Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trendy Bow Card

Bows seem to be trendy these days and when I saw this 3d bow on the SOS I thought I had to get it and make a card with it. I really wanted something trendy and classic so pink and black color combo came to my mind. This card is super easy to make, here is the instructions:

Determine size, I decided I wanted a big card, at 5x7
Find a cute bracket shape, whatever you think would be cute for the black background, cut it, I think I got two on a 12x12 sheet

Cute the bow to the length of the card. I used the base part of the ribbon as my guide, I (used basic grey pink paper) staple the bow together, then glue the small cover around the bow and then add some small rhinestones to it. and then add a sentiment if you want to.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thank You Card Set

a set of 8 Thank you cards are a nice gift to give to a couple that is getting married.

The card measure 5x7, so I was able to emboss some purple card stock, and use that as a simple back ground. The brown paper were just scraps from a different project that works well for this card. I cut out the Thank you shape on my Silhouette and stamped the Thank you. pretty easy and fun to do. I left the card simple so if the couple wanted to they had room to put a picture of them on the front of the card.

Printed and water color Sketched Birthday card

Yep at it again with a printed sketched card, I really like how easy and simple they are. the first picture is pastel, it gives it a more lighter look. I liked it but I wanted something with more life and color to it, so water color pencils came to mind, and I am very happy with the effect it has.

it's a simple card, the hardest part for me was to let the color flow from one candle and cup cake to the next, I wanted something that would tie in all the colors and not make it feel so over power with lots of different colors, so I used a lot of light and dark mono tones with complementary colors to hold it together.

Perfect for a simple Happy Birthday note to a friend or a co worker.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

sketched Thank you

 What a super easy way to make a thank you note card, let Silhouette do all the work! choose a cute back ground and let the sketch pen holder with your favorite pen do all the work. I loved the Metallic blue ink from the pen I used for the card,  I used these cards for my baby shower I thought it was perfect for the little baby shower my besties gave me for my sweet baby Harrison.

Gate Fold Butterfly Card

I love butterflies and flourishes so when I found this super cute paper from DCWV I was smitten. it's a pretty easy card, I made the butterfly in the designer studio. basically I put a scalloped frame around the butter fly, and then cut it out. then cut out a frame that is the same size of the butterfly frame in a different paper, added pop dots to the butterfly frame and inked it then stuck it to the back frame for depth. then tied a ribbon on, and called it done!  I also cut out the gate fold card from an SOS file, one of the ones that were on clearance then inked the edges

Gate fold cards are always so nice, I feel like it gives more of a formal and sweetness to the card that regular folded cards give.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

sketched flowers

I asked on a Face Book group why every one loves copic markers and if they prefer the markers over water color pencils, I couldn't bring my self to buy $3 for a marker, when my amazing Prisma Color Pencils and Water color pencils would do just the same, but for a fraction of the cost. I got a 50/50 split so apparently there isn't a right or wrong way to color in a stamped image or in my case a print sketched image I bought from the SOS.  Yep I cheated and printed out the sketch image on my inkjet printer. I loved the results. the main thing that you have to do is make sure  your line is at .pt or more and it will print. these card were easy. here's my instructions

find or design a sketch design for your card. make sure your line thickness in designer studio is at lest .5 pt or higher. I then did 2 up on an 8.5x11 piece of card stock. Print. (note you are not using your silhouette for any cutting.) I used my paper cuter to cut, which was easier to do then to run it through my Silhouette for one cut.

Cut and score the cards, and round the corners if you want.

On to the coloring. The blue flower card I used shimmer pastels, I used a lighter blue for a base color and then went in with a purple to make the colors pop, and give it some depth. I did the same for the leaves, starting with a lighter green and moving into a deeper darker green of shimmer pastels.  for the Red and Yellow I started with a lighter color and then went into a darker color. Remembering that you can always add to color but can't take away any.

I think these cards are just perfect for little note cards for thanks and thinking of you. I love being able to color a whole bunch at a time, I feel whole while doing these. And who gets a hand colored card anymore? They are just perfect!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bottle Cap magnets

Don't you just love easy simple projects that wow you, well this is one that wowed me, I have fell in love with UTEE Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel by Ranger. it's a 3 step process that takes about 5 min. 1 more step for putting on the magnets.Super easy.

