OK, on to stamping! I've made a resolution with myself to do more birthday cards this year! We'll see how long I hold up!! Got two made tonight and ready to mail tomorrow.
Here is the first, made with the Party Hearty set. I kept it simple and used just Bermuda Bay & Whisper White.
I stamped the hats image across the background, alternating the placement of the hats. The edge of the Whisper White layer is sponged with Bermuda Bay. A Bermuda Bay ribbon was tied around the center of the layer and the saying "Celebrate You" layered over with dimensionals. The image is designed to coordinate with the Scallop Circle punch so I used that, sponged the edges and added a Rhinestone brad to the center. Quick and easy!!
Back soon with a similar card, but a "stepped up version".
More details on all the above items after January 4. Here though, is the card I created for my monthly swap using the new set, With All My Heart. Oh, one more note: SU! is not forcing you to go unmounted, we still have wood. You have your choice on all the new mini sets of Clear Mount or Wood mount. And wait til you see the cool storage cases for the clear-mount sets!!
OK, the card!
Two versions, the only difference being the brad. Each set of Epoxy Brads has two designs. The Real Red set measure 1/2" and has the two shown here, one heart, one polka dot. There are two other sets: Pretty In Pink (1/2"), and Chocolate Chip (1/4").
Card base is Real Red, background layer is Very Vanilla. I used a DSP piece for the bottom half, layered over the Very Vanilla. Notice the bottom edge of the red print-New Pinking Hearts Border punch. The DSP pack is called Sending Love Specialty and every page has something sparkly on it! The top of the Vanilla was stamped with Real Red using two of the flowery images. Edges are sponged with Real Red and I added Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the center of each using my 2-way glue pen. The friend image near the bottom was stamped on Very Vanilla, punched with the Large Oval, sponged and attached to a Real Red Scallop punch. The oval is layered on with Dimensionals. Very Vanilla wide grosgrain around the center before attaching the background layer, and the new Sending Love Epoxy Brad in Real Red.
Off to do some Holiday baking. The Boss called and told me to stay home today due to weather so I'm going to cook and clean. Merry Christmas!!
OK, back to your reason for being here! The last card from club last weekend. Wanted to try another Big Shot die that I hadn't yet: the Lattice die. Of course I threw in a few other fun things too!
Card base is Basic Gray. The Elegant Eggplant background layer is stamped in Elegant Eggplant classic ink with the Gratuitous Graffiti background stamp. The lattice die cut in Eggplant is layered over that. The large flower from the Pretties Kit is also stamped with the Graffiti background stamp in Eggplant. In the center is a Basic Gray Corduroy button with a Rhinestone brad in the center. Note: the brad does NOT go through the button, the prongs are too wide. So, we snipped them off with my Craft & Rubber scissors. Some of the girls chose to use a half pearl too and it also looked good. Attach with glue dots. The Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon is tied around the Eggplant background layer, under the flower.
Merry Christmas all! I hope to be back the next few days to share a recent swap I did using products from the upcoming Occasion Mini Catalog, and my Christmas card. But, the weather is not looking good so who knows. May not have power. Hope we have some fire wood...
The card base is Brilliant Blue and was made using the Movers & Shapers Die for the Big Shot with the Scallop Oval from the Punch Windows movers set. The basic die cuts the card stock to basic card size (11 x 4-1/4 folds to 5-1/2 x 4-1/4) AND scores the card for the fold!! Too cool. And, you can move the shape anywhere on the card front you would like it to be! The Movers & Shapers die comes with a Curly Label mover, but we have two other sets available right now. In the IB&C is the Punch Windows set. Those 4 shapes are size just larger than 4 of our punches. Note on the card above. The scallop oval punched in the cardstock is just larger than the white layer inside the card that was punched with the Scallop Oval punch. The 2nd set of movers is in the Holiday Mini, Holiday Windows. Those are just available for a few more weeks, so get them ordered NOW!!!
OK, the rest of the card! First, we stamped a background with the smaller two snowflakes. Well, one is the trio of flakes. All over in Brilliant Blue on the Brilliant Blue base. Next we took the next to largest, flower like snowflake and stamped it all over using the Frost White Shimmer Paint as our "ink". Very pretty!! & another item in the Holiday Mini that you NEED to order NOW!!! Lastly, we sprayed the card with a shimmer spray made from mixing 91% rubbing alcohol with the Frost White Shimmer paint. Too cool! Please do this in a well ventilated area! and with scratch paper under your card. The alcohol dries very quickly and you have a very shimmery cardstock. Works with any color cardstock, and there are three colors of Shimmer Paint available!
White Satin ribbon is knotted around the card. The Thanks was stamped in Brilliant Blue on Brilliant Blue first. Then we used (well, most of us!!) the Stamp-a-Ma-jig to offset a second Thanks using the Frost White paint. That is punched with the Large Oval punch and layered on a Shimmery White Scallop Oval. Those are attached inside the card to show through the oval cut through the front.
Enjoy! Hope all your Holiday preparations are going well. Not so well here, the snow last week set me way back and I'm always running behind anyway! Hoping for warmer weather in the next few days!!!
This was taken last Wednesday am before any attempts at digging out. We have made it out and about, but there was at least a foot of snow, maybe more, and the wind blew so we have some mighty big drifts! And, today we have a coating of ice on top of it all with a little more snow! And high temps below 10 degrees. Fun!!
A few notes about things going on at SU!
First, there is a current sale going on: 12 Days of Holiday Sales featuring items for the Big Shot. Click HERE to go to my website, then click the Shop Now button top right. From there, click the top item in the listing on the left side and you'll see the items on sale. You can order through the site, or email me your list of needs!
While you're browsing around the store, note the Clearance Rack items as well. A number of items from past catalogs at reduced prices. Those items HAVE to be ordered by you through my website, I can't add them to a customer or workshop order. Check it out though, some great deals!!
Next, the Dormant List of stamps will be retiring on January 4th. Click the list and pull out your old catalog to see if there are any you need to add to your collection before they go away! I believe you can view them also in the online store by entering the item number in the search box.
Lastly, remember that the Holiday Mini catalog sales period ends January 4. We have no guarantee of anything continuing into the next catalog except for the Build a Bear items. Anything else, get it NOW!!
I will be back later today with a project from club this weekend! Have a few items to check off the to do list for the day first.
Here is the somewhat open view so you can see the different panels. I tried more layers on this one. It looks OK, but I could have tweaked them a little more so more of each layer showed. Next time, it was very late when finishing this one up!! I layered Rich Razzleberry on each of the inside panels, under either DSP or Whisper White CS.
This one was my "test run" to make sure it came OK before I did the one for my friend. On this one, I did "Wishing You Happiness Today and Always" (from Heard from the Heart) in the center of the center panel, with butterflies and leaves spaced around as best as I could. Note in the final version below that I changed that panel up a bit, and put the words on the bottom. The small white center panel just has the butterfly with some leaves and "Forever Friend" (both from Fundamental Phrases).
Here is the final version that was mailed to my friend.
Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! We had a nice, quiet one. Off to a slow start around here today, but hoping to get some basic cleaning done, then dig into the Christmas decorations! I think I'm ready, even though it's supposed to be in the sixties here today!
Next step on these was to emboss the "My dear kind & wonderful friend" using Black Craft ink and clear embossing powder. Next I ran some Sticky Pages (p. 180, bottom right side) cut down into strips through the Big Shot and cut a circle with the Holiday Windows circle. I tried punches but they won't punch all the way through. The Sticky Pages are like Sticky Strip, just in a 12 x 12 sheet. Great for glitter! I sparked for days!! I used several glitters: some are Chunky Sprinkles (Crystal Iris & Light Blue), some are Fine Galaxy (Red & Champagne).
Next step was to attach the DSP to the coasters. I used the SU! glue sticks. Put some on the DSP, and some on the coaster, making sure to get close to the edge. I pressed it together all round, set it under something heavy, repressed until I knew it was caught. Then I clipped of the square corners of the DSP and sanded all the edges. That just kind of "blends" the paper into the chipboard and smooths the edges.
Finally, I dug through my room for accessories and found some Prima flowers that coordinated perfectly. Most are attached with Rhinestone brads in various colors. When I ran out of Primas, I used some punched flowers in coordinating prints.
Happy Thanksgiving all!
From the top it looks like this:
And all the way open it looks like this:
There is a tutorial for this on Splitcoaststampers HERE. It has both a written tutorial with pictures, and a video tutorial. I will talk you through cuts and sizes for what I did. The stamp set used here is Snow Swirled and includes all the stamps used: the Tree on the front, the different snowflakes inside, and both sayings. Colors are Real Red, Whisper White & Soft Suede.
