Friday, June 26, 2015

Quick Crafty Tips- Die-cutting

Hi there! Today I have another Quick Crafty Tip to share. (If you're new to my blog, click HERE to see previous crafty tips.)

Recently, I lost one of my dies from THIS set. I've looked everywhere. My husband came into my craft room to find me frustrated and under my desk searching for the tiny heart die. He helped me look for it with no luck. Fast forward a couple of days and he came home with one of THESE...

I politely said thanks and then asked, "What's this for?". He said he uses them in his garage to hold parts while working on projects and thought I could use it to keep my dies in a safe place when I'm die-cutting, since it's magnetic. Genius. So really this quick crafty tip comes from my hubby. Thanks hon! 

I decided to use it for awhile to see if I liked it before I shared it here and it has worked great! I throw my die in the holder when I'm done die-cutting, so it stays secure until it's time to clean up. I've tried magnetic sheets before but I prefer the bowl shape of this...


So the girly girl in me wanted to not only make is functional, but pretty. I found a bowl on clearance at Target for $1.50 and it fits it like a glove! ...

I hope this gives you a solution to keep your dies safe from disappearing. Dies can be pricey and are an investment. Here's to not losing anymore! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Spinning Gumball Card

Hi there! I'm excited to show you an interactive card today. I played with THIS stamp set and created this card...
I thought it would make a perfect spinner card so I made the gumball spin. You can see it in action on my Instagram HERE. How fun is that!?

I stamped the cute gumball machine, gumball and greeting from THIS stamp set using THIS ink and heat embossed them with THIS embossing powder. I used THESE markers and water to color in the images. I applied glossy accents for some shine...
To create the opening for the gumball to move, I used THIS die and die-cut it three times, making the slit slightly bigger as I went so it would fit the penny. I sandwiched two pennies together with foam adhesive in between and popped it into the slit. I adhered the single gumball on top. I used THIS foam adhesive on the back of the piece so the panel would be raised. You have to do this step if you want the image to spin. It can't be flat against the card.

A closer look...
Creating a spinner card isn't as difficult as it looks. I recommend THIS video for a quick tutorial if you're interested in creating one. I watched it as a refresher before making my card. 

This card was so fun to make. I hope you give it a try! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend. 

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

SSS- The Color of Fun Release Continued

Hello! Last week I shared a couple of cards HERE using some new goodies from The Color of Fun Release by Simon Says Stamp. Today I'm back sharing more ways how to stretch your stamps!

First, I took a look at THIS new stamp set and used it in a completely different way than intended...
One with Nature Stamp Set
I turned the tree image (in the upper left corner) and flipped it upside down to create an apple...
I stamped the solid image using THIS ink and stamped the outlined image with THIS and THIS ink on to a piece of THIS watercolor paper. I stamped the solid leaf image using THIS ink followed by THIS ink for the outlined image. 

I finished off the card by heat embossing a sentiment from THIS set under the apple using THIS ink and THIS embossing powder. I die-cut some frames from THIS die set and mounted everything on to a black note card. I applied a coating of glossy accents to the apple for some shine...

A closer look...

For my second card, I stretched the use of these two stamp sets...
My Sunshine Stamp Set
Game Tile Letters Stamp Set

I used the sun image from the first set to create a flower. I stamped the image using THIS ink and used THESE coordinating dies for an embossed look around the image. I stamped the little circle images in the set for the center of the flower and used THIS set for the stem. I die-cut a border from THIS set to go under the flower. 

Now for the letters...
I die-cut the squares using THIS coordinating die and stamped each letter on to a piece of THIS cardstock. I didn't want the numbers that are next to the letters, so I used a mini ink cube and carefully inked up around the numbers. 

A closer look...

I hope this has inspired you to take a second look at your stamps and get more mileage out of them.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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