Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Manly Challenge

Here's a note from my friends over at

CutCardStock Blog Challenge: Masculine Card
It’s time for another challenge on the CutCardStock Blog and we hope you’ll join us! 

For this challenge, the rules are simple…. create a masculine card.  This may not sound like a difficult challenge, but sometimes it’s easy to be inspired to create something fancy and feminine, but with upcoming events in June, we can be inspired by what others are creating for the men in our lives!

Beyond following the theme, there are no rules - just be creative!  You can make a Father’s Day card, graduation or birthday card…. a just because card…. it’s up to you.

How to enter:  Simply post an image and some details about your challenge creation on your blog, your online gallery, Facebook, etc.  Then add your link through the CutCardStock Blog Challenge post.   
The dates of the challenge are June 1-15, so enter before the challenge closes. The Linky party will be open from 6:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) June 1st until 11:59 p.m. (Mountain Time) June 15th.

On Sunday, June 17th, we will announce the winners.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st Place, 2nd Place and Viewer’s Choice.  First and second place winners will be chosen by a panel of CutCardStock Team members and the Viewer’s Choice will be the entry with the highest number of “likes”, so you can vote for your favorite.   
Prize values are as follows:  
In addition to winning the gift certificates, the chosen entries will be featured on the CutCardStock blog and one winner will be asked to be a guest blog contributor! 

We hope you are as excited about this challenge as we are; help spread the word!  We can’t wait to see your creations and award those great prizes!
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Stamped Quilt Card

The Reveal
Hello, PMB friends, this is Michelle here today with my last Portobello Road project for this month. I made six items with my kit thus far and I still have plenty of ideas and supplies left. I loved all the colors, patterns and cute embellishments in this month's kit, so it will be hard to say goodbye. I hope you ordered your kit while supplies last.

Stamped Quilt Card

Using Stamps in Unexpected Ways
I was looking at this month's London Market stamp set and was wondering if any of the stamps could be used beyond their literal interpretation. If so, then it is like getting more than the 20 stamps included in the set. The one stamp that caught my eye was the row of three stamps. 

Pink Paislee's London Market Stamps

Instead of using them as stamps on a letter, I was thinking it might be fun to break them up into different colors, like squares on a patchwork quilt. I cut them apart and stamped them in different colors to match my background paper. If you don't want to cut your stamp, then just ink really carefully or mask the stamp. I chose the quicker route.

The thing to note after cutting apart the stamps is that each individual stamp has a different border pattern. So for my quilt, I had to make sure to use the correct stamp with a left border, no border or right border to correspond with its position on the quilt.

Individual Stamps or Quilt Blocks
I arranged 9 blocks to make a patchwork design and adhered them on a piece of cardstock. I then machine stitched around the edges to give it more of a quilted look. I found a quilt related quote which I printed and made into a flag using the long stick pin as the pole. I added a few more embellishments and finished it off with a big gingham bow.

I hope you liked my country quilt card. Have fun and play with your stamps and you never know what you might come up with. Come back again for Friday's new reveal and blog hop. 

Thanks so much for stoppin' by,

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Shabby Smile Card

Hi friends!  It's Ashley from Heart Hugs Designs here to share one last card from the Portobello Road Kit.  I've had such fun working with this kit in May!  It's been nice to indulge in a little vintage and shabby chic goodness!  :)  There are a couple kits left, so hurry and grab yours!

Here's my card for today.  I had a slightly genius moment with the crepe paper.  I folded it in half and then fringe cut it with my regular scissors.  Then I smooshed (that's a technical term) the fringe to give it some dimension.  I added lots of layers and even a little tearing to add to the shabby feel of this card.  All elements are from the kit, I just added ink and adhesive.  
Have a wonderful day, friends!  
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Monday, May 28, 2012

Yoo-hoo!  Have you checked out Moxie Fab World today?  Our very own Ryann Salamon is their Moxie Fabber of the Week -- SOOO coool!  Rubbin' shoulders with the crafty and famous, eh?!  Check out the interview...  Congrats, Ryann!

Enjoy Memorial Day everyone!  
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Beautiful Life

Happy Monday!!! It's Stephanie here I hope everyone is having a nice long weekend!!!
I am back with one last card using Potobello Road this was such a gorgeous kit to work with so many great elements in the kit!!! I made the butterfly by cutting several pieces of the crepe paper using my butterfly die adding several layers just another fun way to use the crepe paper to finish the card I added one of my favorite embellishment buttons!!!
Enjoy you day!!!!
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Re-Purposed Spool

Happy Sunday, friends!  I hope you're enjoying your Memorial Day weekend thus far! I have a different kind of project for you today.  It's not a card but just a simple project.  I took a wooden spool and gave it a facelift!  I used the contents of my Portobello Road kit to decorate a wooden spool in the shabby chic style.  It was a great way to use up all the different embellishments in the kit!
There are only so many left, so be sure to hop on it before it's too late!!  Enjoy the rest of your three day weekend!!  :)

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

a final stroll on...

I can't believe this is my last post with this kit for the month.  I had so much fun with all the great papers, stamps, ribbons and embellishments.  There are still a few kits left, so grab one while you still can HERE

I have a couple cards to share today.  

I started out with this card.  I just love the vintage feel of the beautiful papers.  The papers and panels are layered.  As well as the butterflies.  The bottom butterfly die cut was included in the kit.  I stitched that one down and then popped up the punched out butterfly on top.  I love how they seem to float.
I stamped the strip of 10 cent stamps onto some patterned paper and then layered it on top of  various patterned papers.  How cool are those stamps???  

I had a few scraps from the top card.  You might notice that the 10 cent stamp and the strips of patterned paper were left over and rearranged onto this card.  I couldn't bare to toss them.  I embossed the sentiment in white to help it pop against the dark papers.  And just a little bit of ribbon stapled to the top of the tag finished it off.

Hope you enjoy your Saturday!

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Vintage Shabby card with Savannah O'Gwynn

Hello, friends:}

Savannah O'Gwynn here to share a vintage shabby card using the Paper Made Bakery  May kitPortobello Road

Here is a picture of the PMB May kit,  Portobello Road-- be sure to get your kit HERE

My style is "fun and cute"--but every so often I create a vintage shabby card. 

This card came together fairly easy--I sat down and started layering stamps and the crate paper ribbon...LOVE how it turned out! Everything on this card is from the PMB May kit {except the pearls}. 

****NEW: Baker's Dozen!!! You 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 in 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! 

That's it for the Paper Made Bakery today! THANK YOU for stopping by! Be blessed! 
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Happy Almost Holiday...

Cheerio!  Shannon here to share just a wee bit of Portobello Road's vintage flair with a more masculine touch.  I used one of the pieces of ephemera as the focal point (this one looks like a miniature Parisian postcard) and popped it up on top of the authentic piece of vintage sheet music.  I embellished the sheet music's corners with the quarter "doily" image and then the sentiment "beautiful" from the London Market set.

Around the teeny postcard I layered one of the wooden spool tops, the pearl-topped stick pin with a scrap of the vintage lace tucked behind, and for a bit of whimsy, the clothes hanger clip to its corner.

I inked the edges with black to give the kraft note card a little more "well worn" look.  Oh, and for a bit of fun, I added a clear bead right under the pearl of the stick pin.  The bits and bobs of authentic vintage (or fun replica) goodies included in each Portobello Road kit are unique and no two kits are exactly the same.

If you're in the San Diego area this weekend and would like to join us as we transform our kits into gorgeous handmade cards, contact Shannon for the details.  We've got only a few kits left, so be sure and pick yours up before it's too late!  Have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend -- pip, pip!!
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Apron Gift Card Holder

The Reveal
Hello PMB friends, this is Michelle here today with a gift card holder or just a cute apron shaped card if you don't have a gift card.  I thought the feminine patterns and pastel colors of this month's Portobello Road kit translated well into a cute ruffly apron card. The pocket in front is popped up along the curved edge only, so little items can be placed inside to match any theme or occasion. Since I didn't have a gift card at the moment, I placed some paper utensils in the pocket. I made a thank you card, but I was thinking this would have made a good Mother's Day card. You can also change out the papers and make a more masculine BBQ themed card.
Apron card/gift card holder

The Inspiration
I was at The Home Depot with my DH, mostly bored until I saw their gift card holder, which was a stitched fabric apron with a gift card in the pocket. I immediately thought I could create a more feminine version using all the lovely Pink Paislee papers from this month's kit

The Details
I was going to paper piece an apron, but then I thought to check out the Silhouette store. They actually had an apron card and utensil set, which you can see here. I cut the card base on Kraft cardstock using my Cameo. It is a top opening card as you can see in the picture below. I then cut the image in half on my computer so it would just cut one apron instead of the entire folding card. The petite packs are a perfect size for the card front. 

I wanted some big, fluffy ruffles so I punched out some circles, folded them in half and pressed each corner towards the center. I ended up with triangular pieces which I glued on as the ruffle. 

Here is a close up view so you can see what I'm talking about. It came together relatively quickly and easily, and if I may add, super cute!

So keep your eyes open, even in the most unlikely places since you never know when inspiration will strike. I hope you are utilizing your kit to its full potential. Thanks so much for stoppin' by! 

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Portobello Road Birdhouse

Hi friends!  It's Ashley from Heart Hugs Designs here to share a project with you today.  It's not secret that I LOVE this Portobello Road Kit and the fun shabby chic look it gives.  When I first saw this kit, I automatically thought that it would make a great house.  

I went to my local craft store and found this cute little birdhouse for just $1 and thought it would be great for this kit.  I think that a birdhouse really speaks to the shabby chic style.  I decided to use some scraps and rip them for a rustic mosaic look.  I used Mod Podge to apply the paper then painted over it with Glitter Mod Podge to give it a glittery finish.  

Here's a close up of the front of the house.  I added the butterfly and button even though it obscures the opening a bit.  I'm going to keep this inside so no birds will be entering.  A great tip for buttons is to look at the front and back.  Sometimes, the button is more interesting on the back like this one.  
 Here's one of the angles from the back.  I used a strong clear adhesive to adhere the ribbon.  I used red line tape on the roof and then stuck the black paper on and trimmed around it.  I find it MUCH easier than trying to use either liquid glue or trying to measure the panels.
 Here's the other angle from the back.  You can see how the white edges of the ripped papers adds to the shabby look.  I ripped these paper by hand to ensure it looked how I wanted.  I also ripped them dry because I wanted more roughness.
Have a great day, friends!  
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Monday, May 21, 2012

Wonderful Day

Hi it's Stephanie here!!1  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!!
Today I am sharing a CAS card with you using this months Portobello Road. I kept it pretty simple only because I wanted this diecut to be the focus it's so gorgeous I did not want to take away from that.
I did cut down the diecut along the edge i just think it gives a cleaner look.  I also added a fun sentiment I love that you can mix the sentiments up that are in the stamp set.  To finish my card off I inked around the edges
Hope you enjoyed today CAS card!!!
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Focus on Embellishments

Welcome to Sunday, PMB friends!  Ryann here with a very CAS (Clean & Simple) card.  This card is ALL about the embellishments found in the Portobello Road kit!  I've used some of the PMB custom die cuts along with Pink Paislee and Maya Road embellishments to create the focal point of my card.  I added some buttons and the sentiment completes the card.
This card took me all of about 15 minutes to put together (almost unheard of for me!!) and it would be very easy to duplicate or produce multiples of if you needed that many.
You can see the full listing of the Portobello Road contents and pick up yours HERE!  Have a great day and we'll see you again tomorrow with more Paper Made Bakery inspiration!!

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

a shabby rosette and video

 I'm feeling pretty shabby (in a good kind of way).

With this kit, I feel like I've entered a whole new world.  A soft and pretty, shabby chic world.  I LOVE all the pretty papers, stamps and embellies in this gorgeous
Portobello Road kit

This kit included a bunch of adorable die cuts.  I picked out this sweet bird to focus today.  I love how it looks like it is soaring among the little rosette clouds.

I have a video to share how I made paper rosettes and my creative process from beginning to end.

Have you heard? 
The BAKER'S DOZEN club is the WORD!
You can sign up to have each kit mailed to you EVERY MONTH!

Everyone who signs up before May 31st will be
entered in to win an EXTRA Prize!!! 
Check the drawing deets HERE.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Mother's Day gift box with Savannah O'Gwynn

Hello, friends:}

Savannah O'Gwynn here to share a gift card/card holder using a template from an old contact lens box and the Paper Made Bakery  May kitPortobello Road

Here is a picture of the PMB May kit,  Portobello Road-- be sure to get your kit HERE

I had a special request from a dear friend--she asked for a special box for her mother's Mother's Day gift. I pulled out some of my favorite papers from the PMB kit {including that green bird paper by Pink Paislee} and created this fun gift card/card holder. My template for this holder was from an old contact lens box. LOVE! All supplies for this card and gift card holder came from my PMB May kit
I created a small gift card/card holder using an old contact lens box as my template.
This gift card/card holder closes with a magnet.
The card inside has a clear plastic mini bag for my friend's Pandora bead.
****NEW: Baker's Dozen!!! You 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 in 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! 

That's it for the Paper Made Bakery today! THANK YOU for stopping by! Be blessed! 
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Baker's Dozen a Big Hit!

Everyone loves a Baker's Dozen!
Hey there!  Just a quick note to tell you about our Baker's Dozen kit subscription program and a super fun little giveaway we're hosting until May 31 for all our Baker's Dozen subscribers.

We received lots of requests for a subscription program, and I waffled back and forth on the idea, but when I embraced the details and envisioned the fantastic benefits we could offer -- it turns out you all were right!  We've gotten a great response and lots of new subscribers, so I thought we'd have a little fun and entice everyone to join in on the fun in May.

So, every new subscriber in May (that's anyone who has already signed up and all who sign up through May 31, 2012) will be entered into a drawing for a bonus prize package.  That's on top of the mini kit and anniversary kit you'll earn as loyal Baker's Dozen subscribers!

Join the fun and enjoy a pretty package of craftiness delivered right to your doorstep every month!  You already know the fabulous inspiration you get all month long from our awesome design team.  Sign up any day in May and you're automatically entered.  Winner will be announced on June 1!
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

15 Minute Project

The Reveal
Hello PMB friends, this is Michelle here today with a quick lil' project to share. I was asked by my DH to bake some muffins for a colleague who is leaving his staff. I baked some for the whole staff to eat and then packaged up a dozen for the person leaving. By the time I finished backing and wrapping, it was getting late and I still wanted to make a tag or card to go along with it. I asked my DH if he preferred a card for the whole staff to sign or just a gift topper. Guess what he chose? 

The Details
I just grabbed my Portobello Road Kit and whipped up this gift topper. I paper pieced a cupcake design using two pieces of scrap Pink Paislee London Market paper. I ran the bottom piece through a crimper to make it look more like a cupcake liner. I ran a piece of the thin ribbon across the cupcake and hung the ticket through the heart. Instead of a sentiment, I wrote a note on the ticket. 

I placed the topper on a skewer which I didn't want exposed on the back. I made two layers and attached them together with foam tape so the skewer would be hidden inside. Here is a view of the seedy underbelly of my project. 

This only took me 15 minutes to make. If you ever need to make something in a jiffy, just grab a fresh baked kit and mix together the contents. I'll sure you'll love the results. 

Thanks for stoppin' by!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Embossed Butterflies

Hi friends!  It's Ashley from Heart Hugs Designs to share a card with you today.  I've been having so much fun using my Portobello Road kit to make vintage cards!  Did you know that there are ACTUAL vintage pieces in the kits?  That's right!  Each kit comes with some vintage lace and sheet music!  

I did something REALLY out of the ordinary for me and EMBOSSED on my card.  This is something I NEVER ever do!  My friends make a huge joke out of it.  But I really wanted some sparkly stamped butterflies for my card so there you have it.  ;)  The butterfly, scrolly word art, and sentiment are all from the HUGE stamp set that comes with the kit.  The only elements I added were embossing powder, ink and some tools.  
Have a great day, friends!  
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Altered Jewelery box

Happy Monday!!!! It's Stephanie here.
 I hope all you amazing Moms Had a fabulous Mother's day!!!
I know I did complete with roses and lobster dinner.

Anyways onto a Mother's Day project that I did for my own mom.
I had this cute little box that some charms came in and of course the wheels start spinning on how I could pretty up the box.

 It was so easy all I did was measure the three sides picked out some gorgeous paper that would go with the ribbon and cut and adhered to  the three sides of the box.
 After adhering the paper I decided on the embellishments I made the cute flower by  layering the crepe paper several times and then using a die to cut out the flower shape. Next I separated the pieces of paper and attached them together by putting a staple in the middle then you just crunch each flower separately to give it a full look and then added the button to the center and you have a fun little embellishment. To finish off my box i also added a diecut provided in the kit.
Hope you enjoyed today's little altered project using the fabulous Portobello Road kit
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