Monday, April 15, 2013

Storage for baker's twine and ribbon



I have to give credit to Amber at damask love for the idea and instructions on how to create this absolutely wonderful hanging display & storage unit for baker's twine. Amber's tutorial is really clear so I won't bother explaining anything about how this was created except to point out that instead of painting the wooden frame I decided to cover it with patterned paper. I used a sharp blade to trim around the designs and then sanded all the edges. It was finished off with a couple of coats of Mod Podge. It was a lot more work than painting would be but I'm pleased with the result.

I've hung the frame in my work area and just love how accessible the coloured twines and narrow ribbons are now.

Challenges:

Artistic Inspirations - anything but a card
Creative Craft Challenges - alter it
Hotshot Crafts - anything
Paper Crafting Journey - monochromatic
Unstampabelles - anything but a card

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Gotta Catch 'Em All

I'm thrilled with the card I'm sharing today as it worked exactly how I wanted it to. My son had a birthday party to attend on the weekend and the card just had to be Pokemon based. I decided to try creating a card that looked like a Pokeball and opened up to show the birthday greeting.

Creating the Pokeball was actually very easy. I cut 3 circles using my Grand Calibur Circles die cuts in red, white & black. The red & white circles were cut in half and then 1/4 inch removed. I trimmed the black circle so that just 1/2 inch in the middle was left. The "ball" opens using brads as the hinge. The centre black & white circles are popped up separately and then I added a large padded brad in the very centre.

My son was thrilled with the card - especially because I found an image of the newest Pokemon starters to print off for the inside. While making the card I created an extra to donate to the Childrens Hospital as well. The only difference between the cards is the top section of the extra card is left blank.


 
Challenges:
2 Sisters - fairytale or fantasy
Dutch Dare - for a boy
Eclectic Ellapu - for a child
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Pause, Dream, Enjoy - for a boy
Pile It On - birthday
Send A Smile 4 Kids - for the boys
 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Boys cards can't be beat

As a mother of 2 boys, I always need cards for males, so I'm really happy to have 3 cards to add to my stash for later use. Each of the cards uses Basic Grey "Oxford" papers and embellishments plus kraft card blanks.


 
Challenges:

Basic Grey Challenge - anything goes
Here Come the Boys - lots of layers
Eclectic Ellapu - masculine
Daring Cardmakers - hot chocolate (totally inspired by the colour
Lollipop Ladies - nerds

Inspiration:

Card #1:  Feeling Sketchy - sketch
Card #2:  Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch
Card #3:  Seems a Little Sketchy - sketch
Inspired By - picture inspiration (picked this set of papers/embellies because of the school supply inspiration)
 
 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Easter bookmarks

Still desperately trying to reduce my stack of supplies so that I can walk through my dining room again. I think I managed to use up about 1/2" worth of scrap paper by creating a stack of corner bookmarks (the book page slides in behind the bunny face so the ears are sticking out). These are my favourites - super easy to create, but cute as can be. I've made enough to use them for school Easter goodie bags. If you want to try making your own corner bookmarks there are a tonne of tutorials available online but my initial inspiration came from Positively Peaches Monster bookmark.


Challenges:
Allsorts - animals
One Stop Craft Challenge - for the kids
Hotshot Craft - anything but a card
Creative Belli - hearts
Deep Ocean Challenge - "B" (for bunny, bookmark & brown)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

What a Hoot

Another project created from some of my BFF Jacqui's stash. This time she gave me a page kit from Lickety Split and even though the page layouts included in the kit were adorable, I decided to instead convert it into a mini album.

I included both chipboard and acrylic pages but otherwise kept the album design simple since the papers were so busy. All of the embellishments (flowers, leaves, brads, die cuts) came from the page kit - all I added was some cardstock and the album pages. Oh, and instead of binding the pages with rings, I used ribbon from my own stash.
 
I can't get over how quickly this album came together. So easy when all the papers & embellies are together. And even though I didn't use the page design provided in the kit, it really helped to give me ideas. Also so much easier when I just sit down and do it instead of over-thinking the process!
 
Challenges:
Glitter n Sparkle - anything but a card
Allsorts - things with wings
Alphabet Challenge - anything with wings
Hotshot Craft - anything but a card
 
 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Making card kit projects unique

I picked up a card kit at my LSS (on sale!) and spent an enjoyable evening putting the cards together but I really wanted to adapt the cards and make them more unique and personal to my style. I decided to take the finished card kit cards and use them as toppers on larger cards with additional layers & embellishments. This worked great since the kit cards were quite small and there was plenty of leftover paper.

The first card is based on a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches (see below). I rotated the sketch and used the kit card as the central "image". I chose to have lots of white space to avoid having the final card be too busy as well as keep it looking fresh & crisp.

Challenges - "Merry & Bright" card:

Crafty Hazelnut's  - Christmas card without snow
Pal's Paper Arts - colour combo
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch




The second card is based on a sketch from Cupcake Craft. Again, the central "image" is the kit card with additional paper and ribbon elements added. Instead of stretching the ribbon across the card, I tried looping it - I really like the extra dimension and interest. I added some red Stickles to the tree and the corners of the "celebrate" banner - after all, Christmas cards can never have too much glitter!

Challenges - "Celebrate" card:

All that Stickles - Xmas red stickles
Cupcake Craft - sketch
 Pretty Little Ribbon - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Run like the wind

Thanks to my BFF, Jacqui, and her need to clean out some of her stash, I found myself gaining a whole pile of paper packs and kits over the weekend. I certainly don't "need" any more stuff but I just can't say no to free anything. To relieve my guilt at adding to my pile of supplies, I decided to use this new stuff as quickly as possible. Here is the first layout that I made:
The papers and rub-ons are from the Reminisce "Genuine Boy" collection and the page design is modified from a 12" x 12" Photo Express page kit (from a couple years ago when they still had scrapbooking).

Challenges:
Craft room challenge - make your own embellishments (the gears are created by fussy-cutting details from a piece of patterned paper, adding some rub-ons, then matting on card).
Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Totally Papercrafts - make your own embellishments