Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Papercraft Star 130 - Frame


Papercraft Star, this week, has a frame theme !

I thought these pink frames were so valentine !

Sometimes we agonize over our cards, and sometimes, like this one, they make themselves !!

Hope to see you this week at Papercraft Star !!

Card stock - Coredinations
Design Paper - Authentique
Ticket - Made by Janet
Flower - Recollections
Ink - Mix'd Media
Brad - My Mind's Eye
Frame, ribbon, lace, jewelry cording, button - stash


Monday, January 28, 2013

TKJ - Nothing but Kraft


The Kraft Journal's challenge this week is ...

Nothing but Kraft !

It was fun to make a Valentine using just kraft, a little challenging too !!

My nontraditional Valentine began life as a Brown Kraft Note Card.  I adhered more edge punched heart kraft design paper, and a Kraft Cardstock die cut heart.  Atop the heart is a bow made from Typewriter Satin Ribbon, with a button tied with Natural Hemp Cord.  The sentiment includes a die cut background cut from more Kraft Cardstock, covered with a Brown Kraft Oval Label, and a sentiment from the Love Ink Rubbing Sheet.  The card was finished with white ink around the edges.  

What a fun challenge this was !  Hope to see your entry at the Kraft Journal this week.

Supplies from Kraft Outlet are shown linked above
Other Supplies:
Design Paper - Recollections
Punches - Martha Stewart, ek success
Button - Stash
Ink - Mix'd Media


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sunglasses on


Well - it has been quite awhile since I made a card for challenges other than the DT's I am on, and today is the day !

This little valentine is going to

City Crafter - Heart
365 Cards - Sweet

Real easy card to make, turned out well I think.

Card stock - K & Co
Design Paper - Authentique
Postcard - Graphic 45
Ink - Ranger
Girl and hearts - K & Co
Punch - Fiskars
Ribbon - stash



Papercraft Star 129 - Buttons !


Here is our picture inspiration this week at 
Papercraft Star !!

It is so easy to add a button, or buttons to a card, and I think it generally gives a card some depth, and some personality !

Here is mine ...

I love bright colors, but I never wear them, and I hardly ever use them on my cards.  Hmmmm....

I think I may give this little cupcake to MY little cupcake, Spencer.

He dearly loves to make valentines.

Card stock - Recollections
Design Paper - doodlebug design
Ribbon - Bo Bunny
Tickets - K & Co
Jewelry cording - stash


Monday, January 21, 2013

TKJ - Punch it Out


This week at The Kraft Journal our challenge is

Punch it Out !

Very fun to think of all the possibilities !!

I always begin with a note card - this time I used a Buff Ivory Blank Note Card which I cut down to 5x5.  I adhered some design paper, and then another layer of design paper,  on which I used a Martha Stewart punch around the page, to fulfill this week's challenge, Punch it Out !  I attached a Journaling Ticket, with a Kiss sentiment from the Love Ink Rubbing Sheet, a heart brad, and a flower tied up with some Natural Hemp Cord.  A flair surrounds the journaling ticket, and the card is completed with a valentine clown.

All items from The Kraft Outlet are linked above.
Other supplies:
Design Paper - Recollections, Bo Bunny
Clown image - K & Co
Flower - Recollections
Brad - Eyelet Outlet


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

White on White - 128 PCS


Here is our wonderful inspirational photo this week at Papercraft Star ...

Our challenge is White on White !!

Here is the card I made ...

I always use baby wipes to clean my stamps, but once in a while the box runs dry before I can use it all.  So, that is the background here.

I am thinking I might use this for a wedding or a wedding shower, or maybe just a mid-week pick-me-up for a special friend.

Card Stock - Recollections
Martha Stewart Punch
Die - Sizzix
Pearls - stash
Fiber - Dry baby wipe


Monday, January 14, 2013

The Kraft Journal 104 - Use Scraps


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

Use Your Scraps !

And I have a whole lot of those - don't you ?

My card began with a brown Kraft Blank Note Card.  I layered some design paper on top, and added a little pocket, attached with Washi tape - tape measure and staples.  The three tickets, from the Adage Ticket book were inked and attached, one with a Hinge Clip.     The sentiment was included in the Ephemera labels and inserted into an Antique Silver Label holder.  The card was finished with a wrap of Earthy Hemp Cord and a metal token.  

 People need encouragement when they are attempting something new.  A few people just jump right in, but most think they really aren't talented in that particular area.  Really though, what it takes is time. Doing something over and over, experimenting, reading about the hobby, going to classes.  And isn't it funny how after one has done all that, they find they have talent !!  Yup.  So if you are feeling discouraged about your work, keep trying.  Only one in a zillion has a natural affinity - everyone else had to work at it.  And in the end, it is always worth it.

Supplies included above provide links to The Kraft Outlet.
Other supplies ...
Design Paper - Bo Bunny
Token - Tim Holtz
Ink - Ranger Distress
Brads - stash


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Papercraft Star 127 - Picture Inspiration


At Papercraft Star this week we have this terrific photo for inspiration ...

I love love love this.  

and here is my contribution to the design team this week ...

This is one of the stamps I picked up cheap at the after Christmas sales, but I also bought it with this challenge in mind.  Usually my cards kind of make themselves, meaning I don't often have an end result completely in mind.  Not this one though, and it turned out exactly right !

Card stock - Recollections
Design Paper - Creative Imaginations
Stamp - Impression Obsession
Metal Corners - Momento
Ribbon - stash


The Kraft Journal - Lightbox tutorial


This week at The Kraft Journal I have a tutorial about making the easiest photo light box EVER.
I made this in less than 10 minutes, including taking the photos.  It doesn't look like much, but it works, and you already have all the items you need on hand !

1) An old cardboard box
2) A box knife
3) Tape
4) 2 pieces of tissue paper
5) 1 piece of foam board

First, cut off all the flaps on the box with your box knife.

Next, cut a square on one side of the box.  No need to be pretty here, even or straight.

Cut another square on the opposite side, and a rectangle on top.

Cut the tissue into the 3 pieces that already have a fold.  Use one third on the top, and tape it down.

This is how mine looks from the inside looking up to the top.
Tape tissue over the two squares on the sides.

Pop in a piece of flexible foam board.

Now, believe it or not, you are ready for the actual photo of your card.

This is the "before" picture !

After the photo has been cropped, it will look like the above.  I used all natural light, but you can use flashlights propped outside the sides of the box if you are taking a photo in the evening.  Again, you haven't made anything real gorgeous here, but it is quick to make, does the job and it is (nearly) completely free !

Hope that will make your photography just a little easier !


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

they come and go


Happy New Year !!

I haven't done any challenges other than the design teams I am on, not for a very long time !

At Christmas time, my girlfriends and sisters-in-law take all of the cards I have made during the year, all that I haven't given away that is !  So today, when I needed a thank you card for a hostess gift, well, that cupboard was bare.

So I popped over to City Crafter to check out their theme this week, which is 

vintage boy or girl.

and here is my card ...

The vintage children are on the design paper, which I now realize is not as clear as in real life, of course !

Card stock - Coredinations
Design Paper - Melissa Frances, Creative Imaginations
Flower and bling - Recollections
Stamp - Hero Arts
Ink - Ranger, Versafine
Ribbon, jewelry cording - stash


Papercraft Star 126


Papercraft Star's challenge this week is ...

your favorite project from 2012

I had a lot of things I really loved that I did last year.  Oh, and of course, while reviewing I saw a couple that made me cringe, lol. I keep telling myself that means I am growing.

Here is one that I really really loved, though no one else shared my enthusiasm for it !  But, art should be expressing ourselves, and not for others, right ?

This is just about one of the easiest challenges you could imagine.  Hope we will see you at Papercraft Star this week, showing off your very favorite !!

Cardstock - DCWV
Design Paper - Creative Imaginations
Punch - Martha Stewart PATP
Flowers - Recollections
Stamp - TPC
Ink - Ranger Distress
Ribbon - Hug Snug seam binding
Jewelry cording - stash
Stickles - Tim Holtz