When I was a little girl, I use to love pinwheels. My Uncle always gave me and my sisters pinwheels at easter time. Tonight, as a "trial" run of a project I want to do tomorrow after work, I tried making a smaller one, which I then decided to make a spinner card of for an exchange I'm in.
Of course after I got all seven of them made, I realized the error I made. You can't tell by looking at them, but I left out a step. Obviously a step that does not effect the function of the card, but a step all the same. Instead of using a pc of white cardstock under the patterned pc to give it more stability and then adhering it with dimensionals to the brown cardstock, I left it out. oops! It still "spins" fine and all that jazz, but now I wish I'd done it correctly.
Cardstock: Berry Bliss DSP, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa. Stamps: She's all that. Other: Word Window Punch, Flower Punch, pink rhinestone brad.
I think my idea to make each 6x6 album 20 pages total is/was a bit ambitious. As I've been working on these pages, I've been re-thinking and I think I'm going to cut it back to 10-15. I have to think about it a bit more, but I think 20 pages is a) too much and b) more time consuming then I originally anticipating. Anywho, today during kiddo's nap I finished up an 8th page.
All the photos I've been putting in this scrapbook are ones that were taking by pro photographers during her first year. I'm getting into the 9m photo sessions now.
Now that things are back to normal, relatively speaking I spent some time this weekend working on two more scrapbook pages for the 6x6 album I'm working on. I decided to use my Baroque Motifs and Brocade Basics for these pages and make them a bit simplistic in design, perhaps even bordering on 'elegant'?
Anywho, I used Tempting Tourquoise, Regal Rose for paper, Very Vanilla & Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Lavender lace, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery for ink and as mentioned the stamp sets are Brocade Basics and Baroque Motifs.
A couple of months ago Heather started doing Class Planners. There were two in particular that I liked and today (after waiting for some supplies) I finally finished one of those, Bloom'n with Love. It's a cute little card set in it's only little 'box' that I think will make a perfect gift.
I've seen these cute little circle cards popping up in a few places and thought today, while my husband was out with friends and my daughter napped, I'd try one.
It did not turn out quite how I wanted, it seems a bit "bland" but I had fun making it none the less. It was super fast and it makes for a cute little note card. Now if someone could just come up with some circular envelopes I'd be all set!
Paper: SU Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron. Ink: Real Read, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise. Stamps: Garden Whimsy (I seem to use this set a lot!). SU Ribbon.
I also went back to work on the 6x6 album I'm doing using the SU's Flowers for you DSP. It's been over a week since I last looked at it because all last weekend and most of the week Natasha was sick, then I felt like crap and then I had to catch up on house work and other mundane things. By the time I had any spare time to work on a page, I had no energy to do so and certainly no creative energy either!
So today I pulled out the page I had been working on and finished it up. I think it turned out well. I love my "All in the Family" Stamp set. It's so cute!
I also changed my template for my blog again today. This one should stick around for a lot longer the the previous ones.
This week instead of a colour or tool challenge for the weekly card, one of the girls did a sketch. I kind of liked this a bit better and found it easier to come up with an idea. This is my card for the challenge;
I've been grabbing for my Soft Sky and Chocolate Chip cardstock a lot more these days. I just finished 10 cards for a card exchange that are soft sky, blue bayou and chocolate chip. I used my So Swirly wheel, versamark and clear embossing powder to create the pattern on the base of the card. I seem to be doing a done of embossing these days.
Recipe: Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla. Ink: Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate. Stamps: Stitched Motifs, Short & Sweet. Accessories: Pewter mini circle brads, build a brad, PP ribbon.
On Saturday we are going to one of N's little friend's 2nd birthday party. I was so concerned with worrying as to whether or not the items I needed to make her gift would arrive before Saturday (I don't think they will ) that I almost forgot about a card.
I found my inspiration for this from GrannyLyn on SCS. I pretty much cased her card, just making a few changes.
