Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Merry Christmas Card

Had seen this done in the new copy of Papercrafts Magazine. They have a pattern inside for the people and I adapted that so I could use more of my own punches. I used the Lacy Circle Spellbinders die for the Lacy Circle behind the people. Punches were used for the star, the lamb, etc.. Used a Woodgrain embossing folder from PaperStudio from Hobby Lobby for the pedestal and cradle piece. Cut that out with scissors. Used SU Close to Cocoa ink to sponge that. The star punch is from SU and the sheep was made with a small scallop circle punch from EK Success. Used a stamp by Stamps by Impressions for the "Merry Christmas" and I used SU Basic Brown ink for that. This card is made with paper piecing but it is very simple --- I put the people together, the baby in the cradle, the lamb together and then cut out the Spellbinders die piece. Once everything is put together you can add them to the card front and it goes together quickly. Just thought they were too cute not to make them up. TFL  *** Just put a post on the blog explaining this card in details -- it is Merry Christmas Card explained.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Turkey Card

This is a card for Thanksgiving. I used rust card stocks from Stampin Up and the cream is their Very Vanilla. The background piece was stamped with SU Close to Cocoa ink and I used the Autumn stamp set from DeNami Designs for that. Also used a peg dot stamp from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Then used the Darice Dots embossing folder in the Cuttlebug to emboss this piece. Trimmed it to size for the card front. For the center piece across the front I used the Very Vanilla card stock and used a dot stamp from DeNami Designs and SU Sahara Sand for that. Trimmed it to the size I needed and stamped "Gobble, Gobble" which is a stamp from Printworks on that. Used twine and tied a knot on that. For the turkey he was stamped and then I used markers and a gel pen for his tail and feathers. Used circle punches and scalloped punches for the pieces behind him. Used pop dots for him for dimension. TFL

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Card

Card base is rust card stock from Stampin Up. Green print is from the scrap file. Used another SU rust for behind the tree piece and the trees are on SU Very Vanilla. The trees stamp is by Linden Allee and I picked that up at Archivers. For the trees I used markers for the tree tops and the tree trunks. Used the 'huff' method to stamp this. For the "Happy Thanksgiving" stamp I used SU Dusty Durango ink and that stamp is from Embossing Arts Co. from 1990 that I picked up at a craft garage sale for $1.00. Added green and white twine from the twine jars and the card is complete. I find some stamps I see I just know what I will make with them. This trees stamp I am sure I will get a lot of use from on up coming cards . . .  TFL

Old N' New Card

This card is the Old N' New combined..... card is a card base of Stampin Up Cherry Cobbler which is a new colour for them. I then cut a piece of SU Close to Cocoa card stock and then a piece of the SU Very Vanilla card stock for the card front. The wreath/berry stamps are from the 2001 Stampin Up stamp set "Sketch It". For the wreath I stamped it with Stampin Up Crumb Cake ink and their Close to Cocoa ink. For the berries I used the Close to Cocoa ink and then used red Stickles*** on those. For the bow for the wreath I used the Fiskar Bow squeeze punch. I put a dot of red Stickles in the center of that and put that on the wreath with a glue dot. For the border piece at the bottom I used the Memory Box** Piestra Tile die in the Cuttlebug.

** To cut this die out I cut out a piece of waxed paper, put that on the cutting side of the die, then the Cherry Cobbler card stock. Ran this through the Cuttlebug with a one layer shim to cut since this die has an intricate design. Once that was cut out I put that on the card front with a glue pen for adhesive. I find with the more intricate dies to put them through the Cuttlebug lengthwise rather than widthwise as you will have an even cut that way. *** As usual whenever I add Stickles to a card I complete the card and then put the Stickles on it setting it aside to dry.  This way the Stickles will not get smeared if I am trying to finish a card.

