Friday, December 8, 2017

Peaceful Bird - Lori Whitlock Snow Globe Card


πŸ‘‰Learn the rules like a pro.  Break them like an artist.  Pablo Picasso



Hello there,

I chose my favorite colors to make this super fun  Lori Whitlock  snow globe card. With a few simple adjustments  this adorable shaker card was  easy to assemble.   I had a great time putting several of these together for my darling friends in my craft group.  My Cricut is my best "Buddy" (the Elf, get it?) 😊 during the holidays when I'm pressed for time and need to make multiples.

Here's my Panoply Pattern:

TECHNIQUES:
  1. I purchased and downloaded this Lori Whitlock SVG into Cricut Design Studio.
  2. I resized my card from A2 to A6.
  3. I cut out all layers except the ring, the chipboard base, the small snow flakes and the sentiment.  On this card I used a circle frame die from my stash to cut the red ring so I could cut a matching layer from a foam sheet to add dimension to my shaker. I found this easier than cutting and gluing several chipboard layers.
  4. I used a circle die to cut a circle of acetate the size of the globe.
  5.  I glued the light blue background piece (with the holes) to the white snow globe base.  I then embossed  the snow “mound” piece with swirls and added it to the globe.
  6. I glued the white foam layer to the snow globe and  let the pieces dry completely to prevent the confetti  from sticking to any leftover wet glue. 
  7. While this was drying, I assembled my bird and glued his cuteness to the snow mound.
  8. Once the base was dry, I added the sequin confetti to the center of the globe.   After my confetti was added, I glued the piece of acetate over the globe.  I carefully lined up the red frame over the transparency piece and glued it. That's it!  So simple and so cute.
  9. I added a silver paint pen border to the background layer and attached it to the card base and then added the snow globe to the background.
  10. I glued a rhinestone to the snowflake and added it to the  globe with a glue dot.
  11. I glued a die cut "peace"  to the snow globe base. 
TOOLS:
  • Lori Whitlock Bird Snow Globe Shaker Card
  • Bazzill aqua dotted card stock
  • Bazzill red card stock.
  • Blue glitter card stock
  • Silver glitter card stock
  • White Bristol Vellum card stock for card base and globe base
  • Acetate sheet from office supply store
  • Opalescent sequin and star confetti
  • Silver and blue sequin confetti
  • Swirl embossing folder
  • Blue rhinestone
  • Tim Holtz Christmas Sentiments "PEACE" die cut
  • Krylon Silver Leafing pen
  • Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive
  • Sookwang double sided tape
TIPS:

Go easy on the glue.  It needs to be completely dry when adding the sequins and the acetate to keep the sequins from sticking where they shouldn't.  (Ask me how I know.😏)  Also, don't overfill your card with the confetti.  You want your shaker to "shake."

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something beautiful.
Nancy

Playing along with:
        Cute Card Thursday
        Creative Knockouts
        Crafty Gals Corner
        Fantabulous Cricut
        Cupcake Inspirations
        Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Patchwork Christmas Bibs - Machine Embroidered Applique

πŸ‘‰ Do something creative every day.





Hey there,

It's holiday gift-giving time and I just happen to have some of these fun festive bibs in my stash for the littles on my list. 


Check out these Easter bibs from my earlier post to see how I made them.   The holiday embroidery patterns all come from Etsy shops.






Having a fun and simple sewing project during the holidays is a delightful respite from all the hurried commotion going on this time of year.  Add a little Hallmark movie binge watching and a cup of hot chocolate and your holiday joy might just make it all the way through  New Years Eve.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous
Nancy.



Saturday, November 25, 2017

Friendsgiving Pie Treat Favors - Cricut Design Studio

πŸ‘‰  You can't use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.  Maya Angelou



Hi everyone,

When I saw this adorable pie-shaped box with the cute "Friendsgiving" tag in Cricut Design Studio, I knew it would be a perfect treat holder for the ladies in my crafting group.  What I didn't realize until after I cut it was that it was literally sized to fit a piece of pie.  How fun is that!


I knew I couldn't take actual pie to my group, although it would have been an awesome treat. I decided to fill this box with some yummy cookies instead. It's large enough that you could fill it with just about any treat, even a small gift.      

                             

As it turned out, the eight slices I made were just enough to create a legit pie. It made a darling presentation on a large round platter.

 

I can see making these for so many different occasions. The flowers are relatively neutral, and decorations for any occasion or season could be adapted.  Next time, I'd love to use these with REAL pie!  

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy 










Tuesday, November 14, 2017

O' Holy Night Christmas - Lori Whitlock Pop Up Card SVG

πŸ‘‰ Take time to do what makes your soul happy.






Hi everyone,

I can't take much credit for the design of this beautiful Lori Whitlock SVG Pop Up Box Card because I cut out the layers on my Cricut pretty much as they were. Gluing the layers takes some precision but once I got the hang of it I made 28 of these cards in a relatively short time.  I usually change things up quite a bit with SVG's, but I loved this card just as it was. I did happen to have the perfect sentiment in my stash and I glittered things up a bit with white and gold glitter papers.  I also added rhinestones to the stars to make them shine.  This card is sparklicious in person! 

Here's my Panoply Pattern:

TECHNIQUES:
  1. Purchase and download Lori Whitlock SVG into Cricut Design Space.
  2. I didn't change the size  because 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 was the largest size for the mat.
  3. I like to change all the dotted fold lines to score lines.
  4. Be sure to attach score lines to layer before cutting!
  5. Choose paper and cut according to paper thickness.  I like to use the fabric setting on thick cardstock.
  6. Fold on score lines. Make sure card folds evenly into a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 card.
  7. On this card, I didn't cut out the sentiment because I used a stamp from my stash.
  8. Align layers and glue.
  9. Use a bone folder to flatten folds.
  10. Stamp sentiment with black ink and line panel using gold leafing pen.
  11. Add embellishments and make it your own.

TOOLS:
  • Lori Whitlock Pop Up Box Card SVG
  • Bazzill navy dotted card stock
  • White glitter card stock
  • Gold glitter card stock
  • White Bristol Vellum card stock for base
  • Clear rhinestones
  • Stampabilities sentiment stamp - O Holy Night
  • Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  • Krylon18kt Gold Leafing pen
  • Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive
  • Sookwang double sided tape

TIPS:

The windows in the Bethlehem layer were very intricate and I had to do a lot of punching out with a stylus.  I chose to do a solid navy layer for the mechanism layer. (I used the contour feature in design space).  The windows aren't open all the way through, but the navy layer looks fine.

I used Sookwang tape on the tabs of the box mechanism to make it stronger.

I glued the top wise men layer to the blue panel first and then lined it up with the card base panel.  This helps everything to line up perfectly.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

Playing along with:
   
        The Sisterhood of Crafters
        Word Art Wednesday
        316 Avenue Create Challenge
        Craft Rocket Challenge
        Do-Al(1) Kreatives
        Daisy Chain Challenge
        CropStop Blog
        Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge
        Crafty Creations Challenge
        Craftyhazelnuts Extra for November Challenge

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Autumn Fairy in Fall Shades - Norma Burnell Digi

πŸ‘‰ The things you are passionate about are not random.  They are your calling.



Hi there!

For a Copic junkie like me, the autumn color palette is absolute heaven.  I find myself using color combinations I normally wouldn't use and I'm always surprised at how pretty they turn out. I guess I should pay more attention to Mother Nature.  She's the quintessential master painter of all things beautiful, after all. I made this card for my dear friend's November birthday.  

Here's my Panoply Pattern:

πŸ’ TECHNIQUES:
  1.   Download a beautiful image from this Etsy store. 
  2.   Color image with Copics and colored pencils   
  3.   Back image panel with slightly smaller rectangle of fun foam.
  4.   Cut out card base and layers on Cricut 
  5.   I resized my base in Cricut Design Space to A7 size
  6.   Edge layers with gold metallic pen
  7.   Add Stickles to edges of flower petals with small paint brush.
  8.   Punch flourish with paper punch out of gold metallic card stock
  9.   Change it up and make it your own.
 ✂ TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:

*     Copic markers
*     Copic Xpress paper
*     Colored pencils
*     Krylon 18kt. Gold Leafing Pen
*     Stickles Stardust Glitter Glue
*     Flourish paper punch
*     Assorted paper flowers and leaves
*     Colored card stock for base and layers
*     Gold metallic card stock for flourish
*     Cricut Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cartridge
*     Cricut Expression die cutting machine

TIPS:
        
A die cut easel  makes this bracket card easy to display.  I love this one from Elizabeth Crafts.
       
