Saturday, December 21, 2013

Snow much SNOWMEN - Assembled Snowman by Tim Holtz and Large Snowflake, Merry Tree by Impression Obsession

OK, thanks for stopping by to read about my card-making, hope it helps you with ideas!

If you've read my earlier holiday posts this year, you'll know I purchased:
Tim Holtz's 
 b) FESTIVE GREENERY Decorative Strip Die
 Martha Stewart's
  c)  BRANCH Punch - as in a pine branch ...surprising that it took me that long to buy this punch!!!!  
You know how it is sometimes? 
Impression Obsession's
 e) MERRY TREE thin Dies - awesome!  

Last year's purchases: 
 f) a small branch punch from a company 'unknown'  (found it in a discount bin) 
 g) SNOWMAN PAIRthe cute Stampendous Jumbo Stamp (snow much fun to colour!)


1) So!  First up - my friend Jane's card, featuring Assembled Snowman!!!!

Again, so much fun putting the snowman together!  I created several 'blanks' of the white head and body, arms {in various neutrals}, etc. and then had serious fun choosing paper for the hats and scarves! 
I also purchased several embossing folders this year {not shown here} and made a few of each in different colours to act as mats.  Preparation is key for me :)

Then, I sat down and reflected on each person, and customized my snowman to suit them!  Jane is a happy traditionalist judging from the cards she makes - and she does a lot of detail work. 
So, I put my heart and soul into this card for her!  

I created her snowman with a traditional black hat. The hats - (unless they were cut from specialty paper, such as foil or velvet cardstock), were treated with MODGE PODGE Dimensional Clear Coating which is very similar to Glossy Accents.  Before it dried, I would decorate it: sprinkle glitter, drop the accent pieces into place.  The hat has a accent hat-band, but sometimes I opted not to use the band, and would just draw a bamboo stick threw the modge podge to create a welt - anyways, lots of ways to decorate the hat!

The snowman once glued together can be accented with a light blue marker in some places, the nose and body glittered, and he can have a banner or a 'sign' in his twig hands - I have used Stampin' Up!'s Framelit "Labels" (small size) to create my greeting which he holds up gleefully!  

My special accent: pearl tear drops.  


At an earlier time, I treated one of the IO Large Snowflakes with glitter and set aside to dry. Now I poked out one of the large sections and considered where I'd like it to be positioned. After that was settled, and with the help of a glue pen, I was able to adhere it down to the blue card base.  

Then I did the same with 2 pieces of pine branch from the FESTIVE GREENERY Decorative Strip Die [there are several components to the greenery - so choose away!]

The greeting was created in multiples {again - prep!, so handy!} and its easy to place it in the twig and adhere. 

Finally, I popped on the snowman.  Feeling like some 'red' was needed, I added a gem strip across near the bottom of the card front. 

Ta da!  She has since received it and really, really likes it - so glad! Aren't you glad when you receive positive feedback?  I know it makes me happy :)

***************NEXT UP - PINE WREATH CARD! *****************

I had no clue what I was going to do with Impression Obsessions MERRY TREE Die - at first.  But I knew it would be awesome on any card! 

So knowing for sure that Martha's Branch Punch would help me create wreaths, I simply thought " how will I pair these two together????...hmmmm"   LOL - easy - on a DOOR!  Duh! 

OK, making the door this size took a little time since I had no measurements in front of me. I worked it out so that the card itself would be pretty tall. Lots of people expect big cards, so this is great for that!

I created a door using white classic cardstock  from Flourish, and my score board.  Takes time to ease up to the perpendicular lines so that you don't "go over", so I had a tense moment 4 times or so. But its all good now. 

My most fun part?  Treating the window of the door with Martha Stewart's Silver ink!  Yes, I sponged it on along with a tiny, tiny amount of Stampin' Up!'s Soft Sky ink and it came out so pretty. Really makes a nice backdrop for the wreath!!

Next best fun part - the wreath of course!  Punch out a bunch of those suckers - and then glue, glue, glue away in a circular fashion {or square if you wish!}  Anyways, I interspersed some brown branches from the 'unknown' punch, and finally added gems and a wee silver mesh ribbon - LOVE IT!!!

Attach the wreath into the " window ", and then lovingly use the glue pen again to attach a die cut of MERRY TREE from IO.  I cut mine from sparkly grey-silver cardstock. I did not use the flourish that is part of the 3 pieces that comprise this die - but I can use it inside the card. 

