Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Starfolded Card

I have a fun project to share with you today. This is starfolded card and you can find a fantastic YouTube video tutorial here by Maria at Bellamio Designs so you can make your own. She shares all the measurements and makes things really easy to follow in the video.

This is what my star card looks like when it's opened.

Here's a bit of a different angle to show you the way the folds go. When you're folding the card in, fold it like you're closing a box, starting with one side and fold each side down in one direction, finishing by tucking the last side into the first fold. Make sense?

Here's a view of the back of the card. I didn't add patterned paper to the back centre or the back outer triangles as you won't see then when the card is folded together.

I hope you enjoyed this project and decide to try one of these for yourself. They're a lot of fun! I can see making more of these in the future for sure!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter, to my Little Chicks

Happy Easter, Everyone. I hope this finds you all having a wonderful, relaxing Easter weekend and are spending it with your family and friends.

I have to thank Corie Foster for the idea behind this sweet little Easter Chick design. You can see Corie's original post here. I had so much fun making this with all sorts of punches and die cuts. It also open up to be a card. The back of the card is scalloped, as well, and I just scored the top about 1/2 inch down from the top and applied adhesive to create the hinge. I know my daughters will love this little guy! Thanks again, to Corie for the inspiration! :)

I have a neat project to show you soon, I just need to add the finishing touches to it and I'll share it with you. So, stay tuned...

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Here's to you, friend!

I saw the photo album below recently and I knew I had to buy it for my friend, Kim. She loves purple and since she's moving away, I thought she might like to fill it with photos from her time living here. I'm sure gonna miss her! The caption inside the card reads, "Here's to you, friend!" The vintage image I used is a photostamp by The Stampsmith, called Coffee Gal.

As you can see, my card above was inspired by this photo album to give to her as a set. It's hard to tell in the photo, but the album is covered in a beautiful silk material with silver, velvet flowers over it. This is also a two album set. The second album is entirely silver silk...hence the ribbon holding the two of them together.
Here's a close up of the handmade flower, made by moi, and it gives you a better look at the silver embossed flowers that I stamped on the corners of the patterned paper.
I kinda laughed when I was about to make this card, since I was trying to think of a stamp that I might have that would look similar to the flowers on the album. I decided to put away some crafty goodies first that I bought the weekend before and when I was, I came across this single stamp that I purchased and forgot all about. I couldn't believe it, it was nearly an exact match! It must have been destiny for me to buy it! lol :)

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Happy 48th Anniversary, Mum & Dad!

I have an anniversary card to share with you today. It's for my parents in celebration of their 48 years of marriage today! That's quite an accomplishment this day and age. Seems with such a high rate of divorce these days, seeing people being married that long is few and far between.

I had fun playing with my Nesties for this card. After I embossed the die cuts, I used the Nesties as a mask to colour in the labels die and the small circle. I also got my Bow-Easy to work finally! Thanks again to my great friend, Val for showing me how to use it. :) This gizmo is great for making the perfect bow and they're really reasonably priced, too. Glad I know how to use it now!

Thanks for stoppin; by! :)

TSC12: Spring Theme

It's challenge time again over at The Stampsmith Challenge blog. Our theme is "Spring." I hope you decide to play along in the fun for a chance to win some new rubber from The Stampsmith Shop. For this mid-month challenge, we ask you that you use at least one image from The Stampsmith in order to be eligible for the random draw.

For my design team sample, I chose to use my 'Serena' photostamp. To me, Serena just screams Spring, so she's perfect for this challenge. Along with some beautiful lace and pretty little flowers to embellish my card, I did a watercolour technique on glossy cardstock to give it a delicate looking background and then stamped the image over top.

On theme, as I was driving home from work today, I saw lots of beautiful crocuses. Spring is definitely here when you see all the crocuses in bloom. It makes me happy for sure...especially since it means I probably don't have to shovel any more snow this year! lol :)

I look forward to seeing what spring projects you all come up with!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Crafty Night Fun with the Gals

I'm finally getting around to posting the cards that we made at our crafty night last weekend. The first project is one that was lead by Kim Prince. I love this stamp and really like the sentiment that I chose to use. We did a watercolour technique by using two different distress inks on a teflon mat, spritzed with water and rubbed white cardstock around over the spritzed ink. Dried with a heat tool and then we had fun using Kim's Zutter Distrezz-it-All. Man, that thing is loud! A cool devise for distressing your edges, but it could be in competition with a wood saw! lol :) We then finished the card off by adding some shimmer mist over the whole card. Thanks for leading us in a gorgeous project, Kim. We're gonna miss your inspirational projects!

Our next project was this fabulous corset card lead by Val Wilson. OMG, I love this template! A great card for that special someone in your life... :)

Even the back of the card is stamped with a perfect Tim Holtz stamp to finish off the corset. Unfortunately, I stamped it on an angle. Oh, well. Thanks for sharing this fabulous template with us, Val. Jim's gonna love this one! :)

The card above was created by a newbie to our group, Joan Jandron. I drew Joan's name for our monthly card swap. So nice to have you with us and thanks for hosting us at your place...I'm rather glad your hubby did go out for the evening, though! I can only imagine what he would have been thinking had he been there for all nine of us Zutter distressing two sheets of cardstock each! I'm sure he'd have thought we'd all lost our minds! lol :) Thanks for sharing this beautiful card with me, Joan. I love the elegance of it and the embossing on the silver cs is the perfect addition and I really like how you did the framed punch for the sentiment. Just lovely.

I have a couple more cards to share with you, but you'll have to stay tuned for those...I'll be back soon!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Darling Boys

I have a 'welcome, baby boy' card to share with you tonight, featuring a photostamp from the Darling Boys plate from The Stampsmith.

I'm sorry I had to crop down this image to fit inside the photo frame, but it is a sweet image if you can see the whole image. Look at that precious face and I love the old tub that he's in, washing his little teddy bear! Too cute! :)
I had a great time out with my local group of stampin' friends on Saturday night. I have a couple of projects to share with you, plus the swap card that I got from our draw. I'll share those with you really soon...stay tuned.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Happy Birthday, Hubert!

I have a birthday card to share with you tonight that I made for my brother. I went with a whimsical design for this masculine card. I love to use pretty ribbon, but I'm sure my brother will appreciate the fact that I opted for twine instead! I freehand drew the stars and then cut them out with my scissors. I finished it off by distressing the edges and by doing some paper piercing to embellish it. I hope he likes it.

I'll be back soon with another crafty creation...stay tuned.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)


Happy Birthday (Studio G)
Chocolate Brown (Bazzill), Ivory (Staples)
Patterned Paper:
Old World Mat Stack (DCWV), The Rustic Stack (DCVW)
Onyx Black VersaFine (Tsukineko)
Cuttlebug, Circle Nestabilities, Circle Custom Cutting System (Creative Memories), Paper Piercer, Piercing Mat, Dimensional Squares, Scissors, Distressing Tool (CTMH), Journaling Tool...aka my Spacing Guide for paper piercing (Creative Memories)

Friday, April 1, 2011

TSC11: The Female of the Species

The Female of the Species (female images from the 20s and even the 1950s) is our current challenge over at The Stampsmith Challenge. For this challenge, it's open to any stamp company for the main focal image. I chose to use the lovely Audrey by The Stampsmith. I wanted to make it a fun card with whimsical circles and polka dots so I cut her out to make it look like she was standing in front of a back drop. Please pop on over to our challenge blog to see some samples from the rest of the Design Team. I hope you decide to play along in the fun for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate from Estelle at The Stampsmith Shop. I can't wait to see what you all come up with! Thanks for stoppin' by! :)