Monday, May 17, 2010

H2H, week 7 Everything grows

The Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week is a color challenge.  We have to use these three colors on a project: Ocean, Topiary, and Desert Sand.

 Tricky colors to pull together, but here is my project. 

Everything except the button is Close To My Heart.  I used the Everything Grows stamp set to make this card for my brother and sister-in-law.  They just found out that the baby they are expecting is a boy so these colors work perfectly for them.  I had already stamped all my Ocean hearts when I decided to go hunt for some embellishments.  It turns out that in my giant stash of buttons, I had one Ocean button, that just happens to have 2 little hearts for holes.  How perfect!

I free-handed the Topiary cardstock for behind the tree.  I then layered some stamped Topiary circles and Ocean hearts on top of the cardstock.  The tree trunk was stamped in Desert Sand.  
Here is a close up of the top of the tree.  I apologize that it is a little blurry.   

This will actually be my last Heart 2 Heart Challenge post for a while.  On next Monday, the movers finally arrive!  It will be several weeks before we get moved, have our stuff delivered and am ready to craft again. 
I may post a few other things I am making this week as I have to get finished up with some things before we move. 
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge, week 6 Techniques

 For the Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week, we are supposed to showcase a technique, any technique we would like to show.  To see all the projects, see the challenge here
I decided to show stamping on paint.  I really enjoy this technique and it's easy to do, as long as one is patient.  Here is my project:

I made this card for a friend of mine who is having a really hard time right now.  I am hoping this will brighten her day. 
For this technique, mix a small amount of Create-A-Shade paint with any reinker of choice.  I chose sorbet and juniper.   Paint the tinted paint onto cardstock and let dry completely.  This will take a few hours.  Once dry, stamp image of choice onto the painted cardstock.  I chose the flower from the stamp set Aspiration (C1340) and the stem and leaves from an old set From Me To You (D1247).  I stamped them with regular black ink.  Stayz-On ink can also be used for faster results.  The regular ink takes a very long time to set.  I stamped the flowers and cut them out.  I stamped the stem and leaves on the background, and then some extra leaves that I cut out. 

I love the shimmer that the paint gives to the paper.  The ribbon is actually a very pretty colonial white ribbon, but it looks really dark in the pictures. 

The center flower and the leaves are raised.  I also filled in the dots on the center flower with a black marker and then highlighted with liquid glass. 
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Heart 2 Heart Challenge, week 5, Mother's Day gift

This week for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge, we were to make a Mother's Day card or other project. Check out The Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog to see all the other great projects.
For my Mother's Day gift, I made a card and gift card holder. All products used are from Close To My Heart. I got this idea from the June 2010 Scrapbooks Etc. Magazine. They made one for a graduate on page 94.

The outside of the card is a picture of my mom and myself. I was only a few months old in this picture. I used some paper leftover from our Felcity kit. Felcity was a Constant Campaign last fall. I really like this paper and wish I had more of it. The word "love" is from one of our rub-ons. For the flowers, I used our Create-a-Shade paint mixed with sorbet ink and painted the flowers. I also used one of our new fliagree charms in the center of it.

The inside of the card holds a gift card holder.

I used the stamp set from the Felcity set to stamp some birds and a flourish. My mom has three kids, so I made three little birds.

Here is the first side of the gift card holder. The empty spot will get a gift card, but I just haven't been to the store to get it quite yet.

The other side of the gift card holder:

I made little pull out cards with pictures of my kids for her.
The card all closed up:

When making this card, be sure to leave room for the gift cards. I made a corner fold of about 1/4".

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Splendor Bug Hunting Layout

First, let me apologize for the shaddows in the pictures of my pages. Try as I might, I just couldn't get an unshaddowed picture.
I spent the day at an all day crop and didn't have to work it! It was great to have time to crop and actually work on something. Since I actually had some time, I made something special.
The pictures are from a sunny afternoon of bug hunting in our yard and woods. I love the pictures and wanted the page to have the same feel.

I used our new Splendor paper for this layout. All products used are Close To My Heart. I used the green B&T for the ground and the leaves on the tree. I used the cloud B&T for the sky. The tree is Cocoa cardstock that I cut into the shape of a tree. I free-handed the tree.

Left Page:

Showing the Flip Flaps and hidden journaling tab:

I added more pictures to the page by using our Flip Flaps and a hidden journaling tab. I had to plan ahead and not put any adhesive in the middle of the large picture or the tree. The tab is 3 1/2 by 4 1/4 so it fits completely behind the 5x7 picture.

Close up of the leaves:

The leaves were very time consuming, but worth it. I used the large leaf from the new Irrisitables Pizzza as a pattern. I traced the leaf on the back of the green B&T. I then cut the leaves out. I sponged half of the leaves with Topiary ink and then layered them randomly on the tree. I used some foam dimensionals to pop up some of the leaves.

Close up of the large and small Friendship Alphabets with liquid glass:

I stamped in Topiary ink with our large and small Friendship Alphabets. I then covered the letters with liquid glass in order to make them shine.

The right page:

As usual, when I tried to make the solid block of 4x6 pictures, my pictures were not quite 4x6. In order to correct the problem, I trimmed the middle picture slightly and added a 4x6 mat. It worked out pretty well.

The right side Flip Flaps:

I added more pictures on this page with Flip Flaps as well.

I enjoyed being able to spend a lot of time on a project and I love how it turned out.
Thanks for looking!