Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Clock themed purse and gift card set

I feel good now and can move on to some other projects.  I finished the last set of gift cards and matching purse (card holder) that I was working on.  This double sided scrapbook paper is one of my favorites.  I've made a gift card set with the same paper a while ago.
Here are a front and side view of the purse.  I'm sure the ribbon I used was a leftover from some gift I received a while ago, but it worked well with these colors.
 The left side is a piece from the scrapbook paper and the right side piece is from another packet of clock-themed paper I have.  I simply placed a brown ribbon down the center where the 2 pieces meet.  The 'Time' was stamped and then cut with a spellbinders die.
For the other card I cut out one of the clocks from the scrapbook paper and again used a piece of paper from a Bo-Bunny packet as the background layer.  A friend of mine has the Tim Holtz clock die and months ago we cut out several of them.  I found the die cuts hiding in my stash and thought it would work well with one of these cards.
 On the left I ran a layer of burgundy card stock through the cuttlebug with the sizzix 'pocket watch' texture fade.  Then, using my finger, I applied metallic rub ons to the embossed surface.  A piece of the scrapbook paper covers the bottom half of the card with some decorative ribbon attached where the 2 pieces meet.  The phrase is from a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous set that I cut with a spellbinders die after stamping on a piece of card stock.
The right side card is simply cut from the scrapbook paper, layered on black, and then placed on a burgundy card.  The phrase was stamped and then cut with a spellbinders fancy tag.
I also found some '7 gypsies' paper that I had to use with these cards.  Each of these cards is using some of that paper to compliment the scrapbook paper I was working with.  The words I used on both these cards come from a set by Cornish Farms.  And once again I used spellbinders dies to cut and layer the words I stamped for the cards.  The little corner embellishments are small square and round pieces that I've had for a long time.  I don't even know where or when I got them.
 This card uses a sizzix texture fade called 'steampunk'.  It came in the package with the 'pocket watch' texture fade.  Seeing the gears gave me the idea to attach the 'gears' in the upper right corner.  Those metal pieces were found in the jewelry area of Michael's.  One package of them includes a whole bunch of both large and small gears.
The words stamped on this card are from a set from Stampers Anonymous. 
I attached a very thin decorative ribbon where the scrapbook paper meets the embossed layer.
 The decorative edge on the top card was created with an EK Success border punch.  I attached a thin ribbon down the right side also.  I used corner punches on the 2 left side corners and added a gold brad for a little color.  It may be difficult to see, but there is a clear sticker on both of the cards.  I've had these stickers forever in various sizes and decided it was time to use them.
The right side of the bottom card uses a piece from the Bo-Bunny pack I have that matches this scrapbook paper so well.  The 'time' stamp is from Stampers Anonymous.  It is stamped on the Bo-Bunny paper and then layered on gold metallic and brick red paper.  The decorative ribbon is attached where the 2 decorative papers meet.  A decorative corner punch was used on the 2 right side corners of this card.
 And here are the first 2 cards I made when doing this batch of cards.   Both of these cards have a layer that is from a core'dinations pack.  I ran both through the cuttlebug.  On the left I used the 'pocket watch' texture fade and on the right I used a cuttlebug embossing folder.  Each piece was then sanded so that the core of each paper could be seen.  Just a corner of the scrapbook paper was attached in the left lower corner of the cards and then each was embellished.  On the left I ran a ribbon through a buckle that was created with a spellbinders die.  On the right I used the EK Success border punch to create a decorative piece that was attached to the top of the card.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Flourish gift purse with cards

 I just completed another gift purse with matching cards.  For this project I used 2 sheets of decorative scrapbook paper that had a flourish design on one side and a solid blue/green color combination on the other.
Here is a picture of the front of the purse.  The colors I would be using to make the matching cards would be browns, blues, greens, and yellows.
 Here is a side view picture of the purse.  The cards are not in it yet.  I have to choose 6 cards from the 8 that I created with the leftover decorative paper.
I found this color scheme and flourish pattern the most challenging of the purse and card sets I have made to date.
 I really like these 2 cards.  The bird cage is embossed on the blue paper with seafoam white embossing powder.  The stamp was part of a $1 find at Michaels.  The birds on a wire are a Martha Stewart punch.  The cage is mounted on 2 pieces cut from spellbinders dies.
I wanted a 'masculine' themed card in this set so I stamped the car, cut with a spellbinders die, and layered onto 2 more spellbinders die cut pieces.  I used a fancy corner punch on the decorative scrapbook paper layer.
 Everyone can use birthday cards so I created 2 of them.  On the left I created the trim pieces with an EK Success border punch and the solid side of the decorative paper.  The card looked very 'blah' without those pieces.
On the right I used a spellbinders die for mounting the phrase and an EK Success border punch on the left side of the dark green layer.  A piece of sheer ribbon was placed down the left edge and a couple of fancy embellishments were glued to the corners on the right side of the card.
 I love clock/time themed cards.  On the left I stamped a clock face and mounted to a spellbinders fancy die, inserted a brad and some clock hands I found in the jewelry section of Michaels.  The fancy flourish corner in the lower right is also a spellbinders die, as well as the fancy label I used to mount the saying.
For the thank you card I ran a piece of core'dinations paper through the cuttlebug with the batik embossing folder and then sanded.  I layered  a piece of the decorative paper onto a piece of blue/green card stock and then onto the core'dinations layer, which is mounted on a yellow card.  I stamped the 'thanks' greeting onto a yellow scrap piece, cut it to fit inside the spellbinders die I cut from the decorative paper and sponged on some broken china distress ink before attaching to the fancy die.  I also mounted that fancy die onto a piece of blue card stock before applying to the front of the card with dimensional foam mounting tape.
 And the last 2 cards...
I ran a dark blue piece of card stock through the cuttlebug with the flourish embossing folder.  I used the EK Success border punch to create the flourish border for the top of the card and I used the pieces that were punch out (the tiny flourishes) and applied them to the tops of some of the embossed flourishes.
The phrase was stamped and embossed with seafoam white embossing powder onto the dark blue piece and then cut with scissors.  I layered that onto a piece of yellow card that I cut following the same cutting pattern on the blue piece.
The card on the right was created by running the light blue layer through the cuttlebug with the sizzix texture fade (Ray), but only on the top half of the card.  I happened to have a piece of brown and blue ribbon that went well with this color scheme.  The phrase was stamped onto yellow card, die cut with a spellbinders oval and then layered onto another spellbinders scalloped oval.
I'm glad to be done with this set.  I have one more to do, but it will be fun... clocks!!