Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Words of Wisdom!

Today is Easter ... makes this pick really simple ...enjoy!


Happy Easter!
Happy Stamping!

Tina

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday's Sketch Share!

Hello!   I am back with two adorable Easter cards for you from Debbie and I.  Let's get right to it.  I will show you my card, Debbie's card, and the sketch we both used.  Enjoy!



My Card

Debbie's Card

The Sketch
I think both Debbie and I weren't too sure of this sketch at first glance, but after creating with it, we both really liked it.  One note on mine, did you see I didn't use any designer paper?  I stamped a floral background, just like I used to in the old days, before we had beautiful designer papers!  That bunny with those long ears on Debbie's card sure makes me smile!  What do you think of today's cards?

Happy Easter to you and yours!
Happy Stamping!

Tina

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Some Bunny Loves You!

Hello!  I have one more Easter card for you today featuring one of the My Favorite Things Pure Innocence stamps that I got this year, but hadn't inked up yet ... enjoy!


Yes, I did my favorite technique ... paper pieced!  One scrap of paper, using both sides, adding bright cardstock, and an adorable stamp .. and there you have a really cute card!   How can you argue with that?

Happy Stamping!
Tina

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shake a Leg, Find an Egg!

Hello!  I decided to not make Easter cards, as there is just not enough time to get my usual 20 or so made.  It has been a busy month between the make n take and the women's tea.  But, yesterday, I was out in my shack and was thinking I would put away the Easter stamps, and I found some sets that I purchased this year and haven't inked up yet, so ... I made a couple of Easter cards ... it would be a shame not to at least ink up a couple of the new ones, right?  I have one for you today, and one for you tomorrow.  And then the Saturday share is Easter too.  Here is the one for today ... enjoy!


I love how this one came out!  The bunny and sentiment is from a set from Inky Antics, new this year.  And the paper is from my stash.  I think it is some old Easter paper from We R Memory Keepers.  Bright and fun, don't you think?

Happy Stamping!
Tina

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Words of Wisdom!

Hello!  Knowing it is Palm Sunday, finding good quotes for the day was easy.  I picked one and then I kept finding these ones that were in the shape of crosses, so today, you get three!  (I guess I am making up for not doing one last Sunday!)  Enjoy!





Yesterday's make n take was like teaching one of my classes but on steroids.  It was non stop from 11 a.m. to after 6 p.m.  Fun, but boy, was I tired.  Still thinking I am not going to stress about not making a bunch of Easter cards to send.  I think it might be too much. (Hope I can stick to this decision!)  But, I did promise one of  my friends from church that I would get some get well cards made for her, so I will see you in a few days with those. 

Happy Stamping!

Tina

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday's Sketch Share!

Hello!  I am back with another share between Debbie and I.  We had better get right to it, as I need to leave shortly to go to Waxahachie.  I am prepped and ready to take on the 100 make in takers!  If you missed what my make in take is, you can check out my post here.  And if your local, this is the day to come to the store, even if you aren't signed up for the make n takes, because she is doing scratch offs with big discounts and giving away door prizes.  It is her 9th year in business.  She is on her way to catching up with me!  Ok, now back to the cards.  I will show you Debbie's card, my card, and the sketch we both used.  Enjoy!

My Card

Debbie's Card

The Sketch
I think we both thought it was a nice sketch.  A horizontal one, that is nice, as I think most sketches are vertical.  Do you like it?

See you tomorrow for Sunday words of wisdom.  Maybe I will have two quotes tomorrow, since I see that I forgot last Sunday!  (bad girl!)

Have a great spring day!
Happy Stamping!

Tina

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Challenge Project!

Hello!  As you know, I am on the design team for The Crafty Scrapper.  About two months ago, they gave the team members a challenge.  They gave us a bag of items, including a bunch of half moon shaped chipboard pieces, some with scallops, some not.  Also, paper tickets, a pearl chain, chipboard pieces like hearts, birds, and words, rhinestone shapes like a butterfly and a tree, a paper doily, tiny wooden spools, and buttons, an acrylic square, and ribbon.  The challenge was for each person to create something with every item given.  You could add items as long as you used all of the items in the bag.  They have been showcasing the end results for at least a week now.  You can check them out on The Crafty Scrapper's blog. Go back to April 2nd and then go forward to see all the challenge results.  Mine is on there today, but I wanted to share with you here too.  So, let's get back to my project ... Right after I got the "bag" of items, I was at my friend's Donna's house and the first thing we thought of when we saw all those half moon shaped pieces laying on top of each other was a birdhouse roof!  Why?  Who knows, it just seemed to fit and so, I went straight to pinterest to find some birdhouse ideas.  Let me show you the first photo, so that as I am giving you details, you know what I am talking about.  I also took a photo of the bag of items.  Enjoy!
 

 
A 3D birdhouse made from scratch?  I am really proud of what I made.  Now, for some details ...I got a pattern for the front shape from the internet and enlarged it.  I repeated the size for the back.  The roof line was the width of the scallop half moon shaped pieces.  I used more of the half moon shaped pieces on the sides, this time cutting them to resemble shingles.  I sponged some Grey Concrete Distress Ink on them and used an embossing folder to add a wavy pattern. Each panel was covered with scrapbook paper before adhering together.  One note I want to make here, is that I covered the chipboard panels the old fashioned way.  What I mean by that is that I mitered corners and the scrapbook paper went around the chipboard panels instead of how they do it now by adhering the papers only  to the edge and then sanding the excess away.  I debated about this, but decided to go with the way I know and most comfortable with.  Just FYI, the papers I used on the front and back is Pebbles Yours Truly Line, called Darling.  I got it at the store.  And the stripe came out of my stash.  It is Echo Park from Bundle of Joy line.  Of course, I used a My Favorite Things die to make that scallop edge along the roofline. To adhere the panels to each other I used a combination of scor-tape and what I refer to as Mary Jo's tape.  It is a double sided, 2 inch wide tape that is very strong but very pliable.  Here are a couple of photos for a visual ...
 

  
 
I also added a base for two reasons.  One to make it studier and two, so that I would have more place to add some of the "stuff".  From the beginning, I had an idea to add wire for the doily and ribbons.  When I got to that point, I took my birdhouse back over to my friend, Donna's house for her to see what I had done so far.  She suggested I add the wire to the roof instead of the base as I was thinking.  Friends = Good ideas!  There were only a couple of items in the bag that really gave me a "challenge".  One was the words ... Simply Real.  I went around and around with what do they mean?  In the end, I just added them to the doily and figured they could be interpreted in however you wanted.  All of the chipboard shapes and the paper doily were inked with distress inks for some color.  Here are a couple of close ups of the wire part ...
 

 
I added the stripe paper to the two hearts I placed on the front of the house.  The base is my favorite part.  I covered the base with Bo Bunny Double Dot green paper and did the My Favorite Thing grass die along the front edge in another Double Dot green paper.  I hot glued wooden bamboo sticks to the base and added the pearl chain to create a fence on two of the sides, and made a sign out of another bamboo stick with those tickets to create my "home tweet home" sign. The pre-printed home, tweet, home words came from my stash.  I didn't like the way you could see the hot glue at the base of the bamboo sticks, so I added some Flower Soft around each of the spots.  Perfect!  Here are a couple of close ups for you...



I also love the rhinestone tree in the small spool to look like a planter.  It stands up with the help of acetate and the rectangle stairs die from Art Gone Wild. ...  



There was one last item that was a huge challenge.  There was this acrylic square.  I had the hardest time trying to figure out what to do with it.  I decided to make a window in the back of the house.  Of course, I didn't decide this until the whole birdhouse was put together, so I improvised.  I put cardstock on one side and used a sharpie pen to draw panes, added a window box die (from Memory Box from my stash) and added a little flower soft.  Perfect!  Here's a photo ...


 
I know this was long.  But, I really wanted to share my process with you.  Thanks for letting me share all the details.  A shorter version is on The Crafty Scrapper's blog.  See you tomorrow for the Saturday sketch share.
 
Happy Stamping!
Tina   

 
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