Monday, July 16, 2018

Heffalumps and Woozles in the craft room ....

Had an order to make 40 birthday announcements and of course baby was earlier than expected so the race was on  . .

Finished all 40 of the birth announcements I made for a first baby - it is a boy. The mother wanted a gray card -- she painted the baby room gray -- with light blue and she insisted on elephants so I had showed her one of the baby cards I had recently made and that was the design she wanted. Here is what at card looked like:

As you can see it is the card on the far right with the elephants on the front.

The card she liked she wanted changed -- that card had the scored line at the top and she wanted the scored line on the side. I  decided to raise up the "hello baby" for the announcements but other than those two changes I stuck with the basic card layout.

With having to make 40 of these the best thing to do is make them in an assembly line -- cut and scored all the card bases of Smoky Slate from Stampin Up. Set these aside.  Cut SU Bashful Blue for the card fronts to the sizes I needed. Set these aside. Cut all my white card fronts a bit larger than I would need from white/GP. Used the Swiss Dots embossing folder to emboss the top of the white/GP pieces. With those all embossed I trimmed these to the sizes I needed for the card front. Set those aside.

There is an additional elephant on the inside of the announcement so I punched out 160 blue elephants for the cards using the elephant punch from M Stewart. The rick rack piece is from a die set from Sunny Studios that my PIC (Stamping Partner In Crime) had surprised me with awhile back. For the hearts by the greeting I used the multi hearts punch from Stampin Up. "hello baby" is a stamp from the SU Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set. 

First with the white/GP pieces cut and trimmed with embossing done I wanted to be sure the "hello baby" would be stamped not only straight but in the same location on each lower card front. Since mine is a wood mounted stamp set I had to use the Stamp A Ma Jig for placement. I stamped the stamp onto the plastic sheet and then used a ruler and a black Sharpie marker to draw around the stamped image on the plastic sheet so I could line this up with the lower corner of my white embossed pieces for the card fronts:

The above photo was taken at the end of my stamping so the stamped image is light. Once all the stamping was done I removed the stamped image from the plastic sheet using a baby wipe and then used StazOn cleaner on a kleenex to remove the black Sharpie lines.  Here is a photo showing the beginning of  the assembly line for these cards:

The above photo shows the card fronts attached and my stamp on the back of each card - this next photo shows the last step -- attaching the insert with the baby's birth date and info:

For the inserts I printed all the baby information on the computer onto white/GP card stock and trimmed each one to the size needed for my card. With inserts attached to the inside of the announcement cards I then put a white envelope with each card for delivery. Did not take long to assemble them once all scoring, cutting, trimming, and gluing were done. Certainly glad there were only 40... ;0)  As for the woozles.... must be DH because he always raids the candy jar in the craft room when he stops in . . . haha

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Shadow Box BOO

Had seen cards here and there using the idea of a shadow box but they all had flaps for the fronts. I wanted my card to be free standing and without a flap. Saw a card I liked but of course no directions anywhere when I tracked down the blog. . .

With just the idea of it all I would have to make my own pattern for this Shadow Box BOO card. I wanted it to be free standing but still lay flat for mailing -- here is an envelope from Mikes with my card inside:

Once it is out of the envelope this is what it looks like:

The card is two pieces of card stock -- these photos show the first one I made for my pattern. The back/front piece is one piece of white card stock 5 1/2" x 9". Scored with the long side at the top of the score board (I used the M Stewart score board): 1/2", 3 3/4", 4 3/4", and again at 8". The insert piece is cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" scored with short end at top of score board at: 1/2" and 3 3/4". The key to this box card is to crease your scored lines sharply so they will keep the box shape. Here are photos of the pattern:

and the other side with the insert piece:

Since this was my first one and the pattern I wrote front, back, and insert on the pieces so I could keep the pieces marked. Using rectangle dies from Spellbinders I used washi tape and held the die in place and die cut that. Wanted a larger opening so with it cut I moved the die down to the lower part of the front and cut it again for the larger rectangular opening:

With the window cut out of the front piece I did the same to the insert piece:

Now I was ready to 'dry fit' my box card:

With the pattern made I cut out the card pieces using Smoky Slate card stock from Stampin Up. Before I cut the windows in the front and insert pieces I decided how I wanted to decorate the front of my box card. I die cut the pumpkin and sponged the edges of that with black ink. Stamped "happy halloween" onto scrap white card stock and used the SU banner punch for that. Sponged the edges of that. Wanted to use the Spellbinder Deckled Rectangle die set for a frame around the window on the front of the box card so I cut a piece of Mikes black card stock using the largest of these rectangle frames. That decided how large my windows could be for my box card. I used the largest plain Spellbinder rectangle die and cut out a window in my front piece and the insert piece. I sponged the insides of both rectangle windows using black ink. Used red sticky tape and put the black deckled frame over the window on the front piece of the box card.

