Friday, February 28, 2014

Gift Card Holders

Can you say gift card holder? I have been making a lot of them. I have made several different styles and these came from a design by Gina K.  I used the DCWV La Bella Rouge and Luxury Stack along with stamps and punches from SU!. Today you just get a peek at some which have already been packaged. I'm getting ready for a craft show and I have tons to do before I am ready. No worries, I have six months to get everything made in time. I thought I might try and do a show this spring but there are just too many things to make and there aren't enough hours in the day.
These were made as part of the 100 x 100 Challenge and now brings me to 71 of 100 projects finished. Thanks for looking and I will be back to show you the inside and show you some more gift card holders over the next few weeks.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Sandcastle Beaches


This has turned out to be one of those days that I should have crawled back into bed! The day started with a tree trimmer taking down two very large and very old trees from our front yard. The one hundred and twenty four year old houses came out unscathed but the neighbors garden wall took a hit. They were planning on removing the wall but hadn't gotten around to it yet. After cleaning up the limbs and debris from the street, I came in to get a bite to eat and write today's blog post. After finishing and loading my post elswhere on the web, I decided to do a little house keeping chore on my blog and deleted my post! So here I am again, trying to remember all of the materials and write down the information again.
The take home message for this post was to look at your stamps a bit differently and you might find that you can make some masculine cards with stamps you already have. You see the left photo invokes a feeling of a warm summer day on the beach and the right photo feels like evening or a storm. The same image can be used over and over and the feeling can change depending on the colors used and the depth of color used. The right photo is more masculine than the left. I think you get the message. It will be interesting to see which one is the most popular in my gallery.
This card is an A7 (5x7) size and the designer paper is Tim Coffey Travel by K & Co.

Materials List
Card Stock-Glossy White, SU! Black, here again I have used some misc. stock that was gifted to me and I                       do not know the manufacturer.
Stamps- Inkadinkado 60-00558 Sandcastle
              Tattered Angels Seaside Coastal Breeze Stamp Set 2009
              Innovative Stamp Creations Marvels of Nature
              Stampscapes 068D Reeds Large
              Scrollswork 4514 Palm Fern
Inks- Black Stazon, SU! Old Olive, SU!, SU! Garden Green, SU! Bashful Blue, SU! Brocade Blue, SU! Brilliant Blue, Adirondack Lights Aqua, Adirondack Name This Color, SU! Creamy Caramel, SU! River Rock, SU! Mellow Moss, SU! Close to Cocoa, SU! Blush Blossom, SU! White Pigment Ink
Gel Pen- White Signo
SU! Really Red Marker
Punch- Martha Stewart Beach Shells Border 
Dies- Cuttlebug Shells and Nets
Ribbon- Hug Snug
 This also counts towards the 100 day Challenge and is the 58th and 59th cards.
I hope this was helpful. I was great fun writing this post twice. Not!

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Upcycle Cards from Arbor Day

Hey crafters, I hope you are all staying warm and dry during these massive storms. I have been busy in the craft room slaving away. A few months ago I received an envelope from the Arbor Day folks with some mailing labels and a letter looking for financial support. I took out the labels and a series of four small photos caught my eye. I set them aside thinking I would make cards out of them. There was a photo of a tree for each of the four seasons. This is the one for Spring with beautiful Redbud in full bloom.

The inside

The Fall photo

The inside of the Fall card.
I can't tell you anything about the papers because they were sent too me as a RAK a few months back and there wasn't any info about them. They had been cut into A2 size pieces and I don't see any identifying info on them. They sure worked out well for these little cards though. This is where I give a shout out to Valerie for sending these pretty papers. I can tell you that the green paper on the front of the Spring card came from an old SU! 6x6 pad. The sentiment was also part of a RAK and I don't remember which envie I pulled it out of. You see I started making this card in January and just recently added the embellishments. My brain just doesn't remember everything. Oh well! Have a crafty day! 
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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Anna Griffin Tulip Gift tags

I have been making loads of gift tags. My stash is down to nada, zilch, zero! Be prepared to see lots of tags in the near future.Nothing too fancy here but it fits the bill for a spring gift.

I used card stock from the DCWV Luxury Stack and punched the corners with a Fiskars Dot to Dot punch. The stamps on the fromt are from and older Anna Griffin polymer set which I stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.. I colored the images with alcohol markers by Spectrum Noir EB1, EB2, GB8, DG2, DG3, PP1, PP3,PP5. The stamp on the back is from an Inkadinkado 95646 Gift Tags set and ribbon is a quarter inch pink picot by offray.
I'm now at 55 projects in 47 days for the 100 x 100 challenge at Splitcoaststampers.
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Winter Lighthouse

 
I took this summer lighthouse stamp and turned it into a winter scene. I was just playing around to see what I could do with it. I have a few more ideas to make it even more of a winter scene if I ever decide to make another. The bush on the right is not a stamp. I drew that in with a black Sharpie marker.
I am pleased with how the inside turned out. I think using border punches may wind up being my trademark. It's quick and easy to do with a great result. I'm still working on my 100 x 100 challenge at SCS and this is project number 52 in 46 days.

