This is the other baby card gift set I worked on at the same time as the one in THIS POST. Only this set is for a girl with a darker skin tone. I can only imagine it must be hard to find images coloured into look like ethnic babies.
This is the other baby card gift set I worked on at the same time as the one in THIS POST. Only this set is for a girl with a darker skin tone. I can only imagine it must be hard to find images coloured into look like ethnic babies.
I love vintage sheet music. Actually, now that I think about it, I think this was from a book, same difference! I love the old paper, so thin and easy to distress.
Ink: memento black, antique linen Distress
Paper: black, ivory CS-SU!, vintage music paper
Isn’t it cute? I used a PTI template, From the Desk of. I have made a few tweaks to the pattern to accommodate the punching and to refine the fit of the insert. The first time I made it, it was a bit too big. I also had to redesign the angle on the sides so there wasn’t an odd bit of paper from the punching. I am going to add a set of card to this and hope to sell them on Etsy or at the craft show I am going to Feb 7th.
I added the bookmark just to add the verse to the organizer but it can also be hung on a wall or doorknob which is why I didn’t cut the ribbon. The magnet I used was just from one of those rolls. I usually use it to keep Nesties in CD cases. Simple and cheaper than those magnetic dots you can buy from Basic Grey and I’m sure other places. The clothespin idea was from Mishie of Mish Mash. She has done them a few times in different ways. If nothing else, it is a cute accent but it can be useful too.
Here is an important announcement from Whimsical Wednesdays. Drumroll please…
Starting January, this blog will be sponsored EACH MONTH which means there will be a PRIZE EVERY MONTH!! WOOO HOOO! Sweet right? Next week we will announce the first sponsor of 2010. Can you believe that it is almost 2010! Whoa Nellie! Tune in next week to find out what you can win!!
Here’s the sketch from Nicky…
Pretty cool huh? I do hope you will all play this super fun sketch! There are so many awesome possibilities! And, as usual, you don’t have to only make a card. Any project you want to do would be awesome! Be sure to upload to a gallery with DDSC16 or to your blog and come on back here to leave the link! Please make sure it is a DIRECT LINK, not a link to your blog!
Make sure to visit the DareDevils blogs for more inspiration! A few of us are still busy with holiday visiting so please forgive Cassie, Debbie, Heather, Jessica and Valerie for not playing this week. The rest of us would LOVE to have you visit so, hurry up, on to the next blog! Have fun!
Want to enter for some blog candy before next week? Please read the last paragraph in THIS POST and leave a comment to qualify!
Ink: regal rose, pretty in pink-SU!, Memento brown
Paper: pretty in pink, white CS-SU!
Stamps: bundle of joy, shoes-JustRite Stamps, verse and images on bookmark-Cloud 9, background hearts-SU!, stamps on clothespin-PTI
Accessories: MS punches, clothespin, oval nesties, 1/2” circle punch-SU!, ribbon-stash, Copics
Hi everybody! Sorry I haven’t written in so long. I figured everyone else was so busy, no one would be around to read my posts! I have been busy though too, STAMPING! I paid for a table at a local craft show so I am in production mode every chance I get. Hubby is off for the next week so that should help me get a lot done.
Anyone who reads my blog knows that I LOVE making baby cards. I just couldn’t resist making a set of CAS cards using the tiny images from my new PTI baby set.
I love these clear boxes I got from PTI, of course you can get them elsewhere. I made 4x4 cards but the box is intended for 4.25 x 5.5” cards and their matching envies. I tried just putting the cards in the box as is but they looked silly. So I made a spacer for the bottom of the box and decorated it. I had intended to decorate the outside of the box a bit but this seemed to work so much better. The spacer is covered in vellum for a soft look. The envelopes are blue to match the cards and are also stamped with the same images but in blue and not coloured in. The baby in this case is Causasian; I made another set with an ethnic baby I will show you later.
I don’t celebrate Christmas so I’m sorry, no holiday greetings. But I do hope you all have a safe holiday. PLEASE don’t drink drive and be aware of people around you to keep them safe!
Stamps: PTI Baby Blessings and Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: Memento brown, blissful blue, night of navy-SU!
Paper: SU! white
Accessories: Copic markers, envelopes-stash
I sent Laurie a baby gift and she sent me this GORGEOUS card as a thank you. I just ADORE it. Seriously, I’ve been reading about 70-80 blogs (at least) for over a year and this really is one of the prettiest cards I’ve ever seen!
