Saturday, May 30, 2015

A Project Life Album Project, Part 3

Today, I'll share the last of my album pages for my Project Life Album project.  I hope I can inspire you to go create one of your own.  You'll be glad you did.  
I am so grateful to Ronda Wade, a fellow demonstrator, for sharing her faith and creativity with others.  She is an inspiration to us all.  

After this last full-page spread, I have a lot of extra pages with just cards and even some blank journaling cards, so the recipient of my album can add whatever she'd like to add to it.   Inside the last page, I placed a bunch of extra punched pieces, so she can use those as needed for some extra embellishments.
Here, again, is my album... ready to go off in the mail to a special person.  I hope this blesses her and helps to uplift her spirits.  
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Project Life Album Project, Part 2

Are you ready to see more of my Project Life album pages?  Let's jump right in and get started.  I've added a few punched pieces for simple embellishments.  The Scriptures have been cut to various shapes using framelits and thinlits.   
I've used a few hearts, stars, flowers, and a lot of butterflies.  



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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Project Life Album Project, Part 1

One of the greatest joys of being an artist and paper crafter is being able to share the joy of it all with others.  With my recent project, I was able to do that ... big time.  I completed an entire album, too!  Let's get started taking a look at the first few pages and then I'll explain the story behind the album.   
I chose to keep my album cover simple, with a nice ribbon around the cover.  Here's the cover page.  
I left the next page blank, so a personal note could be added for the recipient to read and enjoy.  This left the first actual album page being a single page.  
Now, we start with the full page spreads.  
Each page has a few, minimal embellishments and a Scripture selection.  
Now, I'll explain the purpose of this album.  It is one I made after signing up for a series of uplifting videos from Ronda Wade's series:  Creating for Christ.  I received 21 days of Scripture selections to study, along with a video talking about it.  The album goes along with the series.  When I shared with my daughter that I was doing this and really enjoying it all, she asked if I'd make a second album for a friend of hers who really needed some uplifting right now.  I immediately said that, when I was finished making it, she could have mine.  I got the joy of making it, while growing spiritually, and then the added joy of sharing it with another.  That's special to me.  I won't share her personal story, but I feel blessed that I can help someone who needs a little joy in her life right now.  Come back to see Part 2 with some more of my album pages. 

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tutorial for Floral Framelits Shape Card

In response to requests about my previously posted card, I have a little tutorial today to help you.  I hope you'll like reading it and then go create one of your own.  Enjoy!  Here's the card:
Here's how you cut the shaped card base.  Start with a folded piece of CS, just like you were going to make a top-fold card.  Hang 2 of the petals partly off the folded edge.  Cut another (single) piece of CS in the same floral shape.  Set this one aside for now.
Here's a close-up so you can better see how to do the folded edge.  
Here's how it looks after you've run it through the Big Shot and cut it.
Now, you have a top-fold card in a floral shape.
Here's how it looks when you open it.
You could leave it like this, but I chose to take the single piece of CS that I cut and attach it over the folded card, so I would have complete petals on the entire card front.  I then cut the other layers, stamped and sponged them, and attached them with dimensionals.  I then added an Antique Brad.  I attached these 3 layers to the large card base with more dimensionals.  When we made this card in class, everyone loved it and was surprised at how easy it is to make it.  OK now; your turn to go make one:) 

Before you begin working on yours, click here to see all of my previous post for this card again.
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tutorial for My Happy Flowerpot Card

I am thrilled to say that I've received a lot of fun emails since my previous post.  Everyone was excited to learn more about my Happy Flowerpot Card.  I guess it ended up being a teaser,
So... here are the details.  
General tips and info for my cards:
Inside of card:
I like to line the insides of my cards with a 4 X 5 1/2" piece of CS.  I either stamp on parts of it or, as with this card, I add a strip of coordinating DSP --- usually just 1" wide.

Coordinating envelope:
I either stamp on the envelope or add DSP to the flap on the envelope or cut an envelope liner from DSP.

The card front for this card:
Cut a card base of CS  (4 1/4 X 11").
Score at 5 1/2" (using Simply Scored Tool) and fold.  Crease using a bone folder.
Cut a piece of CS (4 X 5 1/4").
Lay this piece over the front of your card base with the card open.
Cut the smaller circle first, just as you would when using 2 punches, through both layers.
Now you know your circles will be lined up.
Use the opening to determine where to place the next larger size framelit.
Cut this larger circle through just the top piece of CS.
Stamp or emboss after cutting out your circle.
Attach this top layer using dimensionals.
Cut a 4 X 5 1/2" piece of DSP and another piece of CS (same color as base/same size as DSP).
Attach these 2 pieces together and then attach behind the front of the card, so the DSP shows through the circle opening.
Cut 'happy' and determine where to attach the ends of the letters.  Place Liquid Tombow or 2-Way Glue over the ends of the word and carefully attach over your circles.
Sit back and admire.

Whew!  There you have it.  Please let me know if you have any further questions.  I love sharing with you.  I hope you'll try a card like this.  Once I figured out the circle placements, the rest was super simple.  Let me know if you come up with a new version of this and share it with all of us.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Something Old / Something New Vintage Layout

Sometimes, when I finish a project for a class, I end up with some left over pieces that are too good not to keep.  I used a few to create this new vintage layout.   
I love showcasing my ancestors and preserving as much history as I can about them.  I cannot think of a better way to do this than with my Heritage Album. 
My plan is to use the large mat for a larger photo and place a smaller photo inside the oval frame.  I will use the series of tags for journaling or very small photos that would otherwise be difficult to use in a layout.
Of course, I added a lot of new pieces and embellishments to complete my layout.  I love how this turned out and I can't wait to add the photos.  
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

1 Card / 2 Versions

I have 2 versions of a very bright and pretty card for you today ... again, we're still using framelits dies to help create the cards.  Check these out and let me know which one you like the best.  
My color story is a beautiful one, based on the Designer Series Papers (DSP):
Pacific Point
Wild Wasabi
Daffodil Delight 
In real life, you can see a beautiful shimmer and sparkle to the flower petals.  My ink pad was nice and juicy so, while the ink was still wet from stamping, I sprinkled Iridescent Ice EP over it and heat embossed it.  I did not emboss the center of the flower, to give it contrasting textures.
I've coordinated the inside of each card as well as the envelopes, using DSP.  So... which one do you like the best?

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Monday, May 18, 2015

A Simply Stunning Card

What I mean by my title is ... this card is simple to create and the result is stunning.  It's all thanks to a gorgeous DSP called Something Borrowed.  Out of all the cards we made at last Saturday's class, this was the most popular of all.  We had a fabulous class.  It was super fun and everyone did an amazing job... AND we finished exactly on time.  That means that everyone worked really hard.  I love classes like that!  Here's my card:
This card looks more complicated than it really is.  This time, the frame (created with 2 graduated sizes of framelits) is simply attached over the layer of DSP.
To really bump up the card several notches to a real wow, I added a double layer of butterflies.  The bottom layer is sahara sand CS and the top layer is vellum.  To create the gorgeous, sparkly look, I embossed the butterfly with VersaMark Ink and my concoction of Whisper White and Iridescent Ice EP.  In the past, I've used this concoction mostly for snowy and wintry look cards, especially at Christmas time.  (I came up with the idea to mimic the beautiful look you see when the light hits the snow and gives it a sparkly look.)  I decided that, with a Sahara Sand/Whisper White color story, that it could be the perfect finishing touch.
The butterflies are attached only with the center/body portion, leaving the wings free, for added dimension.  I slightly off-set the top butterfly when I attached it, so you could really get the full effect of the dimensional look of it all.  In real life, it has a beautiful sparkle to it.
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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Live With An Open Heart

I have another masculine card for you today.  Actually, I think anyone would love this one.  I enjoy using the nature type stamps a lot and, for this one, I've used a stamped banner cut from a framelit as my focal piece.
I've used some shading techniques in stamping the leafy piece on the card and the envelope.  I added even more texture with sponging the edges of the 'banner' piece.  
The bird is embossed and hand cut and then attached with dimensionals.
I think you could use this same card design and change to blues or greens for a striking new version of my card.
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Friday, May 15, 2015

Fun With Our Bow Builder Punch

Have you ever used our Gift Bow Bigz Die?  We now have a baby version of it!  Today's post is brought to you by a wonderful new punch ... our Bow Builder Punch ... and Stampin' Up!
Click here to enjoy a video demonstrating creating this cute punched bow. 

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Shape Card with Sponge Daubers

I hadn't made a shape card for a while, so I decided to work on one using our Floral Framelits.  These are some of my favorite dies, because you have a lot of versatility with them and they make wonderful filter paper flowers.  If you follow my blog, you know I've made a lot of those:)  I chose Strawberry Slush for this card.
I used a little stamping and a lot of sponging to give my card added dimension and texture.

For more creative ideas for using sponge daubers, click here.  This one uses a stencil with sponge daubers.  Enjoy!
I also used sponging to create a coordinating envelope.
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