Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Winter and Holiday Card Series 2015 - Card 10

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for visiting today.

Today's card is more on the whimsical side. This adorable snowman wishes you all a very Happy Holidays!

I've coloured him with copics, adding white glitter for the pompom and the fur on his cap.

Shimmering embossed snowflake background with raised silver embossed greeting. Blue ribbon accent with coloured snowman on a sparkling snowbank.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Silver Embossed Birthday Card

Once again, less is so much more.

I'm absolutely loving this flower set and I'm finding so many ways to make it look elegant and unique. The silver embossing makes the card shine, sadly I was unable to fully capture that in the photo.

Silver embossed greeting and flowers on matte black cardstock with white embossed flower on pink vellum accent.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Winter and Holiday Card Series 2015 - Card 9

Sometimes, I can sit and stare at blank paper for hours waiting for the piece to 'speak to me' (as it were). Then suddenly it is like a floodgate opens in my mind and the card becomes completely formed.  It is a lucky day when the paper reflects exactly what my imagination saw. Today was one of those days. I was about to give up and then there it was.

This card features an embossed snowflake background, framed with shimmering navy boarder and raised gold embossed greeting focus with navy gem accents.

Watercolour Sympathy Card

No one likes to talk about it. No one likes to think about it, and we certainly do not plan what to say or do in the event that it happens. But it does happen.

Sooner or later we are all touched by death. Whether you have lost a close friend or relative, or you find yourself as a pillar of support for someone else to lean on during a difficult time, you will be faced with sadness and uncertainty.

No line watercolouring of black-eyed susans and butterfly with gold embossed greeting and three edge boarder.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Custom Request Cardinal to Blue Jay

This card was custom made by request based off of the watercolour Cardinal from the Winter and Holiday Card Series 2015 - Card 3. While she liked the Cardinal, she likes Blue Jays far more. Luckily for me the differences (aside from colour) between a cardinal and a blue jay are few, and she was incredibly pleased by the result.

Watercoloured Blue Jay with gold embossed greeting and shimmery snowflake accents.

Winter and Holiday Card Series 2015 - Card 8

Today's card features an older stamp set that's been in my Christmas supplies box. I like to keep my Christmas supplies separate from the rest of my craft supplies, that way when I open it at Christmas (and by Christmas I mean the middle of October), it's like I have all new stuff to play with.

Silver embossed tree on raised shimmery oval focus. Snowflakes are stamped in navy ink on shimmery cardstock, with matching navy boarder.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Missing Spring Birthday Card

I love designs that fall within a monochromatic theme. This birthday card was made because I was running low. It is never ceases to amaze me when I go to grab a birthday card and find that there aren't any left! Where do they all go?

Copic Coloured butterflies, with Wink of Stella clear glitter to make them shine. It really is a shame the camera doesn't pick that up. Happy Birthday is die cut from shimmery paper and adhered with Ranger's Multi Matte Medium to ensure they won't go anywhere.

This design is especially appealing to me because it can be easily adjusted and become a Thank You card, Anniversary card, A Hello card or just about any other type of card you can think of. I'm sure you'll see this again on the blog in the future.

Canadian Citizenship Card

My Fiancee's friend Chris recently received his Canadian Citizenship, here is the card I made for him in celebration. I wasn't able to attend the party that was thrown for him, but he did take me aside at a later date to thank me for the card. I'm really glad he liked it.

Sorry about my thumb in the picture. I just snapped it with my phone. At the time, I didn't think to set it up and take a good shot. Even still, the picture didn't turn out too badly. (Yay, Canada!)

Winter and Holiday Card Series 2015 - Card 7

Once more the chill of blue and snowflakes called to me in this card. As a card maker, it is sometimes difficult to remember that less is more.

While it can be very tempting to use several techniques on a single card, that doesn't mean it will be better. There are times when even the smallest thing can be very technically challenging even though it looks ridiculously easy to do.

Gold embossed, raised greeting focus over embossed snowflakes on a blue centre-fade ombre background with gold strip accent.

Winter and Holiday Card Series 2015 - Card 6

It didn't really occur to me, until I was speaking with my Mother-in-law, to include a more religiously toned card in the series. I'm glad that she requested it, because the card turned out to be beautiful.

I wanted to keep this card simple and allow it to speak for itself.

Originally I had used a matte black instead of the shimmery background and while it looked good, my sister pointed out that black wasn't really a "Christmas" colour. Then I moved to a shimmery blue background and that didn't speak to me at all. I liked the black, but I loved the elegance of the shimmer. I think the card came together with the best of both options.

Gold embossed baby Jesus silhouette and greeting on shimmering black background with a gold sparkle boarder on the top and bottom.

Winter and Holiday Card Series 2015 - Card 5

This card was so much fun to make. Not only did I get to include snowflakes, glitter and watercolour, I was also able to place it on a completely clear card base. 

This card can be displayed in either landscape (shown below) or portrait orientation, depending on your preference.

Sparkling snowflakes inlaid in marble watercolour background, framed in sparkling silver on a unique clear card base.

Winter and Holiday Card Series 2015 - Card 4

This card has a raised and embossed shimmery snowfall background with raised greeting focus. Sparkling "Joy" over silver embossed large snowflake, with silver accent strip and colour matching twine for added interest. The above in scarlet and below in blue.

Winter and Holiday Card Series 2015 - Card 3

To me, a classic sign of the Holidays is the Cardinal. The stark contrast between his bright plumage and the white of snow helps him to stand out as a sure symbol of the season.

Watercoloured Cardinal with gold embossed greeting and shimmery snowflake accents. Barely visible around him is a frosted blue aura, this helps him to stand out against the background and additionally lend to the illusion of winter.

For a different take on this card, as a custom request please see this post.

Winter and Holiday Card Series 2015 - Card 2

I'm sure it is becoming very clear that I adore Snowflakes. They are featured on nearly all my winter/Christmas cards. There is something about their beauty and delicacy that appeals to me. Each one is unique just as people are.

Raised and embossed shimmering snowflakes add a perfect backdrop for a bold and sparkling Merry Christmas greeting. The above card has the greeting in deep red, below the greeting is in blue.

Winter and Holiday Card Series 2015 - Card 1

Whether it be Christmas, Yule, Solstice, or simply Happy Holidays; there's a card for it. Over the next few weeks I'll be showing the Winter cards I have created for 2015.

So let's dive right in!

This card features a blue ombre feature strip with sparkling die cut snowflakes and an embossed greeting in matching blue ink.

Here is the same design replacing the blue snowflakes and greeting with silver.