Not, My Little Pony

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Hey Crafters!! My grand baby turned 2 in June. Her party was sort of My Little Pony, but we didn’t have any decorations and at her party, the cake had 2 My Little Ponies on it. I wanted to make her a Banner with her name on it. All I had for horses, was a lovely Inkadinkado set called, Horses 99540. I used the large horse head to stamp the horses for each section of the banner, in Memento ink.

I had googled LMP to scope out their colors and hair and started sketching in more hair with a fine tip black Sharpie, some had wings and some had unicorn horns. LOL And of course, there are clouds and castles too! I used Bic Mark It markers to color the horses.

I tried to do that thing…where you fussy cut part of the image and slip a die over the rest, to get some of the image outside of the die. Well, I’m not sure I understand the concept of that! But did my best anyway and spent hours creating the banner and birthday card.

Have you ever spent so much time on a project and not been completely pleased with it? But you reach a point of no return, you’re in too deep to stop. Yep! I was there, but didn’t have time to begin again or go shop for the real thing. I didn’t even see them at Hobby Lobby in the party dept., when I looked later.

The basic shapes for the banner, are a Sizzix die, Cresent Tag? , the small cloud is from Sizzix too, it’s a small thick green die. The circles are from Spellbinders and I let the horses dictate which size I used. The Cresent shapes were stamped with a “daisy” image from Papertrey Ink’s Vintage Picnic stamp set and heat embossed with white powder. The horses were colored with Bic Mark It alcohol markers and I doodled their eyes to be bigger than they are on the stamp, as well as, extended their neck lines downward.

The smaller horses are also from that same Inkadinkado set and I thought there were perfect to hold Millie’s name, which was cut in black card stock with Sizzix Serif Essentials alphabet die set. I love these 2×2 inch letters! The horses were heat embossed with white powder too, so they would tie into the flowers on the banner.

The Castle is an AccuCut Craft Castle Album piece from a 3 pc die set, A1070NHJA, B and C. I love the Jumbo sized dies, they are my favorites from AccuCut. The door and windows are from a Spellbinders nested set, Arched Windows. I doodled on the castle with Bic Mark Its with the help of a ruler for the bricks and free handed the roofs. The fruit on the castle and card are from PTI’s Vintage Picnic, also colored in with Bic markers.

While I was constructing the banner, Millie our 2 year old said, Ponies! So, there you go, toddler approved. HaHa!! She is amazing and understands a vast amount of things already. She loves movies and has been running the iphone photo app for months. She loves to see all of our pictures of family and herself, especially the videos.

I needed a birthday card and it just seemed logical to make it a Castle card to match. I used all 3 die cuts mentioned above. I cut the castle pieces in colored card stock and white, and backed each colored piece with a white piece for stability and this also allowed me to personalize the “inside” of the castle, if you will, by stamping and drawing. A cropodile to punch holes on the left side and tied the pages together with crochet cotton. All images were stamped with Memento and colored with Bic Mark It markers. IMG_6287.JPG
This Pink Pony was suppose to have really curly hair, but in the bustle of creativity that was elluded. LOL And this was one of my favorites from the herd.

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I used my glass cutting mat, with grid lines to help me line up the proper length of string, so the small embossed ponies hung the same length from the banner pieces.

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This castle piece gave some weight to the banner and made it hang, the way I wanted it to.

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Blue Pony

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Yellow Pony with Pink hair. I’m not sure why I didn’t fill the mane in more there on the neck? It looks odd, now… LOL

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Blue and Purple Pony. This was one of my favorites! I just loved that bold hair and the blunt cut.

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Rainbow Pony, eh…this was my second attempt and it was much better than the first one. LOL

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Yellow Pony with Cowboy Hat. This one is one of my favorites too, although I liked the first one better, but failed to realize it was one with wings and you’ll see the original one on the video. It was just better, the hat was better.

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Click Here for the Video about the Banner and Birthday Card

Amber’s Birthday Gifts, MFT stamped cards & Fabric Lapel Pin 2014

Hey Crafters!! Amber is my Daughter In Law who had a birthday in early June. I made her a set of greeting cards done with the My Favorite Things, A La Modes girls and Pure Innocence girls, plus a fabric flower lapel pin.

Typically you make these fabric pins by melting the fabric discs with a candle, but the satin fabric I chose was too thick and I ended up melting the edges of the petals with my heat tool. Amber loved the cards, but probably not the pin. LOL And Katie, my daughter, was drooling over these cards too! I’ve colored her a set as well, while I was on a crafty roll.

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The Pure Innocence girls were all done in the Bic markers. Plus all of the skin tones were done with a Crayola washable marker in a pale skin color, scribbled onto an acrylic block and diluted with water there, then picked up with my aqua painter and applied to the cards.

Here is a close up of the fabric lapel pin. I also made a card to attach it to with Stampin’UP! Oval collection dies by Sizzix.

