Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Oh, Toodles!!


My nephew celebrated his second birthday over the weekend with a Mickey Mouse themed birthday party.  I thought it was only fitting to make the card match the theme since this child is literally obsessed with Mickey.  Ask him a question and if he doesn't have the answer his reply is always "Toodles".  A card in the shape of Toodles himself seemed an obvious choice.  And I think I was right.  He opened the card and didn't give one hoot about the gift after that!

The card itself took a little extra work and fancy cutting with the Circle Framelits.  I used them more as a template than to actually cut the card stock with the Big Shot, especially with so many layers involved.  Here's a look at the inside top layer of the card (the card opens like a normal card would so I could write my birthday message inside).

I played on the word Toodles for fairly obvious reasons - it worked perfectly!


Stamps: N/A
Card Stock: Basic Black, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizazz, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink: N/A
Punches: Cupcake, 1/2" Circle
Big Shot: Circle Framelits, Little Letter Framelits, Little Number Framelits
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue

I hope this has given you a little inspiration mid week!  Until next time, happy creating!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Alice in Wonderland Envelope Card Tutorial

Hey Everyone!

I'm sharing a great card fold today over at Splitcoast Stampers called the Envelope Card fold.  I hope you can stop by and check it out!

I stumbled upon this card fold just before Christmas and made a few as teacher gifts (click HERE to see that post).  This time around I was much more finicky with the die cuts and punch art (I even used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a few pieces!)  Here's a few detail photos of my Alice in Wonderland creation:

This is the card folded closed.  I've added the lock on the front not only as a detail but also as a way to seal the envelope.  On the backside of the envelope I glued a die cut label as a way to add an address to the envelope for mailing.

The "flap" of the outside of the envelope becomes an area to write a message on the inside.  I added a cut out of The Queen of Hearts to use up some of the white space.

A look at the inside portion of the card.  You'll find the Mad Hatter, Alice, the Rabbit, and the infamous Red Roses along the front fold of the card while the back panels are filled with tea cups and laughing flowers.  The left hand front panel of the card was the perfect spot for a tree, a clock, and of course the Cheshire cat.

Small details add the finishing touches to the card.  Small tags with hand written labels "Eat me" and "Drink me" hang from the tree branches and one of the tea cup handles.

Photos of this card were extremely hard to take.  No matter how I adjusted the card or camera I just couldn't capture the dimensional detail.  If you'd like to see it at its best, please head over to Splitcoast and check out the photo and video tutorial there.  I hope you'll give this card fold a try - I love how something that can be so dimensional can fold up to the size of an envelope!

Have a wonderful day!  If you have any questions on the card please feel free to email me and I'll try to answer them as best I can.
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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Happy Trails to You...


I'm craving summer and everything it has to offer (minus the bugs of course!) as of late.  Even though we've had a warmer than average winter with little snowfall I can't wait for the green!  I also can't wait for those amazing summer sunsets; so much so that I decided to recreate one of my own with this card for a couple of close friends who recently moved away.  I so wish you could see it in person because the colors look much more vivid in real life than I can ever get the camera to capture!  

Here's a quick how to:
  1. Begin by blocking off the bottom portion of a piece of Whisper White card stock with a torn post it note.
  2. Sponge Crushed Curry ink along the top edge of the post it note, concentrating the color in the center of the image.
  3. Sponge Pumpkin Pie on the upper area of the Crushed Curry and sponging all the way to the edges of the card stock.
  4. Sponge a small amount of Watermelon Wonder and Cherry Cobbler together, blending into the Pumpkin Pie.
  5. Sponge Rich Razzleberry and Elegant Eggplant in the same manner as Step #4
  6. To add a small highlight to the upper portion of the sky, sponge Island Indigo.
  7. With a second torn post it note add "clouds" to the sky with Elegant Eggplant and Cherry Cobbler ink.
  8. Stamp the mountain image from the stamp set In the Meadow along the left edge of the card stock over the post it note.
  9. Remove the post it note.  Using a Basic Black marker, color in the mountain range and the ground area (I've found this gives me better ink coverage than a sponge and ink).
  10. Add another image in the foreground.  In this case I cut a cowboy from Basic Black using my Silhouette Cameo but a tree or grassy image would look wonderful too!

