November Paper Pumpkin – Tags into cards

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November 2014’s Paper Pumpkin kit has materials to make 8 wonderful and unique snowflake cards (see it here), but it also comes with 12 two-part gift tags.  Tags are all the rage, but I just don’t use them, except as an embellishment on cards, so that’s what I did.

I used Dimensionals to give depth between the top and bottom tag, and then added in Rhinestones into the letters. I got the idea for the Rhinestones in the open letter cut outs from Lynn Kolcun’s blog post on Wednesday (see it here).  I used Soft Sky cardstock with the Northern Flurry embossing folder, and then just added the tag on top.  Everything else is in the kit, including the Lost Lagoon ink, but you will need some extra Rhinestones, if you use as many as I do.

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Here’s an option, using Whisper White cardstock with the enclosed stamp and ink.

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And here’s a version using the same Northern Flurry framelit, on Whisper White, adding Rhinestones.

It is nice to dress up the envelope and inside of the card too, so below are easy samples to follow.

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This is the front of the envelope.

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And here is the back.

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“That’s a Wrap!” with 25 Days and Tiny Treat Boxes

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I’ve been busy with non crafty (non fun) work, and haven’t had time to post lately.  I didn’t even have time to join Brian King’s Blog Hop (Brian is my up-upline), but in honor of his hop, I’m posting a project that corresponds to his theme (quick-and-easy giftwrap and packaging ideas for the holidays), and am including a link to go to his site, where you can hop away, and see all the great projects the participants made.  Once you get to his site, he will direct you where to visit.

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My treat boxes above were inspired by the set that my upline, Deb Cozzone, made.  Hers were inspired by the picture on page 12 of the Holiday Catalog.  I made two sets of the ones above for friends, and filled them with candy.  I think it makes not only a nice treat holder, but also a nice decor gift for the holidays.

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Deb’s design (above-not watermarked, since it’s not my creation-but all images are Stampin’ Up!) and mine (first set pictured) both use Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Silver Glimmer Paper, as well as Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  She used Silver Dazzling Details for her extra sparkle, and I used Rhinestones.  As you can see, you can easily create it with just a round punch, but if you have other punches and dies, you can really mix it up.

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I must admit the set above got a little crazy, even for me.  I think if I remove the extra red punched pieces from “number fifteen” and “sixteen”, it will be much better.  In defense, it is designed for my teen daughter, so it couldn’t be boring.  For an extra thrill, not only does it have a Lindt truffle in each box, but soon I will also be adding some bills to various boxes (I’m not telling, in case she reads this blog), to boost her holiday countdown fun.

The point in showing you these various sets is that you can pick your options, and then design to your taste.  The boxes are easy to decorate and fill, and at the end of the season, you can flatten them for storage until next year.  Once you have designed a set you like, you could make a whole lot of gifts very quickly, and inexpensively.  The Tiny Treat Boxes are just $6.95 for a set of 25, and if you are like me, you already have plenty of paper, ink, and bling, to dress these up.  That just leaves the stamp set 25 Days, which is $25.95, but the set can go beyond Christmas, stretching your dollar, because of how it is designed.  You can make use of the numbers for birthdays and anniversaries, including the numbers “3” and “11”.  For “3”, cut out the triangle, leaving off the trunk, and for “11”, punch it with a smaller circle, or fussy cut around the round ornament, leaving the top off.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you will come back again.  There are too many punches and dies to mention, so I won’t list them all, but below are the two most important parts of the project and you can visit Stampin’ Bon to purchase anything you have seen here.

Beauty of the Season

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When I saw Beauty of the Season, I knew I needed to get it because the bird looked like it should be red and red is my favorite color.  What’s great about this design is it is so easy to color.  Some designs take a lot of time to figure out, but this one just takes three Blendabilities sets (or two, if you need to get by).

My photography is not great, so just trust me on what I say.  I colored around the inside edges of the bird all in the lightest Cherry Cobbler, because the first time I colored the bird, I went outside of the lines repeatedly.  And no, I won’t show you that.  It’s enough that I’m admitting to it.  So I slowed down a little, colored with the lightest marker along all the inside edges using the fine tip, and then went back to fill in the bird.  That way, I knew I didn’t need to color up to the lines when I was doing my quick coloring.

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After that, I filled in the bird with the lightest color, and then colored his belly with the darkest, and added a streak or two of the darkest over the wing area, and then blended that with the medium Cherry Cobbler.  I also added a touch of the darkest Cherry to the top of his headdress.

The branches are a combination of the lightest two Crumb Cake Blendabilities, and the feet and beak are the light and medium Pumpkin.  I could not keep in the lines on the feet, so I didn’t go over that with the medium Pumpkin, as I thought I’d just make it worse.  Next time, I’ll just use the medium, and go even slower.  I said earlier you could get by with two color families, and for this, you could use crumb cake for the beak and feet, if you didn’t have Pumpkin.  One thing you cannot skip is coloring on Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White cardstock.  The Blendabilities markers are specialty alcohol markers, designed to work with Whisper White and Very Vanilla cardstock. I did try to color on a cardstock from an office supply store, and the results were less than desirable.  You do need an ultra smooth surface to get great coloring effects.

I plan to make more of these cards, because  the red just brightens my day and the bird reminds me of winter in Montana.  See, he’s fluffed out and shivering, poor little fellow.  So, I’m thinking warm and happy thoughts about my friends in Montana, and looking forward to seeing them…in the summer!

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Postage Due on Tumbled Tile

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Now that Halloween has arrived, we’ll be heading into the party and gift giving season, and it’s nice to have things on hand for hostesses and gift giving needs.  Here is a super simple gift idea you can make with the supplies you probably already have, and one you can purchase very cheaply.  The coaster you see above is a tumbled tile from a set I picked up at Home Depot.  There are 9 tiles in the package for about $4.  These tiles used to come in a box, and I’d switch around the tiles, to make sure I got the best ones for my use, but they are now shrink wrapped.  At least you can tell if the edges are chipped off.  I bought two packages this time, to make sure I’d have enough stones I would be happy with.

Besides the tiles, you need StazOn ink, something to adhere to the bottom of the stone to protect your table (thin cork, fun foam, or felt) and an appropriate stamp.  Since you will cover the bottom of the tile, you can test designs and practice on the back.  Just realize the back is smoother, so your design won’t look quite as pristine on the front.

Postage Due really lends itself to this particular craft, because it has an aged look, just like the tile.  I inked up my stamp really well, and actually kept the stamp flat and placed the tile on it, so I could see where to center it.  Once I laid the tile down, I pressed firmly all over, and then let the tile sit at least 5 seconds, to give it a chance to absorb the ink.  Then I carefully lifted the tile and set it aside to do some more.

Once you have the tiles inked and ready to go, put them on a cookie sheet (lay down tinfoil, so you don’t scratch your bakeware) and bake them at 225 for 30 minutes.  This helps set the ink.  You do not want to put a sealer on these tiles, or you defeat the purpose of the stone.  A sealer will prevent liquids from soaking in.  Once the tile is cooled, adhere your protective backing, and tie four tiles (now coasters) together with a nice ribbon, and your gift is ready to go.

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You may or may not be able to tell, but some of the tiles above have a different color of ink.  I have quite a few of the StazOn colors.  At one time, Stampin’ Up! had more than just black and white, and when I discovered the uses, I invested in as many colors as I could find.  So, I’m going to show you something you can make if you have a waterproof ink that doesn’t need to be sealed. That being said, I think many of the designs look great in just black on tile.  You can also certainly color your tile with Stampin’ Up!’s inks and make a nice picture.  The color may  hold up fine to heat as a trivet (no promises), but they will fade and possibly run when you get them wet.  That’s not what dye based inks are for.

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I tried this design on the back of the tile, because I wasn’t sure I’d like the outcome (but I did!).  I used Beauty of the Season, and I stamped it with StazOn black, and then took StazOn colored inks and an old blender pen to pick up the colors from the plastic overlays that sit inside the StazOn lids and cover the pad.  Don’t use a new blender pen, because these tiles are rough, and will damage the tip.  Just be careful, and you should be able to color a lot before the pen is no longer usable.  I save all my old blender pens for purposes like this, or for glimmer paint, and other substances that won’t just wipe off.

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Just to give you some more ideas…the tile above was stamped with a design I made using a Sizzix film strip die and fun foam.  I cut two pieces with the die, glued them together, and then glued them on a piece of wood so I could stamp with them.  They held the ink just fine for this project, and made a nice coordinating coaster for our media room.   This tile is at least 10 years old…and I never baked it.  I learned that trick later.

Now go make your own wonderfully personalized gifts without breaking the bank.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back!  To purchase anything Stampin’ Up! you have seen here, go to Stampin’ Bon.

A Thanks to my Volunteers – 600 Cards for Hero Hugs

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The card above is not one of the cards we made for Hero Hugs, but it is my way of saying Thanks online to my helpers.  The technique I used is discussed in this prior post, and I just cut down the die cut sentiment a little smaller and used a different color set (Crushed Curry and Real Red) and Flashback Designer Series Paper.

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These are the card designs I mailed to Hero Hugs and I showed them all previously.  My helpers made about 475 on Sunday, October 18th, and I finished up another 125 in the next two days.

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I am grateful to everyone who helped make cards (Anita, Bridget, Carolyn, Claire, Cynthia, Deb, Erica, Jackie, Jamie, Karyn, Kelly, Kristen, and Mandy), and need to call special attention to Kelly, for helping me so much with my prep work.  And see the handsome guy in the bottom picture above?  That’s my husband.  He stamped all of the snowflake cards for me, by himself!

