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Darice Easter Bunny Embossing Folder

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Today I want to share a card using the Darice Easter Bunny embossing folder.  I also want to give you some tips on using things that you already have in your stash in different ways so you can “stretch” both your supplies and your craft budget.

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A successful card always has a good focal point — here I’ve used the bunny face from the Easter Bunny embossing folder.   (The entire embossing folder is darling too, but it doesn’t leave much room for embellishment.  Click here to see the full embossing folder design.)  To isolate the part of the design that I wanted to use, I first cut an oval using my Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Ovals (the largest die), and then carefully placed the oval in my embossing folder and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot.  I added light (or subtle) color to the embossed image using various colors of Memento ink, applied with small Darice craft marshmallows.  Very quick and easy!  Note that you could also emboss the entire image and then place the oval die on it and cut the appropriate section.  Here you risk losing some of the raised image because it may flatten somewhat as it goes back through the die cutting machine.  It can also be wasteful if you aren’t using other parts of the full embossed image.  I generally only use that method when I’ve embossed something that turns out not suitable for the card in its entirety (it is crooked or off-center, etc.).

Sometimes the hardest part of putting together a card is choosing the right cardstock for the accents and layers.  I try to pick the patterned paper first, and then find a coordinating solid.  Sometimes I have a solid color that I want to use, and then have to work backwards to find a coordinating patterned paper.  That was the case with the bunny card pictured above.  This season I just love the soft peach color, but it can be sooooo hard to find.  I had this A-2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) piece of cardstock left from another project, and so just needed to locate a coordinating patterned paper.  Done.  Yay!  The patterned paper was cut 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.

The scalloped oval behind the embossed bunny is also cut using a Spellbinders Nestabilities die, “Big Scalloped Ovals” (small).  The largest size die fit nicely with the embossed bunny oval.  Rather than reaching for another sheet of my “precious” stash of soft peach paper, I cut the scalloped oval from the bottom card layer.  Yes, it is okay to do this — just stay in the center of the card so that your patterned paper will completely cover the hole.  No one will know that you did this — and it is a great way to “stretch” each sheet of paper for maximum use.  I also conserve colored papers and patterned papers by making card fronts, and then mounting them on plain white cardstock.  White cardstock is almost always sold at a lower price.

Now it is time to embellish.  Soft peach coordinating embellishments are almost impossible to find.  This is one of the many reasons why I am so grateful for my stash of Copic markers.  With so many colors to choose from, there is always something that will work.  Copics (or another alcohol ink marker) can be used to color lots of different kinds of embellishments — ribbon, pearls, rhinestones, ribbon roses, etc.  Try this with any white or clear embellishment.  Note that other alcohol ink markers will also work (Copic is my preference because of the beautiful, vibrant ink colors).  Some other examples are Spectrum Noir markers, Shin Han art markers, and Sharpie markers.  Yes, you read that right — Sharpie markers!  Sharpies will work, although I don’t like the result as well since the ink and the colors can be a little intense.  Please see the short video for information on how I added color to the various embellishments that I used on the card.

I repeated the bunny card in a number of different color combinations to show you just how easy it is to change the look and match the embellishments.  The embellishments all began as white or clear, and were colored with various Copic markers.

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It is very difficult to have a ready supply of all of the “right” colors of ribbons and other embellishments.  I always keep plenty of “colorable” supplies on hand, and then purchase additional colors that I use frequently or are difficult to reproduce, etc.  You can also use your Copics to “tone down” a color of ribbon  that is too bright, etc. or to change the shade to just the right color.  Just experiment on a small-scale first to find the look that you like.  (Toning down the ribbon often involves using one of the gray markers rather than a color coordinating one.)

Assembling the card is also very easy.  Attach the patterned cardstock to the background layer (the one with the hole in the middle) using Scor-Tape.  Attach the embossed bunny oval to the scalloped oval using low dimensional adhesive.  Be sure to use some of the dimensional adhesive in the center too — sometimes an object this large will sag over time if there isn’t a little dimensional adhesive to support it.  Use Scor-Tape to attach the ovals to the patterned paper.  Attach the ribbon, bow and ribbon rose with Scor-Tape.  Add the pearls or rhinestones to the ribbon (if you use the “cheap” ones like me, you may need to glue them in place).  Mount the card front to an A2-sized card, and stamp a sentiment inside.  Done.  Easy peasey.

Supply list:

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Oval dies — I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Ovals and Small Big Scalloped Ovals

Darice “Easter Bunny” embossing folder

various cardstock

paper trimmer

white ribbon – I used May Arts 1/4″ sheer ribbon (white)

White ribbon roses

pearls – white or natural

rhinestones – clear (not the ones that are iridescent and shine in various colors — these don’t take the ink very well)

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal — I used both 1/4″ and 1/8″

low dimensional adhesive

Assorted Memento ink — I used Toffee Crunch, Lulu Lavender, New Sprout, Cantaloupe

Darice craft marshmallows – small

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

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Bo Bunny Booth CHA 2014!

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Today is crazy, so it will be a quick view of Bo Bunny Booth CHA 2014. Sorry BB! I hope I can still capture the essence of their fun new products!

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A little while back our designer Patti Senter showed us a wonderful video in her blog post using Bo Bunny’s Head over Heels Collection which was a lot of fun. You can refer to it HERE if you want to see what she did with her mini album. It turned out darling!

Unfortunately, this booth was so busy by the product that I couldn’t get in there well enough to video, so I just took some photos of the different product to show you. I hope you can see it well enough, but if not, you will soon be able to go to our Bo Bunny Category to the individual lines. The new lines are not being released until February, but we are getting products on our site as soon as we can!

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Our Lil’ Monster (Can you tell I really like this one?)

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I may have missed a couple because it was busy and I was in a frantic rush, so I apologize if I missed one that you wanted to see. I really tried!

There’s much more to cover from CHA, so we’ll do one more tomorrow along with one of our newest designers, Crystal Thompson, and then we will resume next week!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!
Carrie

Graphic 45 Sneak Peek Days 4 & 5 Staples!

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Discover new papercrafting possibilities with the new collection of Graphic 45 Kraft Book Boxes, Shabby Chic Metal, ATC, elegant Washi Tape, and Ivory Regular and Large Tag Staples. Your projects will take on a high-end vintage look with these new heirloom-quality embellishments and craft surfaces. These beautiful pieces will bring new dimension, quality, and texture to any project. Accomplish an authentic vintage look with new cream distressed silver Shabby Chic Ornate Stamped Metal Brads, Antique Door Pulls, Metal Ornate Keyholes, and Metal Ornate Keys. Bring elegance to your ATCs with ivory and kraft Artist Trading Cards. Graphic 45 Washi Tape set will bring elegance to any project. Our Book Boxes will make all your altered art dreams come true. These new Staples are carefully crafted for your papercrafting needs, exclusively from Graphic 45.

Well start off with day 4.  If you would like to view projects that have been made using these products click HERE to see what the Graphic 45 designers have done!

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To finish off for today, we’ll have you all caught up with Day 5. Click HERE to see some fabulous projects using the following products from the G45 designers!

Artist Trading Tags in Kraft & Ivory

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Regular Tag Staples in Kraft & Ivory

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Large Tag Staples in Kraft & Ivory

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Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys

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Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads

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Graphic 45 Washi Tape Set

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That’s it for today, but be sure to come back next week for more exciting Sneak Peeks! It’s going to be lots of fun!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

Simple Halloween Cards Featuring “Thrilling” by Authentique

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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Today I want to show you some frighteningly simple Halloween cards featuring the Authentique “Thrilling” Collection.  I love the variety of papers and stickers available in Authentique’s Thrilling Collection – enough to satisfy all of my Halloween card needs and then some.  I especially love the paper called “Mystic”, and that is what I used to make some super simple Halloween cards.

To create these cards, I first cut apart the various elements on the “Mystic” page.  In some cases I cut the outside borders off, and instead used a coordinating solid paper as a border or frame for the element.   I decided to make A7 (5”x7” cards) and wanted the base of each card to be black, so I cut 5-5”x7” bases from Bazzill Blackbird cardstock (I prepare card fronts and simply mount them to 5”x7” folded cards as a last step).

Some of the elements are quite large, so a few simple layers are all that is needed (for example, the first 2 cards pictured above).  For those cards, I started with the 5”x7” base in black, and then layered complementary colors.  The layer on the first card is cut 4.75” x 6.75”.  For the second card, I chose to cut off the printed border, and substituted a second layer.  I cut the card base at 5”x7”, the first layer at 4.75”x6.75”, and the second layer at 4.5” x 6.5”.  Of course the Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics dies would make this even easier (I’m going to have to add those sets to my wish list).

For the smaller elements on the “Mystic” paper, I used a Spellbinders die and a pop of color to add interest.  The Spellbinders die, “Tapestry”, is one of their “shapeabilities expandable pattern” dies, and I thought it had a perfect “Halloween” feel.  So for the last 3 cards, I cut the card base from black cardstock at 5”x7”, the first layer from a complementary color cardstock at 4.75”x6.75”, and a second layer from black cardstock at 4.5”x6.5”.   The second layer for each card was cut using the Spellbinders Tapestry die.

This short video will give you a closer look at the Authentique “Thrilling” collection and the Spellbinders tapestry die, and will illustrate the basic instructions given above.

I finished each of the cards with a few embellishments – they really don’t need much.  I started by using a little glitter pen and the Smooches pearlized accent ink (adds a subtle shimmer) to enhance the “Mystic” elements.  I just used a little, so it may be hard to detect in the photos.  I thought, for example, that the Sundance Smooches ink really enhanced areas that were supposed to represent candle light.  Then, of course, I added ribbon and rhinestones, etc. to finish the cards.

Supply List:

Authentique Thrilling Collection – 12×12 papers and 2 sticker sheets

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Expandable Pattern die, “Tapestry” (S5-198)

Bazzill cardstock, solid colors – I used Blackbird, Navel, Yukon Gold, Pomegranate and an unidentified soft medium brown.

Smooches pearlized accent ink – I used Tuxedo, Siren and Sundance

Viva Glitter Liner – Holo Iridescent (or substitute your favorite Stickles)

Miscellaneous embellishments – I used what I had on hand including assorted rhinestones, black and ivory gingham ribbon, May Arts satin cutouts small brown leaves, Dress It Up pumpkin button from  the “Vegetables” pack, Maya Road “harvest corn” bakers twine, and May Arts chocolate and bittersweet burlap twine.

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

4th Of July Decor Using Bo Bunny Anthem Paper!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

You all know that I love paper crafting, but my real passion is wood crafts, and so I wanted to share the 4th of July decor I made using Bo Bunny Anthem paper. This project combined both loves and was easy. All you need are the following:

Wood letters (I used 2″ thick, 10″ tall letters bought from The Wood Connection in Murray, UT)

12 x 12 paper

ModPodge

acrylic paint or stain for sides and back of letters

2- 1″ sponge brushes

embellishments of choice.

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I sanded the letters with 120 grit sandpaper before tracing the letters on the paper and painting the sides and backs of the letters.  Cut the letters with scissors (that is the least fun part), then used ModPodge to adhere the paper to the front of the letters. Once dry, I put 2 coats of ModPodge over the top to seal the paper. I used glossy ModPodge, but matte would work just as well.

Once dry, I used just a few different embellishments on the letters to finish them off. I now have a fun, new patriotic decoration to spruce up my home!

If you want to do a fun, easy decor project, this is it! You can create any desired work art by purchasing the desired letters!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

 

Mother Goose Summer Release From Graphic 45!

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Mother Goose is one of the exciting new Summer CHA Releases from Graphic 45. We will start sharing sneak peeks of this collection TODAY on the blog, July 1, 2013.

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“Mother Goose”

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“Checkers”

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“Nursery Rhymes”

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Graphic 45 is taking you on an enchanting journey where nursery rhymes come to life! Introducing Mother Goose, a brand new paper collection that celebrates the splendor of classic children’s fables! Join the delightful cast of characters like Humpty Dumpty, The Cat and the Fiddle, Mary and her Little Lamb and many more! Lavish floral designs, playful plaids, splendid stripes and charming cut-aparts adorn the pages of this sweetly nostalgic new collection! The richly saturated color palette includes cornflower blues, tea greens, brick reds, golden yellows, eggshell whites and charcoal blacks. This fanciful new collection includes 12 beautiful double-sided papers, 12×12 and 8×8 paper pads, coordinating chipboard die-cuts, sticker sets, stamps, cardstock embellishments including flowers, tags & pockets, and banners, along with a 6×6 paper pad containing 36 sheets with coordinating patterns and solids. With Mother Goose from Graphic 45, your imagination will soar to incredible heights like a diamond in the sky!

Just think of all the wonderful things you can do with this collection!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

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