Saturday, May 29, 2010

Tutorial: DIY Transparency Overlay Embellishments

Tutorial:
How to make Transparency Overlays using Rub-ons
Transfering the rub-on to the overhead tranparency sheet works just like using rub-ons with regular paper or cardstock; just make sure that you are a little more gentle, since the surface of the transparency paper is slick. You can use acetate sheets (which are often smooth on one side, rougher on the other--these are also excellent for STAMPING), or you can use regular office transparency sheets--the same kind you use to print graphs for an overhead projector presentation (I know, right?--who uses overheads anymore? Have they gone the way of the flannel board? Well, maybe not quite... You can at least still find transparencies at office supply stores and WalMart. :)
After you've finished the transfer of the design, peel the backing paper away carefully (unfortunately I got a little impatient with mine, as you can see in the photo above :( , then trim around the design with a pair of very sharp scissors. I am quite pleased with my Weston embroidery scissors for this kind of job.  And then, that's it--you're done!
ZOTS by Thermoweb work well to adhere the design, especially if you can cover up the adhesion point with a flower or other embellishment, as I did in my Summer Hydrangea Wedding Card:
I'd love to see how this tutorial helps you!  Leave me a link here with your projects so that everyone can enjoy ;)
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day all!
--Kathryn

Summer Hydrangea Wedding Card

Good morning all!  I am so excited to be joining the One Stop Craft Design Team for my first weekend.
Our theme this week is Pearls and Swirls, and since I am in a very bright mood (and pearls always make me think of special occasions), I have another fresh and summery wedding card to share with you today!

Here are the challenges:
1) One Stop Craft #82 {Pearls and Swirls}
2) Charisma Cards #21 {Going Round in Circles}

Materials used on this card:

White Cardstock Base (4.25" x 5.5"): Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper: Marcella by K&Co. and My Mind's Eye
Sentiment Stamp: Fiskars Wedding set
Ink: Ranger Archival Black

Leaf Green Grosgrain Ribbon: Offray
White Hydrangeas: Floral Stem (Hobby Lobby)
Copper Pearls: e. by Prima Marketing
Assorted White Buttons: Craft Supply
Transparency Sheet: Office Supply
Rub-on Transfers: American Crafts "MiniMarks" Accesories Book 3
Rain Dots: Cloud 9 Design
BIC Markit "Margarita Green" Marker

ZOTS and Foam Tape


Here's a little detail of the flower spray:
And a sentiment detail:

If you're curious about the DIY transparency overlay, you can take a glance at my quick tutorial about using rub-ons to make your own HERE.

Also don't forget to enter for my current blog candy giveaway! International crafters are welcome :)



Have a great day everyone,
--Kathryn

Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Birthday - Anna Griffin Butterflies

And yet another one for Embellish Magazine and Flutterby Wednesday #111, as well as Crafty Creations #69 {Your Favorite Stamp}....I'm not sure I have ONE favorite, but my Anna Griffin set sure comes close!
As for the time, I figured I might as well post now.....While I am already up in the middle of the night with Monsieur le Bebe Benjamin...... haha....sortof..... ;)

Materials used on this card:

White cardstock {Georgia Pacific}
Black cardstock {The Paper Studio}
White paisley kraft {Making Memories}

Butterfly stamp "Flora and Fauna" set {Anna Griffin}
Ink and Clear Superfine Heat-Embossing Powder {Ranger}
Sentiment stamp {Stampabilities}
Lime-colored brads {Spare Parts}

Before you go, friends, don't forget to enter for my giveaway (on the sidebar for your convenience :)

Thank you all for visiting, and as always...

Have a great day!
--Kathryn

Thursday, May 27, 2010

With Sympathy Butterflies

This one is also for the current Embellish Challenge, as well as Flutterby Wednesday #111.  I must admit that this particular Embellish challenge really sparked my creativity--challenges that include a very limited color palette and one theme element to focus on tend to do that for me, so after a manner of speaking, it's started a "perfect storm" of productivity at my craft table! :)
 Materials used on this card:

Gatefold card base and textured green cardstock {DCWV}
Textured black cardstock {The Paper Studio}
Patterned paper {My Mind's Eye}
Kraft cardstock {Papertrey Ink}

Rub-on border: MiniMARKS Accesories Book 3 {American Crafts}
Sentiment stamp {Papertrey Ink}
Ink: Archival Black {Ranger}

Classic Butterfly Punch {Martha Stewart}

I also intended to convey some symbolism with this sympathy card; I believe that death is simply a part of the Father's plan for us, and is the passage into another stage of our eternal existence.  Hence the butterflies, which undergo metamorphosis from one stage to another in their life cycle, are a symbol of hope through change--even difficult, redefining change.

Thanks for visiting!

Have a great day,
--Kathryn

Beethoven, Friendship, and Butterflies

This is my second card for the current Embellish Magazine Challenge.

It also plays in the following challenges:
2. Stamp Something {2 of Something}
(Two butterflies, two papers, and Beethoven was about two hundred years ago--died in 1827 :)
3. Flutterby Wednesday #111 {Anything Goes}
4. ABC Challenge {V is for Vintage}
(Beethoven and antique sheet music are vintage enough, don't you think?... :)

Here's the card:

Materials used on this card:

Cardstock: Kraft {Papertrey Ink}, Black {The Paper Studio}, Textured Green {DCWV}
Patterned Paper: Textured Cream Sheetmusic, Butterflies, and Harvest Green Plaid {The Paper Studio}, Sentiment backing paper from Home Collection {My Mind's Eye}

Brads {Spare Parts}
1" Satin black ribbon

ZOTS by Thermoweb and Foam tape
X-Acto blade
Corner rounder {EK Success}


And, since the sentiment is a little difficult to read in script, the quote says:

"Never shall I forget the days I have spent with you--
Continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours."
--Ludwig van Beethoven

Also, before you leave don't forget to enter for my current blog candy giveaway! :)

Thanks for visiting!

