Tuesday, June 12, 2012

DCWV June Stack-a-Holic Template Challenge

I was finally able to motivate myself to do a Die Cuts With a View Stack-a-holic challenge - I have plenty of stacks but haven't ever completed a challenge.  I have printed out the sketches because I liked them but never did anything.  Here are the details:
Can you believe it's already JUNE? Serious!? Where does the time go! I hope you have been loving our monthly challenges here on the blog. I love seeing everything that YOU submit! I think we have the most creative fans out there :) If you haven't played with us before here's the deal. Create a layout based on the given template using one of our many stacks! Submit your page by June 27th by either emailing it to me {erinmadsen@diecutsinc.com}, posting a photo of it on our DCWV Facebook Page or by posting it on your blog and sending me a link. 

Here is your layout template for June!

Page Sketch from Sketch Savvy

And now for the Card Challenge!

Card Sketch from Got Sketch?

I have decided to do the Card Challenge (I really need to get some scrapbook pages done but opted for the card instead.)  I used the Black Current Stack. 

I hand cut out one of the flowers from a printed page in the stack, used my black Spica glitter pen around the edges of the gray/black petals to add more shine than was provided by the foil paper.  I used a Martha Stewart 1" scalloped edge punch for the center of the flower, stamped it with Staz-on Jet Black and a sentiment from Inkadinkado set Round Frames.  The gray strip and the printed background are also from the Black Current stack and the ivory base is Recollections.  I used my ATG gun and some 3D-Dots to pop the flower off the card and the center off the flower.  I wish my photography showed the actual vibrant colors of this paper.  I didn't do the tails from the sketch because I thought the card had enough details already with the pattern paper.
Thanks for looking and have a great day!  Leslie L. 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #69 Unique Sketches - Take 7

Well I made 7 cards using 5 of the 6 sketches.  Again the, what I am calling banner sketch, gave me a hard time.  Here is the sketch:


Here is my card:

I am not sure if I like it or not; the supplies are listed below:

  •  PTI White cardstock as the base
  • Stampin' Up Stampin' Around happy birthday!
  • Stampin' Up Pink Passion
  • Misc. White flowers with rhinestones (from Hobby Lobby)
  • 3D-Dots
The only sketch I couldn't even attempt to use was the circle one (see below):

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #69 Unique Sketches - Take 6

Next sketch:

 I had a hard time with this one; for some reason the banner cards are not very inspiring to me this weekend.  Here is what I finally came up with:

I gave this to my mom this evening for her birthday which is tomorrow the 11th (we have 4 June Birthdays, 1 Anniversary and of course Father's Day).  Here are the supplies:

  • PTI White cardstock for the base and the tag
  • PTI Dark Chocolate Ink
  • PTI Fillable Frames #4 sentiment
  • DCWV Sweet Stack
  • Small circle hole punch (1/2" maybe)
  • Tim Holtz paper distresser
  • Stampin' Up Blush Blossom marker (I use the brush end of these markers to ink my edges - it works much better than a large ink pad and gets into the smaller spaces.  I don't really care for white core's.)
  • Adhesive - ATG and 3D-Dots

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #69 Unique Sketches - Take 5

Here is the next sketch that I attempted:

 Here are the supplies for this card:

  • PTI Dark Chocolate Ink
  • PTI Fillable Frames #4 and Die
  • Ivory Recollections cardstock
  • Heidi Grace patterned paper - Winnefred Street line
  • Brown Ribbon from Michael's
  • Adhesive - ATG and 3D-Dots
  • Cuttlebug

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #69 Unique Sketches - Take 4

Here is the second one using the following sketch:


I really like how this one turned out; it is super basic red, black and white.  I wish I had a 'Game Night' stamp instead of the 'POKER' one but I don't (yet).  Supplies for this card include:

  • PTI White cardstock and the base for the Club, Heart, Spade and Diamond (stamped then cutout)
  • PTI Fillable Frames #10
  • Inkadinkado Games set
  • Staz-on Jet Black and Blazing Red
  • Red cardstock from scrap bin (Core'dinations I think)
  • Adhesives:  ATG and Xyron X

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #69 Unique Sketches - Take 3

Here is a different sketch:
I did two cards using this sketch as well; here is my first one:
I just gave this to my sister-in-law this evening (her birthday was on the 6th) and she loved the simplicity of it.  The supplies for this card are:

  • PTI White cardstock as the base
  • Close to My Heart Flutter set for the butterfly's
  • Inkadinkado Happy Days set for the sentiment. 
  • Staz-On Jet Black
  • Stampin' Up Pink Passion, Orchid Opulence and Brilliant Blue
I almost felt that it was too simple but she really liked it.  A few more to post then off to bed (I would have posted them as I made them but I am having camera trouble).  Leslie

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #69 Unique Sketches - Take 2

Here is the second card I made using the same sketch as the first one - this one was much easier because I worked out the kinks on the first card:

 Supplies for this card:

  • PTI White cardstock for base and oval tag
  • PTI Fillable Frames #4
  • DCWV Guy Stack
  • Stampin' Up Oval Punch
  • Stampin' Up Sage Shadows ink
  • 2 misc. Silver Brads
  • Adhesives - ATG and 3D-Dots
This is the card I will be using for my Father-in-Law; he is a maintenance man so the tools are very appropriate.  Thanks for looking.  Leslie 

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #69 Unique Sketches - Take 1

I am loving the Papertrey Ink blog located here.  They provided six unique sketches from random source of inspiration this week for their Monday challenge.  I tried, through out the week, to make as many cards as possible and hopefully one from each sketch.  Here is the first inspiration and card:

This card gave me a fit.  I cut the paper wrong so the card is a little shorter than normal; then I cut along my score line instead of folding but it worked out for the best.  The other side keeps coming unglued because it is just folded.  My supplies were:

  • PTI White cardstock for the base and oval tag.
  • DCWV Guy Stack
  • Stampin' Up Oval Punch
  • PTI Dark Chocolate Ink
  • PTI Fillable Frames #4
  • Adhesives:  ATG and 3D-Dots
  • 2 Misc. Black Brads.
This card is for my dad for Father's Day.  Thanks for looking!! Leslie 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Peachy Keen Challenge 20: Just Cards

It has been quite a while since I have done a PK Challenge.  I had a birthday at the beginning of the May and asked everyone for $$ because I was going to treat myself to a Scrapbook Expo in my area in mid-May and I did.  I took two Copic classes because I want to color like others out there.  So this challenge is my first attempt to use my Copics.
The challenge is located here on the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge Blog.  I have a coworker who is pregnant with her first child and just found out it is a boy.  So I have prepared a card to keep at my desk for his arrival.  Here is my entry for Challenge 20:  

My supplies include:

  • PK-250 Sleeping Teddy stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black and Stampin' Up Ballet Blue inks
  • Copics:  E11, E17, E18, B21, B23, B24, B26, Y02, Y04, R20
  • Spica clear glitter pen (hard to see but along edge of moon and star)
  • Papertrey Ink White Cardstock
  • Coordinations Blue Cardstock
  • 'Baby Boy' patterned paper (DCWV I think - from the scrap drawer)
  • ATG adhesive
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circle Small S4-125 
  • Cuttlebug
  • Card & Envelope are Studio G from Michael's $1 bin (size 5 x 5)
  • Sentiment from my new 'Many Greetings' from My Creative Time

Next on my wish list is to get a new digital camera - my battery door is held on by tape and my laptop requires me to remove the memory card from the camera (no plug and play here) which is also located under the taped door.  Also, next on my to-do list is learn to take a decent picture of my projects for posting online.  Thanks for look and have a great week!!  Leslie

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #68: Pocket Cards

I have been admiring Papertrey Ink products and various bloggers who use their products for some time now so on Memorial Day weekend I decided to place my first order.  I ordered the following:

    • Fillable Frames #4 Mini Stamp set
    • Fillable Frames #10 Mini Stamp set
    • Heart-2-Heart #1 Mini Stamp set
    • Paper Basics - Stamper's Select White Cardstock (will be trying with Copics later today)
    • Perfect Match Dark Chocolate Inkpad
    • Fillable Frames #4 Die
    • fillable Frames #10 Die
    • Heart-2-Heart #1 Die
    • Rustic Cream Button Twine
    • Rustic Jute Button Twine 
After I was done with my order I discovered Nichole's Blog in the upper right corner of their website.  On Monday Heather posted the Make It Monday #68:  Pocket Cards Challenge.  I watched the video and started brainstorming what I would make when my order arrived.  My items came in on Thursday and I was able to play with them on Friday evening.  The first attempt didn't go as planned, Versamark ink with clear embossing powder on the Kraft card stock, so I moved to plan B - use the Dark Chocolate ink on the Kraft card stock; it worked like a charm.