This card could be used for Christmas, Fall, Thanksgiving and the like. The wreath in this stamp set is very versatile and does not look "Christmasy" as some of them do. TFL

Monday, October 22, 2012

Turkey Dinner Card

Used brown card stock from Stampin Up as the card base. Used the Spellbinders Scalloped Circles for the card shape** and cut that out using the Cuttlebug.  To make the card top flat and in one piece I positioned the die off the top fold of the card:

As you can see in this photo I made a center mark on the card front in the lower center with a pencil. This dot is to make sure I have a full scallop at the bottom of the card.  Using painter's tape I taped the die onto the card front being sure the die was off the scored/fold of the card front. Using the Cuttlebug I cut this out. I then put one of the Spellbinder Circles die on the front of the card, again with the painter's tape, and cut that out with the Cuttlebug for the round 'window':

Then I used two of the circle dies and cut out the rust circle around the circle 'window' ( I used striped card stock in the photo for you to see how the dies are spaced and then taped down):

On my card I used rust card stock for the circle around the 'window' and this photo shows after I cut that out I then used the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and embossed it:

Using an ATG for adhesive I ran that around the circle and put it on the card front. (I made a continuous line with the ATG for adhesive as it will stick on curves). Once the frame was on the card front I then used another circle die and cut out printed card stock from Hobby Lobby for the inside of the card. Again used the ATG to put that inside the card.

Using a small oval punch and scraps I punched out 3 ovals and then sponged SU Pumpkin Pie ink on the edges of those and put them together to make a pumpkin. Used the Fiskars pumpkin punch and punched out the stem for the pumpkin and used an EK Success leaves border punch for the leaf on the pumpkin. Put that on the card front with a glue dot.

The turkey is a stamp from DeNami Designs and I stamped that and used markers and then a gold gel pen for that. Used a larger punch for the circle behind the turkey and then a scalloped circle punch for the scallop behind that. Used a thicker pop dot and put the turkey in the center of the 'window'. The greeting is on the back of this card.

** To keep this card from rolling over and to make it stand up I simply clipped off a small amount of the curve of the bottom of the card back and this stands up.See photo:

Using the Spellbinder dies for card shapes is easy to do and if you mark the lower center of the piece you are cutting out it will always work out for you.  TFL

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Snowmen Treat Holders

Had seen the snowmen by Connie Plaumann on Splitcoast and decided to make my own. Did not find her instructions so I will explain how I made mine.

Used the Stampin Up Bigs Two Tags die. Cut out four of the scallop tags from GP white card stock. Used the small Snowman face stamp from for the face. Stamped it with StazOn black ink. Used an orange marker for the nose. For the buttons I used a small circle punch and used a glue pen to put the buttons on. Once that was done I scored 1" above the straight bottom and that is the base of the treat holder. Used sticky tape to put the front bottom on the back bottom piece. This makes your holder free standing.

Once that is done I used ribbons from the stash and tied a ribbon on each snowman. For the girl I used the Triple Flower punch from Stampin Up and added a crystal to that and then used a glue dot to put that on the girl. For the boy I used shiny black card stock from Hobby Lobby and using the SU Modern Label punch and their Curly Label punch I made the hat. These are the fastest treat holders I have made yet --- TFL

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Boo Day Cards -- DONE

These first few photos are of Halloween cards I made using card stock from a pack of Halloween printed card stock sold at AC Moore. For the ghost I used the Stampin Up Owl Punch and punched that out of white glitter card stock from Hobby Lobby -- cut off his feet (ouch) and turned him over and now he is a ghost. Various punches were used with these cards:

The pocket cards were made the easy way--explained on my blog under Pocket Cards made EASY. Brads and ribbons are from the stash. The cards below are all various pocket cards and others:

For the cards above again I used various card stocks, ribbons, and punches. For all the pocket cards the inside is stamped with a "Boo" stamp -- some of the stamps have a drippy look, others are solid, and also one is polka dots. For the cards below I used various Spellbinder dies and I used the Cuttlebug to cut those out:

And of course the Triple Time Stamping Spooky card I had made and posted earlier on the blog:

For each holiday I make approx 20 cards -- at Christmas I make cards and we also buy the box of cards to send to others as well. This holiday altho I made a lot of the pocket cards I tried to make them each different. Some the flaps close differently. Some of the other cards open at the top rather than the side. For the shaped Spellbinder die cards I tried to use different dies and not all the same. So this is not rocket science and try not to stress over it --- card making should be fun . . .  now back to painting and house projects for me -- TFL

One stamp Christmas Cards

This stamp is from the Stampin Up stamp set Scenic Season and this is a stamp set of 2 stamps. I used this tree stamp from SU but you can buy stamps at AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels that have trees on them. For this card I used the Triple Time Stamping technique. We had done this technique at our monthly stamp club but if you go to  she also has a video for this and that has the sizes you need to cut for your card.

For my card I used this stamp and I inked the stamp with the stamp pad as I only wanted the trees inked. The tips I have learned making cards with this technique is once you cut your white pieces use removable adhesive to keep them together in a stack. This will prevent them from shifting when you stamp them. I have made a sample below and I did this so you can see what it looks like once it is stamped:

When you look at this sample you may think it did not stamp well but using scraps I put the card layers together for you to see the end result with the coloured card stock in between:

Again these are all scraps but it is to show you once you have the layers altogether it looks a lot better. Here is the card I made:

This card base is Not Quite Navy and the white card stock is from GP - Georgia Pacific. The ink I used was from Stampin Up and that is Buckaroo Blue as I do not have any of the Not Quite Navy ink. Once I had all the card layers together -- and before I put this on the card base itself -- I used Pearls Shimmer Mist on this. Tips for Shimmer Mist --- shake WELL and less is more --- I also spray it far above the piece. Again I took pictures of the card front but can not get the Shimmer Mist to show up in the photo. For the greeting on the front of the card "Season's Greetings" that is also on the same stamp as the trees. Again I just inked the greeting and stamped that onto white card stock. Using the Spellbinders die from the Ribbon Tags Trio #2 die set I cut out the greeting with the Cuttlebug. Used ribbon from the stash. (Did not use Shimmer Mist on the greeting tag).

To make a lot of these cards I did all my cuts of the white card stock and the blue card stock. Then cut and scored each card. These go together quickly and they have the "WOW" factor you would expect with layers and the Shimmer Mist just adds sparkle and shine. (Was able to get a shot of the card front with the Shimmer Mist on it):

Christmas cards are now done but Thanksgiving cards not started . . so best get going. TFL

Friday, October 12, 2012

B00 Day -- Are you ready? ? ?

Once again Hambo Stamps has made a cute stamp for Halloween. This card is on a base of Stampin Up Pumpkin Pie card stock. The black is also theirs. The dotted paper is from my stash and the white is GP - Georgia Pacific. Used StazOn black ink for the stamp. The ghosts were made using a Fiskars punch and I used white glitter card stock from Hobby Lobby for those. Used a very small circle punch for their eyes. HAD to add the candy corn ribbon and now the card is done. This stamp is too cute ... and too true!! hahaha ....  TFL

B00 Day Bonnet

Witch hat card for Boo Day (Halloween). Used black card stock from Stampin up for the card base. The white is GP (Georgia Pacific). Spellbinders Labels 25 was used to make this card. I scored and cut the card base from the black card stock. Then used a bone folder for the scored crease. Used the largest die from Labels 25 and put that die onto the card front. Let the metal die be a bit off the top of the card where the scored fold is. This will allow the Cuttlebug to cut the die shape out but to leave some of the card stock at the fold line so it is not cut all the way out. This is the top of the card. Then used the Hampton Art clear Halloween stamp set at Michaels for the hat. This was stamped onto the white card stock using StazOn black ink. Used the second largest die in the set and cut out the hat piece. Used Stampin Up black ink to sponge the edges of that. Markers were used on the hat and the ribbon is from the stash. "Boo to You!" is a stamp from Northwoods Rubber stamps. Added large crystals from the stash by that and the card is done. TFL

Thursday, October 11, 2012

All That's Fall Card

This card is on a card base of Stampin Up Close to Coca card stock. Used a brown checked paper from a small pack of papers by DCWV.   The cream is Very Vanilla from SU. Ink is also SU Close to Cocoa. This stamp is from Stampendous. I inked the stamp with the Close to Cocoa ink and then put a larger size cream card stock on top of the inked stamp. Smoothed it out with my hand to get the impression on the card stock. Once the first impression was made I again inked the stamp and did a second piece of cream card stock. I cut the first stamped piece to the size I needed. Then I assembled the card.  I used a 1 3/4" circle punch and punched out a circle from the second piece I made. Using the Close to Cocoa ink I sponged the edges of the circle. I placed this on top of the front of the card lining up the words on the stamped piece. Added a brown bow and that is it. I had seen this done on Pinterest with Christmas trees.  TFL

More tags . . .

