Flurry of Love

Hi all!  Some crafty friends and I participate in a very small card swap.  Our theme for December was a shaker card.  I’m finally getting mine in the mail tomorrow — It didn’t take a long time to complete them, but finding the time was another story!

I used my We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool to create the shaker pocket and a relatively flat shaker card.  I filled it with snowflake sequins, star sequins of various sizes and colors and some micro beads.  The pocket fits perfectly behind the large Rectangle Frame die from MFT {I used the stitched frame from Blueprints 13 as a guideline for creating the pocket.}  Each frame is cut from a piece of Basic Grey designer paper.  I die cut and stamped three of the sweet Birdie Brown Warmest Wishes on Neenah Solar White and colored them with Copics.  The sentiment is stamped on a Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX.  I did pop up Birdie Brown and added a pearl to her matching paper pieced scarf and some Stickles to her hat.   She’s very sweet!

Challenge Submissions
A Snowflake’s Promise – anything goes with a winter/Christmas theme
Crafty Sentiments Designs – Baby It’s Cold Outside

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Stars & Circles

When I signed up for the Sesame Street shape books, I went with circles and stars — two shapes I thought would be easy to use. Again I went with coloring page images that I resized and printed.

First up is Abby Cadabby. I love Abby — I think she is so cute and I love her colors. Because of her being a fairy in training, I thought the stars would work nicely with her wand.

Based on Abby’s colors, I picked Orchid Opulence and Cool Caribbean (which is dwindling far too quickly). This is such a cheery combo. I Cuttlebugged the Cool Caribbean with my Stars embossing folder. Abby is colored with Copics. I cut her out with the second biggest star Nesties and added a ribbon tag & rhinestone brad. Using the smallest star Nestie, I cut out stars in Orchid Opulence and Pixie Pink.

For my circles page, I selected Ernie taking a bubble bath. Ernie is colored with Copics and cut out with a circle Nestie. I used the EK Success Swiss Cheese punch to punch a border of bubbles in a piece of Groovy Guava. The Groovy Guava was mounted on a piece of white cardstock, along with Ernie. At that point, things got a little glittery. Using Diamond Stickles, I filled in each Swiss cheese hole and went over all of the bubbles in Ernie’s tub. It’s a good thing there were only 9 of these because I had quite a hand cramp after they were all done. LOL! I then applied some Diamond Glaze to the puddle of water and the drop coming from his wash cloth. Some button “bubbles” were the final touch. This was a really fun card to put together.

Abby Stars
Stamps: None – coloring page
Paper: Orchid Opulence, Cool Caribbean, Select White (PTI)
Copics: BG01, V04, RV10, RV25, V15, RV23
Other Stuff: Lavender Stickles, Light Orchid grosgrain, Pink Shimmerz, Cuttlebug Stars embossing folder, Nestabilities

Bathtime Bubbles
Stamps: None – coloring page
Paper: Staples white, Groovy Guava, Select White (PTI)
Copics: YR07, Y06, E40, R24, YR02, B06, R21
Other Stuff: EK Success Swiss Cheese punch, Diamond Stickles, Diamond Glaze, Nestabilities

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Sesame Street 1,2,3

The hostess from the A-Z Sesame Street swap hosted a numbers & shape swap to accompany those books. Since I am giving each of my children an A-Z book, I signed up for two spots in each group for this swap. For the numbers, I chose 2 and 4, representing my kids’ ages.

I do have quite a few Sesame Street stamps, but didn’t use them for these pages. Due to their larger size, I searched for coloring page images. I found so many options. I simply saved the images, resized them and printed them on cardstock.

For the number 2, I chose this cute image of Elmo and his two penguin friends. I colored them using Copics — I used B000 for the number 2 and I love that the color kind of looks cloudy & light. One of my favorite color combos is Brilliant Blue and Bashful Blue, which I especially love this for winter cards/projects. I matted Elmo on a Brilliant Blue Nestie circle and then onto the Cuttlebugged Snowflake square. A pair of snowflake brads and Stardust Stickles for snowflakes finished this off.

Oscar the Grouch accompanied #4. Again, this was simply colored with Copics, going for a bit more of a primary color set. When I saw his squares, I knew what I wanted to use for embellishments — some square, primary color brads that I have had for ages. Once I colored Oscar, I cut him out with a square Nestie and embossed. I again Cuttlebugged my background with the Numbers embossing folder. I added 4 square brads, representing the colors of Oscar’s squares and was done.

Elmo & His Pengquins
Stamps: None–Coloring Page
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Select White
Copics: YRO7, Y17, B000, C1, B06, R24, B12
Other Stuff: Stardust Stickles, Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder, snowflake brads

Oscar & Squares
Stamps: None – coloring page
Paper: Always Artichoke, Ruby Red, Select White
Copics: YR07, B29, R24, G29, E71, C-3, G85
Other Stuff: Cuttlebug Numbers embossing folder, Making Memories square brads

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Recipe Saturday

Happy Saturday! We are in for a pretty rotten weather weekend here. Unfortunately, our weekend started off on a bad note. Instead of going out for our anniversary, we spent the night in, nursing our daughter’s double ear infection. Given that she has Type 1 diabetes, our “normal” days are always quickly complicated by things like this. Hopefully, she will be on the mend tomorrow. I definitely missed her smiles & giggles today. With any luck, she’ll be back to herself & I’ll get some crafting in as well.

On to business…

I have three 6×6 recipe cards to share with you today. I recently participated in two 6×6 recipe swaps on SCS. The first was a fritter swap. Now, I must confess, I’ve never made a fritter before, but I trying to help out a friend and fill a spot for her. I found this recipe on Food Network and it had decent reviews & an easier rating. Another confession — I am terrible with measurements. I knew the recipe card was 6×6, but this recipe was far too long for that card. In order to use the recipe and fit all of the necessary information on the card, I needed to do a pocket card.

Using Groovy Guava, Very Vanilla, and Chocolate Chip, I came up with a really simple and sophisticated layout. Coupling some Berry Bliss dp with this was a great touch. In order to accommodate the longer and in depth recipe, I made two recipe cards – one for the ingredients and one for the directions.

The next recipe was much simpler and didn’t require extra pockets. This was another of my friend’s swaps, but all for apple recipes. I can’t wait to see what I get back. I love apple crisp and this is a yummy variation using Nilla wafers.

I love this October Afternoon paper and paired it with Kraft and . I made an apple out of a big red button & a loop of striped green May Arts ribbon. This was much simpler & quicker than the pocket cards.

Finally, my last recipe was for a football themed swap. I took one spot in the appetizer group and this recipe for mushroom roll-ups is super easy & super yummy.

This was a super quick & simple layout, using some great football paper, ribbon & a brad.

Peach Fritters with Orange Glaze
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava, Very Vanilla, Berry Bliss dp
Other Stuff: ribbon, Melon Berry buttons (PTI), punch

Nilla Apple Crisp
Paper: Kraft,Real Red, Naturals Ivory, October Afternoon dp
Other Stuff: Recollections brads, buttons, May Arts ribbon

Mushroom Roll-ups
Paper: Creamy Caramel, White,Karen Foster dp
Other Stuff: ribbon, football brads

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Summer Sun Daisy

I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend. We had really nice weather and a great day trip to meet up with a great SCS friend, Melissa (scungilli). We all had a blast –especially our kids.

In honor of the last official/unofficial weekend of summer, I pulled out Summer Sun to use with my Daisy Bittybloom. This definitely isn’t a color I use often. In fact, I think these were the remaining sheets from when I first starting stamping 3 years ago! I wanted to keep Daisy rather traditional and the Summer Sun was perfect for this. It really pops against the black.

Daisy is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and cut out with Nestabilities, following the MOJO102 sketch. Her petals are not colored, but are painted with Pixie Dust Shimmerz Blingz.

Her daisy center is colored with Copics and then for sparkle, a bit of Yellow Stickles. This layout was so much fun and I used PaperTrey Ink’s Mega Mixed Messages for a greeting. The cluster of daisys are from the Cuttlebug With Love set. Ebony Glitter Dots were the perfect embellishment with their added sparkle.

Summer Sun Daisy
Stamps: Stamping Bella Daisy Bittybloom, PaperTrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages
Paper: Summer Sun, Basic Black, Select White (PTI)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: Y17, E00
Other Stuff: Michaels ribbon, Ebony Glitter Dots, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots & With Love embossing folders, Pixie Dust Shimmerz Blingz, Yellow Stickles, Nestabilities, Photo Corner Punch (SU)

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N is for Numbers

I seem to have lost my senses a bit. After completing my I is for Ice Skates pages, I posted in the thread how happy I was to be done. Shortly after my post, the hostess posted that a swapper had dropped out. Since it has been a challenge to get these spots filled up (there are still open spots today — if you are a Sesame Street fan or have a fan in your house — go here to check it out), I started thinking about a second spot. I went to bed late — after 1 AM, thinking about the layout for another page. The next morning, I got up and signed up for a second spot, hoping that I wasn’t going to regret it.

I knew for this second spot, I had to take an easier road than Elmo & Zoe. When I realized that N was open and I had the Count & the Cuttlebug Numbers Collage embossing folder, it all came together. I have to say Handsome Hunter and Perfect Plum are not my favorite colors alone, but I really like how they work together. Within the day I had the squares cut and embossed. I had all of the rectangles for the Count cut out — I was on a roll. This page went together so much easier than the I page. It must be the experience I gained.
After stamping the Count on the small rectangles, I colored him with Copics. His beard & hair are colored with a Prisma pencil. I am so happy that I used only a portion of his stamp. Since Mary (the hostess) is binding these, we had to leave 3/4″ on the left side free of embellishment for binding. I asked her about the ribbon and she said it would be okay. Of course, since I rarely use Handsome Hunter, I didn’t have ribbon. I also didn’t have the buttons in colors I needed. I also wanted to put a button or two on here, but didn’t have enough green. Two small online shopping trips later, I had the pieces needed to complete the card. I have to rave about both places — the cool number buttons are from Buttons Galore & More. I bought some additional buttons that I want to color & cost compare. The grosgrain is from Pink Hedgehog Papercrafts and I will definitely be ordering from her again. Fantastic prices, products and super quick shipping.

By the end of the week, I had everything in my hands to assemble these pages. I used a Cuttlebug slider for my N. I’m very happy with the way these turned out. These came together so easily that one other swapper joked I should take a 3rd spot. Um, no… two will be plenty! I have other craziness to attend to — like A-Z recipe swaps.

N is for Numbers

Stamps: Stampendous Count von Count, PTI Trajan Monogram
Paper: Handsome Hunter, Perfect Plum, Select White (PTI)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: BV00, RV10, C-3, 100, G17, V04
Other Stuff: Hunter grosgrain (Pink Hedgehog), number buttons, Cuttlebug Numbers Collage embossing folder, Cuttlebug Sliders die

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I is for ice skates.

A while back, I received a PM on SCS from a hostess I’ve swapped with in the past. She has hosted Sesame Street card and calendar swaps. This time she planned an A-Z book — one which she generously will bind before sending back. I had to think about this — an A-Z swap is a lot of work. I worked out what I wanted to do and signed up for the letter I.

Many of the Sesame Street stamps are large stamps — the images often include more than one character and wouldn’t fit on a 4×4 square and within the parameters of the swap. For my page, I chose Elmo & Zoe ice skating. I love to color and I have to say after coloring 27 of these, I needed a break. WOW!

I embossed my 4×4 squares with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes folder. Elmo & Zoe were cut out and embossed with square Nesties. My right bicep got a great workout with all of the Cuttlebugging I did. I mounted Elmo & Zoe on a square (also square Nestie cut) of Stardream Metallic silver cardstock. I adore the Stardream Metallic line. (The colors are not given any justice in these photos.) I first found them when we were planning our wedding and we used their papers for the save the dates, programs and place cards. I didn’t realize my fascination with paper completely at that time. 🙂
Elmo & Zoe are colored with Copics. I added a fine line of Frosted Lace Stickles and Angel Wings Shimmerz to give the appearance of a skating rink. The blades of their skates are painted with Smooch in Silver Fox. The brush size of the Smooch was perfect for the blades. Other embellishments include sheer white ribbon with silver cording from Gina K, and a snowflake. The snowflake was punched with the Martha Stewart Arctic Snowflake punch. Of course, the letter I needed to be present, so I typed out “I is for ice skates.” on the computer, punched it out and matted it on a piece of silver.

I have to say I learned a few things on this set of pages. Even with a thin layer of Shimmerz, the paper was affected. It wasn’t a curling, but after applying it, which I did after adhering the image to the 4×4, the adhesive started to fail. Of course, this happened after adding the snowflake and letter sentiment. I then had to use some Crystal Effects on a stick pin to glue down the corners that were popping up. I had considered using Crystal Effects to create the skating rink and after these issues, I’m glad I decided against that.

Due to the adhesive issues I had during this and another project, I am switching adhesives. I use an ATG gun and have had nothing but problems with it. I had to get a replacement part from 3M for it when I first bought it. My husband says there is a design flaw with it. My biggest issues have been the tape coming off the roller (far too frequently), the tape ripping (both 3M & generic), waste of a minimum of 30% each roll due to no adhesive coming off the roll or not being able to get any further toward the end of the roll. When you price an ATG gun, the adhesive seems very reasonably priced. However, for me it was not worth the hassle. Last night I bought a Glue Glider Pro from eBay. I will give my review of it after I get it and have some time to play with it.

I is for ice skates
Stamps: Stampendous Elmo & Zoe Ice Skate
Paper: Select White (PTI), Stardream Metallic Silver
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: R29, YR07, C-3, RV-02, Y17, B00, RV10, V04, 100
Other Stuff: Martha Stewart Arctic Snowflake punch, silver brads, silver Pure Luxury Cording (Gina K), sheer ribbon (Ribbon Retreat), Oval punches (SU), Frosted Lace Stickles, Angel Wings Shimmerz, Clearsnap Smooch Silver Fox, Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder
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