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Back to School Card featuring Spellbinders Celebra’tions Dies

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Today I have a fun “back to school” card featuring the new pierced dies from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions line.  These new dies come in circles, ovals, squares and rectangles.  My card features the oval pierced dies –

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My first step in making the back to school card was to select an image.  I like this stamp by My Favorite Things.  Since I wanted to color the image with my Copic markers, I stamped it with Memento ink – an ink that dries quickly and doesn’t react with the alcohol ink markers.  I colored the image with my Copics, and then fussy cut it.  When I color this image I sometimes use Glossy Accents to highlight the apple, although I didn’t use it on this card.

To make the notebook paper background, I used a sheet of 4.25” x 5.5” white cardstock and placed it in the Darice embossing folder.  I ran it through my Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine.  I often use this stand-alone machine for my embossing.  That is what it is made for, and embossing is what it does really well.  I always get a good crisp image from it.  Once my image was embossed, I trimmed it to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I used colored pencils to add the red vertical line on the left side, and the blue horizontal lines.  I also used my 1/8” hole punch to cut the holes in the side of the paper.  It just took these few very easy steps to make pretty realistic notebook paper sized for a card.

I chose a solid red paper for the background, and cut it 4.25” x 5.5”.  I wanted something very subtle for the image to rest on, so I chose the light blue cardstock.  I cut and embossed the light blue cardstock using the middle-sized pierced oval dies (both the straight cutting die and the piercing die).

The Celebra’tions pierced oval die set includes six dies – three of them straight oval cutting dies, and three of them piercing dies.  To achieve the effect on my card, I used the middle cutting die and the middle piercing die.  You could also use the dies separately – so you could cut a straight oval only, or you could create the pierced effect in the middle of the cardstock only (to highlight a section, for example – but it won’t cut in an oval shape).  Of course you can also use these dies to add several layers to your card.  These are very versatile dies.  Please see the short video for additional information on how the dies can be used.

Or you can view directly on youtube: spellbinders celebrations back to school card

To assemble the card, I attached the notebook paper to the red background using Scor-Tape.  I attached the stamped image to the oval using a low dimensional adhesive, and then attached the oval to the background layers using Scor-Tape.  I added a ¼” sheer ribbon at the side of the card, and centered it over the red line on the notebook paper.  I attached a bow near the top of the image.  The chunky pencil sticker adds a little more fun dimension.  Super easy card!

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As a two-for-Tuesday bonus, I have a golf martini card that features the Celebra’tions pierced rectangle dies –

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This is made using most of the same steps as the back to school card.  See the supply list below for the additional items needed to complete this card.

I love the new pierced dies – they are so easy to use and add just a pop of dimension to an otherwise plain layer.  They work equally well for guy cards and girl cards.  How much fun is that?

 

Supply List:

Spellbinders Celebra’tions pierced dies – I used the pierced oval and pierced rectangle sets

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Assorted cardstock

Adhesive – I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, the ¼” size; Darice low-dimensional adhesive

Ribbon

Darice embossing folder – Notebook paper

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Blue and red colored pencils

1/8” hole punch

Copic markers –  E00, E02, Y21, Y23, Y26, COO, C0, C1, C2, C6, R27, R29, YG03, YG06

My Favorite Things stamp – al a modes stamp – “An Apple for Teacher”

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Pencil sticker by Jolees

Additional supplies needed for golf martini card —  golf ball brad; solid green bakers twine; Impression Obsession stamp 02184 “Golf Martini”; Copic markers B0000, R27, R29, YG03, YG06, E31, E33, C00, C1, C6; plaid paper from Graphic 45 Good Ole Sport collection

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

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Fourth of July Cards Using Paper Piecing Technique

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

I can’t believe that it is July already!  One of my favorite holidays, the Fourth of July, is coming up very quickly and I wanted to make a few Fourth of July cards to send to friends and family.  When I looked at my stash, I found that I’ve previously used everything that I have for the Fourth, so I wanted something new and different.  I decided to use some of the “everyday” My Favorite Things Pure Innocence girls to make my cards.   Here they are –

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Check out the Paper Piecing Technique in full detail I used here: http://ucutathome.com/blog/paper-piecing-card-making-projects/

Thanks!

Happy Scrappin’

 

Creating pattern paper with My Favorite Things Stamps

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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Hello, today I am working with Dandelion Wishes stamp set from My Favorite Things. This week I been inspired by all the dandelions that have been popping up in the yard. As you can see, there is no sentiment on this card so I can use it for anything.

 

It was a treat this week to break out stamps that I owned, and haven’t used in quite a while – My Favorite Things “Dandelion Wishes”.

Let’s get started:

1. Cut 2 pieces of cardstock to be your matte. The size for the larger matte is 5.15 inches by 4.15 inches. The second smaller matte is 3 inches by 2 inches. Trim your white stamping paper to fit in the matte.

