Sunday, April 6, 2014

Signs of Spring!

So happy to see sunshine today, even if it was mixed with a little rain and a lot of wind!!!

My scrap booking club meets this coming Friday, and "Easter" or "spring" is the theme.  I had these completely adorable Easter pics of Bryn when he was about 4 1/2 -- Yep! I'm THAT far behind on my scrap booking.  Sigh!  Oh well, one page at a time!

I wanted to use my new Hexagon Thinlets die that I'm totally excited about, as well as show casing the new Watercolor Wonder DSP from the new Occasions catalog.  I also saw this super cool technique in a video online, where they put an open embossing folder under the Coordinations card stock, and sanded over it to reveal the embossing folder pattern in the paper.  Brilliant!!!!!  Just couldn't wait to try it and it so happened to go with my hexagon theme that I was already embarked upon. :)

 That watercolored looking paper behind the Hexagon thinlet (beehive looking thing), is actually DSP.  It really does look like water colored paper!  Love how it looks showing through that die.  I had read that it can be tricky to get the paper out of the hexagon thinlet, so I tried adding waxed paper between the die and the card stock and it worked perfectly.  I then tried it without the waxed paper, and it really wasn't as fiddly as I thought it would be.

Those cute Easter letters are some fun "watercolor splotches" DSP from that same pack.  I adhered the designer paper to chipboard, using Multipurpose adhesive sheets, and then die cut them with my Bigz alphabet dies and Big Shot.  They have a fun 3-D effect in real life. :)

Of course, I also used the hexagon stamp set -- Six Sided sampler, along with the matching hexagon punch.  Those cute little flowers are from a new, very popular, flower and punch set -- Petite petals, that's in the Occasions mini catalog.  It is such a dainty little flower that is perfect when you just want a small accent -- and also layers really nicely on top of some of our larger flowers.  Of course, that hexagon pattern you see in the corners of the Gumball Green Coordinations card stock, is where I put the inside flap of my hexagon embossing folder under the card stock and gave it a little sanding. :)

I hope this inspires you to pull out an embossing folder and some of that huge stock pile of Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, and Early Esspresso Coordinations card stock (that many of you stocked up on when it was in the Clearance rack for a fabulous price a while back:) and give this fun technique a try!  Perfect for a background on a card, too.  I did find that the embossing folders with a more distinct, bold pattern worked the best for this technique.

Until I stamp again!..... :)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy (almost) Spring!

The days are getting warmer, the snow is melting, and ski lessons are over for the year.  Yeah!  We get Saturdays back again.  Yippeee Skippeee!

Here is a little spring card inspired by one I saw on Jackie Toppa's blog.  We are making this at my stampers' club this month.

To make that little basket, start by cutting out an oval (from Baked Brown Sugar card stock) with the largest non-scalloped oval in the oval framelits set.  Next, use the next smallest oval framelit and center it on top of the larger one (use your magnetic platform to minimize shifting of the pieces) -- making sure to put the framelit vertically into your Big Shot.  Place your top cutting pad such that the bottom EDGE of your cutting plate is right where you want the TOP edge of your basket to be.  When you run it through your Big Shot, only the "handle" part of your basket will be cut out.  You can then trim off the excess oval flap to create that top edge of the basket.  Emboss your basket with the square lattice embossing folder, and sponge with Baked Brown Sugar ink.  Adhere some Coastal Cabana ruffled stretch ribbon to the front edge.  To make the folded oval card, take a 4 1/4" by 11" strip of Whisper White card stock -- scored at 5 1/2".  Fold on the score line, and cut the scalloped card by placing the scalloped oval framelit on top of the folded white strip, so that the top edge of the framelit hangs over the folded end by about a 1/4 ".  Run through the Big shot and you now have a folded scalloped oval card.

To make the glittery Easter eggs, I adhered Big Shot multipurpose adhesive sheets to some designer paper (from the Fresh Prints little paper pack in the Occasions catalog).  I then punched out little ovals using the small oval punch.  You then carefully peel off the adhesive liner, and you have a "sticky egg" that you can now dump glitter on.  For the flowers in the spring card, I first stamped the little flowers from the Petite Petals stamp set (also in the Occasions catalog) in Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, and Crisp Cantalope inks.  You then punch out the flowers using the coordinating Petite Petals Punch, and again, carefully peel off the adhesive layer to create a sticky flower.  Dump glitter over, shake off excess, burnish upside down on scratch paper to get the glitter to stick really well -- and Ta Dah! you have a lovely glittery flower to add to your project.  I used the same little punch to make the leaves -- simply punch out some green flowers, then cut the petals apart to make little leaves.

Ok! That's it for today.  Don't forget -- Sale-a-bration ends on March 31st.  If you want to get in on all the freebies, place your orders before March 31st -- get a FREE Sale-a-bration product with every $50 purchase.  Visit my website to see the SAB brochure if you don't have one.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"Faux Tile" technique meets Lovely as a Tree!

For my stampers' club this coming Sunday, I wanted to show the "faux tile" technique.  Believe it or not, I have never done this technique before.  It is fun and actually pretty easy!

I started with a Very Vanilla 3 1/2 x 4" rectangle.  I then scored it diagonally every 1 1/2" to create 1 1/2" blocks, using the diagonal score plate that fits over the SU score board.  Next, I stamped the new Hardwood background stamp in Sahara Sand ink onto the "valley side" of the grid.  Then, stamped the trees in Espresso ink on top.  Finally, I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and added a little "splatters" in Old Olive ink.  Sponged the edges in Early Espresso ink and added a sponged a little ink over the panel to make the grid stand out even more.  Finally, I applied Versamark to the entire panel and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  It is such a cool look, and not that hard to do.  Those cool little wood greeting pieces are from the Occasions catalog -- Essentials Wooden Elements.  There are a lot of little wood pieces in this pack, that are perfect for stamping on, sponging, etc.  LOVE these little things! and a lot of embellishing for $4.95!  Of course, some neutral candy dots, striped grosgrain ribbon, and linen thread finish off this manly card quite nicely.

Hope you'll feel inspired to try your hand at a masculine card or two!  They are always my hardest cards to create, but definitely a necessity! :)

Happy Wed to each of you!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Birthday card madness!

Hello Everyone!  A very long time since my last wee post....  BUT, I do redeem myself (Ahem!!) with a whopper post of 12 CARDS this time.  I've been stamping like crazy, getting ready for my annual birthday card buffet class.  Several of these cards use Sale-a-bration freebies!  You gotta get them before March 31st when they're gone, gone, gone! :)

Ok, ok, onto the cards.

This sweet little cutie pie is my own twist on a version of this card I've seen on multiple sites.  I thought it would be darling to add a face to the sun for a little munchkin card.  I used the pool party Cordination card stock, embossed with the chevron embossing folder, and then sanded -- for my base.  The sun is punched out with the 1 3/4" round punch (from paper in the Quatrefancy DSP pack) and the "sun rays" are the FREE Sale-a-bration banner punch.  Cute, huh!  The clouds are made with the new word bubble framelits in the Occasions catalog, and then embossed with the dots Sale-a-bration embossing folder.  Simple card, really, but will surely bring a smile to a little face somewhere!

Doesn't it just look like that little elephant is asking the question?  I used the new "Just Sayin" stamp set that coordinates with the word bubbles framelits.  Of course, the Zoo Babies stamp set is hard to make anything ugly with -- love this little elephant, and that little toucan was just begging to hop on for a ride.  Also featured on this card, are the new "Starburst Framelit" dies -- also in the Occasions mini catalog.  The colors used here, are Smokey Slate and Pretty in Pink (a retired color I happen to have a lot of).  I also used a little designer paper from the Eastern Elegance dsp pack.  Finally, a little flower to tuck behind the elephant's ear -- using a punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack.

I can take no credit for this darling little minion card!  I found him on Pinterest, and just had to share it because it's just so darn cute!  I used a variety of round punches -- 1 3/4, 1 3/8, 1 1/4, and 3/4" round punches.  The colors are Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Black, Smokey Slate, and Whisper White.  My eight year old saw this card, and just had to make one himself when he got home from school the other day.

Simple, easy card in Chocolate and Regal Rose (a retired color) and Whisper White.  This features the Summer Silhouettes stamp set as well as the two butterfly punches.  This card was also inspired by a similar one I saw on Pinterest.

I wanted to use this "Hello, Doily" background stamp set as I haven't used it enough.  I simply stamped it in Crumb Cake ink, and then stamped the frame (from a Sale-a-bration set called You're Lovely) in black.  Then stamped the birthday greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamps set, and then cut it out with the coordinating Decorative Labels framelits.  I added a little color with a blender pen and ink pads.  Simple, but elegant.  A perfect card for your grandma!

This is a brand new stamp set called "Happy Watercolor" from the Occasions catalog.  I wanted to create a Himalayan blue poppy -- for those of you who have seen them, they are so beautiful and unusual, as far as poppies go.  (For those of you who know me, poppies are very special to me, as they are my mom's favorite flower as well as my grandma's.  I cannot remember a day of summer in my childhood where there weren't at least a couple varieties of poppies growing.)  Anyways, I used a blender pen and pool party ink to color in the poppy, and I used the new Scalloped Tag topper punch (from the Occasions catalog) to punch the tag.  This designer paper used here, is from a free pack of DSP you can get during Sale-a-bration with a $50 order.

Here is another Pinterest inspired card, using the Sale-a-bration stamp set -- Petal Parade.  I used two retired card stock colors here -- Baja Breeze and Bravo Burgandy.  To jazz up the flowers just a little, I punched out some little flowers (using the Itty Bitty Punch pack again) from silver glimmer paper.  Just gives them a little "pop".

This iPod card is a remake of a design Dawn Oshefske made.  Simple teenager card, but quite effective, I thought.  AND, since I don't have teenagers yet, I felt a little "out of my zone" creating these. :)

I have purchased 6 (yes, six!) rolls of washi tape, and was DETERMINED to use it on one of these cards.  I thought these colors would be perfect for a teenager card -- Tangerine Tango and Coastal Cabana.  I simply cut out a die cut with the chalk talk framelits, stamped my sentiment FIRST, then added my washi tape in strips and folded it over to the back.  For the background, I stamped images from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set -- a set I had to have, and then haven't really used much.  Some little ribbon pieces and a button finishes off this little card.

And, now for the masculine cards! -- the hardest ones of all for me to make!  I used a new background stamp from the Occasions catalog called "Hardwood".  So realistic looking!  Looks so cool with the Natural Wood buttons.  I stamped the oak tree from "Lovely as a Tree" stamp set, using Old Olive and Espresso markers.  I then punched it out with the 1 1/2" punch and layered it onto a die cut with the Starburst framelits -- kind of looks like an old saw mill blade to me.  Some burlap ribbon, and ta dah! this card is done.

A cool ocean looking card inspired by several I saw on Pinterest.  I used the Sale-a-bration dots folder to make the "gravel", then stamped the coral in Pear Pizzaz ink, and the fish in Not-Quite-Navy ink.  I then highlighted the fish in the foreground using Crystal Effects.  He truly looks shiny and slimy!!!  Some little pearl bubbles and he's off to my favorite fisherman!

One card, two ways.  Featuring the "World Map" background stamp -- stamped in Basic Gray on Very Vanilla card stock, and sponged with either Marina Mist ink, or Crushed Curry ink.  Very simple card, but kind of cool and manly none-the-less.

Ok, dear crafty friends!  That's it for a another month. Ha ha! :)

All the crafting best to each of you!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Happy almost Heart Day!

