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Spellbinders Tranquil Moments Cards

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

I think Tranquil Moments is the perfect name for this die from Spellbinders.  It cuts such delicate and beautifully intricate patterns whether you’re using the frame, mats or one of the decorative elements.  This die is from the Card Creator collection Spellbinders has available.  Dies that are sure to make your cardmaking a success and the joy of all who are lucky enough to be a recipient.

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You’ve got two cards to inspire you this week because I couldn’t decide on which one I wanted to make and ended up making both, and I’m so glad I did.  I wanted to share the flower I’d made from the Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed Paper Collection and the altered metal flower I changed up to match the blue paper scheme.

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I used one large flower cut from the paper for the bottom layer and then also used it as pattern to cut several more large flower petals.  The smaller petals were all fussy cut from the papers and shaped to nestle one atop the other.  The center is a Kaisercraft Sparklet.  The blue is a metal flower that I added white Gesso, Tattered Angels Patina spray and Tim Holtz distress ink to get the color close to the same blue in the paper.

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The insides carry the same flow from the front using the paper collection once again.  I hope you’ll give Spellbinders Tranquil Moments die a try.  I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.  If you care to follow along on the video I’ll show you exactly how to make each card. You can also get a few more ideas here: http://www.pinterest.com/cardmaking/

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

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S5-216: Spellbinders  Nestabilities A2 Tranquil Moments Card Creator die

HCDP1 233: Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed 12×12 Paper Collection

TIM21414: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China

TIM32823: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs

Supplies from my stash: White Gesso, Tattered Angels mist in Patina, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst in Mission Bells Brown, card stock, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, ATG, metal embellishments, Beacon Fabri Tac

Embossing with Darice embossing folders and Washi tape

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Washi tape is all the rage right now so this week I decided to emboss with Darice embossing folders and Washi tape. I did two cards, one thing I discovered that I never knew is that you can sand washi tape!

Before I get started here is a list of the supplies used that are available on the Cut at Home website.

First Card
Darice Embossing Folder, Flower Frenzy 5 x 7 Embossing Folder – SKU: 1217-66
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK w/Stamp, Doilies – SKU: 659730
Heartfelt Creations Summer Song Precut Set – SKU: HCPC 3615
BoBunny Our Lil’ Monster Self-adhesive Jewels – SKU: 15807224

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Second Card
Darice Embossing Folder, Birdcages – SKU: 1219-101
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK w/Stamp, Chandeliers – SKU: 657777
Spellbinders Feathers dies – SKU: S4-428
Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor dies – SKU: S5-217
Spellbinders Tool ‘n One – SKU: T-001

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Other items used: Washi Tape, Ink, Gems, Card Stock, Sanding Block and Pop Dots.

I used my Sizzix BigShot for both cards and my Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo for the sentiment on the second card.

Here is a video of the first card and instruction on using Washi Tape with Embossing folders.

For the first card I started with a 5″ x 7″ card base, I cut a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of card stock in a contrasting color. I selected my Washi tape and applied it to the 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of card stock being careful to align the pattern. Once the sheet is covered select your embossing folder and emboss. I sanded the embossed image to make it pop.

Next stamp your images from the framelits set on the same contrasting color, I stamped three of them in purple and the largest one that has the sentiment was stamped in a light green so that I could stamp the sentiment over the image. Once you have your images stamped cut them out with the corresponding dies. I use a piece of tape to hold my dies in place so they do not shift before or while cutting them out. Next I stamped the edges, and stamped the sentiment, I added some green inking on the images that I stamped in the purple to bring everything together. I used a scalloped Washi tape and piece of ribbon on the left side of the card and adhered them before I attached the sentiment Doily. Adhere the doilies to the card using pop dots, then add your gems.

Here is a look at the first card:
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Here is a close up of the sentiment:
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For the second card I used a sheet of Washi tape, it already has a backing on it so I didn’t have to adhere it to anything I just put it in the embossing folder and embossed it, next I sanded it to make the embossed images pop. I adhered the Washi tape embossed image to a 5″ x 7″ card base. I added some foil striped washi tape to border the embossed image. T cut two feathers and a text bar from the Spellbinders dies out of a dual color core paper and sanded them, I also inked the edges of all three pieces.

