Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October Papertrey Bloghop

Happy Tuesday! We have been enjoying beautiful weather here the last few days but the forecast says that is all suppose to change tomorrow. They are even predicting snow! I am not ready for that but unfortunately I can't control the weather so hopefully it won't be much. Today is also the 25th of the month which means it is time for another Papertrey Bloghop

This month we were to use this photo for inspiration

This is what I came up with.

The first thing that caught my eye when I saw the photo was the pumpkins but I decided to go a different direction and focus on the colors and patterns instead. I also wanted to continue with my use of the Year Of Flower images and the Marigold, this months flower was perfect for this color combination.
I started by using this months Sketch for you to try again but this time I flipped it. I started by coloring the Marigold and leaves with Copics. After that I added striped and polka dot patterned paper from Echo Parks Tricks and Treats Paper Pack #1 as well as Ripe Avocado Bitty Dots Patterned Paper. Next I cut out the Mariogold and leaves then I added them to a piece of rustic cream cardstock. Finally I added another layer to the flower for dimension with foam tape. Ripe Avocado Saddle stitched Ribbon and some machine stitching finishes it off.
I look forward to seeing what everyone else has come up with on Nicole's blog now. I hope the rest of your day is a great one and as always thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Homespun Holiday Gift

Happy Saturday! I hope your week was a good one. It is unseasonably warm here today. The forecast said is was going to be 86 but I think they were wrong. It is only 73 right now but I am happy with that.
Today I want to share a holiday project with you that I have been working on all week. I know it is only October but December will be here before we know it so I am getting a head start now. I am a big fan of Melissa Phillips work and her stamp sets for Papertrey Ink. When I saw Erin Lincoln's brilliant idea to use the images in Melissa's Love Lives Here Holiday Set with Tag Sale Die #4 I was immediately inspired. This is what I came up with.

I started by using thin cardboard and Erin's technique for the base of the ornament and angel. After that I added a piece of cardstock from this paper pack that I machine stitched to the top of the ornament. Next I added a stamped angel then I added a tiny sign that I made by stamping the Merry Christmas Sentiment from Mixed messages and the tiny bough from LLHH then I added a thin piece of wire so it looks like she is holding the sign, I finished it off with tiny star and music note wings that I distressed. Enchanted Saddle stitched Ribbon was added to the top. After finishing the ornament I created a 4.25 inch card with plaid paper from this shop then I added a strip of music note patterned paper on top but instead of stitching the whole thing down I left a little open in the middle so the ornament can be detached. I did this by adding a tiny piece of folded cardstock on the back of the ornament. I also stamped the year.

Since our Christmas tree is in storage I took a photo of the ornament hanging on a bush in my front yard.

Because the card is so bulky it won't fit in a regular envelope so I decided to created a matching box for it. This is what I came up with

I made the box using this SVG file and Enchanted Evening Cardstock. I added another layer of cardstock to the top that was embossed with tiny dots. After that I added a belly band made from Vintage Cream Cardstock and more of the matching cardstock that I used on the card. Next I die cut fillable frames #4 and stamped the matching image. Finally I added the sentiment from LLHH to finish it off.
Now you have the perfect gift! A card,box and ornament all in one. I am really happy with how this came out. I hope you like it too.
I am also entering this in Wee Memories Challege #72
That's all for now I hope the rest of your weekend is a great one and I will be back soon with more to share.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Birthday Wishes

Happy Saturday! It is a cold and rainy day here. I know I said I wanted cooler weather but I didn't mean this cold. It is only in the 50's. It is suppose to warm up again next week though. Today is also my mama's birthday. My sister and I got her a new Sirius Satellite Radio since her other one broke. I also made her this.

I saw these on Kim's blog a few months ago and knew they would make a great gift for her since she is always putting post it note reminders around the house.
My mom likes bright colors like I do so I started with Raspberry Fizz Cardstock for the base than I added striped cardstock from the Cosmo Cricket Delovely paper pack. I made the flower using Bloom Builders #3 die and a yellow button. I finished it off with a Hawaiian Shores saddle stitched ribbon, leaves embossed with tiny dots and some machine stitching.
Here is a photo of it out of the packaging.

I also took her this for lunch.

You can find the recipe here. It is delicious. I make mine with brown rice though.
That's all for now I hope it is warm where you are and the rest of your weekend is a great one.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Baby Girl Onesie Card Personalized

Happy Wednesday. I hope your week has been a good one. The weather is finally cooling off here and feeling more like fall. How is the weather where you are? It is suppose to be even cooler by Saturday which means I can start making our favorite fall and winter foods again.
A few months ago I made this card for the April Papertrey Blog hop and have been wanting to make one for a baby girl too. Yesterday I finally got the chance.
This is what I came up with.

This time I used the striped paper from Echo Park's Little Girl Paper Pack and the bunny from the Bitty Baby Blessings Stamp Set. I also edged this one with scallops cut from Hibiscus cardstock. Finally I added the name with letters cut from Simply Chartreuse cardstock.
That's it for now. I am off to work on a birthday gift for my mom. I will be back to share that with you on Saturday. Until then I hope the rest of your week is a great one and as always thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October Sketch For You To Try

Happy October! It does not really feel like October here though. It is in the 80's again and will be for the next few days. I usually love the heat but after the super hot August we had I am ready for some cooler weather. Today is also the 1st Saturday of the month which means it is time for another Sketch For You To Try.

This month our Sponsor is Waltzing Mouse Stamps.
I have been wanting to try Claire's stamps for awhile now and am really happy I finally got the chance.
This is the sketch

This is what I came up with

I chose to use the You're Lovely Stamp Set. I started by stamping the dress form image on Vintage Cream Cardstock. Then I paper pieced the bodice and added some tiny pearls to the middle. After that I distressed the edges sewed a border and matted it on Sweet Blush Cardstock. Next I added a piece of Spring Moss Cardstock that I embossed with tiny dots, sewed a border on then added a piece of lace on top. The floral background paper is from MadeByJanet's Etsy shop. I also added some roses I made using the Rambling Rose Cut File that I reduced to 50% and attached tiny pearls to the middles. Machine stitching finishes it off. Now you probably think this is just another card but it's not. It is actually a Folding Easel Box that I learned how to make from the Technique Junkies Fancy Folds and Motions CD.

There is also a drawer that pulls out which would be a great place to store vintage things.

Be sure to stop by the other sister's blogs and see what they have done with this sketch too.
Amber Hight
Amy Sheffer
Carol Burrage
Jodi Collins
Megan Lock
Kerry Johnson
Susan Liles
Jen Tapler
Becky Carafa
Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
I hope you will play along as well. You can find all the details and the place to link your card on Jen's Blog
That's it for now. I hope you have a great weekend and as always thanks for stopping by.