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,


Saturday, November 12, 2011

JustRite 062 and CR84FN42 and Thanks!

Hello folks!  Although I prepared this card according to the requirements for two challenges (JustRite 062--give thanks;  and CR84FN42---pink, black, and neutral), my main reason for making this card was to give thanks to Spellbinders for sending me this fabulous set of Edgeabilities dies (Classic Triple Scallop) which I won in a random drawing during their Get The Knowledge event with guest blogger Becca Feeken.  Woo-hoo!  I just feel SO lucky!

I know this photo is a little dark but it was the only way I could get the glitter to show up.

I used the new Edgeabilities dies to cut the border and the triple scallop in the black card stock, then placed a strip of SU Very Vanilla card stock behind just the scallops.  The black card stock was then stamped with JustRite's oval label design from Vintage Oval Labels with black craft ink, then clear embossed.  Inside the embossed design I painted bleach with a very fine paintbrush, which turned the black to a cream color.  Then I used a Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Star pen to add glitter to the bleached areas as well as the scallops.  The black card stock was mounted on a sheet of K & Co pink patterned paper, on a Very Vanilla card base.  The same patterned paper was adhered to card stock then cut with two dies from Spellbinders' Labels Six set, then mounted on pop dots.  The sentiment, from JustRite's Fancy Frames set, was stamped on Very Vanilla, die cut with a Petite Ovals Small die, and mounted on pop dots.  Finally, a bow in cream seam binding was added.

Now, the terms of the JustRite challenge are that the card must be sent to the intended recipient, so my plan is to mail this to the Spellbinders home offices in Phoenix to thank them for their generosity.

Hope you enjoyed it--have a nice day!


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Make It Monday 39 and Play Date Cafe

 Greetings, all!  Didn't want another Make It Monday to get away without an entry, so here's mine for this week (multi-stamp background building), using the colors of Play Date Cafe PDCC106 (pink, yellow, gray):

Judging from the size of the link lists, these are popular challenges this week.  For this card I used the Butterfly Dreams as well as Flower Fusion #7 sets from Papertrey Ink.  Ink (So Saffron, Regal Rose, Going Grey, Black) and cardstock (So Saffron, Going Grey) from Stampin Up were used.  Dies from Spellbinders (Labels 13) and PTI (Mat Stack 2) were used to cut the panel, frame, and vellum window.  The flower is from Prima, originally white and colored with Regal Rose and So Saffron markers.

This was a fun one!  Thanks for looking.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tuesday Trigger Like A Handbag!

Hi Everybody!  So, I got this catalog in the mail today from a company I've never heard of:  Fossil.  They had some pretty cool stuff in there, and what really caught my eye was this handbag:

Of course you know where I am going with this.  It just cries out for a paper pieced card.  On top of that the colors remind me of a recent Tuesday Trigger (from October 25, too late for the contest but I made the card anyway):

So, drum roll please, here's the card:

Almost no stamping--just piecing of strips of card stock, mostly from the DCWV stack Safari Chic, along with a strip of PTI's Melon Berry.  Each strip was outlined by hand with a Copic Multiliner.  The "metal" plate was created by cutting an oval out of card stock, punching a hole, and cutting the rest of the keyhole with a craft knife.  Then it was embossed multiple times with silver embossing powder until the finish was smooth.  The brads were also embossed so they would match.  The sentiment, from Waltzingmouse's Say It Loud set, was curved on the acrylic block before stamping with black Stazon ink.  I think this will make a pretty good masculine get well card.

Thanks for looking!