Thursday, December 30, 2010

December Papertrey Pages challenge!

So, the challenge was to create a page the size of which you do your layouts. I do 12 x 12, so this is what I made. I needed a one page layout to 'match' a page I made before, this is the one I mean.

I drew a grid with a Limepeel Prisma marker, then stamped Overall Sam from the Quilter's Sampler Addition set in Memento black.

Colored with all of the Prisma and Copics I had that I thought would match the first all over page I did. Lastly I stamped all along the edges of the Limepeel grid with the 'stitched' stamp from Faux Ribbon; it helped to make the page pop a bit more.

When I was done, I didn't like how the photo got lost on the page, so I filled in around the edges with pieces from 2008 Bitty Dot papers.

When I had it done and in the sleeve next to the other page, I realized I needed to cut it down and mat it the same~ so now the little edge squares are a funny shape, but lol, that's ok!

The layered title is cut in Blueberry Sky from the Cricut cartridge New Arrival...

... and the finish of the sentiment is from the Quilter's Sampler Sentiments.
Christmas is over, and I was so happy to have both of the scrapbooks I have been working on finished enough that I was not embarrassed to wrap them up as 'just a wee bit unfinished' gifts. My childreen accept that of me. Some of the last pages I never photographed. One I even finished at 2 am December 23rd, lol, and wrapped them both at 5 am Christmas morning. I bought matching photograph holders, and loaded in all of the photos I had sitting on the desk that I hadn't used in layouts. There are at least 5 more sets of pages I want to do, and will continue on my monthly challenge pages!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

December Papertrey Blog Hop

Goodness, I forgot that today was the 26th, and we are on for a blog hop! Yay!

Here's the paper I started with- not sure where it came from, it has been in the wrapping paper box for ages. It's fabulous colors, very heavy, and very antiquey looking!

I took the Papertrey Christmas tree die and just plopped it down and cut a tree-

Whops, that won't work! Angel faces on the tree probably will look funny!

Had to fussy cut the tree, but it looks wonderful! I made a 'Strathmore' kind of card by cutting watercolor paper to an A-2 size, tearing off the right edge, then running a gold Pilot pen down the tear. Rejoice comes from this years Holiday Spirit Sentiments and I finished it off with a tiny star at the top. Lovely!

The tags are a little different; they are made with chocolate wrappers! You can get the chocolates at discount stores (mine came from Marshalls) at Christmas time. The chocolate isn't to rave about, but the vintage wrappers are!!! I used a Hampton Arts red rubber stamp to do the background, then aged the Pure Poppy layer, and put the trimmed wrapper right on top. Added some Making Memories poinsettias, made some snowflakes from brads and punches, and that's a little K&C folded paper doo dad on the lower tag.

Hope you are resting up if you had a busy weekend, and hope you are all safe if you are int he middle of a blizzard. We are waiting for the snow to start; supposed to get 18 inches tonight and another 6 tomorrow. Snow is fun while it falls and we are all snug with lanterns and a wood fire, but the wonder lasts for about 15 minutes when I think about going to work tomorrow, and all of my family who are out and about and need to get home. Sheesh.

Another 3-D baby card

I really do love the 3 D paper cuts, and they are much easier to find then they used to be. If there are only 3 layers, they mail pretty well, and with only 3 layers the nurses don't tear them apart putting them in and out of envelopes. I wobble back and forth between liking the punch out kind and the cut out kinds. Today I like the cut out kinds because the punch out ones you have to cut the teensy tabs left from the perforations.

The card is a premade one; ones that I am trying to use up and promise myself never to buy again (they fade too quickly).

I wish I hadn't cut such a big hole for the ribbon on the front, at least it isn't so visible when the card is shut. Next time, I'll stamp the sentiment a little bit closer to the image; it looks a little low to me in the photo!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Just a Sticker

I've always wondered if people with Birthday's around holiday's like getting holiday themed birthday cards or not. I made this card for a person with a close to Christmas birthday.

Believe it or not, this image started life as a sticker. I dressed it up with a litle bit of glam (glitter, actually), paired it with a wrap of green and purple, then put a coat around it of Basic Grey floral paper that matched the print of the sticker well. You can see I was tempted to use Plum Pudding ribbon, but decided the glitter was enough.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

So New, So Loved

Are you ready for the cutest smooshed baby face you have ever seen?

Taa Daa! I think it is so cute, yet so funny!

The words are a Sizzix alphabet and Papertrey's Vintage Cream card stock. I used the Big Kick machine to cut them out since the Cuttlebug was not so successful cutting the narrow font. The 'loved' word is a foam alphabet stamp, done with acrylic paint.

That's a chipboard heart, layered with a piece of Papertrey's Chocolate Remix paper, then edged with Sweet Blush ink, and layered with a button.

Start to finish, 30 minutes. No lie! Was up drinking coffee at midnight ready to get to work at 1 am, the phone rang on the second sip and they told me to stay home. Now what???? I knew the next scrapbooking task was a Title page, and I had a photo but no ideas. Upstairs with coffee. Bam. 30 minutes. Done. I love it when it happens!

Thought you might like to see the tree- I see lots of beautiful photos of lit trees at night, but I have no idea how to take a picture like that! So you get my washed out nighttime photo where you can't see the flickering candle lights.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Fine Linen Baby

I write this post with the laptop balanced on my knee, and no mouse since there isn't anywhere to put it. The Christmas tree is in the window, so there is no table to put the laptop on to get wireless. lol, probably the only bad part of Christmas...other than the credit card bills mid January.

I love glittery, sparkly, embossed and flocked papers- but how to make them into baby cards?

Pearls and a sentiment and a lucious label- that's all it takes! Well, some Papertrey Fine Linen ribbons and an EK Success border punch too, lol!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cleaning Out!

A few weeks back I was trying to work at the table and had the incredible sensation that I needed to Get Rid Of things I don't use- hence, the ribbon post a couple of posts back, and today, a set of small cards that I got from who knows where.

They are smaller than an A-2 (the nurses like smaller), and pretty flimsy. There were a total of 4 to work with.

My first step is always stamp right on it and see what happens! Just have to be careful of the thinness of the paper, but this water colored bear worked out ok. Stamping directly onto the card can be fraught with problems, though...

Don't you hate it when that happens?

Easily fixed by cutting it off and making a slightly bigger card. 2 down, 2 to go!

Here's where messing up the bird and balloons was ok; after I cut the card apart I had half of a card to use as a layer! Thinner paper works well with embossing, and I just love the polka dots EF! Thing is, you have to be careful when anchoring to embossing.

That's why debossing is so good- the layers anchor better. Say! See that frame??? Sitting on the desk after a Papertrey order got put away... that's the front of the paper label, cut out and fiddled with a little bit!
All told, about 3 hours, and I felt so good about it! I think another one of those little ribbon spools paired with a set of pre-made cards is next!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

I know I stole this card from someone somewhere- but can't remember... probably a magazine...

A Sizzix die, I think. Papertrey's kraft paper as well as a piece of Pretty Pastels. Border punch, some very light Copic on the ears, a bunch of glitter...


I'm not sure, but I think Christmas is at the end of the month. I need 125-150 cards. I have 28.

Not done.