Wednesday, November 19, 2008

From the weekend...

I mentioned in my last post that my club was this past weekend- here are the projects that the card makers were able to make. (I have a mix of Scrapbookers, card makers and people who do both so I always prep a layout and some card projects and they let me know in advance which they would like to make so that I can cut paper... works out great for me because then I can use up papers I'm low on without needed enough for every person in the group!)
This first card uses the Aspen paper pack (the cardstock is Twilight- one of my favorites!), White Organdy ribbon, and the D1226 Magical Season stamp Set. I used Twilight and Taffy markers to color the image (The color in the Aspen paper pack is actually Creme Brulee but the Taffy worked for the scarf just fine. The ribbon goes clear around the inside of the card to tie on the front by way of a slit in the fold of the card.
This second project was the MOST fun I've had in a while. It is the most adorable card/ gift item I think I've ever made... It opens as a card but is also a box to hold those larger hot cocoa packets. I originally got the template here from Debbie Olsen's blog.

I used an 8.5x11 sheet of Colonial White cardstock to trace the template onto. (You can print directly on the cardstock but I tend not to do that. Instead I measured the distance between all score lines and used a scoring tool to make the creases- it worked fine)

I cut 3 pieces of the blue stripe at 2 7/8 inch by 6 inches.

I decorated the inside of the "card" before assembling the box to make it easier.

The snowman stamps are from "Snow Friends". I stamped the snowmen on both Colonial White and then White textured Cardstock. I used the W. textured design to trim around the snowman bodies and adhere overtop of the Colonial White design for a white body with texture.

The box is held closed with a Gold photo hanger and Colonial White Ribbon. The sentiment on the outside of the card is from a past stamp of the month "Say it with Style" and the inside sentiment is from the "Snow Friends" stamp set. I stamped everything with Outdoor Denim Ink. The hats were colored with Dutch Blue marker.

My adhesive of choice typically is Tombow Mono Adhesive- but I'm smart enough to know that it will NOT hold a box like this together long term. So- for both the flap that attaches to hold the "box shape" and the bottom flap of the actual box- I used both Tombow and Liquid Glass . I held the pieces in place for 5-8 minutes to dry thoroughly before moving on to complete the project. The top flap of coarse is left unadhered so that you can use it as a gift box.

Supplies by Item Numbers:

Stamps: D1244 Snow Friends
Stamp Pads: Z2140 Outdoor Denim
Markers: z2319 Dutch Blue
Z2316 Cranberry (bird on inside image)
Papers: Blue stripe (retired)
x5747 Basic 8.5x11 cardstock combo pack
x5671 White Daisy Textured Cardstock
Embellishments: z1102 Colonial White Grosgrain Ribbon
z293 Photo Hangers

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Winter fun...

I am loving the November Stamp of the Month by Close To My Heart!! It's called All Decked Out and I showed a card using this set the other day... Today I'm posting a layout that my club will make this weekend. The layout colors are Desert Sand, Vanilla Cream and the Aspen Paper Pack which includes Twilight, Outdoor Denim, Creme Brulee and I'm sure others! The "winter" was written in outdoor denim marker and the "wonderland" was stamped with white acrylic paint. It looks a little blurry in the photo- but in real life- it looks great!
I should have some cards to post over the next day or two as well since club is Saturday and I need to have it all ready by then!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Happy Sunday!

Wow- my second post in less than a week- aren't you impressed!! Actually- I spent a fair amount of time in my craft room today in between catching up on past TV episodes on my DVR...
Here's a layout and a card that I made today:
First the layout- It's pretty generic as I think the colors and paper lend itself to many themes- I have a simple "grandparents" on the title piece as I think this layout would be great for black and white photos of my grandparents. This will be a "Kit of the Month" that I offer my customers for November... The card was made with the same paper pack and will also be part of the Kit of the Month.

This month's kit uses the Perfect Day Paper Pack. My kit's always include a half pack of paper and whatever supplies are needed to make the layout shown and 2 cards. Included are full color instructions and on occassion- certain tools are also included.

This left page includes a paper flower and Bigger Gold Brad.

The right page uses an additional sheet of Cocoa cardstock (a half pack of paper includes one sheet) 2 gold photo hangers and some Colonial White Grosgrain...

This card is also part of the monthly kit... The image is from the November Stamp of the Month- "All Decked Out" which is the most adorable build-your-own snowman set!! You can't tell but the band around the snowman's hat and the scarf are colored using the waterbrush and Juniper stamp pad to match the paper. The carrot nose is colored with the Autumn Terracotta stamp pad. The image is stamped on Colonial White- the scarf was stamped on a C. W scrap and adhered with foam pop dot's. The sentiment is from the January Word Puzzle..
The paper squares along the left are from the same sheet of paper. One side is the colonial white with Juniper swirls and the other is the monochromatic swirls... Flipping the papers back to back gave it a fun look!! Colonial White ribbon hid the seam between the patterns and solid cardstock.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

November already...

Wow- I can't believe it's already November. I didn't post much artwork for Halloween- if any? So I'm going to backtrack today and show you a layout I designed for a Scrapbook class I taught in October.

I used the Enchanted paper pack for this layout. The title was made with the Friendship Alphabet available to customers in September. The "o" was made using the witch from the October Word Puzzle.
Actually- all of the stamps are from the October Word Puzzle except the letters. The tag at the bottom of the page has a medium sized sparkle (rhinestone) at the top.

The right page is pretty self explanatory- very simple but plenty of space for photos and journaling.
Unfortunately- I didn't take a single decent photo of my daughter in her costume- but I also haven't taken photos of our jack-o-lanterns yet either and they still look good. With 70 degree weather today you can bet she'll be back in her costume tonight... and I'll be taking new photos to go on these pages :)
I have a few other photos I'd planned to post this morning but for some reason my computer insisted on uploading ALL the photos on my camera this morning (704!) instead of only those not yet loaded... it took quite a bit of time to first load them and then delete all but 10... so I need to finish getting ready so I can go and vote before work!!
Have a great one :)