Saturday, March 31, 2018

Floral Easter Egg Card




The "egg" for this card was the oval cut out portion
from another card I made years ago and have held onto
(yes, I have a bit of a problem with saving things for "one day").

I slightly curved the oval, put pop dots underneath the center portion
then glued along the edges to try to give it a bit of dimension.

The card front was embossed with a frame folder.

I then added paper punched leaves, Prima flowers,
yellow rhinestones and an organdy ribbon bow.

A tiny word window punched and stamped tag was tucked underneath.

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Cottontail Rabbit Easter Cards






Simple enough Easter cards created by stamping the rabbit images on 
patterned paper then cutting them out.
I added mini pom pom tails for an extra dose of cuteness! 

Stamp images, patterened paper and ribbon 
are oldies from Stampin' Up! 

Thanks for looking = )


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Rustic Easter Card





Today I'm sharing yet another card with the chocolate bunny image !
I think I mentioned that I was inspired by that image in the sale ad
and spent most of the day Sunday stamping ;) 

I have a few more cards to share this week,
no chocolate bunnies on them, though.


I went a littel wild creating the background on this card
using several stamp sets, colors and even smearing ink 
pads directly across the card stock.
It is inspired by the watercolor florals over wood panel
look on digital scrapbook papers and home decor
items I am seeing a lot of right now.

The bunny was heat embossed on the kraft tag.

Easter egg eyelet, small stamped sentiment tag and twine finish it off. 








I'm entering my card in the current Anything Goes Challenge at Retro Rubber
All of the stamps used are oldies from Stampin' Up!
Chocolate Bunny - 2010
Easter Egg - 2000
Woodgrain - 2009
Itty Bitty Backgrounds - 1997
Teeny Tiny Wishes - 2009

I recently visited another bloggers page after she left a kind comment on one of my cards.
She designs for the Cards In Envy a challenge I've not played along with in quite some time.
I'm entering my card in their current challenge, Cards In Envy - no patterened paper .
I measured, my eyelet and twine are not a 1/4" thick ;)


Thanks for looking =)


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

White Chocolate Rabbit Easter Card





I was having fun making these fairly simple Easter cards using 
a single chocolate bunny image after being inspired by an ad !

This card is stepped up a bit more than the others:
I added real stitching above the lovely scalloped
and embossed edges.

The rabbit image was also heat embossed on this one,
white on white, then hand trimmed.






Thanks for looking =)


Fabric treat bag was my inspiration



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Blue Bunny Easter Card

 



Another card inspired by an image in the 
email sale ad I received from Michael's. 

This one is stepped up a bit,
but still fairly quick and easy.

I simply stamped the chocolate bunny image
with a dark brown ink onto kraft card stock.
It was hand trimmed out with scissors.

The light aqua blue card stock was cut with a 
border edge die then run through and embossing folder
to create the embossed scallop cut edges.

A scrap of gingham ribbon hot glued on to finish it off.

The blue gift bag was my inspiration



Thanks for looking =)

Monday, March 26, 2018

Inspired Easter Bunny Card






The above super simple card was inspired by the 
photo below in the Michael's ad this week !





image from michaels.com sale ad  email newsletter 2018


Come back this week to see two more dressed up versions :)

This particular card was pretty quick and easy:
stamp a darker shade of pink ink
on light pink card stock,
carefully trim out,
add a bow and glue to card front.
My chocolate bunny image came from Stampin' Up!
(inks and card stocks, too)
I used a scoring board and stylus to create my own
raised embossed line edges around my card front. 


I was so inspired that I decided to do nothing much more
than work on several different Easter cards nearly all day yesterday !
I'll share them this week. 







Friday, March 23, 2018

Pick Up Bits N Pieces Birthday Card


Ahhhh, sunshine (for a minute) today ! 
It's been too cloudy, too long here. 
It may have been a bit too bright to photograph my latest
card though, the bright yellow truck (and blue sky) are washed out.....




This card was made with a few leftover bits
and a couple of new pieces ;)


The truck image is a digital stamp image I bought
many years ago from Stampin' Up! when they offered the
My Digital Studio program for digital crafting on computers.
I was quite disappointed when they discontinued that program :(

I altered the image with Photoshop Elements to remove the 
"apples for sale" sign on the tail gate
and the bushels of apples in the bed of the original image. 
It made the image more versatile for me.

