Saturday, August 19, 2017

Z-fold Christmas Tree Farm

It won't be long before Christmas trees will be for sale at various venues.  When the temperature is 30 degrees C outside,(like it is today), it's hard to imagine this but time flies by quickly....
In making this card, I "married" 3 different stamp sets and their coordinating framelits/dies - Wood Words, Santa's Sleigh, and Christmas Carols.

The base is a 5 1/2 by  10 1/2" piece of  Garden Green card stock scored at 5 1/2 and 2 3/4" for form a  Z fold card. Two patterns of Be Merry DSP is adhered to this base.
On the front piece I stamped 2 reindeer with Soft Suede ink onto Crumb Cake card stock and then die cut them.  They were adhered to an oval dazzling diamond glimmer paper matted with  a scallop oval of Garden Green card stock.  One of the deer has a wreath around its neck.

Tucked inn the center is an inward collapsible crate that I die cut using Wood Grain DSP.  I placed an insert inside the crate to provide increased stability and to attach the trees to.  The sentiment and the Garden Green star on the crate are  from the Wood Words  stamp set.  They were both stamped in Garden Green ink- the sentiment was punched with the 1 1/4" circle punch, and matted with a 1 3/8" Cherry Cobbler circle; the star was die cut....both were adhered with dimensionals.

In order to make the crate collapsible I removed the bottoms of both crate halves prior to assembling them.. See the picture below. You can also see the insert I placed inside the crate.

At the top of the card, I placed a 1 1/4" band with DSP added to it.  It was also scored at 5 1/2 and 2 3/4" .  You can see that in the picture below. The Christmas sentiment was added to this band.

I added some die cut trees (large and small), to the insert in the crate as well as to the back of the card and front of the crate. Some were die cut in Garden Green, and some in Dazzling Diamond  glimmer paper.  Both Santa's Sleigh framelits as well as the  Front Builder Framelits were used to die cut the trees.

The picture below shows the card closed. But because the finished card is larger, I made an envelope using the envelope punch board.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Santa Sleigh, Wood words, Christmas Carols
Inks:  Garden Green, Soft Suede, Black Memento
Papers:  Garden Green, Be Merry DSP, Wood crate DSP, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Dazzling Diamond Glimmer paper, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Santa's Sleight Framelit dies, Wood crate framelit dies, Cards front builder framelits, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Itty Bitty star punch, Layering Oval Framelits, dimensionals

Friday, August 18, 2017

Dragonfly Coaster - SUO Challenges #181

I too love this time of year when unexpected visitors come to my little garden oasis.  My son tells me that a large butterfly (the size of a bird - so he says) was fluttering above the summer phlox yesterday.  From his description I think it might have been a Monarch.

This week, the challenge at SUO is to create an art piece featuring Butterflies or Dragonflies or both. Since I am making projects for future craft shows, I chose this opportunity to make a coaster featuring a Dragonfly.

On this 4 by 4" plain coaster, I stamped and clear embossed the two images from the stamp set "Dragonfly Dreams".
The "dots" were stamped with Tranquil Tide ink; the dragonfly with Black Memento.  Both were then clear embossed.

I coloured the Dragonfly with an aqua painter filled with Alcohol rather than water and ink pads, using the following colors:  Bermuda Bay, Emerald Envy and Rich Razzelberry. 

After all the coloring was done, the entire surface of the coaster was clear embossed, then sealed, and then sprayed with a waterproofing spray.  Finally 4 felt feet were adhered to the bottom.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Dragonfly Dreams
Inks:  Tranquil Tide, Bermuda Bay, Emerald Envy, Rich Razzelberry, Black Memento, Versa Mark
Accessories:  Clear Embossing powder, Aqua Painter (with alcohol)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Carols of Christmas Twisted Easel Card

 This card was made for a challenge with another group I belong to.  The Twisted Easel card is quite easy to make and I did not need a tutorial to made one.  Because Christmas is fast approaching, as are my craft shows, I decided to make this a Christmas card.

I scored a 4 1/4 by 9 3/4" piece of Garden Green card stock at 5 1/2", and then scored the 4 1/4 piece at an angle towards the center of the card. Some Be Merry DSP was added to front half.

For the art piece, I first die cut silver foil paper using the largest of the Labels Framelits, and  then some Be Merry DSP using the next smallest of the Labels Framelits.  Before adhering it to the Silver Foil piece I die cut the moon and stars at the top. I also added two die cut trees (one in Cherry Cobbler and one in Dazzling Diamond Glimmer paper) and a little deer.

The bottom part of this art piece was adhered to this triangle.

For the base, I first stamped "Peace on Earth" in Garden Green on some Whisper White card stock.  This was adhered to the Christmas DSP and the  Silver Foil.  I stamped and die cut some Holly and Ivy and added it to the upper left corner of the sentiment piece. All Layers were added to the base.

At the bottom of the base, I trimmed a piece of Dazzling Details Glimmer paper to mimic a snow bank, and added another layer near the bottom.  A pair of Cherry Cobbler trees were added between the two layers, and a Garden Green tree added in front of them using dimensionals.  A little Cherry Cobbler deer was also added with dimensionals.

This layer provides the "door stop" for the Easel Card.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Carols of Christmas
Inks:  Garden Green, Markers (Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler)
Papers:  Garden Green, Silver Foil, Be Merry DSP, Cherry Cobbler, Dazzling Details Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Card Front Builder Thinlets, Labels Framelits, Dimensionals

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