Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nordic Snowflake card

This is my attempt to make a Nordic looking card...............there was a similar one on Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/119063983874430496/) but I changed it up a little.  Here is my card using a red dotted background paper from an old Christmas pack I had and kraft paper.



I used the Martha Stewart Himalayan Snowflake for the three center snowflakes and the MS Embroidered Floral edge punch for the two bands which I edge punched on both sides of a strip of paper to get the symmetrical look on the top and bottom of each band.  The hardest part of making this card, for me anyways, is the threading of the buttons.  My fingers just don't want to cooperate when it comes to buttons in any way, shape or form.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

In the Meadow we can Build a Snowman


For this card I used the Memory Box Country Landscape die available at  Frantic Stamper which can be seen here:  http://www.franticstamper.com/Memory-Box-Die-Country-Landscape_p_54116.html.

 I also used the EK Success Slimline Snowman punch, also from Frantic Stamper, here:
http://www.franticstamper.com/EK-Success-Slim-Line-Punch-Snowman_p_31838.html.  This punch is a retired punch and can only be purchased online at Frantic Stamper and ebay.  I don't know of any other stores that have this punch in stock.

The embossing folder for the background is by Sizzix and came in a set with Large Christmas Words but is no longer available.  However, Sizzix makes a new snowfall embossing folder which can be purchased at Frantic Stamper, it is called Sizzix Snowfall and Falling Trees Set which can be seen here:  http://www.franticstamper.com/Sizzix--Texture-Fades-Embossing-Folder-2pk-by-Tim-Holtz--Snowfall-Falling-Trees-set_p_115434.html

The stamp is from a cling set by Hero Arts called Very Merry Christmas and can be purchased at Frantic Stamper as well, here:  http://www.franticstamper.com/Hero-Arts-Clear-Stamp-Very-Merry-Christmas_p_40655.html

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Snowflake Spinner cards

This is a card that is both a greeting card and gift in one.  After the recipient reads the card, they can cut the invisible threads holding the snowflake in place, put an ornament hook on it or a piece of cording with a looped end, and hang the ornament on their tree.




Here are the instructions on how to make these spinner cards:

Start with whatever item you are going to use as the "spinning" object.  I used a plastic snowflake from the Dollar Store.  Measure the diameter of the object, in this case the snowflake is about 3 3/4" in diameter.  You will need an opening in the front of your card that is bigger than the diameter of your object so it will have room to spin around.  I used the smallest circle die in the Spellbinders Grand Circles set.

Make a card base for your card.  I used a piece of cardstock that was 6.5" x 10" and folded it in half to make a card base that was 5 x 6.5".

Cut a piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the card base to cover where all your tape will be that holds the snowflake in place.  I cut mine to 4 3/4 x 6 1/4" which left a 1/4" border all the way around.

Now you need to cut the circle into both pieces of cardstock.  Place the smaller piece (4 3/4 x 6 1/4) on top of the card front while the card itself is open.  Center the top piece then place your die on it.  I used a small piece of tape to hold the die in place.
 (Notice the two layers of paper underneath the circle die above).  

Run your cardstock and die through a die cutting machine.  Since my card is 6 1/4" wide, I could not fit it into my Cuttlebug or Vagabond as they both have only 6" openings.  I had to use my Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine.

Once the cardstock is cut, take the top smaller piece (4 3/4 x 6 1/4) and run it through an embossing folder.  I used the Spellbinders Grand Dainty Dots Embossing Folder.  If you use one of these large embossing folders, you will also need the Spellbinder's Grand Raspberry plate to go on top of it.





Thread your invisible thread through one loop at the top of the snowflake and another piece of thread through the loop at the bottom of the snowflake so both threads are 180 degrees from each other.  Make a loop with the thread and tie a knot for both threads.  Place the snowflake in the center of your card front opening where you cut out the circle.  Tape the threads in place so they are secure.



Next, you want to cover the tape that is holding the threads in place with another piece of tape so they don't come undone.  Cut off any excess thread beyond your tape level on the card.  

 The next step is to cover this entire front panel of your card with the embossed panel.  Use adhesive around the edges of back side of the embossed panel (I use double sided tape rather than a tape runner as a tape runner can flatten some of the embossing when pressing down).

Carefully line up the two cut out circles so they are directly on top of each other, making sure you have the embossed panel centered all the way around on the card front.  Press down all the edges so they are secure.

Die cut a Christmas greeting and adhere it to the front of the card:





Now you can decorate the center of the snowflake with a large gem or use a bottle cap like I did.  I purchased the digital face image on Etsy but you could also hand draw a face.

You can make these spinner cards with just about any shape for the inside as long as it fits inside an opening on your card.  Here is an example of one I made using the Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament:







I also made a spinner card using one of the Christmas ornament dies from Frantic Stamper but hanging it inside one of the Spellbinder Heirloom Ornaments.  Since this Frantic Stamper ornament is smaller than the snowflake I used in the first card, I was able to make a smaller A2 card with it and run the die and embossing through my Vagabond:


This ornament is white on the back when you cut it out, so I knew I would need two of them.   I cut two out, glued the tiny scrolls and leaves back in but on their white sides, ran a piece of invisible thread from top to bottom and then adhered the two ornaments together.












Items for Sale at the Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 4

These are some of the items that I will be selling at the local Holiday Bazaar (in addition to all of my cards) on Dec. 4 from 5 to 9pm at the Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center, rain or shine:

One of a kind giant bottle cap ornaments

Raven's medium sized bottle cap ornaments

Another one of a kind bottle cap ornament with card scene inside

Giant Raven's bottle cap ornament

Snowflake ornaments

Spinner snowflake cards with ornament for tree

Matching earrings in two sizes to go along with the snowflake ornaments

Mini bottle cap Raven's earrings


Raven's zipper pulls

Raven's bottle cap necklaces with various assortment of beads


I will be having specials on most items where you buy x amount, get some free.
I hope you can come.




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

WVU Children's Hospital


This is a letter from WVU Children's Hospital for the donation of 70+ handmade Halloween cards I sent them back in October.  I just realized that WVU Children's Hospital has a house similar to the Ronald McDonald House (their's is called the Rosenbaum Family House) where families of the sick children can stay while the children are in the hospital.  I will be contacting them to see if they can use my cards on a regular basis.  If you are a cardmaker, why not look into donating your cards to a local charity -- it's a win-win situation.  It feels good knowing someone can use my cards.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sled cards

The above card was made using the Sizzix Kids & Sled die #659593 but I cut off the boy pulling the sled and left just the sledder.


 The die used on the above card is the Impression Obsession Sled die

This shows the entire die by Sizzix that was used on the first card.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Red and Gold Peace


I used the following items when making this card;

Impression Obsession Peace die
Impression Obsession Rectangle 6 in 1 die
Impression Obsession Fir Sprig Set die

The white layer behind the Peace die is scored on a scoring board.  I used two layers of the frames dies on the card.  This is what the die looks like:



I'm entering this card in the Impression Obsession Christmas Greetings Challenge which can be seen here:http://mitrafriant.typepad.com/impression_obsession_news/2014/11/new-challenge-christmas-greetings.html

Smiling Snowflakes

I first made this card, which is pretty by itself, but I thought there should have been somebody behind the greeting "Cold Hands Warm Heart" as snowflakes alone don't have hearts (do they?).


So I put faces on the snowflakes to make them more alive and have hearts (even though you can't see their hearts like you can't see our hearts).  This is the card with the smiling snowflake faces:

I think these faces brighten up the entire card.  I used a digital bottle cap image but reduced it to fit inside the mini bottle caps.  Now the saying "Cold Hands Warm Heart" seems to mean a little more when looking at this card.

While I was at it, I decided to use more of the mini bottle caps with faces in them to make a pair of earrings:


I'm entering the first card in the Christmas Greetings Challenge at Impression Obsession which can be seen here:
http://mitrafriant.typepad.com/impression_obsession_news/2014/11/new-challenge-christmas-greetings.html

I used the Snowflakes Die Set DIE024-X by Impression Obsession on these cards and the Cold Hands Warm Heart greeting by Impression Obsession.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Peace card



I'm entering this card in the Impression Obsession Christmas (Holiday) Greetings challenge which can be seen here:  http://mitrafriant.typepad.com/impression_obsession_news/2014/11/new-challenge-christmas-greetings.html

I used the Impression Obsession Cover a Card background stamp Gradation on the blue card base, the Rectangle 6 in 1 die, the Peace die, and the Pine Pair dies all by Impression Obsession.

Boy on Sled


The boy on the sled is an Impression Obsession die called Sled (Die108-F).  I cut it out several times so I could use different colors for the jacket, pants, sled and hat.  The frames around it are also by Impression Obsession called Rectangle 6 in 1.

I'm entering this card in the Impression Obsession Christmas (Holiday) Greetings challenge which can be seen here;
http://mitrafriant.typepad.com/impression_obsession_news/2014/11/new-challenge-christmas-greetings.html


Friday, November 21, 2014

Hero Arts Snowy Tree stamp

These two cards were made using the same stamp but different techniques.  The stamp is the Snowy Tree stamp by Hero Arts. For the above card,  I colored directly on the stamp with a Peeled Paint  Distress Marker and a Brushed Corduroy Distress Marker for the trunk.  Then I spritzed the stamp with a water mister and pressed the stamp on to watercolor paper.

To give it the snowy look, I painted on some diamond Stickles.  You can also use CeramCoat Sparkle Glaze, among many other things.  I die cut the word Merry (Frantic Stamper) and colored it in with a Krylon Gold Leafing Pen .   I also ran the leafing pen around the inner oval to make it stand out.  One hint when cutting an oval into your top card panel that you also want embossed............cut the oval first, then run the panel through your embossing folder; otherwise, the embossing gets flattened out when running the panel through your machine to cut the oval.  I used the Cuttlebug "Rebecca" embossing folder.  All of the above items are at the Frantic Stamper store.

The card below was stamped a different way, thus giving it a different dimensional look.  This is how I made the tree for the card below:  

 Stamp the image with a Peeled Paint distress stain dabber, careful not to get any of the stars, just the tree itself.  Use a brown Distress marker to color in the trunk of the tree.

Spritz with mini mister from a distance a few times then stamp onto watercolor paper.  Dry with a heat gun.  Put some peeled paint distress ink on your craft sheet; just a little will work.  Add a dab of Scribbles 3D paint, and one squirt of water to it.  I used Scribbles Sparkle, Gel Transparent paint from Michaels/Joanns.  You can also use Stickles (not the frosted lace ones though, they dry with a chalky look to them as shown in the last card), if you use Stickles instead of the Scribbles, try using the diamond or crystal Stickles mixed with the distress ink and a small amount of water.  I prefer the look of the Scribbles myself.

Gather small amounts of distress ink with the paint, mix together a little at a time and color onto your tree.  Use a very fine paint brush, such as a number 1 or 3 and just dab the paint on in small amounts.  When finished painting, add some of the darker color of ink left over and add it on top of the tree, kind of clumping it on as added texture.



The above card was made using Stickles Frosted Lace (see directions above)