Friday, November 30, 2012

ISSC44 - Happy Birthday

Hello, it's Friday again and that means it's time for another challenge at iSpy! 

This weeks challenge was inspired by Christine Okken  ( ChristineCreations at SCS) and is based on this card.

So here is the sketch challenge for this week -

This time of year I am usually madly getting my Christmas cards finished in time to post on December 1st however, I also have a few birthdays in the family and amongst our friends so I decided to break up my Christmas card making with a birthday card.

Here is the card I created -

I love the bright colours of this range of MME papers and picked up on the star theme and added some extra die cut stars to the front panel. 
I used a few pieces of double sided foam to raise the sentiment panel, solid stars, ribbon strip and the central panel on the card.

Materials Used:
Paper - MME Lime Twist
Dies - Marianne Design Happy Birthday/Congrats, MFT Stacking Stars
Punches - Marvy 2 inch scallop circle, EK success 1 3/4 inch circle
Other - Grosgrain ribbon by Birch, button and bakers twine.
So thank you to Christine for the inspiration!  It's so much fun to play along with our weekly challenge so why not join in this week.  Head over to our blog here and see how easy it is!



Friday, November 23, 2012

ISSC43 - Doodlebug Wintery Christmas

Hello and welcome back for another installment of iSpy sketch challenge fun!

This week our sketch was inspired by Jean Martin  and is inspired by this card. 

Now this week I wanted to use some very cute Doodlebug papers and embellishments that my lovely hubby bought for me when he returned to Cleveland, OH in the US on business in October.  He is so wonderful - he popped in to the store where I used to work, Archivers, and got me a little surprise treat.  So in order to use these my new goodies I decided to flip the sketch upside down.  So here is my creation:


This was such a quick creation as the adorable snow men were pre-made embellishments and i just added their Santa hats which I free hand cut.  I also had some little snow flakes in my stash so I added them as well.
The main embellishment label was created with another pre-made snow man and I created a little banner of snow flakes for him to hold.
Materials Used:
Paper - Doodlebug North Pole 6x6 paper pad and matching snow buddies cardstock stickers (mini doodle pops!)
Dies - MFT die namics Oval Stax 1 and Designer Label Stax 4
Other - Martha Stewart Christmas ribbon, snowflakes, MFT white felt and white crochet twine
Now why not come and join in the fun at iSpy too - head over to our blog and see how here.
Thanks for stopping by!



Handmade Holiday ASS DT Post

I am so excited to share another DT project with everyone over at Aussie Scrap Source featuring the Simple Stories Handmade Holiday range.  The brief was to make "quick" Christmas cards and the Simple Stories range was just perfect for the projects!

Here are a few pics of the projects I created and you can read and see more over on the ASS blog here


Friday, November 16, 2012

ISSC42 - Be Merry

Another week has flown by and it's once again time for a new challenge over at iSpy.

This week we have been inspired by the creative Anya Schrier and the sketch is based on this card.

I love this sketch's simplicity as it allows you to make each element your own.  So ofter some punching, distressing, pleating and fussy cutting this is the card I created:

To start off the card I decided to add a decorative punched edge before I added the patterned paper pieces. The central panel of the card was with a combination of paper pleating, ribbon and lace. I began with three 1 1/2 inch x 6 inch ( 4cm x 15cm) strips of paper which I scored at 1/2inch intervals then pleated and held them in place with some quick machine stitching. 

The sentiment panel was die cut and then finished off with a rub on and some hand cut Christmas trees.

I added some dimension to the tree with foam tape.

Materials used:
Paper - MME Be Merry
Dies - MFT Well Worn Greetings
Other - Stampin Up antique button, ribbon by birch, Darice hemp twine, lace, MS eyelet lace around the page punch (border punch only) and a rub on from Pebbles Inc.

You can join in the fun too by heading over to the blog here

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!


Cards Classes at Scrappy Hollow

Well it's Friday and it's been a really busy week for me at Scrappy Hollow this week.  My last cards class ran for 2012 last night.  I am so lucky to work in the store and have the opportunity to teach classes - being employed to do something you are passionate about and love is awesome!

As a thank you to all the ladies who regularly attend classes and support us at Scrappy Hollow we made this very cute hand punched and pieced Christmas Tree.

