Wednesday, August 16, 2017

If the Shoe Fits Card

Card stock base is #110 weight black card stock from Mikes. Strip card stock is Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby and dotted print is from stash. Cut and scored the black card stock with the fold at the top of the card. Cut the striped card stock to the size I needed for the card front. Cut a piece of the dotted print one inch wide to fit on the striped piece. Put the dotted print onto the stripes piece using the ATG. Sponged the edges of this piece with black ink. Set these aside.

For the spider web I cut a piece of black card stock for the web. Stamped the Tim Holtz Halloween ticket stamp onto scrap white/GP card stock using black ink. Used scissors to cut this out. Sponged the edges of this with black ink. For the Witch Shoe I used a Die-Version die and cut this out of shiny black card stock that had Ken Oliver Stick It sheet on the back.. Used a rectangle frame die from MFTstamps for the Pumpkin Pie frame for the shoe. Cut a piece of lavender card stock to fit behind the die cut shoe. Used tear and tape and put the frame piece onto the lavender piece. Peeled the backing off the die cut shoe piece and put this in the frame.

For the small stars in the frame -- I placed an order with and they sent me a small trio star die and I used that die to cut out three stars using foil card stock in different colours. Put the stars in the frame using a glue pen. To finish the frame piece I added three black crystals from the stash to two different corners.

Used the ATG and put the striped card stock front onto the black card stock base. Used a glue pen and put the die cut spider web piece in the upper left corner of the card with the web hanging over the top and the left side of the card front. Used a dollar bug punch and punch out a bug from shiny black card stock and put that on the web using a mini glue dot:

Used the drippy goop border punch from M Stewart and punched out a strip of green glittered card stock. Cut this piece to the size I needed for the bottom of the frame piece. Put this on the frame using thin red sticky tape. Put the frame piece on a piece of black craft foam and put this onto the card front. This photo shows the dimension the craft foam gives the frame piece:

Here is a photo to show the stamped ticket piece:

Here is a better photo of the frame piece to show the shoe and the stars:

Fun card to put together using the Witch Shoe die and combining it with a spider web and Halloween ticket. This shoe die easily cut the shiny card stock that had the Stick It sheet on the back of it. TFL

Haunted House Card

Used the Impression Obsession Halloween Hill die for this Halloween card:

Last Halloween I had made this Halloween card using a tip from Shelly Godby at

Shelly Godby's tip was using the Stampin Up Detailed Floral die set to make her cloudy sky - as she did I cut out the die piece she used for her card. I cut my piece from #110 black card stock from Mikes:

At the bottom of this die cut piece I wrote the stamp set Floral Phrases and die set Detailed Floral so in the future I would know what products I used for this template piece. I keep it in a ziplock plastic bag on the bulletin board in the craft room rather than keep it with the die set or stamp set. As Shelly instructs I sponged my ink over the die cut template piece being sure to move the template piece all over my card stock so that I do not have a striped pattern for my sky.

On my card I wanted a lot of the black to show on the card front so I cut a piece of the black card stock larger than what I would need for the card front. I cut the IO Halloween Hill die from #110 weight black card stock from Mikes. Then I cut the die out of white/GP card stock. I used a glue pen and put the black die cut piece onto the white die cut piece off setting it to show a little of the white card stock. For the windows in the house I cut out scrap yellow card stock and put those pieces behind the windows using a glue pen.

Decided I wanted a second tree to use with my die cut piece so I used the Halloween Hill die and cut out scrap black and scrap white card stock over the tree on the die and cut those out. Used scissors to trim any excess pieces off. Again using a glue pen I put the black tree onto the white tree and off set that.  Set all the die cut pieces aside.

