Tuesday, October 30, 2012

At Joan's Gardens_Challenge # 39

Make a fall card,
Use a door or a window
Use leaves
Use borders

This card is made with leaf border designed by Pam Lefors, a little door created by Karen Schulz, and an Autumn stamp also created by Pam Lefors.  The Autumn stamp is diecut and shaped with Spellbinders Nested Leaves (S4-321)  available at Joan's Gardens. When you open the little door to Autumn, there are two leaves that are the veins only and one diecut and embossed leaf from the Nested Leaves collection. The sentiment stamp is by Stampin Up. The card is highlighted with gold pen detail.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

At Joan's Gardens Challenge #39

Create a fall card
Use a border
Use leaves
Use a window or a door.

The window in this was created with Cheery Lynn Designs Frame Die  Frame #141 "Window A".  The window is backed with acrylic so it looks like glass, and placed over decorative paper stamped with leaves. (Do not know the name of  of the clearstamp designer--it's one of those you pick up in a barrel for $1.00! Also on the stamped leaves (Kaleidacolor Desert Heat ink) are transparent  tiny gold edged transparent leaves and acorns. Those and the borders are from pop-ups etc. and are part of the autumn sticker collections. The card is burnished with Walnut Stain distressing ink and edges are also touched with gold foiler pen.

Monday, October 22, 2012


This holiday card is made with holographic paper, a side ribbon, and the Cuttlebug Holly embossing folder (used with Sizzix diffusers) and burnished with Distressing ink (Spruce).  The cut fold tuck die is Spellbinders S5-114.  Sentiment and stars are from pop-ups etc.

Birthday Geo

Using just the biggest of the Spellbinnders Cut, Fold, Tuck Shapeabilities (S5-114) and the Cuttlebug Happy  Birthday embossing folder (37-113), I made this birthday card.  It is very dimensional, and turned out well using double sided design paper by C&K crafts.

Friday, October 19, 2012

At Joan's Garden Challenge #38

This week's challenge is to create a card showing your favorite winter passtime (making a snowman, going for a sleighride, going skiing etc)  We are to use black embossing, a frame and something that is dimensional.
So this for this card I used Cuttlebug Winter Wonderland embossing folder for the background, Stampin Up black embossing powder to emboss the snowman (don't know who made the stamp), embellished with an art deco snow writer and a touch of white Flower Soft and red Stickles for his tie.  The snowman is die cut from Romantic Rectangles (Spellbinders) and I used the edge die called brackets by Tim Holtz and Sizzix.  The frame is by Karen Schulz in her digital kit Hay Day, and the button on the frame  is tied in red embroidery floss.  The photo is of DGD playing in the snow.  The part of the card with the photo on it, is just half of the "front" and the snowman is adhered with dimensionals over matching embossed (glimmermisted) red paper. 

We had traveled to the mountains of New Mexico for the holidays.  There's no snow where we live--in the deserts of Nevada and California.  So the favorite winter passtime is probably something akin to ATV'ing, or Water Skiing, which we don't do; we don't even have a fireplace!..never need it! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Big Buckle Card

 These cards are so much fun to make, and quick too.  The top one uses Cuttlebug's Maple Leaf die and embosser,  also Stickles and Ranger distress inks. The card below uses  Big Shot Square Lattice Textured Impressions, a punched edge and purchased paper leaves edged in glitter. The sentiments and tiny gold leaves are by pop-ups etc.  The original ideas and instructions for this card were found at Split Coast Stampers.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

At Joan's Gardens Challenge #37

Sometimes you work hours on something and it just DOESN'T work real well for you  That happened on this card.  I think it is the black vertical 3 lines that I don't like---maybe if they were white it wouldn't conflict so with the squares on this card.  Those glitter paper three lines are mounted over a cardfront that has been stenciled and embossed with Spellbinders Impressibilities Butterfly 12-1002...and I don't like working with that stencil either!!!   On I went with the backmost square which  is silver foil paper, polka dotted with Sizzix Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. No matter what I tried I got a "mirror" out of that backmost diecut!  The squares are Spellbinder's Lacy Squares  S4-295 (and lacy--they're not!)  
The candles are made from the beautiful outline transfers from Pop Ups Etc. (Candles Gold by Elizabeth Craft Designs #0294.)  They are mounted on glitter paper, one the positive, and the other the negative cutouts from the candles.
 The flowers are punched from glitter paper using an EK flower punch, they're centered with gold Stickles.  Though it turned out prettier than the photo---it's not the most fav I've ever done for a challenge!
    • Create a card with three narrow strips
    • Use a square
    • Use only black and white
    • Use some polka dots
    • Use flowers

At Joan's Gardens Challenge #37

This card is a big-buckle card, where the area that contains the square on the top (and the sentiment when you open the card) is a belt that fits into a punched hole to close the card.  I embossed vellum available at At Joan's Garden from the Sweet Stamps product line. The embossing was done with Sizzix Textured Impressions Perfect Polka Dots.  The white mulberry paper roses are from I am Roses.com, and the rich silver flowers, which are from PopUps Etc, are first mounted on vellum, then adhered to the cardfront. The flourish edge is an EK edge punch.

    • Create a card with three narrow strips My narrow strips aren't very narrow, the belt, the white polka dot, and the black narrow "ribbon" under the square!
    • Use a square  Another square on top of the polka dot vellum on the inside will complete the card.  It will be a fold open containing the text.  If I put it in for the photo, you couldn't tell that the background was vellum polka dots.  
    • Use only black and white
    • Use some polka dots
    • Use flowers

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Operation Write Home

OH!  What is possible With Operation Write Home!
For the third year in a row, Sun City Mesquite, NV Residents worked hard to contribute to Operation Write Home, supporting our nation's troops serving abroad by creating blank hand-made greeting cards for them to choose among to send home to their loved ones.  Since 2007, almost one BILLION cards have been lovingly hand-crafted for our troops. This year we are proud to contribute  more than 150 cards created by the Sun City Papers N Pixels  Club Crafters and their friends.

This page shows some of the cards we made this year and a couple of members working in the creation areas of our Papers N Pixels Workshop for Operation Write Home. Other photos of the Operation Write Home workshop are at http://pssequimages.blogspot.com 
The photo below (with our sincere thanks) shows just a FEW of the cards that were created using products donated by Pop Ups, Etc for the project.

Geo Dies!

I have several of these amazing Geo Dies available at Pop-Ups Etc
This card was made with two sided Christmas themed paper.  The center poinsettia is from Iamroses.com, and were a gift with purchase from them.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Autumn Thank You

This is a gatefold card that uses a leaf stamp inked with Kaleidacolor "Desert Heat", and glittered with Stickles Platinum  Touches of "Autumn" Flower Soft is glued along the veins of the big leaf. The gold edged transparent leaves are stitched with gold and red thread, and the sentiment, (and the Gold Leaves) are available from Pop Ups Etc.  They are mounted on an oatmeal paper diecut using Sizzix Top Note Die.  This card is another that is going to be included in the cards I'm making for Operation Write Home

At Joan's Gardens Challenge #36

For this card I used Stampin Up stamped trees dotted with Stickles Diamond glitter.  The base of the trees is embellished with white Flower Soft.  The stamp (and die, and cardstock) is burnished with Tim Holz "Evergreen Bough" Distress Ink.  The stamp is mounted on some organza ribbon with glittered edges, and 1/8 inch flat bow is white satin ribbon stacked on Spellbinder's diecut using Romantic Rectangles.  The Silver foil sentiment is by PopUps Etc.

At Joan's Gardens #36

  • Create a Winter Scene
  • Use a Stamp
  • Use a Die
  • Use at least one Tree
  • This card is created with a Northwoods rubber stamp, with the trees edged in Art-Deco's snow writer.  The Sentiment is from Popups Etc, and the inner sentiment area is a die cutt green paper, under white using Spellbinder's Romantic Rectangles available at Joan's Gardens 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

At Joan's Gardens Challenge #36

  • Create a Winter Scene
  • Use a Stamp
  • Use a Die
  • Use at least one Tree 

The detail of the little village is in the close up below.

  • The fold of this card is die cut, folded and tucked using Foldem Template #2 available at Pop-Ups Etc, as is the Silver Season's Greetings and the little silver Christmas Tree.  The oval sentiment mount is from Lifestyle Crafts in a multi die oval set.  The winter scene is an embossing folder "Winter House" by Provo Craft (a Cuttlebug folder #37-1896.)  The snow scene is over stamped with many tiny snowflakes stamped in "winter frost" from Stampin UP Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set  #121187. The village is colored in pencil, and treated and blended with Gamsol.  The whole card is highlighted with white flower soft and Art Deco's snow writer (with glitter.)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

At Joan's Gardens Challenge #35

This Poinsettia and the leaves are made of inked parchment.  The flourish embellishment and Merry Christmas sentiment are stickers from Pop Ups etc, #353 and #1283.  The Poinsettia Die is by Spellbinders (Poinsettia Creations) is  and available at At Joan's gardens, as is the background patterned die, a beautiful Designables embossing, stenciling and cut-outs folder #DS0912 also available at At Joan's Gardens. Background paper flourishes are also hand colored with a star-gel pen by Gelly Roll  Don't forget--you can click on the picture to see a larger post with more detail.

For Halloween

One's for my Papers N Pixels Club, and one's for Operation Write Home.   The adorable dragons were created by Tracy Wray, aka Crafty Cat957   These dragons are from her Halloween 3 collection.