Sunday, July 8, 2018

Summer Embroidery Hoop Easel

     I love making cards using this Eileen Hull "Embroidery Hoop" Die. It is no longer available, but Waffle Flower and Paper Smooches each have one. 

     I fussy cut the sunflower and the hummingbird separately and pop dotted them. I found the leaves by some peaches on the paper. The butterfly came from a piece of ephemera.
Fussy Cutting

Only one piece of thread
     When I taught the card class for this one, everyone was surprised by the fact that I used one piece of 4 foot embroidery floss for all of this. I started by putting 5 counted cross stitches (not finishing the last one), then wrapping around the HALF spool, going through the button holes 4 - 6 times, and finally whimsically around the screw at the top. I cut the spools in half using a chisel and a hammer. I had to cut 15 of them for 30 students. Every single one of them split right down the middle, without fail. I painted the centers of the spools with amethyst acrylic paint. The button is from the chipboard. 
     The "SUMMER" sentiment is a sticker matted on Concord Jam card stock.  

Inside of Card
     For the inside of the card I used a scalloped circle die to cut an ephemera card. This is only the bottom of the ephemera card. The top half is on the inside of the Pen Nib card

Adding a simple helper
     I had to try something different to make the card sit as an easel. There were 2 setbacks. The weight of the hoop and the spool made the card want to collapse. The second thing was the inside of the card was so pretty that I didn't want to mar it by placing an embellishment in the center to hold the front up. I ended up cutting a 2 x 1 1/4 in piece of card stock, which I scored at 1/2, 1, and 1 1/2 - folding it into a "W". By adding this, the card could not collapse. A new problem arose - now the card wouldn't lie flat to place in an envelope. Easy fix - by folding the card backward everything lie flat and went right into an envelope.

From the back


     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 Embroidery Hoop Easel - You are here!
Summer Impossible Calendar - Go live July 22 

Autumn
Autumn Patchwork and Feathers - Coming Soon
Autumn Shaker - Coming Soon
Autumn Joy Fold Plus - Coming Soon
Autumn Scarecrow - Coming Soon
Autumn Calendar - Coming Soon

Winter
  
Materials: 
     Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Seasons (Summer)
     Card Stock: My Colors - Ecru
                                      Wildflower
                                      Concord Jam
     Ink: Distress - Frayed Burlap
     Die: Spellbinders - Petite Scalloped Circle Large
           Sizzix - Eileen Hull: Embroidery Hoop 
     Embellies: Embroidery Floss - DMC 470
                   Elizabeth Craft Designs - Starfoam Stickers - Black (eye)
                   Wooden Spool
                   Folk Art - Acrylic Paint - Amethyst
                   Laminated Burlap

Challenges

Creative Inspirations - All Tied Up - #9 - July 31
Dragonfly Dreams - Summer - #29 - July 31
Ellibelle's Creative Moments - Summertime is Here - #17 - July 31
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - 330 - #9 - July 22
Try it on Tuesday - Things with Wings - #68 - July 18
Unicorn Challenge Blog - Real Stitching - #15 - July 31

Thursday, July 5, 2018

A Gorjuss Note

     This a-symmetrical card is one I have been looking forward to. Heather Hall designed this fun sketch for the challenge over at the Sketch N Scrap blog.


Sketch #125 by Heather Hall

     The background of this card may appear to be a patterned paper, but instead it is a technique I learned in a Stamp TV video tutorial.  A gauze background stamp with Blue Denim ink is stamped on Powder Blue card stock. I added random star stamps with VersaMark ink. The squiggly border stitch is added with a white gel pen.

     The colors seems to be so perfect together on this card, because they are secretly repeated. The card base is made with Powder Blue card stock - the same is as the gauze patterned is stamped on. The "Just a Note" sentiment is die cut from Blue Denim card stock the same color as the ink I used to stamp the gauze background. 

Materials: 
     Card Stock: Gina K - Blue Denim
                                    Jelly Bean Green
                                    Powder Blue
                                    Ocean Mist
                                    White
     Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black
            Gina K - Blue Denim
            VersaMark
     Stamps: Santoro - Gorjuss - Flying Above All
                  Gina K - Dashing
                               Background Stamp - Gauze
     Die: Burniston - All Seasons Tree
                                     Word Set 4    
      Marker: Gel Pen - White  
     Copics: E000, 00, 01, 93
                 E31, 33, 35, 37
                 B00, 02, 04
                 YG21, 23
                   C1, 6
Challenges

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Bloom and Oh Happy Day

     This is another layout for the Bloom SWAP I participated in last week. I attended the morning session of the swap and all went smoothly - 12 people; 12 layouts. Since I signed up for the evening session as well, I hung out at the craft store until the second session started. Last minute it was determined that the evening swap was going to be one layout short. After this there was a flurry of events.

     The coordinator of the SWAP was in a hurry to complete a layout and kit it with less than an hour until swap time. How do you do a layout in no time flat? You use a sketch. I recommended we grab one from Sketch N Scrap. Three of us were racing around using leftover available paper in the Bloom collection to make this layout. Once designed, we had to quickly make 12 kits. In the end, we completed it well before the swap started. 

     Nobody assumed that it was the coordinators misfortune. It was a privilege to work together as a team to complete the task.


Sketch #156 by Lisa Hidy


Materials List: 
     
     Patterned Paper: Simple Stories - Inspired
                                                      Today's the Day
                                                      Elements
                                                      Ephemera 
                                                      Stickers
                                                      Washi Tape
     Card Stock: My Colors - Black Magic
                       Bazzill - Flamingo
     Dies: Burniston - Ovals (Crosshatch)
     Embellies: Ribbon - Black Organza
                     Paper Clip - Telephone
                     Filmstrip Die Cut


Challenges

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Summer Pen Nib Butterfly

     I found some Tim Holtz Pen Nibs just as I was starting this project. I knew I had to use them on one of the cards. Summer seemed the perfect time.



     I started with a sketch from Lili of the Valley, but I veered away from it a bit. 



     The spellbinders butterfly die that I used had a solid and a filigree butterfly. I used my bone folder to give the butterfly some shape.



     With all of the extra pieces that accompany this collection, it is fun to make pockets in order to add more of it to cards. I made a hidden pocket behind the "Sunkissed" panel and placed a tag from Tags and Pockets in it. I placed the pocket on the horizontal panel, then placed the "Sunkissed" panel over it, so that it just peeked out.



     For the inside of the card, I used the leftover strip from the front, a stamp, an ephemera post card, a tag sticker, and fussy cut some purple flowers.

     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 Pen Nib Butterfly - You are here!
Summer Embroidery Hoop Easel - Go live July 8
Summer Impossible Calendar - Go live July 22

Autumn
Autumn Patchwork and Feathers - Coming Soon
Autumn Shaker - Coming Soon
Autumn Joy Fold Plus - Coming Soon
Autumn Scarecrow - Coming Soon
Autumn Calendar - Coming Soon

Winter
  
Materials: 
     Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Seasons (Summer)
     Card Stock: My Colors - Ecru
                                        Harvest Orange
                                        Concord Jam
     Ink: Distress - Frayed Burlap
     Die: Spellbinders - Les Papillons     
     Embellies: Twine - Purple
                     Ribbon - Ivory Seambinding
                     Gem - Purple
                     Pen Nib

Challenges

Cardz 4 Galz - Sunny Summer Days  - #17 - *
Crafting by Design - Flowers Flowers Flowers - #49 - June 26
Crafting with Dragonflies - Bakers Twine - #2 - *
Creative Inspirations - Here Comes the Sun - #58 - *
Double D Challenges - Butterflies - #30 - *
Moving Along with the Times - June Blooms - #18 - *
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Anything Goes - #11 - Winner!
Di said: "Sharon F makes some beautiful cards, using up loads of snippets. This one really caught my eye - see the Tim Holtz 'pen nib' which forms the body of the butterfly? What a lovely finishing touch!"
Pixie's Crafty Workshop




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