Category Archives: Holidays

Space Love

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I must admit I prefer to create a love/loving theme card when it comes to Valentine’s cards. That way, they can be used beyond one day. As you can see from my non-traditional one layer Valentine’s card, this card can easily be given to a friend for a variety of occasions.

First, I cut the top folding card base from Bristol smooth paper.  I wanted to create a selfie card and to keep it one layer I used the masking and reverse masking techniques.  I created a reverse square mask with a square die and masking paper.  I positioned the reverse mask onto the card base and stamped the astronaut and alien with Intense Black ink.

They were then masked before the outer space distress ink background was created (Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers, Black Soot).  To complete the look, it was spritz with water and splattered with white pigment reinker.

The masks were removed and the images were coloured with Zig markers and a watercolor brush.  I used a ruler and black Copic multiliner to draw a border around the square. I used a rectangle die to trace the rectangle.  I also used the masking technique to customize the sentiment.  The hearts were stamped with Real Red ink.

To give it some depth, I masked the rectangle and blended really “toned” down Black Soot around it.  For a little shimmer, I added clear Wink of Stella to the space background.  To finish, a few silver sequins were added.

 

 

Update: Some of you are in disbelief that this is truly a one layer card, so I recorded a short video which I hope will clear things up. 😉

 

 

 

 

I am linking to the following challenges:

Less is More – #315 One Layer Opposites Attract (human/alien, blu/orange, right-handed/left-handed)
Gerda Steiner Designs – #29 Share Your Design (use GSD products)
Time Out – #76 Inspired by Words (distance)
MarkerPop –  #114 Be My Valentine

 

Eturtle Love

Hi everyone.  I’m back today with a second punny CAS turtle Valentine’s/love card. Once you see the sentiment, you’ll know where my inspiration came from. 😂 I had so much fun with my turtle Valentine’s card yesterday that I decided to break out another NBUS set with a turtle.  And here’s my card.

On a white A2 size piece of X-press It paper, I stamped the turtles with Memento black ink and coloured with YG01, YG03, YG17, G99 Copic markers.  I then masked them and blended Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch distress inks for a watery background.  For texture I spritz with water, then dabbed with a paper towel to lift some colour.

 

With some creative masking and my MISTI, I customized the eturtle sentiment and white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock.  I cut around the right flipper of the right turtle to tuck the sentiment strip under.

Next I die cut the piece with a Stitch Rectangle before adhering it on a white top folding card base.  To finish, I added clear Wink of Stella to the heart-shaped shells and added a few clear droplets because I thought they kinda look like bubbles.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Less is More – #314 Colour Wheel 3 Adjacent Colours (blue, aqua, green)
Create a Smile – February Lovely
AAA Cards – #83 Shape Your Love
Addicted to Stamps and More – #228 Holiday (Vantine’s)
Addicted to CAS – #104 Pets

 

 

 

Ringing in 2017

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Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had a great Christmas and Santa was good to you.  I can’t believe it’s New Year’s already.  I’ve been nursing a nasty cold/flu all week.  This is the first time back crafting in My Crafting Closet since before Christmas.  Normally, I wouldn’t make a New Year’s card, but being that this is the first New Year’s since I started my blog, I thought it would be a fitting way to welcone in 2017 and wish you all good health, happiness and creativity.

So my card is based on the “ringing in the new year” phrase. I stamped the clock in London Fog Memento ink (the face was stamped with black Memento ink) on Ultrasmooth cardstock, coloured with Copics (C00, C1, C3, C5) and then fussy cut out.  I added glossy accents to the face of the clock.

The numbers were die cut from scraps of Ultrasmooth cardstock and Ombré coloured with the same cool gray Copic markers.  For some shimmer, I added clear Wink of Stella.  I die cut a couple more numbers from thicker scraps of cardstock to stack them for dimension.  The sentiment was die cut from silver glitter paper, then adhered to black cardstock before I fussy cut it out with a small border.

For the background, I wanted it to look like sparkly confetti falling.  So I inked VersaMark through a Falling Snow stencil onto a black A2 size stitched rectangle panel and then heat embossed it with silver glitter embossing powder.  The panel was adhered to a white landscape top folding card base to finish.  Oh!  And did I mention that this is an interactive card?  My friend Christine gave me an action wobble spring over a year ago and I just happen to come across it.  Finding it was what prompted me to make this card and have the clock “ring” in the new year.  This is my first action wobble card. Check it out in action.

 

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:

Cards in Envy – Celebrate the Season
Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 262 Use Snippets
SSS Monday – Party Time
SSS Wednesday – Anything Goes
Just Add Ink – #342 Just Add N (numbers)
CAS-ual Fridays – CFC164 Celebrations
Use Your Stuff – Anything You Are Working On
613 Avenue Create – #192 Anything Goes option Holiday Happiness
Inkspiratonal – #125 Photo Inspiration

Halloween Colour Christmas

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Happy Monday everyone.  Time sure flies since I last posted.  I’ve been working on a calendar project, and it was my December month that I thought would work as a Christmas card as well. Anyone who knows me knows I am a fan of non-traditional colour Christmas cards. I don’t remember making a traditional red and green Christmas card – EVER.  So I took well known Halloween colours and combined it with heat embossing and emboss resist techniques to come up with this CAS Holiday Style card.

Halloween Colours Christmas Card

I die cut a Stitched Rectangle from Whisper White cardstock.  I first stamped the hooks with Charcoal ink, followed by the strings because it was easier to line up the images in this sequence.

Next, I stamped the boughs with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used the emboss resist technique to reveal the boughs.  I sponged on some Sour Apple ink and then wiped off the excess ink from the embossed areas.

I used my MISTI to stamp my ornaments with Lavender Fields and Deep Iris inks and then punched them out with a 1″ circle punch.  To give them dimension, I heat embossed them with clear embossing powder twice.  I stamped the sentiment with Versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder as well,  To finish, I mounted the stitched rectangle to a white card base and added a few clear sequins.

Halloween Colour Christmas Card

 

This year I plan to donate some of my handmade cards to the Caring Hearts Card Drive.  I made this the kickoff of this goal.

Halloween Colours Christmas Card

 

 

 

I am participating in the following:

Cards in Envy – Purple and Green
52 Christmas Card Throwdown – October Technique Challenge Embossing
HLS Christmas Challenge – October Challenge Embossing
STAMPlorations – October Anything CAS Goes optional Black
STAMPlorations – October Theme Challenge Sponging

Reverse It

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Hi there.  Today’s card will look familiar.  In my last post, I shared a Christmas card created with the spotlight technique.  Well, as I was cleaning up my desk, I came across the negative coloured die-cut piece.  What a shame to have that go to waste and thrown into recycling.  Instead, I stamped another piece (super easy since the elves stamps were untouched in the MISTI) and created today’s card using the reverse spotlight technique.

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To reverse spotlight, I simply shaded the newly stamped piece (pictured right above) with black and grey Polychromous pencils.  Adhered it behind the diecut square window piece and voila.

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I stamped the sentiment in Versafine black ink and heat embossed it with clear glitter embossing powder.  For dimension and interest, I die cut a rectangle to create a frame.  I then mounted the frame onto a white card base with foam adhesives.  Inlaid the die cut rectangle and  called it done.

And here are the two cards.

 

 

I am participating in the following:

Pixie’s Snippets Playground – Week 250
Virginia’s View – Challenge #24 Focal Point
Cards in Envy – Frame It

Giving Spirit

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Hello everyone.  Today I am sharing a Christmas card.  I couldn’t resist when I saw Merry Monday Christmas  challenge theme was elves  I used my favourite Santa’s Elves stamp set and my favourite colour combo, which also happened to be the same colours for the color combo challenge over at Winnie & Walter, to create my card.  I wanted these elves to show their Christmas spirit as they exchange gifts.

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I used masking and spotlighting techniques to make my card.  I cut two A2 size stitched rectangle panels from white cardstock.  Both panels were stamped with Memento black ink exactly the same with the use of the MISTI.  I stamped the left elf, masked him, then stamped the second elf after masking off the ornament he was holding when inking up the stamp.  On one panel, I masked off both elves, then blended some Twisted Citron distress ink for the background.  I coloured the elves in with Copics. For the other panel, I did light shading with just a grey Polychromous pencil to add some depth.  Otherwise, it would look too flat.

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To spotlight these elves, I die cut the coloured panel with a stitched square die.  I took the die cut square and lined it up with the image on the grey shaded panel.  To make it stand out even more, I added a white stitched frame.

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The greeting was black heat embossed and a few sparkling clear sequins were added to finish.

 

 

Merry Monday Christmas – #216 Elves
Send A Smile For Kids – Early Holiday Wishes
Winnie &’Walter – WCMD 2016 Color Combo
Cards in Envy – Frame It
AAA Cards -,Game #74 Masking