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We start this new journey with the new season by saying "Hello Fall 2017." Even tho we have had a 2+ year respite, this is our 34th project as a design team!! Our challenge theme is "Hello Fall." So we were supposed to use plaid, swirls, and a natural element (ex: twigs, leaves, hemp). The twigs were so stuck in my mind and totally forgot the other pieces. But that's ok. We are here to create and enjoy the process.

Here are some of the elements I chose to use:

Let's Play

I had the little boxes on hand. The pattern is found within the files of the Pazzles software. The box measures 2.75 inches wide, 1.25 in deep and 2.75 tall without the handle. In the end, I cut the handle off.

Little Boxes

I drew and cut my candy corn and acorn patterns by hand.

Candy Corn

Acorn

It's coming together.

Fun Colors and Patterns

Of course the best part of the process is decorating your project.

Acorn


Candy Corn Box No 1


Candy Corn Box No 2

Here are a couple side views. The box is sandwiched between the decorative front and a plain back.

Add some treats.

Add more treats.

A lovely harvest trio. You can add treats to the boxes or simply fill them with decorative rocks of other material to weight them down. Enjoy fall.

Gorgeous!

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I am giving another try to the digi stamp and coloring. I asked my artsy daughter to assist me with blending. She kindly pointed out that her bowl of colored pencils is more than colored pencils. Some of them are "water color" pencils. She taught me how to add water either to the pencil tip itself or on the paper either before or after coloring. I love it! It blends so nicely. I was really excited! New toys are always fun--especially when you find that you have the skill to make them work.

My customer wanted a card for her adult daughter's birthday. She told me that her daughter likes silver and turquoise. She also has two cats which she is very fond. I know the daughter. I find her to be refined and elegant. I chose A Day For Daisies image titled Vintage Water Lily Dress.

The first step is to choose the look.

Choosing the Look

Choosing the Look

I printed several copies of the image so that I could play with layers. The cats are not part of the original image. I cut them with my Pazzles, adding some color to the black kitty to reflect the actual cat. Enjoy my card.

I am sharing this card at A Day for Daisies' blog in Challenge #135, Add Watercolor. Will you join us?

My Final Design

My Final Design

Side View

Side View

Close Up of Layers

Close Up of Layers

The Other Side

The Other Side

Pre Cut Sentiment from Hunky dory

Pre Cut Sentiment from Hunky dory

Have you delved in to the adult coloring book phenomenon? It's not for me. I cannot sit still. I am (and have been for a long time) fascinated by the crafters who color digital stamps. Digi Stamps (for short) are just that. Instead of an inked imaged, they image (or stamp) is printed via computer and printed. Then the crafter colors it with choice of medium--paint, pencils, crayons, markers. I have tried a few. Again, i don't like to sit and work on one project too long. I have been using my children's colored pencils. (You can invest a lot of money in pencils and markers just for this craft.)

A customer recently requested a birthday card for her sister. I chose to go the Digi Stamp route. Here I used an image from A Day For Daisies. It is titled Sent of a Vintage Rose. I can no longer find it in their shop, but there are so many wonderful images to play with.

My first step was to choose a color scheme and color the stamp.

Digi Stamp

Digi Stamp

I am playing along with A Day for Daisies (ADFD) Challenge #134 - Add Texture. I chose to add texture by adding layers to the digi itself. By printing out multiple copies of the digi I can select pieces of the image to add depth. Many of ADFD images beg for layering and are easy to manipulate. I use adhesive foam between each layer. You will note that some pieces have two layers and some have three layers. I think varying the heights add to the overall beauty.

Layering

Layering

Here is a close up of the rose.

Rose with Layers

Rose with Layers

Another option for adding texture to your greeting cards is to layer the background. Here you see the various paper patterns and the background layout.

Ovals and Square are Delightful Together

Ovals and Square are Delightful Together

I added even more texture with coordinating paper flowers.

Completed Card

Completed Card

Side View

Side View


Coordinated Inside

Coordinated Inside

Ta da! This is my first official assignment for the Pazzles Design Team.

Pazzles fans are invited to participate in the May Challenge. The admin invites you to take a picture of something that inspires you and use it to create a craft. My Challenge Project revolves around Cooking/Baking. A desire for my children to eat healthy food inspired me to learn how to cook (over the past two years). Really cook. I have a great friend who took me under her wing. We had "lessons" in which we not only produced a finished product and I learned new skills, but we also were blessed with time together.

This is the photo that I submitted as my inspiration. (One of the first things I learned to make was my own chicken stock and then soup!)

Homemade Chicken Soup

Homemade Chicken Soup

Not only I have I learned to cook, but I have a repertoire of baked goods as well. I took this "inspiration" and created a little bake set. (I also made this set as a custom order thank you "card.")

I used a Double Easel Card for the base. Here are the steps:
Begin with an 8” square cardstock
Score and fold the card in half
Cut one of the halves in half
Take each of the panels and fold the inner edge down to the outer edge
Cut two pieces of card 4" square (or other shape)
Carefully attach the two pieces of card to the triangular flaps (make sure that they don't interfere with the opening of the card)

Cut, Score, Fold

Cut, Score, Fold


Fold Inside Corners to Outer Sides

Fold Inside Corners to Outer Sides

Instead of attaching square pieces of cardstock, I chose to use a recipe cards and an apron instead. I used the Apron Recipe Cards file from the Pazzles Craft Room. I had to Print & Cut the recipe cards.

Recipes & Apron

Recipes & Apron

Next I made a mixing bowl to hold the double easels up in place. I pulled the Round Box File from Pazzles. Please note that the file has two pieces that are very similar. However, one is slightly larger then the other: One for the outside of the bowl and one for the inside. You need to pay attention to how you assemble your bowls and which way to fold the printed side of the paper. You make both pieces and then insert one into the other. This is so that you can hide all the seams.

Make the Outside of the bowl

Outside of Bowl

Outside of Bowl


Outside Completed

Outside Completed

Make the Inside of the bowl

Inside of Bowl

Inside of Bowl


Inside Completed

Inside Completed

Insert inside piece of the bowl in to the outside piece.

Inserting

Inserting


Together--Bowl Complete

Together--Bowl Complete

Add embellishments to individual pieces and then attach all the pieces to the easel card. You can see that I added some cooking utensils that I found at Pazzles as well. I designed the flour and sugar bags myself. I used Print and Cut for those.

Cooking in the Kitchen

Cooking in the Kitchen

Here are other angels of the card. I hope you can see how the "easel" comes into play. And although this is an easel "card" you cannot fold it down for mailing. You have to send it in a box or hand deliver it!

straight on

straight on


top view without flour/sugar bags

top view without flour/sugar bags


side view

side view


back view

back view

If you have any questions, do let me know. I am happy to work with you on this.

Papers that I used:
Cosmo Cricket Tea for Two
Recollections Valentine Paper Pad

Celebrate the New Year with made with love (and paper). We took a little break and now we are ringing in the new year!!

Appropriately, we are centered on Celebration for our theme this January. Requirements for this month's project are letters, numbers and metal. We are paper crafters, but sometimes we like to mix things up. We are throwing in a bit of hardware this month! I think you will like what all the team members have created.

I created a "welcome spot" to greet my guests as they arrive to celebrate. Chance smiled on me with a coordinating table cloth to boot!

We start this off with paper: Pop, Fizz, Clink as well as the photo props and the numbers marking the new year, all cut from glitter paper! I designed the pieces myself with my Pazzles software.

Bling

Bling

Not required, but I threw in glass. We need Champagne Glasses if we plan to have a little "CLINK." Look at the mini glass ornaments that double as sweet place settings. These work perfectly for my display. No worries here in getting them to stand. I was really excited to find them!

Clink

Clink

Hooray!

Hooray!

Because we are paper crafters, I had to add a little more paper to my creation. I love the rolled paper spiraling out of the ornaments. It is the perfect flare for celebrating!

