Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hippo Easter?

A friend hired me to make some cards for her. In the batch of cards I sent to her was this one for a very special little girl...her three year old niece, Brooklyn. Brooklyn has a fixation right now with the color blue and hippos. LOL I confess I had a little trouble at first figuring out to what to do and how on earth I was going to combine the color blue and a hippo into an Easter card per her request. LOL I texted her and asked what Brooklyn's second favorite color was and got the reply "red was her favorite color before blue". Aaahhh the simple pleasures of being three. It just made me smile.

Anyways, this is what I came up with. I'm rather pleased with how it turned out if I do say so myself. ;)

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Supplies Used:
Papers: DCWV, MME, CTMH Tulip CS
Stamps: CTMH Life's A Jungle, CTMH Eastertime
Inks: CTMH Tulip & Crystal Blue, Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc: Clear embossing powder, Glossy accents, Doodlebug Lily White Jewels, googly eyes

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

These aren't nearly as cute after you've made 40+ of them!!!

Yep, you guessed it, more junior legal pads. LOL My friend used up the last batch I made for her and needed some more. She hands these out as birthday presents for her co-workers and friends. Of course somehow I don't think I'll get one for my birthday later this week. ;)

She really liked the one I made previously that used SU's God's Beauty stamp set so I recreated that one with the same design but used different papers. Then she wanted one that was school themed and the remaining two she wanted to have birthday themes. I actually really like doing work for her because she gives me a theme or color or some details to work with, but then leaves the rest of to me and no matter what seems to love what I make. I tell ya, it does the ego good. LOL :-D

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Supplies Used:
Papers: K & Company, CTMH Notebook, CTMH Desert Sand & Blush CS
Stamps: SU God's Beauty
Inks: CTMH Blush & Desert Sand
Misc: Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Stickles, Glossy Accents


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Supplies Used:
Papers: CTMH Animal Crackers Creative Basics & Tulip CS
Stamps: CTMH School Fun (retired)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH Tulip
Misc: Glossy Accents, Prismacolor markers, Pencil Die Cut, Stickles, Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch


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Supplies Used:
Papers: CTMH Veranda, Juniper & Creme Brulee CS
Stamps: CTMH Follow Your Heart, CTMH Happy Birthday
Inks: CTMH Juniper & Creme Brulee
Misc: Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Studio G Glitter Glue


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Supplies Used:
Papers: CTMH Spring Iris CS, SU Sweet Pea DSP Stack
Stamps: CTMH Piece of Cake, CTMH Adorable Backgrounds
Inks: CTMH Spring Iris, Buttercup, Versamark
Misc: Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, White Embossing Powder, Glossy Accents, CTMH Bitty Sparkles, Prismacolor Markers

Monday, March 29, 2010

Alternative Birthday Present for Girls of Any Age :)

Sorry to have been MIA for so long. Last Monday I came down with a nasty sinus infection that took me down all week. I recovered (mostly) just in time to throw a few things together for a craft show on Saturday! I wanted to post this on Saturday but was simply too exhausted!

My 13 year old daughter was invited to a birthday party a week and a half ago. I have long since given up on trying to figure out what to buy for my kid's friends when birthday parties come up as they inevitably do. I have started making these altered composition books for their friends rather than buying something that they may or may not want or like. I've discovered that their friends LOVE these books, which is great for me since they are so easy and economical to put together.

I had a really crazy busy day that Friday, and ended up with less than 20 minutes to throw together a gift. Her friend's favorite colors are blue & green and she isn't overly girly and into the frills and what not. And of course my time constraint kept me from adding a ton of frills and glitter. ;)

Enjoy!

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Supplies Used:
Paper: SU Sweet Pea DSP Stack, CTMH Buttercup Cardstock
Stamps: SU God's Beauty, CTMH One of A Kind
Inks: SU Tempting Turquoise, CTMH Buttercup
Misc: Prima Flowers, CTMH Baby Pink Bigger Brad

Friday, March 19, 2010

Vintage Vogue Card

When I saw the Vintage Vogue stamp set in the SU Spring Mini, I just knew I had to have it. Then I saw the Cottage Wall DSP and thought how yummy the two would look together. I am absolutely just tickled at how this card turned out. :)

