September Project of the Month – MacKenzie-Childs inspired pumpkin

This has been a crazy month with all the hurricane activity (Harvey, Irma, Maria).  Fortunately we were extremely lucky (with Hurricane Irma in eastern Florida) and only lost power for a couple of days.  And the only damage was to our fence.  My heart goes out to those in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean who continue to battle for the basic necessities.

So needless to say this has been a month of limited projects.  I did knit several hats during the storm and the ensuing power outage.  And I was able to keep up with Etsy jewelry orders – at least the filling of the orders – even though the mail was knocked out for over a week.

But now that things are returning to normal I am trying to get into the holiday spirit – at least a little.  I have always been a fan of MacKenzie-Childs so when I saw their pumpkins I knew I wanted to have one.  And by have one, I mean make one.  So I bought an antiqued white pumpkin at Michael’s, along with some black paint and some gold paint and gave it a try.

 

I am please with the results and look forward to enjoying my pumpkin during the Halloween and Thanksgiving seasons.  And NO MORE HURRICANES!!!!

UPDATE:  Encouraged by my first pumpkin success (and a sale at Michael’s) I decided to make a second pumpkin for my mother.  I hope she likes it.

 

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August Project of the Month – Embroidery, Knitting, Cross Stitch

For some curious reason this month has rekindled my desire to revisit some old crafting methods. I guess it started with seeing all the cute embroidery hoop art on Instagram and wanting to give it a try.

I started by ordering a kit on Etsy from SarahKBenning@etsy.com and making these cacti.  I highly recommend her kit. The instructions were just what I needed to refresh my memory and they were super easy to follow.

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Then I tried a couple on my own.

My last attempt was a pumpkin for a Halloween card.

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About that time I saw Jennifer McGuire’s video on cross stitch cards. I ordered the die from Paper Smooches and when it arrived I CASed her rainbow card and did another pumpkin card.

I will definitely try more of the cross stitch cards but with the random color blocking and no designs. I think they are so much more effective and easier to do.

Lastly I got on a knitting kick. My mother has been making hats and mittens for generations of our family. She also donates dozens to different agencies around the country. So I have joined in. I’m not happy with my mittens and will have to wait to get together with her one on one for some lessons. But the hats are off and running.

Here is my first set.

Obviously I am a novice at all of these crafts and probably will never do another embroidery project. But how do you know what you like and what you’re good at until you try?

April Project of the Month – Card Making

This month I have been experimenting with different card making techniques and trying to “up my game”.

First up I made this tool box using Lawn Fawn Scalloped Edge Pop Up card die set.  This set is fantastic!  I am so glad I splurged on it.  I can see using it in many different variations.  Here I loaded up the box with tools from Stampin’ Up Nailed It stamp and die bundle.  I cut the tools out of yellow card stock with foil tape that I adhered for the metal parts of the tools.  I stamped on the yellow card stock first, adhered the foil tape (bought at Home Goods – I think it is for dryer vents or something) and re-stamped the image. (Hint:  I found I needed to use StazOn Ink to keep the image from smearing.  The banner poles come with the pop up box kit and I improvised the banner with my Stampin’ Up Thoughtful Banners sentiment and coordinating punch.

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Next I CASE’d a few cards that I admired on Pinterest.  The first (inspired by Christy Velasquez – hers used a beautiful blended rainbow background) was die cut on my Silhouette Cameo and mounted on a lime green card base.  I used Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangle Dies to make the frame.  I triple cut the hello from black cardstock backed with double sided adhesive.

The second card (inspired by Barbara Anders) used the Hero Arts Grateful Leaves layering stamp set and coordinating die.  I stamped the leaf on white cardstock in 3 background colors, stamped again with the black veins and cut and mounted each leaf on a wood embossed white background with foam tape.  I added some gold thread behind the leaves but I admit that the “random” loops of thread are not my forte.  I white heat embossed my sentiment (from Hero Arts Anyone Can Stamp) on black cardstock.  I added coordinating hearts, stars and dots from Stampin’Up.  I really liked how this card turned out!

The next two cards used techniques from Jennifer McGuire.  The sunshine card used a technique she called floating die technique.   Basically I cut the flower using Stampin’ Up Timeless Tags die in green, turquoise and yellow.  I backed the turquoise with double sided tape which made it easier.  I set the cut pieces on my card in one piece and remove all the pieces I didn’t want except the outline.  I added the center in yellow, and the leaves in green and then removed the outline.  The flower appears to be floating.  Again I triple cut the sunshine (from Stampin’Up) on black card stock and layered on the card front.  The rectangle was die cut with the Avery Elle Double Pierced Rectangle Die.  If I tried this technique again I think I would try it with a different die with larger pieces but overall I was happy with the result.

The small (3×3) heart thank you note used Jennifer’s spotlight stamp technique.  This was super simple.  I stamped my card base with the Avery Elle Big Greetings Thank You.  I also stamped some scrap turquoise card stock with the same sentiment.  I punched out the heart and mounted it over the cardstock with dimensionals making sure to line up the sentiment.  I threw on a few water drops from Pretty Pink Posh and done.  Big impact for very little effort.  This technique definitely bears repeating.  Thank you Jennifer McGuire.

Lastly are two cards I made just for fun.  The first one was for my niece who shares my love of succulents.  The Cactus is from Hampton Arts which I tried to color with my Tombow brush pens and the succulents are Spellbinders dies – all from Michael’s.  Proving you don’t need to invest a lot of money to make fun cards (although that hasn’t stopped me).

The small (3 x 3 again) thank you note is printed with my Misti using a layering tulip stamp set from Altenew and Hampton Art Flower Amaze Thank You.