Now, the metal. I used floral wire to make the metal spirals. That stuff is not easy to work with. It is very flexible and once bent, cannot be straightened. I dressed up the wire with silver and iridescent gems. I put the gems on both sides of the spirals.

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

I am really happy with this creation. And it's nice to be back crafting for made with love (and paper).

Celebrate

Celebrate


Happy New Year

Happy New Year

If you noticed, over at made with love (and paper) we took the summer off. Now we are trying to get a artistic selves back to crafting and posting. Can you believe that this October marks our 27th project?! Wow! Do join us.

For October our theme is a choice of Halloween or Wacky (or choose one or use both). We are required to use as many colors as you want but be sure to include purple, green, orange, and black.

I recently joined a facebook online craft group called The Craft Hole. Most times they play and sometimes they swap. Whether you choose to swap, you are welcome to play along on any project as a challenge. You can join us. I am combining my Love project with a challenge from that group.

Have you ever heard of a Tussie Mussie? I had not. Traditionally a TM is a very small bouquet of flowers that is worn as a brooch. It is kind of like a nosegay. It can also be larger in able to carry in the hand. In the picture below the person on your right is holding a tussie mussie. The craft group challenge is to make one out of paper or a toilet paper roll.
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While some can get pretty fancy, I made mine with paper. I up-cycled and advertisement I received in the mail. The ad is gorgeous. I could not throw it out. I think it was craftiness destiny! (This company has amazing ads!) I had everything else on stock. That is always a bonus!

A collection of Ads from Pronto Heating

A collection of Ads from Pronto Heating

I used these for my crafting!

Perfect for Crafting!

When I think about it, I guess you could say that I have made these before. For Christmas and Valentines. I just didn't know I was making a tussie mussie!

You can use your tussie mussie for flowers, candy or little gifts. I present to you made with love (and paper) meets craft challenge meets Halloween! I do hope you like it and would appreciate your comments below.

About 8 Inches tall.

About 8 Inches tall.

So fun!

So fun!

Add Flowers or . . .

Add Flowers or . . .

. . . candy

. . . candy

I recently participated in an awesome swap. Our instructions were to make a single sided, A2 card--or one that does not open. The purpose of a single sided card is that you can embellish the card and still get away with one postage stamp. The theme is summer and we used this sketch from Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge blog as a starting point. (This swap is not in connection with that blog.

Mojo292Sketch

I have an amazing stack of paper from Recollections called Garden Harvest. It is on thick craft paper, almost like cardstock.

Stack

Stack


Fun Extras

Fun Extras


We had the option to make all the cards the same or not. I made each one different because I had my heart set on using this paper. That was tricky because the pieces were not all the right size to match the sketch. When you use a sketch (or recipe, as I like to call them), you are sometimes given the liberty to alter it. In that case it is used as a starting point. I opted to leave off the top pennant on the left side, as I wanted the graphics to be seen. For the bottom pennants on the right, I created the sayings in Adobe Illustrator (you can use Word) and hand cut them.

Awesome Purple

Awesome Purple

A Little More Purple

A Little More Purple

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes Summer

Gardening, A Great Therapy

Great Therapy

Berry Sweet

Berry Sweet

More Sweet Berries

More Sweet Berries

At Last Summer

At Last Summer

I Love You

I Love You

We are back and we are crafting full speed at made with love (and paper). Our design team had a well-earned rest the past few months. We are indeed, rested and ready to share and inspire you again.

With the summer months comes warm weather, sunshine, flowers, beach balls and, yes, bugs! And that is what we bring you this month.
june theme: june bugs
requirements: use bugs as inspiration for your project

I am so behind on cards. So this challenge helped me to get a bunch made around the same theme of bugs. Most of my buggers are bees. Bees and the honeycomb theme have my interest as of late. I love embossing paper. Embossed paper is so versatile. I have the Sizzix Embossing Boutique (it looks like a purse). I did not have honeycomb folder (used to make the impression in the paper). My friend Sarah embossed honeycomb paper and mailed it to me as a RAK. Thanks Sarah. I have the other embossing plates that you will see. I look forward to making more. Although I did give in and buy my own honeycomb embossing folder.

