Monthly Archives: November 2016
I just wanted to share a card that proves that I haven’t gone soft! I have been making so many lovely, glittery, flowery, shiny, flouffy cards, tags and mini albums lately, I was afraid of slipping into a diabetic coma of some sort. To shake it off, I created this card which is more in keeping with my usual disposition on life.
Now Sandra would say this sentiment is exactly what I would say and do to her, but that is not Totally true! I do actually care for Sandra, but it doesn’stop me from heaping all the blame on her. LOL!
Deep Red Gorilla stamp, Bo Bunny Safari patterned paper, Sentiment by Riley & Co
Today is the day to post the finished project for Papertrey Ink’s November Blog Hop. My fingers are all limbered up from the crazy number of Black Friday bargains that I have put into a cart. I even followed through and ordered some of the things that I put in the cart. The horrible current exchange rate caused me to abandon several other potential purchases though.
Back to the project at hand. Here is the inspiration photo once again:
Here is my finished project:
The blog hop is on November 25th but Papertrey Ink has already posted the Inspiration Photo so I could get started on it. Wasn’t that nice of them to do that specially for me! LOL.
Here is the photo:
I decided to use the colours as the inspiration and break out my new Tiny Town Gingerbread House from Papertrey Ink. I had been talking with Sandra about how popular things that light up are these days, so my goal was also to have this light up. Of course, that changes the engineering of the basic box to accommodate this and that means added time.
It is far from complete as I have some grandiose ideas for a base, trees, yard and fence that may or may not come to pass. Here is what it looks like so far:
This is a project that looks much better in real life than it does in these photos.
I was in a hurry and didn’t use a tripod and it is a dull gray snowy day so the lighting is poor. The accents are in foiled cardstock which never seems to translate well in photos either.
Oh well, I am hoping for a vast improvement in both the photography and the project by the blog hop on the 25th.
This week’s Make it Monday Challenge fit right in with what I was working on. The challenge was to create several items at a time. I don’t normally make production line cards. The fun for me is mostly in the designing process and each attempt gives me more ideas for different cards so I rarely make the same one twice. I realized the folly of my method when I thought about wanting to create all my Christmas cards, gift tags and gift cards for the holidays. One at a time was going to be painfully slow.
Here was my starting place. Even when trying to make everything the same, I had to throw in both white and brown woodgrain frames, mats, envelopes and mailbox posts for variety.
Because I like to keep my options open, I only converted one of the mailboxes to a full sized card. The rest may be used as gift tags, just by cutting off part of the mailbox post and adding some twine.
Now I am thinking about mass producing the freestanding little mailbox as a combination napkin holder and place card for the Christmas dinner table. That is, if I think I can handle the Martha Stewart jokes that will be flung at me if I do! LOL!.
The inspiration in this kit is mind boggling. Included is a twenty page idea download with ideas to keep one busy for a long time, including some non Christmas ideas that are amazing. Kudos to Betsy and the entire Papertrey Ink creative team. Your creativity and attention to detail is simply astonishing!
Quite some time ago my daughter in law, Lisa and I started on a mini book crafting project. We got only partially finished after taking far more time than Lisa imagined the project would take. Then life got in the way and the unfinished project sat there waiting for life’s business to subside.
Lisa decided she wanted to finish the book for a friend who is soon to have a baby girl. This was convenient as the book was all sugar and spice. At long last the book was completed at midnight last night. Yes, midnight! No matter to me, being retired but there is no rest for Lisa. Her daughter, Kylie was up at 5:45 am and so, of course, was poor Lisa.
I was curious to see if the book stood the test of time. There has been an evolution in my crafting style, not to mention lots and lots and lots of craft supplies added to my craft room since we started on that book. Some of you may recognize the round mini book from Graphic 45. I was happy to see that I still liked how the book looked and I think it turned out well.
The book is double sided and folds up accordion like. When folded up, it ties up with the pink ribbon and fits in the round metal film canister. Each page has a mat/banner/card/frame for a picture. The dotted vellum envelope is for a lock of the baby’s hair.