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Supplies Used:
Paper: SU Cottage Wall DSP, Rich Razzleberry Cardstock
Stamps: SU Vintage Vogue
Inks: SU Rich Razzleberry
Misc: Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Making Memories Brad

Thursday, March 18, 2010

March Technique Club Cards

This month we focused on the faux silk & faux suede techniques. My ladies had a lot of fun with them and are looking forward to practicing them on their own. :)

For this first card, I decided on a design and paper pack and cut all of my papers only to realize that I didn't have the right color re-inker for the faux suede. Boy was I irritated with myself. So the blue doesn't match quite as well as I would like it to, but they loved it. :)

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Supplies Used:
Papers: CTMH You Rock level 2 paper pack
Stamps: CTMH Star Power
Inks: CTMH Olive, Sunflower and Outdoor Denim
Misc: CTMH Outdoor Denim eyelets, Liquid Applique & Re-inker


The next two cards use the faux silk technique.

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Supplies Used:
Paper: CTMH Cocoa, Buttercup, Blush, and White Daisy Cardstock
Stamps: CTMH Happy Birthday, Delight in Everything, and Paisley Praise
Inks: CTMH White Daisy, Blush, Buttercup, and Cocoa
Misc: Glossy Accents, Stickles, and ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat


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Supplies Used:
Paper: CTMH Topstitch level 2 paper pack, Crystal Blue cardstock, chocolate cardstock
Stamps: CTMH Piece of Cake
Inks: CTMH Crystal Blue, Chocolate
Misc. Stickles

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Happy Forever Card

I found out earlier this week that my favorite craft store here in town is closing down. That's three craft/scrapbooking stores closed down in less than 2 years! Due to the lack of options for shopping locally, I made the plunge and signed back up with Close to My Heart! I am very excited to be back with them again. I had already decided not to do anymore craft shows (as a crafter) and therefore it will be quite easy not to break their rules when it comes to doing shows. :) I feel almost as if the cosmos have aligned to make it all possible. LOL Anyways, part of CTMH's special this month for new consultants is that if you sign up during the month of March you get all four of the Stamps of The Month for the upcoming Summer Idea Book for FREE! Yep, you read that right, four not even released stamp sets for free! It doesn't get much better than that! Anyways, I had fun making this card. It was a challenge at first. I just couldn't see using Olive with Key Lime, but alas both colors are in this week's Color Me Monday challenge. I used prismacolor pencils and baby oil for blending to color this cute little guy in. I can tell I am going to have a LOT of fun with this stamp set. :)

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Supplies Used: All CTMH unless otherwise specified.
Papers: Creme Brulee, Key Lime, Heavenly Blue
Stamps: Spot On Backgrounds, Happy Forever (July SOTM)
Inks: Creme Brulee, Key Lime, Heavenly Blue, Olive, Chocolate, Versamark
Misc: Just Blooms Creme Brulee Butterfly, Prismaglitter, Prismacolor Pencils, Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Good Things in Small Packages...

Who says bigger is better? In this case, small packs a lot of punch. I fell in love with the "Well Rounded" pattern on page 27 of the Wishes book from Close to My Heart. Only after I had chosen my papers did I realize it was for a smaller card. I don't usually make cards this small, so I tossed the first card base I had cut and cut another one, adding an extra inch that folded to the inside to create a gift card holder. DH absolutely fell in love with it, and said he wished that all gift card holders were this pretty. LOL He said that when he was buying a gift card last Christmas for his Aunt that he hated all of the gift card holders/tins that the store had to offer. Boy does he know how to earn extra brownie points or what? LOL All products are from CTMH.

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Isn't my library card lovely? It's the only card I had handy for picture taking. :-D

Supplies Used:
Papers: Veranda Level 2 Paper Pack
Stamps: One of A Kind
Inks: Juniper & Creme Brulee
Misc: Prisma Glitter, Liquid Glass, Clear Embossing Powder, Just Blooms Spring Blossom Creme Brulee Flower

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Treasure Life Card

I made this card for my grandmother. I haven't written her a letter in ages and thought I'd make a card for her and hopefully brighten her day a little. :) I used the faux silk technique on the stamped background. It doesn't show up too well in the pic though. It's a fun technique and adds just a little something extra to the background. You can find a tutorial on it here over at Splitcoaststampers.

