Friday, October 21, 2011

Milo the Christmas Guard Dog

Here is another great Christmas Animals card....and brings a smile to me each time I see it!

I made a bunch of these, they were a bit time consuming, because I used 3 colors of fun flock on it, but were well worth the time invested!






Check out the up close shot!  I used a rhinestone for the collar, Snickerdoodle Smooch for the dog bones, Fun Flock for the Stocking cap and top of the stocking itself...and two colors of fun flock to make the tennis ball!  This card has a ton of textures on it!

The papers used in this card are from SEI: Glitzmas.  The ribbon is from the standard stash I picked up at Michaels or Hobby Lobby!  And I colored Milo with my copics, then cut him out with the nestabilities!


I can't believe we are already past the halfway mark in the first month of the Card a Day Christmas Postings!

Make sure you check out the blog everyday for another inspirational posting! Next up are:

Cindy Foster from Cindy's Creations 
Shirley Ross from Mom 'n Me Scrap
Jill Figley from Created By Jill
Shirley Ross from Mom 'n Me Scrap
Christine Patton from Creative Genie-ous
Kelly George from Sassy Scrapper Studio
Cindy Pointe from  The Creative Pointe

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else makes this next week!


Scrap On!
Michelle Hessler
www.paperthreadsblog.com



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Should say...Gone Hunting!

 So, lately, I have been feeling a little bit alone, it's the season!  Adam seems to take every waking moment when he is not at work or doing his college coursework, out hunting!  I didn't have a good hunting stamp, but love this little cutie!  
 
It's one of the Kraftin' Kimmie stamps, by Crissy Armstrong called Gone Fishin'.  I think I'm going to send it to my nephew, as he loves going fishing all the time!


 
 
RECIPE FOR CARD:

PAPERS:  Detail Blending for digi stamp base, scrap paper for the sentiment mounting, Pastiche patterned paper for the background (made by SEI, but I can't find it for sale ANYWHERE!!  I hope it goes on sale somewhere soon!)
 
INKS:  Copics, Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black), Memento Ink (Potters Clay for distressing edges)
 
 DIECUTS: Nestabilities LABELS 1 (for stamped image, I did the embossing with it too, and I used the out of bounds technique, which you can find a video for using through my youtube channel.)

STAMPS:  Crissy's Cuties: Gone Fishin', Daisy Buckets Brackets, Daisy Buckets Enjoy the Day Sentiment

ADHESIVE:  Tombow Mono Adhesive, glue dots

MISC:   Ribbon from SEI Pastiche set, Waxed thread used to tie ribbon center.

TECHNIQUES: Out of Bounds using Nestabilities technique, Copic Coloring Techniques

I hope to post another project using Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps tomorrow...so check back!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Card a Day Blog - My Little Kitten

So...for many of you that may or may not know, there is a new blog out there, called Card A Day, and each day the designers feature a card they created for your inspiration! 

Today is my turn to submit something for the blog, and my submission theme they gave me was Christmas and Animals!

I have this CUTE little stamp, from Stampavie: Gillian Roberts, called Kitten.

I stamped it, and because I'm making a bunch for holiday cards, I colored it in first using my copics, then I scanned it into my computer, and made a sheet of the same colored stamp!

When I was done, I printed it out, and I used a smooch for the nose and ears, Quickie glue pen on the cuff of the hat and my favorite of late...White Fun Flock!




You can see the up close of the fun flock...it's so nice and fuzzy, I love running my finger across it!

For the papers I used Glitzmas by SEI, and some basic red from my stash!  I also used some of the nestability shapes to create the mat for the card!

This project was fun to make, and because I didn't have to color each one individually, I was able to get 12 cards done in about 3 hours!  More for my holiday stash!

Hope you enjoyed, and make sure you check out the Card A Day Blog....like it so you get post links, as you will not only find it inspiring, but if you want, can even join the challenge and win prizes!!

Next up in the blog hop are as follows:
October 18 - Janet from Stamping At The White House
October 19 - Tina from Tina's Scrap Corner
October 20 - Christine from Creative Genie
October 21 - Michelle (me) at Paperthreads
October 22 -Cindy from The Creative Pointe
October 23 - Shirley from Mom 'n Me Scrap
October 24 - Jill from Created By Jill


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Scrapbook Layout-pages 3&4


THERE IS STILL A MONTHLY TECHNIQUE CHALLENGE GOING ON IN THE FORUM, MAKE SURE YOU VISIT AND GET YOUR PROJECT IN SOON!!

So...here are some more of the scrapbook pages I did the other day, this is pages 3&4.





