Thursday, February 14, 2013

Rue Des Fleurs Valentine Card

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today I am posting a Valentine Card I sent to my good friend, Maria. Maria and I are both kindred spirits in that a) we love making cards and crafting, and b) we used to be on the same SU Inks Team.

Nowadays, we exchange cards and naturally Valentine's Day is a great day for card lovers!  I hope lots and lots of young and old couples, friends and family members and professionals, students - everyone receives or gives a Valentines to someone special today !!! 

And as always, if YOU know someone who could use a nice surprise - give them one with a kind gesture in the form of a little something you made.  It could make their week!

OK - here it is.....featuring Stampin' Up!'s RUE DES FLEURS Stamp Set.  I know I got this back nearly a year ago {really?}...but I was kinda waiting for a special day, so I used it - hurray!

I also used a new embossing folder I picked up last week, Cuttlebug's PINKING STITCH.
I really love it! My lace doily is by Wiltons, the baking people. Its a nice coaster size, about 4 inches.


 I made this paper bow. Just following on the "pinking theme" and cut 2 narrow strips of cardstock,
one was rolled and pinched into a sorta-rose shape, lol! The other strip, folded into a loop. I glued the loop down into position and glued the rose down, pressing into place. 
Now, the stitching in brown is real - that's crochet thread. I always love to use crochet thread. 
You get a nice effect quickly. However, I faux-stitched lines onto the pink cardstock with
a white gel pen.  See - there is a teeny-weeny gem on the corset's bow! 



 HOW I STAMPED THIS.....was a little nerve-wracking!  The CORSET and its bouquet of 
flowers is ONE image - the STICK adorned with a rose is another separate image. 
I stamped the corset using an ink pad in Melon Mambo. I used a marker in Espresso 
and inked the HANDLE of the stamp set's  " UMBRELLA".....and masked the corset, then
stamped the handle overtop.  They are a close fit, but I needed to fill in some more flowers
at the top of the corset where a tiny 'gap' happened. I aligned the handle and the corset perfectly
when I practiced it, and was slightly off-set when I did the real stamping - of course!




Well, there it is.....the pink satin bow was a piece I had stashed, so I feel very 
good about this card!   I have already heard Maria "loved it", so that was well worth it!

SUPPLIES

Stampin' Up! Rue Des Fleurs Stamp Set
Cuttlebug's Pinking Stitch Embossing Folder with Border



Other: Melon Mambo, Early Espresso INKS; White Gel Pen; Naturals, Pink CARDSTOCK; Crochet Thread, Big Shot Machine, Glues, Satin Ribbon and Gem Embellishment. 

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Tim Horton's Coffee Cup Birthday Card


Hello Crafty mates!  
My project today is something for my ' Coffee Mates ' .
Take a look at the card below....its part of a gift package for my pal Maria who 
also happens to be a coffee mate of mine! 

You might not guess from the photo, but this card is really a
re-incarnated TIM HORTONS COFFEE CUP!

And appropriately, a stir stick is starring as the greeting!


Now I did not come up with this idea myself but saw it online when I 
googled something, and I thought "how fun!"

So naturally, I wanted to do one!  Here is how I did it.....

UPCYCLED COFFEE CUP TUTORIAL

Basically, grab a clean take-out coffee cup from your fav coffee cafe. 
 I am working with a Medium Tim Horton's cup. 
I found it had enough height to add my focal decoration. 
I have seen the cards using the ' Large ' coffee cups though - so choose one that you like.

Prepare the Coffee Cup.

a)"Open the cup" by cutting off the bottom and top rims.
b) cut  down the side seam.
c) Flatten the cup. 

USE THE CUP AS A TEMPLATE.
See my photos - here I cut Gumball Green and Starfruit cardstock for the front
and inside of the cup, using the coffee cup as my template. Not to worry 
that it's 'perfect', but that you leave a margin of approx. 1/4 inch cardstock all around the perimeter



ADD A BORDER TRIM.
Now is a good time to add some trim. 
 I added a scalloped border to the gumball green cardstock
before gluing it to the outside of the flat coffee cup.







INSIDE CUP. 
As you would expect, the coffee cup's interior has a wax coating.
Not good for gluing - so I SCORED some lines with a sharp
pointy edge criss-cross fashion. The glue will 'fall' into the grooves and bind. 


FINISHING TOUCHES

Here is my finished exterior or card 'front' covered in the Gumball Green with Scalloped Border
AND a piece of Starfruit cardstock as cup's " SLEEVE ".  I merely cut that freehand.
I've inked some distressing accents to the edges [which also hides finger smudges from touching the card] and stamped a small monochromatic image on the front to add interest.  



Once I have finished decorating the FRONT, such as adding the above decoration
of i) doily, ii) scalloped circle, iii) stamped decoration [cut out] and iv) 2 leaves ...
I added my yellow cardstock to the interior. 

TIP: when gluing the interior cardstock to the cup - close together and re-open 
the card and press down the cardstock at the fold. It may shift a bit, but just
" work " it till it accepts its position. 



DECORATIVE GREETING ' STIR STIK '

It seemed appropriate to use a real wood stir stick to flag my greeting! 

I stamped and cut a greeting - for her, its a birthday one and punched 
some hearts from co-ordinating cardstock. The pink cardstock is also 
another Stampin' Up! IN COLOR called RASPBERRY RIPPLE.

I then attached the greeting front and back to the stir stick, while adding the 
hearts to one side only which faces the front. 

GLUE THE STIR STIK DOWN INSIDE THE CARD. 


MY GIFT. 
Here it is!  My gift became 'coffee-themed' as I gave some fresh green
kitchen towels, and a pound of coffee beans. I think that is a nice 
way to start the new year off! 



I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, and that you are encouraged
to take advantage of recycling or re-purposing, or up-cycling....whichever way 
you want to call it...a coffee cup!  Toronto does not have a 
recycling program for these cups, a fact many probably do not know. York Region
on the other hand DOES recycle the cups. It all depends on whether the recycling
process is anerobic or not {uses oxygen to break down enzymes} and 
can deal with the thin plastic/wax coating that comes on food-grade containers. 
So we can upcycle items once in awhile - its fun AND good! 

Bye y'all!

Supplies:
 Stampin' Up!
1) 2012-2014  IN COLORS cardstock, inks.
2)  DSP. for trim, leaves.
3) stamps - assorted.
4) Scallop Border punch
5) Bigz Perfect Pennants Die

Other
1) Tim Horton's Coffee Cup and Stir Stik. 
2) assorted glues. 
3) basic tools: scissors, bone folder, clear stamp block.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Last of Christmas 2012 CARDS and My Christmas HAUL !

Since I was either going crazy doing holiday things, or nursing my daughter who caught 3 chest colds during Fall through December, I didn't finish up my Christmas posting - so I'll do it now, why not!


HANDMADE CARDS FROM FRIENDS......

Here is my assortment of " handmade " Christmas cards that I received....awesome!  The one with the snowflake is from Dee all the way from Australia!  The others are from {left to right}...Jane; Maria; Dee and Tammy.  I treasure each and every one - because its nice to receive as well as give, am I right? :)   So I do keep all my cards - there is several boxes full of them from over the years. So I've tucked these all safely away......

MY CHRISTMAS HAUL....
One word - SNOWFLAKES.  I tried to up my punch and die capability with the proverbial " snowflake ".  Its really falls into the 'must-have' list of a paper-crafter's toolbox doesn't it?  It so happened that as my demonstrator days with Stampin' Up! were active, SU had more or less limited editions of the snowflake and I wan't in love with them.
But this year, I was free to roam and Martha Stewart and other companies - Snowflakes are marvellous these days!!!  Naturally SU got a better snowflake Bigz Die {see photo above}.
But I purchased my first snowflake punch with MS, and it was the Himalayan Snowflake PUNCH - nice one!   Then I was dying to try one of her Punch ALL OVER the Page [PAOTP] and chose: Skyland which was soon followed with her PATP Snowflake Large!  

Funny thing happened....while trying for the first time with the SKYLAND punch I had a little misfortune much to the laughter of witnesses!  The 2-pc punch is square and has magnets which align it to the magnetic base. Plunks together rapidly when you insert the paper over the base and place the punch over top - and then its kinda tough to punch. So to gather power, I decided to punch it on the floor and got down on my knees on the living room wood floor and set paper and punch on the floor between my knees.

