Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fun project

I haven't tried this yet, but I'm bookmarking it for future use. Great for a fun birthday party decoration! Modern Colourful Mobiles
(image from Project Wedding)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

PTI April Blog Hop

This month's PTI blog hop challenge was to use tissue paper. I decided to use a technique I taught my 4 year-old daughter, which is to just cut the tissue paper into small squares, crumple them up, and adhere them to the paper.I had the picture of a rainbow in my head, so that's what I came up with. I added a strip of cardstock (run through the Xyron to make it sticky) covered it with glitter, and then stamped a sweet sentiment with two colours. I had a brad that matched Hawaiian Shores ink, so I snapped off the prongs and stuck it on with Crystal Effects.

Speaking of my daughter, here's a tissue paper project she started a couple weeks ago. We took a sturdy box (originally had card supplies in it) and covered it in layers of Mod Podge and tissue paper squares. Several layers. We still need to put something on the top, likely "Chloe's Treasure Box", as that's what she's declared it to be.
Stamps: Everyday Button Bits (PTI),
Paper: Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Hawaiian Shores (PTI), Dark Peony (Colorbox)
Accessories: glitter (SU), brad, tissue paper (unknown)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Age is a work of art

This card is for the Papertrey Pals challenge #6 - to use flowers! That's an easy one :)

This card started with the large scalloped piece, which I was going to use for this card, but decided on a softer colour palette. Everything was based off of the colours and the bold stripes.

It's hard to see, but I popped up one end of the banner (under the "H") to give it lots of dimension.

And of course I had to decorate the inside of the card:

Stamps: Birthday Basics, Polka Dots Basics II, Forest Friends (PTI),
Paper: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White cardstock, Summer Picnic DSP (SU)
Ink: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue (SU), Ripe Avocado (PTI)
Accessories: Polka Dot Basics II Impression Plate, Lg scalloped border die, blue button (PTI), butterfly (Making Memories), Cuttlebug (Provocraft), felt flowers (SU), brad (unknown)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

From A to Z

Just a fun card. I saw this idea on a card somewhere (a magazine?) Just the front part, though. The inside I came up with all on my own (although I'm sure I'm not the first!). Let's see if you can figure out what's on the inside by the end of this post (yes, there's a photo to show you).

Anyway, for this card I used some Basic Grey "Card Folders" die cut letters (given to me by a friend). They were punched out of a large sheet, so I had to sand the edge of each one to get rid of the little tabs where they were attached. I did some extra sanding here and there to distress them even more.

Then I stamped one of the text images from PTI's Text Style II in Blush Blossom (hard to see in the photo) to add more detail to the letters. I stamped the background with the SU Linen background stamp, also in Blush Blossom. Click the photo to see a larger version with more detail.
To make the "hi" letters really pop, I used some leftover stamp bits (as described in this post). Aside from the popped up message, notice anything else unique about the front of the card?

I'll give you a minute to go back and look.




Okay, time's up. Here's a photo of the inside of the card (did you guess what was there?)

Hold on, I'll wait while you go back and look at the front again. Did you notice that the 'u' was missing? Hee hee! I'm pretty proud of that one.

Stamps: Text Style II (PTI), Linen (SU), small alphabet (Studio G)
Paper: Card Folders letters (Basic Grey), yellow cardstock (unknown)
Ink: Blush Blossom, Pumpkin Pie (SU)
Accessories: none

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Thanks for {owl} you do

This card is for this week's SFYTT sketch as well as Ted's Mother's Day challenge (a card with no flowers or pink/purple). I wanted to use PTI stamps for this card (to better tie into Ted's challenge), but didn't have any that really worked.

The colour restrictions were easy - my mom LOVES green, so I went with an earthtones palette. I used a sheet of DSP from the Welcome Neighbor pad as my inspiration.

I even decorated the envelope to match!
And the inside of the card:

Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts, Picture This, Kind & Caring Thoughts (SU)
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Summer Sun, Whisper White cardstock, Old Olive, Welcome Neighbor DSP (SU)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Summer Sun (SU)
Accessories: Scalloped Edge, Small Heart, Heart to Heart punches (SU)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Dreams come true

I'm late, but this card is for Becky's Compose a Card #7. I broke out my new PTI black felt (so luxurious!) but had to wing the sandwich, as I snapped my C plate a couple days ago! I managed to cut out the felt circles, but it wasn't a clean cut with my improvised shims.

I used my favourite "matching thread" trick, which is to use a sliver of matching cardstock or paper to thread the buttons - in this case I used the patterned paper. Click on the photo for a close-up. It's hard to see, but I used one of the new PTI Impression plates on the patterned paper.

