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Monday, June 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink June 2012 Blog Hop Challenge


This month's inspiration is a fun take on florals, ruffles & pleats.  
You could include New Leaf ink stamped onto Aqua Mist card stock 
with some pops of Harvest Gold or Lemon Tart die-cuts! 
Have fun with your favourite ribbons to make pleats or ruffles!
I had originally planned on using my new Lovely Layers stamp and die set to create a focal point for this card, but after I finished the background stamping and colouring the added detail it looked to be too much!! So I decided to set aside the layered embellishment for another day and go with this clean and simple card!!

I used lots of inspiration from this photo .... a circular image, yellow pleated ribbon and the colours of green, aqua and yellow. 
Various images from Stitches and Swirls were stamped with Clover Meadow (Close To My Heart) and then coloured with copic markers. The small yellow dots were stamped with Lemon Tart using a dot from Beautiful Blooms II. 

The sentiment and ribbon are positioned over a little stamping blooper!!
* The circle was stamped with an old set from Art Warehouse in Hawaiian Shores and then the sentiment (Trendy Tree Tops) was added with green ink. 
* Three 'sparkles' (aqua and light green) were added above the sentiment.

* Two 'loops' of Lemon Tart Satin ribbon were attached to the card front and then the round sentiment panel was mounted with foam dimensionals.

Card Details(PTI unless noted)
Stamps -  Stitches and Swirls, Beautiful Blooms II, Trendy Tree Tops;  Art Warehouse: Interactive Circles
Inks - Hawaiian Shores, Lemon Tart; 
CTMH: Clover Meadow
Paper - Stamper's Select White
Other Supplies - Lemon Tart Satin ribbon;  CTMH: "Sparkles" (green and blue); foam dimensionals; 1 1/2" circle punch;  
Copic markers: YG11  YG13  YG17  BG11  BG13  BG18  Y21  Y15  C0  C1  C3  W1

Thanks for visiting.  Enjoy hopping today!!
Karen C.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Playing with Stamps and Dies

Design by Dawn Mcvey
When I first saw Papertrey Ink's Lovely Layers stamps and dies during the June release,  I was immediately impressed with the possibilities of layering the various images and colours. Dawn McVey's card (right) was only one of many samples that convinced me I needed this set!! You can see lots of inspiration here.

I couldn't wait until my set arrived, so last week I decided to 
see if I could use some of my supplies to create a similar look. 

The Focal Image
* I started by die cutting four of the smallest leaves from Sending You Die Collection  in Soft Moss and then stamping them with the leaf veins from Delightful Dahlia. Since they were all separate, I used a small punched circle to adhere the points in the center, creating the diagonal effect. This four leaf unit was then attached to the square card base using foam dimensionals.
* The small brown  accents were made by die cutting the branches (snowman's "arms and hands") from Shape Up Snowman Die Collection. I cut them down quite a bit so they are just "peeking" out from under the leaves. 
* The flower was created by using the 2 smallest flowers from Bloom Builder's #3 Die - each cut twice from Spring Rain card stock. A Dark Chocolate circle and a green brad finish off the center of the flower.

* The square panel was made by cutting 3 Nestabilities Classic Squares:

* The first layer (Stamper's Select White) was stamped with circles from Background Basics: Postmarks and the edges were sponged in Bashful Blue.

* The second layer is a plain white square, with blue inked edges.

* The third layer is cut from Dark Chocolate card stock.This whole panel is mounted on the card front with foam dimensionals.

Other Card Front Details

* The upper half of the card front (Spring Rain)  was embossed with Dots and Spots Embossing folder. 

* The white card base was stamped with Text Style and edged with Bashful Blue ink.

* A dark brown and white polka dot ribbon was added vertically and horizontally.

The sentiment (Mega Mixed Messages) was stamped in Rich Cocoa ink.

The inside was a quick and easy design.
 * Text Style was stamped across the center of the card. Two lines were drawn above and below the text and then a green copic marker was used to fill in. 

* The main frame from Framed Out #1 was stamped in Bashful Blue and then cut out with a small Nestabilities square die. 
* The sentiment (Mega Mixed Messages) was stamped in brown ink. I also added a thin brown line around the square sentiment panel using a brown marker.

Card Details (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Delightful Dahilia, Mega Mixed Messages, Background Basics: Postmarks, 
Text Style, Framed Out #1
Inks - Spring Moss; Memento Rich Cocoa; SU Bashful Blue;
Paper - Spring Rain, Spring Rain, Stamper's Select White, Dark Chocolate
Dies - Bloom Builder's #3, Sending You, Shape Up Snowman Die Collection,
Nestabilities Classic Squares - Large & Small
Other Supplies - Cuttlebug: Dots and Spots Embossing Folder; Zig brown marker; green brad; brown/white polka dot ribbon; copic markers;  foam dimensionals.

