Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Card Challenge - Birthday Card

The challenge was a Birthday or Anniversary card.  I chose a male birthday card.  I used the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 10PK - Card, Triple Square Flip-its which cuts the card base, the piece for the left hand and right hand designer papers, the layer for the small squares.  I placed squares on the flip side as well. I chose masculine designer paper with grids on the back side which I used for the backgrounds squares for the stars.  I punched the stars.  I added a Stampin Up Word Window greeting is a corresponding card stock.  The picture below shows the card open showing the back side of the squares.  It makes for a lot of small pieces to manage but it turned out well.

2014 Pay It Forward Art Project

I am joining in on the Pay It Forward Art-making Project for 2014 which I found through Maureen's blog.

The rules are simple if you would like to play along:

What I will do:   Make a small work of art for the first five people who comment on this post and say "YES, I want in!"

What you will do:  Swap a piece of art with me, post the rules on your blog or any other social media AND make something for the first five who comment on YOUR in return will get 5 pieces of original art.

The rules are simple:

– It has to be your work, made by you, and the recipient must receive it before 2014 ends.

- Doesn't matter where you live in the world.

- Copy & Paste this as your latest entry on your favorite social website (your blog is fine).

РIt can be anything art-based: a drawing/illustration, a photograph, digital, jewelry, a knitted item, cross-stitch, paper mach̩ Рor anything in-between.

- It doesn't matter if you aren't an artist...the sky's the limit...
Okay - who is in??

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bunny - Thinking of you

This little felt bunny was left over from this Ready 2 Go card kit so I chose to make it a Thinking of You card.

I selected card stock which matched the bunny. I found some designer paper which was springy feeling which I trimmed and glued to the card front.  I held the bunny in place with 3 tiny white brads.  I placed him on the left and my greeting on the right.  The greeting was color printed then punched out with a large oval punch. I applied some purple ink to it's edges.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Note Cards - Bicycle

Another set of note cards.  I used the Stampin Up! bicycle from the Feeling Sentimental set and printed it in black on cream card stock.  I added the greeting in the top right hand corner.  I wrapped them with black cord so they will make a quick and ready gift.

Note Cards - Washi Tape

I made these a couple of weeks ago on a visit to my sister's house. I just got around to wrapping them up with cord and having them ready when the occasion arises.  You never know when someone will need a bit of a boost!

I color printed the greeting then applied yellow striped washi tape below the greeting.

I really liked this bold alphabet washi tape. 


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Photo - Evening Moments

The focus at Another Deep Day is Evening Moments.

I selected this photo as it was taken following a July summer storm and a rainbow had appeared in the sky. I was spending time with one of my sisters and I always carry my camera with me. I rushed outside in hopes of capturing the evening sky as the sun set and lit up the clouds in lovely purple hues.

My sister and I stood on the porch of her house and enjoyed a bit of time outside after paper crafting most of the day.  Thank goodness we were given an opportunity to divert our attention for a bit. It was a good moment.

Ready 2 Fill - Tea Pot Boxes

Working on my supply of product for sales. Makes a great presentation for any small gift!

These are great boxes to give tea related gifts such as individually wrapped tea bags, loose tea in a twist tie bag, or even gift card. It could be a small gift which not tea related such as jewelry, tickets, a couple pieces of great chocolate, and many other ideas.

The die is the Sizzix Bigz Pro Die Box Tea Pot.  The box features a clear faceted glass bead and a metal accent on the lid.

You can find them here.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ready 2 Give - Tea Cup Box

I have started my production of product for my summer sales.

Here's my Tea Cup Box which is filled with Chamomile Tea.  The cups are cut with the Cricut - Folks Arts Festival cartridge from DSP. I have chosen to add a felt flower with a punchie from the same DSP. There's a small white sequin in the centre then a brad that holds everything together.

You can find them here.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

R2G Card & Wrapper Kit - Loose Tea Pouch

I've designed a card and wrapper all in one for giving loose tea in pouches. Check them out here.

