Sunday, December 28, 2014

Super Thanks!

I got a subscription to the Simon Says Stamp monthly kit for Christmas this year.  Yay!  Santa must have thought I was a very good girl this year.  ;-)  LOL!  Anyway, I couldn't wait to dig into the Simon Says Stamp January 2015 Card Kit.  I also couldn't wait to use My Favorite Things BB You're Super stamp set that I got from my son for Christmas.  This is what happens when the two combine together.  Super fun!
First, I created my background with the city by stamping the city a few time and masking it when I used the blending tool to create colors of the sky.  The reason why I masked the city was because I wanted to add yellow to the windows to create a night scene.  Then I took a Spellbinder circle die and cut a circle window in the pattern paper from BoBunny in the card kit.  Love this purple pattern paper!  I placed both the background and window cardstock and adhered them to a white card base.  Then I stamped the girl and cut her out before coloring her in with Copic markers.  For the "super" sentiment, I stamped it on yellow cardstock along with the power flash(?) before cutting it out and adding some depth with Distress ink on the edges.

I cut a strip of blue cardstock and a strip of gray cardstock, both from the kit.  I stamped "thanks" on the gray cardstock and cut ribbon tails on one side.  Then I used some Distress ink to add some depth to the strips of cardstock before adhering them to the card.  I used foam adhesive to add the girl and the "super" to the card.  To finish the card, I added Wink of Stella to the "super" flash.

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Nativity Set Of Cards

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season.  A quick post of what I finally decided to send out this year.  This year I decided to sent out handmade cards to my family and crafty friends.  I don't always have the time to make cards but this year, I made time.  I love the Simon Says Stamp Nativity set and knew I wanted to use it for my holiday cards to my family.  I was itching to use my watercolors again and with this set,  I just went to town.  I created some variations of the same card just to keep it interesting for me.
First, I die cut some watercolor paper with My Favorite Things Pierced tags and Lil'Inker Stitched Oval dies.  Then I stamped and embossed the holy family and sentiment before I used my Sakura Koi travel watercolor box to watercolor the scene.
For the background, I ran white cardstock and a Stampin' Up Poinsettia embossing folder through my Fiskars Fuse before layering it on a white cardbase.
I adhered the tag with lots of foam tape.

For the inside, I stamped one of the sentiment from the same stamp set with the star.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Masculine Nature Scene Note Cards Set

I have been slowly creating some handmade gifts throughout the holiday season.  Though I have to admit, it was a slow process.  I'm always so self-conscious of my gifts and want them to be perfect and frankly, it reaches a point when nothing seems to be going right.  This is one of the projects that I struggled with, so don't look too close.  ;-D  With that said, I had to share the concept of it.  I created this for a male teacher in mind and Stampscapes is the company I turn to for masculine cards.

All the stamps I used are from Stampscapes.  First I stamped up all the images on white cardstock that was die cut with Lil'Inkers stitched rectangle die.  Then I used the blending tool to create a night scene with a variety of inks.  I ran another piece of white cardstock through the Fiskars Fuse with a Sizzix dot embossing folder and adhered it to the white cardbase.  I then adhered my stamped image to the card.
All three basic images had stars added to them with a white gel pen.
Card made with Stampscapes Seaside Dwellings(249E) stamp. 

 I didn't use any foam tape so that all six notecards with envelopes fit in the box.
Card made with Stampscapes Lakeside Cabin(147F) stamp.
Card made with Stampscapes Tree Clusters(244E) stamp.

I thought I tried two different color Distress ink for these trees.  I liked the way it came out but Honey didn't care for it since he felt that you would not see green in a night scene.  I told him it was artist interpretation.  ;-p
For the box, I created it using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board following the instructions from Jennifer McGuire's video.  I love my We R Memory Envelope Punch Board!  I used it several times already for the holiday mailings.  I'm so glad I got it with the holidays in mind.
Basically, I took a 9"x9" cardstock and punch and score at 3 1/2", and then punch and score at 4 1/2".  Then I rotate the cardstock 90 degrees and line up the punch pointer with the first score line and punch and score.  Then repeat for the second score line.  I did this last three steps two more times until all the sides of the cardstock was punched and scored.  I folded along the score lines and cut off two tabs at the top of the envelope box  and part of the two bottom tabs before adhering the box together.  The picture above showed what the box looked like before it was assembled. 

