Best Fishes – Tent Card Style

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This month on the PWCO blog, I’ve been asked to do a challenge focus each Saturday – that means I choose a challenge from a popular papercrafting form (in this case SCS) and create a card/project using whatever the parameters of the challenge are.

I chose TLC275 (Try an new technique) which was a challenge to create a tent card.

I’ve never made a tent card before so I viewed the instructions (which can be found on SCS) and found out that it’s actually a fairly simple technique and that I would be able to do it!

I chose wallie the whale as my stamp of choice for this challenge and used some Jillibean Soup  patterned paper because the circles on it reminded me of water bubbles.  The paper is kraft with black and red/raspberry in it so I used black and red coloured accents.

Here’s the card:

I think it turned out quite cute and can definitely see me using this technique again.  You CAN fold the card (there are creases in the base so it will fold flat to put in an envelope and kind of spring open when you take it out.  Wallie is hanging in the frame – that’s why there’s a red string hanging down in the middle…he just kind of floats on the “water”. 

 Here’s a side view so you can see what I mean:

…and one last thing to share before I go…I made some custom pins for this card by coating stick pins from a dollar store with some fun flock.   Would you like a closer view of that?:

It was a great way to cover over the pre-existing colour on the pins and make them match my project.  I love finding ways to take one item and make it suit multiple projects.  I rarely buy (except for buttons and flowers – it’s a sickness!) multiple colours of embellishments…I usually stick with white or clear or silver or black as these are neutral and if there is a way to alter them so they match another colour in my project – so be it!

Enjoy your Saturday!  I certainly intend to!

Yadda Yadda

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Are you getting tired of ruffled ribbon?  I’m not!  Something will eventually take its place but for now just sit back and enjoy the ride because I’m so happy to finally be able to use ribbon on my cards!

This particular card is for a young girl who is turning 13.  I wanted to make something a little funky and not to babyish – for some reason I decided purple was the colour of choice again.

I’ve had this cell phone stamp for some time.   I made a couple of cards with it when I first got it but haven’t used it since.  It comes with a couple of cute text messages that you can stamp in the window and I’m surprised I haven’t made better use of it up to this point.

I recycled some plastic from a package of basic grey buttons for the window in the phone and pop dotted the phone just because that’s the kind of thing one should do with a stamp like this.  One should also paper piece the stamp because it’s perfect for that too!

Speaking of yadda, yadda – maybe I should zip it for a second and actually show you the card:

I think if I had to redo this card I’d use cream cardstock instead of white for the background on the phone.  It’s a bit stark against all those nice purples, pinks and greens.  Other than that, I’m hoping this goes over well.  Teens are a scary audience!

I stamped the words yadda yadda all over the green  paper and added some tiny rhinestones in each corner (and on the phone button).  The paper is basic grey Kioshi and the ribbon is probably dots and dashes or whatever it’s called from Michaels.

I think I’m going to take tomorrow night off from blogging to get some Father’s Day orders sorted out but I’ll be back on Saturday as I’m due to post on the PaperWorks Co blog that day.  I am also in the process of listing the design team for PWCO in my sidebar and that should be up by Saturday so you can check out the other members of the team if you’d like!

This Is It

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Whew!  It is done.  Done, done, done.  My final 2010 Father’s Day card is finished!

I got this stamp when I was in England last year.  It’s quite cute, really.  I paper pieced the shirt so there wasn’t too much to colour (I used my copics) and the card worked up pretty quickly.

The hardest part was finding some manly paper…I wanted to use the paper with the pencils on it from my teacher card but I didn’t like how it looked (too linear) so I cut it on an angle to give the pencils a diagonal direction.  Problem solved!  Of course, my description of the way I cut the paper would make more sense if you could actually see the card (I never show it straight away or you wouldn’t read all my chatter!) so here it is:

Cute, hey?  I was so excited to finish I even staged my homemade light box! (of course, I cropped out everything when I took the picture and that reminded me why I don’t bother staging my shots!)

