Playing For Prizes

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I had already intended to make a birthday card today using this dog image but I did a little blurfing (blog surfing) before getting started and stumbled across a contest that PaperTrey Ink is having where you can win LOTS of ribbon (95 spools – worth almost $300).  Since I was making a card anyway I decided to use her layout and use the card as my entry.

I did take some liberties with the sketch – I added a few extra elements and shortened/stretched parts of the sketch to suit my needs.  I knew I wanted lots of white space to the left of my image so I coud stamp a birthday sentiment in the area.   It DOES meet all the elements of the layout but placement has changed very slightly.

Incidentally, the “best” card doesn’t win.  It’s a random draw but you have to make a card and provide a link to it in order to be entered in the contest.  Here’s my entry:

This Whipper Snapper stamp is adorable – as are the others I purchased.   Originally, I was going to stamp the pom pom on the dog’s hat twice and pop the second one up just like I did on Thursday’s giraffe image but then I remembered I had a container of pom poms in my craft closet so I rummaged through and found a blue one that was just about the right size.  This card IS going in the mail but I know it’s going to be inside a parcel so I didn’t limit the amount of bulky embellishments.

The bone under the “Happy Birthday” banner and the paw prints running down the right hand side of the card are buttons.  The paw prints didn’t photograph well but that’s SOP for my pictures so I’m living with it.  I can’t guarantee this card will fit in the envelope – I’ll probably have to find something a little bigger to put it in.  I did trim the back off the pom pom but I couldn’t take too much off or it would have fallen apart.

It was a fun sketch but I did have different plans for my card today so I’ll probably give this one another go with my “original” half-formulated plan. 

Even if I don’t win the ribbon, it was great motivation to get an early start on the projects I need to finish this weekend.

Supplies used: Whipper Snapper stamp, Family Phrases stamp, Nestabilities (long rectangles), pom pom, buttons, bashful blue and certainly celery cardstock, Patterned Paper (possibly American Crafts and Karen Foster?), dye inks, aquapainter.

Babies Everywhere!

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There is something in the water at work.  One of my co-workers is going to have a baby boy any second, another just had one in December and the latest baby is due in March. (don’t know the gender of baby number 3 yet)

When we take up a collection at work for a baby shower I usually voluteer to make the card (subject to how swamped I am with my non-workplace life).  This week I was happy to volunteer once more for the latest in our ever-growing “family”.

I chose a simple Imaginisce image of a giraffe which was very reasonably priced.  I believe I got it at Paperworks which is a Canadian supplier.  I do try to buy within Canada when I can and this is one of the few Canadian suppliers with up-to-the-minute papercrafting supplies.  Their selection is not ginormous but it is a good source for some of the things I regularly purchase.

Anyhoo…back to the card.

The patterned paper is some cute dry embossed heavy weight paper from a DCWV stack called “Nana’s Kids”.  I got it in Buffalo when we went cross border shopping with my brother and sister-in-law on our last visit to Ontario. (over a year ago)  I’ve used papers in the stack before but I’ve been holding on to this pattern specifically for a baby card or a birthday card for a little person.  Here’s the card:

The colours in this card are not your typical “I don’t know the gender” colours.  Well, they are in that there is yellow and green in the card but it’s an olive green and a very golden yellow (marigold morning to be specific).  To add to the non-traditional colours, I also punched up the plum colour in the paper by DTPing the edges with plum ink and matting the giraffe with Plum cardstock.  It’s still cheerful and colourful but the deeper shades are sure to make this one stand out at the shower.

I stamped the giraffe’s head a second time and popped it up using dimensionals.  Always a cute touch with only a little extra effort (cutting around his ears and ossicones – yeah, I googled it) on my part.

Tip of the day: using extra-colourful background paper is a great way to dress up a card without having to add a lot of embellishment.  Don’t fight the paper!

I still have other cards to share – I just don’t have time to jabber about them at the moment!  Hopefully, I can catch up on the weekend. (If I get my card orders finished)

Supplies used: Imaginisce Giraffe, “new baby” from Just Celebrate by SU!, marigold morning and perfect plum cardstock by SU!, barely banana, summer sun, creamy caramel and perfect plum markers by SU!, Nestabilities, grosgrain ribbon, cuttlebug, DCWV pp (Nana’s Kids)

Let Me Call You Tweetheart

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Another day, another Valentine.  This little guy was actually difficult to make as I couldn’t think of a creative way to incorporate the heart-shaped image onto the card.  I think I’ll try a “landscape” version next time.

The bird image is a new Hero Arts stamp.  I love their images but I wish they’d do a few things differently when creating them to make it more fun for people who like to colour their stamped images.  For example, there is a really cute owl in this set with little hearts on his belly but they are SOLID rather than outlines which means if you stamp the image in black ink you’ll get black hearts.  I don’t know why they couldn’t have left the inside of the heart open so you could still stamp the outline in black but then colour the middle of each heart well.  They are acrylic stamps and stamping markers don’t give a crisp image as the ink pools on top of the stamp.

