Monday, May 30, 2016

Monochrome Challenge

A new challenge at Crafty Cardmakers - Monochrome.  My team mates made some awesome cards.  You can get inspired here.

This is my contribution for the Monochrome Challenge.

The stamp is a Phyllis Harris Design from Unity Stamps.  It is called Head Up, Heart Strong.  I stamped her with Stazon on vellum, then colored the opposite side with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, then attached it to my card using my Zyron.  I love the way the Zyron adhesive is easy to use with vellum, but it does take away a little from the special look of the vellum.  The sentiment is also from Phyllis Harris.

This card will be going to my sister Janice who just celebrated 5 years cancer free!

I would love to see your creations.  Come join us!
Have a beautiful week!
:) Pam

Monday, May 16, 2016

Stitching Challenge - Faux or Real

This week's challenge at Crafty Cardmakers is stitching - faux or real.  I really wanted to do real stitching for this challenge.  I have a small sewing machine that I bought at least 4 years ago that hasn't found its way out of the box!  I didn't have enough time to learn how to use it, so I decided to try to hand stitch a project.  This is the result.

I used a light weight card stock, wrote the sentiment in pencil, then used my paper piercer to add the holes for stitching.  A little embroidery floss and a pearl and my sentiment was finished.  

I will have to admit, the back is quite the mess.  I used a circle punch to cut the sentiment out.  Well, that punch no longer works because it has thread and tape stuck to it and will no longer open.  Yikes!  Next time I try this technique, I will cut out the shape BEFORE I begin the embroidery.  I will probably use cloth or felt.  I could not this time because my needles were not sharp enough to go through the fabric, so paper it was!  :)

The background is embossed vellum.  I attached it to my card using my Xyron machine.  It works great with vellum, just peel it off the sheet very carefully.  The sentiment and die are Simon Says Stamp.

I hope you enjoyed my little 4 x 4 card and will give this challenge a try.  We would love to have you join us.  

Have a lovely week!
:) Pam

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Online Card Classes - More with Vellum

This is another technique that I learned in the Clear and Sheer Class that I am taking at Online Card Classes.  This technique is using your embossing folders with vellum or acetate.  I used a butterfly embossing folder by Darice and mounted the vellum on my card front using zyron adhesive.  I found this worked very well and does not show through.  I went a little crazy and used almost all of my embossing folders.  I love the soft look that vellum adds to cards and the added texture from the embossing really adds a little something special to a card.

Card Design:

Darice Embossing Folder
Paper Trey Ink Mason Jar Stamp and Die
Paper Smooches Sentiment
Spellbinders Corners
Seam Binding Ribbon
Lawn Fawn Scallop Die
DRS Designs Shamrock
Spellbinders Label Die
Avery Elle Dotted Border Die

Thanks for looking. 
Have a great day!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge - Pearls or Gems

An easy challenge this time at Crafty Cardmakers - use pearl or gems on your creation.  I wanted to try something different this time, so I made this cute little purse.  It really is a decent size for small gifts.  I used two tutorials for this.  One for the purse and one for the straps.  The purse was made using one piece of 12 x 12 cardstock, a scoreboard and scissors!  The straps and clasp were made from an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock and striped washi tape was added for the trim.

The tutorial for the purse can be found here.  I suggest watching it from start to finish first, then craft away.  Before you know it, you will have made several!  They are fast and fun to do.  MayMay is an awesome teacher and also has her own line of stamps.

Washi Tape
Embossing Folder
Fiskars Tag Punch
Sentiment - Impression Obsession
Magnet for clasp

I hope you will join us for this challenge.
Have a beautiful week!
:) Pam