Thursday, June 27, 2013

4th of July Card & Flag Pick

Looking through my stash of paper for a 4th of July card, I came across a card made by Becca of Amazing Paper Grace.  I loved how it looked and wanted to make it but felt it was way too hard for me so I filed it away.  Well, I decided to take the plunge, and I'm so glad I did!  It didn't turn out as good as Becca's did but I'm really happy with it!


Stamp - Happy 4th of July (inside sentiment) - Michael's
Paper - Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Whisper White - SU
Accessories - Ribbon, stick pins, tiny rose flower, MS Zig Zag Edger Punch              

I made the base card 5 x 5" on Brilliant Blue and the Real Red layer is 4 3/4" x 4 3/4".  The Whisper White measures 4 1/2" x 4".  You can adjust your measurements to fit your needs as you go along.  Here is a link to Becca's video on how to make the bunting and the flag picks.  I also got my ribbons at Hobby Lobby and they were on sale - thank you very much! I used my bow maker to make the bow, and I had a tiny white rose in my stash.  I make a bunch of them in different colors and have them on hand for when I need them.  My husband always laughs at me when I salvage items and keep them for something??????  Well, the hat pins that my daughter was going to throw away finally came in handy!  Now who's laughing!!

Becca makes such beautiful cards - I really should call them masterpieces and now I can say that I finally attempted one of her designs!  Well, the weekend is almost here and we are gearing up for the holiday.  Hope you have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel and Sarah

Monday, June 24, 2013

Blooming Bouquet Arrangement

Several weeks ago I saw the Blooming Bouquet for sale at SU and decided I would order it and try it out.  I love how it turned out!

You get everything you need to create this adorable bouquet.  SU even put out a how-to video.  The one thing I did different was put the large flower down first and then glued the rest of the flowers on top of each other - I found this worked better for me.  Try both ways and see what works for you.  I decided to give this to my daughter for her desk at work, so I used a small canning jar and put some colored shredded paper inside for decoration and glued some ruffled ribbon around the edge and a bow on the front.  I also make a few pinwheels using SU's Sizzix pinwheel.  I used the same procedure that I did for the flowers to make the pinwheels using my 1/2" circle punch for the backing and flower wire for the stem.  I just ordered my Flower Shop stamp and Pansy punch and will definitely use these to make another bouquet.

The girls and I are working on some July 4th projects in between having some fun!  Hope you have a great week - stay cool!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Friday, June 21, 2013

Bottle Cap and Washi Tape Pendant Necklaces

The girls and I had made some bottle cap key rings for the teachers the other week and now that we have more time since school is out we wanted to make some necklaces.  Our friend Denise invited us over to make some and then go swimming.  We had a great time!  There are a lot of videos out there on how to make these.

The bottle cap was flattened with the big shot.  We used stickers from Spare Parts Sticker Pad along with the epoxy stickers from Spare Parts to put on top of it to seal it.  Then we punched a hole with the Crop-A-Dile in the top part of the bottle cap and threaded a 18" ball chain to form the necklace.  I found a great buy in Hobby Lobby of the ball chains.  They came in a roll and you just cut off the desired length and hook on the clasp.

We also made necklaces using small wooden circles and hearts.  I saw this blog using washi tape to make necklaces, so we decided to try it and loved how they turned out.  The girls love using this tape for so many things, even for simple things like decorating their folders for school.

We hope everyone had a great Father's Day.  The girls surprised us by taking us to the Fingers Lakes for a few days!  We had a lot of fun exploring the lakes and even made it up to Lake Ontario. The food was great! Here is a picture of the crew when we stopped for a picnic lunch.

We hope everyone has a great weekend - the weather is looking good!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Father's Day Pop Out Card

I needed one more card for Father's Day and found this card made by Dawn Olchefske.  I really liked how she made the letters pop out on the inside of the card.


She put together a great video on how to make this type of card.  As with my last card, I used my Doodletype Cart as I don't have the Typeset Alphabet Die from SU.  I cut the letters out at 1 1/4".  I used Crumb cake for the base of my card, Brilliant blue for my letters, Whisper White for my sentiment and some scrap DSP.  I didn't use the small strips of paper she did on the video as I thought it looked fine without them.  The sentiment stamp is one I picked up at Michael's dollar bin - love that bin!  I thought I would have trouble using the window sheets but everything worked out fine.  The only thing I did different was I used micro glue dots on my letters as they are a bit smaller than the letters the die cuts out.  Then I used  my glue stick to make sure they stayed together. 

Well, we hope everyone is ready for a great weekend!  We wish all the Father's a wonderful and special day with their families!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Monday, June 10, 2013

Father's Day Card

Hard to believe that Father's Day is next Sunday.  Looking through the blogs, I came across this cute card on Sandy Hancock's blog.


Stamps - Teeny Tiny Wishes - SU
Paper - Real Red, Whisper White - SU, scrap DSP
Accessories - Cricut Doodletype Cart, Spellbinders Nestabilities - Classic Oval Lg.

I liked the clean and simple look of the card and how the word DAD stood out in the middle.  I don't have the Typeset Alphabet so I used my Doodletype Cart and cut my letters at 1 1/4".  The card is A2 size - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" in Real Red and the layer of Whisper White is 5 1/4" x 4".  I stamped my sentiment on the layer first and then centered my oval before I adhered my letters.  I really like how you can make do with what you have in your craft room.  If you need a quick card, this is the one for you!  Hope you have a good week!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Friday, June 7, 2013

Faux Grid Card

I saw this technique done years ago by Dawnsstampingthoughts  and loved how it looked and make it every year.  I especially like using this stamp set from SU.  I like how the fish look and making them all different colors!


Stamps - Just Beachy - SU, Michael's
Paper - Brilliant Blue, Whisper White - SU
Accessories - Spellbinders Nestabilities, SU Markers, Dazzling Diamonds - SU

Check out Dawn's video!  If you love to color then this is the card for you!  You can use this card for a variety of occasions which is also nice.  My husband says he never caught a lavender fish - but who knows!

I thought you would enjoy this picture.  My husband is known as "Mr. Fix-It".  He always has a pile of things to fix.  My daughter's little rabbit's ear broke off and was in the pile to be glued.  I went into the kitchen this morning and found this on my table and had to take a picture. We hope you have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

Monday, June 3, 2013

Father's Day Card

I have been attempting to clean out my craft room and found this page in one of my scrap pads and knew it would make a great card!

This card is bigger than I usually make - 5" x 7" due to the size of the scrap pad picture.  I used my crumb cake paper from SU to make the base card and then just adhered the picture.  I had some twine that I glued around the picture to frame it and then added some little fish and fishing poles I had in my stash.  My sentiment was also in the scrap pad which made this card so easy.  I just mounted it on a scrap piece of bashful blue from SU.  This was probably one of the easiest cards I have ever made and I really liked how it turned out!  Father's Day is around the corner and I have a few more cards to make, but I'm off to a good start!

We had a quiet weekend which was good - as school is out on Friday and summer fun begins! 

Thanks for stopping bye,
Nancy, Rachel & Sarah

I submitted this card for the Father's Day Challenge #30 at Cardztv.