Skyline Technique

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I am sharing a technique that I taught my club members today. This is a fun fold card that is quite different than others I have seen. It is called a Skyline Card because of the way it stands up. Have you tried the Skyline technique for card making?

It is quite a unique fun fold and not too hard to make. My design uses Merriest Tree dies, Give It a Whirl (tree skirt), Shining Brightly DSP, Melon Mambo & Granny Apple Green foil & the Snowflake Sky embossing folder.

Don't be intimidated with all the pieces. It isn't difficult to make. 
To start you will need 2 pieces of 6 1/2" x 5 1/2" white cardstock, a scoreboard, some foil paper and designer paper. 
Each section is 1 1/2" wide and each vary in height starting at 2 1/2" to 5 1/2". The card measures 9 1/2" W x 5 1/2" H fully stretched out, but will fold down to fit a regular size envelope.

Before I made the one above I made a (much larger) version of the Skyline Card Technique. This one measures 15" W x 7" H fully stretched out. Here I have used the polar bear scene (I couldn't "bear" to cut this into smaller pieces) of the DSP from Beary Christmas DSP because it lends itself perfectly to show off this stunning artwork. The circle in the middle is backed with a shadow layer of blue foil paper. Both layers were cut with the deckled circle dies.

I hope that I have inspired you to give this technique a go.
Happy Stamping
Hugs, Tracie


Winter Meadow Split Circle Card

Welcome to For the Love of Stamping Canada, and thanks for popping by today. Today's card featured some beautiful DSP ~ Winter Meadow & Snowflake Magic from the Winter mini catalogue.

This is another technique that for some reason I never tried. It is a Split Circle card. I have to admit that at first I had a challenge with the circles. My mind played tricks on me every time I tried to put it together. But ALAS!!!   SUCCESS!!

Split Circle Winter Meadow Card

I love how it (finally) turned out! The fell like the split circles give the illusion of a winter breeze passing through!

I have used Pretty Peacock (base), Lost Lagoon (shadow layer), Silver Foil (tree - Merriest Tree dies) and the beautiful DSP mentioned above.

The background has been embossed with Snowflake Sky EF. I love this embossing folder! Believe me you will get A LOT of use with this embossing folder!

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Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Beary Cute Faux Shutter ~ Fractured Card Technique

Welcome to For the Love of Stamping Canada, and thanks for popping by today. Today's card inspiration was drawn from the very talented Jay Soriano - Mitosu Crafts. You can see his design here  

I have put off doing this technique until I saw something that truly inspired me. This technique ~Faux Shutter/Fractured Card technique is so easy. I am using the Beary Cute stamp set with the Snowflake Magic specialty paper, Winter Meadow DSP and Stylish Shape dies. 

Faux Shutter Card

But, that is not all I have used. If you are like me you have all sorts of paper craft items in your stash and sometimes some of those get lost in the mass of items. Well I decided that I needed to use some of those items. I may have purchased them a couple of years ago, but I bought them for a reason and I really felt they needed to resurface and be shown off.

So there is the list of items that I also have used. 
  • sentiment is from Penguin Place
  • ribbon is pool party shear ribbon
  • trees in the back ground are call Christmas Tree dies.
I started with a white card base and layered the Snowflake Magic specialty paper on top.
I cut 4 strips of white @ 1/4", The glimmer square (has a bluish tinge) was then layered in the center - popped up on dimensionals. I started with 1 of the white strips and layered it along the top right edge of the square and then continued to layer the remaining strips around the square.
Next I cut a smaller square from dazzling diamond glimmer paper (SU retired) and cut it in half - not a straight cut - but made it wavy to resemble landscape. The polar bear was (mirror) stamped and fussy cut. The tiny trees behind the polar bear are die cut using the Christmas Tree dies and Winter Meadow DSP. I stamped 2 presents on white using Pretty Peacock in and color the strips with Stampin' Blends (Lost Lagoon & Pretty Peacock). Next, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. 
And finally I tied a tiny bow using the Pool Party Shear ribbon (retired) and adhered it with a glue dot.
I hope you are inspired to try this technique!
Happy stamping.
Hugs, Tracie

Merry & Bright Pillar Candle Christmas Centerpiece

Hello stamping friends!  Thanks for popping by today. Christmas is on it's way and I have been busy making lots of Christmas cards. One of the stamp sets that I have been using quite a bit is the Merry & Bright bundle. Such a cute bundle with all sorts of Christmas lights & Christmas strings. 