It is made of solid colored card stock.  I have placed a white Martha Stewart Arches punched border along the bottom and a Cricut - Teapot from the Folk Art Festival cartridge in white.  It's all tied up with a white ribbon in a loose square knot at the top.  I have provided a piece of bond paper which slips on the inside and has the same holes as the covers so it gets held in when the ribbon is tied.  I guess it could sit on the back of the wrapper if the giver wanted the person receiving it to read that first.

They hold a small pouch of loose tea from either Steeped Tea or David's Tea.

With Mother's Day and Teacher gifts on the horizon, these would fit the bill just nicely.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Blessings

Wishing you all Easter Blessings this Easter Sunday.  May you have a great day!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dog Treat Boxes

It's that time of year again for our annual fundraising Easter Bake Sale.  I made dog treat boxes again this year. This time I made ones with carrot and apple.

I wrapped my tea tin boxes in bright Easter/Spring paper. It's bright blue with colorful dots with a hint of reflective prism.  I placed the treats in plastic bags and tied them closed with bright yarn.  I added a color printed tag with the important details.

There will be some happy puppies tonight!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Photo - Macro of a Water Drop

I visited the Muttart Conservatory to get a macro photo for the challenge at Personal Photo Challenge. I have selected a few pictures for this challenge.

They has just recently watered the plants and many leaves had water drops on them.  I got in close and got several of them in this picture

I took this photo of a center of a cactus. It looks so much like a rose which is very pretty.

I took this photo several years ago.  I found this tiny lady bug on the green and silver leaf.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Card - Framed Butterfly

I selected a red card to match the bit of red in the designer paper.  I cut the Spellbinder Label One in the DP and black shiny paper (it does not show in scan).  I punched the MS Monarch in the same card stock. I added a greeting with the Stampin Up Modern Label and Word Window combo.

I started with a green card. I cut a piece of designer paper then a larger one in light blue with the Spellbinder Label One Nestabilities.  I then used the direct to paper technique on the card front with an orange ink pad.  I adhered the Label One then added the Martha Stewart butterfly punchie in a bright orange color.  I added the greeting with the Stampin Up! Modern Label Punchie in the same card stock as the Label One and the Word Window punch with the greeting in green to match the card.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Card - Frame It Challenge

I made this card for a Frame It Challenge.  I started with a green card.  I cut a piece of designer paper then a larger one in navy blue with the Spellbinder Label One Nestabilities.  I then used the direct to paper technique on the card front with a navy ink pad.  I adhered the Label One then added the Martha Stewart butterfly punchie in a soft warm blue color.  I added the greeting with the Stampin Up! Modern Label Punchie and the Word Window punch.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Greeting Card Portfolios - Auction

I have been wanting to improve my packaging on my Greeting Card Gift Sets so this is my latest invention.
I created and printed an insert for the cellophane sleeve which gives what the item is, the type of cards in the set and credits on the back.  I slipped it into the sleeve then filled the 4 spots with cards, 2 on the front and 2 on the back.  This allows the person to see all 4 cards.  I placed a staple in the center fold to keep the cards in their particular quadrant.

These 2 sets are being donated to an auction for world missions.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

R2G Card Kit - DSP Split with Felt Flower

I made these kits after my class yesterday with a similar layout. This time I changed up the double sided designer paper and made it Stampin Up! Certainly Celery with a variety of card colors.
The DSP is cut to 5.25x4" then cut again at 3.25" and the small piece is turned over. The 2 pieces are tape back together.  I wrapped a piece of white grosgrain ribbon across the join and tape the ends to the back.  I added a felt flower and card stock flower matching the card cut with the Blossom Party Stampin' Up! Originals Die. I added a small white sequin flower and held in all together with a tiny white brad put through a hole made with a push pin.  These are Pretty in Pink and Perfect Plum.

The other kit is Not Quite Navy and Groovy Guava.

