Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dreamy Butterflies

Me again! (yeah yeah, I know who else would be posting on my blog)

Today I'm sharing another "guest designer" project that I did for Trendy Twine. Once again I'm featuring the beautiful Blue Berry twine, and this time butterflies. I did a 3 part gift today, for my 8yr old daughter who recently went from picture books to chapter books and is growing up way too fast for my liking (I've told her to cut it out, so far she's not listening). I made her a dream journal along with a twine wrapped pen, and included a bookmark for her new before bedtime reading chapter books.

The dream journal is from a Silhouette Studio file that I modified a bit, which features paper from DCWV's Blossoms & Butterflies stack which I've been hoarding saving for something special. I wanted to echo the silver designs so I stamped & embossed my dreams stamp with silver embossing powder. I made a simple closure using 2 bottoms and a bit of blue berry twine (which is also used to hold in the papers inside the journal). The butterfly is my favorite from Hero arts, which happens to be available as a digital stamp. I imported it into Studio for a print & cut and then colored the cut with my prismacolor pencils and gamsol. The pen I found in a pack of 2 in the $1 section at Target, it was a very tight squeeze but there was just enough room after taking it apart to wrap the barrel with twine and reassemble it, definitely grab these pens if you see them... so much fun to modify and make your own! Lastly I cut the bookmark from my scraps and added a 2nd butterfly, the text was also a pnc done with my Cameo (cut with an offset) and then colored lightly with my prismacolors. An adorable tassel of blueberry twine finished it off perfectly. 

I hope you enjoyed my project and that it has inspired you, remember you still have a few days left to enter the June Trendy Twine challenge. Our new Trendy Twine Design Team posts start in just a few more days, I can't wait to share my next projects with all of you!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Father's Day Cards

Hi Everyone!

If you think I'm late with posting these then wait for this embarrassing tidbit, I haven't even sent my Dad his 2 cards yet (Dad if you read this, I'm sending them this week.... I ran out of stamps and well dragging both kids to the post office just hasn't happened yet, sorry!)

Here are the cards I made for my Dad. The first is from me, my parents divorced when I was 6 and my Dad moved to another state, so we didn't get to spend all that much time together as I was growing up, but the time we did spend he worked hard to make memorable.

One of my favorite memories was when he took me to see Little Shop of Horrors in NYC. I remember the vines falling from the ceiling at the end and it scaring me to death. When I saw this little guy from Lettering Delights I KNEW I had to make a card with him. The sentiment is from the Silhouette store, for the background paper I used Studio to print a shape from the Store onto kraft card stock, just love the look!

I asked my daughter what type of card she wanted to send her Poppi (my Dad) and since he owns a tile store in CA she opted for something that "looks like tile Mom". I found my inspiration card over at Inkadinkado.

I applied Rock Candy by Ranger to make my paper tiles look glazed, and added my sentiment (printed with Studio of course) with some Chocolate Truffle (yum) twine.

I made DH two cards as well. I give BirdsCards complete credit for giving me my ideas, the tie card is pretty much a direct copy of hers and my grilling card I used the card base she generously shared (I had never seen this style of pop-up card before and I just love it) if you're not familiar with her blog head over now, she has a TON of amazing free files for you too! I subscribe to her email feed so I never miss a post! 

This one was a quick print and cut. The ties are cut out individually and then pop-dotted up. 

I used shapes from Silhouette to create my background paper (just love how you can do that) which I simply printed out, the grill is cut from metallic cardstock, and the little steak is actually layered.

When you pull the tab at the top, the middle panel pops up and the space under is where you write! How fun is that? 

Lastly I thank the amazing Brigit from Brigit Stamp's, her Father's Day card created from svgcuts files was just perfect for my FIL who loves to play scrabble. Those little boxes were a bit of a pain to make but the end result is worth a few glue coated fingers!

