Monday, 9 December 2013
Snow globes are one of my favorite ornaments… I love snow too, and thought that it would be a great idea to have snowflakes as the highlight of the snow globe. I took a few items off of a couple of cutting files from my silhouette Studio… a hexagon base from one item, and a snow globe from another, then the Believe phrase. I digitally colored the items, then combined everything (the snow globe is actually three layers).
Here is what I cut out:
A hint of the layering with dimensional tape:
And the final card:
Thanks for visiting! Hope my card inspired you to remember someone too!
Saturday, 7 December 2013
Hi! I made a quick and clean designed New Years Card, taking my inspiration from the Freshly Made Sketches here. I made it with my silhouette, so I could co-ordinate all the colors of the items in the card. Used the honeycomb embossing die to make a base for my 5”x7” card.
My computer is acting up a bit, so before it dies, I will just share some quick pictures of the before part of my design and then the final card…. enjoy!
The picture of what I cut out… used everything except the rust colored buttons.
Then a bit of the detail that I got by just painting on some glue to create a textured, somewhat glossy surface on the flowers and buttons.
I really like it, I hope you do too!
Visit the Card a Day Blog tomorrow when we start one of my favorite themes! Snow! (And yep! We’ve got snow where I live so I’ll have some great inspiration!)
Sunday, 1 December 2013
In this card, there are 5 layers, some I did digitally (no cut) and others I print and cut out, adhering them to the card with dimensional tape. The layers in order, back to front:
- 5”x7” rectangle filled with a red texture pattern I had on my computer.
- 4.5” x 6.5” rectangle filled with a pattern I bought at the Silhouette store.
- A snowman that I colored digitally
- A birthday banner I changed into a New Year banner
- Wavy “snow” edge made of a scalloped border that I ran through my cuttlebug, using a new favorite embossing plate from Cricut, designed by Anna Griffin, called “Foulard”
Here is what I printed as a card “base”:
And the final result!
Sorry that I didn’t have time to note all the file names I used… I do hope you like the card though!
At the Card a Day Blog there are just two weeks of card making posts to do before our Christmas/Winter Break! Its almost as good as an advent calendar, the excitement of the end of the year for our card making! Enjoy!
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Here is where I got the inspiration!
I downloaded the pattern and copy and pasted it into my Silhouette Studio Program… traced the outside edge, digitally colored the pieces, and resized them to make an approximately 5 inch square card. I made a background piece with a word border which repeated “Thank you” (you could have lots of fun with the program doing this, or opt to hand write a message around the edge too.
Here are the two screens in my Studio program showing the pieces ready to print and cut.
It looks complex, but it is really assembled quite easily… Attach with glue or double sided tape as necessary:
- Cross the green stems, corner to corner and centered…
- Put the crown like golden flower petals down, almost touching both sides of the green stems.
- The center red circle should just cover the bottom of all of the golden flower petals.
- Arrange the golden buds topped with the white strips on the arching stems
- Attach the leaves and red flower buds on the remaining stems towards the corner.
All in all, I think it will be a special card for someone on my list who loves quilting
I’ve really been enjoying what other card makers have been posting on this theme at the Card a Day Blog, I hope you have too!
Saturday, 23 November 2013
I am posting a card for the Card a Day Blog today, and the theme is Hanukkah. Its not a card that I would usually make as I have no one to send it to, so I am a bit out of my comfort zone… therefore the reason to try to make it even more special I decided to do an easel card, and I adjusted the easel card file by Bird - “Christmas Pudding Easel Card”. Using the cut file with my Silhouette, I basically by just used the card base and adding an extra colored circle. The menorah was a cut file I found in the Silhouette store.
The pictures below are from the start of my project to the finished, folded card. All that is left to do is to print or stamp Happy Hanukkah in the space that is viewed when the card is opened.
Simple, yet special…. my favorite thing to do when making a card (K.I.S.S.)
Have a great card making day!!!!
Friday, 15 November 2013
Now as promised, some recycling card tips I use:
- Cut out parts of the images for embellishments… simple ones are best, unless you like doing fussy cuts with really good scissors. My favorite types are snowmen (easy!), although if the background is plain, you can cut out with a narrow border around the image too.
- Sort out your old cards and pieces of paper in color types…. reds… greens… blues… etc. It really helps find the right ones. I also use zip lock sandwich bags to sort some special papers that I want to keep from getting dog eared in my stash box.
- Once a year, trash your stash (well, that’s what I should do, as my stash is much too big, but I do make an effort to go through my stash of cards and cut out the unnecessary parts of them and throw out the ones I don’t think I will use.
- Sort by season and occasion.
- Don’t forget the Flyers… I’ve got some great cards just utilizing junk mail! Remember the post I did here using a Boston Pizza ad?
The main thing is to keep having fun, and don’t worry about being perfect (or the card!).
Enjoy your day!
Remember that the Card a Day Blog has a challenge going on for November…. for more information on it, click here
Saturday, 9 November 2013
I had a lot of fun making this Christmas gift card. I wanted to show that you don’t have to have much on hand to make a super cool card. Most of this card was just plain cardstock, but with a bit of embossing, coloring (thanks Xyla), and a smidgeon of wrapping paper, it turned out well IMHO.
I did have to make some lemonade out of one blooper - I had initially hand printed a sentiment inside the card, from one I found in another Christmas card --- which would have been perfect for a gift card --- then I discovered that I misspelled one of the words, sigh. For future reference the phase was going to be:
Hope it glitters, Hope it sparkles, Hope its beautiful!
I made the card based upon the size of the elf my niece made for me (its so cute, don’t you think!). The card is 4”x6”
Elements of the card:
- Christmas Elf, drawn and colored by my niece Xyla… for more of her artrwork, see her site at http://randomeries.deviantart.com/
- Cuttlebug “Twill Stripe” embossing folder
- Christmas wrap, scrap green cardstock, and a salvaged sentiment from the inside of an old Christmas card.
- Gift card slider constructed from plain cardstock (see picture below). Sorry, no dimensions, I put it together using scrap paper and a credit card for sizing. Decorated it with Christmas wrap, and taped it to the inside of the card. The card holder has a built in paper bow that I colored with metallic and plain markers.
I hope you have fun making some cards for the season. I don’t really like giving money for gifts, but sometimes it makes more sense to send a gift like that through the mail, vs spending so much on postage by sending a parcel. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to make two gift cards….. now, who to send them too!
Remember to visit the Card a Day Blog for more ideas too!