Monday, September 15, 2014

Shadow Box Card Technique

Today's card was made by Julie K. from Terri's downline.  This was one of the cards I had received in last month's swap.  I LOVE it when I can participate in the swaps.  I don't always have the time to do that!  But when I do I always get such beautiful cards!!  

This technique is very fun to do too and it's not hard at all.  You need a 4" x 4" piece of designer paper.  Fold it in half and then fold it in half again.  Unfold it and fold each corner to the center of the paper where the fold lines meet (dead center).  Fold back the tips just to the outside of the outer folded edge.

You really need to make sure your paper is a perfect square or it will be off kilter.  And a bone folder will help make those creased on the second and third fold a lot sharper.

See, I told you it was easy to make.  Then all you do is add whatever you'd like on the inside of the shadow box and layer it on some card stock and you are done!!

That's it, easy peasy!!!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Negative Space Stampin' Up! Technique

Today I'm going to share with you a card that was made by Tanya from Terri's downline.   The swap was for the "Negative Space" technique.  You can see how to do that technique here.  It's a very fun and easy technique to do too!  I LOVE the creativity of these gals in Terri's downline.  

The small butterflies are from the "Beautiful Wings" Embosslit.  

The butterfly is from the "Elegant Butterfly" punch.

And the words are from a set in the current catalog.  I paged through it quickly a couple of times and I didn't run across them.  I obviously don't own them!!

This looks like it would be a very fun and simple card to make!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Beautiful Bunch Birthday

Okay, I have to say a big YUCK on this one.  It went in a totally different direction than I had in my head.  They all can't be winners now, can they???

For this interesting card I stamped the large flower from the "Beautiful Bunch" set using Hello Honey ink.  I used a blender pen and removed the ink from the center.  I colored in some of the new Tangelo Twist.  Then I colored in the center are using Blackberry Bliss.  

The center of the flower was stamped using Blackberry Bliss and then I colored over it with the Hello Honey marker.  I set it in place using a Dimensional.  

I stamped a couple of flowers from the "Petite Petals" set using Blackberry Bliss ink.  I punched them out and then I colored them using the Hello Honey marker.  It just kept getting worse as I was trying to make it pretty!!! LOL

I stamped the  "Flowering Flourishes" image using Wild Wasabi ink.  I set the flowers in place using Dimensionals.  Nothing was helping.  I stamped the words from the "Wetlands" set using Blackberry Bliss.  I layered the piece on some Blackberry Bliss card stock.  What a train wreck!!!  I promise I will have a prettier card for you tomorrow.  I even added some pearls to the center of the tiny flowers.  I just don't know when to walk away!  It did not help!!!  LOL

Thank you SO much for taking a look at this mess today!

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Blooming with Kindness Sympathy Card

I found this fun card made by Becky at "Scrappin' and Stampin".  I thought it would be a pretty easy card to make.  I liked the layout and the simplicity of the card.  The original card used So Saffron on Very Vanilla card stock, I used Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White card stock.  Becky's post is dated Friday August 31, 2012.  The link doesn't take you directly to the card so I thought I would include the date she posted it so you can narrow it down easier.

I really liked making this card and I wasn't sure where I should go with it as far as the sentiment was concerned so I just stared at it for a while and came to the conclusion that it would make a nice sympathy card.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bloom With Kindness One Sheet Wonder Technique

Oh, you guessed it.  I still had the "Bloom with Kindness" stamp set sitting out!!!  But why put things away right away?  You may run across a fun gem like I did with this card and you'd just have to dig everything out again!!! LOL

I found this fun card at "Stamping and Scrapbooking with Deb Valder".  The One Sheet Wonder technique was highlighted here.  I did not use the whole sheet here, I only made the one card.  Though there were a few other layouts I also liked.  I was drawn to this card because of the layout. I especially liked the triangle piece.  

All of the measurements are found on Deb's site.  Even the ones for the black layers.  

I did use a different flower image.  Mine came from the "Bloom with Kindness" set.  And I did not add the thin ribbon to the card. I just stuck with the wider one on the very back of the card.  This card was cut 4-1/4" x 11" and folded on the long side. 

I used the Blendabilities markers to color in the flowers and stems.  I may give this another try using some of the other layouts.  Though I thought it was cool that once you put those layers together you can just play around with them until they are laid out the way that is pleasing to your eyes.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A Bloom with Hope Birthday

 I found this card on the net while surfing for something else.  I got distracted by this card and just had to make it.  I forgot to save the link and now I can't find it.  So, if you know who made this card, please let me know so I can give them the credit they deserve and a link back to their blog. The original card was done using red ink and black decorative paper.

I used the" Bloom with Hope" stamp set.  And the words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.

I used Rich Razzleberry card stock.  And I had used the new Blackberry Bliss for the decorative paper. The colors go nicely together but that wasn't the look I was going for.  

