Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! I'm interrupting Mama Elephant week on my blog with a quick share on the treat bags I made for Aiden's cousins....
Since Aiden was Charlie Brown for Halloween, I wanted to use his shirt as the inspiration for the tags. I downloaded the Charlie Brown font and printed out some messages. I die-cut each one out using THIS tag die and added a chevron border stamp (by Studio Calico) on the bottom to create the look of his shirt. It was an open chevron stamps so I colored it in with a black marker....
I bought some small white paper bags at Target to fill with treats. Here is what each one of them held....

A Snoopy pencil...
 Some Snoopy fruit snacks...
 Some Chuck-E-Cheese tickets...
 And a coupon for a free meal at Frisch's...
I also printed off some mini pics of my little guy dressed up in his costume at the pumpkin patch last week...
I finished it off by attaching the tag with some black and yellow chevron washi tape. 

Our Halloween was so much fun despite the yucky weather. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had a Happy Halloween! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mama Elephant Week- Day Two

Hello. I'm back today with a card for Day Two of Mama Elephant Week. I have THREE cards to share with you all using THIS adorable stamp set along with THIS coordinating sentiment set...
Cute little critters and cupcakes? Yes please! :) 

For my first card...
...I used THIS die and weaved some patterned paper from THIS pad through the slots to create a background. I used THIS die to create a scalloped border behind it and THIS die to create the word bubbles. I did a small amount of coloring on the bunny and used white enamel accents as the cupcake frosting. I added a few pearls in the enamel accents while it was still wet to act as an adhesive to hold them in. I finished it off with some glossy accents on the wrapper and some Neat and Tangled Sequins...

I used the same design concept for the rest of the cards...
 ...but on this card I used the same background die as it was intended and colored the critter with colored pencils and gamsol. The frosting was created using Stickles and I finished it off with some Epoxy Shapes...
For my last card...
 ....I used the negative pieces cut from THIS pad of paper from the die and rotated one of them for a whole new look! I didn't color the image this time, but I did add Liquid Pearls to make the sheep "fluffy" and stuck an epoxy bow in her hair...

These three different cards using the same stamps and dies are a good example on how you can stretch our supplies! 

Thanks so much for stopping by. I'll be back for Day Three tomorrow... 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mama Elephant Week- Day One

Hello friends! I just love Mama Elephant stamps and have been making so many cards with their products lately... so I decided to do a Mama Elephant week and share all my projects using their cute stamps. Today's card uses THIS adorable set...
I did some Copic coloring to the sweet girl image and did some die-cutting with THIS die. I embossed the background and found that the heart from THIS set works well inside the diamond shape. I finished it off with a heart epoxy shape that came in THIS kit.

A closer look...
I'll be back tomorrow with some more cards featuring Mama Elephant Stamps. Stay tuned! ...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Retreat Gifts plus GIVEAWAY

I'm still coming down from my high from last weekend's craft retreat. In case you're new to my blog, every spring and fall I attend a craft retreat with some of my friends. Some old, some new, and we always have the best time. Click HERE to see last retreat's gift. 

I always like to create a little something for the girls and this retreat I gave a notebook/pen set....
I've collected these for awhile. Most of the notebooks were purchased from Staples and a few from Target, which is where I got all of the pens. 

I tried to think which notebook and pen styles each person would prefer. For example, my sweet friend Tina...
...is so much fun. She is a ray of sunshine and I just knew she would love the mood pen in her set...

 A few examples of some other notebooks and pen sets...

I decided to decorate the front using THIS awesome notebook die and THIS stamp set from Paper Smooches....
...and THIS Ledger Hero Arts Background stamp was perfect in finishing off the notebook look. Adding a few coordinating strips of washi tape to hold the bag closed added a little color. 

GIVEAWAY TIME
I have two notebook/pen sets left from the retreat. For your chance to win, just leave a comment here by midnight EST on Tuesday, October 28th telling me what you would like to see on my blog in the future. I would love your input! 

Oh, and the winner from THIS post of the SSS November Card Kit is Blissmade Designs. Congrats! Hit the CONTACT button on the top of my blog and email me your address so Simon Says Stamp can mail out your kit! :) 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

You Warm My Heart Card

Hi! Today I have yet another card share using the Winter Jubilee Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp. This is the seventh card I created and I STILL have materials left to create more. Gotta love that. 

Here is today's card...
I die-cut THIS die several times using the cardstock in the kit, once out of the blue and three times out of the white. I adhered them together creating a thick embellishment. I cut the same die from some of the patterned papers too and adhered the circles behind the openings, filling some with embellishments. My sentiment for the card was cut from one of the patterned papers and turned into a tag using THIS die. I adhered everything to a kraft note card that was stamped with a Hero Arts background stamp using THIS ink. I finished off the card by adhering a scalloped strip of patterned paper along the bottom. 

A closer look...
You still have time left to win one of these kits! For a chance to win this kit, click HERE and leave a comment.

Thanks for stopping by! See ya soon...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Simple Gift Card/Money Holder Cards

Hello crafty friends! As I mentioned on THIS post, I was able to create many projects with the new November Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp called Winter Jubilee. (More info. about the kit HERE.) I decided to create multiple cards that were easy to reproduce and would be great gift card/money holders.

The striped border image that is in the stamp set included with the kit reminded me of ribbon so I thought it would be fun to make the cards look like wrapped gifts...

After stamping the striped border directly on the pattern paper, I cut out some bows using THIS die with the adorable pattern papers included in the kit. I love that there is multiple greetings in the stamp set that is included and picked a few different ones to heat emboss on the front of each card.

The kit also includes some fun epoxy hearts and shapes. I put a little heart epoxy in the center of each bow....


It's hard to see in the pics but I added some Wink of Stella to each bow for some sparkle and shine...

Like I mentioned earlier, I wanted these cards to be a money/gift card holder, so I punched a scalloped circle out of coordinating paper and attached the three sides to create a pocket for the gift...
The scalloped piece is where I plan on writing a message or stamping a coordinating Christmas greeting.

Now for the next batch of cards...

Same design concept but I added tags (that were cut from the pattern paper using THIS die) and created vertical cards. I like how simple the cards are but wanted to add a little bling to each tag...
That fun tree is from the kit's stamp set. Isn't it adorable!? There are also some cute snowflake sequins...
The tag makes the perfect spot to personalize the gift...
Speaking of gifts, I did the same thing to these cards as the previous batch of cards and turned the inside into a money holder.This time I cut a strip of coordinating cardstock and adhered it down on three sides to create a pocket...

By the way, I wanted to mix it up a bit and do a different card size than I normally do. All of the cards that are shown here today are 3.5 x 5.5.

Creating with a kit makes it so easy because everything is coordinated. I love that I now have cards on hand ready to slip a gift inside for the holiday season. Don't forget that Simon Says Stamp was sweet enough to give a kit to me to giveaway to one of my readers. Click HERE and leave a comment to enter for a chance to win! 

Thanks for stopping by and I'l be back real soon with another card share using this awesome kit. Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Inspired By Challenge

Welcome. The Little Tangles Blog announced a new challenge today...
I thought it would be fun for the design team members to pair up on teams and create cards inspired by each other. Sweet Danielle was my team member and I chose this card she created as my inspiration...

...and created this card...

I just love Danielle's CAS style. It's something that I struggle at. I took inspiration from her and created my scene on a white panel that I eventually adhered to a white note card. I love how clean that look is. 

I used the Neat and Tangled's Clouds set and stamped the sentiment after doing a wash of watercolor. I took one of the cloud images, flipped it over, and inked up the back with VersaMark ink. I heat embossed it using clear powder on some patterned paper by Lawn Fawn. I did this because I didn't want the cloud shape with the images inside, just the shape itself. It's a great way to stretch your stamps! I finished off the card with some sequins and a strip of patterned paper at the bottom. 

Head on over HERE to get even more inspiration and to find out how to enter the Inspired By Challenge. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit & GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I'm sharing a card I created with the new Simon Says Stamp Card Kit called . 
Winter Jubilee. Click HERE for a list of the kit contents. 
I was thrilled when Heidi asked me to be their guest artist. I've created several projects with this fun kit and will be sharing more of them soon, but here is the card that you will find on the inspiration sheet inside your kit...
The majority of this card was created using the paper in the kit. However, I couldn't resist the cluster of dots image that is part of the stamp set included in the kit. I stamped it using THIS ink on the blue cardstock for a tone on tone look. I used one of my larger circle punches to create the window of the card. A large scallop punch works great to draw attention to the sentiment. I also used a few different heart punches, one to frame the bunnies, and the other to create a large focal point. The kit also comes with some AWESOME epoxy hearts, which I added in the upper right corner of the red heart. 

Using foam adhesive on certain pieces gives great dimension...

GIVEAWAY
Simon Says Stamp is giving a November kit to one of my readers! Just leave a comment below by midnight (EST) on Wednesday, October 22nd to enter for a chance to win. Good Luck! 

Stay tuned for more projects using this kit that I will share here soon...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Stretching Your Stamps...Get Well Soon Cards

Hi! Today I have a similar concept as my last post where I took one stamp set and stretched it to create multiple cards. I took THIS stamp set and created these three cards with it...
For my first card, I masked off an area in the center of my white cardstock panel and began repeatedly stamping the medicine bottle using a mask to make some of the bottles appear like they were behind others. I colored one of the bottles and cut it out to make it pop against the graphic background. I stamped the sentiment on a strip of THIS patterned paper and adhered it to a Hero Arts Note Card. Clean and Simple and so easy to do...
It's hard to see in the picture but I coated the bottle with some Wink of Stella before putting some Glossy Accents on top. The shine is so fun in real life...

My next card is probably my favorite of the three. I created a window by using my square punch on a 3.5 x 3.5 piece of Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock. I added some acetate behind the window before adhering it to a piece of sun ray patterned paper. I created a ledge to the window by cutting a thin strip of cardstock and stamped my greeting on it. I adhered the window to a piece of red, polka dot paper cut from THIS die and attached it to a white note card...
I wanted to have a vase of flowers on the window, so I used THIS Lawn Fawn set (from my previous post HERE) and transformed the milk glass and straw into a vase and flower stems. Adding Glossy Accents on top gives the illusion of water. To make the bird special, I applied yellow flocking powder to him to give him a fuzzy feel. His eyes were created by coloring some clear gemstones with a black sharpie. I attached him to the window sill as well...
For my final card, I wanted to use the adorable band-aid image. I used the coordinating dies to die-cut several from patterned paper after stamping them with the smiley face. I attached them to the card using foam adhesive and put some Glossy Accents on top for some shine...
I also added some partial dry embossing to the top and bottom of the white panel, leaving enough room to stamp my sentiment. I also added the heart image from the set to draw attention to the greeting...

There you go...three cards, one stamp set. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Streching Your Stamps...Three Cards, One Set

Hello! Yesterday was World Card Making Day. I didn't get a chance to play until late last night but I did manage to create three cards using one stamp set. I don't know about you but sometimes I get new stamps and use them once (sometimes not at all...eek!) and then put them away. I really wanted to create multiple cards to see how I could stretch the use of my stamps. THIS adorable set is the one I used for all three cards...

I wanted to do a die cut inlay technique for this card so I used the coordinating dies for the stamp set and cut the images out of the center of the kraft cardstock. Then I die-cut the cookies and milk images out of white cardstock, after stamping and coloring them. I cut the heart image out of patterned paper. I adhered the pieces in place like a puzzle and stamped a coordinating sentiment from the stamp set along the bottom. I finished the card by cutting some decorative panels with THIS die and stamping THIS background stamp horizontal for some added interest. 
When I was thinking of other ways I could use Milk and Cookies stamps, I immediately thought about Santa...
I die-cut a Label Die from Papertrey Ink from Kraft Cardstock and created a yummy scene for Santa by coloring, stamping, and die-cutting the cook and milk images. I stamped the Santa (from an older Simon Says Stamp card kit) and added Liquid Pearls to the top and bottom of his had for some texture. I stamped the sentiment in black from THIS set at the bottom of the label.  I also used White Enamel Accents for the milk and left the bubbles for some fun. I cut slits in the top rim of the milk glass so I could weave through the straw. I added Glossy Accents to the straw for some shine. Some Doodlebug Christmas Paper finishes off the card.

Here's a closer look...
At this point I was stumped on how to create another card from the same stamp but I had an umbrella stamp set already laying out from THIS card and thought who wouldn't like it if it were raining chocolate chip cookies!? I like to call this card.... "Cloudy with a chance of...cookies.
Combining stamp sets with other non related sets is a great way to get more mileage out of your supplies!

For this card, I stamped the cookie images from the set on some kraft cardstock using black ink. I cut them out and scattered them on the background to look like rain. I added the smiley face from the set to the umbrella after cutting it out from THIS patterned paper. I added glossy accents to the umbrella for some shine and I dry embossed the clouds after cutting them out using THIS die. I stamped the other sentiment from the stamp under the umbrella and mounted the entire piece to a Hero Arts note card.
There you have it! Three completely different cards using one stamp set. I hope this has inspired you to stretch your stamps. I hope you had a creative filled World Card Making Day!

Thanks so much for stopping by!