Month: April 2009

A Chipboard Frame Tutorial

Hello everyone,  I have a tutorial today!  I made this small chipboard coaster frame and thought I’d share how easy it is to make for yourself!  It would be a great gift for Mom too, just make it in her favorite colors and add a small photo of her Grandkids. MATERIALS NEEDED: Chipboard coaster or square 4″ X 4″ Decorative paper 4″ x 4″ Coordinating solid color decorative paper 2.5″ x 2.5″ Coordinating decorative paper 2.25″ x 2.25″ Neutral color (white is good) for the photo background 2.25″x2.25″ Clear acetate 2.25″ x 2.25″ Square Punch 1.25″ red line tape or strong adhesive file or sand paper hardware picture hanger and eyelet Ribbon or embellishments 1. Adhere 4 x4 paper to the 4 x4″  chipboard coaster. If you are using chipboard cut to size, then round your corners too. File the edges lightly all around. This not only helps adhere them together, but softens the look as well. 2. Construct your mini frame:  Using your 1 1/4″  square punch, punch a square on scrap paper.  Use …

Crafty Creations Envelope bag

Hello!   This week on Crafty Creations the challenge is to make something  SWEET AND YUMMY.  We have a fabulous sponsor too, so be sure to enter your creations (any craft is accepted as long as it falls into this theme) by next Tuesday May 5th!  Our sponsor this week is Tanny’s Treasures who has a wonderful store on E-Bay, filled with craft supplies and embellishments.  She is giving away a load of treasures to this week’s lucky winner!! You can see a photo of the prize on Crafty Creations Challenge. Below is a sweets Bag a Lope that I’ve made for this week’s design team inspiration sample.  These bags are easy and fun to make!  All you need is an envelope and a scoring tool!   For this little bag, I used a standard A2 sized brown envelope, sealed it shut,  cut off the top, scored 1 inch in down both long ends and 1 inch up across the bottom.   There is a good tutorial for this on Splitcoaststampers.   You can use any size envelope as …

The Perfect Blend

There’s nothing better than coffee with friends! The inside sentiment says: “The Perfect Blend”   (MFT HOT STUFF stamps) I stamped the cups (Flourishes Coffee with Friends set) in Bravo burgandy on pink paper from Basic Grey( bittersweet 6 x6 pad) and cut them out. My base is 6″ x 3.25″ whisper white card stock. I’ve added a layer of chocolate card stock to the upper portion of the card.                                                                                     The bottom panel is 3.25″ x 2.25″ of bittersweet Basic Grey paper with an added 1/4 ” strip at the top (adhered to the back of the bittersweet paper to create “piping” as Sharon from No Time To Stamp? would say in sewing terms.                    I tied a bow with Verve Visual ribbon and adhered it to the bottom left corner. The sentiment “coffee and friends” is stamped direct to paper with Bravo Burgandy ink (Stampin’ UP!), and two dew drops added to the top left corner to finish it all off. I used the “piping” for this week’s SSNOTIME84 challenge on Sharon’s blog!  I realized that …

Handmade Happiness

Hi everyone! Wow, it is a gorgeous day here today!!  25 degrees celcius and sunny!! Now that’s my kind of weather!!  The boys are outside playing with water guns and I’m sipping an ice cold Starbuck’s grande java chip. Mmmm… I wanted to pop on and let you know that I’m having a 10% off sale in my Etsy shop! It’s a weekend only sale, and all you need to do is  enter “weekend sale” in the notes to seller during checkout. For those of you not yet  familiar with ETSY, it is a fast growing online market for handmade crafts, vintage items and craft supplies. Each shop is operated by individual artisans; when you buy something, you are paying the artisan directly.  Etsy gets a commision of the sales, and there is a small listing fee for every item.  I have only been selling on Etsy a short time, but I feel like I’m part of a community.  The people behind Etsy put a lot of time and effort into making it a positive …

A Bookmark Challenge

Hello everyone! I have been so busy of late that I have not been posting as often, and I am not getting around to comment on all your wonderful work as much as I’d like either!  I’m hoping I’ll find some extra time over the weekend. It was my turn to host this week’s Crafty Creations Challenge and I chose bookmarks as the theme.  I love to read, even though I find little time to do it lately!   I made  two different styles for the dt samples.  Let me know what you think! Oh, and I’m sponsoring the challenge this week too!  Hope to see some of your bookmarks in the challenge!! I paper pieced the chair by stamping it once on the turquoise and gold and cutting out the upholstery pieces, then I stamped it again on the rich brown and cut that one out.  I pieced it together and mounted it on Very Vanilla card stock.  The shape is cut using my new nestabilities die cuts Labels Four.  It’s also embossed around the …

Well Wishes

Well another weekend has come and gone!  How fast they seem to go, and I find it so hard to get motivated for the weekly routine again.  Hate those mean mondays!! I am playing catch up with a couple of cards I made this week, have a look, I hope you enjoy them! I made this one for a friend who got quite sick over the Easter weekend and is still recuperating.  Trees are a sign of life, health, strength and rejuvenation, which is why I’ve used it here.  I like the gentle earthy feel of the card, what do you think?  I stamped the tree from Stampin’ Up!  Forest Friends in wild wasabi ink, cut it out and shadowed it with wild wasabi card stock. The Timeless Tuesday challenge this week at Flourishes is to use paper piercing , so I pulled out this scoll stamp and pierced around it free hand. I also added pierced dots under the sentiment.  This card has a bit of a masculine feel for me, simple but strong …

Buzzin’ By

I was working on these note cards last night thinking that it is such a rare thing to get a card for no reason at all.  It’s nice to think that there was a time when cards and letters were exchanged as a basic means of communication.  There are of course many ways now to reach out to someone to say hello, but I still think a written word is a very effective, and sincere way to express yourself.  It’s such a pleasant surprise to receive mail that isn’t a bill or an advertisement, don’t you think?   Especially when you least expect it! I used a strip of Basic Grey Urban prairie paper across the bottom of a standard size 4.25 x 5.5″ whisper white base.  The ribbon is adhered just across the top of the dp with red line tape.   I stamped the sentiment and bee from Stampin’ Up! ‘s Just Buzzin’ By set in Archival jet black ink.   I will be stamping a different sentiment in each one, and selling them as …