Sweetness and Joy for Christmas

Sweetness and Joy for Christmas with Denami

Don’t you just adore this sentiment on the card? It says, “Wishing you sweetness and joy”. I love it.

Homemade christmas sweetness and joy wishesDenami stamps are always adorable, and now it’s sweet, too! =) For this card I colored the image with copic markers. I also added glitter to several elements, though the picture may not show it very well.

I used a scallop punch on the blue tag that has the year on it. The date is made from Quickutz dies. I added glitter to that as well.

The card is 5.5 x 5.5. I think it looks like a little gift…full of sweetness. This stamp would also make an adorable tag on some homemade goodies.

Here’s another photo of the card. Maybe you can see the glitter better on this closeup.

12 Tags of Christmas – Day 1 is Dazzling

12 Tags of Christmas Begins Today

It’s December 1st. Have you been to Tim Holtz’s blog yet to view his first tag for Christmas? If not, let me give you a sneak peek:

12 tags of christmas day 1 snippetI said sneak peek. Did you think I was going to show you the whole thing? Not so. This is Tim’s big momment. You’ll need to head over to his site to see the splendar of it all.

As it is, this little corner shot shows so much details, I’m still in utter amazement at what I see. Not to mention that I’m drooling over all of the products that have his name on it!

First, I love the blue background. Tim’s use of distress ink and perfect pearls mists is delicious! It’s such a crisp winter tasty blue. Oh, and his use of the distress ink to color the ribbon, enlightening. I don’t think I’ll ever buy colored ribbon again! 

I also love the house treatment. Oh my gosh, there is so much attention to detail in making the house I nearly giggled with delight! Glossy accents and Tim’s crackle paint are a must have! Not to mention the embossing and die plates! I want, I want, I want. I need, I need, I need!

Really, I could go on and on about this particular tag. There are sooo many techniques and so many alternative uses of product it’s amazing.

What I appreciate most about this, is the attention to detail, the extensive tutorial and the other bonus photos of other tags and uses of his house die.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Tim’s blog!

Christmas Tags with Tim

Last year I was thrilled to find 12 tags of Christmas by Tim Holtz. Every day, from December 1 through 12 he posts a decorated Christmas tag. They are sometimes opulant, sometimes sleek, but always grunge. I Love It! Tim has created a new video that will inspire you to stop by his blog! I know, because I’m expecting great things and I will be stopping by his blog!

World Card Making Day 2010 Recipe Cards

World Card Making Day 2010 – Recipe Cards

World Card Making Day is apparently only 5 years old. I’ve been wanting to throw a big card making party at my home for the past couple of years…and again, it didn’t work into the schedule. But, World Card Making Day did happened to fall on the same day that the youth group at my church is having a bake auction. So I created a couple of recipe cards to go along with the two items that I baked. These recipe’s are amazing! I love chocolate, but even these two desserts are good enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. I thought I’d sweeten the deal by including some cute recipe cards.

World Card Making Day 2010 – Carrot Cake Card

Carrot Cake Recipe Card

I made Carrot Cake (minus nuts and raisins) with cream cheese icing. I can literally say that the only redeeming qualityof this cake is the carrots! The cake must be made the night before…I guess it needs to repent in the dark refrigerator overnight for all of the calories it has and the temptation it will cause the next day. =) I think the chef on the card has indulged in too much carrot cake!

World Card Making Daya 2010 – Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

both recipe cards

Were you looking for something different for the chocolate chip peanut butter cookie recipe card? Well, I thought the carrot cake card turned out sooo cute that I just copied it! I doubt the same person will bid on both my items so this way two people are blessed with this cute card. I think the recipe for the cookies came originally from allrecipes.com. It’s called “whole jar of peanut butter cookies” or something like that. I think it should be called, “melt in your mouth peanut butter cookies”. I live in Colorado, so the recipe has been modified slightly to accommodate the high altitude.

I opted for orange for these cards because, well, it’s October! That, and the pan I’m using for the carrot cake has a copper bottom. And orange reminds me of the color of carrots.

Regarding supplies:

Stamp – Voila from Stampin’ Up – retired
Stamp – Checker Board – I think is Stampin’ Up from 1993 – obviously retired!
Embossing Plate – dots from Sizzix
Copic Markers – colored the chef
Paper – The Paper Company
Recipe – a couple of coworkers gave me

World Card Making Day – Third Auctoin Item

I did make one more item for the auction. One day the hot chocolate was sitting out which got me to thinking about making some hot chocolate treats. I’ve seen these at craft shows…so the conecpt isn’t new. But I think the packaging turned out nice. I just raided my stash of chrstmas mugs and created this last auction item.

Cocoa for Two

I created this project with everything I had on hand.

Supplies:

Mugs – two matching from my stash
Cocoa bags – disposible cake decorating bags
Snowflake punch – Martha Stewart
Paper – Red I had on hand
Ribbon – from my stash
Plastic Case – From a box of glitter pens. It used to store my ribbons – now it’s part of  gift.

Copics With and Without Distress

Copics Work on Cards that are Both Distressed and Not Distressed

I made two very different cards recently. I utilized a couple different techniques for stamping and for the copics. Let’s take a look at them.

