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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September 2016 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Project - REDO


Note:  This is a "redo" of my post from yesterday (which I've deleted).  I thought the sunflower looked a little odd on my card...the center seemed too big.  Well, there was nothing wrong with the stamp, but there must be something wrong with my brain/eyes. LOL I was only stamping one layer of the petals instead of two layers.  What a difference!  I'm liking this version MUCH better.  I've added an extra tip and Delightful Dijon Stamp Pad to the supply list.

Inspiration:  I just received my Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail yesterday, saw the sunflower stamp and became determined to make a card with sunflowers.  What this picture doesn't show is all of the failed attempts.  How hard can it be?  Oh well, I'm happy with results and what better way to spend the afternoon than stamping...even if the trash can is filling up. LOL

Tips:
  • Cut (2) 1-inch strips of DSP to save paper.  Adhere them to each side of a 3-1/2x4-3/4 piece of of Whisper White.
  • The center piece is popped up with dimensionals, and I used Clear Wink of Stella on the flower centers. The ink was still a little wet, so I was able to blend it a little with overlap on the petals.  Plus, the Wink of Stella makes the Soft Suede color look so much richer.
  • The tag was made with one of the Bunch of Banners framelits.  The design is actually on both ends, so just cut one end off to make a tag.  
  • The small tag needed a small "hello."  Since the Paper Pumpkin kits sometimes have small words, I went through my stash and found this one from the August 2015 kit.  I tend to keep the PP stamps that I really like and give the rest away.  I store the ones I keep (as well as the ink spots) in our "full" wide stamp cases.
  • When two-step stamping with a light and dark color, if possible, stamp the darker color first.  It'll be easier to see the stamped image when you're stamping with the lighter ink vs. the other way around.
Stamps:
September 2016 Paper Pumpkin
August 2015 Paper Pumpkin

Paper:
Crushed Curry Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Soft Suede Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Large Layer
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-1/2x4-3/4 Base for DSP
Thick Whisper White Card Stock
     1-1/4x4-3/4 Main Image
Cherry on Top DSP (retired)
     (2) 1x4-3/4 Strips

Ink:
Crushed Curry Stamp Pad
Delightful Dijon Stamp Pad
Soft Suede Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Bunch of Banners Framelits
Linen Thread
Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush
Dimensionals
Glue Dot (behind bow)
1/16" Circle Punch

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Washi Tape Christmas Tree


Inspiration:  I've seen several cards similar to this where the main image was a butterfly or flower with the washi tape running behind.  I wanted to give a Christmas tree a try.  What better washi tape to use than the new Warmth & Cheer Washi Tape?  I really like the homespun look.

Tips:
  • Cut your oval and scalloped oval and then layer them together with a little bit of removable adhesive like dotto.  Cut the tree out of both pieces at one time to make sure the cut out is lined up correctly.  I used our regular Whisper White card stock (not the thick), and didn't have any problem cutting both layers at the same time.  Once the tree is cut out, use some multipurpose glue to adhere the two layers together.  
  • For the washi tape layer, start with a piece of 4-1/2x2-1/4 Whisper White card stock which is larger than the finished size.  I used a larger piece so I could cut down to the finished size which resulted in nice clean edges.  The finished size is 4-1/4x2-1/8 (approx...trim right below the last line of washi tape).
  • Cut an extra banner out of gold glimmer paper to layer behind the greeting.  Just cut the banner in half and attach it to the back of the greeting with glue dots being careful to shift one piece up and one piece down to make the border.
  • The oval is popped up with dimensionals, and the star is adhered with a glue dot.
Stamps:
Stitched with Cheer

Paper:
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
     4-1/4x11 Card Base
Garden Green Card Stock
     3x4 for Scalloped Oval
Gold Glimmer Paper
     3-1/2x1-1/4 Banner Layer
     Scrap for Star
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-1/2x4-3/4 Embossed Layer
     4-1/2x2-1/4 Washi Tape Layer (before trimming)
     2-3/4x3-3/4 Large Oval
     3-1/2x1-1/4 Banner

Ink:
Cherry Cobbler Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Peaceful Pines Framelits
Bunch of Banners Framelits
Layering Ovals Framelits
Sparkle Embossing Folder
Warmth & Cheer Designer Washi Tape
Stampin' Dimensionals
Glue Dots
Multipurpose Glue

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Flourish Thinlits Birthday Card


Inspiration:  This card was the result of having a scrap flower from a previous crafting "episode" (couldn't come up with a card using it).  I guess sometimes it's good to walk away and try again later.

