Saturday, November 15, 2014

Little Heart Bandage Card

Hello Friends! I've got a quick little post here. A friend of mine had surgery on her wrist, so I whipped up a little something for her. Hopefully, this will brighten her day a bit.

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I tried the 4-bar size card this time. I like it! It's a bit smaller than A2 and I thought it was the perfect choice for this band aid card. I used a digital image from my beloved MelJen's Designs collection.       Just a side note, MelJen's has an all new website and a 50% off sale...go check it out! Back to the card...I printed the Little Heart Bandage onto white card stock and colored it with Spectrum Noir colored pencils and blended with gamsol. I added clear Wink of Stella to the heart. Then I fussy cut it out. I also printed the image onto another piece of white card stock and I die cut a panel using the Stitched Journaling card die from Lawn Fawn. I wanted to have the swirls, bitty hearts and dots, but I also wanted the card to have dimension, so after I colored in the bitty hearts, I adhered the band aid with foam tape. Then I added tiny twinkles and glossy accents.



I decided to create an envelope for my card, using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. I really like a coordinating envelope. It just makes me happy!

And that is it for me today. Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings~




supplies~
digital image: Little Heart Bandage(MelJen's Designs)
card stock: Neenah Solar White(Simon Says Stamp)
patterned paper: In Color Designer Series Paper Pad(Stampin' Up!)
dies: Stitched Journaling Card(Lawn Fawn)
bling: Tiny Twinkles(Taylored Expressions)  Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)  Clear Stardust glitter pen(Sakura)
other: Glossy Accents(Ranger)  colored pencils(Spectrum Noir)  gamsol(Inky Antics)  envelope punch board(WeRMemory Keepers)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Merry Christmas Goodie Bags

Hello Friends! Today, I'm sharing the goodie bags I created using products from the November 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. The kit this month has several sheets of Lawn Fawn's new Christmas patterned papers, which I was VERY pleased to see. I like the color palette, too, mostly traditional with a touch of teal. Very festive, indeed!



I decided I would make a few goodie bags and I visited an "old friend" for the pre-colored wreath digital image, MelJen's Designs. 


It is difficult to see here, but I used the star swirl stamp from the kit to cover the card stock. Then, I stamped and embossed the Merry Christmas greeting. I added strips of paper, from the kit and assembled the bags. I printed the wreath image onto Presentation Paper and die cut them. I accented the image with a glitter pen and added Clear Wink of Stella to the bow. Next, I die cut the scalloped pieces and adhered them together. The focal pieces are adhered to the bags with dimensional adhesive.


And that is it for me today. Thank you for stopping by!

Blessings~



supplies~ 
stamps, card stock, patterned papers from the November 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit
digital image: Pre-Colored Happy Holidays Wreath(MelJen's Designs)
specialty paper: Premium Presentation Paper Matte(Epson)
dies: Goodie Bag(Lawn Fawn)   
Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
other: White embossing powder(Hero Arts)  Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush(Zig)  Clearstar Gelly Roll pen(Sakura) 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Happy Autumn Shaker Card

Hello Friends! My card share today was inspired by Kristina Werner and Shari Carroll. Both of them recently created cards with tags and Shari's was a shaker card. And that is what I decided to make.

Take a look...The picture is a little blown out, because I've inked the tag and it's not as stark as it's coming across on screen.



I started off by stamping my background on the card base. For this I used a combination of Versamark and Soft Suede inks. Then I inked the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress ink. Next, I worked on the tag. I pulled out my Coluzzle-remember that tool?-and cut the tag shape. Then I die cut the leaf shape. I added Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint Distress inks to the leaf and set it aside to dry. Using my Crop-a-dile, I punched a hole in the top of the tag and added the die cut reinforcement. Then, I stamped my greeting and dusted ink around the edges of the tag. I added a strip of patterned paper to the bottom of the tag for a little interest. It was looking really plain and I thought the pop of color was a good choice. And it was from the patterned paper, that I pulled my sequin colors. But, before I could add the sequins, I had to do a little side task...


The foam squares could be seen from the front of the card. That's a no, no! So, I used a brown marker to color the exposed white tape and that made it disappear. I was a happy camper! Now, it was time to add the sequins. I love making shaker cards, they are so much fun! I loaded this one up with lots of colorful sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. After the sequins were secured. I adhered the die cut leaf to the back, so it would show thru the die cut leaf window.



And finally, I adhered the tag onto the card base with Pop Dots. I tied on a Linen Thread bow and added more sequins to the tag. I honestly was not planning on doing this, as this card is being given to a man, but, I was not tidy in cleaning up my Distress ink on my craft sheet and I got random ink spots on the tag. Ugh! And rather than pitching the whole thing and starting over, I decided to embellish!

Next, I moved on to the inside of the card...



I used more of the patterned paper and random stamped some leaves, too. And although, the camera doesn't show it, the edges of the vanilla card stock have been inked.

And that was the card for today! I hope you liked it and maybe got inspired to try a shaker card.

Have a great weekend!