Simple Blending with Copics and Ribbon

Coloring with copics on paper and ribbon

Take a close look at the skin tones. Do you see the darker shading on the left? What about on the shirt and pants? Of course, there’s a bit of grey to cast shadows of the girls. This is traditional coloring with copics. Meaning the image is given depth with shading.

Now, what do you think about the blue ribbon? Can you tell that it started out as a piece of cream silk ribbon? I colored the ribbon (Creative Impressions) with the chisel tip of my copic marker. Pretty sweet!

Distressing has become quite popular these days. Let’s see how copics look with that.

Copics with Distressing

Copics accent distress art

Distress takes many forms. There’s torn edges, inked edges and uneven stamping. I think that makes a great backdrop for some vivid Copic colored images.

The poppy flowers are traditional copics coloring. Lots of blending from red to light orange. I opted to do a similar technique on the butterfly. Meaning I didn’t want the pattern on the wings to dictate where the colors should start and stop. Instead, I opted to blend the yellows throughout the wings. I later added some orange to give some shadows. Let’s take a closer look.

copics close up

Do you see the strong accents of orange on the butterfly? That was not blended, but added after the butterfly was colored. The close up shows the glitter quite well, too.

What fun and how versitile!

Win an i-rock!

Just Imagine is giving away a cool blog candy and I couldn’t resist sharing it with you. I’ve seen the i-rock around and wonder if it’s really all it’s cracked up to be. I don’t know…but I’ve entered to win one! I think you should, too. Here’s a photo of my favorite apron from the crew.

Place Cards for Drinks

Place Cards at a Potluck

Place cards can really take the guesswork out of unidentifiable foods and drinks at a potluck. Of course, potlucks are awesome because you get to sample people’s favorite foods. But drinks can be a bit more mysterious when stored in coolers and igloos. Place cards will help speed up the beverage counter because people can quickly see what their options are.

Place Cards for Drinks

Place cards for drinks

As you can see, I created three place cards using a table tent design…meaning they stand on their own. I attempted to laminate them…but when that didn’t stick, I opted to cover them with clear contact paper. That makes them look less cute…but more durable!

Place Cards for Tea

First up are the place cards I created for tea. I originally created a large card…but thought that would be a bit much. So I refined it and created a smaller place card.

tea place cards in two sizesThe paper I used for this place card is from K & Company. I distressed the edges with scissors and with tim holtz distress ink.

I used a sizzix swirl die plate on my cuttlebug. Then used some quickutz alphabets and spellbinders  rectangle scallops for the label.

Oh, and the ribbon is from creative impressions.

If you look really closely at the smaller card, you’ll see that the swirl acts as a divider for two different decorative papers. There is a lighter brown paper on the bottom left corner and a darker brown on the top right corner.

This item was fairly flat, no brads or gems, so that I could cover with contact paper. I didn’t want anything that would snag or tear.

Place Cards for Lemonade

Now, the lemonade was more of a challenge. The word is quite long! The face of the place cards measure 4″ x 2.5″. So there’s not a ton of room for letters. But still I opted for a chunky letter so the tag would be easy to read.

place card for lemonadeThe clear contact paper kind of hides or distorts the cute distressing on the card.

First I ran a piece of brown cardstock through the cuttlebug using a texture plate. I then distressed the raised elements with Tim Holtz white paint.

I also created the teal daisy with a quickutz plate. And I used the same letter plate for this card that I used on the tea place card.

Again, the edges are disgressed with scissors and ink.

Place Card for Water

The last place card I’ll share is the one my sister and I created for water. It was a team project. She originally designed a large card…but I trimmed it down to fit the 4″ x 2.5″ format.

place card for waterAs you can see, I distressed the paper. Use the cuttlebug. This time the paper has a decorative edge from the labels 8 die plate from spellbinders.

This design is on the simple side.

My goal, as I said earlier, was to create cards that are easy to read and would help keep the beverage line moving.

I hope these inspire you to create beautiful custom place cards for your next potluck or party.

Mother Daugher Stamping

My mother and I got together to do a bit of stamping. We wanted some birthday cards, anniversary cards and get well soon cards. A tall order for one afternoon!

First – My Creations

I’ve seen a lot of large scalloped circle cards. Below you’ll see quite a few variations on that theme.

You’ll notice I have two very different styles here. The Get Well card (for my 98 year old grandmother) is a simple design. Solid papers and clean line images. I love the tone on tone of the greens. The birdcage card (a happy birthday card) is one of those “more is better” type cards. I distressed the edges of everything with Tim Holtz distress ink. Of course, bling finishes off both cards!

I’m sure you’re going to think I’m crazy. But I couldn’t resist creating a bright birthday card for a niece or nephew. This is definitely not my traditional style, but sometimes you want something that appeals to someone elses style.

Do young children have style other than a love for bright and colorful? I’m hoping not…cause the only thing going for this card is the color! =)

Believe it or not, I did color the image with Copics. This is a Stampin’ Up Stamp. Most likely it’s retired…but it’s a new stamp for me.

I was also playing around with my “simple” style. Here I used some shiney brown paper and added a simple horizontal line and flower.

I love how “white space” can really add strength to the focal point. Not sure if I successfully accomplished that here. But I thought it was fun.

I think this also may be the first time I’ve adde 3D flowers to my cards. I mail all my cards…so they have to be fairly flat.

My Mom’s Creations

Here’s a peek at what my mom created. She made her own version of the large scallop circle card. She opted for the more simple version…with lots of gems.

She created two other card following a layout she saw in an old issue of Paper Crafts Magazine. That’s a great way to get inspiration.

We had a nice time creating cards. I hope you enjoy creating some, too!

Coloring with Copics – Girlfriends Card

Coloring with Copics – Girlfriends Card

Coloring with Copics is a lot of fun and it adds a lot of depth to our homemade stamped cards. I’d like to show you how I colored this girlfriends card.

Girlfriends Card Colored with Copics

The layout for the card is very traditional. I think the colors make it fresh and fun. I did use a bit of tone on tone in the green accent layer. But I went more vibrant with some of the other colors.

The girlfriends stamp is from Rusty Pickle. The saying and background stamps are from Hero Arts. I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink for girls and sentiment. I used Tim Holtz Distress ink for the green. And I used Copics to color the image.

Coloring with Copics – Shading: A Side by Side Comparison

Let’s begin by looking at a side-by-side comparison of a card colored with shading and one without.

Two cards: one shaded with copics on not shaded

Can you se the difference? At this size, you may not be able to tell. The hair is one area where shading adds volume. Copics can really be subtle yet powerful. I think the card on the right just looks more finished.

Coloring with Copics – The First Layer

There are a couple of different techniques when coloring with Copics. Don’t take me too literally here because I haven’t taken any classes yet. But I’m told there are several techniques. So far I’ve only used two.

The technique I’m using here is to add shading without blending. Let me point out that I colored the entire card before doing any shading. I simply used the lightest color I wanted for each element. Later I will add darker colors for shading. 

the base layer colored with copics

Coloring with Copics – Adding Shading

Generally when you’re coloring with copics you want the shaded areas to blend. But for this card, I opted for a harder line with the shadow color. I think it works primarily because the shadow color is close enough to the base layer. And it also works because the elemnts are small.

Shading added to card with copics

Let me give you one more close up….see if you can find the darker colors.

coloring close up

Ok…so let’s test your coloring with copics skills. Do you see the shading in the following:

  • hair
  • face
  • shirt
  • pants
  • mugs

I’m sure you spotted all of those…but there are a couple more things I’d like to point out. Coloring with Copics makes it easy to ground your figures. I used two shades of grey to give shadows to the image. Do you see the grey under their feet and under the chairs and table?

The other perk about coloring with copics is that you can give the stamped image a shadow or a glow. In this case, I colored a light blue on the left and bottom side of all the outside lines. Some people color around all the outside lines.

The copic markers are Set A from the Ciao series. I love this set because it gives you many shades and takes all the guess work out of trying to decide what colors you need. But, of course, now I am drooling over Set B! =)

Stick Figure Love

Stick Figure Love – Happy Anniversary Card

I’d love to hear which card you like the best. I’m torn. So far my sister and husband favor the same card. I’m wondering if one really is more appealing than another. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Today I have one card done two ways. I’m using my new Stick Love stamp (well, new to me). I received a bridal shower invitation that had this image on it way back it March. I have been on the hunt for it ever since. I found it at a garage sale! Woo Hoo!

This is one of those stamps that I just want to hold to my chest and squeal with delight. I simply adore it. So, without further delay, here are my cards.

Stick Figure Love - Happy Anniversary Cards

The elements on the card are the same. Blue sparkle paper from The Paper Company. The stick figures are stamped in Memento ink and colored with copic markers. Stick Love is from Wordsworth. Happy Anniversary is from Hero Arts.

If you look closely, you can see that I used a bit of grey marker to put shadows under the feet of the stick figures. I think it’s subtle, but helps ground the figures.

Stick Figure Love – Happy Anniversary – Rectangle

I’ll show you a close-up of the first card I created. The rectangle card.

stick figure happy anniversary card in rectangular shape

Let me point out a couple of elements that make this anniversary card different then the other. I used white embossing for the happy anniversary sentiment. I really wanted it to pop off the dark blue. After I colored the card with copics, I went back with some glitter pens to highlight the shaded areas.

I chose to leave the card very simple. I wanted the focal point of the stamp to really stand out.

Stick Figure Love – Happy Anniversary – Blocks

Next I wanted to see what the image would look cut into blocks.

stick figure love happy anniversary blocked

For my second use of the stick love stamp, I opted to cut each couple into their own square. I matted each of them in the same dark blue as the first card. I’m not sure why I didn’t simply line them up evenly…but I decided to off set each couple.

The differences: the happy annivesary is stamped in black ink. I did not use glitter pens on this but instead used a few pink gems. I also added a little pink bow made from scrappers floss.

I really can’t wait to send these anniversary cards out to the next few couples on my list. I think homemade anniversary cards are the best!

But curious…which card do you think is cuter. Do let me know!

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