Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Hardest Card I've EVER made!

Today I am posting a card that was the most difficult I have EVER made!  It is a birthday card for my sweet friend Nicole Nastali.  Here's a link to her blog:Nicole's Craft Nook .  One look at her blog and you'll understand my dilemma.  She is an absolutely AMAZING crafter!  How do you make a card for someone that is soooo talented??  I decided that I would just make one from her heart.  So here it is, imperfect as it may be.. it IS from the heart..

Since I met Nicole on one of the Unity Stamp Company Facebook Pages I HAD to use Unity Stamps!  I went with two different Itty Bitty Sets "A Friend Loveth" and "Sentiment Tags".  Another MUST was that I had to use either Teal or Turquoise since both Nicole and I LOVE those colors!  The only thing I couldn't figure how to work into the card is Washi Tape since we also both share a passion for it!  Actually I think I may be semi-obsessed with Washi Tape but I tend to use a lot more of it on scrapbook layouts than cards.  Hmmmm...perhaps I need to rethink that!    Oh and I used the cute little bread tags (Sentiment tags) because I remembered Nicole saying how much she loved them!  Here's a closer took at the tags: 
For this card I used the Triple Stamping Technique.  If you've never done this, you can find a tutorial on Youtube that may help.  It's a fairly simple technique once you get the measurements and details down.  I didn't follow the technique completely as I wanted to use the sentiment in the middle of the card since it was so big.  After I measured, cut, and centered my two larger pieces of white cardstock, I stamped some butterflies on those two and then added the small center piece and only stamped one small butterfly at the top that would layer.  I then removed the smallest white cardstock piece and stamped the sentiment on it.  Here are the measurements for this technique if you are interested in trying it out:   2 x 3 1/4" White, 2 1/4 x 3 1/2" Colored, 3 x 4 1/4" White, 3 1/4 x 4 1/2" Colored, 4 x 5 1/4" White and then the Card base of 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" that is scored in the middle for folding.
I'm going to enter this card in The Scrapbook Stamp Society's "Use Twine" Challenge this week, here is the link for the challenge:Scrapbook Stamp Society "Use Twine" Challenge
For this card I used: SU Cardstock, Unity Stamp Co Itty Bitty "A Friend Loveth" and "Sentiment Tags"  Ink SU Bermuda Bay and Memento Tuexedo Black, Twine from Inventory, Brad from MME Happy Day Collection.
Hope you have a wonderful crafty weekend because that's my plan!  Hugs & Blessings, Tina

Friday, August 23, 2013

Happy Birthday to Jaylei!

Well I haven't posted in a while.  Life just keeps happening and getting in the way of my crafting time!  We have 4 granddaughter's birthdays in the Fall.  I've already shared Nevaeh's Bunny card a few weeks ago and tonight I made a birthday card for her sister, Jaylei.  Jaylei will be 6 in September!  It's so hard to believe our sweet little granddaughters are getting so old! 

I had chosen a By Lori Designs digital stamp called "Pedal Pusher Lollipop Girl" for Jaylei's Card and since BLD currently has an Aqua and Red Challenge, why not let that guide my colors!  BLD's Challenge link is here:  I also entered this card in Scrapbook Stamp Society "Use Twine" Challenge, link is here:

Here's Jaylei's Card..
I went back and forth on what to use for the lollipop and I finally decided to just go with twine.  I LOVE twine and really use it sooo much!    Here's a close view of the lollipop..
Oh and here's a picture of Jaylei, our almost 6 year old granddaughter on her first day of school this year.  She was really excited about her new backpack!..
 Here's an older one of her with her sister, Nevaeh..
Here's what I used for today's card:  Digital Stamp By Lori Designs "Pedal Pusher Lollipop Girl",  Cardstock from Inventory, DP, For the Record by Bella Road "Tablecloth", Little Girl by Echo Park "Sally Stitches" Miss Caroline by MME "Dolled Up Living Blooms", Twine from Inventory, Ink Memento "Tuxedo Black", Sentiment Stamp "One of a Kind" by Stampin Up! 
Well that's all I've got today.. Hugs & Blessings,  Tina

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Let Beauty Surround You

Happy Sunday!  Today was a beautiful day!  Praising God in the morning and crafting in the afternoon!  How much better can it get??

Today's card is a birthday card for our oldest granddaughter, Nevaeh that is turning 8 this week.  It's an unusual birthday card because Nevaeh has received her "dream present" for her birthday.  She finally received a bunny. She's been asking her Mom and Dad for one for a couple of years now.  She got it early (just a few days ago) and is absolutely thrilled!  That is all she can talk about and the only thing she wants from us are bunny supplies!  Did you know that they sell bunny harnesses?  I bought her one today so she can walk Almond, Yes Almond is her bunny's name! 

Ok, well since you now have the background info on this card, I'll show it to you :)
Ok, so I really didn't think that a "Happy Birthday" sentiment would look right on the front of this card so I went with the "let beauty surround you" sentiment that came with the set.  So instead of using a regular background DP, I made the background by stenciling a number collage on white cardstock using Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  Oh and the super cool thing is that I just bought the number collage template on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $2.99.  I love a bargain!!!  Ok, so then I stamped the Happy Birthday Sentiment on the Inside.  This is definitely not my typical birthday card but I think considering the circumstances, she and Almond will love it! 

Here's a picture of Nevaeh..
Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of Almond yet!  :(
I've entered my Let Beauty Surround You card on 613 Avenue Create Anything Goes/Use a Sentiment
I used:  Unity Stamp Co. "Let Beauty Surround You" Itty Bitty Stamp Set, SU Cardstock, Copics, TCW 6x6" Stencil Template, Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Have a wonderful week and remember to Let Beauty Surround You!

Love & Blessings,  Tina