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:

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

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Catch Up Post

Am posting a few things in this post from this last week. Had a great birthday only made better by friends and family --- DSD gave me a cake, a begonia plant and a Visa gift card which I will be using later this week for the new Heartfelt Creations release. DH gave me $$ and took me to Long Horn -- :0)   He also took me to IKEA and I picked up a few things -- last trip to IKEA my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) was with me and she bought some of the clear sectioned dividers that fit inside the Alex unit drawers. I had picked up three on that trip and a few more this last trip. In these photos I have some of my washi tape in these dividers:

I also picked up some of the Kuggis containers with matching lids which stack and those will be great for storage in the craft room. This size is the smaller size so they fit on the Raskog cart I have from IKEA. Also bought a planter shelf/table for some house plants. Another good trip to IKEA.

Friday had a surprise package in the mail for my birthday from another stamper, Amy. She mailed me this stamp set from Stampin Up:

Happy me that I did not already own this stamp set!! Lots of possibilities with this set! She also made this card:

Here is a closer photo of the detail on the card front:

The card front has two printed card stocks for the background, laser cut chipboard, lace, bias ribbon, large flowers, small flowers, a glistening butterfly, threads, pearls, etc. Lots of details and dimension on this card front! Love the greeting banner "Your Day" above the butterfly. Really nice card with lots of detail. Pretty pinks -- go with the pink roses my niece sent me!! Thanks Amy for remembering me!! LOVE the stamp set and card! :0)

My PIC stopped by after work one day and gave me a restaurant gift card that I can use at two different restaurants we stop at, plants for my front porch plant shelf, and this die set from Sunny Studios:

LOVE Sunny Studios and this rick rack die set -- one of the rick rack dies has stitching so that will add more interest to the piece. Happy me to get another die set I did not have! She also made me this card:

Background is Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge (one of my most fav of their stamp sets) and the swirl I believe is from Stampin Up Everything Eleanor and the flowers are from the Petite Petals stamp set. Loved the colours she used on the card and here is a photo to show the center of the flowers with the bumpy gem she used:

She put the flowers on the card front using pop dots and the gems for the flower center tie in with the card stock base. Really pretty card. Happy me to have these two stampers remember me and sharing their card making skills with me! LOVE handmade cards! Pink flowers seem to the be the theme of this birthday for me -- :0)   The end of this month my PIC and I (without DH who has a swap meet that weekend) will be heading back to Charlotte so am sure my restaurant gift card will come in handy! Thanks to both stamping ladies for making my birthday extra special!

Also last week I had made more Easter treat holders using the Classic Rose stamp/die/mold set from Heartfelt Creations. Will say that IRL these flowers and all are lavender but the camera shows them more of a blue shade. I used Stampin Up Almost Amethyst ink for my roses and projects:

Once again used one of the natural colour egg cartons that was on the Clearance Rack from Stampin Up. I left it natural and added a lattice die cut piece of Very Vanilla card stock to the carton top with a stitched die cut frame over that. Added white Pearl pen to the lattice piece. Put the lattice/frame piece on the top of the carton using red sticky tape. Put the leaves/vine pieces over the lattice frame piece using glue dots and I used hot glue to add the rose to the the carton top. Stamped the "easter greetings" stamp from Reverse Confetti that I stamped onto scrap Very Vanilla card stock using the Almost Amethyst ink. Used the Stampin Up banner punch for that greeting. Sponged the edges of this and ran it over the bone folder to give it a wave and put the greeting onto the carton top using glue dots. This photo shows the white glitter I put on the rose petals:

For the basket piece again I used the Stampin Up Berry Basket die and I cut two pieces from the #110 weight cream card stock from Mikes. Used the Basket Weave embossing folder from Stampin Up to emboss the two basket pieces but I wanted a little colour on the basket pieces so I ran the Almost Amethyst ink pad over the indented side of the embossing folder and then embossed the two pieces, inking after each pass in the Cuttlebug. Just this little inking shows off the basket weave pattern on the basket:

With the basket pieces die cut, inked/embossed I put the basket together using red sticky tape. Cut a small piece off a white paper doily and put that on the basket front. Using the hot glue I put the rose and leaves/vine piece onto the basket front over the doily piece. Put the handle on the basket using two lavender brads.

Do not have cream paper shred so I used a piece of  purple copy paper and fringe scissors and cut the copy paper into strips. Bunched it up in my hands and then lightly misted these with water and once they dried they stayed bunched up so I separated them and put them in the basket:

Also used some of this shred for inside the egg carton. Another easy project for Easter treat holders. Really like the texture on this basket that inking the embossing folder shows. Another look for the Berry Basket treat holder. So another busy week for this stamper... DH is working on installing floors in the house but hoping to get some creative time in the craft room at some point this week... Still having things to make and post for Easter....  TFL

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Birthday Post

Happy me to have a great birthday from best friends and family --- Will post more photos later but happy me that today my Dies R Us Impression Obsession haul arrived today in the mail...

