Saturday, February 8, 2020

Scrapbook Mini Album - Black and Rainbow - Video!

I made this scrapbook mini album from #10 business envelopes for a friend. This album would work well for pictures of family, or school pictures, or a specific event like a trip or a play day or summer time, etc. Also makes a nice brag book for the mantle or to gift to grandma and grandpa!

The album is stitch-bound with ribbon page bindings and embroidery floss thread. I followed a video tutorial (in a language I didn't understand) for making the stitches and worked out my own dimensions.


For landscape photos, it holds wallet photos: 3.5x2.5 inches or the smaller 2x3 inches. These sizes are 1/4 of a 5x7 and 4x6 photo respectively. It will also hold half of a 4x6 (at 4x3) in but portrait orientation only. It can hold these in landscape if they are not stuck down (i.e. rest the photo inside the pockets and pull them out to see). With 20 pages, this album will hold at least 35 photos.

The cover includes a homemade polaroid-shaped embellishment. I painted a chipboard dragonfly and then stamped on it. I stenciled a heart in the centre with platinum embellishment mousse coloured with paint.

I tried out some different page styles in this album. I liked this one the best. It's a slide-lock closure. Slide the butterfly embellishment to the left and the belt opens so you can lift the page flap. The other style I tried was a slot-lock, but I didn't like that one as much.

I've posted a video walkthrough of this envelope scrapbook mini album on my YouTube channel. There's a reveal of what I used to edge my covers. (I also put it on the pages to make them more durable.) I made a few of these covers before determining I liked it. I hope to do a future video on those practice models one day.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Tall Skinny Dragon Birthday Card

I'm going to host a tall, skinny card class. So,  I thought I would practice on my nephew's birthday card. I love how it turned out! I broke open some NEW supplies for this one.

I started with an ink-blended sky. I used my home-made cloud stencil and my new, make-up brush ink-blending brushes (that I got from Amazon for Christmas).

I have SO many #10 business envelopes still from when my old firm existed. When it merged with another firm, their old business envelopes with the name and address became useless. They let me have them and I have many (hundreds). I've been meaning to try tall, skinny cards for a while. Mojo Monday has some sketches for some.

I modelled this handmade birthday card after >>>this card (click to see!)<<< by Kristina Werner, blended with a >>>dragon card I made (click to see!)<<< before with the same style of sky.
I also used my new Dragon Plushies stamp set from Clearly Besotted. (The set in the link is not the same as mine. I got one with a cloud stamp instead of the one in the link with the really cute sentiments. I would have preferred the cute sentiments.)

I coloured the dragons with my Copic markers, using my new favourite dragon-green combination (YG03, YG09, C5). I used my sparkle pen on the horns and candles. I've tilted this picture so you can see the shimmer.
The sentiment is white embossed on black cardstock for high contrast. I used my cloud border die to cut the base cloud.

I think it turned out cute! And, you know what? This card is the perfect size to hold cash or a cheque - the oft-preferred gift of teenagers!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Crocheted Christmas!

I am definitely one of the crazed Baby Yoda fans sweeping the internet. We have really enjoyed the first season of The Mandalorian on Disney+ and we are looking forward to the second season! My sister made me a couple crocheted dolls of the Yoda-esque youngster for Christmas. She used a combination of doll ideas to build her Baby Yoda.

She did make this one with the baby's signature brown robe, but she also made me a Santa outfit to dress him seasonally.





Isn't he cute! In this picture, his hat pushes his hears down a little. Normally, they stick out more, like the character's. And, since I couldn't decide what shade of green to make him, I also got one made in this very soft green gray yarn:



Since this one is a soft yarn, the ears are floppy. He is adorable! I like the embroidery floss around the eyes better than the thicker ones.

These guys stand about 13-13.5 inches. Here's the small version, which is more like 8 inches.
The yard around this one's eyes is split to make it thinner too, like the floss version. My husband favours the dark-side, so my sister made a dual-ended light saber for this doll. He's currently at the office on display for the week.

Handmade Holidays are the best!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Floating Element Aperture Card - Winter Birthday

I needed to make my mother-in-law a birthday card. I saw a tutorial by Mixed Up Craft. In her spinner version tutorial (that I linked), she links back to her floating element tutorial. I don't like square cards, so I made the 5 x 7 version but used the popped up sentiment bit from the spinner version.




It's basically a twist on a regular shadow box card. Instead of putting the aperture on a flat side of the box, you put it on the corner. That allows you to use acetate to "pop out" of the aperture and to have the sentiment to the same with a very clever "bridge" piece behind it.
You end up with this clever diamond shaped card that folds perfectly flat for mailing. Love it! I've already figured out the dimensions for an A2 version too.
I used my Nuvo Embellishment mousse on some cardstock and then cut the snowflakes out. I wanted to add just a touch of shine. The gifts are made from paper scraps. I love using my scraps to make gift boxes for cards. It works for birthdays and Christmas!



I think I will be making more of these! I think I will go ahead and figure out the dimensions for a landscape version of both sizes. The A7 will have to be constructed out of a front and back piece but the A2 can fit on a single piece of paper. To be honest, now that I think about it, I think a two piece construction might be simpler anyway, so it's easier to figure out what outside and inside areas need paper!

So many possibilities with this design!  I hope you are inspired too!