Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Belated Color Throwdown 176 Card Box and Note Cards

Hello fellow papercrafters and stampers!
I have a project to share with you that took several days to complete, inspired by the Color Throwdown Challenge #176. I did not know that the projects need to be linked to that site by the Sunday following each challenge, so I missed the deadline by 2 days. Now I know! :) I don't think I would have made it even if I knew, to be honest. I am a slow crafter, and 4 days just doesn't cut it!

Here is my card box:

I made this set for my friend April, who is a super great gal, with a take no prisoner's attitude! She loves country and rock n roll, and is sort of a gypsy spirit. She can sing karaoke like you would not believe! She's really cool! :)
So I tried to make the box reflect my feelings for her by using SU stamp sets True Friend and Charming. They went together really well, I have to admit.

The Soft Sky dsp was stamped randomly with the medallions from True Friend, and the script stamp from Charming, all in Chocolate Chip ink. I also added direct ink-to-paper distressing to all of the edges, layers, and elements with Chocolate Chip ink.
I added a little bit of fun sewing to the sentiment label, but am not too happy with it. I need more practice to look a little more precise-yet-random. ha!

I found these Velcro fastener stickers at Hobby Lobby for like a buck, and thought they'd be great on these card boxes. I was right! LOVE them!

Here is a shot of the note cards I created. The cards come together so easily after creating the box. It's like, all the hard work is done once the box is designed so all you have to do is match the cards to the box. It just flows freely.

Here are close-ups of each note card.
They each measure 3-1/2 by 4-1/4 inches.
This top one is my favorite of the group!

Here is a look at the inspiration provided by Color Throwdown:

Well, I am sad that I missed the deadline! I hope someone out there is internet space will find it and enjoy it as much as I do!

If you do feel inspired by my creation, share a link with me! I'd love to come by and see it!

Have the most creative day!


True Friend Card Box
stamps: True Friend, Charming, Canvas Bkgd, Best Yet, Hard to Say, and Blessings from Heaven, all SU; Thankful Hearts by Verve
paper: Western Sky dsp, Rose Red, Soft Sky, Kraft, White cs...SU
ink: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Versa Mark
etc: clear embossing powder, light blue pearls (Kaiser), button latte (SU), Soft Sky ribbon (SU), Rose Red seam binding (SU), ticket corner punch, Top Note Die (SU), sewing, foam dots, runner tape, glue dots, Velcro fastener

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

PPA127 Sketch and CR84FN46 Color Challenges

Hey there! Happy Tuesday!
I had some time to create again today, and found two challenges that inspired me greatly!

I really enjoyed breaking out my watercoloring brush and classic inks for this image from 'On the Grow' by Stampin' Up!. It is so pretty, and this is the first time I have inked it. (Like I said previously, it's been almost a year since I felt crafty).
I think this image and the papers are perfect together. Here is a close-up shot:

Both of the challenges end very soon, so off I go to get them linked!

Have the most crafty day!


Thinking of You
stamps: On the Grow, SU
ink: Black, Daffodil, Kiwi, Pink Pirouette, Indigo classic inks, SU
papers: Kraft, Natural White cs; Bella Rose and Greenhouse Galla dsp's, SU
etc: aqua brush, basic pearls, brights button, kraft seam binding, SU; spellbinders dies, sewing

Friday, January 20, 2012

Another card box crafted!

Hello! Bet you are surprised to see me again!
 I wanted to pop in and share another card box I created for another friend of mine. I actually made this box during the first week of January, before the beautiful blue one in the last post.

Again, the tutorial can be found on Betsy Veldman's blog HERE if you would like to give it a go!

A picture of the open box is handy, since I forgot last time! This one was filled with single layer, stamped 'Congratulations' note cards. My friend sells homes, and needed some cards to send to clients. (I forgot to get pics of the cards before I mailed it!!)

Okay...gotta make it quick!

See you again soon!

stamps: Summer Solstice SU
paper: SU Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler, Cameo Coral, SU; Neutrals dsp, Parisian Breeze dsp SU
ink: versa mark; Black
etc: embossing powder, white satin ribbon SU, pearls SU, Top Note die SU, Houndstooth embossing folder SU, sewing, foam dots, runner tape

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A New Creation!

Well, if anyone has been missing me, you just wouldn't know it. ha!
I have not crafted ANYTHING in a year! Guess I was totally uninspired or just plain burned out! I have, though, been keeping an eye on the online crafty goodness, and occasionally popped in with a comment, or tryed to win blog candy or contests like PTI each month. I just could not bring myself to pick up the scissors or glue!
Until now!!
The Pal's Paper Arts blog challenge LAST WEEK was a beautiful color combo, which suited my project just fine! (I missed the deadline for posting though) I wanted to make a friend of mine a box of note cards because she had done me a HUGE favor. And here it is!!

The box was crafted from a tutorial from Betsy Veldman, of PTI royalty. She had posted the instructions on her blog HERE if you want to try it. It is super easy, and you can decorate to your hearts content!!

I made six note cards to include inside, all matching the box, of course! It was so fun and easy to do! I just made lots of stamped flowers and cut them out, stamped the sentiments and matted each one and added some sewing, and then cut 6 of the Not Quite Navy dsp rectangles, matted and stitched them. Then I just arranged each one differently, and added ribbon here and there!
It took much less time to make the cards than the box, for sure! :)

Can you tell I was totally absorbed in creativity?

The 'I'm Praying for You' card is my favorite of the bunch! But they all turned out great! Even my husband was impressed, and that is not easy to do!

Each note card measures 3-1/2 by 4-7/8 inches. You can't tell from any of the pictures, but I sprayed the box and cards all over with white Smooch Spritz! They shimmer and shine like you would not believe! I love that stuff!!
My friend absolutely loved this gift, and I am not sure if she will be able to send the cards or not. But I hope so, share the love I say!

I will surely be making many more of these gifts for my family and friends. I already have a list of gals I know, who would love them! And tons of color combos and stamp sets in mind!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, if you are here, I appreciate it!

Happy January and 2012!

stamps: Natural Beauty SU, Echoes of Kindness SU, random sentiments
paper: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Vanilla cs SU; Parisian Breeze specialty dsp SU; Urban Garden dsp SU
ink: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Whisper White (craft) SU; Camomile Tea Die Ink PTI
etc: pearls SU, sewing machine, Vanilla satin ribbon PTI, Not Quite Navy taffeta and wide satin ribbons SU, Smooch Spritz, foam dots, runner tape, glue dots