Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thank You Card Set Using The MISTI

Hello everyone!  It has been a while since I written a long introduction, mainly because I have been rushing about quite a bit this winter.  Also, I have been focusing on another aspect of my life, my fitness.  I have been sore and tired just about every week, but in a good way, since I have been going to the gym quite a bit, and taking fitness classes.  I still try to continue crafting, as well as blogging, and taking an online class helps too, but it is getting harder to juggle.  Now my crafting is geared toward one purpose - gift giving.  I have been building up my stashes of birthdays, anniversaries and holidays cards.  Also, I have been giving card sets as gifts for the past two years, and thought the MISTI would make it easy for this purpose.
Notecard Set Using The MISTI
I was so excited when I placed the order for my MISTI, and couldn't wait to get it; an early birthday gift for me.  The shipping was fast and it was bubble wrapped nicely to protect it.  Thank goodness for that, since there was a big dent in the box.  I was all excited when I saw it, but then I notice that the screen print of the grid was smudged a little in the upper right corner, looked like someone smeared it off when they were wiping it.  One big reason to apply that vinyl cover right away.  Then I saw that the ruler sticker hanged over a little on the inside of the box area, which I did pull up and re-aligned, after contacting Iliana.  Honestly, I was expecting perfection right out of the box, especially at this price point, but I had to remind myself that this is assembled by hand.  I am one of those people who wants what I buy, to be in pristine condition.  I mean shiny and in mint condition.  Yup, I am also one of those people who will look through a pile of books just to find the perfect book that is shiny with no scratches or dents on any part of the book, especially if it is a gift.  I also like to keep MY THINGS that way for as long as I can because, well, shiny new things make me happy.  :-D LOL! Notice I capitalized "my things" since I learned to let go of my boys' stuff being in good shape after the first minute.  :-D  Anyway, those cosmetic defects did not hurt the product's performance.  The MISTI does allow you to have the perfect stamped image every time, since re-stamping is a breeze.  This tool is awesome for the stamps that doesn't take up dye ink that well, especially non-photopolymer stamps, and dye inks can be used without worries of blotches.  YAY!  Also, the MISTI feels sturdy too; sturdy enough for my boys to use since they like perfect stamped images too.  Hmmm, I wonder where they learned that from?!  :-D  Anyway, I did a little video talking a little bit more about the MISTI and using the MISTI to create this card set.


 First, I used a stitched rectangle die from Lil' Inker to cut out the card that I will use for stamping.

I stamped the butterfly from Inkadinkado Garden Delight set with Memento inks(Summer Sky, Lulu Lavender, Angel Pink and Rich Cocoa).  Usually I get a very blotchy image that doesn't always smooth out to be solid, like the image above, but with the MISTI, I can guarantee that it will be solid since I can stamp it again perfectly aligned.
 You can see the differences between the images just after inking it and waiting several minutes later.
I die cut the sentiment from Mama Elephant thanks die several times and glue them together before placing it onto the card.  Then I place the card onto the cardbase that is layered with pink cardstock.  Simple and easy for mass production, especially using the MISTI.

UPDATE:  Below is the super magnets(size: 18mm x 3mm) that I found at Home Depot that works with my MISTI.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Day 7 of Stretch Your Dies: Alphabet Dies

Hello everyone!  On Day 7 of Stretch Your Dies Online Card Class, we used alphabet dies for our cards. I used Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABC letter dies to create the sentiment for this shaker card to CASE Jennifer's card.  It was a little tricky lining the dies up, even with a magnetic platform, but using medical tape helped with the process.    
I meant to put a white background to cap the shaker portion but accidentally put the blue background cardstock.  It worked out okay even though the blue sequins blend with the pattern paper.
Once everything was lined up and die cut, it went pretty fast.  I love shaker cards so even with the mistake, I still like it.

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Day 6 of Stretch Your Dies: Border Dies

Hello everyone!  On Day 6 of Stretch Your Dies Online Card Class, we used border dies to create our cards. I used the stitched scallop border die from My Favorite Things to make a shape card.  This is my first time making a shape card and I love the way it came out.  I thought it was perfect for this Art Impressions stamp set.   

After die cutting the card, I used this stencil that I got a long time ago with Distress Ink to create more clouds. 
For the inside, I added the parachute dog for something fun on the inside.

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Day 5 of Stretch Your Stamps: Coordinating Dies

Hello everyone!  On Day 5 of Stretch Your Dies Online Card Class, we used coordinating dies to make our cards.  I have only three sets of coordinating dies with my stamps and this one from Stampin' Up was perfect for me to CASE Shari's card.  I don't use coordinating dies that often since I usually just fussy cut my images, but with some of the techniques we learned in this class, I can see where they can be handy.  

I love the window card that Shari made with the flower and thought I try it with the dies I have.  It took a while for the ink to dry on the plastic but it looks so pretty with the pattern paper underneath it.  

I really do love the way the card came out.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Day 4 of Stretch Your Dies: Mini Dies

Hello everyone!  On Day 4 of Stretch Your Dies Online Card Class, we focused on mini dies.  I usually use the mini dies as embellishments.  It was great to look through my stash of pattern paper and make use of my mini dies on them.  I love mason jars, something about them is so charming to me, and this pattern paper from Dear Lizzy Neopolitan Paper Pad is just the perfect image of mason jars.  Also, the Simon Says Stamp Filled With Love stamp set was just right to use with this paper.  I never got to use it for Valentine's Day, but thought it would be great for an anniversary card for Honey.  Hope he is not reading this.  ;-)

I cut up the mini dies from Simon Says Stamp Holiday Shapes dies to die cut the hearts and stars in the mason jars.

I had to add some butterflies that were die cut with Stampin' Up Beautiful
Wings embossilits.

I love the way this card came out since it was so much fun decorating these mason jars.

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Day 3 of Stretch Your Dies: Basic Shapes

Hello everyone!  On Day 3 of Stretch Your Dies Online Card Class, we used basic shape dies to make some interactive cards.  I used my Spellbinder circle and scallop circle dies for this card along with Mama Elephant Happy Birthday dies.  It has been a while since I used my circle dies, so it was good to pull them out again.

I layered up my sentiments to give it some dimension, and I love that look, especially on the sentiments.

I also decided to used my Stampin' Up embossing folder to give the card more texture.

I love interactive cards and this was a lot of fun to make too. 


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Day 2 of Stretch Your Dies: Flower Dies

Hello everyone!  On Day 2 of Stretch Your Dies Online Card Class, we focused on flower dies.  I don't really have a lot of the small intricate flower dies so I had to make due with one of my favorite flower dies, Gerbera Daisy from My Favorite Things.

When I think of flowers I usually think of butterflies so I had to use my Darcies butterflies embossing folder for this card.

I love this thanks die from Mama Elephant and it looks so awesome layered up too.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Day 1 of Stretch Your Dies

Hello everyone!  I am taking the Stretch Your Dies online card class and I am way behind on my "homework".  Anyway, on Day 1 of Stretch Your Dies Online Card Class, we focus on word dies.  I've never used fun foam with my dies so it was fun to try and it cut like butter.  I love using it and creating my own embellishments is so easy with them.  
 I love the candles from the Blue Notes set from Studio Calico and had to use it for this birthday card.
I love the use of fun foam as an embellishments here.

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Happy Easter

Hello everyone!  Happy Spring! Unfortunately for us, we got snow instead of flowers on the first day of spring.  So I had to bring tulips into my craft room.  I got this Penny Black stamp a long time ago and always love the tulips in it.  I have been masking off the sentiment so I can put my own sentiment, though I do love tulips.  Tulips always bring fond memories and feelings that spring is here and summer not far off. 
craftcatioin.blogspot.com: Happy Easter with Penny Black Love Tulip stamp

For this simple card, I layered a white cardbase that is 4.25" x 4.25" with pattern paper from Lawn Fawn Let's Polka.  Then I stamped the tulips twice after masking off the sentiment in black Memento ink.  I used my Copic markers to color the images.  I fussy cut some of the petals on the tulips and adhered them to the other complete tulip with foam tape to give some of the petals on the tulips dimension.  I added the card to the cardbase and Wink of Stella on the tulips.  I used some letter stickers to create my sentiment on the banner.
craftcatioin.blogspot.com: Happy Easter with Penny Black Love Tulip stamp

I wanted the focal point on the tulips so I finished the card with some scattered gems. I love how the tulips came out.  I did color these tulips for Kathy Racoosin's 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  This is a fun challenge since you get to do something creative everyday.  I usually color something since that is very relaxing to me.

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