Thursday, August 25, 2016

Slider Card-Fancy Friday

  Are you one of those people that has a long to do list and then realize that there is no way you are going to get it completed.  Well, that is me to a T.  I am going to Ohio to attend a wedding shower and had a great list of what I wanted to accomplish.  Needless to say not everything got finished.

So, today instead of Fix it Friday I am posting a Fancy Friday card.  Lots of fun to make.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the slider cards I made this week. I want to give a great big shout out to Rachel Zmolik who inspired me with her creations.  

I will be having a class in September I am calling Movers and Shakers.  Each person attending the class will receive Window Sheets, Sequins, and Foam Adhesive Strips and also make 6 cards-3 shaker cards and 3 slider cards.  Should be a fun class.  Look for more details next week.

I will not be back from Ohio until late Monday. So come back on Tuesday to see what stamp set I will feature next week.

Slider card-Template Thursday

Here is the basic template I am using this week.

Smiling slider guide
Slider piece  The cute bee from the set Shooting Star
Accents Beehive and additional bees
Saying You're my sweet honey bee 

I pictured the bee spinning around to get to the hive.

I wondered if the slide slanted downward if it would work, and I found that it did.  I thought of this as a falling star.  When I was looking for a saying to put on the card I thought it would be fun to use as a birthday card.

Slider piece the shooting star
Accent piece the silver stars
Saying from the set called Marquee Messages

In case you are wondering about the background paper, it came from the By the Sea designer paper stack.  It is really supposed to resemble the sea, but I thought it could also be a cloudy sky. What do you think?

Come back tomorrow to see how a simple slider card can be turned into a different look by just changing the glider.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Slider Card-Wednesday Wow

  If one slider is good then two sliders must be great.  There is a hidden stop behind the layer so that the two snowflakes don't bump into each other.  I used Wisteria Wonder, and Elegant Eggplant as my colors.  The added rhinestones and Clear Wink of Stella glam the card up a bit.

  Come back tomorrow to see several cards made from the same layout.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Slider card-Technique Tuesday

   Here is today's slider card. Do you notice anything different from the card I posted yesterday?  You should notice that the groove for the slider to go on is in a different position.  This is called the rainbow position and the card I posted yesterday is in the smile position. I found it does not matter which position I put the slider in they slide equally as well.
  Now, you might wonder just exactly what makes this butterfly twirl. Here are the steps to take to make a slider.

1. The first thing to do is to cut out you sliding groove.

2. Then on the back you put the Foam Adhesive strips making sure they are not too close to the groove. I also put strips along the edges to help secure the cardstock in place.

3. Next prepare your layers on the item to slide.

     First layer is a penny or a washer with a dimensional place on it. Be sure and round the corners of the dimensional before placing it on the penny.

     Next layer is another penny with another dimensional on it.  Place these two pennies on top of each other.

     The final layer is the accent piece that will slide.  It should have the last dimensional placed in the center.

Come back tomorrow to see the WOW card made with this accent piece.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Slider Card-Miscellaneous Monday

    This week I am featuring another fun action card called a slider card.  I used the set in the new catalog called Shooting Star.  It also has some thinlits that help create the slide areas, and several of the accent pieces.  In this card the plane image swirls and slides on the cut out groove.  

   Are you curious how I made the background.  I used watercolor paper, my aqua painter, and 3 colors of blue ink.

1. Open your ink pad a little and squeeze the top and bottom together.

2. Open the ink pad all the way and you  should see a puddle of ink on the lid.

3. Make sure the tip of your aqua painter is wet, then touch it to a tiny bit of the ink on the lid.  Spread it over the water color paper squeezing out a little water to make the ink spread if it looks too dark or thick when you first apply the ink.

I used, Soft Sky, which I put down first, then Marina Mist, then Island Indigo.  The combination turned out just the way I wanted it.

  I added some Gold Wink of Stella on top of the stars and to accent the plane.

   Come back tomorrow to learn the steps you need to take to make a slider card.  

Friday, August 19, 2016

Shaker card-Fix it Friday

Sometimes a simple card is all you need to say what you want to say.  I have always loved the look of a black and white card.  But what if you wanted to fix it up a little and add some gold and a shaker element?

Here is how I changed it up a little.

Added another tree and turned it into a shaker element. 
Made a second merry in gold foil card stock and added it on top of the black merry
Added some cold stars
Make tiny ornaments on the tree using the Gold Wink of Stella.

It's has been a fun week that has helped me realize how easy it is to make shaker cards. Take a look at all the cards I made this week.

