Thursday, July 20, 2017

Romantic Seaside Step Card

 As promised in my last post, here is another version of the step card made with the Sizzix die set.  This time I was going for an island vacation feel with romantic undertones (suitable for an anniversary card but not girly).  The base was cut from a 12x12 sheet from the Sage and Grace cardstock pack.  This Kaiser Crafts pack (purchased from HM Ben Franklin Crafts) contains both rustic and floral designs which makes it very versatile.
It was super easy to glue on torn bits of gauze paper (DCWV pack) smudged with a bit of gesso and add die cuts from the Kaiser Crafts Island Escape die cut package.
To further enhance the tropical look I stained some shell shaped wooden pieces (Sierra Pacific and Kaiser Crafts) and used Glossy Accents (Ranger) to glue on fine crystal glitter. Tiny genuine shells added a realistic touch of the seaside without overly weighing down the card. Finally, I added the sentiments stickers that came from the 12x12 papcket of Sage and Grace (Kaiser Crafts) papers.
 I like this view of the card (slightly opened) because all the embellishments can be viewed. It was so easy and fun to make this step card; I think I will make another one with a unicorn theme!!!!!!!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Die-Cut All Occasion Step Card

I've made step cards before but they always seemed to require too much measuring, cutting and folding. The Sizzix die set, Step-Ups (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts), makes it easy to cut out a step card with one simple roll of your die cutting machine.  Once I cut out the base from Kaiser Craft 12x12 card stock (Sage and Grace) (card stock 12x12 packet from BFC), I easily folded it and added the embellishments including a Jolee's Boutique vellum butterfly, paper roses and lace.
Also from Kaiser Crafts is a Sage and Grace stamp set (sold at BFC) which I used to make the floral bouquet (stamped with green Momento ink and colored in with watercolor pencils).  The sentiment badge came from the 6-1/2 x 6-1/2 Kaiser Crafts paper pad (purchased at HM BFC) and an Avery Elle word die was used to cut the 'celebrate' from copper colored foil.  The Sizzix step die card has so many possibilities that I think I'll use it again for my next card. I think you'll be surprised how easy it is to totally change up the look. Visit this site again to see my next step card and please leave a comment if you have some time to hearing from you!


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Baby Room Doorknob Sign/Baby Gift Tag

While I still had my baby themed supplies out I decided to make a gift tag that could also double as a doorknob sign for the baby room.  It was simple work to die cut three hangers using the Avery Elle Cheers die set (actually used for making wine bottle tags).  I cut three pieces (front print, back print and middle solid blue color) to make the hanger sturdier. Next I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it with blue Nuvo embossing powder.  The cloud and moon were also stamped and embossed before die cutting with the items from the Echo Park Goodnight Moon die and stamp set (from HM Ben Franklin Crafts). The pieces were adhered to the hanger with foam stickies and  Studio G star stickers were added.
 An oval sentiment die cut from the Pebbles cardstock set (from BFC) was glued onto the back of the sign.  For a final touch a hole was punched at the bottom of the hanger and Heiko ribbons (sold at Celebrations) were tied on.  Oh yes, don't forget to cut through the ring so the sign can be hung on the doorknob of the baby's room/used for a tag on the baby gift. I am pleased that this tag was so easy to make and has a double duty as a sign for the baby's room.  This is probably one tag which won't be thrown away...YAY!!!!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Sweet Baby Card

As soon as I saw the Pebbles 'duckie' cardstock at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, I knew that it would make a really cute baby card for a baby boy soon to be born.  Since I was at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, I chose some matching Pebbles puffy stickers and another sheet of puffy Sticko stickers.  With the Taylored Expressions and Echo Park die sets, it was easy to cut out the frame from blue card stock and the words from pearlized cardstock (Paper Accents).  To add a little color behind the stickers I added die cut printed paper from an Echo Park cardstock pad. I used double stick Heiko tape to adhere the larger pieces and on the tiny strips of the frame I used Glossy Accents. (This is actually not a glue but works well on small pieces because of the small nozzle on the applicator.  Tip: If there are shiny spots after the solution dries, just apply some cornstarch.) This card came together very quickly and yet it looks like I spent a lot of time constructing it. Keeping cards simple is my new mantra because so many recipients don't even notice that they are handmade.  Do my lovingly made cards get thrown away with the wrapping paper???????

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Explosive News Card

As you can see, I am still playing with my new dyes, inks and powders. (See previous posts.)This background paper seemed perfect  for the birthday card I've been planning for my scientist son who owns two lovable striped cats.  I love the expression on the face of the Paper Smooches scientist rubber stamp image.  The Neat and Tangled cat images never fail to make me smile. Do you think the cat on the front of the card fainted because he saw the cat in the flask? I put the explosion sign on a wobble gizmo from Art Impressions so that it vibrates when shaken....hard to capture that in a photo. By using foil on the sign, it flashes and seems more like the words are exploding.  All the other parts are on sticky foam squares, The flask was cut twice....once in green paper and once in clear acetate so when assembled it looks like a glass flask....difficult to see in the photo.
 For the inside of the card, I decided to use some birthday die cut words that I had stored (hoarded) in my box of 'birthday' stuff. Is the other cat dancing ? I think my son will find the humor in this birthday card because he is wacky just like his mom. LOL!

Friday, June 30, 2017

It's a Card....It's a Tag....It's Both!

 Here is the third in my series of cards I made using my ink test pieces for backgrounds.  At first I was just going to make a tag, but then I liked the look of the tag so much that I decided to turn it into a card. I punched holes through both layers of the tag (one cut with a Little B tag die, the outer purple layer hand cut) and through the card too.  I was then able to use a piece of lavendar lace to tie all the layers (over the top of the card) together.
 This simple technique allows the recipient of the card to detach the tag and use it on another gift or gift bag.  I love it when my handmade cards can be used more than once...makes all the work seem worthwhile.  The die that coordinates with this stamp set is one of the older styles with a solid back.  This makes aligning the die with the image a little tricky, but it's still easier than fussy hand cutting.  If the white edge of the die cut image really bothers me, I color it a bit with a Copic color that blends in with the background.  That's my tip of the day!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Great Friend Card

As promised, I am posting another card using a piece of watercolor paper that I used to test some inks, sparkle sprays and stain powders. Again, I used one of the Mama Elephant rectangle dies....this one impresses stitching lines along the edge.  My Favorite Things stamps and dies are great because they are cute and simple to color...also they come with useful sentiments. Because of the background, this card is a one-of-a-kind that I will happily add to my stash of all occasion cards. Happy card crafting!