Fancy Paper Crafters

Monday, April 28, 2014

Fun with Artist Trading Cards!

Hello again! Things have been crazy as always and I've neglected my poor blog. Just wanted to share a little ATC project with you today. These were made for a swap in Fancy Paper Crafters. The swap theme was Spring ATCs. I love all the flowers and butterflies that come out in spring so naturally, this is what I was going to do for my ATC.

With the designer paper that I chose, I had so many color options! I looked through my cardstock to see what I had in my stash (I'm on a mission to use my stash rather buy anything!) that would match and came up with this coral/pinky color. I used a Stampin Up punch for the butterfly. The flower center is a simple jeweled brad by Recollections. The jewels on the butterfly are by Nicole's Design (I think!). I couldn't find my flower punches so I used my spellbinder dies and embossed them. Pretty easy peasy right :). Thanks for stopping by today!! Have a crafty day!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Scrapbooking Project

Hey y'all! Sharing a scrapbook page with ya today (thought it would be good to mix up this blog a little instead of always doing cards!). When my oldest niece, Alex, graduated high school, I made a HUGE scrapbook of her life (birth to graduation). Well, I had so much fun with it and saw how much happiness it brought to her, I decided to do the same for my nephew, Austin, who graduated in the summer of 2013. This is one of my favorite layouts from his completed album.

The completed album had right around 40 pages total. This was a challenge for me as I wasn't used to scrapbooking "boy" themed pages (we only have dogs and they've all been female). I wanted to use only one picture on this scrapbook page as I felt the photo deserved to be the sole focus on the page. I don't remember the name of the designer paper I used but I know all the cardstock is by Bazzill. I used my printer to type up the journaling (my handwriting is terrible so I always print when possible). I dug through my button stash to find the blues and whites for this layout. Such a sweet moment between these two (luckily they are still close to this day!). 

Thanks for stopping by my little piece of craftiness today. Hope you're able to take some time and get crafty!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

For the Love of Quilling

Hey y'all! Back at ya today with a few quilled cards that I'll be teaching at AC Moore on Saturday, February 22. I would love to be able to share with you how I made these cards but that wouldn't be fair for those folks that paid for the class :). Hopefully I'll see you in one of my classes! If you have any questions at all, just ask!!

I can tell you that the designer paper in the cards is by Crate Paper and is part of their "The Pier" collection. The cardstock is all by Bazzill and is the heavy weight card shoppe paper line. The pearl embellishments are by Nicole Crafts and come in a wide variety of sizes and colors (and they are way cheaper that the Prima pearls). The twin is by Queen and Company (I just love those little packages of twine - especially since they're only $1!!).

Challenge yourself to give quilling a try. It's one of those hobbies that doesn't require a ton of "stuff" :). Happy crafting!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Just in time for Valentine's Day ...

Hello! The snow sure is pretty outside! I've had about enough of being stuck in this house though. Heading back to work tomorrow - it is going to be rough after being closed for the past 2 days. At least it's Friday and it's a long weekend thanks to the holiday on Monday :).

So, since I haven't been able to go anywhere, I've spent loads of time in my craft room using some of my newest goodies. The project that I'm sharing today features Shimmer Sheetz by Elizabeth Craft Designs. I also used the die cuts Love and Thank You by Elizabeth Craft Designs. Without further ado, here is the project for today:

Want to know how I made this little beauty? Keep reading!

- Elizabeth Craft Designs Die Cuts (links above)
- Elizabeth Craft Designs Shimmer Sheets (I used Ruby Gemstone, Pink Iris, Light Pink Iris and White Iris) (each piece is cut measuring 1 3/8 x 4 and then cut in half on the diagonal to form two triangles - emboss each piece using various embossing folders)
- Elizabeth Craft Designs White Velvet Adhesive Sheet for sentiment
- Scrap piece of heavy duty cardstock (this piece measures 5 x 2 3/4)
- Cardstock for card base and card layers (all by Bazzill) - Cotton Candy card base, Robins Egg card layer and Marshmellow used as an insert to the card
- Pink Flowers by Wilton
- Little Yellow Bicycle Heart Stick Pins
- Butterfly Punch by Stampin Up! - Punched out of the Blue Iris Shimmer Sheetz
- Turquoise flat back pearl
- Turquoise seed beads for embellishing butterfly
- White Sheer Ribbon
- Tweezers
- Glue Dots
- Glossy Accents (or other clear drying glue)

Once you gather all of your supplies and cut all of your cardstock, you're ready to assemble your card! Starting in the middle of the scrap piece of cardstock (yes, you will have to measure to find the exact center), line up one edge of one of the triangle shaped shimmer sheetz and adhere to the cardstock. The "fat" end of the triangle should be at the top and you will have "over hang" on both top and bottom of the cardstock. All 8 of your triangles should fit snuggly on this cardstock (be careful not to use the same pattern next to one another). Once you've got all the pieces adhered to it, flip it over and trim the shimmer sheetz to line up with the edge of the cardstock. This creates the "sun ray" effect for your card front.

