Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hello, Glitter!

This week on Make It Monday Challenge #105, it's glitter trim.  I don't often use loose glitter, due to the mess and restrictions for Operation Write Home, but I could not resist giving it a go and pulling out my lucky Gumball Green cardstock & ink from Stampin' Up (the happiest green I've ever seen!), and some Martha Stewart Crafts fine glitter.  I kept my glitter trim simple by using a straight line of Terrifically Tacky tape to adhere the loose glitter.  I made two long glitter stripes then cut them to fit my focal image and used a left over end to create a mini-banner on one edge.

The Papertrey Ink mini stamp set I used is brand spankin' new, Wonderful Words: Hello.  I love the coordinating die, too and so I cut my word out on some PTI Fine Linen cardstock and popped the top layer on top of the stamped word for the fun negative die image.  The sentiment above 'hello' is from the same mini stamp set which I stamped in PTI Vintage Cream Palette ink.

I love the bright green for upcoming St. Patricks Day so this little card will come in very handy.
Have fun playing along this week.  Happy stamping, everyone!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Merry Monday #51

This week the Merry Monday Christmas Card challenge has a twist, Tic Tac Toe.  You select your own challenge by choosing three elements from the game board either diagonally, across, or up/down.

I decided to go with the combo, Ribbon, Cute & Designer Paper, for my Penguin Christmas card this week:

The penguin and sentiment on my card are from Stampin' Up's set Polar Party.
I love this Festival of Prints stack of Stampin' Up! DSP from last season, so it was easy to find some paper I wanted to use for my project.  I did a little hand stitching on my banner in a light blue thread.  I've been so wanting to add more stitching to my cards, but I'm sewing challenged.  Just a few pierced holes was enough for me to try.  The tiny bit I stitched at least gave me some sewing practice.  My ribbons are both old and new.  Some retired SU! quilted satin ribbon and some new Island Indigo satin ribbon from this year's Sale-a-Bration. 

I stamped my little penguin twice in Basic Black ink, once on my vanilla cardstock and another time on a scrap of striped DSP so I could paper piece his hat for a more festive look.  There's a wee bit of light blue stripes on his scarf, too, but it's hard to see unless you look very closely...

It's another snowy day here, so this again was a great time to work on a holiday card.
Check out our wintry scene here today:

Hope wherever you are, you are warm and dry!
Happy stamping, everyone.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Marvelous Monograms - Personalized Coffee Sleeve

Papertrey Ink's February Blog Hop is all about Monograms.
I've been having so much fun playing with felt this year, that I decided my choice monogrammed project had to be made of the fuzzy stuff.  So, I created a coffee sleeve and a coordinating mini-card for a useful and personalized gift.  To create my sleeve, I simply used a paper coffee sleeve as my template and cut my strip of felt in approximately the same shape.

Since I'm not entirely certain if the coffee sleeve would be used for just one size of cup, my sleeve is a bit longer than the paper one from a local coffee shop.  It's easy to adjust the size with the flexible felt fabric and a couple well placed velcro tabs.

I die cut kraft colored felt with some Nestabilities circles and red felt with an alphabet die.  Using some embroidery floss I blanket stitched  the top circle to coordinate with my Chocolate colored felt.  I pulled out my felting needle to attach the initial to the circle and to secure the layered circles on my sleeve (in the photo above you can see the Kraft felt coming through the other side of the sleeve where it's been felted). Since the felting needle left visible marks on the monogram, I just fuzzed up the top of the "k" to hide the tiny needle pricks.  

In true Papertrey Ink fashion, a gift like this is not complete without a decorative card to go with it.  
For my mini-card (it's about 2.5" square), I pulled out two PTI sets that I bet are not often used together, On the Farm and Tea for Two.  Since the sleeve could be used for any kind of hot beverage, I used the sentiment from the Tea for Two set that is suitable for any kind of drink.

I'll admit now that this particular sleeve is a gift for ME!
I cannot wait to use & re-use it... I'll let you know how my handiwork holds up after a few uses.

Happy Monogram Crafting, everyone!  Enjoy the Blog Hop!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Good Times...MFTWSC112 sketch challenge

I'm participating in the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge this week.  I have a bit of extra time (hooray) due to lots and lots of snow here (maybe not so, hooray...).  I'll be out playing in the white stuff later today after some more shovelling, but in the mean time, I'm warm inside and thinking of spring.

Here is the sketch:

The sentiment (from MFT You Make My Day) was stamped twice in both More Mustard and Soft Suede inks for a slightly 3D type effect (I just liked seeing both colors).  I handcut flowers and layered patterned paper from Farm House Market Square paper pack.  I love the colors in that paper and they pair nicely with the Natural Ribbon (SU!) and twine I used to decorate the simple design.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Make It Monday #104

Ashley Cannon Newell has such amazing talent.  I love everything she makes.
This week she provided the inspiration for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge, Handmade Pinwheels.  These are fun and easy to make.  They seem like such cheerful elements for a card, I decided to create a card with some bright colors on a crisp white background.   I used Stampin' Up! Sycamore Street DSP to create my paper pinwheel and used coordinating colors and embellishments to decorate it.  The sentiment is from my go-to sentiment set from Papertrey Ink, Birthday Basics

Here's a closeup of my cheerful pinwheel with a button holding everything together and a simple twine bow... 

Happy crafting, everyone!

Merry Monday #50

This week the Merry Monday challenge is to create an elegant Christmas card.
For me, elegant does not come naturally...I'm much too casual to pull off elegance very easily. At least today I had some extra time to contemplate a design and looking outside my window at the snowy landscape, I decided to create a snowy evergreen card.

I stamped my tree from Stampin' Up!'s set, Lovely as a Tree, in Early Espresso ink on vellum.  Flipped over the vellum, and dabbed on some snow accents with a white gel pen.  I layered the vellum on an oval window frame cut from Early Espresso cardstock and popped up the image on a background of Naturals Ivory cardstock, lightly sponged with a bit of River Rock ink to tone down the white.  

Some ornate snowflake DSP in brown & cream, a simple strip of Very Vanilla seam binding and a simple layered snowflake embellishment finished it off.  Two Christmas cards down now!  Yippee!! Thank you Merry Monday Challenge for getting me started early this year.

Edited for update after the challenge week: 
I'm so excited to be a Top Pick for this Challenge!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

You. Me. Oui.

One last Valentine to share... then it's time to move on to spring projects.

This was a simple card I made that hopefully appeals to the lovers of all things French... have you noticed how often the French language is used in home decor and crafts?  Is it because that language tends to look more decorative and romantic than others?  I'm not sure, but maybe that's got something to do with it... 

Details for this card:  The paper is from My Minds Eye, Union Square.  I stamped my greeting (from Smitten, from Mama Elephant) on a bit of scrap from the MME paper and simply stapled it with a bit of crochet ribbon to the side of the card.

Have a great weekend!

Felt Favorites

I'm in love with felt.  Okay, maybe that's too strong a word, but I really do love working with felt on my cards.  Using sets of alphabet  & number Die-namics from My Favorite Things with some of their felt I made some fun to touch cards this year.  I made more than 15 unique cards for my office charity sale for Valentines Day and was pleased that they sold out.  The felt cards included in the sale were definitely some of my favorites.  

On top of the fun with the felt, I used these little flat, kraft bags my sister had sent me.  She wondered what I'd use them for, so I'm glad to share with her now how they made fun little pockets for an extra greeting on my the front of my Valentines.

The sentiments, paper, and stamps come from a variety of companies, including My Minds Eye, Papertrey Ink, My Favorite Things and Stampin' Up!.

I cut tags out of vanilla cardstock and included a simple greeting that could be kept as a little bookmark, or replaced with a more personal message.  For the Felt 14 card, I decorated the heart on the tag with some Freckled Fawn washi tape that seemed to match the color scheme for the card.  

The last felt card I'll share today has just a small felt heart as an embellishment.   I used an itty bitty clear button from Stampin' Up and sewed it on top of my felt heart.  I'm not very good at sewing, so this was a nice way for me to get a little sewn detail onto the card.  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things, You Make My Day. 

Hope everyone had a fun Valentines day!  Thanks for stopping by & Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Merry Monday #49

So I told myself around New Year's that I'd try to commit to Merry Mondays so I wouldn't face the end of the year short on holiday cards... and what happens?  It's mid-February, and I'm finally making good on my card resolution.  Whew.  Well, in my defense, I did a LOT of Valentines all through January and early February, so, I was just distracted.  Now time to get down to business as well as support my other craft friends who are challenging themselves to get a jump start on their holiday stash.

This week it was a sketch challenge.  Here is the sketch:

I had a leftover label from last season's Stampin' Up holiday catalog so I simply stamped my sentiment from More Merry Messages,  on the label for my focal point.    Freshened up last year's label with a little honeycomb embossing on the red layer and some hexagon DSP from a new set of papers.  

My favorite part was to stamp & cut a small ornament from Ornament Keepsakes for my simple embellishment and just drew a line & tiny bow with my red marker to fit in with the rest of the decorations on the label (the rest were pre-printed, so easy, peasy).

One down, many more to go.  Happy Stamping everyone!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

May we always be young...

I love this sentiment stamp from Inkadinkado.  

On my first attempts using this stamp, I tried the chalkboard technique, using Versamark ink & white embossing powder for my sentiment, then sponging some white craft ink on my black background, but just didn't like my messy smeared image.  So instead I stamped my sentiment on a clean piece of black cardstock and like it just fine.  

I kept things simple by adding a strip of washi tape on the bottom, grosgrain black ribbon and a couple punched hearts, with just a little bling from the glitter cardstock I used for the smallest heart.

Have a very Happy Valentines Day everyone!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Only One For Me

I'm very pleased with my first set of stamps, Lovey-Dovey Sentiments, from My Favorite Things. 
I made many Valentines for a charity event this year, and kept wanting to make more as I just couldn't get enough of these lovely sentiments.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

His & Hers

I'm continuing a "love card" theme with my post today.  

