Guest DT at Without Words

12.07.2015

Greetings friends, thanks for stopping by!  Today is a bittersweet day for Squirrel and her lovely DT over at Without Words Challenge.  After three years of fun CAS (clean & simple) challenges, Without Words will be shutting down comes December 31st.  I was quite sad when Squirrel first shared the news with me.   I love creating CAS cards and had so much fun participating in many of their challenges.  Though all good things must eventually comes to an end, I wasn't about to miss out playing in this last challenge.   So when Squirrel asked if I could join them again as guest designer for this one final challenge, I replied YES! in a heartbeat.  I hope you can come join me over at Without Words and wish Squirrel and her lovely DT all the best and best of luck wherever their new adventure may take them.

The theme for this final month challenge is...Christmas ("Feeling Festive")

For my guest designer project, I am using this rubber stamp image from LOTV calls "Lots of Letters." Aren't these children adorable! Not to mention that little cute dog in his sweater!


Supplies

rubber stamp: LOTV' Lots of Letters; Power Poppy's Poinsettia stamp set
Die cut: Lil'Inkers Dual Stitched Rectangle Frames
Copic markers
Copic blending paper
pigment pen - white
sponge dauber
Versa Magic Ink Pad - Sea Breeze

When I first saw this adorable children image, I knew I got to have it! This image reminds me of one of the happiest, favorite things that we love doing together with our children during this holiday season - the trip to the post office and getting all those wonderful gifts and greeting cards out to families and friends in time for Christmas.

How The Card Made

First, I opened up Microsoft Word and dragged in the image.  Resize, print and colored it with Copics.

Then I used the stitched rectangle die frame to cut it out and sponged the sky on with a sponge dauber and Versa Magic' Sea Breeze ink. I randomly scatter dots with white pigment pen to create the falling snow.

Next, I stamped on the sentiment from the Power Poppy's Poinsettia clear stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

For the finishing textured touches, I applied white Stickles to the snow on the mailbox, ground area near the children's shoes and on the white part of the girls' coat and hats,


Please come join me over at Without Words Challenge for this last final challenge and wish Squirrel and the DT best of luck in their next adventure.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today and perhaps share your comment with me before you go. It's truly a joy hearing from you.  I'm happy to help answer any questions you may have. So please don't hesitate to e-mail me.

I'm linking my card into the following challenges below. 

Wishing you a lovely week!



Corner Bookmarks and Cards Birthday Set

11.30.2015

Greeting friends and followers! Today I am sharing two cute bookworm card and corner bookmark birthday sets using Dis Digi's adorable Book Worm Bear digital image.  They are for my two little bookworms who will be celebrating their birthday shortly after the New Year.  I usually start planning their birthday party around this time of year.  That way I don't get too stress out during this busy holidays season.

This plaid design set is for my little boy, who will be celebrating his 6th birthday. 



The 2nd set, the butterflies design, is for the big sister, Catherine, the "little artist."  She will be celebrating her 8th birthday a week after him. I made her bookmark 1/2-inch larger than his, at 3x3.



Here's the corner bookmarks.



The inside of my boy's card. The birthday sentiment was created in Microsoft Word. Print and adhesive to the card. Then I slip the corner bookmark to the card. The sentiment around the Book Worm Bear is a passage from one of Dr. Seuss' book. I first created it into a digi. Then pulled it behind the image, resize, print, colored with Copics and then die cut with a stitched circle frame.


Supplies

digi image: Dis Digi Stamps' Book Worm Bear
Die cut: C.C. Designs' Stitched Circles, Lil' Inkers Dual Stitched Rectangle Frames
Dr. Seuss' circle sentiment digi - created by me, Christina (Memories Crafter)
Cardstock/Pattern Papers: from my stash
Copic Blending Paper
Copic Markers

This little Book Worm bear is so adorable!  But it wasn't easy trying to get him look all furry and cuddly.  I need some more practice.  The Copic markers combo I used on him for my boy's card was: E51, E53, E55 and E32.  For my daughter's card, I replaced the E32 with the E57 for a more golden color.

For the corner bookmark tutorial which include a tiger and T-Rex, please go HERE.

By the way, I am doing a giveaway which starts tomorrow, Tuesday December 1st until December 18th. Internationals are welcome. Please stop by on Tuesday for full detail. I'm linking both of my cards in the challenges below. Wishing you a lovely week.


Tutorial | Animal Corner Bookmarks

11.29.2015

Greetings friends and followers. Today's tutorial is on how to make a 2.5 x 2.5 size corner bookmarks.  First, I will walk you through the basic steps. Then, I will show you how to create a tiger and a T-Rex. Now, my kiddos think the T-Rex looks more like a mean frog with big teeth!  Don't you agree?  LOL.  Anyway, let's get to the tutorial!


