Tuesday, 19 December 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Winter Fell Gently Over the Land

The final card this month was a last minute purchase from The Hungry JPEG
I try not to spend a lot of money on graphic files (because, trust me, my shopping cart can get a little out of control!) but as soon as I saw this one, I HAD to have it.
you can check out the bundle here
As before, I created the whole scene in Silhouette Studio. I drew a 5x7 rectangle first, to limit the size of my card.
I added a deer silhouette, fill-patterned him, and added a phrase to to front of the card.

Merry Christmas everyone, thank-you for taking time out of your busy days to visit me on the blog.
I will see you in January xo

Monday, 18 December 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Reindeer are always in Fashion

Merry Christmas my Deers!
I purchased this wonderful graphics pack from the Hungry jpeg
I created a pink subtle background and layered the deers in a "runway" pattern.
I love Silhouette Design studio for creating layered graphics. I don't have Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator (which I'm sure might be easier)
Quick, simple, and lots of fun. 

see you soon - one more post for the "12 days of Christmas".

Sunday, 17 December 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Nostalgia in a box

 Hello my friends
We are getting so close to Christmas, I don't know where the time is going.  I am certainly not ready yet, but somehow I manage to pull it off every year.
Aren't these fun?  When Tim Holtz premiered these back in the fall, I knew I wanted these box tops.
I didn't have the wooden boxes for the bottom, so I made my own with cardstock. (that's the most math I've done in a while LOL!)

I have a bunch of miniature things in my stash. The old sled and mini ornaments were perfect for this little box. The retro paper background is from Carta Bella.

I colored Santa and the reindeer with Copic markers and antiqued them with espresso distress paint.
This guy turned out pretty cool, same idea, I colored him with Copic markers and dabbed a little white paint on his neck area.
My other tropical project I made this year. Those flamingos are so cute standing on the mid century modern home. Image from Retro Christmas Card Company.
and finally, a jolly santa wishing you a Merry Christmas (print 'n cut image from Silhouette design store)

Saturday, 16 December 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Jolly Jellyfish

hello again,
you didn't think I could go all season without making something tropical did you?  Hahaha, of course not.
I was inspired by a really pretty glass ornament I bought at Michael's. I wanted to make my own jellyfish ornaments, but I was trying to figure out the cut file that would work the best.
so this is what I came up with...
SVGCuts.com - Cotton Tail Village
I cut the top of the mushroom, embossed the panels and painted it with a gorgeous aqua/pink shimmery paint (Prima). A lunch time shopping trip to the local fabric store found me these great sequin trim pieces. 
I added liquid pearls and some iridescent sequins to the "body"
I think these turned out pretty fabulous. They are pictured here on my Christmas tree.
See you soon

Friday, 15 December 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Yuletide Box Cards

Mary, you rock! I have said that many times before though. I was super excited to see the latest release from SVGCuts.com.

you can check out the kit and assembly tutorial here.

there's my favourite embossing folder again...
and on the house trim.  I used dimensional glossy white paint to mimic icing.
which one is your favorite? 
thanks for looking see you soon...

Thursday, 14 December 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Block Letters Too

Here is part 2 of the block letter cards I made.
This time I cut everything out in white cardstock and added distress inks to color the base of the cards.
I love using fun pictures on my cards. Look at that dog - he's adorable.

ok, I am on a roll, slowly catching up (I think)  see you soon.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Block Letters

ahh I am so behind!!! Working full-time and getting this stupid cold has put my blogging time out of sync.  Anyway...

