Friday, December 20, 2013

Step Aside, Coffee - Last Minute Gift idea!

TGIF!  Unity Friends with Flair day!
Last minute Christmas idea browsing?  It's crunch time, which often means gift cards & quick craft projects around my house.  I love making felt coffee sleeves.  My sleeve is decked out for my gift with a fun tag and little libation from my local grocery store.

The coffee sleeve is very easy to make.  Simply keep one of the disposable cardboard ones you receive at your local coffee shop, unfold it and cut a similar shape from some craft felt.  Adhere some velcro to the ends of the felt for a quick way to adjust the size of the sleeve for different cups.  Decorate as you wish - I used some My Favorite Things felt, MFT & Spellbinders dies, and some embroidery floss for my decorated sleeve.  The tag pulls it all together, too.  Here's a better image of that...

As soon as I saw this little stamp from Unity, "Step Aside, Coffee," I knew it had a place in my stash.  Friends and co-workers I know can so appreciate the sentiment, and what a cute simple image!  Oh, and by the way, there's an awesome sale at Unity right now...  

Eat, drink and be merry!  Have a wonderful holiday!

Friday, December 6, 2013

OH what a tangled mess...

Oh yes, Unity's Friends with Flair seems to know just how I feel... need to "craft for the soul" as Andrea suggests?  This was it for me.... My craft room is a total mess with all kinds of holiday madness.  I felt compelled to make this tonight as a little reminder for myself...

I used Unity Stamp Company Tinsel in a Tangle stamp set, colored simply with black and gold, some Kraft cardstock, patterned paper from Papertrey Ink and a little gold string & gold snowflake cut from a Martha Stewart paper punch.  

If you are organized and tidy during this busy holiday season, I congratulate you.  If you have some free time, please come by and help me fix up my mess!!!  TGIF!
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Merry Monday #86 & A Merry Monday Success Story...

The Merry Monday challenge this week is to use a Chalkboard style.
I saw this early in the year and thought it was super cool.  I even wrote more than one Trendy Tuesday article for the Paper Crafters Library about the technique (one for the technique, and one featuring products with this style).  I've gotta tell you I struggle with the genuine technique.  My efforts at "chalking" black cardstock have just looked so messy.  So my next best option- a My Minds Eye Chalk Studio sticker that I stamped and embossed my greeting on!  

And now for my Merry Monday success story...
I have been playing with the Merry Monday challenge on & off all year.  Sometimes I created something in time to post to the challenge, and sometimes I just got a card made after the challenge week passed.  As I sat down after Thanksgiving to review what cards I would still need to make, I was so excited to see I have PLENTY!  Yes, Christmas cards were already prepared for the year, but it's fun to make more just for the fun of it!  This takes so much pressure off and gives me lots of time to complete more handmade gifts.  HOORAY!  Thanks, Lesley!  

Enjoy & have a great weekend!

Nitty gritty card details:  Papertrey Ink sentiment from Happiest of Holidays was embossed in Stampin' Up! craft white ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder on to a My Minds Eye Chalk Studio sticker.  Comfort Cafe SU! DSP, Crumb Cake & Ridinghood Red cardstock used.  Cherry Cobbler bakers twine wound around layers and tied to a couple of craft foam mini-mittens.  One of the little foam hearts adhered near the sentiment.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Give Thanks

I hope everyone will be having a Happy Thanksgiving next week.  I don't have plans to hit too many stores for shopping next week, but I'm taking some days off and going in full craft mode to get some handmade gifts completed.  I'm pretty sure I'll be putting together some card sets, tags and gifts galore!  I learned to knit this year, so we'll see if anything I make will actually be gift worthy...

Enjoy your holiday and the time spent with friends and family.
Happy crafting- and gobble gobble gobble!

A few card details to satisfy your curiosity:  I used Kraft, Early Espresso and Pumpkin Pie cardstock, The Alley Way Stamps, Give Thanks stamp set used for the turkey body and sentiment, paper pieced feathers using the feather shapes from Unity Stamp Set Happy Thanksgiving Itty Bitty, and Nestabilitlies circle dies.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Was I the only one that got a flu shot?

Okay... just a little vent this week...
All around the office I hear it...coughing, sneezing... tell tale signs of illness.
EEK!  I'm staying safely away from the germs, or so I hope.  Just in case, I'm keeping myself busy making a few of these cards to have on hand.  

I used Lawn Fawn's stamp set On the Mend for both my cards.  I love the cute little images.  They make me feel better already, and I'm not even the person who is sick!  Knock on wood.
Stay healthy!

