Saturday, January 31, 2009

Purse Tag!

I saw this on Patty's blog and just had to make one! She is a SU! Demonstrator who has the most awesome ideas! Go check her out! Anyway, my daughter Mariah is a real girlie girl and I knew she would love this. And I was right! I started with a 4x4 inch coaster and ran it through the Cuttlebug with a big circle die cut, then covered it on both sides with some NEW SU! DP called Raspberry Tart. The initial is Letterpress Alphabet stamped in Pixie Pink. That and the flowery paper layer are cut out with a Spell Binders Scalloped die cuts. The whole thing front and back is then covered with Iredescent Ice EP and then Clear EP. The Jumbo Eyelet was added, along with a metal office binder ring. I tied two pieces of ribbon around the ring. One is a piece of bright pink velvet ribbon that I got from Taylored Expressions online store. Love it!!! The other is a piece of pink with green stitching ribbon that I have had for a long time. I love my ribbon and almost can't get enough of it!!! Doesn't matter what company either, I love'm all! So this is the Purse Tag in action so to speak. Isn't it cute?!!

Thanks for stopping by today! Until next time, Hugs and Happy Craftin'!


Friday, January 30, 2009

You can't go wrong with pink and brown!

It's one of my favorite color combos! When I first saw this stamp set I couldn't wait to order it and then I got it and was almost stumped with the big flower. I have made some cards with it that I just did not like. Sometimes I even scrapped the flower before it even made it to a card. But, I finally figured out that it looks really nice clear embossed. Atleast, I think it does. The card base is Chocolate Chip with Very Vanilla and then a piece of Close to Cocoa that was run through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The bottom half is Pretty in Pink stamped with the Bella Toile BG stamp in Regal Rose ink. The bottom is punched with the Scallop Punch and I added dots to each scallop with a Chocolate Chip marker. The flower from Fabulous Flowers (retired) is stamped with Versamark on Pretty in Pink and then embossed with clear ep. The ribbon is brown with pink stitching, but sorry, I don't remember where I got it. The sentiment is from Elegant Cheer.
Ok, I am taking a poll. Do ya'll like for me to explain how each part of the card is put together with the ingredients listed as I explain or would it be easier to put the ingredients in a list form at the end of the post? I have seen it both ways and like both. Maybe I can mix it up a bit. Do it the other way for one or two posts and let you see the difference. I just want it to be easy for ya'll to read so you'll want to keep reading my blog!
Until next time, Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Valentine Ornaments

I wanted to make ornaments to decorate a small "Christmas" tree that I have had for a few years. Finally, I made some of the Christmas ornaments from coasters (that post from Decemeber if you missed them) to decorate the tree for Christmas, but wanted ornaments for other seasons as well. I really loved the vintage feel that the other ornaments had and thought that the vintage Valentine images would be great for these ornaments. So these are what I came up with. I printed the images from a free clipart website. They are printed on Whisper White card stock.
For this one, I covered the 4 inch square coaster with DP from K&Company called Smitten Paisley Glitter. The sentiment and label from Cute and Curley is stamped on Whisper White and punched out with the Curley Punch. The image, label and flower are all covered in Iridescent Ice ep. The flower has a Fire Brad in the center and is adhered with a large glue dot. The large brads are covered with ep and the ribbon is distressed by heating with a heat gun.

This ornament is a coaster covered with a piece of DP from that I got from my LSS. And, yes, you have seen it before. I am using up my scraps! I adhered the dp and the image using Mod Podge and then covered the whole thing with Iridescent Ice ep. The flowers are small paper flowers that are also covered in Iridescent Ice ep with a Ice Brad for the center and adhered with a large glue dot. The "love you" is a rub-on from the Greatest Moments set. The large eyelets were also embossed with the same ep and the ribbon was distressed by heating with the heat gun. I have a few more vintage Valentine images that I want to make more ornaments with and then I will show you my Season Tree all dolled up for Valentine's Day!

Until next time, Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Changed again!

Playing around with "The Cutest Blog on the Block" website again. I guess this background is for Valentines since it has hearts on it. Getting in the mood to make Valentine cards and ornaments for my season tree, so that's why I chose this one. I got two of the ornaments made today and as soon as I get a chance to take pics, I'll post those. They turned out really cute!

See ya'll soon!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Another Faux

Here is another frame I altered using the faux
mosaics technique. I used the same Rose Cottage patterned paper that I used for the 12x12 scrapbook frame that I made for Melissa.
For this one, I added buttons from the SU! Earth Elements button pack, red for the outer corners and green for the inner corners. I added Crystal Effects to the buttons to make them shiny like the paper. I got this frame from Michael's for $2.50. This frame is 8x8.

I am trying to make several different sizes and styles of these frames to list in my Etsy store.
So far, I only have two cards listed and they have not sold, but maybe these will. I guess people are hanging on to their money for dear life right now, which I don't blame them for. The economy stinks right now. I am hoping and praying that thing get better soon! The town where I live has a Recreational Center and they offer different kinds of craft classes, so I am going to find out if they would let me offer a stamp class once or twice a month. I love stamping and altering things and love to share how to with others, so this would be a good way to do what I LOVE!!!!!

So, that's all for today ya'll! Hope to see you soon. Until then, Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Fabulous Flower Thanks

I have had this designer paper sitting on my desk for a few days wanting to do something with it and finally made this card. I haven't been able to do anything that I've been happy with using this flower, until now! I stamped the flower from Fabulous Flowers on Very Vanilla with Baja Breeze, outlined each petal with a Not Quite Navy marker, then sponged with Creamy Caramel. I also sanded it down in some places to replecate the designer paper. The flower was cut out and mounted with dimensionals on a piece of Creamy Caramel that I ran through the Swiss Dots embossing folder, then mounted on Blush Blossom. The card base is Baja Breeze with the designer paper from called Teal & Floral. The tag is Creamy Caramel stamped in Baja Breeze with the Thanks from Make it Count and sponged with Creamy Caramel. It is adhered with dimensionals.
I finally finished the other 8x8 frame that I've been working on, so I will post it tomorrow.
Until then, Hugs and Happy Craftin'!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Just playing around...

with new looks for the blog. New Year's always feels like a good time for a little change. I have seen these cute elements on other blogs and thought I would "give it a whirl" as my bestest crafty friend Melissa says. I really loved my other blog header with the pink flamingo, but wanted to try something different. You'll see me change it up again soon. One of my New Year's resolutions is to not be so complacent. I want to try new crafts and techniques this year. I want to try out different decorations for the house, too. I have had the same old tired looking flower arrangement on my mantle for a few years now (except for the Christmas one) and it's high time for a change. I also want to try and declutter my house. There is something, kids toys, junk of some sort, on every surface in my house! I am tired of the clutter! I need some organization! I am off to chunk some junk now!

Until next time, Hugs and Happy Crafting! and have a Happy New Year!!