Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Card Share: Merry Tex-Mas

“Merry Tex-mas Card” 
Based off Card Sketch #14 by Allison Davis
 Here is my card I created based off Allison's awesome sketch over at Sketch Support:

 Variation #1: Instead of using a Christmas tree as shown in the sketch, I stamped a snowflake swirl in the same general area on my card. I then heat embossed the swirl and added some diamond stickles to some of the stamped image.

Variation #2: My message was the focal point of my card instead of being just an accent. My snow globe stamp had both an image and the sentiment. I colored the image with copic markers, added some stickles glitter to the snow dots, and covered the glass globe area with glossy accents. I also added some red stickles to the holly berries.

Variation #3: Instead of using a decorative edge on my green pattern paper, I rounded the corners with the corner chomper punch.

Variation #4: Even though the sketch didn’t include borders, I added a ribbon and polka dot strip of paper at the bottom to help “ground” my stamped image. I added staples to the ends of the ribbon to attach it to the card.

Supplies Used—Cardstock: Bazzill (Red), Georgia Pacific (White);  Pattern Paper: Die Cuts With a View (The Green Stack), Rusty Pickle (Father Knows Best); Inks: Ranger Distress Inkpads (Gathered Twig, Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough, Festive Berries), Tsukineko (Versamark, Memento: Tuxedo Black); Stamps: Inkadinkado (Snowflake Swirl), Texana Designs (Snow globe); Ribbon: Marcella by K& Company (Twill Stripe); Tools: WeR Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper), Tim Holtz (Tiny Attacher), Ranger (Foam Blending Tool), Close To My Heart (Heat Embossing Gun); Embellishments: Close To My Heart Embossing Powder (Heavenly Blue), Ranger Stickles (Diamond, Candy Cane); Markers: Copic Sketch (YG03, YG63, YG67, BG10, Y21, E33, E37, W1, W3, W5, R29, R39); Other: Ranger (Glossy Accents), Foam Squares. Card Sketch by Allison Davis (Sketch Support).

Monday, December 5, 2011

Layout Share: My Girl- Little Miss Independent

“My Girl: Little Miss Independent”
Variation #1: I only used the left side of the two page layout sketch, and I flipped the sketch so that my largest photo was on the left instead of the right. I used two 4x6” photos, two 4x4” photos and one 2x4” photo.

Variation #2: For my long title, I used two pre-printed stickers that said “My Girl” and the words “Little Miss Independent”. The stickers were mounted on a piece of turquoise cardstock. I stamped the swirl at the ends of the title for emphasis.

Variation #3: Since I only used one side of the layout sketch, I added my journaling in the blank space next to a photo. I added some sticker embellishments along with a button to help fill in the space.

Variation #4: For the accents that were included on the sketch, I substituted some of the tag stickers. The tag up near the title gave me the idea to cut the yellow flower tag sticker in half and use part of it near my journaling and the other piece above the title for my button and flower accents.

Supplies Used—Cardstock: Bazzill (Yellow), SEI (Turquoise, Pink);  Pattern Paper: SEI (Dill Blossom); Inks: Ranger Distress (Gathered Twig); Stamps: The Girls Paperie (Swirl Stamp); Stickers: Making Memories (Like It Is Diecut Stickers: Love), My Mind’s Eye (“Gertie” Girly Sticker Tags); Pens: EK Success (Zig Brown Writer); Tools: WeR Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper), Ranger (Foam Blending Tool), Martha Stewart (Cherish Border Punch); Other: Prima (Pink Flowers), Sandpaper, Cream Crochet Thread, Foam Squares.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Card Share: Gratitude

“Gratitude Card”

 Variation #1: I substituted smaller rectangles (stamped & punched) in place of the heart squares in the card sketch. I also stamped on the card base with some watermark ink for a tone-on-tone background.

Variation #2: My sentiment was stamped. The word “gratitude” was heat embossed with some tinsel powder and the words beneath it were stamped with dark brown ink.

Variation #3: I added a narrower piece of pattern paper under my rectangles and tied a ribbon in a knot just above the sentiment.

Other tips: I created the stamped rectangles by layering multiple stamped images. Some were stamped with full ink, some with second/third generation inking to create depth. I also layered several colors of ink with the stamps and also along the edges with the foam blending tool.

Supplies Used—Cardstock: DMD Inc. (Kraft), Georgia Pacific (White);  Pattern Paper: Daisy D’s (Yellow Gingham); Inks: Ranger Distress Inkpads (Gathered Twig, Rusty Hinge, Bundled Sage), Ranger Distress Stain (Antique Linen), Tsukineko (Versamark); Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Ali Edwards: Family Circle, Simply You, Loving Words), Inkadinkado (Leaf Swirl), Hampton Arts (Small Maple Leaf), Inque Boutique (Small Single Leaf), Autumn Leaves (Swirl); Ribbon: Close To My Heart (Cream Grosgrain); Tools: Tim Holtz (Tiny Attacher), Ranger (Foam Blending Tool), EK Success Punch (Photo Labels), Close To My Heart (Heat Tool); Other: Ranger Embossing Tinsel (Copper), Foam Squares.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Layout Share: My Boy and His Furry Friend

“My Boy and his Furry Friend”

Variation #1: I substituted a photo in place of the journaling section on the layout; I just rearranged the layout to add my journaling in place of the left photo. I used two 4 x 5 ¼” photos and one 2 ½ x 4” photo.

Variation #2: Instead of using a long title, I used a pre-printed title card that said “My Boy” and I stamped the words “Furry” and “Friend”. The other words were handwritten.

Variation #3: I omitted the small journaling strips from the sketch and just added a date sticker on the lower right corner.

Variation #4: For the leaf accents that were included on the sketch, I substituted some homemade legos and stamped pawprints to go with my page theme. I created some hand stitched swirls to pull them all together. I also added some stitching along one of the thin strips below my photos. Along the other strip of paper, I added some stamped word borders.

Other tips: I sprayed the blue cardstock with some cream spray ink.

Supplies Used—Cardstock: ANW Crestwood (Deep Sea), Close To My Heart (White);  Pattern Paper: My Mind’s Eye (Life Stories: Blue Plaid, “Be Merry” Polka Dot/Cream), Memories in the Making (Window Check Navy); Inks: Ranger Distress (Gathered Twig), Ranger Distress Stain (Antique Linen), October Afternoon Color Mist (Buttermilk), Marvy Uchida (Black Marvy Matchables); Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Borderline: Family Ties), Stampabilities (Pawprint), EK Success (Antique Typewriter Alphas, “Friend” word stamp); Stickers: 7 Gypsies (Date Mini Label: Black), My Mind’s Eye (“Hattie” Boy Title), Deja Views (Family Journal Card); Pens: EK Success (Zig Black Writer); Tools: WeR Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper), Ranger (Foam Blending Tool), Making Memories (Paper Piercer); Other: Office Hole Punch, Sandpaper, Brown Crochet Thread, Foam Squares.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Layout Share: Wonderful, Ordinary, Everyday

“Wonderful, Ordinary, Everyday”

Variation #1: Instead of using small square photos as shown on the sketch, I used 2.5 x 3.5 wallet photos. I also varied their placement on the page and lined them up more so they were all visible. Because my photos are larger, I have less white space on the right side of my layout.

Variation #2: For my title, I stamped the words with StazOn ink in the corner of my largest 4x6 photo. I used the photo in place of the title block because it was the main focal point of my layout. I also stamped the words “never forget” and “today” above and below the photo and accented them with gemstones. I completely omitted the candles and stars as shown in the sketch.

Variation #3: Because my photos were larger than the sketch photos, the banner would not fit across the top of my page. So I created a custom banner with a variety of clocks, ribbon images and banners that were all created with white cardstock, stamps and inks. I added clear gemstones to three of the banners to add some detail.

Variation #4: Instead of adding my journaling in strips under my title, I created a custom stamped journaling tag and added a stamped word border along the top. To hide this journaling section on my page, I used an exacto knife and created a slit in the layout and made a pocket. I added some ribbon to the journaling piece so it was easy to pull out to read.

Supplies Used—Cardstock: Bazzill (Red), The Paper Studio (Grey), Close To My Heart (White);  Pattern Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle (Love Letters), Fancy Pants (Fabulous); Inks: Tsukineko (Black StazOn), Ranger Distress (Pumice Stone, Barn Door, Chipped Sapphire), Marvy Uchida (Black Marvy Matchables); Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Ordinary Days), Hampton Art (Memories Mix & Match, This Day Sentiments Mix & Match), Maya Road (Clocks), Martha Stewart (Patterns Background), Close To My Heart (Ritzy Ribbons), Glitz Designs (Love Games); Stickers: 7 Gypsies (Date Mini Label); Embellishments: The Paper Studio (Clear Gemstones), Martha Stewart (Twill Tape-Putty), Making Memories (Scrapbook Stitches-Black Thread); Tools: Tim Holtz (Tiny Attacher), WeR Memory Keepers (Sew Easy-Orange Head), Ranger (Foam Blending Tool), Exacto Knife; Pens: Close To My Heart (Outdoor Denim Marker), EK Success (Zig Black Writer).

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Layout Share: Happy 1st Birthday

“Happy First Birthday” 
Variation #1: For my title, I layered a pre-made sticker from the Happy Days kit onto a chipboard number covered with coordinating pattern paper. The sticker was adhered with foam squares. I love how the little flag that says “happy” on it worked so well to layer over the chipboard.

Variation #2: Instead of using the large heart accents on the first page, I used a 6x8 Photo Mat Element from the Happy Day collection. I grouped a calendar also cut from the Journaling card elements paper along with one of the swirl and cake stickers for my main accents. I wrapped red string around three areas on my layout for interest.

Variation #3: I varied the photo placement on my layout. Instead of using small 2x2 photos, I created a photo mat and used two larger photos above and below the mat.

Variation #4: Instead of using lots of vertical layers under the smaller photos, I cut a journaling card into two sections and used it at the top and bottom of my smaller photo strip for my journaling. I also cut some thinner pattern paper strips to fill in the gaps  on the side of these photos.

Supplies Used—Cardstock: Bazzill (green, red, brown); Pattern Paper: Simple Stories (Happy Day); Ink: Ranger (Walnut Ink Distress); Adhesives: Ranger (Inkssentials Matte Accents), Scrapbook Adhesives (Foam Squares); Tools: Basic Grey (Paper Files), WeR Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper); Other: EK Success (chipboard number), Crochet Thread (Red), American Crafts (Precision Pen-Black).

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Card Share: There's No Doubt

"There’s No Doubt"

Variation #1: Instead of using a group of balloons on my card, I created a group of flowers from circle punches. The layers of the flowers are attached with foam squares for dimension and I added small pearls to the centers.
Variation #2: I was inspired by the curvy stitched lines for the balloon strings and I took that inspiration a step further to create a background. I used my sewing machine and some tan thread to sew some free-form swirl patterns on the card front. Then I sewed a double border around the card edges to pull everything together.
Other details: I added a punch shape to the front of the card with a stamped sentiment. The punched shape was cut into two pieces and I used the larger piece on the inside of the card to create my sentiment. I decorated the inside of the card along the top edge by adding a stripe of paper and the other stamped punch shape.

Supplies Used - Cardstock: DMD Inc (Kraft); Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny (Sophie); Tools: EK Success Punches(Circles- ½”, ¾”, 1”, 1 ¼”, 1 ½”, Real Estate), Tim Holtz (Tiny Attacher); Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives (Foam Squares); Ribbon: American Crafts; Stickers: Recollections (Adhesive Faux Pearls); Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Loving Words); Inks: Ranger Distress Inkpad (Walnut Stain), Ranger Distress Stain (Antique Linen); Pens: Zig Writer (Brown); Other: Sewing Machine and tan thread; sand paper.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Card Share: Greatest Blessing x 2

"Greatest Blessing Leaf Card"

Variation #1: I created two single strips of diagonal pattern papers, then put them together to create the chevron stripes. Then I traced a leaf shape on the backside of the paper and cut them out by hand. My leaf sizes vary from those on the add-on sketch.
 Other details: I stamped the background of my card with Versamark ink for a subtle pattern, and stamped a sentiment to match my pattern paper colors.

Supplies Used - Cardstock: DMD Inc (kraft), Bazzill (Brown, cream); Patterned Paper: My Minds Eye, Me and My Big Ideas, Die Cuts with a View, The Paper Loft; Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Loving Words), Jenni Bowlin (Labels), Stampers Anonymous (TH Curiosities); Inks: Tsukineko (Versamark), Ranger Distress Inkpads (Bundled Sage, Gathered Twigs, Rusty Hinge), Ranger Distress Stain (Antique Linen); Other: Autumn Leaves (Button), Cream Embroidery Thread; Tools: WeR Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper), Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives (Foam Squares).


"Greatest Blessing Heart Card"

Variation #1: Instead of using a leaf shape, I created a punched out heart with a chevron pattern paper design.
 Other details: I stamped the background of this card and created a multi colored stamped saying to coordinate with the various pattern papers I used.

Supplies Used - Cardstock: DMD Inc (kraft), Bazzill (Brown, cream); Patterned Paper: My Minds Eye, Me and My Big Ideas, Die Cuts with a View, The Paper Loft; Ribbon: Bo Bunny; Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Loving Words), Jenni Bowlin (Labels), Stampers Anonymous (TH Psychedelic Grunge); Inks: Ranger Distress Inkpads (Bundled Sage, Gathered Twigs, Rusty Hinge), Ranger Distress Stain (Antique Linen); Other: Autumn Leaves (Button), Cream Embroidery Thread; Tools: EK Success Punch (Heart), WeR Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper); Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives (Foam Squares).

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Card Share: Thank You From the Bottom of My Heart

"Thank You From the Bottom of My Heart" Card

 I just wanted to say a huge Thank You to everyone who has been following my blog this past year. I love reading all the comments and sharing my projects here. I have so much to be thankful for this year, but just wanted to express my thanks to each and every one of you.

Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Supplies Used - Cardstock: DMD Inc (Kraft), Bazzill (Brown, Cream); Patterned Paper: My Minds Eye, Me and My Big Ideas, Die Cuts with a View, The Paper Loft; Stamps: Fiskars (Thank You), Inkadinkado (Leaf); Inks: Ranger Distress Inkpads (Bundled Sage, Gathered Twigs, Rusty Hinge), Ranger Distress Stain (Antique Linen), Tsukineko (Versamark); Other: Autumn Leaves (Button), Cream Embroidery Thread; Tools: Tim Holtz Alterations Die (Plaque & Postage). 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Layout Share: Stocking Surprises

This layout was created based on a sketch by Allison Davis. (One Page Sketch #11).

“Stocking Surprises”
Variation #1:
I loved how the sketch had the smaller pattern paper pieces mixed with the swirls and stars. I cut the pattern paper exactly as directed on the sketch, but I used a stamp to create my swirls, and I also repeated the stamping above the larger photo and along the bottom of my layout. Along the circular “jeweled” areas on the stamp, I added some brown brads. This was a great way to use up some of my brad collection! I also added some silver star sequins to the stamped areas for interest. A silver word paperclip was added to the bottom of the largest photo to carry out the copper brown and silver theme.

Variation #2:
I used 4x6 photos and cropped them down to follow the sketch. The larger photo I used was vertical instead of horizontal (3.25 x 4”) and the two smaller photos were 3 x 3”. I also sanded the edges of the photos with a nail file to help them stand out a bit more against the pattern papers.

Variation #3:
I used two alphabet sticker sets and created a banner from cardstock to hold part of my title. I inked the edges of the banner and adhered it with foam squares and silver brads. The red felt alphabet reminds me of the red felt that my mom used when she made these stockings for my kids.

Variation #4:
Using my sewing machine, I added journaling lines, then wrote in my text. I also added some small label stickers to include the date and ages of my children. I also stitched along the outside edges of the layout and inked the edges with brown ink and a craft sponge to finish off the layout.

Supplies Used: 
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey (Figgy Pudding: Kringle, Tinsel, Nestled)
Cardstock: Bazzill (Tan); DMD (Kraft) 
Alphabets: Basic Grey Micro Mono Stickers (Olivia); American Crafts Thickers (Playroom Felt) 
Brads: Making Memories (Antique Copper, Silver) 
Inkpads: Ranger Distress Ink (Walnut Stain); Tsukineko (Timber Brown StazOn)
Stamps: Inkadinkado (Jewel Swirl) 
Stickers: 7 Gypsies (Mini Labels); The Girls Paperie (Tinsel & Twig Border)
Pens: Zig Writer (Brown); Martha Stewart (Black)
Adhesive: Foam Squares and Glue Dots
  Other: WeR Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper, Brad Setter); 7 Gypsies Word Paperclip (Joy); Craft Supply (Silver Star Sequin); Craft Sponge, Sewing Machine and Brown Thread.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Card Share: Birthdays are good for you

Just wanted to share another project I finished recently. I made this for a friend who had a big birthday (60's) over the summer. This was based off a sketch by Allison Davis over at Sketch Support (Add-On Sketch #8).

"Birthdays are Good For You"

Variation #1: I created a tiny party hat to put on the front of a birthday card. I used scraps of papers I had in my scrap bin and added them to a white piece of cardstock on the diagonal. To mimic the stitching on the sketch, I stamped some stitches in black in randomly on the hat. For the top of the hat, I used a black paper flower and a ribbon rose with a gemstone glued in the center. The bottom of the hat was embellished with a scrap piece of black cardstock that had already been punched in a loop border. The party hat was adhered to my card with foam squares.

Variation #2: I also used scraps to create the rest of the card. The cream background was a larger scrap that I stamped a flourish on. The black and kraft layers were punched with a corner rounder and stamped with the same stitches stamp. I included a stamped sentiment on the front of the card and also on the inside. My finished card measures 5 x7".
Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio (Black Flocked Damask), 
Making Memories (Ledger Text), Sweetwater (Autumn Sweet, Black Polka Dot), EK Success (Antique Journal), K&Company  (Folded Wood Tape Measure) 
Cardstock: Bazzill (Black), DMD (Kraft), Georgia Pacific (White)
Inkpads: Ranger Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy), Marvy Uchida (Black)
Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Hanging by a Thread), Close To My Heart (Card Sentiments), Autumn Leaves (Flourish)
Adhesive: Foam Squares and Glue Dots
Other: WeR Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, Martha Stewart Punch (Loop Edger), Prima (Black Paper Flower), Maya Road (Small Organza Rose), Making Memories (Scrapbook Stitches, Cream Thread), Autumn Leaves Button (Black), The Paper Studio (Gemstone), Ranger Foam Blending Tool