BE Inspired #41 - Toy Time!

I'm playing with an inspiration challenge over at The Alley Way Stamps.
I had one of those insomnia crazy, crafty nights so I woke up VERY early with crafting on my brain.  UGH!  The mugs in the image made me long for something warm to drink (or eat), but it was way too early to make too much noise in the kitchen... So the colorful polka dots on the white background were my inspiration for my Christmas card I quietly decided to make using my stamps from Toy Land...

I didn't have any white background polka dot paper, but I was truly inspired to create my own!  I took a strip of white cardstock and used my Crop-a-dile to create a swiss cheese pattern of holes as randomly placed as possible.  I adhered bits of colored scraps behind the holes to create my colored polka dots.  Then I ran the entire strip through my Cuttlebug to emboss it which helped secure the colored paper to the hole ridden paper.  The embossing gave it a comforting quilting effect, too.

I paper pieced the little gloved hand to help my elf friend hold a really cute little teddy bear (also from the stamp set).  A little jingle bell was tied to the top of the tag.  I was cursing the folks that made the itty bitty hole I had to use to tie that jingle bell on - at 4am or so, it's really hard!  But I love the bell.  It looks like the classic jingle bell hat topper that my favorite elves wear (ya know, the ones from the stop-motion Rudolph tv special!).

Inspiration strikes me at odd times, but I'm really happy with how this turned out, so I'm glad I woke up to make it!  Enjoy & have a great day!

More card details:  Toy Land stamp set from the Alley Way Stamps, Copic markers used to color the image, Stampin' Up green DSP, ribbon, jingle bell, and cardstocks used, (Early Espresso and Ridinghood Red) and some Papertrey Ink white cardstock for my elf tag.  

Sunday, November 10, 2013

GEEK OUT! Seize the Birthday

The Seize the Birthday challenge is right up my alley - Anything Goes!

I've been meaning to make this birthday card for some time.  The "toppings" for the birthday card was to add texture, so I heat embossed my robot, hoping the texture would show, but my photo is still a bit lacking...   I spritzed the robot with some shimmer spray, and added lots of layers with die-cuts galore... Here's a closer view...

I used lots of fun toys from my supplies for this card.  For the deets read on, otherwise, enjoy your day and have fun playing with this or any other challenge this week!  Happy crafting, everyone.

Card recipe info:  Boy Crazy stamp set from My Minds Eye for the robot image, Iconic stamp set from The Alley Way Stamps for the " Robot" phrase, happy birthday sentiment from Papertrey Ink, stitched tag die and side tiny star border dies from Mama Elephant, metallic star die cut from My Favorite Things star die-namics, patterned paper from Etc. Fancy Pants Designs, Pool Party twine, Coastal Cabana cardstock, and confetti white card stock from Stampin' Up!, Versamark ink, Stampendous black detail embossing powder, Coastal Cabana ink from SU! & Memento Tuxedo Black ink for sentiment.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Colour Q #214... Eat Ham!

Playing with the very chic Colour Q challenge this week... there is always a ton of talent displayed with the amazing color collections on this challenge blog.  I am a huge fan of fall color palettes, so I just had to participate!  Here's my silly Thanksgiving card...

I used The Alley Way Stamps set, Give Thanks,  for my card with just a little bit of alteration for my turkey. The turkey feathers were stamped, with the body paper pieced and layered on top.  I masked one of the wings from the stamp then paper pieced his wings with some cajun craze paper.  The wings were altered so the little turkey could hold my hand written bashful blue sign (glued to a flat toothpick).

  I love this turkey as it reminds me of my favorite animators, Nick Park and the Aardman Studios artists who created Wallace & Gromit and the Chicken Run characters (had to mention Chicken Run as that's what this turkey reminds me of most of all!).

I left my holiday sentiment for the inside (the sentiment is also from the Give Thanks stamp set)...

Now I'll have to share that we will be serving turkey at our house this year, so I'm afraid I'll be disappointing my little friend....Shhh!! Don't tell him!  :)
Have a great week!  Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Dynamic Duos #77 ...Time to start making that list...

OH how I think I'm gonna love these challenges I found at Dynamic Duos.  I totally stalk Tenia Nelson's blog for inspiration and was excited to see her on the design team.

This week the colors are bright & cheery- just like the challenge says!
I pulled out a new stamp set I got from The Alley Way Stamps, Toy Land to make my shaker card.  It is already that time of year everyone... time to start getting your letters out to Santa. 

Does anyone else find that they become like the X-Men villain, Magneto, when they make the shaker window cards?  I have real issues with static electricity ... I'd have loved to add more sequins and mica flakes inside my North Pole window, but all my sparkling embellishments just kept sticking to me, and not inside my frame!!! 

Here is a close up of my electrically charged window...

Enjoy the challenge and have a terrific week!

More card recipe info:  Spectrum Noir & Copic markers were used to color my North Pole sign.  My Favorite Things snowflakes die-namics added to corner, die cut from white and glimmer paper.

Monday, November 4, 2013

So thankful for fall color!

OH how I love fall... The colors most of all.
I made a very simple color blocking card to celebrate this beautiful season.

This year we are so fortunate to see so many beautiful shades of yellow, red and orange.  Last year it seemed like everything just turned brown, after a horrible summer of drought conditions.  What a difference some rain can make.... Before the wind blows our beautiful scenery away, I took some photos around our yard.  Here is one of my favorite views of a gorgeous tree...

Have a wonderful, colorful day!

Card details:  Stampin' Up Hello Doily was stamped four times on different colors.  Cut and assembled square on the base with a glitter brad in the center.  Curly label punch shape peeks behind my layered banner greeting from a retired Holiday Greetings stamp set, also from SU!.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Happy Halloween!

This dancing skeleton from Inkadinkado just makes me smile.
The "Happy" die is from My Favorite Things, and Halloween stamp from a retired Stampin' Up greeting.  Oh, and I added a little sequin for fun.  At this rate it's going to take me YEARS to use the bag of a thousand sequins! Maybe that's what I'll hand out this year instead of candy...!!!

Have a fun Halloween!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

My Spooky Crew

I'm going to try to post Halloween projects through the rest of the month to go along with my updated blog header.  I love this time of year for the wonderful fall weather.  Then of course there is all the wonderful CANDY!  I have to really try hard to stay away from eating too much, of course.

I had funny using this Itty Bitty stamp from Unity Stamp Company for today's Halloween card, Creepy, Spooky & Scary.  I altered it just a bit to match what I think my small family would dress up as this year if we did... Can you see what I altered?  Hint, hint - Bow wow!  

Have a fun, craft-filled day, everyone!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Digi Dare #343 - Oh so, NOT a Domestic Goddess...

Just had to play a little with some digital images... I need a lot of practice!
I'm playing along with the Digi Dare and posted my first page over at the DigiChick gallery.
I combined a lot of Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio toys, including some papers from Domestic Goddess and embellishments from Fan Fair, with a few of my favorite Paula Kesserling images.  Lots of things to play with, very little time.  Ah, and I can smell my pie burning in the oven!!!  Seriously, even the dog is ready to leave the house - it smells bad!!!  EEEK!!!  UGH!! Time to go!  Enjoy.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sometimes, Life Stinks

Okay, crazy busy stressful week AND I had one of my crazy insomnia induced crafting madness nights yesterday.  Read this and tell me if you've ever had one of these nights...

 First you start the evening telling yourself that you'll just do this ONE little project and call it good.  Then you start searching your stash of supplies looking for that one little thing you needed to finish that project.  Then in the search for that one little thing you find a few other things that you forgot about... then you uncover the half finished card that you wanted to do last week which got buried under something else while you were searching for the original "one little thing" you wanted to do.  Then all of a sudden you look at your space and it's a mess.  So you realize that you have all these tiny items that you DON'T want to lose.  Of course you tell yourself that if you just take some time now to organize your space, it would be a good thing to do... then all of a sudden it's 3am... AHHHH!!!!!!

I just got this fun little stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and I had to use it, right?  I stamped and colored the little skunk twice and popped up his body on some dimensional adhesives.  I added the waves of "odor" with a pen (the squiggly lines are not part of the stamp).

This was NOT the original thing I set out to do in my crazy crafting spell, but it got made in between all the madness of searching my supplies, making a few things and trying to clean up (all of that happens simultaneously in the Craft-a-torium, mind you).   NOW I'm off to finishing my chores and heading to bed early.  Thank goodness tomorrow is FRIDAY!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Doing a little Lawnscaping today... Patterned Paper Challenge #67

Playing with my new Lawn Fawn stamps and found this fun Lawnscaping Challenge!

