Holiday Celebrations

Hello everyone!  I am so excited to be participating on behalf of May Arts in Spellbinders Product Partner Holiday Blog hop today. Spellbinders has teamed up with a variety of companies to showcase great product for all your holiday crafting and I get to share some ribbon fun!

In my family, one of the things that kicks off the holiday season is actually a couple of late November birthdays, including my mom’s birthday (a special 65th this year). So I thought it would be fun to share a little card that was inspired by some warm holiday colours right from the Spellbinders inspiration tag, but all about birthdays!  After all, just because Christmas is around the corner, that doesn’t mean we can forget about all those special people who celebrate birthdays around this time, right (can you tell that I might be one of them)?

Spellbinders-blog-hop-full-M y main inspirations for this card were the awesome A2 Fancy Ribbon Threader from Spellbinders and some of the beautiful DH01 1″ Dot Ribbon and one of my favourite new products – the 3/8″ Velvet Adhesive Ric Rac (yes, you heard me – adhesive and velvet)!  Talk about perfect for the holiday season.  So here is how the shaker card came together:

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Using paper of your choice (I used DCWV’s The Weekend Neutrals stack)cut out the largest die in the A2 Fancy Ribbon Threader set. I trimmed off the bottom scalloped edge of my cut to give it a bit more of a rustic look.

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Trim the end of your ribbon into a point for easy threading.  Don’t be too worried if your ribbon is wider than the cuts for threading – it will pull through and pucker nicely leaving some added texture! 

Step 3Process-3Coming up from behind the first cut, thread your ribbon and pull.

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Continue weaving through seven of the cuts. Trim your ribbon and use a dry adhesive to hold in place on the back side.

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Starting from the other end of the die cut, weave the ribbon up through the remaining cut. Adhere in place with a dray adhesive on the back side.

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Using a metal ruler and craft knife, trim out the middle of the die cut above the ribbon line leaving a 1/2″ frame.

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Flip over the die cut and use a liquid adhesive to attach a rectangular piece of acetate.

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Using craft foam or a foam adhesive, create a border around the acetate.  be sure that you foam is placed in about 1/8″ from the edge of your cut so it remains hidden when the card is viewed from the front.

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Prepare your card base by matting a 4 1/4″x5 1/2″ card base with a 4″ X 5 1/4″ piece of patterned paper.

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One the foam is secured on the die cut, add adhesive to the top of the foam panels and then fill with glitter and other small/thin embellishments.  Make sure to seal up those corners or your glitter will escape!! :)

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Place your card base on top and then flip over to ensure it is centered.  Leave to dry.

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Embellish away! I have fun hand lettering a little sentiment and adding some of the  the 3/8″ Velvet Adhesive Ric Rac for texture. The best part is that these cards make a little sound when you shake them – just like the sound of the crystallized snow as it falls!

Now here’s the important part!  Spellbinders is hosting a great giveaway to celebrate the hop, so you need to make sure you visit their page to find out all the details.  You must visit all of the tutorials over the next three days to be able to win, and entries will be open for 48 hours.  You also want to pop on by the May Arts blog because a certain Ribbon Lady may have told me that she has goodies in store for you too!  And what better way to celebrate the holidays than with some free crafty goodies for you!

Have a great time hopping!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Using Sketches for card making

Today, it is my turn to share a little Krafty Tip/tutorial for Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps, and given how much I know you card makers love to use sketches, I thought I would share a little tip for using sketches in different ways.

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Recently, Kraftin’ Kimmie used this sketch for one of our September challenges, and I thought it was really simple, but packed with possible variations.  One of the thing I love about sketches is that they can make the card making process really quick!  And the great news is that with a bit of “fidgiting”, you can make a whole collection of cards that look totally different using the same sketch.

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This was the first version I cam e up with, using one of my favourite stamps from the “Happy Haunting” set and some paper from Doodlebug. For this version, I followed the sketch layout pretty closely, just changing the position of the bow and the shape of oval to accommodate the image I chose.  I think it’s a super cute version!

Sketch-2But then I though I would have some fun and see what would happen if I turned the image 90 degrees to the right.  I actually tend to work in landscape a lot because I like the way that the card stands, so turning the image really worked!  All the pieces are exactly the same as they are in the first version – same size, same placement.  The only thing that changed was the direction of the image.  I love that this version shows off a bit more of the paper too!

Sketch-3The last version is simply a stretched out version of the orginal sketch.  Since I still wanted to try another landscape version, I simply took the sketch and extended it out on the sides and pinched it a bit top and bottom.  Again, all the pieces are in the same places, but now the dimensions of them are a bit different (wider than longer).  I really love the balance of shapes and sizes in this one, and it was the one that made the final cut!

