Saturday, July 23, 2016

Writing Note

I have been unable to find a selection of stationary for letter writing (yes, I still do that), so when I saw the Writing Note stamp in the catalog, I had to give it a try.

I actually have an unlined notepad that measures 6"x9", so I cut a sheet in half. It is now 4 1/2"x 6" and perfect for the large stamp. I stamped an image from the Flower Shop set in the bottom corner, then using the pansy punch and a large post it note, I punched out a flower to use as a mask. Stick the mask over the flower image.

With the larger stamps like this one, I tap the ink pad onto the stamp rather than the usual way of tapping the stamp onto the ink pad. This way you can make sure that you have a good coverage of ink. Then there are several ways to apply the image to the paper.

1. Stamp as usual, making sure to give even pressure all over the stamp.
2. Lie the paper on top of the stamp, cover with a larger scrap piece and
     a. use your hand to smooth over the stamp area
     b. use the brayer to give even pressure over the stamp area
     c. use one of the longer clear blocks to smooth over the stamp area
3. Use the MISTY (my favorite)

Remove the mask and turn the paper over to stamp the lines onto the back. This was my first try. Afterwards I trimmed the left side of the stamp so that it would fit up to the MISTY edge and not leave so much space on the paper.

NOTE: When finished, add the mask to the stamp set, so that you can use it over and over.

I hope you are having a wonderful day. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Twisted Gatefold!

I almost double posted yesterday! I was that excited about sharing this new project!

If you know what has happened in my life these last few months, you can appreciate the return of my enjoyment of crafting! I sure do!

So here is my newest fun creation with my new toys;

Isn't that fun looking?

Ready for the details? Here they are:

The base of the card is Very Vanilla cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/4", then scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2".

NOTE: You can actually make this any size as long as the three sections are the same.

Now score the left panel from the top left corner to the bottom score line. Score the right panel from the top score line to the bottom right corner.

Stamp your sentiment onto the middle panel. Trust me on this one. It is so much easier to do it now than AFTER the card is created! I used one from the upcoming NEW set, Thoughtful Branches. Check out my previous post to find out how and when you can order this great set!

NOTE: If using a dark base then just add a mat to the center panel using a lighter color.

Cut two pieces of Designer Series Paper a bit smaller than one of your panels. I chose Playful Pallet Stack, cut at 2 1/2" x 5 1/4". Cut one from the top left corner to the bottom right corner and the other one in the opposite direction, from the top right corner to the bottom left corner. Adhere them to the outer triangles formed on the base (front and back). I prefer to use the liquid glue for this step. It allows time to position the pieces just right.

Crease the scores with the bone folder, making sure that the outer triangles come together in the center. Create an image to adhere to one of the triangles. I used the Painters Pallet stamp set. The easel was stamped on Very Vanilla with Peek-a-Boo Peach, then the sentiment was stamped in the middle with Emerald Envy. I fussy cut it out, meaning to just cut around the image, leaving a bit of an edge. Place a tiny piece of double stick tape to the back and stick it to black cardstock. Fussy cut around the image. Pull these two pieces apart and add dimensionals to the back of the image, then attach it to the black cutout.

Decide where you want your image to be and add strong tape to the area you need to stick to ONE of the triangle fronts. That is all there is to it!!!

OH! and don't forget to sign your artwork on the back of your creation!!!!

Here is another one with the image in a different position:


I added extra DSP to the inner triangles (had to use the pieces I cut incorrectly and make a "mistake" into a "Perfect"

Have fun with this one! Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT day!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Preview of Thoughtful Branches

Received my order with the new limited time stamp set and thinlits bundle. I couldn't wait to put some of the stamps to ink and this is what I came up with.

This is a new fold for me, shared by my friend, Bonnie. I think it is really nice! Want to see more? Here is the inside of the card:

Now for the specifics:

The base, which is also the back of the card is Watermelon Wonder, cut at 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". (this is also one quarter of an 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock). The mat for the back piece is Pink Pirouette, cut at 5 1/4" x 4".

Now for the "cover". Cut 5 3/4" x 2 3/4" from Flirty Flamingo (love the new In Colors!) and score at 5 1/4". Give this a sharp crease using your bone folder. Add adhesive to the 1/4" flap and add it to the back of the top of the mat, lining up the bottom and left side edges. Now attach the mat to the Watermelon Wonder piece. Your card fold is now completed.

For the image, stamp the triple tree trucks with Soft Suede to a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of Pink Pirouette. With Flirty Flamingo, stamp the small set of dots over the two outside trunks, and with Watermelon Wonder over the middle trunk. I used Cucumber Crush for the grass. Add this to a 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" Flirty Flamingo piece, then add this to a 3" x 4" Watermelon Wonder mat.

Stamp your sentiment to the base mat. Add adhesive to the left side of the image piece and attach it to the cover flap, positioning  it so that the sentiment doesn't show. And that is it! :)

Curious about the stamp set that I used??? Watch for it on August 2! It will only be available "while supplies last", so don't put off ordering it! You will be able to purchase the stamp set, thinlits, or as a bundle (which saves you money!) Check it out:

Enjoy and have a great day!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

My Sympathy

I recently lost another special someone in my life, so maybe this card is for me.

The card base is Daffodil Delight, 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2". This is what is called a tent fold with the fold at the top of the card. On the cover I scored at 1/4" all around along the inside, to add a bit of interest.

Stamp the line flowers from one of my favorite sets, Gift of Love, three times on Whisper White with Daffodil Delight ink. Emboss with clear embossing powder and color in with a blender pen, using Daffodil Delight and Old Olive inks. Just highlight the stamped image with the color. You can use ink refills or before opening the ink pad, give it a quick squeeze in the middle. This will give you a paint pallet in the middle of the lid. Now fussy cut out each image. This just means to cut around the image. Leave a bit of an edge around the image and you will have a cleaner cut look.

Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, center the doily towards the top of the card base front. Place one of the floral cut outs in the center of the doily towards the top. Add dimensionals to the other two images and position them onto the card.

The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes (one of the greatest sets you can have!) stamped with Daffodil Delight onto Whisper White. Cut out two banners, using either the Banner punch or the thinlits, one of the sentiment and one from Daffodil Delight. Trim down the sentiment to fit on top of the Daffodil banner and glue together. Add dimensionals to the back and add to the bottom of the flower stems.

It had to have some more pizazz, so I used the clear Wink of Stella pen on the flowers and onto the tails of the sentiment. Still needed something, so added gold sequins around the flowers and to the sentiment. (NOTE: I wish I had sponged Daffodil Delight around the banner and flowers, before attaching.)

I know it seems like there are a lot of steps to this card, but it really is a fast and simple project. I hope you give it a try AND I hope that you won't need to use the same sentiment.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Monday, July 4, 2016

Safe and Happy 4th of July

This is one of my favorite cards. And although it is from last year, I wanted to share it again, along with my wishes for a safe and happy fourth of July to all of my friends/family/customers!

If you want more info on the makings of this card, HERE is where you will find them!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Red, White, and Blue

WOW! Half of the year is almost gone already! Maybe that is another reason we like to celebrate this time of the year, so we don't feel so bad about the passing of time. For the second year in a row, I am looking forward to the fourth of July with family getting together. Even though there will be one who will be greatly missed, we have family coming from the west coast joining us again. Hopefully the weather will cooperate!

So here is a CASE that I found on Pinterest. I don't know who the original belongs to, and I have made some of my own alterations, but if it was you, THANK YOU for sharing!

The base is Soft Suede, cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".
Whisper White mat: 5 1/4" x 4"
Soft Suede mad: 5" x 3 3/4"
Real Red, Whisper White, and Night of Navy strips: 4" x 1"

Using the stars die strip from the Treat Bag Thinlits, line it up in the center of each strip. The magnetic platform helps A LOT with this step. Save all the stars for another project, like a shaker card! Then I ran the strips through my crimper. You could also score every 1/8" or so and fan fold for a similar look, or just leave them flat. Use liquid glue, Tear and Tape, or glue dots to attach to the Soft Suede mat. Placing the white strip in the middle makes it easier to position the other two equally.

Wrap linen thread around the bottom, taping the ends onto the back. I criss-crossed it in the middle and added a drop of liquid glue where they met. The sentiment is actually from the April Paper Pumpkin  kit, stamped on Whisper White and attached with dimensionals.

Now stack all of the layers together. Add a Whisper White panel to the inside with another sentiment.

Hope that you enjoyed this as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you. Thanks so much for stopping by!