Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Prima Doll Tag Swap

 I've been waiting to share this post for awhile now!  The last time I went home, I was able to meet up with my besties for a haul session at the Scrapper's Den.  (Hi Rose!)  If you haven't been to Rose's yet, she carries a lot of Prima, Grapic 45, Maja Designs, and other hard to find products.

After our outing, we all decided we should really use what we already have... (yes, that is the recurring theme), so we decided to motivate us, we'd do a swap.  Since we are all into the Prima Dolls right now, we decided that we'd do a Prima Doll tag swap.

Each of us had to add a requirement to the swap.. Here's what was required... Prima Doll, tag, stencil w/paste, butterfly, pearls/pearl trim, lace, stickpin, mini dangling charm... Phew!  That was a lot to remember!  I had to actually keep referring back to the list each time I made one.

As with any type of project, its much easier to mass produce.  If you know me, you know I get bored really easily, so although I used the same doll stamp and basic layout, I decided to change up the print/color of each tag.  Here's all the tags I made.  The one in the middle was not part of the swap so it won't have all the same components listed above.

Each tag used was from one of the tag pads by Prima.  First I stamped each doll on the tags that only had faint script writing on them.  Since the color is like a buff, it was close enough to skin tone for me.  Plus those tags are pretty sturdy, so I thought it would make a good foundation for each doll.

Then I chose each background tag I wanted to use, then picked out their "dress" paper to match.  Gonna try my best to remember which line, but most are by Prima.  This first girl is wearing paper by Prima from the Tea Thyme collection.  Love that collection!  It's great too since the dress will fit on the 6x6 paper pads that have been gathering dust in my craft room.

To color their hair, I used my copics, but you could easily paper piece that too.  You can see in the next photo that I added one of the pearls from the pearl trim to her waste line.  You can also see the paste and stencil I used on the background.  After I pasted it, I added some chunky glitter that's hard to see in this photo.

After digging around in my stash, I found this cute Hello Darling sentiment in one of my Mama Elephant sets.  I thought it matched nicely!

Here's a shot of the lace trim I used.  I must say, this is a great way to use up your scraps!  I didn't have any scraps, but I'll be saving mine from now.  Over the lace, I added some pearl trim and a shabby flower with some bling.

Here you can see the stickpins I made. I actually made these a long time ago and keep them available so that whenever I do need them, its ready to go.  For some reason, I think it looks better when you use 2 stick pins instead of just one, so I added in two into the flower.  One of the stickpins has a butterfly.

Not sure why this photo is coming in sideways, but you get the idea.. it shows my dangle charm I attempted to make.  Started with a key and attached it to a chain.. Then decided to try make another charm and used a large pearl, bead, and another butterfly.  I used seam binding for the ribbon at the top and attached my charm to that.  Over the seam binding, I glued on a blow earing I got from DTLA.

Tag #2 was in a shabbier color scheme.  Its a very pale pink but more like a nude pink?  Anyway, you get the idea.  Unfortunately, the doll covered up the pretty rose print on the tag, but I tried to have some peek through anyway.

Tag #3 was in the pale yellow color scheme.

Tag #4 is another pink shabby tag... I think this is my fave.

And finally, tag #5 was not part of the swap, but I wanted to share it anyway.  I guess I was getting a little tired of all that pale colors, so I decided to add some red to my project. You notice, no pearls, stick pins, or charms.

Ok folks, hope you liked my tag swap projects!  I'll share the other tags once I get my hands on them so you can see what my besties came up with!  This was so much fun!!!  I encourage you to join a project swap too!

Monday, April 28, 2014

My First Prima Doll Tag!

Aaaaahhh, yes. I did join the bandwagon here!  Ok I'll be the first to admit that I wasn't into these Prima Doll stamps by Julie Nutting when I first saw them. I actually didn't quite understand their appeal since they didn't have faces.  But after seeing them over and over on YouTube and seeing all the amazing projects crafters were making with them, I started becoming fond of them by the time I went to Prima ArtVenture and bought one from the store.

Then after I got back, it happened.  Yes. I got hit by the Prima Doll bug.  I guess since I was late to the party, so I got some good deals on the older doll stamps, but like everyone else, I also got some of the new ones too.  Now I won't say I need to have all of them, because I don't. I only bought the ones I really liked.  This one is one of them!  I think her name is Tasha.

So I am doing a swap with my friends because we all vowed we need to start using our stuff, so thought this would be a productive way to encourage us to create with our stash and inspire each other in the process.  I'm trying to make some extras nowadays since its much easier to mass produce than to bust everything out again.  So this tag was not meant for the swap with the girls, but I did end up giving it to a new friend that I met when we went to LA.. 

Rina "Scrapstress" and I met in LA on Lfundoo and my Epic Crafty Adventure. She's a riot and a totally hip chickee... So we got to chatting and decided to do a swap.. which you will probably find out about in another post because I can't share this tag until my other friends get their tags since it's kinda similar.
Anyway, nuff of the confusing stuff.  This tag was not part of the swap, but I wanted to make her one anyway because we were chatting about the Prima Dolls.  We both caved and bought some and I'm dying to see what she comes up with! (Pls share your Prima Doll projects Rina!)

So I started off by using some modeling paste with my favorite Prima stencil. It looks beautiful hanging down in the background.  I also added some chunky glitter to it to give it some shimmer.  Hard to see the glitter in the photos... sorry!