I cut these block letter cards on my Silhouette Machine, after designing the layout in Silhouette Studio.  I offset the word to create a card base.
The O was cut out separately so I could make a "frame" for the picture.
I used my favorite embossing folder beaded garland to add a little texture to the card
Lastly, I cut out a holly shape just to embellish the card.

here it is again in a different color.  See you soon...
photos courtesy of Pinterest. (not for resale)

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Happy Christmas Muggle

Harry Potter hold a special place in my heart. I used to pull my girls out of school in the afternoon, so we could go to the new Harry Potter movies on opening day.
The base of the card is from Christmas Box Cards.  I used the plain box card file.
I made the Quidditch rings in Silhouette Studio.
The stag "Patronus" is a die cut and the rest of the graphics were printed off from some images via Google.
I have given the card to my new co-worker who is a huge Harry Potter geek like me. We nerds have to stick together! hahahaha
I realised after I gave it to her, that this was the only picture I took of it. Sorry it's not the best quality, but I wanted to share it anyway.
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

Monday, 11 December 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Winter Door

Hi quick post today...
 this one is a great box card that is really fun to embellish.
I love adding all the little extras like the skis, greenery, bows for the presents...
the kit is from More Christmas Box Cards over at SVGCuts.com
Thanks Mary, I love this one!

Sunday, 10 December 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Happy Hanukkah

This year was an opportunity to make something for Hanukkah.  Our team lead at work is from Israel. With all the Christmas decorating and festivities at the office, I didn't want him to be left out. So...
I adapted the same snow globe file (see yesterday's post) into a winter themed Hanukkah card.
Everything was cut out in the pastel blue paper. It was actually perfect because the back was white.
I embossed a wood grain pattern on the base then cut the words and menorah from some cut files I purchased from the Silhouette Design Store.

I think it turned out very well, AND I love the versatility of this file from SVGCuts.com

See you tomorrow!

Saturday, 9 December 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Coca-Cola Bears

Happy Saturday.
This one is for all the Coca-cola lovers out there.
The box card is a cut file from_SVGCuts.com_(y'all know already) Christmas Box Cards with a bit of modification.
I printed the polar bears and coke bottles, cut those out, then assembled the box. I added the bottles afterwards to mimic a 6 pack chilling in the snow drifts.

I really love this card, I made it for my manager, who is a hard core cola drinker. I guess we all have our addictions. hahaha

Merry Christmas Coke lovers!

Friday, 8 December 2017

12 Days of Christmas - Heirloom Christmas Tree

Hello and welcome to my 12 days of Christmas projects.
Let's start with Mary's Heirloom Christmas Tree from SVGCuts.com.
What a wonderful project. I remember making ceramic ones with my Mom years ago.
I love the base too. I kept the vintage/retro theme with images from Retro Christmas Card Company here.
My bulbs were just a wee bit too small for the holes, so I used some Glass bead gel (Liquitex) over the areas and inserted the bulbs while it was wet.  They are glued in nice and firm now.
The project called for a candle lamp, but I didn't have one so... I improvised.  I took some twinkle lights (battery operated) wrapped them around a paper tube and inserted it into the base. You can't see the tube when the tree is on so I think it's a win/win.
Thanks Mary for a great project, you know I love you!  see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Urban Scrapbook's Monthly Challenge Kit - December

Welcome to December! My favorite month of the year.
This month's kit from Urban Scrapbook, features Photoplay papers - A Mad Plaid Christmas.
The kit includes some wonderful extras like the foil die cut ornaments and frames, sequins, ribbon and the wood cut pieces.
I used foam tape on the back of some of the stickers to give the layout more dimension.
What about the border around the page?  Scored and sanded.
You can check out the rest of the festive layouts over at the Urban Scrapbook blog here.
Thanks for stopping by, I have been super busy making Christmas cards and decorations. Come back soon for the reveals. Cheers.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Urban Scrapbook's Monthly Challenge Kit - November

Welcome to November,
Sweater weather, short days, hibernation, and most importantly, a day of Remembrance. 

