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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 –

golf martini

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

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

Daisy’s Special Frame

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Hi There!  Karen N here with a fun way to use Spellbinder Nestabilities dies to create a frame for photos in a scrapbook lay-out along with Tim Holtz Ideology Paper.

For this project, I used Tim Holtz Ideology Wallflower Stash paper (which is seriously GORGEOUS!) and the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight, but most any of these fabulous nesting dies would work.  Here’s a close-up of the “frame” that I’m highlighting in this project.

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I cut the picture and the light tan out of the 2″ x 3″ size and the dark tan from the 3″ x 4″ size.  I then cut the light tan in half (and cut off the little tips on top and bottom) and adhered them to the back of the photo just peaking out a little bit.  Then I adhered the whole thing to the dark tan.  I love how the added layering highlights the picture.  In my video I neglected to show you the teensy flowers on the right side of the picture.  These were fussy cut from the paper line I used.

I also cut a flower from the Elizabeth Craft Design Flower Set 1.  Here’s a close-up of that cool flower.

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Each layer of the flower is cut with alternating patterns.  I curled the edges up or down with my fingers and added some ribbon and burlap.

And here’s the final lay-out!

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Here’s a video that demonstrates this technique.  I sure hope you try it!

or you can watch it on YouTube.

 

Supply list:

Tim Holtz Ideo-ology Wallflower Stash paper

Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight

Elizabeth Craft Designs Flower Set 1 dies

3 Girl JAM crinkle ribbon, burlap ribbon and lace

Thickers alphas

UmWow Studio confetti heart chipboard

 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen N (http://karey2005.blogspot.com)

 

Glittered Rose Card featuring Elizabeth Craft Design Dies

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Today I have a beautiful glittered rose card featuring dies by Elizabeth Craft Design.  With all of the components available in this die set, there really are a lot of options for its use.  I chose to do a single long-stemmed rose using the shipping tape glitter method.

rose card

The Elizabeth Craft rose die set is very versatile.  For this project I needed only the long stem, the rose shape and the rose cut-out shape.  I wanted a special paper for this, perhaps something a little brighter this time.  I remembered the beautiful pinks and greens and browns in the Botanical Tea collection by Graphic 45.   I chose a paper called “Just Because” that has a lot of fun words like “hello friend” and “thinking of you”.    The pink in the paper is a salmon pink, so my next challenge was to select glitter.   (Have you noticed how hard it can be to match pinks?)   Since I wanted to use a ombre technique, I really wanted at least 3 complementary glitters.  I was unable to find 3 colors in my stash, but ended up with two coral (almost neon) glitters.

I previously did a post and video demonstrating the shipping tape glitter method.  That post is linked here (Valentines’ Day Love Card).   What I did differently with this card is to use a second, complementary color of glitter to add some additional dimension to the project — a ombre technique.  This requires a bit more planning, and some more controlled application of glitter.  Generally in an ombre technique you want at least three shades of a color to give the proper variation.  In ombre, I generally begin with the darkest shade of glitter, and apply a little, then move to the medium and finally the lightest shade.  I don’t want to use each in equal proportions — I will use just a little of the darkest, more of the medium tone, and the most of the lightest shade.  You want to blur the lines a little – so a little dark creeps into the medium shade, etc.  Although not the same, you can achieve a more dimensional look using a similar technique with only two colors.

For my project, I began by cutting a piece of ivory cardstock 3″ x 4.5″.  I laid the stem and rose dies on the ivory cardstock to determine placement, and then I placed the stem and cut that piece.  My next step was to cut the rose — this needs to be placed carefully so that it is as close to the stem as possible without making additional cuts to the stem area (place the cut out piece aside for now – it will be needed later in the card assembly).   I also needed to cut the stem piece from green cardstock, and the cut-out rose piece from pink cardstock.

