Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A Good Man

A Good Man
I have a work shop coming up in a couple of weeks that will feature "Guy Cards".  That is, cards that are masculine, and you could use for a guy's birthday or Father's Day.  We tend to overlook making these cards sometimes with all the beautiful stamps available to make cards for us to appreciate.  I like to take a break from all that at times and just make an evening of putting together some cards for the fellas in my life.
Here is a simple card featuring the Stamp set  A Good Man.  I used a Crumb Cake Card Stock as the base; cut 4 1/4 x 11 inches and scored at the 5 1/2 inch mark. I made it a tall card (Vertical) with the fold at the top of the card.  That way I could wrap the twine around the front panel.  The background is the Burlap background stamp on white card stock. The Burlap background stamp is now retired (I didn't remember that when I created this card), but I linked the crackle paint background stamp below as an alternative.  It will look just as nice.  It just gives a textured background.  You can always find a printed paper to use as a background as well. After adhering the stamped white card stock on the front of the card base, I ran a snail adhesive down the front under the place where my man will be sitting.  I pressed the end of my linen thread into it and started wrapping the thread around the card until I liked it, stopping at the adhesive again.  I used dimensionals on top of the thread ends and a couple others to set my man on.     I will list the rest of the items I used below. 
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Friday, February 14, 2020

Paper Pumpkin 1/2020

Paper Pumpkin I'll Bee Yours
Obviously, I did not use the Paper Pumpkin as sent, but altered it to create a card and envelope using the treat bags as the envelopes.  I just cut the top off the bags to make a 3 x 3 inch envelope, and used a 3/4 inch circle punch to punch a half moon in the cut end to help move the card in and out easier.  You could use any size circle punch you have.  The card comes with the washed green background.  I used the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set from the Spring 2020 catalog and stamped the image on the card using  Crumb Cake color ink.  The greenery at the bottom of the trees is created using the small pineapple in the set.  I used Mint Macaron ink and just stamped the top of the pineapple on the bottom edge of the card.  I added some twine, but I really wanted to add linen thread, just didn't have enough left.  I will link the linen thread below if you would like to see what I prefer.  Super simple.  
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

By the Dock Card

By the Dock Card
I never envision a card completed before I start.  This card I started from the bottom up doing a water color for the lake.  There are several ways to accomplish that.  I used Pigment Sprinkles in water and using a water color brush, I applied the color until I was pleased.  Die cut the boat and grass from the coordinating Dockside Dies.  I stampede my sentiment above the water before I decided to put the grass as my breaker, so my sentiment is a little low, but works!  I used Blend pens to color the boat and the little birds.  I gave the sky a subtle color by dabbing a paper towel in the watercolor and dabbing it lightly on the card.  This is just a standard size card, ( 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches).  If you wanted to step it up to a 5 x 7 card, you would have room to utilize the cute ores included in the die set.  I have listed the supplies used to create this card, minus the paint brush and the paper towels. 
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Monday, February 10, 2020

