Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Papercraft Star Challenge 60

Hello everyone.  This week's challenge at Papercraft Star is Steampunk!   For this challenge I had to do a little research because honestly I had no idea what the Steampunk style was.  Keeping metal in mind, my first project was a card using an image from our sponsor The House Across The Bay called "Hot Air Balloons".  I adhered the image to a background called "Writing Background Squares"that is also from our sponsor.  My sentiment is from SU which I framed with a Tim Holtz Ornate Plate.  Some gears and fly wheel complete the embellishments on this card.  For the altered heart I totally used the photo as inspiration.  This started out as a heart shaped pill box.  First I covered the box with some textured paper.  Then I used various gears from both Tim Holtz and 7 Gypsy's for the top of the box.  To make it more interesting I also used old broken jewelry, from earring backs to broken chains.  I found that a glue called Jewel It worked the best when I was glueing metal to metal.  To finish the box off I added some Angel wings.  I really liked how these two projects turned out.  The best part is what's actually inside the little "Steampunk" inspired pill box.  I added pictures of my little cuties and gave it to my husband who now displays it in his office.  Well I look forward to seeing what you all come up with!  Think metal and have fun!


Paper:  Very Vanilla, Natural Ivory cardstock from SU, Textured paper
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Cherish sentiment from SU, 
Embellishments:  The Air Ship image, Background image, from The House Across The Bay, Ornate plate from Tim Holtz, Gears and Flywheels from Tim Holtz, and 7 Gypsy's


Well hello everyone!  I hope you are all having a good week.  Here in my part of Texas it is SO HOT!  I'm so looking forward to this Labor Day weekend.  I'm ready to say "so long" to summer and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of cooler days.  For this card I used the color story from the Play Date Cafe.  I paired this soft color pallet of Mint, Coral and Ivory with a kraft neutral color.  This image is from Clear Arts Stamps called Vintage Silhouettes.  The printed paper is from My Minds Eye, and the Kraft cardstock base is from The Kraft Outlet.  I used the Spellbinder's Lacey Circles die to cut out some vanilla cardstock on which I stamped my image.  I used some twill to make my bow ,also from The Kraft Outlet, and adhered a flower cut with a sizzix die.  I also used a Marvy punch for the tag which I punched out of the Kraft cardstock.  I added three vintage buttons to the corner of my card and threaded them with some baker's twine.  Now, I don't have an air compressor, so I don't stencil with my Copic markers.  Instead I just colored using BG10 and BG000 around my image.  For the hint of coral, I combined the colors Y11 and R00.  Well that does it for this card.  I know, that's a lot of punching and die cutting; but I love dies and punches because you can tailor the color or cut to whatever works best in your project.  As always thank you so much for stopping by.

Entered in the Play Date Challenge 96
The Kraft Journal Celebrations Challenge


Oh I also wanted to spread the word about the give away over at the Kraft Journal!  Yes you can have a chance to win this jam packed give away:

Which includes:  10 yds. of each red and black bakers twine, an assortment of 50 of the plain and grungy tags, an 8 sheet assortment of their cardstock and text weight papers, an 8 envelope assortment, one sheet of kraft labels, a set of their dictionary pages, one yard of black twill tape, and a CD containing 100 graphics and backgrounds!!!   Whew...  That's A LOT!  To find out how you can enter to win this super fab prize click here and check it out!

Stamps:  Vintage Silhouettes from Clear Art Stamps, 
Paper:  Striped paper Lost and Found from My Minds Eye, Kraft Card stock from Kraft Outlet, Very Vanilla from SU
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Embellishments:  Spellbinders, Martha Stewart Edge punch, Tag punch from Marvy, Twill from Kraft outlet, bakers twine, Sizzix flower die.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Card for Teacher

So it's Friday and we are ending the first week of school.  I made this card to give to my son's teacher along with some items from the classroom wish list.  I have a number of educators in my family so I thought I'd wish my son's kindergarten teacher well and I hope she has a great year too.  For this card I used papers from Kaiser craft called "Class of 87".  These bright papers worked well for this card meant for a elementary school teacher.  I used the sketch from this weeks Mojo Monday challenge for the layout, and pretty much stuck to the sketch.  The image is from October Afternoon which I colored with SU markers.  Well that does it for this card.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.


Paper:  patterned paper form Kaiser craft, red cardstock from Taylored expressions
Ink:  StazOn Timber brwon, Real Read, Ballet Blue, Banana, Craft markers from SU
Stamps:  Report Card stamp from October Afternoon
Embellishments:  Edge punches from EK Success, Ribbon and ric rac from Offray, Spellbinders

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Papercraft Star Design Team!!!

Good morning everyone, and yes it is a good morning for me as I have some news to share!  I have been accept as a part of the Papercraft Star design team!  I am so thrilled, and a bit nervous.  The other designers are amazing and I look forward to joining the ranks of these creative ladies.  Along with myself, Jennifer, from Ferrellgraph-x will be a new addition to the team as well.  Hop on over to her blog and check out her beautiful and creative work.  With the first week of school happening here in my area and my own little Kindergartner is experiencing his first days of big kid school.  I created this little journal to help us remember this time by recording the school day events and assignments from his teacher.  I used papers from Bo Bunny's "Blast Off" collection.  I also used the alphabet tablet image from The House Across The Bay, along with a crayola grunge background.  I added a A+ sticker to the crayola background to complete my little boys journal!  Thank you for the kind comments I look forward to my first post as a DT member:)


Kindercone I made for my son's first day of school.  It's a German tradition that we had fun learning about over our summer.  


Paper:  Bo Bunny Blast Off collection, 
Ink:  Distress inks from Ranger
Embellishments:  Digital images from The House Across the Bay, chipboard letters from SU

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Play Date Color Challenge Color Story

This weeks color story from the Play Date Cafe blog is SO beautiful!  I just love the colors of Bubble gum pink, Green, and Navy.  I have seen some very beautiful creations from the design team along with the participants.  For this challenge I stepped out side the box and created a dress for my little diva.  I used a pattern 2668 from Simplicity.  For the dress I pretty much stayed with the pattern and only made small adjustments like the Navy satin flower and ribbon trim on the bottom.  How awesome was E.T's card in this challenge!  That flower looks so great on her card.  She even gives a tutorial for making the satin flower on her card.  Yep I used that tutorial to create my ribbon flower too, and I think is looks great on clothing as well!  Thank you E.T!  My little girl just loves her new dress, and in pure DIVA fashion she twirled and cat walked this little number to no end!  Of course I can't just help myself I also made a card.  Using the same ribbon on the dress, I created a simple bow embellished with a Prima flower.  The Victorian Garden patterned paper from Echo Park reminded me of the fabric from the dress.  The sentiment is from Crafty Secrets.  Well that does it for this post.  Thank you for stopping by and taking a look.


Paper:  Echo Park Victorian Garden, Night of Navy, Whisper White cardstock from SU
Ink:  Night of Navy from SU
Stamps:  Cherish from Clear Arts Stamps
Embellishments:  Spellbinders, ribbon from Offray, Prima flower

Saturday, August 20, 2011


The weekend is here and soon it will be the first day of school for my little kindergartner!  We have been so busy in my little household!  I just know my daughter will be missing her big brother.  I did manage to get in a little stamping time in between school supply list and school tours however.  For this card I used a stamp set from SU called Great Friend.  I used several of the stamps in this set, one of witch I used to create a background for my sentiment.  I used a distress ink from Ranger called Antique Linen to stamp the leaf images.  I loved the subtle leaf flourishes behind my sentiment.  I don't like a lot of blank space around sentiments and this is just a hint of a pattern that solved that issue for me.  I used the color story from CR8F4FN which were yellow, kraft, and neutral, and a sketch from MFT stamp challenge 33.  I hope everyone is having a good weekend and thank you for taking a peak!


Also entered in the Kraft Journal "Anything Goes" Challenge

Stamps:  Great Friend by SU
Ink:  Basic Black by SU, Antique Linen distress ink by Ranger, So Saffron by SU
Paper:  patterned paper by by DCWV, Kraft cardstock, So Saffron, Very Vanilla cardstock by SU
Embellishments:  Lace, seam binding, Die from MFT stamps, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, half back pearls

Saturday, August 13, 2011


Greetings from sunny Florida!!!  This week my little family is vacationing and having good times.  I did manage to steal some time away to make a quick post.  I just had to participate in this week's Papercraft Star book theme challenge.  I choose a book I recently read called "Clockwork Angel" by Cassandra Clare.  Time just keeps on going so I wanted to make a book for my little boy who will be starting kindergarten this year.  I can't believe he is growing up so fast.  Warning this post is very photo heavy.


Paper:  7 Gypsy
Ink:  Distress inks by Ranger
Embellishments:  gears by 7 Gypsy's and Tim Holtz, 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Thinking of You Papercraft Star Challenge

This card was created for the Papercraft Star Challenge 56.  This week was to use the given photo as your inspiration.  Well, this one was a tough one for me. Do you ever have those colors you just avoid like the plague?  For me I'm not too friendly with the colors Yellow and Black:  however I do love me a challenge!  When I struggle with colors I find that keeping it simple works for me, which is what I tried to do with this card.  One of my favorite things to do with a large petal flowers is edge them with Stickles.  For this one I used silver. I then added a button to the center.    The background was created by stamping an image from a stamp set called "Doodle This", by SU.  For the sentiment I used a Whisper White craft ink and stamped right onto the black ribbon.  I then added a border punched strip to the center along with a bow and called done!  I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and thanks for taking the time to stop by:)


Stamps:  Doodle This, Three Little Words by SU
Ink:  Tuxedo Black by Memento
Paper:  Basic Black cardstock, Shimmer White cardstock by SU
Embellishments:  Paper flower, edge punch by EK Success, black satin ribbon

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Hello everyone.  Just a quick post this evening.  I saw the sketch over at the CPS blog along with the Design team's take on the sketch and I just had to play along.  I used a June's Key Ingredients Kit from Taylored Expressions.  I just love the way the kit pairs patterned papers along with coordinating cardstock. The stamp sets I used were also from Taylored Expressions.  I hope everyone is having a good week.


Stamps:  Take Note, Berries and Cherries from Taylored Expressions
Paper:  patterned paper called Happy Go Lucky from American Crafts, Classic Red cardstock from Taylored Expressions, Snow White cardstock
Ink:  Blushing Bride from SU, Tuxedo Black from Memento
Embellishments:  Buttons, Deckled Rectangle Nestabilities from Spellbinders