Friday, September 30, 2011

H2H Sentiment Stamp Only Challenge

This week's challenge on H2H was to make a card using stamping only the sentiment. I thought that this would be a breeze, as I have SOOO much patterned paper that I've been wanting to use, but every time I tried to come up with an idea for a card, it involved using image stamps I've been wanting to ink up!! So it took me a bit more time than originally thought to come up with this, but I'm glad I did...I like the result, and I used up some more patterned paper that I desperately need to get through!

So without further ado, here's the card:


Supply list:

Cardstock: Naturals Ivory (SU)
Patterned Paper: from Notebook paper packet (CTMH)
Stamp Set(s): Say It In Style
Ink/Colorants: Cocoa (CTMH); Brown chalk ink (Colorbox)
Embellishments: Mocha pearls, decorative "paper clip" {can't think of the name of these embellishments!} (CTMH); Wood buttons (stash)
Tools: Labels 16 die (Spellbinders); Paper crimper (Marvy Uchida); Mat Stack 4 die (PTI)

Papertrey Table Service for 40th Birthday Invitations

My hubby is turning 40 in a few weeks, and I'm planning a somewhat fancy celebration, and as tradition holds (tradition meaning that I do this for all my 2 girls' birthday party invitations), I make invitations that are a bit over the top...I had a fun idea to make a shaker frame and ran with it. This plus one of Papertrey's newer sets, called Table Service, which I absolutely love, and I had the makings of some super cool invitations!! :)

I plan on submitting one of these to the Paper Crafts World Cardmaking Day contest, so I will go ahead and write the instructions for making the cards here, since I have to do it for my entries anyway! I have never been published, and frankly, have felt like I'm not good enough to submit anything, but I've been feeling very convicted lately to, in the words of Nike, JUST DO IT!! So I will resist the feelings of inadequacy and send it in... ;) I have decided to submit, submit, submit, from here on out, so I'm marking the beginning of my quest right here, right now! ;)

There will be a LOT of pictures on this post, as I didn't have enough patterned paper to make all the invitations the fact, I made 5 different variations, so I had to have pictures of them all, plus lots of detail shots. Since I have to give them all away (and given my attachment to them based on how much time it took me to make them), I took LOTS of detail shots for posterity.

1) I started with really nice textured cardstock from Stampin Up for my card bases (from the Neutrals collection). Trimmed a 5-1/2" x 9" piece and scored at 2-3/4" and 7". (this way you have a little bit of overlap when you fold them).
2) Next I trimmed a 5-1/2" x 1-1/2" piece of patterned paper for the flap. (whatever patterned paper I used for the front of the card, I used the same paper, but the opposite side, for the flap; they coordinate perfectly that way!) I cut this piece with a Papertrey Edgers #1 die and attached it to the back of the larger front flap of the card.
3) I then cut the two pieces of patterned paper for the front flap, leaving just a tiny margin around the edges, and adhered these.
4) I used Papertrey's Half & Half dies to cut the gold wrap that goes all the way around the card. To do this, take an 8-1/2x11 piece of cardstock and trim a piece just wide enough to fit the die (about two inches) by 11". Place the die at the very top of the CS and run it through the machine once; then take the die and turn it around and move it down, lining it up with the ends of the cut line and run it through one more time. You end up with one solid piece close to 11" long and the decorative edge on both ends. This wraps around the card perfectly. Align one decorative edge of the die cut piece with the right side of the card and then just carefully fold it to wrap all the way around. I used an adhesive roller to attach it to the back and both flaps of the card, leaving it unattached on the right front side of the card. All this is AFTER stamping it on the decorative edge with a coordinating stamp from PTI's Half & Half stamp set.
5) I then cut a mat piece in a coordinating patterned paper or solid cardstock color for the front focal point with the Layerz Mat Stack 1 die. Cut two more pieces from a neutral cardstock (I mostly used Naturals Ivory CS from SU) using the smaller Mat Stack 1 die. In one of these Mat Stack 1 pieces, I used the 1-3/4" circle die from Papertrey's Limitless Layers dies to cut a circle out of the center. I then adhered the Mat Stack 1 piece without the hole in it to the Layerz Mat Stack piece.
6) Finally, time to stamp with Table Service! I stamped the silverware and "TO" and "A" on the outside the Mat Stack 1 piece with the center circle cut out. Then I put it on top of the 2nd Mat Stack 1 piece (to make sure the circle opening was lined up) and stamped the plate from Table Service.
7) I used the number stamps from Get to the Point (also a PTI set) to stamp the "40" in the center of the plate in Versamark ink. Also added the tiny "TH" from the Make a Wish Additions set. Sprinkled the whole thing with gold embossing powder and heat set.
8) Next, I die cut a 1-3/4" circle from clear acrylic (I save all the plastic sheets that my PTI stamps come on, thinking I'll eventually have a used for them - I have TONS - and so some of them were finally put to good use!) and glued this to the back of the circle opening of the Mat Stack 1 piece using glue dots.
9) Now it's time to attach the shaker frame circle foam piece (got these from Stampin Up; they're a new item in the Holiday Mini catalog). These have adhesive on both sides and paper over the adhesive on one side. I pulled one piece from the card they come on and turned it so the adhesive side was up (paper side down) and laid it on my craft table. Then I took the Mat Stack 1 piece with the acrylic "window" now attached and lined it up with the adhesive side of the foam piece, so that I could get it behind the circle window with no part of the foam piece showing. Stuck it down and voila, I had the top piece of the shaker frame ready to attach to the 2nd Mat Stack 1 piece (with the plate and the embossed "40TH" on it).
10) Before I could attach the top piece, though, I had to add the glitter. I took a popsicle stick and used it to scoop a little bit of glitter from two different colors (clear and platinum) and poured it on top of the 40 until it was almost all covered. (you'll have just a little pile of glitter in the center of the plate). Then I simply took the paper off the back of the other side of the shaker frame foam piece, lined it up with the 2nd Mat Stack 1 piece, and stuck them together. My focal point was done, and ready to be glued down to the front of the card on top of the gold wrap-around piece.
11) I used Papertrey's Double Ended Banners dies to cut the two pieces for the last stamped part of the card. Stamped the "YOU ARE INVITED" on the longer banner and trimmer one end (it's too long to fit across the front of the card otherwise); stamped "BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION" on the shorter banner; then attached them both to the front of the card..... DONE!!!

Phew! A lot of work, but fun, and worth it. I figured that I'll only be making invitations of this magnitude for my husband's birthday every 10 years, so I wanted to go all out! ;)

So here are the pictures of these invitations:

(this is the one I'll be sending in to the World Cardmaking Day contest)...

Supply list:

Cardstock: Neutrals Collection Textured, Brushed Gold, Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla (SU); Soft Stone (PTI)
Patterned Paper: from Timepiece collection, Dot & Numbers (Bo Bunny); from Chocolat assortment, Sucre (s.e.i.); from Now & Forever collection, Dawning Damask (Imaginisce); from Lost & Found - Madison Avenue - Cherish collection, Pintuck (My Mind's Eye)
Stamp Set(s): Table Service, Half & Half, Get to the Point, Make a Wish Additions (PTI)
Ink/Colorants: Early Espresso, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip (SU); Dark Chocolate (PTI); Gold embossing powder (CTMH)
Embellishments: Glass glitter (SU)
Layerz Mat Stack 1, Mat Stack 1, Half & Half, Double-ended Banners dies (PTI)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

WMS Sketch Challenge #66 + PDCC100!

Well, after a few weeks of getting back into the school groove, (and after spending a week making fancy invitations for my hubby's 40th birthday party; post to go up soon! ;) I'm finally reading to get back to participating in some of my favorite weekly challenges...two of which are the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge and the Play Date Cafe Challenge. I combined them this week to make my card...

And voila my card: Photobucket I don't know if it is remotely perceptible, but I stamped the green card base with Text-It in a really light green color because I wanted it to be first it looked great, and once I had the card assembled (and could therefore not do anything about it), the ink color had faded so much that you could hardly see it! I didn't really want it to be that subtle... ;) oh well...I took another close up picture, hoping you might be able to see the text better... Photobucket In any case, it's fun to be back to challenges again. Have a great week everyone!

Supply list: 

Cardstock: Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard (SU) 
Patterned Paper: 
Stamp Set(s): Dainty Doilies - Large, Fancy Phrases, Text-it (WMS) 
Ink/Colorants: Sunset, Kiwi, Topiary (CTMH) 
Embellishments: Paper leaf (OT); Button (stash); Embroidery floss (DMC) 
Tools: Big Scalloped Circles Lg dies (Spellbinders)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Leaf Prints jar candle wreath

In addition to the handmade card that I made for my grandma's birthday (in the post below), I also made her a handmade gift, which is something I've done for pretty much anyone's birthday who is close to me...but I'd also like to start selling my paper crafted gifts...

Here is what I made for Grandma! :) I used Papertrey's Leaf Prints stamp set and coordinating dies and cut out all the leaves, then stamped them with the coordinating colors of inks (same as the leaves), then stamped the veins in a neutral brown. Crumpled them all up and attached them to a foam wreath base (bought at JoAnn) that had been wrapped in cardstock. I got the idea from this post by Dawn McVey, which was a post during the release week when Leaf Prints was first released (Aug 2010). I did mine just slightly different than hers, but the inspiration and the instructions definitely came from her wonderful idea!

I also dressed up a store-bought jar candle by adding a little patterned paper & ribbon. It's amazing how just a bit of altering with paper crafting materials makes everything so much better! ;)



Supply list:

Cardstock: to wrap the wreath: Chocolate (CMTH); for the leaves: honestly, I not entirely sure what these colors are exactly...I just pulled the colors I needed out of my stash/scrap pile. Most of my cardstock is from Stampin' Up or Papertrey, so these colors are probably theirs.
Patterned Paper: to wrap the candle: from the Fall Paper kit (Oriental Trading)
Stamp Set(s): Leaf Prints (PTI)
Ink/Colorants: Cranberry, Sunflower, Sunset, Topiary (CTMH); Soft Suede, Early Espresso (SU)
Embellishments: Autumn Terracotta & Goldrush organdy ribbon (CTMH); Twill ribbon (SU); Metal "Blessings" ribbon tag (Making Memories)
Tools: Leaf Prints dies (PTI)

Papertrey September Blog Hop

Finally, I'm able to get back to participating in a Papertrey blog hop...this summer has been so busy that I've not had the chance to do very much at all...and even now I'm still getting back into the swing of things, now that my kiddos are both back in school.

Today's challenge has to do with repetition. I just happened to have a card that I recently made for my grandma's birthday...because she is a wonderful seamstress and has made quilts for my kids in the past, I loved the idea of making her a "quilter's" card...I'm not much of a sewing-oriented person myself, but as I was looking through some of PTI's older sets, I saw Quilter's Sampler and it made me think of her, so I had to have it! (not to mention that the sentiments that go with it, along with the Quilter's Sampler Sentiments, are so cute!)

First, I impressed my cardstock with the Gridlines impression plate, to have a guide (and hopefully, to have a little added texture...though I soon found that after stamping the blocks you could no longer really see the impressed design very well. oh well.) I stamped a repetitive design with all of the blocks in the set, then added lots of sparkle and coloring with Stickles, a Copic glitter marker and a Zig metallic marker.

To complete the quilting feel, I stamped the sentiment onto a cardstock block, then impressed it with the Gridlines impression plate.

Here are the results:

Supply list:

Cardstock: Rustic Cream (PTI); So Saffron (SU); Blissful Dotted Swiss (Bazzill); Cotton Candy (CTMH)
Patterned Paper:
Stamp Set(s): Quilter's Sampler, Quilter's Sampler Sentiments (PTI)
Ink/Colorants: Vineyard Berry (CTMH); Gold Atyou Spica glitter pen (Copic); Burgundy & Cotton Candy Stickles (Ranger); Red Metallic Marker (Zig)
Embellishments: Pink Pearls
Tools: Fancy Tags Two die (Spellbinders); Gridlines impression plate (PTI)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Back into the swing after being MIA all summer!

Wow, summertime was NOT good for my crafting! I went from posting regularly, participating in several challenges a week to....NOTHING. (almost) Just for the purpose of catching up and trying to get back into the swing of things, I'm just posting the very few (pitiful number of) cards that I did get to make over the summer. They were not for any particular challenges, just for family members & friends' birthdays, etc, along with a couple graduation cards that I think I forgot to post in June with all the rest. In the interest of time conservation, I'm not going to add complete materials lists for all of these right now...just the pictures for posterity. I might go back and add them later (then again, I might not. ;) Feel free to ask if you'd like to know! :)

Otherwise, now that both my kiddos are back in school, I hope that this post marks my return to the world of regular craft posting here on my blog, as well as getting back to my card sales!

A birthday card for Dad using some cool Bo Bunny paper from their Cambridge collection + Postmarks stamp set from Papertrey ~

An anniversary card for my great uncle & aunt using some older Imaginisce papers (can't remember the name of the collection, unfortunately) I LOVE these, they're so elegant & shimmery. Also used Papertrey's Big Birthday Wishes stamp set along with Calendar Basics on the inside.


Another birthday card using Big Birthday Wishes ~


Graduation cards I neglected to post back in June ~