Sunday, November 24, 2013

Card: Happy Christmas

Hard to believe another weekend is almost done and that Thanksgiving is only a few days away!

I made this card based on this sketch. And this color challenge (I skipped the gingham!).

I embossed the greeting with white embossing powder.  Really makes it stand out against the patterned paper! :)

And I love coloring these cute stamps... they are retired but they are available in digital if you are looking for them.

Enjoy what's left of your weekend!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Greeting Card Kids (retired), More Merry Messages
Ink:  Staz On Black, Versamark
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper:  Season of Style
Other Supplies:  Stampin' Dimensionals, White Embossing Powder, Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon, sewing machine + thread

Linking Up:

Mojo Monday #320
Friday Mashup #137

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Card: Merry Wreath

One more Christmas card to share this week!

This one uses one of my favorite stamps for the wreath -- the flower from Betsy's Blossoms.  So versatile!

Tried to keep this simple because I really loved the concept I saw here.  Yep, another Kristina Werner video!  Hard not to be inspired to try making the cards once you see her videos. :)

What do you think?

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Betsy's Blossoms, Tiny Tags (retired)
Ink:  Gumball Green, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Punches:  Scallop, Circle, Owl (small heart)
Other:  Linen Thread, Stampin Dimensionals, Real Red Marker

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Card: Merry Christmas

Another Christmas card done! 

This one was inspired by one the cards in this year's Holiday Card Series by Kristina Werner.  If you haven't seen her youtube channel or blog, you should check it out. So many good things! I really ended up using the sketch of the card, the idea to use white ink to highlight the embossed background and coloring a cute santa. :)

This card was so much fun to make!

Do you make Christmas or holiday cards?

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Forest Festivities (retired)
Ink:  Versamark, White Stazon
Markers:  Real Red, Basic Black, Basic Grey, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Gumball Green, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Real Red, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Big Shot:  Labels Framelits, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder
Other: White Embossing Powder, Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen, Linen Thread, Stampin Dimensionals

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Six Ideas for Simply Created Card Kits

As someone who loves making cards from scratch... I have a confession to make....

I often buy the Simply Sent card kits.  I usually do that because (a) they are so darn cute, (b) I'm slightly overscheduled (& most of the work is already done for me with these), and (c) I like to challenge myself to alter them.

So here is my list of ideas for Using Simply Sent card kits, as demonstrated on the Merry Little Christmas set from this year's holiday catalog:

1.  Make the card as intended.  I whipped together this particular card in about 5 minutes.... just stamp, glue and you are ready to go!

2.  Change the stamp set, maybe even the subject of the card.  In this version of the card I made for a workshop, I swapped out the stamp set for Perfect Blend changing the card from holiday specific to a generic friendship card.  With a cute coffee theme! :)

And for this one, I added a snowman! :)

3.  Use different embellishments.  For this card, I used the same stamp set, but swapped out the button and baker's twine for a heart punched from red glimmer paper.

4.  Cut up the parts and pieces.  For this one, I decided I wanted some of that cute paper from the envelope liner.  So no more envelope liner.... used it now to dress up the card.... literally!

5.  Use other supplies from your stash to add something to the card.   I wanted to add an owl so I grabbed my punch and some red glimmer paper and only used parts of the stamp :)

My upline Zarogina made this beautiful card.  She used red embossing powder mixed with dazzling diamonds to make the sentiment really stand out! 

Isn't it gorgeous?!  Go visit her facebook page and tell her! Make sure you take the time to check out her other cards -- so awesome!!  :) 

6.  Think totally outside of the box and don't look at the sample picture.   I challenged my friend Cindy to make something with the kit.  She loves that kind of challenge as much as I do!  She gladly took the pile of supplies, with no picture of what the card was supposed to look like, and made this card:

Isn't it awesome?!  :)  Please go tell Cindy on her blog!  And while you are there, check out all her awesome kid art, Project 41, beautiful scrapbook layouts and cards!

Aside from being totally practical time-savers, these card kits are very cost-effective and are also a great launching pad for playing with the supplies.  That's the main reason why I always want to keep them on hand!

Have you ever tried the Simply Created or Simply Sent card kits from Stampin' Up!? :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Merry Little Christmas Simply Created Card Kit
Stamps: Merry Little Christmas, Perfect Blend, More Merry Messages, Snow Much Fun
Ink:  Real Red, Basic Black, Gumball Green, Coastal Cabana
Big Shot:  Dress Up Framelits
Other: Red Glimmer Paper, Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Owl Punch

Monday, November 18, 2013

Card: In the Meadow...

Time to start sharing some Christmas cards!

This is my first card I've made for this holiday season.

I was inspired by this card.

I dug around my stash and found a retired snowman stamp set, but the current Snow Day stamp set would work just the same! :)  It's one of my favorites I've ever made.

What do you think?!

 Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Stylin' Snowfolk (retired), Serene Snowflakes (retired), Christmas Deer (retired - snowflake on gloves), A Fitting Occasion (polka dot label)
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Primrose Petals, Basic Black, Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Primrose Petals, Chocolate Chip
Punches:  Simple Snowflake, Modern Label, Word Window
Other:  Pear Pizzazz Glimmer Brads (retired), White Embossing Powder (used on snowflakes on gloves)
Non-Stampin Up:  Black Enamel Accents (used for eyes)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cards: Oh, Hello.

So in digging through all my finished cards getting them ready to start selling, I found these and realized I never shared them! 

The first was a card we did as a class back in February.  I taught the technique of masking.  The heart was punched out using the Hearts a Flutter Framelits for the Big Shot, then taking the negative and using it to stamp with the Chevron stamp from the Oh, Hello Stamp Set.

Once we stamped, we dry embossed the chevron pattern over the top.  Quick and easy!

Because I had the set out, I used the sentiment and paired it with a now retired set Feeling Sentimental.  Isn't that London phone booth image awesome?! :)

Tried to keep both cards as clean and simple as possible.  A tricky proposition for me! :)

Do you think these qualify as clean and simple cards?!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Oh Hello, Feeling Sentimental (retired)
Ink:  Real Red, Basic Grey
Paper:  Whisper White
Big Shot:  Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder
Other: Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Real Red Satin ribbon (retired), Basic Grey Grosgrain ribbon (retired)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Favors: Little Man Baby Shower Handsanitizers

In October I had the pleasure of co-hosting a baby shower for my good friend Andrea.  I'll share the details soon!  She sent me this pin and asked if I could make something similar for her baby shower favor.

The printed part of the tags were done in My Digital Studio by just typing it up, sizing it and filling a whole sheet of paper with as many as I could fit.   They are so cute!!!

I made an assembly line to get them done and they went fairly quickly.  I worked on them for a couple days in a row working on them in pieces while watching our evening tv shows.  What took the longest was cutting out all those cute little ties I stamped :)

I'm so glad that she wanted these and I love how they turned out!

What do you think?! :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

A Fitting Occasion (tie)
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Grey
Specialty Paper:  Basic Grey and So Saffron Designer Series Paper (retired)
Punches:  Decorative Label, Owl
Other:  White ribbon and adhesive googlie eyes from my stash

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Card: Glitter Embossed Congratulations

Sometimes simple is the best.  This one is just loaded on the details!

I stamped the cake image first in Bermuda Bay ink, cleaned the stamp off, then used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the image so I could stamp again using Versamark ink.  I then added Heat & Stick Powder, added some heat with the heat embossing gun, then added my Dazzling Details glitter and set the glitter to the Heat & Stick Powder by hitting it with the heat of the embossing gun a second time.

The result is one of my favorite cards ever.  I LOVE Heat & Stick Powder to add glitter to my cards. 

Now for the next wedding that comes along... I have a gorgeous card waiting for it!

Have you ever used Stampin' Up!'s Heat & Stick Powder?

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

For the Bride (image, retired), Button Greetings (sentiment, retired)
Ink:  Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Baked Brown Sugar
Specialty Paper:  Red Glimmer Paper
Punches:  Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Itty Bitty Shapes
Other:  Heat & Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Monday, November 4, 2013

In October I Did... In November I Will...

October was busy, filled with lots of fun things and lots of time spent cleaning, organizing and crafting....

I'm still working on getting the photos organized on the computer and I didn't get much of a chance to read this month... it was the sacrifice to all the other things that had to get done!
With that, on to November....

Do you have anything fun planned for Thanksgiving?

Friday, November 1, 2013

Flashback Friday // Kid Friendly Mini Album Tips & Tricks Edition.

It's been about three years since this post first ran over on Ideas for Scrapbookers.   I wanted to republish it here for posterity so that my newer friends & customers can see it! :)  

As for how this has held up the last three years?  I'm happy to report that this album was a major hit with my nephew and it has held up fairly well to the abuse of both my 5-year old nephew (whom I originally made it for) and my almost 3-year old niece (who happily loves it as well)! :)

Originally written: October 15, 2010.

For a few months now, I have been thinking about making my nephew a little book of family photos. He loves pointing out everyone in pictures and reading, so this will be perfect for him! Most important to me is making it durable, fun and kid friendly.

First things first, I always plan my mini albums out. Here are the planning steps I go through:
1. Pick my topic.
2. Pick major products – mini album type and patterned papers.
3. Create a page + picture list.
4. Gather potential embellishments.
Now let’s go through these steps:
Topic? Done. Major products?

I was inspired to finally put this album together when I first saw this Maya Road Owl Coaster set. Perfect! And it inspired my title: “Who loves you?” I love the play on words! But what paper to use? I wanted to make sure I got something bright and colorful. Kid friendly? My thought it to go with something distressed so that it will help hide the dings and love this kid is going to give it! Obvious choice is to use some Basic Grey and I’m in love with the new Wander collection, so easy choice!
Usually at this point, I would gather all potential embellishments. In this case, I’m going to make this book the opposite of my normal work - minimal embellishment. I don’t want those cute little hands ripping off and chewing on anything small that might be a choking hazard!


I usually come up with a basic design for the pages – it makes it go more quickly in assembly. For this album, I wanted to keep it simple and fun. Each owl will have a photo, a basic frame for the photo, a name and one small paper or sticker embellishment. Alongside creating a design for the layout, I usually create a game plan… a page + picture list:


BuildingOnce I get to this stage, I want to get done as quickly as possible.
First, I grabbed all my owls, some coordinating colors of Maya Mist and sprayed five of the owls on the back side to begin building my mini album. I kept the colors light so I could add a second layer of texture with stamps. I’m trying to add some depth without thick embellishments.

Then, I cut out seven owls – one for the front cover, one for the back cover, and one each for the front side of the pages. I did this by just holding one of the chipboard owls up to my paper and using it as my cutting guide.

Now for the final steps, building the covers and sealing the album.
The covers were the most fun! I used the embossed image that came on the chipboard as a paper piecing template by tracing it onto tracing paper and cutting it out by hand. I then sketched out what I thought the owl would look like from behind and cut that out too. I used my tracing paper templates to cut out the patterned paper. I glued it all down with permanent adhesive.

Now it’s all shiny and kid proof! A simple ring to hold it all together and it’s ready to go!!

Once all the misting, stamping, gluing and distressing was done, I added one last layer of distressing by inking the edges with distress ink. Then, I added my papers, photos, names and small embellishment to finish the pages. To make these as kid friendly as possible, I printed the photos out on smooth cardstock to make the final step of the mini album easier.

Next the critical kid proofing step… modge podge! I grabbed a big bottle of it, some foam brushes and then got to work. I covered one side first, let it dry and then repeated on the other side.

Kid-Proof Tips
  • Subject: Something that suits their interest and is recognizable to them.
  • Chipboard: Much more durable than paper! Board books at the store are the same as the chipboard we all buy!
  • Have Fun: Pick something fun shaped to capture their attention. Squares are fun, but an owl? Way more interesting!
  • Colors: Bright primary colors are the obvious choice. Any fun, colorful patterned paper would be perfect!
  • Distress: To help hide the kid wear + tear. They’ll help you distress it more when they get those little hands on it!
  • Less is more: Kids want the pictures and colors… the fun shape. They don’t care about all those extra doodads we love to add!
  • Modge Podge: Seal that baby up! Make it smooth and shiny. It will help it withstand those cute dirty little hands playing with it! Make sure everything you are using will take the modge podge – I printed my photos on cardstock to help with this. Anything that won’t work with modge podge, make sure you add it after the modge podge!
So I hope this inspired you to make your own book for the little kiddos in your life or to help you plan out your next mini album. I made another mini album using the same owl coaster album so I'll have to share that again soon.

Have you made any kid friendly mini albums? :)


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