Saturday, March 29, 2014

Pile O' Gift Cards

I have been busy making more gift card holders for a craft fair using the same design from this post. You can find the link to the video instruction on that same post. I have several to show you up close and then a pile at the bottom of the post. 
I add a few more touches than the video shows because I thought it was a nice touch. I add a blank card so the the giver may write a note to the recipient. I'll post the materials list at the end like I normally do. Ther papers were sent to me in a swap by Stacy at SCS. I hope she likes the way I used them!

 These are girly card holders but I have remedied that by working on the masculine ones that I will show you later.

Here I have a pile of twelve more projects completed. I hope you enjoyed looking at them.

Materials List
Stamps- JustRite Centers and Borders,  SU! Oval All stamp set
Ink- Memento Tux Black 
Cardstock- SU! Black and Sahara Sand, DCWV La Bella Rouge Stack,Olive paper is unknown as it was part of those papers from the stationary store.
Paper-All My Memories Couture Sassy Design 3, BasicGrey BLU-659 Angelic, lace//ins-831, The outside of the Happy Birthday car holder is an unknown paper.\
Punches- SU! Medium Oval, SU!Scallop Oval, SU! 1 1/14 inch round, SU! round scallop
Corner Chomper by We R Memory Keepers
Foam dimensional dots
Adhesives- Scotch quick dry glue, ATG Tape
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pop Up Garden

Hello everyone, I have an ahh project today. You know, the type of thing that you look at and say ahh as your blood pressure drops a few points! I always want to meander into this garden to see what's on the other side of the gate. In my mind, I think the gate leads down to the ocean or maybe into a small village.
Did you know that this is one of my favorite stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs Stamps?  I have never placed this image on my blog. I'm not sure why. Maybe I was always in too big of a hurry to snap a pic before mailing.

You already know how I love working with scenic stamps and the Stampscapes coloring technique. This technique makes amazing cards and it's so easy. The nice thing about scenic designs is that they are small pieces of art and don't need a lot of embellishments. I generally do some simple matting and let the art work shine. After I colored the image, I could just see this sitting on a friends desk at work so I incorporated it into this pop up design. The nice thing about this design is that a message can be incorporated on the back. This particular card was designed to fit into a 6 x 8.5 inch envelope.
Earlier this year, I told you that this would be the year of challenges for my paper crafts and I have joined in on many challenges already this year. In fact, back in January, I joined one of the Our Daily Bread Designs Blog Challenges. As you may have already guessed, I'll be placing this into the Anniversary Challenge #4 over on the Our Daily Bread Designs blog. If you have time, maybe you can join in the challenge too.
Feel free to  leave a comment and say hello!
Materials List
Stamps- Our Daily Bread Designs Path of Life
Card Stock- DCWV La Bella Rouge, SU! Black, GP white, SU! Glossy White
Inks- SU! Pretty in Pink, Brocade Blue, Ballet Blue, Brilliant Blue, Yo Yo Yellow, Certainly Celery, Glorious Green, Garden Green, Handsome Hunter, Mellow Moss, Old Olive, Always Artichoke.
Adirondack inks- Aqua, Name This Color, Juniper
Die Cuts- Spellbinders Fancy Tags, Tim Holtz On the Edge Ornate
Alcohol Markers- Copic-110, R29, R39, E33, E37, C3, C5, C7
                          Spectrum Noir- TN7, EB8, DG2, DG3, JG6, LV1, LV2, LV3, PP5
Bling- Prima
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Floral Challenge-2014

Don't these little gift tags just beckon Spring? I love the bright and playful designs of the papers. It's such a simple project yet so gratifying when using up papers and flowers that I have had in my stash for such a long time. These measure 2 x 2 inches and are blank on the inside. Before I forget, the idea for these came from a gift tag that Stacy (JBgreendawn at SCS) sent me in a swap some time ago. All of the flowers except for the 3 pink/white, along with the 3 blue/white, were acquired through swaps. The squishy ones remind me of carnations and the red one is obviously a lovely rose (thanks Tammy).
Now let's talk about the six flowers that I made. Two of the pink/white flowers began life as a white circle which I cut down and formed into roses. I then sprayed them with my homemade glimmer spray. The third one was a pink crepe paper rose. I took two hydrangea petals  and glued them to the bottom of the flowers to create two toned daffodils. I was just playing around and it happened by accident. What a lovely accident it turned out to be! The blue/white are little prima flowers which I added to the center of the large daisy petals. They are just made up flowers and don't remind me of any flowers in real life but I like 'em! 
I'm now up to 97 of 100 projects but I have plenty more to show you! I think I have over  150 items made for 100 in 100 challenge. Yay me!
Now I have a challenge to issue to all of you! I'm calling it theSpring Floral Challenge.  Make a project with flowers on it to welcome Spring and link it at the end of this post and we can all enjoy a bit of spring!
Materials List
Card stock- GP white
Papers- Misc scraps in the scrap room
Mulberry petals- iamroses.com

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Monday, March 24, 2014

86 of 100

Hello crafty blog friends. I have been making gift tags for Christmas. As you know, my house is quite formal and most 'off the shelf' gift tags don't work well with my Christmas themes or they are too expensive. Yes, I have a different theme in each room at Christmas. Most gifts go under our live tree in the burgundy and gold entry hall or back under the traditional red and green family room tree. As you can see, these are for under the entry hall tree. I made the flowers out of gold vellum and this photo doesn't do them justice. The way the light relfects off of these is quite nice and you know how I like shiny objects! I will be making more of these little flower beauties for other projects! The cards measure 2 x 2 inches and are perfect for the gold wrapping paper I will be using next Christmas.

I know how simple this is and you are wondering why I would post such a simple thing. Well it's all part of my 100 x 100 challenge at splitcoastampers and I want a record of each item. This makes 86 to be exact and I feel like I have accomplished a lot since January 1st. Maybe this post is just a reminder for you to start making your gift tags before Christmas arrives next season. I love being prepared, it makes Christmas much more enjoyable!
Materials List
Paper- Paper Studio gold vellum
Card Stock- DCWV La Bella Rouge Stack
Stamps-Inkadinkado 95646 gift tags
Die- Tim Holts Tattered Florals
Copic marker- R29
Ink- Memento tux black
Bling- gold is dollar bin from Michael's Crafts, Burgundy is Martha Stewart
Gold Cording is from a floral supply house with no brand name listed on the roll

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Expandable Gift Card Holder



Happy Spring everyone! I hope that you are all seeing signs of spring and warmer weather. The Forsythia and Daffodils are begining to bloom and I am so glad to see the super cold weather behind us. It's been well over a decade since we have had a winter so cold. 
 Before it warms up too much, I have a winter project to show you. I'm pleased with the way these Christmas Gift Card Holders turned out and I like these papers a lot! They are  right in my wheel house. The project is very simple to do with 6 inch paper or larger and I have been on a kick cranking them out. This is the first one that I made for the LOVEFEST- Let's Score challenge at splitcoaststampers.

I have made a lot of gift card holders lately. I really like this design because it will hold more than one card along with a small note card. I like the vintage feel with the string office envelope closure and the expandable sides too!
Tools and Materials List
1/4 inch eyelets
Cropadile
Paper- Authentique 6x6 Festive Stack
Punches- SU! Photo Corner, 1 inch round SU! Medium or large oval
Dies- Spellbinders Labels 4, Momenta Snowflakes Mix and Match
Hemp cord by Crafters Square
SU! Real Read Ink Pad
Scothc Quick Dry Glue or Zig 2way glue

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Doodle Challenge


I have an A7 (5x7) card for you today from LOVEFEST. This was for the doodle do challenge so I decided to put my white gel pen to work since it went so well with this white polka dot paper. I also added dots on the pink oval and in the corners of the card with dimensional paint.
I was thinking that sometimes you need a get well card with plenty of flowers because the recipient may be in the hospital and not allowed to have flowers because they are in ICU. This 'Get Well Card' fits the bill! There is lots of cheer and texture in a small package. What could be better!
I am counting this towards my 100 day challenge too. I have now completed 79 projects! Go Me!
No time to post a materials list today but if you need specific info about something, just comment or email and I will get back to you.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spring Sweet Peas

Yes, you guessed it, I have another LOVEFEST card. This one measures 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches so that it fits nicely into a 6x6 envelope. I used one of my many stencils on the base of the card for texture to this simple but elegant design. I also added an image which I colored with shimmering watercolor paints.
Materials List
Card Stock- GP White, Unknown manufacturer of the plum colored
Stamps- Flourishes Sweet Pea
Punches- Martha Stewart corner and border punch-Vintage Floral
Ink- memento black
Embossing Stencil- Emily from cards unlimited (this came from a dutch distibutor at the craft and hobby association show)
Watercolor- twinkling H20
Thanks for stopping by! Leave a comment and let me know what you think!
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Baby Blessings

The LOVEFEST color challenge at SCS was hosted by sweetnsassystamps. You can see the photo and colors we were to use here. I used stamps from the sweetnsassy 1055 Holiday Greeting set to stamp the front and the inside reads"on the birth of your beautiful baby!" The darling paper is DCWV Baby Girl stack.

Materials List
Card Stock- GP White, SU! Real Red, Marco's Paper 120# card Fox River Desert Storm.
Paper- DCWV Baby Girl Stack, SU! 6x6 Stack
Ink-SU! Soft Seude
Stamps- Sweetnsassy #1055 Holiday Greetings, SU! Congrats
Die Cut- Sizzix Heart and Flourish Frame
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

LOVEFEST Inspiration Challenge

Here's my card for the LOVEFEST inspiration challenge hosted by The Cat's Pajamas. I chose to run with a garden theme with a wrought iron gate. I combined two Cricut images from the Cricut Ornamental Iron and A Child's First Year cartridges and welded them together to get this single image. I used the Stampscapes technique to make the background and then glued this silhouette on top. I just had to add this tulip botanical paper on this card since the little girl is watering her tulips. The card measures 5x7 inches and also counts 76 towards my 100 day challenge.

Materials List 
Paper-Rue De Fleur paper stack by Paper Studio.
Card Stock- Cream GP, Glossy from Marco's Paper, Paper Company Black
Ink Pads- Ranger Adirondack Lights Aqua, SU! Brilliant Blue, SU! Brocade Blue, SU! Bashful Blue, SU! Blush Blossom, SU! Garden Green, SU! Certainly Celery, SU! Handsome Hunter, SU! Summer Sun, Adirondack Lights Juniper.
Sharpie Fine Marker to draw the birds 
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Heartfelt Greetings

This is my greeting card for the Heartfelt Greetings LOVEFEST Challenge at splitcoaststampers. I had seen this type of card in the SCS Weekly Inkling and thought it was the perfect type of card to make for this challenge. This is called a shamrock card but I think it can be used for many occasions including Valentine's Day. This is the prototype for more cards to come later. I have some tweaking to do and think I can make improvements over this card. Anyway, you will have to wait to see those cards because they are still ideas and have not been put to paper. I used Anna Griffin paper, a few stamps and dimensional paint for this simple but elegant card.
Materials List
Paper- Anna Griffn Georgette paper stack
Ink- SU! White Craft, Memento London Fog
Stamps- Anna Griffin Sentimental Statements, SU! Gentler Times, Hero Arts Take Good Care Greeting 
I used the Cricut Craft Room Basics to cut the heart shapes
1/2 inch white Organza Ribbon, Tiny Eyelets, Duncan dimensional Paint, Liquid Pearls
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lots of Lovely Layers

I colored this background several  months ago using a post card type of thing which came with a  Stampscapes order last year. I sat and colored three or four of these and then added the stamped image and stars using techniques which I learned from the Stampscapes website. These images have been in a basket waiting to be mounted to a card so I grabbed one of them and usde it for the LOVEFEST lovely layers challenge at splitcoaststampers. I thought the verse from Ecclesiastes 3:1 was perfect so I printed it out on my computer and applied it using dimensional foam dots. I think this is a goood beginner project if you want to learn the Stampscapes techniques. Color the background and then add the stamped images and stars. Easy peasy!
Project 74 of 100 for the 100 day challenge is an A7 size card.

Materials List
Card Stock- Glossy, GP white, SU! Pink Pirouette, SU! Black, SU! Bashful Blue
Stamps- SU! Lovely as a Tree
Inks- Adirondack Lights Aqua, SU! Bashful Blue, SU! Pretty in Pink, SU! Lavender Lace, SU! Elegant Eggplant, SU! Perfect Plum, SU! Black, (Black Stazon-Stamped images)
Clear Coat- Valspar clear gloss interior/exterior

Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment!
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Vintage Bottles and Summer Flowers


I am pleased with the way that this all occasion card turned out for the LOVEFEST Die Crazy challenge at splitcoaststampers.The challenge is over but it might be something for some of you to keep in mind for next year. This was the first year that I participated and I thought it was a bucket O' fun!
I want to thank Janet for this lovely inkadinkado stamp that she sent in the Christmas WRAK Secret Sister swap. It was great to have something new to color for spring and summer. I cut the pendant die cut up to get the four Fleur De Lis shapes. Everything else was pretty straight forward. See the Materials list for more information.
Last but not least, this makes project 73 of 100 for the 100 day challennge at splitcoaststampers.
Materials List
Paper-DCWV La Bella Rouge Stack

Card Stock- Beckett Expression pure radiance from Marco's Paper (stamped image), The Paper Company Black Value Pack, GP white

Ink- Black Memento

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers- TB2,TB3, TB5, BGR1, BGR3, OR1, CT2, CT4, GB5, BT1, BT2, BT4, BT5, PP3, PP5, LV2

Dies- Cuttlebug fancy corners, Spelbinders Fleur De Lis Pendant and Mega Curved Rectangles.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Stampscapes Style Background with A Child's Year Cricut Image

Puppy love is the  name for this LOVEFEST challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.There are so many different types of greeting cards that come in all shapes/sizes and the LOVEFEST challenges brought the house down with creativity. I really enjoyed looking at the projects and participating in the fun.  I didn't have any stamped imgages with a puppy or a cute critter and wasn't sure I could come up wiith something reasonable for this challenge until I looked at my Cricut™ cartridges. There it was on 'A Child's Year' cartridge, a perfect image to use for the challenge and who could resist giving or receiving this adorable image? I think I cut the image at 5.25 inches wide. Then I removed the turtle which was touching her front foot and added in a few more blades of grass where the turtle once stood. You'll see what I mean when you compare the original image to this one. I then took a 4.5 x 5.75 piece of glossy card stock and created the background using Kevin Nakagawa's stampscapes technique using a Colorbox Stylus Tool. I added a few wispy clouds using white pigment ink and a cotton swab. I drew the birds with a black Sharpie marker. With this silhouette image I thought some deep tones would work well and feel like the sun was just setting. Maybe this little girl is on her way in for dinner. It's fun to think up a scenario for the cards!
Voila! A card isquickly born! At least for me this was quick. It took less than an hour to create an A7 card. I used designer paper from the Paper Studio Rue De Fleur stack from Hobby Lobby. The baker's twine is royal blue and white from Amercan Crafts. Next time I use a sihlouette on a background like this, I will add some stampscapes images to make it an even better composition. If you like the stampscapes style, check out these other posts. Thanks for stopping by!
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Jan Iamroses Winnings

I have a short video for you today. The Jan. Iamroses blog challenge winner flowers arrived and I wanted to show you what they sent.

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