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Saturday, December 31, 2011
And of course what better way to celebrate than to have a blog candy. So the giveaway items to one lucky random winner will be a nestability - label 4
& Waltzing Mouse Stamp - Faux Fun Circles
I love Waltzing Mouse and Paper Trey ink stamps & since waltzing mouse stamps have to come all the way from U.K - I decided to order one extra just for this purpose.
Winner will be chosen on Jan 5th, Thursday. All you have to do to win is follow this blog and leave a comment with your contact email if possible so that I have a way to contact you.
Once again wishing you all a Very Happy New Year.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Now there are tons of videos online and one of my favorite is the pansy from Art of Teresa
I have adapted this pansy and used just the first part inner flower to make a single flower and stitched a button in it.
Link to Teresa's video
Instructions I wrote down from that video
Now this is easy.
Do the same as in steps 1 - 3 ie just one color (do not need step 4) but instead of chain 2 to rise do chain 3 to rise and instead of double crochet do triple crochet. That way the flowers are a bit bigger and the small buttons then can look nice and not too bog for the flower. Leave about 5 - 6 inches of thread in the end before cutting and bring that thread over to other side with needle and stitch the button in and then take the thread back. In the flower I don't cut of the ends till the last as I just knot the threads together twice and then cut off close.
Allison from Paper Crafting Weekend Challenge called me by name I tell you ( facebook ) and asked me to use my paper stacks as I can well afford to cut my papers.
Sigh! So I did cut my lovely holiday stash paper.
Now this card has lots of firsts - My first crochet snowflake (not new to crocheting but have never tried snowflake before). My first first looping a bead with head pin. All I have done before is string up some beads with thread but yeah! watched a couple of videos and then looped (if that's what this is called) beads on a headpin to attach the crystals and beads onto the snowflake to dangle. Thirdly I used iRock. OK I have used it about once as I promised Glenda I would. To top of all the work - I even whipped out my mini janome sewing machine and stitched.
Stamps used are Pink Stampers Winter Punnies. I used Tim Holtz ruler to center the stamp and then same to poke holes in the border strip and chain stitch. Yep hand stitched. Now haven't I worked on this card? The center of snowflake is a silver button with hanks cut off. I sharpied the center for some red. Inked all the edges with red ink
The snowflake before beading and blinging
Here are the Snowflake instructions.
This is from youtube Art of Teresa and I wrote down the instructions watching the video. My adaptation I have written in the bracket
1) work chain of 10 - join with beginning chain
2) round 1 -
6 sets of 3 double crochet - chain 2 - 3 double crochet chain 3
3) At the end slip through the first chain and pull chain through
4) Stitch stitch through next stitches to get to the chain 2 space ie about 2 - 3 slip throughs- chain 1 and 3 double crochets in that space - chain 2 and work 3 more double crochets chain 5 - skip chain 3 space and go to next chain 2 space - work 3 double crochets - chain 2 and work 3 more double crochets - chain 5 and repeat to next chain 2 space
5) join in beginning and slip through and pull chain
6) Now slip stitch to chain 2 space like last time chain 1 (to step up will not count as a stitch) work 4 double crochet - chain 4 - join chain over to last double crochet of the chain 4 to form a ring - chain 6 and again form a ring - chain 4 and another ring -join through to of last stitch - then work 4 double crochets in chain 2 space ( my adaptation is 4 double crochet then form rings (4,6,4) and then 3 double crochets instead of 4)
7) then chain 7 and extend single crochet around to loops into first ring and then another chain 7 (my adaptation chain into the chain 3 space in the inner ring instead of the innermost ring)
8) then work 4 double crochets into the chain 2 space - then rings (4 chain 6 chain and 4 chain) join to top of last stitch - 4 double crochets - and then chain 7 extended single crochet to inner ring and then chain 7 and again 4 double crochets to chain 2 space
9) repeat all the way and then last chain 7 and slip stitch through and pull through and knot.
Stiffen up the snowflake - I used aussie extra strong hold (Nope I do not use that on my hair but I got a bottle to stiffen up Ribbons for embossing. Works to stiffen up crochet snowflakes too) and gave it a nice spritz and then applied some glue and sprinkled some silver glitter.
Inside of the card. I embossed the small snowflakes with zing powder
So that's my card for today. Please do leave comments as all your lovely comments truly inspire me and warms my heart.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
One of my favorite stamps is their doily stamp. And that stamp is the whole reason I decided to risk getting get their stamps from UK.
I of course fell in love with their recipe stamps too. Now waltzingmouse, paper trey ink and Anna Giffin (for the lace stamps) are my fave now that the old Cornish heritage has closed down.
Link to their challenge - http://waltzingmousesketchchallenge.blogspot.com/2011/12/challenge-76december-3-2011.html
Here is my take on that sketch
The plastic/acrylic cup thingy - clear box is from package of flower frogs which I recycled. I used glitter paper and Christmas paper from Joann's (it was about a dollar for 4 sheets each. Glitter is Martha Stewart - star glitter. I mixed some blue and green stars with the white.
I cut the glitter paper using Floral Doily Nestabilities.
Then I cut the pattern paper from scallop Nestability after checking for size which would comfortably cover the plastic cup.
I placed the pattern paper so that the snowman would come in the center. Then I took Dainty Doily stamp and stamped the pattern paper around the snowman with versamark and used zing embossing powder (this one had white and silver mixed in it - not sure of the name ) . I also took part of a sentence stamp from seasonal remedies and just stamped good cheer and embossed (green ink and clear embossing). Now a way to selectively stamp is to mask the rest of the portion of stamp with a thin paper and then apply the stamp. In case of doily I didn't need to as the doily was just right but had to use this techniques for the words good cheer.
Then I used glossy accents and applied on the cup lip. added the glitter and carefully stuck the pattern paper. and then used pop dots and stuck to the glitter paper cut.
Punched some circles from coordinating pattern and solid cardstock and formed kind of scallop design at the top. I free hand drew a holly and cut 2 leaves. Turned it over and embossed the veins using a stylus. Took 3 red beads and glued the scallops, leaves and beads. Final touch was a bow made from hemp thread.
Hope you enjoyed the project. If you visit my blog I would so love and appreciate it if you would please leave comments.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Since I have the stamps I decided to do the tag challenge in their blog - http://waltzingmouse.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-tag-challenge.html
So here is my take on tag creation
I have used Very Vintage Labels No.18 and Nordic winter. I stamped them on a cream cardstock
The base is Kraft paper. I covered parts of them with Costco wired ribbon and in center used a cream ribbon I had. Then at the top I used elegant recollections paper from Micheal's - a 1 inch strip. I first placed all the ribbons rounded just the top corners to see where to place the 1 inch strip and then marked the tag to cut the height of the tag. Then at the top and bottom I added lace.
I added an eyelet and strung a ribbon through . Then decorated it with some bling and buttons. Inked the edges.
So that's a Simple Christmas Tag.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Today let's have some fun with foils.
Foils and Foil tapes are so fun to use and make for some awesome embellishments.
Use some adhesive spray or foil with adhesive backing and you can cover any die cut . If you have an embossing machine like cuttlebug or big shot - More fun! Punches and engraving tools add still more things that can be done. Nestabilities are fun with even soda cans so recycle them.
Here is a video showing some of the things we can do with foils. I have not covered engraving with die cutting machine.
And if this inspires you to make your own creations do please link up your post in the linky below
Friday, December 2, 2011
This is Pam from TheBugBytes & PapillonDigitalDesigns and it is my turn at She's a Sassylady. Thanks Sheila for having my in your Design Team.
Today the project I decided to do was a simple Christmas card
Not surprising - I did not use any die cutting system - just scissors and a fiskar cutter for this one. My handy dandy Dover Image and I did use Silhouette Studio - not for cutting but to make my own pattern paper out of a red color and some snowflake designs , ink, stickles, glue , some burlap or gunny sack which I got from flower section in joann's I think and some ribbon - a red plaid design. I also had a tree felt ribbon from costco - so I snipped 4 tiny trees and used some beads to decorate that (used liquid fabritec pens from walmart) and used that tree instead of brads at 2 of the corners.
Here is the view of the image which I cut with fiskar cutter
I stuck the pattern paper back to back and inked it with red ink.
Front view of the card
A side view.
The back of the card
A quick card for Christmas.
Thanks for reading this post . I so appreciate all the lovely comments you leave.
Happy Christmas in advance!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I wanted to share a quick card I made for Thanksgiving today.
Now surprise I did not use any die cutting system except scissors and a fiskar cutter for this one. My handy dandy Dover Image and Illustrator , some cardstock (green) and pattern paper, ink, glue - zip dry and pop dots and glue dots, some twine and ribbon and wait for it - a party ring and I was in business. Party ring ? what party ring? Someone gave my son some party rings in goody bag. He told me Mom I am a boy what will I do with this? You can have it and so the party ring was manhandled and the ring part cut off (pretty easily as it was plastic) and lo behold an embellishment.
Here is the card
The border/pattern in the pattern was a bit too large and I wanted more of the brown to show through so I cut the border/pattern and used it for the inside and the label sentiment on inside.
The label yellow was left over scrap from another project I wrote Happy Thanksgiving on it and doodled a bit . Matted it with brown pattern paper. Added some more border pieces which I had cut .Tied some twine and added a blue rhinestone and card is done.
A quick simple card for Thanksgiving.
Thanks for reading this post . I so love to hear your feedback and comments. Thanks for taking the time to leave comments. It is so much appreciated and inspiring.
Please do share your Thanksgiving Card in the linky tool below.
Friday, November 18, 2011
I have shared the file for you if you want to play along. Can be found under Silhouette files under the main tab in the blogger menu.
Here is the video
Do play along and join me next week .
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I had not updated for a while and the latest updates sucked so waited before updating as for the life of me I cannot (ok I can but I prefer ) use the cricut without gypsy . Also when you have other toys you have got to play with them especially when you can be a bit lazy and print and cut and match and not use your paper stash! That's why I got an Imagine but that dang thing needs updates too and lol updating that is a nightmare!
But Sigh one has to use their paper stash or so my friends tell me and after a long time I splurged and got some cartridges and Ribbons and Rosettes was one of them. Now I like this cartridge for borders but the Rosettes are a bit PIA. It is a bit of trial and error as you do not know how many pieces you have to cut. I cut mine at 2.5 but wish I had cut at 2 or 1.5. I hacked off about 3/4" and I initially cut just 1 piece though I could see that it would not be enough but since it was G I could reload the paper and place a 2 or 3 more in the uncut regions of the paper .
so if the size is about 2 " cut 3 or preferable 4 pieces to form the Rosette. And I think the centers are not automatically sized as mine cut a bit too big. Have to cut more to make sure of this
The frame is Ornamental Iron 2. I am a sucker for these iron designs.
Paper is from K & Company - Wild Saffron. As I felt there was not much contrast I used a maroon cardstock to layer.
I did not cut the tulip or whatever flower for Rosette center but instead used a turkey from My community I think.
I think enough of rambling and let me put on the pictures
The inside of the card I used the large turkey I had cut with the rosette instead of throwing it away. Since I did not know the size I wanted for center I cut it about 1" and 1.5 " and I used the smaller one for the envelope
So there is my first cricut card after a long time and using the Ribbons & Rosettes and Ornamental Iron 2 cartridge. The card base is from Plantin . I hid the holes using hide contour.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
But before that the winner of the nestabilities and MS stamp set is
Let's make a swing card.
Here's the template in case you want to cut it out with cutting knife or any cutting tool
Here's a video showing how to go about getting a swing card template using silhouette studio designer edition. I ma dedicating this to Dayna and Dawn my friends who recently got the cameo and are playing with the software.
I have the svg file and studio file (not with pattern but just the basic squares so that you can also play along loaded under the the respective file tabs.
Here's a quick look at the card. Of course if you are using the studio to make your image make sure to change the line color to transparent in your scores marks. I haven't done so in the video and here as I wanted the red line to show for camera purposes
Of course this will not be my actual card as the lines need to go and I would embellish this more add blings and flowers etc .
Almost the same thing needs to be done in your svg program or any other software (not cricut cds or G as those do not allow node manipulations but if you do need gypsy file check in thebugbytes blog as I think I made this way back)
Hope you enjoyed watching the video. Let's meet up next Saturday again for another project.
And if you make a swing card and play do link up your project in the linky
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Join me for Scrapping on Saturday.
Let's explore techniques, software on scrapping and make papercrafting items.
Today I decided to do some embossing!
I love embossing! Something about seeing the powder change when a heat gun is applied really appeals to me and is so fun to watch.
The card for today
The cardstock is bazzill cocoa. The pattern paper is K&Company ancestry stack. envelope is bazill which fits 5 x 7 card. The base card is cut 4 & 3/4" X 12" to fold to 4 3/4" x 6 and the pattern paper is cut 1/4 inch lesser. I kept all the remaining pieces and reused then for envelope flap and punching flowers etc. Punch for envelope is MS punch. I used spell binder shapebilities to cut the doily and stamped with versamark using MS doily stamp. The nestability/shapebility I used was floral motif. Though the design was cute since it is not a nestability I got quite a bit of jump between 2 layers and had to use a scallop nestability for another layer . You can see the pink shimmer dcwv cardstock. The embossing powder is zing copper. The sentiment on the inside is from paper trey inc. I used a ribbon I had got from HL. I distressed the edges of the pattern paper using Tim holtz distresser and inked using dew drop rich cocoa.
Here is the video. (I am uploading it and it might not appear immediately)
I would so love it if you join me and make a card or layout of using embossing and post it in the linky below.
Now for the giveaway. Tomorrow is my birthday and so what better way to celebrate than a giveaway? I will be giving away a nestability
& a Martha Stewart Doily stamp
to one lucky winner. To win you must be a follower as I would like to see the blog grow) and also leave a comment in this post.
I would so so love to see your project using embossing. Does not matter if you made it today or days back. Do post your embossing project in the link below.
Also be sure to drop in on http://www.thebugbytes.com as there is another giveaway there