Sunday, December 18, 2011

How They Finally Looked Like

After all those days (months?) of fun-filled Christmas card-making, i've finally grouped an assortment of them to be given to family and friends. Here's how they look like:

Have finally used the clear boxes i've been saving the Papertrey Ink stamp sets have come in with. Have replaced the PTI bands with some Christmas papers (great way to put a small dent in my paper stash heehee!), wrapped some ribbon around it to hold my tags paper bag (which didn't anymore fit in the boxes) and adhered the greeting tags. With all the modernities (ecards, emails, etc.) these days, i just hope the recipients would find good use with the cards.

Hope your holiday preparations are going well! Cheers!

Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Cards: Another Set Using No Patterned Paper

Today, am posting cards which i made using only cardstock and stamps and everything else but patterned paper :) 

Have stamped the pine boughs at the side, then adhered Labels 17 die-cut.  On Mat Stack 1 die-cut, have stamped music sheet image, then layered the pine boughs ones.  Adhered this on top of the red cardstock.  Layered two cuts from Limitless Layers and stamped with Versamark Dazzle the Christmas tree, and then the sleigh with Memento.  Adhered this to side of Mat Stack 1. Stamped the sentiment on top and added berries to the boughs image.
Supply list:  cardstocks; stamps - Papertrey Ink Bells & Boughs, My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas, Tim Holtz; dies - PTI (Mat Stack 1, Limitless Layers 1.75"), Spellbinders Labels 17; ink - Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Memento.

This is the inside of the card.

Similar card to above, but with addition of background white cardstock strip and the bow on the pine boughs.
Supply list: cardstocks; stamps - Papertrey Ink (Bells & Boughs, Star of Wonder),  Tim Holtz; dies - PTI (Mat Stack 1, Bells and Boughs, Limitless Layers 1.75"), Spellbinders Labels 17; ink - Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Memento.

Used the Wonderful Words: Holiday die here.  It's one of my favorites! :)  It's actually adhered with pop-dots. A bit fiddly, but worth it. Have scored the cream cardstock for a bit of texture.
Supply list: cardstocks; corrugated paper; stamps - Papertrey Ink (Bells & Boughs, Wonderful Words: Holiday); dies - PTI (Mat Stack 1, Wonderful Words: Holiday), Spellbinders Labels 17; ink - Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Memento, bling - Prima.

Used Tim Holtz woodgrain embossing folder on kraft cardstock.  Followed Debbie Olson's card in this POST.  Had been attracted by the lovely simplicity of her card.
Supply list: cardstocks; stamps - Papertrey Ink (Bells & Boughs, Christmas Blessings); dies - PTI (Bells & Boughs; ink - Memento, Brilliance; Ranger Stickles.

I love how this flower - poinsettia it's supposed to be :) - turned out.  Used Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals die - 3 layers of red and 1 of green (my attempt for leaves), and layered them with pop-dots after stamping them with music sheet images.  Glued a button threaded with twine on it.  This has been one of my experiments to make a poinsettia and found one on the net using this die.  I did not use it immediately, this is one of the last cards i made.  I didn't want it to just spend the holidays unattached :) so i  had to stick it on somewhere.  Found a card by Dawn McVey on this POST, and so, here it is on a skinny card :)
Supply list: cardstocks; corrugated paper; stamps - Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words: Holiday; dies - PTI (Tag Sale #5, Wonderful Words: Holiday), Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Florals; ink - Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Memento; button; twine.

I enjoyed experimenting making these cards and am pretty pleased how all of these turned out.  I think am going to try more with doing background stamping and see how that goes. (Erm, but that won't be for until next year, though :) ).  With the PTI cards (both from the DT and the forum members) that i've seen, stamped backgrounds will give the patterned papers a run for their money.

Well, this would be my last Christmas cards post.  I hope you've enjoyed them as much as i did making them.

Thank you so much for leaving your sweet comments.  I really appreciate you taking time to do that.  Much grateful!

Happy Holidays!


Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Tags

This year is the first time i ever did Christmas tags.  And i had a lot of fun doing them.  There's been a lot of experimenting but am so thankful that the stamps and dies i used have made it all a bit easier for me.  Have mostly been inspired by creations from the Papertrey Ink Design Team and have so cased their tags.

