Sunday, December 18, 2016

Quick Christmas Card using convenient Black Chalkboard cards

This is a quick card I made featuring the following budget-friendly supplies:

- Forever in Time ready-made Black Chalkboard Cards (sold with white envelopes);
- Jillibean Soup Ornament Shaker Clear Stamp Set - very budget-friendly and 9 pcs!;
- Avery Elle Happy Howl-idays Clear Stamp Set ;
- Avery Elle Happy Howl-days Die;
- DoCraft  Mistletoe Die.

The ornament stamp is part of Jillibean Soup's Shape Shaker Program - a series of stamps, dies and inserts to create shaker cards naturally!  But I simply wanted a 'window-style' card to show off my dog stamp.

I decided to try out the new chalkboard folded cards I had bought on a whim and my mind was set on trying to create a modern style card that a young professional would like. My daughter could then use it to give to anyone of her co-workers!  I think I did well :)

I am not that great at colouring with alcohol markers like the copic markers yet,
 but I'll get the hang of it eventually. But he's so darn cute :)

Here is where I used my 1 1/2 in. circle punch to create 
the window to feature my holiday pooch!  

I cut the mistletoe branch so I could re-arrange it a little.

These have a slick surface, so I used sticky tape to attach everything. 
To stamp on it (not shown), I used a silver pigment ink and was very careful not to smudge. 
There are 6 cards and 6 envelopes to each pack.  

More cards to share coming up!  

My Quiet Christmas Crafting Refuge

Hey crafters!

I am getting along with my holiday preparations with the end in sight, how about you?  My handmade cards that require mailing are done and all have been posted. So far I have designed each and every card 'on the spot' and while that means it takes that much longer, its a process I tinkering around!

Here is a couple of snapshots of my craft zone where you'll find me in the morning....

...this is my billboard where I keep some tags, a couple of cards as well as some gift cards - all of this is meant to be a sort of 'grab-n-go' spot for anyone who needs a quick gift-related item.  

Here is a display on top of my stamp bookcase.  There is my daughter's candles she made in grade 3; the 2nd-hand birdhouse I found and refinished a few years ago; the wreath is from Avon maybe 10 years ago (??) and my beloved angel statue where I've hung the little beaded bell given to me by my darling Mommy Crandall who went to heaven years ago. Finally my new candle jar from Pier 1...

.....and here are my envelopes I keep nearby my crafting bench.  The envelopes are an assortment of sizes and colours from the selection sold at Papergardens.  Some have a beautiful soft metallic finish, others have a natural feel and some are textured - but all are beautiful quality envelopes. 
You can't see but I have a few sheets of christmas seals in there [ I always need to add a little something to my envelopes too! :) ]    Next to the envies is my little jar of pretty pink glitter which I only use on "special" cards, lol.....I am actually kinda hoarding this particular glitter, its chunky and a beautiful pale pink colour, yum!

So that is what I see first thing in the morning when I tiptoe past the sleeping dog, with my first cuppa of coffee.....I have some organized mess too, but that is for another day!  LOL

Where do you craft?

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Holiday Cards using your stash!

Happy Holidays !!!  

How are you doing in your holiday count-down?  Good I hope :)

My style of creating cards evolves over a period of weeks as I prioritize according to: distance to mail and who'll we will be seeing first; along with how labour-intensive the cards are. Meanwhile there are the local community good-will cards - these are simple designs so I can crank them out as I move along and give them out leisurely.   

Each year I lovingly lay out my crafting supplies all lay waiting to make my annual DIY holiday cards - something I like to do first thing in the morning with my first coffee - before the dog wakes up, lol.  Generally I plot out a plan for designs beginning early - think August!

And it never goes to plan.

This time, while digging around in my supply closet I discovered a box of left-over bits from years ago, and I thought " Holy Hannah! I've GOT to use these supplies up! "  

So today's topic is ' Using Your Stash ' !!!  

Here's my first card made from some old card mats featuring an embossed frame.  I also brought out my older Stampin' Up! ORNAMENT PUNCH [retired] - just like ol' times!  

Here's a closer look.....

Next up are some simple tags featuring Stampin' Up!'s [retired] Stocking Punch......and the fun part, was there were a few dozen of these I had punched out....all different patterned paper.  So I gathered them up and spread them out on a table, and within minutes I had chose pairs and attached them to small mats of cardstock.  Afterwards, I took some decorative corner scissors and made rounded  tags of them - presto!  I may add some lip balms to these to turn them into the gifts I hand out to the gals at the coffee shop :)

So there they are.....and I have another project to share soon using more of my oldies-but-goodies!

Keep up the pace everyone - we'll do it, cheers!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October's Party Card

I nearly choked upon seeing the last time I posted here -- my goodness!  So I'd better get on with it!

Today's card was born out of a whim to make an autumn card.

And once it was made, I decided to handwrite a poem into it. Fall, I found is a season where many poems had a melancholy tone, so I was very delighted with this poem ' October's Party ' for its simple delightful touch - and here's my card [now on its way to a friend]!

It's a simple card, but I was inspired towards it by a custom made envelope 
I had hanging around for at least a year....this one, 

spellbinder nesting dies, handcut tag, button

I glittered the bird with coppery glitter which is hard to see here but it looks
really pretty!  I encourage you to try to handwrite a poem inside your cards --
keep in mind that if you go slow and try to make consistent - looking letters, 
it will all look just fine in the end because what else matters than the 
fact you took the effort and time to make a handmade card and send it to 
the lucky recipient! 

Well, till next post, and enjoy our FALL, its such a wonderful season :)

Sizzix Bigz die [bird], Martha Stewart punch [branch]

October's Party
by George Cooper

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came—
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly "hands around."