Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hauling in ★2011★

This was my final card project as Guest Designer for December on PaperWorks Co's blog. I wanted to make a New Year’s card and I thought the sleigh from A Little Haul of Cheer (PWCO with Rachelle Anne Miller) would be perfect for hauling in 2011! My whole card is an 8.5″ X 11″ piece of cardstock folded in half.

Isn't this image *super* adorable?! I inked up my stamp (except for the tree on the sleigh) and stamped it to the right onto my Prism Simply Smooth cardstock. Then, I stamped the other 3 sleighs to the left of my image. I used my exacto knife to cut slits on the top side of the sleighs. For the 2011, I printed it onto cardstock, cut it out, covered the numbers with glue and finally glitter. I slipped them under each sleighs' "side bar". To cover up the lower part of the tree image, I applied white Liquid Appliqué. I did extend the back side bars of the sleigh with my Copic markers and a black fine pen.

I used my Uni-Ball white gel pen to add some faux stitching around the Pomegranate cardstock, mimicking the stitching on the 'Scallop Stripes' Echo Park paper. I've got pop-dots under the Pomegranate cardstock.

Thank you to Peggy @ PaperWorks Co for inviting me; it was a fun honour! Also, many thanks to Peggy & the whole PWCO Design Team for sharing such creative & inspiring projects every day on the PWCO blog!

Many blessings to all in 2011!!!

Note: I did redo the image and so this final card is slightly different from the one on the PWCO blog. I'm such a perfectionist! *lol*


Trim the Tree

Happy Sixth Day of Christmas!

I wanted to share a framed piece I made as part of my Guest Designer spot on PaperWorks Co's blog for Thursdays in December. I wanted to make a project to fit in an 8″ X 10″ frame using PWCO with Rachelle Anne Miller’s “Oh Christmas Tree” stamp. I stamped the image with VersaMark ink onto the green cardstock, then embossed with white embossing powder. For my white background paper, I first printed “Christmas” onto it, using my computer & printer. I stamped the multi-lingual Christmas background using a clear stamp I bought in Germany.

I then sewed my tree image onto the white background paper. I “coloured” some glue onto the green parts of the evergreen and poured green glitter on my tree. Next, I “painted” the white Liquid Appliqué to the snowy boughs of the tree. Finally, I glued on my buttons & added Gold & Burgundy Stickles to the tree.

For the “MERRY” bunting banner, I used the trees from the Trim the Tree paper and for the letter, I cut them out from the Christmas Bells paper, both from the Everybody Loves Christmas collection by Echo Park Paper Co.

Hope you liked it and you find yourself inspired!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Shimmery Snowmen - inspired by Don Cherry!

I made this card with 4 challenges in mind! Two from SplitCoastStampers & two from the PaperWorks Co (PWCO) blog.

I was inspired by *this* purple velvet with shimmery trim jacket by Don Cherry. And for those of you unfamiliar with this Hockey Night in Canada TV commentator; his opinions are just as loud as his jackets! *lol* People either love him or hate him, but he is a legend here in Canada. And the one thing I admire most about him is every week he talks about the Canadian soldiers who have died in battle. Brings tears to my eyes every time and I appreciate him taking the time to honour them and their families on national TV.

Alright, on to my card. I applied glue from a glue stick to my Purple Onion Designs Damask stamp and stamped on my purple cardstock. I then placed some purple "shiny transfer foil" on top of the sticky image and then rubbed across the foil. I lifted the foil up and there was foil on my damask background! The stamp is a bit distressed so my foil image is also a bit distressed. I like it; kinda reminds me of mercury glass.

For my snowmen image, I stamped & coloured the main image. Then I almost forgot to add the 3 snowflakes from the "recipe"! I inked up only the snowflake from the "A Magical Christmas" stamp, but accidentally got some ink where I didn't want it! However, it looked like a flourish, so I went with that! For my sentiment, I used my SU! Label punch, applied glue to it, then poured Martha Stewart "antique silver" fine glitter on it.

Thanks for looking!


  • Stamps: Flaky Friends & A Magical Christmas -the sentiment & snowflake- (PWCO/RAM), Vintage Damask Background (Purple Onion Designs)
  • Paper: Marina Mist (SU!), "concord grape-like" (from my stash), Prism Smooth White
  • Ink: Going Gray, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Copic Markers (B0000, B41, BG000, BG10, E00, E49, R0000, R29, T0, V000, V99, Y00, Y38)
  • Tools: SU! Label Punch
  • Embellishments: light blue velvet ribbon (stash), fine Antique Silver glitter (Martha Stewart), pop-dots, shiny transfer foil (Stix2 Anything)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rosette Ornament

Guess what?! I'm the Guest Designer for Thursdays in December on the PaperWorks Co blog! I'm honoured to be able to create and feature some projects using some of my favourite stamps & papers.

Here’s a project featuring a double-sided rosette ornament and this week's SCS Technique challenge of sponging. This past Spring I helped make like 100 rosettes for my friend’s wedding escort tags and guess what? I still love them! Oh and our rosettes were featured on the Ruffled blog, too! I was *so* excited to hear that!

This rosette ornament is perfect for double-sided papers, like Echo Park Paper Co! My finished rosette ornament is about 5” in diameter and would be perfect either on the tree or on a wreath.

To make the rosette, I cut 2 strips of 2” X 12” from the Echo Park Paper. I then punched a border with my Scallop Diamond border punch. This step is optional. Then, I folded each strip of paper every ½”. I glued the ends of the papers together to make a circle. Then I pressed the centre of the rosette down, making sure my scalloped edge is on the outside. I weighed it down while I coloured in my images. Note: when glueing the images to the rosette, use a strong glue or even a glue gun and then weigh it down again with something.

For the oh-so-cute Owl, I masked the 3 bats to turn my Hallowe’en owl into a snowy owl. To make the night sky and the blue moon, I sponged some black and some blue inks onto my image. I also sponged some Liquid Pearls onto the moon and added Liquid Pearls to the owl. I added ‘snow’ by adding Ice Stickles to the branches. I coloured some of the buttons with some Ranger alcohol ink.

For the Mistletoe image, I also embellished with Ice Stickles for snow and Liquid Pearls on the mistletoe. Both paper doilies on each side were sponged with ink.

Thanks for checking out my lil’ project!


Stamps: Happy Owl-O-Ween (RAM for PWCO), Under the Mistletoe (Christmas Freckle Collection - PWCO)
Paper: Raspberry Delight from the Sweet Summertime Collection (Echo Park Paper Co)
Ink: Tuxedo Black & Rhubarb Stalk (Memento), Aegean Blue (VersaMagic), Copic Markers (Owl: BG10, E0000, E00, E29, E49, R0000, RV14, T0, Y11. Mistletoe: B41, B97, BG000, E00, E33, E49, E71, G94, R0000, R81, R89, YG03, YG97, YR65.)
Tools: Mega Circle punch (Marvy), Scallop Diamond border punch (EK Success)
Embellishments: paper doily, Aspen & Alpine snowflake punches (Martha Stewart), White Opal (Liquid Pearls), Crystal Ice (Ice Stickles), buttons, silver baker’s twine, glitter ribbon, pearlescent beads, alcohol ink (Ranger)