Friday, September 23, 2016

Maja Designs is having a challenge for September which is inspired by this amazing moodboard emblazoned with rich autumnal colors. I couldn't resist, so I perused my precious collections and found some beautiful papers to coordinate with the moodboard.

I created this card first using many spellbinders dies and lots of layers (at least 10 of them) to give the card tons of dimension. I wanted to do a card without flowers this time and I wanted to compensate with scrolls and flourishes to give it a regal look.  I also hand stitched on the card for some extra softness.

Next I created a tag for a friend to be used as a wall hanging/autumn decoration and the reverse has a pocket with a card inside so it is like a card and gift in one. For this tag/card, I did many layers again and added a gorgeous altered chipboard piece that I inked and crackle finished with a touch of glitter added before it dried. I also hand died the seam binding ribbon and cheesecloth. This time I added some beautiful flowers to round everything out.
On the reverse, I created a die cut pocket with hand stitching. I then made a card to fit inside the pocket with layers of beautiful Maja paper and some hand stamping. I finished the details off with some liquid pearls here and there.
This is the opened card showing the stamping.
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look at my designs for the September Maja Moodboard Challenge!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Merry Card

Hello everyone. This is going to be a small series that I wanted to share of some of the Christmas cards I created this year for some wonderful friends. I had a great time making them and I am entering them in the Frilly and Funky Challenge. It is clear that I love all the traditional colors of, gold, red and white and the basics on my cards are hand-stitching, lots of layers, die-cutting and some odds and ends. The designs were all inspired by the amazing Dorota Kopec (I'm such a fan,) but with a huge Christmas twist. 
 I love that even though the designs are similar, the mix of papers and embellishments can change everything so much.
 This photo gives an idea of the layers and dimension.

Thank you for stopping by!

Noel Card

The second card for the Frilly and Funky Challenge was completed in much the same manner as the others, except I used layered circles for the focal point.
 I also used Liquid Pearls to adorn the circumference of the circle.
...more sprigs....
 ...and more twine.
Thanks so much for visiting!!!

Peace on Earth Card

Similarly, with the third card for the Frilly and Funky Challenge, I used another Martha Stewart punch and I carefully staggered the layers so it looks like a shadow. I really like to mix papers from different collections and it is so easy to do with several Christmas lines.
 I used a pretty Petaloo flower and some berries. I also found these great bejeweled sprigs at a local store and they made great fillers.
 Again, I added some foliage from some Tim Holtz dies.
 I also added a bit of twine to each card for a little more dimension.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by!!!

Christmas Time Card

For my fourth card for the Frilly and Funky Challenge, I wanted lots of ruffles so I used a Martha Stewart punch to get the desired effect.
 I also love using up my stash and I put together this pretty flower combination.
 I actually used a sticker (which I rarely ever do but need to revisit doing) as the focal point on this card along with the sentiment from Tim Holtz dies.
Thanks so much for visiting!!!

Christmas Ornament Card and Happy New Year!!!

The fifth card for the Frilly and Funky challenge was created similarly as the first, with the circle cut out in the center and an ornament.
 For this card, I fussy cut the ornament and outlined it in Stickles for a glittery effect.
 I picked up this awesome vintage crystal trim and used it to frame the center ornament.
 Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful New Year!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Wintry Layout for Flying Unicorn

Hello everyone, this is my final post as a member of the wonderful Flying Unicorn Creative Team. I have had the most amazing experience being a part of such a talented and incredible group of people. Thank you so much for letting me share my love of creating with you these past couple of years!
I wanted to share a simple wintry layout I made with the December Kit. I started out with the gorgeous Barnmarket paper from Riddersholm Designs. I added stenciling with Ingvild Bolme Chalk Ink in Teal Damask.  I loved the lacy Prima Elemental resist stickers from the Mixed Art kit, which I painted with the Shimmerz Paint from the Main Kit and then wiped away the excess leaving the white lace to show. I used the negative of the sticker for the bottom border.
 I did some additional background stamping, using the Prima stamp from the main kit and Black Coal Chalk Ink.

These gorgeous chipboard pieces were from Creative Embellishments and were included in the Small Art, Big Passion kit and I gave them two coats of gesso.
I layered the photo of my mom (on the right pushing the buggy) when she was a little girl. Then I added the gorgeous floral Prima vine from the Mixed Passion kit and added a little extra gesso. I finished off the layout with a couple of die cut snowflakes and sparkly gems.
Please don't forget to check out the December Kit and remember there is always the Pre-Order option so that you don't ever miss a kit!