Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Farm Girl and Juicy Tomato Cards

Although spring is right around the corner, I already have summer on my mind.  Today I have a duo of summer inspired cards that are sure to inspire a little bit of warmth on this chilly February day.


Nothing says summer like fresh eggs and juicy, ripe tomatoes!


The image on this card is near and dear to my heart.  We have a bunch of chickens here on the Coleman farm where my 6 y.o. daughter is affectionately known as the Chicken Whisperer.  If ever there is a need to catch a chicken, she is the one to do it.  She is patient and gentle which inspires trust in the chickens. 


I used all sorts of round Epiphany Crafts goodness to create a dimensional circle border on this card.  I used the Round 25 and 14 tools, the Button 20 and 14 tools, as well as a brad setting.  I {heart} my Epiphany rounds!


I used a zigzag stitch to secure the ribbon detail to the edge of the card.


Look at all of those juicy tomatoes!   They make me look forward to gardening and canning season!


I created a custom tomato embellishment with my EC Round 25 tool to add some dimension to the card.  Yum!  

Sweet dreams of summer!

Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Shape Studio Tool Round 25 and Round 25 bubble caps
Shape Studio Tool Round 14 and Round 14 bubble caps
Button Studio Tool Round 14 and Round 14 buttons
Button Studio Tool Round 20 and Round buttons
Brad Settings

Other Supplies
October Afternoon Farm Girl collection
Alpha stickers (Authentique)
Stamp (Studio Calico)
Jute twine (May Arts)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Lifestyle Crafts Sale and GIVEAWAY!


This week (Feb. 25-March 3) you can get up to 60 % off all template dies at Lifestyle Crafts!  All template dies are marked down 40%, but if you use coupon code POPPERMIMI, you can get an additional 20% off of your entire Lifestyle Crafts purchase.  Wahoo!  

I made these darling little gift boxes using the Box and Lids die.  


Each box measures 2 3/8" x 2 3/4" x 1 1/2".  They are the perfect size for a small gift or token of appreciation.  Or candy.  Lots of candy.  


Each lid die fits the box making them interchangeable.  


Tie a fun tag with twine to make a personalized gift! 

GIVEAWAY!  Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite celebratory occasion is and you will be entered to win your very own Box and Lids die!  Sweet!  I will announce the winner this Saturday, March 2.  

Don't forget to use coupon code POPPERMIMI to receive 20% off of your entire Lifestyle Crafts purchase. 

Have a fantastic week!  

Amanda

Friday, February 22, 2013

DIY Gift Bag Tutorial and Coordinating Mini Card

This week Epiphany Crafts has paired up with Bella Blvd. to bring you some totally cute crafty goodness.  For my project, I created a gift bag and coordinating mini card.  I am totally digging on the pink/navy blue combo, too.  Be sure to stick around for a brief photo tutorial on how to create your own gift bag. 

To create the bag handles, I added some eyelets to the top of the bag and threaded them with ribbon.  I tied knots on the ends of the ribbon to secure them to the bag.  

I embellished the gift bag with EC vintage settings and round 14 bubble caps.  I added a few rhinestones for some extra sparkle.

I created a coordinating mini card using the same EC vintage setting and round 14 bubble cap.

Here is an easy way to create a gift bag that requires no special tools--just a piece of paper and some adhesive.
1. Make a cylinder out of a piece of paper.  The size of the paper depends on the size bag you want.  My paper was 12"x6.5". 
2. Create creases in the cylinder to create a rectangle shape. 
3. Fold in the sides of the bag to create pleats. 
4. Fold up the bottom of the bag approx. 1 1/4".   This creates a crease to help you fold the bottom of the bag. 
5-6. Fold the bottom of the bag together like you would wrap a present.  Secure with adhesive.
7.  Now you have the beginning of a cute little gift bag!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Shape Studio Tool Round 14
Shape Studio Accessories Round 14 bubble caps
Vintage settings

Other Supplies
Bella Blvd. Kiss Me collection
Rhinestones (Doodlebug)
Ribbon (May Arts)   

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Love Song Lyrics Cards

WARNING!  
Reading the rest of this post and/or viewing the photographs, WILL result in 
getting a catchy song stuck in your head.
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Love song lyrics on the front of a card?  Yes, please!  I am not much of a wordsmith, so I prefer to let the song writers do the hard work for me.  Today I am sharing a couple of fun cards I made with a ton of Doodlebug goodness and some catchy lyrics.   Check it:

As soon as I saw this Doodlebug bandage sticker I knew exactly what lyrics I wanted to use on a card.   Not exactly a smooshy love card, but it sure would lift the spirits of someone who has recently had a break-up.  (Or for someone whose favorite TV character has just died.)

I die cut a heart and hand cut the crack down the middle.  The tiny little heart on the bandage sticker is the perfect little, glittery accent. 

And the inspiration for this song?  Love Hurts by Nazareth - A popular song from a somewhat lesser known band in the 70s.  Enjoy!

Okay, so the song that inspired this card is not so much of a love song, but it is about a family and families are full of love.  Therefore, a song about a family is a song about love.  I don't plan on moving anytime soon, but if you do, this would make a delightful moving announcement. 


House shaped brads and a tiny little street?  Say it ain't so!  I popped up the Doodlebug house brads with a little bit of foam for added dimension. 

And, just in case you aren't familiar, the inspiration for this song is Our House by Madness

So, which song is stuck in your head right now?

Amanda

Supplies: From Doodlebug Design: Lovebirds collection, Classic collection, Doodle Pops, Boutique Brads, Create-a-Card

Friday, February 15, 2013

Altered Keepsake Photo Box

In this month of love, I challenged myself to create a project that had nary a speck of pink or red.  Don't get me wrong, I love pink and red, especially around Valentine's Day.  I decided to alter a small keepsake box where I can store pictures that I love.  I used all sorts of blue and gray goodies from Doodlebug's Lovebirds collection--which is also teeming with red and pink--to create this cute little box. 

I started with a really ugly pencil box I got at Target years ago.  It was bright orange and had citrus fruits printed on it.  I covered the box with patterned paper and bound the edges with washi tape.  It was so easy!


I die cut a couple of photo frames and added some sweet little birdies.  That's my little family! 


R&A are my husband and me, and P&M are my kids.  They are who I love, obviously, so my favorite photos of them will go in this special little box.  I offset the white alpha stickers with gray stickers to make it appear as though there were a shadow.  And that cute white twine?  It is from Doodlebug, too! 

I covered the inside of the box with paper, too.  Bye, bye orange. 

I added a calendar sticker to record the approximate date of the photos.  I also added hearts die cut from washi tape.  

If you  had a little box to fill with things you loved, what would you put in it? 

Amanda

Supplies: Lovebirds collection, North Pole collection

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The PaperCut Magazine February 2013 Issue

Happy Valentine's Day!

Just stopping by today to share the latest issue of GCD Studios' The PaperCut magazine.  This issue is full of inspiring projects and lovely photos of GCD Studios' booth at CHA-W.  You will also find details on the new GCD Studios design team call.  This is a great team to be on, so don't be shy--send in your application!





Have a lovely Valentine's Day!

Amanda

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Paper Jewelery Box and Custom Heart Pendant

Valentine's Day may be tomorrow, but it is not too late to make a sweet card and custom piece of jewelery for your valentine.  

I used my EC Round 14 tool, bubble caps, and pendant to create a custom necklace and a matching card.

Using paper from Crate Paper's Fourteen collection, I die cut a sweet little box to house the pendant.  The box measures just 2 inches across and is less than 1 inch deep. 

I stamped a heart on some sweet pink chevron paper and offset it in the circle for a fun and trendy look.  My 6 year-old daughter is already eyeballing this necklace.  

As I was sorting through my Valentine's Day supplies, I found a stack of red doilies.  I mixed and matched Crate Paper's Fourteen and Paper Heart collections on this card.  I paired a doily with a pink chevron print and added some stitching detail.  The EC round 14 bubble cap really makes the tiny little heart pop. 

I stamped a tiny heart on patterned paper and punched it out along with an EC bubble cap and adhered it to the card.  I matched up the prints so the bubble cap looks like it is floating right on the paper. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Amanda

Epiphany Crafts Supplies
Shape Studio Tool Round 14
Shape Studio Accessories Round 14 bubble caps
Metal Charms Round 14

Other Supplies
Crate Paper Paper Heart & Fourteen collections
Heart stamp (Hero Arts XO set)
Silhouette box file    

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

DIY Washi Tape Ruffle and Valentine's Day Garland

Hi everyone!  Today I am sharing a Valentine's Day project you can whip up in a jiffy.  If you have 15 minutes and a few basic crafting supplies, you can make your very own ruffled washi tape garland.

Here's what you'll need to get started: heart die cuts, alpha stickers (you know you have a ton), washi tape, and baker's twine.  Any color, shape, and size will do.  For my garland I used goodies from Doodlebug's Lovebirds collection.  

Simply punch/die cut some hearts, adhere a washi ruffle to the back, and slap some alpha stickers on the hearts.  Adhere the hearts to a piece of baker's twine and you're done!  

Here's how I created a ruffle out of washi tape: 

1. Apply adhesive around the back edge of the heart. 

2. Adhere the washi tape strip to the side and begin making small pleats. 

3. Continue making a ruffle all the way around the heart.  When you are done, secure the ruffle to the back with a bit of regular ol' Scotch tape.  The back won't look pretty, but the front sure will!

While it may be old hat to you, but it took me a while to come up with a good way to stick two pieces of washi tape together.  In a nutshell:
  • Tape a piece of washi tape sticky side up on your work surface. 
  • After matching up the patterns, adhere another strip of tape to the one on your work surface.  TIP: Slow and steady works best. 
  • Remove strip from your work surface and remove the tape strips on the ends.  Now you have a cute little strip of decorative tape that won't stick to your fingers.

May your Valentine's Day be filled with love!

Amanda