Cards | Series | Wedding

Mini Series – Wedding, Day 1

May 15, 2017

Hey, glad to have you join me!  I’m starting a new Mini Series, all about weddings.  This card would be great for a bridal shower, or maybe for an engagement party.   It’s easy, and you don’t need lots of fancy supplies.

 

Here’s what I used to create the dress:  a plate, and a candlestick.  Anything round would work, but since I craft in my kitchen, I grabbed what was handy.  You can see a 1/4″ gap between the curves, which I’ll get to in a moment.

 

First, I want to add some texture to this dress.  This step is completely optional, but it adds a nice touch.  You could also stamp some texture onto the dress with Versamark ink, if you don’t have an embossing folder like then one above.  But I positioned the dress inside the folder, and held it in place with Post It tape while I ran it though my Big Kick.  You can see that the folder didn’t cover the whole dress, but I cut off the bottom with my paper trimmer.

 

Next I trimmed down a piece of watercolor pink cardstock to fit the back panel of the card base, and attached it with tape runner.  Now the next part, I forgot to get a picture of, but I cut a slit in the fold of the card with an Exacto knife large enough to slip my ribbon through.  I glued the ends down on the back side with a hot melt glue gun.

 

I folded some silver metallic cord in half, and glued it under the sash with the glue gun.  Then I tied a bow with pink ribbon and attached it to the sash.  And, if you’ve ever struggled to make a tiny ribbbon bow, you know how hard it can be!  The best solution I’ve ever found uses a fork to keep the bow straight and even.  There’s a great tutorial here.

I trimmed the ends of the ribbon and the cord.  I tied knots in the ends of the cording first to keep it from unraveling.

The sentiment is from JustRite, and I heat embossed it in silver.  White would also have looked great.  Do you have any weddings coming up?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon!

 

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Crafts | Series | Spring

Mini Series – Spring, Day 3

April 10, 2017

Hey, glad you could join me today.  I’m making a gift basket for my mom for Mother’s Day next month, and I thought I’d share it with you.  (Mom, if you’re reading, stop now!)

My mom is the reason I love crafting.  She made my clothes as a child, she made the bridesmaid dresses for my wedding, along with countless other gifts and crafts for friends and family.  I would sit next to her as she sewed, holding fabric and handing her pins.

Now we both love card making, so I made her a cardmaker’s gift basket.  If you have a crafty friend, they’ll love this gift, and it works for any occasion.  I bought everything at Micheals, and made a new blogging friend at the same time.  Her name is Allison, and you can find her blog here.

  

I found the paper first, and this became my jumping off point.  I think the pearls look good with it.

 

I bought some flowers, along with a mason jar to store them in, as well as some card bases with matching envelopes.

 

I added a stamp, which I know she’ll enjoy, since her dad used to sing this song when she was young.  I even found some mini ink pads to match the paper, yay!

And this box (that Allison found) became my container.  I love that it looks like a book.

Putting the basket together is pretty easy.  I lined the box with pink tissue paper, and started putting everything inside.  But I don’t like the busy covers on the paper pads.  It’s not working for me.

   

I removed one piece of paper from each pad, and used temporary adhesive to attach the paper to the cover of the pad.  With the die cut paper, I adhered it to the back of the pad, so the white cardboard shows through.  Much better.

Next I stacked the stamp pads, and used double sided tape to attach them to the tissue paper.  The stamp isn’t adhered to anything, but since I’m going to hand deliver this, I’m not worried about it.

Finally I added some coordinating tissue paper to the mason jar, and tied white twine around it to hold the paper in place.

And my basket’s complete!  I’ll put it into a cellophane bag before I deliver it, and add ribbon.  I’ll be back soon later this week with a card to go with it.  Thanks for joining me for the final day of my Spring Mini Series.  Do you ever make gift baskets?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time.

 

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Cards | Series | Spring

Mini Series – Spring, Day 1

April 3, 2017

Hey, glad you could join me today.  I’m working on another Mini Series, all about spring.  My first card is perfect for today, because it’s starting to rain here as I type this post.  The puppy and the puddles are from Hero Arts’ Fun In The Rain stamp set.  I stamped the puddles down the left side of a piece of watercolor paper, using Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  Then I misted the paper with water to make the color move a little bit.

You can see some of the color bleeding in this close up.  I stamped the dog in Versafine Onyx Black Ink, and heat embossed the image in clear.  Then I colored it in with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and a waterbrush.  I love how well these pens blend with water.  I think the dog looks like a beagle.  I die cut the dog with the matching dies (but you could easily cut it out with scissors), and laid it over the puddles to get the right placement for the sentiment.  I stamped it in black and heat embossed in clear.

 

I die cut my white panel with a Stitched Rectangle Die from Simon Says Stamp, and matted it onto a blue piece of cardstock.  Then I adhered it to my white card base with tape runner.  I attached the puppy with foam tape, and added the Clear Droplets from Pretty Pink Posh with Glossy Accents.

I’ve been invited to play along with the card challenge at Word Art Wednesday, and I’m excited to play along.  Will you join me?  Hope I see you there, and I’ll be back soon with another post in my Spring Mini Series!

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Crafts | Easter | Series

Mini Series – Easter, Day 3

March 20, 2017

Hey, glad you stopped by.  I’m excited to share my final post with you in my Easter Mini Series, and this time it’s not a card!  I made an Easter basket for my son, and I hope you enjoy it.

I found this on Pinterest, and couldn’t find the source.  If you know it, please let me know.

My sons are getting a little old for bunnies, but I thought the sunglasses made this one cool enough for my manly little men.  And we always need beach towels and sunglasses once the temperature starts to climb.

Are you going to make baskets this year?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for joining me today!

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Cards | Easter | Series

Mini Series – Easter, Day 2

March 17, 2017

Welcome to Day 2 of my Easter Mini Series.  This card is easy to create, and doesn’t take lots of expensive supplies.  I used 2 Stitched Rectangle Dies from Simon Says Stamp, but any layered dies you have would work for this.  We just need to create a frame.

When you get your dies, they’re usually wired together, and you can clip them apart with wire cutters.  But generally, there’s a small piece of the wire that is hard to clip off completely.  And that works perfectly for this technique.  On these dies, the wires are in the center of each side, and when you line them up with a piece of graph paper, getting the smaller die centered in the larger one is easy.

I used a piece of masking tape to hold the dies together, and used my Big Shot to die cut a frame from black cardstock.

On a second piece of cardstock, I used a T-ruler to draw 2 straight lines 1/2″ apart lightly with a pencil.  I trimmed it out with scissors, and erased my lines.  Next I found a scrap of black cardstock and sketched a hill.  I always have to draw things out to get an idea of the size before I start cutting.

Once I had everything cut out, I laid my frame over it, and adhered it together with tape runner.

I laid my frame over a piece of watercolor paper, and marked the top and bottom of the frame, so I knew how much space I had to fill.  The pencil marks are on the left side of the paper.  Then I reached for my Distress Inks and a Mini Ink Blending Tool.  I started with Mustard Seed, which you can see at the top.  I went on to add Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, and Blueprint Sketch at the bottom.

Here all the ink blending is complete, and I’ve trimmed down my piece to fit behind my frame.  To find out more about ink blending, and to see a great tutorial, I suggest you visit Jennifer McGuire.  She’s very talented, and knows lots of techniques, including ink blending.

I put foam tape all over the back of my frame and the cross so it’s supported evenly when I send it through the mail.

I decided to skip a sentiment this time, but I did add Clear Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen over the cross and hill to make it stand out.  And that’s it for my card today.  I’ll be back soon with one more installment in my Easter series.  Hope to see you then!

 

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