Saturday, January 2, 2016

Crafty treats for my crafty friends!

Oh what fun!  I'm writing this post a few days in advance, so that it can go up while I'm spending a Saturday with my stamping buddies.  A few times a year we try (and sometime succeed!) in getting the 5 of us together at my home on a Saturday to spend the day stamping, talking, snacking...well, you get the picture. :)
These gatherings bring me so much joy!  Well, today the 5 of us are blessed to have another friend joining us.  I decided to put together a little treat box for each of my friends, just because they're so important to me.

I found a template HERE on Nichole Heady's blog, for something very easy to create and so versatile.
Nichole created her own pattern on blank cardstock, but I chose to use some thick patterned paper from Tim Holtz.  After cutting out each box, I added a little machine stitching around the edges.

Here's what I created.

I chose to use kraft, white and gold as my color scheme.  I layered patterned vellum (from SU) onto the front of each box, then added burlap, gold thread, die cut leaves and a mini clothespin over that.  Oh, and I swiped my Delicata Golden Glitz ink pad over each clothespin to add a little glow of gold.  I could have kept going...buttons, gems etc...but decided to stop before I overloaded these little boxes!
Inside each box I put a few Godiva chocolates (because every stamper *needs* chocolate, you know) and a piece of toile wrapped around various embellishments and tied with a piece of that Stampin Up gold thread.

I hope my friends enjoy these treats as much as I enjoyed making them.  We'll see!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Warm Thoughts - a mini album

About a month ago I created this mini album as a gift for a close family member.  Since the recipient reads my blog occasionally, I didn't want to post it on my blog until after Christmas.  The basic concept for the album comes from a tutorial on Wilna Furstenberg's blog.  HERE is the link to Wilna's blog and video.
As soon as I watched the video, I knew that I wanted to give this a try and I knew exactly who I would create it for.  I am so pleased with the results and so happy that I ventured out of my paper crafting "comfort zone" and tried something new!

I used several mediums in creating the album pages.  Color mists sprayed through stencils, stamping, ink splatters, etc.  Also, I layered the photos over various embellishments and die cut pieces.  This was such a labor of love for me!  It took about 6 hours from start to finish and was well worth the time.  In fact, I would love to make another one!

To protect the privacy of the recipient, I've blurred the faces of everyone in the photos.

Thank you for taking a look!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Shaking it up!

Hey!  Just posting, real quick, with a shaker card I created today for a friend. :)
I spent a day at home today and enjoyed it so much.  A long walk outdoors early this morning (in our unusually warm December weather!), then breakfast! Yum.  A great way to begin the day, right?

Let me get back on track. My card.
Even though shaker cards can be a bit of a challenge, they're so much fun to make. wasn't fun when I messed up the first banner panel.  Forgetting to add the clear acetate window, didn't work well to hold the sequins inside.  Imagine.

The second attempt?  Much better.

I used a mixture of clear sequins and beads in this card.  This blue card stock is showing much darker than it actually is.  My photo editing software just couldn't seem to get it right.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supply list ~
Cardstock: white (Recollections), sky blue (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: onyx black (Versafine)
Stamps: handwritten sentiments (Simon Says Stamp)
Dies: stars (WPlus9), banner (Clear and Simple Stamps)
Embossing folder: gently falling (SU)
Other: baker's twine (SU)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Guest Designing at CCCB this week!

The card in one of my previous blog posts (HERE) was chosen as the winner at the City Crafter Challenge Blog that week, so I won the Guest Designer spot for this weeks challenge.  I'm SO excited!

Here are the details.
Our theme this week, at the City Crafter Challenge Blog week 292 is The Heat is On - Use heat embossing on your card or project.  Take a look at this clever graphic provided by Kirsty!
I had several ideas tumbling around in my brain, but this one came to me while I was outdoors for a brisk walk last weekend. There's something about the great outdoors (and a long walk) that helps me focus and get creative.

Anyway, here's my card!  To see a larger pic, just click on the photo.