Recently went to a stamp show in Columbia, SC with my PIC (Stamping Partner In Crime) and when we shopped the Impression Obsession booth and their show sale the gal at the register gave us each four of their catalogs. Love to get those just to look through at all the photos of cards using their dies. Great ideas and inspiration and guess it worked..... because when Dies R Us had their Impression Obessions sale I ordered some of the dies I had seen on projects in their catalogs. Here is a photo of the dies:

Can't wait to get started on some Spring and Easter cards. Love the bunny face die -- can cut out 6 bunny faces with one die -- can leave the bunny faces together as one die piece or cut them apart --

Too cute not to use on Easter projects for this year... Also arrived home to this floral arrangement from my niece and her family in Pennsylvania:

The pink roses are a welcomed sight with this winter that seems to want to drag on and on:

Will post the beautiful card and perfect gift from my PIC -- she surprised me yesterday when I came home from work and she was at my house waiting for me!! So will post again this weekend... but certainly a fun day for me!! "Happy 29th birthday from your 110 pound friend" is a birthday stamp I recently bought at Hobby Lobby and that is the kind of day everyone made sure I had... Happy me!! 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:

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.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Stamparatus Meets Stippled Blossoms

Just tried out my new Stamparatus and thought I would show my sample -- of course this is just a sample to show how this tool works but if I was using it for a card front my placement would be better. Decided to use the Stampin Up Stippled Blossoms stamp set since that is a two step stamp set which works perfectly in the SU Stamparatus. To begin with since my stamps are cling stamps I removed the black foam mat in the Stamparatus to allow room for the cling stamp:

Used the two magnet bars that come with the Stamparatus to hold my sample card stock piece in place while I did my stamping. In this photo I have both acrylic plates in place on the Stamparatus. On the clear plate to the right I have my base flower stamp. Inked that up and stamped it:

Stamped that. Put the detailed flower stamp on my other plate and stamped that over the flower base stamped image:

On the plate to the right -- that has my first flower stamp on it -- I lifted that plate off and turned it over. Then placed my leaves base stamp on it and stamped those:

You can see on the right plate both the flower stamp on one side and my leaves stamp on the other. For the plate at the top of the photo I lifted that off and turned it over and put my detailed leaves stamp on that and stamped that over the base leaves stamp:

Two plates and four stamps -- GREAT invention!! Here is photo to show the stamped images closer:

Of course if I was using this for a real card front I would mask off my flower so I could stamp my leaves closer but I just wanted to show this tool and how it works. I have recessed lighting in my craft room so sorry the photos are not the best ..... I will say though it honestly took me longer to pick out my ink pads for colours than it took to stamp theses stamps!! I am thinking I am in love.... ;0)   This has been a good purchase month for this stamper -- first the Classic Rose stamp/die/mold set from Heartfelt Creations (who thought I could EVER make a rose???? ) and now my Stamparatus.... Good way to start the National Crafting Month of March.... :0)  TFL

Friday, March 2, 2018

WHY Stamparatus?

MISTI -- great invention and tool for us stampers using cling and clear stamps. Retails for $60.00 plus shipping and handling. . . I have a MISTI and it is great tool and I use it lots.... but then WHY Stamparatus?

Stamparatus is the name of the Stampin Up version of the MISTI. For this post I will explain the differences in the two tools. Here is a photo of the two tools next to each other to show the sizes:

To start -- happy me when Mr Brown stopped at my house with my Stampin Up order for my Stamparatus yesterday! I had pre ordered my Stamparatus way back when when Stampin Up opened a period to order this stamping tool -- here is my Stamparatus:

Took it out of the bubble wrapped bag and it looks like this:

It comes with a booklet and two acrylic plates. Difference from the MISTI is:

Two plates instead of one. The plates are heavier and rather than have a vinyl cling grid sheet on the clear plate the Stamparatus has the grid lines etched into both acrylic plates. (The original MISTI tools had the vinyl cling sheets on their clear plate).

The MISTI comes with circle magnets -- I have had 2 shatter and too expensive to order more of the circle magnets and pay the shipping so I bought extras at the big box orange home improvement store. The Stamparatus has two bar magnets and they store on the backside of the Stamparatus - the back also has four rubber 'feet' so it does not move all over your work surface while stamping. It also has a finger hole for easy pick up of the Stamparatus:

The Stamparatus, like the MISTI, has a removable foam mat for when you are stamping with rubber cling stamps. Under these mats both tools have a grid base:

The MISTI has a certain sized stamping base so you can not use larger card stocks for stamping in this tool. The Stamparatus has two opened sides so it can stamp larger card stocks -- great for scrapbook pages and such:

The MISTI has one acrylic plate for stamping one time with one stamp without having to move your card stock. The Stamparatus has two acrylic plates so you can stamp two stamps and then turn over your plates and stamp with two more stamps all without moving your card stock piece. This is great for 2 Step, 3 Step, and 4 Step stamping.

Have a location for both my stamping tools on my work island:

Happy my Stamparatus arrived and I think it will be a great tool for mass producing Christmas cards, invitations, and any other card project you would want to do multiples of. Glad Stampin Up has the etched grid design on the plates, the bar magnets with easy storage, two plates for extra stamping, the rounded edges of their acrylic plates, and the two opened edges to enable you to stamp larger projects. Happy to have a MISTI tool but looking forward to many stamped images using my new Stamparatus!  TFL

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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Easter Treat Holders

Made more of the treat holders for Easter using the Classic Rose Mold from Heartfelt Creations. This time instead of spritzing my flowers with Shimmer Mist I put glitter on the tips of the rose petals:

The egg carton on the back left side of the photo is from Stampin Up. I spritzed colour on it and set it aside to dry. While that dried I cut out a stitched frame die from white card stock and put that over a white lattice die cut piece using red sticky tape. Once the egg carton was dry I put the lattice frame onto the carton top. Used a white Pearls Pen for the intersections of the lattice piece. Used a greeting stamp from Reverse Confetti and Stampin Up Pool Party ink for the banner piece. Banner was made using the banner punch from Stampin Up:

For the rose and leaf pieces I used the Classic Rose stamp and matching die set from Heartfelt Creations. To mold the rose pieces and leaf pieces I used their Rose Shaping Mold. Pool Party ink was used for the rose and Pistachio Pudding ink was used for the leaf pieces. This time when I used the shaping mold I stacked two die cut pieces in the mold at a time so I could shape more flower pieces at a time. If you should do this be sure once the mold goes through your die cutting machine that you separate your pieces while they are still damp so they do not dry stuck to each other. For the shimmer on the leaf pieces I used Pearls Shimmer Mist.

Once I made the roses I put a small amount of glue on the tips of the petals and sprinkled my glitter on each flower taping off the excess. Set these aside to dry. For the banner piece once that was cut out I ran it over the bone folder to give it some shape. Used glue dots to put the leaf pieces on top of the framed lattice piece on the carton top. Also used glue dots to put the rose on top of the leaf pieces. Tucked the banner piece under the leaves and rose and used glue dots for that.

This next treat holder holds five of the Hershey nugget candies. The box was made using the Gift Card Box die from Close To My Heart. I cut out the box from a sheet of Pool Party card stock. Wanted to stamp a design on this so I used the Stampin Up Something Lacy stamp and inked it with Pool Party ink and stamped my die cut box piece while it was still flat. I used scrap card stock so I could mask the die cut box piece so my stamped image would not overlap on the box. For the oval window on the box top I used plastic packaging and cut out the piece to fit behind the oval window. Put that on the die cut piece using red sticky tape. Here is a closer photo of the box:

and a photo of the bottom of the box to show the stamped image:

For the basket:

The basket was cut out using the Stampin Up Berry Basket die and I cut two pieces using Pool Party card stock. With the two basket pieces cut out I wanted to add some texture to the basket pieces. I used the Basket Weave embossing folder by Lifestyle Crafts and embossed just the sides of the basket die cut pieces. Cut a white paper doily from the craft store in half and put that on one of the sides of the basket using double sided tape. This would be the front of the basket.  Used red sticky tape and assembled the basket. Since I had two handle pieces cut out I put them on top of each other using the ATG to make my handle stronger. Put the handle on the basket using brads.

Used glue dots to put the die cut leaf piece and the rose on the front of my basket over the doily piece. Filled the basket with white paper shred from the dollar store and will add the candy treats closer to Easter. Still working on candy holders to put into the basket and the egg carton and will post those as they are done.

One of the BEST products I  have bought in a long time is the Rose Shaping Mold from Heartfelt Creations... WHO would have guessed making roses would be this easy and fun? Roses are perfect for Easter as well as Mother's Day so am sure I will be getting lots of use out of the mold!! Just glad that my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) and I went to the stamp show last weekend so I could see the molds demonstrated at the Heartfelt Creations booth!!

FYI -- recent stop at Walgreens and I picked up egg shaped Ferrero Rocher candies. They have two flavors so I will be putting one of those eggs as well as a Cadbury egg in the egg cartons I am decorating for Easter. Had never seen the Ferrero eggs before so hoping everyone likes them. TFL