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Monday, January 21, 2013

Pin-Spired: Generational Photo

Every once in a while, I put one of the great ideas I find on Pinterest to good use... I become Pin-Spired, you could say. My mom was visiting over the holidays and since the weather was good, I was able to put {THIS PIN} to good use.

I knew that I wanted the photo to have a 'rustic' background like the original Pin. Since we were going to have to go there multiple times to get all of the pictures taken, I wanted the site to be close to home. What could be closer than against the neighbor's fence in my backyard?! To go with the look I chose a weathered-wood frame from Michaels in a 12x18.

The first photo I took was of my daughter. After editing and resizing, I had it printed at Walgreen's in just an hour! Next up was a picture of me holding the framed picture of my daughter. Again it was the same edit, resize, print. Finally, I got my mom outside for her photo and I was able to finish the final photo in the series.

Luckily for all of these I was able to get a discount code for the printing. I think they were around $4 each after the discount. The final photo will be hung on the wall in the frame that we used for the pictures. My plan is to buy a 2nd frame and hang the original photo of my daughter as well.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Wishing You A Fabulous Day - CFC86

While my crafting mojo has been lost for some time now, it always seems to be the challenges at CAS-ual Fridays that give me some inspiration to create. This week their challenge {CFC86} is to create a Clean and Simple (CAS) card that has a long and short side; no standard A2 cards allowed. While 4.25" x 5.5" are usually all I do, I decided to step-outside-of-the-box and play along.The finished size of my card for this week is 3.5" x 8", with just a wee bit hanging off the right edge.

Just the details… (1) I paper-pieced the stamped banner image, added a row of tiny gems below part of the sentiment to make it stand out a bit more and turned one of the banner flags 180 degrees, (2) After embossin the bottom portion of top layer, I adhered a row of flags along the back side on the left.

Challenges used for this card:
CAS-ual Fridays - CFC86 Long & Short

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Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Signature Series - Dress Form), Studio G (banner); Patterned Paper: DCWV (All About Girls Stack); Cardstock: Neenah (Natural Ice); Ink: Versafine (Onyx Black); Gems: Recollections; Die Cut: Spellbinders (Nested Lacey Pennants); Embossing: Cuttlebug (Honeycomb)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Blessed To Call You My Friend - CFC69

When I found out the new challenge at CAS-ual Fridays {CFC69} was embossing, I just had to play along. Dry embossing (especially backgrounds) is one of my favorite techniques for clean-and-simple cards.

To start the card out, I chose my color palette - gray and turquoise. Using a word die, I embossed  'blessed' many times on the turquoise background piece. After cutting the word from the gray cardstock, I adhered it to the first piece using dimensional adhesive. To finish the card I added a stamped sentiment below 'blessed', with a few gems to the left.

Just the details… (1) Used the 'blessed' die to cut out the focal point, as well as to emboss the background, (2) added some clear gems to the left of the hand-cut sentiment banner, (3) did a little decorating on the inside by embossing 'blessed' one last time.

Challenges used for this card:
CAS-ual Fridays - CFC69 Embossing

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Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Counting My Blessings); Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Unknown (gray, blue); Ink: Fresh Ink (Island); Gems: Darice

Friday, September 7, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Winner!

Wow, after not having created cards 'for fun' since March of 2012, {THIS} card from last weekend was chosen as the winner for CAS-ual Fridays' CFC68 Challenge!! All of the other VIPs and contenders did such a great job, so I was especially excited about having my card chosen. Definitely makes me want to get back in my craft room more often.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Thank You, Teacher - CAS-ual Fridays CFC68 #2

I am back today with another card for CAS-ual Friday's latest challenge - {CFC68 Back To School}! I love CAS and I love making cards with apples (just check out my etsy store for proof - ha).

To start the card I embossed the card base with an alphabet impression plate and then stamped the sentiment using some of my new-to-me inks from Impress Rubber Stamps - {Fresh Ink}. These inks are nice and juicy and give great coverage. I did learn later I should have stamped the sentiment before embossing, as the 'thank you' wasn't as clear as it could be on the textured base.

Next I created my focal point using a notebook die cut and a paper-pieced apple. I used the same technique for the embossed strip as on {THIS} card and {THIS} card.
Just the details… (1) The card base was embossed with an alphabet plate, (2) the polka dot embossed strip was adhered with foam adhesive and aligned with the paper-pieced apple, (3) stamped the sentiment in 2 different ink colors onto the embossed card base.

Challenges used for this card:
 CAS-ual Fridays: CFC68 Back To School

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Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Teacher's Apple); Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup (Red Sugar); Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Neenah (kraft), Stampin' Up! (wasabi); Inks: Fresh Ink (Black Tea, Red Currant); Die Cut: Papertrey Ink (Spiral Notebook Page); Embossing: Cuttlebug (Polka Dot), Papertrey Ink (Book Plate Impression Plate); Paper Punch: Fiskars (Apple A Day)

Monday, September 3, 2012

One Of A Kind Teacher - CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Card

Isn't it funny/ironic that earlier this year I decided to change my blog name to 'She's Making Cards' and since then I have hardly posted any?! Well, yesterday I had the chance to get in my craft room for fun and I played along with the new challenge at CAS-ual Fridays' {CFC68 Back To School}!

For the card base I used a couple different fonts and printed the sentiment onto cardstock. After cutting and folding, I placed three simple, white, plain, apples above the words. Into the row of white apples I threw a 'unique' one to help bring across the 'one-of-a-kind' from the sentiment.

Think this will make a good card for my daughter's teacher at Christmas or Teacher Appreciation Week.

Just the details… (1) Embossed the white apples with an alphabet plate, (2) for the 'special apple' I paper-pieced it and popped the main part off the card with foam adhesive.

Challenges used for this card:
CAS-ual Fridays: CFC68 Back To School
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Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup (Red Sugar); Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), Neenah (kraft), Stampin' Up! (wasabi); Embossing: Papertrey Ink (Book Print Impression Plate); Punch: Fiskars (Apple A Day); Computer Fonts: Avant Garde, Will N Grace; Other: Stampin' Up! (dimensionals)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Pin-Spired: Teacher's 'Stache Jar

I am back today with another Pinterest-Inspired project I created recently. Earlier this year I pinned {THIS} jar and thought it would make great starting point for my daughter's teacher, who is male AND has facial hair. On the 2nd or 3rd day of school my daughter came home and said today was her teacher's birthday. I knew just what I needed to make for a belated birthday present...

I got out my etched glass frosted vinyl that I bought from {THIS eBay SELLER} and went to work. I just love the look of frosted glass and this is so much easier (and cheaper) than etching cream. For the mustache I printed off an image I found online, then traced it onto the back of the vinyl. The letters were cut out individually using the Sizzix Sizzlits Naturally Serif alphabet die.

Next came the hard part - trying to line it up nicely and still make it fit on the jar. Whenever I use my large Xyron, I keep the backing sheet. I cut a piece of this the same size as the space on the jar and placed my frosted vinyl pieces on there. When it came time to apply to the jar, I just folded back part of the backing paper and carefully applied the pieces. If I had it to do over again, I would have centered the 'stache' line, instead of right-aligning it.  Before wrapping it up, we added some bags of chocolate and mint M&Ms - her teacher's favorite.

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