I punched and the whole thing slid backward from the pressure and smoothness of the floor ----  shot back between my knees with me still holding on because it happened so fast, AND my head went forward naturally!  SMACK my face hit the floor!  More embarassed than hurt.....one for the books.

Here is my total haul over Christmas 2012 Season.

lots of punches and dies....few adorable stamps


I made a steal by getting these on Boxing Day! See the Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia
top-right?  Only $7.50 CDN - heck yah! BUT I left home at
6:30 am on a freezing and still dark morning just to be at
Michaels when they opened early at 7am.....or so was my plan.
I totally unrealized the buses were on Holiday Schedule so I passed 
my first bus up - waiting for the Express, only to wait 45 mins to get 
the next 'regular' bus anyways!  Frozen toes and butt! What don't we do for crafts!!!


 Here is my assortment of Snowflakes - mostly - punches. There is that
mischief-making Skyland PAOTP punch on the right!






 LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the giant stamps from STAMPENDOUS! 
So fun to colour with my new COPICS, plus I am trying new
embellishing techniques - so there is glitter and Aged Rose Distressing 
Embossing Powder { a mix of several types and sizes of emboss powders}.




 Stampin' Up Hostess Stamp - 1 of 2 with the Winter Scene
bottom-right of cover, and their larger 2 3/4 inch Scallop Circle
Punch and a couple of Fiskars Border Punches.  




 This was a bargain. $20 for a normally $50-70 set from Spellbinder's
Donna Salazar Book Pages 2.  Now I must get Book Pages 1 if it goes
for the right price!   If you want to make mini-albums, then this is one good
set plus it does all the separate elements for your other projects.




 
Also on sale was this Spellbinder's Anemone Flower Set. It makes an interesting
flower that has edges cut away from each petal, so you can make it 3D interestingly 
in an easy sort of way! Cool - I don't think my "FLOWER" division of punches or dies
is quite done yet!  

So that was my Christmas 'gift' to myself in a nutshell!  I tried to mix it up to include buttons 
and ribbons and other embellishments, and glues - we can't forget glue! 
Now I have to get some papers! 
Does it ever end?
No.


 

Back & White! Toronto is deluged with Snow!

Hello, hello and hello! 

I'm back!  And its really, really WHITE outside, ha ha...really white!



 I was MIA because I came down with some super-duper bug that knocked the beejeebies out of me for nearly all of January! It was one of those you get only once in awhile - thank God - and you can't do anything but moan 'n' groan around the home helplessly watching a multitude of things piling up...and wondering why your family can't seem to do any additional tasks [ahem]- hell! Mom is down!!  Well, that's another discussion, righ? Right.

ANYHOO, so I just spent the better part of the last week doing:
      a) catching up with business,
      b) met up with a lovely girl - Hi Kathy! - who I am grateful to say, I returned her wallet I found,       c) FINALLY getting out of my WIND Mobile account {another hallelujah!},
 and then what did I do?......

....well, went CRAFT SHOPPING - HECK YAH!!!!!!  

No kidding, eh?  After all, I sooooo deserved to!  But first things first here is some photos of what is outside our door after the SNOWFALL of FEB 08-2013!   My daughter is not home today because she had to SLEEP AT WORK! No kidding...it was that bad! {well - not all that bad when you consider I had a quiet home all night, lol}..........but here is what TORONTO looks like after a snowfall that had traffic swerving, and grinding to a halt many times over!

6 PM  Feb 8/13  Snow is overtaking TO as it falls, falls everywhere!

 



The poor Pepper has to contend with this ...lol

NOW - we wake up to this.......
...isn't it pretty, oh glorious Sun!
But just the night before, this intersection had cars stuck...oh my! It was
like watching a sport to see if people could become unstuck, ha ha! Got
to buy those WINTER TIRES folks - pay the money! 

Our lamp.

Look to the left.....

Look down....."somebody" still needs his walk!
 
And that walk was for the physically fit!  My goodness, navigating the sidewalks was no easy feat!
And his Highness had to be picked up more than a couple of times and carried - phew, my Tim's coffee was good to say the least in the midst of all this.  But its February - what else can we expect?

OK ......I will move to my next post about crafting.....yeah for crafting in a winter way!  See ya soon!