Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Papercraft Star 119


Hello !  I am back from vacation with Papercraft Star's challenge this week ...

A Warm Beverage !

Doesn't this look oh so tasty !

I nearly went the Christmas route, but instead chose coffee as my beverage of choice.  This is just that time of year when any kind of hot drink is welcoming.  AND nothing smells better than coffee brewing in a cozy warm kitchen.

Hope you will join us this week with your favorite hot drink !!

Oops, I also meant to include a couple photos of my gorgeous talented daughter, Brie ...


and won the women's division of
The Player's Championship
the following day

Card stock - Coredinations
Design Paper - Bo Bunny, My Mind's Eye
Alpha letters - Cosmo Cricket
Punches - ek success, Martha Stewart
Cup image - I am embarrassed to say I don't know, sorry
Doily, ribbon, button, twine - stash


Monday, October 29, 2012

The Kraft Journal - Bangles and Bows


The challenge this week at The Kraft Journal is ...

Bangles and Bows !

What a fun challenge, and the opportunity to do a little jewelry making too !

Here is my take this week...

and once the tag is taken from the little pocket ...

Cute sentiment !

I have been busy making candy, so a chocolate colored card was definitely in the works for this challenge !  I began with a Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card, and adhered some Black and Kraft Card Stock design paper.  I added some tape, a stamped sentiment and popped up some matted design paper for a pocket.  Into the pocket I slipped a Small Kraft Shipping Tag, on which I finished the sentiment, and added a little pin along with some seam binding.  I completed the card with a lightly inked rose, some Natural Hemp Cord tied in a bow, and a bauble of beads, which can be detached and added to a purse zipper pull.  Some  dark pearls have been added at each corner. 

Oh, and I did color the flowers with Copics.

Other design paper - Creative Imaginations
Tape and flower - Recollections
Sentiment background on tag - K & Co.
Pin - Tim Holtz
Brad/pin - Karen Foster
Pearls - Recollections
Ink - Ranger
Sentiment - Hot Off the Press
Ribbon - Hug Snug seam binding
Beads - stash 


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Papercraft Star Challenge 118

I love Halloween !

Not just the fun decorating part, or the kiddies coming to the door ...

I just love that fun scariness, just enough to give our little Spencer a thrill ...

At Papercraft Star this week our theme is

A Halloween Witch

Very frightening, lol.

Hope to see you at Papercraft Star this week !!

Card stock - Recollections
Design Paper - Fancypantsdesigns
Stamp - Studio g
Vial - Tim Holtz
Punch - ek success
Other Edging - Hot off the press
Label - 7 Gypsies
Beads and fiber - stash


Monday, October 22, 2012

The Kraft Journal 93 - Inside & Out


This week at The Kraft Journal ...

Inside and Out !

I love pockets and tags, and combined the two for this fun fun challenge !

The exterior began as a Brown Kraft Note Card envelope.  After sealing the envelope, I cut the short side down, punched a half circle and turned it into a pocket for the tag.  I punched some design paper, and added it to the "pocket", along with silk ribbon, and a button attached with some Earthy Hemp Cord.  I completed the exterior with a mounted Seasonal Salvaged Sticker,  a cute Tiny Colored Wooden Clothespin, and some ink.  The tag began life as a Large Manila Shipping Tag backed with some design paper, and heavily inked.  I included some tape, a journaling card, some fiber and topped it with a heavily embossed grungy skull.  I included some Savannah seam binding at the top, along with more Earthy Hemp Cord.  I encased the "poison" in tape, and added an eyelet, along with a cute brad to finish the tag.

 What a fun challenge this was !  Come and play with us this week at The Kraft Journal - there are prizes to be won !

From the Kraft Outlet - Kraft Envelope, Earthy Hemp Cord, Seasonal Salvaged Sticker, Colored Wooden Clothespin, Manila Shipping tag, and Savannah Seam Binding

Design Paper - Authentique
Punch - Martha Stewart
Tape - Tim Holtz
Journaling card, and poison - K & Co
Brad - Bo Bunny
Skull - Tim Holtz
Ink - Ranger
Silk ribbon, button, fiber - stash


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Papercraft Star 117 - A Pumpkin !


Papercraft Star's challenge this week is ...


What a fun picture !

Well I strayed - it ended up being all about the bat in the picture, with just a couple of pumpkins stamped on the dp.

But, I am sure no one will mind !

I have made so many Halloween cards this year, and I am not done posting them even yet !

Another easy peasy challenge - come on along and play with our design team this week !!!  They have posted some really terrific cards !

Other Challenges -
Simon Says Stamp - Eerie inspiration
Kaboodle Doodles - pumpkin patch or anything fall

Card stock - My Mind's Eye
Design Paper, & Bat brad - My Mind's Eye
Bat sticker and October image - K & Co
Oval - Creative Imaginations
boo - Cosmo Cricket letters
Pumpkin stamp - Inkadinkado
Ink - Ranger
Ribbon, hemp, button - stash


Monday, October 15, 2012

The Kraft Journal - Ink it Up


This week at The Kraft Journal our challenge is ...

Ink It Up !!

Well I think I ink just about everything.  

I began with a Lunch Bag Kraft Blank Note Card, then adhered my design paper.  I added a bow from Victorian Seam binding, and included a button laced with some  Earthy Hemp Cord.  The tree was fussy cut from Corrugated Kraft Paper and wrapped with more Earthy Hemp Cord.  I finished it off with a sentiment, a die cut snowflake, lots of ink, and some distress embossing powder.

This is one of the easiest challenges EVER - stop by and join in with us The Kraft Journal this week !

From the Kraft Outlet - Card stock, seam binding, hemp cord, and corrugated paper.

Design Paper - Kaisercraft, Cosmo Cricket
Sentiment - Flower Soft
Ink - Mixed Media Color Box, Ranger
TH snowflake die cut
Distress embossing powder


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Papercraft Star 116 - Fall Colors


Papercraft Star 116 has a theme this week - fall colors !

One of my most favorite challenges each year, and I make a few cards with just these colors.  Check out this inspirational picture ...

People often use the term "glorious" when they talk about the incredible colors of the fall season.  We don't have quite the vibrant tree colors here in Oregon as we did when I lived in Minnesota, but all the same, a few peek through those evergreen trees !!

I made my own felt flowers, and that funny leaf doily I found in a package at the Dollar Store !

Everyone plans for fall color cards - I know you do too.  Why not link up with us at Papercraft Star this week - we would love to have you !!

Card stock - DCWV
Design Paper - Bo Bunny
Bird sticker - K & Co
Stickles and Ink - Ranger
Raffia - Stash
Felt flowers - hand made


Tutorial for TKJ - Men's Cards


Here is my tutorial for this month at The Kraft Journal.

More making cards for men ...

Fonts – chose an easy to read, print font.  Cursive fonts, unless very simple, are too “fancy” – just ask him !

Paper – Graphic 45 has the most fabulous paper for men, and you will usually find it on the “B” side.  A good decision maker for you is, does this look like a formal tie ?  If it does, it will work for a more formal type card.  On the other hand, does it look like a flannel shirt ?  If so, it would probably be a great choice for a more casual card.  If you have or find paper that reflects his hobbies or interests, it will be manly already.  

Ribbon – a dark formal type ribbon could be used but skip the bow !  You may try a knot in the middle, or the two ends tied in a knot, or just add a simple ribbon across the card either direction.  You can however use a small bow if you are using hemp or jewelry cording, think of shoe lace bows.

Distressing – if your guy is like mine, he has some old blue jeans he lives in.  Coredinations offers a huge choice in colors, and cores of different colors.  Kraft and brown always show up as a distressed choice for men - think of worn wallets, pockets, belts, driving gloves and Hush Puppies.

Stamps & Digitals – you really don’t have to look too hard to find stamps and digital images for men.  Again, stay with a simple font for your sentiment.  Skip the cutsey animals and children, and botanicals, unless you are looking at a good sturdy tree.  You won’t have difficulties if you stick with the same ideas that you see in men’s advertising – sports and the outdoors, if he truly likes those things already.

Here is a Halloween card for a guy – note the distressing, the striped “tie” paper, the worn wallet paper framing the skeletal image, the skull & crossbones design paper, the “sports” ticket, and the simple sentiment font. From last month’s tutorial, I worked from a straight foreward sketch, with sharp right angles. I also used some recycled packaging and an old shower scrubby to evoke more of a “used and comfortable” feeling, and to add some texture.

Next month we will conclude this mini-series with a raft of fun embellishments for guys !  

From The Kraft Outlet - Lunch bag notecard, black & kraft background paper, Halloween sticker, and ticket.

Digital "wallet" paper - Designer Digitals
Design Paper - Bo Bunny
Ink - Ranger
Sentiment - Reminisce
Brads - stash
Recycled packaging framing the sticker, and recycled shower scrubby, cut and painted 



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

It still looks like summer here !


It may still look like summer here, but that did not stop Dom and Spencer from doing their Halloween/Thanksgiving/Fall decorating on the front porch !

A few scary things mixed in with fall ...

Hey I missed that witch, can you see her hand on her broom ?

Spencer put a rat right in the middle, can you see it ?
Will it scare anyone ?

The fall tree will be up in a couple of days ...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Have a good time


Here is the challenge at City Crafter this week ...

Can you believe Linda took this photo herself - she has so much talent !

And here is my autumn take on those great colors...

And Happy Birthday to my one and only Daughter !!

Card Stock - Bazzill
Design Paper - Bo Bunny
Stamp - Stampin' Up
Leaves - The Dollar Store
Flower & Yellow Card Stock - Recollections
Bling, Brad, Jewelry Cording - stash
Sentiment - American Crafts


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Papercraft Star 115 - Anything goes


Papercraft Star opens today, Anything Goes !!

Everyone loves these challenges !  No limits.

Here is a card I made long ago, but never posted it anywhere.

Yup, straight out of my Orphan File.

If you have an Orphan File like I do, you already have something for our challenge this week.  Link it up, we would love it if you !!

Card stock - DCWV
Design Paper - DCWV, My Mind's Eye
Brads - My Mind's Eye
Ribbon - stash
Stamp - Recollections
Ink - Ranger


Monday, October 1, 2012

The Kraft Journal 90


The Kraft Journal's theme this week is "go quick as a bunny."

I was surprised at how very few bunny things I had, and when I went out to look for paper or stickers or something, I didn't find a thing.  

But, I did have one perfect image for the fall - and I chose to use the sentiment "button up", so I could use more fall paper !

I began with a Brown Kraft Blank Notecard, and adhered some design paper and paper ribbon.  I then added some brown silk ribbon, and two Dollar Store leaves.  The base for the tag came from both a Town Square Journaling Card, and a Large Kraft Shipping Tag.  I added a button to the image, threaded with some Earthy Hemp Cord, and completed my "Button UP" sentiment with a Chit Chat Word Sticker.  To finish, I drizzled the edges with orange stickles.  

Isn't that image so perfect !  It came from theHouseAcrosstheBay etsy store.

I had a fun time making this - I hope that shows ! 

Link up with us at The Kraft Journal this week !!

from the Kraft Outlet - notecard, tag, journaling card, hemp, sticker

Design Paper - Recollections, Bo Bunny
Bunny image - theHouseAcrosstheBay etsy shop
Leaves - Dollar Store
Ink & stickles - Ranger
Brown ribbons & button - stash