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On the wings of …. a Butterfly!

14 Sep
Anyone else remember that song?  “On the Wings of Love”?
Hardly the inspiration for my card, but the title hit me when I was getting ready to write this post.
On the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge blog our new challenge this week is Borders and Edgers.
I tried to incorporate that theme into my card today.
I am still using my New Release dies and still very much in love with them all.
I love how colorful this is.  I think it fits the saying perfectly.
Be sure to check out our challenge and join in on the challenge for a chance to win a $20.00 shopping spree to Cheery Lynn Designs.com.
This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today’s Cheery Lynn Design’s post.

Gel A Tins Child’s Card Kit

8 Mar

I have such a fun project and a story to share today!

Be prepared…LOT OF PICTURES!!

I am using the set called ELEPHANT GARDEN (ahem, again?  Yes, I LOVE THIS SET!)

I am using this tin I had left over from something.  I am also using some mini cards and envelopes.

To begin, I had gotten this sweet not from a friends little one and I was so touched and impressed by the thoughtfulness of the note.

There is no way they could have known my slight obsession with Mr. ROY G BIV, so that made this thank you note even more special.

It occurred to me that this sweet little one must do this often, sending notes or appreciation etc, and I thought I could make her a little card kit of her own.

Hence, today’s project!

To start I needed to make a SAMPLE for her to follow so I used some of the ELEPHANT GARDEN STAMPS and created a random background on my card front.

Since I am making a rainbow themed card kit, I will make each card with the colors of the rainbow, you’ll understand in a few more pictures.

Here is the completed sample card.

Inside each card I have placed this lined paper so she can write a little note.

Here are all the cards for her to make with the pieces she will need.

I tried to keep it all real simple and everything already has the adhesive attached.

I added a little place for her to sign the backs of her cards too.

Each card has an envelope, they are all done in black so she does not need to fuss about matching those up with the right card.

Now for the tin, I am using some chipboard and this wonderful paper ribbon.  The ribbon is from PAPER JACKS and you can find them here.

I stamped the background and painted and inked the chipboard pieces.

Then I took the paper ribbon and the chipboard letter and embossed them with black images.

Here is the completed tin, now to get everything stuffed in the tin.

Here is what it looks like when opened.

Here is the tin is all complete, all cards and sample are tucked safely inside.

The tin was a little too fat to stay closed, so I just added the ribbon but as the cards are used and given away, the tin will be able to stay closed on its own.

One last look, what do you think…will she like it??

Well, that is it for me today!  Again…head on over to Gel a Tins and that is where you can purchase this set for yourself.

Be sure to head on over to Gel A Tins Blog and see what other things our Design Team ladies have made with all the fun Gel A Tins stamps.

 Thanks for stopping by today.

This has been Jeannie with The Polka Cabana with today’s post.

I Heart {ippity} Wednesday Wowzer

22 Feb
Hello??  Is there anyone out there?  I hope so, because…I stayed up late creating a mini masterpiece to show you all today.
I am using one of the new release stamps by {ippity} called:
Sucks to Get Old
I wanted to show you that these duos are so wonderful, and you don’t have to get hung up on the phrase that your image comes with.  #1, the phrase and image are 2 different stamps and #2, because they are 2 different stamps you can mix an match and the possibilities are endless.
For this project, I only used the Image, the lollipop.
I paper pieced it using my brand new, super dee duper, Momenta Cardstock Paper.
For the phrase, I used some letter stickers from my Momenta Super Paper Pad.
I took the time to make sure that the candy jar still looked cute even after the tag was removed.
Sometimes it’s the little touches that make a projects really stand out.
I also wanted to show you I fixed my annoying error from my project last week.
I put a lot of time and effort into this card and took the pictures and while editing the pictures it hit me that I should have made the card front so it opens while holding it as a rainbow shape.
So, I took it apart and fixed my error and I am so much happier with this card now.
I had a giveaway for this and my wonderful friend, Donna, is the lucky recipient of this colorful card.
This card was made with the stamp set called:
Friendship Rainbow
I hope you have liked my projects today!  Check out my blog post today…I am giving away the TAG from the Candy Jar project…so you know the drill:
Go leave some FACEBOOK LOVE, Blog Love…what ever you do..leave a comment here..telling me what you did, each comment counts as an entry!
Follow: MOMENTA BLOG
This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today’s post.
Momenta Products used:

12 x 12 Super Paper Pad

5 x 7 Cardstock Pad

 

I Heart {ippity} Wednesday Wowzer

15 Feb

Just like I said in my previous post, Cheery Lynn Designs has got some FABULOUS new dies to tempt you with.  You can see that post HERE.

