Saturday, December 10, 2016

Reindeer Wooden Ornaments

I got together with a couple friends to make gift for the Christmas season.
Here was one of the items we did, my friend husband cut and sanded these wooden pieces for us.

While we all painted something different on them, I chose to take chalkboard paint, a rubber stamp and white acrylic paint.

1. I painted in a circle the chalk board paint
2. I took a stamp from my stash (from Stampin' Up) and brushed on white paint
3. Stamp it and hoped for the best :)
4. Tied on a painted red wooden ball and some twine
perhaps next year I'll add these to my craft fair.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Double Panel Pop out cards

I made two of these cards with a new die I bought.
I've been wanting this die for years and glad this different company made it even better!
The first card is for my friend Louise who invited me to see Tim Hawkins comedy show. Loved it!
 This is what it looks like when it is fully closed. The card inside actually pivots!
 The below picture shows the card opened up

This shows the back of the card and the other side of the pivot. The panel you see on the left allowed me to write a sentiment to Louise and John.

While I was making one card I often will make the same card twice with a twist, this card I wanted to send to Kelsie for her first day back to work.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Birthday banner pop out card

I love this Elizabeth Craft Design Die set and it's rather fun and easy to make one of these cards.
This one I made for my daughter.
The sentiment are from Stampin Up.
I left the front plain as it will be dispayed open.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Book page wreath

I saw this wreath advertised at a class which I thought was right up my alley.
Re-purpose an old book which I bought from the Salvation army for .99, sad to say this book was from 1948; The Valiant Lady. (This book was about 6" x 9")

Cutting a 10" x 10" square from foam board, I drew two circles one at 8" in circumference and then 4"  circle within that.

Punched a hole in the square and ran a jute string through it so I can hang it when done. (see above drawing)
Taking the pages from the book (or if you are using music sheets you may need to cut them down)
I ripped them out and rolled them into a cone, to make the cone start at the lower corner of the page and roll it into a cone shape. I taped the upper side to keep it together.
To know where to place it on one of your two rings (on the white foam board) you stapled about 1.5 " up from the bottom point of the cone.

Taking hot glue gun, glued them by laying the stapled area to the outer ring. I believe there are 32 cones glued to the outer ring of my first layer.
I continued again to fold, tape, staple and hot glue the next grouping to the 4" ring. (I think 25 cones )

The 3rd layer, I rolled the cones on the long side of the page starting in the middle of the long edge thus creating a shorter wider cone and glued (8) them to the center. because there was a gap, so I added the 4th layer (8 more) which were placed between the cones on the 3rd layer.

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do in the middle , I had a few of these medallions I made for Christmas ornaments ...and glued one in the center (the medallions were made from old music sheets) .

I found the perfect spot in my home above my stairs when you walk into my house.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Baby Tri Shutter panel card

 My Pastor's wife gave birth to their 5th child, an adorable boy. He finally went home from the hospital and I took some time finally to create a card for them.
 I had several ideas and different card styles but settled on this Tri shutter panel card technique.
The baby items are from two different companies, one is Elizabeth Craft Designs (pacifier, PJs and bunny) which I had won last month at the Expo, and the other is from Jilli Bean Soup Hampton Art (Bird, cloud, umbrella) also bought from a vendor at The Expo.
The die cut words were cut singly using a QuiKutz die.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Congratulations tri panel shutter card

 I created this for Kehlsey as she passed her nursing exam!
 Using SU butterfly die and Spellbinders swirls I wanted to keep this formal and clean.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Watercolor fall card

I'm still practicing watercolor stamp set, this card I made and sent to Danny as I know he would appreciate an artsy card.
Using Art Impression stamps, the trees were stamped in brown. The rest I free handed in the road and sky.
Since I've made this card a month ago, I have picked up some water color paints at Michael's and will give that a try.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Set of Halloween cards

I made this set of Halloween cards to be opened by the recipients in a staggered event.
I mailed all 4 and put specific dates for tgem to be opened...kind of like a surprise throughout the month of October.
 Embossed with Cuttlebug folder and wanted some fun accents, using my 1" punch, punched out 3 circles.
 Then using Martha Stewart spider web border punch, added them behind a couple of the apertures.

 This second card is an embossing folder from Tim Holtz. I inked a little of the tree and added a spooky fence border punch and added a couple halloween dies that I tucked in.
 This third one is the haunted house embossing folder from Cuttlebug, is added some Googlie eyes and Martha Stewart drippy goo border punch to the top.
 The inside of the 3rd card I stamped a skeleton and added more die cards inside.
 This last card for Joe and Kristen I included $20 for treats. I embossed with a weird funky skeleton embossing folder. Added drippy goo border punch pieces where I added single corresponding alphabet stamps to spell out "open if you dare ". Wrapped in green twine to hold their final treat to be opened next week!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thinking of you copper embossed leaves

Using a clear block I rubbed 3 different colors of SU ink and spritz it with water.
Pressed the ink block on watercolor 140 lb cold press paper.
Took copper embossing powder and sprinkled it on these leaves and heat embossed.
Glued the image to recycle calendar pages as I like the bright red and brown colors.

Sentiment and punches also from SU!
Made 3, mailed 2 to Kelsie as I didn't get to visit this week and the other to her parents.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Congratulations double pop up card

I wanted to do something special for Kehlsey (my friend Louise's daughter) who graduated from nursing school.
 the cover I cut from scrapbook paper called Rosewood.

I edged the sides with a border punch which added to the plain panels.
To make the pop up, I used my trimmer and made two inner cuts from 1 1/4" down from the top edge and each cut is 1" apart and 1"from each side. To make the risers, I scored 1/2".

To make the extra pop up, I cut a 4" strip with 1/2" tabs to be glued to the main pop up. 

I look forward to making more surprise cards.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

50th birthday pop up card

I made this birthday card for my sister as her birthday is next month. I made this somewhat quick card using the new Elizabeth Design Die I won at the Stamp Expo earlier this month. I just got around to using it.
The die set comes with a lot of pieces, well worth it if you happen to pick it up.

This is the cover of the card, I used some scraps I had and they all worked well. The Happy Birthday collage is a very old stamp set. (no name)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gift card pop up holder

I spent a couple hours tonight making these (8) for an upcoming craft fair.
Starting out with a 4 1/4 x 10" piece of card stock (I can make 2 base card holders from one 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.)
Score on the 10" side at 3"~4"~5"~and 8".
If you valley, mountain then valley fold the 3" 4" and 5" scored areas then glue the sides, take a punch or cut the fold you can insert a gift card.

I punched out some tags (Stampin' Up punch and sentiment)

And tied on Dollar Tree green twine.