I did purchase the bottle cap stickers and the bottle caps from Hobby Lobby. however if you wanted different ones you can use a 1 inch circle punch for the inside of the bottle cap. Also I love the melting pot, I am just starting to play with it and I am amazed at what all you can do with it. If you are a crafter this should be in your with your tools.

Here is the Tutorial I used.

paper flower arrangement

 Did you know that the Silhouette online store has a ton of 3d flowers to use? I love them. I could spend all my nap times making these cute flowers... but then I remember that supper has to be made and clothes folded and baby needs to be nursed... bummer back to reality right? Really I love paper flowers, I used a lot of different paper flower shapes, too many to mention, (some are mentioned at the end.)  Little Hut has some really pretty paper flower shapes that I love, so does Jamie Cripps, and Lori Whitlock has some cute rolled flowers that I used.

I used a paper vase and cut that out of some sturdy card stock. (DCWV brand) and then found a small Styrofoam ball that fit nicely into the vase and glued that into the vase, just in so the ball suck out just a tiny bit. My goal was to cover the ball with flowers so we couldn't see it.

onto the cutting of the flowers. I have about 6 different flowers that I have saved on a file, so I can get about 6 to 9 up on a 12x12 sheet. of different flowers. Same with the rolled flowers, like the roses you see in the last picture. I cut the rolled roses at about 5 inches, and once they are rolled they work perfectly for a flower arrangement. You will have "create" the flowers, I use  hot glue and glue dots for this, lots of folding a paper sculpting, it's fun, you will need give or take 20 flowers. I inked some of the edges, and curled some of the pedals to make it look more realistic,

It was super easy to assemble after this, I just used a pearl pin to pin down the flower to the Styrofoam ball. I would use one of two of my favorite flowers at the top of the ball, my focal flower and then filled in the rest of the room with different flowers.

Onto the finish the project. I wanted a sentiment and I saw the perfect sentiment on the SOS. It was a free shape not to long ago, and it worked perfectly, I measured the space I wanted to use up for the vase and then designed and print and cut it with a cute frame around it. then add a ribbon around the vase, tape it on and then use some pop dots to add to the vase, I cover up the tape with the sentiment

Some notes that might help you:
pick out about 3 different types of paper in three color/ pattern. I used double sided paper by K and company and then medium thickness card stock.

Like I said I love making paper flowers, so when I want to make something but don't know what I will cut out flowers in the colors of the seasons and have some paper flowers handy when I need to make a gift fast. I made this in less than an hour because I had some paper flowers left over from a different project. All I needed to do was to create this wonderful gift for my Grandma C and it came together quickly.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Essential Oil mini album

I wanted to make a simple album with cute floral paper that reminds me of Essential oils, This paper from Micheals fit the project perfectly. The file I used was super easy and simple I was able to make two albums in an afternoon. The hardest part was picking out the paper to work with the album. I used some simple flower stickers to embellish it a big, I hope that the recipes I used for my Essential oils will be the focus point of this album.

for the SOS File it was Carina's Essential Album 4x6 Vertical Bracket. she uses hot glue, which I did too and enjoyed using it.

For the clasp I just used some removable poster Velcro hangers.

I love Mini albums to give as gifts to new moms, and their babies. I used Lori Whitlock's Chip Board album, You can't go wrong with this file, I use it all the time!  The front subway art that I used is the Rivka Wilkins Personalized Word Art.

The Album file is really easy to cut, I like that you can cut two pockets per 12x12 and the tags you can get 4 up on a 12x12 sheet. I then just used some simple stickers I had laying around (thanks to friends that find stickers at a sale and give them to me) to make the pages cute. I wanted to leave a lot of room for pictures and journal space for the mom to put in the album.

For the front of the album I just used some different blue ribbon taped in a loop and then used pop dots to adhere the subway art with the ribbons onto the album. pretty simple, got it done during a nap time.  

From the Silhouette online store:

Design ID #42457 
Design ID #39043 

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