I’m republishing my second card from my last post because InLinkz won’t let me add a link twice. Bummer! Please see Cowgirl Thank You for all details including link to Unscripted Sketches 164.
June 27, 2012
Our family was invited to a cowboy party a month or so ago. I had such fun getting our costumes ready but that is for another post. (I made felt cowboy boots and hat for the baby; he looked ADORABLE!) I made thank you cards for the organizers using a girlie version of the cowboy theme.
The papers are from Webster’s Pages Western Romance collection. The rose is a Spellbinders spiral flower die.
The rose is sponged with Tattered Rose Distress ink. I usually find it too dull for most things but it matched this paper perfectly!
I used Unscripted Sketches #164. Guess what? I won #163 with my orange and turquoise stars card! Yeah!
Click on the sketch to visit the blog.
Stamps: PTI Mega Mixed Messages, chicken wire bg-CHF
Ink: chocolate, ivory, sage-SU!, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose Distress
Paper: sage CS-SU!, kraft CS-CDS, DP-Webster’s
Accessories: foam dots-Jody Morrow, tag die-Quickutz, rose, leaf dies-Spellbinders, lace-vintage and Fabricland, May Arts ribbon, chocolate button twine-PTI, Viva Paper Pen
June 25, 2012
I ended up making 2 cards for this month’s inspiration challenge! I wanted to use some yellow too but when I tried adding it to my other card (see below), it just didn’t look right. Too bright! So, I made another one!
I hope it’s not too hard to figure out why there is a silver heart cut out from the cloud. Every cloud has a silver lining right? Or does the expression go ‘every dark cloud…’. I’m not sure, anyway…
I added Glossy Accents to her little rain boots. Cute right? I used this month’s SFYTT for this card. Click on the sketch to go to that post.
I hope you have fun with the rest of the blog hop. If you enjoyed this card, I hope you will visit again; I have subscription thingies on my sidebar.
Ink: Memento black
Paper: All CS and DP-PTI except white CS-X-Press It and silver-unknown
Accessories: Oval Nesties, cloud and heart dies-PTI, ribbon-May Arts, Copic Markers and airbrush system, word window punch-SU!, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Glossy Accents-Ranger, Mettler sewing thread
I love ruffles and pleats! So lovely, all those extra yards of beautiful fabric! I took inspiration from the aqua colour in the photo and the ruffles.
This is the inspiration photo for this challenge. I didn’t have any New Leaf or any similar green that I like, so I went with some teal as an accent.
I used this week’s Card Patterns Sketch 171. Click on the sketch for a link to the blog.
I hope you enjoy my take on the inspiration photo. Have fun with the rest of the hop! If you like my work and want to see more, I have subscription thingies in my sidebar.
Stamps: Enjoy the Ride-PTI
Ink: aqua mist, Antique Linen Distress
Paper: aqua mist CS, DP-PTI, white CS-Taylored Expressions
Accessories: filigree border die, Parisian doily die, buttons-PTI, seam binding ribbon-stash, foam dots- Jody Morrow
June 24, 2012
I’d have sworn I already posted this project; I wonder if I did and it got lost, hmmm. I make this mish mash journal style album for my mom. She often loans out her sewing books and then asks me if I have them and doesn’t quite believe me if I say no because I have a bad memory. She started writing down what people borrowed then loses the papers! So, this is the solution!
Please click on the photos for a larger view. I tried to decorate some pages but also leave some pages empty for writing. I used a variety of ribbons to decorate the rings and a gorgeous Recollections rose.
The little circle hanging on the string is a Tim Holtz fragment tag. the other side has a little flower showing through some glitter and glossy accents under the clear plastic tag. I’m not sure why I photographed it like this (as I remember, I was in a hurry) but it hangs down slightly when the string is wrapped around the button. The right page is an envelope where I put some library cards for the books she lends out more often. I also gave her some library pockets to put in those books.
I used a lot of Webster’s Pages paper for this. I did a bit of stamping…
…and made some shaped pages.
Some of the pages are covered chipboard. One is a doily and some are just plain paper.
I also used a recipe card that was a stamped image I was given and some Basic Grey paper too. I’m afraid I missed photographing the page behind the recipe card
This page is one of my favourites. I love the cherry chipboard and vintage magazine advertisement. The left page is meant to be viewed when turned 90 degrees.
Although certainly not an exact match, I tried to embellish the cherries to have green stems like IRL. The right page is one of the most embellished. I added a stamped image, pearls, a tiny key and a stick pin.
and finally the back cover. Another vintage magazine ad and some lovely velvet rick rack.
I hope you enjoy my album, my mom did!
RECIPE: Sorry, I made this a year ago, I’m afraid I don’t remember much. Email me if you have a specific question.
June 22, 2012
I was a guest designer at Lily Pad cards and apparently one of the last few as they recently announced that they are not going to post to that blog anymore except for completing the last few challenges. I liked that blog so I’m kinda sad but this gives me an opportunity to post the cards that I made for that post. Here’s a link to the supply lists and how-to’s as I won’t be posting all that again. Rebecca Ednie Guest Designer.
