Monday, September 17, 2012

Tyson's Birthday Card

This card was made for the cutest 4 year old I know, my friend, Kelley's son, Tyson (his sister is Trinity, who I made the Lalaloopsy stuff for). Kelley's mom watches my son and Tyson is his little buddy. His birthday was Pittsburgh Pirates themed, so I knew I had to make a baseball card! The DSP is miscellaneous Stampin' Up from my scraps bag. I made the baseball by cutting a circle out with the Coluzzle. I then used the same size circle and my bone folder to trace where I wanted the stitching to go. I drew little "v's" over the scored line with Bravo Burgandy and then sponged it with Close to Cocoa to give it a worn look. All of the other pieces of the card are also sponged. The flag was made on the computer and then cut out. I punched two holes for the toothpick to fit through and adhered it to the card base. The baseball was adhered using dimensionals.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Lalaloopsy Birthday Party

Today I'm going to share something other than a card. My friend's daughter had a Lalaloopsy birthday party in April. I had never even heard of Lalaloopsy until I met her. They are these really cute little dolls with button eyes. I found this wreath idea on Pinterest and just had to make her a Lalaloopsy one for her birthday. It was super simple to make and very impressive; and while it didn't take a lot of ribbon, it took a lot of cutting and even more time! I lost count at 500 strips of ribbon and it took me probably about 4-5 hours (spread out over a few evenings) to make it.

I started out with a foam wreath and small pins. I used about 8 different types of ribbons in varying sizes, colors, etc. I cut several 4 inch strips of each ribbon and placed them in piles. I then made a loop from the ribbon and pinned it to the wreath. I continued doing that with 5-6 ribbon pieces until I formed a little bunch, pinning them very close to one another. I wanted the wreath to have some sort of uniformity to it, so I worked in bunches at a time and made several of the same patterns all over before starting a new pattern. Once I got most of the wreath covered I went back through and just pinned left over ribbons to fill in any gaps. I finished it off by tying Lalaloopsy dolls and buttons to the wreath using fishing line.

Since there aren't really any Lalaloopsy decorations, I offered to help her come up with some things for the party. I made the little coloring book, buttons and banner on Microsoft Word using various digital scrapbooking papers. She had Lalaloopsy dolls propped up on dolls stands with paper pom pom flowers with little buttons scattered around as the center pieces. I wish I had taken pictures because everything looked so cute! Her one relative even made a Lalaloopsy cake that looked like it belonged on a competition show! The best was a picture of Trinity laying in a big pile of her Lalaloopsy dolls that was displayed by the cake.

These are the cookies I made to bring to the party. I used food coloring to dye sugar cookie dough six different colors. Once they came out of the oven I used a baby food jar to make an imprint and a straw to make the button holes. I thought they turned out super cute!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Simple Baby Card

I made this card last year for my friend April, who's son just turned a year old! She had posted pictures of his nursery on Facebook, so I made the card to match the color scheme. The alphabet is Stampin' Up's "Big Deal Alphabet" and the letters fit pretty perfectly inside the 1 3/8 inch circle punch. I used the 1 1/2 inch circle punch for the colored cardstock behind each letter. The "a" and the "y" are raised with dimensionals.  I also scored a border around the inside using a bone folder and my paper trimmer and then hand drew then "stitching" around it. The buttons were just miscellaneous ones I had laying around and were adhered with glue dots. I finished it off with the twine wrapped twice around the front of the card.

The inside had a 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 blue border (I'm sorry I can't remember exactly which color I used, but all of the colors used are Stampin' Up) to frame the writing space which was 3 1/2 x 5. I also punched the bottom to make a slot for the gift card to go.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Look Whooo's Graduating!

I know school just started and graduation parties have come to an end, but today I'm sharing a card that I made last year for my mom to give to someone she knew who was graduating. I absolutely LOVE punch art projects and was super excited at how cute this little guy turned out!

The eyes and belly were made from various sizes of circle punches, the body and wings were made from the scalloped circle punch, the feet were the horizontal slot punch, the head was the tab punch (I can't remember it's official Stampin' Up name) and the hat was made from the curly label punch with a thin rectangle on top. I free hand cut the nose. The diploma was made by rolling up a small rectangle of cardstock and tying it off with some shiny string.

You could use this punch art owl for many different occasions: put a birthday hat on him or a balloon in his hand, have him sitting next to a pumpkin, or dress him up like Santa...the possibilities are endless!

Monday, September 3, 2012

I'm Back!...and Birthday Invitations's been three long years since I've posted! When I decided to start posting again, I couldn't believe it had been that long!! A lot has changed in those three years. I got married in May 2011, started a new job in July 2011 and just had a baby in February 2012! I've still been stamping and making cards/invitations though. I'm really trying to grow my little business and right now they only advertising I've been doing is on Facebook where I have an album dedicated to my cards. I wanted to start blogging again so I can refer people who aren't on Facebook to it and hopefully continue to spread the word! I love mass weddings, showers, birthday parties, you name it and I can make an invite for it. Just shoot me an email and we can go over details.

For my first post back I'm going to share with you invitations I made for my friend, Shakira's, daughter's first birthday (which was today). I used digital scrapbook paper for most of it (I can't remember where I downloaded it from...I got it several months ago). The ladybug wings were created by punching a scalloped circle, drawing black spots, folding them in half and placing them over a clipart ladybug. I was really pleased with how they turned out. And how could they not be cute with that picture on the front?!

Ladybug theme

Close up of the wings

The inside
I also thought I'd share the card that I made for her. It's cased pretty much 100% off this card I found on Pinterest. I used the 1 3/8 circle punch to make the lollipop pieces and I pulled paper from my bag of scraps, so I'm not even sure which all colors I used :) The sentiment is from the Crazy for Cupcakes set.

That's all for now! I have lots of projects to share that I've made over the past three years, plus I have some I'm working on now. I'm going to aim to post 3-4 times per week, so watch out for more frequent posting!