Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Greetings & Treat Holders!

Pin It Now! I haven't had much time to post lately, but wanted to share a few of the Easter goodies I've made for friends & family.   I've been working behind the scenes to create more often, so here's a recap of this month's projects!

Here's a funny little punch art bunny.  I love this bunny with his tail end sticking up!  
The Stampin' Up! owl dressed as a bunny!  The bunny idea was a find on Pinterest, and the banner was added for a little more celebration!  
I loved this bunny card, it's clean and simple.  Uses the fabulous Hardwood background stamp, Eggstra Spectacular Easter set from the 2014 Spring Mini, and a little layering and glittering (note the glittered bunny tail!).  I knocked out a bunch of these in no time!
The Easter cross card!  I love this retired Crosses of Hope set.  It looks SO wonderful as a cross for Easter.  Layered with Deco Label Framelits, the new Petite Petals punch (2014 Spring Mini but WILL carry over to the 2014-2015 catalog), and Bird Builder Punch for the leaves.  The sentiment is stamped on vellum & hand cut into a banner strip.
I have to make some more of these little bunny houses this weekend!  They are SO fun!  They are cased from here. Using Milk Carton Bigz XL die, Hardwood, Elegant Butterflies Sizzlits, Bird Builder, and 1-3/8" Circle Punch.  
These Tag Topper Punch treat holders have been all around the web this year.  Created with the Tag Topper Punch (spring 2014).  My boxes measure 2" x 8" - punch both ends, score the bottom, and stick a little treat to the inside.  Then decorate as you wish! 

Mine are all gone by this point, but my stampin' friend Kathy made these for a class and I'm borrowing her pic.  Thx, Kathy!
Finally, my bunny bags!  I sent these to my downline and my mom.  They loved this little handcrafted muslin sack!  The chocolate bunnies are stamped on fabric, stitched onto scraps of old sheets, and stuck on a muslin sack.
If you have any questions about any of these projects, please feel free to shoot me an email or ask in the comments section.

Have a Blessed Easter, everyone!  xoxo

Monday, April 7, 2014

Wonderful Mother - Mother's Day Card with Spiral Flower Die

Pin It Now! Spring is finally in swing!  I'm thinking ahead to Mother's Day, and bringing the sunshine indoors with this fresh color combo at Hand Stamped Sentiments...Coastal Cabana, Gumball Green, and Crushed Curry.

Do you ever make a card that requires you to tear into every corner of your craft room?  This is one of those!  I loved making it, but it took me 'round the crafty world, so to speak. Big Shot - Glue Gun (blistered thumb) - sewing machine in the far corner - heat embossing drawer - the punches - oh, and the box of SU goodies that was laying on the floor waiting to be unpacked!
The Originals Spiral Flower Die makes every card it sits on EXTRA special.  And that's what my mother-in-law is, so this will be headed her way next month.  Core'dinations makes these flowers so much easier to work with.  You can really grubby this cardstock up and it doesn't tear!  
Inside, a cluster of flowers from Simple Stems.  I have made a habit of adding a layer to the inside of my cards to strengthen it  and give a little more depth.  
I'm using our color combo at HSS, but also I'm playing along with Pal's Paper Arts.  Click the pics below to visit the sites for plenty of inspiration!

By the way, the sketch for this card is something I grabbed from page 99 of the Idea Book.  Different elements, but great looking layout!

STAMPS:  Chalk Talk, Delightful Dozen, Simple Stems, Blessings From Heaven
INK:  Versamark with clear Stampin' Emboss, Coastal Cabana, Gumball Green, Black Staz On
PAPER:  Afternoon Picnic DSP, Gumball Green, Coastal Cabana Core'dinations, Whisper White, Crushed Curry
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Basic Pearls, stitching
BIG SHOT:  Originals Spiral Flower die, Secret Garden Framelits, Chalk Talk Framelits, Tasteful Trim
PUNCHES:  Scallop Oval

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Starburst Sayings Birthday Card & Glassine Gift Card Bag CCMC296

Pin It Now! Hey crafty friend, thanks for stopping by!  Today I'm using a color combo from Create With Connie & Mary: Pacific Point, Summer Starfruit, and Smoky Slate.  I knew right away I wanted to make a  birthday gift set.  A glassine bag gift card holder and matching card...
I cut the center strip to allow an opening for the starburst circles in the middle for a cool dimensional effect. The twine runs around the card and through the circle. I love these wooden embellishments, they are SO fun!
Oh, how I love the hardwood stamp!  Love, love, love.
Above is a little tip on making the wooden arrows longer...just snap it in half!  I glued each end behind the "celebrate" circle and no one is the wiser!  As you can see, I just kept layering pieces until I was satisfied with the look. It got a thumbs up from my 13yo son, so I'm happy!
I had plenty of scraps leftover, so I made one more card.  I actually like this one best.  Clean and simple. I'll probably use this one for a graduation card.
Inside the card.
Thanks for stopping by!  Check out the rest of the samples at the CCMC site for inspiration on this fun color combo!

