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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.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Emboss & Cut Sympathy

Sympathy cards can be needed without warning, and it seems they are often needed when things are at their busiest.  Yet a hand-made card can mean a lot to the recipient.  Here's an example of a really quick card.

It started with a piece of green glimmer paper that was cut with one of Marianne's cut & emboss folders.  The greeting was stamped & embossed with fine white powder (JustRite - Sympathy Vinatge Labels).  The flower & leaves were cut and embossed with Spellbinder's Carnation Creations, then shaped more with a stylus.

If I were doing it again, I think I'd cut a lacy white frame to go around the green.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Butterfly Get Well

This Hunkydory focal went great with this piece of Hunkydory paper. That's what kits are all about, I guess! :)  It also goes really well with the dark pink glitter fun foam and card stock I used, but somehow the picture doesn't show that as well as when you see it in person.

I used a scrap of glittered fun foam for a border across the bottom, accenting it with jewel stickers.   The Hunkydory focal butterfly fit beautifully with the "butterfly path" on the backround paper leading to it.  

The sentiment was made using Dazzles and the new cutting dies from HOTP that match their Greetings & Labels stamps.  I didn't use the stamps here, but can't wait until I have time to play with them, too!  Anyway, as you can see, I cut a couple of the Labels shapes using their dies (one from pink glitter card stock, one from white paper), and outlined them with silver Thin Line Dazzles.  I added an outline sticker sentiment and some jewel stickers to accent it.  A metallic-edged bow set it off nicely.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hunkydory Butterflies

Hunkydory paper once again - Love the butterflies!  Since I had run out of the die cuts, I once again made my own focal.  I had a scrap of silver foil paper that was cut in this scalloped oval shape.  I decided to cut a smaller piece of the dark pink and add the silver outline sticker sentiment.  It didn't have enough "pop" so I went looking through my stash and found this piece of glittered fun foam I had purchased at the dollar store.  It made the perfect mat!  

I liked the pink glittery affect on the mat, so decided to cut a border of the same glitter foam - adding it on top of a piece of scrap lace.  

The focal still looked a little blah.  What I really wanted was a butterfly, but most of my butterfly dies were too large.  Then I spotted my butterfly "Pop-Ups" dies (Spellbinders/Flowersoft).  The butterfly was the right size, but I didn't want a popup.  I used the die on a scrap of the glitter foam and then finished cutting out the body and antennae by hand.  I added a couple of jewel stickers at the tips of the antennae, and some more down the length of the body.  Then I decided to finish the card by adding a few more jewel stickers to the backround paper - on the butterflies and the center of the bow.