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Card Making: Kaisercraft Spring Bloom Card

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Spring is here and so lovely, best part of spring is a paper pack by Kaisercraft. The name is Spring Bloom and the colors are absolutely stunning featuring rich corals, pink and teal.

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I could not pass up this stack to make a very happy Spring card.

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Let’s get started! For this project you will be using 4 sheets from your stack. Next proceed to trim them to the following sizes:

Large background 5 in. x 4 in.,

Square 3 in. x 3 in.

Long rectangle 2.5 in. x 3.75 in.

Paper ribbon 5.25 in. x 1.5 in.

Once trimmed, proceed by using a dark brown ink to edge around each piece of paper. Here I used Hero Arts Cubes in “Cup O’ Joe”.

Now to glue them in the same order as above.

To give the card a 3D effect, use foam adhesives when placing the paper ribbon.

Next place your sentiment, which can be found in the paper stack and a flower from theKaisercraft Spring Bloom Collectables die cuts.

A step-by-step video is at the end of this post.

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Items needed for this project:

Kaisercraft Spring Bloom 6×6 Paper Pack and Spring Bloom Collectables die cuts

Hero ArtsQuiet Morning ink cubes in Cup O’ Joe

Paper trimmer

Adhesive

Foam Adhesive

 

 

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Crystal

Valentine’s Day Love Card!

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

My card today is a Love Card.  I absolutely LOVE the die I used for the card.  It’s a Hero Arts Fancy Die, “Love and Heart”.  This die is perfect for use with glitter.  Valentines’ Day is just a month away, and I always think of glitter when I think of Valentines.

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The first step for this card was paper selection.  I needed to figure out the layers and colors involved in order to pick glitter, etc.  I found a patterned paper I liked (the pink with red hearts), and added the coordinating white and dark red Bazzill cardstock.  I trimmed my dark red layer to 4.25” x 5.5”, and for the other layers, I used dies from the Spellbinders Nestabilities A2 Distressed Edges die set.   Layering is just so easy when I use the Spellbinders Card Creator dies!  I used the largest die for the pink/red heart layer, and the next smallest die for the white layer.  I embossed both layers to get the full edging detail.

The glittering technique I used for this card is the shipping tape (or packing tape) glittering method.  If you haven’t used this technique before, I recommend that you start with something small like the heart from the Hero Arts die set (as illustrated in my video below).  It’s an easy technique, but can take a few minutes to get it right.   You’ll want just a regular shipping tape for this project.  For some reason, the heavy duty tapes don’t work very well for this.

The first step is to create (or cut out) the area to be glittered.  I used the Hero Arts Love and Heart die to cut both images from the white card layer.  Before I cut, I centered the die carefully, and then I was careful to keep all of the cut pieces.  You can see from the attached photo that it would be possible to just glitter the opening created by cutting the die – the word is readable, etc.

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Instead I wanted to add back some of the detail from the letters and the center of the heart, etc. to end up with a more delicate glittered result.  So I placed the cut word and the heart outline (those parts you would normally cut and use on the card) in my scrap box to be used on another project.  I kept in the project area those parts that would normally be recycled and not used.

Now it’s time to add the tape.  Cut a piece of shipping tape approximately the size of your cut piece, and carefully apply it to the back of the cardstock.  It is important to keep the tape flat – no wrinkles or bubbles, etc. – and to keep your fingers off of any area that is to be glittered (the glitter won’t stick if your fingers touch it).  One piece of shipping tape may not cover the entire cut area, so you may need to carefully apply another piece of shipping tape.  I needed two pieces of tape to cover this image.  It is okay to overlap these pieces of tape – it won’t show in your finished project.   The tape is really the hardest part, and the one that can take a few tries to get it right.  You just need to find a comfortable position, etc.

