Sunday, September 29, 2013

Lace Dress for Wedding Card

Wedding Dress Card
I woke up one morning with an idea for a card.  What a lovely way to wake up.  I, however, could not get to making it until I got my other things done.  It makes me so much more eager to get my tasks done, so I can play.  I got this dress pattern from Papercrafts Magazine.  You know I am always on the lookout for dress-related cards.  I love making them.  Well, I have been busy with trying to clear out my house but I have been giving myself Pinterest breaks.  Pinterest is so addictive, and I love that I could find so many different resources quickly.  I follow Papercrafts Magazine and got all sort of templates from their pinterest papercrafting download board of templates.  I love that they put it all there together.  I don't just use Pinterest for papercrafting, I found so many things that I am interested in, like recipes, educational resources for kids, fitness and etc.  Now you see why I have to just give myself breaks or I could be on Pinterest all day.  Anyway, once I downloaded the dress template, I opened it in Silhouette Studio and trace the dress.  I love the trace function in Silhouette Studio because now I don't have to print it and cut it out myself.  It makes it too easy and I almost feel like I am cheating.  If you are new to using the Silhouette Studio, here is a
great video on tracing from Clever Someday.  She has a whole series of in-depth video on tracing and her blog offers some nice resources for fonts too.
I cut out my card base with my Silhouette Cameo and then punch out strips of paper with the Martha Stewarts lace border punch.  Then I glue down each strip of border onto the dress from the bottom to the top.  I tied a bow with a blue ribbon around the dress and stamped the sentiment from Stampin' Up inside the dress.  I thought it made a perfect wedding or anniversary card.  The concept of this card is simple but it took some time to punch out all the lace.  

This card is entered in the Simon Says Stamp! Anything Goes Challenge.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Flip It Birthday Card

Front view of the fold up Flip It Birthday card
 with Simon Says Stamp! Apothecary Label Senitment
I have been challenging myself in learning Silhouette Studio.  It is not a chore for me since I love learning new technology.  I know I can easily pay 99 cents for a lot of the templates out there, but I rather just create it myself, if I can.  I know, at times, I feel like I am recreating the wheel, but I find this is the way I learn and get the most out of the software.  I watch a video on making flip cards and used the dimensions she used to create them on the Silhouette Studio.  I figure that I take the time in making the template in Silhouette Studio, and then be able to make the base anytime I want and quickly.  I have been immersed in creating templates in Silhouette Studio for some of the fancier cards like tri-shutter cards and flip it cards with other shapes in the middle.  Another thing that I have been exploring is using a note taking app.  Yes, my house is not the only thing that I am organizing.  I found this app called Springpad and it has been great for organizing and creating digital scrapbooks too.  I created a notebook of all my crafty creations among
other notebooks like books to read, recipes, things to do with kids and etc.  I actually have a digital scrapbook of our daily life complete with photos, recording of my family, notes and even links.  I love that I can use it on all my devices and have it all in sync.  It's like Pinterest, but with more personal touches.  I could add personal items like taking pictures with my phone, adding my own notes, springing a webpage to my notebook.  I wish I had this when my boys were babies to document all the milestones from photos, audios and more, in one place.  I do make my creation notebook public, so anybody following me can see it and also, I follow other notebooks.  I love being able to share my notebooks with specific people too if I wanted to or keep it private.  So far, it has been a great way to track everything including making list of gifts I am interested in for the holidays for my family.  I love being able to see a picture of it and the cost.  I'm a list person so this app, so far, has been perfect for me.  If you do check out Springpad and get an account, you can find me by searching for the title of my blog.  As you can see, I'm excited about it.  I vow to get organize starting this fall and so far, I am off to a good start, both physically and electronically.  Yay for me!  I'm being insufferable, right?!  :-) Don't mind me, I'm just excited over technology.  Anyway, back to the card.  I design this card base in Silhouette Studio with the coordinating pieces.  I still have to play around with it a little more to get it to be perfect.
All the pattern paper is from Echo Park and this is one of my favorite 6x6 pads.  Everything were cut out from the Silhouette Cameo except the cupcake.  First, I glue down the polka dot pattern paper onto the base card.  I stamped the front sentiment from Simon Says Stamp! Apothecary Label set in Brilliance Coffee Bean ink before layering onto brown and green pattern papers.  I adhere all that to the front circle.  Then I stamped the birthday sentiment from Hero Arts in black ink and did the same layering as the front before adhering to the inside circle.  I punch a cupcake from Stampin'Up and Distress ink the bottom of the cupcake.  I adhered cupcake to the cardbase and the top of the cupcake with foam adhesive to pop it up.  To finish the card, I added glitter to the cupcake and Crystal Lacquer to the cherry, as well as dashed lines with a white gel pen.  This is the first flip it card I've ever made, and it came out pretty good and cute too. 

This card is entered in the Simon Says Stamp! Stamptember Challenge.

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Sky's The Limit Hot Air Balloon

I just found Lawn Fawn stamps this year and I instantly became a big fan of their products.  Not only are the designs cute, but the quality of the stamps are superb.  I'm always on the lookout for clear stamps that works as well as my red rubber wooden stamps.  Also, I love hearing Kelly Marie's enthusiasm as she stamps, check out her videos.  Her happiness projects in her voice and into me.  Love it!  And no, I don't work for Lawn Fawn, though it looks like a fun company to work for, if I was so lucky.   This is one of my favorite stamp sets from Lawn
Fawn, Blue Skies.  Love those hot air balloons!

I embossed the background by running a white cardstock with Darice clouds embossing folder through my Fiskars Fuse.  I used Distress Ink to add some color to the background and to make the clouds pop out.  I then stamped the hot air balloons from Lawn Fawn's Blue Skies stamp set in black Memories ink.  I used a water brush to color the hot air balloons in with Distress ink.  I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set onto a die-cut Polaroid frame.  I mounted the hot balloons and frame with foam adhesive.  I finished the card by adding wooden veneer stars colored with the same Distress ink and glitter with a glitter pen.

I am entering this card into Lawnscaping Monochromatic Challenge #66.

I was honored with the badge below for this card. My family and I were so thrilled when we saw it. Thanks! 

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Pop Up Happy Birthday With Flowers and Mason Jars

Eversince I saw this video with Lawn Fawn, I had to make a card with mason jars and flowers.  This paper pad, Dear Lizzy Neopolitan Paper Pad, from American Crafts have some amazing pattern papers and it had one sheet of mason jars that are dying to be cut out to be used.  Of course, I had to put something that uses my Silhouette Cameo.
Pop-Up Birthday Card With Mason Jars
I ran a piece of white cardstock with the Sizzix dot embossing folder through the Fiskars Fuse to create a texture background.  I cut out the mason jars out from the pattern paper and cut a slit on one of the jars.  Then I stamped and cut out flowers from a Recollections stamp set with Marvy Matchables yellow, pale violet, pale green and rose-pink inks.  Then I placed the flowers in the slit and cut out a plastic sheet to cover the mason jar to make it look like a glass jar.  I adhered the jars to the textured background and then adhere the whole thing to the green card base and place foam dots behind the flowers to pop them up.  I finished the front with butterflies die-cut from Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings sizzlet and white dashed lines around the textured background.

For the inside of the card, I follow this video to make pop-up word card in Silhouette Studio.  I created this happy pop-up in Silhouette Studio and cut it out along with the word birthday in Pacifico font.  I love the welding feature in Silhouette!  I folded and glue everything down to the green card base before finishing it up with a purple butterfly.  I love how this came out.  I normally leave my cards blank inside but I love the element of surprise here.

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Celebrate With Feathers

I'm so looking forward to fall.  It's my favorite season.  I'm loving these cool mornings and I can't wait for the leaves to change color.  Nothing like it; I think I like it a tat more than the spring flowers.  I love the colors and all the feeling and images that goes with fall: apple pie, tall boots, pumpkins, wool skirts.  Anyway, I have a number of negatives
from my Silhouette Cameo cuts and I hate to waste them.  In this case I did create the cut file with the idea of using the negative space.  I used the feathers in this post.

I cut strips of blue, green and blue paper and arranged them under the feathers.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Stampin' Up with Kaleidacolor Autumn ink pad.  I adhered the feathers onto white card stock to finish it up.  Simple and easy!  Love it!


Thanks With Feathers

I have been wanting to make a card with feathers for a while and then all of sudden I see them everywhere in the cardmaking world.  Of course, I had to use my new baby to cut some.  I'm torn between exploring my Silhouette Cameo and creating projects.  I'm fascinated by both.  I would be in the middle of a project and then I would get distracted by my Cameo and start to create new cut files.  Too many fun
things to do and not enough time especially since I'm also in the middle of organizing my house.  Never a dull moment here!

I created the background by placing washi tape on the white cardstock.  To create the darker stripes, I layered a dark gray washi tape first with the pattern washi tape.  I used Distress inks to color and distress the feathers.  I wrapped a white twine around the feathers and tied a bow on before adhering them to the card with foam adhesive.  I stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Blue Skies stamp set in black ink and then added enamel dots to finish the card.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Happy Birthday To My New Baby

We took the boys to an amusement park this summer, and they are finally tall enough to go on the roller coasters.  I'm not fond of that sensation in your stomach, as you drop at a fast speed.  I was a little nervous about going on these roller coasters with loops and corkscrews but amazingly, there was nothing to it.  A  little rough on your neck with the rattling and jerking around but overall, it was no biggie.  I thought I was feeling my age when I had no desire to go on these rides, but it was a good to know that I can still ride with the best of them.  Speaking of being with the best of them, I finally got my birthday present, an electronic die-cutting machine, and now I am crafting with the best of them.  I researched this in the beginning for a while, and held off since I got so busy with summer.  I finally decided to order it to help with my holiday crafting needs.  I find that I am doing a lot of research to get the most of this machine and so far, it is delivering some amazing things.  You're probably dying to know
what did I get....well, drum roll,'s a Silhouette Cameo.  I know, I know.  I'm over the moon with it from the few things I did.  I'm looking forward to exploring all its possibilities and will have links for beginner Silhouette Cameo owners like me.  There are tons of information out there but I found that the Silhouette Youtube channel and blog are the best place to start.  Yes, I'm excited!  I'm sorry to say that this is my type of excitement, not roller coasters with loops and twists.  Of course, my first task was to find a place on my already crowded desk for my new baby.  Of course, the first picture of it, at work, is in a war zone of a desk.  Oh well.  I had to test it out first before placing it in its home.  One of my first cuts have been embellishments, but then I got "fancy" and made my own Polaroid frames with sentiments.  Love, love, love it!  I'm a techie geek, so it is fun exploring the things you can do on Silhouette Studio.  I have to admit that I am having as much fun finding all the things I can design as creating the actual project.  Anyway, I gave this card to my friend's daughter and she had the sweetest reaction.  It made my day just seeing her sweet, happy face.  Best compliment I can ever get!  Love it!

Here is the link to the youtube video to help with welding letters to Polaroid frames and any frames.  I cut a bunch of them with the happy sentiment since I can stamp or write in any sentiment to match the occasion.  I stamped the birthday sentiment from Hero Arts in Colorbox Scarlet ink.  Then I stamped out the cupcake from Inkadinkadoo and candle from Hero Arts and colored it in with watercolor pencils.  I adhered the pattern paper from Authentique on to the card base.  I cut a slit to insert the candle into the cupcake and place it onto pattern paper from My Minds Eye Miss Caroline 6x6 pad with foam adhesive.  I place the Polaroid frame on top of the cupcake with a thicker foam tape.  I finished up with some glitter on the candle and cupcake using a glitter pen, and Crystal Lacquer on the candle and arrow.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Floral Note Cards With Matching Box

I'm on this kick of creating blank note cards with matching box as gifts.  I love this floral pattern paper from Basic Grey Fiction pad and wanted to use this for my friend.  I try to keep
it simple since I have to duplicate it.

I love this paper and it was easy to layer the color cardstock with the pattern paper.  I die cut a butterfly from Stampin'Up Beautiful Wings Sizzlits and place a pearl on it to finish the card.


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Masculine Happy Anniversary With Vintage Typewriter

My husband loves antiques and often want to drag me into one of those stores.  I do appreciate nice pieces but it's the smell that deters me and also, finding good pieces is tough.  I make this card with my husband in mind, of course, but with a vintage theme and some corniness too.  I try to be as corny as I can be since I know he will appreciate it.  We got to celebrate our anniversary for multiple days without our boys, thanks
to my in-laws, and it was awesome!  So nice to just relax together and be spontaneous too.  That seems to be a hard to come by commodity when you have young kids, and I appreciate it even more when we get those moments.

I created the background by placing washi tape on the navy blue cardbase.  Then I printed out the anniversary sentiment.  I stamped the typewriter once on white cardstock and once around the anniversary sentiment.  I made sure not to ink up the typewriter sentiment that came originally with the stamp.  I cut out the anniversary sentiment and glue it to the typewriter image that I cut out and layer onto a red cardstock. Then I placed it onto the card base.  I placed letter stickers on the bottom of the cardbase for part of my sentiment and wrote the rest in with a white gel pen.  I adhered red hearts that were die-cut from Simon Says Stamp and a wooden arrow from Studio Calico.  To finish the card up, I added Crystal Lacquer to the hearts for dimension and shine.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Owl Thanks

It has been a whirlwind of a summer.  We did some new activities, and some oldies but goodies that we do every summer.  I have to admit that I did choose to relax this summer and not go crazy trying to jam as much fun in as possible.  It was nice for a change.  If you have been following this blog, you will see that I also did not post as much.  There has been days that I did not enter my craft room at all.  I can not complain since I was enjoying my time with my family.  Anyway, I finally got to create a cute little card.  I have been fascinated by polaroid frames and wooden embellishments as you can see in some of my projects.

I placed washi tape from Martha Stewarts on the white cardstock to create the background.  I punched out the owl from Stampin' Up on different cardstock and pattern paper, and paper-pieced them together.  Then I stamped the word bubble and part of the sentiment in black ink, and wrote in "hoo".  I stamped the polaroid frame from KI clear stamps on brown cardstock before adhering it with the owl and speech bubble with foam adhesive to the red cardstock.  After placing the polaroid onto the card, I adhered the wooden heart veneer from Studio Calico to the polaroid to finish it off.  I love this owl from Stampin' Up and love that he is peeking out.  So cute!

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