Thanks again for visiting and be sure to check back tomorrow to see my next post for Trendy Twine!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Nail Art w/ Sakura Glaze Pens

Super quickie post because I just find this so fun that I had to share, I'm sorry for the rough photo I just snapped it quickly with my phone (also ignore that I have rough looking sausage fingers mmkay?). Basically my 8yr old wanted to have her nails done a bit fancier, so I thought I'd look at my scrapbook supplies and see if anything might work... I realized the Sakura glaze (and souffle for that matter) pens work on glossy surfaces and a little light bulb went off. She didn't want me posting her nails but I did the cutest polkadots on hers and then I thought I'd try something with mine to see what happened. I have really short nails (crafting and toddler care and all) but I wanted a sparkly french manicure. I grabbed a glaze pen and drew on the little french tip and quickly poured on some Martha glitter, let it dry for a bit and put on a single coat of clear polish over the top. That was this morning and they are still holding up perfectly even with dish washing, playing outside with the girls, hand washing, etc. So super fun to use on your daughters, or yourself for that matter... and if you're artistic I bet you could draw cute images on your nails too!

I'll be back later or tomorrow to show the Father's Day cards I made.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Guest Designer for Trendy Twine ~ Blue Bird of Happines

Hi Everyone! Today I'm sharing the projects I made for my first of two guest spots on the Trendy Twine blog (as you know I'm one of the lucky ladies who was chosen to be on the new design team which starts next month, however I was asked to be a guest designer prior to that).

The theme for this months challenge, which you still have time to enter I might add click here to enter, is Blue Berry Twine & butterflies or birds. I adore all of the above so I was thrilled to be able to create something to share!

My Grandfather "Gramps" had a bluebird tattoo on his chest, I always remember him calling it his bluebird of happiness so this set is created in his memory.

I love creating gifts to go with my cards and this time I chose to make a home decor item. The 3d birdcage is a modified version of a file from svgcuts (the entire top lifts off), which I wrapped the base of with blue berry twine and then wrapped and tied the cage door so our little blue bird of happiness doesn't escape. If you're curious the blue bird and perch can be found on Canon's amazing creative park site, the files are pdf's meant to be printed & cut out but I modified the color of the bird in photoshop and then imported the image into Studio DE to trace and have my Cameo cut out. The cage was cut from metallic silver cardstock to mimic an actual cage. The flower on top is from Lettering Delights (with a bit of twine holding on the button center of course) and the butterfly is an image I found online and did a print & trace w/my Cameo.

Close up of the paper bird, the perfect pet in my opinion LOL

butterfly was brushed with some pearl ex to give lifelike shimmer

I had lots of fun with the card! I've been wanting to try this style for some time and finally created a file after looking at some images online. I'm not sure what it's technically called so I'm calling it a shadow box card. If you look at the image below you can get a better idea of how it's created. It's free standing yet folds flat for mailing (you can write on the back since the rest is one solid piece)

My base had the tree/branch welded and then I cut an additional layer to add on top. The little leafs have green microbeads on them held on with glossy accents which is nice and thick so they embed into it and won't rub off. For the cage I used an adorable little double bow of blue berry twine to hang it from my branch & I did one of my favorite techniques that I happened upon by accident. 

If you run your cut through a Xyron and then sprinkle with a metallic embossing powder and heat emboss it you end up with a finish that looks like hammered metal, I love it! Also how perfectly did my Cameo cut out the little bird cage & bird? Love that machine! 

The back ground was done the same way I created the clouds on my recent hot air balloon box. Using a hand cut stencil and distress inks with a blending tool. 

Buy your own spool of Blue Berry twine here: Blue Berry Trendy Twine

Thank you so much for viewing my Trendy Twine project, I'll be back again next Wednesday with another fun guest designer post as well. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Turn a line drawing into a full color layerable image

Wow guys, I'm feeling a bit cheap this week... it's one quickie post after another ;)  I promise to get some longer posts with more photos/info up soon. In the mean time I hope you still enjoy this info.

I just learned how to do this with Studio this past week and had a few people as how I did it, so I made a VERY quick/simple video to show the basic process. Basically using a few simple steps you can turn any line image you can find (google image search is priceless here) or import (ie scan your stamps!) into a full color layerable image that you can then cut in layers for paper piercing, cutting with vinyl, or even doing as a color print and cut. The possibilities are endless and it's just plain fun to see a coloring page looking image transform into full color.

If you have any questions let me know, thanks again for visiting & any comments!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

One of "those" days...

Hi Everyone :::waves::: did you miss me? Sorry I've been MIA for awhile again, life just keeps getting in the way of my crafting! I have been working on a few things, though I haven't had a chance to photograph them yet so you'll have to wait a bit longer. I did however whip up a really quick card today that I shared on facebook but wanted to share here too for those who aren't on it.

DH called this morning saying he was having a really bad day, wanting to cheer him up a bit (and ok because when I saw this stamp I about died laughing and have totally been waiting for an excuse to use it) I decided to make him a simple card.

Hahaha, no really... who would have thought a roll of TP could make such a cute card?!?! 

The image is  "crappy day" by Unity Stamp Co., text is printed using my Cameo & the font is "flirt" by lettering delights, last a little bit of krazy for kraft trendy twine and it was done.

Thanks for looking! 

Monday, June 4, 2012

My BIG Announcement! Trendy Twine DT!!!!!!

I've known this for almost a month and I could not wait to tell you! I was so excited when I saw there was   a Trendy Twine design team call a couple of months back. I've never tried out for a DT before but I just adore Trendy Twine & Lesley who runs it and couldn't wait to try out.


Oh my god you guys, I'm so thrilled and honored (and ok more then a little bit nervous) to be joining the other AMAZING ladies who were chosen. You're sure to see some of your favorite bloggers on the list!

Before I show you the projects I turned in with my application, I need to let you know the best part of this post... Lesley is actually hosting a giveaway! All you need to do is visit the 15 blogs and leave a bit of love (don't forget to leave some on the Trendy Twine blog as well... which is where you can find the whole list of new DT members). The winner will be chosen through and will be announced after it's verified that they've left comments on all the blogs. You don't need to be or become a follower but I'm sure the other ladies would love it as much as I would if you did. 

So for my big reveal. I opted to do two projects, each featuring a 3d element/box and a card.

The first is my favorite. I knew I wanted to do a hot air ballon theme set, featuring a wrapped hot air balloon on a card and a giftbox. The problem was I didn't have a 3d hot air balloon file, thank goodness for my trusty Cameo and Silhouette Studio and svgcuts files. I modified the points on the bottom of their 3d Easter Egg file and turned it into the top of a hot air balloon. I just played around with box shapes to create the basket and added some border pieces to hold them together. I wanted it to become a gift box so I placed it atop a box which I colored to look like clouds using a handmade stencil & distress inks.  Of course what you really want to know about is the yummy Trendy Twine! I wrapped the basket with my favorite Chocolate Truffle twine, used Strawberry Cupcake bows on the balloon, and then edged my box with Blue Berry. (clicky clicky on the links to buy your own spools!)

For the card I wrapped a hot air balloon with three colors of twine, Twisted Lime, Strawberry Cupcake, and Grape Fizz. I also added layering to this card & an epoxy heart. 

I wanted to really go outside the box for my 2nd gift box, creating a giftbox of an unusual shape and making a masculine set. After some thinking of how I could incorporate twine on an interesting box I came up with the idea of the spots on a mushroom box... however once again I didn't have a file for a 3d mushroom box. This time it was Joann's to the rescue, I found a kit which had a little paper punch out 3d mushroom. I wanted my box a bit bigger so after a lot of trial and error I recreated the box giving it a wider base (for more gift room) using my Cameo (you'll see the original & my recreation in the photos). 

Both the mushroom and the card feature the extremely versatile Krazy for Kraft Trendy Twine. It's a bit hard to tell but I again used layering on the card... the snail, mushroom tops, and the text are all pop dotted. 

I hope you've enjoyed viewing my first Trendy Twine projects and are as excited as I am to see the rest of the teams creations. Trendy Twine has some awesome new colors coming out this year, you guys are going to just LOVE them! 