I hope this week has inspired you to try out this technique.  Next week I will feature slider cards.  I will be having a fun class on Monday, August 29th at 12:30 or 6:30 called Movers and Shakers.  Check out my website for more details, or get in touch with me and I will add you to my email list.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Shaker card-Template Thursday

This week's template is as follows...

Circle cut out
Accent piece

Supplies used

Woodgrain embossing folder
Acorny Thank You stamp set
Gold sequins
Cajun Craze ink

Supplies used

I made this card in hopes of a new baby in my future sometime soon.

Happy Heart embossing folder
Something for Baby stamp set
Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay ink and card stock
Glitter leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit

Supplies used

By the Sea designer card stock
Weather Together stamp set and matching framelit
Confetti Hearts Border punch
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (I think)
Pool Party and Calypso Coral ink and cardstock

These were lots of fun and easy to create.  I got inspired by some of the cards I looked at in Pinterest.  Just gave them my own twist.

Come back tomorrow to see how I took a simple Christmas card and fixed it by adding a shaker element.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Shaker card Wednesday Wow

I just love the cute little fireflies.  This card was so much fun to make.  What made it so easy was using the thinlits that matched the images in the Jar of Love stamp set.  Notice that the lid is not attached and some of the fire flies have escaped..

Supplies used

Lucky Stars embossing folder
Jar of Love stamp set
Everyday Jars framelits
Vellum card stock
Gold Wink of Stella
Night of Navy card stock
Daffodil Delight ink

Come back tomorrow  to see how easy it is to make a shaker card and just change up a few elements.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Shaker Card-Technique Tuesday

  I can't wait to send this shaker card to my grandson for his birthday or a special event.  I am hooked on shaker cards.  To make any kind of shaker card it takes about 5 basic steps.

1. Cut your open area

2. Cut a piece of window sheet that is a little bit bigger than your open area and attach with glue to the back of your open space.

3. Place some foam adhesive strips around the open area on top of the window sheet and just inside the edge of the open area.

4. Choose your  shaking items and make them into a little pile that will be inside your window.

5. Take the tape off the foam strips and flip the card so your shaking items are in the center of the window.  Press the sides to make sure the foam is solidly attached. 

Now, you may wonder how I made the bones.  I learned this trick from Rachel at Vacation Stamping School in Champaign.

1. First take the Tree Builder punch and slide a thin piece of cardstock into the punch making sure one end is outside of the punch.

 2. Punch and take this piece out of the punch. You have one end of your bone.

3. Now take the punched end and slide it into the punch until it is positioned to make the other end of the bone. Punch and you now have a bone made from a tree.

HINT:  I used tweezers to help me lift the paper pieces over the top of the punch.

I think these cute little bones make this card such fun.

Come back tomorrow and see how some fire flies turned this next card into a wow card.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Shaker Card-Miscellaneous Monday

  Have you ever made a shaker card?  They are pretty easy and a lot of fun especially for the person you make the card for. I made this card at convention and featured it at my new catalog open house.  Here are the new catalog supplies needed to make this card.

1. Stamp Set called Confetti Celebration

2. Punch to make the confetti, called Sprinkles

3. Layered Squares which make it easy to cut out the window for the sprinkles to shake around in.

  Come back tomorrow to see another shaker card where I will explain how to make the layers in a shaker card.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Fresh Fruit-Fix It Friday

 Oops, I never finished my post for today.  So this card should look familiar.  It was one of the templates from yesterday.  How to fix it up a little?.......

1. Use a different background paper

2. Change a standard fold to a Gate fold

3. Add some linen thread

4. Stamp a saying on the inside

5. Finally use some designer paper to make it look like washi tape.

This last card was another card we made and the Vacation Stampin School in Champaign.  I love how different the look can be when you change up little things.

Come back Monday for Shaker card week.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fresh Fruit-Template Thursday

  Doesn't this look like it would be easy to reproduce?

 Basic card stock color
 Black card stock
 Designer paper
 Baker's Twine
 Isolated image

 There was no lemon stamp so, I used the flower and then stamped the circle outline over it in Daffodil Delight.  I then colored the spaces using So Saffron in in hopes that the lines of the flower would show through.

Come back tomorrow to see how I fix a simple card and make it more stuning.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fresh Fruit-Wednesday Wow

   Isn't this a WOW card?  Another card we made in Champaign.  

