Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Hey Love, Hey Valentine - an Occasions catalogue sneak peak

I know!  You don't have to take my temperature!  I am well aware that we are a week away from Christmas and here I am making a Valentine's Day card!

Frankly, it's not so crazy, as classes start early in the New Year and I am getting a head start on making class samples. Plus you're getting a sneak peak at one of the stamps in the Occasions catalogue, as well as some of the new DSP.

I made this card using a template on the Stamparatus enabling me to stamp this little Valentine's Day character in a circle. And let me say that the new cling stamps work just as marvellously with the Stamparatus as with the stampin' blocks.


After stamping the bird in a circle, I die cut the 4" square with a circle framelit and matted it with a Scallop circle in Lovely Lipstick card stock.  Each image was coloured with  a Stampin' Blend (Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Lovely Lipstick).  Some red glitter was added to each of the little hearts held in the little bird's beak.  Once the glitter was dry, I added the sentiment, which I flagged at both ends, in the circle center using dimensionals.  A small real red ribbon was adhered to the lower end.



The 5 by 5" Lovely Lipstick card base is matted with Whisper White, upon which I added a strip of "All My Love" DSP which has some Red Glimmer Glitter paper added to the op and bottom.

The art piece is added to the card front using dimensionals.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Hey Love
Inks:  Black Memento, Stampin' Blends
Papers:  Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White, All My Love DSP, Red Glitter 
Accessories:  Stamparatus, Circle framelits, Scallop Circle Framelits, Dimensionals, Red Glitter, 1/8" Real Red satin ribbon.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Recycling Ribbon Spools - a tutorial

Have you ever wondered what to do with all those empty ribbon spools?  Yes, they can go in the blue recycling boxes, but why not make something with them?  Some examples ... an ornament for the tree, or a magnet for the refrigerator.

In the tutorial today I will explain step by step how to transform an empty ribbon spool into the refrigerator magnet in the picture below.



Step 1:
Take the spool apart and keep only the 2 end pieces.  Remove any loose pieces of paper.




2. Apply tombo to wrong side of one of the spool ends.  I used only one end for my art piece, but if the spool ends are flimsy adhere the two pieces together.  Place spool onto selected DSP, and cut out with scissors. The DSP I used in the Botanical Bliss SAB (Sale-a-bration) paper .  I just love the butterflies.

3.  Then apply tombo to the other side and place on coordinating card stock and cut out with scissors.




4.  Use a dauber to apply Basic Gray ink to the edges. I also inked the outside edges of the art piece.  This finishes the piece off nicely.


5.  To decorate the magnet, I fussy cut a butterfly from the DSP, and sponged the edges with Basic Gray ink.  The butterfly was added to a 1" circle of Balmy Blue card stock.  I stamped a sentiment from "Colorful Seasons" and added it under the butterfly.  And of course, no project is complete without bling, so I added 3 rhinestones.


6.  Add magnets on the back and you're done.




This is just one idea.  Can you think of others?

Saturday, December 15, 2018

So Hoppy Together - a SAB sneak peak

Do you want a sneak peak of one of the SAB stamps which will be offered free with  $60 purchase starting in January?

I couldn't wait to make some cards using the "So Hoppy Together" cling   stamp set.  The new cling stamps are so marvelous!! Once they are mounted on the stamping block they stay there i.e. they won't fall off or slide while stamping.  See the earlier post here where I posted a video made by Stampin' Up explaining all about the new cling stamps - putting the labels on, using, cleaning and storing them.

So, here's the first card:

These little frogs are so cute!  
This one finds himself in a pond full of hippos waiting to snap him up!  His friend the butterfly hovers over head. I love this little guy's attitude - it seems like he's saying that as long as he's on his "lily pad" the hippo's can't get him- thus the "hey"

After colouring the frog with Stampin' Blends (Granny Apple Green light and dark, with Pool Party eyes I used a 1 3/4" circle punch to punch him out, then matted him with a Starburst circle in Basic Gray.

The butterfly was coloured with Rich Razzelberry and Smokey Slate stampin blends, punched with a 1" circle punch and matted with 1 1/8" scallop circle of Basic Gray.

I also used punches to punch out that defiant "hey!"- a 3/4" matted with a 7/8" scallop.

These elements were arranged on some Animal Expedition DSP (annual catalogue) which was layered on a Whisper White layer.  After these layers were adhered together, some 3/8" Basic Gray ribbon was added near the bottom and a bow added to the right of the main image piece.
The layers were then adhered to a Pool Party card base.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  So Hoppy Together
Inks:  Black Memento, Stampin' Blends (Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Rich Razzelberry, Smokey Slate)
Papers:  Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Animal Expedition DSP
Accessories:  Circle Punches:  Starburst, 1 3/4", 1", 1 1/8", 3/4", 7/8",  3/8" basic gray ribbon

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Cling Stampin by Stampin' Up!

Braided Christmas Tree - The paper Players # 422 and SUO Challenges #212

This week I am submitting my card to two challenges .

At The Paper Players , the challenge is a colour challenge (Real Red, Shaded Spruce, and another color of my choice). I don't usually participate in colour challenges, but did so in combination with the challenge  at SUO challenges  which was "Anything Christmas"

I used a  technique I have been wanting to try for a while - a braided Christmas tree.



I have made cards with braided edges, but never cards where the braiding forms a pattern such as a Christmas tree.  The braided tree  was made using a template which I made using directions from a You Tube video by "Scrapbooking and Me" here

You will see the template beside my picture of the card above.

Because the template makes a tree that is fairly large, the card dimensions are fairly large as well: 7 1/2 by 4 3/4".  A hand made envelope was made with the envelope maker.

Using the template, the branches of the tree were traced with pencil on the wrong side of a 4 by 6 3/4" piece of Shaded Spruce card stock.  Folding the card in half, the branches were cut using scissors, and then each of them were folded down  to form the tree - with spaces between the branches.


Behind the tree I adhered a 6 by 4" piece of "Under the Mistletoe " DSP.  I love the bits of white showing between the branches.

After the DSP was added behind the tree, small dimensionals were used to adhere the branches down.  Red rhinestones were then added to each branch tip and a red glimmer star to the tree top.

Adhesive strips were used to adhere this Christmas Tree layer to a 4 1/4 by 7" layer of Glimmer Glitter paper, and this in turn was adhered to a Read Red card stock layer. 

I fussy cut some Christmas stockings (only red ones) from the "All is Bright" DSP, sponged the edges with Real Red ink, added some Dazzling diamonds to the tops, and added them to the tree using glue dots.

The sentiment is from Versatile Christmas (retired) and was separated into 2 words, matted with Real Red and Glimmer Glitter paper .

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Versatile Christmas
Inks:  Black Memento, Real Red
Papers:  Shaded Spruce, Real Red, Whisper White, Glimmer Glitter paper, Under the Mistletoe DSP, All is Bright DSP
Accessories:  Adhesive strips, glue dots, dimensionals, dazzling diamonds, template, Dazzling diamonds, Red rhinestones
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