Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Papertrey Pages November

Ha! This month the challenge was to use either Thanksgiving or Halloween photos, or to at least use Dark Chocolate, Black, Terracotta Tile and/or Orange Zest card stock.
Since I have had this idea in my mind for a baby page, I opted for the latter.
Not much more to say than that, other than... turns out his hair isn't red like his big sister's, it's now very blond like his big brother's.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Flower Soft Hedgehog

Not at all original, lol, I pretty much copied the Flower Soft ad. I used the fine soft this time, I do like it better, I think. Papertrey's Dark Chocolate and Terracotta Tile worked well with the leaf colors. Terracotta Tile ribbon layered with some Michael's ribbon, and an edge punch with an EK Success punch.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Papertrey November Blog Hop

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Can you believe we are having a Blog Hop today? As usual, I am thinking about this 10 minutes before the start, and trying to fit it in with other things I need to produce today- Ha!

10 minute tags- I made the Kraft ones first, then realized I needed them silver, so I did 2 more. No lie, less than 10 minutes.

Cut the paper with the Christmas Tree die, stamp with the smaller Text Style in SU's Handsome Hunter, punch out little balls in Pure Poppy, and anchor the Pure Poppy Bakers Twine with a little star button and glue dots.

So want to see the rest of the story??

Here are the two silver tags on their bags...

Here's what's inside the bags- our annual Holiday Planners. I got the RSVP pens and put matching paper inside, then glued the pen tops on the fronts with Crystal Effects. These planners were a $4.00 bargain mid-July at a Hallmark store.

Inside- stamped their names with Trajan Monogram Edition.

There are envelopes inside the planners, but I added the one on the inside cover- I wanted a place to stash that cute Santa Chocolate bar-

Ah, yes... what the girls are really looking for, of course, is the stash in the chocolate bar wrapper- ha! Black Friday is one of the most fun days of the year for me!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fingernail Ink!

I know, what do these wraps have to do with fingernail ink? Every year the mom and I make sweaters to wear to the Stitches yarn event; this year in Hartford Ct. We have fun making them, and she loves to have people comment on how we match. This year we made wraps instead of sweaters- fun, but I think we will make sweaters next year!

Now, the mom is over 80 years old, and I'm not telling how old I am (but she was way young when she had me, ha!). When I see pictures of her, I am thankful I came from some youthful looking genes!

I also think it is funny that we cut our own hair, and it looks so 'good' in this photo! Actually, she cuts her own, and Craig cuts mine...

So, at Stitches, there was a vendor selling fingernail paint to put decorations on buttons. Yes, indeedy, I can find card making supplies anywhere I go! They had a set in pastels, too!!

Not sure if you can see in the close up how tiny the polka dots can be, and the dimension, they give.

It might not look like it, but that circle behind the image is Papertrey's Fine Linen felt, cut with one of the new Limitless Layers dies.
Ahh yes, and I did delve into the world of sewing on card stock, lol. My Pfaff did perfectly, I had no thread or tension problems like others have reported. I have a walking foot which moves the top layer along with the bottom layer, and I did not even use tape to hold the layers together as I sewed. Looks ok, but this was probably not the right card to do it on-

Here's another one, girly this time.

Papertrey's Bitty Baby Blessings stamp, Pretty Pastels paper, Pink Shimmer cardstock, Guidelines paper and the scalloped oval cut from Plum Pudding.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, I wish for you a winter of all things to be thankful for!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A new to me technique and a Very Smart Little Boy!

Most of the time I make cards and I think- gosh, that's nice! Or more often 'Well, that's pretty cute'. Every once in a while, though, I can stun myself with something I make. This is one of those times.

I wanted to make a clear card, like Nichole did in her video here.

I started with PTI's clear card stock, and cut and folded as per Nichole's instructions. Rather than stamp and color, I wanted to see through the card, so I used a large rub-on directly onto the front of the card. Since there is no glue to see from the back, I didn't need to put a layer on the inside.

Next I took a piece of Stamper's Select white cut just a bit larger than the front image, and put a matching rub-on rose on the bottom left corner. I put Tombow on the back, and stuck it to the inside. Next I put the Happy Birthday rub-on directly under the big rose, so you can't see the sentiment from the outside. Of course, now there was glue to be seen from the back, so just like Nichole, I put a layer of Berry Sorbet on the very back, and it forms a mat for the front as well.

How cool is that?

You can exit now, or read my little story that follows~

All of my grandchildren are very, very, intelligent, and by golly, they can be pretty smart, too! Every once in a while I can be startled by how smart they are- like yesterday, for instance.
This is Jay, he is four. He's learnig to read and write and is very proud of himself for that. Yesterday he decided to stay with Poppy and I when his momma went shopping. After an hour of playing Candy Land, we decided to go next door to his house.
When we got to his house, there on the front door was taped a 4 x 6 card, with lots of letters and numbers written on it.
'Why Jay! What's this say?' I asked.
He kneeled down in front of the door, and ran his fingers over the letters, tracing over them slowly. 'It says, I love my Grandma!'
My heart melt. I got all warm and fuzzy. I hugged him and told him I loved him too. He grinned his little sheepish grin.
30 seconds later, his Grandpa came up to the door. He too, saw the card with letters and numbers taped to the door 'Hey Jay! What's this say?'
I couldn't wait to hear that little voice say 'I love my Grandma' once again. He went down on his knees, put his little fingers on those sweetly written letters and numbers and traced them out once again.
'It says, I love my Poppy!'
Such a smart boy!!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Oh Thank Heaven for Little Spools of Ribbon

Have you all bought some of the littlest spools of ribbon in the big craft stores? The 99 cent ones? Yes, I know you have. Have you liked them? Have you used them? I bet no on both questions. Sigh. I have more than just a couple of rolls. I have waaayyy too many, actually. So when I was sorting things out to send to the yard sale, I pulled a bunch of them out to recycle- but I just couldn't do it, lol! So here they sit beside the table in a big container... waiting for inspiration. I opened one the other day, determined to not only use it, but use it up in one card making session!

First up: Oh Thank Heaven for Little Boys. Single sided- double sigh.

Tried to go quick and easy; this is a card I have done before. I love the little train from SU- put a score line about one inch up from the bottom of the card and you have a 'ground' for the train. The sentiment is from PTI's Baby Button Bits. The ribbon made a nice big bow, but I lost some of the sentiment because i was too cheap to move it more to the left- I would have lost a lot of the ribbon when I trimmed up the bow. I know, I know, the goal was to get rid of it- but still, I couldn't bring myself to cut so much off!

The second card is another quick and easy. Hard to tell, maybe, but the blue Nesty oval under the image is PTI's new Blueberry Sky- it just happened to match the ribbon! Used Copics on the Lockhart image. Tied the ribbon into a knot because I could see the end coming, but I didn't want to waste too much!

Here's what was left after 2 cards, lol... just about 6 inches! See the tape, though? I hate it when I need the last eeny weeny bit of ribbon and there is sticky tape residue on it!

Last up- just wrap the ribbon around some card stock and call it done!! Lol, I let the ribbon be the sentiment, and gosh, no stamping here!! That is a MS punch, and the darker blue is Enchanted Evening. My MS punches don't all work on PTI paper, but this one did ok since it is a bigger image punch, I think. The white carriage is a big plastic one I got from the dollar store (like a hundred of them for a dollar, lol, guess that should be my next challenge to self!!
Blue ribbon on the carriage is an old SU organdy- wish PTI had some organdy!!