Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Step-Ups, Cards Made with Sizzix Framelits

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

Do you enjoy making cards with different types of folds?
Why not try Sizzix Step-Ups Card
You can download the Instructional PDF to make this card

I had so much fun making these cards, see how different
a change of paper makes?  I used Prima's Lyric collection
for this card.

Do you have some special Gouls and Goblins
you like to send cards to?
How about trying something like this.
I left the Zombie on the far left open to form a pocket
perhaps this Spooky Grandma will stick a few
treats inside!

Join me in the video and I'll walk you through how to make these
darling Step-Ups cards

Supplies from the Cut at Home Store

Reused and Revamped

a Design Team Project for The Piece by Piece

You know it's sad when you can't even go to Costco anymore without that little crafty devil whispering in your ear 'you could alter that cheese box, go ahead buy it and see what happens'!  Yep you know the feeling, you're moving along nicely and then wham you spot this darling little round container of Brie cheese and what does your crafty mind think, mmm that cheese looks good, nope, wow I could turn that round little balsa box into something, I'm sure I could!  

Yes my crafty friends this darling round gift box started out as a lowly cheese container. Hmm I wonder how many boxes of cheese one person can eat :-)  You can see the original container in the video below, as well as a process video showing you how I altered it to look like the one above and of course more photos to inspire you to first make your shopping list out and then go buying at The Piece by Piece you might also want to stop by your local grocer to pick up a cute little cheese box to alter yourself.

I used Prima's Epiphany collection to help revamp the box and of course these gorgeous laces and trims from the store.  I just love the teal!

If you watch my videos you know I've been trying to convince you (and myself) that I'm not a hoarder, but I have a hard time throwing away the left over bits of Bev's laces and trims so I tuck them in a little plastic bag and pull them out when I need some fillers. That's what I've used here, scrunched and tucked they resemble leaves and give the embellishments just the touch of elegance they need to finish the project. 

My intention is to fill the box with silk flowers made from the silk ribbons Bev sent me (like the streamer shown under the resin flower on the top of the box).  Time didn't seem to be on my side right now so I added some colored Hug Snug to the inside just to give you an idea.  I thought this Revamped box, filled with silk flowers, would make a lovely gift for a crafty friend, what do you think?

About The Piece by Piece
The Piece by Piece is an art and craft supply store that initially started on Etsy, but has grown and now also exists as a brick & mortar establishment in the Niles district of Fremont, California.  Beverly Ybarra, store owner sources her unique laces, trims and ribbons from all over the world, including France, one of her favorite supply sources.  Some of Beverly's favorite local suppliers include Graphic 45 and Prima, so you are sure to find their products on the shelves at TPBP.  For those close to TPBP store in Fremont, each week there is a full list of classes to choose from. 

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Vacation Time

Hi Everyone -
I just wanted to let you all know I won't be posting this week.  We've been on vacation seeing my kids and Grandkids in Washington State and extended our time so I'm not home to share something crafty with you.  I can share my family though!  

Here they are!  Left to right, Eddie (my youngest Grandson), his brother Derik (my oldest Grandchild)  
Luke and Angie (my Daughter and Son in Law) 
Mitch (my eldest) Amber (my youngest)
 and seated my three lovely Granddaughters
Zoie, Pyper and Brynnie.

It's been a real long time since I've had all my family together at one time. Derik has been in the Marine Corp for the past four years and just ended his time this past July.  With one deployment to Afghanistan and one 8 month deployment with the Marine division aboard and abroad on a Navy vessel it's nice to have him home safe and sound on American soil! It made me so happy to have them all together in one spot!  

So I'll be back later this month with more crafty ideas for you.  In the mean time leave me a comment and let me know what you're working on or have just finished.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Spellbinders Doily Magic Cards

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

I'm sharing a little nostalgia with you today as I think back on childhood hours spent watching my Grandmother crochet and tat. Perhaps that's why I was so drawn to Spellbinders Doily Art and Doily Fun Embossing folder and Stamp.

I've created five examples to show you how you can do many cards in a short amount of time changing each up to match your mood or whim. You can make them as simple as you like or much more intricate just by the added dies, flowers and embellishments you choose to use.  You might remember a short while back when I shared with you an assortment of flowers I'd made using Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms.  I pulled some of those ready made flowers out to adorn my cards today.  See it pays to make a lot when you're at your crafty table because then you have them all ready to go when you need just that perfect flower to make the card zing.

I hope you'll join me on the video today, I'll walk you  through the process of each card and share the things I've pulled from my crafty closets to complete them.  I'll also give you a few simple tips on creating multiples of your cards when you have your supplies out in front of you.

Thanks for stopping by if you haven't become a blog follower I hope  you do today!

Supplies I used:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Spellbinders 3D Christmas Tree

a Cut at Home Design Team Project

I can hardly believe it's time to share a Christmas card, it seems like a few days ago we were just hanging decorations and getting into the Holiday spirit and here it is rolling again fast forward right at us.  So if you're looking for some ideas for a few special people in your life then take a moment to consider adding Spellbinders Shapeabilities 3D Christmas Card dies to your collection.

These dies create a darling 3D effect tree for the front of your cards.  You have two dies which when cut and slit pop one over the other.  Attach the bottom one to your card and let the top one float free to create that 3D effect.

Check out my video and I'll show you the dies I've used and a wonderful stamp set from JustRight Stampers, Christmas Inner Thoughts, a perfect set of 11 Christmas sayings.

Supplies from the Cut at Home Store:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sherlock's Journal

a Meg's Garden Design Team Project

Hi everyone today I'm bring you something new for me.  I love learning new techniques and making a new type of project and I've got a great combo of this for you.

To create my journal I got to play with Kerry-Jean Watson's newest creation 'The Sherlock Book' designed exclusively for Meg's Garden.  The journal collection of papers can be purchased in print form or downloaded in digital.  I've used the print edition here.

I've used not only the printed designer papers from the collection but also an assortment of cardstock that I have tea-dyed, stained, stenciled and inked to complement the printed pages.  I backed each decorative page with my cardstock which gives a two-fold result, first it strengthens the pages and secondly it extends your designer papers.

You get a lovely selection of tuck ins, envelopes, tags etc with the collection, just cut, ink and glue to embellished your mini/journal.

At the beginning of this post I told you I was trying two new things, first was a printed journal and second was creating a binding with no glue!  This is a stitched bound journal. I searched YouTube for some tutorials and was most fortunate to run across Sea Lemon's Long Stitch Binding Tutorial.  I not only feel it was a find to run across the perfect binding tutorial but also to find a YouTube channel that's new to me and offers so much, I hope you'll check her out.

Please come join me on my video where I'll walk you through each page, give you a short glimpse of what I started with and inspire you with many more photos.