Saturday, February 25, 2012

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 16 - Frame It

I am entering the "Frame It" Challenge over at the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog:  HERE

I decided to make a small wall hanging after much debating with myself this afternoon in my craft room.  I lost my husband to cancer 10 days ago and this is the first thing that I have created since he passed.  I am trying to remind myself that his love gave me wings to fly and that I need to keep on keeping on....for him and for our family.  It wasn't until I decided to make something dedicated to him that I was able to make anything at all.

Here are some pictures:

This is the frame I used from Cheery Lynn Designs for the challenge.  It is called "Scandanavian Hearts" and you can find it on their website:  HERE.  It is popped up from the design paper behind it with foam tape.
I used a piece of cardboard for the base of my wall hanging and a pipe cleaner for my hanger. 

Here is a picture of the Kiwi Spirit Doily - purchase it: HERE.  I cut the die cut up into 3 pieces to make a second layer for my wings...see below.

I cut this set of wings (purchased at Frost it Pink: HERE) in half and.....

taped them to the back of my stamped image with scotch tape.

I then took the quarter doily pieces and fitted them to the underside of the wing, traced with a pencil and cut them down to fit underneath so that the wings would be two-layered and more substantial.

Here is a picture of the finished product.  I love the tag added to the top right with the rest of the sentiment:  "to fly".  This stamp set is from Verve Stamps and is called Wings of Love by Julee Tilman.   I added diamond stickles glitter glue to both parts of the wings on each side to give it some glitz and also popped everything up with tons of foam tape!  A couple of buttons and some adorable "cherry cupcake" trendy twine from Annie's Paper boutique: HERE  finish off the hanger made from a clear colored pipe cleaner and shaped with a "heart" hanger at the top.

Here is a close-up of the wings....the smaller wings were made to look like they are in flight by rolling a piece of foam tape in a circle and placing under the center part of the wing.

You can see the shadow created by the popped up portion of the wings...

 Here is a short You Tube video I posted about this project:
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That is it for me tonight.  It feels good to have spent a couple hours in my craft room.   Thanks for taking a look....

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cheery Lynn Designs Pink and White Challenge

Hello Everyone,
It is time for another Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.  You can get all of the info on their blog:  HERE
I missed a couple of challenges while family members were visiting and staying in my craft room for a couple of weeks but I am back in my room now (as of last week's red and white challenge) and trying hard to get my crafting items back in there usual spots so I can get creating.  Ah the challenges of small home living when you need an extra bedroom and you have to create one in your basement craftroom for a few weeks!

Last night I dived into everything that is pink and white and all the lovely Cheery Lynn dies that are at my disposal.  I just love the incredible detail that these dies have - it makes creating a stunning card, tag, or project effortless and you end up with an elegant project that looks like you spent hours creating it!

Note: You may want to grab a cup of tea or coffee as this post is going to be video/picture intensive as I made a lot of items!  I went on a pink and white binge of craftiness!  Boy was it fun!

My beginning intent was to make some elegant note cards that can be used for a variety of occassions just by adding a sentiment to either the outside or inside of the card.  Because of my husband's cancer I am often in need of thank you notes but I also like to have cards on hand for birthday, sympathy, and various other occasions also.  This elegant stash of pink and white cards could go from baby to birthday to thank you notes effortlessly.  Here we go....

This is a quick video of the cards I made for the challenge and I am also going to be adding some pictures of a few other pink and white cards and tags I made for my son's teachers at school further on in this post....

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These two cards and the tag were made for some of my son's teachers.  I added a little bit of blue into these cards....

This card was inspired by designer Jessica Witty.  Her blog is:  HERE  and is full of great inspiration!

Another version.....

Some tags that I placed on boxes of mints for the teachers that he sees each week for art, PE, advanced reading, etc.

These pink and white only tags were for two other special people at my son's school.

The butterfly cards below and in the video were made with these Cheery Lynn Design Dies.  They are releasing new dies tonight on their website:  HERE   I cannot wait to see the new dies that they are coming out with!!!!  Be sure to go and take a look!

Love this gorgeous butterfly die!  It just shouts SPRING to me!!!!

Gotta have some glitter...diamond stickles is sooooo pretty!
Love the burlap embossing plate!!!!

Clear cardstock is a great thing to have on hand....or some acetate from a stamp set can be used in a pinch...or even plastic long as you are not concerned about it being acid free....

More of the gorgeous Cheery Lynn dies whose names I showed in the video I posted above and to You Tube at my Greenwood Girl Cards channel.

Love the intricacy of this die and the beautiful border die too!  Thanks Maille for the inspiration!

So gorgeous - just love this die for Valentine's Day or Weddings or even any day you want to show someone you love them!

All the cards for the pink and white challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs grouped together....

That is it for me today.  Thanks for taking a look at this long post (if you made it this far!) LOL!
Would love to hear what you think of my cards and tags!
: )  Jill

Monday, February 13, 2012

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Day 9: Butterflies and Leaves challenge card #2

Here is my second card (and post) of the day for the Papertrey Ink Butterflies and Leaves challenge on Nichole Heady's blog "Capture the Moment":  HERE

I used the same Jessica Witty card for inspiration as I did in my last post.  For this card I used Tag-Its #2 stamp set - butterfly stamp; Flower Fusion #12 Stamp Set - flower; leaves and stem; and Year of Flower Collection - sentiment.

I am a HUGE glitter lover so I added some glitter to the outside of the impressed doily and to the butterfly wings and flower petals.  I love the way this card looks in person - the pictures never seem to do them justice....I think I am going to have to break down and by a light tent soon.....if you have any suggestions on which one to get I would love to know!

