Sunday, July 31, 2016

Wondrous Autumn Card

Had seen the video on YouTube by Sandi MacIver using the Baby Wipe Technique with the Stampin Up Wondrous Wreath stamp and die set. Listened to what she suggested and so I made cards using her technique. Using the Baby Wipe Technique each of the wreaths are different in colours:

To begin with I used the Baby Wipe Technique, following her colour suggestions, and stamped the wreath base stamp onto white/GP card stock. Using red ink I stamped the berries stamp onto all the wreaths. I cut the wreaths out using the matching die set in the Big Shot. Added clear Wink of Stella to the berries. Set these aside -- here is a photo to show the sparkle of the berries:

Using Kraft Paper Trey Ink card stock I cut and scored my four card stock bases. I used the bone folder to crease the fold line. For my card I wanted to use rust card stocks for the two pieces on the left front of the card. Cut my light and darker rust card stocks for the left front of my cards. For the lighter rust pieces I used a leaves embossing folder by Tim Holtz and embossed those in the Cuttlebug. The thinner, darker rust piece is not embossed. On some cards I put the embossed pieces with the embossing raised and other cards have the embossing indented:

These photos show each card:

"Autumn Greetings" is a stamp from Whipper Snapper and I used rust ink for that. Using the ATG I put the embossed and the darker rust pieces on the left front of my cards. The wreaths are on the cards using pop dots. For the solid rust bows I used a Fiskars punch and the open looped bow is a die. Put the bows on the wreaths using glue dots. Adding a brown crystal from the stash to the center of each bow.

Thanks to Sandi for a great video showing her technique and for her tips on getting the results you want. TFL and YOLO

Friday, July 29, 2016

In My Thoughts Card

Cut and scored the card stock base of Stampin Up Crumb Cake.  Embossed a piece of Crumb Cake using the We R Memory Keepers Woven embossing folder. Trimmed the embossed piece to size for the card front. Set these aside.

For the floral piece -- this stamp set is Gift of Love from Stampin Up and it is a Hostess stamp set. You can buy this stamp set if you are a Hostess or make a $150.00 purchase or have a $150.00 party. Decided to check Ebay for this set and see what their prices were -- this stamp set had just been posted to Ebay for a great price and best yet? It was brand new. So I bought my copy off Ebay and it just arrived this week so wanted to make a card right away using it.

Used the MISTI and stamped the first stamp (outline) with black ink. Then stamped over that using the Pink Pirouette ink from Stampin Up. Used a rectangle die set to make the "frame" around the floral piece. Trimmed the floral piece to the size I needed and put the pink frame on that using the ATG. Added glitter to the pink flowers using a clear Wink of Stella pen. Set this aside.

For the greeting I used the Stampin Up stamp set A Dozen Thoughts (new to me from a yard sale) and stamped my greeting on scrap white card stock using black ink. Used a Spellbinders tag die set to cut that out in the Cuttlebug. Pink and white twine is from the stash. Tied the twine on the ends of the greeting tag and ran the ends of the twine behind the embossed card front. Using the ATG I then put
the embossed card front onto the card base. Also used the ATG to put the floral piece on the card front.  Here is a photo to show the sparkle from the Wink of Stella:

The Wink of Stella sparkles IRL and the camera does not capture that well. This was an easy card to put together. TFL and YOLO


Embossing folders..... Used for embossing they add texture and design to your project. You can also ink the embossing folder to transfer the design to your card stock or even emboss wax paper for a resist technique. In the beginning all embossing folders were the same size... then the 5" x 7" folders came out... then the folders that have a slit on the fold of the folder to allow for longer strips of card stock so you can emboss a continued design were available. Have to say, in my crafting life, I have not met an embossing folder I did not like... and I can speak for my Cuttlebug and Big Shot machines as well... until the mailman showed up this morning. . .

Had seen the new "Woven" embossing folders by We R Memory Keepers and I really liked the designs this set of two folders make. Here is a photo of the packaging for these folders:

Although I have a Basket Weave embossing folder to add a weave texture to projects as I did in my Berry Basket:

I liked the two woven designs these folders have:

Happy me these folders were in the mail this morning. Sprinting into the craft room I opened the package, pulled out a piece of white/GP card stock to try out each folder and started with the Cuttlebug machine first. I have a "love/hate" relationship with my Cuttlebug... I love it and would hate to have it break...

Loaded up the Cuttlebug using the normal 'sandwich' I use for embossing. I stacked the A plate, a B plate, the folder with card stock inside, and finished it with another B plate. Starting rolling this sandwich through the machine and the Cuttlebug was having none of this... It would not work... Did not want to force it. . .

