Sunday, March 30, 2014

Monday Montage 16






        Hello there and welcome back for the bi-weekly Monday Montage blog hop.  You should have arrived here from the wonderful Cathy Casey's blog.  If not and I'm your first stop- no worries! Simply use the back/next buttons at the bottom of this post to navigate your way around the hop.

Tonight's project is a scrapbook page that I created using an old picture of my older sister Courtney and I. This picture isn't just any ordinary picture.  It was taken many many years ago and it's actually a picture of a picture.  (I think I'm around 19-20 months old in this picture)

When I visited my parents a few weeks ago I went through some old pictures with my mom.  This was one of my favorites!
For my scrapbook page- I wanted to do something a little different.  I actually printed my picture out onto a piece of Canvas Creations instead of photo paper.  It took me a few tries to get it right but overall- I like how the picture came out!  It has that "old fashioned" feel to it.
             
Here's a close-up of the canvas picture.  It's hard to tell that it's canvas but if you look at the texture of the image- you'll see that it is!

For the flowers- I also used Canvas Creations and the Spiral Flower Die.  Then I sponged each spiral with ink (I use Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Wisteria Wonder), rolled them up and glued them together. 

 Using the Canvas Creations for the flowers was a lot different than using card stock or DSP.  The canvas isn't as sturdy as paper is.  

It's hard to see in the picture but I used my sewing machine to sew a zig-zag stitch along the left side and bottom border of the page.  

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!  Hit the next button to head on over to see what the fabulous Dara Gloden has whipped up this week!


Ingredients:
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla
DSP:  Afternoon Picnic
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Loving Thoughts
Inks:  Wisteria Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry
Tools/other supplies:  Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot, Spiral Flower Die, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Early Espresso Baker's Twine, 1/2" Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Banner Punch, Paper Snips, Canvas Creations, Sponge Dauber, sewing machine, thread, hot glue gun/hot glue sticks














Saturday, March 29, 2014

Craft Project Central

Good morning!
Today I'm sharing the last project for the March edition of Craft Project Central.  This entire month has been filled with lots of amazing projects!  I'm happy to have been able to share them with you!
Today's project was created by Holly Krautkremer.  If you would like to visit her blog- just click on her name and it will take you directly to her website!


This pretty fun box and card set is so bright and cheery. It is easy to assemble and it would make the perfect gift for a friend, family, co-worker or neighbor. This project would be great for a class too show casing the Happy Day Stamp Set and Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper. It will be sure to brighten anyone’s day!

Would you like tutorials for all of the beautiful projects I've shared so far?  Visit Craft Project Central today and subscribe to March!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

CPC33

Good evening!
Before I get to the last of the beautiful Craft Project Central projects- I'd like to share the card that I created for the Creating Pretty Cards Sketch Challenge.  Each month CPC offers a sketch challenge .  This month's sketch is pictured below:

Since I haven't used the Labels Collection Framelits much lately- I thought it was the perfect time to get 'em out!  For my card- the bow in the sketch was replaced by a circle flower.  LOVE these!  

I chose the Watercolor Wonder DSP because the colors reminded me of spring!  Here's hoping Spring arrives sooner rather than later!

Would you like to play along?  Just CLICK HERE to be taken directly to the Sketch challenge!  I look forward to seeing what you create!
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Woo-Hoo Owl Card and Gift box

Good morning!
Woo-Hoo!  It's Wednesday!  That means the week is half over!  Can't wait for the weekend! How about you?  I have some new toys to play with and lots of new things to share!
Today's project is another fabulous Craft Project Central project.    This super adorable gift set was created by Tanya Bell.

This sweet little owl will warm the heart of any owl lover.  The coordinating card and gift box are both easy to make and feature some of the lovely Framelits sets from Stampin’ up!

I'm not sure about you- but this adorable little owl and card would be enough to convince me to subscribe to the March edition of Craft Project Central!  It doesn't get much cuter than this!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Good as Gold!

Good morning!
I can't believe that it's almost time to say goodbye to Sale-a-bration!  It seems like it just began a few days ago!  Thankfully we still have a few more days to take advantage of the awesome FREE products!  One of my favorite items from this year's Sale-a-Bration catalog is the Good as Gold card kit.  This kit comes with 8 card bases, 8 Gold envelope liners, 8 envelopes, 1 sheet of Gold Foil tags, 1 sheet of die cut printed tags, 8 pieces of Gold Elastic Cord and 8 pieces of Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine.  Pretty much everything you need to make 8 gorgeous cards (minus the adhesive)!
The tags that come in the kit are pre-printed and are in multiple languages.  It's nice to have such a wide variety of choices!
For my cards- I chose to use the "thank you" and the "for you" English language tags.  These cards were created in about 30 minutes.  Not too bad for 8 cards!



Would you like to get one of these fabuolous Good as Gold kits?  Click the Shop with me button on the right sidebar to go directly to my webstore!
Have a great Tuesday!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mini Spool Tutorial

Good afternoon!
As promised I have written a tutorial on how to create the adorable mini spool cards that I shared here a few days ago.  I wasn't going to write one because they are so easy to figure out how to make but I received so many requests it was almost overwhelming.  I'm so happy to hear that so many of you liked them!  As I mentioned when I posted the cards the first time- I saw a picture of mini spool cards on Pinterest.  I'm not sure who the original creator is as the card was pinned from several people.  When I tried to trace it back- I got nowhere.  It seems the picture was just that.  A picture uploaded from someones computer and not linked to a website.  So- here is my version!


MINI SPOOL CARD TUTORIAL


You will need the following supplies:
3" x 6" piece of card stock for the base (mine is Crumb Cake)
2-3/4" square piece of coordinating DSP or card stock (I used Sweet Sorbet DSP)
2-3/4" square piece of Very Vanilla or Whisper White card stock (for the inside-Mine is Whisper White)
Stampin' Trimmer
Envelope Punch Board
Paper Snips
SNAIL
33" Baker's Twine/Linen Thread (whatever you like best)
Woodgrain Stamp
Early Espresso Ink
SNAIL
Stampin' Dimensionals
Glue Dots
Buttons or other embellishments- your choice!

Instructions:
Step 1:   Score 3" x 6" piece of card stock at 3"
Step 2:  Insert the folded edge of the card base into the Envelope Punch Board and line it up at the 1-1/8" mark and punch.  Flip the card stock over and line it back up at the 1-1/8" mark and punch again.
Repeat for the opposite edge of the card.
 
Step 2

This is what the edge of your card should look like after you've punched one edge of your card.

This is what your card should look like after you've punched both edges of your card.

Step 3:  Using the Stampin' Trimmer- line up the inner "dips" of the card along the cutting track as shown in the picture below.  Cut the point off so that your card is now straight.  Repeat for the other edge of the card. 

Step 3

This is what your card base should now look like.  


Step 4:  Ink the Woodgrain stamp with Early Espresso Ink.  Stamp the front and the back side of the card.
Step 5:  Take the 2-3/4" square piece of coordinating DSP (or card stock- whatever you choose to use) and insert it into the Envelope Punch Board.  Line it up at the 1" mark and punch.  Flip DSP (or card stock) over and line it back up at the 1" mark and punch again.  Repeat this step for both edges of the DSP/card stock. This creates the layer for the front of the card.
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Step 5

Step 6: Using the Paper Snips or the Stampin' Trimmer and cut the center points off (same as Step 3).  I found that for the DSP- it was just as easy to use Paper Snips as it was to use the Stampin' Trimmer. 
Step 7:  Turn the DSP layer over and adhere a Glue Dot to the back edge of the card.  This will hold the edge of the Baker's Twine while wrapping it around the card.  Wrap the twine around the center part of the card and secure other loose end with a glue dot.

Step 7

The front of your layer should look like this.

Step 8:  Using Stampin' Dimensionals- adhere the spool layer to the front of the card base.

Step 8

Step 9:  Repeat Step 5 and Step 6 for the Whisper White (or Very Vanilla) inside layer.  Adhere to the inside of the card using SNAIL adhesive.  Here is what the inside of the card looks like:


Step 10:  The card is now almost complete.  Embellish as you wish to finish the card.

I chose to embellish my card using the Big Shot, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Chalk Talk Stamp Set, Black Staz-On ink, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, a Metal Button with a scrap of Summer Starfruit Baker's Twine, and scraps of coordinating card stock/DSP.


I hope you enjoy the tutorial!  If you have any questions please feel free to ask!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin'!


Mini-cup Treat Holder and Gift Bag

Good morning!
Are you enjoying your Spring season?  I'm SO happy to finally say goodbye to Winter!  It was a rough one but I'm looking forward to the better weather!
Today I have another fabulous Craft Project Central project to share with you.  This project comes from the fabulous Nancy Dawson.

When you need a quick remembrance gift for friends or family this project fits the bill. The mini-cup holds candy treats, small gift items, a Keurig coffee cup or whatever you choose!   This tutorial also features a coordinating card, envelope and gift bag.

Want this awesome tutorial?  Visit Craft Project Central today and subscribe to March!  This month has been filled with tons of awesome tutorials!  Don't miss out!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Good as Gold Craft Project Central

Good afternoon!
Today I have another Craft Project Central Project.  I LOVE this set!  It was designed by Kris McIntosh.  If you haven't gotten this kit yet- I highly suggest placing a $50 Sale-a-Bration order while you still can!  You won't regret it!

This set of cards and presentation box are made using the Notecards and embellishments from the Good as Gold Card Kit from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  You will be able to cut the Notecards up to create the designer series paper for the cards and box.  The Happy Watercolor stamp set works really well as the focal point for the cards.  The presentation box is created using the Envelope Punch Board.  You will have five cards and most of the embellishments from the Good as Gold Card Kit leftover for more creations, or you could make two sets and give one away!

Want this fabulous tutorial?  Visit Craft Project Central today and subscribe to March!

Mini Spools

Good morning!
Almost everyone who knows me- knows that I'm all about the little things.  I like teeny tiny cars, miniature versions of larger items and various other small things.  So- when I saw these adorable mini spools on Pinterest- I knew I had to make some for myself!
These were created using the envelope punch board and take less than 10 minutes to make.  They are created as 3" x 3" cards so overall- they're pretty small!


I started out with a Crumb Cake base that I stamped using the Woodgrain background stamp.  I love the look that the Woodgrain stamp adds.  It's almost like looking at a real piece of wood!  The DSP is Sweet Sorbet.  Hurry!  This DSP will only be around for a few more short weeks!  Sale-a-Bration ends 3/31 so don't miss out!  CLICK HERE to shop in my store!

Card Ingredients:
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
DSP:  Sweet Sorbet
Stamps:  Chalk Talk, Perfect Pennants
Inks:  Black Staz-On
Tools/other supplies:  Stampin' Trimmer, Envelope Punch Board, Wood Buttons, Basic Metal Buttons, Sweet Sorbet Accessory Kit, Linen Thread, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Banner Framelits, 1-3/8" Circle Punch


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Craft Project Central Dahlia

Good afternoon!
Today I have another Craft Project Central project to share with you.   This beautiful wall art was created by Christy Fulk.

This Dahlia Flower Wall Art will brighten up any room in your home.  It is very easy to customize the colors to match the colors in any room.  Multiples of this art can be made, and hung together, to cover a larger space on a wall.  The card coordinates with the wall art, and makes a perfect duo when making it as a gift.  This would make a great class, too. 

Interested in this fabulous tutorial?  Visit Craft Project Central today and subscribe to March!

The WINNER of my Craft Project Central March subscription giveaway is Farida Jararah!  Farida- please contact me for more details!  Thanks to everyone who came and left comments on my wreath!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Monday Montage 15 Tag Boxes






        Hello there and welcome back for the bi-weekly Monday Montage blog hop.  You should have arrived here from the wonderful Cathy Casey's blog.  If not and I'm your first stop- no worries! Simply use the back/next buttons at the bottom of this post to navigate your way around the hop.

For tonight's project- I have created 2 absolutely adorable little boxes using the new Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  The first one is a the biggest and it holds a package of mini maple sugar candies.  The maple sugar candies are fresh from the sugar shack!  I spent the weekend in NY state at my parents house and a trip to the sugar shack was a must!  There's nothing like fresh maple products straight from the local maker!



Here's a picture that shows the actual contents of the box.  Don't they look yummy?


The next little box was also created using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  It's hard to see the tag topper in this picture but you can see it really well from behind.


The picture below shows the back view of the box.  You can see the tag topper much better in this view.  This box is pretty small- it doesn't hold much but it's definitely large enough to hold some miniature candy bars or a gift card!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my project! Please clock the next button below to visit the amazing Dara Gloden!  I know she has something fabulous in store!

Ingredients:
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White
DSP:  Sweet Sorbet
Stamps:  Petal Parade, Hip Notes
Inks:  Black Staz-On, Pool Party, Crisp Cantaloupe
Tools/other supplies:  Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, 1-3/8" Circle Punch,  Sweet Sorbet Accessory Kit, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, 1/2" Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, Basic Metal Buttons, Chevron Natural Ribbon















Craft Project Central Just Sayin' Card Tote

Good morning!
Today I have another beautiful Craft Project Central project to share with you!  This one was created by Yapha Mason.  Isn't it cute?  You can visit her blog at www.yaphamason.com/blog


This adorable stationery set includes six single-sided notecards and six 3” x 3” mini cards as well as matching pencils. Carry all of the items in a cute tote with a separate pocket for each!

Want this tutorial?  Visit the Craft Project Central website and subscribe to March today!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring Wreath!

Good morning!
Well that was short lived!  You know- that teeny tiny little break from winter.  Well the snow is back and boy is it ever NASTY outside!  Do you know what that means?  That's right!  It means everyone should stay inside where it's warm and spend the day in the craft room creating!
Don't know where to start?  I can help you there!  Head on over to Craft Project Central today and sign up for the month of March!  This month is full of awesome projects and fun tutorials!  My project is featured today!

Have you had enough of Winter?  Are you ready for Spring?  This beautiful floral wreath is the perfect project for the upcoming Spring season!   Full of color and fun flowers this wreath is sure to delight!  It’s perfect for Easter and would look beautiful as a wall decoration or as front door d├ęcor.

Remember- visit Craft Project Central today!  Leave a comment on my project and be entered to win all of the fabulous tutorials from the month of March!  Your comment MUST be left on the Craft Project Central posting of my project to qualify. Winner will be chosen on 3/14 at 11:59 PM EST.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Zoo Babies Mini Album

Good morning!
Earlier in the week I mentioned that I had been playing around with some new Stampin' Up! items.  One of those items was the Zoo Babies stamp set.  OMG am I ever addicted to this set!  I can sit and stamp with it for hours!  This set is so absolutely adorable and I love everything about it!  I'm not really sure how I lived without it before!
The project I'm sharing today is a mini photo album that was created using the Clear Envelopes from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  Overall I think it came out cute!  What a fun way to display pictures of your loved ones!

Using Clear Envelopes is not a new idea for a mini scrapbook.  The idea has actually been around for years. I just decided to dig up the tutorial and make one myself.  For my album, I wanted to decorate my cover a little differently.  I added an adorable shaker frame to the center of the album cover.  Using the new Fringe Scissors I created some grass for a few other Zoo Babies to hang out in. This cute little album will hold 10 pictures.  What a fabulous gift for a new mother or grandmother!


For this picture the mini album was placed on it's back so that it would lie flat.  It's tough to get a good picture when there's a window sheet reflecting the light.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you've enjoyed my project!

Mini Album Ingredients:
Card Stock:  Pistachio Pudding, Soft Sky, Whisper White
DSP:  2014-2015 In Color DSP Paper Stack
Stamps:  Zoo Babies
Inks:  So Saffron, Soft Sky, Gumball Green, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip
Tools/other supplies:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Fringe Scissors, Window Sheets, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, Silver Stampin' Glass Glitter, Big Shot, Alphabet Letterpress Embossing Folder, Circles Collection Framelits, crop-a-dile punch, 1/2" Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon

Monday, March 10, 2014

Retro Fresh Album and Card

Good evening!
Tonight I have another awesome Craft Project Central project to share with you!  This fun set was created
the fabulous Monika Davis.


Are you ready for a vacation? This little mini album is perfect for those precious memories and photos. You can take it with you, and work on it while on vacation, or use it as a brag album after your trip.  This is also the perfect present with the matching greeting card to someone who loves to travel and take pictures.  Makes a fun Stamp Camp project too.

Interested in this awesome tutorial?  Head on over to Craft Project Central today and subscribe to March!

Baby We've Grown

Good morning!
It seems like forever since I last posted!  I spent the past weekend coming up with some adorable baby cards and baby favors.  I fell in love with the adorable little bunny from the Baby We've Grown stamp set so needless to say I had to have it!  It's truly an adorable bunch of stamps!  I can't wait to share all the fun items I've created using it!

The first card I have to share is a 5" square card.  I think it's fun to create cards that are not the standard size!  I stamped the little bunny in Black Staz-On ink then onto a scrap of Watercolor paper.  He was colored by using an aqua painter and some Baked Brown Sugar ink.  Isn't he adorable?

