Friday, June 28

Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Jennie, our long-suffering and infinitely good humoured Card Camp leader, prepared a tic tac toe grid of nine different cardmaking elements including things like embossing, copic markers and ribbon.  Each of us had to choose a row and create a card with the elements in that row.  I decided on "bling", "Thinking of You Stamp" and "Distress Ink" for my card, which I made using one of my favourite colour combinations.
Stamps: Stampin' Up
Colours: Distress markers
Die: QuicKutz Nesting Frame 9
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Monday, June 24

New Release: Wedded Bliss Set

June is traditionally the month for weddings, so I created a set inspired by the old saying "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue".  I hope it brings luck to all the happy couples receiving cards made with the images.

My designers have done an amazing job with the images this month.  Their creations are absolutely beautiful and I'm certain the recipients of these cards will love the time and effort that has been put into them.
 Annie's Card
Carla's Card

Emily's Card

Malin's Card (front and inside)

Marianne's Card

Tarah's Card

Christine's Card
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Wednesday, June 19

And We're Off...

Today we are headed off on a grand family adventure.  We're flying to the U.S. to visit my husband's family and to do a little sight-seeing around the North West corner of the country.  Our kids are so excited to be seeing their Grandma, who loves to cook and garden with them, and their favourite aunt who has the patience of a saint when it comes to playing games!
I have prepared some scheduled posts that should automatically show up on my blog over the next month.  I'm also hoping to have some access to email during the trip, but it may be a little sporadic depending on our location.  Please be patient if you are waiting on a reply from me during the next five weeks... I will respond as soon as I can.
I hope you all have a wonderful month and I look forward to checking in from time to time to see what you're creating.

Monday, June 17

More Star House Cards

My designers have some more inspiration to share with you using the Star House Set of digital images.  The set is available for purchase in my online store.
Emily's card

Malin's Card

Marianne's Card

Carla's Card

Annie's Card

Tarah's Card

Christine's Card
Pauline's Card

Wednesday, June 12

Buttons and String

We were challenged to make a card for our Dads last week, which of course, means something masculine, so I dragged out my button box and a roll of string and started to play.  The card below is what I finally ended up with.  Next time I think I might pay a little more attention to keeping the strings straight and evenly spaced... do you think Dad will notice??

Monday, June 10

New Release: Star House Set

In just over a week we'll be flying to the U.S. to visit my hubby's family.  Unsurprisingly I have red, white and blue on the brain just now, so thought I'd best put it to good use creating a digital set that's all about the U S of A.
My designers have done a wonderful job working with this set.  Most of them are from countries that don't celebrate the 4th of July, so it was interesting to see what they created using the images.

Annie stuck with the stars and stripes
theme to create her beautiful card.

Emily coloured and fussy cut the button images
for her red, white and blue creation.

Christine used the star house
image for her patriotic card.

Tarah added lots of the sentiments from
the set to create this easel card.

Carla used the wreath image from the set to
make this beautiful Christmas card.

Malin made a gorgeous little tic tac toe board
using the star buttons and one of the star squares.

Marianne combined several of the images to create
a wonderful card to celebrate a new home.
Pauline used the star buttons and
the sentiments for her CAS card.

Friday, June 7

Tutorial - Circle Side-Step Card

There are many different step-cards being created these days and although they are a bit fiddly at first, you soon get the general idea and can apply the concept to just about any shape.  Today's tutorial uses a circle as the base and results in a card that has a curved bottom and a series of steps on the side.  You can alter the placement of the steps and the depth of the folds to achieve the look you're after.
1. Start with a circle of cardstock measuring 61/2" in diameter.  (You can adjust the size of the circle and the step measurements for a bigger or smaller finished card.)

2.  Use a pencil to rule a feint line at the 4" mark.  I used a pen so you can see what I'm doing, but you will want to rub out the lines once you've done your measuring, cutting and folding.

3.  The steps will be on the right hand side of the card so keep your measurements and marks to the right of the first line you drew.  Starting at the bottom of your circle, measure and mark a horizontal fold line at 11/2", then add another line 1/2" above the first, another line 1" about the second, then 1/4" above the third and finally add a line 3/4" above the fourth.  (The fold lines will be at 11/2", 2", 3", 31/4" and 4".)

4.  Use a craft knife and ruler or a trimmer to cut between the first fold line and the last fold line.  Refer to the picture below - cut between the two x.

5.  Use a stylus to crease along each of the fold lines you drew in step 3.
 6.  Now it's time to crease along all the fold lines.  Without creasing the card on the left of the first line you drew, carefully line up the bottom and top edges of the card and add your centre fold.

7.  Fold each of the steps starting at the bottom with a mountain fold, followed by a valley fold, mountain fold, valley fold and mountain fold.  This is probably the most difficult part of making the card because you are trying to fold the two joined sections in different ways.  Refer to the photo below.

8.  Crease firmly along all the fold lines.  You will notice that when the card is closed, the right hand edge is not nice and rounded.  Simply take a small, sharp pair of scissors and cut off the excess.  It's easier to do this from the back of the card where you can follow the shape of the cardstock.

9.  Now it's time to decorate!  The step section of the card gives you the opportunity to build up dimension by adding background items on the back step and then building forward finishing with foreground objects on the very front step.
Have fun!!

Tuesday, June 4

Tarah's Cards

One of our guest designers this month is the lovely Tarah Demerchant.  She has put together these three cute cards using the Bear With Me set of digital images.
You can find more of her lovely cards on her blog.

Monday, June 3

Beary Cute Cards

My wonderful designers have been busily creating more beautiful cards with the new Bear With Me set of digital stamps.  They have a great range of different occasion cards using a combination of the images and the sentiments.
Marianne's Card

Malin's Card

Emily's Card

Carla's Card

Annie's Card, front and back.

Christine's Card