Friday, March 1, 2024

Paradise

I have something old, something new for my mini album this month at Mini Album Mania. I love the boxes and other "encasing" ideas on Pinterest for mini albums. I made a box by the talented Sam at Pootles Papercraft for my album. I used the meander book tutorial again with a whole different theme this time. Each new album has a different feel, purpose and design elements. It is a fun project and I couldn't resist making one for a friend who loves the beach as much as I do. 














Products I used:

PoppyStamps: Whittle Seaside Sentiments stamp set

Simon Says Stamp: Picture Book Croc die

Sizzix: Summer Days dies, Vacation Words - Block die set

My Favorite Things: Seaside Seagulls stamp and die sets

Memory Box: Whittle Flamingo, Whittle Fish Trio, Marina Sailboats die setss

Concord and 9th: Mini ink pads

Gold cardstock

Vellum (behind Paradise word)

Michael's (?): Gold embossed pineapple patterned paper

Stampin' Up! Classic ink pads

Small circle punch (thumb tabs)

Scalloped edge punch

The box that holds this little 3" x 3" mini album is the perfect size and can be embellished in so many ways. I attached the gold cord to be able to tie the box shut, then adhered the patterned paper and scalloped edge piece over it.

The album is fun to make. Gathering products for the inserts is also fun. Non-directional patterned paper works best with this meander book fold (the inside pages). My first album can be seen here and you get a different feel due to the themes of each. My inserts were put into the album like they are pictured, starting on the top left and ending at the top right for a message to the recipient.

Join us this round with your mini album ideas. There are millions of them on Pinterest to choose from and make your own! Check out all of our design team ideas, too.

See you back here soon!

-Carol






Thursday, February 29, 2024

Chance of Sprinkles

This week at Just Us Girls #716 I am hostess and it is CASE a DT Week. Anyone playing along with us may choose one of our cards to copy and selectively make it her/his own. Take the colors, the layout, the theme or whatever you see in a card and make your own version. Each of us on the team made her own card, however she wanted. Here is my cake pop card.








Products I used:

Pink and Main: Sweet Christmas stamp and die sets, Large Sentiment Strip dies

My Favorite Things: Inside and Out Stitched Circle dies, Scalloped Rectangle die

Poppy Stamps: Life is Sweet stamp set

Prismacolor pencils

All this card took was little bit of die cutting, coloring and searching for a good sentiment. I chose Chance of Sprinkles because I thought it would bring a little chuckle. It is in a stamp set with food puns, so...

I am also playing along with Inskpirational Challenge #310 Moodboard. Look at the gorgeous and yummy photos!! 



Here's to cake pops, other pretty sweets and a nice bouquet of flowers!!
-Carol




Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Breathe

I love cute "real "postage and the cardmaking kind too. Cute stamps at the post office catch my eye, especially at Christmas. With the current postage stamp and die craze I have found that over the years I was already a collector of city postage mark stamps, as well as funny ones and now pretty ones on a theme. I made this card for the Woodblock Wednesday challenge for February.






Products I used:

Judi Kins: face stamp

Postage and Breathe stamps: Concord and 9th

The Greetery: Postage die

Copic markers

Versafine black ink

Random patterned paper

For my card I used a wooden graphic face stamp as my focal point and put it on a postage die cut. I chose to color the face with red, pink and purple, as my mood led me this morning. Elizabeth Taylor, and actress from eons ago, had purple eyes and I thought I would steal the idea from her. I added postmarks and the cost of the stamp with various other stamps I have. To me the postmark on the top right looks at little like she has side swept bangs. I decided to add a saying on the stamp and I liked "breathe" because we need to relax and take deep breaths more often. I sort of cased some cards I found on Pinterest using Penny Black stamps. Here is an example of one.




If you know me, you know that I have gazillions of wooden stamps because I started stamping in the middle ages. I should be playing along with #woodblockwednesday every month with all I have to choose from. Amy Tsuruta makes the BEST cards and I sit and judge every one of mine. She would love to have you join the challenge. Click on the ink in the first paragraph of this post to go to her post.

Here's to cute postage, real or handmade!

-Carol


Friday, February 23, 2024

For a Sweet Friend

Here's a brand new card with a set I have been wanting to use again. Tonight's episode of Mary Gunn's Craft Roulette #203 resulted in these funn (inside joke) parameters:

Project: Flip Fold Card

Colors: Main Street

Element: Walk(s)

Random: Heart







On my card I have a girl walking down Main Street to/past a bakery. Will she resist going in and getting something sweet? She's wearing a heart print top and the card has a flip panel on the front where I tried to depict a brick column separating the bakery from the rest of the building. Most products I used are Concord and 9th except the ink for the stamping which is Versafine. I put some blue vellum in the window for tinted glass. I also used an older Stampin' Up! punch for the front sentiment piece, SU window die, and SU brick patterned paper. 