This sentiment from Stampin' Up!'s set, From My Heart, is perfect for my Valentine.  
I put this card together quickly by simply layering punch shapes on top of my patterned paper (some retired SU! DSP).  The paper was just a little too girlie for my hubby, so I made another card using the same sentiment, but with a little more masculine style...

I created a tag out of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped it using the collage like stamp from Stampin' Up! set Postage Due in Sahara Sand ink.  I sponged the edges a bit for a slightly aged appearance.  I stamped the sentiment in Classic Black ink on vellum then stapled it on top of the tag.  Staples seem like a macho embellishment to me, but I couldn't resist using some natural ribbon & a little standard kitchen twine, too.  No bows, of course, no, that would not be manly!  

Were you inspired to make a special card for the man in your life this Valentines day?  Hope he likes it and appreciates the effort you put into it, if you did.  Happy stamping everyone!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Color Inspiration from PTI

Color challenge at Papertrey Ink today was inspiring, if not a little frustrating for me tonight.  In past posts I think I've admitted to having some "straightening" issues... Maybe I do okay when I straighten my hair, but getting things straight on my projects is much more difficult.   Let's just say, a little more sleep and a little extra patience would probably serve me well.

Using PTI's Sew Simple Borders stamp set at least gave me very clear lines to work with, but I still managed to make the lines a little wonky on my first attempts.  I guess it's just a reflection of how I feel some times...  Maybe I'll catch more shut eye next week.

I went with the rustic charm of the Color Inspiration No 5.  I did a little color substitution with colors I had on hand with a mix of Papertrey Ink and Stampin' Up!, but they are all there (Sahara Sand base, Fine Linen, Kraft, Vanilla, Primrose Petals & Ridinghood Red, ink & cardstock).  I sponged a bit of Fine Linen over my Sew Simple borders to distract from my less that super straight stamping.  The sentiment is from the PTI set On the Farm.  

Okay, time to try & capture some Zzzz's and maybe a little more card making mojo.
Have a great evening everyone!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

You Smile, I Smile

Ever have an element for a card that you have made that takes forever to find the perfect card to use it?  This little Changito monkey (from Stampendous) featured on my card was stamped & embellished and has been sitting in my craft room for over a YEAR!   Luckily he was not lost in my crafty mess.  He was carefully stored in my Valentine project bin. I love the image so much and I took such care to punch & glue the tiny hearts on the twine that I just had the hardest time finishing it... don't know why, I just didn't find the perfect layout for him until now. 

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things, and the patterned paper is from My Minds Eye.  The natural ribbon is from Stampin' Up.  Right now this is my favorite Valentine card I've made this year.  Now, just to figure out if I'll have the heart to give it away! 

Happy Stamping & Happy Valentines Day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Happy Harlequins CAS

I just couldn't sleep well last night and I think it's because my desire to try & recreate a clean and simple card like Cristina Kowalczyk's cards was just bugging me to death.  So, I selected a new inspiring CAS card she made & tried again.  

Here is the inspiration card:

To make it easier for me to recreate, I selected one color and a set I had that could make lining things up easy.  Thankfully, Paper Trey Ink's Happy Harlequin stamp set fit my needs perfectly.  

I lined up the harlequins on a lined acrylic block & stamped them  in Fine Linen ink.  The sentiment was stamped in Dark Chocolate ink (Birthday Basics sentiment used here). A bit of Fine Linen saddle stitch ribbon covers where I stopped stamping, but I was even pretty cautious to mask the top half of my white cardstock to keep it from getting messy.

This is my second project to help celebrate PTI's 6th year anniversary.
Check out my crooked CAS sample in my last post to see where I was coming from in my fit of insomnia.  Which looks better to you?  Don't tell me!  I won't be able to sleep again!  :)  Whew.  Now maybe I can get some sleep.  

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Simple Washi Tape Masculine Card

Inspired by Paper Trey Ink's 2013 Design Team anniversary cards this week, I had every intention of being very "neat" and tidy trying to recreate something that looked vaguely like the very attractive CAS cards Cristina Kowalczyk showcased here:  

But, sadly... I'm just not that neat, or very good at getting things super straight.  So my Recollections washi tape and some scraps came in handy, and I took an oval punch to my sentiment so I didn't have to get fussy over getting that straight on the card either.  Shortcuts, gotta love 'em!

If I cannot be neat, then I thought the next best thing was to tear and crinkle, and if I could not be on center, then off center and horizontal worked fine too.  I guess I'll just need to get more practiced with my ruler & some light pencil lines.  Lesson learned.  Oh well, in the end it ended up an okay masculine card. The sentiment is from PTI Birthday Basics and my little red lines under the sentiment are from Sew Simple Borders.

Back to my crooked, crafty mess now... I'll try and post an "after" pic, since my card is definitely a "before!" Anyway, have a great day!

Love my craft buddy!

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