Knowing that not all machines can handle all projects I quickly went to the Big Shot and got out the Big Shot platform, opening it for an embossing folder. Put my clear plate on the platform, then the embossing folder with card stock inside, and then the other clear plate. The Big Shot was having none of this... again did not want to force it . . .

Hmmmmmmmmm....  Looked at the packaging to see if WRMK had a 'sandwich' recipe on it for using these folders? Nothing.... Here is what finally worked in each machine:

Cuttlebug:  A plate
                  Embossing folder with card stock
                  C plate

Big Shot:  Platform CLOSED
                 Embossing folder with card stock
                 Clear plate on top (one plate only)

PLEASE try this carefully as we know all machines are not the same -- do testing first to be sure these sandwiches will work for you and your machines.  ALSO for the Cuttlebug I have 2 "B" plates that I have marked so I know they are for embossing folders only. They are not used for anything else so they remain flat and they give a nice embossed finish.

ALSO -- these folders emboss deeply so you may want to emboss two pieces of your card stock at a time to keep your card stock from tearing or showing stress marks on the embossed patterns. It all will depend on the thickness (weight) of the card stock you are using. These folders are much thicker than regular embossing folders and they emboss deeply so your embossed designs will be more detailed. When I put these embossing folders in with my other embossing folders I will be sure to mark them to remind me a different machine sandwich is needed when using them.

SHOPPING ALERT:   I bought these embossing folders from: If you should go to their webpage you will see they accept coupons from competitors -- Hobby Lobby, Joanns, Mikes and they provide you the codes you need when you check out so be sure to write your codes down so you save on your purchase. TFL and YOLO

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thanksgiving Goodie Bag Treat Holder

Used the Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die for my Thanksgiving Goodie Bag Treat Holder. Card stock used was Really Rust from Stampin Up. Print is from BoBunny. Used the Fiskars pumpkin punch. For the greeting I used the Stampin Up Gobble, Gobble stamp set.

Cut two pieces from the Goodie Bag die -- one for the front and one for the back of your treat holder. Once they were cut I used a banner die and cut out the BoBunny pumpkin printed card stock. Put that banner on the front piece of the treat holder using the ATG. Using red sticky tape I put the treat bag together.

For the pumpkin I used scrap card stock and the Fiskars pumpkin punch. Sponged all edges of the pumpkin. Added a small oval to the center front of the pumpkin to give it more dimension. Put the pumpkin together using mini glue dots  For the "give thanks" I used the Stampin Up stamp set Gobble, Gobble. Used the Classic Label Punch to punch that out. Tucked it under the pumpkin using a mini glue dot. To close this holder I used brown ribbon.

When I was shopping the internet for the Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die I found it was $9.00 cheaper by shopping at  My suggestion is to search for your product to see the stores that carry it and their prices. Also being sure to check shipping fees as well before you order.  TFL and YOLO

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Fall Berry Basket

One of the Stampin Up demonstrators I follow held an online garage sale clearing out her retired items making room for new items from the new catalog...  so happy me when I was able to buy her SU Berry Basket die for a great price!

Knew I wanted to make a berry basket for Fall -- perhaps for a place marker at the Thanksgiving table to hold some treats.. watched a 'how-to' video on Youtube for assembly for the basket and decided to work on my basket. Here is the finished berry basket:

Decided I wanted to use a sturdy weight kraft card stock for the basket so I used one piece of Paper Trey Ink kraft card stock for the basket. With this die you have to cut two pieces of card stock to make the four sides of the basket. Since my kraft card stock is thick I just cut out the die twice rather than stack the card stock on top of the die to cut out two basket pieces at a the same time. With one pass in the machine this die gives you a basket piece, the scalloped edge pieces, as well as two strips. I used the plain strips to make the handle for my basket.

To begin with, once I had cut out the die twice for all my pieces, I knew I wanted the sides of the basket to have a design or texture so I used the Darice Basket Weave embossing folder on the basket sides only -- the bottom of the basket is not embossed:

To emboss just the sides of the basket pieces I put the die cut basket piece into the bottom of the folder up to the scored line the die makes on the basket pieces and that gave me the embossed sides:

Embossed all four basket side pieces. Once that was done I used brown ink and sponged the edges of the basket side pieces. Wanted to have a doily on each side of the basket so I used the CheeryLynn French Doily die and cut a doily out using cream card stock. Then I cut that in half so I would have a piece for two sides of my basket:

I laid the half doily piece on one of the side basket pieces and decided it would cover up too much of the basket side so I simply cut off approx 1/2" off the top of the doily piece and that gave me the size I wanted for the basket. I used brown ink on the edges. Set this aside.