Now I want a cupcake!

See you back here again soon,

-Carol

Thursday, February 22, 2024

To a Special Friend

I saw on The Paper Players Challenge CAS PP677 blog that the theme is Forever Friends. I recently won a gift card and this Colorado Craft Company set is one that I chose. I sat and colored with Prismacolor pencils and thought about all the things I needed to be doing around the house. Coloring is an escape and I have been wanting to send a friend some cheer.






I made my sky to loosely look like the sunsets lately that we see from the back windows of our house. The photos never look as brilliant as the real thing. And I did not set out to make the perfect ombré, but uneven like the one below.



That's it for today. My little fox says "I miss you" on the inside of the card.

See you back here soon,

-Carol

You put the cute in...

Charcuterie! Have you had or seen a dessert charcuterie board like this one? There are breakfast ones too...as well as many other versions. Can you name all the treats on this one? I could not resist these Avery Elle Char-cute-rie stamps and dies. So fun! 

The Just Us Girls Challenge #715 is Anything Goes with a Stencil. This stencil set that I used for the background is from Honey Bee Stamps called Hearts in Bloom. There are four stencils, but I only used two. I love the shape of the hearts so much!








I made my charcuterie board first. On a random white panel of cardstock, I ink blended the colors I knew I was going to use for the die cuts. Then I placed my dies where I needed them to be color-wise and cut them out. I stamped and die cut the board with GinaK brown ink then ink blended the board here and there to look like wood. 

I adhered the sweets to the board and set it aside. Can you guess what those white dots are supposed to be on the dark chocolate hearts in the upper left corner of the board? The cookies at the bottom look just like some that the grocery store sells!

I stenciled another panel of white cardstock and cut it down to be smaller than an A2 card base. I adhered it to my card base, then grabbed a"napkin" die cut (The Greetery - Coaster die) and adhered that in the middle of the stenciled panel. Then I popped up the charcuterie board on foam tape.

I stamped the charcuterie sentiment and matted it with red to match the hearts. I cut the sentiment in half and put it on the panel as you see in the photo. I ended up, last minute, adding a tiny brown flower stamp in a few places to tie the background into the chocolate on the board.

We are saying thank you for guesting with us this month to Denise Morgans, who contributed such wonderful cards. Would you like to be our guest for a month? We hope you will join us for this stencil challenge. You can even make your own with dies! Looking forward to seeing your cards in our gallery this week!

-Carol

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Warm Quilty Hugs

The Craft Roulette #202 challenge seemed like it was really going to be a tricky one until I finally stumbled upon an idea using my Concord and 9th Poinsettia Quilt dies. Friday night's Episode (which I missed live, but watched back yesterday) helped a lot to see what ideas the ladies brainstormed for each parameter.

Project: 5" x 7" card

Colors: Formal and Informal

Element: Warm(s)

Random: Crisscross










I am also playing along over at the Inspired by Challenge #IB276 with my quilty card. I purposely used pinks and greens as seen in their graphic.




So I chose to make a flat 5" x 7" card held up by an easel (a die I just got and love) with a quilt-shaped card that opens on top of the flat card. My "formal" is the sparkly white Hugs die cut that looks like an elegant formal gown. The "informal" is the cotton-looking prints of the quilt pattern. A quilt is "warm" and so are hugs. Finally, the "crisscross" comes from the cross-stitch and knit patterned papers.

Products I used:

Concord and 9th: Poinsettia Quilt dies

Pink and Main: Hugs die

Impression Obsession: Easel die

White glitter cardstock

Random patterned papers

I cut a 5" by 7" panel and the easel from heavy white cardstock. I made an A2 card base using lighter weight white cardstock to cut the quilt card because the dies had to cut through the double layer of the closed card base. I cut the hugs die three times, the last being out of the glitter cardstock. Last, I cut the quilt pieces out of some patterned papers I had on hand.

I stacked and glued the three hugs die cuts together to be thicker and more prominent over the patterned papers. I adhered the pink cross-stitch patterned paper to the large white panel. I added the quilt pieces to the quilt card and the hugs on top. Then I adhered the quilt card to the left side of the large white panel. All I had to do was glue the easel onto the back of the white panel to finish up my project!

This card was actually pretty quick easy to make. It took a while in planning to get all of the parameters met. 

Stay warm!

-Carol