Card Ingredients:
Card Stock:  Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Watercolor paper
DSP:  2014-2015 In Color DSP Stack
Stamps:  Baby We've Grown, Gorgeous Grunge, Zoo Babies (sentiment)
Inks:  Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush, Black Staz-On
Tools/other supplies:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Basic Metal Buttons, Linen Thread, Pistachio Pudding Stretch Trim Ribbon, sewing machine, thread, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Let the fringe begin!

Good afternoon!
Today I have another Craft Project Central project to share with you.  This project was created by Regina Andari.

Perhaps you’ve looked at Stampin’ Up!’s Fringe Scissors and wondered what—besides paper grass—you can create with them.  This tutorial will show you how to create a closed-loop bow, an open fringe bow, a fun fringe card, and twisted fringe trim for cards, scrapbook pages, gifts, and other projects.

Interested in this tutorial?  Visit Craft Project Central and subscribe to March today!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tag Swap!

Hi there!
A few weeks ago another member of the Inking Everything team asked if anyone on our team was interested in participating in a tag swap.  Normally I'd say no as I like to keep my projects unique and not make multiples of them but this time- an idea had already popped into my head and I said SIGN. ME. UP!


I knew immediately the tag I was going to create!  I can't explain how my crafting brain works but let's just say sometimes it has ideas and sometimes it doesn't!  Faux camera's are pretty popular right now and they are so much fun to create!  And as I said above- a tag idea had already popped into my head so I went with it! I hope my fellow swap-mates enjoy these cute little camera's as much as I enjoyed creating them for the swap!  They really are super adorable and tons of fun!


Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic Wednesday!  (already?  Where does the time go?)
Tag Supplies:
Card Stock:  Basic Black, Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets
Stamps:  Hip Notes
Ink:  Black Staz-On
Tools/other supplies:  Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Paper Snips, Circles Collection Framelits, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Basic Black Chevron Ribbon, Ticket Builder Punch, Regals Buttons, Neutrals Buttons, SNAIL, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Linen Thread

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Zoo Babies Brag Book & Card

Good morning!
Today I have another wonderful project from Craft Project Central to share with you.  This adorable Zoo Babies Brag Book and Card was created by Laurie Zoellmer.


This easy to assemble Brag Book makes a perfect gift for the proud-new parents or grandparents!  This brag book will easily hold 10 photographs.  The “photo” theme is carried through with our “faux Polaroid frame” card!  Faux Polaroid frame cards are very trendy now, and sure to be a hit!

Interested in this tutorial?  Visit Craft Project Central today and subscribe to March!  There are several other fabulous tutorials that will be posted during this month.  Including one from myself!  You won't wanna miss out!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Monday Montage 14






        Hello there and welcome back for the bi-weekly Monday Montage blog hop.  You should have arrived here from the wonderful Cathy Casey's blog.  If not and I'm your first stop- no worries! Simply use the back/next buttons at the bottom of this post to navigate your way around the hop.

My project for today is a set of three adorable mini candy dispensers.  It's kind of hard to tell from the pictures but these little cuties measure less than 3" so they really are tiny!

Aren't they adorable?  I'm not sure why but I LOVE "little" things.  They always seem to make me smile the most!  These little dispensers are the perfect size to set on a co-worker's desk!  What a way to brighten someone's day!

I think this one is my favorite.  I love using the Petal Parade stamp set and layering it with a sentiment.


The colors in the Sweet Sorbet DSP are perfect for the upcoming Spring season!  I'm happy that stores already have their Easter candy out!  It makes a perfect match for these little dispensers!


For the last dispenser- I created a circle flower for the top.  This picture shows what the flower looks like as well as what the front looks like.  It's been fun creating these little treats to share with you today!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my project! Please clock the next button below to visit the amazing Dara Gloden!  I know she has something fabulous in store!

Ingredients:
Card Stock:  Pool Party, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding
DSP:  Sweet Sorbet
Stamps:  Banner Blast, Starburst Sayings, Petal Parade, Hip Notes
Inks:  Black Staz-On, Pool Party, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Summer Starfruit
Tools/other supplies:  Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, 1" Circle Punch,  Sweet Sorbet Accessory Kit, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Starburst Collection Framelits, 1/2" Circle Punch, Banner Punch, Crisp Cantaloupe Stretch Ruffle Trim, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, hot glue gun, hot glue sticks