Sunday, March 27, 2011

Make It Mondays: Color on Color

I have been thinking that the 'Make It Mondays' challenges have been fun, and I like the challenge. It's not just a challenge, though, I have been learning and assimilating lots! Take a look at all of the previous challenges in one card, lol!!
Lol, maybe they aren't all in here, but it must be close!

That's the Guidelines Impression plate inked up with the old Lavender Moon ink, and run through the Sizzix with a nesty oval cut from cardboard- leaving the unembossed space. (Well, ok, some of the embossing came through, but we won't tell!).
Next came a onsie from Bitty Baby Blessings stamped and cut from the Guidelines paper- then colored with a Copic and a Prisma, trying to get depth but not a new color.
Last, some Lavender Moon ribbon tied with some matching organdy, and a Lavender Moon button tied on with crochet cotton! I punched out a wheensy circle, and stamped the word baby from one of the BBB sentiments, and sponged around with Lavender Moon and stuck it on the button with a glue dot.

Then, just for fun, a few teensy flowers for balance. Mounted on a Lavender Moon card.


Friday, March 25, 2011

Papertrey March Blog Hop

Nothing like being late to the game, eh? But hey, it's the right day and the stars aren't out yet, so who's being picky??

Just got a call from work, and I need to get there ASAP. I'll fix the post later. In case that turns out to be tomorrow, here's the quick deets:

  • Qulter's Sampler Sentiments

  • A nesty die

  • DMC floss that matches Aqua Mist- DMC 3811

  • knit on size 1 needles, then slid onto 2 toothpicks, then toothpicks cut shorter

  • Bitty Blessings paper, Spring Moss and Stamper's Select

  • Guidelines Grid Impression plate
  • Copic marker making striped ribbon on Fresh Snow satin ribbon

Here's a close up of the Impression plate making quilting lines. Hard to see, it's very subtle but really perfect for a 'quilted' feel.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

One just like the last!

Using up this pack of cards that came with the pink and white layers. I think this was the last one, now to open the blue and white ones, lol!!

Please please please, make me promise to stop buying packs of premade cards~I never reach for them. Well, except for the Memory Box ones, lol lol lol!!! I know I can never stop buying them!

Friday, March 18, 2011


I'm still trying to use up-and not replace- some of the stuff I have...

Unknown brand of premade cards, unknown ribbon, and a SU corduroy button.

But isn't that stamp the cutest thing? Penny Black, Bundle of Joy.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Make It Mondays- Impression Plates

I love the Impression Plates, but the impression is so soft it's hard to photograph-

I needed a Birthday card that had a biblical quote, and someone suggested I look at Everyday Blessings. I did, and remembered how nice this set is. I went back to Nicholes release post, and sure enough...!...there was a perfect card there! This is almost a perfect CASE, but I thought the bottom layer would look good with the Giga Guidelines Impression plates, and then there was the Make It Monday here we are!

Here's a close-up- hope you can see that impression!! I usually use my Cuttlebug, but decided to give my CB away to someone who doesn't have one and doesn't have money to get one- I have a Sizzix, so now I need to figure out all of my sandwiches again, lol.
Oh no, lol, I just reread the 'rules', and discovered that I was supposed to only impress part of a layer, lol... oh dear... I'll try again this weekend, lol!! Leave it to me to flaunt the rules!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Distressingly Different!

Oh my, I like this one so much better!!! So let's call this my real Make It Monday(s) challenge card! The idea came in a flash, and it was done in a flash! Good thing, since the party is at noon tomorrow!

That's a kraft card base, scrunched up in my hands, then edged with Chai ink. I thought that was too light, so added Distress Ink (Frayed burlap) not only around the edges but just all over- plop plop- the front of the card.
Took a piece of Library Ledger paper and used Trajan Monogram alphabet to spell out my message. I then lit a candle and had some fun with smoke and flame around the edges, lol!!

Inside, I used another piece of the Library Ledger paper and stamped a Word Search backkground from SU upside down. Can you see Happy Birthday is pretty easy to see? I'm sure he'll get it- but there are a bunch of words in that word search puzzle! A bit of soot around those edges for fun, too!

What I didn't photograph is the combination for the cute safe that is the basis of this gift. I enclosed it in a tiny envelope stuck to the inside of the card, with warning messages all over it. Inside the safe are 2 different gift certificates, plus a fart'machine. ha! Perfect for a new 9 year old, right??

