Monday, November 28, 2011
Stamp: PTI Mazel Tov
Paper: PTI rustic white (base), DCWV shimmer stack (blue layer & focal), Staples 110 lb card stock (white layer)
Ink: ColorBox (not sure what color but it's from one of those strips with lots of colors), Martha Stewart silver
Other: silver cord (stash), Stampendous clear embossing powder
Monday, November 21, 2011
From my happy place to yours,
Monday, October 3, 2011
I started with a 2.75 x 9 strip of brown for my base. I scored it at 1" and again at 5" (creating two 4" sections and one 1" section). You can do this with any length of paper. Just score at 1" (or whatever length you want your flap) and then score again at halfway of whatever is left. I glued a white insert into the card to write on. Then I glued the sides of the 1" flap down and added a brad. The brad shows through the back, I just glued a coordinating strip or blue on the back to cover it up.
In order for the top 4" flap to go into the bottom flap, I trimmed the corners from the 4" flap.
Before gluing everything down, I glued the blue strip on the main base and on the flap. I didn't measure. I just glued it down, cut at the edge and then repeated on the flap. Then I stamped the sentiment (Papertrey Ink) and created dots with my VersaMark pen. It was my first time using the pen (even though I've had it for a few months)...totally worth it. Get one.
The flower is a Fiskers punch. I had a bunch of these punched from a previous project but never used them. The zebra was cut from the gypsy, but I don't remember the size and I didn't save the file. (I really need to get better at that.) If you have a gypsy though, use one layer to create a visual template the size of your card. Then use a second layer to size your cut to fit the way you want on the card. Since you're working with layers, make sure all the layers are grouped when you're sizing so you know they will fit together properly. The zebra is attached with dimensional foam adhesive so it could easily overlap the bottom flap and still close.
The only other thing I did was color the black portion with a black glitter gel pen to add a little shine. You can't see it well I'm the pictures, but you can see it in person. It's very subtle. Another thing I tried that had a nice effect was cutting the white layer from photo paper. I like the gloss effect. You should try it. Just be careful handling it when working with ink, but that's good advice for any white paper. I'm a messy crafter so there are some ink smudges. No worries though. That's part of the handmade charm. ;)
Give it a try and challenge yourself to do an entire project with scraps. I always feel more accomplishment and pride with my scrap projects than I do with my other ones because they are more challenging.
from my happy place to yours,
Thursday, September 29, 2011
1. I made it entirely from scraps (including the card base)
2. It has a seahorse on it...and it's purple!
3. I got to try a new technique (crackle embossing) that I've wanted to try for a while now.
The card is about 3.5 x 5.5 (a strip left over from a 5.5 x 5.5 card I made for something else). I'll let you in on a secret, when I'm testing inks and embossing power, I'll test on the strip that's left over from when I cut my card base. The base of this card was the left over strip so there are all kinds of stamping and embossing samples under that blue paper! I'll try to remember to take a picture next time.
The blue strip runs from the front to the back of the card. I adhered it to the base and then scored both to make the folding easier. Then I trimmed the edge with a scallop paper trimmer (not an edge punch). The paper has a big floral print, I thought with the white lines of the flower and the variation of the blue, it looked pretty ocean-y.
Finally, the seahorse was cut using my gypsy and the Doodlecharms cartridge. I cut the base and the layer to fit the card (I made a rectangle the size of my card so I could size the seahorse to fit). Both were cut in the same purple paper. Then I embossed the layer with Versamark (just press the entire piece into the stamp pad or vice versa) and extra thick embossing powder/crystals 3 times. After the third time, I bent the paper in different directions to get the crackle effect. Depending on how this turns out, I sometimes apply a thin coat of glossy accents. That does two things, (1) seals the crackle so little bits don't fall off and (2) makes is glossy. To top it off, I used a thin layer of glossy accents on the bottom layer so it didn't look too boring against the cracked layer. (It was also really thin paper so it didn't look so great without a little extra touch.)
The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's very first stamp set, Papertey. I cut the circle from the Cricut as well (probably Alphalicious, but there are tons of circles on many cartridges) and tied it with some thin rope I picked up from a floral design center.
Hope you enjoy this "under the seahorse" card!
Friday, July 29, 2011
ps - i <3 my sister. she's pretty awesome.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
I don't know what her policies are, so I'm not going to post pictures here, but I will post some links to the new stamps and some of my favorite projects from the DT so you can check out their sites and blogs. Everyone wants a little traffic thrown their way, right?
July 2011 release can be found on the Papertrey Ink homepage.
At first glance, Tranquility Trinity is not my favorite. I usually prefer circles over triangles, but check out these great projects!
- Erin Lincoln does a take on the fun of baby gender reveals. Also, her blog title, Procrastination Station, was the nickname of my college ResHall [dorm] room for the first two years of school, so I knew I would like her right away.