I colored the flowers using the Blendabilities markers.  It went really quick.  I like the markers but I do find that a blender pen gets the same results.  As you color from the center up the ink on the blender pen gets lighter.  Same effect!!!  Anyway, I used the markers and I did like how it turned out.

This was a very easy card to make.  There's lots of fun elements in it.  Rhinestones and pearls, OH MY!! Scalloped punch.  Oh and that layer was set in place using Dimensionals.  The words were also set in place using Dimensionals.  

Such a sweet and easy card to make.

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Monday, September 08, 2014

Little Letters Thinlits Book of Spells Halloween Weekend Project

 Today I finished up a project I had started last week.  I worked on it a little at a time because I was too busy with other things that I couldn't devote all of my time to working on it.  It's a very simple project to do too.

First I went to the Dollar Tree and picked up a hard covered book.  They had their Halloween stuff out and I found a package mixture of "things".  Spiders, bats, skulls, and skeletons.  I did have to use my heat tool on them to get them to lay a little flatter, mostly the spiders.  But don't get them too hot and flatten them, they will lose a lot of their detail.  Fortunately there's a lot of pieces in that bag for a dollar that I was able to practice on a few to get the right touch.  For the spiders, once you see the legs start to shorten, stop and put something heavy on top of it.  The book you're going to use will do nicely!!!

Next I did my lettering.  I cut out lots of letters to spell out the word "spells."  I glued 3 letters together to make them a little thicker so they would stand out nicely on the book.

Once I had everything glued in place on the front I did the spine. I took some black card stock and cut strips and glued 3 of them together too.  I wanted to make those fun lines on the top and bottom of the spine to make it look like it was a really old book.  I trimmed them to the thickness of the spine.  When gluing those strips and the letters in place, you want to bend them a little bit so they lay over the spine.  The spine is not completely flat.  

Then I laid the book face up and began the fun.  I put a piece of tissue paper over the book and made a mixture of white school glue (any white glue will work), black paint and some water and I covered the front with it.  The tissue paper would get air pockets but when I tried to push them out with the paint brush the tissue would tear a little, which was okay, it made the book look even older.  Plus I knew I was going to be adding one more layer of tissue paper to it anyway.  After the 2nd layer looked fairly dry I squeezed a sizable amount of black paint on the front and covered it.  I repeated this for the spine and the back.  The back was easy because it was flat but I did make sure that the tissue paper didn't lay perfectly flat on it. I wanted some wrinkles and tears.

After the paint dried I took my book out in the garage and sprayed a layer of clear acrylic spray over the front and added some black ultra fine glitter to it.  I found my glitter at Michael's, it's by Martha Stewart.  I let the spray dry and my book is now ready for Halloween!!!

Those little letters were perfect for this project!!!  

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

A Flower Patch Birthday

I had an extremely busy weekend and I thought about not adding a post to my blog today.  But as I was surfing the net I ran across this pretty card made by Joann at "The Crafty Owl's Blog" and I tried to copy it exactly.  I was not successful.  I did not move my flowers far enough over to the right edge to get the words up there.  But it's okay, I still like it.  I think it was the colors that intrigued me more than where the words were placed.  Though now it looks like the bottom is lacking something!!!  Oh well, it is what it is!!!

The set used here is "Flower Patch".  The colors of ink used are Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Pear Pizzazz, and Bermuda Bay.  I used black Memento ink for the words.

The base of the card is Coastal Cabana.  I did have to fussy cut the center of the top flower.  There was no die for that.  I had thought that maybe the die had slipped out of the container it came in and was somewhere on my worktable.  I didn't really see a spot for it on the card that they dies are stuck to.  I looked in the catalog and it said there were 11 dies.  I counted and I had 11.  *heavy sigh*  I had to get out my scissors and cut.  UGH!  It's such a chore now since I've been spoiled by punches and dies!!!  Once I got the flower cut out (which took all of less than 60 seconds) I taped it on top of the larger flower.  The larger flower was set in place using Dimensionals.  I added Candy Dots to the center of the flowers and one on the white part of the card.

It really was a quick and simple card to make.  I just LOVE the colors.

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

A Petite Petals Birthday

Oh my, what a fun card I found while surfing the net. I am sorry but I don't have a direct link to the post at "Haley's Paper Garden".  When I found the card it didn't have a direct link. I did try to find it on her blog but gave up after a number of posts. She does have a lovely blog so the search was worth it but unproductive! Her card was done in lighter colors.  I used some fall colors. for my card.  

The colors I used here are the new Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, and the ever so familiar Perfect Plum.  I also used Perfect Plum for the card stock.  Whisper White is the base of my card and the focal part to.  

I did remember to add the pearls in the center of each flower before I took the photo!!!  Yup, I'm getting better at remembering the details!!

The flowers were set in place using Dimensionals.  The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set and were stamped using Perfect Plum ink.  I taped the focal layer and the Perfect Plum layer together and then I used Dimensionals on that to attach it to the Whisper White base.

