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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tutorial Thursday with The Stamping Chef - Mini Album Tutorial

Today is a Tutorial Thursday for The Stamping Chef which I wanted to make an mini album using envelopes which was inspired by one of my Design Team Sisters on Treasure Box Designs, Lara. It is the most adorable mini album and knew that I wanted to try it and made my very very first one in January and now, I knew I wanted to show you this wonderful inspiration!!! Are you ready???

  • 8.5 x 11 inch piece of card stock scored at 2, 2.25, 6.75, and 7-inches with the long piece at the top  



  •  I used Martha Stewart Vine punch which I thought was a border punch but it wasn't and then added an additional 1.75 inch piece of paper on the left side (the side with the 2-inch score line)   
  • fold on your scored lines to make the album base  
  • need three (3) business sized envelopes which is alright if they are security ones as you won't see
  • seal the envelopes shut  

  • cut one envelope 5.75 inches, cut one envelope 6.75 inches, and final envelope 7.75 inches
  • make an accordion folded piece for the album to hold your envelopes by cutting a piece of card stock 2.5 x 4.25 inches   

  • score this piece long ways every 1/2 inch until you have five (5) parts
  • glue accordion onto one end of album
  • start adding envelopes in accordion only gluing the bottom part of the envelope into the folds - envelopes should be able to be lifted up from the album with the flap side up to be covered (here is where I made an error and needed to cover both sides   
  • you will see the above envelope is only glued at the BOTTOM - glue in the other two (2) envelopes into the folds and glue the folds together while playing to make sure it "works" before you glue
  • envelopes should all be glued and able to flip forward  

  • need to cut some card stock to cover your envelopes of course to make them look pretty with each piece being 4-inches wide
  • one piece should be 5.25 inches long, next one should be 6.25 inches long, with the last piece should be 7.25 inches long
  • adhere to front of each of the corresponding envelopes 
  • punch a half-circle in the top of each piece after glued to envelopes to ensure all half-circles are in the same place - I do not have a circle punch and folded one of my scrap envelope pieces in half to create the half circle cut which I duplicated on each of my envelopes  

  • to make inserts to go into the envelopes, you need 3 pieces of card stock cut 3.75-inches wide with one 5.25 inches long, ones 6.25 inches long with the last one being 7.25 inches long
  • slide inserts into each of the envelopes

  • now comes the fun part - DECORATE!!!!!
  • for my decorations, I used various early works of The Stamping Chef which are adorable babies - you can decide on the "theme" of your mini album along with what was a freebie at one time from Treasure Box Designs, Cute as a Button  
top row left to right:
Good Night Sleep Tight, Little Emily

bottom row left to right

Good Morning Mimi, Little Lucy

Treasure Box Designs Cute as a Button 
  • blocks were made spelling out "Lily" using Make the Cut

  • you of course need a "belly" band to hold it all together by cutting a strip of card stock 1.5 x 11-inches  

  • wrap it loosely around the album and then glue the ends of the band together making sure its not too tight 
  • VIOLA - here's my finished product. Hope you like it and can't wait to see your creations on TSC Recipes with sew many "themes" to choose from at The Stamping Chef!!!!  
Good Morning Mimi

           Little Emily   

       Little Lucy

Good Night Sleep Tight

Treasure Box Designs 
Cute as a Button
God Bless you and thanks ever sew much for stopping by today. 
I sew much would rather use my envelopes to make these mini albums than pay bills!!!!

I would love to read your comments and can't wait 
for you to leave  yours!

Much love, hugs, and friendship

Friday, May 24, 2013

Let Your Worries Sail Away . . . . .

Today, I thought I would share with you a card I made for Lacy Sunshine Blog Challenge #8, Anything but a Square, using a free digi that was provided by Heather Valentin, Oscar and Olivia, upon request.

  • Card was made using Elegant Edges Cricut Cartridge and welding two together to make my card. An additional layer was made to put behind my Oscar and Olivia
  • Card measures approximately 5 x 5 inches
  • Background paper is from my very first stack of paper that I had purchased, My Mind’s Eye Home
  • All edges were chalked
  • Oliver and Olivia was colored with my Spectrum Noir Markers, Prisma Colored Pencils, and accents with gelly pens
  • Stickle accents on the water
  • K&Co Susan Winget Die-Cut Cardstock and Acetate translucent dragonfly was puff-dotted on the frame of my card
  • Sentiment, "Let your worries sail away on water of blue, if you haven't a boat your imagination will do", was a freebie from Create with TLC Create with TLC   

    which was chalked around the edges

Thank you ever sew much for stopping by today! I love reading comments and would love to read yours . . . .
Much love, hugs, and friendship

this card entered in the following challenge:

Thursday, May 23, 2013

White on White with a Touch of Color Blog Hop

This month Lorby's World of Hops has challenged this talented crafters by asking them to create something that is white on white with a touch of color. I know you will be as pleasantly surprised to see what they have come up with. There is so much talent here that I know they have risen to the occasion and have some wonderful projects to share.

So please, begin at Lorby's World, http://lorbysworld.blogspot.comsince she is our hostess and has a give away going on with this hop. She has all the details on her blog.

