Thursday, February 28, 2013

Birthday Card With A Cupcake & Embossing

I got a bunch of birthdays coming up and I wanted to be ready for them since I will be busy with Easter this month.  I thought I break out my heat gun since I have not used it in a while.  I find that I shy away from it, despite the fact that I love the way it looks.  It is mainly because I don't like my paper warping.  I recently learned a few tricks to minimize that, so I thought I should give it a try again.  I even left out my heat gun to remind me.  Yes, there is a spot for it, for those who knows that I like to clear off my workspace after every card.  It's like clearing my mind and not repeating the same thing for the next card and plus, I love a clean desk.    
I stamped a Happy Birthday background stamp from Hero Arts in Versamark ink and place clear embossing powder all over it.  I melted the embossing powder with my heat gun.  

Here are some tips to minimize warping: 
1. Heat up your heat gun first for a few minutes
2. Keep moving your heat gun as you melt the embossing powder
3. Heat the back side all over when embossing powder has melted to straighten out the paper more

I rubbed on Distress broken china ink over the embossed image to make the image pop out.  I cut out the image and adhered it to a white card stock.  I added pattern papers from My Minds Eye Moments 6x6 paper pad.  Then I stamped a cupcake from the Inkadinkado clear stamp set and color it in with markers and glaze pens for the sprinkles.  I punched out the cupcake with a 3/4" punch and put it on top of pattern paper cut out with a circle cutter.   Finally, I tied a DMC floss and added the cupcake as a tag to the floss. 



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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Wheelie Great Birthday Card

I made this card for my brother-in-law, since he goes biking with his wife quite a bit.  They live by a great bike trail and I have been getting pictures of them on it.  This card I feel is more for kids but every now and then, I say, "why not".  You can be young at heart, especially on your birthday.  My sons love riding their bikes too and ride all season, yes even in the snow.  As a matter of fact, they LOVE riding in the snow.  I think they like testing the limits of their bikes and they like sliding and making tracks.  Boys!
This is a simple card to make.  I layered 3 different pattern papers from DCWV on to 4.25"x5.5" (standard A2) white card stock.  I stamped and cut out the bicycle image from Hero Arts clear stamp set.  I adhered it to the card with foam adhesive.  I stamped part of the sentiment and wrote in "wheelie" and "birthday".  I sponged the edges with Distress broken china ink and adhere it to another pattern paper from DCWV.  I placed the sentiment next to the bicycle and finished the card off with DMC floss wrapped around a couple of times.



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Balloon Tags Thank You Card

I got this awesome card from my niece.  I love getting cards from her.  They are always unique and definitely her style.  I had to share it on my blog.  
I love how she used the tags.  They look like balloons to me and sooooo cool.  I love it!  I always love her sense of color and how everything comes together.  The washi tape, OMG, I absolutely love it!  She said it was from a company called, "mt".  I have to get me some of that or something similar.  It makes me want to play with my washi tape now.  I rarely ever use kraft paper but I really should play more with that for a neutral palette and for gender neutral cards too.  I'm inspired as always by my niece.  She's so talented and it seems so effortless for her.  Only if she lived closer, we can craft together all the time.  :-)      



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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Easter basket made from 12"x12" paper

I have been so busy lately that I find myself saying this a lot, "When is Easter?  I better find out soon before it's too late."  I was happy to know that I am more than a month away.  Yay!  But I better get moving on all the preparations.  My boys looks forward to the Easter bunny's visit.  Anyway, here is a bigger size basket that I made from watching this Lawn Fawn intro video to their Easter stamps.  They're the perfect size for some treats like cookies or large chocolate bunnies.  This was made with a 12"x12" paper.  I will be using this as my Easter decoration.  Some grass and plastic eggs with a stuffed animal bunny will be perfect for getting ready for Easter.
I scored it at 4" and 8" on both sides to form a square in the middle, the basket base.  I folded on the score lines to train the paper and cut on the score line up to the first score line on both sides.  I fold it up to form a box.  I cut out half of the flaps that will be behind the face flap so that the punch out top will show its design.  Mark the flaps so the right flaps are cut out.  The "face" flaps are punched at the top with decorative punches.  I decorated the basket while the paper is flat.  I cut out a green pattern paper and adhere strips of it onto the basket.  I stamped a Happy Spring sentiment from Denami Design and used my Fiskar Fuse to create some butterflies from Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings embossilits.  I adhered them with glue dots and added some gems.  I also drew white dash lines behind the butterflies to show their flight.  I put flower stickers on white cardstock and cut them out so they look like chipboard embellishments.  I adhered them to the basket with foam adhesives. 

All four sides of the basket were decorated.  The 1.25"x12" handle was cut out.  I also cut out white paper and punch out with the decorative border punch.  I cut the other side to make it look like a band.  I adhere the white decorative band to the handle and then adhere the handle to the basket.  I love the white on color paper, it's so pretty.  I love those decorative punches!

My sons made these and put their stuffed animals in them.  They looked so cute that I had to put them on my blog.  The supplies below includes the ones for the mini baskets too.


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Mini Easter baskets - great for the table as place card holders

When I saw the demo for these baskets, I had to make one or two.  :-)  They're so cute.  They're perfect as an Easter favor and/or as a table place card holder.  All you need are names on the basket and it fits a couple of fun-size candies or two or three Dove chocolate candy.  Can you tell what my favorite candies are?!  ;-)  This would be so cute on my Easter table.  I saw this demo from Lawn Fawn intro video to their Easter stamps.  I don't have a lot of Easter stamps or bunnies but the ones that I have on hand are sooo cute on these baskets.  Though I have to admit, I covet the ones from Lawn Fawn Easter stamp set a lot.  Hint. Hint.  ;-)  I recently found Lawn Fawn's blog and they have the cutest stamps and the owner is adorable.  I love her energy.  I love hearing the excitement in her voice as she talks about crafting.  I'm not really into cute critters but her Easter set  is really adorable.  Yes, I want!  :-)
I cut out a 6x6" pattern paper to make a small basket.  I scored it at 2" and 4" on both sides to form a square in the middle, the basket base.  I folded on the score lines to train the paper and cut on the score line up to the first score line on both sides.  I fold it up to form a box.  I cut out half of the flaps that will be behind the face flap so that the punch out top will show its design.  Mark the flaps so the right flaps are cut out.  The "face" flaps are punched at the top with decorative punches.  Before adhering the box together, I will stamp on the box first.  I stamped out  A Muse Stamp rabbits and cut one out.  I used a black brush marker to run it along the edges.  I used a foam adhesive to stick the rabbit onto the purple basket and stamped the Easter sentiment onto the basket with Memories ink.  For the pink basket, I stamped out the rabbit and cut it out.  I then stamp a happy Easter sentiment and punch it out with a 3/4" punch.  I used foam adhesive to adhere the "balloon" sentiment onto the rabbit image since it has a different balloon sentiment. 

Don't freak out when you see the supplies picture.  I included the supplies from the bigger box I made but I felt it needed its own post after I took the picture.


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Happy Easter with purple cross

It has been so hectic here that I needed to escape last week.  Of course, where did I escape to but my favorite craft stores.  I got this embossing folder from AC Moore and thought I give it a try.  It was $1.96 for one, so you can not beat the price.  I have never tried this brand before, Darice embossing folder, but it worked well.  The only thing is that part of the design did not go all the way to the edge.  I just adjust my paper for now.  I might trim the plastic.  For the price, I can deal with it.
  
I thought I try Distress ink and test out the watercolor effect after I place the color on the paper by spraying it with water.  It was neat and fun.  I tried something similar with this embossing folder in the thinking of you card with butterflies and embossed flowers except I put color on after the paper was embossed through the Fiskars Fuse machine.  Anyway, after I ran my paper through the embossing folder, I ran an inkpad (pink Marvy Matchables) over the embossed images to pop them out.  It was fun to make the background.  I like the white embossed look but I wanted to play with the Distress ink I just got.  The water really soften the colors.  Distress inks changes when you add water to it.  It's very different from any ink pads I've played with but it's fun.