As always, we invite you to join us in this challenge. Please share your creation on our facebook page.

I desgned teh bee myself and I chalked the emboosed trail.

I designed the bee cut myself and I chalked the embossed trail.

Again, a little chalk on the embossing. Look at the cute bee button on the flower.

Again, a little chalk on the embossing. Look at the cute bee button on the flower.

Playing with honeycomb (or hexagons)!

Playing with honeycomb (or hexagons)!

A miniature seed pack and a layered fly sticker give an old fashioned flavor.

A miniature seed pack and a layered fly sticker lend to an old fashioned flavor.

These two square cards include honeycomb and bee cut files from the amazing Bird's Cards. I created the digi stamp sentiment myself.

These last two do not have a bug, but they are part of the family with their honeycomb!

 sweet

sweet

Daisy Crazy

Daisy Crazy

With February comes the Month-O-Love! And that is no different at made with love (and paper). Our design team always make love with paper!! Ha! I have a lot to share with you. (I am also spreading the love here by advertising some of my favorite craft suppliers.)

February is about Valentnes. We hope our projects inspire you to create some paper love for the people in your life.
theme: love is in the air
requirements: hearts, ink, decorative edging (from scissors, punches, die cuts, etc), and a sentiment

Happy Valentine's Day from Krista's Paper Cafe and made with love (and paper).

So first I made these pillow favor boxes. I designed the box cut file myself. Not only did I forget half the elements, I do not like how they turned out. I do adore the little buttons that I attached with a small safety pin. The button can be removed and worn on your shirt pocket. I purchased the darling, hand made buttons from Inna at OctoButton. Additionally, the digi sentiments are created by Regina at The Cutting Cafe and the Bee is a cut file from KaDoodle Bug Designs.

Pillow Favor Boxes

Pillow Favor Boxes

Look at these darling buttons--as well as the way that Inna packages them!
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My second try brought me closer to the assignment of the month. I made Valentine cards that do not open--they are one-sided. The idea is that your postage is less. Plus I think cards that don't open are very smart. Otherwise, you have two wasted sides of the card. You can write your sentiment on the back. Traditional children's Vday cards are made that way. Some of these cards met the design team requirements, some not. But I did have a lot of fun making these. Again, the digi stamps are from The Cutting Cafe. I am exchanging these in swap at Karle's Passion paper crafting group.

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Then, while I was at it and having so much fun, I made these adorable book marks or tags. I used The Cutting Cafe digis. I love the colors and how they turned out.

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Lastly, I drew up these heart lockets as well as the keys with my Pazzels software. I think I will put them to use on a card with other embellies. If you have a Pazzles and would like the WPC file for free, let me know. I hope you enjoyed all my Valentines.
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This month at made with love (and paper) design team we are Ringing In the New Year!!

And that is our requirement: Make a paper craft that makes you think about celebrating the New Year.

I have always wanted to attend a fancy new year party--with beautiful dresses. But we do not "hang" in that circle. We do not have fancy clothes and gorgeous diamonds. Maybe one year I will host one. There are plenty of shiny clothes to be had from the thrift store. We can create our own glamour! I think it would also be fun to attend a new year masquerade ball. That is what I made: A Mask.

I drew (half) a butterfly and a mask. I layered the butterfly on top of the mask. You could merge the two. I used fancy swirls that are built in to the Pazzles library software. The paper is shimmery -- hard to tell. If was really fun. It is hard to stop adding swirls and gems. But you can't go wrong. No matter how many or how few you use, it looks great! I thought this was going to take a long time. I created it rather quickly. I love the fibers as the finishing touch!

Happy New Year from Krista's Paper Cafe and made with love (and paper).

Swirls and Bling

Swirls and Bling

Swirls and Bling

Swirls and Bling

Added decorative Fibers and a Stick for Holding

Added decorative Fibers and a Stick for Holding

My Beautiful Daughter as my model

My Beautiful Daughter as my model