Have a great day,
--Kathryn

"Soar" Butterfly Encouragement Card

This is the first of many cards made for the current Embellish Magazine Challenge.
It also plays with Flutterby Wednesday #111.

Materials used on this card:

Kraft Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Textured Green cardstock: DCWV
Black Cardstock and patterned papers: The Paper Studio
1. Harvest Green Plaid {TPS}
2. Textured Cream Sheetmusic {TPS}
3. Black and Cream Ornate {TPS}
4. Sentiment backing paper from Home Collection {My Mind's Eye}

Stamp: Studio G
Ink: Ranger Archival Black
Black Grosgrain Ribbon: Offray
Brads: Spare Parts

Olive colored Sharpie marker
Foam tape
X-Acto blade

Thank you for visiting!

Have a great day,
--Kathryn

Celebrate with Me! Blog Candy

Good afternoon everybody!

Well I feel very celebratory this week and with so many good reasons too...
1) Life is simply wonderful, summer is bright, fresh and in full swing.
2) My baby boy is growing, babbling happily and becoming more and more the joy of our lives.
3) Baby Ben is ALSO sleeping six hours a night.  WOOT!!!
4) I made the One Stop Craft Design Team!!!
5) My patio vegetables are producing better than I would have guessed, thanks to living across from a lovely undeveloped field where there are plenty of Texas wildflowers to attract honeybees....

AND...
I simply feel like sharing the joy.  SO... Here's the candy:
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.... Scrumptious, right?  Look at all that ribbon... I'm having trouble parting with it... but I have way too much already... I am obsessed.

So what all are you seeing here?

Giveaway Includes:

Two sets of clear stamps:
1. Fun alphabet from {Art Warehouse by Hero Arts}
2. Flourishes {Doodlebug Design}

Cuttlebug Embossing Folder + Dies "Gratitude" set
Cuttlebug postage stamp embossing folders and die set....
AND a rainbow pad of DCWV textured cardstock to go with it for die-cutting

2 packages of MiniMARKS Run-ons by {American Crafts}
Set of 20 pre-folded gorgeous melon-colored cards and envelopes by {K&Company}
Assorted 6x6 designer papers {We R Memory Keepers}
Gobs of luscious summery RIBBON


So, to enter for this candy just spread the word on your blog (or by email if you like). 
I'd also love it if you would share something you love about summer, or something that makes you happy. :)
Please, please also follow so that you will know when your name is drawn--in the past I've had to go tracking down the winners and this time around I'm afraid I just don't have the time to do that; usually I am blogging one-handed while holding Baby Ben in the other arm (sometimes I even CRAFT that way, LOL!!!).  Thank you all for understanding.  If the winner doesn't contact me within the week, I'll have to re-draw and I always hate to do that.

I'll open it to international crafters too, so everyone is included!
The blog candy will stay open until JULY 4th because that will be an easy day for me to remember :)

Good luck, everyone!

Have a great day,
--Kathryn

Aqua and Lime Birthday and Merci Cards

The challenge at Colour Create is to use Aqua and Lime Green as a color scheme for your card.  I simply love the freshness of these colors together; they feel so light and breezy!  Ah, now I am wishing for a hammock and ice cold lemonade....

These cards are also made with the One Stop Craft Challenge #81 in mind: Birthstones.  Pearl is not my own birthstone, but it is my grandmother's and she has been much on my mind lately.

Incidentally, One Stop Crafts is SPONSORING the Colour Create challenge this week!  Now, isn't that a fantastic coincidence?  Be sure to hop over to Colour Create for the savings code there to use at One Stop Crafts!  Woohoo! :)

More challenges:
3. Practical Scrappers {Fabric, Felt and Tulle}
(The flowers are fabric... is that slightly cheating?  Only slightly?  Oh well, I intend to make up for it with another card very soon :)
4. Stamp Something {2 of Something}
(The cards use two hydrangeas and two patterns... two colors, and there are two cards.  Uno, dos. :)

Now enough blab and on to the pics: 
And a second one:


Materials used on these cards:

White cardstock: Georgia Pacific
Patterned cardstock: Martha Stewart Playful Blue Double-sided cardstock

Ribbons (grosgrain and satin): Offray
Blue/Green Hydrangea blossoms: Floral stem (Hobby Lobby)
Adhesive gem and pearl: e. by Prima Marketing

"Happy Birthday" sentiment stamp: Papertrey Ink "Communique Sentiments" mini set
"Merci" French sentiment stamp: Stampabilities

Thank you all for visiting!

Have a great day,
--Kathryn

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Perfect Love Wedding/Anniversary Card

It is so wonderful to celebrate with dear friends at their wedding or anniversary; this card is for a very special friend who has always given me hope, inspiration and an unfailing example of dedication and faith.  She is getting married this month and I could not be happier for her!

 Here are the challenges:

1) One Stop Craft Challenge "Wedding" theme and DT Call
2) Charisma Cards "Wedding" theme
3) Our Creative Corner "Anniversary" theme
4) Secret Crafter #82: Recipe (I counted the sentiment label as an image...)

And a detail view of the inside:
Materials used on this card:

Cream and chocolate chip cardstock
Turquoise patterned cardstock from DCWV
Polka dot paper from My Mind's Eye (Wild Asparagus collection)

Die-cut flowers from Colorbok
Ribbon, brads from craft supply
Sentiment stamp from Fiskars wedding set

Have a great day all!
--Kathryn

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