Sunday, February 28, 2016

Bo-ka ? ? ? Bouquet ? ? ?

Bo-ka??? Bouquet??? Anyway you say it, it is easy! This post is showing the Bokeh Technique and I will explain how I did this on my two cards ---

To begin with --- my card fronts for this technique are both white/GP card stock. I used three inks for these two card fronts in this order:  Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Cool Caribbean. I used sponges to put the inks on the two card fronts:

now the Crushed Curry:

and then filled in with the Cool Caribbean:

Once the two card fronts were inked I then used a piece of heavy vellum and using the Cuttlebug I cut out the three smallest dies in the Stampin Up circle dies set. When you cut out the circles on this vellum be sure to not be too close to the edges of the vellum and that the circles have space between them.

With those cut out I laid the vellum circles piece over my two inked fronts and I used a finger dauber to add white craft ink to the card front pieces. Here is what they looked like after my white circles were added:

REMEMBER the white craft ink will dry lighter so do not worry if you think the white circles are too dark while you are doing this technique as you will see the difference once it dries. Here is a photo of the circle vellum piece after I added the white craft ink to the card front pieces:

Am keeping my circled vellum piece as a template and will reuse it over and over for this technique. Best scenario would be to do this technique the night before you want to make your project so the white craft ink will dry naturally but you can use your heat tool to hurry this along ---

In the above photo you will see my small clip board that I covered with aluminum foil and I use this to hold my pieces while I am using the heat tool. This prevents me from burning my hands and it also keeps the card stock flat.

Here is the first card I used this Bokeh Technique on:

Card stock base is Cool Caribbean, with a piece of coral card stock behind the card front. The greeting "happy Spring" is from the MFT Embellished Eggs stamp set. (My Favorite Things). I used the multi butterfly punch from M Stewart for the butterflies. Added a clear crystal to the butterflies for some sparkle. This is the second card:

This card stock base is yellow, the green piece behind the card front is a light green from Mikes. For this card front I used a doily die from Cheery Lynn and the "hello" is a die from Little B. Cut the white banner from white/GP card stock and used a banner punch on the ends. Added sequins from the stash randomly to the card front.

The camera does not capture this technique as it looks very dimensional in person. VERY easy to do and am glad I made two card fronts at the same time as they both look quite different from each other. TFL and YOLO

This goes with that... if you can remember that.... or find it . . . .

Stampin Up Paper Piercing Template packs. . . . Great idea and really add to a project if you can remember that this goes with that... if you can remember that.... or you can find it . . .

Decided I had to figure out a system to link my like products together so I will know at a glance I may have a tool or accessory for something. For the Stampin Up Paper Piercing Template packs I decided to use a red Sharpie marker and write a number on each template pack. Then I would write this number on the product it can be used with --- here are a couple of samples:

I wrote the number 5 on this piercing template pack and then I wrote a number 5 on two of the punches this template pack goes to. (If I should want to remove the number 5 off the punches rubbing alcohol will remove the Sharpie pen).  Here are a couple of photos of stamp sets that I have the piercing template packs for:

By putting the same numbers on my product I will know at a glance that I have a template for paper piercing for that product if I should decide to use it.  Looking at the first photo of the piercing templates and the punches you can easily see I also wrote this same number on each template sheet in that piercing template set. This way if I should have a couple of the piercing templates out of their packaging I will know at a glance with template set they go with. TFL and YOLO

Don't use it? Lose it!

Decided to weed out the craft room of items I no longer use.  A good friend of mine and I held a stamper's garage sale last year -- here are some of the photos of that ---

We had combined items from a few craft rooms and we had a good sale... have some things left from that sale and we will have another sale in the spring but for now....

Received two more Alex units from IKEA for Christmas and so it began... am I the only one that seems to think all I keep doing is re-organizing???? So with this last re-organizing I have weeded out more of my Stampin Up stamp sets, inks, chalks, etc.. Set what I no longer was using in a big box for the next sale until . . .

I stopped at a local thrift store a week or so back and the owner has now converted part of the shop into a consignment area. You can rent a full section, a wall section, or in my case, a bookshelf. Decided I would give this a try -- took all my extra inks, Stampin Up card stock, paper trimmer, chalk sets, and Stampin Up stamp sets to the shop on Thursday to set up my shelf unit. Saturday morning I received a call from the shop owner that all my inks sold and quite a few Stampin Up stamp sets.

My suggestion??? If you have a thrift store with a consignment area give it a try for whatever supplies you no longer need or use -- or have your friends join in also selling their items. Having more sellers on your booth/shelf/area will make your rent cheaper and it also gives the shoppers a much better selection. So don't use it? Lose it and use your new found $$ on other craft supplies you have been wanting to buy. . .   TFL and YOLO

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Thinking of You Scraps Card

This card is on a yellow card stock base. The solid front piece is orange. The five strips are different card stocks from the stash that have similar shades of yellow.

To begin with. I cut out five different strips of printed card stock 3/4" x 5 1/2". Laid out the strips the way I wanted them to be on the card front. I used the softer print to do my stamping on -- the greeting is by Paper Sweeties and I stamped that using the MISTI with green ink:

Once the stamping was done I used small pieces of scotch tape on the back of my strips to hold them together. Once they were altogether I trimmed them to the size I wanted -- 3 3/4" x 5" and then used the ATG to put the strip piece onto the orange piece for the card stock front. ** Then using the ATG I put the strips card front onto the yellow card stock base.

Using a 3/4" square punch I punched out a square from scrap orange card stock. Then cut that square in half, from corner to corner, using scissors. Put these triangles on my card front piece. Added two small green crystals to those triangles:

**In the future when I make another strips card front I will cut a piece of white copy paper to 3 3/4" x 5 1/2" and put my strips onto this copy paper. The copy paper will be the base for this pattern and I think it will make it a lot easier to put the strips onto the card front piece. This way you are handling one piece of paper rather than 5 strips of paper.

Easy card to make and good use of printed scraps or maybe printed card stocks that you do not like. TFL and YOLO

Friday, February 19, 2016

Retirement Card

Card stock base is a coral shade. Card front piece is light pink and the white card stock piece for the card front is GP.

Cut and scored the coral card stock base. Cut the pink piece to the size I needed for card front. The white/GP piece was cut a bit larger than what I would need. Using a stencil from Memory Box I used distressed inks for that for the design. When that was done I trimmed this piece to the size I would need for the card front. Using the distressed inks I sponged the edges of this piece. Stamped my greeting and put all the card pieces together using my ATG.

Using flip flops die set I cut out a pair of pink flip flops. Used a small Marvy flower punch and added two glittered flowers to the flip flops. Put the flowers on the flip flops using glue dots. Added three sequins to the completed card front.

Using the Mini Treat Bag die set I cut out a treat bag using printed card stocks. Then wrapped five of the Hershey Nugget candies and put those on a card stock 'tray' and put them in the pretzel bag (from the candy making aisle at the craft store), tied it closed and using scissors I trimmed off the ends of the pretzel bag:

A little bit of chocolate for the retirement send off. TFL and YOLO

Monday, February 15, 2016

Let the Journey begin . . .

Here and there I have seen cards/videos by Deb Valder  --- here are a couple of projects I have made after seeing her videos ---

and recently I made her Easter Chick Treat Holder:

Deb is very inspiring and she is very detailed on her videos/blog so you can watch her video and also make the same card/project she teaches with the same results --- which is always a good thing.  .  . so when Deb "jumped ship" and joined Fun Stampers Journey I decided to check this out. . .

Here is a photo of the the Fun Stampers Journey catalog I received:

Took it to the office supply store and had them spiral bound it with a clear cover on the front and back:

For $6 plus change I now have a spiral bound catalog--great to have the spiral on it so the pages lay flat and the catalog will not 'flop' shut all the time... Fun Stampers Journey is the brainstorm of Richard Garay and his wife Gabby. They are based in Phoenix, AZ.

What is great about this company??? Where to start -- here is an example --- just opened a new stamp set from another catalog stamp company --- only to have to take all the stamps off the rubber piece, then put the indexing labels on them -- hoping that is straight, and then deciding to throw all stamp pieces to the set in the box or put them back into the rubber piece for storage in the box??? Here is that stamp set:

Here is the new stamp set and a couple of stamps I am putting the indexing on... now once all the indexing is done how to store it? If I toss all the stamps in the set into the case then whenever I should open the case the stamps can fall out...

If I put all the indexed stamps back onto the rubber piece that held them it is neater in the case but I will have to put them back in their "holes" each time they are used:

turned over to show the indexing:

So all this work and I have yet to stamp anything.... but here is my new Easter stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey and their stamps arrive in envelopes, already with the indexing ON the stamps so no assembly required.... plus their stamps are on clear sheets inside the envelopes so open the envelope, take out the clear sheet holding the stamps, take off the stamp you want, stamp it and back to the clear sheet after cleaning for storage....quick and easy and now no waiting to for the stamp sets to be delivered only to have to assemble them all...

These stamps are of top of the line quality -- no shadows or blurred stamping. These stamps are good quality rubber and made in the USA -- always a plus.

Richard and Gabby have thought this all out --- here are photos of the inside of their catalog -- first the sections are coloured coded so if you are looking for stamp sets they are all together in this catalog:

Then they offer dies -- from sets of dies to single dies -- here is a single doily die:

Now for their dies sets -- here is a photo of their Journey Ovals die set -- it has oval dies and then piercing oval dies in the same set of 10 --- TEN dies in one set and the price is unbelievable!!

Throughout the catalog you will see stamp sets with green lines around them --- Fun Stampers Journey dies are all lime green so if you should see a stamp set with the green lines that means that stamp set has a matching set of dies BUT you can buy the stamp set only, or the die set only, or if you should buy both the stamp set and die set together you get a reduced price which is their "bundle" price:

They sells tools, accessories, embellishments, etc. The ink pads they sell are "True Color Fusion" ink pads -- no more buying a classic ink pad, a re-inker for that, then a craft ink pad, a re-inker for that... they have this down to a science --- Lots of card stocks -- printed, solids, 8 1/2" x 11" as well as the 12" x 12". Their card stocks are 80 # weight --- not 65 # weight and their prices are comparable to what we have bought from catalogs before. . .

They also sell ATS stamps -- in this catalog they have three pages of those -- an ATS is a single stamp or a single stamp that also has a greeting with it which is really great. HOW many times have we all bought a full stamp set for ONE stamp we wanted???

Quality is great and this is a company that realizes that our hobbies are important to us and that value is what we are looking for. . . I have bought dies, stamp sets, card stocks, inks from them and not only is the value there but their packaging is also good.

If you want to check out more of their catalog for yourself please visit Deb Valder at:

For the month of February Fun Stampers Journey is having a special -- buy certain card stocks and embellishments and receive a second one for free. Richard and Gabby realize the importance of their customer following --- unlike some stamp companies that never offer their customers anything for free or reduced -- lots of inspiration on the pages of the Fun Stampers Journey catalog and hoping you find something that you will like -- Since I had not heard of them before I saw the video about them on YouTube by Deb Valder I thought I would share this info with other stampers. TFL and YOLO

Close To My Heart Card Class

Two great cards taught by a Close To My Heart consultant -- First is a masculine card she had us make:

Stamps, card stock, sequins and twine all Close To My Heart products. Card stock base is CTMH white card stock and prints are also CTMH. Nice layout having the printed card stocks on the edges of the card front base. We used scissors to make our banner ends. Added the sequins using glue dots. The greeting piece is on the card front using pop dots for dimension. Added a piece of twine in a knot below the greeting piece. The stamp is from the CTMH stamp set Finding the Words D1646 and you have a lot of options with that stamp set. Nice looking masculine card with lots of dimension on it.