While my box card was flat I did all the decorating -- this box card is three layers. First I cut a piece of white/GP for the inside of the box piece -- the back piece - used a small haunted house die and cut that from Mikes black card stock. For the moon I used a Post It Note and a 1" circle punch and put the circle on the white/GP piece in the upper right corner. Used the SU Detailed Floral die to die cut a piece from black card stock to use as a template for my clouds. Sponged over this template on the white/GP moon piece using SU Going Gray ink. With that done I used the ATG and TomBow glue and put the haunted house die cut piece onto this white/GP cloud piece. I removed the moon circle and added some yellow and orange ink to that leaving the center all white.

Die cut the small Impression Obsession ghost die set using white glittered card stock and put two of the small ghosts above the haunted house on the background piece using micro mini glue dots. Put a third ghost near the bottom of the haunted house piece. Using the ATG I put this piece on the solid part of the card stock base. Set this aside.

Cut two pieces of clear sheets for my 'windows'. They are 3" x 3 3/4". Using a multi bats stamp from the dollar bin at Mikes (when the dollar stamps were a dollar).... I used StazOn black ink and the Stamp A Ma Jig tool to stamp the bats. Using the Stamp A Ma Jig when stamping onto clear sheets gives you a clearer stamped image without the stamp sliding. If you do not have a clear image just use StazOn cleaner on a clean tissue and wipe off the clear sheet and stamp again. For the front window piece I stamped the gate stamp from the SU stamp set Toxic Treats. With both clear sheets stamped I set them aside to dry.

For "boo" I made my own 'klipboard'. Used a pull tab from a kleenex box and die cut "boo":

I used a sheet of glittered paper from the dollar tree and backed that with Stick It sheet and die cut that and peeled off the backing and put it over the kleenex cardboard tab "boo" and this gives this word shape and dimension:

On my box card I used an orange "boo" I had die cut. While my box card was flat and not assembled I used red sticky tape on the backsides of my die cut rectangle windows and put the stamped clear sheets on the box pieces. With that done I used sticky strip and put the center insert piece onto the box card base. Then put the front window piece over the box card and closed it - using black ink I sponged the edges on the front, back and sides of my box card -- sides, top, and bottom.

Cut a piece of Halloween washi tape for the top front of my box card. This box card is very hard to photograph with the clear sheet windows but IRL you can easily see the gate piece in front of the bats piece in front of the haunted house piece:

The above photo is dark due to the window sheet glare for the stamped windows but this photo shows the card is free standing and it holds it's shape for a shadow box. This photo is a bit better:

This is an easy pattern to use for this box card. I did the base front and back piece first with stamping and decorating and then did the insert piece. Once all decorated then I attached the insert piece and closed the box card.  Like how it is not only free standing but also dimensional for the BOO Day festivities!! Fun card to put together and like that it folds flat for mailing. TFL

Monday, July 9, 2018

Layered Birthday Card

** This card was chosen for a "Favorites of the Week" on Splitcoast Stampers. No doubt due to the beautiful detail on this die set from Our Daily Bread Designs! (ODBD) Thanks to Jeanette for including my card on her list! **

Used the Our Daily Bread Design quilted die for this next card:

This die not only cuts the pieces for the quilt but it also has the stitch lines for extra detail. Here is my second quilt card using this die:

The card stock base is pink card stock from SU cut and scored on the side. For the quilted piece I cut the quilt die out of white/GP. The frame from that die cut is the white frame piece I used for the card front. Using Prima card stock from Hobby Lobby on sale I cut four prints using the die so I would have a variety of prints on the quilt:

With all the prints cut I cut a piece of white/GP the size of the die cut quilt frame. Covered that piece with adhesive using the ATG and put the white/GP die cut frame onto that. That would be the base of the quilt that I put all the die cut prints into to 'build' the quilt. Once all the pieces were in the frame I used SU Crumb Cake and sponged the edges of the quilted card front:

Put this quilt piece onto the pink card stock base using the ATG. Set that aside. Using an oval doily die from my stash I cut out a doily using white/GP card stock. Sponged the edges of that with SU Crumb Cake. Using two Spellbinder oval dies I cut out an oval frame from white/GP and sponged that as well. Used a lattice die from the stash and cut out a piece of white/GP. Lightly sponged the ink over that as well:

Here is a photo of the die cut doily and oval frame also sponged:

Used an oval die and cut out the lattice piece and put the oval frame over the lattice piece using red sticky tape. Used a white pearls pen for the pearls on the lattice piece:

Once that was dry I put it onto the oval doily piece using the red sticky tape. For the flowers I used flowers from the stash and used a sprig punch from M Stewart and punched out 6 sprig pieces. Laid the flowers and sprigs on a cookie rack and spritzed them with Shimmer Mist to give them a little sparkle:

Put the flowers together using clear TomBow glue and put a pearl in the center of those and put the sprig pieces under them using red sticky tape. Put these onto the oval doily frame piece using glue dots and sticky tape. For the banner "Birthday Blessings" I used a stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs and stamped it onto scrap white/GP using pink ink. Sponged the edges with the Crumb Cake ink. Trimmed this to fit into the SU banner punch and punched that out. Ran it over and under a plastic bone folder to give it a wave and put it under the flowers and on the frame using glue dots:

Used pop dots and put the doily/frame piece onto the card front. The above photo shows the flowers, banner, and the sponging on the edges of the quilted piece. The quilted die from Our Daily Bread Designs easily cuts through many different weights of card stock with no problems and the die gives your piece a lot of detail. Looking forward to making holiday cards using this die as well. TFL

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Quilted Floral Card

Our Daily Bread Designs (ODBD) sells their new releases with bundle pricing or you can just buy whichever of those dies you would like individually. This card was made using the new Quilted Background die from their new July release:

Here is a photo of the packaging to show this quilted die:

For my card I used #110 weight black card stock from Mikes. Cut and scored that at the top. Set it aside. For my quilted piece I cut out white/GP for the white frame and pieces for my card. The prints on my card are from a 6x6 paper pack on sale at Hobby Lobby:

I cut out the die from three of these prints. Once all the quilted pieces were cut I cut a piece of white/GP the same size as the quilted frame and used the ATG to cover that with adhesive. (That piece is the "base" to 'build' the quilt on). Then I put the white quilt frame piece on that. With that in place I began assembling all the cut quilt pieces into the white/GP frame. This is a photo showing all the pieces in the frame:

I used the ATG and put this quilted card front onto the black card stock base. Using a scalloped punch I punched out a black scalloped circle. Using a die from the stash I cut out a black circle frame from the black and white print in the card stock pack. For the flowers in the circle frame I used the floral print card stock I had used for my quilted frame. Used a circle die from Spellbinders and cut out the largest flower cluster on the floral card stock. Used TomBow glue to put the circle frame over the floral circle and then put these onto the black scalloped circle. Used pop dots to put this in the center of the quilted background card front.

For the "hello" I used a stamp from the Stampin Up "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set and stamped that using Memento black ink. That stamp reads "hello baby" but I just inked the "hello" and stamped it onto scrap white/GP card stock. Used the small tag punch from Stampin Up to punch that out. Tucked this tag under the floral circle on my card front. Put a pop dot behind this tag to give the greeting piece dimension.

The dies from Our Daily Bread Designs always cut well and you can see the detail of the quilted pieces in this photo - I used clear Wink of Stella over the flowers in the circle to add some sparkle and shine to the card front:

and a photo to show the greeting:

Added clear sequins to the card front for some sparkle as well - nice die to use for quilted cards and they will all look different depending on what prints and colours you use. TFL

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Masculine Birthday Card

Patriotic birthday for DH today -- so I am posting two cards I made for his birthday. The above card is on a card base of Stampin Up Bashful blue, white front is GP, and the brown is Chocolate Chip card stock.

Cut and scored the blue card base and creased the score line. Set that aside. For the white/GP card stock base I cut that to the size I wanted for the card front. I used the background stamp from the two set Stampin Up stamp set "You've Got This" and I inked that using their Bashful Blue ink. I wanted this background to be very light so I inked the stamp, stamped off onto scrap paper, and then lightly stamped it onto the whtie/GP card stock front.

