Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mosaic Monday - This Week

This is a tablescape for breast cancer awareness month.  I selected a pink silk flower in a glass vase.

The Sadler tea pot and Raspberry Thriller tea in a porcelain white cup from Stokes.
The pink shoelaces from the Race for the Cure.

A special butter tart from my friend Cheryl served up on a clear glass plate with a fluted edge with a white round doily under it.

Mom is done her treatments today and we are celebrating.

This book was a bit slow at the beginning but ended wonderfully.

Sharing with Maggie at Normandy Life who hosts Mosaic Monday.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Be Present for Christmas - Lesson 3 - Candle in the Darkness

The activity suggested this week was to light a candle and pray for those who are hurting. Thank God for being the Light of the world.

I chose a tea light in glass holder for the reminder to be the light in our dark world.  I chose a flameless battery powered candle to avoid any safety issues. The glass tea holder is from IKEA.

I printed a prayer list to glue into our journals.

I'm selecting my lessons from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp.  The book provides 24 lessons for each day of Advent of which I have chosen 7 for this class.  We will have readings, questions, discussion, and an activity each week. 

This week the reading was from Isaiah saying the people who walk in darkness will see a great light.

Soon it will be time for advent wreaths with candles glowing.  Is yours ready? 

Card Club - October - Masculine Stripes

I started with a double sided designer paper by WeRMemory Keepers - Urban Window Collection - Restoration Silk Taffeta.

I chose a warm grey card base.

I cut the designer paper to 5.25x4.00 inches then again at 3.5 inches cross wise. These pieces are tape back together so I can handle them as a single piece.

I cut some silver sticky tape to 1 inch wide and 6.00 long.  This was placed over the join and the ends were put to the back.
This layer was adhered to the card front in a landscape orientation.

I created a banner greeting in grey and about 3" long. I fussy cut around the banner along the line. I adhered to the card front with 3D foam tape.

Card Club - October - Playing Cards

I had these pretty playing cards which I wanted to use as an accent on a card.

I diecut the cards into a smaller circle with Spellbinder Smooth Round Nestabilities.

I drew a flower in More Mustard and added a stem in Old Olive.  I added a leaf with a gradient fill.  This was printed on white card stock and trimmed to leave a small border.

This layer was added to a warm green card base.

I then adhered the card circle to the center of the flower.

Card Club - October - Green & Blue Stickers

I started with a collection of epoxy daisy stickers in blue and green.

I used the large greeting I've used before which was trimmed to leave a small border.  I chose a warm green color that worked well with the stickers.

I adhered the large greeting to the card front in turquoise.

I then adhered five epoxy stickers above the greeting making sure to keep the colors and glitter ones separated.

Card Club - October - Japanese Paper

It's another card club tonight as well as Be Prepared for Christmas class which means a full evening for me.

I decided to keep the cards on the simple side since we are making them after the Advent class.

This card features a wonderful piece of Japanese paper cut 1.00 x 3.25 inches. 

I added a tree onto the card front which I found at CKLER.  I chose the colors from the paper. Really Rust, Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand, More Mustard and Early Espresso.

I created a rectangle frame in which we can glue our paper.

I've provided greetings in EE for those who want to have one on their cards.  I used the Stampin Up Artisan Label Punch. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Card Set

I made cards for the family of the friend who passed away this week.  The funeral is today.

I used ivory, kraft and pink card stock on the set of cards as well as the same designer paper from the K&Company Designer Paper pad used on the sympathy cards in the previous post.

The adhesive borders had Tim Holtz Antique Linen applied to color the white background.  This is a DSP split card with the floral on the bottom and polka dots on the top.  I applied the adhesive border over the join.  Deep rose satin ribbon has been used on some of them.  Silk flowers & Prima handmade paper flowers held in place with brads.

Cards are always handy at this difficult time as many people are stepping up to the plate to get things done.  The lunch today required many volunteers to make sandwiches and squares.

Sympathy Cards

A dear friend passed away this week.  She lived a good life and celebrated her 93rd birthday this summer. Her three daughters were with her before she passed.

I made sympathy cards for my friend who lost her mother and my other friend who lost her grandmother.

The designer paper comes from K&Company and the adhesive borders are by the same company.  I did not find name for the collection.  I chose one of the papers and cut it to 5.25x4.00 inches.  I ripped a piece from the top third and adhered the pieces to the top and bottom of the card base.  The adhesive borders matched quite well except that they had white backgrounds. I applied some Tim Holtz Antique Linen distress stain which did just what I needed.  The borders were 12 inches to I cut them to 4" each.  I adhered the border to the left then added a silk flower and handmade paper flower held in place with a deep rose brad. I added a deep rose ribbon behind the flower accent then trimmed the ends.  I color printed greetings on ivory card stock and rubbed the edges with the TH Antique Linen distress stain.  They are adhered to the card front with 3D foam tape.
The second card has a lighter handmade flower and a green brad.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Card Fronts Relayered #3

This is another church card.  The frame with the clear centre is one from Photo Elements.  I placed the music sheet with O Little Town of Bethlehem behind it and created a graphic I could use in my layout software. 
I added the greeting in red at the top of the card front and a script font.  The leaves for the red flower were added too.
The card front was color printed.
The red silk flower was added to the bottom right hand corner with a gold sequin and a gold tiny brad.
This card front was trimmed and layered onto a red new card base.

This is a card I designed from an advent class several years ago.

I trimmed the card front and layered it onto a new navy blue card base which matched the navy scallop oval in the centre of the card. 

Another church card. 
I designed the large greeting with fonts. 
I added the faded green oval background and printed it on white card stock. 
The flower is made of 2 confetti daisies held in place with a white tiny brad.

This card front was trimmed and layered onto a new red card base.  A new insert was added and it's ready to give again.

Not all the cards donated come to me in good shape. Sometimes the card back has been punched with holes because the recipient put it on their bulletin board, so the front is salvaged and re-layered.  Sometime only the card front arrives, again it likely can be re-layered.  Sometimes the card front was not assembled very well, the elements may not be glued on straight, maybe there is glue residue where it should not be, or some other aspect that makes the card front not able to be re-used.  It happens.  I give a second life to as many as I can.

As I reviews cards and kits I have made years ago I am amazed at how many I have done.  Christmas is my favorite time of year and I don't need a big excuse to participate in it at any level.  Cards have been a natural go to for me for a long time. Sending paper cards is in decline.  I'm working on digital Christmas cards.  I made some last year and have to design new ones for this year.

Share Your Cup #220

I was prepping breakfast this morning and as I put the bran muffins and banana on my plate I saw a snowman.  I quickly checked for a carrot nose and his face appeared.  I just had to take it's picture.

It put a smile on your face I hope it does the same for you!

I used to have a really practical Tupperware dispenser for my hair gel.  It was translucent so I could see how much I had left, it had a white pump lid which meant easy to get a dollop of gel.  The lid split and my gel started thickening up in the container which made it harder to get it through the pump.  What to do?  I check with a rep who informed me that piece was not longer available and all I could get was a credit but that was not going to solve my problem. I purchased this pearl shell pump a while back.  It fit into the bathroom decor well enough.  But now the gel is thickening again.  I expect the seal on the lid is just not tight enough and now where near as air tight as the Tupperware one was.  On the hunt again for a dispenser.  This clear flat bottom bottle used to hold some sort of body care product.  I removed its labels, cleaned up the glue with Goo Gone and I will give this one a run for a while.  I like the ability to see what I have left which the clam pump did not give me.

I picked up this book after ordering it two weeks ago. I'm using it for the Be Present for Christmas class I am teaching.  I have borrowed a copy from the library but now I have my very own.  This book was written with a focus on families during the Advent season.

We had a great time at Welcome to my Kitchen this week.  Our host provided a wonderful apple mango crisp, some yogurt, fresh fruit, a bit of cheese and crackers.  Tea and coffee were in good supply.

We had good fellowship.

Sharing with Jann at Daily Cup with Mrs. Olson and Sharing Your Cup.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

SU Woodland EF - Chalk

I made these cards with the recently purchased Stampin Up Woodlands embossing folder.  I did my research and felt that this one the best one of those available.

I embossed a piece of white card stock.  I chalked the background with Bashful Blue at the top, Summer Sun in the centre and Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip towards the bottom.  I added Basic Black along the trees.

I cut the birds with the Memory Box Resting Birds and a scrap of red card stock.  It cut 5 at time and I used 3 of them. They were adhered to the birch tree layer with quick dry adhesive. This layer was then adhered to a light blue card base.
I then found a greeting in my stash which was stamped with SU Small Script stamp set in Chocolate Chip.  It was punched with the SU Modern Label punch and I offset a black punchie behind it before I mounted it to the card with 3D foam tape.

On the bottom card I added a sympathy greeting which was color printed.

These are off to my card exchange friends.

Card Fronts Relayered #2

This is another of my church card designs. The card front was trimmed and relayered.

The Bethlehem is my own design.  It was printed in navy on a white card.

The star was printed on vellum and silver embossed.  The piece was then wrapped onto the white layer top and bottom and taped to the back. It is not very visible here but just check the hill on the left hand side and you will see the change in shade on the left.

This layer was then adhered to a new navy card base.

This one was designed for a church in one of the Northern Territories.  This was a digital project so I delivered it by email and the managed the production of the actual cards.

I used one of my own watercolor backgrounds to create a sense of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

I added my own Bethlehem Star digital.

I drew the Inukshuk and placed it on a snow bank.

Added the greeting.

Here I have trimmed the original card front to leave a small border.  I adhered it to a new warm blue card base.  I put a silver star brad in the centre of the star.  Looks great!!

Sometimes the card front are the only pieces returned to me which respects the privacy of the recipient and sender.

This design was one that was not selected.

I've trimmed the card front and layered it onto a new red card base.

This card was another church designs.

It features one of my watercolor backgrounds.  It was cropped to a square then I applied a gradient fill over it to go from transparent on the left to opaque on the right.  It creates this great fade to the color.

I added a digital olive branch in just the right spot so when I added the dove. It was printed on white card stock.

Over this I adhered a die cut white dove cut with the Sizzix Dove die ensuring that the bird is aligned with the olive branch.

This card was designed with one of my own photographs.  I was fortunate that a work colleague own many nativities and lent me several to photograph.  It was my early day so setting up still life to photograph. 

The photo was cropped and an olive green fade was added to the edges.
It was then layered onto a green swirl digital background.  It was printed on white card stock.

I trimmed the card front and layered it onto a deep red card to coordinate with the red in their garments.

This is helping to reduce my stash of cards I could not throw out.  A second life for these to be a blessing another time around.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Card Fronts Relayered

I have designed and made Christmas cards for churches for many years.  They were always simple designs to make them affordable.

These are my designs where the card front was trimmed and then layered onto a new card base.

This one is a background I designed using scripture as the words in a script font.
The word Rejoice was added over the script background in navy blue.

I then cut a star using the Sizzix Star #2 die which is a large single star. It almost does not fit on the card front so I just offset it.  The yellow card stock was spattered with gold acrylic paint and allowed to dry then it was die cut.

This layer was then adhered to the navy card to match with the greeting on the front.

This card featured angel clipart.

This is a heralding angel with her trumpet and it printed in a dark grey color. 

The greeting was printed in red.

A piece of decorative paper which repeats the colors of black, grey and red was adhered to the left of the angel.

The card front was trimmed and adhered to a black card.  Works really well.

Left: The same card done with the angel in green with red, green and gold decorative paper.  The front was layered onto a kelly green card.

This design featured heralding angels again.

This time it is a symbol available from the DF Calligraphic Ornaments font set.  It was sized to fit on a 1 3/8 inch circle, printed on white card stock and punched with the Stampin Up circle punch.  It was layered onto a SU scallop circle punchie in a coordinating color of card stock.

The greeting was created with a decorative script font in the same color as the angel.

The card front was trimmed and layered onto a new coordinating purple card base.

This card features a vintage Christmas card image with folks headed into church Christmas Eve.

I cropped the image into an oval format and added a shadow.

It was printed onto white card stock.

I added a double snowflake element in the top right hand corner.  The white card stock snowflake is a Martha Stewart punch and the iridescent one is a fiber one sold as confetti.  These were placed on the border and held in place with a white tiny brad.

This card front was trimmed layered onto a new card base in a warm green color.

I've had a successful day getting cards ready for my card box and the box for craft sales.

My box now has 125 cards in it!!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Be Present for Christmas - Lesson 2 - Climbing Up

One of the activities suggested for this lesson was Christmas cards.

That was right up my alley.  These cards feature a vellum layer which has a large greeting which I found on a free vector image site.  I modified it to my needs.  I added a earth to the bottom edge of the vellum. It is a map of North America which I found at Brian Jones Design.  As you can see I`m just using the very top of the image.  I added my own Bethlehem star in the top right hand corner. This design was printed on a quarter sheet of vellum in a light grey color which was them embossed with silver powder. It was then trimmed to 3.75x5 inches.

The snowflake designer paper by Recollections - Michaels was cut to leave a small border and adhered to a royal blue textured card.  The vellum is adhered with 2 tiny pewter brads in the bottom corners and a large dove brad over the word Peace.
This card features a gold embossed vellum layer with vintage gold tiny brads and the same white dove brad.  I chose a warm brown card.

The designer paper is American Crafts - Kringle & Co. - Lighting Department.  This is the back side.

I'm selecting my lessons from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp.  The book provides 24 lessons for each day of Advent of which I have chosen 7 for this class.  We will have readings, questions, discussion, and an activity each week.

The lesson this week features Jacob and a dream he had of climbing a very long ladder trying to get to heaven.  People keep trying to do enough good, climb enough steps, haul up enough rungs to finally pull their whole weary selves all the long, impossible way up to heaven. But the thing is, we live in a fallen world and we have a tendency to fall of imaginary ladders. We don`t have to strive up ladders because Jesus came down to us. What if every time you looked at a Christmas tree you saw a bit of a ladder?

Mosaic Monday #12

This was snack for today.  The last of the apples from Mom's trees and a couple of chocolate cookies.  Served on a white IKEA ARV salad plate.

The tea cup is by English Bone Chia by Ridgeway Potteries - pattern is Royal Vale.

The tea is Earl Grey Bold with a bit of honey and cream.

Driving on Saturday was unsure because of a heavy snowfall on Friday, the second in a week.  This brings winter early in our corner of the world. I decided to brave the roads because we need to just do it.  My sister and I attended this craft sale on Saturday.
There was fused glass artist, quite a few sewing projects featuring very similar items, baking is always a hit, a few up-cyclers, several vendors selling home wood decor with sayings, quite a few jewelery vendors and metal home decor.  I did stop at the hand dyed wool vendor and the chocolate booth.

This was a great read.  Alma & Nathaniel, Irina & Seth and Ichimei the mysterious gardener.  My aunt lent me the book which I would highly recommend. 

Sharing with Maggie at Normandy Life who hosts Mosaic Monday.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Refurbishing Store Bought Cards - Christmas

This a sample of the store bought Christmas cards in my stash accumulated over many years.  I am working to refurbishing these into useful cards.  I find store bought cards a challenge because they are generally larger than the A2 invitation size I normally make, so the images are sometimes too large.  At times, I can trim them to fit on the smaller card bases.  The smaller cards work at lot better like the We Wish You a Merry Christmas.  See the sample below.

Here's a few cards I made from the stash above. 
The tree was trimmed very close and mounted onto red card base. 
The Joy was a small card which I trimmed then mounted onto a white layer then onto a matching blue card base.
The star had wonderful color so I chose a deep red burgundy card base to which I adhered the trimmed store bough card.  Then I added the greeting made from gold Stampin Up Decorative Label punch, a green label and the greeting is a SU Word Window punchie.
The We Wish You card as a small one trimmed then adhered to a kraft layer to which I added a black hand drawn border to repeat the black in the store bought card.  It was adhered to a warm red card base.
The Peace earth was a small card, trimmed to the right proportions then adhered to a deep red card stock then adhered to a matching blue card base.
The winter street scene was trimmed a lot to get it to the right size the adhered to a mint green card base.  I added 3 white tiny star brads in the center of the glitter snowflakes in the top of the Thomas Kincade image.
The triangle tree with words was a small card, trimmed and layered to a gold spattered brown layer which was then layered onto a bright green card base.

Check your place for old Christmas cards and see how you might re-use pieces to make your Christmas cards this year.  A green idea which re-uses and saves paper and ultimately trees.

How To: Refurbishing Handmade Christmas Cards

I`ve had someone ask for more details about how I refurbish old handmade Christmas cards.  Some of us save the really nice Christmas cards we receive.  It's hard to throw them out. So you may have all the cards you need by working with a bit of paper crafting mojo.

There are several scenarios so let me go through them.  You will need to provide new card envelopes so that is why I generally refurbish to the standard A2 Invitation size envelopes.

Christmas Cards - Peace On Earth

I added some cards to my Christmas box this week. 
I created this Peace on Earth graphic from several elements.  The large greeting I found on a free vector image site.  I modified it to my needs.  I added a earth to the bottom edge of the vellum. It is a map of North America which I found at Brian Jones Design.  As you can see I`m just using the very top of the image. 
This design was printed on a quarter sheet of vellum in a light grey color which was them embossed with silver powder. It was then trimmed to 3.75x5.00 inches.  
I chose a designer paper with a forest theme with pine trees which was cut to 4.00x5.25 inches.  I picked a pea green textured card.  The designer was adhered to the card front then the vellum was aligned and 2 tiny brads were placed in the bottom corners. 
Then the dove brad was placed above the word of Peace. 

I now have 103 Christmas cards.