Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Make It Monday #199: Confetti Garlands

This week at PTI, Besty Veldman challeged us to create confetti garlands for our cards.  This is a great technique for adding a bit of fun and whimsy to your cards.  Here's the video link: 

For my card, I began with an A2 sized card base cut from Royal Velvet cardstock.  I then cut a journal card from white cardstock using a Lawn Fawn die and placed it at an angle.  Next, I created streamers in Royal Velvet and gold glitter cardstock using a Sizzix border die.  I cut the word "Shine!" using my die from Sparkle and Shine.  The gold stars and confetti were cut using the center of the oval die from Shakers and Sprinkles.  The circles on my garland were cut using a circle die from Songbirds.  I like Betsy's idea of adding the garland your cards.  I think it makes them a little more special.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

January 2015 Blog Hop Challenge


For this blog hop challenge, we were instructed to create a card that "is as beautiful inside as it is outside" to incorporate hearts into the design.

Here's my card on it's side.  Wish I could show it to you right side up.
(I cannot figure out how to rotate this image.  I'm sure there is a simple solution, but I have not yet discovered what it is.  I tried to rotate it before inserting, but that did not work.  My 4-year old is whinning right now and I can't concentrate.)

Here's the inside of my card.  Aparently I can rotate this image, but not the previous one.  UGGGH!  Do you ever have those kinds of days?  Anyway, back to the card.  I used aqua mist cardstock and heart dies from Shakers and Sprinkles.  The butterfly stamp and die is from Butterfly Dreams.  I love you in from Tiny Treats:  Valentines.  Buttons are PTI, ribbon is from Hobby Lobby, and patterned paper is by We R Memory Keepers.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Happy Hello

So, I have had this glittery pink hello die cut just sitting around with some of my other paper scraps for a month or two now.  As my sister-in-law and I were crafting this evening, I pulled it out and decided that it was high time I put it to good use.  I recently purchased a cute 6 x 6 inch paper pad by We R memory keepers and thought that this black and white stripe would make a nice background and really help my hello pop.  I used a coordinating black pattern from the same paper pad to ground the die cut.  This was such a simple card to make and I plan on using it soon to send someone a happy hello.  Thanks for taking a peek!

Make It Monday #198: Three Panel Cards

This week at PTI, Ashley shows us how to create a three-panel card using 8 1/2 x 11 inch cardstock.  You can actually make two of these cards from one sheet of cardstock.  See the link to this week's video below.



Isn't this the cutest thing!  The colorful polka-dots are precious and I just love how she tied it all up with the plain twine.  Using this card and Ashley's directions as a guide, here's what I created:

I choose this cheerful patterned paper for the outside of my card and decided to go with limeade ice and Hawaiian shores as accent colors.  I cut the border using a Sizzix die and rounded the corners of my text box.  I punch the circle and the scallop with paper punches and die cut the butterfly.  I selected this sentiment from the PTI Cheerful Heart stamp set and the butterfly is from Butterfly Dreams.  The butterfly's swirl trail is actually from Freshly Fallen.  Once the outside was assembled, it was time to focus on the inside of my card. 

First I cut the same patterned paper to cover the top and bottom panels.  Next, I used Hawaiian shores for the center panel and decided to cover it with limeade ice.  I stamped my butterflies using the same coordinating ink colors.  I choose the verse and stamped it on vellum using Hawaiian shores ink.  I decided to place a piece of limeade ice cardstock behind the vellum so that the words would be easier to read.  After putting it all together, I added the green dots in each corner.  Finally, I stuck a rectange of limeade ice cardstock on the bottom panel for a hand written note.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Make It Monday #197: Homemade Foam Stickers

Make It Monday #197: Homemade Foam Stickers

Join Laurie this week and learn an easy way to make a paper crafting staple at home. It's a video that is both fun and frugal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1_jP6DGoe8o


Although Valentine's Day is another month away, visions of pink and red hearts have been dancing in my head.  So, I thought it would be fun to create some heart themed cards for this challenge.

Aren't these cute?  For my homemade stickers, I used the little heart die that coordinates with the  PTI Heart-2-Heart #3 stamp set.  I decided to use red and hot pink felt to cover my foam stickers.  You can see that I attached two hearts to a clothes pin on the fox tag and stuck them over two of my stamped hearts on the "Thank you" card.  I used a combination of white, pure poppy, and hibiscus burst cardstock and ink.  Stamps and dies were from PTI Hey Foxy, Happy Days, and Heart-2-Heart #3.  The card die and tiny hearts die are by Lawn Fawn.  Buttons and clothes pin are PTI and the baker's twine was purchased at Wal-Mart.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Make It Monday #196: Colorful Card Corners

I am so pleased to be sharing my card for this week's PTI MIM Challenge, Colorful Card Corners.
You can find the link to the video here:
Make It Monday #196: Colorful Card Corners

I enjoyed this challenge because I tend to be a big fan of symmetry and most of my cards draw the eye towards the center of the card.  I played around with a few different ideas and finally decided that I would stamp some pink flowers with green leaves in the lower corner of my card.  I stamped flowers and leaves from the Songbirds stamp set onto watercolor paper.  Next, I stamped a background using Background Basics:  Bontanicals.  I used a paintbrush and water to bend the ink colors on the flowers and leaves.  Then, I used ink and water to watercolor around the edge of my flowers and leaves to fill in the blank space.  After allowing the paper to dry, I stamped the sentiment and adhered it to a chocolate brown piece of cardstock.  Finally, I added a few rinestones for a bit of sparkle.  Thanks for looking!