Sunday, August 28, 2011

One Of My Projects Was "Picked"

I received notice via a comment left on my Wedding Bouquet Card Framed post
 that my project was chosen to be one of the featured picks for the week, #31  8/28/2011  !!!

I'm not sure as of this writing how to "add a badge",
 so for now here is the image and a link:

Thanks for looking, now to figure out how to "add a badge" properly  =) 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Two Quick Scrapbook Pages - Wedding Album

I used a couple of pieces of decorative paper from a cheap pad I bought some time ago (I think these are the first pieces I've used!) to make a couple of quick pages to put in the photo album I am giving to the newlyweds. I didn't want to put too much work into it since I am not sure that they will even use it. Like most teenagers today, they will probably have all digital photos, no hard copies to put in an album. My hope is that they will have photos printed to put in the album. Maybe I should have given them a photo developing gift certificate along with the album rather than the baking dish set that was on the registry....

The first page I used a couple of punches and card stock from Stampin' Up! to recreate the flower design of the paper.
Fancy Flower punch
Two Step Bird punch- for the leaves
Circle punch
Scallop edge punch
Mauve Mist and Whisper White card stock
home made shimmer spray

The second page I simply painted Crystal Effects onto the diamonds of the ring then sprinkled on Dazzling Diamonds glitter. It's pretty plain; I need to fiddle with it a bit more. I think I will add a tag for journaling

It's been good to get back into the craft dungeon this past week, despite missing my buddies fiercely.

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Birthday Blossom card

Pretty simple card using items from Stampin' Up! , 
several of which are now retired.

Blossoms Abound stamp set
Fabulous Florals stamp set
Birthday Greetings stamp set

Whisper White card stock

Pink Pirouette striped ribbon

Texturz Embossing plate

Top Note Die

Pink Pirouette marker to outline inside sentiment

classic ink pads and aquapainter to watercolor images:
Pink Pirouette 
Certainly Celery
Daffodil Delight
Basic Gray

Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wedding Bouquet card - framed

Fiddling around in the craft dungeon while working on the photo album, I remembered I had a small shadow box frame. Turns out is was nearly the exact size to frame the wedding bouquet card in ! Below is what it looked like before sanding and painting. I thought about adding dots or pearl paint, lace, something to dress it up then decided against it so it wouldn't take away from the details on the card.

I plan on giving it to the Newlyweds in case they would like to frame and display the card I made them. I would hate for the card to be thrown away and it would be difficult to store otherwise since it is dimensional. Besides, they may need a few decorative pieces for the apartment, maybe she can make a little display of wedding mementos.

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Scrapbook Cover "Title" made with My Digital Studio - hybrid

I used My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up! to create this "title" piece for the front of a photo album. 
It is easy to do using My Digital Studio - the most difficult part is deciding exactly which layout I wanted to print, so many ideas, stamp designs, etc to choose from !

I used the font Scriptina in Basic Black ink with a slight drop shadow for the names.

The decorative edge was made with a Torn Edges stamp brush printed in Cherry Cobbler color. The colors aren't as vibrant on the cream pearlescent paper that I printed it on unfortunately. 

I cut and punched the edges of a Red piece of card stock for the base, Basic Black for the middle. The printed piece is covered with a piece of transparency to protect the printing. All layers are attached together by pearl brads (that I do not remember where they came from or the manufacturer).

I hot glued the completed piece to the front of a hand made paper covered photo album.

I kept the protective plastic cover on the album to give to them, they can take it off if they want since I added the transparency to the printed piece. I thought about removing the protective cover and add a paper rose with leaves to the center of the large organdy ribbon, but in the end decided against it. It will be easier to store if it is flat and the white hand made paper cover would be better protected leaving the plastic cover on.

As much as I like the wedding bouquet card that I already made, I may make another one using the wedding colors of red and black so it coordinates with this album.

=) Thanks for looking ! 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Wedding Bouquet Card

A card I spent far too much time on for my daughters young friend that is getting married this coming weekend. I enjoyed it though ! 

Punch out flowers, shape by smooshing it into the palm of your hand with the clean rubber end of a pencil. Curl the petals with a bone folder and your thumb. I used copy weight paper, but you could use card stock. Also, I made my own shimmery paper for the flowers - after I was done building the bouquet I remembered the shimmer paper I had in my hoard ! *Easier and far less time consuming than making your own paper flowers, use premade florals.