Quick details – Cosmo Cricket “The Boyfriend” paper plus a strip of green from another CC pad (Get Happy?), Red Riding Hood cardstock, spiral punch, a tag punch of some sort from SU for the computer generated sentiment and that’s about it!  No “manbellishment” on this card.  Not even a scrap of twine. 

Ah, the relief!

Happiness Always

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This started out as a black and white card but I didn’t like the starkness of the white.  Cream looks soooo much nicer with black!

I got this image from 7kids last year but this is the first time I inked it up.  I meant to several times but wasn’t sure how to start with the colouring. (I watercoloured it)

October Afternoon Thrift Shop has quite a few nice papers in the package and there were TWO with black and cream colouring.  The hardest part was deciding which to use on the top half of the card and which to use on the bottom.  The polkadots were the winner for the top and here’s what the final card looks like:

I think it turned out quite sweet…a little shabby, a little elegant and a little bit cute.  The image is by Tina Wenke (Stampavie) and is a little more detailed than the images I usually use but when I saw this one I had to have it.

I did the ruffle thing with the ribbon again – I wish I’d thought of it myself!  I know I certainly would have made a lot more cards with ribbon on them if I’d been smart enough to come up with this idea!  My bow-tying is hideous – ruffling the ribbon eliminates the need to tie a bow and hides the fact that the ribbon is not perfectly straight.  Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

I was going to add a few pearls around the scallop but I don’t think they’d stand out very well…I’ll save that idea for a darker cardstock on another day. 

Thanks for dropping by!


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Father’s Day card number 4 – well, 3.5 actually as I still need to make one with a handyman theme…sigh!

So, as you know, I’ve been struggling to make Father’s Day cards lately.  Not sure why – I do like making masculine cards as I enjoy the challenge but when you HAVE to make them the mojo is nowhere to be found.

I decided to browse SCS for some inspiration yesterday and came up with a card based on a CASE of another card in the gallery (if you CASE a CASE does that cancel out the copying?!)  The portion of the card I copied is the placement of the trees (I used different colours), the placement of the sentiment and the popping up of the middle tree.  It was a CAS (clean and simple) card so there was lots of white space but I wanted some soft “manly” colour on my card so I used some Cosmo Cricket Joyride paper and also made a ruffled band of cardstock by accordion folding it and running it through my tiny sewing machine.  Here’s the end result:

I added a spritz of mustard ink here and there on the card and slightly distressed the edges of the PP.  It’s an easy card to mass-produce (once you sew the cardstock band…that’s the only time-consuming part) and I think it turned out quite cute.

I suppose I should take a stab at making my final card…I’m as sick of thinking about it as you probably are of hearing about it!

Come back tomorrow…I’ve got a wedding card to show ya! (a rarity on my blog…)

The Cat Came Back…

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…the very next day!

Yes, ANOTHER cat card. My last for a couple of days I think…it’s time to move on to other stamps that are looking for love (in all the wrong places) plus you may have noticed that DN4 still has NOT made an appearance on the old blogaroo…I just can’t force these things!

I haven’t been whipping up that many cards over the last couple of days…but I have been cooking up some ideas and I hope to turn them into reality ASAP.  I still have a couple of new stamps from WS to make cards from (I try to make at least one card from every new stamp I buy as soon as possible to make sure they get used) plus I’ve got new rubber from PaperWorks Co that is dying to make an appearance.  The images Peggy sent me to work with are exactly the style of stamps I enjoy using so it’s very exciting to have all those new toys just waiting in the wings!

Back to today’s card…

I thought it might be time to branch out a little and start working on some baby cards, get well cards an anniversary cards (and maybe some wedding cards too though they are my least favourite to make) so today we have an anniversary card feature a Whipper Snapper stamp and some Basic Grey paper:

I must say I’m really happy with how the upper paper makes such a great contrast for the image and that slick Stampin’ Up button.  I bought these buttons during Sale-A-Bration and they were quite expensive but I finally cracked them open and I’m kind of wishing they sold a package with just this style of button as this is about the cutest button in my entire stash!

When I was looking for my hemp (that sounds bad!) to tie a bow on the button I remembered I had some ancient Karen Foster scrapper’s floss tucked away in my embellishment drawer and that one spool was orange (I think the other one is red) so I dug it out and it was exactly what I needed!

What do you think?!  Isn’t this image perfect for an anniversary card?

Before I go, I’d like to share a picture of a card that was sent to me by Melanie Mallek (who always leaves such nice comments).  She took the time to send me a picture of a card she made using the image and paper scraps I sent out in the mail a couple of weeks ago).  Here’s Melanie’s card:

If you make a card with the stuff you received and want to send a picture of your creation, I’d love to share it on my blog.  If you don’t have my email address just leave a comment requesting it and I’ll drop you a line.  I don’t post my email address on my blog as the amount of spam I get just for comments is unbelievable and I don’t want to clog up my inbox as well.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Puppy Love

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I had a request for a sympathy card for the death of a pet…so sad.  I remember when my dog (Schaeffer) died a couple of years ago I was so heartbroken.  She gave me 15 years of joy and was such a clever and funny dog.

Anyway, I wanted to make sure that the card I created was somber enough for the moment yet somewhat happy too – to show that the giver understands the recipient’s sadness but that loving a pet brings joy for however long we are lucky to have them in our lives.

Fortunately, Mercy on SCS posted a card today with a PERFECT layout and I shamelessly CASEd it (I did make lots of changes but the layout was purely inspired by her card)  If you’ve never checked out her stuff, I just recently came across her blog and she is beyond talented.  Here‘s a link (but please don’t stop visiting me!)

On to my card:

I used Basic Grey paper and some Bazzil cardstock.  There’s also a strip of kraft cardstock hiding under the rippled ribbon. (and to answer a question – you do NOT need a sewing machine to do this…just a line of strong doublesided tape like scor-tape.  Simply put down a line of tape and adhere the end of the ribbon to it, make loops and press each loop down into the tape before forming the next one – easy, quick and cute!)

I splattered a little purple ink on the card for some added interest (and simply because I like using my spritzer!) and paper pierced the edges because it looked so nice on Mercy’s card.  The card is not quite as bright in real life as it is in the above picture.  There’s a shade too much red in the shot but I’m just going to leave it as is.  You still get the idea.

The image is coloured with colouring pencils and OMS (the pet in question is a Yellow Lab) and I added a few pearls simply because I know the customer likes the look of them and it will make her happy to see them on the card she is giving her friend.

Lastly, I used the sentiment “thinking of you” instead of “With Sympathy”.  I just find that a bit too sad to use on a card and will avoid it unless someone specifically wants me to go with it…

If you do have a dog or cat or other pet in your life, take a moment today to give it a little extra attention and tell them that you love them.  It will make their day and make you feel a little happier today too!

Crazy Cat Lady

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I just realized how many cards I’ve made using images with cats in them lately.  Wanna know a secret?  I don’t like cats – I’m allergic to them so they’ve never been my favourite animal.

The problem is that Whipper Snapper has such cute images I can’t resist them – even if they feature itch and sneeze inducing felines!

I’m having so many mojo moments lately that I’m worried the well will run dry!  I can’t stop thinking about different card designs – well, everything but Father’s Day card number 4!!!

In an effort to avoid making dreaded #4 (hereafter referred to as DN4) I have managed to come up with another cheerful creation of pure cuteness:

A few quick details…

I used October Afternoon Thrift Shop and some Riding Hood Red cardstock.  The embellishment is a red button with a making memories brad smooshed into it (that’s the best way to describe the process of forcing the prongs of the brad into the button holes!).

The image was coloured with Prismas and OMS but I used a copic marker to add grass at the base of the image.  Not sure why…

I ran a strip of cardstock through an embossing folder for a little added interest.  All in all a simple but effective layout.   Now if I could just get cracking on DN4 – maybe tomorrow…not!  😉

Hippo Hippo Ray!

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I have SO MUCH to cheer about today!!!