Then I stamped 5 of the birds from the framelits Chandelier set and cut them out, I adhered them to the bird cages, I adhered the feathers and sentiment block to the bottom of the card. I created the text for the sentiment on my Silhouette Cameo using the print and cut feature and adhered it to the card, lastly I added a little bling!

I also wanted to add that this was the first time I got to try my new tool, the Spellbinders Tool ‘n One, I couldn’t believe how easy it was to remove all the paper that stays stuck in the dies, just use the brush and it takes care of them all! I was really happy I decided to get it, it’s a must if you have lots of Spellbinder dies.

here is a look at that card:
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These cards were fun to make and I discovered another way to use some of my Washi tape stash since I am addicted to it! Hope you enjoyed my project this week, until next week Thanks and Happy Scrappin.

Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

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

Holiday Angel Card Featuring Heartfelt Creations Dies

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

My project today is a beautiful holiday angel featuring several sets of Heartfelt Creations dies.  This project appears to be much more difficult than it is — with the right dies and the right paints, etc. it really comes together quite easily.

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I recently purchased some of the Viva Décor 3D Stamp Paints, and was searching for instructions on how to best use them, etc.  While doing that, I came across the Vintage Angel Card project on the Heartfelt Creations website. I was instantly drawn to the project, but wanted a few changes to make it my own.   Click on the following link to go to the original project on the Heartfelt website: http://www.heartfeltcreations.us/gallery/?project=4492&product=3073.

I began by cutting the main pieces using the appropriate Heartfelt Creations dies.  So I cut a piece of lace from ivory cardstock using the Decorative Lace Boarder die, and the angel wings from green cardstock using the Decorative Lattice Swirl die.  I wanted my angel to be a Christmas angel, so I selected the 3D paint colors that I thought were best to give a holiday feel — carmine red, moss green, gold and walnut brown.  To do this, it is best to work on a non-porous surface (I used a sheet of craft plastic).  I cut an art sponge into four pieces, and dipped each piece into a different paint color and placed that color on the plastic sheet.  From there I sponged the colors randomly on the skirt piece and then on the two angel wings.   For the skirt, I wanted more of the red to show through; for the angel wings, I wanted more of the green to show through.  On each, I added quite a lot of the gold paint to make it appear more festive and cohesive.  The walnut brown was used sparingly — just enough to add some depth or dimension where needed.  There is a video link on the Heartfelt site that gives more information on how to “distress” or paint the lace and then how to shape it.

The 3D stamp paints dry almost instantly.  When the lace piece is dry, it is time to shape it.  To do this, you’ll spray the piece with water — enough to make it pliable to work with, but not so much that it falls to pieces.  I found it easiest to accordion fold the lace, and then pinch the top together forming a skirt.  You’ll need to be careful with the wet paper — it is very easy to  tear it.  It will take a while to dry (2-3 hours), and while you’re waiting for this to happen, check back periodically to make sure that the skirt keeps the desired shape.

I prepared a face for the angel by using the largest oval die in the Spellbinders Media Mixage ovals 1 die set to cut an oval from ivory cardstock.  I added the features using my E35 Copic marker, R20 for the cheeks, and the hair using the Walnut Brown paint.  Once dry, I trimmed the oval to shape a face — don’t worry about whether or not it is perfect.  It is the imperfections that give faces character, and draws people to handmade projects.  I made a halo for the angel by cutting the middle circle in the Media Mixage circles 3 set, ivory paper paint painted with the gold 3D paint.  I attached these two together using Scor-Tape.

For the flower garland, I made some beautiful small roses using the Vintage Floret dies.  Since I needed fairly small flowers, I used only the smallest three rose dies along with the cap.  I chose a bright Christmas red cardstock — a heavyweight smooth cardstock will work best.  To create a full flower, I cut two of each of the flower shapes.  I tipped each of the petal sets with the gold 3D paint, and shaped them as shown in the Heartfelt video (the link above to the Angel Card provides a link to a video giving great instructions on how to shape and assemble the flowers).  I used a hot glue gun to assemble the flowers, and it worked very well — I just needed to spend a little time removing the glue strings that always seem to happen with glue guns.

