April 27, 2011

CR84FN25 & WMSC #44

Hi there!  I have a quick post tonight to share a card for two challenges.  First is another gorgeous color combo at CR84FN.  This is one of my absolute favorite color combos, so I had to make some time to play along!  I also used the sketch from Waltzingmouse.

Nothing fancy about this card!  I stamped another one of these cutie images from Half Pint Heroes and colored it with Copics and Prisma pencils.  I need some practice with the red Copics to keep them from bleeding!

I embossed an Aqua Mist panel with PTI's Argyle impression plate, then stamped one of the little stars from Half Pint Heroes on some of the raised diamonds.  The sentiment "vroom..." is from the same set, and I just stamped it on each end of a strip of white cardstock before layering it behind the main image.  

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, white)
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse (Half Pint Heroes)
Ink:  Inkadinkadoo (Black), Clearsnap (Frost White), Copic markers
Tools:  Spellbinders (square die), Papertrey Ink (Argyle impression plate)
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (buttons), DMC floss
Coloring medium:  Prismacolor Premier pencils

Okay, off to watch game 7 of playoff hockey!  I know, what's wrong with me?  Somehow I've gotten sucked in this year, but at least it's "quality time" with the hubby.

Hope you're having a great week so far!  Thanks for stopping by!

April 26, 2011

ColourQ #82

Good morning!  How's your week going so far?  We are still trying to get back into the school and work routines after a long weekend.  But I'm back to share my sample for this week's ColourQ challenge colors!  I seriously thought about taking the week off when I looked at these colors!  Green and I don't always get along, especially several shades of green together.  I finally took my inspiration from the repeating circles in the photo and decided to make my own patterned paper.

I used medallions stamps from WPlus9's Mehndi Medallions to make the patterned strip, then stitched it to a Baja Breeze base that is debossed with PTI's Linen & Canvas impression plate.

For the label, I die cut PTI's Mat Stack 1 from white and Pear Pizzazz cardstock, then cut a window in the Pear label using the Fillable Frames #10 die.  I stamped the corresponding frame through the "window" onto the white label, then stamped another medallion and a sentiment from Signature Series:  Dress Form.

The Pear label is popped up on foam adhesive for dimension.  I rounded the bottom corner and added two green pearls and called it done.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz), Papertrey Ink (white)
Stamps:  WPlus9 Design Studio (Mehndi Medallions), Papertrey Ink (Fillable Frames #10, Signature Series:  Dress Form)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze), Clearsnap (Moss Green)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Mat Stack 1 & Fillable Frames #10 dies, Linen & Canvas impression plate), We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper)
Accessories:  Queen & Co. (pearls), thread

I look forward to seeing your creations with the ColourQ combos every week, but especially when it's a particularly tough combo for me!  So get to work and link up your creation for a chance to be named Colour Queen or a Courtier this week!

Thanks for dropping in this morning!  Have a fabby Tuesday!

April 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink April Blog Hop

Hi friends!  I almost forgot about Papertrey's monthly blog hop!  Eek!  So glad I saw a few posts this morning to remind me, then found a few minutes this afternoon to put something together.  This month's challenge is all about the guys!  We were challenged to make a masculine project, and I chose to make a gift tag for a little guy that has removable truck magnets.

This couldn't be easier to make!  I die cut each of the trucks with the PTI Truckin' It die from white cardstock and two layers of thin chipboard.  When glued together, this makes each truck a little more sturdy.  You could just as easily stack several layers of cardstock, but I've had this chipboard in my stash forever and needed to use some of it!

Each truck is stamped and colored with Copic markers, with some clear glitter Spica pen on the headlights.   I attached a magnetic strip to the back of each one, then used a removable glue dot to adhere them to the tag.

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted
Cardstock:  Kraft, white
Patterned paper:  New England Chowder:  Clam Juice (Jillibean Soup)
Stamps:  Boy Basics:  Truckin' It
Ink:  Black (Inkadinkadoo), Copic markers, Spica clear glitter pen
Tools:  Truckin' It die, Tag Sale #1 die
Accessories:  ribbon (Michael's), baker's twine (The Twinery), chipboard, magnetic strips (craft supply) 

The tag is two layers to give it some extra weight, one layer of plain kraft cardstock and one layer of this fun Jillibean Soup patterned paper.  I stamped the sentiment "hey buddy!" onto kraft cardstock, drew a dialogue bubble around it, cut it out, and adhered it to the tag.  Some ribbon tied with baker's twine finished it off.