- Check out these cute little straw flags Jessica Witty put together for a kids party! The card on her page was also very nice. I own a sewing machine, but I haven't learned how to use it yet. Maybe one day I can create something like that.
- Maile Belles may be my absolute favorite! She combines layers of embossed images over stamped images for a very elegant finish!
- Hanging Out stamp set. If you even know someone who knows someone that might be having a baby, you have enough cause to buy this insanely cute set! Once you see what Melissa Bickford did with this it, you'll know you must have it.
- I really like the projects the designers did with the Peaceful Garden set. Lisa Johnson at Poppy Paperie created some cards that actually made me pause. They truly are peaceful. You also need to check out what Nichole Heady did with this set. Just click this link, and scroll down to the cards with the blue card bases. Jaw dropping.
- Half & Half, Little Labels, Think Big Favories #6, and Congrats All Ways stamp sets could easily become staples that you go to again and again. They would totally be worth the investment!
- Dies! They look pretty plain at first glance, but check out how Maile Belles uses the Leafy Vine Border (very bottom of page) die, the Half & Half Die Collection, and the Woodgrain Impression Plate (6th one down). Can you see why she's becoming my favorite Papertrey designer?
I hope you found this helpful and that someone is guarding your wallet because these will be hard to resist!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
For those of you who aren't familiar with Copics (hope that didn't sound snotty), here's a little background. I didn't know much before class besides the fact that they are blendable alcohol ink markers that are really expensive. I think they were originally used by Anime and Manga artists, designers, etc., so you know they're good. The sketch markers run $5-7, and from what I can tell they seem to be the most popular. It seems the value comes in that they last a while and they create beautiful images. The ink can sit unused for up to 3 years (but at that price you need to use them). They're refillable, and from what I can tell a refill is about the same price of the marker but can refill a sketch marker 6-8 times. That's a great value when you consider the price of the marker. There's lots more to know like how to understand colors and other useful stuff, but it may be better to take a class.
Have any of you used Copics? I'm thinking about taking a blending class or a card making class next to try a variety of techniques. I would love any advice or resources you know of. I'll probably be scoping the web for tutorials this weekend and searching for places I can get the markers a bit cheaper. Can't wait to hear what knowledge you all have about this!
From my happy place to yours,
Sunday, April 3, 2011
By the way, they now have project ideas on the back of the stacks. Genius!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Most of you are veterans in the crafting game, and you know all about this, but I recently got my sister into cardmaking and scrapbooking. It's really great to have conversations with folks who are new to paper crafting (I'm still pretty new myself) because there's a lot you know that you take for granted. I sometimes forget that I had to troll blogs and make mistakes to know what I know, so I thought I would share this quick tip:
When cutting, especially for a mass production project (like the wedding invites I'm doing now, that I will post soon...no I'm not getting married), plan your scraps. Figure out how much of your 12x12 or 8.5x11 paper you will need for your project and make your first cut the cut that will leave you with the largest scrap. The largest scrap is the most versatile scrap because you have more options with how you use it or cut it down. When you're left with lots of little scraps, they can only be used for layers, punches, die cutting, etc. Still not a bad deal, but how awesome is it to have a scrap that can be used as a base for an entirely different project?!
For example, I'm doing 5x7 flat (meaning they don't fold) invites from 12x12. paper. I could cut the paper at 5" two times to create two 5x12 pieces and one 2x12 piece. I could then cut each of the larger pieces at 7" to create two 5x7 pieces, which would leave me with two 5x5 pieces. So, that would give me the two 5x7 pieces I need, plus a 2x12 piece and two 5x5 pieces for my scrap drawer that will eventually get used. Or...
I could figure out that if I'm going to get two 5x7 pieces from a 12x12, I need to create at 7x10 piece that I can cut in half! That means I should cut my 12x12 at 7", leaving me with a 5x12 piece and a 7x12 piece. I would cut 2" off the 7x12 to create the 7x10, and then cut it in half (at 5") to create two 5x7 pieces! But wait...I still have a 5x12 piece. Cut that at 7" to create a third 5x7, leaving you with one 5x5 scrap. It leaves you with fewer scraps, but more invitations. If you don't need the third invite, you can leave the 5x12 piece as is because it is large enough to make a card (possibly a thank you card that coordinates with the invitation) or a layer or border for a scrapbook page.
For my invites, I'm making a belly band to go around the invite so if I leave the 5x12 piece as it is, I can cut it into strips for my belly bands. It's also large enough to run through my printer if I want to print the couple's names on the belly bands before cutting. So many more possibilities there than with a bundle of small scraps.
This is also useful when deciding between 12x12 or 8.5x11 paper. Sometimes 12x12 is more expensive, but you can get more items from it so the cost per piece makes more sense.
I hope someone finds this helpful. It takes a few extra minutes, if you're not good at math like me, but it definitely stretches you materials. Happy scrap planning!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
20% off Michael's Coupon
From my happy place to yours,
Thursday, January 13, 2011
This is my first real tutorial! I don't have a tripod (and I don't know how to edit video yet) so this is just pics & instructions for now. I'll get on the video thing sooner than later, hopefully.
These cards are small cards made from scraps (I love scraps!) that I'm delivering with no envelopes. Some of my RAs (Resident Assistants) did really well last quarter academically and I wanted to recognize their hard work with a special card and little treat. On to the tutorial!
Materials I used:
Card base - Friendly Forest patterned paper cut 6x4
Layers - Friendly Forest 1x4 coordinating scraps (2 each)
Border punch - EK Success (not sure of the name, but it's a "notebook sheet" punch)
Circle punch - Fiskars 1" punch
1/8 hole punch - Martha Stewart (I only used this because I don't have an SU! slit punch)
"Hello" stamp - Studio G
Large brad from Staples (as with all the other items, any brad will do)
Twine from my stash from the Dollar Tree - about 9.5" or what ever size will go around your card 2 times plus an extra couple of inches
Adhesive - Scotch ATG (anything you normally use to adhere paper will do), Glue Dots (you absolutely need some form of a glue dot. I wouldn't use dimensionals for this because your twine might get caught in it and pull it off.)
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
This card is a quick card that only required cutting & punching. Pretty sure the black & white paper is s.e.i. (I'll double check tomorrow). It's cut at 6 x 7 and folded in half on the 7" side so it ends up being around 3.5 x 6. It's from a really cute 8x8 pack that I hoard. Patterned/textured paper is my secret weapon. It's like a great dress. It looks like you put in a lot of effort when you really didn't. :)
The pink is from Stampin Up!, and I think it's an old In Color so I don't know the name. That's cut at approx. 2.5x3.5. Black & white strip cut at approx. 1x3.5. Silver rick rack is by Celebrate It (from the holidays) from Michaels. I punched the butterflies with a Marvy punch out of the strips left over from cutting down the original 8x8 sheet. Love using scraps!
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Sunday, January 2, 2011
Happy New Year! I'm am so excited! Robyn over at My Pink Stamper (MPS) is doing a call for her 2011 design team through a challenge. To be considered for the team, you must do a project using your favorite Cricut cartridge and the colors: pink, green, and brown. Those are her favorite colors. I grew up with tons of pink & green (because of my mom's sorority and the only colors we were allowed to decorate the house with), and my favorite neutral to craft with is brown. That's got to be a sign, right?
I'm a novice Cricut user. I got my Cricut Create over two years ago, but didn't use it much until I moved to San Diego because I didn't have the space to keep it out. Trust me, you use it far less when it has to live in the box! I just got my purple Cricut Expression on Black Friday! Love it! This is a pretty simple card, but there is one slightly complicated part that I'm very proud I've figured out. Those of you with more Cricut experience may think this is easy, but I'm still pinning a feather in my cap!
I made a baby shower invitation with the Wild Card cartridge. I've yet to make a card from the cart, but I'm constantly using the images on it! Totally worth purchasing!!!
- Wild Card Cricut cartridge (You can find similar images on the "In a Child's Year" cartridge).
- Duck image: <SaftyPin> icon
- Umbrella image: <Shower> icon
- Card stock: Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake (card base), Recollections (Michael's) card stock in pink & green (I don't know exact colors because they aren't listed on the package, but they come in the same pack).
- Sizzix Dots embossing folder (can also use Cuttlebug Swiss Dots or any other desired pattern).
- Cuttlebug, Big Shot, or other die-cutting/embossing machine or dry embossing technique
- 1/8 in. brown satin brown ribbon
- ATG Adhesive
- Foam dots or dimensional adhesive
- Punches: Stampin Up! Word Window and Modern Label
- The card base is cut at a standard A2 size (4.25 x 5.5).
- The green layer on top is cut at 1/2 inch smaller on each side (3.75 x 5).
- The duck is cut at 1.5 in. (real dial size turned off) and attached with the dimensional foam adhesive.
- The umbrella is cut at 6 in. (real dial size turned off) using the center point feature (instructions below).
- The ribbon is attached using the MPS Cheater Method.
- The sentiment is printed in brown ink and then cut using the SU! word window punch.
- Place 3.75 x 5 in. card stock in the top right corner of your cutting mat. The 5.5 edge should go along the side of the mat that will be fed into the machine.
- Position your blade so it's 1.5 in. from the bottom of your card stock and 1.5 in. from the right. (When I say "bottom & right," this is in reference to how the layer will be placed on the card. If it's helpful for you to use the way it's placed on the mat as the reference for orientation, it would be 1.5 in. from the left and bottom.) This is my center point.
- The left/right coordinates on your screen will be 3.5 & 2.25 respectively.
- Turn on your center point feature.
- Select the image (<shower> icon) and cut! Below is what you get. :)