Here are the sizes of DSP/Cardstock that I cut:
(2) 1-3/4 x 5-1/4 Holly DSP, front and back tabs
(2) 3-3/4 x 1-1/4 Snowflake DSP, top and bottom center sections
(4) 1-3/4 x 1-1/4 Red print DSP, small rectangles each end of top and bottom sections
(1) 3-3/4 x 2-1/4 White CS, center section (stamped with words and snowflakes)
(1) 1-3/4 x 2-1/4 White CS, center back section (stamped with large snowflake)
Here is the one I received in a swap, I think it looks a little better than mine.
Here is the one I did. My feather colors are Ruby Red, More Mustard and Really Rust. The body of the Turkey is made with punches. The head is the 1-1/4" circle in Close to Cocoa, the body the 1-3/4" circle in Close to Cocoa. The feet are a Scallop Circle punch in Pumpkin Pie, cut the same way as the larger circles. You should have 1 extra scallop from your half circle after two feet. Cut that down for the beak. The waddle is the long, narrow heart from the Heart to Heart punch in Ruby Red. The eyes are a 1/4" circle punch with googlie eyes on top. Sponge all the parts you want sponged and layer together. The head/body are attached with dimensionals.
Enjoy and let me know if you have questions!!
This card is almost the same. Obviously the background as I said is the stripe print from the Bride paper, and I colored the flowers a little different. I decided after doing the first one they needed a little white left showing.
I will be back soon! I have several things to share. This week is looking a little slower, especially with the Holiday. All I have to do for Thanksgiving is make pumpkin pie. Maybe some shopping or decorating for Christmas on Friday.
This one has a very similar look, but I changed up the colors a bit. Background was done with Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum & Always Artichoke on Whisper White again. I used the Tag corner punch on the background this time. The main image is from True Friend and I colored it using Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum & Always Artichoke markers. I added a small purple Rhinestone brad from the Ice Circles set. This was layered on Always Artichoke with an Elegant Eggplant ribbon tied at the bottom.
Hope you're able to give this fun technique a try!
Marbles (10-12 for EACH color)
Reinkers, 3 coordinating colors
In an empty, clean stamp box put 10-12 marbles.
Add 3-4 drops of one color reinker
Close box and roll marbles back and forth through ink.
I generally start by making backgrounds with colors that I know I've liked together before and build the card from there. This first one uses Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal & Certainly Celery on Whisper White. I took the marbled background, rounded the corners, tied a Certainly Celery wide grosgrain ribbon around and attached it to the Regal Rose card base. The flower stems from Simply Said were stamped in Basic Black on Whisper White and the coordinating colors were added with markers. Corners were rounded, edge sponged with Regal Rose and attached to an Apricot Appeal layer. The verse was stamped in black, sponged with Regal Rose, punched with the Large Oval and layered on a Scallop Oval of Apricot Appeal.
This one has Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery & Elegant Eggplant. See what a difference changing one color can make?!? This one is also on Very Vanilla instead of Whisper White. I took the background here and just tied a narrow Apricot Appeal ribbon around and layered it onto the Apricot Appeal card base. The image from Bloomin' Beautiful was stamped with Jet Black Stazon and colored with Blender pens picking up ink from the lid of classic pads. Layered onto Elegant Eggplant and over the ribbon onto the background. Bloom was stamped in Elegant Eggplant, punched with large oval and layered onto a Certainly Celery Scalloped Oval. The scallop was attached with dimensionals.
LMK if you have any questions. Hopefully this post looks somewhat presentable, Blogger is being VERY difficult! Happy Halloween all, and have a great weekend!!! I need to get some chores started but hope to find some stamping time too!!
That concludes our Spot Background series. Next up: Rolling Marbles!!!
Edited to add: The ink used with this technique is Dye ink, on Glossy cardstock. Because of the glossy finish, the ink stays wet long enough to blend it around. Sorry to whoever emailed me that question a while back. I read the email on my phone, but it got deleted in my Spam folder before I could reply on the computer!
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Last Crayon Resist sample for now is this one using Lovely as a Tree. I stamped the tree with Black Stazon on the glossy cardstock and added crayon to look like snow. Just on the tips of the branches & ground under the tree. Sponged Always Artichoke ink over. Card base is Always Artichoke with the Texture Jumbo wheel in Craft White going both directions. The first direction didn't come out very nice looking, so I went the other way! Now it looks like a snow storm! Cool!!
To start sharing, I've decided my make-n-take would be first. I touched on several techniques, but this one used Crayon Resist.
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