Creative Birds

Where I ramble my way through life, hopefully leaving bits of beauty along the way…

Weekly roundup January 11, 2011

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So I am just over a week into my January challenge. It’s been interesting, to say the least. 🙂 I’m participating in Marion Smith’s 31 project challenge over at YouTube, and posting video daily has been quite a challenge in itself. I am currently a day behind but plugging along. On Saturday I came down with the flu, which has knocked the wind right out of me. I went to bed on Saturday night and couldn’t get out of bed for anything more than a sip of water or trip to the bathroom for 17 hours. Every muscle and joint in my body just hurt, and even now on Tuesday I still hurt in my neck, shoulders and head. But getting back on my feet, thankfully. On top of all that, my 3 year old daughter got a hold of a pair of scissors and got crafty with her hair. Chopped it off to her earlobes on both sides. So she is now sporting a new little pageboy bob with no hope of being able to pull it back for the ballet class she just started. Ah well, it could be worse…

We have some beautiful snow falling outside, and I’m hearing that we could get up to 6 inches before it’s done. No one has officially spoken about a Snow Day tomorrow, but I know it’s already in the minds of a few people in my house. 🙂

Ok, so on with the projects. Rather than a separate post for each card, I am just going to post them all here. Here we go!

This is myu first Toilet Paper mini album. The structure is surprisingly simple to make…just take a few empty rolls of TP (or a paper towl tube and cut it to size, which gives you two), flatten them with a brayer or under some heavy books and you are ready to go! I covered them with Prima paper and then created tags to slide inside the flattened rolls. I used a Stampin Up tab punch so they call be pulled out easily. Then it was time to decorate! Some borber punches, tiny mats, flowers and bling later, voila! I plan to use this for pictures of my daughter…but one reason why I haven’t jumped fully onto the mini album wagon is that I don’t have a photo printer and need to find a good source to print out my pictures in a small wallet size format. Any suggestions, blogosphere?

Here’s the next:

Isn’t she a cutie??? I love Greeting Farm stamps, and this Flirty Anya is one of my favs. I haven’t used my Copics in a while so thought it was about time. Santa filled my stocking with a few new colors for Christmas (hee hee) and I finally sat down to use them. The weather was pretty gray and dismal this day so some bright blues and yellows were the perfect remedy. I also used a newly purchased Baroque die from the Tim Holtz collection, and I love it! I do need to used some foam in the center next time though – it was a pain to get the die out. The background was also run through the Big Shot using a Polka Dot impressions folder from Stampin Up, which also sat in my stash unused until now. I used some yellow ink rubbed right over the impression to add a bit more color. The sentiment stamp came from the dollar bins at Michaels (love those bins!). All in all, I thought it turned out rather cute.

Next, a little paper piecing:

All of the images are from Lawn Fawn. I have just fallen in love with Kelly Marie’s stamps and if you haven’t tried them out, you should soon! They have a very whimsical style which are great on any number of projects and you can easily pull images from different sets and they all still work together. Here I’m using Critters in the Burbs and Fly Free. I stamped the images onto paper from a retired 6×6 DSP stack from Stampin Up called Welcome Neighbor and then “fussy cut” them out before layering them. A little faux stitching and it’s good to go!

Then we move on to the most recent:

I made this card on Sunday when I finally rolled out of bed. All I can say is thank goodness for Nyquil! 🙂 This is a get well card, probably heading to the next person at work who comes down with this bug. The image is from House Mouse, which I was excited to find out that Hobby Lobby carries (a few anyway). We didn’t have Hobby Lobby in my area until pretty recently so it was nice to see some new items from the usual selection at Michaels and Joanns. There is also a Archivers about 30 minutes away, which I haven’t been to yet, but really need to check out eventually. 🙂

Again I colored with Copics and mounted it on some pale yellow and dark gray cardstock from Stampin Up. The sentiment is from a new stamp set I just received from Scrappy Moms called Sweet Somethings. It has some really cute sayings and I’m looking forward to using it for some future projects.

Ok, that’s it…besides cleaning my craft desk (a never-ending task) and clearing out email and updating here. I have to say, this first week has been pretty intense in terms of time management, but I’m having a lot of fun. Keeping videos short and more of a recap of a project rather than a tutorial seems to be the way to go for now, since it’s easier to upload those videos without major editing. So there may be a regular tutorial here and there, but generally it will be just a recap of the days project for now. I haven’t done any scrapbooking yet, which I am desperately behind on, but hopefully I can order some pictures this weekend and finally get started on a few pages.

Ok, I’m off to finish the next project and then probably do a little shoveling with the family. Good times!


Let It Snow card October 19, 2010

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I love having a day off! Granted, after this weekend, working 29 out of 48 hours, I needed this day off. lol So, while my daughter watched “The Backyardigans” I made this card.

The idea came from the Sept/Oct/Nov issue of Take Ten magazine. I don’t buy it as often I would like, but when I do I find lots of inspiration. The layout was inspired by AJ Otto’s card on page 32.

I used Marina Mist and Naturals White cardstock from Stampin’ Up, cutting a standard size card and a mat cut to 4 1/2 x 3 1/4. I then stamped a piece of Marina Mist with snowflakes from the “Frosties” stamp set by Lawn Fawn. It is such a cute set, and you get so many different snowflakes! I chose 5 of them to create the pattern. I then embossed with white powder and lightly brushed Frost White shimmer paint over them before attaching them to the white mat. I used my Mat Pack from Stampin Up to poke some holes at the bottom before stamping the sentiment (from Frosties) with Marina Mist. I then tied some silver ribbon around the mat and attached it to the card with some dimensional adhesive.

Quick and simple! Hope you enjoy it!


Happy World Cardmaking Day! October 2, 2010

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It’s a grey, drizzly October day…could there be a better day to spend inside making cards??? I have a pot of chili on the stove, the guys are watching college football, and I have lots of cards to make. The only downside to this weather is that the kids have to play inside and are experiencing a touch of cabin fever. Sigh. Ah well.

Here is a card I completed today…its from my first download of Anya digi stamps. Its called Cupcake Anya. I colored her with Copics and layered her over an oval piece embossed with Stampin Ups Petals a Plenty folder. The patterened paper is from my paper stash and I have no idea how long I’ve had it. 🙂 Perfect time to pull it out! The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn’s set, Sophies Sentiments, which is so cute!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it and take some time to make a card today!


A Halloween Card September 13, 2010

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I had so much fun creating this card! It uses a stamp set from Lawn Fawn called Heebie Jeebies, and let me just say, ADORABLE! 🙂

I stamped the bats onto black cardstock with VersaMark and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. Then to give it a misty look, I swept Shimmer Paint (Frost White) across the card. The bats acted as a resist to the paint creating a fun effect. The sentiment came from the same set, however its in the middle of a spiderweb, so I used a Stampin’ Up marker to color just the sentiment. I punched it out and layered it on a scallop oval. Finished the card off with the striped and polka dot ribbons, and voila! A fun Halloween card, all ready for the mail.

Supplies: Cardstock, Shimmer Paint, embossing powder, punches (Stampin’ Up). Heebie Jeebies stamp set by Lawn Fawn. Ribbon (Joanns).

Here’s a video on making this card: