Friday, September 28, 2018

Autumn Tissue Card

Loll Thompson shows the how to for the Embossed Tissue Technique card on YouTube and in the past I have made other cards using this technique. Here is a Christmas card I made following the how to's for this technique:

Wanted to make a fall card using this technique so I cut two pieces of white/GP card stock larger than what I needed. Set those aside. Cut two pieces of white tissue paper - from the dollar store - a bit larger than my two white pieces. Using three Stampin Up ink pads I put ink onto my craft mat next to each other. Used a fine mister and misted water onto the the inks. Using a palette knife I blended the water and inks together. With that done I laid my white tissue pieces into the inks with the shiny side of my tissue paper down onto the inks.

Carefully pulled this off the craft mat and put it on a cookie rack to dry. Wiped off the craft mat, reapplied my inks, misted them and laid my second tissue into the inks. Put this on the cookie rack to dry while I cleaned off the craft mat. The tissue is thin and does not take long to dry. Once my two pieces were dry I crumpled them up in my hands and this gives the tissue pieces dimension.

Used TomBow glue and covered one of the white/GP pieces with that. Carefully opened one tissue and laid it onto the white/GP piece. Gently pressed the flattened tissue onto the white piece but was careful to leave crinkles and wrinkles on the tissue. Did this with both white pieces and let these dry. Here is a photo of one of the tissue pieces glued to the white/GP piece and dry:

With these pieces being used for Autumn in the fall colours I wanted to use gold embossing powder on the tissue pieces.  I used a Stamping Buddy all over the tissue piece and then rubbed the VersaMark ink pad over the crinkles on the tissue pieces with a light touch so that the VersaMark was not smeared all over the background of this piece. With that done I covered the tissue piece with gold embossing powder and heat set that --- but I thought the gold was too dark and made the piece look "flat" and not the look I wanted:

Off to Plan B -- for the second piece I did everything in the same order but for my embossing powder on this piece I used the Jeweled Gold embossing powder by Stampendous and here is a photo to show the sparkle and shine this embossing powder gave the tissue piece:

Here is the finished card:

IRL this embossing powder adds a lot to this fun technique. I used a stitched rectangle die to cut out a white frame for my tissue piece. Laid the frame over the tissue piece and used scissors to cut my tissue piece to size. Used red sticky tape to add the frame over the tissue piece. Cut a piece of white craft foam to put the framed piece on. The card stock base is green and scored at the top. Used white/GP for the stamped white card front. "autumn" is a stamp by Hero Arts.

For the two glittered leaves I used a leaf border punch from EK Success and punched out scrap glittered card stock. Used the ATG and put the stamped white piece onto the green card stock base. Used double sided tape and put the framed tissue piece on the stamped card front. Used glue dots to add my two glittered leaves to the lower left corner of the frame.

This is an easy technique and if you plan in advance one of your tissue pieces can give you two pieces for card fronts. The glittered gold embossing powder definitely makes the card front and brings out all the fall colours on the tissue.  TFL

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Autumn Pumpkins Card

Fun Stampers Journey has a stamp and die bundle called Martha's Pumpkins and I ordered the set to make cards for Autumn. Here is a photo of the cling stamps:

Cute decorated pumpkins for Autumn, Halloween, etc..  I used the double pumpkins stamp and die for my card:

The card stock base is Stampin Up Pumpkin Pie cut and scored on the side. The dotted print is from Mikes, pumpkin print is from Hobby Lobby, and the white is GP. Cut the dotted print to the size I needed for the card front. Cut the white/GP to the size I wanted for the card front. Set these aside.

For the double pumpkins stamp I used a Stampin Up Pumpkin Pie marker for the pumpkins and also their Always Artichoke marker for the stems/leaves. Once I had the pumpkins coloured I used the 'huff method' and stamped my stamp onto scrap white/GP.  Using the matching die I die cut out the pumpkins. I also cut out another pumpkins piece using that die and scrap white/GP to go under my stamped pumpkins piece. I put the two die cut pumpkin pieces together using Stick It sheet. Set them aside.