Using an oval deer Memory Box die I die cut a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock for the card front. Using TomBom glue I put the die cut piece onto the stamped white/GP piece. Used the ATG to put these onto the blue card stock base. REALLY hard not to slather Wink of Stella all over the deer and trees or pop a tiny blue bow on his head but thinking DH would not appreciate that -- haha....

Now a card from DH's BFFF -- Best Furry Friend Forever -- the dog:

Used #110 weight white card stock from Mikes for the white card stock base scored at the top. For the gray piece on the card front I used Stampin Up Smoky Slate card stock. The stamped white card front piece is GP.

Cut and scored the card stock base and set that aside. Cut my gray card stock to the size for the card front. Trimmed a piece of white/GP card stock for the card front. On that I stamped a paw print stamp from my stash -- from Mike's dollar bin when their dollar stamps WERE a dollar!! haha - that is how old this stamp is...  I stamped it onto the white piece using Stampin Up Going Gray ink and I rotated the stamp as I stamped. Then I sponged that ink onto the edges of this piece.

For the word "DAD" I used the Stampin Up Large Alphabet die set and cut the letters out of the Smoky Slate card stock. Sponged the Going Gray over these letters. Using the ATG I put the paw print stamped piece onto the gray card front. Then put them onto the white card stock base also using the ATG. Used mini glue dots to put the "DAD" on the card front. Had paw print washi tape in the stash so I put a piece of that on the lower bottom of the card. Sure DH will get a kick out of a card from his furry friend!  TFL

Happy 4th of July Treat Holders

Happy 4th of July -- be safe, keep cool, and enjoy!

Here are two of the 4th of July treat holders I made this week:

This treat bag uses the Mini Treat Bag die set from Stampin Up. The patriotic paper is from a 6 x 6 pad of patriotic prints by Pebbles - "Americana" from my stash. Used a patriotic stamp set from Taylored Expresssions for the stamped banner greeting. Used the SU Banner Punch for that. The stars are the stitched star dies from Our Daily Bread Designs and in the center is a denim fabric covered brad from the stash. For the belly band just cut two pieces the width I wanted and put them around the treat bag using tear and tape.

This next treat holder uses a couple of dies -- the basket is the Bountiful Basket die set from Our Daily Bread Designs:

I die cut the basket out of #110 weight white card stock from Mikes. Stars print is from the Pebbles patriotic paper pad "Americana". This die set is very detailed -- when you die cut the basket shape of the die the die embosses the card stock so it is very easy to line up the printed paper you use to decorate each piece. I used TomBow glue to put the prints onto the basket piece while the basket piece was flat and not assembled - here is a photo of the packaging to show this ODBD die set:

This die set has the basket as well as the layers die set. Easy basket to die cut and assemble... but of course I added a Cheery Lynn small doily die that I had cut in half to the circles on the sides of the basket:

I also used the Stampin Up Bow Builder punch for the bow. Added a silver star crystal to the center of that for the front of my basket. Here is a photo to show how many mini treats this little basket can hold:

Another fun die from ODBD.  Happy 4th!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Shimmer and Shine -- not always a good thing . . .

Had seen videos on Youtube for card making and the crafters where using a teflon bone folder to score and crease their scored lines. They explained by using the teflon bone folder that you do not get the shimmer and shine a plastic bone folder or scoring tool can leave on your card stock - especially if your card stock is a dark shade - IE  Black, navy, dark reds, browns, etc.. One crafter said she had bought her teflon bone folder from Simon Says Stamps - for $26.00. FAR too much for me to pay for a bone folder so I did not buy one.... until.....

Recently bought a salt cellar to hold my Absorber shammy for stamp cleaning on Amazon. While I was on Amazon I searched for teflon bone folders. I did find this one and it had good reviews and is a lot cheaper than Simon Says:

So I ordered that with the salt cellar and with Prime shipping (free) that helped to keep my costs down.

