Friday, February 1, 2019

Birthday Girl

     My granddaughter had wonderful 2nd birthday party at the Little Gym. They got to play on the gymnastic equipment, do a group activity with a giant parachute, and bounce on a blow up mattress. The favorite thing was they took the blower for the mattress, turned it on, and had more than a hundred scarves that the children could put in front of it and watch them fly.  
     After playing they went into the party room for snacks and birthday cupcakes.


     The left page of this layout is made from a sketch by Lisa Hidy from Sketch N Scrap. I extended the layout to a two pages.

Sketch #170 by Lisa Hidy

     I used Echo Park's "Birthday Wishes" paper. The pink and orange solid is also Echo Park. I picked up a pack of 25 sheets one day at Tuesday Morning. It is reversible and always seems to match the pink and orange in the Echo Park papers. I guess that is their intention. ALL of the cupcakes on this layout are from 2 die sets by Karen Burniston. The little flourishes are from one of those die sets as well. The letters for the title are from Silhouette and are actually intended to go with this paper. In fact, the font matches the journaling cards and stickers. 


     The "i" in "Girl" needed to be dotted and I misplaced the one that was cut on the Silhouette, so I used a brown pearl. I added smaller brown pearls to the top of the miniature cupcakes and at the corners of the picture mats. 


     On the right page I was trying to work in a lot of pictures. It seems that birthday parties always have a bunch of them. I decided to make a waterfall of pics on the page. The picture mats are off set by 5/8 inch. It is an easy way to work in an extra 13 pictures. I also added a strip of yellow polka dot paper between each pic.


     I added a 4 x 6 pic and a group of mini cupcakes to the layout. The title and the cupcakes are pop dotted onto the pages. 


Materials List:      
     
     Patterned Paper: Echo Park - Birthday Wishes
                                                   Birthday Girl Dots
                                                   Girl Journaling Cards (Candles)
                                                   Girl Birthday Hats (Yellow Polka)
                                                   Girl Stripes
                              Pebbles - Birthday Wishes (Sprinkles)
     Card Stock: Bazzill - Apple Tart
                       Echo Park - Sunny Ahead (Pink/Orange)
                       My Colors - Dark Molasses
     Silhouette File: Birthday Girl by Echo Park
     Dies: Burniston - Cupcake Pop Up
                              Birthday Charms
     Embellies: Brown Pearls

Challenges
Alphabet Challenge - U is for Use Stitching - #56 - *

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Bubble Monkey Valentine Box

     "Grammy, can you make a Bubble Monkey Valentine Box?" Sure - why not? But who is Bubble Monkey? I had to do a Google search. It turns out that Bubble Monkey is a broken toy cured on a Doc McStuffins episode. 



     I started with a Silhouette File. This gave me the base for the box and monkey. I designed mats with patterned paper. This glitter paper makes me think - Valentines' Day. 



     I added a crown, bubble blower, and bubbles from Silhouette Files. I die cut Brooklyn's name. Those green gems on the crown are 5/8 inch and glittery.



     To make the bubbles, I made nesting circles, then glued them onto vellum. I then fussy cut them and added CS highlights on each.




     I also used a Silhouette File to make Brooklyn's exchange Valentines. Here is a pictures of those. 




Materials: 
     Patterned Paper: Recollections - Monsters and Robots
     Card Stock: My Colors - Dark Molasses
                                        Tropical Surf
                                        Ballerina Pink
                                        Golden Yellow
                                        Spearmint
                       Vellum
     Ink: Distress - Vintage Photo
     Silhouette Files: 3d Monkey Valentine Box by Jamie Cripps
                             Bubble Blower and Bubbles by Sarah Hurley
                             Crown by Echo Park
     Die: Anboo - 3/4 inch alphabet    
     Marker: Signo - white gel               
     Embellies: 5/8 inch green glitter gems

Challenges

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Love/Valentines - #4 - *
Crafty Creations Challenges - Anything Goes - #41 - *
Die Cut Divas - 3D - #6 - Showcase Winner!!!



Paper Funday - Anything Goes - #30 - *
Pile It On - Land Animal - #100 - *

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Winter Calendar

     This is a very simple calendar. It is made on a tri-fold nameplate fold. 









     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

Winter
Winter Birdhouse
Winter Cozy Snow Day
Winter Pop Up Gift Card Holder
Winter Box on Card
Winter Calendar  - You are here!


  
Materials: 
     Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Seasons (Winter)
     Card Stock: Paper Cuts - Metallic Gold
     Ink: Distress - Walnut Stain
     Embellies: Gold Mini Brads
                     Twine - Ivory
                     Puffy Heart Stickers

Challenges

Monday, January 21, 2019

Winter Box on Card

     Here is card that I have seen here and there. I have been looking forward to making it. The hardest part about this card is giving up on the tutorials. I have yet to find a tutorial that has accurate cutting directions to make it. It's a good thing I start a project like this one with inexpensive Hobby Lobby heavyweight card stock. I would have thrown away lots of patterned paper if I had started there. 
  
     Ultimately I ended up designing the card base and mat on the Silhouette. Since I wanted a scalloped edge, this was the easiest way to achieve this.



     I embossed antique gold snowflakes on the mats (inside and outside). Most of the components are from Graphic 45 Season's Collection. In keeping with the winter theme, I added die cut mittens.


     This metallic gold card stock from Paper Cuts pairs well with the embossing powder I used. 


     I have been asked how to get the box into an envelope. The answer is that you don't. I gifted 3 of these this Christmas even though there were no Christmas items on them. I placed the card in an envelope, then placed the box on top of the envelope. These were hand delivered. 

     BYW: Inside each box was a pair of handmade earrings with beads made from this patterned paper. A matched set you could say. 





Matching patterned paper earrings with snowflake charms




     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

Winter
Winter Birdhouse
Winter Cozy Snow Day
Winter Pop Up Gift Card Holder
Winter Box on Card - You are here!
Winter Calendar

  
Materials: 
     Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Seasons (Winter)
     Card Stock: My Colors - Muslin
                       Paper Cuts - Metallic Gold
     Ink: Distress - Pumice Stone
     Die: Stamps of Life - Mittens 2 Stamp
            Spellbinders - Petite Scalloped Circle Large
            Sizzix - Circles
            Gina K - Snowflakes
            Anboo - Word Set - Seasons                     
     Stamp: Gina K - Seasonal Sentiments
     Punch: Fiskars - Notebook
     Embellies: Elizabeth Craft Designs - Gold Starfoam Stickers
                     Gold Embossing Powder
                     Button
                     Gold Cord - 4 inches
                     Copic - E42
                     Confetti - Snowflakes
                     

Challenges

Crafty Cardmakers - Winter - #30 - *
Cuttlebug Mania - Winter - #2 - *
Die Cuttin Divas - 3-D - #2 - *
Paperminutes - Winter Magic - #2 - January 27

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Winter Pop Up Gift Card Holder

     It seems that everyone loves a gift card holder. This winter themed card is no exception. This card features a collage of Graphic 45 Season's patterned paper, embellished with brown pearls, a brown seam binding bow, and a silver snowflake charm. Every piece on this card is matted; most of it is double matted. I have pop-dotted each individual element. This card weighs a ton!!! Very substantial indeed!!!




     I had lots of fun making the inside of this card. The pop up gift card holder was super simple to construct. I got the idea from a Kathy by Design tutorial. I used a Karen Burniston die to cut winter from the envelope. I saved it to add to the bottom. Since it was a cursive font, I added a feather quill.




     Once again everything here is matted or double matted. Like I said earlier: THIS CARD WEIGHS A TON!!! Extra postage is definitely required. 





     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

Winter
Winter Birdhouse
Winter Cozy Snow Day
Winter Pop Up Gift Card Holder - You are here!
Winter Box on Card 
Winter Calendar 



  
Materials: 
     Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Seasons (Winter)
     Card Stock: My Colors - Brown Eyes
     Ink: Distress - Walnut Stain
     Die: Spellbinders - Petite Scalloped Circle Large
                                 Scalloped Circle Large
            Burniston - Word Set 3 - Holiday
            Little B - Envelope
            Art C - Feathers
     Embellies: Pop dots
                     Snowflake Charm
                     Twine - Ivory
                     Pearls - 8 Brown
                     Seam Binding - 1 1/2 yd brown
                     

Challenges

As You Like It - Pearls - #14 - *
Cardz 4 Galz - Dimensionals #31 - *
Cut It Up - How's the Weather - #19 - *
My Time to Craft - Winter Birthday - #17 - *