Friday, September 21, 2012

Beautiful Butterflies

I have another card to share with you today, as you can see I'm still loving the combination of orange & pink... especially when mixed with some kraft!

I don't stamp very much, but I do obsessively collect love Hero Arts stamps and these butterflies are my absolute favorite. Actually I think I need to stamp far more often!

I stamped the butterflies with versamark and heat embossed them using iridescent glitter powder. Then I dusted off my prismacolor pencils and using gamsol blended up my colors... can you believe how vibrant they are even on the kraft? :::swoon:::
I found a piece of paper in my stash that was just perfect to mount my kraft on and then found the perfect shimmery orange & pink ribbon hidden in a drawer.... don't you just love when things come together perfectly without your even trying?

I hope you have a beautiful day! As always, thank you for looking!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Oh Snap - belated birthday card

It was my Dad's birthday last week, and I may or may not have intentionally sent his card a little late because I had this card in mind (what... you've never done that?)

This was actually a pretty quick card and I love how it came together.
I knew I wanted to use a camera and the "oh snap" sentiment so I did a google image search and found a camera I liked and traced it with SSDE. I planned my card base by layering the traced shape over my digital background paper in SSDE and did an offset, then pulled the the camera image off the mat leaving the offset. I typed my "oh snap" and then printed out my base & the camera image separately. I pop dotted the camera image on top of the offset. I recently picked up one of the manual label makers (I just love the retro feel & look of the imperfect raised letters, I only use my digital label makers for actual labeling around the house) so I typed up the rest of my sentiment and just stuck it to the card front (sorry about the glare). Just like that I had an adorable belated birthday card to mail off.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

My Thoughts Exactly and Trendy Twine Spook-tacular Set Blog Hop!

Eeeeeekkkkk I can hardly contain my excitement you guys :::drum roll::: it's time for the My Thoughts Exactly & Trendy Twine Spooktacular Blog Hop!!! All the details on this super limited edition kit are available below my projects (I went a bit pic crazy, hope you like them), scroll on down to see... did I mention there was a giveaway??? There is!!!

I'm the third stop on the Spook-tacular Hop today, please see below for all your stops!

  1. Trendy Twine Blog
  2. Belinda -
  3. Candi -  <~~~ You are here
  4. Jessica - <~~~ Next up
  5. Sukie -
  6. Kendra -
  7. Yvonne -
  8. My Thoughts Exactly DT Blog

I had so much fun creating with this kit that I couldn't make just one thing, I had to make two! I figure you wouldn't mind ;) 

My first project is a 3d witches hat. I opted to use my stamps to make up a fabulous background paper to create my hat from. I stamped the pumpkin faces with versamark and then heat embossed them with glitter embossing powder. I used just the eyes around the brim of the hat in the same manner. 

I wrapped some of the exclusive to this bundle grape limeade twine around my hat and then had fun by making some curlie-cues with my twine. All I did was put two slits in a straw and wrap the twine around, then I used a watered down craft glue and my fingers to evenly coat the twine, of course I added a sprinkle of glitter. After they dried I slid them off the straws and attached them to my hat. I did use some thin black wire in the middle to both give them some support and aid in positioning and to hold up the glitter black bats I cut with my cameo. A couple of felt flowers and it was all set to display.

For my 2nd project I wanted to use the stamps in a more traditional manner. 

After designing my card base and wrapping it with twine I cut the squares to mount my pumpkins on, I inked the edges with distress ink, edged with twine, and pop dotted my pumpkins. I utilized the free svg's you can download for the stamps and stamped the pumpkin outline with distress ink and clear heat embossed it and then I stamped the faces with versamark and used silver embossing powder, after that I went over the silver with yellow stickles, I LOVE the glittery effect this gave to the pumpkins faces. 

Are you ready for details on this amazing kit? Here you go!

WOOHOO look at this adorable limited edition kit! You probably recognize the yummy lime & grape licorice twines... but do you spy the brand new exclusive to this kit grape limeade twine too? How about the super cute build a jack stamp set? These are fabulous together!!!

In the Exclusive Kit: 
  •  EXCLUSIVE My Thoughts Exactly "Build-a-Jack" 4in x 2in stamp set
  •  EXCLUSIVE 10 yard mini bundle of Grape Limeade Trendy Twine, 10 yard mini bundle of Grape Licorice Trendy Twine, and 10 yard mini bundle of Lime Licorice Trendy Twine. That's right, a total of 90 feet of these gorgeous twines!!!
  • There will also be FREE coordinating SVGs available in the MTE shop here: 

You can buy your kit for only $10 right here: My Thoughts Exactly & Trendy Twine Spooktacular Set

Did I mention something earlier about a giveaway? Enter here for your chance to win one of these great kits!

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Thanks so much for hopping along with me, your next stop is with Jessica!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Baby Mobile Card w/Trendy Twine

Hi Everyone!

We're featuring one of my favorites this month at Trendy Twine, Chocolate Sprinkles (it's on sale, go buy some and pick up some of the amazing new twists as well)! Don't forget you still have time to enter this months challenge to win some of your own: Trendy Twine Sept. Challenge

I have a super fun 3d card to share with you today, the card was inspired by a card featured in the book Pop-Up Cards by Sandi Genovese. I've used SSDE to recreate the card base and I'm sharing the file with you too so you can create your own mobile card! In the book they just used stickers but I've opted to use little layered cuts to make mine, obviously stickers would be far easier and faster but I really love the detail you can achieve in using cuts instead. Details on how to make your own & card base file below.

