Big Shot, Cards, Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up! Events, Technique

So Santa Shaker Card

Welcome back to a new week, friends, Monday sure comes around way to quickly over here…but then again, when doesn’t it?!  Today’s share if my swap card I made while attending last month’s OnStage event in Orlando.  My demonstrator group held an organized swap and I knew I wanted to do something fun with the So Santa stamp set found on page 23 of the Holiday Catalog.  I had sand that I collected for a project that I never got around to using, so I turned my card into a shaker.  The sand is from my local favorite beach located just north of me in Ventura, Calif.

Big Shot, Cards, Photopolymer, Technique

Happy Anniversary and New Eclipse Technique

Welcome back to a new week, friends, I hope your weekend was grand!  Today is Mr. Wonderful and I’s 18th wedding anniversary.  It seems like it was just yesterday that we got married in Newport Beach on a private yacht.  What a great time it was and friends and family still talk about it to this day!  Here are few pictures from our special day!

Ok, now onto something exiting, have you seen the new creative trend lately?  If you like to go on Pinterest (who doesn’t, right?), there are many samples for this new eclipse technique.  I loved the look and decided to try it out myself.  OMG!!  It is so much fun and super easy too.  This is the anniversary card I made for Mr. Wonderful, just a very clean and simple look.  Our wedding colors were black, white and a pop of silver.  I guess I should have used Silver Embossing Powder instead of the Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink.

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Cards, Paper Pumpkin, Technique

April’s Paper Pumpkin: A Sara Thing

Happy Hump Day, only a few more days until the weekend!  Today’s share is a little bitter sweet and I apologize in advance!  I want to share with you the A Sara’s Thing – April’s Paper Pumpkin kit! Unfortunately, all of the refills are now sold out (this was one of our fastest selling refills ever!)  I received my kit mid-April and right away I knew I wanted to purchase a refill, as soon as I saw that they were available, I ordered one and within 12 hours (at least that is what it felt like) they were all gone.

Paper Pumpkin is a fully designed project kit that arrives at your door each month with stamps, ink, and paper—everything cut and ready to go, so you can skip to the fun. Each month the kits are fun projects like cards, gift packaging, home décor, and more for just $19.95 USD a month (shipping included).  If you would like to leave more or sign up to receive a Paper Pumpkin subscription just click here.

The refill kit included everything but the stamp set and cost $9.  The kit makes 12 cards…talk about a great value!

Here is one of the cards (you get four of the hearts to watercolor).  I love the glitter acrylic flowers and the front of the envelopes too!

I added some of the washi tape to the bottom edge of the inside panel.

Here is another card in the kit, you got four of these to watercolor too.

 

The last cards to watercolor are just water color paper, no emboss resist.  I made one for Father’s Day and the others for an all occasion!

 

 

 

Cards, Technique

A World of Thanks

This photo does not do this card justice as it is much prettier in real life.  I have not made these paper flowers in a while and while they take time to make, it is so worth it!  The only time I will purchase a wood mount stamp is for a background stamp.  I have tried the clear mount and I don’t feel that it stamps as well as the wood when the image is that large.  This is just my personal preference as I am sure we all have them when if comes to paper crafting.

Instructions for the Flowers:

To make the flowers on this card, you will need to run to your kitchen and grab a piece of wax paper.  Punch out various sizes with the Circle Punches and spritz with water and scrunch. After a few minutes, carefully unfold them and then place a large drop of Multipurpose Liquid Glue onto the wax paper.  Using your “pinchers” (thumb and index fingers) gently pull the outer edges to the center.  You will punch, twist, and turn until you get the look you like (you will do this for each of the layers).  Let it dry for a few minutes before you build your layered flowers and embellish to finish it off.

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Cardstock cuts for this project:

  • Blushing Bride: 11″ x 4-1/4″ and score at 5-1/2″ and scrap
  • Whisper White: 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Rose Red: scrap

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Big Shot, Birthday, Cards, Technique

Birthday Fiesta

Who’s ready for a fiesta?  This card was so much fun to make and has so many eye catching details from the mini pompom trim to the textured background.  You are probably thinking what thinlit/framelit was used for the stamped greeting, right?  Well, I will share with you how I did this.  Once you have inked up the greeting, use the largest framelit from Lots of Labels and once you position it, run it through the Big Shot to die cut it.  Then position the framelit on the top or bottom edge (depending on how you positioned it first).  Pretty cool, huh?

I used various Stampin’ Write Markers to color the images of the sentiment:

  • 2016-2018: Emerald Envy
  • Brights: Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, and Tempting Turquoise
  • Regals: Crushed Curry

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Cardstock cuts for this project:

  • Pumpkin Pie: 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Whisper White: 11″ x 4-1/4″ and score at 5-1/2″, scrap
  • Festive Birthday DSP: 2-3/4″ x 5″

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Pear Birthday

The other day I made a similar card using the peach from the same stamp set Fresh Fruit, click here to see it.

I used the Layering Circles framelits for easy cutting and layering.  The Pear and leaves are inked first with Pear Pizzazz and then I used a Sponge Dauber to add Old Olive for shading before stamping onto Whisper White cardstock.  Once again, to get the glossy look, I cover the stamped circle with Versamark Ink and then poured Clear Embossing Powder over it and shook off the excess and heat set.

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Peachy Thank You

Don’t you just want to grab this peach and take a bite?  This stamp set is called Fresh Fruit from the annual catalog and it is a really sweet set and perfect for summer cards!  It also coordinates beautifully with the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.

I used the Layering Circles framelits for easy cutting and layering.  The Peach is inked first with Peekaboo Peach and then used a Sponge Dauber to add Tangerine Tango Ink for shading before stamping onto Whisper White cardstock.  The leaves are stamped with Pear Pizzazz first and then used a Sponge Dauber to add Old Olive Ink for a subtle shadow look.  Then to get the glossy (mouth-watering look), I covered the stamped circle with Versamark Ink and then poured Clear Embossing Powder over it and shook off the excess and heat set.

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Marquee Shaker Birthday Card

Here is another fun shaker card using the Marquee Messages Stamp Set.  I did a lot of paper piercing with this card and absolutely love how it turned out.

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A close up of shaker window and the paper piercing.

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Here’s a cool tip, take the Fine-Tip Glue Pen and add a dab of glue to each of the circle on the arrow sign and you get a raised glassy look.

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Birthday, Cards, Technique

Vertical Birthday

Have you ever looked at a magazine and something just jumped out at you?  Well this happened to me when I was looking at the Annual Catalog for the first time and this stamp set is very appealing to the eye!  I love the adorable topiary trees and the vertical sentiments.  I used the Thumping Technique, or as I like to refer to it as the “spanking technique”!  Very simple to do actually.  First you ink up your stamp with a lighter color ink pad, then take a darker colored marker and start tapping or “thumping” on the image to add darker spots.  Continue to “thump” the marker on the image until you added enough spots to create a marbled look.  Huff (breathe heavily) on the stamp to re-moisten the inked image. Final step is to stamp on the cardstock.  How simple is that.

*TIP: Tap with the side of the marker to protect the tip of the marker from damage.

For the topiary tree, I used Pear Pizzazz as the base color and then took markers (Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Early Espresso) to either color in the container/trunk/branches and thump.  I also punched out small hearts with the Confetti Hearts Border Punch and adhered them with the Fin-Tip Glue Pen.  I love how it turned out!

 

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Hoping your Day Goes Swimmingly

I love making shaker cards and this is probably one of my favorites.  I had some “clear glitter” left over from the To You & Yours Shaker Card Project Kit that was in the Holiday Catalog last year.  I added some starfish and smaller fish to the from of the card by cutting the images from a sheet of the By The Shore Designer Series Paper and popped them up with Mini Glue dots or Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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I stamped the inside of the card too.  If you take a closer look, you will notice that I added a layer of Dapper Denim cardstock to cover the DSP that I stamped for the inside of the shaker card.

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