Monday, February 27, 2012

February VT Handout - Guarding the Hearth Tin Box Booklet

I forgot to post this earlier in the month!

It's time for another Visiting Teaching handout. These are made from tins that I just had to keep because I knew I could use them for something. You'll never guess where they came from. About three years ago my migraines were getting bad and the usual over the counter meds where no longer helping. The Dr put me on meds that came these adorable little tins that measure 2 5/8" X 3 1/2" X 1/2".

Of course February being the month of Valentines, the booklet boxes are in red and white with a blue accent and some hearts. Here they are!

Now, in case you're wondering about all those tiny little flowers...I didn't cut them for this project. I save them from my punches and Spellbinder pieces that are not part of the piece created. The tiny ones like these I keep in small ziplocs, and each shape has it's on bag.

Well, this was a fun little project to make and was well received. I think I should have taken photos with each step in the production, then you'd be able to see how I did it. I get so much into making my projects that I don't think about doing it. I'll have to try harder.

Thank you for stopping by and checking us out. Be sure to stop by Thursday for the Colour Create Challenge #91 and see what colours Mina chose for the next challenge. Oh, and check out the March prize, too.

Happy crafting!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Simply Jane and CR84FN 48

The moment I set my eyes on Papertrey Ink's Simply Jane stamp set (and dies and paper), I knew that I MUST have it! As most women tend to be, I am a huge fan of Jane Austen and the silhouettes and quotes on this set have such wonderful applications that I'm still swooning!

I completely loved CR84FN's color palette (see end of post) and used it to put together this card:

I accidentally put too much ribbon on the back/not enough on the front.  :(

The Handmade by stamp (which I love) was done at but obviously doesn't show up on dark cardstock, hence the sticker.

The interior of the card uses Big & Bold Wishes.

Thanks for peeking!

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Soft Stone
  • Stamps: Simply Jane, Big & Bold Wishes
  • Ink: Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender and Versamark (both Tsukineko), Smokey Shadow
  • Dies: Simply Jane
  • Other Tools: ribbon (unknown), white embossing powder (Filigree), pearls (dollar store)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Colour Create Challenge #90 - DT Inspirational

It's time for another challenge at Colour Create Challenge! It's my turn to host the challenge and I chose the inspirational photo some time in December when we where all up to our ears in red, white and green for Christmas. So, I wanted to choose colours that were more reminiscent of spring. I thought of snowdrops and crocuses - white and light purple, so when I came across this image I thought it to fit the colours and also inspire simplicity.

The challenge is to use this photo for inspiration using the colours of lilac, white, blue, and kraft, with the option of including a paper charm that you make yourself; preferably one with a little dimension to it.

This is my DT Inspirational design for the challenge.

The stripes on the right are 3/8" strips that I cut, lightly ink distressed, and placed side by side, as an element taken from the inspirational photo. I think the clean straight lines of the stripes work well in contrast to the lacy print on their left. After lightly ink distressing all but the white behind the patterns and the white base of the card, I assembled the card front and used a seamstress's tracing wheel to perforate around the edge.

I used the Forgetmenot digi print as my blue for the challenge and printed two. All the lightest blue blossoms I cout out of the second copy and popped up with dimensionals over the first print.

I did the same for the little bundle of flowers that I used for my optional charm.

At the top of the digi print I tore the white, and then the kraft at an angle. I then wet the torn edge with a wet paintbrush and using the bristles of the paintbrush distressed the torn edge even more. I dried it with my heat gun while slightly curling the edge. When dry I took my ink blending foam tool and lightly inked the tron edge with Tim Holtz's Distress Antique Linen.

The charm, after stringing it, I attached to the bow using a pearl pin with additional pearl beads.
Here is the card again.

I didn't use a sentiment on the card, because I want to add it later when I use the card. My plan is to stmp the sentiment on a tab to be placed on the right of the image under the charm, or on the left, depending on the length of the sentiment. This could be used for a number of cards - Mother's Day, Easter, Birthday, Get Well, Thinking of you...

I invite you to go to Colour Create Challenge and check out the other DT members' inspirational projects for this challenge. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comment.


Ink: Tim Holtz Distress-Antique Linen
Ink Blender/Foam Sponge
Seamstress Tracing Wheel 
Paintbrush & water
Paper Piercer (for the hole in the paper charm to feed the floss through)

Monday, February 13, 2012

PTI 5th Anniversary: Day 9

Another card challenge over at Nichole's blog in celebration of Papertrey Ink's 5th anniversary. We're asked to incorporate leaves and butterflies into our project. Too easy!

I used the Vines border die and the Butterfly Dreams stamp set/die for my card.

I ran out of 1.5" Xyron tape just as I was running my vine border die-cut through it. I resorted (gasp!) to craft glue to assemble my project. ;)

I used Sweet Blush on Sweet Blush, a technique that I've been meaning to try for ages. The butterfly was die cut out of Vintage Cream felt, as well as Sweet Blush cardstock (for a stiffener). The cardstock was stamped (not shown) and then scored down the center. The felt was sprayed with Viva Pink Glimmer Mist and glued onto the cardstock. I added rhinestones, shaped the butterfly and glued it onto my vines.

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Sweet Blush
  • Stamps: Butterfly Dreams
  • Ink: Raspberry Fizz
  • Dies: Butterfly, Vines border
  • Other Tools: Vintage Cream felt, rhinestones (dollar store and Recollections), Viva Pink Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

PTI 5th Anniversary: Day 7

Today's challenge at the PTI 5th Anniversary celebration is to incorporate hearts into a design. Fits perfectly with my intended Valentine's Day project for the kiddies! Using Maile's Wine Bottle Tag die, I'm creating (very simple!) door hangars for each of their classmates.

I have a bunch of those background circle/scalloped circle combos from last year's valentines.

Perhaps I will add some Glimmer Mist on the rest of these babies...  ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Birthday Suzie!

Today is Suzie's birthday! She is on the same DT with me at Colour Create Challenge. I wish her the best birthday with lots of family, friends, and love on her special day, and a great year ahead.

In trying to come up with  a plan for this birthday card my thoughts lead to trying to come up with colour combinations I hadn't yet tried. When I thought of purple and gold, I went to the web for inspiration and came across this royal purple and gold wedding invitation (right). Talk about elaborate! You should check out al the images in your search engine under "purple and gold"! Wow!...

The thing that really gets me is that my deep purple came out more of a deep blue in the photos. No matter how many times I retook the photos, or played at tweeking them. So I had to leave them as is at this point. My pruple is between the purple of the inspirational photo and the photos below. Even the smokey mauve isn't quite like in real life. But it is still a very rich looking card.

I don't have any banner or banner pendant dies, so these I cut myself. Keeping in mind that quality jewelry, if stung, has knots between each pearl, stone, etc, I did the same here in between each banner pendant. I used a lot of gold embossing powder. Originally I had thought I'd use Gold Liquid Pearl, but when I got to laying everything out before attaching it all together, I realized it would be way too much. I see that I forgot to colour the white double layered dimensionals with my gold gel pen...

Again, Happy Birthday Suzie! Lots of birthday hugs too!

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by today, and let me know you stopped by, OK.

Friday, February 10, 2012

PTI 5th Anniversary: Day 6 and CR84FN

The PTI countdown projects begin at Nichole's blog! The 5th Anniversary challenge for today involved 5 sketches to choose from. I LOVE THEM ALL!!

I tried a few different things (and actually threw out my first attempt--something I've rarely, if ever, done--probably something that I should do more often...  ;)  ) before I decided to go with the simplest sketch (pictured below).

I figured out that I can take decent indoor shots (good for night hours or blizzard conditions) if I play around with the lighting in my craft room, hooray!

I used the color combination over at CR84FN.

Don't be surprised if I use more of these sketches in the future!

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Sweet Blush, Spring Rain
  • Stamps: Garden of Life
  • Ink: Memento Angel Pink and Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Pure Poppy
  • Other Tools: Sweet Blush saddlestitch ribbon, sewing machine/thread, button (unknown)/embroidery floss, Clearstar gel pen (Sakura)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Papertrey Ink 5th Anniversary: Day 5 and Simon Says Stamp

Today's challenge at the PTI 5th Anniversary celebration is to make a project using a photo from Pinterest as inspiration.

