Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Birthday Flip Flops

Hello, All! Long time no see. It's been a madhouse around here for the last few weeks. I finished up my last craft show until fall and then my sister got married this past Saturday. I was on nephew duty for the days leading up to the wedding. It was a lot of fun, but I learned the hard way that your time becomes much less efficient when there's a little person to manage. Let's just say that the cats and I are enjoying our quiet time this week (the cats in particular).

Anyhow, I made this card recently and thought it might be fun to share. I've had this flip flop set for awhile, but just had a chance to pull it out and give it a spin. I started by die cutting and stamping my sandals. Then, I die cut circles of Fine Linen cardstock and ran them through my Xyron machine "good" side down. I burnished them really well before peeling them off the white backing paper to ensure total coverage.

I adhered one of my flip flops and positioned the foam tape for the other one onto the sticky surface. Important tip: leave the exposed backing paper for your foam tape in place until after the next step! Next, I took actual sand (found in the floral department of a major craft store) and smushed it all up in the adhesive. I pressed firmly to make sure that the sand was good and secure. Then, and only then, I removed the foam tape backing paper and adhered my second sandal in place.

That circle was mounted with foam tape to an Aqua Mist mat stack shape that had been stamped and heat embossed with my sentiment. The whole focal point was then mounted to a polka dotty card base that had been embellished with ribbon and a crochet thread bow. Just a sweet little summer birthday card. I love the realistic texture from the sand!

Thank you for stopping by today. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Stamps: Flipping Out, Mini Blooms, Polka Dot Basics, Background Basics: Retro - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Fine Linen - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Lemon Tart Saddle Stitched Ribbon, Flipping Out Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; white cotton crochet thread; Foam Tape - Scotch; Circle Die - Quickutz; White detail embossing powder - Filigree; sand

Saturday, June 1, 2013

June Color Play

Good morning, Friends. Can you believe that it's already June? Thank you for joining me for this month's Papertrey Ink Color Play feature! This month we have an inspiration photo from Kiran Tarun's delightful food and photo styling blog. Her beautiful photo of roasted sweet corn popsicles inspires a color combo of Lemon Tart, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, and Enchanted Evening.

This is such a peppy, refreshing color scheme that lends itself well to masculine projects. With Father's Day right around the corner a masculine combo seems fitting. The brighter colors offer an alternative to the darker, more neutral tones you might expect for a manly card.

I started by die cutting my large frame from Enchanted Evening stock and the sentiment banner from Hawaiian Shores stock. I stamped the bracket label onto the coordinating die cut using New Leaf ink and trimmed out a window for the sentiment. The Father's Day sentiment is actually a two-lined ditty from Rhythm & Soul that I selectively inked and stamped all on one line in Enchanted Evening ink. The two layers were adhered together and then mounted to the Enchanted Evening frame. Next, I stamped my little sunny scene in Lemon Tart and New Leaf inks onto white stock and adhered it behind the frame.

Then I stamped my tent onto Hawaiian Shores and Lemon Tart patterned papers and pieced it together for a little extra fun and texture. Tip: I also backed the tent with a bit of cardstock make it a little sturdier. The tent was mounted to the frame with foam adhesive and that whole piece was set aside while I stamped my background. The background layer was adhered to a white card base and a simple bakers twine bow was tied around the whole base. Finally, I mounted the focal point to the card using foam adhesive. The result is a cheerful Father's Day card for the outdoorsy mister in your life.

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you've enjoyed this month's project and I hope you'll share your projects using the color scheme over on the Papertrey Ink forum. We'll have a thread ready in the Challenge section that you can use to share photos or links to your projects. Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Stamps: Summer Camp, Rhythm & Soul, Fabulous Frames, Love Lives Here, Up, Up & Away - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, New Leaf, Lemon Tart Pattern Pack, Hawaiian Shores Pattern Pack - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Enchanted Evening, New Leaf, Lemon Tart - Papertrey Ink
Other: Fabulous Frames Die Collection, Linen & Canvas Impression Plate - Papertrey Ink; Lemon Bakers Twine - Divine Twine; Foam Tape - Scotch