Monday, October 25, 2010

Moxie Fab Challenge: Perfectly Placed Pleats

The challenge at the Moxie Fab blog is:
 Create a project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates pleats in an innovative way.

I made a little Christmas card. I pleated my cardstock and cut out a circle and put a scalloped circle frame over the top of it. I used the pleat to tuck in a die cut snowflake ( Papertrey, I punched some circles with my eyelet setter tools) , an adorable little deer (Papertrey stamped, colored with Copics and inked edges) and a scalloped circle stamped with JOY. The paper is from the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Christmas collection.
Now I need to go make dinner. Thanks for stopping by! Good Night!

October Blog Hop


 Good morning! This month's Blog Hop at Papertrey :
"There is always a lot of focus on Christmas in our industry this time of year, as that is what the majority

of the population celebrates. However, this month's blog hop is dedicated to those that celebrate winter

holidays other than Christmas. Create a project that celebrates Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or some other

winter holiday as we embrace everyone's beliefs in a celebration of diversity through paper crafting."

I wanted to make a Hanukkah card but don't have any Hanukkah stamps so I decided to try to make a menorah. I used my new Victorian Lace Border Die for the candle holder part. I trimmed it a bit here and there. I used circle punches for the base. I added some Martha Stewart micro beads and some glitter to make it sparkle. I used candles from The Cupcake collection and added stickles and Glossy accents. The base of the card is Blueberry Sky cardstock and a background paper from Pink Paislee. I added some silver ribbon and a pretty blue bow to finish it off.  The sentiment is on the inside.

And thats it for this month's blog hop card!  Have a great day!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Moxie Fab Challenge: The Seasons Gifting Challenge

Today is the final day to enter this challenge over at the Moxie Fab Blog.
The challenge is to "Create a paper crafted gift that you could give to someone this holiday season."

One of my favorite gifts for kids is books. I grew up in Michigan, where we celebrated St. Nick's day on Dec. 6th. Every year on that day, we would get a knock on the door and there would be a big bag filled with coloring books, crayons, Christmas storybooks and a few yummy treats to eat. For me and my 3 brothers it was a sign that Christmas was just around the corner. (for my mom, it was a great way to distract us and keep us busy while she prepared everything before the holiday!)

I love all the Christmas storybooks available today and have quite a large collection that I still like to read!
Some of my favorites are The Christmas Story, The Polar Express, If you take a Mouse to the Movies, Gingerbread Baby, The Crippled Lamb, The Snowman....okok I guess I like them all...ha
I decided since I give Christmas Storybooks each year, I would add a little homemade bookmark along with it. I made this with  Papertrey dies. (Bookmark, Christmas tree)

 I cut 2 bookmarks (I wanted it a little thicker than one) and offset them just a smidge so the color from the bottom one would peek out. I stamped the sentiment using Papertrey's Mega Mixed Messages and added some swirls from their Christmas Friends set. Then I inked around the edges. I cut the tree from felt and stitched across it. I added sequins and put a drop of Glossy Accents on each one. A silver star brad tops the tree and a ribbon finishes it off.

Well that's it. Thanks for stopping by!

Moxie Fab Challenge: Jolly Holliday Greetings Challenge

Another challenge over at the Moxie Fab Blog is the Jolly Holly Greetings Challenge. (I love the names of all the challenges!Sounds like such a happy challenge!)
The challenge is "Create a holiday card for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or New Year's."

I just got some Tim Holtz Christmas stamps in the mail so I just had to use them for this card! That Santa is so cute!

I stamped the background on Rustic Cream cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with  Pearl Lustre Sapphire Embossing Powder from Stampendous that I bought from Michael's. It is a really pretty opaque blue that goes well with Papertrey's Enchanted Evening blue cardstock. I cut the circles using Nestibillities on my Big Shot and stamped Santa then colored him with Copics. The sentiment and ribbon and button are from Papertrey. I used frosted lace Stickles for his beard and hat so they would sparkle a bit. And that's about it!
Thanks for stopping by!

Moxie Fab Challenge: All Wrapped Up Challenge

As usual I waited till the last minute to enter another challenge! That is definitely going to have to be my first New Year's Resolution for 20011. Stop procrastinating!  Ha. (way to put it off till then! I def. have a problem!)  Anyhow....
 The challenge over at the Moxie Fab blog is to " Create a paper crafted gift bag, tag, box, gift wrap, etc. that for the holiday season."

Here's mine:

I pulled out my Papertrey Ink goodies for this one.
I used Aqua Mist and Vintage Cream cardstock and cut it with the Favor It Box die. Then I embossed part of it with the Guidelines Grid impression plate. I stamped snowflakes in the grids and cut a dove and a snowflake. On the snowflake, I used my eyelet setter tool to punch holes in it and also stamped little snowflakes on the large one. I added the ribbon and buttons. The dove is dangling on twine and the snowflake is raised up with pop dots.

I love the size of these little baskets. They would be perfect to hang on a Christmas tree and can be used to give gift cards, candies, earrings, money. Now I just need to make about 20 more. Maybe later. ha

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Happy World Card Making Day!

And to celebrate, I decided to...surprise!.... make some cards!! What else was I supposed to do??
There is a challenge on Betsy Veldman's blog to find a card in Card Creations Vol.8, and re-create it with a holiday theme.

 I got out my issue and randomly opened it. Oops, it was opened to a page where there already were Holiday cards! After trying again, I opened it to page 8 and 9. I picked a Betsy card! An All Occasion card called Cherry Pocket Smile.
I used a Papertrey vintage cream cardstock with some CUTE paper from the Tinsel collection from Memorybox. I stamped an old Hero Arts ornament on some extra cream cardstock. (I had never used this stamp as it was still in the wrapper. The date on it was 2003!) Then I cut it out and covered it with some Glossy Accents. The Celebrate stamp is from Papertrey and I didn't have any chipboard so I cut a piece from a box in my pantry. I glued the paper to it, cut it with a corner chomper and sanded the edges. I sewed the 2 papers to make the pocket and added  my ornament when it was dry.

Then I flipped the issue open again! This time it landed on pages 128 and 129. I picked a cute Valentine's Day card from Jessica Witty. She used hearts as her focal points and I used trees! I added some sewing to my card and instead of buttons I used bitty star shaped brads. The paper I used was from K& Co and the stamps are from Hero Arts. (again, this one is dated 2002! ) The stamp had 3 trees so I stamped it twice, colored with Copics and cut them out. Then I only inked up the sentiment part of it and put that on the bottom of the card.

These were both so much fun to make! Thank you Betsy for another great challenge!