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JustRite Stampers Owl Be There Stamp Set!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

I was thrilled to get a hold of JustRite Stampers Owl Be There stamp set by Samantha Walker as I have just recently been blessed with another sweet granddaughter, who was proclaimed by her mother to be a “night owl” right from the get go, and we have kind of used an owl theme for this little girl that has been a lot of fun! My daughter made an owl receiving blanket, and crochet an owl beenie hat (adorable!) and I made an owl quilt for her. Purple seems to be the color choice for her as well.

So, since we already had an owl theme, when I saw the Owl Be There set I knew it would be the perfect choice to make her card with.

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This Clear Stamp Set includes twenty-four stamps with owls a tree stump and lots of little sentiments with an owl twist. It is really cute!

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Even though I had to fussy cut around the owl and stump, this card was super easy! I colored the stamped images before cutting them out,  and I simply inked around the edges of the inner die cut and outer edge of the card. On the inside I used a sentiment I had from a Fiskar’s set.

Product List:

SW-02016- JustRite Stampers Owl Be There

S6-013- Spellbinders 5×7 Modern Stationary Card Creator Dies

card stock

polka dot pattern paper

Markers

Ink Pads

adhesive

If you are looking for a really fun stamp set, then you really should take a look at this one, however, this isn’t the only cute one that JustRite Stampers has created, there are lots more to choose from! Just go to our website under the JustRite Stampers Brand/Categoryfor a great selection of Cling and Clear Stamp Sets!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

 

Card Making: Spellbinders Filigree Egg Cards

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Easter is just around the corner, extra special for me this year because it’s my Granddaughter’s twelfth birthday and we’ll be there to share it with her.   I thought I’d like a couple of cards for family and friends to have on hand for Easter and this Filigree Egg Die D-Lites by Spellbinders was just perfect.  I so love Spellbinders filigree dies they cut so nicely and the impressions are clear, clean and crisp.

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Besides the egg die I also used Spellbinders Majestic Labels One die to form the front and back base of my card.  You simply cut two from the die, score one 3/4″ from the side.  By gluing the two together along the fold/scored line you create a hinge to form the basis of your card.

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The egg was cut twice, one was sprayed with Lindy’s Starburst – Love at First Sight Lavender, the second was left white.  I put pop dots on the lavender side and popped the white egg atop it, making sure the filigrees aligned.  All edges of the card base were inked lightly with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Milled Lavender.  The double egg was then placed on the center of the card base.  Adding a tulle bow, flower with a bling center is just enough pizzazz to finish the card.

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I used a rub on for my sentiment on the inside

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To finish the card I used Joy! Crafts Elegant Card Stand die to accompany the card.  (In order to make the easel a little sturdier I cut two, glued them together and then lightly inked the edges).  Hmm… notice there are two easels here?  That means there must be a bonus card idea in the video below, don’t miss it!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

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Supplies:

S2-053: Spellbinders Die D-Lites Filigree Egg die

S4-421: Spellbinders Majestic Labels One

60020122: Joy! Crafts Elegant Card Stand

TIM20219: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Milled Lavendar

658300: Sizzix Big Shot

Supplies from my stash: Fabri-Tac glue, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Lindy’s Starburst, Love at First Sight Lavender, Silks in Pink Grapefruit, American Crafts, Pop Dots, Tulle, Flower, Bling, Rub Ons

Heartfelt Creations Beautiful Juliet Cards

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Today my cards feature the Beautiful Juliet stamp set and Sweet Juliet die set by Heartfelt Creations.  I love the stamp, the beautiful stem and greens with the saying “you are so beautiful to me” along the side.  The die set is also wonderful, and you can create so many different kinds of flowers with it.  I think that these were released around Valentines’ Day, but they are definitely appropriate for use throughout the entire year.  The first card below features both the stamp and the die sets; the second card features only the stamp set.

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The Beautiful Juliet stamp is very easy to use.  It isn’t too big, so you don’t have any issues with covering large areas, etc.  I usually use a green ink for this since it essentially represents the stem and leaves for a flower.  For the two samples, I used Memento Olive Grove ink.  (The samples on the video used Memento Bamboo Leaves ink.)  The important part is to make sure that your stamp block is big enough for the stamp so that you can get a good clear image.  I stamped the image on white cardstock cut 2.5” x 4.75”.

