Paper crafting is works of heart

Paper crafting is works of heart!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

friendship support card for fellow PW mb crafter

One of the New York crafters involved with the message board through Paper Wishes suggested that several of us send cards to one of our mb crafter friends from Pennsylvania. Her family has been displaced from their home for several months as it gets fixed after an 'act of God'. She's been on a roller coaster of emotions.

So in the spirit of all creations made for the message board swaps and challenges, I have used mostly PW/HOTP items to create this card. They are: denim paper (Paper Pizazz/HOTP),yellow and orange pigment ink pads (Page Craft through PW), large blue floral brad buddy and yellow brad (HOTP), white/yellow daisy stick-ons (PW), 2 yellow patterned papers for small scalloped circles (Paper Pizazz/HOTP), basic white card base, 'possibilities grow' and full quote on the inside as well as the blue flower art images (HOTP).

The rest of the supplies used include: blue felt flower gems; blue jewel stick-on, yellow satin ribbon, and bright yellow paper. The "A special hello" stamp comes from CardMaker kit of the month.

I like the cheeriness of the yellow with the calming blues for this summer-y relaxed looking card. I'm sure it will bring a smile to our "Irish Lady".

Topic: 2 different looks from mixing papers from 3 companies

Last night I experimented with combining analogous colors shown in papers/cardstock from 3 companies and into 2 different layouts.

From Paper Wishes/Hot Off the Press' Paper Pizzaz is the yellow paper with circles. The ruby red mini brads shown on the gate-fold card.

From K & Company's Wild Raspberry double-sided paper pack are: patterns shown in the small 4 x 6 card are in the circle cut-outs (both inside and out) and in the gate-fold card are the folded pieces (reversed for 2).

From CardMaker's Kit of the Month brown patterned cardstock and "best wishes" tag shown in the gate-fold card and more of the brown patterned cardstocks shown on the small 4 x 6 card. Also from different kits of the months are the stamps used for the 4 x 6: "You made my day" and "thanks so much" and the 'floral spiral' (used 3 times with 3 different inks).

From my stash: gold metallic pen, metallic staples, adhesives. silk leaves, plain cardstock, orange satin ribbon, scissors, trimmers, & punch/stencils.

Here's the 4 x 6 thanks/made my day card:
(sorry=scanning has casted shadows)

Here's the gate-fold card: (I was experimenting with the double-sided papers and chose to use the 'arrow points' like tags. Don't think I will do it this way ever again. However I do like the mix of analogous colors!)

(sorry for the skewed point on the front; didn't want to take the extra minutes and re-scan)

Give me some feedback: do you like either card? do you like the mix of colors and papers?....

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Moxie Fab Challenge for Tuesday Trigger is Perty and Flirty

Hi! It's late Sunday night and I'm going to make this super quick posting so I might meet the deadline! (We're trying to starting moving 100 miles east so I can take a new teaching position and I had a funeral this week for a great uncle. I haven't had time to create and have artistic fun! (:

Perty and flirty trigger photo had lots of pleated ruffle effects of the fabric. I've tried to re-envision that look with the looped ribbon, the cascading circle shaped papers and the scalloped border.

The "best wishes" and "congratulations" are message ribbons from Martha Stewart Crafts. The background turquoise blue print and striped print papers (as well as the leaf print paper and repeated blue shown inside) are from Kaisercraft's Peachy Keen Paper Pack. The rest of the papers, brown sheer ribbon, brads, brown cardstock/card base are re-used from a CardMaker kit of the month. That also include the stamp used for the "A Special Hello".

Monday, July 18, 2011

card topic= bee hi/hive card

This cute card took me all of about 20 minutes to create from start to finish. (Most have taken me 1-2 hours!!!) Thanks to the coordinating vine papers from Colobok; the Jillibean Atomic button cardstock sticker; the Frances Mayers bright border sticker (striped) purchased through Hobby Lobby; the bee and flower 3-D cut-out embellishments from Creativity Inc; the black letters for "hi" were from my stash; the white and blue tone mod paper is from a computer paper design purchased at a dollar discount store; and the amber color jewel stick-on is from Jolee's Bling (either purchased at Wal-Mart or Hobby Lobby).