Before I get to my project, I finally get to announce that I am now a designer for PaperWorks Co.!  I applied for a design team position just before I went on vacation and the invitation to join the team was waiting in my inbox when I returned home!  I’ve been BUSTING to tell my paper-crafting friends (’cause you’re the only ones who understand how exciting this is) but it was a big secret until today.

Please be sure to check out my debut post at the PaperWorks Co. BLOG (and keep checking back all week as they unveil the rest of the team members).

Obviously, my first task as a PWCO DT member was to create a project using the adorable line of stamps and papers that Peggy carries in her store.  The hardest part of this was deciding which stamp to use first!  After much deliberation, I settled on the hippo (I was originally going to use the snake as I have this project in mind for someone celebrating their birthday this week and I could have had some fun with all of the “S” sounds in her name!) and here’s what I came up with:

Isn’t it cute?  All the cardstock, patterned papers and the Hippo stamp are from PaperWorks Co.  In fact, the only things that didn’t come for PWCO are the ribbon and the scor-tape I used to assemble the box! 

My gift set consists of a box that I made from cardstock (I made several of them for Teacher Gifts last year – they’re so cute and just the right size for a simple “thinking of you” type gift) with some shower gel, body lotion and a bath puff inside.  The bath items came from the $1.50 bin at Michael’s.  I removed them from their original packaging and recovered the bottles with some strips of patterned paper to match the box.  I also made a matching card that measures about 3 1/4 X 4.  It’s bigger than a gift card but not quite as big as my regular cards.  I was originally going to make a square 5X5″ card but thought the larger size would be a bit overpowering with my cute little gift box.

Here’s a closer shot of the card (playing with hubby’s mini tripod this week so my pictures are a little different…if you hate it/love it, constructive criticism is always welcome – or you can just leave a comment telling me how awesome I am…):

A few more details (I’m in a chatty mood tonight): The patterned paper is by Three Bugs in a Rug and it’s quite a heavy weight – it’s great for paper piecing as the paper doesn’t flop around while you’re cutting out the stamped image (if you’re a regular visitor you know I love paper piecing – it’s the greatest, cheapest way to make your image completely match your card). The colours are so nice too – not too bright and not too muted…really fresh and fun.

My ribbon was adhered to the card with scor-tape using a fun ripple effect.  It’s my favourite new trend at the moment.  I created the scalloped ends on the paper with my corner punch.  I know there are lots of great edging punches on the market but I try to stick to the basics when it comes to punches and I think the scallop created by using a corner punch is just fine!

Well, it’s laundry night so I’d better wrap things up for now.  Enjoy the rest of your evening!

Orange You Tweet

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Today’s card is a good case for investing in Copic markers.  That doesn’t mean I’m going to run out and spend hundreds of dollars on these little beauties but I’ve been playing with them for a couple of weeks (I’ve got about 2 dozen now) and, while I don’t have the blending thing mastered, I have to say that I am impressed.

I coloured a few images just using the few Copic colours that I have which limited my spectrum greatly.  Once I was done I found it quite challenging to match the images to any of the existing paper I have in my immense stash.  I did assemble a few cards (which will be shared in the days ahead) using what I have “in stock” but the cards are not quite up to my usual standards.

Yesterday, I was trying to turn another completed image into a card and I came up against the same issue…lots of paper but nothing that really GOES with the image.  The problem was the bright orange and the shade of blue I used when colouring.

I fiddled with different papers for almost an hour and then walked away to give it more thought.  Today, the solution came to me…I needed to pick out paper that was a bit plain with little or no blue/orange in it, use orange cardstock and make some custom coloured accents to match the blue.  Here’s the result:

I had some white ribbon with black polka dots on it that I coloured with my blue copic marker.  It matches the birdhouse EXACTLY and ties everything together.  I used a cute ruffle technique (popular on SCS right now) for the ribbon – you’ll be seeing a lot more of this – and added a knotted piece to the orange button.   Just the right pop of colour to make everything match!

PLEASE be sure to check back tomorrow…I definitely have something to share!

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