Showing posts with label Photos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Photos. Show all posts

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve Pageant

I just attended the Christmas Pageant at my church, St. John's Episcopal Church, in Saugus, MA.  The kids always do such a great job participating in it.  I don't feel like it's Christmas until I've seen the pageant!



All the beautiful Christmas Cards we received this year.  Many of them handmade from my stamping friends!


Merry Christmas everyone!


Monday, July 23, 2018

Birthday Journal Trinket Box using Eileen Hull Sizzix Dies and Color Box Blends Ink

My grandniece, Mila, turns 6 in August  - and I always make special personalized cards for each of the grands. 
For Mila's card this year, I used Eileen Hull's  Sizzix dies to make a Wrapped Journal Trinket Box!  Here it is closed up.   I die cut 2 labels from Bookplate Hinges and Labels  and added 'Mila is 6' using my Brother Label maker.
I know Mila will be opening and closing this box a lot - so I wanted an easy but durable clasp, so I screwed a Hitch Fastener in the binding area and looped a piece of elastic cord through the cover.  
I was afraid Velcro would eventually rip off the paper and she doesn't know how to tie yet if I bound it with a ribbon!

I adhered washi tape along the top and bottom of the binding and front cover - to hide the holes in the binding that would have been used to attach the signature pages inside the journal.
The Journal cover opens to reveal a Trinket Box inside - where I again used the Hitch Fastener and elastic cording for the clasp.
I glued some rhinestones over the holes in the cover that would have been used to tie the signatures into the journal. 
Inside the Trinket Box, I placed several photos of Mila from this past year as well as a Happy Birthday Balloon!  
And Mila can add her own 'little' things like bracelets and figurines!
I added die cut balloons and sentiment circle on this panel.  The hearts come from the Journaling Cards die
I added my salutation on this panel - using a die cut from Credit Card Sleeve and Tags die.  I cut out the small flower from Bookmark Tag and Pocket Dies out of the panel and then out of a lighter pink and inserted the lighter flower into the space!

I adhered a panel cut from Journaling Cards - Hearts into the bottom of the trinket box adding some heart rhinestones.  A 6 year old can never have enough bling right??!!
Here are the photos of Mila from this past year that I placed inside the Trinket Box - held together with a key chain so she can just pull out the all the photos at once.  I cut all the photos to 3" x 4" size and rounded the corners.
To cover the Wrapped Journal with patterned paper - I die cut two pieces, one of dots (this has large dots on one side and small dots on the other - the same with the plaid.
I find it is easier to use 2 or 3 panels rather than one big piece - as the paper can pull away from the folds.  I used two panels here - and I creased the paper at the folds before gluing them onto the matboard.
I inked the sides of the box and the box binding with Tutu Color Box Blends Ink.  It's so easy to do with the foam applicator on the ink container.
I also inked the inside of the Wrapped Journal on the places I didn't put patterned paper.
To keep the black elastic cord from pulling through the hole I punched -  I cut a circle from Eileen's Bookmark Tag and Pocket Dies out of White Paper Leather and made two holes to tie the elastic through (like those old hole protectors you could stick on notebook paper!)  I did the same thing on the Trinket Box clasp.
I'm pretty sure Mila will love her little box card!
 During the month of July, Eileen's Inspiration Team will be posting creative projects using Eileen's Book Club 2 dies and Color Box Blends Ink.  
Each week the projects will be gathered and posted on Eileen's blog so be sure to check it out!

Also linking my birthday 'card' to:

Stamps:  Party Time - Stamplorations
Paper:  White Little Stizzles Mat Board - Sizzix, White Leather Paper - Sizzix, Hibiscut Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush, Pale Peony,  Bitty Big Pale Peony Patterned Paper Collection - PTI.
Ink:  Tutu Color Box Blends Ink, True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Wrapped Journal Die, Trinket Box & Frame Dies, Journaling Cards Dies, Credit Card Sleeve & Tag Dies, Bookplate Hinges & Label Dies, Bookmark Tag and Pocket Dies, Floral Arch and Words dies - Eileen Hull/Sizzix,  Numbers Die, Balloon Die - PTI,  Happy Birthday Die - Ali Express, washi tape, key chain, rhinestones, Blossom Bakers Twine - The Twinery, Zutter Corner Rounder, black round elastic cord -  Joann, Hitch Fasterners - Idea-ology, P touch Brother Label Maker, photos, Crop a Dile punch, ScorTape, Tombow Glue.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Be Still

Today I have a card to share that features a photo I took in my garden.
The plant is Solomon's Seal and I purchased it many years ago at the Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA.   It tends to spread so you need to put it in an area that you want it to fill!

This is one area I planted it in our front yard under our beautiful Japanese Maple.  
There are a few other plants here as well - but the Solomon's seal takes up the whole left side! 
I will probably prune some out at the end of this season!
Here's a little info on the history of the Solomon's Seal plant for all you gardeners out there! 

I Googled it and found this info here.
Solomon's Seal is named for King Solomon of Hebrew lore who was granted great wisdom by the Hebrew God and had a special seal that aided him in his magical workings, allowing him to command demons without coming to harm. According to herbal lore, King Solomon himself placed his seal upon this plant when he recognized its great value. Those with imagination can see the seal on the rootstock in the circular scars left by the stem after it dies back.

Solomon's Seal has a rich history that goes back many thousands of years. Herbalists and healers, both in Europe and North America and the Far East, have written about its diverse effects on numerous conditions. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Natural Resources Conservation Service) identified Solomon's Seal as a Culturally Significant Plant, noting its medicinal and restorative value among North American Tribal (Original Nation) peoples. It is our understanding that the National Institutes of Health is presently researching the benefits of Solomon's Seal for heart health.

My card was inspired by the following challenges:
Splitcoaststampers - Ways to Use it Challenge: Picture This
Use a photo

I was inspired by the sketch
I was inspired by all the natural greenery 
Stamps: Everyday Blessings - PTI
Paper: Rustic Cream, Cocoa Bean - PTI, Blue Distress Coredinations, Watercolor paper - Canson, Worn Wallpaper - Idea-ology/Tim Holtz
Ink:Hero Hues Black
Accessories:  personal photo, scallop die - Ali Express/China

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Happy 4th Birthday Madelyn!

My youngest grand-niece, Madelyn, turns 4 on Tuesday but she had her birthday party today.  I always make special cards for my four grands for their birthdays, usually featuring one or more photos of them that I liked during the past year.   

I used a fun Stackable Frame die by Sizzix to create Madelyn's card this year.  This is the first time I've used this new die and it went together wonderfully!
Each frame is 3" x 4 3/8" .
I die cut 6 frames and the circle pieces out of Black Little Sizzles Matboard.  I cut the photos and sentiment piece to fit inside the frames and adhered them to the back with tape.  I die cut 3 frames out of the woodgrain patterened papers and adhered them to the fronts.  Then I adhered another frame on the back.  I double layered all the circle pieces and slid them into the slots to hold the frames together and the same with the feet on the bottom.   I added the starred circle at the top, using dies from PTI - Scene It Basic Backer Die and Scene It Celebration Dies. I added the #4 in front  that I die cut out of fun foam.  I die cut the 3 balloons, glued twine to their ends and adhered them with foam dots.

I decided to add 2 more photos of Madelyn from Easter on the back - along with my birthday message.  I added a little drop of glue to the inside of each slot to help hold them together -  they did all fit snugly, just a little extra insurance for this kids card!
These are the full photos of the pictures I used on the front of Madelyn's card.
A sleep over for the 4 cousins at Madelyn's and James' house.
 Hiking in Goffstown, NH
Happy Birthday sweet Madelyn!!

Stamps:  Birthday Girl from; Party Time Set - Stamplorations,  Happy Birthday from: A Beary Good Year - The Cats Pajamas
Paper:  Black Little Sizzles Mat Board - Sizzix, white card - PTI, wood grain patterned paper - Mrs. Sparkle and Co. - Joann, Color Core Coredinations..
Ink:  Hero Arts Black
Accessories:  Stackable Frame Die - Sizzix, Birthday Balloons Die, Scene It: Celebration Dies, Scene It Basic Backer Die, By the Numbers Dies - PTI, Tombow Glue, ScorTape, twine, Label Letters - Idea-ology, black fun foam.

Monday, February 26, 2018

We're Going to the Zoo!

I love spending time with my grand nieces and nephews - and recently during school vacation - Landon, Mila, mum Katie and I went to the Stone Zoo together.  I took some photos of them and turned them into framed cards.  They love to get mail and to see themselves on cards!
The zoo had these fun penguins along the walk through the zoo - and of course, we had to get photos of them peeking their faces through the penguin's body!
 Here's Penguin Landon (age 7)
 I used another one of my favorite dies from Eileen Hull/Sizzix the Mailable Frame Die (curently on sale!)  The frame die has a cut out on the front panel to layer your photo behind - but it's smaller than my photos - so for these frame cards, I adhered the photo right over the opening and I adhered some of the patterned paper on the back side to cover the opening as well.

I added layered flowers from Eileen's sweet Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Thinlits die set -  the different sizes and petal shapes layer wonderfully!
Here's Penguin Mila (age 5)
I just happened to have this fun zoo stamp in my stash - I thought it was so fun when I purchased it many years ago - but I think this is the first time I've used it.  

And the reason I love this die - because you can stand up your card - and display it on shelf, bookcase or bureau!  AND it fits in a regular A2 envelope
(I usually give these to people at Birthday Parties etc -  but I did mail these to the kids -  it cost $3.50 for each one - as the matboard is stiff and thick so it was considered a parcel in the US)
It's good to have it weighed at the post office if mailing.  You could die cut this out of cardstock - it wouldn't be as sturdy - but it would be lighter if you are mailing.
So the Zoo stamp I used actually had two lines on it 
We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo,
You can come too, too, too!
but I stamped it and then cut strips of each line - so I put the 2nd line on the inside of my frame card along with some sentiments I made with my Brother P-Touch Label maker to personalize it all!
It was an unusually warm day for Feb -  74 degrees F! So they were in t-shirts and shorts!
Of course, there were also live animals at the zoo......
a beautiful leopard enjoying the sun
and a soft furry Lynx with his oversized paws and black point feathery ears.
And then we went out to lunch at Friendlies and had ice cream sundaes for dessert!

I've used this wonderful frame die many times on projects here on the blog

Mila's 4th birthday frame card.  See here how I made it.

See here how I made this one.

See here how I made this Valentine for Kent.

And -   see here how I made this one using real shells from Sanibel Island! 
 (it really IS one of my favorite dies!)

Please check out Eileen Hull's blog all month to see what the rest of the Creative Team choose as their favorites of Eileen's dies!

I'm linking my card to:
Cute Card Thursday
Cute Critters

Penguin cards
Stamps:  Going to the Zoo - Simply Stamped
Paper:  Black Little Sizzles Mat Board - Sizzix, black and white cardstock, DP Text Style Black and White Designs - PTI
Ink:  Hero Arts Black
Accessories:  Mailable Frame Die and Stitchy Flowers and Leaf Dies - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Noted: Scalloped die - PTI, foam dots, black and grey half pearls.