Thursday, May 21, 2015

Prima Bedtime Story Baby Cards

After finishing up my mini from Prima's Bedtime Story (blog post is here) I had scraps laying on my desk, isn't that usually the way?  Instead of scooping them up with the full sheets I thought why not make a few baby cards, one to go with the mini and the others for backup.  

This is the one I made to accompany the mini.  I had just enough ribbon left for this eye popping bow.

Here's the second one, with the baby banner swinging across the top from all the little baby words fussy cut from one of the mats.

The last one has these clouds that were in my baby bin (I have one bin where I put all things baby as I run across them).  The ribbon and star also from the baby bin.  You'll see how well the Prima paper pieced to form the mat and the perfect colors to go with what I already had on hand.

Love making envelopes to go with the cards, here's these three.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Crazy Bird Graduation Card

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

This weeks project combines Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps along with Spellbinders Celebra'tions paper, dies, sequins and ink.  I used an old stamps set from TPC Studio called Valedictorian for the graduation hats perched jauntily atop the birds heads.  So cute!  I used black and silver embossing powder on the hats and then a thin line black marker to outline the creases in the hat.  A small square black bling atop holding the tassel just completes them.

I wanted a front of the card sentiment that would go with the inside one from the JustRite Stampers Bokeh Time stamp set.  I decided to just print it out on my computer and then back it with the same gorgeous blue I used for the mats.  The little notch was cut with my 1-2-3 punchboard.  Love the look.

These are the first dies I have with the pierced edges such a neat look!  Spellbinders Celebra'tions has several shapes in this pierced style.  I popped the outer blue frame up on some foam squares and then pushed the sentiment through to the card base.  

Check out the video for a complete start to finish.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Foil It!

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

Foil seems to be a hot item 'trending' right now in the crafty world.  When Cut at Home asked if I'd do a video about it I said sure, of course.  Then when I went to find some foil papers I liked I couldn't find anything that just jumped out at me.  Sad, when you have 4000 sheets or so of paper and you can't find anything that you want to use.  Now none of you have that problem do you?  Too much paper, lol, come on I know I'm not alone.

I did remember using regular heavy duty kitchen aluminum foil in a project a short while back to make some flowers.  I thought what have I got to loose I might as well see if I can make something that makes me happy.

My Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks have sat forlornly in my drawer as I bought and replaced them with the latest and greatest new things to come out.  Time to pull them out and see what they could do.  Wow I was surprised and happy with the end result.  You can see the card I made above and samples of some papers I made that are here on my desk waiting to be made into other cards, tags or crafty projects.


Come join me on the video and I'll share my results using Distress Paints, Lindy's Sprays and Silk Acrylics on the foil as well.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Prima Folding Accordion Baby Brag Book

First off I must start this blog post with a couple of thank you's.  To Prima for this wonderful gift of Bed Time Story products.  I won their giveaway after CHA for a selection of goodies (you can see the whole blog post HERE if you missed it).  I had intended to have this little book done zippidy doo daa fast but you know how real life kicks in and alters your crafty time don't you!  The little one has yet to arrive so I'm still ahead of the game.

Secondly I want to thank Anna Komenda for her video tutorial How to Create a Folding Mini Album.  Anna is from Europe and her video is not in English but it's still easy enough to figure out.  A viewer, Doris Cote offered the conversion to inches for us and I'll post that below the video for any of you wanting to make a mini like this for yourself.

So without further ado let me share my little mini and little it is, it measures 4 1/4" x 3 1/4" with 8 folding pages.

I used several Martha Stewart border die punches for the front, a fussy cut element from the outside cover of the 6x6" paper pad (I liked this because the cover is glossy and thicker and will stand up well on the outside), a covered button element I found in my stash (perfect color match) and tied with a satin ribbon from The Piece by Piece.

The spine is covered with a mini rose trim from Sa Crafters (she no longer carries this, sorry).  The trim was white but I used the Color Bloom Mist in Yellow Mustard Prima had sent in my package.  I lightly misted it so parts of the white still show, I liked this look instead of heavily saturated.  This is my first experience with the Color Bloom sprays and I really liked how the mist bottle worked, often times mists are wonky and I like when you have control and it goes where you want it to!

Here's where I used 3 of my Martha Stewart edge punches, Vintage Floral - Doily Lace - Beaded Arches.  I used tape on the backs and glued one to the other over the top.  It wasn't until I had finished gluing that I thought oops that wasn't too smart, the glue strip popped out between all the delicate cuts from the punches so of course the top was now sticky. Isn't it wonderful how often times mistakes make the best finishes?  I sprinkled on some of the fine Dazzling Diamond dust from Stampin' Up and my problem was solved and a nice sparkly effect now enhances the front of the mini.

To secure the book I ran a piece of Satin Ribbon from The Piece by Piece around my book first, all other elements were placed over the top of the ribbon  To secure just run a strip of wide sticky tape such as Angel Craft, Scor-Tape, Redline or Miracle tape around the book first, place your ribbon over top to hold in place while you position the rest of your outside book elements.

Here's one side of the book unfolded,   There are 4 folds on each side, eight pages, sixteen total counting both sides.  Even though the photos will be smaller there is load of room to put them in this book. Since the book closes with the tie you have a lot of room for expansion.

I doubt the Grandparents I made this little brag book for have ever seen anything like this. So to help them place the photos and cut them out I took the dies I used for the oval and square mats and traced on the inside of the die, cut it out and then wrote with felt pen on the front so they realize these are the photo templates.  When you trace and cut on the inside edge of your die then you are creating a 1/4" border around your photos when they are glued to the mats.

I like that there is a 1/4" gusset on each fold to allow room for not only the glued down photos and mats but lots of small photos or keepsakes to be tucked into the pockets.

OK that's all the peeks I'm showing, you'll need to join me on the video to see each of the pages and all the products I used.  Thanks so much for stopping by, I'd be honored if you subbed to my blog and YouTube channels!  Oh yes, I also have a Facebook Page, geez I'm just all over the place aren't I, lol.

Conversion of meters to inches courtesy of Doris Cote 
American measurements: Cardboard = all from a 12x 6 1/2 inch strip. You will have a smidge left over. Cut the strip at 2 inches, 2 1/2 inches, 3 1/8 inches, 1 3/8 inches, 1 1/8 inch. Cover patterned paper (pp) cut 12x 61/2 inch. I also cut several 1/8 inch strips of cardboard to help me line up the actual cardboard pieces as spacers. Place the cardboard pieces in the following order: 2 1/2, 1 3/8, 3 1/8, 1 1/8, 2 inches.The pages are cut from double sided pp at 6 1/4 x 4 inches.

Thank you Doris for sharing your conversions!  

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dream Catcher Cards

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

Today I'm going to be sharing three cards I've made with Spellbinders In'Spire Dream Catcher dies.  I loved these dies, they're Southwest, so of course they speak to me!  I'll do one card completely on camera so you can see what's involved in making the cards.  I hunted in my hoards of paper (oh my did I just admit I have hoards of paper????) and found this great piece of Finnabair Paper called Sunrise-Sunset.  I couldn't have found  more perfect colors for these cards.

I used Tim Holtz new Stampers Anonymous set called Perspective for the sentiments on all my cards.  I did split them up by stamping one part on the front ant the rest on the inside.  I actually cut my stamps apart but if you don't want to do that it's easy to just mask the portion you don't want showing with some post a notes.

I hope you'll come join me on the video so I can share the hows to making my cards and perhaps give you a couple of ideas and tricks for making your own. Links to the cut at home products are directly below the video

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