Here is my card:

Here was my inspiration:

Feel free to check out my inspiration boards on Pinterest here!

I'm also entering this into the current Simon Says Stamp challenge: Love is in the Air!

Thanks for stopping by!

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst
  • Stamps: Fillable Frames #12
  • Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko)
  • Dies: Heart Prints, Edgers #3
  • Other Tools: Corner Chomper and Big Bite (We R Memory Keepers), eyelet (American Crafts), Rustic Jute Button Twine, mini-clothespins (dollar store), white embossing powder (Filigree), scoreboard (Martha Stewart)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Papertrey Ink 5th Anniversary: Day 4

Today's festivities include fav color combos from Papertrey Ink's design team. I chose to work with Jessica Witty's combination of Canyon Clay, Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist and Harvest Gold, using inspiration from Nichole Heady and Maile Belles (photos below).

It's very difficult to tell, but the Dark Chocolate frame was impressed with the Canvas side of the Linen & Canvas impression plate. I'm thinking I should have impressed the card base with the Linen side... maybe letterpressing it even? Ah, well. Nothing wrong with simple. ;)

The only PTI buttons I don't own are the Harvest Gold ones. So I colored a Lemon Tart button with a Harvest Gold trio Copic. Adds some interest, anyway.

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Canyon Clay, Dark Chocolate, Stamper's Select White
  • Stamps: Iconic Images, Embellishments
  • Ink: Aqua Mist, Walnut Stain Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Ranger)
  • Dies: Mat Stack 4, Fillable Frames 7
  • Other Tools: Linen & Canvas impression plate, Lemon Tart button/Harvest Gold trio Copic, brown embroidery thread, ink blending foam (Inkssentials)

Monday, February 6, 2012

PTI 5th Anniversary: Day 2 (Card 3)

Phew! I got all the PTI 5th anniversary day two images that I really wanted to play with done. There is, of course, a few others I'd love to do something with, but we'll see... I think 3 cards in one day shows how much I've neglected my house and kids is plenty!

Here' s what I did with Maile's awesome image:

I used a few of the smaller stones from my son's little rock "collection" on the front step to keep my card shut. Much easier to see the image that I placed on the inside of the card.

I started with a Royal Velvet card base and used a Spellbinder circle to cut out a window. I spritzed the front with Pearl Glimmer Mist, rounded the corners and stamped a few splotches with the Grunge Me set and Platinum Planet ink.

The image was colored with Royal Velvet and New Leaf Copic trios. I traced over the Hello with the Sakura Clear Star gel pen and added a strip of tiny rhinestones. The Peapod twine is from The Twinery.

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Royal Velvet, Stamper's Select White
  • Stamps: Grunge Me
  • Image: PTI 5th Anniversary images
  • Ink: Brilliance Platinum Planet (Tsukineko)
  • Dies: Circles (Spellbinders)
  • Copics: Royal Velvet/New Leaf trios
  • Twine: Peapod (The Twinery)
  • Other Tools: 1-3/4" circle punch (Marvy Uchida), Pearl Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), rhinestone strip (Recollections)

PTI 5th Anniversary: Day 2 (Card 2)

I immediately thought of ruffled ribbon after seeing Dawn's cute birthday image at the Papertrey Ink 5th Anniversary: Day 2 challenge. Narrowly making it in time to use this week's Freshly Made Sketch, I created this:

Since I don't seem to own any sewing needles, I was about to resort to ruffling some grosgrain ribbon using a craft needle and thread when I recalled Laurie's sweet little saddlestitch ribbon trick! Perfect!

After punching a 1-3/4" circle out of my Scor-tape adhesive sheet (this is how I make my own Glubers!), I pulled one of the threads on a length of ribbon to achieve a ruffled look. I carefully laid it around the edge of my adhesive circle and voila! I punched out Dawn's image and, after running it through my Xyron, laid it over top. After doing this, I realized that I should have put a thick dimensional adhesive in the center to sort of support the whole thing but it worked alright without.

The rest of the card involved a scalloped border die, more ribbon, my scoreboard and the Sakura Stardust gel pen. After assembling this over PTI's By the Numbers patterned paper, something was definitely missing. I decided that sparklies would solve the problem. I was able to tuck the rhinestone flourish just under the ruffles and then colored it with my RV14 Copic to give it some color.

Thanks for stopping by!

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White
  • Patterned Paper: By the Numbers
  • Image: PTI's 5th Anniversary graphics
  • Dies: medium scalloped border
  • Ribbon: Aqua saddlestitch
  • Other Tools: 1-3/4" circle punch (Marvy Uchida), rhinestone flourish (dollar store), RV14 Copic, Stardust gel pen (Sakura), scoreboard (Martha Stewart), iRock/1 teensy rhinestone (Imaginisce)

Papertrey Ink 5th Anniversary: Day 2

I dropped the ball yesterday by not playing along with PTI's Day 1 challenge... I even forgot to comment! Not that I've won anything from them yet but never hurts! ;)

Today's challenge over on Nichole's blog is to use a graphic from the free download on a project. So many lovely ones to choose from! I went with Melissa Bickford's LOVE but I'm hoping to come back with ones using Dawn and Maile's images, as well!

More Glimmer Mist, again. The stuff is impossible to resist once you start using it! ;)

I've also been doing a lot of CAS... It really is my favorite look!

Thanks for taking a peek!

{Supplies--all Papertrey Ink unless noted}
  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White (as well as some generic white scraps I had)
  • Image: PTI's 5th Anniversary graphics
  • Dies: Fleur de Lis Squares (Spellbinders)
  • Other Tools: Viva Pink Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)

Paper Smooches SPARKS and Young Crafter's Unite

After making this card, I decided I wanted to make a whole set of cards with the Paper Smooches "thanks so much" sentiment. While cutting out the letters took a bit of patience, I loved the overall effect. So I stamped a bunch of "thanks" and have been cutting them out here and there during evenings spent with the hubs. I still don't have enough for a "set" but decided to play around with some of what I had.

Using the Paper Smooches SPARKS inspiration photo and the Young Crafter's Unite sketch (graphics below), I made this somewhat masculine card:

I don't know why I'm addicted to Glimmer Mist lately, but since I was basing this card on the previous, it seemed to go along. (Be prepared for more!)

Having recently organized them, I pulled out my long-neglected embossing folders for this project. My teensy supply of Sizzix folders have been overlooked the most and I felt this particular one suited my ideas.

I may be playing with this sketch again... Plenty one can do with it!

Thanks for peeking!

  • Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Kraft and Hawaiian Shores (both Papertrey Ink)
  • Stamps: Chit Chat (Paper Smooches)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
  • Dies: Seeing Stars (Papertrey Ink), Tattered Banners (Tim Holtz Sizzix)
  • Other Tools: Bricked embossing folder (Tim Holtz Sizzix), Key Lime Pie Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), corrugated cardboard, paper crimper (Fiskars), star brad (Recollections)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Caught Unawares

I'm very much in the mood for scrapbooking lately. So yesterday, when I made reference to a project I would be posting today, that is what I had in mind to do.

In going through my photos I came across one of my grandparents. It was a picture that one of my sisters had taken on a Christmas Eve many years ago. They have passed on since then, 10 and 7 years ago. So when I came across this rare photo of them cuddling, unaware of being observed and a photo being taken, I had to scrapbook it. I rarely saw (at least from what I can recall) the two of them show affection when others were around. And that makes this photo very special to me. Especially since in their last years I was too far away to visit, a student with little income. I couldn't even make it to either of the funerals. My Grandfather died when he was 90, and my Grandmother three years later at 94.

I wanted to make a special page for this photo, and this is what I came up with. I apologize for the pixilated image, I've been having problems with that lately.

I spent hours cutting up pages of designer paper, but it was worth it. Here are some close ups of the work on the page.

No stamping or Spellbinders, (whoops, I did use 2 Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Pendant cuts behind photo added later 2-5-2012) just all hand cut with scissors (so everything else was cut with scissors or paper slicer), a lot of ink distressing, and Liquid Pearls and pearls.

So there you have it. I won't be posting for the rest of this week, unless I end up with more time that I thought, but I have commitments that will keep me from crafting this week. I'll be back as soon as possible though. Thank you for stopping by today! And have a great week!