Wednesday, September 26, 2012

a little bit of love today

today i have a sick toddler.  i am pretty lucky in the fact that he doesn't get sick very often.  but when he does, it breaks my heart, as i'm sure any of you know if you have children.  he has a cold with a mild fever so it's nothing serious but the way his little voice talks to me in that congested squeak makes me want to scoop him up and hold him all night long.  

last night i had to go to class and i didn't want to leave when he gave me a hug and said "Goodbye, Mommy" in his soft, stuffy rasp.  we're also lucky that he remains in pretty good spirits when he's sick and as i left the room to leave for class, he went right back to his cars and singing "Wheels on the Bus."  that really tugged at my heart strings and i hate to be sappy, but i just love that little guy so much.  

so today, i thought i would share some love with all of you.  although the cards i have today celebrate a different kind of love than that of a parent and child, everyone needs a little bit of love, right?

first up is a wedding card with a shabby chic style.  i haven't done a shabby card in quite awhile so i thought a wedding would be a great excuse to make one.  i've had the 7Gypsies Conservatory 6x6 paper pad sitting on my desk for months waiting to be used.  it's got so many beautiful, nature-inspired collage designs and i fell in love with the collection the first time i saw it but have yet to use any of the papers.  i finally chose one as my background paper and you can glimpse the written text and bird cage there on the right side of the card.  

the bird is an old Maya Road chipboard piece that i covered in French book print long ago for a different project but never used.  yet it's been sitting on my desk waiting to be put to use.  it seems that this card actually has quite a few elements i've had for awhile, waiting to be needed.  the eensy-weensy "together" piece, for example, came in a Making Memories Valentine kit that i got at least 2 years ago--it's also been sitting on my desk.  

i stamped "Best Wishes" on a scrap of paper and adhered it with a ripple in the middle to add a 3-dimensional effect.  the stamp is by Cavallini and again, it was probably laying around wondering if it would ever be taken out of the box and introduced to an ink pad.  

lastly is a sweet pink bow of bamboo yarn.  bamboo yarn is soooo soft and cozy and if i knew how to knit, i would make myself a bamboo yarn blanket and live in it during the winter.

my next card is completely different.  i made it as an anniversary card for my husband.  it's very simple and clean which makes it a great masculine card.  

because it was for my husband, i stuck to a red, white, and blue color palette, choosing a few different washi tapes from my stash.  i love working with washi because it is the easiest thing to use yet it adds so much color and design.  

i took a plain scrap of white card stock, typed "i love you" on it with my vintage typewriter, and sewed it onto a Whisker Graphics Itty Bitty Bag.  the notebook paper design of the bag matched perfectly with my color scheme and works as a pocket to hold a tag.

for the tag, i typed out a little poem (i'm fairly sure i made it up) and used some torn pieces of washi.  i tied a bit of Whisker Graphics airmail twine to the top, and just for an extra element, stapled it down. simple and clean, but certainly heartfelt. 

that's it for me today, but i just wanted to remind everyone that you can still get 15% off of your purchase at my Etsy shop.  you only have a few more days if you want to take advantage of the sale.  just use the coupon code NEWBABY2 at checkout.  i will be adding these two cards in the next day or two.

i hope you're in love with someone today...have a great Wednesday!  

Monday, September 24, 2012

field notes

Happy Fall!  i know, it officially began on Saturday, but with our 90 degree weather over the weekend, it just doesn't feel like it here.  but i do have a very definite Fall project to share tonight.

for the September Creative Weekly over at the Crate Paper blog, we were asked to create a project that celebrated Fall and focused on neutral colors, especially shades of brown.  woodgrain immediately came to mind and as i started going through my CP supplies, it became apparent that nature, too, would play a large part in my project.  my goal was to create something naturally neutral.  

this month, i also wanted to do something more than just a single card, and with the amount of products i found to use, i decided to make a mini card set.  and what mini card set is complete without cute packaging to hold it?  i took an A6 paper bag envelope, created a simple liner for it out of yellow paper, and then decorated the outside.  the liner was incredibly easy to make, and one of these days, i'll show you how i did it.  

as i searched through my Crate stash, i came across the "field notes" note card from the Portrait collection and was drawn to it immediately.  it's an older piece but i knew i had to use it for the color and the images of nature it invoked.  i also went with butterflies and flowers, hemp twine, wood buttons, wood veneer pieces, cork patterned paper, and burlap.

i used my vintage typewriter to write a little description for the set, then added on a few bits of yellow and orange and woodgrain, naturally!

 first up, this little guy uses a woodgrain tag from the new On Trend collection.  i added a chipboard butterfly from the Random collection, a smaller die cut butterfly from Pretty Party, and a cork cut out from Story Teller.  the butterfly washi tape is Tim Holtz.

this next card has more cork paper from ST, a woodgrain tag from OT that i made, and the tweedy "happy" cut out is from Acorn Avenue.  i cut the book page piece out of a Garden Encyclopedia that belonged to my grandmother.  lastly, i used a Little Bo Peep wood veneer tag and a small piece of burlap trim.  