Tips:
  • Glue a 3/4" circle behind the flower to give it a little more "weight."  I got the idea from watching a video by fellow demo Cindy of CLB Craft Creations.
  • The leaves can be a little tricky to glue to the flower.  
    • For two of the leaves, place a tiny bit of multipurpose glue on the top side of the stem and then lay the flower down on top of the stem.  It helps to have a silicone craft sheet underneath to catch any stray glue.
    • Place some multipurpose glue on the back of the circle and on the back of the leaves at the bottom of the stems and another drop a little farther up the stem. Adhere to the card stock.
    • For the droopy leaf, cut off the stem and add a tiny drop of glue to the back of the leaf at the base.  Adhere it to the card stock.
  • The flower piece is popped up with dimensionals, and is adhered to a piece of Thick Whisper White card stock.
  • Use grid paper to make sure the border pieces are straight.  Use a little post-it tape to hold your card stock in place since it needs to remain lined up with the gridlines in order to keep the die cut placement straight.  Use tiny drops of multipurpose glue down the center of each piece to adhere to the card stock.
Stamps:
Endless Birthday Wishes

Paper:
Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock
     5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
     6x2 for (2) Border Pieces
     2-1/2x2-1/2 Flower
     Scrap for Circle
Tip Top Taupe Card Stock
     5-1/8x3-7/8 Large Layer
Pear Pizzazz Card Stock
     Scraps for Leaves
Whisper White Card Stock
     5x3-3/4 Large Layer
Thick Whisper White Card Stock
     2-1/4x3-1/4 Main Image

Ink:
Tip Top Taupe Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Flourish Thinlits
Lots of Labels Framelits
3/4" Circle Punch
Pearls
Multipurpose Glue
Silicone Craft Sheet
Stampin' Dimensionals
Precision Base Plate & Big Shot Brush*

*These really are worth purchasing to use with our intricate thinlit dies.  I had no trouble cutting the pieces for this card or removing the tiny pieces.  

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #253


Inspiration:  It's been forever since I participated in a sketch challenge.  I came across this Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #253 and decided to give it a try.  I strayed a little from the original sketch because my tree is to the side instead of the center.  I just couldn't seem to make it work in center with the greeting options I have, so I scooted it to the side.

Tips:
  • The large square was made with washi tape and the herringbone technique.  There are several really good herringbone technique videos on YouTube.  Most use patterned paper, and I think that's probably easier than washi tape.  It was a little difficult cutting a nice, straight edge on the end each time.  If it's crooked, then it's noticeable because you're butting it up against a straight edge.
  • The scalloped oval is popped up with dimensionals.  The star and gold strip are adhered with glue dots.  I placed a tiny drop of multipurpose glue in three of the tree "holes" to adhere the gold "ornaments."
Stamps:
Good Greetings (Retired Hostess)

Paper:
Thick Whisper White Card Stock
     4-1/4x11 Card Base
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
     2-1/2x3-1/4 Scalloped Oval
     2-1/4x2-3/4 Tree Backing
Garden Green Card Stock
     2-1/4x2-3/4 Tree
Whisper White Card Stock
     2-1/4x3 Oval
     3-1/4x3-1/4 Large Square
Gold Glimmer Paper
     Scraps for Star & Ornaments
     4x1/2 Strip

Ink:
Cherry Cobbler Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Perfect Pines Framelits
Layering Ovals Framelits
Warmth & Cheer Washi Tape
Dimensionals
Glue Dots
Multipurpose Glue

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Beth    

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

More Flourishing Phrases


Inspiration:  The navy and white color palette of our Floral Boutique DSP inspired this card plus I'm really enjoying using the Flourishing Phrases stamp set...can you tell?

Tips:
  • When I started working on this card, I thought I would fill all of the white space with the floral image. However, once I added the greeting it just seemed too busy.  Less is more...overall a very simple card.
  • To get the correct placement of the floral stamps, I laid the scalloped oval where I wanted it to end up and then stamped the floral images. I didn't adhere the oval first because if I made a mistake (or a smear) with the floral images, I could start over more easily.
  • The little flower was easy to adhere with a glue dot.  The glue dot is just the right size and helps the rhinestone to stick that much better.
  • Don't forget to use your Precision Base Plate and Big Shot Brush to make the small flower. The flower will pop right out of the thinlit if you use circular motions with the Big Shot Brush.
  • The greeting's popped up with dimensionals.
Stamps:
Flourishing Phrases (available in a bundle)
Cottage Greetings

Paper:
Night of Navy Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
     3-1/4x2-1/4 Scalloped Oval
     Scrap for Flower
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Large Layer
     3x2 Oval

Ink:
Night of Navy Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Flourish Thinlits (available in a bundle)
Layering Ovals Framelits
Rhinestones
Glue Dots
Stampin' Dimensionals
Precision Base Plate & Big Shot Brush

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

CAS Flourishing Phrases Birthday Card


I'm re-stocking my card stash, so I thought I'd try a clean and simple birthday card with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.

Tips:
  • I used a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to color the flowers. With your ink pad closed, squeeze the lid to get some ink on the inside of the cover.  Use this ink as your "palette" and dip your glitter brush directly into the ink.  Once you're done, do a couple of strokes on some scratch paper and the color will come right out of the glitter brush and you'll be good to go for the next time.  It basically works like a blender pen, but I found it easier to color on our Whisper White card stock using the glitter brush vs. the blender pen.  The paper didn't seem to "peel" as much with the glitter brush as it can when you get a little carried away with the blender pen.  With the glitter brush you get the added bonus of sparkle (which unfortunately doesn't show up in the picture).
  • The greeting is popped up with dimensionals.

Stamps:
Flourishing Phrases
Rose Wonder (greeting)

Paper:
Flirty Flamingo Card Stock
     5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
     Scrap for Scalloped Oval
Basic Black Card Stock
     5x3-3/4 Large Layer
Whisper White Card Stock
     4-3/4x3-1/2 Large Layer
     Scrap for Greeting

Ink:
Flirty Flamingo Stamp Pad
Basic Black Archival Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush
Layering Ovals Framelits
Pearls
Stampin' Dimensionals

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Beth

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Flourishing Phrases Note Cards


Most of you know by now that I really like making note cards because they're quick and easy.  I was so excited to find that this large image from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set fits perfectly on the front of our note cards.  It's hard to see in picture, but the ink is actually Dapper Denim.  It shows up nicely (looks blue and not black like in the picture) on the Crumb Cake note cards in real life.

Tips:
  • I used my MISTI to stamp the images.  It's difficult to get a nice, solid image on our regular card stock. With the MISTI, I was able to stamp the same image multiple times to get a dark image. 
  • This is truly a clean and simple card.  It crossed my mind to add some tiny pearls to the larger flowers, but I decided to leave them off.  It's so much easier to mail cards without raised embellishments.  Plus the note cards fit snugly into their matching envelopes, so these will easily fit.
Stamps:
Flourishing Phrases

Paper:
Crumb Cake Note Cards

Ink:
Dapper Denim Stamp Pad

Accessories:
MISTI

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Beth

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Botanical Builder Birthday CASE


Inspiration:  One of my stamping friends sent this pin to me, so I thought I'd make one like it for her birthday.  I intended to completely CASE Connie's beautiful card without changing anything...and then I goofed and had to cut down my card front to just a layer.  I'm actually pretty happy with the end result since at least now I feel like I've given it a little bit of my own touch.

Tips:
  • Be sure to stamp your greeting before embossing the white piece.
  • The center of the flower is a 1/4" circle of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper adhered with a glue dot.  I like to use glimmer paper for flower centers because it makes the card very flat/mailable.
  • Cut the leaves off just above the bottom leaves to make them a little easier to work with.  Lay them out on the card and then use cellophane tape to hold the ends in place.  Next, add just a tiny bit of multipurpose glue on back of each stem in the center to give them a little more stability.
Stamps:
Birthday Banners

Paper:
Mint Macaron Card Stock
     5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
     4-1/4x1-3/4 for 2 Leaves
Tip Top Taupe Card Stock
     2x6-1/4 Swirl
     Scrap for Flower Center
Dapper Denim Card Stock
     2-3/4x2-3/4 Flower
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Embossed Layer
Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
     Scrap for Flower Center

Ink:
Dapper Denim Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Botanical Builders Framelits
Swirly Scribbles Thinlits
1/4" Circle Punch
Softly Falling Embossing Folder
Glue Dots
Multipurpose Glue

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Beth

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Christmas Card


Inspiration:  There's lots of beautiful cards on the internet that inspired this card...which will be an option at my next card buffet.  I used the Thoughtful Branches bundle which is only available until August 31.  It's truly a fun, versatile set that you don't want to miss out on!

Tips:
  • Stamp the lines for the ground lower on the front panel to have plenty of room for the trees.
  • The bird and greeting are popped up with dimensionals.
Stamps:
Thoughtful Branches (bundle)
Stitched with Cheer (greeting)

Paper:
Real Red Card Stock
     5-1/2x8-1/2 Card Base
Whisper White Card Stock
     5x3-3/4 Main Image
     Scraps for Bird and Greeting
Gold Glimmer Paper
     Scrap for Star

Ink:
Real Red Stamp Pad
Garden Green Stamp Pad
Chocolate Chip Stamp Pad
Smoky Slate Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Beautiful Branches Framelits (bundle, bird)
Bunch of Banners Framelits (greeting)
Perfect Pines Framelits (star...a small star punch works, too)
Dimensionals

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Beth

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Monday, August 15, 2016

More Thoughtful Branches


Inspiration:  This card is very similar to my previous post.  I needed a couple of quick sympathy cards, and the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and coordinating thinlits came to the rescue.  I love that the inside sentiment says "and always in my heart."  Don't forget the Thoughtful Branches bundle is only available this month while supplies last.

Stamps:
Thoughtful Branches (bundle and save)

Paper:
Marina Mist Card Stock
     8-1/2 x 5-1/2 Card Base
Pear Pizzazz Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Large Layer
     3-1/4x4-1/4 Stem
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-1/2x4-3/4 Large Layer
     3-3/4x3-1/4 Hydrangea Flower

Ink:
Marina Mist Stamp Pad
Tip Top Taupe Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Beautiful Branches Thinlits (bundle and save)
Linen Thread
Glue Dots

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Beth

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Thoughtful Branches is Here!


Inspiration:  August is a huge birthday month for my friends and family, so I need to stock up on birthday cards. Lucky thing I have the new Thoughtful Branches stamp set and Beautiful Branches thinlits (available in a bundle during August while supplies last).  This card came together so easily but the the die cuts make it look detailed.

Tips:
  • I highly recommend using the Precision Base Plate with thinlits like these.  Since I stamped the hydrangea image first, I tried cutting it out with my Magnetic Platform to keep the thinlit lined up with the stamped image.  However, not all of the tiny pieces came out.  The Precision Base Plate made all the difference!  I ran it through once and then backed it through for a second pass.  Almost every single piece came out using my Big Shot Brush.  The few pieces that were left easily came out with just a little poke.  
  • It's extremely easy to line up the stamped hydrangea image with the thinlit.  If you want to make sure it doesn't shift when you run it through the Big Shot, use a little Post-It tape or washi tape to hold the thinlit in place.
  • I cut an extra Rich Razzleberry hydrangea (not stamped) and offset it from the stamped image.
  • Multipurpose glue works great for adhering intricate pieces like these. Just use teeny tiny beads of glue or tiny drops.  Plus, you can let it set for few seconds before laying it on the paper so it won't be as runny.
  • To get my washi tape straight, I lined up the card base on some grid paper.  Use your bone folder (something with a little weight) or some washi tape to hold it in place.  Use the gridlines to ensure your tape is straight. Clip the excess off the edges of the card base.
Stamps:
Thoughtful Branches (bundled with Beautiful Branches Thinlits)
Cottage Greetings

Paper:
Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock
     4-1/4x11 Card Base
     3-3/4x3-1/4 Hydrangea Stamped Image
Rich Razzleberry Card Stock
     3-3/4x3-1/4 Hydrangea Layer
Pear Pizzazz Card Stock
     3-1/4x4-1/4 Stem
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-1/2x4-3/4 Large Layer

Ink:
Sweet Sugarplum Stamp Pad
Rich Razzleberry Stamp Pad

Accessories:
Beautiful Branches (bundled with Thoughtful Branches stamp set)
Playful Palette Washi Tape
Pearls
Multipurpose Glue
Precision Base Plate & Big Shot Brush

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Christmas in July


Inspiration:  This card is a result of seeing this tag on Pinterest.  Why am I making a Christmas card in July?  I'm working on the cards for my next card buffet which will be at the end of August.  In order for my stampers to stock up on their Christmas cards, I'll offer one Christmas card option for the next several card buffets....and this is the one for August.  I have some Merry Moments DSP from the last Holiday Catalog that hasn't seen any love as well as a full pack of Mossy Meadow card stock.  I'm happy to have found the perfect use for them.

Tips:
  • Use the tree framelit to cut a green tree and a red tree.  Run the green tree back through with the "dots" framelit to make the ornaments.  Layer the two trees together.
  • I used a 1/8" circle punch to punch the gold glimmer paper ornaments, but I think for the card buffet I'll use the the "dots" framelit so I can cut more at a time.
  • The bow and star are adhered with glue dots.  
  • The tag is popped up with dimensionals.
Paper Dimensions:
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
     2x2-3/4 Tree Layer
Crumb Cake Card Stock
     2x3-1/2 Tag
Mossy Meadow Card Stock
     2x2-3/4 Tree Layer
Merry Moments DSP
     2x1-1/2 Strip
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Embossed Layer
     Scrap for Circle
Gold Glimmer Paper
     Scraps for Star and Ornaments


Retired:
Mossy Meadow Card Stock
Merry Moments DSP Stack

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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