I really need to find a third hobby (my first love is jewelry making and my etsy shop – bydeezyne.etsy.com) because I am running out of card supply storage!

 

 

 

January Project of the Month – Valentine’s Cards

I have been experimenting with lots of different stamps, embossing folders, dies, and specialty papers as well as Silhouette Cameo shapes to create several different Valentine’s Day cards.  Some I liked better than others but here is the lineup for this year.

December Project of the Month – Planner Stickers

It has been several months of family drama for me but all family members seem to be slowly on the mend (thank God).   But that is why I a so late to post for December.

My niece got herself a planner in December which inspired me to do the same.  I then created some customized stickers to meet my planner needs.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to print and cut the stickers.   It took several tries to get the check list boxes to fit my small planner but now I am set for the year.

 

November Project of the Month – Thank you cards for my Etsy store

This month I decided to change up the thank you notes that I send out with my Etsy orders (bydeezyne.etsy.com).  I love making hand made cards and always send a thank you note but usually they are computer generated.  This month I decided to make them with my stamp sets to satisfy my card making obsession.

Much more fun!  The cards below are a new set from Avery Elle called Berry Good.  I stamped the first card with black ink but then decided to emboss the rest with black embossing powder.  I colored the peaches with Stampin’ Up colored pencils and their watercolor blender.  I added some rhinestones just because.

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Here are some more 3 x 3 thank you notes.  These were quick and easy.  I put strips of washi tape on card stock and die cut the stars.  I embossed and scored the card base and added the sunshine washi tape and attached the stars with dimensionals.  Love the results!

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October Project of the Month – Christmas Cards

Here are my 2016 Christmas cards.  I used a variety of products and techniques this year.

Starting in the upper left corner I used the double layering technique with a stamp set called Peaceful Pinecones.  It was super easy and one of my favorites.  Below that I played with my Misti to position pine trees from the Joyful Christmas stamp set in a variety of colors.  Both stamp sets are from PaperTrey Ink (https://www.papertreyink.com/stamps/peaceful-pinecones-stamp-set/).

In the top right is a patchwork Christmas tree I made using a variety of patterned glitter papers that I punched out using the top of the Stampin Up Christmas tree punch.  I adhered them to white card stock and then embossed the front.  Of all my cards this was the easiest and most effective.  The red star and the Joy were die cut from red foil paper (all from Stampin’ Up).

On the bottom are two cards I printed with my computer onto with cardstock.  Once in red and again in green.  I cut the card stock in half horizontally and repositioned on my card front.  I then embossed the card front with snowflakes and added sequins.

The cards above were all done with a combination of my Silhouette Cameo and Stampin’ Up Die Cuts (for the ornaments, Joy and the bow).  With embossing on the white card stock and sentiments from Stampin’ Up Word Play (tidings of comfort & Joy) and Wondrous Wreath (Happy Wonderful Christmas).

Above are three cards I made using the Stampin’ Up bird punch and some die cuts from my Silhouette cameo for the trees and the window.  I’m still in love with this punch.

For these last three cards I used some techniques from Jennifer McQuire.  I’m sorry to say that my results were nowhere near as beautiful as hers but I wanted to try her techniques for heat embossing.  For the Merry cards I embossed Stampin’ Up Seasonally Scattered with white embossing powder on red card stock and with red embossing powder on white card stock.  I cut the card stock horizontally and the repositioned on the front of my cards.  For the Noel Wreathe I tried layered gold embossing powder and was very disappointed in my results.  But hey.  At least I tried.

So here is the whole gallery of cards for this year.  It was fun to try new techniques and some I will definitely be using again for cards throughout the new year.

August Project of the Month: Back to School Cards and Halloween

Trying to stay cool in the Florida heat by making some cards.

First up is a back to school card I made for my niece and nephews.  I used the Stampin’ Up Jar of Love stamp set to stamp and cut the jars and the fish.  I used Ranger Glossy Accents on the fish to make them look wet.  And I embossed part of the background with Woodgrain by Darice.  A big thank you to Sandra Collett, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, for the idea and inspiration (http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/sandracollett/blog?directBlogUrl=%2Fblog%2F4000578%2Fentry%2Fa_troubling_of_goldfish).  I wish I were as creative as she.

 

I printed the inside sentiment on my computer and the fish stamp on the envelope.

I also made a few Halloween cards on my Silhouette Cameo with die cuts from Silhouette Studio.

 

Here are a couple more Halloween Cards.  The first was made with Stampin’ Up Jar of Love, patterned paper and Washi tape.  I also used the double pierced rectangular die from Avery Elle.  I used the Silhouette Cameo to print and cut the candy corn for the shaker portion.  The second card was made entirely on the Silhouette Cameo – well, okay I used a circle die for the moon – but everything else was Silhouette.

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Stampin’ Up Jar of Love

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Using Silhouette Cameo

Now onto Thanksgiving and Christmas!

June Project of the Month – Clipboard Wall Art

I purchased and made Stampin’ Up Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit as a gift.  I was thrilled with the way each of the panels turned out and kept two for myself.  In fact I was so inspired I have started making my own to hang as clipboard wall art.  It is a nice alternative to card making or scrapbooking and adds a little inspiration to my office.  And I can swap them out or make more as my mood changes.

 

April Project of the Month – Silhouette Mint

Here are a few more Mint stamps I made.

And here is the storage solution I came up with:  Using Stampin Up Clear Mount Stamp Cases (http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=119105) to store my mint stamps.  Since my craft area is basically a closet, storage is at a premium so using these cases for all of my stamps has been a real space saver while allowing me to see what stamps are stored in each case.

I also made myself a cheat sheet for the mint stamp sizes to help with reordering the stamp refills.

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I used this for the label insert in the clear cases.