Thursday, January 30, 2014

Cross Stitched Christmas Scene Card - Cardmageddon #17

As soon as I saw this Christmas scene card in one of my magazines, I knew I had to stitch it! It's so cheery and bright and fun. It felt really quick to stitch because of all the different colours. What was fun about this pattern as well is that some sections were stitched using two different colours of floss. For example, instead of using two strands of blue for all of the sky, some of it is stitched with one strand of blue and one strand of white. It's a little detail that makes the whole thing softer.

I didn't want to take away from the stitching so I just created a simple window and mounted the design inside. The inside is simple too. The recipient of the card really loved it! She said she might frame it. Check out some more pictures of the stitching up close, below.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Quick Die Cut Christmas Card - Cardmageddon #16

This card was part of a 2 for 1! lol. In my last post I showed a card where I embossed die cut letters. Those die cut letters were a result of die cutting the panel that I used for the front of this card. The letters were cut out of a piece of patterned paper that I glued on top of a kraft card base.

To make it a little more special, I added some glossy accents to some of the snowflakes. This did make them yellow a bit, which I'm not too pleased about.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Embossed Sentiment Christmas Card - Cardmageddon #15

I used another MFT Christmas sentiments die-namics to make this card. The font of this sentiment is larger and chunkier, so it was earlier to glue down than the more delicate cursive font. In order to make sure the letters were more or less aligned, I taped the cream piece of cardstock to my large cutting mat using masking tape, and used a ruler to line everything up. 

A technique that I enjoyed in the past was embossing cardstock with washi tape on it. I went for a similar thing here and glued the letters down, then embossed the cardstock using a snowflake embossing folder and my cuttlebug.

I used an MFT sentiment on the inside to finish off the card.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Get Well Soon Cross Stitched Card - Cardmageddon #14

This is another design that I had stitched from a magazine. I cut out a window for the design, and added some buttons to the front of the card for a little detail.

I did some layering on the inside and added a sentiment from Lawn Fawn's on the mend stamp set.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Thinking of You - CAS(E) This Sketch #61

Hey there! Here's a quick card that I made for a CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. You can check out that post HERE. There's a pic of the sketch below. 

First I used distress inks to colour the brown and yellow spots on the card. Next, I used wPlus9's Fresh Cut Florals for all the stamping: the flowers and the sentiment. I used archival inks for the flowers. The fresh cut florals stamp set was one of the main reasons I wanted to get archival inks. I feel like with all the great colours that I have now, I can really do some fun stuff with that stamp set!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

An Easter Card for MFT Sketch #160

Hey there! Here's a card I made for MFT Sketch Challenge #160. You can check out the post HERE, and the sketch pic is below!

The patterned paper is from recollections. All the stamps are from an MFT Easter stamp set. I even used an MFT die (sentiment strips 1) to die cut the two polka dot pieces of card stock underneath the sentiment.

To My Mate: Lawnscaping Challenge #74

I created this card for a lawnscaping challenge. The challenge was to be inspired by a design team member. Click HERE to check out that post! 

I am pretty new to lawnscaping, so I'm not too familiar with the design team. I decided to check out Yainea's blog since she was sweet enough to write a nice comment on my blog! I was inspired by this post (see pic below). 

I immediately got the idea to make this card, and I've been dying to make it since! I'm really happy with how it turned out. 

I used spellbinders dies to cut all the layers and the circles. All the stamps, including the alphabet are from Lawn Fawn. I coloured the yetis with my Chromatix markers (Which are driving me crazy! They are all drying out! Gotta get Copics soon!) The heart dies are also from lawn fawn.

I love die cutting shapes twice, so instead of gluing stuff on top, you can just fit it into slots. I did that for all the die cuts on this card. I love the vibe!

I thought I'd mix it up with a pink layer on the inside of the card!

Yainea's card! Click the pic to check out the post for this card

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sparkly Merry Christmas Card - Cardmageddon #13

Ah, I'm not overly happy with how this card turned out. I was really excited to use my new Christmas sentiment die-namics from MFT, but the die cut was really hard to work with. It was almost impossible to glue down. I ended up using a glue stick. I've since bought a Xyron 510 sticker maker to hopefully make working with delicate die cuts easier.

After gluing down the sentiment, I sprayed the pink panel with Recollections brand aerosol silver glitter spray. I like how it turned out, but... The paper became a darker shade of pink, except where there was excess glue from the glue stick. It really stuck out to me... It was kind of a fail. Oh well :(

I just LOVE how much it sparkles in the picture above! But in the picture below you can really see the different pink colours.

I used a sentiment from an a la modes stamp set for the inside.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Christmas Symbols Cross Stitched Card - Cardmageddon #12

I used a pattern from a magazine for the cross stitched card below. Since the symbols are big and bright, I decided to just frame the stitching in a simple white card. I think that is also how the design was mounted in the magazine.

Here is a close up of the stitching. 

Here's a photo of the inside of the card:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Coffee? - CAS(E) This Sketch #60

Another speedy card for another challenge. I quite like how this card turned out... Aside from the smudge on the front. I was in a huge rush, otherwise I would have restamped it. I had initially planned on doing the crosses with my sew easy, but just ran out of time.

All the stamps are from There She Goes "Perk Up" stamp set, even the Xs! I used ranger archival inks for all the stamping.

I think I will mail this card to a friend as an unexpected surprise -- a more elaborate way to ask someone to coffee than a facebook message.

You can check out the CAS(E) this sketch post by clicking anywhere on this sentence. Here is the sketch:

Monday, January 20, 2014

Neon Birthday Card - MFT Sketch Challenge #159

Getting in just under the wire is my submission for MFT's Sketch Challenge #159.

I used MFT's Birthday Greetings stamp set for the sentiment on the front and the inside sentiment as well. I also used an MFT die for the scalloped border. The neon paper is from Recollections.

I stamped the front of the card with white pigment ink, but it didn't look so great, so I stamped it again in black. I like how it turned out! Looks like a chalkboard. I might do this again some time, on purpose!

The inside of the card is nice and simple. It'll be great to have this card on hand for "unexpected" birthdays!

Here is the inspiration sketch. You can check out the blog post: HERE.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cross Stitched Family Portrait

Here is a cross stitched family portrait that I made as a Christmas gift for my boyfriend's aunt. The basis of the design was tutorial from Martha Stewart that I found online. I made a big boo-boo in the beginning by cutting the piece of cloth too small.... I should have left a lot of excess around so I could pull it tight. This was my first try at mounting a cross stitched design into a frame on my own... I've definitely got room for improvement!

Anywho, I ended up designing the whole thing in excel (all properly spaced out) and then stitched it onto evenweave. This also ended up being my first time stitching onto even weave. Somehow I didn't make any errors counting out stitches and spaces... Probably because I triple counted everything. My boyfriend's aunt really loved it, as did the rest of the family. It was a really fun project to work on.

My boyfriends parents, aunts and uncle. The aunt who received this as a gift is in the middle.

My boyfriend and me, along with his sister's family.

My boyfriend's cousins

This alphabet I got from an issue of Cross Stitcher magazine.

My boyfriend's aunt likes cats, so I added a little cat in the corner along with the date this was given. The font for the date is also from Cross Stitcher.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Namaste Christmas Card - Cardmageddon #11

I wanted to make a Christmas card for my yoga studio, so I grabbed my new Serenity Now Pure Innocence stamp set from MFT. The coordinating cardstock (dots, Christmas sentiments and the blue) are all from a Recollections Christmas set.

As usual, I stamped the image with memento tuxedo black onto neenah solar white cardstock and coloured with my Chromatix. I bought some copic paper a while ago, I should test that out and see how it works.

The card is a little overwhelming with the bright colours and dense patterns. The "namaste" tab doesn't pop out too well.

The inside is simple. I love this sentiment stamp from MFT. Clean and simple. I need more stamps just like it!