Blessings~



supplies~
stamp sets: Fall Foliage(Stampin' Up!)  Happy Autumn sentiment-Mailbox Greetings, inside greeting-Heartfelt Basics(Papertrey Ink)
card stock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla(Stampin' Up!)
patterned paper: Grateful Heart 6x6 pack(GinaK Designs)
ink: Versamark(Tuskineko)  Soft Suede(Stampin' Up!) Gathered Twigs, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint Distress Ink(Ranger)
dies: Stitched Leaves, reinforcement on tag-Stitched Journaling die(Lawn Fawn)
bling: Sand, Mossy Green, Espresso, Pumpkin, Marigold, Raspberry, Sparkling Clear, Gold Star sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
other: Linen Thread(Stampin' Up!)  Coluzzle Shape for tag

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Petite Christmas Purses

Hello Friends! I took a little break from my Goodie Bag die, but I still made a bag of sorts. This time I used the Petite Purse die from Stampin' Up! These sweet little purses will be used to hold a small gift and to serve as table favors at a Christmas Tea next month. I think the ladies will like them!



I created these assembly line style, so I could crank them out quickly. For some reason, the vanilla purses gave me FITS. The red card stock was fine, but not that vanilla! Yikes! This project involved lots of die cutting, lots of punching, lots of gluing and lots of patience!


After die cutting the bags, I die cut more card stock to use as front panels and I also die cut the patterned papers. I embossed the front panels to add a bit of texture and I inked around the edges. I also embossed the handles of each purse. After I assembled the bags, I added the floral embellishment to finish them off.

That's it for me today. Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings~



supplies ~ All supplies are from Stampin' Up! others are noted
card stock: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
patterned paper: Be of Good Cheer-retired
ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
punches: Boho Blossoms, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
dies: Petite Purse BigzL
bling: Rhinestone Brads
other: Vintage brads  Textile embossing folder(Provo Craft)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Thanksgiving Blessings Mix Goodie Bags

Hello Friends! I'm back today with yet another goodie bag! I've gone goodie bag crazy! I wanted to make thank you gifts for some really nice people that my family has been working with for the last several months. And this is what I came up with...




I selected several Autumn toned card stocks and die cut them with the Lawn Fawn Goodie Bag die. And before assembling them, I stamped them using Versamark ink and a leaf themed stamp set to create a background. I die cut the little banner from Vanilla card stock, lightly sponged the edges then added my sentiment using Versamark and embossing powder. I used Early Espresso from Stampin' Up! and Liquid Platinum from Ranger. LOVE the Liquid Platinum color!




Next, I die cut the stitched leaves, and using sponge daubers and Distress Ink, I added layers of color until I achieved my desired results. In this picture here, you can see that I tested four colors of inks. But, I ended up using SIX! I sprayed the leaves with my homemade shimmer spray and while they were still a little damp, I manipulated them a bit, to coax them to curl, to add dimension. They are adhered to the greeting banner with foam tape.



I decided to fill the bags with treats. And I remembered that every year, Angie Juda from Chic n' Scratch blog makes cute boxes and fills them with a Blessing Mix. A quick Google search resulted in finding a plethora of blessing mix recipes. I selected one and formatted it in Microsoft Word to where I could fit several on a page for easy printing. I also made it a size that could be die cut with a square Nestie. Hey, I needed to make twenty plus of these bags and I was looking for short cuts! After I printed them out, I die cut and dry embossed them and lightly sponged the edges. I adhered them down flat on the back of the bags.



If you're not familiar with the Thanksgiving Blessings Mix, it's just an assortment of snack foods that each have a particular meaning/blessing. The little poem explains what each food represents. It's really cute and I discovered that there is a Blessings Mix for Christmas, too. Hmmmm....*wink*

Here is a generic photo of the ingredients.


For my bags, I used the Fall mix of M&M's and the Fall wrapped Hershey's Kisses. And instead of sunflower seeds, I used peanuts. If you do a Google search for this, you will find many more ways of putting it together. I saw one that used sunflower seeds still in the shell. I thought that was a really good idea, too.



Here is the version of the Blessings Mix that I used. Again, there are many others online.

Bugles: Shaped like a cornucopia or Horn of Plenty, a symbol of our nation’s abundance.
Pretzels: Arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country.
Candy Corn: Sacrifice of the Pilgrims’ first winter, settlers survived on a few kernels of corn a day.
Nuts or Seeds: Promise of a future harvest, reaped only if seeds are tended with diligence.
Dried Fruit: Harvest gifts of our bountiful land.
M&M’s: Memories of those who came before us to guide us to a blessed future.
Hershey’s Kiss: The love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.

I used the 4 x 6 cellophane bags from Stampin' Up! for my treats and I tied them off with Gold Sparkle Hemp Cord from Lawn Fawn. And that was that!

Thank you for visiting me today. I appreciate the visit. Have a wonderful week.

Blessings~




supplies~
stamp sets: French Foliage(Stampin' Up!)  greeting-Friendship Jar Fall Fillers(Papertrey Ink)
card stock: Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Baked Brown Sugar, Summer Sun, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler(Stampin' Up!)  Sweet Corn, Sweet Mango(GinaK Designs)  Dark Chocolate(Papertrey Ink)
ink:Versamark(Tsukineko)  Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge Distress inks(Ranger)  Bamboo(Close to My Heart)
dies: Goodie Bag, Stitched Leaves, banner for greeting-Stitched Journaling Card(Lawn Fawn) Classic Square Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
other: Early Espresso embossing powder(Stampin' Up!)  Liquid Platinum(Ranger)  Gold Sparkle Hemp Cord(Lawn Fawn)  4x6 Cellophane Bags(Stampin' Up!) shimmer spray(Blessed Designs by B.)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Hello Friends! Happy Halloween! I've got a few things to share with you today...let's jump right in.

I am really putting some miles on the Goodie Bag die from Lawn Fawn. LOVE that thing! So, for Halloween, I made these...


After die cutting the card stock, I assembled the bags. I stamped the sweet little jack-o-lantern onto Neenah paper and colored them with colored pencils from the Spectrum Noir Essentials set. I blended the pencil with gamsol and added clear Wink of Stella to the eyes and mouth. Then, I die cut the pumpkins using the coordinating Lawn Fawn die. I love LF dies, because they cut the images perfectly, leaving just a slight white border. SO CUTE! Next, I die cut the circles and sponged on Distress Inks while they were still in the die. I like the crisp white border I get when I do it this way. I sponged on Seedless Preserves first and then added a tiny bit of Black Soot. I stamped the greeting using My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid ink and adhered the circle onto the bag. Then I adhered the pumpkins with dimensional tape.


Using images from the stamp set, I random stamped the little candies using Versamark ink. That's a quick and easy way to turn flat card stock into something special, by giving it a nice tone on tone look.  I filled the goodie bags with treats and tied it closed with Spooky Hemp Twine, also from Lawn Fawn.

Cute, fun project that I know will be well received by the little goblins I plan on giving them to. :)

*I am entering this project into the ANYTHING GOES challenge at Simon Says Stamp.*


That's all I have for today. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the visit. Have a Happy and SAFE Halloween!

Blessings~



supplies~
stamp set: Spooktacular(Lawn Fawn)
card stock: Vibrant Violet(GinaK Designs)  Orange Zest(Papertrey Ink)  Basic Black(Stampin' Up!)  Neenah Solar White(Simon Says Stamp)
ink: Black Licorice Hybrid(My Favorite Things)  Seedless Preserves, Black Soot Distress Ink(Ranger)
dies: Classic Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)  Spooktacular dies(Lawn Fawn)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
coloring medium: Spectrum Noir colored pencils ~ The Essentials set
other: Spooky Hemp Twine(Lawn Fawn)  Gamsol(Inky Antics)  blending stumps(Dick Blick)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fang-Tastic Halloween Card

Hello Friends! Happy Tuesday! I'm flying in real quick to share a Halloween card. I didn't have a lot of time for this type of card this year, but I managed to squeak one out before the end of the month. I used the super cute Spooktacular stamp set and coordinating dies from Lawn Fawn.

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In the spirit of wanting to use what I have, I pulled out some really old patterned paper to create the circle there. It actually has purple stars on it, so it coordinates with the card stock. I adhered the patterned paper right down on the card base. Although, the camera doesn't show it, the card base had a subtle linen texture...it's quite nice! I stamped all of the images onto white card stock with black ink and colored them with Prisma Color pencils and I blended it out with Gamsol and a blending stump. I really like the results I achieved this time. For a little whimsy, I gave the bats googly eyes! Those things crack me up. I added clear Wink of Stella to the bat's wings and the moon, then adhered them with dimensional adhesive. I felt that the circle needed a little sparkle, so I put on a few clear sequins. For the greeting, I stamped it onto white card stock and die cut it. While it was still in the die, I sponged Black Soot Distress ink around it. I die cut the little yellow stars there from some glitter paper using the Stitched Journaling die set, also from Lawn Fawn. The greeting circle is adhered right down on the card base, too. It's a fairly flat card, with the exception of those eyes! :)

And of course I finished the inside...


Nice and simple inside, too. I cut a large circle with the Nestabilities die, sponged it with black ink and stamped the pumpkin. I colored this image with Spectrum Noir pencils from the Essentials set. And again, I blended them with Gamsol and a blending stump.  I added clear WOS to the yellow parts to make the Jack-O-Lantern sparkle and shine. A few more glittered stars and the greeting finished off the panel.

I can't believe that October is almost over! That's all I have to share today. Thank you so much for stopping by!


Blessings~




supplies~
stamp set: Spooktacular(Lawn Fawn)
card stock: Vibrant Violet(GinaK Designs)  Neenah Solar White(Simon Says Stamp)
patterned paper: Matilda 6x6 Mini Deck(Cosmo Cricket)
specialty paper: Glitter Paper(American Crafts)
ink: Black Licorice Hybrid(My Favorite Things)  Black Soot Distress(Ranger)
dies: Spooktacular dies, Stitched Journaling Card(Lawn Fawn)  Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
bling: 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)  clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
coloring media: Prisma Color pencils  Spectrum Noir Essentials pencils
other: googly eyes from my stash