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Cool Sizzix Center Step Card!

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

I received this totally cool Sizzix Center Step Card die and couldn’t wait to try it out. Technically, the name of the die is Card, Center Step so if you want to look it up by name, that is the appropriate one to use.( I will have the number for it in the product list below.)

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This die is VERY COOL! Everything you need to assemble the card is on one Bigz XL die except the embellishments to dress it up. You will need extended cutting mats. It is super easy to put together and took no time at all to complete this card once I decided what I wanted to embellish it with.

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I chose the Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Collection to use on the card base which was just out of cream card stock. I love the color pallet of the Enchanted Garden and the embellishments!  The banner was cut with Sizzix Triplits 8pk Banners die set and the sentiment from Penny Black Special Wishes stamp set, which I must not have inked good enough in one spot, but oh well. I forgot to stamp the sentiment before adhering the label, so it was a done deal.

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Really, all you do is cut the pieces and adhere in place! The score lines are already done for you when you cut the card base, so all you have to do is follow the score lines to fold. So easy and so cute! It folds up very nicely to fit into an A2 Envelope.

Product list:

659724-Sizzix Card, Center Step

659606-Sizzix Triplits 8PK Banners

16217382-Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden 6×6 paper pad

16204376-Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Brads

16207377-Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Jewels

16233383-Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Ephemera

30-229 Penny Black Special Wishes stamp set

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

Kaisercraft’s Mister Fox Manly Card

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

I often hear from other crafters the same sentiment I feel, it’s hard to make a manly card.  Well I almost accomplished it today but at the last minute I had to add a bow and some bling.  One little bow and one little piece of bling doesn’t deter from manly does it??

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I used Kaisercraft‘s Mister Fox 6 1/2″ square pad to make this card.  I love Kaisercraft pads, they always have punch out die cuts in the back.  This is a standard A2 card, 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.  I double matted the front, used a die cut sentiment which I mounted on a scrap of black.  I love double mounting the die cuts it makes them pop so much more. I simply place the die cut on the scrap of black and fussy cut around the edge leaving about an 1/8th” of black showing.

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The strip with the numbers is cut from the decorative paper and then crimped through my Fiskars crimper.  I have this in my crafty closet and forget to use it. It gives the paper such dimension, I must use it more often!  I added the bow cut from Sizzix 3D Ribbon die.  Another item I’d forgotten I had.  I love these little bows they’re the perfect size for cards or scrapbook pages.  I think I need to die cut a bunch of them, glue them together and have on hand, I’d use them a lot more that way.  The polka dot paper was perfect especially when I added the little black Blossom from Kaisercraft.  That’s a manly blossom mind you :-)

For the inside sentiment I used Penny Black‘s Special Wishes clear stamp collection and stamped it with a black embossing powder on a decorative piece. I used the negative space from the puncP1130251-001hed out die to trace the shape for my inside piece.  Works great!  I slit the sides with a little punch I’d found at a garage sale for 25 cents!  If you don’t have a punch like this you could use your crafty knife to cut the slits.  The ribbon is a strip of paper inked on both sides with Black Soot distress ink from Tim Holtz.

Check out my video for the step-by-step process on how to make this card.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

Visit me at a Soul’s Heartbeat – my blog or Facebook

Supplies:

PP938: Kaisercraft Mister Fox 6 1/2″ Pad

658978: Sizzix Riboon, 3-D

30-229: Penny Black Special Wishes clear stamps

658300: Sizzix Big Shot

TDPK40330: Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink 3

Supplies from my stash: Kraft and Brown cardstock; Kaisercraft Blossom; black twine; black embossing powder. Fiskars crimper, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Beacon Fabri-Tac, ATG

 

Using Faber-Castell Gelatos with Background Stamps

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Today I want to share a technique for using Faber Castell Gelatos with background stamps.  Of course when you begin a project with an awesome Penny Black background stamp paired with Faber Castell Gelatos, you just can’t miss! Check this out!

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Using Gelatos with a background stamp is really very easy.  First step is to select the background stamp.  For my samples I used Penny Black background stamps — “Star Ivy” and “Bed of Roses“.  Both are beautiful stamps and will easily cover a layer for an A2 card (4.25″ x 5.5″).  The next step is to select the Gelato colors that you want to use.  There are quite a few colors, including some metallic colors, so sometimes you have to experiment a little to get that perfect color combination.  For example, for the ivy/violets card, I selected Green Tea as my “all over” color, and  Margarita Mix and Spearmint as my accent colors.   I like using the accent colors to add some depth and sometimes to add some highlights.  When I’m selecting accent colors, I generally choose a lighter and a darker shade of the same color if my all over color is a mid-tone (like Green Tea), or I select a mid-shade and a darker shade if my all over color is light.  Sometimes one accent color is all that you need.   I chose an off-white paper to stamp on, and cut it 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I always cut my paper a little larger than what I will need in the finished project.  This way I can trim away any edges that aren’t as nice.

Stamping is the easy part.  I just mounted my Penny Black Star Ivy cling stamp on a clear acrylic block.  I used my Ranger mini-mister to lightly mist the rubber stamp, and then I took my Faber Castell Green Tea Gelato and colored over the entire stamp, being sure to cover all of the edges, etc. When coloring, use a light touch — if you press too hard, some of the Gelato will flake off.  (You’ll see these little “goobers” in the finished work — but if you let them dry, you can usually scrape them off with no problem.)  The water helps to spread the Gelato a little so that coloring is very easy (it also takes less than if you spread the Gelato on a dry stamp).  Be sure that your stamp isn’t so wet that puddles are forming, etc.  The end result will be fine, but it will be a little more fuzzy.  Once the stamp was covered with Green Tea, I added just a little Margarita Mix Gelato (this is a lighter/brighter shade) to add some highlights.  Then I used the Spearmint Gelato to work around the edges, and to add some deeper tones to the stamp.   There’s really no right or wrong way to do the accents — just do what makes sense to you, adding as little or as much as you want.  When I finished the accents, I misted the stamp again.  It is important to be careful to moisten the entire stamp, but not to soak it with water.  If you see “puddles” forming, it may be a good idea to try to sponge a little off with a piece of a paper towel.  Then I turned the moistened stamp over and placed it on the paper.  I added a little pressure for a couple of seconds, and then let the stamp “rest” on the paper for a few seconds while the Gelato transferred to the paper.  Finally, I carefully lifted the stamp.  Usually the paper comes up with the stamp and that is okay, you just need to carefully peel the paper from the stamp.   Set the paper aside to dry (it won’t take long).  Typically there is enough Gelato on your stamp to do another background or two, although they will be a little lighter.  You can also “refresh” by adding more Gelato before stamping.  When you’re done, the stamp cleans up easily with a little soap and water.  Because the Gelato will stick in the detail of the stamp, you may find it easier to use an old toothbrush to remove it (use the brush with soap/water — not dry).  Please see the short video for additional information on how to use background stamps and Gelatos.

Once the Gelato background has dried, finishing the card is simple.  I just selected some background layers for my cards, and added sentiments and embellishments in coordinating colors My sentiments are all cut from the background layer using the Die-Versions Sweet Wordlets (love those dies!).  For the silver and pink cards, I also cut the words from ivory cardstock.  I placed the ivory words beneath the silver or pink to add some dimension, and to make the words more readable.  Since my Gelato background was a little larger than I needed, I trimmed the edges to fit.

My Gelato combinations are as follows –

ivy  Overall color – Green Tea; accents – Spearmint and Margarita Mix

rose  Overall color – Watermelon; accents – Cherry and Guava

silver  Overall color – Metallic Silver; accent – Squid Ink

The background stamps are Penny Black — Star Ivy and Bed of Roses.

These are some cards that I made last year using a rose background stamp by Stacy’s Stamps.  You can see that even stamps with fine lines work nicely with Gelatos.

stacy rose  overall color – Watermelon; accent – Cherry

stacy gold  overall color – Metallic Gold; accents – Butterscotch and Chocolate

This is such a fun and simple technique.  I hope that you have a chance to try it.

 

Supply List

Faber Castell Gelatos

Penny Black background stamps — Bed of Roses and Star Ivy

large acrylic stamp block

Ranger mini-mister

assorted cardstock

assorted ribbon

assorted embellishments — most of the ones I used are purchased; the violets on the ivy card were made using the Sizzix Susan’s Garden Pansies and Violets die set

adhesive — I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Sentiments – I used the Sweet Wordlets by Die Versions — “happy”, “birthday”, “anniversary”, “thanks”

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

paper trimmer

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

 

JustRite Stampers Coffee Cup Cards

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

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JustRite Stampers designs the most versatile dies and stamps, I’ve used several of them on today’s cards.  I stamped the JustRite Coffee Cup Stamp on Stratmore Watercolor Paper.  This is a nice 90# weight (190 gsm) paper and wonderful for a card base.   I double matted the coffee accent with papers from Kaisercraft’s Storyteller 6 1/2″ paper pad and added flourishes top and bottom from  Marianne Designs Vintage Swirls to finish off the card front.  Oh yes, I used my Corner Chomper to add a decorated corner edge all around.

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The stamped image was colored using my water brush and various Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I used JustRite’s Vintage Labels Five Dies to triple cut the stamped and colored coffee cup image.  By using all but the smallest die you come out with 3 layers to add a great dimensional accent to the card front.

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Inside has as much going on as the outside, I love having a finished inside to my cards.  I used JustRite’s Vintage Labels Six Dies to cut the pink mat and then stamped my sentiment (from Penny Black’s Special Wishes Stamps Set) on the watercolor paper and cut it with another die from the Vintage Labels Six Dies.  Adding a lovely flourish from Marianne Designs Vintage Swirls dies just adds the right amount of ta-da to the inside.  To complete the inside I used the negative space that was left when I die cut the flourish and pounced some pink ColorBox chalk ink through the cutout (my own home made stencil!). Because the flourishes were cut with the watercolor paper they are sturdy and will provide many stencil uses for future cards.

This weeks video will walk you step by step on how to create this card and also show you how to add ink to your Gold Spellbinders dies to incorporate a unique stamped effect when you cut your die.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

Visit me at  - A Soul’s HeartbeatYouTube or Facebook

 Supplies:

JB-04830: JustRite Custom Dies Vintage Labels Six Dies

JB-04825: JustRite Custom Dies Vintage Labels Five Dies

CL-02002: JustRite Coffe Cup Cling Stamps

PP937: Kaisercraft Storyteller 6 1/2″ Paper Pad

LR071: Marianne Designs Vintage Swirls Dies

30-229: Penny Black Special Wishes Clear Stamps

S4-432: Spellbinders Shapeabilities Gold Corbels 7 Accents

658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies

207: Scor Tape 1″

Supplies from my Stash: Various Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Water brush, Stratmore Watercolor Paper, ColorBox Chalk Ink, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, ATG,  Corner Chomper

 

Quick Holiday Cards

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

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We’re very near Christmas, so I wanted to share some Quick Holiday Cards.  Several of the cards feature stamps from the beautiful Heartfelt CreationsSeason of Joy” collection, and most use a background stamp.

Background stamps and other large stamps used to make me “cringe” because I often had trouble getting the stamp to work consistently and give a nice clear image.   I’ve learned two methods that help with background stamps (or other large stamps), and I want to share those with you today.  The first method is to use a “Mega Mount” acrylic block by Impression Obsession.  This is a large clear stamping block with a handle.  It has a very gentle curve on it, and really helps to facilitate stamping.  To use it, you adhere your clear or cling stamp to the Mega Mount, and then be sure to cover the stamp fully with ink.   This can be another problem in using large stamps — it is very important to keep checking and adding ink until all parts of the stamp appear “wet”.  Then you turn over the Mega Mount and begin stamping at one end of your image, following the gentle curve of the block to the other end.  You want to apply a firm consistent pressure, and this is usually easiest if you stand.  Don’t rock the mega mount back and forth as this might result in a double-stamped image.  One pass is sufficient if you keep the firm, even pressure.

The second background stamp technique is a brayer technique.  Here you’ll place the cling or clear stamp on a large flat stamp block (if you don’t have a large enough stamp block, you can use one of the cutting plates from your Sizzix or Cuttlebug or Grand Calibur.  The acrylic block should be placed on a flat, solid surface like a counter top or table.  (Some people even feel comfortable placing the stamp face up on a work table with no block underneath.)  The second step is to ink the stamp.  Again you’ll want to be careful to add plenty of ink.  Next, you’ll lay the paper you want to stamp face down on the inked surface.  You can run a brayer over the paper, or run your fingers over the back of the paper — either with a firm, even pressure.  The key is to make sure that the paper doesn’t move, so you have to hold it firmly in place with one hand while you use the brayer or your fingers to transfer the image.

I usually am able to get a good impression with large wood-mounted background stamps.  (If you have problems, you can use the brayer technique described above.)  I do have a problem lifting the stamp without dropping it, and spoiling the stamped image.  To prevent this, I add a “handle” to the large wood mount stamp.  This is done with packing or shipping tape.  You’ll start the tape at one end of the wood stamp and run it to the center.   Fold over the tape there to create a handle, and then run the tape to the other end.  The tape handle is secure and you can use it to lift your stamp off of the stamped image — much easier than trying to get a good grip on a large stamp.  Please see this short video for a demonstration of the two background stamp techniques and the stamp handle.

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I began this card by stamping a snowflake background by Our Daily Bread in a very light blue ink (Memento Summer Sky).  Next, I stamped a few larger snowflakes over the top of the background to add some dimension.  The larger snowflakes are a stamp by Impression Obsession, and are stamped in Memento Danube Blue ink.  (This technique shows very well on the card, but is somewhat hard to photograph.  I tried to zoom in a little with the corner photo to try to capture an image of the light blue background.)   I also stamped the featured quote (stamp by Impression Obsession) in Danube Blue ink.  I chose a coordinating blue paper, and cut a 4.25” x 5.5” piece for the background, and a 2.75” x 3.75” piece to frame the sentiment.  I trimmed the snowflake background to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, and the sentiment to 2.5” x 3.5”.  I added a little 3/8” white velvet ribbon along the left side and bottom of the snowflake background paper, and then attached the background paper.  I attached the sentiment to the smaller piece of blue background paper using Scor-Tape, and then to the snowflake background using dimensional adhesive.  To finish, I added a silver snowflake (cut from a piece of May Arts satin cutouts ribbon), and a blue rhinestone in the center.

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I began this card by stamping the “Christmas Story” background by Penny Black using Black Versafine ink on red paper. Then I used two stamps from the Heartfelt Creations “Season of Joy” collection – Striped Candy Cane and Christmas Poinsettia.  I used Versafine Smokey Gray ink to stamp these to keep the images soft.  I colored the candy cane image using colored pencils, and also colored three of the smaller poinsettias (you can select the right sizes based on the size of the poinsettia in the center of the candy canes).   I hand cut the candy canes.  The poinsettias can be hand cut or cut using a die (a Spellbinders die made for Heartfelt Creations, called “Sun Kissed Fleur”.  To assemble the card, I cut a piece of black background paper 4.25” x 5.5”.  I trimmed the stamped background paper to 4” x 5.25”, and attached the candy canes to it.  I ran a narrow white satin ribbon across this layer, and added a bow slightly off-center, just beneath the poinsettia.  I then attached the top layer to the black base.  To finish the card, I added the top poinsettia layers, and curved the edges of the petals slightly to give the flower a little dimension.

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This card also features stamps from the Heartfelt Creations “Season of Joy” collection.  I used Christmas Poinsettia and Delicate Holly Swirls.  I stamped the poinsettia with Versafine Smokey Gray ink, and the holly with Memento Northern Pine ink.  I colored the three largest poinsettia images using Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils, and I also colored the largest leaf set.  I cut these out using the Spellbinders Sun Kissed Fleur die.  I hand cut two of the holly images, and colored the leaves using colored pencil.  My background papers for this project were both hand-made papers (by Jolees).  The gold is cut to 4.25” x 5.5”, and the red is cut to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I placed the two holly pieces on the paper first (they kind of “lock” together in the center), and then placed the poinsettia on top.  I added red rhinestones to the holly to represent berries – it doesn’t show well in the photo, but I actually used two different colors of rhinestones to add some interest.  Finally, I built the poinsettia by alternating the three layers of petals and then adding the leaves.  I used yellow rhinestones to enhance the center of the poinsettia.  Then I curved the edges of the petals slightly to give the flower some dimension, and I used a small piece of Scor-Tape to attach the poinsettia to the card front.

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I began this card by stamping the background using an Our Daily Bread poinsettia background stamp.  It is stamped with Crimson Versafine ink on kraft paper.  I cut the sentiment from a set of holiday words from Die-Versions called “Holiday 1 Complements”.  The poinsettia is cut using the Blooming Poinsettia die from Poppy Stamps.  To assemble the card, I cut a background piece of deep red paper 4.25” x 5.5”.  I trimmed the background poinsettia kraft paper to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, and attached the red mesh ribbon.  I used Scor-Tape to adhere the poinsettia layer to the deep red background.  I attached the “Seasons Greetings” using “Sticky Dots” by Therm-o-Web.  I built the poinsettia, attaching the various layers with a glue dot, and curving the edges of the petal slightly to give some dimension.  I finished with a small red rhinestone in the center.  I attached it to the card front using a small piece of Scor-Tape.

 

Supply List

Heartfelt Creations stamps – Striped Candy Cane, Christmas Poinsettia, Delicate Holly Swirls

Impression Obsession Stamps – Joy to the World, Crochet Snowflake 2

Our Daily Bread Stamps – poinsettia background, snowflake background

Spellbinders / Heartfelt Creations – Sun Kissed Fleur Die

Poinsettia die – I used Poppy Stamps Blooming Poinsettia

Colored pencils / Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils

Ink – I used Versafine black and crimson; and Memento Summer Sky, Blue Danube and Northern Pine

Miscellaneous ribbon and rhinestones

Assorted cardstock 

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Glue dots

Sticky dots by Therm-o-Web

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

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

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