I used some of the new dies to create my Wednesday Wowzer Card for I Heart {ippity}.

Ahhh, but I am only going to give you a sneak peek at what I have made, you will have to TRAVEL over to I Heart {ippity} to see what I have come up with!

I will let you know that I have used this new release stamp:

Here is a sneak peek at my creation:

I am doing a GIVEAWAY on this card.

Since this card represents 2 companies, you will have twice the chances to win this little piece of art I have made.

Be sure to leave a COMMENT for EACH optional task I am requesting.

1)  Visit my post on I Heart {ippity}, leave a comment letting us know which new release stamp is your favorite, let them know Jeannie sent you!

2)  Visit the Cheery Lynn Design new-release post, leave a comment letting us know which new release die is your favorite, let them know Jeannie sent you!

3) Like the Cheery Lynn Designs Facebook page, let them know Jeannie sent you!

4) Follow the I Heart {ippity} blog

5)  Follow the Cheery Lynn Designs blog

6) Follow my blog

That is up to 6 chances per person for my very fun and colorful card!

Now head on over to I Heart {ippity} to see what I am giving away!

Have a great Wednesday:)

Promised Rainbow Flower Tutorial

27 Jan
Hello everyone in the bloggy world.
 This is Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with yet another FLOWER tutorial for you!
Last week I had such a nice response to my rainbow flowers and quite a few of you said YES to my offer for a tutorial, so that is what I am going to share with you today.
I use inexpensive tissue paper for these flowers.
The first thing I do is to cut strips long enough to fit the CUTIES #4 die on.  I make them wide enough to cut 2 times from the paper. The stack is cut from the unfolded pack of paper.  I use the whole thickness (30 sheets deep) for the flowers.
Here is my big secret…my dye!  I’d love to use some sort of expensive dye, but I am a struggling artist after all and can’t afford something like that.  I had this idea to take Kool-Aid packets and mix with a little bit of water and rubbing alcohol to make my own die.  Here you can see the bottles all mixed and lined up ready to go.
I have the papers on top of a cookie rack, which is on top of a cookie sheet, to catch any drips that might occur. I like to try to do 2 complete ROYGBIV patterns on the tissue paper.
Here you can see I have gotten all the dye on the paper, now they need to dry.  I put the, in the oven at 170 degrees for about 20 min.  But, I do not endorse this as I know paper in the oven…sounds risky!
Here the strips are all dry.
After I cut all my cuties, I like to stitch them to keep them together. ( I lengthen the stitch to make sure the machine does not destroy the flowers,)
When putting these together, whether you choose to stitch them like me, or glue them, it is imperative to have the petals of the 2 die cut strips lined up so that the bottom layer of petals show up in the gap of the petals in the top layer.  Below is a close up of what I am trying to say.
To assemble the flowers, I use these sticks that are about the size of toothpicks, without the pointy ends.
Apply hot glue to the tip of one of the sticks and roll the beginning of the flower around the stick…
…and hold there until the glue is dry.
Then just roll the flower up and secure with another drop of hot glue.
Next, cut the stick very as close as you can get to the base of the flower.
On a circle about 5/8 wide, have a big dollop of hot glue waiting and…
…glue the flowers to the circle.
After the glue is dry, I take a very soft toothbrush to fluff and separate the tissue paper layers.
Here they are all fluffed up.
When using these types of flowers, I like to have a nice crisp white background.
 I have only used the Cuties #4 flowers and the Dancing Doily Lace Border.
They make such a colorful presentation.
So, there you have it!  I kept my word and divulged my secret!
I hope you have enjoyed my post today.
Be sure to check out our current Challenge.  This week our theme is
DRY EMBOSSING.
You can get all the details here.
I am off to pack, heading to Southern California for CHA!
 I am so excited to be there with Cheery Lynn Designs.
This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana with today’s post.

Wednesday Wowzer Time

25 Jan
Today I am sharing a card that our own {ippity} Heather has challenged us with.  You can find the challenge HERE.
Here is the sketch for the challenge.
Here is what I have created based on the sketch.
I have used 2 different sets on this card.  The sets are called,  Time for Friends and Your Friendship, My Cup of Tea.
I am also using my super yummy Embossing Powders from WOW Embossing Powders.
I loved the sketch.  I hope you like this card, I LOVE IT!  Polka Dots & Cherries, how can I go wrong with those, right?
Well that is it for me today!
ALSO….A BONUS CARD!!
This is using an itty, bitty, {ippity},(say that 3 times fast!!) called HAPPY.
You all know my love affair with Roy G. Biv and this phrase sang Roy G. Biv to me!
All those flowers are hand made by me using the fabulous die called Cuties 2. Th background flourish(my favorite) is called Fanciful Flourish. Both dies are by Cheery Lynn Designs.
This card I plan on entering into the NEW BEGINNINGS Challenge. You can read about that challenge here…wish me luck!!
Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!
  See you next week!
This has been Jeannie from THE POLKA CABANA with today’s post!

Cheery Lynn Designs Happy/Colorful card time

20 Jan
Let’s start with a disclaimer first!  I need a good Rainbow quote so I asked my top secret group of ladies from the Paper Issues team for help.  I got some GOOD ONES too!
Well my virtual buddy, Michelle, gave the quote I used…and I asked if she came up with it…but she went off line and I had to make an executive decision on using the quote!
I GOOGLED it and came up with nothing EXACTLY the same…so I gave credit to Michelle, sort of an inside joke, but a compliment to her at the same time…End of story!
On to my project!
My card today is my effort to use the rest of the dies I didn’t get a chance to use on my NEW RELEASE post.
 I am using the new dies Country Girl, French Lattice Small and Cuties #4.
I have the Lattice cut in white on top of a white piece of paper that I have used the Pierce Plate on.
How do you like those flowers?  They are a very TOP SECRET design I came up with myself and maybe is enough people say..”OOOH, HOW DID YOU DO THAT?”  I might do a tutorial on them sometime soon!
There is something so striking and satisfying to me about bright colors on a white background.
There are so many different ways to do this and I never tire of trying new ways.
I am having a blast with all the new dies.  I love making my own custom flowers and these new Cuties #4 are fabulous to work with.
Be sure to check out our new challenge…
SNOWFLAKES
The weekly winner gets a $20 gift certificate to Cheery Lynn Designs.
You can go HERE to see all the details on our challenges.
This has been Jeannie DeGruccio from The Polka Cabana with today’s post!

The new dies are just wonderful.  Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Cheery Lynn Designs goes and WOWs us AGAIN!

This new release of dies are AMAZING!

Be sure to visit the Cheery Lynn Designs blog to see what the other DT has done with the new dies.

Wowed by WOW EMBOSSING POWDERS

11 Jan
Hello blogging world, today I am sharing my first project here for the fantastically yummy embossing powders by WOW.
I created a fairly simple layout so that the colors of the powders would really stand out.
I started with a picture that I manipulated in PSE.  I wanted the picture and my title to be the background paper.  Here is what I started with.
Yep, that’s me..goofy I know but it is what I wanted!!
I had the image of what I wanted to do in my head, and here is what I dreamed up!
When I look at this layout, I am just giddy.
I used the Wow Beautiful Clear Stamp set called GRATITUDE.
All the embossing powders I used are from the CANDY COUNTER COLLECTION–Berrylicious, Whirly Pop, Sour Lemon, Gummy Bear Green, Bubble Gum & Cotton Candy.

This is for a book I have decided to do about me.
We all have things that are unique, things that make us who we are.
I am a Sunday School teacher for teenagers and this past Sunday I was talking about the importance of journaling.  I had this MOMENT while planning my lesson that I wanted to do a book about the nuances that make me who I am.  I told my class about this and told them that journaling can be really fun.
I told them it was my promise I would start myself and that I would create something and bring it to church the following Sunday.
Now that I have my first page I can’t wait to do others.
The WOW embossing powders will come in very handy during this process!
Sorry, for my ramble…I just thought I’d let you know what my page was all about!
Thanks for the visit and I hope you get a chance to play around with these fun powders!
Supplies used:
WOW Embossing Powders
CANDY COUNTER COLLECTION–Berrylicious, Whirly Pop, Sour Lemon, Gummy Bear Green, Bubble Gum & Cotton Candy.
Wow Beautiful Clear Stamps – GRATITUDE
Misc buttons
White Hemp
Rhinestones
Black Cardstock
Epson Presentation Paper

Wednesday Wowzer, with my good friend Roy G. Biv

23 Nov

There are a couple of things in this world that never cease to make me smile.  I am grateful it is a big list.

