Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sweet Strawberries

 This card was made from scraps including the polka dot acetate piece.  I was so happy to find a use for it.  The papers are from Gina K .  The sentiment and ribbon are SU.  The strawberries are from a Cricut cartridge: Preserves.  after putting all the layers together, I embossed the strawberries with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.

To add the acetate piece, I trimmed it to 51/2 inches long.  Then I cut off 2 inches from the card front.  I attached the acetate to the shortened card front with sticky strip and to the card stock piece I cut off.  Then I used the paper trimmer to cut off the excess from the bottom to make to card ends even.  I covered the seams between the acetate and cardstock with narrow ribbon.  I hope my description made sense!  I love how this card turned out!

Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Clearly Foiled

The last category for the swaps I signed up for on Splitcoaststampers was to use foil on our cards.  I did this technique in an earleir swap and really enjoyed the technique.  For this card I covered a card stock panel with foil and embossed it with a folder.   Here's the card front:

I used a die from Taylored Expressions to cut the black silhouette flowers and added them to the panel with glue dots.  I then added this embossed and embellished foil panel to a piece of tiny black polka dotted, clear acetate.  Then I wrapped and tied some beautiful ribbon around this entire piece before adhering to a card front.

I used a Spellbinders Lattice Rectangle die to create a frame for the inside of the card:

Thanks for looking!

 Off to create some more!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Butterflies Are Sew Three

Another swap I signed up for on Splitocaststampers was to sew on our cards.  Now if you know me at all, you know that just the thought of sewing causes anxiety issues!  But I wanted to overcome my fear of needle and thread!  Still not, and never will be, my favorite thing to do, but better on a card than a real project involving material! 

I punched out several butterflies and lightly adhered them to patterned paper.  I took a deep cleansing breath and started up my Janome mini sewing machine to stitch down the three pairs of butterflies for four cards.  I wiped the sweat from my brow, patted myself on the back, and then added dimensionals under the top wings of each butterfly.  The panel was adhered to a card sotck panel and then onto a Crumb Cake card base.  Smokey gray rhinestones were added to each of the butterflies.

Here is the inside of the card.  (No sewing here, I didn't want to press my luck!)

 Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Map Quest

I mentioned in a previous post that I signed up for several swaps on Splitcoaststampers.  One of the categories was to use maps in some way on our project.  I saw a cute card on Pinterest where the card maker punched out circles from a map and added them to a paper tree trunk.  I loosely CASEd that idea with this card:

I used Sizzix dies to cut out a tree in brown and green card stock.  then I paper pieced the green top to the brown tree trunk.  The grass is also from a Sizzix die.   I used a maple leaf punch and punched out leaves from a map of the North Shore (MN and Canadian borders) I printed from the computer.  The individual leaves were sponged with green ink and adhered to the tree top.  I put the tree onto a manilla tag that was embossed with a woodgrain folder.  I added a bird brad to the tree top.

Here is the top panel of the inside of the card:

and here is the bottom panel of the inside:

 Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Lunchbags and Clothespins

I'm in a fun swap on Splitcoaststampers where the hostess offered several different categories to sign up for.  I signed up for all of them and will be showing you my swap projects over the next several days.

The first project was to alter a paper lunch bag into a gift bag.  Here's the bag and then I will follow up with some details.

I started with a white lunch sack and used a Martha Stewart border punch across the top edge.  near the fold of the bag at the bottom I added a brown pleated card stock border to imitate a fence.  Then I placed a felt owl and added some wiggle eyes to it's face.  The owl was purchased several years ago at a Wal Mart and was actually a banner of several owls strung together.  So I used all eight to make four gift bags and matching tags for the swap.   I used several SU punches and sentiments from CHF Give A Hoot for the greeting on the bag.  For the tag I adhered a second felt owl to white card stock and then trimmed around it leaving a slight border.  The back of the tag is stamped To: and From:

Here is one of four clothespins I made for the swap:

For altering this clothespin I added narrow washi tape to the front and back.  Before adhering the round metal rim tag, I punched out a circle of chalkboard paper and stamped Just a Note with white craft kink from SU.  I used the original string from the tag to tie a bow.  I used a large glue dot to add the wooden ladybug to the bottom of the clothespin.

Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Whitewash Technique

 I created four cards using the whitewashing technique found  here  on Splitcoaststampers.  the card that inspired me can be found here.  I used four different botanical stamps from Personal Stamp Exchange (PSX), a long retired stamp company.  I stamped the images with VersaMark onto kraft card stock and embossed with fine detail white embossing powder.  My embossing powder is quite old, so the color came out more ivory or cream than white.  But I was okay with that as it blended well with the kraft card stock.  I added a hint of color to the images with ink from five SU ink pads: craft white, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, and Wild Wasabi, using a water brush.

 Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Reverse Gatefold: Dressform

If you missed my post yesterday, click here, where I show my first reverse gatefold card.   I found the tutorial for this card at Karen's Kreative Kards.

Here is the front of the card when it is closed:

Here is the card front when it is open:

Here is the back of the card:

Here is the back when it is closed:

Just like yesterday's card, stamps, card stock, and patterned paper are from Gine K's Stamp TV Kit: Shabby Spring;

Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Reverse Gatefold: Birdcage

I saw a reverse gatefold card on Pinterest and it led me to Karen's Kreative Kards  where she give measurements and directions.  Here is my version.  I'll show another version in a post tomorrow, so please come back and see!

 This is the front of the card when it is closed:

 This is the front when it is open:

This is the back view:

This is the back side when the card is closed:


I used stamps. card stock, and patterned papers from Gina K's Stamp TV Kit: Shabby Spring

These reverse gatefold cards are fun to make!  Please come back tomorrow when I post a different version of this card.

Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Vintage Easter ATCs

I entered a challenge on You Tube to make Easter ATCs.  I used some vintage images from a Tim Holtz Seasonal paper pad.  Two of each image were used so I could cut one apart and pop up the pieces with dimensionals onto the other full sized image. 

For the ATC on the left I cut out the egg shape and popped it up.  Flower soft was used to create grass and add dark and light colored "flowers".  The sentiment was punched from the scraps of pair of ATCs  the other and popped up as well.  I used a Wink of Stella brush marker to add some shimmer to the edges of the tiny tag and egg.  Brushed gold metallic paper, Perfect Plum card stock and lavender  Stardream card stock form the layers and base of the ATC.

For the second ATC I fussy cut the four bunnies from the second image and popped them up with dimensionals.  Ultra fine Flower Soft was used for the grass.  Wink of Stella was used on the pink egg behind the momma bunny.  rose Red card stock, brushed gold metallic paper and Stardream card stock in deep purple were used as layers and the base.

On both ATCs I added the layers and images at a whimsical angle.

Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Good As Gold

I used the free SU SAB kit "Good As Gold" to create these two cards:

Rather than making the smaller sized cards from the kit, I took one card base and cut it into two pieces.  Then each of these pieces were layered onto Tangerine Tango and Bermuda Bay card stock and then onto Sahara Sand card bases.  Other than that change, I followed the directions to complete the cards. I added a rhinestone to the star cut out on the shiny gold banner.  I made several of these cards and wrote a message in each one.  These will be donated to a woman on You Tube who is gathering cards for Hospice volunteers in April.

Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!