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Saturday, September 28, 2013

On a Christmas card roll

My mojo has been good to me, I am 3/4 through my Christmas card list. This latest one is another Kenny K digi, which I am also entering into the Merry & Bright Christmas theme challenge. I have used ProMarkers, Waterfall stickles, some doilies and Spellbinder Dies.
Short and sweet today's post.
hugs adie

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Birthday card for Hubby

My DH's birthday is on Tuesday so I thought I better get a card done. What sort of card does one make for the man in your life? Do we go romantic, sporty, boring or just quirky? I opted for quirky by way of a change. Found this great stamp at Michael's on sale so of course I bought it not knowing how I would use it, I am sure we have all done that. I played around with the stamp on some scrap to see what it looked like, went into my PSP programme for the sentiment and am quite pleased with the result. I do hope he likes it, but then again he is my hubby and always likes the cards I make lol.
thanks for visiting
hugs adie

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Card for fall

I have tried something  a little different with this card, well for me anyway lol.
I tend to keep my cards pretty conservative and simple. The image is a favourite from KennyK. I coloured the image  with ProMarkers using my favourites fall colours. The paper I used this time is the Bleed-proof Marker paper from Letraset. The vote is still out on this paper. During the year I tend to make up flowers from the scrap paper I always have after a busy card making session. One tends to make these and then they sit in a container just waiting to be used. Today I decided to try and use up some of the flowers and foliage. I have tried to make the card a little bit shabby chic ha ha. Hope you like my attempt.
I am entering this card in the KennyK Colours of Fall Challenge.
hugs adie

Thursday, September 12, 2013

What to share today?

I have been so busy making cards this past week I am spoilt for choice on what to share with you today. I am certain there a lots of bloggers that look for inspiration on Pinterest and I am one of them. I am always amazed at all the different ways people find to create beautiful cards. I have cased quite a few ideas from Pinterest, so I think I will share a couple with you today. When I first saw the original version of this card I thought "how did they do that"? Well I never found out so decided to try and make it myself. I cut a template of the Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornament die on copy paper and placed it over my card stock with removable double sided tape. I then took My Sentiments Exactly! V159 rubber stamp and stamped it over my template. I  sprayed glitter spray over the template and the aperture and  removed it from the card stock,  threw some extra fine glitter over the stamped image to give it some extra sparkle. I thought it came out really well. I would use a different greeting sentiment next time.
The other card I cased was also one with an ornament. I used a Memory Box ornament and paper from my stash. The embossing is from the Holly Branch Cuttlebug folder.
I would like to say a big thank you to all those very talented crafters who share their work on the web and inspire us.
Thank you for taking time to visit my blog
hugs adie

Friday, September 6, 2013

Vellum Christmas Tree Tutorial

I was asked by my Facebook group to do a tutorial on how I made my Vellum Christmas tree. This is my first time doing a tutorial so I do hope it all makes sense to you.
I have used the Grand Calibur scalloped dies #6 and #3 and the classic Scalloped dies #6, #4 and #3. There are 5 layers to the tree.
I have not done the traditional parchment technique so this is the easy way to make the tree.
Picture 1 laying out the dies. I always include card stock when I cut Vellum or translucent Parchment paper. I find it stops the vellum from tearing or cracking.
Picture 2 cutting the dies, this is pretty straight forward, obviously you need a Grand Calibur for the # 6 GC Scalloped circle, but the CB can be used for the other sizes
Picture 3 tracing the lines from the template; remove the vellum from the green card. I have left it on so you can see more clearly. Normally I would use a white pencil crayon to trace with but here I have used a normal pencil which I will erase at the end. The solid line are embossed/scored from the back and the dotted lines from the front to make mountain and valley folds.

Picture 4 shows the perforating of the centre circles. I use a 2 or 3 needle perforating parchment tool from Parchcraft Australia. You can use punch or die if you have one that fits the circle.
Picture 5 colour is added to the back of the vellum. I have used a ProMarker you can use oil pastels or chalks. The ProMarkers do need to be blended with a cotton bud to get a smooth finish. Do this to all the layers between the centre and the scallops.

Picture 6 using a small ball scoring tool score your lines and scallops.  Solid lines and scallops from the back and dotted lines from the front. Erase all pencil lines.

Picture 7 now for the fun part; decorate each layer using stickers, stencils, stamps or punches.
Stamping on Vellum or translucent parchment can be done with Staz-On or Brilliance, heat embossing helps to speed up the drying time. I have stamped, dry embossed, used a punch and some peel-offs just to show the different ways to decorate. I am sure you can think of other ways.

Picture 8 I have removed all the centres you can cut them with scissors, a craft knife or a punch. Fold all the mountain folds then turn the layer over and fold the valley folds. It is a concertina shape.


Picture 8 is the centre cone I have used some green paper for this.

Picture 9 the paper is rolled to form a cone and using tape or adhesive stick the edges together. The bottom layer should fit on it fairly snugly so don’t roll it to tight.


Add all the layers onto the tree and finish off with a star or your own choice of a tree topper. I have used a Sizzix snowflake die cut.
Et Voila your Christmas tree is finished.

Hope this tutorial has been helpful. Any questions please ask
Thanks
Adie