Cut and scored a card stock base of the black #110 weight card stock from Mikes with the scored line at the top of the card. Cut a piece of gray card stock a bit larger than I would need for my card. Using the die cut template for my clouds I used black ink to sponge over the template moving this from side to side as I sponged. Also turned over the template to sponge and was careful not to keep the template in the same location from row to row to avoid making striped clouds. Once that was done I used a 1 3/4" circle punch and punched out a piece of scrap yellow card stock for the moon. Sponged over it and the edges with SU Pumpkin Pie ink:

With all pieces done I put the Halloween Hill die cut pieces onto the sponged clouds card front using the ATG. With that in place I took this to the trimmer and trimmed this to the size I needed for the card stock base. Decided where I wanted the moon to be and put that on the card front using the ATG. For the extra die cut tree piece I tucked that behind the die cut piece on the front of the card and I put that in place using a glue pen. This photo shows that I did not use any adhesive behind the detailed die cut pieces as this gives the card dimension:

I used a glue pen and added the bats to the card front. Put the card front onto the card stock base using the ATG.  The "happy halloween!" greeting is from the SU stamp set Spooky Fun. I stamped that onto a scrap piece of golden yellow card stock using black ink. Trimmed it with the trimmer and used a banner punch for the tail. Added a black gem from the stash. Put this onto the card front using glue dots. Very easy card to put together with spooky results. Another thank you to Shelly Godby for her cloudy sky tip from last year!  TFL

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Burst Card

In the past I have made Starburst or Sunburst cards and they went together relatively simple. Hardest part was deciding what printed card stocks to put together for the Starburst/Sunburst pattern. First is a Halloween card I had made:

Just had to decide where on the card front I wanted the design to start/stop so I could stamp my greeting. This next card I made was for Christmas using this pattern:

Both cards went together with no problems and this pattern is easy to do.. . .

In a recent copy of one of my favorite British card making magazines, Papercraft Inspirations, are two cards that were made using the Starburst/Sunburst pattern but the triangles used for their pattern are not all the same size and the measurements are in centimeters and not inches so let the games begin. . .

Liked the cards enough to want to make one so first I had to look up the conversion chart for the centimeters to inches and of course it is not that simple.... they do not come out even on a conversion chart but I forged ahead and here is a summer card I made using their pattern:

Their pattern uses three different sized triangles cut in half corner to corner and then these pieces are put onto a solid card stock -- for my card I used solid red card stock from Mikes. Began with:

Card stock base is white #110 weight card stock from Mikes scored at the top. For the card front I used a black dotted card stock from Hobby Lobby. Cut that to the size I needed for the card front. Green polka dot print is Mikes. Cut that to put onto the black dotted card stock. Put these two pieces together using the ATG. My watermelon printed card stock triangle pieces is card stock also from Hobby Lobby. Once all the printed triangles were cut I sponged the edges using green ink.  Using the ATG and a glue pen I layered my printed triangle pieces onto the red triangle pieces. Then I put these onto the green print/black print piece using the ATG. Once those were all in place I used a trimmer to cut off the over hanging triangle pieces on all four sides. Sponged the edges of the card front piece using the green ink. Put this card front piece onto the card base using the ATG.

For the "happy summer" I used two stamps from the LawnFawn stamp set Happy Summer. Had recently bought a black ink pad from Close To My Heart in their new style pad.  Here is a photo of this new style ink pad compared to the Stampin Up ink pads:

and opened:

Sooner than later it always happens -- one of the SU ink pads comes off the "track" and it is very hard to get the lid back on track to close the ink pad. But the new Close To My Heart ink pads have magnetic lids and you can easily open and close them with one hand! No track issues to deal with and it is such a nice design -- will be ordering more of these ink pads for sure -- here is the contact info for the Close To My Heart gal I order from if you need a CTMH contact:

These ink pads cover the stamp evenly so no splotchy stamping. Easy to clean off the stamps as well. I stamped the "happy summer" stamp and the ants stamp onto scrap white/GP card stock. Used a circle punch to cut that out. Layered it onto a green dotted card stock circle and then put these onto a red scalloped circle using the ATG.  Put this onto the card front using pop dots for dimension:

This photo shows the sponging and the dimension the layered triangles give the card front:

With the card front complete I decided to add three green crystals to the greeting circle for a little sparkle and shine.

