Thursday, 16 October 2008

My Little Christmas Tree

I used the snowflake from the Accent Essentials cartridge, cutting the bottom one at 5 and half inches, then reducing the size by 3/4" for each subsequent cut. Use cardstock at 200 gsm or more to make it sturdy.
Punch a hole through the centre of each snowflake. The main stem is dowel, but a kebab stick would be easier as it is not so thick. Then roll and glue 1 inch wide pieces of card to go between each tier.
I cut 2 of the smallest size snowflake for the top and stuck them together, leaving enough room to fit on the point of the stick.
When it was all put together I sprayed it with photo mount adhesive and showered it, (and myself, lol) with glitter.
The holder is a candle votive, I pulled out the wick and inserted the dowel in the wax ( candle sand or Oasis works well too).
The whole tree can be unassembled for storing until next Christmas.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Fall card for US 'Addicted to cardmaking' swop

I have always wanted to try triple embossing and stamping onto the mat while the embossing was still hot. So when the I had to make Fall cards for a swop I thought I would give it a try.
I am really pleased with the result.
Here is how I did it:-
First heat emboss the mat twice with clear embossing powder I do not have any UTEE (ultra thick embossing powder, I expect you knew that) but if you have you only need to do it once) .
Make sure the mat is hot by keeping the heat gun over it and sprinkle patches of copper, bronze, gold and silver embossing powder on it, heat emboss and repeate the procedure until happy with the colour and depth. While the powder is still hot press the rubber word stamp onto a clear embossing pad and stamp on the mat.
You will need to leave the stamp on the mat until it is cool, don't worry it won't stick.
If you are doing 3 panels you need to cut them first then put them together for the embossing. They will just crack apart easily when you are done. The leaves are heat embossed as above, but I added some red powder on to some of them. As I do not have a leaf stamp I left them plain but if you have a stamp use the same procedure as the mat.
I also made some cards but using alcohol inks for the mats but forgot to take a photo of them.
I got this idea from my favourite website ;- Go and look at their Gallery it is full of great ideas. While you are there check out their stamp sets, I just bought the Lace set and can't wait to try them out.

Pink and Sassy card for UK Card Swop

Kazz, over on the Cricut Messageboard put up a card swop. The criteria was it had to be Pink and Girly. I cut the hat from Paper Dolls Dress Up and the hat stand was the snowglobe from Joys Of the Season, which I put through a brayer to give it some dimension. I made the flower following a tutorial I found on the Internet.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

One of my ATC's for the 'Winged Things' Swop

Here is a sneak peek at two of my ATC's for a swop on the Cricut MB. I have made several in different colours and styles and will post some more once the swop ends.

For the background paper I used Pearlescent Pastel Colours, from the USArt Quest watercolour palette, on ordinary printer paper. While it was wet I scrunched it up then straightened it out and left it to dry. The idea came from The Stamp Man site, one of my favourite sites.

You cannot see the effect but it is very shimmery. I added some ribbon and hearts and used the negative of a peel off on one and the positive on the other.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Hello Kitty

My granddaughter loves Hello Kitty and as she is now at an Art and Design University in London I decided to make her this birthday card. I used a dingbat and SCAL for the kitty and cupcake, and sentiment all cut with the Cricut Expression. Then I added some stickles for the bling. Adding a handle to the card made it look like a portfolio. She loved the card and did not mind that one of the whiskers was drooping!

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Love these little girls-Magnolia stamps

I love these little magnolia girl stamps and the cards Jeanette has made with them. She is giving away some fantastic blog candy. Go the her site by clicking the title of this post for a chance to win. I hope I do!!!