Tuesday, March 29, 2011

JustRite Friday Challenge 051: An Act of Kindness

I wasn't planning on doing a card today, but then something happened:  my four free sets of JustRite stamps which I won by random drawing in the March Release Blog Hop with Stamper's Dream arrived!  I decided to make a thank you card for JustRite and all involved.

As you can see, one of the sets which I won was Beautiful Day.  I've been drooling over that one for a long time, ever since I saw Sharon Harnist's tutorial for coloring it.  For the coloring I used her guidance as well as my new skills as a Copic Certified Designer (yay!  Did that on March 19 with Lori Craig and it was a blast!).  The Thank You sentiment came from the JustRite set Fancy Frames.  Other supplies used were Spellbinders dies (Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large, Shapeabilities Fancy Labels, Petite Ovals Small, Petite Scalloped Ovals Small), Martha Stewart corner punch, Tim Holtz Brackets die, Stampin Up card stock (white, Rose Red, Pixie Pink, DP, Purely Pomegranate) and ink (Pixie Pink craft); PTI Stamper's Select white card stock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, white satin ribbon, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.

I'm going to submit this one to the JustRite Challenge 051:  Random Act of Kindness--the kindness JustRite showed me may have been random (based on random number generator) but was certainly appreciated! 

Here's a closeup of the coloring, just in case my Copic instructor happens to drop by! ;)

Thanks for looking, and any comments are warmly appreciated!


Monday, March 28, 2011

Papertrey Inkers March Challenge

Just discovered a fun challenge on the Papertrey Inkers blog:  to reveal our first discovery of PTI (the trigger, which was this card on Splitcoaststampers -- loved the baby quilt and when I got my set, I did a similar card here), use it on PTI's Make It Monday challenges, and use it on this March's PTI Blog Hop.  Although it's really too late, since I already uploaded my March PTI blog hop card a few days ago, by an astounding coincidence that card did happen to use my trigger set:  Quilter's Sampler.  I also made a card using this set for the Make It Monday challenge last week (color with markers on colored cardstock) but didn't upload it since I didn't realize until too late that Kraft does not qualify as "colored."  Anyway, here's the card:

This will always be one of my favorite PTI sets--the possibilities for coloring and arrangement of the squares are endless!

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, March 26, 2011


It's snowing!  Four days ago we were grilling on the deck and fanning our faces because the temperature was in the eighties!  Now look at it:

The Bradford pear tree in the background was fully loaded with blossoms before the snow started, now it looks like a million little snowballs tied to the branches.  Yike!


Friday, March 25, 2011

Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge

It's Blog Hop time at Papertrey Ink!  The challenge is to use embroidery thread in an innovative way.  I'm not sure how innovative my entry is, since crochet has been around for probably hundreds of years, but when I read the challenge, this is what immediately came to mind:

The little holes around the perimeter of the card stock were punched with a needle, using a ruler as a guide (note to self--get one of those paper piercing thingys!).  The crocheting was done with a very fine crochet hook (I think it was a 9) and a single strand of pink embroidery thread.  Single crochet followed by 4 chain stitches in each hole.  You can easily see that my crochet skills leave something to be desired, but stand back far enough and it looks okay.  The doily was created from white coated laser printer stock.  The rest of the supplies used were as follows:

Card Stock:  PTI Stamper's Select White, SU Regal Rose, SU Rose Red.

Ink:  Copics (R83, R85, R89, colorless blender), Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Pretty In Pink Craft.

Stamps:  PTI Quilter's Sampler

Dies:  Spellbinder's Lotus Pendants, Tim Holtz Brackets

Other:  Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, white silk ribbon, pink embroidery thread.

It was fun!  Thanks for looking,


Thursday, March 24, 2011

So Excited!

I'm so excited--I won a random drawing for four JustRite stamp sets from theJustRite/Stamper's Dream Blog hop! Wow! It was hard to decide on my four favorite sets but I did it, and you will surely see cards made from these in times to come.  Thank you JustRite!