For the stamped white/GP piece I used a ruler to mark where I wanted the top of the angle pumpkin print to be and how narrow I wanted the bottom edge of that piece to be. Cut the pumpkin print to the size I wanted and put the pumpkin print on the left side of the white/GP card front piece using the ATG. With that in place I put this in the Stamparatus for stamping. The "Autumn Greetings" stamp is from the Sunny Studios stamp set "Autumn Greetings" and I used Stampin Up Pumpkin Pie ink for that.

With the greeting stamped I used the ATG and put this piece onto the dotted piece for the card front and then used the ATG and put them onto the card base. Used pop dots to put the die cut pumpkins piece on the lower front of the card. This photo shows how the pop dots raise up the pumpkins for dimension and it also shows the two layers of the die cut pieces:

Using Autumn coloured sequins I scattered those onto the card front using glue dots:

Easy card to put together and really like the pumpkins stamps/die set from Fun Stampers. Nice detail on their pumpkin stamps.

Spooksville Card

Have followed a demonstrator Deb Valder for sometime. I started following her when she was a demonstrator for Stampin Up and now she is a demonstrator for Fun Stampers Journey. This card is inspired by her video on YouTube:


I own the Spooksville die set from Fun Stampers Journey so I took my inspiration from her card and used what I have on hand to make my card:

For my card I used black card stock from Paper Trey Ink cut and scored at the top. Orange card stock from the stash was used for the front. The card front piece is white/GP.

Cut the white/GP to the size I would need for the card front. Using an EK Success 2 1/2" circle punch I punched out a large Post It note. I put this circle onto the white/GP piece near the bottom like she has on her card. Using distress inks - Squeezed Lemonade all over the card front with Dried Marigold at the top of the card front and Carved Pumpkin at the top edge of the card front. Using black ink I sponged the edges of this piece. Set it aside to dry.

Using the Fun Stampers Journey die set Spooksville I die cut the black house from black #110 weight card stock from Mikes. Also die cut this out of orange card stock to give me the window pieces. Here is the back of the black die cut house piece showing the small pieces of transparent Scotch tape I cut and put behind the windows - then I put the small orange window pieces on the front of the card and the tape holds them in place:

and turned over to show the front of the house die cut piece:

For the tree die cut piece I wanted that to have a little dimension so I die cut the tree twice from the #110 weight black card stock from Mikes. Using Stick It tape I put the tree die cut pieces together.  Using an Impression Obsession ghosts die set I cut out the ghosts using white glittered card stock. Used a small circle punch and scrap black card stock and punched out circles to put behind the ghost faces to show their eyes and mouth better. Some circles had to be trimmed since two of the ghosts are so small and I used liquid glue to put the black circles on the back of the die cut ghosts. For the bats I used a multi bat punch from EK Success and punched them out of black glittered card stock.

Used the ATG and put the distress ink card front onto the orange card front piece and then put these onto the black card stock base. Like Deb did on her video I put the house and tree pieces on the edges of the card front. Using scissors I trimmed off the pieces that hung off the sides of the card front. Using a stamp from the Stampin Up stamp set Spooky Fun I stamped the greeting onto scrap white card stock using black ColorBox ink. Die cut that greeting piece using the Stampin Up Bitty Banners die set. Sponged the edges of the greeting piece using black ink. Put double layers of glue dots behind this and put it on the top right corner of the card front.

For the ghosts I also used double layered glue dots to put them on the card front - the double layered glue dots raises the ghosts off the card front but they are not as high as a pop dot would be:

For the bats I pinched their wings upward and used liquid glue to put them on my card front:

Fun die set for Halloween. Thanks to Deb for sharing her card and ideas on her video. Easy card to assemble using die cuts.

Tomb It May Concern... Card

For this card I used Taylored Expressions stamps and a die set -- One stamp set is Tomb Sweet Tomb, die is Tombstone Trio, and their Bare Trees Background stamp was used:

Wanted to keep this card monochromatic so it is on a black card stock base from Paper Trey Ink, cut and scored at the top. Used gray card stock from Stampin Up for the die cut tombstones and the gray piece for the card front. The stamped card front is white/GP.

Using a large Post It note I punched out a 1 3/4" circle punch and put that sticky note onto the white/GP piece which was cut larger than what I needed for the card front. With the sticky note in place I used gray ink to sponge the clouds background onto the white piece. On the lower part of the white card front piece I lightly sponged gray ink over the white so it was not so stark. Once this piece was done I used the Stamparatus and stamped the trees background stamp onto the clouds white piece. ColorBox black ink was used for the trees background stamp.

With this piece sponged and stamped I trimmed it to the size I wanted for my card front. Sponged the edges of this piece using black ink. For the moon I peeled off the sticky note and used a yellow and an orange ink to add ink to that. Once finished I used the ATG and put the stamped card front piece onto the gray card stock piece and then put them onto the black card stock base. Here is a photo of the moon:

Using scrap gray card stock I die cut the tombstones - then used a marker and inked the stamps I wanted to use on the tombstones. With those stamped I used a fine gray marker to add lines to the tombstones so they do not look so plain. I also die cut another set of the tombstones from gray card stock to put behind the stamped ones I had first done. Using Stick It sheet I put the stamped tombstone on the plain tombstones. This second layer makes them more sturdy -- especially the one with the small cross at the top. Used gray ink and sponged the edges of the tombstones to give them an older look.  Here is a photo to show the stamping and drawn lines on the tombstones:

For the two tombstones in the front I used pop dots to put them on the card for dimension. The middle tombstone was put onto the card using the ATG. Added black glittered bats to the card that I used an EK Success punch for. Put the bats on the card front using liquid glue. For the ghosts I used glue dots. Wanted to keep those flat on the card front so the tombstones with the pop dots look like they are in the foreground.

Fun stamps and die set from Taylored Expressions.... BOO to You!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sparkly Spider Web Card

Used the Spellbinders Spider Web Card Front die for this Halloween card:

Card stock base is black card stock from Paper Trey Ink. Cut and scored the card stock at the top. Set that aside. Cut a piece of water colour card stock from Strathmore at Mikes to the size I would need to fit behind the Spellbinders Spider Web card front die. Using various distress inks I put the ink onto the water colour card stock. When the inks were done I sponged the edges with black ink.

Die cut the web card front die from silver glittered card stock. Cut out a black web card front using black card stock from Mikes. Set these aside. Using Perfect Pearls Shimmer Mist I spritzed my distressed inks piece to add shimmer to that. Set that aside to dry.

For the black glittered spider - I used a spider punch from M Stewart and punched it out of black glittered card stock and also punched him out of silver glittered card stock. Using a tiny circle punch I punched out two green glittered circles for my spider eyes. Since the card stock for the spider is glittered I used a toothpick to add rubber cement to the eye circles to put them on the spider. I also used the rubber cement to put the black spider over the silver spider - off setting it a little. Set this aside to set:

Using Aleene's clear Tacky glue and a fine paint brush I put glue on the back of the black web piece. Put this over the silver web piece - again off setting it a bit. Again used the paint brush and added glue to the back of the silver web piece and put this onto the distressed inks card front piece.

Using an "EEK" die from the stash I cut that out of green glittered card stock - also cut it out of a piece of thin card board from a kleenex box to put behind the green "EEK" word. Used liquid glue to put the words together. The card board behind the word gives it shape and also raises it up on the card front for dimension. Used red sticky tape to put the "EEK" on the card front. Used glue dots to put the sequins (from the dollar store crafts aisle) on the card front:

For the spider -- I used pop dots to put him on the web but I did not want to see the white pop dots from the side of the card so I used a black Sharpie marker to colour the sides of the pop dot black. This way no white is visible under him. (Should probably just buy black pop dots.... haha)

Here is a photo to show the shimmer and shine on the card front that the Shimmer Mist added to the card:

Love this spider web die from Spellbinders because the web is not all even and 'tidy' like most spider web dies are. Fun card to put together -- especially since I was not sure how it would all turn out. TFL

Friday, September 14, 2018

Gift Wrap Treat Bag

Saw this Christmas gift wrap at Hobby Lobby on sale and I picked it up:

I used a Sizzix treat bag die and cut out my bags:

Really like the red and green together with the gold stripes -- here are two of the bags put together just waiting to be filled near holiday time and decorated:

Once they are filled I will fold over the top of them to close them and probably use decorated larger clips to keep them closed.  TFL

Snow Kissed Halloween Treat Holders

Had seen the video on YouTube by "shoeprincess1" where she made these treat holders:

These treat holders hold three of the Ghirardelli candies and who would have guessed they are made using the stamp and die set Snow Kissed from Heartfelt Creations?