When my order arrived I took two pieces of #110 weight black card stock from Mikes and I used the Scor-Pal score board to score my samples. The first photo shows the scored line using the Scor-Pal scoring tool and the second photo shows the scored line using the teflon bone folder:

Using each bone folder I made the scored lines with I then creased the score lines in the center of my samples:

Hard to see but the bottom sample was made with the plastic scoring tool that comes with the Scor-Pal and the top sample was creased using the teflon bone folder. There is shimmer and shine on the creased score line using the plastic bone folder and no marks using the teflon bone folder. This next photo shows how flat these bone folders get the creased line - with one pass of the bone folders -  sample on the left is the teflon sample and the right is the plastic bone folder sample:

No more having to turn your card stock base over to keep the shimmer and shine lines on the back of your cards! Here is a photo to show this teflon bone folder -- the pointed end is for scoring and the curved end is for creasing your score lines:

Also using the teflon bone folder you only have to run it over your scored lines for a crease once or twice whereas with the plastic bone folder many times you have to go back and forth to flatten the card stock creases and each pass of the bone folder adds more shimmer and shine to your card - and that is not always a good thing -- ;0) ... 

The bone folder I bought is from HG Crafts and it has a nice weight and shape to it. This will certainly come in handy making cards on the darker card stocks!!  TFL

Friday, June 29, 2018

Now you see it... Now you don't. . . .

First will say I learned about cleaning stamps using a shammy from Bonnie K at one of her classes. (Thanks   ;0)  Bonnie).  There were shammy stamp cleaning cloths from Lawn Fawn online but that size is 5" x 7" and approx $8.00 plus shipping. That cloth also is available in one colour only.

Bonnie K had told me to go to Walmart and in the automotive section they sell a shammy called the Absorber and that is available in different colours. It is approx $10.00 for a 17" x 27" size. She said it can easily be cut to any size for use. She kept her stamp shammy in a clamshell case from Stampin Up in between uses for storage and to keep the cloth moist. Off to Walmart for me to buy my Absorber and I brought it home and cut it into sizes I wanted.

The shammy is a really good stamp cleaner - especially if you are using one stamp with the MISTI tool or the Stamparatus tool and are using different colours for that stamp. In the past if I am using one image and stamping it in multiple colours I have used a baby wipe to clean the ink off the stamp but they can leave behind lint so your next stamped image may not be clear. It also is time consuming to keep removing the stamp to take to the stamping scrub for cleaning.

Happy to have this new stamp cleaner in the craft room but soon enough learned it could become "smelly" sitting in the closed case for storage. Plus I needed to use both hands to open the stamp storage case I stored it in ...  One day I saw a video on Youtube of a stamper that uses the Absorber cloth for stamp cleaning and she stores hers in a salt cellar -- what??  Looked up her salt cellar online and it is the Chef'n Dash salt cellar. After checking around I saw other crafters also using this salt cellar for their stamp shammy storage.... Off to Amazon for me and I ordered my salt cellar and put it right to use when it arrived.

These photos show my stamp shammy and storage and shows how this shammy cleans stamps. For the photos I used a brand new shammy with a brand new stamp to show this:

The above photo shows the salt cellar with the dampened shammy inside. There is enough of a slit at the close of this to allow air to circulate so the shammy will not become smelly. If the shammy dries out I simply have to wet it again and it is ready for use.

Here is the brand new Snowman stamp I recently bought at a stamp show from Our Daily Bread Design:

This stamp has a matching die which will be helpful for holiday cards and projects. For my stamped sample I used white/GP card stock and stamped the image 4 times using black ColorBox ink and I did not clean the stamp in between stamping the image:

Here is a photo showing the stamp after I stamped all four images:

As you can see there is black ink on the stamp image as well as the edges of the stamp. Using the dampened shammy I wiped the ink off the stamp:

No lint or ink on the stamp -- and this stamped image uses a lot of black ink:

Here is the shammy after I cleaned the ink of my stamp:

I took this to the sink and ran it under water and squeezed it out and here is the rinsed shammy now:

Took the shammy and back in the salt cellar on the work table:

Closed the lid and it is all set for next use. The nice thing about this salt cellar is it has a rubber ring on the bottom of it so it will not be moving all over my work table. It also is easy to open and close the lid with one finger so if I am busy stamping I can get to it easily. Also since the inside is shaped like a bowl it holds the shammy while I am stamping until I grab it again to clean a stamp. Keeps the moisture off the work table and card stocks and projects. Thanks Bonnie K for this great tip for an affordable stamp shammy!!  TFL