Friday, November 29, 2013

Party Time for Cheerleaders

This week, I have another cheerleading birthday card to share with you all. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to design these birthday cards for my neighbor who is a Cheer Mom for her teenage daughter's team. It's been a lot of fun trying to find new ways to use the same stamp set.

I was inspired by this pin that provided a tutorial on how to make tent topper cards. The combined height of the card base and image frame equals 5-1/2 inches, or an A2 size card.

The SP&Co Cheerleader stamp from the Gill Roberts Collection is stamped on Cryogen White in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics. I die cut both the image and the silver striped mat with Label Stacklets 3 from Taylored Expressions and secured them to the black cardstock base with dimensionals. I also added a strip of red and white polka dot ribbon behind the image and white gel pen stitch marks.

The sentiment from the SP&Co Stitchery Doo Banners set is stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with snow white embossing powder to make it pop! Here's another close-up of the cheerleader:

Thanks for stopping by!

Skin: E-00/11
Hair: E-25/29/31/50
Outfit: R-24/27/29 + R-22 (Pom Poms); C-3/5/7

Ink & Powders: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark; White Gel Pen; Snow White Embossing Powder
Cardstock: Black; Foil Silver Stripes (Recollections)
Embellishments: Ribbon

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tooth Fairy Treasure Box

We've got big news to share today! Finally! If you've ever seen the movie Rise of the Guardians, you'll appreciate this little gift box that I created in anticipation of my daughter losing her very first tooth. It's only been loose for about two weeks and today was the day!  It finally came out!

When I saw these cute metal hinged tins at Taylored Expressions, I thought they would make really cool gift boxes. The deal got even sweeter when I found them online at Specialty Bottle for about half the price.

The gift card frame, banner stacklets 1, and label stacklets 3 dies from Taylored Expressions made this box super simple to put together and the All Around Everything / Accessories stamp sets from My Creative Time were perfect for this occasion.

When you open it up, here's a view of the inside:

I added a Dreamy Days Circular Sentiment from Lili of the Valley stamped in SU Rich Razzleberry. They coordinate perfectly with Spellbinders Standard Circles-Small and Scalloped Circles-Small. An SP In Color! flamingo pink button and white baker's twine finish off the inside top cover. The foil silver stripes paper and two clear rhinestones accent the spot to place the very special tooth.

This was the first gift box I've made with these metal tins.  They are the perfect size for gift cards, small gift tags, etc.  With Christmas right around the corner, I can't wait to see what other projects I design with them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Joyous Reindeer with Buttons

I'm really excited to share my card with you this week for New Techniques Week over at SP&Co. I can't remember exactly where I saw this tutorial but thought it was the coolest idea ever! I mean, why didn't I think of that!?!? Better yet... it's so simple to do once you can get your hands on some clear buttons. That was the most challenging part for me!  So, let's get started…

Instead of coloring the ornaments hanging from this little guy's antlers with Copics, I created my own custom buttons to coordinate with the Echo Park Tis the Season banners. All you do is glue a clear button to any pattern/print designer cardstock and then cut the button out using your craft knife or a pair of scissors. I used mini glue dots. When you're done, the cardstock pattern will be visible through the clear button. It's so simple... yet creates an entirely unique look to your design!

I thought this Funny Reindeer stamp from the Tina Wenke Collection was a perfect example to use for this technique because the ornaments were just the right size.

As for other design elements, I used a hexagon punch to trim the banners at a perfect angle. The sentiment on the front is from SP's Oh Christmas Tree set. Doesn't this reindeer looks joyous? The stripes embossing folder adds some texture while white gel pen stitch marks frame out the card.

For a change, I also added some stripes and stitching to the inside too. The card is cut at 5 ½-inches square so there's still plenty of room to write a greeting inside.

I wish someone would make a card like this for me!! Let me know what you think in the comment section below. And don't forget to enter to win the giveaway from this week's Sunday Scoop!

Thanks for stopping by!!

SP Stamps: Funny Reindeer - Tina Wenke; Oh Christmas Tree
Paper: Echo Park Tis the Season; SU Cherry Cobbler; Cryogen White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Clear Buttons; SU Stripes Embossing Folder; White Gel Pen

E - 25/27/29 (body) 53/55 (spots)
R - 24/27/29 (nose) + 89 (collar)
C - 00/1/3 (jingle bells) 3/5 (antlers) 3/5/7 (hooves)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Winter Hues and Icy Blues

Hi there! Here is some chilly inspiration for Winter Hues week, over at SP and Company. It's definitely appropriate for the weather we are having here in Virginia. Just a few days ago we were having snow flurries and had to break out the winter hats and mittens.

