Nov 19, 2011

Graphicat's Santa Layout

Hi Everyone, so here is my (Amber) first post!  Let's hope I can do this right!  Anyways, my dear friend Penny was here Thursday night finishing up the cards for the Women's Contact Society's card night.  So much FUN!!!  I was so inspired to do something out of my comfort zone...... layers, layers and more layers.  I went over to another great friends blog at Graphicat  to find some inspiration with her November Sketch: 

This is what I came up with!  

So I started with the CTMH Believe paper pack using the CTMH Sweet Leaf and Topiary cardstock.  I stamped Santa, lights and stars from the CTMH Share the Magic (retired) stamp set and 'Happy Holidays' from the CTMH A Timber stamp set.  I colored Santa with my Copic Markers and gave him some 'bling' with CTMH's Stardust Glitz Glitter Gel.  I then made his beard appear fuzzy with CTMH's Fun Flock.  Finish off with some CTMH Cranberry ribbon, some CTMH Sparkles and a couple of other accents and here you go.

Next project....easel card, wish me luck!

/posted by Amber

Nov 17, 2011

Inspirational Santa. . . .

I have to admit, this latest card was an inspiration from a girlfriend whom I consider a card making guru.  Many have had the pleasure of seeing her work and in case you haven't you might want to skip on over to her blog to see the beautiful work she does - which inspires me to "think outside of the card (aka box)".   

Normally, my cards are very two dementianalized and "simple".  Which I've been advised "simple cards" do not have layers or bling!  So I've re-thought this whole process and figure I'm getting there. . . as far as detailing up my cards but still have a whole lot to learn.  

Here's a side profile of Santa in layers and some of the details/bling close up. 

BandT Paper: Bo Bunny 6"x6" Snowfall Collection & 12"X12"
Cardstock: all CTMH Juniper, Chocolate and Vanilla
Ink:  all CTMH Juniper and Chocolate
Accessories:  Nestabilities, CTMH Crystal Gems, My Minds Eye Pearls, CTMH Pin Clips

Nov 14, 2011

Mojo 215 Layouts

Okay, it's that time of the week for the newest and greatest Mojo . . .  And Amber definately has her MOJO on and has completed the card and has it ready for posting!  Here's this weeks layout for Mojo214:

And here's Amber's take on the layout:
Stamps sets used: CTMH Jingle Borders and Heartfelt Christmas
Card Stock:  CTMH Sky and Sweet Leaf
B and T Paper: CTMH Believe Paper

Techinique: Snowflake stamped in Sky and stamped with glue pen and sprinkled in CTMH Prisma Glitter

Now it's my turn to get my Mojo on and see what I can come up with for this weeks Mojo Layout. . . .

I rotated the layout and put it onto a 6"x6" card.  Using papers I picked up this afternoon at one of my "frequent" visited paper suppliers.  These weren't the original papers I wanted to use for this layout, however, the B and T papers are Printery Collections 6x6 paper stack.  Co-ordinating Cardstock is CTMH Cocoa, Vanilla and Juniper
The cute little flower is made from a section of the B and T papers pack and the fleures are made from CTMH Juniper cardstock with the use of CTMH Art Philosophy Collection.  I also used the CTMH Art Philosophy Collection for the sentiment frame and sentiment is from CTMH Card Chatter - Sympathy.   The pearls are e. and pearl swirls from Lost & Found.  Ink used is CTMH Cocoa.  TGL!

Christmas Pop-Up Gift Card Holder

Here's one of my great finds which I'm sharing with my fellow crafty peeps! We all have those hard to buy for family members/friends and I found this really cute gift card holder and thought I'd share my take on it with you! 

Okay, I struggle with primary colors!  I rely heavily on my "browns" when I create cards and to be honest I purchased the CTMH Believe papers as a "challenge" for my personal growth!   I have this great CTMH Share the Magic stamp set.  I've never used it - again out of my comfort range!  Whimsikle, fun stamp set - and I'm such a traditional old fashioned kinda gal!   Between the stamp set and the Believe paper pack I was overwhelmed!   Completely had a designers block!  Could not see past the "red" - I'm also not a red kinda girl.  Tones of red - yes, plain red - no!  I started on Friday afternoon, put it down made a whole other card, tried again on Saturday and finished finally late Sunday night. 

Here's the final product:

I actually had to break this card down into segments.   Starting with the Santa on Saturday morning - Using Copic Markers I made up many of these Santa's.  On the "highlights" I added CTMH Glitz Sparkle Gel, just to accentuate it that much more. 

Here's the great part about this card and it's functionality!  When it opens up. . . your gift card magically lifts up and it's nicely displayed  in a little sleeve!  There's no way your happy recipient will miss the presention of your gift card!  :) 

Card Supplies:
  • CTMH Believe Paper Pack (CTMH X7145B)
  • CTMH Share the Magic Acrylic Stamp Set (Discontinued)
  • CTMH Clear Sparkles (CTMH Z1104)
  • CTMH Glitz Stardust Gel (CTMH 1313)
  • Copic Markers
  • Score-Pal
  • Ticket Corner-Rounder Punch
  • CTMH 1 1/4" Circle Punch (CTMH Z1311)
  • Euro Personal Trimmer (CTMH Z338)
  • Tombo Mono Adhesive (CTMH 1514)
  • 3D Foam Tape (CTMH 1151)
Got the supplies. . . and don't know how to put it all together?  Click on this tutorial and it'll explain how to "put it all together".  Oh ya, I changed my card deminsions to a 6"x6" and the tutorial is for a 51/2" x 4 1/4".  Some slight modifications will be required if you change the size of your card - but yes it can be done! 

Have any questions or want to recreate this card please feel free to contact me, Penny Stavast or Amber Nustad!

Santa's "Watching You"

What a great weekend!  I actually got some R&R, house work and paper work done!  You can imagine what kind of paperwork I am talking about. . . and not the work kind either!   Yes I sat down and was able to get a "few things" done in my crafting corner.   I made this vintage style Christmas Card using a techinique I saw on Split Coast Stampers, for a telescopic card and an older layout for a challenge I saw a while ago on SCS as well.  This is a great techinique for using all of those nesting shapes in a whole other way. . . 

As you can see by the side profile I took my santa image and broke it up into 3 layers using nesting ovals and 3D foam dots.  It's a great techinque for adding more depth to your cards.

B and T Paper:  My Minds Eye Lost and Found Christmas 6x6
Cardstock: CTMH Vineyard Berry, Chocolate and Vanilla
Ink:  CTMH Vineyard Berry and Jim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Stamps:  Santa by Hampton Art and CTMH Holiday Cheer set
Accessories:  Nestabilities; e. Pearls and Gems, Maya Road Snowflakes, CTMH Chocolate Ribbon and 3D Foam Dots