This second card is for Easter:

Card stock base is white and double sided card stock was used for the front of this card and the opposite side of the green is the print. The pattern of this print almost looks like Easter eggs and the colours are perfect for Easter and it is called Kaleidoscope. .

She had us use a basket die to cut out the basket. Before we removed the die cut basket from the die we used a brown marker for the lines on the basket and a purple marker to colour the bow. ALSO the coloured eggs are actually made using a mini balloon punch -- how clever is that?????? :0) The basket is on a piece of white card stock that we used a corner rounder punch on. The basket with bow is on the card front using pop dots for dimension.

Another cute card for Easter --- nice detail using the markers on the die piece while it was still in the die and clever use for a mini balloon punch for the eggs. Thanks to Donna for two cute cards and for taking the time to show us how these are made. TFL and YOLO

Card Class

Had another card class with Brenda Cook on Saturday so thanks to Brenda and Diane for holding this class and an enjoyable time --- In the classes Brenda teaches she always has cards or a project for us but she also teaches us a technique -- the technique we learned for this class was Faux Mosaics and here is the card we made featuring that technique:

As with any mosaic projects you begin with small pieces that altogether make up your mosaic pattern. For this card Brenda had us use hearts for our mosaic background. Here is a closer photo of the hearts background technique:

For this technique you need your pieces of card stocks that you are using for your mosaic pieces. For these hearts Brenda had us use a hearts border punch so punching out the hearts from scrap card stocks did not take long.

Once the hearts were cut out we used ModPodge and a foam brush and put the ModPodge on our card stock piece in a small area -- press your hearts onto ModPodge and continue adding ModPodge to this card stock piece, adding more hearts as you go, until your card stock is covered with hearts. Once that is covered set this piece aside to dry. (You need to use a thin coat of ModPodge on your card stock to hold the hearts so it does not take long to dry).

While your hearts/mosaic piece is drying you can  stamp the other parts of the card and begin putting it together. Stamped the heart and punched that out, sponged the edges, and used pop dots on the heart to put on the card front piece. Stamped the greeting below that. Added a coloured pearl brad to the stamped card front piece. Set it aside.

By now your hearts/mosaic piece is dry enough to finish the technique. Cover the hearts piece with VersaMark ink and sprinkle your embossing powder over this. Using a heat tool set your embossing powder. Once that is done you can put your hearts piece on your card front above the printed card stock. Put your twine on the front of the card attaching it to the back of this piece. Once the twine is on the card front now put pop dots behind the heart/brad piece for the card front for dimension.

Another pretty card from Brenda's class and a new learned technique -- a BIG thanks to Brenda for opening her home/classroom to us and for Diane that helped.  TFL and YOLO

Valentine Mailman

Love getting cards from other card makers and was happy for Valentine's Day I received two cards. The first is from Mary from SC and her blog is: Here is her card for Valentine's Day:

Mary's cards are always dimensional with her papers, textures, and layers and this card does not disappoint. Her stamped image is too cute -- from the blue eyes on the elephant to her pink toes. Mary embossed the hot pink card stock for the card front with a hearts embossing folder and it has a shimmer to it. Then adding her two scalloped squares of black/white hearts is a nice touch to the card front. As usual Mary does magic with her Copics for the colouring on her stamped image and the shading around the die cut circle for her image is a perfect touch. Her hearts on the card front have pop dots and that adds more dimension to this card front. Once again, lucky me to be on Mary's mailing list -- :0)

This next card is from another friend --

This card is on a white card stock base. She used the Flutter Tree die from Spellbinders for the tree. Added red butterflies to that. The greeting is from the Stamp Of The Month stamp set from Close To My Heart (you can order from The center white piece the tree is on is a textured card stock and that brings dimension to her card front. She added red crystals by the holiday greeting and in person they sparkle.