I carefully applied the shipping tape to the back of the ivory cardstock, making sure that it covered the entire opening.  If necessary you can place a second piece of shipping tape — the joins won’t show in the finished project.  Use something non-stick to press the tape firmly around the edges of the cardstock.   Then I placed the stem in the cut-out area, again using the non-stick “tool” to press it into place.  It is very important to keep your fingers off of the tape — the glitter, etc. won’t stick properly.  The next step is to place the detailed rose cut-out, and press it into place with the non-stick tool.  Now its time to glitter.  Begin with the darkest color.  You need to use a method to control the glitter as opposed to just shaking it on.  You either want to use a small glitter spoon to control the amount used, or use a pinch method with your fingers to do it.  I used most of the darker color in the center of the rose (the bud), and just a little sprinkled around the outside.  If you keep the amount of glitter minimal, there is no worry about removing the excess.  Then I added the lighter color.  It doesn’t matter so much how this glitter is applied since it will cover the rest of the image.  Be sure to pat down the glitter and make sure it covers the entire taped area.  The final step is to burnish the glittered area with your finger to restore the shine, and to use a soft brush to brush off any excess glitter.  Please see the short video for additional information on how I completed the glittered rose.

You may also see the video here on youtube.

With the glittering done, it is easy to finish the card.  I cut the background layer from brown cardstock  4.25″ x 5.5″.  I cut the patterned paper 4″ x 5.25″, and attached the two layers with Scor-Tape.     I added the ivory ribbon strip and bow, also using Scor-Tape.  Before adding the glittered panel, I placed the cut rose shape (the piece from the ivory cardstock) behind the glittered rose and taped it in place.  You’ll notice that the glittered area is very sheer, and if you don’t put the solid paper behind this, the patterned paper shows through and will give a very odd result.  I used Scor-Tape to place the ivory panel on the card.  The last thing I did was to add a couple of light ivory Dew Drops to the ribbon.

rose card

 

Supply list

Elizabeth Craft Design Rose die

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

assorted cardstock

ribbon

glitter

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Glue – I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

shipping tape

sentiment

black ink

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

Strawberry Card and Tag Set featuring Magnolia Doohickeys

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Today I have a strawberry-themed birthday card and tag set featuring dies by Magnolia Doohickeys.  I love the Magnolia dies — the little details add so much to whatever project you’re creating.  My project features two different sets, “Strawberry Flowers and Leaf” and “Strawberry Tag“.  They work very well together, or separately.

card and tag

I began by cutting and assembling the strawberries.  I chose some metallic cardstock for this — both for the berry and the green top.  For the tag, I also cut a piece for the back (out of cardstock that you can write on) and a second top for the reverse side to give a more completed look.  I assembled the strawberries using Scor-Tape.  I used some “watermelon” Baker’s Twine by Maya Road as a hanger for the tag.   With the “cute” detail already in place on the Doohickeys dies, you really don’t need to do anything else to embellish the tag.  Here is a picture of the front and back of the finished tag.

tag front   tag back

For the card, I began by cutting the base layer 4.25″ x 5.5″.  For this I used the same red metallic cardstock as I used for the strawberry.  I also cut a piece of patterned paper 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  The one I used is a small strawberry print by Doodlebug Designs.  I cut the strawberry leaves out of a dark green cardstock, and the flowers from white and golden-yellow cardstock.  I wanted to add a little dimension to these pieces, but didn’t want to do too much to detract from the fun design of the dies.  For the leaves, I enhanced the center “vein” in each leaf by defining it a little more with one of the tools from the Sizzix flower tool set  It is such a little thing, but adds so much “life” to the leaf set.  This picture shows a leaf set as cut on the right, and with the enhanced vein on the left.

focus on leaf

For the flowers, I added some easy dimension by using a stylus to push the petals (flower right side down) into a flower molding mat, and then turned the flower over and pushed down in the center of the flower with the stylus.  For the flower center, I just used the stylus to push into the center.  I used a little glue (I prefer the Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive) to attach the center to the flower base, and added a yellow rhinestone in the center.  Please see the short video for additional information on how to add simple dimension to the flowers and leaves.

To assemble the card, I attached the two layers using Scor-Tape.  I added a doily on the left side of the card.  I arranged two leaf sets and three flowers on the doily, and placed the strawberry.  I attached each with Scor-Tape, being careful to not lose the dimension that I just put into the flowers and leaves (so attach primarily in the center, allowing the dimension to remain).  I added a bow from sheer white ribbon to the top of the strawberry, and a sentiment in the corner.  The “Have a Sweet Day” sentiment can be appropriate for any occasion.  On the inside of the card I placed a “Happy Birthday” sentiment.

card

This was a very quick and easy project — a fun summer birthday card and tag.

