Saturday, March 25, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams----OH Bees!

Okay, so I argued with myself for month's about purchasing the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle, because I already have the wonderful butterflies that could be used in place of the dragonflies on every project that I saw and wanted to CASE. But, you know, sometimes you just want to be a dragonfly without all the pressure of being a butterfly, right??? Well, anyway, I finally caved and am SO glad that I did, cuz I LOVE this bee!!! (I know, just stay with me, okay :) )


I cased this card from Amy and she gave such great instructions that I will share her page with you, but first let me tell you the few tweeks that I did, cuz sometimes you have to improvise with what you have on hand.

First, wish my picture had turned out as well as hers, because this is such a bright and cheerful card. It makes me smile just thinking about it!

Ok, on with the "tweeks", I didn't have the marker that she used on her wings, so I softly colored with the Bermuda Bay watercolor pencil. The wings look okay with nothing, but Amy is so right when she said that it added to them!

My ribbon is actually the Whisper White Organza. I use this A LOT! Normally I use a sponge or dauber to color it, but needed a bit more this time. So, I tied the ribbon around the mat, trimmed it off the roll to get the exact amount that I needed. Then in a small cup I added 3 or 4 drops of reinker and mixed in about a teaspoon of water. Let the ribbon soak it up, remove and dry the excess on a paper towel. You can repeat the process if you want it darker. Then I hung it to dry while I worked on the card.

Once it was dry, I tied it loosely around the mats. This creates less bulk than if you pull it tight. Then I added small glue dots on the back to hold it in position on the card. I also placed one under the top layer of the knot and under each tail, close to the knot, to keep it from coming untied. Use your piercing tool or the end of the paper snips to transfer the glue dot to the ribbon.

And now for Amy's great card and instructions: http://www.stampingwithkristi.com/amys-inkin-krew-occasions-catalogsale-bration-blog-hop/

I hope this also brought a smile to your day. Have a great one and thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

S-A-B Medallion Thanks

This thank you card was inspired by fellow demonstrator at Brandy's Cards.

I used the Medallion stamp set from this years Sale-a-Bration, which you can still earn for FREE for only one more week! It all goes away on March 31! so don't miss out!

So here is the really simple card:


Here is my version of Brandy's sample:

Base is Whisper White, stamped with Perfect Plum. The Perfect Plum mat is 4 x 4 1/4. Wisteria Wonder is the middle mat at 3 5/8 x 3 7/8. The image is stamped on Whisper White, 3 1/4 x 3 1/2.

Stamp the center image with Perfect Plum and the outer image with Always Artichoke. Then stamp the sentiment in the middle with Always Artichoke. (Brandy stamped the outer image first, but I found it easier to line up with the center image first.)

Want to see Brandy's? https://brandyscards.com/make-a-medallion/

I actually goofed in my base stamping, but it worked!

Hope you enjoyed my version and Brandy's version! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 20, 2017

My Paper Pumpkin----OH MY

I LOVE this month's Paper Pumpkin!!! And I LOVE the excitement of what is coming next month!!!


 
 
This flier tells it all! Well, except what the kit is, but can't reveal everything!!!
You only have til April 10, 2017 to subscribe!! So click on the orange box in the right hand side to subscribe NOW! I don't want you to lose out!
 
OR go to the online shopping and pre-order the next three MPP kits and earn a FREE SAB item,
(the card tin and the glimmer papers are no longer available).
SAB is only going a few more days......March 31, 2017
 
Want to see what this months kit and previous kits look like???
 
 
 
Like all SU products, these kits are also satisfaction guaranteed and after signing up if you decide it just isn't for you, cancel at any time. OR something comes up and you need to skip a month, that's okay, too. Deadlines are the tenth of each month and kits are shipped by the fifteenth.
 
Okay, time to go play with this month's kit!!! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

End of SAB and a storage idea!

ONLY a few more days to earn FREE Sale-A-Bration  items!!!!!

The card tin is no longer available as we have depleted our supply, but the other items are still available while supplies last OR March 31. Don't miss out!!!

Place your order by clicking on the Online catalog in the right side. Let me know if you have any questions.