I lightly sponged another of piece of white cardstock with more SOFT SKY to form a mat between the stark white door and the blue card base. 

Its a nice solemn yet pretty card for just that person you know would love it, right? Right!  Cheers again!

Snowmen and Pine Cards

Here's some of my final offerings for card ideas....probably for doing these for someone close by as time is ticking, but hope you're all doing good and enjoying the lead-up to the holidays!  

Here is a sample of cards that feature SNOWMEN  and PINE BRANCHES/TREES.  

I will cover the supplies and techniques separately following this post, so enjoy :)

Glitter Gradiant Nails are not just for Twenty-somethings!

The festive mood was been in full swing yesterday in our household....having done a few domestic acts , oh, like decorating and baking, we woke up in a slow fuzzy sort-of-way and then within the hour were busting our butts for a full day!  First we were going out with 'the girls', awesome friends, and my daughter had to bring along her party dress to go to her staff Holiday Party, and I was doing more shopping and ending with my stopping in to a local (and very nice) bar to 'cheer-a- beer' while waiting to meet my daughter on her return around midnight!  12 hours of festivity - whew!

Sooooooo... moi wanted my outfit to reflect the festive vibe and decided to shock my daughter by doing my "own" NAIL ART!  She does it all the time and is crazy-good at it!!!  But me?  Not so good!

But beginning with the very cheap, green nail polish I had just purchased - by Pure Ice called Free Spirit - (its a perfect 'pine' green) and my sparkly Essie white nail polish, Pearl Perfection I created what my daughter has informed me is called GLITTER GRADIANT style.

And the glitter - from my own stock of course!  tiny glitter flakes in gold and a straight-up brilliant green, and some huge flakes in the same christmas-y green!  But - alas no improvising, a nice puffy white flower nail accent served up a pretty good resemblance :)    Took me 1/2 hour - not so bad :)

Anyways, I wore a nice grey and white sweater, jeans, glitter leggings [yes!] and my NAILS I WAS SO PROUD OF..........TA DA!

click on photos

I found a nail style online and pretty much copied it as best I could, I think the colouring job looks great - my nails, meh!  I will tell you a secret if you suffer from peeling nails?  Do too much dishwashing, laundry, ....sound familiar....well, Sally Hansen MIRACLE CURE - AWESOME STUFF!!!! 

I will start using it again because I didn't since I had a ton of housework [and I hate rubber gloves]...but that stuff works W-O-N-D-E-R-S in as little as 3 days!  Yeah!  Don't know much more than that, but you can have strong nails, grow them long - its perfect!  

Anyways, shock the young girls around you and toss on some nail polish in a different style especially for the holidays ladies - its super fun! 

Monday, December 16, 2013

My Daughter's Card for Grandma - a Jumbo Poinsettia

See this?  


Now see this......!

Here is another card made from Stampendous's Jumbo Poinsettia Stamp [shown above].  Their "over-sized" stamps are the best for embossing purposes as well as for colouring!

So, my daughter combined the two methods and created with this lovely card for her grandma! 

 I especially love the soft palette. 
{ignore my name on photo - i label them this way for my blog purposes} 

The stamp was embossed in Martha Stewart's SILVER Embossing Powder, and the image coloured with Copic BG72 ice Ocean and G21 Lime Green; and Stampin' Up's Tempting Turquoise Marker. A Colourless Blender was used to make some texturing effects - looks a bit like raindrops. 

 Using Stampin' Up's Label Framelits was also a stroke of genius on her part - they provided a background setting, a mini-label greeting - AND - a stencil for sponging inky accent colour. A Spellbinders Accent die {sorry,name excapes me!}..adds some lacy texture behind the larger Label backing the poinsettia. I like the fact she only used 3 points - different! Of course, we all love bling around here {in fact, I often have found my gems in her bedroom after she's done her nail art - ahem! } its glitter and gems to finish the beautiful flower.

But - the fun part, is that she stamped the greeting on a small sized Label framelit, and along with ribbon and twine placed it in the card's interior - it's a hanging decoration!!!  Cute :)

On top of that, to make it extra special, my daughter decorated the envelope {front and inside flap} using some scrap wrapping paper we saved. Kudos for recycling!!

