Monday, August 29, 2016

Jar of Flowers Birthday

I had hoped to be able to post the next two cards prior to going on vacation but alas I ran out of time.
We just returned from a lovely trip in Kelowna earlier this week and I am settled in again and ready to return to the everyday.

The card I am sharing today was made for my dear aunt. As her birthrate was celebrated while on vacation I thought a stamped bouquet would fair better than bringing along a real one.

The card front was created using 2 coordinating scraps of patterned paper, attached on an angel and overlapping. The jar was stamped on a scrap piece of white trimmed into a rectangle. The stems, water and greenery were also stamped directed onto this cardstock. The blossoms and jar trim were stamped on a  seperate piece and then die cut.

The die cut pieces were attached in layers using different thicknesses of foam tape. I couldn't resist adding a bit of sparkle with some random sizes of clear rhinestones. The finished piece was then matted on coordinating cardstock and attached with 1/16" thick foam tape. The sentiment was stamped on another piece of scrap white paper, trimmed and slipped just under the left edge.

The inside of the card was finished using scrap patterned paper pieces and extra flower images.
I did add a sentiment to the inside of the card along with a personal message, but took my photo before doing so.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections white
Patterned Paper: momenta Textured Cardstock, 6 x 6" pad
Stamps: Vertical greetings - SU, Jar of Love - SU,
Ink: Soft Sky, Sahara Sand, Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango, Watermelon Wonder, Old olive, pear Pizzazz - all SU, Tuxedo black - Memento,
Misc.: rhinestones, foam mounting tape/squares

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Gold Fish Jar Birthday

I don't know about you, but I've been enjoying a few previews of the upcoming SU Holiday catty through viewing pre-order videos shared by several SU demos.

I love the two new stamp sets that will work with the Everyday Jar Framelits; which I already own but just realized I have not used yet.
Feeling inspired I sat down the other day and made three cards with this set.

First, a birthday card for a dear friend.


I quite enjoyed using the matching stamps.  The card base consists of a general, tall tent fold A2 base in white. I added a card front in a pale sage green. A scrap of patterned paper cut on an angle was added for a touch of colour to the top left.

I then stamped the jar in black on white card. Added the fish using orange ink and the water (double stamped, second image stamped half way up the jar to raise the water level) in light blue. The sand was stamped using one of the stamps from the Timeless Textures set and the algae is the grass from In the Meadow, stamped 2-3 times in green.

Note, I create a mask by die cutting the jar from a scrap piece of cardstock. Then after stamping the jar I placed the mask over the image and then stamped the sand and algae.

I then cut the white cardstock with my image using the Window Framelit. With a Copic marker I added the shadow below the jar. Next I stamped the lid and bow on a scrap piece of cardstock and cut the shapes using the matching dies and glued them into position.

I found some blue pearls in my stash of embellishments that seem to fit the theme (thinking of bubbles) and added them to right of my image and stamped the greeting in the bottom right corner.

I also finished the inside of the card with some matching cardstock scraps to match the cover.
I left enough so I can add a personal message to the card.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Recollections
Pattern paper: Momenta Textured cardstock 6x6" pad (48 sheets)
Stamps: Jar of Love, in the Meadow, Timeless Textures, Sunshine Sayings - all SU
Ink:  Tuxedo black - Memento, Soft Suede, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Basic Gray - All SU
Dies: Everyday Jar Thinlits, Window Framelits - SU
Misc.: Copic markers: W1, W3, W5, blue pearls

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Welcome Puppy Punch Art card

A good friend of mine recently became the proud owner of an absolutely adorable little Springer Spaniel puppy. I couldn't resist and had to make a card to commemorate the special occasion.

This of course involved my trademark of creativity - punch art.
I used the amazing new Fox Builder  punch for the bulk of this little fellow; the instructions can be found at the end of the post.

My card base and card front are both white cardstock.  card is basic 5.5 x 4.25" in size. Card front trimmed down to 5.25 x 4".
a heart die was sued to cut a center window. A small piece of tan cardstock was torn to resemble ground and attached to the card based making sure it fit into the bottom of the heart window area.
the puppy punch art was assembled (ears and head were popped with foam, and attached to the card suing another piece of 1/16" thick foam tape.

The heart was outlined in a dot border using a brown marker and the card front was then attached to the base with 1/8" thick foam (or just double layer the thinner tape).

The sentiment is a die cut from red card, and the heart was punched from the same colour.
The greeting was pieces together from 2 separate sets of sentiment stamps. i used makers on the stamps to isolate only the words I needed.

Finally the bottom of the card was finished with a brown border cut  with a border die.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: White. red - Recollection, tan and brown - Bazzill
Stamps: Stacks of Wishes (bay) - SU, Botanicals for You - SU
Markers: Chocolate Chip - SU, Cherry Cobbler - SU
Dies: Heart Thinlits - SU, finishing Touches Thinlits - SU, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits - Su
Punch: Posh heart - Posh impressions, for punch art see below instructions
Misc.; black marker, white gel pen, foam mounting tape

Punch art instructions:

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Crochet Crib Blanket

During a recent visit to the yarn store this lovely yellow yarn caught my daughters eye. And although she just got engaged and there or no immediately plans just yet for a baby she couldn't resist and had to purchase several skeins.

She only started crocheting in the last year and isn't very fluent at reading patterns yet. She had found several new stitches and patterns she wanted to combine and therefore asked if I could make a crib blanket using this yarn and the stitches patterned she had found.

We decided on incorporating three squares to make the blanket.
the first is using this free pattern, a variation on the basic granny square
Edit. not sure why the link doesn't want to go straight to the pattern. It's free, and called "squares-n-squares-baby-blanket"

The second uses the basket weave stitch, as can be found here:
Craft Passion Basket Weave

And the third and last is a basic double crochet worked in the back loop only for a ripple texture effect.

I made 5 of each and assembled in 5 rows of 3 alternating the pattern.
The blanket was stitched together using a matching shade of green yarn and edged in one round (single crochet) of green as well.
I then added a simple scallop edge in the yellow variegated yarn

As there was a bit of left over yarn I am contemplating making a matching pair of booties and maybe a hat, when (and if) time permits.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Christmas in July Tags - Winter Fun

As promised today I am sharing the second of my Fox builder punch Christmas tags, the bundled up winter friend.

The little wintry fellow would look great with a few friends on a winter themed scrapbook page.

These can easily be used for cards as well. The bells also lend themselves well for New Years, Anniversaries and wedding themes.

The tag was die cut from black cardstock and the top was reinforced with a round tap punch piece folded over the top edge. A 3/16" eyelet was added and coordinating ribbon tied through the hole.

The punch art piece was attached using a bit of foam tape. I also left enough space that a name or To/ From:,  can be added using a gel pen.

Supplies used:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Recollections
Die: Two tags - SU
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Always Artichoke, Blushing Bride - all SU
Punches: Round Tab - SU, Fox Builder - SU, Owl Builder - SU
Misc.: 5/8' Hunter green organza ribbon, black marker, white gel pen, foam mounting tape/squares, 3/16" or 1/4" eyelet, rose/red chalk

Punch art instructions:

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