Matching card and envelope

Today’s post is brought to you by the matching card and envelope challenge over at The Paper Variety. The inspiration for the focal on this card I CASEd from a Moxie Fab World post. I also used pieces of technique for the background base on Tim Holtz’s Creative Chemistry 101 class.

Celebration Cake Art by Carey Hanes

So, with those three things in my brain I came up with this card and envelope set.

carstock: Stampin’ Up (green, black), Staples (white)
stamps, embossing powder: Stampin’ Up
die cuts: Cricut
inks: Ranger
bakers twine: Boxer Scrapbooks
markers: Copic
gems: Want2Scrap
modeling paste: Grumbacher

First I cut the cake + stand image on my Cricut. I then emossed the stand with copper embossing powder to give it a metal quality. I dabbed a scoop of modeling past on my craft sheet and colored it with a drop of brown dye ink. Using my Cricut spatula, I spread the modeling paste across the cake to give it a frosted texture. While it was drying I inked my background, created my candles and built up the card. Even then the cake was not dry. In the process of working with the modeling medium I learned a few things about it.

  1. Don’t heat it with a heat gun. It will bubble. Allow it to dry overnight for this kind of application.
  2. If it is applied to a single layer of cardstock, it will warp and roll up as it drys. Then it will crack when you unroll the paper. Try adhering it to something more solid to allow a good flat drying.
  3. It was fairly solid once dry. I thought I might have to mail the card in a padded envelope to prevent it from crushing and flaking. But once I felt the texture I decided to send it straight in the matching envelope (external embellishment removed for the sake of the Postal workers!).
  4. I think I would add a second layer to the cake but I didn’t have time to wait another day for drying.
  5. Most of all, it was fun to add this kind of texture to a project. I am going to experiment with different textural backgrounds.

Fascinating Feathers

I have a string of Moxie Fab World challenges for you for the next few posts. I was able to just pull out paper and make project after project and play with all my supplies. I did not have any occasions in mind. I was working just from the challenges. So today I have for you the Fascination with Feathers challenge.

I’m not a feathery kind of person so I found this one tricky. I don’t know how I thought of it, but the idea of a top hat with a feather in it popped into my head and this card was born. It would be a fun card for a prom or a wedding!

cardstock, stamp: Stampin’ Up
die cut: Cricut (paper doll dress up)
glitter flock: Hampton Art
embossing ink: Versa Mark
other: feather, embossing powder

Quick cards

I made these two cards really quickly to give to some young friends to congratulate them on their theater performance. I wanted the focal point to be a great big star to represent their starring roles in the performance. However, I don’t have a great big star stamp so I grabbed my Provo Craft stamp material and cut one out on my Circut. Using the new stamp I heat embossed the star in white onto cardstock and inked over it with three colors of distress ink. The process of heating and inking added a warped texture to the cardstock that I liked. So I pulled out my scissors and frayed the edges a bit to add to the distressing. When I adhered the card front to the card base I only used adhesive in the center to allow the layer to curl up at the edges for more texture. With a bit of tissue tape and a small sentiment, the cards were ready to go.

cardstock: Stampin’ Up
white emboss powder: Stampin’ Up
stamps: Provo Craft (star); Stampin’ Up (sentiment)
ink: Ranger (distress)
tissue tape: Tim Holtz

Tip: I found that cutting the stamp material on the Cricut required a deeper blade depth than what the package suggested. So do a little test before you try cutting a full image.

Small Post

It looks likes it has been about a month since my last post. Life has pulled my attention in different directions. I have only made 3 crafty projects in the past month and only photographed one of them. So I will share that one here with you today.

We had the joy to share some dog-sitting duties with another family to take care of a mutual friend’s beloved pet. This dog was such a treat to take care of. We had a dog a few years ago that was NOT such a treat in any way shape or form. So, to have this dog come into our house and be such a sweet creature was fantastic. We were only supposed to have the dog for a day but finagled our arrangement so we could keep her an extra day. I made this card to say thank you to a sweet young friend who was supposed to get the dog-sitting privilege a day early but had to wait for us so we could have that extra day.


cardstock, stamp: Stampin’ Up
ink: Ranger (green, black), Stampin’ Up (white)
die cut: Provo Craft (A Child’s Year– Cricut cart.)
border punch: Fiskars

I probably won’t have many projects for you in the coming months as the sun, gardening, family, my new camera, and travel plans will be my main focus. There are only so many hours in the day and I have to choose how I spend them and right now my crafty mojo is really low. Such is life. Enjoy your summer (at least in the norther hemisphere)!