Whew....that's using everything you've got for a card such as this!  Beautiful! 

Christmas Bird Cards...and Multiples!

You know that point where its time to crunch down and finish card-making for the holidays?  Yep, that is about now....maybe a few last-minute cards to go, or one big fabulous one for your significant other or child, but its ' Do or Die ' now for me!

So, I have been making multiples of some designs to make cards for the people in the neighbourhood who serve my coffee, or bag my items at the counter...all those indispensable people in my life! In fact, my cards are my little peace offerings in a way, because I can be a bore at times - well, probably a lot of times, lol!

Yes, those wonderful people are too terrific at times - always anticipating my needs, so I hope they like the fact that my time and effort into handmade cards are my way of saying thanks for putting up with me during the year, ha ha!

If you saw my Hot Drink Card post - that's for the staff at my corner coffee place.  But somehow I have made a lot of bird cards for everyone else - go figure!

Here are some ideas if you have some BIRD stamps {or the formerly-known as Quickutz Anime Bird Die}...

Glittered Birds and Anime Birds Card. 
"Merry" greeting stamp from Fresh Squeezed Stamps: Hello December

Rolled a music note stamp back and forth over white cardstock, cut the bird using Big Shot and Anime Birds die. Stamped ' Merry ' from my newest "Hello, December" stamp set. 

Large Birds stamped with red and turquoise markers, and an ink pen to apply 
corresponding coloured glitter. Punched a border from glittered cardstock [Glittered Paper Stack]

Bird and pinecones adorned with red glitter. EK SUCCESS's Real Estate Punch for Bird,  
 Borders created using Scallop Punch, tied with Bakers Twine. 
Background stamp in monotone [red on red] ink over cardstock. 

Making multiples!  

Hope you are all getting your cards done!  If not - GO DO THEM - NOW!!! 


DYI Templates for Cards - Hot Drink Card

Holiday Greetings!

Today I am sharing how I make templates for my card projects.


Hot Drink Christmas Card with Tree Motif Sleeve. 
Red, White, Kraft and Patterned Cardstock, Hot Drink DIY Template, Tree and Snowflake Punches. Glitter and Gems, Pop Dots.


Depending what "idea" pops into my head for a project, there will always be a gap between what I own or what I do not own to help me create my masterpiece!  I might not own a popular die or perhaps one does not exist to make what I have in mind. Right now, I do not possess one of the many hot drink dies currently available and until I do, my remedy is to make a template.

Now templates are a well-known resource - there are tons of free ones online. But I have this habit of wanting to create my own templates out of cereal boxes, lol.  Much like an old school tailor and his plethora of custom suit templates hanging from the ceiling within his reach, I have a box of templates I keep ready to bring out when I have the urge!

First, I work out a design. Simple is best. Then I draw it {maybe practice on scrap paper}.Then cut out.
Last night I carved out this beauty - carefully welding my craft knife like a wizened old pro. Here is my tip: I make all parts to be all on piece of cardboard [or rather 'cereal box' board]. This negates the possibility of losing a part, which in my messy world, is a large chance.

I keep both the positive and the negative templates - there is no big reason to do so as either set will do, just my preference. If you have paper with a printed surface design, the negative template is handy to let you see where you are tracing and cutting!

I made a copy of the cardboard "sleeve" out of regular paper and punched the trees. Through the punched out trees, I can place an x-mark to act as a guide in order to punch the trees through the real cardstock {i.e red paper} and not have them aligned lop-sided! 

So have a second look at those cereal boxes - they're a nifty resource, as is your own imagination!!!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Assembled Snowman Wall Hanging

Hey - back with my crazy project I mentioned!  Its a small canvas that I recycled {former life: an Easter bunny painting}into a colourful holiday decoration which now hangs in our bathroom!  We have a really bright bathroom in a turquoise and white colour scheme, so I thought an upbeat decoration could go in there to perk us up first thing in the morning, right?

I slapped a very bright pink patterned paper over the canvas, and then had a ton of fun trying to stick a plastic mesh over top of that - I liked the mesh because it would add texture, and it is a bright sparkly white which is pretty. But it was dreadful trying to get it to stick down,...I managed with jots of sticky tape and a final brad to make double sure it stays in place. Where ever the sticky tape showed through the wide weave of the mesh, I sprinkled glitter, so it looks just fine.

