Saturday, August 29, 2015

Back to School Little Big Heads

Hi all!  Happy Saturday!!!  I have a card today that is also inspiration for a contest that ScrappyDew is running until August 31st.  Here is the link to the contest...Little Big Heads Contest  So let me show you what I have created.  Lyrics are....

~Scrap Factory Program
~Scrap Factory Little Big Heads Expansion Pack
     I used girl #1, Boy #1, Charlie Brown and Boy #3
~Scrap Factory School Days Expansion Pack
     I used the school bus
~Bits and pieces of Recollections card stock
~Left over blue Hallmark Envelope
~Paper Wishes Science Paper
 ~Rubber stamp I have had forever!
~24" Silver Bullet Pro Cutter
~Sure Cuts A Lot V4 software
~It seems like I use the kitchen sink also!!!!

So this card is kinda neato.  I made the base of the card from the svg in School Days by duplicating it and then flipping one image.  Welded it together and we have a card base.  I made all the little (and I mean little not even a 1/2" in size) big heads.  They are so cute looking out the windows of the bus.  The figure getting on the bus represents the young man that I made the card for.  On the inside, I had purchased some paper with the alphabet on it.  I cut out the letters for his name.  Then just wrote a note.  Presto chango and my card is fini!!!!

Here is the front

Just love the alphabet paper (it's by Hot off the presses)

He starts school on Monday.  Hopefully he will get this tomorrow!

So that's it for this week.  Guess what, I totally know what is on the docket for next week.  I will leave clues over in facebook land this week.  Love and Hugs, Bright blessings Jana




Saturday, August 22, 2015

Angel Bears and blankets

Right off the bat, I am going to warn you to grab a couple of kleenex.  

Hello and welcome to another Saturday with Rhapsody on Paper.  This week I needed two tags for two baby blankets that my daughter-in-law Heather and myself created.  I will tell you more about that in a minute.  The lyrics for the tags first...

~ ScrappyDew file Angel Bears 2015
     View #3
~Recollections papers
~Neenah Metallic card stock
~Silver Bullet Pro 24" cutter
~Sure Cuts A Lot V4
~1 foot (divided) of pretty ribbon 1/4 inch

The tags are very easy to make.  I used a little yellow chalk to give definition between the wings and the little gown on the bear.  The metallic white made each tag stand out.  On the back I used cream metallic cardstock and foiled using my wonderful Foil Master + Foil the saying Memories are Love.

Here is how they turned out.

The front of the tag.  It measures 6".  Can be used
as a Christmas ornament with the ribbon that is
 attached to the back.

This is the back.
Now for the blankets.  (this would be a really good time to grab your tissues)  Kat James runs a group on Facebook called Yarnal Knowledge.  She is a good friend of my DIL Heather.  This is the post that she sent out on April 21, 2015.....

     CALLING ALL YARNERS...Time for some seriousness for a cause. My sister is on the bereavement committee at her local hospital in Kentucky. She is putting together packages to be given to parents lose their babies. At Providence St. Vincent's they wrap the babies who don't make it in all-white handmade blankets. For most parents this is the one and only keepsake they have from their wee little one's too short life. I would like to send at least 20 of these to my sister to jump start this program at her local hospital. She is having a fundraising event in October and I'd love to send them to her for this. **Who will volunteer to make 1 or more blankets?**  

Heather volunteered and on our shopping day (in the middle of Walmart) told be about this and I broke down crying.  I had never even thought about this and I know that it happens all the time.

So here is Heathers blanket.  This is the first project she has ever made using Crochet.  I AM SO DANGED PROUD OF HER!!!!!

The blanket used  2 big balls of Bernat Baby Yarn in a bulky, chenille type.

The stitches are perfect!

Her blanket with the tag.
I do know how to crochet.  I've made a couple of blankets for Heather and my daughter. But I personally have never followed a pattern step by step.  But I conquered it!  Here is my blanket based on the PBS show "Call the Midwife".  Here is the link to the pattern Call the midwife crocheted blanket.

Love how this turned out.  I used a huge skein of Lion brand
pound of love White baby yarn.

Tag front

Tag back

So that is myself and Heathers project for the week.  If you would like to do something like this for your local community hospital, I would recommend getting in touch with the bereavement committee or maybe the ladies auxiliary.  

Now for next week, I have a birthday card or maybe a back to school for a young man card.  Either one, I promise won't make you cry. 

Bright blessings, Jana


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Jody the enabler

My friend Jody came to visit and joined my DIL and myself for a wonderful sushi feast lunch on Thursday.  I think it's been 5 years since Jody moved to Alaska.  Shortly after moving, she asked my DIL to clean out her storage unit.  Keep what she wanted and give the rest to charity.  My DIL came home bringing 3 huge rubbermaid totes.  One filled with Christmas items and 2 with paper crafting supplies.  That is how my love of paper came to be.

So for todays post, I have a thank you card for Jody for everything she didn't know she was doing for me (and just because I love her).  So here are the lyrics...

~ScrappyDew file 'One in a Melon'
~Recollections scraps
~Sure cuts a lot v4
~Silver Bullet Pro 24"
~DCWV Spring 180 paper stack
~(ok here goes, 3M spray adhesive, needle nose tweezers, titanium scissors, Tonic scissors, Provo Craft lifting pallet tool, Derwent colored pencils, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, See thru quilting ruler, Xacto knife and plenty of coffee/sweet tea during the day and Oregon Chai with milk at night)

This very simple card has a great impact.  No special techniques were used.  The size is 4.25 by 5.50 (I think that's an A2)  So here it is in all it's glory.