2.5 x 2.5 Basic Corner Bookmark 


Supplies:


Cardstock - 1 solid color of choice
optional - Pattern paper of choice - for decoration
Scissor
Scoreboard & bone score (or ruler)
Pencil
Adhesive (glue)

I also used the following supplies to create the stitched circle tag on the bookmark:

C.C. Designs' Stitched Circles
Dis Digi Stamps' Book Worm Bear image
I colored the image with Copic markers
Dr. Seuss' circle sentiment - created by me


Direction


Step 1 - To create the 2.50 x 2.50 size bookmark, cut the solid cardstock to 5 x 5.  For a 3x3 bookmark, cut the cardstock to 6x6 and so forth.  Just double the measurement for any size you have in mind.

Step 2 - Score at 2.50 mark all around, creating 4 equal squares, each measure 2.50 x 2.50. 

Step 3 - Trim off the top right square.  Leaving 3 squares (in an L- shape form).

Step 4 - For the top square and bottom right square, draw a diagonal line from top right corner to bottom left corner.  

Step 5 - Trim off on the diagonal lines. Now you got two right triangles with a square middle. Doesn't that look like an animal's head?  I call the two triangles "ears" and the middle square the "face."  


Step 6 - Fold in one of the triangle "ear"into the middle square, the "face". I started with the bottom right triangle.  But it doesn't matter.

Step 7 - Apply adhesive on all side of the triangle.  Now fold the other triangle "ear" over and seal the two together.

Step 7a - You got your 2.50 x 2.50 size corner bookmark.  Proceed to Step 8 for decoration.

Step 8 - To decorate the inside, take the pattern paper and cut it to 2 x 2 size, half size smaller than the finished bookmark measurement.  This rule applies to all bookmark size you want to create.  For example, if you're making a 3 x 3 size bookmark, cut the pattern paper to 2.50 x 2.50 size.

Step 9 (Final Step) - Apply adhesive to the back of the pattern paper and carefully slip it into the bookmark.  Align and press down to seal.



Tutorial: Tiger Corner Bookmark



Supplies:  In addition to the basic step supplies from above, you'll also need:

  • Orange cardstock 
  • Black cardstock - for black part of the eyes 
  • White cardstock - for eyes and teeth
  • Black marker - for stripes
  • Glue
  • Optional - Circle die cut or puncher (1.5-inch, 1-inch and 1/2 inch)

Direction:


1. Follow Step 1-7a in the Basic Corner Bookmark above BUT using the ORANGE cardstock

2. Using scissor or a circle die cut/puncher, cut out:
  • 2 (1.5-inch) orange circles - for ears, trimming off a small piece at one end (see photo below)
  • 2 (1.5-inch) and 2 (1/2 inch) black circles - for black part of the eyes
  • 2 (1 inch) white circles - for the white part of the eyes
  • 2 white triangle -for teeth
3.  Glue the pieces to the bookmark.  Draw a tiny upside down triangle for the nose

4.  Add the black stripes by drawing wiggly lines all around the corner of the bookmark.  Go as long, short, thin or thick as you like.



Tutorial: T-Rex Corner Bookmark

 (or is it a mean frog?)



Supplies:  In addition to the basic step supplies from above, you'll also need:

  • green cardstock 
  • Black cardstock - for black part of the eyes 
  • White cardstock - for eyes and teeth
  • Black marker - for stripes
  • Glue
  • Optional - Circle die cut or puncher (1.5-inch, 1-inch and 1/2 inch)

Direction:

1. Follow Step 1-7a in the Basic Corner Bookmark above BUT using the GREEN cardstock
2. Using scissor or a circle die cut/puncher, cut out:
  • 2 (1.5 inch) green circles - For the eye lids
  • 2 (1/2 inch) black circles - for black part of the eyes
  • 2 (1 inch) white circles - for the white part of the eyes
  • 4  white triangle -for teeth (tip - cut a 1.5-inch circle into 4 equal parts)
3.  Glue the pieces to the bookmark.  Draw two dots for the nose



I hope you enjoy these corner bookmarks tutorial. Now that you got the steps down, you can create any size (up to a 6x6 using a 12x12 cardstock) and any designs.  If you need more designs inspiration, there's a ton on Pinterest.   If you know anyone that would be interested in this tutorial, please send them over to my blog.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today and perhaps share your comment with me before you go. It means so much to me!  If you have any questions, please ask either by leaving it in the comment box with your email or blog so I have a way to reach you.  You can also email me by clicking on the E-Mail Me box under my profile picture on the upper corner of the side bar.  I'm happy to help anyway I can.  Wishing you a lovely week.