Here's my patterned paper inspired card using my Into the Woods stamps and Stitched Leaves dies from Lawn Fawn:

I love this little fox!  I drew a line around the speech bubble to help define the edges a bit on my tag.  The paper is some retired Stampin' Up! DSP that I love to use for fall.  I've used this so sparingly just because I love the look and the different colors of leaves.  I also cut one of the stitched leaves from a patterned paper.
Have a great day! 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Just Let It Go...

TGIF.  Seriously.
I needed to make this card for some anti-stress therapy.
Ah...I feel much better now!
Have a great weekend.

Card recipe details:  Unity Stamp Co kite & sentiment, cloud stamp from Lawn Fawn (you can barely see them) stamped in SU! Soft Sky ink & a little sponging of the same for the sky, arrow patterned paper from Lawn Fawn, Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet cardstock & ribbon, Stampin' Up! So Saffron, Basic Gray and Whisper White cardstock.  Oh yeah, I paper pieced the kites and rounded a couple corners with my Corner Chomper.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Be Inspired - TAWS Challenge #38

The challenge at The Alley Way Stamps is definitely inspirational.  Lots of great colors, patterns and images.  Working with what I have, I focused on the cute birds and fun colors & stripes for my card.  Here it is...

My Bumps in the Night stamp set has found a semi-permanent home front and center on my craft table for Halloween projects, but I like seeing the images used for many different occasions.  The Thanks sentiment is from Iconic (both sets from TAWS).

Other details:  PTI Canyon Clay cardstock & ribbon, Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay cardstock, some Copic markers, and a little Lawn Fawn striped patterned paper. I didn't like too much white space below my greeting, so I decided, if in doubt- pierce some holes! 

Here was the inspiration photo... 

Have a great day!

How Manly...

Attention spouses of hunters/outdoorsmen... this is a terrific set.  Perfect for that occasion where you can use a little help to justify all your craft purchases...!!  

I used the Unity Stamp Itty Bitty stamps of the same name and combined with some woodgrain embossed Core-dinations cardstock and a side layer of Woodgrain stamped cardstock.  Lots of manly features pull it all together.  The kitchen twine I knotted is wrapped around a square metal brad and glued into place so it won't go anywhere.  The deer was stamped in Soft Suede and handcut to layer on top of the original image both to cover up a little boo-boo I made and for added dimension.  I really had fun with this one.

Have a great week!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Celebrate World Card Making Day!

Welcome card makers and bloggers!
I love that our hobby has an official day to celebrate our crafts.  I'm very happy to get a chance to participate in the Operation Write Home blog hop event this year.   The blog hop helps me justify this as a special day set aside for crafting and that I didn't just make that up to get out of cleaning the house!  hee hee hee...

  The theme this year is THANK YOU and the goal was to create a thank you card using a OWH sketch.  OWH has some great sketches to get your paper craft mojo running.  Here is the sketch I chose:

I only wish more of the words from the patterned paper I chose showed up more, they include great words for our troops overseas, like "honest" and "courageous."   Earlier I made an "Any Hero" card to send with my next stack of OWH cards.  You can check it out on my earlier post for that card here.

Please visit the other blogs that are participating and share your appreciation for the many folks working with OWH to make and send cards to the armed forces serving all over the globe.
Enjoy the blog hop, here's another link to head you back to the main site.  Thanks for stopping by!

Card recipe info:  Stampin' Up! stamp sets Yippee Skippee and Off the Grid, SU! DSP (Epic Day This & That and Comfort Cafe), Pool Party, white, vellum (stamped with sentiment and overlayed on the white), Recollections dark craft cardstock, Cuttlebug herringbone embossing folder, brads, twine, and arrow paper clip.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thank You to all the Heroes! My Any Hero card....

Are you ready for World Card Making Day? 
Operation Write Home is hosting a blog hop tomorrow so I hope you'll have a chance to check it out or take some time to make some cards to send to the organization.  OWH sends handmade cards for our troops to use overseas.  I had a hard time just making ONE card for the hop, so here's a view of one of my cards that I'm going to send as an "Any Hero" card with my next stack of OWH creations.

Here's the OWH sketch I chose to help me get this card together...


Enjoy and hope to see you again tomorrow at the hop!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Feed the Zombie!

Only thing I noticed in some of the versions of projects I've seen using this stamp, is not everyone appears comfortable with giving it a tell-tale "Walking Dead" zombie look.  Yeah, I'm talkin' about the drips of blood I added to my version here.  I just had to show that my zombie isn't starving!  I was thrilled to see that another crafty person I know loved getting this card as she is a fan of the zombie show on AMC like I am.  

So go ahead, feed the zombie, and have fun crafting this weekend.

