Saturday, July 31, 2010

Mini album continued (part 2)

I actually finished my mini album, woo hoo! I'm getting somewhat more motivated and trying to set aside more crafting time nowadays, but I guess I'll have to see if I can keep it up. This album didn't take too long since I kept it pretty simple, essentially using the PTI library ledger background and date stamps. I guess I should now make one for my son too, unfortunately I wasn't very consistent about taking a photo of him every month with the teddy bear. Plus I still haven't decided on what kind of embellishment to use for a boy, that I can make 12 different versions of.Anyhow, I'm reposting the first page because I added a swirly die cut from a Sizzlet flowery border decorative strip. It looked a little bare, and after I put some leaves on one of my flowers, I went back and added greenery to most of the other pages.
This is a folded vellum flower idea from here...minus the glimmer mist, which now that I see a photo of my flower, actually looks like it would help to add some interest to the color.
This one was a stamped flower from Beautiful Blooms 2 on the matching die cut. I don't know if I ever got the points on the stamp to match with the points of the die as per this video, I figured this was the best I was going to be able to do. Then I added a yellow papertrey ink button and stuck everything on to some girly K & Company ribbon that I picked up on clearance. I also happened to find the matching embossed cardstock stickers which I used on another page.
I tried to make a poppy like this. Somehow I couldn't get my cardstock to separate into layers very nicely or stay very poofy, so I used 2 die cuts to make it look a little fuller. I added some Spellbinder leaves from the daisy heads set.
This was a layered Beautiful Blooms 2 die cuts with the matching stamps. Hopefully with the sweet blush ink blending in to the sweet blush cardstock, the stamping is not too obviously off. Then I added a candy dot to the center.

This again was a layered Beautiful Blooms 2 die cut and matching stamp. I used pink vellum for the die cuts and a darker ink, I think it was hibiscus burst. Then I added an extra large eyelet for the center.
Well, that's it for now before this post gets too long.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

An "Off" Birthday Card

Don't laugh but the birthday card I made for my son is totally off centered.  But he loves this image from Rachelle Anne Miller that I bought from Paper Works Co.  It's called Puddles of Fun.  I bought it cause it reminds me of my family and our 3 kids.  When I showed the stamp to my kids they immediately had to decide which little ducky corresponded to the kids in our family.  The sentiment really matched my son's personality too cause he has always been the silly, happy one since he was an infant.

This was the first time I made a T-slide card.  Tutorial was on Splitcoaststampers.  See HERE. I had a lot of fun coloring this image too.  So I'm making a list of the other Rachelle Anne Miller stamps I want to buy too (mostly the ones from Paper Works Co.).

I didn't realize that the image would be so huge and that it'd be so off centered.  But you know what?  My son didn't even care.  He loved pulling the tab and sliding the image so that he could see the Happy Birthday stamp.  And now it's tucked away in his little "treasures" box along with the other things I've made for him.

Thanks for reading!  

Monday, July 26, 2010

My First OCS

I decided to participate in a One Card Swap for the month of July.  It is organized by Linda over at Simple and Sassy Creations.  I was paired up with Denise at Tinker Crafts who sent me this very pretty and detailed card.

She even included a package of cute stamps!  So thoughtful!  There was a bit of a challenge to it in that we were supposed to use words as our main focal point.

This is the card I sent to Denise.  I totally got the idea from Nicole Heady.  You can see the card I was inspired by HERE.   It uses PTI's All About You stamp set.  I really wanted to stick a cute picture on there from TGF or something.  Like Hope and Grace would look so pretty in the middle of those flowers.  So it was challenging to make words the main focus.  I also made Denise felt flowers from PTI felt and the Beautiful Blooms die but I didn't take a picture of those.  Oh well ... 

I had fun with this OCS so I signed up for August as well.  Plus it's nice to meet other bloggers and discover their blogs too.  Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Friday, July 23, 2010

What's Vintage?

Here's the sketch for A Crafty Little Place's card challenge--classic vintage.  I don't know exactly what "vintage" is.  I don't think I've made a vintage card before.  Is it like "shabby chic?"  I don't know what that is either.  But here's my card:

I tried to find my most vintage looking DP.  I wanted to use something like tissue paper for lace but couldn't quite get it right so I did the ribbon pleating thing.  And I have this really cute Martha Stewart floral punch but it doesn't punch through my PTI cardstock!  It's so frustrating.  In my head, I used the punch on the tissue paper but in real life it didn't work.  Shucks!  Even tried to thicken the tissue paper up a bit but it kept tearing.  Maybe it's the punch?  Maybe it's defective.  I don't know.  I think I'll keep trying.