And here's the inside. I'm trying to dress the insides up a bit more, so this was fun:
Stamps: Birthday Basics, Text Style II (PTI), Pop Fashion (Pink Paislee)
Paper: Vintage Cream, Spring Rain (PTI), patterned paper (K&Company)
Ink: Basic Black, Bashful Blue (SU)
Accessories: Black felt, Polka Dot Basics II Impression Plate, Lg scalloped border die (PTI), corner rounder punch (EK Success), buttons (Making Memories), Cuttlebug (Provocraft), circle, scalloped circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Friday, April 2, 2010

My updated crafts room!

Yay, it's finally done! Before I share the photos, I thought I'd share my previous crafts desks/rooms.

Unfortunately I don't have a photo of my first craft cabinet, which was a small Ikea computer desk that had a large desk surface that folded up to cover the opening. Not a helpful description, I know ;)

Anyway, this was my second desk (housed in the spare bedroom), including my ribbon storage (dowels and hanging on clips) and my12x12 paper holder made out of that wire cube shelving stuff. You'll notice in the photos below that I still use almost all of this stuff!

And here's the first version of my crafts room, in our new house. The peg board is one of my favourite items!

And finally, I'd like to introduce you to my updated crafts room.
You can see some progression photos here and here. So, would you like a tour?

Here's the view from the door. Notice my nearly-constant companion Ginger insisted on being in the photo.

Starting just behind the door, my punches stored on Ikea Bygel rods. I have my flat/border punches in a Bygel basket. As you can see, I have lots of space for more punches. Yay!

ps. Little tip (from my friend Carrie) instead of attaching a row of Bygel rods to the wall, attach a piece of wood (MDF works well) and then install all the rods on that. Less holes in the wall. Oh well, lesson learned ;)

Below my punches is a short Billy shelf from Ikea (this width is discontinued), which stores all my SU and PTI stamps behind the doors, and my Cuttlebug and all dies/accessories above.
Here's my new desk. I've gone from an L-shaped desk to a shorter (but much wider) desk (Mikael from Ikea). Peg board and accessories are from Home Depot. I can't say enough about peg boards - love 'em!

Close up of my new ribbon storage. A Ribba picture ledge from Ikea. Ribbon ordered in rainbow (ROYGBIV). The small hutch unit on my desk came with the old L-shaped desk. I kept it because it's so useful! I forgot to take a photo, but the bottom basket on the far left holds all my adhesives - you can never have too many adhesive options ;)

There's even storage space under the desk! Wire cube shelves hold boxes of photos and other stuff. The drawer unit on the right holds paper scraps and memorabilia to be scrapped.

To the right of my desk: Making Memories organizer, shelves from Canadian Tire, my wire cube unit (now holds my stamp binder, paper trimmers, cutting mats, etc.)

Below I have a filing cabinet that houses my 8.5x11 cardstock, in rainbow order, of course. I've separated SU from PTI. There's also some felt hiding in there.

The bottom drawer has my insane sticker inventory (rarely used - oops?) and room for more paper ;)
On the wall beside, non-spooled ribbon hangs on paperclip clamps on a couple little hook racks (very old from Ikea). All my wee embellishments (eyelets, brads, flowers, etc) are in garage organizers from Canadian Tire. Both are organized in ROYGBIV order, of course ;) Below that are my old ribbon spool storage shelves, Bekvam from Ikea. They now hold Stickles and overflow ribbon spools.
A new addition to the room, the much loved Expedit unit. Thanks to some helpful Internet friendz, I was able to make my Cropper Hopper paper holders fit (by putting them in sideways.) Four Kassett boxes hold envelopes and other miscellaneous stuff. My scrapbook albums all fit in a single section (obviously I haven't been scrapbooking enough!) and the final three are for kid-related craft stuff.
Here's the sewing table-slash-overflow crafting area. You can see my card display above, Deka from Ikea.
Also in the room are Chloe's craft desk and her craft drawers. Here she's decoupaging a box with Mod Podge and tissue paper. Anything to keep her busy while I craft ;)

And finally, the HUGE storage closet that's full of miscellaneous junk and another drawer unit that holds gift wrap stuff, extra supplies (doubles of ribbon, tape, etc), and other things.
So, there it is, my updated crafts space. Hope you enjoyed the tour! For more craft storage ideas, check out the Crafty Storage blog (shameless plug, I'm a reporter on the team.) I recently posted about an amazing crafts room that is just SIXTEEN square feet. It's amazing!