Thanks for taking a look at my card.  I would love to know what you think.  Happy card-making!
                                                           :  )   Jill

Papertrey Ink: Anniversary Day 9: Butterflies and Leaves challenge

Hello everyone,
Just a quick card for today's Papertrey Ink 5th Anniversary challenge.  You can see all the info on Nichole Heady's blog "Capture the Moment":  HERE

The challenge requires use of a butterfly and leaves on your project.  I saw a card that I loved on
Jessica Witty's blog: HERE.   I decided to use this as my inspiration for creating the card below:

I used almost all Papertrey Ink products to make this card except for the patterened papers which were from a digital kit in my two favorite colors aqua and red and the trims.  I loved how Jessica Witty (Papertrey Designer) impressed the doily into the card stock on her card which I was using for inspiration so I started with that step.  For my leaves I used Heather's Tag It's #3 stamp set.  The sentiment is from Dawn's Signature Series Dress Form stamp set.  I adore these little $5.00 stamp sets - so much mileage and cards made from these little beauties!!!! 

To my red butterfly - pictured above - I added some twine for the antennae and body.  For the aqua butterflies I used some pom pom trim.  The trim and twine are not Papertrey Ink products.

Thanks for taking a look at my card.  Let me know what you think....I love reading your comments and going to your blogs to see your creations too!  Happy Crafting!

: )  Jill

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's for my son's 1st Grade Class....

Hello all,
It is Sunday night and I have been busy today making 26 Valentine's for my son's first grade class.  I was excited a couple of months ago to find a wonderful favor die at the My Creative Time Shop: HERE

I ordered several dies and stamp sets and have been tremendously please with the quality of everything I received.

Here are some pictures of my project:

Here are all of the Valentine's for my son's class on some little tiered stands that I picked up at Marshall's here in Seattle Washington.  They were perfect to display these on for photos.

Here is a side view showing the lollipop on the inside.  I used tootsie rolls for the treat inside and tied them with a ribbon.

Here is a picture of 3 of them from the front.  Can you see the little stitching detail that runs around the border of this die?  There is also a matching scalloped and stitched circle die: HERE.

Here is a close up of one of the favors with a punched scallop circle and stamped sentiment - note: this is not the matching die shown above because I ran out of die cutting time and couldn't use it today!.  Instead for ease and speed of my Valentine making process I just used my scalloped circle punch from Marvy Uchide to create the tags and I then used this wonderful stamp set from My Creative Time Shop:  HERE

A shot of the Valentine's that already have the tags added.  

Here is a quick You Tube video I made showing the completed favors:

That is it for me tonight.  Some of you may know that my husband is in hospice care here in our home in the last stages of brain cancer.  His lovely parents were living in my basement (in my craft room) for the past couple of weeks while visiting from out-of-state.  Now that they have returned to their home (at least for a few days) I have been able to get down to my craft room and try to get back in the groove of creating and blogging.  It has felt good this weekend to do both.  I think sometimes that I forget how relaxing it is to be creative and to do something you love.  It truly is a joy to my spirit!  Thanks for taking a look at my Valentine's favors!  I would love to know what you think of them.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 14 - Red and White

Just a very quick post with a card I made tonight to give to someone special on Valentine's Day.  I am also entering it in this weeks Cheery Lynn Designs challenge: HERE

I love Cheery Lynn Designs dies.  They are some of my favorite card and scrapbook making products.  If you haven't been to their website to shop you should do so: HERE  You will love what you see!

The theme of the challenge this week is red and white.  I decided to make a fairly simple card using a new-to-me border die called the "flower chain border".  I cut 5 borders out to make my card.  I also used both the French Flair Scalloped and Classic stacker nesting dies for my focal piece.

I added some hero arts clear gems to the center of each of the flowers.  I didn't notice that I needed to glue the top of the second border to keep it straight until after I took my photos.  Oops!!!  Don't you hate when you notice things after you take your pictures?  I have to run up and give my sweet husband some medicines right now and get ready for our night nurse or I would take the time to redo it....oh get the idea...I hope!!!!

Here is a close up of the focal point.  I used a sentiment stamp from Papertrey Ink's "Sending You" stamp set; and a heart from a set called  Tag-It's #12.  The heart bling are by Hero Arts also.

That is it for my red and white entry.  It has been nice to have a couple of hours to play in my craft room again the last few is very therapeutic for my soul...

Happy Crafting and blog surfing friends!  Thanks for looking and leaving me some comment love :)!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Papertrey Ink - Day 5 of 5th Anniversary Celebration - contest entry card #3

It is day 5 of the Papertrey Ink 5th Anniversary Celebration over at Nichole Heady's blog:  Here

Today's celebration contest asks us to choose a photo from Pinterest and use it for inspiration for a project.

I chose this photo for my 3rd card:

I loved the soft pink and white colors and the heart with the pink ribbon.  I also love tea and loved the white color combo with the pink.  I need to make a ton of thank you notes this week so I made one using this photo for inspiration.  I found that this really helped my creative mojo which has been sadly lacking the last two months....

Here is my card:

 I used Papertrey Ink's Background Basics Gingham to make the background in sweet blush ink. 
I then banded it with some satin ribbon on both sides.  Next I used a distress inker to add sweet blush ink to a piece of white cardstock and then edged it with an EK Success border punch on both sides.

The focal point is the Papertrey Ink "Sending You"  die with two of the heart dies and a tiny tags heart tied with twine.  The adorable pink wings are from "Frost it Pink":  HERE

That is it for me tonight.  Thanks for looking at my card!  Happy Anniversary to Papertrey Ink! 
Thanks Nichole and the entire staff and designers for all you do for paper crafting!

:)  Jill