Friday, February 3, 2017

Wrapped in Love!

Designed by Sharon M. Reinhart 2017
I have another simple but pretty Valentine's Day greeting card to share with you today. This creation makes use of a Spirelli thread wrapping technique and beautiful red metallic thread from Wonderfil. The base card is an A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch) side fold card. Layered onto the front is a die-cut banner, scalloped circle, lacey circle, standard circle and lastly the thread wrapped scalloped circle. The scalloped, lacey, and standard circle die templates are from Spellbinders.

To create the Spirelli wrap, it is best to work from the spool of thread. Secure the end of the thread to the back with tape. Wrap the thread around to the front through one valley, next count 9 valley's to the right and continue the wrap in the ninth valley. Wrap around the back returning to the right of the first wrap and continue wrapping until there are two thread wraps in each valley. Secure at the back with tape. The larger number of spaces skipped will create a smaller center circle and a smaller number of spaces skipped will create a larger center circle. Place an adhesive rhinestone in the center circle created by wrapping the threads.

To finish this card a die-cut sentiment (Sizzix) has been adhered to a tag shape and then adorned with an adhesive rhinestone. Adhere the sentiment panel to the card front using foam mounting tape to create a bit of dimension.

This is the design in its most basic form, however remember depending on your supplies and level of experience it is easy to take it to the next level. Some options would be to complete some pressure embossing on the banner strip or card front or possibly some background stamping and/or heat embossing.

I hope you have been inspired to create!
Creatively Yours,

Monday, January 23, 2017

Valentine Inspiration!

Project design by Sharon M. Reinhart
It's getting close to that day where love is in the air and all around us! I love (no pun intended) making valentines cards and little treats! Thought I would share this quick and easy card. I began with a Kraft colored cardstock base and then embossed it using a Taylored Expressions embossing folder. Next layer corrugated paper to the card front followed by red cardstock then a layer of red glitter tape and a corrugated notched banner strip. Notched banners are easy to create by using a square or octagon punch, or with the use of a die template, or manually by cutting up the center and then from the corners to the center cut line.

Adorn the card front with a mini collage created with a die-cut heart, die-cut flourishes and die-cut words. These dies are all Sizzix die templates. Then to create the studded effect on the card without the dimension just add glitter dots (Elizabeth Craft Designs) to the words and scatter on some of the embossed areas. It may be hard to see in this photo but a Wink of Stella gold pen has been used around the die-cut heart, edge of the large corrugated layer and on the words. These pens have a beautiful shimmer to them - love them! I hope you are inspired to create something LOVE-ly!
Creatively Yours,

Friday, January 20, 2017

Back to Basics!

Projects designed by Sharon M. Reinhart as seen in the CardMaker
January 16, 2017 Update
I would like to invite you to take a look at my most recent CardMaker Update, in this issue we go back to the basics for all of our new card makers, but there is also creative inspiration for our seasoned card makers. Head on over by clicking this link CardMaker. If you have not yet signed up for this free resource, I encourage you to do so while you are there. We have two editors, myself, and the fabulous Kimber McGray. Kimber and I alternate the writing of the update so that you get some great information and inspiration directly to your inbox every three weeks! I hope you will take a look and be inspired to create.
Creatively Yours,

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Simple Yet Elegant Christmas Card!

Designed by Sharon M. Reinhart
If you are like me and getting short on time I thought I would share this simple yet elegant Christmas Card. Just choose a pretty snowflake background, die-cut or punch some snowflakes and scatter them on the front. Add a die-cut sentiment and finish with some sparkly glitter dots. Done - I actually like it, it is very peaceful and serene. If you would like to take it a step further add some glitter or glitter glue to the snowflake and sentiment or add small rosettes or tea bag folded medallions to the center of each or one of the snowflakes.
I hope you are inspired to create something wonderful!
Creatively Yours,

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

O Christmas Tree Cards!

As shown in CardMaker Update December 5 issue,
projects and article by Sharon M. Reinhart
If you are in need of some Christmas Card inspiration my most recent CardMaker update has just been released! It's all about creating beautiful Christmas cards with trees as the focus. I hope you will take a look at the complete article with individual card photos online at CardMaker Magazine 
Creatively Yours,

Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Card Accents

Designed by ©Sharon M. Reinhart November 2016
So I am back with a little update on the previous card shared. The previous one was absolutely fine, however this next one shows you how just a few little accents of glitter ribbon and glitter dots really sets the festive tone. I love the inexpensive glitter ribbon found at Dollarama and the Glitter dots (Elizabeth Crafts) are some of my favorite accents as they do not add bulk. Hope you like the little accents used to take this card up to the next level.
Creatively Yours,

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Christmas Card Inspiration!

Project design by ©Sharon M. Reinhart November 2016
For the next few weeks I am going to be providing some Christmas card inspiration. Some cards will be quick and simple and others may require a few more steps but I know the crunch that we can get into when trying to create our cards therefore none of these card designs will be extreme. I like to have a variety of cards to send, so I don't do just one design and then mass produce, instead I complete a few designs and make multiples of each. The other thing that I have tried to do this year is use what I have. Especially papers, so don't worry if the papers are discontinued you can still make some awesome cards with your beautiful papers from years gone by! Look at using up those bits and pieces from previous projects as well!

This inspiration card is a standard A2 size (5 1/2 x 4 1/4), in a top fold landscape orientation. The papers are red and ivory cardstock along with a pearl ivory cardstock. Fiskars mini scallop edge scissors have been used to create the decorative edge on the ivory strip. Layer the ivory strip followed by a red strip to the card front. Next stamp three ornaments using red ink and then fussy cut around each. The stamp is by Hero Arts. There are a multitude of beautiful ornament stamps and die templates on the market today, if you don't have this exact one, no worries, just grab what you have and stamp and cut it out three times. 

The ornament hanger has been created using office paper clips. Just take wire cutters and cut the paper clip in half and then trim to the desired size. Adhere the trimmed clip to the back of each ornament. Tie butcher's twine into a bow and adhere to the front of each ornament. Next layer the ornaments onto the card front using foam mounting tape.

To finish, stamp a sentiment (this one is from Stampin' Up) onto pearl ivory cardstock punch or cut out (this punch is a Fiskars tag punch) and attach to the card front using foam mounting tape.

Voila! Finished! This is a design in a basic form which is very festive. Stay tuned for my next post on what to do if you wish to take it just a step further without a lot of effort! I hope you are inspired to create today!
Creatively Yours,