Sunday, October 16, 2011

Throwback Thursday Challenge

The challenge this week at My Creative Time is to use an older cartridge with a card feature. The card must be Halloween themed. This was the perfect opportunity to use my Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge. I have been wanting to use this cut for a while. Hello Kitty is so cute with her little cape! I just love how she turned out. I decided against using a sentiment stamp on the outside because I thought it would detract from her adorable outfit.
I cut the base card in Kraft colored cardstock at 5". Then I used the blackout feature to layer on top of that because the card feature didn't cut one side of her whiskers. I cut out the cape freehand because I didn't like it just black. It didn't really look like a cape to me. I used glossy accents on her eyes. They will dry clear and give her some dimension.
The patterned paper is from DCWV Midnight Spell. This is the most awesome Halloween stack ever! So many glittered, embossed or foiled pages and such amazing colors. I'm going to really miss this stack when it's finished.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

My Craft Spot Design Team Submission: Mini Book

Kimberly at My Craft Spot is having a Design Team call. I was so inspired I couldn't wait to get started. For my project, I made a mini book. I had so much fun creating this project. I just purchased a new Martha Stewart punch, Doily Lace, because I had this tri-fold card design in mind. A confession? This project started off as a card, but then I decided to use a new technique I just learned on creating a mini book with glue as the binding; no binding machine necessary. I couldn't wait to try it and this was a perfect opportunity.

I popped up the title on the book to give it extra dimension.

For the pages, you start by scoring the patterned paper the same spot as your book, in this case, at 4.25". You adhere the first page down and then adhere each additional page to the previous. That is how the binding is made. You can view an awesome video on this technique by Heidi Swapp here on My Craft Channel. That bright circle on the top right is actually a flower cut from glittered patterned paper with an epoxy sticker over it.

You can see the epoxy sticker effect better in this picture. I created a pocket on the bottom and stuck a tag in there that can be used for journaling or a small photo.

I left the middle page kind of plain because the paper is so graphic and I wanted to have it vacant for a larger photo.
I had so much fun creating this mini book, I will definitely be making more of these! Thanks for looking and come back soon.

  • Base at 5.5" x 10". Score at 4.25" and 8.5"
  • All paper from My Mind's Eye Lovenest and Spring Feast from First Edition
  • 1" circle punch and 3/4" square punch for the cover banner and base for facets and epoxy stickers
  • My Creative Time Anyday Bingo & Crossword for the letters on the cover
  • My Pink Stamper Stamps Family & Friends for the "memories" on the cover
  • Tim Holtz Facets
  • 1" Epoxy stickers
  • Brad on outside from Basic Grey Sweet Threads collection
  • Glossy Accents as adhesive for facets and epoxy stickers
  • Cricut Cartridge Kate's ABCs for the flower
  • Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch

Sunday, October 2, 2011

My Pink Stamper Christmas Card challenge

Robyn from My Pink Stamper challenged us to start our Christmas cards. I've been making a few here and there, but tonight I was really motivated. I've been going through a couple of weeks of feeling creative. The paper for this card is from a stack I bought at Joann's last year from Cloud 9. It's a mix of fall papers, Halloween and Christmas. I never want to use paper from this stack because every sheet is so adorable. But, I realize how ridiculous that is and got to work.

The snowman stamp is from an old Stampin Up set that I recently acquired and the sentiment is from a set called Winter Wishes from Scrappy Moms Stamps.

MPS Christmas Card Challenge

The snowman for my next card is from the Jolly Holidays cartridge. His face is a Peachy Keen stamp, Snow Faces and that adorable sentiment is from My Pink Stamper's Winter Punnies.

MPS Christmas Card Challenge

For my last card for this challenge, I used the stamping resist technique. I stamped the trees with Versamark on shiny white cardstock then rubbed colored ink over the image. It's a really fun technique. I've done it with flowers and it gives it such a soft look. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

Halloween Treat Bags

I made a bunch of these Halloween treat bags to give to coworkers and the staff at my father-in-law's Assisted Living facility. They are super easy. You can make them as simple or detailed as you want. Most were very simple, using just a piece of patterned paper from last year's DCWV Midnight Spell and then on others, I used solid card stock with a layer of patterned paper. I saw the idea here at Scrappin with My Bug several months ago. Michelle's treat bags were adorable. Thanks for the inspiration, Michelle!

For the closure, I cut some pumpkins and ghosts and used some Peachy Keen Pumpkin Faces stamps for their faces. I decorated the front with some stamps from Emma's All Around Halloween set. These were a lot of fun! You can see the pumpkin and ghost die cuts below.

For others, I used a ribbon closure. I had a hard time lining up the center, so the ribbon was off center on a few.

And here's a side view:

The dimensions are 3.5" x 10".
Score at 4", 4.5", 5", and 9".
Fold at the 4", 4.5" and 5" inch lines forward, back, then forward again to make a "W".
Then fold on the 9" score line.
Decorate the front as you wish.
Adhere a 3x5" cello bag on the inside panel using red tape/sticky strip.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Throwback Thursday Challenege

The challenge over at My Creative Time this week is to use a Font cartridge to create a project. I only have two font cartridges, Plantin Schoolbook and Mini Monograms, so it wasn't too hard for me to choose. I chose Mini Monograms for the card base and the ladybug is from Create a Critter. That adorable little face is Peachy Keen's Wide Eyed Kids face assortment. I used some glossy accents on her eyes.

I'm so pleased with the finished project. I had lost my mojo for quite sometime and this really got it back again for me. Thanks, Emma!