Saturday, September 20, 2014

Paper Weaving

A tag with paper weaving.  The Papertrey Ink Make It Monday#180: Paper Weaving and Simon Says Tag It.

I wanted to use the border cut and a double layered in my weaving, so the rest of the strips I chose were softer hues cardstock and white vellum. I taped all the ends to a piece of Classic Kraft cardstock and then started to weave. The side to side pieces were all the same cardstock and I didn't have a lot of it so I stitched every thing down.

Since the challenge at Simon Says is Tag, I used my 1/2" side of the Corner Chompers and a standard hole punch and voila a tag.

I was heavily influenced by Melissa Phillips post on layering with vellum for the focal point, using two layers of purple vellum over the Classic Kraft cardstock die cut with Papertrey Ink's Limitless Labels 2 1/4 square die set and inked with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. The square is edged with Dusty Concord Distress Ink, edged with paper piercing and stamped with a two part stamp from Papertrey Ink's A Little Inspiration stamp set (in Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord). With a few Mirror Stars from Tim Holtz' Ideology. The bow is Papertrey Ink silk ribbon dyed with Seedless Preserves spritzed with water on my craft mat.

Kick Ass Gift Bag Tutorial

I'm really quite pleased with the gift bag. In this case it's a brown paper lunch bag. Fold the bottom of the bag so it looks like an upside down "y" (so the front and back are both the same).  With a fold (vary the fold height with content), measure paper to the width of the bag and up to the fold line (repeat for back). Then measure paper for the fold. I used my ATG to adhere all the pieces.

A closeup of the badge (another tutorial on badge making will follow soon). Additional things can be pinned to the ribbon tails if you've a mind to do so. The stamps are from two of Kelly Purkey's Simon Exclusives, F Bomb and Like a Boss. The rosette is from the Tim Holtz Rosette die.

I'm not sure why the pin-back photographed so curvy, but take my word for it that it is actually straight. I used an standard hole punch to allow the ends to go through the top of the back easily.

Here's my favorite practical bit, a pocket for the card.  Just make a pocket using your favorite technique and attach it to the back. Keeps the card with the gift easy peasy (lemon squeezey).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I'm working on a new iron filings project, this time with shaker pouches from Impression Obsession. I bumped the pouch slightly and iron filings stuck to the adhesive they come with, but Glossy Accents sealed them in impressively. In the back are two "Badges of Encouragement".

Someone had mentioned they wished they could see some of the kinetic things in action. I'm trying to work out how to film some of the cards, but in the meantime Eileen Fahleens is in the house.  The sound isn't a loud as it seems in the video, but it is noticeable.

I've worked out a way to make mouths from a circle die cut/punch easy peasy.There is also a link to the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes theme song at the post lol.

I won a free set of stamps from Waltingmouse with a random drawn comment. I chose Off Beat Backgrounds, what a hoot! I made this background with the grid stamp in seafoam and the dots in Shaded Lilac.

To see more crafty spaces, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground and have a gander  : ).

Sunday, September 14, 2014

No One Expects

Killer Tomatoes! Traditionalists may think "No One Expects" should always be followed by "the Spanish Inquisition" (Monty Pytyhon skit). What can I say? I'm a rebel : ).

This week's CASology cue card is Three. One of my favorite movies is Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (I even have a special edition DVD with a packet of Killer Tomato seeds).  The tomatoes are Punny Produce: Tomatoes by WPlus9, colored with Memento Dual Markers (Lady Bug and Bamboo Leaves, with Summer Sky for the shading at the bottom of the card. I gave one of them Googly Eyes.

I had an epiphany when I was figuring out the mouths.  I used a 1/2 in circle punch. cut off part of the bottom, and then cut the negatives of teeth. It's best with paper or very thin cardstock.

If you're curious about the movie, the theme song has been posted on You Tube : D.

Feel Better Soon

Simon Says Make your own background.  The background is stamped with Off Beat Backgrounds from Waltzing Mouse (which I won in a random draw for commenting!) First I stamped the grid pattern with Sea Foam Marvy Heritage. Then I stamped over that with the dots with Shaded Lilac Distress Ink.

The hydrangea from the Because I Care Stampin' Up stamp set is painted with Mowed Grass and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks and then fussy cut.

I used Jade Velvet Ribbon with 0.25 Score Tape. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Inside & Out: Well Wishes stamp set stamped with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Badges of Encouragement

Simon Says Stamp with Simon Say Stamp Stamps or Simon Exclusives. I combined stamps from two Kelly Purkey Simon Exclusives (F Bomb and Like A Boss) to make Badges of Encouragement.

For a friend who's fighting cancer, I added "cancer" with a Sharpie. The "like a boss" sentiment has an asterisk before it, but I just wiped that clean after I inked it. The other is for a friend studying for her big nursing test. It'll go on the outside of her gift bag. Safety pins will be attached to the back. The rosette is made with the Tim Holtz Rosette die.

I used CTMH's Petal Ink and Memento Tuxedo Ink.

updated to add

 I think this is the easiest, most secure paper pin back I've done yet. Mark the high parts of the pin back on the cardstock and use a hole punch. Put the pinback through the holes. Apply Glossy Accents to the pinback and the cardstock press down firmly, burnishing right up to the pinback edges.

The Sky's the Limit

Avery Elle I [heart] u is having a clean and simple challenge. And I have one small AE stamp set (party animal).  So I used it : ). It's stamped on a scrap of patterned paper and covered in Glossy Accents. A piece of handspun silk embroidery thread (2-ply) is tied on it but otherwise not attached.