New toy ... I mean new set of dies by Sizzix -- "Winter Set #3".  Had seen it on the website that you bid on items . . .   but it was on there for over $140.00   WHAT ???  so kept looking and found it this week for the "Buy It Now" price of $14.99 . .  now that is in my budget . . .  So bought that and made these tags:

These tags were made using the Sizzix die "Tags, Scallop Combo #2. I have two of those dies so when I cut out tags I run the two dies together on the longer plates in the Sizzix machine. The Santa tag is Kraft card stock from PaperTreyInk and the Rudolph tag is Kraft paper from Recollections/Michaels. Once the tags were cut out I used Stampin Up Close to Cocoa ink to sponge the edges.  I reinforced the hole in the top of the tag with red card stock. I used a small circle circle punch on red card stock and then punched over that hole with a larger circle punch. That gave me the red ring to reinforce the tag hole with. I used a glue pen to put that on the tag front. Then added ribbons from the stash. Turned the tags over and using Riding Hood Red ink from Stampin Up I stamped "To and From":

I pieced together the Santa die cuts to give him a red hat and nose and the blush piece for his face. For Rudolph I only had to piece together his nose. For both nose pieces I sponged the edges with the Stampin Up Riding Hood Red ink.  On both noses I used a white Signo pen. These are easy and quick tags to put together. For piecing them together I cut out a Santa in blush, one in red, and one in white. Rudolph was cut out in brown and then red. Then you have all the pieces you need in the colours you need. The gal that I bought this from has her own online store -- it is and she has a lot of product and some very good prices. She shipped the same day I paid so within two days of buying it I am making tags with this product --- good deal for me. . .  TFL

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sympathy Card

Always sad to have to make a sympathy card but I tried to make one that is not all black. Best girlfriend of mine -- her husband worked with his friend for 18 years and the friend retired last week . .  one week later he passed away in his sleep. Wanted to make this card but needed it to be masculine. The photo does not show the ribbon as choc brown but it is. The card base is Choc Chip card stock from Stampin Up and I used a piece of lighter brown behind the top cream piece --- both are also SU. The ink for the tree and words is SU Close to Cocoa ink. I used the SU stamp set "Thoughts and Prayers" for the tree and for the inside piece. The saying on the front "Blessed are they . . ." is a stamp from Stampabilites at Hobby Lobby. On this stamp by "Matthew 5:4" is a flower. I inked the stamp and then put a piece of painters tape over the flower as I wanted no flowers on this card. Did not want to make a black and white card so opted for the browns and creams. It is always sad to make a sympathy card but it is something we need to do -- life is just a reminder to not make life long plans for 'when I retire' but plans for today for that is all we have . . .

As for this stamp set --- this is a set of 4 stamps and SU put it out with 1/2 the amount of wood blocks for mounting. This means you have two stamps per wood block. Do not like that but it is what it is -- to easily see what stamps are in this set I used a piece of copy paper and stamped each stamp onto that and cut it to size. I put this stamped paper in the clam shell box with the stamps so I can easily read what these stamps say:

This set of stamps -- the trees --- can easily be used on many cards and this stamp set also has a stamp for Get Well wishes. TFL

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Merry Reindeer Card

Had seen the Reindeer Games card by Janelle Larson on Splitcoast which is too cute so I made one for myself. The card base is Riding Hood Red card stock from Stampin Up and the cream is also theirs. The brown plaid card stock is from DCWV in a Christmas pack of small papers. Used a McGill punch for the star at the tree top. Punched that out of Gold Pearls card stock from Joanns. Used the Fiskar Reindeer punch that I bought at Hobby Lobby for the reindeer and they are punched out of Kraft card stock from Recollections/Michaels. Added red crystals from the stash. The "Merry Christmas" stamp is from a dollar bin and I used Stampin Up Riding Hood Red ink for that. Cute and simple card and another use for the small Reindeer punch besides the tags I made. TFL