STAMPS:  Starburst Sayings, Simply Stars, Hardwood
INK:  Pacific Point, Summer Starfruit, Smoky Slate, Versamark, Smoky Slate Embossing Powder
PAPER:  Pacific Point, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Buttons Neutrals Collection, Essentials Wooden Embellishments, Mini Brads, Summer Starfruit Bakers Twine, Natural Chevron Ribbon
BIG SHOT: Starburst Framelits, Dots Embossing Folder, Circle Flip It Thinlits

Monday, March 24, 2014

Eggstra Spectacular Sketch with Hand Stamped Sentiments!

Pin It Now! Hey crafty friend!  Time for a fresh Easter card. This one is done using Eggstra Spectacular, with the latest sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments. 
Pretty straight forward, but I had fun with the fresh spring colors.  See that cute floral print banner?  It's from the Birthday Basics DSP.  Who'd have thought? It's wonderful!

The center flower was stamped with Versamark after the Daffodil, and embossed with Iridescent Ice, but you can't see it very well.  

Here's the sketch from HSS:

Head on over there and play along!  I'd love to see what you do!  

Stamps:  Eggstra Spectacular ( Spring mini 2014 )
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green
Paper: Birthday Basics DSP, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Embellishments, etc:  basic buttons Subtles, Pink Pirouette taffeta ribbon, gold bakers twine, stripes embossing folder

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bunch O' Banners Thank You - HSS 181

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This card features an abundance of banner pieces, from several different sources. 
The focal point is a burlap banner piece from the Sale-A-Bration FREEbie, Heartfelt Banner Designer Kit. So many pieces in this kit can be used on a card or scrapbook layout!  
Then we have the strip of banners across the top from Banner Blast (Sale-A-Bration 2014 also).  They're zig-zag stitched together to give them a little cohesion. 
Finally, the sentiment is from the Bitty Banners Bundle, these are a snap to die cut with this coordinating Framelits. 

And I finally have found an opportunity to ink up my new Dictionary stamp. I love this because you can have a vintage book page look, but it will match anything when you change out the color!
The colors were inspired by our latest color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments:
-Midnight Muse
- So Saffron
- Tangerine Tango
An unusual combo, if I may say, but I like they way it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Banner Blast, Itty Bitty Banners, Dictionary, circle stamps from My Paper Pumpkin kit Feb 2014
Ink: Midnight Muse, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Midnight Muse, Gold Glimmer, Whisper White
Embellishments:  Gold Sequins, Banner Piece from Heartfelt Banner kit, Basic Metal button, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin ribbon 
Big Shot: Bitty Banner Framelits Die

Friday, March 7, 2014

World Map Masculine Card

Pin It Now! Here's a card I made for a beginners' class last week.  It features World Map, a great background stamp.
A couple of strips in Night of Navy and Real Red with Tasteful Trim die, and a Chevron ribbon banner strip.
The Starburst Sayings and Framelits bundle was used here. I love the sentiments and the fun zigzag edges in this set!  Great for so many occasions!
Starburst Sayings Clear-Mount Bundle134818

Monday, February 24, 2014

Who Doesn't LOVE a Chocolate Bunny?! Hybrid Muslin Sack & Card ForEaster

Pin It Now! Surely I'm not the only one who adores Stampin' Up!'s retired Chocolate Bunny stamp!  Did you know it's available as a digital download?  Yes!  You can color them any color you want, including any of SU's colors that have ever existed, and print them any size, any quantity, forever!  For only $1.95.  Seriously!

Today, I want to share with you my Chocolate Bunny project!  I've put the bunny on a card, and printed her onto fabric and stitched her to a muslin bag.
The hexagon embossing folder is used, but I only cranked it about 2/3 through the Big Shot to give it a subtle fade.

The bunny is nestled inside the photo strip Framelit from On Film Framelits set.  The chevron behind her is just the reverse of the cutout from the die.  I backed the square holes with Coastal Cabana for contrast.

The Happy Easter sentiment is from Delightful Dozen, stamped onto vellum with Staz On.
See the circle garland?  I stitched it myself from Subtles DSP (pink) and stamps from the latest Paper Pumpkin kit (February 2014).  It was easier than I'd imagined!  And I'm just smitten with it, I want to make loads of garland now!  

Three different circles make up the garland: 1" circle punch, smallest Starburst Framelits, and a 1" Martha Stewart punch.  
Here's a close up of my fine (JOKING) sewing workmanship!

I used printable fabric (you can find in on Amazon), printed bunnies, cut them out, and stitched them onto a scrap of Beau Chateau fabric (this is on CLEARANCE for $1.99!!!)

Before stitching all the way, I stuffed a little cotton batting inside to give her some dimension.  The pink fabric has a zigzag stitch around the edge, but I did that before attaching it to the muslin bag...I adhered the pink panel with Sticky Strip!  Easy enough!
I thoroughly enjoyed getting crafty with this project.  So often, I get pigeonholed into using paper only, but today was all good!  
The card was inspired by our latest sketch at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I turned the sketch clockwise 1/4 turn.  Head over to play!  I'd love to see what you are up to!
Stamps: Chocolate Bunny (digital), Delightful Dozen
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Coastal Cabana, Jet Black Staz On, Baked Brown Sugar
Paper: Very vanilla, Subtles DSP stack, Vellum, Coastal Cabana
Embellishments: Very Vintage Deigner Button, Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, basic rhinestone
Big Shot:  Hexagon embossing folder, On Film Framelits, Starburst Framelits
Punches:  1" Circle, 1" Scallop Circle (Martha Stewart)