Saturday, December 10, 2016

Coffee Lover's Blog hop - Day 2

Hi everyone and welcome back to day 2 of the Winter Coffee Lover's Blog hop. Today I am using one of my new stamps from STAMPlorations called Strong Women. It was designed by a very talented artist Becca Cruger. She has several more stamps in her stamp line called Big Grins including some Coffee theme'd stamps, so be sure to check out her line. 

This is a very simple card design as I wanted to focus on the message. I used a new die cut also from STAMPlorations in their CUTplorations line called Crazy Double Running Stitch.

I am putting together a card set for my sister's to use next year as this is the gift I give them every Christmas. This will be part of one of the sets. There are several other sentiments in this set, so perhaps I will make a few more.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Coffee Lover's Blog Hop - Day 1

It is day 1 of the Winter Coffee Lover's blog hop! I love these blog hops as I know many of you do as well. I look forward to them every season!  I decided for my first card to make a non traditional Christmas card. I just purchased a new stamp from StamPlorations and I was anxious to use it.

There is a lot of traveling during the holiday season, so I decided to use my new suitcase stamp and combine it with Coffee to have a Coffee Travel card.  I used some fun printables from VectoriaDesigns to create some stickers and Coffee paper from Canvas Corp Brand to cut out the Coffee circles.

I grunged up the suitcases with my distress crayons and adhered my images with Vintage Distress Collage Medium. I finished off the card by adding some Tim Holtz Washi tape to incorporate a Christmas theme.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christmas Flip Book using Graphic 45 St. Nicholas Collection

Hi everyone. I am here today to share with you a memory flip book I created using the St. Nicholas collection from Graphic 45.  I love flip books, but boy are they a lot of work!

I have made two other of these books in the past, but not since last Valentine's Day. I am hopeful to create several more in 2017

The finished book measures 6 x 6 x 3/4 inches. I have provide some directions below. To see this book you can visit my You Tube Channel in the link below.

I did CASE this flip book from another designer, Gloria Stengel and her blog is called Scraps of Life

 The book has several pages and has some fun folds. The pages have little pockets for tags and plenty of place for pictures and Journal notes.

Graphic 45 has many products such as post cards, chip boards and stickers that match the collection perfectly.

I plan on doing a full video tutorial next month so be sure and subscribe to my channel so that you don't miss out. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Basic Instructions

1. Cut (1) 6 x 12 piece of cardstock. Score at 2 1/4, 3, 9, and 9 3/4 inches.
2. Cut (4) 6 x 6 pieces of cardstock.
3. Attach 2 pieces of 6 x 6 cardstock to the 2 1/4 inch left flap at the 2 1/4 inch fold, sandwiching the flap between the cardstock.  Repeat the process by attaching the other 2 pieces of 6 x 6 cardstock to the 2 1/4 inch right flap.
4. You will end up with a base page that is 6 inches tall and 19 1/2 inches wide. Score again at 6 and 6 3/4 inches from each end. This is your Album Base. Set this aside.
5.  Cut (3) pieces of cardstock to 6 x 12 inches. Score each piece at 3 and 9 inches. Attach the three pieces of cardstock together by the 3 x 6 inch flaps to form a 6 x 24 inch section that has a center section with "doors."  
6. Fold the two 3-inch center flaps towards the center.

7.  Fold the 3-inch right flap in and fold the 6-inch right panel towards the center.
8.  Fold the 3-inch left flap in and fold the 6-inch left panel towards the center. Now you have the Album Core. Once it is folded, it will measure 6 x 6 inches.
9. Attach the Album Core to the inside 6x6 center panel of your Album Base, by attaching adhesive to the back of the Album Core and placing it onto the center of the Album Base.
10.  Fold the right panel to the center.
11. Fold the left cover panel to the center. (It may be helpful to label your “naked” panels and flaps prior to decorating.)
12. You may choose to ink all edges and folds.
13. Now you are ready to decorate!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Vintage Postale theme cards

Inspiration comes in all forms. For me, my inspiration comes from the past. I love surrounding myself around vintage items and search out antique shops for trinkets and pieces of the past.

Some of these treasures people hold on to and do not even realize what they may have. I recently visited a trinket shop and was at the counter purchasing a candle and I happen to see a box of envelopes. I immediately knew what they were as I have seen this style of envelope often in pictures.

I started talking to the shop keeper and asked where he had gotten so many letters. He said they belonged to one of his wife's relatives and that he actually had another box full that he proceeded to pull out from under the counter.

I would have loved to purchase the whole lot, but that would have put me back a bit at $1.00 each. so I settled on two of them. I love the look and hope to try to recreate these wonderful envelopes at some point.

I used the correspondence collection of Remnant Rubs from Tim Holtz. To see how I created this card, be sure to check out my video linked  below.

I have also provided a list of some of the products I used below to create this card. Some items may be out of stock or discontinued, but hopefully this will give you inspiration and a new technique to try.

Thanks for stopping by. 

I will be sharing my project with Crafty Creations Challenge