Tea & Card Swaps

Friday, 12 October 2012

Tea Swap October 2012

The theme for the October Tea and Card Swap (over at Fran's), was "Sugar and Spice"  with the optional colours of pink, blue, orange and green.

I just love this little punk girl stamp, and had fun colouring her!
Who says colouring is just for kids!

I used...
Paper from the "Lizzie Collection" by Anna Griffin
Digistamp "Punker Gillian" by Prairie Fairy Designs (Sugar' n Spice Collection)
Crayola /Prismacolor pencils and baby oil

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Cupcake Mouse

A special Birthday card for a special little girl!

stamp - "Whipper Snapper" - "Cupcake Mouse"
paper - "momenta" - "Birthday Wishes Specialty"
ink - VeresaFine - onyx black
colouring - Prismacolor pencils & baby oil

August Tea Swap Card



"Sizzix Texturz" embossing folder
Tea pot and cup die by "Jay"
Snowflake corner die by "Memory Box"
Paper and embellishment from the Meadow Collection
by Susan Wright by "K&Company"
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Masculine Birthday Card

A simple masculine Birthday card using-
Tim Holtz "Burlap" embossing folder
paper by Jen Wilson "Complete Boy" collection by My Mind's Eye.
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Friday, 3 August 2012

Cute Little Mouse

I just started stamping. I have no experience with colouring stamps at all. The idea of using alcohol markers (Copics) was daunting. There seems to be a lot of technique required and wow are they expensive to buy here in Canada!

I perused web sites for alternatives, and thought I'd try the colour pencil-solvent method. I am allergic to most solvents, so I decided to use baby oil (it comes unscented). I still have a lot of practising to do, but for a first attempt, I am pretty pleased with the result on this cute little mouse.

I shelled out some cash for a set of 12 Prismacolor pencils, but found that plain old Crayolas work just as well.

I used...

"Pringles" the mouse stamp from Whipper Snapper
Crayola and Prismacolor pencils
Paper from the "Lizzy Collection" by Anna Griffin

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Playing With My Big Shot

I am really enjoying my Big Shot machine with all the folders and dies I bought!

I made this simple card for a friend.

The butterfly is only glued down in the middle which allows the wings to be bent upwards.

I used ...
 Tim Holtz embossing folder (Paisley)
Martha Stewart Edge punch
Memory Box "Snowflake Corner" die
Memory Box Vivienne Butterfly" die
Paper from the "Lizzy Collection" by Anna Griffin

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Quickie Birthday

Uhoh, forgot someone's birthday!
Layers are a great way to put together a clean looking card quickly.

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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Origami Swmsuit

The theme for July's tea and card swap (over at Fran's),  was welcome summer, with the optional colours of green, blue and yellow.

I wanted to try a little origami bathing suit.

Here's instructions for the swimsuit. You can find the printout @ The Origami Club 

The swimsuit uses a 4" by 4"square
Diagram courtesy of Origami Club

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Saturday, 14 July 2012

Get Well Band-aids

My granddaughter is sick with a nasty ear infection. I made a quick get well card for her.

I like the real band-aids!


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Monday, 9 July 2012

TriShutter Christmas Cards

We're having a heatwave, have been for a couple of weeks now. Since I can't go outside because I may melt, I decided to get an early start on my Christmas cards!

Traditional colours and patterns for this TriShutter card.

And less traditional, pretty in pink.

Paper from the "Sugar Plums" collection by Recollections

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Saturday, 7 July 2012

Origami Shirt and Tie

Another tea swap card (June). The theme for this one was "masculine".

Being so close to Father's Day, I thought of making a tie card. Since I don't have a die cutting machine (yet), I thought origami would be the way to go. I found a great video tutorial and instructions for making this card HERE .

  The tie is origami, made with a 4 inch square.
I used tiny buttons for the collar and a metal stick on as a tie pin.
I think it's the cutest thing ever!

 I also made an envelope and teabag or "treats" holder.

The paper is from the Jen Wilson "Complete Boy" collection by My Mind's Eye.

Here's instructions for the tie that you can print. Just click on the diagram to enlarge it.

Use a 4X4" piece of paper to make the tie.

Diagram courtesy of Origami Club
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Paper and embellishment from the "Wild Saffron" collection by K &Company.

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Designer Paper

I've always used "average" paper for my scrapping. Since most of the page is covered with photos, I really didn't see the sense in buying designer- AKA expensive papers.

Now that I am making cards, I have splurged on some gorgeous paper. I have a weakness for K &Company paper and embellishments. I try to wait for the big sales, and scoop up all the things I have been drooling over for months.

The paper and embellishments for this card are designed by Susan Winget, for K &Company. I make all my own envelopes, and the paper for this one is from "Mosaic Memories" by Recollections.

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Another Tool

Just had to get another edge punch!

I find myself lurking in the "tool" aisles at craft stores for extended periods of time! The cost of said tools here in Canada are quite high. This edge and corner punch set by Martha Stewart was $40.00... so, I can only buy one at a time, and picking just one is difficult!

I am pretty pleased with this one!

Gatefold Pansy

As a "newbie" to card making, I am totally amazed at all the material, tools, and websites I have come across. My head is reeling with ideas for creating cards, and my rather limited supplies are begging to have more and more join them.

As a scrapper, I really haven't used many tools. A pair of scissors, a straight edge cutter and some scalloping scissors.

That is all about to change!

I bought my first "tool", a Martha Stewart edge punch a couple of months ago.

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Thursday, 5 July 2012

First Card Ever

This is the first card I ever made. It was for a tea and card swap.

Not too polished, but not bad for a first attempt!

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Welcome to Card Craze

Welcome to my blog. I love paper crafting!

Scrapping and (now) card making are a couple of my favourite hobbies. I'm fairly new at making cards, and I am just discovering how many fabulous possibilities there are. This blog is a simple record of cards I make, swaps I participate in, and cards I receive.

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