Sunshine & Happiness Shaker Card

Sunshine & Happiness Shaker Card
This card was inspired by one of my incredibly talented stamping friends.  We were looking over some of the die sets I had on my table at workshop, especially the Birthday Dies that coordinate with the Sale-a-Bration set Happy Birthday to you.  She spotted the cake stand and said "That would be so cute with a glass dome over it.  BOOM!  I thought of the dies that coordinate with our Honey Bee Stamp Set, Detailed Bee Dies.  It had a die in it to use with the bee hive.  Perfect!  Of course I had to make it a shaker card. 
 I will list most of the products I used below.  The only item I think I won't be able to specifically direct you to is the cup cake sticker.  I pulled it from my "left over everything box".  I bet you have one of those, and there may be something in it you would like to use.
My card is a 4 x 4 card, made from a piece of white card stock 4 x 8 inches long scored and folded on the 4 inch mark.  You can make it open from the bottom, or the side, your preference.  Next I cut a piece of DSP 4 x 4 inches from the Birthday Bonanza Designer Series Paper.  If that is not available to you when you are reading this, any subtle design paper in your choice of color is fine to use.  Pick something that will coordinate well with what you are putting in your dome.  Adhere it to the top of your card securely.  I use tear away double sided tape.  Now, put the card to the side for a few steps.
My top piece of card stock is cut 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches.
I die cut my cake stand, and die cut the bee hive dome piece from the white card stock in the position you need it.  I lay my cake stand on my card and use a pencil to put a small faint dot where I need to place the die.  I stamped the sentiment next around the top.  I was careful to mold it close to the dome.  It is already curved, I just brought it in a little.  I used the confetti from the So Sentimental stamp set.  Again, any cluster of dots or texture would do.  I colored the confetti with Stampin Blends.  I used colors that went with my background paper.  (listed below).
Now, on the back of your top white card stock (the one you have just stamped), secure a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 piece of window sheet (Mylar).  If you haven't done so already, attach your cake stand on the front with glue dots, and wrap the piece of twine around your card stock at the bottom about three times and tie with a bow.  I secure the twine with glue dots on the back to keep it from moving, and the bow on the front too.
You are ready to work on your shaker now.  Position and attach your sticker, stamped image, or whatever you are using in place.  I use pencil dots a lot when I assemble things.  Just lay your window over it to check that it is centered, but don't attach yet. On the back of your window, use foam adhesive strips close to your window and create a border around your window, like a cup, for your elements to move in. The next step is IMPORTANT---with a small paint brush, brush the inside walls of this cup where your elements will touch with a dab of powder, cornstarch, flour, whatever you have to remove the stick where the elements will touch.  This lets them move freely.  But DON'T get the powder on top of the foam, or it will not stick back to your card well and you will loose your elements.  Not fun.
Now I sprinkle a few sequins, or elements of your choice on your sticker or image. Not too many, you still want to be able to see it.  Add some Stampin Dimensionals around the edges of your card stock so it will sit level, then pop your top piece of card stock on top watching not to catch any sequins under the foam tape.
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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Paper Piecing with Lily Pad Dies

Paper Piecing with Lily Pad Die
I love paper piecing, and the Lily Pad Dies are beautiful when done with this technique.  I love watching it come together.  This card looks like it is just die cut and letting the paper under the solid card stock show through, but paper piecing the flower gives it a smooth finished look.  I will list the supplies I used below.  the only thing that will not appear in my supply list is my navy seam binding ribbon.  I grabbed some from my sewing room. 
My base card is 4 1/4 x 11 inches scored and folded making a wide or landscape
 card.  Next I chose a piece of Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper cut 5 1/4 x 4 inches and centered it on the front of my card.  
I cut a piece of Balmy Blue Card Stock 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches.  I die cut my flower from Whisper White card stock.  Glue the whisper white die on your blue card stock in the place you want it. Next, die cut the same flower from a scrap of your DSP paper.You may want to move your die over your paper to pick up your print and colors where you want them to appear in your flower.  After you run your die through, carry it over to your work place on the plate, so your pieces won't move, scatter, or get lost on the floor.  This is the voice of experience speaking!  Then, just start transfer the inside pieces of the cut die to the inside of your flower using just a small dot of glue.  It doesn't take much to hold it in place.  I find it best to put the tiny drop of glue inside the white flower, then place the paper piece in using tweezers.  Die cut your stem and add it last.  
I used a sentiment from the Peaceful Moments Stamp set, and die cut it using the Stitched Nested Labels.  
Before I assembled the card front, I wrapped a navy blue seam binding ribbon around the card stock and tied it on the stem. I added the sentiment on top using dimensionals to help anchor down the ribbon.  Then I attached the completed card stock on top of the front of the card with dimensionals.
It doesn't take very long to complete, but I must warn you, it can be addictive!
Happy Stamping!
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