Friday, April 29, 2011

Holiday Special Issue Blog Hop

Hi, everyone! Today I am joining Amber over at Damask Love (and lots others) showcasing cards that were rejected for the Paper Crafts "Holiday Special Issue" publication.  I just love that she does this!  It kinda softens the blow just a little bit by allowing others to see your work.  

SO, they had a call to make a Christmas card using non-traditional Christmas product.  I wasn't sure exactly what they meant by that so I made one card using a beach theme!  I thought it was pretty cute!  Ha!  Here it is:
I started off using Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Card Stock in Kraft (swoon!--I love Gina's extremely high quality card stock!), then using Melanie Muechinger's "Gifts from the Sea" to make the tree.  The banner came from Nina Brackett's "Christ is Risen" set and the sentiment from her "Fanciful Tags" set.

 I did think it was cute but I also realized I was taking a risk by using a beach theme.  I'm looking forward to seeing what did make the cut for the call, as I really wasn'T sure what they were looking for.

Now, we are moving to Portugal this summer so I'm thinking I can still use this card for Christmas!  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Janice :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Branching Out and Follow Your Dreams --New GKD Stamp Sets!

Hey, there! Today I get to show you two more fabulous sets from this month's Gina K Designs newest stamp set release! First off is, Branching Out by Melanie Muenchinger.
Isn't it beautiful?  :)

Here is a card I made using the circle image and one of the little flower images:
I used the super fab DCWV "Lemon Flower" matstack for my DP--I am just loving DCWV lately.  Really, ever since I went to CHA and saw their gorgeous display (and gorgeous paper) I've been a fan!  The sentiment "Many Thanks" is from Garden Silhouettes.

Up next is, "Follow Your Dreams" by Theresa Momber.  Theresa always comes up with the most beautiful "nature-inspired" sets! Here it is:

And here is the card I made using the dragonfly images and the "follow your dreams" sentiment.
I used my new EK Success border punch to create the pretty leaf border.  After stamping and cutting out th dragonflies I covered the wings with some Stickles to add that fun "glitteriness" to it!  Do you like my new word? ;P  Recognize that texture stamp?  I used the long strip from "Timeless Textures" to create my variegated water scene--fun, huh?

Well, thanks so much for stopping by!  For more inspiration, check out the other DT member's blogs:

  • Gina K

  • Giovana Smith

  • Janice Whiting--->that's me!

  • Jennie Harper

  • Jimmi Mayo

  • Lee Murphy

  • Melanie Muenchinger

  • Michelle Woerner

  • Sharon Harnist

  • Suzanne Dean

  • Tami Mayberry

  • Theresa Momber

  • Tina Gilliland

  • Valerie Stangle

  • Vicki Dutcher

  • AJ Otto

  • Carolina Buchting

  • Cathy Tidwell

  • Deb Felts

  • Donna Baker

  • Emily Giovanni

  • Blessings, Janice :)

    Saturday, April 23, 2011

    Adventures in sewing vinyl

    Ok, so if you know me you know I love pretty much anything having to do with creating of any kind.  Well, yesterday I decided to tackle making a vinyl slip cover for my friend's beautifully upholstered chair.  Why?  Well, because I have two little boys and even though she has slip covers on them already, they are fabric covers and there have already been some spills that went through the fabric and onto that gorgeous upholstery AND with the fabric covers on you can't appreciate the beauty underneath!  ;)

    SO, I started off by googleing "tips for sewing on vinyl" as I've never sewed on vinyl before.  I discovered a few tips that turned out to be VERY helpful:

    1. When sewing on vinyl, place some pattern paper over that top of the vinyl as you sew.  (Otherwise you get horrible results--don't ask me how I know) ;)

    2. Use a size 14 needle.  All I know is that this is a medium range size, for thicker material I'm assuming?  Worked great for me.

    3. Regular thread works great.  I tried using upholstery thread, thinking it would be sturdier--no bueno!  I'm guessing if I were really sewing savvy I could have figured out how to sew with upholstery thread (maybe adjust the tension better--see below) but I'm not. So I gave up.  And used what worked! 

    I also went to the VERY BEST resource I have when sewing is concerned, my MOM!  My mom has been sewing all her life and has been a professional seamstress for a good portion of her life.  From her I learned something also very important:

    TENSION.  You have to have the right tension both in the tension wheel (is that what it is called?) and on your bobbin case.  I had no idea you could adjust the tension on the bobbin case!  But, after I adjusted the tension to 9 on the tension wheel and turned the little screw a couple of times to the right on the bobbin case, my machine was sewing beautifully on vinyl and NOT bunching up on the bottom as it was before I adjusted the tension.

    And a couple of things I just came up with on my own:

    1. LOW tack painters tape if awesome for holding the vinyl together until you're ready to sew or glue.

    It held my ribbon in place until I was ready to sew it in place.

    2. Beacons 3-in-1 glue, rocks.  This is my favorite all-time go-to glue.  It works like nothing else on paper (the main kind of liquid glue that I used in my paper crafting because it dries strong in seconds--really) and gobs of other products like  wood, cork, glitter, beads, trims, etc.  
    Beacon 3 in 1 Advanced Craft Glue 4 Ounces 314OZ; 3 Items/Order

    Alright, now as I told my husband, I am not a professional seamstress as my mom is, so the end result did NOT look professional BUT I think it will serve its purpose well and doesn't look too terrible!  Ha!  Alright, here it is:

    Here is a side view:

     I totally used Beacons 3-in-1glue to adhere the corners together.  Yes, yes I did.  :)

    Isn't that upholstery just beautiful?  I added the ribbon ties to cinch the "waist" of the chair if need.  I made them long to add the option of tieing them around the front and to the back giving an extra fun look to it if wanted.

