Monday, January 23, 2012

Raggedy Kind of Love

I thought I was done making Valentines this year – but then I went to Stampers Corner (in Elk Grove), my favorite shop.  I wandered the aisles, and found this paper pad of Raggedy Ann and Andy images – too cute!  My aunt loves this Raggedy duo, so I knew that I had to make her a special card. 

I selected one of the sheets of paper that had an image on the bottom corner and cut it to fit the front of a standard sized card.  Then I cut various size hearts out of the other patterns in the pad (an idea that I copied from ).  Then I distressed all the paper and layered it onto the card.  I tied some yarn through the buttons, adhering them to the card as well.  Then I added hearts onto the inside of the card next to the sentiment. 

Only then – and I am not proud of this next moment – I thought the card was too plain and decided to add the white stitching lines with a gel pen.  I can honestly say that it is much easier to mark stitching lines onto things that have not been pop dotted/foam squared/elevated/etc. …much easier.  I never said I liked to take the easy route!
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Ragamuffin 6X6 paper pad) by Iron Orchid Designs for Creative Imaginations
Stamp:  (Celebrate Everyday) Hero Arts
Ink:   Distress Ink (Antique Linen) Ranger, (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Dies: (hearts a plenty) My Favorite Things, (heart trio) A Muse Studios
Other:  yarn, (White Uniball gel pen) Signo

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Chinese New Year

Monday is Chinese New Year – and I want to wish my friends and their families - good luck, happiness and prosperity in the New Year!

This card was so fun to make and simple.  I just made my own patterned paper with Versamark ink, stamps and gold embossing powder – stamping the large Bamboo stamp first and then the small stamps from “Chinese Dolls” indicating prosperity and happiness (finish all stamping with the Versamark ink prior to sprinkling with embossing powder).  Then I colored my little doll with markers and added gold accents with the gold gel pen. 
I finished the card with gold ribbon and a token.  Inside the card I stamped a sentiment and repeated the symbols for prosperity and happiness (embossed in gold). 

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Red notecard and envelope) Hero Arts, (gold glitter) American Crafts
Stamp:  (Chinese Dolls, Everyday Sayings) Hero Arts, (Bamboo II) Stampin Up!
Ink:   Versamark, (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Copics: E00, E000, R20, R29, R27, R24, Y28, 0, T1, T2
Other:  Embossing Powder (Gold) Ranger, (Gold Uniball Broad pen) Signo, (tokens) CR Trimmings, gold ribbon

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Valentine - Sweet

Here is my final Valentine’s Day card – I feel so relieved to have completed the last one since I was not sure if I would have time in February.  Now I just need to make sure I get them in the mail closer to the date – that is another story!

This is a very simple card – just a little paper piecing – and I mean little – the large heart and the tiny little arm that is wrapped around it.  Then I just colored and layered with foam dots.  The little figure stamp is from Stampin Up, but unfortunately, the stamp is from 2006 and I cannot give you the name of it.    The sentiment stamp is from Close to My Heart.
Hope you are safe and warm where you are!
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Poppy Parade) Stampin! Up
Patterned Paper: ( happy go lucky collection) Pebbles
Stamp:  (Mad About You) Close to My Heart, (figure) Stampin! Up
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Markers: (T1, T2, 0, E000, E00, Y21) Copic, (Poppy Parade) Stampin! Up
Dies:  (Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Large, Labels Twenty-One, Classic Scalloped Ovals Large) Spellbinders
Other:  scrap ribbon (from pajamas as mentioned in earlier post), (ruby red rhinestones) Queen & Co

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Valentine's Day - Take Four

My second attempt at a masculine card for a valentine – I think I got a lot closer than the last!  My “advisor” suggested “no little girl stamps and no pink”. 

I started with black cardstock and stamped various hearts – waited for them to dry, then embossed a word heart in white and a solid heart in red embossing powder.  When working with dark cardstock, my suggestion is to use an embossing buddy or dryer sheet to remove any static from the cardstock prior to embossing - it makes for a tidier card.  I  finished the card base by rounding the bottom edges of the card.
Since I had no masculine valentine embellishments – I turned to my Tim Holtz ticket die and coordinating stamps – I stamped and cut out the little tickets, inked the edges and then added a little glitter to the “14”.  I also took a piece of white cardstock, cut it with my heart die, covered it in VersaMark ink and then in red embossing powder – this made a nice shiny red heart for my card (I dipped it into the embossing powder several times- heating in between each time).

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Black) Stampin! Up
Stamp:  (Mad About You) Close to My Heart, (Odds and Ends) Tim Holtz/ Stampers Anonymous
Ink:   (VersaMark, Versafine) Tsukineko, (Fired Brick) Distress Ink, (bubblegum, shell) A Muse Studio
Markers: (Hair: Y11, Y21, E97)(Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20)(Shading: T1, T2, T3, 0) Copic
Dies:  (mini ticket set) Tim Holtz for Sizzix, (heart trio) A Muse Studio
Other:  silk ribbon, (memo pins) Tim Holtz, (Zing white embossing powder) American Crafts, (candy red embossing powder) ep101

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Valentine - Special Delivery

Well, ok then.  I started out today creating a masculine valentine – I had a little mail carrier stamp and some red print paper and it seemed to be a good start. I cannot really identify where it all went to “girly”.  It does make me laugh, when I look at it now!  Of course, the day went that way in general – nothing ended the way you would think it should – not a bad day, just “off”.

I started by stamping the image both on white cardstock and several different prints – since I planned on paper piecing and coloring with copics.  Again – as a helpful hint – stamp on the cardstock and then lay your spellbinders on top to cut after.

After coloring “Bree”, I basically just layered all the pieces of cardstock, patterned paper and the image on a square card base.  I added ribbon and buttons to finish the card.  Very simple, but definitely not the masculine card I planned to make – guess there is always tomorrow!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Poppy Parade) Stampin! Up
Patterned Paper:  (Happy Go Lucky paper collection) Pebbles
Stamp:  (Bree) The Greeting Farm, (essential sentiments) A Muse Studio
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento
Markers: (Hair: Y11, Y21, E97)(Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20)(Shading: T1, T2, T3, 0) Copic
Dies:  (Hearts A Plenty) MFT Die-namics, (Beaded Circles) Spellbinders
Other:  (crinkle ribbon) May Arts, (buttons) Close to My Heart, (embroidery floss) DMC

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Valentine’s Day Owl Queen

Today is my attempt at a vintage valentine.  A dear friend is a vintage fan, and I always attempt and aspire to make cards to give to her that will appeal to her vintage tastes.   I originally purchased the Darcie’s stamp set for a Halloween card but decided that the sentiment was cute and perfect for a valentine. 

I started the card by stamping the owl and sentiment, and cutting it out with the largest die heart.  Then I aged every piece of paper using a foam applicator by Ranger – starting with antique linen Distress Ink, then a little vintage photo Distress Ink, and then finishing with the antique linen – until all but the owl was “aged”.   I stamped the crown on a scrap of paper and covered the entire thing with the antique linen Distress Ink prior to cutting it out.  It gave it a really nice antique gold color. 

Then I just layered all the pieces together – and tied a “Nellie knot” with the red reclaimed ribbon (from Christmas pajamas – I am training my friends to save scraps for me!).  I hope she likes her “Owl Queen” card!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper:  (The Thrift Shop: Good Junk) October Afternoon
Stamp:  (Owl Be Queen) Darcie’s, (my aim is true) A Muse Studio
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (antique linen, vintage photo) Distress Ink by Ranger
Dies:  (Classic Scalloped Hearts) Spellbinders
Other:  reclaimed ribbon, (ruby red rhinestones) Queen & Co,  (baubles) Tim Holtz Idea-ology

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Very Herringbone Valentine

With the start of 2012 – I am swamped at work with a system implementation, which will last for the next 6 months or more.  Due to my schedule, I will not be giving many (if any) card classes, so I will try to provide better instructions with the cards I post on my blog.  I invite all my talented friends to follow along (and if you are inspired to create by one of my postings – share the link to your blog so that I can enjoy your handiwork, just leave it in the comments section)!

Today I decided to create a Valentine with a herringbone pattern piece using ¼ inch strips of various scraps of patterned paper by Pebbles.  These scraps came to me in the year end goodie bag I received by attending the last class of the year at Stampers Corner (  I started by covering a 3 ½ X 4 ¾ inch piece of white cardstock with an adhesive sheet. 

Then I laid out my pattern starting with the bright pink strips of paper.  Then you just keep adhering paper until you have the entire cardstock covered – and then simply flip it over and trim off the excess.  It is actually very simple to do – cut out all your strips of paper first then make yourself comfortable in front of the tv.

I matted the herringbone piece onto the Pear Pizzazz piece (3 ¾ X 5 inches) of cardstock and then layered it onto a pink standard sized card.  I stamped the sentiment – then die cut it using the next to the largest heart, and then used the smallest heart to cut a window.  I also used the heart trio die by A Muse Studio and cut a small heart out of pink scrap paper.
Then I quickly colored the sentiment, inked all edges with the Malted Milk ink pad, layered the hearts onto the card front with foam squares – and embellished the heart and letters (except for the “n”) with crystal stickles.  Finally, I drew white stitching lines around the outside and on the letter “n” in the sentiment.  Hope you enjoy!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Pear Pizzazz) Stampin! Up
Patterned Paper:  (misc) Pebbles
Stamp:  (Festive & Fun) Stampin Up!
Ink:   (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Malted Milk) Jenni Bowlin for Ranger
Markers: (Pear Pizzazz, Barely Banana, Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Close to Cocoa) Stampin! Up
Dies:  (heart trio) A Muse Studio, (Classic Scalloped Hearts) Spellbinders
Other:  (crystal) Stickles by Ranger, Adhesive Sheets, (white gel pen) Uniball Signo

Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  Christmas has been packed away in my home – and now I am looking forward to warm weather, which will arrive in a few months if we are lucky! 

I saw this stamp set in the CTMH catalog and just had to have it.  I stamped the lanterns directly on the card – but my “advisor” suggested I pop them up with foam squares (sticky fixers per my British magazine – if I understand the terms correctly).  The popping up of the lanterns resulted in everything on the card being raised up to one layer or another – there are three layers on this simple card.  Since I did not have a ribbon that matched, I hauled out my trusty (and unused) paper crimper and created my own ribbon.

This is my attempt at a simpler card style (New Years' resolutions and all) and I really do like how it turned out – the little lanterns look so festive!

Cardstock: (White) Papertrey
Printed Paper:  (Lemonade 6X6 collection) Basic Grey
Stamp:  (Paper Lantern) Close To My Heart
Ink:   (Cranberry, Grass)  A Muse Studio, (Tuxedo Black) Memento, (Yellow Ochre) Colorbox Chalk Ink
Other: decorative brad, paper crimper