P.S.   I just picked up my new order today (I travel to an outlet across the U.S.- Canada border). 
         I'm looking forward to making a  "real"  Lovely Layers project.  It's a beautiful set!!

Thanks for visiting today!
Karen C.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Anniversary Wishes - Hearts & Patches

My crafting mojo has been on a little vacation, but I'm back with a project that I finally finished this week. After viewing this video from Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #70: Puffed Fabric Accents  (June 11, 2012)I decided to make an anniversary card - a number of family members have summer anniversaries, so I thought this would be a good start.

My colour scheme was determined by the fabric that I chose for the puffy heart - red, white and light blue. Originally I was going to use a Confetti White card base and add the details on top of that. However, I had some difficulty using the Canvas Impression Plate, so I ended up cutting the impressed card stock and attaching it to the Pure Poppy card base.

Some of the other details include:
* The sentiment (Love Lives Here) was stamped with Pure Poppy.
* A Heart Print Die was used to cut an opening in a 2.25" circle  (Limitless Layers Circles) This circle was stamped with a leaf image from Just for You, using Bashful Blue ink. (Stampin'Up)
* Two pieces of white felt were cut slightly smaller than the heart and mounted under the checkered fabric scrap. This created the 'puffy' heart. A blue felt 'button' was cut from Button Up Die #2. A red heart brad was attached in the center.

* The focal image was attached to a Spring Rain Limitless Layers scalloped circle. Faux stitching was hand drawn around these edges using a blue marker.
* Nestabilities Label #11 was die cut and then stamped with Background Basics: Gingham using Pure Poppy ink. The edges were machine sewn.
* The main focal image was mounted onto the gingham background.

* The Hearts Border Die was used to cut two borders: 
1. Pure Poppy border was cut in half (upper and lower) and positioned  onto the gingham panel so that a mat was created for the blue hearts.
2. Spring Rain - border was embossed with SU Square Lattice Textured folder.

I had fun creating the inside of the card too! 
* Confetti White card stock was used
* Edges were stitched with red thread 

* A strip of square patches was added to the bottom of the card. This was created by stamping the gingham pattern (Pure Poppy) and the leaf design (Bashful Blue) on scraps of card stock and then using a 5/8" punch. Each square was edged with ink before being glued and then sewn into place. 

 * The sentiment (Quilter's Sampler & Mat Stack 3 Collection) was selectively stamped with both ink colours to tie in with the colour scheme.

Card Details  (PTI, unless noted) 
Stamps - Love Lives Here, Background Basics: Gingham, Just for You, Quilter's Sampler, 
Mat Stack 3 Stamp Collection
Inks - Pure Poppy;  SU: Bashful Blue
Paper - Spring Rain, Pure Poppy;  SU: Confetti White
Dies - Limitless Layers 2.25" Circles, Heart Prints, Hearts Border Die, Button Up Die #2; Nestabilities Label #11 
Other Supplies -   Canvas Impression Plate;  SU: Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder; Zig Blue Jay marker; red heart brad; EK Success 5/8" square punch, corner rounder;  From my Sewing Room - Sewing machine, red thread; blue & white felt;  fabric scrap;

Thanks for visiting today!
Karen C.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tricycle Birthday Boy

My grand nephew is celebrating his 3rd birthday this week.
Bye, Bye Boy by Mo Manning (Stamping Bella) was perfect for a busy little boy!

* The edges of the striped designer paper were machine stitched with dark brown thread and attached to a Dark Chocolate card base. 

* The focal image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with Copic markers. 

* The frame was created by cutting red paper with the Button Card die to make the 'opening'. I then measured and cut a thin frame and rounded the corners. The white image panel actually sits under the frame. The small yellow stars are the 'leftover' center stars from cutting the Star Borders die. You'll see that border in action on the inside of the card.

* The large layered star in the corner was made from various papers using the Seeing Stars die and the star from Tiny Tags die. The large blue star was hand cut to create a mat for the yellow star. The smallest blue star was made by layering several punched stars over a cardboard base to create a thicker star.

* The sentiment (It's a Jungle) was stamped with CTMH Chocolate ink.

* The inside of the card uses more of the designer paper on the bottom edge. 

* Star Border Dies were used along the edge of the patterned paper .... the die with the open star center was cut with the yellow paper and a second die was used to cut the red border; then they were layered ... yellow on top of red.   

