Thursday, May 21, 2015

It came today ---


New Stampin Up catalog came today and already took it to the big box office supply store and had them make it a spiral bound catalog. Love having the spiral so when I open the catalog it will lay flat.

Lots of new items in this catty --- they have a Banner Triple Punch. This punch lets you make banners in any length you want and it cuts three different widths -- 1", 1 1/2", and 2". So that will be a must have. They also have new paper piercing templates, new stamp sets, new card stocks, new tools, etc.. Have lots of items sold in bundles so there is a savings there. Have to wait until June 2nd to order from this catty.But am happy I got mine today --- soon to be followed by the new catty from Close To My Heart -- happy stamper here -- :0)  TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Shopping alert


Received an email from   www.rubberstamptapestry.com  this afternoon --- they are selling the glitter glue brand Stickles for 99 cents each.  They also have new stamp sets for sale. Lots of Stickles colours to choose from and I have ordered from them before and they fill your orders quickly and get them sent out right away. Good time to stock up on the Stickles for the holiday season and for all the projects we make. TFL

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Stippled Thoughts Card


Card stock base is Stampin Up Pear Pizzazz. Used the Stampin Up Very Vanilla card stock for the cream pieces. The leaf print piece was stamped with a large background cling stamp I bought used at a garage sale (so do not know the manufacture name) and I used SU Pear Pizzazz ink for that. Once that was stamped I cut that to the size I wanted for the left card front.

Used the Stampin Up Stippled Blossoms stamp set to stamp the other cream piece. Used SU Melon Mambo ink and I inked the solid rose stamp and stamped it off onto scrap paper and then stamped my cream piece. Once the three roses were stamped I used the detailed rose stamp to stamp over them and I inked that stamp with the ink and then stamped directly onto the first roses. This gives the detailed image a darker colour and shows off the details of the stamp. I used a small flower stamp from the same stamp set and stamped two flowers and cut them out with scissors.

Using the Close To My Heart stamp set For Every Occasion - D1187 for the greeting "Thinking of You" and again used the SU Pear Pizzazz ink for that. Once that was stamped I cut a piece of pink card stock to put the stamped cream piece on using the ATG. Added a small piece of green ribbon and a bow to the upper left corner.

Cut and scored the green card stock base. Using the ATG I put the other card pieces on the green base. Once that was done I use glue dots to add the two smaller flowers to the cream piece and I pinched those flower petals to give them dimension on the card front.

Have used this layout before and the Stippled Blossoms stamp set works well with this. Easy card to put together and can be used for many occasions. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Tiled Cards


***  UPDATE ***   The turquoise tiled card was just chosen as one of the Favorites of the Week on Splitcoast Stampers by Rita -- I emailed Deb Valder to thank her for sharing her idea and such a good video with good details as to how to make this card using the Avery Labels. Watch Deb's video and you will see how easy this card is to make and the Stampin Up Stippled Blossoms stamp set is perfect since it has so much detail on the stamps. So again thanks to Deb Valder for sharing this technique and who would have guessed it is a sheet of Avery labels????

 -- Had seen a card made by Deb Valder on her blog:  www.stampladee.com

She has a video for this technique on her blog and this technique is very easy to do but gives the card front a big impact. Here is one of the three cards I made using her idea:


For each card I used the labels she suggested which I bought at a big box office supply store. The labels are by Avery and the item number is: 5418. Here is a photo of the labels in their package:


There are 28 label sheets in a package so you can make a lot of different cards or projects using this package.

To begin with for all the cards I cut and scored white #110 weight card stock from Mikes. Set that aside. For the label sheet front for the card I cut all my label sheets larger than Deb did as I wanted more of the card front covered. I trimmed off all borders on the label sheets. I made three cards so I did this for three label sheets.