I punched out a 2 1/2" circle and stamped the Stampin' Up cross in Brilliance Victorian Violet and Easter sentiment in black Briliance ink.  I sponged on Concord grape Distress Ink.  I punched out purple 3/4" circles and placed them around the circle to create a scallop border.  I finished the circle with white dashed lines from a gel pen and mounted it with foam adhesives.




Papers:
Neenah Classic Crest Smooth Solar White
purple paper

Stamps:
A Muse Artstamps Happy Easter MA
Stampin' Up Crosses of Hope

Ink:
Brilliance ink pad - black and Victoria Violet
Distress Ink pad - spun sugar,worn lipstick, broken china, peeled paint and dusty concord

Other supplies:
Darice embossing folder
Gelly Roll - white gel pen
foam adhesive
1" and 3/4" circle punches
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Thinking Of You Card

I wanted to create a spring card or an Easter card but I was not inspired to make either one.  I wanted to make something with flowers at the very least.  I was feeling pressured because I felt that Easter was around the corner.  I don't like to make cards under stress, it never comes out well.  I have a better time when I make something because of the mood I'm in or something struck me.  I did this card in stages.  I will take you through my creative process now.  I knew that I wanted to play with my new embossing folder and my Distress ink pads.  I thought I start with that first.  I embossed my paper and it was lovely.  Nothing beats a white embossed look.  I must make a white on white card soon.  See, even as I am typing this, I'm coming up with new ideas.  Isn't the mind amazing?!  Yes, I'm one of the people who is fascinated by the workings of the human body.  Shouldn't everybody be?!  :-)  Anyway, I ran my Distress ink pads over the embossed images and spray it with water to give it a watercolor look.
I cut a portion of the embossed background and adhere a scalloped border.  I adhered it to a 4.25" square card and adhered a purple patterned paper.  I'm obsessed with square cards.  I feel that they are the perfect size lately.  I stamped the Hero Arts Everyday sentiment in black Brilliance ink and cut the paper out with ribbon tails.  I adhered the ribbon sentiment with foam adhesive. 

 I adhere the Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings butterflies and added gems.  I rounded the top corners with my Fiskars 3-in-1corner rounders.  I was trying something different with the embossed flowers and color over it.  I'm not too crazy about the blotchy look but it's not bad when put together with the pattern paper.


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Chinese Calligraphy - Thanks

Since my son is studying China, I thought I look into Chinese Calligraphy.  It reminds of school days and my oldest brother.  He is so good at it and he even paints with it too.  I mean, it was the real deal with a scroll and everything.  I always admire his work.  Anyway, one thing I notice is that my hands are much steadier.  I remember being all over the place and how tough it was to hold the brush steady for a stroke.  I feel this urge to study mandarin now.  This card was made for my niece who picked up the calligraphy supplies for me.  I thought of her and her father as I was making this.
I adhere a pattern paper from DCWV Far East 8x8 stack to a folded 4.25 square white cardstock.  After I wrote the thank you Chinese character on watercolor paper with a brush, I used distress ink (worn lipstick) to color the paper.  I punch out a scallop circle and mount the character onto it.  I used a white gel pen to draw on dash lines around the character.  Then I used foam adhesive to mount the scallop circle onto the card before using a white gel pen to write thanks in script.



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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Jonathan Adler post-it card

My niece gave me a Jonathan Adler post-it set.  I love the colors and the messages so I decided to use it in my card.  I have to admit that I like it so much that I did not want to open it.  I wanted to keep it all pretty in its package.  Anyway, I thought it would make a neat thank you card for my niece.  It was fun to make since I was trying to incorporate all the post-its it came with.  On a side note, I felt like a country bumpkin when both of my nieces told me that Jonathan Adler is a famous designer.  Thank goodness for my nieces for trying keep me somewhat trendy and maybe chic.  :-)  
I played around with the layout and then thought about what I want the post-its to say.  I had a white, 4.25 square card base and added a blue textured background paper.  I left most of the post-its as is but added "everyday" check box since I would love to do crafts everyday.  :-) I used stickers and sentiment stamps on the post-its depending on the message.  I love the "To Do" arrow pointing to "SMILE" and in the "NOTE TO SELF" is "Happiness is chic".  I cut up the stamp "Happy now, Happy forever" so I could stamp "Happy forever" in my post-its.  I want to fit both sentiments in, but couldn't due to space.  I think it still works despite that.  I embellished with butterflies and a flower after I drew my dash lines.  The only thing to make note of  about this card is that the post-it adhesive was fighting with my permanent adhesive so, have the card under something heavy first to hold it down before adding the dimensional embellishments. 



