Monday, October 27, 2008

Christmas is coming

My friend Jacqui & I spent a very productive weekend making Christmas cards. Not all of the cards worked out but these 3 are favorites.

And finally, I completed this card in answer to a splitcoaststampers card sketch challenge. I'm not totally happy with it (I can't help but think the flower looks like a sliced apple) but I do like the way the inked embossing looks.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Excuse the bragging

... but I absolutely have to memorialize the beautiful turkey that I roasted for Thanksgiving yesterday. Unbelievably moist and just perfectly browned! I'm so very proud of it.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

It's going to be a sparkly Christmas

A wonderful side effect of my Cuttlebug is that I've started using a couple of things again that I haven't touched in years. After finding out that my brass stencils work with the Cuttlebug, I decided to do some experimenting. This card worked out absolutely fabulously (if I say so myself).

To get this look, tape down your brass stencil with removable tape. Spread translucent embossing paste over the stencil ensuring you scrape off any extr. Lift stencil straight off. Cover with glitter (shake off excess). Let dry.

This is a fun mixed card using glitter for the stripes and a bit of glitter glue around the edges of the scalloped circle. And no card is complete without Fluffes!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

It's a Cuttlebug Christmas

I've been going a bit crazy lately with my Cuttlebug. I've created quite a few Christmas cards using basic embossing as well as some ink resist.

These first cards were done with plain white cardstock embossed with the snowflakes folder. I used a Fluffles stamp (so incredibly cute!) and my scallop circle punch for colour.

This next card is just an embossed circle with a cute penguin sticker I had laying around. Nothing fancy.

I love the way this card worked out. I simply embossed two pieces of white cardstock with the ornaments folder. I used one piece for the main card, and then cut a 2" square and matted it for the accent.

Next I decided to try something a bit more complicated. Here are the basic steps (although there are lots of other "how to's" on the internet) and two of the cards I created.

1. Using plain white cardstock, dab stamping ink all over card. Then smear a lighter colour of stamping ink onto the card to give a two-toned look. Keep dabbing and smearing until you are happy with the look.
2. Wait until the card is completely dry! This is absolutely essential.
3. Run the card through your cuttlebug using the embossing folder of your choice.
4. Use your brayer to add clear embossing ink to the raised areas of your card. Add preferred colour of embossing powder (shake off excess).
5. Use heat gun to emboss the raised areas.
6. Admire your final product!

The colours on this card didn't photograph well - they are much more red than pink in real life.