Sweet Pea Card
Elegant Friendship Card
Baby Love Card
Sunshine and Ice Cream
I hope you enjoy them. Any questions about how-to or supplies, please see the post linked above. Any other questions, feel free to leave a comment or email me!
This set is a gift for my son’s teacher. I tried to use a variety of sentiments that she will need. I find that hard to do when I don’t know who the card is for.
I stamped various floral images from Life set by PTI, one of my all time faves. The more I use it though, the more I realize that I prefer my results when I stick to a somewhat monotone colour palette. And I don’t always have to stick to completely realistic colours either. One time I used various blues and neutrals and I like it the best over any I’ve done so far. All of the two colour stamping was done with markers.
I stamped matching envelopes and put them in a clear box which is my favourite way to present cards if I don’t have time to make a box. It is sturdy and looks quite professional.
Stamps: Life, Out on a Limb sentiments, Enjoy the Ride-PTI,
ticking stripe BG-CHF
Ink: various markers-Sage, moss, celery, rose, pink, plum, apricot; rose red, eggplant, regal rose plum inks, saffron, -SU! Antique Linen Distress
Paper: Confetti white, eggplant, rose, saffron
Accessories: MS butterfly punch, pearls-Dollarama, ribbon-SU!
June 20, 2012
This was one of two doggie-themed gifts I mafe for my mom. She recently lost her dog who was 14.5 years old and she was devastated. And since she is hard to buy for, I pretty much have to make something to be sure she doesn’t already have it!
This originally was a nasty yellow colour and I can’t imagine why anyone, even a dollar store would use it. I sanded it so the paint would grab and added two coats of acrylic paint. Then I covered it in Rock Candy Crackle Paint. The doggie bone embellishment is a die cut from MFT which I covered in Glossy Accents.
The scalloped circle is covered in Max and Whiskers paper and sealed. Then I added the banner; just the letters are covered in Glossy Accents.
Ink: Walnut stain, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Distress ink
Paper: Max and Whiskers-Basic Grey, chocolate, kraft CS-SU!
Accessories: copper brad, charm, paw brads-stash, woof button-Jesse James, Glossy Accents, mini scalloped punch-EK Success, Quickutz alphabet, Technique Tuesday scalloped chipboard circle, CTMH files, striped button twine-PTI, love wire photo holder-Dollarama
June 19, 2012
My mom and dad celebrated their 40th Anniversary last week. WOW! That’s such a long time. This year is a big year, hubby’s parent’s 40th and our 15th too. I can’t believe its almost 15 years for us…
The background is done with the ‘inked embossing folder’ technique. Basically, you ink up your embossing folder and then emboss. I recommend you use dye ink or brayer on pigment ink as pigment ink pads are so soft that they will apply ink to the recessed areas as well. The main panel is a Marianne die and I hand cut the inside white CS by tracing the middle of the die.
I was inspired to make this card by a design on Andrea Walford’s blog. The sentiment is heat embossed in gold. I looped ribbon and tucked it under the roses. My mom really liked, hope you do too!
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, sweet blush CS-PTI
Accessories: flowers-Prima and stash, Mariaane die, gold EP-SU!, foam dots-Jody Morrow, Cuttlebug embossing folder, pearl lace-stash, silk ribbon-May Arts
June 18, 2012
I decorated this chocolate truffle box for my son’s kindergarten teacher. She is such a sweetheart, her favourite colour is rainbow! Seriously? Could that be sweeter? Inside is a set of little 2x2” cards for her to give to the kids when they are good, a set of simple 3.5” square cards with her monogram on them including handmade envelopes and a bracelet.
I used this tutorial for the roses, Spiral Rose Tutorial. The only thing I do differently is if I find the petals are starting to stack on top of one another rather than sitting offset like a real rose, I tear apart the strip and continue the spiral with the petal in a pleasing position. Oh, and I prefer to use 1/8” Scor-Tape on the whole strip before starting to form the rose. That way it stays together if I try pleating the strip instead of tearing it if it’s only a little bit off.
I dyed the seam binding with a blend of SU! inks to match the paper. The small roses were make with a Cheery Lynn Cuties die. You layer two of them which helps prevent having the petals stack up on one another in some areas like happens with the Spellbinder Spiral Rose.
Paper: DP, spring moss, avocado CS-PTI, apricot, pumpkin, white CS-SU!
Ink: apricot, pumpkin pie, blush-SU!
Accessories: corsage pin-Michaels, Sizzix leaf die, Spellbinders spiral rose die, beads-SU! pretties kit, Hug Snug seam binding ribbon, salvaged chocolate truffle box, Cheery Lynn cuties die, various SU! reinkers,
June 17, 2012
I hope my son does well on his report card and if so, this is for him to celebrate the end of the year. This card is also for Unscripted Sketches 163, Joan’s Gardens challenge this week to make a card for a kid and this month’s Waltzing Mouse Blog Party which is open for linking right now!
I kinda got on the confetti craze for this card. I used lots of different papers from 3 packs and Say It Loud from Waltzing Mouse stamps. I wish I’d had one smaller star die so I could layer some even smaller stars pointing off the top right corner, I’ll have to go on a hunt to see which company makes just the right sizes. The photo below is the inspiration for this month’s blog party.
I’m noticing that I really strayed from the sketch quite a bit. I think you can still see the inspiration though, my large panel is bigger, the square was translated into a star and the right panel shrunk into my banner panel. I was still inspired by it though and that’s the point right? I hope…?
I hope if you enjoyed my card that you will visit again. I am in the process of making a video for a really cool graduation hat gift box/gift card box and I’ll post the link and measurements as soon as it is done. I have subscription thingies on my sidebar. Have fun with the rest of the party!
Ink: pumpkin pie, green galore, teal (the last two blended to get the small sentiment colour)-SU!, broken china distress
Paper: Fancy Pants, Echo Park-Splash, MME-Lime Twist, confetti white, kraft CS-SU!, orange zest CS-PTI
Accessories: star dies-Sizzix, PTI, star punch-Fiskars, foam dots- Jody Morrow, notebook page punch-SU!
June 07, 2012
Jennifer McGuire recently had a new baby girl! I don’t know her personally but I love her blog and I greatly admire her! And if this baby is even half as cute as her little guy Colin, she will be a beauty! And since I love making baby cards…
I bought this die and stamp set but hadn’t had a change to play with it yet. So I had a fun time making this card. As you can see, I embossed, or rather debossed, each scoop of ice cream differently. Well, all except one. I used as many folders as I had with a small enough scale and appropriate pattern but had to repeat one. I hadn’t intended to go ROYGBV order so I didn’t pay attention to which two die cuts were embossed the same. Then I did go rainbow order after all. It wasn’t until I was showing my girlfriend the card that I realized the blue and purple scoops were embossed with the same pattern. Ugh, that didn’t look good. So I took a minute while she was here to remove the blue scoop (I have more of the blue paper than purple), recut it and re-emboss it. She looked at me rather indulgently as she thought it was fine as it was but nooo, it surely was NOT! LOL!
It’s all in the details right?
I hope you like it Jennifer. I don’t have your address but if you email me (link under my photo top left), I’ll mail it to you!
ETA: Bummer, the collection to link to the Lila Grace blog hop is closed.
Stamps: sentiment, heart background PTI, outline letters-SU!
Paper: white CS-Taylored Expressions, pink cardstock-PTI, scraps for scoops and cone-SU!, green scrap for leaf-PTI
Ink: memento black, pinks-SU!,
Accessories: Quickutz, Cuttlebug embossing folders, Copics R81,83,85, pink button-PTI, PTI ice cream die
I’m really happy with this pastel shabby chic get well card AND I managed to incorporate 3 challenges!
I love this sketch. I much prefer asymmetrical designs; with symmetrical ones I always feel boxed in for some weird reason.
I’m terrible for buying these gorgeous big flowers then hoarding them so I’m proud I used one. Silly huh? LOL! I used some tiny white flowers, silk ribbon and tiny die cut leaves to complete the cluster.
The stamping on the panel ended up being slightly lighter than I’d prefer but my other inks were too bright. I also didn’t account for how much the base colour of the paper would dull the colour or I might have tried a brighter ink. oh well, I like the soft look but it is a tiny bit hard to read if your eyesight is less than perfect. It is still visible though. I stamped too close to the edge of the paper so I had to cut it out by hand and then layer it on a die cut panel.
The fabric panel with the pearls is a leftover from a ring pillow my mom made for a friend. She stippled a larger panel then cut out what she needed. I got the leftovers! I sewed on individual pearls to accent the lovely silk fabric then distressed it with Antique Linen Distress ink.
I used the WMS sketch this week. They are celebrating 100 sketches and looking for Guest Designers. I’d love to be a Guest Designer so if you are reading this… pretty please! Did you know my needle case was mentioned as one of the top three projects from last month’s Blog Party. Yeah! (Click on sketch to visit the blog.) Did you notice I finally actually followed a sketch without changing it? I rotated it sure but I included all the elements and didn’t move any or rearrange any layers! WOW!
I’m also entering this in the Shabby Tea Room challenge this week to use pink, aqua or teal and brown. As long as kraft counts as brown (and I’m sure it does), no problem! Click on graphic to visit blog.
Click on the graphic to go to the blog. In case you can’t see it, I sponged the white flowers with apricot ink. It looks a bit too yellow but I promise, it is peach!
Ink: Soft Rose-Hero Arts, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Distress inks, AL Distress Stain
Paper: kraft CS-SU!, Miss Caroline Fiddlesticks DP-My Mind’s Eye
Accessories: Labels 4 Nesties dies, vintage lace, silk ribbon-May Arts, mini flowers, pearl beads-stash, Rose creations leaf die, flower-Prima, Mettler sewing thread, silk fabric scraps, foam dots- Jody Morrow