Friday, December 15, 2017

Waffle Flower Marbled Masculine Card

Hello Everyone,

I hope your day is going well.  Just under two weeks before the greatest day in the world…My Jesus’ Birthday!!!  Whoop-Whoop, go Jesus, go Jesus!!!  Given the focus of the season, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to try a layering technique using Waffle Flower’s Marble Stamp Set to make a masculine set of cards.  I saw this on Channin’s You Tube channel, you can find it here.  As usual I started with 110# (white) card stock.  My card base started out at a A2 size but to make sure all the sides were nice and even, the finished cards ended up being 3 ½" x 4 7/8".  I used some Stampin’ UP! Cherry Cobbler card stock scraps and some (Michael’s) black cards stock scraps.  I used the Waffle Flower Marble stamp set to make the marble look on the cards.  To stamp the images I used Momento’s  Flannel Gray, London Fog, and Tuxedo Black.  I used Spellbinders Die-D Lites for all the greetings.  I cut each die out 4 times, one of which I foiled using my Heidi Swapp Minc Machine and the other 3 I stacked together to create the dimension and then glued the foiled piece on top.   I created small white envelopes for each card.   The insides are blank.   FYI: This is a really cool stamp; however, this is not the most user friendly stamp.  All the videos I watched about the stamp do their best to make it easy to use by giving as many tips and tricks as they can. There is also some instruction sheet I saw on the internet but the stamp set (at least mine) did not come with those instructions.  I had a great deal of problems lining up some of the images, especially D3…ugh!!!  I almost gave up on that piece but I kept practicing until I got one that I could tolerate.  So, I am saying this to say just be patient.  Luckily, I wasn’t in a hurry and could take my time.  All-in-all at the end I was pretty okay with how my cards turned out.   I would still encourage you to give it a try.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Let It Snow Christmas Card

Hello Everyone,

Here is a quick Christmas Card.  You know it’s quick if I can complete 2 Christmas Cards in one day…lol.   This is an A2 sized card (4 ¼” x 5 ½”), made with #110 card stock for the base.  All borders are ¼ “.  I used black card stock for the mat and the focal point is a scrap piece of #110 card stock.  The back ground is made by using painters tape to cover all 4 sides and Tim Holtz Distress Inks-Blueprint Sketch and Broken China.  The greeting, sentiment, and snowflakes are all made with Just Rite Stamps “Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments”.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Weathered Wood and Memento London Fog to stamp the snowflakes.  The tree stamp is from Stampin’ UP! “Lovely As A Tree stamp set.  The Greeting is stamped on 65# paper; using and I used some very old Stampin’ UP! Movers & Shapers Label die and the matching hand punch. I kept the inside very, very simple with only the sentiment.  I made a matching envelope with a few random snowflakes stamped on the front and back.  I think I saw this card on YouTube; however, I forgot to write this one down, my apologies.  


Stained Glass Stamping Christmas Card

Happy Holidays everyone,
Here is a Christmas card I made using a technique called Stained Glass Stamping.  You can find the video on Jennifer’s YouTube channel here.  Jen used some fall stamps for her card.  As you can see, you can use any matching stamp and die set.   The base of my card measures 5 5/8” x 4 ½” and made with 110# cardstock.  I’m not sure what size Jennifer’s card ended up being.  I did not pre-measure my card either, hence the crazy “5 5/8”.   The card front is ¼ inches smaller and popped up for dimension using 2mm fun foam.   The “Merry” is cut using the Hero Arts #DC170 “Merry” stamp and die set. The greeting is from the same stamp and die set.   The Christmas Bauble is cut using Spellbinder’s Heirloom Ornaments 2011 set.  The Image within the bauble die cut is a Heartfelt Creations pre-cut stamp set #3417 “Poinsettia”.  I embossed the image with gold embossing powder on heat resistant acetate.  The colour behind the die cut and stamp is a piece of white card stock that I coloured with distress inks.  I used Tim Holtz’s Festive Berries, Fired Brick, Candied Apple, and Aged Mahogany and then I heat set the colours.  The sentiment inside is from one of my favorite stamp lines Quietfire Design, #5858 “Gentle Thoughts”.   It looks difficult but really it was easy.  The only challenge I could see for anyone is finding some heat resistant acetate locally.    I actually got lucky and found some heat resistant acetate in my stash, that I bought from Judkins at a stamp convention in 2010!!!  I almost forgot to mention the matching envelope.  I made the envelope using my WRMK punch board, some Stampin’ UP! Cherry Cobbler card stock, gold embossing powder and the pre-cut Heartfelt Creations stamp set noted above.  I removed the Versa-Mark from the outline of the stamp, then stamped and embossed the inside image on the flap of the envelope.  Well folks that’s it for today.  I hope you’ll give it try.



Thursday, November 30, 2017

Holiday Gift Idea: Note Card Set

Okay crafters ready-set-let’s get it going for the December challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu! 
December’s theme is “Can be a Gift or anything Festive.  For my DT project I did a set of note cards with matching envelopes in a cute little festively decorated bag.   Let’s dive right in to the project. Starting with the cards, the base is cut to 3 ½ x 4 ½ and the mats are ¼ inches.  The toppers are from a cut-a-part page from Michael’s Recollection brand.  I usually save the name strip for the post but I think I discarded it when I was cleaning up after the project was complete (sorry folks).   I am certain that I got it at Michaels and it is Recollections.  There are 12 little 3 x 4 toppers.  It is one sided PAPER, not card stock.  My base card is Michaels 110 cardstock (vanilla/cream).  The inside of the cards are blank.  I made the matching envelops using my WRMKs punch board.  I saw the gift sack on Pinterest.  Here are the instructions.   The sack on Pinterest was made with Antique Ticking (it’s the material they used to cover mattresses with back in the day).   I did not have any ticking, so I used some Muslin and it came out perfect!  If you can sew a straight line, you can certainly make these.  I was so pleased with the end result.  I decorated the outside of the bag with a large gardenia (didn’t have a poinsettia), some berries from JoAnns, some stemmed gold beads (Michaels Wedding section) and used my Tim Holtz Holiday Greens thinlets dies #658759.  I cuffed the bag by folding it down but I did not stitch it in position, I tied a piece of jute loosely to close the sack and attached a tiny tag using my Stampin Up thinlets –Cheerful Tags #141838. The bag itself can be a gift too after the cards are removed.  I attacked the embellishment with glue dots instead of hot glue for easy removing; 2 gifts in 1!!!   Til’ next time Happy Holidays (and the race begins…lol).  Here are a few pictures of my project.

Gift bag with 12 blank note cards.
Here's a peek at the 12 little note cards.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Galaxy Background

Hello from the Glenn,

I am back with another Electic Ellapu design team card.  November’s theme is “Anything Goes.   My DT card has a galaxy background made with Distress Oxide Inks.  I am really please at how it came out.    I used 5-6 Distress Oxide ink colours including Black Soot to make the background on Strathmore 140lbs cold press watercoloured  paper.  I think what really made it come to life is using Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint (Picket Fence) and my fan brush to make the white spots.  Once it was dry, to keep the colours from moving (if it got wet) I sealed it with some Distress Glaze.   I added some Wink of Stella Clear to some of the dots to make them glitter just a little.   Out of all the stuff I have in this craft room I could not believe that I did not have one stamp that had anything to do with space!  Well, it just so happened that our local craft store The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, TX was having a great sale today.   I found a Lawn Fawn stamp set called “Out of this World” that was just perfect for my card.  If you are ever in the area, it would be well worth the trip to stop by the store.   Other supplies I used for the card are 110lb White CS from Michael’s Recollection brand, Stampendous White embossing powder, Versa Mark ink pad, and Momento Tuxedo Black to stamp the sentiment .  The sentiment is from a Stampin’ UP stamp set called Bring On the Cake.  I’m not sure if it is retired but I know I’ve had it for a while.  The finished card is 4 x 5 ¼, slightly less than an American A2 card.  I think this is a great card for your little space enthusiast or even your big one…lol. 
Thank you for stopping by, I hope you’ll give the galaxy background a try and I look forward to seeing your inspiration in the November challenge.

Here is a look at the inside of the card.  I kept it simple.
I made a matching envelope using my We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board. My card is a little less than the standard A2, so I used the measurements for a 4 x 5 1/2" card.
For more great card inspiration, check out Jennifer McGuire's You Tube channel here…til’ next time

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