Next, I used my Big Shot and dies to assembled one of my Tim Holtz "ASSEMBLED SNOWMAN" and cut a sparkly turquoise Fleur-de-lis using's Sizzix DECORATIVE ACCENT Die. The Fleur-de-lis acts as a background to the snowman because I going for a kinda off-beat design.

A few bits of this and that, and here it is!  It is hard to photograph this properly to show how nice it looks. It really does uplift my mood when I see it, and I'm glad I recycled the canvas because it was sitting around in a overlooked "things to do" pile - hope it inspires one of you to try doing a wall hanging, they're awfully fun! Cheers!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tim Holtz Assembled Snowman

Here is a bright young thing - having fun with my latest and greatest die, Tim's ASSEMBLED SNOWMAN!
This is such a fun die - I love the whole ability to pick and choose the colours and I know that is true of any die, but its just more fun when your creating a snowman!!

I want bright - bright - bright this year!  I have had years of traditional colours and beautiful prints, but I never really had those candy-coloured materials for my Xmas projects. Just wait till you see what else I did with this die for a home project - crazy!!!  

Cuttlebug SWISS DOTS Embossing Folder
Michaels Scrapbooking Paper Stacks, assorted.
Flourishes, Classic White Cardstock [110 lb]

Jumbo Poinsettia Card

Greetings Everybody!!!   Gosh I can't believe how long its been since I've posted anything - at all!!!

 But I am having a nice Sunday morning - sunshine is out, its bit chilly here in Toronto but no snow, so that's okay with me, he he.  Anyone with snow knows that the routine of getting out the door is tedious when its "put on coat, button/zip, wrap the scarf, throw on the hat, bend down to gather the boots on, mitts, grab your bag-pet-significant other.....its like that several times a day, SO you can imagine how we feel when there is no snow on the ground - yet!

Of course, we all want it on Dec 24 and 25th, lol. Then we want it!!!   Not sure if we will have it this year, looking a little too warm-ish. But there has been more than one year when it literally snows on Christmas eve - but you just can't tell, its one day at a time around here. OK - yap-yap-yap........let's get on with Christmas CARDS yeah!

Here is one of the earliest I had to mail - all the way to California!

To see the details of my supplies zoom down to the bottom of this post.

  a) I stamped the Jumbo Poinsettia with my Versamark Ink Pad onto deep red cardstock and applied COPPER Embossing Powder and heat-set.
   b)  I  cleaned my stamp, then used my Versamark Marker to zone in on just some of the petals  to act as leaves.   Therefore I chose to stamp onto green cardstock and used BLACK embossing powder to give it more 'punch'!
   c) Then I cut out all of it and set aside.

    The card base is navy cardstock and I attached a bright green ribbon across it near the top.
   a) I cut a square using Designer Paper which had a light background and a "small" red print.
   b) next, I sponged some light distressing - to get the shadow effect I used a die as a stencil - the second largest die from Spellbinder's BOOK PAGES TWO -  with mainly red and just a bit of navy ink.
     b) I pounced the Versamark Ink Pad around the edges of the paper, and liberally applied more Copper embossing powder and heat-set.
   c)  I adhered the background mat to the card base by turning the square so that it's corners pointed to the sides of the card - much like a diamond position - then bent the corners around the card's edges at the top and bottom.

    Thinking the main poinsettia looked like its center needed attention - I cut some deep gold cardstock with the second largest poinsettia die from Spellbinder's Poinsettia set.  Then I attached some deep red gems to glam it up more :)


 I layered the jumbo poinsettia so that the green leaves are jutting out, and added a double-layer of sponge tape to the back to give it a 3-D effect on the card.  I placed the accent piece on center, Then attached it all to the card watching to find the most pleasing arrangement.

Now I hope Aunt Jan loves her card - she has a very traditional tone in her decor, and I thought it would suit her.

My next card is much brighter and fun in tone - talk about switching it up!  See ya soon :)

Taylor B

Stampendous JUMBO POINSETTIA Stamp
Spellbinders LAYERED POINSETTIA Shapeabilites Die Set
DeSerres A7 Card and Envelope Invitation Set, Navy
Cardstock plain and print - Stampin' Up!
Martha Stewart COPPER, BLACK Embossing Powder
Accents: red Stickles, red gems, green ribbon, glue.