The safe is done up in newspaper and tied with Dark Chocolate Baker's Twine . The bag is stamped with more Trajan messages, also some warnings I did by hand. In addition there are some fingerprints all over the bag, but for some reason you can't see them-

Distressed Over Distressing?

It's true, I generally do not use distressing in my baby cards. Truth be told, I collect antiques, and I sort of roll my eyes at attempts to make modern things look old and aged. Meaning, when I buy antiques, I don't want them torn, rolled, brown and dirty, kwim? Lol, lol, lol...

In addition, since you often do the distressing towards the end of your creating, you can really mess up big time if you don't like the tear or ink you added at the edges....

So, I'll stop whining- here's my addition to the distressing challenge; I tried to add as much distressing as I could bear!

There's the carriage from Bitty Baby Blessings, colored with Copics to match Blueberry Sky paper. I left it in the nesty die, and sponged on some yellow ink from Studio G. Next I sponged Chai along the edges.

The finished carriage was layered on a scalloped oval which I tried to curl a little. Note that when you layer the oval on, the distressing you do to the scallops can't be seen!

I stamped one of the polka dot basics backgrounds onto more Blueberry Sky with Versamark ink, then stamped the sentiment from Baby Button Bits in Dark Chocolate ink. Tore along the edges, then inked those torn edges with Chai.

Both were placed on a layer of Dark Chocolate stamped with bigger polka dot basics in Fresh Snow. Did the edges of that layer with a sharp edge, curled them up a little, and put on 2 brads that hold ribbon. That's the thinnest Papertrey silk ribbon, and a wheensy organdy bow.

Just thought there was too much empty space at the bottom, so added a little peek!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Fun Foam!

I've been having lots of fun with the make It Monday challenges; I think the timing is perfect for me! Watch it on Monday evening after I get up or home, think about it until Friday, shop Friday day or evening, then create all day Saturday to have the idea come alive. Then I still have Sunday if Saturday falls apart. It's working for me, anyway- thanks Nichole and Papertrey!!

So, okay, I did not find fun foam fun or fulfilling. So nice to try a technique and not feel like I need to go out and spend $100.00 on everything in that aisle. OTOH, I like what I made! So here is my entry:

I took a dollar frame, painted the edges red, then glued on a sheet of the red print from Men Of Life. Next I put some Chai and Chamomile Vintage Touch ink around the edges.

I bought only one piece of fun foam, and got white because I thought it would give me the most options. Papertrey dies cut it just like butter. I liked the Tree Trimming Trio die best with the photo. For the life of me I could not get a stamp to look good in any ink, so I just smooshed 3 different colors of Memento ink all over the cut out, then applied some red rhinestones.

I ran a strip of Pure Poppy Saddle Stitch ribbon up the side, and anchored it with Scor-Tape. Scor-Tape anchored the tree, too. I am thinking I will either get or make some metal numbers (2010) and put them on the top somewhere.

Do you ever get lost in your own blog? I do! I made this card last year, and when I went to clean out my pictures I couldn't find it on my blog... if this is a repeat, please accept my

The background was created with alcohol inks of course, then I cut an x in the middle of the piece with an xacto knife and just tore around the paper in a circle. Some Papertrey Enchanted Evening ink turned the white torn edges a nice shade of blue.

The sun is from SU's Stardust set, colored very softly with Copics~ stamped in Memento black, so the ink wouldn't smear.

Layered on a textured blue paper, then layered on to the Lemon Tart (Papertrey) square card. I had clear tiny stars, but not gold or yellow, so I just colored them with Cpopics. As I was coloring I wasn't really sure they were turning yellow, but when I put them down on the blue...they sure were!

Finished size is 5.5 inches square.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wrapping Paper Cards

I often use wrapping paper for cards and pages, but am not sure I've ever posted one- so here you go!

The card is 5.5 inches square, and is made from Papertrey's Aqua Mist. SU's Brocade Blue is
layered on top, then the lovely wrapping paper square on top of that. There are some stickers from Cloud 9 D
esign on them, and then various and sundry add-on's like Swiss Dots Aqua Mist ribbon and little hanging feet from Wilton. The blue hearts were once buttons, lol.

That's a QuickKutz die for the sentiment cut from brocade blue-

Not sure I've ever shown you some of the jewelry I make, either, lol... I can never get it to photograph well, so you never see it- but here goes!

There are lamp worked black and jade colored beads with plain black rounds and jade flats in between. The bracelet is a close match, but doesn't use the same beads- just some cheap-o's I found along the way.