Easel Box Brayer Embossed Technique Tutorial + Guest DT at TTCRD

11.10.2015

Happy Tuesday everyone! Thanks for stopping by. Today's tutorial is how to create a Brayer embossed technique Easel box, perfect to hold note cards as well goodies treats. But first, a happy news to share with you. Because I won a challenge a few weeks ago over at Through The Craft Room Door, I was invited to be their Guest Designer for this week Anything Goes Theme which runs through Monday November 16th. By the way, there is a blog hop going on with amazing prizes from wonderful sponsors to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of Cara Malmrose as owner of TTCRD Challenges blog and TTCRD Magazine. I hope you will come join me this week over at TTCRD and increase your chance of winning some amazing prizes by participating in both the challenge as well the blog hop.

For my tutorial demonstration piece, here is my GDT project which I have the joy of working with this beautiful image from the lovely sponsor, Sandi Samples calls Lady Kathleen. This easel box is a "Get-Well" treats gift box for an elderly neighbor of mine, Pam who is recovering from a recent fall. For details behind the inspiration of my design layout, please see below.


***EDITED***
January 2016 Edition

I'm going to break the tutorial into two parts. Part 1: Brayer technique and Part 2: Create the easel box.


Part I: Brayered Technique Tutorial



Materials Used:
  • Cardstock - 2 white 4X5 size
  • Embossing folder - Sizzix Lattice 
  • Ink pad: Versa Magic's Pixie Dust 
  • Brayer: Speedball 
  • Cutting tool: paper trimmer 
  • machine: Sizzix Big Shot


Direction

Step 1: Open up the embossing folder



Step 2: Ink up the brayer very well.  Then roll onto the back of the folder's COVER until it covered in ink very well.



Step 3: Place a piece of the 4X5 cardstock on the base of the folder.  Carefully close the cover over the cardstock (my little boy is helping me here holding down the folder so I can snap a photo - what a big helper!)


Final Step: Emboss through the Big Shot machine. The end result. Repeat with the 2nd cardstock piece and set aside.  Time to create the box!



Part II: Create The Easel Box


Materials Used:

For the box
White Cardstock - 7X8 size
Black Cardstock - 4.25X11 size
Brayer's Embossed white cardstock - from Part 1 of the tutorial above
Cutting tool: paper trimmer 
Scoreboard

For decoration
Die: Sizzix Framelits Die - Fancy Oval 
Adhesive: double side tearable tape, Liquid Applique, tombow liquid glue 
embellishment: StampinUp Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, clear rhinestones

Direction

Step 1: Place the 7X8 cardstock onto scoreboard and score at the 1.5-inch mark on all 4 sides. 

Next, score a diagonal line on each of the corners. Result as show in photo, leaving a 4X5 inner rectangle.



 Step 2:Trim off a right triangle from each of the corner.  Fold on all the scored lines.  



Step 3: Adhesive the corners inward. You now got a 4x5x1.5 size box bottom.



Step 4: Take the 4.25x11 black cardstock. Score and fold at 5.25", 6.875" and 9.75" (the easel part). 



This should be your result.  Don't adhesive to the box yet.  



Step 5: Decorate the outer box with the Brayer textured flat card from Part 1 of the tutorial above by cutting it into 2 stripes of 1.5"x5 and 1.5x4".



Step 6: Now adhesive the black cover to the box.  Then, place double-side tape only to the bottom of the lid as show.  This is the easel part of the lid.



Step 7: Trim off a small triangle in the middle on each side of the box to create the slot for the lid to stand in. Decorate the base layer of the lid with the second 4x5 brayer embossed flat card to the 4.25x5.25 black flat card. Then, carefully align the layer over the lid.



Step 8: Adhese the fancy oval frame with the image on. Add embellishments. You're done!



Inspiration behind the design layout

When I first saw the beautiful Lady Kathleen image with her fancy gown and big hat, immediately I thought of actress Audrey Hepburn in the horse racing scene from the "My Fair Lady" movie. I'm a big fan of this movie with "Breakfast At Tiffany" being second. So my design layout were inspired by the two movies.

I hope you enjoy my Brayered technique Easel box tutorial and hopefully it was easy to follow. This is my last "adult" crafting tutorial for this week. Tomorrow I will share an easy fun kids' Veteran's Day craft project that I did with my children. Hope you can come check it out.

I want to thanks Cara and the rest of the DT team for this wonderful opportunity. 

I am entering this Brayer's technique easel gift box of mine into the following challenges below.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and perhaps share your thoughts, comments as well questions with me before you go. It's always a joy knowing you have stop by and I do appreciate the time you take to leave me your comments. 

Wishing you a lovely Tuesday.



Center Step Card Tutorial

10.26.2015

Hello friends and viewers!  Come, grab your favorite drink and pull up your chair.  For I have a card and a tutorial to share with you on this fine last Monday of October.  MY!  How time flies and how fast the children grown before our very eyes! Yesterday, little Alexis, one of my daughter's soccer teammate celebrated her 8th birthday. It was a bowling party. Oh we had a fabulous good time! It was probably the most relaxing thing I've done all week too!  Haha.

