Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Peace, Love and Coffee

One of my favorite papercrafting challenges is taking place this week: it's the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers' Bloghop which is always a lot of fun. Especially since I have the considerable advantage of keeping a stock of Eyelet Outlet Coffee Brads on hand at all times! ;)

My sentiment is inspired by an awesome new stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays that my friend Amy Tsuruta used reallllllly well on this card. Since I don't happen to own it (...yet...) I decided to make my own tribute version! Obviously I needed a Peace Sign Brad, but to give it a little more holiday style, I added a hat from the Elf Brad set. A Holly bedecked Heart Brad came next; then a cup from the Coffee Brad set, with a couple of Christmas Cookie Brads. I used letter stickers for the main words, and my handy Dymo for the rest. I made a seasonal mat for the sentiment panel by neatly lining up strips of Holly Tape on plain white cardstock.

I liked the results so much, I immediately wanted to make a second version... so I did! This time I decided to orient my A2 card horizonally, and place the brads ABOVE the keywords instead of beside them. I used my vintage typewriter instead of the labelmaker, and typed the sentiment on a clear label, so that I could trim it to size and place it on my paper after setting the brads.

I hope you'll check out all the gorgeous projects in the Coffee Lovers' Bloghop, then head over to the Eyelet Outlet store to stock up on Coffee Brads and join the fun! ♥

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

in future, i'd like to be addressed as...

..."the ace of lace" and you'll see why in a minute. but first i need to tell you that this week's challenge at shopping our stash is called "let's play tag" and we'd like you to make-- ok, you're probably way ahead of me here-- a tag! it can be a stand alone item, or part of a card, or attached to a gift or present. whatever kind of tag you'd like to make, we promise to love it. here's what i made:

patterned paper scraps: dcwv, 7 gypsies, the paper co, graphic 45, glitz design, lilybee + vintage sheet music and india paper from my stash; glitter paper: best creation and american crafts pow; rhinestone brad: eyelet outlet; wooded stars: studio calico; bits of lace and seambinding from my stash; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, gluedots, sewing machine

yep, i made two tags, because coincidentally, i'm going to be seeing two friends, together, in a holiday context this week. so after i made the tags, i made bags to put them on:

to make the tags, i combined loads of diecuts in white and cream and gold, which helpfully used up a bunch of ancient paper scraps. i piled all the pretty things on top of hand-cut tag shapes that i made from plain cardstock scraps, because i didn't happen to have any premade tags that were big enough, lol.

to make the bags, i took ordinary plain white bags from the big box store, and hot-glued bits of lace neatly, all around the bags, one layer at a time. the only tricky-- or at least counterintuitive-- thing is that it's easiest to attach the layers of lace from the bottom up, rather than from the top down. so it's a bit crucial that you "lay out" your trimmings before you begin, and maybe add a few light pencil markings on the bags to guide your placement. oh and i find it a huge help to place a shoebox INSIDE the bag, to give me a work surface on all four sides!

why not hop over to SOS and check out the awesome tag-o-liciousness perpetrated by my lovely design team sisters? ♥

Sunday, December 10, 2017

more tiny collages

because it turns out that 2 x 3" is a really fun size to work with, especially in little groups!

i know that #PutABirdOnIt is kind of a papercrafting joke, but i still really like collages with birds. especially these egrets, who all came from the same page of a vintage bird book, and are pleased to have been relocated as a group.

and no, i'll *NEVER* get sick of flowers. in any context. ever. so there.

vintage hawaiiana... oh how i love you. especially 1970's alohawear advertisements.

my cousin andrew's five year old son, karson, voted for zoo animals on this set of collages, and helped me choose which ones to feature. 
(we made some cards together too; i've actually never met a five year old with as much design sense as karson has, it's pretty awesome!)

every once in a while i sit and fussycut images that are much too big, and then kick myself for not measuring or, you know, trying to generally have a clue, lol. but then sometimes, i come up with a solution that's literally outside the box. plus... butterflies + postage are kind of cool together. who knew??

hope you are having an awesome, not-too-frantic, december weekend!
(try to sneak in some fun creative time, even if it's just making address labels for your holiday cards, which is what i'm going to do RIGHT NOW!)

Friday, December 8, 2017

ALL the xmas cards

we've just wrapped up our 7th season at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ so this seems like a great time to show ALL the holiday cards* i made this year:

we'll be back on january 1st to start all over again... and we'd love for you to join us whenever you can!

*if you've never taken a pic of your "card pile" may i highly recommend starting the tradition this year? when you're midway through 2018 and feeling a bit uninspired, it will cheer you up and keep you going to remember how many awesome ones you made this year!!! ♥

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Mele Kalikimaka...

...means Merry Christmas in Hawaiian, as any Jimmy Buffet or Bing Crosby fan will tell you. As you know, I love to make Hawaii-themed cards all year round, so I don't see why I should stop at Christmas time, especially when I've thought up a truly spectacular pun AND there are so many awesome Eyelet Outlet products to convey a tropical, beachy theme. I'm on the EO Blog with this fun card today:

My crafty BFF (and fellow EO designer) Stephanie gave me a stamp set called "Polynesian Paradise" for my birthday, and I am absolutely in love with the adorable Hula girl who inspired my sentiment. I thought she'd look especially cute on a Christmas ornament, with a Fresh Flower Brad in her hair, and I stand by that decision. I made a second ornament by neatly lining up strips of Flamingo Washi on plain white cardstock, then tracing a homemade heart-shaped ornament template and cutting it out. I added a Flamingo Brad on a couple of small white Paper Flowers, then "hung" both the baubles from Pearl Bling Strips cut down to fit the space.

One of my favorite ways to use EO brads is to make custom sentiments for my cards. I love alphabet dies and stickers and I always think it's fun to mix and match them. In this case I've used a white all-caps font, but then highlighted "hula" by using larger green letters. The thing that really makes them shine, though, are the Tall Palm Tree and Sun Brads. At the end I couldn't resist a Heart Brad or three just to tie the whole design together.

I hope you'll have as much fun preparing for the HULA-days as I did making this card! ♥

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

shake, rattle and/or roll?

this week's challenge at shopping our stash is called, "i like to move it, move it" and we'd like to see projects that have an element of movement, so add a wobbler, make a shaker card, play with a slider design, or heck, even stamp characters and give them googley eyes! put your thinking cap on and have fun with this one!

patterned paper: basic grey, mambi + vintage text, sheet music and ledger paper; plastic window: a bit of packaging i saved; tree die: sizzix; ancient jar of microbeads i've used on every shaker card i've ever made and there are still plennnnnnnnty left: beedz; burlap poinsettia and velvet holly leaf: petaloo; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

yep, i made a shaker. being the least engineery of cardmakers, in situations like this, i tend to flop right down into my comfort zone. plus... i really do actually LIKE shaker cards and i never make enough of them. for this one i made a white-on-white collaged background from various text, ledger and music papers, then diecut my favorite (ancient!) sizzix tree out of the center. i up-cycled a piece of plastic packaging to serve as a window, then applied a gazzillion tiny wedges of foam tape to "seal" the area right around the tree, added (also ancient) microbeads and sewed the whole panel to my folded (ancient basic grey patterned paper) card, just as an extra added level of defense against escaping microbeads. ;) i seriously considered leaving this as a flat and cheap-to-mail card, but at the very end i caved and added a poinsettia and holly leaf. because that's the way i roll...

hop over to SOS and see what my amazing dt darlings have come up with to inspire you! ♥

Friday, December 1, 2017

heavy metal holiday!

we're still rockin' the metallics at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and you still have loads of time to join us, which we hope you will! this week my card features silver and copper... not a combination i've tried before but i have to say i really like it:

idea-ology metallic cardstock background in silver, embossed with a sheena douglass e/f from the crafter's workshop; baubles handcut (using my own homemade templates) from strathmore watercolor paper painted with prussian blue colorburst; glitter copper tape, pearl brad and bling strips: eyelet outlet; copper embossing paste: dreamweaver; grey cardstock cardbase: bazzill; doily, lace and copper giftwrap from my stash; ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

i'm still fairly well smitten with the idea-ology kraftcore metallic cardstock, so this time i've used it as my background panel. a concept i was 100% happy with, until it came time for photographs. (...grrrrr...) because seriously, even when embossed and sanded, this stuff is *SHINY*! I'm still loving my gloriously dramatic prussian blue colorburst, as well, which i've painted onto watercolor paper and then later added copper accents in the form of embossing paste for the larger ornament and a diecut poinsettia on the smaller one. i've trimmed the baubles with eyelet outlet bling strip hangers, a pearl brad, and there's a bit of glitter copper tape peeking out in the background there, too.

this week i'm linking up with the paper players (PP372) who have a very very cool sketch ...that i rotated!

stephanie has a gorgeous card to show off... why not hop over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and give yourself the treat of seeing that right now?!