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Thursday, August 28, 2014

On My Desk: Just For You Tag

 I have a little box on my desk that collects extra die cuts, and stamped images that don't make it onto a card. I've challenged myself to use these items instead of continually starting from 'scratch".  You can find another project (journalling cards) in this series here.

This "tag" started out as a card front. I made a few mistakes while I was stamping a background panel (Dot Spot), so it landed in the box "on my desk"

I cut the stamped panel into a tag so I was able to avoid the bloopers!! The sentiment circle (Just For You) and the butterfly die cut (Heart-2-Heart #10) were ready to use from my stash, with only a few additions. These were layered onto the tag and I was quickly done!!
I still have lots of bits and bobs on my desk, so I'm sure I'll be making more scrap inspired projects. It feels good to clean out these scraps and have a  completed project at the same time!!

PTI Supplies (unless noted)
Stamps - Heart-2-Heart #10, Just For You, Dot Spot
Inks - Limeade Ice, Hibiscus Burst, Tropical Teal;  Tempting Turquoise (SU);  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers - Vintage Cream,
Dies - Tag Sale #5, Heart-2-Heart #10; 
Other - 1 3/4" Circle Punch

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink August 2014 Blog Hop

 August blog hop inspiration
It's time for Papertrey Ink's monthly Blog Hop Challenge (details here) Nichole Heady provided this inspiration photo from Kate Spade's stationary line and challenged us to make a postcard style project. Here are some of the other suggestions:
  • Create a bold border using the chisel tip of a marker
  • Gold embossed polka dots!
  • A gold embossed sentiment on a crisp white card.
  • A simple color scheme  - white with  a splash of colour
  • Create a fun and festive envelope liner for your card.

I made a little note card and envelope.
I used the Striped Hibiscus Burst Patterned Paper to make an envelope liner. 
You can see the note card  peeking out of the envelope!!

I choose a simple colour scheme
Stamper's Select White Card Stock
with a "splash" of Hibiscus Burst 
Gold Embossing Details 
Postcard Style: Library Card Tag Die

The Library Card Die was cut once as a full card and then a narrow piece of white card stock and another of striped paper was cut from the bottom portion to avoid the tag die hole and allow me to create the top focal panel. 

Gold Embossed Polka Dots: Polka Dot Basics
Gold Embossed Circle (Label Basics)
Gold Embossed Butterfly (Butterfly Dreams) + copic markers
Hibiscus  Burst Striped Patterned Paper (layered under the polka dot panel)

Gold Embossed SentimentPostmarks

Enjoy the Blog Hop!!
Karen C.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

On My Desk: Doodlie-Do

I've been slowly cleaning in my craft room this summer and trying to get some recent purchases tucked away, but as usual I kinda get side tracked!! 

 I have a little box on my desk that collects extra die cuts and stamped images. I have challenged myself to use these "leftovers", instead of continually starting from scratch.  This new series - On My Desk -  will be focusing on different ways to use these paper scraps. What do you do with all of the bits and bobs of crafting supplies that land on your desk?

I found some Doodlie-Do stamped die cuts in my scrap box, that were begging to be used!! (leftovers/mistakes from this card).  I used some other scraps from my desk, along with some of the newer products I had just received to make two journal cards. (I couldn't resist playing with my new dies)

Journal Card #1

 PTI Supplies (unless noted)
Stamps - Doodlie-Do, Natural Beauties: (sentiment and butterfly)
Inks - Canyon Clay, Dark Chocolate; Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers - Recollections: Beige cardstock
Dies - Journal Card,  Doodlie-Do  Collection.  
I stacked several layers of the flowers/leaves for some dimension
Other - Aida Cloth Impression Plate, copic markers, Close To My Heart: Bitty Sparkles

Journal Card #2
I know it defeats the purpose of die cuts, but I ended up fussy cutting around the leaves and parts of the flowers - it was stamped "off target" and the edges of the coaster board had a ragged edge where it didn't cut properly. (user error!!)
I stamped the main image with Simply Chartreuse ink so the stems would be visible once I added the individual flowers and leaves over the stamping. It actually adds dimension to the final image.

PTI Supplies (unless noted)
Stamps - Doodlie-Do,  Sentiments: DayDreamer & Monthly Moments: June
Inks - Simply Chartreuse, Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers - Coaster Board; yellow card stock from my scrap pile
Dies - Doodlie-Do, Journal Card #4, Stitching Lines
Other - Aida Cloth Impression Plate, copic markers, 
pink embroidery floss, SU: Candy Dots, sequins

 I'm hoping to get started with some pocket scrap booking and/or layouts this fall and having these cards prepared will be a time saver!! It's also a great size to use all the scraps that have collected on my desk.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Something Old, Something New

Today's post is a little different, incorporating some "old" cards that I found in my stash and some "newly" decorated envelopes to go with them!!

Like many stampers, I have a collection of cards tucked away and somewhat forgotten. This summer I spent time cleaning and organizing in my craft room. My space was in so much chaos, I just didn't feel like creating. I knew that I had to get a handle on all of the new and old products and projects that were piling up. At the same time, I needed a variety of birthday and anniversary cards for family members. As I was going through the saved cards, I picked out a few that I thought would work and then set about making a "new" envelope to give the card a fresh look.

Something Old #1: 
I made several of these cards and kept one in my stash. (details here) 
It was a perfect time to use it for my grand niece's first birthday in August.
Gigi Giraffe: Clear Dollar Stamps
Card Interior

Something New: Envelope #1
Circle Scribbles and Polka Dot Alphabet
 Hibiscus Burst. Limeade Ice, Harvest Gold, Winter Wisteria

Something Old #2:
I had made a slider card using the 3 image panels below. 
I didn't like the way it looked, so I re-worked the pieces to create 
a card with extra sentiment pages for my 4 year old grand nephew. 
He's into pirates so this was a real hit with the birthday boy!

Card Front
Card Base: Kraft Card stock
Stamping Up
Card Front: Ahoy, Matey; Matey Wheel  
Chocolate Chip & Pacific Point Card Stock
Watercolour pencils

Center Pages
Close To My Heart
Friendship Word Puzzle; Friendship Alphabet
Moonstruck, Cranberry inks
Rustic Cream Card Stock,
Sew Simple Borders, Dark Chocolate

Interior Page & Back
Close To My Heart
Birthdays, Good Times
Canyon Clay, Dark Chocolate inks

Something New: Envelope #2
Up, Up & Away
Tiny Treats: Valentine; Fresh Snow Ink;
Close To My Heart
Charm Alphabet; Outdoor Denim ink;  
Memento Tuxedo Black;
Copic Markers

Something Old #3: 
 This was a card from my stash -  I used it for my niece's anniversary.
High Hopes Stamps: Hopeful Ant  
  TPC Studios: Playful Expressions

 Close To My Heart
Black & Cranberry Inks; Cranberry Card Stock

My Mind's Eye Patterned Paper
Scalloped Border Punch 
  Watercolour Pencils; Cranberry Ribbon

Something New: Envelope #3
No Strings Attached, Tag It's #5
Background Basics: Medallions 
Close To My Heart
Cranberry, Olive inks

Envelope Flap: Medallions  

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sprinkles On Top Birthday

Papertrey Ink's Make It Market Kit: Shakers and Sprinkles arrived a few weeks ago. We celebrated my 2 year old grand neice's birthday this week and I knew she would love a shaker card. Since this was my first card using the kit supplies, I decided to use this project from Betsy Veldman as my guide.

Inks: Raspberry Fizz, Golden Harvest, and Hawaiian Shores
Aqua Mist Card Stock
Shakers and Sprinkles Supplies:
Dies, Stamps, Patterned Paper, Sprinkles, Foam Adhesive

A white panel was added to the inside of the card. Confetti (Birthday Style) was stamped with Raspberry Fizz, Limeade Ice, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist. The sentiment and die cut word are also from the Shakers and Sprinkles kit.

Gift Packaging and Envelope
Outline Alphabet; Polka Dot Alphabet: Upper Case
Birthday Style Stamps and Dies
Birthday Trio Die
Copic Markers; Brown Zig Marker

Close up of die cut word and stamping

Gift Tag:
Butterfly Dreams (sentiment)
Birthday Style (confetti stamps)
Taylored Expressions: Beary Special (monkey)
Tag Sale #4
Nestabilites: Inverted Circles Dies
Raspberry Fizz, Stamper's Select Card Stock 
Copic Markers; Baker's Twine 

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mighty Oak Anniversary

My older brother and sister-in-law celebrated their 45th anniversary at 
the beginning of August. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren (with 
another grandbaby due in November). With that in mind, I made this card - 
each heart represents one member of their family!! The sentiment was 
a perfect choice for this card too!!

 Papertrey Ink Supplies (unless noted)
Mighty Oak Cover Plate and Stamps
Stamper's Select White Card stock
Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse Inks
Other: Small Heart Punch

The inside of the card was finished with a sentiment from  
Think Big #24 and two additional punched hearts.
The little tree stump (Close To My Heart: Wild About Love) was stamped 
with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with copic markers.

* Since I was hand delivering the card, I stamped the Envelope Front with a tree (Floral Foliage). Dots were added to the center of the flowers using a red marker. 
* The background was made using a Polka Dot stencil (Heidi Swapp) with Aqua Mist and Simply Chartreuse inks. I hand drew the dotted line with a brown marker to designate a hill and create a distinction between the "grass" and "sky". 
* Label Basics was stamped onto a piece of white card stock, hand cut and glued to the  envelope front (it covers a blooper that I made while stamping the sentiment. (Comfort Food Additions).  The names were stamped with Simply Chartreuse Ink. (Stampendous: Retro Alphabet)

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Enjoy Your Big Day

Are you enjoying the lazy days of summer? It's been very hot here so we've been spending a lot of time on the deck and in the garden; we need to soak it all in while we can!! My poor blog has really taken a back seat to everything else the last few months, but I have been organizing and cleaning in my craft room and crafting a bit in between!!

I received a package of goodies from Papertrey Ink in July with Phrase Play #4 stamps and die. It arrived just before my son's birthday so I decided to use them, along with balloons from Heart-2-Heart #2 and 'confetti' from Birthday Style  to make his card. I used Blueberry Sky and Limeade Ice accented with Pure Poppy and Harvest Gold to create a masculine card:

Dimension was added to the focal panel and the balloons using foam dots.
Three colours of Baker's Twine were tied to the balloons and knotted at the bottom.

PTI Supplies (unless  noted)
Stamps - Phrase Play #4, Heart-2-Heart #2, Birthday Style
Inks - Limeade Ice, Blueberry Sky, Pure Poppy, Golden Harvest, True Black
Papers - Stamper's Select White, Blueberry Sky, Pure Poppy & Limeade Ice Patterned Papers
Dies - Phrase Play #4, Heart-2-Heart #2
Other -  Linen/Canvas Impression Plate; 3D foam; Baker's Twine

Building Blocks, Little Bitty Bird, 
Cupcake -  
Tiny Treats: Valentine; copic markers
Hashtag - 
The Works Alphabet (Close To My Heart)

I love that sentiment - it makes me smile every time I read it!! My son is always in meetings or conference calls for his job, so it was a perfect sentiment for his birthday!!

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.