Anyway, the bee hi-hive theme card turned out cute by sticking to the theme and the main colors of turquoise blue, leaf green, golden yellow, white, and black.

Card is for my 80 yr old great aunt who was in the hospital for a few days last week. Thought this card would cheer her.

Monday, July 11, 2011

card topic= the story of the incredible card journey

Today's post is about an amazing journey for a card created by 5 crafters from 4 spread apart U.S. states and 1 western Canadian province! What unifies them is their participation in the message board activities at Paper Wishes website.

Here's the card's beginning chapter and creation with me in IL, the starter:
I used a PW purchased basic white card form for the base; added PW/HOTP heart patterned paper to front and then used PW purchased Pebbles stencil to create scalloped edging and also reduced the right margin; inked the edges with yellow-orange stamp pad; to the inside I applied the PW/HOTP plaid patterned paper;

Chapter 2: card was sent to West Virginia and Pat added the PW/HOTP silver dazzle dragonflies and small flower;

Chapter 3: card was sent to British Columbia and Rhonda added the HOTP girlfriend definition that she cut into heart shape and inked the edges of it; she also added the PW/HOTP dragonfly brad;

Chapter 4: card was sent to Kentucky and Connie added some more of the PW/HOTP heart patterned paper that she cut into a rectangle; she added the sentiment text box that she had chalked;

Chapter 5: card was sent to Florida and Jennifer added the PW/HOTP peachy-pink grosgrain ribbon bow;

and Chapter 6: card was sent to Illinois, back to me, so that I could have a finished card and also be responsible to post photos on the discussion thread in the mb forum. Viola'!!!! Our finished card story:

Friday, July 8, 2011

101st blog post=best year birthday card

Here's another combined challenges creation. I'm using Paper Wishes message board June 27 guest host challenge to incorporate slide mount and Ribbon Carousel's #10 Challenge to incorporate paper piecing.

The slide mount had purple string woven around the top half as well as Jillibean Soup's Atomic cardstock stickers spelling "best year". Behind the slide mount is a pre-printed card cut in small rectangle shape so that some of the happy birthday print shows through the slide mount opening as well as around it. The pre-printed card is from HOTP's Paper Pizzaz/PW. I also used the part of the same card to create the flourish shown on the inside of the card. Also from PW/HOTP are all the brads and flowers (Earth Palette's creative brad kit)and the basic white card form. And the inside view's flourish was created by enlarging part of a stencil in Pebble's stencils accent set purchased from PW.

Paper pieced are the paper pieces that if you look at the cover in a certain way you should be able to see the elements as a stacked cake. (That was actually a happy accident of the process.) Ribbon Carousel's spool required supplies include the purple string used around the slide mount and also between the two brads that was tied into a bow.

It's certainly a different styling for me but I like the combination of colors, patterns, the overall look of both the cover and the inside.

(From Jillibean Soup's Atomic Cardstock Sticker set is also the border sticker used on the inside. I also used papers from Colorbok's pattern set.)

I don't have an image to input for the guest host challenge but it can be found on the Paper Wishes message board's guest host challenge thread under the category of Swaps and Challenges.

100th blog posting= lucky me thank you card

For this card creation, I'm combining forces to meet requirements for Ribbon Carousel's #10 challenge for cut and paste (old term) or paper piecing (new term) and for Paper Wishes message board's mid-June sketch challenge (no time limits).

For Ribbon Carousel's Challenge #10, I cut out 3 hearts from one pattern paper for the leaf parts of the clover and a smaller heart from a different pattern paper for the center. I also used a coordinating pattern behind the main cardstock clover. The center of the stem also has a lighter tone cardstock. Ribbon Carousel also required that you use something from a spool which for me is the yellow sheer ribbon.

For Paper Wishes sketch challenge, I tweaked the layout a bit with the oval cut-outs being used as the punched holes with ribbon bows. I also tweaked the focal/greeting area and had the "lucky me" hand-written on the clover stem as a secondary greeting. To me the main greeting is the extra stamped "thanks so much". The inside view, features more heart cut-outs. PW also requires that you use a majority of their products. I used their 4 pattern papers and yellow heart brad.