Meanwhile, here's a project I created a short while ago before this blog was started.  It was a Valentine card for my husband, and the only stamps used were JustRite font stamps (Times New Roman) on the interior pages.  It was also used for the JustRite Friday challenge JRC_047, for which I won an honorable mention (thanks again, JustRite!).

List of materials:
Paper: PaperTrey Ink Stamper's Select White (inside pages)
Lasting Impressions "Sweet Tomato - Checks" (red checks on front)
K & Company "Best of K & Company" 12 x 12 stack (Byzantine-style paper on front and inside pages)
Stampin Up Prints Sampler (More Mustard DP on front)
DSWV "Cafe Mediterranean" stack (teal DP in front heart)

Stampin Up Not Quite Navy, Real Red (markers and reinkers)
Copic BG75
Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic gold pen (embellishments on inside pages)

JustRite Times New Roman fonts, 50 pt and 15 pt

Beads, Prima paper flower, white silk 1/4" ribbon dyed with Real Red SU marker, white tassel dyed with Real Red marker, SU Hodgepodge Hardware (jump rings for binding), cereal box chipboard (for covers), K & Company rhinestone.

Spellbinders Labels 4, Labels 1, Classic Small Ovals, Classic Hearts, Scalloped Squares, and Fancy Tags; SU scalloped punch, needle nose pliers, 1/8" and 1/16" punches.

How it was made: 
The cereal box was cut in two strips of 2 1/2" wide and one end of each was trimmed with the Labels 4 die. The covers were trimmed to 3 1/2" in length. Two pieces of Sweet Tomato DP were cut into the same sizes and adhered to the covers. Inside covers were covered with the same sizes of K & Company DP. The hearts for the front were cut using Spellbinders Classic Hearts dies, and the SU DP was cut using the largest Fancy Tags die, trimmed at one end with scissors. The rhinestone post for wrapping the ribbon closure around, consists of a deep aqua rhinestone adhered to a rivet post (about 1/8" in height), then the post was adhered to the front cover near the bottom. The ribbon closure was made by dying white silk ribbon to the desired red color and threading it through the beads and tassel (crimp beads were used to keep the beads where I wanted them). There is a 1/16" hole in the bottom cover with a jump ring that is attached to the ribbon along with another bead. The inside pages were stamped with JustRite font stamps, with certain words highlighted in color by painting the stamps with markers before stamping, and embellished with gold pen. Each page has two lines of the poem, which I found on Wikipedia's online entry for Roses Are Red; it's from Gammer Gurton's Garland, a 1784 collection of English nursery rhymes. The seventh page in the book is private, sorry! Each page in the book was covered with a different shape cut from the K & Company DP around the text. I was going for a medieval illuminated text look. The pages were bound by punching 1/8" holes in pages and cover (5 holes 1/2" apart) and attaching jump rings through each hole.

That's all for now, thanks for looking!


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #39

After a grueling winter here in the Midwest (USA), it's time for something bright and cheery! The design of this card was based on the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #39 sketch, and used the Waltzingmouse sets Rescue Remedies and Rescue Remedies Additions.

The color inspiration came from the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger image shown below:

I was going for a very simple, graphic card with just the primary colors in the inspiration piece. For the polka dot background, the green card stock was embossed (Swiss Dot) then the dots were brushed with Brilliance Moonlight White ink. The pennants were made by cutting the arms off a five-point orange star. They were stamped and embossed with opaque yellow embossing powder, then hotfix orange jewels were attached. Green wire was bent into a zigzag pattern and sewn onto the green background, and everything else was popped up on pop dots.

I hope you enjoyed this--I sure did enjoy making it!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Plum Thankful

This card was made in hopes of entering a challenge or two.  First, the design was dictated by the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge (I'm running a bit late!), which was to use a partial embossing technique.  The color scheme came from the CR84FN20 color challenge (plum, lavender, green). This card was patterned after the technique demonstrated so ably by Beate Johns on Splitcoaststampers--the Double Embossing technique.  The card stock came from Stampin Up (Lavender Lace) and the coloring was a combination of Prismacolor pencils and markers.  A Spellbinders Labels One die was used for the blanked-out area, which was then stamped using PTI's Vintage Picnic set.  The basket was popped up on dimensional dots.  The diecut for the salutation (which came from PTI's Mega Mixed Messages set) was done using Labels One as well--after cutting the square piece, it was cut again using the same die to shorten the piece.  I couldn't believe my eyes when I found this cute lavender gingham ribbon in my stash--worked out perfectly!

Thanks for looking!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Foam Box Instructions

Greetings all!

Recently (before this blog) I posted a couple photos to my Splitcoaststampers Gallery of foam boxes that I made by die cutting fun foam.  Since I had not seen this done before, I thought there might be interest in more details now that I can show a step-by-step series.

For this project I used fun foam with Spellbinders Labels 1 dies. The walls of the box were made by using the two smallest sizes of dies centered in each other on the foam, resulting in a foam "frame". About 10 of these were cut and stacked to form the walls, and glued together on a solid cutout of the second smallest die.  The lid was made by attaching one of the smaller cutouts to the underside of a larger cutout.

 To make the walls smooth on the outside, I covered them with Liquitex Modeling Paste gel medium (it has marble dust in it). 

After drying, I sanded the sides. Here's how it looked:

Then I covered the sides with a strip of coated laser paper to further smooth it. I stamped a strip of white tissue paper with a flourish from the PTI Fancy Flourishes set with Tsukineko glue pad, and dusted pink glitter over it. I did the same thing to the foam top. Covered the sides of the box with the glittered flourishes, and the top with paper roses. The final touch was a ridge of Scribbles white iridescent 3D paint along the upper edge (to hide where the paper didn't quite meet the sides). Also a cutout of the box top edge from white laser paper, glued on the top of the box inside, to give it a finished look.

I enjoyed the project so much, I had to do another one.  The construction of this box was the same, but instead of using a strip of paper on the outside, I painted the surface with diluted reinker.  The top was made from fun foam then covered with a piece of smooth paper stamped with one of the JustRite Applique Decorative Borders & Centers stamps, which had been painted with Stampin Up markers (Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, and Certainly Celery). The crystal embellishments are Jolee's Jewels Crystallized Swarovski Elements (hotfix).

I hope you enjoyed the process.  Stay tuned for more, I've got tons of ideas!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Waltzingmouse March Blog Hop

It's my very first Waltzingmouse Friends Blog Waltz from my brand-new blog!  So cool to finally participate as a blogger.  For this occasion I have made a special card, from the Irish Blessings set:

This image was colored entirely with embossing powders, using the Stampendous Scenic Selections embossing powder kit, which consists of 14 small jars of various colors of finely powdered embossing powders.  I stamped the image in black ink on white card stock, then stamped all over with Versamark ink.  I used a tiny spatula to tap embossing powder of various colors in (hopefully) the right places to give the whole image the look of an enameled painting.  Some of the colors were layered for shading.  When it was done, I stamped the original image over the top with Stazon Jet Black.  The card was given to my friend Jan, whose birthday is March 17, and of course she loves everything Irish.  She was thrilled with the card, so it was worth the effort.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out the next waltz partner!


PS:  apologies for the strange colors and designs of this post background--I'm still fine-tuning the design.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

You made it!

Congratulations!  You have found it:  the brand-new blog of the LHBOTPTBAB  (Last Human Being On The Planet To Begin A Blog).  I do hope that blogging does not now go out of fashion.  In case it doesn't, stay tuned.  I plan to add some interesting details soon about my adventures in paper crafting and other crafty hobbies.  As soon as I figure out the pesky template customization procedure ...

Meanwhile, be sure to check out Lisa Hjulberg's new store, The Craft's Meow, opening on March 21, 2011.  She's giving out fabulous blog candy (see her link in the sidebar) that you won't want to miss!