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October 31, 2011

Cameo Card and Bookmarker

Nothing says "vintage" more than a beautiful cameo. If you enjoy adding your own handmade details to cards, you might want to give this a try.

I wanted to make an old-fashioned, heritage-looking card... totally by hand. After perusing some metal embellishments at the stores, I decided against anything "store bought". Creating my own was so much more fun!

Here is a closeup of my finished cameo.

I thought a lot about cameos in jewelry. They are usually a creamy colour and have variegated colouring, sometimes with peach and cream together. In my stash of cardstock I found the perfect marble. This cameo cut is from the Heritage cartridge. For this technique, I cut it three times (thrice)... once from white, once from marble, and once from coral on shadow. The marble layer has the frame cut away. I glued all layers together and let them dry well. Then I covered the whole thing with Glossy Accents and let it dry overnight.

Card Details
Card size:  5-1/2" square
Aqua frame:  5-1/4" square (outside measurement)
Marble frame:  4-5/8" square (outside measurement)
Coral frame:  4" square
All the above frames were cut from the Christmas Cards cartridge. Surprised? I know!

Pewter Frame
This took some fiddling around to get it just right. I used my Gypsy to try different sized frames and tested them over the background. I made my own background; stamped writing in pale peach. To me, it represents an old love letter. The faux pewter frame is cut from white heavy white cardstock, sponge painted with black and silver. I love this look for frames.

Matching Book Marker
Using the Gypsy, I created this Sister book marker. The font used is from Quarter Note. The frame is from Heritage.

October 28, 2011

A-Caroling We Will Go

These happy little carolers are all decked out in their winter finest. At first glance you might think this card may be too difficult or time-consuming. Actually, it is neither!

What MAKES this card is the fabulous cardstock. You have to start with the best. I love The Winter Wonder Stack from DCWV. (No, they aren't paying me to say that.) The crisp stock is the perfect weight, and I can't even tell you how hard it was deciding which designs to use. They are all wonderful -- some smooth, some shiny or glittered.

Winter Frolic is the perfect cartridge to pair up with these papers. I usually search through my cartridges and choose cuts from a few different ones. But this time I stuck with just Winter Frolic. It was everything I needed!

Begin with a tri-shitter card. Directions are HERE. Jayni has a helpful video and printable instructions. I recommend testing the cuts on cheap plain paper if you've never done one of these before. But seriously, it's very easy. I like to add a personalized message, prepared on my computer and placed on the back of the card.
Happy Cardmaking!

October 26, 2011

Christmas Chapel

 O Come, All Ye Faithful

I loved making this card. I imagined music coming from this country church as townsfolk joyously greeted one another and began singing those old, familiar Christmas carols. In fact, I can picture exactly what the inside looks like.
A center aisle with rows of wooden pews on each side and at the front a platform that has a piano on one side, and a real Christmas tree on the left, all decorated. There are candles on the window sills of each window and wreathes hung over the windows. How do I know all this? I have sung in many such churches over the years; most of them are white but every bit as charming.
The card base is white, with a black mat on top and then the bright Christmas green as a frame. For the snowy background, I used snowflake vellum over white cardstock. Then I created mounds of snow from swirly white and added blue to the edges for definition.

The evergreen trees and rooftop are laden with thick snow. To the cutout windows I added a sheer golden vellum which makes the church come alive. (The windows glow in the picture below.)

And what could be more welcoming on Christmas Sunday than a giant wreath hung on the church front?  I prepared the sentiment on my computer, then punched the banner ends with MS lace punch.


I created the verse on my computer and printed it on cardstock. and punched the corners to make it lacy. Before gluing it down, I embossed the green mat with rows of holly branches.

Cartridges Used:
Sweethearts - church
Winter Woodland - trees
October 13, 2011

28th Birthday Card

I had forgotten to post this card a long time ago. I still think it's cute, so wanted to share it with you.

I gave the pocket old-fashioned charm by adding a piece of lace from my mother's sewing stash. The numbers are sparkled with glitter.

The Bible verse is printed on white cardstock which I then cut into an oval. I cut an oval frame out of the same patterned paper as the pocket on the front, and overlaid it on the white oval.

I always like decorating an envelope to match the card. For this one I used the Jasmine cartridge and a hat from Celebrations.
October 12, 2011

Simply Ingenious! A New Award

Simply Ingenious!

Once again, I have been out there in blogland, scouring around for some fabulously creative people. I designed this award especially for those people who, through their own creative genious, have come up with something new and unique. It may be that they've found a new way to combine Cricut cuts. Or perhaps they've developed their own texture using unexpected combinations of materials.

You know who I'm talking about. These are the people we love to check in on from time to time because they are likely to have come up with an amazing idea. Also, they deserve an award for their willingness to simply share their ideas. Let's remember to give credit where credit is due. This award is MY way of doing just that. Congratulations to each of these deserving recipients and those to follow!

October 3, 2011

Thanksgiving Cupcake Toppers

Here's a little set of cupcake toppers I made for Thanksgiving. Some are a general Fall theme that could be used anytime throughout the autumn season. The "Happy Thanksgiving" toppers feature leaves that were all cut from white cardstock, then hand-painted using my ProMarkers.

Here are the toppers on the finished cupcakes.

Close-up showing hand painted leaves
The acorns were first stamped in 2 colours, then I added sparkle to the bottoms.

I cut the fall leaves and tags shapes all using Straight From The Nest.
Here's a closeup of the acorns, adorned with glitter.

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I guess you might call me a "right brainer", loving all things creative. Cardmaking is the perfect hobby for me as it allows me to be totally creative, combining design with poetry or verses I can compose myself. With Christmas being such an important occasion for cardmaking and crafting, I decided to create a separate blog just for Christmas projects. "It's All About Christmas" will host all my Christmas items. "Gracenotes For Today" will still feature items every other occasion of the year. I hope you'll drop by often and stay awhile!