Monday, November 29, 2010

Team Crop Last Saturday

Went out to Joy's Barnhouse Studio last Saturday for a Team Crop, and particiapted in a Shoebox Swap.  This was my first Shoebox Swap and I was not sure what to expect.  But I figured anything that was even remotely related to shoes (even just the name) was sure to be something I would like.  Oh, this was so much fun!   Definitely going to have to participate in another Shoebox Swap in the future.

In a nutshell, each participant designs/creates a card or small project, puts all the materials and tools in a box for all the other participants to complete one each of the same item.  Then at the crop all the boxes are passed around and we make one of whatever is in the box.  I came home with some really cool cards.

Melanie Murry designed this gorgeous card using the CTMH Mistletoe paper collection.  I had tried in the past to make this paper folded flower but somehow could not get the hang of it, so I was very happy to get hands on instructions for this card.  Thanks again Melanie.


Terry Morrow blew us all away with another of her treat box cards.  It opens up to reveal a little treasure of candy, cards, or in this case - gift tags!  You really need to check out Terry's blog and look at all of her amazing work.  There's a link on the right side of my blog.




These two cards were designed by Wanda Cincar and I love the uncluttered look.  Clean lines and easy to make. 



Of course I HAD to add glitter.  Glitter has become an addiction.



Here's the project that I contributed to the swap.  I used a pattern that was very generously shared by Tracey Sanders on the CTMH artboard.  I altered the size a little and created a SCAL file to cut out the box / card and tag, making it super easy to construct.  It holds five candy nuggets. 




Monday, November 15, 2010

Antoinette Herrin's 50 Card Workshop

CTMH Consultant, Antoinette Herrin deisgned a 50 card workshop last year and I just got around to using it recently.  I cut all the pieces from the Mistletoe paper collection, and divided it into four 12 card kits.  Here's some of the cards that I made with one of the kits.  














Lupe's Christmas Cards

Just wanted to share a few cards with you that my new friend, Lupe, has made.  Lupe was at a card class on November 6th with me and went home and made these beautiful cards.  Thanks so much for letting me share these with everyone.




Monday, November 8, 2010

Cards Using 4 Different Paper Packs

I had a wonderful day Saturday with friends and family making Christmas cards and demonstrating my new passion - colored pencils.  I just had no idea what a difference they could make when used with stamping.

The inspiration for some of these cards comes from the very talented Close To My Heart Consultants who so willingly share their artwork on blogs and various artboards.  Vicki Wizniuk, Melinda Everitt, Deneen Treble, Aaron Brown, Amy Moore, Carol Barnard, Christine Adams, Antoinette Herrin, Helen Onulak, Carol Lebuski, Tresa Black - just to name a few - are a constant source of inspiration and keep feeding my paper craft addiction.

I posted the Aspen card a while back, but am reposting along side the three from other paper packs.  This snowman is the happiest little guy and is from Share The Magic stamp set.  The paper packs are Aspen, Mistletoe, Evensong, and Jingle.






These four were made using the All Decked Out stamp set, and inspired by a Vicki Wizniuk card.



  



This set was made using the Festive Frills stamp set (one of my all time favorites).  These are all glittery although you can't really tell that in the photos.







This one is a totally scraplifted card from Margo Wildman, using Cricut die cuts.  I loved this card the moment I saw it and knew I had to make it.  It translated to 3 of the papers, but I decided to go with snowflakes on the Aspen papers.





I went a little crazy with border punches on these,
 but am very happy with the effect on all the paper packs.

The ribbon is laced through the border punch on this one.  The trees are from the December Word Puzzle stamp set.


This is a Martha Stewart punch, Ice Crystals stamp set, 3-D Crystal Lacquer and a very fine grained glitter.


This is a Fiskars border punch, December Word Puzzle stamp set, and the same glitter as above.


And my personal favorite - this one is an old Fiskars border punch that barely stays together because I've used it so much over the years.  The gift box stamp is from the St. Nick stamp set.  I used PrismaColor wax based pencils to color the stamp.