Wednesday, August 29, 2012

August SFYTT

Hi everyone!  This is my first time joining in on the SFYTT challenge.  I have long admired Jen's sketches and this one is no exception.  The sponsor this month is Verve so I decided to use some of my Verve collection for this card.  Plus the recent Verve release so inspired me!
The August SFYTT sketch.  Great layers!
The designer paper I crafted with is from the Basic Grey 'pb&j' paper pad and the Verve stamps are from the 'Making a Statement' collection and the darling 'Notebook Paper' stamp.  I also used the coordinating dies for these stamps to create the flowers, frame and the sheet of paper.  Too cute!
The inside features more of the sweet 'Loopy Blooms', red ribbon and a few gems. 

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Sweet Get Well!

Hi everyone!  Get Well cards are not something I make a lot of (thankfully) but I couldn't resist when I saw this darling sentiment (see below) in the Raisin Boat Stamp set 'Sweet Treats'.  It also happens to be the title of one of my favorite songs from Mary Poppins!

I used an older I{heart}2 Stamp SFYTT sketch for this card and the layout was perfect for showcasing the cute candy stamps in this set!  Love her sketches!

The background was created using a cuttlebug embossing folder and Raisin Boat's Lollipop stamp.  I stamped all of the candy images with Memento Ink Tuxedo Black and then colored them in with Copic markers.  Sweet!  I then layered the candies on the fabulous Raisin Boat cardstock to really make them pop. 

One of my favorite things on this card is the stamping on the twill ribbon.  I used Memento Ink and it bled a little.  Staz-on or Brilliance would have probably worked better with less bleed but it still turned out terrific! Below are the Raisin Boat supplies used.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Be You!

Hi everyone!  I had time this month to join in on the Unity kit of the month challenge and it is a fun one!  I had never tried this sunburst technique so I stayed pretty true to the sketch.

The papers are from the charming 6x6 'Serendipity' pad from Basic Grey.  So many cute papers, so little time... This sunburst techinique was very easy and yet so stunning.  Expect to see more of this from me:)  I used this sweet little bike stamp and sentiment from the February 2011 KOM set. The balloons were colored with Copic markers and then topped off with Diamond Glaze for dimension. Some detailed metal embellies and red and white twine were the finishing touches.

On the inside I added a few more sunbursts and very carefully inked up and stamped only one balloon from the set!  I left it blank so I can add a sentiment later or add a personal message.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Back to School!

Hi everyone!  It's that time again. Fall has been in the air here in Colorado and kids are starting back to school.  This is the first year that I will not be buying any school supplies for my kids:(  Actually my daughter, who just graduated from college is more sad than me! 

So for my niece who will be in third grade this year, I created a mini card to help her get excited about going back to school.  This card features all Raisin Boat stamps, cardstock and supplies.  I used the super fun and versatile 'Highly Confidential' and 'You Said It' stamp sets.  I used my crop-o-dile to punch the holes in the notebook paper to give it the feel of it just being ripped out of a spiral notebook.  I also cut a few stars with MFT Die-namics star stax and added some cheery red and white twine.  The embossed background is a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

On the inside I added another notebook sheet and wrote a simple message.  This cute little card will be sent to her with some of the supplies she needs for her school year.  At least I can get my fix that way!  Below are the Raisin Boat supplies I used.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

'C'ing Love

Hi everyone!  I created this home decor piece a while back but since it is one of my favorite things in my home, I thought I would share it with you.  This paper mache 'C' is from Hobby Lobby and stands approximately 9 inches tall. In case you're wondering, my last name is Chaussee, hence the 'C'.

Since my last name is French I wanted to play a little on that theme so I decided to use the antiqued fleur-de-lis and checkered paper. The tag features Stampin Up! stamps 'Dreams du jour' and 'En Francais'  both of which have French names, but purely coincidental!  I cut the tag with my Cricut and secured it around the letter with a piece of ribbon (and a little glue).

The rose and leaves were handcut out of patterned paper and then painted with Shimmerz Pearlz paints.  The rose to match the ink that I stamped with and the leaves in an iridescent pearl.  I simply glued the rose and leaves on the letter for a little accent.  This hangs in the entryway of my home and adds a sweet touch.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Raisin Boat Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone!  It's time again for another Raisin Boat Challenge. This challenge we had a great sketch to work with. I love working with sketches because it makes cards go together so quickly. 

