Thursday, June 25, 2015

Another Note Card Set and a Shaped Card

Hi y'all,
     Quick post ( I say that every time don't I??).  Finished a couple quickie projects this week that I want to share.  First is a note card set using Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor die . I am only showing one of the cards (the demo) because I didn't like the way the picture of the set came out (so just imagine 4 more just like the one in the photo below).  I used SU Almost Amethyst card stock and Almost Amethyst classic ink, Recollections white card stock, and Spellbinders Font One - Upper Case.  To glue down all the fine areas I used a Zig 2 way glue Squeeze & Roll pen.  I followed Becca's tutorial, though I had to do a few modifications.  Since they are note cards and I wanted to be able to mail them; I left off the fluff (pearls) and I didn't bother making the box.

     Next, is my cute (if I do say so myself...and I do) little shape card.  I am not big on shape cards at all but I really like this die and thought it made a lovely little card.  I used Spellbinders Labels Forty-Two and Labels Forty-Two Decorative Accents dies, SU (2014-2016 In-Colors)  Lost Lagoon classic ink pad and coordinating card stock, the cream card stock is from JoAnn's, the patterned paper is an old Webster's Pages 6x6 pack that had samples from 3 different paper packs (Spring Market, Yacht Club, and Country Estate), the dark green card stock (used leaves) is from my stash, the leaves were punched using the MS rose leaf punch, the rose buds are from Hobby Lobby, the greeting/sentiment stamp is from Crafty Secrets "Grand Greetings", and I popped the center piece up on some mini foam squares.

Both of these were really quick and very simple cards.  On the "Should I try this Project Scale" I give both an easy to medium minus.  Once again, basically the dies do all the heavy work.   
Til next time...hugz from moi

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Box with Note Cards set

Hello my crafty friends!
     Today, I am sharing a  little box that I saw on Becca's site Amazing Paper Grace. Her box is just stunning!  I decided that I would do a demo box first (before I jack-up some good card stock).  So I kept my colours really simple and used as much scrap cardstock as I could.  I followed Becca's tutorial on YouTube, you can check it out here. This project also gave me an opportunity to play with my bow maker. The pale greenish-blue card stock is some faux suede paper I have had in my stash for years. The white cardstock is Recollections, the ink is SU Pool Party, the ribbon is from our local specialty craft store Big Mouth Scrappers (Forney, TX) hi ladies!!! The dies I used were Spellbinders Arched Elegance and Arched Elegance Pocket.  I used Scor-Tape for the box construction and my ATG to adhere the panels. The background stamp is my favorite SU stamp "En Francais".  I believe the background stamp is long since been retired but you might be able to find it out there on EBay, Craig's of those type places.  You might even check with a local SU (Stampin' Up!) Demonstrator, they may be able to help you hunt one down (caution it may be a bit pricey).  The cards are really elegant.  The inside of the note card has a liner that is partially attached. You can catch a glimpse in one of the side view photos.  I really like how it turned out.  Now I can make it for-real-real (lol). It took me about 2 hours in total including watching the video and pre-cutting all the pieces.   If I had to say the ease of making this project would be a medium.  The most challenging part is the box lid.  Give it a try!

Until next time...
Hugz from Moi


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Getting in The Spirit with Spellbinder Nested Stars

Howdy folks!
   Just dropping in to share a quick and cute little card I just made.  This is a plain and simple A2 card with a blank inside.   I used JoAnn's and Michaels cardstock, SU Poppy Parade Classic Ink Pad, SU retired stamp set  Perfectly Penned, Spellbinders Stars, Spellbinders Belly Band 2, a Gelly Roll White Gel pen for a little faux stitching.   I saw a similar card on the internet some years ago and kept thinking I wanted to make this card.  Well of course I didn't write down the artist name or the website.  I searched all over today, looking for that card but could not find it.  I could not find a tutorial on how to line up the stars (somebody needs to really get on that). I just kept thinking about it, cut several demos trying to get it right and finally it clicked!  Thank goodness, I was getting tired and this was supposed to be a 30 minutes to 1 hour card.   When I actually figured it out, the card took less than 30 minutes to cut and put together.   Now that I have the concept down, maybe I'll try it using some patterned paper.  This would be a great graduation card layout.  And...If you have the patience of Job, you can do these as invites to a 4th of July celebration.  Now, I'm thinking about all the other nesties dies I can use with this technique!    I hope you give it a try.   Here's my attempt.

Hugz from Moi!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Diamond Filigree Background Stamp

Hi everyone,
    I hope all is well for you this evening.  I felt a little energetic and decided to play in my craft lab today.  I will share my little creation later in the post.  First, I want to share some sad news...I decided to close my store.   Yeah, I wasn't selling like I thought I might, even with self advertising on FB.  Although; I have to say, I'm really not broke-up about it.  I NEVER planned to have 25 cards in the store at one time let alone 100, which is what I was paying for.  I did it for one month and that was enough for me.  Just more work that I didn't need.  I don't mind selling my card and altered projects but when it turns my crafting into another job, that is where I draw the line! So no sorrow or sadness, more like a relief; one less thing to monitor and worry over.  Other sad news, my blog has been acting up really bad.  My post for Mema's Crafts last challenge did not post as scheduled.  I have timed all my post for her challenges and they have all posted automatically without a problem until this last one.  So I just corrected that and it is now posted.  The card is called the Graduate (I think).  It's really cute (once again, my thought).  
   Okay, so on to what I did today.  You know how you just keep collecting beautiful dies and stamps and say you are going to make something but you never do; then life gets in the way and then you don't have time?? Well, I decided today, I had some energy, I got out some stuff, look at some cards that inspire me and got to work.  And so that I would stay focused, I decided to take my energy as far as it would go and stop there.  My problem is I over work it and try to either come up with some spectacular design on my own and try to finish it all in one night.  I mentally and physically exhaust myself, I get frustrated, I end up rushing through the project, not giving it my best, disliking it, not finishing it, and being pissed because I wasted my crafting supplies.  Well, I just decided that would be a NO for today.  I would do what I could and when my mind started to wonder too much, that was it for that project or card for the day.  I was able to get the front of the card done today.  I did not do the inside yet but it will be something simple maybe just plane colour coordinated panels and I haven't made an envelope either.
   I used the JustRite Stampers Diamond Filigree Background stamp to make this adorable little A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2") card.  I also used Spellbinders Belly Bands Two, Stampin UP classic ink and cardstock Marina Mist, Recollections White cardstock, some white seam binding (love seam binding!!), some Recollections tiny flat pearls, and Wild Orchid Craft white Sweetheart flowers.  What a simple but elegant little birthday greeting.  Tip: Background stamps can be very difficult to control if you don't have large and steady hands (I have neither).  Thinking within my crafting box...I decided to use my Prima doll block.  The large Prima doll stamping block (I do not believe this to be it's official name) measures 6" x 8", this is more than enough room to accommodate most of your background stamps.  It also has a handle for even better control and pressure distribution.  So, if you don't have one, this is one of those highly recommended items (smile).   For my next venture I'm going to try a little game. I'm going to close my eyes, spin around my craft lab (pray I don't fall), point to something, and whatever I see when I open my eyes is what I have use in or on the next project/card.  Enjoy...

Hugz from Moi

The Graduate

Hi everyone,
   I hope this is a quick post, I'm tired from an unexpected trip to the capital today; waaaay too long a story to share.  Well anyway, sad news...Lesia from Mema's Crafts is retiring her challenge (sad face with poked-out lip). So if you haven't, please join the design team in showing Lesia how much we appreciate her for her tremendous work, awesome creativity, and thoughtfulness during her challenge reign. Awesome work Lesia, thank you for the opportunity to show case my talent!   Ok, so for our last challenge the theme is "graduation" or a "masculine card".
The month of June plays host to graduations and Father's Day.  Father's Day is Sunday June 21st.  Come hang out for the last time with the M&M girls and Lesia for our June challenge.  Also, I will give you a hint...I WOULD LEAVE A COMMENT!    Well my peeps, like I said, I'm a little, I'm a lot tired so I'll say goodnight for now.  Enjoy the card, chat soon.  I chose the digi image called "The Graduate" our sponsor is Cute as a  Button check out her FB page.  She has some really cute images. 

Supplies used:
Black, red, and white cardstock; Bo Bunny-Enchanted pattern paper, JustRite Stampers Vintage Labels 5 die templates, Stampin Up Labels punch, image was coloured with Copic markers, Atyou Spica gold pen. The greeting is from the computer and MS Word, the sentiment is a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt. 

Hugz from moi!!
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