Thursday, September 29, 2011

Where are my googly eyes?!

Hi!  I've made another card for PTI's Make it Monday #34 Thick Chipboard accents.  I like making cute stuff for kids so I really wanted to use one of PTI's Boy Basics mini stamp sets.  After going back and forth between the trucks or the rocket or the frog, I finally settled on the frog.  And I thought an interactive card would be fun for a kid and thought the chipboard idea would work well since the many layers really make the die cut pretty sturdy.

So here is PTI's Boy Basics Frog Hop.  I thought a spinner card would be fun.  You can find a tutorial HERE.  I just made an arch instead of a straight path using my old Coluzzle. 

I used PTI's coasters instead of boxes I had around the house.  I layered 4 of the die cut frogs and then the Echo Park DP frog over that.  So the layers kind of make it heavier so it doesn't spin much but it's easy for the child to manipulate and make the frog hop over to the other pad.  Papers over the lily pad die cuts are also from Echo Park.

There he goes, concentrating on that fly.  I couldn't find my googly eyes for the longest time.  I really wanted the frog to have some googly eyes cause he looks so much better with them.  So of course I had to go and buy more though I know I must still have some from before.

Made it safe to the other side. 

I think it would be cute to make similar cards with the trucks and rockets too.  There's so much you could do, make winding roads for the cars or have a race and it could be much larger than a card.  And the same with the rocket too.  This reminds me of my days making speech therapy materials for my kids.  So many concepts you could work on!

I'll also be entering this into Wee Memories Challenge #69, Simon Says Stamp Challenge--Anything Goes, and Paper Sundaes Challenge #88--Anything Goes.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's been a while

Hi!  I haven't played in PTI's Make It Monday in a while.  This week is Challenge #34 Thick Chipboard Accents.  I thought this might be a fun challenge to participate in.

I used PTI's Bitty Halloween Treats and Sweets dies to make the thick tags I tied onto PTI's Favor it Box 6.  I cut out 15 bitty baskets from some snack box I had in the kitchen and glued 5 together for each one.  I cut 3 more using black card stock.  I used glossy accents to stick the layers together.  It works pretty well.  Their little faces were stamped using the coordinating stamp set. 

I stamped the names onto the boxes using PTI's Outlines Alphabet.  Good thing they have relatively short names or names I could shorten.

I added some black stickles for some fun accents.

I tied them onto the larger boxes with some Halloween twine.  Now I have to figure out what small treat I can fit into these cute boxes.  I also thought I could add a magnet onto the back of each bitty one and stick them on the fridge after the kids open their treats.  The extra layers really make them sturdy.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Rainbow 10!

Hi!  I didn't feel like cleaning much today (I'm sure I'll be paying for it later).  Instead I made a simple corner bookmark/card for my daughter who will be turning 10 soon.  I can't believe she is in the double digits now--there's no turning back!  Sigh, where does the time go? 

So I thought I'd use the rainbow colors inspiration from TGF's Which Card Wednesday.  And also will be submitting this into Paper Sundaes Challenge #88-- Anything Goes.

I used TGF's Birthday Anya 2 who is such a cutie.  My daughter loves her.  I colored her dress pretty simply in rainbow colors and tried to make rainbow colored sprinkles on her cupcake.  Added some stickles too.  The numbers are die cut from PTI's numbers set.  The kraft cardstock is embossed with Cuttlebug's birthday folder.

I like making these bookmarks for my kids' birthdays.  They are simple and fast and my kids can use them too.  I usually write a little note on the backside.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

TGF Heart Journal--week 10

Hi!  It's week 10 of TGF's Heart Journal!  Almost half way there!  So this week's assignment was to use some sort of tearing.  The tip was to make an interesting background kind of like a collage which I realize I didn't really do.  Well, mostly cause we don't have any magazines!  I cleaned the house and threw away all the old magazines.  Usually we donate them to the library but they were really old like a year or so!  I guess they were just hiding out in our house somewhere.  Anyway, back to my page.

I wanted to use this penguin stamp so much!  They are so cute!  Wild Rose Studio has a new line of penguin stamps!  He is called Pickle the Penguin.  My daughter loves penguins so much so I had to get some.  This one is called Christmas Cuddles.  I tore up the edges of the snowflake DP and just used some printer paper for the bottom and added a lot of stickles for the glittery-ness. 

Sorry if the glitter is kind of blinding!  So hard to take a good picture with glitter reflecting everywhere.  I just love this image!  And I know I already said it before but they are so cute!

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Halloween Gift Card Holder

Hi!  I think I'm working backwards.  After a bunch of Christmas projects, I thought I'd better get onto Halloween.  And really what pushed me to start was TGF's Farm Fresh Friday Halloween challenge.  I thought I'd also play along with Crazy 4 Challenges C4C106--Halloween projects and Simon Says Stamp--use dies or punches.

I thought I'd make a little haunted house for Halloween.  I used TGF's Spooktacular set (rubber version).  It's now available in digi form.  I used Magnolia's Tilda lace die for the roof, Martha Stewart's scary fence punch, My Favorite Things grass die, and Spellbinders' rectangle dies for the windows and door (which got hidden by the witch).  I distressed the edges with my scissors and sponged some white over the house.

Here's a little close up.

The house opens up from the roof end to reveal a treat!  A gift card!  It's held closed with some velcro.  More trick or treaters from TGF's Spooktacular set.  I embossed some spider webs using Tim Holtz's embossing folder and sponged them in white.  The sentiments on the web are from the same TGF set.  The letters for Boo! were die cut using my Sizzlit alphabet die.  I'm not sure what it's called.

Here's a little close up of where the gift card goes.  You can see the spider sticker too.  I cut a small slit with one of the Spellbinders rectangle dies.  This house was made using the whole length of an 8.5 by 11 inch piece of cardstock.  The widest part of the roof measures 6 inches.

I thought this would be a cute way to give a gift card to one of my kids' teachers for Halloween.  Adults need treats too, especially teachers!

Thanks for reading and hope you're having a great weekend!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

July 2012

Hi!  Yes, I'm totally catching up on my 2012 calendar/scrapbook!  I followed MFT's sketch 38 for the month of July.

This is Pure Innocence Waterlily.  I think she's super cute!  Colored her dress like a rainbow.

The pages together.

This is a super short post!  Hope you're having a great day!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 19, 2011

TGF Heart Journal--week 9

Hi!  It's week 9!  I almost thought I wouldn't do this one cause I was totally stumped.  The assignment for this week's TGF journaling is Cut and Paste, to use a head from a magazine or something and draw in a body.  So I think this page will either make you laugh or think that I'm crazy.  My hubby thought my page was borderline disturbing.  Really? 

Maybe cause she has a chicken body?  He thought the red was too blood like.  He took it so literal.  Geez.  I thought it was funny.  I drew the chicken body myself too!  I like it!  He did like the bawking.  Well, we had a good laugh about it.  The background is made up of different papers that I tore and pasted down.  I even tore the chicken body and head out.  I journaled inside the chicken's body.

Hopefully, my page doesn't give anyone nightmares. 

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Keep Cozy

Hi!  I think I have Christmas on my brain.  So when I saw the latest Farm Fresh Friday Challenge at TGF, I really wanted to use the snowmen from their Keep Cozy set.  And also because the challenge is "white out" or a white theme, it reminded me of snow (snowmen), although it doesn't snow here.  I was lucky enough too that my Keep Cozy set came in the mail on Saturday.  Just in time!  So I decided to make some tags using all the snowmen.

I used PTI's tag sale die and stamped the sentiments that come with the Keep Cozy set before embossing the tags with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots folder.  I colored their carrot noses, added some bling for buttons and some glossy accents on some parts of each snowman (earmuffs, top hat and mittens).  I cut out the cute snowmen and popped them up with dimensionals.  I added stickles on the raised dots of the tags.  You can click the photo for a close up.  I have to say that trying to photograph this was kind of tough.  It's either too much glare or the colors get blown out or can't see all the accents.  So finally, I think this was the best I could do.

Now I have to get going on my art journal assignment.  I think my daughter has given up or actually doesn't have much time for it anymore in her schedule.  She is busier than I am.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

On Your 81st Birthday

Hello.  I'm actually making a seasonal card, before the season is over, or technically even before it begins since it still feels like summer weather around here.
Anyhow, I was wanting to make a fall birthday card, and found this Hero Arts leaves stamp set that I won last winter from a blog giveaway.  So I searched online to get some ideas of what people have done with this set, and I found this card by Nichol Magouirk.  I thought she did some neat things with the background stamping, so here is my version, the simplified version.  This was quite a bit of stamping for me though.

First off, this is a larger card than usual, I just folded the letter size cardstock (Summer Sunrise from PTI) in half.  I used Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge distress ink for the leaves, and Scattered Straw for the text.  The text is rather faint, which turned out to be a good thing since I stamped one half upside down!  It's one of those really slanty old style handwriting fonts from a Studio 490 background stamp.  I actually wasn't really paying attention until after I stamped it as I was more concerned with positioning the card over the stamp since I didn't have a huge acrylic block for it.

The brown piece was embossed with a woodgrain folder, then I added walnut stain distress ink to the raised areas trying to make them stand out more, but it didn't really make an obvious difference.  I cut the numbers on my Craft Robo, using a thick chunky font, Nobility Casual. I thought my little machine wouldn't be able to handle Papertrey ink cardstock, but I just cut it twice (there is actually a double cut function which I didn't notice at first) and it turned out OK.  Then I stamped the numbers with a background stamp from Studio 490, again, like I've seen Nichol Magouirk do with her die cuts.

The Big Birthday Wishes words were embossed with black embossing powder.  That was a bit of a mistake as the ink was a little too dry, so the powder didn't stick too well to the actual stamped images but decided to stick everywhere else on the cardstock.  Then finally I added the 2 little Tiny Tags in Terracotta Tile.  It feels a bit empty on the right, but oh well, that's what happens when I don't use a sketch.  Maybe I will slide the string and tags over to the right a little more.
 Then I put another Spellbinders label on the inside with the birthday sentiment.  I was actually going to use this size label initially for the cover, but since the card was so huge, I changed it to the largest label instead.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

June 2012

Hi!  I am slowly catching up with my 2012 calendar/scrapbook.  Just finished June so I'm half way there.  It is super muggy here and I'm trying to get the fan to aim directly at my back while I write up this post.  Here is the sketch from My Favorite Things.

I've used Pure Innocence Rose.  She is the cutie for the month of June.

Here's the other page too.

Short little post today.  Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 12, 2011

stir, sip & enjoy

Hi!  I was so inspired by TGF's current Farm Fresh Friday challenge--You're Hot and You're Cold to finally use Cafe Ian.  And I have that song in my head every time I read the challenge post.  I wasn't quite sure what to make until I saw an unopened box of hot chocolate on my shelf.  I was afraid it was expired but hot chocolate lasts a long time--this box doesn't expire until 2012!  Anyway, I thought I could make like a tea box dispenser thingy except larger to hold hot chocolate packets.  But in the end, I made it a bit different.

It's almost like an upright tissue box cover but just smaller.  It fits 10 packets of hot chocolate.

Here is the front with Cafe Ian.  I love this paper and thought he matched nicely sipping hot chocolate on Xmas morning.  The sentiment is from PTI's Tiny Treats Christmas.

A different view.

The top view.  I used PTI's label die to cut through the top for easy access.

I think my project fits both the hot and cold theme.  It's Christmas-y but also it's hot chocolate.  Hehe.  I'm glad too that I made another Xmas gift for one of my kids' teachers/classroom aides/extra-curricular coach/teachers.  After making my list, I realize there are about 16 teacher gifts I have to make!  I've made 3 things so far so 13 more to go.  That's doable, right?  Though I better get on to the Halloween goodies too.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

TGF Heart Journal--week 8

Hi!  It is week 8 (wow, 2 months now) of TGF's Heart Journaling and we're still keeping up.  The concept is to use one word as the focal point. 

So this is my layout inspired by the significance of today.  I watercolored the background with blues and black.  And painted the word remember.  I added some journaling of what I remember from 10 years ago.  Ten years ago, I was 36 weeks pregnant with my first baby.  It was almost my last day of work before my one year leave of absence.  One of the schools I worked at was on the Marine Corp Base and I was to be there that morning to meet my supervisor.  Of course that meeting didn't happen because the school was closed and security tight.  I didn't even try to get on base that day.  The next day was my baby shower.  A co-worker asked me what kind of world I was bringing my baby into.  I really didn't know what to say. 

Here is my daughter's layout.  She was the one in my belly 10 year ago.  Her layout is so bright as always and optimistic.  She didn't know what word to focus on but finally chose love.  It's so fitting too for this day, isn't it?

Thanks for reading.


Friday, September 9, 2011

May 2012

Hi!  Okay, so I am now really behind making my 2012 calendar using Pure Innocence Year of Flowers series from MFT.  Really, I am going to get on it.  I just wish it wasn't so hot here.  So muggy now that I need to use a fan but that's not so great when there are paper scraps everywhere.

Here is the sketch from MFT.   Week 36 already!

The left side follows the sketch using Pure Innocence Lily of the Valley stamp. I paper pieced her dress.  I think these flowers are usually white but I made mine light yellow.  The right page is my computer generated calendar with space above for a photo so that I can use this also as a scrapbook once the year is done.  Trying to be practical too.

I already have the June and July stamps so hopefully I can catch up making these pages.  I already precut the pages and punched the holes so I can start once I see the new sketch.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

TGF Heart Journal--week 7

Hi!  It's week 7 of TGF's Heart Journaling.  I'm almost late with this one since I was doing my countdown calendar, and I didn't have much time over the weekend to work on my layout.  My daughter did hers early but I just finished mine last night.  The concept for this week is to use clouds and the tip to use materials we can find around our home. 

My daughter's layout.  She always makes bright colored layouts.  She used the piggy from TGF's Fly Away set and the butterflies from PTI's Butterfly Dreams.  She painted the background with watercolors and used metallic pencils for the images.

My layout.  Kept it kind of simple this week.  I sponged my blue ink pad over the page for the background.  I used chipboard that I taped with washi tape and then die cut the clouds out using PTI's clouds dies.  I cut some clouds from doilies too and lay them over the washi tape ones.  I made a mistake on one of the clouds in my rush to finish.  I stamped the hot air balloon from the same set my daughter used and colored with metallic pencils also.  Not sure I love this one.  Definitely need to set aside more time to complete the layouts.

Thanks for reading!