Thursday, July 26, 2012

Inspire Me Friday: Using Multiple Techniques

Happy Friday, everyone! This week I wanted to challenge myself by using multiple crafting techniques in the same project. For this birthday card, I incorporated coloring, die-cutting, embossing and machine stitching into the design. I began with an A2 card base upon which I stamped an image from the Penny Black Betsy Bluebell stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored her in using assorted Copic markers and paper-pieced Betsy's dress together using a scrap of paper I had from the My Mind's Eye Everyday Flair 6 x 6 paper pad. I then added some Glossy Accents to the balloons and heart-shaped barrettes.

 Next, I wanted to create a window to lay over the base of the card. I trimmed a piece of pink card stock down to 4 x 5.25 inches and die-cut the window using Papertrey Ink's Mat Stack 3 die using my Cuttlebug. In order to incorporate the paper-piecing into the rest of the design, I adhered a strip of the scrap paper onto the bottom of the panel. I then ran this through my Cuttlebug using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. Lastly, I felt like the window panel needed a border element, so I machine stitched around the edges with teal colored thread. I used foam dots to adhere the pink panel to the white base. Foam dots or foam tape are great for adding dimension to any scrapping project!

Of course, no birthday card feels complete without a sentiment! The "hi" stamp from the Precious Remembrance Positive Thoughts stamp set was absolutely perfect for this card! The dashed lines look like stitching, and the little heart matches the heart barrettes in Betsy's hair! Furthermore, the sweet font and simple "hi" fit the style of this card beautifully. I stamped the sentiment onto a strip I die-cut using Papertrey Ink's Double-Ended Banners Die. I added a light blue button as a final touch!

 I hope I've inspired you to incorporate multiple tools and techniques into a single project. My workstation does get a little cluttered when working with so many different tools, but after everything's cleaned up and put away, I'm always satisfied with the dynamic project I've created!

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Inspire Me Friday: Pretty little gift tags!

For this week's project, I chose do create one of my favorite things: gift tags! The Precious Remembrance Positive Thoughts stamp set works perfectly with the whimsical pink and white color scheme I chose, and I love how the typography resembles handwriting.
I started off by die-cutting the tag base using Papertrey Ink's Tag Sale #3 die. I've used this die countless times and find it to be the perfect size and shape, plus, the embossed border adds an elegant touch. I added a We R Memory Keepers eyelet (great quality eyelets and very easy to set) to the top of each tag and strung about 6 inches of grosgrain ribbon through.

Now, for the actual scrapping and stamping! I started off looking through my scrap pile and picked out some papers that I had left over from another project. All the paper used is from the My Mind's Eye Everyday Flair 6 x 6 paper pad. I punched out some circles and did a bit of machine stitching to create the background. At this point, I knew I wanted to stick with reds, pinks and corals for my color scheme, but I had no idea what type of embellishments to add! I spotted some floral embellishments by Sassafras in my craft drawer that I had been holding onto for a while. Please tell me I'm not the only one who "saves" embellishments, and then feels guilty for not using them. Well, I'm really glad I put these to use!

The Positive Thoughts stamp set worked incredibly well with this project. The sentiments are inspiring yet lighthearted, which works well with the muted pink colors and floral embellishments. I used Papertrey Ink's Double Ended Banner Die to create the banner strips that I used for two of the sentiments. The final result is a set of layered, three-dimensional tags which I think these would be great to package a spring or summer birthday gift. Also, they look a bit like Valentines and if I don't find a way to put them to use anytime soon, these tags will be making a reappearance in February!

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Inspire Me Friday: Mixing Patterns and Layering Die-Cuts

For today's Inspire Me Friday post, I created a card by mixing patterned paper and layering die-cut shapes. The result is a perfect, all-occasion greeting card for the summertime! I used the Precious Remembrance Positive Thoughts stamp set for the sentiment as well as for the splatter design in the corner.

I started off with a bright orange panel of paper which I had in my scrap paper pile and chose my paper from the My Mind's Eye Everyday Flair 6 x 6 inch paper pad. I love these little paper pads because the patterns they include coordinate together so beautifully. When mixing patterns, it can be easy to go overboard with bold prints, so I like to balance prints with "neutrals." In this case, I chose the striped paper which contains the same colors as the floral paper that is along the  bottom of the card. 

I felt like the striped paper seemed a little bare, so I stamped along the top edge with the awesome splatter paint stamp from the Precious Remembrance Positive Thoughts stamp set. I love the effect and just a little went a long way!

For the sentiment panel, I chose the Smile stamp from Positive Thoughts and stamped it onto a Papertrey Ink's Framed Out #3 die-cut. I added a couple of eyelets in a rosy pink.

For the layered flower die-cuts, I used Papertrey Ink's Rosie Posie stamps and dies. To prop up the flowers, I used foam adhesive, which is one of my favorite scrapping tools. Foam tape or foam dots are an excellent way to add dimension to any project. I stamped the flowers using the same colors from the floral patterned paper and I love how the die-cuts look like they're a three-dimensional extension of the paper itself!

I accented the card with some rik-rak I had and some machine stitching. I adhered the panel onto an A2 white cardstock base.

Monday, July 2, 2012

July Release Day!

Precious Remembrance is releasing the adorable Positive Thoughts stamp set today! I think these sentiments would be perfect for a graduation card or scrapbook. One of my cousins is heading off to college this fall, and I might just save the below card just for him.

The Positive Thoughts stamp set was perfect for the insiprational card above. I started with an A2 card base using Papertrey Ink's cardstock in Soft Stone. All the patterned paper I used is from the Lily Bee Design "Buttercup" 6x6 Tiny Tablet, which includes 12 beautiful designs. The great thing about these little paper pads is that the patterns coordinate with each other so well. I machine stitched the edges of the sentiment panel and added a 2-inch circle punch-out in the corner.

The adorable little flip flops were made using the Papertrey Ink Flipping Out Die Collection. I added come Glossy Accents to the thong part of the flip flop and curled the paper a little against the edge of a pen to make them look like real flip flops. I then adhered the three little points with drops of Elmer's Glue.

Lastly, I used three of the sentiments from the stamp set to create my inspirational message. I embossed the central sentiment in black embossing powder by Zing, and stamped the top and bottom sentiment's in Memento's London Fog ink. I think this makes for a great unisex card, and the flip flops are just perfect for summer!