Friday, August 30, 2013

Halloween ATCs

 I made these three Halloween ATCs for a swap at Art & Sassy.



 I had two sheets of these cut outs from Graphic 45, so I fussy cut the main images from one and popped them up over the second cut out with dimensionals.  All three ATCs have additional embellishments on them such as Stickles, Halloween buttons ( shanks removed), and metal label holders.

The card on the top left also has three of the pumpkins in the top border popped up with dimensionals.  On ATC on the top right I brushed some VersaMark ink on the moon and then added some yellow Pearl Ex powder to give it some shimmer.

The border at the bottom of all three cards was a strip of border cut from the Graphic 45 paper.

Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Domino Accordion Books

I have a fun project to share with you today.  These two domino accordion books were made for a swap I joined on Art and Sassy.  I joined quite a few swaps on that site. All of them are Halloween themed.  I will be sharing my projects here as I complete them.

The first two photos show the front and back covers of the two books.













The next four photos show the fronts and backs of the inside pages.



I used scraps of patterned paper, rub ons, brads, eyelets, Washi Tape, ribbon and Stickles to embellish,  The vintage images were purchased on Etsy.


 Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Steampunk Spells Paper Bag Tag Book

This is my second book made using Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells paper collection.  If you missed my first one, you can see it here.  I followed this tutorial on You Tube for making this  paper bag tag book.  This is a longer post, so make yourself comfortable and set a spell!



This is the front cover made from chipboard that I covered with black card stock.  I fussy cut the lady on the bicycle (my favorite image!), the hot-air balloon and the clock and adhered the images to some background paper.  In the lower corner are three chipboard pieces from the collection.  The book is bound with a large binder ring.














This is the back cover, also chipboard covered with black card stock and then patterned paper.  There is a magnet under the patterned paper near the bottom of the cover and there is  another magnet in between the ribbon and punched out circles.  The other end of the ribbon is attached to the front cover under the patterned paper.  This holds the book closed and also helps it stand up.













 Here is a side view.  You can see the ribbon across the bottom of the pages holding the book closed and helping it stand up.


















There are five sections to the book.   This is the first section. Each section consists of a paper bag, a large tag, and a smaller tag.  The large tag is its own page and the smaller tag fits into the small pocket on the front of the bag.  The bag itself can hold tags too, but I haven't made those yet.

All of the sections use patterned paper, cut outs, and chipboard pieces from the Steampunk Spells collection.












 Section 2

The large tags are cut from chipboard and covered with patterned paper.  The smaller tags are the regular manilla shipping tags covered with paper.













Section 3

The smaller tags all have one or two chipboard tags from the paper collection that are tied on with a thick black fiber.

















 Section 4

The paper bags were purchased at Michaels in the gift bag section.  I used black ones for this book















 and Section 5

The opposite sides of the covers, bags, and tags are covered in patterned paper from the collection, but since I did not embellish the back sides, I did not photograph them.

It was so much fun choosing paper patterns, cutouts and chipboard elements to group and assemble together.

Thanks for looking!


Off to create some more!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

SOS # 116: For The Guys

 This week at Shopping Our Stash we are making cards for the guys.  This one was very challenging for me!  So much so, that I left my card as is, even though it doesn't feel done!  Maybe you have some suggestions for me.  Here is the paper bag card I made:




This is the front of the card.  I punched out some gears from a brushed metallic paper and then covered them with glossy accents.  The brass metal rim tag has a scrap of paper on it that was also covered with glossy accents.  I feel the card needs something in the top right corner, but have left it blank for now until I find just the right element to add.





Here is the inside of the card.  On the left is a small pocket formed from the bottom of the paper bag.  A gift card fits nicely inside the pocket, but I think it may need more embellishing on the pocket  I added some ribbon that is printed like a  measuring tape . I frayed the edges of the ribbon.  The right side of the card has three gears punched from brushed metallic paper, but I did not add glossy accents to these pieces.  Again, it needs a little something, but I left it plain for now.  You can see a tag peeking out of the paper bag on the far right edge.




On the left you can see the back of the card and on the right is the large tag that slides into the opening of the bag.  I used a zipper pull from an old sweatshirt and tied it through the eyelet with hemp cord.  The sentiment is from PSX and the paper collection I used is from Prima called Craftsman.  This tag is where a personal message will be written to the recipient.

Thanks for looking!
Off to create some more!

Holly Jolly: Monochromatic

Monochromatic cards are the challenge this week at Holly Jolly.  I used three shades of gray from the SU neutrals family. 


The card base is white with a layer of Basic Gray.  The snowflake embossed layer is Going Gray.  the image from the ever popular SU set Lovely As a Tree was stamped with a new shade of gray ink called Smoky Slate.  The image panel was embossed with Swiss Dots and then layered onto a piece of Basic Gray.  Icicle Stickles was added to the raised dots on the image. I finished the card with some Basic Gray ribbon off the to left.

Now it's your turn to choose a color and join us in our monochromatic challenge this week!

Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Vellum Butterfly

 One of the design team members on Shopping Our Stash  used the metal edge vellum square tags on her card this week and I was inspired to use them on one of my next cards.  You can see how Leslie used them on her card here.



 I used some other items from my stash as well.  The flourish is part of a larger sticker.  I just cut off a portion to fit with the butterfly.  The vellum butterfly was an item in a grab bag swap I participated in a couple of months ago.  I added a small strip of adhesive rhinestones to the center of the butterfly.  The tips of the wings are popped up with pop dots.  The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp.

Thanks for looking!





Off to create some more!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Note For You





 In my on-going efforts to use neglected stash, I created this card.   The base is from a package of note cards.  I made an ATC sized panel to cover up the pre-printed picture on the front of the note card.  The stamped images are from The Stamps of Life.  I added two orange paper clips and the cutest pushpin sticker!  The stickers were purchased at a Target store and I may have to go back to find more when these are used up!  (No, I don't need more, I just want more!)

I made three of these cards and here's why.  On Splitcoaststampers I'm in a round robin ATC swap, where we are put into groups of four and each person adds something to the card and mails all four on to the next person.  Oftentimes I sign up for the last spot in the group so after I put my finishing touches on the cards I mail them back to the other three people.  I like to send the ATCs back with a hand stamped card.  So I thought these would be fun to send out for the next round.  I'm going to make more cards in other color combinations, as I have yellow, blue, orange, green, and a few more red stickers to use up.

Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ghost Friends

I just discovered the Funny Bones line of stamps from Riley and Company (where have I been!?!) and oh my, I want them all...now!   I did restrain myself and only picked up a few at Joann's online recently, but will definitely be going back for more.

Here is my debut card:




The 5 x 5 card base is Tangerine Tango.  Four patterns of DSP from SU's Frightful sight are layered onto black card stock.  The sentiment is layered onto Tangerine Tango.  All edges were sponged with TH Black Soot distress ink.  The white ghosts are from my embellishment stash.  Back rhinestones embellish the sentiment panel and smaller ones accent the eyes of the ghosts.  Stay tuned for more snark with other Funny Bones stamps!

Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Zip It!





 I had some fun using zippers purchased at a thrift store. I wound one zipper up to form a flower with a pearl center and used the others for some dimensional stripes on the card front.  In my stash I had two button topped pins to tuck into the flower.  The sentiment and stitch lines are from a Paper Smooches set.

Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

One Day at a Time





I love the wrapped panel on this card.  I saw something similar in a card magazine and just had to CASE the idea.   Some twine was wrapped near the top and lace trim was added to the bottom of the panel.  A sticker butterfly and a homemade beaded pin are tucked into the wrapped seam binding.  A shabby flower was given a pearl center and framed with a fabric leaf.


Thanks for looking!
Off to create some more!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I Love Denim and Sunflowers




The base and top layer of this card features some denim print paper from DCWV.  It is a heavy weight paper and makes a sturdy card base.  An arrangement of sunflowers, a denim rose, a wood ladybug, and a few fabric leaves fills the bottom of the card. Large antiqued copper brads were placed in the four corners. 

Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

SOS #115: Oldest Hardware

This week at Shopping Our Stash we are digging out our oldest hardware.  Mine would be brads, small brass brads.  Lots of small brass brads before I discovered they also came in many colors and shapes!  (Hey, I've probably been stamping long before brads came in other colors and shapes!)  So I used my oldest brads on the flowers at the bottom of the card.


 The chipboard butterfly with the dangles came from the clearance section at Michael's.  The background paper is a piece of recycled paper from a small notepad.  I used the SU spiral punch on the top edge.  The trim is a thrift store purchase.  The flowers are from the clearance section at Hobby Lobby.  Next to shopping my stash, I love shopping the clearance aisles!

Thanks for looking and please check out our challenge blog and join us!

Off to create some more!

Holly Jolly: Winter Sports





This week at Holly Jolly we are celebrating with images from Bugaboo, our sponsor for this winter sport challenge!  I colored this cute image with Copics, using colors from the patterned paper (SU) as the color combo.  The scarf was cut from a second image and popped up with dimensionals.  Two snowflake brads embellish the banner piece.

Please join us using your favorite images of winter fun!

Off to create some more!

Monday, August 19, 2013

All Things Bright and Beautiful





Continuing with a butterfly theme, today's cards use some 3D stickers and a patriotic color combo.  The sentiment on the top card is a Hero Arts stamp.


Thanks for looking!
Off to create some more!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Butterfly Are Free





Chipboard birdhouses that I bought on clearance at a Michael's store were used on these two cards.  The first card has a 3D butterfly sticker embellishing the cage.  The bead dangle was part of the cage embellishment. some lace trim from my stash was used to edge the patterned paper.  The second card 5.5 square and is embellished with a satin butterfly.  The dangles were part of the chipboard cage.  I placed a paper doily behind the cage.  The patterned paper is from my scraps.  I don't recall the name of the collection.

Thanks for looking!

Off to create some more!

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