Friday, July 29, 2016

we three kings...

...which, in this case, are xmas trees! lemme essplain: this fortnight at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ we're celebrating christmas, cubed, with a little prompt we like to call, "we three kings" for which we want to see holiday cards with three of... SOMETHING. i chose three tiny trees cut from three tiny scraps of patterned paper. a bit like this:

patterned paper: pebbles, graphic 45, sweetwater, a bit of petaloo flower packaging and some vintage sheet music; white kromekote cardstock: the paper cut; snowflake stickers: american crafts; ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape

once i had my sweet little trees ready to inhabit a card, i wasn't quite sure what else to do, but luckily the day was saved when i saw week #422 at sketch saturday:

if you need additional inspiration, why not check out stephanie's card at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥? 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

aloha, summer!

i was pretty excited that my double rainbow card was one of the top picks in the retro rubber blog's "brads and eyelets" challenge, and even more psyched to find out that their new prompt is "summertime"... which is one of my go-to card themes, so i had to play along. here's what i made, it features two of my all-time favorite eyelet outlet items, tall palm tree brads and sun and cloud brads:

one year-old alphabet stamp set: "lili" by freckled fawn (alas, no longer available); brads: eyelet outlet; ancient and beloved pink sparkly flamingo sticker: meri meri; patterned paper: my mind's eye, american crafts; white kromekote card stock: the paper cut; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

my "retro rubber" in this case is my all-time favorite set of alphabet stamps, it's called "lili", i got it from freckled fawn as part of a little birthday treat/shopping binge last june. (making it only just eligible for the challenge, who ask us to use something at least a year old!) i'm really glad i splurged on it at the time, because not only do i use it constantly, but when i went back to try and find it again for someone who asked about it just a few weeks later, it was already out of stock and i've never seen it again anywhere.

i'm linking up at the atlantic hearts sketch challenge for the first time, having used this corker (#170) of a sketch:

and just a little reminder that the machine stitched border on this would qualify me (were i not a dt member, lol) to enter our "a stitch in time" challenge at shopping our stash, which will be open until next monday night, woohoo! ♥

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

SOS262: a stitch in time

this week's challenge at shopping our stash is pretty straight forward: we want to keep you in stiches! or rather, we want you to keep US in stitches. or at least, we want to see papercrafting projects which feature stitching. it can be hand embroidery, machine sewing, or even the ever popular faux stitching. here's what i made:

arguably the best project EVER for using up old-school paper flowers and leaves since you can combine just about any and every size, shape, color, texture, etc and get a completely different look every single time. in this case we've got a bunch of old school primas, a few bargain brand pink ones, a giant petaloo centerpiece, and a bunch of recollections and prima leaves; brad: recollections; cardstock: sei and doodlebug; adhesives: elmers gluetape (used sparingly to "tack" things down before sewing; 3m foam tape (to raise the center flower stack up a bit) and of course my valiant sewing machine, kenneth kenmore, loaded up with coats and clark heavy duty upholstery thread in white, set on the lowest stitches-per-inch setting so they really show up!

ok, yes, everybody knows i looooooove to sew on cards. i sew as a design element, and sometimes also for security, because there's nothing more depressing than a card that arrives at its destination minus its beautiful floral focal-point; or with a few of its chipboard letters laying at the bottom of the envelope. in this case, the sewing is almost entirely decorative, but i really think it adds to the mandala design. speaking of which... *HOW* is it possible that i've been "into" mandalas for at least five years, i've made punched ones, monsta ones and giant decor ones; i've even got an entire pinboard called "many mandalas" which contains examples in every conceivable media... and i've never thought to make one out of the gazzillion old-school, flat paper flowers i still have from the days when those things were an absolutely *REVOLUTIONARY* embellishment in terms of 3-dimensional coolness?? well, not to worry, i'm pretty sure i'll be making up for lost time now!

need some other ideas for incorporating stitches into your next project? check out the splendid work of the SOS dt, whose motto is, "sew far, sew good"! ♥

Monday, July 25, 2016

A Banner Day

It's my turn on the Eyelet Outlet Blog once again, where i make a shocking true confession: I have a serious obsession with washi tape... and no intention at all of doing anything about it... except enlarging my collection and making more washi-adorned craft items. Luckily, Eyelet Outlet is here to help me in this quest. Have you seen how many different varieties of tape they stock?? It's a washi-lover's dream! Here's a card that uses two of them: Pink Flower Washi and Foil Pink Dots Tape.

Did you know Eyelet Outlet has ribbon, as well? This Fruit Ribbon is one of my all-time faves. It's so summery, don't you think? But there's nothing quite as summery as a Flamingo Flatback Resin, so I had to add one of those to my card, too. It's nestled on a few Solid Color Paper Flowers, just to be cozy.

Do you love cards with banners as much as I do? There are loads of ways to make them, but imo, washi tape is hard to beat, since you can fold it right over a piece of twine and it's self adhesive! I've used the Pink Flower Washi again in just that way on this card, as well as a few happy little clouds cut from a Cloud Tape that is, alas, out of stock in the online store... but provides you with another reason to always check the Eyelet Outlet booth at your next trade show, because there are sometimes exclusive goodies! ;)

Of course with all these wonderful new products we sometimes lose track of the fact that Eyelet Outlet's first name is EYELET... and those things are still as much fun to use as the very first time I saw them being set (with a hammer!) at my LSS, years ago. I've used the good old 5mm Round Assorted Colors Pack to secure the twine between my pennants as well as to dot the "I" in "Hi".