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You're so sweet - thank you card

I got some thank you cards to make since I visited with my family.  A lot of gifts were exchanged and then some.  This card was inspired by a Jonathan Adler post-it set that I got as a gift. The colors were similar to that.  It is busy and very different for me.  I do like the layout but maybe with different colors or patterns next time.    
All the pattern paper is from DCWV The Carnival Stack 12x12 pad.  The green paper was adhered to white card stock.  I cut a strip of pattern paper so that it looks like a ribbon tail and adhere strips of pattern paper onto it.  I used Stampin' Up cupcake punch to punch out the cupcakes on different paper. I edged the cupcakes with a black brush marker to make it stand out.  I stamped the sentiments before I ahered the cupcakes with foam adhesive.  The "You're so...Sweet" sentiment did not completely come out when I first stamped it so I stamped it again.  It has a double image but I like the effect despite my mistake.  I completed the card with dash lines using a white gel pen.  



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Treats for my sweethearts on Valentine's Day

I know Valentines's Day is over but I wanted to share and remember these treats that I made for the sweethearts in my life.  It has been a super-duper busy week and a half.  Now I am home free until St. Patrick's day.   YAY! 
I made these little cards for my boys' lunch boxes.  It was using stickers and a white gel pen for the cover.  I love giving a card with a treat to my little guys.  Though their parties for that day trumped my card and treat, I still wanted to do a litle something for them at school.  I need to REPRESENT!  Yes, it's all about being represented!  And yes, I've being listening a little too much hip hop.  :-)  
We'll start with desserts.  A little of everything chocolate for my guys - brownies, chocolate-dipped strawberries and handmade chocolate hearts. 

Their favorite food, pizza and it was easy to make it into a heart shape one.



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Project First Year: Pure Love

The title says it all.  I'm not into being mushy and being all lovey-dovey but from what I remember of that moment, I was all of that and more.  As I'm looking back when creating this scrap page, I'm overwhelmed with emotions and at the same time, astounded by how much time has passed.  I love the baby stage and could remember the smell of my baby and what it felt like to hold him.  Now I look on him with new and different admiration and wonder.  He is as precious to me as the day he was born.  This is a good project for me to take on, since it reminds me of those precious moments and to appreciate them no matter how hectic life gets.  Also to document everything, no matter how small. 
This 12x12 paper pad was from DCWV Baby Boy Stack.  I'm not into baby blue or pastel colors but I really like this collection.  The colors and designs are just right for me and it came with a couple of sheets of just the right sayings.  The stamped "baby boy" and "welcome to the world" sentiments are from Fiskars baby clear stamp set.  I'm usually not crazy about my handwriting but I think it gives it a personal touch.  I love all the color that are put together, right down to the washi tape and buttons.  I have to do this project slowly because I don't want all my pages to look the same.  I will probably get another paper pad so I'm alternating between the two and switching it up.




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Friday, February 15, 2013

Stampscapes for bird lovers

My sons' recent interest are in birds.  I made this card for one of their birthdays.  I really love the way Stampscapes have these stamps that fit together so nicely.  It is very peaceful to look at and I love the night scene.
I stamp all the images on glossy paper in Memories black ink except the trees.  I stamped the trees in the background in Marvy Matchables green ink.  I used Marvy Matchables ink pad for the background colors using the same techniques from Stampscapes youtube videos.  I used a white gel pen to add white dots for stars and flecks of light in the night scene.



