Flower embellishments

Happenings in July/August ;-)

Hey there, thought I'd blog since I realized yet again....that it's been about a MONTH. sowwy

My dad's 75th birthday was on 25 July 2012. Wow! He has been truly blessed with a ton of guardian angels, which we are all very thankful for. I made him this card and he will be getting a nice album (when it's finished) ... I'll post photos later. ;-)

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What's been going on... well, on 2 August we celebrated Jenna's 9th birthday. Time flies as they say. Incredible how she's grown and how independent she's become. She's just getting prettier by the day....boys, watch out! She's going to be a heartbreaker for sure! :D My little cutie.

Since her one grandma wanted to get her a bike and we wanted her to be able to pick it out, I made a pop-up card with a bike (cut with cricut expression) as a symbol of this plan. ;-)

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She loved it! 

We celebrated at the pool, which was a fantastic idea since it was pretty much empty except for us. People were unsure of the weather, plus it's summer vacation (people are away) and the kids had a super time.

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They either took over the entire sand box (had parents asking for "permission" to get a bucket of water for their toddlers - LOL) or they were jumping around in the pool. As a little gift and thank you for coming, I made these cool wallets out of iced tea cartons that I got directions from at this site: http://spoonful.com/crafts/carton-wallet

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Well, the kids thought those were just so awesome. Made me feel awesome too. ;-)

 

In August also, we found out that we got a place for Jenna at another daycare (where some of her friends and classmates are) after we had actually received notice that they could not provide a place. We had been ok with that, since the place she was at was great as well, offering so many things to do and lots of sports. We decided to leave it up to her, so she wanted to go to the new daycare, which is only for another year anyway. We were all happy on the one side, but it was sad as well since she has been there from the beginning of her Kindergarten days. So, I decided I needed to give them something to remember both Jenna and Danny by and made this little mini tag book, which I think they liked.

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 Then it was my best friend Christine's birthday on 8 August who lives so far far away from me... :-( So, I always make her a nice card to show her how much I miss her...

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 This card was made entirely with the heat embossing technique...using SEI Mimosa and Hero Arts stamps, plus Zing embossing powders. I love these colors! And she enjoyed it too.

Currently I'm working on a customer order for a few pages of a Marriage Travel Book. Neat idea actually. I may show a few images if I get permission from my customer. ;-)

Sunday it was hot... about 103°F or 39°C HOT. So, we decided to go to the pool...so did about a gazillion other people. At any rate, we had an awesome spot that had shade all day long. Danny is so creative... he started gathering leaves and little twigs, etc. and made lunch... on his shoe. ;-)

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 He's just cool like that. ;-) Love him so much!!

In almost a week, we will be vacationing in Turkey!!! I cannot wait to be by the ocean and not have to worry about silly things, such as housework and accounting stuff. Yeahhhh!

Then school begins again.... oh boy. Danny is going to a new school, 5th grade, and will have to take the bus. New school, new kids, fresh start. I hope he likes it. Jenna will be entering 4th grade, same teacher, so nothing new there. 

And... we... are in the process of planning our house. Yes, I said house. We are building a house, our own, us... YES! YEAHHHH! Should be finished around May/June 2013 and we are so very excited. It's a duplex house, but can't be picky in these parts. I will finally have a scrap studio with STRAIGHT walls! Finally! And I won't have to sweat in the attic anymore...hehe. 

Otherwise, not much else is going on at the moment...thankfully.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and spending time with their families!

xoxo

Jackie

 

 

 

 

 


Altered Matchbox - Scrapbooking Stuttgart Design Team

This is SO way overdue!! What should have been taken care of in May has now scooched into June. I was on vacation in Vienna and after that I was in Finland on business, so please forgive my long gaps in posting!

Mother's Day was a while back, but I still wanted to show you what I made from the kit I was sent from Yvonne @ Scrapbooking Stuttgart. Making cards over and over gets a bit boring after a while, so this matchbox idea came in handy for me. 

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"I adore you MOM" - Mom loved this idea and she now keeps it in her car/purse to place her kleenex, so it is always with her. Bless her heart....I was very moved. <3

 

Supplies used...

Paper: 

http://simon.online-reseller.de/eshop.php?action=article_detail&s_supplier_aid=117023%2F0188

http://simon.online-reseller.de/eshop.php?action=article_detail&s_supplier_aid=117006%2F1157

Embellies:

 http://simon.online-reseller.de/eshop.php?action=article_detail&s_supplier_aid=107000%2F1117

 http://simon.online-reseller.de/eshop.php?action=article_detail&s_supplier_aid=53453102

 http://simon.online-reseller.de/eshop.php?action=article_detail&s_supplier_aid=006418%2F0023

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http://simon.online-reseller.de/eshop.php?action=article_detail&s_supplier_aid=8147000 

 

 


August Kit from Scrapbooking Stuttgart - Altered Cardboard Crown

I just fell in love with the new August Kit from Scrapbooking Stuttgart, as I've always wanted to do something like this for Jenna, either in the form of a mini-album or as decoration for her room. So, this was perfect for me and I could hardly wait to do something with it. I had to work with it right away!