This month's kit at Urban Scrapbook features paper from Simple Stories along with some beautiful sparkly paper and doilies.  To check out the other design team's layouts, follow the link here.
 The pictures I found on Pinterest were absolutely PERFECT! The colors and the theme were exactly what I was looking for.  As I've said in the past, a great layout always starts with a great photo(s).

 above, you can get a closer look at the elements I created on the page. The poppy die wasn't a poppy  at all, it was a Hibiscus. I had this one in my stash for a while, I'm pretty sure it has been discontinued, but you could use any 5 petal flower for this and add the black center with a small circle.  The foliage is from Tim Holtz.
Thanks for stopping by,  Christmas Card making season is upon us, so I will be posting pics of my progress on that.  I think I'm leaning towards a more retro feel this year. Check back soon y'all.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Urban Scrapbook's Monthly Challenge Kit - October

Greetings all...
Pop on over to the Urban Scrapbook blog. There you can check out the design team's layouts for our spooktacular October kit.  Simple Stories - Spellbound.
For my layout, I used an image I purchased from Alpha Stamps. I printed it twice and cut away the window sections so that I could layer it. 
The skull and word "poison" were glittered using the jar of sparkly goodness that is included in the kit.  I added some twisty gnarled branches (Tim Holtz) and some purple and lime green foil to the layout..
thanks for stopping by and having a look. I will see you soon. Christmas is coming!!! woohoo!

Monday, 25 September 2017

Pumpkin Cottage

Greetings to you.
I had to share the adorable pumpkin cottage that I made last week. You can purchase the kit here.

Mary, I LOVE this kit. It is absolutely super cute.
The most work was planning the paper that I wanted to use.  I have a lot of downloaded graphic files that I have purchased from thehungryjpeg.com. This allows me to print my own patterned papers
I added some die cut vines...
the little mice are from the "Boo To You" graphic pack
thanks for looking!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Tropical Tiffany Lamp

Hello again, I haven't posted a lot of projects lately. I have been busy enjoying the nice weather and my newly landscaped back yard. It's still a work in progress, but I ran out of money hahaha 😫

I did make something just for me though. this project is from the Boho Butterflies SVG Kit
Boho Butterflies SVG Kit
It took a bit of editing and piecing together, but I really love how it turned out. 
I've made a few of these lamps - halloween, Christmas, snowflakes...but this one is my FAVORITE
I used 3 different images for the "stained glass"; A tropical leaf, hibiscus and wave pattern. They were downloaded from the Silhouette Design store.
I had some really cool seashell patterned vellum in my stash, I bought it years ago. I don't think you can even get it anymore. 
I colored the vellum with my Copic markers using shades of green down to turquoise.
What'd'ya think? I think it turned out rather spectacular.

Thanks for stopping by, I will see you soon.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Urban Scrapbook's Monthly Challenge Kit - September

Sometimes things don't go your way, sometimes things work out.

Back in July, I had posted the last design for Urban Scrapbook's monthly kit not knowing that things would work out.  Instead of the store closing, at the 11th hour, one of our great team members ended up buying and taking over the store!!! I am absolutely delighted and grateful.

Nicole, thank you for keeping the store alive and for keeping the Urban team together. xo

Here is my layout for September, using the kit featuring Echo Park papers and chipboard.
The only extra things I added were the layered leaf die and embossing folder (Tim Holtz)
and the die cuts from the Fall Foliage thinlets set (Tim Holtz) which I had in my stash.

I colored the word "Autumn" with distress oxide inks and added some paint splatter.
I hope you like the layout, you can check out the other team member's work over at Urban Scrapbook's blog.   see you real soon if I can figure out my photo stream situation. I have somehow lost all my pics on my ipad. grrrr

Friday, 4 August 2017

Tiki Bar In a Box

I have a cute little box card to share with you.
This cut file is a flat print'ncut from the Silhouette Studio store, but I made it into a box card.

I printed the tiki bar 3 times, then duplicated and cut the top part off to make the sides.
Don't forget to add "hinges" to attach the box together.
I have a bunch of png images that I have purchased from thehungryjpeg.com
I scaled those to size in my work area and printed everything on 12x12 cardstock. (I have a large format printer)
Then it was just a matter of piecing every thing together to complete a fun and foldable birthday card.
thanks for stopping in to my tiki bar in a box. see you soon my friends