The paper used on the dress was from the Prima Stationer's Desk collection which I'm totally in love with!  Guess I needed a change from all those shabby chic pastels.  Had to add some flowers too.  You can't tell from this shot, but there's that ruffled chiffon trim from Hobby Lobby at the bottom of the card and some heart rhinestone trim over it.

And can't forget the top of the card... I used some rhinestone trim and red sheer ribbon to hold it in place. Then glued down a red rose on the bow.

The finishing touch was to add some long stem roses to her hand.

Hope Rina likes it and the other goodies we swapped!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Sara!

My niece's birthday is coming up soon and I am actually ahead of the game this time!  I made a quick card to go with her gifts and kept it pretty simple.  

Used my new Doodlebug birthday papers as the background. Because the paper is pretty busy, I kept the card simple.  Colored up Minako in the same bright colors used on the dp and just added a banner with an Island Scrapbooking laser cut.

Yay!  Easy peasy card.  Here's a closer lok at Minako.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

My Favorite Gorjuss Girl Card

So are you sick of these girls yet? Making these cards actually made me fall in love with them!  I had so much fun that I'm definitely gonna get the next set!

My last Gorjuss Girl card share is my favorite.  She is hugging a bunny, which reminds me of Akemi.  First I picked out what paper line I wanted to use and opted for the Princess Collection by Prima. This is one of my all time favorite paper collections by Prima.  After I picked it out, it help set the color scheme I was going to use.  I distressed the edges and layered it over a corrugated card base that I had previously gesso'ed.  Then I stamped my favorite birthday sentiment and layered it over a piece of lavender cardstock.

 Here's a closer look at the Gorjuss Girl!

And another look at the flower cluster. I really wanted to use those pearl sprays I got from DTLA and some of my prima flowers in purple.

And more Prima goodness.

And here's the inside...

Hope you enjoyed this Gorjuss Girls card series!  Maybe I gotta go dig up my old Gorjuss Girls now!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pig-Tailed Gorjusness

Did we make it to Friday yet?  If so.. TGIF! Back with another Gorjuss Girl birthday card for my stash.  I gotta say, I really liked how this one turned out.  I guess I'm liking red again, but wanted to keep it a bit shabby or should I say vintage-y...  Started with a white card base and added the DCWV corrugated background. Then I went through my stash and found a printed paper from one of my Prima stacks (I think), but I can't for the life of me remember which one.  Maybe you know?

So after I added some red cardstock, I decided to add some wheat colored cardstock for the sentiment. This would allow the red dress to stand out better.  I used my favorite birthday sentiment stamp, added some pearl bling, and then popped up the Gorjuss Girl using pop dots.

Here's a better look at this Gorjuss Girl.  I guess my iphone is not always good at focusing.

Across the bottom, I used some butterfly lace trim I got from Etsy and then layered some red roses over it.

I added a bow made of seam binding and then added a red rose to the middle for balance.

Here's a look at the inside of the card. Yes!  It's the Walter and Winnie stamp set again!

Ok one last stop on this Gorjuss Girl train.. see ya tomorrow!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

More Gorjusness!

Phew!  We made it to Thursday!  Yay!  Only two more days of work till the weekend!

Did I even tell you why I made these cards?  Well, I've been bad about sending out my birthday cards this year.  I decided to mass produce some so that I can use a couple, plus have a few spares.  So proud of myself for thinking ahead, but disappointed that I'm so tardy on the ones I should've sent out earlier this year.

OK so now that that's out of the way, here's the next card I came up with.  Yesterday you saw I used a scrap from the Paper Studio paper stack... well it was a scrap from this card.  Again I started with the corrugated base from Recollections. I really shouldn't hoard it because I have a couple of boxes.  I can't help it.  Wish I could get these cards here in Hawaii!

Ok enough complaining... back to the card.  I just recently got that Tiffany Frame die from Memory Box recently and wanted to use it on one of my projects.  I like that you don't have to fit the image perfectly into the frame.  Make it so much easier and less stressful for me to not have to play by the rules.

I then basically just added a bunch of white flowers underneath this girl.  Oh yah, also added wheat sprays behind it.

Here's a closer look at this Gorjuss Girl.

And the wheat sprays...

And here's the inside of the card.  I like that I could still use the rest of the paper on the inside even though it had a large print on it.  See my favorite stamp set again?

Ok.. not done yet!  More to come!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Another Gorjuss Birthday!

Hi there!  Back with more Gorjusness to share.  I wish I busted these girlys out earlier!

This next image is actually the girl sitting on a clothesline with a pair of socks hanging on the line next to her.  I imagine she went out on the line to go get her teddy bear!  Anyway, I decided to cut her out instead and make her look like she's sitting on the fence.  Not sure I accomplished that, but that's what I was aiming for.

This card started with a white base that I layered some of my corrugated DCWV kraft paper on.  I guess I started getting a little hoardy and didn't want to use up all of my Recollections card bases! LOL!

Then I added some scrap pieces of cardstock. I think the blue ground is from the Kirby Teesdale paper pack by The Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby.  This stack is right up my alley- totally love the colors and images!

Then I layered some of my MS crafts grass border punch and the DooHickey's fence die (my favorite fence).  The background was made with the Lawn Fawn die set that contains a sun, clouds and drops.  I like that they have a stitched look and are a great size for backgrounds.

Then I paper pieced her dress using some gingham cardstock from my stash.  Below is a cluster of flowers I adhered over a DooHickey vine die cut.  All things I've been meaning to use and finally got around to!

And again we see my favorite Walter and Winnie stamp set!

Oki doki! Hopefully you are having a good week!  Be back with another card share tomorrow!