Thursday, February 22, 2024

Postage Birdies

 The postage collection from Waffle Flower has become incredibly popular. 

I used the outline die to cut the card front. The birds were stamped on five of the sections and I stamped a sentiment in the top left corner. I masked the birds to stamp branches under some of them and then coloured those images. A cloud stencil was used to create a cloud background behind the images. I used the postage stamp set to add details like the stamp prices (if only they were that cheap!) and a few other details. The card front was adhered to a light blue mat, a black mat and then to the card base. 

Enjoy, 

Alyson

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Friendship Alcohol Inked Background Card

 I saw this cool technique on YouTube and wanted to try it myself. 

I used a sunburst stencil and texture paste on vellum. One that was dry, I added two colours of alcohol inks (bold pink and blue) and where they met, purple was created. Based on those colours, I stamped and coloured the image and die cut it using a circle die. The sentiment was stamped and fussy cut. The corners were rounded on the card as well. 

Enjoy, 

Alyson

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

TSOT 641 - Just a Note Coneflower

 Welcome to Try a Sketch on Tuesday Challenge 641!

This was a fun sketch - lots of possibilities! 

I created my own background by using cling wrap and three colours of ink. I pressed the inks on my glass surface, sprayed them with water and used the cling wrap to press into the ink and then onto the cardstock. The emerald green panel was embossed with a 3D embossing folder and I added a piece of glitter paper across the front. The flower and leaves were die cut from white cardstock, inked and splattered with water before being assembled. I added a hot foiled sentiment at the top and some clear dew drops around the card. 

Come and join us at TSOT and show us how you interpret the sketch shown above. 

You have two weeks to link up your project. 

We can't wait to see what you create!

Enjoy,

Alyson

Monday, February 19, 2024

From the Desk of...

 This set of masculine cards was made for a friend of mine - I edited out his name but each of the tags has his first and last name printed. This is a set of ten cards - I made two in each colour scheme (photographed one of each). I know they will be put to good use! 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Hello Striped Card

 This card uses a sort of inlay technique without placing tons of little pieces into another die cut. 

The background was stamped using three shades of blue ink and cut down to fit the card front. I placed it on a dark blue mat and then on a lighter blue base, leaving room across the centre for the sentiment. The shadow of the sentiment die was cut from the front of the card base and I die cut the individual letters from a lighter blue cardstock piece. The letters were stacked x3 and placed back into the shadow area but on the inside of card base. The photos show this better than I can explain it... 


Enjoy,

Alyson

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Music Cards

 Every now and then, a wonderful opportunity arises for us. Mine happened earlier this week. I was invited by a former music student of mine to hear his ensembles perform in a competition. He has told me several times that I made a big difference in his life and I am the reason he decided to pursue a career as a music teacher. As a teacher, we never know the impact that we have on our students - this was one of those amazing opportunities to see that in action. 

Both of his ensembles performed wonderfully! I just put these cards in the mail for the two groups. I think it is so important to recognize students and although I don't know these young people, I know that their teacher is making a big difference in their lives. 

Below are the two cards - one for each ensemble. I know he will read the message inside to the kids. I am also attaching (albeit a very bad) photo of the two of us. I had not seen this fellow since June of 1997 when he finished grade 8. It was such a terrific reunion! 



Enjoy,

Alyson

Friday, February 16, 2024

DT 160 - Squirrel Birthday Fun Fold Card

 Welcome to Double Trouble Challenge 160!

The small graphic is below - please visit the Double Trouble Challenge Blog for details. 

Thing 3 requires that we use something that hops, skips or leaps. I have a few frog stamps but the images are small... too small for what I had in mind. I chose squirrels - they definitely leap! 

I created the scene on the front by stencilling some clouds and then adhering the stamped and coloured die cuts. The grass was stencilled last as I wanted it to look like the squirrels were in the foreground. Inside the card where there is a place to write a message, there is another squirrel and sunflower plant. This card folds flat for mailing and fits into a standard A2 envelope. 


Come and join us at Double Trouble and show us how you interpret this challenge. 

You have two weeks to link up your project. 

I am also linking up my card with the challenge at Creative Creases (fun folds).

We can't wait to see what you create!

Enjoy,

Alyson 

MTTCC 80 - Noel Snowflake

 

Welcome to My Time to Craft Christmas Challenge 80! 

The theme for this challenge is to use white and metallics ONLY - no other colours or neutrals. 

I used a snowflake stencil and sparkly texture paste to create the large snowflake. The silver snowflake and the smaller white one were die cut and arranged in the centre of the larger one. I added a hot foiled sentiment at the bottom and adhered the card front to a silver base - easy! 

This photos shows the sparkly snowflake a little better. 

Come and join us at MTTCC and show us your white and metallic projects. 

You have two weeks to link up with this challenge. 

We can't wait to see what you create! 

Enjoy,

Alyson

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Anemone Faux Shaker Easel Card

 I saw a card like this on Facebook but there was no watermark on the saved image... I would love to give the original poster credit for the design. 

The arch is an open shaker but I glued the sequins in place so they wouldn't fall to the bottom where they would not be seen. The easel front was embossed with a woodgrain embossing folder and I die cut all of the flower and leaf pieces and inked them. Those pieces were assembled and added to the left side of the easel. The sentiment was die cut three times and stacked before being placed on the card base to hold up the easel component. I added some clear gems on the flower and leaves to finish off this pretty card. 

Enjoy, 

Alyson

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Blue Birdies

 I just love these little birdies. They were stencilled onto a card front using four shades of blue ink. I stamped the eyes, noses, beaks and other details and then stamped some hearts and coloured them in red and yellow. There is a sentiment inside the card that says "Life is tweet with friends like you." I added both a light and dark blue mat under the card front. 

Enjoy, 

Alyson