Saturday, February 17, 2018

Like a Tea Bag

      My husband told me a month ago that he needed a retirement card for his boss. I have pained over this. I couldn't think of anything that I liked until he brought me this quote:    
A woman is like a tea bag: you never know her strength until you drop her in hot water. - Nancy Reagan
I had suggested a Z card, but when we were talking in my craft room my husband pointed to a Shutter Card and said, "That card has a lot going on." Final decision: tea theme on a shutter card. 
     I have had this Gorguss stamp for quite some time, but have never used it. There is a tag on the cup that says "Drink Me". I can't think of any occasion for which this sentiment is appropriate. I decided to use it, but cover the words with flowers.


     With Copics markers, I practiced the skin and hair before coloring on the stamped image. The hair on the stamped image looks darker, because there are more details in the image. As you can see, I gave absolutely NO attention to the "Drink Me" tag.


     I added some tea elements from a Die-namics die set and some trim from an old Ionic edge punch.


     I printed the quote on heavy card stock and die cut it with a Spellbinders die. I used the die again with Gray Stone paper to frame the quote.


     I also cut mats for the back of the card base using patterned paper. Colleagues will sign those with a handwritten message. I will add those later.

Envelope

Card Laying Flat

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Kaiser Kraft - Wildflower Collection (Spring, Vines, In Bloom, Fleur)
                              Dear Lizzy - Christmas Winter Wishes
     Card Stock: Gina K - White
                       Bazzill - Gray Stone
                                   Lime
                       Silver Metallic
     Ink: Stampin' Up - Bermuda Bay 
            Momento - Tuxedo Black
            Distress - Hickory Smoke
     Stamps: Santoro - Sweet Tea
     Dies: Karen Burniston - Flowers & Bee
             Die-namics - Always Time for Tea
             Spellbinders - Fancy Tags 
     Punch: Ionic
     Embellies: Black/White Twine
                    Gray Enamel Glitter Dot
     Copics: Skin - E000, 00, 11, R20
                 Hair - E21, 23, 25, 27
                 Cup - C0, 1, 3, 5
                        - RV91, 93, 95
                 Dress/Bow - BG10, 11, 13
                 Bunny - C00, 0, 1, 2, R00
    
Challenges

Cards 4 Galz Challenge - Stamping - #24 - February 28
Crafting with Butterflies - Special Folds - #3 - February 28
Fashionable Stamping - One for the Girls - #18 - March 10
Gem of a Challenge - Spring Flowers - #8 - February 28
House That Stamps Built - Tic Tac Toe (Twine, Patterned Paper, Flowers) - #15 - March  6
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Use Snippets - #1 -  March 3
Star in My Pocket - Make it GIRLY - #18 - February 28

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Raggedy Ann Valentine Project

     This was Valentine making session #2. My granddaughter, Elena, is 3 and attends Pre-School. She needed 8 Valentines for her class. She loves dolls especially the dress up part. I thought she would like assembling a doll for her Valentines. 


      I used a Raggedy Ann Silhouette file. This one is called "Annie Doll Cute as a Button" by Stinkin' Cute. I'm not sure where my head was when I chose this design, as I didn't think about ALL of the pieces there were in the making of this card. I spent 8 hours cutting and gluing in preparation for Elena to assemble these cards. 
     Since Elena is just 3, I decided to place the letters/sentiment on the card before she worked on it. I made the doll into stickers for her to place on to the shaped card base.The big hair behind her head was too big to run thru my sticker maker, so I also glued those on ahead of time. 

Sticker sheets

    The doll was divided into 5 stickers:

  1. the legs and shoes
  2. the dress, arms, and pantaloons
  3. the face and front hair
  4. the bow
  5. the heart-shaped button
Elena at Work
     I demonstrated how to put one doll together - that was all she needed. She put all of the cards together by herself!!! You can see there was a little difficulty matching the legs to the pantaloons, but that certainly doesn't distract from the finished product. 

SUCCESS!!!
A little somthin' somthin' on the back


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Donut Valentines

     Today I made Valentines with my grandson, Lucas. He needed at least 22 plus one for his teacher. He was a donut with pink frosting and a milk carton hat for Halloween. I chose donuts because he LOVES donuts! 
Halloween Donut
     While the Silhouette was cutting all of the donuts, frosting, and sprinkles, Lucas stamped the inside of the cards using Gina K Kraft ink and the MISTI. BTW: It's so easy even a five year old can do it.

