Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cupcake Curls Card

Hi.  I had so much fun making this card the other day as a guest Designer  for Get Inky!  I made a cupcake and it has no calories!  Ha, ha, ha.

Seriously, I am so happy that I get to play with some NEW  "GET INKY!" Stamps  from Blue Moon Creation.  Yeah!   For my first project I got to play with the "Cupcake Curls" Digi stamp.  Being interested in Mixed Media, hence everything artsy and crafty, I wanted to make something special.  So with several sheets of Bazzil card stock, many Copic markers, some glitter and flock, and LOTS of adhesives, I was off.

My recipe for this yummy card called for a 5x61/2" card that I made from a pink-coral card stock, a strip of white card stock, which I ran through a paper crimper to give it that bakery cupcake liner look and a piece of Blue Aqua satin ribbon, for the base.  With a scrap piece of pink card stock I embossed that with a Sizzix folder by Tim Holtz "Spirals".  I inked the edges of the piece with Distress ink by Ranger: "Tumbled Glass", and I gently rubbed some more Distress ink "Spun Sugar" over the embossed swirls.  The pink piece was adhered to the front of the base.

The best part, the cupcake, I made with a Digital download of the "Cupcake Curls " stamp.  I printed it out to be approximately 3.75", just under 4".  More cardstock was used for this.  Now with my Copics I coloured the cupcake with E93, V04, BG000, BG10, and BG00. I cut the cupcake in three parts: The Icing, the cake base, and the ribbon.   I glued white flock powder with a dash of extra  fine glitter by Stampin' Up! onto the ribbon part.  Using double sided foam adhesives I stuck the ribbon to the cake base.  Used more foam adhesive to adhere the bottom part to the swirly pink paper, and with more adhesive foam glued the icing part on top.  I used glass seed beads (from my stash) as the sprinkles for the top of the cupcake.  Finally, I dabbed tacky glue to the edge of the front, white part, of the card and sprinkled clear white glitter (3 Bugs) to resemble rock sugar.

Enjoy!  This one will not go to your hips. ;)

Monday, March 25, 2013

My Days with Donna Downey

I had the pleasure of attending three workshops this past weekend with Donna Downey. It was amazing. I learned a lot about letting go and letting inspiration guide me. I found Donna to be a charming, funny and very talented artist. I learned many techniques among other things. The workshops I took we're "The Big 40", "Pan Pastels", and "Inspiration Journal". I highly recommend any of her workshops, not only are they full of great instructions, inspirations, but also so much fun. I look forward to future workshops with her.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Even if I m not Irish, I still love the colour Green!  I had fun making this lil' leprechaun with a pot of gold card.  To make this I used some of my textured papers, card stock, green satin ribbon,  self inking stamp, Fiskars border punch,  Cricut and Cricut  cartridge Paper Dolls Dress Up.  And just because, lots of Stickles.  Have fun this weekend!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mini Book with Cricut

Annmakes books too!  I have a love of books.  Reading, collecting and writing in books and about books wasn't  enough.  I had to learn to make some.  Using the Cricut and the art cartridge "Mini Books" makes little book making fun and quick.  

For this project I tried to use just my Cricut and the 6" x12" mat.  I was able to cut out the cover, spine, and several of the pages.  However, I had to use my Cricut Imagine with its larger 12x12" mat, to cut the envelopes and folder that are available.  So for anyone with a regular 6x12, you can still use this cartridge but not for the larger cuts.  Also, by using the Gypsy I was able to manipulate the images to fit better onto the mat.

From then on, by using the 12 x 12 mat and some colourful papers I made this pretty book.

The papers I chose are all from Lily bee and the designer: Kristen Young.  They were part of the same collection.  I used my Gypsy so I could manipulate the images on the mat to use up as much of each sheet as possible. I could have also used the paper saver option.  So it is not necessary to take the extra step to save on paper.  Plus you can use up the left overs in other projects.
I chose to use binder rings so I can add more pages later.  In the instructions from the cartridge booklet, they demonstrate gluing the pages and spine. However, in the cutting process the four  holes are cut automatically.  I think that it is implied that one should use rings or hand stitching.

This was an easy project that looks like it was complicated.  Gotta love that!  In another blog I will show some other of my handmade books.  I hope you have fun making these books.  Thanks for looking.

Thanks Card Created with Cricut.

Hello everyone,
Today I wanted to show you a quick and easy card to make with a couple sheets of card stock and an old but classic cartridge by Cricut.  George and Basic Shapes.  The cartridge came with the original cricut which I bought years ago when it first appeared in Canada.  It is an oldie, but a goodie!  Sometimes it is nice to go back to the basics, even if it's just to get our creative juices flowing again.  This card is great for a beginner, someone who is short on time, and for someone with limited supplies .

So for starters I used:  my Cricut,  a 6" x 12" (15cm x 30.5cm) mat, the cartridge ;George and Basic Shapes, a pre-made and pre-scored 5"x6 1/2" (12.5 cm x 16.5cm) card in white (Recollections from Michaels).  I used two sheets of plain card stock 8 1/2" x 11(21.5cm x 28cm) one white and one black (Staples).  A scrap of shimmery/grey paper (Dollarama) cut to size of card.  The stamp from" Cloud 9 :Large Patterns 2", was used for the background on the white oval.  I used , "Archival Ink: Jet Black", "Color Box Chalk Ink:  Charcoal" (to ink the edges).  Some black glitter by" Martha Stewart"  and "Ice Stickles: Silver Ice" glitter glue from "Ranger".  Finally, a little black button from my stash.
 Lots of adhesives:  double sided sticky dimensional foam (Michaels), Glossy Accents glue, Tombow glue and Martha Stewart Glittering Glue.  (Note: it is not necessary to use all of these glues but I would recommend using at least one good quality tacky craft glue).

I made the card to open horizontally.  Adhered the shimmery paper to the front of the card.  With the Cricut , George...cartridge, a 6x12 mat, and the white card stock I selected to cut the letter "O" at "Shadow Blackout" and at 5".  Cut.  Using same sheet I selected the letter "V" --shift lock-- for "sun" --silhouette- and 3". Cut. This gave me a star shape and a star type ring.  Again on the same paper , I chose the word "Thanks"--shadow-- and 1 1/2".Cut.  (note between each cut I cleared the screen on the cricut, repositioned the mat so the blade would cut where I wanted and I chose "paper saver".

With the black card stock (same cartridge) I selected the Letter "O"--silhouette-- 5", Cut.  (I got 3 rings and one oval, I chose the 2nd ring and the oval for this project). Next, I selected the letter "V" in--shadow blackout-- 3". Cut. This gave me a star.  Finally I selected the word "Thanks" --shadow blackout-- at 1 1/2". Cut.

I stamped the white oval lightly and inked the edges.  Glued this to the front of the card.  I placed  the black oval over and onto the stamped white oval and glued.  With tiny bits of dimensional foam adhesives (Recollections), I adhered the black oval ring as shown in the picture.

With the glitter and some Martha stewart "Glitter Glue" I jazzed up the black star.  Once it was set I carefully dabbed little drops of "Glossy Accents to the points of the black star.  I let the glue set for a minute, then i gently placed the white star ring onto the drops.  I wanted dimension!

The white star, I scored each point towards the centre,  I manipulated with a rounded tip on my craft knife to make a cup shape and bent the points by hand.  The edges were inked in "Charcoal" Chalk Ink.  With a good dab of glue to the centre of the glittered black star I affixed the white star.  I added some "Ice Stickle" to the centre and put a little button.  I then added a few touches of glitter to the star points.  The word thanks was adhere with the white over the black using more tiny pieces of dimensional sticky back foam.  Finally, "Thanks" was glued onto the front of the card.

I hope that you are inspired to look at some of your old tools in new ways!  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Under Construction

Hi everyone.   Sorry for the long absence.  My studio is still a mess and under some reorganization.  The camera and technical equipment issues are just about resolved.  There are many projects in the works.  Some new stuff is coming and a new face as well...