 The image I created for the front of the box was with stamps from Stampscapes(Lakeside Reflections Lg and Pine Row) as well.  I masked off the  white cardstock and used the blending tool and Distress ink to create some hills.  Then I stamped the trees before I used the blending tool to create the background night scene.  I stamped the Stampscapes buck before I adhered the stamped image to the box.  Overall, I like this notecard set even though I struggle with some aspect of it.  

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Peace and Quiet

We are down to the wire and I am doing last minute holiday things like baking, and preparing menu for the holidays, as well as last minute gifts.  I'm not as stressed about it despite that.  Weird, I know.  I think it is probably because the most important things are done and now, it is just the extras.  Anyway, we had quite a bit of snow a couple of weeks ago, and it was beautiful.  It was the type of snow that sticks to the tree and stayed there even when the roads were cleared and just wet.  I love that!  Anyway, we really lucked out this year with all these wildlife in our own backyard.  We have two bucks, one eight pointer and one 6 pointer, that comes through a few time.  They are just gorgeous.  We used to see two young bucks together a few year ago and I hope it is them that we see now.  How lucky we are to see them up close.  I remember how fascinated by them I was when I moved here, but when they went after my tulips and garden with their girlfriends, my fascination decreased quite a bit.  :-)  Anyway, I have been wanting to create a winter scene for a while.  I finally got a chance when we watched one of our favorite holiday movies.  I love this In the Meadow stamp set from Papertrey Ink and thought it was perfect for what I had in mind.  I decided with a one layer card, especially since I have been dealing with mailing complications with multi-layered cards this past week.  What can I say, I love my foam tape and embellishments too much.

First, I cut some post-its to create hills and valley masks for applying Distress ink for the background.  Then I stamped the tree and deer.  I used my markers to create some shadow.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Peace On Earth set.  I was tempted to add some stars but I stopped myself.  I really love the crisp look of this scene.  Honey thought the tree looked 3-dimensional and loved the night scene.  He knows just the thing to say.  ;-)

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Using A Sizzix Magnetic Platform With My Fiskars Fuse

I'm taking a break from holidays stuff and playing with an early Christmas present, the Sizzix Magnetic Platform, I gave to myself.  I have my Fiskars Fuse for almost two years and I love it.  It is big, but I bought it big for the big dies and with quilting and scrapbooking in mind.  I got the Fiskars Fuse for Christmas and bought the adapter kit for it so I can use the other dies.  I have to admit that I have not bought or use Fiskars dies since the unboxing.  I made some cards with the die that came with it, but that has been it.  Bad, huh?!  But can you blame me when there are so many other cool dies out there to try AND I needed basic stacks, like circle dies, which Fiskars did not have.  Anyway, I got to use the Big Shot when I took some classes and I love the platform they used, that is all in one.  When the magnetic platform came out from Sizzix, I longed for Fiskars to come out with one, as well as, clear plates to see if anything shifted during the cranking.  I have been hesitant in experimenting with other brand's plates because it was my precious Fiskars Fuse, and I don't want my projects to get stuck in the machine.  Since I have been using the Fiskars Fuse for two years, I have a feel of when the "sandwich recipe" works, so I am a little braver in trying another brand's plates.  Anyway, recently, I saw the magnetic platform on sale(50% off online), and I searched to see if anyone used it with their Fiskars Fuse before I bought it.  I found only one in a comment and of course, I don't always believe everything I read on the Internet, so I thought I give it a try myself.
Using Sizzix Magnetic Platform And Cutting Plates With Fiskars Fuse
I used the Sizzix magnetic platform with Sizzix plates(A10801) on my Fiskars Fuse and it works!  Yay!

***A word of caution, I heard that different machines have different pressure and luckily, my Fiskars Fuse has just the right amount of pressure to fit the Sizzix magnetic platform with 2 Sizzix plates sandwich along with my cardstock and die.  This worked for my machine but I would proceed with caution if you want to try this out on your Fiskars Fuse.  It took me almost two years to try out another brand, after having a feel of what sandwich recipe worked, I braved it and I am so happy that I did.  I also feed my sandwich at an angle which makes it less jarring when you run it through and also, it feeds nicer too.  Below is a video of my test.  Enjoy!

Now I can see where my die is on the cardstock and I don't have to tape it down.  So everything lines up perfectly and I don't get tape marks too.