Here they are, again in a parade :)

The bottom purple tags have been cased from Betsy Veldman's in this POST.  Have Stickled the red one (i think glitter would have been nicer, but am staying away from glitter - too messy for messy me heehee!). A tad bit fiddly adhering the word die-cut but worth it just the same :)

Supply list:  Carstock; patterned papers - My Mind's Eye; stamps - Papertrey Ink (Star of Wonder, Holiday Lights, 2011 Holiday Tags, Bells and Boughs, Wonderful Words:  Holiday); dies - Papertrey Ink (Limitless Layers 1.75", Mat Stack 1, Tag Sale #5, Bells and Boughs); ink - Versafine, Memento, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink; adhesives - Helmar, Beacon's, Glossy Accents; buttons; ribbons; twine - Doodlebug Designs; bling - Kaisercraft, Queen&Co; Ranger Stickles.

Thank you for visiting!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Notebook for My Mom

Here's a quick post about a notebook i made for my Mom with some inspiring words inside.

The stamps used i have had for some time, and when i bought them, it's making one of these journals that i had in mind.  It's only now, near Christmas time and having finished the cards & tags, that i got to use them.  Am giving this to my Mom when we get home :)

Here's what some of the pages look like:

Supply list:  Patterned papers - Collage Press; stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs; dies - PTI Half and Half; ribbons - AC; twine - Doodlebug Designs, AC; buttons;  flowers and trinkets - Maya Road, Prima; small badge; small pearl hearts; alphas - Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type.

Thank you for taking the time to view this!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bookmarks for My Dad

Have made a dozen bookmarks for my Dad, i thought he'd like to give some away to his friends :)  Here are some of them:

Have followed Leigh Penner's layering on this POST.  Have found some great cards using this color combo and decided to follow them :)

Supply list:  kraft cardstock, PTI Vintage Cream cardstock; ribbons from AC and from dollar store; buttons; stamps - Our Daily Bread Designs; dies - PTI (Half and Half, Limitless Layers 1.75"); twine.

Thanks for visiting!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Gratitude Journal: Pink-themed

Would be sharing my last Gratitude Journal for the year.  This is the third one made at my sister's request (to be given as gifts for her friends).  Today, the journal is in pink.

I am not a pink kind of girl, although i like how the color just gives a happy feeling to a layout or card, plus it just naturally makes it "lovely" and "soft" (unless it's the neon kind :) ).  This has actually been a bit of a challenge for me.  To make it easier, i just pulled out all the pink patterned papers i could find in my stash (6x6 pads).  I didn't even really bother to check whether they coordinate or not;  i just wanted to use them :)  This journal has more embellies than the previous ones (THIS and THIS), upon request.

From top left (clockwise): the spare pages for each month; behind the last page before the next month (stamped the background with SC-Hero Arts houndstooth and PTI Gratitude Journal); small envelope tucked in every after 3 months; another small envelope.

Supply list:  patterned papers - My Mind's Eye, Basic Grey, Prima, Crate Paper, BoBunny (all 6x6 pads); stamps - PTI Gratitude Journal, Studio Calico, Hero Arts; dies - PTI; punch - Martha Stewart, EK Success; ink - Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Versafine; bling - Doodlebug, Prima, Kaisercraft; adhesives - Helmar, American Crafts; trinkets - Maya Road; twine - Doodlebug; silhouette badge; Ranger Stickles; Zutter Bind-It-All.

Hope you enjoyed the Gratitude Journals :)

Thank you very much!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Birds of Peace

Hi, everyone!

Would like to share a Christmas decoration.  Er, decorations.  There are actually 3, but they've the same layout :)

This is made up of Maya Road bird coaster board covered with Christmas patterned papers am trying to use up :)  Have used PTI dies and sentiment stamps for embellishing, together with leaves and pearls and rhinestones the berries.  A Prima pearl is the eye of the bird.  Have misted the "peace" (PTI Wonderful Words:  Holiday) die-cut with Perfect Pearls, and inked the Baby Jesus die-cut with Brilliance Gold. 

Here are all three birds and a close-up (bottom photo):

Supply list:  Maya Road Bird Coaster Album; patterned papers - Making Memories, Basic Grey; Cardstock - Bazzill, AC; stamp - Papertrey Ink (Wonderful Words:  Holiday); dies - Papertrey Ink (Wonderful Words:  Holiday, Doily Details, Nativity Silhouettes, Matstack 1); leaves - Oops! Blooms; pearls & rhinestones - Kaisercraft, Queen&Co.; ink - Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Brilliance Moonlight White, Gold, Copper; adhesives - Helmar, American Crafts; Crop-A-Dile; Daiso ribbon.

I love how the finished product looked, although it had been a bit fiddly pop-dotting the "peace" die-cut.  It had been worth it, though :)

Thank you for visiting!


