Thursday, June 7, 2018

Gingerbread Baking

Day 5 of playing with the new Stampin' Up Catalogue.  I hope some of you have started to join me.  I am back on page 97 for a bit more Christmas.  I adapted the gift bag into a card since I prefer cards.  Again, because I'm using what I have, I modified where needed.  I started with the DP on Close to Cocoa.  The was awesome because everything on the card came from my scrap pile, including the base.  The gingerbread men are from an old Waltzingmouse set that I love.  All the gingerbread decorations are separately stamped so you have so much flexibility.  I just fussy cut them out.  I put them on some silver cardstock to look like the baking sheet.  Since I don't have an apron die and didn't feel like going down to my computer to fiddle with finding a template, I used my spellbinder mittens as oven mitt.  The sentiment came from the same Waltzingmouse set.

This card while it shouldn't work from a design standpoint is a lot of fun and I think my niece will get a kick out of it in December so I'm happy.  I don't think I need the Cookie Cutter Christmas set since the gingerbread man was my favourite in the set.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Bubblegum Ice-Cream

Day 4 of recreating cards from the new Stampin' Up catalogue.  In case you haven't been following along, I'm not a demo and not affiliated in any way.  I simply couldn't afford to go shopping and decided to play along with what I have.

I liked a lot of the cards on page 42 so expect me to play with some of them later.  This one is based on the ice cream version on the middle of the page.  I thought it was adorable and remembered I had this ice-cream cone that I'd never used from an old Sale-A-Bration set, Honeycomb Happiness.  This was awesome because I had also forgotten I had a balloon stamp and you will be seeing it in a few days.

Now my ice-cream cone image is slightly bigger so I ended up changing the layout a bit to fit a standard A4 card rather than the square card shone.  I changed out the DP to some dollarstore stuff I had in my drawer.  Surprise, I had no twine so added more rhinestones.  It was great to use up some of the pink ones I've had floating around for what must be close to 10 years.  The sentiment also came from the same set.

All in all, I like my version better!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Blue Thank Yous

I'm on Day 3 of recreating cards from the Stampin' Up catalogue.  Okay, I'll be honest, this was not my most successful recreation but I appreciate when people show their meh work as well as their best.  We can't be rock stars all the time!

This card is from the bottom of page five and is not my usual style at all.  It's way more fussy than I am comfortable with and I think it shows.  I didn't have any lovely Coastal Cabana so I substituted Tempting Turquoise, which I think is just too bright for this card.  I couldn't find my swish stamp from Sheltering Tree.  I know it's in there somewhere but lost polymer stamps are impossible to find! I substituted with raindrops figuring I would at least go with a nature theme.  The tag is from some cheap dollar store DP.  The stamped image is a very old one from Stamping Bella that I directly coloured.  I think my Tempting Turquoise marker's ink is going slightly off.  Has that happened to anyone?  The markers are very old.  The sentiment is an old Sale-abration set.  Once again, I had to go on an archeology hunt to find some ribbon for this card.

All in all, it was fun to try something different and I used two stamps that I hadn't touched in at least five years.  So despite the way it looks, maybe it was a marginal success.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Orange You Glad It's Your Birthday

Here is Day 2 of my challenge to recreate items from the new Stampin' Up catalogue using items I have in my craft room.  This card is based on the lovely blue tag at the bottom left corner of the cover  of the catalogue.  I don't usually use tags so I changed mine to card.  I had to completely change the colour scheme because I am not a ribbon person.  This orange ribbon was the only thin ribbon I could find at the time.  I know I have some pink and white somewhere but I couldn't find it for the life of me.  It doesn't really matter since my brother's favourite colour is orange so he'll be happy to receive this later in the year,  I swapped out the punch and sentiment from the Darling Label Punch Box and used retired Stampin' Up's Love Labels with the coordinating punch in Tangerine Twist.  It was mounted on coordinating cardstock.  I didn't have any orange pearls so I coloured some rhinestones with a Copic.  Don't ask me why but the men in my family feel that rhinestones are masculine but pearls are not.  They like sparkles on their card.  The paper is a cheap dollar store DP mounted on Gina K.'s luxury white.  I quite like how this turned out.  Jury is still out whether I need more ribbon. However, if you want a quick project to make lots of tags, it's great and could be used as a quick gift if made into a set.  I still really like the labels but I can hold out for now.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Peace and Joy

My Stampin' Up catalogue came yesterday and I had a great time looking over it.  Last year I'd seen someone that made themselves a challenge to try to remake items from the catalogue using what they had in their stash and I thought it might be fun to try this myself.  I really wish I could find the thread on Splitcoast from last year because it was great.  I admit that I'm not one to do a straight remake.  I'm not so good at following rules so I took it more as inspiration piece.

