Sunday, December 28, 2014

Winter, I'm Outta Here!

I have another wonderful image for you from Doodle Pantry today. This card was so much fun to make. I am also using one of the new .svg cut file sets, as well. It is called Card Cut Basics. If you own a cutting machine that accepts .svg files, and haven't tried one of these sets yet, you really should. They are super easy to use and a LOT of fun!

I chose to use the octagon card cut file. The set includes the card shapes as well as just the card fronts (if you want a traditional square or rectangle card). There are several layers to this card shape. The base was cut using a tan card stock and the second layer was cut with a light blue card stock. I printed one of the designer papers onto white card stock and then used that to cut the top layer. I chose the scalloped inside (there is also a plain edged one) to frame the image. I used a pre-colored image from the Canadian Goose set. I absolutely fell in love with this color scheme. It's masculine, but with more subtle colors. You can't tell from the picture, but the frames have been lifted using foam sticky dots in two sizes, so there is a lot of dimension to the card. The sentiment, also from the set, was printed on white card stock, with a black card stock mat. The branches are from a punch and I used gold glitter, silver glitter, white and light blue card stock. Once I arranged them on top of each other, I added a black goosebump crystal at the base of each one. To finish the card, I added black crystals angled under the focal image. Here are images of the sets I used for this card.

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I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #163 - anything goes
The Outlawz Thursday Twist Challenge - anything goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - anything goes
Friends of Speedy TV Monday Challenge #147 - blue and silver
613 Avenue Create Challenge #103 - anything goes
The Kraftyhands December Challenge - no squares allowed
Send A Smile for Kids - winter fun for kids
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - anything goes
Sweet 7 Designs Challenge #8 - winter
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #291 - anything goes
Creative Knockouts Challenge #69 - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #353 - anything goes

Friday, December 26, 2014

You Light Up My Life!

This is my entry for the return of the The Outlawz Freebie/Progressive Challenge - December 2014. The image this month is sponsored by Simply Betty Stamps.

I printed the image on white card stock and colored it using Copic markers (R00, R89, C5, N8, B01, B09, G09, Y18, YR09). The string of lights is a cut file from Silhouette's Online Store and cut with my Cameo using different colored card stock for the different lights. I printed the sentiment with a Christmas Snow font and used a small oval punch and a larger oval punch for the mat. I layered the image onto black and cherry cobbler card stock. I added a goosebump star and clear crystals on the string of lights.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy 50th

This card is a special birthday card for my brother Steven, who will turn 50 on New Year's Eve. I am using one of my favorite Doodle Pantry sets and two different techniques. He is Commander of the U.S.S Sampson and the globe represents the world he helps to keep safe and the anchor represents his service in the United States Navy.

I used Vintage Globe for this card. Although this set was previously released in outline form, Laurie has re-released it in color. Wait until you see this set. I did a faux leather technique and a faux embossed technique on this card. I got this idea from a video of a card that was done in feathers from Split Coast Stampers. First, I printed the sepia colored version of the globe onto baked brown sugar card stock. I then used a small stylus and traced around the outside of the globe and then around the continents inside the globe. This gives it a faux embossed look. I distressed the entire card using creamy caramel, more mustard, pumpkin pie and chocolate chip (in that order) to give it a faux leather look. Once the distressing was done, I turned it over and using a large stylus, I puffed out the globe's stand and the continents to make the embossing stand out a bit better. I filled the indentations in the back with glue and let it dry and harden. This way, the puffed portion will not flatten out when mailed. I printed the designer paper from the same set onto white card stock and cut a small strip and attached it to the faux leather piece. I mounted the focal image onto navy card stock and then onto a white card stock base. The sentiment was cut using my Silhouette Cameo and came from their online store. I added a resin anchor from EK Success and blue crystal stars to finish the card. Here is what you get with this set:

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Celebrate the Gift of Christ

I have another card from the spectacular Doodle Pantry store to share with you today. Normally, I always use an image from one of Laurie's amazing sets, but today, I used an .svg cut file from the new Bethlehem SVG Card Cut set that was released this month.

You actually have to see this card in person to get the full effect of this card and all it's glitz. This is one of the best cut files I've ever worked with, seriously. Everything is right there for you to use. This cut file is four layers of the City of Bethlehem and it's just glorious! I used three different colors of glitter paper - Black, White and Silver. I used thin foam dots to pop each layer up slightly to add lots of dimension. The background is designer paper from DCWV. The sentiment is also from Doodle Pantry, an older set called Christ's Gift, which I thought was perfect for this card. I printed this on shimmery white card stock from Crafter's Companion and layered it on black glitter card stock. I am so incredibly happy with this card. This is what you get with this svg set.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Joyous Christmas Wishes

I am so's December 1st, and that means it's my favorite day of the month...release day at Doodle Pantry. I did something a little bit different this time around. After I write the instructions on how the card was made, I will also write directions on how I created the wreath. It was really easy to do. Here is my sample for you.

For this card, I used the newly released Christmas Cactus set. The designer paper was printed on white card stock. The sentiment was also printed on white card stock and then I used a 1 1/4" circle punch to cut it out. I used real red ink from Stampin' Up! to distress the circle. After the wreath was made (see instructions below), I pulled it into my Silhouette Cameo and did an outside trace. I then did an outside offset on the trace so that I would have a mat behind the image. The mat was cut with real red card stock. I cut the designer paper at 5 1/4' x 5 1/4" and layered it onto a piece of  real red card stock which is 5 3/8" x 5 3/8". The card base is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" white card stock. The wreath image was taped to the mat and then I popped it up slightly with foam dots. I then popped up the sentiment into the center with thin foam dots. There is a little stem on the end of each of the flowers and I glued oval clear crystals onto each one. I added red crystals into the center of each flower bunch. I also added clear crystal swirls in each corner and finished the card off with a white satin double bow with gold bells hanging from the middle. Here is a picture of what you get in the set. 

How I made the wreath: I used the red and green pre-printed cactus flower (without shading in the center) to create the wreath.  You can use any imaging software that has rotating capabilities. That was the only thing that was done to the original flower. I used Adobe Fireworks to make my .png file. Here's what I did. I started by creating a 1" circle (you use this to place the flowers properly, but you will delete it at the end). I then opened the flower and sized it to 1 inch. I copied the flower four times and using the rotating tool, I placed the tip of each flower on the top, bottom, left and right center edges. I did a horizontal alignment on the left and right flower and a vertical alignment on the top and bottom flowers. I then selected all four flowers. 1. Copy the four selected flowers. 2. Before pasting, you need to de-select the four flowers. 3. Paste (the four flowers you just pasted will now be selected). Remember when you paste, it will paste the new images directly on top of the old images.  4. Click on rotate tool. 5. Holding the shift key (gives you precise movement), hover mouse over right corner of image and click and hold. 6. Rotate down one movement. You keep following those same steps 4 more times, for a total of 24 flowers in a circle. I hope I didn't make this sound difficult, because it's really easy.

There is a SALE going on for the next 2 days at Doodle Pantry. The prices are already marked down, so you don't need a code at checkout. Also, don't forget to stop by Doodle Pantry's blog and join us for our monthly challenge. There is no free set this month, but 2 lucky people will win gift certificates to the store. Any digital image may be used. You have until December 22nd to enter and winners will be announced on December 24th.

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