Friday, November 20, 2015

Thanksgiving Place Cards & Autumn Note Cards

I have been having fun with more of Deena's Printables.
I started off with this Thanksgiving Collage file:
You get 6 images in 2 sizes for a total of 12images and you can print as many as you need.
It was very easy to make place cards for my Thanksgiving table.
I used some leftover letters to add my name, of course I could have picked a color that shows up better.

After cutting out the 6 large images I inked the edges then cut Kraft paper backings a little bigger than the images and layered them together.
For the bottom part I used a leftover place setting from my son's wedding as a pattern then added as I needed to make my images fit then I scored them down the middle and folded in half. I used double sided tape to attach the images to the I guess easel part and added some sequins for a little shine.
Next I made up some note cards using this file:
You get 3 each of 3 different images for a total of 9 images and you can print as many as you need.
Once again after cutting out the images I inked the edges. Then I cut the card bases which I decorated using a stencil and colored pencil for the little blocks on the top and bottom of the cards.
I cut Kraft paper and wrapped them with ribbon, attached to the card fronts then I layered the images on top with foam pads. I also chomped the corners.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Happy Anniversary

A few months back I made a card for my son and his wonderful wife to celebrate their 4th US wedding anniversary and now it is time for their Japanese anniversary.

I wanted to play along with this challenge:

Here is what I came up with.

Once I had finally settled on a technique it was very fast and easy to make. I originally wanted to do emboss the flower vine and do an emboss resist technique but I just could not get the look I wanted that way. Then I tried different colors of paint and ink, it took several tires to come up with the combo I used.
I painted the background onto watercolor paper, when the paint dried I stamped the vine and sentiment. I attached the watercolor paper onto a piece of pink core'dinations card stock.

I am entering this card into these challenges:

Just Us Girls Challenge # 319

Case This Sketch #149


Friday, November 13, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!

Today I am having fun with these Thanksgiving Post Cards - Printable Hang Tags:
You get 2 of each design for a total of 8 hang tags and you can print as many as you need.
After printing and cutting out the images I layered them onto burlap, then attached them to the card bases and added some sequins.
These make really cute Thanksgiving Cards, invitations to Thanksgiving dinner, a set of note cards for the hostess are my top ideas.
Then I got out these cute bookmarks, when I was a little girl I always wanted Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, Santa never brought me any but now I have these super cute tags to play with.
These were REALLY easy, all you need to do is print the images, cut them out, ink the edges if you like then layer them onto coordinating papers, the papers I used are all scraps. Punch a hole, add an eyelet if you like (my eyelets would not play nice with me so I didn't use any) and add a piece of twine.
Not only are these cute bookmarks, they would also be great tags for gifts and place settings for Thanksgiving dinner, putting the guest's names on the backs. 


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Rosette Turkey

My girlfriend sent me the directions for this, I thought that it was a very cleaver idea. This came from a Core Class at Core'dinations but I can't find it on their website so I have added their directions at the bottom of the post.

Core'dinations has their own line of precut rosettes to make this turkey but I went a different route and made my own rosettes using Cricut's Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge. The middle layer of rosettes on my turkey turned out to be a little thicker than I realized it would but I went ahead and used it.
I printed my papers with my Imagine then cut them using my Expression because the Imagine cuts don't always line with the prints.
After I cut the pieces out I ran them through me eBosser using various Craftwell and Cuttlebug folders to emboss the layers. I used a different folder for each rosette layer as well as the turkey body pieces.
Mine is too heave for the little easel that is in the directions so mine won't be a centerpiece, it will be a wall hanging.

 I am entering this into the following challenges:

Double Click Connections Thanks-buzz-illion

Blog Quick Quotes Friday-Challenge-57


Friday, November 6, 2015

Note cards & Tic Tac Toe

Once again, I have two projects for today. The first one is a note card from this file:
This was so fast and easy to do, it wouldn't take very long at all to make up a set as a hostess gift as you are running out the door.

 After printing and cutting the note card and envelope out, I inked my edges then I added some leaves using a small leaf stamp from my stash, some shinny leaf  confetti and a piece of twine on the edge.
These would be useful for several different things, Thanksgiving dinner invitations, my favorite, tea party invitations, hostess gifts, actually a gift for any occasion.
Next I had more bottle cap fun, using up some more of these Fall Pockets bottle cap images from last month.
I wanted to make a Tic Tac Toe game that can go wherever you do. I left the outside a little bland. I started with a Silhouette file for the box, cutting the top, bottom and insert with my Cameo. I printed the, "Tic Tac Toe" with my Cricut.
I added the grid lines with my Cricut using Sure Cuts a Lot to trace a picture of the grid which I found online.

I cut the images out, inked the edges then adhered them to the inside of the bottle caps then I coated the entire inside of the caps with Glossy Accents. I made 5 scarecrow pieces and 5 cactus pieces. All of the pieces fit inside making it easier to find them and to take them along wherever you go.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Autumn Bookmarks & Thanksgiving Tea

I have two projects again this week. First up are these really cute bookmarks.

You get 1 of each bookmark, a total of 4 and you can print as many as you need.

Deena's files are so easy to work with, you can print, cut and assemble these in about 30 minutes. After printing them out (I went a little out of the lines on the last one) I inked up the edges then I used up some scraps of fall papers to back the bookmarks with (one is mounted on black so you can't see it in the picture). I also punch holes in the tops, add an eyelet and a piece of twine.

