Thursday, November 25, 2010

New Releases at The Digi Chick!

This week is AWESOME for the hybrid paper crafter! There are so many fabulous kits and hybrid templates and cutting files - I wanted to work with everything!!

First on my list is a fun tag template/cutting file set by Geeky Diva Designs. Again, since I was just making one tag, I just hand-cut the tag but would definitely make my Cricut do the work if I were making more than one or two! The papers are from a kit bundled in a fabulous Jolly Holly Days grab bag by Nikki Epperson - for one really low price you get FOUR awesome products! The grab bag is a Black Friday special and will be gone in a flash, never to be seen at such a low price again! The stamps are digital brushes from the Joy2Christmas set by The {Stamps} of Life. I bought the jar through a Frontier co-op in my area and filled it with Candy Cane Hershey Kisses.

Next up is a simple card using the same papers and the gorgeous digital stamp Christmas Wish by Arty Pants. I just love the look of this stamp and it's so versatile! The sentiment is from the Christmas2Build set by The {Stamps} of Life.

Finally, I have the piece de resistance. I LOVE how this card turned out. I don't usually do these types of cards because they take me a really long time searching through my embarrassingly extensive stash of stuff looking for the perfect pieces to cluster onto the card. That dragonfly? Came from my jewelry box, believe it or not! Yes, folks, I raided my costume jewelry looking for pieces for this particular card. Anyway, the paper is from the Season of Thanks collaborative kit created by the designers at The Digi Chick. Yep, I used a Thanksgiving kit for a Christmas card! I embossed the pink paper using a Cuttlebug envelope. The brown distressed paper has that same Christmas Wishes stamp by Arty Pants, but instead of making it bold, I blended it with the paper for a more subtle look, and I also only used part of the stamp instead of the whole thing. I LOVE how it turned out and how versatile that stamp is! After printing and cutting, I tore part of the paper, and then crumpled it up. Then I distressed it using my Desert Sand ink pad by CTMH.

I added some pink ric rac ribbon and then ruffled up a different pink ribbon on top of that. Lately it seems as if no card I create is complete without a Prima Marketing flower or two, and the finishing touch on this card is of course a flower center by Prima as well. Additional touches are the rhinestone swirl, small layered cream flower with a pearl center, and small Sizzix scalloped tag die cut with the greeting on it, which is from the Holly4Christmas set by The {Stamps} of Life. The pink ink is Blush from CTMH.

Well, that's it from me for now - be sure to check out The Digi Chick to see ALL of the awesome new goodies available this week!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Blue, Cream, and a Little Bling!

I've been crafting like crazy lately - so much so that I haven't managed to make the time to update the blog! Today I want to share with you a sweet little card that ended up absolutely NOTHING like I had planned in my head - I actually started out using kraft as the base for this card!

The patterned paper is from the Winterland digital scrapbook kit by Nikki Epperson. I used my Nestabilities labels die for the sentiment paper and the border, as well as the butterfly, which is from Butterflies Set 1 by The Cutting Files. Since I was only using one butterfly, I didn't bother dragging out my Cricut and fighting with my Sure Cuts A Lot software - I just clipped the digital paper to the butterfly template, printed it out, and cut it by hand. If I were making a hundred butterflies (or even just 10), I'd definitely make the machine do it for me! After I cut the butterfly, I added some crystal glitter by PK Glitz to the edges and center of the butterfly to give it a little bling factor.

The base paper is from a pearl paper pack by The Paper Studio. I embossed it using a Cuttlebug folder. I added blue ribbon and the little silver charm from my stash of random stuff. The flowers and center are by Prima Marketing.

The sentiment is from the Friends4Ever set by The {Stamps} of Life. I originally stamped it with light blue ink, but couldn't get a good photo of the sentiment so I restamped it using grey and I like how it turned out.

Check back on Thursday when I show off some of the stuff I made for the new releases this week at The Digi Chick. There are SO MANY awesome products coming out and I've had a blast playing with them!