Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Papillon Potpourri

Time is a little short for stamping.  There are so many details I still need to take care of for this move but this couldn't be overlooked.  My daughter celebrated her 16th birthday last month and I didn't have enough thank you cards for her.  Rather than a thank you, I made general note cards.  I saw a thank you card on Pinterest that used other supplies than Stampin' Up!  Have no fear, I could recreate it with what I had.  While I could have made the banner for the 'thank you' sentiment, I liked it without it.

To make the scalloped square, I cut the CS to a 2-7/8" square. I went through a whole sheet of CS to figure out the dimensions to punch it easily.  The banner is 2-1/8" wide, I think 2" would be better.  To cut the bottom, I used my paper trimmer and cut in 1/2" into the center and then used my scissors to cut from one corner to the center and then did the other side.

Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri
Ink:  Jet Black
CS:  VV, Crumb Cake, Basic Black
Misc.:  Scallop Trim & Border punches, Woodgrain EF
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Friday, June 27, 2014

VC Rock Blog Hop

The challenge for this blog hop was to rock our creativity using Stampin' Up! punches or Sizzix dies.  I actually used both on this card!  I've had both the Circle Card Thinlit and the Label Card Thinlit since they came out but I haven't used them.  Today I opened the packaging for the Circle Card Thinlit and this is what I came up with.

In the next picture, you can see I did a gate fold for it.  I measured the Tangerine Tango CS at 5-3/8 x 8-1/4.  I tucked the end away from the circle through the thinlit so it wouldn't cut, but fold it when I ran it through the Big Shot.  A little of the Retro Fresh This and That Washi Tape to jazz it up a little for a note.
I ended up using the 1-3/4" circle punch as a stencil for the stamped image after it was colored.  I put the circle on top of the image, traced around it, jumping over where the leaf and flowers extended and then cut it with paper snips and mounted it with Dimensionals.  You can see in the picture I ran a strip of the washi tape down the left side of the card too.
Stamps:  I Like You
CS:  Tangerine Tango, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, VV, Retro Fresh DP
Ink:  Tuxedo Black, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron
Thinlit:  Circle Card 
Punches:  2-3/8" Scallop Circle, 2-1/2" Circle, 1-3/4" Circle
Misc.:  Retro Fresh This and That Washi Tape, Dimensionals

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Arrow of Light

I'm really pleased with how these awards turned out and the boys were jazzed to receive them.  Some knew I had name plates engraved but I didn't tell them much other than there was an arrow, which there always is at an Arrow of Light ceremony.
The blue on the arrows above are post-it notes with the boys names on them.  Just in case they got separated when transporting, it would be quick to identify who it belonged to.

My husband went to the store to buy the wood to save me limping (I'm on the mend).  He bought wood that had knots in it.  I have to say I wasn't jazzed at the time because I thought he went cheap and I wanted these to be nice but I have to say once they are stained, it adds character and looks good.  Down side to knots in the wood is if they are on the edge when you are routing, there is a good chance you are going to need to fill the area with wood putty.

These boards are 24 inches long from the center.  I used a cereal bowl as my guide to round the ends and cut them with my scroll saw.  A friend has a router and took care of the edges for  me.  You could get away with not doing that, but it does look snazzier with the routed border.  My husband drilled holes for me and cut my 3/4" dowel into 2-3/4" pegs.  I sanded the pegs, rounding one end and I used my dremel to make groove about a 1/2" in from the end on each peg to hold the arrow.  I glued the pegs into the board in the morning and stained them that night.  I sealed them the next day and attached the name plates which have their name, Arrow of Light, date & Cub Scout Pack #.

The arrows I bought.  I've bought arrows online before, I've made them with a dowel and hunted down materials to make them.  This time around I went to the Scout shop and bought arrow making kits, stained the wood and assembled them.  I then painted on each arrow what they have earned (aka career arrow).