Now that's Crafty! - Make It Monday #133

When I saw the technique featured at Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday this week, using dimensional paste, I just had to try it.  I had a craft store's coupon burning a hole in my pocket anyway, and this fiber paste is not on the dreaded discount exclusion list- hooray!  Here's my favorite of the cards I created trying this out...

I enjoyed going very clean & simple with a one layer card with the fiber paste border, a little ribbon and  stamped message from Papertrey Ink Heart Prints Sentiments.

I chose to color the paste with some drops of ink to match some kraft cardstock.  After I first tried the tone on tone look, I used the paste again on white and really like how it stands out on my heart border card.  I don't own any type of suitable stencil or cover plate so I created my own stencils using some punches and dies.  Here is a view of the heart border stencil I made from a couple small heart punches (I took the photo after using the stencil).

Here's a view of the supplies I used, very similar to what Danielle shows in the video.  To make clean up easy, I used some aluminum foil over some old cardboard (I had just finished re-heating some food with the foil, so it got cleaned up a bit & used again before it had to be re-cycled; I'm sure my husband thinks I'm really crazy when I do that, but it seems like truly recycling to me!). 

I think a key part of getting this done right has to be in securing your stencil to your paper with the washi tape.  That really helped keep things straight, secure, and pasted evening (especially on my heart border).
You can see the snowflake die and dots stencil I created to try the tone on tone version.  I'm not yet happy with the card I started using this one, but will keep playing with it until I like it.

If you have time, give this a try!  Happy crafting!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Lookin' good.... Friends with Flair

I'm also pleased to tell you the tag I used on the card was a free gift from Unity with one of my orders.  I'm ready to use those again in next week's {show & tell} tag challenge.

I am joining in with Friends with Flair and posting a card I made and already gave away.  I haven't been able to craft much for the past couple weeks since I had an teensy mountain bike accident couple weekends ago (kinda sorta flew off my bike Superman style - you cannot really improve your technical off road skills until you have those little moments, right?).  I wasn't trying to "win or lose" anything on my ride... and I was lookin' pretty good until the crash, so this seems like a suitable card to commemorate my bike crash memory!  I'm healing really well & ready to craft again this weekend.

Here are some other details for the supplies I used for my card:
Stampin' Up flower trim, punches and Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Core'dinations turquoise paper (embossed & lightly sanded) on a Kraft card base.  Added a tiny sequin, (gosh I love those little things...)

Thanks for stopping by and TGIF!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Awesome in Black & White...

Pulled out this fun art stamp I have to play with a super simple black & white design.  I had to make something like this since I was inspired in my research for the past week's Trendy Tuesday post for Paper Crafter's Library.

The funny people make me smile.  I stamped the image an extra time and hand cut one of the faces to stand out just a bit more.  This was difficult card to photograph, for me at least, but check it out,,,

 FYI, the sentiment stamp I used is from Stampin' Up! set Yippee Skippee, and the people are from this stamp called Face It!

Oh, and if you are a PCL Blog follower, my card also gives you a little sneak peek at next week's Trendy Tuesday theme...hmmmm... do you know what it could be??  :)  Stay tuned!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Sad Santa... Merry Monday #72

Playing along with Merry Monday again.  It's just too hot outside, so why not try to think of cool weather and make a dent in your Christmas card stash!?

For my card I chose to turn the sketch on it's side.  The Santa Claus image from the new My Minds Eye Vintage Christmas paper pack was SO very serious I had to lighten him up a bit and best way to do that was to add the funny sentiment stamp from Unity Stamp Company.  I stamped some holly from Stampin Up! set, Bells & Boughs, and added a little twine and tiny jingle bell for a little something something...

Here's the sketch by the way...

Stay cool and keep on crafting.
Have a terrific weekend!

One kind word...

Playing along with Unity's Friday Friends with Flair as it's just so much fun to share whatever Unity Stamp project you've created with a bunch of other Unity stamp fans.   Felt a need to put a little chill in the air while enduring some of the hottest temps we've had this summer.  There's lots of Christmas release chatter in the crafting world lately which makes me really long for cooler weather... I think I've got quite a wait for that yet, so this chilly weather card will just have to do for now.

Here are the nitty gritty supply details:
The image is from Unity Stamp Co, One of a Kind Winter, patterned paper from Recollections, card stock, ribbon, and pierced label from my Stampin' Up supplies, snowflake dies from My Favorite Things, Memento Espresso Truffle Ink, & Copic markers for a little color on the snowman.

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!