Saturday, January 28, 2012

Coffee Cozy for Valentine

 Today I have a totally different project for you.
I made a coffee cosy.
I was looking around the internet for some 
quiling ideas and I found some cute
coffee cozies.

Suddenly I had this Valentine coffee cozy idea.
piece of white sheet
cloisonné mini heart by Michael Strong
love sentiment by Michael Strong
coffee sentiment by Club Scrap
stazon blazing red and inkjet black
sewing machine

A coffee cozy looks like this template,
but to be sure you have to fit it around
the cup you are going to use and maybe
you have to resize it for your cup.

I found a great quilting tutorial HERE
and it may help you to make your own.

I drew the template on the material to see 
were to stamp. I used blazing red stazon ink.
First I stamped the cloisonné mini heart.
After that I used black ink for the sentiments.
Use an iron and a piece of backing paper to
heat set the ink.
 Now you sew the cozy together and turn it inside out.
On top of the cozy a decorative line is sewn.
(click on picture to see enlarged version)
This is the finished coffee cozy.
The closure of the cozy is a button and elastic.
You can use any button, but i made the button 
with Michael Strong's coffee cup
and a piece of shrink plastic.
Stamped with black stazon and colored with pencils
before heating the shrink plastic with a heat gun.
Don't forget to punch the holes
before shrinking.
Have a creative day!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is International Holocaust Memorial Day:
it is a day in memory of the people who weere the
 the victims of the 2nd World War (1940-45).

Why today, 27th of January?
This is the day was chosen, because on this day
the largest concentration camp
Auschwitz was liberated.
You can read more about this day HERE.
I  decided to make a card with  the image of Anne Frank
and a quote from her famous diary, that I have been reading
many times and found very impressive like many
many other people who have and will read this diary.

The background of the card is made with very sweet digital rose
paper by Create with TLC. I also used the script
embossing folder and highlighted this with
vintage photo distress ink, showing the writing
of Anne that she did in the diary.

The heart brad is not a real one, but a 
Designer Faux Brad as shown in the
Technique Junkies Newsletter of
Dec 2011/Jan 2012.

Never again!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

More Valentine inspiration

Sometimes you see a sentiment 
and you know right away what to do!
This is a FREE sentiment on

Now to find the right toad to go
with it. I just googled
and found this childrens coloring page.
Perfect for the sentiment.
You find it HERE.

The background is digital paper from 
Create with Tlc Febuary Club

The frog is colored with copic markers
and on the crown I added little gemstones
looking like diamonds.
The lips are sealed with glossy accent.
.Finished the card of with a ribbon and
two little roses.
Have a creative day!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Coffee today!

Here are a few coffe cards,
for I felt like coffee today.
I got this coffeem image by Create with TLC
and just had to make something with it.
To make the image for this card, I used a program called 
Kaleidoscope Kreator. As the name says,
it createsd a kaleidoscope from your image and
is so much fun to use.
The hearts are done with a punch.

For this card I used the January Sketch from Club Scrap
and paper and stamps by Club Scrap.
I made a collage on the paper before cutting it.
The center image is by Create with Tlc.
This card is all by Club Scrap and
with the same sketch. I used two 4x4 inch squares
and after cutting you can make two cards with it.
Have a creative day!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Chinese New Year

Today it is Chinese New Year.
It is now the Year of the Dragon.
HERE you can fine out more about the sign of the Dragon.

I made a goodie bag and a card with the FREE
images that you can find on Paulette's blog
(scroll down a little to find the images).

If you want to add the Chinese letters for Happy New your,
save the picture below to your computer
and you can print it in any size you want.
Happy New Year! 
May the Dragon bring you lots of luck!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Year of the Dragon

 Because tomorrow starts the Chinese Year of the Dragon
Paulette of Create with Tlc 
has some fantastic FREE dragon goodies
on her blog for you to grab:
dragon images and dragon backgroundpaper.
I used them both to make these two New Year cards.

On both cards you see a paper lantern.
For this technique I have a tutorial further down on my blog.
Click HERE and you go directly to the turoial.
Hope i have given you some quick card ideas.

Happy Dragon Year!

Have a creative day!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Welcome Home

Today was a big day.
We had my eldest DD move in with her husband.
They will stay for us at least a year until their
own new home is finished.

In the mean time my DD also is pregnant, su all in all it is
going to be a very exciting year. And of course I had to make
them a card to welcome them. I found this fun image
HERE end the sentiment is by Create with TLC.

The swirls are from a Alterations Sizzix die.
The background is a piece of scrap paper run through the
cuttlebug and sponged with some fired brick distress ink.
The card is finished of with a ribbon and
a lock and key charm embellishement.

Have a creative day!

Owls for Valentine

Today I have some more owls for you.
 The image is by Create with TLC and
so is the sentiment.
But the background is made with 
the cloisonné hearts of Michael Strong.
I scanned the background  (you can do the right click trick
and save it to your computer to use) and tell you how
I made it: first I stamped the hearts with versamark
and sprinkled clear embossing powder on it and then 
heat embossed them all.

With distress stains the background is colored and 
the embossingpowder works as a resist.
A few deops of water are sprinkled on top and
heated with the heat gun. Ready for use.

The owl picture is colored with copic markers and
the heart is punched out of a piece of glitter foam.
The second card is made with a subway text by 
Create with Tlc. It is printed on craft paper
and run through the cuttlebug with a small
hearts embossing folder. On the borders and the hearts
vintage distress inkt is sponged.

The owl picture for this card is colored in pencil.
On the heart is a little gemstone glued.

Have a creative day!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Valentine inspiration 2

This is the time to start thinking about,
and making your Valentine cards.
I will have some inspiration for you the coming days.
All the cards you see here are made with images of 
Create with TLC.

Here a close-up and you see two images.
The ticket is colored with copic markers
and the other collage picture is printed with the computer.

For the background the papers are run trough
the cuttlebug with an embossing folder
and I added victorian velvet distress ink.
At the bottom of the card another image
colored with copic markers, a ribbon and a 
heart embellishment.
The 2nd card is with a collage image
and I printed it on kraft paper and colored it with pencil.
The flowers in the background is a piece of scrap paper.
The sentiment is also by Create with TLC and
the music stamp is an unknown um stamp.
Finished the card with a punched border
and some flowers and a gemstone.
Have a creative day!