Our guest hostess is Tee, http://tee-myspot.blogspot.com/2013/05/white-on-white.html, and she is offering a give away from The Cutting Cafe who is our sponsor this month.

Please, visit The Cutting Cafe, http://thecuttingcafe.typepad.com/the_cutting_cafe/, to see all their beautiful printable and cutting files.

Now let's begin this hop. If you have arrived from the beautifully talented Edwina, then you are in the correct spot of the hop!!!

My project first off I must apologize - the hop is to be white-on-white with a splash of color .... well, my color became a tidal wave - with that being said -

  • card is a circle-shaped easel card by making a 6-inch circle and welding another 6-inch circle to the first
  • fold the one 6-inch circle in half
  • shape was cut of the swirled star shape using Make the Cut
  • swirled star shape is glued to the bottom of the folded 6-inch circle
  • circle under my digital image was embossed with my Cuttlebug and Snowflake Embossing folder
  • shape was chalked with yellow chalk but I was "heavy" handed
  • image is Lacy Sunshine Wix Sitting on the Moon which was colored with Spectrum Noir Markers, Prisma Colored Pencils and hi-lighted with gelly pens
  • Studio G and Stickles were used to hi-light Wix's hair, stars, and fairy wings
  • Darice 1/8-inch ribbon was tied into a bow
  • Bronze-tone fairy on crescent moon charm is from Miriam's Crafting Supplies
  • 8-mm star-shaped flat-backed acrylic stars are from Miriam's Crafting Supplies were placed around the sentiment which are not only decorative but also hold the "easel" card open
  • sentiment, "You are a friend, who truly shines. Bright as a star, in the darkest times.", was a freebie from Create with TLC

Thank you for stopping by today and now your next blog to visit is the very talented Mayra.

God Bless you and thank you ever sew much for stopping by today! I love reading comments and would love to read yours . . . .
Much love, hugs, and friendship

this card has been entered in the following challenge:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tutorial Thursday for The Stamping Chef - Aluminum Foil Not Just for Left-Overs

Welcome to The Stamping Chef's Tutorial Thursday and today’s project is will be a total surprise for you . . . . yes, Aluminum Foil is no longer just for kitchen use!!!! If you happened to see my post yesterday, you might have noticed that I had made a card using aluminum foil as my "metal" accent. Just in case you missed it . . . . .

The image I used is from The Stamping Chef and is Steampunk Hat which was colored with my Spectrum Noir Markers and then chalked around the edges to give the vintage look. For further instructions, please, stop and check yesterday's posting for The Stamping Chef Challenge, Metal and hope you would want to submit your own version of "METAL" at TSC Recipes on FaceBook


  • I used my Cuttlebug and the above card is my Steampunk embossing folder which was then "inked" with a stamp pad to accentuate the embossing
  • aluminum foil actually cuts with your paper cutter as long as the blade is not a worn-out blade but instead one that is faily new
  • depending on the amount of embossing that your folder is depends on how many layers of aluminum foil - I recommend at least 2 layers of foil - below are samples of 1-layer, 2-layer, and finally 3-layer  

  • isn't fantastic how amazing they all look with something that everyone has in their house at little or no additional expense???
Now, your question, how to adhere to your card - 
  • you need to glue your base that the aluminum foil needs to be adhered to first. I find that using my ATG gun works the best and holds it best with little or no tearing
  • if you are adhering anything to the aluminum foil, I find that puff-dotting my item to the foil works best
  • aluminum foil gives a great look to sew many different style of cards such as the "steampunk", but also for Halloween, for mirrors, along with shabby chic - the only restriction is your imagination!!!!
  • reminder that it is fragile and treat it as if it were tissue paper!
I had first seen this technique on Canadian Nickel's Blog and just knew it was something I wanted to do and hope that perhaps you do also!!! 
 God Bless you and thank you ever sew much for stopping by today! I love reading comments and would love to read yours . . . .
Much love, hugs, and friendship

The Stamping Chef "Metal" Challenge

The Stamping Chef has a new challenge for the next two (2) weeks called "Metal". You don't have to use an image from The Stamping Chef, but if you do, your entry qualifies as a double chance to win!!! The winner selected will win 3 digis of their choice, BUT, there is a TOP 3!!! Why don't you add your project to the linky for a chance to win. Its pretty easy peasy don't you think??? Check out the Design Team projects for inspiration including my project below: 

For my project, I decided to go with my "steampunk" attitude and chose to work with Steampunk Hat

Now, for the recipe:
  • card was cut using Recollections paper at 5 x 11 inches and then scored at 5.5-inches using Martha Stewart Score Board 
  • used corner punch on the lower left corner
  • aluminum foil was embossed with my Cuttlebug and inked (say tuned for tomorrow as I will have a tutorial on how to emboss aluminum!!)
  • Steampunk Hat was colored using my Spectrum Noir Markers with hi-lights using my Gelly Pens 
  • Pearl, Bronze-Toned Rounded Gear, and Bronze Toned Fancy Key Charm are from Miriam's Crafting Supplies
  • Sentiment is from Tiddly Inks Steampunk Sentiments Mega Pack
  • burgendy tulle was gathered and added to the hat for veil with a bow to attach the Bronze Toned Fancy Key Charm to the hat
God Bless and Thank you for stopping by today!!! Please take a moment to sign up for The Stamping Chef blog emails and at least try one of the her freebies she is currently offering!!!! You can also find her on Facebook!!! 

Much Love, Hugs, and Friendship 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Just wanted to Brighten your day with my card for The Outlawz Challenge (Flowers no less!!)

And, YES, I did it again. I took on the challenge from The Outlawz Challenge, thus here goes my entry using one of the Sandi Huggett with a Hugg digital image which I absolutely loved and me, not a flowery type person!!! Go figure!!! 

  • Card was made using Red Recollection Card Stock cut 4.5 x 11 inches and then scored in half using Martha Stewart Score Board
  • corners were then made decorative using a Fiskars punch that is a corner and emblossing punch
  • red plaid paper from was used to place my digital image on with rounded corners
  • flowers and vase were colored with Spectrum Noir Makers
  • image also has the decorative corners using the Fiskars punch and shading by using chalk
  • used my tiny hole punch to put 4 holes on either side of the vase to wrap Bakers Twine which was then tied in a bow
  • gold pearls are from Miriam's Crafting Supplies which were placed in the center of my flowers
  • sentiment, "Just wanted to Brighten your day" was a freebie from Create with TLC  

I hope you enjoy my rise to The Outlawz Challenge occasion!!! I love how the vase turned out as I was looking for a patina look and hope you agree that I had accomplished that look!!!

God Bless you and thank you ever sew much for stopping by today! I love reading comments and would love to read yours as you inspire me!!!!
Much love, hugs, and friendship

This card was entered in the following challenges:
Outlawz Challenge  TAG: CFC05513

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Have a "Fairy" "Beary" Happy Birthday Jean.

Welcome and its my step-daughter, Jean’s, birthday today. I decided to make a shaped card for her using Treasure Box Designs Teddy TearBear along with Teddy Outfit Beary Fairy.

I love to make shaped cards by welding pieces together. Today, I decided to do a step-by-step tutorial today for those who would be interested in making a card similar to mine.

  • First separate all the pieces of your paper piecing into what you need to make your card. You do not need the paws, eyes, nose, and muzzle as part of making your card.  

  • Save all of the pieces before the next step that you have the actual size of the item to glue on the front of the card
  • Arrange the pieces into the bear shape. I look at the picture that comes with all Treasure Box Design paper piecing to make sure I get in the proper order and making it pleasing.  

  • After all the pieces are arranged, use the “select all feature” and then the “weld” feature to join the piecings. Do NOT use the “join” feature as it leaves openings where otherwise the pieces would be welded.  

  • At this point, I always save the single item that I have something to use for sizing for the clothing and/or features
  • Now, to make the card, use the “copy” feature and then “paste in place” to keep the items the exact same size. 
  • Separate the two items and select one of them to use the feature “mirror” as you want the card to be an exact copy when welding the two together.   

  • Line-up the two items and overlap them together to make your card.  

  • Use the “select all” feature and “weld” the items together.  

  • You now have a card
  • Cut the bear pieces and arrange and glue to front of your card
  • I then size the clothing to fit the bear
Supply List:

God Bless you and thank you ever sew much for stopping by today! I love reading comments and would love to read yours . . . .
Much love, hugs, and friendship

Friday, May 17, 2013

Tutorial Friday for Miriam's Crafting Supplies - Decorative Butterfly Stick Pin

Welcome to Miriam’s Crafting Supplies Tutorial Thursday and today’s project is going to be a butterfly stickpin using the following supplies:

3-inches black wire folded in half (antennae)
9-inches ribbon
jewelry or hot glue

  • fold 4-inch black wire in half with tops rolled to form antennae – found this is easier using jewelry pliers  

  • glue 2 - black pearls for the antennae with hot glue gun with 2 - pearls per side, back-to-back 

  • wrap wire around the crystal-head stick pin and trim as necessary
  • slide butterfly acrylic bead up to the pin head and add a dab of glue to hold in place  

  • place jump ring onto Painted Yellow Center Sunflower charm and slide next to Bicone bead adding a dab of glue to hold in place  

  • Add 2 of the Bicone beads and secure by adding dabs of glue before sliding in place  

  • accordion fold ribbon onto stick pin with a dab of glue holding into place  

  • place a dab of glue before adding final remaining Bicone bead 

  • Viola, you now have a stick pin to add to your crafting project. 
Now, to answer your questions on how to add a stick pin to your projects:
  • I add these to my cards is either by placing on my paper-piecing or digital with putting a piece of tape to hold in place then gluing onto my card or lay-out. 
  • My other option is my adding a flower to my project with a puff dot, a bit of glue on my stick pin and sliding through the puff dot which the stick pin is then held into place with no sharp points!!!
 God Bless you and thank you ever sew much for stopping by today! I love reading comments and would love to read yours . . . .
Much love, hugs, and friendship