In addition to the flowers, some sort of foliage is needed to help to cover the joining of the lace “skirt” and the wings.  For my Christmas angel I chose some short pine branches by Impression Obsession.  I cut lots (about 65 pieces total) so that I would have plenty to cover as needed.  I tipped each of the pieces with a little of the gold 3D paint.

With all of the pieces complete, it is time to assemble the project.  I began by attaching the angel wings to a piece of 5″ x 7″ cardstock.  When placing the wings, watch for a heart shape that forms in the space between the two.  This is an element that adds a lot to the finished piece — when the wings are placed correctly, the heart shape will remain as a focal point.  Place the face and halo at the lower part of the heart, and the skirt below the face.  I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive to glue down the wings, and Scor-Tape to attach the face.  For the skirt, I used Scor-Tape to attach the top pleats (pushing them as flat as possible), and then a little of the Scotch glue at the base of the skirt to tack it in place.  I used the hot glue gun to add the five flowers, one at a time, beginning with the center flower.  I tucked the pine branches underneath the flowers, in groups of 3 branches, and held them in place with either the hot glue or with the Scotch Quick Dry adhesive — whichever I thought would work best.   I went back and filled in where needed with individual pine branches.  The goal was to cover the areas where the skirt joined the wings (especially the lumpy part).  I added a bow at the bottom of the rose garland to further decorate the piece, and to continue to hide the joined pieces.  To finish, add some small pearls or rhinestones to the heart shape that formed when placing the angel wings.  Please see the short video for tips on assembling the angel.

I love how quickly and easily this project came together.  I used this project for a demonstration at a Christmas in July Open House at my local paper crafting shop.   My original project is on display there, and a copy was given to an attendee.  I also created a third angel — one for those who either don’t like to make the small flowers or who don’t have time to.  For this version I used pre-made ribbon roses that I purchased at a local fabric store.  They are approximately 1″ in diameter, similar to the ones I created with the Vintage Floret dies.  I also needed some foliage to add cover with those, and I selected a set of rose leaves from an Elizabeth Craft Designs rose die set.  These provided the needed cover.  This version of the angel is featured in the video above.

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Although this project turns out a bit large for most card makers (with the addition of the face, it needs at least a 5″x7″ base), it could easily be a project to send in lieu of a card.  I would add a small tag to the back with a sentiment, and place the finished project on a small easel cut from matching cardstock (the Cheery Lynn Angel Wing easel would work for this, or you could use the Tim Holtz Bigz Small Easel die).  Because of the dimension on the piece, it would be best sent in a bubble wrap mailer.

This was a beautiful project and, although some parts took a little time, it was a simple project to make (even the flowers!).  Be sure to check out the Viva Décor 3D paints — you’ll love the shimmer and dimension that they add to your projects.  Of course you can’t go wrong with the Heartfelt Creations dies and stamp sets!

 

Supply List

Heartfelt Creations dies — Decorative Lace Border (HCD 713), Decorative Lattice Swirl (HCD 733), and Vintage Floret (HCD 727)

Oval and round dies to create face and halo — I used Spellbinders Media Mixage Ovals 1 and Circles 3

Foliage dies — I used Impression Obsession pine branches (DIE097-M) for the Christmas angel, and the rose leaves from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Rose die (799) for the purple angel

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Cardstock — ivory, green, red and assorted matching/coordinating cardstock for the layers behind the angel

Adhesives — hot glue gun, Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and Scotch Quick Dry glue

Viva Décor 3D stamp paints — for the Christmas angel I used carmine red, moss green, gold and walnut brown; for the purple angel I used silver, moss green, violet and walnut brown

Assorted sponges, paint daubers, etc. to add the paint (these will clean up easily with soap and water after you’ve finished — keep them wet to make it easier to clean them later)

Copic markers E35, R20

ribbon

small pearls or rhinestones

optional – purchased ribbon roses (or other pre-made flowers) – approximately 1″ in diameter  (5)

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

Card Making: Heartfelt Creations Majestic Collage Card

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Hello! Today I am making a thank you card using a very gender neutral color and an AMAZING stamp I been wanting to play with. Heartfelt Creations Majestic Collage. This stamp is from the Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning collection released earlier this year. To play along with this stamp we have Tim Holtz’ Distress Ink in Linen and a few color coordination enamel dots.