    A pic of the hardest section I encountered--the place where all my ends met, the back, front and side panels--uugghh.  Will have to get my mom's thoughts on how I could have made that easier to do.  It is pretty rough looking--dont' look at it too long, ok?  ;)

    Well, there you have it.  Now to do the second chair!  I will consult my mom the sewing guru and hopefully land a bit more of clean look on those intersecting corners.

    Thanks "sew" much for stopping by!  (sorry, I couldn't help myself!  ha!)


    Friday, April 22, 2011

    Garden Silhouettes and Timeless Textures!

    Hi, everyone!  Today I'm joining the rest of the GKD team in previewing the latest GKD stamp sets available right now!  First up is "Garden Silhouettes"!

    And here is a card I made using this lovely "free when you buy three" set:
    I was thrilled to get to use my new Webster's Pages designer paper, Spring Market!  If you are familiar with this paper line then you will notice that I recreated one of the flower/seed cards using stamps from this release!  First off, I stamped the flower from Garden Silhouettes in yellow for the petals and green for the stems.  Then I used a pink gel pen and added some dimension to the petals.  I went back over it with Copic markers to give it further color.  Also, I used two of the textured stamps from Timeless Textures, the script one and the burlap one (hard to tell in this pic).  After inking up the sides to match the design, I stamped the sentiment.  :)

    And now for Timeless Textures!
    I knew right away that this set was a must-have set!  The texture patterns on this set are so versatile I think I used them on most of the cards I made for this release!  Ha!

    I used the polka dotted pattern on this next card:
    Gotta love me some Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934!  I tore a piece of a sticky note into a circle of sorts and created a mask so that there would be a place for me to stamp my Thanks sentiment (Follow Your Dreams).

    Well, thanks so much for stopping by!  Make sure you stop by the other design team members blogs for more wonderful inspiration!

    Blessings to you and yours,
    Janice :)

    Thursday, April 21, 2011

    Come to the StampTV Party tonight! (and sneak peek!) ;)

    *If you've made it over from Giovana's blog, then you're in the right place!  If not, don't miss out on all the peeks and start over at Stamp TV.  :)

    Hi, everyone!  
    Just wanted to take a minute to say "COME ON OVER!"  
    Gina K is having her monthly release party over at StampTV TONIGHT!  
    Here are the details:

    What: Gina K Designs Monthly Release Party
    When: TODAY, Thursday, April 21st
    Time: 7PM to 9PM (CST)

    Now for the promised "peek":

    Well, that's all you get for right now!  Ha!  Can you guess how many stamps used are visible on this one snippet? The fourth one might be hard to show up in this little shot but YES, I've used four! You'll have to come to the party and see all the fabulous new sets for this month!

    Head on over to Jennie's blog for another sneak peek!  :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by!!!
    Janice :)

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    StampTV Technique Highlight Blog Hop

    Hello!  Welcome to the StampTV 

    Technique Highlight Blog Hop!

    If you've come from the sweet Jennie Harper's blog, you're in the right place!  If not, make sure to start over at StampTV to not miss out on all the lovely inspiration!

    The Gina K Design Team has come up with some fabulous cards featuring many techniques found on StampTV.  If you haven't checked StampTV out, you totally need to!  Not only is there fabulous inspiration but Gina, the DT and many others but it also has hundreds of video tutorials on a multitude of stamping techniques!  I know I've learned so much from them.

    I chose to use Gina's "Weathered Wood" technique.  You can go HERE to check out the video tutorial--it is really neat and super easy to do! First off, I'd like to show you the card I made using this technique:
    I used Gina K Design's "Lovely Labels 3" stamp set to create that beautiful label.  Nina Brackett designed this set (she has a Labels1 and 2, also!).  That gorgeous paper is new from DCWV "The Tradewinds"--oh, I just love their new lines! 

    Now here is a closer look at my weathered wood piece as most of it is covered up by the label:
    Isn't that just gorgeous?  I used three different ink pads to create this look, Tea Dye and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, and Memento Rich Cocoa to add a bit of darker color to it.  I just love it!  I was hoping more would show up on my card but I'm ok with it; the part that does show is so cool!  

    Thanks so much for stopping by!  Gina has so many wonderful tutorials, I just know you are going to learn a lot just by visiting the other DT blogs!  Next up is the talented Giovana Smith!

    Have a wonderful day!
    Janice :)

    Thursday, April 7, 2011

    A few Challenges and that lovely DP again :)

    Hi, there!  You know something I've seen done over and over again but have never sat down and tried to figure it out is participating in multiple challenges.  Well, I had a wee little bit of time yesterday and I figured out I could successfully (I think!) participate in three challenges! Not much in comparison to some seasoned stampers but a first for me!  :)  First up is Card Patterns Sketch 109.  Look at this adorable sketch Nina Brackett came up with:

    Second, a first for me, The Shabby Tea Room!!!  I've been a follower of their super shabby blog for a little while now but just now am able to participate in their challenges!  I love all things shabby so how could I not love this site!  Anyway, their challenge for the week is to create a project based on the colors in this photo:

    Also, Stampin' Sisters in Christ has a challenge to make a card with a child in mind so here is my card incorporating those three challenges:
     I used that lovely DP that I got from my LSS again--I just can't get enough of that gorgeous paper! 

    Now, that darling baby image is from Layers of Color's "Flower Child" clear art stamp set.  Don't you just love it?  This set is so vintage and whimsical at the same time, you must check it out! Those beautiful rose buttons were a LSS find, "the girls' paperie".  The die behind the baby is one of the accents from Spellbinder's "Parisian Accents"--love this die set!

    Layers of Color has some wonderful sentiment stamp sets.  I used their "Sent With Love" clear art stamp set to create this sentiment.

    Well, thanks so much for stopping by!