Sunday, February 27, 2011

vintage can be bright and fun!

Good morning! Our week off from school is winding down and we are getting ready to go back tomorrow. It's been a fun break, but I'm ready to get back into our schedule again! With all the snow this week, we are getting a little stir crazy. :)

I have some scrappy things to show you this morning from Vintage Street Market. They sent me 2 of their kits to play with, the Travel Kit and the Party Games Kit! Here are a few things I made so far...
This card is made with a yellow vintage Memo sheet that I cut for the background. I punched a 2" circle from the old book paper and adhered it to the card with the numbers tape, love this tape! The butterflies are punched from the yellow tissue paper and the little postage stamps! (I added the pins and stamping from my stash.) Butterfly punch is Martha Stewart's Royal Butterfly.

On the next card, I used one of the vintage note papers in the background of the card.

Here's a fun technique: to get the little book paper strips, I used the yellow tape and stuck a strip of the tape to the book paper, then peeled it up carefully. The result is the book print sticks to the tape! I made 3 of these added these little strips to my card. On the top strip, you can see I stuck it over a stamp also. I made little flowers from the tissue paper and stamped a sentiment from my stash in black.

I started with the cute pocket and cut some of the 7 Gypsies paper to tuck inside, along with an old playing card. I loved the red that it added. To dress up the front of the pocket, I cut a pattern out from one of the patterned papers and added an old button and checkers piece from the kits! I stamped a sentiment from my stash on the bottom and cut a small piece of the white ribbon to lighten up the bottom of the card.
The red string was cut from the packaging from the Party Games kit!
On the last card I used this old View-master pocket/piece (remember these?!) from the kit and covered it up with an old paper, then added a vintage green playing card, a tag and a butterfly cut from one of the papers over a ticket. I stamped "take care" and "you" with stamps from my stash. On the inside, you can add a sentiment to the center of the round piece that comes with the pocket!

I sure love to see unique things in kits, they are so fun to play with. Thanks for stopping in today!

Friday, February 25, 2011

come and crop with me!

Jenni Bowlin is having her first ever JBS Mercantile on-line crop and chat! The fun happenings will be all next weekend, March 4-6th.

We now have a new and very beautiful message board too! This is where everything will be happening for the crop.

So stop on over and get yourself signed up at the new message board, then get your crop supplies ready for the fun! We'll have all kinds of games, challenges and chats! You can read more about the prizes and other info here.

See you there! :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

cupcake love...

Wow, I can't believe it's Thursday already! The days have been flying by. My girls have been off this week for a winter break, so we've been so busy! Today we are visiting the Planetarium to see a show about the stars and planets. I can't wait - should be fun to do something different! We need to learn a little while we are on break and not veg out TOO much on video games. :)
I wanted to show you a few new cards made with Little Yellow Bicycle's Cupcake Love line. They graciously sent me a TON of stuff to play with and I loved every bit of it! These colors are RIGHT up my alley. Love!

This one is a pre-made envelope that I added some die cuts, a sticker border and chipboard to. I tucked some tags in the pocket. They are sticky on the back, but I left the paper on the back of them, so you could still slide them in and out of the pocket! These tags are already stitched on and quick to use!
These little pre-made circles turned into balloons on this next card. Originally, I had machine stitched the balloon strings with a white zigzag, but then I realized they were hard to see and didn't really look like curly, cute balloon strings, so I ended up adding some floss to them to create balloon strings, and I like it much better now.
Aren't these little cardstock circles cute? Seriously easy too, all I did was peel and stick them to my card! The background of this card is made with LYB's 6x6" cardstock papers! Just folded it in half.
The last one is actually made with 2 journaling spots as my card base. They were rather long for my card, so I cut them down a bit. I made my own funky little banner out of chipboard, buttons and some crepe paper flowers I made myself.
Everything I used is from the Cupcake Love line by Little Yellow Bicycle! You could certainly do birthday cards with this line with all the cute cupcakes .... or love cards too.
You can see the supply lists and directions to make these at the Glue Arts blog today!

