Friday, September 30, 2011

Happy note cards

I think handmade card sets make for a practical and pretty gift.  I can customize them for the recipient who can then use them instead of a store bought card.  That's the theory anyway.  There are some (my mom and sister) who will not part with them.  They say they're too pretty to give away. some, lose some?  It's great to know that my work is admired but I want it to be used. So I started to make simpler cards that I'm hoping are still cute but not so cute that they are not used for their intended purpose.
Here is a set of note cards measuring 3x3.  I use this size as quick little notes for those everyday things that you want to acknowledge.  I have a set I made for my son that I'll hide for him to find.  It's fun for him and it's a way I can tell him I love him.
kraft cardstock base and scrap paper mats that I embossed with CB swiss dots

scallop circle is cut using cricut mini monograms at 2" with white galaxy marker used to dot and circle is a 1 5/8" punch

stamps are a Studio G set from Micheal's dollar bin

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Altered Acrylic Frame

Who doesn't love an inexpensive but beautiful gift?  I love that I can pick up a cheap acrylic frame from Walmart and add a flourish and a couple of flowers and have a boutique quality item at a fraction of the cost.  My family seems to enjoy that as well since they're the ones usually on the receiving end.  I made this frame for my in-laws.
The flourish was cut twice @ different sizes on Post-it CS I won from Joy's Life using the cindy loo cart.

Flowers are cut with SCAL and my cricut from a Penny Duncan rose file.  I used white CS that I sprayed with homemade glimmer mist.  I adhered them to the frame with glossy accents. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fragment Pendants

I love Tim Holtz.  He inspires my and opens my mind to new ideas.  After seeing him use his fragment pieces on tags during his 12 tags of Christmas and some of the other youtube video, I thought I would play a little.  These are some pendants I made for my mom and sister.
All images are from House of 3 which is sadly no longer operating :(

I print my images onto white CS I find in the printer paper aisle at Walmart or Target.  Makes for a better pendant.

To make: add glossy accents to the back of fragment and smoosh over image to get a good grab and no air bubble. Note: you don't need a lot of glossy accents.  A little goes a long way.  Allow to dry and cut around the fragment to remove excess paper.  I then use a nail file to smooth the edges of paper.  For the back you can add a layer of glossy or matte accents, contact paper or vinyl, or felt.
  Add a jump ring to finished pendants and voila! all done.  Put them on a chain, keyring, charm bracelet, zipper pull... ok, you get the idea right?  My fav: ball chain necklace. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mixed Media Postcards

I've decided that I love making postcards.  It all started with the Happy Thoughts box I made for my in-laws last Christmas.  I ended up with extra postcard blanks and thought my mom and sister would enjoy getting some as well.  Postcard dimensions are 4x6 so you can easily find frames to display them.
Inspired by the Flo and Big Money commercial

No offense intended to any soccer moms out there. It's an inside joke between my steampunk goth mom and me.

What can I say?  American Idol auditions were on.

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Mom claimed this one right away.  Remember when everyone was getting butterflies on the small of their backs?  this is what I imagine the punktorian version to look like.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Thoughts Box

I made this for my in-laws last Christmas.  The idea was from a Somerset Memories article.  The artist had altered a cigar box and made a mini album to do inside.  I altered a pencil case and added postcards inside.  The idea is to right memories and happy thoughts on the back of the postcards and keep them in the box.  My MIL decided to display them so everyone could see them.  Probably a better idea.
Flower from the dollar store. Old book that was headed for the trash. 'happy thought' cut with SCAL and cricut. Metal duct tape from home depot was embossed with cuttlebug and sizzix texture plate, then embellished with Sakura glaze pens.

The box was painted with metallic gold and copper craft paint.

Postcard dimensions are 4x6. I found it easiest to cut another piece of 4x6 or 3 3/4x5 3/4 to do my design on then adhere to the postcard.  This allowed me to emboss with my cuttlebug and still be able to have a flat surface to write on the back.  And as an added bonus it reinforced the cards which came in handy when my MIL displayed them.  I used a lot of different things from my stash.  Distress ink, Tim Hotlz stamps, M's dollar bin stamps, glitter, flocking, wet embossing, handmade primas, brads, various printables from Printable Heaven, Graphics Fairy, and Google search.