Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Wonderful World of Washi!

Hello and welcome to a special Washi Tape Blog Hop! If you've been looking for ideas to use all that pretty washi tape you've been hoarding, or if you've been wondering what all the fuss is about, this is the hop for you! I you arrived here from Melinda's If You Bling It blog, or if you are just starting out, you are in the right place. So let's get hopping!

My favorite thing about washi tape is that it's super thin - layer it up without adding bulk to your projects! If you're new to washi tape, you can use it just like ribbon or strips of cardstock without adding bulk. I love to make lumpy bumpy projects, but it's not always practical. Let's start with this card:

Check out all those layers! The gold dots, ruby chevron, lagoon houndstooth, and smoothie stripe are all washi tape. I used some Teal Shimmer Trim next to the gold dots, using a punch for the scalloped edge. The lagoon square is cardstock, embossed with a Chevron Embossing Folder. The circle is Colonial White cardstock, stamped in Lagoon and Ruby ink and the Perfect Fit - Birthday stamp set. I based this card on this week's Mojo Monday sketch, so I'm linking up over there.

Now, how about a super CAS card? Check  this out:

Nothing but washi tape and ink! No chance of that being mangled in the mail! The sentiment is from the same Perfect it - Birthday stamp set I used above.

Of course, washi tape does not have to be limited to your paper projects. Here are a couple of simple ideas for the home:

This is a super simple note holder for your fridge - just cover one side of a wooden hinged clothespin with washi tape, add a magnet strip to the other side, and you're done!  Want a matching pencil cup? Recycle an empty can and cover it in strips of washi tape. (I was going to make one, but someone actually took all of the recycling out to the curb this week!)

And finally, add a little personality to the room with a washi tape light switch cover! Since it's super thin, it easily goes around curves and over to the back side. It's easy to cut with a knife - just slice an "X" in the center of the switch hole and fold it over to the back.  And the best part is that it's easy to change whenever you want!  I made this one for the craft room (which is the front room in our house), but I would love different versions of this in pretty much any room!

I hope you enjoyed my ideas today - be sure to leave me a little comment before we head over to Michelle Jones' blog and see what she came up with. I can't wait to see everyone's ideas!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cute As a Button - Mojo #3

Today I have my final (probably) card using this week's Mojo Monday sketch. I think this is a really fun versatile sketch his week, and here's another example: a baby boy card.

I'm debating if I need to replace that green panel - I died the seam binding with Slate ink, and apparently it wasn't as dry as I thought before I assembled.  In person, I don't really mind it much... it just seems like a little more distressing.

So, here are the details: the buttons are cut with the Artiste Cricut cartridge and 2 of them are stamped with the Buttons, Bits, and Bobs stamp set.  I ink distressed them all with coordinating ink on Sponge Daubers. All of the other papers are sponged with Chocolate ink, and the sentiment (from the same stamp set) is also stamped in Chocolate on a banner cut at 1" from the Artiste Cricut cartridge.

The blue pattern paper is from the Balloon Ride paper pack, and the green pattern is from Ariana.  The patterned button was a scrap from the discontinued Avonlea paper pack.

Now that I look at this more, I think I may need to make a girl version of it too! I think it would look great with a floral print...

Supply List:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Take 2 - Mojo Monday Country Style

Well, with my back still bothering me a little, I'm sticking to another card for today.  I really love the simplicity of this week's Mojo Monday sketch so I have another version of it. Are you ready to go to the country?

I had a county fair in mind when I made this one, and pulled out the Jubilee paper pack from CTMH to start.  I just love the barn board styled paper with the tone on tone pattern - SO reminds me of growing up in the country.

The yellow circle is simply punched from a pattern paper in the pack.  The red circle is a Hot Off the Press stamp in Colonial White pigment ink on a Cranberry cardstock punched circle. The final circle and the ribbon are cut with the Artiste Cricut cartridge and stamped with Kudos - one of the stamp sets that come with it. Finally. the center badge is from the Jubilee Assortment, a set of 9 fun adhesive badges.

I hope you enjoyed Take 2 of this week's Mojo Monday sketch! I do have one more idea in mind that I hope to get to tomorrow.

Supplies used:

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hi There! It's Mojo Monday

What better way to start the week than with Mojo Monday?  Well, I've been having some back problems, not helped at all by sleeping on a museum floor with some Girl Scouts this weekend, so I'm not going to be crafting much for a few more days.  Luckily, a card to fit this week's MM sketch only took a few minutes of sitting so I was able to play along. I'm also linking up to this week's Cricut Challenge at Heart 2 Heart Challenges.

Isn't that a sweet simple card?  I added a little detail with some sponged edges, foam adhesive, and sparkly centers for the flowers.  Added a great little wow factor, but without a lot of added time.

Supplies used to make this card:
Let me know what you think of my take on this week's Mojo Monday sketch. I have a couple of other ideas for this sketch, but I can't work on them today! I hope to get to them later in the week.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Balloon Talk - April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the April stamp of the month blog hop! (If you are looking for the Perfect Paper Crafting blog hop, please click here.)  If you've arrived here from Priscilla's Paperie, or if you're just starting out, you're in the right place. If you get lost anywhere along the way, I have the full list posted here.

The stamp of the month for April is Balloon Talk, a fun & trendy set of 24 stamps. I have no problem admitting that I was a little stumped by what to do with this stamp set when I first opened it - it's not exactly my usual style. But then my friend Mr. Mustache came to the rescue...

I was inspired by one of the corporate artwork pieces shown in the catalog to create the mod background. And I used the current CAS(E) this Sketch for the basic design.  Then I cut Mr. Mustache from the Artiste Cricut cartridge at 3/4" and popped him up on some 3-D foam tape front & center. He's always the perfect guy to deliver a fun message!

I used out Mini Pigment Inks in Honey, Cotton Candy, Lagoon, and Black for all of the background stamping, and to edge the square of Honey cardstock.  I was going to stamp the sentiment in pigment ink on Black cardstock, but this nasty cold I can't shake has apparently affected the crafting part of my brain somewhat because I just couldn't get it. So I used Lagoon dye-based ink on White Daisy cardstock instead. Maybe tomorrow...

 But for now, Mr. Mustache and I would like to say thanks {big time} for stopping by! Be sure to leave me a little comment before you go, then let's head over to the Inky Scrapper and see what Haley has in store for us this month.

If you're ready to shop, here's a list of supplies I used:

Girls Night Invite - Made Simple With Perfect Layers Mini

Hello there, and welcome to the Perfect Paper Crafting Brand Ambassadors blog hop! For today's hop, Brand Ambassadors like me will be sharing projects made with the awesome new Perfect Layers Mini tool set.  This is a perfect product for people like me who are a little anal retentive exacting, and need things to be just perfect.

Along the way, you can also play for one of two awesome prizes! You have the chance to win either a $50 gift certificate to the Perfect Paper Crafting online store, or a $25 gift certificate to Sugar Pea Designs online stamp store. To be eligible, just be sure to leave a comment on all of the participating blogs. You have until Midnight PST this Friday (April 4) to leave your comments, and winners will be announced on Sunday April 6.

Now, on to my project:

Now, who couldn't use a girls night out? And this classy little invite couldn't be easier to make, thanks to the Perfect Layers Mini set! I used some inchies stamps that I've had for some time, and stamped them in black pigment ink on white cardstock.  After drying, I trimmed them out and adhered them to some Lagoon cardstock (CTMH). Using the Perfect Layers Mini set and my X-acto knife, I trimmed them with a 1/16" border.  I then adhered them to Black cardstock (CTMH) and added an additional 3/16" border.

Next, to put both pieces on a single mat, I adhered them to a piece of Gypsy cardstock (CTMH) using the grid on the Perfect Cutting Mat to eyeball a 1/4" distance between them. I then used the Perfect Layers Mini to trim a 1/4" border all around.

I cut a 3" x 5 1/2" center panel (Laughing Lola from CTMH) and mounted it on a Lagoon cardstock scrap 5 1/2" wide. I used the Perfect Layers Mini to add 1/2" borders on each side, and adhered the whole thing to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base.

I added some Black Shimmer Trim and resin flower (both CTMH) for a little interest. Now, to make some clones of it, and I'm all ready to start planning my next girls night out! Don't forget, if you decide to go shopping be sure to use the code LoriB5% at checkout to save 5% on your purchase.

Thanks so much for joining our blog hop today! Don't forget to leave a comment before you go for your chance to win one of those great prizes.  Here's a list of all our participating blogs:

Perfect Paper Crafting & Laura Lynn http://blog.perfectpapercrafting.com
Wendy Ramlakhan http://sugarpeadesigns.com/blog/

Susie Moore www.thedieshaveit.com
Kim O'Connell http://www.kimoconnell.com 
Lori Brown ---YOU ARE HERE---
Kat Ancheta http://creat-w-kat.com 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Quick Custom Pendants

So, since yesterday's card was on the time-consuming end of the crafting spectrum, I thought I would share something quick & easy for today!  I fell in love with some sweet DIY pendants at a craft expo last Fall, and as luck would have it, Close To My Heart introduced the SAME pendants in the Spring/Summer Idea Book. It's like they are reading my mind!

These pendants literally take less than 2 minutes to put together - the only hard part is deciding what to put in them!  So here are a few that I have made:

This is nothing more than patterned paper! I used a 1" punch for the circle, and used Liquid Glass to adhere it into the pendant and to adhere the glass dome. I used a baby wipe to clean off any extra adhesive that oozed out, and BOOM! Done! (Of course, I would recommend waiting at least 15 minutes for the adhesive to dry properly before trying to wear it, but seriously, less than 2 minutes start to finish.)

Again, just patterned paper. I added a charm from the Free Thinker packet, and that was it. This will be one of the door prizes at our local Woman's Club Flower Show tomorrow night; I'm sure the winner will love it!

And finally, this is one I made for myself since I am the queen of all things crafty!  For this one, I used an adhesive image from the Craft Queen Style Sheet. I also used some little jewelry pliers to open the jump rings on my charms and attach them to the chain in fixed positions instead of just sliding them on.

Aren't these such a fun and quick project?!  With the great prices, I think they would even be a fun craft for an older girl's birthday party. And of course, what a great project for a grownup Girls Night Out! Some of my fellow consultants have even used photos in theirs for a very special memento - something I would like to try soon.

Pendants are available in circles and squares, and everything comes in Faux Antiqued Gold and Faux Antiqued Silver finishes. You can check out the entire line of Base & Bling Wearable Crafts on my website, but here are the specific items available for these great necklaces.

I would love to hear what you think of these - is this something you would try?

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