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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink November 2012 Blog Hop


 It's been a Christmas workshop here, as I'm trying to create many cards, gifts and tags for the holidays. I've been sewing, quilting, knitting and card making for the last few weeks, but decided to try out Papertrey Ink's November Blog Challenge. (details can be found here)

When I first saw the challenge pictures, I was at a loss ... but after deciding on the bottom left red/green/cream cover design  (since it reminded me of Christmas, and that's where my brain is right now!!) I looked through my Christmas and holiday stamps to find some direction.

* My card uses Love Lives Here: Holiday (sentiments) and the tree, present, Santa and wreath images from Believe. 
 * The trees and sentiment were stamped directly onto the Vintage Cream card front and then coloured with copic markers. 
* The Santa, presents and wreath were stamped onto white card stock and then coloured with Copics, fussy cut and then arranged onto the front. Santa and a few of the presents were mounted with foam dimensional dots.
* The gold medallion stamp (Neat and Tangled Stamps) and the small "stars" (Framed-Out #7) were both stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed with Gold Detail embossing powder.
* The finished front panel was then mounted onto a Vintage Cream card base. 

* The inside sentiment was stamped and embossed and the present image was also added to the bottom corner.

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

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Child's Apron & Crayon Art Portfolio

I like sewing small gifts for my grand nieces and nephews. I sent several homemade gifts along with a card and colouring folder (seen here) to my grand niece for her November birthday.

Mattie really has a lot of interests and hobbies. She likes Matryoshka dolls (Russian nesting dolls) and when I found this fabric in the quilt shop I knew it would be perfect for her. I made a little fabric art portfolio based on a design 
from Gingercakes.

When closed the dimensions are 8" x 11" and 
when open, it measures 16" x 11". Pockets hold 
crayons, a colouring book, papers and or stickers.

Velcro was attached to the top of the case on either side to 
hold everything in place. I repeated the printed fabric on 
the crayon pocket and the divided pocket on the right side.  
A pink and white striped fabric was added to hold the colouring book.

Here's a close up of the crayon pocket. 
It easily holds 16 crayons, with room for a few extras!!

I thought a craft or art apron would be a great addition to her 
birthday gift!! I don't have a 'little one' close by to act as a model, 
so the matching apron was attached to a pillow for this picture!! 
Kinda looks goofy ... but hope you get the main idea!!


I used the same printed fabric and accented it with blue straps and ties as well as trim on the top of the pockets. You can see how  I matched the fabric pattern so the pockets sit perfectly onto the main body of the apron.

I'm sharing these projects at Sew Many Ways:  
Thanks for visiting today!
Karen C.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ballerina Birthday

My grand niece celebrated her 4th birthday this month. She's been taking ballet lessons and is enamored with Angelina Ballerina. 
* I found several cute pages of Angelina and her 'friends' on this website. (free printable colouring pages are provided). I printed one of the images onto white Bella card stock so that I could colour it with my Copic markers. 
* The number '4' was stamped onto the trophy. There were other images behind the ballerinas that I didn't want, so I ended up 'fussy' cutting the ballerina image and then mounting it onto a prepared white card base.

* To create the card front, I stamped a star with five different colours of ink and then added Diamond Dust Stickles over the whole front. It really looks sparkly and very magical.  
* I wasn't sure how I was going to add a sentiment, so I experimented with a few options before deciding on a little triangular sentiment panel in the top corner (Star Prints). It adds just the right touch to the card without overwhelming the coloured images. Several stars were punched from Harvest Gold card stock, glued together and then added to the top corner.

* The inside of the card uses sentiments from Peace, Love & Joy (Wishing you) and Movers & Shakers Sentiments. A set of stars was stamped across the bottom along with the age stamp from M&S Sentiments.        

Card Details: (PTI, unless noted)
Stamps - Star Prints, Movers & Shakers Sentiments,  Peace, Love & Joy
Inks - Spring Moss, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist; CTMH Blush
Paper - Stampers Select White, Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold; Bella White
Other Supplies - Canvas Impression Plate; star punch; Copic markers; Diamond Dust Stickles

While I was searching the internet for ideas, I found this image of 
ballet slippers and decided to create a mini colouring folder with 
some colouring pages for the birthday girl. 
* The image was printed on Bella card stock and then coloured with 
copic markers before fussy cutting it. It's mounted onto patterned paper 
(My Mind's Eye: Tickled Pink) and then attached to a pink card base.

Inside, I created a folder on one side that holds several pages that I 
printed from the colouring book website as well as a little "framed" mouse. 
The design (Framed Out #3) around the circular frame was stamped with Raspberry Fizz and Simply Chartreuse. 'Ballerina' was stamped with 
"The Works" alphabet set (Close To My Heart).

This is a simple and fun little packet to add to her birthday gift.

I also made a few hand sewn gifts for Mattie's birthday, so be sure to check back for a look at those.
Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Leaf Prints Birthday

This is the second card I made for my husband's birthday ... this is the one that I gave him. I used Cheryl Rowley's Autumn Tag , as my inspiration. I experimented with several ink combinations on the leaves to create the multi-coloured and weathered look. 

* Leaf Print stamps and dies and the beautiful colours of the autumn season make a great masculine birthday card and are much easier to look at than all of the leaves that keep blowing around in our yard!  
* I used a patterned paper from Postmarks paper pad, machine stitched with brown thread, swiped some Tea Dye inks along the edges and then mounted it to a  Kraft card base.

