Saturday, March 31, 2018

Easter Card #3

Picked up a couple of the Impressions Obsessions catalogs at a stamp show I went to in Columbia, SC and when I came home I looked through the catalogs. Great samples inside using their newest dies and when I saw these "cutie patooties" I had to buy this Bunny Border die and I made a card as soon as they arrived for Easter:


I die cut the bunnies from white/GP. Die cut the green piece below the bunny border with the die at the top edge - this way the bunnies look like they are sitting on the grass. For the ears I used a small applicator and added pink chalk to those. The grass behind the bunnies were die cut using a die from the Stampin Up Basket Bunch die set. Checked print is from Echo Park. 

Die cut "Happy Easter" from scrap card stock and added clear Wink of Stella to that for some sparkle:


Die cut a piece of YoYo Yellow card stock using a rectangle scalloped frame die. Put that over the card front using foam strips. Used a Stampin Up flower punch for the two flowers in the corners and added white pearls to those. Love the bunnies ready to greet for Easter! TFL

Easter Card #2

For this card I used the Basket Bunch die set from Stampin Up:


Yo Yo Yellow card stock base, white is GP, checked is Doodlebug. Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set used for the greeting. Used aqua painter to add colour to the flowers and used brads for the flower centers. Over the bow and flowers I used clear Wink of Stella:


Cut out a bunny using brown flocked card stock and tucked him in the basket.... TFL

Easter Cards #1



Taylored Expressions Block Party Bunnies die for the bunny border piece. Card stock prints are by Doodlebug and Echo Park. Used the new to me Lawn Fawn tag die for the tag and stamped the Taylored Expressions greeting onto that using Memento black ink. Used an EK Success border punch for the teeny flowers to make the white bunny tail.

These cards feature a chocolate bunny look-a-like and more card stock prints from Echo Park:


Added scrap card stock bows die cut and covered with clear Wink of Stella for some sparkle and shine on the bunny. TFL

Thank You Card #3


This is a thank you card I recently made using the new to me Stampin Up stamp Off the Grid:


Card base is Stampin Up Crumb Cake cut and scored at the top. Used a piece of red card stock from Mikes for the card front. The stamped piece is Stampin Up Very Vanilla. Using the Stampin Up Crumb Cake ink I stamped the Off the Grid stamp on the left side of the cream piece. Using a dotted stamp from the Stampin Up Eclectic Expressions stamp set I stamped that with the same ink to fill in the blank spaces. Used a piece of floral washi tape and put that on the upper half of the stamped piece.

Using the ATG I put the stamped cream piece onto the red piece and then put these onto the card stock base. Using Stampin Up floral punches I punched out my two flowers. Put the solid red flower into a flower mold by Heartfelt Creations and ran that through the Big Shot machine to give it texture and dimension. Stacked the flowers and they are held together with a brad. Using a "Thank you" stamp from the Eclectic Expressions stamp set I stamped that onto the card front using Real Red ink:


Die cut leaves from scrap Crumb Cake card stock and put them in a lattice embossing folder to give them texture. Put the leaves piece onto the card front using glue dots. Using a large glue dot I put the flowers on top of the leaves. Like the red and the Crumb Cake together - gives the card a pop of colour. TFL


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thank You Cards 1 & 2


Thank you card #1:


Used the Stampin Up Number of Years stamp set for the floral piece. Stamped the greenery stamp onto white/GP using Stampin Up Pistachio Pudding ink. Using a pink ink from SU I stamped the pink flowers over the greenery image. With stamping done I used an oval die from Spellbinders and cut out the stamped white oval. Used a stitched oval die and cut out an oval frame using Pistachio Pudding card stock. Put the green oval frame over the stamped white oval using TomBow glue. For the greeting I used the "Thank you" stamp from the new Stampin Up Eclectic Expressions stamp set. Stamped it on scrap white/GP card stock and used the SU Banner punch for both ends of the greeting piece. Printed card stock is also SU.

Cut and scored the green card stock base. Cut a piece of white/GP card stock for the card front and cut the printed card stock for the card front. Using the ATG I put these three layers together. Used pop dots to put the framed oval piece on the card front. Greeting banner was put on the card front using double glue dots for height. Used clear Wink of Stella and went over the pink flowers. Added a gingham bow to the base of the flowers using a glue dot. Used a multi butterfly punch from M Stewart for the butterflies and those are on the card front using glue dots. Added a pearl to the center of each of the butterflies. Here is a photo to try to show the Wink of Stella on the flowers:


For this next card I used inspiration from Dawn Griffith from a card I had recently made into a birthday card:


Again using the new Stampin Up stamp set Eclectic Expressions and Dawn's layout I used different colours for this card:

Thank you card #2:


This card is on a card stock base of Stampin Up Pool Party, white/GP used for the card front, lavender piece and then the white stamped piece is also white/GP. Used both Pool Party ink and the Lavender Lace ink for my stamped images. Used the ATG and put the stamped piece onto the lavender card stock. Ran lavender/white twine around this and used the ATG to put these pieces onto the white piece for the card front. With those done I then put them onto the Pool Party card base using the ATG.

For the "Thank you" that is a Spellbinders die. Cut out a piece of the Lavender Lace and used clear Wink of Stella over that. While that was drying I cut out a piece of the Pool Party using this "Thank you" die. Used TomBow glue to put these two word pieces together offsetting them as a shadow look. Again used the glue to put these onto the card front. Added sequins to the card front. Tied a small twine bow and put that on the card front over the twine. Here is a photo to show the shimmer on the "Thank you" die cut piece:



Thanks to Dawn Griffith for the inspiration for this card. Really like the Eclectic Expressions stamp set and am sure I will be using it often for other projects. TFL

Monday, March 19, 2018

Birthday Gift Bag


Recently bought the Our Daily Bread Designs Card Caddy and Gift Bag Bundle. Needed to make a birthday gift bag so wanted to use this new die set. Here is the bag I made:


Used Stampin Up Pink Pirouette card stock for the bag back, sides, front, and handles on my bag. As with other detailed dies I use the Cheery Lynn metal shim to cut out the bag front with all the details.  With the back, sides, and front of the bag pieces cut out I used a bone folder to crease the scored lines the die made. Then used 1/8" red sticky tape to put the bag pieces together. Put the handles on the bag using glue dots and punched out a small pink circle to put over the back of the handles to cover the glue dots that showed on the inside of the bag through the front cut out piece.

The "Happy Birthday" circle:


This die was a free die with one of my British card making magazines and I cut that out of a scrap piece of darker pink card stock. With that cut out I put a lighter pink circle behind it and used larger glue dot to put that on the handle on the bag front. Easy bag to put together and as with the other Our Daily Bread Designs dies this die set cut the card stock easily. TFL

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St Pat's Day


Did not make any St. Patrick's Day cards this year but in the mail I received two:


This first one is from Mary in South Carolina -- she is a master of the Copics! Lots of layers and shading on her oval to show off this cute Irish guy -- she even added sparkle to his eyes:


Such details on his mouth and cheeks! Her shading on the oval adds dimension to this little guy and also to the card front. Love all the greens for St. Pat's!

This next card is from my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime):


Pretty combo with the green and white. She embossed the white card front and added a glittered shamrock next to the greeting banner. LOVE both cards and lucky me to be on their mailing lists! Thanks ladies for two fun festive holiday cards!

Also in the mail was another birthday card by Bonnie:


Love the lacy look of the white rectangle on the red card front. The embossing on the flower stands out with the colouring. Happy me that when I opened her card this fell out:


I love dies and I love flowers so this was a great surprise!! Thanks to Bonnie for remembering me with a pretty card and special gift! Love getting cards from other card makers - everyone is so inspiring!  TFL

Monday, March 12, 2018

Eclectic Birthday Card


When I bought the Stamparatus from Stampin Up I qualified for a free stamp set during their Sale A Bration ongoing special so I bought their Eclectic Expressions stamp set. Made this first card using this new set:


Needed a quick birthday card and this stamp set is still out on my work island so this is the set I used. I had seen this card made by Dawn Griffith on Youtube:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUmfrvr9kII&t=70s

So here is my card following Dawn's video and instruction:


I used Stampin Up Rose Romance and Early Expresso for my inks. I did everything Dawn instructed except I did not stamp across the top and the bottom of my pink card base. I also did not have the "celebrate" die set she used so I used a Spellbinder die set for my die cut "celebrate" words. I cut out a pink word and a brown word and used glue to put them together. As Dawn did I also put clear Wink of Stella over my pink lettering:


Thanks to Dawn for sharing her fun card -- I love this stamp set -- thinking it will get used often like the Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge stamp set I have in the craft room. Two cute cards, totally different, but using the same stamp set.  TFL

Monday, March 5, 2018

Uphill battle - - -


Stampin Up has a special sale going on now where a customer can spend a certain amount of money and get some free products. I recently bought the Stamparatus stamping tool and a small item and that qualified me to get a free stamp set. I like the Eclectic Expressions stamp set and decided to order that. I had seen this card on Youtube and really liked it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oPdQ8iMRzs&t=227s

Thought it would make a nice birthday card or other card you could put together quickly yet it is simple enough to do. Thanks to Liz Y. for putting her video together and sharing her card. After work today I had to make a quick get well card to mail out and thought of her card. . . but for me? It was an uphill battle....

Will say I did use all the ink colours she suggests but my card is a regular sized card. Liz made a 4 x 4 card for her sample on her video. I took out the stamp set and all my inks and put them in the same order she uses in her video.... Inked, stamped, cleaned, and continued until all colours were on my card.... but uphill it went... :0(


Decided the only way to stamp it straight would be the Stamp A Ma Jig.... dragged that out and it was just what I needed -- probably being in a hurry did not help either --- but here is my second attempt at her card:


I tried to use all the colours Liz used on her card as far as card stock goes.  My "Get Well Soon" stamp is a wood mount stamp by Stampin Up in 1992 that I had in my stash. I used the chevron black and white washi tape for the card front. Used a M Stewart multi heart punch for the pink glittered heart. This card is for a little girl so I hope she likes it. Thanks to Liz for sharing her idea and card on her video. TFL

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Egg and Ovals Bunny Revisited . . .


Just used my Easter Bunny Egg and Ovals Bunny pattern to make another version of a Tootsie Pop holder for Easter for this year. This time I used the Stampin Up Scalloped Tag Topper punch for the top of my holder:


For my holder I used Stampin Up Bashful Blue card stock. Cut that 2" wide by 8 1/2" long. With the long side at the top of the score board I scored this piece at 3 3/4" and again at 4 3/4". Used a bone folder to crease these scored lines. Opened it up and used the Stampin Up Scalloped Tag Topper punch (any of the tag topper punches would work) and I punched each end of the holder piece - one at a time.

With this piece punched I used the Stampin Up Basket Bunch stamp set to stamp the egg border stamp on the front of my holder using Stampin Up Bashful Blue ink. I wanted a softer stamped image so I inked the stamp, stamped off, and then stamped it on the front holder piece. Here is a photo to show the stamped eggs:


To make the bunny -- I used the Spellbinders Egg die set and cut out an egg from scrap white card stock. Used an oval punch for the two ears and a small oval punch from Marvy for the feet. Using Stampin Up Going Gray ink I sponged the edges of all pieces. Used a small circle punch for the pink pads on the bunny feet and a Marvy heart punch for the nose. Put the bunny together using glue dots. Used a fine black marker for the eyes and mouth. Used a pink marker for the toes.

With stamping done on the front of the holder I  held the holder closed and used a small circle punch to make the two holes for my twine. Opened the holder and put in the Tootsie Pop which has a glue dot on the top of it to hold it inside the holder. Used two glue dots on the upper corners of the holder to hold it closed. Tied my blue and white twine around the Tootsie Pop stick and trimmed the ends of that off:


Put the bunny on the front of the holder using glue dots. Easy Tootsie Pop holder to put together and it is free standing so it makes fun holiday table place markers and such.



Thursday, March 1, 2018

Regal Easter


Stampin Up has an ink colour Regal Rose. Wanted to use this ink and card stock for some of my Easter projects but it is a strong pink shade so I decided to tone it down a bit. . . I had bought the egg cartons from Stampin Up when they were on the Clearance Rack and I spritzed some of the cartons with rubbing alcohol mixed with SU re-inkers to "paint" the egg cartons. For this egg carton I wanted to use it as it came - all natural. I used the Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose stamp and die set and their Rose Shaping Mold to make my flowers:


As I had done on other egg cartons I made for Easter I used the lattice die from Spellbinders and cut out a piece of cream card stock larger than what I needed for the egg carton top. Used a square frame die to cut out my frame piece. Laid the frame piece over the die cut lattice piece and traced around the frame using a pencil. Trimmed the lattice piece with the trimmer to fit behind the frame piece. Put the frame onto the trimmed lattice piece using red sticky tape. Put these onto the egg carton top using more red sticky tape. Using a white Pearls pen I put the pearls on the lattice intersections.

Stamped, sponged, die cut my rose pieces and leaf and vines pieces. For the rose I used a glue pen on the edges of the rose petals and added clear glitter to that. For my leaf/vines pieces I cut those out and then spritzed Pearls Shimmer Mist on them for a little sparkle. Put the leaf/vines pieces and my rose on top of the framed lattice piece using glue dots. For the greeting banner "easter greetings" I used a stamp from Reverse Confetti. Trimmed it to size and used the SU banner punch for the banner end. Ran it over the bone folder to give the banner a wavy look and put this on the egg carton top using glue dots. Added a butterfly I used a M Stewart punch for and I had spritzed the butterfly using Pearls Shimmer Mist also. Put the butterfly on the egg carton top using glue dots:


This photo shows the inside of the carton filled with a Cadbury Egg, a Ferrero Rocher Egg, mini peanut butter cups, and egg candies from Hersheys with paper shred from the dollar store:


I cut a piece of flower printed card stock to line the inside of the egg carton lid using a floral piece to tie in with the rose on the cover. For this next project I used a smaller rose for the front:


I tilted the Stampin Up Berry Basket I made to show the rose on the side and the embossing. Used the Berry Basket die and cut out my basket using the #110 weight cream card stock from Mikes. Wanted to add texture to the basket pieces and where there is a will there is Ebay....

Stampin Up has a special going on where a customer spends $50 and gets certain products free. In order to get their new Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder a customer would have to spend $100 and then the customer could get a stamp set with this embossing folder for free...... Could not justify spending $100 just to get to this embossing folder.... so went to Ebay. Found a seller and my embossing folder arrived today -- :0)


Just in time for my cream Berry Basket for Easter!  This embossing folder may or may not show up in any of their catalogs so I was happy to buy it off Ebay. This folder embosses deeply so you need a special "sandwich" to use when you are embossing with it. I used my Cuttlebug and I used the A plate, then the card stock in the embossing folder, and then the B plate. Each machine is different but this is what worked for me.

Once I had my basket pieces die cut and then embossed I put the basket together. Trimmed a white doily and put it on one side of my basket. This would be the front of the basket. Put the handle on my basket using brads. With the basket assembled I added my rose, leaf/vines piece, and butterfly using glue dots. Inside this basket are two mini Girardelli bunnies, peanut butter cups, and Tootsie Roll eggs with paper shred:


Here is a photo of the two treat holders together:



These Regal Roses are the third roses I have made using the Heartfelt Creations Rose stamps/die/molds set. One of the better stamping items I have bought for sure.... Also am happy I left the egg carton in the natural colour to help tone down the strong Regal Rose colours. Two more fun projects for Easter treats!  TFL