Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wedding Mason Jar Drinks

Wedding season is in full gear and no doubt there are last-minute plans and changes being made.  These mason jar drinks are inspired by this fresh and trendy color palette.  Check it: 
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With a few basic crafting and household supplies, brides and her helpers can quickly put together several mason jar drinks that are sure to impress wedding guests.  


Each jar top is cut from a piece of patterned paper.  I used a regular ol' hole punch to make a hole for the straws.  


The jar wrap is made from a strip of pleated brown paper bag and a cotton twill bow.  For added fun, I tied on a label for the bride and groom.  This would also be a fun way to label drink jars for all of the guests. 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Supplies: Special Delivery: Heidi 2041; zigzag straws (Cupcake Social/Etsy); 1.5" wide cotton twill, jute twine (May Arts); round labels (Paper Pebbles/Etsy); paper bag. 
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

PageMaps Layout with Doodlebug Take Note

No, you did not end up at the wrong blog.  Yes, I made a layout.  This week over at Doodlebug we have created layouts using PageMaps sketches as our inspiration.  I figured a sketch was a great place to start making a layout.  I would have been lost without it!


For my layout I used a sketch from the April 2013 PageMaps.  It only had one picture which was perfect for my lame picture collection.  Surely I could find at least one picture I wanted to scrap.  


I trimmed the title and speech bubble from Doodlebug's new 4"x6" Simply Put Album Inserts.  Not only are these inserts great for albums, but they are great for layouts and card making, too.  


I added bits of stitching in lieu of traditional embellishments.  And how about that bright limeade button?  So bright and fun! 

Thanks for coming by today! 

Amanda

Monday, June 24, 2013

Fun and Fruity Summer Drink Straws

Howdy y'all!  Today I have a super easy way to make extra fun drinking straws that double as a drink marker.   Have a look:

I made the straw toppers by punching a hole in the top and bottom of Doodlebug's Fruit Stand fruit-shaped cardstock stickers.  How'd I do that without the stickers sticking to everything?  I brushed corn starch on the back of each sticker with a paint brush and gently flicked off the excess.  It can be a little messy, so I always do it over a trashcan.

Aren't those paper chevron straws cute?  I got them from Cupcake Social on Etsy.  When I first got these straws, I had no idea what I was going to do with them but they have been so inspiring!  There are tons of fun projects you can do with straws.  You can be sure this won't be my last post with fun drinking straws.

Happy Summer!

Amanda

Friday, June 21, 2013

Avery Elle Texture Tiles: Be Cool and Stamping with Watercolors

Before I get down to card business, I want to say THANK YOU to all of you who have encouraged me and left sweet comments during the Gallery Idol competition.  Although I did not advance to the Top 5, I have had a lot of fun and have learned a lot from my fellow crafters along the way.  Again, THANK YOU! 

Today I am sharing a nautical-inspired card that I made with Avery Elle's Texture Tiles: Be Cool stamp set, which just so happens to be designed by my brilliantly talented crafty friend, Nina Yang.


I used the stripes stamp from Texture Tiles: Be Cool to stamp the stripes.  Instead of using ink, I used watercolor paints as my stamping medium.  Using watercolor paints as a stamping medium gives an imperfect washed-out effect, which is a nice contrast to the more crisp lines and colors on the card.  

To stamp with watercolor paints, apply paint to a large acrylic stamping block and then ink your stamp by gently and repeatedly dabbing it in the watercolor paint.  I found that if I use too much water my stamped image looked watery and blurry.  It may take a bit of practice to get your water-to-paint ratio right, but it is not too difficult.  

Take a look at what else Nina made--a sketch based on my card!  If you make a card based on this sketch, I'd love it if you shared it on Popper & Mimi Paper Crafts Facebook page or Waffle Flower Paper Crafts Facebook page!  

Thanks for stopping by today!  

Amanda

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Popsicle Cards

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When I think of summer I think of popsicles!  I created a set of fun, colorful popsicle cards using Doodlebug's new cardstock and Fruit Stand collection.  Check it:


I used THIS popsicle file from the Silhouette Online Store to create the cards.  To make a card shape, I copied and pasted the popsicle and welded the two sides together.  I then deleted the stripes on the back side of the card.  I also increased the size of the stripes on the front side of the card so they would showcase the Fruit Stand prints better.  I glued craft sticks to the back of each card to create the little handle.  

These popsicle cards would make a fun summer party invitation.  They are easy to cut and mass produce, plus the kids could help make them!

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Amanda

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Personalized Milk Bottle Party Favors

Hey y'all!  It's Amanda here today.  While I have yet to tire of the mason jar drinks, I thought I would try something different with these cute little plastic milk bottles I found on Etsy.   With summer birthdays in mind, I dolled up the milk bottles to act as functional party favors.


Each milk bottle comes with it's own label so party goers don't get their drinks mixed up.  I also drilled a small hole in the top of each lid where I could insert the straws.  While not completely spill proof, it is sure to help minimize any mess that kids are bound to make.


I wrapped the bottles with coordinating patterned paper.  This also helps tiny hands grip the sometimes slippery bottles.


The straw flags were super easy to make.  I trimmed a strip of patterned paper, folded and stapled it into a small loop, and inserted the straw.  Piece-o-cake! 

ETA: I am linking this project up to Jo's Scrap Shack Friday Funday Challenge #4: Anything Goes

Happy summer!

Supplies: From Special Delivery: Calvin's Race 2039, Dillon 2040, Jack 2043, Label Stickers 2052; chevron straws, milk bottles (Cupcake Social/Etsy

Monday, June 17, 2013

Gallery Idol 2013 Round 4: Use 10 Embellishments

Wow!  I can hardly believe that I have advanced this far in Gallery Idol 2013.  THANK YOU to all of you who have voted and have encouraged me along the way!  I could not have made it this far without you! 

The challenge for Round 4 was to make a card with 10 embellishments.  When I first sat down to make this card, my desk was covered with embellishments of all sorts and had no idea where to start.  I picked up a piece of rustic wood paper and paired it with a mini yellow polka dot envelope.  At this point I knew I could put away the flowers and pearls and take my card in a more masculine direction.  Check it:


Here is the embellishment line up: three stars, one speech bubble, two arrows, one envelope, one zipper, and two chipboard embellishments.  That makes for a grand total of 10 embellishments.  Whew! 


The yellow polka dot envelope is from Fancy Pants, the filmstrip chipboard die cut and metal stars are from BasicGrey, and the wood veneer arrows are from Studio Calico.


Again, the chipboard arrow is from BasicGrey and the zipper is from my stash.  Zippers are my favorite secret embellishment.  You can use separate halves or keep them zipped together.  There are all sorts of fun ways to use zippers on cards. 

DON'T FORGET to visit the Gallery Idol Contest page and VOTE!  You don't need to be a paper crafter to vote (hint, hint friends and family).  If you are not already signed up, it only takes a couple of minutes.  

Thanks SO much for stopping by today!

Amanda

Friday, June 14, 2013

Gallery Idol Top 10: THANK YOU!

I am SUPER excited to announce that I have made it to the Top 10 in the Gallery Idol 2013 competition and will compete in Round 4!  THANK YOU for your votes and encouragement along the way.  It is an honor to be included with these talented ladies! 


Inspired by 75 Card Challenges, the challenge for Round 4 is to create a card with 10 embellishments.  I foresee myself swimming in a desk covered in buttons, sequins, wood veneers, stickers, pearls, rhinestones, and more.  


Voting for Round 4 starts this Monday at noon MDT.  I'll be sure to keep you all updated!  

Thanks again for sticking by me! 

Amanda

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Masculine Cards with Doodlebug Flower Box

Good day to you!   Just popping in today to share a masculine card made with Doodlebug's Flower Box collection.  This collection has a notable feminine feel, but has some amazing masculine prints and colors.  Check it: 


The houndstooth and woodgrain prints in this collection are perfect for a masculine card.  I trimmed the chevrons from patterned paper and added a woodgrain speech bubble.  I think it makes for a very masculine card indeed. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Amanda

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

For the Boss of Sauce: A Father's Day Gift Idea

I don't know about you, but I have the hardest time finding a Father's Day gift that my husband will like.  Socks and ties, while useful, are trite, and anything else he really wants often costs hundreds of dollars.  Fortunately, past experience has revealed that I can never go wrong with gifts of food, so I decided to make a BBQ sauce gift pack.


I die cut the BBQ sauce carrier using THIS die from Silhouette.  I increased the size of the file to accommodate the slightly larger BBQ sauce bottles.  The carrier was super easy to assemble and the BBQ sauce inexpensive making this a fun and easy gift for dad, grandpa, hubby, uncle brother, etc.


Admittedly, the carrier is probably not functional since the BBQ sauce is so heavy, but it still makes for a nice presentation.


I wrapped each bottle with a piece of patterned paper for a more coordinated look.  However, they are easily removable so dad can see exactly what he is working with.


The circle letters on Spencer are 1/2" across making them a perfect fit for your 1/2" circle punch.  I used the little letters along with the Alpha Stickers to complete the label.  

Have a happy Father's Day celebrating with those you love! 

Supplies: From Special Delivery: Dillon 2040, Calvin's Race 2039, Guido 2042, Jack 2043, Spencer 2046, Alpha Stickers 2051; milk carton die (Silhouette)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

GCD Studios The Paper Cut: June Issue

The June issue of GCD Studios FREE online magazine, The Paper Cut, is now available to view.  This issue is packed with trendy color combinations and creative ideas for summer.


The interview with DT coordinator, Heidi, is so much fun to read, and you'll love the section titled We Heart Nerds.  Hipsters and non-hipsters a like will like these fun projects!  I made some fun altered mason jar drink that you can find on p. 29.
Happy Tuesday to you! 


Monday, June 10, 2013

Gallery Idol Round 3 Card: Make Your Own Stamped Background

I'm am SO excited to be back for Round 3 of Gallery Idol!  THANK YOU for your votes and support!  I would not have made it this far without YOU!

The challenge for Round 3 was to make our own stamped background.  As I was looking through my stamps, I found a lonely little hexagon stamp.  I started playing around the hexagon stamp and here is what I came up with: 

To create my own background, I repeatedly stamped a hexagon on patterned paper.  I colored parts of the pattern with watercolor paints to give the background an eclectic feel.  I stitched the background paper to a panel of coordinating patterned paper.


This card is full of contrasts--hard and soft, artsy and neat. I love that the definition of the word plain sits in the background of a card that is anything but plain.


I added a variety of whimsical embellishments, including sequins, wood veneer, ribbon, stitching, and chipboard stickers.  The combination of hard and soft elements also plays up the contrasts on this card.  

DON'T FORGET!  Visit the Gallery Idol Contest Page and VOTE!  You don't need to be a paper crafter to vote (hint, hint friends and family).  If you are not already signed up, it only takes a couple of minutes to do so. 

Forever grateful, 

Amanda

Supplies: dictionary paper (Pebbles); green diamond paper, chipboard (Crate Paper); wood veneer, hexagon stamp (Studio Calico); sequins (Avery Elle); ribbon (May Arts); watercolor paints (Lyra)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Gallery Idol Top 15: THANK YOU!

I am excited to share that I was voted through to Round 3 of Gallery Idol 2013!  I am honored to be included with the rest of these super talented ladies!  But I couldn't have done it without YOU.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your support! 



Here are the top 15 Gallery Idol contestants in alphabetical order.  Aren't they a gorgeous bunch?  

The Round 3 Challenge is to make our own stamped background.  Voting for Round 3 starts on Monday at 12pm MDT and you can be sure I will send out a reminder.  

Thanks again for all of your support!

Amanda

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

RCC 82: Bring on the Sun

Hey everyone!  Welcome back to Ribbon Carousel's monthly challenge! 
The theme for this month's challenge is Fun in the Sun!  I created a fun and bright card featuring a happy sunshine.  

I layered a bunch of paper strips from Doodlebug's Fruit Stand collection and added a ruffled ribbon border.  To make the ruffle, I simply gathered the ribbon as I stitched it to the card. 

For extra happiness, I added a couple of pearls to the sunshine's cheeks. 

Each month we are giving away a Ribbon Carousel to one of our randomly chosen challenge participants! 
There are three rules to be eligible for the prize:
1.  You MUST use ribbon or twine on your creation.
2. Your project must be based on the theme of the month.
3. You must add  a NEW project  to the inlinkz on the Ribbon Carousel blog and link directly back to your project on your blog or online gallery.

Easy as pie!

Good luck and enjoy the start to your summer!

Amanda

Monday, June 3, 2013

Gallery Idol 2013 Round 2 Card: Defining Dad

In case you missed the news last week, I was named as one of the Top 20 finalists in Paper Crafts magazine Gallery Idol 2013 contest!  If you are unfamiliar with Gallery Idol, there is a new challenge each week where the finalists are narrowed down by voters, like you, until there is one paper crafter left standing. 

The theme for Round 2 is Defining Dad so I created a card shaped like a bottle of BBQ sauce.  The result--the Original Boss of Sauce.   


What dad/grandpa/uncle/brother doesn't love to grill?  I combined a couple of die cutting files to create the bottle and die cut some fonts for the label.  While this card has a lot of pieces, it was pretty easy to put together.  I can't wait to find the perfect recipient for this Father's Day card! 

DON'T FORGET!  Visit the Gallery Idol Contest Page to VOTE!  And you don't need to be a paper crafter to vote (hint, hint friends and family).  If you are not already registered, it only takes a couple of minutes. 

Thanks SO much for coming by today! 

Amanda

Supplies: Barbeque set 43006, life card 39873, 8 piece star and scalloped mat set 14198 (Silhouette Online Store); cardstock (Doodlebug); Lauren Script font (Microsoft); IFC Insane Rodeo Bold font (dafont.com)