Monday, March 30, 2009

Mitered Corner Frame Tutorial

Okay, ladies & gents. Here it is. The day you've all been waiting for. My very first blog tutorial. Grab a cuppa joe, sit back, relax, and learn something new - how to create a frame with mitered corners! Here we go . . .
What you'll need - the piece of paper/card stock you want to frame and 4 - 1/4" wide pieces of card stock for your frame. You want these to be about 1" longer than the sides of the piece you're framing. In my example, the designer paper is 3" square and the black pieces are 1/4" x 5".
I used the Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue because it's easiest to get it in a thin line. Start by putting a thin line of adhesive down one side. Put less than I did. I was having trouble taking pictures and applying adhesive simultaneously. Note that you do NOT want the adhesive to go clear to the corners. Leave about 3/8" at each corner where there is no adhesive.
Then attach one of your frame pieces where you just applied the adhesive.
Apply adhesive on the next side. Again, don't go clear to the corner on each side - leave the corners loose.
Then add another piece of the frame. You could really do all of the sides at once, but for the purposes of this tutorial I'm going to start out with just two sides. At the end I'll finish them all up at once. Stick with me. Figuratively. Not literally.
Now, here's the most important part. You're going to get your sharpest scissors (hopefully they're Stampin' Up! Paper Snips - if not, call me! I'll get you some.) They need to be sharp clear to the tips. This is important! Now, where your frame pieces make an "X" you're going to cut from the outside corner to the inside corner of the "X" - from the bottom arrow in the picture to the top arrow - but NOT into the middle of the piece you're framing. Here, let me show you.
You can see here my Paper Snips are cutting *JUST* to the inside corner of the frame.
Here's another shot. I *AM* cutting through the frame AND the designer paper.
When you snip it, these little pieces will come loose and slide out if you didn't glue clear to the corners.
If I turn the piece over, you can see I snipped the designer paper, but since I didn't snip into it farther than the inside edge of the frame, you can't see it on the front.
Now go ahead and add the rest of the frame pieces. You can do it one side at a time or all at once. Whatever floats your boat.
Then on each corner, snip just as before. You want to go through the frame pieces, but NOT into the piece you're framing. If your scissors aren't sharp clear to the points it's going to be really hard to NOT cut the piece you're framing. Trust me. I know. Don't ask me how.
See how it's all coming together?
Here's a picture of the back. You can see where I've made my little snips. But they're not visible on the front.
Here's my finished piece. Voila! You can use this technique to make any size frame. Just make sure your frame pieces are longer than the piece you're framing. You could also make the frame any width. Just snip from the outside corner to the inside - but no further.

One the many blogs I frequent is Leslie Hanna's The Crooked Stamper. She's so hilarious! I love seeing that her scrap space is at least as messy as mine, and she always has a funny story to share. One of my favorite things she does on her blog is the "Spot the Mistake" contest where she dares her readers to point out her grammatical errors in previous posts. I participated a while back and she sent me this fun bunch 'o' loot! I've just kept forgetting to show you all! Thanks, Leslie! Be sure to check out her blog!

Speaking of blog candy, I've noticed my little blog has surpassed 10,000 visits, which isn't a lot in the world of blogs, but it is a lot in my little world for my little blog. I have some goodies I've been stashing and will be back soon with some blog candy of my own. See you soon!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

GSG Swap & Teacher Gift

First, I wanted to share one more swap card with you. This is the card I made for the Great Swaps Girls Occasions Mini Catalog Swap. Hereafter referred to as the GSGOMCS. Whew! I chose the new Oval All set for my swaps. I think this set is super cute and the new scalloped oval punch just makes it that much more fun to use!

I broke out my new Parisian Breeze Specialty papers. Talk about YUMMY! They're textured cover weight card stock and I'm loving that they're sturdy enough to act as the base layer of a card (even though I didn't do that here.) I started with Kraft card stock as the base and stamped the Polka Dot background with white craft ink. Then I tied a piece of Kraft taffeta ribbon around the Parisian Breeze and layered it onto a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock. I stamped the Fabulous Friend image once onto white and once onto Baja Breeze and then I cut out the Baja Breeze flower and popped it up with a dimensional. I also accented the center of the flower with my white gel pen. The white oval is layered onto a piece of Baja Breeze card stock punched out with the new scallop oval punch. This is one of my favorite color combinations and I can't wait to use more of the Parisian Breeze paper. This concludes the GSGOMCS portion of this post. *wink*

Dawson's classroom has had a student teacher this year. She's been wonderful with the kids and they threw her a party on her last day. Dawson asked if I would make her a card. Here's what I came up with.

