Sunday, May 31, 2015

Dollar Bill Baby Bootie













It is only fitting that I make a little something out of 
paper money for my cousin that I made the 
when she was married a couple of years ago.

I searched for instructions on how to fold 
a dollar bill into baby booties 
with not luck, other than some photos,
links to buying them already made and
even expired links.

So, I looked at one of the photos and 
after some manipulation of a scrap
piece of paper the size of a bill,
this is what I came up with.
Not nearly as cute as the photo I was looking at
(I could not figure out how to do the toes!),
but I think it will work just fine
 as a package "tie on" for the shower gift.

I used small pieces of clear tape to hold some
of the folds in place.
Regular curling gift wrap ribbon
was run through the fold at the
back of the booties then tied into a bow. 
The booties are attached to the top of the package
with clear packing tape. It is easily removable
without damaging the bills since it is not
super sticky. I attached them
just before the baby shower so as not to be
adhered to the package any longer than needed. 
 TIP: if your tape is too sticky,
stick it to your clothing a time or two 
so some of the stickiness is removed 
before attaching it to your project to
help keep it from sticking too firmly,
causing damage too the money once it's removed.


The package is wrapped in kraft paper
with a home made paper ribbon bow
to somewhat coordinate with the lovely, 
one of my favorite cards I've made this year,




I'm entering these dollar bill baby booties into the
Quirky Crafts
This is a challenge blog for any sort of crafts!



Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Oak Tree Father's Day Card


What perfect timing for the new sketch challenge
I already knew what stamp set I was going to use
for a Father's Day card for my dad
and had a word art created to print inside of it.
It was just a matter of taking the time to
decide how I wanted to design a card with the 
oak tree image from the Lovely As A Tree stamp set.
This sketch posted today was perfect for the card 
I wanted to make!!!!!






Stamp sets were from Stampin' Up!
Lovely As A Tree
Woodgrain background
Teeny Tiny Wishes

Crumb Cake, Textured Early Espresso, Very Vanilla card stocks

various inks and an aquapainter to color the image

scoring board to create the embossed edge around the front panel

two antique copper brads

foam dimensional dots and a scrap of chipboard for dimension

oval Nestabilities die

I drug a Crumb Cake ink pad across the top of the 
woodgrain stamped piece and ran the edges of the
sentiment panel along the ink pad, too




Here is sketch #255 from OWH.
CLICK HERE to see all of the
sketches that have been posted.





Here is the word art I created using 
My Memories suite software.
Several text boxes, two fonts
then saved as a PNG file.



Just came across this challenge blog, 
 my card will be perfect to enter the
Masculine Card/Project Challenge


Thanks for looking =)

Friday, May 29, 2015

What's Up? Pickup Truck Card


Fairly simple - and mail friendly ! -
card I made four of to donate to 
Operation Write Home.

The above card has brown acrylic paint 
details added to simulate mud ;
the card below does not.
Which do you prefer ?
I do like the "muddy" one
although my application of the "mud"
needs some practice -
and maybe more "mud" ;)










Closeup to show the "mud" and
Silver Signo gel pen chrome highlights.









Diamond Plate embossing folder by Darice
adds just enough texture detail, yet not make it too thick.



Stamps by Hero Arts
dye inks and aqua painter, Stampin' Up!
watercolor paper
silver metallic card stock
white card stock


I'm entering this card in the Hey Dude challenge at
Cards In Envy
then sending four of them in my last box of donations to



Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Shirt and Dollar Bill Tie Card


Ta-da! A center opening button front shirt card -
with a tie made out of real money !!!!
Finished size is approximately 4" wide by 5 1/2"tall.











 Complete with teeny, tiny paper punched and pierced buttons,
 paper punched pocket and drawn on stitching details !
The buttons were punched out of kraft colored card stock,
pierced and lightly inked with a darker brown ink.
I was trying to make them look like the brown and tan
marbled buttons on the plaid shirts my husband wears.
TIP: Be sure to leave a gap at the edge of the collar
if you would like to tuck a tie under it. 
I slid the pointed end of my mechanical pencil under it 
while gluing at the top and bottom, creating a little more space .















