Friday, November 23, 2012

Monochromatic Christmas card and another loom knitted scarf

Of course this is another Pinterest inspired beauty, and it is a crazy mash up of CTMH products and SU! stamps. The paper and the ink are CTMH as is the Color ready seam binding and the Green Glitz glitter gel. The stamps are from the SU! Bright hope set. I love them for their shwoopy goodness. They are gorgeous. I embossed around the outside edge with a SU! embossing folder also. The card front got a very healthy dose of Glimmer mist in my favorite color, Pearl.

Variation 1, just a little change to the ribbon and used CTMH Almond Glitz.

 Variation 2, add the red gems and sponge the CTMH color ready seam binding to match the ink.

Variation 3, ribbon change again and pearls for bling.

And another loom scarf finished. This is a navy blue and black variegated one for my oldest son. He's all pink cheeked because it is too warm to be wearing a scarf here these days. But he loves the soft texture of it and so he wears it even when he is too warm. I made it with one skein of red heart yarn and 1 skein of Caron super soft. I LOVE loom knitting. It is so relaxing for me. A cheap and easy and useful hobby. Can't beat it.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Masking, inking and stamping. Oh my.

I was inspired to create this monochromatic card from this card I found on Pinterest, of course. All my inspiration comes from Pinterest these days. I did not have the exact tree stamp used in the original, but I feel this is a good approximation. I really love how this turned out. 

Here are my steps to creating this card front:

I masked off a rectangle, just a little bit smaller than the tree stamp, using sticky notes.
I used a sponge and inked from the outside towards the center in CTMH Olive ink. Darker around the outside to a nearly white spot in the center. 
I inked the stamp again in CTMH Olive and stamped it off on a piece of scratch paper so that I could second hand stamp it inside the masked area. 
I removed the sticky note, masking pieces. Stamped one tree image going outside the edges of the rectangle. 
Stamped the sentiment and then sprayed the entire piece with Glimmer mist in Pearl and then sprayed with Goosebumps spray also. I was going for a snow effect. I also added some Liquid pearls in Ruby red. 

I liked the finished product so much, I made another. Similar but not the same, loosely inspired by this card. Sticking with the monochromatic theme and the exact same steps as before. I switched to CTMH Lilac mist ink and paper color, and used my brand new SU! Snowflake Soiree stamp set. Adding dots of Liquid pearls in Baby blue.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Monday, November 19, 2012

One sheet wonder cards

Back to some paper crafting and card making. It has been a while. I have been so inspired by fall cards on Pinterest, so I had to get down to business. The stamped pieces of the above cards are what I would call a one sheet wonder project using the baby wipe technique. I took a scrap piece of paper 5.5 x 8 or 9 inches and stamped randomly all over it with a bunch of small leaf stamps from a couple of different Studio G $1.00 stamp sets. I took a baby wipe and I dropped dots of CTMH Re-Inkers in Tulip, Sweet Leaf, Sorbet and Creme Brulee randomly on the baby wipe. Then I ink up the stamps and it gives a beautiful water color effect to the finished stamped images.

This card is inspired by this card I pinned on Pinterest.

This one was inspired by this pinned card.

And finally, the inspiration for this card is this card.

This final card is my own design inspired by the final scrap of the stamped paper and scraps on my work space from the other creations. I made this into a birthday card. 

It's hard to tell but all have been embossed and then sprayed with Glimmer Mist. All of the Thanksgiving sentiments came from a retired CTMH stamp set called November Word Puzzle. It's just perfect for small sentiments for the holiday season.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy! 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Where have I been

I have finished the Christmas card class. It was last weekend, and it was a lot of fun and a great success. I made 22 of these Santae from yogurt cups party favors and 5 center pieces from the Scallop Circle Christmas Trees shown earlier.

And I am still loom knitting. I finished the above white scarf and a black and navy combo one for my oldest son. I have yet to catch a picture of him modeling it. I am loving knitting right now and it is taking up most of my free time.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Loom knitting

I go through these fazes each year. I get bored with paper and I pick up fabric or yarn or both. Lately it has been yarn. I made this scarf for my son on my Knifty knitter loom. It is actually equal parts red and black yarn even thought the red seems so much more dominant. I'm really happy with the weight and feel of this finished project, I used regular worsted weight yarn for the red and Caron Simply soft for the black yarn. It's soft and cuddly but thick and warm at the same time. 

These are fashion scarves, not really for warmth, more for decoration. The two outer scarves are made from Red Heart Sashay yarn. They are ruffle scarves, super simple to knit up and so soft and pretty. The middle scarf is Loops & Threads Flaunt yarn, a kind of tape yarn, not as simple to knit but not terribly difficult either. Such a luxurious scarf when you are done.

Here's a closer look. You can see the flounce and ruffle action. So wonderful, I am addicted. And it is so fun to pull out my grandma's long neglected knitting needles and put them to good use. Makes me smile when I use them.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Coffin shaped party favors....with a surprise

These are some Halloween candy favors I made for a few co-workers and neighbors. They are cut out on my Cricut using the CTMH Artiste cartridge. The finished size is 4 x 2 inches. When you pull off the coffin lid you get a surprise. 

Boo! I put a skull cut out and a black out version onto a strip of recycled acetate, so that it pops up when the lid is removed. Fun stuff. Add a few pieces of candy and its ready to go.

The paper is from Joann's and was originally intended to be paper place mats. I got 48 pieces of 12 x 18 inch heavy weight patterned paper for around $5.00. Awesome! Gonna keep my eyes out for other holidays and see if they offer these again.

These cuts are super simple, but I did save the design in my Cricut Design studio so if you would like this .cut file I am happy to share. Leave a comment below, with the ever important email address, and I will send it out to you.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!
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