This photo shows two of the holders I made:

Used Halloween prints from the stash for my holders. The holder on the left I used black craft foam and die cut that out. Used glittered card stock for the purple "scream" and a die for that. Ghost is a Sizzix die. The "31" is glittered card stock from the stash:

The orange holder on the right I used a spider web die and cut that out of foil card stock. Used a spider button and cut the back off of that. Put him onto the web using rubber cement. Used clear Wink of Stella to go over his eyes to add sparkle:

Next two:

Used witch shoe stickers for the front of the holder on the left. The shoe stickers are puffed so they add dimension to the front:

The holder on the right I used flocked black card stock and punched out the black cat:

This is the last holder I made:

A Sizzix die was used for the ghost out of white glittered card stock. Here is a photo to show the backs of these holders -- they all have different card stocks on them:

Easy video to follow and thanks to Shoeprincess for sharing it!  TFL

Fall Pumpkin Card

Card stock base is Stampin Up Mustard, kraft is Mikes, card front is Very Vanilla. Plaid print is from Authentique. My PIC (stamping Partner In Crime), had given me some rolled corrugated card board she had picked up on clearance at Mikes so I used that for my "FALL" letters.

Used the alphabet dies from Stampin Up for the "FALL" and I was concerned when I die cut my letters that the die cutting machine would flatten the corrugated card board but happily it did not totally squish them:

Cut and scored the card stock base. Cut the kraft card stock to the size I needed for the card front. Cut the Very Vanilla a bit smaller and cut a piece of the printed card stock into a triangle. Put all the card stock layers together using the ATG and set the card aside.

For the letters I cut out matching letters from Mike's kraft card stock and put the corrugated letters onto the kraft letters using the ATG. This makes the letters stronger and gives the corrugated letters "backing". Sponged the edges of each letter using brown ink. To position the letters onto the card front and to be sure they were even and straight I used the We R Memory Keepers "Thickers" that I picked up at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $2.49. I used the straight template for my letters:

I put the letters onto the template for a photo but I used the ATG and put adhesive on the backside of the letters and laid them just on the edge of the template and put them onto the card front being careful to press the adhesive onto the card front but not to smash the corrugated cardboard.

With the letters on the card front I used a small oval Marvy punch and punched out three ovals from Pumpkin Pie card stock. Sponged the edges of those and put them together using mini glue dots. Used a small leaf punch from Mikes dollar bin (when their dollar items were a dollar) and I punched out a leaf. Put that on the pumpkin top using a micro mini glue dot. Cut a green stem for the pumpkin. Put the pumpkin on top of the "L" in fall using a mini glue dot. Easy card to put together and really like the texture the corrugated paper gives the letters and card front. TFL

Wreath Builder for Fall

Using the Stampin Up Stamparatus, with the Stamp N Storage magnet pad, I used the Wreath Builder for Autumn stamp set by Gina K Designs and I made a wreath card for fall:

Here is the Stamparatus** with the magnet pad and a photo of the stamp set:

Gina K sells the templates for both a 3 3/4" and a 4" wreath:

The templates are plastic sheets so when I first opened my template package I used a black Sharpie marker and wrote the size on each template so in the future I can see which template is which in the storage envelope I have them in.  For my wreath I used the Gina K ink cubes for my inks. Here is a photo showing the first stamping for my wreath:

There are many videos on YouTube showing how to use her wreath template and it is an easy wreath to put together and it keeps it's shape and is either a circle or as on my card an oval. Once my wreath was all stamped I used a dotted background stamp and stamped that on my stamped piece to fill in the black spaces around the stamped wreath image.

I used clear coloured gems from my stash for my card front. The card stock base is Stampin Up Crumb Cake, Really Rust card stock used for the front. Stamping was done on white/GP.

** In the photo showing my Stamparatus you can see an empty Stampin Up stamp storage case. When I use the Stamparatus I put the empty stamp case next to the Stamparatus. When I open the door to the Stamparatus to ink my stamps I lay it on top of the stamp case so the door is level when I am tapping the ink pad onto the stamp. This way the door can not snap off or get broken. The stamp case also helps that I do not have to use one hand to hold the door while I am inking the stamp.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Treat Bags are done --

Had a time where I did not want to really work on anything in particular until I stopped at the Dollar Tree. Picked up some spider web tulle - black gift bags - gemstone spider rings. Decided these would make up the Halloween treat bags I would make for this year. Just finished the five bags I need and here is a photo of those and then photos of products I used:

To start with the Dollar Tree sells these smaller black gift bags for 3 for $1.00. The tulle and rings are also $1.00 per package. Also their "diamond wrap trim" is used at the bottom of a couple of the bags. The glittered purple tulle and the plain orange tulle is also from their store:

Decided I would use scissors and cut around the spider webs leaving them on one piece of tulle which makes them easier to handle. Used a button shank removal tool and took the ring part off the gemstone spider rings so they would lay flat. I added the flat gemstone spiders to the bag front using hot glue.  I picked up the silver spider web tulle, the gold one, and also an orange one for my gift bags fronts. With my bags flat I cut my web pieces out being sure they did not hang over the edge of the bag front. Using Scotch 77 adhesive spray (got it at Mikes with a 50% coupon) I sprayed the back of my web piece and put it on the bag front. I did this outside as is advised on the back of the spray can. I sprayed all the web pieces and put them on the bags while the bags were flat. Here is a photo of the adhesive spray:

With the web pieces on the bags I then made the ribbon Loopy Pompoms for each bag - I had seen the video by Jeanine J showing how to make these:

Thanks to her for sharing this idea! I made five of the ribbon pompoms using ribbons from my stash. I sprayed them all with hairspray to make them stiff and to hold their shapes. While those were set aside to dry I added sequins and glittered bugs I punched out of glittered card stock to my bag front. Did not know what adhesive would work on the web pieces for the bug and sequins so I used rubber cement with a small paint brush to add that to the back of the sequins and the bugs. Put these all over the web pieces. (The orange, purple, and black sequins are from a package from the kid's craft section at the Dollar Tree. The gold and silver sequins are from my stash).

Used various Halloween dies and cut out glittered and foiled card stocks. Also cut out the same words from the card board from a kleenex box and put the glittered and foiled words onto the card board words using TomBow glue. The card board gives the words shape and also makes them higher than the bugs and sequins so this gives the bag fronts some dimension. Here is a photo of each bag, then the bag front, then the ribbon pompom for each:

Bag #2:

Bag #3:

Bag #4:

Bag #5:

IRL the web pieces on the bag front are very shiny and sparkly. The sequins also add some sparkle and shine. LOVE the ribbon pompoms and her video is very easy to follow and these are very easy to make. Key to them is to use gross grain ribbon as that ribbon is sturdier than the printed satin ribbons and it holds the loop shapes well. What a fun way to add ribbons to the gift bags but not in a bow form.

Am now working on the tags for these bags but am glad they are all finished and will be ready for the Halloween holiday. Will work on my tags and then the treat holders for the chocolates inside that I will add the week of Halloween. *** Tags are below:

For the tags for these bags I wanted something small but also sparkly -- used a small Happy Halloween die from my stash and I cut that out of black glittered card stock. I used all scrap coloured card stocks for behind the die cut piece as well as the scalloped circle behind that:

This black glittered card stock is very sparkly and I bought that at Hobby Lobby. Here are photos of the bags with the greeting tags:

For now I just laid the greeting tag on each bag and I will attach them once I fill the bag with holiday treat holders. Not sure if I will tie the tag on the bag handle or put it someplace on the bag front. Each of the bag fronts are different from the size web piece I cut or the sequin placement, etc.. Will have to see what works with each bag once they are ready for the BOO Day festivities the week of Halloween. Glad they are all done and finished.... now onto other projects.... ;0)