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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

An Affordable Wedding Present

Hi All!
Today I have two projects to share with you. I am a bridesmaid in this wedding and am finding myself very very broke--- therefore, I needed to come up with a good idea for an affordable wedding present. So, I used the photo that was part of the wedding invitation as the centerpiece:
I got the frame at Michael's during a sale with an extra 25% off coupon- a deal I could not have beaten!!! It came with the dual layer mat that I embellished.

First, for the background paper, I heat embossed PTI's Damask Designs with clear embossing powder. I went over it all with the Vintage Photo Distress Ink then took a napkin and wiped down the whole page. By doing this, the distress ink wiped off the stamped images to expose the lighter color underneath.

To create the top layer of the matting, I cut out the same size "mat" in scrap paper and layered strips of tan paper across the whole mat. I trimmed it back to the right size and used the same distress ink over it. The Happily Ever After is a whole sticker image.

My next project was to make the earrings for the bridesmaids.

The pink around the edges is my dress. The earrings are a little bit less intense of a pink, but I think that they will go alright. My instructions were to create something that we could all wear again- so, here it is. I hope the bride (my cousin) likes them!!

I will be gone for pretty much the next week since the wedding is 2000 miles away, so I doubt I'll have any more projects to share until I get home again.

Thanks for checkin' these out!!!

Supplies - for the Wedding Present
   Paper: tan and cream stock
   Stamps: PTI- Damask Designs
   Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Vintage Photo; Studio G- gold; Colorbox- ochre; VersaMark
   Other: A la mode- clear embossing powder; Jolee's Boutique- Happily Ever After; Michael's 8" x 8" photo frame

Triple Layer Flower

Hi All!
Today I have a CAS-ual Friday challenge card along with the CR84FN colors challenge. The CAS (clean and simple) challenge was to "Get Edgy" and use border edges in our projects. The CR84FN colors were aqua, green, and yellow--- Overall, a recipe for a wonderful card!!!
I made a triple layer flower as a centerpiece:
Layer 1- pastel yellow cut with the eyelet lace border die cut

Layer 2- aqua cut with a flower fusion die cut and then stamped with black in coordinating stamp (it is exactly centered on the card even though I just noticed that the picture makes it look uncentered)
Layer 3- more aqua 1/4" strips. This layer is the most difficult, but totally do-able! Simply fold the strips in half firmly. Then round both ends- away from the center fold. I used the metal handle of my Xacto knife to ensure even rounding. Add some liquid adhesive to the center of the lower layer and start placing the petals. The button on top helps to stabilize the petals. However, it is still pretty delicate and I would NOT trust it in the mail!

For the "grass" portion, I used a double sided green paper. I tore one long strip and used both sides. Here's the inspiration pics:
Thanks for checkin' it out!!!

   Paper: white card at 5" x 7"; Diecuts With a View- robin; core'dinations- garden gate; ANW Crestwood- pastel yellow
   Stamps: PTI- Flower Fusion #2 & #3
   Ink: Colorbox- black
   Other: Inkssentials- white gel pen; black pen; corner rounder; yellow button; PTI- Flower Fusion and Eyelet Lace die cuts

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Happy 4th of July Card

Hi All!
Today I've combined two challenges: one color challenge from the Play Date Cafe and one sketch challenge from Card Patterns. The colors were barn red, slate blue, and grey- which inspired me to make a 4th of July card!!

This card is a great example of using up my scraps! All of the papers that I used here (except the white card) came straight from my scrap container. My scrap "container" is really a drawer that won't fit back into the holder... so- I need to use my scraps!!!!

I tried some new techniques with this card. For example, I sewed on my machine along the silver stripe- which turned out to be way harder than I thought it would be! I think that I might have had my bobbin in wrong because once I took it out and put it back through, it worked!!! Another new (for me) technique I used was to bend my acrylic stamp to fit the rounded corners and the red circle. My faux stitching stamp is straight, but I arranged (and rearranged and rearranged) it on my acrylic block to fit the curves. Finally, I made my own "sticker" sentiment out of scratch paper and stamps.
Thanks for checkin' out my 4th of July card!!! Oh- and FYI- I finally got my results from my state boards and it's official: I can now practice as an RN in the state of California!!! Woot Woot!!

   Paper: white card at 5" x 5"; scraps
   Stamps: Hero Arts- Sew Artsy; Studio G- alphabet stamps; PTI- Mat Stack 1; Hampton Art- Somerset Alphabet
   Ink: Colorbox- black, silver, ruby; VersaMark
   Other: PTI- Delightful Doilies die cut; sewing machine w/ black thread

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

Hi All!
Today I am going to participate in my first ever Papertrey Ink Blog Hop!! How exciting! All the participants are to create with inspiration from this photo:
My card has a similar feel to the background and the children items in the photo inspired me to make a kid-like flower for a centerpiece.
To create the flower, I cut out several (10) 5/8" circles from the edge of the 12" x 12" paper. Then I added some glue around the edge of the back of the circle. I lightly LIGHTLY pressed the small circles around the large circle. It is super important to not press them on hard because, inevitably, the last circle does not fit and half the circles need slight adjustments to make the last one fit. Only when I am completely happy with the shape do I press the circles firmly.

I used the white gel pen several places here to finish it off. I also added a circle of Diamond Glaze around the center circle of the flower. The only stamps I used were Papertrey Ink.

Thanks so much for checkin' it out!!! Good luck on winning the prize!

   Paper: white card at 5.5" x 4"; K & Company- Best of Brenda Walton
   Stamps: PTI- Take Three Summer, Tag Its #2
   Ink: Studio G- hot pink; Colorbox- Stucco; Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Victorian Velvet
   Other: circle punch; Judi Kins- Diamond Glaze; Inkssentials- white pen

Friday, June 24, 2011

Make It Monday- Reverse Masking

Hi All!
I've been away for the week because I was studying for my state boards and then I took them. And no, I don't have results yet.. ahhh!!!  I am so not a patient waiter! I want my results now!

So anyway, I have a Make It Monday challenge to share. This week they challenged us to make cards with "reverse masking". To see this technique you can check out the blog here
My card is more pink and less yellow in person... For this card, I cut scratch paper to the size of the card and punched circles out around the edge. I used removable adhesive to attach it to the card front. Then, I took the various sized stamps in the Papertrey Ink Damask Design set to stamp each circle. Here's a close up:
In order to make sure that the circles stand out, I added some pink distress ink to each image before removing my template. I also outlined each circle with Diamond Glaze to accent them.

Thanks so much for checkin' these out!!!

   Paper: white card at 4" x 5.5"
   Stamps: PTI- Mat Stack 1, Damask Designs, Communique Curves Sentiments
   Ink: Studio G- hot pink; Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Victorian Velvet; VersaMagic- wheat
   Other: Judi Kins- Diamond Glaze; circle puncher

Monday, June 20, 2011

A Christmas Birthday??

Hi All!
I made a birthday card a few days ago that has a decidedly Christmas-sy feel to it.

I "fussy-cut" the bird on the red paper after I had stamped the outline on the blue paper. Then, I mounted the red bird on dimensional adhesive. I am still brand-new at using Copic Markers, so all I did with them was color in the leaves. I did try to give them a little interest by adding more color to the inside tips...

I think this would make a nice Christmas card if I change the sentiment to something Christmas-sy. I may make several of them in the upcoming months.

Thanks for checkin' it out!!!

   Paper: metallic red scraps; blue scraps; white card at 5.5" x 4"
   Stamps: PTI- Think Big Favorites, Little Bitty Bird, Flower Fusion #3
   Ink: Colorbox- olive, merlot, ruby
   Other: PTI- Flower Fusion #3 die cut; Copic G99; Judi Kins- Diamond Glaze; black string; silver brad

Thursday, June 16, 2011

CR84FN- Congrats

Hi All!
I have a second card that I created for the CR84FN challenge:
This one uses the technique of masking a portion of the background embossing with a die cut. However, I learned one crucial thing in making this card: you cannot use this technique with a plastic embossing folder! I now am the proud owner of a Swiss Dots embossing folder that has almost flat dots in the center.... Well, so now I know!
Thanks for checkin' it out!!!

   Paper: Cream Card at 4" x 5.5"; Stemma- Victorian (green)
   Stamps: PTI- Mat Stack 2, Warm Happiness Too, Communique Curves Sentiments
   Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Victorian Velvet; Colorbox- Merlot; VersaMark; PTI- Ripe Avocado
   Other: Buttons Galore & More- Plantation; Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder & Cuttlebug; PTI- Mat Stack 2 die


CR84FN- Mini Card

Hi All!
I have two cards to share with you today for the CR84FN challenge. The colors this week were light pink, medium green, and neutral.

This card is one of my faves! I doubt I will actually give it away because I like it sitting at my craft station. I find it inspirational.
Thanks for checkin' it out!!!

   Paper: Cream card at 2.5" x 3"
   Stamps: PTI- Postmarks; Penny Black- Salutations
   Ink: Studio G- brown; Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Vintage Photo; VersMagic- Pink Petunia, Tea Leaves
   Other: Buttons Galore & More- Plantation; Cricut- Wild Card


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge

Hi All!
This week's CAS-ual Fridays Challenge is really a fun one! You had to pick three in a tic tac toe style from the image below.
I chose to do the center horizontal line: ribbon, dies or punches, and felt. This is the first time I have die cut felt and it worked much better than I thought it would!

I am pretty disappointed in my picture taking ability, but I have to do the best I can with what I've got. I stamped a subtle pink background image that shows up on the 2nd picture, but not much on the first.

To make the card shape, I used the Papertrey Ink Delightful Doilies die cut. I ran the pre-folded card through my Cuttlebug to make sure that my pages were aligned properly.

I decided to use this card as a submission for the Papercrafts Gallery Idol 2011. I may make another card to submit between now and July 4th when submissions are due.

Thanks for checkin' this out!!

   Paper: white card; Stemma- Victorian
   Stamps: PTI- Delightful Doilies, Communique Curves, Mat Stack 2
   Ink: Colorbox- Antique Pewter, black, Rosebud
   Other: Michael's Celebrate It- Holiday Ribbon Bow-tique; PTI- die cuts from Mat Stack 2 and Delightful Doilies; hot pink felt


Make It Monday- Rock and Roll

Hi All!
Here is my take on the Make It Monday technique.
The "rock and roll" technique is basically a style of double inking. For the flower images, I completely inked it in the center, lighter color then rolled the edges around in a darker color. The result is a gradient pretty flower! It was so simple! Like the demonstration, I too let my flowers go off the edge of the central portion. However, mine does not have any dimension- it is completely mailable!!!

To finish my card off, I added a scored frame to set off the central image. Check out my post where I described how to get the frame in the perfect spot by clicking here.

Thanks for checkin' it out!!!

   Paper: PTI- Spring Rain folded to 4.25" x 5", Summer Sunrise; white scrap
   Stamps: PTI- Flower Fusion #2
   Ink: PTI- Scarlet Jewel, Berry Sorbet; VersaMagic- Purple Hydrangea; Colorbox- chestnut, verdigris; Studio G- yellow, orange, pink
   Other: 2 brads; yellow and white buttons; ColorBoK- twill yellow; Martha Stewart Scoring Board

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Recipe Review- Lemon Blossoms

Hi All!
I made these Lemon Blossoms from Paula Deen this weekend and have to review them for a couple reasons:
1- They're AMAZING
2- They're DELISH
3- They're bite size FUN!!
While it was a little time consuming to bake all of these with only one mini muffin pan, it was definitely worth it!!!

Changes I made:
- I used egg substitute instead of real eggs
- I did NOT use oil in the glaze. I substituted more water instead and I think that the glaze ultimately dried more quickly without the oil.
- I did not completely immerse them in the glaze, but almost. I dunked them (top down) so that only the bottoms weren't covered.  

So, I did mostly stuck to the recipe this time! One tip- they should sit for at least two to three hours before consumption. I ate one right off the cooling rack and thought "uh-oh! These taste like cake!" However- when I ate another three hours later, SOOOO good!!!

Thanks for checkin' it out!!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Copics and Paper Masking

Hi All!
A quick post to share two cards I made. First, I have my first attempt at Copic markers. I am now the proud owner of two Copics!! While I'm sure I have a TON to learn about them, I was pretty happy with my first trial- happy enough to make it into a card!!
Unfortunately, I had to use my phone to take the picture, so I think it looks a little pixelated...

Second card- I was inspired by the Finally Friday video on Kristina Werner's blog. She used masking to stamp portions of the card. I used the same idea but with colored ink.
It reminds me a bit of a quilt. To start, I cut scratch paper to the size of the card and in the shapes I wanted. I then attached them to the card with removable adhesive. Then, I removed a section, stamped, replaced the scrap and repeated to all the areas. The sentiment area looked a little unfinished, so I added some scored lines to set it apart.

Tip- I learned somewhere that when I'm scoring in a certain area, first I score the wrong direction (image side up) to get the placement. Then, I flip the card over and score the right direction! Sure is easier than trying to measure and score without seeing the image.

Thanks for checkin' these out!!!

Best Wishes
   Paper: white card at 5.5" x 4"; The Paper Company- Double Sided Mulberry; white scraps
   Stamps: Clear Art Stamps- Poppy; Papertrey Ink- Mat Stack 2
   Ink: Colorbox- chestnut; VersaMagic- purple hydrangea
   Other: Copics- G99, RV29; ColorbOk- purple twill; Buttons Galore & More- Plantation; Fiskars- corner rounder; scrap of crochet from somewhere...

Thinking of You
   Paper: 5.5" x 4" white card
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Delightful Doilies; Studio G- series 57 backgrounds; Hampton Art- Celebrate and Thanks; Hero Arts- circle pattern
   Ink: Colorbox- merlot, chestnut, olive, stucco, roussillon, ochre, sunflower
   Other: green yarn; Buttons Galore & More- Plantation; Martha Stewert- scoring board, twine

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Make It Monday- Tissue Paper

Hi All!
I have a second Make It Monday entry this week. I really really liked the tissue paper technique on my last card and wanted to try it again. This time I used a colored tissue paper for the background.
It is for my cousin's high school graduation, so I had to add the little 2011 tag. Her school colors were red (and something else), so the red background made sense to me! It's a really vibrant card- just like her!!!
I whipped up a V E R Y mailable card as well. No, not the tissue technique, but it is another vibrant card!
I've been reading my Papercrafts magazine and noticed that they all have easy to follow steps for each card. So- I'm going to try it!

1) Trim cardstock to 3.75" x 5.25" and stamp woodgrain with VersaMark ink.
2) Stamp sentiment  and "ribbon" on scrap paper and hand-cut with scissors
3) Ink edge of green cardstock and attach to center of 4" x 5.5" card
4) Attach "ribbon" and sentiment.
WOOO! All done! Wasn't that simple???

Thanks for checkin' these out!!

   Paper: white card at 5.5" x 4"; red tissue paper; Papertrey Ink- True Black; light blue scrap
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Mat Stack 1 & 2
   Ink: Colorbox- silver, cerulean, cranberry; Studio G- white
   Other: Papertrey Ink- Mat Stack 2 dye cut; Nestabilities- labels 13; black marker; blue button; red rhinestone; silver glitter ribbon; Ranger- Frosted Lace Stickles

Thank You
   Paper: white card at 5.5" x 4"; white scraps; Stemma- Victorian (green)
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Background Basics-woodgrain; Mat Stack 1
   Ink: Papertrey Ink- Berry Sorbet; VersaMark; Colorbox- sapphire silk; Studio G- yellow

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A CAS-ual Make It Monday

Hi All!
I'm combining challenges today! The tissue paper technique is from Make It Monday and the sketch is from CAS-ual Fridays. It's another masculine card too!

 For my card, I turned the sketch 180 degrees. I made the half circle from the banner and the happy birthday line.

The background paper is texturized with tissue paper. It's such a simple technique!! Put liquid glue on the paper, wrinkle up some tissue paper, attach it, flatten it through the Cuttlebug.

Thanks for checkin' it out!!!

