Sunday, October 28, 2012

And still more Christmas cards

Another 3. Lots of stamping and colouring with Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers.
This first card (two versions, one with the bottom punches with stars) is a nice background stamp.
Good ink and good paper is important to get good results. I love the Simply Smooth paper for this type of project and Ranger's Archival Ink.

This next card is a Hero Arts stamp coloured with the Spectrum Noir Markers, a little Stickles added to the berries and paired with Basic Grey Aspen Frost papers.

This third card is a combination of the two previous in that the Merry, Merry Merry is a Hero Arts large background stamp, another colour of Archival Ink and then one of my many snowmen stamps, this one by Whipper Snapper Designs coloured with the Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers. Sorry the image is a little blurry, I should use a tripod when taking pics in low light or make a photo booth.

And there is still more to come. Stay tuned.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

More Christmas Cards

Two more cards for today, actually 3 but I am counting the narrow cards as one since these are my "bookmark" cards. The cards are 3"x6" and instead of being scored at the fold, they are perforated so that the recipient may tear off the front and use it as a bookmark.

The other card is one I did with the gals from Scrapalicious who have been meeting up for the past several months to create Christmas cards and to stay in touch. This one is a little reworking of the original as I have used different papers and a slightly different colour scheme. Still, I like the Iced Spruce Distress Ink with the Plum Red Archival Ink with the neutral papers and the rich brown glitter reindeer.

Stay tuned for more cards as I have at least 4 more designs to post.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Christmas Cards

I am creating Christmas cards, lots of them. My group meets this upcoming Monday and I have several designs for them. Some super simple so that they can be made quickly and easily and some more elaborate.
The first one, actually two, are made from a 6x6 paper pack. 4 patterned papers plus 3 semi solid and some cardstock matting will make up 8 cards. These are all made from Basic Grey's Jovial collection. A little bakers twine, buttons and brads finish the cards. Note, the red flower I found distracting and will change to be like the others.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Scrapfest Oshawa 2012 - Basic Grey projects

I created 3 projects for Scrapfest this time around. Another example of just how crazy I am. Normally I do one project over the two days. On the Friday we did the Halloween mini album (see post below) and on the Saturday morning we did either the Basic Grey Aspen Frost layout or the Soleil cards. I will have to post the 2nd card after I redo it. The sample I have did not have the colouring complete and I think it best to show it complete.
For the 8-1/2"x11" layout, we used 6 of the 12 papers from the Aspen Frost collection. 11 sides of the paper are showing. The two snowflakes are from Sizzix as well as the tags. The stamps are all Hero Arts/ Basic Grey collaborations or Hero Arts/Sizzix. The two stamped images at the top of the layout are stamped and then die cut with Framelit dies that are part of a set.

Here is a picture of me and a few of the croppers attending Scrapfest and working on their make-n-take projects. I always take my camera with me but I always forget to take the pictures. This time I had my friend Marlene who assisted me this day, remember and take the pics. Notice the Spectrum Noir markers at the bottom of the picture? These we used on card 2 which I will post.

Here is the one card, made with papers from Basic Grey's Soleil collection and one of my favourite Sizzix flower dies, The button is from the Soleil collection as well.

Now, I can get back to my Christmas cards. I will be posting them as well. I just need a day or three. :-)

Scrapfest Oshawa October 2012 - Halloween Mini Album

I love Halloween! I know you know but I just had to say it. Even more, I love making Halloween projects so I assume all of you do too. With all the great Sizzix Halloween dies, these are all Tim Holtz Alteration dies, I just had to use them on a project for Scrapfest. Basic Grey was generous enough to grant my request for papers from their Eerie collection. These are a few years old but great papers all the same. One of my favourite Halloween collections too. This mini album we did on the Friday afternoon. It is 5"x7" and bound with twine. Most of the shapes are by Tim Holtz, most of them are movers and shapers except for the ones on the front cover which is Halloween Shadows, a Sizzlet strip die. I must have been just a little crazy when I decided to make this project for Scrapfest as I prepared 75 kits. Yup, I die cut everything used in the kit which took a few days, I also used my Sizzix eClips electronic die cutting machine to die cut the clouds and circles. My husband John helped me pack all the kits and even helped out on this day at the event. He is such an awesome husband and so incredibly supportive. He even is a big Halloween fan too.
Here are all the pages from the album.

The ladies used both the Sizzix BigShot and the Texture Boutique to emboss some of the papers provided in the kit and did a bit of stamping. I think everyone enjoyed the project and loved all the great Halloween die cut shapes.

Halloween Layouts 2012

I have 2 Halloween layouts to share. I could probably do a few more but I have some other Halloween projects I want to finish plus I have some extraordinary projects I hope to get to using my eClips.
For now, here are the two with lots of pics.

Some of the details. All die cut shapes are From Sizzix. The spider web border is made with a Martha Stewart border punch. Papers are from the Echo Park Apothecary Emporium collection. All inks are from Ranger. The little skull is from a dollar store bracelet that I took apart.

Again, using Sizzix dies and a few Martha Stewart border punches I have created something a little more kid friendly. Papers are from My Mind's Eye's Blackbird collection. I even used the little strips that are on the packaging that comes with the paper pack and created little banner pieces.


I love all my ghost dies. The first layout had scary ones but these guys are just so cute.
I love how this layout came together, especially the big Boo which were die cut using Sizzix Sassy Serif letters which are nice and BIG at over 4" tall.

Just Jack... and catching up, finally.

Here is our new boy Jack. He is 8 months old and is a very shy boy. He also has a very nasty cold. So far Jack spends most of his time hiding under beds, under the sofa or in our closet. Wasabi has not made him feel very welcome which may have something to do with it. Jack is a very cuddly baby when you can get him out from hiding and I have spent many hours snuggling with him and listening to his snotty breathing. He is on meds but he is slow to improve. Poor guy.

So... I have taken pictures of my last few projects and am in the process of uploading them here. BBS with lots of pics. 2 Halloween layouts, 1 Halloween mini album, 1 single page 8-1/2 x 11 Aspen Frost layout and 1 card.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

October 14th and still trying to catch up.

I am way behind in my posts. I have two Halloween layouts that need posting but I can't find the one and I just haven't had time to do the other. I think I need to manage my time better and maybe this week is the time to start. Now that Scrapfest is over, I need to clean up from that marathon of prepping and get my scraproom into some kind of semblance of order.
For all of you who attended Scrafest and did one, two or three of my make-n-takes, hope you had a good time and enjoyed the projects. Thank you to Basic Grey and Sizzix for the donated product.
I promise I will get those projects posted her soon too.

My next round of activity will be all about Christmas cards. I just got in a big batch of new Sizzix dies that I am anxious to play with. I also have some projects in mind to make using my eClips. My intention is to get very crafty over the next week or so. Seeing all the great projects on Pinterest makes me want to get very busy.

On another note, we got a new addition to our family this week. John and I adopted and 8 month old orange Tabby we call Jack. Jack is an extremely shy kitty and likes to spend most of his time either under the bed, under the sofa or hiding in my workroom closet. He is getting braver though and I did manage to give him a cuddle last night when I got home form Scrapfest. Actually, he laid on my chest from around 7PM to about 2AM this morning and we had a big snooze on the couch. I hated to move him to go to bed but he was just so warm and snuggly I could not move. Unfortunately he is back under the bed today and won't come out. Silly baby. As soon as I can, I will take pictures and post them here.

Now... off to do another round of clearing up in my scraproom. The perfect activity for a cool and overcast day.