Once the tape is in place, carefully trim any excess from the edges – again the hard part will be keeping your fingers off of the area to be glittered.   Place the piece to be glittered, sticky side up, on a piece of scrap paper.  You’ll need to use something nonstick (a liner from Scor-Tape, a shipping label liner, etc.) to press around the cut edges and make sure they are firmly in place.  Any gaps here will allow glitter to get under and raise that part of the cardstock.  My favorite thing to use for this is a real low tech option – just cut a longer (5-6”) piece of the shipping tape and fold it in half.  Be sure to press around all cut edges and do a good job of making sure the tape is stuck.  If you’re going to add back some of the cut-out shapes from the letters, etc. this is the point where you want to do that.  You can either do it with your fingers, or with a pair of tweezers.  Either way, keep your fingers or tweezers off of the sticky surface.  You’ll just kind of drop the inset piece, and it stays where it lands – you can’t really easily reposition it.  Once all of the inset pieces are in place, you’ll take your nonstick tape, etc. and press the inset pieces into the tape.  Again the goal is to avoid gaps.

Now you’re ready for the glitter.  I used a micro fine glitter for my project.  It’s very different from the chunkier glitters we used as kids.  I prefer to just use my fingers to pinch a little out of the bottle and sprinkle it over the tape.  Some people prefer to use a small spoon for this (you can purchase a glittering spoon, or just use one of the cute little appetizer spoons that you’ll find in the grocery store).  You don’t need to bring a lot of glitter out of the bottle – just try to give a good even coverage over your image.  Then use your finger to pat down the glitter into place, focusing on pushing it toward edges and corners, etc. so you have good coverage.  Once the area is covered, shake off any excess glitter on to a piece of scrap paper (use copier weight paper, etc. so you can bend it and easily transfer the excess glitter back into the bottle).  I find it helpful to use a soft brush to brush off the excess glitter from the project and the scrap paper, but you can also use a soft cloth or cotton ball, etc.  When I shot the video, I forgot my brush.  This is a picture of the kind of brush that I use.

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The last step is to rub over the image with your finger – called burnishing.  This step is very important, and brings back the sparkle of the glitter.  After burnishing, you’ll want to do one more pass with the brush to get off any additional excess glitter that was loosened.    That’s all there is to it.  Keep in mind that sometimes the micro fine glitters can be a little transparent, so it may not look like you have much glitter in place.  When you lay the glittered paper on a white surface, etc. you’ll see that the glitter is there and looks perfect.  It’s just a more subtle effect than the chunky glitters.  Please see the short video for a demonstration of the technique.

Once the glittering was done, I assembled card.  Before attaching the layers with Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, I sponged a little color on the edges of the white cardstock.  I used Angel Pink and Love Letter Memento inks to do this.  I added a narrow (1/8”) sheer white ribbon and bow.  I wanted the embellishment to be subtle, because I wanted the emphasis to remain on the word and the heart.

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You can also use the shipping tape method to create an inset of the heart and the word “love” (instead of glittering), as shown in the photos below.

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You’ll start the same as you did for the glittering technique, except that when you are cutting, you’ll also need to cut the word “love” and the heart in a contrast color.  The pieces that you’ll use are the outline heart and the word “love” from the contrast paper, and the “scraps” from the matching cardstock.  After you’ve applied the shipping tape, you’ll carefully lay in the heart outline and the pieces for the word “love”.  The last thing you’ll do is to add back the scraps, or cut out shapes giving definition to the letters.  Use the nonstick tool (folded over piece of tape or liner, etc.) to push the pieces into place and to make sure that they stick to the tape.

Supply List:

Hero Arts Fancy Die Love and Heart

Spellbinders Nestabilities A2 Distressed Edges Card Creator dies

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calbur

Cardstock – assorted solids and patterns

Ribbon/trim – I used 1/8” sheer white ribbon for the glittered card, and cranberry burlap string twine by May Arts on the inset card

Shipping tape – use regular weight, heavy duty won’t work well

Micro fine glitter – I used Glitter Ritz Opaque Micro Fine Glitter – cranberry

Paint brush (soft, fine bristle)

Scrap paper

Memento Angel Pink and Love Letter ink pads

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

 

A “Beary” Big Thank you!