To curl the wings on the butterflys, I used my scissors, and pulled the paper gently across the back side against the blade of my scissors (like when you curl ribbon).  Then, I only taped the centers down.

The kit included some paper doily's.  I think I would rather use some cut out doily from my die cut machine, but because I wanted to get htese projects done quickly, I just used what was in the kit this time!

The papers in this kit are really wonderful, and all done by SEI!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Scrapbooking again....the easy way!

REMINDER: TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ENTER INTO THE CHALLENGE LISTED ABOVE!  WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN TOMORROW!


So...I tried to spend some time doing some scrapbooking again!  Only, I'm doing it the easy way for now, because I have a bunch of these SEI kits that I have to put together.

This is one that I think I got back in April of this year, I will be showing the pages over the next couple of weeks, on and off!




This is from a Chintz and Lace collection that they sent out in the April kit.  I haven't added the pictures and journaling yet, I will do that at a later time!

I really love the papers in this kit, they have a lot of dimension to them, and while I wouldn't think to combine those colors, they work well!

All supplies used are SEI!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Advent Calendar #2

First...look at the challenge above...just today and tomorrow to get your project in!

A couple weeks ago, I posted a picture of an advent calendar that I put together, using the Beyond the Page Advent Calendar kit from Kaiser Craft.

I actually had made TWO of them...and here I am finally posting the pictures of the second one.






On this one, I used SEI Alpine Frost collection of papers.  I also treated the box pieces the same way as before, with some Heidi Swap Brown Acrylic paints, then some antique gold rub n buff blended in and swiped, then repeat with some more acrylic paint, to give it an aged look.  On the little boxes, I put rub n buff on the edges, to age them!

Inside each of the boxes, I put a small piece of chocolate and a bible verse reference is glued to the bottom, so each day, you would open the box, the child would get the piece of candy, and then there is a bible verse for you to look up and read as a family. There is enough room in the boxes to hold about 6 hersheys kisses....so you can put a piece of chocolate in each drawer, enough for each child in the family!


I hope to order more of these in, so I can make some more.  They are really beautiful up close, and such a great family keepsake and tradition to do.  Though, I'm pretty picky and detailed, so it did take quite some time to make each one!  Hopefully as I do more of them, they will be quicker to make!  I think the next batch I do, I will make them so that you can put a 5x7 family picture in the center part!

Scrap On!



Thursday, October 6, 2011

Blog Candy Winners and Blog Challenge reminder!

Yes...I finally pulled the names for the Blog Candy winners....

PLEASE EMAIL ME YOUR MAILING ADDRESS, support@paperthreads.com

and I will get one of the stamps to you in the mail!

1. barracudasue
2. ladydi47
3. mjblahnik56

Thanks so much for taking part in the World Card Making Day weekend blog hop!  I loved reading about your traditions!

And don't forget...you can win more, if you take part in this weeks blog challenge!

The Blog Challenge
Create a holiday themed card using scraps from your stash!  No NEW sheets of paper allowed, only scrap pieces!  It's always a challenge to use up that stash before it builds up too high, so now is your chance!

Once you have created your designer, then please post a picture and description of it to your own blog, with a note that you are participating in the challenge here at the Paperthreads Blog!  Then, use the link below to add it to the prize drawing!
The prize to be won??  This great little stamp by The Greeting Farm!



Challenge ends at Midnight, October 12th, with the winner chosen and posted sometime on the 13th!

I was hoping to have some pictures of some projects to post today, but I'm running a little behind!  I'll take some pictures today...and hopefully get them posted soon!!

Scrap On!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Merry and Bright

As many of you know, I'm participating in the Card a Day Blog, and we will be hopping around each day to a different blog, all the way up to Christmas!  I'm also sponsoring a one week challenge with some blog candy...so make sure you read through to the end to get the challenge details!

This is such a great way to kick off the creative thoughts for your upcoming holiday season!  Hopefully some of these great cards being shared through the blog hop will inspire you to make your own set of cards this holiday season!

For today, I'm sharing one of my favorite stamps, and one of my favorite techniques too!

I once again dug out my scraps to make this card!  It's a good thing I have plenty of scraps too!  Because I made 12 of these in all!

