Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bride Card

I made this card for my niece Sarah's bridal shower.  I got the pattern HERE on Splitcoaststampers.  I did not have a heart punch so I hand drew the bodice. I used this tutorial from Cheery Lynn to make the roses.  I have their miniature rose die, but it was too big for this card.  The Paper Shapers small retro flower punch was the perfect size.

Punches - MS frond & pine branch, Paper Shapers small retro flower
Paper - SU real red, Bazzill spring breeze, Core'dinations pearly white, CTMH vanilla cream
Cuttlebug Embossing Folders - textile & d'vine swirls

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

"Pin It" Button added

For those of you who do Pinterest, I have added a Pin It button to the blog for you to use.

If you have a blog and would like to do the same, you can find the directions here on KevinandAmanda.com.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

By Lori Designs Baby Cards

I created these cards a while ago.  One I gave to my boyfriend's sister-in-law to use with a shower present for her daughter.  The image is a digital stamp from By Lori Designs called Baby Carter.  If you haven't used digital stamps before, give them a try.  You can resize the image to whatever size you need making them very versatile.

Digi - By Lori Designs Baby Carter
Paper - CTMH indian corn blue, outdoor denim, patterened paper, SU Real Red
Cuttlebug EF - spots and dots
Spellbinders - circles and labels two
Copic markers

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Mail Holders Refinished

Taking a break from card-making, I wanted to show you a little project I did this summer.  I had been looking for something to keep incoming mail organized for forever.  While shopping at Pat Catan's this past summer I found this:
It was exactly what I was looking for except the lavender color.  The other color option was pink - not what I wanted either.  The price, however, was perfect:  under $5.  I bought two of them.

Fixing the color problem was easy.  I bought a can of Rustoleum Hammered Bronze spray paint and sprayed the inside and out with about 3 coats of paint.  When it was dry, I used a sponge brush and painted the entire surface with a slightly watered down black acrylic craft paint then wiped it off with a paper towel.  I was careful not to put too much pressure while wiping as I wanted to leave the black in the crevices. 

This is the final project:

Exactly what I wanted.  Can you believe the difference?  Amazing what a little paint can do.

Here is the before and after together:

And hanging on the wall:

I still haven't found a decorative hook to hang them on the wall.  In the meantime, a plain ole nail works.

Here is a picture frame that I refinished using the same paints that I used on the mail holder:

Previously, it was an unfinished wood frame.  I added the fleur de lis accents that I found at Pat Catans before I painted it. 

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Christmas Cards

Here are the Christmas cards I made to send out this year.

This first one was inspired by this card by Kraft Joy on Splitcoaststampers. Now looking at my card, I think I went a little overboard on the sponging of the white ink.

Stamps used: PTI Snowflake Serenade
Paper: CTMH Ponderosa Pine, PTI Kraft
Inks: CTMH chocolate, SU! Craft White
Accessories: Snowflake punch, rhinestones, Tonertex glitter stack, white pen, PTI Wonderful Words Holiday Dies, corner rounder

Stamps: Impression Obsession Christmas Sentiments, PTI In the Meadow
Paper: SU! Real Red, PTI Kraft
Inks: SU! Real Red, Craft White
Accessories: Paper Shapers tree punch, star punch, PTI Wonderful Words Holiday Dies, Tonertex glitter stack, diamond stickles

For this card, I used the Merry that was cut from the previous card.

Stamps: Impression Obsession Christmas Sentiments
Paper: Red metallic and silver metallic
Ink: SU! Real Red
Accessories: PTI Wonderful Words Holiday Dies, Spellbinders layered poinsettia die, rhinestone, Tonertex glitter stack

This card was inspired by this card by lisaadd on Splitcoaststampers. I used the poinsettia layer that I die cut from the previous card for this card.

Stamps:  Impression Obsession Christmas Sentiments
Inks: SU! Chocolate, Papertrey Vintage chamomile (sponged on the poinsettia to tone down the white of the paper)
Paper: ? (bought at Target a couple years ago. It is for use in a printer to print a Christmas letter)
Accessories: CTMH chocolate organdy ribbon, Tonertex glitter stack, Martha Stewart punch, pearls

And the final card I sent out this year was inspired by this gift bag on Stamp Talk with Tosh.

Stamps: PTI Nativity Silhouettes, In the Meadow
Paper: PTI kraft
Inks: Memento black, SU! Craft white
Accessories: rhinestones, Paper Shaper tree punch, diamond stickles, crimper

In total, I sent out about 40 Christmas cards. I did not start working on them until about two weeks before Christmas so it got to be a bit stressful trying to get them done. This year I hope to make a few each month but then that is always my plan and it never works out.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Upcoming Classes at ESB

We will be teaching an Inky Antics class at the Embellished Scrapbook Boutique in Sandusky, OH on Wednesday, January 11 and Sunday, January 22.  The cost is $18.  To register and pre-pay, please call the the store at 419.624.4411. See their website www.theembellishedscrapbookboutique.com and click on the classes tab to see what you need to bring with you.

For the Tim Holtz lovers, Jean, the store owner, will be teaching a series of classes on the 12 Tags of Christmas.  Tags 1 and 3 will be taught Wednesday, January 18 and Saturday, January 21.  The cost is $12.  Please call the store to register and pre-pay.

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