Tuesday, July 30, 2013

DIY Washi Tape Chevron Tutorial

Hi y'all!  Today I am sharing a photo tutorial on how to create a chevron pattern using washi tape.  It is super easy and only requires a few steps.  Check it out--



Making your own custom chevron design is super easy.  Here is how I did it: 

1. Cut two 6"x6" pieces of cardstock and affix your first piece of washi tape from corner to corner. 

2. Continue layering strips of washi tape until the entire piece of paper is covered.  Repeat with the second 6"x6" square.  

3. Trim excess washi tape or fold over the edges.  Turn one square 90 degrees.  Do not skip this step! 

4. Cut both squares into 1" strips and piece strips together to form a chevron.  Do this on your work surface before adhering to your card base.

5. Apply adhesive to card front and adhere chevron strips to front of card.  

6. Trim excess strips from front of card.

Now you have a custom chevron card base that you can embellish as you please. 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Amanda

Supplies: Doodlebug Design Flower Box collection and Fruit Stand collection; tag die and sentiment stamp (Avery Elle)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Decorated Cup of Candy

Good morning!  Today I am sharing a fun and easy way to decorate a cup of candy.  I love giving gifts of candy.  They are inexpensive, easy to put together, and very well-received. 


The cup decor is simple--a triangle banner and a bicycle.  Doesn't the candy make it look delish?  I created a coordinating tag by trimming and punching a journaling card.  Yum! 

Isn't that little bicycle the cutest?  I fussy cut it from a journaling card on one of the 12x12 prints.  The bright yellow makes it perfect for a summertime gift.  


I made the banner by cutting triangles from patterned paper and stitching them together.  I attached the banner to the cup with a couple of well placed glue dots.  

This post marks my last official post as a GCD Studios DT member.  We all received news last week that GCD is shutting down their design team and we were all let go.   Regardless of the news, I have had a wonderful year-and-a-half with GCD Studios.  

Hope you are having a fun and happy summer! 

Supplies: From the Sunkissed collection: Lazy Days 2067, Tickled with Sunshine 2065; ivory jute twine (May Arts); candies (Sixlets)


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Nautical Inspired Gift Wrap

Hey everyone!  Lately I have been in a gift wrap kind of mood.  I started playing around with some papers one day and created a simple gift wrap using nautical inspired colors and patterns.  


I simply adhered a strip of patterned paper to a wrapped package.  I paired the patterned paper with kraft and jute twine for a more rustic feel. 

I layered die cut tags and stamped a greeting.  I absolutely love the navy and coral color scheme! 

If you want more fun gift wrap ideas, visit my Gift Wrap Pinterest board.  It's a good one, I tell ya!  

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

Amanda

Supplies: From Sunkissed: Sunshine 2056, Mama's Muumuu 2058, Pretty Swimsuit 2061; stamps and tag dies (Avery Elle); ink blue (SEI); ivory jute twine (May Arts); wide jute twine (hardware supply); kraft (3M)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

My Craft Spot Giveaway Winner!



And the winner of the My Craft Spot giveaway is......

Sue D said...
What an adorable card. I like the scene you created and the stitching. My favorite stamp set is the one you used --Cute Critters!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Congratulations Sue D!  I will be sending you an email to get your mailing information.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by and left sweet comments.  Y'all made my day!

Happy weekend!

Amanda

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Textured Fun Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to the Textured Fun Blog Hop & Giveaway!  You should have arrived from Natasha Kara's blog, If not I have included the entire blog hop list below.  Be sure to leave comments along the way to increase your chances of winning! 

I just love the variety of patterns in the Texture Tiles: Be Cool set!  I created a border and custom wood embellishments using different patterns from this set.  I repeatedly stamped the triangle trio to make the border and used the larger texture tile stamps to add patterns to wooden circles.  The sequins are from Avery Elle and the graph paper and sentiment are from Studio Calico. 

Creating custom embellishments by stamping on wood is super easy.  My only suggestion is to select pieces that are perfectly flat.  Bumps and ridges can make for a wonky and/or incomplete stamped image.  I used super juicy pigment inks from Donna Salazar/ColorBox.  
Here is the entire blog hop order: 


Suzanne Dahlberg http://freshlynoted.com


THREE giveaway winners will be chosen from the comments left on all of the blogs.  These are FAB prizes, I tell ya.  I have been using these stamps and dies like crazy!  The winners will be announced on Monday, July 22 over at Waffle Flower Paper Crafts.  

