Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Season's Greetings

This week's MojoMonday sketch featured damask design and polka dots that looked awfully familiar...and then I realised that I actually have these patterned papers in my stash!  I was very tempted to try out a round card and felt that the papers would look better square. So, here it is - my offering for this week's challenge.

The patterned papers are from Papermania's Signature collection "A Christmas Carol". I inked the edges with Tim Holtz's Distress Ink "Vintage Photo"
The greeting is from WMS "Compliments of the Season" stamp set. I stamped a decorative frame using WMS "Holiday Labels 14", heat-embossed with Metallic Gold and cut it using Spellbinders Labels 14 for a fancy finish. 
I embellished the card with some gold trimmed ribbon, a button and amber-coloued flower. Some hand-stiching in gold metallic embroidery floss frame the card. 
For the inside of the card, I cut and distressed the edges of the papers and inked with "Vintage Photo". Then I stuck them down in reverse order and punched the edge with X-Cut Decorative Border "Leafy Lace".   

Friday, 25 November 2011

Merry Christmas

Here's a fun little card I made based on Lynn Mercurio's tutorial on Splitcoaststampers. There's a fair bit of measuring and cutting, but it's all worth it in the end because you get a dimensional card that looks more complicated than it really is. Since I was trying this out for the first time, I used left-over bits from the "Classic Christmas" paper pack by Stephanie Dyment. There are a few more ideas brewing upstairs based on the recessed window construction. This card is best delivered by hand as it does not fold flat.

Unmistakably Christmassy with the red, gold and green pallet. Felt flowers and ribbons adorn the corners.

The focal image is framed by Nellie Snellen MDF033 die-cuts in cranberry red pine green CS. Applied gold Liquid Pearls in the corners and Stickles along the edges for texture and shine. 

Note the recessed window which is about a quarter of an inch. As usual, I hand-stitched the patterned paper.

On the inside, I covered the extended portion of the window with some patterned paper and framed it with the same Nellie Snellen die-cut  

Winter Wonderland

I'm a great fan of Andrea Walford, and it's no secret that I shamelessly stalk her creative moves. She has this weekly challenge called Makeover Monday and finally I plucked up the courage to submit my card. This is Andrea's card and below is my take on it.

The card itself was pretty simple and did not take long to finish. I may have spent more time mulling over what paper to use as I did not want to stamp the background. On hindsight I probably should have steered clear of snowflakes, time I'll try harder to be different!

Patterned paper form MME "Snowed In". Chipboard die-cut from same collection. Single layer matting and some hand stitching to frame the card.

I stamped small snowflakes in Versacolor "Silver" over the original print on the paper, applied snowflake glitter embossing powder and heat set the lot for texture and shine. The chipboard greeting was liberally smothered in Versamark and same embossing powder. 

I then inked the edges of the die-cut greeting with Versacolor "Scarlet", dotted the "i" with a blue gemstone and stuck clear ones to the centre of each snowflake. 

I decided not to stamp a sentiment inside, but gave it some colour with punched paper from the same MME collection.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Glad tidings

My mojo wasn't late this week. In fact, I had this card floating about in my head since Monday, just that I could hardly find the time to make it. The sketch is easy and I didn't have to mull over it, much.  

For my card, I rotated the sketch and made some small changes, but it's all there. I used red, green and gold but in muted tones and so the card isn't terribly traditional. Still, you'd recognise it as Christmas.

Patterned papers: "Henbury Lane" by Papermania. The green "brads" are Cardcandis - legless brads.

The Christmas ornaments are cut using Spellbinders dies and lots of Stickles for sparkle.

The greeting is a die cut by Hunkydory. I hand stitched the panels using "Old Gold" embroidery floss. Everything is stuck on using foam pads for dimension.

Kept the inside simple for personal message. I punched the side panel with X-cut Leafy Border Punch 

Monday, 21 November 2011

Gingerbread Basket

It's the last week before the start of Advent - where has the year gone??? Most of you would have started your Christmas baking, or at the very least given it some thought. Instead of going to the kitchen, I went to my craft room and came up with this basket of gingerbread men on a swing card. 

Greeting is heat embossed in gold. Patterned paper from "Cosy Christmas". Stamp by WMS.
Image stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Caran d'Ache Supra pencils. Gold liquid pearls serve as buttons on the little men.
Swing in motion to reveal a gingerbread village
Card opened out flat. Border is hand stitched using DMC embroidery floss.Greeting stamps by Adam Prescott. 

