Happy Halloween!

Happy Friday! Though you wouldn’t know it here in Los Angeles (we’re still in the mid-70s F here!), it’s almost Halloween time. We went yesterday to get costumes for the dogs, mine’s still in my head and I still need to fish my other stuff out from storage. Still running a bit behind from the summer downtime 🙂

Last night though, I wanted to sit down and make a card for a friend of many years. I was shipping her a few things this week and thought, why not send along a nice card to go with? With the holiday right around the corner, Halloween seemed the perfect theme.

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This was a super easy card because I’d taken the few minutes online and grabbed a bunch of October Afternoon’s Witch Hazel collection from Ebay and other sources now that it’s out of print. The card base is a kraft base from Michael’s. After that I cut down an 8×8 piece of paper to use as a mat. After that, it was just adding all the little bits and bobs. October Afternoon has really turned me on to buttons. I never used them before the PAX spread and now I can’t get enough!

Visit Majestic Uldum!

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Another dear friend’s birthday has come and gone and that means it’s time for another crafting post! However, this one took an interesting turn.

Originally, I had intended to make something very different. Adriana and I both play World of Warcraft and she’d mentioned that Uldum was her favorite of the zones. She also dresses most frequently in 50s-style dresses. My original idea was to make something really fun and poppy with lots of polka dots, camels and sand dunes. Then a random thought popped into my head… what if I made her a vintage-style postcard instead?

This required me getting up out of my comfort zone, booting up Photoshop and seeing what I could come up with. Luckily there are several great tutorials to help you do this. Here are a few I used:

The fonts I chose were called Remachine Script (for the Greetings from) and, unsurprisingly, for the Uldum, I chose Vacation Postcard. I grabbed two great photos, the one for the background and one for the letters, and then started to work. It wasn’t too hard once I got started (if you know how to do clipping masks, you’ll be OK) but the colors and such took a lot of tweaking to get just right. 

The end result is something I’m really pleased with. I printed it out on matte paper, added a little mat trim of sunflower line dance from Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Polka collection and put it in a frame that reminded me of all the great mid-century modern furniture I see. 

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I pulled from the Let’s Polka and Hello Sunshine again to make a quick tag on my Cameo, attached it with some baker’s twine and it was ready for gifting! 

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I hope you like it as much as my friend did. Have a great day! 

Unboxing Marks & Co from Studio Calico


Yesterday was one of the most exciting days of the month at my house: Studio Calico delivery day! I’ve been thinking of trying to do some videos so why not start with a fun unbox of what I got this month?

My shipment included:
Mister Huey’s Pumps
The Fitzgerald card add-on
The main card kit
The main Project Life kit

I’m thinking about switching out the PL kit and getting back on the regular scrapbook kit. I swapped it out to help manage my stash, but I think that’s a life long struggle not a few months off struggle!

I’m really looking forward to creating new things with this! As I mentioned in the video, the Fitzgerald kit is fantastic. It’s easily my #1 for this month. Did you get any kits recently? Leave a comment below with your favorite recent kits. I’m always looking for new paper kits to try!

Sweet Summer Birthday Card

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I’ll admit that I was always a little jealous that my sister’s birthday took place during the summer. My birthday was during some of the coldest part of the year growing up in Vermont. Summer meant long warm days perfect for swimming , sweet treats and the yummiest of summer harvest. That was party time! I wanted to channel that feeling into her birthday card. Now that it’s arrived at it’s home, I can finally share this card on the blog. It’s a real favorite of mine since I got to use some of the strawberry paper I’d been saving for the perfect place. When better than July?

Sweet Summer Birthday Card
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This card is mostly from the Lawn Fawn Pink Lemonade petite paper pack. I love this collection and luckily, it went really well with the theme of the card. All but the solids were pulled from the paper pack. The bunting sticker is from the same collection’s element stickers. I love when I have these coordinating items stashed away because it means no more stress of making sure everything matches. The card itself is build from a couple of cut files from the Silhouette store:

This hexagon card by Jennifer Wambach
This strawberry from Snapdragon Snippets
– One of my most frequently used shapes, the cloud border from Silhouette

I have to say that, overall, this is one of my favorite cards I’ve made. The colors and patterns are super cute and really captured the feeling I was going for. The only thing I wish had gone better was the sentiment! I need to get a ruler and some pencil to make sure they’re straight in the future. Also, swapping from my Extreme tack GlueGlider Pro to a repositionable will help a lot too. Little oopsies become a bigger problem when repositioning cleanly is as difficult as the extreme makes it.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think! I love to hear your thoughts!

SC Sunday Sketch

Something in my mind has flipped recently and I think I have purpose for the first time since getting off my anti-depressants. It’s manifested itself in all sorts of training. I’ve started working out daily, just hopped back on the paleo train and I’ve started trying to actively get more papercrafting done. One of the best ways I’ve found to push myself to try new things is with challenges! I stumbled across this one from Studio Calico on their blog and decided to take the plunge and give it a shot!

July 14th Sketch
July 14th Sketch

First, I grabbed a pre-made card and sprayed it with three of the LE Neon Mini Mister Huey’s: Punky Brewster (purple), Trapper Keeper (orange) and My Little Pony (pink). The next layer is some American Crafts glitter tape in Powder and Marine. The circles were from their March printable which I printed out on cardstock and cut with my circle cutter. The yellow circle is glued directly to the card. Rad has one foam, you are my sunshine has two. Finally, I took the thanks stamp from my Summertime Charm set from Lawn Fawn and used it for the sentiment. 

I have to say, I really struggled with finding the right thing to use on this card before I settled on the circles. I’ve discovered that my stash is lacking in bright, punch-y plain papers. This is something I need to fix ASAP!

Please let me know what you think in the comments below OR share with me a challenge you’ve accepted! I’d love to see your work!

UPDATE (7/29/13): I actually won with this card! Many thank yous to the folks at Studio Calico!

Happy Birthday, Michelle! And Hello Ruby!

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Say hello to Ruby! She’s been with us a month today and I can hardly believe it. It seems like just yesterday! Here she is just a couple of days ago. She’s grown so quickly, I think mostly because the baby chunk started to fall off once she got here and had her big brother to play with all day.

I’ve been struggling for awhile with a lack of inspiration when it comes to paper crafting. I haven’t done any Project Life since late March and I failed to make Mother’s Day cards because I couldn’t find the oomph to actually do it. However, my friend Michelle was celebrating her birthday in a big way and that required a card!

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I went about this card very differently than I have for all my other cards. I usually pick a theme then create something around that theme. This time, while digging through my stash, I discovered/remembered I’d picked up an October Afternoon Cakewalk pack when they had them on sale! So, I collected it all together and started just to see what I’d come up with!

What came out is what you see above! I cut the paper using a cut file from a Studio Calico class I took. Next, I decided to add the Little Flyers stickers to some paper straws I had left over from my birthday to create birthday flag poles. I needed something to fill in the bottom left corner and to cover the ends of the poles, so I selected a bunch of smaller items from the flower pack and created a layered piece over and around the end of the poles. I added a quick sentiment and note inside and ta da! Done!

I really like how it came out. Like I said, this process was new to me and I was expecting it to take forever. I think the longest part was trying to find all the product in my stash! Looking back on this has inspired me again. Maybe it’s time to PL again!

Happy Birthd-eh?!

One of my bestest longtime friends just had a birthday and while I wished him a happy one online, he requested a card and I jumped at the opportunity! This is almost entirely Lawn Fawn’s Daphne’s Closet with a few solids from MSC. I also got the opportunity to play with my new sketching pens for the Cameo! Yay!

In fact, the card itself is based off this one from SVGCuts. I turned it on it’s side, then added the Canada cut file I got from a recent Studio Calico class. Next came the lettering which is just white cardstock cut to shape.

I got crazy with layering on the inside and really liked the look of it. I’ll definitely be playing some more!

Crazy Card Sunday!

cardmakingI’d been hesitating on playing with these five minute cards from SVGCuts because I didn’t believe it would actually only take five minutes. And to be totally fair, they don’t. But that was mostly because I’m using Silhouette Studio and it requires a touch of extra work to cut SVGs 🙂 Once I got those done, they came together lickety split!

I had so much fun making these cards. I got to go through my stash of paper and actually use some of the stuff I’d been just dropping into a box (especially my 12×12″ paper) to use “later”. Now that I have .studio files for these, I’ll be zipping through making these ones and enthusiastically converting the rest ASAP!

The “I Like You” card above was really stash-heavy, so I may have problems giving product names for everything! A lot of it was from random Studio Calico card kit paper packs. The main base of the card is a textured green, the floral pattern in the front is Basic Grey for Studio Calico (XSC-029 if that helps!) and the floral hand and scalloped orange were both from Lawn Fawn’s Pink Lemonade pack. The yellow chevron came, I think, from the special Ali Edwards December Daily kit that Studio Calico sold.

As for this one, I used almost exclusively the Pretty Party collection from Crate Paper*. BTW, if you like it, you should click the link! I just looked and the 6×6 pack is 25% off! The denim is from Simple Stories and I’m trying to find it for sale but having a lot of trouble!

I hope your weekend was equally productive! I’m surprised but glad I was able to get these two cards done. I also cut a second thank you card so I’ll have it in reserve for when I need one. Planning to put that one together today. Have a great Monday!

 

* This is an affiliate link. However, the product I used was paid for by myself. If you buy something via the link, thank you! You’re helping feed future projects 🙂

Valentine’s Day Card 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

 

I don’t think I could have gotten it better if I had planned it, but shortly before Valentine’s Day, Nintendo announced the newest Eevee evolution! My husband is a big fan of Eevee so I took the opportunity to center the card around this piece of fan art by crayon-chewer. After printing it on some photo paper, I ran it through my beloved Cameo using one of the hearts from this 11 hearts cut file. Since it was such a large element, I tacked it down but gave myself room around the edges.

Next came the letters which are my well loved pink glitter MSC letters they released for Valentine’s Day. Captured heads a little up toward the end. This was the day I decided that cold brew coffee was a little too much for me in the morning! Shaky hands means letters head up a bit… after that, I printed the Pokeball from a vector I found online. The heart sticker is from a pack I got in a recent Olive Box, but you can get very similar ones here from Paper Glitter. Lastly, I loaded up my stamp with ink, stamped it on a Martha Stewart for Avery label and tucked it under the big heart. By the way, the stamp is also from Paper Glitter and I used the preview she sent me as my signature for this blog. I love it!

All together, it was solid, but there was something lacking. That upper right corner looked really bare. Luckily, the day before, my Studio Calico order from January had arrived and contained within was a LOT of regular width glitter tape from American Crafts. In order from top, I have powder, taffy and marine.

Ryan’s Super Birthday!

My husband’s 34th birthday was coming up and I was really looking forward to making him a card. He’s my biggest supporter when it comes to this new endeavor of mine so it only seemed right I would make him one. When I told him I would be, he was super psyched!

Now, I had the perfect idea of what to get him for his birthday. I wanted to get him the Iron Man Mark 7: Hero’s Edition Nendoroid but it doesn’t get released until Feb 2013 and his birthday’s December 23rd. What’s a girl to do? Think of a different gift? Heck no! I improvise!

I booted up Photoshop and used one of the free paislee press 4×6 layout templates, dropping the product shots in to each slot. After that, I added the descriptive text from the Good Smile site to add a bit more flair and fill in the right hand side. I printed it out on some glossy 4×6 photo paper to add into the card.

Next, it was time to create the actual card. I used another purchased cut file from the Silhouette online store and cut it out of some red foil paper I got from a Martha Stewart Crafts 12×12 pad. I cut another shape out of a piece of yellow paper from the same pad. I layered the paper so that the yellow showed through the window, then inside was the info card that I created. I folded it about 3/4 the way down so that the Happy Birthday covered the images, but you can still see the text. You can kind of see what I mean in the front photo.

Time to add some lettering! I grabbed from my assorted embellishments (thickers, letters, a speech bubble from a Studio Calico cut file cut from some Martha Stewart Crafts candy striped paper from one of the Christmas mat pads, a label I got in a class kit and a label from IaCB’s Christmas Cut-outs I) and put it all together. As you can see, the gift is from me and the dog. That’s how we roll around here!