2. Now to your white stamping paper, I started by stamping the flowers in the purple color, and reusing my inked stamp a second time to give the paper that “shadow” effect. Next, I proceeded to exchange the flower and color of ink.  Once I was happy with my flower designs, I stamped the stem of the dandelion at an abstract angle in a mossy green color.

3.  Before stacking everything, tie a ribbon on the smaller rectangle then glue down to the larger paper.

4. Mount the whole thing to your card front.

5. Place coordinating pearls to card.

 

That’s it! Pretty simple and if you want you can stamp several sentiments in matching ink to serve your needs.

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Here is a step-by-step video on this card.

 

Supplies I used included:

My Favorite Things- “Dandelion Wishes”

2 Water-based markers

2 pieces of cardstock

Ribbon

Pearls

Adhesive

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Crystal

 

 

 

Bo Bunny Vellum Dream Card

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Bo Bunny Key Lime collections is screaming “summer” which is perfect for my Bo Bunny Vellum Dream Card. The vibrant colors and texture from this collection is a breath of fresh air during these winter months. This next project was made using the Bo Bunny Key Lime 6×6 paper pack, 1 vellum sheet, Bo Bunny Key Lime Brads, Spellbinders Carnation Creations dies, Just Rite Stampers Bunting and Banner Dies, My Favorite Things Dandelion Wishes stamp for the sentiment and pigment ink.

Lets get started!

First select your 4 coordinating sheets from you paper pack. Then cut 1 sheet as a background. Second sheet approx. 3in. X  3in square. Third sheet for the “banner”, the length of your card by 2.5 inches wide. Fourth sheet is the bunting die cut using our Sizzix Big Shot and the Just Rite Stampers Bunting and Banner Dies . Easy right?

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Now for focus of the card, we are using the technique of stamping on vellum. First using vellum we want to cut the flower using Spellbinders Carnation Creation dies with the Big Shot. I only used 3 of the dies to create this flower. Next, stamp the back of each flower with pigment ink. Once each flower is dry you want to assemble the flower by placing largest to smallest and securing it with a brad. Make sure the “inked” side is to the back.

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The sentiment is next. I am using a non-holiday sentiment from My Favorite Things: Dandelion Wishes. Using the “banner” piece of card stock, stamp the sentiment and heat emboss.  Once your sentiment is dry, you can place your perfect bunting banner at the corner to finish it off.

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Products Used from Cut@Home Store :

Bo Bunny Key Lime 6×6 paper pack

Bo Bunny Key Lime Brads

Sizzix Big Shot

Spellbinders Carnation Creations dies

Just Rite Stampers Bunting and Banner Dies

My Favorite Things Dandelion Wishes

 

From my stash:

1 vellum sheet

Pigment Ink

Heat Embossing Ink and Powder

I think this is a fun card, with great colors and gender neutral. I have made a step-by-step video on this awesome card.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’ !

Crystal

 

 

 

Valentines featuring Doilies and Sweet Sentiments by Graphic 45

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Today I want to share some Valentines featuring doilies and Sweet Sentiments papers by Graphic 45.  I’ve mentioned on previous posts that I like to use doilies with my cards, especially Valentines.  When I saw the beautiful Sweet Sentiments papers, I knew that the two were made for each other.  The paper is so pretty, and the colors are so delicate and distinctive.  There are just so many possibilities!

I used the 8×8 Sweet Sentiments paper pad for my cards (it is also available in 12×12).  As usual, Graphic 45 provides many unique/beautiful elements that can be used to enhance cards.  The cards that you see below feature only parts of two sheets in the paper pad — “Sweet Sentiments” and “Be My Valentine”.    Some of the patterned paper that I used on the cards is from the Sweet Sentiments collection, and the rest is from other Valentine paper collections.

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All of my cards are A-2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″).  I began by selecting two sheets of the Sweet Sentiments that I thought would make the best Valentines.  Those two sheets are “Sweet Sentiments” and “Be My Valentine”.  “Be My Valentine” is a page with journaling cards, sayings, etc. so it is very easy to cut apart, and almost everything on the page can be used in some way on a card.  The “Sweet Sentiments” sheet is more of an overall design, so it is necessary to fussy-cut the images you want for your Valentines.  I cut carefully, trying to preserve borders, etc. as those elements can still be used for a card or something in the future.

Once all of my elements were cut, I picked my six favorites to use on the cards.  I looked for coordinating patterned papers to go with each element (several came from Sweet Sentiments, the rest are from other Valentine paper pads).  The patterned paper is cut 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  I selected a background layer for each from a coordinating solid color.   The background layer is cut 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I embossed each of the background layers with an all-over embossing folder, a flourish-pattern by Sizzix.  I also selected an appropriate doily for each Valentine.  Because I wanted the focus to remain on the Sweet Sentiments elements, I tried to select doilies that were more simple and would complement the images.

There are so many different kinds of doilies available.  There are large and small, frilly and simple, round, oval, square and heart-shaped, etc. – and that only takes into account the pre-made doilies that you can purchase.  When you look to the world of papercrafting, there are many more ways to incorporate doilies into a project.  Most of the die companies sell dies that they call “doilies” — and almost every one offers round or heart-shaped doilies.  The beauty of dies is that you can select any color or patterned paper to use for a doily, so there is much more selection than there would be with pre-made doilies that are generally available only in a few colors (primarily white and ivory).  There are also embossing folders that emboss a doily pattern onto paper.  Doily stencils and doily rubber stamps can also be used in a number of ways to add the look of a doily to a project.  There are just so many fun choices.  Please see the short video for some of my favorites (pictures and detailed information are included at the end of this blog post).

Now that the paper and doily selection is complete, it is time to assemble the cards.   I worked on each card separately, matching ribbon and embellishments as appropriate to the finished project.  I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to assemble the layers and to attach the embellishments.  Where appropriate, I added a dimensional adhesive (low or normal) to “pop” the Sweet Sentiments cut-out (or a part of it).   It is really such an easy project . . . and the end result is beautiful Valentines.

Note that if your style is more of the  multi-layer cut-out cards, etc. the Sweet Sentiments paper will work for you too.  The collection contains three sheets of each paper, so there is more than enough to allow for layering, etc.

Another great part of the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments collection is that when you finish your Valentines, you don’t have to put the paper away for use next year.  The collection also includes beautiful elements for Easter cards.  How fun!

Supply list

Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments” paper pad - I used the 8×8 pad

Assorted doilies

Cardstock – coordinating solids and a few patterns

Embellishments - assorted rhinestones, glitter and ribbons, etc.

Embossing folder – I used an all-over flourish pattern by Sizzix from the “Floral Flourishes and Vines” set

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur

SpellbindersLace Hearts” die

Adhesives – Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and dimensional adhesive (low and normal)

 

For those interested in the doilies on the video, following are photographs and product names, etc. –

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These heart-shaped doilies are from the “Lace Hearts” dies by Spellbinders.  (I used the plain versions on the Graphic 45 cards.)   They are approximately 3,5″ high, 3.75″ wide.

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These doilies are from the SpellbindersDelicate Doilies” set.  They are approximately 4″, 2″ and 1.75″.

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These are the mini doilies from My Favorite Things (Die-namics Mini-Doily Circles).  They are approximately 1.75″.

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These are the Lifestyle Crafts (Quickutz) doilies.  The heart is called simply “Heart Doily” and is approximately 3.5″ high and 4″ wide.  The circle is called “Antique Doily” and is approximately 3.75″.

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These are the X-Cut or Docrafts doilies.  The circle is called “Vintage Notes – Doily” and is approximately 4.5″.  The heart is called “Vintage Notes – Filigree Heart” and is approximately 4.5″ (tall and wide).

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This is the Magnolia doily.  It is called “Tilda Doily“, and it is approximately 5.5″.

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The full embossing folder is Lifestyle Crafts (Quickutz).  It is A2 sized, and is from the “Doily” set.  The border or edging is a Sizzix embossing folder, and probably best fits an A6 card.  It is called “Scallop Heart Doily (3-pc. set)”.

The two stamp sets in the video are:  “Doilies” by Martha Stewart Crafts and CSS-107 by Little Yellow Bicycle.

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

 

Glittered “Heart Pops” Card

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Today my card is a Valentine featuring the “Heart Pops” die by Die-Versions.  This is a new die, and when I saw it I knew it was a must have.  It is just so much fun, and depending on how you use it makes a great Valentine for all ages.   It can also be used for a variety of projects other than those for Valentines Day.

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I used a glittering technique for this card that features Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal.  It is a simple technique, although it may take a little practice on something as intricate as this die.

I started out with a 6”x6” sheet of Scor-Tape.  These sheets have liners on both sides, making it possible to die cut the Scor-Tape.  I cut the heart balloons from the Scor-Tape.  The Die-Versions dies cut very nicely, and I didn’t have any problems with “no cut” areas, etc.  Just do whatever you normally do with your die cutting machine for intricate dies (run it through a second time, add a shim, etc.) and it will be fine. When it comes to removing the shape from the die, just be careful and remember that you have a layer of tape and two layers of liner, so you don’t want to rip, etc.  Work gently to free the image from the die.

Next I prepared the layers for my card.  I cut a 4.25” x 5.5” piece of red cardstock as the background layer.  Then I cut a patterned cardstock to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” (my pink hearts are from a 6×6 paper pad by Pebbles called “Yours Truly”).  I embossed the background layer using “Ornate Swirls” by Sizzix.

This next step is the one that can be a little tricky — placing the Scor-Tape balloons on the patterned paper.  This is not difficult, but does take a little patience.   First I carefully removed the brown liner from the balloons.  I find it easiest to take one balloon at a time – remove the liner to the string and carefully trim off the liner (leaving the liner on the strings and other balloons intact).  Then I placed that balloon on the cardstock before moving on to the next one.  The tricky part is that sometimes the Scor-Tape comes up with the brown liner, and then it is very easy for it to get out of its intended shape, etc.  I used my tools, etc. – tweezers, picks (like you use to get the small pieces out of dies), etc. – adding fingers to the mix just makes things worse.  Again, it’s important to just work slowly and calmly through this, one balloon at a time.  Once the liner was removed from all three balloons and all were in place on the cardstock, I removed the liner from the strings and set those into place.  The strings also consist of some fairly thin pieces of Scor-Tape that may not exactly go where you want them to go – just have patience and use your tools (picks, tweezers, etc.) to guide them into place.  Once the liner was fully removed, I pressed all of the pieces into the cardstock so that there was a strong bond (if it hasn’t fully adhered, glitter will get underneath, and the image may try to lift up off of the paper).

The hard part is over now – the rest is pure fun!  I placed my card layer on a thin piece of paper (copier-weight paper, for example).   I opened the jar of glitter and set it to the side of the paper.  Then I removed the top Scor-Tape liner from the image.  This should be fairly easy, although you’ll want to be a little careful here to make sure that you don’t pull up the Scor-Tape also.  Once the Scor-Tape was exposed, I added glitter to cover the tape image.  I used a microfine glitter for my project, and that can get everywhere – so I always try to only shake out a little more than is needed, keeping most of it in the bottle.  When the image was covered, I used my finger to lightly press the glitter onto the tape.   Then I tapped off the excess glitter onto the lightweight paper, and used a soft bristled brush to continue removing the excess glitter from the card front.  (You can easily fold the lightweight paper and guide the unused glitter back into the jar.)

The next step is to burnish the image.  I simply rubbed my finger over the glittered area.  This loosens any excess glitter that remains, and also revitalizes the glitter that adheres to the Scor-Tape to bring back the “sparkle”.  This is a very important step, but clearly the easiest.  Once the entire image was burnished, I used my brush again to remove any excess glitter from the project.  Please see this short video for a demonstration of the glittering technique.

To finish the card,  I used ¼” Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to attach the glittered layer to the back layer.  I also used the Scor-Tape to attach the ribbon and bow.  I cut a red heart (same paper as the background) using one of the “Rustic HeartsDie-namics dies by My Favorite Things.  I stamped the sentiment on the heart.  I used my Quickie glue pen to draw a small heart next to the sentiment, and covered the glue with Warm  Highlight glitter by Glitter Ritz.  It takes just a short time for the glue to dry (about 5 minutes), and when it’s dry you can brush off the excess glitter and burnish the little heart.  I attached the sentiment using a low dimensional adhesive.  That’s it – the card front is finished!

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Tip – When you’ve die cut as much as possible from your 6″ x 6″ Scor-Tape sheet, don’t throw it away or recycle it as you would with paper.  It’s Scor-Tape, and is still a fabulous adhesive!  You just need to cut those remaining pieces as needed, and use them on other projects.  The pieces aren’t always very uniform, etc. but that won’t matter.  The only difference is that you need to remove the liner from both sides, etc.  No waste . . . how cool is that!

Supply List:

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal – 6”x6” squares

Die-Versions Die – “Heart Pops

My Favorite ThingsRustic HeartsDie-Namics die -  (for the sentiment)

Microfine glitter – I used Glitter Ritz cranberry  and warm highlight

Glue pen – I used a quickie glue pen

Soft paintbrush – to brush away excess glitter

Picks (to remove small pieces from a die) and tweezers

Cardstock – lightly patterned and coordinating backing layer

Embossing folder – I used “Ornate Swirls” by Sizzix

Several sheets of thin paper (copier paper) to catch excess glitter

Die cutting machine – I used my Grand Calibur by Spellbinders

Sentiment stamp – I used “Love is in the Air” by Impression Obsession

Black Versafine ink

Adhesive – I used ¼” Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and a low dimensional adhesive

Ribbon

For those that are interested in the supplies on the video – I used one of the dies from the Marianne Creatables Die Hearts set.  They are just too cute, and the perfect size for many projects!  The glitter that I used was Peony Pink microfine glitter by Elizabeth Crafts.  I’ve included pictures of the glittered heart from the video, and the Marianne dies below.

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Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

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