Monday, 23 December 2013

Winter Frost Double Pocket Card

I've been making Christmas papercrafts to the very last minute before we head home to see family tomorrow! I plan on sharing each and every one of them when we return!

Amongst all the Christmas cards, I made a special one for my coworker. We are a great team at work and she has become a good friend of mine, so I thought something unique would be most appropriate :)

I chose the double pocket fold for this card. It's quite simple really. I followed this tutorial on youtube and added my own creative touch. I chose the Winter Frost designer paper from Stampin up - this paper is gorgeous! (I've pretty much used all of it up this year!) Bermuday Bay, Coastal Cabana and Smokey Slate have become one of my favourite colour combos! Here's how it turned out:

 I finally made use of the chevron punch! I bought it quite some time ago with good intentions to use it... Months later, I pulled it out and have now used it on multiple projects. I love it! I think the rhinestones and the eyelet border really add some detail to this card front. Pull the tag out of the front pocket....
A simple tag with a little designer paper and adorable sentiment, and of course... rhinestones!
Let's take a look inside:
I simply added little ornaments hanging over the edge of the 2nd pocket. I filled this pocket with a tag from David's Tea filled with White Chocolate Frost tea (sounds delicious!) I pasted a small labels framelit to the space below the pocket so I had a spot to write my message.
I love how it turned out! And like I said earlier, this colour combo is fabulous!
This will be my last post until 2014! (I hope to be a bit more dedicated to my blog in the new year) :)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Four Holidays, Word Play
Paper: Winter Frost DSP, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Smokey Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana
Tools: 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Large Scallop Circle punch, Eyelet Border punch (ret.), Snowflake Punch (ret.), Chevron Border Punch
Accessories: Rhinestones (Michael's), Pool Party Bakers Twine, Silver ribbon

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Very Merry

It's been quite some time since I've posted about my latest papercrafts (sorry about that!). After craft fair season, I start preparing for the upcoming Christmas season. And like every year, Christmas seems to sneak up on me!
But, I always love this time of year - the lights and decorations everywhere, cheery Christmas music, the smell of evergreen Christmas trees, delicious turkey dinners, gift exchanges, time spent with family, and most importantly, celebrating the birth of Jesus. It really is a wonderful time of year!

Today, I want to share with you a Christmas card I made just this past week for a friend of mine:

I love how this card came together! I've been wanting to use the Pennant Parade stamp set on a Christmas card, and finally got to making one! The pennants in the stamp set are so versatile! I love that you can use them for either a banner or little trees!
After stamping the lined pattern from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and placing the trees on the embossed cut-out circle, there was just too much white space (clean and simple just isn't my style!). I created a banner from striped designer paper and placed it in one corner. I then added some linen thread to fill the white space on the bottom half of the card. And finally, I completed it with rhinestones.
Thanks for stopping by!

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Pennant Parade, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Season of Style DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
Tools: Circles nestabilities, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
Accessories: Linen thread, rhinestones (Michael's)

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Craft Fair Finds and Belated Birthday Wishes

Craft fair season is over! It's sad, but also a relief. It's been a good year. Three big craft fairs kept me busy almost every night, making everything from mini albums to punch art gift tags to bookmarks.  Here is a photo of my latest display:

My hubby has been a big help with setting up/cleaning up, manning my booth and even demonstrating my pop-up ornaments and mini-albums! I couldn't be more grateful for all the support he gives me during the crazy craft fair season.

Not only do I love to share my crafts at these fairs, I also love walking around and getting to know other vendors. There are so many talented people in Prince George! I always stop to see my fellow vendor, TC Creations. She makes the cutest bibs, burpies, crinklers, and more. I know that when we have kids, she will be one of the first shops I go to for baby stuff!

Another vendor I love to see is Orange U Creative. She is one talented lady! She makes the most beautiful feather headpieces, earrings, necklaces, hairclips... I already own quite a few feather earrings and have asked for a couple more custom orders. Check her out on facebook!  

Every year we see a retired fellow selling wooden birdhouses and birdfeeders. This year we decided to purchase one:

I love it! The reason it's displayed in our apartment right now is because we live in a basement suite and really wouldn't get to enjoy watching the birds from our window. So for now it will make a nice house decor piece until we move :)
To add to my ornament collection, I bought this cute handmade wooden angel ornament from another vendor:
How cute is that? I love unique ornaments.
I look forward to craft fair season next year, wherever it may be and hope to start preparing much earlier this time around. I will also be spending time updating my Etsy shop in the meantime! Stay tuned! :)
Yesterday, my brother-in-law, Eugene, celebrated his 40th birthday! I normally send family members my handmade cards, but this time I thought I would send him something different. My hubby is an awesome photographer, taking photos of landscapes and wildlife mostly. We saw a lot of sheep on our last mini camping trip in Jasper and this one caught our eye...
So funny! What a perfect picture to put on a card and send to Eugene for his 40th! :)
I'm hoping this put a smile on his face :) Happy Birthday Eugene!