Monday, December 30th, 2013

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and I know just how to give a Beary Big Thank You to all of your loved ones. Last year my husband and I wrote thank you notes for all the gifts we received from Christmas and it was incredibly fun. It gave us more gratitude for our friends and family and helped us bask in the generosity of others. So, if you’re looking for a way to carry on the Christmas feeling a little longer, then this is for you!

For my card, I centered it around the ADORABLE Bear Hug stamp by Deep Red Stamps (gosh, they are all so cute!!). I wasn’t completely sure that I wanted to use Christmas paper, but I’m really glad I did. I think this Bear Hug stamp fits perfectly for any thank you, Christmas, or even Valentine’s Day card, so you can definitely use it for an every-occasion stamp so long as you match the paper to your theme. The Gingerbread Paper by Kaisercraft was wonderful to use because I could use the border stickers to give it a finished look without having to search for matching ribbon or paper. Lastly, stamp on your message and add a little Want2Scrap bling to give it that finished look! You’ll make someone’s day brighter by sharing your thoughts in such an adorable way.

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Last, but not least, I want to give a “Beary” big thank you to everyone who has read and followed my Monday blog for the past couple of years. I will be having a new addition to our family in March…little baby girl Hailey, and this will be my last blog. I have thoroughly enjoyed every single comment I’ve received and the experience I’ve had. Thank you and keep on having fun being super crafty!

Products used:

CG445 – Hero Arts Big Word Stamps

4X500200 – Deep Read Stamps Bear Hug

Kaisercraft Gingerbread Paper 12×12

2267 – Want2Scrap Rhinestones Red

AF202 – Hero Arts Black Ink

201 – 1/8″ Scor-Tape

Markers

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Stacy

Snow Family Card

Monday, December 9th, 2013

If you are in all of this bad weather like I am, then you’re going to feel like a snow family, so why not make a Snow Family Card to celebrate (and get through) your cabin fever!? I can’t wait until our ice/snow melts and I can venture outside again without being scared that I’ll fall and break something. I hope you are all safe as we get on with our delightful holiday season!

This card is super fun to make! You have stamps. You have coloring (a personal fav). You have sequins. What more can you ask for, right? I used the adorable Kaisercraft Gingerbread paper for this card and I love the holiday colors! I  also love that it’s double sided because I wanted the inside of my card to be cute too! The snow family stamp by Deep Red Stamps is too adorable not to have this holiday season. Maybe it’s just me, but connecting little packs of snow couldn’t have turned out more adorable than this stamp! Just stamp, color, and cut out. Next I embossed a piece of white paper just to give it some snowy texture, put the card together and then added some adorable Teresa Collins’ sequins. I never thought I would use sequins on a card, but it is sooo cute! I used scor-tape to stick them on, but I would advise to use some liquid or hot glue to make them stick a little better.

 

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Like I said before, I wanted the inside of the card to have some aestheticism too, so I used the Spellbinders‘ Labels Thirty-Two as the journaling section. I think this die has a very ornament, holiday feel to it and I love it! I made “stitches” around the edges with a black sharpie.

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Products Used:

PK451 – Kaisercraft Gingerbread Paper

4×503008 – Deep Red Stamps Snow Family

CL644 – Hero Arts Bring on the Merry Stamps

S4-407 Spellbinders Labels Thirty-Two

FS1031 – Teresa Collins Family Stories Sequins

4039 – Want2Scrap Sleep Strips Pearls White

2274 – Want2Scrap Pearls Gun Metal

202 – 1/4″ Scor-Tape

AF101 – Hero Arts Ink Black

Striped Embossing Folder

Markers

Pen

Thanks and Happy Scrappin!