With the basket pieces embossed I wanted to use the autumn plaid from Authentique to be the lining on the inside of the basket. Using this card stock I cut out the Berry Basket die twice again so I would have enough pieces for the four sides of the basket. Using the trimmer I trimmed these to the size I wanted and I used double sided tape to put the printed card stock on the inside of my basket pieces before I assembled the basket:

Much easier to work on the basket and lining when the basket is flat and not assembled yet. Once all the lining pieces were on the basket I turned them over and added the doily pieces to one of the basket pieces that would be the two sides:

I put the doily pieces on the basket base using red sticky tape. Then I used thin red sticky tape on top of the doily pieces and that will hold the scalloped strip piece on the basket base. Once done I had a basket piece with doilies on each end and another basket piece with no doilies on it.  Since I already had added the red sticky tape on top of the doilies I put red sticky tape on the top edges of the other basket piece. With all four basket sides having the red sticky tape on them at the top I was ready to assemble the basket.

To assemble the basket I used double sided tape and put the basket bottom together as suggested in the video. They suggest that you put the two scalloped edge strips (that form the basket and hold it all together), together first so you have a square and now you have to get your sides into and on the square. It made more sense to me to work with my two scalloped strips flat and as I put each side of my basket onto the strips I attached the corners as I went. I think this way also makes the basket "more square" -- if that makes sense.

Now for the handle. I used the two plain strips the die cuts and I used the ATG and put those together to make the handle. Since the kraft card stock is stiff I just pulled this strip on the edge of the counter top and that made the card stock strip bend easier without creasing the card stock strip. To put this handle on the basket I used a small hole punch and brads. I did not want to have the brads show so I d used bows to cover them up.

With having the doily pieces on the basket I wanted the handle attached on those sides of the basket. Using a ruler and pencil I marked where the brad would go. Punched the hole in the basket side, and also on the handle piece, and put these on the basket -- here is a photo from the inside of the berry basket showing the brad holding the handle on:

Here is another photo showing the plaid lining on the basket pieces:

Once the handle was on I used the Stampin Up Bow Builder Punch and used the plaid card stock to make my bows. Had learned early on using the bow punch that if you use glue dots to put the bows together they are too bulky in the center so I use thin red sticky tape to assemble my bows. Once the bows were assembled then I used glue dots to put them on the basket above the doilies and covering the brads holding the handles on -- I added a brown crystal to the center of the bows for "bling":

Put brown paper shred in the basket from the dollar store and it is ready for fall treats. To show the size of this Berry Basket here is a photo of it next to the Stampin Up Fry Box treat holder:

Since I only embossed the sides of the basket pieces the bottom of the basket is flat:

Easy treat holder to put together and it just took some planning --- did all the embossing first then cut all the lining pieces and put the lining on the basket sides while the pieces were all unassembled and flat. Same for the bows - cut that out twice and made both bows at the same time.

Happy I was able to pick up this die at such a great price - I have no problem buying "pre owned" or "pre enjoyed" stamp products at great prices -- stretches my craft dollars and that is always a good thing! This basket would be cute for Easter, or July 4th, Halloween, Christmas, etc... Cute die and easy assembly.  TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Layered Halloween Card

Card is on a card stock base of black #110 weight card stock from Mikes. Gray card stock front is gray kraft card stock from Mikes. Printed word card stock is from Hobby Lobby. Cut the printed word card stock out using a die from Sizzix.

Cut and scored the black card stock base. Used a bone folder to crease the fold. Cut the gray card stock to the size needed for the card front. Using part of a stamp from the Stampin Up stamp set Web Wishes I stamped "Happy Halloween" on the lower right front of the card using black Memento ink. Sponged black in on all the edges of this piece. Using the ATG I put this piece onto the black card stock base.

Cut out the ghosts using white glittered card stock:

Set the ghosts aside. Sponged black ink on the edges of the printed word card stock. Put that piece onto the gray card front using the ATG. For the orange spider web print -- this is a shelf strip from the candy aisle from Walgreens -- I was at the store the day they took their Halloween displays down and the clerk had a pile of these spider web strips on her cart. I asked if I could have them and she handed me a handful of strips.

I trimmed the spider web strip to the size I needed and then sponged the edges with black ink. Put this on the left front of the card using the ATG:

Cut a black spider web out using a Sizzix die and put that onto the spider web strip using a glue pen. Using "trick or treat" ribbon I cut two pieces for the card front -- one piece at the top of the card and the second piece on the spider web strip. Put the ribbon on the card front using red sticky tape.