You can see the back of the blue truck here with the attached magnet and removable glue dot.  These will be a fun addition to a gift!

Thanks for stopping by tonight!  I hope to have a chance to hop soon, too!  Enjoy!

April 21, 2011

CR84FN24, CardPatterns #111, & Home Decor Challenge in the Moxie Fab World

Hi friends!  I'm back with one last post for today.  Sorry to overwhelm you with three in one day!  This one uses the gorgeous colors at CR84FN this week.  Seriously, can you go wrong with aqua and light blue?  I think not.

I made a home decor item for the Home Decor Challenge in the Moxie Fab World, a framed piece that will be a Mother's Day gift for my MIL.  I loosely based it on the sketch at CardPatterns and planned to go with a square design, but I couldn't find a square frame that I like so I adapted the sketch to a vertical design.

This project looks so much nicer in person than I could capture in photos.  I'm really happy with the way it turned out.  It is a very similar design to THIS CARD that I made for the January PTI Blog Hop. I stamped the quilt design in Dark Chocolate ink on Rustic Cream cardstock and colored it with Copic markers.  Then I stamped and colored the spool of thread, needle, and sentiment.

You can't see it in the photos, but the quilt portion of the cardstock is debossed with the Linen & Canvas impression plate to give it a little texture, and I scored two lines below that.  As the final touch, I added a row of cross stitches under the sentiment with aqua embroidery floss.

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted
Cardstock:  Rustic Cream
Stamps:  Quilter's Sampler
Ink:  Dark Chocolate, Copic markers
Tools:  Linen & Canvas impression plate; Scoring board (Martha Stewart)
Accessories:  DMC floss, wood frame

I can't wait to give this to my MIL!  She loves distressed wood frames and primitive, homespun decor so I think she will really appreciate this.

Thanks for stopping by again!  I appreciate all of your wonderful comments and visits!  I hope you have a fantastic Friday!

Totally Hues Challenge #6 & Gift Wrap Challenge in the Moxie Fab World

Hi there, friends!  I know I said it would be quiet around here this week, but I had forgotten that my hubby and MIL would be around to help starting today.  You know what that means!  Yes, I had some crafty time today to finish a couple more projects for the challenges that are ending tonight in the Moxie Fab World.  This gift bag is for the Gift Wrap Challenge, and the colors are taken from Totally Hues Challenge #6.

This is a pretty simple design.  I started with a kraft bag from Target that already had hot pink ribbon handles.  I covered the front with patterned paper from PTI's Library Ledger.  The white cardstock is stamped with leaves from Turning a New Leaf and a sentiment from WPlus9's Spring Post.  Love the mixed fonts in this set!

I added a Lemon Tart border die cut with the PTI's medium scallop border die and a layered Raspberry Fizz flower die cut with the Beautiful Blooms dies.  I scored a line 1/4 inch from the edge along one side and the top of the white cardstock.

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted
Cardstock:  Raspberry Fizz, Lemon Tart, white
Patterned paper:  Library Ledger
Stamps:  Turning a New Leaf; Spring Post (WPlus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!), Moss Green (Clearsnap)
Tools:  Medium Scallop border die, Beautiful Blooms dies
Accessories:  Lemon Tart button, DMC floss, kraft bag (Target)

I'll be back in a few with a home decor project as my last entry in the Moxie Fab World gift challenges.  Hope you'll stop by again to check it out!  See you soon!

JUGS #80, WMSC #43, & Gift Card Holder challenge in the Moxie Fab World

Hi friends!  That's a really long title for a post, doncha think?  I may have tried to put too many eggs into one basket for this card (please excuse the Easter metaphor!).  I had hoped to complete more of the challenges for the 350 Cards & Gifts issue from Paper Crafts, but for now I have one for the Gift Card Holder challenge.  I also used the sketch from the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge and the colors from Just Us Girls, which has a twist this week requiring a birthday card.  

I needed to make a birthday card to hold a gift card for my soon-to-be sister-in-law, so these challenges were great inspiration.  

As soon as I saw the sketch, I thought it would be fun to hide a gift card behind the label.  Unfortunately, I had to scale up the label quite a bit to make it work, so it doesn't look much like the sketch anymore, but the idea is there!  I stamped one of the labels from Waltzingmouse's Vintage Labels 18 and added a sentiment from Mark's Finest Papers Happy Pansies, a set I won a long time ago that could stand to see more ink!

I die cut a larger Labels 18 from kraft cardstock, then traced the die itself onto black cardstock and cut out a mat.  The kraft label is popped up on foam adhesive just around three edges, so that there is a pocket in the middle for a tag to slide in and out.  You can see that better in the next picture:

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (True Black, Aqua Mist, Melon Berry, Kraft, white)
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse (Vintage Labels 18), Mark's Finest Papers (Happy Pansies), Papertrey Ink (Fancy Flourishes, Mat Stack 2 Collection)
Ink:  Inkadindadoo (Black), Clearsnap (Seaglass)
Tools:  Spellbinders (Labels 18 dies), Papertrey Ink (Polka Dots impression plate, Beautiful Blooms, Tag Sale #1, and button dies)
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (Melon Berry felt, buttons, and ribbon), Michaels (rhinestones), DMC floss

I used removable glue dots to attach a gift card to the back of the tag, cut with a die from PTI.  Unfortunately the tag is about 1/4 inch too short to cover the entire gift card, but it is the perfect width.  I embellished the tag and card with flowers cut from Melon Berry cardstock and felt from PTI.

If you have questions about any of the other details, just leave me a comment or send me an email!

Hope you have a great day ahead of you!  My hubby's home for a long weekend and my MIL is staying with us for a few days, so I may be able to sneak away to stamp, lucky me!

Thanks for stopping by today!

April 19, 2011

ColourQ #81 & FTL #136

Good morning!  Are you ready for a new ColourQ challenge?  I thought you would be.  This week Arielle has served up a perfect spring palette in an adorable inspiration photo.  Check it out:


 I also used Fall-to-Layout #136 from Clean&Simple.  I wasn't crazy about this card as I was making it, but it has grown on me.

I started by stamping a background from PTI's Background Basics:  Retro in Old Olive onto a white card base.  I thought it needed something else, so I stamped the large dogwood branch from WPlus9's Flora & Fauna I in aqua ink a couple of times.

The sentiment is from WPlus9's Spring Post, with a single dogwood blossom stamped in aqua behind it.  The labels are PTI's Fillable Frames #10 and Mat Stack 1.  The Aqua Mist cardstock strip is debossed with the Woodgrain impression plate, just because I can't seem to put it down!

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (So Saffron, Old Olive), Papertrey Ink (Aqua Mist, white)
Stamps:  WPlus9 (Flora & Fauna I, Spring Post), Papertrey Ink (Background Basics:  Retro, Fillable Frames #10)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Old Olive), Clearsnap (Seaglass)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Fillable Frames #10 die, Mat Stack 1 die, Woodgrain impression plate), We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper)
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (buttons), Stampin' Up! (ribbon)

Do you have any spring or Easter cards you need to finish up?  Or maybe a sweet new baby card or layout?  See what you can do with these colors, then be sure to link it up at the ColourQ blog!

Things will be a little quiet around here while my daughter is home on spring break this week.  Unfortunately we are expecting rain and cool weather most of the week, so I can't just send the kids out to play on the deck while I stamp!  LOL!

Hope the sun is shining wherever you are today!  Thanks for stopping by!

April 16, 2011

Card Folder tutorial (Warning: photo heavy post)

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream), Stampin' Up! (Pear Pizzazz)
Stamps:  WPlus9 Design Studio (Woodgrain Silhouettes, Woodgrain Silhouettes Additions, Spring Post), Verve (Dream Big)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Pear Pizzazz), Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Woodgrain impression plate), We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper), Martha Stewart (Scoring board)
Accessories:  Michaels (ribbon)

Good morning, friends!  As promised, I am back with a tutorial and template for the card folder I made on THIS POST.  I made a new set using images from WPlus9's Woodgrain Silhouettes and Additions sets.  The sentiment on the front of the folder is from Verve's Dream Big.

Here's a peek at the inside, with pockets for envelopes on the left and cards on the right:

And here are two of the cards I made to put inside.  I made a total of 6 cards using these two images and 3 different sentiments.  The dimensions of this folder make it best for single layer cards like these:

Here's a view of the side once the folder is all tied up with ribbon.  I don't adhere the ribbon to the folder so that it can be used again on another project, and it stays in place just fine without adhesive.

