Monday, December 26, 2011

Papertrey December Blog Hop Challenge

Greetings, all!  I hope you had a very enjoyable holiday--we did.  And now I can show the Christmas card I made for my husband since he has seen it by now:

The theme of this month's Blog Hop challenge was "Holiday Leftovers."  So I used leftover gold foil wrapping paper and red ribbon that I used to wrap my gifts (see photo below) to weave a checkerboard-patterned background for my card.
Here's the wrapped gifts.
The checkerboard middle layer.

I blurred the handwritten message inside (it's private!).

I don't own any Christmas PTI sets but I used the poinsettia image in Year Of Flowers: Collection, colored with Copic markers, as an accent to the card.  The sentiment was computer-printed on velum and mounted behind a Spellbinders Labels 13 die cut.

Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy the rest of the hop!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Card From DH

 Mweey CXhe  (oops--fingers on wrong keys!)-- I meant, "Merry Christmas, all!"

I just had to show the card my husband made for me for Christmas (mine to him will be shown on tomorrow's PTI blog hop).  First, you need to know that he is not a stamper, he just really likes saving money on cards.  So for all appropriate occasions he shuts himself up in my stamping space and cranks out a (usually very simple) card.  This time, I made him promise not to do another single color, single layer card.  This is what he came up with:

The front of the card is kind of a pop-up style card, with cut out layers revealing the image below.  Pretty clever, no?  Here's some more photos of the layers:

For the holly image he colored on the stamp with my SU markers--one of his favorite techniques.

I gave him a gold star for this effort--definitely a keeper!

See you tomorrow!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Make It Monday #46: Die Into Folded Tag

  Hi All!  It's a busy week but I did want to do this challenge, so whipped up a quickie tag.  Fortunately the method demonstrated by Erin Lincoln on this week's Make It Monday lends itself to quick ones!  Here's mine (modeled by my homemade Santas):

I used the Mat Stack 2 die and PTI's Background Basics: Gingham for the tag.  Ink was Tim Holtz Barn Door Distress ink (also inked around edges of tag).  The snowflake in the center was built up from two die cuts (MFT snowflakes):  one from red craft foam, the other from white card stock, run through the Xyron and steeped in glitter, then adhered to the foam.  A button with silk ribbon, a punched hole, and baker's twine finish it off.  Here's a closeup:

I like how it came out--very festive!

Now about those Santas, here's the story:  A few years ago my sister made a bunch of these for gifts, having gotten the instructions from a tv show or magazine (never did find out which or where).  We all LOVED them and wanted to make our own.  So she got a couple of us together with some friends and we did a session of Santa-making (I believe it was in September of 2006).  The materials are just commercial paper mache mix, heavy cardstock or bristol board, staples, and acrylic paint.   At the time I thought it would be good to document the process so I took some photos, and here they are (not all the Santas in the following photos were done by me but I couldn't tell you which was which):


Aren't they cute?  We had a blast.  If you want to try it, be sure to let the paper-mache'd Santas dry thoroughly (overnight is best) before painting them.

That's all for now--have a Merry Christmas!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Case Study and Waltzingmouse Challenges

 Hello everybody!  I needed a wedding congratulations card today, so I thought I would do a couple challenges at the same time.  I'm hoping this card meets the qualifications for this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge #78 as well as the CASE study challenge #70.  The two images are vaguely similar due to the radiating points of the star, so that's the common ground I chose:

Here's the details:
Waltzingmouse sets used:  Delightful Doilies 2 small, Pic-Nic Patterns, Say It Loud.
Ink:  SU Going Gray and Black
Paper:  SU Pixie Pink, SU patterned paper, DCWV gray linen adhesive card stock.
Ribbon:  SU gray satin; bright pink mini ric-rac.
Tools:  Spellbinders dies (hearts, circle); small heart punch; hotfix Jolee's Jewels (Fuchsia),
Cuttlebug embossing folder (Damask).

It doesn't show very well but the heart is folded up a little (like a butterfly) and only adhered down the center line.

That's all I have right now--have a nice day!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Some Christmas Items

This is my second post of the day--for my first, please check out this link.

 Hello folks!  Here are a few things I've been working on--none of them qualify for challenges I'm afraid, but sometimes you need to just let the creative juices flow and crank out some things.