Today's card switches things up a bit.  Instead of making the obvious, let's turn the light bulb into something a bit different.

Merry & Bright Christmas Centerpiece

Here I have turned the mini light into a pillar candle and surrounded it with pines, leaves, holly & berries, creating a centerpiece. 
I started with the base card using Brushed Gold Cards & Envelops. These cards measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and have matching envelops. 
To make the pillar candle I die cut one of the mini lights in white glimmer paper and then snipped off the top.
I used the Bough punch and Lost Lagoon cardstock to create the boughs and Christmas Banner dies (retired) for the ferns, holly leaves and berries.

The candle light is an adhesive backed star trinket & surrounding the candle are adhesive backed snowflakes.
How have you used this bundle? Do you have other ideas for the light bulbs?  I would love to hear your ideas. Leave your comments below!
Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Merriest Trees - Orchid Oasis

Eeekkk!!!  I am so thrilled with how this card turned out!  Never would I have thought that Orchid Oasis ink would make for such a beautiful colour on the Merriest Trees!  OoooLaaaLaaa! I love it!. 

Layering the tree layers onto the Winter Meadow DSP is stunning!

Check out my card!

Merriest Trees
I know it is hard to see, but I made a tiny bow from the Silver & White Sheer Ribbon – item # 162149 and stuck it to the top of the tree. I then added 3 adhesive backed glitter sequins & glitter to the bottom of each tree layer to finish the card.
What do you think?  I know some crafters don't care for "non-traditional" Christmas colours and that is ok, but, this one makes me happy!
What do you think? Leave me a comment below.
Are you a traditional Christmas lover or do you like to sway away to the non-traditional colour?


Patchwork Merriest Trees

Hello and thanks for stopping by today. As I continue on my roll of creating Christmas cards I came up with this idea to combine the Patchwork dies with the Merriest Tree dies along with some of the Winter Meadow & Snowflake Magic.

Interestingly, I originally created this card using the Lost Lagoon shades from the DSP packs. For some reason I wasn't quite happy with the look. Don't get me wrong it  turned out beautiful, but, I wasn't "feeling" the colours.

Patchwork Merriest Christmas
Here is the first one I made. For some reason it feels like the white and lost lagoon tree patches are too washed out.

Initially I had a Lost Lagoon base layer and then I changed it too Pretty Peacock which made it pop more..... but just not quite enough. 

This version focal point is the Merriest Tree with the sentiment stamped in the tree. I chose to stamp tone on tone using Pretty Peacock cardstock and ink.

I layered the tree on a white circle that I embossed with Snowflake Sky embossing folder and added adhesive backed glitter sequins - I LOVE THIS EMBELLISHMENTS!!.

If you look closely at the card you will see that on top of the card base is a layer of white cardstock that I die cut with the Radiating Stitches dies.

So feeling "accomplished" with this card, I sat it aside until yesterday. Do you find that sometimes you love the finished card and then when you see it again you're like... hmm...what's "off" with this card. Well I landed on the colour pallet. It was throwing me off.

Patchwork Merriest Trees
So as any crafter would do, I redesigned the card in a different colour pallet using the Winter  Meadow & Snowflake Magic DSP. 

Crazy!  I know but is was bugging me.  So here is the redesigned card using the Starry Sky colour pallet..... now I am happy. 

I would be interested in hearing which one you prefer. Please leave me a comment below.

Happy stamping!

Hugs, Tracie

Merriest Trees Bridge Fold Card

Hello Friends! Thanks for stopping by today! As fall starts to set in I have been preparing my "special" Christmas cards - you know the ones.... the ones that are super cool, different, really stepped up and take more time to make than your typical cards.

Well here is one that I just made and taught to my Tech Club Gals yesterday. It is a Bridge Fold that features the Merriest Trees bundle.  This bundle is amazing. I think my favourite thing about it are the 5 different sized tree dies!!