Kitty update:
Xiara had all her sutures removed on Saturday. She's more comfortable now.
Healing hands on my ginger baby. 

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Still thinking...

I don't know why but this week's MojoMonday card did not come together as planned. Here's the sketch:

I started off making a Christmas card. Then I my sister called and said that our cousin's husband had been admitted to hospital and I thought - "Get Well" card. It suddenly dawned on me the the colours were far from masculine. He deserves another card. Then I thought of a friend whose step-dad passed away last Friday: perhaps a "With Sympathy" card. By then I was halfway through planting my row red flowers. Way too cheerful for the occasion. So, what now? Birthday? Thank You? Hello? Valentines? And that is how this card ended up as "Thinking of You"...that'll buy me time to decide.

Background: pearlescent card stock embossed using Crafts-Too's "Daisy & Swirl" folder and on the panels: X-Cut Decorative Border Punch "Flower Doily"

I stamped the greeting using VersaColor "Silver", applied "Snowflake Twinkle" embossing powder and heat-set the lot. The middle panel is a row of little die-cut felt blossoms. 

Some faux stitching in blue to frame the card and gold adhesive gemstones on each flower.

Kitty update:
Xiara's surgery went well. All visible lumps and bumps removed. She's home, resting and healing. Here are some pix:

Friday 11/11/11: First night home after surgery. Warm, fuzzy and completely doped up!
Saturday 12/11/11: Awake and looking better.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Moroccan Christmas

A recent visit to a Moroccan restaurant prompted me to create this card based on the rich gold and red ornaments on display. I think it lends an Eastern flavour to Christmas, but still keeping with the familiar colours of the season. This card gave me the excuse I needed to try out a suspension card. For colour and texture, I heat embossed the snowflakes in shimmery white. As you can see, I let myself go with the liquid pearls and glitter dust.... shamelessly gaudy!

Rich red and gold with sparkly snowflakes everywhere on this 4x4 card. 

Suspended ornament heat embossed with clear shimmer powder and surrounded  by liquid pearls.
A touch of green in the ribbon, gemstone and stitching.
Inside: Another green bow and clear bling on the flip-side of the ornament.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011


I'm late with this week's MojoMonday card. It's been a difficult week health-wise for just about everybody here. On Monday I took Xiara for her bi-monthly check-up and the vet detected 2 new lumps. We've decided to have them removed as soon as poss, ie tomorrow. As she's been coping well with her current treatment we've hoping there wouldn't be any more new lumps, but cancer never plays by the rules. We're praying for her.

On to this week's card: the sketch looked simple enough, or so I thought. But I was having such a tough time putting it down to paper. And so, 3 days later, here's what, I've come up with:

Front: The patterned paper is from Papermania's Signature "Linen" collection. The vellum from Papermania's "Classic Christmas" A4 pack. 

The bird on the branch is cut from a Marianne Creatables die. The dotted circle is cut from Nellie Snellen's flower die

Side: the card looked a little dark so I stuck on Anita's gold peel-offs to shed some light 

Inside: WMS stamp. Edges inked with Tim Holtz's "Vintage Photo" Distress Ink.

Just for fun, here's a photo of Xiara and Snoopy indulging in some traditional Mediterranean siesta.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Holly & Poinsettia

Time for another Mojo card. Where has the week gone?! This week, given the choice between square or round, I'm going for the safer option: square.

I succumbed to making a Christmas card - might as well get a head start 'cause the big day is less than 2 months away. (Can you believe that?!) I using the holly and poinsettia papers from the Cosy Christmas collection. This paper is really prety, it would be a shame to lose much of it under the die cut. Solution: a window to shoe off the poinsettias. And, as always, there's no shortage of the shiny stuff!
A window for the poinsettia
Close-up: Some liquid pearls to frame the window
Side view: That's a simple felt poinsettia!
Inside: A gold poinsettia among the holly.

Card stock: TGP Bleed-free 300gsm Pure White Ultra Shine
Patterned Papers: Forever Friends "Cosy Christmas" A4 paper pack
Die: Nellie Snellen Multi Frames Die "Round" MFD011
Stamp: Adam Prescott "Happy Christmas" sentiment
Ink: Memento "Rich Cocoa"; Brilliance "Galaxy Gold"
Others: satin ribbon; DMC embroidery floss; 160gsm layering card stock;  floral gemstone; X-Cut Decorative Border Punch "Leafy Lace"; Ranger Liquid Pearls "Gold"; Ranger Stickles "Crystal"; Elizabeth Craft Designs "Poinsettia" outline stickers.

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