* The 'faux' stitching was done with a brown marker.

* Another star was die cut with Seeing Stars die and the '3' was cut using the Block Numbers die. 

* The sentiment grouping was created using a variety of stamps: 
    hip hip HOORAY! (Fillable Frames #3);   YOU'RE (Star Prints);   today (Mat Stack 3 Collection)

Decorated Envelope:
I've been trying to embellish my envelopes lately, if I know the card will be hand delivered ... it gives me another reason to use my stamps and dies!!

* The name was cut using the Block Alphabet dies (lower case).
* A variety of stars were stamped with Star Prints.
* The Postmarks set was used to create the postal images at the top corner.

Card & Envelope Details  (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Stamping Bella: Bye, Bye Boy; It's a Jungle, Star Prints, Postmarks, 
Mat Stack 3 Collection
Inks -  Memento Tuxedo Black; Close To My Heart: Chocolate, Moonstruck; 
Pure Poppy, Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise
Papers - Dark Chocolate; Stamper's Select White; 
We R Memory Keepers: Explore/Rucksack; Fancy Pants: It's Your Day/Hoopla
Dies - Star Borders, Seeing Stars Collection, Button Card Die, Tiny Tags, Block Alphabet and Numbers Die Collection; small star punch
Other - Copic markers, sewing machine, Sakura clear Gelly Roll Pen; foam dimensionals.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

It's a Jungle: MIM #69

Nichole Heady from Papertrey Ink challenged us to create a card or paper crafting project using one of the inspiration picture and co-ordinating card sketches from this week's Make It Monday video. You can view  MIM #69 video  here. 
I find card sketches very difficult to do, and initially couldn't figure out a way to make a card using the sketches provided.  So many of them seem to incorporate flowers or floral embellishments .... not really what I wanted on a "masculine card"!!

This card is going to be for Father's Day and since I hadn't used  It's a Jungle for a while I decided to try the giraffe stamp and die.  Once I found a double sided paper (Echo Park: hello SUMMER!), everything seemed to fall into place. I used the sketch from the video and colours inspired by the paper.


I wanted the giraffe to look like he was 'eating' leaves, so I used Turning a New Leaf  and played around with the placement of the stamps and giraffe die.

The yellow chevron pattern complemented the colour of the giraffe and works for the front. When folded back, the polka dot pattern frames the giraffe image. I decided to use the various colours from this side of the paper and stamped  three different sizes of polka dots (Polka Dot Basics) around the leaves, as though they were little berries or flowers. Harvest Gold ink was used to sponge all of the edges of the patterned paper.

The sentiments (It's a Jungle) were stamped and cut into 3 strips and then attached with foam dimensionals. A green button, tied with scrapper's floss finishes the front.

When I was stamping the leaves on the card front, some of the images overlapped onto the back, so I decided to keep on stamping to create a decorative back (and it helped cover a few smudges too!!)

"Happy Father's Day" (CTMH: Say It In Style) and sentiments from Movers & Shakers Sentiments were stamped on the inside of the card.  The leaves and polka dots from the front of the card were repeated here as well.  (This was done after I saw a few more ink smudges .....  I seem to be a very messy stamper today!!)

Card Details: PTI unless noted)
Stamps - It's a Jungle, Turning a New Leaf,  Polka Dot Basics, Mover's & Shakers Sentiments; 
Close To My Heart: Say It In Style
Inks - Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Canyon Clay, Smokey Shadow; SU: Pool Party
Papers - Stamper's Select White; Echo Park: hello SUMMER
Dies - It's a Jungle
Other - SU Fresh Favorites I button;  Karen Foster: Scrapper's Floss; foam dimensionals

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C..

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Just a Note: Vintage Style

I've been making note cards lately - something I can use to write a little note of encouragement or 'thinking of you'. It's nice to send birthday cards, but I have some family members  that really appreciate a hand written note in the mail - 'just because'!  This is one that I made for my aunt - she's a very accomplished seamstress and I know she will like the details on this card. 

* This was my first time using the die from Signature Series: Dress form.  
The stamp for the dress form creates a solid coloured image with the word Bliss, but I wanted to use something different, so I stamped the word 'cherish' 
(Stampin' Up: Warm Words) using Versamark and clear embossing powder onto Rustic White card stock. 

* The top of the dress form was coloured with a blending tool and Autumn Rose ink, to allow the word to become clearly visible. I really like the effect and will use it again with other words.  

* I cut several dress forms from card stock so they could be glued together to create a thicker image.
* The pink portion was cut and layered on top of another die cut that had been coloured with a dark grey copic marker to create a metallic base. This gives some added dimension to the form.