If you haven't whipped out some Valentine's treats yet for your littles, here are a couple of easy peasy ideas using the brand new scalloped tag topper punch from the Occasions catalog.  Of course, this punch is designed to create tags with, but doesn't it make the cutest little Valentine's favors ever? This was not my original idea -- I saw several versions on Pinterest, I believe, but added my own twist to it here.  You simply take a strip of card stock slightly narrower than 2", punch each end with the tag topper punch, score it in two places to accommodate whatever treat you plan to put inside, embellish the front, and tie the top ends together with a ribbon and there is your super cute little Valentines favor!  So easy, but yet so super cute!

Just one more little favor to share -- featuring the purse die.  This one is more girly, of course, but quite easy to make and oh so sweet!  I used the largest SU scallop circle punch to create the little scalloped edge around the purse flap. Also featured here, is the new Petite Petals stamp set and punch from the Occasions catalog.  Quite a dainty little sweet flower -- perfect for a small accent, or for adding to the center of a larger stamped flower.

Happy almost Valentines day to you and yours!

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Sweet "Flip-it" Valentine!

I recently got the label card thinlits die and have been itching to make a cute little fun fold Valentine's card with it -- using a new FREE Sale-a-bration set, "See Ya Later", that will be available starting Jan 28th. I embossed the stamped images in black on Real Red or Cherry Cobbler card stock, and paired it with Vanilla card stock base and the Modern Medley DSP -- a super cool black and vanilla paper pack.  It s a simple, classic card -- that could be adapted for any occasion.  (Oh yes, and some of the red glitter paper as well!  You KNOW how I adore anything that sparkles. :) I was super excited to see that the word images from this stamp set fit perfectly into this thinlit set.
This is yet another card we will be making at my upcoming class on Sunday, Jan 26th at 1:00 pm.  You should come! :)  In case you are having trouble reading what these images say, one is "once in a lifetime you meet someone who changes everything" and the other is "you make me happy when skies are gray".  These would be really awesome stamps to use for scrap book pages as well.  Again, love the versatility.

To see how I made the "extra" flap with these cards, visit this link.  Super easy to alter the way this die cuts in order to create that little extra flap to write behind.

All the stamping best to each of you!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

It's almost time to Sale-a-brate!

The biggest, bestest SU promotion of the year is almost here!  Sale-a-bration starts on Jan 28th and goes through Mar 31st.  Get a FREE Sale-a-bration product with every $50 purchase.  There's a fun selection of freebies this year -- including the adorable "Banner Blast" stamp set and it's coordinating punch.  How cool is that!  Stamp your banners and then punch them out.  So easy and a fun way to create for any occasion.  For this card, (which we will be making at my upcoming class on Jan 26th, by the way), I paired it with a  new little paper stack in the new Occasions catalog -- Fresh Prints paper stack.  Only $6.95 for a really sweet little paper stack.  LOVE the prints -- very versatile, yet fresh and fun at the same time -- and several that work great for Valentine's day, but not so "heart" oriented that they're hard to use for anything else.  Anyways, I digress!  Here are the cards:  Let me know what you think!

I drew the color combination for these cards from the designer paper -- Coastal Cabana, Real Red, and Crumb Cake.  Not colors I would have automatically put together, but I really like the way they look -- AND I love that you can easily make this card a birthday or friendship card rather than a Valentine's card, if you so desire.  Yeah for versatility!  The "Happy Heart Day" stamp is from the "Tags 4 You" stamp set with it's coordinating punch.  This was a set from the Holiday catalog that is still available for purchase, even though it's not featured in a catalog currently.  For the "friend" card, that stamp is from the "Fabulous Phrases stamp set.  Kind of a spend set, but I find myself reaching for it all the time.  Versatile little words that can be used for almost any occasion!

Okay!  That's it for today.  Happy creating to all of you, and may you come Sale-a-brate with me real soon!