Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Angie here and I am super excited to be your Host for this week's Feature Friday challenge. This week I have a color challenge for you!
The colors I used for my inspiration were PTI's Spring Rain, Spring Moss and Melon Berry. You are free to use any brand just try to get as close to the colors as possible.
My fabulous DT sisters have whipped up some great cards to inspire you...
Me (Angie C.)
When you are uploading your card into SCS, PCP or other stamping community, please be sure to use TCCFF7 for this challenge. Thanks for playing along with this week's Feature Friday!
This weeks' winner will receive the Santa's List and Bernard Bear images AND a coupon for 15% off at The Character Cafe store!
Can't wait to see your creation..
Thanks for stopping by..
Thursday, November 26, 2009
MacKenzie, the Midnight "Scramper" with this cute as can be card...
So, MacKenzie, I will be contacting you with the Pax Penguin and Santa's List images from The Character Cafe, as well as a 15% off Discount Coupon for your entire purchase at the store... a blog badge if you wish to use it, and your card will go in our Specials of the Week at the Store for all to see and use for inspiration! If you haven't heard from me and you're reading this, feel free to e-mail me just in case I can't get in touch with you. Thanks!
If you haven't already seen it, the Tek Tuesday post this week is for the cutest, easiest little tote, which would be great for little gifts this time of year! Also, don't forget, if you manage to incorporate any of the Tek Tuesday projects into an entry for Feature Friday Challenge, we'll send you a TCC Image for FREE!!!!!
P.S. If you haven't checked out Maria's blog, you really should, she's got the cutest little acetate window taggie, gifty thingies and a tut to boot ;)
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
If you're looking for the Feature Friday Challenge featuring Maria Bell go HERE. But wait! Why not incorporate a Tek Tuesday project into your challenge entry to win a FREE image from The Cafe? Yep, that's right, FREE!
Welcome to another fabulous Tek-Tuesday!!! I have to tell you...I LOVE researching for these projects!!! I find THE coolest things to bring to you!! This week we're going to create a 3x3 Note Card tote. It would make a GREAT gift (SO EASY TO MAKE!!) for a teacher, neighbor, co-worker, anyone really!!!
I've started with a pic of the basic supplies necessary. One piece of cardstock (or 2 if you prefer a solid tote) and one piece of DP. I chose to have Designer Paper as my tote base but you could easily use the same color cardstock or choose another solid color. That is entirely up to you!!
You'll also need a the following:
- scoring blade
- 1/16" punch or piercing tool
- 2 brads of any kind
- whatever image you'd like to use
Here I've cut my tote base at 7 1/2" x 3 1/4". (I'm just showing you both sides of my tote base with the DP)
I then cut what will become my tote sides (where the handle will attach) at 8 1/2" x 2 1/4".
I then take my card base - the designer paper piece and SCORE 3 1/4" from either end.
So your card base will now look like this:
I then worked on the tote handle. This is cut at 8" x 1". If you wanted to use a decorative border punch for the sides of the handle then cut this at 8" x 1 1/4" to give yourself a little extra room. I simply wanted to distress and sew my handle so I cut it a tad smaller.
I distressed the edges lightly and using chocolate brown thread, zig zag stitched the entire perimeter of the handle. It looks pretty and adds extra stability.
I used a textured, champagne colored cardstock.
The next step is to score the sides of the tote which is the orange piece of cardstock referenced above at 8 1/2" x 2 1/4". You will score this at the following measurements:
1 5/8", 2 5/8" then at
5 7/8" and 6 7/8" (yes I had to mark this on my trimmer because I'm TERRIBLE with measurements!!!)
Here is what your finished tote sides will look like.
The next step is to find the center of each 1" section on your scored cardstock and measure 1/2" down and make a mark where you will then...
punch the 1/16" or piercing tool through.
Add adhesive as shown (I'd definitely use something like red-liner or sticky-strip)
You then want to peel off the backing of the sticky strip and wrap your tote sides (the orange paper) around the base (the designer paper).
You'll end up with this.
Now attach the handle with any brads you like.
Then the other...and VOILA!!! We have a tote!!!
Now...you don't HAVE to use 3x3 notecards in here...you could fill it with a favorite tea, small candies, a gift card, the possibilities are endless!!
So cute, right??
Now decorate!!! I kept mine very simple in terms of decor because I love this fall paper and really wanted it to stand out. But the second I decided to do this project I knew I wanted to use Timid Tulip. I've ALWAYS loved this image.
Here are some basic 3" x 3" notecards that I made to go with this ensemble.
I colored her with my Copics and gold paint pen, trimmed her out and added her to the chocolate ribbon that I tied around my tote. She is just TOO cute!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial today!!! Please don't hesitate to leave any questions in the comment section about how to make this and I'll be happy to answer!!
I hope everyone has a great holiday week if you're celebrating!!!
p.s. My research for this project came from an SCS tutorial by Regina Andari. (thank you!)
Friday, November 20, 2009
A word from Maria...
Hi my name is Maria and I'm so excited to be a guest designer for the Character Cafe. How fun!! I've been making handmade cards for 5 years. I love anything paper crafting from stamping & scrapbooking, to altered art. Digital stamps are such a great addition to the world of paper crafting. My favorite coloring medium is Copic Markers and Prismacolor Pencils. I have a lot of hobbies including blogging and photography. Thank you Kendra for giving me this opportunity to create with your fabulous digital stamps!!! I'm honored to be this week's guest designer! Happy stamping everyone!!
Paper: SU Designer paper, SU Shara Sand, True Thyme
Here is Sara's adorable Christmas card!
Here is Billie's fabulous boy card!
Here is Diane's fabulous creation!
The rest of the TEAM:
Deanne, Heather, Piali, Angie C, Rachel
Our Tek Team:
Meredith, Angie E
We want to thank Maria for joining us this week as our Guest Designer. Please pop by her blog and check out her fabulous creations and sketches, you won't be sorry!
Please don't forget to save your entry as "TCCFF6" if you upload to galleries like SCS, PCP or SNR.
And last but not least for the prize... The Winner will receive Pax Penguin and Santa's List images, a 15% off Discount Coupon for your entire purchase at The Cafe Store, your card featured on our blog (and in the winners section of the store!), as well as a winner's badge for your blog.
Also, if you incorporate any Tek Tuesday tut/template with your challenge entry, we'll send you a FREE image for your efforts (just let us know)!
We can't wait to see your creations, so get busy and add your name to Mr. Linky!!