Saturday, September 26, 2009

Faux Carousel Notes Purse Book

Happy Saturday!
This Faux Carousel Notes Purse Book is for Wolfgang's granddaughter, as a memento of a recent visit. I originally saw the tutorial on Jan's blog and thought it was an absolutely fabulous project. But, I had a problem--I didn't have any Carousel Notes or Envelopes. So, what's a girl to do?!?!? Well, get creative, of course!
In lieu of the envelopes, I used two sheets of 12 x 12 Bazzill cardstock, scored at 3" all around, to make the 6" envelopes. After scoring, I cut off the four corner 'squares.' Rather than using Carousel Notes for the pull-outs, I used card stock cut at 5 1/4 x 5 3/4. I had a template that I made quite awhile ago of a Carousel Note, so I used that to make the scalloped flap for the purse.

The first picture shows the purse closed. The second and third pictures show the purse opened, both standing and lying flat. The fourth and fifth pictures are close-up of the pull-outs. I only put pictures on one side of each pull-out, but you could easily decorate both sides and they would still fit.
I am quite pleased with how this turned out and I actually like the idea of using card stock rather than the envelopes as it makes a sturdy purse.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Pumpkin Basket Gift Card Holder

Happy Monday!
I hope everyone had a great weekend. I sure did--I put my crafting cap and came up with this Pumpkin Basket Gift Card Holder.
I used SU Soft Suede for the basket. I created the weave for the front of the basket by cutting 5 strips at 1/2 x 5 1/4 and 9 strips at 1/2 x 2 3/4. Once the weaving was done, I attached it along the sides and bottom to a piece of Soft Suede cut at 2 3/4 x 5 1/4.
The pumpkins were cut with a Sizzix die using SU Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango, and Pumpkin Pie. Boy, these colors scream 'Fall' to me. They look so nice together. I used a Chocolate Chip marker to color the stems. The pumpkins were then adhered to a piece of white card stock cut at 4 x 4 3/4. Once they were attached, I trimmed the excess card stock from around the top of the pumpkins.
I used pop dots to adhere the pumpkin on the front of the basket and the swirls were cut with a Sizzix die. The ribbon was a stray piece I had in my stash.
On the pull-out piece, you can stamp a sentiment and/or add a gift card. I will be including a gift card and giving it to my mother.
So, my crafting cap and I can't take all the credit for this cute creation! My SU Demo, Raissa, had posted this adorable Sand Pail. It was her variation on the popular Flower Pot that everyone is currently making. After seeing Raissa's cute pail, I started thinking, 'what else can be created along those lines?' The light bulb went on and my basket idea was born for a Halloween/Thanksgiving gift card holder. Thank you Raissa for the inspiration!
That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #24

Happy Monday!
I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Can you believe it's Monday and I have this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge done already?!?!? No 'Last Minute Lisa' this week!
I got my inspiration from the colors of the cupcakes, the boat, and the life preserver. So, can you tell that is a port hole on the front of the card??? Can you see I even put a piece of plastic in it for a window??? I colored the fish (it was a free digi image, but I don't remember from where I downloaded it) with pencils, sponged some light blue ink for the water, and added Stickles to the air bubbles. The sentiments were created in Word. I'm really pleased with this card and will give it to Wolfgang (one of these days as a 'just because').
So, click on over to Rachel's blog, read about what 'holiday' this coming Saturday is, and upload your cupcake inspired card to Mr. Linky!
Happy crafting!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #23

Happy Saturday Everyone!
Well, 'Last Minute Lisa' finally did this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge. Being the big tea drinker that I am, I was immediately inspired by this week's cupcake to go with a teacup theme. I was originally going to do a teacup shaped card, but then I came across this darling digi image. How cute is this little guy asleep in the teacup?!?!?
I cut the card from Bazzill card stock using the Sizzix Scallop Circle. And, yes, I do need to practice getting the folded card stock placed correctly on the die! The patterned paper didn't have any info printed on the back, so I do not know the make. After I colored in the image, I carefully trimmed it and used pop dots to attach it to the card.
So, if you are a last minute person today, there's still time to participate in this week's challenge. You have until 9:00 PM MT tonight to visit Rachel's blog and add your cupcake inspired card to Mr. Linky.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #22

Happy Labor Day Weekend!
How yummy do those cupcakes look?!?!? They reminded me of my favorite--devil's food cake with cream cheese frosting. As soon as I saw them, I was inspired to make Wolfgang's birthday card (he loves trains). Now, as his birthday isn't until October 2, I have to tell him not to look on my blog!
This card is a variation on the spinner card. Rather than the train spinning, it slides back and forth. Is this called a slider card? I really don't know. The card base is a white-speckled, black card stock cut at 10 x 7 (finished card is 5 x 7), layered with a cranberry card stock cut at 4 3/4 x 6 3/4. In order to make the train slide rather than spin, it is mounted on double pennies on the front and back of the train. I downloaded a 'Railroad Font' to create the Happy Birthday. Neat looking, isn't it?
I layered the inside of the card with a piece of 'U.S. map' scrapbook paper. The pop-up train is a MS border punch.
I made a Ghirardelli box to go along with it.
So, what do you think?
p.s. Don't forget to check out Rachel's blog. You have until 9:00 PM MT tonight to participate in this week's challenge. And, tomorrow there will be a new yummy inspiration posted!