Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Super Kid Birthday Card

Today I finished up this birthday card using a digi from Mo's Digital Pencil called "Superduper Boy" -- really cute and easy to color with my Prismas. The paper is from a DCWV stack, and I used paper fasteners to add a little more design to it.

I notice that every year around this time I tend to be a little more creative and get myself on a bit of a roll, focusing on new "stuff" rather than just requests. I'm thinking a lot of that has to do with the weather changing. I absolutely love fall and enjoy walking up a little earlier on Saturday mornings planning my crafty "to do" list with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee. The only bad thing is that with fall comes all of the Christmas crafting, and I am so far behind.... eek.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Retro Chic Paper Bead Necklace

I needed a little monotony in my life today so I decided to make some paper beads out of paper I had originally cut for this purpose. I have far too many beads in my possession so I’ve decided that in order to get rid of them, I’m going to have to make paper beads that coordinate. Otherwise, I get in the trap of buying beads because they’re “pretty” and then needing to buy more beads to compliment them.

This paper was from a DCWV paper stack and I thought it would compliment the teal, marbled art beads well. I added black Chinese crystals at the ends just to give it a little contrast. The necklace measures approximately 18”.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Little Birdie Christmas Ornament

I've been up since about 7:30 this morning trying to catch up on some stitching and finishes I've had sitting around. I grossly underestimated the time it would take to do this and take pictures of everything so I'm sitting now for the first time today -- and I'm beat!

The first piece I finished was my first ornament of the year. I had these cute frames laying around and I thought adding a small cross-stitched piece would be a good touch.

The bird pattern came out of one of my Christmas ornament books. I stitched it on some 28 ct linen in a soft mocha color. It's mounted to comic book board and then inserted inside the frame. I added the ribbon and the ivy just to give it a little bit more of a Christmas touch. 

Now I just have to figure out where I put the rest of these frames.... 

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Muchas Gracias

Just finished up this fun thank you card with some inventory from my stash. I had this great dog-themed paper I had been trying to find an excuse to use for months now and when I searched through my digis and saw that I had a Chihuahua stamp from Mo's, I figured what better way to go. I went with a pretty clean design and then added the paper fasteners just for a little bit of detail. I thought the sentiment was perfect.

The funniest part of this whole process was that I never realized that the Chihuahua in the stamp had a collar on that said "Spike" until I started coloring him in, and as you all know, I ironically enough have a Chihuahua named Spike so how could I go wrong? :)

And here's my own Spike! He's quite the baby and he loves it that way!
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Sunday, September 16, 2012

With Liberty and Justice Cross Stitch Wall Art

I was able to stitch up this great pattern from Little House Needleworks rather quickly and then spent about a week trying to figure out what to do with it before deciding to mount it to some rich, red DP and popping it in a frame. The stitched piece was mounted to foam board and then I added some brown cording trim for the edges. The square frame measures 9 1/2" and I hand-painted and dry-brushed it to make it look a little more rustic.

I'm having a little dilemma now trying to figure out what to work on next. It's that weird time of year when I try to figure out if I should be focusing on Halloween/Thanksgiving or go straight to Christmas! I can't believe how fast the time went!

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

So Happy Together

I just adore this digi stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil because it's so sweet. I colored the image with Prismas and chalks and mounted it to some layered floral paper from My Mind's Eye. The sentiment was stamped with a clear acrylic stamped and mounted with foam tape for dimension. I used paper-punched corner designs for a little extra color instead of the paper flowers I had originally intended on using -- it was definitely overkill.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Any Way You Slice It

I created this latest card using a digi stamp from Karen's Doodles called "What a Swing". I just recently came across this shop and I really like it. Her images are so easy to color! The paper came from my stash but I believe that at least the majority of it is from My Mind's Eye. The acrylic stamp sentiment was part of a golf set had been in my stash for over a year so I was excited I finally had the perfect reason for using it. I added the paper fasteners and pearls to finish off the design and that was pretty much it!

Hooked on Craft Challenges is hosting a challenge on cards for men so I plan to enter it there as well.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Home Sweet Home Key Holder

I finished up my Home Sweet Home cross-stitch project this weekend and decided to finish it as a key holder. I used a 5x7" frame I had purchased from IKEA (and had in my stash) and then added three medium-to-large sized rings to the bottom frame. I also added a brown paper backing and a sawtooth picture frame hanger so that it can be mounted to any wall. Just something a little different!

The stitching was completed on 28 ct white Jobelan using DMC threads. I made no color substitutions because I loved the vibrant colors.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Birthday Wishes

I'm feeling very productive lately. I've finished stitching a few pieces that I plan to "finish-finish" tomorrow morning, and I got another card done tonight. For this latest card, I used a fairy digi stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil that came in a four-stamp set. I colored it with my Prismas and then did a little light chalking around the edges. The sentiment was adhered with foam tape for some dimension. I made three paper flowers, 1 large and 2 small, gave them some rhinestone centers and attached them with different levels of foam tape. I had recently purchased a new paper stack that had these great patterns inside - I love working with paper stacks because it takes a lot of the thinking away from me so I don't obsess, which is always a good thing!

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Spread Your Wings

Hope everyone is having a great, relaxing Labor Day weekend! I'm enjoying sitting in a sun-filled room crafting to my heart's content. I was able to finish up another card last night using one of my favorite stamps from Mo's Digital Pencil. I just love this fairy - she colors up nicely too which is always a plus! I colored the image with my trusty Prismacolor Pencils and then did some DP layering with some really pretty sage green paper from My Mind's Eye. To bring in a little more color I made some paper flowers using a dark purple and more of the sage green and then added some small light green rhinestones.

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Free Digi Stamp - Daisies

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More freebies:  Free Digi Stamps

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