I've had this particular image printed for quite a while. 
I printed off several sizes and variations when I altered the digital image years ago
and have kept them on hand for use some day.
I really liked being able to resize, flip, alter digital stamps.

I colored this image with colored pencils. 
If you look closely at the hood,
you can see some tiny orange flames!
I colored it this way to somewhat resemble
an old truck the recipient of the card once had.




There is a small strip of diamond plate folder embossed
 silver metallic card stock layered behind the truck piece.






I made two faux screw heads with the middle of a tiny
die cut circle (from the Nailed It die set) and three layers of embossing powder.

I added corner photo mounts (made from a paper punch)
to the corners of the truck image panel
which was then attached with dimensionals. 

The background piece is a really old scrap 
(index card actually) that was from a small
photo album I made for my classic Mustang car years ago.
It didn't stamp well, but I saved it to reuse one day.
Today was the day, the stamped truck image covered
the poorly stamped background image well !

Speaking of photo albums, 
the black "card stock" layers are actually
inserts from the photo albums I've been working on.
They were in the front photo pocket of the albums I was filling.
I thought they might come in handy for use on a craft project
some day so I shouldn't through them away. 


It's been a while since I've participated in any challenges.
Since this card met the current tic tac toe challenge at Retro Rubber (#82),
I'd like to enter it - in the knick of time! 
Retro Rubber was one of my favorite challenge sites since
all of my stamps are quite old, decades old in many cases.



Stamp images are oldies from Stampin' Up!
Truck image, Countryside digital image - I'll guess at least 6 years old
Highways and Byways background - 2003
Happy Birthday from It's Your Birthday -  2005

Tic tac toe, diagonal:
Darice Diamond plate embossing folder (dry embossing)
silver embossing powder (heat embossing)
tiny circle from die cut for screw head (die cut)
technically not a die cut, but paper punch photo mount corners
Birthday


I'm also entering it in Through The Craft Room Door Anything Goes March 20th challenge.
I've not played along here for a while, either.



Thanks for looking =)


EDITED TO ADD:
My card was chosen as a Top Pick at Retro Rubber -
how exciting ! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Simple Rustic Paisley Birthday Card



Simple enough greeting card (quite "eh" actually.....).
A little stamping, sponging and some distressing of 
a card stock layer edge.
Faux stitching made by running a fine tip marker
along the edge of a ruler. 
I prefer to do real stitching on my projects,
but I was being "lazy" and didn't bother to 
drag out the sewing machine this time. 

All supplies used were from Stampin' Up!,
stamp images are no longer available.

First thing I've made in a little while,
and this was using up some scraps.

It somewhat reminds me of tooled leather, like a saddle.




Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Paddys Day






A really old card sample that has never been shared on my blog.

All supplies used were from Stampin' Up!





Friday, March 16, 2018

St Patrick's Day Box


A really old sample that has never been shared on my blog!
I made this for a stamping class years ago. 

All supplies used were from Stampin' Up!



I've not made anything new, crafty for some time.
Spending my free time working on photo albums still!


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Blog Candy at Black Shadow Creations

A long time blogging buddy of mine is having a "blog candy" give away for her 7 Year Blogiversary!

Click below to read the simple rules. The candy itself is a surprise ;) While you are there, take a look around at her various projects and read her sometimes witty, sometimes sentimental but always fun to read posts.

https://blackshadowcreations.blogspot.com/2018/02/happy-7-year-blogiversary.html








(Sorry, Margaret, I meant to publish this a couple of weeks ago!)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Photo Album Project Progress





There haven't been many crafty posts so far this year because I've been busy working on putting 20+ years worth of photos into albums!

I started out making some scrapbook pages and cute journaling cards, but that was taking too much time. I've switched gears to trying to make sure each photo has been scanned and have dates noted on the backs (many still are not....) then putting them into pocket photo albums. I'm leaving index cards as place holders where I want to go back in to add journaling or maybe some fun "scrappy"cards.

Why am I not journaling as I am inserting the photos ? Because I want to add stamped images, etc to the cards before writing on them and that is taking too much time right now. I had a deadline of getting all of the photos into albums then emptying out the storage unit so it could be removed by the end of April. We need the space freed up to make a workstation for my daughter when she moves back home at that time. Slowly but surely I am getting there!

I started this massive project around the beginning of the new year when I learned she would be coming back home. I've made great progress (not counting the lack of journaling), I am now starting work on photos from 2010 ! There are still lots of extra photos to be done (trips, individual albums for pets, etc) in addition to all of the photos through 2017.




Labeling the sides:
I searched and searched for some sort of  easy to use spine label clip for the sides of the scrapbooks.
Close To My Heart sells a set of two narrow clips for just under $5. I ruled those out because it was going to be too expensive and they appeared to be too small.
I found a style I liked and after hunting them down, found out they were discontinued.
I then saw a google image linked to pinterest using mini binder clips and metal rim tags.
The site the original image was linked to is no longer up, but the used with permission image that was the google results/pinterest image is found at https://thedailydigi.com/2010/01/19/un-chronologically-organizing-my-albums/





I had some metal rim tags and black polka dot ribbon in stock , so I bought some mini binder clips and made labels on the computer using Photoshop Elements. They were printed out onto card stock then paper punched out with a 1 3/8" circle punch. I attached the punched out labels with heavy duty double stick tape.


I recently spent a day making spine labels for the albums completed so far.
Below are a few.

I don't know how well they will hold up, but after searching and searching for spine clip labels, I decided this was going to be the best option. It's not like the albums will be opened on a regular basis anyway, so they should be fine. If not, they are easy enough to make ;)

The next step is to make and print out labels for the front of the albums (where a photo would go) that list the main events photographed in that particular album. Some albums don't have this front window, so I'll just print a sheet to put inside the front cover.

I also made CDs of the digital images in each album and inserted them in the backs of the albums.
A few I need to make envelopes for to do this, but the Recollections brand Trevor style album has built in pockets (and the photo frame fronts). I really like these albums and will be buying more to have in stock for the future.

Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Bathroom Decor Redo

before

after




before


after



March 1st, time for a new anything crafty goes challenge at



The above projects are some items I redid for a recent
"remodel" of our bathroom. I changed colors of the 
towels, drapes, shower curtain and rug so I 
wanted to change the colors on these items, too.
No sense in buying new knick knacks when these
were still perfectly fine ;) 

The wood candle pedestal was bought from a craft
booth many years ago and the 8" square box frame
was a clearance item after Valentine's Day
from Target, bought about a dozen years ago. 

The frame originally had a large red heart
made of flowers in it (click here to see what I did with that).
I bought the frame for the purpose of ripping out the heart and
reusing the frame in the bathroom. I glued a scrap of denim
in it then hot glued dried florals and ribbon on it. 
It worked with the once navy blue/denim bathroom.

To redo it, I simply ripped it all apart then taped in an image
I found (and altered) that was printed onto card stock.
(Original artist Deb Strain)
I printed it out three times then cut out a couple parts of the bath tub,
glued to chipboard then glued on top of the base image
to create some dimension.  I also added glitter to the bubbles ! 



I happen to have a vintage pedestal tub in the bathroom,
so this image was perfect !









As for the candle pedestal redo:

I made a pattern by rubbing my fingers along the edges
of the wood star cutout on light weight paper.
I then cut the star out with scissors
and marked the front side.
I had to flip the pattern over the trace it
so there would be no lines on the front
of the card stock piece when I cut it out. 








Checking the pattern, looks good







TIP: If you are going to corrugate something,
it will "shrink"! I thought about this as I was making it,
wondering how much the size or shape would be altered. 
Yep, too much so I had to redo it the way it should have been 
done in the first place. Duh !





This time I traced onto the already corrugated card stock. 
pattern flipped over, then carefully cut it out.
That did the trick ! 







Lots of double stick tape on the back of the star shape.






Adhered in place over the cut out wood shape.
I then added die cut words from black card stock. 


Yes, I would have rather had real tin,
and no, I don't think the card stock on either project
will last very long in a humid bathroom.
They will look cute for a while,
then when they do fall apart, 
I get to come up with another idea ;) 


Thanks for looking ! 



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