Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mom's Day Card

Mother's Day is coming and here is a card for Mom. To begin with I used hot pick card stock for the card base. White/GP was used for the card front and the floral print is from the stash. (If using a directional patterned printed paper as I did be sure you have it going in the right direction on your card front).

Used my old stand-by metal dies by Cuttlebug for my letters "M". Cut two of the M's out using the Cuttlebug machine and scrap hot pink card stock. Once the letters were cut out I worked on Mom's hat --

In the above photo I am using scrap card stocks to show the sizes and how the hat is assembled. To begin with for the light pink scalloped piece which is the first layer to the hat, I used a 1 1/4" scalloped circle punch. Then the hot pink circle is the brim to the hat and for that I used a 1 1/8" circle punch. The green circle is the circle that makes the hat band, (on my card that is the white piece), and this circle was made using a 7/8" circle punch. (That size circle punch was purchased at Hobby Lobby in the jewelry section). The seafoam green circle is the top of the hat and that circle is 3/4". Stacked my hat circles together using the ATG and added a small bow to the hat using the mini bow punch from Hobby Lobby.

Once the hat was made I put the printed card stock onto the card front white/GP piece using the ATG. Then put these pieces onto the hot pink card stock base using the ATG. For the M's I used a ruler to be sure my placement was straight on the card front and I used a glue pen to put the M's on the card leaving room between them for the "hat".

Once the M's were on I used glue dots and put the hat in the center of the M's and added a hot pink crystal to the bow. Here is a better photo of that:

I off set the top of the hat so you could see the white "band" around the hat from the top. Easy card to put together and good for "Mom" on Mother's Day. TFL and YOLO

Quick cards to make --

Here are a couple of quick cards I made  --

Card stock base is #110 weight white card stock frm Mikes. The black is also from Mikes. The card front is white/GP that I used two distressed inks on. Stamped the Memory Box background stamp over the distressed piece of card stock using Memento black ink. Using the M Stewart multi butterfly punch I added random black butterflies to the card front. "Just Because" is from Fun Stampers Journey. Used a banner die from for the greeting tag.

This next card uses the Rose Garden stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey:

Blue card stock base is Close To My Heart, black is from Mikes, and white card front is GP. Used the Rose Garden stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey. Stamped the flower image onto the white/GP piece using Memento black ink. Using a dauber I added blue ink the to flowers and used a marker for the green leaves. Then ran this through the Cuttlebug in an embossing folder. The "Thinking of You" stamp is from Paper Sweeties. Used the SU Bitty Banner die to cut that out. Once the card pieces were all assembled I added blue Stickles to the center of the flowers.

Sympathy Card --- easy card to make using one stamp for the front piece and front background piece:

Cream card stock base is #110 weight card stock from Mikes. For the front of the card I used black from Mikes and cut my cream pieces to size. Stamped the flower stamp from the SU stamp set Elements of Style using Memento black ink. Once the front piece for the background on the card front was stamped I used the SU Square Lattice embossing folder and embossed that piece using the Cuttlebug. Trimmed it to the size I needed for the card front and then sponged the edges with black ink.

For the smaller stamped front piece I stamped the image and then sponged the edges -- that piece is not embossed. Once the stamped images were on the black card stock I added a piece of sheer black ribbon to the smaller stamped piece. Using the SU Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set I stamped "With Sympathy" on cream card stock and used a banner die from Frantic Stampers to cut that out. Put the card pieces onto the card stock base and used glue dots to add the greeting piece. Easy card to put together. TFL and YOLO

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Finally filled up --

Recent trip to the Restore for railing parts for the staircase found me this find:

Old, dusty and dirty, metal shelf unit. We brought it home and it was hosed off and wiped down. At first I thought it would be perfect for card stocks but once I got it in the craft room.... another story...

Keep all my misc wood mounted stamps from various manufacturers in Stampendous storage boxes. Most of these boxes I am using I picked up using a store credit at a store where I sold a lot of stamping and craft items I was no longer using. So I probably only had to buy a few of the clear boxes for storage.

Here are photos of these boxes in use on this metal shelf unit:

And I labeled the boxes using the label maker:

These boxes are on this shelf unit alphabetically by titles. As for some of the wooden stamps I have favorite companies -- IE:  Here are two of the boxes with their stamps in them. I use the small and large snowman face stamps from them all the time and it is easier to remember where those stamps are by keeping the Morningstar stamps together:

As for cling and clear stamps I have -- I keep the Stampin Up woodmount sets I ended up keeping (really weeded those out recently) with the cling SU sets I have on a shelf together. All my Close To My Heart stamp sets are stored together as are my MyFavoriteThings stamp sets. 

Grouping my stamps together by titles or manufacturers I am able to find what I am looking for and I find I use some stamps more often now than I had in the past as I can easily find what I am looking for. Now with this metal shelf unit I will not have to move all these stamp boxes out of my way so I can get to a box I want to use. The shelf unit also corrals all the wood mounted stamps together so they are now all in one area of the craft room --- right next to the counter that has all the inks. TFL and YOLO