on this card i used a couple of different woodgrain patterns.  the tag is from Acorn Avenue and the cork border strip sticker is from ST.  the orange leaf tucked behind the tag is another cut out from AA.  Little Boy Blue alpha stickers, along with the Story Teller "a moment in time" die cut, make up the sentiment.  the yellow zig-zag striped paper i've been using for hints of color is also LBB.  

so many papers and embellishments worked together, being that they were neutral.  i just had to make sure to add in the pops of color so that the cards didn't look too washed out and boring.  it wouldn't have taken much for the elements to all just blend together into one big, bland piece of brown.    

onto the last card (it might be my favorite!)...the orange and red "hello" sticker is from ST, as are the background cork paper and the die cut flower bouquet. i used a LBB wood veneer tag and tied a bit of hemp twine onto it.  the butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch and i typed "my friend" on a tiny piece of vellum with my typewriter.  the chicken wire-looking paper is from On Trend while the woodgrain washi tape is Hambly Studios.

these little cards were all about building layers and trying to cluster items in a haphazard, yet orderly, way--if that makes sense.  basically, i just planned them all out to make them look random.  this project was so much fun and a great way to take that first step into the wonderful season of Autumn--even if it still feels like the middle of summer here.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

sundays are for relaxing

we're having a lazy Sunday around here.  Hoss had to work today so it's just Gooby and me.  he's taking a nap right now so i thought i'd check in here for a bit.  yesterday we got up super early, went out to breakfast, and then took Mr. Bagubian to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.  i think he loved it!  i'll share some pictures later in the week--i hope they came out all right since i haven't looked at them yet.  you never know what will happen to your photos inside a darkly lit aquarium.

today, i have one more baby item to share with you.  remember the baby cards from this post that i made for the Crate Paper blog?  remember i said i made one extra that i didn't end up using?  this is it...

the only reason i decided on making a 4th card to replace this one was because i wanted to show examples of 3 different occasions and i liked this "new baby" card better...

so i made this "baby shower" card instead...

(i know you guys have seen these before...hang in there!)  you can see that the colors and some of the patterned papers are the same on the two cards but the layout is completely different.

this card, also, features a sweet deer but this one is a pink standout with flocking and a sweet yellow bow on it.  again, these products are mostly from the Little Bo Peep collection.  i used a ruler border sticker and some pink crochet trim (that is not Crate; it's just from my stash).  i love that floral "congratulations" tag.  i punched out an itty-bitty tag from a different paper with my Martha Stewart punch to layer on top of the wood veneer bow.  the "hello" and "little one" stamps are from Papertrey Ink.  

the white crocheted flower is also from my stash, as are the pink tulle circle behind it and the white doily.  the pink fabric brad is from the LBP collection and is the reason i chose to add the wood veneer bow (actually from Little Boy Blue).  i also added the yellow "brand new" banner sticker, just for a small something extra.  if you have any questions about any of my cards or the products and techniques i used, please feel free to ask.  i'd be happy to answer your questions!

and if any of my baby posts have you left you drooling over the Crate baby collections, you can find most of the products at Two Peas in a Bucket.

speaking of Two Peas...the neutral "new baby" card was the featured project in their online gallery over the weekend!  i was pretty amazed and needless to say, thrilled!  i posted the baby cards up to the gallery on Friday and received a couple of nice comments about them.  i was looking at the neutral card and noticed that it had over 500 views and i was pretty certain that was a mistake.  my stuff usually only gets a few views--less than 50 in the first few days.  it certainly does not get over 500 in less than one.  so i started checking around and went to the gallery home where i was shocked to see it was the Featured Project.  

and, like a dork, i had to capture this momentous occasion and take a screen shot of it!  it is not likely to happen again, after all.  and, like a bigger dork, i'm sharing it here with all of you.  if you don't visit the Two Peas Gallery often, it is filled with thousands of amazing projects by so many wonderful designers.  it is definitely worth a look if you ever want to be inspired.

happy sunday to you!

Friday, September 21, 2012

baby tags

hi, friends!  did you have a good week?  ours went pretty well.  i managed to get a lot done in the last few days in terms of photographing projects and tidying up my Etsy shop.  i still have some work to do, but i definitely made big strides.

here on the blog i'm continuing with the baby theme and have some tags to share.  when a friend had a baby boy back in June, i made a gift tag for him which inspired this project.  i put his tag together using a few items that were just laying out on my desk.  i didn't have a plan, but i liked the end result.

it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago when i happened to see the photo of the tag that i took with my iPhone and remembered that i wanted to recreate it.  here is a picture of it tied to his gift--forgive the poor quality; i took it on the fly with my phone and have pretty bad natural light in my craft studio.  

looking through my craft supplies, i found little white bags that are about the same size as the piece of card stock i used on the original.  i thought they'd be fun to decorate so i changed it up a little.

you can see they are slightly different than the original, but the idea is the same.  i hand-cut the cloud out of a patterned paper from Simple Stories Summer Fresh collection and adhered it over the stamped banner from My Mind's Eye.  i added some washi tape strips at the bottom of the bag and then used polka dot alpha stickers from Basic Grey to spell "Hi."  after stamping "baby" in Baja Breeze ink from Stampin' Up, the bag was complete.

i felt that i should put something inside the bag so took a manila tag and some paper scraps from My Mind's Eye and put it all together.  the cloud border sticker is Crate Paper, from the Neighborhood collection.  the stamps are from Papertrey Ink.

i then took it a step further and made pink and yellow tags and bags, too.  for pink, the clouds were cut from My Mind's Eye patterned paper but the letter stickers are again Basic Grey.  the ink i used for this was Cameo Coral from SU.

more MME paper and Crate Paper border Stickers for the tag.

and here's yellow...MME, Crate Paper, and Basic Grey supplies again.  The ink is Dandelion from Memento and the tiny alpha stickers on the tag are Making Memories.

i think i like the yellow tags and the blue bags the best.  these will be going up for sale in the Etsy shop and would be great to have on hand the next time you need a card for a new baby.  you can fit a tag and a gift card in the little bag, or use the clothespin to clip the set to a gift bag or a package.

speaking of the clothespins, all i did to make them was trim a piece of washi tape to fit them.  it was so easy!  i will have a mini tutorial for you next week, plus many more examples--i went a little nuts making them!

before i go, have you checked out the Crate Paper blog this week?  the design team made projects featuring neutral and natural products and colors.  you won't want to miss this--everyone did an amazing job!  have a great Friday!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

baby cards for Crate Paper

way back in August (okay, that's not that long ago), i was asked to create a trio of baby cards for a Specialty Post on the Crate Paper blog.  at the time, i knew i was pregnant but we weren't telling anyone outside of close family.  it was a great assignment, given that i was literally thinking about babies all day long, though in a way, i wish i could have shared the news then.  however, we like to be cautious during that first trimester as it can be a risky time so i knew that mum was the word.

the post ran on the Crate blog a few weeks ago but i've been waiting to share the cards on my own blog until i could tell you our secret.  in addition to finally publishing those cards here, i also have a few more baby-themed creations to share this week.  

i LOVE this card!  it was actually the last one i made because i had my 3 completed, but at the last minute changed my mind about one of them.  i whipped this together fairly quickly and i was so happy with the outcome!  all of the cards i'll show you here today use Crate's recent baby lines Little Boy Blue and Little Bo Peep.  it's a good thing i'm already pregnant, otherwise these two collections would make me want to GET pregnant, for sure; they are just so sweet!  

doesn't that wood veneer deer just squeeze your heart?  it's too, too cute!  i won't go into too much detail here on my blog about the design process, but you can read the post i wrote up for the Crate blog here.  this card, obviously being intended for a baby girl, is made using Little Bo Peep.  

 up next is a neutral card and it uses both LBB and LBP.  Hoss and i want to be surprised about the sex of our new little one--i should say, i want to be surprised and Hoss is kindly going along with the idea. 

there is a definite stork theme happening here, wouldn't you say?    i love those colors together; the addition of gray and the touches of wood help modernize the yellow and green.

i know one reason people want to find out whether they're having a boy or a girl is so they don't get stuck with an abundance of yellow and green baby gear.  i'm not too worried about that since all of the big items we need (carseat, stroller, crib, etc), are pretty neutral already and not necessarily yellow or green.  most of the clothes Mr. Bagubian wore as a baby have animals on them instead of trucks or footballs so they would be appropriate for a baby girl, as well.  (my gut instinct is telling me we're having another boy, anyhow, though!)

lastly, a card that is very near and dear to my heart.  when Mr. Bagubian (you can see that his real name is Gus) was born, i had every intention of making baby announcements for him.  i couldn't wait to make them and visualized them for months before his arrival.  but when the time actually came, i was too exhausted to even set foot into the craft studio, let alone sit down and make 50 cards.  i have always felt guilty about that--especially because i'm supposed to be a crafty mom.

so when i was given the assignment for Crate to make 3 baby cards, i knew i wanted to make a baby girl card, a baby boy card, and a neutral card.  i also wanted to have 3 different occasions:  a baby shower, new arrival, and decided that a baby announcement would be fun for the third.  

now, i realize that what i came up with is very involved and detailed, and if i couldn't even make up a simple one when Mr. Bagubian was born, the likelihood of me making up 50 of these would be out of the question!  but i went all out for it anyhow.

you could easily turn this into a simpler announcement by omitting some of the products and steps.  or, you could make ONE just as a keepsake and put it in your little guy or gal's baby book.  that's what i plan to do with this.  all of the products are from Little Boy Blue, by the way.
that's it for me today.  don't forget: take 15% off your entire purchase at my ETSY shop!  just use the code NEWBABY2.  it's good on everything in the store until September 30, 2012.