Sunday, February 24, 2013

You Are My Sunshine for Our Kreative Karma

Well hello there! It's been a little while since I have done a blog post. I am finding it harder and harder to craft these days. When I finally have a moment to sit down and make something I have no crafty mojo. I am trying to get back into it, but it's definitely a process. So let me ask you all a question: What do YOU do when you have no mojo?

This is my first post for the Our Kreative Karma blog. All of the ladies who post there are very talented and wonderful people to boot. We love to share our love of crafting, as stress free as possible. There are no rules when it comes to doing what you love. This month's "theme" is love.

I created this cute little "you are my sunshine" card. It didn't quite turn out as I envisioned, but sometimes that's a good thing.

I used DCWV and Recollections papers for this card. It really was very simple. It is a standard card base with standard size layers. I took a yellow piece of paper and drew "rays" on the back with a pencil, and then numbered every other one so I knew what order they went in. Then, I adhered them down to the blue sheet, skipping every other ray. So really, you can get two cards from one sheet of "rays" if that makes sense. The sentiment is from one of the sheets of paper. I just fussy cut around it. I then went over all the rays with Close To My Heart's liquid glass, added some pearls, and did faux stitched around the outside with a white gel pen.

This is my take on the love theme. Hope you enjoyed my project! :)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Valentine's Day Blog Hop - Feb. 9, 2013

Thanks for hopping along for the Valentine's Day Blog Hop. If you did not start at the beginning, please go to Suzanne's blog. You don't want to miss a thing. If you came to my blog from Robin, then you are in the right place. 

This hop was a bit of a challenge in that we weren't supposed to use any pink or red in our projects. I thought that would be simple, but I promise, I struggled with this so much! I wanted to add red soooo bad! :) I challenge all of you to create a Valentine's theme project without traditional colors as well.

I made a card with a black, white, and gray/silver scheme. This color combo always has a romantic/sophisticated feel to me. It is a standard A2 sized card, with a standard sized layer. I used a Fiskars scalloped heart punch to punch out seven (or eight) hearts out of a coordinating sheet of paper. I used foam squares to adhere two of the three hearts, and the one in the middle has dimension all on it's own. I used one heart as the base, and used the rest folded in half and glued together to give it a "bubble" type of shape. I hope that makes sense.

To finish it off, I stamped "be mine" using alphabet stamps from Close To My Heart, and colored the letters of "Valentine" with a silver sharpie. The letters were canvas, so they have a bit of texture, which is nice. I then tied some silver ribbon into a bow, and called this project done. I hope you enjoy what I have created.

Now, for some bloggy candy. The grand prize (pictured below) is being sponsored by Zannie Berry Scrapbooking. All you have to do to be eligible to win this prize, is to leave a comment on each of the blogs. Simple as that! Of course, we would LOVE it if you also became a follower. Hope you enjoy the rest of the hop.

Your next stop is Nancy

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Friday, February 1, 2013

A Gift For My Sweetheart Blog Hop

Welcome to the “A gift For My Sweetheart” blog hop!

Sit back and relax while you browse through seventeen unique, handmade gift ideas to give a loved one on Valentine’s Day. Each stop along the way has a gift they poured their heart into, but that doesn’t mean the project contains the traditional Valentine heart theme.

The hop started at Christine’s blog. If you didn’t come to my stop on the hop from Suzanne's blog, be sure to start at the beginning so you don’t miss anything.

For this hop we have two sponsors. In order to be entered in the drawing for the two prizes, you must comment and follow each blog.

Hot Berry Designs is offering a $10 gift certificate, and Scraptastical Kreations is offering a $15 gift certificate.

You have Saturday (2/02/13) and Sunday (2/03/13) to hop and leave a comment at all the blogs for your chance to win. The winners will be randomly chosen Monday (2/04/13) and will be
announced on Christine’s blog.

Wow, I feel like it has been a century since I have actually made anything, let alone posted on my blog. I am so sorry! I am going through a few minor "life adjustments" that have kept me away from the craft room. Plus, I'm just downright tired most of the time, but I am trying to get back into the swing of things.

So, my gift is sort of an "us" gift. My husband and I got married in October, 2011. The picture on this layout is one of my very favorites from our wedding day. I had forgotten I had this photo printed, but when I found it tucked away, I knew I had to use it with this paper. The paper is from DCWV and it's from the "Once Upon A Time" stack.

Nitty gritty:

  • Photo - 5x7, gray photo mat, 5.25x7.25, blue photo mat, 5.5x7.5. All adhered on foam tape.
  • Distressed the edges of all the paper
  • Stamped "scroll" design using stamp from CTMH's "Baroque Borders" stamp set in chocolate ink around photo.
  • Stamped "i love you more" using a SU wood mount stamp, added a banner end, and attached it on dimensionals so it looked like it was waving, so to speak.
  • Cut flowers using the "Flower Shoppe" Cricut cart; blue flowers are the "fun 4" cut at 1.5 inches, and the gray ones are "heart 2" cut at 1.25 inches. I added pearls to the centers from CTMH.
  • For an unexpected touch, I took an exacto knife and carefully cut the edges of the butterfly on the bottom left side under the picture. It was a flat image on the paper, but I wanted it to have some dimension. If you do this, just make sure you leave an area on the top and bottom so it is still attached to the paper. You don't want to cut if off entirely. I then adhered another color of paper behind it for some depth, but you don't have to do that. You could just use a shade that is close to the background color. Fold the wings up a bit, and you're good to go.

  • I adhered the layout to a piece of 12x12 medium weight cardboard for stability.

Note: the blue flowers are not as vibrant in person. In photos, they look like they don't match the shades of blue in the paper, but I assure you, they do. :)

Thank you for stopping by. Please go to Katie's blog, next.

Just in case you get lost along the way, here is the complete line up: