Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"Turtley Awesome" Distress Oxide Card

Hey there, crafters!  This time around I am showing a card I made while playing with my Distress Oxide inks again.  First of all, I was using a new-to-me technique of applying the ink pads directly to my paper.  Here is a video showing this process in action:

Distress Oxides Direct To Paper Technique VIDEO

Once I had the pretty panel done, I decided to break out my brand new Newton's Nook "Waves" stencil.  Using the Simon Says Stamp "White" pigment ink, I sponged over the stencil to create a soft, translucent layer of waves over the Oxide inks.  Isn't it pretty?

The next step was to figure out which stamp set to use.  I looked in my basket of new stamps and saw that I still hadn't used my Clearly Besotted "Cool Dude" stamp set featuring some very cute turtles.  Perfect!

There are several sentiments that come in the stamp set, and for this project I chose two different ones.  They're very cute, puny sentiments and I also like the font a lot.  I colored the turtles with my Copic Markers, as well as the tiny orange fish, and accented the panel with strips of colorful dotted paper from Bella Blvd.  So fun!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Layered Leaves "Thank You" Card

Hey, crafters!  Today's video is all about how I made a simple Thank You card using a borrowed stamp and die set.  My sweet mom was kind enough to let me borrow her Sizzix "Leaves" set.  As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to play with it - I'm a sucker for anything with leaves!  Just to get my fingers inky, I did a simple stamping of the leaves themselves in Bamboo Leaves ink from Memento.

Then I stamped the outline in a rich Chocolate Brown ink from My Favorite Things.

I used the smaller outline die to cut out the entire vine, then used the larger outline die to cut a piece of black card stock.  These layer together beautifully!

Once I put the floral paper down on the card base, I knew that I needed a nice oval piece for the center.  My oval dies from Spellbinders are great, but I wanted something narrower because I didn't want to cover up the pretty flowers too much.  This is where having a Silhouette Cameo really comes in handy!  I figured out the ideal measurements of my ovals and simply created one that would fit perfectly.  I cut this out of the pale purple dotted paper, then cut a slightly larger oval from white.  For the scalloped piece, I found a round scalloped cut file in my library and simply resized it to fit my card.  I could have found a scalloped oval in the Silhouette shop to avoid any distortions, but I wanted to use what I already had.  I think it turned out cute!

Assembly was very easy with the pieces.  I kept everything flat and only popped up the leaves with some foam squares.  The finishing touch was 3 little iridescent bubbles in colors picked from the patterned paper.  Voila!

Check out my card video on YouTube:

Supplies Used in this project:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

6 Cards 1 Kit - Simon Says Stamp July 2015 Card Kit

Hello there, crafters!  My latest YouTube video features a quick look at an older card kit that I pulled from my stash.  I have quite a few kits that I've either barely used, or not used yet at all!  To remedy that situation, I decided to dust them off and make some videos about them.

The card kit is called "Sail Away With Me" and features the adorable "Sailing" stamp set.  You also get 12 sheets of Authentique patterned papers, 5 sheets of card stock, a pack of Tim Holtz metal charms, and an accessory pack of twine, paper clips and a darling sailboat die.  Let's take a look at each card I made in detail.


For the first card I chose this fabulous striped paper featuring anchors, ships, knotted rope, seashells, and seahorses.  To this I added a strip of red card stock stamped with chunky stripes and a slightly narrower strip of navy blue card stock. I then backstitched some of the twine to the navy paper and tied on one of the anchor paper clips.  How fun!

 CARD #2

For the second card I wanted to feature the life preserver image and make it look as though it were hanging on the side of a boat.  I cut a rectangle of the soft blue card stock for the top of the card, and added narrow strips of MFT's "Kraft" card stock - inked with SSS Khaki ink and Distress Ink's "Gathered Twigs" to make it look more like wood.  I added tiny dots of Nuvo Drops in Silver to mimic the look of rivets.  I also used a horizontal strip of the same inked paper to make a railing. 

For the bottom half of the card, I used a larger rectangle of the white card stock and stamped the sentiment and two stars.  I stamped the life preserver separately on both the white and red card stock, then paper-pieced the red over the white for some dimension and interest.  Then the ring was put on foam tape to pop it up a bit from the rest of the card.  The final detail I added was some embossed horizontal lines on the white to give the idea of a painted wooden boat.  Cute!


For my third card I wanted to create a bit of a scene.  I made a simple frame with white card stock which was popped up with foam tape to create dimension.  One of the clouds, the sailboat, and one of the waves were also popped up, while the other elements were attached flat.  I also added a bit more twine around the panel and tied on the little compass charm.  So cute!


My fourth card was quite a CAS (Clean and Simple) design where I let the colors do the talking for me.  I really loved that bright red paper with the coral branch design!  I flagged the ends of the paper strips and added a stitched rectangle of white to act as my focal.  The little navy blue stars were cut with an older Lawn Fawn die, and the coloring was done with alcohol markers.  The cute silver star charm tied with a tiny twine bow is the perfect finishing touch!


Another awesome paper from the kit was this pretty pale blue paper featuring delicate scrolls around a central anchor.  I trimmed the paper to preserve the detail, then added a navy strip beneath it stamped in the chunky stripes.  I used Lawn Fawn's stitched journaling tag die for the focal piece and punched out the sailboat shape, backing it with more navy blue card stock.  The scattered dots were made with Nuvo Glitter Drops in "Silver Moondust."  So pretty!


For my final card I just HAD to make a shaker!  I used one of my favorite dies to create the tags, cutting out the center of the light blue tag and backing it with a piece of acetate and popping it up on two layers of foam tape for a bit more room.  I put the second anchor paper clip in there, along with some 4mm Pretty Pink Posh sequins in three different colors.  I know this one is a little busy with the multiple patterns, but the mostly monochromatic color scheme keeps things under control....I hope! 😀

Here is a more detailed list of the products I used to make these cards.  Also, please watch the video below to see these cards coming together.  Thanks for watching and Happy Crafting!

Simon Says Stamp "Sailing" Stamp Set
Simon Says Stamp "Soft Navy" card stock
Simon Says Stamp "Lipstick Red" card stock
Simon Says Stamp "Surf Blue" card stock
Neenah Solar White 80-lb card stock
Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
Memento Ink in Lady Bug
Memento Ink in Rhubarb Stalk
Simon Says Stamp "Khaki" ink
Distress Ink "Gathered Twigs"
Scotch 3M Foam Tape
VersaMark embossing ink
Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail Clear embossing powder
Nuvo Glitter Drops in "Silver Moondust"
Nuvo Crystal Drops in Metallic "Silver Lining"
Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins
Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Aquamarine sequins
Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Cobalt sequins


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