Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Progressive Challenge

Wow, I'm really getting this one in late, but I hope 'better late than never' applies.  This is my entry for the Crafters Digital Art Center Progressive Challenge #8.  I just love these challenges.  As members, we're given a number of images to use as we wish.  In order to continue as a member, all you have to do is submit at least one completed project within the time given.  The image I have used comes from McMahon Five Designs.  I knew as soon as I saw this image how I wanted to use it.

I colored the image with pencil, inked the edges and punched a ribbon border.  The base (A2 size 5 1/2 x 4 1/4) is a lovely pearlized card stock, layered with navy.

I layered the inside of the card the same as the front and used a corner rounder on the white layers

Thanks for coming to visit; see you again soon.

Always keep your creative genius happy and well fed!


Monday, December 12, 2011


Christmas is getting ever closer.  I hope all of you are closer to being finished with your preparations than I am.  I still have a looong way to go. ;~(   But this week on the Card A Day Blog we are preparing you for all those 'thank yous' you'll be needing once the holidays are over.  For my special thank you card I decided to go back to a novelty fold, but with a little surprise.

I definitely wanted to carry over the Christmas feeling with my card.  I started with a piece of two-sided designer card stock 8 1/2" square.  It was scored at 2 1/8" from each side, then rotated and scored at 4 1/4".  With the 4 1/4" score mark at the horizontal, I cut out the two upper 2 1/8" corners, leaving something that looks like a chunky upside-down T.  The top 4 1/4" square is folded down, and the two sides are folded in to create a gate-fold style card.  From there it's just a matter of the design elements. 

I wanted to keep it fairly basic since it was already a specialty card with the folds.  Here's the first photo.

I used a packaged tag, stamped the 'thank you' with Versamark and used black embossing powder.  I added a few die-cut pine branches and used foam tape to affix the tag to just the left side of the card front.

On the front surface of the folded down square, I used my own printed sentiment, cut it out with another die, inked it a bit and added two more pine branch die cuts.


When the inside piece is lifted, you'll see another packaged tag with a stamped Santa and the rest of the sentiment I printed and die cut.  The tag and the die cut have been inked.

The surprise I promised is that the Santa tag is a pop-up.  You'll have a better look in the next two photos.  I added another tag to be used for the signature and personal message.

Here is one last pic for you of the full front of the card:

As you can see, I really did keep the card clean and simple, letting my chosen card stock do most of the work for me.

So glad you came to visit today!!  Hope you'll have a sec to leave some love, too!

Here are the supplies used in this card:
          Paper:  K&Company 'Yultide" designer paper, Stampin' Up Very Vanilla, Tags from Hot Off the Press Luscious Christmas Labels pack
          Ink:  VersaMark, Tim Holtz by Ranger Antique Linen
          Stamps:  Papertrey Ink Communique Curves Sentiments set, Inkadinkado Christmas Characters set
          Dies:  Spellbinders Petite Scallop Circles and Lacy Ovals, Cheery Lynn Designs Pine Branch
          Extras:  Stampendous Detail Black Embossing Powder, Zig 2-Way Glue Pen, Inkssentials Opaque White Pen, Copic Markers

This is my final post for the Card A Day Blog for this year.  We'll be starting up again right after the holidays are over with lots more inspiration for your year-round cardmaking.  Be sure to stop by in the meanwhile; I'll be popping in on occasion as time allows.

Always keep your creative genius happy and well fed!


Saturday, December 3, 2011

For Unto Us.....

Yes, a Child is born!  My post today is once again a card made for the Card A Day Blog.  Our inspiration theme this week is 'Christmas and Children' and I have chosen to make a card representing the very special Child whose birth we celebrate with the holiday season.  Since I was thinking about children, I wanted my creation to be a bit more lighthearted - not one of the rather formal cards I usually tend to make.  It all started with a little lamb; think Lamb of God, think animals at the stable, think cute for children.  Add Baby Jesus in the manger with a golden star shining overhead, and there you have it.

The sweet little lamb is cut from Cricut cartdridge 'Create A Critter.'  I wanted her to look festive so I added Christmas Red Stickles to her bows.

The manger scene, the sentiment and the 'Star in the East' were stamped from Unity Stamp itty bitty set 'A Child Is Born,' and heat embossed.  I hand cut the manger and used Spellbinders dies for the sentiment.  I added the patterned paper strip to ground the images - didn't want them to look like they were just floating.

For the inside of the card, I stamped the sentiment directly on the card, added another embossed star, and, to bring the outside colors to the inside, I used a strip of the same patterned paper, but in the opposite orientation.

And for the final reveal, here's the straight-on pic of the card front.

Hope you like my cute little card.  It's quite easy to make and fairly quick to reproduce.

The Details:
          Die Cuts:  Cricut cartridge 'Create A Critter,' Spellbinders Circles and Scallop Circles
          Paper:  A2 card base Waussau white card stock, K&Company 'Yultide,' Stampin' Up Very Vanilla
          Stamps:  Stampin' Up 'Beautiful Season,' Unity 'A Child Is Born'
          Inks:  Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz by Ranger 'Antique Linen' Distress Ink and Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade (both used for shading and edging)
          Embossing Powder:  Stampendous Detail Black and Detail Gold

Thanks for visiting today!  See you again soon!!!

Always keep your creative genius happy and well-fed!