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Boo Day Bags #2

Again I used the Sizzix/Stampin Up Fancy Favor Die for this. For this one I left it open and did not tie it closed. I used textured card stock for the holder. For the printed front I cut out the die piece using a piece of printed card stock and cut one of the panels to the width and length I wanted and put that on the front. For the tag I used a scallop circle punch and a circle punch for the black and the gray. For the candy corn I used the Spellbinders Candy Corn metal dies and I cut out the smallest pieces using the Cuttlebug. Put this together on a yellow card stock base and then used scissors and cut that out. Made a small hole at the top and used ribbon from the stash and tied that on the bag front. Again used the black shredded paper from the dollar store and then put candies in it. See side photo below:

On this die the top of the bag has a scalloped edge. This is nice if you tie it closed or leave it open as I have for this holder. If you do not have the shredded paper you can always use matching tissue paper to your holder or for the holiday you are making these for. Whether you leave the bag open or tie it closed these do hold a lot. TFL

Boo Day Bags

Used the Sizzix/Stampin Up Fancy Favor Die to make these two treat bags. No stamping was used for these.

AC Moore had a 50% off one item coupon today and I used it for a pack of their holiday papers for Boo Day (Halloween). This pack of papers has a lot in it --- 12 x 12 sheets, large solid and printed rectangles, solid and printed strips of card stock, as well as smaller pieces. I used the Sizzix machine to cut out the die. This die makes a bag but you can do as I did and make two small circle holes at the top for ribbon and then you can tie it closed. I used black shredded paper from the dollar store inside the treat holder and I have small candies inside.

For the tags on the front I used a scalloped circle punch on the solid card stock and then used a circle punch for the circle behind the word circle. I punched a circle out of the printed card stock using the words that are printed on the paper for the tag front. Quick and easy to make up since there is no stamping/inks. TFL

Friday, October 5, 2012

Dream Card

Inspiration for this card is from Dawn Olchefske from  This card base is blue card stock from Close To My Heart. Used Cool Caribbean card stock from Stampin Up and the white is GP from Walmart. Used the Stampin Up stamp set "Reason to Smile" (there are 2 stamp sets from SU with the same title -- the set I used was the $5 set from July with an order from SU) I used a green marker for the stem of the stamp and then a blue marker for the outline stamp for the flower. Then using a turquoise marker I used the solid flower in the stamp set and stamped that on top of the flower I already used. This is the "huffing on the stamp" method you use when using markers on the stamps. Once that was done and the flower was complete I used the Cuttlebug and the Stampin Up Label Dies to cut out the floral piece.

I used 3 dies from this set --- the largest die I cut out a piece of SU Cool Caribbean card stock. Then using the second largest die I cut out the flower piece and for the "frame" I used the 3rd largest die. See photos:

I used a piece of scrap Very Vanilla card stock for my 'frame' so I could sponge the edges of the flower piece and this 'frame' would allow a white border between the sponging and the edge of the die -- I used Stampin Up Pool Party ink to sponge the edges of my piece . REMEMBER to do this lightly. You can always go over it again if you want the sponging to be darker but you can not take it off if it is too heavy. How I sponge is to take the sponge to the ink pad then put it on a scrap and then use it for the piece. This way you will not have darker areas than in other spots. See below:

The top photo shows my cream 'frame' that I put on my die cut out flower piece. Use temporary adhesive for this so you can easily remove this piece once your sponging is done. The bottom photo is the frame after I did the sponging. For the greeting "dream" again I used a marker on the stamp and stamped that also on white card stock. Using the Decorative Label punch from SU I made my label. See below:

Once that was punched out I again sponged the edges of that and used pop dots behind it for dimension. Added ribbon from the stash for the bow.  Dawn O has this on her website and she has it all explained in a video. She used copy paper for her 'frame' but I used card stock so I can keep it with the dies and use it over for another project. Again my sponging is very soft but you can do it heavier if you would like or in a different colour. Thanks Dawn O for the inspiration for this card. TFL