There are a lot of really good YouTube videos that explain how to use Cricut Design Space. It's well worth the effort to learn how to manipulate your die cuts.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

Playing along with:
       Allsorts Challenge
       Sparkles Challenge



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Magenta Style Christmas Cards - Dimension with Corkboard and Chipboard


Hello everyone!  I just found another treasure in my Christmas stash that I'm excited to share with you. I made these cards a while ago in a Sandy Brien class at the Stamp Art Shoppe and I still think the designs are stunning. Magenta corkboard and chipboard give them beautiful dimension. 

TECHNIQUES:
I sponged the tree card with "lettuce" alcohol ink using an applicator tool and the ball ornaments with "red pepper" alcohol ink using Q-tips.  When the tree was dry, I stamped and embossed the snowflakes with white embossing powder.  I punched out a chipboard snowflake and painted it with gold metallic watercolor. Lastly, I stamped and embossed the sentiment with  white embossing powder.  


For this card, I stamped and embossed the snowflakes and words as shown.  I inked a large snowflake and embossed with white embossing powder. I splattered the background with white embossing powder and heated with my embossing tool.  The smaller snowflakes were painted with metallic paints in gold and silver.  


I colored the corkboard cardinal on this card with "red pepper" alcohol ink using a Q-tip.  I stamped and embossed the snowflakes and words in white on the small layer as shown. I stamped and embossed the reindeer with a patterned snowflake stamp using Versamark ink and white embossing powder.  After the reindeer cooled, I inked and embossed him with clear embossing powder. It doesn't show up here, but the shiny finish looks amazing.


I think this was my favorite card to create. I colored the chipboard birds and greenery with markers.  I slightly moistened a paintbrush and blended the colors.  The edges of the chipboard are outlined with a brown pen and I used a black Sharpie for the eyes.  I used a white colored pencil to add the lines on the leaves and to color the birds' chests. When the chipboard was dry, I added two coats of clear embossing.  For the snow, I sprinkled a little bit of embossing powder onto the chipboard and heated with my embossing tool.

TIPS:
Glossy accents is a good sturdy glue for adhering heavier objects like chipboard.
When layering embossing powder, be careful to let each layer cool slightly before adding the next layer.



TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:
Magenta Corkboard punch outs
Magenta Laser-cut Chipboard 
White embossing powder
Versamark Ink
Alcohol Inks - Lettuce and Red Pepper
Metallic watercolor
Heat tool
Stamps: Magenta -45007L and 07484J
Cardbase: 5 1/4 x 10 1/2
Patterned paper

Whew!  That's a lot of information but these cards are really worth the effort.  I think they're so lovely and elegant. I'm glad I bought extra chipboard and corkboard so I can play!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.

        
  

Sunday, October 29, 2017

More Sizzix Bell Jar Cards - Christmas


In a recent post, Tim Holtz Halloween Bell Jar cards, I showed you some super fun Halloween cards I created in a Sandy Brien class at the Stamp Art Shoppe last fall.  Here are some more amazing holiday cards created in the same class. Sandy's card designs are always so beautiful and having her as an instructor is such a treat.


I remember being delighted with how these cards turned out and thinking I would make some for other occasions during the year.  Well, it's a year later and let's just say I'm glad I saved the directions. 

Want to create some of these darling holiday scenes for yourself?  Here's some of the things we used.

        Card Base: 10" x 7"
        Large Layer (Patterned Paper) 4 3/4 x 6 3/4
        Small Layer (Solid) 4 1/4 " x 6  1/4"
        Design Layer: 4" x 6"
        Cardstock for scene die cuts
        Transparency scrap for Bell Jar
        Sentiment stamps
        Sizzix Bell Jar die 658244
        Christmas dies from Impression Obsession and Memory Box
        White embossing powder
        Versamark pen
        Distress Inks
        Gems, stickers

The snow on the pine trees is made by inking the die cut tree with Versamark and then embossing with white embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy