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THE PROCESS – from imagination to reality

13 May

My Cheery Lynn Designs card today is one I have had

in my mind to do for quite a while.

Seriously, there are times I feel I might be losing my mind, when I am thinking and dreaming of things I can create or do with paper.

Today’s card is just one of those daydreams.

I knew when I saw the AT THE BEACH set, I wanted to do a card with

MADAME BLUEBERRY and that set combined.

I started cutting out my pieces but knew I also wanted to combine some of the new dies into the card also.  Somehow I wanted to use the new DARLING DAISIES set with this card, but did not know quite where to put them, yet!

I assembled my beach chair and looked at how small it was, and thought, MADAME BLUEBERRY might be a tad too large for it, but it all came together in the end.

Now, do not worry too much, when I start talking like Madame Blueberry is real, on my card, SHE IS, at least to me.

She just got her polka dot bathing suit and just got a summer hair-do.

The AT THE BEACH set comes with some great ocean waves, but since I knew I wanted to use the new DARLING DAISIES set, the ocean scene was not going to work.

I imagine MADAME BLUEBERRY sitting in her backyard, enjoying her beautiful flower garden, while sipping her Lime-aid by the side of her pool.

For the pool, I simply used 2 of the rectangles from the SCALLOPED RECTANGLE set.

So, there you have it!  Yep, I have lost my mind!   I can’t help it.  These VEGGIE TALE dies are just so fun to create these whimsical, fun cards!

Perfect card to give to a teacher, a neighbor or a friend.

Thanks for visiting today!  I hope you like my crazy blog post and the opportunity to see how it is I formulate my card ideas, at least some of the time:)

Have a great weekend and get some sun, put your feet up and have a nice cold lemon-aide or something like that:)

This has been Jeannie from THE POLKA CABANA.  Ta Ta For Now!!

Products used in today’s post:

SCALLOPED RECTANGLE

DARLING DAISIES

MADAME BLUEBERRY

AT THE BEACH 

KAISERCRAFT Tribute and Design Team Submission

29 Apr

Where to begin.  I have a ton of things to share today!  

Kaisercraft is having their Design Team Call.  If you love paper like I do, you’d be crazy not to love them.  There lines are awesome!  High quality paper, huge variations and very much my style.

Now, I could not get my hands on Kaisercraft at my local store, so I had to order online.

 Bear with me as I tried to use the things I had and tried to make it all look different.

I mostly used the things from the line called NAN’S FAVOURITES.

This line fit perfectly with me.  I am a HUGE, I mean the BIGGEST MARY ENGELBREIT FAN in the world, and NAN’S FAVOURITES is a fun and whimsical line, just like Mary and I like!

Project #1

A Small Kitchen Birdie House

Side View

Another Side View

My 4 yo daughter wanted this for her dolls.  The colors are so enticing.

This was a lot of fun to make.  I really want more paper to make a set!

Project #2

A Kitchen Counter Recipe Card Holder

I made this with an EMPTY CD HOLDER.

I am always taping my recipe cards on my cupboards, so this is for ME.

This is the Decorated Holder without a Recipe card:

On the back, I added a small pocket that hold a list of those EMERGENCY SUBSTITUTIONS I always need.

In a family of 9, like we have, we are always out of something and needing a quick substitute!

Here is the recipe card I made to match the holder.

It has a flap, to put a picture of the recipe inside.

Granted, I would and will not do this to every recipe I have, but what a nice gift idea to pass on 1 or 2 recipes this way.

The funny thing about this recipe, it was part of a PAPER KIT, I got as part of my MAY DESIGN STAR stint on TALLY SCRAPPER.com.

It was supposed to be used as decorative paper, but I loved the recipe and wanted to keep it.

Here is the CD HOLDER lying flat, in case you could not visualize how I made this.

Side view, you just open it up until it goes to the stopping point, it will look like this standing up.

Project #3

12 x 12 Scrapbook Page

I used the die cut paper I got with my NAN’S FAVOURITE order.

 I had some other KAISERCRAFT PAPER, the black and white and pink and white papers, so this is a compilation of different KAISERCRAFT papers.

My little daughter was born at 3o weeks gestation.  She was so tiny.

It broke my heart to go home, without her.  Round trip to visit her was just over 4 hours.

I made that trip everyday that she was in the NICU.

This side view is showing the depth I created by using dimensional foam.

 It really gives a page a certain flair when you take the time to layer your pictures and embellishments this way.

Project #4

Thinking of you card

The heart banner is made from KAISERCRAFT polka dot papers.  I used both sides, since their paper is double sided.

The jewels are all KAISERCRAFT too!

They stick like a dream!

Project #5

Thanks Card

Same double sided KAISERCRAFT papers with a new look.

I just love POLKA DOTS, they make EVERYTHING BETTER!

This is a tri-fold card I made up.  Here is what it looks like as you open it up.

Such a whimsical little card.

Project #6

Mother’s Day Card with the VEGGIE TALES

I blogged about this today.

The dies are from Cheery Lynn Designs.  You can read today’s post here:

http://polkacabana.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/celebrating-mom-with-the-veggies/

Project #7

Friendship Card

I love strawberries.  My favorite color is red, I love this card!

Project #8

Friendship HUMOROUS card

This card is a small work of art.

I put a lot of effort and thought into this.

It is made on chipboard.  The circle I cut from my Cheery Lynn Designs dies.

I was given a couple of those large flower chipboard dies and wondered what to do with them.

I think this card is so much fun.

Sometimes life gives you lemons, and sometimes friendships require a quirky card like this, right?

Here is the back.  I had this awesome rub on that matched the theme perfectly.

It says, “Funky, Fresh and Fun”

Isn’t that perfect??

Here is a side picture, this is such a fun, happy card!

Projects #9 – 11

Wall Hangings

This is a trio of plates I have altered with some old Mary Engelbreit wallpaper and lots of paper from NAN’S FAVOURITE line.

The plates measure 8 inches.

I adhered my background paper to the BACK of the plate.

All the embellishments are on the FRONT side of the plate.

Don’t you love all those buttons?  To keep them looking somewhat alike,

I punched small dots out of the scraps of NAN’S FAVOURITES and adhered the dots to the centers of the buttons.

The center dolies were made with COOKIE DOUGH paper and my CHEERY LYNN DESIGNS English Tea Party Doily die.

I added some Nan’s Favourites Die Cut Elements here and there.

This picture makes the plates look small, but they take up about 3 feet of wall for the arrangement.

They are side by side on my kitchen wall.

Talk about a post right?  Anyone still with me?  ANYONE?

I wanted to be sure and thank my SUPPLIER:

YOURSCRAPBOOKSUPPLY on Ebay.

Huge variety, great prices and shipping was very low.  Go check out the store, you will not be disappointed.

Let her know Jeannie from THE POLKA CABANA sent you over.

Ladies and any gentlemen, please wish me luck.  I am sure KAISERCRAFT will be flooded with submissions.

Here is hoping something in my blog post here will catch their eye.

I will be back with a SUNDAY POST for the CHEERY LYNN DESIGNS new die release,

hmmm…which fabulous new die will I use?  Come back on Sunday and see!

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by THE POLKA CABANA!

Celebrating Mom with the Veggies

29 Apr
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, May 8, 2011. Have you made your mom a card yet?
I have a cute card to share today. It celebrates all those trying dinners when your mom would tell you to EAT YOUR VEGETABLES. This card is in remembrance of my mom. When she was little, she hated peas! She called them those “squishy little green things.”
I love to think of new things to doe with my VEGGIE TALES dies.
I sit and go through countless puns to use with them.
Here is what I came up with for Mother’s Day.

Now before you get all excited, I do not think there are a mom and daughter duo on VEGGIE TALES. I just made this up with what I had.

I used paper from KAISERCRAFT called

Nan’s Favourites

it all came together perfectly.

Luckily Mama Pea wears about the same size clothes as MADAME BLUEBERRY, so we borrowed some things from her.

Now for my PUN! I ap“PEA”ciate you, get it? (I appreciate you)
Yes, I know I am so punny!
Here is the inside of my card.
I hope you have enjoyed my “SHOW & TELL” today. On a side note, it just hit me, my 1st grader always has Show & Tell on Friday’s too!
I will have to tell him we have that in common!
Until next time! Have a great day and EAT YOUR PEAS!!
Products used in today’s project:

Jean Claude and Philippe Pea

Arts and Crafts with your Pet Frog

1 Apr
Now there is a TITLE!
Good thing it is APRIL FOOL’S DAY, right?
I am not about to craft with any reptile!
Today I have a fun project to share.
Hoping to really inspire you all to think BEYOND paper!
By now, you all know I love those Veggie Tale guys, right?
Today I am going to show you how simple it is to take a plain, ordinary outfit and turn it into something really EXTRA-ORDINARY!
Here is my starting items;
A plain white onsie & a $2.00 clearance skort from the neighborhood K-Mart.

