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Happy Friday!

I can’t believe that we’re running half the month of January 2014. The new year has let me sit for a while to write down so many new plans for the year and I hope I when I look on it again before end of the year, I accomplish them  as I planned them to be.

On another note, 2014  has brought new changes too at the Sarah Hurley Challenge blog which is now called the Sarah Hurley 365. The blog now brings great project inspirations from the design team. Its amazing seeing all those talents have shared in the blog so far.

For my card project today, I used  one of my favorite mini vintage camera stamps from Sarah’s kits. I have used these cameras in a number of cards already in the past and still can’t get over it til now. Maybe because I love photography and camera images just keep me close to this hobby of mine.

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To start off, I alternatively stamped the cameras on a kraft card stock, that plays as my card background.

I then stamped another set of the cameras and colored them with promarkers, then fuzzy cut them to be used as my card’s focal point. Noticed the camera lens in the Polaroid? I put glossy accents in there for some dimension and shine.

To ground the set of cameras, I used the wood veneer frame and oh the vintage camera came from Sarah’s A Few of my Favorite Things Kit.  The other Polaroid camera I also got from Sarah’s add on kit too. That open frame just fits two of the cameras in place and I popped them up using dimensions.

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I stamped the geotag from Stamp & Stitched! Expedition stamps while the pretty in pink twine is from the East Village kit. I added the chipboard stars from Sarah’s kits as well.

This is it for now and I’ll catch up again later.

 

Oh So Happy: Cardmaking video

I was dreaming of doing a card video for sometime but has kept it as I dread recording as I speak, even more than hearing my voice in a video. I finally come to the point that now is really the time to do it, thanks to Pretty Paper Studio.

You can find all the supplies I used at the Pretty Paper Studio blog. The blog is also running its monthly craft challenge and this month’s theme is Anything with glitter challenge. More inspirational projects can also be found here.

Going back, these are some of the stills of my card project, that glittered heart makes me happy 🙂

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and the video can be found at the Pretty Paper Studio’s You Tube Channel.

 

 

 

Happy Day

Happy Monday!

It’s my first share of project for Pretty Paper Studio 🙂 The project comes as my take  in this month’s challenge with the theme Glitter.

I had fun working on the colors and papers on this card. I used elements mostly from My Mind’s Eye  and papers from Amy Tangerine. One good thing of working in paper packs is that all of them works together when combined. I always love the color blue and cameras so this background papers is just perfect for me.

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I did a random mix of shapes and textures, buttons, die cuts and a heart for visual interest. Then I used the pink glitter to add some additional sparkle to a happy day. See the additional strip of sentiment? It came from the small strip of paper the comes along in the perforation line of the paper. Even those small decorative piece counts 🙂

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 For my stamped sentiment, I did some hand stitching  to add some interest to a plain stamped shape.
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I’m entering this card to Simon Says Stamp, Anything Goes Challenge.
Thanks for stopping by and I will see you again next time.

Celebrate

It’s the 20th of the month and this means another card sketch challenge at Sketch N Scrap blog is now up. Its card Sketch # 10  designed by the wonderful Lisa Hildy.

I used stamps from Paper Smooches, one of my favorite stamps manufacturer 🙂 I love their whimsical, fun and just the cutest illustration of just everything *wink

I stamped the  images and fuzzy cut each of them. The papers are random ones from Lawn Fawn and Echo Park. My embellishment, the all time favorite, twine.

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I’m entering this card to Seize the Birthday challenge, Anything goes birthday.

 

 

Abi Ballerina

I recently found the All Dressed Up Stamps  blog and got this cute digi ballerina named Abi to work with. Their shop has a lot of pretty digi stamps, just great for coloring.

I colored her with Promarkers and fuzzy cut the image to pop her with foam adhesives. I also added some random pink pearls in her tutu just because. The pink jute twine is from Sarah Hurley and the sentiment from Paper Smooches.

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I’m entering this card in the following challenge:

Pretty Paper Studio, September’s Anything Goes challenge.

Joanna Sheen, Pretty in Pink challenge

Crafty Sentiments, Make it Girly

Bearly Mine challenges, Challenge #101 Digi Days

Felt Crown DIY

My little girl, KC will be celebrating her 7th birthday this month and before that day comes, I’m already looking for something that she could use or play around with. So, since she really wanted to have a Barbie theme birthday, I decided to make her a crown of her own, like a Barbie princess.

I found awesome site and tutorials when I was searching for a crown and I’m sharing here my own take in making my version of the crown using felt. My stash already have almost all what I need, I just bought additional buttons that look like diamonds.

I took photos during the process and you’ll see them how I did the elements. Note that this project took almost 3 days to finish since I worked on it only during the times that I’m free to craft. It’s an easy project to do but since I’m doing it only after work, it took a little bit of time to finish.

So here’s how I did it:

1. Gather all your supplies. Most of these are available in craft stores.

  • Felt – I used 2 shades of pink for the front and back
  • Pellon – for sturdier backing
  • Assorted buttons
  • Twine
  • Ribbons
  • Elastic band, scrap fabric to cover elastic (not shown)
  • Flower and Spellbinder dies (Optional) – you can free hand cut a shape and flowers. There are flower templates available online too. It just so happen that I have the Beautiful Blooms II #1 Die from Papertrey Ink
  • Water soluble marker (Optional) – a pencil will
  • Others – fabric glue, cut letters or other shapes or whatever embellishment that prefer for your crown

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2. Print the crown template. I found this one made by Tara Miller. I adjusted mine, I made a little bigger than the template size before printing. Cut 3: back, front felt, pellon.

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3. Add the diamond-like-button in the crown’s top and colored ribbon below.

Note, I adhere only the front felt and pellon while I’m working with the embellishment. The light pink felt serves as a final cover, I put them later to hide the stitching I did in the buttons.

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4. Add the other embellishments. This is how I did the flowers, I hope the photos explain them all 🙂

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This is how I assembled them

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5. I closed the top crown using blanket stitch. It can also be machine sewn but I’m too bad sewing curved lines. If machine sewn is to be done, you need to do it before putting the embellishments.

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The length of the crown is a little small than my girl’s head so I added covered elastic band at the back. I did the elastic this way

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Attached them at the back of the crown. It’s better to use a wide elastic so you don’t need to do it twice, it just happen that I have a thin one in my stash.

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6. Sew both ends with blanket stitch and back-stitch

And the end project…

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If there’s any other questions regarding this project, just leave me a comment or send me an email 🙂

EDITED: I’m linking this project to  And Sew We Craft Together Linky Party

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Happy sewing!

Go Explore!

Sharing a hybrid card using Sarah Hurley Designs, Expedition digital scrapbooking kit. I have mentioned this before but will need to reiterate again, I love this Expedition kit 🙂 apparently its one of my favorites. Traveling is one my looking-forward-to events so that may be a reason why I love this kit too?

After laying out the elements in my computer, I added texture by putting button in the camera lens and a blue twine.

I’m entering this card to Simon Says Stamp, Take a picture challenge.

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Banners or flags challenge: CFC67

I came across CAS-ual Fridays Challenge (CFC) blog through another blog that I read online. The blog focuses on a weekly challenge for clean and simple card, uncluttered with lots of open white space and one clear focal point.

Can’t remember which blog I read it from but I got interested because of the opportunity for readers to play along. There’s a new theme every week and challengers will interpret them the way they want it, clean and simple. I being a newbie would love to take part on this call.

There are a ‘lot’ of participants every week and getting the top spot may take a little bit of luck. I think though that even if I don’t win, the fact that I joined in to improve myself is already gratifying. Don’t you love to do something that  makes you feel happy after doing them?

I’m often asked how I am able to do crafts or sewing with all the busy schedule we have every day. Well I say, that’s something that I really love doing and if you want to do something that you enjoy, you’ll find time to do it even if you too occupied for the day.

So on to the challenge, CFC67: Create a Clean and Simple project that features banners or flags I used a scallop punch, fold the punched paper into half then I get a scalloped shape banner. I just snip off the extra ridge of folded scallop to have a cleaner cut of the banner. Also used an inch circle punch for the half circle shape, then used twine to hang them. It’s very straight forward approach to the challenge. There are some little bits of embellishment I put on top of my banners. Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts.

I have a tin box where I keep random piece of paper, die cuts and other whatnot from previous projects that are kept- to-use- later.

Until the next clean and simple card challenge.

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Heart Button detail

Heart Button detail

Butterfly detail

Butterfly detail