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So there you have it – one sketch 3 different ways with minimal changes!  Image using this technique to crank out your Christmas cards this year – each one would be totally unique, but you would have them done in no time flat!

I hope this little tip has inspired you to get krafty! Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

A little TuTu-orial

Many of you already know that I have two little girls, so “girlie” projects abound here at ScrappyCanuck Studios.  Well, today is no exception.  My oldest daughter (nicknamed “T.T.”) turned five earlier this month, and she is my dancer extraordinaire! So it seemed fitting to have “T.T’s Tutu Birthday party” this year, and I have some fun projects and even a tutu-orial for you!

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When I had the chance to be a part of the final round for May Arts Design Team call, I immediately knew that I wanted to play with some of the beautiful new tulle that is available in three different widths and all sorts of pretty colours! So let’s get started with a little tutorial to show you an easy technique to create a faux tutu!

(Can you tell that I had a head cold??!! ;))

This is a great, easy technique that you could use in all sorts of ways!

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…like some fun tutu treat containers filled with white chocolate popcorn (each container used approximately 3 yards of tulle)!

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…or even around a simple fondant cake to add dimension and texture (and to hide a variety of decorating boo-boos).

Once I get my hands on some more of this gorgeous tulle, I think I’ll make T.T. a little “tutu” to wear around her bun!  And while ballerina-themed projects are a perfect fit for this technique, think about how cute this would be with fairies and even princess decor!

Well, that’s it for me today.  I have a couple of other projects I created for the party that I’ll share with you next week (click here for a link). I hope you’ll come back to check them out!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Handwritten Sentiment tutorial

Welcome to Monday!  Today, it’s my turn to create a little tutorial for Kraftin Kimmie Stamps and this is fun one!
Recently, I have received a lot of questions about how I create my handmade sentiments, so I thought I would try to break down the process for you.  Having said that – there is no precise science to it, so practice will be your best friend!
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Materials:
  • a stamped image of your choice – I am using one of the cute kitties from Feline Great
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • thin marker – I am using a Sakura 0.25 point in black
Note before you begin – For the purpose of this tutorial, I am creating my sentiment BEFORE I colour up my image.  Sometimes, I will make a mistake with the ink, or simply will end up with a shape that doesn’t work when I finish the sentiment.  By creating the sentiment at the start of the colouring process, I just have to re-stamp the image and try again instead of having to re-colour or fussy cut the image if it doesn’t turn out as planned! ;)
Step #1 
Sentiment-2On a scrap piece of paper, determine the sentiment you would like to write.  Try to figure out how many lines it will take so that the characters are evenly spaced.  For instance, you don’t want 3 letters on one line and 10 on another.  It doesn’t have to be a perfect match – just go for balance.
Then create some wavy lines very lightly with a pencil to match the number of lines you need for your sentiment. You do not want your wavy lines to match – have some start by moving up and some by moving downward.  Also think about the important words in your sentiment that you might want to feature.  I had my second line come down to create a larger space for the word “Purrrfect”to fill in to create some emphasis.
Step #2
Sentiment-3Pencil in your text, starting the letters at the bottom of your wavy line and filling in the entire space created by the lines.  I like to mix up my upper and lover case letters for a bit of a playful look, but it’s entirely up to you!  Embellish away!
Step #3
Sentiment-4Check your spacing in relation to your stamped image.  You want the sentiment to fill in the negative space around the stamp, so this is your chance to see how it compliments the space.  You can see that I took my pencil and sketched in a line that was slightly lower for the beginning of the word “Valentine”.  I simply wanted the word to be as far away from his paw as it is from his tail.  This is when you want to be really happy with the way the sentiment looks, so take some time to look at the image from a distance and see what you think.
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Using a fine point marker, go over each of your letters, working slowly to for precise shapes.  A fine tip marker will make a difference – if it is a lot wider than the black outline on your stamp, the sentiment can look really heavy and compete with the stamped image instead of working with it.
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Sentiment-6Wait for at least 3-4 minutes (yes – time yourself), and then carefully erase the pencil lines.  Do not rush this step – it is totally frustrating to smudge the lines and have to start over, so you really want to give the pen a chance to dry.  My Sakura marker dries very quickly (by the time I get to the end of the sentiment, the start is usually dry), but I still wait the full 3-4 minutes just in case.  It’s a good habit to get into especially if you plan on using different markers.
Oh, and a little tip for erasing – always erase in one direction only, starting in the middle of your piece of paper and working out towards the edges.  This will ensure you don’t get that frustrating eraser crinkle that happens  hen you catch the edge of your paper with the eraser and it buckles in towards to you! Remember, if you get a smudge or a crinkle you can always re-stamp the image and start again (you already have a template for the sentiment), or simply fussy cut the image and start fresh!
Thanks for stopping by!