These would make nice teacher or hostess gifts.

Now it is time for a Thanksgiving Tea Party, actually more of a Black Friday Tea to give everyone time to take a break and get revived by tea, scones w/lemon curd, tea sandwiches, fresh fruit, tiny deserts and chocolates. I'm going to stay home and make tea while everyone else is out fighting the crowds.


This cup is from the Queen Anne line of bone china, it was made in England but my book which was published in 1991 doesn't have the exact same marks that match the bottom of my cup, the markings I have are a combination of a couple of different marks Queen Anne used. However the last Queen Anne mark they have listed says, "1959+". It was made sometime after 1959 and I don't know is this line is still produced.

 This cup is from Royal Stafford and once again I don't have the exact marks that are in the book.
You get 2 tea bags on a page and you can print as many as you need.
For this simple invitation is very easy to make, I used a sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" brown cardstock, I cut it in half so that I had two pieces of 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". I scored it at 4 1/4", then I added a scrap of dark pumpkin which I embossed with a Cuttlebug folder from my stash. I chomped all 4 corners of both the card base and the pumpkin layer then I added a Thanksgiving Greetings Tea Bag on top, added some sequins and pearls. The sentiment was an extra that I had previously printed on vellum with my printer then layered onto a scrap of Kraft paper and adhered with foam pads.


Friday, October 23, 2015

I have two projects this week, Ewe-N-Me Printables has so many wonderful fall printables that I have a hard time deciding on which ones to work with and this week I came up with 2 different files and projects.
First up is a Fall shaker card that I made using this darling Fall Pockets file. There are 5 different bottle cap images, you get 6 of each image. These cut out very easily with a 1" circle punch. 
After printing and cutting out my bottle caps I inked the edges.
I used a sheet of Kraft paper for the card base. I put two leaf stamps on the same stamping block and used red and green inks on them. I stamped the background, including the piece that I used for the shaker element. I laid that piece directly onto the Kraft paper and stamped them both at the same time.
The, "Fabulous Fall" sentiment is a Cricut cut and I used Cricut's Fancy Frames cartridge to cut the shaker layers. I cut 6 layers using empty cereal boxes and glued them together to form the frame for the card. I also cut a piece of clear acetate for the window and another piece of cereal box for the base of the shaker element.
After assembling the shaker element and letting the layers dry thoroughly (overnight) I added the bottle cap images and some sequins before adhering the clear acetate and top frame.
For a finishing touch I added a piece of green twine to the fold.
Then I got to work using the Small Farmhouse Labels - Turkey Labels.
I am a firm believer that the bigger the mess I make, the more fun I am having. These Thanksgiving Gift Boxes definitely lived up to that. You get 3 each of 3 different sizes and labels for a total of 9 labels, 3 large, 3 medium and 3 small.

I have had these paper Mache boxes for quite a while, looking for the right project to use them.
The first step was to give all of the boxes a couple of coats of Gesso, the Gesso seals the paper Mache making it easier for the paint to cover more evenly. 
After giving all of the boxes a couple coats of Gesso and paint I cut doilies to fit the tops using water color paper then I painted the doilies to mix and match the boxes. After the paint dried I added some twine and glued them to the tops of the boxes. I used the large label on the large box, medium on the medium box and small on the small box. I inked the edges of the labels then layered them onto pieces of black card stock and adhered them to the tops of the boxes with foam tape.
I also painted some wooden buttons from Plum Purdy, added twine and adhered them below the labels.
I also added a piece of ribbon around the bottom of the boxes.

These would make great Hostess Gift Boxes for Thanksgiving or to put Thanksgiving type munchies into before gifting them to a friend.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Bat Shaker Card

The other day I won a facebook giveaway from Fleurette Bloom Designs for their Halloween Card SVG file. There are 3 different card designs and an envelope that fits all of the cards. I decided to make the bat card first and did a few changes to make it my own including a shaker component.

The star buttons are from Plum Purdy, I painted them a dark purple then added some Craft Twinkles and added a piece of twine to the fold.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Happy Blogaversary Taunya

My bloggy friend Taunya is celebrating her 4th Blogaversary this month. As part of the celebration she posted this picture:
And asked her followers to make her a card using this picture as inspiration.
I used the daisy and colors:


Opps...that darned sequin center that fell off, I reattached it after taking the pictures.

I used the my pop up die set from Stampendous, I opted to not use the 3 pop-ups in the middle section so I covered them with several layers of the blue painter's tape.
All of the daises are from Cricut's Mickey and Friends cartridge, the vase is from Art Nouveau. I used white cardstock for the daises and colored them with my eBrush. The bling is from Zva Creative.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Welcome to the Pumpkin Patch Card in a Box

These hang tags are so cute, I decided to have some fun by using them for a card in a box, one of my favorite card shapes.
The tags are double sided with different pictures/sentiments on each side. You get 4 different designs making a total of 8 tags. They can be used as either single or double sided tags.

 The card is cut from a 12" x 12" piece of Kraft paper, I used orange glitter paper for the added pumpkins.
After folding my tags in half I punched holes and added eyelets and twine to the tops.
I took close up pictures of each tag for you to get a better look.
The crow buttons are from Plum I painted them with black chalk paint with champagne Craft Twinkles for tails, I also added some google eyes to some of the extra pumpkins I cut.
I will be entering into these challenges:  Blog Quick Quotes Friday Challenge 56.