This card turned out just as I had imagined.  Believe me, that doesn't usually happen.
After die cutting the birch tree panel from kraft card stock, I took my Versamark pad and swiped it  across the areas of the trees that I wanted to emboss in white.  Once I poured on the embossing powder, I saw that I had covered more of the trunk areas than I intended to.  That was easy to remedy.  I just took a small paintbrush and swept away what I didn't want.  It worked like a charm!

My sentiment is also heat embossed.  Oh, I'm not sure if you will be able to see it...but, I took my clear Wink of Stella and ran it along the areas of the tree trunks that are not embossed.  Just for a little more winter sparkle!

I hope you'll play along with us this week.  Thanks for stopping by and a big Thank You to Kirsty for inviting me to guest design this week.  Such an honor!

Supply List ~
card stock: kraft (PTI), whisper white, bashful blue (SU)
ink: Versamark
stamps: in the meadow (PTI)
die: birch tree cutting plate (Taylored Expressions)
other: white embossing powder (SU), clear gems (The Paper Studio)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

It's all just card stock and embossing!

Hi!  I'm sharing a very simple card that I created a couple of weeks ago.  Yup, just now finding the time to post it.  :(

It's such a simple and easy card to make, but I sure like how it turned out!

The card base and the sentiment panel are both Blackberry Bliss card stock from Stampin' Up!
For the panel, I heat embossed the sentiment using SU gold embossing powder.  Once that was cool, I swiped my Versamark pad along the edges of the panel then poured EP over that, too.  A little heat and my card was nearly done.  Of course I used foam tape to adhere the panel.  Because, well...I love dimension.  :)

That's it!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Shaker Card - Wood!

You may have forgotten who I's been so long since I posted a card.  I've been crafting, but somehow never find the time to photograph and post my cards.  And that's too bad, because enjoy blogging SO much.  It's so much fun to share!

Hey, onto the card.

I'm playing along in 2 fun challenges today.  :)

City Crafter Challenge Blog, week 284 ~ Into The Wood

Can You Case It - CYCI #91 Color Challenge

This is how I combined the 2 challenges.

Well.  You know how difficult it can be to create a masculine card.  Not this time, though!
The challenge to use something "wood" (and those masculine colors) was just the jump start I needed, to use some of these wood slices that I picked up on clearance at a local store...mmmm....probably 5 or 6 years ago.  They were SO different than any other "embellishment" I'd seen before.  Actually, they were in the home accents section of the floral aisle.
So.  I created a shaker card, using some patterned paper for the background, clear acetate for the window...then popped in some wood slices and a few clear beads before attaching the die-cut frame and window to my card base.
A simple sentiment finished my card.  I considered not even adding a sentiment to the front.  Still not sure if I should have left it off. feels good to be crafting and blogging again!


Supplies ~
card stock: garden green, early espresso (Stampin' Up!), clear (Heartfelt Creations)
stamps: Christmas stamp set (The Precious Remembrance Shop)
ink: early espresso (SU)
dsp: adventure bound (SU)
dies: in and out diagonal stitched rectangles (My Favorite Things)
other: wood slices (Akasha), clear beads (Michael's), scor tape & foam tape

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Wishing you all the joy!

Hi again!  It's my 3rd (and final) post for today.  Like I said in my previous posts, I like the current sketch so much that I made three cards for Freshly Made Sketches #198.
Take a look!
So versatile, right?  I had loads of ideas, but not enough time to use them all.  Such a dilemma.  :)

Here's my final entry for the challenge.

This background has a lot going on, so I kept my layers simpler than on my first 2 cards.  I couldn't resist added a glossy little heart though.  :)

Thank you for taking the time to stop by!

Supplies ~
card stock: naturals ivory (SU)
ink: onyx black (Versafine)
stamps: happiest of holidays (PTI)
patterned paper: festive collection 6 x 6 pad (Authentique)
other: notebook page die (PTI), glossy accents (Ranger), small heart punch (SU)