For my card this week, I used Polar Bear Present from the Gill Roberts Collection. I fell in love with this little guy the minute I saw him and thought he would be perfect for this week's theme.

I tried a masking technique with post-it notes for the sponged background using Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans distress inks. I also added a sparkly silver layer of foiled card stock which has beautiful vertical stripes running through it.

For additional interest and dimension, I used part of a cotton ball for his hat and added three clear rhinestones to the bottom right corner. Here's a close-up:

So, what's your favorite winter animal? Let me know my commenting below. Come play along with us and link up your projects for Winter Hues week here.

As appropriate, this is also my entry for the Color Me Creative Challenge #81 - Wintry, Frosty & Cold Theme.

Thanks for stopping by and stay warm wherever you might be!!

SP&Co Stamp: Polar Bear Present - Gill Roberts
Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans
Paper: Cryogen White, Silver Stripes Recollections Signature Foil Paper
Embellishments: Clear Rhinestones, Cotton Ball

BG-0000/10/11 (Hat, Scarf, Snow)
B-93/95/97/99 (Gift, Bow)
W-00/1/3 (Bear)
V-000/12/15/17 (Hat, Scarf, Gift)
White Paint Pen

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fall Greetings

Today I am sharing my very first DIY deco mesh wreath. To my surprise, it was pretty easy to put together. I picked up these supplies -- burgundy and multicolor deco mesh ribbon, and assorted feathers -- from Hobby Lobby in mid-October when they had their Fall products on sale.

With the leftover orange ribbon, I made a bow and secured it towards the bottom next to the feathers. My goal was to make this wreath prior to Thanksgiving and I'm happy to report, it's been on my front door since 10 November with a few weeks to spare!! Here's another view:

Happy Fall to all my family and friends of Haystack Cards!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Happy Birthday to View!

This week, I have a birthday card to share that features The Stamps of Life tv2stamp set from November's monthly kit club. As a Die Hard Club Member, I also received the coordinating dies!  I made this card for my daughter's friend who is turning nine this week.

The question is… what present do you get for a nine-year-old? In the long run, I decided movie tickets for her and a friend would go over well. I needed a clever way to wrap up two tickets to the cinema and found this awesome video tutorial on Pinterest using Stampin' Up's new Envelope Punch Board. I love how you can use this tool for more than just envelopes. It's basically a tutorial for a gift card holder, however, the tickets were a ½-inch longer than your standard gift card. Fortunately, I was able to modify the measurements to meet my needs -- see below for details.

I stamped the mini TVs and the "It's Show Time" starburst in Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, and Daffodil Delight inks to coordinate with the Stampin' Up card stock. I thought these colors played nicely with the patterned card stock from my stash. I added the HB2U sentiment using letters and icons from SP's Tiny Build a Banner stamp set. The mini TV sets are secured with dimensionals and appear to be attached to the tricolor twine.  I also notched out the sides of the Melon Mambo card stock using the Word Window Punch which helps to keep the twine in place. White gel pen stitch marks frame out the card.


The tv2stamp set includes several sentiments so I added "Happy Birthday to View" stamped in Tempting Turquoise to the card's interior.

Since it's also Anything Goes Week over at SP and Company, I'm going to enter this card into the weekly link-up. I know I didn't focus on SP products with this card, but I did incorporate a stamp set! It's too cute to pass up!

Stamps: tv2stamp (Stamps of Life); Tiny Build a Banner (SP&Co)
Inks: SU-Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight; Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: SU-Coordinating Cardstock, and Rich Razzleberry; Me & My Big Ideas Sunny Days; Cryogen White
Embellishments: We R Memory Keepers Twine in Lollipop, Limeade, and Blue Lagoon
Tools: Envelope Punch Board, Word Window Punch, tv2stamp dies, and a white gel pen

Modified Template for Movie Tickets Pocket:
Dimensions: 10-inches x 2½-inches piece of patterned card stock
Score at 2¾-inches and 7¼-inches

The actual movie ticket measured 2-inches x 4-inches and sides in perfectly!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Christmas Cards, Oh My!

As some of you may already know… in between design team projects and upcoming birthday cards, I've been working on my big Christmas card order for a friend of the family in Canada. After a few attempts, I finally found the right color combination for the presents! Yay!!

My friend, Donna, deserves a big -- THANK YOU -- for giving me some feedback during our last craft session!! I went with a lighter shade of red for the coat and used a few shades of green for the bags. The red stars on the dark green bag are also accented with Xmas Red stickles.  Here's a close-up:

I still have about (15) cards to go before I can ship them off… so over the next few weeks, I will be busy, busy! My goal is to have them in the mail by 1 December.

