Monday, January 28, 2013

Retro Sketches #48

Occasionally when I make a card I really like the paper, dies, or color scheme that I use and more ideas for cards start to pop into my head.  I had the time, so I decided to make three cards using essentially the same products.  This was one of those cards.  I used Retro Sketch #48.  Initially, I really struggled with the sketch.  I actually had a card basically finished (except the glue and sentiment), but something was just off, so I left it.  Today I went back in and figured out how to change some things to make it work.  This card uses a little bit of a lot of things--stamping, coloring, stitching, and glittering--and I must say that I like the end result of the card much better now than I did before.
And here's a really quick shot I took of the three cards together.  I finished the other two a couple nights ago.  You can see the details on them here.
Stamps: Bake Me a Cake (Lawn Fawn), Mat Stack 1 Collection (PTI)
Ink: Basic Gray (SU), Sorbet (CTMH), Spring Moss (PTI)
Markers: Sorbet (CTMH); Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow (SU)
Paper: Melon Berry, Ocean Tides, Rustic Cream, Spring Moss (PTI); Lime Twist Collection (MME)
Other: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

PTI MIM #101 and CASE Study #125

I go the chance to make two quick cards this evening, and ended up doing one for PTI's Make It Monday Challenge and CASE Study Challenge #125.  The MIM challenge was to do layered embossing and the following card was the CASE study inspiration made by this month's muse Amber Kemp-Gerstel.
For the CASE study challenge, I was drawn to the map with the little heart and the textured background.  And Georgia is awful close to Virginia where my family lives, so I knew I wanted to use the map element and make a thinking of you card.  I also just kind of went with a softened version of the color scheme, using melon, dark grey, and cream instead of red, black, and white.
I also applied PTI's Make It Monday challenge to this card, which was to do layered embossing.  After finding a map online and printing it out, I used an embossing marker to outline all of the states and embossed them with clear embossing powder.  The colors came out kind of funny in the picture.  The state of Virginia is embossed darker, but the contrast of the greens isn't nearly as striking in real life as it appears in the photos.  I added the heart and embossed it in vanilla on top of the clear embossing.  It bled a bit more than I was wanting, but not enough that I was going to go back to my computer and print a whole new map.
I was really liking the colors and this paper from My Mind's Eye's Lime Twist collection, so I decided to make a second card just because.  It was super simple to make and it was nice to make a wordless card.  I like having them on hand just in case I don't have a card for a particular occasion.  And this one is so generic I could use it for anything.  Okay, that's it for tonight!  My bed is calling me. :)
Map Card Supplies
Stamps: On My Couch Additions
Ink: Juniper (CTMH), VersaMark
Paper: Rustic Cream, Melon Berry (PTI), MME Lime Twist Collection
Other: Fabulous Frames Dies (PTI), Linen & Canvas Impression Plate (PTI), Clear Embossing Powder (CTMH), Vanilla Stampin' Emboss (SU), embossing marker
Heart Card Supplies
Paper: Rustic Cream, Melon Berry (PTI), MME Lime Twist Collection
Other: Fabulous Frames Dies (PTI), Vintage Cream button (PTI), Hemp (CTMH)

Friday, January 25, 2013

PTI January Blog Hop: Card Edition

Update: I got a "SHOUT out" over at RetroSketches for this card.  Thanks, Arielle!
Thanks to Retro Sketches #47, an idea for a card popped into my head for PTI's January Blog Hop to use black backgrounds. This card goes along with the robot theme from my first project for PTI's blog hop, and I'll probably give it to the same little guy.  I'm planning on writing a note to him each year on Valentine's Day about the things I love about him and the things he loves at that time in his life.  I'm sure in a few years I'll really enjoy looking back on it.  Okay, here's the card.

And here's the sketch I used.

Stamps: Fresh Alphabet (PTI), Sans Alphabet (CTMH)
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, Raspberry Fizz, True Black, White (all PTI )
Other: Notched Flowers Die (PTI), Flowers Layers #3 (Sizzix), white embossing powder (SU), 3/4" Punch

PTI's January Blog Hop: Black Backgrounds

When I saw PTI's January Blog Hop to use a black background,
I immediately thought of this book that my son got for Christmas. 
He loves it, and because of it, he now likes all things robot.  No card ideas popped into my head and I didn't have any pictures to scrapbook, so I decided to make him an interactive felt quiet book using a whole bunch of PTI's dies.  To say that this was a labor of love is an understatement.  I stopped counting hours several days ago, and all I know is that I haven't gone to be before 2 AM for the last four days.  Ironically, the idea for all of the pages in the book (and several more that I ended up not doing) popped into my head in probably half an hour's time about a week ago.  Thankfully, I quickly jotted them down because I created the pages almost exactly as I'd drawn them.  Just wish the mechanics had been as easy to execute as they were to scribble down.  
(P.S. This was made with mostly stiff felt and A LOT of dies.  Mostly for my own records, I wrote down what dies were used on each page, but that makes this post very wordy and kind of boring...sorry!  Feel free to skim. :) )
I designed the cover page to look roughly like the cover of the book.  I cut "Book" with PTI's Script Alphabet Dies and just trimmed off most of the extra curves/loops.  "R" was created with PTI's Eyelet Lace Border, Lighten Up, Notched Flowers, and Block Alphabet dies.  I used the "o" in the Block Alphabet to cut the circle out in the notched flower.  I used PTI's Button Up #1 Dies for the "B" and another Notched Flower Die for the second "O".
 These are pages 1 and 2.
This little robot's arms, legs, and neck pull in and out.  The arms, legs, and antennae are made out of PTI's Eyelet Lace Border dies and the hands/feet are from the Simple Circles Border Dies.  It was a lot harder to create this than I thought.  After many trials and errors, I ended up painting kabob sticks black and gluing them to the backs of all the moving parts, so they would slide in and out better.  I also sewed plastic from a left over stamp case on the black background under the body to further ease the sliding motion.  The head is a hexagon die and the gears are flower dies that I just trimmed the tips of all the petals off, so they would be flat and not curved.
I love this next robot.  He turned out exactly as I had envisioned AND I didn't have any trouble making him.  Everything worked perfectly the first time.  His body is made out of two of the frames in PTI's Fabulous Frames Die Collection.  The gears are made out of PTI's Notched Flowers and Block Alphabet Dies and a flower from Sizzix's Flower Layer's #3.
As you can see in the pictures, this one is a lift-the-flap.  All the layers lift up to eventually reveal several little sequins that I sewed in.
The next two pages are to "Build-a-Bot".  It just now occurred to me that I was going to put that title on the right side page, but I forgot.  Anyway, all the robot parts (heads, bodies, arms, and legs) have Velcro on the back of them and are housed in two pockets made from PTI's Favor it Box 2.
All the parts are meant to mix and match, but I did design them as whole robots, so that's the way they are pictured.  The blue and green robot is made out of PTI's Simple Circles Border (legs), Eyelet Lace Border (glasses, arms), Mat Stack #1 (body), and Fabulous Frames (head) dies.  Oh, and the gear is made with Sizzix's Flower Layer's #3 (again, with ptrimmed ofetals trimmed flat).  The red and green robot is made from PTI's Chevron Stripes (arms, legs), Tag Sale #5 (body), Simple Circles Border (the hands, feet, and doodad on his head), Button Up #1 (eyes, gage), and the negative cut tiny circles from the Eyelet Lace Border Die (eyes, doodad on his head). 
The last build-a-bot uses PTI's cloud dies (feet) and 2 1/4" oval dies (head).
Now for pages 5 and 6.
Page 5 is a robot made from PTI's Movers and Shaker's zipper dies.  The body zips open, so you can pull out a bunch of robot parts (made from PTI's Tiny Tags dies and Sizzix Flower #3 dies).  I also used PTI's Button Up #1 dies (gages, elbows, wheel shaft) and the negatives from PTI's Favor It Box 2 (bottom wheel) and Eyelet Lace Border Die (eyes).
You might be wondering why this last Robot is a bit grumpy looking (or "gumpy" according to my son) instead of the more cutesy ones I made first.  Well, we're fans of the children's tv show "Wild Kratts."  My son always requests to see the "robopes" (the villain's robots), so I pulled up a picture of the Zach Bots and made a simplified version for the last page.  This is what they look like on the show: 
The last page took me four tries to get the spinner to work right (it's a lot harder when you're working with felt!), but the robot does indeed move up and down along the curve and spin around.  Everything for this robot I just cut out myself, except for the mouth which is the "o" from PTI's Block Alphabet dies and the arms which are one of the lamp bases from PTI's Lighten Up die collection.

Phew...that's it!  I'll be impressed if anyone made it this far. I haven't given the book to my son yet (I'm waiting until Valentine's Day), but I hope he enjoys is at much as I think will.  Thanks for visiting!  Okay, one last collage to sum it up. :)

PTI Dies: Notched Flowers, Tag Sale #5, Mat Stack 1, Lighten Up, Eyelet Lace Border, Simple Circles Border, Chevron Stripes Border, Button Up #1, Block Alphabet Die, Limitless Layers 1 3/4 Circles, Limitless Layers 2 1/4 Ovals, Movers & Shakers: Zippers, Tiny Tags, Favor it Box 2,  Fabulous Frames, Cloud 1 & 2, Script Alphabet Upper Script Alphabet
Sizzix Dies: 2 1/2" Hexagons, Flowers Layers #3
Other: Felt (from Hobby Lobby & Michaels...most of it is stiff felt), square black brads (MM), sequins, pinking shears, several colors of thread, double-sided fusible webbing

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

CFC86: Long & Short

Just a quick card for CAS-ual Fridays Long & Short Challenge.  The challenge was just to create a card with long and short sides.  I used an old MME die cut of a bird as a template, cut it out in PTI's aqua mist cardstock, added some sequins to the belly, and mini pearls for the eye and legs.  Then, I stamped "thanks" (from Lawn Fawn) in SU's Basic Gray.  

Sunday, January 20, 2013

10 Minute Craft Dash + Moxie Fab Itty Bitty Challenge

I decided to make a card (the larger car card) for this week's 10 Minute Craft Dash #10 Challenge since my first entry was a game for my son.  I wish I could tell you my exact time, but I only know that it was over 10 minutes.  I set the timer on reverse (counting down), and when it went off, I still wasn't done.  Boo!  My first Craft Dash fail.  My top 3 time consuming mistakes: my husband coming home from work and coming in to talk to me during the challenge, changing the size of the card three times during the challenge, and building my own sentiment with itty bitty individual alphabet stamps.

I know I used the same car from PTI's Enjoy the Ride on my first craft dash attempt, but since that was my first time using the little car (even though I've owned this set 2 1/2 years), I decided I had to try it out on a card.  My favorite part of the whole card are the little hearts getting puffed out of the little exhaust pipe (that I added by stamping a portion of the cakestand in Lawn Fawn's Bake Me a Cake set).  I realize that isn't where an exhaust pipe sits on a car, but that was the best place I could figure out to put it on this car. 

I actually really liked how the card turned out and since I had all the supplies still out (and had failed my 10 minute challenge), I decided to make a smaller version for Moxie Fab World's itty bitty card challenge.  It measures 3x3 in size, and I'm pretty sure that I like it even more in the tiny size than I do in the regular size.

Here's a comparison of the two.

