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Monday, August 22, 2016

Saying a Latte with Spectrum Noir

Here is another swap card for the Coffee Loving Papercrafters Facebook group. I received a really cool card in the mail and my swap partner is getting this one. Now, if I only could find her address! Glad that it is in my yahoo account ;)

The stamp set is from www.ellenhutson.com and is a Penny Black Cling Stamp "Saying a Latte" -- I love this stamp! My husband says that she looks like me, but reality says, aside from the messy hair and coffee, no where near that. Heck, I don't even have highlights! Or that stomach :) 

And I had some coloring fun with Spectrum Noir alcohol inks. I have a few Copics, mostly for the skin tones, but how they compare is interesting. I'd say for the price the Spectrum Noir are good enough for coloring in stamps. The barrel is a different shape -- more octagon -- where the Copics are oval flat and smoother with tips are like bushes. The Spectrum ones are just regular old tips that color great. So unless you are drawing anime are a professional artist, they work well. So well, that I ordered another six-pack.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Tootsie Roll Pillow Box Treats

Here are my Tootsie Roll Pillow Box treats. I used the Stamping' Up! Square Pillow Box Thinlits die and orange card stock. I love how firm the card stock is -- it makes the packaging sturdy and secures the candy. I was able to fit eight pieces of candy in each package. I did use some glue dots on the bottom of the packaging, just in case. The owls and sunflowers are cricut-cut.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It's Time for Some Spooky Fun!

It's time for some spooky fun! After getting the Spooky Fun stamp set and the Halloween Scene Edgelits Dies bundle pre-order, I had to dive in and create four cards for my October card class -- I have never been so ahead of schedule! 

I did different type cards (Halloween silhouettes, Autumn pumpkins, spooky witch and a cute trick or treat) in varying level of effort, with some quick and simple ones for my less experienced card makers. My favorite one is the Halloween silhouette, love the contrast against the new DSP paper. The new papers are "Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Papers" -- and I love them all. In fact, I may need to buy another set for myself -- and more embellishments to add to these cards.

Patriotic M&Ms treat sticks

I have been working on some Patriotic M&M treat sticks. I honestly don't know what to call them, so I am going with "sticks." I use the Stamping Up! 1x8 cellophane packaging and topped it off with a scalloped punch on white card stock -- and cut some cricut pinwheels and flags. I added stickles because everyone should use stickles ;)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Altered Post Its

Here's some of my Altered Post Its for an upcoming craft fair. I used Stamping' Up! Subtles' Card Stock because it is a sturdy paper that provides a clear score and can hold a mini pen. Instructions are all over the internet, and this one is pretty good (love that she lists the specs). 

I also used retired SU DSP (patterned paper) as a base for my butterfly die cuts. I love how the card stock and patterned paper matched seamlessly. I layered the Bold Butterfly Framelit Die with the Butterfly Thinlits Die. They play nice together, fitting each other perfectly.

I added the Watercolor Wings stamped sentiment "Just for you" and the dots for the topper and packaged them up in 4x6 cellophane bags. 

And here is another more fall-like one:

I used the Vintage Leaves stamp set and embossed the images with gold. I also borrowed the three leaves die cuts from the Square Pillow Box Thinlits Die. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Teaching Teens How to Make Cards

I was asked to teach teens how to make cards as a part of their community service hours. A far cry from folding construction paper, doodling and calling it a card (so sweet though when you receive one), I used Stampin' Up! supplies, like the brights cardstock, for their upcoming speaker while the other cards were for hospitalized children

These are my card making stations, and all include Stamp Set with acrylic blocks and Ink Spots, Whisper White stamping paper, and copyright "Created By" --- and the teens handwrote "Teens from the Brookfield."

#1 How to Make a Card Base
  • 11x8.5 heavy white yardstick
  • Trimmer
  • Bone Folder
  • Embellishments for last card: Ribbon, Stickles, Markers, Colored pencils, Stickers, Pre-cut patterned paper, and Envelopes 
We spoke about card making basics at station 1, like how to use letter sized cardstock and cut it into a card base. I provided guidelines for making card for hospitalized children. 

