Friday, August 28, 2015

Quick Break

Hello! I know you're checking to see a fun project.  I'm running a little (ok maybe a lot) behind this week :(  I thought it would be a brilliant idea for me to schedule 200 things in the same week, turns out it's not such a great idea.  I'm taking today to 'catch up' I'll be back on Monday with a fun project.  Have a great weekend!
Thanks for looking see you soon!!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Shaking Dinosaur

 Last week was Logan's birthday.  I wanted to make a shaker card and use the No Bones About It dinosaur set.  I really wanted the full front to be a shaker, so I took two pieces of window sheets cut to 4 1/4x 5 1/2.  I went the really easy route and closed the sides with Washi Tape.  Make sure to add all your shaker bits before closing up the last side.  This actually worked really well.  And the shake around a lot! *NOTE: I used thinner window sheets that Stampin' Up! used to sell.  The thinner sheets have more give and let the shaker bits shake around, not sure it would work as well with the thicker window sheets we sell now.  If you try the washi tape shaker, make sure you use a thinner plastic, you could even try a transparency sheet or even a page protector.* 
 I love that you can see right through the card with this one. I fussy cut the dinosaur and party hat.  I used the Little Letters Framelits for the 'RAWR'.  The colors are kept pretty simple with card.  I used Bermuda Bay, Delightful Dijon and Black.  Simple but perfect for a little boy. 
The inside is simple too, just a greeting and some extra washi tape on the bottom of the card.  To attach the window sheet shaker to the card I cut a piece of white cardstock to 4 1/4 x 6 then scored it at 1/2" on the 6" side.  Then I had a little half inch tab that I could stick the shaker window to.  Logan loved the card and spent lots of time playing with it :)

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!   

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Faux Watercolor Butterflies

Do you love the watercolored look but are maybe watercolored challenged.  I have a really fun and easy tip for you for a simple, subtle faux watercolor look.  You'll love it!!!  I saw the technique done here, but with alcohol markers that I don't own, so I thought how else can I duplicate this look with what I DO have, and probably what you have too.  I filled an aqua painter with some rubbing alcohol and it worked!  I used the Extra Thick White Cardstock for this technique. I stamped my butterflies in Soft Sky and Tempting Turquoise.  Flip your cardstock over and use the rubbing alcohol filled aqua painter and 'color' the back over where the butterflies are stamped.  The alcohol seeps into the cardstock and makes the ink 'bleed' slightly, not a lot, just enough to soften the edges and blend the colors together.  Because rubbing alcohol evaporates so quickly you have to use a very wet brush and keep going over the same spot.   If it's not giving you the look you want you can go directly over the image on the front of the cardstock too. 
   
I stamped the bodies and the antena after I did the watercoloring.  You can see how the colors have softened and become a little muted and watercolor like.  Such an easy fun technique!  I want to try it with our regular white cardstock and see if it gets different results because it's thinner.....

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August Paper Pumpkin

If you're a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber you know how much fun it is to anticipate that box and what might be in it for the month.  One of the most exciting thing about Paper Pumpkin is not knowing what's coming.  I know for some of you that's what's holding you back.  You like knowing what's coming.  Every month I'm blown away!  They keep getting better!  This month's kit included supplies for 6 cards (3 of each), and 3 treat boxes! I cut the lid and sides off of one of my boxes and now it's a gift box for a set of cards!  Wrap it in a fun cello bag and you're good to go! 
 Gold is so so so trendy right now.  I love that our kits follow those trends.  I love the black tags and the white ink. Makes for a fun chalk board effect! 
Now is the BEST time to try Paper Pumpkin.  You can get your first 2 months for half off!  It's a amazing deal and one you don't want to miss. You can sign up here to get started.  Hurry though this half price offer ends on September 10!  Remember Paper Pumpkin makes a great gift too!!!

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!! 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Merry Snowflakes!

 I'm having lots of fun with the new stamp sets from the new Holiday Catalog!  We're just over a week away from debuting the catalog!  Yay!!!  This stamp set (Holly Jolly Greetings) is one of my favorites and you can get in in a bundle with the framelits (Christmas Greetings) and save!!  To start this card I masked off a part of the white cardstock with some washi tape.  I just took a strip and stuck it diagonally on my paper.  Then I stamped the snowflakes with some Tempting Turquoise ink.  Then I lightly sponged the rest of the white with some Soft Sky ink.  Finally I did some 'glitter splatter'.  This is my new favorite way to use glitter!  Simply mix a small amount of tombow with a small amount of water and use a paint brush to 'splatter' the mixture on your card.  Sprinkle with glitter.  Boom!  Glitter Splatter!  LOVE IT!!!!  Once the glue was dry I carefully pulled off the washi tape and I had a perfectly masked area!

I cut the greeting out the greeting with my framelits and some Silver Glimmer Paper to match the glitter splatter.  I white heat embossed the 'Christmas' on a strip of back and attached that to the card along with the 'merry'.  The rest of the card is pretty simple.  I added a couple of strips of scrap paper to tie the whole card together.  This is such a fun set!!  Can't wait to do more with it!! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Swaps Galore

 A couple weekends ago I attended not one but 2 Stampin' Up! meetings.  First my upline Amber had a meeting, then my downline Michelle had a meeting.  Even though I didn't do swaps for Michelle's they still gave me some, they're so sweet!!! The first couple pictures are the make and takes from Amber's meeting, the rest are swaps from both.  Enjoy the great ideas! 

