Tuesday, March 31, 2015

With Sympathy

Sympathy cards are horrible ones to make.  First of all, it's not a card you want to HAVE to make, and secondly, there is a bit of balancing act in making a card that's interesting to look at, and still respectful.

For this card I used the DCWV White Fern 6x6 stack - edging all of the papers with Prima Chalk ink in Shabby Tote.  I paired the papers with a stamp from Kaisercraft that I heat embossed in silver.  I used a bit of cream ribbon and some lace from my stash, along with some Iamroses rosebuds and a Recollections white rose.  A few pearl from my stash completed the card front.

I used another of the sentiments from the same set on the inside of the card, and left it with just the pretty papers as decoration.  

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Shake, Shake, Shake!

It's that time again!  Time for another challenge over at 613 Avenue Create!  This time around, the OPTIONAL twist to our anything goes challenge, is to use purple or a purple ribbon in your project, in honor of Purple Day (March 26th) for Epilepsy Awareness.

I was excited to work with The Cutting Cafe again!  It's so much fun to get some new shapes to use on my Silhouette, and boy did I use them!!!

We were able to use the 13 Shaker Card Templates and Cutting Files.  I used 3 of these files to create my projects today.   These files aren't just for shaker CARDS - the shakers you can cut with these files can be used for other things, and I wanted to show you some awesome things you could create - other than cards!

Project 1 (and a bonus project): Using the Single Butterfly Shaker

I cut the butterfly shapes from a sheet of Graphic 45 Secret Garden paper, lavender card stock, clear acetate, and some purple fun foam.  Before assembling the shakers, I sprayed the card stock (which would become the back of the shaker box) with some Recollections silver color spray, and some homemade clear sparkle spray. The butterfly shapes also come with a body and antenna shapes, but I chose to leave them off of my butterflies. 

I assembled the shakers using silver seed beads for the filler.  I used some white opal Liquid Pearls to dot some pearls onto the outer edges of the butterfly wing.  Once dry, I glued my butterflies onto a half of a paper straw (I cut the straw in half with a craft knife).

I also wanted to use the centers of the butterfly frame that makes up the top of the shakers.  I glittered up the edges of the small butterflies with some purple glitter glue, and then added some pearl flower centers and some pink roses from Michael's to them.  I strung them on some hemp twine and then poked holes through a couple of full length paper straws before threading the end of the twine through and tying it off.  


Project 2: Using the Jar Shaker

This was a super quick and easy project that makes a fun tag to add to a jar of something homemade and yummy!  I printed out a strawberry background from Free Vintage Digital Stamps, and cut my shapes from that, white card stock, and some acetate.  Before assembling, I used pearl and silver embossing powders on the jar frame and lid pieces.  I also heat embossed a sentiment from a stamp from Papertrey Ink (a portion was masked off) onto the background.  I used a small strip of the strawberry printed paper to cover the foam on the outside of the shaker.  The sequins used were from my stash.  

To finish off the project, I used a cupcake liner to cover the lid of my jam jar, and a bit of twine I had to tie the tag to the jar.  The back of the shaker tag is blank to allow me to write a message to the recipient.

Project 3: Using the Star Shaker

My final project was made using a 5/8" x 12" plastic tube, some super yummy Sixlet candies, yellow polka dot paper, yellow cardstock, liquid pearls in gold, and some sketchy swirl stamps heat embossed in gold.  

I filled the star with gold seed beads and tied some tulle to the bottom to give a "shooting star" effect. 

Be sure to stop on by for a visit at 613 Avenue Create, and check out the awesome projects my teamies created!!

Have a great day!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pocket Letter III

I know, I know.  Obsessed is pretty much the term I'm using for it.

But it's not ALL my fault :)

I posted some pictures in the Pocket Letter Pals Facebook group and had a ton of people message me wanting to swap. So I'm working my way through the list.  It isn't getting my cards made though, and I do have birthdays coming up.  So cards will be back on the docket very soon!

I have two different pocket letters to show you today.  I hope you enjoy them!

I include the photo of the little treats in the pockets as ideas.  That is one of the questions I see all the time, is what to include.  It's all optional and you do not have to include any or as much as I do.  The main point of this is a creative way to send a letter.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pocket Letter II

I have another pocket letter to share today.  This one actually was mailed out Saturday, and I have no idea if my swap partner has it yet or not (if not, it should be soon!).

I only do one pocket letter at a time - no assembly line of pages.  However, there are some elements that I have been using over and over in pages.  Similar stamps, similarly styled cards, and particular die cuts.  I do try to make each letter unique even while using similar elements..

Also, I decorate the backs of my pockets as well as the fronts.  It's just me, but I prefer that when the "treats" are removed, the page still be decorative.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

My first Pocket Letter

Have you heard about this whole Pocket Letter craze?  It's kind of this whole pocket page-esque letter to a pen pal started by Janette Lane, and it's all over the place - Instagram, YouTube, blogs....it's really, really, fun too!  You fill the pockets of a trading card page protector with cards/decorations and some small goodies.

One of the crafty websites I'm on is having a challenge to create a pocket letter that will then be exchanged with someone (we don't know who until the end of the challenge).  I've been seeing quite a few of these pages, so I wanted to give it a shot.  I used my absolutely favorite paper pack (My Mind's Eye In Bloom), along with a variety of stamps from my stash and a TON of gold embossing powder, to make my page.

I made a video walking through each pocket (front and back).  There's also links in the video description over on Youtube to a few videos explaining pocket letters a bit more.  

Thanks for stopping by!