The magazine always has many "how to" step by step photos of their projects and since I had to figure out all these measurements into inches I decided to write my measurements on the pages so if I should use this pattern again it will be easy to measure and cut my triangles. Never had done the Starburst/Sunburst pattern with layering pieces before and IRL it gives the card front a lot of dimension. TFL

Monday, July 31, 2017

Christmas Snowflakes Card

*** This card was chosen as  Favorites of the Week on Splitcoast Stampers. Happy me!! ***

Shopped a different Mikes on Saturday as we were passing through and happy we stopped. Mikes now sells their #110 weight card stock in colour packs. In the past they have sold packs of black, white, and cream but now they sell packs of colours. I bought a pack of the blues card stock. This is the first card I made using that coloured card stock.

Awhile back Taylored Expressions had a sale and they offered a bundle price for various stamps and dies -- like a mystery box. I had never bought one of their mystery bundles but decided I would give this a try. Much to my surprise this was a good buy --- inside this mystery bundle was this stamp and die set:

Winter Wonderland is the name of this set. For the card I made I used the different snowflake stamps and the matching snowflake die set. This stamp set has greeting stamps for the front of a card as well as a stamp for the inside of the card so it is a good set to have on hand since it is altogether in the one set.

To make this card I used a piece of the blue #110 Mikes card stock and I scored that with the score line at the top of the card. Cut two piece of the white/GP card stock and stacked those on top of each other and ran them through the Cuttlebug in a snowflakes embossing folder by Darice. (I always emboss two pieces of card stock at a time for a softer embossed piece and this also prevents the embossing to tear or rip the card stock). Trimmed one white embossed piece to 4" x 5 1/4" for the card front. (Put the other embossed piece with the embossing folder for another card later). Using the ATG I put the embossed piece onto the blue card stock base and set it aside.

Using a rectangle frame die I cut out a blue frame for my card front. For the snowflakes piece in the frame I used vellum by Bazzill. Cut a piece of vellum larger than I would need for my card front and I wiped a Bounce dryer sheet over that. Randomly stamped the snowflake stamps on it using VersaMark ink. Covered this with silver embossed powder and heat set that. (Whenever I heat emboss vellum I heat set it from the back of the piece and not the front). Trimmed it to the size I needed to fit behind my blue frame. Put the embossed vellum piece behind the frame piece using red sticky tape. Cut a piece of white/GP card stock and put that behind the vellum. Set this aside:

The holiday greeting "very merry" is stamped using Delicata silver ink onto scrap white card stock. Cut this to the size I wanted and put it on a piece of the blue card stock cut a bit larger:

Put this greeting on the bottom of the card front. Using a piece of white craft foam I put the framed snowflake piece onto the card front. For the silver glittered snowflakes for the corners of the frame -- the larger snowflake was cut out of glittered card stock from Hobby Lobby using the snowflakes die from the Taylored Expressions bundle and then I used a single snowflake punch from M Stewart for the blue snowflake. Put these together with a glue dot. Added a silver bling to the center of that and put them onto the frame using glue dots:

For the smaller snowflake on the upper left corner of the frame I used a corner snowflake punch and then a snowflake border punch, both from M Stewart, for that. Put those pieces together using clear craft glue since they are so small. (Used a toothpick to apply the glue):

IRL this card is shiny and sparkly but that was hard to capture with the camera.  As usual the stamps from Taylored Expressions stamped well and the dies cut through the glittered card stock with one pass in the die cutting machine. Easy card to put together. Very happy Mikes is selling their #110 weight card stock in colours now. Had not seen the coloured packs of their #110 weight card stock at my local Mikes but will check with them when I stop in again for these.  Nice weight for your card bases. Plus using a coupon makes these packs of 100 sheets economical. TFL

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tom Turkey Treat Box

Used the Tom Turkey die from Frantic Stampers for the front of this treat box -- link for the how-to's of this box by Bona on Youtube is in the post below. I made a box for Halloween following her directions for her box:

Although I liked the shape and size of the box for Halloween I wanted to make a smaller box using this pattern for Thanksgiving so I adjusted her pattern for a smaller sized box. Here is my Tom Turkey Treat Box:

For Thanksgiving I decorated this smaller box simply. Used Saddle brown card stock from Close To My Heart for the box. The embossed front panel is cream card stock and I used the WRMK Woven embossing folder for that. Cut a piece of printed card stock and put that across the bottom of the embossed piece using the ATG. With the box flat I put the embossed front piece onto the box using the ATG. Trimmed a piece of printed card stock for the top flap of the box and put that on the box. Set the flattened box aside.

Used a Sizzix rosette die for the rosette but I wanted a two toned rosette -- the rosette die cuts two rosettes at a time -- larger and smaller -- but when you put these together the rosette is very high. To keep the height down I cut out two pieces of card stock using the die. When that was cut I laid the smaller rosette piece on top of the larger one - used a glue pen and put glue on the larger rosette piece and put the smaller rosette piece on top of that -- pressed it with my fingers to get the glue to stick the two prints together:

Folded this into the rosette shape and used the hot glue gun to keep it flat. Wanted a crystal for the center of my rosette but I only had the larger crystals in clear -- so using a light rust Sharpie I coloured the crystal and now it matched the rosette:

Here is a photo to show two rosettes - the one one the left has two rosettes stacked and the one on the right is the rosette I used for my box -- by putting the two prints together it is flatter and it still gives the rosette a look of dimension and even with the crystal on it it is not so high:

The stacked rosette is not on the scalloped piece and it also does not have the crystal on the front of it. If it did it would be even higher.

Used a scallop punch and punched out a scallop from scrap tan card stock to put the rosette on. Used the Tea Dye distressed ink and sponged the front and the edges of the Rosette. Set this aside. Using scrap brown card stock, lined with Stick It sheet from Ken Oliver, I cut out "give thanks" and put this on the top flap of the box.

For the sides I used trimmed printed card stock pieces and die cut leaves. Put these onto the box while it was flat. For the turkey I cut him out of printed card stock and kraft card stock. Sponged the edges of his body and the feathers piece using brown ink. Set him aside. Here is a photo of the box sides:

With all parts done I assembled the box. Put the turkey on the box front using pop dots for dimension. Put the rosette on the top flap of the box using tear tape. Cut a velcro circle in half and that is how the box stays closed. Here is a photo of the Tom Turkey box next to the BOO Day box to show the difference in size:

Another cute box using the pattern by Bona -- a big thanks to her for sharing that and to Debra Rogers for making her video showing her boxes!  TFL

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

BOO Boxes 2017

Stumbled across a video on Youtube by Debra Rogers where she had made her own boxes and then decorated them for Halloween (BOO Day). She also decorated some of her boxes into houses for Halloween which is another cute idea. Here is a link to her video:

She said she found this box template, a Happy Meal box, from Bona - on LiveLoveScrap. Here is a link to her box template video:

A BIG thank you to both ladies for such a fun project. To begin with I had seen Debra's video first and that inspired me to watch the video by Bona for her Happy Meal box template. I have many box die sets on hand but this box is a larger size and too cute not to make up. After making this first box I have decided this will be the BOO Boxes I make for Halloween this year for the gals at work:

Whenever I watch a how-to video I usually watch the video and take notes -- write down sizes or maybe tips or other info I will need to make the project. For Bona's box I watched her video from start to finish and then watched it a second time and made a drawing to work from. Whenever you use the score board to make a box you have to know what pieces to cut off for your box or what pieces you need to just clip the scored lines. In Bona's video you will see she makes the two pieces for her box and then she works on the front piece followed by the back piece. Once I had taken notes I decided to use scrap card stock and make a box front and a box back piece with the trimming on each piece for folding into the box shape. I used two different colour card stocks so I could easy see how these two pieces go together for the box. Here is my sample box front piece:

The blue piece is the front of the box sample piece to show what I need to trim away and also where the scored lines are at the top of the box for folding it closed. Used the Punch board for the center top with the SU Word Window punch for the handle. This green piece is the back of the box piece:

I will keep these sample pieces so I will have them on hand when I make more of these boxes. (Also I cut out a smaller sized box using this pattern for other projects). Here is the photo of the front sample and actual front box piece and then the back pieces:

I used tear and tape to put my box together. I taped the sides together and left this flat. Using black ink I sponged the edges of the box and all scored lines. With the box flat I decorated the front, sides, and back using older Sizzix Halloween dies -- yellow and green dies. Once all decorated I then formed the box and used tear and tape for the bottom of the box.

I cut the fence die out of black glittered card stock. For the two fences on the sides of the box I left those one layer and used a glue pen to put them on the box sides near the bottom. For the fence piece on the front of the box I wanted that to have dimension so I made a fence klipboard piece - klipboard is what I call this -- I cut out a fence piece from the tear off tab from the top of a kleenex box. Then cut out a second fence piece from the glittered card stock. Put that onto the kleenex box fence piece using a glue pen - here is a photo to show this fence piece is a bit thicker with the card board behind it:

For the "Trick or Treat" signs on the front of the fence - I printed those onto white/GP card stock on the computer and cut them to the size I wanted. Sponged the edges of those with the black ink. Put them onto the glittered fence piece using red sticky tape. Used a spider web die to cut out a black spider web. Used scissors to cut that to the size I wanted for the box front. Put this onto the box using a glue pen. Added a 3" circle of green print to the box front. Cut a strip of that card stock for the lower front of the box front. Put these onto the box front using the ATG. Put the fence onto the box front using red sticky tape.

For the pumpkins on the box front and sides I used two punches -- the pumpkin punch is M Stewart and the pumpkin face is a small punch I bought used:

Rather than punch out the tiny pumpkin face pieces and then try to use glue to get them onto the pumpkin I decided to do this the easier way -- punched out the face punch from orange card stock. Used scissors to cut that into a square and then used the pumpkin punch and punched over the face. Used the pumpkin punch and punched out a black pumpkin -- now these two pieces can easily be layered for an easy pumpkin face:

Used the glue pen on the orange pumpkin to put this onto the black pumpkin piece. Sponged the edges of the pumpkin with ink for shading. Here is the decorated fence piece on the front of the box:

The Tim Holtz Rosette die was used for the rosette behind the glittery bat. Used the hot glue gun to form the rosette. Put this onto a black scalloped card stock piece using glue dots. Die cut the bat from black glittered card stock. Cut this die out again using the kleenex box. Wanted the bat to have green eyes so punched out a small circle of green card stock and used the glue pen to put this on the backside of the glittered bat. Using craft glue I put this bat piece onto the kleenex box cardboard bat piece. Using large glue dots I put the bat onto the front of the rosette:

Put the bat/rosette piece on the edge of the printed green circle piece on the box front using glue dots. Used the Sizzix ghosts die for the white glittered ghosts. Behind their eyes and mouth I used a small oval punch and punched out a piece of black card stock. Used the glue pen to put these black ovals on the back of the ghost faces. Put one ghost next to the fence piece on the front of the box. Used mini glue dots for the black flocked bugs and the foil spider by the web. Added sequins from the dollar store using glue dots:

For the top edge of the box I added a printed card stock panel and used black trim from Hobby Lobby at the top. Put that onto the box using red sticky tape. Added a strip of green crystals to the black trim piece. For "BOO to you" I printed that off my computer onto white/GP card stock and used a banner punch for that. Sponged the edges of this with black ink. Ran this strip over the bone folder to give this piece a "wave" look and put this onto the box top section using glue dots. Added two green crystals from the stash. Put a ghost at one end of the banner using glue dots:

Here is what the sides of the box look like:

Used two prints of card stock for the back of my box:

To keep my box closed I used black velcro dots at the top of my box. I did not want to use white velcro as I think the black looks better since it is for Halloween and I have both black and white velcro circles in the stash box. Here is a photo of my BOO Box next to the SU Berry Basket I had made for last fall to show the size of this Happy Meal Box from Bona:

This BOO Box will hold lots of treats and other treat holders -- Coffin box, pillow box, nugget holders, etc for Halloween. Each box will be a different colour and decorated differently. Will post them as they are made. Debra had decorated her first Halloween box using plastic skulls and a plastic hand from Mikes and they are too cute but Mikes is just beginning to put out their Halloween decorations and craft supplies so I will have to stop back later this week to pick up some cute accessories for my BOO Boxes.

BIG THANKS to Debra and Bona for such a fun project!!  TFL

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tissue??? I hardly know you . . .

Had seen a card by Loll Thompson she recently made from a technique by Karen from Karen's Kreative Kards. Loll made a few cards using this technique and she made a video with all the how-to's of the technique for Youtube:

The video is very informative and easy to follow. When I first saw this card Loll Thompson had made and posted on Splitcoast Stampers I thought it would be very difficult to put together. Clicked on her video and then I made my card:

For my card I followed what Loll instructed on her video. I was happy I already had white tissue on hand, the same snowflake sash die she used, as well as the Stampin Up stamp Hostess stamp set Warmth and Wonder. I had decided since I was trying a new technique that I would make up a few of them rather than just the one for my card. I cut a piece of white card stock into four pieces 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Set those aside. Cut four pieces of white tissue paper 6" x 6" and set those aside. Pulled out the craft mats and decided for my card I would use these colours of distress inks:

As instructed on the video I swiped my three colours onto the craft mat and then spritzed them with water. Used a palette knife to mix the colours together in a swirl. Laid one white tissue in the ink. Tapped it down to absorb the inks. Carefully pulled up the inked tissue and laid it onto a cookie cooling rack I have for the craft room that I picked up at the thrift store to dry. Cleaned off the mat and continued the ink process until all four tissue pieces were inked:

The tissue pieces did not take long to dry. Once totally dried I crumpled them up. Used craft glue to cover my four white card stock pieces and opened each tissue piece and put them on the white card stock being careful to leave the hills and valleys of the creases in the tissue paper. (Be sure to use craft glue that dries clear)  Set these aside for the glue to dry.

With that dried I used the VersaMark ink and rubbed it over the tissue pieces and I used silver embossing powder from Stampendous on the tissues:

Did one piece at a time -- once the embossing powder was on the tissue I put this onto my foil covered small clip board and heat set the embossing powder. (I use the clip board to help keep the piece being embossed flat and it also helps not to burn the fingers). As you can see in the next photo all four tissues look different:

Now to the card -- cut and scored at the top a piece of #110 weight white card stock from Mikes. I had to decide which of the tissue pieces I would use for my card and with that decided I trimmed the tissue piece to this size:

3 5/8" wide by 3" high

Using a white craft foam sheet I cut a piece of foam smaller than the tissue piece. Put the foam piece on the back of the tissue piece using double sided tape. Set this aside. For the greeting "Christmas Greetings" I used the MISTI. Put the folded white card stock base into the MISTI and tapped the embossing buddy over the front of the card. I laid the embossed tissue piece onto the card front so I would know where to position the greeting stamp. With that decided I removed the tissue piece and used VersaMark ink for the greeting. For the greeting stamp I used the silver embossing powder from Stampin Up and heat embossed that.

Cut out one of the snowflake sash die pieces from silver foil card stock lined with Stick It sheet from Ken Oliver. Peeled off the backing and put the snowflake die cut piece across the embossed tissue piece. Then put this piece onto the card front and the card is done.

A BIG thank you to Loll Thompson for sharing her pretty card and for making an easy and very informative video to follow. A BIGGER thank you to Karen for sharing her technique to begin with. This card is very pretty and sparkly IRL -- A good start for holiday cards!