My first choice was the card on the top of page 97.  I started with some Pink Paisley DP from their Merry and Bright pack.  Instead of Christmas Pines, I used the retired Peaceful Wishes set and stamped it in Old Olive and Meadow Moss (left over from the last time it was in the catalogue!)  The pinecones were stamped in Distress Oxide, which I don't like as much because I think I lost some of the details.  The ribbon came off a Lindt Chocolate bunny.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Christmas Insides and I used Spellbinders Labels 4 instead of the Everyday Labels punch.  I then changed the background to Real Red to give me that magic 3 number.  I didn't even notice the lace on the card until I was posting here so I left that off.  All in all, I'm really happy with my recreation.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Eleven for the Price of One

It's been an age since I posted.  I've missed blogging.  More to the point, I've missed card making.  Recently I've only made cards when I'm madly scrambling for something as I'm going out the door to an event.  It's not as fun.  I'd like to come back to it.

I've been reading a clean and purge thread on Splitcoast and was inspired to use up some of my stash.  I had recently bought a new file folder for my scraps and they didn't fit so I've got some work cut out for me.  When I saw the Back to Basics challenge to complete a One-Sheet-Wonder, I decided to get serious.  I used the pattern from Shawna at Teacher's Pet as my starting point.  Instead of one sheet, I used four 6x6 pieces from Echo Park's Winter Mittens set.  I pretty much only have 2 more sheets to finish off the packaged.  All the images and tags came from my stash and I was really happy to get such a wide selection.  Everything but the card bases came from the scrap pile.  I played with this on and off for two days.  I am procrastinating with starting my June responsibilities.  As a type A personality, I even start my procrastinating early!  This was pretty time consuming because I was making all one offs but I still think I would try this again.  I like the fact that they don't all have exactly the same paper.  Sometimes I don't like the traditional One-Sheet-Wonders because the cards can be so similar.  What can I say - I get bored easily.

This was my first.  I managed to use up 9 sympathy cards within a one week period over spring break and need to build up my stash.  The image is from a thank you card I received at the end of last year.

The image is an old Inkadoo one that my oldest had coloured years ago.  My kids love to craft with me so I often have a selection of their colouring to make into cards.  Somehow this one had gotten lost in my pile.  I added some Wink-a-Stella to give it a bit of sparkle.

Yes, I found a purple snowflake in my stash.  Don't ask! The sentiment was from a misc. piece of designer paper that I fussy cut out.

 The die is from MFTs and the snowflake stamp is from Stampin' Up's Colourful Seasons.

This sentiment is from the same piece of DP as the Peace, Love Joy banner.

The sentiment came from MFT's Amazing set and 
the sentiment was from Stampin' Up's Celebration selection from this year.

 This is probably my favourite "thank you stamp" that I own.  I also have the French version.  It's from Stampin' Up's So Very Much set.

The stamp set is So Very Kindly from Stampin' Up.

Used a recycled tag.  Somewhere I have a "No Peeking" sentiment that I want to add to the bottom but I can't find it for the life of me!

This one was my favourite.  The funny part was the layout was made up to hide the fact that I have a large chunk of the purple paper missing.  I had wanted to use this paper for the project and figured it would only impact one card so I decided to work around it.  The stamps are from Casual Fridays.

Some leftover ribbon from a gift and stamps from Casual Fridays.

Back to Basics and Beyond: One Sheet Wonder
Crafting with Dragonflies:  The Colour Purple
Hiding in My Craft Room:  Any Holiday (5 of the cards are Christmas cards)
Seize the Birthday:  Birthday card with Patterned Paper (Card #2)
Addicted to Stamps:  Holiday (5 of the cards are Christmas cards)
Fab'N'Funky: Christmas

Monday, January 16, 2017

Baby, Don't Cry

Needed a baby card for work.  I always add the little pamphlet stitching on the top for these cards so I can add extra pages inside for signing.  This is a CASE but I can't remember from where, it's been so long.

Stamps:  So Many Scallops (retired) by Stamping Up
Embellishments:  So Saffron ribbon
Techniques:  Dry Embossing
Papers:  So Saffron, Brocade Blue Whisper White, Unknown DP