Monday, October 12, 2015

Woodlands in Autumn

It's been a busy last few weeks and I haven't had as much time to play as I had hoped. I did get my SU order unpacked, cataloged and organized. And this past week I managed to squeeze in a few moments to play with the Woodlands embossing folder.

I created 2 fall inspired cards,, the first is A2 (4.25 x 5.5") in size:

I inked up the embossing folder with Mossy meadow for a rich green woodsy background colour and then proceeded to emboss my white paper.
My bird was coloured with alcohol markers and placed on the large branch in the front f the scene.
I also added some leaves and a silhouette bird behind my greeting. The veining on the leaves was created with a spider web embossing folder.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: white Recollections, scraps of brown and orange Bazzill
Stamps: Language of Friendship - SU, Morning Meadow - SU
Die; Autumn Accents Bigz - SU
Embossing folder: Woodland - SU, Spiderweb - SU
Ink: Mossy meadow - SU, Cajun Craze - SU, Basic Black - SU, Tuxedo black - Memento
Alcohol markers: Cherry Cobbler, Smokey Slate, Skintone - SU Blendabilities, Copic Y35
Misc.: Early Espresso stitched ribbon - SU, black marker, foam tape

my second creation with this great embossing folder is a 5.5 x 5.5" square card (love that this embossing folder accommodates larger cards):

In case you are wondering, I use a Cuttlebug and yes, these large square SU embossing folders will fit!
I sued the same technique, ink pad to embossing folder, to create the night sky background. I then added some green and brown with sponges to the lower area of the folder to create the illusion of soil and bushes. I did not (at least not yet) purchase the matching stamp set to this embossing folder. So I looked through my assortment of stamps and  found the Take Three set. I used the small birch leave and my tiny PB birch punch (not a perfect match but close enough).

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections white, dark brown
Stamps: Take Three - SU
Embossing folder: Woodland - SU
Punches: Deco Label - SU, Mega oval (70 mm) - PB
Ink: Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Hello Honey, Pimpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy - all SU
Markers: Basic black, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Cherry Cobbler - all SU
Misc.: 1" wide dark brown satin ribbon, foam mounting tape

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Feathers for a friend

I have one more card to share using the Four Feathers set. I kept this one on the simple side, but am very proud to say, I finished the inside (single layer) to match.

Not really a lot of instructions needed for this one. The photo is pretty self explanatory. The feathers were all stamped on scrap paper and then die cut and attached to the card as I was too lazy to create masks. The small feather in the front was glued to the card front only at the bottom, the top I adhered using a bit of foam tape for some added dimension.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections white
Stamps: Four Feathers - SU, Gorgeous Grunge - SU, Simply Wonderful - SU
Ink: Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Tip Top Taupe, Pear Pizzazz - SU
Dies: Feathers Framelits - SU
Misc.: yellow and gold sequins, foam tape/mounting squaresThanks for stopping by! Hope to see you again soon.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Falling Feathers

My next venture into the Four Feathers stamp set took me down the emboss resist road.
I again chose rich autumn colours.

First I randomly stamped the small feather image onto my white background with Versamark. Then the feathers were embossed with clear embossing powder.
Next I sponged the background with Pear Pizzazz  and Hello Honey. Last step is to stamp the second small feather image randomly in |Cajun Craze. Then use a tissue or baby wipe to remove the excess ink form the embossed areas.

I finish the card with a bit o edge sponginess and a simple wrap of bakers twine. Also couldn't resit a tiny bit of blink so i added a pearl to my sentiment tag. the pearl was coloured with alcohol markers.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections white
Stamps: Four Feathers - SU, Petite Pairs - SU
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Hello Honey, Cajun Craze - SU, Versamark
Punch: Ticket Due - SU
Alcohol marker: Copic YR24 and YR04
Misc.: brown bakers twine, foam mounting squares,m 1 x 1/4" pearl, clear embossing powder.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall Feathers Shaker Card

It's that time of year again. SU has brought out their Holiday Catty and I had the hardest time deciding what to order as there are so many great things to choose from.
I was lucky enough though that for my birthday earlier this month my DH and DD paid for my SU Holiday order. This means I have more wonderful tools coming end of the week than I had thought possible, but it also means in order to justify the purchases I really need to try and use some of the stamp sets I purchased in the last year that are still sitting on my shelf in untouched packages.

The first of these sets is the Four Feathers stamp set and matching dies. I've had this for quite some tie and did indeed pull it off the shelf several times only to find myself uninspired.

I let the beautiful hues of autumn inspire me. Yes, fall has come to Calgary rather quickly. Last week the trees were still green and this week they are changing colour faster than one can enjoy it.

With fall being my inspiration I chose several lovely earthy tones for my cards.

First up is this pretty shaker card that I filled with sequins and micro glass beads.

I sponged my shaker background with several colours before filling it. The shaker opening was cut using both feather dies and accented with a few more stamped and cut feathers.

Supplies used:

Cardstock: Recollections white
Stamps: Four Feathers - SU, Gorgeous Grunge - SU,  Fall Fun - SU
Ink: Hello Honey, Cajun Craze, Tip Top Taupe, Pear Pizzazz - SU
Dies: Feathers Framelits - SU
Misc.: brown bakers twine, micro glass beads, sequins, acetate, foam mounting tape

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Embroidered Autumn cards

If you are anything like me, you have many wonderful tools in your stash that you just had to have when you saw them only you bring them home and not get around to using.
Today I am sharing a set of cards I made with just such a tool.

Several years ago I saw a few scrapbook layouts online that where absolutely beautiful. One of the most striking things about them was these gorgeous embroidered borders. It took me a few days to figure out how they were created when I discovered Bazzill Basics Paper Embroidery templates.
I decided to purchase two sets, as well as a pack of needles. I was overly excited when I found them in the store and brought them home with glee. Unfortunately life got in the way and I didn't get the chance to try them out in the next few weeks. Then came along a few craft room reorganizations and these templates found a home on my wall rack between alphabet stickers and doily packs; where they were fast forgotten,

Last weekend I decided it was high time to give them a try. As I planned on making cards I chose the smaller swirls and leaves set versus the large 12" border set. I chose to go the CAS route as it really highlights the pretty designs.

I absolutely love how these turned out. So much so, I may not give them away as a gift as originally planned (or I may just have to make a second set for myself).

I am by no means talented at embroidery. In fact I haven't had a needle and floss in my hands sine grade school. But I have to say these were relatively fast and easy.

I used really only two types of stitches, the running stitch and the split stitch. I used dollar store embroidery floss at full thickness (5 threads).

The templates are transparent plastic with a black outline design printed on them and evenly spaces along the lines are small 1/8" holes. You place your cardstock on top of  a piercing mat, then place the template on your card where you like t and using a needle or piercing tool pierce along the designs where the holes are. Then follow the pierced design when you stitch. Really simple.

I think it would actually be rather simple to make these templates. Use some acetate, stamp a scroll, line or flourish design with black StazOn and then use a hand held 1/8" hole punch to evenly spaced punch holes along the design. I'm really itching to try this with the spider web from web wishes.

Here are close ups of my three cards.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections white, Chocolate Chip - SU
Ink: Chocolate Chip - SU
Stamp: Express Yourself - SU
Misc.: Bazzill template, brown embroidery floss, small pearls, foam mounting squares 

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections white, Cajun Craze - SU
Ink: Tangerine Tango - SU
Stamp: Sincere Salutations - SU
Alcohol Marker: Copic YR04 blended with SU Blendabilities Skintone (light brown)
Misc.: Bazzill template, orange embroidery floss, small pearls, foam mounting squares 

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections white, Bazzil Leapfrog
Ink: Wild Wasabi - SU
Stamp: Whimsical Words - SU
Alcohol Marker: SU Blendabilities Old Olive
Misc.: Bazzill template, green embroidery floss, small pearls, foam mounting squares 

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