Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Cards

I have been working on my Christmas cards over the last couple of days.

Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Crushed Olive, Scattered Straw, Forest Moss, Festive Berries, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs
Stampin' Up! Festival of Prints Patterned Paper, Snow Festival Printed Tags, Cardstock

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Baby Mini Album 2 (Custom Order)

This is an album for a baby, but I didn't use "baby" paper. I used "Today, Tomorrow, Forever" by Recollections. This customer needed 2 baby albums and I used this paper line for both of them. The first album was just an 8x8 album and pictures of it can be seen here. I wanted to do something a little bit different for this one. After spending way too much time on YouTube, I came across this tutorial by Kathy Orta. She made a mini album out of 5x7 cards and envelopes. How cool is that?!? After making this album with another brand of cards and envelopes, I would definitely recommend using the Recollections brand that she talks about in the video. Those envelopes and cards are very sturdy and will hold up well over time.

Check out the video below for a flip-thru of the album. I didn't do too much talking. I have been sick and have a horrible cough right now. Talking too much sends me into a coughing fit. My husband is thrilled that I'm on the quiet side right now. LOL

Paper: Today, Tomorrow, Forever by Recollections
Cardstock: Core'dinations and DCWV
Flower: from a swap (Thanks, Kristina! Check out her YT channel here.)
Stick Pin: I made it! : )
Ribbons and Lace: from my stash

Baby Mini Album 1 (Custom Order)

This is one of two custom baby albums for a friend at church. I didn't do a video because I was sick. Thanks for looking at ALL the pictures. : )

Thanks for looking at ALL those pictures!

Paper: Today, Tomorrow, Forever by Recollections
Cardstock: Core'dinations and DCWV
Cricut Cartridge: New Arrival
Flowers: Prima
Stick Pin: from a swap
Ribbons, Lace, and Bling: from swaps and my stash

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Happy Fall Y'all!

Below are pictures from the August and September Stick Pin Swaps at Your Paper Pantry.

The theme for August was fall colors and the challenge was to use a tree on our presentation. The picture is from my Hallmark Card Studio program. The lace came in a swap and I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink to change the color.

We had a choice for September. We could do "Boo" for Halloween or "Fall" for well, fall. :) I'm not really into Halloween, so I chose the fall theme. The challenge was to use the word "fall" on the presentation. My friend Kris sent me these tags with "Happy Fall, Y'all" stamped on them. (Thanks, Kris!)

I think that owl is just so cute!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Christmas Junk Journal for Christy

The September swap at Craft Happens was a Holiday Junk Journal. My partner was Christy and she asked for a Christmas themed Junk Journal.

I followed almost all the rules. : )

  • Each junk Journal must have chipboard covers and be fully covered. (No naked chipboard please.) CHECK
  •  Each journal needs to be no bigger than 5 x 7 and no smaller than 4 x 5 Eh, not so much. Mine is 6x6 because I didn't want to waste any paper!
  •  Journals must have approximately 35 to 50 pages. Mine has 52!
  • Please use embellishments on the pages that include but are not limited to: die cuts, embossed stamps, stickers,  rub-ons, ribbons etc. Please keep in mind that we will be writing in these so you would want the embellishments to be relatively flat. I stamped on some of the pages, but I included 2 packs of embellishments and a bag of ribbon. I always worry about embellishments getting in the way, so I just include them as an extra treat.
  • For every ten pages in the junk journal you need to have at least one pocket page, more pockets are always welcome! Pockets can be made from envelopes, paper etc. I got this! I made 7 pockets.
Christy and I have swapped before on another site so I was extremely pleased when I got partnered up with her again. She does excellent work and you can see it on her YouTube channel here

I used two paper stacks for this project: DCWV Glitter Christmas Stack (not sure how old it is) and K&Co Sweet Nectar. Christy said she likes the non-traditional colors (pink, aqua, red, white) and that Sweet Nectar stack had the perfect colors. It just goes to show that you can use non-holiday paper for a holiday project! I *think* all of the printables came from Creativity Prompt. For some reason, the name wasn't on the file when I saved it, so I'm not 100% sure that it is the correct source.

Here are a few (or 20!) pictures of the junk journal I made for Christy. I'm sure she will do a video flip-thru when she receives it. I will update my post with a link to the video when she posts it on her YT channel. I moved recently and haven't been able to find a good spot in the new place to do videos. : (

I struggled with how to decorate the cover. I finally decided on a couple of Jolee Flourish Cabochons and a poinsettia. I left a large portion of the cover blank for Christy to add a favorite photo from the season.

My friend Kris surprised me with the poinsettia and the stick pin was made by my friend Tami. Thanks!

This sheet of vellum quotes is just clipped in the book with a red binder clip trimmed out with some Christmas ribbon. Christy can cut them apart and use them in the book.

A pocket page~I trimmed the flap edge off a bank envelope and covered it with patterned paper to make a pocket.

This is the tag that is in the above pocket.

The DCWV paper is not double-sided so the back of the page is white. Some of the pages I left blank for journaling or pictures. On this page I used a large journaling stamp. The pocket on the right page is made from the clear wrapper and cardboard backing from a Recollections flower. I just trimmed it to fit in the book and covered the back of the cardboard with patterned paper.

This pocket is made out of 1/2 a paper doily. It has a little paper tag from those K&Co tag books.

I received this chipboard star in a swap. The journaling cards are clipped to the star with an arrow-shaped paperclip.

Oh, this is one of my favorite pages in the book. There are 2 of them like this. I picked up a pack of (40!) coasters on clearance at Hobby Lobby a while back. They have a great texture to them. I painted both sides with white acrylic paint. I attached a Tim Holtz adage ticket (from a swap!) with a cute star shaped paperclip.

Another pocket made from a bank envelope~For the tags, I simply cut 2 pieces of vellum and held them together with a shaped paperclip.

I stamped these 2 pages with a stamp from the dollar bin from Michael's.

This is a pocket page made from a square chipboard coaster. I simply glued the paper down on three sides to make a pocket for some printable tags.

Another pocket page~This one holds the rest of that sheet of vellum and a Christmas List.

Winter Subway Art~It is not glued down, just attached with a paper clip.

A few weeks ago I went to the antique mall that's just down the road from my apartment complex. I went in search of vintage magazines. I wanted to use a few pages in this junk journal. After I got the book put together I realized that I forgot to put the magazine pages in it! I know that Christy loves vintage magazines so I just clipped in the back of the book. She can use them in this book or in another project.

The binding~I tied a few pieces of lace and ribbon to the o-wires. I didn't add too much since this book will get pretty fat once you start adding pictures and mementos to the pages. The wooden tag has my info stamped on the back, but I left the front blank so that Christy can add a title or date to the book. I have had these tags for at least 10 years and I'm slowly using them up.

I included some extra bits and pieces to use in decorating the pages.

Thanks for looking through ALL these pictures!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Stationery Box

A friend of mine made a Stationery Box for a friend and I knew that I just had to make one, too. : ) The paper is KP Blossom by K&Co. I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink on all the edges. I think the flowers are from Prima, the button is from my stash, and the stick pin is from a swap.

When you take the lid off, the front of the box folds down. In the tutorial there is an address book, stamp holder, and pen holder on the inside front. I didn't care for that, so I found a poem about friendship and put that on the inside instead.

Below is a close up of all the goodies in the box. It holds 4-A2 sized cards with envelopes, 4-3"x3" cards with vellum envelopes, and 4 tags.

The cards are basically the same. I used a SU! stamp for the sentiment. The background strip is punched with an EK Success border punch and layered with a piece of coordinating patterned paper.

The tags are 2.25"x3". I used Prima flowers and the buttons and ric-rack are from my stash. Sorry the second set is blurry!

These little 3"x3" cards were made with a word sheet that was part of the paper pack. I just cut out the ones I liked and made cute little cards. I was finally able to use those vellum envelopes I have had in my stash for so long! LOL