Now go visit the other blogs and get yourself entered in the giveaway!

Here is a link of everyone to make it easier for you :)

Trendy Twine -

Saturday, June 2, 2012

A Decade of Love

We had quite a full past weekend. Sunday was my birthday and Monday was our 10th wedding anniversary. I can't even believe that we've been married for 10 years already. I still remember making our announcements, it would be about 8yrs until I really knew about card making or paper crafting but I ordered some supplies and printed each on vellum pulling it out as fast as I could from our old inkjet printer so I could sprinkle it with embossing powder.  I think I actually still have the left over supplies!

*please excuse all the photos in this post, I still haven't found my sd card so I had to use my scanner.

It feels like just yesterday that we were in Maui Hawaii for our destination wedding/honeymoon, I can still feel the warm sand on my toes (I had the cutest rhinestone encrusted shoes but ended up going barefoot.. it seemed more appropriate on the beach). Since I'll use any excuse to show off our photos here are a couple:

We're not huge on giving each other gifts (I might be guilty of just buying anything it is I want, and he might be guilty of never really wanting anything... see how that all works out though) but we ended up getting a new sectional which we all love.

I opted for a super simple anniversary card, I purchased the file from the Silhouette store and then modified it a bit (changed the font). It might be hard to tell but the "olive you" is actually cut out of the top layer. Don't you just love how perfect the Cameo cuts even textured paper and look at that perfect tiny circle of a period! Olive you too Cameo!

Then as I was checking google reader the day before our anniversary I saw this card from Jennifer McGuire and fell in love with it, in one simple sentence it summed up exactly how I feel about my husband... he is my home. So I quickly whipped up this version of her super cute card. Mine is all paper, and I embossed the card base with a sizzix friend embossing plate since DH is my best friend as well :)

Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Don't Blame The Gerbil.

Ever make an impulse craft purchase? Maybe a set of stamps you saw and just had to have? A stack of paper when you swore you weren't buying any more? How about a spontaneous gerbil purchase? No!?! You're not guilty of buying a small rodent on impulse? Ok guess it's just me then.

I found a line drawing of a gerbil using google image search, I dragged it into Studio and did a trace. Set the color to black & the lines to white, then made sure to click on "print lines of image" (I've found this gives the best digital stamp image) and did an offset for my cutlines. I typed the text and also did an offset to get my speech bubble. Quick coloring with my promarkers and stuck it all together. 
Please excuse the photo, I lost the sd card for my camera & had to use my laptop to snap a photo.

This post is really my way of letting my beloved, sweet, handsome, generous, totally awesome (am I laying it on too thick?) husband (who I love soooo much) know that we have another little critter in the house, and so that if I go missing you guys know what happened to me (I'm thinking he won't be too thrilled).

In my defense I've always had an affinity for little pets, I've raised everything from sugar gliders to chinchillas to flying squirrels. We had a nice long rodent free run after the birth of our 1st daughter (when I realized my love of saltwater fish and corals) but DH let the girls get guinea pigs a few weeks ago and it must have awakened my inner rodent love LOL

I went to petsmart just to pick up bedding for the guinea pigs, we always look at the pets... today it was different. The cutest little face was looking back at us. It was love at first sight for Aliya and I. I've never even been drawn to gerbils but this little siamese colored gray gerbil screamed "TAKE ME HOME", I read the little info tag and it said they were easily tamed, friendly, and since they were from the desert they didn't drink much and therefore didn't pee (or smell) much...and my brain turned off. I remembered I had a cage from when DH and I had pet mice (see he used to be in on this) when we first moved in together. Next thing I knew we were at home with the gerbil.

So... honey. I'm sorry, but meet my new little crafting friend Willow (because Aliya said he was the color and softness of a pussywillow plant). I promise I won't let him pee on your head (everyone else, don't ask... lets just say I was forbidden to ever get another flying squirrel LOL)

As soon as I find my SD card I'll be posting some fun new projects and I have HUGE news to share with you guys on Monday, so check back!