Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

It's been so long since I lasted posted. I've been so busy and have not had any time to craft! As you know I'm starting a portrait photography business and have been occupied with that. But now that it's the rainy season I get a bit of a break. So finally this past Sunday I had a minute to do this fun crafty Thanksgiving project with my children. We had so much fun. I'm so glad we did this. We haven't laughed like that in a while.

Someone brought this snack to the church potluck. These acorns were so adorable. I also saw them on Pinterest and I knew that we could make them too. We used Hershey Kisses, Nutter Butter Bite Cookies, pretzel sticks and I melted some chocolate candy in the microwave to use as our "glue."

I didn't actually read the directions on how these are made. We started to put the kisses onto the cookie first and then realized the pretzel stem wouldn't stay on because the cookie could not lay flat. The trick is to lay the cookie down first. Add the pretzel stem with melted chocolate and let dry. Once it was secure then we added the kiss to the bottom using melted chocolate. Some of the stems didn't stay upright, but that's okay. They still tasted good. I think next time I'm going to use caramel Hershey Kisses. Caramel, chocolate, peanut butter, pretzel. How good would that taste?! Thinking about it makes me hungry for Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby ice cream!

I made these toppers using Bigz Dies Top Note (SU!) I cut it out and folded it in half length-wise. I bagged the goodies in a cellophane bag and sealed the tops using my Food Saver sealer, but you could just tape the top, too. I adhered the bag topper with double stick tape, punched a hole on the left and added organza ribbon embellishment. Stamps used are from SU! also. It's a very old set but it's my go-to every Autumn. I got this fall effect by using that double ink technique again. I wish I knew the correct technical term for that. Ink the image using the lighter color and then using a darker cat eye tap the edges, then stamp. See the leaf on the left? It's green in the center with red edges.

This leaf on the left is even cooler. I learned it from my SU! rep a while ago. It's called "thumping." Ink the image all over using the lightest color. Here I used a light orange hue. Then using a red ink pen "thump" the image. Hold the pen at the end and tap the image all over rotating it to get random all over coverage. Do the same with a green ink pen and darker orange ink pen. Before stamping the image onto your card stock, "huff" on the image. This sounds weird, I know, but your warm breath moistens the ink so you get a better image stamped. Finally, stamp the inked image onto your card stock. My directions don't make any sense but I don't know all the technical terms for these techniques and I'm not able to explain them without showing it in person so I hope you're able to translate it. But look at how cool this leaf came out. It's really like the falling leaves you find this time of year that have the beautiful yellow, red and brown hues.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Happy Summer

Child halter dress made from men's lg t-shirt

When I was in the 5th grade, one of my school mate's moms put on her own Summer Camp. The only thing I remember was that we tie-dyed white fabric and sewed photo album covers. I don't know where she is today, but each summer when I teach my kids how to tie-dye, I always think of my old 5th grade classmate and that summer I spent at her house.

I'm still learning all the tricks, but here's what we did last week. I made my daughter a dress from a men's large t-shirt. (We get the 4 pack Fruit of the Loom tagless cotton tees inexpensive when they go on sale.) I don't have a pattern. I just cut the sleeves off then sew the raw edges. I added elastic to the back, tie-dyed the whole thing, then added a ribbon to the front for the halter straps.

back view

To get this particular design, first you lay the
t-shirt flat, front side up. Starting from the center, you pinch a bit of shirt and turn clockwise until you've spun the whole thing into a flat spiral-like disk. Secure with rubberbands. This is hard to do because you want to keep it kind of flat-like, not wadded up into a ball. Then dye following the directions on the dye package. We used fuschia and purple dyes.

There are a lot of tutorials on how to re-purpose old t-shirts. I'm sorry I can't add one of my own here. I am really terrible at following patterns. I usually just kind of wing it and hope to not mess it up too badly. As for tie-dying there are also alot of tutorials on that too. You can get so many different patterns as well as techniques. It's so much fun to experiment. It does get really very messy and I'm not exaggerating. So if you're neat and tidy, this may not be for you. The cleanup is a chore. Also note that gloves are necessary otherwise it will stain your fingers.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sweet Peas

My sweet peas are finally blooming. We have had a rough Spring here weather-wise. I wish that you could smell these in person. They are heavenly!
I apologize for not posting anything for a really long time. Life has been so very busy. Hopefully this Summer things will slow down.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Birthday Boy Mini Album

This is a mini album I made for my son's birthday. As the
previous post Birthday Mini Album, I interviewed him, asking him what his favorite things were. I also included his name meanings, his Western and Asian Astrological Signs and attributes, and some personal journaling such as what he means to me.

The album is punched with two holes and bound using green metal rings. I used SU! Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set along with SU! punches for most of the layouts. Ohter supplies used were Sister Stamps Keitaro stamp, Cricut "Storybook" for the "5," Martha Stewart train punch, along with distress ink, various brads, staples and ribbons.
Using staples instead of tying ribbons
adds a more masculine tone

I like how this page turned out and I didn't even have to do any coloring. First, stamp Sister Stamps Keitaro onto large vanilla cream tag. Then stamp "happy birthday" sentiment and cut out banner-like shape and glue it right on top, so it looks like he is holding it. The attributes radiate out from the tag making a graphic impact.

Hope everyone had a terrific Easter!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sew Thankful

I had a challenge to make Thank You cards for both male and females. I didn't want to make them too gender specific so I tried to use neutral colors. I made this card using SU! Sale-A-Bration Outlined Occasions Set. I stamped it with three different colors then sewed it onto yellow polka dot card stock. I distressed the edges. I really want to add a flower and some buttons to that bottom right corner. I think it really needs it! Ugh, but I will resist. It would end up looking too feminine and the challenge would be over. Less is more, right?! Sometimes just keeping it simple is a lesson in itself.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Simple Thank You

I recently visited a fabric store and it was like walking back in time. The store hadn't changed since the 60's. The fabric wasn't anything special, but they had these fabulous buttons. I think these antique buttons were the original thing, lol!

Here is a better example of that background technique I tried on Monday. (See last post) I like how the background turned out on this one much better than the Thank You Yoshimi card. It turned out all messy and distressed. Here's a tip:  Don't go crazy with the sandpaper. Your paper will become too thin and fall apart.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Yoshimi Thank You

I don't know if it's because it's March, Girls Day, Spring or my daughter's birthday, but I keep trending toward these pink girly designs. It's that time of year that I just keep thinking about pink cherry blossoms.
I made this card kind of purple so it wouldn't be TOO pink. I saw on another blog that you could run your paper through an embossing folder, run a waxy crayon over the design and it would resist when you inked over that. In theory it sounded like a brilliant idea. Well, I must not have read the instructions or did something wrong, because it didn't come out like I thought it would.
Here's what I did: I ran white paper through embossing folder. I kept the paper on the design to keep it stable and I rubbed a white crayon over the raised (embossed) areas. Then I used a sponge to apply purple, pink and rose ink to the white paper. I rubbed it in a circular motion with medium-light pressure. The wax on the raised parts took the color rather well. I tried to rub it off with a clean paper towel, but without much success. I rubbed the white crayon over the raised design again thinking that it would make it white, but that didn't work either. So, I ended up lightly sanding it with fine sand paper. I tried the same technique with a white pastel crayon too thinking it would be more waxy. Maybe I wasn't using the right type of ink? The background didn't come out too bad and I had fun experimenting. I guess I have to search the internet and try to find that original link.
I stamped Thank You sentiment in Chinese up in the top left. I made a little fan embellishment using origami paper and gold thread. I cut the origami paper using the same Spellbinder Nestibillities as the other two frames. Cut it in half, fold accordion style and snip the bottom corner off. Wrap the bottom with gold thread and spread top and bottom out fan-like. Secure to card with tacky glue.
Happy Spring!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Many Thanks Owl Card

SU! punches & matching stamp sets make this an incredibly easy card
My daughter had a fundraiser at school and she tied for 2nd place in her class for selling the most. I decided to make these thank you cards for all the people who bought from her. I don't quite know the ettiquite for that sort of thing, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to include a thank you with their purchase. I made my daughter include a handwritten thank you note on the inside.
I love that I didn't have to color anything in. It was just stamp, punch and glue. This makes for an easy project when you have many multiple cards you have to make.
Hopefully this is the last owl card you'll see from me. Though they are adorable, I am growing tired of the owl trend.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Birthday Mini Album

I'm really excited about this project. Instead of making my children birthday cards I decided to make them mini albums. I wanted to create a keepsake they can look back on when they are my age. Or even better, their children can look at when they are this age.
I interviewed them and journaled their responses. It's kind of like those birthday time capsule "this is what was happening in 2012" things. I wish I had picture albums of when I was this young age so I can show my kids what I was like as a child. My mom said they all got ruined during the Flood of 1982, but I have a suspicion they didn't take many pictures of me. After all, I was the second born and all the fuss was given to the first born. Mom, if you're reading this, I hope you know I'm just kidding around. lol

What I'm really excited about is this new SU! Framelits. They are adorable. I'm so in love with them! I edged everything with antique ink to give it that vintage look. This being a child-friendly album, I don't have to worry about them getting it dirty, it already looks worn.

My daughter got really bored during our photo shoot so she began dancing and twirling around. What a great opportunity! I captured some shots of her dancing and decided to make a film strip. I love this idea because sometimes those posed shots get so stagnant. Doing this really shows her fun and vibrant personality.

The only challenge was how to put it in this weird shaped album. I decided to accordian fold it and secure it with a latch. I made this from ribbon, buttons and embroidery floss.


Some of the questions from the interview were favorite food, favorite toy, favorite school subject, music, video game and favorite color (can you guess it was pink?) Some other things I included were the meaning and origin of her name, what is so special about the day she was born, both her Eastern and Western birth signs and their traits....well you get the picture.

I secured the mini album with one 1 1/4" metal ring. This was to my advantage because I was able to add 3-D embellishments and not worry about having to close book. It also makes it very kid friendly. Children can flip right through the pages. I made sure to reinforce the punch hole with extra glue and paper. I wouldn't want any pages to tear away.

I'm not sure about this color combination, but I got so sick of pink. I definitely raised a princess.....Everything is pink with pink glitter and pink bling with a pink cherry on top! For this page, I added blue with black flowers. It sure is different, but I think it works. I added a bit of glitter to the flower centers.

I hope this inspires you as you have all inspired me. Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Congratulations Wedding Card

My friend just got married on Valentine's Day. I made this card using the same layout as my last card, except I used the edge instead of the border in silver metallic card stock. I used white on white attaching the Framelits Labels which I ran through Sizzix Starry Night #2 Textured Embossing Folder.
Detail of the embossing accent.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Happy 40th Birthday Card

This card was a challenge for me. Making guys cards look nice without looking too feminine. I usually like to add flowers, buttons, brads and ribbons.
To make the card I cut out 40 using a Cricut in silver card stock. I cut white card stock using SU! Framelits Labels then ran it through the embossing folder. See detail below.

Also, I just fell in love with this new border punch. It's by ek success brands. It's a 2 in 1 punch. It can be a border or it can be an edge depending on what setting it's on. Not too girly, right? I think the black, white and gray looks a little grim for a birthday card, but I figure he's turning 40 so I kind of wanted to emphasize that he's over the hill. Hahaha.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Buttons Part III

Simple Thank You Card

I made this simple Thank You card using SU! new flower and punch combo. I put a cute pearl button in the center. It fit the stamp image so perfectly. I kept it neutral and simple. Again, I used a Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I just love those.
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Buttons Part II

I made the same layout, same card, different colors. This one is for a dear loved one's birthday that is four days before St. Patricks' Day. I didn't really mean for it to come out so green. I make a lot of cards this color because green is my favorite color. Green is pretty neutral and not too girly. For the card base I used white card stock. Tap all over lightly with VersaMagic Tea Leaves ink pad. You want to use a fairly dry ink pad otherwise the white won't show through as well when you sand it. I ran it through the embossing folder and then lightly sanded just the peaks with sand paper to bring out the white. For the lower right flower I basted along one side of the ribbon, gathered  the ribbon to create a flower, then sewed the button to the middle.
Materials used:
SU! Apothecary Art set, Framelits Labels, Old Olive ink pad, Mellow Moss ink pad, Celery card stock
VersaMagic Tea Leaves stamp pad
Sizzix Starry Night #2 Embossing Folder
White card stock, clear button, silver brads, mini flower punch, 1/2" x 6" green/white ribbon
Ribbon flower detail with button
Stay tuned for more buttons.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Button Craze

I'm really into flowers nowadays. They are so easy to make and really give your cards a pop! The buttons make for a great center and I went crazy at the fabric store this past week finding some nice ones. Also, I just received my order from SU! and am really excited about their new framelits. To make this I first embossed the kraft colored card using an embossing folder. I love using embossing folders. It gives your background dimension without adding color. Very subtle. I distressed all pieces before assembling to give it that aged vintage look. Also very in right now. For the lower right flower I cut a 12" x 3/4" strip of DSP and scored it every 1/4"; accordion folded and then secured it onto the card and added the button.

Paper flower detail and button

Materials used:
SU! Framelits Labels, First Edition DSP, Apothecary Art set, Marina Mist ink, Brocade Blue ink
Jim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Bazzil Kraft Card stock
Sizzix Snow Flowers Embossing Folder

Well, thanks for sticking with me. I know it's been a while since I last posted. Life has been crazy busy as I'm sure you all know as well.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!