Your work here is almost done!  Hop on over to the sweet and talented Pamela Ho. I just know she has created something inspiring and delicious!

Want more inspiration? Check out Nina's downloadable Texture Tiles Tip Sheet. You can also check out additional ideas, and link up your own projects, on Nina's Product Page.

Happy hopping! 


Amanda

(PS--Are you the winner of the Birthday Creations Vol. 3 blog hop?  Scroll down or click HERE to find out!)

Birthday Creations Vol. 3 Blog Hop WINNER


...And the winner of the Birthday Creations Blog Hop Giveaway is....

Lindsey said...
What a fun card! I would have never thought to use straws on my cards...might have to try that one out. :)
Congratulations, Lindsey!  This issue is fantastic.  You are going to love every bit of it!  Please send me your mailing address to popperandmimi at gmail dot com and I will get your Birthday Creations Vol. 3 issue out to you right away!

Congrats again!

Amanda



Friday, July 12, 2013

Birthday Creations Vol. 3 Blog Hop


Happy Friday!  I am so glad you stopped by to celebrate the release of Birthday Creations Vol. 3 with me today!  There are so many amazing and creative birthday ideas in this issue you'll want to flip through the pages over and over again. 

I used Julie Campbell's sketch on p. 14 as the inspiration for my card.  I loved the large, graphic blocking pattern and the contrast between the soft and hard edges. 

Since I did not have the perfect gray and white striped paper in my collection, I created the striped background by adhering strips of gray and white cardstock to my card base.  I trimmed some navy chevron striped straws and adhered them together to create the pinwheel.  Paper straws are my newest favorite crafting embellishment.  You can make all sorts of fun things with paper straws!  

I stayed with the hard/soft theme by combing a variety of textures and graphic elements.  To add some softness to the card, I pulled and stretched a piece of woven burlap ribbon and placed it under the other card elements.  

Julie Campbell's card sketch (p. 14)




Here's the entire Birthday Creations blog hop lineup:

Leave me a comment telling me your favorite birthday memory and you will be entered to win your very own copy of Birthday Creations Vol. 3.  Score!  You have until Tuesday, July 16 to leave a comment.  I will announce the winner here on my blog Wednesday July 17, so be sure to check back! 

Now you're off to visit the superbly talented Alice Wertz


Thanks for stopping by today!


Amanda

My Craft Spot Guest Designer

Hey y'all!  Today I am delighted to be the Guest Designer over at My Craft Spot!   I have a fun project to share using the perfectly punny Cute Critters stamp set.  I love that this stamp set has so many character options.  You could use these stamp with just about any little critter.  Check it out:


I love creating cards with scenes.  How cute is that little pup on the rolling hills of grass?  He looks so happy, too.  Creating a scene with layers of patterned paper is easy.  Let me show you how I do it. 

First, I select patterned papers and embellishments that coordinate well together.  For this project I used patterned paper, brads and a sticker from Doodlebug Design.

Next, I trim the papers and layer them on top of my card.  I cut the rolling hills by hand, so no fancy machine is required.  Then I place the embellishments on top where I think I would like them to be. 

After I adhered the layers to the card, I machine stitched each layer with coordinating thread.  To add some balance to the card, I stitched an embellishment near the upper-left corner of the card.  I also use a screw punch to create the holes where I attach brads.  

Using the screw punch makes for perfect brad placement every time.  Plus, the paper doesn't tear or crease. 

Lastly, I stamp the sentiment and the card is complete!  This scene could easily be recreated using a variety of critters with their coordinating sentiments.  


Cute collections of sentiments, right?  You can use them for just about any occasion!

GIVEAWAY: Would you like a My Craft Spot stamp set all of your own?  Leave me a comment (along with your email) letting me know which My Craft Spot stamp set is your favorite.  I will announce the winner on my blog and on my Facebook Page on Thursday, July 18 so be sure to check back!  If you are the winner, we'll send you that stamp set!


Good Luck and Happy Crafting!

Amanda

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mad Men Party Ensemble: A Birthday Creations Vol. 3 Share

Today I am delighted to share one of several projects I have published in the new Birthday Creations Vol. 3 published by Paper Crafts magazine.  One day, I got a wild hair one day and decided to try making a paper fedora.  I paired the paper fedora with a chalkboard drink menu and a tuxedo invitation, and a snazzy DIY Mad Men party ensemble was born.  


Mad Men Party Ensemble

My Mad Men inspired party ensemble is composed of a chalkboard drink menu, invitation, and fedora party hat.