Let’s get started!

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1. First start by trimming your brown piece of card stock to card size and fold.

2.  Trim your second piece of card stock to a square that will be matted with your stamped image.

3. Cut your stamping paper to fit in the mat, and proceed to stamp Heartfelt Creations Majecstic Collage in ink that matches your mat cardstock color.

4. Using Tim Holtz’ distress ink, edge around your stamped sheet.

5.  With a brush, stroke the same ink  used to stamp on to the petals of the flowers.

6. Using glitter spray, spray your card stock and let dry.

7. Stamp sentiment onto brown card stock then layer and glue.

8. Place enamel dots middle of flowers.

9. Place bow or decorative item.

Enjoy!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Crystal

 

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Sizzix Juke Box Card

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Sizzix has released some new Retro dies, along with the dies I also got the Sizzix Instruction Sheet for the Sizzix Juke Box Card officially known as the Let’s Party Card I’m sharing today.  I’ll include the link to the PDF for the Instructions at the bottom of this post.

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I tried to stay as close to the Sizzix instructions as possible with the paper scraps I had on hand.  I used the Sizzix Thinlits Jukebox and Music Die set plus the Sizzix Original Die Retro Sign #2.  I hunted through almost every sheet of paper I had (and believe me that’s quite a chore) for the black checkerboard paper and couldn’t find any so I substituted the black and white polka dot which still has that 50′s retro feel (now watch tomorrow I’ll find the checkered lol).  I used the Sizzix Magnetic Plate with these thin dies, wow it’s so nice not to have your dies move all over when you cut them.  And I used the Spellbinders Tool ‘n One again as well.  I have to admit I was thinking that little paddle tool was pretty wonky when I first looked at it but I’ll tell you it was wonderful when I needed to release the cuts from these dies.  Especially like the music notes and records.  They were so tight I’m sure I would have torn them had it not been for the Tool ‘n One.  (hint hint you really need this, lol, if you cut very many dies, I’m now a true believer in it’s worth!)

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The video will show the complete step by step to make the card.  I sped a lot of it up pretty fast but I still wanted you to see the steps taken to assemble the juke box and card. It’s not at all hard, the PDF instructions will walk you through the whole process and the end result is darling!  I’ve completed the inside for a Happy Anniversary card for a special couple in my family that loves the 50′s Retro style.  I don’t share doing the inside on video, I did that off camera, but I’ll include more still photos to give you ideas.  I also added the ribbon off camera and wanted to share that I started with white and colored it with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers to match the teal of the card.  It’s so easy to color any ribbon this way by simply wiping the ink pad onto a plastic surface (I used some throw away packaging) adding a few spritzs of water and then dragging your ribbon through it.  Repeat the process until you get the color you like.

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I hope you’ll try out the dies and make a few of these cards yourself.  Don’t forget that jukebox would look adorable on a layout as well or you could combine the pieces as embellishments for a mini.  You can always back them with light weight chipboard, like I did the star, to create a thicker embellishments.

Link to the PDF Instructions are at http://www.ellison.com/images/pdfs/instructions/30361.pdf

Thanks everyone and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

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Supplies from the Store:

659502: Sizzix Thinlits Dies Set: Juke Box & Music

659511: Sizzix Originals Die: Retro Sign #2

658300 – Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

656499 – Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies

T-001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One

90910: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough

95910: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers

Supplies from my stash:  White cardstock, scraps of decorative paper, Aleene’s Paper Glaze, Scotch Quick dry adhesive and ATG, Stickles Xmas Red and Diamond, Versamark, Black Embossing Powder, Black Glitter

SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers