Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Make A Wish Card - DIY Tutorial


Make a Wish

I received the new stamp releases from JustRite Papercrafts and I'm having a ball stamping to my little heart's delight. 

I combined some stamping with embossing.  


My vision for this card:  
Create a card with a lot of whitespace.  The whitespace will have some texture from an embossing folder.  Add some clean simple stamped sentiments.  


My vision seems easy enough and yet my first attempt failed because I did not think through the process.  I forged ahead and got caught up in the fun creativity (which is a good problem to have I guess).  

And just what was my failure?  
I was having fun embossing with Spellbinders Flourish Stitch Em-bossing Fold'ers Quilt It and liked the way it turned out.  Then I decided to add the perfect finishing touch to the card - a stamped sentiment using JustRite -Happy Birthday Sentiment One -clear stamp.    

Womp Womp....nope - cannot stamp after embossing .  While obvious to most, I simply didn't realize the stamping would not be crisp when added over the raised embossing.  Like I said earlier, I got caught up in the fun creativity.  

I thought I'd share a quick tip/tutorial because of my embossed and stamped combo card failure.  I'm trying to save you some misery, time and products as we learn from my mistakes.  Though I am sure most of you are waaaaayyyyy ahead of me and would not make this mistake. 

First Things First
This card has a few steps to it.  First I created my focal point - the stamped flower image.  I thought this resembled dandelions gone to seed.  I used to love to blow then in the yard to make a wish.   

I used JustRite Watercolor Paper Layering Swatches for my image. This product comes in perfect card size: 4"x 5.25"  and contains 100 sheets of watercolor paper perfect for layering.

After I stamped the image, I set it with Clear Embossing Powder (super fine).  Next I colored my stamp using Watercolor Brushes  and some Tim Holzt Distress Inks. a with a  Seedless Preserves and Peacock Feathers.



Here is my tip for Embossing and Stamping:

Step 1. After your artistic image has been created,  draw a circle in pencil around the stamped image.  This helps you determine where your stamped sentiment will be placed. 


Step 2.  The clear stamps are flexible and I thought the sentiment would look great mirroring the curve of the circle so that's how I placed the stamp on my clear stamp block. 

Step 3.  After the sentiment is stamped, you can then emboss.  I used Spellbinders Flourish Stitch Em-bossing Fold'ers Quilt It.

Here is one last image of the ( successfully) completed card.  
Thanks for stopping today.  
Here is my complete list of products used: 

JustRite -Happy Birthday Sentiment One -clear stamp CR-05504
JustRite Watercolor Paper Layering Swatches
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Seedless Preserves
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxides -Peacock Feathers
Watercolor Brushes
Clear Embossing Powder (super fine)
Clear Embossing Ink
Heat It- Heat Gun Embossing Tool
Misti Stamping Tool - (Most Incredible Stamping Tool) 
Spellbinders Flourish Stitch Em-bossing Fold'ers Quilt It by Lene LokSKU: SES-013

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Enchanting Halloween Shaker Card Made With LOVE Plus Handy TIP

For the Love of Halloween! 

Here's an enchanting card I made with love. 
Clearly many folks love all things Halloween. 
It's wild popularity has some websites suggesting it to be the second biggest holiday next to Christmas. 

Count me as one of those folks who adores the decorations and festivities of this quirky, fun holiday. 
Spellbinders has given us Halloween fanatics some hauntingly wonderful products to celebrate the season.  


I created a shaker card to send to a family member enchanted by Halloween.  I thought the Spellbinders - Nothing But Love Stamp  by Tammy Tutterow would be a cute twist to use on the background of my card.  After all, it's all about the LOVE of all things Halloween. 

Scroll down the blog post and I'll share my handy recycle tip and money saving for shaker cards. 

These are the Spellbinders products I used:

Here is a better image to show the dimension of this card. 
And aren't those bats simply darling? 


Handy Shaker Card Tip
Don't have any acrylic to make a shaker card?  This is what I do....I eat the rest of the baked goods I bought for the family - this one happens to be the beloved cheese danish.  Just wash and dry and instantly I have acrylic that's proudly been recycled.  

Better yet, have a friend over and share the goodies.  Eat, laugh and make a day crafting together creating Spellbinders shaker cards.  

Look at the top of the container....all that lovely usable acrylic begging to become a shaker card.  

The possibilities are endless - baked goods, fresh fruit and veggies, packaging from your crafts and crafting flowers....search the house high and low, then eat up! 
.....but  PLEASE be mindful of products with allergens like peanuts if you are giving cards to others.   


Thanks for stopping by.  Have a bewitching Halloween season.  

Shapeabilities Witch on Broom Holiday 2017 Etched Dies  S4-834
Spellbinders - Nothing But Love Stamp Set Happy Grams #4  by Tammy Tutterow SBS-153
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Heart Die S4-136

Monday, October 16, 2017

It's Snowman Time - Cute Christmas Card





 Snowman season is upon us so I thought I would create snowman cuteness.  
I'm here to share a card I made by combining two Maja Design holiday collections: Maja Design - A Gift For You and Maja Design - Vintage Winter .

I love that the collections can often be used together.  That's part of the magic of Maja Design.  We all know that paper and papercrafting products aren't cheap, so make the most of your supplies!

That's the added value of Maja Design collections.   While some of the papers in the Holiday/Christmas collections certainly have images that are "themed " for the holidays, the B sides of the papers offer prints that can be used for any occasion.  

 The papers I used are shown in the image above and are as follows:  


My darling snowman die is from Memory Box die - Snowman Heart Collage .  I think it's adorable.   Accented with some Flowers,  pine branches and he's all set for the Holidays.  





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  • Buy the Maja "A Gift For You" collection here.  
  • Buy the Maja " Vintage Winter" collection here
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Maja Design A Gift for You - paper collection - Made by Me paper GIF-699
Maja Design - Vintage Winter  collection - Season's Greetings ( B side) VIN-482
Maja Design - Vintage Winter collection - December paper
Memory Box die - Snowman Heart Collage style 99801

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Autumn Thankful Card




Feeling Thankful

I'm feeling thankful.  While it may feel like life is spinning out of control, the world has gone crazy and work/family/life is stressful,  remind yourself of the many reasons to be thankful.  Thankful for supportive family, friends and co-workers.  Thankful for health and a warm home.  Thankful that everyday is a new day to start over. 

And let's not forget to be thankful for the simple things in life that bring us joy...for a papercrafting hobby that brings peace, happiness, a way to relieve the stresses of the day through beautiful papers and crafting supplies.  

I've got Maja Design and Spellbinders
 to thank for this.  Or more specifically Spellbinders Die D-Lites.

I used Maja Design - Walking in the Forest paper collection and topped with leaves and the perfect sentiment from Spellbinders Die D-Lites - Fall Leaves Holiday 2017 to make this card pop to life. 

I made a card for a person who has helped me in my job for 10 years.  She is a treasured client of mine and is moving to a new position.  I value her assistance and level-headedness in the times when work seems like it can gobble me up.  

My gorgeous paper choices perfect for the season are from Maja Design - Walking in the Forest paper collection. Featured below are the papers I used to create my card:   
Maple ( both A and B side)
Mountain Ash (B side)

I grabbed another great product perfect for the season - 

Here are a few more closeups of the papers and embellishments on my card.  



I am thankful for your visit and support.  May your Autumn season be full of reason to be thankful.  

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Maja Design - Walking in the Forest paper collection :Maple ( both A and B side), Mountain Ash (B side)