For this project we used a wooden spool which was topped with a foam cone.  Hand punched Marvy six petal flowers of varying sized were cut, scrunched and attached to the cone.  We then finished off the tree with some Kaisercraft pearls, a hand pieced star and some seam binding tied in a bow.

Merry Christmas and another huge THANK YOU to everyone who has attended my 2012 classes.  I am looking forward to 2013 and teaching classes at Scrappy Hollow again.

Friday, November 9, 2012

ISSC41 - Jingle all the Way

Hello and welcome to another weekly challenge post for the iSpy Sketch Challenge blog.  I love being on the iSpy DT as not only does the lovely Kim provide us with some awesome weekly sketches to play with but we meet some really talented card makers as we spotlight their cards that inspire our sketches.  I do hope you can join in the fun this week.  Just head over to the blog to learn more - here.
Now this weeks challenge was inspired by the creative and talented Chris Franco (allamericanstampers at SCS) and is based on this card. 
It's a great way to use up scraps of paper and cardstock, which is what I did with a left over paper pad from a class I ran at Scrappy Hollow back in September using the Kaisercraft Mint Twist range.  I love the Kaisercraft 6 1/2" paper pads as not only do they have miniaturised patterned paper but they also come with pre-made embellishments and borders which are just perfect for quick card making projects (you can see what I made with the ladies in class here).
So here is the card I created:
To begin with I cut a card front measuring 4 inches x 5 3/4 inches or 10cm x 14.5cm and used this as the base for constructing the star burst.  To create the star burst pieces I started with strips of paper measuring 4 inches x 1 1/2 inches or 10cm x 4cm and cut these diagonally in half.  I then decided where I wanted the star burst to be centred and how far down on the card I wanted it to go.  I then laid my first two pieces across the card.  From here I then kept adding pieces until the top section was full.  I then turned it over and trimmed the overhanging pieces off.  I then added all the other pieces and then stuck the whole thing to my folded card base at the end.
The "Jingle all the Way" embellishment centre was a pre made one from the paper pad.  I added some glitter with a gelly roll pen and some Kaiser bling. I also added glitter pen to the white spots an the red and white spotted paper.  I mounted the border, doily and circles embellishment with foam tape.

I had the bells and tinsel style trim in my stash and thought they worked well.  As you move the card it actually jingles which is kind of fun for the recipient too.  The border was cut with an MFT die-namics die.
A while back I had also made a similar card using the star burst design however the left hand section of piecing is different - here it is:
Materials Used:

Paper - Kaisercraft Mint Twist
Dies - MFT die-namics Triple Scallop border and Decorative Doily Duo
Other - Bells, tinsel trim, Kaisercraft red rhinestones, gelly roll pen and white twine
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Please leave a comment as I would so love to hear from you!

Friday, November 2, 2012

ISSC40 - Merry Christmas

WOW!  I cannot believe it's November already!  This year is just disappearing.  As it's Friday it's iSpy sketch challenge day and here is this weeks lovely sketch:

The sketch this week was inspired by the talented Julie H. (Juble at SCS) and is based on  this card.

When you take a look at Julie's card you will see the beautiful woven background she has created using paper and ribbon - just stunning and such a cool idea.  I too wanted to create a woven element on my card but opted for a different style of weaving to Julie's.  So here is the card I created:

As you can see my weaving is a little more spaced out and I used cut strips of patterned paper which I then stuck to the back of a Tattered Angels frame.  I inked both the frame and the strips. 

Originally I had wanted to put the Christmas Tree over to the right and use that as the second embellishment but I just couldn't get it to work - so it's now part of the main embellishment and I used my stash of seam binding, stickers and twine to create the second element.

Throughout the cards construction I wanted to add some dimension and make sure each layer stood out so out came the foam tape again!


Materials Used:
Paper - Authentique Wonder
Dies - Taylored Expressions - Trim the Tree
Other - Craft Queen red seam binding and Darice hemp twine , TH Tea Dye distress ink, Tattered Angels frame, Jolee's snowflake sticker, Starform stickers Merry Christmas sticker, distress tool.
Now why not join in the fun and create a project based on this weeks iSpy sketch!  Head over to the blog here and let the fun begin!

Thanks for stopping by!!!



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