I'm very pleased with the results! I like the repeating colors, several coordinating swirly papers, and clean design.

Monday, July 4, 2011

RCC9 happy birthday america and Paper Wishes mb mid June sketch

Combining the sketch layout challenge from Paper Wishes message board and from Ribbon Carousal's happy birthday America challenge, this is what I came up with for one of my husband's buddies whose birthday was yesterday/July 3rd.

Paper Wishes sketch was turned on its side. I thought the horizontal layout would be better for using the "celebrate" sticker sentiment. PW or HOTP products used include the basic red card form, the mini ruby red brads, and the scalloped circle punch from Tonic Studio that was used for the half circles.

Ribbon Carousal encouraged the use of red, white, and/or blue as well as always using something from a spool. Spool products used include the striped satin ribbon across the top and the ribbon embellishment from Making Memories.

The Making Memories design embellishment set purchased at Hobby Lobby included the rockets, blue and red stars, the celebrate sticker along with the ribbon embellishment.

DCWV adhesive-backed textured cardstock mounts provided the dark blue background paper.

The plaid cardstock was purchased in a scrapbooking set about 4-5 years ago.

Inside there was also a happy birthday stamp, blue ink stamp pad, and light blue cardstock used from my stash.

I'm very pleased with the results. Hope you all like it too! Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

card topic: more recent purchases and gifts to use

It's been a long time since I created 4 cards in one afternoon, but with the extreme hot temperatures, I wasn't in the mood to clean! :)

Part of my birthday gift from my sister and her family was a wide thick stack of memo-type paper from Fiddlestix Paperie. I used most of one sheet for the background of the card cover to create a thank you card to her and her crew.

Part of my recent buying purchases included clear acetate images by Susan Winget for K & Company. I thought these images went well with the Fiddlestix Paperie paper and the vines patterned paper (I think it's either DCWV or Colorbok).

Here's the thank you card:

(other supplies include 2 sizes of blue crystal jewel stick-ons purchased through Paper Wishes; sheer ribbon; lt green ink stamp pad; blue ink stamp pad; shape stencils; ....)

card topic: using new purchases from K & Company

Recently I did some online shopping trying to purchase items that would enhance what I already have in my stashes. :) It seems like I have to do this every 4 months or so to help recapture my creative mojo abilities.

K & Company's Wild Raspberry double-sided print papers are wonderful. For this featured card, I've used several coordinates and the tags are the reverse of each othe


The background textured cardstock is from DCWV's adhesive mat stack. Love it! The size is perfect for the greeting card (5" x 7"). Scanning the color washed out a bit.

The layout was CASE slightly from Amy Nemeth's "miss you" card featured on page 72 of the Paper Crafts Magazine July/August 2011 issue. Amy had a bird print paper that was only scalloped across the top edge of her rectangle focal paper. I opted to use a scallop-edge circle template to trace my shape onto the Wild Raspberry patterned paper (thanks to Pebbles Accent Stencil Set purchased through Paper Wishes). Amy used a seam binding bow with a button/twine center located at the top left of her bird paper. I opted to go with a yellow sheer ribbon with a pewter gray brad at the bottom left. Amy had only sentiment text box that she located at the bottom right corner of her bird paper. I opted for 2 tags in about the same area.

I don't know how Amy completed the inside view of her card, but I use a 4" x 6" rectangle section of the 'flowery'side of the patterned paper used for the tags to be the feature inside. I finish it with a small sentiment text strip located in the bottom right corner of the paper.

Here's my version:

card topic: using new purchases from Kaisercraft

My husband has a great niece who looks very similar to the angel in the bookmark image that I've cropped to use on the card. So the card is going to her mother/his niece as a thinking of you card.

To reinforce the angel image, I've taken a white doily and cut in half (almost),pleated, and stapled each section then adhered to the back side of the image. The angel bookmark was received as 'junkmail' from an organization wanting me to purchase their product. I kept the bookmarks and have re-used one of the images for this card creation.

Kaisercraft's Peachy Keen 6" paper pack is the source for the front view background paper. I thought the colors enhanced the angel image very well.

The edges were inked using a chocolate brown ink stamp pad.

"Our Bridgette" can be quite mischievous but she is a very sweet charming young girl!