Thought I would share how I store my cardstock. This is one of those hanging folder totes. I have removed the lid, but store it behind in case I need to close it for some reason. Each hanging folder holds two colors of cardstock, plus the bag of pieces. I purchased the one gallon storage bags and label them with the color, place all of the pieces of that color in the bag and stick it behind the same colored cardstock.

This container holds a LOT of cardstock! The best part is that it makes everything very accessible and visible!

DON'T MISS OUT ON THE Sale-a-Bration items!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Palette Paper Bag Card

So, this is a stamp set that I just really wasn't sure about. And to be honest, I am still not sure what caused me to purchase it, but I am glad I did. It is a lot of fun. This is also a new idea for me, the paper bag card, and I think there will be many more to come.


Here are the products that I used:

Stamp Sets:  Suite Sayings
                     Flourishing Phrases
                     Painter's Palette

Punches:      Petite Petals
                    Pansy
                    Scalloped Tag Topper

Inks:            Black
                    Emerald Green
                    Peek-A-Boo Peach
                    Sweet Sugarplum

Cardstock:  Peek-a-Boo Peach
                   Emerald Green
                   Whisper White

Embellishments etc:
                   Playful Pallet DSP
                   Small white paper bag
                   Rhinestones
                   6" piece of Very Vanilla Lace Trim
                  Glue and/or double sided tape

I know this looks like a lot, but it goes really fast. Well, now it will...... I had to sleep on which stamps to use for some of the sentiments! :)



Start out with a small paper bag. I have some on hand that measure 4" x 8" You can use any size that you want to create your card, but this works perfect for an A2 size, which is what most of mine are. You could also use any color that would work with your project. These bags are very inexpensive at the dollar stores.

The first thing I did was cut the top down to remove the notched area, but you wouldn't have to do this. I have had my bags for awhile, so they were a bit ragged on the top.

Do not open your bag. Place it with the bottom facing up. Fold the bottom up and crease with bone folder. This will create the front pocket. Unfold and decorate the top area. I used a piece of the DSP (3 3/4 x 2 3/4 ) matted onto Peek-a-boo Peach cardstock ( 3 7/8 x 2 3/4 ). Just make sure that this is long enough to go below the pocket when it is folded up.

Add a fine line of glue on each side of the bag bottom, or tear n tape. Fold up to create the pocket and cover with DSP (3 3/4 x 2 3/8) matted with the same c/s as above ( 3 7/8 x 2 3/8 ).

To the top right hand corner, I punched out an Emerald Green Pansy and one from DSP, offsetting them and glueing together. Punch out a circle from the DSP for the center of the flower, adding with a dimensional.

The pocket image is stamped on DSP ( 1 1/8 x 2 1/8 ) matted on c/s (1 1/4 x 2 1/4 ). Add it to the pocket with dimensionals.  Punch two Petite Petals from DSP, gently circle the centers with the large end of the stylus to add dimension. Off set the petals and put together with a small piece of dimensionals, then add to the sentiment with dimensionals and top with a rhinestone. Add a piece of lace to the top of the pocket with glue or tape.



The tag for the pocket is DSP ( 1 7/8 x 3 7/8 ) matted with c/s (2 x 4). Punch the ends for the tag. You can put the tag together, then punch or I punched each piece separately and just off set the hole. It worked fine. Stamp the sentiment and add the lace. I also stamped a couple of the brush stroke stamps above and under the sentiment.

The insert card fits into the top of the bag and is DSP ( 3 5/8 x 4 3/8 ), matted with c/s ( 3 3/4 x 4 1/2 ). Stamp the image on white c/s and cut out. Attach to the card with dimensionals. You can write a note on the back of this card.


Now, don't for get the back! It is just  piece of DSP ( 3 7/8 x 4 7/8 ), stamped with my info and attached with tape or glue.


I hope you will give this type of project a try, BUT I must warn you it might be addictive. It is such a GREAT way to use your DSP, especially the paper stacks.

These products are all available in my Online Store. Just click on the catalog photo to the right of this post. If you are placing an order before March 30th, please use the Host Code E9MX99CG. There is a box at the very bottom of the order form to the left. Don't forget that this is the last month to qualify for free Sale-a-Bration items!!!! Also on the order form, it will ask if your demonstrator can contact you. Please allow me to do so, so that I can send you a thank you! I promise NOT to be a nuisance.

Let me know if you have any questions on this project or the ordering process.

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



                 




Thursday, March 2, 2017

Chicken Wire

Hi, Everyone!

I think I have shared before about how I thought this was one of the silliest sets when I first saw it, and not in a good way. Then I had to start seeing some of the samples that were being made using it. Well, it is now one of my favorite, mainly because, just stamping with it puts a smile on my face! I hope this project will do the same for you!


The base of the card is Soft Sky and the image is stamped on Whisper White, matted with Basic Black. Using black ink, I stamped the two large chickens, then covered them with a mask before stamping the "fazzled" one to the back.

To create a mask, just stamp your image on a Post It Note, making sure that the image is on the sticky part as much as possible. Cut it out and you are ready to use. I keep these with the stamp set to be used again and again.

Frazzle is colored with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie (which I used on all of the beaks and feet). The one on the left uses Early Espresso and Real Red (also used on the combs of both large chickens). The other one is Basic Gray and Black on the tail, head, and wing. All the watercolor pencils, of course. I used the aqua painter again, but I prefer the blending pens. I just seem to get a smoother colored image. So use which ever works best for you. I also anchored them to the ground by scribbling just a light touch of the Early Espresso pencil at their feet.

The sentiments are stamped on Soft Sky with black ink, then randomly cut out in a cloud form, then added to the card with dimensionals. I actually found this embossing folder on Cricut.com and had to have it just for this set!!! But if you have either of our hexagon folders (one is current, but we also have a retired one) they would work great, too. Emboss after stamping and coloring, but before adding the clouds. I used my Basic Gray to ink up the folder for a bit more definition.

Now for the inside:


I stamped the egg on a scrap of Whisper White and colored his feet with the Pumpkin Pie pencil, anchoring him in the same way as the hens, then fussy cut him out. NOTE: when fuzzy cutting, cut just a bit outside the lines, this gives a more forgiving image.

The sentiment is basic black on Soft Sky and cut out to resemble a cloud. Then attach it to Basic Black and cut around it to form a border. I added this to the panel with dimensionals.

AND don't forget to sign your work! I enjoy seeing that on the back panel as much as the card!

I really do hope this brought a smile to your face. Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Notepad Holder with calendar

I have seen several different styles of this item, but most of them are larger and use 12x12 cardstock. I like to use my 8 1/2 x 11 as much as possible, so here is my version.


As you can see, I created several in different colors. Made me feel like spring was a bit closer! :)

Now for the details:

Choose your base color. This front one is Daffodil Delight. Cut length wise at 3 3/4". Trim off 1/2" from one end. On the other piece cut off 4" from one end. This will give you one piece at 3 3/4" x 10 1/2" and one at 7" x 4 3/4".

Score the 10 1/2" piece at 1/2", 1 1/2", 2 1/2", and 6 1/2". Crease each score line and attach the 1/2" tab to the opposite end to form a "tent".

Score the other piece along the 7" side at 4 and 4 1/2", then the other side at 1/2" and 4 1/4". Trim off  the first 1/2" tab on the longer end down to 1 1/2". Repeat for the other side. Trim the small square tabs that are in the middle of the remaining 1/2" tab.

Cut two pieces of DSP, one at 3 1/2 x 3 3/4 and one at 3 1/2 x 2 1/4. Round the corners off one end of the larger piece. Glue or tape this to the larger portion end. Turn the piece over and attach the smaller piece of DSP to the opposite end.

I find it easier to attach the back of the noteholder to the "tent", then add adhesive to the 1/2 tabs and form the noteholder "box". Then round the top of the holder (you can round these corners before putting together if your rounder won't punch through all of the layers.

There are several calendars online to purchase or to print. Here is the one I use: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/templates-f143/cats-2017-mini-calendar-t608134.html

I cut the calendar pieces out, stack them together, holding them with small binder clips, and add crystal effects across the top. Allow to dry, remove clips, and tape/glue to the holder. This makes the pages an easy tear off calendar. I imagine you could use any liquid glue.

Hope you enjoy this version using one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!