CKC: March Layouts

Like I said recently, I took a handful of basic supplies (pattern papers, ink and cardstock and alphabets for the most part) to my CKC crop. I wanted to simplify my preparations and this certainly did the job. I also simplified by going in knowing I was going to use the same basic layout for these 3 pages. My kids each got a gift certificate to spend at an online store. I had pretty much the same picture for each kid enjoying their booty from the package that arrived. So I thought, why not make pretty much the same layout for each one? These layouts are going in different albums so they will be viewed at different times. This will reduce the boring, repetitive factor (if you are worried about that kind of thing). So go ahead and make the same layout! It really isn’t a big deal.

The layout below is what I had in mind originally when planning for these layouts. I wanted the title to arch around a circular photo mat. I used my Cricut to cut my photo mats before leaving for the crop. That was the only special thing I did to prepare for these layouts. I used a combination of papers that came in my crop goody bag and older papers I had stuffed in my crop bag. I really planned to keep these pages simple to keep the focus on the story.

I just slightly adjusted things for the next layout, using up scraps of pattern paper from other projects.

And finally I made this one using up a bunch of older product, including these alpha stickers that I have had lying around for about a year.

CKC: Paper Variety challenge

I took my Paper Variety Challenge and some sketches with me to my Creating Keepsakes Convention event this weekend to use during the open crop time. Here is what I ended up doing with Paper Variety’s Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.

I used the far left hand column and made a layout using some flowers about my youngest daughter’s first birthday. I packed really simply for the crop and will tell you about that in a later post. The tags I made using my Cricut/Gypsy and I cut a ton of them to keep in my stash. I packed a whole handful of these tags to do different things with. Yes tags are widely available but I didn’t have any so I just made my own. Know that you can make lovely pages without spending a ton of money but packing simply and making your own embellishments when you need to.

cardstock: The Paper Company
pattern paper, cardstock stickers, small alpha: Echo Park
title alpha: American Crafts
ink: Ranger
die machine: Cricut/Gypsy (tags)
flowers: stash

Finishing 2010

Sheesh. I finally got to finishing the last two layouts for my kids scrap calendars. I just wasn’t feeling motivated to get them done. But I finally found the energy. Part of the problem was that I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with the photos for my son’s layout. Then I saw the current sketch over at Sketch Inspiration and thought that it could work. And while I was working on my son’s layout I decided to just go for it and finish my daughters. I kept everything really simple so I could just get it done. It feels good to finally get those all wrapped up!

Cupcake saga continues

My latest challenge from The Paper Variety was to make something involving a cupcake. Oh how perfect since I’ve spent the last two weeks in cupcake land. Well I couldn’t just submit the cupcakes that I already made. That wouldn’t be in the spirit of a crafty challenge. I had to figure out how to incorporate those cupcakes. I decided to make a cake plate out of paper to display my cupcakes in my scrap room. I’ve been decorating my scrap room in a “Creative Cafe” theme and these little delights will be displayed to spruce up my space. What better way to present paper cupcakes, than with a paper cake plate? So here it is…

I used my Gypsy & Cricut to design and cut the stand. If you really want all the complicated details read more below. The stand was a little off from what I had envisioned. If I feel up to it, I will enlarge the circle plate at the top to make it more in proportion to the size of the stand. Other than that, it was a fun project and a neat way to decorate my space.

I took the letter L from a font (can’t remember which one). I flipped it horizontally and welded the L and the upside down L together. Then I flipped this vertically and welded then together again for form half of the stand. I cut two stands–each was 4 layers of heavy cardstock glued together that all fit on one sheet of cardstock. I sliced a slit in each stand about half way down and then slid them together. I don’t know if any of that made sense. I really should have taken photos for a better description.

Make something yummy challenge

As I’ve said before I have a plan for prettying up my scrap space. For a long time I have had a sketch on my cork board of my “Creative Cafe” complete with awning, welcome sign and menu plaque. In keeping with the food theme I created a pink cake box and placed it on an actual bakers rack that holds my printers & some supplies. I didn’t post a picture of the box because it didn’t turn out well. But what I do have a photo for you of are these yummy cupcakes…

I created these both to fit with my new room theme and to enter the Make Something Yummy challenge over at My Pink Stamper. To create the cupcake wrapper I used a pattern that was in the Jan/Feb ’11 issue of Paper Crafts Magazine (and available for download here). I then ran the wrapper through my paper crimper, starting from the middle and doing each side separately. This helps the crimping to stay as straight as it can be. I used my Cricut to cut a 4″ circle and fringed the entire edge of the circle in about 1″. Adding a line of adhesive from my ATG gun all around the fringe, and across the entire surface, I then maneuvered the circle to fit inside the top of the wrapper. This gave me a solid base to adhere my ribbon to. I  twisted and folded my ribbon as I wound it around the cupcake to create fluffy icing. I topped it off with a rich pink button threaded with green twine for that sweet cherry on top.

So go whip up some of your own crafty cupcakes. Enjoy!