Saturday, February 23, 2013

FFC02 - Rustic, Country Theme

I know:  when you think rustic and country, you automatically think of me.  Well, that would make one of us.  I have no idea.  Wha'?  Country?  Is that like...a park?

Anyways, it has been very interesting making Christmas cards in the middle of February.  The days are getting longer, little green shoots are popping out of the ground and I'm contemplating Christmas.  Well, you don't know until you try, right?  I'm not quite sure I nailed it or am even in the postal code of being close to nailing it but here's my rustic, country Christmas card:

Actually, this is my first card.  I don't have anything really rustic or country so the closest I could get was distressed.  The dies are Memory Box and PTI and the embossing folder is Quick Cutz.   Paper is PTI, Kraft Cordination and sorry don't know the vendors for the design paper or the velvet paper. 

Here's a close up of the card.  

One of the other benefits of playing along with Festive Friday besides being better prepared for December is I've really had a chance to sit down and experiment and just create.  This next card started out as an experiment and I was almost done and then it went WRONG.  I think I was able to finally save it.  I normally would have scrapped it by by the time I made the mistake but I had invested so much into these little pieces of cut paper that I wouldn't let it go.  Hope you like it too.  

I had two big pieces of coordinating design paper and backed them with sook wang tape.  I then ran both through my Big Kick with the PTI Happy Harlequins Plate.  Then I pieced one design paper into the other.  I then cut the pointsettia and leaves from a MB die with more Tim Holtz Kraft Cordination paper and sanded them down to reveal the craft core.  The button is from PTI.  I don't think you can see my 'mistake' at all.  It has been covered with a piece of SU ribbon and stamped with a PTI sentiment from...Big 'n Bold Holiday Wishes.  

I better make some new friends between now and Christmas or I'm going to have a surplus of Christmas cards this year.  

I'm going to have some new crafty stuff to use in the hopefully near future.  Must learn patience.  In the meantime, I'll try and keep to my craft room and stay out of trouble.  


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

PTI Anniversary Challenge - Watercolor

Morning Stampers!

Hope everyone had a lovely Family Day yesterday.  I actually spent the day by myself as Charlie had to work.  Apparently Family Day is a provincial holiday and federal employees aren't entitled to the stat holiday.  Funny...Charlie doesn't really think so...but I do.  Anyways, it was a very quiet day yesterday and spent most of the day playing in my craft room.  The stars must have been aligning since I spent the day playing with watercolors.  Here's what I created:

Supplies:  Paper - PTI, Stamp/Sentiment - PTI, Die - Memory Box and Sizzix, Rhinestones - Hero Arts, Ink - Rangers Distressed Inks

Anyways, I smooshed the ink pads into my craft sheet, sprayed with water and dragged and blotted the watercolour paper across the surface.  Once the paper dried, I went back and selectively blotted more colour in areas.  Once the paper dried again, I die cut the mat.  The die cut panel is mounted on foam dots and the flower outlined is adhered with glue pen.   I always forget to use cardstock with adhesive on the back until after I die cut the shape and am using my glue pen.  Maybe next time or probably the ten times after that, I'll remember or most likely not.

Well, that's about it for me today.  I'm lucky to have today off since Family Day pushed my day off forward. Yay three day weeks.  I may need to take a nap or something.  I don't think I can keep up this furious blog pace I've set for myself.  LOL.

Until next time.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

FFCO1 - Festive Friday Challenge

Morning!!  Small/medium size pats for me.  I managed to play along with Meredith's new I can totally blame her for all the glitter that covers me and my desk.  I guess I can also thank her too since I cleaned up my desk and found my 'made by...' stamp that had been missing since early Christmas.  So, I managed to create two cards using the challenge guidelines.  Both cards are in my wheel-house but are very different from each other stylistically.   

So here goes:

For me, the holidays is all about glitter.  My first card uses my favorite things:  glitter, burnished velvet technique and dies.  The dies area all Memory Box and the impression plate is PTI.  The glitter is Glitter Ritz:  Regal (?Royal) Red and Stardust micro fine glitter.

I hope this close up shows up nicely.  I'm thinking I should probably invest in a proper light box and maybe read my camera's user manual.

This second card was inspired by my friend, Meghan.  She gave me a Christmas card with this concept and I crafted it up just touch.   I love puns.  Do you get it?  I'll give you a second.  Come on you got it.  The card is:  No "L" (noel).  I hope any French speaker who comes across this blog appreciates that I included the two accents.

The embossing folder and circle die cut are Spellbinders.  The background was inked direct-to-paper using Viva Decor Inka Gold products:  Lava Red, Silver, and Platinum.  The letter die cut is Sizzix and cut out of Grunge paper.   Hope the close up gives you a better impression of the colours and the texture of the background. 

Anyways, hope you enjoyed this touch of the holidays.  I'm feeling pretty good.  I'm 200% ahead of where I was last year at this time.  LOL.  I don't know if I can keep up this furious pace.  Phew.

Until next time.  Peace.