Ghosts are on the card front using glue dots. The spider on the card front was made using a punch from the dollar bin and punching the spider out of flocked black card stock. Put him on the card front using a mini glue dot. TFL and YOLO

Monday, July 25, 2016

Shimmer Christmas Card

To begin with this card was very difficult to photograph due to the foil front of the card. But this is the best photo to show both the foil card front as well as the glittered Christmas die:

Card stock base is 110# weight white card stock from Mikes. Used silver glittered card stock for the card front. Used the Christmas Tree Greetings die by Sue Wilson for the glittered holiday greeting on the card front.

Wanted the glittered holiday greeting die cut to have some dimension so I cut out three more greeting die cut pieces from 80# weight white card stock. Stacked those on top of each other keeping them together with a glue pen. Then put the glittered die cut piece on top, again using the glue pen to keep it all together.

Cut and scored the white card stock base. Cut a piece of silver glittered card stock for the card front. Put that on the card stock base using the ATG. Cut and scored the foiled card stock and put that onto the glittered silver card stock using the ATG. Using red tape I put the glittered die cut holiday greeting piece on the foil on the card front. Added a green crystal from the stash to the center of the star at the top of the holiday greeting tree. Here is a photo to show the glittered holiday die cut piece:

This card has a lot of shimmer and shine and the camera certainly does not capture that. Easy card to put together. TFL and YOLO

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Happy Halloween Card

Just bought this Halloween card stock by Pebbles and I wanted to use it on the front of a card. For the card base I used black #110 weight card stock from Mikes. I cut it 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and scored it down the middle. Once scored I used a bone folder to crease the fold. Then I used the trimmer and trimmed off 1 1/2" from the right front of the card.

Cut an orange printed card stock for the inside of the card which you can see looking at the front of the card. I used the Happy Halloween stamp from Serendipity Stamps and stamped that using Memento black ink on the far right side of that piece. Using the Pebbles printed card stock I trimmed a piece to fit the left front flap of the card. Put the that on the card front using the ATG.

Stamped a greeting stamp for the inside of the card and stamped that on the inside orange piece. Using the ATG I put that in the card. I used a small scalloped edge die on the black print which I had cut about 1 1/4" wide for the left card front. Once that was cut out in the Cuttlebug I put it on the left card front using the ATG. Trimmed the top and bottom of this strip to fit the card base using the trimmer.

For the "31" on the Pebbles print I wanted to highlight that so I used a circle punch and punched that out on the orange card stock. Then over that punched hole I used a scalloped circle punch and that gave me the ring to go over the "31".  I used black glitter card stock and punched out the circle again and over that punched circle I punched a larger circle and that gave me the black glittered ring around the "31". Put those circle rings together using the glue pen and then put these around the "31" using mini glue dots. This photo show the sparkle on the black glittered card stock:

Inside this card I die cut two ghosts from white glittered card stock and put those by the greeting using glue dots:

This photo shows the card standing:

Easy card to put together. Good use of small pieces of the printed card stocks for the black printed front flap edge as well as the rings around the "31".  TFL and YOLO

Fright Night Card

Card stock base is black #110 weight card stock from Mikes. Stripe and chevron card stocks are from the stash. White is GP.

To make this card I cut and scored the black card stock base -- if you should want your tree die cut piece to hang off the left side of your card as mine does then cut the card stock base 5 1/2" x 8" and score down the center. This will give you room in your envelope for the tree pieces off the edge of your card. Once the black base is cut and scored set it aside.

For the front of the card I cut a piece of striped card stock approx 1/2" wide and put that onto the left card front using the ATG. Trimmed off the top and the bottom of the stripe card stock even to the card base. For the white piece I cut that 5 1/8" x 3 5/8". With that cut to size I used a spritzer tool and spritzed gray marker on the card front. Cut a piece of chevron card stock 3/4" x 3 1/2".

Using gray ink I sponged some ink onto the chevron piece. Then put that on the top of the white card stock using the ATG. Once that was on the card front I sponged the edges of the white card stock front using the gray ink. Stamped "Fright Night" on the lower right corner using Memento black ink. Put the white card front onto the black card stock base.

Using the Memory Box Grand Willow tree die I cut out a tree using black card stock. Using a glue pen I put the tree onto the card front with branches over the left side of the card. Using a bat punch from EK Success I punched bats out from black foil card stock. Put them on the card front using the glue pen:

For the ghosts I cut those out of white glitter card stock and put them on the card front using glue dots. Used a small oval punch and punched out three ovals from printed card stock for the pumpkin. Sponged the edges of those and put them together as a pumpkin using mini glue dots. Here is a photo to show the sparkle of the ghosts:

If you do not want your tree to hang off the left side front of your card then cut your card stock base as usual and the tree will fit your card stock base. TFL and YOLO

Friday, July 22, 2016

Flap Gate Fold Card

Made another gate fold card and this time I used circle dies and one circle goes over the other circle for the card front:

For this card base I used black #110 weight card stock from Mike's. All the Halloween prints are from the stash. Used white glittered card stock to cut out the ghost dies in the Cuttlebug. For the "BOO" I used black foil card stock. Stars were punched out using a small star punch from the dollar bin.