Here is an up close picture of the same card:

RECIPE FOR CARD:
PAPERS:  Detail Blending for stamp base, Scrap papers from SEI Alpine Frost

 INKS:  Copics, Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black), Smooch (Gold)
STAMPS:  Sugar Plum: Santa Emma by CC Designs, Merry & Bright Stamp - unknown
ADHESIVE:  3M Adhesive, Scotch Glue, Pop Dots
MISC:  Fun Flock, Rhinestones, Nestabilities Template
TECHNIQUES: Copic Coloring Techniques, Out of the Box Technique



Make sure you pop in daily to the Card A Day Blog Hop, because next up in the blog hop are as follows:
October 6 -Shirley from Mom 'n Me Scrap
October 7 - Adele from nogardscreativecave
October 8 -Cindy from The Creative Pointe
October 9 - Rebecca from ArtiCrafts by Rebecca 
October 10 -Kelly from Sassy Scrapper Studio
October 11 - Shirley from Mom 'n Me Scrap


Whew...week one of the blog hop is flying by!  Are you inspired yet?

So...now, before you go...as promised..here is a challenge with some BLOG CANDY!

The Blog Challenge
Create a holiday themed card using scraps from your stash!  No NEW sheets of paper allowed, only scrap pieces!  It's always a challenge to use up that stash before it builds up too high, so now is your chance!

Once you have created your designer, then please post a picture and description of it to your own blog, with a note that you are participating in the challenge here at the Paperthreads Blog!  Then, use the link below to add it to the prize drawing!
The prize to be won??  This great little stamp by The Greeting Farm!



Challenge ends at Midnight, October 12th, with the winner chosen and posted sometime on the 13th!





Scrap On!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Color Saturation...

So, the theme over at the Copic Challenge blog this time is color saturation.


It got me thinking....about color techniques, painting and density of color.

One of the hardest things I struggle with is diffusing of color when I'm blending with my copics.  I tend to not lay down enough of the dark color, or if I do a dark/bright color, I have a hard time getting a good shadow effect going.  


Hopefully I did better with this one!!


Card Recipe:
PAPERS: patterned paper by We R Memory Keepers, Black Treasuremates paper, Medium Yellow and Deep Groovy Grape Colormates papers by WorldWin

STAMPS: Witch Emma Stamp  by CC Designs, Phrase stamp and Spider stamp (on inside of card) by Stampin' Up.

INKS/Markers: Black Ink by Memento, Black Craft Ink by Stampin' Up, Copic Markers found at Paperthreads

MISC: ribbon from the clearance rack at Micheal's, Black Magic Embossing Powder from Sparkles n Sprinkles

Here is the card!





Make sure you pop over to the Copic Creations Challenge blog, as there are some great links to help you understand color saturation!

Well, that's it for todays post!   Later on this week, I'm posting another card on the Card A Day Blog (October 8) and I'm starting a new challenge with blog candy...so make sure you come back that day and join in on the fun!  In the meantime, stop by Card A Day Blog today, and check out the great card with an Angel, posted by Christine Patton!  Oh...and Kelly Stone was the winner on the Card A Day Blog weekend blog hop challenge!  I sent off my prize to her today, of a Greeting Farm Stamp: RUBY!  I have this stamp, and ALL in stock stamps on sale through the 15th.....35% off!


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Card A Day Blog Hop--Day 2

Here is the second post for the 2 day blog hop going on!


THE BLOG HOP
To celebrate World Card Making Day and Christmas, some of the designers of the Card A Day Blog are launching our TWO DAY Christmas Card Blog Hop, it started yesterday, and ends today....with more new posts by everyone!  There will be some amazing blog candy being given away on the main Card A Day Blog.  Also...many of the participants are giving away prizes on their individual blogs, so make sure and stop by everyone's blog.

So, my card for today's blog hop is:
The picture really doesn't do it justice!  I have this beautiful burgundy glitter, it's a really fine glitter, and I put it on the ornaments....they really "pop" out...unfortunately, all the pretty glitter doesn't photograph well.


RECIPE FOR CARDS:
I colored my stamped images with copics, then I used my Quickie Glue pen on the ornament, then put some glitter on that for some "bling".

PAPERS:  X-Press It  for stamp base; SEI Glitzmas papers for background, Colomates for stamped image mounting.

INKS:  Memento Black, Copics

DIECUTS:  Nestabilities

STAMPS:  Whiff of Joy: Oakley with Christmas Bauble

ADHESIVE:  Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, 3M ATG Tape, pop dot

MISC:  Scrap Ribbon, Glitter by Art Glitter

THE SALE
A quick reminder too, that I'm having a SALE!  Yes...it's that time of year for my annual birthday celebration sale!  As many of you know, my birthday also falls close to the anniversary date of our store....and we have been providing digital die cut files for all of you for just over FIVE years now!!  So, in that honor, all of my digital die cut files are on sale for 50% off!  Also, make sure you check out our stamps in the store, because ALL of them are on sale, some up to 40% off!



Then...remember...we are soon shipping the KNK Zing machines!  I have about 7 left for sale in my pre-order, so make sure you get your order in to guarantee a machine with the first shipment!



THE BLOG CANDY
 
Ok....so now I've shared my card....lets have a little fun still today!

Comment on this blog post, let me know one of your traditions on spending the holiday....and also join either my Google Friend Connect or Facebook Fan Page, and I will randomly pick THREE winners on TUES, Oct 4th.

I will be drawing THREE different prize winners, and they will each receive one of Whiff of Joy Stamps, features on the left!




Below is a list of all the people participating in this blog hop, make sure you pop in and check out their blogs and chances to win more prizes!

Karin Adamczyk from ScrapperCreations
Adele Robbetze from nogardscreativecave
Christine Patton from Creative Genie-ous
Cindy Foster from Cindy's Creations
Cindy Pointe from The Creative Pointe
Janet White from Stamping At The White House
Kelly George from Sassy Scrapper Studio
==You are here=>Michelle Hessler from Paperthreads
==Visit here next=>Patricia Logan from MDN Creates
Shelley Bordeleau from Gardens Crafts 'n' More
Tina Campbell from Tina's Scrap Corner
Vicki Schram from Paper Squirrel

Come back on Monday, to the main Card a Day Blog and see who won the main challenge....






Saturday, October 1, 2011

World Card Making Day, a SALE, Celebration and Blog Hop!

It's hard to believe that yet another year has flown by!  I have already started digging in and making my holiday cards for the year, and just in time too, to be able to celebrate with World Card Making Day activities!  There is a lot of information to pass along, including a wonderful blog hop today with some of the designers from the Card A Day Blog!  So make sure you keep reading!

THE SALE
First...a quick note that I'm having a SALE!  Yes...it's that time of year for my annual birthday celebration sale!  As many of you know, my birthday also falls close to the anniversary date of our store....and we have been providing digital die cut files for all of you for just over FIVE years now!!  So, in that honor, all of my digital die cut files are on sale for 50% off!  Also, make sure you check out our stamps in the store, because ALL of them are on sale, some up to 40% off!



Then...remember...we are soon shipping the KNK Zing machines!  I have about 7 left for sale in my pre-order, so make sure you get your order in to guarantee a machine with the first shipment!


THE BLOG HOP
To celebrate World Card Making Day and Christmas, some of the designers of the Card A Day Blog are launching our TWO DAY Christmas Card Blog Hop, starting today and continuing with more new posts tomorrow.  There will be some amazing blog candy being given away on the main Card A Day Blog.  Also...many of the participants are giving away prizes on their individual blogs, so make sure and stop by everyone's blog.

So, my card for today's blog hop is:


I had a great time making these cards!


RECIPE FOR CARDS:
I colored my stamped images with copics, then I used my Quickie Glue pen, and on the stocking, coat and hat trim, I used white fun flock!  I also added some glitter using the At You Spica Glitter pens.

PAPERS:  X-Press It  for stamp base; SEI Christmas Mint papers for background, Colomates for stamped image mounting.

INKS:  Memento Black, Copics, At You Spica

DIECUTS:  Nestabilities

STAMPS:  Whiff of Joy: Willow and Santa Stocking

ADHESIVE:  Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, 3M ATG Tape, Scor Tape

MISC:  Scrap Ribbon, Fun Flock by Stampendous (Cotton Ball White)


THE BLOG CANDY
 
Ok....so now I've shared my card....lets have a little fun!

Comment on this blog post, let me know one of your traditions on spending the holiday....and also join either my Google Friend Connect or Facebook Fan Page, and I will randomly pick THREE winners on TUES, Oct 4th.

I will be drawing THREE different prize winners, and they will each receive one of Whiff of Joy Stamps, features on the left!




Below is a list of all the people participating in this blog hop, make sure you pop in and check out their blogs and chances to win more prizes!

Karin Adamczyk from ScrapperCreations
Adele Robbetze from nogardscreativecave
Christine Patton from Creative Genie-ous
Cindy Foster from Cindy's Creations
Cindy Pointe from The Creative Pointe
Janet White from Stamping At The White House
Kelly George from Sassy Scrapper Studio
==You are here=>Michelle Hessler from Paperthreads
==Visit here next=>Patricia Logan from MDN Creates
Shelley Bordeleau from Gardens Crafts 'n' More
Tina Campbell from Tina's Scrap Corner
Vicki Schram from Paper Squirrel

Come back on Monday, to the main Card a Day Blog and see who won the main challenge....






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