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Monday, August 22, 2011

Save the Date Cards!!

Hi All!

I wanted to share with you my final Save the Date card:
Here's the steps:
   1) Print background
   2) Paint the tree
   3) Stamp the birds in VersaMark and emboss with green powder
   4) Stamp red heart on date
   5) Attach brad
   6) Adhere to yellow background
   7) Attach "sign" with dimensional adhesive
   8) Tie the string around the sign

Maybe a little too complicated for Save the Dates? Considering that I have to make around 150... But- this is one area of the wedding that I can really personalize. I could enlist the family, but I am being controlling right now :)

Oh- and I didn't mention the other steps of cutting the papers and the signs and inking the edges of the signs...

I am currently working on making a felt flower that I may make for hair decor for the bridesmaids. Here is the inspiration photo:

I'm sewing mine instead of gluing, so it is a slower process- however, I am almost done! Since I work (!!!!!!!!) full time as of today, I am unsure as to when I'll get it done and posted. Stay tuned!

Thanks for checkin' it out!!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Make It Monday- Glitter with CardPatterns Sketch

Hi All!

Here is my card for Make It Monday #28 which uses the sketch from CardPatterns Sketch #129.
Here's the sketch:

   1) Adhere the white paper to the green and stamp background with white ink.
   2) Adhere yellow embellishment along center. Thread buttons and adhere.
   3) Cut green paper. Trace around metal die cut with glue pen and sprinkle with glitter. Stamp background within glitter.
   4) Die cut circle and stamp background circle and sentiment.
   5) Adhere green piece in center. Using dimensional adhesive, attach circle in center.

Thanks for checkin' it out!!

   Paper: PTI- New Leaf at 5.5"x 4.25"; white scraps, yellow scraps
   Stamps: PTI- Mat Stack 2, Tag It's #2, Flower Fusion #2; Hero Arts- Circle Pattern
   Ink: Studio G- chalk white; Colorbox- merlot, sunflower
   Other: buttons threaded with green; Zig- 2 way glue pen; PTI- eyelet lace and Mat Stack 2 die cuts; red glitter

Friday, August 19, 2011

Crafting Heaven??

Hi All!

Did I die and go to crafting heaven??? I think I did!!! Look at my new stash of crafting paraphernalia:

 My dad brought out some presents from the various storage areas in our house. There are many more bolts of fabric that I can use- from my dad's old tailoring supplies. The box of buttons is great!!! And- the blue bag of stuff is full of treasures! There are beads, fabric, ribbon, and a hot glue gun!!! Woot Woot!!!!

I can't wait to get my hands in it all!!!!

Thanks for checkin' it out!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

CR84FN- Canvas Birthday Card

Hi All!

Today's card is made with the CR84FN challenge colors: yellow, kraft, and neutral.
I have lots of scraps right now in yellow and white that I don't want to waste. So- the background of the card is made from white scraps that are inked with yellow. The sentiment is on another scrap. 

The kraft center is canvas (cut out of a skirt that I ripped). The edges are frayed slightly and the outside inch is inked with yellow. I've never stamped onto fabric before, but it was easy enough. Just like paper actually!

Thanks for checkin' it out!!

   Paper: card at 4" x 5.5"; white scraps, yellow scraps
   Stamps: PTI- Mat Stack 1 & 2, Little Bitty Bird
   Ink: Colorbox- olive, chestnut; Studio G- yellow
   Other: kraft canvas; Elmer's 3D yellow glue (very very old)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tie Necklace Creation

Hi All!
Today I have a different type of project to share: a tie necklace!!! Yup, that's right, a necklace made from a tie. My dad has a whole bag of ties to go to GoodWill, so I borrowed some from it :)

This morning I found this pic on pinterest:
So, I just knew I could make it- and I did!
Sorry for the weird close up, but no one is around to take a pic of me :)

Instructions? Pin the pleats in place then hand sew them. Easy Peasy!

Thanks for checkin' it out!!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Shabby Chic Birthday

Hi All!

I have been trying to make a "busy" card that really looks nice- not just busy! This is my favorite attempt so far!

This birthday card is for my sister-in-law whose birthday is today! So, if you see this Dani, Happy 25th Birthday!

To get the look I wanted, I started with a "busy" patterned paper from Pink Paislee. Then I stitched around it (no knots this time!!) and distressed it with pink distress ink. On the doily I used the pink distress ink as well as gold ink. The gold gives off a nice shimmer!

I decided to sew the sentiment onto the card on one edge so that it has some dimension. The flowers also add some height, but not too much. At least, I hope not too much because I sent it through the mail without any special packaging!!!

Thanks for checkin' it out!

   Paper: Pink Paislee- Butterfly Garden; cream card at 4" x 5.5"
   Stamps: PTI- damask designs
   Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Victorian Velvet; Martha Stewart- Hibiscus; Studio G- gold
   Other: doily; flowers (from a class I took over a year ago); PolyMark- White Pearls; Sewing machine with black thread

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Make It Monday- Custom Ribbon

Hi All!

Today I have my entry to the Make It Monday challenge. The challenge was to make custom ribbon with copic markers. So- that severely limited me since I own 2 copic markers... I also really did not like this because the first two ribbons I drew on bled like crazy! But, I got one bit made with a single line that seemed to work:

I wanted to use the Wreath for all Seasons in a non-Christmas card- and I think I succeeded.

I just bought a circles Nestibilities set and needed to try it out. So- layered circles! The largest circle has woodgrain clear embossed on yellow paper (because I have a LOT of yellow around for my Save the Dates and invitations). I then distressed it with brown. 

I am not very good at the busy card thing, but I want to get better. Therefore, I am looking closely at busy cards to determine exactly what the difference is. One thing that I have noticed is that the busy-card-makers tend to have their buttons threaded.... so, one small change I made.

Thanks for checkin' it out!!!

   Paper: PTI- Terracotta Tile; scraps of yellow, brown, and teal
   Stamps: PTI- Wreath for all Seasons, Background Basics- Woodgrain, Flower Fusion #3; Stamendous- Wedding Words
   Ink: VersaMark; Colorbox- olive, chestnut, roussillion; Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Vintage Photo
   Other: a la mode- clean embossing powder; white ribbon; Copic G99; button (with thread!)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Glitter Glue Dots!

Hi All!

Here is a card that I made for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge made with the colors for the CR84FN challenge. For CAS-ual Fridays, the challenge was to use glue dots or glue runners with glitter. The colors for the CR84FN were celery, lavendar, and gray.

I found both glue dots and a glue tape thingy in my drawer, so I thought I'd try them out. I have no doubt that the glue dot (at the top of the tree) will hold the glitter, but the tape is super old and not super strong. So- will it last til Christmas? We'll have to see!!!

I stamped the sentiment in lavender and then clear embossed it. However, the embossing was really splotchy so I embossed again with VersaMark over the first one. It's better, but the happy is not quite lined up... Oh well!

Oh- in case you're wondering- the house buying process is ridiculous! At least I think so! We made our offer and waited our three days for them to respond (with what I assumed would be a yes or a counter offer) and they gave us a "We're going to wait to decide because we think there's going to be another offer made soon"!!! Ugh! So, yesterday we did get a counter offer- unfortunately the other offer was made and they got a counter as well... We're meeting with the lender today to figure out the kinks- but hopefully we'll get the house this week!

Thanks for checkin' it out!

   Paper: cream card at 5.5" x 4"; Upsy Daisy- blossom
   Stamps: PTI- wreath for all seasons, Bday Basics; Hero Arts- Merriest Wishes
   Ink- VersaMark; VersaMagic- Pretty Petunia; Colorbox- Ant. Pewter
   Other: gold glitter; a la mode clear embossing powder; glue dots and strip

Friday, August 5, 2011

Save the Date possibility

Hi All!

This has been a very crazy busy week- at least emotionally! My fiance and I made our first offer on a house! We will hear if they accept our offer (or counter) tomorrow. Consequently, we spent a few hours in Home Depot dreaming today. (:D) My inner DIY person is already re-doing the kitchen cupboards in my mind!

I have been working on designing wedding invitations and save the date cards over the last couple of weeks. So far, I am pretty set on my design for the invitations, but I am all over the place on the Save the Dates!

Tonight, I tried creating one on photoshop. Here is what I came up with:
The plan is to stamp two of the birds from Papertrey Ink's Little Bitty Birds with a heart in between them on the branch. Also, I am toying with the idea of coloring in some or all of the leaves with colored pencil... Or adding glitter? I'm not sure yet!

For the actual printed invitation, I may use the branch portion along the top of the invitation... We'll just have to see! Hopefully I will locate a nice camera tomorrow and get pics of the invitation design up here ASAP!

Thanks for checkin' it out!!!