P.S. If you are interested in trying out for the Glue Arts team and working with some fabulous adhesive, not to mention LOTS of free product, see the Design Team Call here!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

a butterfly bash for the littles...

Have you seen the March/April issue of Paper Crafts Magazine? It is loaded with fun birthday cards and party ideas! This is a birthday ensemble that I made for the issue. I used Jenni Bowlin chipboard butterflies and lots of Pink Paislee's Parisian Anthology and Sweetness products.

This is a gift box and little "wand" that I made to tuck inside. I covered the gift box with the Parisian papers and topped it off with the Portfolio Album Band (it's made to go around an album, but I thought it was so pretty, I wanted to use it here on my box). I added some Parisian tickets and jewels.

To decorate the inside of the box, I sprayed some doilies from the craft store with a yellow shade of mist and hot glued them around the inside of the box. You can cut them in half and get more out of your doilies! Just put the decorative side on top and the cut side on the bottom where no one will see.

Next, I made a little wand to tuck inside. You could also make these wands for the kiddos for something fun at the party or to give away as a thank you at the end of the party!
The wands are just made with Jenni Bowlin chipboard butterflies, covered with papers and stamped butterflies on acetate (stamps are Parisian Anthology as well). I added Prima flowers and hot glued them to bamboo skewers from the grocery store, then tied on some frilly, girly ribbons. :)

I made a little gift card holder to match. The yellow is a Parisian paper that I sprayed with Glimmer Mist and rubbed with a paper towel.

It's beautiful up close when the pattern in the paper is revealed! Love playing with this paper. For the gift card, I just used my 2" circle punch to leave a little opening to insert a gift card and didn't adhere the top paper on that side to allow the gift card to slide in.
With 2 daughters, I'm sure we'll be having lots of butterfly parties in our future!

Thursday, February 17, 2011


What shall I blog today? How about a few more October Afternoon projects that I haven't gotten around to sharing yet. :)

They sent me the Modern Homemaker line awhile back and I had fun reflecting on being a stay-at-home mom and what it means to me. I never thought in a million years I would be a SAHM. Truly. I was always taught to be a career woman, and I actually went to 6 years of college and received 2 degrees. Becoming a mom changed my whole perspective, and now I can't imagine it any other way! So this little mini album is dedicated to how much it means to me to be here for my girls and also my daily routine of being a homemaker!

I had this old chipboard book in my stash with tabs (I think it was made by Scenic Route?), so I used the chipboard iron, rolling pin and ball of yarn on the tabs.
So, here is the first page. I did write a lot in this book and think it was important to share those feelings with my girls. I will upload ALL of the inside pages HERE in my gallery at 2 Peas if you'd like to see the rest!
Here is a fun layout with a bit of misting - I masked off the heart and sprayed the background before working on the rest of the page. Quilting gives me a happy heart! Like my mom always says, "a busy heart is a happy heart."
I think I was channeling my inner Jen Jockisch on this one! I love how she adds so many strips of paper and colors!

When my grandfather passed away, my grandmother had all of his jeans made into a quilt. And I loved the idea so much, I made one for our home with our own jeans. It's so heavy, warm and comfy.

And because I couldn't stop using hearts the day I made all of these...LOL...a fun little tag-shaped Valentine's card! I stitched a little heart banner, added lots of polkies....
Last, but not least...this card kind of makes me smile! :) I wish I felt like her everyday, full of energy, dancing while baking. LOL But isn't she cute?

I layered some of the papers and stickers, then added my own printed sentiment at the bottom. Sorry to overload you today with creations! But I hope you enjoyed them. Have a beautiful, happy day!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

more stamping fun!

Hi blogger friends, I hope you are having a great morning! Grab your coffee and get ready to explore the other super cute new stamp sets coming out this month by Papertrey Ink!
This first card is one of my favorites, made with the NEW Tag Its #1 stamp set.
I made a little pocket from an older pattern paper in my stash, cut a little yellow tag to fit inside and some buttons from the Buttoned Up dies for the front! I made my own little felt heart and little ric rac pieces with pinking shears.
Sending My Love to You pocket card:
  • Stamps: Tag Its #1
  • Ink: Sweet Blush (pink ring), Hawaiian Shores (blue saying), Pure Poppy (sending my love)
  • Paper: Harvest Gold, white. Other paper: Making Memories.
  • Other: Buttoned Up die, Tag Sale #3 die, red, blue and yellow felt, ribbon is Morex.

The next card is made with the NEW Hello, Friend stamp set!
When I saw the sentiment (and had some leftover paper doilies laying on my table), I thought of a doily rainbow and little stitched clouds. What could be cheerier than a rainbow? I cut the doilies in half. The clouds were made with a small scalloped circle from the doily dies and cut in half as well.

Wishing You a Cheery Sort of Day card:
  • Stamps: Hello, Friend
  • Ink: True Black
  • Paper: Harvest Gold, red, Aqua Mist
  • Other: Delightful Doily Dies (doilies and clouds), Edgers Die, Love Lives Here die (heart), felt, twine.

Just For You is made with the NEW Fillable Frames Additions #1 stamp set.
I used the frame and the saying from this stamp set and added the polkdots from the new Bitty Background Blocks set. The flowers and little leaves were handmade with Papertrey Ink's beautiful array of felt colors!
 Just For You card:
  • Stamps: Fillable Frames Additions 1, polkadot stamps – Bitty Background Blocks
  • Ink: Pure Poppy, True Black
  • Paper: Harvest Gold
  • Other: button, felt, ribbon- Lemon Tart Grosgrain, twine.

This little Easter card is made with the new Friendship Jar Spring Fillers. There are lots of cute little spring images to fill up the Friendship Jar stamps!
The jar is stamped from the Friendship Jar set (and the pink polkadots) and then I filled up my jar with the cute eggs from the Spring Fillers set. To make these eggs, I used Hawaiian Shores ink and stamped them onto a creme patterned paper, then cut them out.

Farm Fresh Eggs card:
  • Stamps: Friendship Jar Spring Fillers, Friendship Jar
  • Ink: Sweet Blush, True Black, Hawaiian Shores
  • Paper: Harvest Gold, white
  • Other: Delightful Doily dies, Buttoned Up dies, paper by Making Memories, white paint, Prima flower, Aqua Mist ribbon, yellow and blue felt.

The Hi There! card is made with the NEW Flower Fusion #1 set.
I stamped the stems and sayings with the Flower Fusion set, then added some fun little flowers from Making Memories! To create the little photo corners, I stamped some Bitty Background Blocks and cut them down a bit.

Hi There card:
  • Stamps: Flower Fusion #1
  • Ink: Simply Chartreuse, True Black, Fresh Snow
  • Paper: Simply Chartreuse
  • Other: Flowers by Making Memories, felt, twine from the Twinery.

Last, but not least, a quick one made with the NEW Think Big Favorites 1 stamp set.
I used a darker purple ink for the large sentiment and a lighter one for the frame, then stamped all of the little hearts separately and cut them out in one piece. I popped them up with dimensional adhesive.

A Note of Thanks card:
  • Stamps: Think Big Favorites #1, Mat Stack 4 Collection, Friendship Jar Spring Fillers
  • Ink: Pure Poppy (hearts), Sweet Blush (inside of hearts), Plum Pudding (you’re too kind), Lavender Moon (frame)
  • Paper: white cardstock
  • Other: twine from the Twinery, dimensional adhesive, pinking shears.
Phew! Thanks for reading all of that today! :) That wraps up my very first month at Papertrey Ink. I absolutely had a blast creating with these fun products and can't wait to see what's in store for next month! I hope you liked my creations.