The bird stamp in today’s card is not too bad as it is mostly an outline which makes it possible to colour the image.  I added a touch of glitter to the wing and the eye to give the card more sparkle and there are three teeny, tiny rhinestones under the sentiment.  The rhinestones are actually from the dollar store and are part of a package of “bling” intended to decorate cell phones.  Here’s the card:

I used a piece of Basic Grey Romani paper for the background. (I think it’s Romani…it could be Oh Baby Girl) and some rose and pink cardstock for the solid colours.   My scalloped heart nestabilities dies were used again as I’m trying to get some mileage out of the purchase.  They cut wonderfully and leave a nice crisp embossed edge.  I think the pink satin ribbon is from Michael’s but it could be a Walmart find.

Short and sweet tonight.  I haven’t been sleeping well and I am hoping that an early night will increase my chances of catching some zzzzz’s.

Supplies used: Hero Arts stamps, Basic Grey pp, pretty in pink and regal rose cardstock by SU, SU dye inks, aquapainter, rhinestones, Palette Hybrid ink in Noir, Nestabilities, satin ribbon, edge distressing tool. 

Bear Hugs (and Kisses)

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If you know me at all, you know that I made a slight retching sound when typing the title of this post.  I am NOT a hugger (or a kisser!).  I don’t do hugs.  If I hug you voluntarily, it is not only a rarity but a huge gesture on my part.  I am not counting incidents where other people hug me and I have to hug back out of politeness.  If it’s someone I know and I know I won’t offend them, I dispense with polite and just let my arms dangle at my sides while I tolerate the contact. 

However, I DO love letting people know that I appreciate them and I do that by either coming right out and telling them or I make them something.  When it comes to my place of employment, I like to let everyone know that I appreciate them (or that the company I work for appreciates them) by giving everyone in my department a little gift for every “holiday”.

There are 19 people on my floor – which means 18 treats (as I don’t make one for myself!).  I always make 20 though so I can give one to the company receptionist and one to our runner as they both assist us with our workload even though they are not in the same department. 

My husband and I went to Wal-mart last night and I found a 20 pack of Hershey “Hugs and Kisses” while scoping out the Valentine’s Day section.  The chocolate comes in a fairly ugly package with a silver heart in the centre of the bag with a “To/From” space.  The intention, obviously, is for children to personalize the silver heart and hand the treats out to their classmates.  While the treat count was perfect, the packaging left a lot to be desired.  Of course, if I had the time and inclination, I could make new packaging for each treat but that would turn a pleasure into a chore.

After mulling it over for a while I decided to just make a “belly band” to cover the offensive “To/From” area on the package.  I also used some foam bears and hearts that I purchased in a kit at M’s.  The kit is intended to make lollipop holders – which is what I was going to do at first but all the valentine’s themed lollipops I saw in stores (and I apologize in advance for the pun) sucked.  Here’s what I came up with instead…

…and here’s a shot of (most of) the whole batch:

Once I decided on the end product, assembly went quite quickly.  I simply handwrote the names of my coworkers on foam hearts and tucked the bears inside the belly bands.  I adhered the personalized hearts over the bears so that they partially stuck to the belly band which was an easy way to secure the bears to the package.  I used a variety of papers from my K&Co seasonal paper pad – it’s heavyweight, doublesided paper so it’s nice and sturdy for a project like this. 

Check back tomorrow as I still have some Valentine’s Day projects to share!

Supplies used: Darice Activity Bucket – Bear Lollipop Wrap, Hershey Hugs & Kisses, K&Co patterned paper, glue runner, pen.

Heart FELT

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My scalloped heart Nestabilities (cutting dies) arrived last week – just in time for the Valentine’s frenzy.  Of course, I had to use them immediately!

I played around with cutting out stamped images using the hearts and did have some success but I found it difficult to use the heart shape as the focal point on the particular layout I was trying to create.  I thought it might be easier if I used the hearts as an embellishment and this is what evolved from that card-making session:

I cut a large heart from blue felt (just ordinary felt you can buy in any craft store) and attached a second heart made of paper from the new Basic Grey “Bittersweet” collection.  The patterned paper on the top portion of the card is also part of the Bittersweet line.  I tried to buy buttons when I purchased the paper (on line…I’d never be able to buy anything this new in a local store) but they were out of stock so I missed out on some great buttons but they would have been really fun to use on this card.

Luckily for me, I have WAY too many primas so I fished out one in a colour that matched the paper and popped a rhinestone brad in the centre for a little bling factor.  Originally, I was going to use some pink ribbon on this card but decided to scallop punch another piece of the pink Bittersweet paper and used that instead.

The sentiment is actually a $1.50 (in Canada) stamp from Michael’s that I bought just after Christmas.  They had a good selection of Valentine’s Day stamps but I only purchased 3 from this season’s lineup.  No point buying them if you don’t think you’ll use them!

All in all, an elegant but easy card.

Supplies used: Sentiment stamp from M’s, Confetti white cardstock – SU, Bittersweet pp – Basic Grey, blue felt – Walmart, Prima flower, rhinestone brad – Dollarama, Scallop punch – Fiskars, Nestabilities Scalloped Heart Dies, Palette Hybrid Noir ink.

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