Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sharing a Viewer's Project

Viewer's Project

I just love when something I make inspires a viewer to make it as well.  A short time back I received a nice email from Eve with a couple of photos of the card she made fashioned after my Marianne Design Creatable Card post and video I'd done back in May.

Eve did this fantastic invitation to a friend's daughter's engagement party.
How beautiful is this!

Eve used the stamp 'You Are Invited' from (A C Moore) for the inside.
Now don't you think this makes just the perfect invitation
or announcement card?

Eve doesn't have YouTube or a blog and I didn't want her creativity to go unnoticed. 
If you want to leave her a little praise her I'll be sure she gets it.

Thanks everyone for stopping by!  Patti

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Spellbinders Celebra'tions Just Because Cards

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

Lately I've seen a lot of trending about using an image multiple times on your project as the focal point.  That's what I've done here with Spellbinders Celebra'tions Just Because dies and stamps.

I placed all 3 petal sizes of the flower stamps on my Fiskars stamp press together and inked them heavily with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Picked Raspberry.  Then instead of stamping just one time I stamped 3 times not reinking between impressions.  You can see the variances in the depth of color between the three flowers.  

By using three flowers this way on an A2 size card (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") you've just about covered the main portion of your front, add a banner with a sentiment from the Just Because set, a few accents and several mats and your card is done.

Check out my video as I show and share how I created
the cards above and of course more photos to 
inspire you to create your own cards.

Supplies I used:

Saturday, August 16, 2014

RAK - from Bunny Bow (Manuela)

If you're like me you often just wander your YouTube channels looking for something that captures your eye.  It might be the style or technique, the personality of the maker or just the color combos used.  But often times something grabs you and pulls you in.  I was doing that a couple months back and found a subbie's channel Bunny Bow

I was watching a video that she'd posted which she'd called Scrapbook 6 - Steampunk. I liked the way Manuela had made her papers so I shot her off an email asking where she gotten them or how she'd done them.  I also loved the closures she'd used.  

It wasn't long after a return email came with a great description of how she had inked and stained the papers to give the Steampunk effect in her book.  She also asked for my address so she could send me a couple of samples to see along with a couple of samples of the closure.  Manuela has a tailor/sewing shop and makes a lot of her own laces with her Bernina Artista Machine.  Clever clever lady.   (Right now she's not shipping internationally because of fees and shipping costs)

As any good addicted crafter would do I replied with my full name and address.  Well what she hadn't told me at the time, and I didn't realize, is that she lives outside of Zurich Switzerland!  It took quite a few weeks for the package to arrive and let me tell you it wasn't just a little sample of her paper and a closure or two it was a whole little package of love sent just to me.  I was doing the Happy Dance!

She sent these gems she'd colored

Samples of her papers she'd stained and embossed

and pieces of lace (including the white in the photo above)
that she'd made, yes that's right, she made on her Bernina Artista machine!
I told you this was one clever lady!

There was also handful of little metal goodies like these 
scattered among the lace

So my crafty friends please show Manuela some love,
pop over to her YouTube and subscribe
and tell her Patti says hi!

Manuela's YouTube Channel - Bunny Bow 
and her shop - Manufkatur Ott

And just one final thought, I've said it before and I'll probably say it many times going forward.  If you have questions when you watch YouTube or check out a blog post drop the creator a note.  There is nothing more satisfying than to open your email and see someone really liked your stuff well enough to ask 'How'd you do that'.  New friends are born everyday from all parts of the globe because someone took the time to ask 'How' or to leave the words 'Good job!' 

Happy Crafting everyone!  Patti 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms Flowers

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

Today I want to share another of my passions with you, creating flowers from stamps and dies.  The flowers shown above were all made with Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms and Lace dies and stamps.  I'm in love, how about you?

The end result of your flowers is hampered only by time and your imagination.  So share a little time with me and see how easy and rewarding it is to make your own custom flowers to fit any paper collection and any project you might have.

The look of your flower is changed by the way you shape and bend the petals.  I used the McGill flower tools but Cut at Home has a marvelous set you really should check out by Susan's Garden.  If you dampen the petal, pleat them and then let them dry before you unfold them you'll get the look of the larger cream and black flower shown above. Curve the petals downward with the ball stylus and you'll achieve the look of the pink flower on the left.  

Simply changing the color or weight of the paper also affects the finished look of the flower.  I love adding these beautiful lace elements cut from the Arianna Lace die, it just gives a beautiful lacy layer for your flower to rest upon.

Join me now on the video and I'll show you how I created the flowers above.  Plus I'll include many more photos to inspire and spark your own creative flow.

Supplies I used from the Cut at Home store:

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Little Girl Dress Mini Album

a SaCrafters Guest Design Team Project

Well what can I say?  I must still be a little girl at heart and loved playing paper doll dress up with this darling little girls dress chipboard mini album from SaCrafters.  It was such a fun time putting all these dresses together.

Each chipboard dress was not only covered in a decorative paper but I also made 3 different pinafores/aprons to choose from to not only add appeal to each page but also double the amount of space for photos.

Here's the inside the top will hold a 4"x6" photo and the bottom unties and 
unfolds with spots for 22 - YES you read that right 22! 3.5" square photos!

I combined papers from Prima's Divine A7 paper pad, which was in my DT package from Sa and American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection which I had picked up from a Tuesday Morning last year. 

I have to tell you this was one of the most enjoyable mini's I've made, it just made me happy to see these little dresses take shape.  I tried to allow for spots for large 4"x6" photos whenever possible.  Adding the pinafores/aprons really was a nifty solution to expanding the number of photos that this mini will accommodate.  As you'll see most of the pages sport a pocket of some sort which allows photos or mini foldouts to be tucked in.

I hope you'll visit Sa's store, I loved the little mini, the wonderful flat back pearls, the first I've ever used.  The 6" wide rose lace was wonderful, I just trimmed it to fit the bodice like in the photo below.

Please check out the video below as I walk you through each page, give you ideas as to how and why I did certain things and end with a complete photo shoot of each page with highlights of areas I think you'll enjoy a close up of.

Sa is offering a 5% discount when you spend $30.00 or more
Please use the discount code PATTIFANS

Please visit SaCrafters


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Spellbinders Tranquil Moments Cards

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

Spellbinders has a collection of dies they call their Card Creators grouped in with their Nestabilities.  Tranquil Moments is one of these sets and I just love how it looks when cut out.  Whether you're wanting a frame, a complete mat, a journaling spot or some tuck in elements you have your choice with the dies.  If you snip into one element and cut it into two or more pieces the versatility increases!  I did that on the card on the right above.

I paired the Tranquil Moments die with Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed paper collection, I'd say it's a pretty good pair wouldn't you?  I fussy cut one of the larger flower petals from the paper and used it as a pattern to cut several more large petals.  I used one of my flowers stylus to give the petals some dimension and then began layering them offsetting the petals.  I had fussy cut several more sizes from the paper and ended by adding a Kaisercraft Sparklet to the center.  

Since I'm like a lot of you, I'm sure, I couldn't make up my mind if I wanted to make the brown tones or the blues. The easiest solution is to make both!  On the blue card I used a metal flower embellishment that I had doctored with white gesso, Tattered Angels Patina mist and Tim Holtz Broken China distress ink to come as close as I could to the blues in the papers.

Come follow along with me on the video and I'll show you exactly how to make each card then you can decide which color combo is your favorite as well.