I did not have any instructions to make the tie,
so I played with scrap paper the size of the bill first
to see if I could make something that resembled a tie.
Two attempts later and this is what I came up with.
I honestly can't tell you exactly how I did it,
other than lots of folding, sorry.
Here is the other version,
but it didn't fold as well with the money.





















The inside is unfinished as of right now, 
my desktop computer is in the repair shop 
so I am unable to print anything .
I did create a sentiment with My Memories Suite
on my laptop
that I'll put in it (see bottom of post) later.
I'll print it on kraft paper  and trim it to fit,
 approximately 3 3/4" wide by 4 1/4" tall. 
NOTE: Ignore that center fold line down the back.
I goofed up and folded my paper in half the wrong way
when I first started making the card.







After lots of fiddling with paper and measurements,
this is the final pattern I came up with to make the
 center opening button up shirt card.
There are lots of great ideas online to make shirt cards,
but  I wanted one that actually opened in the front.
NOTE: I used a lighter weight printed paper folded over
because I wanted the inside and the part that flips out to create the collar
to be the same as the shirt front. 



You may need to play a bit with the angle of the collar
when you fold it to the front in order to make them meet.
Once you have them in position the way you like, 
glue the top edge and bottom corners down.
Hold it tightly in place, front flaps closed over the inside of the card,
then carefully trim away around the collar on each side -
but not the back center piece!

Hopefully the photos and brief description
are clear enough if you'd like to make one
of your own. 



I think I may make a few out of solid color card stock
to donate to Operation Write Home ! 
I'll substitute a tie shape cut out of card stock
rather than paper folding one .
I'm slowly getting my final box of cards filled.......






And here are a few simple PNG word arts I made





Be sure to check out my 
Wallet in Pants Pocket card -
another fun way to gift money in a card
to the men/boys in your lives.
Tutorial and photos HERE





Since this card uses primarily plaid,
I'm entering it in the current 
Cardz 4 Guys Challenge,
and 
because it is a shirt and tie,
Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog
lastly

Thanks for looking =) 


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Love Bug VW Beetle Card


Two more cards I made to donate to 
Operation Write Home.

Hero Arts VW and XOXO image
Snap stamps for "love bug"
Red, White, Black card stock and ink
Hearts embossing folder, Cuttlebug
gray ink and aquapainter
Silver Signo gel pen
heart paper punch
stapler (not seen in photo because I did it after I took the photo-
I stapled the banner on the left card at the right edge)


Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Girl/Boy VW Beetle Cards














Created for the Mid Month Throwdown at
Operation Write Home -
 make a Masculine and a Feminine card using the same card layout/design. 

I didn't read the theme quite right,
 I used the same IMAGE and occasion, not layout. 


I'm slowly getting my final box of handmade cards completed
to donate to OWH. Much slower than I'd like right now as I
managed to pinch a nerve in my back and am hurting,
unable to do much for the time being........ ugh.

All cards must be received at OWH by August 1st !!!


Anyway, here are the supplies used:
Hero Arts VW and vehicle background stamp
various Stampin' Up! greetings sets
white, black, pink, blue, gray, red card stock
the gray piece was speckled with bleach
various inks and colored pencils
silver Signo gel pen
circle punches


Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015









Please take a moment to remember why today is a holiday.


Let us never forget those that have sacrificed so much for


these United States Of America.






Flag flying etiquette, half staff
http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/halfstaff.pdf

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mustang Corral Digital Scrapbook Page - MMS Tutorial


EDITED TO ADD:
I guess I was wrong about the FIVES challenge, too ;)
Removing links since there is no challenge posted at ABAC.
I already had this tutorial written , so I will still share it.







This week at Anything But A Card Challenge Blog
is a "FIVES"  Challenge:
use FIVE in any number of ways for a project
that is not a card.
As stated at the ABAC blog:
The Fifth Sunday Challenge... "USE FIVE"!! Use the number 5 or five items, five colors, five words... what ever FIVE represents to you. 