Materials List
Card Stock- SU! Black, SU! , Glossy Cardstock (Marco's Paper), Misc. unknown card stock
Designer Paper- The Paper Studio Rue de Fleur Stack
Stamps- Stampscapes 054F Ledge, Stampscapes 231C Water Pattern, V1147 Lighthouse by Darcie's Country Folk, Scrollswork Distant Birds
Inks-Ranger Aqua, SU! Pretty in Pink, , SU! white pigment, SU! Bordering Blue, Ballet Blue, Bashful Blue, SU! Apricot Appeal
White Signo gel pen, black Sharpie Marker
SU! Neutral Markers in grays and browns
 Border Punch- Martha Stewart Beach Shells
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Friday, February 14, 2014

Hearts Galore Mini Tags

Need a little blingy gift tag? This is just the ticket for you. I was cutting heart die cuts the other day and saved an end of this foil card stock to make a few tags.I cut a piece of card stock 2x4 inches and scored it at 2 inches. I placed my heart die in the center of one end of the card stock and made a heart window. I covered the window with vellum or a mini doily and added a the small or medium Cuttlebug heart die cut.
I stamped the inside and added a nice red fiber.
Materials List
Card Stock- Recollections Heart Hologram, GP White
Stamp- Inkadinkado 95646 Gift Tags
Ink Pad- Su! Real Red
Die Cuts- Cuttlebug hearts, QuicKutz Doily Punches DC0398
White Vellum- Marco's Paper
Fibers- Red Festival Fibers

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine Memories

When I was a child in school, my teachers would have craft projects for us to do for each holiday. This card reminds me of those Valentine projects. I wasn't sure where I was going with this design and it just evolved from the PSX stamped heart image. I guess I was channeling my mojo from those homemade Valentines.
I loved the way the inside turned out. I think nostalgia got the best of me.

Since I was pleased with the prototype, I made four in all and can add these to the 100 x 100 challenge pile. This makes 48 projects in 44 days.
Materials List
Card Stock- GP white, recollections red, recollections foil holographic hearts
Die Cuts- Heart Cuttlebug, Sizzix Tag Scallop, Spellbinders Fleur De Lis
Punch- Martha Stewart Vintage Floral
Stamps- PSX G-59, Studio g VC0004 series 27, Studio g VC0019 series 41
6" paper doilies from the dollar shop
Embossing Folder- Cuttlebug Kassies Brocade
Dimensional foam dots
Ink- SU! Real Red
This card is an A2 size and is pretty straight forward. I came up with the heart shape doily by cutting the dollies into quarters and then gluing three of the quarters together. I made a snip at the top and voila instant heart shape!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Floating Celebration

This is another VSN Challenge card from Friday night and I would like to thank all those involved in front of and behind the scenes. We were given the challenge of creating a card with floating or flying demensions. I took my single balloon stamp and stamped a whole bundle which ae floating away. I stamped two images of the pink, purple and blue balloons so that I could pop them off the card with foam dots. This took several tries to line up the stamp just right so that the balloons overlapped in the right place. I think I trashed the first three attempts and decided not to make copies of this one.
The inside is so bright and pretty! I have Stacy (JBgreendawn) to thank for sending the designer papers in a swap a while back. This card measures 4 x 9.25 inches. I needed the height to give the feeling that the balloons were floating away. I like this size card yet I seldom make them. I'll have to make myself a note so I am reminded to use this size more often.  I also get to count this as part of my 100x100 challenge too!
Materials Used
Alcohol Markers- Copic RV11
Spectrum Noir BT5, BT2, TB2, CT3, PL2, PP5, GB5, BGR1
Stamps- SU! Crazy for cupcakes (balloon), SU! Bloomin with Happiness
Card Stock- GP, SU! Taken with teal
Designer Paper-Heidi Grace Loving You large stripe, All My Memories CTBP-D06
Martha Stewart Floral Vine Punch
Offray 1/4 picot ribbon
Stickles Glitter

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Thank You Snow Much

I participated in the VSN Mini Challenge over at Splitcoast on Friday and let me tell you that it was a real challenge for me. The first challenge was called weather or not and I used a word play to make a thank you card. It takes a while to think up a sentiment and stamp to use together. At least for me it did. I like the way my initial card turned out so I made four additional cards just like the first. I just changed the accent color from red to blue. This photo shows one of each.
 This is the original card and I created the sentiment on my computer and punched it out. The sentiment reads...'Thank you snow much!'.
 The inside
The group of 5
Materials List
Card Stock Georgia Pacific White, Beckett Expression Pure Radiance, SU! Black, SU! Brilliant Blue
Stamps- PSX snowmen, Stampscapes 150E Pine Row
Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers- OR1, CT4, DG2, DG3, TB1, TB3, BG1, FS6, Scarves are TB5 and DR5.
Brad- Spare Parts
Embossing Folder-CB snowflake
Bakers Twine- American Crafts
Designer Paper on Inside-Imaginisce Polar Expressions-Comfy Cozy
Punch- SU! Word Window
Stickles Glitter Glue

These count towards the 100x100 challenge too! This makes fourty three cards in fourty two days.


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Friday, February 7, 2014

Spring Garden Gate Cards

Hello friends! I have created four spring/summer cards again! I colored the images using my Spectrum Noir and Copic alcohol markers. I then added some DCWV printed card stock and now have some lovely cards for my stash. I made four cards total with two bright pink and two in purple tones. I am counting these towards the SCS 100x100 2014 challenge. This now brings me to thirty eight projects in thirty eight days.

I lined the inside with card stock from the DCWV Mademoiselle stack and decorated with a border from the DCWV Luxury stack.
Materials List for Pink Cards
Card Base- DCWV Luxury Stack 
Pink Base- DCWV Mademoiselle Stack
Stamped on Beckett Expression Pure Radiance
Stamps- Blue Ridge Impressions
Ink Pad- Memento Tux Black
Spectrum Noir Markers- EB1, EB2, PP5, PP3, PP1, DG2
Copics-G5, C1, C3, C5, C7 

The coloring on these next two cards are the same except for the color of the gate. Notice the tiny flowers on the arch are two toned on all four cards.I did the same with those tiny leaves too! It may not seem like much but it makes a big difference and adds depth to the composition. The purple card that was used on these two came from a stationery store in northern Ohio many years ago and I do not know the manufacturer.


The inside is simple yet elegant. Now let's get to the materials list of the things different on these compared to the top two cards.
Materials Used
Spectrum Noir-TN7 on the dark gate. EB1 and EB2 on the light gate. LV2 on flowers planted by gate post. DG2
Copics- V12, V15, G5, C1, C3, C5, C7.

I want to open the gate and see what's on the other side of the garden gate. Don't you?  Here's to hoping your spring garden is as inviting as these images.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Emerald Green Northern Lights

Today I have some Stampscapes images which make excellent cards for men. I made this set of images on a cold gray Sunday afternoon back in early January. This is the last image that I made that day and I think it is the best of the three. The last image is the first one I created and you can see that I got better as I practiced. I watched Kevin create a similar card via a Stampscapes video. These are my versions. I was out of practice and it took some time to get back into the groove of Stampscapes.


I started with the same base coat on glossy card stock that Kevin uses and then I used my Stampin' Up! ink colors. They were similar to what Kevin used. such as Certainly Celery, Garden Green, Glorious Green, Handsome Hunter and Black. I stamped the 30C Fir Tree stamp from Stampscapes with black Stazon ink and added stars with a white gel pen and a bit of white pigment ink. 

As you can see, I was a little too happy when I added the black ink in the sky. I still wanted to post this to show you that practice really does make perfect. You can see a big difference from the first and last cards. This technique is easy and you will learn quite quickly as you go. I would recommend trying this if you are a beginner with Stampscapes.

Additional Materials
Paper- Stampin' Up! 6x6 pad
Stamp- Stampin' Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes Set
Punches- Medium Oval and Modern Label
Die Cuts- Spellbinders Fancy Tags
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Wedding and Anniversary

I started out today by watching TV and checking to see if the January 'Iamroses' challenge winner had been posted.   I was pleasantly surprised to see that my candy jar had won! I couldn't hardly believe it! There  were so many other nice projects posted for the challenge. I can't wait to see what type of pretties they send me. I'm sure I will have a blast playing with the new flowers.
This afternoon was a glorious 57 degrees today so I went to the farm and worked in the greenhouses. It was wonderful to have a full day of sun and warmth. I was beginning to wonder if we would see our typical winter temperatures this season. The chickens were even happy to be outside. Now that I feel a bit refreshed, let me show you my latest project.
Here are six new cards I made for weddings and anniversaries. They are a lot like the cards I posted on January 11,2014. I used sequin ribbon on four of them to make a bow. It reminds me of the way paintings were hung during the Victorian era. Picture rail moulding was hung high on the wall and paintings were hung using braid or chain so that the plaster walls were left free of nail holes.
Now the silver scalloped card is not the expensive foil card stock that it look like. I'll let you in on a little secret. It's really a lid from a round foil take out container which I die cut with a Nestabilities die. Our local mom and pop Mexican restaurant uses them for carry out orders and I don't have the heart to throw them away. Into the craft room they go and I recycle them on projects. They make such a nice die cut since they are white on the other side.
 
The inside has plenty of room to write a personal note. A few cards have this inside sentiment and the rest say "Happy anniversary to a great pair of people who belong together. You are an inspiration to others who know and love you."
I have now posted 31 of 100 projects for the challenge and have plenty of other projects on the go! There is another mini scrapbook that is half finished along with some 3D items so stay tuned for those.

Paper- sei White Elegance Pearl Foil paper pad
            DCWV A Formal Affair Premium paper stack
Card Stock- Core'dinations Black Pearl heavy weight
                     Georgia Pacific White
Trims were purchased at a Jo-Ann fabric store

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