Using the Stampin Up Stippled Blossom stamp set I stamped the first card using Pool Party and then followed that using the Bermuda Bay ink. This stamp set is a 2 Step stamp set and easy to use if you use your Stamp-A-Ma-Jig tool. Once the large flowers were stamped I then stamped the leaves. Again I did not have the colour ink she used so for my leaves I used Pear Pizzazz from SU. The first leaf stamp I inked up and stamped that off onto scrap card stock and then stamped the label sheet near the flowers. The second leaf stamp I inked up and then stamped directly onto the label sheet. This gives the leaves a two tone look.

For all the cards I cut my label sheets, stamped those, then cut the coloured card stock I wanted to use and then a piece of Pear Pizzazz green card stock. Here is a photo of my card pieces stamped and cut but not assembled:


Once all pieces were cut put the label piece onto the coloured card stock and then onto the green card stock using the ATG. Now for the fun part -- the PEEL --- in this photo I used a pencil to make a mark on the parts of the stamped label piece I would be peeling off -- using the awl I carefully lifted up these penciled pieces -- I put the pencil lines on there to help show this better in the photo:


and the peel begins:


For this card I used a stamp from a Gina K Design stamp set Simple Snowflakes. I cut that out using the Spellbinders tag die set Charmed I'm Sure. Used matching ribbon and tied a bow on this card and then put this piece onto the white card stock base using the ATG. Put my greeting tag on the card front using glue dots. Also used glue dots on my sequins on the card front:


Now for the pink card:


This card has a greeting from a Gina K Design stamp set Block Greetings. For the two pink inks on this card I used Stampin Up Pink Pirouette and then their Strawberry Slush. Also on this card I stamped a smaller flower from the Stippled Blossoms stamp set and I cut that out with scissors and put it on the card front using a glue dot. The greeting tag was cut out with the Spellbinders tag set Tags Ribbon Trio. Used pink ribbon from the stash and put that on the card front and added a bow.

Here is the beginning of the peel for the pink card:


Nice to make these cards using two different inks that compliment each other but I wanted to make a purple card and the ink I wanted to use is the Stampin Up Lovely Lilac. But I did not have another purple that would work well with that so I used the stamp off technique -- inked the first flower stamp, stamped it off onto scrap card stock, and then stamped the label. Using the second flower stamp I inked that up with the Lovely Lilac ink and then stamped directly over my lighter flowers and it looks two toned as well:


Once again I used a Gina K Design stamp set Stippled Nature for my greeting. Cut that out using the Spellbinders tag die set Tags Grommet. Used twine to put this on the card front. And the peel for this purple card:


My concern making cards with the label sheets was that the sheets would be fragile and I thought when I would start the peel the labels would lift off the sheets but they did not. Thanks to Deb for sharing such a nice design for a card front. Absolutely love this stamp set as well -- very nice detail on the stamps and they always stamp well. TFL and YOLO

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Vellum Hello Card


Cut and scored the card stock base and that is  SU Bermuda Bay. Blue is from the stash and cut that to the size I wanted for the card front. White is GP and I cut that a bit larger than I would need for the card front.

Using the Memory Box Textured Mesh stencil I used distressed inks on the white/GP piece. Here are the inks I used:


Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, and Tumbled Glass. Once the stencil design was on the white/GP piece I used SU Cool Caribbean and stamped a stamp from the SU stamp set Gorgeous Grunge. I inked the stamp, stamped it off onto scrap paper, and then stamped it onto the stenciled piece on the open areas. Then I set this aside to dry:


Using the Sizzix Tags #3 die I cut out a tag shape using SU Vellum card stock. Once cut I used a flower stamp from Great Impressions and I inked that with VersaMark. Stamped it onto the tag piece and using white embossing powder by Zing I heat embossed the tag piece. Once done I used a small circle punch and then a larger circle punch to make the solid ring at the tag top around the hole. Used a glue pen to put the ring on the vellum tag. Using markers I coloured the petals on the flowers and the center of the flower on the backside of the tag:


Tied a piece of ribbon on the tag using twine. Added three sequins on the tag piece using mini glue dots.

Using the ATG I put the blue card stock front onto the card stock base. Then added the stenciled piece for the card front. Using glue dots I put the vellum tag on the card front. For the "hello" I used a die set from Little B and cut that out of scrap card stock. Put that on the card front using a glue pen. TFL and YOLO

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Just Because -- Butterflies Card


Card stock base is SU Cool Caribbean, white is GP, and a scrap of turquoise was used for the card front piece.