I made a scrapbook page using photos 
of the five Mustang cars that we own.
I created a fence with five fence posts and
a cluster embellishment out of 
five separate pieces :)


I used My Memories Suite V6 software
and items from a kit that was available
in the previous version of the software,
Country Western.

To create the fence, add a rectangle Shape
and adjust the size. Paper fill with wood grain
paper in the kit, add a drop shadow, copy then
paste four times. Arrange and align them.
Add a piece of barbed wire from the embellishments in the kit.
Adjust the size (it is large), copy and paste three times
then align along the fence posts. 
Add a horseshoe embellishment.


The cluster uses five items in the digital 
Country Western kit:
leather tag, rope, horseshoes, flower
and wheat all adjusted in size and layered
with drop shadows added. 









FUN feature in the software that I don't use nearly enough:
Word Art creator !

I tried to make a chrome looking word art to resemble
the chrome name plate on some old models of Mustangs.



When you click Word Art, Add -
the word WORD ART pops up
as basic gradient filled text. 
You type in the box
what you want to say and
change the font. The drop down
options below will allow you to
change fill, bevel, etc. 

My project uses the default 
gray gradient fill, the default 
shadow and a bevel that I 
adjusted slightly. NOTE
that the bevels look different
on your saved files than they
do when you are working
on the project.
Then again, this may just be 
my computer........









Another fun and useful feature in the new version 
of My Memories Suite V6 software - 
the ability to crop embellishments ! 
You can also change the colors!

 When you click ADD EMBELLISHMENT,
a few editing options pop up on the Control Panel.
This is where you find the Crop feature. 
I used CROP to make this Wanted poster into a tag
to layer behind a photo for journaling. 



 This is what the Crop Embellishment Box looks like.
Your cursor changes to a little “plus” sign
when you are in the area of the embellishment
that can be cropped. Hold down the left mouse
button and drag it over the embellishment to 
highlight the area you wish to keep. It can be
adjusted by dragging the small bounding area
squares around the cropped area.
Once you are happy with the crop, click Okay.



Thanks for looking =)


National Scrapbook Month Ideas

Edited to add: somehow over the last few months I got it in my mind that I was to write a "featured designer" challenge for a blog I create for.  Since it was already written and was relevant to this month, I am sharing it although it won't be used on the other blog.




May is National Scrapbook Month, my challenge to you is to make a creative way to display a favorite photo(s) !

The ideas are limitless, from displaying photos with special magnets on refrigerators to creating traditional  (or digital) scrapbook pages


























and calendars






Created with my photos at Shutterfly.com







Computer desktop wallpaper calender
that I created with My Memories Suite








to handmade frames



An old frame I brought new life to with paint and scrapbooking supplies






and exploding scrapbooks in a box



Link to just one I've made over the years, the first one! http://craftysahmiam.blogspot.com/2010/05/explosion-box-scrapbook-in-box-i-know.html    TUTORIAL








or store bought specialty items














Buy premade paper mache items to decorate with photos.
These are memory boxes for my pets that have passed
(the dog box contains her ashes, so it a memory box urn). 
I decorated each side seasonally and rotate then throughout the year.
If you are unable to find boxes, here is a link to one I made from scratch


http://craftysahmiam.blogspot.com/2011/10/mulligans-memory-box.html 



http://craftysahmiam.blogspot.com/2011/04/cassies-memory-boxurn-winter.html









even repurposed items



Simple piece of driftwood with twine wrapped around it
to hold a photograph of the sun setting along the river









Binder clips !
These can be decorated with scrapbook papers
and other embellishments for a cute, simple
way to display photos (or hold recipe cards!).












Chipboard from paper packaging (or cereal boxes), scrapbook paper,
wooden dowel rods, ribbon scraps, an empty container =
flower garden of love!







The base is an empty ribbon spool

http://craftysahmiam.blogspot.com/2012/08/fiskars-fuse-contest-entry-1.html




These are just some of the things I've done to display photographs, there are more posted to the blog. I've so many other ideas I'd like to try (I have a huge old window I want to repurpose into a frame someday!) and certainly plenty of photos to use, but I've run out of space to display them !

Thanks for looking =)