A House of Cards

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Little Flyers...

Hey everyone!  Today on the October Afternoon blog, they are showcasing a new product... Little Flyers.

These particular Little Flyers are from the Sidewalks collection, but they will be coming out in all of the new collections.  They are mirror image sticker flags that can be used with things like toothpicks and string.  They are great for banners or flags, which are so popular right now.  Aren't they cute?! 

I created a 4 x 4" mini card using one of the pennant shapes.

But instead of making a banner or flag, I used the shape to create a little party hat.  I just added a button for the pompom and some patterned paper with a decorative edge for the brim of the hat.  And I popped all of the elements up with foam adhesive to add dimension.

You can check out what the rest of the design team created using Little Flyers here.

Hope you all are having a great week so far.  (Only two more days until the weekend.  ;) )
Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Something for teacher...

Hey everyone!  Friday was my day on the Pink Paislee blog, and I decided to create a little gift for teacher using the new Nantucket collection. 

I created this card and pencil bouquet using my Cricut Expression and Making the Grade, Plantin SchoolBook, and Doodlecharms cartridges.

I cut the flowers in multiple sizes, punched a hole at the center of each, and layered  them onto the pencil.  I used the eraser for the flower's center. 

You can see the original post here with a list of all the Pink Paislee supplies used. 

That's it for me today.  Hope you have a great week.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Getting sketchy...

Hey everyone!  Thought I would stop by today to share a sketch that I created for the October Afternoon blog.

I decided to go with an 8.5 x 11” format.  I kept the design simple with the opportunity to use multiple photos.   But for me, a square or rectangular box on a sketch doesn’t always read as a photo.  I love to fill them with fun embellishments.  And that is what I did.

Here is my take on the sketch:

 I created the sketch before I created the layout, so I had to make some adjustments to it to make it work with the photos that I decided to use.  I went with two horizontal photos instead of the one that is shown in the sketch.  To make up for the extra space I had to use, the border around the whole layout had to be changed up and just used along the top and bottom of the layout.  I did stay pretty close to the actual layout placement, but I used one of the boxes for a little scene rather than a third photo.

For the journaling and scene, I created stitched boxes (machine and hand stitched) and place some Chip ‘n Stick chipboard pieces around the edges.

The new Sidewalks collection was so fun to work with.  Such beautiful colors and sweet images…  Everything about this collection just makes me happy!

Amy Heller created a beautiful layout using the sketch, and you can see it here.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Some fun with ribbon...

Hey all!  Today was my day on the Pink Paislee blog, and I decided to do a tutorial on how to make fabric panels with ribbon.  I used the new Mistables Scallop Ribbon and Pleated Ribbon strips to create a fabric background on some cards. 

Here is what I came up with:

For this card, I mixed the muslin scallop ribbon and pleated ribbon strips along with some machine and hand stitching to create a fun back drop for my embellishments and sentiment.   

For this card, I kept it simple and machine stitched together three muslin pleated ribbon strips, and then I sewed the panel onto the card front.

The natural look of the Mistables ribbon along with the twine and soft colors definitely gives the cards a homespun feel.

You can see the tutorial on making the ribbon panels here, along with a list of the Pink Paislee supplies that I used.

That is it for me tonight.  I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

October Afternoon + May Arts

Hey everyone!  Just stopping by to share a project I did for the October Afternoon blog.  October Afternoon and May Arts have teamed up this week, and so all the projects on the OA blog are adorned with beautiful ribbon.

I have had a little embroidery hoop in my stash, and I have been wondering what to do with it.  When I found out that we were going to showcasing ribbon this week, a little light bulb went off in my head:  ribbon as a canvas.  

I cut strips a bit longer than the hoop and stitched them together to create the background for my little scene.  I then created the little house from papers from Farmhouse, Boarding Pass, and Thrift Shop and added chipboard embellishments from Boarding Pass and 5 & Dime.  For the heart, I adhered some ribbon to a scrap piece of paper and hand-cut the heart.  All in all, a pretty easy project.

And just so you know, October Afternoon is having an awesome giveaway of the entire Boarding Pass collection along with 5 yard each of five coordinating May Arts Ribbons.  Just head on over to the OA blog HERE, and leave a comment for a chance to win.  But you have to head over there ASAP because they will be announcing the winner tomorrow, Aug. 5th! 

Good Luck to you all! 

Hope you have a wonderful day, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, August 1, 2011

A little OA goodness...

Hey everyone!  It is challenge day on the October Afternoon blog, and it was my turn to come up with the challenge.  And that challenge is:  Create a grid.

It is a trend that I have been seeing a lot in scrapbooking lately.  You can look through any scrapbooking magazine or on-line gallery and easily find a layout, card, or project using one.  It is a great way to showcase multiple photos, embellishments, or even different patterned papers.

I made this layout using the new Farmhouse collection and created a grid background for my photo.   

October Afternoon made this so easy for me, as the collection of patterned papers that I used for my grid was actually from one sheet of paper, Attic Trunk, a grid of beautiful mixed patterns and colors.

I broke up the grid with a border for my title using a ruler image from the Kitchen Cupboard patterned paper and some beautiful teal twill ribbon from May Arts.

Stacey Kingman played along with my challenge this week, and you can see the beautiful card she made here

If you would like to take the challenge and you use OA products, be sure to post your work in the OA Flickr Gallery.  We would love to see it!  

Well, that is all for me tonight.