Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Make a Fairy Wish

     Wanted to make a birthday gift card holder today. I was going to get out some NEW paper, but my "Fairie Dust" scraps from Graphic 45 were sitting on top. I decided this was the perfect time to use up some scraps.


     This sketch from Sketch N Scrap was just what I needed to couple with a Stamps of Life tag/gift card holder die that I had. I have to mention the new Graphic 45 die that I used to make this flower. If you are looking for a die to make beautiful flowers to go with patterned paper - this is just the ticket! I love the way it looks inked up. There are 4 sizes of flowers in this die to stack/group as you please. I used my flower shaping kit and WOW - I loved the way they shape up. The metallic brad in the center is a great addition.

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     These Pixie Sprites are on the back of the tag.


     The ribbon isn't necessary to hold the gift card on the tag, but it looks nice there.


     I counted myself lucky to have a bit of ephemera that had a sentiment regarding wishes to compliment the front of the card. I die cut stamps and popped the centers.


Materials:
     Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Fairie Dust - Dreamland
                                                               Violet Vale
                                                               Tiny Toadstools
                                                               Magic Wishes
     Card Stock: My Colors -Tropical Bay
                                     Ecru
                      Bazzill - Bank Roll
     Die: Graphic 45 - Large Tag, ATC & Flower
           Burniston -Rectangle Pull Card (Stamp)
                         Stamps of Life - Tag Holder
                         DieNamics - Blue Print #22
     Ink: Gina K - Wild Lilac
           Distress - Peeled Paint
     Embellies: Brads - Metallic purple and green
                   Seam Binding - Green

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sweet Summer Pocket Card

     This card is made using the Graphic 45 Seasons Collection. It is a 5 x 6 card with a pocket in the front. I used 4 1/4 inch strips of different widths to make the patchwork across the background. All of this is placed on Metallic card stock mats with an ivory card base.

Front of Card
      The pocket was formed with a paper from the Patterns and Solids pad. It is edged with a strip from the sticker sheet and crocheted lace.

Inside of Tags
      There are two tags of equal size in the pocket, but they open differently. I used the patterned paper, tags & pockets, and ephemera to cover them. "The SWEET taste of SUMMER" (sentiment) was shaped into a wave using a bone folder and attached at the middle and ends.

Tags
Inside of Card


     I will be making 16 cards and 4 calendars with this Graphic 45 Seasons Paper. All of these SEASON cards can be made using:

  • one sheet of each of the patterned paper 
  • one sheet of each of  Prints and Solids
In order to make All Seasons cards and calendars, you only need purchase the following items once:
  • Tags and Pockets
  • Chip Board
  • Ephemera
  • Stickers
  • Season's Patterns and Solids
Stay tuned for more cards this year.
Spring

Summer
Sweet Summer Pocket Card - You are here!
Summer Pen Nib Butterfly - Go live June 24
Summer Embroidery Hoop Easel - Go live July 8
Summer Impossible Calendar - Go live July 22
Autumn

Winter
  
Materials: 
     Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Seasons (Summer)
     Card Stock: My Colors - Ecru
                                      Concord Jam
                      PaperCuts - Metallic Antique Gold
     Punch: ek - 1/2 inch corner 
     Ink: Distress - Frayed Burlap
     Embellies: Brown Pearls
                   Crocheted Lace Edge
                   Purple Twine
    
Challenges

Friday, June 1, 2018

Happiness Blooms From Within

     I have signed up for an 8 x 8 page swap. For this swap there are rules:
  • Must use Simple Stories Bloom Paper Collection
  • Must use a piece of Washi Tape
  • Must use a sticker from the Collection


     There are 12 crafters in the morning swap and 12 crafters in the evening swap. I decided I had to have ALL of the swap pages so, as usual, I signed up for both swaps. I completed the first page of the swap a couple of weeks ago using Birthday Bash Sketch #5. I finished a complementary layout this weekend using Sketch #154, which I reversed. Both of these sketches are by Lisa Hidy from Sketch N Scrap

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     I decided to use this layout for some Easter pics of my youngest grandchild. She was wearing one of the dresses I had gotten for her birthday. 

     I placed the washi tape down the left side. The sticker I chose was a banner. I placed it on a black mat and used black brads on each end. For the title I made two pockets and die cut 2 stitched tags from Stamps of Life. There is a piece of 3 x 4 ephemera that has the sentiment "happiness blooms from within". I used one line on each of the tags saving the last for the right page.
     I had just gotten this dandelion die a few weeks ago and couldn't wait to use it. I added glittery gems to the center of each.


