Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Labor Of Love

This project has definitely been a labor of love!  I've been working on it for several days, and I never thought I would finish it.  I work on it, take it apart, and then re-build it!  Jennifer's birthday is this week, and since I would love to buy her a barn full of horses, my check book won't allow it, so this is my version!

I started by making a 5 inch square explosion box.  Using my Scor-Pal, I made the vertical lines on the outside of the barn.   The top of the barn I drew freehand using pictures on the web as a guide.  Then I just cut some narrow strips of cardstock to make the trim.  The top door on the hayloft is propped open with some raffia that I scrunched up to look like hay and adhered directly to the barn with some Score-Tape.  Using the My Favorite Things Fish Tail Die-Namics and an alphabet stamp set, I made a banner with Jen's name.  It is attached with some baker's twine and some mini clothespins.

Now, onto the inside:

I used a variety of October Afternoon papers to make the inside of the explosion box.  They are from the Sasparilla Collection.  The cake was made using the Sizzix Bigz XL 3-D Pop Up Cake Die.  I decorated it with some jute that "cooked" on a dowel to make it curly.  It is accented with some paper punch flowers.

Using the Country Life Cricut Cartridge, I cut out some horses and some little chickens.  I cheated a little on the chickens, and colored their facial features.  The chickens are 1 3/4 inches, so those accent pieces were super tiny, so a few Sharpie pens did the trick.  I used a few more of my paper punch cowgirls to decorate and added a few more chickens.  To make "Jenny" braids, I just braided some DMC Embroidery Floss and adhered them under her hat.  The sentiments are from the My Favorite Things Big Greetings Stamp Set.

Here are some inside shots of the panels:

I added a little more raffia to give the appearance that the horse was eating some hay.  Diamond Glaze was added to the horse hooves.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Big Greetings, JoAnn Fabrics-Alphabet
Ink:  Stamps by Judith, Versafine
Paper:  October Afternoon, Bazzill, Recollections
Misc:  Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, DMC Embrodiery Floss, Country Life Cricut Cartridge, Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut Cartridge, mini clothespins, baker's twine, pop up dots, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, sewing machine, jute, paper punches, Diamond Glaze, raffia, half pearls

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pencil Notepads

Here are some notepads that I made for my sister and her teacher friends to welcome them back to school.  To makes these note pads, I took the small legal pads that I bought at Staples (they cut them in half for you to make the narrow pad) and then cut the bottom of the pads down to 5 1/2 inches.  I have the guillotine style paper cutter, so it was easy to cut them down.  I just cut a little at a time and it cut perfectly.

Using my Scor-Pal, I made the folder to hold the notepad.  Using a separate piece of yellow cardstock, I scored some lines to make the "ridges" on the pencil.  The eraser, silver band, and the wood piece was just paper pieced on to the pencil.  To make the "lead" I just used a black marker.

This is the inside shot of the notepad.  I added a little paper to cover up the top of the notepad.  It is adhered with some Scor-Tape.

I made a medallion  for the front.  The sentiment is computer generated and accented with an apple brad.  Baker's twine was wrapped around the notepad, to hold it closed, and then I tied the medallion on.

Paper:  Bazzill, October Afternoon, Recollections
Misc:  Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, baker's twine, apple brad, paper punches, notepad, corner rounder

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Monday, July 23, 2012

From The Heart

Just a quick post with a simple card that I made using the Sew Lovely set from Craft's Meow. 

Stamps:  Craft's Meow-Sew Lovely
Ink:  Memento
Paper:  Echo Park This & That
Misc:  Lace, pearls, baker's twine, seam binding, pop up dots, Nestabilities

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Library Card Tag

I love making teacher appreciation gifts.  This was a quick little gift tag that I made using a library card.  First, I typed my favorite teacher's name and what subject she teaches.  Then I stamped the pointy finger and the pencil and colored them in with Copics.  The sentiment circle was computer generated.  I used a variety of Papertrey Ink Dies (apple, mat stack #1) to make "center" of my tag.  This was attached with pop up dots onto the library card.  A little baker's twine and the tag is done.  I added a little washi tape to the mini clothespin that was accepted with some stars.  Matching washi tape was adhered to a glassine bag, and it was done!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Postmarks
Ink:  Memento
Paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle, Bazzill, Bo Bunny
Misc:  Copics, washi tape, small clothespin, My Favorite Things Stars Die-Namics, Papertrey Ink Dies Apple and Mat Stack #1, pop up dots, glassine bag, typewriter, baker's twine, library card

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Chocolate Chip Friends!