First of all are the little treats we give to some people we play music with:

I made six of these.  There are three bags of goodies (one sweet, one salty, and one candy) tied into the basket with red ribbon.  The sweet treat was homemade shortbread cookies using Claire Brennan's recipe. The salty was homemade snacks made from oyster crackers and powdered Ranch dressing mix plus a few other things.  There are many versions of this recipe out there--the one I used is similar to this one.  The only stamping I did was some Inkadinkadoo snowflakes on the gold foil gift cards, using Stazon red.  I thought they matched the snowflake bags nicely.

Then I just finished making about 30 bulk Christmas cards (kinda late, I know, but they just need to arrive before Christmas):

When I do bulk cards, I must confess that I have a budget in mind, so there is minimal use of layers and expensive card stock.  I just ran the white card stock through the Cuttlebug using a snowflakes embossing folder (hard to see, but it has been enhanced here and there with a glitter pen), I cut out the poinsettias (PTI's Year Of Flowers - Collection) and colored with Copic markers plus Sakura Souffle gel pens, and the main focus of the card is the beautiful sentiment stamp from Verses (I have no idea where I got this stamp, but I've had it awhile).  After trimming the sentiment and treating the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink (Barn Door), they were backed by very thin strips of red zigzag card stock.  Oh, and parts of the sentiment were colored with Copics.  Pretty simple but hopefully still nice.

That's all for now, have a nice day!


Play Date Cafe PDCC111

 Hello fellow Earthlings!  I have a need for another thank you card (for the free Spellbinders Labels 18 that I received as a result of winning honorable mention on JustRite's Friday Challenge #063--Thank You JustRite!!!).  So I decided to use the new die with JustRite stamps and the color theme from Play Date Cafe's challenge PDCC111 for this card:

The JustRite sets used were Vintage Oval Labels and Cardmaking Kit ("Thank You").  For the edges of the card I used The Paper Studio adhesive-backed polka dot ribbon (just for you, Lisa :)) which was trimmed to mitered corners, and the mats were cut using Spellbinders Labels 13, Labels 18, and Classic Ovals--Large.  There are zircon-colored Jolee's Jewels attached in the corners, and the teal card stock and ink is from Stampin Up (Taken With Teal).

Thanks again JustRite!  I really appreciate your generosity!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Make It Monday #45: Coloring Embossing With Copics

 Hi Folks!  Yes it's Make It Monday time again (coloring embossed stamping with Copics) and I do have an entry.  Decided to do a very delicate image (mums from Year Of Flowers:  Collection), but I'm not entirely happy with it:

I ended up shading within the embossing as well (since I had a few bloopers to cover up!).  Then there is a tiny bit of glitter in the centers of the flowers.  I guess what I'm not happy with is the rest of the card--the layout or something;  can't put my finger on it but don't know how to fix it.  Oh, well--they can't all be Mona Lisas!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice day!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Make It Monday #44 Glitter Masking

 Hi Folks!  Here's another get well card for my stash, this time prepared for the PTI Make It Monday challenge #44 (glitter masking).  Since just about the only glitter in my craft hoard is a set of Halloween colors (black, purple, orange, yellow, lime green) that I got on sale after the holiday, this was really going to be a challenge!  Here is what I came up with:

The mask for the sun image was die cut using the Bloom Builders #3 die.  After masking, the glitters for the sky portion were applied in a layering fashion.  Then the "sun" mask was peeled off and the yellow glitter was applied.  Finally a straight mask along the bottom was peeled off and the green glitter was applied.  The background (SU's So Saffron card stock) was stamped in Versamark ink using Fancy Flourishes, and the sentiment, from Healing Touch Sentiments, was stamped in black and clear-embossed on vellum.  Two lime green jewels were added.

That was fun!  I'll have to remember this technique and try it again sometime.

Have a nice day,


Friday, December 2, 2011

Make It Monday #43, on Friday

 Well, here I am as usual, running late on Make it Monday.  Still, a late entry is better than none at all, right?  So, I needed a birthday card, and this week's Make it Monday is about pleated ribbon.  Here's how I used it:

This card is a little different from my usual standard A2 card.  I decided to do a Double Z fold card as ably demonstrated by Beate Johns in this tutorial.  The stamp sets used were PTI's Year Of Flowers: Collection (sweet pea image), and Birthday Basics (inside greetings).  The image was colored with Copic markers, die cut with Spellbinders' Petite Oval, and matted with Petite Scalloped Oval.  The patterned paper is PTI's Text Style 2009 Bitty Dot Basics, which was punched with Spellbinders' Classic Triple Scallop Edgeabilities.  The background cardstock is a retired SU one, Vintage Violet.  The white seam binding was ruched along a strip of Scor-Tape adhered to a white strip of paper.  They are hard to see, but there are tiny pearls nestled in the ruching.  A purple button from my stash finished it off.  And here's the inside:

And that's all for now--thanks for looking and have a nice day!