Jenna is a real "girly girl", so the paper that came with it was perfect for her room and she was excited when I showed it to her. Danny thought it was super cute too.  LOL Something like this belongs in every little girl's room!

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Supplies from the kit (buy it for 12€ in the shop at Scrapbooking Stuttgart) :

  • Rayher Papermachè crown
  • Bazzill Kraft Cardstock 12x12"
  • DCWV Mariposa Paperpack
  • Metal trinkets
  • E line paper flowers
  • Gem brad
  • Gems
  • Crochet lace
  • Ribbons, red & cream (not used in this example)

Other supplies:

  • white acrylic paint
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Modgepodge
  • Martha Stewart butterfly punch
  • 1-1/2" Paper Shapers circle punch
  • Packaging string (from the Juli Kit)

Then I also made this card from leftovers from the kit: 

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I hope I was able to give you a bit of inspiration...

Have a wonderful start into the new week and to all the schwabian folk, have a good summer vacation time!

Jackiesign 

 


Design Team Work - Scrapbooking Stuttgart

As Design Team member at Scrapbooking Stuttgart, I was recently sent some products to use for whatever I wanted. Once I got started, there was no stopping me! LOL With just two sheets of double-sided patterned cardstock, twine, 3 kraft gift bags, brads and metal embellies, (and a few items from my stash) this is what I came up with. 

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Supplies from Scrapbooking Stuttgart:

  • Cosmo Cricket Crafting Kit "Social Club" - Swingin' & Borders Papers
  • Knorr Prandell Gift bags
  • Brads from Rayher
  • Divine Twine by whisker graphics
  • Metal guitar & musical note

 

Supplies from my stash:

  • Prima flower
  • Tim Holtz Vintage, Shabby Shutters, Barn Door Distress ink
  • Ranger crackle paint clear
  • Making Memories buttons
  • Fiskars border punch
  • DCWV cards (brown & black)
  • Hero Arts sparkle clear sentiment stamps
  • Other cards (white and pink)
  • Martha Stewart butterfly punch
  • Kars sticky pearls
  • Cuttlebug heart die cut
  • White Signo marker
  • Wooden butterfly

Please note that most, if not all of these supplies can be ordered at www.scrapbookingstuttgart.de


Of handmade flowers, Mother's Day cards & altered frames

It's been awhile and I apologize profusely! It's been a busy busy life.... still is for that matter! We've had Easter and I've had an big event at work we've been planning for (in Zurich). Now that it's over, I can breath....even if just for a little while. ;-)

I know Mother's Day is long over, but in my last post I had been making flowers like a crazy person and just wanted to show you a few examples of how you can put your handmade flowers to use. It's nothing new or extraordinarily exciting, but these are my examples and perhaps it will spark something in you.

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This year's Mother's Day card....it had my mom in tears, which was exactly what I was aiming for....tears of joy that is.

 

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I've been making decorative frames for all seasons....Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Fall, but I didn't have one for Spring. So, my handmade flowers fit perfectly for what I wanted to make. I drew stems with leaves in pencil on cardstock, then pierced holes along the design and back stitched some green thread on to it. I adhered the flowered, stamped a flourish on opposite corners and was done. Yes, it's simple, but romantic and I like it. Just another decorating idea for ya.

Question for you:  Would you purchase something like this if were for sale?

Stay tuned for more uses of handmade flowers....Until then, have a superb weekend!

Jackiesign


 


Paper flowers and a tissue box ;-)

Don't ask me why I decided to look up videos on youtube about how to make paper flowers, but for some reason I did and I obviously had a lot of fun! :-) Then I decided my tissue box was too pretty to throw out, so I decided to make a flower box to hold my hand-made flowers. Now, it could use a few more details around the edges, but this was a quicky. I just cut along the top of the box on one long end and the two short ends, covered the opening with a large journaling tag I cut with my cricut, then added a brad on the top and long side of the box to tie a string for closure. Like I said....very quick. 

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I made this flower this morning, so easy. You just need 3 of each large, medium and small sized either punched or cut out flowers, whether they be 5 or 6 petal does not matter in the least. Ink them if you like, spray all with water, scrunch or wad them up real tight, then flatten each one out. Take some glossy accents or other quick drying adhesive and begin adhering them on top of each other beginning with the largest and ending up with the smallest flowers on top. Be sure to vary the position of the petals when you stack the flowers on top of each other for more fullness and dimension. What I did below is I put a brad through the middle. Sprayed it with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Blue Denim), dried it with the embossing gun, then used some Ranger Distress Stickles "Rock Candy" to give it some more glitter, dried it again and it was done. It took about 10 minutes or so. Like I said, real easy and saves you money!! :-) You can use them on cards or layouts, to decorate gifts with or hot glue on to a simple head band to spruce it up. 

