Feb 28, 2009

The End (at the last minute)

I created this for my hubby’s co-worker Thursday night and last minute (gotta love that man!) as Friday was her last day. Because it was last minute and I’m not a quick crafter by no means. I needed and idea and I needed it fast. I decided to use Jen del Muro’s SFYTT sketch from last week. I searched around in my stamps for something that fit the ocassion and came across this cute lil’ bunny bottom stamp that I haven’t used since I purchased it. I thought it would be perfect for the sentiment I came up with ("The End") – Get it? I know it corny, not all that original, but it’s cute too. I stamped 3 bunny bottom images. One for the base, one that was applied on the base with foam tape and the last one – I just cut the tail out and applied it with foam tape for another dimension (click on the pic for a larger view). Considering I did this last minute, two hours before bed – I’m happy with the results. It was a happy card which the recipient was happy with and even a little misty over. So – it’s all good!

'til I craft again...

~Stuff Used~
Card Size: 4.5"x 5"; Stamps: Cottontail (All Night Media); Ink: Onyx Black - Versafine(Tsukineko); Paper: White CS (Georgia-Pacific), Green & Turquoise CS (Hobby Lobby), Pattern Paper (DCMV); Accessories: Foam Tape, CluffHmk (Microsoft), Blue Super Oval Punch (Marvy), Ribbon (Hobby Lobby), Copics, Chalk

Feb 27, 2009

13th Birthday...

I know I’m overdue for posting, but this time, for the first time, my excuse is not because I don’t have an excuse or I was lazy. I have been really busy this last week and I was able to craft. I just didn’t have the time to post…

A co-worker of mine wanted something really special for her niece’s 13th birthday…DUNH, DUNH, DUNH…the teenage years! Anyway, she gave me a slew of things she wanted on the card. She wanted textured paper, balloons, glitter, “happy 13th birthday” sentiment, ribbon, colors of blue, purple and green. Just hearing the details…I was thinking to myself…these colors together? I don’t know. Too many embellishments! How in the world am I going to include it all and having it looking decent?

I was looking around for some inspiration and guess who never fails me…Michelle had posted a fun and lovely card that I thought would fit the bill. I’ve cased Michelle before as seen here. It’s funny that both times I’ve cased her have been when nothing else I have looked at (for inspiration) has done the job, but on the final day when I need to make up my mind, she has always posted something that inspires me like no other has. Thanks Michelle!

Using Michelle’s card helped me to determine the layout for this card and allowed me to use all of the elements requested. This is the largest card I’ve created with this many embellishment. I like to think of it as a smorgasbord for the eyes…perfect for a 13 year old girl. My favorite elements of the card were inspired by Anna Wight. This card of hers inspired how I embellished and added the balloons to the layout. I punched the balloons, colored with Copics, glittered, and then tied the white floss as the string. I used Ana's technique for creating the greatest and easiest faux stitching. She often uses flags for her sentiments…so I thought I’d use that too. She makes the flags look so yummy on her cards, I just knew they would be difficult (for me) to recreate. I asked her how to do them and she kindly respond with instruction…that were easy peasy (that’s the only reason they’re on the card, cuz me and difficult things don’t get along)

As you can see this card was inspired by many different things from a variety of crafty people. It takes a craft community to raise a card (corny, but get it?)

'til I craft again or have something to say...

~Stuff Used~
Card Size: 5.5" x 8.5”; Technique: Dry Embossing, Faux Piercing; Ink: Pearl Crimson (Tsukinek); Paper: White CS (Georgia-Pacific), Purple & Heavy Turquoise CS (Hobby Lobby); Accessories: Foam Tape, Copics, Serated Tracing Wheel, Glitter (Doodlebug), Foam Letter Stickers (American Crafts – Daiquiri), White Floss (DMC), Ribbon (Michael’s), Cornice Edge & Balloon Punches (Martha Stewart), Happy Birthday Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), CliffHmk Font (Microsoft)

Feb 14, 2009

It's me again...in less than two days

Another post? Didn't I just do one like two days ago? Well...Yeah, I did and No...I'm not feverish. I've got the paper craftin' bug going on - so I'm just going to move with it. Because with me...who know how long it'll last.

Today's card is a birthday card for my hubby's brother's wife. I had a quick turn around time...so I will preface the appearance of this card by saying I wanted quick and simple, but still nice lookin'...I think I achieved that. This card was inspired by many things outside of the occasion itself. I've wanted to use this ribbon ever since I bought it and I made myself a promise the next card I created was going to include it. The colors for the card were inspired by KWERNERDESIGN.COM COLOR INSPIRATION challenge. I don't have any Stamin' Up paper, so I had to match with what I have. I have always wanted to participate in one of these challenges...no time like the present. The layout of the card was inspired by the most recent SCS Sketch Challenge (SC215).

'til I craft again or have something to say...

Card Size: 4.25"x 5.5"; Stamp: Happy Birthday (garage sale find); Ink: Embossing Ink (Top Boss); Paper: White CS(Georgia-Pacific), Heavy Black, GrayRed, and Pink CS (Hobby Lobby); Accessories: Foam Squares, Heat Gun, Silver Embossing Powder (Ranger), Ribbon (Offray), Classic Butterfly Punch (MarthaStewart), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)

Feb 12, 2009

Valentine goodness...

I have completed 3 cards in 2 days. Yeah – you read it right! 3 card in 2 days. For those that are familiar with me – I’m sure you are asking, “What’s wrong with her?” I guess I was a lil’ motivated because a guy asked me to make something for his wife and mother. Still, I have never produced this many cards in 2 nights – after I got home from work, ate, showered, watched a lil’ TV, etc and then I got to craftin’. I’m just so danged excited I’m finally getting my butt in gear. Ok…now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get down to what I’ve done.

The “i {heart} u” card was done using a SCS Sketch (SC214). I just absolutely adore satin ribbon. Don’t you? It just adds pizzazz. I think this is the first bow I’ve tied on a card that I’m completely happy with. Don’t you just love when that happens? I love the sparkly chipboard letters from American Crafts. I think I’m developing a Jones for AC stickers.

The “Happy Valentine’s Day” card was done using Jen Del Muro’s most recent SFYTT sketch. Also, this card was partly inspired by this card. I love the tone on tone and texture on texture. I just love the glittered hearts. I always thought doing glittered hearts would be a pain, but they were rather simple…especially with using the Xyron 150 to apply the adhesive.

The “Bee mine” card was done using an old (not by lots) SCS Sketch (SC208). I have a thing for this sketch and this stamp. The first card I did with both came out well and I was quite please with it. So I said, if ain’t broke don’t fix it. I kinda “cased” my original idea of using the stamp in the same kinda way. I love this Bees stamp by Stampendous…it’s so cute and I love using stamps to replace words. This sketch is so fun; I thought it would fit well with my fun theme.

Hope your Valentine’s Day is groovy.

‘til I craft again or have something to say…

~Stuff Used on “i {heart} u”~
Technique: Embossing; Card Size: 4.25"x 5.5"; Paper: Heavy Black and Red CS (Hobby Lobby); Accessories: Foam Squares, Yellow Heart Punch (Marvy), Crystal Fine Glitter (Martha Stewart), Black Sating Ribbon (Offray), Glitter Chipboard Letter Stickers (American Crafts Thickers – Sprinkles), Heart Blocks & Swiss Dots Embossing Folders (Cuttlebug)

~Stuff Used on “Happy Valentine’s Day”~
Technique: Embossing; Card Size: 4.5"x 5"; Paper: White CS (Georgia-Pacific), Red CS (Hobby Lobby); Accessories: Foam Squares, Missed Your Exit font (www.kevinandamanda.com), Yellow and Blue Heart Punch (Marvy), Crystal Fine Glitter (Martha Stewart), Heart Blocks & Swiss Dots Embossing Folders (Cuttlebug)