To make this card I cut and scored the black card stock base using the Scor-Pal which is already marked for gate fold cards. Then I cut and adhered the printed card stock to the two front sides of the card.  I used the circle dies from Stampin Up. Cut out two black circles and two printed circles -- four different dies were used. This photo shows the larger circle on the left side:

The the smaller circle with the ghosts and stars lays on top of these circles when the card is closed:

For the inside of the card I used a stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamps:

Another gate fold card with a different closure. Same gate fold pattern but a much different look from this last gate fold card I made:

Gate fold cards are good for a different card opening as well as they use up smaller pieces of card stocks/scraps. TFL and YOLO

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Grid Background Card

Used the Geometric Grid background stencil from for the background. Used white/GP card stock for the card front with distressed inks. The inks used are:

Used the brown craft mat for this technique. Cut my white/GP card stock a bit larger than I would need for the card front. Taped this to the craft mat using painter's tape. Laid the stencil over this and taped that down also with painter's tape:

Used the darker pink for the lower right corner and then went to the lighter pink. Used the darker yellow and went to the lighter yellow. I overlapped the dark yellow onto the light pink which took on a light orange colour. Once that was done I removed the stencil:

Cleaned the stencil with a baby wipe and paper towel and put all the inks away. For the card stock base I used #110 white card stock from Mike's and cut and scored that. Used the bone folder to sharpen the fold for the card top.

Used coral card stock from Close To My Heart and cut that to the size I needed for the card front. Then trimmed the stenciled card front to the size I need. Put that on the coral piece using the ATG. Then put these on the white card stock base.

Using a banner punch from Stampin Up I cut my banner piece to the size I wanted for the card front. I used the Handwritten die set from Little B for the "hello". "Thinking of you" is from the stamp set by Close To My Heart "Say It In Style". Stamped that onto scrap white card stock with black Memento ink. Punched that out with a circle punch. Used a scalloped circle punch for the coral piece under the greeting. Put the banner across the top of the greeting and trimmed off the top of the circles so they would not show above the "hello" banner piece. Put this on the card front using pop dots.

Added three clear sequins to the card front for some sparkle:

 Easy card to put together. TFL and YOLO

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What took so long????

Finally the Grand Opening this past Monday for the FIRST Hobby Lobby in Raleigh, NC. I have had to drive to other nearby cities to shop there and now there is one in Raleigh.... it is about time...

Was there for the Grand Opening (even tho they had a "soft opening" last Friday/Saturday). Right to the paper crafts department for me -- was happy to find black sequins,  (that was another post), as well as this paper pad of printed card stock by Prima. All card stock was 50% off so a good deal for me. Here is the paper pad:

and some of the prints:

Wanted to make a shabby chic looking card with these prints and decided to use the printed card stock as the focal point:

Card stock base is Crumb Cake. Used a scalloped edge die for the pink polka dot on the right side of the card. Used one of the prints for the card front. Cut and scored that to the size I needed. Once that was cut out I used a distressing tool on the edges and then sponged Crumb Cake ink on them. Cut a small strip from another printed card stock in the paper pad, distressed and sponged the edges.

Randomly I added pink floral washi tape to the print for the card front. Using the ATG I put all pieces for the card front together. Using a Cheery Lynn doily die I cut out a white doily using white/GP card stock. Then decided I wanted the printed card stock to the oval on the front of the card. Cut that out using an oval die in the Cuttlebug. Once cut I spritzed this with Perfect Pearls mist. Once dried I put the floral oval onto a pink polka dot oval. Using the ATG I put the ovals together and then on the white doily.

For the greeting "hello" I used Stampin Up Tiny Tags stamp set and cut that out using the matching punch. For the bow I used the Bow Set bow die from Penny Black and cut that out of pink polka dot card stock with the Cuttlebug. Put the bow together using a toothpick and Tom Bow glue. Put the bow at the bottom of the ovals using glue dots. Here is a better photo to show the shimmer of the floral oval and the bow:

The Perfect Pearls really add a lot of shimmer and shine to card front IRL. Some of the floral card stocks are so detailed and romantic now -- great colours as well. TFL and YOLO