Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Celebration Tag Accordion

     I was asked to design something to show off the "Celebration" collection by Maja Designs. I just love the papers from this company. One thing that is really fun about this company is that they rarely discontinue paper collections - they just add onto them. As a result, there are always lots of choices of papers to coordinate for a project. I ended up using both sides of 10 different papers for this one.

     Here is pic of the accordion with the belly band. Let's take it off and see what is inside. 

     There are four two-sided panels with pockets to hold lots of tags. When it is flips around it looks like this: 

     The tag bases come from 3 sources - Stamps of Life, Spellbinders, and a Silhouette file. There are 10 tags in all.


     My favorite panel is the one that contains the dancers. They were too tall for the panel. I had to cut off their feet - what a waste. I ended up adding a strip with the feet across the top of the pocket. I didn't want to put a tag in the pocket, because they would be hidden behind it. I decided to make an acrylic tag with card stock border.

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Maja Designs- Celebration
                                                   (Party, Anniversary, Congratulations, 
                                                    Welcome, Festivities, Glamour, 
                                                    You're Invited, Birthday, Ephemera, 
                                                    Ballroom Dancing)
     Card Stock: Bazzill - Graystone
     Ink: Distress -Hickory Smoke
            Momento - Tuxedo Black
     Embellies: Really Reasonable Ribbon - 3/8" Satin Swiss Mini Dots  
                                                       (Shell Gray, Metal Gray)
                    Ric Rac - Gray 
                    Twine - Blue, Gray, Black
                    Elizabeth Craft Designs: Starfoam Stickers
                    Eyelets - Mini and Regular White
     Punch: 1/2" corner punch
     Silhouette File: Tags designed by Higgledy Piggledy
     Dies: Spellbinders - Back to Basic Tags
             Stamps of Life - Stitched Tags
     Stamps: Gina K - Stippled Flowers
                  Theresa Momber - French Flair

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Seasons Spring Shutter Card

     This is the second card in my Graphic 45 Seasons card collection. This one is a shutter card. I think this is one of the easiest fancy folds to decorate. After matting all of the surfaces, it takes little else to make it look finished.
     I used some ephemera for the sentiment "bless this nest". I added some butterflies punch from a retired Martha Stewart punch.
     The center panel contains a "Spring" tag, a metal key, a chipboard embellishment, ivory organza ribbon, and more butterflies. I made a second card and matted the tag on brown, which was a big improvement.

     I die cut this tag from a Spellbinders die, matted it and added an organza ribbon bow. This is a good place to sign the card.

I will be making 16 cards and 4 calendars with this Graphic 45 Seasons Paper. All of these SPRING cards can be made using:
  • one sheet of each of the spring patterned paper 
  • one sheet of each of green stripe and green floral from Prints and Solids
In order to make All Seasons cards and calendars, you only need purchase the following items once:
  • Tags and Pockets
  • Chip Board
  • Ephemera
  • Stickers
Stay tuned for more cards this year.
Spring Shutter Card - You are here!
Spring Seed Pack Holder 
Spring Center Step Card
Spring Calendar




Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Seasons
     Card Stock: My Colors - Brown Eyes
     Die: Spellbinders - Fancy Ribbon Threader
     Punch: Fiskars - Apron
                EK - 1/2" corner
                Martha Stewart - Butterflies
     Ink:Distress - Frayed Burlap
     Embellies: Ribbon - Ivory Organza

Thursday, March 8, 2018

SunKissed Layout

     Graphic 45's "Sun Kissed Collection" is used here to scrap some Destin Beach pictures.

     An unusually shaped tag is made using two stickers from the coordinating sticker sheet. The "Set Sail" and "Fun in the Sun" tags are from the pattered paper. All three buttons from the sticker sheet were matted and ivory seam binding added .

     A faux postcard was made using one of the 4 x 6 pictures. I place acetate over the picture, then used Stazon to stamp a postmark. I mounted a stamp sticker on a stamp die cut. The collage under the picture is made up of fussy cut images, mounted stickers, a bottle cap, a button with seam binding, and a couple small sea shells.

     For the title I used a journaling card cut from the patterned paper. Another collage under this consists of matted stickers, burlap flower, a punched button, purchased flower, and a sea shell.

     I trimmed a 1/2 inch ecru strip with fish tail cuts at each end and placed several banners across it. I used a strip from the patterned paper "Building Sand Castles and Memories" over the top of it. I finished it off with more flowers.

     Two tags made using the patterned paper.
Tag fronts

Tag backs

     Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Sun Kissed - Kids At Play 
                                                                   Splish Splash
                                                                   Under the Sea
                                                                   Sand Dollars 
                                                                   Sun Kissed
     Card Stock: My Colors - Soft Blue
                                        Velvet Night
                                        Wildflower Honey
                                        Harvest Orange
     Die: Burniston - Rectangle Pull Card (Stamp)
                             Tag Book Pop Up
     Punch: Martha Stewart - Embossed Button
               ek - Dotted Wave Small
     Ink: Gina K - In the Navy
            Stazon - Jet Black
     Stamps: Hampton Art - Vintage Post Card
     Embellies: Ribbon - Ivory Organza
                                 Ivory Satan w/gold trim
                    Eyelets - Mini orange and large brass
                    Sea Shells
                    Burlap flowers
                    Recollections - Flower Stickers


Crafty Calendar Challenge - Add a Tag - #22 - March 28
Deep Ocean Challenges - Shabby/Chic - #16 - March 19 
Dream Valley Challenges - Vintage - #14 - March 17
Frilly and Funkie - Get in on the Action - #5 - March 14
Paper Girls Challenge - Vacation Fun - #3 - March 18


Monday, March 5, 2018

Tropical Blooms with Bubbles

     A friend of mine celebrated her birthday yesterday. I made this card for her. She and her husband were here last evening. We had dinner on the patio and surprised her with a fun little strawberry short cake with a candle on top.

Card and Envelope

Sketch #177 by Heather Hall

     When this card is opened, the insides twist and open showing 4 panels. This is a newish die from Karen Burniston. I watched a video in order to figure out how to make it. I was SHOCKED at how easy this was to construct.

     The flowers are from Gina K's January release called "Tropical Blooms. They are made with a three-stamp process. The MISTI came in especially handy. The stamp on the card front was a two-stamp. The bubbles in the background are sponged with Gina K's Fresh Asparagus and a Dutch Doobadoo stencil. I may have gotten a little carried away with the bubbles. They were so much fun. I'm thinking that a few less and a little lighter might have been better.

     The sentiment is separated between one of the twisted panels and a tag collage. The tags have white rick rack in the eyelets.

     The peach was added with Gina K's Peach Bellini ink. There is NO patterned paper on this card. The color was added to the sentiments and hearts using ink and dauber. I used an ek bubble edge punch to make more bubbles -- because there weren't enough. TeeHee!

Just the envelope

Materials List:
     Stamps: Gina K - Tropical Blooms
     Dies: Gina K - Tropical Blooms
             Burniston - Twist Panel Pop-Up
                              Katherine Label Pop-Up
                              Word Set I - Greetings
                              Word Set II - Birthday
             Elizabeth Craft Designs - Fitted Frames I - Lace
                                                 Lace Squares
                                                 Tags Pivot Card
     Ink: Gina K - Fresh Asparagus
                        Peach Bellini
                        Honey Mustard
                        Warm Cocoa
     Stencil: Dutch Doobadoo - Bubbles
     Edge Punch: ek - Bubbles
     Embellishments: Rick Rack - White
                             Elizabeth Craft Designs - Starfoam stickers - Gold/Silver

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Easter Bunny

     These are the pictures from last Easter. I needed to get them in the book before taking new ones this year.

          I love this sketch. You have all month to try it out, post it to the Sketch N Scrap blog, and then be entered for a prize.

Sketch #148
     This page follows the sketch. I used Echo Park's "Easter" collection. The title is a new die cut from Stamps of Life. I purposely placed it above the word "bunny" on the word strip.

     The word strip is continued on to the second page as a connector between the 2 pages. I die cut the year "2017" with a Burniston die and added it below the word Easter.

     The bunny is "Lucky the Rabbit" - a die set from Burniston. I used some pink dotted swiss paper from the collection for the ears, nose and feet. The eggs on the layout are old dies from Echo park. I fussy cut mats for them.

     I need to stop making personal rules. I have a no sticker rule, but here I am using them. I used the tree, a flower, and a pink bunny on this layout. The shiny flowers are also from a sticker set. The grass (Burnistion die) grounds the rabbit and the tree.

This is a flap.

     I found this stamp - "The ears are the best part" at Hobby Lobby a week ago. It was on the clearance rack for 50 cents. It made me laugh, so I bought it. After stamping it I made a flap for it. I used a utility knife to slice a spot to pull the ears of a sticker bunny through. A fun place for one more pic was created. I placed 2 magnets - one behind the pic and one on the back of the bunny mat - to keep the flap closed.

Flap opened
Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Echo Park - Easter
     Card Stock: My Colors - Expresso Bean
                                        Day Lily
                                        Pink Punch
                                        Lemon Sorbet
     Ink: Gina K - Dark Chocolate
     Stamps: Echo Park - Some Bunny Loves Me
                  Whimsies & Wishes - The Ears Are the Best Part
     Dies: Karen Burniston - Numbers
                                       Lucky the Rabbit
                                       Outdoor Edges
             SOL - Easter Statement
             Echo Park - Decorative Eggs
    Embellies: American Crafts - Flower Stickers


Animal Friends Challenge - Easter - #11 - March 31
Brown Sugar Challenge - Easter/Spring - #35 - March 31
Crafty Friends - Springtime - #91 - *
Creative Shopping (Kreativeinkauf) - Happy Easter - #14 - *