Stamps: Skating Along (LOTV); Oh Christmas Tree (SP&Co)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red (SU)
Paper: Cryogen White, Real Red (SU), Silver Stripes Foiled Cardstock (Recollections)
Embellishments: Sizzix Snowflake Die, Red Satin Ribbon, Frosted Lace & Xmas Red Stickles, and Glossy Accents

Skin: E-00
Dog: E-50/53, R-22/24
Hair: E-55
Coat: R-20/22/24
Skates: C-1/3
Bags: G-20/21/24/28/29, R-24

Sunday, November 10, 2013

New Releases are Here!

It's new release week at SP and Company!  Make sure to check out the newest goodies in the store.  This week, I chose to showcase Erin Making Valentines, a brand new stamp in the Tina Wenke Collection, because she's super cute and also very versatile.

I actually created this card a couple weeks ago... the same week I made my daughter's Halloween costume and the Christmas handmade gift boxes... so needless to say, I had a bit of a time coming up with a Valentine themed project to go along with this image.

What I love about Erin is --- she can be used for other occasions --- for a loved one who needs a little pick-me-up, or just to bring a smile to the face of a friend or co-worker.  The sentiment, stamped in SU Early Espresso ink, is from the SP&Co In Love Emma stamp set. I'm really happy with the way this card turned out and I love the purple and green color combo together with the kraft paper and twine.  It's not your traditional pink and red!

So what's your favorite color combo to use on projects?  Please leave a comment below. Also, don't forget to enter to win the giveaway on this week's Sunday Scoop!

Did you notice that the hearts background is de-bossed - using the reverse side of my embossing folder? Two SP In Color! coconut oil buttons threaded with twine and white gel pen stitch marks finish off the card.  Thanks so much for stopping by!!

SP Stamps: Erin Making Valentines-Tina Wenke Collection, In Love Emma
Ink: SU Early Espresso
Paper: Cryogen White, Kraft, DCWV The Chateau Lavender Stack
Dies: SU Adorning Accents Edgelits
Embellishments: SP In Color! Coconut Oil Buttons, Twine
Other: White Paint Pen (polka dots), White Gel Pen (stitch marks), Sizzix Hearts Embossing Folder

E-00/11 (Skin) 50/53/55 (Hair)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

From Your Secret Santa

I'm very excited to share my first post with you as a member of the Design Team for SP and Company!  It's been very hard to keep this a secret for the last two weeks.  I feel so honored to have been selected and I'm really looking forward to sharing my creations with you on this new journey!

To go along with Handmade Gifts and Gift Tags week, I decided to make these adorable little gift boxes.

I got the idea for these boxes from a tutorial I found on Pinterest.  You won't believe how simple they are to create!  For my first box, I used the Santa Claus stamp set by Tina Wenke and colored him with Copics.  The "...Secret Santa" sentiment on the front came from the Forest Friends Winter Post set by Gill Roberts.  The font style from this set also conveniently coordinates with the "Merry Christmas" sentiment in the Oh Christmas Tree set.  

I needed a way to keep the front flap of the box secure so I used some leftover 1/2-inch elastic from my daughter's Halloween costume.  I stamped a snowflake from the Fancy Snowflakes set next to the sentiment and along the elastic band in SU Real Red ink.  A clear rhinestone adds a touch of bling and three jingle bells attached with twine to a button in Avocado Green add some holiday cheer to the red "Ho Ho Ho" grosgrain ribbon.

Here's a closeup of Santa so you can see the glittery white fur and the glossy accent nose of the reindeer.

I had so much fun with this project that I created a second gift box using the reverse side of the same paper.  This shows a more simplistic, yet completely different design, using many of the same supplies...

What a great way to wrap up small gifts for the holidays!  Perfect for co-workers, friends, and teachers! What gift items would you use these gift boxes for?  Please leave a comment so you can enter to win the SP&Co giveaway highlighted in this week's Sunday Scoop.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Paper: Cryogen White; Black; Echo Park-Everybody Loves Christmas by Bella Road
Embellishments: Clear Rhinestones, SP In Color Avocado Green Button, 0.2-inch Jingle Bells, Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Twine, Frosted Lace Stickles, Glossy Accents
Tools: Scor-Pal; Word Window Punch (SU); Corner Rounder
Other: 1/2-inch elastic (box #1); Magnetic Neo-Buttons (box #2)

E-00/11 (Skin), 55/57/59 (Reindeer)
R-20/22/24/27 (Suit)
C-00/1/3/5/7/9 (Boots, Bag)
YG-03/17/25 (Gifts)
YR-20/21/23 (Gifts, Buckles)
B-21/24/26 (Gifts)