This is a center step birthday card that I made for Alexis.  It is also my DT card for this week everyone's favorite "ANYTHING GOES!" theme over at Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge!  Here I am using the adorable Lady Bird & Butterfly image from our sponsor Crafty Sentiments Designs.



Tutorial - Creating  4.25 x 6 Center Step Card




Materials:

scoreboard
paper trimmer
pencil
ruler
craft knife
cardstock/pattern papers

for this card's design, you'll need the additional materials

digi image - Crafty Sentiments Designs' Lady Bird & Butterfly 
Impression Obsession's Dies:Grass , Grass Border, and Tiny Flowers
Taylored Expressoins' Dies: Little Bits Wheelbarrow
Spellbinders' Shapeabilities: Victorian Tags
Happy birthday stamp
Copic markers


Direction

  1. Cut cardstock to 6 X 8 1/2 size. 
  2. Next, on your scoreboard, line the paper with the 8 1/2 side going horizontally.  
  3. Starting at the 1x1 inch mark, score down to the 5-inch horizontal mark.  
  4. Repeat at the 2-inch, 3.5-inch, 4.5-inch and 6.25-inch vertical marks.  
  5. For the outer edge ONLY, at the 4.25-inch vertical mark, score down to the 1-inch horizontal mark.  Still at the 4.25-inch mark, score down from the 5-inch horizontal mark to the 6-inch mark.
  6. Then, with a craft knife, cut across horizontally from the 1x1 inch mark to the 6.25 inch vertical mark.
  7. Repeat, cutting from the 1x5 inch mark to 6.25 inch vertical mark.  
This is how it should looks like.  I went pass the 6.25 a bit using a paper trimmer.  Oop!



Now time to fold. First mountain fold the outer score line, the 4.25 marks. Then, for the center, the steps, fold the score lines in the order of mountain fold, valley, mountain, valley and end at mountain. This is what you should end up with.

Front view



Flat view.  You're done!  That wasn't too bad, right?



Now decorate!  A couple views for you.


Isn't this sweetie pie the cutest?! Just look at that chubby cheeks!



I hope you've enjoy my center step tutorial and hopefully have time to come join us over at Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge for this week ANYTHING GOES theme.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and perhaps share your thoughts, comments or questions with me before you go.  It's always made my day hearing from you!   May you have a wonderful start of your week!  Enjoy the last week of October!



Out-Of-The-Box Technqiue + A Breast Cancer Awareness

10.24.2015

Hello! As you know, this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month. During this month we stop to honor love ones who passed away from this disease, send comfort to their family and for the survivors, we spread hope into their heart and celebrate. We celebrate their courage. We celebrate their strength. And we celebrate them - the beautiful women that they are.



This month, there is one breast cancer survivor, a very special woman in my life, that I am celebrating and honoring.  My sweet eldest sister-in-law.  And this purple card featuring the gorgeous Power Poppy's Climbing Clematis digi is my "Keep Climbing" Hope card for her.  I colored with Copic and chose purple for the clematis since it's my SIL's favorite color.



How did I cut around the image...

After I saw how Cheryl Scrivens (CherylQuilts), one of Power Poppy's finest Instant Gardeners Digital Stamps Release design team member cut around her clematis image, I decide to CASE it.  She is also a big fan of fancy frames like me though the one she used for her clematis card is different from mine.  Here I am using Frantic Stampers' Bracket Coved Labels.



The Process

I first cut the outer fancy frame out twice for added depth. Next I cut out the largest inner label by placing the 2nd largest size label inside of the larger one. Finally, using the 2nd largest label, trace and cut around the image. I mounted the outer two layers fancy frames to the lavender cardstock using Elmer's spray adhesive. For the larger label, Tom Bow liquid glue. Finally, for added depth, I mounted the clematis frame on with foam tape.



What you should do

Early detection is the key to curing Breast Cancer. Please do a self check every month and if you're not sure how, please go visit your family physician.

Friends, breast cancer, just like any other forms of cancers take away lives and tear families apart. If you would like to help spread the message of hope and bring comfort to the hearts of those affected by this, please consider participating in the Hope You Can Cling It challenge over at Splitcoaststampers by sending your beautiful cards to the patients and family at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and perhaps share your comments, thoughts or questions with me before you go. It truly made my day hearing from you!  May you have a lovely weekend!


Supplies:


digi image - Power Poppy's Climbing Clematis
fancy frame - Frantic Stampers' Bracket Coved Labels
scissor, pencil, Sizzix http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/2015/10/challenge-206-anything-goes.htmlBig Shot,Tom Bow liquid glue,double adhesive
cardstock, Copic blending paper, Copic markers