Monday, July 23, 2018

Tropical Summer themed Card for Cherish the Memory

 

 An Inspirational "Getaway" card
using Studio Light "Memories of Summer" Paper Collection

 

An Alternative to Post Cards


Most people send postcards from exotic places they are visiting when it comes to a tangible card form, but the reality is most of us nowadays use social media to share pictures of family at the pool or if you are travelling solo, pictures of your toes in the sand. Personally, the only time I have ever sent a postcard to someone is when they requested one, but I felt like it lacked something. Sure, it's perfect when you want something fast and simple to buy, but what if you were a crafter and wanted to make something a little more memorable? 

Cherish the Memory sells these fantastic 3D pre-die cut ephemera pieces that literally require just your hands to punch out! Meaning, you have the choice of bringing a few pages with you for some tropical crafting fun or a quick crafty make for when you come home from vacation, need some crafty time and or don't feel like unpacking just yet. The links to what you need to make this card is listed below.


Layering for Photos

What I love most about these ephemera pages is that there's quite a variety of ephemera that resemble photographs, which you can easily use as a decorative item on your card or for an easy way to layer a real photo on top of, to create dimension. I particularly liked the "Building Sandcastles" sentiment, because it brought me back memories of my childhood where my mom bought my sister and I pails and shovels to use on the sand at the beach...perfect for when you have photos of some fun in the sand!



Last not but not least, the flowers. There is a generous assortment of die cut flowers to choose from and these were particularly lovely as they were of the tropical kind! A great way to add a tropical or feminine touch to any card depending on how many you choose to use. There is no limit!

I hope you have enjoyed my post. The links to these Studio Light papers are linked below!

Cherish the Memory Store











Thursday, July 19, 2018

Simple Travel Themed Masculine Card


Creating a simple yet eye pleasing Masculine Card using Studio Light Paper from Cherish the Memory



If you're anything like me, you're drawn to floral, feminine, colorful designs which can sometimes pose a challenge when making a card for a man, or for a female friend who isn't into "girly" designs as you are. The "Memories of Summer" collection that you can purchase at Cherish the Memory really takes the guesswork out of picking and choosing paper for your masculine card. What is so great about this collection is that it has a good balance in range, therefore really allowing you to make both masculine, gender neutral and feminine projects without having to buy several collections!


My favorite part of the collections by Studio Light are the paper pads, which I will be providing the link to below. I love the paper pads because it comes jam packed with backgrounds, but you see that you don't have to use the backgrounds just for backgrounds. If you look at the three rectangular paper pieces, they have been die cut from the paper backgrounds in the pad to create the layering effect where I used foam mounting tape.

What I love most about this card is the use of neutral warm earth tones. Stick with natural colors such as browns and tans to get down the color scheme for a masculine card. I knew as soon as I saw the lighthouse from the ephemera pack that I would be using it, it's so pretty! The vintage plane stamp was also a really cool feature in the ephemera pages which I will also link. 

Some tips that helped me put this card together :
1. Use earth tones such as browns, tans, grays, greens and blues
2. Take items from your stash that you have found yourself neglecting and throw things together to see if they complement the card. The background paper has a wooden grain texture which I had no plans for, until this card came up!
3. Jute adds a great natural element that is gender neutral. Texture in masculine cards is your friend.
4. Keep the design simple. I struggle with simple design but simple and clean is a must to achieve that perfect look. Masculine details can be pretty powerful, and you want them to speak for themselves and not overwhelm the card or viewer.
5. It helps to choose a 5x7 layout for a masculine card, the linear layout helps create a stronger card.

I hope you found some inspiration and ideas! Check out the Cherish the Memory shop for the collection:  








Friday, June 29, 2018

"This is all I need" Mixed Media Canvas


A Bright, Deliciously Pink Mixed Media Canvas
for Cherish the Memory 



Hello all! Welcome to my blog!

Today I will be sharing with you this mixed media canvas I have created for Cherish the Memory using Studio Light ephemera available at the shop.

I will start out by saying that out of all the hobbies I have, I love love love making canvases the most! This canvas has taught me that you don't need a lot of paper to create a work of art, just some beautiful ephemera! I will be listing below links to this gorgeous ephemera at the end of the post.