This cute little girl and bunny is from TGF called Snuggle.  She's so precious and reminds me of when my daughter was a baby and carried around this little bunny too.  She used to suck on the ears and then they got all stiff after they dried.  Kind of gross.  So I had to buy this stamp.  I do that a lot--buy stamps that remind me of my kids.

I made the sentiment using PTI's Simple Alphabet stamp set.  I stamped the letters and cut them out.  I wanted to copy the look of Cosmo Cricket's Tiny Type alphabet stickers.

I liked making this card even though it didn't turn out the way I had envisioned in my mind.  It's a little different from what I usually make.  But more importantly, this challenge is also to help out Michelle at Stampavie.  See HEREDCRU will be donating $1 for every participant's entry this week.  That is just so thoughtful and generous and all I had to do was make a card.  So simple.

Well, thanks for reading.  Have a great Aloha Friday and weekend!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Book Inspired Birthday Card

It's a book inspired Monday Mania over at Club Anya & Friends.  Sad thing is that I haven't read anything since the Twilight Series so I couldn't really think of any books except maybe children kind.  So I had to ask my daughter who loves to read if there were any favorite books or characters that stood out to her recently but she didn't know either.  Geez.  But finally I came across the idea of Charlotte's Web so I made the card above.  It's in the shape of a barn with a window cut out for Charlotte.  I tried to make a web in the front by just wrapping some shiny white embroidery floss around a PTI Beautiful Blooms flower die cut.  I got that idea from my son's preschool class project.  They did something similar but just on a larger scale with a paper plate and yarn.

I cut Charlotte out of some Doodlebug Halloween paper and stitched some floss above her.

Here's the inside.  I wanted the front to open like doors.  I made Fern with TGF's Hope/Grace's body and Cute Troop Anya's head.  I thought she looked like a little farmer girl.  Wilbur the pig is from TGF's McSplendid Farm stamp set.  I don't think the farm set qualifies for Club Anya & Friends' Challenges but he fits so nicely into the story.  I wonder if that would disqualify my card??  Background paper is also from Doodlebug.

Charlotte was really busy and had to decorate inside the barn.  She spun webs on either side of her "Happy Birthday" sign.  I tried to stitch the "Happy Birthday" in my very best spider writing.

This web is similar to the one on the front of the card but smaller.  I was trying to make it symmetrical but after a while it got hard to follow the pattern.

Thanks for reading!  Have a nice day!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Preschool Graduation

This is the scrapbook challenge sketch over at TGF this week.  I used it to scrapbook my son's "graduation" from preschool.  The school called it an "Aloha Party" but my son couldn't participate cause we were going on our trip the same morning as the party.  I was hoping his teacher could change the date of the party but she didn't so I was a little sad that he'd be missing kind of a milestone event.  Well, he didn't seem to mind too much because we were going to Disneyland after all and his friends still gave him leis and small gifts on his last day.

This turned out kind of wild for me.  I was inspired by not just the layout but also this DP that had an apple tree and the alphabet on it.  I would've used it for this layout but the tree was too big so I thought I'd make my own and then I thought of that book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom with the coconut tree (my son really likes the book too).  So that's why I made another coconut tree with die cut letters climbing up the tree.  The big arrow and the bracket are stamps from TGF's Spotlight Kit. 

The leaves are PTI felt just handcut.  The black letters (on acetate) and grass are rub ons that I bought from Peachy Cheap.  I made the trunk of the tree by stamping the lines (that remind of washi tape) from TGF's Spotlight Kit repeatedly on the brown paper and then handcut the trunk out.

I used TGF's Grad Ian and put a little lei on him.  Cute, huh?  I glued on each confetti flower so good thing I didn't need a lot.  I liked that this was a digital stamp so I could reduce the size a little.  The date is also rub ons.  The kraft cardstock is a die cut from Quickutz that I got from Die Cuts r Us when they were having a really great sale.  The die is supposed to fold into a mini album.  It's so cute!

Thanks for reading.  Hope you're enjoying the summer!

Friday, July 16, 2010

The start of a mini album...

that might take me a long time to finish, so I'm just going to post the 2 pages I've done so far. I put these away while I made the birthday cards since those actually had to be sent off by a certain date, so hopefully I can get back to this at some point. I still have all my Disneyland summer vacation photos to go through too!

Anyhow, during Natalie's first year, I tried to take a monthly photo with the same teddy bear so this is going to be the collection of all of those pictures. At least I know there will only be around 14 pages.I used the Library Ledger mini kit from PTI, minus the patterned paper which is mostly in shades of blue. I stamped all the backgrounds in Sweet Blush on Rustic Cream cardstock. It took me a while to get the hang of lining the background stamps up nicely, good thing the photo covers most of the page (excuse the big face and messy mouth photo, but I didn't really have as many pictures to choose from as I thought). The words are from Simple Alphabet, maybe I should have actually stamped "1 day old" but it takes me forever to get the letters lined up straight on the block, so the less words the better. I think I'm going to aim for 1 main embellishment per page, hopefully I can manage to think of 14 separate embellishments.

The flower idea came from here using the Beautiful Blooms die. Except my felt is not as nice and fluffy as PTI's. I think I got mine either at Michael's or Hobby Lobby, it was on sale, but technically only like a few cents cheaper than the regular price. The regular felt looked a little fuzzy, so I got the "stiff felt" which yes, is pretty stiff, so it looks more like folded paper or something. I think I want to try the vellum flower next, minus the Glimmer Mist, which I don't own since I can just imagine my son asking "let me try" and making a huge mess. The page looks a little bare, but I couldn't think of anything else to add so I just moved on to the second page.

The photo is a little big since I printed everything at 3x3 and didn't particularly plan on using this fleur de lis pendant from Spellbinders until I saw it lying around. I was practicing cutting with the pendant because it was kind of difficult at first for all the little pieces to cut out nicely until I shimmed it with a piece of cardstock. Ha ha, I even used another piece of scrap ribbon and again, it matched pretty well so I'm glad I saved it! Again, simple, but I think at this point, my goal is to just get it done.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Graduation Gifts

So two of my most favorite cousins graduated recently from Northwestern University.  Isn't that such an accomplishment?  We are so proud of them and I can't wait to see where life takes them next, professionally and personally.  

I knew Sunghee's Graduation Cap Box and Almost Square Bag with the Mini Album would be perfect gifts for them once I personalized them.  Note:  Sunghee is closing her store TODAY at After Five Designs and her templates won't be available.  Grab them while you can.  

So here are the little hats!  They turned out so cute!  The little top/cover comes off where you can put a little gift inside.  I made the tassels with embroidery floss and attached with brads.  It's funny that I have almost 2 boxes of embroidery floss from when I used to cross stitch but I didn't have the right color orange or white so I bought new ones.  They aren't expensive though and really adds to the caps.  They are different colors to represent the different colleges they graduated from.  

These are the little boxes.  The pink one has crocheted handles and the flower in the middle was made with the garland die that I had won from Sunghee.  You just roll it up together and smash it down.  I have to say PTI makes some strong paper cause I really had to put some strength into smashing it down.  Either that or I need to work out more.  I attached a little button in the middle.  The kraft one has a handle made of raffia (I had that in my storage room too) that I just twisted together.  The flower is from some blog candy that I had won.  And the leaves are rub-on.

These are the mini albums with TGF's Grad Anya.  Aren't they cute?  I attached some pages with inspirational quotes that I found online. 

Some inside views.

I sewed the pages to the cover of the mini album with embroidery floss.

On the last page of each album I attached a ring that's inscribed with an inspirational saying too.  Overall, I thought these albums turned out cute.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Another birthday card!

Woo hoo, it's a record 2 posts for me so far this week and it's only Wednesday! I don't think it's going to happen again anytime soon though. But I actually made a second birthday card!I figured I better get to using all the new stamps that I ordered. This one is from the Amazing Duo set from The Greeting Farm. I actually colored this one first, which is when I realized that I have to color the skin before the hair otherwise I'll smudge black onto the face! I don't know why his superhero outfit is so colorful...I was trying to find pencils that matched all the little circles and then ended up using every color! The birthday paper and matching cardstock is from a birthday paper pack from Die Cuts with a View from I don't know how long ago. The number is from the Sizzix font set Round-a-bout, it has actually come in handy a few times. I'm not sure where I got the ribbon from...I'm such a collector, it might have come off some packaging of something else that I bought, but it seemed to match pretty well so I'm glad I saved it! Again I did the sticking things down before getting all the pieces together, so after I already made a hole for the "you're super" tag, I had to figure out the best place for the"5," which makes it feel kind of like reading backwards now.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Can you believe it?!