First off, I WON the May Arts contest with my luminaria! YEAH! If you missed it, be sure to check it out here. I got to choose 3 FULL SPOOLS of ribbon. Woo Hoo!! I choose wide white silk, ditto in ivory and white crocheted ribbon. Sounds a bit boring but I don’t want a zillion yards of pink, purple and yellow polka dots now do I? With my Copics, I basically have 147 colour possibilities! I can’t wait to get it. I also won the opportunity to be their guest blogger this month! I get to make any project I like for them and I can request ribbon to make it. Problem is, I can’t choose! Too many ideas. So, if you suggest something and I use your idea, I will send you three yards of each ribbon I am getting!! Please give me as many ideas as you can think of for more chances to win. Please don’t say ‘make a card’ unless you have a very specific idea associated with it. :) Duh! Please enter on this post by December 22nd.
One of the lovely members of the Whimsical Wednesday’s team has generously offered a prize for playing the sketch this week. One random participant will win a single unmounted image from the Sweet Pea Fantasy Art Collection by Ching-Chou-Kuik plus one of her cards. To see the stamps at Sweet Pea, visit www.sweetpeastamps.com. Fun right? So be sure to play!! Click to see the sketch. (For some reason my direct hyperlinks aren’t working so here is the link.) http://eclecticendeavours.blogspot.com/2009/12/purple-tulips-for-whimsical-wednesdays.html There is no challenge next week so the prize will be awarded the following week. We are taking a week off for the holidays.
I’ve been updating my Etsy store. I’ve finally started to sell some items. I guess patience really pays off! Please don’t forget to tell your family and friends about my store. Obviously you like my work enough to visit so please share the love!
Thanks for reading. I love getting comments! I know I missed my blogaversary so in January, I will be having another blog candy opportunity! To enter, leave me comments between now and January 10. I will let my son choose the winning day and from those I will pick a comment so be sure to leave nice ones. Each comment is another opportunity to win! Sometime in the week after Jan 10th, I’ll announce a winner! Be sure your comments link to your email or leave it in your comment. The prize will be some ribbon from my prize spools and I’ll toss in a few other things. Best wishes!
I have so much fun colouring with my Copics! Here is an example I coloued before I got my second box. When I looked at it today, I darkened the shadows with more grey and deepened the green at the base of the leaves.
I tried to use a piece of plastic canvas as a corner piercing template with mixed results. Not every row is even in a quarter circle. Basically, some rows have a half sized hole so it wasn’t as even as I had hoped. Plus, as it isn’t a true piercing template, some holes were naturally larger than others despite trying to pierce the same depth. I think I’ll save it for full circles rather than corners.
I used the technique on SCS to leave a portion of my image outside the Nestie die cut. Sorry, I don’t have time to look up the link. The rest is pretty easy to figure out.
This card was based on this fabulous sketch from Jack. I sure hope you’ll all play his fun challenge this week. As you can see, I added my stamped image to what the sketch provided. I look forward to seeing your work from last week. I always check it Tuesday night lately. Be sure to check out the team, they all work so hard to make such awesome cards. Leave ‘em some love while you’re at it huh? :)
Stamps: tulip-SU!, sentiment-Papertrey
Ink: Memento black, eggplant-SU!
Accessories: Nestabilities, Copics, tag die-Cuttlebug, ribbon-stash, pearls-Kaisercraft, plastic canvas piercing template, flower-bridal section-Michael’s, mini brad (flower center)-stash
Ever since I got my first box of 72 Copic Ciaos over a year ago, I have been wanting, actually needing, to make a journal to record my favourite Copic combos, notes on what did not work etc. So today I got crackin’!
I started with a half sheet of CS in each major colour family. I know Copic further subdivides it but I used pink, red/orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown to represent neutrals and blush for flesh colour combos. I then chose a paper from MME for the outside covers which were created with the chipboard from the back of a pack of paper. I wanted a bit of a border so I used 8 3/4 x 5 3/4” for both front and back. You can’t tell from this photo but the floral areas of the paper are covered in glitter, so pretty IRL! They are a combinations of a very soft rose and a very soft green. I wanted the letters to match so I chose a green paper from the same pack and covered the front of the letters with adhesive from my Xyron sticker maker. I added glue pen on the back, applied the letters to the journal and covered them with glitter. I added the pearls and the ribbon-the outside was finished!
To bind it, I lines up the pages and punched them with my Rubicoil binding machine. Because of difference in the page sizes, I started with the cover, aligning the holes so they would be evenly spaced on each side. Then I punched the pages to match. When I create a book or journal, I always use a coil just a wee bit too long for the length of the book. That way, if I want to remove the coil, I can. It gets shorter every time you do this because you need to crimp the ends to prevent unwinding. When removing the coil, it is easiest to cut off the crimped end, rather than trying to straighten it to get it through the holes, and re-crimp after adding pages.
For the inside pages, I was going to design a lined sheet to glue on to the pages then I had a great idea. The sheets from the Papertrey notepads I just bought fit two across perfectly! It makes much more sense too for short notes like the ones I’ll be leaving.
I left a bit more room on the right side because I was going to add tabs for each page. I am still toying with the idea. I love how Papertrey offers both white with grey lined paper and ivory with brown lines. Nice to have a choice. If I need to put an actual sample in, I will use a brad or an eyelet to make it look nicer.
Ink: chocolate chip (edging the paper)
Paper: pretty in pink, real red, saffron, olive, night of navy, eggplant, chocolate, blush CS-SU!, patterned paper-MME, pages from Papertrey list note pad
Accessories: brad-stash, pearls-Kaisercraft, white silk ribbon-May Arts, green, brown seam tape-MasterStroke, Sizzix Girls are Weird alphabet dies, Art Institute Glitter-sea shell
In the last couple weeks, I’ve shown you cards I’ve been making as a gift in two posts. to see them again, click here and here. I’ve also made a set of 4 monogrammed cards that I realized I haven’t shown you yet!
I’ve totally forgotten the name of the paper pack, email me if you need to know. It’s funny, it doesn’t look at first like it should match Baja breeze but it really does! Both the ink and the scalloped circle are Baja! I know these are super simple but when you are making multiples, it is essential! It is hard to see but the paper has a subtle sheen that is gorgeous! These cards are 4x4” so I got all 4 from one sheet of 12 x 12” paper-even better!! I made them all look the same with the stripe going up and down so one opens a different way than the others. I don’t think they will care! (Don’t get that? When you cut a 12x12” sheet into four 4x4” cards, one card strip is cut lengthwise first at 4x12” -take 4” off before making it into a card- and three are cut width wise from the remaining 8x12” piece so to make the stripes all vertical, one card must open differently from the other three.)
Paper: (oops, forgot)
Ink: baja breeze
Stamps: JustRite Damask monogram
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, ribbon-stash
Even though most of the pieces in this Basic Grey chipboard pack were Christmasy, I just loved the snowman and two huge, intricate snowflakes so I bought it anyway. It was fun thinking up details to accent this card. This card is for Clear Dollar Stamps Challenge CIC3, Winter Theme.
Isn’t he cute? The background is not quite navy, dry embossed with a Cuttlebug folder then heat embossed. I used white pearls over white pigment ink gently wiped across the raised areas and it looks very snowy and wet IRL. The hills are made from three layers of cotton quilt batting. Much more stable than the poly fill used for most quilts and comforters, this fill is used for true, old-fashioned quilts. I sewed it to the embossed layer with tan thread to go with my antiquey, vintagey look. The hills are distressed with Antique Linen. The snow man himself was painted with Crackle paint, distressed and the top half lifted up with foam dots.
I used an idea from one of Tim Holtz’ 12 Days tags to make a scarf using wire sandwiched between two layers of ribbon. The mitts are felt, also distressed for a darker red look. The hat is plain cardstock; I tried colouring the felt with Copics for a black hat, HORRIBLE!! It just doesn’t soak into the lower layers well so it just looked like really dirty red felt! However, the Copic worked well for colouring the buttons. What I thought were tons of black buttons were actually dark grey! The twig arms were painted in with acrylic paint, the eyes are brads with the backs cut off and I used a scrap of torn cardstock antiqued with Linen for the carrot nose. Finally I added the liquid pearl ‘snow’, the layered snowflakes in the corners and the banner.
Ink: navy, Distress Burlap, Linen, Cloud White Color Box
Paper: real red, not quite navy, white, black, pumpkin CS-SU!
Stamps: Studio G
Accessories: Warm n Natural quilt batting, black buttons, ribbon, brad, wire, silver snowflakes, brown/ivory variegated thread-stash; red line tape, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Basic Grey-chipboard snowman, felt-Michael’s, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Liquid Pearls, white pearls EP-Clearsnap, white Crackle paint, brown acrylic paint, white snowflakes-Jesse James Dress It Up buttons, SU! photo corner punch (banner ends)
I know, you have seen a box similar to this lately! I cut out two from the same sheet of paper; talk about bang for your buck! I decorated this one with some sweet embossed flowers from a SU! die. Then I filled it with chocolates and gave it to my sister to give as a gift to a friend of hers. Sure, I could have given it to her but she is trying to watch her weight so no chocolate. Cute gift!
