Friday, December 30, 2011

Paws-itively Fun

So tag I went with this cute dog from hey diddle. I colored him with my copics first . Next I cut  him out . I made my tag from my cricut machine . I wanted to use some texture  on the tag so I went with burlap, which I cut out in a square. I glues it on then added the sentiment which I  think if I remember right is a  g studio stamp. I also added a border on the bottom. Well enjoy.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Happy Moo Year!

For the second time this month I used the Cow over the Moon digi stamp. I created a card by combining that stamp which can be found here with the fireworks digi stamp which can be found in the Patriotic Duck Stamp 2 collection here to create this New Years card.  I used my Gimp 2 free program to digitally color these stamps, which is a first for me, and also used markers to enhance them slightly. I used a glue pen and embossing powder to create the silver sentiment.  I printed my image twice so that I could use foam tape to pop up the cow and star.  I added a few glitter felt stars left over from my last project to add a bit more sparkle. I wish everyone the happiest of 'moo' years!

Card Design: Dawn Taylor
Digital Stamp Design: Amanda Marks
Paper: Recollections cardstock
Colored: Bic Mark Its
               Sharpie Ultra-fine tipped pens
                Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Adhesives: Beacon 3-in-1 advance craft glue
                   Martha Stewart artist glue pen
                   Dollarama glue tape
                   Dollarama foam tape
Misc. Supplies: Uptown Accessories silver embossing powder
                          Dollarstore glitter felt

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Well sadly this is very probably the last Christmas card I'll get to make this year, I really enjoyed making this little 5"x5" card using Amanda's Gingerbread men digi (available free with this months news letter) and one of the papers from her lovely  GINGERBREAD PAPER PACK.

After overlaying the gingerbread men on the backing paper I printed out the whole card and cut away most of the card from behind of the gingerbread men, I then cut the bottom of the card with decorative edged scissors and overlayed it onto a strip of bright red Mirri card.
Inside the card I added a strip of bright green paper and edged it with gold peel offs so that it backed the gingermen.

The "Merry Christmas" sentiment was made using an art package, I cut it out and added it to the card using foam pads then went over the letters, eyes and buttons with clear Sukura to make them glossy!
I hope you like it.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Vince x

5"x5" white card.
Card design - Vince Ballard.
Digi stamp - Amanda Marks.
Backing paper - Amanda Marks.
Image painted digitally.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Warm Winter Wishes Owl Shaker

For this project you will need:
Card Stock to print out Digital stamps and paper
foam board
chunky glitter
wired ribbon and Metallic DMC
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
BIC Mark-Its

I printed all of my papers on white card stock using AJs Digi Shoppe Gingerbread Paper Pack.  Made frames by stacking papers in Publisher giving the illusion of matting but it's all on one piece of paper. I printed one square of paper with dots on one side and solid green on the other to create the Tree elements using this pattern. The Tag Sentiment was created doing the same layering in Publisher to make mock frames. I printed out the Christmas Owls and colored them with BIC Mark-Its, adding glitter to their hats to mimic snow.
I created a shaker box by cutting out the window of the frame and inserting Acetate for a window glaze. I adhered the acetate and the strips of foam board to the frame with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.I piled a layer of chunky glitter in the scene before sealing the frame to the card. 
I attached a wired bow with a small tag to the front to complete the card!
Thank you for looking! I hope you enjoyed my shaker card!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Goody Goody Gum Drop

So today I picked this cute gingerbread man cause I used to collect them and I still love them . I colored him with my copics and then used some puffy paint to go along his feet and neck and arm to look like real frosting . I then added some bigger flaked glitter to look like sugar.He would not be complete without his cute wiggly eyes I had to add. He reminds me of gingy from shrek lol. Thanks Amanda for creating cute digis.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Moon & Stars Ornaments

I like to add a few new ornaments to my Christmas Tree every year.  This year I have been feeling less than energetic so I made very simple ornaments using A.J.'s Digi Shoppe's Cow over the moon digi stamp (minus the cow) as the template.  You can find digi's from the 'Hey Diddle Diddle' collection here.  I printed the stamp onto regular cardstock then cut out the images and traced around them onto some stiff, glittery felt I found at my local Dollarstore.  I glued the stars onto the moons and used some wrapping cord from the Dollarstore as a hanger. This is very simple and could be done by children and yet the finished effect is quite pretty and will be a nice addition to our tree this year.

Ornament Design: Dawn Taylor
Digi Stamp Design: Amanda Marks
Paper: Staples Cardstock
Glue: Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
Misc Supply: Glitter felt and Wrapping cord from the Dollarstore

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Well it's nearly that time of year again and I'm still making cards to send out as I go along, you would think by now I'd have got into the habit of making my cards earlier on in the year - but NO!!
I just love these new GINGERBREAD PAPERS from Amanda they are so crisp and clean looking and make a wonderful background to her FREEBIE Gingerbread man Digi (just sign up for her December news letter to receive him)

I coloured him digitally and used little dimensional eyes that move when you shake the card and added Glossy accents to his buttons, the 3 little punched red dots and the holly berries.

I really like this little 6"x6" simple but effective card and hope you do too.

Vince x
Card design - Vince Ballard
Gingerbread papers - Amanda Marks
Gingerbread Digi - Amanda Marks


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Duck Tag with Gingerbread Papers

To make this project:
BIC Mark-Its
Ribbon, Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer [as adhesive]
large laminate sample

Good morning! As I gear up for the holidays, I am handmaking many items from gift wrap and tags, to presents and ornaments. For my presents to neighbors and teachers, I am including a gift tag that also doubles as an ornament. This tag was constructed on a large laminate sample acquired at a home improvement store. I adhered digi papers to it with Crystal Lacquer. I then layered on this delightful Christmas Duck. On the back I added a layer with a holiday sentiment and a place to write who the present was to and from. I sanded the edges with a file to insure it was smooth and added ribbon through the hole in the sample. Ribbon can be replaced with an ornament hanger to place on a tree.
Thank you for looking! I hope you enjoyed my tag!