There are a lot of photos below, but the project itself is fairly easy.  Keep in mind that you can adjust the measurements to fit different sizes or numbers of cards, but as described here the folder will comfortably hold 6 A2 size cards and envelopes.

First cut a cardstock panel for the folder.  I prefer heavyweight cardstock like this from Papertrey Ink.  Cut a piece of cardstock 10 1/2 in X 6 1/4 in.  Score at 5 in and 5 1/2 in.  I rounded the corners for a more finished look.  At this point you can embellish the front of the folder as desired, then set it aside to make the inside pockets.

Here is a template for cutting and scoring one pocket.  You will need to make 2:
Heavyweight cardstock works best.  I chose Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzazz for mine.  Here's what it looks like once it is cut and scored:

Once you remove the shaded areas from the corners and snip along the red lines shown in the diagram, crease all of the folds.  The corners should look like this:

At this point I like to emboss/deboss the panel to make it more decorative.  I chose PTI's Woodgrain impression plate.  Just remember to emboss AFTER scoring and creasing your folds, or it will be more difficult to make nice, straight folds.

Now you're ready to assemble the pocket.  Use a strong adhesive such as Scor-Tape.  Place a small square of adhesive on one of the corner flaps, as shown below:

Remove the adhesive backing and fold the corner together.  Repeat on the other bottom corner.  The corners should look like this:

Place a strip of adhesive as shown below, remove the backing and fold it together tightly to form the pocket.  Repeat on the other side.

Your assembled pocket is ready to adhere to the inside of the folder.  Use long strips of 1/4 in adhesive along each edge: 

Adhere the pocket to the inside of the folder, being careful to keep the top corners square and the edges straight:

Repeat for the pocket on the other side, fill with envelopes and cards, and you're all done!  You can, of course, jazz up the pockets a bit if you like, just be sure not to add a lot of bulk.

I hope you find this easy to follow, but feel free to leave a comment or send me a message if you have questions.  And if you decide to make one of these, let me know so I can come by and see it!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a great weekend planned.  Enjoy!

April 12, 2011

ColourQ #80 & Card Sets Challenge in the Moxie Fab World

Hey, look at me!  I'm posting a card!

The last week has been rather hectic, but hopefully things will slow down to allow some crafty time this week.  I am rather excited to show you my project for this week's ColourQ challenge!  I'm also entering this in the Card Sets Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.  First, check out the cutie inspiration photo for this week:

Our dear friends in Ohio have a son who is celebrating his 6th birthday today.  In addition to the book that we sent to him, I made a set of blank thank you cards that he can color and send.  I feel very strongly about kids writing thank you notes as soon as they can scribble, and I think a set like this makes it more fun and personalized.

The idea for this project actually came from Carrie at Artistic Avenger and a cute project she shared last month.  I didn't use her template, but I loved the idea of creating a little folder to hold blank cards and envelopes.  I planned to share my template here today, but in the interest of time, and because this is already a photo-heavy post, I will come back and share it in a future post, so stay tuned!

I just adore the Half Pint Heroes set from Waltzingmouse with the darling vehicle images and sweet little boy faces that can be mixed and matched.  I am really hoping they will eventually come out with a set geared toward little girls too!

The card folder is kraft cardstock covered with a Tangerine Tango panel debossed with PTI's Book Print impression plate.  The white panel is stamped with the rocket image from Half Pint Heroes and colored with Copics (except for the little face, which is colored with Prisma pencils).  I tied some Simply Chartreuse ribbon around the folder to hold it together.

The folder holds 6 cards, 2 of each of the designs below.  Love that these simple illustrations are fun and easy for kids to color, as my son asks me repeatedly to stamp them so he can do just that!

Love the curly hair on this one!

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Kraft, White), Stampin' Up! (Tangerine Tango)
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse (Half Pint Heroes), Papertrey Ink (Ribbon Tails)
Ink:  Inkadinkadoo (Black)
Coloring media:  Copic markers R29, R59, YR18, T4, T1, Prismacolor Premier pencils
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Book Print impression plate), We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper), Martha Stewart (Scoring Board)
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (Simply Chartreuse grosgrain ribbon)

The "thank you" sentiment on all of the cards is from PTI's Ribbon Tails.

I liked this project so much, I made a second set to post in my Etsy shop, so be sure look for that later today!

Sorry for such a long post, but I hope you enjoy this project and this week's colors!  I can't wait to see your entries!

Have a fabulous Tuesday, friends!

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