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As you can see from my hand writing, it’s better when I don’t write the messages in these cards, but I always complete any blank cards myself.  I think this set was fairly legible, as I can read it.  I will admit it, many times, I can’t read what I write.  Fortunately, I probably only had to write 30 cards, as friends Cynthia, Liz, Deb/Dyan and Joyce took more than 200 cards home to personalize.  Thank you, ladies!  I think it is nicer when the soldiers can actually read the messages.  By the way, if anyone in the military gets a legible card from Bonnie that is a Stampin’ Bon card, I’m sure a friend wrote it and signed my name.  I have sweet friends.

P1020423This is my personalized Circle Monogram stamp I put on the back of the Hero Hugs cards, so people know where they came from.  I think it would be cool one day to run into someone who received one of our cards!

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Lovely As A Tree with baby wipe technique

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Today’s card uses the baby wipe stamping technique.  If you do a search on YouTube, you can see various versions, but basically, you are using a short stack of baby wipes like a blank stamp pad, and adding ink from ink refills to it for your stamp color.  I’ve seen it done where you just put drops of ink you like together on an area of the wipes, and then ink your stamp, and stamp the image, but my technique today uses a stamped image to show you where to place your ink.

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Steps

  • Determine the colors you want for your image and gather those ink refills.
  • Put down a grocery bag or plastic wrap on your surface and lay about 4 baby wipes on top.  The plastic will keep the ink from getting on your table, and when you are done, you can just wad everything up and throw it in the trash.
  • Ink the image you want in StazOn Black, and then stamp that directly on the top baby wipe, and use that as a guide for where to squeeze your ink refills.  Since I chose Lovely as a Tree, I squeezed Early Espresso on the tree trunks, Garden Green for the grass (I chose Garden Green so it wouldn’t blend in with the Old Olive wash), Cherry Cobbler toward the center of the tree, Cajun Craze just outside that, and for the very outside edge of the trees, Crushed Curry.  When you are done inking, the wipe stack just looks like a big mess, but somehow, it works.
  • Now clean your stamp and then press it into your colored baby wipe stack to ink it, trying to line it up in the places where you think the ink should hit.  It won’t be perfect, but it doesn’t need to be.  Now stamp that image on the paper. I was able to get about 6 decent images before the color faded too much.  I had heard some stampers say they could get 20 images from one of these inked baby wipe stacks, but I didn’t have that kind of luck.

To finish my card, I used an Aqua Painter and Old Olive ink I had squeezed onto the top of the ink lid.  I squeezed a couple drops of water into the ink before “washing it” on the paper, just so it would flow better.  For the sky, I sponged Soft Sky ink in and around the tops of the trees,  I used a free hand cut mask to get the various lines you see in the blue, just to add some interest.  I backed the stamped mat with the a piece of Color Me Autumn Designer Paper, and then put it on an Old Olive base.  The sentiment is stamped from the Good Greetings set in Old Olive ink on Old Olive card stock.

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Autumn Accent Fall Decor

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I made this for a class I taught last year, before I had a blog, so I’m going to share it now, as if it were new.  This decor piece is covered with leaves and acorns die cut from the Autumn Accent Bigz die from Stampin’ Up!  I used Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, and Early Espresso Inks and cardstock for all color.  While the sentiment is cut with my Silhouette Cameo, I did use Early Espresso cardstock for the material.

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I wanted you to see a close up of the side, so you could see how this was made.  The base of this project is a painter’s canvas turned backwards.  You can pick these up at any craft store.  The camera washed out the side color, but I sponged all my ink colors on the sides to make them blend with the front.  I made my own mat using chipboard I covered with Early Espresso cardstock.  I cut it with a mat cutter to the size I wanted, but if you don’t have a mat cutter, you can use an exacto knife and metal ruler.  Use a tacky glue to adhere the mat to the frame, as that will give you some play, to get it in the right spot.  If you use a glue gun, you need to get it just right when you place the mat on the frame, as you can’t move it once it is down.

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I layered the three “c” colors onto the Bigz die at the same time and cut multiples of all the leaves, and then went back with small pieces of Espresso and cut just the tops of the acorns.  After that, I embossed everything with various embossing folders, to get the weathered look, and then sponged the die cuts with the inks.  You can even start with the matching ink to cardstock color, as it will still add dark spots to the paper.  I tried to use at least two colors on every die cut.

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Just experiment with your folders to see what you like best.  Some of these folders are now retired, but you are really just looking to add dimension and texture, rather than a specific design.  To get the curve of the acorns, I curved them by hand first, and then put a Dimensional under the middle.  I then took liquid adhesive and glued the edges down, where possible to help maintain the curve.  I made sure that only parts of the leaves were glued in any place, so they looked like loose leaves and I also worked them by hand to make sure none laid flat.  While I think you could use Tombo Liquid adhesive for this project, I think a tacky glue or other workable strong and thick adhesive is probably a better choice.

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Swallowtail with Embossing Technique

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One of my special friends in Montana had a birthday yesterday, and I sent her this card, and since it arrived on time (Yippee), I was able to post it today.  I had to wait, so it would be a surprise, but this is my favorite card of the three embossing folder techniques I have shown.  For this version, you don’t need a brayer.  Pick an embossing folder with an overall design that won’t detract from your stamped image, and pick an image that is larger and will stand out.  I chose the Honeycomb folder and the Swallowtail stamp.

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Open your folder, ink up your stamp thoroughly, and stamp your image directly on the inside flat/indented side (as opposed to the raised side) of the folder.  Now carefully lay your card stock on the stamped side, close the folder, and run it through the Big Shot.

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With this technique, you will need to wash the folder each time you want another image, so it isn’t as conducive to multiple cards as the other two techniques, but the outcome is so pretty, I don’t think you will mind.

I used Crushed Curry card stock and Chevron ribbon, Night of Navy ink, cardstock, and seam binding ribbon, and Whisper White twine and Whisper White cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Four You stamp set and die cut with the Gift Card Envelope and Trims Thinlits.

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Blue Ribbon with Embossing Folder Technique

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I wanted to give an update on my Hero Hugs event on Sunday (making cards for our men and women serving in the military), but I’m still finishing cards and some have been sent with trusted friends to be finished or have messages written in, so I will report on that later this week.  But for now, I’ll say a quick thank you to my friends who helped, and I’ll be more specific later.

The above card uses almost the same embossing folder technique I showed on Friday, but I brayered the flat or indented side of the folder, rather than the raised side.  Since I covered the technique in that post, I won’t repeat myself.  I especially like the Alphabet Press folder for this technique.  I can see this particular design used on a card for welcome baby, graduation, teacher, job well done, or any card where you would like a bold graphic background.

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Per my norm, I popped and double popped the ribbon and banner pieces with Stampin’ Dimensionals to make them stand out, but I adhered the embossed mat directly to the card base.  Hey, even I know when enough is enough.

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The Blue Ribbon stamp set coordinates with punches and dies, so it’s a preferred stamp set for me, but I did do a slight bit of trimming after I punched the scalloped piece, as the stamped tail pieces show if you don’t.  I used the die from the Bitty Banners to make my own tails for the ribbon.

The colors I used are Wild Wasabi (for the embossed mat piece), Daffodil Delight for the cardstock banner, Perfect Plum for the scallop part of the ribbon, and Pacific Point for the circle of the ribbon and the tails and card base.

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Sassy Salutations with Lovely Lace Embossing Folder Technique

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Today’s card shows a technique that will give you more mileage out of your embossing folders.  For this card, I used a Brayer.  I inked up the brayer roller with Mellow Mombo ink, and then brayered the raised side of the embossing folder.  You will probably need to re-ink your brayer several times, and keep rolling on the design until it looks completely covered.  Just be careful not to push hard, or your ink will go into the flat areas.

Once your folder is nicely inked, lay a piece of cardstock carefully on top of the inked side, closed the folder and run it through the Big Shot.

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When you open the folder, hold it open so the inked piece of cardstock can fall out.  If it doesn’t fall out, carefully peel it off.  You just don’t want the ink to smear.  Set your piece aside to let it dry, as this technique can put a lot of ink on the cardstock.  If you look at the picture closely and focus on the embossed piece, you will see the ink doesn’t go everywhere perfectly (plastic doesn’t receive ink as well as rubber), but it still creates a very nice effect.

Two for One – For the card design I chose, I embossed a full mat-sized piece of Whisper White cardstock (sized to fit in the folder), then cut it in half.  You can make two cards with one step when you need smaller pieces.

Equal Parts – While the Tempting Turquoise piece looks smaller than the embossed piece, they are really the same.  I just positioned the ribbon to the side to make it look otherwise, because I think it is easier to cut pieces all the same size.  To make the whole mat piece sturdy, I cut a piece of scrap cardstock a little shorter then the two pieces of mat cardstock, and about 2″ wide, and then used liquid tombo to adhere the mat pieces to the backing piece.  Then I taped the Pumpkin Pie Chevron Ribbon to the back of the mat and popped it on my card base with Dimensionals.

Washing Reds – Use a utility or non-staining sink to rinse your embossing folder and brayer, just to be safe.  Often, plain water is good enough for many ink colors, but I’ve noticed with reds of any sort, the ink seems oilier and tends to cling to the sink, folder, stamps, etc.  Use a non-creamy (clear) hand soap to clean up your folder and brayer if they don’t rinse off easily, and clean up your sink right away.

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