Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas sparkle

A quick post today as my youngest is nagging me to have his turn on the computer. The card I'm sharing with you today is a simple Christmas card with tonnes of glitter and sparkle. The digital stamp is from Bugaboo and is coloured with Copic markers. The Christmas ornaments he is sitting on are peel-off stickers on acrylic - I then used Stickles glitter glue to colour in the different sections. By popping up the cut-out ornaments, the sparkle quotient is maximized! The background papers are Basic Grey.

And now off the computer I go so that my DS can watch those so-very important you-tube videos.

ABC Challenge - Deck the halls
Basic Grey Challenges - Christmas
Card Makin' Mamas - Christmas
Copic Marker Europe - Christmas
Crazy Challenge - Christmas time
Emergency Crafters - Deck the halls
Jingle Belles - anything Christmas
Top Tip Tuesday - anything goes Christmas

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

3 looks with 1 design

I love how a simple design can be changed so easily with a change in materials, or in this case, a change in topper. I decided to (finally) use up some sparkly white cardstock scraps rescued from Christmas crackers (from several years ago) and was inspired to turn it into a sparkly snowflake border using the Memory Box "Frostyville" border die. It took quite a bit of fussing to get the card to cut properly since it was both thick and rough but the result is very pretty. I added a rectangle of black card and a backdrop of shiny silver striped paper for a really elegant look but the overall effect was too plain. I decided to use a variety of toppers that were sitting in the drawer already coloured/assembled.

The first 2 cards use Bugaboo kids all dressed up for the holiday. Aren't they adorable? They are coloured with Copic markers and placed over chipboard sentiments. I think the result is quite fun.
For the next card I used a Forever Friends 3D decoupage image that came free in a magazine. I don't often use this sort of freebie but I like how it turned the card into something more fun & child-appropriate.
The final card stayed elegant with the addition of a layered white die cut snowflake (Spellbinders). The 2 layers are held together with a white enamel snowflake brad that has been in my stash for just short of forever (i.e. over 5 years!).
I think the first set of cards are my favourite, probably because I love the Bugaboo kids so very much but I wish I could have made a few more of the last design too. How about you?


Glitter galore

Today's Christmas card is one of my favourites that I've made this year as it combines some wonderful elements AND was super easy to make.
I started the card by putting gold peel-off stickers (the Christmas baubles) onto an acrylic sheet (the type you use in an inkjet printer) being careful to place them on the smooth side of the sheet. I then turned the sheet over and applied different colours of Stickles glitter glue onto the acrylic. By using the rough side of the acrylic the Stickles adhered better, plus I didn't have to worry about getting any glue onto the gold outline sticker since I was working on the back. It took about a day & a half for the glue to dry but once it did - wow!
Next I coloured (with Copics) and cut out this cute little elf (from Bugaboo) so she could perch on the ornaments. The card design is based on the current sketch at Stella Says Sketch. The red strip is an embossed cardstock strip matted on a gold background with a few golden tree stickers. Super easy and super cute, even if I do say so myself. I ended up making a batch of these cards cause they are so darned cute!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Jingle your own bells

Second post today but I wanted to share this second card that I started on the weekend in Debi's class at Country Lane Scrapbooking.
This card uses Stampotique and Dylusions stamps for an unusual card. The background paper was created with Dylusions spray ink and some unknown snowflake stamps - super simple to create! The image is coloured with Tombow markers and Stickles glitter glue. The stripes at top & bottom are some washi-type tape from Michaels. I love the non-traditional colours and image coupled with the traditional snowflakes in the background. I also LOVE the sentiment - haven't we all had one of those days?


Poisoned Peas Please - walking dead
Forever Night - anything goes
Sparkle & Glitter - twisted holidaze

Something a little different - napkin art

Last weekend I took another wonderful class with Debi at Country Lane Scrapbooking. I swear Debi must spend most of her time just thinking up ideas for different ways to use materials and products because she continually amazes me with her creativity. This time she had us use a napkin (yes, a napkin) as our card base and then embellish from there.
Don't let the traditional colours fool you - this ain't your mama's Christmas card!
The napkin we started with was quite adorable but I'm thrilled with the finished, more interesting product. After removing all of the extra layers from the napkin, it was adhered to a piece of cardstock (I used a brayer to get it really smooth). To alter the design, I added a real button on the belt, some glitter on the snowflakes and pompom and, best of all, a new face. The face is part of a Stampotique stamp ("Clover") and it adds just the right touch of freaky. The final touch was the addition of a Stampotique Mini Ornament in the bird's beak. I'm sure many will disagree but this is just my favourite Christmas card so far this year! But who to give it to????

Christmas Cards All Year Round - card with santa
Crafty Catz - recycle (napkin & the button came from a shirt)
Dream Valley Challenges - non-traditional Christmas
Fab 'n Funky - non-traditional Christmas
365 Cards - pick a pattern: Stripes
Poisoned Peas Please - walking dead (tell me this doesn't look like a zombie santa!)
Forever Night - anything goes
Sparkle & Glitter - twisted holidaze