Friday, November 25, 2011

PTI November Blog Hop

 Greetings, folks--and Happy Thanksgiving to all in the US!  This month's PTI blog hop subject is to create a project inspired by this photo.  I chose the colors, the gingham, and the flowers as my inspiration to create these gift tags:

They look quite large in this closeup photo but in fact each tag is only about three inches long. I used three PIT sets:  Year Of Flowers Collection (poinsettia image), Vintage Picnic (sentiment) and Background Basics: Gingham.  The flowers were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and cut out, then colored with Copic markers.  The yellow centers were applied with a yellow Sakura Souffle gel pen (it dries opaque).  The tags were die cut using a Mat Stack 2 die, stamped in SU Ruby Red with Gingham, and stamped with the sentiment in black.  The green at the top is Tim Holtz Peeled Paint distress stain applied with a sponge distress tool.  The flowers are popped up on pop dots.

I think they came out kinda cute...

Have a wonderful day hopping!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

JustRite Challenge #063: Christmas

Greetings all!  Turns out I had another one of those Blue Bunny ice cream containers, and I used it to fill with my favorite Christmas treat:  nut crunch (from the Joy of Cooking cookbook).  I decorated the tub for Christmas since it's for a gift, and that qualifies for the JustRite #063 challenge.

Actually the challenge was for a Christmas card or tag, so I made the free-hanging tag for this gift as the focal point.  The tub was covered with white card stock that had been run through repeatedly with the Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder.  Stamps were from the JustRite set Merry & Bright.  After stamping, the pieces were hand-trimmed and colored  with Copic markers.  The sentiment was stamped on a round die cut which was shaded with Tim Holtz Antique Linen distress ink, then popped up on a pop dot.  The seam binding was dyed to match.

I forgot to take a photo of the nut crunch inside but there really is some in there (of course, not every bit of the batch made its way into the bin).  Here's a closeup of the tag.  It's hard to see the glitter and gold paint--it looks much nicer in person!

That's all for now--thanks for looking and have a nice day!


Monday, November 21, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch #74 Challenge

 Hello all!  It's been a while since I participated in this challenge.  Here's a project I wanted to do that was just crying out for the Sewing Box Christmas set, so I used it for the sketch challenge.

Recognize this container?  It is a repurposed Blue Bunny 1.75 qt ice cream tub!  It was such a cool shape I couldn't throw it away.  It's been covered in white card stock that was run through an embossing folder (Cuttlebug Swiss Dot) multiple times to get complete coverage.  The holly leaves and berries were paper pieced from DCWV and K & Co. patterned paper, and the sentiment was curved on the acrylic block and stamped on a Spellbinders Floral Doily die cut.  The die cut behind it is Lacy Circles.  The seam binding was dyed to match, and mini ric-rac was added.  

Now, the contents can also be attributed to Waltzingmouse, specifically the recipe for the homemade shortbread that is packed inside.   The recipe was developed by Claire Brennan of Waltzingmouse.   You have GOT to try this recipe--genius!  It's a wonder there was enough to put in the tub.
That's all for now, thanks for looking!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Play Date Cafe PDCC108

Greetings!  Today I'm participating in Play Date Cafe's challenge PDCC108, which is to use the colors of this photo for inspiration.  For my project I've made a little treat to place on the pillow of a house I'm visiting, for the hostess to discover after I leave.

It's a matchbook-style treat holder cut from SU Bravo Burgundy, and inside I've stapled a "fun-size" package of M&Ms.  The stamp I used is from a retired Stampin Up set called Illuminations--love that calligraphic ornamentation.  It was stamped on Creamy Caramel card stock, stamped in copper craft ink, and embossed with copper embossing powder.  I added die cuts of retired Stampin Up copper patterned vellum and copper card stock using Spellbinders Labels Four and Floral Doily Accents.  Combined with the ornate sentiment, I think they give the package a Byzantine look.

Well, that's it for now, thanks for looking!


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Quick Note

Hi Gang!

Just a quick note to point out that you can see my tutorial on making the craft foam boxes like the one below, today on Splitcoaststampers!  It's part of their Holiday Tutorial Blitz!

I hope you enjoy it,