Friday, February 5, 2016

Just For You

 I love this giant greeting in the Botanicals For You Sale a Bration set!  I just love how big and bold it is!  Doesn't it look great on that watercolored background?!!?  This look is so easy to do! I started by taping a piece of watercolor paper to an old piece of chipboard or anything flat and durable.  I just use old washi tape, it peels off easy and leaves a nice border.  Once your paper is taped down use your aqua painter and get the whole paper wet, the wetter your paper is the easier the color will move.  Once it was nice and wet I dropped some Bermuda Bay reinker onto a block and picked it up with my aqua painter.  Drop the color in where you want the darkest part to be.  The color will work it's way down the paper, you can help it along with your aqua painter.  Add more color and help it out as needed.  You can use a heat tool to speed the drying or just let it air dry.  
Once it was completely dry I stamped my greeting and added on some embellishments.  I love the gold layer of cardstock, but I'll let you in on a secret.....I'm pretty cheap when it comes to my gold and silver foil cardstock.  I have a really hard time using it especially as a mat where most of it would be covered.  Now I could have cut a frame out of it and then saved the inside piece that doesn't show but I didn't have that much gold to work with so instead I used white cardstock, some Versa Mark and some Gold Embossing Powder.  It's so easy to add a quick metallic border and a doesn't use hardly any embossing powder.  Those little containers will last forever!  I just pressed my Versa Mark pad on the outside of the white paper, sprinkled embossing powder over it and heat set it!  This is a fun, quick and easy way to add that metallic look without using up all your foil cardstock!  Hope that tip helps! 

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Long Skinny Box

I love making boxes.  I don't always have something to do with them but I love making them.  Our cardstock is so nice and thick, it works great to make sturdy boxes.  When I saw this box on Sam's blog I just had to try it out.  There was no cutting, no gluing, just score and fold!!!  How ingenious!!!  I was intrigued!  So I made one, the one I made that followed her measurements is the larger Night of Navy one.  Really fun but big!  I wanted to get 2 per sheet of paper so with a few modifications I came up with the smaller one.    
I do love the big one, but since I had it in my head I was going to make 30 of them and I needed to fill them for my class, the smaller one was the way to go.  I'll leave the measurements for the smaller one down below.  Make sure to check out Sam's blog for the assembly process.  The smaller one is done the exact same way as the larger one.  They're really easy, once you do 30 you can do them blindfolded....probably....maybe.....  
The smaller one holds 4 Hershey's nuggets perfectly.  To make the smaller one you'll need a 5 3/8x8 1/2 piece of paper.  On the 8 1/2 inch side score at 1 and 7 1/2.  On the 5 3/8 side score at 1, 2 1/8, 3 1/4 and 4 3/8.  Remember to check out Sam's tutorial for the instructions on assembly.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sale a Bration Stamp Camp

I just loved this little bird from the moment I saw him.  This card is super cute!  And pretty simple to put together.  The bird and balloon are from the Honeycomb Happiness Sale-a-Bration stamp set.  Each image was stamped twice, once on the white base and then once again on either Hello Honey or Mint Macaron cardstock.  Then those images were cut out, sponged in the coordinating color to add dimension and attached to the white base.  Such an easy way to add color and texture to these images.  Especially if you don't like to color.  
This card uses two Sale-a-Bration products.  The first is the Perfectly Artistic DSP, this is another product that is only available until February 15! The other Sale-a-Bration item is the Botanicals For You stamp set.  I love the huge greeting in this set!  The greeting is embossed right on the DSP in gold, that's the hardest part of this card.  
The final card uses the Hello Sale-a-Bration set.  This set too is only available until February 15!  The outside is pretty simple but very cute!  The real WOW part of this card is on the inside..... 
We used the party pop up framelits to really make the inside...well...pop!  I'm asked a lot at classes what you write your message with when using black or any dark cardstock for a card base or on the inside like this one.  I love to use white gel pens or metallic pens to write my message when I have a dark card base like this one.  You could also use a project life card or a smaller piece of cardstock in a lighter color and attach that on the inside too.  Just a random tip of the day!

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Sale a Bration Stamp Camp

Saturday was my Sale-a-Bration Stamp Camp.  I look forward to this class every year.  I hope my customers do too.  I had a great crowd and a wonderful group of ladies there to stamp with me!  My guests made 6 cards I'll share 3 today and 3 tomorrow.  All the cards showcase our wonderful selection of Sale-a-Bration products this year!  Originally this little plane just didn't appeal to me, but it did eventually grow on me and I love it!  We used the Sky Is The Limit Sale-a-Bration set for this one.  This one is only available through February 15, then new stuff will be released!  So if you love this plane, grab it now!    
This rose one is probably my favorite, surprise right.  It's very simple but with the Silver it makes it really elegant.  We used the Perfect Pairing Sale-a-Bration set for this one.  
Finally, for today anyway, we used the What I Love Sale a Bration set for this one.  It's super simple, aside from the fussy cutting but I enjoy the cutting, very pretty!  While this is a 3 step stamp I love that it's really sketchy and it doesn't have to line up perfectly every time for a beautiful flower.  The flower was created with only 1 ink pad, Watermelon Wonder. Make sure you stamp off the bottom layers to get the lighter ink.  I'll have the rest of the cards to share tomorrow!

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Birthday Balloons

I really love this card.  It's super simple, but so colorful and fun!  This card just makes me happy!  You could also make this card with the balloons doing an ombre type of color going light to dark or dark to light in one color, that would be really pretty as well!  I stamped each balloon, starting with the red and blue to mark the start and ending then filling in the center balloons.  IF I would have measured and calculated everything exactly I probably would have gotten more even placement, but you know, they're balloons, balloons wiggle and float around they don't stay perfectly symmetrical or exactly where you place them so I ended up being ok with my balloons. 
I used a white gel pen to write each letter onto the balloon, then I painted each balloon with Wink of Stella to give a little extra shine!  The strings were hand drawn as well.  I added clouds to the background using the Sprinkles of Life set.  I love this card!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Time For Tea

 I went with a little different look for this card, but I'm pretty happy with it.  I wanted to try some big watercolor splotches in the background.  I wasn't really sure how I was going to do it.  The few times that I've tried to do it with a paintbrush just haven't worked out.  But I saw a technique that used a block to do it.  I grabbed my largest block and put a little reinkers in Blushing Bride, So Saffron and Mint Macron on there.  Then I sprayed it with some water then I just dipped my cardstock into the mess.  I really like this look.  It looks very organic and natural.  Some of the colors were starting to mix into an unpleasant muddy color so I used my heat tool to quickly dry the paper and stop all the bleeding.  
Once it was completely dry I grabbed my stamp from A Nice Cuppa set and embossed it with Black Glitter Embossing Powder.  This is my own mix but it's easy to make, 2 parts embossing powder to one part Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (or you can use Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder).  There's lots of sparkle in this image. 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Happy Heart Day

Yesterday I showed you the sweetest, no tweetest little bird card.  I had a glimmer paper heart cut out of it so I wanted to share where that heart came from.  This card is super sparkly and oh so pretty!  We don't have the heart framelits anymore....I don't know why and had I kept mine this card would have been leaps and bounds easier to make than it was.  I wanted a fairly big heart and none of my punches or dies would work so I drew a heart on some scrap paper and cut it out.  I then used that as a template and carefully with an xacto knife cut it out of my glimmer paper.  The heart's not perfect, fortunetly with the glimmer paper it's hard to tell.




The hearts stamped on the inside start with Real Red and gradually get lighter for a cool ombre look.  I used Real Red, Melon Mambo and Blushing Bride.  That little heart stamp is from the A Nice Cuppa set.  Check your stamp sets lots of time there's tiny images that are like hidden gems in a stamp set.  The greeting is on vellum and wrapped around the glimmer paper piece.

To get the hearts all perfectly placed I used a scrap piece of paper as a mask and cut out exactly where my heart would be on my card base.  Then I was able to just stamp in that space, making sure my hearts went from dark to light, or light to dark whichever way you want to look at it :)

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Tweetheart

You guys when I made this card I nearly lost it because the cuteness went a little overboard with this one!  Hands down my favorite card that I've made with this yet!  It all started with that greeting.  I saw it online while searching for Valentine puns for my kids.  We'll this one was too cute to overlook.  I printed it on some vellum cardstock on my computer and got to work.  The glimmer paper heart was left over from another project (check back tomorrow to see that project).  I wasn't about to get rid of a perfect glimmer paper heart so I decided it would be used on this card.  
Of course I had to add a bird to go along with the greeting.  The only bird stamp I had within reach was this Sale a Bration set, Honeycomb Happiness.  I colored him with my markers (Tempting Turquoise and Pumpkin Pie) and stamped him on watercolor cardstock and colored him.  Coloring him with the markers instead of stamping with Staz-On or the Archival Black left him with a softer feel instead of a harsh outline.  After I had him colored and cut out he looked a little strange hovering over the heart so I added a branch for him to stand on.  So stinkin' cute!!!!!  Check back tomorrow for the card I made using the rest of that glimmer paper!

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Love You Sew

This hostess set from the Occasions catalog was too cut to pass up!!!  I love all the crafty little greetings in it!  Plus it has super cute crafty stamps too!  I was sold!  I needed to have it!  I was looking at the set and this little cross stitched heart just kept calling my name.  I wanted a softer more pastel card so I pulled out some Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron and Soft Sky.  I had a vision (don't I always), I knew I needed exact placement of the hearts so I pulled out my Stamp a ma jig.  With the help of that tool, I was able to get perfect placement for all my hearts.  I couldn't be more pleased with it!  
I stamped the greeting on a tag. On some scrap paper I stamped a spool and added some gold thread to it after I fussy cut it out.  The top and bottom of the spool are painted with some Gold Wink of Stella.  Finally to finish the card I added just a little gold glitter ribbon (retired from the Holiday Catalog).  Super cute!!!

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Gold Rose Wonder

 I may have an addiction problem with this set :)  I seriously cannot stop using it!  And every card is just stunning!  I made a few of these cards in the gold polka dot and gold stripe for a card swap I did last week.  I love both and can't decide which one I like better!  I used the Gold Designer Vellum for both and love them both!   
One of the things that really makes this card pop is that rose!  The rose I stamped and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder then fussy cut.  There was a white border around the rose which didn't look horrible but instead of that white border I used my Gold Wink Of Stella to outline the rose.  This made all the difference in the card.  The gold glitter border just makes for a beautiful finish! 
The rose is watercolored on watercolor paper.  It's was simply done with just an aqua painter and some Bermuda Bay reinker.  I colored them before I cut them out.  It made it much easier and gave me little corners to hold onto while coloring. I'm going to try to put my Rose Wonder stamp set aside for a while and work with some other stamp sets for a while :)

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