Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Altered Notebook...

Another fun project with my Garden of Life set. I decided I wanted to try it on this notebook as soon as cut out the long scalloped rectangle with my nesty dies. The Chatterbox rose paper is a perfect match to go with this stamp set. I used both sides of the design paper and stamped the top half with chocolate chip using my SU! polka dot bg. Before adding the scalloped center I laid down a strip of SU! chocolate chip satin ribbon and glued it in the middle. The roses in the center are stamped with my dew drop chalk inks: pixie pink, grapefruit, and aloe vera for the leaves. To add some dimension I cut on the inside of the roses and used pop-dots in certain places to make them "pop". After I glued and arranged the roses on, I added some stardust stickles to the outside edges. The corners are punched with my ticket corner from SU! and the adhesive pearls are from Ellen Hutson.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Feeling Inspired...Times 2!!

These yellow beauties were inspired by THIS CARD by Debbie Olson. To create the light blue back round, I used my B000 copic maker and colored it in while the still in the nesty die. This method of background coloring can be a little tricky as the copic ink can bleed out underneath the die. This happened a few times with me, so I think it will be worth my time and investment to purchase some air cans!
Maybe its the rain, but I have been super inspired to get crafting this week. I have all my projects done that I will post this week...this almost NEVER happens! Anyhoo, these cards were inpsired by Michelle Wooderson's sketch. I just recevied my new Papertrey Ink "Garden of Life" set. I'm finding these a little hard to use...except for the rose stamp...which totally reminded me of the some Chatterbox rose paper(I will post the notebook on Wednesday) I've been hoarding. These cards are just a single piece of cs cut to the standard A2 size. I cut the white cs 1/4 inch smaller to have a nice clean colored border. The strips in the middle are 4 inches long and 1 inch can make them wider/smaller depending on the size of your stamped image. I then cut them out with my nesty circle dies for added dimension.

When the sets were all finished, I packaged them with clear envies, tied with ribbon and slipped the large paper clip thru the ribbon itself. These came together so nice and simple and would make for an easy gift to keep on hand.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Sweet Baby Boy Card...

Here is the baby boy card I made to accompany this baby girl card several posts back. Pretty much the same set up, just in blue hues. I love the nice clean design of these type of cards. You could also insert a gift card, money, & baby's first photo as a birth annoucement.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Friend Clipboards...

Trying something NEW! The great thing about Papertrey Ink stamps is that you can make can make some really nice design paper with them. I have made this pattern before and make a whole sheet at one time. This time around I was able to use every last inch of my paper without any scraps. When using your rectangle nesty dies(the new LONG rectangles) you can get 8 cut outs! I started with the long rectangles on the coordinating cards, but cut then in half when I used them on the post-it notes. I do still have the other halves left from the post-its and will probably make 3x3 cards or tags. The satin ribbon is added underneath the post-it and I added some Prima's to the top with a Making Memories Pearl Brad.

I had made a measurement error on my previous post about these clipboards...they are approx. 3/8 inch thick which makes it easy to adhere 3/8 ribbon around the edges. I find with the type of adhesive that I use, grosgrain ribbon works best. I wouldn't reccomend using a sheer ribbon as the adhesive would leak thru.

Supplies: SU! cs pixie pink, choco. chip
Ink: Dew Drops, SU! choco. chip
Accessories: mini clipboards(LCS), SU! satin ribbon, Prima's, MM brad, Mike's ribbon, 3-D adhesive, Nestibility Dies-Long rectangles & Ovals
Stamps: Papertrey Ink-Spiral Boquet, SU! polka dot bg

Monday, April 21, 2008

Teacher gifts...

I found these great heavy duty clipboards at my LCS and made them into teacher gifts. They are approx. 4x7 and a little over 1/4 inch thick. On the back-side there are two for hanging on the wall or a dowel insert for displaying on your work desk. I used some school paper( and a post-it and covered both with modpodge. The CS is SU! only orange & basic black. I use my corner rounder for the scalloped edges. The monograms are from PaperTrey Ink. To kill a little space on the bottom I used Flame Dew Drops. The ribbon is from Mike's and topped with a Making Memories pearl accent.
Some more simple thank-you cards! I'm really wanting to use up the surplus of products I have so I was playing around with my prima's and this is what I came up with. I just layered several together and put the sentiment(Papertrey Ink Faux Ribbon) directly on top. For a little added accent I added some Amuse Twinkle Stickers in yellow.

When I'm using dark cardstock, I always use a simple piece of computer(cut a 1/4 smaller than my card) paper on the inside. This really helps cut down on the added bulk of the card and also allows you to use regular writing ink:)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sweet Ballerina...

This is another Lizzie Anne stamp I've been playing with. I wish I could "break-away" with all the girly stuff sometimes, but its hard when I've got 2 little princesses...its like an instant attraction! The sketch is from Jen del of her older ones and really easy to set up! The rectangles are done with my nesty dies and the ballerina is colored with with prismacolors and gamsol. I must be on a glitter kick this guessed it...all 3 ballerina's are loaded up The only thing I left off this sketch were the embellishments on the bottom left. I just thought one more thing on this card would be too much!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Lizze Anne-Once Upon A Time...

I showed this new Lizze Anne set to my oldest Daugther and she proceeded to tell me I needed to make it for her! Soooo, here's to you Princess Grace! My Daugther attends pre-school just a few days a week and she is always eager to get home and change into her "play" clothes, which this week only consist of her Cinderella and Ariel PJ's. She cracks me up! I splurged and bought the new Megability Nestability Dies(boy thats a mouthfull!) in the Long Rectangles. I used the same size for both cards. You could also leave them as tags for gift baskets are present tags. That was my original intent, but then I turned them into cards! I colored up the princess with my prismacolor pencils and gamsol and loaded her up with diamond stickles. I used my Petite Oval Nesty Dies for the sentiment and added the pink Amuse Twinkle Stickers. The card base is SU! Pixie Pink and PP is from Mike's.
I totally proved that this "princess" set can also be used for the boys as well! I was trying to be clever on this one and really wanted to add some, I attempted to display it on this card as the dragon's "fire"...pretty cool right? The PP is from Cloud 9 Design from AC Moore.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Crafty Secrets & SFYTT(Jen Del Muro)

I'm really embarassed to admit how long I've had these stamps(hmmm, over a year-ish?) and I'm just now inking them up. I had originally purchased these from SweetMissDaisy thinking I'd really have fun with them...well when I got them, I wasn't sure they were really my style so they sat and sat get the picture! I'm happy to say I played around with them this weekend and with Jen Del Muro's SFYTT, I was feeling very inspired. I'm in the process of loading up on cards for my dear friend Donna, who's hubby is now on his "nth" tour to Iraq. Its not easy for the guys and gals in uniform to make it to the store and purchase cards, so I'm trying help them out! I'm aiming for 100 cards...I'm excited to see if I make it that far:)

Anyhoo, the cards are pretty basic as I didn't want to add to much frill to a masculine card. The cardbase is PTI white select and PP is from Creative Memories. I used my nesty rectangle dies and added some Making Memories Silver brads. Ink is Dew Drops-Red Rocket and Black Stazon. Ribbon is May Arts.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Glue-Art & Paper Studio DT project...

I love all the projects I do for Glue-Art & Paper Studio, but this has got to be at least my 2nd favorite(the first being the cupcake stand for my girls!) work of art! This 4 section wood stand starts out as a plain jane platform and I knew right away I wanted it to have crystal feet. I bought the "feet" at Home Depot and they are actually door knobs, but I just left the silver screw out and glued them on with E6000 glue. The PP is from American Craft and I just trimmed and modpodged it on. The brown satin ribbon is from SU!My sister totally gets credit for the "glasses" idea, however, for all the wrong reasons...they ARE NOT shot glasses(although it could be an option)....LOL!! I had shared my project with her, but left out the details on my fabulous CANDLE HOLDERS! I purchased the candle holders at Mike's and used Martha Stewart Rub-ons for a border along the tops. I love the way rub-ons look and appeal to the masses, but the "masses" I am not! I tried very carefully to get these things on without rubbing them off with my free-fingers...there is a reason why I did not post a close-up of the I'm convinced they are only "flawless" for Martha I went for a simple, but elegant look by using my Papertrey Ink Monogram Set and added some Amuse Twinkle stickles for some bling. This candle set could be used for a really cool table setting and when the shower is over, each guest can take home a beautiful candle in tow.

Check out what the rest of the Glue-Art & Paper Studio Design Team is cooking up!

Mojo Monday(or Friday in my case)...

I'm getting alot of inspiration from trying out sketches here and there. This particular sketch is from Julie Tillman's Mojo Monday #32. I was dying to use this sweet little fairy and my friend Michelle hooked me up some some stamped images. Sorry, but I couldn't justify paying 9.00 shipping on a 6.00 Anyhoo, I have several more to play with when I need them. For this particular image I used 2 fairies and I cut out the "tu-tu" so I could have a 3-D effect. The fairy is colored with my prismacolors and gamsol. After I had the desired shades colored in, I put Diamond Stickles all over her. I used my finger to spread the stickles evenly so you don't get a bunch of clumps when she dries. You can tell there is a slight sparkle in the photo, but she is a shinin' for sure! The patterned paper is from Prima and I used both sides. I did a little sticthing as well before I matted the main image on SU! Certainly Celery. For a little final touch I added the dew drops and prima flowers with an adhesive pearl embellishment.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Women of Life By Papertrey Ink...

This is the same sketch I used for my other WOL cards a few posts back. All I did was switch up the larger flowers and swapped out colors. I really like how these colors blend so well together. On the larger flowers, I decided to give them a yellow center instead of a smaller flower center. I really like how the yellow popped when I added the yellow stickles. The patterned paper is from Making Memories and I purchased it at Mike's. The soft swiss ribbon is from Papertrey Ink.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Life's Simple Pleasures...

On my way back from Boston on Sunday, the girls and I stopped to have dinner at Cracker Barrel and I found this great Strawberry Lemonade mix that I knew would make a cute gift package:) I knew I didn't have an exact paper combo for the pattern on the lemonade package, but I did have this wonderful cherry paper that I purchased at Archiver's several months ago. The card sketch was inspired by Michelle Wooderson. The cherry stamp is from Crafty Secrets and I colored the image with my prismacolors and gamsol. I then ran the image and coordinating mattes thru my nesty die cut machine. The ribbon is from Papertrey Ink.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Mini Monograms...

ETA: The mini clipboards come in a pack of 3 and I found mine at my LCS here in Brooklyn. They can also be found at A.C. Moore and I also saw them at Michael's yesterday in the wood crafting isle.I was messing around with these mini clipboards and they are just big enough to add on a monogram. I may try and play some more with them and use my Crafty Secrets Stamps and maybe add on a cherub with fluttering wings! The DP is Doodlebug designs and I just modpodged it on for a nice seal. The ribbon is from Mikes and I used e6000 glue so it would stay on tight. I used my marvy scallop punch and PTI stamps for the monogram. The rhinestones(Micheal's) are glued on with Crystal Effects. When using CE be sure to only use a very small amount as it will bleed out on the ribbon if used in excess...don't ask me how I know!! Lastly, I also ran my clicker lighter(the long stem lighters for candles) ever so quickly over the edges of the ribbon to prevent fraying. This make take some time to practice, but as long as you go quickly you won't get that black burnt edge on the ribbon.These are some more I had made up for a friend and she is going to monogram them as needed. This is also a great project to use up those little ribbon scraps:)