Monday, April 7, 2014

All Occasion Stack Class - DSP Split with Felt Flower

For this card I selected double sided designer paper in the same color as the card.  In this card Stampin Up Baja Breeze from the print sampler on the same colored card.  I cut the 4.00" x 5.25" paper at 3.25" and flipped the small piece over.  These pieces were taped on the back so the piece was again the same size leaving a small border.  I wrapped a piece of wide white grosgrain ribbon over the join and taped the ends to the back. This layer was then glued to the card front. I cut the flower element with the Blossom Party Stampin' Up! Originals Die.  I cut the largest flower from white felt.  The smaller one was cut from the same colored card stock as the card.  I added a small white flower sequin on the tiny white brad then placed the prongs through a hole made with a push pin. The prongs are spread apart on the inside of the card.

The colors in this kit are Night of Navy, Certainly Celery, Riding Hood Red and Baja Breeze.

All Occasion Stack Class - Vintage Bicycle

For the next card, I started with the Stampin Up! Bicycle from the Feeling Sentimental stamp set black on Whisper White.  I layered it onto a piece of Real Red card stock leaving a small border.  I next selected a strip of Summer Sun card stock which was wider than the card.  I assessed where to wrap my thread 3 times around and knotted it.  This strip was then adhered to the card front just higher than half way up and trimmed on the left and right to the card edges.  I adhered the Bicycle layer to the card front over the strip with 3D foam tape.

The alternate colors for this card kit design were Baja Breeze and Sahara Sand.

All Occasion Stack Class - Friendly Bird

Today is my All Occasion Stack Class. Here the first card in this class.
I selected a card in Stampin Up Not Quite Navy. I embossed the bottom half of the card front with the SU Pretty Print folder. I created a large flag in white and color printed the border in the same color as card.  I then trimmed the flag close to the border by hand. I stamped the Bird from the Stampin Up Nesting Place stamp set on the left hand side in the same color as the card. I selected a piece of wider ribbon and knotted a narrow piece onto it as shown. The ends of the wider are taped to the back of the flag. Trim the ends of the narrow as needed. This element is adhered to the front of the card.  The colors in this kit were Kiwi Kiss, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive and of course the Not Quite Navy.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Card - HB for a Friend

I made this card for a friend who is celebrating a birthday today. I started with a wax crayon flower.  Check this post for a how to make wax crayon paper.  I printed a script background of my own in deep pink and I added the stem for the flower. I then paired it up with a deep pink card.  I added a white silk flower and an deep yellow silk flower in the center all held together with a tiny white brad.  I added a 1 3/8 inch circle in deep blue with a circle greeting.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How To: Ink Spot Background

Here's a tutorial on how to make Ink Spot Backgrounds with Tim Holtz Distress Stains. I used Broken China, Tattered Rose, Bundled Sage.

You must protect your work space not just the surface as you will see from my note. I had ink on the walls.
Select your colors that coordinate or work with your theme.  I think this paper will make nice baby cards. You must strike the paper quite firmly.  Do a test on a scrap first if you need to. Spread your spots around the paper randomly.  This for some will be the most challenging.  Have fun!!

This would be a great activity with kids. They can then make projects (cards) with their paper. The paper takes about 10 minutes to dry.  The ink goes a lot way.

Christmas Card Challenge - April - Punches

This month's challenge is punches. It could a shape, a border, a corner punch.

I got my Stampin Up! Chevron punch during Sale-a-bration and I wanted to use it for these cards.  It was a challenge. I measured 1 1/8" from the top right hand corner to align the points on the chevron.  One had to be marked on the front and the other on the back.  I punched the left once and then the top once and added 2 more holes. The white layer is pearl white with a hint of gold. I lined the back of the white layer with gold decorative paper.  I punched a star from the same paper.  I stamped the SU Prince of Peace large greeting with SU Night of Navy ink on white card stock.  It was cut with the matching SU Deco Label framelit.  I cut another from the gold decorative paper.  I trimmed the circle part of the die cut off going along the straight edge of the ends then cut it in half crosswise.  I then glued them offset from the left and right hand ends.  This greeting was adhered to the card front with 3D foam tape.