Isn't she just the cutest!

The inside is adorable.  I just love this paper from DCWV

The envelope
So with only a days notice, this is what I came up with.  Pretty cool.  Now next week your guess is as good as mine.  I need to make a back to school card for a young man and I have two girly birthday cards to complete.  So it will be one of those.

So until next Saturday, bright blessings, Jana



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Happy Scrappy-versary Michelle!

I have a very special post and project for today.  My design team leader and a lady that is very creative is celebrating her 4th year working with ScrappyDew.  Congratulations, Michelle.  You are a great inspiration to all who craft.  Beautiful projects and step by step tutorials are so perfectly constructed.  Your dedication to ScrappyDew and the BEST customer support around by far is all YOU!  Thank you for all the encouragement.

Here are the lyrics...

~ScrappyDew Tea Party File
~Recollections scraps
~G45 Steamunk Spells Clockworks paper
~Sure Cuts A Lot v4
~Silver bullet Pro 24" Cutter
~Foil Master
**All the stuff that I never write down**

So the first thing I did was cut out the total file.  All the pieces.  Then I just put together the left side of the Tea Party.  When that was done, I took my Xacto knife and very carefully cut off the part I didn't need.  Next I found the image of a Mac computer and a Silver Bullet cutter.  (since I can't get my mind around the print and cut using the Silver Bullet, I used my KNK Zing and Make The Cut software to do the print and cut)  Last I just printed out the saying that was to be foiled and the card was complete.  But you know me, I can never leave a card undecorated on the back.  This is a Penny Black stamp that I colored and I also used Glossy Accents on the bubbles.  Here you are Michelle!

The front of the card.

I'll write a note before I send it

the bubbles have glossy accents on them
So Michelle from the bottom of my heart, Happy Scrappy-versary!!!

Bright blessings, Jana

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Shake, Shake, Shake!

It's Saturday!  Let me show you what I have been up to.  I had never made a shaker card.  So I set out to create one.  My friend Tina's birthday is today and I usually try different types of cards out on her.  So this is also a tutorial on how I created this card.  Lyrics first...

~Scrap Factory Doll Builder program
~Scrap Factory Sisters Expansion pack
     Body-open toes
     Hair-Eliana
     Outfit-Dress #2
~3M Overhead projector Sheets
~DCWV Texture Stack & White Ginger Stack
~Studio Calico Here & There Savannah Sheet
~Stamps for inside of circle
     Inkadinkadoo Floral Butterfly #98874
     Inkadinkadoo Flowers, Vines & Insects #98973
~Sure Cuts A Lot V4
~Silver Bullet Professional 24" Cutter
~And a gob of beads, sequins and shiny stuff

First off was to create my circles the back is Georgia Pacific card stock and the front I cut out of 3M overhead projector sheet.  I will show you the next steps using pics.

The circles

I stamped the images using Stazon so that the
Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers wouldn't smear the ink.

As you can see the Stazon smeared.
I used my Spectrum Noir Markers to color the flowers.  Then
stamped the saying and embossed

This is 1" wide double sided sticky pop up tape.  I used a
sewing trick to go around the circle smoothly.  Clip the tape
and it will lay down flat around the circle.

Here is how it looked before the overhead projector
sheet was put on.  I filled the circle with sequins and beads.
Then took off the paper and applied the clear sheet enclosing
the sparkles.

Trimmed around the circle and added a blue border.

Here is the little gal created in Scrap Factory.

I think she looks great with the shaker element.

The front of the card

Close up of the shaker

Inside of card for Tina   
The back of the card
For my first shaker card, it turned out pretty darned good.  Will I make more, maybe.  But not for a while.  Next week I have a box that I transformed to hold a card.  It's a commissioned piece and I stretched my creative muscles.

Bright blessings for the upcoming week!  Jana


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Two uses for one birthday card!

It's Saturday!  How is everyone?  A very bad heatwave has attached it's self to the Willamette Valley where I live.  Thursday saw 109.6 and friday we reached 107.0.  So thankful for A/C.  

So today I have a birthday card for you.  Now this birthday card has morphed into what I will be making for my Halloween (Sahain) cards this year.  It's just the perfect card and so cute.  Want to see.....lyrics first!

~ScrappyDew Wizard 2013 #2 hat
~ScrappyDew Spring Owls 2014 #3
~Graphic 45 Papers
     *Steampunk Spells
     *Witching Hour
     *Totally Wicked
     *Steampunk Spell stickers
~Fonts (outside/inside verse) Carmine Tango
     *Happy Birthday~BlackJack Regular
     *Frame~Caligraphy Frames Soft
~Silver Bullet 24" Professional Cutter
~Sure Cuts A Lot Software (SCAL V4.0)
~Foil MasterFoil Master
~All the bits and pieces that I have yet to remember to write down!

So I found this poem online.  I tried to trace to a source but didn't have any luck.  A new trick I learned with this card is you can foil on black card stock and it turns out beautiful.
One little trick with this is to print it twice.  Make sure you get a really heavy print for the foil to adhere to.  Oh don't forget, over at http://www.dafont.com they have a huge section called dingbats.  Shapes, aliens and others are available.  I even found a lot of frames that you can then print and foil.  So here is the card that will have two uses.

The front

The inside left

Inside right

This is the back. I found the stamp
at St. Vinnies.
So happy to have a decision made for Halloween so early.  Maybe my cards won't be late this year.  (and no I have not started the Christmas cards yet)

Have a wonderful week filled with bright blessings!  Jana