Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Tiny Cat Gift Boxes

I needed some small gift boxes to hold the earrings I am giving to my friends this weekend, so I pulled out the Tiny Gift Box dies by Lawn Fawn.  They were the perfect size and since all three friends are cat owners, I decided to use the Cat Add-On dies to dress them up.  They turned out super cute!

I just love them!  I chose three different color-ways for the cat boxes and added Glossy Accents to the eyes/noses for a bit of shine.  Then, I used an oversized cotton ball for filler and laid the earrings on top inside the box.  I hope they make my girlfriends smile!  It's been a rough year for everyone.

Paper:  White, Cocoa Bean, True Black, Terracotta Tile, Pale Peony (Papertrey Ink)
Dies:  Tiny Gift Box, Tiny Gift Box Cat Add-On (Lawn Fawn)
Misc:  Glossy Accents (Ranger)

Friday, July 31, 2020

Flower Cap Dangle Earrings

Hello again!  I wanted to make a simple gift for some girlfriends of mine and decided that earrings would be perfect.  I puttered around with the beads in my stash over the last couple of days and settled on this simple design.

I originally planned to do three separate designs, but after experiencing some anxiety over it, I went with just the one design for all three women.  I love the dainty look of these dangle earrings.  They will go with anything!  So naturally, I made a pair for myself too.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Butterfly Rose Earrings

I made a bracelet for my sister two years ago, which you can see in a previous post here.  The thread broke last year so she sent all the beads she could find to me and it sat on my forgotten to-do list until a couple weeks ago.  I finally pulled it out to fix it.  Just a few seed beads were missing, thankfully.  This time, I went through the whole thing with a second thread to reinforce it.  I'm crossing my fingers that it holds up this time!  Anyway, since my sister had to wait a whole year to get it back, I decided to make her a pair of earrings as a surprise bonus gift.

I used beads from my stash to make these.  (mostly likely purchased at Michaels)  I was in a hurry to get her package mailed so I didn't spend too long deliberating on the design.  They turned out cute! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Thanks a Million

This is absolutely my favorite card of the three designs in the party pack from my Stampin' Up demonstrator.  I adore the new Magenta Madness color!  It takes me right back to my early days of stamping when the color Pink Passion was in the Brights Collection.  It was one of the very first colors I bought!  This card makes me so happy.

I also fell in love with the Blossoms in Bloom bundle when I first saw the catalog and seeing these gorgeous diecuts in person just cinched it.  Bright pink and beautiful flowers - what's not to love?  The biggest surprise for me was the background panel.  It's actually done using a new embossing folder called Tasteful Texture.  I didn't even notice it in the catalog before.  I like how it looks like purchased textured paper.  Lovely and subtle.  Another must-have for me!

Since everything was already embossed and diecut, this card was easy to put together.  Just a challenge to glue without making a mess.  My demonstrator had provided a different sentiment, but the embossing on it was spotty, so I pulled a sentiment from Bitty Birthday Thanks by My Favorite Things and embossed it on black cardstock for my card.  It was handy to grab and I didn't feel like digging through all my stuff for a sentiment at the time.  I also left off the linen thread and ribbon that was in the kit because I preferred the simple look of the black strip by itself.

I actually signed up as a demonstrator last week just so I could take advantage of the free stamp and die bundle deal to get this for myself.  I also ordered the new in-colors.  I can't wait to play more with this beautiful pink!

Stamps:  Bitty Thanks & Gratitude (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  VersaMark
Paper:  Magenta Madness, Whisper White, vellum (Stampin' Up); True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  white embossing powder (Filigree); Tasteful Texture embossing folder (Stampin' Up); Many Layers Blossoms dies (Stampin' Up); Skinny Strips die (My Favorite Things)

Monday, July 6, 2020

Let's Celebrate You

Here's the second card from the catalog party pack.  It uses all five of the new Stampin' Up in-colors this year and the new Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set.  Everything was precut and stamped, so all I had to do was glue everything together.  Super fast card!

I wouldn't personally choose to use all five of these colors together, but it's a neat-looking design.  Definitely a quick and easy one!

Stamps:  Celebrate Sunflowers (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Archival Black (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Bumblebee, Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight, Basic Black (Stampin' Up)

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Jar of Flowers

It's been a weird year, hasn't it?  My Stampin' Up demonstrator usually does a new catalog party at her home in June to show off the new products, but since most of us weren't comfortable with that this year due to the COVID-19 virus, she made party packs with three card projects and dropped them off at our homes instead.  Mine even included an unopened pack of patterned paper that went with the Eastern Beauty stamp set that I bought used from her at the party last year.  Bonus!  I finally got the cards made last week and photographed today.  Here's the first one.

This card uses the new Jar of Flowers set by Stampin' Up, along with a matching punch.  Everything was precut and prestamped so all I had to do was color the flowers with my Copic markers and fussy cut them out.  It's hard to see in the photo, but I added some light shading around the edges of the jar to make it a little less flat-looking.  Nice and simple!

Stamps:  Jar of Flowers; Band Together (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Memento); Rococo Rose (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Rococo Rose, Whisper White, Seaside Spray, Blushing Bride, In Good Taste dsp (Stampin' Up)
Copic:  B91, B93, B95, 0, C1, RV32, RV34, Y00, Y32, G40, G43, YG13, YG17, YG45
Misc:  Jar punch (Stampin' Up); Misty Moonlight/Silver baker's twine (Stampin' Up)  

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Hello Sunshine

Happy Independence Day!  Interesting times.  I haven't done much crafting this year.  The week after school was moved online, I started going through years of Legos and sorting them into their original sets.  It's a project that has kept me busy for fifteen weeks.  I rebuilt each Lego set and recorded any missing pieces.  Then I took them apart and packaged them up in labeled ziploc bags.  Now I'm waiting on some orders for missing pieces to complete the project.  I started a card back in April that sat on my desk unfinished for a month.  I just wasn't feeling creative.  I finally finished it back in May and it's about time I posted it on my blog.

The card uses some things from the scrap pile (embossed panel, layered sun) and a sketch from Mojo Monday (#535).  I love patterned paper, but I often struggle using it on cards.  This sketch was part of a trio of sketches along with a 6x6 two sheet wonder challenge.  It was a challenge for me, all right.  My mojo was on an extended vacation. 

The two circles were cut with Spellbinders dies, I think, and have been sitting in my scraps for years.  They looked like a sun layered together so I added Lemon Drop and Orange Sorbet glitter to make them fun and sparkly.  In hindsight, I should have colored them first with markers because the white peeks through the glitter.  Oh well.  Done is better than perfect!

I layered pieces of Hello Sunshine paper from Pink Paislee on white mats and adhered them to the embossed Aqua Mist background panel following the layout of the sketch.  Then I glued the whole thing to a white card base.  The sun is a fun pop of color against the light blue!

I added the large word in black cardstock cut with the Sweet Hello die from My Favorite Things.  The sunshine sentiment is from Wonderful Words: Hello by Papertrey Ink.  It was very satisfying to get a card done after such a long hiatus.  Of course, the Lego project has consumed most of my time lately so I didn't make anything else until the past two weeks.  I'll post those three cards over the next few days.

Stamps:  Wonderful Words: Hello (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Memento)
Paper:  White, Aqua Mist, True Black (Papertrey Ink); Hello Sunshine 6x6 pad (Pink Paislee)
Dies:  Sweet Hello (My Favorite Things); circle and inverted scallop circle (Spellbinders)
Misc:  Swirls embossing folder (Tim Holtz); Lemon Drop glitter, Orange Sorbet glitter (Martha Stewart); glue pen