Monday, June 9, 2014

Late MIM: DIY Notebooks

I have a secret pal at work and since the school year is wrapping up, I need to go meet her and give her the final gift that I've prepared. Even though it's too late for the Make-It-Monday post, I still want to share the little notebook that I made. With summer coming up and one of my secret pal's favorite color being pink, these flip flops just yelled, "Ink us up!". I added some glitter and used some pretty patterned paper from my stash for the back of the notebook. I used double sided tape to keep the pieces of paper in the book and it seems to be working out pretty well. I ran the bone folder up and down the spine and let the notebook sit under a pile of acrylic stamp blocks overnight and all of the papers seem to be staying in the notebook. It's late so here's the picture.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

MIM: Artsy Watercolor Background

I didn't think I'd get around to making a card this week. I went to my craft room several evenings but just never got a card finished. I finally watched the MIM video this evening and found out how easy the process was and how pretty the final product could be. I have decided that I love the Happiness in Bloom stamp set. It saw ink for the first time tonight and I love the effect of the layering. I didn't put in all of the layers since I was going to be using water on the card and I thought the effect wouldn't show if I added more layers to the flowers. I really like the two-tone flowers though. I stamped Lemon Tart, Hibiscus Burst, and Summer Sunrise as my calmer tones of color. Then, the darker tones were Harvest Gold, Raspberry Fizz, and Terracotta Tile. The Terracotta Tile was almost too dark but I just saturated it with more water. I did put the sentiment in that color and really like the effect of how it jumps off the page. I added some twine at the top and a few of my homemade enamel dots. For a quick card, I really like this effect and the end result. Thanks for looking!
I always love putting a close up of a portion of my card. Sometimes I can't show the card well enough as a whole so I like adding a snapshot of my favorite parts too.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Another MIM: Cluster Stamped Sentiment

I was having so much fun with this challenge that I made a second card. I went through my stamps and looked for my favorite stamps for the clusters. I ended up with these cool triangles. It's a PTI five dollar set and worked perfectly. I grabbed several ink pads and just went to town. I think I have: Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf, Canyon Clay, Plum Pudding, and Harvest Gold. I randomly stamped the triangles on the card. Then, I embossed the "Happy Birthday" in gold on top of the triangles. The sentiment came from another PTI five dollar set. It was one of the Think Big sentiment sets. I added some of my homemade enamel dots and tied a bow in the pretty gold ribbon.
Here are some of my favorites parts of the card.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

MIM: Cluster Stamped Sentiment

As a teacher, I sometimes have random days off for different reasons. I had today off because it is election day and some of the election sites are in schools. It was nice to have a day off, especially near the end of the year. It makes me even more ready for the summer with my boys. While my youngest was taking a nap after his almost year check-up, I made a quick card for the challenge. I had taken out a sheet of the Tropical Tide paper because I thought it was just so pretty. Then, it dawned on me that I could use it for the this week's challenge. I took the smallest three circles from Circle Scribbles and randomly stamped them with Versamark ink. Then, I embossed them with clear embossing powder. I grabbed the "Thanks" sentiment from Mini Blooms and used silver embossing powder to make it stand out on the card. I finished the card with some silver sequins. I wasn't so particular about their placement this time and was happy with the finished result. Here's my card!
Here's a close up.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

MIM: Envelope Wraps

I love this! I always just put my card in a white envelope and write the addresses on the front. I will say that I've, from time to time, stamped an image on an envelope or added a little something but I have never made envelopes as beautiful as the ones that Danielle made. I was inspired and made a set of three envelopes using the Special Delivery set. It just cried out to be put on the envelopes. I absolutely love playing around with all of the pieces. It feels like I'm dressing a doll and get to choose all of the little details. I chose three Papertrey Ink colors: Limeaid Ice, Canyon Clay, and Hibiscus Burst. Then, I found some patterned paper that I just bought by Alison Kreft. It's called Recorded and has some really cool patterned paper. I decorated the backs of the envelopes also but kept that really simple. I know that it's just going to be ripped open so I didn't want to put a bunch of work and details into it. I did want to put sequins on the card with the Canyon Clay because I thought my orange sequins would look great but I never found a pattern that I liked. I spent way too much time so any tips of placing sequins, I would appreciate it! Oh, and I have a different message on each truck. The Hibiscus Burst is for a birthday with "celebrate" and "ice cream" on the truck, "We move you" on the Canyon Clay, and "Speedy's next day mail" on the Limeade Ice card. Here are the cards....ooppps...envelopes! This is my favorite one. I love the color combination.
This one just makes me happy.
This is the one that I wanted to add pretty sequins to but couldn't find a placement that made me happy so I just added a little rhinestone. I still like it.
The backs of the envelopes...nothing to sneeze at but still a bit pretty.
Here are all three envelopes, to make cards that will go inside.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

So Grateful for You

Like I said in my last blog post, last week was really rough. My best friend has really been there for me so I think I'll drop this card off in the mail for her. I was originally making this card for this week's MIM challenge but then I re-read the title and saw that it was supposed to be a pie chart so I made the heart card. I still wanted to make this card though because I had everything cut and just needed to put it together. I love the little whale! I also got rid of some scraps with this card also. I used the kraft card base and put a chevron cover plate on the card in Smoky Shadow. I trimmed up the patterned paper scraps and put them under the whale. I added some of my homemade enamel dots too. I really liked how this card came together.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

MIM: Paper Scraps Pie Charts

Life was busier than imaginable last week. It was an incredibly stressful and bad week. Any prayers sent my way would be appreciated. I was glad to be back in my craft room making cards and I'm so glad that Melissa had a challenge to use scraps. It was fun to pull out a lot of scraps and put a card together. I love how the scraps look combined on the card. It was a quick card that came together and I thought that an anniversary sentiment would be fitting for the heart on the card. It's late and I'm sleepy so I'm just going to post my card. Enjoy!
Here's a close up of the heart.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

MIM: Heat Embossing on Die Cuts

This has been an extraordinary crazy week. I'm just now getting to my card for the Make-It-Monday Challenge. The video was so great and had a lot of tips for heat embossing on die cuts and two step stamping. I wanted an Easter card so I decided to find a wreath and use the cute Hippity Hoppity stamp set. I ended up with the twiggy-looking wreath from Wreaths for All Seasons. I stamped the wreath, heat embossed a second wreath and adhered it on top of the original. Then, I heat embossed the eggs in white. I stamped patterns on each egg and popped them up from the wreath. I added lots of layers to the card from the patterned paper in the background, to the hand-stitched edge on the green paper, and the tags and felt along the bottom. I enjoyed making a card with all of the layers and little details but it take more practice with layering everything. I hope my layers work well together!
Here's a close-up of the embossing.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MIM: No-Sew Quilted Card

I have so many new pins thanks to Dawn's challenge! I immediately went to Pinterest after watching the Make-It-Monday's video and scoured the quilt patterns. It makes me want to get my sewing machine out and sew a quilt! I went for second best and found a great quilt that reminded me so much of the Papertrey Ink dies and stamps. Here was my inspiration:
I just got the Diagonals dies and stamps with my last order so I grabbed the dies and sort of combined making my own cover plate with making a no-sew quilt. I placed the diagonals dies and then cut out different pattern papers from my stash. I love going through my scraps and seeing which colors look good together and I get to see all of the lovely papers in bits and pieces. Anyway, back to my card for the challenge. After I placed the itty bitty diagonal pieces into the card, I ran the paper through my Grand Calibur with the sunshine impression plate. At the bottom of my card, I added a strip of Raspberry Fizz paper, the "thank you" from the Wonderful Words line, and a glittery green button. Although this card was very difficult to photograph, this is one of my favorite techniques. I know I will make more no-sew quilt!
Here's a close up of the no-sew quilt effect with the sunshine impression plate.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

MIM: Stamping with Watercolor Medium Take 2

I decided to try my hand at watercoloring again but with something not floral. I will definitely do lots more flowers with watercolors but I grabbed my Watercolor Wonder set and used the watercolors to stamp lines of color based on the colors of the rainbow. I continued with the rainbow theme by gluing sequins to the bottom of the card. It took a long time to glue them on individually but I really like the shine and bling it gives the card. Of course, then my lines of color looked a bit boring so I wet embossed them and I think that it brought the colors out a bit too. The last thing I did was just to add a sentiment to the side from one of the Think Big sets. Thanks for looking and thanks also for the comments about a good watercolor set. I did put the Gelatos in my wishlist on Amazon but I think I'll just what I have for now.
A close up of the embossing, if you can see it.

Monday, March 31, 2014

MIM: Stamping with Watercolor Mediums

I think I am in love with the watercolor look on my cards now. I immediately knew that I wanted to paint the flowers from the Botanical Silhouettes set because of the whimsy and beauty in those flowers. I started with a black card base, which I very rarely do but I really wanted the floral image to pop from the card. I got out my cheap watercolors that I borrowed from my son's IKEA craft set that he got for Christmas. I was ready to get started with my glass of water, a paintbrush and the watercolors. Speaking of which, I only have the cheap watercolors from the IKEA set and another inexpensive set that I found at Dollar General. For those of you that like to watercolor, what brand do you use? I'd like to invest in watercolors because I have really enjoyed using them on my cards.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Make It Monday: Make Your Own Cover Plates

Boy, do I like this challenge. Betsy is genius! Her video on making your own coverplate with dies is just such a brilliant idea. I have really enjoyed all of the MIM challenges; it's getting me back into my craft space after a hiatus due to job changes, moving, and a new addition to our family. It's been a couple of crazy years so it's nice to be in our house and be able to have a space to call my own for crafting. Anyway, back to the challenge. I used the Lock & Key die and stamp set. I will be honest; I had never even inked up the stamp but now that I made this card, I do believe it will be inked up a lot more often. I ran the keys through twice on the card front. The really nice part about this die is that they are on one die so it was just two swipes through. I wanted to dress up the bottom of the card so I used three different borders, a Smokey Gray ribbon, and then tied on the lock. I wet embossed the lock with clear embossing powder to give it a bit of shine, after enjoying the shine challenge on the most recent blog hop. I also used a color combination that I wasn't sure about but I really like the outcome. I combined Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst, Smokey Gray, and Canyon Clay. I finished the card with the sentiment in the corner.
A close up of some of the pretty details.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Blog Hop: Shine On!

High Gloss is the name of this month's blog hop over at Nichole's blog for PTI. I immediately thought of layers of color and using the Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) to gloss up my card. Then, I thought about how neat it looks to emboss a background image before finishing the card. Out came this card from the combination of those two ideas. I embossed the Circle Spirals after cutting one inch strips of four pretty, pretty colors. After embossing the scribbly circles, I covered the entire sheet with Frost Versamark and the UTEE. I wasn't sure how it would look but I love the result. The UTEE looks like raindrops in places because it doesn't cover perfectly since some of it blew off as I was embossing the card. I really like the effect though with the scribbly circles in the background. To take the shine challenge on step further, I embossed the edge of the frame with silver. I stamped a sentiment from Framed Out #2 in the center in Royal Velvet. Wow, What a beautiful purple that is!
Here's a close-up of all the shine and gloss on my card.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Make It Monday Challenge: 3D Stamp Paint

What a messy challenge this week! I'm still washing paint off my hands. I love it though because it gets me thinking creatively and allows me to try new and different techniques. I painted the impression plate with a green similar to Spring Moss and used it as my background on the card. The imperfections in the paint gives the background a bit of a shabby feel. Then, I used some kraft paper and cut out a scallop border. I used white paint around the edges of that and also on the Building Blocks rectangles...can you say new favorite stamp set?!?! I also used Garden Grace and finished the card with the white ribbon bow and a couple of pink rhinestones. This card came together in the end and it makes me want to go buy more paint and continue to incorporate paint into my cards. I really like how the greens, pinks, and kraft came together on this card, especially since it's spring (Even though it's still cold here!).

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Make It Monday: Confetti!

I am going to be honest and say that this isn't my favorite card. I'm not sure if it's the color, the monochromatic scheme, or if I feel like it's just missing something. I'm posting it anyway and it does seem to be growing on me a bit. The Make It Monday challenge was to incorporate confetti into a card. I, for some reason, thought that the bees in Honey Bees stood out for me as I flipped through my dies. I think a strong desire for spring weather to stay would have something to do with that. I used the plastic container from a PTI set that I bought and scored it so that it would make a little square on the card to hold the confetti. My confetti is made up of glittered bees from Honey Bees, hexagons from the cover plate (stamped them with Mini Blooms flowers), glitter, and orange sequins. I cut a square out of the card front and tied a bow in the ribbon. I added a sentiment from the Honey Bees set along the side. Thanks for looking! Not my favorite but I'm sure someone will appreciate it.
A better picture of the box of confetti on the card.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sweet and Simple

After last week's Make It Monday challenge, I was on a sweet and simple kick. I made a card using the Doodlie-Do stamp set. I am loving all of the recent floral sets from PTI. Of course, I love all of their stuff period. Can you tell? :) Anyway, I got my Copic markers out, some glitter, and made this quick card. I like the simplicity of the card and the sentiment is just perfect. Here's a closer picture of the flower so you can see all of the glorious glitter. I'm working on this week's Make It Monday challenge but I'm devoting tonight to knitting :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

MIM: One Layer Card--Take Two

I have really enjoyed making one layer cards. I actually made two tonight but will just share one tonight and you'll have to come back later in the week to see my other one layer card. I had such a great time figuring out which flowers to use and how to place them on the left of this card. I tried to use a variety of flowers, leaves, and colors. I used the Circle Scribbles stamps in the background in Fine Linen. I can't wait to use those stamps on other cards as well. Who knew that scribbled circles would be beautiful? I used one of the fillable frames and die cut the frame. I cut a piece of plastic from one of the stamp containers, added a bit of glitter, and stamped the sentiment onto white cardstock. I like how the card came together.
Here's a close up of the pretty flowers.
This shows the sentiment with the glitter under the plastic piece. I love using the stamp containers for all sorts of purposes...this is just one of them!

Monday, March 3, 2014

MIM: One Layer Card

We had another snow day today and teachers actually got to stay home. We usually have to go in since we are contracted a certain number of days but today was too bad for even us to go to work. Tomorrow, we go to work but we won't have students. I love those days now because I can get papers graded and plan ahead. Anyway, to today's card. First of all, the challenge was issued today and I'm actually posting the card today. I have a hard time with one layer cards but the MIM video that Erin made really had some great tips. I ended up making a simple "hello" card. I did an inlay of one of the butterfly dies from Beautiful Butterflies and combined that with the chevron border, Spot Dots and a "hello" sentiment. The texture on my card came from three places: the die inlay, the glittered chevron border, and the clear embossing on the sentiment. Thanks for looking!
Here's a close up of the three examples of texture. I guess it's actually four because I did put a bit of twine in the center of the dot on the butterfly too. You can click on the picture to see it larger also because it's hard to see the embossing.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

MIM: Watercoloring

The Make-it-Monday Challenge for this past week was to watercolor a background and use a heat embossed sentiment. I needed some simple birthday cards so I pulled out some birthday sentiments and the watercolors from the kit my son got for Christmas. I wanted to see what I thought of water coloring before I spent a lot of money for a set from the store. I really enjoyed it because I was able to mix painting with card-making. I'm definitely not saying I'm a painter; I certainly am not but it was fun to pretend for a bit. On the celebrate card, I used silver embossing powder, sequins (First time I've used these and love them!), and the red shades. I do think I got too much water on the card because you can see how the paper is starting to pill if you look at it closely.
On the birthday card, I simply brushed the shades of the rainbow along the white embossed "happy birthday" sentiment. The card literally took five minutes to make. I think I spent more time taking pictures than I did making the cards. It was nice to make a couple of quick cards.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

February Blog Hop: Think Spring!

I don't know about you but we've had one long winter. As much as I enjoy the snowflakes falling from the ground and the snowmen built in our front yard, I would definitely say that I'm ready for spring. Papertrey Ink's blog hop is to make something that would bring on the spring. I decided to make some box sets of cards for Mother's Day. I chose three lovely spring colors: Summer Sunrise, Lavender Moon, and Hibiscus Burst for the covers along with Harvest Gold, Raspberry Fizz, and Plum Pudding as the darker accent. I used Smokey Shadow as my neutral color because I wanted a bit of a softer feel that I could get with the gray shade as opposed to the True Black ink. Even though I was up very late last night finishing the cards, I'm very glad that I made all three sets. I put three cards in each box; I added two thank you cards and one birthday card along with the envelopes. I took a ton of pictures but won't post them all here. I'm just going to show a sample of each type of card in the different colors and then a picture of the boxes. The first picture is the Lavender Moon version of the box.
The next three cards are samples of the cards that I made. I made one of each in each color for the three boxes. I won't bore you with all nine cards though. :) The first thank you card features the Chevron cover plate and all of the stamped images are from the new Garden Grace stamp set, which is very much one of my favorite floral sets.
I wasn't sure if I liked this card when I first started making it. It sort of reminded me of cheetah spots, which could be a cool alternative for the use of the small flowers in the Garden Grace set...may have to try that sometime. Anyway, I put three of the individual flowers together, stamped them, and then did the overlay. I cut out the "thank you" words and just doused them in glitter.
The third card is the most simple and is just a one layer card. I'm not always good at one layer cards but I do really like how this one turned out. I think the Garden Grace set is just so lovely it doesn't need much extra.
I did take pictures of the sets and am going to include them but just because I think they look so pretty all laid out on the table.
I hope you enjoyed hopping to my blog and I hope my mom enjoys her Mother's Day box of cards!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

MIM: Layering Dye and Pigment Inks

I will be honest. When I saw this MIM's challenge, I didn't know the difference between dye and pigment inks. However, once I watched the video and surfed the good ol' web, I felt silly for not knowing. I pulled out the Beautiful Butterflies set and also the Stitches & Swirls set. I went with a monochromatic color scheme and I think it turned out well. I used Pure Poppy, Raspberry Fizz, and Hibiscus Burst. I like how the colors go together but I especially loved how the flowers pop from the butterflies. I'm also proud of my new little stand. I found that in Joann Fabric's Valentine's clearance for just $1.99!