Being Resourceful

A must in my canvases is texture, the more the better! Experimenting with the combination of textures, whether it is a lot of different textures combined together, balanced, one simple texture, I believe there is no right or wrong. For example, in the background of the canvas I used two different stencils with modeling paste, in addition to art stones, and microbeads!

If you notice, the shapes of textures doesn't stop there, I bring the texture over in layers by adding a layer of mesh and twine. I think it is important to tie the elements in the different layers to each other, so that they all sort of have this relationship and they marry into one another. I like to be cohesive. Speaking being resourceful, can you guess what that mesh is? It isn't store bought, it is mesh that I have repurposed from a laundry bag that was getting tossed out cut up into pieces.



Here you can see the various layers creating dimension. The first layer is texture using stencils and modeling paste. The second layer is paper flowers with recycled mesh and twine. Third layer presents the ephemera. 


To create depth, you can see that I strategically place rhinestones in areas that need interest, like crevices, dark spots that need some light to reflect back to the viewer. I do this last!



I hope you have something to take away from my post and thank you for visiting! Here are the links to the ephemera used in my canvas.

This and more from Studio Light's Memories of Summer available at Cherish the Memory




Friday, June 22, 2018

Adventures in Travel Card for Cherish the Memory

"Adventure" Mixed Media Card using "Memories of Summer" Studio Light Paper Collection



It's that time of year where everyone is happy that it's Summer because they are either going on vacation or they're simply happy that school it out! Whatever people choose to do, it's usually a given that most people relax and have fun. This card illustrates the wonder of travel by using Studio Light's "Memories of Summer" Collection available at Cherish the Memory store

Below are image links to the Studio Light products I have used to create this card :

                               

                                       



How to make this card



As you can see, this collection is a pre-cut treasure trove of ephemera, which really makes cards using Studio Light paper really easy! I like to however, convert anything I can into mixed media so I used a combination of different styles of texture embellishments.



For the materials and embellishments I used :

Ranger Glossy Accents
Mini Prills by USArtQuest
Rhinestones
Faber Castell Glitter Glass 
Jute Twine
Cheesecloth
Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony
Prima Marketing Paper Flower
Recollections by Michael's Butterfly
Ranger Archival Ink in Tree Branch
BoBunny Text Stamp
Fiskars Corner Punch in Romantique
Prima Marketing Paper Distress Tool
Black Cardstock


Steps:

1. Create a 6x6 card using black cardstock. Take your paper of choice from the "Summer Memories" Paper pad, distress the edges and corner punch as desired and adhere.
2. Stamp the background using your favorite text stamp and your preferred ink color, making sure it matches the overall color theme of your card.
3. On the left side of the card or wherever your focus will be, use adhere down cheesecloth as the base of your embellishments and ephemera.
4. Adhere with a strong adhesive your chipboard and use it as a frame so as to guide your layering choices with the ephemera you are to use.
5. After adhering the major paper ephemera pieces, choose the locations of your bigger embellishments such as any paper flowers or butterflies.
6. Adhere twine or string of choice to create a tie between the ephemera and the background of  the card.
7. Adhere down your rhinestones. I like to use rhinestones in dark corners to add a pop of interest and brightness.
8. After you are content with the placement of everything you can add the wet embellishments that need to dry.
9. Let card dry and enjoy!



Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I hope you have enjoyed the mini tutorial!



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Shaker Bells and my Gorgeous Roses Canvas



Welcome to another post!

Thank you so much for visiting. If you have an Instagram account, please make sure you are following my account @patchworkfox for pictures of my work in progress and sneak peaks of what I will be posting!

This canvas, on the bottom left, was so hard to mail! I had become really attached to the canvas emotionally, but I'm sure that happens to most as I worked very hard on it. Does that happen with you? If you would like to see the tutorials for these two, leave a comment below!

I saw this quote earlier, shared by a dear friend and I wanted to share it with you, as it has been a quote that has been resonating with me recently :

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Lemoncraft Vintage Inspired Shaker Roses for Cherish the Memory

My 6x6 May Shaker Card for Cherish the Memory DT





 "Be you, bravely"

Thanks for visiting my blog! I just love the chat stickers from Tim Holtz, there is a perfect selection of quotes and inspirational messages that can be guaranteed to express whatever your heart desires on cards for that perfect sentiment. I think it suits this card perfectly, as butterflies are as they are, free and bravely themselves with no restraint, as they fly free! That's what makes them so beautiful.

These vintage inspired papers from Lemoncraft are just gorgeous to work with, I have created cards with these papers several times now and just do not tire of working with them! Links below to purchase, with the last link to a great listing for a deluxe kit!




A close up of the sentiment, I felt that it went perfectly with the framing of the shaker window frame, as a plaque to the centered image.



I used as assortment of matching sequins in pink and green along with iridescent translucent sequins. Tip: Add seed beads to your shaker cards so make sure there is plenty of movement and an extra noise effect.


To tie the elements of the shaker card and the butterflies, I used clear drying adhesive to attach clear seed beads to the centers of the butterflies. Butterflies look like they are fluttering on the card when you fold the middle! 

I hope you have enjoyed my post! 

Make sure to check out the lovely Lemoncraft collection available at Cherish the Memory below!






Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Butterfly in Coneflowers with Heartfelt Creations Backyard Blossoms

A Heartfelt Creations Fold out Card with Coneflowers and a Butterfly! 


Thank you for visiting my blog! It's Inspiration Wednesday for Heartfelt Creations and I am sharing with you my Foldout Card using the gorgeous Backyard Blossoms coneflowers, featuring a butterfly from the Butterfly Kisses Collection! This card contains all the beautiful papers from the Backyard Blossoms Paper collection that has the most perfect colors for Spring and Summer!

Product links and the full tutorial below!



Other Products Used:

Yellow Satin Ribbon, Faber-Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel, Double Sided Adhesive Tape, Paper Trimmer, Scissors, Bone Folder, 3D Mounting Foam Tape, Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils: Purple Violet 136, Manganese Violet 160, Violet 138, Light Magenta 119, Fuchsia 123, Terracotta 186, Orange Glaze 113, Cadmium Orange 111, Dark Chrome Yellow 109, Cadmium Yellow 105, May Green 170, Earth Green Yellowish 168, Permanent Green Olive 167





Instructions:
Card Base Preparation
Fold the flaps on the  17”x 5.5” card base from the White Foldout Card packet. For help on folding the card, watch the video tutorial on foldout cards here : https://youtu.be/wxX94X84kUo. Use the yellow patterned background paper from the Backyard Blossoms Paper Collection pad to cut out the following: One 3 3/4” x 4 1/4” rectangle for the front of the front flap, One 4 1/2” x 4 1/4” rectangle for the front of the middle flap, One 4 1/4” x 5 1/4” for the back of the third flap, One 4 1/2” x 5 1/2” for the front of the back of the card base. 
Use the purple coneflower bouquet patterned background paper from the Backyard Blossom Paper Collection pad to cut out the following: One 3 3/4” x 4 1/4” rectangle for the back of the front flap, One  4 1/2” x 4 1/4” rectangle for the back of the middle flap, One 3 1/2” x 4 1/4” for the back pocket, and One 4 1/2” x 5 1/2” for the back of the card. 

Embellishment Cutting
Using the simple curved dies from the Fleur Border Basics Craft Dies set, die cut the tops of each cut rectangle from both patterned papers to line up and match their assigned flaps and sides all except for the back card base rectangles. Use the video on Foldout Cards to learn how to use and line up the Fleur Border Basics Craft Dies set here: https://youtu.be/wxX94X84kUo. 
Using both sets of the smaller decorative dies from the Fleur Border Basics Craft Dies set, die cut one of each for three sets of decorative borders using the purple patterned background paper (non floral) from the Backyard Blossoms Paper Collection (One set for each of the three flaps). From the same paper, use the circular doily die from the Butterfly Kisses Decorative Die set to die cut two doilies. Cut these in half and set aside. 

Stamping
From the Butterfly Kisses Cling Stamp set, stamp one butterfly and die cut with the coordinating Butterfly Kisses Decorative Craft Die. From the Backyard Blossoms Cling Stamp set, stamp and die cut the following with their coordinating dies from the Backyard Blossoms Craft Die set: Two coneflowers, Two small coneflower fields, Two sprays and One wheat field. Color the die cut stamped images with the Faber-Castell pencils in the colors listed above as suggested. Take both coneflowers and use the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit to shape the petals. Using Designer Dries clear, adhere Go Man Go Prills to the centers of the two coneflower centers and allow to dry.