I hope you're already having a "Banner Day" but if not, there's still time to make some cards, which will definitely cheer you up! ♥

Sunday, July 24, 2016

it's the last week of JULY, people!!!

and whereas the time spent doing ICAD absolutely always flies by much more quickly than ordinary time, this year seems to be moving especially fast. of course, it's been especially fun, too, so i really have no right to whine! in fact, i think i'll post some index cards, instead:

card 47: monochromatic
as far as i'm concerned, there's only one color to have when you're only having one color... and that's HOT PINK! (obviously.) in this case, hot pink stickers, with hot pink outlining, on a hot pink background. 

card 48: aurora borealis or australis

i don't have many rules in ICAD (or life, for that matter, lol) ...except... since this is supposed to be about creative spontaneity, i tend to feel "no do-overs" is a really good policy. but even a self-imposed rule isn't really a rule until you've broken it, so i did. :) 
(even having tried several versions, however, i still don't feel like i really "cracked it" in terms of producing something that either somewhat resembled the aurora borealis OR something i really liked; but it was different and fun and a great excuse to mess around with paints all evening, so i'm ok with that.)

card 49: off-prompt
a conversation in the ICAD facebook group reminded me that it'd been aaaaaaaaaaaaages since i'd made a one staple collage. which is obviously unacceptable.

card 50: paisley
yep. that's paisley, all right.

card 51: purple or violet
a card that went back to the "no do-overs" rule and kicked its butt. b/c this is NOT what i envisioned when i sat down with a few lovely shades of color burst to watercolor some hand-drawn letters... but i just kept going and let it evolve, and i'm really glad i did!

card 52: staircase
inspired by the actual spiral staircase in my home... but in the style of m.c. escher... with colors chosen by hello kitty...

card 53: fortune
i was totally and completely stumped, until i remembered fortune cookies!!!
(and once again the day is saved... by baked goods...♥)

hope you're having the best sunday of the whole entire week, but if not, there's still time to do something FUN or creative or both! (and if you're in the northeastern united states, i hope you're keeping COOL in this heat!) ♥♥♥

Friday, July 22, 2016

lookin' sketchy

we're still rockin' stephanie's gorgeous sketch over at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and you still have plenty of time to join the fun!

my card this week is a slightly looser version of the sketch, but i hope you can still see the bones? i've played with the proportions a bit, and added the pennant mat (which i found in my "scraps" bin and re-fell in love with) but all the basic bits are really there, i promise, plus it's almost entirely red, white and pink... which coincidentally would be the colors of the flag if i ever founded my own country! :)

patterned paper: crate, love elsie/american crafts, we r memory keepers, studio calico; white kromekote: the paper cut; santa face digi from "santa cut outs no 1" by katie pertiet, designer digitals, printed on kodak premium photo paper; journal card: elle's studio; wordfetti stickers: october afternoon; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape

hop on over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ to see what stephanie has created this week and to check out the gorgeous readers' gallery!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SOS261: you are matchless!

are you wondering what this week's challenge at shopping our stash can possibly be? "you are matchless"? because i confess i was curious when i first saw the title on our design team blog. and then a tiny bit nervous when i discovered the brief was to create our own matchbook or matchbox, because i had never done either. it took me a few experimental folds on scrap paper to figure out the engineering, but once i got going, it was really fun! here's what i made, and then i'll explain a bit more:

beachy scene painted using color burst pigment powders mixed with water on strathmore watercolor paper; palm trees stickers: jolee's; hibiscus: sandylion; surfboard cut from a piece of creative imaginations patterned paper; aqua fabric thickers: american crafts; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine and staples

i realized pretty quickly that the outer structure of the matchbook needed to be fairly sturdy. i think good quality cardstock-weight paper would do it, but since i had a few painted watercolor papers, i thought one of those might be a good alternate choice-- and i stand by the decision. i was especially happy when i found a large piece that i'd started painting with color burst in a sort of beachy color scheme, but then abandoned for some reason. the positioning of the colors was just right for the matchbook folds and big enough that i could make a finished (folded) card that measures about 4.5x6". when i realized i needed to trim down the "sand" section, it occurred to me i didn't have to snip it straight across, as long as i left the middle bit wide enough to still hold the matchbook closed.

i thought about painting some customized embellies, too, but i was kind of worried i'd mess the thing up in the engineering stage, so i decided to go with my sturdiest store-bought palm tree stickers, and some fabric-covered chipboard alphas for the sentiment. as you know, i like to sew over my chipboard letters for extra security, but i used a sort of wavy pattern to add a little interest.

ordinarily i leave the inside of my cards plain, but this piece of watercolor paper had some doodles and markings on the back, so before i began, i xyroned an islandy bit of map paper to the reverse. meanwhile the palm trees and flowers on the left... and surfboard on the right... hide the two staples which hold the flap in place that acts as "latch" to keep the matchbook cover closed.

need some more "matchless" inspiration to spark your interest? the SOS gals have plenty of that... head on over and check it out! ♥