Thursday, January 28, 2016

Flip-its Stampfest with Linda

On Wednesday, Linda and I spent the day visiting and also stamping. She brought her Big Shot and cool Sizzix Circle Flip-its #4 die set, lots of other dies and stamps along with beautiful printed papers!

Here's Linda designing!

 The Circle Flip-its #4 die set contains 21 pieces. There were lots of small accessory pieces and a few words. I wanted to use the "Get Well", but the "Well" part was not cutting completely. Not sure why.
Linda's cool clear stamp set that contains the Happy Birthday and outline was great.

The die fits perfectly around this. I need to ask her for the name of that set, and will add later. We sponged the edges on some of the layers.

We incorporated some book paper on our cards. Some of the scalloped circles are from the sizzix die set. Others are punched with Stampin' UPs punches.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Mountain and Ocean Direct to Paper Technique

While surfing Pinterest I ran across a fun and easy direct to paper tutorial by Michelle Zindorf.

Since I didn't have all the inkpads Michelle used, I improvised.
On my first card, I used Stampin' UP's so saffron.
Then I sponged some distress spun sugar on top of that for my sky.
Also used spun sugar on my paper ribbon.
Used distress stormy sky and salty ocean for the mountain
broken china for the bottom of the page.
Added distress mowed lawn at the bottom on top of the broken china, 
then a little distress black soot on top of everything at the very bottom.
I stamped the SU Nature Walk  and clear Dimensions Happy Birthday
in Versafine black onyx ink.

This card for my son-in-law was made pretty much the same as above.
I switched to distress scattered straw for my sky.
A friend suggested I make the Nature Walk stamped image less bold
so I used an old Versafine inkpad that was dry. 
Otherwise I would have just stamped off once before applying.
I like how this looks. What do you think?

I changed the colors a little on my third card, continuing with the scattered straw for the sky.
Used distress peacock feathers for the mountain
tumbled glass for the ocean
rusty hinge instead of the green at the bottom
and vintage photo instead of black soot at the bottom edges.
The Stampscapes frond #3 was stamped multiple times with pine needles, 
stamping off a few times to vary the intensity of color.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Butterfly Book Page Circle Card

After receiving a card similar to these, I just had to make some of my own.
Love the look of the dry embossing on the front of the card.
I placed the top layer of the card in the embossing folder sideways.
Not sure if that's the best method.
I listed the embossing folders beneath the images.
Butterfly punch is Martha Stewart.
Edge scallop punch is Fiskars.
Nestabilities scalloped dies.

Embossing folder: Lifestyle Crafts LACE
Printed paper:  Crate Paper Portrait Collection

Embossing folder: Cuttlebug Moroccan Screen

Embossing folder: Cuttlebug Perfectly Paisley

Embossing Folder: Lifestyle Crafts TIDE

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Punch All Over The Page Daisy Medallion

Elise Klug's lovely cards inspired me to make this card.
She was card captain at the Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps Yahoo Group this past week.
A couple of her cards featured Martha Stewart's "Punch All Over The Page" Daisy Medallion punch.
When I saw that punch at Michaels on clearance, I just had to buy it.

I used a thinner weight white cardstock for my "3 daisy medallion"  layer.
I think the "punch all over the page" works better with thinner rather than thicker paper.
I stamped Mike's vines from his Pumpkin Harvest stamp set in Stampin' Up's  celery ink
on the green cardstock underneath the medallion layer.
With distress ripe persimmon and squeezed lemonade
I stamped Mike's mini flower from his Mini Cloisonne Shapes set,
fussy cut them, sponged the edges and used dimensional foam to attach.
Used Magill's Paper Blossoms Pine punch for the greenery, attaching with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, which is like white glue, but dries quickly.
Stamped friends sentiment from TPC Studios Secret Garden Collage cling rubber set
using Versafine black onyx ink
on a white layer that was edge punched with Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch.
Finished card dimensions: 3.75 inches wide  x 8.5 inches high.

Here you can see the inside of my card.
with a white insert stamped with  Mike's vines in Stampin' UP's green galore,
and mini flowers with distress ripe persimmon and squeezed lemonade.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Purple Flower Thank You Cards

Inspired by Alison's Vintage Painted Petals card I used Stampin' Up's Hand Painted Petites
to make these "thank you" cards.

Here are the first 8 that I made.
I used old book paper, which was rather delicate.
When I stamped the 2 small butterflies from the Tim Holtz Visual Artistry CLEAR stamps,
part of the book paper ripped off, sticking to the CLEAR stamp.
I hid the mistake with a punched butterfly.
There was no problem with ripping when I used the PSX wood block rubber dragonfly stamp.

Here are six more cards. I found the wood mounted rubber butterfly stamp
that I originally wanted to use, so I added it on a couple cards.
Also, I used a bud stamp from Hand Painted Petities
for the flowers in the lower left corner on these.

Stampin' Up!, PSX, Tim Holtz visual artistry, Inkadinkado

Stampin' Up! lavender lace, orchid opulence
Distress mowed lawn
Versafine Black Onyx

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Cascading Birthday Card for my Sister

Made this cascading card for my sister's birthday on Dec. 4th.
She loves afghan hounds so I used my 2 afghan hound stamps.
LeeAnn Greff has a nice cascading card tutorial on her Flowerbug's Inkspot blog.
I love how these cards stand upright when done.
They are fairly easy to make!
Even if you make a wrong cut, it's easy to disguise the error.
Can you see where I added a strip of paper to fix my mistaken cut?