Thursday, May 26, 2011

Adding Ribbon to Cards

Hey Everyone! I'm so excited to share one of my favorite tricks with ribbon. We all know that ribbon can add beautiful texture to all of our fabric projects but do you think of ribbon when I say "cards"? And if you do, have you ever tried adding ribbon in place of paper on a card? I used one of my favorite sketches to create this fun card!

First I grabbed some fabulous Echo Park Papers from the For the Record 6 x 6 Pad and some Kraft Cardstock. I cut my Kraft to 5-1/2" x 8" and then folded it in half for the base of my card. Then I started digging through my ribbon stash to find something that would co-ordinate nicely. I was instantly drawn to my May Arts 3/4" Brown Velvet Corduroy Ribbon (357-347-33). It is very soft and had the texture that I was looking for.

So I cut 3 4" long pieces and trimmed my papers to fit my card front. Then I rummaged around my stamp collection and found this pretty butterfly stamp set, I used one of the large butterflies on a 2-1/4" square. Then I cut a 2-1/2" square from the red cardstock and inked all of my pieces. I assembled my card with my Pink ATG for the paper pieces and 1/2" Scor Tape to attach the ribbon. I used some foam adhesive to pop up my butterfly and mat. Then I stamped the sentiment and a couple more butterflies on the inside of my card.

A few pretty buttons gave it the finishing touch I love. I hope you will consider trying this technique of adding ribbon in place of paper some time!

Echo Park "Fly" Card

Have you ever had one element that you made just to try out a technique and end up loving it sooooo much that you then create an entire project around it? When I experiment I usually make something I like and put it in the "Someday" pile... and for most of that stuff Someday hasn't come yet. But when I was playing with my embossing folders and Glimmer Mist I created a super cute paper that I LOVED and had to create a project with it! Add my Cricut (of course), the GORGEOUS Echo Park For The Record papers and a few odds and ends and I came up with....

... this beautiful card! So here's what I did to create this. It all began with a one of the Tim Holtz Texture Fade Embossing Folders. The one I used is called Patchwork Card which isn't currently in the store but a great substitute would be the Postal Folder. First I embossed a sheet of plain white cardstock which I had cut to fit the folder (4 x 5.5 if I remember right). Then I grabbed my Yellow Daisy, Walnut Gold and Coffee Shop Glimmer Mists and started spraying. I dried everything with my Heat Tool and then used the Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink with my sponge dauber to bring out the embossing even more. Then I tore the edges off my paper down both sides and inked those too.

Then I grabbed my Echo Park For The Record 6 x 6 Paper Pad and started flipping through it. I will admit, I LOVE the smaller paper pads for card making not only because of the scaled down size but also I don't feel like I'm *wasting* a whole sheet of 12 x 12 paper that I may want to use in my scrapbook one day (yes, I'm a TOTAL paper hoarder)! Anyway, I selected a few sheets and decided that I wanted a big butterfly for the front of my card. I used the Once Upon A Princess Cricut cartridge to cut out my butterfly and inked all the edges of my cuts with the Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I actually used a makeup sponge to get into the small spaces on my cut. Then I added the patterned paper to the background of my card and decided to adhere my Glimmer Misted Patchwork Card at an angle. I trimmed it to fit and inked all the way around the card. To adhere my butterfly I used some Pop Up foam only on the body of the butterfly so the wings can flap. I inked my Baker's Twine a bit and wrapped it around my card 3 times and tied it off. Then I decided to add antenna to the butterfly with a scrap of the twine. I wish I had thought of it before I had adhered the butterfly but I just tied a knot in it and stuck it on with a Glue Dot. Then I stamped "Fly" on a scrap and matted it with another scrap after inking them both. Finally I added my green Chick'N Feed buttons with more Glue Dots. I love the way my "experiment" ended up and I can't wait to play more!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Quickie Post

So I've been working like a crazy woman so I don't have a project to share today. I should have one up Thursday though :) I got pics, just need to edit and write the post. My daughter graduates from Pre-School tomorrow and I'm so excited for her! I know I will be a sobbing mess, LOL! I'm also going to get a MUCH needed haircut tonight, YAY!!!! Anyhow, enough rambling, I do have a point to my post! My Best Scrappy Friend, Lori is doing some AWESOME giveaway's on her blog all week and as much as I'd LIKE to win all of the great giveaways myself, I thought you might like to enter too... So go HERE to check out her awesome blog and the giveaway details!!!

The prizes that SHE is giving away include a green Scrap'n Tote; a pink Scrap'n Tote; a Bags, Tags, Boxes & More Cricut cartridge (used), some American Crafts ribbon assortments, and more! So go check out here great blog!!!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Howdy Card by Mandie

Howdy, ya'll! Thanks for dropping by the blog today! Since my card has a sort of Western theme I thought I'd get in the spirit of things! LOL! I'd like to share this fun card that I made.

I had so much fun creating this one! I started with a 5x6.5" card blank. I cut a sheet of black card stock to 5"x6.5" to cover the front. Then I used the Echo Park's For the Record 6x6 paper pad and cut my papers down. The floral is 4.75 x 2.5" and the newsprint is 4.75 x 3.75". I stamped out the Cheeky Shooter image using my Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I didn't have a red marker that matched my papers so I decided to stamp my image on a piece of red and white polka dot paper from the paper pad and cut out the elements that I wanted red (hat, scarf and skirt). Before I glued them down I colored the rest of my image. For the skin tones I used Copics E000, E00 and E11 and the cheeks are R20. I used Bic Mark-It's to color the rest because I'm still trying to build my Copic collection. I used my Quickie Glue Roller Pen to adhere the red paper to my image. Then I trimmed my white sheet to about 3x3.25" and inked the edges with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Then I added the black mat to make it pop even more. I also inked all of my papers before adhering them. I decided that I wanted to add a bit more texture to my card and normally I'd grab some ribbon. Since we are talking about Cuttlebug techniques this month I decided to pull out my machine! I used the Gridlock Texture Fades embossing folder and embossed my strip of gold cardstock (I think it's 2" wide). Then I inked up a sponge dauber with more Distress Ink and swirled it over the pattern and the edges. Then I used the alphas from the For the Record Collection (not currently in the store, but I bet if you asked real nice Kim could get it) to spell out "Howdy". I still wanted just a little more... something, so I decided to add some Bling! I pulled out my i-rock and added some black gems under the letters. I am thrilled with how this card turned out!!!

Cutters Creek Shopping List:
Echo Park's For the Record 6x6 paper pad
Cheeky Shooter
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Copic Markers: E000, E00,E11 and R20
Quickie Glue Roller Pen
Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Gridlock Texture Fades
sponge dauber
i-rock Gems

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Playground Adventures Layout

Yes, the blog has been quiet again. Sorry! I work for a lawn care company in the Spring (AND I work for a craft store chain on the weekends) so any free time I get I like to spend crafting! Happily, for Mother's Day I got to spend a few peaceful hours in my craft room so here's one of the layout's I completed!

While I was picking papers for this layout I was thinking of my friend Natalie. She has a blog called Scrappy Natty. We've gotten to be on-line friends through the Scrapbook Chicks Tuesday Night chats. She always says she shutters when she hears that we are using multiple patterned papers and as you know I'm a patterned paper LOVER! Yep, I used 4 different patterned papers, all from Echo Park Paper! The main papers are from the Playground line and the two smaller strips are from Little Boy. I love that the colors in these lines can be mixed and matched so easily!!! The title is from the sheet of stickers that comes in the Playground Collection pack. I used the letter stickers from the pack to spell out the word "adventure". Then I went to my massive stash of embellies and dug through my Chick'N Feathers and my Chick'N Feed boxes and other goodies to find the perfect flowers and buttons to accent my layout! I think it turned out great!!!

Oh and I have some winners to announce!!!! The Royal Tea Party Blog Hop winner is:

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Congrats to both of you!!! I'm sending you both an e-mail too! Thanks to everyone who hopped and WELCOME to my new followers!