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A few tips on using alcohol markers and Aqua pens on a One Layer card made from card stock for us older girls:
Eat a good meal 30 minutes to an hour before you sit down to color. Drink water, not coffee, if you want a steady hand and have an easier time staying inside the lines. Put a clean piece of card stock under the card while you color, so any bleeding does not marr your counter top or desk. Keep the cards open while coloring, so the alcohol and color does not bleed through, to the inside of your card. You will get a little bleeding to the back of the layer you are coloring on anyway, but this will prevent it from soaking to the inside back, where you normally write your message. Do the same if you are water coloring, like the skin tones, this will keep any moisture from the aqua pen from warping that inside back area, where you write your message.

Click Here to view the MFT cards and Fabric Lapel Pin

Supplies: The Paper Studio heavy white card stock (Hobby Lobby), all stamped in Memento Black ink and colored with Bic Mark It alcohol markers and a few (American Crafts markers only on the Martini Girl cards). The Bic markers are all bold colors and the AC markers offer some softer shades that were perfect for the martini glass, drink liquid and part of the dress saturated with the martinis.

If you’re interested in the candle burned edges, lapel pins…A Link to the 1st Fabric Pin I made in 2012, I could have swore that was last year! LOL

Hobby Lobby, Tim Holtz/Sizzix, MFT ALaModes/PI Girls May 2014

Hey Crafters!! Here are some fun products that I picked up at Hobby Lobby, in May, when all I really needed was some White Card stock! Does that happen to anyone else…or is it just Me? LOL

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I really like The Paper Studio’s Heavy weight white card stock, it’s a big step above Georgia Pacific 110 lb, which I have used for years, but it has changed and does not feel as heavy as it once was. Even in spite of my thrifty nature, I am evolving as a paper crafter. Perhaps it’s a natural thing to do, but I just didn’t expect it of myself.

I had to check out HL’s discount wall too. I can’t help it!! I want the most I can possibly purchase with my $Dollar$ and scored the Pediments die, by Tim Holtz and Sizzix. It pairs beautifully with my window and window box die, also by Tim…I’ve mentioned before that this window die cut just makes my heart sing and takes me right to Nanny’s (my maternal Grand Mother), Frontier Curio Shop, where my love of paned windows developed, that are so dear to my heart and childhood. The shop was filled with my Aunt’s antique furniture, that I looked at every day, these pediment die cuts are just the cherry on top of my window die cuts. Especially, the very ornate one! Be still my leaping heart! Do you have any favorites that touch your heart so deeply?

I also found these gorgeous Sizzix embossing folders in a set of 2 called, Rooster Frame & Lemon Label set. They are warped horribly, but work beautifully, and were a steal.

My Favorite Things order….A La Modes girls that I can’t resist: Bewitching (cute witch holding cauldron), Girl Talk (holding cell phone), Rock Star (playing guitar). Pure Innocence girls, A Cart Full of Friends (little girl pulling a cart), Snow Day (bundled up with snow balls), Pucker Up (sitting at lemonade stand). These are so much fun. I already have Martinis On Me (girl sitting in the Martini glass) and Make a Wish (blowing dandilions). These are so much fun and make quick coloring for cute one layer greeting cards. Berrylicious felt that works great with the loopy bloom die, from a previous order. ((These stamps were fun to color with my Bic Mark Its, but have inspired me to order some Copics!! with my birthday money in August….yes, I’m evolving some more.)). LOL I will be sharing soon how I chose my colors and where I shopped online.

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July 2014 Name Tags Celebrate Freedom

Hey Crafters!! I’m playing catch up. Had been feeling really good, but did the splits on a wet floor early June and jammed my hip/spine. I skipped card class in June and July, hence no name tags. I’m so sorry, if you’ve been following along…

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July’s Tag is made with a Flag distributed by Greenbrier Int’l and some random star stamps pulled from different stamp sets, stamped in Stampin’UP!’s water based dye inks in Cherry Cobbler, Pacific Point and Costal Cabana. The sentiment is from a clear $1.00 stamp. I love to mix and match! This tag is so easy! Once it’s all stamped, I used a baby wipe to smear the inks for a vintage feel. My name badges were purchased at Wal-mart, but you can pick them up at any office supply.

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A Nephew’s Birthday 2014

Hey Crafters!! My nephew turned 17 in May and he’s a very comical guy. He also graduated in May with several scholarships. As he has gotten older, I’m so out of touch with what’s cool for young men anymore, but Joseph has such a good sense of humor, even though this card is a bit juvenille. It’s more about what the card holds at this age than what it looks like.

I used this cute robot stamp, that I picked up years ago at a Dollar Tree shop. They look more like a cookie press than a stamp, obviously made for little hands to stamp easily, and long before I had a decent collection of stamps and dies. I used a fine point marker to write inside the robot, Hpy Bday 2 You! I also used a clear $1.00 stamp with the U rock, all of the black ink is Memento. I hand drew the rock for added humor to the sentiment and colored these images with Bic Mark It alcohol markers. And stamped a couple of small images from random stamp sets that would add some atmosphere, like stars and swirls. The Heidi Swapp distress tool was used on the edges of the card to rough them up.

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May 2014 Stampin’UP! & Tuesday Morning Haul

Hey Crafters!! My mojo is out of the window! And I’m behind on posting my supplies for May. From Stampin’UP! I chose the clear mount stamp set, Timeless Talk and some Cherry Cobbler reinker. I was also hostess, and chose the Banner Framelit Die set a nice fish tail die shape, plus Old Olive reinker. I’m a little bit burned out on SU. I’m having trouble lining up the stickers to the stamps, for some reason they are having trouble die cutting the red rubber with the stamps equally centered like the stickers are. It makes it more difficult to place the stickers, that I use for stamping placement on my cards, then you are left having to trim the extra rubber from the stamp.

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I also talk about mixing the old ink pad with the new formula reinkers and visa-versa, mixing the new pads with the old reinker. There are 5 colors that you should not mix: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum and Tempting Turquoise. All other colors are okay to mix. I’m not sure what they’ve done to the black, but it’s very weird.

From Tuesday Morning, I found a couple of neat stamp sets, Butterflies by 7 Gypsies/Hampton Art, Outlines? IC0181 a darling birthday set, the lion is my favorite image, Ranger/Claudine Hellmuth Studio 6×6 stencil called, Our Town and Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix movers and shapers die set called, Mini Silly Jackolantern…so cute and fun!!

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4th of July 2014 Treat Boxes and Decor

Hey Crafters!! ((Scroll down for the treat boxes))Let me tell ya, I did something this year with my home decorations that I’ve never done, but I may do from now on. I decorated with my Red, White and Blue, in May and left it out until the end of July. It covered Memorial Day, June and Independence Day for July 4th, and I got enjoy these decorations for more than the typical July holiday.

These tiny little flags are homemade, from fabric left over from my quilted coaster years. LOL

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I collected these holiday bears for a short time, I adore them and those tiny little baskets. I picked up the flag wheel barrow hiding behind the vase at a second hand shop. My daughter gave me those wonderful disc on wires in the vase, I thought they mimicked fireworks. I love to collect these little things and put them all together. The vase was from Good Will full of blue and clear flat marbles, but perfect for my vintage flag and home made pin wheels (that do not turn, just for looks only). LOL I love vintage table cloths! And that flag it’s all sitting on is actually a quilted wall hanging.

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The loomed pot holder was made by niece and the plaque is from a $1.00 shop. If I don’t have time to craft, this type of thing is great to grab a few and share with friends and family.

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And yes, you might catch a glimpse of my Macy’s Day Parade Plates, these were acquired years ago, at a $1.00 shop before we had the Dollar Tree stores. The glaze on them has cracked, so they are no longer safe to eat on, but I will hang on to them for a while, but I can still decorate with them. Some more things from second hand stores, the water can with bear. Plates from Wal-mart, mom got me those with the stars one year for my summer bday and I bought the red and blues, which I love. (Have I mentioned my plate fettish?)….

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This sweet heart, is a piece of heavy metal formed into a heart with torn strips of fabric looped to it. I picked this up at the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) shop years ago and I love it, so cute on the pie safe, that really holds all of my sheets and pillow cases, in the dining area. LOL

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And lastly, this rolling work counter, that I painted to match the back of my kitchen cabinets that faced the living room in the original house. With vines and grapes, that I no longer care for. I picked this up on the side of the road, it’s lived in the shed for years, since Mike renovated the kitchen almost 10 years ago. I wanted to use it in the wash room for folding clothes, but couldn’t get it to bend around the door way it need to go through in the hall, so here it sits an eye sore. That’s why it’s all covered up. I need to paint it white and turn it into a potting table for the back porch, but it’s already full of furniture and things like my health rider.

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Anyhoo…here is my craft for 4th of July, I took these little treat boxes to our summer family reunion. I used the Eileen Hull/Sizzix Bigz XL die, 3D Canning Jars, oh my goodness!!!! I love this die!!! Too Cute, I tell ya. They were all dry embossed by using the embossing folders open, with the detailed side pressing into the mat board. I didn’t intend to do it this way, but when I looked at the folder I used for the original ones, when I got this jar die, I noticed the folder was starting to crack along the edge of where the small jar die cut was put inside the folder. And since I was doing several I didn’t want my folder to break. I also used my metal shim over the back of the open folder to help impress the design and had to shim up to make the difference of not having the whole embossing folder thickness going through the die machine. I couldn’t do them on the Big Shot Express without jamming the machine, and ended up using my AccuCut Grand Mark.

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I used white mat board for this project, cutting it up before laying it on the die, to get the maximum mileage out of my mat board.

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I applied ink to most of the jars, directly from the pad, by swiping the pad over the jars.

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I used the Tim Hotlz ink blending tool with felt for the dark blue jar with distress ink and a couple of Stampin’UP! ink colors from the new foam pads, I was afraid to brush the foam pads across the jars.

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The flags were stamped in SU’s Cherry Cobbler and Pacific Point for the stars and loosely scissor cut. A backer flag was also cut, so I could sandwich the pole inside the edge of the flag. The poles for the flags are purple paper straws, but it worked. I only had 2 choices green or purple. LOL I did trim the straws for the short jars. And glued some old plastic beads over that top opening of the straws.

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The tags hanging from each jar, were stamped in SU dye based inks with some $1.00 stamps and swiped over with a wet wipe directly after they were all stamped… to get that vintage, washed look. A length of brown tulle was tied around each jar and the tags were dangled with a bit of twine. So, the flag and tag can be removed if the girls want to use them for something else, not just 4th of July. The crinkle paper inside the jars was cut from packing paper, trimmed in one quarter inch widths on the big paper trimmer and crinkled for stuffing to hold the flags up.

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Father’s Day Cards 2014

Hi Crafters!! I was planning to make a name tag for June, but I skipped card class and totally forgot about it. That craft may be done, but there are a couple of years worth, here on the blog. Hopefully, they are tagged, Name Tags.

One of my favorite crafters, Brenda Keenan made this beautiful card and I knew that I had to have these Banner dies.

I was really down to the wire making my cards knowing they will be delivered 2 days after I drop them at the PO. The PO has changed their pickup time to earlier in the day! No one told me…I’m sure my cards will be delivered on Monday, the day after the holiday.

I made my own pattern paper by stamping the wheat image all over a piece of brown card stock, in Crumb Cake ink with 2 generation stamping. I stamped full strength and next to it, the second generation without reinking the stamp. This actually took 2 pieces of CS. And I really should have stamped this Vertically, with the card stock in Portrait mode. I ended up piecing bits together and it worked out okay, since the banners covered the seams. My Father sentiment wouldn’t fit on the banner in the right direction, so I used it pointing the other way and my base banner pieces were already glued down. Sometimes…you just have to roll with it!

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For the inside, I used the Stampin’UP! Oval dies, the largest smooth oval ? and stamped the goose from Wetlands in Costal Cabana ink and wrote my message with an American Crafts marker in Denim, the fine point was/is dry, so I used the medium tip and it wrote beautifully.

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I used the same AC marker to write on my envelopes with, these blue envies came from Wal-mart in the variety box of pastel colored envelopes.

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Father’s Day Notepads

Hi Crafters!! Erin Lincoln did this Notebook , for a recent Make It Monday @ Papertrey Ink. I did not get to play, but knew this would be a great quick gift I could do to make for my Father’s Day treats.

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I started with some Georgia Pacific white 110# card stock, cut down to 5 1/2 x 2 3/4 inch rectangles for my pages. I chose 2 similar colors of Stampin’UP! ink and stamped on every piece of CS alternating with a light color on one panel and a dark color on the next panel, stamping 2 cards with the same image as I went. I loved the stamping so much, that I didn’t even make a cover for my note pads! And I literally didn’t have time for covers, so perfect!!

The Nautical one was for DH and the first one I did, and the stamps were bigger or I just filled the space better. The second one was the Rock Music one and some of the stamped panels felt odd or missing something, so it got sentiments to fill the gaps in my stamping and I loved it.

If the main image was stamped in a dark color ink, I used the light ink for the sentiment or another image. And visa-versa, when the image was in a light ink, I used the dark ink for the sentiment. As I went on, it became obvious that the cards with the dark sentiments really popped and so after the first 2 or 3 notepads, I started stamping all of the sentiments in the darker ink. This is how my projects evolve, always… And I started creating some in the landscape mode too. I quickly realized I could do these in any theme or cater them to a specific person with their hobbies/likes/employement/retirement, etc.

Once all of the stamping is done, you bind the stamped card stock pieces together. I used strips of old T-shirt material cut at 1/2 inch wide and 12 to 15 inches long. Wrapped them around the stack as many times as it would go and, still let me, tie a bow. The top of the pad has to be level, so I tamped the top edge down on my work surface several times. Squirted out a pile of Elmer’s all purpose glue, in an artist’s tray or on your glass cutting mat, and dipped the tip of my index finger in it and spread it across the tops of the pads. Let them dry completely. And add another layer of glue. I added 2 to 3 layers. I felt this was sufficient. I had so much fun making these and I’m already working on some girlie ones!

Enjoy!! My Note Pad Video