Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Stampin' Royalty Embossing Challenge

This month's at Stampin' Royalty we will be spotlight each goddess of the design team.   This week the spotlight is on the amazing Paula Sievers!    So stop by the Stampin' Royalty site and learn more about Paula and check out this week's challenge design team projects.

This week the Stampin' Royalty challenge is Embossing.

I decided to emboss in my favorite color gold!!!  
The challenge will be open until 3:00 (PST) March 9th.   Hope you can join us!

Ingredients to make the card:
Stamp Sets:  Four Feathers, Feel Goods
Ink:   Island Indigo, Versamark
Paper:   Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper, Gold Foil Vellum
Accessories:  Pearls,  Artisan Embellishment Kit, Gold Baker's Twine, Gold Embossing Powder, Doily, Baked Brown Sugar Ruffled Ribbon, Natural Chevron Ribbon
Tools:  Project Life Corner Rounder,  Heat Gun, Embossing Buddy, Angled Tag Topper Punch, Feathers Framelits

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Smile


 I wasn't quite sure what to do with this week's My Favorite Things sketch of the week.   Then I saw Kathy Martin's card and I was inspired to make this pennant card.    Thank you Kathy.  

Ingredients to make the card:
Stamp Sets:  Hip Notes
Ink:   Basic Black
Paper:   Whisper White, Basic Black, Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper, designer series paper
Accessories:  Enamel Dots from a local craft store
Tools:  Small Heart Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Bow Builder Punch, Corner Rounder and Word Thinlit from a local craft store

Monday, March 2, 2015

Creative Blog Hop!

I was nominated by the head Stampin' Goddess herself, Georgeann Manning, to participate in a Creative Blog Hop!  If you haven't checked out Georgeann's work, it is a must.   Georgeann is amazing not only does she create beautiful projects, she is main goddess of the Stampin' Royalty design team.   She posts amazing challenges weekly for us to do and keeps us organized and inspired. Not only is she a talented paper crafter, she sings.    She tried out for America's Got Talent recently.   I am keeping my fingers crossed for her!!!

To do this, first I have to be nominated by another Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  Thank you Georgeann!    I can't wait to create and be a part of the hop!

Then, I have to post a project!

Here goes!

Ingredients to make the project:
Stamp Sets:  Hooray It's Your Birthday
Ink:  Perfect Plum, Blackberry Bliss
Paper:  Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Blackberry Bliss Patterns Designer Series Paper, Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Rhinestones
Tools:   Bow Builder Punch, Aqua Painter, Trio Flower Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Hello You Thinlits

The project was based on this week's Freshly Made Sketch.

The next fun part of the Creative Blog Hop is where I answer some questions about me...

1. What are you working on right now.

I am happy to say I am done with Christmas cards and projects and my nephew's birthday party invitations and decorations.   I am now able to just create just to create.    How nice is that!!    Like today's post which was a birthday card for my best friend's birthday!

2. How does your style differ from others in your genre?

I don't know if my crafting style is different from others.  For the most part I drawn to clean and simple cards and designs.    Now that there is extra postage for cards that are bulky.   I try to keep my embellishments to minimum.   I also drawn lots of inspiration from sketches.  I love how one sketch can inspire so many people to create different things.

3. Why do you create what you do.

I create because it because it makes me happy as well as the people who receive it.  For me crafting is a stress reliever.   No matter how bad day may be a few hours in my craft studio makes me happy.   My favorite part of paper crafting is scrapbooking.   I love finding time to scrapbook.   I love looking back on my scrapbooks and the memories I preserved in that time and place the photos were taken.

4. How does your creative process work.

For me the process starts with challenges, card sketches or drawing inspiration from a photo or Pinterest pin.    When I am not in my studio, I love looking on Pinterest to find inspiration.    I also love looking through old issues of my paper crafting magazines as well as my Stampin' Up! Idea Book and catalogs.  From there I take the idea and make it my own.   Adding layers of paper, embellishments, different colors, different sentiments and before you know it a creation is born.

Lastly, to end the Creative Blog Hop, I get to nominate another demonstrator to participate! So, I am nominating Angela McKay to be next in the Blog Hop! Angela is part of the Stampin' Royalty design team with me.    Her projects are just amazing!!!   She creates the most beautiful projects.    Be sure to check out her blog and visit it on Friday, March 6th for her post for the Creative Blog Hop!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy Birthday

The challenge this week at Casing the Catty is be inspired by a project from the Sale-a-bration Brochure and use Blendabilities and Framelit Dies in your project

So how great is the birthday card found on page 13 of the Sale-a-bration brochure.    I love the glittery dots in the background of the card!     To make them I used the Heat and Stick powder.   I applied some Versamark to Pink Pirouette card stock, next came the Heat & Stick powder and then some heat with the Heat gun.   Next came the Dazzling Diamonds glitter with some more heat from the Heat Gun.

To join in the challenges as well as see weekly inspiration, please click here to visit the site.    Please note there is a time difference so if you do not see the challenge posted on Friday, check back a few hours later and it will be up.

Ingredients to make the card:
Stamp Sets:   Endless Birthday Wishes
Ink:   Versamark, Pink Pirouette Blendabilities
Paper:   Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Gold Foil, Pink Pirouette Patterns Designer Series Paper
Accessories:   Heat & Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Strawberry Slush Baker's Twine, Gold Embossing Powder
Tools:  1/2" Circle Punch, Heat Gun, Embossing Buddy, Adoring Accents Edgelits, Flower Fair Framelits, Project Life Corner Rounder

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Egg-Cellent Easter

 So I am completely enjoying this year's Easter stamp set in the Occasions Mini.   Easter always makes me happy.   It makes me think of spring and warm weather.

I love this week's Retro Sketch of the week.   It ended up being a pair up to this week sketch.

Ingredients to make the card:
Stamp Sets:   For Peeps' Sake, Celebrate Today
Ink:   So Saffron, Calyspo Coral, Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black
Paper:   Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Lullaby Designer Series Paper
Accessories:   Subtles Candy Dots
Tools:  Large Oval Punch, Balloon Framelits Thinlits


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stampin' Royalty Photo Inspiration

This week's Stampin' Royalty brings us a color inspiration.     The colors this week are Pear Pizzaz, Always Arichoke, Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral.      When I saw the colors I knew I have seen them together before and I have!   They are in the Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper.   Well almost,   the greens are a little different, they are Garden Green and Pistachio Pudding.

The challenge will be open until 3:00 (PST) March 2nd.   Hope you can join us!

Ingredients to make the card:
Stamp Sets:   My Mother, Flower Patch
Ink;  Pear Pizzaz, Always Arichoke, Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral
Paper:  Whisper White, Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper
Accessories:    Pearl, Whisper White Satin Ribbon
Tools:   Flower Fair Framelits, Scallop Trim Border Punch

  

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More Daniel Party Decorations

My Daniel Tiger decorations continue today.    Today I made another banner and I made a clothesline to pin up photos of the little guy.    The banner is very similar to yesterday's banner with the exception of the square pennants.

The bigger challenge was the finding a way to display the photos.   It started first with a vitamin bottles that were being discarded.   I thought just putting a wood dowel in the center would be enough to display the pictures.   Well I was proven wrong.   There was not enough height so the photos could drape.    You also couldn't spread the two points to far apart or the anchors would fall over.  

So I will start with the vitamin bottles.   I covered them with zebra paper I found in a local craft store.  I couldn't find tiger stripes, so I colored in the white parts of the designer paper with my blendabilites!!!  I love how they came out.    Then I punched a hole in the top of the bottles with my crop-a-dile and put the wood dowel through the center.   I put some hot glue where the dowel goes through the center to ensure it would not come out.   I tied ribbon to hide the bottles top.    I filled the bottle with rice.    Then I sealed the bottle with hot glue so it would not open up.

Next came the bottom, I had these heavy duty cardboard paper rolls I got from a company I used to work at.    Not sure where you can find anything like this.    My goal was height, so if I didn't find these I was going to find card board boxes and decorate them.     So the roll were covered with black cardstock.   I attached it with sticky strip to keep it in place.     Next came the rosettes.    I scored two pieces of cardstock at one inch and attached the two pieces with my hot glue gun to make sure they stayed in place.     Next came Daniel Tiger.   I printed it out and cut it out with my circle framelits.   Daniel was glued to the project with hot glue.    Then I attached the rosette with the glue gun as well.

