Saturday, October 14, 2017

Adding Stitching Details

Hi there. I'm stepping out of my comfort zone today and sharing some cards featuring stitching. Before I share, please know that my sewing skills are not strong. I was really just experimenting and having fun. Isn't that what crafting is all about!? I created two cards using THIS stamp set that is included in THIS card kit from Simon Says Stamp. The kindness sentiments won my heart...

For the first card...

I stamped the image and the smaller sentiment on to a piece of Neenah White Cardstock using THIS ink and my MISTI. I used THESE watercolors to color a few areas of the image. After it was dry, I used a paper piercer to poke holes along the leaves, the center of the flowers, and the sentiment. I used a variety of floss to add stitching to enhance the design...

I finished off the card by cutting THIS frame from some of THIS cardstock. I adhered them together and adhered them on top of the background. I added THIS on top of the flowers for some shine and  adhered the entire piece to a black note card. I colored in the open dots in the image using THIS black glaze pen.

The second card...

...was created the same way just using a different sentiment. After I stamped the sentiment, I dry embossed one of THESE hearts around the sentiment to frame it. I also added a rainbow of hearts and topped them with THIS for some shine. I used THIS cardstock for the frame.

I hope this has inspired you to add some stitching details to your next card. Thanks so much for joining me today.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Snowman Shaker Card with Frosted Window

Hello, friends. Today, I'm sharing a winter themed shaker card featuring a frosted window technique...
Let's talk about the technique first. I cut a piece of acetate using one of THESE circle dies. I just used a piece of recycled packaging for the acetate. I adhered one of THESE stencils on top using a small piece of tape towards the bottom (since that part would be hidden). I applied some of THIS embossing paste on top with This. After it dries, it creates a frosted window look. I love how it turned out...
To create the shaker part, I cut two of the circles from the same circle die set to create a circle frame. I cut that frame several times from THIS cardstock, layered and adhered them together. I rubbed the inside with THIS powder bag to eliminate any static for the beads to stick to. I placed some clear and pearl seed beads on top of a scalloped background cut with THIS die and inked with THIS ink. I adhered the shaker part on top. 

You can see it in action over on my Instagram HERE
I die-cut this border die from white cardstock and adhered it towards the bottom of the circle to create a snowbank. I stamped a greeting from THIS stamp set on top. I stamped, colored, and cut out the snowman image from THIS set. I used THESE coordinating dies to cut out the image and also the snowman's scarf. The die actually cuts out the branch image, but I used it to create a scarf for the snowman. I added some of THIS to the snowman's eyes and buttons to make them stand out. 

I hope you give this frosted window technique a try. It's so fun. 

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stamping!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

SSS Making Spirits Bright Blog Hop

Hello, friends. I'm thrilled to be part of a fun blog hop celebrating the latest release from Simon Says Stamp...

I wanted to get a jump start on the Holiday Season, so I created a few Christmas tags using the new picture book dies. I like to make a bunch of tags to keep on hand so when it comes time to wrapping gifts, I'm ready to go...

I die-cut THIS Deer, THIS Snowman, and THIS Santa image from cardstock, specialty paper, and felt. I love that these dies will easily cut through a variety of material. For all the tags, I used THIS die (one of my favorite tag dies of all time) and stamped a sentiment from THIS new set underneath each image using my MISTI and THIS ink.

Let's start with the Deer tag...

I used THIS cardstock for the tag and cut the deer pieces from THIS and THIS cardstock. I cut his scarf from THIS felt and added an emamel heart to it for decoration. I also added THESE for the eyes, just to add some playfulness.

For the Snowman tag...

I used THIS cardstock for the tag and applied THIS ink around the edges to add a bit of interest. I die-cut THIS glitter paper for the body and THIS and THIS cardstock for the hat and scarf. I used THIS cardstock for the nose and used black gems for the eyes and buttons. I used THIS on top of the hat for some shine.

For the Santa tag...

I used THIS cardstock for the tag and cut THIS felt for the suit and hat. I also used THIS felt for the beard and hat topper. I used THIS foil cardstock for the belt buckle and THIS cardstock for the belt. I added more of THESE for the eyes and added some color to his cheeks.

Here are a few tips...

*Since the die cuts out pieces and not the solid shape. I stamped two tags for each tag, one for the front and one for the back. I cut the image out of the front tag and adhered it to the second tag that was completely covered with adhesive on the front. This way the opening was covered with adhesive and I could inlay the pieces inside. It made the process much easier.

*Try adding some dimension to the image by layering certain pieces. As you can see with the deer, I added a few layers to the dark body part while only using one layer for the lighter parts. It adds so much dimension and makes the image pop...

*Try using other materials besides cardstock. I used felt, specialty papers, and foil paper on these tags...

*Adding embellishments to the image can really change the look. Just by adding the enamel/gem eyes, it gives a whole new look and can stretch the use of your dies...

I also stamped the back of all the tags with THIS stamp set so they are ready to go...

I'm a big fan of these picture book dies. Simon offers a whole collection of these. I've shared a card using them HERE.

There's so much more inspiration to see. Click HERE for the next stop on the hop and visit my  talented friend, Kelly Latevola. You can start at the beginning of the hop HERE.