Here is my card that I made.

Just look at how the More Dazzle paper sparkles. I used a retired Stampin' Up! set of dies called Christmas Greetings for the "Merry Christmas".  I also die cut the tinsel and stars using the More Dazzle paper and the Merriest Tree Bundle.

Check out the height you get with this card. The white paper strips are supported by a piece of acetate that I adhered behind the middle section of the white strips.
Merriest Trees

The entire card will fold down to the right and fit into an invitation sized envelop. 
Now to figure out which of my special friends will get this card... decisions, decisions, decisions.

Enjoy your day and happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Beary Christmas Never Ending Card

 WOW!  It has been quite some time since I created a "Never-Ending" card. I forgot just how easy it is to make such a dynamic interactive card.  Today's card features the Beary Christmas Suite. There are so many amazing products in this suite! DSP, Embossing Folder, Stamps, Punch, Ribbon, Glitter Sequins, Memories and More pack & Cards & Envelops! Check it out here

I love this suite! So today I am recreating the Never-Ending card.   
Here is my card with 2 of the views.
If you have made one of these before you know that the sections bend back to reveal a new view of the card. The Beary Christmas DSP is the perfect back drop for this card BUT WAIT!  I have also used the coordinating Memories & More kit for this card.
I have to admit that I have not taken advantage of the Memories & More packs enough! There is a great selection of pieces that you can use to make cards and the cardstock is nice and heavy!
The two panels of my Never Ending card are using some of the pieces from this pack! I love this!
Purchase the Beary Christmas Suite from my online store and I will send you the PDF to make this card!
Happy Stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Beary Cute Christmas Bendy Card

Brrr!  It's getting chilly these days! Nothing like waking up in the morning to find that you left one of the downstairs windows open and it is now 13°C in the house!!!  

Have you seen the Beary Christmas Suite? Such a wonderful set of products! 

Have you made a "Bendy Card"? It has been some time since I made one of these.

Beary Cute Christmas
The 2 front sections pop out from the front of the card when on display and will fold flat when you put it in an envelop! The Beary Christmas DSP provides the perfect scenic background for this card! And the coordinating stamp set and punch are the perfect product to compliment my card.
The larger polar bear has been stamped in Smokey Slate and then punched out (I love a punch!) and adhered to the back "bendy" layer. The smaller polar bear was stamped, fussy cut and adhered to the front "bendy" layer.
Such a cool 3D effect!
Give the Bendy card technique a try!

Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Merriest Trees - Tis The Season

Something about a monochromatic card that is super eye catching. Today I am showcasing a card I designed using Lost Lagoon. Perhaps not a traditional Christmas colour but lovely none-the-less. 

Here is my card.

Merriest Trees

The base layer is Whisper White of which I have layered a piece of Lost Lagoon cardstock. 

The next layer was stamped and die cut using the Countryside Corners bundle
I then cut a second layer of the Countryside Corners in Whisper White and embossed it with the Snowflake Sky embossing folder.
This embossing folder has become my FAVOURITE for my Christmas cards!  

I then stamped the tree in Lost Lagoon, die cut it with the Merriest Trees dies and popped it up on dimensionals inside the frame created from the Countryside Corner dies.

Lastly I added some sparkle by die cutting the star from the silver dazzle paper, tying a bow using Silver & White Sheer Ribbon and then added some Stickles around the boughs.

I hope this inspires you to make a monochromatic card! You can buy all the supplies for this card here.
Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Gift of Giving - Gifts from Santa

Hello and welcome! It is another beautiful day here in Ottawa. Yesterday I posted a card using the Gift of Giving stamp set and today I have another one for you. This is another card that was part of this months  Christmas Card Club 

Here is a look at my finished card (I was inspired by a design by Rochelle Blok).

Gift of Giving

I find it therapeutic to be able to colour an image and on this card I am using Stampin' Blends. The image was stamped in Memento ink on a Countryside Corners die cut. I then layered the image onto white dry embossed cardstock using Christmas Tiding EF.

This is such a versatile embossing folder and I think you will get A LOT of good used out of it. 
I hope you are inspired to get the Gift of Giving stamp set and Christmas Tidings embossing folder. You can easily order them here.
Happy stamping!
Hugs, Tracie

Gift of Giving - Merry Christmas To You

Happy Saturday!  It is a gorgeous day here in Ottawa - not too hot and not too cold.... it is just
right!  Today I hosting the first of 4 Christmas card classes. This is part of my Christmas Card Club that runs the 2nd Saturday of each month from September - December 2023.  Each of my guest make 6 cards - three designs - 2 of each. This class is featuring a new stamp set called Gift of Giving and this is one of the stamps in that set. 

Here's a look at the finished card.

Gift of Giving

Navy, white and silver are so classic together! Don't you agree? Notice that I have not coloured in the gifts?  I think they look best just embossed in silver and left to shine on their own.

Speaking of shine - check out that silver and white sheer ribbon - the silver is super shiny!

Here is a better look at the ribbon. I LOVE this new ribbon and boy does it tie into a bow easily! This is a MUST HAVE for your Christmas cards!

So if you are wondering where the silver stars came from, I used the Merriest Tree dies and silver foil. It is amazing how well these match the stars in the Gift of Giving stamp set.

The one I used is the one circled in blue.

Adding a dry embossed layer to your cards gives it texture and a finished look. Here I have used the new Christmas Tidings embossing folder. IMHO it just pairs perfectly with this sentiment. Notice that I lined up the embossed image of the gift with the top of my sentiments? It just was coincidental that the Radiating Stitches die was the perfect size. 
This new embossing folder is also in the Sept - Dec mini catalogue. 

Well I hope you are inspired by today's post to start your Christmas cards. It is never too early to start.
Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

(Purchase the Gift of Giving stamp set from me and I will email you the instructions to make this card)

Merriest Trees - Winter is Coming

Merriest Trees
I love it when a new catalogue comes out. It pushes me to challenge myself - to create different projects with the same stamps and die bundles. Merriest Trees bundle is one of those that certainly proved a bit challenging for me. The tree dies are quite large but the cool thing with these dies is that you can created 4 different sized trees! 

My first project today uses the 2 smaller tree dies.

For this card, I have die cut 1 of each from the center of the embossed top layer (Snowflake Sky) of white cardstock, lined Pretty Peacock cardstock behind and then die cut the same sized trees from Winter Meadow DSP and popped them up on dimensionals. 

The white tree is the piece that was die cut from the center of the card. It was also popped up on dimensionals. 

Merriest Trees
My second project is COMPLETELY different than the one above. I have used the Merriest Tree bundle and Gift of Giving stamp set to create this fun card (inspiration for this card comes from Kristien Sayes). 

This time I stamped 2 trees and die cut them with the largest tree die and adhered them to the embossed card front.

I then stamped the Santa holding the gifts, coloured the image with Stampin' Blends, fussy cut the image and adhered it with dimensional to the card front.

The finishing touch are the adhesive-backed glitter sequins for a bit of sparkle.

I hope you can see the versatility of the Merriest Trees bundle and are inspired to create different projects of your own. 

Gift of Giving - Cup of Cheer

 Thanks for stopping by today. Are you looking for some Christmas card inspiration? Well you came to the right place. 

Today's project showcases new products from the Sept. to Dec mini catalogue.

The cup and contents were coloured with Stampin' Blends and then fussy cut. I have stamped the sentiment (Brightest Glow) in Blueberry Bushel and die cut it with the Stylish Shapes dies.

Merry & Bright Christmas Pine Tree

I am enjoying the versatility of the Merry & Bright bundle that is available starting Sept 6th,
2023. Today I have decided to use up some retired papers including the gorgeous Blue Foil specialty paper and Dazzling Diamond Glitter paper.

I have embossed the blue foil paper using the Snowflake Sky EF. At first I hesitated on embossing the foil as I thought it would crack but decided to give it a go and boy am I glad I did! Isn't the background stunning? 

I then die cut the Christmas Pinecone from Granny Apple Green and ink blended Shaded Spruce and then Night of Navy for depth & shading.

The light bulbs were die cut from Dazzling Diamond Glitter paper (retired) and silver foil for the socket piece).

The sentiment has been die cut from Melon Mambo foil paper.