Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cowls, cowls and more cowls

So, one of my other obsessive hobbies is crochet. I've tried knitting a few times and I have a hard time getting the yarn off one needle and on to the other. Lol. I will try again sometime but I always fall back on crochet because I find it easy and relaxing. I'm on a cowl kick right now. I made my mom a cowl this past holiday and she hinted that she'd love some in spring colors. I finished a pretty blue one using a pattern from the latest Love of Crochet magazine and just sent it off to her.


I then started this pumpkin colored one (I know, not a spring color but I thought it might work until spring comes.) Sadly, I realized too late that this isn't a one skein project so until I can get another one, I'll just have to start something yellow.


As it happens, I'm following a blog called FatMumSlim and she offers up weekly photo prompts. One of the recent ones was "something yellow." Perfect. I'm actually hoping to keep up with these prompts to fill a Project Life album this year using Becky Higgins new Project 52 kit. I've decided not to feel that each prompt has to be about something that day but could even relate to an older photo with an interesting story because I'd rather fill the book with stories as I'm reminded of them.

Thanks for visiting. I hope to do some daily crafty musings here from now on. Have yourself a crafty day!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Get Well Balloons

While all the crafty stuff was out, I put together a card for a friend who's been in the hospital and is now, thankfully, heading home.

I've wanted to do something special with this Mama Elephant Balloon Letters stamp set so this seemed the perfect time. Only thing I didn't think ahead was wanting to fussy cut all the letters and for this card that meant 11 letters! Then, I had to attach a red thread to every letter to make them more balloon-like. That was a fun exercise in fine-motor activity especially when they all wanted to stick to each other. Lol. But a little patience was all that was needed.

I used a cute boy image from the Mama Elephant In My Heart stamp set. (I added pig tails by hand because I wanted it to look like a girl, since I'm sending the card and this image has his hand out.)
I used Stampin Up markers to stamp the balloons but colored the girl with Copics.

Lastly, I wanted a cute background, so I took out an old 12x12 golf calendar and cut out an outdoor scene.
Thanks for visiting. Off to put this on Instagram and Twitter (@scrapcollectr) then mail it to my friend. Have a crafty day!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Can't Wait


Hello blog friends and thank you for your patience. I'm very active on Instagram because it is sooo easy. I'm going to try to pop in here more but if you have Instagram follow me there! (Find me @scrapcollectr)

Today, I'm here because I made a card for my parents who are going to spend some vacation time with us in a couple of months and I want them to know that I can't wait until then!

You know those posters of a particular city that map out the rest of the country as being inconsequential. You know, like New York City is in the foreground and beyond is wasteland except for the occasional big city. Well, if you get what I mean, that's kinda how this card came to be. I wanted to use my Lawn Fawn Wish You Were Here stamp and die set because I love that US map stamp! I figured that I'd stamp it perfectly over a Road Atlas map of Texas so that my hometown is right where it belongs. The rest of country is kinda... just.... Texas. Haha.

Here's the photo progression.

1. Tore the part of Texas that I wanted from my Dollar Store Road Atlas. Stamped the map once on the map paper and once on white cardstock.
 2. Used my Evolution machine to die cut the two maps. Used a little washi to hold down the die.
 3. Used my Craftwell eBrush to add a little color around the card base. Held the white map in place with temporary adhesive. Coincidentally, the color of the Copic marker is B24 Sky.
 4. I stamped the little arrow in the set, die cut it and then to make it stand out on the card, I stamped over it with a Prima washi tape stamp in Stampin' Up Real Red. Cute, huh?
 5. Used Paper Smooches Graffiti for the greeting.
 6. I glued the thin top map to the one I masked with to give it extra weight then adhered it to the card with pop dots. Thought the card looked too plain so I used the dotted line stamp to make borders. Carefully. Lol.
 7. Needed an airplane so I dug up this old box of DCWV travel chipboard shapes. Glued that and the arrow in place.
 8. Added two little rhinestones for the To and From cities.
 9. And voila! A simple card that completely took over the table space in making it. Oh well, is there really any such thing as a simple card? Lol.
Thanks for dropping by. I hope this inspired you! Have a wonderful, crafty day.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Card Step Out


Hi there! I've been churning away on Instagram (@scrapcollectr there). It's my way of mini blogging daily. But today, I wanted to share a quick visual of a simple holiday card I made which incorporates the revival of shaker cards.

I happen to still have some cute little shaker cups from Stampin Up that coordinate with some of their stamp sets so I brought them out to save me making my own shaker box.

Step 1: Stamp the snowglobe (Sweet Snowglobe from Stampin Up) in navy and red. Color the trees green before and after stamping. The add more color to the house and door.



Step 2: Cut a patterned mat for your folded card and position the 1-3/4" circle punch over the top and punch.


Step 3: So that this is the result. A hole through both layers.


Step 4: Punch the snowglobe with the same circle punch and glue it down to the inside of the card using the hole as a guide. Cut out the red stamped base and glue down to front of card.


Step 5: You could also glue down a red base on the inside of the card, but you'll see that I changed that later. Add a small amount of beads and glass glitter (Stampin Up) to the shaker cup. I used Wink of Stella markers to add a little shine to snow on the image.


Step 6: I colored up the scarf of a mini snowman and matted the mini greeting with silver paper. (Both from SU's Happy Winter, I think.) Made a quick bow with some ribbon I got with a recent present.


Step 7: A quick look inside the card. I cut another patterned paper to cover the shaker box edges. Oh by the way, the shaker has adhesive on the edges so you just position it upside down in the hole of the card front and close the card to adhere it without losing your beads and glitter.


Step 8: Finished card with a little bling at the corners!



I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Love,







Thursday, May 1, 2014

Filofax-ing, charity, yarn, nails and bling...


Hi friends,
In addtion to my daily Instagram (IG) posts, most every Monday, I try to post a Filofax weekly update on IG (I'm @scrapcollectr and I have 625 followers over there... hard to believe. :-) So this is that post for last week's goings on.
Last weekend I took a lot of my unused craft supplies to a local flea market and sold it all for $1 a piece (because that's the only way things move at flea markets) and earmarked the net sales for charity. Although I cleared $177 after the vendor fees, I promised my hubby that some of that would go to gas since it was a long way away. Even so, I was able to donate $150 to a new charity I just learned about. It can be found at www.skip1.org. They ask people to skip something and donate it to feeding the hungry. Check them out. 
I've recently become addicted to crochet. It started when I saw a Pinterest post about a really easy infinity scarf pattern. I made it and love it. It was super easy. Then I found out about a group found at www.crochetforcancer.org They gather crocheted caps for people undergoing cancer treatment. They provide easy patterns provided by another group at www.crochethooksyou.com So... I've finished my 6th cap. The website provides regional addresses to mail the finished caps to. Here's my latest one: a slouchy beanie modeled by my son's old tiger (I realize I need a mannequin head, going forward. Lol.) The monkey was made by me also. It's an amigurumi (knitted toy). It's the second one I've done and I don't think there will be many more because it requires a lot of patience but I do like this little guy. 
It's understandable now that crochet magazines and new yarns will follow. Picked up a few things at Joanns for future ideas. I broke down and went with the new nail color trend, too. Took a little getting used to but it's fun.
Lastly, I'm now even more of a fan of HSN. I bought this lovely Herkimer Quartz necklace from them in January and it chipped so I called up hoping they'd help out and they are taking it back no problem. I love companies with good customer service. 
Thanks for dropping by. I hope you're having a good week. Now I need to go organize my crafty stuff. I think they've been playing tag behind my back because they are scattered everywhere.
*wink*

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hobbies, hobbies, hobbies...

Hello,

Several different hobbies are occupying my free time these days and I just wanted to give you a glimpse into them (in case you don't follow me on Instagram - my feed is @scrapcollectr).

One thing I'm doing is crocheting caps for cancer patients. The website www.CrochetForCancer.org offers free easy patterns and addresses of regional locations to mail your finished caps. The supplier of the patterns is www.crochethooksyou.com . Both have Facebook pages. When I'm finished, I usually post my latest cap at the latter. I used to love crocheting long ago so I'm enjoying taking it up again. I'm a little afraid that I'm getting a little too excited about yarn purchases though. Lol. I'm working on my sixth cap now. This is what one of the finished ones looks like. I also tried my hand at amigurumi ("knitted toys" in Japanese). It was fun but more effort!


Then, I'm also really into using a Filofax as a decorated diary. I'm using stickers, flyers, business cards, and photos that I print from my Canon Selphy, as well as any number of other flat items on the pages. I post recaps on Mondays on Instagram. Here is the latest one.


And I guess along the same lines, just today, I decided to use my collection of flair buttons to decorate the outside of a little notebook that I got from Filofax's clearance section awhile back. It didn't have a calendar in it so I order the inserts and will use it more as a planner since the above is more of a diary after the fact.


You know that I like to make cards, so if you didn't see my previous post, check out the never-ending card that I made for a special uncle last week.

Thanks for coming by. I hope you enjoyed it. *smile*

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Never Ending Card technique

Hi Friends!
I love Instagram (IG). I'm posting over there at least once a day (my moniker is @scrapcollectr) but I'm realizing that if I want to say more, it's best to get this blog going again.

Like today. I pulled out a fun card that I made awhile back because it is so appropriate to use as a thank you for a recent giveaway I won. A souvenir box filled with items from Tokyo from the lovely @maybelleimasa over on IG.

What's fun about this is that it is a Never Ending Card. It flips over and over four times until it returns to the original image. Below my four photos, I'll give you a link to the tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers, a wonderful free source for cardmakers. When you get to the tutorial, don't be overwhelmed by the step by step instructions. It's worth the effort.

So here are my photos. It was fun to cut the papers so that the flower image was still continuous. I've tried to track down the name of the stamp set that includes these lovely little geishas but I haven't yet. I'll keep you posted.







So now, give it a try. Here's the link. Have a great time. I'd love to see what you do with it!
Thanks for stopping by.... *smile*

Oh, and if you'd like to see it in action, I did a VINE post of it. My ID there is also Scrapcollectr.