Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MIA

Hello Stampers....
I know it seems I've gone MIA (missing in action) but I had to take a brief detour to get a few extra projects done.

I had to get some items ready for sale at a local gift shop.  Then my sister asked me to make some doggie bow ties to help with adoptions at her local shelter. 
 
I made them in 3 sizes (3", 3-1/2", 4")
And then I made these:
They are a small and a medium for the dogs belonging to my sister and niece.  The colors were chosen for my brother-in-law who is a football fan of a team that shall not be named. (LOL!)
 
Next project is to make a "coffee cozy" to wrap around your favorite take-out coffee. I think they will make a nice little gift to give a friend or co-worker, and it'll help reduce waste by not needing the cardboard sleeve the coffee shop provides.
 
Hope you find time to create today!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Grid Journal

Hello Stampers!
Stampin'Up! started offering these fabulous little kraft grid paper journals in the big catalog.  I think they are a real bargain at $4.95 for two journals.  I try to decorate them with fairly flat embellishments in an effort to be able to slip them in your purse or tote bag.
I stamped a few images from "Gorgeous Grunge" with Early Espresso and Blackberry Bliss ink. I made a simple tag out of Very Vanilla cardstock, and used Crumb Cake ink with the splotches from
"Gorgeous Grunge" again.   The focal image is from "For All Things" and was stamped in Hello Honey and Cajun Craze ink.  For the finishing touch, I added some "Color Me Autumn" washi tape, gold button with linen thread, and some Blackberry Bliss ribbon.  The tag was attached with dimensionals.  These make fantastic little gifts from the heart. 
 
Thanks for visting, and have a creative day!

Friday, September 12, 2014

"Traveler" reflection card

Good afternoon!
Today's card uses a reflection technique, and it is very simple to achieve.  I found inspiration for this project from Linda Heller at www.stampingschool.com   Linda had used a bit of a different color combination (white on white with a Lost Lagoon card base).  I used white on black with a Marina Mist card base.  Both combinations look nice, it's just whatever you prefer.

Supplies used:  Marina Mist cardstock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"
                         Whisper White cardstock 3-3/4" x 5"
                         Basic Black cardstock 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"
                         1/2" strips of Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White cardstock
                         Cherry Cobbler baker's twine
                         Memento Tuxedo Black ink
                         Marina Mist ink
                         wax paper
                         "Work of Art" stamp set
                         "Traveler" stamp set
                         "Something to Say" stamp set
                          dimensionals, glue dots and adhesive

Begin by stamping the ship image with the Memento ink on the Whisper White cardstock.  Ink up the large swoosh image from "Work of Art" with Marina Mist ink.  Stamp off once, then stamp three times onto the project without re-inking.  Then stamp the ship again with the Memento ink onto a square of wax paper.  Carefully align the bottom edges of the ships and place the wax paper straight down onto your project.  Lightly tap with your fingers, being careful not to smudge the image.  Lift the wax paper straight up.  Voila!

The Whisper White layer was attached to the Basic Black layer with nine dimensionals so it wouldn't sag.  Then I glued the black layer directly to the card front.  To form the tags, I stamped the sentiment with the black ink onto the white strip, then aligned the white and Cherry Cobbler pieces together and cut the notched end simultaneously.  I punched a hole in the ends, and attached to the card front with Cherry Cobbler baker's twine.  I secured the bow with a glue dot underneath.

Super easy, but I think the end result looks like it was a lot more work than it really was.  It'll be our little secret!

Happy stamping!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

"Four Feathers" masculine birthday card

Hello stampers!
I often struggle with making masculine card, which is a pretty common problem in the stamping world.  It so much easier to stamp with flowers and lots of bling.  But you just never want to send a man a girly-type card which is all blinged out.

As soon as I spied the "Four Feathers" and matching framelits in the new mini catalog, I knew I'd found a perfect combination for a masculine card.  It's also offered in a bundle for 15% off, which made it an even better buy!   I used a card base of Smoky Slate cardstock, and used the matching ink to stamp the background called "Handcarved."  That provided a great tone on tone background, but I didn't feel it would distract too much from the feathers.  I stamped the feathers on scraps of Whisper White cardstock using the ink colors of Early Espresso, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.  That's a lot of neutrals, but it gave me the look I was going for.  I then cut out the feathers with the matching framelits and my Big Shot machine/magnetic platform.

On a 1/2" strip of Basic Gray cardstock, I stamped with black ink  the word "birthday" from a photopolymer set called "Endless Birthday Wishes."  Then I glued the strip directly onto the card front, added the feathers with a combination of glue and dimensionals, and added a tiny bow made from linen thread.  I secured the bow underneath with a glue dot.
 
For the inside, I stamped the sentiment in black ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock which measured 3-3/4" x 5".  I stamped a small feather in Soft Suede ink directly onto the layer, then added two more feathers which had been cut out with the framelits.  The white layer was adhered to a layer of Basic Gray cardstock which measured 4" x 5-1/4".  For the finishing touch, I added another linen thread bow.
 
I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend, and that you're able to find some time to spend in your craft room!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

So many stamps...so little time...

Hello stampers!
I have so many new stamps to play with, and haven't been able to find much available time to do so! I think sometimes I just need to learn to put it on my "schedule" of things to complete.

Today's card actually took several different stamp sets to complete, but that's the best part about owning so many stamps sets!  ha ha!
The main focal point image is from a stamp set called "Seasonally Scattered" which is new in the holiday mini catalog.  I actually inked it up first in Crushed Curry ink, then used sponge daubers with Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive inks.  It wasn't anything you have to think about too much...just go with it. It makes such a beautiful combination of colors since some of them overlapped each other.
The little leaves were stamped from a new set called "Fall Fest", and I cut them out with the matching framelits.  I stamped them with the same colors on matching cardstock, except the Crushed Curry one was stamped on white cardstock.  After I cut them out with the framelits/Big Shot, I stamped the leaves and the base of the card with the splotchy image from the set Gorgeous Grunge. I also lightly sponged the edges of the leaves with Crumb Cake ink.  I then mounted the focal image layer to a piece of Old Olive cardstock, and glued it directly to the card front.  I attached the leaves in the corner, and added a bow with Crushed Curry baker's twine.
 
The inside of the card was done with the same technique, and the little leaves inside were from the stamp set called "For All Things."    This left plenty of room to write a personal note, and also brought the fall colors to the inside of the card.
 
measurements used:  Crumb Cake cardstock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4"
Whisper White cardstock 4-1/2" x 3-1/4" (cut 2)
Old Olive cardstock 4-3/4" x 3-1/2" (cut 2)
Inks:  Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake
 
I hope you have time to create something beautiful today!