Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop

I'm new to Papertrey Ink products, so new I just bought my first stamp sets last month! The challenge for this blog hop was to use a stamp set that hasn't been used in awhile or has never been inked. All my stamps fell in the latter category...I've been stocking up, but just haven't had a chance to use any :) So, I chose the "Warm Happiness" and "Warm Happiness Too" sets because I LOVE coffee cups and tea cups. I made two CAS cards using these sets.

For the this card I used the matching die to cut out the mug shape on patterned paper and then stamped the outline image over top in black. I stamped the heart image in black above the cup and then stamped the heart image again on pink cardstock. The heart was cut out and popped up with a foam dot and then covered in crystal effects. Here is a closeup:

Stamping on patterned paper is a great way to use up scraps and I did the second cup with the same patterned paper. For this card I did the same thing I did with the first one, except my raised image is the cup itself and I just stamped the hearts on pink paper, glued them on and outlined with a black marker. These hearts have crystal effects on them as well.

 Here is a close up of the cup detail:

Warm Heart, Warm Thoughts Cards

Cardstock: (Sahara Sand, Pretty in Pink) Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: Scraps from Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, Sahara Sand) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Warm Happiness, Warm Happiness Too) Papertrey Ink
Dies: (Warm Happiness) Papertrey Ink
Other: pop dots, crystal effects

Thanks for stopping by and happy blog hopping :)

PDCC65 with Sarah Anderson

I was ecstatic when I discovered that the colour combo at the Play Date Cafe this week was orange, green and grey. Last year, for challenge #54, Fiona Shultz (one of the Play Date Cafe designers) made this awesome project using green, orange and white.

The best part was I won this matchbox filled with lots of goodies in her giveaway and I've been waiting for a opportunity to use them! Here is the inspirational photo you will find over at the Play Date Cafe.

I wanted to make something different than a card this time around and something functional. I've been trying to figure out a system to keep track of deadlines for publication calls, online challenges and design team calls, but I didn't just want to use a simple calendar. Here is what I came up with:

Fiona's crocheted flowers were my inspiration and I wanted to create a whismy feel to my project. I dug out supplies I haven't used in ages and began with sketching the swirl design with pastel pencils in green and orange. I quickly discovered that unless I sealed my design, the whole thing was going to smudge. I didn't have any sealer left so I opted to trace the design with crystal effects.

For both of the floral corners I then stamped the image "Doodle This" from Stampin' Up! in Going Gray and sketched in whatever part of the design didn't transfer. I drew in extra flowers, colored them orange and added rhinestones to the centers. I sewed the crochet flowers on and added some buttons here and there (also from my goodie matchbox). The final touch was punched butterflies in orange, stamped with a design and bodies made of rhinestone stickers.

For the box I used my Scor-Pal to make a half box and decorated it in much the same way as the floral corners. The divider tabs are pieces of cardstock with the tab punch used to identify the month. I'm going to keep just the long term calls in this organizer because the weekly ones are easier to keep track of elsewhere. I used a mini clothespin (also from my goodie matchbox) to designate which month I should be working on.

For the sentiment, I used a definition from Stampin' Up!'s home decor series. I first printed the word create on gray cardstock and then stamped an image over it in the same color. Then I cut around it and added some crystal effects to the letters and popped it up using  foam dots. For the rest of the definition I wrote it by hand with a black maker and highlighted the word artistic and imaginative with orange and green ink. To add something to the create word, I put a stick pin (also from my goodie matchbox) through one of the foam dots.

Finally, the last item was to add ribbon so I could hang it. I used green organza, green satin, tangerine grosgrain and gray taffeta twisted around each other and tied through the eyelet holes I punched in the top two corners.

Challenge and Calls Organizer

Cardstock: (Going Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery) Stampin' Up!
Ribbon: (Green Organza, Certainly Celery Satin, Tangerine Grosgrain, Basic Gray Taffeta) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Going Gray, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie) Stampin' Up!
Punch: (Butterfly) Martha Stewart, (Wave Border) EK Success, (Tab) Stampin' Up!
Crochet Flowers: Made by Fiona Shultz
Stamps: (Doodle This, Totally Tabs) Stampin' Up!
Rhinestones: (Orange & Green) Craft Dollarama
Other: Pastel pencils, crystal effects, (stick pin, mini clothespin & buttons) goodie matchbox from Fiona Shultz, pop dots, thread

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

CARDS Challenge Blog - Butterflies

This week's challenge over at the Create Blog Cards Challenge is to make a card featuring BUTTERFLIES! I dug out everything I had related to butterflies, trying to figure out what I was going to make. First I had contemplated stamping, then paper piecing and I even found a big embossed butterfly coloured with markers in my "odds & ends" stash, but I rejected them all! I was thinking of stepping out of my card style comfort zone again and trying another shabby chic card, but I think I used up all that mojo on my Play Date Cafe entry this week :) So, back to simple lines for me. Here is what I came up with:

There's butterflies there, just very understated butterflies lol. I've been on a stick pin craze because they are soooo fun to make and I found these cute silver butterfly beads in my jewelry stash. I was in a pink and white mood today (I think I've been unconsciously thinking of making my valentine cards) so pink and white it was! The card base was embossed with my Big Shot using the dots folder from Stampin' Up! The pink piece is textured with the flourish plate from Stampin' Up!, but it's kind of hard to see. The sentiment is from the "Signature Greetings" set from Papertrey Ink (just started buying their products last month and they are awesome!). Satin white ribbon with a handmade stick pin divides the two colors and the final touch was an itty bitty butterfly punched from white, flying from the sentiment. Here is a close up of the stick pin:

You Make Me Smile Card

Cardstock: (Whisper White, Melon Mambo) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Basic Black) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Signature Greetings) Papertrey Ink
Ribbon: (White Satin) Stampin' Up!
Embossing: (Small Dots, Flourish) Stampin' Up!
Punch: (Butterfly) Martha Stewart Crafts
Other: Stick pin, beads

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the Create Blog!

Monday, January 17, 2011

PDCC64 with Julie Ranae

Drum roll please....the new designers are here at the Play Date Cafe this week. I've been following quite a few of these designer's blogs since I started playing along with the Play Date Cafe and the items that they create are fantastic! The inspirational photo is beautiful this week, with a soft colour combo and a vintage feel, here's what the photo looks like:

My card style for the most part is generally clean and simple. Sometimes I'll bust out some bows here and there, but I seem to gravitate towards clean lines. For this challenge I stepped out of my card style comfort zone and tried the style that always stumps me...the shabby chic look. I'm always amazed at how people are able to pull this style off with ease and end up with something beautiful, especially with all those layers! So here is what I came up with:

I started with a card base in the colour Sahara Sand from Stampin' Up! and stamped the large medallion stamp in the same colour in the upper right hand corner. For the bottom border, I used Going Gray by Stampin' Up! and punched it with the scallop border. The other two layers are papers from the Cappella collection from Basic Grey. I used the caged bird die from Tim Holtz for the bird in the colour Baja Breeze, which I then stamped a baroque motif onto and sponged with the same colour ink.

The flower dies are from Tim Holtz as well and I stamped these with an art definition stamp from Hero Arts. Here is a close up of the flower and stick pins:

The center of the flower is a button from Papertrey Ink that I dressed up with some pearls. The stick pins are just dressmaker pins with a pearl on the end that I added some extra beads and pearls to. The tricky part for me was assembling the many different pieces so it actually looked half decent (I think that part took the longest).

Shabby Bird Card

Cardstock: (Going Gray, Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze) Stampin' Up!
Patterned Paper: (Cappella) Basic Grey
Ink: (Baja Breeze, Going Gray, Sahara Sand) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Medallion, Baroque Motifs) Stampin' Up!, (Art Definition) Hero Arts
Punch: (Lace Border, Scallop Border) Stampin' Up!
Dies: (Caged Bird, Tattered Florals) Tim Holtz
Button: (Holiday Mix) Papertrey Ink
Pearls: Martha Stewart Crafts, Stampin' Up!
Ribbon: (Beachfront) Stampin' Up!
Other: Stick pins, beads, pop dots

Thanks for stopping by and come play along this week at The Play Date Cafe!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

CARDS Challenge Gallery - Felt

Phew...two posts in one day! I decided to play along with the CARDS challenge this week as I've been meaning too for some while, but I kept missing the deadlines (oops). The challenge for this week was to use felt. I had all these felt ideas in my head, but I don't actually own any felt, so I made do with what I had. In the bottom of one of my drawers I found a whole tin of felt flowers (yeah not the most original idea I had in mind lol). Here's what I came up with:

It would have been nice to have some actual sheets of felt because I've been dying to try out some of my Papertrey Ink dies with some different materials. For this card I dug out a stamp I had won from the PaperCrafts 2007 Stamping Royalty contest, which was a HUGE background stamp by Judi Kins called "bead curtain". I colored every fourth string with an old olive marker, making an upwards diagonal slope so I could fit a sentiment in the bottom right hand corner. I scattered three different colored felt flowers, in varying shapes and sizes along the strings and attached them with brads in the same colour scheme. The sentiment and design at the bottom of the card are both from Stampin' Up! The whole panel was then popped up with some pop dots.

Friend in Me Card (All supplies Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted)

Cardstock: Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Flowers: Felt (Rose Red, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie)
Stamp: (Bead Curtain) Judi Kins
Ink: Old Olive
Rub-on: Bright Delights
Brads: Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive

Thanks for stopping by and happy card making!

PDCC63 with Sarah Anderson

I've been busy enjoying a whole day of crafting fun on my day off and as usual on a Tuesday, I had a chance to play along with the latest challenge over at the Play Date Cafe. The photo is very cool and I wouldn't mind trying to get a shot like that of a brook somewhere with my new camera :) Anyways, here is what the photo looks like:

Very earthy and not a colour combo I work with...at all, therein lies the challenge :) The first thing I thought of when I saw this photo was a four leaf clover and the idea just went from there. Here is what I came up with using this unique colour combo:

I just happened to have a whole folder of different colour sheets of metal from waaayy back and found some scraps of gold and silver I could use. I ran the pieces through my big shot with two different embossing folders to give it some texture. For the focal point I used a frame stamp from the November 2010 Unity Stamp kit club and stamped it in a green slightly darker as my card base. The clover is a rub-on from Little Yellow Bicycle and the sentiment is a rub-on from Stampin' Up! I had originally placed the rub-ons right over the frame, but didn't like the flatness of it, so I stamped a second frame, cut it out and popped it up off the original frame. Now the only problem I had in the end was photographing the card! The metal was prone to reflect every colour around it, so I had to make a temporary light box to block out the colours around it, not completely satisfied, but it will do :)

Good Luck Card

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, (Whisper White) Stampin' Up!
Metal Sheets:  (Gold, Silver) Unknown source
Stamps: (November 2010 Kit) Unity Stamp Company
Ink: (Old Olive) Stampin' Up!
Rub-Ons: (Clover) Little Yellow Bicycle, (Sentiment) Stampin' Up!
Embossing Folders: (Dots) Stampin' Up!, (Circles) Cuttlebug
Other: Pop dots

Thanks for stopping by and "good luck" with your crafting projects today :)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

PDCC62 with Julie Ranae

Finally things are back to normal and I get to play with my fave weekly challenges again over at the Play Date Cafe. This week there is yet another gorgeous inspirational photo with such a fun and bright color palette, here is what it looks like:

One of my New Years resolutions is to use more of my ribbon. I hoard ribbon, I covet ribbon, I LOVE ribbon...I just have to use it more. So that's what I did, as much as it pained me to cut the pretty ribbon, I used it. :) Here is what I came up with:

I drew the heart and cut it out and then adhered some tacky tape to the front surface. Then I took two different colour pink ribbons and alternated them on the heart front to cover it. Next I drew a black rectangle on my card front and added pink zigzag stitches over top. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and I first stamped it in pink and then stamped it again with black over top and slightly off, to give it a fuzzy to the eye look. The final touch was pink rhinestones in the corners and popping the heart up with pop dots.

I Miss You Card

Cardstock: (Crumb Cake) Stampin' Up!
Ribbon: (Regal Rose, Melon Mambo) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Basic Black, Melon Mambo) Stampin' Up!
Rhinestone Stickers: Me & My Big Ideas
Stamp: (Chair-ished) Papertrey Ink
Other: Zigzag stitch template, pop dots

Thanks for stopping by and hope everyone is enjoying a new crafting year!
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