Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Make It Monday #51 and Get Well to Cath

 Hello everybody!  I just put together a very quick card for two purposes:  MIM #51 (3D sentiment panel) and also a For Cath With Love blog hop, which I just found out about this morning and wanted to do something for.  She is suffering from an injury I can sympathize with (rotator cuff tendonitis), as I had the exact same injury two years ago.  Cath, if you happen to see this I just want you to know that it WILL get better!  I thought the pain would never go away, but through the magic of physical therapy (fortunately I did not need surgery) I did gradually improve and within a couple months was completely pain free (still am!).  Better than ever, in fact--I can actually iron clothes now (don't tell my husband, it's been my long-standing excuse for years).  Anyway, I do hope you will start feeling much better soon, and here's a card for you:

The card is a pretty close CASE of what Nichole did--I love that card!--and was done using the following supplies:

Stamps (all PTI):  Autumn Abundance, Flower Fusion #7, Simple Sunflower, Turning A New Leaf, Background Basics: Gingham.
Card stock:  PTI (Stamper's Select white) and SU (Certainly Celery)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black) and SU (Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Apricot Appeal, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie); Tim Holtz (Wild Honey distress ink)
Embellishments:  Prima flowers colored with Pumpkin Pie marker; antique buttons from stash.

Well, enjoy the rest of the hop!  Feel better soon Cath!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

ColourQ 121

 Hi everybody!  It's raining here today so I thought I'd seize the opportunity to add another card to my "get well" stash.  I wasn't going for visually stunning here, just a nice rainy day greeting.

The colors are from ColourQ 121 challenge:  red, olive, mustard, kraft, and white.  The mustard accent was added using an old stash of SU patterned paper (gosh, this stuff must be at least 10 years old but it still works!).  Leaves are from PTI's Turning A New Leaf stamp set and matching dies (just got them with Christmas GC's--yeah!).  The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse's Irish Blessings.  The large red flower is a Martha Stewart sticker to which I added a pearl.  The tiny flowers came from Michaels' Recollections line (tiny pearls added).  The sentiment panel, which is popped up on dots, was punched with a Martha Stewart corner punch.  Also used a Spellbinders Labels 4 die on the sentiment panel, trimmed on the sides.  I added some tiny dots to the leaves with a gel pen to improve the contrast against the kraft.    Pretty simple!

Thanks for looking, and top of the mornin' to you!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Papertrey January Blog Hop Challenge

 Hello fellow hoppers!  Today I'm participating in PTI's January Blog Hop Challenge, which is to create a project that is inspired by a favorite previous project.  I'm assuming this means a favorite from my own blog, not all possible blogs--hope I understand that right!  Anyway, assuming that is the case, here is the project I chose as my favorite (from the PTI May Blog Hop Challenge):

It was a gift box that I made out of die cut craft foam (cutting out frames and stacking them).  The lid was made by using a batik method:  stamped design on silk with Versamark, clear-embossed, painted in with Copic markers, ironed off the embossing).  The silk was backed with quilt batting and surrounded by a frame that was wrapped with dyed seam binding.

So, today's project is quite similar.  I made another box, this time covering the sides with craft wood veneer and wood that was die cut with Spellbinders Edgeabilities (Classic Triple Scallop).  You can read all about how I made the box on a previous post here.  At the time I promised an additional lid for the box, and here it is:

The lid was made in a manner similar to the rose box above.  The design (from PTI's Butterfly Dreams) was stamped in Versamark ink onto white silk and clear-embossed.  Then colored in with Copic markers, including coloring the blue-green outside of the butterfly.  The clear-embossing was ironed off onto kraft paper bags to absorb the embossing, and the body and antennae were stamped with black craft ink and heat-embossed.  After backing with a layer of quilt batting, the silk was adhered to a die cut oval (Spellbinders Petite Ovals Small) one size smaller than the box.  A die cut frame from the wood was treated with shellac to bring out the beauty of the wood, then adhered to the brown craft foam lid to surround the butterfly.  Here's a side view:

It was a fun project--you should give it a try!

Have fun hopping today, and thanks for stopping by--


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Make It Monday #50: Shaker Card

 Greetings folks!  I happen to need a card for a young friend who is about to undergo open heart surgery (one of many, unfortunately).  So I wanted to put together a very cheery card for her and she likes bling, so this one has a bit of it.  Also made this for this week's MIM#50: Shaker Cards.   I don't think she has seen one of these, so she'll get a kick out of it:

And hey!  The colors are pink and yellow so I'll use it for another entry for CR84FN46!  

I just happen to have recently received a shipment of goodies from PTI--spent gift certificate money from Christmas!--so I HAD to use the new Mat Stack 2 Collection set I got, as well as the Mat Stack 2 Layerz die to go with the regular one I already had.  The shaker card was made as shown in Heather's MIM video and I used pink glitter for the filler.  Also used on this card was Text-style 2009 Bitty Dot Basics patterned paper, as well as So Saffron card stock from SU and Spellbinders Labels 21 die.  The Layerz die cut is from black card stock, the little hearts were punched from patterned paper, and tiny Jolee's Jewels in light pink were adhered. The Cuttlebug embossing folder used on the die cut was Divine Swirl.  The tiny stamped hearts near the sentiment came from PTI's Wonderfully Whimsical set.

I'll have another project tomorrow for PTI's blog hop;  I hope you can check back for that!

Have a nice day,


Sunday, January 22, 2012

JustRite Friday Challenge 064

  Well folks, I've been working all week on my entry for the JustRite challenge 064, which uses this inspiration photo.  I chose the teal and chocolate shades of the photo for my project, which is somewhat of a departure from the Clean & Simple cards I've been making recently.


 Here it is:

And here are some more views of it:

Top of the box
Side of the box

Silk lined inside

It holds my turquoise necklace nicely, doesn't it?

Okay, fair warning:  lots of photos follow.  You don't have to look unless you want to know how I made it!

 First of all, I used the JustRite set Beautiful Day--I just love that bunch of snowdrops;  we'll be seeing those soon!  Stamped on PTI Stamper's Select white, die cut with Spellbinders Petite Ovals Small, then sealed with Mod Podge.

I coated the top with shiny resin.  I used Lisa Pavelka's Magic Glos:

I made the oval box by diecutting frames from craft foam and stacking them on a bottom oval, and gluing them with tacky glue.  The lid is made from an oval with a smaller diecut oval glued to it. I later decided to make the lid from brown craft foam to match the wood, so I ended up tossing this one.  (Note:  if you want to see more of these craft foam boxes I have made, check out my posts here and here, and also my tutorial on Splitcoaststampers here).

The side was covered with a strip of paper-backed wood veneer (see below for a photo of the wood I used).  It was glued on with tacky glue and rubber-banded until dry.  Not shown is an oval die cut of the same wood to cover the top of the box.

I'm not sure but I think what I used for the sides and top were maple.  Then I used a piece of walnut and die cut it using a border strip from my Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Triple Scallop.  You have to run it through a few times but it does cut.  Then I glued the border along the bottom edge of the box, and finished the wooden parts of the box with a coat of clear shellac to bring out the beauty of the wood.

 Here is the box, adorned with 1/8" silk ribbon dyed to match the stamped lid with Copic marker.

Next I gathered a ~24" length of seam binding (dyed with Copic marker) by stitching a running stitch along one edge.  Didn't feel like getting out the sewing machine so I did it by hand.

And adhered it along the underside edge of the top panel using Scor-Tape.

Made a little silk liner for the box out of the edge of a lightweight white silk scarf (I keep a supply of these from Dharma Trading on hand for craft purposes).  Again, too lazy to use the sewing machine--this time I taped it all together with Scor-Tape.  That stuff works great!

Added a line of Scor-Tape just below the top edge of the box and adhered the silk liner.  I purposely made the liner longer than necessary so it would drape in the bottom of the box in an interesting way.

So, that's it!  After adhering the stamped panel to the lid of the box, it was done.  Whew!

I'm also working on an alternate lid for the box.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed this longer-than-normal post.  Now back to your regularly scheduled crafting!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Moxie Fab Cutting and Trimming Challenge

Greetings folks!  Still trying out new techniques for the Clean And Simple Cards Online Class, and today's technique is mirror stamping.  Now, this is something I've not done much of, so I had to scratch my head a bit to come up with something.  Here it is:

The daffodil stamp is from PTI's Year Of Flowers Collection set; I stamped it on a thin stiff plastic bag using Memento Tuxedo Black, then quickly pressed the paper onto it to get the image.  Then stamped normally on the opposite side of the paper.  Then I touched up the reversed one with SU black marker.  Not to hard to tell which is the reversed one--I needed a finer marker to do a better job on the touchup.  The images were colored in with Copic markers, then a Spellbinders Labels 18 die was traced lightly in pencil around the image and hand-trimmed with pointy scissors.  (This is why I can submit it for the Moxie Fab Cutting & Trimming challenge).  Adhered with dimensionals to the cardstock covered by patterned paper (Lasting Impressions Lemon Tart Dots).  Loops of yellow gingham ribbon were added, and a corner rounder finished off the card.  Oh, and the sentiment came from PTI's Simple Sunflower set.

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


Monday, January 16, 2012


 Hello people!  Still trying to make Clean & Simple cards for this class I'm taking, and I thought I would also do this week's CR84FN46 challenge (light pink, yellow, neutral).  This card is a pretty close CASE of the card Jennifer did in the class, but instead of the pieced paper flower I used a die cut flower with the ends of the petals popped up on dimensionals.  And of course the die cut frame and patterned paper and colors and sentiment are different.  Maybe it's not that close of a CASE!

I also decided to put the sentiment on the outside instead of the inside of the card.

So, here's the supply list:

Patterned paper:  DCWV's Nana's Kitchen stack, and Lasting Impressions Lemon Tart Dots
Dies:  Spellbinders Labels 13 and Quickutz Nesting Flowers cookie cutter dies
Ink:  SU black, and Sakura opaque Souffle gel pen (pink)
Button:  Stampin Up!
Yarn:  pink eyelash yarn from EKSuccess Adornments
Stamp:  from PTI Autumn Abundance set

Pretty simple, but I like the cheery look it has.

Anyway, have a nice day!


Friday, January 13, 2012

PDCC114 and CleanAndSimple173

 Greetings all!  Here I am again, still doing CAS cards by trying to apply techniques learned in Jennifer McGuire's Clean And Simple and Inspiration Showcase classes.  This time to enter two challenges:  Play Date Cafe's PDCC114, and Clean & Simple Stamping's #173.

Here's how I did it:  smooth-toothed watercolor paper was stamped in Versamark with this image from K&Co's Lotus Floral set, then clear-embossed.  A few drops of SU reinker (Eggplant Envy, retired) were mixed with water containing PearlEX mica powder, and watercolored onto the paper using a sponge.  Tiny clear rhinestones were colored to match the SU Baroque Burgundy card stock (also retired) using alcohol markers, and adhered where the berries are in the image.  The sentiment, from Waltzingmouse Say It Loud, was stamped in black craft ink and embossed with gold detail powder.  A corner rounder finished the job.

Into my stash it goes!

Have a nice day--

Thursday, January 12, 2012

WMSC79 and CR84FN45 and Moxie Fab

 Well folks, I decided to do another card for my brother-in-law's birthday.  The thing is, while he is a car nut, I have made so many car themed cards for him that he is probably getting tired of them.  So I decided to focus on his other obsession:  Sudoku.  Also made the card for the WMSC79 and CR84FN45 and Moxie Fab Cool Tools Punches challenges.  Here is the card, then I'll tell you how I made it:

First, the Sudoku sheets:  the square grid background from Off Beat Backgrounds was used on white paper, and punched out with a 1 1/4" square punch.  The extra lines on the edges were "whited out" with a white gel pen.  Then I used a Copic multiliner pen to add the numbers (from real Sudoku puzzles).  The orange and yellow starred panel was made by punching stars out of the orange strip (SU Only Orange) and inserting punched out yellow (SU Yoyo Yellow) stars.  The blue strips are SU Ballet Blue.  Sentiment is provided by the Say It Loud set, and I added a brass star to the Sudoku stack.  The tiny orange dots were applied using a Sakura opaque gel pen.

I think he'll like it, for variety if for no other reason.

See ya!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Less Is More and Clean And Simple

 Hello All!  Finally over my sniffles and ready to get back into the groove.  Great timing, too, as today is Day 1 of the Clean And Simple Online Card Class offered by Jennifer McGuire and company.  I loved the previous class I took (Inspiration Showcase) and knew this one would be good too.  First, here is the card I made today:

I decided to make my card to submit for a couple of challenges:  Less Is More #49 (Predominantly Purple), and Clean&Simple Stamping #172 (sketch challenge).  The parts of my card that I based on the class were the use of masking with a background stamp (I die cut the scalloped rectangle from masking paper using Spellbinders Long Scalloped Rectangles, then stamped SU's Paisley background stamp in SU Orchid Opulence craft ink over it); and also the monochromatic color scheme.  I used a matching marker to outline the die cut before removing the mask.   The central motif was die cut (Spellbinders Floral Doily Accent) from SU Orchid Opulence card stock, and touched up with white gel pen and popped up on a dimensional.  Just happened to have some vintage seam binding in the right color, and added some white satin ribbon as well.  The sentiment is from PTI's Autumn Abundance set.

Really looking forward to the rest of the class as I struggle with this card style and yet really prefer it to the sometimes overdressed card style.

Thanks for looking, and have a nice day!


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Make It Monday #47: A La Carte

 Hi everybody!  I learned something yesterday:  not to make cards when I am sick.  I was in the worst stages of a raging cold but wanted to make a MIM card anyway.  I will spare you a photo of the one I made, and show the one I made today instead:

It may not be a prize-winner either, but trust me, it's far better than yesterday's.  I won't inflict that one on you, as I subscribe to the advice a photography instructor told me once:  the secret to being considered an awesome photographer is to only show your very best photos and ditch all the others (okay, maybe I don't always follow this advice 100%, but still).

This card was done with the MIM #11 (embossing with dies) in mind.  The car image was embossed into the white card stock and flipped over so the car shape sticks up instead of down.  With the car die still behind the paper to support it, the image of the car was stamped on the embossing.  A little smoke/fumes was added in grey ink.  Sets used were Enjoy The Ride and Fancy Flourishes.  A little white embossing, some ribbon, and black jewels finished it off.  I'll use the card for my brother-in-law who is a car nut.

Thad's id for dow, have a dice day...  >honk<


Monday, January 2, 2012

Mojo Monday 222

  Happy New Year everybody!  I'm starting off the year with a Mojo Monday card that uses this sketch.  I also dusted off some retired Stampin Up sets that I will always love:  Baroque Motifs and Tropical Blossoms, as well as Sincere Salutations.

For the "patterned paper" I used a technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire's Inspiration Showcase class:  stamped with Distress Ink (Wild Honey) on glossy white card stock, added clear embossing powder, embossed, then inked with SU Night Of Navy ink.  The yellow card stock is SU Summer Sun and the blue came from my stash (not sure of the source).  Other items used were:  Spellbinders Lacey Circles, PTI buttons die, a tiny yellow button, white looped lace, an SU oval punch, corner rounder, and orange adhesive rhinestones.

I wish all good things for everyone in the New Year,