Stacy

 

 

Darice Puzzle Card

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Although the holidays are fast approaching, December is a full birthday month in my life which is why this Darice Puzzle Card is a great way to start of the month. I have been so excited about the holidays and getting my Christmas shopping done, that I am now in panic mode for the birthday gifts, cards, and shipping times. I like to be done early so I can enjoy the holidays without most of the hustle and bustle so, I pumped out a few cards for the everyday, the birthdays, and the regular sentiments that I should be able to kick back, relax and start reading A Chrsitmas Carol for the first time.

Darice has come out with some adorable embossing folders! I saw the puzzle pattern and had at least 5 ideas of how to make it a card. My 3-year-old loves puzzles, so I will be making something for her. Actually, it just came to mind that I could take a regular disney picture, emboss the pattern on it, cut it out, and then I’ll have an instant and quick new puzzle to keep her occupied for quite a while. FUN! All I did with this embossing folder was run it through my cuttlebug and then outline the pattern with a sharpie to make it more visible. I love a little background texture!

To embellish, take your favorite sentiments, add a little bling and the adorable Bitty Blossoms from Spellbinders and you’re finished! You’ve got a beautiful card that you can use for several occasions.

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Your receiver will love this! I recently got a thank you card for making the most beautiful homemade wedding card that looked almost identical to this one. :) I promise that you’ll appear to be the most crafty person in the world!

Products Used:

1218-100 – Darice Puzzle Pattern Embossing Folder

FS1010 – Teresa Collins Family Stories 6×6 Paper Pad

S5-086 – Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms

30-164 – Penny Black Edge to Edge Stamps

AF101 -Hero Arts Ink Black

4039 – Want2Scrap Sleek Strips Pearls White

Tissue flowers

Black Sharpie

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Stacy

Sizzix Stand Up Card Dies!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Have you seen the Sizzix Stand Up Card dies that were recently released? I LOVE them! Similar to Flip-Its and Pop Up dies, these Movers & Shapers dies will allow more motion and dimension to your cardmaking. They are so fun! I just HAD to use this one to make my sweet hubby a card for his Birthday this month. I can’t wait to see what he thinks of it!

For my project I used 658845-  Movers & Shapers XL Card Square Stand-Ups showcasing the vibrant style of Ellison design artist Stephanie Barnard. You receive one die to make a stand-up card.

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Measuring 6 x 13 3/4″, this base die can accommodate most of the other window or photo corner Movers & Shapers magnetic dies. The set is compatible with the BIGkick, Big Shot and Vagabond machines (with one Extended Cutting Pad, one Extended Crease Pad and 6 x 12″ paper). Extended Premium Crease Pad recommended to use this base die. All items sold separately.

Sizzix Movers & Shapers are creativity in motion! With these movable magnetic dies, now you can create a card or envelope with a window anywhere you want for a truly customized shape-cutting experience. Sizzix Movers & Shapers are creativity in motion! With these movable magnetic dies, now you can create a card or envelope with a window anywhere you want for a truly customized shape-cutting experience.

Other products used:

Authentique Thankful Collection cardstock paper

658835 Sizzix For You & Thank You Framelits w/Stamp

658954 Sizzix Thinlits Borders

CR-04580 JustRite Stampers Birthday Vintage Labels Four

AF214 Hero Arts Cup ‘O Joe Shadow Ink

656499 Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer-thin Dies

657900 Sizzix Big Shot Machine

Cardstock

1/4″ Scor-Tape

One more thing. This really doesn’t pertain to this blog post, but I keep forgetting to add the video that we filmed for the Scrapbook Expo. They asked us to do a couple short videos with helpful tips, so we did! The following video shows how to cut stamped images with coordinating dies. If you have not already mastered this technique, then hopefully this will help you. This is kind of my official video debut, as this is a much bigger deal than our little “How To” videos. It was fun.

FYI- Our office will be closed the next 4 days for our Thanksgiving Holiday, though you may continue to shop our Black Friday Sale all weekend! We will resume normal business hours on Mon. December 2nd.  For those in the USA- Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

 

 

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