 

Supply List

Magnolia Doohickeys Strawberry Tag and Strawberry Flower and Leaf dies

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

assorted cardstock

ribbon

yellow rhinestones

adhesives — I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive

doily

sheer white ribbon

Baker’s Twine — I used Maya Road “watermelon”

Sizzix Susan’s Garden tool kit

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

What Does A Fox Say Birthday Card Idea

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Today I have a fun birthday card for you — for the young or the young at heart.  It features the cutest ever fox playing in a pile of leaves, with a wobble spring for a little action.

The fox featured on this card is made from a die set by Marianne Designs Collectables.  It includes the dies needed for the fox, and a clear stamp sentiment, “You’re special”.   Every time I look at this die set, “that song” comes to mind and lingers for a while.  Of course it inspired the sentiment that I used.   (If you have children, you no doubt know what song I’m referring to; if not, here’s a link.  But beware, the song is addictive!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE).

fox card

It is very easy to create the fox — you just need a couple of colors of cardstock — rust, white, black and pink.  Note that the pieces cut from black (eyes and nose) and pink (ear lining) are quite small and can be difficult to attach to the finished fox.  When working with little pieces like this, I often put a small piece of Scor-Tape on the back of the cardstock.  When I cut the small pieces, I leave the die intact on the cardstock until I’m ready for the piece.  This way the adhesive is already there, and all you have to do is to place the piece where it belongs.  I leave the dies in place because often the liner for the Scor-Tape stays behind, and so rather than having sticky pieces flying around, it just makes sense to me to keep the pieces together on the cardstock until ready for use.  I used Scor-Tape to attach the rest of the fox too.

I wanted the card to be fun and to have some movement, and so I used a wobble spring with it.  When using a wobble spring, you first assemble the piece that is to go on top of the spring.  Here, the fox was not wide enough to support the wobble spring.  See the pictures below.  The first is the fox assembled, and the second shows the wobble spring sticking out behind the fox.

fox   fox w spring

Some think it is okay to trim the wobble spring so that it won’t show from behind (it also has adhesive on it, so the “sticky” part could be problematic).  I think that a better approach is to add to the figure so that the wobble spring can stay intact, but will no longer show through.  So for my fox, I cut a piece of background paper (the one that I used for the card) that was slightly larger than the fox.  I used the background paper to back it because I wanted the fox to remain the focal point — I hoped that the extra background paper would just blend in.  I used a Spellbinders die for this, one that was just a little larger than the fox.  There is no “magic” to what I chose, so anything you have in your stash will work.  Once I mounted the fox on the patterned paper, I trimmed it a little at the top so that the top shape was the fox’s head.  At the bottom and part way up the side, I added some leaves for cover.  The leaves and the label shape I used to mount the fox are from a set of dies called “Orchard Harvest  Tags and Accents“.  Again there is no magic to this set — your favorites will work just fine.

I prepared the card front by cutting a dark brown piece of cardstock 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I cut a rust layer (the same as used for the fox) 4″ x 5.25″, and a layer of patterned paper 3.75″ x 5″.  I attached the three layers with Scor-Tape.

I cut the leaves from three different colors of cardstock to add some dimension and interest.  I added them to the label that the fox is mounted on and to the card base beneath (you’ll have to wait to add these until the spring and fox have been mounted).  Instead of adding the leaves one at a time, I added them in groups of three — one of each color.  Once the leaves were in place on the piece with the fox, I added the wobble spring.  When using the springs, be sure to check the instructions on the inside (on the outside of some) that indicate which part of the spring is the top versus the bottom.  Using the adhesive already a part of the wobble spring, I attached the spring first to the piece with the fox and the leaves, and then to the card front. I tried to match the patterned paper still showing behind the fox to the background to make it blend in as best as I could.   The next step was to fill in with the leaves on the card front.  You don’t need a lot of leaves here, just enough to cover a little when the fox is in motion.

My final step was to add the sentiment.  I didn’t have a stamp with the sentiment I wanted, so I used word processing software on my computer and printer to make it.  I trimmed it to an appropriate size, and added a brown piece of paper as a backer.  Inside the card, the fox says “Happy Birthday”.

fox card

This fox is so cute, and so easy to assemble.  I know that you’ll find this die set to be as much fun as I did.

 

Supply List

Fox die set by Marianne Design Collectables

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Background label and leaf dies — I used Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents by Spellbinders

assorted cardstock including a patterned paper

wobble spring

Scor-Tape

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

 

 

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

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