Sunday, April 25, 2010

April Papertrey Blog Hop and Technique Video

Tonight is the April Papertrey Bloghop
The challenge this month was to make something with tissue paper. You would think that would be easy but it turned out to be much more challenging than I thought it would be mainly because I was trying to come up with something different. This is what I finally came up with

The background was made with the faux silk technique I did last February but I added a few extra steps this time. The butterfly was also made out of tissue paper too. I have included a video showing how I made the butterfly. Here is the link to the video for the base of the butterfly. If you have any questions let me know.

This card also qualifies for the current Papertrey Peeps Challenge #6 Bring in the Old hosted by Cammie too.
I look forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with. As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great night!

Cardstock:Plum Pudding,Lavender Moon, Vintage Cream, Stampers Select White
Ink: Plum Pudding, Lavender Moon, Purple Stazon
Stamps: Damask Design, Vintage Labels
Other: Pearls,Sweet Blush Satin Ribbon, white tissue Paper,Beading Wire,Angel Dust Glitter,Modge Podge,Glimmer Mist Cosmo,Gold and Machine Stitching

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Compose A Card With Becky #9

Hi Everyone. Once again sorry for not posting anything all week. Time just seemed to get away from me again. First off I wanted to say thank you for all the concern and well wishes for my mom. She is doing better but she had a CAT scan earlier this week to look at her lungs and it turns out she does not have the Rheumatoid lung like they originally thought. They saw a small nodule on her lung instead and 1 on her thyroid too so now she has to go for a PET Scan and an ultrasound on the 3rd of May. Hopefully it is nothing serious. She has gone through something like this before when she went in for a CAT scan for her back and came out with them finding a mass on her ovary. Thankfully that time it was benign hopefully that will be the case this time too. I am trying to keep thinking positive but if you could say an extra prayer for her in the meantime that would be great!
Today I wanted to share a few crafty things with you. Last year on my birthday my mom bought me some really cool yarn. I was originally going to use it to just crochet flowers but when I saw this pattern for the sisterhood crochet blanket I decided I wanted to make it instead. After working on the pattern for the last year I finally finished it last week. This is how it came out.
It turned out to be the perfect size for a baby blanket. I don't know anyone that is having or has a baby right now but hopefully one day in the distant future Emilia will have a daughter that will be able to use it.
I also wanted to share my entry for Becky Oehlers Compose a Card Challenge this week.
I have not had a chance to participate in any of her challenges until now. I am glad I finally got some time to make something for this one though. This was the inspiration photo We are free to use any colors we want so I chose to use the bright colors in my blanket. This challenge also gave me a reason to finally use her Wonderfully Whimsical set too! This is what I came up with

I started by stamping the images from the Wonderfully Whimsical set on Stampers Select White Cardstock with Momento Ink. Next I colored them with Copics.After that I created the patterns on the colored squares using Damask Design and Polka Dot Basic Stamps because those patterns were in the photo. When I was done with that I piece them all together on Tempting Turquoise Cardstock then machine stitched them together using a small zig zag stitch and turquoise thread. To finish the card off I matted the quilted piece on Lemon Tart Cardstock. Final size is 5x5. I am still trying to decide if it needs something else or if I should leave it as is. I was thinking about stitching around the Tempting Turquoise and Lemon Tart pieces but thought that might be to much stitching then. What do you think? Overall I am really happy with how it came out. I think it would look great framed in a child's playroom. That's it for now. I hope to be back sooner this time with more things to share. I also wanted to let you know I am going to postpone this months Technique Video until next weekend and share it with my Papertrey Bloghop project then. In the meantime I hope the rest of your weekend is a great one and as always thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Peeps Challenge #5

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. Unfortunately my week did not start out so well. My mom got very sick early Tuesday morning and had to be taken to the hospital. I did not find this out until my sister called to tell me at 8am. It turns out my mom had a small bowel obstruction caused by adhesion's from prior abdominal surgeries. They wanted to keep her for observation but she decided to go home. Once my sister got her there she got sick again and had to go back. This time she ended up staying she is home now and thankfully she is doing much better. Being admitted for a day helped. Hopefully she will continue to do well and it won't happen again because surgery is not a good option to fix it. She also found out yesterday that she now has scaring in her lungs from her RA too. There is not much they can do for that either. It really sucks when your body starts to give out on you especially because she is the kind of person that is always on the go. So far it is not keeping her down though which is good. I just hope that continues.
This week was my turn to host the Papertrey Peeps Challenge. I had a few things in mind but decided to go with a template challenge. I loved the Shaker Style Boxes from Papertrey ink since I saw them but was not going to buy the template until it came out in SVG format. I got tired of waiting so I gave in and bought it. I started working on it last weekend but it turned out to be a lot harder to make than I thought.

After a few tries I finally got it put together though. This is a beautiful box but I really hope Papertrey figures out how to convert this template into an SVG file soon because it would make it a lot easier. The base of the box was made with Sweet Blush Cardstock. The inside was lined with Pretty Pastels cardstock.
I did a special stamping technique on the outside called Simple Whitewash from the August/September 2009 newsletter to give it texture. The flower brads are from Close To My Heart that I got a long time ago so I am not sure if they still make them. I was debating on adding something to the top. After giving it some thought I decided to give Lauren Meader's new Rambling Rose Cut file a try and that is how I created the rose. I was thrilled with how it came out so I added it to the top. I still felt that it was missing something though so I added a scrolled sentiment banner that I stamped with the word Mother from The Women Of Life set and distressed the edges with some Chai Tea Dye Ink.
This would be a great box to give a gift in so I added a bar of soap I received as a thank you gift awhile back from Lynn at Maple Hill Farms to show you what kinds of things this box can hold. This soap is fantastic and I would highly recommend it.

Even though it took me awhile to finish this project I am very happy with how it turned out. I hope you are too. We would love to have you play along with us for this challenge too. Just head over to the Peeps Blog and add your project. That's it for now. I hope to be back sooner this time with more things to share. Until then have a great weekend and as always thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Emilia!

Today is Emilia's 12th birthday. Where does the time go? She will always be my baby though! This year something she has been waiting for to happen finally came true. American Girl opened a store here in Denver last week. I bought her first American girl doll (Samantha) when she was 5. Every year we have added to her collection and now owns them all. Today we took her to visit the store with her cousin Alexandra.

Since the store just opened last week and it was spring break for the schools here it was quite crowded which was not good. There was a 3hr wait to get the dolls hair done so we passed on that. They did have a fun new feature where you could design a T shirt for your doll which they got to do. They also found some cute earrings for their dolls too. Unfortunately American Girl did not put a restaurant in this store which was really disappointing for Emilia but overall she gave it a 7 out of 10 and hopefully we can visit again in a few months when all the crowds die down.

Tonight we had my family over for dinner. Emilia got to pick the menu and requested turkey burgers, potato salad and Lemon Berry Trifle. I got this recipe from Suzanne in the Paptertrey Forum.
Overall she said had a great day and we did too!