#2  "Be The Star" Card - Thank You to Our Military
  • "Be The Star" Stamp Set
  • Big Shot for die cut "Stars Framelits" Die
  • Yellow Stickles (probally the only thing that is non-SU)
  • Brights Red or Blue cardstock choices for card front
This station included a demonstration on how to use the Big Shot die cutting machine -- allowing them to cut stamped stars and choose how many that they want on their card. I did this one first because right after our class, a military representative was to be speaking, and they needed to finish his card first.

#3 Shine "Sunburst Sayings" Card - Cheerful Cards
  • "Starburst Thinlits" die precut
  • "Sunburst Sayings" Stamp Set
  • Pre-cut "Festive Birthday" patterned paper choices

#4 You are a Work of Art - Creative Stamping
  • "Work of Art" Stamp Set
  • Smaller card fronts for stamped images
  • Pre-cut "Festive Birthday" patterned paper choices

#5 Freestyle Cards
This a freestyle card, where they apply what they just learned about card making, and use any of the Stamping' Up! supplies and other supplies donated by our community. Also, this is where the "Created By" copyright stations was placed.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Love you a Latte Card

Here's my "Love You a Latte" card, using the Cricut, for Coffee-Loving Papercrafters. It is just a sweet diecut that hopefully will brighten my swap partner's day. I am also submitting it for the http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2016/06/summer-coffee-lovers-blog-hop-2/

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Vintage Beach Babes Cards

I made some vintage Beach Babe cards. My friend, Christina, had given me a few vintage pics a few years ago -- and i finally used them. First I mounted them on ATCs that I distressed and hooked round jewelry shells with mini safty pins. Then I mounted them onto Tim Holtz patterned papers, my go-to for vintage papers. I mounted them onto distressed matts. I think these girls look beautiful -- and modest by today's standards, although they may have not looked so back then!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Creative Chalet Swap "Pop of Pink" Thank You Cards

Here's a few of my swap cards for my upline's Creative Chalet team. I love the bold colors in this DSP. I used Stampin' Up!'s New Pop of Pink Designer Series Papers, "Thoughtful Banners" stamp set and the coordinating paper punch: "Duet Banner." I also had fun making twinchies mounted on a trinchie with new Layering Squares Framelits dies -- adding a torn strips of New Pop of Pink washi tape.

I hope that the team likes these cards -- and can't wait to get theirs too. I also am giving them some Pop of Pink DSP, shhh...

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Vintage or retro?

Vintage or retro? Maybe a little of both. What do you think?

I took a light-hearted approach to these Tim Holtz ephemera...with whimsical sayings from Art Impressions stamps. And the Tim Holtz patterned papers really worked well with the photos --  I shouldn't have been surprised, huh?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Let's Do Coffee Card

This is a card that I made for a Coffee Loving Facebook group friend. The theme was coffee and flowers. I originally wanted to make a coffee cup as a flower pot for three-dimensional flowers, but this Stampin' Up! patterned paper caught my eye: English Garden Designer Series Paper. 

I used a new stamp set (new to me): Tailored Expressions "Perfect Blend." It is funny, how when I take a photo of my cards or scrapbook pages do I see things pretty objectively. I now see that I have to "sharpen" my coloring skills here as it is pretty uneven. It would be too easy to blame my colored pencils, even though they cost me $5 for a pack. Hmmm. Maybe I should blame them lol. What I do like about my coloring is using Skin White Copic markers. I would love to invest in more Copics, and get the dark, medium and light colors for blending, but maybe a good set of colored pencils should be on my wishlist.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Bold Flowers with New Designer Series Papers

Here's a couple of cards made with Flower Flair Framelits dies. I love these bold flowers cut on bright colors on such a fun Designer Series Paper (paper pack). The background is Stampin' Up!'s New Pop of Pink Designer Series Papers, which isn't yet available for purchase. One of the perks to being a demonstrator is pre-orders! The banners are made with "Thoughtful Banners" stamp set and the coordinating paper punch: Duet Banner. Whenever I can, I get the bundles. Love the discount, but more than that, they go together seamlessly.