     Several elements from the first page are repeated on the second: the washi tape with a 1/8 inch Flamingo border, the dandelions with gem centers, Flamingo tags with titles, the same patterned papers from the collection, and green seam binding on each tag.
     For stickers on the right page, I used the 3 arrows. I had to cut each one to make it appear that it was long enough to go behind the oval embellishment I made with punches.



     Here is the 3 x 4 ephemera card that I trimmed to make the titles. I also used an oval punch of these flowers to make the center of the tag embellishment. 

Materials List: 
     
     Patterned Paper: Simple Stories - Today's the Day
                                                   Every Day Counts
                                                   4 x 6 Elements 
                                                   Stickers
                                                   Washi Tape
     Card Stock: My Colors - Spanish Moss
                                      Black Magic
                      Bazzill - Flamingo
     Dies: Stamps of Life - Stitched Tags
             Dandelions
     Embellies - Glittery Gems
                     Green Seam Binding
                     Black Mini Brads


Challenges

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Summer Poppy Block Card

     Here is a card using the Graphic 45 Seasons collection. This one is the first in my series of 5 summer projects. The fancy fold is a block card. The directions to assemble the base of this cards cans be found here


     The fence on this project is one of the first dies I ever purchased. I bought it in the summer of 2013 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. My Big Shot was still in the box back at home. The owner of the craft shop there showed me how to work a Big Shot and then proceeded to assist me in buying $250 in dies to play with when I got home.



     The edge punch here is one of my favorites. I got it on the sale aisle at Michael a couple of years ago. I use it so much that I actually try not to use it. Here is another example of my NOT using it. 



     The poppy on the front of this card is fussy cut and shaped with a flower shaping kit. 



     I will be making 16 cards and 4 calendars with this Graphic 45 Seasons Paper. All of these SEASON cards can be made using:

  • one sheet of each of the patterned paper 
  • one sheet of each of  Prints and Solids
In order to make All Seasons cards and calendars, you only need purchase the following items once:
  • Tags and Pockets
  • Chip Board
  • Ephemera
  • Stickers
  • Season's Patterns and Solids
Stay tuned for more cards this year.
Spring

Summer
Summer Poppy Block Card - You are here!
Summer Pen Nib Butterfly - Go live June 24
Summer Embroidery Hoop Easel - Go live July 8
Summer Impossible Calendar - Go live July 22

Autumn

Winter
  
Materials: 
     Die: Burniston - Flowers & Bee
     Ink:Distress - Frayed Burlap
     Embellies: Ivory Twine 
                   Gems - Clear (3 mm and 5 mm)
                   Brads - Brass

Challenges

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Monster Snacks

     Cruise on over to Sketch N Scrap to help us celebrate our 6th birthday. It is a huge celebration with tons of sketches, challenges, and prizes galore. Here is an inspiration card for the blog challenge.
      I am totally double-dipping on this one. Scrappin' Savvy, where I shop, crop, and teach, is having a challenge this month. Everyone was given a bag of goodies. The challenge: use some of everything in the bag. The bag contained two pieces of two-sided paper, two sheets of card stock, a monster stamp, a sentiment stamp, the Burniston Gift Card Label Die, and ribbon. 
     This one is ultra challenging for me, because I elected to add the additional challenge of using a Sketch N Scrap challenge sketch as well. Here is Lisa Hidy's sketch. 
 
Sketch # 122 by Lisa Hidy
     I started with a creation from my Silhouette. I cut a light bulb, then cut another from acetate. I stamped it with Stazon ink. I then added a thin red border. 

     The monster was a treat to color. Coloring imaginary creatures is a treat because they can be ANY color!!! I added white spots with a white gel pen. 

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Carta Bella - Welcome Home
     Card Stock: My Colors - Limelight
                                      Dare Devil
                                      Black
                      Bazzill - Bitter Chocolate
     Ink: Distress - Momento - Tuxedo Black 
           Stazon - Jet Black
     Copics: R22, 24. 27 - Spectrum Noir CG2
                YG67
                Y000
     Dies: Burniston - Gift Card Label
     Silhouette File: a2 shaped card Light Bulb
     Stamps: Riley & Company - Funny Bones Quotes
                 Prickley Pear - Monster
     Embellies: Crystal Stickers - mini stars
                   1/8" striped ribbon
                   acetate
                   White Gel Pen

Challenges

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Anything Goes - #40 - May 26