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

CASE Study #35

Hello again!  I managed to sneak in some stamping time this afternoon to play along with this week's CASE Study.  Here is Silke's gorgeous card to CASE:

Silke's card inspired me to use red, green, and cream, and I also used the same layout.  I just got PTI's Boards & Beams set with my order this month.  It has been on my wish list for a long time, but it jumped to the top when I found out that my brother and his fiancee are moving into a new house, so this card is for them!

I colored the house and tree with Copic markers.  I still need a lot of practice, but I'm happy with how it turned out.  The patterned papers I used are from PTI's Library Ledger and Distressed Dots.

I cut out the house and tree and popped them up on foam dots on a Vintage Cream panel stamped with a sentiment from Boards & Beams.  I scored two lines at the top and bottom of the panel to frame it, another nod to Silke as this is a detail she often adds to her cards.

All supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted
Cardstock:  Vintage Cream, Kraft
Patterned paper:  Library Ledger, Distressed Dots
Stamps:  Boards & Beams
Ink:  Dark Chocolate, Cranberry (Clearsnap), Copic markers
Tools:  Scoring Board (Martha Stewart)
Accessories:  Pure Poppy button, cream ribbon (Michaels), DMC floss, thread

I finished the inside of the card with another sweet sentiment from Boards & Beams and some strips of patterned paper.  I also scored lines at the top and bottom.

So glad you could stop by for another post today!  I appreciate your visits and comments so much!

Have a great night, friends!

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

CASE Study #34, PDCC #76, & Happy Birthday Elise!

Good evening, friends!  I'm back with one more card for today, this time for two challenges ending in just a couple of hours.  The first is this week's CASE Study with a new April Muse, the fabulously talented Silke Ledlow.  I couldn't let the opportunity to CASE one of her cards pass me by!  I also used the gorgeous colors from The Play Date Cafe.

Finally, I'll be linking up this card to the Birthday Blog Hop for Elise at the Just Us Girls blog.  Elise is amazingly creative and leaves the most wonderful comments on her fellow designers' blogs, and when I saw that the JUGS team was celebrating her birthday I knew I wanted to participate.  Elise, this card's for you!  Hope you have a fabulous birthday!

I was inspired by the large leaf image, the butterflies, and the use of lots of white cardstock on Silke's card.  She always adds wonderful scoring and piercing details, plus perfectly arranged silver pearls, so I knew I wanted to incorporate those elements on my card as well.

The large leaf stamp is from WPlus9's Woodgrain Silhouettes Additions, and the butterflies are from Flora & Fauna I.  I stamped the leaves in Wild Wasabi and the butterflies in Pacific Point, then overstamped the butterflies using Ranger's Perfect Medium and brushed them with Perfect Pearls to give them some shimmer.

Pacific Point and Tempting Turquoise panels are debossed with PTI's Woodgrain impression plate (I think I might need an intervention, I reach for this plate so often!).  The sentiment is from WPlus9's Spring Post, stamped in Pacific Point and accented with silver pearls.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise), Papertrey Ink (white)
Stamps:  WPlus9 Design Studio (Woodgrain Silhouette Additions, Flora & Fauna I, Spring Post)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Woodgrain impression plate), Martha Stewart (Scoring Board), We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper)
Accessories:  Michaels (silver pearls), Ranger (Perfect Pearls)

Time to go link this up!  So glad you could stop by tonight, and many thanks for all of the sweet comments on my recent posts.  My blog readers are the best!

Have a great one!
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