I used the Chocolate Sprinkles twine to frame my windows, hang my cute little cuts, and also to embellish some of them. I think it adds the perfect little pop of color and detail to my card. Here are all 4 sides:

I wanted my card pretty big, since the larger it is the larger you can make your little embellishments but you can feel free to resize it if you'd like. Mine ends up folding down to be 5x7. When you open the file you'll see 2 identical shapes, cut each of them and then fold as per the photos (basically a mountain fold in the middle and two valley folds on the side) you'll do this to each and then you can see how they will fit together to give you a + shape when looking from above. You'll find it easiest to embellish them while they are flat, plus you need to have your mobile pieces finished before you start adhering anything together.

For my mobile parts I cut 2 mirror images of each shape, since you need to make a little sandwich with twine in the middle to hang them. Place one shape in each window area of your card so that you can see all of them when it is standing up. I used redline tape to adhere my panels together after figuring out how long I wanted each shape to hang and trimming my twine so it would be hidden between the layers.

I knew the designs on the sides would need to be able to be folded so instead of cardstock I used vinyl, it allows me to get nice clean cuts and is flexible so it folds with my card when it's time to put it in an envelope. A bit of brown ribbon along the top and my card is ready to be sent & displayed.
I hope you enjoyed your visit to my blog today, here is the link to the card file: Candi's Mobile Card Silhouette Studio Template

* I've added a screen shot .png file for those who would like a visual to recreate using different software or print it out to use as a template. Candi's Mobile Card PNG

Be sure to check back on Saturday for the My Thoughts Exactly & Trendy Twine blog hop!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Passive Agressive Card Making

Well at least it would be passive agressive if I actually sent it... however I avoid conflict at all costs so this card was made along the same line as when you write a letter to someone which you never intend to send, just as a bit of therapy for your own soul. ;)

The card was actually pretty far from my comfort zone, I almost never use purple nor do I use ribbons on cards, however in this instance I'm really liking how both turned out. I can almost imagine the sickeningly sweet voice I'd like to say this in when I look at it <wink>

The chevron pattern base is actually a digital paper I made up by layering a Silhouette shape (the chevron pattern) over another rectangle and printing it out. I kept the house very simple in black & gray as I wanted the attention on the legs/shoes. The sentiment is also a print & cut done with my Cameo and pop dotted on the roof. The purple ribbon was made the same way as the green one I did yesterday, using distress inks to custom color it. If you missed my post about this awhile back please check my friend Becki's blog for the how to: Make Your Own Crinkle Ribbon (you can find the seam binding on Amazon too). The ruby red slippers were made by using a glue pen and sprinkling on some glitter, easy peasy!

So while this card will never travel to the person I thought of while making it every time I see it I smile a bit and laugh to myself.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

My 1st Halloween Ornament

I know the photo has a ton of glare but I couldn't wait to share this one with you guys! I'm so excited about how it turned out :)  I had been seeing a lot of people already starting to post the glittered Christmas ornaments, well I'm barely ready to give up summer and I'm not skipping fall so I had the idea to do a Halloween ornament. I LOVE IT!

I made the ornament the same way you see in the zillion tutorials online, using pledge/future floor finish (just pour it in, swirl it around gently to get an even coating, then pour it out... let it drain for a couple mins and then dump in some fine glitter... Martha Stewart's is great, cover the hole and shake like crazy, then pour out the excess. I cut the pumpkin face with black outdoor (Oracal 651 vinyl) and just placed it by hand. I made my own custom color ribbon using my distress inks and then used three of the new gorgeous Trendy Twine colors to make a 2nd bow. Oh I also used a bic marker to color the ornament top green, next time I'll try my alcohol inks for better coverage.

I must also comment on the candle holder it's resting on. Don't you love it? It's from the $1 store!!! All I did was paint it first with a coat of my beloved Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze and then I added a light coat of Krylon Glitter Blast (eeeekkk love that stuff, I want every color!). Took about 2 mins total and dried super fast too. 

I hope I've inspired you to think outside the Christmas ornament :) 

Monday, September 3, 2012

New Month, New Twine Challenge!

Hi everyone! Wow can you believe it's September already? My favorite time of the year.... I just love fall! Crisp air, changing leaves, cider mills, etc. Of course it's still in the 80's in MI this year, so I suppose I have a bit of summer left to enjoy as well.

A new month means a new featured color (along with a sale & challenge) with Trendy Twine, and this month its Chocolate Sprinkles! As you know I have a slight brown obsession so this is one of my favorites, it works for both modern adult looks and it's perfect for anything to do with baby boys of course.

The design team has made some gorgeous projects to help inspire you this month. Here is mine!

This was a first for me, it's an exploding box! Actually I'm calling it an exploding photo album memory box since I labeled the 12 open spaces inside with each month, and then made another small box for the middle which could be used to hold a small gift or for keepsakes (hospital bracelet, first snip of hair, etc).

The exploding box is from the Silhouette store though I did modify it so that it would have the extra flaps, which I decorated along with my box sides with images from one of the newest Lettering Delights sets. The adorable little shoes are also a Silhouette file, I sized them so that I could use eyelets to run my twine laces through (I didn't have the right shade of blue, but I used my promarkers to quickly color them to match, love making custom colored embellishments). I used the Chocolate Sprinkles twine to make cute little bows for the corners of my box, to outline inside of the box, and of course as my laces.

I hope you've enjoyed my project, be sure to check the Trendy Twine blog today & tomorrow to see the rest of the projects from the design team and be sure to add your own for the challenge (details are here: Trendy Twine Challenge).

As a reminder, there are a TON of gorgeous new twine colors that have been released recently. Be sure to check them out and order yours today!