Friday, July 25, 2014

Sympathy Leaves

 Hi and welcome back to another fabulous Friday post. As mentioned in this post I seemed to have hit a sympathy themed rut this week. It was a theme that I needed to work on and I think I am finally getting the hang of it.  
 
 
I distressed this card by sanding down the middle to create those white lines. It's a really easy technique and just requires a ruler and some sanding paper (or even better a sanding block which is angled). I then stamped and cut out those beautiful leaves and then I hand wrote the saying. I feel as though I often look to stamps for sayings and quotes because I am not comfortable with my hand writing, but I have to remind myself that sometimes having hand written sentiments adds a very personal effect.  
 
The tag is basic (inked around the edges) and then I tied some light yellow ribbon it and stamped sympathy.

I hope you enjoyed the post today and don't forget there is a new link party over at PDE where the theme is 3+ patterned papers.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Loving Memories & Birds

I feel like a sympathy burst hit me this week even though personally I am not experiencing any losses - knock on wood. I just know that this is one of my weaker themes so I want to work on them until I get better at them.
 

With this card I not only inked the edges of the papers but I also sanded the front to give it a distressed feel. Also as you can see the bird is raised using 3-D tape and I used the lovely powers of three to add some flowers.

All of the stamps used are from Close to my Heart.. except the flowers which I have had forever in my stash. The paper is all from my stash and was once just plain solid colored paper. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you back on Friday for my Fabulous Friday Morning post.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Abi's front page

Happy Tuesday and welcome to another Link Challenge over at Pause, Dream, Enjoy! For this week we have the challenge of creating something using three or more pattern papers. Yea, I know and for those of you that follow along with me you know too that using 3 different patterned papers was definitely a challenge for me.
 
For this challenge I decided to do a scrap page where my third patterned paper is my photo holders. Since I like to keep things clean I used paper from the same family. I also kept the embellishments to a minimum because the background was so busy.  
 
 
My favorite part of this page is the journal holder on the bottom banner. I decided that since this is the opening page for a newborn baby's scrapbook (no not mine ;) ) there might be a lot of information being stored with this page whether it be birth information or possibly even a note from the mommy to be.
 
 
I love how versatile you can get with journaling on scrap pages and I love the idea of being able to tuck this one away. There are lots of different ways to do a hide-a-way journal so make sure to play around with it on your different types of pages - sometimes you want them out in the open and other times you don't.  

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Friday, July 18, 2014

May the Road Lead You..

Happy Friday!! I found this fabulous stamp in my stash and I just knew that it would look great with my racer stripe paper so I quickly made up this card.

 
I decided to add some vellum over the phrase just to give the card that extra oomph which was the same thing I decided with the buttons.
 
 
This is just a closer view of the saying so you can all read it. Again I am very much in love with it.
 
Just on a side note - I am trying to make some changes to the blog (like adding a page where I can put all of my tutorials so you guys can find and share them easily) so my post is a little short today, but hopefully it will all be worth it. I also wanted to remind everyone that this weekend is the last few days to join up with our tag challenge over at Pause, Dream, & Enjoy! Just click on the link and share your tag(s). Remember for this challenge the only rule is to follow the theme for the week.
 
Happy Weekend and I'll see you back here on Monday.
 
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happily Ever After


Today I have a wedding card for you. I apologize that it's a little hard to see I could not get a good bright angle with the camera.

 
 
For this card I used the Devine Wedding Cartridge to cut out the "Happily Ever After" as well as those great little hearts that accompany it.
 
I also wanted to show you the inside of the card since you can't really see that beautiful paper that I used on the front.  
 
 
 Thanks for tuning in today and I hope to see you back here on Friday for some more fun!
 
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Monotone Memories

Happy Monday! Thank you for joining me for another week.

If you have been following my blog or know me at all you know that I have been making cards for a couple years now and you also know that I have had some tough times with the sympathy cards. Something about the mood and tone of these cards make it tough for my upbeat positive personality to come to terms with.

So enough chit chat and onto the card today, which are you probably already know is a sympathy card, well not necessary a sympathy card because it can in fact be used for other occasions, however the tone of the card (at least to me) is one of sympathy.



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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Post it note Tutorial

As promised I have a lovely and easy tutorial for everyone today. As I cruise through blog land I see a lot of new 3-D projects being made out of paper and it just holds to my theory that anything can be made from paper if you just put your mind to it. So I will start small and build to bigger and better things, or course all of which I will be sharing with you.

For today's post I have an easy post it note holder which in my case is set to hold a 5 x 3 1/2" stack of post it notes. You can of course adjust this size to fit the post it notes of your choice (who could have ever imagined that post its could come in so many different sizes and shapes!!)


As you can see I posted the holder with the weaving hearts card I made the other day. I thought it would be such a great little package to pass along to someone since I used the same paper products for both.

So the entire post it note holder measures 8 X 5 1/2" when you take the card stock and lay it down flat - we all have to start somewhere. I then scored the paper at 3 1/2" and 4 1/4" to create the middle crease where you will fold the front flap over the book to close it.


Make sure to note that prior to laying down the post it paper pack I looped a 5 1/2" piece of ribbon across the inside back cover to provide a place to hold a pen. You can see the yellow poking slightly out behind the pen.. this is meant to hold a pen so you always have one handy when you are ready to write up your notes. Genius right!!

I also added a quick pocket to the inside front cover because you never know when you are going to have spare pieces of paper which you will need to keep handy. This measures 5 X 3 1/4" and simply has a half circle punch in the middle to let everyone know its a pocket. You can also double this making it a 5 X 6 1/2" paper folded in half to add some thickness and stability.. for me the single layer was plenty.

Then of course I simply embellished the front and added the post it papers and I was all set to gift..or keep for grocery lists, blog challenges, or whatever else comes to mind.

Thanks for tuning in and I hope to see you back here next week for some more fun and crafting under the sun!

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tag Party - PDE Challenge

Welcome Back for another Tuesday Linky over at Pause, Dream, Enjoy! This week we are all about Tags, Tags, and more Tags! Whether you have bag tags, jar tags, or present tags, make sure to head on over and join us for some inspiration and fun!

 
A couple of weeks ago my boys brought me home this beautiful paper pack with flowers, rainbows, sunburst, owls and more!! And I couldn't wait to start making beautiful spring/summer themed projects with it. This fun tag linky party was a great chance to get out the paper pack and start playing around.
 
 
The giraffe is cut from create a critter 2 and the rest comes from my stash and that wonderful paper pack I mentioned earlier. I know that the giraffe is a little out of place but that's what makes life so fun.. right! :) I also used those gorgeous teal sequins which are from Close to my Heart and help to accent the clouds.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to stay tuned because later this week I have a new project for you guys and gals..hint: it's a post it note holder equipped with measurements and directions!!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy Independence Day!


Over the weekend I had some time to throw together a much needed scrapbook page. I had a very different game plan when I first started and I was going to use some lighter colors and then some "fun" embellishments but then I just could not pass up a chance to use that wonderful gold "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" gold paper!! I love it!

 I also love the 3-D stickers that I had in my stash and the Washi tape that I picked up at Target for $1.00!!


 
This page was entered into the following challenges:
  
 I hope everyone had a safe and memorable Independence Day Weekend! Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Weaving Hearts

Paper weaving!! Ahhh..brings me back to the good old days where you colored and pieced together pieces of paper in grade school! This is such a classic and easy way to give cards a cool, textured, and unique look.

This card is a standard card with a vertical fold. I used the weaving method, cut it out into a heart, and then attached it to the card with 3-D foam tape. My embellishments are pretty sequins and paper cut into strips. Oh yeah and the white background is mulberry paper.. another really fun textured paper to use.

 
Some tips on weaving is to take a piece of double sided sticky tape and attach it to the top of your cutting mat then add the strips of paper across the top  making sure to leave about a 1/2" hanging over the top. I also had the heart template already cut out so I could just trace it onto the weaved papers. For this particular template I had about 10 strips across and about 10 strips down. Also be careful to not use too many different patterns or textures when choosing the strips of paper - the first one I did looked a little crazy when I flipped it over to the front.
 
I hope you enjoyed this technique and as always feel free to link up your weaved project to our Facebook page.. I love to see new projects!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Introduction to Tangle Patterns and Art

I am always on the lookout for new ways to incorporate art into my creations and the other week when I came across Tangle Art I just knew that I had to share it with everyone! Zentangle is an art form which is an easy to learn, relaxing way to incorporate random (or semi-random) patterns into your images.

For example check out this image from an amazing tangle group called www.tanglepatterns.com.

This amazing work is actually from Linda Farmer. As you can see she uses a number of different patterns.. which you can learn by visiting the referenced site, where you will find hundreds and hundreds of patterns to try out. Trust me it's so much easier than it looks.
 
So you ask what does this have to do with card making and paper craft? Well aside from the fact that it's art, tangle patterns can easily fill in your stamps making this art form even easier.
 
This is from onekraftykat.blogspot.com

This is from attemptedcreativity.BlogSpot.com
 
So some basic instruction is to get a stamped image that has a lot of hollow space and then start filling it in with the patterns you like best. There is no true right or wrong way to fill in your pattern - remember it's supposed to be fun, relaxing, and easy so practice and enjoy your doodling. 

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