1. I like the fact it is in a glassine gift and you can see the card that is inside.

2. I love the arrangement of elements that are clipped onto the bag.

3. And I love the card that is on the inside.

 The strawberries and flowers were stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock but look like they could be designer paper.  That makes this stamp set so versatile.

  My coupon for the month is Buy the Fresh Fruit stamp set and receive 1/2 a pack of designer paper for free. 

  Come back tomorrow to see how a I used a simple template to show off each stamp that is in the set.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Fresh Fruit-Technique Tuesday

   This pear looks good enough to eat.  It uses the double rock and roll technique.

1. Ink the stamp using Pear Pizzazz and then stamp off on scrap paper before stamping on the card.

2. Ink the stamp a second time using the Pear Pizzazz full strength by rolling the edges of the stamp into the same color ink. 

3.  Since this is a photo polymer stamp set you can look through the stamp and stamp it on top of the first image.  When you look at the stamped image the rock and rolling makes some great shading on the final image.

4. The background is made using the clear Wink of Stella mixed with a little bit of Daffodil Delight ink.

This simple but fun technique can be used on solid stamps to give a 3-D look.  

Come back tomorrow to see a WOW card we made in Champaign at the Vacation Stamping School.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Fresh Fruit-Miscellaneous Monday

    I made this card a couple of weekends ago when I went to Champaign to Vacation Stamping School sponsored by the Impeckable Stampers.  The set is called Fresh Fruit, but has some great flowers in the set also. 

Come back tomorrow to see a card made with the double rock and roll technique.

Friday, August 5, 2016

In This World-Fix It Friday

   I always like to have a few simple 3 by 3 cards on hand to include with gifts or use for thank you notes to customers.  I think this butterfly is perfect for a stunning card...but my Friday dilemma is how to make this a little more detailed.

   I found a card on Pinterest that used Spotlighting to make the butterfly look a little more detailed.  I changed colors and how the word was displayed and added stars to make it my own.  I like both looks don't you?

 So now you see all the possibilities that can be made using my first impression stamp set In this World.  What would you do with these stamps?  
  Have a great weekend and come back on Monday to see what I can do with the stamp set called Fruit Stand.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

In This World-Template Thursday

  Does this chair look inviting?  I love the old fashioned look.  I used the notecard and matching envelope set for the base of the card.

The designer paper is from the A Little Foxy designer series paper stack, and the colors are found in the paper.

For this version I used the Playful Palette designer series paper stack and echoed the colors in the chair.

For the final card I decided to use a neutral palette.  I used black and grey and colored the chair in with varieties of those colors.

   Come back tomorrow to see how I fix an elegant but simple card and turn it into a card with a little bit more. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

In this World-Wednesday WOW

    Doesn't this card make you feel happy?  I used the sample from the annual catalog on page 145 as my sample to make this card.  If you are looking at your catalog can you see what I changed?

1. I made this card standard size rather than a square card.

2. I changed the second color to Tempting Turquoise instead of pool party.

3. Instead of using linen thread I used the gold filigree ribbon.

4. My background color is Calypso Coral rather than Tangerine Tango.  

  I like both cards and had fun making my Wow card using water color paper.

  Come back tomorrow to see how I took one simple card and created 3 using the same layout.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

In the World-Technique Tuesday Video

   Do you use bleach in your laundry?  I don't but I do use it in my stamping.  Today's card was made by putting some bleach into a spritzer and spritzing Early Espresso card stock with bleach.  It was amazing to me to see pink emerge on the brown card stock when the bleach started to dry.
   I reminded me of the many colors that can emerge from a green leaf in the fall. Check out my latest video to see how else I used bleach to make some cards.
    How are you liking this stamp set so far? Come back tomorrow to see a WOW card I made using an idea in the new catalog to inspire me.

Monday, August 1, 2016

In this World- Miscellaneous Monday

  And here it is!  This stamp set called In This World was the one that jumped off the page of the new catalog and intrigued me on my first pass through the catalog.  Why do I think it intrigued me?

1. It had a collage look to it and I have come to really love collage cards.  They are hard to ruin and little mistakes can be easily covered up.

2. I liked the architectural look to the images.  I love math and think that is why that part of the design appealed to me.

3. It was very different.  I tend to gravitate to the same kind of stamped images but this was so different.  

   I have had great fun creating the cards for this week.  For this card I used Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, and Very Vanilla.  I stamped the keys on Cajun Craze scraps, cut them out and attached them to the card with the thin Gold ribbon.  Every door needs keys to open it right!

  Come back tomorrow to see a new video and my technique of the week.  Using Bleach on your cards.