Cut and scored the card stock base. For the white/GP piece I embossed that with an embossing folder by We R Memory Keepers in the Cuttlebug. Trimmed it to the size I needed for the card front. For the turquoise piece I cut that out using the Deckled Rectangles dies from Spellbinders.

Using the Close To My Heart stamp set Happy to Be Friends Occasions -- C1605. I used all inks from Close To My Heart and stamped the vine stamps and then the flower stamps. Used the "Just Because" stamp from that stamp set for the greeting. Using the Spellbinders Ovals die set I cut out the white oval in the Cuttlebug. Used a multi Butterfly punch from M Stewart for the butterflies. Used the ATG to put this stamped oval onto the turquoise piece. Used the ATG to put the embossed white card stock onto the card stock base. Then put pop dots behind the turquoise piece and put this onto the embossed card front.

The butterflies were put on the card front using glue dots. Added crystals to the butterflies and the flowers from the stash. TFL and YOLO

** To order Close To My Heart products here is my demonstrators' contact info:

donna4papercrafting@gmail.com

Mustache Santa Tag


Had seen this Santa tag on the blog of Alex B   alexscreativecorner.blogspot.ca   and decided since Santa is a mustache that I have to make one up --- Alex has a detailed list of supplies she used for her tag and Santa and altho I had most of the products she used I did substitute for others.

She used the SU mustache die set but I do not have that -- but I did have the mustache punch from the Paper Studios at Hobby Lobby so I used that for the beard and Santa's hat.

Also for my "ho, ho, ho!" I used the stamp set "Joy" D1027 from Close To My Heart. Also for my stars I used the Pearls gold card stock from Joanns and a dollar punch from Mikes for the stars. Pop dots are behind Santa for dimension. Cute tag and cute idea and thanks to Alex for sharing her tag and her directions on her blog. TFL and YOLO

Doodled Birthday Card


This is a card using the Close To My Heart stamp set Doodled Designs Flair - A1170. I had seen the card done by Lisa Plummer using this stamp set and she made the background on her card using this stamp. Her blog is:  flauntyourcreativity.blogspot.com.

To make my card I cut and scored a piece of orange card stock. Then cut a piece of SU Cool Caribbean card stock for the card front. Using the circle stamp from the CTMH stamp set Doodled Designs Flair I inked the stamp with all CTMH inks -- first orange and stamped a piece of white card stock cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" randomly. Cleaned the stamp and inked it with Heavenly Blue ink and again randomly stamped the white card stock. Then the Key Lime ink and followed that with Sunny Yellow, cleaning the stamp in between new ink colours.

Once the white piece was stamped I cut that to fit my card front.

Using orange ink I stamped "Happy" and "Birthday" from the Close To My Heart stamp set Happy to Be Friends Occasions C1605 onto scrap white/GP card stock. For the Happy I used the Spellbinders die set Ribbon Tag Trio #2 to cut it out in the Cuttlebug. For the Birthday I used the SU Bitty Banners die set and cut that out.

Using the ATG I put the stamped white/GP piece onto the Cool Caribbean card stock front piece. Using pop dots I put the Happy tag piece onto the front of the stamped white/GP piece. Using orange ribbon from the stash I put a ribbon at the ends of the tag and attached them to the back of the Cool Caribbean piece using double sided tape. Using the ATG I put this onto the orange card stock base. Added sequins to the card front.

Once I cut out the Birthday piece I put that on the card front using glue dots.

Simple card to put together and can be using for a male or female recipient. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Mother's Day Mailman


Happy me to get this Mother's Day card from another card maker!

The maker encloses a list of all products used on her cards so no guess work for me -- her card stock base is Kraft card stock. She used a blue and a cream card stock for the front and the blue pieces are embossed using three embossing folders -- Upper left: Stampin Up Fancy Fan, lower left: Cuttelbug Swiss Dots, and the lower right: Stampin Up Finial Press.

She used the Close To My Heart Cocoa ink for the cream stamped piece and those stamps are from Stampin Up Teeny Tiny Wishes and Stampin Up Sweet Summer. The blue flower is Mixed Bunch from Stampin Up.

Cute card and the blue and Kraft card stock go together well. Lucky me to have this card delivered for this Mother's Day weekend. Happy Mother's Day to us all --- whether our kids are human or furry we are happy to have them!  TFL and YOLO

All I asked was . . .


Asked DH if I bought a hanging planter could he hang it from one of the posts by the many birdhouses he has built and placed in the yard?

What began with a hanging planter on a post:


Is now this:




DH put in the retaining wall blocks in an oval shape around a PinOak tree he planted a couple of years ago that is near the post for his birdhouse. My job was to plant and mulch and so I did. I have decorative grasses planted along with many flower containers and a Hosta in the center.

The tall planted pot is sold at Home Depot and probably is a stand and bucket for ice and drinks but I had DH drill holes in the bottom and back side for drainage and then I planted the various flowers. I have enamel pans that I picked up at the thrift store for a dollar or a few -- scratched but perfect for the garden. Once again holes were drilled in those for drainage. Added a few unearthed rocks to the garden to fill in here and there and to add texture to the garden.

A few Saturdays ago we stopped at a neighborhood garage sale and picked up this bucket for one dollar --- of course DH knew I would use it for a planter on the front porch by the door --


Just glad the new garden is in as it adds to the yard and it is nice to have flowers growing again.
Of course took me less time to plant the new garden than it took for DH to lay out the blocks and create the oval but it looks good already -- and now for the grass seed around the garden. DH is clearing more of the property so more grass will be planted and that will be nice. TFL and YOLO

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Pleasant Poppies Card


Card stock base is orange, white is GP, and used distressed inks for the card front.

To begin with I cut and scored the orange card stock for the card stock base. Then cut a piece of white/GP for the card front. For the stamped piece I also used white/GP card stock. Using the Stampin Up stamp set Pleasant Poppies I inked that stamp with VersaMark. Stamped this onto the smaller of the white/GP card stock using the Mega Mount clear block. Used Zing white embossing powder and heat embossed the poppies.

Once that was embossed and cooled I used the following distressed inks:


Using the applicators for these inks first I used Dried Marigold and inked the whole stamped piece. Then I used Ripe Persimmon and again inked the whole stamped piece. The last layer of colour was Fired Brick ink. I inked the upper part of my piece heavier with the Fired Brick to show shading on the card from the bottom to the top. Using the trimmer I trimmed this piece to the size I wanted for the card front. Used the ATG to put this piece onto the white/GP piece and then onto the orange card stock base.

Put a piece of red sticky tape across the lower front of the card. The greeting "For You" is a stamp from the Close To My Heart stamp set Happy to Be Friends Occasions -- #C1605. Used orange ink for that and cut it out using the Stampin Up Bitty Banners.

Put this onto the card stock base at a slight angle. Used a M Stewart butterfly punch for the small butterflies and added a pearl to the center of those. They are on the card front using mini glue dots. TFL and YOLO

Want fries with that ? ? ?


Stampin Up sells a Fry Box die by Sizzix and I had seen projects using that die but I did not own that die . . . until now... LOVE this die -- perfect size for treat holders, free standing, goes together quickly, and you can do lots with it --- from a Snowman, to a Santa suit, to a holder decorated for Valentine's Day, for Halloween, Thanksgiving and everything in between . . . Here is a simple holder I made using double sided card stock:


Used a 6" Wilton paper doily to decorate the front of this treat holder. Added a small clothespin from Mikes (they come in many colours and are already painted for use) and used a mini glue dot to put my ribbon bow on the clothespin. For the greeting "Thinking of You" which is from the Stampin Up Hostess Set "Good Greetings". Stamped that onto white card stock using SU Close to Cocoa ink. Cut it out using the SU Bitty Banner die set and put it on the fry box front using the clothespin.