Click here to see where I downloaded the Daniel Tiger image.

The two anchors were tied together with White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim.   I tied them on top and I also pulled out my hot glue gun and applied the glue to make sure they do not come undone.

Ingredients to make the Daniel Tiger Decorations:
Ink:   Pumpkin Pie Blendabilites
Paper:    Tangelo Twist, Whisper White, Basic Black, Zebra Paper from local craft store, Tangelo Twist Patterns Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Tiger Striped Ribbon from a local craft store, White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim
Tools:   Simply Scored, Circle Framelits, Crop-a-dile, Serif Essentials Sizzex

Monday, February 23, 2015

Daniel Tiger Party Decorations

This weekend we celebrated my nephew's 1st birthday.   He loves his Daniel Tiger.   We started out with the red and white as theme with the invitaion, but when it came time looking for party decorations, we slowly found it was easier to find orange items then red.

The first orange item was the buckets for the centerpieces.   They are not only centerpieces but they are going be filled with yummy chips to put on everyone's table and we are going to tie balloons to the handles.

Let's just say it is not easy finding tiger striped items.   The only thing that came close was the orange and white tiger striped ribbon.   So when I found in a local craft store, I bought up a few rolls!

So today's Daniel Tiger decorations I will be showcasing are the bucket centerpieces, the cupcake toppers and high chair banner.  Images and Sentiments were printed on the computer and resized for the projects.

Click here to see where I downloaded the Daniel Tiger image.

The ingredients to make all three projects are as follows:
Paper:  Whisper White, Tangelo Twist, Tangelo Twist Patterns Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Tiger Striped Ribbon from a local craft store
Tools:  Circle Framelits and Punches

Tips to do do the centerpieces:
To attach the ribbon to the bucket, use sticky strip.   To keep the bow and image in place, pull out your hot glue gun.  This will make sure that your items don't fall off halfway through the party.

Tips for the cupcake toppers:
Punch out your image and then punch out a circle to layer underneath.   To ensure that your cupcake toppers don't fall off, use your hot glue gun to keep the image in place.    I have used my adhesive in the past, but because of the wood stick in between I found the toppers would come apart.

Tips for your high chair banner:
To make the triangle.   Cut a rectangle of the size of the banner you would like to create.   Next find the center of the card stock from left to right.    Then with your paper cutter align the card stock so you cut your paper in a diagnolly. Taking the top corner and then center of the cardstock.   Then repeat with the other corner.

After cutting all three pennants, bring them over to the high chair then you align  the triangles so they fit perfectly accross the front.  Give yourself a decent amount of ribbon to start off so you can tie to the back of the high chair if you have a place you can tie it to.   Then across the top of the banner apply sticky strip and then apply the ribbon to the sticky strip.   Again leave ribbon at the end so you can tie it the high chair.
When you are done with the front, leave apply a second strip of sticky tape to the back and then add another layer of ribbon.  This will secure the banner from the back.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Love this Designer Series Paper

How absolutely love the Painted Blooms designer series paper.   I love the beautiful floral images in the designer series paper.  

Ingredients to make the card:
Stamp Sets:  Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:   Versamark
Paper:   Whisper White, Gold Foil, Painted Blooms designer series paper
Accessories: Gold Sequins, Gold Embossing Folder
Tools:   Hello You Thinlits

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Daniel Tiger Invitation

Today is my nephew's 1st birthday!   I can't believe how fast time has flown.  He is the happiest little boy.   He is just starting to walk. He loves his Daniel Tiger!  

Here is the Daniel Tiger invitation I made for his birthday party.   I found clipart online and then resized it for the invitation.

Click here to get the image.

The birthday party information was printed on the tag which is tucked nicely inside the pocket.   The pocket is a piece of cardstock folded over.   To keep the pocket in place I punched two holes on the side with a crop-a-dile then thread through baker's twine and tied a bow.

Stay tuned next week to see all the fun Daniel Tiger party decorations I made for his party.

Ingredients to make the Daniel Tiger Invitation:
Stamp Sets:  Hooray It's Your Day, 25 Days, Celebrate Today
Ink:  Real Red
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Real Red Patterns Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Red Gingham Ribbon, Red Baker's Twine from a local craft store
Tools:   Crop-a-dile, 1 3/4" Circle Punch

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Your Perfect Day


I have to say I really like the colors in this week's Stampin' Royalty challenge.   The red with grey is a great color combination.  My eyes were drawn to the ampersand in the photo as well.  

The challenge will be open until 3:00 (PST) February 23rd.   Hope you can join us!

Ingredients to make the card:
Stamp Sets:   Your Perfect Day, Garden Party
Ink:  Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Smoky Slate Patterns Designer Series Paper
Accessories:  Pearls
Tools:  Serif Essentials Alphabet Sizzex


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Thank you teacher

 This week's My Favorite Things sketch of the week is just so versatile.    Just check out the site and see all the amazing creations made on the blog.   Wowsers.   How can you not be inspired to create for this week's challenge.

I decided to make teacher thank you card.   It was so easy to create that I decided to make a few so I am ready in May for Teacher Appreciation week.  

Most of the products are not SU except for the card stock, ink, Crystal effects
and Blendabilites to color in the image.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Birthday

I have to say I love this week's Freshly Made sketch of the week.    I love the sketch, but what I love the most is Jennifer Timko's creation with the sketch.   I saw it and knew I wanted to create a card using the birthday paper in my paper stash.   I love last year's designer series paper, Birthday Basics.   I love the images, but have a hard time putting them together for a card, so how happy was I to see Jennifer's card.   She totally inspired me!   Thank you Jennifer.

Ingredients to make my card:
Stamp Sets: Celebrate Today
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:   Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper
Accessories:   Whisper White Baker's Twine, Whisper White Embossing Buddy, Bright Buttons and Candy Dots
Tools:  Project Life Corner Rounder, Heat Gun and Embossing Buddy

Friday, February 13, 2015

Caseing the Catty: Birthday Challenge

The challenge this week at Casing the Catty is CASE a project from the BIRTHDAY section of the Occasions catalog.

So how great is the birthday card found on page 10 of the Occasions Mini.    I have to say I am loving the Bermuda Bay and Basic Black color combo.

To join in the challenges as well as see weekly inspiration, please click here to visit the site.    Please note there is a time difference so if you do not see the challenge posted on Friday, check back a few hours later and it will be up.

Ingredients to make the card:
Stamp Sets:   Celebrate Today
Ink:   Bermuda Bay, Basic Black
Paper:   Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper, Bermuda Bay Patterns Designer Series
Accessories:   InColor Sequins, Rhinestones, Basic Black Baker's Twine
Tools:   Balloon Framelits


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Valentine Fun

Here are some tags I made for my niece and nephew for Valentine's Day.    I decided to personalize the gift tags for each of their gifts.    So we have a princess and Lego maniac.    I actually have to say I love the way these gift tags came out.

I also had a little fun and made some tags to add to some Sweet Valentine treats.  

Tags are so easy to make and they make any gift look homemade.

Ingredients to make the Princess tag:
Stamps:  Topsy Turvy Celebration and stamp sets from a local craft store
Ink:   Primrose Petals, Wisteria Wonder
Paper:  Whisper White, Primrose Petals Patterns Designer Series Paper
Accessories:   Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Dazzling Dazzling Details, Rhinestones and Sequins from a local craft store
Tools:   Hearts Framelits, Coluzzle Cutting System

Ingredients to make the Lego tag:
Stamp Sets:  Gorgeous Grunge, Show & Tell and stamp sets from a local craft store
Ink:   Real Red
Paper:   Whisper White, Real Red, Designer Series Paper
Accessories:   Real Red Brads and Baker's Twine from a local craft store
Tools:   Heart to Heart Punch, Circle Punch, Crop-a-dile, Paper Piercer

Ingredients to make the Sweet Valentine tag:
Stamp Sets:   Gorgeous Grunge, Work of Art, Geometrical, Kind & Cozy, Something to Celebrate
Ink:   Real Red, Blushing Bride
Paper:   Whisper White
Accessories:  In Color Sequins, Rhinestones, Cherry Cobbler Chevron Ribbon
Tools:  Angled Tag Topper Punch, Project Life Corner Rounder