~Stuff Used on “Bee mine”~

Card Size: 4.5"x 5"; Stamp: Bees (Stamps Happen, Inc.); Ink: Black (StazOn); Paper: DP (DCWV), White CS(Georgia-Pacific), Pink CS (Hobby Lobby); Accessories: Foam Squares, Heart Buttons (Michael’s), White Floss (DMC), Color Pencils (Koh-i-noor), Goo Gone, Cool Gray No. 1 Marker (Copic – C1), Vinyl Letter Stickers (American Crafts Thickers – Sprinkles), Stamp-a-ma-jig (EK Success), Blending Stumps

Feb 7, 2009

Look Who Fluttered Back Into Town

WARNING: This is a long post with a tad bit too much whining and please pardon the blurry photos. My camera sucks, but I’ve got to work with what I have.
I must begin by saying…you know how you start something, but it’s not quite turning out how you want it to, but you want to finish. So you kinda fudge your way to the finish line in order to say its done. Well…that’s kinda what I did with this.

There were two reasons to make this treat box: (1) My hubby asked me to make something for a co-worker that was returning from maternity leave…sort of a welcome back acknowledgement (2) I have wanted to produce something other than a card and I thought this treat box was the perfect thing.

My hubby’s respect and appreciation has grown for my paper crafts - so much too the point that he's asking me to do things for his friends, family, co-workers, etc. He’s really aware of the power of handmade items…especially for the recipient. Anyway, I just had to share that because it just warms my heart when he shows interest in what I’m doing. Gotta Love the Man and I do!

Moving right along…
I first saw this Ghirardelli® Box template on SCS, but I refer to it as a treat box, because I used Russell Stover’s square chocolates instead. The candy I used is thicker than Ghirardelli so I could only put 2 candies in the box instead of the 4 shown in the SCS tutorial. No big deal.

I alluded earlier that this box didn’t turn out with desired results. I’ll tell you why…When I scored my cardstock, I got overzealous. What do I mean? I mean the score lines were so deep that when I folded the cardstock, which was very thick (part of my overzealousness), the paper began to tear - specifically on the flap. Now what? I had to add DP on the top of the flap…not originally planned, but it kept the flap from tearing off. I could go on with the other mishaps with this lil’ creation, but why bore you any more.

But I’ve gotta share one more thing. I didn't want to create a card, the whole reason for the treat box, but I needed something to add a message - so I thought I was being ingenious by just adding a lil' note card to the front of the box…again not originally planned.
The good and funny thing about this is that I came up with the outside sentiment and my hubby came up with the inside sentiment. As you can tell from the pic, my hubby is a smarty pants just like me. Anyway, back to my complaints. I create the note card and adhere to the box….TA DA…the note won’t stay closed! What’s a girl to do? It was late and I was tired, I just added a lil’ piece of Velcro. VOILA!!! The note closes.

Alright, I’m really done complaining now, because in the end, my hubby thought it was perfect…and the bestest (I know this is not a word, but it’s so fitting) part…the co-worker loved it.

All this complaining has made me tired. If you made it this far in reading, I know you are tired of reading my rant. So, I'll do us both a favor and stop...for now.

‘til I craft again or have something to say…

~Stuff Used~
Technique: Ghirardelli Box Template; Paper: DP (DCWV), White Printer Paper,(Georgia-Pacific), Heavy Brown and Red CS (Hobby Lobby); Accessories: Red Line Tape, Foam Tape, Scoring Tool, Velcro, Missed Your Exit (www.kevinandamanda.com), Kabel BK PT(Microsoft), Green Butterfly Punch (Marvy), Pink Scalloped Square Punch (Marvy), Crystal Fine Glitter (Martha Stewart), Candy (Russell Stovers)


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