Sunday, June 30, 2013

Ooky-Spooky Tags

These are two tags I made for Boo Day (Halloween).  I used the Sizzix Tim Holtz Tag and Tie die for the tags -- first I cut out two tags from Kraft card stock from as I wanted the tags to be sturdy. Their Kraft card stock is one of the better ones. I then used a pack of Halloween printed card stock from AC Moore that I had in with the Halloween papers. I picked two prints out and cut out the tag die shapes.

Running my ATG all over the Kraft tag I then put my printed tag on top of that and smoothed it out using the wall paper seam roller I have --- I used that to be sure all the adhesive on the Kraft tag would stick to the printed card stock tags. Once that was done I used black ink from Stampin Up and sponged the edges of my tag. I also punched out a black reinforcement ring for the hole at the top of the tag. I put the rings on the tags using a glue pen.

For the ghosts I used the die from QuicKutz and cut them out in the Cuttlebug. I have some white glitter card stock but it is too thick to be cut out with that die so I used scrap white/GP card stock and cut out the ghosts. To add a bit of shimmer/glitter to them I used the Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist. I had cut out the ghosts and put them on the craft room cookie rack and spritzed the Pearls Mist on them. It does not take long for them to dry and the shimmer/glitter does not rub off. Here is a better photo of the ghosts:

I put a piece of black and orange ribbon across the front of my tag and then put the two ghosts on the tag using pop dots. I then used dotted ribbon from the stash and put that through the tag hole and tied glittery "hairy" black yarn around it. Tied the yarn in a knot and trimmed that to the length I wanted.

For the witch hat tag I used another QuicKutz Halloween die and cut out the hat with scrap black card stock and then cut out the buckle with scrap orange card stock. Again I used the Perfect Pearls Mist on the hat so it has a little shimmer:

I put a piece of orange dotted ribbon at the bottom of this tag using red sticky tape. Then I tied dotted ribbon at the tag top with plain "hairy" black yarn. For the "boo" on this tag I used part of a Northwoods Rubber stamp and inked the "boo" only and stamped that onto scrap orange card stock. I used the 7/8" circle punch I found in the jewelry making section of Hobby Lobby and punched my circle out. Sponged the edges of that with the black ink. Using the EK Success 1" scalloped circle punch and punched out a black circle to go behind the orange circle. Put the witch hat and the "Boo" circle on the tag using pop dots. Here is a close up of the "Boo" circle:

Here is a close up of the ties at the top of the tag:

And here are the two tags again:

Quick and easy tags because I used printed card stock rather than having to pick out stamps and stamp the tags. AC Moore sells these packs of printed card stock for other holidays as well -- I have bought a pack for Valentine's Day and Christmas as well. The nice thing about these packs of printed card stocks is they have different papers in there and also different sizes from very small to the larger square. Wish other stores would also carry these. TFL and YOLO

Sunburst Birthday Card  loaded a new video of hers onto for this Sunburst Technique card. I watched the video and decided to make a card myself but I made mine differently. First I did not have the printed card stock she used so I used printed papers from a pad of papers from K&Company that is called "Sweet Nectar". Frenchie said to cut 6 pieces of paper that are 4 1/2" long by 1 1/2" wide. After you cut your pieces you have to cut them diagonally -- corner to corner. This photo shows one of the pieces and then another piece that I had cut corner to corner:

Once all my pieces were cut diagonally I then put them in the order I wanted to use them on my card. In her video Frenchie puts adhesive on all her pieces but I did not think that would be very easy since the points on your diagonal cuts will be so small and sharp. So I had to re-think this card. I then decided to draw a pencil line on the card stock base that I was going to 'build' my sunburst on. Then I would run adhesive all over this piece above the pencil line and begin putting my strips on that:

I will say as you are putting your pieces onto the card stock base be sure the pieces are tight against each other so you will not see your white card stock base in between your strips. Keep putting the pieces/strips onto the card stock base until it is covered:

You should have two strips left that are half strips --- when you get the card stock base covered turn your piece over and trim off the part of the strips that are bigger than your card stock base. Using a "Happy Birthday" stamp and pink ink I stamped my greeting on the bottom of this piece. I then put this onto pink card stock and put it on the blue card  front using the ATG. Added ribbon from the stash jar and added a button and twine. Here shows the ribbon and button and greeting:

And the card again:

Another nice card and technique from Frenchie -- simple and quick to make as well -- this would be a good technique to use for papers that you may not like but can use them up here and there. Thanks Frenchie. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Busy few days - - -

First to the Porch People -- birds nest on the plug on the front porch. The first photo is of 'pizza night' (or whatever Mom would pluck out of the gardens for the babies) to the second photo taken the day before they decided to leave home . . .   so once again we are empty nesters . . .  but good news for DH -- there is one family living in one of the very many bird houses he built so he is happy about that . . sad to see the kiddies move on but Mom must have taught them well or they would not have left. As you can see in the second photo the 'porch' DH built and put up for them got some use once the kiddies got bigger. Nature as its' best . . . .

Then onto another trip to Betty's Stamping and Scrapbooking Room store this week. I finished up my butterflies that I was making and I took her one --- rest are going in the mail  --- and here are those:

The last two photos are two buttlerflies that I put together with the left over Post-It notes so they have the multi coloured Post-It notes. All the rest of the butterflies have the same colour Post-It notes. Very quick to put these together and so far everyone I have given them to love them ---

Then while I was @ Betty's store I was asking her about the Pearl Pens I have seen here and there. And in Betty style, she takes me over to where she has these pens and she goes over how to use them and why to use them and then explains I can use these on my actual project or put them onto my brown craft mat and then once dried, glue them to my project. Have yet to ask her about something and she does not know about it and then she will give you tips and how to's -- LOVE her style and her store. . . anyways --- I bought four of the Pearl Pens and here is a sample of them on scrap white/GP. I can't wait to use them on a card or my new fav, a tag:

I even bought the additional tip for them so I can change their shape and sizes. So, once again, thanks to Betty for the help and inspiration. Plus tonight is the Nascar race which means no interruptions for me in the craft room -- :0)    TFL and YOLO

Friday, June 28, 2013

Gift Card Holder

This is a gift card holder that Lisa Brownink made. I used Stampin Up double sided card stock to make my holder and will have photos to show how to make this. You need a piece of card stock 10 1/4" long by 3 1/2" wide. Score the long side at 1/2" and turn this piece and score the other long side at 1/2".  Turn this piece and score it on the short sides at 1 1/2" and 6". Here is a photo of that:

As you can see in the photo once my scored lines were made I cut off the part of the holder on the 1/2" score line that was not needed--trimming this off will take the bulk out of the folds of the holder. Using the 3rd smallest die from the SU Framelits die set I cut the small flap in the Cuttlebug:

Once this was cut I clipped my side flap corners and added red sticky tape to hold the holder together:

Here is a photo to show the inside of the holder and the now cut flap before I folded it into the holder:

Here are the measurements for the insert piece I cut from white/GP card stock: 2 1/4" wide by 4 3/8" long. Using the SU stamp set Fresh Vintage I stamped the upper and lower corner of my insert with SU Choc Chip ink.  The insert is for a note or if you want to stamp a greeting stamp or such and it fits nicely in the holder with a gift card:

Once my holder and insert were done I made a belly band for my holder. I used the opposite side of the double card stock and cut that to 1" wide by 5 3/4" long. You can score it but I find with belly bands they are more correct to size if you put it on the holder and just bend the card stock around the piece. Once I have the bend lines I use a bone folder to put a crease in them. Again used red sticky tape to hold that together. Be sure you tape the belly band to itself so you can slide it off and on your holder without it being stuck. This band holds the holder closed -- see photo:

On the front of the belly band I used a label punch from SU with a card stock circle for my greeting holder. For the "happy birthday" stamp I used the stamp in the Express Yourself stamp set new from Stampin Up and again I used the Choc Chip ink for that. Stamped it onto scrap white/GP card stock and cut that out using the Bitty Banners die set from Stampin Up in the Cuttlebug. Here is the front of the holder:

This was an easy holder to make and the gift card will fit well in there without having to force it in or out. Nice presentation for a gift card also. Thanks to Lisa for sharing --- TFL and YOLO

Thursday, June 27, 2013

"Sew" happy Tag

Bought this die from Tim Holtz "The Sewing Room" on clearance for $7.00 at Hobby Lobby. I wanted to use this on a tag but the dress form is very long and it would not fit on the tag die I have from Tim Holtz. So I made my own - - -

For the tag I used Kraft card stock from and I cut a piece 3" wide by 6" long. Once that was cut I used an Avery shipping tag and put it on my tag to clip my top corners. Once those were clipped I used a 1/4" circle punch and made the hole at the top of my tag. I used a 6" x 6" pack of printed card stock from Stampin Up**  and put this printed card stock on the front of the tag and then punched my 1/4" circle at the tag top and again did this on the back of my tag. I used an ATG to put my adhesive on the tag for the printed papers.

For the dictionary paper that is under the spools I used an old dictionary I bought at a thrift store and I used the page that has "notions" on it and I tore that out of the book. Crumpled it up and then flattened it. Cut it to the size I wanted with scissors. Then I sponged the edges with SU Sahara Sand ink. Using Aleene's Tacky glue I put this onto the tag -- used a foam brush to spread the glue onto the tag and then put the dictionary page piece on the glue.  Smoothed the page piece out on the tag. Once that was on I trimmed my edges and then sponged the sides and top and bottom of the tag with SU Certainly Celery ink. Set the tag aside.

Using the die I cut out the dress form and then cut out a printed piece of card stock to make the dress--I clipped off the bottom of the dress to be even as well as the top of the dress. At the top I then used a 5/8" circle punch to make the neckline of the dress. Using red sticky tape I put lace at the bottom of the dress. Used white picot edged ribbon for the dress belt and used a green and a pink flower from the flower jar to put on the belt with a mini brad. This is on the dress/belt with a glue dot. I put the dress on the black dress form using double sided tape. Once that was on the dress form I set that aside.

This die comes with a spool shape on the die but I did not want to use it on the tag as it is too big. I used a clear stamp from Hero Arts and stamped my spool and but this out with scissors. Sponged the edges of the top and bottom only with SU Close to Cocoa ink that I had inked, stamped off, and then sponged my spools. I used various twines to wrap around my spools.  Next I raided the button jar for the two pink buttons and I tied white twine on those. The pink flowers at the bottom right on the tag is sewing trim I had left over:

For the label I used the Curly label punch from Stampin Up for the black label. Then used a circle punch for the green piece and the greeting "Sew happy" is on an oval. For this greeting the stamp is from Art Impression and the stamp read "Sew happy we're friends" --- I just wanted to use the "Sew happy" so I used a marker on the stamp for those. The pink crystals are from the stash.

Once all my pieces were cut out, sponged, and completed then I put them all on the tag. I put pop dots behind the dress form and the label. All other items have a glue dot behind them. I did not make a ring to go around the hole at the top of the tag as the tag has 3 layers --- the Kraft and the printed paper on the front and back of the tag. I used ribbons from the jars to tie at the top of the tag:

** Stampin Up --- the paper pack of printed card stock is 6" x 6". This tag is 3" x 6"  so I had to use the whole sheet on the front and back of my tag. Since Stampin Up prints their logo on this printed card stock I had to be sure their logo is on the backside of my tag as I did not want it showing on the front -- so FYI if you use these papers.

This die is cute but tall so it would be too big for a regular card or tag unless I cut the bottom off of the dress form. TFL and YOLO

Brown Bagging It

Picked up a package of smaller brown bags from the craft store. Using the Courtyard embossing folder set from QuicKutz I used the Roses folder and embossed my bag while it was flat in the Cuttlebug. Once you take it out of the folder you will see the sides and the back of the bag will be embossed. Set this aside.

For the tag I used a shipping tag from Avery from the big box office supply store:

Using the ATG I covered the front of the gift tag with adhesive and then used the card stock from Authentique "Lovely". Once the card stock was on the tag I used a 1/4" circle punch and punched the hole in the tag top. For the greeting I wanted a small greeting so I used the "get well wishes" stamp from the Stampin Up Teeny Tiny Wishes set. I used a marker and inked the "wishes" part of the stamp only and stamped that onto scrap Very Vanilla cream card stock. Using the Spellbinders Charmed I'm Sure tag die set I cut this out. Sponged the edges with Sahara Sand ink. Set it aside.

Cut part of a doily and using a glue pen I put that on the lower right side of my tag. Sponged the edges of the tag with Sahara Sand ink. Tied on pink ribbons from the stash and used twine to tie on my 'wishes' tag and put that on the tag front using a pop dot. Used the multi-butterfly punch from Martha Stewart for my three butterflies and added a pearl to each one. Used a decorative scallop border punch for the pink piece at the lower part of the tag. I covered the clothespin with the printed card stock and used glue for that.

Here is a better photo of the tag:

And a photo of the embossing on the bag:

Simple and easy presentation for a small gift. Am loving this card stock from Authenque --- esp with the brown bag. TFL and YOLO

Birthday Bag N Tag

This is a gift bag bought at the craft store and I used the Floral embossing folder from Creative Expressions to emboss the bag. Leaving the bag flat I put the bag in the folder with the top of the bag to the fold of the folder. Embossed it in the Cuttlebug and once that was done I opened the bag and the back and the sides of the bag are also embossed since I left the bag flat.

Here is a photo of the tag that I used --- it is Avery shipping tags from the big box office supply store:

For this tag I ran the ATG over the shipping tag and covered the tag with green checked paper from Hobby Lobby. I put the tag in one of the embossing folders from the QuicKutz Courtyard embossing folders set. Once that was embossed I then used a 1/4" circle punch and a 3/4" punch to make the reinforced ring around the hole at the top of the tag.  Using the Sizzix Wheelbarrow with Flowers die and cut out my flowers and leaves from felt. Used Aleenes Tacky Glue to put the flowers on my tag.

Also for the lower front of the tag I used the grass border punch from Martha Stewart and also the Fence die from Sizzix for the white fencing. For the "happy birthday" I used a stamp from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set from SU. Used two oval punches for that. Added purple crystals from the stash. Here is a closer photo of the tag:

Covered my clothespin with matching checked paper and added a flower and crystal. Green ribbon and white ribbon are from the stash.

You can decorate and gift bag just from embossing the bag --- they all go through the Cuttlebug with no problems and the smaller bags even fit in the embossing folders --- TFL and YOLO

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Creamsicle Card

This is the Inkadinkado stamp I used for the background for this card:

To make the card I cut and scored my orange card stock from Stampin Up and set that aside. Next I cut a piece of white/GP card stock for the card front and set that aside. Using more of the white/GP card stock I cut my white piece larger than what I would need for the card front. Once that was cut I used three inks from Stampin Up to make my flowers and I stamped the flower layers in this order: 
Apricot Appeal , then YoYo Yellow, and finally Only Orange. To stamp the flower I inked the stamp and then stamped it off onto scrap paper and then stamped my larger white card stock covering the whole white piece. Did this with each colour ending with the orange. You do not have to be exact as you do your colour layers as it will not matter if the stamp image is stamped perfectly over the image before. 

I needed a circle stamp for the center of my flowers that was my last layer and I used a stamp from the SU stamp set Darling Dots -- it is a circle and it says "be happy" when you stamp it but the words do not show on the stamped image. As with the flowers I inked the stamp and stamped it off onto scrap paper and then stamped my circle on the middle of my flowers using the Only Orange ink for those. Once the circles were all stamped I then put this stamped piece through the Cuttlebug using the Stampin Up Lattice Square embossing folder. Trimmed it to the size I wanted and put this on the first white/GP card stock piece for the card front using the ATG. Set this all aside.

Have made these flowers before and here are some photos to show how to make them:

Punch 3 large flowers and three smaller flowers, and then another small flower for your center. I used water to spritz these flowers which I had added a small amount of Shimmer Mist to. Once the flowers are misted turn them over and do this again. Then gently crumple them up in your hand to make balls. Let sit for a few -- then gently unfold them and you will have your crumpled flowers. Once the flowers are dry (it does not take long) they will be stiff and will hold their shape so I suggest you adjust their shapes as you open the flowers--and I used the Sizzix leaves die for the leaves and did this process for them as well -- see photos:

To keep the flowers together I used a glue pen in the center of all the flowers and then put the leaves under the flower using glue dots. Added a yellow crystal to the center of my flower. 

To complete the card front I put the orange ribbon across my card front using the ATG and then I put the flowers/leaf piece on the card front. For the greeting I used the new stamp set from Stampin Up Express Yourself -- this stamp reads "always thinking of you"  but I just inked the "thinking of you" part of the stamp using the Only Orange ink. Used the Bitty Banner die to cut out the greeting. Here is a close up of the greeting banner:

And a better photo of the embossing:

I don't seem to use orange card stock except for Boo Day (Halloween) so this was a nice change for a summer time card --- bright and cheery. TFL and YOLO