Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cool new technique!

Hello stampers!
I watched a video on this technique which was posted by SU demonstrator Linda Bauwin.  She showed how to cut out one of the butterfly dies using "fun foam" and then shrinking it with your heat gun.  How cool is that??  And fun foam is really cheap, so that makes it even better!

Here's my first attempt.  I cut the butterfly out layered with a dryer sheet, 2 mm fun foam, wax paper, and then the die....sandwiched between the cutting plates and on top of the magnetic platform.  I think I may have slightly overheated the one side as I got a tiny break in the wing.  But it is a rather intricate die, so use caution with the heat gun.  I love the way it curled slightly as it makes it look like it's in flight.
I can't wait to use this on a project!
Have a creative day!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

"Hip Hip Hooray" card kit

One of the little hidden gems in the catalog is the "Hip Hip Hooray" card kit, found on page 197 of the main catalog.  You get enough supplies to make 20 cards with envelopes.  It's a great kit to take "on the go" with you if you want to get a little stamping done when you're away from home, or at a stamping get together with friends.  On the samples below I used products/stamps provided in the kit, and then mixed some other sentiments from my ever-growing stash.  And yes, I hoard card kits too....but I am bound and determined to make every one of them up and use them.  I'm halfway there as I've completed 10 cards so far!  Yay!!
Be sure to check the website on Tuesday, April 21st.  The retired list will be posted, and it's always like  a shark frenzy. The 2013-2015 In Colors will be retiring.  Those items tend to sell out first, so don't delay in placing your order soon!
Any questions, let me know!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

"Painted Petals" card

Hello stampers...
Today's layout was found on www.brandyscards.com by Brandy Cox.  I loved the use of the paper and the layout, but I chose to deviate just a tad from Brandy's design.  This layout would be perfect for lots of other stamps and designer papers.  Check your stash to see what you have.  If not, then order this stamp set before it's gone at the end of May!

The card base is 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2" in Whisper White.

I used the top DSP print from "Painted Blooms" designer paper pack, and the bottom piece is Hello Honey cardstock.  Both measure 4-1/4" x 2-3/4", and are adhered to the front of the card.  The center strip is a 1" x 4-1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the lined image from the stamp set using Early Espresso ink, and attached to the card front covering the seam line. 

I repeated the stamped line image inside the card also.

The focal image was stamped using Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measured 2-3/4" x 3-3/4".  (cut two...one for the front and one for the inside.)
The sentiment was stamped using Early Espresso ink.  I used a two way glue pen and glitter for a little bling.  These pieces were then mounted on a piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock measuring 3" x 4".   The inside piece was glued directly to the inside of the card, centering over top of the lined image.

Before attaching the front focal image with dimensionals, I added a piece of the leftover SAB ribbon I had, and secured it with a glue dot under the bow.  Then I added the focal image using dimensionals.
As a final touch of bling, I added three little rhinestones in the upper right hand corner. Pretty darned easy, but I think it looks pretty elegant.  Who wouldn't like to receive this in their mail box?  Better than getting a bill!  ha ha!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

more doodling.....

Hello stampers!
Here's another sample I came up with last night using a micron pen on top of stamped images.  It's really mindless to doodle and it's actually pretty relaxing.
The stamp set I used is called "Crazy about You" and is found in the current mini catalog.  The ink colors are Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Perfect Plum and Old Olive.    I popped the sentiments up on dimensionals.
Go try it!