Lightly spray paper flowers with shimmer spray, set aside to dry.
My homemade shimmer spray uses a glob Jacquard Pearlex paint and rubbing alcohol, no exact measurements but definitely more alcohol than paint. It must be very "liquidy" so it will spray.  Gently swish around in a tiny spray bottle until the paint glob dissolves and makes a shimmery liquid, spritz on your project but make sure you have scrap paper all around it. Better yet, cut a card board box into a little "spray booth" to help catch stray sprays of the shimmer mist. I'm sure you can find all sorts of recipes online for making your own shimmer spray/glimmer mist/etc.

Emboss shimmer paper with Texturz plate and Big Shot die cutting machine. Adhere to card base (my card is 5" x 5" )

Trace and cut out heart pop up for the inside. Design digitally before tracing and cutting out or stamp sentiments once it is cut out. Dab in a little bit of glue on the diamond, sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. Once dry, fold along score lines and attach to the inside of the card. *After assembling it, I thought I should have embossed around the edges of the hearts, or stamped something, it looks pretty plain. And I'm really not happy with the way the ink lightened up on the metallic paper, the especially looks awful now.

Cut several thin strips of certainly celery card stock to make stems. Adhere to a curved scrap of card stock to give it the illusion of a bunch of stems. Wrap with organdy ribbon.

Apply dimensional glitter "glue" to flower centers, set aside to dry. You could also use brads, rhinestones, flat back pearls, etc instead.

Brayer Certainly Celery ink onto vellum (or you could use Certainly Celery card stock). Punch out stems with Bird punch.

Cut a circle from a scrap of card stock to build the bouquet on. Glue the leaves on first. Layer on the flowers. I used hot glue to attach the flowers, Tombow liquid glue for the leaves.

Attach tiny rhinestone brad to tag then hot glue end to top of organdy ribbon. Lightly bend the tag before attaching if you wish.

I am going to insert it into a clear envelope then attach it to the outside of their gifts. I will wrap the gifts in large sheets of drafting vellum. I had planned on stamping random roses from the 5th Avenue Florals stamp set on the vellum and wrap black ribbons around the stacked gifts, but decided it looked too gawdy even if it is the wedding colors. I'll stick with all white gift wrap, white ribbons and this card on top. 

All supplies from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
Basic Black ink
Rhinestone brad
scrap of shimmer paper cut with scissors to make tag
Whisper White card stock
Certainly Celery card stock
Cool Metallic Shimmer paper - The Paper Company
copy paper - Simply Paper 20 lb I use in my printer
vellum - old scrap of drafting vellum
5 Petal flower punch
Two Step bird punch (for the leaves)
home made shimmer spray
dimensional glitter "glue"
Texturz embossing plate from Stampin' Up!
White organdy ribbon - retired from Stampin' Up! years ago
My Digital Studio - Word Play stamp set for the inside of the card
Dazzling Diamonds glitter and Tombow liquid glue for the ring
Heart pop up template - unknown

Thanks for looking =)

This project made it to #12 on the Project Leaderboards at the
Stampin' Up! Demonstrator only web site August 23, 2011.

Inspiration sample from a book (that I did not note the name of, sorry) at our local library

Sunday, August 7, 2011

RAK received - candy bar holder card

What a wonderful surprise in the mail yesterday ! 

 I received this adorable candy holder card from a "pen pal" friend, so sweet of her !

It looks to be a large square envelope, folded in half.

Clip the flap of the folded envelope only on the fold line.

Seal one half of the flap down then cover with decorative papers.

The other flap is left loose so a candy bar can be inserted.

Additional decorative papers and an adorable rubber stamped cat image that she colored with markers then mounted on dimensionals with fun fibers in the top is adhered to the front.

She ran a ribbon through a couple of holes punched near the seams to help hold it closed.

Too cute and thoughtful ! I needed a "pick me up" after this past month......thanks, Margy =) 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cat Sympathy Card

I received a "just checking in to say HI" note from one of my followers out of the blue the other day. I was surprised that anyone noticed I hadn't posted for some time !

Too much "stuff" going on the past month. Plus, I haven't been making anything new lately to share. I did make this pet sympathy card recently. That really put me in a funk, missing Cassie dog (4 months now) and Mulligan cat (almost 1 year exactly):

All supplies from Stampin' Up!

Meow Meow stamp set
Sympathy set, I can't recall the name at the moment

card stocks:
Whisper White
Taken With Teal
Basic Black

Various Stampin' Up! classic ink pads and an aquapainter to color the images

Basic Black marker

Basic Black grosgrain ribbon

Thanks for looking =)