Another Graduation Card

I needed another graduation card for the daughter of a friend of ours, this time around I decided to try a card I haven’t done in years…the crisscross card. In the past I made horizontal crisscross cards, but this time I wanted to try a vertical card. After searching the net, I grabbed some scrap paper and gave it a try making a 5” x 7” card.

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The flower on the front is made from three different daisy punches, the 2” and 5/8” are from Recollections and the 1” punch is from The Paper Studio. The leaves are from an EK Success punch and colored with a green Copic marker. I also drug out my much unused sizzlets for the year…only wish I could remember what font they are. :(

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The inside can be done in many different ways, however, since this is a graduation card, I needed a place to secure the gift. To do this I created a small pocket with a scrap of black cardstock and my Martha Stewart lace doily edge punch. The little pull at the top is made from the second to the smallest Nestabilities Label Four die.

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Thank you for stopping by!

Graduation Card

One of my son’s best friends graduated from High School yesterday morning. He and my son have spent a lot of time together over the years and is considered a member of our family, so his card had to be hand made with love.

It took me a while to find a design I really liked, but I chose to do a clean and simple card. The card base is black with maroon and white Pure Luxury layering weight cardstock. The graduates initials and the year were printed on the computer using the Monotype Corsiva font, and the graduation cap and tassel are handmade.

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For the inside of the card, I needed a place to secure his gift so when I cut the cardstock down from the 8 ½” x 11” piece I first trimmed it to 7” x 11” then on the 11” side, scored it at 5” and at 10”. I used that last inch to form a small pocket.

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The graduation hat and tassel were the most fun to create. The idea for the graduation cap came from (big surprise here) Pinterest, and a link to Just Julie B’s Stampin Space. She created her cap with a strip of cardstock, punches and a paper trimmer. I changed it up a bit and rather than using my paper trimmer (which wouldn’t work for this small of a piece of paper) I used my Spellbinders Classic Diamonds Nestabilities die for the top. I also don’t have an oval punch, so I just used a circle punch for the bottom of the cap. The tassel was created with some white tatting thread I have left over and it’s secured with a tiny gold brad.

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All in all I am very pleased with the way the card turned out.

 

Thank You Daisy

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This is the first craft project that I have started and FINISHED in a very long time! (WooHoo Go me!! LOL) The card base is black with Ivory layering weight pure luxury cardstock from Gina K. The flower was punched from the Ivory cardstock with three different punches, the 2” and 5/8” are from Recollections and the 1” punch is from The Paper Studio. The layers were colored first with Mustard Seed and then to add some dimension on the edges with Rusty Hinge distress inks. After inking the edges, I used the end of a thin paintbrush to bend each petal around to give if a bit of a lift. For the center of the flower I just used my thumb nail to add a small crease to each petal.

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The edge punch is the Martha Stewart Arch Lattice punch. The “thank you” stamp is one I’ve had for ages but sadly can’t remember the company. One thing I almost never do is add something to the inside of the card. Today I added a strip of the black cardstock with the punched edge to give it a bit of continuity.

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I hope this one small completed project will be the jumping off point to get myself back into the crafty mood because I sure do miss it! I have had a lot of fun playing with my new punches and can’t wait to add flowers to many more projects in the future.

 

Happy New Year

Happy 2014 everyone!! Well, OK Happy a month into 2014! LOL Better late then never right?? LOL

For a while now I’ve been seeing just how unorganized my life really is. In September, after a fun summer trip with my mom and sister, I had to go out and get a job (BOOOO!). So, for the last few months I’ve been working my ass off (literally – over 20 lbs. so far) as a housekeeper at a local upscale hotel. I come home exhausted and sore and sit on my butt and pray there is no reason for me to move for the next few hours before I can slip between the covers and go to sleep. Unfortunately because of this exhaustion, I get absolutely nothing done around the house. Considering one of my greatest faults is procrastination, this new job has made that ever worse.

One thing that has always helped me in the past has been to write things down. When I get ready to travel anywhere, I make list after list after list. LOL It helps keep me focused, and ensures I arrive at my destination with everything I need, or think I need, for the duration. There have been times that I had also traveled with a list of things that needed to be purchased as soon as I reached my destination because I either didn’t have it, or didn’t have time to buy it before leaving.

So with that in mind I have decided to once again keep track of my life in list form. I’ve been scouring the blogs and Pinterest for the last week trying to find some sort of system to keep my life jotted down in so I no longer forget to pay the bills, wash clothes on certain days so I have the right colored uniforms, and ensure the family is where they need to be when they need to be there. It seems the popular item is a Filofax organizer. OMGoodness! There are so many styles, materials and sizes to chose from it almost makes your head spin. And the prices range from “not bad” to “OMG ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?”. This afternoon I purchased a Filofax Metropol Personal sized organizer in red from the web site Pens & Leather and I can hardly wait for it to come in so I can start keeping better track of my life.

There are so many different ideas for how to utilize these organizers, and I’ve been gleaning bits of information from so many different online sources. It will be fun and interesting to see how I can best use my new organizer, and I am so looking forward to feeling like I am once again in control of my life!

 

Mini Album

This cute little mini album is the result of my endless hours on Pinterest! The pages follow a video tutorial from Ginger at mysisitersscrapper and the binding idea on the spine is from a video by Suzy at creativecafegirl.

When making my pages, I changed the dimensions just a bit from the original. Using an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of cardstock I cut six (6) sheets down to 8 ½” x 10”. The score lines were as follows: On the 10” side score the sheet in half at 5”. Turn the sheet over and on the 8 ½” side score at 2 ½”. After pre-folding each sheet I then cut a decorative edge with my Martha Stewart edge punch for the top of each pocket. The pages are bound with Laura Denison’s Stack the Deck system.

One of the reasons it took so long to complete this book was I wanted to figure out how to add the paper to the spine and not have it crack, because that really bugs me. I tried a new technique that I found on Pinterest by Suzy at creativecafegirl. Rather than using just a piece of cardstock to connect the front, back and spine of the books, she used a piece of sticky back canvas attached to the cardstock to help create the binding. My stash of stuff only had regular canvas, so I glued some to my cardstock with Gel Medium. As you can see in my example below, I cut the canvas larger than needed before attaching my cardstock. When it was dry, I cut it the desired size. Like Suzy, I colored the canvas where it would show between the cover and spine, although I just used some black craft paint. What I did neglect to do was run the finished cardstock through my cuttlebug to emboss the cardstock. I’ll do that next time!

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Creating the spine this way means that, for me, I had to pre-wrap my chipboard covers for a finished edge. I use thinner chipboard, so to ensure a sturdy cover I always glue two pieces together, so leaving these edges exposed was not an option for me. Here is a close-up of the inside of the front cover. You can see that each piece of chipboard is individually wrapped and you can also see in the gap between the cover and spine, the painted canvas.

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The pages and tags are decorated with the Paper Studio’s Bella Bohemia paper pack and the edges are inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

The finished book measures 6 ¾” x 5 ¼” x 2”. Let’s get on with the show!

I tried my hand at adding something to the front covers, which for me, seems to be very difficult to do! The flower was made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and Pure Luxury 80 lb. layering weight card stock in Ivory, while the greenery was made with a spellbinders die and scraps of green cardstock from my stash.

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As you can see, there are a TON of tags in this book, 22 in all! That should give anyone plenty of room to document the important times in their lives. There are a total of 6 large tags that slide into the top of each page and measure 4” wide x 5 ½” tall. Eight of the pages have tags that measure 3 ½” wide by 5” tall and four of the pages hold two tags each that measure 3” wide by 5” tall.

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Thank you all for stopping in to see my handiwork. I hope you enjoyed your stay. Leave a comment is you see something you like.

Flowers – Copic Marker

Oh My Goodness…I LOVE Pintrest! There are so many amazing ideas out there just begging to be tried, and today I found a great idea I just had to play around with. We have all seen how to use inks and sprays to color 3-D paper flowers, but not once did I even consider using my Copic markers for that purpose. Kate Palmer from the Copic OZ blog did consider this and with amazing results! Follow the link below to see her post and watch the three videos showing the different techniques.

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Now, here is my try at this fun technique. I made my own flowers using the Tim Holtz die and Georgia Pacific cardstock.

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The first flower I made is this pretty yellow and red “rose”. To create the flower, I used two medium and three small flowers from the die. I spritzed them with water before scrunching them up with my fingers to shape them. The layers are glued together with Quick Dry adhesive from Scotch. After the glue dried, I colored about half of each petal with Y17 Golden Yellow and then edged the petals with R27 Cadmium Red. I don’t have any of the Copic blending solution, but another option that Kate gave was the alcohol inks blending solution, so I used that. As you can see, the colors bled together nicely. To speed up the drying and to intensify the colors, I dried each flower with the heat gun.

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The next flower I tried was a bigger one using only two layers, the middle flower and the daisy type flower. This time I did not add any water to the layers before I started, I just scrunched the petals with my fingernails, being very careful with the delicate daisy. The petals were colored first with RV13 Tender Pink and then with RV14 Begonia Pink. As an after thought I went around the very edge of each petal with the darker RV69 Peony. Again I used the Alcohol Blending solution to and then dried it with the head gun. 

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The last flower I made used two of the large petals, and then one each of the daisy petal and the medium petal. Again no water was used, just my fingers to scrunch and shape the petals. The colors used for this flower were BV01 Viola, BV02 Prune, and BV04 Blue Berry. The colors look different online, it’s much to blue on here. In person the flower has more of the violet color to it.

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The centers of the two bigger flowers are from a bag of gems purchased from Wal-Mart, and as you can see, I was too excited to wait till the glue dried to take the pictures! LOL

These are going to be so pretty on any project, and can be made any color you like, in fact the only limitation you have is the colors of Copic Markers that you own.

Thank you for stopping by. If you like what you see or have any questions, please leave me a message!

Flowers – cardstock and coffee filters

Late last year I was trying to create my own flowers rather than buying them. Here are a couple more attempts at a few different types.

I started with the only dedicated flower die that I own, the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die. Just using the three similar shaped petals I tried different ways to create a flower, starting with the rose shape. All of the flowers were created with scrap paper that I had laying around the craft table, so I’m not sure what it was (and it doesn’t help that I made these last December).

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Flower #1 I tried using Tim’s directions to create the rose. The center looks ok, and the bottom petals look all right, but together, in my eyes, it looks like there is a piece missing. To add color, I just dabbed at the finished flower with a sponge dauber with (I believe) fired brick distress ink. It’s pretty, but not perfect in my eyes.

Flower #2 I used a round bottomed pen to add dimension to each of the petals. I placed the shapes on my mouse pad and with the bottom of the pen, went in a circular motion to add shape to the petals. To attach them, I turned every other one upside down and added a Copic colored button to the center.

Flower #3 is just the two smallest petals shaped with the pen technique described above. Simple, but pretty.

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Next are two flowers that are just a little more labor intensive and use something other than cardstock.

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Flowers #1 & #2 were created with…wait for it…coffee filters. :) Once again, I found the instructions for this on Pintrest, but after spending two days trying to find the link, I sadly cannot. If I remember correctly to create these flowers, you cut an odd number of petals, in my case it was the large flower from the Tattered Florals die. After coloring each piece with Distress inks and drying with the heat gun you fold each piece in half. Starting with a small circle of cardstock, you glue the first petal to half of that circle. Turning the base a quarter turn you glue the next folded petal. Continue turning a quarter turn and gluing the petals down until you have the fullness you desire. Add a center and fluff.

To finish Flower #1 I added a few of the medium sized flowers and then a pearl center that I made with some extra small pearl beads. And for Flower #2, I added a small scrunched flower made from cardstock. I just wanted something to add in there, so I grabbed this small flower.

Here’s a better picture of the flower with the pearl center.

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Flower #3 was created with tissue paper. I cut perhaps 8 layers of tissue paper with a scallop spellbinder die. The layers are then stacked and a small brad is used to attach the layers together. You then take each layer starting with the top and scrunch it up. When all the layers are scrunched together, begin “messing” with it to get the look you want.