This super sketch was designed by one of our Crew Team members, the talented Melissa Craig!  It is so versatile and you can create tons of great cards with this one.

As you can see, I stayed true to the designed sketch. I created another wedding card and  I enjoyed the scored look of my last wedding card so much that I decided to do it again -this time on a smaller scale. All of the supplies for this card are from Raisin Boat with the exception of the Martha Stewart border punch. I used the 'Damask Elegance' stamp set and I have to say this set is going to be one of my favorites!  It has the most gorgeous images and great sentiments for wedding and elegant cards.  Of course, I had to add some jewels and pearls for that wedding touch.

The inside features more of the 'Damask Elegance' images and sentiments and another Martha Stewart border.  A beautiful and lovely wedding card.

Raisin Boat supplies used:

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Goin' Places!

Hi everyone.  Our son just recently moved and it inspired me to create a fun and interesting way to announce a change of address.  This clever tag fits the bill and could be hand delivered or mailed (if you want people to know where you have moved to!).

All of the stamps, cardstock, ribbon and ink are from Raisin Boat.  The tag itself was cut using my Cricut and the 'Tags, bags, boxes and more' cartridge and the new address ticket is a die from My Favorite Things.  I used two different stamps sets from Raisin Boat- 'Big Rig Party' and 'Going in Circles'.  The big rig was stamped and then cut out and attached to the tag leaving a small pocket  to slide the change of address ticket in and out.

Here is the new address ticket pulled out but it stays attached with a piece of twine.  Super cute and a fun way to announce your move!

Here are the Raisin Boat supplies used:

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Pumpkin Power!

Hi everyone!  I know it's only August but Halloween is right around the corner and will be here before you know it.  Since I have started creating some Halloween crafts, I thought I would show you a tutorial on a home decor project that is super easy, fairly quick and very charming.
These darling pumpkins are crafted with cardstock, stamps and a little ribbon and glue.  Follow the steps below and you too can have some of these cuties in your house for Halloween!

Festive Pumpkin Tutorial

The supplies you need are: cardstock, stamps, ink, adhesive, brads and ribbon.
You will also need a tool to punch holes in the cardstock and a glue gun comes in very handy.  All of the cardstock, stamps, ink and ribbon are from Raisin Boat Stamps.

Cut 8 strips of cardstock for each color you are using. I chose to triple stack my strips but you can make the pumpkin using one or two strips.
I cut all of my strips 8 inches in length. The widest strip is 1 1/4 in., the next strip is 1 1/8 in. and the thinnest is 1 in.  Depending on how large or small you want your pumpkin, you can vary the length and width of the strips. The smaller pumpkin strips are 6 inches in length and 3/4 in. wide.

You can stamp the strips with images of your choice. All of the images I used are from Raisin Boat Stamps. I used 'PolkaDots' and 'Need for Tweed' backgrounds and the 'Haunting Potions' set.

I have also made these pumpkins using only patterned paper- very cute too!

Once the strips are stamped they need to be adhered together using adhesive. The widest strip will be on bottom and the thinnest on top. I suggest using a thin adhesive as these strips will need to bend.

Each strip needs to have a hole on each end. This will allow for a brad to hold all of the strips together.  I used a Crop-a-dile but any small hole punch would work. The orange circle is cut from cardstock and will be adhered to the bottom of the pumpkin to hold the strips in place and for extra stability.

Arrange the strips in the order you would like and then attach together using a brad on one end.  Having only one end attached makes it easier to assemble the pumpkin.

Starting with either the inside or outside strip, pull the strips apart and curve them outward as shown in the picture above.  Do this until all strips are curved and you have a round shape.  Secure this end with a brad.

I like to press down on the round shape and flatten it a bit and give it more of a pumpkin shape. Work with the pumpkin moving the strips and pressing down on it until you are satisfied with how it looks.

Now to embellish the top of the pumpkin!
You can curl grosgrain ribbon by wrapping it around a cylinder, in this case a pencil, and then heat it with a heat gun. Make sure you heat all sides and then let it cool completely before removing it from the pencil.  Also, be careful to not burn your fingers!

Here is the ribbon cooled and curled along with some die cut leaves from MFT Die-namics Royal Leaves.

I attached the ribbon and leaves using my glue gun but I am sure you could use other adhesive. I glued them right to the brad but you could craft a 'stem' for the top also.

 The finished product!
I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and I hope it inspires you to create some Halloween decor for your home.

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