Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Traveller ... Card

Hi folks!

It's that time of week again.  This week's project uses two images from the Stamp-It Australia Discovery collection. 

I stamped the Hummingbird Wings on some Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I cut this out (refer to photo), used a glue stick and stuck it onto a scrap of black.  I cut out the image again, leaving a border of black.  See the completed card photo for the finished cut around the bird.

I only used part of the bird cage image.  I placed it on a piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock four times.  Please refer to the photo for placement of the cages.

I cut this card stock down to a 4 5/16" square. I used Extra Strong Permenent Tape to attach this to a 4 1/2" square piece of red card stock.

Using the tape again, I stuck the bird cage layer onto the front center of a 5" square, black with dotted-swiss texture card base.  This card has a side fold. 

Last, I used double sided adhesive foam to attach the bird image to the center of the card.  Now, it's done.

Remember to look at your stamps in a different way.  See if you can make a decorative image by stamping only part of the stamp. 

I like a simple card.  This card is simple.  I hope you like it too.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Floral ATCs

Welcome summer!! It's Kentucky ... hot and humid!!  Yuk.  So to usher in the summer season, I wanted to make a project that would feel sort of "light and airy".  These ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) are what I came up with.

On Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock, I placed flower images from Art-Kure's Britain in Bloom collection and text of the flower name.  I cut out these into 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" pieces.  I then colored the flowers with my Spectrum Noir markers.

I mounted these onto 2 3/8" x 3 3/8" pieces of coordinating colors of card stock.  These pieces were then attached to ATC sized (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") pieces of black card stock.  For all of my layering I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape

The ATCs are now ready to have the information put on the back.  This can be hand-written, or typed on a sticker or however you choose to share the information.  The information should include your name and any contact information you want to share with your audience.  You should also include a numbering system.  Some artists start numbering their cards with number 1, and just keep going. Other artists use series numbering, such as 1 of 7 or 1/7.

You can find lots more information on ATCs on the web.  Check it out.  Start trading.  It's fun.  I have a friend who has binders full of ATCs.  She shares stories about them.  She'll tell of how she got this one, or who gave her that one.  She tells of what inspired her to make one this way or that.  It's a great conversation starter.

Enjoy all!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Windmill Reflection Card

I've used the Windmill Reflection stamp from the Art-Kure Timeless Britain Collection.  I put the image on a piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I punched out the image using a 3" oval paper punch.  I then colored it with Spectrum Noir markers.  

I used a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of black card stock for the base of the card.  It was folded in half -this card has a top fold. 

The colored image was attached to the center of a 3 1/2" oval piece of teal card stock.  (Note - I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach all the pieces in this project.)  This was then centered and attached to a 3 3/4" x 2 3/4" piece of black card stock.  This layered piece was then attached to a 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" piece of tan card stock.

Before attaching this layered piece to the card base, I used a 1/16" hole punch to punch three holes near the bottom right corner of the tan card stock.  I put small black brads in these holes.  I used that same hole punch to punch a hole into the top left area of the teal oval.  I punched there because the brad's "legs" were on the right side of the dragonfly.  I wanted the dragonfly to rest partially on the black card stock and partially on the ovals.  (Please refer to the photo for placement of the brads.)

After the decorations had been placed on the layered piece, I then attached it to the card base.

Done!!  Another quick and easy card.  Did I ever tell you all how much I like quick and easy?  LOL!!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Birthday Bear Box

Let's just get right down to the details of this project, shall we?

First, I placed the main image from the Meadow Cottage Bears - Happy Birthday set on ultra smooth premium cardstock - twice.  I colored one of my images with Spectrum Noir markers.  I used fine line markers to color in the tiny details of the cards.  I cut this card stock to 3 1/2" x 4".  Then, I  ran around the edge of the image with a blue marker I'd used in the big bow.

One the other image, I colored the ribbon on the small bear; the front of the card the large bear is holding and the large bear's paw; and the bow from the large bear.  I "fussy cut" these out with a craft knife.  Note - the front of the card and the bear's paw should be cut out together.  I attached the small bear's bow with just a tiny bit of 3-D Crystal Lacquer around the neck area.  I curled up the ribbon at the bottom just a little bit.

I used double-sided adhesive foam to pop-up the card front and paw as well as the bow on the large bear. 

Next, I used my Ultimate Tool to make a box.  I used a 6 1/2" x 7" heavy weight white card stock.  I put this piece on the tool where you score the base of your box.  I scored all sides at the 1 1/2" line.  I notched the corners and glued to form the base of the box.

I used a 5 1/2" x 6" piece of red card stock to make the lid for the box.  I scored all four sides at the 1" line on the box top area of the tool.  Then, I scored in a scallop around the edges of the top.  I notched the corners and glued to form the lid.  After it was dry, I used a 1/8" hole punch to put a hole under the middle of each scallop.  I used a 1/16" punch to place a hole where the scallops met.  (Please see photo for placement of punched holes.)

I  glued the finished image piece to the top of the box.

Now, the birthday bear box is ready to fill with chocolates or a gift card or jewelry.  I would like to receive a box like this with a little gift in it.  Wouldn't you?

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Bon Anniversaire! (Happy Birthday!)

This birthday card starts with pink Pearlescent Card Stock.  I used a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece that I folded in half.  This card has a side fold.

I also used a 3 3/4" x 5 7/8" piece of blue violet Pearlescent Paper.  I used a border punch across the 2 shorter sides of this paper.  (Note:  You may have to play around with this some depending on the punch you use.)  Attach this punched paper to the front of the card with Extra Strong Permanent Tape

I used images from the Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Scenic - French 50's Cafe set.  Please refer to the photo of the card to see where I placed my images.  I put them on a 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  Can't find a butterfly in that set?  LOL!!  Look closer ... I used the glasses image!  I just crossed it on itself! 

I used the Spectrum Noir makers to color in the flowers.  I also used a marker to color in the butterfly.  I used the chisel tip to put blocks of color in the wings.

Then, I used a black marker to draw in the blocks.  I also added antennae to the butterfly.  I then attached this to the front of the card.

To finish off the card, I added gem stones to the ends of the butterfly wings and to the centers of the flowers.

Another quick and easy card done and ready to send.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Friday, June 1, 2012

Week four's winner is ...

terriavidreader (IN-USA)May 23, 2012 9:58 AM
"Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!
This has been a fab month of giveaways!!!"

You have won the CleverCut 3-in-1 Mini Paper Trimmer

from Crafter's Companion and me!

I need you to email me your full name and mailing address no later than 6:00pm ET, on June 6, 2012.  If I do not receive the information, you will forfeit your prize and another winner will be drawn. 


Be sure to let us know how you like your prize!!