Sentiments and Strips
From the Backyard Blossoms Collection paper pad, cut out the following: One “Always and Forever” strip, One “Cherished Days” strip, One purple fleur border strip, One orange fleur border strip, One orange coneflower strip and One “A gift from the Heart” sentiment. Using the Luggage and Tags Die set, die cut a yellow tag with pink and yellow coneflowers and use scissors to thread the yellow satin ribbon through the hole and tie by looping through. 

Assembling
Take the three decorative Fleur Border Basics die cut sets that were cut out from the purple background pattern paper and use the Designer Dries Clear adhesive or double sided adhesive tape to adhere each set to the tops of each of the three folds. One set per fold, making sure that the patterned side is facing outward and not towards each other. Take the die cut yellow patterned background paper and adhere to their designated flaps: One for the front flap, One for the front of the middle flap, One for the back of the third flap and one rectangle piece for the front of the card base and adhere, overlapping the top purple borders. Repeat the same process for the remaining sides using the die cut purple coneflower bouquet patterned background paper from the Backyard Blossom Paper Collection pad. This includes the very back of the card.

Take half of a Butterfly Kisses Decorative Die doily and adhere to the top of the back of the card with the yellow patterned paper with the lace portion centered and sticking above the card. With a paper trimmer, cut out a 5” x 4” ephemera piece with a purple floral bouquet border and orange and yellow coneflowers in an oval with a yellow background and adhere to the front side of the back of the card base, overlapping the bottom portion of the doily. For the purple coneflower bouquet patterned background paper pocket piece, use adhesive on the left, bottom and right edges only to create a fold pocket and adhere to the yellow patterned side of the front of the back of the card, aligning the edges to the card edges. Allow to dry. This pocket is for the tag.

Take the purple fleur border strip and adhere up 1/4” from the bottom edge of the card and across the front flap. Repeat this step for the back of the second flap and back of the third flap (the yellow side) so it appears continuous. Take the “Cherished Days” strip and adhere in the same fashion to the back of the front flap and the front of the second flap. Take the orange fleur strip and adhere to the front of the third flap (the purple bouquet side) and on top of the purple bouquet pocket. 

Take one of the small finished Backyard Blossoms coneflower fields and adhere to the front flap, towards the right edge of the card, leaving about 1/4”. Cut the literal “Always and Forever” sentiment from the strip and adhere it over top of the bottom stems of the coneflower field using 3D foam mounting tape. The sentiment should measure about three inches and positioned towards the right edge as well, with the edge almost touching the right edge of the card flap. Take half of a Butterfly Kisses die cut doily and use 3D foam mounting tape to adhere it to the left edge of the front flap, aligning the straight cut side along the left edge of the card. The doily will overlap the last couple of coneflowers. Then, take a Backyard Blossoms spray and adhere it on top of the doily using 3D foam tape at the bottom stems. Take yellow satin ribbon and make a small bow to adhere to the bottom stems in alignment with the center edge of the “Always and Forever” sentiment strip using a permanent adhesive such as Designer Dries Clear.  

For the front of the second flap, take half of a Butterfly doily and adhere the flat side to the right edge and adhere with 3D foam mounting tape. On top of the doily, take a Butterfly and adhere the right side of the wing using to the doily and the left side of the wing using 3D foam mounting tape to the yellow patterned paper. For the back of the third flap (yellow side) adhere a wheat field die cut towards the top left corner about 2.5” up from the bottom so that the wheat buds show when the card is closed. Take the orange coneflower strip and adhere it across from left to right over the bottom of the wheat stems. Take one of the coneflowers and adhere the bottom stem in alignment with the purple fleur strip with Designer Dries clear and adhere the coneflower head with 3D foam mounting tape over the wheat field die cut. For the front of the third flap (purple coneflower bouquet side) adhere both the coneflower field die cut and the coneflower die cut in alignment to the orange strip with the stems. Use 3D foam mounting tape for the head of the coneflower. Next, take a spray and adhere it to the front of the pocket flap using the same alignment. Then, Take the “A gift from the Heart” sentiment and adhere it towards the right edge of the card base on top of the pocket using 3D foam mounting tape about 1/2” from the right edge of the card. 

Embellishment
Use Faber-Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel or glitter of your choice and use it on all the stamped images for a shiny effect, concentrating on flower heads. 



Tropical Summer themed Card for Cherish the Memory

   An Inspirational "Getaway" card using Studio Light "Memories of Summer" Paper Collection   An Alternative...