Okay, so it bugged me that I didn't make the 10 minute challenge with my car card, so I attempted Craft Dash #10 one more time...and this time was a success!  I finished in 9 minutes 44 seconds.  I built the cake with Lawn Fawn's Bake Me a Cake set, adding the text in pink pirouette from PTI's BB:Text Style.  Next I stamped and cut out the happy banner from PTI's Tag-it's #10, then stamped birthday on the cake.  I topped it off with some glitter and some rhinestones.  
Happy <3 Day Supplies
Stamps: Enjoy the Ride (PTI), Background Basics: Retro (PTI), Bake Me a Cake (Lawn Fawn), Sans Alphabet (CTMH)
Ink: Pink Pirouette (SU), Basic Gray (SU), Spring Moss (PTI)
Paper: White (PTI), Spring Moss (PTI), Gray
Other: Flipping Out Die (PTI)

Happy Birthday Supplies
Stamps: Bake Me a Cake (Lawn Fawn), Background Basics: Text Style (PTI)
Ink: Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette (SU), Spring Moss (PTI)
Paper: Spring Moss, White (PTI)
Other: Sterling Glitter (Martha Stewart), Rhinestone Stickers (Recollections)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

10 Minute Craft Dash #10

Update: Yay! This project was chosen as one of Paulina's Craft Dash #10 Favorites.  I was surprised and excited when I saw because I knew that I was taking a chance on this's not a card and I realize that doesn't appeal as much to many.

I was really excited to be able to participate in 10 Minute Craft Dash #10 this week.  While I love making cards, I've decided that I need to devote a little more of my crafting time to things that would actually benefit my little boy.  So I made a list of things that I want to make for him, and one of those things was a touchy-feely book/cards because my son loves the touchy-feely "That's Not My..." series from Usborne Books.  Plus, we desperately need little *quiet* activities to carry in the diaper bag when we go to church.  So here they are:
Oh, I almost forgot.  I finished the cars in 9 minutes 56 seconds.  Yeah, only 4 seconds to spare...I was almost a complete nervous wreck.  Hopefully it is okay that I did each of the colors separately.  I was going to mix them, but I changed my mind because because we are working on learning colors right now, too.
I die cut the cars twice in each color, stamped the front of one in each color, and then used my X-acto knife to cut out a portion of the hood out for the touchy-feely part to peek through.  I made the little bumps on the green car with glossy accents, I used rubber mesh on the gray car, and the pink car has some pink satin fabric.

This was so much fun, that I decided I might as well make some cars for a matching game, so I reset my timer and in 8 minutes 2 seconds (mostly just so I would work quickly and not waste time) made some more cars.  You may wonder why I chose the particular numbers on the hoods.  Well, I realized while I was doing this that I really ought to eventually make them in all the colors, so I quickly thought about the general order that I would introduce the colors to him taking into consideration primary/secondary colors, color preferences that he is showing, and the few color words he can say.  And that's how I came up with 5, 6, and 11.
Well, as soon as I finished, I kept thinking about the other colors and finally just decided that I had most of the supplies out already, so I might as well finish them now.  That was also the moment that I realized that I probably shouldn't use the matching game for the Craft Dash Challenge because the whole project was going to have 11 colors, not just three.  So I found the other eight colors and made two of each, so eventually we can play a matching game.  I'll probably hole punch these, too, and stick them on the ring with the touchy-feely cards.

Touchy-Feely Car Supplies
Stamps: Enjoy the Ride (PTI), Loads of Love (SU)
Ink: Blush (CTMH), Basic Gray (SU), New Leaf (PTI)
Paper: Pink Pirouette (SU), New Leaf (PTI), Gray
Other: Enjoy the Ride Die (PTI), X-Acto Knife, pink satin fabric, rubber mesh, Glossy Accents, Binder Ring

Expanded Matching Game Supplies
Stamps: Enjoy the Ride (PTI), Fresh Alphabet (PTI)
Ink: Blush (CTMH); Basic Gray, Brilliant Blue, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, So Saffron (SU); Fresh Snow, New Leaf (PTI)
Markers: Autumn Terra Cotta, Chocolate, Grey Wool, Outdoor Denim, Pansy Purple, Sunflower, Tulip (CTMH)
Paper: Pink Pirouette (SU); Lemon Tart, New Leaf, Pure Poppy, True Black, White (PTI); Eat Your Carrots, Grapesicle, Waterslide (MM); Brown, Gray
Other: Enjoy the Ride Die (PTI), pink and white colored pencils

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

PTI MIM #100: Packaging Cards with Oversized Embellisments

There are always new supplies I want in the paper crafting world, but I'm trying to downsize. My stash has gotten too big for my space. Plus, I have so many things that I just had to have, but have never or barely used. I'm terrible about not using the things I love the most because I'm afraid that I won't like how my project will turn out and then I won't have that item anymore. Silly, huh? Anyway, I've made a mini-resolution to use my stuff...or get rid of it. So that's what I did with this card.  I love yellow and grey, and these papers fall into the "I bought these because I love, love, loved (and still do!) them but never used them" category. 
I also knew I wanted to use this card for this week's Make it Monday at PTI because it is oversized in two ways - the flower hangs off the side and the flower is fat (that's probably not the best word to use, but my brain is tired today).
I love glassine bags, but don't have any on hand, and I actually really want to stick this card in the mail, so I decided to make an envelope box.  I realize this will cost extra to mail, but I don't care.  It's useful, and I'm sure I'll make more of these.
The outside of the envelope is simple.  I couldn't do too much because I need room to write the addresses and have to leave the typical spaces for the post office to do their thing.  I realize I'm not the first person to make an envelope box, but this is the first time I've made one, and I put a lot of thought in how I wanted it designed.  I did make 3 until I got just what I wanted, but practice makes perfect right?  I obviously needed it to be just the right size for the intended card, but I also wanted as few flaps to glue down as possible, and I wanted the flaps to be completely hidden.  I also wanted it to be simple, and something I could easily adjust for future cards.  The best part is that it only takes one 8.5x11 sheet of cardstock, which I always have on hand.  It's finished dimensions are 6x4.5x.25.
I lined the inside of the envelope with the same papers I used on the card, and then on the outside I wanted the washi tape look, but don't have any (I know, I should probably jump on that bandwagon), so I just ripped some paper and glued it on.  Here it is with the card tucked inside.
Envelope Box Supplies
Stamps: Mehndi Medallion (PTI), Fifth Avenue Floral (SU)
Ink: Basic Gray (SU), Lemon Tart (PTI)
Paper: Breeze Paper Pad (MME), Cowboy Paper Pad (MME), White (PTI) 
Card Supplies
Stamp: Signature Greetings (PTI)
Ink: Basic Gray (SU), Tea Dye Duo (PTI)
Paper: Breeze Paper Pad (MME), Cowboy Paper Pad (MME), White (PTI)
Other: Tattered Florals Dies (Tim Holtz), button brad (MM), pinking shears, white thread

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Moxie Fab Itty Bitty Card Challenge

One more quick card for another Moxie Fab World Challenge.  This one was challenge #23 to make an itty bitty card.  I needed a card to put in a baby gift I'm mailing to my friend Alexis who had her baby Thursday (yep, Mom I forgot to tell you she had her baby...both are doing great), and an itty bitty card fit the bill perfectly.  Obviously I went on the simple side for this one.  It's a 3" square with just a little bit of paper piecing and stitching.

Stamp: Baby Button Bits (PTI)
Ink: Basic Gray, More Mustard (SU)
Paper: Breeze Paper Pad (MME), Soft Stone (PTI)
Other: buttercream twine (the Twinery), pinking shears

Moxie Fab: Make Your Own Stamp Challenge - The 2nd Edition

I decided to try Moxie Fab World's Challenge #18: Stamp With a Homemade Stamp again.  I simply cut some craft foam to a 1x1 square, then die cut the heart out of it using Papertrey's Tiny Tags die.  These challenges are kind of addicting.  I like things that make me think.  I had so much fun with my first card, that I had to try something else for this one, and I have a few more stamps that I've made for this challenge...hopefully I get time to use them to make a card!
Stamps: Small Typewriter Alphabet (stampendous), and my own :)
Ink: True Black, Hawaiian Shores (PTI), Pink Pirouette, Real Red (SU)
Paper: White, True Black (PTI)
Other: Tiny Tags Die (PTI), Charcoal Twine (The Twinery), rhinestone