Stamp Set: In the Meadow
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Lost Lagoon
Ink: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Watermelon Wonder, Cherry Cobbler, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Momento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Basic Black
Accessories: Post it Notes, Multi-purpose liquid glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Silhouette Cameo 

I hope you've enjoyed this quick tutorial!  If you are interested in seeing a video tutorial on a technique like this, please let me know.  It's been ages since I've done a video and I think this might be a good one to use as a teaching tool.

See you all again soon!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lego Nexo Knight Clay Punch Art


Have you seen the newest Lego obsession yet?  If not, let me introduce you to the Nexo Knights, just released December/January.  My son first caught a sneak peek of these new "wicked cool" (his words, not mine LOL) characters in his Lego magazine towards the end of last year and went crazy with anticipation for their release.

As with most boy toys I've come across in my six short years as a mom, I haven't a clue what they do or whom their saving but it apparently requires hours on my Ipad to play a game involving shields...I'm sure he'd fill me in if I asked but I'm not sure I'm up for the explanation I'm sure I'd get LOL.

He's acquired 2 sets so far and I'll admit Lego has outdone themselves yet again.  The moving parts on these things (trust me, they look like monster blobs on wheels) is pretty amazing.  I love watching him build and watch his excitement as he gets closer to finishing.

In honor of his new obsession I wanted to see if I could re-create at least one of the characters in punch art form.  I imagined it would go fairly smoothly since I've made a couple Lego characters in the past.  Well, was I wrong.  This guy took hours to create and figure out.  They are extremely detailed and layered.  If you follow any of my work you'll know that I don't like to leave any details out, to a fault most times, which turned against me on this one!

All that being said, once I figured out a system of assembly the second one I created went much quicker.  I created a template that took all the guess work out of what went were and what needed to be drawn/colored.  I love the creative process but its so nice to have a simple trace and cut method to fall back on if I want to re-create one of these again.

Here's the first card I made Griffin for Valentine's Day.  I think he would have looked awesome on a Step Card or a Card in a Box but I opted for a simple card this time around.  The great thing is he is so versatile simply because he's in punch art form; you could even leave him free of a card so he could be used on a Lego scrapbook page!

If your interested in trying your hand at Clay, I have a tutorial for purchase in my Tutorial Store. Included in the tutorial I have tons of step by step photos for assembly, as well as a template for each piece that I've hand drawn and cannot be "punched".  There is also a "breakdown" sheet included so you know exactly how pieces you should have (40!! on this particular guy), what color the pieces should be along with a sponging color guide.

I'm sure any Lego fan would love to have this one - and he's so new you'll be a "wicked cool" card maker who is waaaaay ahead of the times! LOL

Supply List:

Stamp sets: N/A
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Night of Navy, Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate
Markers: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Basic Gray
Big Shot: N/A
Punches: Owl Builder, ½” Circle, Word Window
Misc. : Template, Carbon (Transfer) Paper, White Gel Pen, Tombow, Paper Snips, Sponge Daubers


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Friday, February 12, 2016

Jake & The Neverland Pirates Treasure Chest!

Hello Everyone!

With Valentine's Day only a few days away I thought I'd share the Valentine I made for my youngest son.  He's currently entranced with Jake & The Neverland Pirates so I used that as my jumping off point and created Jake's Treasure Chest!

Most elements I cut by hand; including the shape of the treasure chest and Jake's sword which decorates the front of the chest.  Instead of using plain card stock I dressed up the edges and details with Gold Glimmer paper; a perfect addition to a Treasure Chest!  After making the chest I still felt like something was missing so I added Jake's parrot, Skully perched atop.  I think he turned out sooo cute - right down to his skull hat!  Here's a peek at the inside of the card...

As you've probably noticed the card isn't meant to stand upright like a standard card.  This could be easily fixed by adding a small stand at the back or adding another bottom layer attached at the hinge point.

I can't wait to see what he says when he opens it on Sunday!  I'm pretty sure I've struck gold with this one!

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I'll be back next week to share some exciting new punch art with you!  And here's a hint - its LEGO themed!  Hope to see you then :)

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

School Memory Boxes


If you have followed my blog for any length of time you'll know that I'm not a scrap booker.  I find the task absolutely daunting and for that reason alone have steered clear off the scrap book path. With that being said however, I still want to preserve our memories so the boys can reflect back in the years to come.  I've spent countless hours, on and off through the last couple years, searching the internet for other solutions and I think I finally found one alternative that works for me!

I decided that 2016 is the year I'm finally going to divorce the excess clutter in my house, beginning in my craft/office space. In the last couple of weeks I've emptied out the ENTIRE space, purged, organized, and slowly began the process of putting only the things that belong and I truly need back. Wow, what a chore - but its so close to being done!

One of the biggest areas that needed to be organized was the boys past schoolwork and projects.  I have a hard time throwing things away but it was beginning to take up too much space.  I had a little stashed here, and a little more over there, and oh, don't forget that drawer over there too!  I hated never knowing where I put things and I was starting to worry that things were going to be misplaced or mishandled and we'd lose those memories they worked so hard to create.  I wanted a system where I could put their entire schooling from Pre-K to Grade 12 in and it be safe and protected for years to come.  Enter in Jen from I Heart Organizing.  I've followed her blog for a couple of years now and while looking through her archives for something else entirely I stumbled upon her School Paperwork Organizing post.  It was literally a light bulb moment - it was exactly what I was looking for!  The post comes with free printables, tutorial, and tips; it truly couldn't get much easier!

I first began by purchasing my bins.  I went a little (ok a lot) bigger than Jen's file boxes but I wanted to make sure I had tons of room for growth.  These particular bins are Sterilite brand and are 4.5L.  I had a couple of hanging folder frames that I used inside them to hang my hanging folders onto. Using my Silhouette Cameo I cut both boys names and "School Days" from vinyl and added them to the side of each bin so there's never any confusion about who's is who's.

I printed out the Grade labels for each boy and affixed them to my file folders then printed out the Grade info sheets from Pre-K to Grade 12.  I added some solid colored paper, and a piece of the Schoolhouse DSP underneath their school photo from each year and added it to each corresponding year file folder.  I made sure to complete all the years so that everything co-ordinates and is ready for each school year.  Then all that was left was to fill them up!

As you can tell I have lots and lots of space left but I'm okay with that!  If the next couple years are anything like the last couple of years in school, it will be filled up in no time!

So, now that I have the boys school work in order I've given myself the next hill to photos.  I haven't done a thing with our photos since prior to 2006.  There are literally hundreds of them.  I've managed to sort them into years but that's it.  As I mentioned in the beginning of this post I am by no means a scrap booker but I think I'm going to attempt to take the plunge and use the Project Life products; they are simplified and easy to use for "newbies" like me LOL.  I'll keep you updated as I go but I would love to hear your advice and any words of wisdom you might have on how I should tackle this one!

Until next time...
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Hello 2016!

Hello 2016!

I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season!  I became so swamped in December with home life that I made the biggest faux pas a card maker could ever make - I didn't get Christmas cards out!  It was definitely a "shame on my moment" so I decided instead to send out Happy New Year cards so I could *slightly* redeem myself.  I really like how they turned out and I was able to complete them when I didn't feel stressed or rushed to get them done; a win win in my books!

The concept had to be super simple and quick.  I didn't have time to have pictures professionally printed so I used my home printer.  I stamped the "HELLO" image from the retired Cheer All Year set in Versamark then heat embossed with Silver embossing powder.  Below the embossing I added "2016" cut from a Silver Foil Sheet using the Little Number Thinlits.  The mat behind the photo is a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Night of Navy card stock with a vertical row of silver embossed leaves from the also retired set From the Garden.  On the backside of the card I added a piece of Very Vanilla card stock so I could write a quick message to the receiver. 

Today is pretty exciting in the Stampin' Up! world - the new 2016 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catty's go live today!  If you'd like to take a peek at all the new goodies, click the links in the left side bar - you WON'T be disappointed!

Here's a quick birthday card I made using the SAB set Sky is the Limit:

I used a technique called Faux Stamped Leather, which I featured a while back on the blog and did a tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers for.  I added a few paper piercing additions and some white gel pen for a little interest.  A perfect masculine card!

Ok, I'm off.  My goal today is to get all the decorations down, sorted, and boxed up.  It was the boys first day back to school and I must say I was really beginning to crave routine again!  I've been putting off way too many things simply because we were still in the midst of "holidays".  Today, no more excuses!! ;) 

Until next time...
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