Thursday, May 19, 2011

Father's Day is fast approaching

With Father's Day fast approaching, I thought I would attempt to get a little a head and make a few Father's Day cards.  I have to admit that making cards that are more masculine is challenging for me.  But...I like a challenge.  I found inspiration from PTI's website, and was on my way.

This card was fun and super easy.  I love the combination of the text background and chevron stripes.

This next card was also fun, but a bit for challenging for a perfectionist like me.  I love the geometric pattern and the colors in this card.

Thanks for visiting.  I'm off to play with more patterned paper.

Friday, May 6, 2011

another post about ...buttons

I have to admit that I have developed a deep appreciation for YouTube.  Yes, I know there is a whole lot of junk (and likely inappropriate material) on YouTube, but there is also a great deal of interesting and useful information that can be found.  I have learned lots of interesting crafting techniques and even helpful hints on home repair.

One of my latest favorite channels to watch on YouTube is Creations with Christina.  In one of Christina's recent videos she demonstrated using molds with Fimo/Sculpty clay.  This video and technique really intrigued me.  Wouldn't it be amazing if I could make my own buttons in any color I desired...and what if I could make those buttons match the project I was working on?  I had to know more!  Christina mentioned that she found these molds at an Etsy shop called Mold Muse.  If you are looking for a mold, likely Mold Muse has it.  I found six different button molds and ordered four.  I received my order within just a few days and couldn't be more pleased.  I found a decent selection of Fimo and Sculpty at my local Joann's and as soon as the mold arrived I began making buttons.

These are three of the molds that I purchased.

These buttons were made with Sculpey III in 513 Purple.  I also mixed in a little black (042) to darken the purple just a bit.  The result is a near perfect match to Paperytrey's Royal Velvet paper, which is exactly what I was hoping for.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

pattern paper

If you are like me, you have a lot of paper.  Lately, I've been entranced by small paper packs of patterned paper.  So much so, that I have to keep a list of which paper pads I've purchased (trying to be better about buying duplicates).  In organizing my crafting space, I've realized that I need to make more cards with patterned paper.  So that is my theme for the next few weeks...more cards with patterned paper.

I started this card on Tuesday night and finished it last night.  I purchased the Library Card stamp from Paperytrey some time ago, but hadn't used it, so I was excited to free it from its packaging.  My inspiration came from a similar card that Nichole Heady posted on her blog.  If you haven't taken a look at her blog, head over there right away!

I love that the library card can be removed from the pocket and a special note can be added.

Here is a close up of the sentiment and library pocket.

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

button love

I have to admit that I swoon over buttons.  I love how buttons add texture to cards and of course, the color makes me giddy.

When I saw this card at Papertrey Inc. as part of their April release, I fell in love.  I knew that my next card project would be this card.  I loved the chevron stripes with the buttons.  The colors I chose were slightly different, and of course, the buttons I chose were different sizes.  The purple buttons were airbrushed with my Copic markers.  I attached the buttons using white floss.

I hope you enjoy this card.  I certainly had a great time making it.

Supplies used:
*all supplies Papertrey Inc. unless noted

Background basics: chevron stripes
Think big favorites #3

Card stock:

Spring Rain
Simply Chartreuse
VersaMagic chalk ink in thatched straw
Memento Ink in Lady Bug
Hibiscus ink
VersaMagic chalk ink in spring pansy
Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black

Basic circles

All the buttons are Papertrey buttons, except the purple buttons.  They were white buttons that I purchased from Joann's Fabrics and airbrushed with my Copic (V25) marker.