* A piece of beige ribbon was wrapped around the patterned paper and a bow was mounted on the base of the dress form.

* The patterned paper (Basic Grey) was machine stitched with pink thread and then mounted onto a Rustic White Card Base. 

* The Button Card Die was cut and stamped (sentiment - Postmarks; text - Background Basics: Postmarks; frame - Button Boutique) 

* The paper doily is a circular one that I had in my stash. I wanted an oval one, so I cut it in half and then overlapped the edges. The position of the dress form actually covers the 'seam' fairly well. To add some contrast I mounted a piece of SU Certainly Celery card stock below the doily.

* Three pink beads were glued to the top right corner.

* The inside of the card was decorated with a variety of stamps: a single dash from Button Boutique to create faux stitching around the edge.  The stitching and the sentiment (SS: Dress form) were both stamped with Raspberry Fizz ink. 

* The little circle "frame" (Table Service) was the perfect size to outline the pincushion. (SU: Sew Suite)

Card Details: (PTI, unless noted)
Stamps - Postmarks, Background Basics: Postmarks, Button Boutique, Table Service; SU:Warm Words; Sew Suite
Inks - Autumn Rose, Raspberry Fizz, Fine Linen, Versamark; Close To My Heart: Garden Green
Papers -  Rustic White;   SU: Certainly Celery;  Basic Grey: Sweet Threads
Dies -  Signature Series: Dress form,  Button Card die
Other -  SU: Clear Embossing Powder; paper doily,  Copic markers; pink beads, ribbon, Sukura Gelly Roll pens, sewing machine

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Fathers Day Pocket Card: MIM #68

When I saw this week's Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #68 video, I kept wondering how I could use my Back Pocket Basics stamp and die set to create something for this challenge.
My final card was created after several attempts at stamping and die cutting .... I have lots of left over pieces that I can use for another card!!

The Final Combination : Pocket + Pull-Out Card

 The "Pocket" 

* A strip of Background Basics: Circles was stamped in Rich Cocoa on the top portion of the pocket.

* The lower card pocket was stamped with Rich Cocoa in a grid pattern from Off Beat Backgrounds (Waltzingmouse Stamps).  

* I wanted to add some blue to this lower section, so I used a blue marker and ruler to carefully draw additional lines between the originally stamped grid lines, vertically and horizontally. I was more than half way done when I made a little slip with the blue marker. I created a belt across the blooper, in order to cover it up! Sometimes a 'mistake' can lead to a fun detail that wasn't originally planned. The brown "belt" was cut with the Double Ended Banner die, then texture was added with the Wood grain Impression Plate. Metallic eyelets were added, along with several layers of card stock to resemble a belt loop. 

* The pocket was die cut from dark blue card stock using the Back Pocket Die and then embossed with gold embossing powder. It was added to the pocket front with foam dimensionals.

"Pocket Surprise!"
Four little banners were inserted into the pocket -
each containing a special sentiment or wish!!

 Banner Details

* Two of the shorter Double Ended Banners Dies were cut from white card stock and then cut in half to create 4 little banners that could be inserted into the pocket.

* A red marker was traced around the edges of each banner and then stamped with sentiments from Just the Ticket with Rich Cocoa ink.

   The "Pull-Out" Card

 * A single piece of white card stock was cut to fit into the card pocket.  All of the edges were sponged with Rich Cocoa ink.

 * The little 'star' bursts (Framed Out #2) were stamped in Harvest Gold and Pure Poppy inks. The dotted blue lines were hand drawn. The Back Pocket die was used to cut a matching blue paper and it was also embossed with gold EP.

* All sentiments used Star Spangled Blue (Close To My Heart).  
(This blue matches the blue marker colour, but seems to be more turquoise in the photo.)
Sending you a pocketful of (Back Pocket Basics)
Father's Day (CTMH: Say It In Style)
Wishes (selectively inked from a sentiment in Mega Mixed Messages).

Card Details  (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Waltzingmouse Stamps: Off Beat BackgroundsCTMH: Say It With Style;  
Background Basics:Circles, Back Pocket Basics, Just the Ticket, Framed Out #2, 
Mega Mixed Messages;
Inks - Memento Rich Cocoa; Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy; Versamark;  CTMH: Star Spangled Blue
Paper - Stamper's Select White; SU: Whisper White; brown, blue scraps.
Dies - Double Ended Banner dies; Back Pocket Basics; Wood grain Impression Plate
Other - Zig Memory Writer's markers: Blue Jay, Chocolate, Red; metallic eyelets;
Stampendous Detail Gold Embossing Powder;  foam dimensionals