I found this super cute card  that Chan Vuong made on page 79 in the Stamp It! Cards magazine.  While I didn't have the stamps she used, I had something even cooler, Quickutz!!!  Yay, whoo hoo!!
I used the Cookie Quickutz and made the little cookies.  I inked around the edges to make them look fresh baked.  One of them got left in the oven and little too long!  The plate was made using Nestabilities and some pop up dots.  The sentiment is computer generated.
Paper:  October Afternoon, Bazzill, Echo Park
Ink:  Stamps by Judith
Misc:  Quickutz Cookie Die, Nestabilities, pop up dots
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Friday, July 13, 2012

Mish Mash Inspired Cards

Where the  does the time go?  I can't believe it's been a whole week since I posted last.  I feel like I've running around like a crazy woman!  Is it possible to work 1,000 hours in a week?  If so, I think I did that!  Looking at more apartments, doctor appointments, errands=not enough time for crafting!  I am also purging my stash, and have been listing a whole bunch of stuff on eBay.  Wishful thinking, I hope, less stuff to move.  I have found a place I like, just waiting to hear back, keep your figures crossed for good luck!

I have tried several times to make some stuff, but a lot of it has wound up in the trash.  When I'm rushing, my mojo goes right out the door!  So, I used two of Michelle Wooderson's recent posts to make these cards and matching bag/envelopes.  You can find her posts here and here.

For my cards, I used a sentiment from My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Enjoy Every Moment stamp set.  I added some Target Washi Tape and some of my button flowers.

I made the little envelope/bags using large glassine bags.  I added some more paper strips and more washing tape.  The metal rimmed tags were made using my tag maker.  Baker's twine finished up my little gift.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Pure Innocence Enjoy Every Moment
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  My Mind's Eye Fine and Dandy, ledger paper
Misc:  Glassine bags, baker's twine, tag maker, button flowers, washi tape, tags

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Friday, July 6, 2012

This Pop Rocks!

This is my first attempt at a "pull up"  card.  It's a really big card, almost 10 inches tall and 5 inches wide.  Embarrassingly enough, it's a Father's Day card!  In my defense, I've been super busy with work, trying to find a new apartment, also I wanted to use a specific paper from my local scrapbook store, and I didn't have the opportunity to get over there!  My parents would say that they prefer to receive gifts later, as it stretches their special day out!

So, to make the card, I just cut out the popcorn box front and back free hand.  I used a little Scor-Tape to adhere the front and back together to make the little pocket.    I cut some strips of the red polka dotted paper and adhered them to front of my popcorn box.  The sentiment was computer generated and cut out using Nestabilities.

For the card, I cut a strip of card stock and stamped my sentiment onto it.  This would also make a great birthday card, just by changing the stamp.

To make the popcorn, I found this great tutorial here.  I love her card!  I had already sketched my card out and knew how I wanted it to look.  When I went blog surfing to find a good way to make the popcorn, I found Kathy's gorgeous card.

The ipod was made using a variety of paper punches.

Stamps:  Hero Arts-CL489, A Muse-You Rock!
Ink:  Memento, Tim Holtz
Paper:  Cosmo Cricket, The Paper Company
Misc:  Tulip Puff Paint, paper punches, embossing gun, Nestabilities, pop up dots, Scor-Tape

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!!!!!  This is one of my favorite holidays, I'm just so proud to live in this great country.  Unfortunately, I have to work tonight, boo hoo!  So, I decided to make this little gifty bag for one of my friends who also has to work today.

I used the Papertrey Ink Front & Center #1 Die to make the little bag.  I cut it with some vellum, and then cut the bottom half off.  Using the sewing machine, I just stitched the sides and bottom.  I made the little pinwheel using a border punch, some Target Washi Tape, and my handy dandy Scor-Pal.  A little ribbon, a crocheted flower, some ric rak, scraps from my stash and badda bing, it's done!

Stamps:  Hero Arts CL 498
Ink:  Memento
Paper:  Echo Park, Wasau, Recollections
Misc:  Washi Tape, Scor-Pal, crocheted flower, Papertrey Ink Front & Center #1 Die, border punch, pearl cotton,  sewing machine, ribbon

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