I used the "Petite Petals" set here for the flowers and they were punched out with the matching punch.  Such a quick and simple way to whip up about a hundred cards in no time!   And no, I didn't make a hundred of these!  Just the one!

Isn't it fun?  Such a sweet and simple card, huh?  

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Friday, September 05, 2014

A Flower Patch Work of Art

Today's card is a copy from a card I found made by Beth at "Card Creations."  I did change it just a little.  I used different colors and different wording, but for the most part it's a copy!! 

I love the simplicity of this card.  It's got a nice clean look to it too.  I think that is what attracted me to it in the first place.

I changed the colors because I wanted to make a fall looking card.  I used Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, and Tangelo Twist ink pads.  I used the Baked Brown Sugar for the zig zag image from the "Work of Art" set.

I stamped the words from the "Work of Art" set using Tangelo Twist.  

The zig zag part was an interesting little technique.  You take the marker and color in the bottom strip.  Then you stamp off.  Next you color in the second strip and stamp off.  And finally you color in the top strip but you don't stamp off. You huff on the image to moisten all of the ink and then you stamp on your card stock.  Isn't that a cool little technique?

The flowers are from the "Flower Patch" set and they were cut out using the matching die!  I LOVE stamp sets that have matching punches or dies!!  They sure do save a lot of time.

The focal piece was put together using a dimensional on the center flower.  The rest of the flower and petals were just taped in place.  The panel was set in place on a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock and Dimensionals were added to the back.  SO simple and so sweet!!!

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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Work of Art Masculine Card

I REALLY like playing with the "Work of Art" set.  Tonight I thought I would take some fallish colors and make a masculine card using it.  I wanted to keep away from ribbons, buttons, and bows.  

I kept it simple.  I used Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, and Tangelo Twist ink pads.  The card stock is Mossy Meadow and Whisper White.  

The words are from the "Wetlands" set.  And there you have it.  A super easy, quick, and simple looking masculine card!

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Blooming with Kindness

This card is unfinished because I do not know what I want to use it for!  It would be a great birthday card, get well card, Mother's Day card, or a thinking of you card.  I jut didn't know what sentiment to put on it so I left it blank so I can use it when an occasion arises.  

I used Crumb Cake for the base of my card.  I used a scrap piece of Crumb Cake dotted paper from the Neutrals pack.  I also trimmed that piece using the Ribbon punch.  I taped the piece to the edge of the decorative paper and I hid the seam with the edge of the Cherry Cobbler seam  binding.  

I used the "Blooming with Kindness" set and I stamped the image using Cherry cobbler ink.  I stamped the stem using the Wild Wasabi marker.  

When I am in need of a card, I will be stamping the words in the bottom right corner.  

This was a very fun card to make and I think I might make a couple more blank ones to have on hand!

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Petite Petals Wedding Card - Stamp a Stack

Tonight's post is going to be a quick one.  This is final card I did at Terri's Stamp A Stack a few weeks ago.  Yup, I was holding out on you!  This was my favorite of all of the beautiful cards we made.  I decided to make my card into wedding cards.  It's nice to have a few on hand.  

The word set used here is "Yippee-Skippee".  The background is from the "Decorative Dots" folder.  The punches here are the 2" & 3-1/2" circle punch, the pansy punch and the Petite Petals punch.  There's not a whole lot of stamping going on here.  You don't think about that until you are done with the card and realized you made a beautiful card with only one word stamp!!!  

In the center of each flower is a rhinestone.  It just finishes off the flowers, doesn't it?  

The card stock used here is Smoky Slate and Whisper White.  Oh and the ink is Smoky Slate.

This was an extremely fun and easy card to make.  And like I said, it was my favorite of all the cards we made!

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Monday, September 01, 2014

A Wetlands Work of Art Masculine Birthday

My card today was inspired from a card made by Lisa at "Add Ink and Stamp."  I frequently stalk her blog!!!  I loved how the sky looked with goose so I had to give it a try.  I didn't have the feather stamp that Lisa used but I did have the decorative paper but I opted not to use it.  

I first stamped the goose and then the sky.  I liked what I saw, it was exactly how I imagined it turning out.  Since I wasn't going to add the decorative paper or the feathers, I thought I needed to go in another direction with this.  So I just trimmed up my card stock and added a Basic Gray layer behind it.  I did not make the base of the card Pool Party, I used Whisper White but I did add a Pool Party layer.  And I added the Baked Brown Sugar image (stamped off once) to the ground area.

Now for the words.  I needed to fill that bottom right space so I punched out a Basic Gray round scallop and a 1-3/8" Pool Party circle.  The words are from my computer and I punched them out using the 1-1/4" circle punch.  I layered them all together and set them in place using Dimensionals.

It's a very simple card to make.  I'm still in awe of the sky!!!

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