Yellow - 1" - Arrow of Light
Purple - 1" - Religious Knot
Black - 1/2" - Activity Badges
Darker Blue - 1" - Webelos Badge
Silver - 1/2" - Silver Arrow Points
Gold - 1/2" - Gold Arrow Points
Green - 1" - Bear rank
Red - 1" - Wolf Rank
Lighter Blue - 1" - Bobcat 

I matched the paint to the badges with acrylic paints I had on hand.  I had to mix colors for a couple but they turned out well.  
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop

Sketch 193 was my inspiration for this card.  I went with the sentiment "When my mind wanders, I usually find it somewhere thinking of you."  Perfect if you are deployed or the person at home missing them.
Stamps:  Blooming with Hope
Ink:  Tuxedo Black 
DP:  WW, Night of Navy, DP paper pack, watercolor paper
Misc.:  Blendabilities - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Linen Thread

Happy Memorial Day!

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Friday, May 23, 2014

VC Rocks Blog Hop

With the hop focusing on tools, I took my envelope punch board out of the box and learned how to use it.  This is an awesome little gadget!  Of course, the tag I made was too small for the measurements listed on the board so I had to figure that out on my own.  I now have 6 various sized envelopes needing to be used. I loved how easy it was to score, punch and round the corners with this gadget.  

Stamps:  Petite Pairs
CS:  Lost Lagoon, Basic Black, WW, Watercolor Wonder DP, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi
Ink:  Tuxedo Black
Punches:  Scalloped Tag Topper, Blossom and Oval (leaves)
Misc.:  Envelope Punch Board, Spiral Flowers Die, White Bakers Twine, and Lost Lagoon Stitched Ribbon

I used a 3-5/8" square of Pool Party CS and started at 1-7/8" for this 2" wide tag.

The VC Rocks Hop can be found HERE.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sock Monkey Thank You

I'm sending this card made with the Sock Monkey stamp set to my cousin to thank them for a gift card.  I recently sent my cousin's daughter 34 sets of stamps and designer paper, cardstock and a lot of embellishments for her new interest in stamping and paper crafting.  She (daughter) made me a card from what I sent and included a $15 gift card to Taco Bell and a school picture.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Little Stamping Time

I took a little time last week to sit at my desk and stamp a little.  I've been going through my stamps and all the things that go with it to sell, donate, and send to my second cousin.  I ended up sending her around $750 worth of stamps, paper, punches and embellishments.  One of things in my stash is several flavors of washi tape.  I've used it on one card, loved the ease and then it has sat in my drawer.  I made several quick thank you cards that my son can use to thank family that has come from out of town to attend his graduation.

The next card gives me a little jump start on Christmas cards.  Eight cards down 100+ to go. I'm not anticipating being behind this year with cards due to being in a new area and I don't imagine I will be as overly involved as I will be by the end of our assignment.
I saw this next card as a birthday card on Pinterest.  I was considering it as a Mother's Day card but I think it is best suited as a birthday card.  Still need to stamp the greeting on it.
This next one was in the Sale-a-bration flyer.  I have no inspiration on how to use the "cork" embellishments.  I thought this would give me a jump start.  I'm still not feeling it.

Card #1 - Thank You
Stamps:  Lots of Thanks
Ink:  markers - Old Olive, Crumb Cake
Misc.:  Season of Style washi tape

Card #2 - Merry Little Christmas
CS:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, WW
Stamps:  Merry Little Christmas
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Misc.:  Season of Style washi tape, linen thread

Card #3 - Pinterest Birthday
CS:  Pool Party, Basic Black, WW, Sweet Sorbet DP
Stamps:  Petal Parade
Ink:  Pool Party, StazOn Black
Misc.:  Designer Vintage Faceted Button, Rhinestones, Dimensionals

Card #4 - Thank You
CS:  WW, Sweet Sorbet DP
Stamp:  Petal Parade
Ink:  StazOn Black, Crisp Cantaloupe
Misc.:  Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack, Scallop Tag punch, Dimensionals
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