Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Little Man

Hope everyone is enjoying the fantastic weather in Ontario! We had the kids out on their bikes tonight - and we laughed so much (they are really just learning)! So nice to be out and about!

I decided to play with a new stamp I picked up at Michael’s with my 40% off coupon last week – the image reminds me so much of my own little man, DS (Darling Son) – so it had to come home with me. Even DH agrees, and I think the card must be OK because he asked if he could have it for his office! Success! I hope you like it too!

Little Man:
Card dimensions – A2 (5 ½” x 4 ¼”)

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Ink – VersaMark (Tsukineko); Stamps – Inkadinkado; Translucent vellum (WorldWin), foam tape, Tombow markers, Blender pen (LaPlume), detail silver embossing powder, silver brads (CTMH), silver picture hanger (CTMH), brown grosgrain ribbon (ribbon share – Texasjodylynn).

It was so nice to do this card – and I especially enjoyed it because it has been so long since I could sit and colour!

If you enjoy watercolouring as I do – you will enjoy this too. It is done in the same manner as watercolouring with makers on watercolour paper – except you don’t use water at all (or else your vellum will curl up!). So technically not watercolouring, but it is done in the exact same way watercolouring with markers - so we will stick with that.

So to make this card, I embossed the image on the front of the vellum in detail silver. A great hit when embossing on vellum is to place the vellum on top of tin foil when you are heating it. This prevents the vellum from warping and curling up.

Once it was embossed, I turned the vellum over and coloured it with markers on the back of the vellum/image, layering the marker colours exactly as I usually do when watercolouring with markers. Once coloured, I used the Blender pen to blend the colours and shade.

It takes a bit of practice (as watercolouring does) but the finished product is so pretty!
Can’t wait to try some flowers using this technique! They would be so delicate using vellum. Give it a try!

Until next time, have a great day!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Say Hello to Shellie!

So here is the Cuttlekids die card – Shellie the Turtle. I think this little turtle is a cute die – and since I like turtles, I had to have it.
But it was a Cuttlekids die, and I didn't use a Cuttlekids machine - I used my Cuttlebug!

Card dimensions – A2 (5 ½” x 4 ¼”)

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Cuttlekids die – Shellie, Cuttlebug embossing envelope (Tiny Bubbles), Cuttlebug (Provo Craft), Dotted organza ribbon (May Arts), Foam tape (Artful Stamper).

This card was so quick to make – no stamping, no watercolouring – just a little turtle. I hand-cut the grass out of black and light blue cardstock and added dimension to the grass with different thicknesses of foam tape, for interest.

So when you are using your Cuttlebug:
The usual Cuttlebug sandwich layer is as follows (starting from the bottom layer, up):
A Plate – very bottom layer
B Plate – next layer
Die (facing up) – next layer
Cardstock – next layer
B Plate – very top layer

But you want to use the Cuttlekids dies in your machine too, right?
Here is the sandwich layers you need to use (starting from the bottom, up):
A Plate – very bottom layer
C Plate – next layer
Cuttlekids die (facing white foam pad up, picture side down) – next layer
Cardstock – next layer
B Plate – very top layer
Then run it through your Cuttlebug as usual. Simple as that!

Do you own other major brands of dies too (like Spellbinder dies, Sizzix, etc.)? You can use those in the Bug too - you just need to play with the sandwich layers and sometimes add a few layer of cardstock shims to get the pressure right. There is also a Wizard Embossing Kit that you can get to help you adapt the Bug to other Company dies, if needed (check out Scrappin' Great Deals in the Spellbinders section for this if you are in Canada). Lots of choices! If you need some help finding the right sandwich layer - check out the Provo Craft site HERE for their list of suggested sandwich layers - just click on the Download link, and then on the Sandwich Stack Matrix pdf! Such a great resource!

And remember – Michaels (in Canada anyway) has all the Cuttlebug and Cuttlekids machine, dies and folders on sale for 50% off! RUN!!!!!!

Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Spring Card

I am just finalizing the Cuttlebug write up and card sample for you (finally) - and just in time! The Michael's flyer has their Cuttlebug and Cuttlekids stuff on for 50% off starting on Saturday! Woo-hoo!!!! Make sure you pick up anything you want on sale!

So, here is a card from my Fabulous Folds class offering. It is so much fun. It folds flat to go in the envelope, and then when you take it out it "pops" up to stand and show the main image. So much fun. They really are called "Spring" cards. I will keep you posted on when and where the Fabulous Folds and Cards That Move classes will be offered, in case you are in the area.
Spring Showers Card:
Card dimensions - 6" square

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper –Accademia (Fabriano); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Stamps – Umbrella and Raincoat from RS037 CU (lg) Spring Cube (Sunshine Designs); Embroidery floss (DMC), Raindrop shaped blue beads (Michaels), Piercing tool/mat, Brass template (Marianne Designs, Ecstasy Crafts), Spring Card Template (Marianne Designs, Ecstasy Crafts), , Tombow markers, waterbrush.
I love cards with interesting little details and things that all match! And it is finally feeling like Spring - so this card is perfect timing.
Are you planning on going to the Creativ Festival (formerly known as the CSNF) this season? If you want more information - HERE is a link to their website for complete details. It is on from April 25th - 27th at the International Centre by the Toronto Airport. Parking is free! The show used to be mainly sewing and needle crafts but now there is a large part for paper crafting. If you have never gone - it is worth the drive! Hope to see you there.
Until next time, have a great day!