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Supplies Used:
Paper: CTMH Tulip, Sorbet, and White Daisy Cardstock
Stamp Sets: CTMH Treasure Life
Inks: CTMH Tulip, Sorbet, Juniper
Misc: Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Altered Composition Book - No Stamping Required

*Gasp* Yes, you read that right....no stamping required. In a hurry but need a super quick gift??? Well then this is the project for you. :)

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I couldn't get it photographed quite right, but in the next two pics, you can see that I added glitter glue to the white stripes of the paper as well as to the brad in the center of the flowers. Crystal Ice Stickles is my absolute favorite, but not only am I all out of it, both of the stores that sell it here locally are out of it as well. Bummer! So I used some Studio G glitter glue that I found in the dollar bin at my LSS. It is made by Hampton Art which is a name I recognized and figured it couldn't hurt to give it a try. The tip of the bottle is not as fine as stickles but for the price, it really doesn't work half bad. I actually really like that it dries flatter than stickles does. So if you are on a really tight budget, give it a try. It comes in lots of different colors. I used it to dress up my paper because I refuse to pay $2 a sheet for pre-glittered paper. I'm just cheap like that. LOL
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If you have the time, my favorite way to add glitter to brads is to put a little puddle of glossy accents on a piece of scrap paper and have a container of glitter ready. I dip my brad in the glossy accents and make sure the entire surface of the front of the brad is covered and then dip it into the glitter and set it aside to dry. Once dry, I dip it in glossy accents again to seal the glitter in. They turn out beautiful every time and it really saves the budget.

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Supplies Used:
Paper: TAC Mabelle RO
Inks: CTMH Crystal Blue & Citrus Leaf, SU Melon Mambo
Misc: eyelets, ribbon, Studio G glitter glue, Prima Flowers, brad

Friday, March 5, 2010

Paper Flower Tutorial

Okay, so I've never done a tutorial before. Please be kind. ;) Seriously though, I've never done one before and I hope this turns out. There's a first time for everything, right? Anyways, I came across this idea on a blog or another tutorial or something...I honestly can't remember where. It's a rather brilliant idea I think. Like the blog where I found it said, with "vintage" items being so hot right now, it's a no brainer to make your own. I confess I had a little bit of a hard time with buying a book a the thrift store just so I could tear it apart. I'm a total book lover and generally prefer to actually read them. LOL I apologize in advance for the poor pictures...my scrap space just doesn't have the best lighting. Anyways, I look forward to hearing your comments....good, bad, and ugly. Enjoy!

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Supplies Needed: Distress Ink (light & dark), flower shaped punch, 1 large brad, 1-2 pages out of a book you no longer want. I went to the thrift store and flipped through books until I found the size and type of font that I wanted for the look I was going for.

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Punch out your shapes. If you flip your punch over so you can see where you are lining it up at it helps so that you don't end up with blank space from in between paragraphs or where a paragraph indented.

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Using the lighter color of ink, lay your shapes on a scrap of paper and rub the inkpad over them. I used Antique Linen Distress Ink, but I think any lighter beige/tan ink would work well, such as CTMH's Bamboo Ink.
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Crumple your flowers up and then flatten them out again.
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Laying them flat on your scrap paper, rub them with your darker ink color. I used CTMH's Chocolate distress ink.
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Layer your shapes on top of each other with the petals alternating. Pierce the middle and secure with a brad.
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Once secured with a brad, scrunch the petals all up again and then start laying them out and arranging them how you want them. I think it would look really great if the flower layers weren't all the same size. Alas, this is the only flower punch that I have at the moment. I have also seen this technique done with cardstock or paper and using scalloped circles. I just thought this was an awesome technique and love the vintage feel that it gives to a project. Here's a finished project that I used a flower on.

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Supplies Used:
Paper: CTMH Unforgettable level 2 paper pack
Stamps: CTMH Piece of Cake (February 2010 Stamp of the Month)
Inks: CTMH Blush, Juniper, and Chocolate, Antique Linen Distress Ink
Misc: CTMH Chocolate Bigger Brad, SU Top Note Die, Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, Gold Embossing Powder, White Gel Pen, Prismacolor Markers, Glossy Accents, Crackle Accents, SU Scallop Trim Border Punch, notebook is from the dollar spot at Michael's

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Birthday Cards

I made these for a customer who needed lots of birthday cards on a budget...but also wanted something cute and more unique that what you can get at the store. Because she needed them right away, I used the same basic design for all of them, varying the papers and the stamps. I didn't used ribbon or bulky embellishments so that postage costs would stay down. So I kept with a little bit of stickles & glossy accents for the embellishment on these. The card bases are actually ones that I bought on clearance and were well worth what I paid for them. I just love the cute punched edge - especially since I didn't have to hand punch each one! LOL Each card actually was preprinted with "thank you" on the front, but I conveniently covered that up with cardstock & paper. :)

Deb asked me how I post slide shows on my blog...I use photobucket for any photos that I intend to put on my blog. Rather than using Picasa to edit them, I upload them to photobucket and then crop and add copyright info. Photobucket has some great editing tools, including easy peasy slideshows. Enjoy!



Supplies used:
Papers: CTMH Animal Cookies Creative Basics & Boom Di Ada Creative Basics, Making Memories, AC Tea Party Paper Pack, CTMH CS (Buttercup, Hollyhock, Tulip, Sunflower, Heavenly Blue).
Stamps: Inkadinkado Humorous Birthday, TAC (unsure of names - large cupcake & bucket of flowers), Studio G (cupcake pyramid).
Inks: CTMH (Olive, Buttercup, Hollyhock, Tulip, Sunflower, Dutch Blue, Citrus Leaf, Heavenly Blue), Memento Tuxedo Black
Misc: Stickles, Glossy Accents, Liquid Pearl, Prismacolor, Bic, Copic, and SU markers.

Monday, March 1, 2010

It's all Naomi's Fault!!!

She shared her tutorial for the homemade bows! LOL She warned me that they were addictive, but really I had no idea! I didn't use double sided paper for these, and I am really wishing that I would have. I think they would just look that much better. The little tins are from Dollar Tree and can be found on their wedding aisle. Yep, Dollar Tree has a wedding aisle. I think it's really quite funny and a very good idea actually...I mean really you don't want to spend a lot of money on wedding favors anyways. :) The tins came 3 to a package. I made these as Valentine treats for some friends at church. Each tin holds six dark chocolate Hershey's Kisses....cute decorated tin & chocolate....what's not to love?!?!?

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Paper: from my stash...not sure of brand...may have even been purchased at Dollar Tree ages ago. LOL
Misc: Ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, tins from Dollar Tree

Keepsake Box

Yep, another decorated Ipod box. LOL I only two left and am starting to get a bit stingy with them. :) For those of you that don't know, I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...otherwise known as LDS or "Mormon". While I am not the most eloquent at explaining things, here is a website that can do so perfectly. Here is another website to look at that specifically explains all about temples. Why the subject of religion and temples you ask? Well this little keepsake box holds memorabilia related to the temple. When a new temple is opened, there is an open house that anyone may attend (including those who are not of the LDS faith). Once the open house is over with, the temple is dedicated to the Lord for use by faithful latter-day saints. My husband and I and some of our children have attended several of these dedication ceremonies over the years. Cameras are not allowed inside the temple, therefore I do not have pictures of these events. I might have a pic or two of the outside of the temple, but nothing really to focus a layout around. I got to thinking that these little boxes would be perfect for holding small things that I wanted to keep because they're important but didn't want to make a page out of them. I may eventually create a mini-album or journal of some sort to put inside my box, but for now it just simply holds a few things that are near and dear to my heart. Sorry for my rambling...now onto the artwork. :)

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The cardstock I used was just sitting around in my stash...not even full sheets....so I have no idea what company it is from. The flower is from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby brand), the flower sparkle is from the crafts store. The picture I used is the Jordan River Temple where DH and I were married in August of 2000 and remains very near and dear to my heart.

Please forgive me...

for being MIA for so long. I started a new treatment program with a new chiropractor for my fibromyalgia. While most days I feel better than I have in quite literally years, the downside is that I also still have some really bad days. Never mind that on the good days there seems to be so much to get done that I am no where near my scraproom! LOL I have two separate projects to share today & will put them both on their own posts. I am also working on a scrap for hire card project that I need to mail tomorrow and should have the pics taken and uploaded within the next couple of days...good health willing. :) Blessings to all.