 Amber's Card
 Cassie's Card
 Michelle's Card
 Cyndi's card (I think???)
 Vicki's Card
Nikki's Card
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

For You Jewelry Lovers

Who doesn't like things that sparkle?  Really would you trust someone who didn't like something sparkly?  Ummmm, no!  When I first saw these Iced Rhinestones in the Holiday Catalog, my first thought was a ring.  The Iced Rhinestones are really pretty, they're like a regular rhinestone but with a ring of little rhinestones circling it.  The ring was easy to make, and ring bases are easy to find at your big craft stores.  These rhinestones come in two different sizes and the largest is about half an inch in diameter.  It's a good ring size.  I used some Crystal Effects on the ring base and stuck the rhinestone on it.  Let it dry, give it plenty of time, once it's dry it's ready to wear!
After I did the ring and loved how easy it was I decided to make some matching earrings too.  Follow the same steps and you have beautiful matching earrings.  Post earring bases can be found the same place you found your ring bases.  I found it easiest to stick the post earrings in my paper piercing pad so they had the flat side up.  Leave them there to dry.  Easy, simple beautiful gifts!!!

Thanks for looking, see you soon! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Acory Thanks


One of the new stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog that I'm just smitten with is a fall themed set, but can really be used year round!  It's called Acory Thanks!  It has a coordinating acorn punch!!!!!  I demoed this card at a meeting a couple weekends ago and I forgot to take a picture of it at home before the meeting.  I didn't come home with the card so I had to take a quick on on my phone before the meeting was done.  I love the background on this card.  I don't even know what it's called but I love it!!!  I saw this technique done here and I immediately tried it.  I sponged layers of Old Olive, Garden Green and Chocolate Chip all over our Extra Thick White cardstock.  After I was done adding the layers of color I spritzed it with our color spritzer filled with water only.  The water gives it kind of a speckled watercolor look, it's just stunning!!!  I can't wait to try this out with different colors.  The acorn in stamped and the top embossed with Gold.  Finally did you notice the BLACK GLIMMER PAPER!!!  I'm so excited about this paper, I couldn't love it more!!!!!
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Pop Up Again!

 I have the final two cards from my Pop Up Card Class.  This fun Christmas card I'm actually not sure it's considered a Pop-Up card or just a fun fold.  I LOVED it and wanted to incorporate it into this class regardless.  I first saw it here on Julie's blog.  I couldn't believe how easy it was!  Make sure you check out her blog for full instructions.  

   
When you open the card it pops up into this fun diorama card.  I love it!!  It's so unique and fun!!!  The card base is 5.5x10.5 and you score along the 10.5" side at 3.5, 6.5, 7 and 10.  There's a larger panel between two half inch sided panels, that's the panel you want to punch your circle or whatever shape you want.  Add a little Tear Tape along the last half inch panel and adhere that along the first score line.  Really simple and easy!   
The final card we did is similar to this card that I made at craft weekend.  I love the colors on this card.  I just love the yellow and black butterfly!  So so so pretty.  The outside like the rest of the cards is very simple, I think when you want your 'wow' factor inside, keep the outside pretty simple. 
Speaking of that wow factor.  Check out the inside of this card.  I couldn't love it more!!!!  We used the Bold Butterfly framelits to cut 2 black and one Delightful Dijon butterfly.  They're simply folded in half and attached together.  The black ones get attached to the card, one on either side of the score line. 
I think this is my favorite one, but I think it's a tough call, I love them all!!!  This card could easily be modified to any color you can add more butterflies if you'd like.  Keep in mind the more you add the bulkier it will be and won't fold flat.  I hope you give some of these pop up cards a try!

Thanks for looking, see you soon! 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Pop Up!

 I held a Pop Up card class over the weekend.  I had two big goals for this class, this was the first pop up card class I've done.  1) I wanted simple cards that my customers or any stamper at any level could make and duplicate easily.  I think one of the worst parts of stamping is, when you leave feeling like you can't do that on your own.  I really didn't want that to happen at this class.  So these cards are all easy to duplicate, everyone who attended my class also left with instructions on each card.  2) They all had to be cute!  This card is a 4x4 card so they also got to make an envelope to match.

Here's the inside to this card.  Isn't is cool!!!!  I know this looks complicated, especially after all I just mentioned, but it's really easy!  It's a little bit of folding.  DSP works best for this technique, because it's nice and thin!  I googled 'Turkish Map Fold" I came up with lots of helpful links.  Its really a simple fold.  This is a 6x6 sheet of DSP, which is perfect for our paper stacks.
       

 Once they're folded they easily open and close without problems.  You could do this with a larger piece of DSP, and even a larger card.  I thought the 4x4 size was perfect for this.  You still have room to write a greeting. 
 It folds up all nice and flat!!  You could stick this in the mail.  You would have to pay a little extra for postage for the 4x4 size but if you stick it in a standard size envelope you'd be ok :)
 The next card was a card that I saw on Julie's blog.  And I've seen it a couple other places too.  I've been dying to try it out!  I was surprised how easy it was! Why didn't I do it sooner!  It's a standard card base and the inside piece is just 5x6 scored at 2 and 4 on the 6" side.  Accordion fold and assemble.  So simple!! 
When the card is all folded up you'd never know the amazing inside that it has!!??!  This was really easy.  Check out Julie's blog for a full tutorial.  To add the ribbon along the bottom even with the card fold on the left, I just used my Paper Snips and cut a little slit along the side, the ribbon slides right in.  So pretty!  I have the other two cards to share tomorrow! 

Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!