I used the retired Primary Colors Simply Scrappin' Kit and the retired stamp set It's Academic. I don't usually think to decorate the inside of the cards I make, but on this one I added some stars to the sentiment and a short piece of DSP to the bottom. Now if I'd only thought to stamp the envelope!

Crafty Goodness

Hey there! I'm back with some fun crafty goodness I've been working on and I can't wait to share everything with you! I'm not going to provide a ton of details about how everything was made, so be sure to let me know if you have any questions. The first part of February, my upline held an event called Demo Day. She asked me to demonstrate some fun projects using the new products available during Sale-a-Bration. These are some of the things I shared.
A lot of these projects showcase the Sale-a-Bration stamps, paper and ribbons. The first card was CASE'd from Jen Diercks. You can see her original card here. I loved how she made the frame with the mitered corners. I asked her how she did hers, but ended up coming up with my own technique. Maybe I'll do my very first blog tutorial on that! Anyone interested?
These next two I got from Kay Kalthoff. You can see her originals here. The first one I copied exactly. The second one I changed a bit. I used the Sale-a-Bration papers and instead of the die cut flower I used the stitched grosgrain ribbon to make a ribbon flower. The center is one of the fun new corduroy brads. I love the little leaf dies with the flowers on this one.
I also did a few more of these fun cupcake boxes with the Sale-a-Bration papers and the Yummy stamp set. It's perfect for yummy things like this! I wish I'd had it when I made the cupcake boxes for my kids' teachers at Christmas!
Here's one more card using the Sale-a-Bration goodies. I loved the felt flowers and build-a-brad on this one. This one I got from Linda Heller. You can see her original here.

A while back I saw a blog post by Becky Ohlers where she made paper beads. You can see her original post here. They were so adorable. I just had to try them. I loved the pink butterflies, but I was restricted to the SAB papers, so I made a bookmark.
I made my paper bead using the vanilla dot patterned paper. Then I threaded it onto some gold elastic cord with some pearls and beads from the pretties kit. You can either just let the gold cord hang out of your book or tie it around the book so it can't fall out. I may try my hand at a few more of these with some other brighter colors.

If you want to see a few more highlights from Demo Day and some of the other fun projects we made, you can visit my friend Carrie's blog. She even posted a picture of me demonstrating! he he he

Okay, just a few more things. For my club projects this month I showed them a few fun things with the Stampin' Around wheels. First I inked up the Nursery Letters wheel with Bashful Blue, then I went over just the "hi" part with a Real Red marker and then I rolled the wheel onto white card stock.
Then to emphasize the "hi" a little more I surrounded it with an aluminum circle tag. On the tag I punched a piece of Real Red with my 1-1/4" circle punch and then again with the 1-3/8" circle punch to make a tiny red frame. I attached that to the front of the tag. Then I punched a piece of card stock vellum with my 1-1/4" circle punch and then again with my scallop circle punch to make the flowery vellum scalloped circle. A touch of striped red & white grosgrain ribbon and some paper piercing and I thought it turned out so cute!

One other wheel technique I demo'd for my group is the mitered corner technique. For this one I used the Dotted Lines wheel and wheeled a piece of Pink Pirouette card stock and mitered the corners. I used this to complete a scrapbook page of my darling niece, Amelia.
The Pink Pirouette is mounted on whisper white and then onto a piece of textured Basic Grey card stock. I used the yummy wide Pink Pirouette ribbon and some of the Fleurettes crocheted flowers and a Basic Grey corduroy button to finish it off. By some miracle, I was also able to figure out how to change the photo to black & white and make just her bow pink. It turned out perfect! I may have to make another one for my sister!

Whew! Are you still with me? This is what happens when I don't post for a month. Just goes to show you that just because you don't hear from me doesn't mean I haven't been stamping!!

The last two projects my club made this month also used the Sale-a-Bration stamps. The first one used the Botanical Blooms set. I got this card idea from Dawn Olchefske. You can see her original here.
The last project for this post used the Polka Dot Punches stamp set and my friend, Carrie, was kind enough to run some of the Sale-a-Bration papers through her Big Shot with the Baskets & Blooms die. Aren't these little baskets darling! We extracted a rhinestone from one of the rhinestone brads to accent the little flower.
Okay. Enough? I have a few more things I want to share with you, but I'll save those for another post. I'll be back soon!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Where to start

As per my usual self, it's been a while. Where to start on catching you up on where I've been and what's been up . . . I've done LOTS of crafting (swaps, club, etc.) and can't wait to share a bunch of that with you. On the personal front, my hubby is still employed and we had two birthdays in the last month. My oldest turned 9 the last week of February and my baby turned 4 yesterday. Crazy. Here are a couple of pictures of my birthday boys.

Before I get into the crafty goodness, I forgot to tell you much about MY birthday! and I have a few pictures to share. First, for those of you just joining us, it was the big FOUR-OH this year. Ouch. Somehow being an age you can remember your parents being is a bit painful. I'm over it though. I really think 39 was worse - the whole dreading it for an entire year thing. So here's a big woo hoo to all you guys and gals out there who are joining me in a new decade this year. I know there are a few of you. 40's the new 30, you know. Whatever that means.

Okay, so I've already told you my sweet husband (who spoils me rotten) got me this for my birthday:

It's awesome. 'Nuf said.

The thing I didn't tell you about was the amazing cake he made for me! (And he keeps asking if I've posted it on my blog yet - and when I say, "No. Not yet." he says, "You didn't like it, did you?" Then I smooch him and tell him it was the best birthday cake EVER! I'd been thinking about what cake I wanted to make for my birthday and I wanted it to be spectacular. I picked one out from Cooks Illustrated - a 4 layer lemon cake with lemon curd filling and 7-minute frosting. A cake mix from a box it is not. When Mike said he wanted to make me a cake I told him I had it covered. But he insisted. I told him the one I had picked out was not for the faint of heart, but he said he was man enough to tackle it. And oh, was he ever. Here it is in all it's glory.

Isn't it gorgeous! He totally amazed me. It was awesome and even more so because I knew he had worked so hard on it. Even I was a little intimidated by it, but he dived right in and it was so wonderful.

On the crafty front, let me show you some of the goods. First, I'm not sure I showed you my kids' Valentine's Day goodies. They all decided they wanted to do the pillow box die from the Big Shot, so I dug out every piece of pink and red paper I could find and let them choose. they all turned out cute, but my Mom saved my bacon by finishing up most of them on my volunteer day at the school. I'd have had to pull an all-nighter to finish them up (isn't that typical?) Thanks, Mom!

First are Mason's, Then Jordan's (see the coloring?), and last are Dawson's. He chose the same butterfly stamp we used last year. Did I ever show you what we did last year? I think not, because I don't think I had started my blog then. Let's see if I can find those pictures . . .

All together now, can you say, "Glutton for punishment"? Those are clear sour cream containers stamped with the butterfly stamp that's also on the tag. I'm having flashbacks just looking at those. They were a ton of work, although I'm not sure they were any more work than all of the pillow boxes this year. Maybe this year seemed worse because I had to add Jordan's preschool class into the mix which meant 15 extra of everything. Next year I'm seriously considering store bought valentines. Someone remind me in January. K? Thanks.

Okay, I'll share two more projects and then I'll save the rest for another post. Since it's Spring Break this week I ought to be able to get another post up this week, don'tcha think?

Here are a couple of swaps. I used them both for the swap my girlfriend, Carrie, organizes, and I also used the one with the tree for my Great Swaps Girls swap.

Sorry the second one is a little dark. I took the picture in my craft room and the first one I took outside. The first one, with the leaf die cut is a CASE from Mary Fish over at Stampin' Pretty. I loved this card of hers. Her color combination is much more funky than mine, but I loved it and copied her idea for my swap. Thanks, Mary! The second card uses the new Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, which is so beautiful. If I'd known I would use the "Praying for You" sentiment on the second one, I would have picked another one for the leaf card, but it was the only sentiment I could fit in the curly label punch. Oh well.

Just for fun I'll show you one more card with the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set. I made this card for a friend of mine who has had a lot on her plate lately.

I wanted to let her know that I was thinking of her and hoped that this would brighten her day. I think it did. This flower image is from the same stamp set and I love how it looks when you color it with markers. For the flowers I colored them with Regal Rose and then touched the center of each flower with Rose Red. It was so pretty.

I participated in an all-day demonstrator event called Demo Day and I have lots of projects to share with you from that event, so stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Say, "Cheese!"

I got a triple-dog-dare from Chad on his blog this morning.

The rules:
1. Take a picture of yourself right now. No primping or preparing. Just snap a picture.
2. Load it onto your blog.
3. Tag three people to play. Remember, if you're tagged on another blog, we will all be heading to yours to see if you played along.

Here's my picture.

As luck would have it, I got a sassy new haircut today! The fact that I had an appointment for a haircut was purely coincidental. And a little lucky.

BTW, Chad. Wasn't ash Wednesday like a month ago? Wash that stuff off already! Blech!

I'm tagging:

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