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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Variations on a theme - #2

This is another card made using the same basic supplies as the one I showed yesterday - but they look quite different.  I started with a base card from the same David Tutera set & the same turquoise paper.  However, the border at the bottom of the base card is different, and I used different die & stamp sets.

Borders: I cut two borders from the Spellbinders Persian Accents set and glued them in place as shown.

Focal:  I cut the focal using a die from the Persian Accents set, then traced around the die and hand cut the turquoise mat.  After inking around the inner edge of the die, I stamped the sentiment using a stamp from the Stamp & Punch set from Hot off the Press.

That's it! Quick & easy to make, it looks quite elegant in person.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Variations on a theme - #1

I finally was able to carve out a little time for paper crafting again.  I had several thank you cards I needed to send out, so the cards I'll show over the next four days will be variations on that theme.  Up first is this white with turquoise. 

It started with a David Tutera card base that already had the cut border at the bottom of the front.  I decided to emboss a frame on the card front using an embossing folder I have (the folder does not state who made it, but I believe I got it from - if so, they no longer carry it!).  Anyway, the card tore at the fold as I was taking it out of the embossing folder.  Rather than trying to figure out how to repair it, I just cut it off at the fold and glued it on top of a second one.  This made the card front a bit thick, but it looked great.

The mat for the focal was cut from some turquoise paper using the smallest die in the 5X7 Elegant Labels Four Card Creator set from Spellbinders.  As you can see, I ran small pieces of ribbon through the slots created by this die and tied them off on either side.

The focal itself was cut with a die from one of Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Motifs & Accents sets.  I used a small piece of foam to ink it using the die as a stencil, then stamped my sentiment with a stamp from JustRite's "For All You Do" stamp set.  I popped it up on foam tape and my card was done.

Friday, July 25, 2014

July Christmas Inspiration

This quick card started with some red and white snowflakes I scavenged from a Christmas card I received.  The red mat is cut with a cutting die (Spellbinders Labels 29) from glitter fun foam.  The snowflakes were layered with pieces cut from Spellbinder's Holly Motifs. The Sentiment and its frame was stamped with red ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Then it was cut and embossed with JustRite/Spellbinders Nested Oval Medallion Dies

Friday, June 27, 2014

June Christmas Inspirations

I LOVE the looks that can be obtained with Spellbinder's dies and JustRite stamps!  (And NO, they haven't reimbursed me for my enthusiasm.  Sure wish they would! :))  

This card started with a white embossed piece of card I got in a swap somewhere.  I thought the embossed ornaments were a great background for this card.  The red frame was cut using Spellbinders Elegant Labels Four.  The ornament was stamped with embossing ink and embossed with white embossing powder using stamps from JustRite sets "Christmas Miracle Ornaments", and "Noel Christmas Ornaments".  The ornament is "hung" with a lovely sparkley silver filament yarn.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Christmas Inspriations: Golden Poinsettias

Today's is another poinsettia inspiration.  Materials used:
  • Spellbinders Dies: Poinsettia, Decorative Labels 27, Splendid Circles
  • JustRite: Festive Poinsettia, Noel Christmas Ornaments
  • Embossing ink and embossing pen
  • gold embossing powder
  • rectangle of background paper
  • red silk flower
  • ribbon
  • Poinsettia is matted with a white piece cut with Splendid Circles die
  • Poinsettia itself is layered using green leaves cut with die set, red silk flower, a couple of layers of stamped/gold embossed die cut poinsettias (see technique tip here), and the small piece from the decorative labels 27
  • Background paper is edged with the embossing pen and then embossed with gold embossing powder
  • Gold ribbon finishes the card off nicely.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Once again I'm grateful for this blog, but I realize that lately I've gotten lax about posting a complete materials list (including inks used). While I mostly post in the hope of inspiring others with my creations, it also serves as a record for myself of what I've done and how I did it. This morning I needed to send out a card and found I wanted to exchange the greeting for a different one.  To do that, I needed to know exactly what color ink I used.  Fortunately the post in question listed the name of the ink, and I was able to quickly and easily switch out the greeting I originally had on the card for the one I actually needed.  So, there is value in a COMPLETE materials list! :)

I didn't get a picture of that "remake" before it went out in the mail, but in looking through my cards, I decided to remake another one.  You see the results of the re-make above.  This is what it originally looked like:

Frankly, while I enjoyed playing with the stamping technique used for the butterfly (same as described here), I never liked this card - so much so I never even posted it.  After it sat in my stash for nearly 2 years, I figured I better re-do it so I would actually make use of it.  One of the things I like about using my ATG is that it always hold the elements well, but they can often still be removed if one is careful.  That worked very well in this case.  After removing the butterfly & tag, here's how I did the re-do:

For the focal:
  • Using a smaller scalloped rectangle die (Spelbinders), I re-cut the butterfly.
  • Then I cut a piece of white cardstock the same size as the original blue (Spellbinder Fleur De Lis Rectangles).
  • A larger blue mat (drawn with pencil around die and then cut by hand) forms the bottom layer of the focal.
For the sentiment:
  • I got rid of the original hand-written sentiment - just didn't like it.  Instead, I cut a strip of white, stamped the sentiment on it, and chevron cut the ends.  Then I cut a similar larger piece of blue to mat it. 
For the card layout:
  • While I would have preferred the border to be offset rather than across the center, it wouldn't lift easily and I didn't want to tear it or the background paper.  So, I decided to flip the card to make it a vertical rather than horizontal card.
  • After arranging the elements, I decided I wanted to round the corners of the card to match the corners of the focal.
Voila!  A card I actually could stand to give someone! :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sympathy Stamp & Die Cut

I much prefer to have sympathy cards made ahead - gives me more time to make them nice.  But we don't always have that luxury.  Such was the case with this card.

In this case I started with a lovely green marbled paper from HOTP.   I wanted to use my new HOTP stamps (greetings & labels) & matching dies (6 layered labels), so chose these. 

As you can see, I inked the edges of the background paper.

For the sentiment, I first cut two labels using one of the HOTP label dies - one in white & one in the marbled green. I then stamped the frame and sentiment in green ink on the green marbled paper and embossed them with clear powder.  I then took the thin border from the white & substituted it in place of the thin border of the marbled green.  This went over a piece cut from green suede paper with a Spellbinder's Labels 4 die.  Before I layered them, however, I cut a layered flower piece from the center of the green suede where the missing part would not be seen.  

The "ribbon" is another strip of the suede.  The large white flower was cut and embossed using Spellbinder's Poinsettia die.  The next layer (dark green flower) is the one I cut from the suede paper.  The smallest is one I had in my stash.  The leaves were cut from glimmer paper (using the leaf die from Spellbinders Rose Creations) and rolled through a corrugator as described in this post.  It probably would have been better to use 3 leaves, but I already had these two prepared in my stash and didn't really have the time to make a third. 

I wanted a bit more white on the card, so pulled out some white Dazzles stickers to add a few embellishments.