My favourite part of this box is the punched lace strip. It is a new Martha Stewart punch called doily lace trim. I super love it. I can’t wait to use it more.
Paper: Crate Paper
Accessories: MS punch, brads-Recollections, Bella baubles, Copic marker (dyed baubles), Antique linen Distress Ink, Oriental Trading Company Template
Gift card holders are so small and fun, I just can’t stop making them! I now have to package them, send them to work with hubby and add them to my Etsy shop.
#1-Cogsmo Origami Style Gift Card Holder
Isn’t this paper cute? I figure this Cogsmo paper would be great for tech related gift cards or for boys even though it isn’t festive or wintery. Sorry the ribbon looks goofy, this silver ribbon from SU! is actually a grosgrain type ribbon and it stiff like crazy. It was all I could do to get it to sit straight. Never mind making the bow look nice in the photo!
#2-Cogsmo Envelope Style Gift Card Holder
I made this using the remnants from the gift card holder above. Since it uses 8x8” paper, you have to trim your 12x12” paper down. That leaves more than enough to make another envelope style gift card holder. I wish I had cut more carefully so the main image wasn’t upside down. **SIGH***
Paper: Cogsmo-Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, die cuts from paper pack, brad-stash, ribbon-SU!
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This is the best I could do in less than 10 minutes. I came in late from church and DH was already ready for bed. Ooops! Gotta hurry, hurry, hurry!!! The colours reminded me of a paper pack I’ve had for ages, exactly the colours in the inspiration photo. Go to Whimsical Wednesdays to see the picture.
Yep, I know, not my usual work and I apologize for that. The flower was already a very pale aqua but I darkened it with Broken China Distress ink to match the inspiration picture better. The sticker was part of the paper pack. Even though I’m not so proud of this card, at least I got to use some white core cardstock! I love embossing and sanding which I can’t do with SU! cardstock.
I hope you will all play this week. I KNOW you can do a better job than I did! At least if you have more than than 10 minutes! Be sure to visit all the other DareDevils to see their wonderful creations!
This week we are welcoming THREE new members! One officially started last week but I missed adding her to my post! Sorry! With no further ado, lets welcome Kris Palakiko from last week and Jacquie Nordaune and Valerie Urtiaga who start this week! Please click on their names in my sidebar to visit their blogs. It would be great if you could leave ‘em some lovin’ comments! Debbie is unable to play this week. :(
Enjoy (sort of!), Rebecca
Ink: Distress Broken China
Accessories: brad-Recollections, sticker-DCWV, flower-Scrapbook Sally
I have really been having fun making these things! Aren’t they cute?
Gift Card Holder-Pink and Brown Stripes
This one is made using the directions at Cami’s blog 8x8 origami gift card holder. Quite easy to make but be sure to use lightweight paper! Heavy DP or even medium weight will be hard to fold and buckle somewhat when folded. Here’s what it looks like inside.
Paper: CS and DP-SU!
Accessories: snowflakes-MS punch, ribbon-SU!, rhinestones-$ store
Gift Card Holder-Victorian Roses
Another using the same template. This is my favourite so far. This paper wasn’t double sided so I decorated the exposed parts with a background stamp and sponging. I know it isn’t winter themed but I’d love to get this so I hope someone else loves it too.
Stamps: French script-SU!
Ink: worn lipstick, antique linen-Distress inks
Accessories: tag-Cuttlebug, roses-stash, pearls-Kaisercraft, silk ribbon-May Arts
Oooh, how to cool to get a card from the famous Beate Johns from Splitcoast Stampers and her blog, Fresh and Fun! Isn’t it gorgeous? I bought some retired SU! stuff from her and she included this fabulous card.
You really should click on it to see the shimmer and glitter close up.
I had fun making this card but it took longer than any card I think I’ve ever made! One night I started the card, cut out the circles needed for the flowers and misted them. I used 5 drops of burgundy and 4 drops of regal rose and 2 small scoops of white Perfect Pearls in a Mini Mister and used the whole thing on my ‘petals’. The next day I got the flowers assembled. The following day I assembled the card but thought it needed something (the sentiment wasn’t on yet). I hemmed and hawed and finally decided on this pre-printed canvas sentiment! Whew!!
Think it was worth the work and waiting? I think so too!!
I don’t have time now but I will post instructions for the flowers (unless I can find the blog with instructions for the ones I was inspired by. Hope so)!! Click on the sketch for the link.
Paper: DP, CS-SU!
Ink: antique linen Distress ink
Accessories: Nesties scalloped circle dies, foam dots, chocolate velvet ribbon-Clear Dollar Stamps, sheer ribbon, Mother of Pearl buttons-stash, silk ribbon-May Arts, Copic marker (dye the ribbon), rhinestone brads-stash (hidden in center of flowers), EK success punch, Sooo in love sentiment-(can’t remember, email if you want to know!!), wave cutter-Purple Cows, pearl-Kaisercraft, thread-Guttermann, burgundy and rose reinkers, white Perfect Pearls, vintage music paper
The theme this week was Wings and Things. This is on top of the weekly sketch. Funny, I had just pulled out this stamp set, stamped and coloured two images the week before. So I was all ready to make this card!
The cloud is 4 layers of flannel I sewed together in a pattern I drew right on the flannel and cut out with very sharp scissors to get close to the sewing line. Then I sprayed it with adhesive and tossed on some glitter. I cut out just the legs and glued them on the cloud. The fairy image is double foam dotted so the legs come up to the level of the cloud but the base of the image is glued directly to the cloud. Clear as mud?? hee hee
Click on sketch for link to Midnight Madness
Stamps: Fairy Nice-SU!
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, Amethyst CS-SU!, DP-Basic Grey
Ink: Memento black, amethyst-SU!, antique linen Distress ink
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, ribbon-May Arts, Stickles, glitter-Art Institute, white Liquid pearls (Diluted and painted on her outfit), Copics, flower jewels-Kaisercraft, flannel-stash
Here are the rest of the cards I made using the bracket/Label 1 dies, the first part posted on Monday.
This last one is easily my favourite. I love how elegant it is. I hope you can see it well, I have noticed my pictures are too dark but on my laptop they look fine so I have been trying to edit the pictures to be lighter than I think they should look. On my screen this card looks way too light and I can barely see the music embossing.
Paper: black, olive, white-SU!
Ink: memento black, olive-SU!
Accessories: Black ribbon-Taylored Expressions, green-Stash, Cuttlebug embossing folders, foam dots-Jody Morrow
Wow, the sketch this week is a doozy. I am not usually stumped by sketches but this one was tough with no real space designated for a focal image. In case you want to play, apparently the corner circles are buttons. Very interesting Nicky. This was a true challenge.
So I scrounged around my alterables drawer until I found this recipe box from Michael’s $1.50 bin (we don’t get $1 stuff as much here in Canada). I’d been planning to use it for a get well kit to give to someone sick as a little gift.
I chose a pack of paper I hadn’t used much, strangely, I later noted that it actually coordinated with the bit of patterned paper that showed inside the box. Perfect, I didn’t have to cover it up!
Now my use of the sketch is pretty loose. I turned sketch 90 degrees, then turned the strip with the ‘ladder’ markings so it was parallel to the long edge and used a strip of DP with a double ribbon bow. I’m afraid I couldn’t quite figure out what to do with the lines and asterisks so I skipped ‘em. I used pearls in place of the buttons.
Cute bow huh? I used the Bow Easy of course. To make it easier to keep the two ribbons together, I used a new ribbon adhesive from Joan’s Gardens. It is quite thin, nearly invisible and best of all, it doesn’t affect the flexibility of the ribbon. It looks much prettier IRL.
I added tissues, a Mr Noodle, a little Jell-O fruit cup and I will add throat lozenges, Vit C drops, tea and one of those medicated hot drink mixes. I think it would be a nice gift to get myself so I think it will go over well for one of my friends.
Come on, PLAY with us this week! I am off to check out last week’s entries as soon as I post this. I hope to see TONS of SUPER projects!! Please be sure to link up to the Whimsical Wednesdays blog! Sign up with Mr Linky with your DIRECT link to your gallery page or blog post. I’d love to know if anyone reading my blog plays so please so after Mr Linky, leave me a message, here or there. I’d be so excited if one of my readers plays! Visit all the other DareDevils (except Debbie) to see their FABULOUS work! I always look forward to seeing whatever they make. HAVE FUN!!
Paper: DP, vanilla CS-SU!
Accessories: red line tape, thick glue dots-Thermo Web, Basic Grey chipboard, ivory paint, flowers-stash, Kaisercraft pearls, Copic (to colour pearls), sheer ivory ribbon-stash, celery ribbon-SU!, Quickutz alphabet