Saturday, June 30, 2012

a sweet farewell...



My final look at this


I had so much fun with this theme kit.  Everything you need is always included.  The perfect patterned papers, the perfect stamp set, amazing embellishments and perfectly matched cardstock.  Each month, Paper Made Bakery delivers one FABULOUS kit.

I challenged myself to not make an Asian themed card for today.  I really think this kit so versatile and the elements can be used for just about any occasion.



  Maybe a wedding, anniversary or engagement card perhaps?

It has been tons of fun playing with this kit, but Monday we have a new one to show off.  We will have a blog hop, prizes and inspiration galore.  See you then.



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Friday, June 29, 2012

A CAS Layout with Savannah O'Gwynn

Hello, friends:}

Savannah O'Gwynn here to share mini album using the Paper Made Bakery  June kitCherry Blossoms

Here is a picture of the PMB June kit,  Cherry Blossom-- be sure to get your kit HERE! The stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop were created especially for this kit! AWESOME!

For my last project this month, I created a scrapbook page. My album is only 8 1/2 square, so the smaller pads of paper from the PMB June kit work perfectly as background pieces! **You might recognize part of a project that I used on Trav's mini album--I stole it off the album because you can't see the pretty butterfly if the album is open on his desk:) Journaling: minor league game, empty seats, in the rain, this is one of our experiences
May 2012 Stone Crabs with Poppie

That's it for me today! Be sure to check out the following deals and happenings with Paper Made Bakery
  • Baker's Dozen-- Check out all the details HERE
  • Classes near the San Diego area--Check out the schedule HERE.
  • PMB DT call---today is the LAST day to apply!!! 
THANK YOU for stopping by! Be blessed! 
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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Just a little housekeeping...
Tomorrow is the last day to submit your Design Team application!!  Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity!  Click HERE for all the details.  We're looking for passionate paper crafters who are enthusiastic about showing their unique creativity while using loads of the best product in the industry...not to mention working with the greatest group of supportive ladies in the biz (not that you crafty men shouldn't apply -- all are welcome!)  We'll accept applications until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2012.


Monday, July 2 is our July Fresh Baked Kit Release Day and Blog Hop!!  Join us early Monday morning and start your week off with loads of eye candy featuring our new Paper Made Bakery kit, and I'm sure we'll have a giveaway or two!  I can tell you this...this is guaranteed to be the most popular kit we've had yet!


Congratulations to Charity Becker and Laurel Seabrook, our Likeable Giveaway winners!  We so appreciate our PMB fans -- and we've got over 300 now!  Plus, we love to share the joy of paper crafting by giving away lots of fun stuff...stop by and see what's cookin' every day!
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sunburst Card

The Reveal
Hello, PMB friends, this is Michelle here for the last time this month sharing projects from June's Cherry Blossom kit. All my project thus far have not been cards, so I decided I'd better make one before I got fired from a card kit team. So without further ado, let me present to you this sunburst card. 



The Inspiration
When I was looking at the Japanese designs in the collection, I was imagining a Japanese sunburst, so I decided to recreate that look. 



The Details
I drew out a sunburst image on a piece of scratch paper, numbered each piece and cut it out. I traced the pieces onto scraps of patterned paper, cut and assembled the pieces onto a cardstock base. I left a space in between the pieces to delineate the rays. The point where all the pieces meet does not have to be neat as it will be covered. At this time, I machine stitched along some of the rays. 

For the central sun, I made a modified pinwheel by starting with a 2.5 x 2.5" square piece of patterned paper. I then trimmed off the corners which made the square into an octagon. I cut slits from each vertex towards the center, but not all the way. 


I folded the slits along the edge so you can see the white from the back side of the paper. I thought this continued the look of the sun's rays.

I layered the pinwheel with some punched flowers, a button and the sentiment strip. 

This was such an inspiring kit to work with this month. I hope you enjoyed all the projects that have been and will be revealed. Make sure you join the DT for July's reveal of the next kit and blog hop which is rapidly approaching. 

Thanks so much for stoppin' by,

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Cherry Blossom Lantern

Hi friends!  It's Ashley from Heart Hugs Designs to share an altered project I made with this month's Cherry Blossom kit.  I can't believe it's the end of the month.  My kit looks almost brand new even after all these projects I've made!

This project is very EASY but a little time consuming.  This was made with a small paper lantern I found at the $1 section of Target.  When I tried it put it together, I accidentally pushed the metal through the tissue paper, oops!  Well, no problem, just cover it up and it's even better than before!

~First I took all the paper I've cut into this month and punched circles out of it.  I actually had to use a couple more sheets because I wanted a variety of papers.
~Second, glue all the circles to the lantern.
~Third, add ribbon.

Here's a picture of the lantern hanging.  This is not the ideal way to hang it but you get the general idea.
Here's a picture of it from the front, sitting on a shelf.
And here's the back.
Have a great day friends!  Don't forget to pick up your Cherry Blossom kit, there are only a few more left!  
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Monday, June 25, 2012

A cute little gift box

Happy Monday!!!
 It's Stephanie back with you again sharing a fun little gift box using this month's cherry blossom kit.
So I just recently got a cameo machine and I just love it I think it has to be one of the best crafty purchases I have made and well worth the cost!!! One of the things I love most is having endless shapes to work with. I love that with a few clicks of a button I can  cut out fun little boxes and flowers and whatever else you can think of.
Anyways that's where my project comes in I cut out this fun box and did a little altering and I am done that simple.


 The flower diecut was a perfect touch for my gift box along with the gorgeous brad I think the hardest part of my project was deciding what to cut out LOL!!!
I hope you enjoyed today's fun little box!!!
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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Simple Butterfly

Happy Sunday, PMB friends!!  Ryann here with my last Cherry Blossom card from this month's kit.  I have had SO much fun creating with this kit.  I just loved the colors - so bright and cheerful, what's not to love?!

For my final card, I used one of my favorite pieces of the kit - a Monarch butterfly that just screamed to take center stage of a CAS card, so that's what I've done.  I wanted the butterfly to be the sole focus, so I kept my card to just the butterfly and a sentiment.  Sometimes that's just what you've got to do!  :)


I hear there are only a couple more Cherry Blossom kits left.  Just in case you're unsure about what you are getting, here's the kit one more time!


And finally, don't forget about the Paper Made Bakery Design Team call happening NOW!  Find all about it HERE!



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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Arigato...


Thank you for joining me again for another fun card from the current
Fresh Baked Kit.



I'm using a bit of scraps for this card.  After I cut the letters for my first Arigato card, I had this shadow image left.  I looked at it this week and thought it would make a pretty cool card.


Awesome, right?  I used some other leftover scraps to create the ribbon banner.  Sewed some straight stitching around the edges and then popped it up on the Java cardstock.  I love the bit of dimension the cutout words creates. 



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Friday, June 22, 2012

Another CAS card with Savannah O'Gwynn

Hello, friends:}

Savannah O'Gwynn here to share mini album using the Paper Made Bakery  June kitCherry Blossoms

Here is a picture of the PMB June kit,  Cherry Blossom-- be sure to get your kit HERE! The stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop were created especially for this kit! AWESOME! 

It's summer--so that means lots of time outside and at the beach! This also means that I don't have a lot of time to craft. So I designed a card that is easily reproduced using different papers from the PMB June kit. This is a simple card:)
Instructions: 
1. Cut cardstock for card base.
2. Cut patterned paper panel (a bit bigger than card base), as well as small strips for bottom design. 
3. Attach small strips of patterned paper to panel. 
4. Stamp sentiment.
5. Stamp branch image on white cardstock and pink patterned paper. Fussy cut and adhere to panel.
6. Attach panel using foam dots.
7. Add gems and bow.
That's it for me todayYou can NOW sign up for the Baker's Dozen subscription for the Fresh Baked kits. Your kit will arrive to you in your mailbox every month and you get a sweet little discount too!! Check out all the details HERE

And if you are lucky and live in or near the San Diego area--there are classes available at the PMB!! Check out the schedule HERE. You don't want to miss out on this super cute kit or amazing classes! 

**NOTE:: Most importantly, don't forget about the Paper Made Bakery design team call!!! If you like to work with a talented group of ladies and create using amazing kits that include papers/embellies/ribbons/and more...then you need to check out this call!!! You can find all the details HERE

THANK YOU for stopping by! Be blessed! 
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

For our current Design Team Call




Konnichiwa, everyone!  Today I'm going to show you how to create a really pretty card made with just one layer...no paper piecing, no ribbons, no additional layers whatsoever.  Might sound boring, but it's the complete opposite.  It's a challenge to create depth, texture and perceived layers without actually adding additional pieces of paper or other embellishments.

Here's how I got started.  I pulled out my Cherry Blossom stamp set that is included in our June Fresh Baked Kit, aptly called Cherry Blossom.  The set is by  Sweet Stamp Shop and available only in this kit during June.  I used a simple black ink border, some Copic markers, Distress Inks and sponge blending tools and some blue painter's masking tape.

I cut some Neenah Classic Crest cardstock in Solar White to 4.25" x 11", then scored and folded my card to get a 4.25" x 5.5" fresh white card front.  The stamp set includes a really pretty cherry blossom branch, and I wanted to make that the focal point without making it seem like it was simply suspended in midair, so I blocked off .75" on each side of the card with blue painter's masking tape.  I drew a line with a fine black marker to create borders.  I stamped the little cluster of cherry blossoms along each border and then colored them with Copic Markers.

The branch was stamped and then the paper lantern images were "hung" from the tree branch.  Everything was then colored in with Copics.  Here is the selection of marker colors I used.
I wanted to give the card some depth, so I used the foam blending tool and Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters (green) and Tumbled Glass (blue) to blend the inks in a sort of crafty "scrubbing" motion.  This technique provides the blue sky and the bright green background to the blossom borders.  So you see, this is a one layer card -- ink on paper.  Very simple, yet very striking!
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Paper Lantern with Cut Files

The Reveal
I love the lanterns in the Sweet Stamp Shop set found in this month's kit and on all the DT cards and wanted to make a 3D one. I searched for lantern cut files, hand cut templates and tutorials but couldn't find the shape I wanted so I designed my own.
Hanging Paper Lantern
The Inspiration
When I visited Japan a few years ago, I saw numerous lanterns hung at temples. You could purchase a handmade paper lantern, have your name written in calligraphy to hang at a specific temple for a specific purpose, like if you wanted success at work or school or good health. The shape of the lanterns were oblong and very beautiful when lit. This was taken at the Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine which I visited because they sold Hello Kitty amulets.


But in my mind I was imagining a shorter more compact shape, like the sky lanterns used during Chinese Lantern Festival. These are released in the air for obtaining good fortune and prosperity in Taiwan. 



The Details
I drew a template onto a piece of 8.5 x 11" paper and cut it out. I traced the template onto a piece of 8.5 x 11" vellum and cut that out. I then stamped the cherry blossom image on each of the four panels and colored in the blossoms with a pink Copic marker. First I used a water-based ink pad and the image kept smearing when I touched it. On my third lantern below I used an archival permanent dye and then the image was intact. 


I folded the lantern and glued it together on the tabs. 

To finish it off, I folded a modular origami star for the top using a piece of Konnichiwa paper cut into six 2 x 2" squares. I ran a folded length of twine in half and threaded both strands through the top  of the lantern and anchored the bottom with a button and Chinese coin.  It turned out really cute and is about 3 x 3" at the widest point. I did add a pieced of 8.5 x 5" vellum to the kit to make this, or you can use the vellum included in the kit to make a smaller version. The lantern was actually quite easy to make, the origami star took longer and was more complicated than the lantern part.

The Freebies
In case anyone wanted to make this, I didn't want to give out the pencil drawing I used, so I recreated it on the computer in two versions. Version one is for you to print out and use as a template to hand cut. Version two is a downloadable cut file for your Silhouette. You can scale it larger or smaller to fit your paper size. I designed it to fit a paper width of 8.5".  This is my first time sharing files, so I hope it works for you and that you like it.




Version I: lantern hand cut template

Version II: lantern Silhouette cut file download





Thanks so much for stoppin' by.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Paper Pieced Flowers

Hi again Paper Made Bakery Friends!  Ryann here for Ashley who is feeling a bit under the weather this week so I'm helping out today.  I have a fun Cherry Blossom CAS card to share with you today.

For my card, I started by adhering down a piece of the Konnichiwa patterned paper by Basic Grey onto  the green card base.  I then used a border punch to cut out the row of scallops and adhered it onto the card.  I then threaded the two buttons with the jute twine included in the kit and adhered them onto the card.

I stamped the cherry blossom branch twice onto the card base and then again onto patterned paper.  I then cut out the cherry blossom flowers from the patterned paper and paper pieced them onto the card.  Easy peasy if not a little crazy for paper piecing such small flowers...  :)


Thanks for joining me today!  Be sure to check out the full Cherry Blossom kit and scoop yours up before they are gone forever!!  :)


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Monday, June 18, 2012

When love Is Deep

Happy Monday!!!
It's Stephanie here with another fun card Using Cherry blossom.
I love adding banners to my card lately with them being all the rage right now it's hard not to incorporate them into my cards.  It's also a great way to show off these beautiful bright papers!!! I also just love these flowers they add the perfect touch to your project!!!

Hope you enjoyed today's card!!!
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Sunday, June 17, 2012

To Teach is to Learn

Happy Sunday, Paper Made Bakery friends!  Ryann here with another Cherry Blossom card to share with you today.  I really let the patterns of the Basic Grey papers and die cuts be the focal point of my card.  Nothing fancy and very easy to mass produce if you were making a card set for a gift!


Be sure to check out the full Cherry Blossom kit HERE.  There are only a few left so don't wait too much longer if you were still thinking about purchasing a kit for yourself!

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

more cherry blossom love...



Eeek, I still just adore looking at this kit.
I am back with another fun card from this kit.


I got carried away by all the lovely patterned paper in the Konnichiwa paper pad.  They are all so lovely, it is hard to limit them.  I used 4 of my favorites today.  In the embellishment kit, you will find the green/teal ribbon and a fabric brad.  Don't you just love that fabric brad.  Polka dots... teal and red.  Yum.  The love stamp finished it off so nicely.  

Enjoy the weekend.  
I'll see you next Saturday. 
Right here!



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