With some bits and pieces of felt and material…

…and the Bob the Tomato metal die…

look what you can make!

My ever handy sewing machine does letters.
I just punched my title in and voilà, instant messaging!

Now, I have to admit, I am one of those people who have the greatest hopes to think of something that will make me millions on ETSY, or something like that.
Here is a close up of the onsie for this outfit.

Bare with me, my hopeful “self” got away with me and dreamt up a bunch of future scenarios.
If I find the time to mass produce these, here are some cute alternate messages I could put on the onsies, but these are “Photoshop-ed” shhhh! Don’t tell anyone!
HOLD THE MAYO!

GOT BACON?
(for the non vegetarians:)

FUTURE VEGAN
For my surrounding counties.

VEGGIE PRINCESS
For my 4 year old!

So, there you have it, my future million dollar maker.
Think I have a chance? Let me know what your favorite sayings are!
If you want to special order…well I’ll get back to you on that one!

This has been me, Jeannie, showing you creative ways to use your CHEERY LYNN DESIGNS dies on more than just paper!

On a side note, maybe I will let my kids use the VEGGIE TALE DIES on their ATC CARD SWAP.

If you have kids who like to create, maybe you should hurry up and sign them up!

The swap is for those 4 and up.

The deadline is April 4, 2011.  There is still plenty of time.

Head on over to Bright Eyes + Blue Eyes to see all the details!

I will post the kiddos cards, once we figure out their designs!

I just realized that BIG IDEAS has a new great website for the VEGGIES…you have to go take a look!

http://veggietales.com/index.php

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH FUN!!!

Dies used on today’s project:

Peace, Love & Rock -n- Roll!

18 Mar
How is that for a title?

How is that for a theme?

I have no idea why I came up with this, it just happened.

Jean Claude and Philippe Pea happily volunteered to be my models today.

Let’s go in order, shall we?

PEACE – Veggie Style


Pretty creative huh? What the world needs more of is Peas, right?

 

These guys are certainly 2 groovy little dudes!

 

LOVE – Veggie Style


I decided to do this one based on the news of Japan.
I thought about it today when I did not get some good news,
I had really hoped/wished for.
Then I felt bad, being so selfish when Japan is in such a crisis.

 

All I can do is keep them in my thoughts and prayers and that is just what I will keep on doing.


 

ROCK & ROLL – Veggie Style


 

This is just a fun card! I thought that it was a good finish.

 

Those Peas are such good sports!

 

Hopefully you can see that having a set like these, you really can make anything you can dream up!
On a personal note by me, that FABULOUS paper  for my WORLD PEAS card is from Memories Emporium on ETSY.

My World Peas card is dedicated to Groovy Deb and the gals over there, miss you all and luv you all!

My Love card is dedicated to Michelle from My Analog Life, and her and I both know why :(

My Rock and Roll card is dedicated to the Paper Issues team, because of our 1st Blog Hop…we are going to ROCK the WORLD…
…hey, it  could happen!

Saturday treat with Cheery Lynn Designs

5 Mar
Hello Everyone, it is me Jeannie on a Saturday!
Hope you are all having a great weekend.  Today I have such a treat for you, a little tutorial.
You might have seen these flowers in other places, maybe even made them yourself, but I am going to show you where Cheery Lynn Dies will come in and save you some time and sanity with these flowers.
I have no idea if these have a name, I feel like I sort of made my own version here, I am calling it a Cheery Bloom!
How is that for a name?
On with the tutorial.
Here is what I started out with.  Some scrap pieces of paper and my Wittle Wicker 1/4″ stripsdie.

Next, I cut a lot of Wittle Wickers.  Remember these are 1/4 of an inch.
You need a lot of strips to make my Cheery Bloom, do you know how hard it is to cut 1/4 of an inch on my HUGE paper cutter?

Running the paper and die through my Big Shot is a breeze and cuts LOTS of strips at one time. Here are 2 even (approx.) piles ready to go!

I trimmed one pile to be 3 1/2″ long and the other pile to be 2 3/4″ long.

At this point I make sure I have my new love, QUICK DRY Tacky Glue.

I start by getting a pile of glue in the center of a 2 inch circular piece of card stock.
After the glue is in place, I start gluing my strips all around. you want to start with your strips RIGHT SIDE in glue and WRONG SIDE facing up.

Just keep gluing until no more strips will fit.
Fan them all around like you are making a sunshine. Keep a napkin close by to daub and extra glue that is in your way.

At this point I had already started to fold over my strips and started to glue them all down, creating that nice open ribbon look.

Here I am almost done with the BASE layer.

Now I am creating a lot of loops to have so I can start building up the blossom.
I have a small pool of glue on a scrap paper and some on my index finger for QUICK and FAST loop assembly.

Here you can see I have a lot of loops ready to go, and the BLOOM on the left ready for some fluff from those loops.

I once again, created a pool of glue in the center
. Then I just kept grabbing those loops and gluing into that pool of glue.

Here is the BLOOM all completed.

Aerial view, you can see how full and colorful it is. It is about 3 1/2″ to 4″ across.

The CHEERY BLOOM is ready for a project.

Here is where the CHEERY BLOOM landed!  Right on top of a gift box with my PEA duo.

This would be perfect for a newlywed or anniversary gift.
Put some gift cards for some stores or restaurants in it for the happy couple.

For this gift box, I used one that I already had and added some CHEERY LYNN wow to it.

I ran the entire box through the Big Shot with my LARGE STITCHING PLATE to create a wonderful texture on the whole box.
BIG SECRET HERE!
By running it through the machine, it softened the paper up and made folding this intricate box a snap!
The grooves just bent easily into place, it was awesome!

On the side panels, I also ran them through the Big Shot, but this time I used the LARGE CIRCLE STITCH ER PLATE.
It created a wonderful circular pattern on all the panels.
In this picture, I have really adjusted the coloring so you can see the pattern the plates leave.
I also zig-zagged the panels to the box, and I really feel the stitching plates cut down on the chore of running paper through my sewing machine.

So there you have it, my own version of this strip flower.
I have created another type of this flower and I will share that tutorial next week on FRIDAY, my normal day
. So check back with me then! You need a sneak peak?
OK!! I can do that!
Here you go!

This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana sharing the joy of Cheery Lynn Dies!

Fridays with Cheery Lynn Designs

25 Feb
I sure do hope some have come by today to see the full project that I gave you all a teaser for last week. Remember that tiny picture I shared? Here it is again.

Well, before I share the rest of this project with you, let me share a card I have made with the little Veggies again. Do you know how versatile these dies are? With a little imagination, these dies can be use for really ANY occasion.

Here is one of the Peas decked out like a Cowboy or would that be a Cowpea?


Over on the Cheery Lynn Design Blog, we have been trying to WOW you with the Cheery Lynn Designs Embossing Plates.  I have used quite a few on this card. 

I started by cutting my card with

Circle – Scalloped LG Stackers Nesting Dies

Then I embossed the circle with the RODEO embossing plate.

 Because I was using the Core d’ nations cardstock, I was able to lightly sand the card front for the embossing pattern to appear.

 

Do you like all the dangling tags, they are all different branding iron images.

They are from the embossing plate called RANCH BRANDS/COWBOY BOOTS & HAT.

The boots and hat on the PEA are from the same plate, other side, it is a two sided plate.

 Also, the rope the tags are dangling from are from the same plate.  A very versatile plate, if you ask me!

Other products used on this card are OPTIMISTIC 1/2 inch Font set, MOUNTAINS BORDER DIE, and the GALLOPING HORSE die.

I am not a horse person, but hey, I can make a horse person card, any ole’ day!
Now, on to where my comfort zone is!
  
Cuteness, rhinestones and my kids!

The little teaser last week was a portion of this picture.

My little one LOVES Madame Blueberry!

It was my little one’s 4th birthday not too long ago. I was at Old Navy and found this very inexpensive skirt and clearance.

 It was purple and white stripped. I immediately saw(in my head) Madame Blueberry on there and had to get it for my daughter.

I found a plain white shirt to go along with it, here is the Birthday girl modeling her outfit for you.


She just loves her new outfit! It is truly a one of a kind outfit!

Here is a close up of Madame Blueberry on the skirt.

Oh, yes, she is QUITE the princess!

I used a high grade felt for most of Madame Blueberry’s pieces. I used individual rhinestones to write the word PRINCESS above Madame Blueberry’s head.

Now, remember, if you are going to go get some stones, you have to check out Rhinestone Hues on Etsy!


My last tip is that I used a mixture of a high grade fabric glue and Heat n’ Bond to attach things to the clothing. For my machine appliqueing, I used a clear nylon thread!


Hope you have enjoyed this project, imagine all the things you can make using your dies as fabric appliques.


I am sure to have something fun to share next week, so come back and see!  I love to hear from you so please leave me a comments, especially if there is something you’d like to see or know how to do that I have not covered!

TA TA FOR NOW!! This has been Jeannie from The Polka Cabana.
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