Saturday, May 14, 2016

Hello my friend

Hello there!

I found some time to stamp today and I wanted to use my most recent Stamps of Life Card Kit to create a card.

I really love card kits because they come ready for me to get crafting. Sometimes I can be super creative but lately I have needed some inspiration!

Stephanie's kit has everything you need - a stamp set, a die, a paper pad, embellishments, cardstock and even envelopes. If you are thinking about a kit, stop by and check hers out. Her videos are so fun, too.

One of the patterned papers in the kit this month was perfect for coloring. I used 3 blue inks and blended them all over. I added silver and white wink of Stella on random stars. Using blue cardstock I  cut a sunburst and stamped the hello using my MISTI.

The kit included the cork banners and I stamped "thinking of you" from the Tinytitles2stamp set. This has become a well used set in my collection. There are so many great sentiments for small spaces.
I stamped "my friend" at the bottom.

I added some thick blue twine and mounted it to gray cardstock. I finished by popping up the sunburst.

I can't wait to make another card from this kit.

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

Make it Monday #248 Ink Blending through Die Cut Masks

It is finally Saturday and I have a moment to create something for the Papertreyink Make it Monday #248: Ink Blending through Die Cut Masks.

This will be the last week of school and I wanted to create a few cards to give to my daughter's teachers. They work so hard all year and I always try to write a note of thanks for all they do.

When I watched the video this week PTI's Fruit Fusion Apple Die came to my mind to create a teacher card. I love apples!

I used a piece of embossable plastic window sheets to die cut the apple. I learned an amazing thing in the video that Lizzie shared of using a Cricut sticky cutting mat to hold your paper down while you stencil. No more paper sliding all over. Genius!

I was able to fit 5 red apples on my paper.

Using my MISTI, I stamped the sentiment from Wonderful Words: Teacher Mini Stamp set and cut "teacher" from the matching die using Luxe Gold Adhesive sheets.

I added the apples to a piece of leftover gold paper and mounted it all on Bright Buttercup Cardstock.
I love red and yellow and they are our school colors, too!

Hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Make It Monday #247 Watercolor Card Sets

Hello! I played along with Papertreyink Make It Monday # 247 Watercolored Card Sets challenge.

I began by pulling out some Tim Holtz Watercolor paper. I stamped using my new MISTI (my early Mother's day present, yay!) several different flowers and leaves with black archival ink. The MISTI was so handy for this.

I used Winnie & Walter Elsa's Floral stamp set.

I water colored each flower a different color and I used mostly one color and tried to have some shading. I wanted to make 5 cards so I didn't want to spend tons of time on the water coloring.

I embossed with a gold two different sentiments from the Sparkle and Shine Stamp set, also using the MISTI. I could really see the embossing ink and it made it so easy.

I found in my paper stash this amazing 12X12 paper from Wassau. It is a variety pack of Metallic paper and it is just gorgeous. It is also lightweight (65 lb) so it is very easy to use. I love when I find a treasure in the chaos of my room!

I mounted the paper to the gold paper and then onto an Avery Elle card base. I used a different color for each card.

I used the same gold paper to make sequins from the die that matches the Sparkle and Shine set. After attaching them, I added a few drops on the flowers and leaves with glossy accents to look like dew.

I will be giving these cards to graduating Senior high girls at my church. I am so excited for them and the next step in their lives.

Teachers Gifts - A Labor of Love

Hello all!

I have been working on teachers gifts the last week for Teacher Appreciation week I wanted to share the final product.

During Papertreyink's latest release I fell in love with the Stitched Rectangle Tray Die and coordinating Stitched Monogram Frame Die.

To create teacher gifts, I began by die cutting two pieces of felt from the rectangle tray using red and yellow felt. These are the colors of my daughters' school. I also ran the yellow piece through again with the monogram frame die to add the amazing pattern.

I stitched it up using red embroidery floss.

Once all those were complete, I added some buttons. You need 8 for each red base so I had to use an assortment of different buttons.

When it was time to assemble the pieces, I ran a piece of scrap chipboard through my machine again with the tray die. I cut just inside the holes to create pieces to insert between the felt as I sewed to give it some rigidity.

I sewed a simple running stitch around and then backtracked to give a nice finished look.

Now onto the gift cards....

Hero Arts just released a new monthly kit and it was perfect for this project!

The My Monthly Hero kit includes an awesome gift card die. It cuts and scores the gift card shape and has a slit on the back so it is self closing, no adhesive required to seal it, Genius!

I made several of these and used the coordinating "Thank you" die to cut the words out of foam. I attached these to the front of the card holder and added gold foil. These were so quick and easy using patterned paper.

I placed the cards in the tray and insert them into a cellophane bag and finished by adding a yellow ribbon.

It did take a while to stitched the intricate frame on the yellow felt, but I did them all watching TV at night so I felt somewhat productive!

The end result was so worth and can we ever do enough for our teachers??? I don't think so.

They give so much time and energy to our children and I can't ever thank them enough for what they do.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!