Happy me to be on the mailing list of these two card makers   :0)  --- TFL and YOLO

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Fry Box Bunny

Saw this Fry Box Bunny made up by "Penny627" on SCS. Too cute not to make one myself. Supplies used:

Fry Box die
Hardwood background stamp
1 1/2" circle punch (bunny body)
7/8" scalloped circle punch (tail)
1 3/4" x 7/8" oval punch (two feet)
5/8" circle punch (large pink circles on feet)
1/4" circle punch (three bunny toes)
Small flower punch for flowers
Vine punch for vine with leaves
Crystals for flower centers
Glue dots
Red sticky tape
MISTI tool

To begin with I cut out the Fry Box die. Using a hardwood background stamp I stamped my fry box piece--the front and back and the inside back piece you can see from the front of your fry box. Here is a photo of the back of this stamped fry box:

With your fry box cut out and stamped used red sticky tape on the two front sides and put the fry box together. Punch out your two vine/leaves pieces and put them on the holder using micro mini glue dots. Punch out four flowers and put them on the fry box using glue dots. Add crystals to the center of the flowers for some sparkle:

For the bunny punch out your pieces and sponge all the edges using a light brown or gray ink but do not sponge the scalloped circle piece for the bunny tail. Put all the bunny pieces together using glue dots. I put my bunny on the fry box using two large glue dots on the bunny body only. The feet are stuck to the bunny but not to the fry box.

Using a small clear bag from the candy aisle at the craft store I put small candies in that and tied it closed with a ribbon bow. Filled the fry box with coloured paper shred from the dollar store and put the bag of candies inside.  Cute holiday holder and free standing so another nice table marker. Thanks to "Penny627" for sharing her idea for this Easter treat holder. TFL and YOLO

♥ Chicks Rule ♥

Saw these cuter than cute Easter chicks done by Deb Valder and had to make some up... not only are they cute, but they are free standing, and they hold two pieces of the Hershey chocolate nugget candies so they are a win-win project:

To make these cuties:

Cut a piece of yellow card stock 2" wide by 7 1/4" long. With the long edge at the top of the score board score this at 3".  Turn it around and score again at 3". Using the bone folder crease your score lines. Using a scalloped design embossing folder put one end of your scored yellow card stock inside the folder with the scored line at the edge of the embossing folder. Run this through your machine to emboss it. You only need to score the front as the back is not scored:

Once this piece is embossed, using your Scalloped Tag Topper punch, punch each end of the yellow piece. Once done punch out the white and black circles for the eyes using the owl punch. Put these eye pieces together using glue dots. Put them on the scalloped (front) side of your chick using glue dots.

For her wings I used 1 1/4" scalloped circle punch and punched out one circle from yellow card stock. Using scissors I cut that in half. Set these aside. Using yellow and white twine I wrapped this around two fingers a couple of times and tied it off as this will be the "hair" at the top of the holder.. Set that aside.

For the two chocolate nugget candies I used a piece of jellybean printed card stock from Hobby Lobby and cut two pieces for nugget wrappers --- 1" x 3 1/8". Wrapped these around the candies and kept them in place using glue dots:

Placed the wrapped nugget candies inside the holder using large glue dots. Now I closed the holder using the wrapped twine and tying it closed. Used scissors to trim the twine "hair".  With the candies inside, twine "hair" tied on, I used glue dots to add the wings on each side of the holder which is the 1/2 scallop circle pieces.

For the feet -- punch out two pieces from the BoHo Blossom punch. Put them on the holder using glue dots. For the beak punch out another flower and cut off all but two points. Fold this small piece in half and put it on the front of the holder using a glue dot. Then using a glue dot I added a bow at the top of my holder:

Cute chickie -- Thanks to Deb Valder for sharing her ideas and making a YouTube video for this cute treat holder.  TFL and YOLO