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!