The whole party ensemble was inspired by the crazy idea that I could make a paper fedora.  I scoured the entire web for die cutting files and patterns for a 3D fedora, and eventually found THIS pattern.  I had to modify the pattern quite a bit so I could adhere the various pieces together.  Check out my Freebies! page for links to a free jpeg and PDF pattern for the fedora.  (There's a bunch of other good stuff on that page, too.)



To make the tux invitation I drew some rectangles and triangles using Silhouette Designer Edition and voila! a snazzy card was born.  Love those fonts?  The script font is Honey Script and the bold sans is bebas neue.  Both are faves in my fonts library.  



For the drink menu I broke out the chalkstock cardstock and die cut the NYC skyline with my Silhouette CAMEO.  Pretty swanky, indeed. 



This link will take you to the digi issue of Birthday Creations, but there is also a hard copy for sale. 

Mad Men DIY Party Decor | popperandmimi.com
(Go ahead, pin it!  Hover over the photo and click on the red heart.) 

Cheers!

Amanda

Friday, July 5, 2013

Cards with Doodlebug Cardstock

Did you know that Doodlebug now makes cardstock in all of your favorite Doodlebug colors such as Swimming Pool, Bumblebee, and Ladybug?  The cardstock coordinates perfectly well with all of your Doodlebug collections.  What I love about the cardstock is that it stands out all on its own.  


I made this CAS card by punching squares and cutting them in half.  Pretty hard to mess that up.  The splatter on the other hand, well, I was a little heavy handed when I flicked the end of the sprayer, but the idea is just the same.  

I combined a couple of sentiment stamps to make the sentiment for this stamp.  Who wouldn't love getting a card with this sentiment? 

For this card I punched a bunch of circles from various colors of cardstock and adhered them in offset layers.  I added coordinating rhinestones to make the card extra sparkly. 

I gently curled up the edges of the top circle to add some dimension to the card. 

What is your favorite way to use solid cardstock? 

Always happy to have you here! 

Amanda

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fourth of July Die Cut Paper Treat Bag

Happy Tuesday y'all!  Amanda here today with a super easy treat bag idea that would be perfect for your Fourth of July parties and celebrations later this week.


The reds, whites, and blues in the Special Delivery collection make for a perfect Fourth of July treat bag.  I die cut and embellished the bag with coordinating red, white, and blue prints and embellishments.  


I embellished the front of the bag by layering a variety of paper flags--anchored by a stars-and-stripes sticker--and tying on a tag with some festive twine.


A cute and happy paperclip on the top of the bag is for added fun. 

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Supplies: From Special Delivery--Calvin's Race 2039, Dillon 2040, Guido 2042, Paperclips 2054, Alpha Stickers 2051, Label Stickers 2052, Die-Cut Borders 2055; red, white, blue twine (Doodlebug); tag die (Avery Elle).  

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

RCC 83: Country Pride & Celebrations

It's time for the new Ribbon Carousel Challenge!  This month we are celebrating your heritage by creating projects that show country pride, so get ready to break out the red, white and blue!


I used a variety of patterned paper and embellishments from Doodlebug Design's Stars & Stripes collection.  I just love the festive garland paper!

Aren't those glittery stars and rhinestones fantastic?  Perfect for a Fourth of July card! 


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 RC blog and link directly back to your project on your blog or online gallery.

Have a fun and safe Fourth of July!

Amanda

Monday, July 1, 2013

Rustic Nautical Beach House Card : A Paper Crafts Magazine Share

Hi everyone!  Today I am sharing one of three cards that was recently published in the July/August 2013 issue of Paper Crafts magazine.  

This issue marks my one year anniversary of being published in Paper Crafts magazine.  I had my first PC card published last year in the July/August issue.   While I have not been published in every regular issue over the past year, I have had the privilege of being published in several special issues.  What a fun and insightful year it has been!  

I made this card for the nautical inspired section in the issue.  While nautical makes me think of life preservers and sailboats, it also makes me think of rustic beach houses and fishing.  I started with a piece of wooden plank patterned paper from MME.  I then tied several pieces of jute string in a series of knots to make the fisherman's net.  The starfish are stickers from Jolee's and the sea shells are from our Florida vacation.

This little sign is my favorite.  I cut pieces of cherry wood veneer to look like worn planks and wrote the sentiment with a water-based white Sharpie paint pen.  The paint splattered a little bit as I was writing, but I thought that added to the authenticity of the rustic sign.  The tiny nail is a little brad that I inserted at an angle

Wishing YOU smooth sailing, 

Amanda