* Tag Sale #3 die was cut from Kraft card stock and then impressed with the Wood grain Impression Plate. Three different leaves were cut from Rustic Cream card stock and then stamped with various colours to create the mottled look. I also curled the edges of the leaves and added some more Tea Dye inks.  
* The leaves were then attached to the tag along with a Tiny Tag and a Linen Thread bow. Two brown Stamping Bella Dots were added to the Kraft tag and another two were added to the top corner of the card.

 * The largest sentiment was inked with Pure Poppy and then the lower part of (Birthday) was edged with Vineyard Berry before stamping. The smaller sentiment was stamped in Rich Cocoa ink.
* The bottom of the card is stamped with several of the smaller leaf images in the corner. The date was also added in brown ink.

Card Details (PTI, unless noted)
Stamps - Leaf Prints, Tiny Tags II, Movers & Shakers Sentiments, Library Ledger Year Additions.
Inks - Kraft, Fine Linen, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, 
Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo;   CTMH: Vineyard Berry;  Memento: Rich Cocoa
Papers - Kraft, Rustic Cream, Postmarks
Dies - Leaf Prints die collection; Tiny Tags, Tag Sale #3
Other Supplies - Wood grain Impression Plate; Stamping Bella Dots; SU Linen Thread; Sewing machine

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fly a Kite - Ride a Bike

My husband loves to ride his bicycle - he will go for 25 - 50 km rides in a day!! 
So when I got this bicycle stamp from Close to My Heart I thought it would be perfect for a birthday card (this is the one that my son gave to his dad). I had a paper pack from Webster's Pages with kites and stripes so decided to combine it with the kite images from Papertrey Ink`s  Up, Up and Away stamp set to make this colourful card.

* I stamped the bicycle onto the patterned paper so it appears to be riding along on a grassy pathway, with a contrasting patterned sky. 
* This piece was then cut to size so that it would fit behind a Fabulous Frames die cut. Striped patterned paper was layered on top of a chipboard die cut and then the edges were sponged with Pure Poppy. 
* The frame was then mounted onto another piece of patterned paper and a card base of Hawaiian Shores. The sentiment (Tea for Two Additions) was stamped onto a strip of paper and then attached to the bottom portion of the frame.

 In this picture you can see the dimension created my cutting the frame from chipboard and adding the  kites (Up, Up & Away) with foam tape. The kite tails were selectively stamped with orange ink so they appear to be attached to the bicycle's handlebars.

The inside of the card has a paper pieced kite, sentiments from Movers & Shakers and It's Your Day (CTMH)

Card Details (PTI, unless noted)
Stamps - Up, Up & Away, Tea for Two Additions, Movers & Shakers Sentiments; CTMH: It`s Your Day
Inks - Spring Moss, Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold, Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow; CTMH: Orange
Papers - Hawaiian Shores; Webster's Pages: Sunday Picnic & Everyday Poetry
Dies - Fabulous Frames
Other Supplies - chipboard, 3D Foam tape,

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Make It Monday #89: Window Card

Papertrey Ink's Nichole Heady presented a video on her blog, describing a very unique method for making a window card with a 'floating' image on the outside. I finally got a chance to try this technique and was so pleased with the results. It was such a fun card to make with some surprising results.

I used the 2.5" Limitless Layers Circles to cut the scalloped circle from the patterned paper and a plain circle from the Pure Poppy card base. The sentiment (Believe) was stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed with red embossing powder.

The patterned paper needed some more detail, so I decided to stamp polka dots (Kraft, Pure Poppy, New Leaf) in the spaces between the various cookie designs. This also inspired the strip of polka dots on the inside of the card. (They show through the window and provide a background to the Gingerbread Man!!) 
The edges of the paper were sponged with Tea Dye ink on both the patterned paper and the inside panel.

I just ordered the Holiday Button Bits die collection and matching stamp set this fall and was excited to use it on this card.  The Gingerbread Man was die cut and then stamped and embossed in a dark chocolate. The 'buttons' were made by stamping one of the patterns from Bits and Buttons with Versa Mark and then embossed with red embossing powder. Several layers were glued together to create  thicker buttons. 
I also die cut and stamped a second gingerbread man (it wasn't embossed) and glued it to the back of the first one. I used clear adhesive mini dots on the buttons and then attached this whole embellishment to the acetate window. 


When opened, the little Gingerbread Man appears to be doing a head stand!! Totally made me giggle when I realized this was the outcome.

The inside of the card is finished with the coloured polka dots, a Pure Poppy Loop-De-Loop Border die cut and a sentiment from Holiday Wishes.

I'll be searching my stamps and dies for other options that I can use for this technique. This was such a fun challenge and definitely one I want to try again.

Card Details: (PTI, unless noted)
Stamps -  Polka Dot Basics, Holiday Button Bits, Bits & Buttons, Believe, Holiday Wishes
Inks - Kraft, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Tea Dye Duo;  Versamark; Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers - Pure Poppy, Rustic Cream;  SU: Very Vanilla
American Traditional Designs: Holiday Cheer - Christmas Cookies
Dies -  Holiday Button Bits, Limitless Layers 2.5" Circles, Loop-De-Loop Border
Other Supplies - 5/16" circle punch;  clear acetate sheet; EK Success Mini Adhesive Dots;
Martha Stewart: Ladybug Embossing Powder;  SU: Early Espresso Embossing Powder.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.