Friday, December 9, 2011

Gratitude Journal: Green-themed

Hello, dears!

Here's the second Gratitude journal for my sister, this one in green color, as it is her recipient's favorite.

The cover:

The inside pages.  These are made of envelopes covered by patterned papers on both sides.

Some close-ups:

The inserts.  Since the patterned papers are from a single-sided 6x6 pad, i have stamped the blank side with a background using Studio Calico's Chickenwire stamp, together with PTI Gratitude Journal stamp set elements and Prima stamps also.

Supply list: White envelope; patterned paper - Prima Botanical; stamps - Papertrey Ink, Studio Calico; dies - PTI (Journal Tabs, Bells and Boughs); punch - EK Success, Martha Stewart; inks - Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, VersaColor; adhesives - Helmar; Ranger Stickles; bling - Kaisercraft, Prima; flower - Prima.

Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Cards: Using Some or No Patterned Paper

Good day!  It's back to Christmas-posting once again.  This is my "Almost Done With Christmas Cards" post heehee!  Now, Christmas tags, erm, that's another story LOL!

Here are cards i made where i did not concentrate on choosing patterned papers, only cardstocks.  The ones that have PPs are at the bottom of the post; they are the results of me trying out this and that :)

Used a Sizzix embossing folder on cardstock.  Afterwards, i swiped the raised areas with white ink (Brilliance - Moonlight White).  Wrapped AC white ribbon around colored cardstock before adhering to card base.  My swiping skills need more practice :)

Have been searching for Nativity stamps before PTI introduced their October sneak peeks.  This image is from Stampendous Sacred Silhouette cling stamp.  Layered Stickle-d circle (Sizzix Framelits) and lacey circles (Spellbinders) on top of card base.  At the bottom are layered double-ended fishtail banners.  Sentiment is from PTI Christmas Blessings set, with Versafine ink.  Have spritzed the completed card with Maya Road mist.

Almost same style as above, but used different colors of cardstock.  Yes, i know; the different hues of green do not really complement each other :)

Used again the decreasing aperture technique using PTI Limitless Layers 1.75" and Spellbinders Labels 17.  Stamp is from Hero Arts.  Sentiment is from PTI Christmas Blessings set, stamped with Brilliance Moonlight White.  Have again spritzed the completed card with Maya Road mist.
Card base is kraft cardstock.  Image is from Stampendous Manger Peace set, stamped with Versafine.  Sentiment is from Hero Arts.  Have placed die-cut from Limitless Layers on opposite diagonals, with Kaisercraft pearls on them.  Stickles have been placed on the edges.  Again sprayed the completed card with Maya Road mist.

If you noticed this is a larger photo than the rest, it's because i made it so heehee! i wanted to use my (neglected) embossing folders for some cards and this is my first experiment on how i'd build my card using it.  I had a basic idea of how i wanted it to look like, but in the midst of it all, i made a mistake and so i tried to cover it up.  And so there are more elements that ended up there than i intended LOL!  It's one of my favorites, though :) And i love how, when we make mistakes on a layout or a card, and we remedy them, it just thrills me that we end up with something nicer or better-looking than we originally intended :)
(Sizzix embossing folder, Spellbinders Lacey Circles, Sizzix Framelits, Maya Road trim & flowers, PTI sentiment, Stampendous image, Kaisercraft pearls, white pearl strings, Versafine)

Here are the ones using PPs:

Cardstock - Kraft; paper - DCWV; stamps - PTI Stylish Sentiments: Holiday, Holiday Lights, Holiday Photo Finishers; ink - Versafine, Versacolor, Brilliance; die - PTI Christmas Tree.

Have embossed the DCWV paper with Sizzix folder.  Stamps are from PTI Stylish Sentiments: Holiday, Holiday Lights; ink - Versafine, Versacolor.

Have stamped the red card base with Versamark Dazzle using Prima stamp.  Layered a fence-punched (Martha Stewart) green cardstock on it before adhering PTI die-cut Christmas tree (paper is from Cosmo Cricket).  Stamped star and sentiment are from PTI Stylish Sentiments:  Holiday; ink used is Brilliance Moonlight White.

So there goes another Christmas card parade.  Some of them turned out great, others need more sprucing up :) 

Again, thank you so much for looking! 

How's your Christmas planning going?  Remember, when you feel there's just too much to do, take a look at your craft creations, even for a minute.  They would surely help make you feel better :) 


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Gratitude Journal: Orange-themed

Hi, dear readers!  It's another Gratitude Journal post today, and it's orange-themed!

My sister asked me to make some journals for her to give as gifts and told me the color preferences of her recipients.  Orange is one of them.  This is the second time i made a Gratitude Journal, and the page layouts are almost the same as my first one.  There are several reasons for this:  (1) I have to make for her 3 gratitude journals; (2) my time-allotment is limited since i've to clear my working area very soon then (i "hijack" my DH's workspace when it's vacant, heehee!); and (3) it's nearing the end of my time-frame for crafts as i need to focus on our December trip.  All these reasons make me don't want to think much anymore, in terms of embellishments.  My objective remained the same - to make the pages easy to write on, without the hindrance of embellies.

This journal is bigger than my first one in this POST.  I used a wider letter envelope, cut it to size and covered it with patterned paper.  Of course, i used Papertrey Ink's Gratitude Journal stamp set for the sentiments, plus Studio Calico's Mini Month's set.  Journal Tab dies are also PTI.

Here are the photos:

 Some of the inserts.  The patterned papers are from a 6x6 pad and are single sided.  On the blank side, i've stamped with SC's Confetti, plus PTI's Gratitude Journal sentiment, journal lines, and border. 

Supply list:  White envelope; patterned paper - Prima Ruby Violet; stamps - Papertrey Ink, Studio Calico; dies - PTI (Journal Tabs, Banner Builder, Limitless Layers 1.75"); punch - EK Success; inks - Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, VersaColor; adhesives - Helmar; Ranger Stickles; bling - Kaisercraft, Prima;

Thank you so much for dropping by!

Have a wonderful week ahead!


Friday, December 2, 2011

My First Gratitude Journal

Hello, friends!

No, not another Christmas card post, heehee!  Will be taking a break from Christmas-posting for a bit, although there are a few more :) 

Today, it's about Gratitude Journal.  Have been wanting to do this for a while now.  In today's mostly material world, what with all the gadgets swimming around and changing at a very fast pace, it seems that most people would want to keep up, would want to have what another person has.  Even when i log in to Facebook and i see what  my friends have been posting, there are times when i feel a bit envious why they can have such stuff or how they can go to places for a vacation.  It's leaves me with not such a good feeling, and it's just as bad to feel that way. 

Most of the time, we tend to forget that other people in other parts of the world are not even aware of these modernities.  They are not even concerned.  What is most important to them are the basics of daily life - food, water, clothing, houses or even just roofs, and people who care about them.  Most of the time, us living in such a modern, fast-paced environment lose sight of the basic stuff.  Sometimes, we take them for granted.  I wanted to take stock of what i have been blessed with everyday - small and big stuff alike.  To keep me grounded.  To be reminded that we can still help other people in need.  And i believe having a Gratitude Journal would help a lot.

Had been searching the net for some samples when i came across those done with Papertrey Ink's Gratitude Journal stamp set.  This was in August and i didn't know that it was one of the new releases in that month.  Had debated about the shipping cost and what it would do to my monthly crafting project.  In the end, i took the plunge.  It was the first stamp set i ordered from PTI.  I've been in-love ever since! LOL!

I did not use it right away, though.  By the time it arrived, i had started on my paper rosette Christmas shadowbox project.  After that, it was cards and tags, until the pile was high enough.  I wanted to take a break from Christmas crafts.  It's a chance to break in the Gratitude Journal stamp set!

Okay, long narrative over, time for some photos :)

The front.  Wanted to keep it simple.  Used PTI dies (Limitless Layers 1.75" and Journal Tabs).  Embelly (sorry, how they are called escapes me at the moment) at the bottom are 7Gypsies from SC kit.

The following are the inside pages.  Have done them by month.  The pages are actually small envelopes covered with PPs.  Have inked the paper edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye. Sentiments are mostly stamped with Versafine and Memento.  Did only simple labeling and did not pile on embellies on the pages as i wanted them to be flat when writing in them :)  Have stamped on some pages using Versamark "Cement" ink.

This one shows the (top right) back cover, a (bottom left) close-up of the front and (bottom right) the inside of the back cover (i love how the "Grateful" stamp is among the concentric circles there).

These are some of the inserts.  Have stamped "So Blessed Because" sentiment on both sides, together with the journalling lines, the scalloped border and encircled numbers.

Supply list:  Cream envelopes; patterned papers, cardstock and embellishments from Studio Calico July kit; ink - Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Versafine, Memento; adhesives - Helmar; Zutter Bind-It-All; stamps - Papertrey Ink Gratitude Journal, Studio Calico Mini Months Stamp Set; dies - PTI Journal Tabs.

Such a long post, wheew! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit!