good. I started by die cutting the snowflake out of the main cardstock. I then took mini buildings and trees I'd cut out on my Silhouette and glued them to some cardstock I hand cut into hills and valleys. I added a poinsettia (stamped with a JustRite stamp), with some white cardstock 'greenery' behind it. I finished off the card with a sentiment.