Here's the complete Blog Hop List...
Simon Says Stamp Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Laura Bassen 
Shari Carroll 
Nichol Spohr
Heather Ruwe (YOU ARE HERE)
Kelly Latevola
Anna-Karin Evaldsson
Kathy Racoosin
Lisa Addesa

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope this inspires you to create some Christmas Tags.

Simon Says Stamp is so generous and giving away a $25 gift coupon to one person at each stop on the be sure to leave a comment on every blog. The winners will be announced on the Simon Blog on Tuesday.

P.S. Looking for more inspiration using this release? Click HERE and HERE to see more projects I've shared using the new release products.

P.S.S. I've linked to all the new release products in THIS post.


SSS Making Spirits Bright Release

Hi, there. I will be back in a few hours as part of a blog hop celebrating Simon Says Stamp's newest release HERE. First, I'd thought I'd share a simple card I created using one of the new stamp sets. This card took very little time to create and would be perfect for mass producing Christmas cards...

I die-cut a piece of white cardstock using THIS scalloped rectangle die and stamped the sentiments from THIS new set from Simon Says Stamp using my MISTI. I arranged the greetings to resemble a Christmas tree and stamped a star on top using the star from THIS stamp set. I finished off the card by adding a twine bow on top and adding a few of THESE embellishments to resemble ornaments. I adhered the entire piece to a top folding kraft note card created from THIS cardstock. 

Here's a closer look...

I will be back soon with more inspiration using products from the release.

Thanks for visiting. Have an awesome day.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Shaker Window Halloween Treat Bags

Hello. Today I have something a little different for you. I love to make treat bags and I wanted to incorporate a fun shaker element, similar to a shaker card. Here's what I came up with...

I started with three small Halloween gift bags that I picked up at Target in their dollar spot. (Don't you love the Target dollar spot!?) I traced the inside of the die on the front panel of the bag. I poked a hole with my scissors and cut the shape from the bag. I created vellum pouches filled with sequins and die cuts I cut from THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS die. Before filling the bags, I stamped sentiments from THIS and THIS stamp set using THIS ink. I adhered the vellum pouches to the inside of the bag. To cover the cut edge and give a finished look, I adhered a black frame on top, created from two shape dies that nest together. 

Here's a closer look...

One thing to keep in mind, the thinner the vellum, the better. Some of the heavy weight vellum can be so cloudy that you can't see what's inside. 

I plan on filling these with candy for my son's preschool teachers. 

I hope you give this technique a try. It would work for a variety of occasions. 

Thanks for visiting and have a great day. 


Monday, October 9, 2017

Boy's Birthday Gift Idea

Hi. Recently, my nephew turned 10. Trying to come up with clever gift ideas for boys around this age can be tricky. I thought I'd share what I came up with...

THIS stamp set was perfect for my nephew because he LOVES claw machines. However, I think it would be fitting for anyone who is into video games. I white heat embossed the graphic borders from THIS stamp set along the left side of a black note card, because it reminded me of a video game. I stamped, colored, and cut out the claw machine images and adhered them to a strip of patterned paper. I stamped the coordinating sentiment from the set on a strip of white cardstock and added some black enamel stars around it.

I finished off the card by adding some of THIS to the stars along the top of the machine to add some shine. I also stamped the flap of the envelope with the same borders that I stamped on the card to tie everything together.

Now for the gift giving part. I like to give cash for gifts when I'm not sure what to get because I want the recipient to get what they want. However, since this was a claw machine card, I got a couple rolls of quarters to give instead of just a twenty dollar bill.

There's something fun about mixing it up. My nephew LOVED it and it's always a hit with boys. I also like to give the gift coin from target for my nieces and nephews. Having a large coin instead of a gift card is always fun.

I hope this has inspired you with your gift giving.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a claw-some day! ;)


Thursday, October 5, 2017

LT Sketch Challenge

Hello. The Little Tangles Challenge Blog announced their October challenge and it's a sketch challenge...

Here's my take on the challenge...

I started by stamping THIS background using THIS black ink on a white piece of paper. After heat setting it, I die-cut it using one of THESE dies. I adhered it to the center of a gray note card and stamped a sentiment above and below using THIS stamp set. I also stamped, colored, and cut out the cowbell image from the same set and adhered it to the background using one of THESE action wobblers. When you tap it, it moves and wobbles...

I finished off the card by adding a few stars that I cut out using THIS die. 

I hope you can play along with the sketch challenge. Click HERE for more inspiration and to enter your project. 

Thanks so much for joining me today. 

*The Sunburst background stamp can be found HERE

Sunday, October 1, 2017

STAMPtember 2017 Wrap Up

Hello. I thought it would be fun to do a wrap up of all of my STAMPtember projects, but first I have one more card share using THIS adorable STAMPtember set. It's so cute.

I die-cut THIS and THIS die from papers from THIS paper pad. I die-cut the tag die three times and stamped the critters on them with THIS Copic friendly ink. After I colored the images, I die-cut the hole reinforcers from the same tag die and adhered them in place. I strung the tags on a black piece of string and adhered them to the background with foam tape. I stamped a coordinating sentiment on the banner and adhered the piece to a white note card. I finished off the card by adding THIS to the critter's eyes and THIS to the heart for some shine.

Now let's take a look back of all of my STAMPtember projects...

Just click on the picture and it will take you to the blog post with all the information on that particular card.



I hope you had a fun STAMPtember! Thanks for joining me today.