Thursday, January 28, 2010

Vintage Valentines

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I have a few cards to show off!
These are fairly basic, standard size (4 1/4"x5 1/2") and super easy to 'scraplift'. I used only one sheet of 12x12 patterned paper by Rusty Pickle for all 4 cards, and another bitty scrap of Rusty Pickle paper for the 2 scalloped tags. My card bases are a little different than typical Valentine's colors to coordinate with the vintage feel of my pattern choice.
I used a few favorite punches on these cards & this time also punched the tags, circles, & hearts out of a lightweight cardboard to back the paper punches and give them a little more depth & durability. The pieces for the face have been cut 1/4" smaller than the card base (4"x5 1/4"), the corners rounded, & then inked with a charcoal Cateye inkpad. I chose a couple of cute scenes from the paper to punch out with a 2 1/2" circle punch which have also been inked. They all have American Crafts rub-ons from their miniMARKS line, which go on very easy, some of my favorites!
Enjoy these cards and keep your eyes open for more! :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy Birthday, Christy!

Happy Birthday, Christy!
5x7 birthday card using pink Bazzill Bling, Kaleidoscope 'Love' Diagonal Stripe, green Bling scalloped with an EK corner rounder, Kaiser Craft rhinestones & flowers, Pebbles Inc. birthday rub-ons, Sizzix flourish die cut, & chipboard 'C' inked with Brilliance Pearlescent Coral and sanded when dry.
Love, Shannon

Friday, January 8, 2010

Martini Box

Cocktails, anyone? I found this kraft box at Michael's and it sat on my
desk for a while before I came up with this design.

I inked all edges of the box with a Charcoal cateye to coordinate better with my paper choices and removed the handle that was originally attached to the box. The pink ribbon around the lower half is a vintage Decorette brand by 3M that I acquired through a good friends' Grandma (Thank you, Meadow & Millie!).

I attached the martini gift tag to the lid by setting an eyelet through the black ribbon band with my Crop-o-Dile. The back of the tag is blank to allow for personalization. The tag is just 2 pieces of Black Bling paper backed onto each other with the corners rounded.

As always, when I cover a 'blank', I cut my paper just slightly smaller (typically 1/8") than the surface I am covering. Another technique you can try is to cut your paper the same size as the surface, adhere, and then sand the paper down to give your item a distressed look.
This box is meant for wine, but I love this martini paper by Creative Imaginations. The pink paper is an older Heidi Grace design (one of my favorites!) & I think it adds the right amount of 'girly' & goes great with my vintage ribbon.
Don't be afraid to try this with your paper choices and get carried away creating!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Disney Mini Box

I was so pleased with how cute this little box turned out! A friend passed on an empty note card box from 7Gypsies.....and this is the result. I took advantage of the black polka-dots working with a Disney theme and just covered the labels. The box was fairly shallow, but I thought it would be a cute desk item and/or a place to store a favorite pic from Disneyland or even tickets from the trip. Mickey's pic on the cover came from a piece of patterned paper that was basically a mosaic of main Disney characters. I love to 'recycle' in my paper-crafting and cover items to turn them into gifts. Enjoy!