I actually made a card! Two cards even! But I'm saving the 2nd one for later otherwise I'll have nothing else to post!So a pretty simple birthday card. I mostly wanted to use my new Greeting Farm stamp, Skater Ian, that I got from the Die Cuts R Us sale. He's colored with pencils and baby oil. I basically picked random colors without even looking at paper. I can see why it would help to plan ahead. Or to find some card sketches before hand too, but oh well, hopefully now I can just get it in the mail on time. Anyhow, I was thinking I could somehow make a skate ramp, but ended up just using an oval instead. (It would help if I got all the pieces together before sticking things down too, argh!). I actually got to use some of my toys, I mean tools. Like the edge distresser, although next time I think I'm going to try inking those edges. And my crop-a-dile with the extra large eyelets from We R Memory Keepers. These eyelets actually set a lot better. I had some other brand eyelets that would set unevenly with the crop-a-dile. Other than that, the "happy birthday" sentiment is from the Birthday Basics set from PTI.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Stars & Stripes

So here I am doing it again!  Entering a challenge at the last minute.  There's just a few hours til this challenge closes at Die Cuts r Us' A Crafty Little Place.  It's a sketch challenge with a stars and stripes theme.  So this is my card entry.  I just got this cute stamp from DCRU today!  It's my first Puddle Jumpers stamp by Lori Boyd.  Hopefully I'll be adding some of her friends to my collection too.  Anyway, she is named Emma and she has a cute bunny friend.  Emma is all dressed in her red, white & blue outfit to go check out the 4th of July fireworks.  (I know it's already past but I like to make up stories for these little characters in my head).

Here's a close up of the bunny holding a little flag.  I made it with the smallest rectangle nestability and used felt from PTI.  I stamped the USA letters with PTI's Simple Alphabet stamp set.  I wanted to try this after I saw that Nicole Heady had stamped on her felt too.  I don't know why I didn't think of that too.  Then I stuck on a cute star sticker and bling.  The flag is attached to a little toothpick I colored blue with my Copic pen. 

Here's a close up of the stars I punched out from some DP.  I stuck on dome epoxy stickers over them to make them stand out a bit.  After I took the pictures I realized I didn't have any stripes on this card.  Hmmm, do the 2 red stripes on the bottom of her dress count?  Oh, oh, now I remember ... the stars on the right DP are arranged like stripes.  I think that is what I was thinking.  Oh well, that is my first entry for A Crafty Little Place.  Must go link it now. 

Thank you for reading and have a great day!

A Sale at Die Cuts R Us

Eva posted the blinkie for the store on our blog, but I never really looked at the website before until this past week when Eva told me about their Getting Ready for CHA Sale. Enabler, I tell you! But so many good deals, I even ordered twice! Sorry this post is kind of late, but the sale ends on July 12.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Imagine, Believe, Magic

Here's a layout from TGF's newsletter challenge.  I've been staring at this challenge for at least a couple weeks now.  And here I am waiting til almost the last minute to complete the scrapbook page.  Well, while we were at Disneyland, my kids got a lot of autographs from the characters so I decided to make a page with one of them following the layout above. 

Isn't Peter Pan's autograph so humongous?!  Man, I had a hard time fitting that in some where.  I had to use my Never Ever stamp set.

I also used PTI's tab die cut to make the tabs and stamped the sentiments from the Never Ever set.  I also found some feathers (while cleaning my storage room).  It was originally pink but I colored it red with my copic pen to match Peter's.  It's attached to a small green felt circle.  I had to put felt in some where.

I did a little bit of paper piecing with the girl.  Her dress, book, hands, hair and ribbon.  Overall, I didn't quite feel the completed page.  It's okay but I think that huge autograph is bugging me.  But I'm glad I started scrapbooking the autographs.  My kids will be doing some pages on their own.  Hopefully, I can just stand back and watch them and not take over. 

Well, thanks for reading and have a great day!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I "sew" need a vacation ...

This is my card entry for TGF's Farm Fresh Friday challenge for the week.  It's my first FFF.  I don't know why I wait til almost the last minute to participate.  It's the pressure of the deadline, I suppose.  So the challenge was to incorporate some sewing or even faux sewing on 2 layers of DP or cardstock.  I have a sewing machine under my craft table and I haven't used it at all!  It's a few years old already and I bought it cause I wanted to learn to sew but never really got around to it.  I didn't use it for this challenge either.  I used my paper piercer that I just got and hand sewed the outline of the clouds in the sky and some of the "waves" in the ocean DP. 

So while I was cleaning out my storage room this past weekend I found all this felt!  Ahhhh!  So I made a little palm tree for Dress Me Ian to cool off under.  There's some hand stitching on the leaves and the tree trunk.

I used some yarn for the bottom scallop portion and just weaved it through.  Don't look too closely at my coloring on Ian.  I was running out of ink in my Copic pen.  But I'm happy I just got new ones from All That Scraps today!  It's always fun to get new crafty things. 

Anyway, hope you're having a good summer.  It's almost back to school for the kids.  Thanks for reading!