The next step is to make the “Sweet Juliet” flower for one of the cards.  I cut two pieces for the flower using the largest die in the set.  The paper I used was pink metallic vellum.  I found that for this particular flower, using something that is lighter in weight and that has a little flexibility works better than, for example, a heavier weight cardstock.  This is definitely a die that you want to use waxed paper with to make it easier to remove the cut piece.  As you remove the cut image from the die, pull gently and slowly to avoid tearing the paper.  Be sure to cut two of the largest flower pieces.  Once cut, gently curl each petal upward with your fingers to begin to shape the flower.  Assembly is super simple.  You just need a larger brad (one that won’t slip through the large holes already cut in the flower).  One by one, place each of the petals onto the brad (the brad goes from back to front through the hole), and then the brad goes through the center of the flower.  Pause after putting the first flower on the brad (loosely bend the “wings” of the brad to keep the petals from sliding off) and gently straighten out the petals.  When you’re happy with the result, re-open the brad and do the same thing with the second flower – this time trying to stagger the petals in between those of the first flower to fill it out a little.  When the second flower is on the brad, lightly bend the wings down and adjust the petals of both flowers so that they coordinate together.  When you’re satisfied with the result, tighten the brad.  Attach the Sweet Juliet flower to the card with a little Scor-Tape.  Please see the short video for some quick tips on using the Beautiful Juliet stamps and the Sweet Juliet die set.

The “heart” flower is just as easy to build.  I started with some of the May Arts Ribbon satin cut-out hearts.   These are sold by the yard, and attached side-by-side.  To use them I simply cut off the hearts that I needed, carefully trimming around the side curve.   I placed a small piece of Scor-Tape on the back of each heart.   Start by attaching one heart to the stamped image.  For the next heart, slightly overlap it with the first heart, making sure that the points meet.  Repeat this with the remaining three hearts (the May Arts hearts are approx. 7/8”) – you’ll need a total of 5 hearts for the large flower.  I like to add one more heart where the three leaves meet below.

I kept the cards themselves simple so that the attention would be focused on the stamp and die sets.  The background layer is cut 4.25” x 5.5” (A-2 sized).  The patterned paper is cut 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I attached the patterned paper to the background layer with ¼” Scor-Tape.  I attached the stamped panel with the “heart” flower to the card also using Scor-Tape.  The final steps are to add the ribbon, and then attach the card front to a card base.  Super quick and easy!

Supply List:

Heartfelt Creations Beautiful Juliet stamp set

Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliet die set

Die cutting machine – I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Large decorative brad

Cardstock – a solid and pattern for the layers, white for stamping the flower

Metallic vellum – for the Sweet Juliet flower

May Arts Ribbon – red satin hearts (approx. 7/8” high – sold by the yard)

Ink – I used Memento Olive Grove (Bamboo Leaves in the video)

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal – ¼”

Ribbon – I used white with a shiny edge

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

Children’s Cards featuring Die-Versions I {Heart} You Animals

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Today I’m using a super-fun die by Die-Versions, “I {Heart} You Animals”.  This single die can be used to make at least eight different animals – a lion, a dog, a cat, a bear, a pig, an owl, a monkey and a cow.  How fun is that! I really think that with a little creativity, you can probably come up with even more animals by mixing and matching the parts, changing colors, etc.   Any of the animals would make a really cute children’s card for a birthday or any occasion – even an “I love you.

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The Die-Versions dies are  thin metal dies, so you can use them with almost any die cutting machine.  I chose my Sizzix Big Kick because it is well-suited to heavy-duty cutting.  With even my heaviest papers, I was able to cut at least two layers at a time (so I could cut both feet at the same time by stacking the two scraps together, etc.).  This saves a little time, and gets me to the fun of assembling the animal faster.

There are a couple of ways you can approach using the die.  You can select an animal and the colors of cardstock needed to make it.  You might then cut a full sheet of “parts” for each of the colors needed (for some of the colors you would have to cut two full sheets to get enough parts), and then only use the parts you need for the selected animal.  The left over parts can be held and used on another card.  I think the better way to approach it is to just use your scraps to cut only the pieces that you need for the selected animal.  For example, a 2-1/4” x 3” scrap is an appropriate size for the heart, a 2” square for the head, 1” squares for the feet, etc.  If you use this method, it really takes very little paper to assemble any of the animals.  If you lay the scraps on the die carefully, you can cut most of the parts needed for an animal in one pass through the die cutting machine.

If little pieces tend to make you crazy, note that the eyes and the paw pads, etc. are made from small circles.  If you have small circle hole punches (1/8”, ¼”, 3/16”, etc.) you may find it easier to just punch out the shapes needed rather than trying to wrangle the little circles on the die.  You may also prefer to cut the larger white circle for the eyes and draw in the pupil with a black marker (a black Glaze pen would give a nice result).   Markers can also be used if you want to create an animal with stripes (for example, a tiger cat, etc.).  This is all optional – everything that you need is included on the die.  Please see the short video for more tips on using the I {Heart} You Animals die.

To assemble the card, I first selected a patterned paper to place the animal on, and a coordinating base layer.  I cut the base layer 4.25” x 5.5” (A-2 size), and the patterned paper 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to attach the patterned layer to the base layer.   The next thing I did was to lay the animal pieces on the card front to see how everything fits.  When I was happy with the placement, I began to glue the pieces in place.  I used Scotch Quick Drying Tacky Glue for the larger pieces.  For the smaller pieces, a glue pen or a product called “Sticky Dots” will work best.  Of course, you could also run the pieces through a Xyron before attaching them.  For ears and tails, I also used some low dimensional adhesive to add a little dimension.  Note that I added the sentiments to the hearts before I assembled the animals.  Instead of the sentiments you could use stickers or other die cuts, etc.

There are many other fun ways that you can use this die.  If you don’t want so much emphasis on the heart, you can cut the heart  in the main body color, or replace the heart with an appropriate sized circle or oval.  You could also assemble the animal separate from the card base and mount it using a wobble spring (imagine the “giggles” that will bring!).  It is a very versatile die.

 

Supply List:

Die-Versions die “I {Heart} You Animals

Die cutting machine – I used my Big Kick by Sizzix

Assorted cardstock for the animals – scraps will work fine

Assorted  cardstock for the card layers

Adhesives – ¼” Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, Scotch Quick Drying Tacky Glue, glue pen, Therm O Web Sticky Dots, etc.  You may also want a low dimensional adhesive such as Darice foam squares.

Sentiments or stickers – I used several of the new small stamp sets and bars by Heidi Swapp.

Ink – I used Versafine Onyx Black ink.

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

 

Red Dress Card

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Friday is “red dress” day, and I wanted to make a Red Dress Card as a reminder of the importance of women’s heart health.  Heart disease is the NUMBER ONE killer of women!  It is often a silent killer (our symptoms are quite different from those that men experience).  Heart disease kills 1 in 3 women!  So, can I ask you to do three simple things?  First, talk to your doctor about your heart health and ways to maintain and/or improve it.  Second, remind other women of this silent killer and urge them to take steps to reduce their risk factors.  Finally, wear something red on Friday to show your support and help spread the message.  For more information on women’s heart health issues and the Red Dress (or Go Red) campaign, please visit the American Heart Association’s website at www.heart.org.

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My card is a simple one.  The dress is cut using Spellbinder dies, “Decorative Dress Forms“.  The heart behind it is cut using Sizzix Scallop Hearts #2, embossed with a heart embossing folder by The Paper Studio, and sponged with a little “Love Letter” ink by Memento.  The patterned paper is cut 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, and the red background layer is 4.25″ x 5.5″.  The pink heart embellishment on the dress is a Doodlebug heart pearl (cupcake).  The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread, and is stamped and sponged with Memento Love Letter ink.  I used 1/4″ Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and low dimensional adhesive to attach the elements.

Please take care . . .

Supply List:

Spellbinders Shapeabilities dies – “Decorative Dress Forms

Sizzix Framelits dies – “Scallop Hearts #2

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur

cardstock – red, patterned, white

Embossing folder – I used a heart pattern by The Paper Studio

Sentiment – I used Our Daily BreadBe Joyful

Ink – I used Love Letter by Memento

ribbon

Pink heart embellishment – I used a Doodlebug pink pearl heart (color is “Cupcake”)

Adhesives – 1/4″ Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and a low dimensional adhesive (I used Darice squares)

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

 

 

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

 

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