Friday, September 15, 2017

It's a Mickey Christmas

Hello and welcome back crafting friends.
Today, I'm sharing this card on the DiesRUs Inspiration Blog. It's a Christmas card featuring Mickey Mouse, my favourite character of all time!

I started by cutting Mickey and Minnie in black as the base to build up my characters.

Then I cut them again in red, white and green.

Here is a quick pic showing you how I cut out the pieces and paper pieced them together. 

Now, if you have a steady hand and enjoy colouring, you can just cut one layer in white and then colour the various sections of the die. I tried, but I much prefer the die paper pieced version.  You could also cut out the little pieces, colour them and paper piece them, but I figured, if I was to do that then I would just cut out additional layers in the different colours :-)  Having said that, I did take the left over white pieces of his face and shoes and coloured them using E00 for his face and Y17 and Y38 for his shoes.

Here is Minnie Mouse to give you an idea of the paper pieced version, on the left, and the coloured version which is on the right. I feel that the version on the left is a lot sharper.  I again used E00 copic marker to colour Minnie's face.  I'm planning on using Minnie on another card with this same background die.

Now to tell you about the background of this card.  I used Jeanine's Art Christmas Tree Frame die and cut it out in white.

 I wanted a little green behind my tree, so taking a pencil I traced the outer openings onto a piece of green cardstock.  I then took my cutterbees and trimmed it just on the outside of the markings and adhered it to the back of the base die.

I also wanted to add a little colour to the top right hand corner, so I used YG63 and coloured the little cutout flourishes and then paper pieced them back using glassy accents as my glue.

 I adhered red sequins and little yellow stars to the tree and using some flower soft I gave Mickey's had some texture.  Now he looks more like Santa :-). I used Wink of Stella pen on all the stars and the ribbons of the presents to give it a little Christmas sparkle.

I also stitched the circle for a little extra interest. I stamped my sentiment, from Cardz TV's Very Merry stamp set, using Versafine Black Onyx ink.
I then adhered the whole thing to a 5.5" x 5.5" white card.

On the inside I stamped a sentiment from Creative Expressions' Christmas Sayings stamp set,  and added a few extra yellow stars for good measure :-)

Now for a recap of the dies I used:

Character World - Vintage Mickey

Character World - Vintage Minnie

I hope I was able to inspire you to use your dies to start working on your Christmas card stash.  Christmas will be here before you know it :-)  Don't forget to play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.  Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook too. 

Till next time,

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

More Exciting News :-)

Hello bloggie friends. Yes, it's true! I do have some more exciting news to share with you today.
I'm also a new DT member of The Merry Christmas Challenge DT.  Yay! 

If you're one of my followers, then you now how much I LOVE Christmas, so I'm thrilled to be a part of this team too.

These challenges also run weekly.  The team is divided into two groups and they post on alternate weeks.
Please take a few moment to visit our new team and don't forget to join in our fun challenges.

Janis (Owner), Pause Dream Enjoy
Maryvonne, Prendre le temps

Remember, it's never to early to start working on your Christmas card stash! :-)

Till next time, happy crafting!

Exciting News :-)

Hello crafting friends.
I have some very exciting news to share with you today.
I'm now a DT member of Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenge Team.

Please come visit us for a new challenge every Wednesday, and while there take a few minutes to meet our wonderful team of designers.

Janis (Owner), Pause Dream Enjoy
Jackie, Get the JC Look
Lori, A Happy Life
Vivian, Vivian's Desk

These wonderful ladies are split into two teams. Each team will host the challenge every other week.
I'm sure they would love for you to visit their blog and become a follower.

Till next time, happy crafting!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Christmas Gift Tags

Hello crafting friends. It's my turn today to share a project on the DiesRUs inspiration blog. For my project, today, I made a few Christmas gift tags.

I began by looking through my stash of dies and deciding on a base tag shape.  I thought that the Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 were the way to go.

 I placed the shapes and sizes I wanted on my magnetic shim.  Next I took the Impression Obsession Christmas Circle Cutouts dies and placed them neatly centered inside the base dies. At times like these, I really find that the magnetic shim is wonderful as it keeps all the dies in place.  If you don't have one, no problem, you can just adhere the two dies together with some removable tape and cut them as normal.

Next, I removed the circle cutout dies and cut the same base shapes again out of the same white cardstock. These will be used for the backing of the tags.

After deciding what colours I wanted to use as the background for the circle cutouts, I used a circle die from the Spellbinders Circle Dies set and cut out various circles in red, green, navy, sky blue and silver glitter cardstocks.

Once I had my backing pieces cut out, I stamped the "To" and "From" on the back of each using Versafine Black Onyx ink.  I love the sharp crisp images you get with this ink, even if it does take a little longer to dry.  Remember that this ink is not alcohol marker friendly.  If you're going to use your copic markers or other alcohol based markers, you should probably use something like the Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I've shared with you before, that I keep all my dies on the little pink bucket (you can see it on one of the pics above) in order to prevent them from getting lost amidst all the other supplies or even thrown away.  Well, I do a similar thing with my cling stamps.  I purchased a cheap acrylic photo frame and that is where I put all my stamps until I'm finished with my project. This helps me because I know that they won't get lost or damaged.  It also helps that they're all in place when it comes to cleaning them before putting them away.

Once I had all my bits and pieces, I started assembling them. I glued the colour circle to the back of the cutout die and then the backing on top. When they were all done, I felt they needed a little more embellishing, so I cut out a few more of the shapes in glitter cardstock and used the little cut out pieces to paper piece some additional colour onto my tags. You can see this on the tags with the holly, the bells and the Christmas tree.  The tag with the candy cane, I used red stickles to make it sparkly and give it dimension. On the bauble and snowflake tags, I simply added a few rhinestones.

Lastly, I took an assortment of ribbons and twine and finished off my tags.
These are very simple to make and the possibilities are endless.  You can change shapes, colours, bling, ribbons, etc. to make them unique and fun.

Here is a quick recap of the dies I used:

Image result for impression obsession christmas circle cutouts

Spellbinders Nestabilities cut emboss stencil 2012 Heirloom Ornaments Die S5-116

Image result for spellbinders heirloom dies 2011

Image result for spellbinders heirloom dies 2012

Image result for spellbinders heirloom dies 2013

If you don't have the Heirloom Ornament dies, it's not a problem.  All you have to do is visit the DRU store and enter "Ornaments" in the search bar.  There are so many options that pop up, and these will all serve as a great background for your circle cutouts in addition to creating other beautiful ornament projects.

I hope I was able to inspire you to use your dies to create some Christmas tags for the gifts for those special people in your life. I hope you will come play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.  Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook too. 

Till next time,

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Use Your Favourite Colours at CGC this week

Hello crafting friends.  Welcome to this week's challenge at Crafty Gals Corner, hosted by the Crafty Belles.

Challenge # 139 ~ Use your Favourite Colours

Our wonderful sponsor this week is:

Prize ~ 3 Digital Images / 1 Digital Set

Since I couldn't really get into my crafty due to Harvey, I had my little tin where I keep my card stitching kits and enjoyed a few hours waiting while the storm raged outside.

To complete my card, I couldn't have found a more beautiful image.
This is Wild Rose from Beccy's Place.  I used copic markers to colour it in.
To finish my card, I used a MS decorative corner punch and added a few pearls that I coloured pink and green to match the colours of my card. 

I reduced the size of the image and printed it together with my sentiment. I think it brought it all together very nicely.  Forgot to mention ... this is a 5.5" x 5.5" card.

So, have you figured out what my favourite colours are?  To be honest I love colours and pretty much like all of them, but this is one of my favourite colour combinations.

So glad you stopped by today. I hope that I've inspired you to create a project using your favourite colours so that you will play along with us.  You have till noon, CST, on Tuesday, 12 September 2017, to link your project to the Crafty Gals Corner blog.  While you visit, take a look at what my teamies made for your inspiration.

Till next time, happy crafting!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Catching Up

Hello crafting friends. I've had a few emails from you asking about me and I can't tell you how blessed I feel that you took the time to ask. So here is a quick note of why I've been MIA ...

I'm blaming it all Harvey.  Thankfully, we did not flood.  The water came up to the sidewalk but that's where it stayed.  However, when we saw the water come up to the curb, we starting taking all our important and precious positions upstairs and soon, it was a real mess up there.  Important documents, scrapbooks and small electronics littered the pool table, suitcases with clothes lined the walls, medicines, other first aid items, cases of water, etc. were put where ever there was still space.  Then we went around the downstairs and put up everything we could.  My hobby room took a while to get done and by the end, everything was buried everywhere and not an spot on my desks or counters was to be found.  It was quite a somber experience, thinking that it may all go to waste if the flood waters took over.  But after 4 days of stressing and lots of praying, we felt very Blessed as we were fine.  When we look around our area and see the devastation ... it really makes you appreciate what you have and how you fared through this storm. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those who lost everything and who are still flooding now, almost two weeks later, due to rivers overflowing their banks.  There are families that lost family members to the flood waters and for those I pray that God may envelope them in His comfort and care.  That, after all, is the ultimate loss.

For us now, it's just a matter of putting the house back to order.  It's going real slow because to add to all this, I hurt my neck on Thursday before Harvey arrived, so have had to cope with it all wearing a neck brace.  But again, I still feel very Blessed.  I had my family here with me during the storm, so I did not have to worry about any of them being in danger. And my neck is finally feeling better to where I'm not wearing the darn brace anymore :-)

So crafting friends, I'm slowly getting back to crafting and will share my first project with you tomorrow. In the meantime, thank you all for your good wishes and your prayers.  I can't promise that I will catch up on all the comments, but I will try.

Till tomorrow,
Big hugs

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Jingle Bells

Welcome back, crafting friends. 
OMGoodness, can you believe it's September already?
 This year is just speeding by. 
And yes, I know that Fall doesn't officially begin until the 22nd, but growing up in South Africa,  Spring celebrations begin on the 1st.  Now, living in the US, I decided that I'm starting my Fall celebrations on the 1st too - thus the change in my blog background and header :-)
Now that we have that established, let me tell you about our new challenge at CCAYR, hosted by the Gingerbread Gals.

September challenge ~ Add Leaves!
Prize ~  please visit the CCAYR blog

 Another stitched card from me.   I added a few red gems for the berries and a few gold metal "pearls" on the bells.  I also adorned each corner with the smallest size of the same gems. I was encouraged by a friend to use water colour pencils to colour in the leaves, bow and bells, but to be honest with you, I'm a little intimidated doing that! So I think I will just leave it as is.  Yes, there is a little too much white, but maybe I can just call it CAS? :-)

For the inside, I stamped the Fancy Merry & Bright greeting from Great Impression stamps.  I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, so that I could add a little bit of colour with my copic markers.

 Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed your visit and will play along with us.  Please take a few minutes and visit the Christmas Cards All Year 'Round blog to see all the wonderful projects made by The Gingerbread Gals.  And don't forget to come back on the 15th, when the Christmas Belles will post their projects for our mid-month inspiration.

Till next time,
Happy Crafting

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fairy Dragon Staredown

Hello and welcome to this week's challenge at Crafty Gals Corner, hosted by the Crafty Belles. 

Challenge #137 ~ Use Punches and/or Dies

Our wonderful sponsor this week is:

Faery Ink
Prize: 3 Digital Images

To make my card, this week, I used Faery Ink's  Fairy Dragon Staredown image.
I printed it on X-press It cardstock and coloured it using copic markers.

I used Anja's Circle card maker die from Marianne Designs on the front of my card.
I sponged it lightly with Memento Angel Pink ink to give it some definition.
Then to finish it off, I added some sweet mini roses that I got from Michaels.
The foliage I used for my roses is from an unbranded die.

On the inside of the card, I used the Love Triangles embossing folder, by Teresa Collins,  to create a background panel to put my sentiment.

Thank you for stopping by today. Now it's your turn to create a project using punches and/or dies and play along with us. You have till noon, CST, on Tuesday, 22 August 2017, to link your project to the Crafty Gals Corner blog. And while you there, take a quick look at what my DT sisters made for your inspiration this week.

Till next time, happy crafting!