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Hope you enjoyed these short little tutorials. Have a great rest of your weekend!

Jackiesign

 


5 more cards with "Life of the Party" patterned papers by Basic Grey

As promised, here are 5 more cards I whipped up yesterday in the scope of design team work for Scrapbooking Stuttgart with the "Life of the Party" line by Basic Grey. I also used the Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix die "Sewing Room", really fun stuff. Check it out...

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Birthday card for anyone...

 

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"Thx sew much" card....thank you card (fun dress form!!) - NOW available at Scrapbooking Stuttgart!

 

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"Miss you sew..." I think this turned out to be my favorite one from the batch. ;-) I'm hooked on the dress form people!!

 

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"Just wanted to say hi there!" - Cutesy card 

 

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"Adore" card for various occasions....mainly loving ones ;-)

 

Hope you enjoyed all the possibilities of what can be done with this great Basic Grey collection! Until next time....I'm going to enjoy the sunshine!


More Thank you cards....& a Cinch Mini Album ;-)

Good LORD! Time flies! I just checked my blog to see when the last time was.... how embarrassing! It's been close to a MONTH! I apologize profusely for not blogging sooner. Major stress at the day job. The days just whizz by and it's hard to slow down. Then my side-business here, well throw in the family with 2 kids and you can guess that I'm basically on the move 24 hours a day. I keep telling myself to BREATHE... but, there's no time! LOL

For the last 6-8 weeks I've had bursitis, an infection in my shoulder, which was irritating for one, but it also prevented me from doing TaeBo, which I really hated. Yesterday, I was finally able to go and although every muscle in my body seems to hurt, I'm SO GLAD that I finally get to go again! I missed it sooo much!

I just wanted to show you what I've been working on the past few weeks, so here goes!

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I actually made this for a Cinch Mini-Album class and will be selling it on Etsy or Dawanda afterwards. Believe it or not... it was a "cinch" to make. LOL

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I made this thank you card using one sheet of thick designer cardstock (DCWV Mariposa, 8x8), Ranger Dimensional Pearls, Jenni Bowlin Letter Stickers and a Martha Stewart Butterfly punch. The DCWV papers in this collection are SO pretty!!

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A boy birthday card for my nephew....hope he ever got it since there was a gift certificate inside!!! Haven't heard from the little bugger yet. The red piece is 3D using 3D foam pads and is backed with a jeans design paper.

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Just made this one a day or two ago...see, I can't even remember! Doh!.. Anyway... I wanted to protect the other mommy's kids, so that is why they are sensored. I used Tim Holtz design paper, prima felt stem, regular manila tag with walnut distress ink, flower made with dictionary paper, punched, distressed with various Holtz Distress inks, crumpled and stapled together. Looove those flowers! Martha stewart fence border punch, Tim Holtz ticket "dream", Ranger Dimensional pearls & Rock Candy, Prima Pebble, Journaling card from Yellow Bicycle. 

Here is more detail on the flower:

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So, now I have the munchies and I need to go to bed. Jenna has a little something she needs to do on stage in school for the 1st grader ceremony. She's so proud. :-)

Jackiesign



Photo Flowers - Cute Scrapbooking Project

Hey Scrappers!!

I was recently asked to make a few flowers with photos of children from Danny's class for his teacher as a going away present. (Too bad I only got to do five ;-)). At any rate, I wanted to show them to you, because I thought they turned out really cute. 

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I blurred the photos in order to censor them....just in case you were wondering. :-)

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Little flowers all in a row... ;-)

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I'm not going to blur my son... that would be silly. ;-)

So for the most part what I did is just took several matching cardstocks and patterned papers and in most cases I misted them with water so that I could crumple them a bit better, dryed them with the heat gun, inked / distressed / cut the edges (in some cases with decorative scissors), then layered the largest circle starting at the bottom, attached the photos to the side with 3D foam tape and embellished either with a star (using glimmer mist), or button, bird, or butterfly. Then I attached the flowers to the wooden stem with glossy accents (gotta love that stuff), cut the leaves from cardstock/patterned paper, adhered, punched tags, stamped & inked them and wrote in the name. I placed an eyelet at the top to attach it with some string.  Eh, voila! Really easy to make and I had great fun doing it!

Hope your weekend was as great as mine!!

Jackiesign


Happy Mother's Day card!

My mom already received hers and thought it was the greatest card I have ever given her. ;) she was sooooo happy about it. So cute! That is exactly the reaction I wanted from her. :)

 I saw this technique with the tags a while back and posted it as well with some other tags I made. I temporarily adhered the 3 tags next to each other, then used one stamp across all three and heat embossed with part black and part pink sparkly embossing powder. After that I ink distressed them and adhered using 3D foam tape for dimension. Underneath is just a wide strip of patterned cardstock. I punched a scallop border, used a white gel pen (Signo) to display a bit of stitching, wrote in happy mother's day. Added ribbons to the tag holes and flower with brad. 

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