Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Trying a new look

Just testing out some new looks and a new blog banner - any thoughts on it?
Pam

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Floating Dots Flowers

Here’s a very Spring-like card – to go with the very Winter-like weather today! WOW – it’s getting cold!

To make this card, once the image was coloured, I covered the main image in an Adhesive sheet, peeled off the paper and cover the adhesive sheet with loose glitter (fine glitter though). Shake off the excess and you have a completely shimmery image. Nice effect.

Floating Dots Flowers:
Card dimensions – 5" square



Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper – Accademia (Fabrianno); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Stamp – Floating Dots Flowers SD061 E (Sunshine Designs available at The Stamp Barn); foam tape, Tombow markers, water brush, green organza ribbon (Offray), Adhesive Sheets (CTMH), Dazzling Diamonds glitter (SU!)

Here is the colour charts – so easy!

Enjoy!
Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Christmas Ornament - Packages

Here’s fun way to make cards – turn them in to Christmas Ornaments! I cut 2 large circles using my Coluzzle, and then hinged them with a tab made with the tab punch from Stampin' Up!
Lots of fun - and I even got out the air brush tool (also from Stampin' Up!) - that's always fun!

Package Stack:

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper – Accademia (Fabrianno), Gold metallic (Stamp Barn); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Stamp – Packages Stack SD056 H, (Sunshine Designs available at The Stamp Barn); Tombow markers, water brush, Sakura glitter pens, Coluzzle cutting system and circle template, Tab Punch (SU!), 1/4" hole punch (Staples), Air brush system (SU!), cream organza ribbon (Offray).

Here is the colour chart for you.
Enjoy!
Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, October 20, 2008

City Scene – Country Scene

I was at the CSNF on Friday with a few friends EM, JB and CS – and had a lot of fun! Did you go??
I was happy to see a lot of my card samples at the Heather’s Stamp Haven booth – that’s always nice! And I bought some great new stamps and templates for future use.
Today you get two cards – a city version and a country version – which are YOU??!!

Winter Cityscape:
Card dimensions – A2

Christmas House:
Card dimensions – A2

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper – Accademia (Fabrianno); Ink – Timber Brown StazOn, Versamark (Tsukineko); Stamp – Winter Cityscape SD049 M, Christmas House SD060J, Christmas mini cube (Sunshine Designs available at The Stamp Barn); foam tape, detail silver embossing powder, Tombow markers, water brush, Sakura glitter pens, Stickles (icicle).

Here are the colour charts for the two images:

Enjoy!
Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Those Patio Lanterns!

Yes – you can sing the song – if you remember it!!!!! And you are Canadian!
Not quite a Christmas image – but perhaps a Chinese New Year one? Regardless – who doesn’t love those beautiful paper lanterns!!!

Paper Lanterns:
Card dimensions – 5 ½” x 3 ½”
Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper – Accademia (Fabrianno); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Stamp – Paper Lanterns SD065 E, Swirl SD042 G (Sunshine Designs available at The Stamp Barn); amber grosgrain ribbon (ribbon share TexasJodiLynn), foam tape, Tombow markers, water brush, Sakura glitter pens.

You can’t tell from the photo – but I stamped the image twice – 1 for the main piece that is matted, and the second to cut our each lantern from and pop it up on top of the original – adds great dimension when you do that. Don’t forget to make your lanterns shine with Sakura glitter pens carefully blended on top after you colour. Makes them look like they are shining (it didn’t show well on the photo though)

And here is the colour chart for the paper!

Enjoy!
Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hanging Skates

I love the simple elegance of this Christmas card – and this image. So pretty! Use your Sakura glitter pen (the silver one) to make the blades of the skates shine – for a more realistic look. I also distressed the outer edges of the card front with my Ivy Green ink from CTMH to tie it all together.

Hanging Skates:
Card dimensions – A2

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper – Accademia (Fabrianno); Ink – Versamark (Tsukineko), Ivy Green (CTMH); Stamp – Hanging Skates SD055 H (Sunshine Designs available at The Stamp Barn); gold detail embossing powder (The Stamp Barn), organza ribbon (Offray), foam tape, Tombow markers, water brush, Sakura glitter pens.

And here is the colour chart for the image.
Enjoy!
Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, October 13, 2008

For You! Jodi!

Happy Thanksgiving!
This card is for Jodi, in London - using another one of the images that she sent to me to try for her.
Jodi checked and the Inuksuk stamp is from Rosewood - HERE is a link to their website - Frog's Whiskers Ink - in their nature group of stamps - B323.

I have a thing for the Inuksuk as well as fall leaves!
A long time ago, I worked on designing a set of health pamphlets for the Company I work for - and the series was designed with different Inuksuit on the covers. Very Canadian, and very representative of people! I loved that set of pamphlets!

Just a bit of info for those interested....

The Inuksuk (plural = Inuksuit) is a construction of rocks configured to resemble the human form - and literally means "pretend person". Originating from the Inuit in the Arctic - the Inuksuk was a sign to travellers that another human being had been there before, and survived. They really have 5 main reasons for being built:

1) to show the way

2) to warn of dangerous places

3) to show where food caches are located

4) to show where something significant happened (and to be respectful)

5) to help hunt for caribou

As well, there are very distinctive shapes for each of these reasons, although each is unique because it was built with the stones that were on hand in that spot at the time. All very interesting, to me anyway! I even built one in my garden - it was great!
So, since I love the fall leaves so much - I had to photograph the card outside in the beautiful seasonal colours.
Inuksuk:
Card dimensions A2

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper – Accademia (Fabrianno); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko), black (CTMH); Stamp – Inuksuk B323 (Rosewood), sentiment (Inky Antics); foam tape, Tombow markers, water brush.

And here is the colour charts for this stamp - very easy, only 4 colours involved.

Sentiment, in case you can't see it, simply ready "for you!"

Until next time, have a great day!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Here's another photo from our adventures outside today - what a beautiful day it was! I seem to be fixated on the leaves! Hope you had a chance to get out and enjoy the weather too.

We had our Thanksgiving dinner this afternoon with family and a close friend - so wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving too!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Mittens

Another Christmas-like image on this card – I love this one (probably one of my favorites!) But I have a ‘thing’ for mittens!
This upcoming weekend is a long one – for the Canadian Thanksgiving! I love this time of year, the fall colours, the great smells in the kitchen and of course – the TURKEY!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! The weather is suppose to be fantastic – so get out and enjoy it while it lasts (my van is in getting it’s snow tires on – yes I did say that S word - SNOW!)

Mittens on Branch:
Card dimensions – A2
Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper – Accademia (Fabrianno); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Stamp – Mittens on Branch SD051 G, Christmas mini cube RSM001 CU (Sunshine Designs available at The Stamp Barn); foam tape, Tombow markers, water brush, Sakura glitter pens.

To make the mitten border on the bottom – I used the Christmas mini cube and started stamping in the middle of the border. I then rotated the cube 45 degrees each time I re-stamped it so that the mitten rotates along the border.

Here is the colour chart for the main mitten image – as well as the little mitten – so cute!
Enjoy!
Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

CSNF and the Polar Bear Collection

First thing - I wanted to remind everyone that the CreativFestival in Toronto is coming up very quickly! I can’t wait! Oct 17, 18, 19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
HERE is the link to the Creativ site for you to see all the vendors that will be there. My favorite booth is always the Heather’s Stamp Haven booth – all the new Sunshine Designs, and even Heather’s own store images are always a MUST SEE! Booth #185.
My buddies and I will be checking the place out on the 17th - if you see us, make sure you say HI!

Polar Bear Collection:
Card dimensions – A2

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper – Accademia (Fabrianno); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Stamp – Polar Bear Collection RS057 CU (lg) , mini Christmas cube RSM001 CU(Sunshine Designs available at The Stamp Barn); Ribbon – red satin (Offray), foam tape, Tombow markers, water brush, Sakura glitter pens, Stickles glitter glue (Icicle), Cuttlebug & snowflake embossing folder.

These little bears are very easy to colour and a lot of fun to work with. And they are also Jodi from London’s favorite set too! A big HI! To Jodi!
This set also goes really well for those who like to add lots of glitter to their cards - since there is a lot of snow and cold-looking scenes here - the glitter really adds a nice wintry look.

Here are the colour charts for these little guys – so you can do them yourself. Remember you can right click and save to your computer - then drop it into word and make it fill the whole page so the numbers are legible.
Enjoy!
Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Colour charts for recent cards

For this post - I am going to give you all of my colour charts for the Sunshine Design images that I have used in the cards so far - from this latest release. And then going forward I will post the colour chart with the card each day - so that you can reproduce the same look or get some ideas of colours you like to combine.

And as a reminder - you can get all of these Sunshine Designs stamps at The Stamp Barn. They have all of these card samples on their site as well - along with many, many more! Definitely worth looking through their collection of card samples!

Here we go! If you want to save them to your computer, simply right click and "save picture as". Then you can drop that picture into any Word document and enlarge to the size you wish - in order to see the numbering. Let me know if you have any questions at all!

Dotty Flowers Set
Stacked Cups

Christmas Moon
Girl on skates
Christmas Candles

Three Elves


Tree and Moon
That's it for today - hope these help you!
Until next time, have a great day!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fall weekend photos and a new card too!

What a whirl-wind weekend we have had - all in preparation for moving out of this house, and moving in to our new house! Who knew there was SO MUCH to do!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway - we did take a bit of a break from the craziness to get out and enjoy some of the fall colours (is it me or are the colours a bit flat this year?). So before I show you today's card, here are some of the moments and images captured. You've got to love fall in Ontario!

Walking Away:

Maple Leaf:

Back-lit tree:


And now for today's card - back to the winter/Christmas images! You know how I love cards that move or have interesting folds - and this one has both!

Girl on Skates:
Card dimensions – A2
Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper – Accademia (Fabrianno); Ink – Versamark (Tsukineko); Stamp – Girl on Skates SD059 M (Sunshine Designs); Punches - 1/4" hole punch, corner rounder (Fiskars), Ribbon – blue/green organza (Offray), detail silver embossing powder (Stamp Barn), Tombow markers, water brush, Sakura glitter pens, Liquid Applique, X-acto knife and cutting mat.

HERE is the link to SplitCoast for the complete tutorial on how to make a free-standing pop-up card – it's actually quite easy when you get in to it.
I added Liquid Applique to the "fur" trim on the girl's outerwear - and yes, JB, you do have Liquid Applique in your stash!!! Once the liquid applique dries completely - use your heat gun to puff it up, and it looks just like fur trim, or snow even. Just remember to make the slot in the card base wide enough to accommodate the extra thickness of the standing card piece if you use the Liquid Applique - it does add some depth to the thickness - so just be warned.

Enjoy!
Until next time, have a great day!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Quartet of Flowers

To get you through the weekend - here is a set of 4 cards that are definitely NOT Christmas themed - but I think the flower images are perfectly lovely! Might help warm up the cold weather that we are having!

Quartet of Flowers Note Cards:
Card dimensions – A2 – 4 ½” x 5 ½”
#1 - Warm Wishes
#2 - Friendship
#3 - You're So Sweet
#4 - You Make Me Smile

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper – Accademia (Fabrianno); Ink – Versamark (Tsukineko); Stamp – Dotty Flowers Set RS058CU (lg) (Sunshine Designs); Ribbon – cream organza (Offray), detail gold embossing powder, foam tape, Tombow markers, water brush, Sakura glitter pens.

I love these flowers – all four of them actually. This set would make a nice hostess gift of a “just because” gift for someone special.

Enjoy!
Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Tree & Moon

Another card with the latest Sunshine Designs images!
Here’s a very versatile image – can be wintery, Christmas-y, haunted, sunset like or really anything you want!

Winter Tree and Moon:
Card dimensions – A2 - 4 ¼” x 5 ½”

Materials: CS – (Bazzill); Paper – Accademia (Fabrianno); Ink – Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Stamp – Tree and Moon SD050 J (Sunshine Designs); Ribbon – navy organza (Offray), Tombow markers, water brush, Sakura glitter pens, Cuttlebug & embossing folder.

The base card is embossed with a wood texture using my Cuttlebug - adds nice texture, but is hard to see in the photo!

Enjoy!
Until next time, have a great day!