   Paper: white card at 5.5" x 4.25"; The Paper Company- Kraft; white scraps
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Little Bitty Bird, Birthday Basics; My Little Shoebox- Cute as a Button; Studio G- Series 57 (background)
   Ink: Colorbox- olive, chestnut; Studio G- brown
   Other: twine; tissue paper; Scrappy Glue; Papertrey Ink- eyelet lace dye cut

Monday, June 6, 2011

You are so Thoughtful!

Hi All!
I've been wanting to use the flower Fusion dye cuts since I got them a few weeks ago, so here's the first attempt.

I really made this for a color challenge, but was too late to enter it. The flowers are all popped up and the sentiment is double popped. There are glitter centers on all of the flowers. It's a simple, bright card.

Thanks for checkin' it out!!!

   Paper: white card at 5.5" x 4"; Prima- The Breathe Collection
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Flower Fusion #2 and #3, Tag Its #3; Fiskars Polka Dots
   Ink: Colorbox- chestnut, gold brocade, sapphire silk, sunflower, ochre; VersaMagic- wheat; Tim Holtz Distress Ink- vintage photo
   Other: Papertrey Ink- Flower Fusion dye cuts; Studio G- blue glitter; Ranger Ice Stickles- gold ice; corner rounder

Friday, June 3, 2011

Father's Day Card

Hi All!
Here's a quick post to share the Father's Day card that I created. I have to send it off with my mom this week so she can give it to Dad while they're on vacation. I used the Card Pattern sketch and a technique that I saw on Stamp TV yesterday.

The Stamp TV technique was to ink up one side of an embossing folder before running the folder through the Cuttlebug. I inked up both sides (on separate papers) to see which side worked better. I like them both, so I used them both! I then inked the embossed portion with other colors.

I "framed" the center with score lines that I also inked to stand out. The sentiment is actually three different stamps that I combined... and the Father's portion is not quite centered (which Dad will notice), but I don't have time to re-do it :)
Thanks for checkin' it out!!!

   Paper: cream card at 4" x 5.5"; cream scraps; Kraft scraps
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Little Bitty Baby Bird (happy, day), Tag It's #2 (father's), Postmarks, Mat Stack 2
   Ink: Colorbox- merlot, chestnut, olive; Studio G- brown, white; Tim Holtz Distress Ink- vintage photo
   Other: brown ribbon; Martha Stewart Score Board; Cuttlebug Embossing folder- Fancy Corners; Papertrey Ink- Mat Stack 2 dye cut

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

CR84FN Retirement Card

Hi All!
I have my entry for this week's CR84FN color challenge to share today. The colors for the challenge are light blue, light yellow, and kraft.
My mom was in need of a retirement card, so I used these colors for a masculine retirement card.
I stamped VersaMark with a woodgrain stamp for the background of the Kraft portion. I used a couple different colors of kraft to make the shells (Cricut-Stretch Your Imagination). I know we're not supposed to use other colors in the contest, but I only had greenish letter stickers at home. But- I did see that one of the sample cards also was sporting some green ;-)

The yellow portion is embossed with some polka dots. I enhanced it when I distressed it so the dots stand out even more! I'm back to my usual mailable cards!

One more!
I call it the "Modern Flowers" card since I used the Modern Basics stamp set to make the petals. It's a very CAS card that is (again) very mailable!

Thanks for checkin' out my creations!!!

Happy Retirement
   Paper: Papertrey Ink- Spring Rain; The Paper Company- Kraft; Prima- The Breathe Paper Collection; ANW- Pastel Yellow; scraps
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Birthday Basics, Background Basics- Woodgrain
   Ink: VersaMark; Colorbox- olive; Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Vintage Photo
   Other: Cosmo Cricut- Tiny Type; Provo Craft- Cuttlebug Just My Type, Cricut Stretch Your Imagination; ColorbOk- twill blue pack

Modern Flowers
   Paper: Stemma- Family
   Stamps: Papertrey Ink- Modern Basics, Flower Fusion #2
   Ink: Colorbox- cerulean, chestnut, verdigris
   Other: Inkssentials- white gel pen; Buttons Galore & More- button; string