     Lucas punched small hearts from a variety of punches as I glued them on.


     Lucas colored the frosting on the stamped donut on the inside of each card.



Inside of Card
     Lucas had had enough of stamping, so I stamped the card fronts. After sorting all of the donuts, frosting, and sprinkles, Lucas made stacks of the four donut parts needed to complete one donut as I glued them together and onto the card front. I was more than a little happy to find this Silhouette cut file. I didn't want to stamp and color or glue sprinkles on individually for 24 cards.


Front of A2 Card



      After making 24 of these cards, Lucas was pretty much maxed out on card making, so I made the teacher card myself. It is a larger card - 5 1/2 x 6 1/2. I also made a large donut for Lucas to take home and play with (the most important part).
Teacher Card
Inside of Teacher Card

      I'll be making Valentines with my 3 year old granddaughter, Elena, later this week. She only needs 8 plus a teacher card. I am still in the brainstorming process - wish me luck!
Materials:
Stamps: Stamps of Life - donuts 2 stamp
              Gina K - Lovely Ladybug (Valentine sentiments)
Silhouette File: Miss Kate Cuttables - Donut and Donut Hole
Ink: Gina K - Kraft
Momento - Tuxedo Black
Markers: Permanent Chalk - Black
                 Crayola Washable
Punches: Miscellaneous Hearts

Challenges

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - #319 - Snippets - #11 - February18


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Dating

      This is a fun 2-photo layout sketch from Sketch N Scrap. You have all month to upload a picture of the layout you make using it. It was so interesting to design the borders for the patterned paper in the center. I am looking forward to seeing how the challenge entrants treat it.
 
Sketch #146

      Here are two pictures of my brother and his wife taken when they were dating in the late '60s. The patterned paper in the background is very hard to see in the picture. I chose it because it is so delicate. I then framed it with the most beautiful thing I could find in the craft room. I chose this lace, then made a paper border to the inside using roses on gray wood grain. Finally, I embellished it with die cut hearts and gray enamel dots.    


Papers I Used

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: BoBunny - Bella Rosa (Damask, Shutters)
                                               Double Dot (Wine, Island Mist)
     Ink: Gina K - Cherry Red
            Distress - Frayed Burlap
     Dies: Stamps of Life - Hearts 2 Die For
     Punch: ek - 1" Corner
               Martha Stewart - Alphabet
     Embellies:  Silver Enamel Dots
                     Ivory 1 inch Lace Trim

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Tree

     As a youngster, my family celebrated Christmas every year. If you walked into my home a couple of days before Christmas, you might have thought otherwise. There was no tree, no lights, no decorations hanging anywhere. My dad was adamant that "that is not what Christmas is about." I do remember lots of homemade cookies and other special treats, Christmassy school art projects, and a display of the Christmas cards received. We always received a fun gift. It wasn't from Santa and wasn't found under a tree.
     There were 6 children. Today we range in age from 58 - 76. Each of us has a Christmas tree in our homes for the holidays. I have to say that I set the record among us though. I had 6 trees inside my home and 4 outside this year. I love trees. I find them the most beautiful of all of the decorations.
     I decided to capture some of the beauty with this layout. It accommodates 2 pictures of the tree(s) and 4 mats for your favorite ornaments. When I placed the pics on mine, I even sneaked in an extra ornament snapshot just to the left of the 5 x 7.
    The patterned paper is "Alpine" from Authentique. I used shiny silver card stock for some of the mats (as you can see by the glare on the picture frame.


          I will also show you an option to turn the 5 x 7, if that is a better fit for your picture.


Here I show you how to cut the trees. Since you want this paper to be right size up, you can use the pattern on the back for plaid trees. Start with a sheet of 6" x 12" paper.




Sneak in one more tree like this.


Cut the trees and trunk from this plaid paper ( 5" x 12" ).
Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Authentique - Alpine 2, 4, 6
     Card Stock: My Colors - Soft Blue
                                        Velvet Night
                                        Silver
     Embellies:Crystal Snowflakes
                   
    
Challenges

Crimbo Crackers - Anything Christmas - #28 - *
Crafty Addicts - Winter Blues - #165 - *
Creative Friday - It's Snowing - #10 - *
Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Christmas - #67 - *
Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas - #21 - *
That's Crafty - Feeling Blue - #82 - *