4.20.2015

using up scraps

 all the printed papers on these little 3" gift cards came from the coffee cards last weekend.

 and or the other cards made last weekend.


4.19.2015

Sunday's Cards

 This week's featured Stamper is Mary, and I had seen this card and this second card both before we left this morning and when I got home it kinda all morphed in my head. so this is a CASE that combines things from both of them more or less. ( it's A-2 in real life) the changes are the gems were switched out for buttons and I dropped the sentiment down the front of the card.

 And then when I went back upstairs there was this pile of all these scraps.. so, its a little different but, not too much I would guess.

The other day when I was digging for coffee sentiments I came across this Hambo sentiment that Paula had gifted me with for Christmas a few years ago now... and I don't think I have played with it yet so, I had also pulled out some various teal colored papers on Saturday looking for something to use for the leaves on that card and thought you know this paper is kinda pretty if you could just let it be seen. and so I did. ( its clear embossed over those flowers and such. so its smooth in real life but shiny. ( the lightroom is an adventure for editing from my point of view still)

To-Go Cup Cards

 all of these mugs are the stamp from Art Impressions that you have to cut out by hand. ( and you cannot just stamp it and not cut it out because, the lid is close to the cup but, not actually touching it. )
so. it uses up lots of scraps if you do a stack of them. ( I was not really thinking at all when I started stamping the cups and belly bands and such on Tursday night ( as far as how many of them I had stamped haha) so, Friday night I finished coloring grey around the edges of all the pieces and started stamping random Coffee Sentiments to die cut.
 all together there are 25 of the gift card holder ones done at the moment and a few extra note cards. the seambinding is on with way long tails because, the people who buy them are going to need to re tie them after they get their gift cards inserted so, they are long enough to trim.

 So all of these with a piece of seam binding tied on loosely over the lids that lid is glued to a flap. ( the mat is scored at one inch from the top end and folded over.) so there is a slit cut into that mat above the cups rim (under the flap) that people can tuck a gift card into.

 all of these are A-2 in real life. and all of them use pre-made card bases ( the ones that come with envelopes kwim?) ( its not something I normally do so, it always surprises me how flimsy this cardstock is) ( esp. since I tend to do layers and lumps)
 these blue plastic embossed sentiments are all from a local drive through coffee shop's lids. I received one of their wash it and re-use it mugs for Christmas but before that I started saving some of these lids to do this with and have a small baggie of partial lids ( some painted with cream acrylic paint over the top and some neekid plastic)
 So. this is what else I did on Saturday besides the jewelry box inspired birthday card.
one more display basket theme is full enough to get by but, has room for 4 or 5 more of the gift card holder versions if I end up wanting to do a few more. ( these actually did pretty good last November)

4.18.2015

Jewel Inspired

 This week the inspiration challenge heads to pottery barn... where I found this jewelry box and I loved the textures and colors...So, changes I made was instead of using black went for Early Espresso to heat emboss with the turquoise powder on. the leather texture paper is something that was on sale at clearbox dot com last time I picked up envelopes. ( It does not have any mfg info on the wrapper )

This is A-7 in real life, the "I love lace" (SU) background was heat embossed both on the edges of the cardbase and on the mat under the sentiment. the dancing leaves ( Penny Black Die) was cut from a sheet of clear embossed die cuts with a view printed paper and is just tucked in here and there trying to mimic the bold leaf patterns on the jewelry box. The gems and pearls are from Recollections. that sentiment is from Artful stamper.

4.15.2015

9 more for Wednesday

 So, I am still using up things I had either stamped or die cut and making mostly simple cards for the booth.
this one is 6" square in real life and its the first time I have used this sentiment ( Impression Obsession)
 The little elephant is an MS punchie and the onesie is a die ( I have to go look for it ) guessing MFT.
This one is 5 1/2" square.

 This sentiment is from Impression Obsession and is another one I "had to have" and had not inked before today. I stamped it over a partial impression of the SU swallowtail background. the teal is a scrap of Recollections glitter paper. that embroidered trim is vintage and this one is 6" square in real life.

 Just because, I came across a stash of these typewriters and sentiments already stamped and cut while I was cleaning... ( MFT )  the grey corrugate is from fancy pants the big flower is from Prima, and the smaller ones are from wild orchid crafts) used that becca's bow maker to do the satin bow.
This one is 6" square in real life and ended up boxed.

 the sideways strip of paper behind the typewriter is the reverse side of the stripe mat. this one is 5 1/2" square in real life.

 mostly kaiser craft papers with a bit of vintage lace some pop dots and the kraft core cardstock is Tim Holtz it was embossed with one of his folders and sanded to let the kraft peek through. the Happy Birthday Banner I have to go look for it. ( stamped it a while ago) its up on higher pop dots than the typewriter/paper layer is. This one is 6" square in real life.

and just because, there was some scraps from the last two days of card making... some 3" ones have been used up.

WOYWW # 306 {a clean desk}

Happy Wednesday Deskers. You can find the link up at our hostess Julia's blog seen here.

 I cleaned. No, I mean for reals who knew this table really had this much space? one thing I removed completely was the wire dressform candle holder that I had filled with scrap ribbons. ( I never take ribbon out of it to use, I still walk into the closet to find the color of ribbon box I want to poke through) I also took my MISTI out of the tray of larger clear blocks that is in that letter sorter under this table and put it on the table. ( not sure yet if I will invest in a cover for it) so far I have not gotten it dirty yet. I have used it a handful of times ( mostly to reink sentiments and or restamp things on watercolor papers) that part of it is fabulous. ( sometimes makes me wish more of my stamps were on clingfoam...) but, so far I have not unmounted a single stamp since I got the Misti although I have chose to buy some I would have normally gotten on wood on cling.

 I am thinking I need a new cut mat, I know its double sided but, I really don't care for the shade of yellow on the flip side. and I just bought one of those Gyro cutting tools so, not sure how it will like hitting all the unhealed cuts on this mat...

 I took all the stamps out of that metal display stand, and moved all the tools that were in the red wooden tray to it, then moved all those stamped and diecut sentiments into the red wooden tray.
(see below)
 Consolidated all the little jars of brushes into one flower pot of them.
(sentiments & charms I want to use soon)
 I had all these stipple brushes in a princess house basket that was smaller than this wooden kitchen drawer organizer tray box and I put all the brushes into this ( even the ones that have not been inked yet)
what you see when you reach the top of the stairs.  btw these were taken Sunday afternoon so, yes I have made cards since then and yep, it still looks just like this.

4.14.2015

Pop Up Gift card holders

 These generally go over well at the booth to make them I used the Gina K tutorial found here. ( it's  two part video) since cutting the paper ( cardstock base makes two bases and a 12" sheet makes two patterns for the inside and outsides with a scrap left over) So, I decided this time to make "pairs"  I hardly ever do this but, I also feel stressed enough with a month left to go to just push to fill the baskets up again kwim? sentiment's from Impression Obsession.
 These the sentiment is from SU.

 the banner on the left is from SU and the sentiment on the right is from My Favorite things ( the set name is gifting fun?) something like that. its one of those useful sets where I like ever single stamp in the set ( WOW) :)


not sure who makes the thanks but the one on the right is also from the gifting fun set.

the Birthday is from Hero Arts and the please pretend is from the gifting fun set