Aside from the usual things like my hubby and children etc., they are a give for smiles, near the top of my list are:

Polka Dots – ALWAYS & FOREVER (I have no idea why)

Roy G. Biv – (love this guy)

Flowers – (all sorts)

Here is a card based on some of the things that make me smile.

I used the following sets for today’s card:

Time for Friends

Straight from the Heart

I made each one of those flowers from coffee filters.

I don’t drink coffee, but I do buy coffee filters!  Aren’t these flowers great?

I wanted to keep the background simple so the flowers could really stand out.

I used the heart from the Straight to the Heart set and colored it to match the card.

That’s my wow for you today!

Please head on over to I Heart {ippity} and see what the other ladies have made to WOW you.

We have such an INCREDIBLE team.  They are all so talented, go check for yourself.

Click HERE to be WOWED!!!

Grafix Arts…have you tried this stuff?

1 Aug

I have been using Grafix Arts supplies a little here and there in my recent posts.

Here is a look at the items I am talking about.

These projects that you might have already seen, I have used either FUNKY FILM or the METALLIC FOIL BOARD.

The FUNKY FILM is what really shimmers in these projects and has a bit of pattern, whereas the METALLIC FOIL BOARD has no pattern.

Now let’s move on to my current projects.  My first projects, these mini pin cushions utilize the following products:

FUNKY FILM, METALLIC FOIL BOARD and SHRINK FILM.

 This pin cushion is made from a tiny picture frame.

I made these adorable head pins with stamps and the SHRINK FILM.

 The stamps here are from the My Time Made Easy, SO FORTUNATE set.

This next pin cushion I had seen made on The DIY Dish.

These headpin  flowers are made with a die cut, BLACK SHRINK FILM  and glass beads.

 The embellishments around both are a mixture of FUNKY FILM and METALLIC FOIL BOARD.

This next project utilizes GRAFIX ART’S SHRINK FILM.

Again I am using some stamps from the My Time Made Easy SO FORTUNATE set.

The black flowers are a stamp from an {ippity} set called FLOWERS FRIENDS PRICELESS.

Again using glass beads to embellish and everything is attached with jewelry findings and wire.

Next is a Halloween decoration.

The base, is a HUGE diecut and is all done with GRAFIX ARTS CHIPBOARD.

This project stars the newline of paper by AUTHENTIQUE PAPER called GLOWING.

Using FUNKY FILM in the COPPER BRUSH and PEACH RAIN colors that went perfectly with the GLOWING line.

Lots of beads, mini banners and lots of sparkle from the FUNKY FILM make this a delight to look at.

Look at that PEACH RAIN FUNKY FILM, isn’t it gorgeous?

This Christmas Holiday decoration was made with METALLIC FOIL BOARD and die cuts from GRAFIX ARTS CHIPBOARD.

The CHIPBOARD is very sturdy and the FOIL BOARD is gorgeous when embossed, see the stars?

I accented these with AUTHENTIQUE PAPER’S WONDER line.

 Here we have a little ensemble of rainbow fun.

I have used the same stamps and SHIRINK FILM as mentioned earlier.

Up close picture of the hair barrettes.

Close up of the shoes.

These barrettes are so bright and fun!

 My daugher LOVES them!

 Here is a jewlery set fit for a princess or ladybug loving mom like ME!

I used some miscellaneous stamps on hand and SHRINK FILM.

 There are so many endless possibilities with the SHRINK FILM.

 Close up of the ladybug SHRINK FILM tile.

Oh, and look at this TINY ring  I made!!

 Can you believe how precious that is?

Here we have a banner that shows off GRAFIX ARTS METALLIC FOIL BOARD.

 I mixed the foil board and material for a really unique looking banner.

I love the die cut fruit and flowers with the FOIL BOARD.

 Very eye catching and colorful!

 I used the FOIL BOARD and die cut the trim for all these banner pieces and then adhered the borders with hot glue.

I think the trim gives this an added sweetness, agree?

 One more look!

 I ran out of time..so here are some GRAFIX ARTS SHIRNK FILM stars, you might see in an upcoming project!!

 If you have not visited the GRAFIX ARTS website, you have got to take a look at all their unique projects!

There is a store locater on the website and also a link to purchase things online.

Let me know which project featuring the GRAFIX ARTS supplies you enjoyed the most and thank you so much for browsing!

Have a TERRIFIC monday!

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