Monday, July 28, 2014

9th Birthday wishes

This is for my BFF's youngest.  I finally got to break out the Just Add Cake DSP I got on clearance from SU.  The inspiration for this card comes from one found on
The base is Peach Parfait with layers of Early Espresso, Whisper White, So Saffron and the Just Add Cake paper.  I cut my base as an A2 card with a top fold.  I stamped the background in Pumpkin Pie using the new SU photopolymer Endless Birthday Wishes.  The Whisper White is punched using the scalloped border punch and the Early Espresso is embossed using the new large polka dot folder from SU.  I added a bit of stitching with my sewing machine.  The number is cut using the Cricut Don Juan cartridge with the shadow feature.  The tiny tag is cut with a scrap of Peach Parfait using a super cute Quik kutz tiny ticket die I found on clearance at Michael's for around a dollar.  Can't beat that, right?  I stamped a little mustache (one of a pair of stamps from the dollar bin) in Pumpkin Pie and wrote the name in white gel pen over top, adding it to the number with some white embroidery floss I had sitting around.  The sentiment is also from Endless Birthday Wishes and stamped in Early Espresso and Wild Wasabi.  Thanks for looking!  April

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

clipboard gift set

So, it's time to restock my gift box.  I make several different items over the year to store for Christmas and end of school year gifts.  It makes my life so much easier to grab the box and have the kids choose items they want to give and filling special request doesn't stress me because the kids often love what's already there.  Only the kids closest friends get special custom items. 
The clipboard was found at a Rubber Rummage Sale for .50 and was unfinished.  The pad of paper was on clearance at Michael's for .99 and the paper clips was a package of 24 for .70.  After adding the paper and embellishments, this gift cost less than $3. 
I covered both sides of the clipboard, sanding and inking the edges.  I added a strip of damask washi tape to add a bit of flair.  I cut a piece of scrap to mount the paper clips and placed it under the clip.  I added a bit of washi to the paperclips and notched them with the banner punch.  I wrapped baker's twine around the board to help keep it all together.  I can finish it off with a tag at a later time.  Thanks for looking!  April

Monday, July 14, 2014

Off the Chart Thanks

This card is made with a retired Stampin' Up set called Off the Chart and SN@P papers.  I stamped the chart in Jet Black staz-on and mounted it on a piece of Basic Black.  The SN@P papers coordinate with Smokey Slate, Baja Breeze, and Red Riding Hood.  I punched the banners from the banner punch from SU Sale-a-bration, mounting on Basic Grey baker's twine.  The glasses are metal charms from Hobby Lobby's Paper Studio.  I inked the glasses in Jet Black staz-on and heated with a heat gun to set.  Thanks for looking!  April

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Embossing Folder Storage

My youngest just got a new pair of shoes so I stole to make new storage for my ever growing stock of embossing folders.  I used some mod podge on the outside with some Paper Studio designer paper on the outside.  I also recycled the chipboard from the MPP kits and cut with the Tim Holtz bracket die.  I used my label machine to make the titles.  I also recycled some manila folders my husband had ready to recycle to make mini folders.  The tabs are scap pieces of Bo Bunny Back to Basics dots and are punched with the SU tab punch or a corner rounder.  I embossed each folder in it's matching design for quick reference.  The large tabs are for my favorite and frequently used folders.  Thanks for looking!  April
example of completed folder

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hey There butterfly

I have been playing around with the butterfly mask a bit more and wanted to use the My Paper Pumpkin Welcome kit stamps.  I started with Whisper White paper then inked in Wisteria Wonder, Baja Breeze, and Daffodil Delight.  Next, I used the spots stamp with Night of Navy ink and kept stamping without reinking for a faded look.  I also used Night of Navy for the sentiment.  Last, I added a few gemstones, keeping it fairly flat for mailing.  Thanks for looking!  April

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Make a Wish

I was playing around with my new SU Banner framelits and the SU Perfect Pennants stamps.  I have seen so many cards with the middle cut out right now and wanted to try it. 
The base is kraft with layers of Very Vanilla and eggplant.  I used the stars from Banner Blast and Perfect Pennants in Daffodil Delight.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark with yellow and white embossing powders.  I paper pieced the center of the sentiment and wrapped it in a bit of baker's twine.  The front is popped up on dimensionals.  I made a few mini arrows from the bitty banner punch.  Thanks for looking!  April
close up of mini arrow in punch
view from angle

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Puzzle Pair

The base of this card was a fun fold we did at our monthly stamp club.  It is so easy and uses one piece of double-sided decorative paper and a couple of pieces of cardstock for matting.  HOW TO:  It is a regular A2 size, starting with a  base of 5 1/2" x 12".  Next score at 2", 4", 8" and 10".  Measure up 2" from the bottom and make a mark.  Next, cut at from the 4" line diagonal to the mark you made.  DO NOT throw away scrap!  Flip over and repeat on the other end.  You will have a 4" block in the middle that will be your greeting area and a slant going in opposite directions.  Take your scraps and adhere them to the bottom.  The look will either be a diamond or arrow, depending on how you place the scraps.  Decorate as desired.
My card is a base of Rich Razzleberry designer paper with layers of matching cardstock and Whisper White.  The stamp set is SU Perfect Pennants - using the heart (stamped in Rich Razzleberry) and the Me & You stamped in Versamark and black embossing powder. 
close up of inside sentiment
Inside, I used two puzzle pieces I scavenged from an old puzzle.  Unfortunately there is a glare, but the pieces actually match the Razzleberry!  I wrote "are a perfect pair" under the pieces.  Thanks for looking!  April

Thursday, July 3, 2014

June 2014 My Paper Pumpkin


Well, there is only so much you can do with pinwheels.  I put together several and arranged them in a plastic box with some glass marbles and some leftover scrapbook figures.  I made a couple of the pinwheels smaller by cutting a quarter of an inch all the way around, making it three inches.  I also trimmed a bit off the straws to help with where they sat in the arrangement.  Thanks for looking and Happy 4th of July!  April

close up of pinwheel
Close up of figure

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sweet Hello

I am trying to use up some leftover scraps and some experimental pieces.  I love the SN@P papers and have been working to match them to Stampin Up colors.  I will post soon the final coordinating pairs. 
This is a base of kraft with layers of SN@P papers and a paper doily.  The lollipop is made from pink baker's twine and a gloober double-sided 2 inch circle.  I took a length of twine about the length of my arm, doubled that, then folded the twine in half.  Finding the center of the circle, I started with the looped end of the twine and used a stylus to help hold in glue until I got around a few times.  It takes patience to keep the twine from twisting and staying closely spiraled.  I ended up just off center, so my lolli was about 1 3/4", trimming the glue edges away.  I added a lolli stick and used dimensionals on each side to stablize.  The sentiment is from the Pennant Parade, stamped in Baja Breeze, and cut out with the SU banner framelits.  It is tied to the stick with some of the leftover twine and popped up with a dimensional.  Thanks for looking!  April