Thursday, September 30, 2010

Chris' Amazing Mega Birthday Blog Candy

You will just have to check out this blog candy for yourself.  It's amazing how generous Chris is being for her birthday.  She has two prizes she's giving away.  The first one is fantastic assortment of scrapping & card-marking goodies and the second is a personalized stamp with your name & blog addy on it.  Check out her post here about how to have a chance to win her candy.

 Here's a pic of the assortment of goodies she's giving away.  You can also see a pic in my sidebar.  If you click either picture it will take you to her blog post.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Owl's Hello Card - SSCC57

Our daughter likes owls and this paper from Paper Studio is a hit with her.  We were sending her a care package this week so I made her a simple card to include with it.  It also qualifies for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #57 -- Use fall colors.  I tried a new technique I'd read about somewhere (sorry, can't remember where) to use a piercing tool to punch holes in your paper and then "connect-the-dots" with your pen to make the faux stitching look more realistic.  It's pretty realistic because it's crooked just like my real sewing.  :)  There's a lot more I could have done to make this more fancy but I was going for quick & easy since my time was short.

CS - Recollections, Georgia Pacific
PP - Paper Studio
Ribbon - Offray
Marker - Stampin' Up
Stamp - Studio G
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Stationery Set - Hybrid project

I used another one of my clear plastic boxes to hold a stationery set.  This set had the cards printed on the computer so the box lid and gift card holder were the only parts done traditionally.

Here are the cards inside the box:

I also made 2 x 2 mini-gift cards to match.  I made a little box to hold the cards.

Box outside (closed):

Box opened:

Cards & box:

Traditional Supplies:
CS & Card bases - Recollections
PP - K & Company
Ribbon - Offray
Spellbinders - Petite Ovals Large, Petite Scalloped Ovals Large
Cuttlebug Embossing folder - Victoria 

Digital Supplies:
Computer font - Edwardian Script

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Showers of Blessing - SSCC56

This card is for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #56.  The challenge is to use stitching (real or faux).  As usual, I chose the faux option.  :)

I used prismacolor pencils for the image and used a prismacolor coloring stick to make the "rain" on the solid yellow background.  I also used some stickles for the rain.  The second picture shows that a little better. And yes, I do realize my coloring skills need some work.  That's the very reason most of my cards are sentiment only cards.  *smile*

I also decorated the interior of the card.  I really like this digi stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy stamps and didn't want to leave anything out.

CS - Georgia Pacific & The Paper Company
Spellbinders Nestabilities:  Petite Ovals Large, Petite Scalloped Ovals Large, Large Deckled Rectangle, Decorative Photo Corners, Labels Four
Let It Rain - digi stamp set - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Zig Ball Writer
Prismacolor pencils
Ribbon - Offray
Robin's Nest Dew Drops
Stickles - Waterfall
Sketch:  CPS183

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Altered Clipboard

I love making altered clipboards as gifts. I've made several over the years but have never made one for myself. I keep wishing I had one at work so I decided that the time had come to make one for me.  :)

I love the colors in this Basic Grey paper line.  Kind of bold in a subdued sort of way.  LOL

Amazingly, even though I have tubs of ribbon (thanks to my sister, Eva), I didn't have any in the right colors in differing widths.  I kept adding more & more colors & ended up with this mix.

I chose to keep the back just one solid pattern and not put any pictures or anything on it this time.

One thing I did differently this time - I used a brayer to smooth out my papers.  I have always just used an old gift card.  That works OK, but now that I have a brayer...well, let's just say, this is the first clipboard I've made that is air bubble free.  I'll be using my brayer from now on.  :)

If you want a great tutorial on how to make your own clipboard, here's a very easy-to-follow one by Patter.  She broke it down into three parts: 

Altered Clipboard {Part 1}
Altered Clipboard {Part 2}
Altered Clipboard {Part 3} 

Patter added pics to her clipboard and gives great tips on how to add them safely to your's.   A neat thing she does is punch holes in the paper that goes on the back of her clipboard where the brads are attached.  I never thought of doing that and will have to give it a try next time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Papers:  BG origins
Ribbons: Craft Essentials, Paper Studio, Offray & Misc.
Paint: Anita's All-Purpose Acrylic
Other:  Modge Podge (matte)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

SSS72 - Hebrews 4:16

I really enjoyed this sketch from The Sweet Stop.    I think I'll be using it more than once.  :)  I'm hoping to do at least one more this week.  We'll see how that goes! 

I used the bow tying technique featured here on Patter's blog Create X3.  It's sooo easy!

I took this on our front porch in the early evening.  I'm hoping the lighting isn't too bad for you to see the deep green color.  I'm really liking these colors from K & Company.  Here's a close-up of the verse matting.

Card base & cardstock:  Recollections
Papers:  K & Company (TC Blossomwood)
Ink:  Colorbox fluid chalk (dark brown), Versafine (vintage sepia)
Stamp:  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (Prayer Changes Things)
Other:  Ribbon (from my stash), Nestabilities Label 4, BG Opaline pearls, Paper Studio brads


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