Instead of using CS of all one colour, I used Chocolate chip to give it a bit more pop, added some pink gingham ribbon and some regal rose for the greeting and dipped into my Cool Caribbean Ink to put a bird on the Elephants back.
I think it turned out pretty cute! I really doubt my supplies to make her gift will arrive tomorrow, so I'm going to give her the card and then, since as murphy's law goes, I bet I'll get my stuff on Monday. I'll be seeing them again Tuesday night, so I can give the rest of the gift then.
Recipe: Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Pretty in Pink DSP, Regal Rose. Ink: Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, Cool Caribbean. Accessories: Word Window Punch, Pink Gingham ribbon.
On another note today, I was blog hopping and discovered a blog I had not been on before. I can't even remember whose blog directed me to hers, but what drew me in was this image;
I love love love that bedding set! It drew me in, but once I was there I could not stop browsing KwernerDesignBlog. The bedding is on her site (she even linked to the site she found it on and it's actually not that pricey! heh) because every Tuesday she has a Color Inspiration entry. She posts a photo she finds on the 'net and then request for ppl to make cards using those colours. You can leave a comment requesting to be in her "Round-up". She then picks 20 cards and links them from her site. They consist of her top 10 and then 10 other randomly picked.
She has tutorials, videos and lovely cards, so hop on over and visit! Oh and every Monday she does "Make a Card Monday". A video of a new card each week. I also have to mention that I really like her taste in music that she puts to each video. (she boosts them to high speed so it's not a long video, it's hyper speed but not so fast that it whizzes by!)
The other day Heather posted this awesome card on her blog. It's a diorama. I'd seen the tutorial on SCS but had never attempted one because I did not think outside the box and thought it had to be those dimensions.
Anywho, she did this cute card, which I cased tonight, only varying it slightly by the stamps I used.
I used So Saffron, Cool Carribean (discontinued In Colour from '07) and Lovely Lilac for my paper and the stamp sets "In the Stars" and "Nursery Necessities". The picture is a bit poor as I do not have much natural light in my craft room now.
I'd attempt to do some sort of a tutorial(the one on SCS is longer and not as wide, I like Heather's square better), but Heather already has and after reading how she actually did this card, I was way off as far as size went. :p She has another super cute card that she did for the tutorial which sadly, I think I'm going to case as well for a friend who is expecting. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery right??
Edit: I've been asked how I made my 'cool' waves. It was really by trial and error. After some puttering around, what finally worked best was to use a pc of my scrap paper that was the width of the card and use my 3/4" circle punch. I punched half circles an even amount apart then used that piece to trace only the 'dips' on my good cardstock. I then removed that and 'curved/curled' the tops to make the waves. Also, because I made waves, I had my border on the CC layer a bit closer to the scored line on either side so the waves blended in better. I used the same amount of border on the top and bottom though as Heather used in her Tutorial.
My card was 5"x 9 1/4" for the back and front layers and the inside layer was 5"x7 1/4". I may re-do this card today using Heather's dimensions (4 1/4 x 8 1/2) because it really is kind of big. I also think I'm going to add dangling stars to give it that extra pop!
Oh and the Cool Caribbean cardstock and ink I used is from last years "In Colours". I was able to buy both on ebay for a good price, which I was super happy about since I just love this colour!
A couple of weeks ago I realized I had ran into a problem, I was all caught up with Natasha's scrapbook album. Year one was completed and I finished up to the current month for Year two. I sat there in my craft room and asked myself "Now what?". I enjoy making cards and I also enjoy other crafty pursuits like crocheting and knitting but I really enjoy paper crafting the most and one can only make so many cards.
Thus was born a project of mine that is still currently being designed. I'm guessing it's going to take me at least a month, and even then I have a lot of other 'little' things that I will need to do and decide on, but for now I'm just having fun taking my time with it. Or trying to! It's a lot of work, and I've had to make a few purchases for items I needed to do some things. So far though, things are going well. Here's a sneak peek;