Cute treat holder --- can fill it with paper shred from the dollar store and candy treats. Then put it all into a clear bag and add a ribbon to tie the clear bag closed. You can also put your treats into the clear bag and put that bag inside  the fry box holder. Either way you package this it is a cute holder. But why stop at a fry box????

Don't know who originated this but they used the SU Fry Box die and made a basket -- once again I used double sided card stock and here is my basket:


Using the double sided card stock for these fry box holders makes the insides look more finished:


There are a few videos on YouTube showing how to make this fry box into a basket and it does not take long to do. Just in time for Mother's Day and favor boxes and such.

Here is a treat holder I made using the holiday card stock from Stampin Up with a star die from Little B and the greeting is from the Stampin Up Hostess stamp set Good Greetings and I cut that out using the SU Bitty Banners die in the Cuttlebug:


Here is a photo of the Stampin Up Owl Builder punch next to these fry box holders to show their sizes:



Lots of possibilities with this die and it will definitely get used for sure -- TFL and YOLO

Butterfly Card


Had seen this does by Nancy on   iguanastamp.wordpress.com and really liked it but only one problem.. I did not own the butterfly die used on her card -- until . . . .

Recently came across an ad on Craigs List from a woman that is giving up all her stamping supplies for her new love -- quilting. I picked up some really great finds at her house and the Stampin Up Butterfly Thinlits were one of them --- I do not think she had even used them.

For this card I used green card stock for the card stock base and my printed card stock is from My Mind's Eye. The cream is Very Vanilla from Stampin Up.

Cut and scored the green card stock base. Cut the printed card stock to the size I needed. For the Very Vanilla I cut that to the size I wanted and put the medium butterfly die from the Thinlits set onto the card stock and held it in place using painters tape. Ran it thru the Cuttlebug and now I had my butterfly and the butterfly shape on my Very Vanilla piece.

Using the Stampin Up Curly Cute stamp set I stamped "thinking of you" using Rose Romance ink from Stampin Up on the lower part of the Very Vanilla card stock. Used the ATG to put the stamped Very Vanilla piece onto the printed card stock. Then put these onto the green card stock base.

Using red sticky tape I put the cut butterfly on the card in the butterfly opening -- added green crystals from the stash for the center of the butterfly. Pinched the wings together and here is a better photo of the butterfly:


Quick card to put together and any greeting would work well with the Butterfly Thinlit. Thanks to Nancy for sharing her card. And happy me to be able to buy this off Craigs List -- for the longest time Stampin Up had the Butterfly Thinlits out of stock. I found many things at this sale -- still sealed packs of SU card stock, SU Glitter card stocks, LOTS of SU punches, a couple of SU stamp sets, the SU Circle Framelits, But my best find at her sale was the Stampin Up Simply Scored Scoreboard that she sold with the diagonal plate and extra scoring markers all for $10.00 .. have a few projects that I needed that particular scoreboard for so hoping to get those made up soon. TFL and YOLO

Distressed Birthday Card


Card stock base is a rust and a coral piece for the card front. The floral print card stock piece is from a 6 x 6 card stock pad from American Crafts.

Cut and score the rust card stock base. Cut the coral piece to the size I needed for the card front. For the floral piece I cut that to the size I wanted and then used a distressing tool on all the edges. Then sponged the edges with a rust ink. Used the ATG and put the floral piece onto the coral piece and then put them onto the card stock base.

For the butterflies I used the detailed M Stewart butterfly punch and punched a butterfly out of the rust card stock. Then used a smaller butterfly punch from M Stewart for the coral butterfly. Then for the center of the butterfly I used the Owl Builder punch from Stampin Up and punched out a heart from rust card stock. Put the butterfly layers and heart together using mini glue dots. Added a small white pearl to the center:


The greeting "Happy Birthday" is a stamp from Paper Sweeties. Stamped it onto white card stock and layered that onto a piece of rust card stock. Used a square punch to make the banner ends. Put the butterfly piece onto the greeting piece and put it on the card front. TFL and YOLO