Next, adhere your sun ray piece to your Robins Egg cardstock. Take the sheer ribbon and wrap it around the cardstock tying a knot just under your sun ray (if you're good with bows - have at it! I cannot seem to master the technique of tying one of those cute little bows lol). Next step, take the 2 flowers and adhere them just next to your knot. Adhere the flat back pearl into the center of the flower (I used glue dots to hold the flower and pearl down). I tucked my hat pins in behind the flower and stuck it through the knot. Don't forget to use the plastic protector on your hat pins as you don't want to prick your finger (ouch!). Punch your butterfly out of the Blue Iris shimmer sheetz. Crease around the body of the butterfly so you'll have somewhere to put the seed beads (this also makes it much easier to adhere to your card as it gives you a flat surface to put your adhesive on the back of the butterfly. I used Glossy Accents to stick the seed beads on their side (be careful with these little boogers as they will fly away!). I then used my die cut sentiments and cut them out of the velvet adhesive paper. I LOVE  the velvet paper as it gives just the right amount of fanciness to a card without going over board (plus, I don't have to try to fight to put glue on the back of it as it comes on adhesive paper - woop woop!). Once I had the whole card front completed and my glue was dry, I adhered it to the cardbase.

And your done! That wasn't too painful was it? I hope you'll try your hand at creating your own sun ray card. Maybe if we all create one, the sun will actually make an appearance for a little while :).

Until next time peeps - happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Christmas Cards {just a bit late lol}

Hey peeps! We sure are enjoying the snow (at least 6 inches so far)! Being stuck in the house for now, I've been going through pictures and found some projects that I haven't shared yet! I found this gem in my Christmas Card stash. This card was designed by my fabulous friend, Mary Anne Magliaro. She offers a Christmas Card Club through Stampin Up that allows us to get our cards done throughout the year. Lots of cutting was involved but it was so worth the effort!!

So, the basics of this card are pretty easy. We used the Grand Merry Christmas die cut by Memory Box. The cardstock is by Stampin Up although I'm not certain the names of the colors we used (they were a bright pink and white). The flowers were actually stickers sold by Elizabeth Craft Designs and are the Daisies and Poinsettias with Doodles design. These stickers are so easy to use and there are so many options to choose from! We took the stickers and using the transfer sheets placed them carefully on sticky paper (we used the double sided scor-tape by by Scor-Pal). Then, we dipped the whole thing in the Warm Diamond Microfine Glitter by Elizabeth Craft Designs. You have to rub your fingers over this glitter to get it to "set" into the tape. It is the ONLY glitter that I will use as it stays where it is supposed to stay and doesn't get everywhere like other glitter. I then took my Copic Markers and colored the whole thing in. This glitter works PERFECTLY with copic markers (and it does NOT ruin your marker tips as long as you keep a light pressure when coloring). After I got them colored, I took my Fine Pointed Scissors (also by Elizabeth Craft Designs) and cut it out. Yes, it took forever but look how pretty it came out?!

Well, that's my project for today. Next year I will definitely get my Christmas Cards in the mail!! LOL Hope you all stay safe in the snow. Now is the perfect time to do some crafting!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Cards Anyone?

Hey y'all! Back at ya today with some cards I recently made for a class at my local AC Moore. This class was in January and we had such a great time! This was a beginning card class so there isn't a ton of techniques in these. Hope you like them!

I think my fav is the Happy Birthday card using the sunburst technique. I've seen so many of these lately and wanted to try my hand at making one. Thanks for stopping by today :). Have a crafty day!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Swappity Swap!

Hello again! Yes, I realize "swappity" isn't a word ... just roll with it :). Bringing you a couple of cards I made for swaps at Fancy Paper Crafters. We swap stuff each month so check it out when ya get a chance!

I just love how these two cards turned out. After trying various designs, this is what the final product is:

So one of the things I usually do on my cards is ink the edges of white paper. I use a cut up yellow sponge (one of the circle sponges) which really lets the ink go on nicely. The flowers in the Fall card started out white and I just took some Tim Holtz distress ink and colored them to match my paper - I LOVE making my own custom colored things!

Thanks for stopping by my little piece of craftiness :). Have a craftastic day!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Get Your Quill On!

Hey peeps!! Back at ya with another one of my recent projects. These were made for a class I'm teaching at Easy As Cat Soup on February 8. I am in LOVE with quilling and am very excited about this class! Unfortunately, because this is a paying class, I can't share with you exactly how I made the cards but I can give you just a few tips :).

Patience - like all new hobbies, it takes patience to learn what to do and feel comfortable with it. If you don't have any stores in your area to take quilling classes, You Tube is a wonderful thing. I will say though that there is something about seeing it done "in person" that makes it so much easier!

Practice - you know the old saying "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again"? Well, with quilling, this is sooooo important! This is not something you're going to be an expert at your first time. You have to work through the techniques to develop your skills.

Lastly, take the time and design yourself a quilling chart. You can include as many shapes as you want (mine is fairly basic). Just make sure that each shape you do, you use the same length paper strip so you know how small each shape comes out with the same length paper. Having the chart in front of you will help you in learning how other things are designed when you find patterns you like.

So, without further ado, here are the cards you'll learn how to make in this class:

Thanks for stopping by today! Have yourself a craftastic day!