Supplies for my first ever pocket card with my first ever Papertrey Ink products on my first ever Papertrey Ink challenge:

  • Ivory and Kraft Recollection card stock from Michael's.  Pocket is 4.5 x 7.5 folded at 4.5 and sewn closed with ivory thread.  Card is 3.75 x 4.25.
  • I stamped the outside pattern with the cup sleeves from the Heart-2-Heart #1 set in PTI Dark Chocolate ink (the back is the same as the front).
  • I cut a scrap piece of Ivory card stock with the Heart-2-Heart #1 Die and stamped it with PTI Dark Chocolate ink and the hearts were stamped using Stampin' Up Pink Passion.  I used pop dots to adhere the cup so it would  overlap the pocket when the card was inside.
  • The "Let's get together" and the cup sleeves were stamped on the card also using Stampin' Up Pink Passion.  The "for coffee!" was stamped using PTI Dark Chocolate ink.  I have a set of Stampin' Up markers that I used for the leader dots next to the text.
I am looking forward to purchasing more Papertrey Ink products in the future.  The ink was awesome; the die cut perfectly in my Cuttlebug with no shim needed; I will be playing with the paper and my Copics here soon and the stamps were great.  One project down...many many more to come!  Thanks PTI for some awesome new staples in my crafting supply collection.  Hope everyone has a great day!  Leslie

Mother's Day 2012

I waited until the Saturday morning of Mother's Day weekend to start making cards - we were going over to see my mother-in-law that evening and I knew if I didn't have a homemade card she would be upset with me.  
I started with this piece of 12x12 Cloud 9 Design Sparkle Cinnamon Burst Cinnamon Stick paper and got comfy on the couch and hand cut-out all of the flowers.  I had to get them off the red background to see what my possibilities were.
Once I cut out all of the flowers I started dividing them by color scheme and matching them with scraps for the backgrounds.  I printed "Happy Mother's Day" out on ivory card stock from my ink jet printer, cut them out and rounded the corners.  I then found solid, matching, colors for the layer between the background and the sentiment.  The card base is Ivory Recollections card stock from Michael's.  I used various adhesives (Xyron X, pop-dots and ATG).

We have three important "Mom's" in our lives:  My Grandmother, My Mom and My Husband's Mom.
They all loved their homemade card.  My mom thought I used my Cricut and she was wondering how the flowers were so flat with that many layers of paper then I showed her a picture of the piece of 12 x 12 paper that I started with and she started looking closer at the edges of the flowers and said "oh now I see how jagged the edges are and by the way my tag is crooked."  I knew she would be my toughest critic!
Thanks for looking!  Leslie 


Animal Tags

I made these tags for my co-workers to use on the treat bags I made them for Valentine's Day.  I was the only one in the small office of 4 that didn't do anything for the co-workers for Christmas so I was trying to make up.  (I was told we didn't do anything for the holidays - it was my first Christmas with this group.)
One of my coworkers loves Owls,
One loves Pandas,
 And for my male supervisor I asked my hubby what I should use for him from the Create-A-Critter Cricut cartridge and he said the Monkey, guys like monkeys.
 Here are the completed bags.  The contain a variety of Valentine's sugar cookies.  My supervisor is allergic to chocolate...I couldn't even imagine having that for an allergy.

I glued a gray piece of cardstock to the back of each animal and sandwiched some twine between the papers to make them tags.  I wrote a note to each on the back of their animal.  The girls still have them hanging in their cubicles and the supervisor has retired :)
Thanks for looking.  Leslie 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Win a Complete set of Flexmarkers!!!

Head over to Enfys blog,Going Buggy, by clicking here for your chance to win the entire collection of Flexmarker Alcohol based markers by Letraset.  Contest ends Monday March 12, 7pm UK time.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Happy New Year!

Like normal I haven't posted anything in a while.  Below are a few cards I have made this week:

The above cards were made with the following supplies:

  • Recollections Ivory cardstock for the bases and Big Sister words (cut with my Gypsy using Gypsy Font welded)
  • The background paper and pink background of the "welcome Baby" were a single two sided Heidi Grace paper from JoAnns
  • The 'welcome, Baby' is an Inkadinkado's I picked up at Big Lots, stamped with Staz-on Timber Brown and then stamped again with glue and used Ranger Rainbow Sparkle Embossing Powder to make it shine.  The tag was cut from Lacy Labels Lite cartridge used on my Gypsy and cut with my Cricut Expression machine.
  •  The girl pushing the carriage is from A Child's Year cartridge.  I used my Gypsy to modify the shadow layer so it would show more of the solid brown cardstock.
  • I used my Pink ATG and Xyron X for adhesives.

 This Birthday Card was made from one single page from DCWV Sweet Stack.  I cut out one of the cupcakes and used matching paper to cut diamonds on my Cricut using my Gypsy and Plantin School Book cartridge.  I used EK Success 3D Dots to pop it off the paper.  The ribbon is American Crafts that I picked up at Big Lots.  'Hi Cupcake!' is also an Inkadinkado set stamped in white ink and embossed with white Martha Stewart embossing powder.  The card base is Ivory Recollections card stock from Michaels.  I also used my Xyron X to adhere the diamonds together.