This sketch design….
Seriously, this card only took about 30 minutes and that included sewing the bow together and miss cutting the blue green mat….twice. Yeah, I know. YOU never do that! I saw the sketch and thought it looked a lot like the Sizzix embossing folder that I have.
Last week, I took organdy fabric and tore them into about 1″ strips. I used one strip as faux ribbon and tied it around a card. All of the other strips have been sitting in a fabric heap since then. So I wrapped two of the strips around a round bow maker, stiched the center and added it as a jumbo bow. I didn’t use a button for a center but rather just took the last two loops of the bow and stiched them so they covered the center. Since I still had the needle & thread in my hand, I used that to attach it to the card base. Now when I go to mail this to my partner for the sketch swap, it will lay flat. I shouldn’t have to worry about a lumpy envelope.
I made the banner out of a $1 stamp and a scrap of the two sided DSP that I had chosen for the design. I just flipped it over to the yellow side and stamped on it. I trimmed it down to the width of the words and then took a corner punch and added the pointy bits on the left with just one punch.
This is a close up of the circle bow maker. I have to thank my friend Jane’s husband for making it for me. I only have used fabric to make bows on this loom as I’m too cheap to use that much ribbon at one time I do like the frayed edges.
Did you ever start out with an idea, have the pieces in front of you and then everything went “poof” when you went to put it together? That’s what happened to me with this design. I started out with a 2 sided piece of DSP. One side is powder blue and the other with assorted strips and powder blue. I had intended to pick a piece of DSP that I didn’t think I would ever use, and try to make it into something. As it turns out, you can hardly see the striped side of the DSP, and not much more of the powder blue side. Oh well.
The tiny tag is from the set Circle Array. It is stamped in Chocolate ink, sponged with Vintage Photo distress ink and popped up with 3-d mounting tape. The fiber bow is actually gold sewing thread left over from a Christmas project. In the layers below the tag you can see a white ribbon punch by Martha Stewart. Then on the lowest mat some gold stickers were added and formed into a border of sorts.
The flowers and stem are from the set Field Flowers. I have lusted after this stamp set for the last few years and finally acquired it last month. The stem was inked in Mellow Moss then pounced with forest green and olive water color markers. The blooms were stamped in caramel then over-stamped in raisin. Both blooms were popped up with 3-d mounting tape and as a final touch some liquid pearls were added. On the white background you maybe able to see some gold glimmer; this was added by spraying the piece with gold pearlex.
The butterfly is a punch by Martha Stewart mounted as a centerpiece to the triple layer bow. I also tucked in some homemade stick pins. In the photo you can see that I used some crystal effects to hold my crystal in place, it is still a little damp. But no worries, as it dries clear.
I was scrounging through a drawer in my craft room and came across a tripod chopstick easel and a baggie of porcelain clay vases. I went looking to see how long this has been hiding in a drawer and found that I made the chopstick easel in 2007. I know that because I date my photos. So I pulled it out and set it up for today’s card sample. The porcelain clay pieces were made in July of 2012.
A closer look at the vase shows that it has been sponged with some distress ink and then stamped (flourish by Inkadinkadoo) in pigment gold ink after the clay had dried. To add flowers was super simple, just tuck them in and glue down. I also snipped a piece of lace and tucked it into my vase. You also see some die cut leaves that I pre-made and put into a baggie for instant use. Note to self: I am running low on those and will have to make some more. You will also see some additional pine branch punches and lastly a die cut leaf branch (Leafy branch by Sizzix) my friend Maggi gave me from a shoebox project. In the background you can see some miniature dragonfly’s. These are by Hero arts and were purchased at an annual rummage sale that I love going to. This was purchased in September 2012.
need to see other porcelain clay samples? Wish granted!
Here are links to all 5 days for the week of clay:
With my fabric flower in hand I went looking for somthing to mount it to and saw the pre-printed note card. Here is what I ended up with…
Yesterday I mentioned that I was playing with fabric…organdy fabric to be precise. I tore it into strips, put snips into it and then coiled it into a spiral shape forming a flower. I used hot glue and coiled it onto a circle of felt.
To finish off the arrangement, I added fun fur, die cuts and pearls. This was added to a mat made with Spellbinders Shapeabilities set; Botanical Swirls and Accents, using the large corner die and an embossed border by Stampin’ Up.
I like how it turned out but am a little dismayed at the hardness of the flower. Next time I will have to try fabric glue and see if that helps the softness with the final product.
I have been playing with other pre-printed note cards…Here are some samples
There is lots of different samples on THIS LINK. It was a homework assignment and 6 of us had a pre-printed note card and were asked to make or use the pieces of pre-printed note cards.
I wasn’t totally happy with my alignment or final color selection so when in doubt, add glitter. In this case, gold glitter that I haven’t used for ages. When I bought the glitter I was using it on everything and believed I needed an entire vat of the stuff. I hadn’t touched it since, go figure.
Lately, there has been a huge surgence of using fabric. Not to be left behind, I pulled out some organdy fabric and tore it into strips to use for my bow (Note: look for more organdy fabric made into a flower. It should be up and photographed tomorrow!)
In addition to the Stampin’ Up supplies, I also used a Martha Stewart butterfly punch and a dollar stamp. Originally this stamp had more on it. I gave it a little surgery and just kept the hello.
This final design without trying will be good for an upcoming swap where the theme was bows & butterfly’s!
Last July I was out with my husband and talked him into walking through a Goodwill Store. I know it was July as I date my photos so I know when it was taken. I can’t believe nearly a year has gone by since then.
Back to the Goodwill Store….much to my surprise, I found some craft items. I have been using them but forgot about this photo I had taken with the intent of showing that they had been used.
So, in review here are a couple of projects that I’ve made in the past where I used the items…
I also used the gold cord to make myself a crocheted hair scrunchie.
The only thing that hasn’t been used yet is the rubber stamp. I am sure ITS time will come.
I enjoy doing swaps…this particular card was made for a themed swap called “twitter me” aka put a bird on your design. I had just used a bird punch last week, so I already had it out and joined in some of the birdy fun.
I cased a design that Michelle Zindorf shared on her blog and used the colors I had on hand. Here’s how this version turned out:
I happened to have a corner punch so I used that instead of cutting squares in half. I also had some liquid pearls which added dimension to the corners rather than flat white dots. I did add some gold splotches for interest by using hair spray and gold Pearlex. I love the additional glimmer it adds for interest.
In case you’d like to try an interesting birdy themed card, here you go:
<a href="Leaves of a different color #548 “>tutorial courtesy of Michelle Zindorf