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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Black and white (and red) Valentines

I've been wanting to do a classic black and white card with some red for Valentines.  The Hero Arts stamp I just got was perfect for this.  I love the classic black and white look with a splash of red.  I would love to attend a black and white party whenever I think of this.  It reminds of movies I've seen or books I've read.  The men are in tuxedos and the women are in black or white dresses and then one renegrade would show up in red. Classic scene, through and through.  Yes, Valentines is getting to me.  :-)
The pattern papers are from DCWV but I don't remember from which collection, possibly the Sweet collection.  I love using this pattern paper for graduation cards too.  The sentiment and man and woman images are from Hero Arts and were stamped with Brilliance graphite black ink on white paper and cutted out.  I punched out a red heart and ran it through the Fiskars Fuse in a dot embossing folder.  The man and woman image was adhered with dimensionals.

Here is another black and white card that did not come out the way I envisioned.  It's too busy.  I need to ink the poem in grey or something more muted.  It is competing with the red hearts too much.  I do like the style of the card, just not how I put it together.  I ran out of time to try it again.




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Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Map to My Heart Valentines card

I was lucky enough to have one of my guests craft with me; who happens to be a designer; an industrial designer at that.  We so happen to be at my favorite store, Michaels.  Hmm...coincidence...maybe ;-)  We saw this stamp set in the clearance bin and we both love it the moment we saw it and could not wait to test it out.  My guest designer, AKA my niece, created this card.  I always feel like a faux artist next to her.  She can actually draw things and make things and also, she is constantly exposed to the art world.  So it was nice to introduce her to some of my tools and toys.  Her creations are always unique and has a style that I'm always impressed by!  In other words, I love getting handmade stuff from her...hint hint!  :-)   
She used a brochure that has a map for the heart punched out.  I actually saved those type of brochures for that reason - to use it in my cards since I like maps as my pattern paper.  She stamped and  detail cut the guy and girl images and popped it with dimensional adhesive.  The stamps are from Hero Arts.  The white background was made with a dot embossing folder ran through the Fiskars Fuse.  This is a simple and clean looking card.  I absolutely love it.  He is one lucky guy to be getting this card.  :-)



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Gong Hei Fat Choi (Happy Chinese New Year)!


My son is studying China and I thought it would be fun to make a card celebrating Chinese New Year for his class.  
I love the pattern paper from DCWV Far East 8x8" paper pad.  This card is so simple to make with layering different pattern paper and stamping a sentiment on the pattern paper.  I picked up this sentiment when I was in San Francisco a long time ago and it says "Happy New Year".  I used to visit different stamps/crafts stores where ever I traveled and I loved it.  I found so many neat stamps through my travels and I try to pick up stamps that were consistent with the culture in that area.  It was so much fun because I also discover neighborhoods that off the beaten path.  Love it!
I popped up the sentiment with dimensional adhesive and off-centered the sentiment.

I stamped the envelope with a lantern stamp that I absolutely love.  It was part of a set but I can not remember who the set was from, maybe Inkadinkadoo.



Papers:

Neenah Classic Crest Smooth Solar White
DCWV Far East 8x8" paper pad

Stamps:
Design in Squares - Happy New Year (Chinese)
lantern stamp - part of Asian stamp set (Inkadinkado?)

Ink:
Brilliance Ink Pads - graphite black

Other supplies:
Fiskars 3-in-1 Rotating Corner Squeeze Punch

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Monday, February 4, 2013

TriShutter Birthday Card with BoBunny

I love this pattern paper collection from BoBunny.  This TriShutter card definitely showcase my love of it.  It's so pretty.  I could stare at it all day.  This card definitely brightens my day.
This video from Splitcoaststampers shows you exactly how to make the TriShutter card.  Once you have the base, it is all about decorating it with the pattern paper.  I tied the ribbon on the paper before I adhere it to the base card.   

I had made a flower previously and added it to a punched out green circle that I drew dashed lines to outline.  The video to make this flower is from a youtube video from StampinT.  
I stamped the happy birthday sentiment from TPC Studio in Brilliance Coffee Bean ink and added a Recollections flower sticker.  The buterfly on the sentiment is from Stampin' Up embossilits Beautiful Wings.  I sponged on the butterfly with a little bubble gum pink Marvy Matchable ink pad.  I placed a Recollections butterfly sticker on the top pane and drew dash lines to add a little interest to that pane.



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