I did add a piece of 100 lbs. cardstock with graph paper adhered on, as a shim for the detailed dies and it worked beautifully.  I know people buy the metal shim but the 100 lbs. cardstock from Michaels works just fine.  I did initially use the magnetic platform with one Sizzix plate and my Adapter plate A to save the other plate for when the cutting plate gets all warped and does not make good contact with the magnetic plate.  It worked but it was a little cumbersome to deal with the different sizes and lining it up.  I decided to spurge and use the other Sizzix plate and they all play so nicely together that I put away my Adapter Plate A.  So now I am using Sizzix magnetic platform with Sizzix plates on my Fiskars Fuse.  I do flip my plates so they would not warp that much.

Hope this helps anyone who is interested in buying a magnetic platform to use with their Fiskars Fuse Creativity System.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Snowman Shaker Card

I love shakers cards!  They are just too much fun to make and to give.  I also had to include this snowman from Lawn Fawn Making Frosty Friends set.  I had bought the Papertrey Ink Shaker cards kit a while ago and have been using the dies but not for shaker cards, ironically.  Anyway, I decided to put it in full use here with the snowman.  He looked so good on his own that I decided to leave the sentiment for the inside.
First, I stamped the snowman along with his hat from Lawn Fawn and colored him in with markers.  I adhered him and some sequins onto pattern paper since I wanted some sequins mid-air.  Then I die cut the frames from Papertrey Ink with my Fiskars Fuse.  I adhered clear plastic onto the frame and added two layers of foam tape before adding the sequins.  I was so bummed that Lawn Fawn snowflake sequins were no longer sold and that is what I used in this shaker card.  Anyway, I added the card to a navy duplex card base.  
I really love silver sequins lately so I was happy to put some in this shaker card along with my snowflakes sequins.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

White Christmas Shaker Card

It was beautiful outside, a couple of weeks ago, with the snow we got right before Thanksgiving.  As lovely as it was, I was ready for it to melt quickly, so I can get on with my holiday activities.  I love the look of snow on the trees and it was completely white out and sparkly too.  I love the look of white on white and decided to make one since I never made one before.  I love the stitched snowflakes form Lawn Fawn and had that on my wish list for a while.  I did treat myself to some supplies with all the black Friday special.  Now I know to leave some extra in the budget for this time of the year.  I feel like a baby in the papercrafting world, still learning and discovering all the new companies, products and designs.  Anyway, I do, however, know about Lawn Fawn and I couldn't wait to use this die.  
I've never seen this Hero Arts Stamp & Cuts set before, until black Friday, and I had to get it when I saw it.  I have been showing a lot of love toward my Fiskars Fuse lately due to stitched dies.  If you follow me, you know that I have been using my Silhouette Cameo a lot since I got it, and my Fiskars Fuse was getting a little bit lonely.  Anyway, I love combo products like this Hero Arts Stamp & Cut since I get the best of both worlds in one package AND it fed my word dies obsession.  So feeding both obsessions, stitched and word dies, I used them in this shaker card.  
First I die cut the snowflakes and sentiment using my Fiskar Fuse.  Then I cut a rectangle out of white cardstock to create a border for the vellum.  I created a little vellum pouch and added some sequins to it before gluing the border and sentiment and snowflake die cuts to it.  Before sealing the pouch, I glue some sequins in the pouch around the sentiment so that they remain up even when not shaken.  I used foam tape to add the vellum pouch to a white cardbase.  I added some Wink of Stella on the sentiment to finish the card.

UPDATE:  This card got Honorable Gnome in the Lawnscaping White On White Challenge.  Yay!!  Thanks for the honor.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Skating By With Holiday Wishes

I remember some fond memories of skating with my friends when I was young, and this old stamp of mine from A Muse Studio with the squirrels skating brings me back to holding on to my friends, as we cruise along.  I have been pulling out a lot of my old stamps that requires coloring to play around with my Copics.  When I saw the Jolly and Merry stamp set from Mama Elephant, I knew I wanted to pair it up with my squirrels and whatever skater stamps I have.
First, I stamped and colored in the squirrels before fussy-cutting them out.  I used my Distress ink with my blending tool to create the ice skating rink on white cardstock.  Then I die cut a panel with the Lil' Inker oval stitched die and used it with the squirrels as guides as to where to stamp the sentiment.  I adhered the panel with the oval over the sentiment with foam tape and then added the squirrels with foam tape to the card.  Lastly, I adhered the card to the cardbase and added sequins to the card.

That's a lot markers for two tiny squirrels!  Yes, I need green Copics but these will have to do for now.  :-)

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